Influenza Gateway

Welcome to BioMed Central's Influenza Gateway, highlighting the latest research from BioMed Central journals on influenza-related topics.


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  • Novel method for rapid detection of H7N9

    A multiplex assay for simultaneous detection of H7N9 and influenza A viruses was developed, enabling the laboratory surveillance and rapid diagnosis of these viruses in the future.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:69
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    Host immunity determines influenza virus infection

    Diverse clinical response to two strains of influenza virus in ferrets demonstrated that host immunity, not the virus strain, was the determinant in the outcome of influenza virus infection.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:48
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    Is flu vaccination beneficial for diabetics?

    In a systematic review and meta-analysis, there is limited evidence available on the benefits of influenza vaccination in patients with diabetes, indicating that further studies are needed to assess vaccine effectiveness in this population.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:53
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    Accurately estimating nucleotide substitutions

    Commonly used models can often underestimate the true number of multiple nucleotide substitutions, due to the problem of mutation saturation; a new method of estimating the decline in transition/transversion ratio over time can test substitution model performance.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:36
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    Vaccination strategies reduce RSV infection

    In a mathematical model, school-age children are the main source of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection within households, and vaccination of students achieves a reduction in transmission, providing evidence to support RSV immunization.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:49
  • A/H1N1 influenza virus for human challenge studies

    Wild-type Influenza virus was generated under Good Manufacturing Practice conditions and shown to induce a good infectivity profile in human volunteers, proving to be a potential clinical challenge model.

    Virology Journal 2015, 12:13
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    TB and flu co-infection linked to increased mortality

    Tuberculosis (TB) and influenza (flu) co-infection is associated with increased risk of death in individuals in comparison to tuberculosis single infection and suggests that the impact of influenza vaccination among persons with laboratory-confirmed tuberculosis should be explored.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 2015, 15:26