influenza

  • Has the COVID pandemic driven a flu strain extinct?

    Flu rates hit historically low levels, and one lineage might be gone forever.

    According to two studies from the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, one of the four influenza virus types that every ye...

    Medicine October 28, 2021
  • Remember the flu?

    Influenza is at a record low in Australia but getting a flu vaccine is still a good idea.

    An astonishingly low number of influenza cases have been recorded in the past 12 months. From the start of the year t...

    Health May 28, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID last week.

    COVID-19 commemorated with postage stampsAround the world, countries make special postage stamps to recognise imp...

    COVID March 27, 2021
  • New insights into flu risk during pregnancy

    Research suggests infection heightens immune response.

    Researchers in Australia and Ireland may have discovered why influenza affects pregnant women so severely, sometimes ...

    Body and Mind September 22, 2020
  • The next flu pandemic will be modern

    Lessons to be learned from the worst ever outbreak 100 years ago.

    Medical researchers know more about influenza than they did a century ago, but the devastating global pandemic of 191...

    Health October 8, 2018
  • The mathematics of flu

    Different cities have different influenza seasons.

    As Australia braces for what is expected to be an unusually bad flu season, an American researcher has discovered tha...

    Mathematics July 17, 2018
  • The man who found the cause of a great epidemic

    Vet made some of the world’s most important discoveries.

    William Ian Beardmore (“WIB”) Beveridge was born into a farming family on April 23,1908, in Junee, southern New South...

    Medicine April 22, 2018
  • A model flu

    3D printing makes detailed modelling of the influenza virus a snap.

    A 3D-printed model of the influenza virus. Derived from electron microscope imagery, the model shows the viral membra...

    Technology April 9, 2018
  • What makes the flu turn deadly?

    The influenza virus sweeps through communities each winter.

    What is influenza? The influenza virus is a microscopic pathogen – around a thousandth the width of a human hair in s...

    Biology November 7, 2017
  • Setback for flu vax research

    A prime target reveals more variability than thought.

    The quest for a universal influenza vaccine has taken a hit with the discovery that the prime target is more mutable ...

    Biology November 6, 2017
  • Synthetic protein hints at flu treatment

    Reintroducing a protein holds promise for reducing the effects of viral infections.

    A synthesised protein shows promise for reducing the symptoms, and perhaps lethality, of influenza, research from the...

    Biology October 3, 2017
  • Babies with older siblings more likely to be hospitalised with the flu

    While young babies cannot be immunised, there are ways to reduce chances of getting sick.

    Children under two years are more likely to end up in hospital with the flu if they have an older sibling, a UK study...

    Biology September 28, 2017
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