The biological properties of the SARS-CoV-2 E protein in the context of HIV-1

In a recent study published in Retrovirologyresearchers assessed the effectiveness of SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS-CoV-2 envelope (E) proteins against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1. Study: SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV envelope proteins potently reduce the infectivity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Image credit: Corona Borealis Studio/Shutterstock Background Viroporins are ion channels expressed by … Read more

Research shows that people who recovered from covid were more at risk of seizures than people who had the flu

People who have had a Covid infection are 55 percent more likely to develop it seizures or epilepsy within six months of recovering from the disease than those who contracted the disease influenza and the risk is more noticeable in children than in adults, a study has found. The seizure or epilepsy the risk was … Read more

Influenza, RSV, Covid: 6 ways employers can deal with a possible wave of absences

Employers can push for more employees to return to the office. But that’s proving to be an uphill battle, especially as the cold and flu season kicks in. A triple whammy of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and new Covid variants is already hitting, forcing some workers to call in sick. The latest figures from … Read more

Influenza, RSV, Covid: 6 ways employers can deal with a possible wave of absences

Employers can push for more employees to return to the office. But that’s proving to be an uphill battle, especially as the cold and flu season kicks in. A triple whammy of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and new Covid variants is already hitting, forcing some workers to call in sick. The latest figures from … Read more

Masks are not currently responsible for the surge in RSV and flu

Photo: Ground photo (Shutterstock) These years flu season is getting particularly bad, with the current weekly case count at extraordinarily high levels. Meanwhile, doctors see a wave of respiratory syncytial virus, more commonly known as RSV, which generally causes mild, cold-like symptoms in adults, but can be especially dangerous for the very young and the … Read more

Research sheds light on cardiac pathology mechanisms of COVID-19

In a recent study published in the journal Angiogenesisa team of researchers compared cardiac autopsy samples of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) positive cases with age-matched samples of influenza hemagglutinin 1 neuraminidase 1 (H1N1) cases, non-influenza lymphatic myocarditis cases, and heart tissue without inflammation to understand the mechanisms underlying the pathology of the … Read more

Hemagglutinin strain immunogens may hold the key to broad protection against influenza A viruses

In a recent article published in Immunityresearchers suggested that vaccines targeting the immunosubdominant but conserved hemagglutinin (HA) strain could elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) against influenza A viruses. Study: Co-immunization with hemagglutinin strain immunogens elicits cross-group neutralizing antibodies and broad protection against influenza A viruses. Image credit: pinkeyes/Shutterstock Background Influenza viruses are highly contagious respiratory … Read more

Flu cases continue to rise in the US

According to the United States Influenza Surveillance Report (FluView), published each week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases continue to rise nationwide, with the highest levels in the Mid-Atlantic states. as well as south-central regions of the west coast. Image credit: True Touch Lifestyle/Shutterstock.com Current surveillance of the flu … Read more

Flu vaccination associated with reduced risk of stroke

dr. Jessalyn Holodinsky Flu vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of stroke in adults, even if they are not at high risk for stroke, according to new research. The risk of stroke was about 23% lower in the 6 months after a flu shot, regardless of the patient’s age, gender or underlying health conditions. … Read more

Flu season is already hitting half of the US hard

CNN — About half of the US — 22 states, along with Washington, DC, New York City and Puerto Rico — report upper or very upper respiratory illness as flu season sweeps across the country weeks earlier than usual. Multiple respiratory viruses are circulating across the country — including flu, RSV, and the virus that … Read more