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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Nanoparticles mimicking flu viruses to deliver large biological drug molecules

Nanoparticles mimicking flu viruses to deliver large biological drug molecules

New CRISPR technology could improve diagnostic tests for COVID-19

New CRISPR technology could improve diagnostic tests for COVID-19

Study analyzes response of individuals from diverse populations to infections

Study analyzes response of individuals from diverse populations to infections

Correction of immune system's faulty timing may offer a new strategy to prevent severe COVID-19

Correction of immune system's faulty timing may offer a new strategy to prevent severe COVID-19

Poor systemic immune responses and elevated MAIT cell activation linked to fatal COVID-19 infections

Poor systemic immune responses and elevated MAIT cell activation linked to fatal COVID-19 infections

Research identifies an unnoticed site for priming of CD8+ T cells—the spleen

Research identifies an unnoticed site for priming of CD8+ T cells—the spleen

Pairing microscopy with AI to develop a rapid, accurate COVID-19 test

Pairing microscopy with AI to develop a rapid, accurate COVID-19 test

UAB researchers identify an unnoticed additional site for priming of "killer" T cells

UAB researchers identify an unnoticed additional site for priming of "killer" T cells

Plant bulbs harboring lethal pathogen make the perfect lab for evolving drug-resistant strains

Plant bulbs harboring lethal pathogen make the perfect lab for evolving drug-resistant strains

Study details the role of PANoptosome in activating innate immune response

Study details the role of PANoptosome in activating innate immune response

Small synthetic molecules could one day cure or prevent COVID-19, herpes

Small synthetic molecules could one day cure or prevent COVID-19, herpes

Accurate diagnosis of bacterial superinfection pneumonia could help avoid antibiotic overuse

Accurate diagnosis of bacterial superinfection pneumonia could help avoid antibiotic overuse

Rare variants in the MX1 gene increase susceptibility to zoonotic H7N9 avian influenza

Rare variants in the MX1 gene increase susceptibility to zoonotic H7N9 avian influenza

Genomic surveillance is vital to achieve effective mitigation and containment of COVID-19

Genomic surveillance is vital to achieve effective mitigation and containment of COVID-19

New methodology assesses whole-genome sequencing data of SARS-CoV-2 mutations

New methodology assesses whole-genome sequencing data of SARS-CoV-2 mutations

AI model helps predict which viruses are likely to spread from animals to humans

AI model helps predict which viruses are likely to spread from animals to humans

New AI model predicts targets for previously unmapped T cells against coronavirus

New AI model predicts targets for previously unmapped T cells against coronavirus

Study shows how human viruses are better adapted to infect certain tissues

Study shows how human viruses are better adapted to infect certain tissues

Study sheds light on how T cells specialize to combat pathogens

Study sheds light on how T cells specialize to combat pathogens

Innovative system allows complete study of SARS-CoV-2 mutant spectrum by ultrasequencing

Innovative system allows complete study of SARS-CoV-2 mutant spectrum by ultrasequencing