Effects of flu on brain

Group of researchers from Germany and USA studied effects of influenza virus on brain cells. The study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that female mice infected with two different strains of the flu shows changes in structure and function of the hippocampus. These changes persist for one month after infection. The long-term effect… Continue reading Effects of flu on brain

New flu simulation map using health and social media data

Researchers at the University of Chicago have created computer simulations to predict spread of flu across the United States utilizing datasets of demographics, healthcare visits and geographic movements of 150 million people over nine years. The study is published in the journal eLife. Simulation map of flu spread. Credit:¬†Andrey Rzhetsky, UChicago Researchers utilized deidentified patient… Continue reading New flu simulation map using health and social media data

Computational model to track flu using Twitter data

An international team led by Alessandro Vespignani from Northeastern University has developed a computational model to predict the spread of the flu in real time. This unique model uses posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season’s epidemic, including the incubation period of the disease, the immunization rate, how many people an… Continue reading Computational model to track flu using Twitter data

Role of Vitamin D in acute respiratory infections

Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu, according to a study led by the Queen Mary University of London. The study provides the most robust evidence yet that vitamin D has benefits beyond bone and muscle health, and could have major implications for public health policy, including the fortification of… Continue reading Role of Vitamin D in acute respiratory infections

Unvaccinated individuals cost more than 7 billion dollars a year in United States

Vaccine-preventable diseases among adults cost the U.S. economy $8.95 billion in 2015, and unvaccinated individuals are responsible for 80 percent, or $7.1 billion, of the tab, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, led by Associate Professor… Continue reading Unvaccinated individuals cost more than 7 billion dollars a year in United States