A medical wrist device detected disrupted sleep patterns 24 hours before participants started shedding the flu virus. While the initial study was focused on influenza, researchers speculate the device could be sufficient at spotting the beginning of other infections, including COVID-19. While it should not be considered a full diagnostic device, the wristband data will be useful to guide when people should self isolate as a precaution.
Co-infections between COVID-19 and other respiratory infections are more common than previously believed.
Researchers have developed a portable surveillance device that uses machine learning to detect coughing and crowd size in real-time. The system can use the data to directly monitor flu-like illnesses, community trends, and virus spread potential. The system could help monitor the spread of infection and provide a public health response during an epidemic.
From anti-vaccine rhetoric to the over-prescription of antibiotics, researchers suggest we should try to work together to improve public health, rather than socially shun those who ignore scientific evidence.
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ARGONet, a new approach that combines multiple data streams with artificial intelligence, produces the most accurate estimates of flu activity, up to a week ahead of traditional healthcare based reports.
A study in Nature Immunology reports on the mechanism that helps to prevent autoimmune diseases from developing following infection. Researchers report a population of immune cells develop during late stages of the immune response to influenza infection.
A new study reports mice infected with a flu virus had an increased risk of developing Parkinson's symptoms. Importantly, mice vaccinated against the flu were less sensitive to MPTP and less likely to develop Parkinson's like symptoms.
According to researchers, three anti-influenza compounds also appear to be able to inhibit Zika virus infection.
Researchers find no association between an increased risk for autism in children and its mother contracting flu, or being exposed to the flu vaccine, during pregnancy.
A new study reports babies born to moms who suffered from viral infections, even mild ones, while pregnant are at increased risk of brain abnormalities.
According to researchers, the expression of human amyloid beta protected against potentially lethal infections in mice, roundworms and cultured human brain cells.