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The influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA virus that is encapsulated in an outer lipid-bilayer envelope which contains the externally facing surface proteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA). HA and NA are the viral antigenic components that induce immunity after administration of currently available flu vaccines.
Zika virus is recognized as a major public health concern, but there are currently no medications approved for treating infected individuals. However, researchers in Finland recently demonstrated that three anti-influenza medications are also active against Zika. These medications exert their effect by...
Patients may soon be able to screen themselves for influenza using a simple, breathalyzer-type technology. The tool, developed by a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, is a hand-held device that measures the concentration of certain...