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  • The Fight against Influenza Influenza: Trying to Catch a Moving Target

    Influenza: Trying to Catch a Moving Target

    Despite decades of research decoding the influenza virus—and great advances in treating and vaccinating against the disease—this infectious pathogen continues both to surprise and confound us

    November 11, 2013 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 306, Issue 6 Is Bird Flu Waiting to Explode?

    Is Bird Flu Waiting to Explode?

    By concocting bird flu viruses that could potentially spread easily among humans, researchers have ignited a debate about the need for safety versus open inquiry

    June 1, 2012 | 0

  • Features What Will the Next Influenza Pandemic Look Like?

    What Will the Next Influenza Pandemic Look Like?

    Predicting pandemics might still be impossible, but with millions of lives at stake, researchers are using the latest science and lessons from history to best prepare for the next big one

    September 19, 2011 | 0

  • February 2011 Charging against the Flu: Studying the Virus on the Atomic Level

    Charging against the Flu: Studying the Virus on the Atomic Level

    A giant magnet is illuminating how the influenza A virus mutates to resist drugs

    February 1, 2011 | 0

  • January 2011 Flu Factories

    Flu Factories

    The next pandemic virus may be circulating on U.S. pig farms, but health officials are struggling to see past the front gate

    January 1, 2011 | 0

  • November 2009 Pandemic Payoff from 1918: A Weaker H1N1 Flu Today

    Pandemic Payoff from 1918: A Weaker H1N1 Flu Today

    How the legacy of the vicious 1918 outbreak led to today's comparatively tame swine flu

    November 1, 2009 | 0

  • June 2008 Can This Man Beat the Flu with a Single Universal Vaccine?

    Can This Man Beat the Flu with a Single Universal Vaccine?

    Walter Fiers found a protein segment on the influenza virus that could lead to a universal flu vaccine, which would end seasonal shots and provide pandemic protection

    June 1, 2008 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    Epidemic Influenza

    The epidemic of induenza which we have already referred to as occurring in Russia has spread into Finland and eastern Prussia, and is not unlikely to spread throughout Europe, and even reach this country

    December 28, 1889 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza


    The outbreak of influenza is spreading fast, with its customary concomitant of a highly increased mortality from respiratory affections

    January 16, 1892 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    Isolation in Influenza

    Influenza now occupies the greater part of the general practitioner's work and thought. It is, save for last year's experience, a new disease to the men of this generation; the puolic are bewildered, and the honest "medicine man" has to confess to his inquisitive patients that nothing hardly is known about its cause or mode of spread

    January 16, 1892 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    The Influenza Bacillus

    Authentic documents are now to hand which enable us to form an estimate of the accuracy and trustworthiness of the alleged discovery of a bacillus as the exciting cause of the influenza

    February 20, 1892 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    Prevention of Influenza

    Dr. C. Graeser, of the German Hospital at Naples, points out that the timely and continuous administration of quinine during influenza epidemics may undoubtedly prevent infection

    January 4, 1896 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    Bacteriology of the "Spanish Influenza"

    The pandemic of influenza has not spared any single part of Germany

    October 19, 1918 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 119, Issue 18

    Spanish Influenza

    How does it happen that the present epidemic is so fatal?

    November 2, 1918 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    A Carelessly-Guarded Gate

    There is a growing conviction that the sudden invasion of the United States by that European epidemic known as Spanish Influenza, and the speed with which it has spread throughout the country, are due to the laxity with which the port authorities along the Atlantic seaboard have carried out their duties

    November 2, 1918 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    The Influenza Epidemic

    Epidemic influenza, concerning which much has been written, is by no means a new or novel affliction

    November 30, 1918 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    The Influenza Mystery Deepens

    Some time ago in commenting on the spread of epidemic influenza, we spoke of the disease as "a disease of mystery." That this is even more true today is indicated by experiments just made public by the United States Public Health Service

    February 1, 1919 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 120, Issue 9

    Influenza—The Sphinx of Diseases

    When we speak of the cause of a disease, we are guilty of an error. Any given disease has many causes

    March 1, 1919 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    Curing Spanish Influenza with Turpentine

    The so-called Spanish influenza whose ravages have been general in America as well as in Europe, and which is said to have claimed more victims among our own troops than all the deadly missiles of the enemy, has naturally been a subject of much dIscussion among medical men the world over

    April 3, 1920 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    The Cause of Influenza

    In 1892 a bacteriologist named Pfeiffer described a germ which he thought was the causative organism of influenza

    March 1, 1930 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 184, Issue 5


    The very small microorganisms that grow only in cells are studied not only for the treatment and prevention of the infections they cause but also for themselves

    May 1, 1951 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 188, Issue 4

    The Influenza Virus

    The organism which causes the disease that sweeps nations is curiously changeable. This makes it difficult to anticipate epidemics with vaccines, and suggests a future hazard to man

    April 1, 1953 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 196, Issue 2

    The Structure of the Influenza Virus

    A sequel to "The Influenza Virus," published in the April, 1953, issue of this magazine. Since that time the behavior of the virus has been increasingly related to its physical and chemical nature

    February 1, 1957 | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 237, Issue 6

    The Epidemiology of Influenza

    The phenomenon of genetic recombination between human and animal strains of the influenza virus may be responsible for the appearance of new subtypes such as the virus that caused the great pandemic of 1918-19

    December 1, 1977 | 0

  • The Fight against Influenza

    The Swine Flu Affair

    In February, 1976, the Federal Government's Center for Disease Control identified the agent responsible for a small outbreak of respiratory disease among recruits at Fort Dix, N.J., as a particular subtype of the influenza virus: HswN1, the swine flu virus

    January 1, 1979 | 0

  • January 1999

    Disarming Flu Viruses

    Coming soon: new medicines designed to treat the flu by halting viral replication in human tissues The drugs may also serve as a novel kind of preventive

    January 1, 1999 | 0

  • January 2005

    Capturing a Killer Flu Virus

    The deadliest flu strain in history has been resurrected. What can the 1918 virus reveal about why it killed millions and where more like it may be lurking?

    January 1, 2005 | 0

  • July 2009

    Eyes on the Swine

    Could animal surveillance have seen the new flu coming?

    July 1, 2009 | 0

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