Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form "more likely" to cause human pandemic

Bird flu strain has begun to mutate into form 'more likely' to cause human pandemic Warning comes days after authorities in China announced they had identified cases of H7N9Flu experts are currently picking through DNA data of victims to assess severity of the strainVirus needs a 'very close eye kept on it' say experts By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 GMT, 3 April 2013 A deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people has begun to mutate into a form more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.

Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?

Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy.

New flu vaccine that could last FOREVER in the works

New flu vaccine that could last FOREVER is in the worksA new flu vaccine that may work for life is in development in GermanyIt is based on a single-stranded molecule that conveys genetic information from DNA to the ribosomeThe experimental vaccine currently protects animals against influenza and may one day offer a fast way to develop new shots for humans | UPDATED: 08:10 GMT, 27 November 2012 A new flu vaccine that may work for life is in development in Germany.

Georgia Keeling: Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules

Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules Coroner returned a narrative verdict and ruled Georgia died following an 'erroneous diagnosis'Georgia's mother called for an ambulance after she was told by swine flu hotline it was unlikely to be swine flu.

Everyone in their 70s could get shingles jab: Vaccine will target 4.5million at risk of severe symptoms

Everyone in their 70s could get shingles jab: Vaccine will target 4.5million at risk of severe symptoms Ministers announced vaccination programme in 2010 but it has been delayed by supply problemsOnly one shingles jab is needed, unlike the flu injection which has to be given every yearVaccinations could be available by 2013 | UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 27 July 2012 The government has planned a vaccination programme against shingles for everyone aged between 70 and 79 Every pensioner in their 70s could be offered a shingles vaccine on the NHS.

Could swine flu vaccine cause narcolepsy? Scientists probe link between drug and increase in cases

Could swine flu vaccine cause narcolepsy Scientists probe link between drug and increase in cases | UPDATED: 21:35 GMT, 28 March 2012 Swine flu vaccine may have been responsible for a sudden increase in cases of narcolepsy among schoolchildren in Finland, a study has found.

Genetic flaw discovered that turns flu into a killer

Genetic flaw that turns flu into a killer discovered Genetic test could reveal those most at risk from next influenza pandemic | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 26 March 2012 A genetic discovery could help explain why flu makes some people seriously ill or kills them, while others seem able to bat it away with little more than a few aches, coughs and sneezes.

Bat flu found by scientists – and it could pose a threat to humans

We've had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists have found BAT FLU (and it could pose a threat to humans) U.S health officials have found influenza in Guatemalan batsStrain could pose a risk to humans if it mingled with more common forms of fluScientists haven't yet been able to grow the new virus in chicken eggs or in human cells in a lab Scientists have found evidence of flu in bats for the first time – and warn it could pose a threat to humans.

We"ve had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists warn BAT flu on the rise

We've had bird flu and swine flu – now scientists have found BAT FLU (and it could pose a threat to humans) U.S health officials have found influenza in Guatemalan batsStrain could pose a risk to humans if it mingled with more common forms of fluScientists haven't yet been able to grow the new virus in chicken eggs or in human cells in a lab Scientists have found evidence of flu in bats for the first time – and warn it could pose a threat to humans.