Dec 5, 2014

Pass the tissues — flu season off to early start

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday announced that the flu season began in the week of Nov. 24, about three weeks earlier than last year. The institute’s survey covering some 5,000 medical institutions across the country tallied 9,396 flu patients in the ...

Tea powder packs healthy punch

May 8, 2014

Tea powder packs healthy punch

Researchers from Shizuoka Prefecture have developed a powder with a high concentration of a black tea extract that is 15 times more effective than catechins found in green tea at deactivating the influenza virus. Catechins are know for their antiviral and antioxidant properties. With ...

Feb 8, 2014

Flu cases trigger epidemic alert

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases has issued a flu epidemic alert after logging a countrywide surge in influenza patients. The average number of patients at some 5,000 medical institutions regularly surveyed by the institute shot up to 34.44 in the week through Sunday ...

| Jan 29, 2014

Flu menace again reaching peak

by Mami Maruko

While this year’s influenza season is predicted to peak around early February, anybody of any age group, sex or nationality is at risk of infection all the way through March. While 210,000 children under age 10 accounted for almost a third of the 660,000 ...

| Nov 9, 2013

Under the thumb

Under the thumb Man #1: Where’s your elderly friend? I haven’t seen him in a few days. Man #2: His wife says that he’s got a bad case of the flu. Man #1: Sorry to hear that. Man #2: He was too! — Meguro ...

May 24, 2013

Discovery points way to universal flu vaccine

A new type of flu vaccine developed at the U.S. National Institutes of Health outperformed existing products in animal tests, possibly paving the way for a new generation of vaccines. Researchers led by Gary Nabel, the former director of the Vaccine Research Center at ...

Special law on new flu enforced

Apr 12, 2013

Special law on new flu enforced

A special law will be enforced to combat the spread of new, highly virulent forms of influenza, the Cabinet says, amid the deadly H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China.