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Medical myth busting: Separating fact from fiction about colds and flu

We ask an infection prevention expert to bust myths and offer tips on staying healthy during cold and flu season

Nov. 16, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

With flu season approaching and cold season already well underway, we asked Dr. Steve Pergam, an assistant member of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and director of infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, to offer tips on how to stay healthy – and, failing that – how not to infect others when germs are on the march.

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'Every basic scientist's dream'

How Dr. Barry Stoddard's lab work helped create an experimental drug for glioblastoma — the same disease that killed his mother

July 27, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Barry Stoddard's research to modify a protein from yeast is now helping to fuel a promising therapy for glioblastoma — the disease that killed his mother.

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When flu viruses join forces

Certain influenza variants infect cells better together than apart, new study shows

March 15, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch researchers have discovered that two flu strains can join forces, growing in infected cells in the lab better than either strain alone.

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Zika virus: 6 key things we don’t yet know

From lack of data to inconclusive blood tests to the unique challenges of pregnancy, experts weigh in on the knowledge gaps in this emerging infection

Feb. 2, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

The sudden appearance of Zika virus in the Americas — and the seemingly new tie to the birth defect where infants’ brains don’t full develop during pregnancy — underscore the huge gaps in our knowledge about the disease.

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Viruses on a plane!

Flu that infects mainly children circles globe more slowly than types that hit jet-setting adults

June 8, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Influenza viruses that infect mainly children circulate more slowly worldwide than those that infect mainly adults. The difference may be explained by an increasingly important factor in the spread of infectious diseases: modern air travel.

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Reach of enterovirus infection may have spread to Washington state

UW, Fred Hutch researchers prepare for this and other emerging viruses

Sept. 12, 2014 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

UW, Fred Hutch researchers prepare for this and other emerging viruses.

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