Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fighting Pandemics

Pandemics scare everyone, especially when you consider the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million people worldwide. Those who survived the flu pandemic did so because their bodies produced antibodies and to this day the survivors, who are in their 90s, produce antibodies that can be used to prevent infection from the 1918 strain of the flu. 

Using this information, a group of researchers at Vanderbilt University are learning more about how humans produce antibodies and how to prevent pandemics. Their research has revealed the human body's amazing ability to prevent disease. The research suggests that if there's another flu pandemics people will be able to produce antibodies that can be used to stop the disease. 

(Originally reported by U.S. News and World Report.) 

8 comments:

3rdWorldPersonality said...

Hey, just wanted to commend your work: your blog is a tonic, I'll be by for regular shots :)

The Baroness said...

Woo hoo! That's good news!

Why has our Country gone so wrong? said...

This a great jump in American achievement.

Drew Cusumano

http://americanmadesolutions.blogspot.com/

Sunil said...

Good one...So in future, it may lead to the end of such pandemics...Lets hope for the best

Amanda Paschen said...

This is great. So glad I found you!

Leah Grace said...

i'm still afraid of bird flu... eek!

Confessions of an Antique said...

awsome!!! any word on when they will cure the common cold? its going around my office...

Damn recycled air!!!

Livy said...

Your blog is awesome! It really cheers me up after watching the news.. yeesh! It's refreshing to read about happy things, it really is.:)