I think that this research will turn out to be of tremendous importance. Watching the short video of the researchers themselves , I was struck by how very calmly these two scientists talk about their work. They must know how amazing this all could be, and how many lives could be saved by this completely different approach to treatment of severe influenza cases. This is really BIG. All of those people who died of multi organ failure from bird flu, all those pregnant women who died during the swine flu pandemic, I think of them and wish that this research was further along, and that they could have benefited from it. Most of them were so young, and they should not have died from influenza but they did because of cytokine storm and the cascade effect on their organs.
I know that I have written before on cytokine storm and how devasting it is for the victim. I am simply blown away by the very thought of preventing this from happening.
Please check out the video attached to the link. It's a very brief and elegant explanation of their work. Hats off to them, and to Scripps! Well done!
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute have found a novel mechanism by which certain viruses such as influenza trigger a type of immune reaction that can severely sicken or kill those infected.
This severe immune reaction--called a "cytokine storm"--floods the tiny air sacs of the lungs with fluid and infection-fighting cells, blocking off airways and damaging body tissues and organs. Cytokine storms are believed to have played a major role in the staggering mortality of the 1918-1919 worldwide influenza pandemic, as well as in the more recent swine flu and bird flu outbreaks.
(A hugh thank you to Mike at Avian Flu Diary for posting the explanations regarding this. You must have known that I would be using this, it's so very, very important!)
Apr 22, '13
I'm interested in the use of the new program CDC has, dog kidneys to produce non allergic vaccine. What do you know about it? Are you still doing work regarding the current practice regarding flu incidence?
Last edit by lamazeteacher on Jun 3, '13