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Pigs may be a good model for testing seasonal human flu vaccines, suggest findings from the BBSRC-funded Pirbright Institute. In a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, a study led by Dr Elma Tchilian showed that pigs infected with the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic virus produced lower levels of virus if they had been immunised with the vaccine used during the 2017-18 human influenza season.

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Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease - according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and across the UK. New findings published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15%.

A study of an infectious brain condition that destroys nerve cells helps to explain why some individuals may be at more risk than others. The study shows how the progression of prion diseases to the brain is slowed if animals have previously been infected with a gut worm.