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2010-01-11 17:22:00

DALLAS, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association supports National Influenza Vaccination Week, Jan. 10-16, an effort led by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage more Americans to get vaccinated against H1N1. Influenza of all types can pose greater dangers for people with heart failure or with any cardiovascular disease. Like seasonal flu, H1N1 ("swine" flu) may cause a worsening of...

2010-01-07 14:10:43

Hopkins Children's experts describe first patients critically ill with H1N1 Lessons learned from the first 13 children at Johns Hopkins Children's Center to become critically ill from the H1N1 virus show that although all patients survived, serious complications developed quickly, unpredictably, with great variations from patient to patient and with serious need for vigilant monitoring and quick treatment adjustments. These and other findings were published online on Dec. 31 in the journal...

2009-12-23 16:13:09

Australia risks a serious swine flu (H1N1 influenza virus) outbreak with two-thirds (65 per cent) of unprotected Australians stating they're unlikely to get vaccinated against the disease in the next 12 months, according to an MBF Healthwatch Poll. "While the number of new cases of swine flu in Australia might have waned since last winter, the disease is still a major threat," Bupa Australia* Chief Medical Officer, Dr Christine Bennett warned. Despite the public health campaign, the...

2009-12-20 07:20:00

The amount of global swine flu deaths surged past the 10,000 mark just eight months after the virus was unearthed in April, the World Health Organization announced Friday, although reported cases are lessening. Early numbers implied that the mortality rate had not gone downhill as the flu virus plowed through the northern hemisphere. "As of December 13, 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic...

2009-12-18 08:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic medical clinics in select CVS/pharmacy stores throughout Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee are now offering H1N1 vaccinations on demand seven days a week with no appointment necessary. The H1N1 vaccinations can be obtained at MinuteClinic locations in Maryland in Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs outside the District of Columbia; in North Carolina in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Raleigh-Durham; and in Tennessee in...

2009-12-16 12:47:58

TAU draws on bacterial decision-making success to guide human choices Bacteria inhabited our planet for more than 4 billion years before humans showed up, and they'll probably outlive us by as many eons more. That suggests they may have something to teach us. New research from Tel Aviv University bacteria expert Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, grounded in the study of bacteria, presents compelling evidence to suggest there may be good...

2009-12-08 08:35:00

Burden of disease may fall on young children and non-elderly adults A new study from researchers at the UK Medical Research Council and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) projects that the severity of the H1N1 flu during the autumn-winter flu season in the U.S. will likely be less than previously feared. The estimates of hospitalizations and life-threatening events in the study are the most accurate to date of the H1N1 pandemic's impact in the U.S. The study appeared online on...

2009-12-02 14:14:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health urges computer users not to open a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and asks individuals to create a "personal H1N1 vaccination profile." Anyone receiving this e-mail should not open it and delete it immediately. The fraudulent e-mail links to a fake Web site that attempts to collect personal information. Clicking on the embedded link in...

2009-12-01 05:55:00

The government released a report on Monday that indicates a drop in swine flu infections, however the death toll among children rose by about 30. As of November 21, widespread swine flu infections were reported among 32 states, which is less than the 43 states from the previous week, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials. The CDC also said there were 27 new lab-confirmed swine flu deaths in children under the age of 18, bringing the total number of...

2009-11-26 07:25:00

On Wednesday U.S. health officials expressed concern over a trend towards increased incidence of bacterial infections in young adults who have contracted the swine flu. Though serious bacterial infections are not uncommon for patients suffering from the flu, the particularly high rate at which it is affecting young people"”typically the most resilient group against such infections"”has given health experts a bit of an alarm.  Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease...

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2011-01-12 16:33:15

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...

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