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2011-12-01 12:56:35

Inadequate use of masks or respirators put health care workers at risk of 2009 H1N1 infection during the earliest stages of the 2009 pandemic in the U.S., according to a study published in the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The study, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tracked 63 Southern California health care workers who had contact with six of the first eight...

2011-09-27 05:43:21

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- People with asthma who are admitted to hospital with pandemic influenza H1N1 (swine flu) are half as likely to die or require intensive care than those without asthma, according to this study. The study found that, despite asthma being among the commonest illnesses seen in patients admitted to hospital with H1N1, people with the condition had less severe outcomes. In general, people with asthma are at risk of developing breathing difficulties when they have an...

2011-09-26 14:56:37

People with asthma who are admitted to hospital with pandemic influenza H1N1 (swine flu) are half as likely to die or require intensive care than those without asthma, according to new research. The study, which will be presented today (26 September 2011) at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Amsterdam, found that, despite asthma being among the commonest illnesses seen in patients admitted to hospital with H1N1, people with the condition had less severe outcomes. In...

2011-01-05 13:32:10

For those infected with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, extreme obesity was a powerful risk factor for death, according to an analysis of a public health surveillance database. In a study to be published in the February 1, 2011, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers associated extreme obesity with a nearly three-fold increased odds of death from 2009 H1N1 influenza. Half of Californians greater than 20 years of age hospitalized with 2009 H1N1 were obese. (Please see...

2010-07-29 16:47:03

New research shows that individuals with mild H1N1 infection may go undetected using standard diagnostic criteria, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, (APIC). The study concludes that coughing or other respiratory symptoms are more accurate in determining influenza infection than presence of a fever. Currently, public health officials rely on...

2010-04-29 14:05:00

MADISON, N.J., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than 99 percent of specimens tested for influenza were positive for H1N1 over approximately the past 11 months, according to a report released today from Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX). The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends(TM) Report suggests that H1N1 "crowded out" other influenza viruses to be the dominant flu virus of the 2009-2010 flu season. The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends Report also shows that H1N1 positivity...

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2010-04-21 06:15:00

Pregnant women who caught the H1N1 influenza were far less likely to die as a result of the disease if they were treated by flu medication within the first 48 hours, a new study published in the Wednesday edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes. According to the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, which were published by JAMA as part of an abstract accompanying the research, "Pregnant women had a disproportionately high...

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2010-03-26 08:00:00

The effectiveness of ordinary surgical masks as opposed to respirators in protecting health care workers against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus has been the subject of debate. An observational study published in the April 1, 2010 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, available online, suggests that surgical masks are just as effective as respirators in this regard. Researchers analyzed the incidence of H1N1 among health care workers from April through August of 2009 at Tan Tock Seng Hospital...

2010-02-18 08:50:33

A negative rapid flu test did not necessarily mean that the patient did not have the 2009 H1N1 influenza, said experts at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in a report that appeared online Feb. 15 in the journal Pediatrics. "The test was specific. That means that if it was positive, it's very likely that the child truly had influenza. However, the test was not very sensitive. A negative test did not mean the child did not have the flu," said Dr. Andrea T. Cruz,...


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