Latest Michael Osterholm Stories

Bird Flu More Common Than Previously Believed
2012-02-24 12:17:18

It was assumed that H5N1 bird flu is a rare disease that kills roughly 59 percent of the people it infects, but a new US study published in the journal Science suggests it may be more common and less deadly than previously believed. The research could help alleviate concerns of a worldwide flu pandemic that could kill millions and millions of people, sparked by the recent lab creation of a mutant bird flu strain that can pass easily between animals. The World Health Organization (WHO)...

Updated Flu Vaccines Needed
2011-10-26 13:40:06

Americans lining up for their annual flu shot might want to consider that the vaccines may be far less effective than thought, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Anna Yukhananov of Reuters reports that University of Minnesota disease specialist Michael Osterholm and his colleagues found the most common flu vaccine in the United States is effective for 59 percent of healthy adults, well below the 70 to 90 percent level previously reported. Stressing the...

2010-06-04 23:28:00

PORTLAND, Ore., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2010 Annual Conference will be held June 6-10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. An array of experts representing federal, state, and local health departments will discuss issues ranging from last year's flu pandemic, obesity, food safety, health care reform, information technology, and the global response to disasters such as the Haiti earthquake. In addition,...

2009-11-06 13:58:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Meridian International Center will convene government leaders, diplomats, policymakers, scientists, and public health officials in two roundtable discussions on international collaborative efforts and the public health, economic, and national security issues surrounding H1N1. Please make reservations to attend. WHEN: Monday, November 9, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. WHERE: Meridian International Center 1630 Crescent Place NW Washington DC 20009...

2009-07-16 15:20:00

A potential squabble is taking shape over the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, as governments fall under pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing firms who make the virus to ship the vaccine abroad. Furthermore, some nations could find their vaccine contracts with pharmaceutical firms are easily broken. With some 70 percent of the world's flu vaccines produced in Europe, only a small number of countries are self-sufficient in vaccines. Nations such as the U.S., which produces...

2009-07-15 06:00:00

ATLANTA , July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) released its Guidelines for Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response today. The guidelines in this document are targeted to local, state and federal agencies and provide model practices used in foodborne disease outbreaks, including planning, detection, investigation, control and prevention. Local and state agencies vary in their approach to, experience with, and capacity to respond to...

2009-06-05 10:58:00

Novel H1N1 Influenza A Response among Key Conference Components BUFFALO, N.Y., June 5, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2009 Annual Conference will be held June 7-11 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. This year's conference will focus on priority public health issues including the ongoing response to novel H1N1 influenza A. "The 2009 conference theme, 'Evidence-based Public Health in Challenging Times,' is...

2009-01-16 12:55:00

The U.S. government announced on Thursday that states have made progress in stockpiling drugs and preparing to vaccinate people in case of a widespread flu pandemic, but are far behind in plans for the ensuing months of disruption.Most states responsible for maintaining food supply in an emergency are adequately prepared, but transportation plans had a long way to go, according to the report from the U.S. Health and Human Services department. Experts agree the economic crisis would only make...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'