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2014-04-25 09:58:21

In 2009 the influenza pH1N1 virus caused the first flu pandemic in the 21st century. The virus reached Finland in May 2009 and killed more than 50 people in the country. Since 2011 the pH1N1 virus infects Finns mainly during flu epidemics (winter/spring seasons). Infections with influenza pH1N1 virus vary from asymptomatic to serious complicated illnesses. World Health Organization has recommended Tamiflu for treatment of patients with severe or progressive illness. The disadvantage of...

No Evidence That Tamiflu Reduces Flu Complications, ER Admissions
2014-04-10 09:38:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tamiflu is widely used to help patients relieve symptoms of influenza. While the drug – generically known as oseltamivir – can shorten symptoms by about half a day, there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to the ER or complications of influenza. The new findings come from the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent, global healthcare research network, and the British Medical Journal. There had...

H1N1 Death Risk Dramatically Lowered If Antivirals Are Administered Within Two Days Of Symptoms
2014-03-19 09:19:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tamiflu treatments have been somewhat controversial over the past few years, with some evidence showing the H7N9 bird flu gaining resistance to the drug and others questioning the effectiveness of the antiviral medication. However, according to a large meta-analytical study, it has been found that adults hospitalized with H1N1 during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic were 25 percent less likely to die from the disease if they were...

Pediatric Tamiflu Is Currently In Short Supply
2014-01-10 04:26:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The liquid form of one of the leading prescription pediatric medicines used to treat influenza is currently in short supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a drug shortage notice posted on Monday. According to the notice, the shortage only applies to the oral suspension version of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) and is due to an increased demand for the product. The 30mg, 45mg and 75mg capsule versions remain readily...

H7N9 Double Whammy: Develops Drug Resistance, Remains Infectious
2013-12-11 08:01:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A deadly strain of avian bird flu that has been sickening people in China since last March has been offering health experts plenty of research material, with the most recent study showing that an H7N9 mutation has been found not to lose its ability to spread to mammals, despite developing resistance to drugs. It is commonly known in medical science that seasonal flu strains often become less transmissible once they develop...

2013-12-10 23:02:13

Study reveals that the drug-resistant strain retains its ability to replicate and cause severe illness. New York, NY (PRWEB) December 10, 2013 Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported that a virulent new strain of influenza – the virus that causes the flu – appears to retain its ability to cause serious disease in humans even after it develops resistance to antiviral medications. The finding was included in a study that was published today in the journal...

2013-11-25 09:52:15

How a sugar-rich mucus barrier traps the virus -- and it gets free to infect Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown for the first time how influenza A viruses snip through a protective mucus net to both infect respiratory cells and later cut their way out to infect other cells. The findings, published online today in Virology Journal by principal investigator Pascal Gagneux, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cellular and...

Carrot Compound Could Help Protect Against Flu And Other Diseases
2013-10-05 05:16:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New technology developed by experts at the FEMSA Center of Biotechnology at Technologic of Monterrey (ITESM) can purportedly use grated carrots to obtain natural compounds with the potential to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative conditions. Furthermore, the process, which enables scientists to genetically engineer for increased amounts of bioactive compounds in vegetables, also allowed the researchers to...

2013-09-24 09:40:36

Study may have implications for immunity against flu Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have uncovered a new mechanism by which influenza can infect cells – a finding that ultimately may have implications for immunity against the flu. Influenza viruses have two main proteins on their surface that allow them to do their dirty work: a protein called hemagglutinin allows viruses to infect cells, while a protein called neuraminidase allows viruses to escape from cells....

2013-07-16 14:10:45

Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection, but testing for antiviral resistance can give misleading results, helping hasten the spread of resistant strains. The authors of a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, characterized viruses taken from the first person known to be stricken with H7N9 influenza and found...


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