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2009-07-22 13:42:04

The Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM VTEU) is part of a federally funded network of such centers that will take part this summer in a series of studies that will help determine the best dose of several experimental vaccines designed to protect against the 2009 H1N1 (swine) influenza.  BCM will participate in several studies of the candidate vaccines."These trials are important because we are in an influenza pandemic, and we don't have effective...

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2009-07-17 23:14:40

The U.S. government is planning for widespread H1N1 vaccination in the fall but federal officials say they are not worried about having enough vaccine. The yields, what we have heard about yields, is consistent with the way we were planning and we haven't heard news that has changed our expectations for vaccine availability in the fall, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a telephone...

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2009-07-17 13:22:50

Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the H1N1 flu pandemic was the fastest-moving pandemic ever and that counting every case would now be pointless, Reuters reported. The United Nations agency declared swine flu a pandemic on June 11. However, national health authorities will now only be required to report clusters of severe cases or deaths caused by the new virus, or unusual clinical patterns. The WHO said in a statement: "The 2009 influenza pandemic has...

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2009-07-14 05:15:00

The swine flu virus results in more lung damage than regular flu strains but still reacts positively to antiviral drugs, says a study on lab animals announced on Monday. Virologists headed by Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the University of Wisconsin took H1N1, removed from patients in the US, and several other seasonal flu viruses and injected them in mice, ferrets, macaque monkeys and miniature pigs. They discovered that H1N1 resulted in more serious lung lesions in mice, ferrets and macaques than...

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2009-07-12 07:35:00

U.S. researchers reported on Friday that obese people might be at risk of severe complications and death from the new H1N1 swine flu virus. The study, published in advance in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report on death and disease, described the cases of 10 patients at a Michigan hospital that were so sick they had to be put on ventilators.  Three of the patients died, two of which were considered severely obese.  The study also suggests doctors can...

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2009-07-10 11:20:00

The current strain of the infectious H1N1 virus that began among the swine population appears to be transmittable from humans to pigs as well, researchers reported on Thursday. Writing in the Journal of General Virology, Dr Thomas Vahlenkamp and colleagues from the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany, found that humans are able to infect pigs with the disease, and that the infection appears to spread rapidly. "Although in the early stages of the swine flu pandemic...

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2009-07-09 13:55:39

The British government says 14 people infected with the H1N1 influenza virus, or swine flu, have died in Britain to date. Liam Donaldson, Britain's chief medical officer, said while all 14 people did have the potentially deadly disease, swine flu was not directly responsible for all of the deaths, the BBC reported Thursday. Donaldson said epidemic levels regarding the influenza strain have nearly been reached in both London and the West Midlands. The United Kingdom currently trails only...

2009-07-08 07:22:21

While the H1N1 "swine flu" virus circled the globe this spring, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a level 6 pandemic alert, a team of researchers from MIT and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were already investigating why the new virus spread from person to person less effectively than other flu viruses. "While the virus is able to bind human receptors, it clearly appears to be restricted," Ram Sasisekharan, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor and director of the...

2009-07-03 10:12:48

Canadian health officials are warning against suggestions circulating on the Internet of H1N1 flu parties to deliberately self-immunize against the virus. The concept of the parties in which parents send children to parties where one child is known to carry the virus was first reported by British media earlier this week. The rationale is the children could catch a mild case of the flu, originally dubbed swine flu, and develop immunity before the virus mutates into a more virulent strain, the...

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2009-07-03 08:05:00

Though the swine flu has continued to spread across the planet in recent weeks, health experts have observed an infection pattern that tends to produce smaller, localized outbreaks rather than massive, wildfire-like epidemics.  Researchers at the highly-esteemed Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology now say they have pinned the fortuitous trend on a defunct viral protein.The researchers point to a binding protein on the surface of the H1N1 virus that is not very adept at...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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