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2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Death Toll Much Worse Than Originally Believed
2012-06-26 12:02:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Shortly after the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported that roughly 18,500 people died from the virus, a finding that is being called into question as researchers now believe the death toll reached more than quarter of a million people, 15 times more than the original estimate. Publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, an international group of...

2012-05-22 18:32:56

Getting a flu shot during pregnancy provides unanticipated benefits to the baby, according to the authors of a large population-based study examining the issue. Specifically, the study showed that H1N1 vaccination during the pandemic was associated with a significantly reduced risk of stillbirth, preterm birth and extremely small babies at birth. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), the CHEO Research Institute and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) used data from...

Controversial Bird Flu Research Safe To Publish
2012-04-02 07:42:20

A panel of US science research experts that had previously barred publication of research on key details of a mutant strain of H5N1 bird flu, reversed that decision on Friday, saying two papers on the research are okay to publish after all. The announcement came after Dutch and US scientists made revisions to the research, and after an extensive review by the US National Science Advisory Board for Insecurity (NSABB). The panel opposed publication of the research in December because it...

Bird Flu Research To Remain Unpublished For Now
2012-02-19 05:18:06

A World Health Organization (WHO) panel has ruled that a pair of studies detailing how scientists were able to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could lead to a global pandemic will not be published in the near future, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times, a 22-person panel of experts drafted by the WHO decided to extend a moratorium on the research indefinitely, announcing that scientific journals Nature and Science...

2012-01-24 11:36:31

Only about one in five young adults in their late 30s received a flu shot during the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic, according to a University of Michigan report that details the behavior and attitudes of Generation X. But about 65 percent were at least moderately concerned about the flu, and nearly 60 percent said they were following the issue very or moderately closely. Using survey data collected from approximately 3,000 young adults during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza...

CDC Confirms New Swine Flu Strain
2011-11-26 05:28:29

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed three cases of a new flu virus that originated in pigs. The CDC said that it has counted a total of 18 cases of this new swine flu strain, which is known as S-OtrH3N2, in the past two years. William Schaffner, a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told USA Today that this suggests the flu is not spreading quickly or easily. The Iowa...

2011-09-16 07:00:00

First Influenza Cases of the 2011/2012 Flu Season roll in this week at MD Now Urgent Care Walk-in Medical Centers of Boca Raton and Lake Worth. As one of the largest providers of walk-in medical services in Florida, MD Now Urgent Care Centerâs medical staff had barely been administering the new all-in-one seasonal influenza vaccine to patients, employees and local businesses for less than a month when they suddenly began seeing its first cases of the flu. In the past, flu season...

CDC: Two US Kids Infected By Swine Flu Variant
2011-09-03 05:32:53

  Two U.S. children who had fallen ill with a previously unidentified influenza virus contracted a new strain that formed when one type of swine flu somehow picked up genetic material from the strain that was responsible for 2009's swine flu pandemic, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday. According to AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione, the children - one of whom was from Pennsylvania and the other from Indiana - were infected in...

2011-08-26 11:00:49

Why do some folks who take every precaution still get the flu, while others never even get the sniffles? It comes down to a person's immune system response to the flu virus, says Alfred Hero, professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. In one of the first known studies of its kind, Hero and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, used genomics to begin to unravel what in our complex genomic data accounts...

2011-08-08 19:41:05

Some vaccines are once-in-a-lifetime; others need a booster shot or two to maintain their potency. And then there's the flu vaccine, which only lasts a year. Strains of influenza virus change so much from year-to-year that new vaccines must be developed annually to target the strains of virus that are most likely to cause illness. But Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have now discovered a human antibody that recognizes many different flu strains. Understanding more about this...


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