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2010-03-20 11:09:25

Research: Critical illness due to 2009 A/H1N1 influenza 2009 in pregnant and postpartum women: Population-based cohort study Pregnant women in Australia and New Zealand who had swine flu were 13 times more likely to be admitted to hospital with a critical illness, according to research published on bmj.com today. The authors conclude that 11% of mothers and 12% of babies died as a result of being admitted to intensive care with swine flu. However they emphasise that given the small numbers...

2010-02-19 05:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) today presented to the world's leading pandemic influenza vaccine experts a summary of the recent preliminary safety and immunogenicity data from its Pivotal 2009 A/H1N1 VLP pandemic influenza vaccine study in Mexico. The presentation of the results were made by Maria Allende, M.D., at the invitation-only 6th World Health Organization (WHO) Meeting on Evaluation of Pandemic Influenza Vaccines in Clinical...

2010-02-01 16:29:32

Current research suggests that pandemic H1N1 influenza of swine origin has distinct means of transmission from the seasonal flu, yet does not result in the pathogenic severity of avian flu viruses. The related report by Chan et al, "Tropism and Innate Host Responses of the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in ex Vivo and in Vitro Cultures of Human Conjunctiva and Respiratory Tract," appears published online ahead of print in the April 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Pandemic...

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2010-01-20 11:57:04

A study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists provides additional confirmation that meat and tissue from pigs exposed to two strains of the 2009 novel pandemic H1N1 virus did not contain virus. The results were published today in the Public Library of Science's online journal, PLoS ONE. The study was conducted by scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the agency's National Animal Disease Center, part of the USDA National Centers for Animal Health...

2010-01-05 14:10:10

New production method can meet the demand of a global flu pandemic Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1, 'swine flu', based on insect cells. The research, published today in the Biotechnology Journal, reveals how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based production, revealing a new strategy for the fight against influenza pandemics. "Recent outbreaks of influenza highlight the importance of a rapid...

2009-12-31 11:25:07

Young people aged under 18 years are more likely than adults to catch swine flu from an infected person in their household, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the research also shows that young people are no more likely than adults to infect others with the pandemic H1N1 virus. In the study, by scientists at the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modeling at Imperial College London and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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2009-12-30 06:20:00

According to the head of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the H1N1 flu pandemic may not be conquered until 2011, and continued attention to the virus will be need to be regarded as it still can mutate. WHO Director Margaret Chan also warned that although countries have raised their defenses against the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years, they remain unprepared for mass outbreaks of the even deadlier bird flu virus. "It is still premature and too early for us to say we have...

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2009-12-08 08:35:00

Burden of disease may fall on young children and non-elderly adults A new study from researchers at the UK Medical Research Council and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) projects that the severity of the H1N1 flu during the autumn-winter flu season in the U.S. will likely be less than previously feared. The estimates of hospitalizations and life-threatening events in the study are the most accurate to date of the H1N1 pandemic's impact in the U.S. The study appeared online on...

2009-12-03 11:22:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the World Health Organization, the human H1N1/09 Type A influenza ("Swine Flu") has reached a pandemic level. Over 500,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide with at least 6,500 fatalities. Since there is no longer a requirement to test and report individual cases, these numbers undoubtedly understate the real situation. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091203/NY20654 ) There are currently only two approved drugs...

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2009-12-01 05:55:00

The government released a report on Monday that indicates a drop in swine flu infections, however the death toll among children rose by about 30. As of November 21, widespread swine flu infections were reported among 32 states, which is less than the 43 states from the previous week, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials. The CDC also said there were 27 new lab-confirmed swine flu deaths in children under the age of 18, bringing the total number of...


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