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2011-06-14 00:37:24

Scientists using new mathematical and computational techniques have identified six influenza A viruses that have particularly close genetic relationships to the H1N1 "swine" flu virus that swept through the United States beginning in the spring of 2009. That virus eventually killed almost 18,000 people worldwide. Biological studies focused on these strains of influenza virus could shed light on how the 2009 pandemic strain of influenza emerged, aiding in efforts to forestall another pandemic,...

2011-06-03 17:16:00

TREVOSE, Pa., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Myles Druckman, MD, a leading disease outbreak WHO: specialist and travel medicine expert. Available to discuss the E. coli outbreak in Germany and associated topics, specifically the impact the bacteria may have on travelers to and from affected WHAT: areas in Europe: Threat: How does this strain of the E. coli bacteria differ from...

2011-06-02 14:30:00

Disease led to the establishment of the world's first veterinary school WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three decades after the global eradication of smallpox, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris last week announced the eradication of rinderpest, a previously dreaded livestock disease that, throughout history, has killed millions of animals in Europe, Asia and Africa, and triggered famines with devastating consequences for the world's human...

2011-04-26 11:10:02

Analysis of mutations of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus by researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center (OSC) has revealed major genetic differences between the virus in its early phase of infection in Japan and in its peak phase. While yielding valuable clues on the genetic origins of drug resistance, the findings also pave the way toward the development of new diagnostic kits for detecting and preventing the spread of global pandemic diseases. A unique triple combination of...

2011-04-26 00:35:01

Tokyo, Apr 26, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - Analysis of mutations of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus by researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center (OSC) has revealed major genetic differences between the virus in its early phase of infection in Japan and in its peak phase. While yielding valuable clues on the genetic origins of drug resistance, the findings also pave the way toward the development of new diagnostic kits for detecting and preventing the spread of global pandemic...

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2011-03-10 13:16:55

A group of independent experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report on Thursday on the U.N. agency's handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic. The experts rejected claims that the U.N. agency was influenced by commercial interest in its decision to declare a pandemic in the 2009 to 2010 flu season. The draft report released by the agency found that a "lack of a sufficiently robust, systematic and open set of procedures for disclosing, recognizing and managing...

2011-03-08 07:01:00

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AEMD), the pioneer in developing therapeutic filtration devices to address infectious disease and cancer, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Aethlon's request to export its Hemopurifier® medical device to India. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090325/LA88762LOGO-b) The FDA's approval was granted under Section 801 (e) of the Federal...

2011-03-02 13:54:53

Existing plans for antiviral and antibiotic use during a severe influenza pandemic could reduce wastewater treatment efficiency prior to discharge into receiving rivers, resulting in water quality deterioration at drinking water abstraction points. These conclusions are published this week (2 March 2011) in a new paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, which reports on a study designed to assess the ecotoxicologic risks of a pandemic influenza medical response. The research...

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2011-02-01 11:36:32

Boys predominantly pass on flu to other boys and girls to girls, according to a new study of how swine flu spread in a primary school during the 2009 pandemic, published Jan. 31 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results also suggest that flu transmission is most intensive between children of the same class, but that sitting next to an infected person does not significantly increase a child's risk of catching flu. The data will help researchers to model how...

2011-01-18 22:27:33

You are six times more likely to end up at the doctors with an acute respiratory infection (ARI) if you have recently used a bus or tram "” but those who use buses or trams daily might well be somewhat protected compared with more occasional users. These are the findings of a study carried out by experts at The University of Nottingham into the relationship between public transport and the risk of catching an ARI. Their findings have been published in the online Journal BMC Infectious...