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Health Experts Call Novel H7N9 Bird Flu ‘Unusually Dangerous’ As It Spreads Beyond China
2013-04-25 06:48:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A novel strain of the bird flu (H7N9) that has now infected more than 100 people in China and has taken the lives of at least 22 is being called “one of the most lethal” strains known, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And as of Wednesday April 24, the strain has moved beyond the constraints of the Far East nation. Taiwanese officials reported that a 53-year-old citizen who had made regular trips to the...

Bird Flu Genetic Analysis Reveals Easy Adaptation To Humans
2013-04-15 08:06:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new bird flu strain that has so far killed 11 people in China has been showing signs that it is quickly adapting to mammalian (particularly human) hosts, according to a new study led by Masato Tashiro of the Influenza Virus Research Center at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) in Japan, along with Yoshiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWMadison) and the University of Tokyo. Despite the...

2013-04-04 10:25:19

Significant investments over the past decade into disease surveillance and notification systems appear to have "paid off" and the systems "work remarkably well," says a Georgetown University Medical Center researcher who examined the public health response systems during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. The findings are published online today in PLOS ONE. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and the potential threat of bioterrorism, many new advanced systems for disease...

2013-02-15 11:17:36

Current Research Uses Smart Surveillance to Rapidly Identify Emerging Disease Threats EcoHealth Alliance, the nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced new research focused on the rapid identification of disease outbreaks in the peer reviewed publication, Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  The article, authored by leading scientists in the fields of emerging disease ecology, biomathematics, computational biology and...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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