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2013-01-02 05:04:33

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threats require appropriate preparedness measures. ContagionSurvival.com carries masks, hoods, isolation suits and evacuation equipment for the general public. Tarzana, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2012 A new video from ContagionSurvival.com highlights the gear available to the general public to protect families from the threats and exposure to CBRN´s (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear). It briefly covers what the CDC (Centers for...

2012-11-30 16:22:25

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, has issued a special series of articles focused on emerging zoonoses (human diseases that originate in or are shared with animals). The featured papers are authored by leading scientists, many of whom collaborate with the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats (PIOET) program, which was established in October 2009 to ensure a...

2012-11-30 16:22:14

The Lancet Series Dovetails with Anniversary Symposium Hosted by Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EcoHealth Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health, is honored to promote a special series of articles focused on emerging 'zoonoses' (diseases that originate in animals) in the prestigious journal, The Lancet. The series includes three articles titled,...

2012-11-28 08:25:35

Best-Selling Author Paul Alexander Examines Deadly Consequences Of Washington's Fight Over Hand Soap NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Germs have wiped out whole civilizations and remain a serious public health threat even today. Now, one of the most common household items used to fight against germs is front and center in a debate that is based on politics, not science. Best-selling author Paul Alexander uncovers the motives behind the push to ban antibacterial soap...

2012-10-09 14:13:17

Mathematicians have developed a powerful tool to quantify the spread and infectiousness of viruses like the pandemic H1N1 flu strain, which can be used together with modern laboratory techniques to help the healthcare system plan its response to disease outbreaks. By putting statistical data under the microscope, University of Warwick researchers have created a model to predict the impact of future pandemics in real-time as they strike. During the 2009 outbreak, the true extent of H1N1...

2012-10-09 13:15:21

A new model of influenza transmission, published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine, using more detailed information about patterns and severity of infection than previous models, finds that cases and transmission rates of H1N1 during the 2009-2010 flu pandemic have been underestimated. This model can provide a more robust and accurate real-time estimate of infection during a pandemic, which will help health services prepare and respond to future outbreaks. During an...

Can Dogs Get Flu From You
2012-10-04 09:09:04

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Can your dog get the flu from you? Scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) say the next time you´re sick, you might want to distance yourself from your beloved pets. Their recent research explored the possibility of human-to-pet flu transmissions and found evidence that the infection of pets from humans — especially during the peak of flu season — is a cause for concern. While there´s not much...

2012-09-27 06:27:39

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Public health officials and medical experts practiced what they preach by getting vaccinated against influenza during a National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' (NFID) news conference today. Urging the public to follow suit, experts cautioned that influenza is unpredictable and that last year's mild season is not necessarily an indication of what can be expected in 2012-2013 and, even during mild seasons, flu takes a serious toll. Assistant...

2012-09-20 02:28:47

PARIS and NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) and the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced today a new research collaboration agreement to accelerate the discovery and development of novel compounds against tuberculosis (TB), a deadly infectious disease that resulted in almost 1.5 million deaths worldwide(1) in 2010. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110616/NY20158LOGO ) Under the agreement, Sanofi and...

2012-09-06 12:48:22

Provocative NEJM essay calls for redoubling of efforts Each year, nearly 2 million people die from tuberculosis — a treatable disease that has been brought under control in the United States, but continues to ravage other parts of the world. This health inequity should prompt a complete rethinking of the way tuberculosis is fought on a global level, argue Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Their argument appears in an essay...