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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...

2012-09-06 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...

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2012-08-30 17:23:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You may have contracted the flu, and already passed it on to your neighbors, before you ever started showing symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers found while examining influenza transmission in ferrets that the virus can actually be passed on to someone else before the symptoms occur. Knowing whether someone is infectious before symptoms occur is important to try and help authorities stop an epidemic. Previous...

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2012-07-31 21:04:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new strain of avian influenza has be blamed in the deaths of over 160 seals off the New England coast last year, sparking fears that the virus, or one like it, could spread to other animals, including humans. The majority of the dead harbor seals were less than six months old and an anatomical and microbiological analysis showed that these animals suffered from lesions and severe pneumonia, according to a report published in mBio,...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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