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  • Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours

    02/27/2018 10:04:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | February 26, 2018 | By Kerry Grens
    One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication. Health authorities in Japan on Friday (February 23) approved a new flu medication, called baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), that aims to stop the virus within one day, according to The Wall Street Journal. The drug works by blocking the flu virus’s ability to use the host cell for replication. That’s a different mechanism from oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an anti-influenza medication available in the U.S. that works by blocking the virus’s neuraminidase enzyme, preventing its escape from the host cell. “The data that we’ve seen...
  • Which pharmaceutical company holds the patent for the flu vaccine?

    02/25/2018 6:51:52 AM PST · by bgill · 52 replies
    vanity | Feb. 25, 2018
    I can't seem to find which company developed or has the patent for the flu vaccine. Would it be the same company for all the different strains each year?
  • Flu Vaccine Works Better Than Expected-CDC. Flu shot making bad year worse-AP

    02/16/2018 9:22:52 AM PST · by spintreebob · 67 replies
    New York Times - AP ^ | 2-16-2018 | Donald G. McNeil, Jr-NYT, Mike Stobbe-AP
    The flu vaccine is more effective than expected, federal health officials said on Thursday at a special news conference held to discuss the dangerous flu season, which is expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans. This year’s vaccine is about 25% effective against the H3N2 strain of flu that is causing most illnesses and deaths, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Per the NYT. But look at the AP story. The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released...
  • The Head of WHO: At Any Time a Pandemic May Begin That Will Kill Millions

    02/15/2018 4:14:17 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 61 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 15 2018 - 12:58pm | Lena Kirakosyan
    The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreysus, warned the medical community that humanity is not ready, and is, therefore, vulnerable to a pandemic. The next outbreak, he said, will have terrible consequences for both the population and the economies of many countries. At the same time, he did not specify what disease or infection should be expected. The latest fears of a pandemic emerged after the violent outbreaks of influenza in recent years. But most of all, the medical community was shocked at...
  • Mom’s flu death may have sent Florida massacre suspect over the edge

    02/15/2018 7:50:15 AM PST · by conservative98 · 171 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 15, 2018 | Max Jaeger
    The deranged 19-year-old accused of the worst school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre may have been sent over the edge when his single mom died of complications from the flu in November, family said. Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 and injuring more than 15 when he opened fire inside South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. He and younger brother Zachary were adopted as infants by Roger and Lynda Cruz, but Roger died from a heart attack a decade ago, leaving Lynda to raise the boys herself, according to family. Lynda, 68, checked...
  • Norovirus Hits The Olympics, Staffers Quarantined

    02/13/2018 7:10:04 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 10 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 13 2018 - 8:56pm | Armen Hareyan
    Alarmingly, norovirus has become an uninvited guest at the Olympics. Five additional cases of norovirus have been reported at the Pyeongchang Olympics. This brings the total of confirmed cases of norovirus to 199 since the beginning of the February. However, authorities say 154 of those affected have recovered and been released from quarantine. Earlier in the Olympics, about 1,200 security workers were sequestered over the fear of norovirus spreading, forcing the military to...
  • Why parents keep sending their flu-ridden kids to school

    02/13/2018 5:01:12 AM PST · by SMGFan · 57 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 12, 2018
    They may not get into the city’s best public schools, but they’re gonna die trying. Parents are so desperate to get their children into coveted public middle and high schools that they are sending them in sick — even with dangerous flu symptoms — because absences count when it comes to admissions, an advocacy group said Monday. While city education officials publicly tell parents to keep their kids home, they allow many of the schools to set their own admissions policies — which can put much more weight on attendance than actual school performance, according to Community Education Council 2...
  • UV Lamps May Soon Make Our Buses and Trains Completely Germ Free

    02/13/2018 5:09:20 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 31 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 13 2018 | Armen Hareyan
    Public spaces such as subways, suburban trains, schools, or waiting rooms are breading grounds for germs that - especially in the fall and winter - contribute enormously to the spread of influenza and other types of viruses. Like many other illnesses, the flu is transmitted via droplet infections. That is, when talking, coughing, and sneezing infected individuals spray tiny droplets into common airspace, putting those around them at risk. For a long time, scientists have been looking for ways to keep the air in public spaces "germ-free" - without endangering people with harmful chemicals. Researchers at the University of Columbia...
  • She did not take medications because it was "too expensive" and died of "flu" less than a week later

    02/12/2018 5:44:03 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 103 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Feb 12 2018 | Armen Hareyan
    Texas teacher named Heather Holland, aged 38, died of complications from the flu after she decided to give up medical treatment because she considered the 116 dollar Tamiflu "too expensive." The complications from flu-like disease led a 38-year-old teacher to the hospital where she died after a septic shock. The cost of the medicine that was prescribed is $116. Heather Holland, of Weatherford, Texas, reportedly fell ill last Monday and two days later was diagnosed with the flu. According to Fox News, doctors prescribed Tamiflu, an antiviral drug that costs approximately $116. However, according to a statement by Holland's husband...
  • North Texas teacher dies after getting the flu

    02/10/2018 4:50:57 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 256 replies
    Chron ^ | February 6th 2018 | William Axford
    Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School with the Weatherford Independent School District died over the weekend, the Weatherford Democrat reports. Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper. By Friday night, Holland's condition worsened and she was taken to the hospital. Her husband Frank Holland told the Weatherford Democrat that she died Sunday morning. "She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her," Holland's husband told the Weatherford Democrat. Charlotte LaGrone, a spokeswoman for Weatherford ISD, told...
  • Can You Get the Flu Twice in One Season?

    02/04/2018 11:58:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Scientifc American ^ | February 4, 2018 | By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience on
    Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That's because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting sick with one strain of flu won't necessarily protect you from a different strain. But the good news is that it's pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. Having this happen would be "quite a stroke of bad luck," Schaffner told Live Science Most people who get the flu this season are getting sick with...
  • Florida nurse calls ER ‘a cesspool of funky flu’ in viral video rant

    02/02/2018 5:52:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Katherine Smith Lockler, of Milton, Florida, decided to air her frustration Saturday after finishing a 12-hour shift at the hospital, the Miami Herald reported. In the video, titled “After Work Thoughts,” she highlights the heightened risk of catching the flu this season and shares some sassy-toned tips to avoid getting yourself, and other people, sick. To start, she chastised those who bring extra people to the hospital saying it’s “a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now.” Don’t bring your kid’s sports team, don’t bring your "healthy children" and definitely don’t bring your newborn babies, Lockler said. ......
  • The flu can kill tens of millions of people. In 1918, that’s exactly what it did

    01/30/2018 10:14:37 AM PST · by rktman · 93 replies ^ | 1/26/2018 | Ashley Halsey III
    The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years. In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number — and perhaps five times as many — in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical holocaust in history.” Experts believe between 50 and 100 million people were killed. More than two-thirds of them died in a single 10-week period in the autumn of 1918. Never have so many died so swiftly from a single disease. In the United States...
  • Look Back 250 • Quarantine during 1918 Spanish flu epidemic saves lives

    10/14/2014 6:54:58 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 37 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 10/4/2014 | Tim O'neill
    ST. LOUIS • On Oct. 5, 1918, the city health department issued this warning: “Avoid persons with colds.” Dr. Max C. Starkloff, health commissioner, knew that wasn’t nearly enough. Two days later, with Mayor Henry Kiel’s strong backing, he issued an emergency order closing schools, theaters, pool halls, playgrounds and other public places. The strategy was known as “social distancing,” and the motive was to fight the Spanish flu that was sweeping the world. The misnamed influenza would kill many more people than the ghastly meat-grinder known as the Great War. The order was extreme, but it worked — St....
  • Enterovirus D68 And Influenza Far More Dangerous Than Ebola In U.S., Say Top Physicians

    10/09/2014 10:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/09/2014 | David Kroll
    A panel of infectious diseases experts this morning expressed far more grave concerns for Americans about the risks of flu and enterovirus D68 than for Ebola virus disease. That’s noteworthy because the group included Bruce Ribner, MD, MPH, the Emory University Hospital doctor who led the team that successfully treated two Ebola-infected medical missionaries, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. Infectious diseases caregivers and public health professionals are gathered in Philadelphia through the weekend for the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), more commonly known as IDWeek 2014. (You can also follow attendees in real-time on...
  • Synthetic protein kick-starts the immune system to prevent all strains of the flu

    07/09/2012 10:44:45 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 7 replies
    Gizmag / Dan Diego State University ^ | July 09, 2012 | Darren Quick
    We've seen promising moves towards developing a universal or near-universal influenza vaccine, but researchers at the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center have taken a different tack to ward of the crafty virus. Although the flu virus actively keeps the immune system from detecting it for a few days, giving it time to gain a foothold, the researchers have found that a powerful synthetic protein, known as EP67, can kick start the immune system so that it reacts almost immediately to all strains of the virus. Previously, EP67 had primarily been used to help activate the immune response by being added...
  • Frog snot gives hope for flu cure

    04/18/2017 12:49:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 18 April 2017 • 4:45pm | Henry Bodkin
    he mucus of a rare frog that lurks in the South Indian jungle could provide the basis of a powerful new class of drugs to combat influenza, scientists have said. The bright orange tennis ball-sized Hydrophylax bahuvistara was found to contain “host defence peptides” that proved able to destroy numerous strains of human flu, whilst protecting normal cells. Researchers are excited because the peptide showed it could bind to a protein that is identical across “dozens” of strains of the disease, increasing its potential potency as a drug. People would be advised to treat the Keralan amphibian with caution, however,...
  • The Next Pandemic

    09/02/2014 3:42:11 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    The Week Magazine ^ | 9-2-2014 | The Week Staff
    By The Week Staff August 30, 2014Think Ebola is alarming? Scientists expect a much deadlier virus to emerge in the not-distant future. How likely is a pandemic? Epidemiologists believe we're statistically overdue for a global viral outbreak, which occurs every generation or so. This year's Ebola crisis is probably just a dress rehearsal: Though the virus has killed at least 1,420 people in Africa in the last five months, Ebola is transmitted only through intimate contact with bodily fluids and doesn't have the global reach of a true pandemic, such as Spanish influenza in 1918. Humanity had no prior exposure...
  • Samples taken from 90-year-old body of Spanish flu victim Sir Mark Sykes

    04/25/2009 6:58:25 PM PDT · by antivenom · 19 replies · 1,512+ views
    Driffield Times ^ | 16 September 2008 | Driffield Times
    The body of Sir Mark Sykes - who died nearly 90 years ago from Spanish Flu - has been exhumed from his grave in the church of St Mary's, Sledmere, in a bid to help prevent a modern flu pandemic. The exhumation, on the morning of September 8, was carried out by a team led by one of the world's top virologists Prof John Oxford - Professor of Virology at Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prof Oxford previously told the Driffield Times: "If we can get samples, that will be wonderful for my team...
  • Hospitals Full-Up: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Video)

    10/26/2012 5:39:30 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 8, 2008 | UPMC Center for Biosecurity