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  • C.D.C. Closes Anthrax and Flu Labs After Accidents

    07/11/2014 10:39:33 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    After back-to-back potentially serious laboratory accidents, federal health officials announced on Friday that they had closed the flu and anthrax laboratories of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have halted shipments of all infectious agents from the agency’s highest-security labs. The accidents, and the C.D.C.'s emphatic response to them, could have important implications for other laboratories around the world engaged in research into dangerous viruses and bacteria. If the C.D.C — which the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, called “the reference laboratory to the world” — had multiple accidents that could have, in theory, killed not just laboratory...
  • Young immigrant diagnosed with H1N1 at Lackland Air Force Base

    06/25/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT · by blueplum · 45 replies
    WOAI TV ^ | June 25th, 2014 3:06pm PST | Action 4 News Staff
    Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio has been diagnosed with swine flu. The San Antonio Metro Health District confirmed the H1N1 virus case with WOAI-TV. Online media outlet The Blaze first reported the case of H1N1 at the base, quoting Rep. Louie Gohmert as saying the child was "feverish for several days." The Blaze reported that 2,000 swine flu vaccines are being sent to Lackland to treat anyone who may have been exposed to the child. A spokeswoman for San Antonio Metro Health told WOAI-TV that the military reported the case to the health agency.
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Drug companies accused of holding back complete information on clinical trials (UK Tamiflu)

    01/03/2014 11:08:32 AM PST · by opentalk · 3 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | January 3, 2014 | Rajeev Syal
    Clinical trial results are being routinely withheld from doctors, undermining their ability to make informed decisions about how to treat patients, an influential parliamentary committee has claimed. MPs have expressed "extreme concern" that drug manufacturers appear to only publish around 50% of completed trial results and warned that the practice has "ramifications for the whole of medicine". Their conclusions have emerged in a public accounts committee report which examined the Department of Health's decision to spend £424m on stockpiling the flu drug Tamiflu, before writing off £74m because of poor record keeping. … A review by the non-profit Cochrane Collaboration...
  • Gene Therapy ... Against the Flu?

    06/10/2013 9:20:22 PM PDT · by neverdem
    ScienceNOW ^ | 29 May 2013 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge Image Power tool. An antibody called F16, seen here attached to an influenza virus protein, protected animals against a range of flu viruses. Credit: D. Corti and A. Lanzavecchia, Annu. Rev. Immunol. 31 (2013) In 2009, a global collaboration of scientists, public health agencies, and companies raced to make a vaccine against a pandemic influenza virus, but most of it wasn't ready until the pandemic had peaked. Now, researchers have come up with an alternative, faster strategy for when a pandemic influenza virus surfaces: Just squirt genes for the protective antibodies into people's noses. The method—which borrows ideas...
  • H1N1 virus found in marine mammals for first time

    05/15/2013 9:53:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2013-05-16 | Staff
    Prolog April 22 (Xinhua) -- Lin Yuanzhong has killed more than 40,000 ducklings in the past 10 days. if (it) continues for another 20 days, all the feed manufacturers, breeding farms and poultry raisers will be bankrupt. Even though the fast spread of H7N9 has only hit Shanghai, Beijing and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Henan, the ensuing fear has reached nationwide. {Back to the futuer} WASHINGTON, May 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. researchers said Wednesday they have detected for the first time the H1N1 virus in elephant seals off the coast of central California. The H1N1 strain...
  • Chinese Scientists Create Killer Hybrid Flu Virus In Lab

    05/04/2013 5:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies ^ | May 4, 2013 by | Soren Dreier
    Senior scientists have criticised the “appalling irresponsibility” of researchers in China who have deliberately created new strains of influenza virus in a veterinary laboratory. They warned there is a danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people. Lord May of Oxford, a former government chief scientist and past president of the Royal Society, denounced the study published today in the journal Science as doing nothing to further the understanding and prevention of flu pandemics. “They claim they are doing this...
  • US asks scientific journals to censor bird flu studies (Misleading title)

    12/21/2011 9:03:14 AM PST · by Islander7 · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Dec 20, 2011 | Reuters
    The US government has asked the scientific journals Nature and Science to censor data on a laboratory-made version of bird flu that could spread more easily to humans, fearing it could be used as a potential weapon. The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity asked the two journals to publish redacted versions of studies by two research groups that created forms of the H5N1 avian flu that could easily jump between ferrets - typically considered a sign the virus could spread quickly among humans. The journals are objecting to the request, saying it would restrict access to information...
  • THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail)

    12/14/2011 4:59:02 AM PST · by James Oscar · 348 replies · 1+ views
    Tokuisei.Com ^ | 12-14-11 | James Oscar
    THE COMING WAVE (An Interview With Mother Abigail) I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form. "Come in," she said, "I'll give you—shelter From the storm” -Bob Dylan-
  • Fears of new deadly super-flu which 'could spread to Britain within 24 hours'

    11/03/2011 7:54:57 AM PDT · by Just4Him · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/3/2011 | EMMA REYNOLDS
    Bird flu and human flu could merge into 'one of biggest biological threats of our time', warn scientists A new deadly strain of super-flu could spread to Britain within 24 hours, experts have warned. The potential for bird flu and human flu to combine and form a new virus has been described as 'one of the biggest biological threats of our time'. The alert comes as people have started to fall victim to seasonal flu and the more virulent swine flu at the same time, according to the Daily Express.
  • Study: Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines

    10/25/2011 7:46:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective. The findings, published online Oct. 25, 2011, in he International Journal of Obesity, provide evidence explaining a phenomenon that was noticed for the first time during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak: that obesity is associated with an impaired immune response to the influenza vaccination in humans. "These results suggest that overweight and obese people would be more likely than healthy weight people to experience flu illness following exposure to...
  • Playboy Mansion outbreak: Bacteria traced to whirlpool spa

    04/16/2011 10:34:11 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 31 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes/Blog ^ | 04/16/2011 | Staff
    Health officials identified legionella bacteria in a whirlpool spa at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles during an investigation in February that began when people were sickened after attending a fundraiser. A number of people came down with a respiratory illness after DomainFest's Feb. 1-3 conference, which culminated in a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. Officials investigated to see if legionellosis was at fault; the more severe version of that illness is known as Legionnaires' disease, while a milder version is called Pontiac fever.
  • CDC Issues H1N1 Alert In United States

    01/24/2011 1:57:41 PM PST · by The Comedian · 24 replies
    Recombinomics ^ | January 18, 2011 | Recombinomics
    "consideration of antiviral treatment for any previously healthy, non high-risk symptomatic outpatient with confirmed or suspected influenza, based upon clinical judgment, if treatment can be initiated within 48 hours of illness onset." The above comment is included in the recent CDC health alert on influenza antiviral treatment and diagnostic tests. This January 14, 2011 alert follows a significant outbreak of H1N1 in the UK and reports of increased H1N1 activity in the northern hemisphere. Initial reports from the UK indicated most fatal cases were young adults without underlying conditions. Subsequent reports have focused on patients with underlying conditions, but the...
  • Study suggests possible new treatment for severe 2009 H1N1 infection

    01/19/2011 7:57:50 AM PST · by decimon · 1 replies
    Infectious Diseases Society of America ^ | January 19, 2011 | Unknown
    Convalescent plasma therapy—using plasma from patients who have recovered from an infection to treat those with the same infection—has been used to treat multiple diseases. However, the efficacy of this treatment in patients with severe 2009 H1N1 influenza is unknown. A study published in the February 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases suggests that convalescent plasma may reduce the death rate in patients severely ill with this type of influenza. (Please see below for a link to the embargoed study online.) From September 2009 through June 2010, patients from a hospital cluster in Hong Kong with severe 2009 H1N1 infection...
  • Swine flu survivors developed super flu antibodies("universal" flu shot possible?)

    01/11/2011 3:00:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/10/11 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Swine flu survivors developed super flu antibodies Mon, Jan 10 2011 By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of antibodies from people infected with H1N1 swine flu adds proof that scientists are closing in on a "universal" flu shot that could neutralize many types of flu strains, including H1N1 swine flu and H5N1 bird flu, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said people who were infected in the H1N1 pandemic developed an unusual immune response, making antibodies that could protect them from all the seasonal H1N1 flu strains from the last decade, the deadly "Spanish flu" strain from 1918...
  • Swine flu survivors developed super flu antibodies (Universal flu shot?)

    01/10/2011 2:55:07 PM PST · by decimon · 52 replies
    Reuters | January 10, 2011 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – A study of antibodies from people infected with H1N1 swine flu adds proof that scientists are closing in on a "universal" flu shot that could neutralize many types of flu strains, including H1N1 swine flu and H5N1 bird flu, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said people who were infected in the H1N1 pandemic developed an unusual immune response, making antibodies that could protect them from all the seasonal H1N1 flu strains from the last decade, the deadly "Spanish flu" strain from 1918 and even a strain of the H5N1 avian flu. "It says that a universal...
  • NHS at the limit: Intensive care units almost full as swine flu takes its toll

    12/24/2010 10:14:52 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Updated 12/24/2010 | Sophie Borland
    Intensive care units across Britain are almost full as the NHS faces one of the worst flu outbreaks in a decade. Some hospitals have only one or two life-support machines left and critically ill patients are being transferred by ambulance to other trusts.... >snip< Senior doctors report that they are seeing the highest number of flu cases in more than 20 years and expect the situation to worsen over the coming weeks.
  • Extreme obesity associated with higher risk of death for 2009 H1N1 patients

    01/05/2011 11:53:43 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Infectious Diseases Society of America ^ | January 5, 2011 | Unknown
    [EMBARGOED FOR JAN. 5, 2011] For those infected with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, extreme obesity was a powerful risk factor for death, according to an analysis of a public health surveillance database. In a study to be published in the February 1, 2011, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers associated extreme obesity with a nearly three-fold increased odds of death from 2009 H1N1 influenza. Half of Californians greater than 20 years of age hospitalized with 2009 H1N1 were obese. (Please see below for a link to the study online.) Data from 500 adults hospitalized with H1N1 in...
  • Hong Kong Confirms Human Bird Flu Case

    11/18/2010 7:46:44 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/18/1020 | Associated Press
    HONG KONG, CHINA (AP) — Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years. Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu after returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, and is in serious condition in a local hospital.
  • 2010-11 Flu Vaccine.

    10/07/2010 9:22:23 PM PDT · by LukeL · 32 replies · 1+ views
    I just got my flu shot on Tuesday and for the past couple of days I have been lightheaded and having mild nasuea. I checked and discovered that the swine flu strain was included in this years vaccine, even though I asked the nurse if this was for the seasonal flu only. This is also the first time I have ever had a reaction to a vaccine.