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  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Award Winner Dies Of Swine Flue

    12/07/2009 3:12:42 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 13 replies · 784+ views
    Liza Northrop Beale, the general manager of The Almanac, a weekly newspaper in Washington, Pa. died Saturday of complications related to the H1N1 virus. She was 49 and lived in Peters Township which is suburban Pittsburgh.
  • Concerns Grow Over Possible H1N1-H5N1 'Reassortment,' Other Mutations

    12/06/2009 6:39:27 AM PST · by opentalk · 23 replies · 833+ views
    Homeland Security Insight and Analysis ^ | 01 December 2009 | Anthony L. Kimery
    'The obvious risk is of H5N1 combining with the pandemic [H1N1] virus' Virologists and influenza authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that the 2009 A-H1N1 flu virus could “reassort” with the highly virulent H5N1 avian flu that’s still prevalent in parts of the world like China, and that a mutation could occur resulting in a new strain that has the lethality of H5N1 and the human transmissibility of A-H1N1. The concerns have grown in the wake of revelations that mutations of the H1N1 flu virus had been found in Norway and elsewhere, leading experts to fear that it might just be...
  • Experts call for end of (Canada's H1N1) vaccination program

    12/05/2009 3:25:00 PM PST · by fanfan · 12 replies · 743+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | Dec. 5, 2009 | Sharon Kirkey
    With H1N1 poised to enter history as the least deadly of four global flu pandemics, some experts are calling for an end to Canada's mass vaccination program. Nature is already achieving what we would hope to achieve by vaccinating, they say. ~snip~ Fisman can't understand the rational for continuing mass vaccinations. He said that for a virus as contagious as H1N1, less than 30 per cent of the population needed vaccination to reach a critical level of immunity. ~snip~ Despite that view, Canada's top doctor this week pleaded with Canadians to get vaccinated if they have not already done so....
  • Chronicle of the Devastating Flu Epidemic is Frightening, Readable

    12/05/2009 9:47:08 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Great Influenza pandemic killed as many as 100 million worldwide when the global population was less than a third of what it is today. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years, more people in a year than the Black Death of the Middle Ages in a century. It didn't single out the very young and the very old. Half those who died were young people in the prime of life - in their 20's and 30's. By a bizarre and unprecedented stroke it turned the immune system itself into a killer. Two-thirds...
  • Questioning the Regular Yearly Flu Shot

    12/05/2009 6:18:38 AM PST · by RetSignman · 27 replies · 717+ views
    Me | Dec. 5, 2009 | RetSignman
    I have some serious concerns about the yearly shot that most people get during the flu season. It has been many years since I have had a serious cold or the flu.. This year after I had my shot, I came down with serious flu symptoms and it has been hanging on for more than a week. My next door neighbor also came down with the flu after she had her yearly shot, she went to her doctor and confirmed she, indeed, had the flu. I know that that this happens on occasion that the shot can cause the flu...
  • Are some more equal than others?

    12/11/2009 1:36:57 PM PST · by krogers58 · 11 replies · 422+ views
    Multiple Sources ^ | 12/11/2009 | Self
    I've had a hard time locating a flu shot around my locality, and for that matter one cannot find a flu shot in the entire state of New Hampshire unless you belong to a certain group of "at risk" people. More specifically, they are currently offering flu shots to those under 24 with certain underlying health problems. Well it appears that to the south in the people's republic of Massachusetts, both flu shots are available to anyone. Could it be that there are politics behind the availability of flu vaccine? Are democratic lives more valuable than those of somewhat more...
  • Study confirms low mortality for swine flu

    12/07/2009 4:14:28 PM PST · by TitleX · 22 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2009 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the most systematic looks yet at the swine flu pandemic confirms that it is at worst only a little more serious than an average flu season and could well be a good deal milder, researchers said on Monday. ... Lipsitch's team calculated a potential range of 7,800 to 29,000 deaths. This compares to seasonal flu, which kills 36,000 people a year and puts 200,000 into the hospital.
  • Team Uses Afghan Airwaves to Counter Flu Misinformation

    12/01/2009 5:35:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne, USAF
    NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Dec. 1, 2009 – Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team servicemembers recently took to the airwaves to combat misinformation about the spread of the H1N1 flu virus here. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, a senior medical officer for the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, records a radio message on Radio Kalagush, a U.S.-funded Afghan radio station that broadcasts from Forward Operating Base Kalagush in eastern Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, educating locals about the H1N1 flu virus, Nov. 19, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Natassia Cherne  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Lt. Jennifer Dreiling, team senior medical officer...
  • Aspirin, Tylenol May Decrease Effectiveness of Vaccines

    12/01/2009 1:19:13 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 296+ views
    University of Missouri ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Kelsey Jackson
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – With flu season in full swing and the threat of H1N1 looming, demand for vaccines is at an all-time high. Although those vaccines are expected to be effective, University of Missouri researchers have found further evidence that some over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and Tylenol, that inhibit certain enzymes could impact the effectiveness of vaccines. “If you’re taking aspirin regularly, which many people do for cardiovascular treatment, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and fever and get a flu shot, there is a good chance that you won’t have a good antibody response,” said Charles Brown, associate professor...
  • Elderly question flu shot controls- 65 and older face H1N1 vaccine limits

    11/29/2009 11:51:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 514+ views
    George Anter knows he has a lot to be thankful for during the holidays. The heart he received during a transplant procedure 12 years ago, for which he gives thanks every day, continues to do its job. Most Popular Stories # Elderly question flu shot controls # NORM: Wynns finalize divorce papers # U.S. HIGHWAY 95 CRASH: Longtime LV officer mourned # Slaying details emerge # NORM: At last, Ripa gets her wedding cake # NORM: Crash compounds Woods' problems # Surgeon agrees to plea deal in medical malpractice fraud case # Two more teens arrested in slaying of officer...
  • Remember when the vaccine shortage was all Bush’s fault?

    11/29/2009 3:01:07 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies · 961+ views
    Standard Mischief ^ | November 8th
    Random DU comment from 5 years ago: “This may be Bush’s Waterloo!” Kerry points to Bush on vaccine shortage What a difference five years makes on flu vaccine shortage And a letter to the editor of the Kansas City Star [1], Inequity in politics of flu vaccine shortages During the Bush administration, the Democrats seized on the shortage of the flu vaccine to accuse the administration of being unable to protect Americans — from either illness or terrorism. “If you can’t get flu vaccines to Americans, how are you going to protect them against bioterrorism?” Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic...
  • Experts Say Swine Flu Mutations Do Not Warrant New Alarm

    11/28/2009 12:46:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies · 939+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2009 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    The World Health Organization tried this week to dampen fears about mutations seen in the swine flu virus in several countries, noting that both mutations had been found in very few people. A change that created Tamiflu resistance has been found in about 75 people around the world, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, chief flu adviser to the W.H.O.’s director general. Two clusters, in cancer units at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina and a hospital in Wales, were both among patients whose immune systems had been severely suppressed by cancer treatment; some had had their bone marrow, which produces...
  • WHO advisers are on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical companies that make swine flu vaccines

    11/28/2009 8:19:07 AM PST · by autumnraine · 2 replies · 496+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 11/25/2009 | Russia Today
    It's the kind of information that fuels conspiracy theorists everywhere... Danish journalists claim several World Health Organisation advisers are on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical companies that make swine flu vaccines. RT talks to Louise Volle, a journalist at the Danish Daily Information newspaper and a co-author of the report...
  • Forget gold and silver, invest in garlic

    11/27/2009 2:44:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 1,158+ views
    Source material cannot be posted | 27 November 2009
    Thanks to a belief in its flu-repellent powers, garlic traders are on course to get stinking rich this year
  • Jump in number of global swine flu deaths

    11/27/2009 10:39:27 AM PST · by darkside321 · 6 replies · 428+ views
    The global number of swine flu deaths has jumped by more than 1,000 in a week, latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show. At least 7,826 people are now known to have died following infection with the H1N1 virus since it first emerged in Mexico in April. Europe saw an 85% increase in the week, with the total number of deaths rising from at least 350 to at least 650. However, in most cases the virus continues to produce mild symptoms. The overwhelming majority of patients usually recover, even without medical treatment, within a week. The biggest rise...
  • Swine flu epidemic escaped from lab, Australian scientists say

    11/27/2009 9:01:25 AM PST · by opentalk · 33 replies · 936+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 28, 2009 | Angela Kamper
    THREE Australian experts are making waves in the medical community with a report suggesting swine flu may have developed because of a lab error in making vaccines. "It could have happened in a lab where somebody became affected and then travelled with it," virologist Dr Adrian Gibbs said yesterday. Conjuring up a vision of Frankenstein's fictional monster fleeing the laboratory, he added: "Things do get out of labs and this has to be explored. There needs to be more research done in this area. "At the moment there is no way of distinguishing where swine flu has come from." The...
  • Has the Ukraine swine flu mutation spread to the United States?

    11/27/2009 6:19:34 AM PST · by autumnraine · 20 replies · 1,434+ views
    Examiner ^ | 11/25/2009 | Victoria Nicks
    A county medical examiner in Iowa has come forward to inform the public of the results of autopsies that point to bleeding in the lungs, just as in the fatal cases in the Ukraine and Norway. Many of these cases went undiagnosed as H1N1 due to the acute condition of the patients, and the invasive nature of testing. Norway/Ukraine flu in the United States The H1N1 mutation found in the Ukraine and in Norway is characterized by acute respiratory distress. According to Professor Victor Bachinsky, PHD, head of the Chernivtsi regional forensic bureau, the mutated form of the swine flu...
  • The reality behind the swine flu conspiracy

    11/26/2009 7:49:16 PM PST · by wannabegeek · 9 replies · 973+ views
    Russia Today ^ | November 26, 2009 | Irina Galushko, RT
    The message is clear – we are all going to die from swine flu. It spreads fast, it is dangerous, and it must be feared – says the World Health Organization. But worry not – there is a way to save yourself. Just get a flu shot – and purchase a remedy for the deadly virus. Those are the instructions from the WHO. Read more
  • Swine flu: Chicago begins offering inoculations at airports

    11/27/2009 5:33:28 AM PST · by autumnraine · 52 replies · 1,321+ views
    Chicago Times ^ | 11/26/2009 | Cynthia Dizikes
    As they battle the holiday crowds this weekend, frazzled travelers at Chicago airports also will have the option of stopping to get protection against the swine flu virus. A clinic at O'Hare International Airport run by the University of Illinois at Chicago began offering H1N1 flu vaccines in nasal mist form this week. City officials say the clinic also hopes to receive arm-shot vaccines this week and plans to open kiosks to administer the mist form of the vaccine at both O'Hare and Midway this weekend. "We feel that it is a good amenity and service for travelers passing through...
  • 24 reactions to H1N1 vaccine recorded in Canada with 1 person dead

    11/25/2009 3:05:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 25, 2009
    NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Twenty-four people have developed a side effect known as anaphylaxis from new-flu vaccine in Canada and one of them has died, Canadian health officials said Wednesday. The fatality was a man in his 80s who was suffering from an underlying disease, the officials said, adding they are investigating a possible linkage between the H1N1 flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc which the man was administered and his death.