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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 thats 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 Afghanistans 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 youre 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 wont 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 Bushs 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 Bushs 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 cant 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.
  • Scientist Repeats Swine Flu Lab-Escape Claim in Published Study

    11/25/2009 6:17:44 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 5 replies · 673+ views
    Bloomberg | Nov 24. | Simeon Bennett
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  • Norwegian scientists raise concerns about mutated form of swine flu

    11/20/2009 9:20:30 AM PST · by marthemaria · 6 replies · 533+ views
    Scientists in Norway have identified a mutated form of the swine flu virus that is raising concern because it was found in two patients who died of the flu and a third who was severely ill with the disease, officials announced Friday. In a statement, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said the mutation "could possibly make the virus more prone to infect deeper in the airways and thus cause more severe disease," such as pneumonia.
  • Small batch of swine flu vaccines pulled in Canada (~170,000 doses)

    11/24/2009 12:37:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 356+ views
    AP on San Diego U-T ^ | 11/24/09 | Meera Selva - ap
    LONDON Canadian doctors have been advised not to use a batch of 170,000 swine flu vaccines after six reports of serious allergic reactions among recipients, but there are no similar reports from other countries, pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Tuesday. Authorities routinely monitor vaccines for any signals of problems, such as the allergic reactions that do occur, rarely, every year. Company spokeswoman Gwenan White said that GlaxoSmithKline advised medical staff in Canada ast week to refrain from using one batch of the vaccine while they look into reports that that it might have caused more allergic reactions than normal....
  • GlaxoSmithKline Recalls H1N1 Vaccine in Canada Over 'Life-Threatening' Allergy Risk

    11/24/2009 5:22:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 879+ views
    FOX News ^ | November 24, 2009
    LONDON The pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline says it has advised medical staff in Canada to not use one batch of swine flu vaccine for fear it may trigger life-threatening allergies. GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said Tuesday the company issued the advice after reports that one batch of the swine flu vaccine might have caused more allergic reactions than normal. She says the affected batch contains 172,000 doses of the vaccine. She declined to say how many doses had been administered before the advice to stop using them was given.
  • Whats in your H1N1 flu vaccine?

    11/22/2009 11:11:43 AM PST · by autumnraine · 64 replies · 1,774+ views ^ | 11/19/2009 | Alex Roslin
    Shaw wasnt always skeptical about vaccines. The neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia had his teenage son vaccinated with most of the recommended shots. But then he started studying some of the ingredients commonly found in vaccines. What he discovered caused him to go cold turkey on all shots for his six-year-old daughter. And that includes the vaccine for the H1N1 flu. I am not convinced H1N1 is sufficiently hazardous to most people to risk the potential downside of the vaccine, Shaw said over the phone from his office in the research pavilion at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority....
  • Signs Swine Flu Wave May Have Peaked in U.S.

    11/22/2009 7:02:22 AM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies · 769+ views
    NYtimes ^ | November 20, 2009 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Although federal health officials decline to use the word peaked, the current wave of swine flu appears to have done so in the United States. Flu activity is coming down in all regions of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, though it is still rising in Hawaii, Maine and some isolated areas. The World Health Organization said Friday that there were early signs of a peak in much of the United States. On Wednesday, the American College Health Association, which surveys over 250 colleges with more than three million students, said new cases of flu...
  • 4 at Duke get drug-resistant H1N1,three have died

    11/21/2009 4:28:00 PM PST · by tired&retired · 16 replies · 1,537+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | November 21, 2009 | KEITH UPCHURCH
    4 at Duke get drug-resistant H1N1 By KEITH UPCHURCH DURHAM -- Four patients at Duke University Medical Center, all from North Carolina, have tested positive for a type of swine flu that's resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu, and three have died, health officials announced Friday at a news conference in Raleigh. The fourth patient, a woman, is still a patient at Duke and ''is doing much better,'' they said. Although the four had the H1N1 virus, they all had other medical problems, so it's uncertain if the swine flu caused their deaths, they said. All four were in an...
  • Oregon cat is the first feline death from H1N1 in the U.S.

    11/21/2009 9:21:54 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 906+ views
    examiner ^ | November 20, | Amanda C. Strosahl
    Buddy Lou, a 10-year old tabby cat, has become the first feline death from H1N1 in the United States. It appears the cat acquired the H1N1 virus from the owners niece who had been sick with an influenza-like illness the previous week. H1N1 in cats: Buddy Lous illness The cat was brought to the Animal Clinic in Lebanon, Oregon, on November 4, with labored breathing and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. His breathing worsened by the next day and the cat was admitted to the veterinary clinic for treatment with antibiotics and oxygen. Buddy Lou did not respond to treatment...
  • Swine flu: Strain resistant to Tamiflu spreads between UK hospital patients

    11/21/2009 4:29:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 438+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/20/2009
    Five patients on a unit for people with severe underlying health conditions at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, were diagnosed with swine flu that is resistant to the drug. Three appear to have acquired the infection in hospital, the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) said. Two of the five have recovered and have been discharged from hospital, one is in critical care and two are being treated on the ward. The service said the resistant strain does not appear to be more severe than the swine flu virus circulating since the spring. All patients on the...
  • WHO plays down 'swine flu vaccination deaths'

    11/20/2009 9:22:06 PM PST · by Flavius · 44 replies · 1,236+ views
    afp ^ | 11/19/09 | afp
    The World Health Organisation said on Thursday that checks on many of the 30 deaths recorded following mass pandemic flu vaccinations had so far ruled out a direct link to the vaccines.
  • Swine flu cases fall in U.S. but may rise with holiday travel Mutated virus in 3 Norwegians

    11/20/2009 5:44:27 PM PST · by null and void · 9 replies · 445+ views
    WaPo ^ | Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Rob Stein
    The level of swine flu activity in the United States appears to be declining, although officials are worried about another increase of cases during the Thanksgiving holiday when many people travel and families gather. The news came as scientists in Norway announced that they had detected a mutated form of the swine flu virus ... It is the most recent report of mutations in the virus that is being watched closely for any change that could make it more dangerous. The two patients who had the mutation and died were the first swine flu fatalities in Norway. The third patient...
  • Tamiflu-resistant swine flu spreads 'between patients'

    11/20/2009 11:42:57 AM PST · by darkside321 · 37 replies · 728+ views
    Health officials say a Tamiflu-resistant strain of swine flu has spread between hospital patients. Five patients on a unit treating people with severe underlying health conditions at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff were infected. Three appear to have acquired the infection in hospital. They are thought to be the first confirmed cases of person-to-person transmission of a Tamiflu-resistant strain in the world. There have been several dozen reports around the world of people developing resistance to Tamiflu while taking the drug - but they have not passed on the strain to others. Just one possible cases of person-to-person transmission...
  • Moldova feeds soldiers garlic, onion to beat swine flu

    11/19/2009 9:08:27 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 614+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 19, 2009
    Moldovan soldiers has been issued with an extra ration of onions and garlic to ward off swine flu, the defence ministry's chief doctor said Thursday. "We have introduced an extra 25 grams (one ounce) of onion and 15 grams of garlic in their daily ration," Sergiu Vasilita told AFP. So far, 24 soldiers have completed treatment for swine flu, while 19 are in hospital with acute respiratory infections, he said.
  • Professional Santas want H1N1 shots [The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas]

    11/19/2009 7:40:55 PM PST · by Daffynition · 7 replies · 519+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | staff reporter
    A U.S.-based group representing people who portray Santa Claus during the Christmas season wants its members to be designated a priority group to receive the swine flu vaccine. Over the next few weeks, Father Christmases will come into contact with thousands of children at shopping malls and Santa Claus parades. The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, a fraternal organization that provides training and resources for people who work or volunteer as Santa Clauses, said the health of its roughly 700 members is a real concern. "Yes, we should be given the needle," said Nicholas Trolli, the organization's president. "Many...
  • Government Hijacks Kids TV To Propagandize For Swine Flu Shots

    11/19/2009 10:02:25 AM PST · by Moseley · 2 replies · 343+ views
    The Schiffer Report ^ | November 19, 2009 | Paul Schiffer, The Schiffer Report
    VIDEO posted on THE SCHIFFER REPORT website exposing the Obama Administration's attempts to use children to spread propaganda for the swine flu vaccine
  • Cobbling Together a Crisis - Even as the swine-flu epidemic has peaked.

    11/19/2009 9:18:41 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 557+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 19, 2009 | Michael Fumento
    November 19, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Cobbling Together a CrisisEven as the swine-flu epidemic has peaked. By Michael Fumento ‘Swine flu has killed 540 kids, sickened 22 million Americans,” screams USA Today’s page-one headline, with a sub-head proclaiming, “CDC: Cases, Deaths are Unprecedented.” “Swine flu cases in the U.S. are rising at the fastest pace for influenza in four decades,” breathlessly declares the lede of a Bloomberg News article. Another article’s title refers to a “national swine flu spike.” Scary stuff — but it’s phony. It’s actually a desperate effort to distract from an alarmist media world’s greatest nightmare: that...
  • Health Ministry: Flu, respiratory diseases claim 344 lives in Ukraine (Reports are confusing)

    11/18/2009 3:02:11 PM PST · by Mother Abigail · 20 replies · 970+ views
    Kyivpost ^ | 11-18-09
    Health Ministry: Flu, respiratory diseases claim 344 lives in Ukraine Yesterday at 20:36 | Interfax-Ukraine The current flu epidemic and other acute respiratory diseases in Ukraine has claimed 344 lives by Wednesday evening, the Health Ministry said. It said 18 people had died of such diseases in the previous 24 hours. The ministry said 1.502 million people had contracted such illnesses since the epidemic broke out and that 44,781 had fallen ill in the past 24 hours. A total of 83,904 people have been hospitalized since the start of the epidemic, and 54,407 of them have been discharged from the...
  • On the epidemiology of influenza

    11/18/2009 3:56:37 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Virology Journal ^ | 02.25.2008 | John Cannell et al
    Abstract The epidemiology of influenza swarms with incongruities, incongruities exhaustively detailed by the late British epidemiologist...propose a parsimonious theory explaining why influenza is, ..."seemingly unmindful of traditional infectious disease behavioral patterns." Recent discoveries indicate vitamin D upregulates the endogenous antibiotics of innate immunity and suggest that the incongruities explored by Hope-Simpson may be secondary to the epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency. We identify and attempt to explain nine influenza conundrums: (1) Why is influenza both seasonal and ubiquitous and where is the virus between epidemics? (2) Why are the epidemics so explosive? (3) Why do they end so...
  • Better Not Cough: Santas Lobby for Swine Flu Shots

    11/17/2009 5:19:54 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/17/2009 | Yahoo
    CONCORD, N.H. Forget cookies and milk. Santa wants the swine flu vaccine. Many of the nation's Santas want to be given priority for the vaccine and not just because of those runny-nosed kids. There's also the not-so-little matter of that round belly. Research has suggested obesity could be a risk factor. Swine flu has become such a concern that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas featured a seminar on the illness at a recent conference in Philadelphia. The group also urged its members to use hand sanitizer and take vitamins to boost their immune systems. The president...
  • Immune system of healthy adults may be better prepared than expected to fight 2009 H1N1 influenza

    11/16/2009 12:23:01 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 560+ views
    WHAT: A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory that can blunt the severity of infection caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The study team was led by Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., and Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Calif., grantees of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The...
  • H1N1 'no worse' than regular flu: top MD (Canada's Chief Public Health Officer)

    11/16/2009 10:24:32 AM PST · by fanfan · 29 replies · 999+ views
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 16, 2009 | Sharon Kirkey
    OTTAWA Despite the recent surge in H1N1 deaths, the nation's chief public health officer says the pandemic virus appears no deadlier than regular seasonal influenza and that there could actually be substantially fewer flu deaths than normal this season. Although H1N1 is disproportionately infecting more children and otherwise healthy young adults, "the mortality rate from this (H1N1) is no worse than seasonal flu," Dr. David Butler-Jones said. "The individual risk of severe disease or dying if you happen to get the flu is very similar today as it was back in June. It's just that we're starting to see...
  • CA: Immigration status not a barrier for swine flu vaccine, officials say

    11/15/2009 10:07:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 527+ views
    North County Times ^ | 11/15/09 | Edward Sifuentes
    County officials have begun airing public service announcements urging at-risk Latinos, including people who are in the country illegally, to get vaccinated against the swine flu, also known as H1N1. Local health officials said their priority is public safety, not politics. "When it comes to public health, it doesn't matter who you are," said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, San Diego County's deputy public health officer. "We are going to take the same necessary precautions to protect the public's health." Giving illegal immigrants swine flu vaccines has drawn relatively little controversy. Officials from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to...
  • Summary of current theories in alternative/supplemental treatments for H1N1

    11/14/2009 11:57:53 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 5 replies · 684+ views
    Faith, Reason, and Health blog ^ | 11/15/09 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, November 15, 2009 Summary of current theories in alternative/supplemental treatments for H1N1 I originally posted the following on the FluTrackers forum on July 18, 2009 (I have not found a better summary of these issues online, but if I do I'll post them here): As far as I'm concerned, the gold standard for information on evidence based treatment alternatives for pandemic influenza characterized by cytokinemia (cytokine storm) is Dr. Fedson's paper in the 12 Jun 2009 edition of the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses titled Confronting the next influenza pandemic with anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory agents: why they are...
  • Beautiful Cheerleader Develops Dystonia After Receiving Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine

    11/14/2009 2:27:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 5,334+ views
    Inside Edition ^ | 10/16/2009
    The FDA's website lists the Swine Flu H1n1 vaccines ingredients which include mercury, squalene and formaldehyde. Research the ingredients for yourself. Click here to find out what scientists have discovered about damaging effects of mercury on the brain: Although Dystonia is a less prevalant disorder, autism rates in America's children have skyrocketed. 1 in 150 children in America are diagnosed with autism. Mercury has been proven to cause nonsocial and uncontrollable behavior in primates. Scientific studies has proven mercury poisoning causes neurological damage... Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements...
  • H1N1 Priority Target Groups

    11/14/2009 5:30:33 AM PST · by gridlock · 37 replies · 1,660+ views
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website ^ | 11/14/09 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a panel made up of medical and public health experts, met July 29, 2009, to make recommendations on who should receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine While some issues are still unknown, such as how severe the flu season, the ACIP considered several factors, including current disease patterns, populations most at-risk for severe illness based on current trends in illness, hospitalizations and deaths, how much vaccine is expected to be available, and the timing of vaccine availability. The groups recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine include: Pregnant Women because they are at...
  • Va. teen suffers rare illness after swine flu shot

    11/13/2009 10:25:02 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 64 replies · 2,254+ views
    msnbc ^ | 11-12-09 | JoNel Aleccia
    A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu. Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy. The doctor said Ill recover fully, but its going to take some time,...
  • Ukraine WHO And The Geopolitics Of Swine Flu Panic

    11/13/2009 8:11:00 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 862+ views
    The Market Oracle ^ | 11-13-2009 | F_William_Engdahl
    Ukraine WHO And The Geopolitics Of Swine Flu Panic Politics / Global Pandemic Nov 13, 2009 - 03:30 AM By: F_William_Engdahl Latest reports of what is being called a deadly Swine Flu outbreak in Ukraine according to on sight reports appear to be a political concoction by a threatened government to avoid election defeat and possibly declare martial law. The details indicate how convenient the current WHO Swine Flu H1N1 pandemic scare is for regimes in trouble. Worldwide media reports in recent days have painted a picture of Ukraine as being under the Black Plague or worse. One of the...
  • Deputies Hold Boy Who Fled Flu Shot ( Obama Care ? )

    11/13/2009 6:57:01 PM PST · by george76 · 52 replies · 2,742+ views
    Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ^ | November 11, 2009 | SHELLEY HANSON
    Student refused; was held down for vaccination. It took the strength of two sheriff's deputies to keep a middle schooler still enough to receive a shot of the swine flu, or H1N1, vaccine at a recent clinic. During a regular Wheeling-Ohio County Health Board meeting Tuesday, health department Administrator Howard Gamble told board members about the student's attempt to flee Wheeling Middle School during a vaccination clinic held there last Friday. He noted the boy's mother could not bear to watch the scene and left the gymnasium. "He tried to run. I looked over and saw two sheriff's deputies holding...
  • President's address to the Ukrainian people on the occasion of flu epidemic in Ukraine

    11/13/2009 5:52:07 PM PST · by FromLori · 16 replies · 772+ views
    Dear fellow citizens! I address you in performance of my constitutional duty under the Article 106 of the Basic Law of the state. The reason is the emergency epidemic situation in the country. Infections of viral origin, including the A/H1N1 flu, are rapidly spreading across Ukraine. The emergency is evident in the scale of the epidemic: the speed and the geography of its spreading, rapid progress of the illness and the exceptional number of deaths. People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors. This is absolutely unprecedented and inconceivable in the XXI century. All the limits have been exceeded -...
  • Arm yourself for Swine Flu and Winter Illness

    11/13/2009 3:00:50 PM PST · by STARWISE · 49 replies · 1,688+ views
    Rocklin & Roseville Today ^ | 11-2-09 | Dr. Dennis Godby
    Many are conflicted - to get the H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot or not. Regardless of what you decide for you and your family members, everyone would be wise to work at preventing the flu. Your best defense against the virus or any other infection is to strengthen your immune system. My naturopathic recommendation is to work on a strong, healthy body, and worry less about the outside bugs. Fear is not a good defense or offense, but just one more stress that we place on ourselves that will not only not protect us from getting the virus - but will...