Analysis of Spanish flu cases in 1918-1920 suggests transfusions might help in bird flu pandemic

Transfusions with blood products taken from people who had recovered from Spanish influenza may have reduced risk for death and improved symptoms of hospitalized patients who contracted Spanish influenza complicated by pneumonia. Early treatment was superior to later treatment.

Researchers studied medical literature published shortly after the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and found eight relevant studies.

Similar transfusions might be useful in treating victims of a bird flu pandemic, especially in light of the problems with existing vaccines and treatments, say authors of the Spanish flu study. They say that a single recovering bird-flu patient could donate "a weekly volume of plasma sufficient to treat multiple patients with H5N1 influenza."

The article "Convalescent Blood Products for Spanish Influenza Pneumonia: A Future H5N1 Treatment?" will be published in the Oct. 17, 2006, print edition of Annals of Internal Medicine and is available at http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/0000605-200610170-00139v1. An accompanying editorial is available at http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/0000605-200610170-00140v1.

Spanish flu (H1N1) and bird flu (H5N1) are subtypes of influenza A virus. The Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 to 1920 killed between 20 million and 100 million people worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that a bird-flu pandemic is a serious possibility today. As of August 24, 2006, 241 cases of confirmed avian flu A/(H5N1) have been reported to WHO, resulting in 141 deaths.

WHO says H5N1 virus is widespread in birds, particularly poultry which seems to be the source of the Asian infections. Widespread prevalence of the virus in birds increases the chance of transmission from bird to human. When human cases become transmiss

Contact: Susan Anderson
American College of Physicians

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Analysis: Older men treated for early prostate cancer live longer than those not treated
2. Analysis: Condition could predict life or death in heart patients
3. Analysis shows blacks have poorer diabetes control than whites
4. Spanish project AmIVital creates intelligent communication devices for elderly and disabled people
5. Medical Spanish course helps physician assistants examine, communicate with Hispanic patients
6. Childrens Hospital Pittsburgh doctors at Cardiac World Congress; Only US doctors to present in Spanish
7. RAND finds cases of undiagnosed diabetes drop sharply
8. SCAIs Therapies in Evolution showcases exciting future of interventional cardiology
9. Worldwide Parkinsons cases will double in next 25 years
10. Experts urge strongest isolation for new drug-resistant tuberculosis cases appearing in South Africa
11. High-power MRI helps Mayo Clinic surgical team predict outcomes in unusual tumor cases

Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Dr. Todd S. Afferica, a noted general dentist in Norcross, GA ... Afferica now uses the BIOLASE WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ in many of his dental procedures. ... traditional cutting tools, such as the scalpel and high-speed drill, which can both cause ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... In an article published November ... determine which patients are or are not eligible for bariatric surgery. The article explains ... 40, are more than 100 pounds overweight, or have a BMI of 35 and ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... It takes only three to five ... is critical that the first impression be positive and reflects business values. If a ... buy anything or want to return. They will also share their thoughts about a ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members ... live taping of the next CURE Connections® video series on Saturday, ... Symposium at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. , CURE ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Aided by seed funding from the ... study designed to yield insights into how to detect and treat pancreatic cancer (PC). ... cancer from small, non-coding RNA molecules (ncRNA), genetic material that is present in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015 F1000Workspace - a ... since it was launched just six months ago. --> ... authoring platform for scientists - since it was launched just ... been loaded on to F1000Workspace - a research ... it was launched just six months ago. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... st  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological ... in Chicago on Nov-29 th through ... st  Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of ... Chicago on Nov-29 th through Dec-4 th ... will present its revolutionary whole body CZT digital SPECT/CT solution at ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 Teledyne DALSA , ... image sensing technology, will introduce its CMOS X-Ray detector ... , November 29 to December 3, at McCormick Place in ... detectors for diagnostic and interventional imaging will be on display ... family of advanced CMOS X-Ray detectors is the industry ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: