Tag: "flu" at medical news
Live H5N1 avian flu virus vaccines show protection in animal studies
...m a deadly infection with naturally occurring H5N1 flu
viruses. The findings, which appear in the Septemb...vaccine based on one particular strain of the H5N1 flu
virus that could potentially protect against different emerging H5N1 flu
strains. Senior investiga...
Public confidence in government drops as 5th anniversary of 9/11 approaches
... system was ready to respond effectively to a bird flu
pandemic. Additionally, far fewer Americans (38 percent) expressed confidence in Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to do his job than they previously expressed for his predecessor, Tom Ridge (65 percent in 2004). "These res...
Don't rely on cold reason - trust your intuition as well
..., a new generation of nuclear power stations and a flu
pandemic trigger public distrust in the powers-that-be? What can the government do to re-build trust in politicians and scientists? Risk researchers say the answer lies in emotions, not reason, especially when the perceived risk is related to healt...
Analysis of Spanish flu cases in 1918-1920 suggests transfusions might help in bird flu pandemic
...iterature published shortly after the 1918 Spanish flu
pandemic and found eight relevant studies. Simil...ions 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 ...
Quick diagnosis of flu strains possible with new microchip test
... of influenza would be invaluable to international flu
surveillance efforts," says NIAID Director Anthony...n. A key challenge in designing a gene chip for flu
diagnosis is determining which flu
virus gene sequences to use as probes, notes Dr. Rowlen. In a com...
2006 Science-in-Society award winners announced
...ic and in Colorado, and the worldwide effects of a flu
pandemic are the subjects of this year's winners o...ic, drawing on the lessons of the devastating 1918 flu
epidemic and many other sources. The judges described the article as "An excellent primer for an inf...
New bird flu drug promises to beat the problem of resistance
A new kind of drug to fight bird flu
that will not suffer from the same kind of resista...al influenza drug. The search for an alternative flu
drug has become all the more pressing as the full extent of resistance the ability of the influenza...
Tamoxifen for breast cancer prevention does not benefit most women
...e 1.67-percent risk level. In comparison, annual flu
shots cost about $980 per year of life saved for patients ages 65 and older; colonoscopy every 10 years costs about $11,000 per year of life saved for people 50 and older; and annual mammography costs about $58,000 per year of life saved for women ag...
Perth researchers to trial bird flu vaccine
...ials. "While there hasn't been any case of bird flu
being spread from human to human, it's important t...ll the same as what would be found in conventional flu
vaccines." If the vaccine is found to be safe and effective, stocks would then be manufactured to ...
H5N1 vaccine could be basis for life-saving stockpile
... the team mixed genes from a safe, laboratory bird flu
virus with a gene for the hemagglutinin (HA) protein from the H5N1 virus isolated in Hong Kong. The virus uses the HA proteins on its surface to infect cells in the respiratory tract. The resulting vaccine had the outside appearance of a dangerous vi...
Experimental vaccine protects lab animals against several strains of H5N1
...uenza virus that experts fear could cause the next flu
pandemic. But will these vaccines remain effective...ets from getting sick when exposed not only to the flu
strain from which the vaccine was made, but also two other strains, including a deadly strain labele...
Vaccinate or not? Treat or not? Study looks at tricky health decisions
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If a deadly bird flu
reaches America, which would you choose: Would you...narios -- an experimental vaccine against a deadly flu
and chemotherapy for a slow-growing cancer -- and asked to choose either to get the medical option o...
Lower literacy means poor health and poor health care access for older people
...ed by lacking a regular doctor or place of care, a flu
shot within the previous year, or insurance to cover medication. Subjects with a seventh- to eighth-grade reading level also had less health care access compared to the ninth-grade group, but after accounting for other factors the differences were no...
NIAID study finds higher dose of flu vaccine improves immune response in the elderly
...Americans with extra protection against the annual flu
virus: give them a higher dose of seasonal flu
vaccine. This idea is suggested by the results of a newly reported clinical trial supported by the N...
High-dose flu vaccines appear to safely boost immunity in elderly
... virus have been available for 50 years to prevent flu
and its complications, according to background inf...ecrease with age, however, and currently available flu
vaccines are not always effective in the elderly. Recommended vaccines contain 15 micrograms (g) of...
Tunnell Consulting awarded contract to fight avian flu
...zation, the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian flu
virus has killed an estimated 200 million birds an...tists say it is only a matter of time before avian flu
infection is found in birds in North America. The worldwide concern is that rapid spread among birds...
Putting healthcare dollars into the 'right' prevention services
...y and colorectal cancer screening. In the study of flu
vaccination, the methodology shows that over 275,000 years of life can be saved by offering vaccine to everyone over 50 years of age. For those over 65, the cost is only $970 per year of life saved. In the study of colorectal cancer screening, the au...
Infants or adults? NIH ethicists argue for new bird flu priorities
An American flu
pandemic would present difficult and tragic choices: As many as 90 million people might become sick, and widespread shortages of vaccine would likely leave more than 90 percent of the population unprotected in the pandemic's first year. When there i...
UK grid helps fight avian flu
...ing for possible drug components against the avian flu
virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a ...re created. Potential drug compounds against avian flu
are now being identified and ranked according to the binding energies of the docked models. The comp...
H5N1 threat puts human flu back in spotlight
...ed in World War I. This pandemic arose from a bird flu
virus that adapted to humans, an event that scient...before people realize they have been infected, the flu
viruses multiply rapidly in the respiratory system and leap to nearby people in the fine droplets of...
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