Tag: "flu" at medical news
In a crisis, creating DNA vaccine could help save lives, slow spread of 'bird flu'
...chers scrambling to combat a virulent form of bird flu
that could mutate into a form easily spread among humans should consider developing vaccines based on DNA, according to British biochemical engineers. DNA vaccines, they say, can be produced more rapidly than conventional vaccines and could possibly ...
Insurance company rewards to doctors and hospitals may not improve care
...n extra 80 cents to capitated doctors to give more flu
shots actually worked, perhaps because preventing the flu
also saved money from the overall budget later. "We live in a society in which many people believe e...
CHEST 2005 hosts world experts in pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine
...rricanes, and emerging epidemics, such as pandemic flu
and SARS. Literature Review Sessions Experts will highlight the top pulmonary and critical care articles published over the last year. Discussion will include study critiques, potential for clinical impact, and information on incorporating the fin...
Genomes of more than 200 human flu strains reveal a dynamic virus
... expected to help scientists better understand how flu
viruses evolve, spread and cause disease. The geno...cine did not fully protect individuals against the flu
that season. The new genomes are the initial results of the Influenza Genome Sequencing Project, a j...
Surveillance data suggest that preschoolers drive flu epidemics
Current immunization policies recommend universal flu
vaccination for children aged 6-23 months, but sho...st that otherwise healthy 3- and 4-year-olds drive flu
epidemics, a pattern that may warrant consideration when formulating immunization policy. The resear...
Emergency-room visits dip during key Red Sox games
...ime of day, day of week, and seasonal factors like flu
that can cause spikes in visit rates. But then, the Red Sox won game 4. During game 5, Nielsen ratings surged and ER visits dipped about 5 percent below normal volume. During the highest-rated games -- the ALCS final game 7 and the World Series fin...
Healthcare workers who don't have flu injections could be risking patients' lives
vaccination rates among healthcare workers could b...ed in two Liverpool hospitals said they had annual flu
injections. 29 per cent of the 144 healthcare workers who took part in the study said they didn't f...
GlaxoSmithKline announces FDA approval of Fluarix
...August 31, 2005 In a major step toward increasing flu
vaccine supply in the United States, GlaxoSmithKli...ased that it could bolster the country's supply of flu
vaccine in time for the 2005/2006 flu
season. "The shortage of flu
vaccine last year was a reminder...
Researchers model avian flu outbreak, impact of interventions
...plemented early, could stop the spread of an avian flu
outbreak at its source, suggest two international ...er modeling to simulate what might happen if avian flu
were to start passing efficiently between people in Southeast Asia. They found that antiviral treatm...
Obesity lowers likelihood of receiving preventive health care
...entive services such as mammograms, Pap smears and flu
shots from health care providers, according to an ... a similar inverse correlation between obesity and flu
shots among elderly white women and men. However, they found no significant association between obes...
Low colon cancer screening rates leaves a million New Yorkers at risk
...utilized preventive care, such as receiving annual flu
shots, were more likely to have a screening test within the recommended time interval. Dr. Thorpe and her colleagues conclude, "nearly half of New Yorkers ages 50 and older are not undergoing screening within the recommended schedule." They add, "Re...
Patient reminders boost immunization rates
...at brings a patient into the doctor's office for a flu
shot can create an opportunity for a physician to recommend blood pressure screening, a routine breast exam or annual pap smear....
Mouse studies of oseltamivir show promise against H5N1 influenza virus
...iseases. Public health experts fear that the avian flu
virus could develop the ability to spread easily f...rom person to person and kill millions in a deadly flu
pandemic. "We need to know whether antiviral drugs can prevent and treat avian flu, because in the e...
Building better therapeutic vaccines for chronic infections
...clude the common pediatric vaccines as well as the flu
shot. But therapeutic vaccines are designed instead to be administered to patients who have already acquired chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis. These therapeutic vaccines aim to enhance the immune system's ability to combat an infectious a...
Late peak may have prevented severe flu season from becoming worse
The 2004-2005 flu
season was at least as severe as the 2003-2004 sea...This later peak may have prevented the most recent flu
season from being even worse. A flu
season's severity is reflected in hospital admissions for commun...
Assuring the supply of vaccines
The recent shortage of flu
vaccine, which eventually became a surplus, points to problems with vaccine financing and production. Various solutions to these problems have been proposed, but there has been no consensus on the path to take. In an article published in the July iss...
Minorities receive less diabetes-related prevention care
... less likely than white patients to get eye exams, flu
shots or cholesterol tests as part of their diabet...e studies also showed significantly lower rates of flu
vaccination -- between 8 percent and 29 percent lower -- in black populations compared to white popu...
What types of physicians are best to treat patients with HIV?
...or ID specialists. Nonexpert generalists also gave flu
vaccinations less frequently and saw their patients less often. Of the 177 physicians examined in the study, 58 percent were generalists and 42 percent were ID specialists. Sixty-three percent of the generalists (37 percent overall) considered themse...
UCLA study tackles aging issues of adults with developmental disabilities
...th checkups, mammograms, vision and hearing tests, flu
shots, daily oral hygiene and regular exercise; 37 percent involved teaching patients how to take care of health risks on their own; and 14 percent provided referrals to a specialist or physician for testing or treatment of an active health problem. ...
Pilot studies to look at how mind drives or prevents disease
...r behavioral training can increase the response to flu
vaccines in elderly patients. About 90 percent of those who die from influenza are aged 65 and older, despite the availability of vaccines. Part of the problem is that fewer seniors respond to vaccine the older they get. Researchers will attempt to b...
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