A New Approach To Study Flu Drug Resistance

Researchers have created a new approach for studying resistance to Neuraminidase Inhibitors (NI) in influenza. The study, published December 7 in PLoS Computational Biology, combines data from influenza infections of human volunteers with a mathematical model which estimates the expected number of newly generated resistant infections. This new approach provides a more meaningful assessment of […]

Concentra Medical Centers Gears Up For Flu Season To Keep Area Workforce Healthy

Concentra Medical Centers, the nation’s leader in occupational health care serving employers and employees with 15 centers in the Chicago area, has geared up for the flu season with thousands of flu vaccines to serve the area’s workforce. Concentra will be hosting flu clinics for area businesses so that employees can be vaccinated as the […]

Tamiflu Warning To Include Psychiatric Effects Could Be Due To Flu

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatric Advisory Committee recommended to the agency yesterday, Tuesday 27th November, that makers of the flu drug Tamiflu be urged to change the drug’s warning label to include the fact that the psychiatric symptoms experienced by children on the drug could be caused by having the flu. Tamiflu […]

Nationwide Survey Reports That Mothers View Cleaning Homes And Toys As Essential To Preventing Colds & Flu

A newly released national survey of mothers found that keeping their homes clean was the best means of protecting their families from the germs that cause colds and flu. Likewise, there is a general recognition that toys can be a significant source of germs. The Alliance for Consumer Education’s (ACE) nationwide Germ Study examined mothers’ […]

HPA Statement On Pandemic Flu: A National Framework For Responding To An Influenza Pandemic

The Health Protection Agency welcomes publication of the Government’s National Framework for Responding to an Influenza Pandemic. The Framework provides information and guidance to assist and support organisations in developing and improving their pandemic preparedness plans. Professor Nigel Lightfoot, of the Health Protection Agency said “The framework sets out the Government’s strategic approach to preparing […]

Government Launches New Flu Pandemic Plan, UK

Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, published a new plan to increase preparedness and better protect the public against a possible flu pandemic. A new clinical countermeasures strategy has been developed to offer increased protection against the effects of a flu pandemic if a ‘worst case scenario’ happened. Commenting on the plans, the WHO has again stated […]

SARS: A Model Disease

A new model to predict the spread of emerging diseases has been developed by researchers in the US, Italy, and France. The model, described in the online open access journal BMC Medicine, could give healthcare professionals advance warning of the path an emerging disease might take and so might improve emergency responses and control. Severe […]

Asthma Foundation Offers National Flu Shot Finder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the week after Thanksgiving, November 27 to December 2, as National Influenza Vaccination Week. Despite annual CDC recommendations, influenza vaccination (flu shot) rates in young children remain disturbingly low. Only 20 percent of children age 6 to 23 months were fully immunized for the flu […]

Are You A ‘Desk Dozer’?

Lemsip Max Day & Night reveals 242 million working hours lost due to bed-headed workers clocking-on but dozing off (1) ‘Snoozebuttonitis’ affects two thirds of cold suffering workers (2) The Nation’s Top 10 ‘Groggy Gremlins’ uncovered An estimated 242 million working hours will be lost this winter due to ‘desk dozing’ employees full of cold […]

Proper Hand Hygiene Is Key To Avoiding Illness During Cold And Flu Season

Every three minutes, a child puts a hand in his/her nose or mouth. Considering that some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks that children touch throughout the day, it is easy to see how clean hands are critical to avoiding sickness. According to the […]