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Aug 13, 2007

Aug 13, 2007

Study says nondrug measures helped in 1918 flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of historical records in 43 US cities indicates that the early use of nonpharmaceutical measures, such as isolating the sick and banning public gatherings, saved lives in the influenza pandemic of 1918-19.

Jul 16, 2007

Jul 16, 2007

Study: Inhibiting cytokine response might not reverse H5N1 infections

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists have hoped that disabling the body's destructive immune-system overreaction to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, known as "cytokine storm," could lead to new lifesaving treatments, but according to a new study, trials testing the strategy didn't protect mice infected with the disease.

Jun 26, 2007

Jun 26, 2007

Diluting H5N1 vaccine may protect more people, study says

(CIDRAP News) – Limited supplies of prepandemic influenza vaccine may prevent more illness cases overall if they are administered to more people in lower-than-recommended doses, University of Hong Kong researchers contend in a study published this month in Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine.

Jun 08, 2007

Jun 08, 2007

Human antibodies protect mice from H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Antibodies gleaned from four Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza were used successfully to prevent and treat H5N1 infection in mice, suggesting that the same approach might be useful in humans, according to a recent report by an international team of researchers.

May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007

OIE says wild bird deaths from H5N1 may be cyclical

(CIDRAP News) – In the first half of 2007, countries reported fewer migratory bird deaths from the H5N1 avian influenza virus, but the virus is still circulating among poultry flocks in several countries, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said today.

Apr 24, 2007

Apr 24, 2007

Autopsy study supports link between flu, heart attacks

(CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.

Apr 13, 2007

Apr 13, 2007

Produce firm names winners of E coli research grants

(CIDRAP News) – A scientific advisory panel assembled by Fresh Express, a California produce company, has selected nine research teams to receive awards up to $250,000 each to study how to keep Escherichia coli O157:H7 from contaminating fresh produce.

Apr 12, 2007

Apr 12, 2007

Insect-cell-based flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza vaccine grown in insect cells instead of chicken eggs proved safe and yielded a good immune response in a trial in healthy adults, possibly signaling a significant advance in flu vaccine production technology, according to a report published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Apr 03, 2007

Apr 03, 2007

Social distancing helped some cities endure 1918 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Social control measures such as closing schools and banning public gatherings played a significant role in slowing the advance of the 1918 influenza pandemic in a number of US cities, but their success depended on how soon the measures were deployed and how slowly they were lifted, two teams of researchers reported yesterday.

Mar 13, 2007

Mar 13, 2007

Review finds little evidence of airborne spread of flu

Editor's note: This story was revised Mar 14 to correct a misquote, introduced in editing, that was attributed to Michael T. Osterholm and to include qualifying details that were omitted from the earlier version.

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