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Nov 01, 2012

Nov 01, 2012

Study: Rapid flu tests do best at high viral loads

(CIDRAP News) – Commercially available rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) detected common virus strains at high concentrations fairly well but performed variably at lower concentrations, an evaluation of all 11 Food and Drug Administration–approved RIDTs showed.

Oct 15, 2012

Oct 15, 2012

Report: Complacency, misperception stymie quest for better flu vaccines

The world needs much better influenza vaccines, but the quest for them faces a formidable barrier: overconfidence about the effectiveness of existing influenza vaccines.

Sep 21, 2012

Sep 21, 2012

French study finds narcolepsy link to H1N1 vaccine in adults

(CIDRAP News) – French researchers have found a significant link between one 2009 H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy in adults, a finding that is likely to prompt some countries to take a fresh look to see if adult cases have surfaced in the wake of pandemic vaccine campaigns.

Jul 11, 2012

Jul 11, 2012

Study flags drop in antivirals for hospitalized flu patients

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers following recent antiviral trends in the United States have found a troubling drop in the use of the drugs for treating hospitalized patients with lab-confirmed flu, especially children.

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