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Dec 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013

Flu Scan for Dec 26, 2013

H7N9 cytokine findings
Health provider H1N1 alert
H5N2 in China chickens
Flu on South African ostrich farms
Testosterone and vaccine response

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.

Jun 26, 2012

Jun 26, 2012

HHS lists H1N1's lessons for honing pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – During the 2009 influenza pandemic, clinicians were frustrated by the lack of useful diagnostic tests, the government had no national system for monitoring stress on healthcare facilities, and there was some duplication in federal media campaigns.

Jun 11, 2012

Jun 11, 2012

Studies: Antiviral prescribing reflects CDC guidance, flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Clinicians are heeding antiviral prescribing guidance changes made over the past decade because of antiviral resistance and a greater focus on protecting high-risk patients, particularly during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, researchers reported today.

Apr 06, 2012

Apr 06, 2012

Impact of IV peramivir use in 2009 pandemic unclear

(CIDRAP News) – The intravenous antiviral peramivir was used in close to 1,300 severely ill patients under an emergency authorization during the 2009 flu pandemic, but its impact and safety profile remain unclear, in part because of patchy data collection, according to reports and commentary published in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) this week.

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