News & Perspective

May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Age profile of H1N1 cases sparks discussion of 'original antigenic sin'

(CIDRAP News) – A letter and commentary published this week in Emerging Infectious Diseases explore the idea that "original antigenic sin"—the hypothesis that the first influenza A virus a person encounters in childhood strongly influences his or her immune responses to all related flu viruses encountered later—may explain the partial protection that older people have against the pandemic H1N1 flu virus.

May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

Florida dengue cases prompt alerts for clinicians, residents

(CIDRAP News) – Signaling a second front in the US fight against dengue infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said evidence of the virus has been found recently in 28 people who live in or visited Key West, Fla., prompting intensive mosquito control efforts and alerts to doctors.

May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

FDA transparency plan addresses food safety inspections, recalls

(CIDRAP News) – As part of a push for more government transparency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a draft report detailing 21 steps it could take to share more information, such as providing fuller explanations of its decisions and posting more inspection reports.

May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010

Proposal for prepandemic vaccination sparks discussion

(CIDRAP News) – An influenza expert who formerly headed the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis has suggested developing a prepandemic vaccine to get the jump on the next flu pandemic—an idea that other experts are greeting with caution or skepticism.

May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010

Studies show rotavirus vaccines drop kids' hospitalization rates

(CIDRAP News) – Hospitalization rates for rotavirus infections among US children dropped dramatically in the first 2 years after the first rotavirus vaccine was recommended for routine use, researchers from the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

May 05, 2010

May 05, 2010

ERs felt pandemic flu fear before flu itself

(CIDRAP News) – Two newly released studies conducted at the University of Utah confirm what many physicians suspected: The news of the start of the H1N1 pandemic in late April 2009 caused panicked parents to bring children to emergency departments in droves—but what was driving those ER visits was not flu symptoms, but rather the fear of flu.

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