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Jan 27, 2012

Jan 27, 2012

Flu season shows signs of life in US, EU

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States and Europe showed more signs of picking up last week, with labs in both parts of the world finding higher percentages of positives in tests of respiratory samples, according to new surveillance reports today.

Jan 25, 2012

Jan 25, 2012

HHS issues medical surge guidance for healthcare systems

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a new planning tool to help hospitals and health systems prepare for medical surges that could result from a bioterror attack, natural disaster, or other public health emergency.

Jan 23, 2012

Jan 23, 2012

Experts debate aspects of H5N1 transmission studies

(CIDRAP News) – More experts weighed in recently on various aspects of yet-unpublished H5N1 avian influenza transmissibility studies that have raised concerns about the risk of an intentional or accidental release of the mutant pathogens, as well as worries about scientific censorship.

Jan 20, 2012

Jan 20, 2012

Researchers announce pause in controversial H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – Leading influenza researchers from around the world, faced with a relentless controversy over experiments dealing with potentially dangerous H5N1 viruses, today announced a 60-day pause in such research to allow time to discuss its risks, benefits, and oversight.

Jan 19, 2012

Jan 19, 2012

Review renews questions about oseltamivir benefits

(CIDRAP News) – A lengthy new analysis of unpublished clinical trial data is renewing questions about the effectiveness of the influenza drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying that although the drug shortens flu symptoms by about a day, there is no evidence that it reduces hospital admissions.

Jan 18, 2012

Jan 18, 2012

Training gaps cited in update on lab-linked Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Gaps in biosafety training likely played a role in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to lab exposure that sickened 109 people in 38 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

Jan 13, 2012

Jan 13, 2012

US flu scene still tranquil, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Indicators of influenza activity last week stayed in the low range that has prevailed since fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

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