News & Perspective

Jan 03, 2007

Jan 03, 2007

Report may spur quest for more versatile flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – California scientists report that their analysis of the medical literature has yielded data on more than 600 molecular components of influenza A viruses that trigger immune responses, findings they hope will spur the search for vaccines offering protection against multiple flu strains.

Jan 05, 2007

Jan 05, 2007

HHS awards $102 million for new flu drug

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to expand the pool of antiviral drugs for influenza, the US government yesterday awarded a $102.6 million contract to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., to develop peramivir, a new neuraminidase inhibitor.

Jan 17, 2007

Jan 17, 2007

Study sheds light on lethality of 1918 flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – A virus recovered from victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic kills by replicating so rapidly that it revs the immune system into overdrive, turning the body against itself, a team of scientists report in today's issue of the journal Nature.

Jan 17, 2007

Jan 17, 2007

HHS funds work on dose-sparing H5N1 vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to stretch the nation's supply of vaccines for a potential influenza pandemic, federal health officials today announced contracts totaling $132.5 million to help three companies develop dose-sparing substances, or adjuvants, to be used with H5N1 flu vaccines.

Jan 19, 2007

Jan 19, 2007

Asian countries struggle to contain avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza situation in Asia remained active today as Indonesia began clearing Jakarta of backyard fowl to curb the spread of the disease, Vietnam fought a poultry outbreak in an eighth province, and Thailand tested several people for suspected infections.

Jan 30, 2007

Jan 30, 2007

Winter glut of flu vaccine worries health officials

(CIDRAP News) – Dr. Anne Francis, a pediatrician in Rochester, N.Y., says her group practice typically has a few doses of influenza vaccine left at the end of the flu season. But as of last week, with the demand for vaccination nearly gone, the clinic still had 580 doses on hand.

Feb 01, 2007

Feb 01, 2007

HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials today unveiled recommendations for nonpharmaceutical steps to battle pandemic influenza, tying them to a new "Pandemic Severity Index" (PSI), similar to the system for categorizing hurricanes.

Feb 02, 2007

Feb 02, 2007

1918 flu virus: tiny changes cancel transmissibility

(CIDRAP News) – Inducing just two small changes in the virus that caused the influenza pandemic of 1918 inhibits the pathogen's ability to spread, researchers reported Thursday, a finding that may help identify potential pandemic flu strains in the future.

Feb 05, 2007

Feb 05, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Business recognition of pandemic threat said to be rising

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Corporate America is showing signs of a growing recognition of the threat of an influenza pandemic, but the concern is not yet a major topic in executive suites, according to recent surveys by a business consultant.

Feb 06, 2007

Feb 06, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: CDC chief calls pandemic preparedness a marathon

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today challenged health and business leaders to stay focused on the "marathon" of preparing for an influenza pandemic.

Gerberding, speaking at a conference on business preparedness, said it's not possible to maintain high public interest in the pandemic threat indefinitely, but leaders must keep preparing anyway.

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