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Sep 23, 2010

Sep 23, 2010

Probe of suspected vaccine-narcolepsy link to take months

(CIDRAP News) – The European Medicine Agency (EMA) said today it is not clear if there is any link between narcolepsy cases and the Pandemrix vaccine for 2009 H1N1 influenza, and it will take 3 to 6 months to investigate the possibility fully.

Aug 11, 2010

Aug 11, 2010

Healthcare-related MRSA decreases, but reasons unclear

(CIDRAP News) – A new large-scale study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections shows that infection rates have dropped in hospitalized people and those recently exposed to healthcare settings, but experts aren't sure what factors are driving the decline.

Jul 19, 2010

Jul 19, 2010

Future flu vaccine: skin patch with tiny, soluble needles?

(CIDRAP News) – A study published yesterday raises the possibility of a new influenza vaccine platform that replaces the traditional hypodermic needle with a small skin patch studded with dozens of tiny needles that poke painlessly into the skin and dissolve, delivering the vaccine to the skin's specialized immune cells.

Jun 24, 2010

Jun 24, 2010

Council of Europe affirms critique of WHO's pandemic response

(CIDRAP News) – The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) voted overwhelmingly today to endorse its health committee's controversial report that criticizes the handling of the H1N1 pandemic by the World Health Organization and European governments.

Jun 04, 2010

Jun 04, 2010

BMJ, European group criticize WHO pandemic actions

(CIDRAP News) – An article published by the British Medical Journal says three scientists who helped frame World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on pandemic influenza preparedness had consulted for pharmaceutical companies that stood to profit from the WHO guidance and that the WHO did not disclose the scientists' industry ties.

Apr 22, 2010

Apr 22, 2010

International group renews push to fight avian, pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – An international avian and pandemic flu meeting in Hanoi concluded yesterday, with health ministers and top officials from more than 70 countries agreeing on a set of strategies for responding to future disease threats.

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