News & Perspective

Jan 04, 2010

Jan 04, 2010

MRSA clone in food animals worrisome, expert says

(CIDRAP News) – The emergence and wide spread of a new clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in food animals is a worrisome development that should be watched closely, one of the strain's lead researchers has warned in a medical journal.

Jan 04, 2010

Three H1N1 vaccine studies confirm safety, weigh dosing

(CIDRAP News) – Large trials in three countries—the United States, Hungary, and China—recently confirmed the safety and efficacy of H1N1 vaccines, yielding new insights on how to best use vaccines in a pandemic setting.

Jan 05, 2010

Jan 05, 2010

Fall flu wave tested pediatric hospitals with tough choices

(CIDRAP News) – In early August 2009, when the pandemic virus started tearing through southern states where schools had already started, the pandemic preparedness team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota felt a sense of foreboding that the virus was poised to strike the area a second time.

Jan 08, 2010

Jan 08, 2010

Only one state still sees widespread pandemic flu

Jan 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Only one state, Alabama, still had widespread pandemic H1N1 influenza activity last week, down from four the week before, and most other flu indicators were down as well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jan 08, 2010

Jan 08, 2010

WHO: Some regions still battle intense flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Though pandemic flu activity continues to fall across much of the Northern Hemisphere, some parts of the world are hot spots for the virus, including parts of Europe, North Africa, and South Asia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Jan 12, 2010

Jan 12, 2010

Experts press for better H1N1 vaccine uptake in risk groups

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials and representatives from some of the nation's biggest health advocacy groups today teamed up to push the importance of pandemic H1N1 vaccination for people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer.

Jan 13, 2010

Jan 13, 2010

Health officials, experts reject 'false pandemic' charges

(CIDRAP News) – Leading public health officials and experts have sharply rejected charges from some European officials that pharmaceutical companies used exaggerated claims about the H1N1 pandemic threat to scare governments into buying unnecessary stockpiles of vaccines.

Jan 14, 2010

Jan 14, 2010

WHO, vaccine group deny pandemic scare charges

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) and vaccine makers from Europe today defended themselves against the charges of some European officials that the agency was improperly influenced by vaccine companies and exaggerated the threat of the pandemic H1N1 virus.

Jan 15, 2010

Jan 15, 2010

Analyst: Adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines helped stir Europe's debate

(CIDRAP News) – The use of adjuvanted vaccines, an unfamiliar technology, helped spark mistrust that may have contributed to the recent allegations in Europe that pharmaceutical companies manipulated governments and international agencies by hyping the H1N1 pandemic threat, according to a British market analyst who follows infectious disease issues.

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