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Dec 31, 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Pneumococcus infection boosts risk of severe illness in H1N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – H1N1 flu patients who were also infected with a common cause of pneumonia were 125 times more likely to develop life-threatening disease, a team of American and Argentinean researchers reported Thursday.

Dec 15, 2009

Dec 15, 2009

TFAH says pandemic response shows strengths, weaknesses

(CIDRAP News) – In its seventh annual report card on the nation's public health preparedness, the advocacy group Trust for America's Health (TFAH) praised the US response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic but also said it has exposed serious gaps in the ability to deal with public health emergencies.

Dec 08, 2009

Dec 08, 2009

Reports probe Tamiflu benefits, call for clinical data transparency

Dec 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In an update of a review on the role of neuraminidase inhibitors in seasonal flu prevention and treatment, the authors reversed a previous conclusion that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) prevents complications like pneumonia in healthy patients because they were unable to reconstruct the data in one of the key studies that found a benefit.

Dec 01, 2009

Dec 01, 2009

CDC sees opportunity as flu wanes, vaccine supply grows

(CIDRAP News) – Decreasing pandemic flu activity and growing supplies of vaccine offer a window of opportunity for people to protect themselves from the virus, especially if the nation experiences a third wave of infections, Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 30, 2009

Nov 30, 2009

CDC: Flu activity eases, but child deaths still climb

(CIDRAP News) – The number of states with widespread pandemic flu activity dropped for the third week in a row, but the virus continued to take a heavy toll on children, with at least 27 more pediatric deaths reported the week of Nov 15 to 21, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 25, 2009

Nov 25, 2009

CDC warns about rise in serious pneumococcal disease

(CIDRAP News) – In a worrisome but not unexpected pandemic-related development, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it is seeing a spike in serious pneumococcal disease, particularly in younger patients.

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 17, 2009

CDC airs flu guidelines for labor and delivery settings

(CIDRAP News) – After input from professional groups, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for managing pandemic flu in labor and delivery settings, relaxing some restrictions on keeping sick moms from their babies.

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