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Mar 11, 2011

Mar 11, 2011

Study: Some trials overestimated flu vaccine efficacy

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the University of Michigan say one measure of flu vaccine efficacy that has been used in a number of past controlled trials is not very accurate, and that this may have led to a degree of overselling of the protection the vaccines provide.

Mar 10, 2011

Mar 10, 2011

Scientists say 1957 pandemic flu virus could return

(CIDRAP News) – A trio of vaccine researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says influenza A/H2N2 viruses, the subtype that caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58, could return and trigger a pandemic in much the same way the H1N1 subtype did in 2009.

Feb 11, 2011

Feb 11, 2011

Study showing high effectiveness for H1N1 vaccine stirs debate

(CIDRAP News) – A recent case-control study estimates that the adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine used in Canada was effective 93% of the time, a substantially higher figure than seen in several other studies and one that has raised some eyebrows among other flu vaccine researchers.

Dec 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010

CDC revises decade-old foodborne illness estimates

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released newer, more precise estimates of the foodborne illness burden, suggesting 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year, a rate lower than previously thought.

Dec 07, 2010

Dec 07, 2010

Universities found pandemic preparedness paid off

(CIDRAP News) – During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, when colleges faced unique challenges, a group of large US universities found that preparedness paid off and that students were able to play a key role in response efforts, according to a new report.

Nov 30, 2010

Nov 30, 2010

Senate passes food safety overhaul by wide margin

(CIDRAP News) – Ending months of delay, a large bipartisan majority in the US Senate today passed a bill that aims to make the nation's food supply safer by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority over food producers and requiring large producers and processors to develop detailed food safety plans.

Oct 06, 2010

Oct 06, 2010

Trial answers some, not all, questions on cell-based flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – A new report says that a cell culture derived influenza vaccine and a conventional egg-based vaccine both proved effective in a large international clinical trial, offering support for those who contend that cell-based vaccines should become an important part of flu vaccine supplies in coming years.

Sep 29, 2010

Sep 29, 2010

WHO pandemic review group concludes third session

(CIDRAP News) – The external committee tasked with reviewing the World Health Organization's (WHO's) response to the H1N1 pandemic wrapped up its third round of live meetings in Geneva today, hearing from an array of country and organization health representatives, as well as WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, who strongly defended the organization's response.

Aug 26, 2010

Aug 26, 2010

CDC's new seasonal flu death estimates reflect disease variability

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new death estimates for seasonal flu today that are designed to move away from a single number and instead take into account the disease's unpredictability and the extra toll inflicted when influenza A H3N2 is the dominant strain.

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