Tag Archives H1N1 (Swine) Flu

The esteemed British medical journal, the Lancet, reported this week that the incidence of tuberculosis in London had risen 50% in the last decade. Unlike neighboring countries, and the rest of the Western world, where tuberculosis has been on the decline for dozens of years, London saw a jump from 2,309 cases in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009. Most tuberculosis…

The pronouncement last week by WHO Director General Margaret Chan that the H1N1 pandemic is officially over apparently ignores the latest reports from India. Health officials in the world’s second most populous nation say that the number of new H1N1 cases for the week of August 2-8 reached a new peak for the current season with 942 cases resulting in…

A recent article in the Washington Post detailing criticism of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 (swine) flu pandemic, suggests that “much ado was made about nothing” and that the WHO was unduly influenced by drug manufacturers who stood to gain from widespread panic over the spread of the novel H1N1 virus. Yet in a separate, sparsely circulated…

Prompted by allegations that the swine flu pandemic was oversold to promote vaccine sales, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD have released their assessment of the mortality associated with the H1N1 virus in the U.S during the past flu season. In their own words: “We conclude that the 2009 A/H1N1 pandemic virus had a substantial health…

The flu season in the northern hemisphere has reached its midpoint, and the latest news suggests that the H1N1 outbreak has peaked in most if not all countries. Among the 208 countries where H1N1 has appeared, peak intensity persists in Poland, Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine. H1N1 vaccine is now widely available in the U.S., and many countries in western Europe…

The news from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week is encouraging.  It appears that H1N1 activity has temporarily peaked, with 43 states reporting widespread activity (down from 46 last week).  However, the CDC also cautions that the numbers could pick back up after the holidays when the seasonal flu usually takes off.  In an effort to remind people…

In H1N1 news this week: Freakonomics charts how H1N1 has impacted this year’s flu season. The Wall Street Journal blog offers perspective on the number of H1N1 cases reported so far this year.  New Scientist offers a point to ponder in their article suggesting that the common cold has helped tame “the swine” in Europe. If this news has you…

Maybe your seasonal allergies are affecting you differently than they did last fall; maybe you've been sprayed with H1N1 via the coughs and sneezes of a germ-spreading co-worker; or maybe, you just don't feel well.  In an effort to help those who are concerned that they may be infected with H1N1, the Department of Health and Human Services has added…

The H1N1 news this week provided some tech news, entertainment, and reassurance:  Google is taking advantage of its view from the top of the world to map the global flu trends; the Dalai Lama has adopted the fist-bump; and according to recent reports, only a small number of people infected with H1N1 are getting really sick from it.  Google explores…

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