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H1N1 'false pandemic' biggest pharma-fraud of century?

2010-01-19 12:03:31

The Council of Europe will launch a probe into pharmaceutical companies accused of manipulating Swine Flu data.

The Most Conservative Protein of Flu Virus: Death Sentence or Life Saver?

2007-09-05 13:30:32

If there were ?popularity awards? for viral proteins, the two most likely candidates would be two proteins exposed on the surface of influenza (flu) virus, hemaglutinin and neuraminidase. Just a few years ago, these two proteins were known only to the biomedical community. Since then,...

Phylogeography Tracks Bird Flu?s Long March

2007-03-28 11:48:24

?Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected.? -Sun Tzu, The Art of War (6th century BC).

Identification of Step in Flu Virus Replication Supports Development of New Vaccines

2006-12-28 12:28:19

As public health officials around the world keep a nervous eye on the spread of avian influenza H5N1, scientists are focusing on vaccine development. Due to the vast amounts of vaccine that would be required in a pandemic situation, the best vaccine would be one that uses the intact virus: by creating...

New Research Predicts Pathways Of Past And Future Spread Of H5N1 Avian Influenza

2006-12-14 01:01:12

The spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza into Asia, Europe and Africa has resulted in enormous impacts on the poultry industry and presents an important threat to human health. Avian influenza has reached more than 50 countries, and millions of chickens have been either infected and/or culled...

Tracking Avian Flu With Satellite Observation

2006-12-12 02:03:09

Using an orbiting satellite 705 kilometers above Earth to track a microscopic virus might seem similar to using a backhoe with a six-foot bucket to find a needle in a haystack. But an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers led by professor Xiangming Xiao of the University of New Hampshire...

Influenza A Viruses Found Preserved in Siberian Lake Ice

2006-12-05 15:35:07

Influenza A viruses have been known to appear, disappear, and reappear in cycles lasting decades. The influenza virus that caused an epidemic in Europe and North America in 1951 ?disappeared?, but then reappeared in 1977, causing the infamous Russian flu epidemic.

The Need for Better Quality Data to Understand Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

2006-11-23 17:11:58

Since H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza was first isolated from poultry in China in 1996, this disease has been shown to be spread by infected poultry, the trade of wild birds and recently, short distances through wild birds. In last week?s BioScience journal (06 Nov 2006),...

Primary Health Care Comes Second in Pandemic Planning

2006-11-23 17:10:00

No one knows when the next influenza pandemic will happen. But the odds of it happening in the near future are shortening. H5N1 influenza, an avian influenza of considerable pathogenicity, was first isolated from a farm goose in China in 1996. By mid-November 2006,...

New Compound Counters Avian Flu

2006-10-17 15:00:00

UW-Madison researchers have found a flu-fighting peptide, a small protein molecule which is a fragment of a larger human protein. The peptide is reported to block the influenza virus from attaching to and entering the cells of its host, which prevents it from replicating and infecting more cells...

"We should all join together and understand what is happening in a more efficient manner"

2006-09-13 11:14:00

Ilaria Capua, is one of the authors of the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data launched in late August. She describes this initiative for Scitizen.

?It looks like the H5N1 viruses can?t easily successfully switch genes with human flu viruses: that?s reassuring!?

2006-09-11 11:44:00

Researchers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA, have combined bird and human flu viruses in order to create a pandemic strain. They reported recently that the hybrid viruses are, at least for ferrets, relatively benign [1]. Richard Webby, virologist at the St...

Big hope for the production of Tamiflu - a bird flu drug - on large scale

2006-06-01 18:00:00

Elias Corey, professor at Harvard University and Nobel Prize winner in 1990 for chemical synthesis, is co-author of a letter published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in May describing a cheap and efficient chemical synthesis to produce Tamiflu. He answers Scitizen?s questions.

?This virus is very unusual in its high virulence for a broad spectrum of animals that occasionally includes humans?

2006-05-31 18:50:00

Earl Brown, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa, Canada, reviews for Scitizen what we know and what we ignore about the Avian Flu.

H5N1 vaccines- how good is good enough?

2006-04-12 18:56:00

A number of human clinical trials of H5N1 vaccines are in various stages of completion. Although vital tools to combat the possibilty of pandemic influenza, do we really know how to interpret the data from these trials?

Ethical Challenges in Pandemic Influenza

2006-03-28 02:22:00

This article describes the ethical challenges health care organizations may face in preparing for an influenza pandemic.