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Sleep disorder and swine flu vaccine

on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:24

The British Medical Journal published a paper that revealed a correlation between the administering of the A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine and an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents in England.

New coronavirus case in UK

on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 14:36

The WHO informed that a new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (NCoV) has been reported in the United Kingdom. This is the third case confirmed in the country this month and belongs to the same family cluster as two other cases occurred this month. The first of these cases had a history of travel to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and was recovered on 26 January. Laboratory investigations on this first case have revealed both an influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection and a confirmed NCoV infection.


An update on Mmr vaccination

on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 09:59

Measles, mumps and rubella outbreaks still represent an healthcare issue, even though major advancements have been done towards their eradication. A poor inclination towards Mmr (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccination may constitute a major cause of increased risk to contract one of these diseases amongst specific population groups like migrants, alternative medicine users, some religious groups, healthcare professionals.
Information on Mmr vaccines coverage amongst these and others “hard-to-reach” groups was included in a document made and published Ecdc in range of the European project Venice II


How flu is spread

on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 11:15

Avoiding close contacts with infected people could not be enough as a defense against flu. This is the conclusion of a recent study by scientists at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, published on the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The swab specimens of 94 subjects, admitted to the hospital with influenza-like illness, have been analyzed and their medical history recorded, revealing that 61 of them were actually positive for flu. Researchers then collected air samples from each patient, looking for infectious particles.

An evaluation of 2009 pandemic infection rate

on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 19:08
A large team of researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other institutions performed a new analysis of serologic studies from 19 countries in order to estimate the infection rate of the 2009 H1N1 influenza during the first year of the pandemic.

Flu scientists will resume their research

on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 18:50

One year ago, a group of influenza scientists decided to take a break from their experiments, in order to clearly explain the benefits of their important research and the measures taken to minimize its possible risks.


First report from the TellMe project: Population behavior in epidemics

on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:43
A first report of the activity of the TellMe project has been released. The document, freely available on the TellMe website, summarizes the main findings of the first Work Package (WP1), whose aim was to collect and asses evidence about population behavior during epidemics.

International controversy about a new coronavirus

on Sat, 01/19/2013 - 19:22
The discovery of a new kind of coronavirus last year in Saudi Arabia is at the centre of an international controversy. The tensions are due to the ownership of intellectual rights over this virus.

New York City flu emergency

on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 11:27
New York citizens are on the hunt for a pharmacy in order to get the last provisions of flu vaccines after the Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency throughout the New York State.

An economic game to improve disease prevention

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:07
Researchers in economy and computer science at Wake Forest University used an online computer game to simulate the spread of an infectious disease, in order to understand why less than half of the American population has gotten a vaccination against flu, in spite of the severe outbreaks reported this season.