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  1. News - World - MEDICINE

    US study affirms the need for influenza treatment in children

    Posted Nov 25th 2013, 09:13pm by NYT

    ... The New York Times Study affirms influenza treatment The flu can lead to serious complications, even death, in children, but few studies have assessed the effectiveness of antiviral ... of 800 children admitted to hospital suffering from influenza in that state from April 2009 to September last year. Of the 653 children treated with drugs called neuraminidase inhibitors 6 per ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Mutation increases risk of infections

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 03:10am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... and diseases in humans. A University of Hong Kong medical team has discovered a genetic adaptation marker, known as 526R, in the enzyme PB2, which is found in all influenza A viruses. The 526R pattern was found in samples of avian influenza A H5N1 and H7N9, and seasonal influenza H3N2, and enables those viruses to replicate in mammal and human cells. "We believe that it is because ...

  3. News - World - ANTARCTICA

    New bird-flu strain seen in Adelie penguins in Antarctic

    Posted May 06th 2014, 08:41pm by AFP

    ... questions," said study author Dr Aeron Hurt, senior research scientist at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia. The findings show that "avian influenza viruses can get down to Antarctica and be maintained in penguin populations", he said. The study is the first to report on live avian influenza virus ...

  4. News - World - DISEASE

    Ebola outbreaks explained

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 06:53am by Adolfo Arranz

    ... Adolfo Arranz Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses on earth, with a mortality rate of up to 90 per cent, higher than influenza viruses. Currently, the virus is spreading in West Africa, leading the WHO to say that it is spreading faster than efforts to control it. Ebola outbreaks Click to view the full-size infographic in high resolution. ...

  5. News - World - HEALTH

    US health authorities brace for confusion over flu and Ebola

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... are bracing for a new battle of the flu season. The end of October marks the start of influenza season, which can extend well into the spring months. But this year is different for two reasons. First ... to help people understand the risks, and to remind people to have flu vaccine. "There may be some public concern or confusion between seasonal influenza and Ebola this season," a CDC ...

  6. News - China - Ebola virus

    Japan, China, South Korea agree on Ebola cooperation

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 03:44pm by KYODO

    ... pandemic influenza. Releasing a separate statement on Ebola, the three countries said they would enhance mutual cooperation on "information and knowledge sharing". "At least when ...

  7. News - World - HEALTH

    US study shows how pregnancy can increase risk of flu complications

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:08pm by MCT

    ... influenza infection among pregnant women. It is true that women's immune systems are strongly suppressed, overall, during pregnancy. But researchers suspected this alone could not explain pregnant women's increased vulnerability to influenza. It seemed to contradict chemistry and common sense. Recent studies had shown there was a complicated mix of chemicals promoting ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    WHO's dominant flu strain right for Hong Kong 'only 60pc of time'

    Posted Feb 07th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com University researchers say new vaccine could take the guesswork out of treating influenza B WHO's flu strainforecast right forHK '60pc of time' The World Health Organisation tries to predict the strain of influenza B that will dominate cases around the world every year- with accuracy of no better than 60 per cent for Hong Kong in recent ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hand washing key to curbing spread of disease, Hongkongers told

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 04:07am by ALICE WOODHOUSE

    ... "Proper hand washing and adequate hand washing should be part of the life routine and this is part of a healthy city." Infectious diseases like influenza or norovirus can be spread when ...

  10. News - China - Ebola virus

    China pharmaceutical firm sends Ebola drug to Africa, eyes clinical trials

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 02:17pm by Reuters in Shanghai

    ... US-developed ZMapp and TKM-Ebola, which have been tested on monkeys and used on Ebola patients. However, analysts said the drug’s similarities to Japanese influenza drug Favipiravir is an encouraging ...




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