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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1365530/us-study-affirms-need-influenza-treatment-children
  2. 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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565340/ebola-outbreaks-explained
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1505979/new-bird-flu-strain-seen-adelie-penguins-antarctic
  4. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598911/us-study-shows-how-pregnancy-can-increase-risk-flu-complications
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1616413/hand-washing-key-curbing-spread-disease-hongkongers-told
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1617598/china-pharmaceutical-firm-sends-ebola-drug-africa-eyes-clinical-trials
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1144791/whos-dominant-flu-strain-right-hong-kong-only-60pc-time
  8. News - China - Ebola virus

    Chinese firm pushes Ebola drug it says can cure deadly virus

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:17pm by Reuters

    ... which could be shorter than normally required. The drug has also shown promise against diseases such as influenza and yellow fever. Chinese military doctor Wang Hongquan, credited with inventing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1616227/chinese-firm-pushes-ebola-drug-it-says-can-cure-deadly-virus
  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Chickens at Yuen Long farm may have died from overheating

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Phila Siu, Patsy Moy

    ... inside for a few days and then the chickens started to fall ill." Initial test results revealed that the chickens were not infected with avian influenza, the Agriculture, Fisheries ... reached about 2,000. Some 7,000 remain alive on the farm. Cheng said the owner of the farm told him that the chickens had received vaccinations against avian influenza and Newcastle disease, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570785/chickens-yuen-long-farm-may-have-died-overheating
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Winter flu peak sees four-fold rise in number of infections

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 08:39pm

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Influenza has killed nine people and seriously sickened 25 adults and children during the winter flu peak while the number of infections is rising ... Ting-hung said H1N1 swine flu was the dominating virus strain circulating in the city, while the influenza A sub-type H3N2 had displayed a rising trend. Last week, the centre received a report ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404787/winter-flu-peak-sees-four-fold-rise-number-infections

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