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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Growing middle class popping more pills, worrying antibiotic study shows

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:47pm by NYT

    ... though most of these are caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. Higher use of antibiotics also coincides with the influenza virus season, even though they are ineffective as a treatment against the flu, Van Boeckel said. "If you look at antibiotic use in the US, it's correlated to influenza, and it's not going to do anything for that," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552271/growing-middle-class-popping-more-pills-worrying-antibiotic-study-shows
  2. News - World - INTERNET

    Google's claim it can save lives with health data is overstated, study says

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 06:09am by GDN

    ... consistently failed to provide useful forecasts of flu cases in the US. Google Flu Trends tries to use searches made through the site to predict forthcoming numbers of influenza cases in the US. ... to significantly improve the accuracy of the flu prediction. Rather than monitoring a particular group of influenza-related queries- as Google does- they monitored how the queries changed, and gave some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1547613/googles-claim-it-can-save-lives-health-data-overstated-study-says
  3. News - World - DISEASE

    Scientists recreate deadly Spanish flu

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:17pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Spanish influenza killed 50 million people in 1918. Now US researchers who have copied the virus have been labelled 'crazy' by opponents Scientists recreate deadly ... the viruses out there in the animals, it's arising from the labs of grossly ambitious people." Influenza viruses circulate freely in wild bird populations. Most remain in chickens, ducks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1531011/scientists-recreate-deadly-spanish-flu
  4. 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
  5. Mainland reports first suspected swine flu case

    Posted May 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Beijing last night reported the mainland's first suspected case of H1N1 human swine flu in a 30-year-old male student who had just returned to Sichuan province from studying in the US. The patient, only given the surname Bao, travelled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679834/mainland-reports-first-suspected-swine-flu-case
  6. Health Department warns of growing flu risk

    Posted Jul 19th 2004, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... ANDY CHENG Updated at 6.23pm: The Department of Health warned on Monday that Hong Kong may have entered the summer influenza season. The department's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) urged people to take precautionary measures against influenza. CHP consultant in community medicine Thomas Tsang said recent epidemiological data recorded by its influenza surveillance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/463577/health-department-warns-growing-flu-risk
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HKU team hail H7N9 flu vaccine 'breakthrough'

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by Emily Tsang

    ... researchers have developed a vaccine that may be the first in the world to offer a shield against many influenza viruses- including the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain- in one simple shot. The HKU team ... to 100 per cent of mice fight different strains of flu viruses. "Current influenza vaccines target only specific and individual subtypes, but it is difficult for scientists to predict which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462724/hku-team-hail-h7n9-flu-vaccine-breakthrough
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Bird flu threat has eased, says health chief

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 04:48am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Bird flu threat has eased, says health chief The government has lowered Hong Kong's influenza pandemic response level from "serious" to "alert" as the H7N9 bird flu outbreak has eased. The serious level- second on a three-level scale of which the top rank is "emergency"- had been in place since December when the first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530983/bird-flu-threat-has-eased-says-health-chief
  9. 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
  10. More than 186,000 vaccinated against flu

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... YI HU Updated at 5.39pm: More than 186,000 people- considered at high risk of influenza- have been vaccinated since last October under the Influenza Vaccination Programme, a Department ... the vaccination at public clinics,' added the spokesman. The Influenza Vaccination Programme covered three categories: sick and old people, frontline medical staff, and poultry industry employees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/492702/more-186000-vaccinated-against-flu

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