The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that it might mutate to become more contagious–and once that happens, it’s only a matter of time before it hops a plane out of China and onto foreign soil, where it could spread through the air like wildfire. From Ebola in West Africa to Zika in South America to MERS in the Middle East, dangerous outbreaks are on the rise around the world. The number of new diseases per decade has increased nearly fourfold over the past 60 years, and since 1980, the number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled. Some recent outbreaks registered in the U.S. as no more than a blip in the news, while others, like Ebola, triggered an intense but temporary panic. And while a mutant bug that moves from chickens in China to humans in cities around the world may seem like something out of a Hollywood script, the danger the world faces from H7N9–and countless other ...
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This study evaluated risks of recurrent VTE, major bleeding (MB), and clinically relevant non-major bleeding (CRNMB) among older patients with VTE initiating apixaban or warfarin stratified by demographics and SES.MethodsAdult patients ( ≥ 65 years) who initiated apixaban or warfarin after a VTE event were selected from the US CMS Medicare database (September 2014–December 2017). Stabilized inverse probability treatment weighting (IPTW) was used to balance patient characteristics between treatment cohorts. Patients were strat ified by age, gender, race, and SES. For each subgroup, Cox proportional haza...
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DR MARTIN SCURR: This is almost certainly chronic rhinosinusitis, where the lining of the nose and sinuses become infected or inflamed by allergy.
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