National Health Security Strategy 2019-2022
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 2019. This 24-page National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) provides a vision for strengthening the nation ’s ability to prevent, detect, assess, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from 21st century health security threats. Its objectives are to prepare, mobilize, and coordinate a whole-of-government approach in the event of a public health emergency, disaster, or attack; protect the nation from the health effects of emerging and pandemic infectious diseases and ch...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

National Health Security Strategy Evaluation of Progress, 2015 –2018
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 2019. This 50-page report summarizes progress made during the implementation of the quadrennial National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) and informs the needs to be addressed in the subsequent NHSS, which include preparing for risks on the horizon from an evolving, diverse threat landscape with the potential to disrupt public health and healthcare systems and inflict injury and loss of life. These 21st century threats include severe natural disasters, emerging and pandemic infectiou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Approaches to Seasonal Influenza and Genetic Sequence Data Under the PIP (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness) Framework: Revised Analysis
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/14/2018. This 38-page document is the revised analysis by a group of eight independent experts who examined the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework with a view to proposing revisions reflecting developments, as appropriate to the World Health Assembly. It updates the September 2018 Draft Analysis. It notes that there are key issues that must urgently be addressed for the PIP Framework to remain relevant, including the issue of how genetic sequence data should be handled under the PIP Framework, and whether the Framework should expand to include seasonal in...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Progress Report: 1 January – 30 June 2018
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2018. This 20-page report addresses the recommendation from the 2016 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Review that the World Health Organization develop a progress report that presents overall success metrics and infographics to illustrate progress in PIP Framework implementation. This is the first report, which will be updated every six months. It presents technical and financial implementation for the High Level Implementation Plan (HLIP) II 2018-2023, and the PIP Secretariat. Progress against milestones is measured every six months, and indicators are measured y...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mass vaccination for influenza a failed strategy, scientists admit... it simply doesn't reduce influenza-related hospital admissions at all
(Natural News) Mass vaccination against the pandemic influenza A/H1N1 infection fell short on expected results, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined a cohort of 388,069 patients younger than 65 years old, who were given the H1N1 vaccination between November 2009 and January 2010 when the transmission of pandemic influenza was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An analysis of the flood management and mitigation measures in Zimbabwe for a sustainable future - Samu R, Kentel AS.
Floods have prevailed in the recent years, hampering not only social but also the economic development as well. This global pandemic has caused loss of lives, property and economic damages in many countries, including Zimbabwe. Rainfall intensity in the co... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Changes to Flu Shot Supply Chain Could Save Lives: Study
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 -- Problems with flu vaccine distribution in the United States may cost lives and pose a serious threat in the event of a flu pandemic, researchers warn. However, a computer model shows that proposed changes to the current... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 11, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New GP takes over as chief inspector of primary care at CQC
Dr Rosie Benneyworth to head inspection of GP services Related items fromOnMedica GPs welcome pause in routine CQC re-inspections Retired doctors may be recalled during a flu pandemic State-backed GP indemnity scheme announced I ’m a big fan of humans Government publishes vision for future of general practice (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 11, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019: The Next Influenza Pandemic and Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Swine flu symptoms: What are the symptoms of swine flu? How is swine flu diagnosed?
SWINE FLU remains a prominent threat every year when flu season rolls around, despite no longer being a major pandemic. What are the symptoms of Swine Flu and how is it diagnosed? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeons should put on their own gowns
Chances of contamination are high if surgeon receives help dressing Related items fromOnMedica Childhood adenoid removal does not lessen infection risk Pre-surgery breathing physio halves risk of complications Testing and treating MRSA is cost-effective Sharp rise of swine flu in Australia suggests pandemic UK Swine flu cases may be double the official figure (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 8, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Close flu vaccine supply gaps to ease flu seasons, make pandemics less deadly
(Georgia Institute of Technology) Gaps in the logic of how we restock flu vaccines may be costing hundreds of lives, or more. A new model to tweak the gaps could save hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of people and millions to multiple millions of dollars in medical costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Century After the 1918 Flu Pandemic: Why Are We Still Concerned Today?
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (HMD). Published: 11/26/2018. A century after the 1918 flu pandemic wiped out more than 50 million people worldwide, this event from the National Academy of Medicine and the Forum on Microbial Threats discusses how to prepare for the next flu pandemic and prevent a global catastrophe. Speakers highlight progress in science, public health, global governance, and cross-sectoral alliances for pandemic flu preparedness. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Readiness for Microbial Threats 2030: Exploring Lessons Learned Since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic - A Workshop
Discussions also touched on recent progress in global, regional, and national governance and public health capacities; challenges and opportunities with medical countermeasures; and tools to enhance detection, laboratory confirmation, and public communication in major diseas e outbreaks. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Readiness for Microbial Threats 2030
Discussions also touched on recent progress in global, regional, and national governance and public health capacities; challenges and opportunities with medical countermeasures; and tools to enhance detection, laboratory confirmation, and public communication in major diseas e outbreaks. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Century After the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division (HMD). Published: 11/26/2018. A century after the 1918 flu pandemic wiped out more than 50 million people worldwide, this event from the National Academy of Medicine and the Forum on Microbial Threats discusses how to prepare for the next flu pandemic and prevent a global catastrophe. Speakers highlight progress in science, public health, global governance, and cross-sectoral alliances for pandemic flu preparedness. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care: Considerations for Routine and Surge Use
Source: National Academies Press (NAP). Published: 12/2018. This 212-page report explores the potential for the use of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system with a focus on the economic, policy, and implementation challenges and opportunities. It examines the practicability of elastomeric use in health care on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. health care personnel may be larger than domestic supplies. It also addresses the issues regarding emergency stockpile management of elastomeric resp...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reusable Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care
Source: National Academies Press (NAP). Published: 12/2018. This 212-page report explores the potential for the use of elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system with a focus on the economic, policy, and implementation challenges and opportunities. It examines the practicability of elastomeric use in health care on a routine basis and during an influenza pandemic or other large aerosol-transmissible outbreak, when demand for respiratory protective devices by U.S. health care personnel may be larger than domestic supplies. It also addresses the issues regarding emergency stockpile management of elastomeric resp...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Readiness for a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918 Readiness for a Severe Pandemic 100 Years After 1918
Are we sufficiently prepared to respond to the next influenza pandemic? While much has improved over the past century, this commentary suggests that significant gaps remain in preparedness.American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: How MSF's Rural Programme for HIV+ Villagers Has Worked
[allAfrica] Harare -Medecins Sans Frontiers Director in Zimbabwe Bj ørn Nissen talks about the importance of the Mwenezi project, the adolescent projects in Mbare and shares the challenges of being on the frontline of fighting against the HIV/Aids pandemic in the Southern African country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 20, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Ebola Outbreak - Are We Really Prepared for This Pandemic?
[Citizen] Last year, I got an opportunity to participate in a seminar in Dar-es-Salaam as part of an academic program on how to be better prepared for a disease outbreak in the country. Our main focus was Ebola virus disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I; Final Report 2014-2017
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital Personal Protective Equipment Planning Tool
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 12/2018. This spreadsheet from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides a planning tool designed to help hospitals determine approximate minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) based on special pathogen category and a number of facility-specific variables. Calculators are included for Ebola virus disease/viral hemorrhagic fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome/severe acute respiratory syndrome, and pandemic influenza. (Text) (Source: Di...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence
From #MeToo to #HearMeToo, the fight to end violence against women continues as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman, joined survivors, activists and other Hollywood celebrities to spotlight the lack of resources that exist to help women push back against violence and abuse. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: We Must Not Turn Our Backs On Aids
[Swenga] It has been said that Mandela was proud of the progress the international community had made against AIDS when he passed away in 2013. But he also knew from his long political struggle to never celebrate a job before it is finished. The United Nations believes it is possible to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This, however, requires un-wavering r commitment from world leaders and other stakeholders in mustering the necessary resources. "The HIV pandemic is not on track to end," a team of doctors warned in t (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: National Deployment and Vaccination Plans
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preventing Pandemics and Bioterrorism: Past, Present, and Future
Source: George Mason University (GMU). Published: 12/4/2018. This one-hour presentation discusses lessons learned for pandemic preparedness since the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, plans for implementing the new National Biodefense Strategy, and the importance of education for the future of biodefense. It reviews definitions of biodefense and bioincidents, the challenge of catastrophic bioterrorism, and the BioDefense Strategic Framework. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Preventing Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Source: George Mason University (GMU). Published: 12/4/2018. This one-hour presentation discusses lessons learned for pandemic preparedness since the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, plans for implementing the new National Biodefense Strategy, and the importance of education for the future of biodefense. It reviews definitions of biodefense and bioincidents, the challenge of catastrophic bioterrorism, and the BioDefense Strategic Framework. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US life expectancy falls for third year in a row - Dyer O.
Life expectancy at birth in the United States fell again in 2017 for the third year running, the longest sustained decline since 1915-18, when the first world war and the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic were among the causes of death. A continued inc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Unknown strain of plague found in ancient tomb
New research suggests that the germ may have devastated settlements across Europe at the end of the Stone Age in what may have been the first major pandemic of human history (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Earliest plague strain found in Sweden holds clue to stone age migration from east
Pandemic could explain crash in European population 5,500 years ago and influx of people from Eurasian steppeAn ancient strain of the plague found in a woman buried in Sweden may be the fatal signature of a devastating pandemic that swept through stone age farmers and set the stage for a massive migration into Europe from the east.Evidence for the grim scenario came to light when scientists ran genetic tests on a 20-year-old woman from a rural farming community who was among 78 people buried in apassage grave in G ökhem in western Sweden.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Genetics Epidemics Sweden Science Biology World news Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson Announces Participation in New Collaboration Funded by the UK to Support Vaccines for Pandemic Preparedness
(Source: Johnson and Johnson)
Source: Johnson and Johnson - December 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meeting the challenge of engaging men in HIV prevention and treatment
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A new commentary from National Institutes of Health scientists asserts that engaging men in HIV prevention and care is essential to the goal of ending the HIV pandemic. The article by Adeola Adeyeye, M.D., M.P.A., and David Burns, M.D., M.P.H., of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Michael Stirratt, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) also discusses potential solutions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Superbug outbreak in U.K. underscores how hospitals are breeding grounds for deadly pandemics that could wipe out humanity
(Natural News) Yet another drugs and surgery prison, also known as a hospital, is reportedly on red alert after it was discovered that the premises became infected with a deadly “superbug” known as Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase, or KPC. Reports indicate that, due to 24 patients contracting the disease while admitted there, Hereford Hospital in the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Danger in the desert
(Deutsches Primatenzentrum (DPZ)/German Primate Center) A team of scientists headed by Stefan P ö hlmann, Hannah Kleine-Weber and Markus Hoffmann from the German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in G ö ttingen investigated MERS-virus mutations and found that certain mutations made the virus more resistant against the human immune system. The analysis of mutations is essential for predicting the risk of a pandemic. Moreover, the MERS virus may serve as a blueprint for other zoonotic viruses that can be transmitted from animals to humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women – UN chief
Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Minnesota Department of Health Crisis Standards of Care
Source: Minnesota Department of Health. Published: 7/20/2018. This web page provides resources about crisis standards of care (CSC), which are used when a health care system is so overwhelmed by an event that it is impossible for it to provide the normal, or standard, level of care to patients. In situations such as a pandemic or severe epidemic influenza season, a formal declaration by state government would occur to recognize that health care systems are in crisis operations that may last for some time. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 10/31/2018. This web page provides presentations from BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day, which was held on October 29-30, 2018. Topics focused on medical countermeasures against serious public health threats, and included Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats; Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases; Perspectives in Pandemic Influenza Preparedness; and Emergency Use Authorizations. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health authorities warn next superbug pandemic will kill "millions" ... and nations aren't doing anything to stop it
(Natural News) When you think of a pandemic, global disease outbreaks like the Spanish flu that killed 50 million in the early 1900s or the more recent HIV/AIDS pandemic are what usually come to mind. However, some experts are warning that the next pandemic will come from an unexpected source – and it’s something that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: July 2014-August 2016
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Published: 2/2018. This 46-page document reports on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) activities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the seven member countries that are recipients of grants under the 2013 −2016 PIP Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan. During 2014−2016, the countries have shown progress in putting in place both hard and soft infrastructure and in building systems that address local needs and could be sustained over time for influenza surveillance and pandemic preparednes s. (PDF) (Source: Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
This paper highlights advances in medical care and progress in preparedness and countermeasures since the 1918 influenza pandemic. What remains to be done to improve readiness for the next pandemic?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

How One Of The Most Successful Government Agencies Safeguards Our Health
Every day the U.S. faces threats like Zika, Ebola and Pandemic Flu. The CEO of United Therapeutics, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, explains and advocates for the government agency BARDA in their constant fight. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Steve Brozak, Contributor Tags: UTHR:NASDAQ MRK:NYSE SIRI:NASDAQ Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating on best practices to prepare for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

“ Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn ” traveling exhibit coming from the NLM to the UW Health Sciences Library!
As you may know, the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the location of the Pacific Northwest region of the NNLM.  Starting today (through December 22), it will also be hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit titled, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn”.  We are so excited to present this vibrant and trend-setting event! Graphic medicine uses the graphic novel or comic format as a way to provide information and tell stories of illness and health; this exhibit (curated by graphic artist Ellen Forney) consists of 6 banners which will be displayed i...
Source: Dragonfly - November 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health K-12 News from NLM Training & Education comics and medicine david lasky ellen forney graphic medicine traveling exhibit university of washington health sciences library Source Type: news

The frontlines of influenza research
(Human Vaccines Project) On the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, join us for a scientific summit on cutting-edge influenza and human immune system research. Held Nov. 15-16 in Nashville, TN, the summit will include a special press briefing, featuring some of the latest work on universal flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Air travel 'could protect humanity from the next deadly disease pandemic'
Researchers from the University of Oxford say the constant spread of germs around the world may be building up people's resistance to a wider range of viruses and bacteria. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How you can prepare for a pandemic flu TODAY
(Natural News) A century ago, a pandemic flu swept across the globe, infecting over 500 million people and claiming the lives of 50 million. Researchers believe it is only a matter of time before a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu threatens the world once again. Today, a pandemic flu would spread more rapidly, taking... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news