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Parkinson's pandemic is on the horizon, experts warn
There are now about 6.9 million Parkinson's patients worldwide and, by 2040, the number will grow to 14.2 million as the population ages, experts wrote in a commentary piece. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Diabetes Day 2017 supports women ’s rights to a healthy future
Today, 14 November, is World Diabetes Day. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Women and diabetes ‒ our right to a healthy future”. The campaign aims to promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a menacing pandemic as it remains hidden throughout most of the world – with up to half of all people with diabetes globally remaining undiagnosed. Di...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Parkinson ’s Disease: A Looming Pandemic
New research shows that the number of people with Parkinson ’s disease will soon grow to pandemic proportions. In a commentary appearing today in the journal JAMA Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. and Bastiaan Bloem, M.D., Ph.D., with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, argue that the medical community must be mobilized to respond to this impending public health threat. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - November 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Cholera: The link between the world's major outbreaks leads to better control strategies
(Institut Pasteur) Researchers at the Institut Pasteur and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with international institutions, recently published two studies tracing the history of cholera outbreaks from the last 60 years. The results show that the latest cholera pandemic originated in Asia, and that the majority of antibiotic resistant strains come from this continent. These findings help to improve understanding of how the cholera bacterium circulates, and to anticipate the risk of new outbreaks emerging. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Annual influenza vaccination does not prevent natural immunity
(The University of Bergen) Earlier studies have suggested that having repeated annual influenza vaccination can prevent natural immunity to the virus, and potentially increase the susceptibility to influenza illness in the event of a pandemic, or when the vaccine does not 'match' the virus circulating in the community.But now, researchers at the Influenza Center in Bergen have published a study, which concludes that annual influenza vaccination does not increase susceptibility to influenza infection in years of vaccine mismatch. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?
November 13, 2017 2:00-5:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genomic history of the seventh pandemic of cholera in Africa
The seventh cholera pandemic has heavily affected Africa, although the origin and continental spread of the disease remain undefined. We used genomic data from 1070 Vibrio cholerae O1 isolates, across 45 African countries and over a 49-year period, to show that past epidemics were attributable to a single expanded lineage. This lineage was introduced at least 11 times since 1970, into two main regions, West Africa and East/Southern Africa, causing epidemics that lasted up to 28 years. The last five introductions into Africa, all from Asia, involved multidrug-resistant sublineages that replaced antibiotic-susceptible sublin...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Weill, F.-X., Domman, D., Njamkepo, E., Tarr, C., Rauzier, J., Fawal, N., Keddy, K. H., Salje, H., Moore, S., Mukhopadhyay, A. K., Bercion, R., Luquero, F. J., Ngandjio, A., Dosso, M., Monakhova, E., Garin, B., Bouchier, C., Pazzani, C., Mutreja, A., Grun Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Microbiology reports Source Type: news

Integrated view of Vibrio cholerae in the Americas
Latin America has experienced two of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history; one in 1991 and the other in 2010. However, confusion still surrounds the relationships between globally circulating pandemic Vibrio cholerae clones and local bacterial populations. We used whole-genome sequencing to characterize cholera across the Americas over a 40-year time span. We found that both epidemics were the result of intercontinental introductions of seventh pandemic El Tor V. cholerae and that at least seven lineages local to the Americas are associated with disease that differs epidemiologically from epidemic cholera. Our r...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Domman, D., Quilici, M.-L., Dorman, M. J., Njamkepo, E., Mutreja, A., Mather, A. E., Delgado, G., Morales-Espinosa, R., Grimont, P. A. D., Lizarraga-Partida, M. L., Bouchier, C., Aanensen, D. M., Kuri-Morales, P., Tarr, C. L., Dougan, G., Parkhill, J., Ca Tags: Epidemiology, Microbiology reports Source Type: news

Mass casualty education for undergraduate nursing students in Australia - Currie J, Kourouche S, Gordon C, Jorm C, West S.
With the increasing risk of mass casualty incidents from extreme climate events, global terrorism, pandemics and nuclear incidents, it's important to prepare nurses with skills and knowledge necessary to manage such incidents. There are very few documented... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

What can gorillas teach us?
All the gorillas were dying… Over 50 years of trying to breed gorillas in zoos and nothing was working. It didn’t matter where they tried — San Diego, Cincinnati, St. Louis — not even the best zoos in the country could get these gorillas to reproduce. They were facing extinction. And everyone simply accepted that it was impossible to breed gorillas in zoos. That was until one caretaker took a closer look at what the gorillas were eating. For decades, zoos fed the gorillas what they called gorilla biscuits. But, on top of being unable to reproduce, the gorillas were developing diseases like heart di...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Natural Cures Nutrition carbs coconut oil diabetes gorillas heart disease high blood pressure insulin obesity Syndrome Zero triglycerides Source Type: news

Urgent news about syndrome zero
I have urgent news. I consider this to be the biggest health crisis of all time. As a matter of fact, it’s a rapidly growing pandemic spreading around the world. When we look at the rate of new incidences, it’s only a matter of time before every man, woman and child on the planet will be affected. But what’s truly alarming is that it’s at the very root of every chronic disease plaguing our modern world. Cancer Heart disease Diabetes Obesity Alzheimer’s I named this emerging new threat Syndrome Zero. And while mainstream medicine has yet to connect the dots like I have, evidence that supports...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Natural Cures Alzheimer's Cancer Chronic diseases diabetes heart disease obesity Syndrome Zero Source Type: news

Namibia:Namibia Gets Over U.S. $30 Million War Chest to Fight HIV
[New Era] Windhoek -Namibia has signed an amendment to the 2007 bilateral grant agreement with the USA to add N$435 million of funding under the US government's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to help fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 7, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Unintended costs and consequences of school closures implemented in preparation for Hurricane Isaac in Harrison County School District, Mississippi, August-September 2012 - Zheteyeva Y, Rainey JJ, Gao H, Jacobson EU, Adhikari BB, Shi J, Mpofu JJ, Bhavnani D, Dobbs T, Uzicanin A.
INTRODUCTION: School closures, while an effective measure against the spread of disease during a pandemic, may carry unintended social and economic consequences for students and families. We evaluated these costs and consequences following a 4-day school c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pandemic FAIL: Global leaders determine the world is unprepared for a global outbreak after multiple simulations reveal outdated communications infrastructure
(Natural News) A recently concluded simulation held at the World Bank’s annual meeting has revealed that the world remains unprepared for another wave of an inevitable pandemic. As part of the simulation, ministers from 12 countries as well as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discussed the global approach to a realistic scenario... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Machel: Global malnutrition is a 'hidden pandemic'
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Mozambican humanitarian Graca Machel are addressing a summit on the crisis of malnutrition, which is an underlying cause for half of the child deaths worldwide (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

In Pursuit of a Universal Flu Vaccine
Developing a universal flu vaccine that would protect against all seasonal and pandemic strains of the flu virus is no easy task, and new research suggests that one of the most promising strategies is strong, but not completely bulletproof. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - November 3, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

In pursuit of a universal flu vaccine
(University of Rochester Medical Center) Developing a universal flu vaccine that would protect against all seasonal and pandemic strains of the virus is no easy task, and new research suggests that one of the most promising strategies -- creating a vaccine that targets the 'stalk' of a protein that covers the flu virus -- is a strong one, but isn't completely bulletproof. Researchers found that the stalk of the hemagglutinin protein can vary in response to pressure from the immune system. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

National Pandemic Strategy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 06/15/2017 This Web page provides information and documents that guide the United States'preparedness and response in an influenza pandemic, with the intent of stopping, slowing, or otherwise limiting the spread of a pandemic to the United States; limiting the domestic spread of a pandemic, mitigating disease, suffering, and death; and sustaining infrastructure and mitigating impact to the economy and the functioning of society. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Strategic Partnership Network: About Influenza
World Health Organization. 2017 This Web page provides a list of countries that currently have influenza pandemic preparedness plans available on public Web sites. It includes a map and table of participating countries, and a pie chart that displays the proportion of each of the four pandemic preparedness plans'development or update status among all 194 countries on the list. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT): Questions and Answers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides questions and answers about the Influenza Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT), an evaluation tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and external influenza experts that assesses the potential pandemic risk posed by influenza A viruses that currently circulate in animals but not in humans. Topics include limitations of the tool, and the evaluation criteria used by the tool. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides the Pandemic Intervals Framework (PIF), which describes the progression of an influenza pandemic using six intervals. The framework is used to guide influenza pandemic planning and provides recommendations for risk assessment, decision-making, and action in the United States. These intervals provide a common method to describe pandemic activity which can inform public health actions. The duration of each pandemic interval might vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/03/2016 This Web page provides information about the Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework (PSAF), which is used to determine the impact of a pandemic, or how severe a pandemic will be. There are two main factors that can be used to determine the impact of a pandemic. The first is clinical severity, or how serious the illness is associated with infection. The second factor is transmissibility, or how easily the pandemic virus spreads from person-to-person. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Serving the Greater Good: Public Health and Community Pharmacy Partnerships
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 10/2017 This 35-page report summarizes a study to determine how public health in the United States can best be bolstered by engaging with community pharmacy in the near-term future. To frame the analysis, it examined three specific areas of growing public health need to determine how community pharmacy could serve the public's health: the national opioid crisis, antibiotic resistance, and pandemic and emergency preparedness and response. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nuclear weapons in a changing climate: probability, increasing risks, and perception - Liska AJ, White TR, Holley ER, Oglesby RJ.
Many people tend to think that the outcome of any nuclear weapons use today will result in an escalatory situation with apocalyptic outcomes for the countries involved. (R. Wuthnow, Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Healthier World, Safer America: A US Government Roadmap for International Action to Prevent the Next Pandemic
This report provides analysis of the importance of developing a robust pipeline of new drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and other technologies for diseases likely to become pandemics, and outlines recommendations for action from the US government to prevent the next pandemic.(PATH) (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Healthier World, Safer America: A U.S. Government Roadmap for International Action to Prevent the Next Pandemic
PATH. 10/2017 This 36-page report provides analysis of the importance of developing a robust pipeline of new drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and other technologies for diseases likely to become pandemics, and outlines recommendations for action from the U.S. government to prevent the next pandemic. It focuses on the impact of the United States'global investments in outbreak preparedness in low- and middle-income countries, and urges the current U.S. Administration and Congress to adopt recommendations to make America and the world safer from global health threats. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic bird flu virus just three mutations away, warn scientists
(Natural News) As the general population lines up and pumps itself full of cytotoxins (vaccine ingredients), another viral mutation is being predicted. This time scientists are warning about a new kind of bird flu virus, one that is only three mutations away from attaching to human host cells and becoming a global pandemic. It doesn’t... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Potent peptidic fusion inhibitors of influenza virus
We report here on the design and structural characterization of potent peptidic inhibitors of influenza hemagglutinin. The peptide design was based on complementarity-determining region loops of human broadly neutralizing antibodies against the hemagglutinin (FI6v3 and CR9114). The optimized peptides exhibit nanomolar affinity and neutralization against influenza A group 1 viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and avian H5N1 strains. The peptide inhibitors bind to the highly conserved stem epitope and block the low pH–induced conformational rearrangements associated with membrane fusion. These peptidic compounds ...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 26, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kadam, R. U., Juraszek, J., Brandenburg, B., Buyck, C., Schepens, W. B. G., Kesteleyn, B., Stoops, B., Vreeken, R. J., Vermond, J., Goutier, W., Tang, C., Vogels, R., Friesen, R. H. E., Goudsmit, J., van Dongen, M. J. P., Wilson, I. A. Tags: Biochemistry, Epidemiology r-articles Source Type: news

Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts U.S. panel to endorse 3rd vaccine dose
A federal expert panel on Wednesday recommended a third dose of the mumps vaccine when an outbreak occurs. The move was in response to the rise in mumps outbreaks since 2006, especially among highly vaccinated college students. More than 6,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the United States, the most […]Related:Expert panel recommends new shingles vaccine that gives increased protectionFDA’s Gottlieb calls for greater use of medication-assisted treatment to fight opioid epidemicWorld leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’ (Sour...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expert panel recommends new shingles vaccine that gives increased protection
A federal expert panel Wednesday recommended a new and more effective shingles vaccine to protect adults 50 and older from a painful rash that affects 1 in 3 people during their lifetime. In a rare move, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommended, by an 8-to-7 vote, that the new Shingrix vaccine be preferred over […]Related:FDA’s Gottlieb calls for greater use of medication-assisted treatment to fight opioid epidemicWorld leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’U.S. abortion rate fell 25 percent from 2008 to 2014; one in four women have an a...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are HIV and AIDS Poised for a Comeback?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 -- The advent of powerful drugs in the mid-1990s brought remarkable gains in survival for HIV patients who had access to the medications. But a team of experts now warns that the global HIV pandemic continues and is at risk... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 25, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA ’ s Gottlieb calls for greater use of medication-assisted treatment to fight opioid epidemic
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, called Wednesday for the expanded use of medication-assisted treatments for opioid addiction, saying they could reduce overdoses and deaths. During a House hearing on the federal response to the opioid epidemic, Gottlieb said the agency will issue new guidance to manufacturers to promote the development of novel […]Related:World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’U.S. abortion rate fell 25 percent from 2008 to 2014; one in four women have an abortionState laws have reduced concussion risks in high sc...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The rare case of a woman who stunned doctors in Italy by sweating blood from her face
Doctors were baffled when a 21-year-old woman was admitted into an Italian hospital for “sweating blood” from her face and her hands, a condition she's had for three years, according to two physicians from the University of Florence. It's a condition few doctors have seen, and some have questioned whether sweating blood is even possible. But it […]Related:The rare case of a woman who stunned doctors in Italy by sweating blood from her face‘Damaged for the rest of my life’: Woman says surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterusWorld leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will co...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The rare case of a woman who stunned doctors in Italy by sweating blood from her face
Doctors were baffled when a 21-year-old woman was admitted into an Italian hospital for “sweating blood” from her face and her hands, a condition she's had for three years, according to two physicians from the University of Florence. It's a condition few doctors have seen, and some have questioned whether sweating blood is even possible. But it […]Related:‘Damaged for the rest of my life’: Woman says surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterusWorld leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’Conjoined twins survived one of the world&rsquo...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Leaders simulated a pandemic and we're not ready
In a 90-minute session, ministers from 12 countries as well as the WHO and the CDC tackled 'realistic' scenarios of a deadly disease crossing borders, tracking news and social media. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘ Damaged for the rest of my life ’: Woman says surgeons mistakenly removed her breasts and uterus
Elisha Cooke-Moore had been told she had cancer-causing genes. The 36-year-old mother said an obstetrician-gynecologist noted that the results of her genetic testing showed she had a 50 percent chance of getting breast cancer and up to an 80 percent chance of getting uterine cancer, so she underwent a recommended double mastectomy and hysterectomy to try to beat the odds. But Cooke-Moore, […]Related:World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’Conjoined twins survived one of the world’s rarest surgeries. Now they’re preparing t...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Futuristic Scenario for Public Health Risk Communicators (2017)
A hypothetical scenario designed to illustrate the public health risk communication challenges that could potentially emerge during a naturally occurring infectious disease outbreak requiring development and distribution of novel and/or investigational drugs, vaccines, therapeutics, or other medical countermeasures. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘ sooner than we expect ’
The government ministers were facing a new infectious disease outbreak. The mysterious virus was sickening and killing people with alarming speed. Some patients had to be placed on ventilators to help them breathe. The new virus seemed resistant to antibiotics and antiviral medicine. Within a week, officials had closed a major hospital and schools and […]Related:U.S. abortion rate fell 25 percent from 2008 to 2014; one in four women have an abortionState laws have reduced concussion risks in high school kids, study findsCutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Futuristic Scenario for Public Health Risk Communicators
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 10/23/2017 This 89-page document is a self-guided hypothetical exercise scenario for public health communicators and risk communication researchers eager to deepen their understanding of the communication dilemmas that could arise when medical countermeasures are developed and distributed during a pandemic. The SPARS Scenario features an outbreak of the novel SPARS coronavirus first identified in a major U.S. city in 2025. In the United States, an existing drug is repurposed to treat SPARS symptoms while federal regulators work with a pharmaceutical company to fast-track the produc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

New H7N9 Bird Flu Strain in China Has Pandemic Potential New H7N9 Bird Flu Strain in China Has Pandemic Potential
Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported online October 19 in Cell Host& Microbe.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Antimicrobial Resistance, And Lack Of New Drugs, Raises Risk Of A Global Pandemic
Over the next five years, the threat of diseases resistant to antibiotics will grow. This problem demands real leadership from the public and private sector alike. Business leaders will need to improve efforts to protect their employees, while understanding the potential impact on demand. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Laudicina, Contributor Source Type: news

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Researchers are tracking pandemic potential of H7N9 bird flu in China
(Cell Press) As of Oct. 5, a total of 1,562 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 avian flu virus have been reported to the World Health Organization, with more people getting infected each year. In a study published in the journal Cell Host& Microbe, researchers found that H7N9 viruses replicated efficiently in human airway cells and the lungs of animal models, spread among ferrets via respiratory droplets, and were minimally responsive to commonly used antiviral drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu simulations suggest pandemics more likely in spring, early summer
(PLOS) New statistical simulations suggest that Northern Hemisphere flu pandemics are most likely to emerge in late spring or early summer at the tail end of the normal flu season, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology by Spencer Fox of The University of Texas at Austin and his colleagues, Lauren Ancel Meyers (also at UT Austin) and Joel C. Miller at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, Wash. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response
CDC seeks to enhance the Nation's ability to rapidly mobilize and respond to specific public health emergencies, which may include infectious disease outbreaks, pandemics, and other public health emergencies that exceed the capacity of jurisdictional public health resources. From experience through previous emergency events, CDC recognizes the impact that initial funding and immediate response can have in mitigating negative health outcomes. Thus, CDC is creating this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to rapidly fund pre-approved applicants to address immediate and time-sensitive needs that are integral to specific publ...
Source: PHPartners.org - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Topic Collection: Epidemic/Pandemic Flu
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 10/12/2017 This Topic Collection from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides resources that can help healthcare professionals and emergency medical planners prepare for the next influenza epidemic or pandemic. It discusses how important strong healthcare coalitions with tiered response strategies and coordinated incident management are to an effective pandemic influenza response. Resource topics include Antiviral Treatment; Epidemiology and Surveillance; Guidelines; Less...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Broadening the debate on mental health | Letters
David Doddwantsemployers to assume a degree of responsibility for employees ’ mental wellbeing,Justin Harpermakes a case for income protection andGary Feredaysayspsychoanalytically informed therapies should be more widely available. Plus letters fromKeir Hardingand Rob DaviesJeremy Hunt has once more propelled mental health up the political agenda with the promise that an extra £1.3bn would be invested annually in mental health services by 2021 (Report, 10 October). However, while such promises constitute a significant step forward, it will take a lot more than policy and funding to resolve a problem reaching p...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Mental health Depression Psychology Society NHS Work & careers UK news Source Type: news

Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
April 4-8, 2018; Chapel Hill, NC. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

US not prepared for this year's flu pandemic
An aggressive strain of avian flu called H7N9 has killed about 40 percent of the people it has infected in China. The CDC is warning that it could cause widespread destruction in the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study mapping pandemic potential could help prevent future disease outbreaks
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) A new scientific study provides the first evidence-based assessment of pandemic potential in Africa prior to outbreaks and identifies ways to prevent them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 11, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news