Expert: 'There will be a pandemic'
Experts predict a dangerous pandemic will occur in the next 20 to 30 years. CNN Films' "Unseen Enemy" premieres Friday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika Virus Threat: How Concerns About Scientists May Undermine Efforts to Combat the Pandemic
University of New Hampshire. 03/21/2017 This six-page issue brief investigates how New Hampshire residents view the Zika crisis by asking if Zika is perceived as a threat to public health in the United States, and if the public trusts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information about the virus. It also asks if the public is confident that the government can control the spread of Zika, and explores whether the public's increasing distrust of science and scientists may affect views about the Zika pandemic. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria: Concerns Over Drug Resistant TB, HIV Co-Infection
[Guardian] Nigeria on Friday March 24 joined other countries to celebrate the 2017 World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) with the theme, Unite to end TB in Nigeria: Accelerating TB Case Detection and Treatment. As part of efforts to stop the disease, experts have alerted to the growing cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR TB), the burgeoning epidemic of the disease in Nigeria, which rides on the co-existing pandemic of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), and that diagnosing MDR and extensively drug-resistant TB as well as H (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 27, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stopping a pandemic before it starts
Scientists have pinpointed the genetic mutation that enabled the deadly H7N9 bird flu to spread to humans. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radio/Quirks & Quarks Source Type: news

Human Development Report 2016: Human Development for Everyone
United Nations Development Programme. 03/21/2017 This 286-page report sets forward policy recommendations at the national level and looks at ways in which the global development landscape could be made more effective in the fight to leave no one behind and achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It discusses how epidemics, violence, climate change, and natural disasters can quickly undermine the progress of those who have moved out of poverty; and how pandemics, natural disasters, climate change, economic and financial crises, and other shocks can slow, reverse, or completely derail human deve...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pandemic? Bird flu found at multiple poultry farms in Alabama
(Natural News) Reuters reports that in the first week of March 2017, a southern Tennessee farm growing chickens for Tyson Foods, Inc. had to euthanize 73,500 broilers because those birds had the unfortunate distinction of being the “first confirmed case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI)” in U.S. commercial poultry farming. As a precaution, at that time 30 additional farms were quarantined... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World TB Day - How Budget Cuts Threaten Progress In Tuberculosis Globally
Tuberculosis is the world's most serious antimicrobial resistance threat, with resistant strains called “Ebola with wings” because they are so deadly. Spread by air, walls won't be a barrier. Budget cuts will fuel a pandemic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Tags: NYSE:JNJ Source Type: news

World TB Day: How Budget Cuts Threaten Progress In Tuberculosis Globally
Tuberculosis is the world's most serious antimicrobial resistance threat, with resistant strains called “Ebola with wings” because they are so deadly. Spread by air, walls won't be a barrier. Budget cuts will fuel a pandemic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Tags: NYSE:JNJ Source Type: news

Cybersecurity expert calls out healthcare for ‘lackadaisical’ approach to growing threat
[Image courtesy of Blogtrepreneur on Flickr, per Creative Commons 2.0 license]The medical device industry needs to shake itself out of its stupor when it comes to cybersecurity, according to James Scott, senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and author of the new paper, How to Crush the Health Sector’s Ransomware Pandemic. Companies in the medtech sector and the overall healthcare space face nothing short of cyberwar with “combat nation states, cyber mercenaries, cyber caliphate, and other actors,” Scott said. Without intervention, he said, “The health sector will con...
Source: Mass Device - March 21, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Heather Thompson Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Pro-vaccine study finds that flu shots barely work at all in people over age 50
(Natural News) A recent study published in the journal Vaccine has shown that vaccine effectiveness can vary widely based upon the age of the patient. The research intended on demonstrating the efficacy of pandemic flu vaccines, but instead revealed something far more telling: vaccines are not useful for those that are generally considered to be some... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine, improved treatment are keys to control of a surging HIV pandemic
(Oregon State University) Development and widespread use of a vaccine that's even partially effective against HIV, along with more progress toward diagnosis and treatment, offer the best hopes for turning the corner on a global pandemic that's still spiraling out of control, researchers reported today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The wealthy are going underground as luxury doomsday bunkers sprawl across Kansas
(Natural News) For many, the world just doesn’t feel like a safe place anymore. Pandemics, the re-emerging threat of nuclear war, terrorist attacks, and even the threat of a good old fashioned natural disaster have many scanning prepper sites online and stockpiling food in their basements. For some people, though, that just isn’t good enough.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for March 17, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. GlucoMe tackles connected diabetes management with acoustic data transmission The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention predict that by 2050, if current trends continue, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. will have diabetes. The d...
Source: Mass Device - March 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

GlucoMe tackles connected diabetes management with acoustic data transmission
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention predict that by 2050, if current trends continue, 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. will have diabetes. The digital diabetes management company GlucoMe hopes it can develop a smarter healthcare model t0 fit this growing patient population. “Diabetes is an inter-world epidemic – a pandemic – and the number of patients is constantly increasing,” co-founder & CEO Yiftah Ben Aharon told Drug Delivery Business News. “So, it doesn’t make sense to keep the current treatment model and current care model the same.” Get th...
Source: Mass Device - March 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Patient Monitoring Wall Street Beat GlucoMe Source Type: news

Vaccines do work for pandemic flu, says study
Vaccines are successful in preventing pandemic flu and reducing the number of patients hospitalized as a result of the illness, a study has found. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 14, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Vaccines do work for pandemic flu
Vaccine against swine flu in 2009 prevented infections and hospitalisations Related items fromOnMedica Tamiflu reduced risk of death in H1N1 influenza pandemic Nasal spray flu vaccine for children proving effective Antenatal flu drugs not linked to newborn risks Flu jab linked to fewer hospitalisations World ‘not prepared’ for Zika and Ebola (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 14, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health And Climate Change: An Urgent Need For Action
The human face of climate change is its impact on our health. Higher temperatures intensify air pollution and respiratory illness. Changing weather patterns lead to drought and then famine, while increasing rains in other areas will create the breeding ground for disease and pandemics. While the policy changes needed to blunt climate change are surely substantial, the cost of ignoring the science behind climate change will be felt through its harmful effects on our health. Recently, the CDC cancelled its Climate and Health Summit out of fear of retribution from the Trump administration. Working with Al Gore and others, Har...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health And Climate Change: An Urgent Need For Action
The human face of climate change is its impact on our health. Higher temperatures intensify air pollution and respiratory illness. Changing weather patterns lead to drought and then famine, while increasing rains in other areas will create the breeding ground for disease and pandemics. While the policy changes needed to blunt climate change are surely substantial, the cost of ignoring the science behind climate change will be felt through its harmful effects on our health. Recently, the CDC cancelled its Climate and Health Summit out of fear of retribution from the Trump administration. Working with Al Gore and others, Har...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Vaccines do work for pandemic flu, says study
(University of Nottingham) Vaccines are successful in preventing pandemic flu and reducing the number of patients hospitalized as a result of the illness, a study led by academics at the University of Nottingham has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tool for Influenza Pandemic Risk Assessment (TIPRA)
World Health Organization. 05/2016 This 60-page document was developed to provide a standardized and transparent approach to support the risk assessment of influenza viruses with pandemic potential. It enables identification of gaps in knowledge so that attention and resources can be dedicated to address those needs. It can also feed into comprehensive risk assessments that characterize all three components: hazard, exposure, and context. The tool supports hazard assessment by asking a risk question about the pandemic likelihood and impact of an influenza virus. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Perio-Diabetes Workshop brings scientific experts together to reach new consensus on links between diabetes and gum disease
Discussions focused around three key points:a) Evidence of pathogenic mechanisms that may link periodontitis and diabetes,based on a report authored by diabetologist David Polak and periodontist Lior Shapira,of the Hebrew University-Haddasah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem, Israel.b) Epidemiological observational evidence on the effect of periodontal disease ondiabetes, based on a systematic review and meta-analysis written by periodontistFilippo Graziani and diabetologists Stefano Gennai, Anna Solini and Morena Petrini ofthe University of Pisa, Italy.c) Evidence on the potential impact of periodontal therapy on dia...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - March 10, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Tennessee Bird Flu Shares Name, Not Genetics, Of Feared China Strain
The strain of bird flu that infected a chicken farm in Tennessee in recent days shares the same name as a form of the virus that has killed humans in China, but is genetically distinct from it, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture identified the strain in Tennessee as H7N9, following a full genome sequencing of samples from the farm. It said all eight gene segments of the virus had North American wild bird lineage. On Sunday, the USDA confirmed the farm in Tennessee was infected with highly pathogenic bird flu, making it the first case in a commercial U.S. operation in more than a year. In C...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

International Aid Is More than Altruism
March 09, 2017Our free gift to unnamed strangers keeps us all safer and the world a bit more stable.Decades ago, Richard Titmuss, a renowned British sociologist, wrote a book calledThe Gift Relationship: From Blood to Social Policy, comparing blood transfusion services in Britain and the United States. He found that if donors were paid for their blood (as many in the US were at the time), there was a temptation for those who knew their blood was not safe for donation to give it anyway, leading to a less-safe stock of blood supplies that had cost more to produce.That conclusion alone led to much heated transatlantic debate....
Source: IntraHealth International - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

West Africa: Nations Establish Regional Center for Disease Control
[Focac] Accra -Health authorities in West Africa have set up a regional Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Abuja, Nigeria to deal with pandemics such as Ebola, a senior official of Ghana said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New UN supply chain system to slash delays, save lives in large-scale health crises
In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 9, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Will We Have Medical Treatments in the Event of an Attack or Pandemic?
March 28, 2017 10am-12pm ET. Via webcast or in Washington, DC. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - March 6, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Getting To The Core Of Global Health In 2017
I don’t know about you, but I am still in that weird part of the dawning year where writing the date seems like I am playing main stage in a Hollywood ‘sci-fi’ movie. Where the four numbers of 2 – 0 – 1 – 7 seem more of something I would associate with flying cars and robot servants, than the ‘here and now’. But strange as it may seem we are well into the New Year and as the pace of the world reflects the pace of passing time, I can’t help but wonder if we actually do live in the future. So to speak. We now call for a cab via west coast America using a democratized appl...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Face of a Pandemic: The West Africa Ebola Outbreak
Global Health Security Agenda. 03/02/2017 This one-hour, two-minute webinar discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when an infectious and deadly pathogen with no known cure was rapidly spreading in multiple densely poorly resourced and populated cities in a region. It details the numbers of people served per pathologist in sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of preparedness for biosecurity threats in Africa, and how Ebola exposed the inadequate capacity to deal with pandemic events. (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 - March 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

2017 IDMH Conference: Psychosocial Response to Pandemic Disasters, Infectious Diseases, and Bioterrorism
April, 7, 2017, New Paltz, NY.(Institute of Disaster Mental Health) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza Viruses and Candidate Vaccine Viruses Developed for Potential Use in Human Vaccines
World Health Organization. 03/02/2017 This Web page provides a review from March 2017 on the zoonotic influenza virus activity and virus characterization, and describes the current status of the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. It is meant to provide guidance for national authorities and vaccine companies on the selection of candidate viruses for use in vaccine development. Summaries are added to this page periodically. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The opioid pandemic and American high school athletes - Brennan TK.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

There's A Reason Zika Virus Became A Pandemic In 2015
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing the Next Global Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and Zika
Boston College. 12/01/2016 This one-hour, nine-minute presentation discusses the potential of pandemics to impact millions of people, particularly Ebola and Zika. It reviews lessons learned from those outbreaks and discusses strategies for future pandemics. It is part of a lecture series focused on subjects related to the intersections of health, humanities, and ethics. (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 - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

British high court awards massive payout to child who was permanently damaged by the swine flu vaccine... government tried to suppress the truth for years
(Natural News) A young man from the U.K. who was seriously injured after being vaccinated for swine flu during the fake pandemic of 2009 has finally received the payout he was due from the British government. For years the government tried to cover up the truth about the deadly vaccine, known as Pandemrix, which caused... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lord Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation
Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness?  Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Martin Rees: We Are Living Through A Political And Scientific Transformation
Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity. Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness?  Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Africa: Three Deadly Viruses That Could Spawn the Next Pandemic
[IRIN] Bird flu in China puts infectious diseases back in the spotlight (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head
Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.(Image credit: Razis Nasri) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michaeleen Doucleff Source Type: news

Aging, Depression and Disease in South Africa
The proportion of persons 60 years and older is projected to almost double during 2000–2030 in South Africa. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo / IPSBy Manoj K. Pandey, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaCanberra, Philadelphia and Manchester, Feb 20 2017 (IPS)Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living (DADLs) leading to depression. Mental disorders—in different forms and intensities— affect most of the population in their lifetime. In most cases, people experiencing mild episodes of depression or anxiety deal with them without di...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Manoj K. Pandey - and Raghav Gaiha Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Women's Health Source Type: news

Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics
A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 19, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bill Gates 'hopeful' for global pandemic response plan
Bill Gates is 'hopeful' a Trump-led team could plan a response to a global epidemic (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics
(Georgia Institute of Technology) A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

How to Manage Global Catastrophic Risk
Brookings Institution. 02/15/2017 This one-hour, 26-minute panel discussion focuses on the management of global catastrophic risk. Panelists discuss some of the potentially catastrophic risks the world faces today, including sea level changes caused by climate change, world poverty, pandemics such as the Zika virus and Ebola, and weapons of mass destruction. They discuss if new approaches and fresh thinking are needed in the global governance arena, and if international organizations are equipped to meet the new challenges of the modern era. (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 - February 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Defense Civil Support: DOD, HHS, and DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 02/10/2017 This 55-page report assesses the extent to which the Department of Defense (DOD) has guidance and plans for supporting civil authorities in the event of a domestic outbreak of a pandemic disease, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have plans to respond to a pandemic if DOD support capabilities are limited, and they have mechanisms to coordinate their pandemic preparedness and response. It also reviews DOD's preparedness, detection of, and response to the Zika virus. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Use of Pharmacy Text Messaging Capabilities in a Future Pandemic
Healthcare Ready. 05/16/2016 This six-page document discusses the use of pharmacy text messaging in a future pandemic, which is a potentially powerful resource for public health, but obstacles must be proactively addressed. It details the potential for the use of existing communications tools that can reach vulnerable populations in a healthcare emergency, and discusses how it would be beneficial to have the ability to target messages to those who might be most vulnerable. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Defense Civil Support: DOD, HHS, and DHS Should Use Existing Coordination Mechanisms to Improve Their Pandemic Preparedness
This GAO report outlines the need for collaboration between the Departments of Defense, Health& Human Services, and Homeland Security during disease outbreaks. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Discussion of Average versus Extreme Case Severity in Pandemic Risk Communications
To assess the public's understanding of disease threat, researchers conducted a randomized survey experiment in the Netherlands. Adults who read a mock news article describing average and/or extreme outcomes from a hypothetical influenza pandemic were more influenced by average than by extreme case information. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 10, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CROI to Review Progress Against HIV/AIDS Pandemic
(MedPage Today) -- Retrovirus conference will also tackle Zika, STDs, and more (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - February 10, 2017 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Ministers lose fight to stop payouts over swine flu jab narcolepsy cases
Dozens of children who developed sleep disorder after getting vaccine could get compensation after high court rulingDozens of children who developed narcolepsy as a result of a swine flu vaccine could be compensated after the high court rejecteda government appeal to withhold payments.Six million people in Britain, and more across Europe, were given the Pandemrix vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline during the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic, but the jab was withdrawn after doctors noticed asharp rise in narcolepsy among those who received it.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Science Vaccines and immunisation Swine flu Health Society World news UK news Source Type: news

Are antivirals a cost-effective therapy during severe flu seasons?
(Wiley) A new study indicates that the antiviral drug oseltamivir can reduce influenza infections and prevent deaths in a cost-saving manner under most pandemic scenarios. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 8, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news