Beyond Vaccination: New Measures Needed to Protect Hospitals and the Public Against the Flu
By MARC M. BEUTTLER, MD Every year at this time, you hear warnings that flu season has arrived. New data from the CDC indicates the season is far from over. So, you are urged by health authorities to get a flu shot. What you may not realize is how the flu can affect the hospitals you and your loved ones rely on for care.   In January, the large urban hospital where I am an intern faced the worst flu outbreak it has ever seen. Nearly 100 staff members tested positive for the flu. Residents assigned to back-up coverage were called to work daily to supplement the dwindling ranks of the sick. Every hospital vis...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Marc Beuttler Vaccination Source Type: blogs

AAP Bronchiolitis Guidelines a Mismatch with Clinical Practice
​I recently met with a group from our children's hospital to standardize the hospital management of bronchiolitis according to the latest American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. (Pediatrics 2014;134[5]:e1474; http://bit.ly/2QIGbMX.) Unfortunately, these guidelines seem to cause confusion for experienced and inexperienced emergency physicians alike.This confusion comes from the guidelines raising unaddressed issues and new questions, most importantly not tackling important aspects of frontline clinical practice. These guidelines were developed with the best evidence currently available, and their application mostly cau...
Source: M2E Too! Mellick's Multimedia EduBlog - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Is it Time for Your Flu Shot or Extra Nutrition?
Conclusions Flu vaccinations have caused serious disease and death, including miscarriages, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and influenza. The influenza vaccine has been reported to be effective zero to 50% of the time. Safer practices exist to build one’s immune system and stay healthy this winter. Some suggestions for avoiding illness include eating nutrient-dense foods, taking vitamins C and D, resting and detoxifying through Epsom salt baths. References: http://articles.mercola.com…flu-vaccination-epa-safety-limit-for-mercury.aspx http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/deadly-truth-about-flu-vaccines… ht...
Source: vactruth.com - January 10, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Physical Recent Articles Top Picks flu shot influenza truth about vaccines Vaccine Death Source Type: blogs

TWiV 296: Influenza viruses with Peter Palese
Vincent speaks with Peter Palese about his illustrious career in virology, from early work on neuraminidases to universal influenza virus vaccines, on episode #396 of the science show This Week in Virology. You can find TWiV #396 at microbe.tv/twiv, or listen below. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 396 (54 MB .mp3, 74 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, RSS, email (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 3, 2016 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology aerosol transmission ferret Flu gain of function H5N1 influenza influenza virus neuraminidase relenza swine flu tamiflu universal vaccine viral viruses Source Type: blogs

TWiV 396: Influenza viruses with Peter Palese
Vincent speaks with Peter Palese about his illustrious career in virology, from early work on neuraminidases to universal influenza virus vaccines, on episode #396 of the science show This Week in Virology. You can find TWiV #396 at microbe.tv/twiv, or listen below. Click arrow to play Download TWiV 396 (54 MB .mp3, 74 min) Subscribe (free): iTunes, RSS, email (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - July 3, 2016 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology aerosol transmission ferret Flu gain of function H5N1 influenza influenza virus neuraminidase relenza swine flu tamiflu universal vaccine viral viruses Source Type: blogs

You Won’t Believe Which Big-Name Groups are Opposed to Flu Vaccine Mandates
Conclusion Millions of people are refusing vaccines, in record numbers, as they realize that vaccines are dangerous and ineffective. Now, unions and professional organizations are joining the ranks of anti-vaxers, at least with regard to mandatory vaccination. Those organizations value their members and know that they deserve choices about their bodies and their health care. In return, those groups will be rewarded with a collectively healthier, more innovative work force, because their employees will not be forced to receive injections laced with toxic chemicals. Their employees will also know their ideas and opinions are...
Source: vactruth.com - January 17, 2015 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Missy Fluegge Tags: Missy Fluegge Top Stories American Medical Association (AMA) Mandatory Vaccination National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act truth about vaccines Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) Source Type: blogs

Virology question of the week: why a segmented viral genome?
This week’s virology question comes from Eric, who writes: I’m working on an MPH and in one of my classes we are currently studying the influenza virus. I’d forgotten that the genome is in 8 separate parts. Curious, I’ve been searching but can’t find any information as to why that is? What evolutionary advantage is conferred by having a segmented genome? Terrific question! Here is my reply: It’s always hard to have answers to ‘why’ questions such as yours. We answer these questions from a human-centric view of what viruses ‘need’. We might not be right. But I&rsqu...
Source: virology blog - April 22, 2014 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information evolution gene expression influenza reassortment segmented genome viral virus Source Type: blogs

Changing influenza virus neuraminidase into a receptor binding protein
The hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) glycoproteins of the influenza virus particle serve distinct functions during infection. The HA binds sialic acid-containing cellular receptors and mediates fusion of the viral and cell membranes, while the NA removes sialic acids from glycoproteins. Apparently this division of labor is not absolute: influenza viruses have been identified with NA molecules that serve as receptor binding proteins. An influenza virus was created that could not bind sialic acid by introducing multiple mutations into the HA gene. This mutant virus was not expected to be infectious, but nevertheless...
Source: virology blog - November 21, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information evolution HA hemagglutinin influenza mutation NA neuraminidase receptor binding sialidase tamiflu viral virus Source Type: blogs

Dr James LeFanu writes
There is rather more than is immediately apparent in the recent grudging acknowledgement that the swine flu vaccine increased the risk of the serious sleeping disorder narcolepsy fourteen-fold – and that those affected (mainly children) are entitled to compensation.As many will recall, the threatened swine flu “pandemic” of 2009 proved something of a non-event, with only 10 per cent of the predicted number of cases and a miniscule mortality rate of 0.0005 per cent.This discrepancy between the dire warnings and what turned out to be among the mildest flu outbreaks of the past 100 years prompted a...
Source: PharmaGossip - November 18, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Influenza A viruses in bats
It is well known that aquatic birds are a major reservoir of influenza A viruses, and that pandemic human influenza virus strains of the past century derive viral genes from this pool. The recent discovery of two new influenza A viruses in bats suggests that this species may constitute another reservoir with even greater genetic diversity. A new influenza virus had previously been isolated from little yellow-shouldered bats (Sturnira lilium) in Guatemala. Three of 316 rectal swabs were positive when tested by a pan-influenza polymerase chain reaction assay. Viral sequences were also detected in liver, intestine, ...
Source: virology blog - November 13, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information Artibeus planirostris bat genetic diversity influenza virus pandemic Sturnira lilium viral zoonosis Source Type: blogs

Blood Donations are Potential Biohazard from Those Vaccinated with Gardasil
Conclusion It is the responsibility of health authorities to present evidence that blood donation from Gardasil vaccinated is safe for the recipients. If the authorities do not do this they may well have blood on their hands, possibly a tragic pun.     References 1. http://sanevax.org/sane-vax-inc-announces-the-discovery-of-viral-hpv-dna-contaminant-in-gardasil/ 2. http://sanevax.org/sane-vax-inc-discovers-potential-bio-hazard… 3. http://sanevax.org/breaking-news-gardasil-hpv-dna-discovered-in-post-mortem-samples/ 4. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Blood-donation/Pages/What-is-it-used-for.aspx 5. http://www.g...
Source: vactruth.com - September 10, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Sandy Lunoe Tags: Sandy Lunoe Top Stories Blood Donation gardasil HPV DNA Vaccine Contamination Source Type: blogs

Tamiflu saga continues - NYT. By Katie Thomas
Breaking the Seal on Drug ResearchPETER DOSHI walked across the campus of Johns Hopkins University in a rumpled polo shirt and stonewashed jeans, a backpack slung over one shoulder. An unremarkable presence on a campus filled with backpack-toters, he is 32, and not sure where he’ll be working come August, when his postdoctoral fellowship ends. And yet, even without a medical degree, he is one of the most influential voices in medical research today.Dr. Doshi’s renown comes not from solving the puzzles of cancer or discovering the next blockbuster drug, but from pushing the world’s biggest pharmaceuti...
Source: PharmaGossip - June 30, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Candidate Sepsis Drug Could Prevent Flu Deaths
The 1918 Spanish flu killed up to 40 million people. The swine flu pandemic in 2009 killed an estimated 284,000. Now, scientists have discovered a substance that could help doctors save lives during future influenza pandemics. Eritoran, a compound under investigation as a sepsis drug, dramatically reduces deaths from influenza in mice. At the moment, [...] (Source: Biosingularity)
Source: Biosingularity - May 5, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Derya Tags: Biotechnology Source Type: blogs

Candidate Sepsis Drug Could Prevent Flu Deaths
The 1918 Spanish flu killed up to 40 million people. The swine flu pandemic in 2009 killed an estimated 284,000. Now, scientists have discovered a substance that could help doctors save lives during future influenza pandemics. Eritoran, a compound under investigation as a sepsis drug, dramatically reduces deaths from influenza in mice. At the moment, […] (Source: Biosingularity)
Source: Biosingularity - May 5, 2013 Category: Research Authors: Derya Tags: Biotechnology Source Type: blogs

Half of Tamiflu prescriptions went unused during 2009 swine flu pandemic
Around 50% of the Tamiflu prescriptions issued during the influenza pandemic in 2009–10 went unused in England, a study by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has found. The unused medication represents approximately 600,000 courses of Tamiflu at a cost of around £7.8m to the UK taxpayer. The finding, published online in the open access scientific journal Plos One, comes from the first study of its kind to use sewage water to estimate drug compliance rates. The study estimated usage of pharmaceuticals from large populations by sampling sewage and recovering the active component of Tamiflu,...
Source: PharmaGossip - April 17, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Viral Infection-CT
CT findings of peribronchovascular and subpleural ground-glass opacities and consolidation resembling organizing pneumonia may suggest the diagnosis of S-OIV infection. From Sumer's Radiology Site http://www.sumerdoc.blogspot.com -The Top Radiology Magazine. Teleradiology Providers at www.teleradproviders.com Mail us at sales@teleradproviders.com (Source: Sumer's Radiology Site)
Source: Sumer's Radiology Site - March 1, 2013 Category: Radiologists Authors: Sumer Sethi Source Type: blogs

An open post to my community.
The following post in no way represents the opinions, policies or strategies of my employer. Nor does it necessarily represent the opinions or feelings of my colleagues. —————————————- The US is currently experiencing quite a bad influenza season. Healthcare services and drug supplies are being stretched to the limit in the United States as the authorities warn this year’s flu season is severe. Official figures indicate that influenza is now “widespread” in 41 states, with high numbers of cases reported in New York, where state ...
Source: impactEDnurse - January 23, 2013 Category: Nurses Authors: impactEDnurse Tags: reflective practice. Source Type: blogs

Five Ways to Fight the Swine Flu
View the Swine Flu video here.   Winter in North America brings with it yearly uninvited guests- flu bugs- multiple strains of illness causing viruses just waiting for new bodies to infect.   The most common recommendation has been to protect yourself with a flu vaccine.  But with virtually all the US flu suddenly resistant to the leading antiviral Tamiflu, health officials are worried about where this could lead.  Here are some key guidelines you MUST know if you want to survive this year’s flu season.   How can you distinguish a cold from the flu? First understand that colds are minor ...
Source: Dr. Donna, MedicineWoman - January 26, 2009 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Dr. Donna Tags: breaking news Personal Health public health flu influenza pandemic prevention swine flu tamiflu treatment Source Type: blogs