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1957-58 Flu Pandemic Can Provide Clues to Planning for h1n1

Similarities Between 2 Pandemics Can Aid in Preparedness and Response BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. prepares for a resurgence of H1N1 influenza this fall, much can be learned from looking at a previous pandemic that had similar patterns. In an articl...

K-State Researcher, Collaborators Study Virulence of Pandemic H1N1 Virus; Work at K-State Would Protect Pig Industry If the Virus Jumps to Swine Populations

MANHATTAN, Kan., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Laboratory studies at Kansas State University and the work of a K-State researcher are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 virus. Juergen Richt is a Regents Distinguished Professor at K-State's College of Vet...

Physicians' Level of Concern for H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Highest Since April

FLEMINGTON, N.J., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national study among 675 physicians revealed that nearly half of physicians (48%) reported that the H1N1 Swine Flu poses some level of risk for a worldwide catastrophic pandemic, the highest percentage since an April study. (...

Fighting the swine flu pandemic with mathematics

As swine flu spreads across America, good data can make all the difference in controlling it. Who needs to get antiviral medications first? Who can wait? When should counties and states shut down airports, schools, and highways? When should they tell people to stay home from school and work...

21st Century Obesity Pandemic Still Suffering From Effects of Tuberculosis Plague of the 1800s

Jesse Roth, MD, a diabetes and obesity researcher at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has identified a link between tuberculosis and the metabolic and inflammatory processes that is tied to obesity. Manhasset, NY (Vocus) June 23, 2009 -- Modern humans ...

Swine Flu Pandemic Causes Public Concerns About Hand Sanitizers

BOISE, Idaho, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that hand washing with soap and water when available or sanitizing with an effective hand sanitizer is critical to minimize the spread of germs during illness outbreaks, such as the H1N1 Influenza...

Real-Time Locating Technology Helps Contain Pandemic Outbreaks

Intelligent InSites Announces Solution to Track and Control Spread of Infectious Diseases Fargo, ND (PRWEB) June 19, 2009 - Last week, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 virus, also commonly referred to as "swine flu", a worldwide pandemic. Nation...

Doctor, Pandemic Planning Expert to Host Webinar on Influenza H1N1

Briefing, Q&A for Organizations and Media PHILADELPHIA, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- WHO: International SOS, the world's leading provider of medical assistance and international healthcare, and provider of pandemic information and planning services to more than 350...

As World Health Organization Raises Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic Alert to Level Six, Hygiene Council Recommends Simple Steps to Help Protect Families from Illness

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization has increased the pandemic alert to level six for influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, the first time it has been raised to this level in 41 years. Families should take active steps to protect themselves, but need not...

No Time for Complacency in Pandemic Planning: Aon

CHICAGO, June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of the World Health Organization raising its pandemic flu alert to the top phase of its six-phase scale, Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC ) today issued the following statement by Gisele Norris , DrPH, national director of Aon Healthcare...

Fast pandemic detection tool ready to fight flu

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, June 9, 2009In a joint effort by national laboratory-, university- and private-sector institutions, researchers are developing new tools for rapidly characterizing biological pathogens that could give rise to potentially deadly pandemics such as Influenza A (H1N1). The f...

WHO Declaration of Swine Flu Pandemic Looks Imminent

H1N1's swift spread in Australia may meet criteria for full alert, agency says TUESDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- A surge in cases of H1N1 swine flu in Australia may tip the balance and cause the World Health Organization to soon declare the first flu pandemic since 1968, agency offic...

WHO Declaration of Swine Flu Pandemic Appears Imminent

H1N1's swift spread in Australia may fulfill criteria, agency says TUESDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- A surge in cases of H1N1 swine flu in Australia may tip the balance and cause the World Health Organization to soon declare the first flu pandemic since 1968, agency officials said Tu...

DIA 45th Annual Meeting Features Sessions Highlighting Wyeth v. Levine and Pandemic Influenza

Two timely sessions at the DIA 45th Annual Meeting reflect the state of today's global biopharmaceutical environment. Horsham, PA, USA (Vocus) June 5, 2009 -- The Drug Information Association (DIA) 45th Annual Meeting is the biopharmaceutical industry's largest an...

The Sage Group Widens Strategic Role to Assist HemispherX Biopharma in Pandemic Influenza Initiatives as Pacific Rim/Japan Treatment/Prevention Programs Accelerate

CLINTON, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sage Group, a privately held international health care consulting group, announced today that HemispherX Biopharma has expanded the mandate for The Sage Group to include, in addition to the strategic partnering efforts related to Ampligen (an experimental ...

Experts to Discuss Worksite Preparedness Measures During May 19th Pandemic Flu Webinars

Designed to Help Employers and Business Owners Plan for Pandemic Impact PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Advocate, Inc. is hosting two free webinars on May 19, 2009 to help employers prepare for a possible H1N1 flu pandemic. Following the webinar Health Advocate will relea...

H1N1 Pandemic Precautions for Front Line Workers

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If the H1N1 pandemic flu follows the pattern of the 1918 Great Pandemic it could come back with more vigor in a second wave next fall. In 1918, three separate recurrences of influenza followed each other with unusual rapidity, resulting in 3 explosive ...

Influenza pandemic planning needed to assure adequate care for pregnant women and newborns

PITTSBURGH, May 13 Pregnant women and newborns are at greatest risk in a flu epidemic, but more planning must be done to ensure that they receive priority treatment should an outbreak occur, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and University of Pittsburgh study. The find...

Researchers study the human factor in spread of pandemic illness

CLEMSON Industrial engineers Sandra Garrett of Clemson University and Barrett Caldwell of Purdue University have proposed a new system to warn of an impending pandemic by monitoring signals in human behavior. The system could result in using a simple icon on a television screen to warn of future ...

Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential

Key factor will be lethality of infection going forward, experts say MONDAY, May 11 (HealthDay News) -- The current swine flu epidemic does have pandemic potential and is likely to be comparable to other 20th century pandemics, at least in terms of its spread, a new expert analysis con...

Swine flu: Early findings about pandemic potential reported in new study

Early findings about the emerging pandemic of a new strain of influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico are published today in Science . Researchers from the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling at Imperial College London, working in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and public he...

Prepared Response, Inc. Expands Its Pandemic Planning and Response Offerings

Prepared Response Now a Reseller of Veratect's Pandemic Data Reporting System SEATTLE, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prepared Response, Inc ., the leading provider of emergency preparedness and response solutions, today announced it is now a reseller of Veratect Corporation's Ver...

Corporate Pandemic Preparedness Experts from Roche & PSEG to Advise Savvy Business Leaders May 15

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When the unpredictable influenza season returns in the fall, health care officials warn that the seemingly lessening threat of the H1N1 outbreak may worsen. Operating under pandemic contingency plans already, nearly one-third of companies do not have a po...

Ready or Not - Flu Pandemic Has Arrived

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization says a Swine Flu pandemic is now a certainty. Many states have already declared emergencies. Many experts believe the Federal government will declare a disaster soon. The emotional toll the outbreak takes on the public will ...

Three-Quarters of Durable Medical Equipment Providers Have Prepared for Pandemic Flu, According to a May 1 Survey by American Association for Homecare

ARLINGTON, Va., May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than half (53 percent) of the nation's home medical equipment and service providers have formal plans to respond to a pandemic flu and another 23 percent have stockpiled N95 masks or other supplies related to a flu pandemic, according to a surv...

Swine Flu Outbreak Not a Pandemic at This Point

WHO officials say cases continue to climb, but geographic spread not wide enough for highest alert SUNDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Although the number of swine flu cases continued to climb Sunday, the World Health Organization said there is no clear sign yet that the scope of the out...

Bright Horizons Responds to National Health Emergency With Pandemic Alert Back-Up Child Care Solutions

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC , the world's leading provider of employer-sponsored child care and early education, back-up care, and work/life solutions, today announced a new emergency or "back-up" child care solution to help employers and working f...

Hospital Rapid Alert System Supports Swine Flu Pandemic Communications

Mobile Health Tech Rapid Alert System Enables Hospitals to Rapidly Notify Staff, Community and Authorities with Instant 2-way Text Communications Clark, New Jersey, May 1, 2009 -- Mobile Health Tech, the healthcare division of Gold Mobile, today announced General Availa...

Questions Grow as World Health Organization Raises Pandemic Alert for Swine Flu to Level Five

CDC Emphasizes Simple, Low-Cost, Tips to Help Families Stay Healthy PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the World Health Organization increases the pandemic alert to level five for swine flu (influenza A virus H1N1), many parents are concerned and want information and tools to help...

National Archives Recalls Flu Pandemic of 1918

With concerns of a new flu pandemic, a look back at an old one WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a document alert -- part of a program sponsored by the National Archives to notify the media of documents and images in the National Archives holdings that are rele...

Maplecroft Flu Pandemic Maps Reveal Countries Most at Risk

LONDON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With swine flu topping the agenda of business around the world, global risks specialist, Maplecroft has released three new maps and indices revealing the countries most at risk from an influenza pandemic. The Influenza Pandemic Risk Index (IPRI) consists...

Union Survey on Influenza Pandemic Finds Lack of Adequate Health and Safety Measures for Health Care Workers

McEntee praises Obama request for $1.5 billion in additional funding WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new union survey of more than 100 health care facilities across the country reveals that many are not adequately prepared to protect workers' health and safety during an i...

Workforce Swine Flu Pandemic Survival Preparedness Tips For Business

DALLAS, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers should encourage employees and their families to take the following steps: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Stay home when you...

Swine Flu Pandemic Sparks Travel Insurance Panic Buying, Says Confused.com

"Every holiday maker should ensure they are adequately covered." Cardiff (PRWEB) April 29, 2009 -- Travel insurance quotes at Confused.com have increased by 62%* amid fears over the spread of swine flu. As one country becomes off limits for holidaymakers, th...

'Pandemic Preparedness Manual' Offers Guide to Dealing with Possible Swine Flu Pandemic

The IFMA Foundation is offering the "Pandemic Preparedness Manual," a complimentary resource that can assist in planning for, controlling and responding to the threat of influenza. Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 27, 2009 -- With more than 100 deaths and hundreds of...

WHO Warns of Possible Pandemic as Mexico Seeks to Contain Swine Flu

No new cases reported in United States, CDC says SATURDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Mexican authorities continued to take dramatic steps Saturday to try to contain the swine flu outbreak that has killed as many as 68 people, and sickened more than 1,000 others. While the number...

iJET Issues 2008 Review & Forecast Report on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Preparedness

Report Demonstrates Need for Continued Pandemic Planning Despite Challenging Economic Climate ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, a leading provider of global intelligence and business resiliency services, today announced the publication of its annual repo...

Scientists identify lab-made proteins that neutralize multiple strains of seasonal and pandemic flu

Scientists have identified a small family of lab-made proteins that neutralize a broad range of influenza A viruses, including the H5N1 avian virus, the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and seasonal H1N1 flu viruses. These human monoclonal antibodies, identical infection-fighting proteins derived fro...

Study calls for increased research in flu transmission to prepare for pandemic flu outbreak

PROVIDENCE, RI Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have completed a study to better understand the impact of infection control measures during a possible flu pandemic. Their study focused on the likelihood of the transmission of flu from individuals showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) or from ind...

SimQuest Awarded Phase 2 Contract from Office of the Secretary of Defense to Develop Pandemic Influenza Training Program

SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- SimQuest, a leading developer of technology-assisted education and training, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to develop a simulation-based planning and training ...
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