In seeking to protect America’s chemical infrastructure, DHS has taken on new regulatory tasks. Is the agency up to the job—and are the rules fair?Keep Reading
Public health authorities increasingly are concerned about what’s being done to ensure that vital supply lines are kept open for respirators, ventilators, everyday medications, intravenous tubing and other basic medical necessities that will quickly be exhausted and difficult to restock given that most hospitals’ inventories are replenished “just in time.” Keep Reading
Is a mild flu season lulling America into complacency toward deadlier strains of the disease? Authorities are warning against ‘pandemic fatigue.’Keep Reading
In an HSToday survey of state of the art research in WMD detection, "Searching for Smarter WMD Detection," bio-detection tools were cited as lagging far behind other areas of WMD detection in terms of flexibility and precision. The current research outlined below points to a potential breakthrough in speeding innovation by offering a new framework for comparing and measuring sensor performance more precisely.Keep Reading
Medicago Inc. announced that low doses of the Company's H5N1 Avian Influenza VLP vaccine ("H5N1 VLP vaccine") provided 100 percent protection in mice against a lethal challenge of live H5N1 viruses. In addition, this preclinical study demonstrated that Medicago's vaccine has the ability to recognize and kill an H5N1 strain that is different from the one used to design the vaccine.Keep Reading
Countries afflicted with H5N1 avian flu sent more than 700 viruses to World Health Organization laboratories from 2003 to 2007 - and nearly a quarter of them came from Indonesia, a report released Monday reveals.
Of 734 viruses currently stored in WHO labs, 171 were provided by Indonesia, the country which for the past year has been at the centre of a standoff over access to viruses.
Post-election violence in Kenya and unrest in Gaza showed how political turmoil can threaten public health, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.Keep Reading
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Meanwhile, Juvaris BioTherapeutics Inc. signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test a substance that could boost the potency of pandemic flu vaccine, the company said.
The collaborative study will evaluate whether its Juvaris JVRS-100 can extend the limited supply of H5N1 flu vaccines in the event of a pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday launched a study into Morgellons, the name that’s been given to an unexplained skin disorder that allegedly causes fatigue, disturbing crawling sensations, lesions that won't heal and mysterious red, blue or black fibers just under the skin. The study is the first attempt to determine whether Morgellons is a legitimate illness or is instead caused by the patient's imagination. Some medical authorities believe those claiming to have Morgellons suffers from a psychiatric illness.Keep Reading
Experts warn that plague, a lethal disease of a bygone era, appears to be cropping up again, mostly in parts of Africa. They worry the illness is easily confused with other diseases and failure to recognize and treat the condition leads to rapid death.Keep Reading
A fresh outbreak of bird flu this week in Bangladesh has renewed fears of a possible spread: Seventy-two farms in 23 of Bangladesh's 64 districts have reportedly been infected with the deadly virus so far.Keep Reading
Bird flu has been mistaken by doctors for pneumonia, typhoid and at least four other diseases in Southeast Asia, causing treatment delays that might have worsened their patients' chances of survival, a study found.Keep Reading
It was perhaps to be expected that the legitimate concerns about the potential for a global pandemic would spark lunacy, conspiracy mongering and ill-informed positions.Keep Reading
Though the $7.1 billion in funds in the initiative announced by President Bush on Nov. 1 are earmarked specifically against potential avian flu outbreaks—as opposed to deliberate acts of bioterror — they mark the second major expansion of investment by the federal government in building its national strategic drug stockpile against bio-emergencies.Keep Reading
Planners in Texas are preparing the US/Mexico border for an influenza pandemic by drawing on a unique workforce: bilingual community health Keep Reading
Disease experts and preparedness advocates reacted negatively today to comments by the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) suggesting that the risk of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus is minimal.Keep Reading
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, has launched a program in its Emergency Department to test in practice for the first time the concepts of the federally funded Project ER One initiative in a real-world emergency care setting.Keep Reading
The H5N1 virus that causes deadly avian flu has proven remarkably stable and action to curb outbreaks of the disease are highly effective, the head of the world's paramount agency for animal health said here Thursday.Keep Reading
British doctors are to be told to stop prescribing antibiotics for coughs, colds and sore throats because over-use of the drugs is fuelling the spread of killer hospital superbugs.Keep Reading