- Same flu, new name
It is now called officially called novel H1N1 influenza. As of May 7, 2009, 23 countries have reported 2,368 confirmed cases. In the US, 896 cases in 41 states have been confirmed, with 2 fatalities.
- Outwitting mutating flu during a pandemic
An article in PLoS Medicine explores how to optimize the effectiveness of drug stockpiles for the pandemic flu. Based on a mathematical model, scientists believe that widespread use of primary antiviral agent oseltamivir can easily lead to the emergence of resistant strains. They proposed a strategy using a secondary agent to reduce resistance.
- Scientists learn why the flu may turn deadly
So far, the death toll on swine flu is low. But can this flu virus turn deadly? Scientists say that the virus kills by paralyzing the immune system and making flu patients susceptible to secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia. And this immunological paralysis seems to be long lasting.
- FDA, FTC Warn Public of Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products
It was to be expected. The scammers simply have to take advantage of the pandemic flu hysteria. Websites are sprouting all over the place which are marketing medications and diagnostic tests for the N1N1 influenza virus. According to Michael Chappell, acting FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs: “Consumers who purchase products to treat the novel 2009 H1N1 virus that are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families. In conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, the FDA has developed an aggressive strategy to identify, investigate, and take regulatory or criminal action against individuals or businesses that wrongfully promote purported 2009 H1N1 influenza products in an attempt to take advantage of the current flu public health emergency.”
What’s going on this week?
- May 5 was World Asthma Day
This year’s theme: “you can control your asthma.”
- May 3 to 9 is US National Drinking Water Week
Each year, the American Water Works Association and an alliance of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sponsor National Drinking Water Week to highlight the importance of tap water and the need to reinvest in our nation’s drinking water infrastructure.
- May 6 to 12 is US National Nurses Week.
And this year’s theme is Nurses Building a Healthy America. According to the American Nurses Association, “… [nursing] is an art and a science, and a profession that embraces people with varied interests, strengths, and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers.”
What’s the latest on patient-doctor relationships?
How to turn conflict into collaboration when patients and physicians disagree
This isn’t the first time that patients and doctors can’t agree on a diagnosis or treatment. The book “Breaking the Cycle: How to Turn Conflict Into Collaboration When You and Your Patients Disagree” is supposedly a valuable resource for health professionals. The book was written by three doctors and published by ACP Press, the book publishing program of the American College of Physicians.
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