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Avian Flu

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

Which Way Will This Bird Flu Fly?

Steve Zack | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

How and where will the new bird flu fly? Will it grow or be contained? History offers different outcomes, yet we do know for certain that zoonotic diseases will continue to emerge.

How to Avoid Avian Flu While Traveling in China

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak

Deadly Outbreak Vindicates Controversial Research

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it t...

Sneaky Flu Strain Worries Scientists

AP | GILLIAN WONG and MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

BEIJING — In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a b...

Alaskan Scientists Zero In On Avian Flu At Temperatures 40 Below

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science
AlaskaDispatch.com

FAIRBANKS -- Chilly weather isn't enough to keep ducks out of open areas of the Chena River, which means it's not enough to keep scientists out either...

The Spread of Diseases in a Changing World

Ravinder Sehgal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Science
Ravinder Sehgal

A catchy headline will often evoke thoughts of a loss or major disaster, and we are hounded regularly by information overload that seems ever escalating in exigency. There is a lot of coverage of potential environmental disasters associated with global climate change, but are the fears justified?

Bird Flu Kills 9th Indonesian Victim This Year

AP | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Health Ministry says bird flu has killed a 37-year-old man in central Indonesia, marking the country's ninth fatality this y...

Mexico Destroys 1 Million Chickens For Bird Flu

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- ?An outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy or dis...

Government Green Lights Publication Of Revised Bird Flu Strain That Could Kill Millions

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science

The scientist whose research team last year developed a new strain of the H5N1 virus that is easily passed between mammals has been granted an export ...

Is the Media Flunking an Epidemic Readiness Test?

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Leslie Gerwin

In a serious epidemic, people facing decisions that may have life or death consequences will need to trust their information sources. If health officials and the media lose their credibility, it may be impossible to recover.

A New H5N1 Flu Virus? This Research Should Stop Now

Edward J. Sylvester | Posted 04.20.2012 | Science
Edward J. Sylvester

The risks to world health from research to make an extraordinarily lethal avian flu virus contagious in humans have finally caught everyone's attention after months of warnings from us and many other experts.

Sorry, But Bird Flu Bioterrorism Is Much Harder Than It Sounds

Scott Thill | Posted 03.25.2012 | Science
Scott Thill

It may be more of an existential threat than current global pandemics like AIDS or climate change, but it doesn't make it a workable bioweapon.

Bird Flu Deaths Reported In Vietnam, Cambodia

AP | By TRAN VAN MINH | Posted 01.19.2012 | Health and Fitness

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam on Thursday confirmed its first human death from bird flu in nearly two years, a day after neighboring Cambodia also logged ...

Lynne Peeples

Flu Pandemics May Be Linked To Weather Patterns, Researchers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green

A shifting global climate pattern could portend a flu pandemic, and possibly an opportunity to stop the virus early, a study suggests. The link, a...

The Viral Storm

Nathan Wolfe | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Nathan Wolfe

Everyone recognizes the raw power that pandemics have to sweep through human populations and seemingly kill indiscriminately. Yet, given the importance of these events, large questions remain remarkably opaque.

Thousands Of Chickens Slaughtered After Bird Flu Is Found In Hong Kong

The New York Times | KEVIN DREW | Posted 12.21.2011 | World

Hong Kong health workers began slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens on Wednesday after a carcass infected with bird flu was found at a poultry marke...

Lynne Peeples

Exotic Dangers: Could The Global Pet Trade Import The Next Pandemic?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Dr. Anthony Pilny had just fin...

Lynne Peeples

Dangerously Unaware: Americans Lack Knowledge About Source Of Global Pandemics

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Two out of every three Americans worry about the potential for a global disease outbreak. (Thank you, "Contagion.") Yet, alongside this result fr...

Scientists Create Virus That Could Kill Millions

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

It sounds like the setup for a Hollywood thriller: scientists in a lab create a virus as contagious as the flu that kills half of those infected. We'r...

Contagion Grips 'Flublogia'

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Peter Christian Hall

What, I've been wondering, do the real flu bloggers -- who don't even accept advertising on their sites, lest an ad for Tamiflu sap pop up next to a story on antivirals -- think of Contagion's greedy Alan Krumwiede?

In South Korea: Blood Runs From Taps

Laura Beck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura Beck

To date, four million animals have been buried alive in South Korea because humans are too lazy and too cheap to properly vaccinate them.

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.