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Influenza Virus

Why Our Health Depends on Treating Animals Better

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Regardless of whether or not this controversial research continues, you can bet one thing: Our risk for a deadly form of the "bird flu" virus and other pathogens remain high as long as we don't improve our treatment of animals.

Lighting Up Chickens to Prevent Bird Flu Pandemics

Marc Zimmer | Posted 11.27.2012 | Science
Marc Zimmer

The flu has created an interesting dilemma for us. The pressure our civilization is placing on nature and the way we are changing to mega-farms is increasing the likelihood of an influenza outbreak.

Ohio Woman First Person To Die From New Swine Flu Strain

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 08.31.2012 | Healthy Living

CINCINNATI -- The death of a 61-year-old Ohio woman is the first in the nation associated with a new swine flu strain, the state Department of Health ...

Why The Flu Is The Smartest Virus Around

Norman H. Edelman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Norman H. Edelman, M.D.

Although we generally refer today to a single influenza virus, there are actually many forms of influenza virus, none of which are either the same virus identified in 1932 or the virus our ancestors suffered from 800 years ago.

H1N1 "Swine" Flu: A Global Wake-Up Call

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Historically, disease outbreaks affect many sectors of society; in the case of the H1N1 flu, world leaders fear that a pandemic could derail global economic recovery.