Posts Tagged ‘swine flu’
Move over, government health agencies. It turns out Google does a pretty good job tracking the flu. So good, in fact, that researchers at Johns Hopkins University say hospitals may be better off following Google Flu Trends than government data. They found a strong correlation between spikes in internet searches for flu information and numbers [...]
For years people have been writing about the potential for an apocalyptic flu outbreak. In fact, just this year we got a new apocalyptic flu movie: Contagion. One of the reasons this hasn’t happened is that deadly flu strains like H5N1 (bird flu) don’t jump from human to human as effectively as seasonal flu strains–the kind [...]
While expats have known for a long time that obesity increases their chances of developing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, it may also limit the effectiveness of flu vaccines. New research published in the International Journal of Obesity shows that obesity impairs peoples’ immune responses to vaccinations. The study reports for the first [...]
Scientists from UCLA found swine flu (or H1N1) is becoming common place in many African villages. In one village in Cameroon, 89% of the animals were infected with the virus. The discovery has researchers concerned because the more the virus mixes in pigs, the higher the chance it will mutate into a strand highly fatal [...]
With the release of Contagion (the apocalyptic bird flu movie), attention is back on the flu’s ability to end life as we know it. In the movie, a strain of drug-resistant influenza spreads quickly, kills millions, and so on. It seems every time a new strain of influenza is discovered we get the same grim pronouncements of [...]
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