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Flu jab 'may cut heart attacks'

Tuesday Sep 21 2010

“The winter flu jab may prevent heart attacks,” reported The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper said that having a seasonal flu jab may reduce the risk of a heart attack by one-fifth. The story is based on research...

Swine flu deaths examined

Friday Dec 11 2009

Swine flu is less lethal than feared, according to reports on the BBC news. The website quotes research led by Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, which found that only 0.026% of those infected...

Antivirals and swine flu

Wednesday Dec 9 2009

Several newspapers have reported today on a review of the effectiveness of antivirals for treating flu. The Daily Express reported that the “drugs don’t work”. While there is little evidence that antivirals prevent the...

Swine flu vaccine uptake

Wednesday Nov 18 2009

Several newspapers have reported that pregnant women and other vulnerable people are refusing to have the swine flu vaccine. The Times reported that a poll of GPs found that only 46%...

Oxygen therapy in swine flu

Monday Oct 12 2009

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation looked at the outcomes of people who have severe respiratory complications from swine flu and required a specific treatment to oxygenate their blood.

Seasonal jab and swine flu

Thursday Oct 8 2009

A study published recently in the British Medical Journal suggests that the 2008-9 seasonal flu vaccine may offer some level of cross-protection against the swine flu virus. This is an unexpected finding as it was...

Swine flu vaccine predictions

Friday Sep 11 2009

Scientists have published research estimating how effective the swine flu vaccine will at reducing infection rates in the US this autumn. This research involves complex statistical modelling...

First results from vaccine trial

Friday Sep 11 2009

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes early tests of a swine flu vaccine in Australia. The results suggest that a single dose of the vaccine may be enough to produce an immune response...

Epidemiology of swine flu deaths

Thursday Aug 27 2009

Research describing the characteristics of 574 deaths associated with the pandemic H1N1 influenza up to July 16 2009 has been published online. The general themes from this research have already been communicated...

Suspected antiviral side effects

Friday Aug 21 2009

A report on suspected adverse drug reactions to Tamiflu and Relenza has been published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This is the first weekly report, and is based on...

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