Monthly Archives: July 2011

Public Health Emergencies Require Urgent Advice From The WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a new mechanism, described in this week’s PLoS Medicine, for issuing urgent guidelines to health professionals in a public health emergency such as an infectious disease outbreak. The first rapidly issued guideline was … Continue reading

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Tregs Predict Outcome Of West Nile Virus Infection

Infection with West Nile virus (WNV) causes no symptoms in most people. However, it can cause fever, meningitis, and/or encephalitis. What determines the outcome of infection with WNV in different people has not been determined. But now, Philip Norris and … Continue reading

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Information Session For Owners Of Backyard Poultry Flocks

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador invite owners of small or backyard poultry flocks to attend a free information session on how to help prevent and detect poultry diseases, such as avian influenza. … Continue reading

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Astrazeneca Submits Seroquel XR For The Treatment Of Bipolar Mania And Bipolar Depression, And Seroquel(R) For The Treatment Of Bipolar Depression

AstraZeneca announced that the company has submitted applications in the European Union (EU) under the Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP) for once-daily SEROQUEL XR(TM) (quetiapine fumarate) Extended-Release Tablets, seeking approval for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder and … Continue reading

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Are Some People Immune To Avian Flu?

New results from Richard Webby at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and colleagues published in the international open-access medical journal PLoS Medicine suggest that the answer might be yes. The H5N1 avian flu virus is quite different from the seasonal … Continue reading

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New Vaccine Against Bird Flu

A new vaccine against bird flu being developed by an Australian company is a step closer today with the announcement that CDC Atlanta will conduct pre-clinical trials on a candidate vaccine developed by Melbourne biotechnology company BioDiem and Dutch company … Continue reading

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Fountain Of Youth: Molecular Switch Holds Key To Reserve Supply Of Muscle Stem Cells

After injury, even adult muscles can heal very well because they have a reserve supply of muscle stem cells, called satellite cells, which they can utilize for repair. Until now, it was unclear how this supply of satellite and muscle … Continue reading

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