Tagged: Flu

Infectious diseases in New Zealand - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 21, 2016

By Associate Professor Lance Jennings, as part of the #InfectedNZ online campaign to raise awareness about infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. In the context of World Antibiotic Awareness week (November 14-20) and efforts to raise the awareness of infectious diseases in New Zealand, it is useful to include a discussion on viruses.  Although few treatments and vaccines … Read More

Why it’s time for a rethink on flu vaccination - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 18, 2016

By Derek Gatherer, Lancaster University I recently had my annual flu shot. Along with all the others who’ve received it, I’ll be hoping that it does the job of preventing me catching flu this winter – or at least reducing the severity of the disease if I do get it. Most years, it works, but occasionally things … Read More

Paracetamol has no effect on the flu - Unsorted

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 07, 2015

It’s included in numerous over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, but according to New Zealand researchers paracetamol has no effect on the flu. Research published today in Respirology found no difference in the severity or duration of influenza symptoms, temperature or viral load in patients taking paracetamol – indicating no benefits from taking the medicine while sick with the flu. The … Read More

Surviving the flupocalypse! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 07, 2015

Picture this. A new virus, Mortenza, is sweeping around the world, killing millions. Despite all efforts, Mortenza reaches New Zealand and rapidly spreads around the country. In desperation, the Government isolates the tiny uninfected island of Great Barrier. How would this small community cope? Would they survive the pandemic? This is the fascinating scenario I’ll be exploring this coming weekend … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #6 The importance of basic science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 30, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. Remarkably it looks like the diminutive Kiwi is the closest living relative of the extinct elephant bird. Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Glen Stewart. The importance of basic science 1. As a scientist I actually love it when what we think … Read More

Monday Micro – engineering superflu? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 12, 2013

While all has gone a little quiet on the Fonterra botulism scare, here is something likely to get everyone in a lather. Flu experts Ron Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka*, along with 20 other scientists from all over the world, have announced studies they say are needed to better understand the pandemic threat posed by influenza a subtype H7N9 viruses. Since … Read More

Monday Micro – Influ-Venn-Za! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 15, 2013

A new strain of bird flu (H7N9*) has appeared in China. Since the first report two weeks ago, 51 people are known to have been infected of which 11 have died. Transmission seems to be from close contact with poultry and many birds are being culled as a precaution. Cases started in Shanghai and the eastern provinces of … Read More

‘Flu’ flight triggers mild panic - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 13, 2012

This morning Auckland airport was apparently on alert after an Air New Zealand flight landed from Japan with a quarter of its passengers reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms. According to this report, officials were alerted by the Captain just before they landed. This story is quite interesting on a number of fronts. Japan is currently experiencing a nationwide … Read More

Suppressing superflu recipe: nanny state or drawing a sensible line in the sand? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 29, 2011

Reading New Scientist gives me my weekly reality check regarding how little I know about anything. This week I found out about a committee in the USA called the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity which is charged with providing advise and guidance on the potential of research to be misused to pose a biological threat to public health … Read More

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