Pandemics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26836/all en UPDATE 1-Flu in U.S. still widespread, but starting to ease, CDC says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-flu-us-still-widespread-starting-ease-cdc-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* CDC says 10 million more doses of vaccine available</p> <p>* FDA to allow Roche to release reserve of Tamiflu (Adds details from CDC)</p> <p>By Julie Steenhuysen</p> <p>CHICAGO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Flu remains widespread in the United States and 29 children have died of complications from it, but there are signs the epidemic is easing, U.S. health officials said on Friday.</p> <p>Forty-eight states reported widespread influenza infections last week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-flu-us-still-widespread-starting-ease-cdc-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Labor Medicine Pandemics Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:00:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736462 at http://www.globalpost.com REUTERS MAGAZINE-Flu-conomics: The next pandemic could trigger global recession http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/reuters-magazine-flu-conomics-the-next-pandemic-could-trigger-g <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(This piece originally appeared in Reuters Magazine)</p> <p>By Sharon Begley</p> <p>Jan 21 (Reuters) - A high body count is not the only meaningful number attached to a pandemic. The potential cost of a global outbreak of the flu or some other highly contagious disease, however ghoulish to calculate, is essential for government officials and business leaders to know. Only by putting a price tag on such an occurrence can they hope to establish what containing it is worth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/reuters-magazine-flu-conomics-the-next-pandemic-could-trigger-g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Health Labor Law Medicine Pandemics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:16:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737194 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. researchers tracking flu through Twitter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/us-researchers-tracking-flu-through-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Researchers and computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University have devised a way to track cases of influenza across the United States using the microblogging site Twitter.</p> <p>Twitter is full of tweets about the flu, which has been severe and reached epidemic proportions this year, but it has been difficult to separate tweets about the flu from actual cases.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/us-researchers-tracking-flu-through-twitter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Pandemics Technology Veterinary medicine Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:15:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739133 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/reuters-health-news-summary-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Davos strives to make climate talk more than hot air</p> <p>DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Climate change is back on the global agenda, with debate in the corridors at Davos given fresh impetus by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both highlighting it as top priority this week. Yet business leaders are still struggling to find the economic incentives to change current practices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/reuters-health-news-summary-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Human Interest Medicine Pandemics Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:16:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739639 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Davos strives to make climate talk more than hot air</p> <p>DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Climate change is back on the global agenda, with debate in the corridors at Davos given fresh impetus by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both highlighting it as top priority this week. Yet business leaders are still struggling to find the economic incentives to change current practices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Human Interest Medicine Pandemics Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:30:13 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739749 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Davos strives to make climate talk more than hot air</p> <p>DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Climate change is back on the global agenda, with debate in the corridors at Davos given fresh impetus by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both highlighting it as top priority this week. Yet business leaders are still struggling to find the economic incentives to change current practices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Human Interest Medicine Pandemics Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:15:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739805 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>Davos strives to make climate talk more than hot air</p> <p>DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Climate change is back on the global agenda, with debate in the corridors at Davos given fresh impetus by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both highlighting it as top priority this week. Yet business leaders are still struggling to find the economic incentives to change current practices.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/reuters-health-news-summary-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Human Interest Medicine Pandemics Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739973 at http://www.globalpost.com Scientists find genetic clue to severe flu among Chinese http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/scientists-find-genetic-clue-severe-flu-among-chinese <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - British and Chinese scientists have found a genetic variant which explains why Chinese populations may be more vulnerable to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.</p> <p>The discovery of the variant could help doctors find those people at high risk of severe flu and prioritise them for treatment, researchers said.</p> <p>It may also help explain why new strains of flu virus often emerge first in Asia, where the variant known as rs12252-C is more common in the population than elsewhere, they said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/scientists-find-genetic-clue-severe-flu-among-chinese" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Medicine Pandemics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:15:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741065 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Science News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/reuters-science-news-summary-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current science news briefs.</p> <p>Scientists find genetic clue to severe flu among Chinese</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - British and Chinese scientists have found a genetic variant which explains why Chinese populations may be more vulnerable to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The discovery of the variant could help doctors find those people at high risk of severe flu and prioritize them for treatment, researchers said.</p> <p>Iran launches monkey into space, showing missile progress</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/reuters-science-news-summary-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Medicine Pandemics Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:15:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741232 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Science News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/reuters-science-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current science news briefs.</p> <p>Scientists find genetic clue to severe flu among Chinese</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - British and Chinese scientists have found a genetic variant which explains why Chinese populations may be more vulnerable to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The discovery of the variant could help doctors find those people at high risk of severe flu and prioritize them for treatment, researchers said.</p> <p>Iran launches monkey into space, showing missile progress</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/reuters-science-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Medicine Pandemics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 05:15:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741361 at http://www.globalpost.com Swine flu kills one in Western Sahara http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/swine-flu-kills-one-western-sahara <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A fisherman has died of swine flu in the Western Sahara region, where 11 others have been tested H1N1 positive, the Moroccan health ministry said on Sunday.</p> <p>The victim, a 40-year-old, had been suffering from a "chronic disease" but the other 11 fishermen are not in serious condition, the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>The World Health Organisation declared the swine flu pandemic over in August 2010, more than a year after the H1N1 virus that emerged from Mexico sparked panic and killed thousands of people around the world.</p> <p>gk/hkb/jad</p> Health Medicine Pandemics AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:00:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752084 at http://www.globalpost.com Life expectancy surges in AIDS-hit SAfrican region http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/life-expectancy-surges-aids-hit-safrican-region <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Distributing antiretroviral drugs in the South African province worst hit by AIDS boosted average life expectancy there by more than 11 years, according to research reported on Thursday.</p> <p>In 2003 -- a year before anti-HIV drugs started to become available in the public-sector health system -- adult life expectancy in KwaZulu-Natal province was a mere 49.2 years, United States and South African experts found.</p> <p>By 2011, it had surged to 60.5 years, a spectacular 11.3-year gain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/life-expectancy-surges-aids-hit-safrican-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health HIV/AIDS Labor Pandemics Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:17:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5762527 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong sees 17-percent rise in HIV cases http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/hong-kong-sees-17-percent-rise-hiv-cases <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong saw a 17-percent jump in the number of new HIV infections in 2012, driven mainly by sexual transmission, data showed Wednesday, bucking a regional trend of decline.</p> <p>Health authorities said 513 new infections were recorded last year, compared to 438 in 2011, taking the total number of cumulative cases to 5,783 since 1984.</p> <p>Of the 513 new cases, the Centre for Health Protection said nearly half were infected "via homosexual or bisexual exposure", followed by heterosexual contact and drug injection.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/hong-kong-sees-17-percent-rise-hiv-cases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health HIV/AIDS Pandemics Social Issues AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:32:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774854 at http://www.globalpost.com What have we learnt from SARS? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/what-have-we-learnt-sars <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A decade ago, a highly contagious and deadly new illness sent people worldwide scrambling to cancel flights and holidays as schools closed and sales of surgical masks spiked.</p> <p>Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first "new" disease of the 21st century to jump from an animal host to humans, then easily from one person to another.</p> <p>It caught the world unawares and exposed health system weaknesses in an era in which people are ever more exposed to strange, new viruses lurking in hitherto undisturbed places.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/what-have-we-learnt-sars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Health Medicine Pandemics Technology AFP Sat, 09 Mar 2013 02:00:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777792 at http://www.globalpost.com What have we learnt from SARS? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/what-have-we-learnt-sars-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A decade ago, a highly contagious and deadly new illness sent people worldwide scrambling to cancel flights and holidays as schools closed and sales of surgical masks spiked.</p> <p>Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) was the first "new" disease of the 21st century to jump from an animal host to humans, then easily from one person to another.</p> <p>It caught the world unawares and exposed health system weaknesses in an era in which people are ever more exposed to strange, new viruses lurking in hitherto undisturbed places.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/what-have-we-learnt-sars-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Health Medicine Pandemics Technology AFP Sat, 09 Mar 2013 02:00:56 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777796 at http://www.globalpost.com