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  Bird and Swine Flu Medicine

H5N1 and H1N1 are high on the international agenda due to fears that it could lead to the next worldwide human flu pandemic. See here for Experts and press releases.

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  Combating H7N9: Using Lessons Learned from APEIR’s Studies on H5N1 Medicine

Studies on this disease recently completed by researchers from the Asia Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (APEIR) developed a series of messages for policy makers that are highly relevant to the current outbreak.

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  Bird flu (H7N9) in China – Australian and UK experts respond Medicine

The World Health Organisation has reported seven people in China have contracted Influenza A H7N9, including two deaths. The UK and Australian Science Media Centre has asked some experts for their opinions. Journalists are welcome to use these expert quotes.

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  New study sheds light on evolution of 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus in Japan Medicine

Analysis of mutations of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus by researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center (OSC) has revealed major genetic differences between the virus in its early phase of infection in Japan and in its peak phase.

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  A neural circuit for anxiety Science

Summaries of newsworthy papers - Comment: Vaccinate for the next H2N2 pandemic now; Palaeoclimate: El Niño variability in the Pliocene warm period; Neuroscience: Making sense of function and connection; Physics: The strongly coupled beat of a quantum drum; And finally… How the penis lost its spines

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  Mechanism underlying 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic Science

Summaries of newsworthy papers: Neuroscience: Linking deafness and cardiac arrhythmia; Geoscience: Deep burn; Neuroscience: Sizing up visual perception; Genetics: Variants associated with kidney cancer and Photonics: Taking off using light

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  Influenza ‘channels’ the immune response Medicine

Summaries of newsworthy papers: Resolving inflammatory pain; Ovarian hormones drive stem cell proliferation; Failure of cannibalization in Huntington disease; Variants associated with kidney function and Anxious interactions

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  Press Release from Asian Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases (APEIR) Medicine

15 Jan, Kunming, China - More than 30 partner institutions attended the Asian Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases (APEIR) meeting where researchers presented key findings to the media. The key outcomes from the research are summarised in this press release.

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  Swine flu or your piggy bank? Science

A cross-sectional survey shows that Hong Kong people are not keen on large-scale vaccination against swine flu unless it is free

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  Public health: Flu protection for all ages Science

A novel vaccine can provide protection against swine flu for the majority of people between 12 and 60 years of age

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  Detecting H1N1 faster than ever using Omics SmartAmp technology Medicine

With the rise of (H1N1) cases around the world, there is a pressing need at medical institutions to detect infections. As a part of emergency government research aimed at addressing this need, RIKEN and University of Tokyo, are developing an H1N1 detection technique based on its SmartAmp technology.

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  H1N1: Characterizing new strains Medicine

The swine-origin H1N1 influenza viruses responsible for the recently declared pandemic cause more lung damage than a seasonal influenza strain in animal models, but are still sensitive to antiviral drugs, finds a study published online this week in Nature.

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  H1N1 influenza: Where are we at? Medicine

Summaries of newsworthy papers Nanomaterials in biological systems, How nanotubes suppress the immune function?, Alzheimer’s assemblies identified, A new vision for eye condition, Protein translation factor causes breast cancer, Sperm DNA packaging, Genome screens suggest clues to multiple sclerosis risk

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  Press Release - H1N1: Origins and evolution of the current epidemic Medicine

A new analysis of the current swine-origin H1N1 influenza A virus suggests that transmission to humans occurred several months before recognition of the existing outbreak.

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  EXPERT OPINION : New Influenza: Is Quarantine a Rational Measure? Medicine

We thought that the avian flu might have been that new strain, but surprisingly enough, it turned out to be another new flu, swine flu, which was suddenly contracted from pigs in Mexico in April 2009.

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  Pandemic flu: Communication is crucial Medicine

Summaries of newsworthy papers include Early Mars cold and wet?, Are you in charge of your weight?, Optical device records in 5D, Early microbes took some battering, How Down’s syndrome protects, DNA genie bottle assembles itself

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  H5N1 structure reveals focus of viral replication Medicine

Summaries of newsworthy papers include The earliest animal life, H5N1 structure reveals focus of viral replication, Failing the fish, Hyper-starburst spawned galaxy bulge, No man is an island, Radioresistance in cancer stem cells explained? and A long story about tropical temperatures

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  IDRC on Health Medicine

Nurses on the front lines against AIDS, Countries unite to battle bird flu, mines of information, Tobacco and taxes: A winning strategy, Deadly delays and other health inequalities

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  Influenza: Detecting epidemics early Technology

The application ‘Google Flu Trends’, launched last week, attracted a great deal of attention and the research behind the tool is published online in Nature today.

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  Safeguarding flu vaccination for the future Science

A new approach to improving vaccine supplies in the event of an influenza pandemic is reported

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  Bird flu: A need to stockpile different drugs? Science

Summaries of newsworthy papers include Atmosphere: Message in a bubble, Climate change: Huge analysis shows warming is changing the world, Planetary science: Pole to pole and Materials: Practical polaritonics

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  Disease: Modelling flu dynamics Science

The genomic sequences of more than a thousand influenza virus isolates are analysed in research published online in Nature this week. The results suggest a model in which new lineages arise from the tropics and move towards more temperate regions, and the work will have implications for selection of viruses for vaccine programmes.

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  Anatomy of a pandemic flu threat Science

Summaries of other newsworthy papers include Walking after spinal rewiring in Nature Medicine and First sign of trouble in Nature Immunology

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  Avian flu: Beyond respiration Medicine

The avian flu virus H5N1 infects the respiratory tract and spreads to other organs in the human body. Other highlights from Nature China include Endometrial cancer, Turn pollution into power, Colon cancer and heart disease, Climate change and dust storms and Helical nanofibres

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  Catching bird flu in a droplet Science

Summaries of newsworthy papers include In charge of biosensing, Fountain of youth and Finding co-dependent genes in fission yeast

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  1918 flu virus lethal to primates Science

The influenza virus that killed about 50 million people worldwide around 90 years ago is also lethal in nonhuman primates, a study in this week's Nature reports. The results confirm that it was the virulence, associated with the virus itself, that made it so efficient in claiming young adult lives.

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  Avian Flu: Mutations mark pandemic potential? Medicine

Researchers have discovered two mutations in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that enable it to recognise human receptor proteins. The amino acid changes, might prove useful molecular markers for assessing the pandemic potential of H5N1 samples.

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  Understanding why H5N1 is so lethal Science

A study of patients who became infected with H5N1 in Vietnam reveals clues as to why the avian influenza virus is so virulent, according to research to be published in the October issue of Nature Medicine.

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  Satellites Help Scientists Track Migratory Birds Medicine

Wearing light solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters, wild swans from Mongolia are winging their way across Eurasia, while land-bound scientists tracking the birds’ journeys on computers say that these unique studies will shed light on how wild birds may be involved in the spread of avian influenza.

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  Sharing avian flu data Science

Seventy top flu scientists and health officials, including six Nobel laureates, today backed a plan to end secrecy over avian flu data: the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID).

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  Avian flu’s Achilles’ heel, Stopping the silent spread Science

The molecular structure of a key avian influenza protein reveals a quirk that could be used to design more potent drugs against pandemic flu; The use of unvaccinated 'sentinel' birds may not always prevent the silent spread of the H5N1 virus through vaccinated flocks

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  Bird flu: H5N1 hit Nigeria multiple times Science

The H5N1 virus has entered Nigeria multiple times according to analyses of the virus, which show that the strains in different Nigerian poultry samples are not closely related. The discovery indicates that the virus has entered Nigeria - the first African country known to harbour the strain - in birds travelling from a range of independent sources.

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  Conclusions and Recommendations from the Scientific Seminar on Avian Influenza, the Environment and Migratory Birds Medicine

The goal of the meeting was to address migratory bird populations and environmental aspects in the current Asian lineage Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus subtype H5N1 epidemic. Sound scientific information, including an understanding of the environment and migratory bird populations, is a necessity for understanding the epidemic

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  IDRC Announces Support to Asia Research Partnership on Pandemic Influenza Medicine

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is pleased to announce its support of the Asia Research Partnership on Pandemic Influenza. Pandemic experts, scientists and Asian national granting councils will meet in Beijing, China, on April 24-26 to formalize the Partnership.

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  Astronomy: Supernova's dusty residue spied; Zoology: Some mole-rats are programmed for laziness; Planetary science: Oxygen mystery gets more mysterious; Cancer: Targeting leukaemia stem cells; Avian flu: Cat among the chickens Medicine

Summary of newsworthy papers from Nature vol.440, no.7085, 6 April 2006, includes Anthropology: Neolithic dental drill; Genetics: Genome of wastewater-treatment bacterium extracted from the sludge; Development: Motor protein drives asymmetry; Materials science: Liquid silicon for spray-on chips; Escapologist worms show how to burrow out of trouble

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  Why bird flu doesn't spread between humans; The oldest evidence of methane makers; Molecular nanotechnology: Pedal power Science

The bird virus binds to cells in different regions of the human airway from those favoured by human influenza viruses; Japanese researchers have found evidence of methane-bearing fluid inclusions in about 3.5-billion-year-old hydrothermal precipitates; A set of molecular pedals that is powered by light and twists another molecule is reported

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  Protected areas will not be enough to save Amazon; Rice pathogen scrutinized; Alzheimer's protein player exposed; Squeezing light onto chips; Down's syndrome; Antarctic ice core secrets; Plant promiscuity… Medicine
  Avian flu: Are we doing enough?; Anatomy of the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake; Contradictory corals Medicine

A military-style network of laboratories for the avian flu is proposed; The earthquake that unleashed the tsunami in the Indian Ocean forces some rethinking about how and where such giant earthquakes might occur; The application of neutral theory of biodiversity to real-life data is raising new questions and problems.

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  Migratory birds:from messengers of life to ambassadors of death? Science

While some media are still portraying birds as the main vectors of the spread of avian flu, the UNEP with its associated CMS and the AEWA are launching a campaign to remind the world that migrations are essential to natural processes for the effective functioning of our ecosystems.

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  Avian Influenza and the United Nations Environment Programme: investigating the root causes of the spreading of the disease and effective solutions for its containment. Medicine

By continuing to focus only on bird migrations, other mechanisms and paths for the contamination are being underestimated, and effective protection measures ignored.

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  Updates on Bird Flu from International meetings in Africa Medicine

The meetings included the Conference of Parties (CoPs) of the Wetlands and Migratory Species conventions and a round table discussion on Avian Influenza where two important resolutions were passed.

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  Molecular identification of an Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) Subtype H6 Isolated from Cloacal Swabs of Ducks Medicine

A practical approach for the isolation and molecular identification of bird flu virus from duck cloaca swabs submitted during the surveillance of bird flu in Malaysia.

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  Flu virus- Return to sender; Patent power - antigravity device and Rule breaking and review boards Medicine

The reconstructed version of the flu virus that caused the 1918 world pandemic will be mailed to registered labs in the US that ask for it; A US patent has been granted for an antigravity device. Watchdogs can sometimes provoke scientific misconduct

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  Wild Birds Help Create Human Flu Vaccine Science

WCS has played a key role in the vaccine currently being developed for avian flu, using birds our vets recently sampled in Mongolia. Drs. Billy Karesh (expedition leader to Mongolia in August) and Bob Cook are available for interviews on this breakthrough

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  Generic drug could 'double' Tamiflu supply Science

Doctors think they have hit on a way to double supplies of the scarce antiviral drug Tamiflu, reports a news exclusive in Nature this week.

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  International community calls for urgent action to improve preparedness for further outbreaks of avian influenza Medicine

Discussions on avian influenza dominated this inter-governmental conference that took place from 23-27 October.

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  African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) - Resolution 3.18 on Avian Influenza Medicine

3rd Session of the meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), 23 – 27 October 2005, Dakar, Senegal

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  International Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza (AI) to analyse links between Migratory Water Birds and AI Medicine

Scientists caution against premature finger-pointing at migratory wild birds, indicating that more needs to be known about their precise migratory routes and where they stop, and to understand which species may be more susceptible to such a virus.

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  Stop ducking hard facts and tough policy options on bird flu, says new scientific task force Medicine

International Scientists warned against panic responses based on the assumption that wild birds are the only cause of avian flu

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  Bird flu set to hit Africa; Sex selection trial launched Medicine

The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is expected to be carried by migrating birds into east Africa within weeks; US doctors have launched a clinical trial to assess the effects of allowing couples to choose the sex of their unborn children

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  Virology: A patient with an oseltamivir-resistant strain of bird flu Science

The paper raises the possibility that the current prophylactic regimen for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may have contributed to the emergence of partial resistance to the drug in a Vietnamese patient.

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  1918 pandemic flu arose from a bird virus ; Flu strains get most comprehensive ever analysis Medicine

The 'Spanish flu' virus that killed about 50 million people in 1918-1919 had elements that were new to humans of the time, making it highly virulent and geneticists have compiled the genetic sequences of more than 200 different flu samples

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  Wetlands International’s position statement on Avian Influenza Medicine

As the role that wild birds could play in spreading HPAI is far from clear, Wetlands International urges that more research is urgently done and a world wide system for monitoring HPAI in wild birds be put in place.

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  Malaysian Experience in Handling the threat of East Asian highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks People

This paper discusses the measures that were put in place before, during and after the peak period of bird flu outbreaks in East Asia in early 2004.

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  Avian Influenza: Managing Risk and Responses in Malaysia Medicine

In August 2004, the first HPAI virus was isolated in the state of Kelantan, Malaysia. From that time to July 2005, 35 HPAI viruses were isolated from at least 12 localities from this state.

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  Flu efforts hampered Medicine

Scientific understanding of flu, and avian flu, is being delayed by the reluctance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the world's top public-health agency, to provide outside scientists with access to crucial data.

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  New serological technique for large scale surveillance of bird flu virus Medicine

The I-ELISA is very suitable for large scale surveillance for avian influenza and can be used to detect antibody positive chickens if an outbreak of Avian Influenza Virus is suspected or for surveillance purposes post-outbreak at a particular location.

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  Performance of One Tube RT-PCR Assay in Rapid Detection of Bird Flu virus Medicine

The technique was evaluated using 20 different influenza A strains and was successful in identifying a series of different bird flu viruses.

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  Rapid new technique to identify the bird flu virus. Medicine

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) researchers in collaboration with the Veterinary Research Institute, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia have come up with a one step molecular based technique which can quickly identify the bird flu virus.

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  Epidemiology: Antivirals and isolation can curb bird flu outbreak in humans Medicine

Up to three million courses of anti-flu drugs, as well as a policy of isolating groups at risk, would be needed to ward off a human outbreak of avian flu in Southeast Asia.

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  Wildlife disease: Bird flu appears in wild migratory geese, Virology: Nipah virus receptor identified Medicine

1) An outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has been spotted in wild migratory geese in western China; (2) Researchers identify a crucial receptor that the Nipah virus relies on to infect human cells.

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  Limited samples hamper efforts to monitor bird flu Medicine

Nature reveals that from the dozens of patients who caught the deadly H5N1 strain this year, the WHO has managed to obtain just six samples.

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  Nature avian flu special. News and Commentaries: Avian flu, a global threat Medicine

Press release for Nature's avian flu special issue. 26 May, vol 435, no 7041

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