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Annual flu vaccine information… by Ron Patient Expert Posted Sun 25 Sep 2011 8:23am Interesting to see that the NHS is still circulating the same lies about the annual flu vaccines that it did last year, to whit, that the H1N1 virus caused the swine flu outbreak – no, it bloody didn’t. The swine flu virus was a composite, and novel, virus, hence the need to develop a vaccine for it pretty much on the fly, and we all know ... Read on »
TWiV 159: Flu gets the REDD light by Vincent Racaniello Posted Mon 28 Nov 2011 12:00am Hosts: Vincent Racaniello ,  Alan Dove , and  Rich Condit Vincent, Alan, and Rich review concern over an influenza H5N1 transmission experiment, and a new host defense protein against RNA viruses. Please help us by taking our listener survey . Click the arrow above to play, or right-click to download TWiV 159 (48 MB .mp3, ... Read on »
Hell is Arrowe Park Hospital… by Ron Patient Expert Posted Thu 27 Jan 2011 1:56pm Some of what follows looks like melodrama – I can assure you that it is not. The perceptive among you will have seen that I’ve been in hospital recently. Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral or, to give it its full, ticked-all-the-boxes name, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Shame we don’t have a Wirral University, but the ... Read on »
Pig Flu- Influenza (Flu) | Swine Influenza (Flu) by Plantarian Patient ExpertHealth MavenFacebook Posted Mon 27 Apr 2009 10:36pm 3 Comments CDC - Influenza (Flu) | Swine Influenza (Flu) If ever there was a time to optimise your immune system it seems now is the time. 28 confirmed cases in New York already. There were a number of people criticizing factory farming saying they were perfect breeding grounds for new superbugs and it was only a matter of time before a global epidemic w ... Read on »
What Is Swine Flu H1N1, Swine Flu Epidemic, Swine Flu Pandemic by Nick Mutt Posted Wed 12 Aug 2009 1:35am Swine Flu  is a respiratory disease, caused by a tiny spheroid virus that belongs to the Influenza A virus group (known as H1N1) that is capable of infecting humans, birds and pigs. It is contagious and can be passed from one species (e.g., birds) through an intermediate animal host (e.g., pigs) to a third species (e.g., humans). Although, H ... Read on »
Flu, Flu, Flu by Dr. Country Doctor .. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 23 Oct 2009 10:01pm It is all the buzz lately, so I thought I should probably jot down a few notes on what has been going on out here. Like many areas, people with influenza like illness are everywhere and most of these folks probably do have true H1N1 influenza, but I tend to place then in the "like" category since tests done in clinical practice aren't the most ... Read on »
Does the Flu Vaccine for 2010 - 2011 Contain the Swine Flu Vaccine? Should you get a flu shot? by Davis Liu Medical Doctor Posted Wed 22 Sep 2010 10:15pm It's that time of year again.  Children back at school.  Football season is underway and baseball playoffs to start soon.  The television networks are rolling out their new shows. And it is also time to think about getting flu shots.  Just got mine today as I have done annually since going to medical school. Compared to last year, there isn ... Read on »
Seasonal Flu and 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women, 2009--10 Flu Season by Health & Human Services Posted Fri 03 Dec 2010 12:00pm Because pregnant women are at increased risk for severe disease associated with influenza infection, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have recommended seasonal influenza vaccination for women while pregnant, regardless of trimester... Read on »
Chronicles of the Heart, Part 21 – it’s Pulmonary Oedema time! by Ron Patient Expert Posted Thu 04 Aug 2011 8:00am For some years I have been taking Dihydrocodeine (DHC). Currently, this is 60mg every 6 hours. There is a risk, in heart failure, of DHC causing Pulmonary Oedema – a build-up of fluid in the lungs. That appears to have happened. My GP, for reasons best known to himself, appears to resent the provision of effective analgesia, and DHC is as c ... Read on »