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While we don’t yet know with certainty the relative contributions of the three most likely modes of transmission for influenza (large droplets, small aerosols of viral laden material that remain suspended in the air for hours or days, inanimate objects like door knobs or desk tops), it is certain that if you are in the…

CBS News on swine flu testing: Fail!

A reader (h/t MVD) sent me this link to a “CBS News Exclusive,” Study Of State Results Finds H1N1 Not As Prevalent As Feared. As far as I can see the main aim was to raise CBS News’s profile and gain readership. That’s what news organizations do. We hope they do it by good journalism.…

When to use antivirals for swine flu

We’ve gotten the question here fairly frequently: If antivirals (Tamiflu, Relenza) for swine flu work best when given early but shouldn’t be given to people who aren’t really that sick, how do you balance waiting for them to get sick and have the drugs not work well with giving it when you don’t need to?…

The online publication of three papers and a commentary yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA; free access, links at bottom of post) provides some further data on what demand for critical care resources might be from the current swine flu pandemic. One paper reports on the Mexican experience, where mortality seemed…

When swine flu poked its head above water in the northern hemisphere in April our “normal” flu season was just ending. A surge of swine flu cases during a time when influenza was not usually seen was bewildering and confusing, not to mention alarming. We didn’t know what to expect nor were we sure if…

Swine flu: will modern medicine save us?

For the first time in medical history we may be seeing an influenza pandemic unfold in real time, but that doesn’t mean we know what we are seeing. There remains some uncertainty about virulence, both in terms of how often it kills and how it kills when it does kill. You’d think both would be…

Hand gel sanitizers are making an appearance all over our medical center. There’s one right next to the elevator on the ground floor of the building where my office is and don’t have to touch a thing. Just put your hand under it and it dispenses a cool alcohol-based gel that sanitizers my hands and…

Seasonal flu: Why I got vaccinated

I just got my seasonal flu shot. It was free and my medical center is encouraging everyone to get one. I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I said I didn’t feel it at all, but in all honesty, I hardly felt it. They must be using smaller needles these days. Anyway, given that most…

There is no way to keep up with all the flu news, so we pick and choose, usually based on some kind of point we want to make. That’s both the good and the bad of this blog: the news comes with a point of view. But so does most news, and we try to…

One of the most feared outcomes of infection with influenza is Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS; in less severe form it mahy be called Acute Lung Injury, ALI). For reasons we still do not understand, cells deep in the lung that are involved in gas exchange (oxygen and carbon dioxide) become so damaged that the…