Category Archives: Influenza

Yet another nail in Tamiflu™

Tamiflu™ (generic name: Oseltamivir) has been promoted for years as a miracle drug for treating influenza (including swine flu) and other viral nasties. The US gov’t has spent gazillions of tax dollars stockpiling it. But…. Continue reading

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Bird Flu Update from China

More on the new Bird Flu–a chance for public health people to get some face and mic time.

Let’s see, how many years now have we been scared about Bird Flu? This time it’s really scary?

http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/chinese-scientists-sound-warning-over-new-bird-flu/article/368952

Bird Flu Transmission Human to Human?

Chinese report.

Bird flu is more virulent, lethal, not good if it became communicable between humans.

http://digitaljournal.com/tech/science/can-h7n9-bird-flu-spread-between-people/article/367379

Corona Viruses Are Virulent, New One from the Middle East

The SARS epidemic of 2003 was caused by a corona virus, but it was not the Bird Flu. One of our smart readers caught my mistake. I was confused by my recollection of the high mortality of bird flu, like corona virus infections.

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Remember that “Swine flu” (A/H1N1) scare five years ago?

Some researchers analyzed the news coverage in the UK. To the surprise of, well, absolutely no one, people with connections to the drug industry were way more worried publicly, and were solidly promoting the use of anti-viral and other meds. This despite the fact that the effectiveness of these treatments is, to be charitable, very questionable.
To be fair, of course, many experts are, indeed, working in their industries of choice. Just like, for example, aeronautical experts are going to be found at Boeing. But they really should ID their affiliations and reporters need to keep them in mind: Continue reading

Expert: Flu vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.

CDC studies are “simply implausible” and likely the product of the ‘healthy-user effect’ (a propensity for healthier people to be more likely to get vaccinated than less healthy people). Continue reading

Flu Shots for Elderly Only 9 Percent Effective

“It turns out that this year’s flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens, the most vulnerable age group.” Continue reading