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News: December 08, 2009

Tamiflu May Be Inneffective In Fighting Effects Of Flu

December 08, 2009

Washington (SmartAboutHealth) - According to a new review, the popular Tamiflu is weak when it comes to the effect it has in preventing effects of the flu, such as the development of pneumonia.
The new review was carried out by researchers in Great Britain, and puts into question the highly-popular flu drug.
Tamiflu was the focus of this update to a review that was published back in 2006, and it looked into a total of 20 published clinical trials on the antiviral drug.
The trials that they examined all looked into the effectiveness of Tamiflu in regards to its ability to prevent, and treat the flu.
The review, was published in the British Medical Journal, and has found that the effectiveness of Tamiflu is certainly something to question.
The researchers had a hard time due to the fact that many of the clinical trials had incomplete data.
This could very well mean that the drug, which governments are spending billions on to stockpile, may not be very effective at all in terms of helping fight the flu and side effects of the flu.
The World Health Organization has stated they will not change their Tamiflu guidelines.


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November 29, 2009 | Rituximab May Offer Hope To Severe Graves' Eye Disease Patients

There may be hope for patients with severe Graves' eye disease in the form of treatment with the drug rituximab.  This news comes from U-M Kellogg Eye Center who's oculoplastics specialist Raymond S. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D. reports on the potential of the drug in the online October issue of Ophthalmology.  Graves' eye disease is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and fatty deposits in the ...

November 28, 2009 | New guidelines urged for H1N1 protection among healthcare employees

Infectious disease experts are calling for a moratorium on OSHA guidelines for health care employees that require the use of fit-tested N95 respirators for personal protection from H1N1 flu. Three leading infectious disease organizations, have written a letter to President Obama citing lack of scientific evidence that N95 respirators offer additional protection from the virus, compared to surgical ...

November 27, 2009 | Air Pollution Raises Infants' Risk of Bronchiolitis

Infants who are exposed to higher levels of air pollution, including vehicle and industrial emissions and wood smoke, are at increased risk for bronchiolitis. The study is unique because it evaluated ...

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December 20, 2009

Wii, Xbox 360 and Other Video Games Offer Some Benefits

Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation, and other video games are hot on holiday gift lists, but some parents wonder whether these games offer any benefits or are detrimental to kids. The results of a new study may put some minds at ease, while others may not.  According to the findings ...

December 18, 2009

Should You Be Shoveling Snow?

Yes, the weather outside is frightful, and soon you will have to think about shoveling snow. But should you be the one doing the work? Who should and should not shovel snow, and how can you do it safely?  Every winter, approximately ...

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According to Stuart Warden, a researcher who studies musculoskeletal health and sports medicine, athletes who ritualistically take NSAID's to prevent post event and workout soreness and inflammation ...

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