Archive for March 26th, 2012

Genetics of flu susceptibility: Why the flu is life-threatening for some, and quite mild for others

26 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

A genetic finding could help explain why influenza becomes a life-threatening disease to some people while it has only mild effects in others.  New research led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has identified for the first time a human gene that influences how we respond to influenza infection.

People who carry a particular variant of a gene called IFITM3 are significantly more likely to be hospitalised when they fall ill with influenza than those who carry other variants, the team found. This gene plays a critical role in protecting the body against infection with influenza and a rare version of it appears to make people more susceptible to severe forms of the disease. The results are published in the journal Nature.

 

Graphic courtesy Russell Kightley Media

Via www.sciencedaily.com

Pupils receive new HIV syllabus with excitement  – Education |monitor.co.ug

26 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Primary going children from schools [in Uganda] where the new HIV syllabus is being piloted are embracing it with excitement, saying it would redeem the future generation of the deadly HIV/Aids.

 

Good news from Africa!

Via www.monitor.co.ug

HIV hookers peril for England fans – The Sun mobile

26 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Really??  HIV-infected Ukrainian hookers are the ONLY reason to avoid sex workers while on a football-watching excursion??

Via thesun.mobi

Mandating flu shots makes society safer  – Editorials – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports –

26 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Two of the most unhealthy places to work are hospitals and schools. Hospitals obviously are frequented by sick people, and children often carry and spread illnesses to each other and their families.

To clamp down on infectious disease, hospitals in the area are requiring their employees to get flu shots. Charleston Area Medical Center began requiring the 6,000 employees at its various hospitals to get flu shots in August 2009, ahead of fears of a swine flu epidemic.

Last year, fewer than 30 employees received waivers for various reasons, and the hospital system fired two people who refused to be vaccinated. The utmost concern was for the protection of other employees and patients.

 

It is a matter for amazement to me that HEALTH CARE WORKERS refuse to get vaccinated against flu!

Via www.dailymail.com

Hyderabad: Sunstroke renders swine flu impotent

26 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

The dreaded swine flu is back in the twin cities but guess what is keeping it on the leash? The rising temperature is more than compensating for the absence of precautionary measures so much so that doctors at the Government General and Chest Diseases Hospital at Erragadda are confident that the H1N1 virus will soon wither away.

 

Finally – a use for heat in India!

Via ibnlive.in.com