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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP February 19, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

Deadly avalanche in Washington state

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17092780

19 February 2012 Last updated at 18:03 ET

 
“At least three people are said to have died and as many as eight are believed missing after an avalanche near a ski resort in the US state of Washington…..”

 



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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:34 am

Flu activity in the US, state-by-state

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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:33 am

Pediatric deaths in the US related to the Flu……..

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One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported to CDC during week 6 and was associated with an influenza B virus. The death reported during week 6 occurred during the week ending January 21, 2012 (week 3). This brings the total of influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2011-2012 season to three.

 



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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:31 am

US Death Rate from the Flu at Week 6

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During week 6, 6.7% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 7.9% for week 6.

 



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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:22 am

Full Research on Deadly Flu to Be Released

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/health/details-of-bird-flu-research-will-be-released.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

NY Times

February 17, 2012
 
Despite Safety Worries, Work on Deadly Flu to Be Released
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“The full details of recent experiments that made a deadly flu virus more contagious will be published, probably within a few months, despite recommendations by the United States that some information be kept secret for fear that terrorists could use it to start epidemics.

The announcement, made on Friday by the World Health Organization, follows two months of heated debate about the flu research. The recommendation to publish the work in full came from a meeting of 22 experts in flu and public health from various countries who met on Thursday and Friday in Geneva at the organization’s headquarters to discuss “urgent issues” raised by the research.

Most of the group felt that any theoretical risk of the virus’s being used by terrorists was far outweighed by the “real and present danger” of similar flu viruses in the wild, and by the need to study them and freely share information that could help identify the exact changes that might signal that a virus is developing the ability to cause a pandemic……”

 



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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:15 am

Legionnaire’s disease after a visit to a dentist…..

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/248393/lifestyle/wellness/first-case-of-legionnaire-s-disease-found-at-a-dentist

GMA News, 2/17/12

“Doctors….reported the first known case of Legionnaire’s disease……. that was caused by a visit to the dentist.

The case report, published in The Lancet, describes an unnamed 82-year-old woman in Rome who was hospitalized with fever and breathing problems in February 2011.
 
Swiftly diagnosed with infection by the Legionella pneumophila germ, she died two days later of septic shock despite being given heavy doses of antibiotics…..”


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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:08 am

Just now…….in Baghdad…….suicide bomber at police academy

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CNN:  “At least 15 people killed, 21 wounded, as suicide bomber detonates explosives
belt at Baghdad police academy.”

Link:  cnn.com



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February 19th, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 6:06 am

Fake Avastin

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577223472661091252.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

WSJ, 2/15

By JONATHAN D. ROCKOFF And CHRISTOPHER WEAVER

“The maker of the widely used Avastin cancer drug said Tuesday that it is warning doctors, hospitals and patient groups that a counterfeit version of the medicine has been found in the U.S.

Swiss drug maker Roche said it is warning doctors, hospitals and patient groups that a counterfeit version of its widely used Avastin cancer therapy was found in the U.S.

Tests of counterfeit vials of Avastin showed that they didn’t contain the active ingredient in Roche Holding AG’s intravenous drug, according to the Swiss company’s Genentech unit.

It isn’t clear how much of the counterfeit product was distributed in the U.S. or whether it has caused any harm…..”



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