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The Health Wrap: Ebola evidence goes MIA; the cost of obesity; investing in our kids

                    By Kellie Bisset Ebola evidence goes Missing in Action Ebola continued to dominate health headlines this past fortnight as Western media outlets turned their attention from the disease toll to the appropriate emergency response and the political ramifications of quarantine at home. A key theme [...]

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Airborne? Memories of another virus and panic’s rise and fall

Thanks to Hilda Bastian and Scientific American for permission to republish this very timely article that looks back on a Medical Tribunal review sparked by by an HIV AIDS in Sydney in the 1990s and considers the role of trust and transparency when panic is in the air. *** Hilda Bastian writes: She started by [...]

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Worried about the flu season? Here’s the story behind the figures

Heath Kelly writes: Tuesday’s reports suggesting a particularly severe flu season could easily be overstating the case. The figures, released by Influenza Specialist Group say there have been more than 20,000 cases of flu nationally so far this year, double last year’s number. The release highlights the fundamental problem with trying to get a picture of [...]

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GP co-payments risk efforts to protect public health, combat communicable disease

Most concerns about the Federal Budget’s imposition of a $7 GP co-payment have been around its impact on the health of vulnerable individuals and families. Below Catherine Bateman-Steel and Leena Gupta discuss the risks for the protection of public health, particularly when we need to respond to outbreaks of communicable diseases like measles and meningococcal [...]

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The Health Wrap: What the evidence uncovered; reaching out to vaccine skeptics; health funding waiting games

By Kellie Bisset What the evidence uncovered Evidence has turned the tables on two issues this past fortnight: whether our multimillion national investment in antiviral drugs is justified; and whether significant spending on alternative treatments such as homeopathy is a good use of money. First, to antiviral drugs, and the release of a Cochrane Review [...]

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An expert’s questions for the Australian Government on the “Scamiflu” saga

(A Federal Health Department response to this post was added on 18 April). “Most experts would agree that the modest benefits of Tamiflu and Relenza, as reported by the review, do not justify the increased adverse risks, let alone the money spent on them…” So says an NHS Choices analysis of an important systematic review [...]

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UK report on Tamiflu highlights failings of health authorities, regulators, industry, and clinical trials

Longstanding questions about a key plank of the international response to pandemic influenza - the stockpiling and widespread use of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) – have been reignited by a new UK Government report (for some background, see my 2009 story in Crikey). The report by the UK Parliament Public Accounts Committee report has also [...]

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Why journalists don’t always reveal their sources’ conflicts of interests: findings from the swine flu pandemic

With concerns about avian influenza in China hitting the international headlines, there are some timely findings from a study investigating the experiences of 24 Australian journalists in covering the 2009 swine flu pandemic. An initial analysis from this study, published late last year in the  Medical Journal of Australia (abstract free, pay for full article), gave some [...]

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Should this headline about the swine flu pandemic be really alarming or just a bit worrying?

A modelling study estimating the global mortality associated with the first 12 months of the 2009 swine flu pandemic has been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (abstract free, pay for full article). It estimates that globally there were 201,200 respiratory deaths (range 105,700—395,600) with an additional 83,300 cardiovascular deaths (46,000—179,900) associated with the pandemic. Eighty [...]

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Is antibiotic resistance the “greatest failure of modern medicine”?

(Following on from the previous post on infection control in hospitals.) The Centre for Research in Critical Infection held a meeting recently at the University of Sydney, where the threat of antibiotic resistance was a major topic of discussion. In the article below, the Centre’s director, Dr Jon Iredell, suggests that the lack of policy [...]

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