May
06
2009
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What are the differences between the stomach flu and respiratory flu?

Police in Mexico City in April 2009 during the influenza epidemic.Although the stomach or gastric flu — a usually brief illness marked by digestive distress, diarrhea and similar symptoms — and the respiratory flu share part of a name, they aren’t the same illness, and they aren’t caused by the same kind of germ. While their names suggest they are related, they are not. What [&hel[more...]

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Apr
27
2009
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Which companies produce the drugs used to treat swine flu in humans?

Tamiflu capsules (photo by François Rejeté CC-BY)The two drugs which have been stock-piled by governments across the world in preparation for a possible flu pandemic are known by their trade names Relenza and Tamiflu, and it is indeed those which are being recommended for the current swine influenza breakout. The World Health Organisation is reporting that “national and the local authorities [&hel[more...]

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Apr
27
2009
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How can I strengthen my immune system to protect against swine flu and other pandemic viruses?

Green Giant immunity blend veggies (by iateapie - CC-BY)A strong immune system is your best protection against virulent strains of flu and other viruses. When viruses strike a large geographic area and rise to pandemic proportions, vaccines cannot be relied on to protect an entire population. Viruses can also mutate rapidly and become resistant to existing antiviral drugs and vaccines. Keeping your immune [&hel[more...]

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