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Pulmonary Pathobiology of COVID-19

2020 27 May

The primary cause of death with COVID-19 is progressive respiratory failure. However, despite the widespread infection rates associated with COVID, very little is known about the pathophysiology of the disease. What clinicians do know is that the pathological features resemble acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and progressive hypoxia. But... Read more

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Volume 19 - Issue 4, Winter 2019/2020

2020 15 Jan

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A Framework for Addressing Seasonal Influenza: A Critical Care Perspective

2020 15 Jan

Seasonal influenza remains a significant health burden and places tremendous and predictable strain on personnel and resources within a health system, specifically within critical care. Despite this, many institutions do not have a comprehensive influenza management plan. Effective and comprehensive critical care management of influenza requires... Read more

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Understanding the Influenza Virus

2019 25 Jul

Diagnosis of the Influenza virus remains a challenge in the ICU. It is vital that knowledge of its pathophysiology and epidemiology is known so clinicians can make informed decisions regarding their patients’ health.   The Influenza virus is found most commonly to replicate in the respiratory tract in humans. This is mainly due to the haemagglutinin... Read more

Cardiology Management

Influenza activity associated with an increase in hospitalisation for CV events

2019 04 Apr

In a recent study study, surveillance data from 4 US communities was used to associate monthly influenza-like illness (ILI) activity as reported by the CDC with MI and HF hospitalisations. Influenza-like illness activity was associated with an increase in HF hospitalisations within the same month. Myocardial infarction was positively but not significantly... Read more

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Increased hospitalisation for AMI linked to influenza

2019 09 Jan

According to the World Health Organization, each year approximately 3 to 5 million cases of influenza and nearly 300,000 to 650,000 respiratory deaths worldwide can be attributed to influenza. Vulnerable patients, including elderly patients, pregnant women, and immunocompromised patients are at a greater risk of developing influenza-related complications.... Read more

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Real-time Surveillance of Influenza Morbidity

2017 13 Dec

Morbidity and mortality associated with influenza are routinely analysed retrospectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also releases weekly data on hospitalisations and mortality due to lab-confirmed cases of influenza. In addition, through its online Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (FluSurv-NET), CDC provides... Read more

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Predictive Cold & Flu Tracker

2015 01 Nov

When social media is abuzz with tweets about cold and flu, it's more likely that actual viruses are spreading. Based on a study of online flu conversations that found a strong correlation between these conversations and actual flu cases last year, researchers launched a cold and flu conversation tracker that is a social predictor of the flu. The "Cold... Read more

Pharmacy Management

Oseltamivir Effective against Influenza

2015 02 Feb

This year, the flu vaccine is not considered to be a good match for the current strain of influenza. Keeping that in mind, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat it. Antivirals have often been criticised for being ineffective but new evidence indicates that they can alleviate... Read more