Ewen Callaway
Ewen Callaway
Immigrant. Journalist at Nature. Mostly parenting these days.Source
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Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic

Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic

×Medical and scientific experts now agree that bacteria, not influenza viruses, were the greatest cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic.Government efforts to gird for the next influenza pandemic – bird flu or otherwise – ought to take notice and stock up on antibiotics, says John Brundage, a medical microbiologist at the in Silver Spring, Maryland.Brundage’s team culled first-hand accounts, medical records and infection patterns from 1918 and 1919. Although a nasty strain of flu virus swept around the world, bacterial pneumonia that came on the heels of mostly mild cases of flu killed...

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Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic

Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic

×Medical and scientific experts now agree that bacteria, not influenza viruses, were the greatest cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic.Government efforts to gird for the next influenza pandemic – bird flu or otherwise – ought to take notice and stock up on antibiotics, says John Brundage, a medical microbiologist at the in Silver Spring, Maryland.Brundage’s team culled first-hand accounts, medical records and infection patterns from 1918 and 1919. Although a nasty strain of flu virus swept around the world, bacterial pneumonia that came on the heels of mostly mild cases of flu killed...

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Russia’s Fast-Track Coronavirus Vaccine Draws Outrage over Safety

Russia’s Fast-Track Coronavirus Vaccine Draws Outrage over Safety

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that the country’s health regulator had become the world’s first to approve a coronavirus vaccine for widespread use — but scientists worldwide have condemned the decision as dangerously rushed. Russia hasn’t completed large trials to test its safety and efficacy, and rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could put at risk people who receive it, researchers say. It could also impede global efforts to develop quality COVID-19 immunizations, they suggest.“That the Russians may be skipping such measures and steps is what worries our...

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What trial results reveal about the coronavirus vaccine frontrunners

What trial results reveal about the coronavirus vaccine frontrunners

Scientists caution against comparing immune responses shown in early-stage trials, and say there might be more than one path to an effective vaccine. The University of Oxford’s candidate vaccine against COVID-19 is being tested in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Brazil.Credit: Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP via Getty When it rains, it pours. In the past few days, scientists working at feverish pace to develop vaccines against the coronavirus have released a flood of data from their first human trials. The results come from phase I and II trials of four promising vaccine candidates and detail...

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Jul 21
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