H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine news, Microsoft’s online tool

first_img Microsoft offers online flu self-assessmentMicrosoft launched a new Web site today, H1N1 Swine Flu Response Center, to help patients assess flu-like symptoms and decide their next step. The self-assessment is licensed from experts at Emory University. Dr. Arthur Kellermann, professor of emergency medicine at Emory, said in a Microsoft release that the tool “can encourage those who are severely ill or at risk for serious illness to contact their doctor, and reassure everyone else that it is safe and prudent to recover at home.”http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/oct09/10-07h1n1responsecenterpr.mspxOct 7 Microsoft news release EU approves Baxter’s cell-based vaccineThe European Commission today approved Baxter International’s pandemic H1N1 vaccine, Celvapan, for use in the European Union, the company announced. It is the first cell culture-based H1N1 vaccine as well as the first non-adjuvanted product to win European approval. The EU authorization calls for using two doses of the vaccine in adults and children; the company is awaiting trial results to determine if one dose will be sufficient in adults.http://www.baxter.com/press_room/press_releases/2009/10_07_09-celvapan.htmlOct 7 Baxter news release Oct 7, 2009 Study: Seasonal vaccine may help fight H1N1Contrary to most other evidence, a study from Mexico suggests that seasonal flu vaccine may offer some protection against the novel H1N1 virus. Researchers compared the vaccination status of 60 H1N1 case-patients and 180 control patients at a specialty hospital. The H1N1 patients were less likely to have had a seasonal flu shot. But the authors say the study is limited by its small size, retrospective design, and the high prevalence of vaccination and chronic conditions in the control group.http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/oct06_2/b3928Oct 6 British Medical Journal study Novartis ships seasonal, H1N1 vaccines to USVaccine manufacturer Novartis said yesterday it has completed shipments of its seasonal flu vaccine, Fluvirin, to the United States after delivering 27 million doses. The Swiss company originally had said it planned to supply about 30 million doses to the US market. Yesterday the firm also said it started shipping swine flu vaccine on Sept. 27, 2 weeks after the formulation received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.http://www.novartis.com/newsroom/media-releases/en/2009/1345850.shtmlOct 6 Novartis press releaselast_img read more

Need to Attack for 90 Minutes Against Bangladesh: Igor Stimac

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The Indian Football team started preparations in Guwahati for their third World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh. Kolkata will host the game on October 15. In a conversation with the local media on Saturday, the head coach of the team, Igor Stimac, shares his views on the opponent of the forthcoming match and some other areas. Here is the excerpt. Tell us about the preparations of your team for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh.Stimac: Everything is going fine. We’ve started our preparations in Guwahati on Friday. Apart from the training session we will also play a warm-up game against the North East United FC in Guwahati on October 9.Q: Is there any specific reason to return to Guwahati for the preparations of forthcoming game?Stimac: We’re happy to be back here where we got fantastic support during the match against Oman. We wanted to return to appreciate the local fans. The training ground and the main turf are also fantastic in Guwahati.Q: After the heart-breaking result against Oman India made brilliant performance in their away game against Qatar. How it was possible?Stimac: Look if your moral is high you can give tough fight and that too even against the much stronger opponent. After the match was over in Guwahati I returned into the dressing room and told my boys to forget about the result of this game and just focus on the next match against Qatar.Q: The job was tough as you didn’t get the service of talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri in the game.Stimac: Yes. Sunil is integral part of the team. His presence even at the dressing room works a lot to boost the morale of the team. At Doha it was a challenge for us to survive without Sunil and my boys did a good job.Q: How will you describe the performance of Gurpreet during the previous two games of World Cup qualifier?Stimac: It’s amazing. Absolutely brilliant! Our goalkeeper coach is doing a good job. The fitness and agility of Gurpreet and other goalkeepers of our team has improved a lot.Q: Let’s back to next World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh. This time you have little easy opponent. Isn’t it?Stimac: We respect Bangladesh as a team. We are aware of the difficulties that my team is going to face, and we have been working on them. We need to attack for 90 minutes to break two defensive blocks of Bangladesh. They are a good side who try to cover, and close the midfield.Q: Robert Jarni, the head coach of NEUFC, was once your teammate. Have both of you faced each other as a coach of opponent team.Stimac: (With laugh) In Croatia we meet almost every day. But we have never faced each other as coaches of rival teams. However, it will happen in Guwahati. Also Read: Guwahati to Host All India LIC Game at Sarusajai Athletic stadiumAlso Watch:Durga Puja 2019: Durga Puja Celebrations from Assam Bhawan in Navi Mumbailast_img read more