(Elsevier 23 April 2015) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced the launch of a new open-access journal: One Health. The journal is the Official Journal of the One Health Platform, an international forum that promotes a cross-sectoral and collaborative approach to one health issues, bringing together leading experts from a multitude of research areas.
One Health will publish high quality research papers, reviews and outbreak reports on inter- and intra-species pathogen transmission and the predisposing factors that lead to their emergence. Research areas include virus discovery, antimicrobial resistance, veterinary science, ecosystem health, food safety, public health and emergency preparedness
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(Veterans Affairs Research Communications 27 April 2015) Is the high-dose version of the flu vaccine more effective than the standard dose for older folks? A new Veterans Affairs study says yes, but only for the ‘oldest old': those 85 or older.
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Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips 13 April 2015
An international research team, including Australians, have developed a rapid diagnosis kit that can detect several types of influenza virus within five minutes.
The new test, which is still in early stages and has yet to be tested on patients, may prove a valuable tool to reduce its spread during an outbreak and ensure only infected people are given medication. The advance in the new fast test is a very thin layer of material that can detect biological molecules such as proteins from three influenza virus strains.
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ABC News 13 April 2015
A leading Australian influenza expert urges Australians to make an appointment to get the flu vaccine before winter kicks in. Dr Alan Hampson, chairman of the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG), said it takes time to get all the strains into the flu vaccine.
The Courier Mail Damon Guppy, Rose Brennan April 09, 2015
THOUSANDS of Queenslanders are waiting for the public rollout of the flu vaccine as higher numbers than usual are struck down by the virus.
Queensland recorded 1380 lab-confirmed cases of flu in the first quarter, higher than any other state in Australia.
The numbers were almost double the state’s average and compare with 1044 in New South Wales and 704 in South Australia.
Too early to predict severity of flu season: Queensland Health
[Brisbane Times news report]