Monday October 26, 2009
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- "… Swine Flu & Young People ...": Here's a link to the AP piece from last week on the age differential in H1N1 patients.
- "… 1918 Pandemic ...": Here's the link to the NIH paper on the 1918 flu pandemic.
- "… cytokine storm ...": According to Webster's Third Unabridged a Cytokine is "any of a class of immunoregulatory proteins (as interleukin, tumor necrosis factor, or interferon) that are secreted by cells especially of the immune system.
It is believed that cytokine storms were responsible for many of the deaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed a disproportionate number of young adults. In this case, a healthy immune system may have been a liability rather than an asset. Preliminary research results from Hong Kong also indicated this as the probable reason for many deaths during the SARS epidemic in 2003. Human deaths from the bird flu H5N1 usually involve cytokine storms as well.
Recent reports of high mortality among healthy young adults in the 2009 swine flu outbreak has led to speculation that cytokine storms could be responsible for these deaths.
Mullfoto of the Day
Two demonstrators in downtown Washington, DC in favor of the Dem's health care plan. Angry White Liberals! Where are the MSNBC cameras?
Catchy Caption of the Day
H1N1 virus captured by the Centers for Disease Control
Nothing funny about that.
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