H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Public concern over vaccine, effective Chinese vaccine, Tamiflu resistance in Taiwan, vaccine option in Canada

first_imgOctober 22, 2009Poll shows growing flu concern, uncertainty about vaccineAmericans are more concerned about pandemic H1N1 flu than they were a couple of months ago, with about 52% saying they are greatly or somewhat worried, according to the latest Washington Post–ABC poll. The number is up 13 percentage points from August. However, only about a third say they’ll get the vaccine, though half said they’ll have their kids vaccinated. Those saying they’ll pass on the vaccine listed side-effect worries and perceived lack of testing as influencing their decision.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_101909.htmlOct 15-18 Washington Post–ABC News PollSingle dose of Chinese H1N1 vaccine found effectiveIn a clinical trial, a single 15-microgram dose of a nonadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine recently licensed in China was found to induce a probably protective immune response in volunteers between the ages of 12 and 60, according to an report published yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Lesser immune responses were seen with a single dose in younger and older people. The vaccine is made by Hualan Biological Bacterin Co.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0908535Oct 21 NEJM reportCanada’s pandemic vaccine campaign will have an unadjuvanted optionCanada has purchased 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine to use in the youngest children as well as pregnant women and others who might want an alternative to the adjuvanted version, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s adjuvanted vaccine was approved on Oct 16. Officials predict that the unadjuvanted vaccine will be cleared in early November, but they don’t want people to wait for it even though experts say it may produce a more robust response in children under age 3.Doctors report rhabdomyolysis in pandemic flu patientAustralian physicians have documented a rare complication in a patient with pandemic H1N1 flu, myositis, and rhabdomyolysis. They reported their findings in an early online edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. According to a news report today about the study, the 16-year-old boy experienced intense muscle pain and nearly black urine 3 days after his flu symptoms began in June when the first wave of the pandemic hit Australia. He recovered after 8 days in the hospital.http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Melting_Muscles__Novel_H1N1_Influenza_A_Associated.99512.aspxOct 16 PIDJ abstractTamiflu treatment spawned resistance in Taiwan H1N1 caseTaiwan reported this week that the pandemic H1N1 virus became resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) after a patient was treated with the drug. Oseltamivir-sensitive H1N1 was isolated from a 20-year-old man before treatment, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said. Three days later, after treatment began, an isolate from the man showed the resistance mutation. The man recovered, and there was no evidence that the virus spread to others. His case marked Taiwan’s first report of H1N1 resistance to the agent.http://www.cdc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=26002&ctNode=960&mp=5Oct 20 Taiwan CDC reportFlu control measures seem to reduce other diseases in BoliviaHealth officials in Bolivia say a massive campaign to promote handwashing to prevent H1N1 flu seems to have reduced the spread of other common diseases, according to a Time magazine report. Dr. Rene Lenis, Bolivia’s director of epidemiology, reported a 10% to 15% drop in incidence of acute diarrheal diseases in all age-groups this year compared with last year. Public health agencies began promoting handwashing when the virus emerged in April.http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931223,00.html?xid=rss-topstoriesOct 22 Time reportEgyptian capital cuts class sizes to curb flu spreadEgypt’s health and education ministries have ordered schools in Cairo to halve class sizes to slow the spread of the pandemic virus, IRIN News, a United Nations publication, reported today. Children will attend school on 3 alternate days instead of 6 double-shift days, a variation on a long-standing system to reduce crowding. The World Health Organization has said school closures can be disruptive and has recommended that schools take other preventive measures, such as easing crowding.http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86695Oct 22 IRIN storylast_img read more

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Revealed: Where first-home buyers should be looking in Brisbane

first_imgFirst-time buyers are taking advantage of the federal government’s home loan deposit scheme. Picture: iStock.FIRST-time buyers are flooding the Brisbane property market boosted by the government’s scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.More than 700 people have gained a pre-approved place in the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) in Queensland since its introduction on January 1. Nationally nearly 6000 of the 10,000 places available have been guaranteed, while another 3000 places have progressed to the pre-approval stage. The figures support new research from Realestate.com.au, which shows the number of first-home buyers looking to buy in Brisbane jumped by more than a third in January, compared with the same month last year. The number of FHB properties for sale in Brisbane under $475,000. Source: Realestate.com.au.Rochedale South has had the most inquiries for houses from first-home buyers, followed by Springfield Lakes and Bracken Ridge, while Brisbane City and Toowong are the most popular suburbs for units. The FHLDS was introduced by the federal government to help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder. Under the scheme, 10,000 places are available to applicants to secure a property with as little as a 5 per cent deposit without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).Applicants are subject to eligibility criteria, ­including having taxable incomes up to $125,000 a year for singles and up to $200,000 for couples. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for houses in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.First-home buyers apply for a guarantee and are provided with a reservation ahead of a 10-day period by banks to confirm eligibility.Despite the high take-up, loan guarantees are still available and an additional 10,000 spots will be unlocked on July 1, according to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.According to the Realestate.com.au research, first-home buyers able to take advantage of the scheme should head to Brisbane’s north or east, where 45 per cent of properties on the market are priced under the $475,000 cap. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for units in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said first home buyers in Brisbane should look for suburbs where house-and-land packages were prevalent or new construction was happening.“Springfield Lakes and Rochedale tend to be areas where there’s a lot of new homes, so it’s good news for building activity,” Ms Conisbee said.“Same with units, when you look at Brisbane City.” Ms Conisbee said the surge in first home buyers entering the market in January was driven primarily by the FHLDS.But she said a side-effect of the scheme would be the impact it would have on affordability.“From a personal finance perspective, it’s amazing, but on the other hand, it will create price pressure at lower price points and that’s not good news,” she said.“There’s quite a large availability of homes below the ($475,000) cap, but if demand continues to accelerate, there will be fewer and fewer properties available at that price point.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Statistics released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the number of first-time buyers increased by 6.2 per cent in seasonally-adjusted terms in December to a monthly total of 9606 — the highest level in a decade.The average size of a loan was $412,240.The new loans taken out by first-home buyers also climbed by 21.3 per cent in December compared with December 2018. First-time buyers increased by 6.2% seasonally adjusted in December, according to ABS figures.Ratecity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said it was interesting to note the pick-up in this area of the market prior to the government’s scheme starting.“First-home buyers are flocking back to a market that is quickly heating up again,” Ms Tindall said.“Initial numbers show the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has generated huge interest, adding more competition at already packed open homes.“The last time we saw this level of first-home buyer activity was in December 2009 when the then government’s First Home Owner Boost was wrapping up.“If property prices continue to surge, the RBA will be hesitant to cut rates further.”last_img read more

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