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Sheila Bird :: Wed, 05/08/2009 - 11:25

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Pearls before swine - grubbing for data on H1N1

The day after the President of the Royal Statistical Society wrote to the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, about the proper collection of key H1N1 data and statistical reporting standards, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) posted some limited pearls of wisdom.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 31/07/2009 - 10:54

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RSS demands better flu monitoring

The Royal Statistical Society has fired a shot across the bows of  Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, by demanding changes in the way information on the H1N1 flu pandemic is collec

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 29/07/2009 - 09:49

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Swine flu - what to look out for

Tomorrow, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) will issue its weekly update on swine-flu in England. What should you look out for - as a member of the public, press, parliament, or as a public health professional?

Sheila Bird :: Fri, 24/07/2009 - 11:37

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Parents unduly alarmed by H1N1 reports

The latest figures on H1N1 infections in England, released yesterday by the Health Protection Agency, have led to some misleading headlines.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 23/07/2009 - 08:59

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Doing time, dodging flu?

Does serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure protect against flu? From the data available so far, that is a conclusion one might reasonably draw.

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 21/07/2009 - 13:55

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How great is the risk of H1N1 to pregnant women?

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to infections of all sorts, because their immune systems are suppressed. That means that the H1N1 flu epidemic could strike disproportionately hard at women who are pregnant, and that every effort should be made to monitor cases carefully.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 20/07/2009 - 12:57

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Outing H1N1 data

Diligent parliamentary questions by Andrew Pelling MP have elicited some useful information on H1N1 flu, which deserve a wider public.

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 15/07/2009 - 11:35

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The CMO needs to remedy data deficiences over swine flu

What is the death rate from HINI flu likely to be? The Government has forecast that by the end of August 2009, 100,000 people a day will be catching the disease, so it is vital to know as accurately as we can how many are likely to die of it.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 08/05/2009 - 00:00

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Flu Fears and Fantasies


Media commentators have been having fun with a story in the Evening Standard of March 30. “Flu pandemic could kill 94,000 people in London” wrote Tim Ross and Mark Prigg, as swine flu fever threw those of a nervous disposition into a panic.