Global News Journal

Is swine flu getting worse?

November 12, 2009

No, says the U.S. federal government, but officials finally have enough data to give a good picture of the pandemic and it isn’t pretty. The CDC estimates that 22 million Americans caught swine flu in the first six months of the pandemic and 3,900 people died.

from Summit Notebook:

Swine flu sales: windfall or hard work?

November 12, 2009

Swine flu is turning out to be a sales bonanza for drug companies - just don't call it a windfall, says GlaxoSmithKline.

Swine flu vaccination finally starts

October 6, 2009

  Swine flu vaccination is under way in the US, although the CDC admits it is a bumpy start .

from Maggie Fox:

Where scientists go to learn about swine flu

September 17, 2009

Usually, at a forum on swine flu, all the experts stand up, present a bunch of general background material, a few new findings, and leave. The learning curve on H1N1 is so steep that by the time you fill in the background, you are out of time, and there's no point in hearing the next presenter speak to a general audience

from Maggie Fox:

Is swine flu an investment opportunity?

September 8, 2009

You can prevent swine flu by washing your hands and keeping away from sick people, but how do you make money off of it?  Some smaller companies such as Vical and Novavax hope the pandemic might make a short cut for them.

from Maggie Fox:

Swine flu update

September 7, 2009

WHO has given up on trying to keep any kind of precise count on swine flu, which is just about everywhere now. It's fairly mild but hardly anyone has any immunity, so it will infect far more people than seasonal flu does in an average year. That may mean more serious cases and more deaths than usual, just by virtue of sheer numbers.

Swine flu– too many to count

July 16, 2009

The World Health Organization, which had been patiently publishing every single confirmed case of swine flu, now finally says there are too many too even try counting. This will ease confusion, as the 94,000 confirmed cases were clearly only the tip of the iceberg:

When the going got tough, this school nurse got creative

July 10, 2009

When her tiny office at a prestigious private school in Queens started to fill up with sick and scared students, nurse Mary Pappas took a deep breath and got inventive.  Check out how her on-the-fly responses might help others trying to cope with the swine flu pandemic:

Tracking the flu with George Washington

May 2, 2009


Northwestern professor Dirk Brockmann thinks he can track the spread of H1N1 flu and other future epidemics, thanks in part to the humble $1 bill.

Mexicans take flu outbreak with dose of skepticism

April 29, 2009

Mexicans are taking the swine flu outbreak a bit like they do their tequila – seriously, but with a big pinch of salt.