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An inhaled medication may become an important weapon against the spread of influenza viruses.

Proceed To Article $46 Million Earmarked For Research On Strategies For Eliminating Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) this week announced funding for a major new research initiative that will improve knowledge of the factors underlying ethnic and racial inequities in health care, the EXCEED (Excellence Centers to Eliminate Ethnic/Racial Disparities) initiative. The studies also will help identify practical tools and strategies to eliminate these disparities. More...

Proceed To Article Long-term Care Users Range In Age And Most Do Not Live In Nursing Homes
Americans who get hands-on help from others so that they can accomplish life's basic daily activities are not necessarily elderly nor do they all live in nursing homes, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). More...

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The flu season is upon us. If your patients have a family member who has already been diagnosed with the flu, they may ask you about a prescription for zanamivir. According to findings in last week's New England Journal of Medicine, zanamivir, an inhaled drug, could keep the virus at bay for the rest of the patient's household. More...

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According to new research Relenza® may prevent the influenza virus from spreading between family members. Though the drug is approved only for the relief of flu symptoms, given the new research, we thought you might be interested in reviewing the prescribing information. More...

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More Information On Flu Drugs: Antivirals
Influenza viruses are divided into three types, designated A, B, and C. Influenza types A and B are responsible for epidemics that occur almost every winter, and are associated with increased rates for hospitalization and death. Epidemics of influenza occur during the winter months nearly every year and are responsible for an average of approximately 20,000 deaths per year in the United States. More...

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