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Steve Connor: A case of swine flu or the Monday blues?

Science Notebook: The idea that swine flu strikes harder on a Monday than on any other day of the week is hard to believe

David Prosser: Winners and losers in the swine flu crisis

Outlook Executives at GlaxoSmithKline and other drugs companies could be forgiven for being a tad peeved about the lack of reaction to the strong growth reported yesterday by PZ Cussons. When GSK said it was benefiting from a surge in demand for its anti-flu drugs, it was accused of profiteering on the back of swine flu, but no one seems to think PZ Cussons is cashing in despite its soaring sales of anti-bacterial handwash.

Swine flu? Better safe than sorry

As concern over swine flu soars, the Association of British Insurers has released a statement to reassure holidaymakers.

Jeremy Lauramce: Will the NHS run out of beds for critically ill children?

The death of Nicholas Geldard still strikes fear into the hearts of children's specialists – and will be on the minds of ministers and chief medical officers as the UK prepares for what is likely to be its worst winter flu season for a generation.

Oliver Wright: Trying out the swine flu self diagnosis website

I’ve just been on the self-diagnosis website of the National Pandemic flu service. For a male hypochondriac like me it’s a scary experience.

James Moore: Swines? No, they deserve it

Step forward Andrew Witty, this week's epitome of corporate evil. Mr Witty is chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline and his company stands to make an awful lot of money out of swine flu.

Labour by-election candidate has swine flu

Labour's candidate in this week's Norwich North by-election is being treated for suspected swine flu, the party said today.

Six-fold surge in swine flu cases hits Scotland

The number of swine flu cases in Scotland has risen six-fold in less than a week, making it the worst-hit part of the UK per head of population.

Four more with swine flu

Four more people were confirmed with the swine flu virus today, taking the total number in the UK to 137, health officials said.

Bruce Anderson: The system isn't that broke - it only needs a slight fixing

An eruption of Poujadist anger will not improve our system of government

UK reports five more cases of swine flu

British health officials have confirmed five new cases of swine flu, bringing the national total to 39.

Swine flu in brief: 02/05/2009

Mexico shuts down

Mexico started a five-day shutdown of most offices and businesses yesterday to try to halt the spread of the infection. Officials said they were encouraged by signs the number of new cases was falling.

Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said public hospitals that treat roughly half the country admitted just 46 patients with severe flu symptoms on Thursday, down from 212 patients on April 20. "This is encouraging," he said. Mexico has so far reported 176 deaths from the new strain of the H1N1 virus.

Leading article: Shore up the world's flu defences

This week's outbreak of swine flu has provoked some alarming predictions from medical scientists about the toll a pandemic could take on human life. Some feel that the tone of these predictions has been hyperbolic and unhelpful.

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