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Tamiflu researchers warn of child nightmares

More than half of children taking Tamiflu suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, researchers said.

Swine flu pregnancy alert raised

Mums-to-be 'four times more likely' to need hospital treatment

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.

Dozens fall victim to side effects of swine flu drug

UK drugs agency reveals 150 people have reported mild reactions to Tamiflu

The Feral Beast: Passport to the editor's office

Alarming reports from The Guardian, where six catering staff were dramatically sacked last week over "irregularities with their papers".

Swine Flu Plc: Cashing in on the pandemic

Huge pharmaceutical companies, face-mask manufacturers and even internet opportunists are raking in the money. Tim Persinko and Susie Mesure report

Victim who couldn't find a bed is flown to Sweden

Academic accuses Government of causing unnecessary worry among parents

Simon Calder: Treat the travel bug with common sense

The last travel-related bug to cause such consternation was less tangible. A decade ago the tourism industry worked itself into a frenzy predicting the likely effects of the "Millennium Bug", when the clocks driving primitive computers ticked over from year 99 to 00.

Children in frontline as swine flu cases double

100,000 new cases heighten concerns over intensive care beds for youngsters

Swine flu: Tales from the front line of pandemic Britain

A rising death toll... Conflicting advice for pregnant women... New dedicated Tamiflu depots and NHS helplines. The H1N1 virus is spreading. And for many Britons, the pandemic is already shaping everyday life

Lisa Markwell: There could be a bright side to the flu crisis...

Should schools stay closed in September in a bid to slow the spread of swine flu? Your guess is as good as mine, or indeed a minister's. The maddeningly oblique messages coming out of the health ministry, the doctors' surgeries and over the garden wall do nothing to calm us. Working in central London at the height of holiday season means coming eye-to-eye with folk in surgical masks (there's no such thing as face-to-face when the face is obscured). Do they know something we don't? A friend travelling through Gatwick airport on Monday witnessed a whole planeload of tourists donning masks and gloves as the doors switched to manual.

Swine flu: School closures declared 'unlikely'





School closures in the autumn to curb the number of swine flu infections are unlikely at the moment and would have an "extremely disruptive" effect on society, the Chief Medical Officer said today.

Swine flu in Britain: The guessing game

As the pandemic spreads, the NHS and other public services are preparing for the worst-case scenario – but they have no real idea of how bad the situation might get. Nina Lakhani reports

Dr Laurance Buckman: Reassurance is the key to keeping the public calm

Dealing with patients' concerns over swine flu is taking vast amounts of doctors' time away from patients that are actually ill. More of my time nowadays is spent reassuring and informing patients about swine flu than actually diagnosing them with it.

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