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H1N1/swine flu on collision course with obesity epidemic

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" An unexpected characteristic has emerged among many swine flu victims who become severely ill: They are fat."

"Doctors tracking the pandemic say they see a pattern in hospital reports from Glasgow to Melbourne and from Santiago to New York. People infected with the bug who have a body mass index greater than 40, deemed morbidly obese, suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal. "

Apparently Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, and the World Health Organization are considering increasing the recommended dosage of the drug for obese people who are exposed to the swine flu virus.
 
 

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