Research Roundup

December 2009 Issue

Research Roundup: 12/09

Metabolic conditions including obesity are risk factors in "swine flu" deaths. French researchers analyzed the characteristics of 574 deaths that occurred across the world associated with pandemic H1N1 influenza (previously referred to as "swine flu") up to July 16, 2009. Underlying disease was found in at least half of the fatal cases. Two risk factors stood out: pregnancy and metabolic condition, including obesity.

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