Who is Making the Swine Flu Vaccine?

There are many pharmaceutical companies that are developing the swine flu vaccine. Each company could be supplying to one or several countries. Equally, some Governments have contracts with multiple companies. This is effectively a risk-reduction strategy in case there is a problem associated with a particular vaccine. Most companies are gearing up the production of the swine flu vaccine in order to meet their contractual demand. This has been at the expense of the production of the seasonal flu vaccine. The following is a list of the major companies and the countries they are supplying:

GlaxoSmithKline currently has orders of 291 million doses including contracts with USA, UK, Singapore, China, Brazil and 4 other governments
Sanofi-Aventis who are the global leaders in flu shots, have received orders from USA, France, Brazil, and have a contract with the United Nations to provide affordable vaccines to various countries. In July they stated they were in discussions to supply to more than 30 countries
Novartis have a contract with the US department of health and human service and claim that 30 governments have requested supplies
AstraZeneca have received their first order from USA, having developed a nasal spray vaccination
Sinovac, who are the first company to have completed clinical trials have a contract with the Chinese government
CSL are manufacturing over a million doses a week to meet orders from Australia and USA
Baxter have completed their first commercial batch of the H1N1 vaccine and have contracts with Britain, Ireland and New Zealand

My name is Steve Martins. I have spent my career working for the UK Government within the National Health Service (NHS). I have provided expert advice and guidance in the distribution of swine flu medication and various treatment methods.

Tips on How to Make Fast, Yet Healthy Meals

One of the challenges that mothers face nowadays is how to prepare fast and healthy meals for their kids when their budget is low. Many working moms would probably testify on how difficult it is to prepare 3-course meals for their families after spending the whole day doing their 9 to 5 jobs.

In reality, all that a working mom really wants to do after a long day at work is to sit down and relax with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, and assign someone else to prepare for supper. Instant meals are unhealthy and costly, so the best solutions for these working moms are delicious and healthy meals that are easy to prepare.

One low-cost way to feed the family is by preparing chicken meals. The chicken wings can be used to make a soup whilst the rest of the parts go into the oven with some chopped onion, potatoes, and some spices dashed on top to add flavor.

All that’s left to do is to wait for an hour while the chicken bakes. You can use this time to play with your children, assist them with their homework, read, or do whatever it is that pleases you.

For vegetarian mothers, one solution is pasta. Most kids would not mind eating some pasta prepared with tomato sauce, some spices, fried onions, and some cheese.

You can also change the pasta sauce by adding mushrooms and olives, and use real tomatoes which you can chop and fry in lieu of the tomato paste. There are always solutions to any restrictions in diet.

You can also prepare meals with eggs which is an easy and economical way to feed your kids. One delicacy in the Middle East consists of eggs fried with onions and tomatoes, is a popular meal in most homes, especially when it is served with rice which makes it a fast and nutritious meal.

When preparing for delicious and healthy meals, every working mom can rely on these methods to make their chores fast and easy. They will surely have more time to relax!

Homemade Remedies for Asthma Treatment

Asthma, a very commonly seen lung disease, is characterized by the difficulty that the person feels during breathing. There are two types of asthma problem either acute or chronic. Asthma attack occurs when there is any obstruction in the passage of airflow in the lungs. An attack of asthma can be very serious for you and even prove to be fatal if the disease is chronic.

There can be many causes of asthma like allergies, environmental factors, genetics, smoke and tobacco, respiratory infections and certain medications. Symptoms of asthma may include Shortness of Breath or Losing your Breath Easily, Frequent Cough, Especially at Night, Feeling tired while doing any physical activity, wheezing and tightness in the chest.

There are many medical treatments are available for asthma. Certain medications may cause side effects. However, there are many simple homemade remedies which are very beneficial for an asthma patient. So, let us see some of the simplest and easiest home remedies that can help you in reducing asthma:

1. Ginger:

It is a well-known relaxant for asthma patients as it can reduce the inflammation in the airway. It gives you a relaxing effect, and prevent asthma attacks. Moreover, it can enhance the effects of certain asthma drugs and increase the relaxation of the muscles. Various methods to consume ginger are:

You can eat it raw by mixing it with salt.

Equal quantities of ginger juice, honey and pomegranate juice can be mixed and 1 tbsp of this mixture consumed thrice a day.

1 tsp. of ground ginger added to half cup of water can be consumed at bedtime.

2. Mustard Oil:

It is another good way of relaxing your respiratory tract. You must use mustard oil with a little amount of camphor and massage it gently on the chest and upper back to relieve the passages and restore normal breathing. It is especially beneficial during asthma attacks and can help in immediately subsiding the symptoms.

3. Coffee:

The caffeine content of the coffee acts as a dilator of the bronchial tissues and can help in clearing the air passage. Moreover, consuming hot coffee will ease the airway and help you in breathing properly. However, you should not consume more than 3 cups of strong coffee in a day as too much of caffeine intake is not good for health.

4. Garlic:

Using garlic can also help in clearing the air passage and help you breathe properly. For good results, you need to boil about 15 cloves of garlic in milk (one half cup) and then drink it once a day.

5. Honey:

The consumption of honey is considered to be one of the oldest home remedy for asthma. Even the smell of honey is known to have worked wonders for some people and it is highly recommended to try out honey if you’re having troubles with your breathing. Just mix 1 tsp of honey in a glass of water (hot) and drink it gradually. Repeat this at least three times a day for positive results.