‘ A full year, questions linger as to whether a decision by the Globe Health Company to declare swine flu a pandemic, thereby unleashing the slew of health measures, was over-dramatic or tainted by commercial interests even,’ the news program writes. ‘The WHO’s decision resulted ‘in the disruption, the changing of priorities in health services which were focusing on swine flu instead of concentrating on matters that have been far more important to save lives,” said Paul Flynn, a British parliamentarian who led a Council of European countries inquiry on the WHO’s handling of H1N1. ‘Flynn noted that huge sums had been spent on anti-virals and vaccines, which went wasted as skeptical populations refused to get vaccinated largely,’ the news service adds.The results, in a paper by Gregory D. Jay, M.D., Ph.D., of the department of emergency medicine, is published online before print in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discoveries were made in part by learning the knees of mice, which genetically lack lubricin, causing an intense arthritis in spite of high degrees of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid. Too little lubricin, resulting in higher friction, leads to cartilage cell death – actually in the presence of high levels of hyaluronic acid, a viscous fluid that cushions the joints. This discovery seems to challenge the practice of injecting hyaluronic acid alone into a patient's joints. Related StoriesResistance strength training reduces pain, boosts function in people who have hand OALower socioeconomic status significantly increases risk of pain following knee replacementResearchers develop novel technology for chronic arthritis ‘The lubricant is certainly a protein, not really hyaluronic acid, and currently, there are no disease-modifying remedies for osteoarthritis,’ Jay said.