AIDS Vaccine Didn't Stop HIV
- AP via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "An
experimental AIDS vaccine tested in Thailand on some 2,500 drug users failed to
protect them from becoming infected with HIV, the vaccine's developer said
Wednesday...The poor results were widely expected since VaxGen Inc. had said
earlier that its vaccine did not work in a larger North American study."-
But what if HIV has nothing to do with AIDS, as
Finland to set up
national vaccination register
- Helsingan Sanomat - "The new register will allow individuals to easily
check on what vaccinations they have received at what time. Currently the
information is dispersed at child care clinics, municipal health clinics, and in
the records of Finland's defence forces...Such a register would help public
health officials monitor the safety and coverage of vaccinations in Finland in
Educating Hunter, a Child of Autism - The New
York Times - "What can Hunter become? It would be so much easier for
Hunter's parents, Cynde Greene and Peter Fellman, if the answer were a little
clearer. Hunter's older brother, Nigel, a junior at Medfield High, has become a
member of the honor society and plays three sports, but Hunter, their
13-year-old eighth grader, has autism, which is a wild card."
Hairball Found Inside Child's Stomach - KIRO7
TV - "Cherie Trahan went public to warn
other parents about a developmental disorder that causes children to munch on
their hair. Her daughter, Alyssa Halcrow, has pervasive developmental
disorder (PPD), a mild for of autism. -
As if parents of autistic children
didn't already have enough to worry about and deal with.
groups unite to battle resistance - New Get Smart campaign promotes
awareness for the public and gives doctors tools to say no when patients demand
antibiotics. - Infectious Disease News (requires registration)
Offering Free Eye Antibiotic - AP via The
Herald-Sun - "In a major boost to a U.N. campaign to
eradicate an eye infection that causes blindness, Pfizer announced that it will
provide an antibiotic free to treat about 90 percent of the 150 million people
Finds Differences in 2 Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs - The New York Times -
"The first study to compare two
powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs head-to-head in coronary artery disease
finds one clearly superior. Patients taking the highest available dose of
pravastatin, or Pravachol, made by Bristol-Myers Squibb, had slowly progressing
atherosclerosis over an 18-month period. But the disease was halted in those who
took the highest dose of atorvastatin, or Lipitor, the drug made by Pfizer."
Not Using Drugs Fast in Heart Patients -
Reuters via Yahoo! - "Doctors are not using
the latest heart drugs in nearly two out of three patients rushed to the
emergency room, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday...Hospitals also underuse
proven lifesaving surgical procedures such as angioplasty, the team at Duke
University in North Carolina told a meeting of the American Heart Association (news
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"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
-- Albert Einstein, letter to a friend, 1901
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William C. Jarvis, September 28, 1820
“A sacred cow will not protect the herd.”
-- Sandy Gottstein
"What's the point of vaccination if it doesn't protect you from the unvaccinated?"
-- Sandy Gottstein
"Who gets to decide what the greater good is and how many will be sacrificed to it?"