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The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film. Why? Why not 3 films, why put all this in one movie? Great question, 2 answers. 1st and most importantly: We need to band together. We need a mainstream film, not another radical movie that only interests the “already converted”. Over 5 million people supported Prop 37 in CA. Reportedly, over 2 million worldwide marched against Monsanto in a global protest. There...ane vaccine expansion, and our love affair with pharmaceuticals- it’s the same villain. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence. There is something horribly wrong with health care today. Huge money, billions and billions of dollars flowing into the same pockets. Meanwhile, MD’s aren’t being allowed to actually practice the art of medicine and anyone who questions vaccination safety, pharmaceuticals, factory farms, etc. is ridiculed and belittled. Meanwhile, the billions keep flowing, carried on a river of pain and anguish. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. Three huge stories, each worthy of multiple films, but each brought together by one staggering fact: it’s the same villain. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, in a tale of corruption, greed and shocking lack of conscience.

 

All the News Posted June 28-30, 2008


Posted June 30, 2008
* ►July 7, 2008 - New book aims to provide vaccine answers: AMNews interviews Martin Myers, MD - Physicians also may benefit from summaries of vaccine research as well as tips on communicating effectively with parents. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 7, 2008 - Infant pertussis outbreak emphasizes need to vaccinate health care workers - Hospital outbreaks among those too young to be immunized are increasing the pressure to get the shot to health professionals. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 7, 2008 - Colorado adopts doctor rating standards, health system reforms - Several bills signed into law in June followed a state blue ribbon commission's recommendations. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 7, 2008 - Massachusetts doctors sue, saying ranking program is flawed - The physicians question the methods used to grade their performances. Program administrators say nationally recognized quality standards are used. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 7, 2008 - Military sweetens the deal to entice medical students - A beefed-up scholarship program now offers a $20,000 signing bonus as well as full tuition and an increased monthly stipend. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Physicians demand greater oversight of doctors of nursing - Delegates also voted for increased supervision of midwifery practice. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - CMS selects communities for Medicare EHR bonus pilot project - Only 4% of doctors have an extensive, fully functional electronic health records system, a new survey finds. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - The young and the uninsured - Adults 19 to 29 years old represent a large portion of the uninsured in the U.S. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA tool kit helps doctors measure, boost patient comprehension - The program assists physicians and hospitals in gauging if their message is getting through to patients with poor English and reading skills. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: AMA grades health plans on how they handle claims - The Association hopes to reduce the administrative costs and other obstacles doctors face in collecting from insurance companies. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Delegates decry CMS no-pay list as unrealistic and call for revision - Physicians said many conditions are not truly preventable and the initiative will expose doctors to additional liability. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Medicare audit overreach? Doctors think so, but audits aren't going away - Physicians decry the heavy-handed methods of Medicare's "bounty hunters," but Congress and the White House are expanding the program nationwide. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Guidelines target safety of medical tourists - With patients increasingly considering overseas trips for care, new principles outline how they should be protected. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Increasing use of Tasers prompts safety review - Physicians want more safety information about the stun guns. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Doctors oppose mandatory drug reporting laws - Delegates worry these kinds of regulations will make patients hesitate to seek help. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Delegates explore on-call coverage, at-home genetic tests - A shortage of specialists taking call at hospitals sparks debate at CEJA forum. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: AMA OKs palliative sedation for terminally ill - The seldom-used technique is deemed ethical because the aim is to relieve intractable symptoms, not hasten death. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Delegates respond to rising student debt - The Association wants medical schools to tell students why their tuition is going up and whether incentives were involved in their loans. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: AMA clarifies plan on tax credits for insurance - Delegates rejected an attempt to keep tax-free HSA contributions along with tax credits. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Resident work hours stir passionate debate - Testimony from both sides ends with no changes to work hour limits, but the AMA will support making it easier to report violations. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - AMA meeting: Delegates seek to change law on organ donor incentives - The proposal would make it legal to conduct ethically designed pilot studies of payments for cadaveric donations. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - An ethics consult can help build consensus - Why ask for an ethics consult when nobody is behaving unethically? - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Ministries offer bill-sharing as insurance alternative - The programs have come under scrutiny by regulators, courts and legislators. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Aetna requires doctors to opt out of workers' compensation network - Some in organized medicine see this policy as going against the company's promise to honor the terms of a lawsuit settlement. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - PHR vendors bypass patients, pitch to business - A recent study finds vendors of personal health records are focusing less on consumers and more on employers and insurers. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - For-profit hospitals find ways to cut the bad debt they carry - A study finds hospitals are doing better in collecting debt but also have changed accounting systems to better report bills that might never be paid. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Removing health IT barriers - The AMA advocates that federal legislation to encourage technology use should incorporate physicians' ideas, particularly in regard to technical standards, privacy and financing. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Centers offer ways to bridge language, cultural differences - Community health centers find that hiring bilingual staff and installing telephone translation lines are key to providing the best care. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Summer is the time for Lyme - The annual number of Lyme disease cases has more than doubled since it became a nationally notifiable condition in 1991. - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - Letters to the Editor - AOA president: DOs are responding to the need for more rural care - Beeper on, cell phone off - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - News in brief: Health & Science - FDA seeks "black-box" warning for older antipsychotics - Some hearing loss tied to diabetes - Overall mortality goes down - Hormone increases eating during stressful times - Tracking changes in avian influenza virus strains - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Medicare physician pay vote comes up short - Parental notification on California ballot - Conn. governor vetoes coverage expansion - www.ama-assn.org

►July 7, 2008 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Cleveland medical school makes free tuition standard for students - ICU doctors less comfortable talking to black patients - www.ama-assn.org

* ►July 1, 2008 - Iraq: Vaccinations did not cause Gulf war illness, says study - The Guardian, UK - "Being given too many jabs at once has been suggested as a possible cause of Gulf war syndrome and the illness some military personnel have reported after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  But researchers from the King's centre for military health research, at King's College in London, say that in the 2003 conflict at least, the vaccinations were not to blame."

* ►July 2008 - Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine use and effectiveness - journal article (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 2008 - New vaccines against tuberculosis: lessons learned from BCG immunisation in Brazil - journal article (Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)

* ►July 2008 - Adverse reactions to Mycobacterium bovis bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccination against tuberculosis in humans, veterinary animals and wildlife species - journal article (Tuberculosis)

►July 2008 - Human Mycobacterium bovis infection in ten Latin American countries - journal article (Tuberculosis)

►July 2008 - Iron metabolism and lipid peroxidation products in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►July 2008 - Correlates of Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep in the Pediatric Population - journal article (Pediatric Neurology) - "Associated diagnoses included obstructive sleep apnea in 36 (46.8%), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in 10 (13%), migraine in 7 (9.1%), seizures in 7 (9.1%), autism spectrum disorders in 5 (6.5%), and narcolepsy in 7 (9.1%)."

►July 2008 - Prevention of hospitalization due to respiratory syncytial virus: results from the Palivizumab Outcomes Registry - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►July 2008 - Chronic non-specific cough in children - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►July 2008 - Positive effect of NICU admission on breastfeeding of preterm US infants in 2000 to 2003 - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►July 2008 - Autism Research Institute Newsletter - www.autism.com

* ►July 2008 - Bill C-51 – no cure for what ails us - DRUG BUST - Common Ground - "Yet even with some amendments, this bill could spell big trouble, but not because the Mounties will soon be kicking in your door to see what’s in your medicine cabinet, but because Bill C-51 will accelerate Canadians’ access to new prescription pharmaceutical products."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Judicial Watch Uncovers New FDA Records Detailing 10 New Deaths & 140 "Serious" Adverse Events Related to Gardasil - Watchdog Publishes New Special Report Examining 8,864 Adverse Event Reports Detailing Safety Concerns - press release - Judicial Watch - "Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a report based on new documents obtained from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, detailing reports of adverse reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), Gardasil. The adverse reactions include 10 deaths since September, 2007. (The total number of death reports is at least 18 and as many as 20.) The FDA also produced 140 “serious” reports (27 of which were categorized as “life threatening”), 10 spontaneous abortions and six cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome – all since January 2008."

* ►June 30, 2008 - A Judicial Watch Special Report - Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records - Detailing the Approval Process, Side-Effects, Safety Concerns and Marketing Practices of a Large-Scale Public Health Experiment (pdf) - Judicial Watch - "Special Report - Appendices - June 30, 2008"

* ►June 30, 2008 - Glaxo’s Cervical Cancer Vaccine Will Take Longer to Get to US - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►June 30, 2008 - GlaxoSmithKline responds to FDA's Cervarix query - GlaxoSmithKline responds to the FDA's questions on cervical cancer vaccine application - AP via CNNMoney

* ►June 30, 2008 - GlaxoSmithKline could see up to 1 year delay for US Cervarix - AFX via Forbes

* ►June 30, 2008 - AAP Leadership Fights Informed Vaccine Choices by Barbara Loe Fisher - Vaccine Awakening

* ►June 30, 2008 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter
www.vaccineawakening.blogspot.com
www.NVIC.org
www.StandUpBeCounted.org

Vaccine-educated parents in New York stood up for their human right to make informed, voluntary vaccine choices and pushed back Pharma-inspired attempts to pass laws mandating every childhood vaccine the CDC endorses (A10942) and giving children vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases without their parents' knowledge or permission. Parents held rallies and press conferences in Albany at the State Capitol and organized a grassroots email, letter and phone campaign to voice their opposition to all attempts by government officials, drug companies and doctors to force vaccination without parental consent.

The successful challenge by parent activists in New York to powerful and wealthy special interest groups promoting the forced use of multiple vaccines and the removal of non-medical exemptions to vaccination will be followed by a similar grassroots effort in the next legislative session to protect the religious exemption to vaccination (A03064), obtain a philosophical exemption to vaccination (A05468) and widen the medical exemption to vaccination (A03180) in New York.

Rita Palma (www.mykidsmychoice.com), who had a religious exemption to vaccination for her son denied by Suffolk school officials, organized the rallies attended by families with vaccine injured as well as healthy children. She and Assemblyman Mark Alessi (D-Wading River) appeared on Fox News June 20 to talk about why parents in New York do not want laws mandating their children get more than five dozen vaccinations currently promoted by the CDC and more vaccines in the future endorsed by CDC employees.

Congratulations to all New York citizens and supportive state legislators who stood up and defended freedom. Every vaccine carries a risk of injury or death and that risk is higher for some than others. No individual or self-appointed group in government, industry or medicine should force fellow Americans to put their lives or the lives of their children on the line for pharmaceutical products that can injure or kill without voluntary informed consent.

"This is something that is a personal issue. It's our children's bodies and that's what we're here to protect, our rights," said Kim Slavis of Canandaigua......The Department of Health says it's a public health issue, but these parents say when it comes to getting shots it's just too many, too soon. "When we were kids, we were getting 10 vaccinations. Now these kids are getting 37 vaccinations before they get into kindergarten," said Michael Smith of Clifton Park.....If they start with this, what are they going to enforce on us next? What will be the next freedom that they take away from us in terms of our medical rights?" Slavis wondered." - WNYT-TV- Albany (June 10, 2008) http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S472932.shtml?cat=300

"A few parents at Tuesday's rally said they endured grueling questioning when they cited religious beliefs to avoid immunizing their children. Dr. Lynn Friedman, a chiropractor, said she unsuccessfully sued the Clarkstown School District in Rockland County to allow her son, now 12, to attend school without vaccinations. The school district questioned the validity of her request for a religious exemption. She went through hours of questioning and had her medical records pored over, she said. Her son goes to private school. "It should be our choice to vaccinate our child," she said.....Carolyn Catalano of Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County, said her 12-month-old son, Tyler, would not be vaccinated. Some of the viruses that there are vaccines against, such as rubella, are normal childhood diseases that healthy children can fight, she said. "He can make his own choice once he's older," said Catalano, a pediatric occupational therapist in Mahopac, Putnam County, who has autistic patients. Angela Luhrs, also of Hopewell Junction, said her 1-year-old son is fully vaccinated, but she wants to start delaying some shots because she doesn't want to overwhelm his system. Eventually, he will get everything, she said. "I am here because I do believe there has to be a point at which parents' choice comes into play," she said. Elisa DiBari of North Salem, Westchester County, said her son, now 10, stopped speaking after receiving the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine at 15 months. He was diagnosed with autism and has had a lot of treatments over the years and is doing well." - Cara Matthews, Democrat & Chronicle (June 11, 2008)

"In my childhood, two vaccines were the extent of it. We muddled through whooping cough, measles, German measles, chicken pox and emerged with stronger immune systems. No one that I knew died of any of these diseases. Multiple vaccines in one needle are obscene. I wouldn't do that to my animals. Stepping on a rusty nail, I went for a tetanus shot. After, the nurse said, "You are all set with your tetanus and diphtheria shots." I was enraged. I spent the next week in bed with a high fever and no way of assessing which vaccine was the culprit. Let us not forget the chief beneficiaries of the vaccine craze: our friends in the pharmaceutical industry who cross over to take Food and Drug Administration posts when they cannot get Congress to do their bidding. The payoffs are enormous, according to a reliable friend who once worked in the FDA. The time is overdue for parents to unite and assert themselves against the tyranny of forced medications. The state does not own our children - yet." - Catherine Portman-Laux, The Journal News (June 23, 2008)

* ►June 30, 2008 - Gov't Examines Link between Autism and Vaccines - Mitochondrial Disorders Implicated (includes video) - Good Morning America via ABC News -
"Government health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, met in Indianapolis Sunday to discuss whether cellular diseases known as mitochondrial disorders should be considered in research on autism."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Researchers Link Early Stem Cell Mutation to Autism - Burnham Institute for Medical Research via Newswise

* ►June 30, 2008 - Hospitals to get cash for 'happy' care - Hospitals are to get special cash payments for ensuring patients are happy with their treatment, the Government announced today. - This is London - "An average district general hospital could earn between £7 million and £9 million a year under the system, due to be introduced in April. Patients will also have a 'responsibility' for their children having the MMR vaccination and giving their doctor information about their health and to follow agreed courses of treatment."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Wyeth says Prevnar could ease scourges of elderly - Reuters - "Prevnar, Wyeth's second-biggest product, is approved in more than 80 countries. Cowen and Co expects its eventual approval for adults to provide as much as another $1.5 billion in potential sales, keeping the product on a strong growth trajectory."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Glaxo HPV Vaccine Delayed Until Late 2009 - Pharmalot

* ►June 30, 2008 - Early Results from Ongoing Clinical Study of Hepatitis C Vaccine Delivered by Inovio Biomedical's Electroporation System Show Increased T-Cell Responses and Reduced Viral Loads - Business Wire via StreetInsider.com

* ►June 30, 2008 - In dangerous denial - The Guardian, UK - "Dig deep enough and you find that, just as Bridle proved to have connections to the asbestos industry, so many of the "experts" journalists quote on global warming receive money, directly or indirectly, from the oil industry. There's nothing wrong in newspapers challenging consensus views, and many scientists who have been proved right in the end - for example, those who warned of how lead in petrol could affect children - began as lone mavericks. But sceptics themselves merit scepticism, and journalists should give their scientific credentials and their relationship to vested interests the most careful scrutiny. Berating the EU, as Booker frequently does, or denouncing school standards, as Melanie Phillips does, won't kill anybody. Asbestos is different. So is measles and, as Cardiff University research has shown, MMR vaccinations fell in step with press claims that they were linked to autism."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Invasion of the killer bacteria - The East African - "Leading Experts in Infectious diseases and vaccines have called for a global effort against pneumococcal disease, one of the world’s leading killers of adults and children."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Pharma Continues To Complain About The FDA - Pharmalot

* ►June 30, 2008 - Rising cases of child disorders worry experts - Vanguard

* ►June 30, 2008 - Proponents become opponents on autism bill - Intelligencer Journal via LancasterOnline.com - "The opponents originally stood as proponents of a mandate forcing private coverage, but the final version of the bill was so amended, they said, the proposed mandate would actually hurt families dealing with autism. The original version — authored by state House Speaker Dennis O'Brien, who slammed the final Senate revisions prior to its passage Sunday — would have forced insurance companies to cover autism treatments up to $36,000, with the state's Medical Assistance program helping families with any costs above the cap."

* ►June 30, 2008 - An Essential Report on the Genetic Effects on Environmental Vulnerability to Disease Available Now - Research and Markets via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►June 30, 2008 - Scandal in the Pharmaceutical World - A large number of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have illegally used, and profited from, a groundbreaking patent stolen from Nogdan Immunochemicals Ltd., an Israeli biotech company - Nogdan Immunochemicals via Chemie.De

* ►June 30, 2008 - China plans national influenza-monitoring system - China Economic Net

* ►June 30, 2008 - The Scalpel & The Cash: A Lawsuit Over A Conflict - Pharmalot - "Katrina McKenzie was tired of the pain in her hips and took her surgeon’s advice to replace them with experimental implants. And so the 31-year-old New Jersey woman agreed to participate in a clinical study, knowing there was a risk her new hips could fail, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. "But she didn’t know the manufacturer financing the 2002 study, Smith & Nephew, was also paying her surgeon tens of thousands of dollars a year as a consultant, the paper continues. And she later filed a lawsuit against the University of Pennsylvania Health System and her surgeon, Jonathan Garino, contending he botched her surgery and the consulting fees affected his decisions."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Pentagon Fights EPA On Pollution Cleanup - The Washington Post - "The Defense Department, the nation's biggest polluter, is resisting orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade and two other military bases where the EPA says dumped chemicals pose "imminent and substantial" dangers to public health and the environment."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Serious patient errors at California hospitals disclosed in state filings - About 100 Californians a month are being harmed in adverse events considered preventable. A lawmaker proposes banning reimbursements to hospitals for some types of injuries. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►June 30, 2008 - Some parents, authorities disagree on safety of childhood vaccines - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire via AXcess News - "Some research and advocacy groups have also found links to vaccines and autism in studies done on animals such as primates and mice, but Offit said studies done in laboratories based on animals do no always equate to the same results in humans. 'If I was the parent of a child with autism, I would be angry that these groups are devoting so many resources to this,' Offit said. 'There are so many more promising leads.'"

►June 30, 2008 - No good reason not to immunize yourself - letter - Des Moines Register

* ►June 30, 2008 - Vaccines - A Two-Edged Sword - opinion - Brain Blogger

►June 30, 2008 - Experts Set to Discuss Autism, Vaccines - Newsinferno.com

►June 30, 2008 - Measles outbreak prompts MMR plea across Cumbria - Westmorland Gazette, UK

►June 30, 2008 - Autism project is global - Dublin native tries changing perception - SentinelSource.com

►June 30, 2008 - Emotion in the Autistic Brain - Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

* ►June 30, 2008 - Mercury link to dolphin deaths - Chemistry World - "'The mercury levels we found in the dead dolphins were high enough to be causing quite severe neurological effects,' Thompson told Chemistry World. 'Even the levels in the apparently healthy population would be expected to cause immune deficits, at the very least,' he adds."

* ►June 30, 2008 - Sinovac Initiates Phase II Volunteer Enrollment for Split Viron Pandemic Influenza (H5N1) Vaccine - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via Xinhua-PRNewswire via The Earth Times - "The randomized and double-blind trial is expected to enroll 210 adolescents, between the ages of 12 to 17, who will receive doses of 10ug, 15ug or 30ug, and 140 children, between the ages of 3 to 11, who will receive doses of 10ug or 15ug.  Volunteers will be followed for two months with safety and immunogenicity data collected for the assessment of the vaccine."

►June 30, 2008 - Sugar soothes kids' immunization pain - You've heard the song, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. It turns out, a little sugar may also help children with pain. - ABC 7

* ►June 30, 2008 - GM Foods: The U.S. Fights Mandatory Labeling in An Untested Human Experiment - NaturalNews.com

* ►June 30, 2008 - Dissecting a Study Disproving Vitamin B's Role in Preventing Heart Disease - NaturalNews.com

►June 30, 2008 - World Bank Gives Sh17 Billion to Fight Bird Flu - New Vision (Kampala) via AllAfrica.com

►June 30, 2008 - Pacific Rim prepares for new avian flu - United Press International

►June 30, 2008 - Angola: Over 70,000 Children Immunised Against Polio - Angola Press Agency (Luanda) via AllAfrica.com

►June 30, 2008 - State Loses Federal Hepatitis Funding - Money Would've Paid For Investigation, Prevention Initiatives - KVVU Las Vegas

►June 30, 2008 - The Anthrax Fiasco - free content - The Wall Street Journal

* ►June 30, 2008 - EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case - Former Agent Explains What Went Wrong in the Investigation - ABC News

* ►June 30, 2008 - Leaks, focus on single suspect undercut anthrax probe - RINF.Com

►June 30, 2008 - Illinois Emergency Teams Practice Disaster Response - Nurse.com

* ►June 30, 2008 - Veteran's Death Has PETA Pushing FDA, CDC to Ban Sales of Birds Who Can Carry Parrot Fever - Sick Cockatiel Bought From PetSmart Implicated in Spread of Deadly Disease: Not an Isolated Incident, Says Group - press release - PETA

►June 30, 2008 - Olympic travelers advised to beware dogs - Reuters

►June 30, 2008 - Integrins as receptors give insight into rotavirus and diarrhea - Baylor College of Medicine via EurekAlert!

►June 30, 2008 - Evolution and Climate Intensify West Nile Virus Transmission - press release - Wildlife Trust’s Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM), New York, and the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center via E-Wire

►June 30, 2008 - Dr. John Torres: West Nile Virus Tips - First two cases of summer reported in Colorado - MyFox Colorado

►June 30, 2008 - Jones reports 2nd West Nile virus case - Hattiesburg American

►June 30, 2008 - 2 new cases of West Nile virus and 1 case of Lacrosse Encephalitis reported - Jackson Clarion-Ledger

►June 30, 2008 - West Nile Virus Hits Colorado, First Cases Confirmed - dBTechno

►June 30, 2008 - Sangamo BioSciences Announces Nature Biotechnology Study Demonstrating the Use of Zinc Finger Nucleases to Generate HIV Resistant T Cells - Preclinical Animal Data Demonstrates Promising Therapeutic Strategy for HIV/AIDS - press release - Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via The Earth Times

►June 30, 2008 - Africa: Daily HIV/Aids Report - Legislation To Reauthorize PEPFAR Still Getting Blocked In Senate Despite Agreement Reached Last Week, Bush's Support - Kaisernetwork.org

►June 30, 2008 - Namibia: Caprivi High in New HIV Cases - New Era (Windhoek) via AllAfrica.com

►June 30, 2008 - Desire to End Malaria Makes Sense, but Is It Realistic? - Medical science has eliminated only one disease, smallpox. Bill and Melinda Gates called last year for a campaign to stop malaria. But experts differ on the idea. Some say existing measures could reduce cases by 90 percent. - Voice of America

►June 30, 2008 - Drug Makers Say FDA Safety Focus Is Slowing New-Medicine Pipeline (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►June 30, 2008 - Free kits available to parents to drug-test kids (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Chicago Tribune

►June 30, 2008 - New Book on Lyme Disease Takes Controversial Stance - U.S. News & World Report

►June 30, 2008 - Rabies Vaccine Plentiful, State Says - Officials Speak Out After CDC Warning - AP via KCRA Sacramento

►June 30, 2008 - Did Schering-Plough Properly Review Organon Deal? - Pharmalot

►June 30, 2008 - ‘Nutrient supplements can reduce TB outcomes’ - Daily Monitor, UG

►June 30, 2008 - Egypt educates family farms to fight bird flu - WorldPoultry.net

►June 30, 2008 - Exceptions and Alternative Procedures Approved Under 21 CFR 640.120 - FDA/CBER

►June 30, 2008 - Lyme Disease Bacterium Came From Europe Before Ice Age - Researchers at the University of Bath have discovered that a bacterium that causes Lyme disease originated in Europe, rather than in North America as previously thought. - Wellcome Trust via ScienceDaily

►June 30, 2008 - Fight against fat is a major industry - The London Times

►June 30, 2008 - Ceftobiprole, a new anti-MRSA broad-spectrum antibiotic, receives its first marketing authorization by Health Canada - Market Wire via COMTEX via FOX News

►June 30, 2008 - Rules-Based Medicine Commercializes New Toxicity Biomarker Panel in Conjunction with FDA, EMEA, C-Path and PSTC - Business Wire via Trading Markets

►June 30, 2008 - British Firm Opens Germantown Lab (requires registration) - Biotech Pioneer Says Drug Testing Technique Saves Time, Money - The Washington Post - "Before a new drug even enters full-scale clinical trials, Xceleron administers harmless, microscopic doses of the potential drug to human test patients. If the results show promise, drug companies can proceed with spending millions of dollars and time further developing the potential product. If not, they're saved that money and time."

►June 30, 2008 - Clues to Pharma Company Health in Trials Findings - A New Citeline Analysis Provides Valuable Clues to Health of Drug Companies - Good Clinical Practice Journal via PharmaLive

►June 30, 2008 - Fraud suit against Novartis, GSK wrapping up; Equity firms reconsider Indian deals - FiercePharma

►June 30, 2008 - TapImmune Issued U.S. Patent Relating to Methods for Enhancing an Immune Response - Patent Strengthens Company Intellectual Property Portfolio - TapImmune via MarketWire

►June 30, 2008 - Kids of today happier, and it shows - Children today are better adjusted, less likely to be aggressive and have fewer anxiety and conduct problems than they did 20 years ago. - The Australian

►June 30, 2008 - Three generations grateful for NHS - From the cradle to the grave - that was the bold claim from the Labour Government in 1948 about the NHS. - BBC

►June 30, 2008 - Novartis, Global Alliance for TB drug development plan to accelerate TB treatment - The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) and the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) have announced a five-year research collaboration designed to yield new medicines for TB, including drug-resistant TB. The partnership is a milestone toward the development of faster TB drug regimens that treat all forms of TB, are easier for patients to complete, and can be used safely in patients with HIV/AIDS. - Africa Science News Service

►June 30, 2008 - Infections 'the biggest NHS fear' - Picking up an infection is the public's main concern about hospital care, a UK-wide BBC poll shows. - BBC

►June 30, 2008 - New Electrostatic-based DNA Microarray Technique Could Revolutionize Medical Diagnostics - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

►June 30, 2008 - Zinc Finger Proteins Put Personalized HIV Therapy Within Reach - Researchers are using minute, naturally occurring proteins called zinc fingers to engineer T cells to one day treat AIDS in humans. - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine via Newswise

►June 30, 2008 - Vitamin deficient - City residents take part in study that shows blacks lack vitamin D - The Charleston Gazette

►June 30, 2008 - Dairy farm tour reveals pampered cows - The Frederick News-Post

* ►June 29, 2008 - Vaccines And Autism: A New Piece In The Puzzle? - Pharmalot

* ►June 29, 2008 - Drugmaker seeks more over the counter regulation - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com - "Check the shelves of almost any pharmacy and they're stocked with everything from SlimQuick Diet Pills, billed as the "world's first advanced fat burner," to Relacore, a pill to "get rid of body fat." If pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has its way, many of those diet products could be yanked from the market. Glaxo, which markets the only over-the-counter diet pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is pressing the FDA to require supplement companies making weight-loss claims to conduct clinical studies to prove their products work, then win government approval before they can be marketed. Under current regulations, the makers of diet pills face no such requirements."

►June 29, 2008 - Drug approval for NHS to speed up - The government is to set out plans to speed up approval of drugs used in the National Health Service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. - BBC

►June 29, 2008 - New PET imaging chemical gives 3-D image of immune response in action - Nature Medicine via MTB Europe

►June 29, 2008 - Call to rethink child BMI testing - Using a child's body mass index (BMI) as a measure of the success of exercise targets may be misleading, say experts. - BBC

►June 29, 2008 - Autoimmunity in gestational diabetes mellitus in Sardinia: a preliminary case-control report (pdf) - journal article (Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology)

►June 29, 2008 - A flurry of risk factors for Crohn's disease - Large-scale study helps untangle Crohn's with discovery of 21 new genetic risk factors - Nature Genetics via Broad Institute

►June 29, 2008 - New field takes holistic approach in helping cancer victims - AP via Philadelphia Examiner

►June 29, 2008 - Accidental fungus leads to promising cancer drug - Reuters

►June 29, 2008 - Canada facing shortage of dermatologists: doctor - The Canadian Press via CTV.ca

►June 29, 2008 - Some Proof that Marijuana is a Powerful Medicine - Wired Science

►June 29, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Sexual Violence Rate Among NYC Teens More Than National Average - Doctor Who Was Target in U.S. Anthrax Probe Wins Multimillion Dollar Settlement - Working While Tired May Harm Heart - DNA Repair Capacity Affects Lung Cancer Risk in non-smokers - Unsafe Water Causes Many Diseases, Deaths: WHO - Low-Fat Milk May Benefit Kidney/Heart Health

►June 29, 2008 - One drug, many uses. Good idea? - For Lilly, Cymbalta means new revenue without a new pill. Experts wonder if profits come at the expense of innovation. - Indianapolis Star

►June 29, 2008 - Weighing the Costs of a CT Scan’s Look Inside the Heart (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 29, 2008 - Implant firms pay doctors millions - As joint replacements have increased, so have payments to surgeons. - Philadelphia Inquirer

►June 29, 2008 - Liberia: UNMIL Humanitarian Situation Report No. 147 - United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) via ReliefWeb - "Maternal and neonatal vaccination campaign ends - The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare completed the latest Integrated Measles and Maternal & Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Campaign. The Campaign was held across the country in 15 counties on 26 May – 2 June 2008."

►June 28, 2008 - Parents warned as measles cases soar - Children not even 12 months old have been infected with measles after cases increased more than tenfold in New South Wales. - The Australian

* ►June 26, 2008 - Latest update on Jenny (6/26/08) - Jenny's Journey

* ►June 27, 2008 - A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the brain (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "As part of the study, the volunteers were also given 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 800 international units of vitamin E along with one of their fatty meals. In this case, they did not experience a drop in memory as measured by a series of cognitive tests."

* ►June 27, 2008 - FDA Approves CONCERTA® (methylphenidate HCI) Extended-release Tablets for Treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in Adults - Concerta® now available for patients with ADHD ages 6 to 65 - Johnson&Johnson

►June 27, 2008 - Bristol-Myers could be an acquisition target: Bernstein - Reuters

►June 27, 2008 - Food pairings: Working for or against you? - CNN

►June 26, 2008 - Prescribing Information for Concerta (pdf) - Concerta.net

* ►June 26, 2008 - Military funds development of brainwave binoculars - AP - "Military binoculars may soon get information directly from the brains of the soldiers using them."

* ►June 26, 2008 - White House Tried to Silence EPA Proposal on Car Emissions (requires registration) - Agency Was Responding to Ruling About Clean Air Act - The Washington Post

►June 26, 2008 - Changes in infectious disease mortality among children in the Netherlands - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►June 26, 2008 - Proven ADHD Treatment Denied Access to Patients in Canada - CNW Group

►June 25, 2008 - Pesticide Industry Ranked on Its Damage to Health and Environment - Beyond Pesticides

* ►June 25, 2008 - City Questions 9/11 Workers’ Claims of Illness (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►June 25, 2008 - White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 25, 2008 - Pitt to lead federal attention deficit study - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►June 25, 2008 - Study gets stem cells to function in mice - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►June 23, 2008 - EPA to Undertake Scientific and Regulatory Evaluation of Formaldehyde Use in Pressed Wood Products - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

* ►June 23, 2008 - More questions than answers about town's vapors - The Record via NorthJersey.com - "DuPont’s explosives plant at one time was the area’s top employer and continues to be the borough’s biggest taxpayer — paying $800,000 last year. Company representatives said the first part of the ongoing response program calls for the testing of soil vapors beneath 10 homes identified as having samples the showed potential for vapor mitigation into the home."

* ►June 23, 2008 - Latest Big Pharma Attack on Natural Medicine: Take Action - The hand of Pharma—US citizens have your say! - Are you willing to sit on the sidelines? - Alliance for Natural Health via Organic Consumers Association - "Medicure Pharma’s attempt to ban the natural, bioactive form of vitamin B6 - On 30 November 2007, Medicure Pharma submitted a citizen’s petition to FDA that asserts that all dietary supplements containing pyridoxal 5’-phosphate ('P5P supplements') are adulterated under FDC Act § 402(f). Despite the fact that P5P is the bioactive—and natural—form of vitamin B6, Medicure want to see the product banned from sale by the US dietary supplement industry because its marketing of P5P-containing supplements undermines the company’s incentive to continue developing its drug product (MC-1)."

►June 23, 2008 - SANDF unable to defend an unethical HIV study - Business Day

►June 22, 2008 - Living History: A mother's anguish at child's death the same in 1856 as today - The Salt Lake Tribune

►June 20, 2008 - The 6th Annual Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment—September 18-19, 2008 - ASPH

►June 19, 2008 - Sustainable vaccination strategy a must to control bird flu in VN - Experts talk to Viet Nam News about strategies needed to tackle bird flu on the sideline of a three-day international conference on avian influenza research and policies, which ended yesterday. - A pandemic could return anytime - Viet Nam News

►June 19, 2008 - Maternal Mid-Pregnancy Autoantibodies to Fetal Brain Protein: The Early Markers for Autism Study. - journal article (Biological Psychiatry)

►June 18, 2008 - Autism Programs at Risk in City Budget Cuts - 1010 Wins

* ►June 2008 - 10 Reasons Why Parents Question Vaccination By The Australian Vaccination Network - Nourished Magazine - "For some time now, members of the government and the medical industry have tried to explain away the phenomenon of parental refusal to vaccinate. Despite the government’s own studies, such as Rogers and Pilgrim; 1993, which shows that 'Older, highly educated parents form the basis of the [sic] anti-immunisation lobby', parents continue to be accused of being ignorant, uncaring and stupid for refusing vaccines which the medical community claim will keep their children healthy. In an effort to set the record straight, the AVN, which is contacted by more than 10,000 Australian parents each year who question this procedure, would like to give you the 10 most common reasons why the parents who contact us have chosen not to vaccinate."

►June 2008 - Neurodevelopmental and Neurophysiological Actions of Thyroid Hormone - journal article (Journal of Neuroendocrinology)

►June 2008 - Unlocking the clock (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 2008 - C. elegans cell lineage, circa 1981 (requires registration) - The Scientist

►April 2006 - Title: Incidence, distribution, and duration of birth-related retinal hemorrhages: A prospective study - journal article (American Journal of Opthalmology)

►Jan.-Feb. 2006 - Abnormally high plasma levels of vitamin B6 in children with autism not taking supplements compared to controls not taking supplements. - journal article (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)

* Girls Vaccines For Boys? (video) - Doctors will soon vaccinate young boys with Gardasil, a vaccine traditionally administered only to girls, in the hopes of limiting HPV cases among women in the future. Dr. Emily Senay reports. - CBS News

 

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* ►July 4, 2008 - Gender-specific effects of cytokine gene polymorphisms on childhood vaccine responses - journal article (Vaccine) - "In conclusion, these findings support the interaction of primary genetic and modifying factors on vaccine responses and the importance of atopic genetics to these responses."

* ►July 4, 2008 - The effectiveness of national influenza vaccination policies for at-risk populations over 5 seasons in a Scottish general practice - journal article (Vaccine) - "The policy of annual vaccination is supported by our data in order to increase the disappointing response rate after one dose. However, the lack of a boosting response with subsequent doses and the significant residual immunity after becoming a seroresponder suggests a prior serological immunity check in order to better direct the vaccine supply (in the years of no antigenic drift), to those who need it most."

* ►July 4, 2008 - Mumps vaccination coverage and vaccine effectiveness in a large outbreak among college students—Iowa, 2006 - journal article (Vaccine) - "Further studies are needed to examine the persistence of two-dose mumps vaccine-induced immunity and to determine whether US mumps elimination can be achieved with the current vaccination strategy."

►July 4, 2008 - Immunogenicity and serotype-specific efficacy of a 9-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-9) determined during an efficacy trial in The Gambia - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Antibody and T-cell responses to a virosomal adjuvanted H9N2 avian influenza vaccine: Impact of distinct additional adjuvants - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Sexual dimorphism of humoral immunity with human vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Heterologous HA DNA vaccine prime—inactivated influenza vaccine boost is more effective than using DNA or inactivated vaccine alone in eliciting antibody responses against H1 or H3 serotype influenza viruses - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 4, 2008 - The antifertility effects of DNA vaccine-induced immune responses against uroguanylin - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 4, 2008 - Evaluation of the potential of synthetic peptides of 80 kDa human sperm antigen (80 kDaHSA) for the development of contraceptive vaccine for male - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Evaluation of systemic and mucosal anti-HPV16 and anti-HPV18 antibody responses from vaccinated women - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 4, 2008 - Assessing the introduction of universal rotavirus vaccination in the Netherlands - journal article (Vaccine) - "Furthermore, the vaccines will prevent most of the RV-related hospitalizations and deaths. However, for the Netherlands with the current vaccine prices, universal RV vaccination is not expected to be cost-effective."

►July 4, 2008 - Estimated effect of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on invasive pneumococcal disease and associated mortality, Denmark 2000–2005 - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Cost-effectiveness of adult pertussis vaccination in Germany - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Saccharide/protein conjugate vaccines for Bordetella species: Preparation of saccharide, development of new conjugation procedures, and physico-chemical and immunological characterization of the conjugates - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - High titer growth of human and avian influenza viruses in an immortalized chick embryo cell line without the need for exogenous proteases - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 4, 2008 - Cellular and humoral responses to tetanus vaccination in gabonese children - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 2008 - Prevalence of Serotype 19A Streptococcus pneumoniae among Isolates from U.S. Children in 2005-2006 and Activity of Faropenem - journal article (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy) - "Of 393 isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae from U.S. children collected in 2005-2006, nonvaccine serotypes accounted for 89.1%, with serotype 19A the most prevalent, representing 30.5% of all isolates."

►July 2008 - Economic Evaluation of Delivering Hepatitis B Vaccine to Injection Drug Users - journal article (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

►July 2008 - Serologic Marker of Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy in Childhood - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►July 2008 - The Epidemiology of Emergency Medical Services Use by Children: An Analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey - journal article (Prehospital Emergency Care)

* ►July 2008 - Mortality and causes of death in autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Autism)

* ►July 2008 - Referential communication in children with autism spectrum disorder - journal article (Autism)

* ►July 2008 - New-onset psychiatric disorders in individuals with autism - journal article (Autism)

►July 2008 - Can autistic children read the mind of an animated triangle? - journal article (Autism)

►July 2008 - Exploring the relationship between measures of self-esteem and psychological adjustment among adolescents with Asperger Syndrome - journal article (Autism)

►July 2008 - Status Epilepticus in Central Nervous System Infections: An Experience From a Developing Country - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

►July 2008 - Genomic surveys by methylation-sensitive SNP analysis identify sequence-dependent allele-specific DNA methylation - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►July 2008 - Systematic meta-analyses and field synopsis of genetic association studies in schizophrenia: the SzGene database - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►July 2008 - Strong association of de novo copy number mutations with sporadic schizophrenia - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►June 30, 2008 - Vaccination drive to get shot in arm - China Daily - "Chinese health authorities plan to create a national influenza-monitoring system to contain the spread of the disease, which kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year, they said at the 2008 International Forum on Prevention and Control Policy of Flu in Beijing over the weekend."

►June 30, 2008 - Australia to formally declare flu freedom today - Horsetalk, New Zealand

►June 30, 2008 - EI-free status cold comfort for racing industry - Queensland is officially free of equine influenza (EI) today, but the racing industry is continuing to count the cost. - www.abc.net.au

►June 30, 2008 - Japan, China, S. Korea plan flu outbreak drill - The Yomiuri Shimbun - "The government has announced it will urge Japanese nationals living or traveling abroad to return home immediately from a foreign country in which there is an outbreak of any new influenza strain."

►June 30, 2008 - Invasion of the killer bacteria - The East African Magazine - "Leading experts in infectious diseases and vaccines have called for a global effort against pneumococcal disease, one of the world’s leading killers of adults and children."

►June 30, 2008 - Waging war on HIV, malaria, TB - The East African Magazine

►June 30, 2008 - Immunise your kids, parents urged - Sunshine Coast Daily

* ►June 30, 2008 - Stillbirths linked to simple viruses - Sydney Morning Herald - "The breakthrough offers hope that some of the 2000 stillbirths every year in Australia could be prevented through the development of virus-specific vaccines and simple hygiene practices."

►June 30, 2008 - DCOs under pressure ahead of polio drive - The News - International - Pakistan

►June 30, 2008 - Polio drive against P-1 virus launched but rains play spoilsport - Expressindia.com

►June 30, 2008 - Men's cancer vaccine - Sky News Australia

►June 30, 2008 - Local case of meningococcal is confirmed - Mudgeee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiser

►June 30, 2008 - So if it isn't bug eat bug, what is it that's killing the honey bees? - The Times, UK

* ►June 29, 2008 - Autism Vaccination Discussion Continues On - Planet Chiropractic

* ►June 29, 2008 - Fight This Global Epidemic - The Glasgow Sunday Mail - "Joan Campbell's son Jack, 15, has required constant care since developing the condition. She said: 'Jack has behavioural and learning difficulties, severe dietary problems and goes through periods of regression. 'He still has no language and a limited number of signs.'...The teacher, who blames Jack's autism on the MMR vaccine, said: 'Jack has an older brother, Jamie, who did not receive the MMR jab. 'He has had to endure both experiencing his brother's troubles and the limited attention paid towards him.'"

►June 29, 2008 - Meet the Naturals - Music is a meaningful way for people with cognitive disabilities to showcase their talent. (includes video) - WLS ABC 7 Chicago

* ►June 29, 2008 - AutismLink, Autism Center of Pittsburgh Denounce Senate Autism Bill - press release - AutismLink via PRNewswire-USNewswire via NewsBlaze

►June 29, 2008 - Autism amendment may spark fight - 2TheAdvocate - "A bid by a Baton Rouge father to help his autistic son pass a key state test could also affect thousands of other exceptional students, state educators said. Aidan Reynolds, a lawyer and the father of the child at the center of the controversy, says he would get relief for his 12-year-old son, Liam — or head to court. 'And it will not be pretty,' Reynolds warned."

►June 29, 2008 - Now, mercury-absorbent linings for broken bulbs - ANI via DailyIndia.com

►June 29, 2008 - US issues health warning over mercury fillings - They're in millions of mouths worldwide, but have been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer's. Now a report concedes they may have a toxic effect on the body - The Independent, UK

►June 29, 2008 - Children 'at risk' from mercury in dental fillings - Children and unborn babies could be at risk from the mercury contained in fillings, according to the world's biggest medical regulator. - The Telegraph, UK

►June 29, 2008 - PCBs, Flooding and Mercury - DNR Secretary Matt Frank weighs in on some of the issues his department faces - Green Bay Press-Gazette

►June 29, 2008 - Letter: Autistic student: ball dropped - letter - TCPalm

►June 29, 2008 - Letter: Autistic student: shame - letter - TCPalm

* ►June 29, 2008 - $25m plan to test health of preschoolers - The Sun-Herald via Sydney Morning Herald - "Four-year-olds will have their sight, hearing, teeth and developmental abilities measured by a GP, practice nurse or child health nurse in a $25 million federal scheme attempting to pick up learning difficulties and behaviour problems early."

* ►June 29, 2008 - Killer Vaccines – Profiteering or extermination? - American Chronicle

* ►June 29, 2008 - Vaccine opponent's claims are false - letter - Lower Hudson Journal

►June 29, 2008 - Gardasil and Anti-Vaccine Activists - Age of Autism

►June 29, 2008 - American Academy of Pediatrics Forms Immunization Alliance - Health News

►June 29, 2008 - Partnership Provides Immunizations for Local Children - Woodlands Online, LLC

* ►June 29, 2008 - Secret rebates amount to a tax on patients - Sole-sourcing strategy for drugs leaves government paying - Victoria Times Colonist via Canada.com - "Every time a Zyprexa tablet is sold in B.C. to someone insured under PharmaCare, Lilly pays the province a secret rebate. In exchange, Lilly has a monopoly on olanzapine sales and gets to charge patients a much higher price than is paid elsewhere in Canada for olanzapine."

* ►June 29, 2008 - Inside Medicine: Dangerous drug, do-nothing FDA (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee

►June 29, 2008 - Parallel trade in drugs puts EU patients at risk - Pharmaceutical manufacturers want a crackdown on the practice of buying cheap medicines to re-export at a higher price, a trade that creates shortages in countries such as Greece - and, arguably, allows in dangerous counterfeits. - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►June 29, 2008 - Uganda's women refuse to use health centers - Uganda's Minister of Health Dr. Stephen Malinga has decried what he termed as the low rate of women who deliver their babies from the health centers though government has constructed and equipped health centers at parish level countrywide. - AfricaNews

* ►June 29, 2008 - Anthrax settlement doesn't address reporters' issue - USA Today - "The Justice Department's $5.8 million settlement with Steven Hatfill, named a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks, leaves unresolved his challenge to reporters' rights in protecting sources of sensitive information."

►June 29, 2008 - Sydney baby treated for meningococcal - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►June 29, 2008 - Pennsylvania: Hepatitis A Outbreak Leads to Three Deaths  - ADVANCE for LPNs

►June 29, 2008 - Pathogens & People: Will global warming create new 'hot zones'? Maybe - Annapolis Capital

►June 29, 2008 - Fatal strain of bird flu fails to land in Alaska (requires registration) - Anchorage Daily News

►June 29, 2008 - Flu pandemic drill to test health department - Maryville Daily Times

►June 29, 2008 - Bird flu control zones are lifted - Control zones in and around an outbreak of bird flu in Oxfordshire have been lifted. - BBC

►June 29, 2008 - World Bank gives sh17b to fight bird flu - New Vision

►June 29, 2008 - AIDS care evolves as patients live longer - Dallas Morning News

►June 29, 2008 - Bengo: Over 70,000 Children Immunised Against Polio - AngolaPress

►June 29, 2008 - Stomach virus tied to worker at Cherry Hill eatery - Cherry Hill Courier-Post

►June 29, 2008 - FDA may change rules for diabetes drugs - United Press International

* ►June 29, 2008 - Complexity Of Crohn's Disease Revealed As 'Gene' Count Tops 30 -  Wellcome Trust, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►June 29, 2008 - New cancer cure test on humans - The Times of India

►June 29, 2008 - Sangamo's Gene Technique May Save AIDS-Fighting Immune Cells - Bloomberg

►June 29, 2008 - A Bush triumph that should be renewed now - editorial - Vallejo Times-Herald - "It was launched by President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, in which he surprised almost everyone by vowing to substantially increase United States support for the fight against HIV/AIDS. It became the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a five-year, $15 billion initiative against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis that has by almost any measure been tremendously successful."

►June 29, 2008 - Law Lets Farmers To Sell More Unpasteurized Milk - AP via WBZTV.com

►June 29, 2008 - US Unsure if Tomatoes Caused 'Record' Salmonella Outbreak - As salmonella cases continue to climb, the government is checking if tainted tomatoes really are to blame for the record outbreak — or if the problem is with another ingredient, or a warehouse that is contaminating newly harvested tomatoes. - AP via FOX News

►June 29, 2008 - Food safety inspectors struggle with swelling volume of imports (includes video) - Dallas Morning News

►June 29, 2008 - Food rejections in April - Compiled by Laurence Iliff from the FDA's OASIS database - Dallas Morning News

►June 29, 2008 - The year of eating dangerously - Baltimore Sun

►June 29, 2008 - Volcano 'Pollution' Solves Mercury Mystery - University of Oxford via ScienceDaily

►June 29, 2008 - USDA urged yet again to reallocate from NAIS budget funds to continue brucellosis vaccination, surveillance - North Texas e-News

* ►June 29, 2008 - Rabies vaccine runs out - Sunday Mirror, UK - "The only two suppliers of the vaccine, Sanofi and Novartis, have both had to stop production for essential renovation."

* ►June 29, 2008 - Rabies vaccine available locally, despite low supply (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee - "Two companies, Novartis Vaccines and Sanofi Pasteur, provide all rabies vaccines in the United States. The low vaccine supply is partially the result of Novartis not meeting projected vaccine manufacturing numbers, according to the CDC."

►June 29, 2008 - Riding Club members appeal for change to flu vaccination rules - Horse & Hound Online - "BRC operates a 'zero tolerance policy', sending home any horse entered for a BRC competition that does not have up-to-date flu vaccinations."

* ►June 29, 2008 - Vaccinations may cause disorder that leads to autism - Federal health officials today will call together some of the world's leading experts to discuss the controversial case of a 9-year-old girl from Athens, Ga., who became autistic after receiving numerous vaccinations.But the government has kept quiet a second case that some say is more disturbing and more relevant to the meeting. - The New York Times via The Seattle Times

* ►June 29, 2008 - Exclusive: £19bn - the rising cost of caring for Scotland's autist children - Sunday Mail, UK - "Bill Welsh, president of the Autism Treatment Trust, said: "There are more children with neurological problems than ever in our history and inexplicably our elected representatives are ignoring the long-term consequences of this. "How many children must be lost to autism before public health officials give a plausible explanation for this tragic development?"

* ►June 29, 2008 - Cervical cancer a silent killer - The Times of India - "Many countries have introduced the vaccine, Gardasil, approved by the US FDA recently. Experts say it is primary prevention while pap smear is secondary. The vaccine is prescribed for women between 9-26 years and is believed to be completely safe and efficacious."

►June 29, 2008 - HIV up among people over 50 (requires registration) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►June 29, 2008 - One drug, many uses. Good idea? - For Lilly, Cymbalta means new revenue without a new pill. Experts wonder if profits come at the expense of innovation. - The Indianapolis Star - "With less than four years on the market, it is racking up one government approval after another, and generating billions of dollars for Indianapolis drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. And Lilly isn't done. It recently asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow the use of Cymbalta for chronic knee and low back pain. Meanwhile, scientists are testing Cymbalta for treatment of chronic fatigue, yet the drug has been linked to increased risk of suicide among people younger than 25."

►June 29, 2008 - Discovery Of Lyme Disease Bug Clone May Explain Disease Spread - Benjamin Luft, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and colleagues discovered that a certain clone of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, appears to be the most common strain causing Lyme disease in North America and Europe, and may account for the increase in cases for the past 20 years. - Stony Brook University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

►June 29, 2008 - Now, sensors beneath skin surface to monitor chronic diseases - Big News Network

* ►June 28, 2008 - Opportunity was missed in choice of cervical cancer vaccine, health campaigners say - journal article (BMJ) - "In England, 300 000 girls aged 12 to 13 will be given the vaccine in the first year of the programme. In the next two years 1.8 million doses of vaccine will be dispensed for routine and catch-up vaccinations for girls aged 14 to 18."

* ►June 28, 2008 - Seroprotection against serogroup C meningococcal disease - Is higher if vaccination is given in the second decade of life rather than in the first - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - Seroprotection against serogroup C meningococcal disease in adolescents in the United Kingdom: observational study - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - Personalised medicine requires regulatory change, former FDA head says - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - An American Right In Jeopardy - InjuryBoard

►June 28, 2008 - Cerebral perfusion in invasive meningococcal disease - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - Are international medical conferences an outdated luxury the planet can’t afford? Yes - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - Are international medical conferences an outdated luxury the planet can’t afford? No - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Government and industry reach new pricing deal to cut NHS drugs bill - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - What is missing from descriptions of treatment in trials and reviews? - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Number of UK patients offered participation in clinical trials will be boosted - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Pulmonary embolism in a patient taking clozapine - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Judge orders South African health minister to do her job properly and bans unauthorised trials - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - Doctor named in anthrax case wins millions in settlement - AP via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►June 28, 2008 - Drug maker’s PR firm is force behind blood clot awareness campaign - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Cancer 'Cure' in Mice to be Tested in Humans - News Blaze

►June 28, 2008 - Effects of quality improvement collaboratives - Are difficult to measure using traditional biomedical research methods - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 28, 2008 - UK universities reluctant to collaborate with NHS for benefit of patients - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Government official wants school style inspections of general practices - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Selenium Slows HIV - University of Miami via WPTV.com

►June 28, 2008 - Undiagnosed HIV infection in patients with viral hepatitis - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Breastfeeding tackles both obesity and climate change - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in Scotland - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - GP computerised summaries may not be accurate or complete - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2008 - Keeping Canadians In The Know About Health And Consumer Product Safety - Health Canada via Medical News Today

►June 28, 2008 - What is Celiac Disease Treatment of Celiac Disease - American Chronicle

►June 28, 2008 - Symptoms Of Mold Poisoning - American Chronicle

►June 28, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Doctor Who Was Target in U.S. Anthrax Probe Wins Multimillion Dollar Settlement - Working While Tired May Harm Heart - DNA Repair Capacity Effects Lung Cancer Risk in Non-smokers - Unsafe Water Causes Many Diseases, Deaths: WHO - Low-Fat Milk May Benefit Kidney/Heart Health - Maker of Anti-Flu Drug Seeks Corporate Stockpiling - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay

►June 28, 2008 - Kootenay Immunization Numbers - KBS Radio

►June 28, 2008 - Measles cases surge tenfold in NSW - AAP via The Age

* ►June 28, 2008 - Report looks at autism coverage - The Patriot-News via PennLive.com - "An independent study concluded requiring Pennsylvania health insurers to cover autism won't be as expensive as predicted by insurers and businesses groups who oppose it. The study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council concluded covering autism would raise premiums by 1 percent. The authors termed the increase as 'modest,' given that insurers predict premiums will rise 8.7 percent this year even without the new benefit."

* ►June 28, 2008 - Whooping cough infection reported - CNA via China Post - "The officials said the cases are rare because all three victims had been inoculated against the disease during babyhood and whooping cough is more common among children under 6 years old than those in other age groups."

►June 28, 2008 - Measles jab call made as cases increase - South Wales Echo  

►June 28, 2008 - Haunting Image of Deadly Virus - Evening Chronicle - Newcastle-upon-Tyne via redOrbit - "HIV/Aids is devastating humanity."

►June 28, 2008 - An Environmental Professional Speaks Out on Fluoridation - video - YouTube

►June 28, 2008 - Legal immunity of medical device makers at heart of debate (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune via Therapeutics Daily

►June 28, 2008 - Genetically engineered viruses battle cancer - Experimental therapy may be ready for use in two years - McClatchy Newspapers via Monterey County Herald

►June 28, 2008 - Every breath taken of California's air may be hazardous - NewsOK.com

►June 28, 2008 - State backs off new mental health rules – for now - Asheville Citizen-Times

►June 28, 2008 - LED Lighting Set to Replace Mercury-Filled Tubes - New Zealand manufacturer develops high-impact lighting alternative for point-of-sale, advertising, merchandising and store illumination. - ScreenSign Arts via PR Web

►June 28, 2008 - Salmonella Outbreak is Biggest Ever Tied to Produce - Investigators still aren't sure of the source of the outbreak - Consumer Affairs

►June 28, 2008 - Should dog owners give vaccines? - Culpeper Star Exponent

* ►June 28, 2008 - Pharma Reputation in downward spiral - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►June 27, 2008 - Industry Reputation Declines Again - For those employed by the pharmaceutical industry that feel they must defend their company/industry to their friends, neighbors and relatives, the news is bad. A recent survey just released by Harris Interactive shows the pharmaceutical industry has lost ground in 2007 versus the prior year. Positive ratings declined another 2 points in 2007 to a low of 26% of American consumers who give drug companies a positive rating. - DTC Perspectives, Inc.

* ►June 27, 2008 - BSU researchers begin work on West Nile virus vaccine - KTVB.com - "Last November, NewsChannel 7 reported that Dr. Cornell and his team received a nearly $1 million federal grant for the project.  They're now in the early stages of developing vaccine candidates to be tested in mice later this year."

►June 27, 2008 - Angola: Polio Vaccination Exceeds Expectations - AngolaPress

►June 27, 2008 - Dental device reduces mercury in wastewater - Water Technology Online

►June 27, 2008 - Childrens finger and toe nails fall out because of a virus in Valencia - It's thought that at least 100 children have been subjected to the virus and 11 children have lost their nails so far. - Typically Spanish

►June 27, 2008 - Chemoprophylaxis Initiated Within 5 Days of Influenza Outbreak Reduces Illness, Death - Doctor's Guide

►June 27, 2008 - HPV Vaccination - A Missed Opportunity - Royal Society of Health response to Department of Health HPV vaccine announcement - Press Dispensary, UK

►June 27, 2008 - Push for more HIV screens to drive Gilead's growth - AP via Forbes

►June 27, 2008 - STDs Run Rampant at PA School District, CDC Steps In - A Pennsylvania school district has such a high number of students with sexually transmitted diseases that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stepped in to track down students at risk for HIV. - FOX News

►June 27, 2008 - Diagnostic HYBRIDS Receives Third Frontier Grant for Development of Assays to Monitor Drug Resistance and Vaccine Production - press release - Diagnostic HYBRIDS via Business Wire

►June 27, 2008 - Bioniche Hosts Veterinarians and Food Industry Reps at Two-Day E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine Conference - guest speakers included a World Health Organization expert on E. coli - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via The Earth Times

►June 27, 2008 - DeLauro Resents FDA Bonuses - Hartford Courant

►June 27, 2008 - Barr Pharmaceuticals spent $1.7M lobbying in 1Q - AP via Forbes

►June 27, 2008 - CDC faces challenge of aging work force (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►June 27, 2008 - Second Mistrial for Nanny in Shaken Baby Case (includes video) - News10.net

* ►June 27, 2008 - Biased viruses make for good vaccines - ars technica the art of technology - "Yesterday's edition of Science contains a paper that describes a way of synthesizing a weakened virus that's much less prone to these potential dangers."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Virus Attenuation by Genome-Scale Changes in Codon Pair Bias - journal article (Science)

* ►June 27, 2008 - Ties That Bind? Pharma, Money And Doctors (video) - Pharmalot

* ►June 27, 2008 - WellPoint to Cover Rotarix(R) Vaccine - WellPoint, Inc. via The Earth Times

* ►June 27, 2008 - Employers urged to reserve drug in case of super-flu - San Francisco Chronicle - "Fears of bird flu are receding and sales of the anti-flu drug Tamiflu have slumped. Now its maker is offering a deal to U.S. employers: Pay an annual fee and reserve enough to protect every worker if a new super-flu strikes."

►June 27, 2008 - History in focus: Diphtheria epidemic - Kensington recorded 250 child victims of 'throat distemper' between 1744 and 1779; modern physician stresses importance of vaccines. - Seacoastonline.com

* ►June 27, 2008 - New Developments in Autism Spectrum Disorders (requires registration) - Medscape Journal of Medicine

►June 27, 2008 - Revolutions and Resolutions–Some Perspectives for 2008 (pdf) - FDA/CBER

* ►June 27, 2008 - NCI Board Nixes Pharma Plan To Fund Research - Pharmalot - "The NCI proposed using $5 million in pharmaceutical industry money to pay for up to three R01 (investigator-inititated) grants to study the tumor promotion potential the ESA drugs, which are sold by Amgen and Johnson & Johnson."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Pharma Bribe Scandal In Italy Continues To Widen - Pharmalot

* ►June 27, 2008 - Europe Widens Pharma Antitrust Probe - Pharmalot

* ►June 27, 2008 - Abbott Lawyer Used Deception To Win Patent - Pharmalot

►June 27, 2008 - Merck And Schering-Plough End A Joint Venture - Pharmalot

►June 27, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Good Laboratory Practice Regulations for Nonclinical Studies - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►June 27, 2008 - ADHD in Young Adults: Individualizing Treatment in 18-to 25-Year-Old Patients CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►June 27, 2008 - Bio-sleuths track down the sources of outbreaks - Epidemiologists 'a big piece of our public health infrastructure' - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►June 26, 2008 - Limited Availability of Human Rabies Vaccine (blog) - Rogue Pundit - "Why did the explanation start with Sanofi Pasteur when problems at Novartis are causing the near-shortage?  Here's a link to the FDA's lengthy warning letter to Novartis regarding its rabies vaccine and a couple of other products.  It seems there were a range of contamination, sterility, and virus inactivation issues with certain lots of RabAvert.  These were not the first rabies vaccine manufacturing problems at the Marburg, Germany plant."

►June 26, 2008 - Tracking the spatial diffusion of influenza and norovirus using telehealth data: a spatio-temporal analysis of syndromic data (pdf) - journal article (BMC Medicine)

* ►June 26, 2008 - NIH funding increase stalled (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 26, 2008 - Supreme Court cases could limit liability lawsuits - Supreme Court cases could shield drug, tobacco companies from product liability lawsuits - AP via CNN Money

►June 26, 2008 - Highlights of PAS 2008: Pediatric Academic Societies and Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

* ►June 26, 2008 - Smoked: Did Two Experts Improperly Boost Chantix? - Pharmalot

* ►June 26, 2008 - AIDS Healthcare Foundation: Criticism Mounts as CDC Delays Stark New HIV Data - Lancet Editorial, Remarks by Dr. Anthony Fauci Raise New Questions on HIV Numbers; Actions Highlight Failure of US HIV Prevention Efforts as CDC Continues to Stonewall Release of Crucial Data Expected to Show Far Higher Incidence of HIV Nationwide - Business Wire via AEGiS

►June 26, 2008 - Widespread HIV testing sought in the Bronx - CNN

►June 26, 2008 - Proteins gone wild (requires registration) - Another conversation between a molecular biologist and the proteins she studies - The Scientist

►June 26, 2008 - Higher temperatures helped new strain of West Nile virus spread - University of California - Santa Cruz via EurekAlert!

* ►June 26, 2008 - South Shore Health fails flu shot - South Shore Now - "Less than 50 per cent of nurses received the annual vaccination in 2006/07. The target is 70 per cent. The information was presented at a South Shore Health board of directors meeting on June 25 in its 2006/07 report card. The rate, however, is above the provincial average. Across the province only 38 per cent of direct-care providers received the shot. As well, 51 per cent of physicians also received the immunization during the same year. The provincial rate was 48 per cent."

►June 26, 2008 - Gene Testing Questioned by Regulators (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 26, 2008 - State may limit paying for some kids' drugs - The state's healthcare agency is considering limiting payments for strong drugs prescribed to young children for illnesses such as autism and bipolar disorder. - Miami Herald

►June 26, 2008 - 10,000 new instances of diabetes in Md. - Rise in state, U.S. figures no surprise, disease experts say - Baltimore Sun

►June 26, 2008 - The Second International Conference on Signs of Autism in Infants: Changing Outcomes through Early Intervention - press release - Child Development Media, Inc. via PRWeb via PR-USA.net

►June 26, 2008 - 'Second wave' of AIDS epidemic feared in U.S. - A steep upward trend has been found among gay young men, especially blacks, by federal researchers. - Washington Post via Minneapolis Star Tribune

* ►June 26, 2008 - Autism Attorney Sanctioned for Abusing Autism Quackery Blogger
by Stephen Barrett, M.D. - Casewatch.org

►June 26, 2008 - Drugs: The ‘deadly 8’ that even doctors won’t take - WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

►June 26, 2008 - Center faulted in pneumonia deaths - HEALTH: Torrance Memorial says its low ranking in a state report is due to flawed data. - Daily Breeze

►June 26, 2008 - Education aid for disabled kids spurs suit - Bangor Daily News

►June 25, 2008 - An attack on our food and freedom - Summerland Review

►June 25, 2008 - Genome study yields clue - Hopkins researchers say there could be indication of link between age, disease - Baltimore Sun

* ►June 25, 2008 - Health Freedom Warning: Drug Company Seeks to Outlaw Vitamin B6 to Protect Pharma Profits - NaturalNews.com

* ►June 25, 2008 - Pitt to lead federal attention deficit study - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - "A $3 million federal grant will allow University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC researchers to test different treatments of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children with autism spectrum disorders, officials said today."

►June 25, 2008 - The Mattel loophole - Congress may back off pledge of independent toy testing - Chicago Tribune

►June 25, 2008 - Axela Expands Emergency Department Research Screening Study for Silent Brain Injury at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC - press release - Axela Inc via Business Wire

►June 25, 2008 - States struggle to deal with nanotech health concerns: Fine particles could damage cells - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The (KRT) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge via TMCNet

* ►June 25, 2008 - Parkinson's Drugs Again Linked to Compulsive Disorders - Impulsive gambling, shopping, sex and binge eating common among patients, study shows - HealthDay News

►June 24, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Current Good Manufacturing Practices and Related Regulations for Blood and Blood Components; and Requirements for Donor Testing, Donor Notification, and "Lookback" - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►June 24, 2008 - Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura related to severe ADAMTS13 deficiency in children - journal article (Pediatric Nephrology)

►June 24, 2008 - Study uncovers how Ritalin works in brain to boost cognition, focus attention - University of Wisconsin-Madison via EurekAlert!

►June 23, 2008 - Notice: Proposed Revised Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2008 - Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Justice via www.pharmcast.com

* ►June 23, 2008 - Study further defines potential role of fish-based fatty acids in resolving, preventing asthma - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via EurekAlert!

►June 23, 2008 - Alta. bishops warn against HPV vaccine - Canwest News Service via Canada.com

* ►June 22, 2008 - Should you vaccinate your children? - Learning at Home via Appeal-Democrat

►June 20, 2008 - Local girl raising awareness about Lyme disease - This is no laid-back summer for 13-year-old Rebecca Charen of Lansdale. She's planning fundraisers with her best friend. Some of the money they'll raise will go towards raising awareness about Lyme disease. Rebecca knows the cause well. She's been fighting the tickborne-illness for the past three years. - WPVI ABC 6

►June 20, 2008 - Father imprisons himself in autism drive - Cape Times via Independent Online

►June 20, 2008 - New medical research could lead to skin cancer vaccine - transcript - The World Today via www.abc.net.au

►June 19, 2008 - Family battles the rattle in whooping cough outbreak - Territorians were yesterday urged to ensure they were vaccinated after an outbreak of the potentially fatal whooping cough. - Northern Territory News

* ►June 19, 2008 - When and how often should you vaccinate your pets? - Norman Transcript - "Dear B.J.: Check my Web site, www.doctormwfox.org, for the latest vaccination protocols for dogs and cats. In my opinion, your dog does not need a bordetella vaccination. It is shocking how over-vaccinated pets are today, which is in total disregard for the new information and protocols established by experts in immunology and vaccinology. Rabies vaccinations should be given separately from other vaccinations, and no animal that is ill or has had serious vaccine reactions in the past should be routinely vaccinated."

►June 19, 2008 - Immunological hotspots analyzed by docking simulations: evidence for a general mechanism in pemphigus vulgaris pathology and transformation (pdf) - journal article (BMC Immunology)

►June 18, 2008 - Families of children with autism needed to gather and bank DNA - Baylor College of Medicine

►June 18, 2008 - Coalition declares 'final push' to end polio - CIDRAP News

►June 18, 2008 - 'Study Shows Mothers Who Take Chlorella Boost Babies' Antibodies During Breast Feeding' - press release - Sun Chlorella USA via PRNewswire via The Earth Times

* ►June 18, 2008 - Obama bids to pinpoint SIDS, stillbirth causes - Agencies would set up registries across nation - Scripps Howard News Service via Knoxville News Sentinel

►June 18, 2008 - Breast Cancer Link to Estrogens in the Environment - U.S. News & World Report

►June 17, 2008 - Indonesia's Bird Flu Blackout - Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari And the foolish risk it poses to world health. - The Tyee

* ►June 13, 2008 - Human Leukocyte Antigen Class I-Restricted Activation of CD8+ T Cells Provides the Immunogenetic Basis of a Systemic Drug Hypersensitivity - journal article (Immunity)

►June 12, 2008 - Inspector general finds fault with agencies in autism case - Ithaca Journal

►June 12, 2008 - 'Molecular archaeology' offers new way to stop allergies - The Telegraph, UK

►June 12, 2008 - Mercury, Vaccines, and Autism, Revisited - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

* ►June 10, 2008 - Title: Outer membrane vesicles from gram negative bacteria and use as a vaccine (patent) - Health Protection Agency (Salisbury, Wiltshire, GB) via www.pharmcast.com

* ►June 10, 2008 - Title: Immuno-modulating effects of chemokines in DNA vaccination (patent) - University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (Baltimore, MD) via www.pharmcast.com

* ►June 10, 2008 - Title: Protein variants of naturally occurring allergens (patent) - Alk-Abello A/S (Horsholm, DK) via www.pharmcast.com - "This scaffold protein can be used for creating novel recombinant protein variants that possess surface areas with and without antibody cross-reactivity with the allergen specific antibodies. There are several important advantages by using the scaffold protein as the basis for creating allergen vaccine candidates. It is usually required to perform a large number of mutations of an allergen in order to lower its allergen specific IgE reactivity and thereby the risk of inducing adverse effects during vaccination."

►June 10, 2008 - Title: Recombinant poxvirus (patent) - Oxxon Therapeutics Limited (Oxford, GB) via www.pharmcast.com

►June 10, 2008 - Title: Drug for AIDS treatment (patent) - Immunitor USA Inc. (College Park, MD) via www.pharmcast.com

►June 10, 2008 - Title: Crystal of HIV protease-cleaved human beta secretase and method for crystallization thereof (patent) - Pfizer Inc (New York, NY) via www.pharmcast.com

►June 10, 2008 - Title: Treatment of convulsive states (patent) - Celltech Pharma Europe Limited (Berkshire, GB) via www.pharmcast.com

►June 10, 2008 - Title: Methods for predicting drug sensitivity in patients afflicted with an inflammatory disease (patent) - deCODE genetics ehf. (Reykjavik, IS) via www.pharmcast.com

►June 5, 2008 - F.D.A. Reviews Arthritis Drugs for Links to Cancer (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 3, 2008 - The Brain: Caller May Be Out of Sight, but in Mind (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 2008 - Vitamin D intake to attain a desired serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration - journal article (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►June 2008 - Patterns of Evolution and Host Gene Mimicry in Influenza and Other RNA Viruses (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - Cellular Proteins in Influenza Virus Particles (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - Multiple Host Barriers Restrict Poliovirus Trafficking in Mice (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

* ►June 2008 - Seroprevalence of 34 Human Papillomavirus Types in the German General Population (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

* ►June 2008 - Mitochondrial Morphogenesis, Dendrite Development, and Synapse Formation in Cerebellum Require both Bcl-w and the Glutamate Receptor δ2 (full text) - journal article (PLoS Genetics)

►June 2008 - Temperature, Viral Genetics, and the Transmission of West Nile Virus by Culex pipiens Mosquitoes (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - The Achilles Heel of the Trojan Horse Model of HIV-1 trans-Infection (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - Mycolic Acid Modification by the mmaA4 Gene of M. tuberculosis Modulates IL-12 Production (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - Key Role of Mfd in the Development of Fluoroquinolone Resistance in Campylobacter jejuni (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►June 2008 - Real-Time High Resolution 3D Imaging of the Lyme Disease Spirochete Adhering to and Escaping from the Vasculature of a Living Host (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

* ►May 30, 2008 - Abnormal Transmethylation/transsulfuration Metabolism and DNA Hypomethylation Among Parents of Children with Autism. - journal article (Journal of Autism and Develpoment Disorders)

* ►May 27, 2008 - Microbe Madness - Whitley Strieber's Unknown Country - "Five years ago, we reported that a virus may be responsible for schizophrenia. Now there's evidence that someday, we may be able to cure autism and schizophrenia with a vaccine. That's the good news. The bad news: housework is good for your mental health!"

►Volume 43 Issue 7, 2008 - Influence of Saccharomyces boulardii on the intestinal permeability of patients with Crohn's disease in remission - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology)

►April 2007 - Inroads to Mechanisms of Disease in Child Psychiatric Disorders - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

►March 2004 - Neuroanatomic Variation in Monozygotic Twin Pairs Discordant for the Narrow Phenotype for Autism - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

World Vaccine Conference 2008 - December 1-5, 2008 - Guangzhou, China - BIT Life Sciences

The Autism File Magazine - website

 

Posted June 28, 2008

 

* ►June 29, 2008 - Vaccination suspended after children show side effects - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka - "The pentavalent vaccine for children, introduced on January 1 this year under the National Immunisation Programme, has been suspended after it was found that children who had received the vaccination had developed side effects. According to Dr. Paba Palihawadane, deputy head of the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health, a 'hyper-response' was observed in a number of children who were given the vaccination. 'The response was quite different to the side effects seen in children given other vaccines. It’s quite an abnormal situation,' ... The pentavalent vaccine includes the triple vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine and the newly introduced Hib vaccine.'This was the first time Sri Lanka introduced the Hib vaccine, which protects children from Hib meningitis (Haemophilus influenza).'"

* ►June 29, 2008 - Why You Are Hearing More about Autism - HULIQ - "Barbara Coppo, 66, has spent nearly three decades caring for her autistic son, Kenny, who is 29-years-old. As chronicled in her book, 'The Boy in the Window: A Journey Through an Unexpected Tragedy,' she and her husband, Ken, of 46 years had a perfectly healthy baby boy until 19 months old, when he suffered irreversible brain damage from the D.P.T. vaccination. Kenny became autistic, started having seizures and uncontrollable behaviors."

►June 29, 2008 - Web may hold key to fighting new HIV wave - As infection rates rise among young gay men, the U's prototype website spreads a safe-sex mantra. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►June 29, 2008 - 1,000 quacks running illegal business in city - Use of steroids complicating hepatitis, kidney diseases | Call to ban ads of non-qualified people - The Post

* ►June 28, 2008 - Experts to Discuss One Puzzling Autism Case, as a Second Case Has Arisen (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Federal health officials on Sunday will call together some of the world’s leading experts on an obscure disease to discuss the controversial case of a 9-year-old girl from Athens, Ga., who became autistic after receiving numerous vaccinations. But the government has so far kept quiet a second case that some say is more disturbing and more relevant to the meeting. On Jan. 11, a 6-year-old girl from Colorado received FluMist, a flu vaccine, and about a week later 'became weak with multiple episodes of falling to ground' and 'difficulty walking,' according to a case report filed with federal health officials and obtained by The New York Times."

* ►June 28, 2008 - Autism Mitochondrial Disease and The New York Times - Age of Autism

* ►June 28, 2008 - Recovery Story: Jack - Jack’s Journey Presented By Generation Rescue - Age of Autism

* ►June 28, 2008 - CDC'S Gerberding: "Mistakes Were Made" by Katie Wright - Age of Autism

►June 28, 2008 - Flutie lobs long bomb for autism - Wicked Local Plymouth

►June 28, 2008 - Early Vaccinations Urged For Students - Tampa Tribune

* ►June 28, 2008 - Vaccine suspension revoked - PUDUCHERRY: After a period of two-months, the Health Ministry withdrew the suspension of measles and MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines on Thursday. The Ministry had suspended the vaccinations in April following the death of infants in Tamil Nadu after receiving the measles vaccine shots. - The Hindu

* ►June 28, 2008 - Fake virus could make safe new vaccines - Reuters via Yahoo! - "A 'wimpy' artificial virus protected mice against polio, and the approach might be used to make a range of safer new vaccines against viruses, U.S. researchers reported on Friday. The team at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, had created the first artificial virus, a synthetic version of polio, in 2002."

* ►June 28, 2008 - Polio drops have nothing to do with impotency: Muslim clergy - Khabrein.info

* ►June 28, 2008 - US to Settle Lawsuit of Man Investigated in Anthrax Case (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The Justice Department announced Friday that it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Steven J. Hatfill, a former Army biodefense researcher intensively investigated as a 'person of interest' in the deadly anthrax letters of 2001."

* ►June 28, 2008 - Bird flu 'still a major threat' - The world is still at risk from a new pandemic strain of flu according to leading scientists. (includes video) - BBC - "I have been taking part in a vaccine trial against the virus and have just received my latest jab. It is two years since I volunteered for a clinical trial in Oxford for a vaccine against H5N1."

►June 28, 2008 - Bird Flu Jab For Humans - Financial Times - "Vaccines usually prevent or mitigate the effects of known and serious diseases; an intriguing new one licensed for GlaxoSmithKline is designed for an infection that does not even exist. Prepandrix has just been authorised by European regulators to protect against the threat of a future human flu pandemic."

►June 28, 2008 - Not Enough Asthmatics Get Flu Shots - http://asthma.about.com

►June 28, 2008 - Safer, More Efficient Medication For Hepatitis B Treatment Found - Wiley-Blackwell via ScienceDaily

►June 28, 2008 - Gates Foundation is following new paths with philanthropy - San Francisco Chronicle

►June 28, 2008 - Then and now: A history of the NHS - The Independent, UK

►June 28, 2008 - Putting HIV virus back to the forefront - Health workers encourage more testing - The Times of Trenton via NJ.com

* ►June 27, 2008 - The AAP gets tough on vaccine dissenters - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune - "The American Academy of Pediatrics is growing so concerned about the climbing rate of vaccine exemptions--and the possible affect on community health--that it recently formed a group called the 'Immunization Alliance' to address the growing refusal of some parents to vaccinate."

* ►June 27, 2008 - More on new combination vaccines for kids - Triage via Chicago Tribune - "But others are concerned. 'There are too many unknowns here;  I’d like to see more research on the effects of combining so many vaccines at once,' said Anne Dachel, a member of the board of Advocates for Children’s Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning."

* ►June 27, 2008 - New immunization requirements for students - WWAY NewsChannel 3 - "North Carolina's lawmakers have made several changes to the rules regarding vaccination of school-aged children, including college students."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Rising 6th graders prepare for shots (includes video) - News 14 Carolina

* ►June 27, 2008 - Low birth weight, prematurity may raise autism risk - Pediatrics via Reuters - "Low birth weight and preterm delivery increase the likelihood that a child will be autistic, with girls being at particular risk, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Autism Speaks Undercuts the Children of PA - Adventures in Autism

►June 27, 2008 - Sign for child with autism repeatedly removed - WTHR.com

* ►June 27, 2008 - Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800 - CIDRAP News - "Frustrated federal officials today reported they were still hunting for a major break in their investigation of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tomatoes, and for the first time they hinted that another type of produce might be responsible for the illnesses, which have now risen to 810 confirmed cases."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Gates announces $23 million grant to India - Times of India - "On the day he leaves Microsoft to work for his pet social sector projects, software pioneer Bill Gates today announced a $ 23 million grant to India to control the scourge of HIV/AIDS in the country."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Global Vaccine Alliance Board Approves $3.5B Investment Strategy That Includes HPV Vaccine -  Daily Women's Health Policy Report via Medical News Today

►June 27, 2008 - US hopes to open Food and Drug offices abroad - Reuters

►June 27, 2008 - Merck's Gardasil Not Cleared for Older Women | InjuryBoard Glendale - InjuryBoard.com

* ►June 27, 2008 - Get informed about HPV shots, board urges parents - Surrey Now via Canada.com - "Surrey school trustees want parents fully informed before injections of Gardasil are given to grades 6 and 9 girls....The board approved a motion Thursday from Trustee Wayne Jefferson calling on the Fraser Health Authority to supply a complete information package available on paper, on the internet and through parent information sessions."

►June 27, 2008 - UPDATE: Information before vaccine, say Surrey trustees - Surrey Leader

►June 27, 2008 - Man dies from meningitis at SVH - Sonoma Index-Tribune

►June 27, 2008 - Student presents work on meningitis vaccination program - Arizona State University

►June 27, 2008 - FDA Approves Methylphenidate HCl Extended-Release Tablets for Treatment of ADHD in Adults - Johnson & Johnson via Doctor's Guide

►June 27, 2008 - DOJ Hatfill anthrax settlement may moot contempt case against reporter - JURIST

►June 27, 2008 - Hatfill's case - Lew Rockwell

* ►June 27, 2008 - DOJ to Settle With Scientist Erroneously Linked to Anthrax Attacks - Wall Street Journal Law Blog

►June 27, 2008 - Emergent Biosolutions spent $550K lobbying in 1Q - AP via Forbes - "The company holds a three-year, $448 million contract with the Department of Health and Human Services for the anthrax vaccine BioThrax."

►June 26, 2008 - Seattle preparing for mock anthrax catastrophe - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►June 26, 2008 - CDC will evaluate training exercise - Agency to grade County Health Department on its response to a simulated anthrax emergency - Indianapolis Star

* ►June 25, 2008 - MP committee fears over lab biosecurity - The Telegraph, UK

* ►June 25, 2008 - "Journalists - are a big part of the problem. " say autism experts. - press release - Uninformed Consent - "'Journalists - are a big part of the problem.' seemed to be the soup de jour during the Green Our Vaccines Rally held June 4th, 2008 in Washington DC. And this perception appears to be the weather vane of what is coming despite the Herculean efforts by government health officials to suppress information from press and the public."

Project Green Our Vaccines Rally Video Coverage - video - Uninformed Consent

* Uninformed Consent - The Right to Know ... - website