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►May 1, 2010 - Data on the use of antivirals to treat cytomegalovirus infection in infants are limited, with ganciclovir being the current first choice - journal article (Drugs & Therapy Perspectives)

►May 2010 - Immune response to Plasmodium vivax has a potential to reduce malaria severity - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 2010 - Revisiting infant growth prior to childhood onset type 1 diabetes - journal article (Clinical Endocrinology)

►May 2010 - High density of intraepithelial γδ lymphocytes and deposits of immunoglobulin (Ig)M anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies in the jejunum of coeliac patients with IgA deficiency - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 2010 - Developing combination immunotherapies for type 1 diabetes: recommendations from the ITN–JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Combination Therapy Assessment Group - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 2010 - The other side of immunoglobulin G: suppressor of inflammation - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►April 11, 2010 - Word Play: Healing voices - Narrators with autism and Asperger's Syndrome provide unexpected perspectives on the worlds of childhood and maturity. - Los Angeles Times

* ►April 10, 2010 - Why Medical Authorities Went to Such Extremes to Silence Dr. Andrew Wakefield (includes video and transcript) - Mercola.com

* ►April 10, 2010 - Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►April 10, 2010 - Is This The Real Reason Paul Offit Is Going After Dr. Oz During Autism Awareness Month? By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►April 10, 2010 - Best of AoA: RotaTeq, The Vaccine No One Wants - Age of Autism

* ►April 10, 2010 - Autism rates soaring among Queensland school children - Autism rates are at an all-time high in Queensland schoolchildren, with concerns over higher levels in mining and farming communities. - The Courier Mail, Australia - "More than 2 per cent of state school students – nearly 10,000 – were classified last year as having autism spectrum disorder. Education Queensland believes it is the highest number ever to have been diagnosed with ASD in state schools."

* ►April 10, 2010 - Autism sufferers face 'black hole' - Brisbane Times

* ►April 10, 2010 - Mother Troubled By Arrest, Incarceration Of Autistic Son (includes video) - 13WHAM.com

►April 10, 2010 - Hormone may help children with autism - United Press International

►April 10, 2010 - Massage training to target autism - Film and discussion on topic set for today at Western Oregon - Statesman Journal

►April 10, 2010 - Autistic man finds outlet, will run in his 1st marathon - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

* ►April 10, 2010 - Maker of E-Ferol ordered to pay $110 million settlement in deaths of babies - Fort Worth Star-Telegram - "Nearly 26 years after an intravenous vitamin E supplement was marketed to hospitals to help premature babies, a federal judge in Wichita Falls approved a $110 million class action settlement Friday against the manufacturer and distributor of E-Ferol, which was responsible for killing at least 38 babies in the mid-1980s."

►April 10, 2010 - Orleans gets H1N1 honor - The Daily News Online

►April 10, 2010 - Portion of H1N1 vaccine to expire - The Spectrum & Daily News

►April 10, 2010 - Alcohol To Fight H1N1 Flu? - The Mirror via Peace FM Online

►April 10, 2010 - CDC sees rise in H1N1 cases in South - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

* ►April 10, 2010 - Swine flu - pandemic or manipulated panic? - The Irish Times - "Given that in a typical flu season around 300 to 400 people die of flu-related illnesses, many are beginning to question whether health authorities over-reacted to the scale of the problem. To add into the mix, sceptics such as Wolfgang Wodarg, former chairman of the health sub-committee at the Council of Europe, say the swine flu outbreak was a “false pandemic” driven by drug companies which stood to make billions from a worldwide scare."

* ►April 10, 2010 - April health fair serves a healthy dose of fun for children (includes videos) - TodaysTHV.com - "JLLR's "Be Wise: Immunize" health fair will be held at the Southwest Community Center on April 10th as part of National Minority Health Month. This event is aimed at providing vaccinations and basical medical screenings for many of Little Rock's elementary students who may not be up-to-date on vaccination requirements. Other services offered will include screenings for speech, vision, hearing and general health."

►April 10, 2010 - Letter: H1N1 vaccine protected community's health - St.Augustine.com

* ►April 10, 2010 - Brazil to accelerate vaccination against A/H1N1 flu - Xinhuanet via China Economic Net - "A total of 36,000 vaccination points will be set up nationwide to speed up work that had been proceeding at a slow pace in previous weeks, said Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao. The government launched a vaccination campaign on March 8. But only 13.5 million people -- or 15 percent -- of the targeted 90 million people have been vaccinated in the first four weeks of the 10-week campaign."

* ►April 10, 2010 - Jackson Lab 'astromice' on shuttle mission - Morning Sentinel - "The experiment will look specifically at Memory T cells, which are the mediators of immune protection after vaccinations. Whether the cells function properly during spaceflight will help determine whether pre-flight vaccinations may be useful."

* ►April 10, 2010 - Swine flu blamed for 497% hospital bed rise - Lincolnshire Echo, UK

* ►April 10, 2010 - Measles outbreak in Canada provides warning to E. Wash. - KNDO.com

►April 10, 2010 - 40 Children in China Die of Highly Contagious Disease - TopNews

* ►April 10, 2010 - Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency, Study Suggests - Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. - Boston University Medical Center, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►April 10, 2010 - New Model Tracks the Immune Response to a T - Using T cells primed for the infectious disease toxoplasmosis, Whitehead Institute researchers have created novel mouse models of the immune system that more accurately reflect how immune cells actually respond to pathogens in their presence. - Boston University Medical Center, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►April 10, 2010 - $9.7 Million Stimulus Grant For New Research Center - Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) via Medical News Today

►April 10, 2010 - Most cases from schools, camps - New Straits Times - "Health authorities have reported 57 new cases of influenza-like-illness (ILI) yesterday of which five tested positive for influenza A (H1N1)."

* ►April 10, 2010 - China cracks down on heavy metal pollution - China Daily - "At a press conference in January, Zhou told the media that the ministry received 12 cases related to heavy metal pollution in 2009, causing 4,035 people to suffer excessive blood lead levels and 182 with excessive cadmium levels. Since August 2009, a series of lead poisoning cases occurred in Shaanxi, Hunan and Yunnan provinces. Thousands of children have been diagnosed with excessive lead in their blood."

* ►April 10, 2010 - Social Influence Playing Role In Surging Autism Diagnoses, According To Study - University of Chicago Press Journals via Medical News Today

* ►April 10, 2010 - Discrete Epigenetic Changes Of DNA Found In A Certain Subgroup Of Twins And Siblings With Autism - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology via Medical News Today

* ►April 10, 2010 - 16 New Research Grants Funding More Than $5 Million Over Next Three Years Awarded By Autism Speaks - Autism Speaks via Medical News Today

* ►April 10, 2010 - Palmer Holliday: Don't judge children who have autism - TCPalm.com

* ►April 10, 2010 - Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants - The Huffington Post

►April 10, 2010 - Positive Results from Optimer Pharmaceuticals' Second Phase 3 Study of Fidaxomicin for the Treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Presented at ECCMID - BI/NAP1/027 Subgroup Analyses Shows a Clinically Meaningful Reduction in Recurrence Rates for Fidaxomicin versus Vancocin(R) - Optimer Pharmaceuticals via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 10, 2010 - Tuberculosis is curable but still a silent killer in Uganda - Saturday Monitor

►April 10, 2010 - Ha Noi to host global disease conference - Viet Nam News

►April 10, 2010 - Researchers find infrared thermal detection systems useful for patient screening - Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America via NewsRx

►April 10, 2010 - A healthier America, one community at a time - HeraldNet.com

►April 10, 2010 - Fermented milk has therapeutic effect on chronic gastritis - World Journal of Gastroenterology via ANI via Yahoo!

►April 10, 2010 - Francis W. Hatch Jr.; lawmaker protected environment - The Boston Globe

* ►April 10, 2010 - 4 Girls Die – India Suspends Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Child Health Safety - "The drive for mass vaccination programmes internationally is the result of the drug industry’s changing business plans from the failing blockbuster patented drug model to hugely lucrative mass multiple vaccinations for the world’s 6.5 billion people.  But those who raise valid public and child health  safety concerns are routinely ‘label libelled’ as ‘anti-vaccine’, ridiculed and in the case of some medical professionals, hounded out of their jobs."

* ►April 10, 2010 - It's not for me - yet - Times and Transcript - "Aside from being offered the vaccine for free last year through school, when I went to one of my checkups with my doctor, he asked me if I had had the HPV vaccine yet. When my mother and I told him I hadn't, he gasped and wondered why I wouldn't. I told him all my reasons and, of course, him being the doctor, he turned on his salesperson mode."

►April 10, 2010 - Society Groups Demand HPV Vaccines Enquiry - The One Click Group

►April 10, 2010 - Digital Economy Bill Backlash Dominates e-Election Debate - The Guardian via The One Click Group

►April 10, 2010 - Over 250,000 Gulf War Veterans Have Unexplained Medical Symptoms - Washington Post via The One Click Group

* ►April 10, 2010 - Virus outbreak causes 40 child deaths in China - AP via The Guardian, UK - " A top Chinese leader called for stepped-up research into vaccines and drugs for hand, foot and mouth disease after 40 children died from outbreaks last month, a state news agency said Saturday. The Ministry of Health reported 77,756 cases of the disease in March. The number of deaths increased sharply, up from 10 in February."

►April 10, 2010 - Infection control defended after hep C spread - The Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria is defending its infection control policies after 12 women were infected with hepatitis C by an anaesthetist at a private abortion clinic called Croydon Day Surgery in suburban Melbourne. - www.abc.net.au

►April 10, 2010 - HIV's tragic legacy haunts blood-donor discussion - Kathy Gerus-Darbison never wanted to stand in the way of equal treatment for gays. As a college ... - Seattle Times

* ►April 9, 2010 - Public Wary of Regime's 'Safe' Vaccines - The Epoch Times - "After a highly criticized 15-day investigation, the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH) concluded on April 6 that the deaths of 12 and illnesses of more than 100 children in Shanxi Province were not related to mishandled vaccines, as had been charged in an independent investigation, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Neither the families of suspected victims, nor the individual from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Shanxi who leaked the information to the press, found the authorities’ disclosure acceptable or conclusive."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Treating autism early will save us special ed funds later By Rep. Pete Petersen (requires registration) - Anchorage Daily News - "I introduced House Bill 187 to require health insurance companies in Alaska to cover treatment for autism spectrum disorders. It now has 21 sponsors and co-sponsors in the House and the sufficient number of votes to move it out of each committee. I am very disappointed this legislation has not passed after over a year of sitting in the House Health and Social Services Committee, even after it received two full hearings. The Senate Health and Social Services Committee introduced similar legislation, which is now in the Senate Finance Committee."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Jenny McCarthy to Close School for Autistic Children - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Three days after publicly splitting from her boyfriend of five years, Jim Carrey, McCarthy announced Friday that she is closing her school for autistic children, Teach2Talk Academy. "Jenny and her partner at the Academy, Sarah Scheflen, had different visions for the school and made a decision to go their separate ways," McCarthy's rep said in a statement. "Sarah and Jenny really enjoyed their time working at the Academy and feel honored that they were able to provide such high quality early intervention services to so many children with autism and other developmental disabilities."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Jenny McCarthy closing her school for autistic children - FOX News

* ►April 9, 2010 - Social Circles Could Be Behind Increased Autism Diagnosis - Disability Scoop - "In the study, [Peter] Bearman and his colleagues looked at 300,000 children born in California between 1997 and 2003. Those who lived within 250 meters, or about 820 feet, of a child with autism were 42 percent more likely to also be diagnosed with the disorder as compared to those without a neighbor with the diagnosis. The farther a child lived from another child with autism, the less likely they were to be be diagnosed with the disorder."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Advocates push for awareness after autistic teen jailed - WHEC.com

* ►April 9, 2010 - Autism Speaks to Fund $5.2 Million in Genetics Studies for Early Biomarker Diagnosis - Age of Autism

►April 9, 2010 - The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: What Lawyers, Medical Personnel, & Parents Need to Know - Age of Autism

►April 9, 2010 - Autism Speaks Funds New Genomics Programs (requires registration) - GenomeWeb Daily News

►April 9, 2010 - Grandparents Can Help Diagnose Children With Autism (includes video) - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

►April 9, 2010 - MU Thompson Center Holds Annual Autism Conference (includes video) - KOMU.com

►April 9, 2010 - Are Autism and Tourette’s Related? - Consults Blog via The New York Times

►April 9, 2010 - Brown, Cameron & Clegg Receive UKAF Appeal On Autism And The Party Manifestos - Britain’s three political party leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have received the appeal from the UK Autism Foundation for the party manifestos scheduled to be released on Monday 12th April to include individual Autism Plans, detailing how each party proposes to help parents, carers,children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. - Gov Monitor

* ►April 9, 2010 - Cervical cancer vaccine study in ethics glare - The Telegraph, India - "A state immunisation official involved in the study and a Path spokesperson in New Delhi told The Telegraph that informed consent had been obtained from all parents whose girls received the vaccine. However, field visits by a women’s health group called Sama and the All India Democratic Women’s Association have shown that informed consent had not been sought from several parents. In one residential school, a hostel warden was asked to sign for several hundred girls, N. Sarojini, the Sama director, said. In another school, girls were given forms and asked to get it signed by their parents, she said. 'This is a mockery of the informed consent procedures,' said Brinda Karat, a member of the Rajya Sabha who visited the study area and met school staff, parents and the girls last week. The women’s groups said information sheets claimed to have been circulated by health staff to parents contain information that appears designed to coax parents into accepting the vaccine, including a statement that the vaccine could provide life-long immunity."

►April 9, 2010 - HPV vaccinations in India: Shots heard round the world - Examiner.com

* ►April 9, 2010 - 'Four deaths not due to flawed cervical cancer vaccine trial' - Times of India - "Suspending trials of cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil was just a precautionary measure and not an endorsement that it caused complications and death in a few, officials said. Director general of Indian Council of Medical Research Dr V M Katoch told TOI on Thursday that he was certain that the four deaths were not due to the vaccine. 'It has been confirmed that while two deaths were due to poisoning, one died of drowning and another due to pyrexia of unknown origin,' Katoch said."

* ►April 9, 2010 - New Vaccine Could Help Kick Smoking Habit (includes video) - For many smokers, It's really hard to break the habit. But a new vaccine made in East Tennessee could help ease the pain. - WBKO.com

* ►April 9, 2010 - Vaqta Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated Merck & Co, Inc, License #0002 - FDA
Concomitant administration with Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine, Live, (ProQuad®) and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar®);
  • A statement in Section 14.4 of the package insert (PI) on Duration of Immune Response to extend the duration of immunity out to 10 years post-vaccination; and
  • Revisions to the PI to comply with the Physician’s Labeling Rule format.
  • For active immunization against disease caused by hepatitis A virus in persons 12 months of age and older.

* ►April 9, 2010 - Antibody Persistence 22 Months Post-Vaccination of Adolescents with New Menveo® Vaccine Compared to Other Currently Licensed Vaccine - Preliminary Data Presented at the 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) - HealthNewsDigest.com

* ►April 9, 2010 - Metro State Student Dies From Meningitis - cbs4denver.com

* ►April 9, 2010 - SA doctors battle insurance companies over new vaccine for babies - WOAI.com San Antonio News

* ►April 9, 2010 - FDA Acts on Drugs, Warns Companies - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the past few days has been quite busy acting on drugs, warning pharmaceuticals over ads and asking manufacturers to investigate therapy radiation devices. - DailyFinance

* ►April 9, 2010 - Lessons from CROI 2010, a Clinical Context Report (includes video) - Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections via MedPage Today

* ►April 9, 2010 - Death Of A Contraceptive: Merck’s NuvaRing Faces 300 Lawsuits - The Bulletin

* ►April 9, 2010 - Self-Destructive: Autoimmune Disorders - The Christian Post

* ►April 9, 2010 - Homeless students present challenges for school districts - Cleveland Advocate - “If they are being enrolled, we waive all the requirements and enroll them,” said Kirchner. The US Department of Education has identified seven barriers to enrollment that homeless students encounter. The barriers range from being current on immunizations to having access to medical and school records. Some of the barriers faced by homeless students are also barriers faced by homeless people in general, including access to transportation and homeless social services."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Baby Boomers May Outlive Their Kids - University of Michigan via WebMD

* ►April 9, 2010 - Monsanto pays $435M to buy larger Chesterfield, Mo., research facility from drugmaker Pfizer - AP via Canadian Business

* ►April 9, 2010 - If we can beat polio, we can beat childhood obesity - Connecticut News

►April 9, 2010 - PSU Officials Confirm 9 Mumps Cases - Officials Wait On Test Results For 6 More Potential Cases - WPTZ Plattsburgh

►April 9, 2010 - Flu Vaccine With Both B Strains May Offer Better Protection - Adding second strain to seasonal shot would eliminate guesswork, researchers say - CDC via  HealthDay News

►April 9, 2010 - Over-the-Counter (OTC) Related Federal Register Notices, Ingredient References, and other Regulatory Information - OTC-Related Federal Register Publications via FDA

►April 9, 2010 - Health conferences explore food safety, infectious diseases - Arizona State University

►April 9, 2010 - Global life expectancy hits 68 years - CBC News - "The UN report, issued Friday, says people are living longer mainly because of improvements in nutrition and hygiene, as well as advances in vaccines and medical treatments against infectious and parasitic diseases."

►April 9, 2010 - Ontario’s drug reforms are a good start - Its new pricing plan for pharmaceuticals is a necessary move to contain costs; but it is only the beginning of reform of the sector. - The Globe and Mail

►April 9, 2010 - 9/11 Rescuers Still Show Decreased Lung Function - A new study shows that the lung impairment following the response appears to be lasting. - NEJM via Firehouse.com

►April 9, 2010 - Interactive Home Medicines in My Home - Interactive Home is a video presentation for consumers from adolescence through adulthood. - FDA

►April 9, 2010 - Notice: Drug and Medical Device Forum on Food and Drug Administration Drug and Device Requirements and Supplier Controls; Public Educational Forum - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►April 9, 2010 - HIV Disrupts Mucosal Barriers - PLoS Pathogens via MedPage Today

►April 9, 2010 - The Farmer's Wife: Cardinals, cattle and autism - Denison Bulletin Review via SouthwestIowa.com

►April 9, 2010 - Health bill 101: What does it mean for kids, families? - The Tribune

►April 9, 2010 - Dynavax Announces New Employment Inducement Awards - Dynavax Technologies Corporation via Interest!Alert

►April 9, 2010 - Traffic’s soot elevates blood pressure - Not surprisingly, genes affect an individual’s sensitivity - Harvard School of Public Health via ScienceNews

►April 9, 2010 - Indoor chemicals may affect elderly's lung function - European Respiratory Journal via Reuters Health

►April 9, 2010 - Food industry to Obama: we'll improve nutrition - Reuters

►April 9, 2010 - Using acupuncture to treat the symptoms of hay fever - BCLocalNews.com

►April 9, 2010 - Bedbugs and other pests: The ugly side of city life - CNN

* ►April 9, 2010 - Experts Debate Extent of FDA Reform in Wake of Whistleblower Testimony/ Medscape - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►April 9, 2010 - For Many, Health Law Offers a Chance for Preventive Care (requires registration) - The New York Times - "In addition, immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be covered, including vaccines for Hepatitis A & B, tetanus-diphtheria, seasonal flu vaccines and human papilloma virus for girls 9 to 26 years old."

* ►April 9, 2010 - IAC Express - Issue number 861 - Immunization Action Coalition - "It's time to contact your U.S. senators to ask them to increase immunization funding ... The 317 Coalition (of which IAC is a member) put out an action alert asking individuals to contact their U.S. senators urging them to sign a letter in support of increased immunization funding for the 317 Program. The 317 Program provides vaccines for children and teens from working families who do not qualify for the federal entitlement program, Vaccines for Children (VFC), as well as for adults who do not otherwise have access to vaccines. Section 317 funds are used to purchase and administer vaccines, conduct surveillance, communicate with the public and providers, and provide education."

* ►April 9, 2010 - ADPH Announces Immunization Requirements - Alabama Department of Public Health via Medical News Today

* ►April 9, 2010 - Metro State Student Dies From Meningitis - College Warns Students Of Exposure Risk, Symptoms - KMGH Denver via www.thedenverchannel.com

►April 9, 2010 - Immunisation is the cost-effective way of preventing diseases - The Hindu

* ►April 9, 2010 - FDA Acts on Drugs, Warns Companies - Daily Finance

* ►April 9, 2010 - 6-month-old is Dallas County's 27th swine flu death - Dallas Morning News - "County health officials said Friday the infant had an underlying medical condition that increased the risk of severe complications from the swine flu."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 95 - WHO

* ►April 9, 2010 - New Expiry Date for Unused Adjuvanted H1N1 Vaccine (Arepanrix) - Health Canada - "Health Canada, in consultation with GlaxoSmithKline, has revised the provisional expiry date of the adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine (Arepanrix). This revision is not safety-related but is due to a decline in strength of the H1N1 antigen in specific lots. ... This revision does not affect the GlaxoSmithKline's unadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine "Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Pandemic Monovalent Vaccine (Without Adjuvant)." The expiry date for Canada's unadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine remains at 18 months. Health Canada and GlaxoSmithKline are continuing to monitor the situation."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Health Canada moves up expiry date for H1N1 shots - Healthzone.ca - "This is at least the third potency-related problem identified with H1N1 vaccine internationally. Each instance has involved a different manufacturer’s product."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Government health officials should listen to Schabas - editorial - Belleville Intelligencer - "Many of us who have been down this road before wondered during the H1N1 influenza frenzy of last year whether this wasn't another example of much ado about little. Last August, when H1N1 hype was just getting started, we noted in this space: 'The recent H1N1 scare reminds us of the reaction not too long ago to West Nile Virus .... Who can forget the near endless campaigns on avoiding mosquitoes and keeping a lookout for dead birds, not to mention the endless barrage of advertising practically declaring West Nile to be a Biblical plague set to sweep across the land.  'Now, millions of dollars and man hours later, we read that last year only 36 human cases of West Nile were reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada and there were zero deaths.'"

* ►April 9, 2010 - Record number of patients in hospital with flu last year: official data - Seven times more hospital beds were filled with flu sufferers last year than in 2008 as England battled against swine flu, it has emerged. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 9, 2010 - NJ vaccinated 1.1 million people against swine flu, officials say - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com

►April 9, 2010 - Flu Vaccine With Both B Strains May Offer Better Protection - Adding second strain to seasonal shot would eliminate guesswork, researchers say - U.S. News & World Report

►April 9, 2010 - WHO: Some African, tropical regions show more H1N1 - CIDRAP News

►April 9, 2010 - Both H5N1 Bird Flu and H1N1 Swine Flu Replikin Counts(TM) Are Increasing - H5N1 Outbreaks, Predicted One Year Ago by BioRadar(TM), Now Appear in 63 Countries; TransFlu(TM) Vaccine Shown Effective Against H5N1 in Chickens - press release - Replikins, Ltd. via PRNewswire

►April 9, 2010 - Illinois Weekly H1N1 Activity Information Estimates, April 9, 2010 - eNews Park Forest

►April 9, 2010 - Brazil to accelerate vaccination against A/H1N1 flu - Xinhuanet

►April 9, 2010 - Local H1N1 vaccine doses no good anymore, sent back to state (includes video) - WQOW.com

►April 9, 2010 -  H1N1 Makes a Comeback - Health officials say in parts of the country, H1N1 is making a come back. - WHSV.com

►April 9, 2010 - New Zealand: H1N1 hit Maori, Pacific communities - H5N1 Blog

►April 9, 2010 - It's Swine Flu's Anniversary - The Mission Blog via San Francisco Chronicle

* ►April 9, 2010 - Gulf War and Health: Volume 8. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War - Released:  April 9, 2010 - report - Institute of Medicine

* ►April 9, 2010 - Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, But Causes Unclear: Report - IOM panel believes genetic studies may reveal why soldiers from 1991 conflict suffer today - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report - "The cluster of symptoms experienced by some veterans of the 1991 Gulf War is a real disease, but its causes, treatment and potential cure remain unknown, concludes a new report from U.S. experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM)."

* ►April 9, 2010 - Up to 250,000 Gulf War veterans have 'unexplained medical symptoms' (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►April 9, 2010 - Inovio, Drexel, Penn and Cheyney get grant to develop hepatitis C vaccine - Philadelphia Business Journal

* ►April 9, 2010 - Hep C doctor: scores at risk - Sydney Morning Herald - "Victoria's chief health officer, Dr John Carnie, yesterday said health authorities were contacting patients who had been cared for by the anaesthetist at Croydon Day Surgery between June 2008 and December last year to inform them that they might have the blood-borne virus."

►April 9, 2010 - Vertex Pharma to Post Results from Phase III study of Hepatitis C Drug - TopNews

►April 9, 2010 - South African president takes HIV test - Sify

►April 9, 2010 - PharmAthene to raise $2.5 million in registered direct financing - istockAnalyst.com

►April 9, 2010 - Breast cancer drug often given for infertility - Three in 10 women take the common breast cancer drug Femara to treat infertility, even though it could increase risks to the baby, U.S. researchers said on Friday. - Reuters

* ►April 8, 2010 - Vaccine-exemption bill fails to pass - Houma Today - "A Houma lawmaker’s efforts to have certain homeschool students exempted from a state law requiring meningitis immunizations was overwhelmingly rejected by a committee Wednesday. ... In response to a minor outbreak two years ago, Rep. Jerry “Truck” Gisclair, D-Larose, passed 2008 legislation requiring every 11-year-old in Louisiana to be vaccinated against the disease by this year. The law requires homeschooled children who participate in high-school sports to get the shot as well. Rep. Damon Baldone, D-Houma, said many parents who teach their children at home question the vaccine’s long-term effects and safety. 'Some people don’t want to get vaccinated, and people have the right not to,' Baldone said."

* ►April 8, 2010 - Death Of The Internet: Unprecedented Censorship Bill Passes in UK - “Wash-up” process used to rush through draconian legislation as a pitiful handful of MPs attend debate - PrisonPlanet.com - "A draconian Internet censorship bill that has been long looming on the horizon finally passed the house of commons in the UK yesterday, legislating for government powers to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable for public consumption."

* ►April 8, 2010 - Torrential Feedback To Reader's Digest Anti-Vitamin Article - No, You Can't Fool All the People All the Time - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

* ►April 8, 2010 - Background on Study Results of U.S. Academic Researchers - What was the purpose of the study? The research team used a powerful new method for studying viral DNA and RNA sequences in vaccines.  This method involves the use of microarray and high-throughput sequencing to characterize vaccine viral strains and determine if other viral sequences are present in the vaccine. - FDA

►April 8, 2010 - New Immunization Requirements For Children - WHNT.com

►April 8, 2010 - Rare staph infection reported in Phila. - Philadelphia Inquirer

►April 8, 2010 - Improved preventive care visits needed for adolescents - Many pediatricians’ annual preventive care visits for adolescents fell short of addressing important sexual and reproductive health issues — such as routine HIV testing, proper condom use and homosexuality — that could preclude high-risk behaviors in this population, according to survey results. - Pediatric Supersite

►April 8, 2010 - Comparative Effectiveness Research and Alternative Medicine: Bring it On - The IN VIVO Blog

►April 8, 2010 - Prevalence and predictors of 6-month exclusive breastfeeding among Canadian women: a national survey (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

►April 8, 2010 - New Law Allows Pharmacists To Give Flu Shots (includes video) - KWCH.com - "WICHITA, Kan. - Governor Mark Parkinson signed a bill into law Wednesday afternoon allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots to children."

►April 8, 2010 - Shortage of flu vaccines in private sector: NICD - The Citizen

►April 8, 2010 - Officials: 2nd Colo Flu Surge Unlikely This Season - AP via CBS 4 Denver

►April 8, 2010 - Cold fronts linked to bird flu outbreaks in Europe * Cold snaps caused change in wild bird migration patterns * Freezing forecasts may help predict future outbreaks - Reuters

►April 8, 2010 - 5 Things Caregivers of People with Disabilities Need To Know About the Flu - CDC

* ►April 8, 2010 - Homeopathy websites ignore retraction orders - (includes video and transcript) - Lateline via Australian Broadcasting Corporation - "STEVE CANNANE, REPORTER: Fran Sheffield runs a homeopathic practice on the Central Coast of NSW and she has a controversial position on vaccination.  FRAN SHEFFIELD, HOMEOPATH: The research we have, and it is limited research, shows that the rate of protection that a homeopathic immunising agent provides seems to be similar and in some instances better than what the orthodox vaccines offer. In terms of safety they are way, way better than vaccines."

* ►April 8, 2010 - Vaccine programme in A.P. only after Centre's clearance - The Hindu - "Denying the reported deaths of tribal girls due to the vaccine, he said the government had already clarified the matter. 'We have received reports from the district, that they [the deaths] are not linked to the vaccine,' Mr. Puneetha said."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Vaccines: Prevention or Curse? - Shiv Chopra, PhD, B.V.Sc, M.Sc. [Canada] [Host: Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH] - Dr. Shiv Chopra asserts that no vaccines are effective and all vaccines are unsafe.  Dr. Chopra holds advanced degrees in microbiology (PhD), veterinary medicine (B.V.Sc) and science (M.Sc.).  He is author of numerous scientific publications, has held numerous eminent scientific posts in the UK, Canada and India and is recipient of numerous academic awards, including a fellowship with the World Health Organization. - webinar archive - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

* ►April 7, 2010 - Update on HPV Vaccine Recommendations for Pre-teens - podcast - CDC - "In this podcast, Dr. Melinda Wharton discusses the differences between the two HPV vaccines licensed by the FDA and CDC recommendations for the vaccination of pre-teen girls and boys. Created: 3/4/2010 by National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)."

►April 7, 2010 - NHS left with 34m stockpile of swine flu jabs - The NHS has more than 34 million unused doses of swine flu vaccine despite agreeing deals to break its contracts. - BBC

* ►April 7, 2010 - FDA seeks to strengthen direct-to-consumer advertising standards - Print and broadcast prescription drug advertisements may soon provide consumers with clearer more neutral information about contraindications and possible side effects under a proposed FDA rule. - Pediatric Supersite

►April 7, 2010 - MIPAS-Family—evaluation of a new multi-modal behavioral training program for pediatric headaches: clinical effects and the impact on quality of life - journal article (The Journal of Headache and Pain)

►April 7, 2010 - Pfizer, Novartis & Eli Lilly Received A Bunch Of Illegal Pharma Patents In India - from the jacking-up-the-price-on-known-medicines dept - Techdirt

►April 6, 2010 - Notice: Notice of Availability of an Evaluation of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Status of Czech Republic and Sweden - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA via www.pharmcast.com

►April 6, 2010 - Addition of National Toxicology Program Carcinogens; Community - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via Federal Register Online via GPO Access

►April 6, 2010 - Food-related anaphylaxis may require two doses of epinephrine - Children at risk for food-related anaphylaxis should consider having two doses of self-injectable epinephrine on hand, findings from a recently published study suggested. - Pediatric Supersite

►April 6, 2010 - Fourth school in Langkawi closes over flu-like illness - Malaysia Star

* ►April 6, 2010 - Swine flu scare was exaggerated, admits WHO - The World Health Organisation (WHO) admitted that the swine flu scare was exaggerated as alleged by several countries, including India. - Times of India - "'Yes, it was,' Samlee Plianbangchang, regional director of WHO southeast Asia, said in a reply to a question on whether H1N1 scare was exaggerated by the global health watchdog."

►April 6, 2010 - Health Secretary Warns of Insurance Scams - Prescriptions Blog via The New York Times - "Ms. Sebelius compared the alleged scams to reports during the H1N1 flu epidemic of sales of counterfeit flu treatments, and called on the state officials to investigate and prosecute any reported cases of insurance rip-offs."

* ►April 5, 2010 - Diagnosis - Fish Tale (requires registration) - The New York Times Magazine - "Dr. Ma was taking notes as the patient told his story, but when he mentioned this strange reversal of hot and cold, the doctor gasped. “I know what this is!” he shouted, interrupting the patient’s story. 'I know what this is!' And with that he ran down the crowded hallway to where the attending physician and senior resident were sitting."

►April 5, 2010 - My Experience of Swine Flu During the Pandemic - Associated Content

* ►April 5, 2010 - Notice: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Medical Devices; Neurological and Physical Medicine Device Guidance Documents; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►April 5, 2010 - Proposed Rule: Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices; Designation of Special Controls for Certain Class II Devices and Exemption From Premarket Notification - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

* ►April 1, 2010 - Flu clues (requires registration) - The Scientist

►April 1, 2010 - Clinical characterization and long-term prognosis of neurological development in preterm infants with late-onset circulatory collapse - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►April 2010 - A novel heat-shock protein coinducer boosts stress protein Hsp70 to activate T cell regulation of inflammation in autoimmune arthritis - journal article (Arthritis & Rheumatism)

►April 2010 - Primary antimicrobial resistance of Helicobacter pylori in children during the past 9 years - journal article (Pediatrics International)

* ►March 23, 2010 - Title: Generation of virus-like particles and use as panfilovirus vaccine (patent) - The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army (Washington, DC) via www.pharmcast.com

* ►March 23, 2010 - Title: Compositions and methods for detection, prevention, and treatment of anthrax and other infectious diseases (patent) -Kozel; Thomas R. (Reno, NV), Murphy; William J. (Reno, NV), Brandt; Suzanne (Reno, NV), Thorkildson; Peter (Reno, NV), Percival; Ann (Reno, NV), Blazar; Bruce R. (Golden Valley, MN), Lovchik; Julie A. (Albuquerque, NM), Lyons; C. Rick (Albuquerque, NM)  via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Canine influenza virus (patent) - Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. (Ithaca, NY) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Compositions for delivering hypnotic agents across the oral mucosa and methods of use thereof (patent) - Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pt. Richmond, CA) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Anti-leukocyte recruitment therapy for the treatment of seizures and epilepsy (patent) - The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Palo Alto, CA) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Artificial low-density lipoprotein carriers for transport of substances across the blood-brain barrier (patent) - Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (Morgantown, WV) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Microgel particles for the delivery of bioactive materials (patent) - The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 23, 2010 - Title: Immunomodulation using placental stem cells (patent) - Anthrogenesis Corporation (Warren, NJ) via www.pharmcast.com

* ►March 2010 - Social Influence and the Autism Epidemic (free full text) - journal article (American Journal of Sociology

* ►March 2010 - Pediatric Rehabilitation: 1. Common Medical Conditions in Children With Disabilities - journal article (PM&R)

* ►February 28, 2010 - Gardasil Primer: Doctors & vaccine injured families speak out! - video - OrganizedWomen via YouTube

►February 23, 2010 - Deferasirox: Oral, once daily iron chelator — an expert opinion - journal article (Indian Journal of Pediatrics)

►January 4, 2010 - Charlie Sheen Charged with Second-Degree Assault; Year of the Tiger; Interview With Dr. Mehmet Oz - transcript - CNN

►July 15, 2009 - Universal Health Care Isn't Worth Our Freedom - What would Thoreau have made of the current debate? - Wall Street Journal

* Patent application title: DECREASING POTENTIAL IATROGENIC RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INFLUENZA VACCINES - Inventors:  Jens-Peter Gregersen - Agents:  NOVARTIS VACCINES AND DIAGNOSTICS INC. - Assignees:  CHIRON BEHRING GMBH & CO. - www.faqs.org

* Novartis Vaccines And Diagnostics Inc. patents - The following is a sampling of recent Novartis Vaccines And Diagnostics Inc. patent applications (USPTO Patent Application #, Patent Title) sorted by month. - FreshPatents.com

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