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N.J. Assembly chairman blocks vote on proposal to allow parents to skip mandatory vaccines

Trenton rally will back choice in vaccinations

Japan panel finds no link to vaccines, deaths-Kyodo Japan experts want further studies on vaccines -Kyodo - Japan to keep suspension of Pfizer, Sanofi vaccines "Japan will keep its suspension on the use of the vaccines that prevent meningitis and pneumonia, a health ministry official said after the safety panel's meeting, but declined to comment further."

Scrutinized in Japan, Pfizer’s Prevnar Vaccine is Used Widely in U.S.

U.S. sees no problem with Pfizer, Sanofi vaccines Health agencies "have not detected new safety concerns or unusual reporting patterns" in children given Pfizer Inc or Sanofi Aventis SA vaccines to prevent meningitis and pneumonia, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said on Monday.

Oxford Researchers Granted Almost £150,000 To Help Develop A Novel Vaccine Against Meningitis B For Children

Avidity of Serogroup A Meningococcal IgG Antibodies after Immunization with Different Doses of a Tetravalent A/C/Y/W135 Polysaccharide Vaccine

Adverse events following pandemic influenza vaccine Pandemrix® reported in the French military forces—2009–2010

No effect of 2008/09 seasonal influenza vaccination on the risk of pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza infection in England

Formaldehyde-inactivated human enterovirus 71 vaccine is compatible for co-immunization with a commercial pentavalent vaccine

Material Safety Data Sheet Formaldehyde 37% solution MSDS

Vaccines and Toxins Cause Autism, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS & Crib Death Video

3 Easy Steps Parents Can Use to Form an Opinion About Vaccines

Mothers’ support for voluntary provision of HPV vaccine in schools

The HPV vaccine: Are dosing recommendations being followed?

Gov't to expand subsidies for cervical cancer vaccine in shortage

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Enters Phase II Clinical Trial with SynCon™ DNA Vaccine for Cervical Dysplasia Caused by HPV

Gates invests $10M in vaccine developer

Varicella breakthrough infection and vaccine effectiveness in Taiwan

Strategies for continued seasonal, pandemic and universal #influenza #vaccine innovation

Vaccination rates falling "These myths are centred around the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is first given at one-year-old. In 1998, British doctor Andrew Wakefield published a study in respected medical journal The Lancet, claiming to have found a link between the MMR vaccine and autism."

Supreme Court upholds vaccine liability shield Manufacturers cannot be sued in state court over faulty design claims, justices rule. Plaintiffs must go through a U.S. compensation program.

ACIP recommends adding booster dose to inactivated Japanese encephalitis vaccine

Now's the time to get your 'flu' vaccination

Study Finds Risk of Infections, Allergic Diseases Lower in Vaccinated Kids

Immunity to hepatitis B vaccine among health care workers

Sub-optimal prevalence of mumps antibodies in a population based study of young adults in Israel after 20 years of two dose universal vaccination policy

Adenovirus-vectored Plasmodium vivax ookinete surface protein, Pvs25, as a potential transmission-blocking vaccine

Protective immunity against Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection induced by a vaccine based on the major outer membrane multi-epitope human papillomavirus major capsid protein L1

Safety and immunogenicity of two freeze-dried Vero cell rabies vaccines for human use in post-exposure prophylaxis

Local innate and adaptive immune responses regulate inflammatory cell influx into the lungs after vaccination with formalin inactivated RSV

Herd immunity after two years of the universal mass vaccination program against rotavirus gastroenteritis in Austria

Enhanced pneumonia and disease in pigs vaccinated with an inactivated human-like (δ-cluster) H1N2 vaccine and challenged with pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza virus

Using a molecular switch to turn on cancer vaccines

Peptides from cytomegalovirus UL130 and UL131 proteins induce high titer antibodies that block viral entry into mucosal epithelial cells

A complex adenovirus vaccine against chikungunya virus provides complete protection against viraemia and arthritis

Room temperature stabilization of oral, live attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi-vectored vaccines

A Fully Immunized Child With a Cochlear Implant and Streptococcus pneumoniae Meningitis 3 Years After Implantation

Coxiella burnetii DNA in goat milk after vaccination with Coxevac®

Effect of thiomersal on dissociation of intact (146S) foot-and-mouth disease virions into 12S particles as assessed by novel ELISAs specific for either 146S or 12S particles

Scientific Paper On 2001 Anthrax Attacks: Microbial Forensic Scientists Prepared In The Event Of Another Biological Attack

Microbial Forensics Used to Solve the Case of the 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Sound the alarm: sensationalism in journalism

Preemption ruling draws ire from plaintiffs’ lawyers

Text message reminders to promote human papillomavirus vaccination

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination using a microneedle patch

Downfall in diversity Genetic impact of vaccination on breakthrough HIV-1 sequences from the STEP trial The diversity of genetic sequences of HIV strains might be to blame for the failed STEP vaccine trial.

Behavioral and social science in HIV vaccine clinical research: Workshop report 

Hepatitis B vaccination urged in adults

Hepatitis B Virus in the United States: Infection, Exposure, and Immunity Rates in a Nationally Representative Survey

Court weighs testimony in Vegas hepatitis trials

A siege of hepatitis: Immune boost for viral hepatitis

North Bay kindergartner dies after testing positive for flu

Government-funded journal seen by some as waste of grant money

Influenza neuraminidase-inhibiting antibodies are induced in the presence of zanamivir

17β-Estradiol restores antibody responses to an influenza vaccine in a postmenopausal mouse model 

Long term immunity following a booster dose of the inactivated Japanese Encephalitis vaccine IXIARO®, IC51

Vaccination with the defined chlamydial secreted protein CPAF induces robust protection against female infertility following repeated genital chlamydial challenge

ASK THE 0-3 TEAM: Vaccination schedules

Measles, Whooping Cough and Vaccinations How Lack of Vaccinations is Causing Serious and Deadly Results

Cases of confirmed measles rising in Boston

Study of antibody titres after measles vaccination: fever within 7 days of vaccination and efficacy of booster doses.

Mill Valley children cope with death of classmate

A rare disease, always a killer but easily preventable

Whistleblower protections for US government scientists flounder

British Medical Journal Fails to Acknowledge its Own Commercial Conflicts

Research Fraud: An Editor's Responsibility? Editor's Note: The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently released a series of 3 articles reporting that Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study published in The Lancet which linked the MMR vaccine to autism was "an elaborate fraud." In the wake of these accusations, we spoke with Dr. Fred Volkmar, pediatric psychiatrist and editor of The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, about the role of journal editors in vetting the information that they publish.

Clinics fined $4.3 million for HIPAA violations A Maryland health center is hit with a multimillion-dollar penalty for not sharing records with patients and not cooperating with an HHS investigation.

A novel broad-spectrum treatment for respiratory virus infections: Influenza-based defective interfering virus provides protection against pneumovirus infection in vivo

Inovio Pharmaceuticals begins phase 2 study for cervical cancer vaccine

Rocking the cradle - and the boat

Guillian–Barré syndrome in high tetraplegia following acute respiratory illness

Clothing donations sought for kids ready to leave smallpox pesthouse

How to fight cervical cancer

Herpes Zoster

Neisseria meningitidis capsular polysaccharides induce inflammatory responses via TLR2 and TLR4-MD-2

Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Prophylaxis in Pregnancy with Prior Group B Streptococci Colonization

Clinical Trial To Find The Optimum Time For Healthy HIV-Infected People To Begin Antiretrovirals

Spinal Tuberculosis: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neurological Impairment

New Guidelines, Doctors Urge Calmer Response to Child Fevers The new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on managing fever in children recommend that parents not worry so much about their child maintaining a normal body temperature

Repligen plummets on failed bipolar drug study

Prevalence of IgA class antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptide in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

CRL adds Pfizer-developed R&D lab models to portfolio Charles River Laboratories (CRL) said it will distribute several Pfizer-developed R&D models, in a deal that continues the US CRO’s
efforts to expand its lab animals business.

Teacher fired for bumper sticker highlighting the over-medication of children

NEA to UN: More Graphic Sex-Ed Needed

Risks of Chemical Exposure: Scientists Call for 'Swifter and Sounder' Testing of Chemicals Scientific societies representing 40,000 researchers and clinicians are asking that federal regulators tap a broader range of expertise when evaluating the risks of chemicals to which Americans are being increasingly exposed.

Vital Signs: GOP bills to allow 'a la carte' health insurance policies to ignore state mandates

Prescription charge increase despite calls for abolition

Older Patients Confused About Multiple Drug Dosing

Representative Matt Gaetz is engaged in a comprehensive process to identify and repeal Florida’s burdensome, needless, and/or unconstitutional statutes and regulations.

Bill to help Canadian companies ship generics has uncertain future

And The Johnson & Johnson Recalls Keep On Coming

Retraction Watch Blog

Joachim Boldt retraction tally drops by one, editors say (but record’s still safe)

Plagiarism and other ‘negligence’ fell lung-estrogen paper

Flu activity up but way behind 2009-10 season This year's 8,200 flu cases are far short of last year's totals, which numbered more than 40,000 by this time.

Program Provides Predictive Surveillance Models for Infectious Disease Outbreak Scenarios

Observing and quantifying airflows in the infection control of aerosol- and airborne-transmitted diseases: an overview of approaches

Key Mechanism of Childhood Respiratory Disease Identified Researchers have identified a critical part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease.

Psychologists seek prescribing rights in 6 states  Proponents say psychologists would better meet patient needs, but opponents say a lack of training would threaten patient safety.

Research misconduct confirmed at German clinic - March 04, 2011

Danish neuroscientist convicted of embezzling society funds - March 07, 2011

Virologists form Global Virus Response Network  - March 03, 2011

Abusive Head Trauma in Children: A Comparison of Male and Female Perpetrators (pdf)

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Pay-To-Delay

The plot to keep you sick (Opinion)

Improving Your Immune System to Avoid Illness

Daily brief: Gates on unannounced Afghan trip

CDC: Hand sanitizers no match for soap and water in battle against norovirus

Top complaint about patients: failure to follow medical advice  A new Consumer Reports survey finds that lack of respect ranks high among gripes for both physicians and patients.

Secondary Infections in E. coli O157:H7 Outbreaks

Unreliable detection and twice the radiation - FDA approves new mammogram technology

How Addictive Drugs Disrupt Presynaptic Dopamine Neurotransmission

Recognition of iodixanol by dendritic cells increases the cellular response in delayed allergic reactions to contrast media

Exhaled nitric oxide discriminates children with and without allergic sensitization in a population-based study

Prevalence of Allergic Diseases among Korean School-age Children: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Questionnaire Study

Secondhand Smoke and Adverse Fetal Outcomes in Nonsmoking Pregnant Women: A Meta-analysis

Interactive Effects of Antioxidant Genes and Air Pollution on Respiratory Function and Airway Disease: A HuGE Review

Those Non-Branded DTC Ads Seem To Be Working

Climate change: Rupert Murdoch’s 'Australian' peddles damaging bad science

Obama voids Bush conscience rule in favor of decades-old protections  The administration says the rule extended protections too far beyond the scope of abortion services. Meanwhile, House Republicans are pushing several anti-abortion bills.

HHS opens door to Medicaid eligibility cuts Arizona's bid to remove nearly 250,000 adults from the program will not violate federal eligibility requirements, the HHS secretary says. Other states could follow suit.

Surgeon general previews preventive health strategy The nation's top doctor seeks to shift the focus from sickness to well-being before millions gain coverage.

UK boosts translational medicine spend - March 07, 2011

Modest cuts for science in Senate compromise bill - March 05, 2011

Comedic skills for a serious role: Improv class teaches med students to think on their feet A unique four-week improvisation course shows how to listen closely, work in teams -- and be flexible as needed.
Hospital's exclusive contract passes test

Is your telephone hurting your practice? Phone do's and don'ts The first contact most patients have with your practice is by telephone. Here's how to make that initial conversation work for you.

Gene therapy raises hope for future AIDS cure

Community Corner: Opening the Pandora's box of prenatal genetic testing

More hospitals reaching out to locum tenens doctors The number of physician jobs has probably increased, but difficulty in filling them fuels an uptick.

Despite surge in orphan drug designations, approvals still lag

Fathers and mothers developing skills in managing children's long-term medical conditions: how do their qualitative accounts compare?

Antidepressants tested for everything from hot flashes to stroke

Necdin and Neurotrophin Receptors: Interactors of Relevance for Neuronal Resistance to Oxidant Stress

Larger mitochondrial DNA than Y-chromosome differences between matrilocal and patrilocal groups from Sumatra

Blood Tests and Histological Correlates in Children with Eosinophilic Oesophagitis

Parenting interventions: a systematic review of the economic evidence

2 LAPD Officers Not Justified in Fatal Shooting of Autistic Man

Autistic adults group forming

Happy Mardi Gras - Is It Bedtime Yet?

Fremont woman fights for special-needs kids (includes video)

EDUCATION MATTERS: Schools using iPads to help autistic students

Mom and Doc discuss Autism.avi Video

New centre promises autism services boost

Mediterranean Diet: A Heart-Healthy Plan for Life The Mediterranean diet has proven beneficial effects not only regarding metabolic syndrome, but also on its individual components including waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels, blood pressure levels and glucose metabolism, according to a new study published in the March 15, 2011, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study is a meta-analysis, including results of 50 studies on the Mediterranean diet, with an overall studied population of about half a million subjects.

Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Relation to Maternal Egg and Cholesterol Intake

Headphones to drift off to sleep in, or run a mile in A Pennsylvania family physician's experience having trouble falling asleep inspired her to create a different kind of headphone.

Groupon, similar sites target medical services for deals

Human gene patents limit access to care The AMA is asking an appellate court to uphold a decision that invalidates a company's patents on genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers.

AMA joins with business to cut administrative waste

Genzyme And Henri Termeer: The $158 Million Man

The Axe Swings Again: Eisai & Sanofi To Cut Jobs

Alzheimer's researchers call for clinical revamp

Letters to the Editor - March 7, 2011 Headline on new Medicare board sends the wrong message - E-prescribing penalty a bad sign

News briefs: Health Prolonged cell phone use affects brain activity, study says - Fiber may cut mortality risk from some diseases

News briefs Government & Medicine:  HHS offers $3.7 billion for Medicaid long-term-care alternatives  HHS offers $3.7 billion for Medicaid long-term-care alternatives

News briefs: Professional Issues HHS offers $3.7 billion for Medicaid long-term-care alternatives - Senate bill would end Medicare cap on psychiatric hospital services

News briefs: Business Cigna hires national radiology benefit manager - Anthem files for another rate increase in Maine - 2011 begins with high number of hospital mass layoffs

Ex-Gold Coast Pharmacist accused of fraud

What Would it Take to Make a Great Pharma YouTube Channel?

Preventing Food Poisoning Outbreaks: Genome Sequencing Used To Assess A Novel Form Of Clostridium Botulinum

Doctors can help detect domestic abuse early

Spanish researchers campaign to change science law Draft bill is inadequate on career structures, say researchers.

Out of southern Africa A genetic study challenges the idea that modern humans evolved in eastern Africa.

Enzyme can strengthen memories Research paves way to adjusting recall of events.

Hundreds flock to traditional healer

OTC DRUG Nationwide Recall--Important Information for Patients About IV PREP Antiseptic Wipes

The Billionaire Who Is Planning His 125th Birthday

EU successfully undermines Ireland as a GMO-free zone

Use vanilla and other natural remedies to relieve and prevent headaches

Sugar-sweetened drinks cause higher blood pressure