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* ►April 8, 2010 - Centre halts HPV vaccine project - The Hindu - "In the wake of reports of violation of ethical guidelines and exploitation during the 'clinical trials' of HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, meant to prevent cervical cancer among women, the Centre on Wednesday advised the State governments to suspend the vaccine programme until the issue is settled."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Vaccine Contamination: Pig Virus DNA Found in Rotarix by Barbara Loe Fisher (includes video) -

* ►April 7, 2010 - Court Denies Mother's Bid for Religious Exemption to Vaccinations - New York Law Journal via - "Martina Caviezel, a self-proclaimed pantheist, sought a preliminary injunction allowing her to enroll her 4-year-old daughter in a Great Neck, N.Y., pre-kindergarten without getting the shots the state says the child needs. Caviezel relied on Public Health Law §2164(9), which exempts children from the requirement whose parents or guardians 'hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary' to vaccination.  On Monday, in Caviezel v. Great Neck Public Schools, 10-civ-052, Eastern District Judge Arthur D. Spatt denied the injunction, ruling that Caviezel had not established that she held "genuine and sincere religious beliefs which prohibit vaccinations."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Vaccine not ruled out in connection with children's illness (includes video) - CCTV - "Deng Haihua, spokesman of China Health Ministry, said, 'One of the children had allergic purpura after inoculated measles vaccine, which is an abnormal reaction to the inoculation. Another showed symptom of acute flaccid paralysis after inoculated poliomyelitis vaccine, which can not be ruled out the connection with the vaccine. And the third had inflammation on the inoculation part after the injection of encephalitis attenuated live vaccine, which is a common reaction to the inoculation. The other 12 children's illness had nothing to do with the vaccine inoculation.'"

* ►April 7, 2010 - The great swine flu rip-off: Ministers forced to pay Glaxo for millions of doses that were never even received - Daily Mail, UK

►April 7, 2010 - UK Government Squandered £300 Million On Useless Deadly Swine Flu Vaccines - Daily Mail via The One Click Group

►April 7, 2010 - Seasonal flu vaccine raises swine flu risk, vitamin D can help fight the virus -

►April 7, 2010 - Government cuts H1N1 vaccine order by two-thirds - The Independent, UK

►April 7, 2010 - St. Louis University researchers build a better flu vaccine -

* ►April 7, 2010 - UK used only 5% of the H1N1 vaccine originally ordered/ BBC - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D

* ►April 7, 2010 - Canada: We Were Right. Prior (non-swine) flu shots increased risk of getting swine flu infection/ US News - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "Immunity is not a simple thing.  Vaccine theory is in its infancy, and vaccine development is based on trial and error.  Here then may be a rather serious unintended consequence of flu vaccination: The researchers found that (getting an earlier year) seasonal flu vaccination was associated with a 68 percent increased risk of getting swine flu (infection)."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Facts about H1N1 epidemic and vaccine in Australia/ Australian Prescriber - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►April 7, 2010 - Autism File Magazine On Classic and Regressive Autism By Rebecca Estepp - Age of Autism

* ►April 7, 2010 - A Mum Tells her Story to the UK GMC Following the Wakefield, Walker-Smith, Murch Hearings - Age of Autism

* ►April 7, 2010 - Dr. Andrew Wakefield In His Own Words: GoldenHawk Film Project (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►April 7, 2010 - A clarification - The following post was written by a group of LBRB  authors - Left Brain/Right Brain

* ►April 7, 2010 - Attention-grabbing antics for autism - One woman's bold campaign to increase awareness of autism is causing controversy. But has it had the desired effect? - The Guardian, UK - "The poster was, she [Polly Tommey] says, simply a ruse to force people not to avert their eyes from the subject of autism, and its success is evident, she argues, in the instant reaction from the politicians she was targeting. To those people who have emailed the Autism Trust, the charity she founded, saying the image is degrading to women, she replies: 'What is degrading is how people with autism are forced to live.' 'It's sad that billboards have to go up in the first place to get autism the attention it deserves,' she says. 'I'm 43; I shouldn't be on billboards taking my top off, but if that's what's needed to get attention, then I'll do it.'"

►April 7, 2010 - 'Feingold Program' Supported By Parent Testimony - Hartford Courant - "In the early 1980s, toxicologist Bernard Weiss and autism expert Bernard Rimland published studies favorable to Feingold in Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry and Journal of Learning Disabilities, respectively. Research continues, and there is growing reason to believe Feingold was onto something of value."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Most state residents lack swine flu vaccinations - Safety fears, flu's pre-vaccine arrival may have led fewer to seek shots - The Greenville News

►April 7, 2010 - Ellie-Jo died after bout of meningitis - Ellesmere Port Pioneer, UK

►April 7, 2010 - Encephalitis, meningitis striking HCMC children - Ho Chi Minh City hospitals are reporting a sharp increase in the number of children being diagnosed with encephalitis and meningitis due to the recent hotter-than-normal temperatures.- SGGP English Edition

►April 7, 2010 - Multi-strain meningitis vaccine launched - Healthcare Republic

►April 7, 2010 - Rotarix safe to use EMA claim - Press Association via Pharmacy Europe

* ►April 7, 2010 - University will market HPV vaccine to men - Health Center will start offering treatment to males - Diamondback Online, University of Maryland

►April 7, 2010 - Oyster, illness link studied -

* ►April 7, 2010 - iBio Announces Rights Grant for Anthrax-Plague Combination Vaccine - Business Wire via MarketWatch - "iBio and CMB have developed a new biologics production platform based on the use of green plants to manufacture vaccines and therapeutic proteins. The technology has been successfully applied to a variety of candidate products, including an avian influenza vaccine planned to be the first product to enter a human clinical trial in 2010."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Bent UK Parliament Set To Make Obscene Digital Economy Bill Law - Metro via The One Click Group - "The controversial Digital Economy Bill - which its critics say will see websites blocked and people cut off from the internet on the accusation of copyright infringement, and may lead to public WiFi being shut down over fears of prosecution - looks set to become law today via the 'wash up' process, after it was voted through in its second reading in an almost empty House of Commons."

* ►April 7, 2010 - XMRV Virus - Canada Bans ME/CFS Patients From Donating Blood - Hamilton Spectator via The One Click Group - "An AIDS-like virus that has been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome is causing Canadian blood officials to ban anyone who has suffered from the ailment from making donations. While stressing that researchers have found no definitive links between the virus, known as XMRV, and the chronic fatigue, Canadian Blood Services says they will err on the side of caution and implement the new donation restrictions."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Inhibitors of XMRV - Virology Blog

►April 7, 2010 - IAC Express Issue number 860 - Immunization Action Coalition

►April 7, 2010 - HHS, HUD Partner to Allow Rental Assistance to Support Independent Living for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities - $40 million available to local housing agencies to assist 5,300 families -

►April 7, 2010 - China: Wave Of Anger Rises Over Vaccine Scandal - IPS via The One Click Group

►April 7, 2010 - China safety officials warn jewelry factories against using cadmium - AP via Canadian Business

* ►April 6, 2010 - Microchipping To Begin - Under New Health Bill - The Flu Case

* ►April 6, 2010 - Zimbabwe Health Ministry Prepares Law Making Child Medical Care Obligatory - Health and Child Welfare Minister Henry Madzorera said the new law will be drafted along the lines of legislation in other Southern African countries (includes audio) - Voice of America - "Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo, chairman of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that such a law is overdue given the public health risks of refusing vaccination on religious or other grounds."

* ►April 6, 2010 - China says faulty vaccines not cause of children's deaths - Reuters Health

►April 6, 2010 - Mercury still plagues Ont. First Nation: report - Grassy Narrows banned fishing in contaminated Wabigoon River 40 years ago - CBC

* ►April 6, 2010 - Jim Carrey and Autism activist Jenny McCarthy announce split -

* ►April 6, 2010 - New autism study: science or nonsense? - The White Coat Underground via ScienceBlogs - "Wakefield's hypothesis about autism and gastrointestinal disease was never terribly plausible to begin with, and despite the retraction of his original study, there persists a belief in many parts of the autism community that the gut is somehow implicated in the development and treatment of autism.  Wakefield still has many zealous adherents and dietary therapies for autism have grown in popularity.  Jenny McCarthy attributes much of her purported success with her child to severe dietary restrictions which she recommends for others.  So far, however, there is no good body of literature supporting any connection between gut disease, diet, and autism.  A new study aims to change that."

* ►April 6, 2010 - Did seasonal flu vaccination increase the risk of infection with pandemic H1N1 flu? - Press release from PLoS Medicine via EurekAlert!

* ►April 6, 2010 - New Canadian studies suggest seasonal flu shot increased H1N1 risk - CIDRAP News - "The studies, which took in about 2,700 people, found overall that the likelihood of needing medical attention for pandemic flu was 1.4 to 2.5 times greater among people who were vaccinated the previous fall."

* ►April 6, 2010 - Seasonal flu jab linked to increased H1N1 risk: Vancouver study - Vancouver Sun

* ►April 6, 2010 - Analysis finds Ontario's universal flu vaccination policy cost-effective - CIDRAP News

* ►April 6, 2010 - Ontario's universal flu vaccination plan - University Health Network via EurekAlert! - "The millions of dollars invested by the province of Ontario in its universal flu vaccine campaign saves lives and is a sensible investment, according to an economic analysis by a researcher at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network."

►April 6, 2010 - Universal flu vaccine program cost-effective: Study - Canwest News Service via Montreal Gazette

* ►April 6, 2010 - Ottawa H1N1 spending was too high, ineffective: critics - National Post - "The federal government spent $37-million on advertising and other communications around the H1N1 flu pandemic, more than it devoted to anti-viral drugs or managing the outbreak combined, according to newly divulged cost figures. A prominent critic of government response to H1N1 said much of that ad blitz came after the epidemic had peaked, urging Canadians to get flu shots at a time when they were virtually pointless. 'If it's well spent for a legitimate medical emergency, that's fine,' said Dr. Richard Schabas, Ontario's former chief medical officer of health, who has repeatedly argued that public-health agencies over-reacted to the pandemic."

►April 6, 2010 - Better Late than Never? H1N1 Vaccine (Finally) Arrives in Africa -

►April 6, 2010 - Building a Better Flu Vaccine -

►April 6, 2010 - One-shot deal for H1N1 vaccine and flu shot (includes video) -

►April 6, 2010 - School vaccinations offered free before state mandate - Henderson Gleaner

►April 6, 2010 - Oologah Boy Stricken With Meningitis Responding Well To Treatment - News On 6

►April 6, 2010 - Meningitis awareness crucial to protect vulnerable children - The Record

►April 6, 2010 - Dinuba Nurse Back from Haiti (includes video) - ABC30 KFSN Fresno

►April 6, 2010 - Polio: Some Good News - ThisDay

►April 6, 2010 - Perth campaign gives polio the flick - Perthshire Advertiser

* ►April 6, 2010 - Netherlands Vaccine Institute, PharmaJet Collaborate For Needle-free Delivery - Netherlands Vaccine Institute (NVI) and PharmaJet have entered into a collaboration to evaluate PharmaJet's intra-dermal needle-free delivery technology with NVI's Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). - Pharmaceutical Business Review

* ►April 6, 2010 - Surprise Finding Points to Next-Gen Sequencing's Utility for Vaccine Quality Control - GenomeWeb - "Eric Delwart, senior author of the paper and an investigator at the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco, said he wanted to use sequencing technology to show that today's vaccines were clean and uncontaminated. 'And, indeed, seven out of eight vaccines were free of eukaryotic viruses of concern,' Delwart said. 'We were quite surprised to find porcine circovirus 1 DNA in Rotarix.'"

►April 6, 2010 - Costa Rica's Health Ministry OKs use of rotavirus vaccine recalled in U.S. - Trading Markets

►April 6, 2010 - Oral Vaccine May Reduce Exacerbations in Patients With COPD - American College of Chest Physicians via Doctor's Guide - "Maharaj Kishore Tandon, MD, Hollywood Private Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, and colleagues developed a new oral immunotherapy (HI-164OV) using Haemophilus influenzae."

►April 6, 2010 - Virus leads Canadian blood service to ban certain donors - - "While stressing that researchers have found no definitive links between the virus, known as XMRV, and the chronic fatigue, Canadian Blood Services says they will err on the side of caution and implement the new donation restrictions."

►April 6, 2010 - Reportlinker Adds Preclinical Development of Monoclonal Antibodies and Related Biologicals: Emerging technologies and new therapeutic candidates - PRNewswire via MedIndia

►April 6, 2010 - Secretary Sebelius Announces Five New HHS Regional Directors -

* ►April 6, 2010 - ACIP Charter - Last Updated April 6, 2010 - CDC - "The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices was established under Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 2l7a), as amended."

►April 6, 2010 - CDC Vaccine Price List - Prices last reviewed/updated: April 6, 2010 - CDC

►April 6, 2010 - Sebelius Remarks: Health Reform and You: How the New Law Will Increase Your Health Security -

►April 6, 2010 - Report: Hospitalizations spike for prescription drug poisonings - Paging Dr. Gupta Blog via CNN

►April 6, 2010 - Health benefits of breastfeeding continue to add up - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►April 6, 2010 - False accusations of Munchausen by Proxy, The Truth Behind the Label: Part 2 – Vaccines, a differential viewpoint by Christina England -

* ►April 5, 2010 - False accusations of Munchausen by Proxy, The Truth Behind the Label: Part 1 – Diagnosing Munchausen by Proxy by Christina England -

* ►April 5, 2010 - Medical Board Drops All Original Charges and Allegations Against World-Renowned Doctor After A Five-Year Fight - - "In what could be a watershed moment for the practice of integrative medicine across the country, Dr. Rashid A. Buttar – a prominent physician in the field – has weathered an investigation by the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) which began in 2005 with formal charges filed in 2007 and has emerged victorious, according to the Carolinians for Health Care Access (CHCA), a patient advocacy group in North Carolina ( The President of CHCA, Ray Fisher, stated 'This is a victory for every patient in the country who has ever used an integrative physician or wanted access to one'."

* ►April 5, 2010 - Vaccines-By-Patch Good News for Needle-Phobic - New technique may offer painless alternative, researchers say - HealthDay via BusinessWeek

►April 5, 2010 - Kids passionate about raising pennies to fight polio - Rotary International

►April 5, 2010 - This Week Is National Public Health Week - The Chattanoogan

* ►April 5, 2010 - An Elite Team of Sleuths, Saving Lives in Obscurity (requires registration) - The New York Times - "At the same time, Dr. Langmuir made some decisions that would probably be condemned today. In 1955, the future of the new Salk polio vaccine was suddenly thrown into doubt when some recipients became paralyzed, apparently by a virus the vaccine maker had failed to kill. Dr. Langmuir swiftly set up an investigative team that found that the defective vaccine came from Cutter Laboratories, one of six drug companies licensed to make and distribute vaccine. The five other manufacturers were allowed to resume production and sales. But cases also occurred among recipients of the polio vaccine made by Wyeth Laboratories. In a little-known attempt to salvage the overall program, Dr. Langmuir suppressed reports of these cases."

* ►April 5, 2010 - HHS Awards $1.84 Billion in Grants for HIV/AIDS Care and Medications -

►April 5, 2010 - Peregrine says study shows anti-HIV potential of antibodies - Vaccine News Daily

►April 5, 2010 - One change in bacteria keeps ticks from passing along Lyme disease - USA Today

►April 5, 2010 - My antidepressant gets harder to swallow - As studies shed doubt on certain psychiatric drugs, I wonder: Do I really need my little white pill? -

* ►April 5, 2010 - Autism bill puts Ky. at forefront - Insurers must pay for treatment - Lexington Herald-Leader via - "Moreover, many parents with autistic children have left their jobs in Kentucky to find jobs in other states where there is insurance coverage. This will keep more highly qualified professionals in Kentucky, the bill's supporters say."

* ►April 5, 2010 - UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK - MARTINA CAVIEZEL AND ANDREAS SCHENK CAVIEZEL, Individually and as Parents and Natural Guardians of CC, MEMORANDUM OF Plaintiffs, DECISION AND ORDER - against - CV 10-0652 (ADS) GREAT NECK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, a/k/a GREAT NECK UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT; DEBBIE SHALOM, in her capacity as Principal, Parkville School Early Childhood Center; DR. THOMAS P. DOLAN, in his capacity as Superintendent of Schools, NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT; DAVID STEINER, in his capacity as Commissioner of Education, Defendants. (pdf) -

* ►April 5, 2010 - Army confirms worker exposed to mustard agent at Umatilla depot -The Oregonian via

* ►April 4, 2010 - State Lawyers Denied Access to Patients (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times - "New York State’s highest court has refused to order nursing homes to give state lawyers access to hundreds of psychiatric patients so they can advocate for their rights to treatment alternatives, living conditions or even release."

►April 4, 2010 - Autism Awareness Month: Behavior therapy helps autistic children adapt - Las Cruces Sun-News

►April 4, 2010 - Some children with autism show improvement with music therapy - FOX 21

►April 4, 2010 - Autism Effects - CBS 42

►April 4, 2010 - Autism Awareness Month - KIDK CBS 3

* ►April 3, 2010 - Corruption at Danish autism research unit examined in-depth - The Flu Case - "[Dr. Poul] Thorsen vanished after large sums of money were found to be missing in the university budget, sparking a police investigation. Information talked to three members of the Danish research group involved in writing key studies that appeared to dispute that there was any link between mercury in vaccines and autism - and uncovered a bizarre  world where fraud and luxury coexisted side-by-side and ruled by Thorsen like a cult."

►April 2, 2010 - FAA Proposes New Policy on Antidepressants for Pilots - via Therapeutics Daily

►April 2, 2010 - Red Bugs with No Drugs – Part 1 - CDC Safe Healthcare Blog

►March 31, 2010 - BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Discusses LibiGel and its Cancer Vaccines in Fireside Chat with Research Analyst - via Therapeutics Daily

* ►March 31, 2010 - Researcher Behind CDC Vaccine Safety Claims Disappears with $2M - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. reports in The Huffington Post that Dr. Poul Thorsen, a key researcher from Denmark whose studies have been used to support CDC’s claims that the MMR vaccine and vaccines containing thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative used for years in multi-dose vaccine vials) were perfectly safe for use on children, has vanished with almost $2 million dollars meant for research. - European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis (EVISA)

* ►March 29, 2010 - Doctors Sue to Overturn the Health Care Bill - Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. - "The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) became the first medical society to sue to overturn the newly enacted health care bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). AAPS sued Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (AAPS v. Sebelius et al.)."

►Spring 2005 - Long-term study on the effects of mercury contamination on two indigenous communities in Canada (1975-2004) (pdf) - Research on Environmental Disruption via

* ObamaCare Lawsuit - AAPS v Sebelius - On March 26th, 2010 AAPS filed suit to invalidate the new massive health care bill - The Glenn Beck Show Covers AAPS Lawsuit (includes video) - AAPS

The Long Island Autism Fair - Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at Farmingdale State College from 9AM-6PM - "Keynote Speakers: Dr. Alan Sherr & Dr. Larry Palevsky"

Benefit for the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism and Legal Advocacy - May 3, 2010, New York, NY - Autism Action Network

More News to be Added Later Today- See above for the later posting

* ►April 7, 2010 - Government strikes swine flu vaccine deal with GlaxoSmithKline - The Journal, UK via - "Simon Jose of Glaxo in the UK said, “Understanding of the H1N1 pandemic has significantly evolved since the declaration by the WHO last June and we recognise that governments’ needs and public health priorities are changing. We are committed to working with them to respond to their needs as the pandemic evolves and find appropriate and fair solutions."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Multi-strain meningitis vaccine launched - A quadrivalent vaccine can protect Britons travelling abroad from four strains of meningitis. - Healthcare Republic

* ►April 7, 2010 - Cancer vaccines may be on the verge of wider use - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "The encouraging results of MUC1 vaccines aren't confined to animals. The version that is now being tested by Merck showed a 17-month survival advantage for advanced lung cancer patients who got the vaccine vs. those who didn't in an earlier trial. While the current testing has been suspended temporarily because one patient got encephalitis, the man whose company invented the vaccine is encouraged by the progress it has made. Robert Kirkman, president of Oncothyreon, the Seattle, Wash., company that developed the vaccine, said he understands the logic of testing cancer vaccines on patients who aren't as sick, but said that presents a financial challenge. If vaccines were to be tested on a large group of patients with earlier stage cancer, it could mean following them for up to 10 years to see if the therapy was effective, and that would be enormously expensive."

* ►April 7, 2010 - A Better Flu Vaccine, Add Second Strain Of Influenza B - Saint Louis University Medical Center via Medical News Today - "Since in five of the last 10 years, the influenza B component in the vaccine has been the incorrect one, this seems like an obvious advance to me."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Ontario invests millions of dollars in universal flu vaccine campaign - University Health Network via News-Medical.Net

* ►April 7, 2010 - Army: Broken procedures led to lab infection - Frederick News Post - "A USAMRIID summary report states the researcher did not follow lab procedure for disposing of her work materials, had not been immunized for tularemia, was not wearing proper safety attire given the lack of immunization and did not alert the proper offices when she called in sick to work."

* ►April 7, 2010 - MMR row doctor defends work - Press Association via Gazette & Herald, UK - "The panel ruled all three doctors were guilty of undertaking research on children without approval from an ethics committee. Dr Wakefield said in a statement issued on Tuesday: "We can prove, with extensive documentary evidence, that this conclusion is false. Let me make it absolutely clear that, at its heart, the GMC hearing has been about the protection of MMR vaccination policy."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Study Finds University Influenza Program Lucrative - University of Toronto via TopNews, U.S. - "The study’s lead researcher, Beate Sander stated that, the final conclusion is that it is profitable. It does not straightaway declare that it is cost-saving but it definitely offers very good value for money."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Beware, North Carolina. Beware. Dr. Rashid Buttar is free to practice medicine. - ScienceBlogs - "Do you remember Dr. Rashid Buttar? Regular readers know who he is, as he's been a recurring character on this blog since the very beginning. Most recently, he figured prominently in the case of Desiree Jennings, the young woman who claimed that the flu vaccine caused a case of dystonia but was almost certainly suffering from a psychogenic disorder. Unfortunately for Ms. Jennings, she decided to seek out Buttar for "treatment" of her "vaccine injury. He subjected her to all manner of his usual woo, and--miracle of miracles!--she was miraculously cured!"

* ►April 7, 2010 - Bye, Bye Measles! (video) - Colombia finally says goodbye to measles and tetanus - ColumbiaNews.TV

* ►April 7, 2010 - Free vaccines for students at Fairview Clinic Friday - The Tennessean

* ►April 7, 2010 - Pharmacists Play A Vital Role In Providing Immunizations In Their Communities - American Pharmacists Association (APhA) via Medical News Today

* ►April 7, 2010 - Fighting H5N1 Avian Flu - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 7, 2010 - Vaccination Controlled - But Did Not Prevent - APP - Vaccination did not prevent the clinical expression of A. pleuropneumoniae (APP) infections but it did activate the immune system of fattening pigs, according to researchers based in Uppsala. -

* ►April 7, 2010 - The QALY Pricing Model Is A Pharma Trick - Pharmalot - "The cost-per-QALY (Quality-Adjusted Life years) pricing model is a trick used by drugmakers to raise prices, and as a pricing instrument it is “going completely the wrong way,” because the benefits to patients cannot be quantified, according to a German health insurance expert, PharmaTimes writes."

* ►April 7, 2010 - Gender-bending chemicals 'triggering early puberty in girls and putting them at risk of diabetes and cancer' - Daily Mail, UK

* ►April 7, 2010 - Autism – is the Grandmother’s Age Significant? - PLoS One via insciences.or

* ►April 7, 2010 - Autism drug tested on rats - The Salem News

* ►April 7, 2010 - Intensive Treatment Found To Be Highly-Effective For Children With Asperger's And High-Functioning Autism - Canisius College via Medical News Today - "Following the 5-week program, children in the treatment group demonstrated significantly higher scores on child measures of non-literal language skills and knowledge of appropriate social behaviors, as well as significantly higher parent-rated social skills targeted by the program and significantly lower parent ratings of autism features and withdrawn behaviors compared to children in the control group. Secondary staff ratings corroborated the significant gains reported by parents. Parents, children, and staff also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program."

* ►April 7, 2010 - NIH Panel Tackles Lactose Intolerance - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Drugmakers Spend Less On Vermont Doctors - Pharmalot

►April 7, 2010 - Autism and a mum’s heartbreaking story - Courier Mail, AU

►April 7, 2010 - Parents wait on professional help for autistic child - MARK Futer, 5, suffers aggressive autism and is a risk to himself and the people who love him. - Townsville Bulletin News, AU

►April 7, 2010 - Brave Shelby fights juvenile diabetes - Augusta Margaret River Mail, AU

►April 7, 2010 - New Survey Reveals That Parents Lack Information about Dehydration and Its Treatment - Dehydration is a Potentially Serious and Often Misunderstood Condition that Can Lead to Medically Serious Consequences - Baxter International via Business Wire

►April 7, 2010 - AstraZeneca Seroquel Victory Upheld By Court - Pharmalot

►April 7, 2010 - Air Pollution Exposure At Schools Linked To Childhood Asthma Development - University of Southern California via Medical News Today

►April 7, 2010 - One Vote for Death Panels - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Clues to Food Allergy - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Do Vitamin Users Get More Cancer? - American Chronicle

►April 7, 2010 - Fruit and vegetables have little effect on cancer risk, study finds - Research points to weak link between five a day and protection against cancer - Guardian, UK

►April 7, 2010 - Gene Therapy for Blindness - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Methotrexate Withdrawal at 6 vs 12 Months in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in Remission - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - The Challenge of Multiple Comorbidity for the US Health Care System - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Moving Reform to the Bedside - Involvement of Individual Physicians - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - A Case for White Coat Diplomacy - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Evidence From Randomized Controlled Trials, Meta-analyses, and Subgroup Analyses - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Evidence From Randomized Controlled Trials, Meta-analyses, and Subgroup Analyses—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Emergency Management of Infectious Diseases (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Genentech nears completion of Hillsboro plant; no plans for R&D - US biotechnology company Genentech presents new $400m pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution facility in Hillsboro, Oregon and says construction is nearly complete. -

►April 7, 2010 - Radiation Oncology Organization, FDA Announce Radiation Safety Initiatives - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Researchers Focus on Contrast Safety - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Common Cause Discovered For Uncommon Eye Injury In Autistic Children - Elsevier Health Sciences via Medical News Today

►April 7, 2010 - Documentary, panel to focus on families and autism - Clinical approaches to disease include massage - Statesman Journal

►April 7, 2010 - Mayor declares April 6 'Temple Grandin Day' in honor of autistic CSU professor - The Rocky Mountain Collegian

►April 7, 2010 - India - a study in health contrasts - Bombay News.Net

►April 7, 2010 - Adams and Victor’s Principles of Neurology (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 7, 2010 - Change of seasons can challenge your immune system - Sheboygan Press

►April 7, 2010 - PricewaterhouseCoopers: Healthcare to become less bureaucratic, more customised and patient-focused - The Financial

►April 7, 2010 - Cepheid Announces European Launch of GeneXpert Infinity-48 System at the 20th Annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) - Cepheid Also to Host Integrated Symposium 'The Medical & Public Health Impact of Rapid Molecular Testing' - Cepheid via PRNewswire-FirstCall via AlphaTrade

►April 7, 2010 - Health Ministry holds workshop on chronic diseases treatment - Agencia AngolaPress via

* ►April 6, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Reflections on investigating Wakefield Forgotten victims - journal article (BMJ)

* ►April 6, 2010 - Association between the 2008–09 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine and Pandemic H1N1 Illness during Spring–Summer 2009: Four Observational Studies from Canada - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 6, 2010 - Does Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Increase the Risk of Illness with the 2009 A/H1N1 Pandemic Virus? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 6, 2010 - Economic Appraisal of Ontario's Universal Influenza Immunization Program: A Cost-Utility Analysis - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 6, 2010 - PharmaJet and Netherlands Vaccine Institute (NVI) Partner for Needle-Free Intra-Dermal Delivery of Polio Vaccine - Lower cost of using smaller doses, and acceptance by healthcare workers, children and parents are benefits that may speed polio eradication - PharmaJet, Inc. via KGUN9abc

* ►April 6, 2010 - Three cases of measles in B.C. interior follow 10 cases in Vancouver area - The Canadian Press via Health & Fitness

* ►April 6, 2010 - Poisoning by prescription drugs on the rise - Poisoning is now the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. While several recent high-profile Hollywood celebrity cases have brought the problem to public attention, the rates of unintentional poisoning deaths have been on the rise for more than 15 years, and in fact, unintentional poisoning has surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of unintentional injury death among people 35-54 years of age. In a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that hospitalizations for poisoning by prescription opioids, sedatives and tranquilizers in the U.S. have increased by 65% from 1999 to 2006. - Elsevier via Physorg

►April 6, 2010 - An outbreak of aseptic meningitis caused by coxsackievirus A9 in Gansu, the People's Republic of China (pdf) - journal article (Virology Journal)

►April 6, 2010 - Pfizer Reveals (Almost) All Payments to Physicians - Pharma Marketing Blog

►April 6, 2010 - Pfizer Sees ‘Golden Age’ for Alzheimer’s, Cancer Drug Finds - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►April 6, 2010 - Pfizer, Novartis and Eli Lilly got bulk of contentious patents - Rules against protection being granted to already known and long-ago patented drugs were allegedly violated - The Wall Street Journal

►April 6, 2010 - Tighter FDA rules sour local drug cos' American dream - The Economic Times

►April 6, 2010 - New Approaches to R&D May Prove Best Path for Drug Developers, According to Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development - Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development via Earth Times

►April 6, 2010 - An Elite Team of Sleuths, Saving Lives in Obscurity (book review) - Herald Tribune - "The E.I.S. is the Epidemic Intelligence Service, an arm of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its cadre of 160 elite medical detectives — many of them young doctors at the start of their careers — serve two-year hitches that are part adventure, part drudgery."

►April 6, 2010 - Clinical Investigator Status (Biologics) - FDA

►April 6, 2010 - Prescription Drug Overdoses on the Rise in U.S. - More and more Americans are landing in the hospital due to poisoning by powerful prescription painkillers, sedatives and tranquilizers, according to a report released today. City-living middle-aged women seem particularly vulnerable. -  American Journal of Preventive Medicine via Reuters via FOX News

►April 6, 2010 - Lawsuit: Drug company Novartis derailed careers of moms-to-be - New York Daily News

►April 6, 2010 - Cuts lead to reduction in health dept. - Dept. faces $24 million budget reduction - KRQE News 13 SantaFe, NM - "To cope with the loss in revenue, the division will reduce support for programs like rural primary health care clinics, dental care, family planning, immunizations, maternal child health, harm reduction, school and adolescent health as well as prevention of youth suicide and chronic and infectious diseases."

►April 6, 2010 - Eli Lilly: FDA still reviewing Cymbalta for chronic pain - The Indianapolis Star

►April 6, 2010 - SF imposes controversial HIV recommendations (includes video) - ABC7News

►April 6, 2010 - AHF Presses BMS to Slash Price of Key AIDS Drug Reyataz - Since its Approval in 2003, BMS Has Hiked Price of Reyataz 25% to $13K Per Patient Yearly; Meanwhile, Patient Enrollment in California's Lifesaving AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Grew 50% Since 2000 as Drug Spending Jumped 165% During the Same Period - AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 6, 2010 - Laboratory capacity is essential to clinical research, especially in low income settings - PLoS Medicine via EurekAlert!

►April 6, 2010 - California Autism Foundation Launches New Content-Rich Website for Autism Awareness Month - California Autism Foundation via Business Wire via

►April 6, 2010 - Understanding Autism in Adulthood - The Huffington Post

►April 6, 2010 - Dietitions Dish: Nutrition therapy can help with autism - Victoria Advocate

►April 6, 2010 - Gluten and You - Separating the wheat from the food you can eat -

►April 6, 2010 - Landscape Structures Announces Partnership With Autism Speaks - Company aims to create A Higher Level of Inclusive Play(TM) at nation's playgrounds - KGUN9abc

►April 6, 2010 - UK matches US for 'needless' cancer cases - The Scotsman

►April 6, 2010 - Do multivitamin pills raise the risk of breast cancer? Tumour threat up by 20%, says study - Daily Mail, UK

►April 6, 2010 - Angola: Disorderly Constructions Endanger Public Health - Angola Press via IRIN

►April 6, 2010 - April 5 - 11 is Public Health Week -

►April 6, 2010 - Baby Drinks In Western Europe To 2013 - New Market Report Published - New report provides detailed analysis of the Food and Drink market - via OfficialWire

* ►April 5, 2010 - Pandemic H1N1 Influenza in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Comparison With Previous Seasonal Influenza Outbreaks - journal article (Annals of Emergency Medicine)

* ►April 5, 2010 - A Trial of CM-AT in Children With Autism - Sponsor: Curemark

* ►April 5, 2010 - Councilman says road salt may carry environmental, health issues - Gardina wants study on possible alternatives - Towson Times via Explore Baltimore County

►April 5, 2010 - Parents air Wrightsboro Elementary mold worries - School officials answer concerns -

►April 3, 2010 - Parvovirus B19 infection and severe anaemia in Kenyan children: a retrospective case control study (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►April 2, 2010 - Etiology of bronchiolitis in a hospitalized pediatric population: Prospective multicenter study - journal article (Journal of Clinical Virology)

* ►April 1, 2010 - Parental and Grandparental Ages in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Birth Cohort Study - journal article (PLoS One)

* ►April 2010 - Association between dietary calcium and vitamin D intake and cervical carcinogenesis among Japanese women - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

* ►April 2010 - Change in the fatty acid pattern of erythrocyte membrane phospholipids after oral supplementation of specific fatty acids in patients with gastrointestinal diseases - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

►April 2010 - Structural basis for receptor recognition by New World hemorrhagic fever arenaviruses - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

►April 2010 - Effect of age, gender and calciotropic hormones on the relationship between vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms and bone mineral density - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

►April 2010 - Use of oral midazolam in pediatric upper gastrointestinal endoscopy - journal article (Pediatrics International)

►April 2010 - Long-term intervention with Lactobacillus helveticus fermented milk reduces augmentation index in hypertensive subjects - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

►April 2010 - Life-threatening complications of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis: a systematic analysis of admissions to an ICU during 18 years - journal article (Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift)

►March 31, 2010 - Lethal influenza B myocarditis in a child and review of the literature for pediatric age groups - journal article (Infection)

►March 31, 2010 - Decreased Streptococcus pneumoniae susceptibility to oral antibiotics among children in rural Vietnam: a community study (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►March 30, 2010 - Foetal pain? - journal article (Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

►March 29, 2010 - A Case of Community-Onset Meningitis Caused by Hospital Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Successfully Treated with Linezolid and Rifampicin - journal article (Medical Principles and Practice)

►March 29, 2010 - Burden of disease due to human coronavirus NL63 infections and periodicity of infection - journal article (Journal of Clinical Virology)

* ►March 26, 2010 - Preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcome: a review - journal article (Child's Nervous System)

* ►March 26, 2010 - Cerebellar mutism syndrome and its relation to cerebellar cognitive and affective function: Review of the literature - journal article (Pediatric Research)

►March 26, 2010 - Metabolomics Of Volatile Organic Compounds In Cystic Fibrosis Patients and Controls - journal article (Pediatric Research)