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* ►July-September 2010 - An in-depth examination of optimal outcome children with a history of autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

* ►July-September 2010 - Superior nonverbal intelligence in children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Mirroring effect in 2- and 3-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Autism severity and motor abilities correlates of imitation situations in children with autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Motor skill abilities in toddlers with autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, and atypical development - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Examining the attitudes and physiological responses preservice learners have towards children with autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Parental retrospective assessment of development and behavior in Asperger syndrome during the first 2 years of life - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Sleep patterns and behaviour in typically developing children and children with autism, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and intellectual disability - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Promoting generalization of mands for information used by young children with autism - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - The Modified-Classroom Observation Schedule to Measure Intentional Communication (M-COSMIC): Evaluation of reliability and validity - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Strategies for teaching children with autism to imitate response chains using video modeling - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►May/June 2010 - TR10: Dual-Action Antibodies - Fighting cancer more efficiently. - MIT Technology Review

* ►April 21, 2010 - HPV Vaccine Kills 16-Year-Old Girl Lawsuit Alleges - A lawsuit filed in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims this week alleges that the HPV vaccine Gardasil caused the death of a 16 year old Missouri girl. - press release - Potts Sadaka LLC via PRWeb - "According to Court documents, two days after receiving her third and final Gardasil shot, the 16 year old girl collapsed in seizure while walking through a parking lot. She was rushed to the hospital and passed away a short time later. 'I think we can all agree that its not normal for a healthy 16-year-old girl to suddenly suffer a seizure and die' said attorney Mark Sadaka, MSPH who represents the family of the girl. 'What makes the case against Gardasil compelling is that the seizure happened within two days of her last shot.'  The lawsuit is pending in the vaccine injury compensation program located in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims in Washington, DC case No. 10-175v."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Immunisation on May 5 - Fears about the vaccine prove to be false alarm - Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper - "Based on the recommendation by technical experts and after confirming the suspension of vaccination in India was not related to safety issues, the health ministry decided to go ahead with the mass immunisation program as planned. 'Reviewing all available reports on the suspension of the HPV vaccine trial in India, the expert group concluded that the four deaths in India were not related to the vaccine,' the press release states. 'Two of the deaths were suicides, one drowned after an accidental fall into a well and one died from an undiagnosed febrile illness.'"

►April 21, 2010 - Vaccine for cancer tested on poor tribal girls? - ExpressBuzz

►April 21, 2010 - She died of cervical cancer - Jamaica Gleaner

* ►April 21, 2010 - City of New York Honors National Autism Association and Issues Proclamation - Age of Autism

* ►April 21, 2010 - Age of Autism's Own Kim Stagliano Honored in NYC by NAA (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►April 21, 2010 - The New York Times’ Indefensible Defense of The Drug Industry By Jake Crosby - Age of Autism

►April 21, 2010 - Devereux Launches Online 'Autism Transition Handbook' for Pennsylvania Families Impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders - Online "Wiki" offers information, comfort and community for families facing autism transition - press release - Devereux via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►April 21, 2010 - An Unconventional Guide to Raising Super-Special Children - AuthorHouse via PRNewswire via FOX Business

* ►April 21, 2010 - Many unaware MMR-autism theory debunked, MPs told - MPs have heard that the suggested link between autism and immunisations has been discredited - though many parents are unaware that's the case. - Radio New Zealand - "Hilary Stace says a campaign needs to be launched to improve immunisation rates and to rebuild trust in the MMR vaccine."

* ►April 21, 2010 - We need to uproot fear of immunizations - San Francisco Chronicle - "Today's parents are keenly aware of environmental risks, from lead in toys to toxic chemicals in baby bottles. And many are angry that government officials failed to ward off such hazards. Why should they believe experts' assurances about vaccines and autism? It doesn't help that science can't explain the apparent explosion of autism cases, now an average of 1 in 110 children, which just happened to coincide with an expanded childhood vaccine schedule. And now, filled with vaccine doubts, many parents no longer view childhood immunization as their civic responsibility but as a personal responsibility - and potential risk - to their children."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Struck-Off Paediatrician David Southall Wins GMC Appeal - The One Click Group - "In 2004, Dr Southall was found guilty of serious professional misconduct and suspended from child protection work over his role in the case of Sally Clark, wrongly jailed over the death of her two sons. Dr Southall accused Mrs Clark's husband Steve of murdering the two boys on the basis of a television interview."

* ►April 21, 2010 - FDA Warns Pfizer About Pediatric Trials of Geodon - Wall Street Journal - "In the warning letter, dated April 9, the FDA said "significant violations" were found during inspections of several clinical investigators involved in the studies. The FDA released the letter without the name of the product or names of specific study sites. The FDA said as a result of inadequate monitoring by Pfizer, there was 'widespread overdosing' of patients involved in the trials, conducted at multiple study locations, and the problem 'was neither detected nor corrected in a timely manner.'"

* ►April 21, 2010 - For Improving Vaccine Rates Among Women, OB/GYN Offices May Offer Ideal Venue - Duke University Medical Center via Medical News Today

* ►April 21, 2010 - Research on infectious diseases vaccines described by scientists at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease - Journal of Infectious Diseases via NewsRx

* ►April 21, 2010 - Pandemic 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Virus Illness Among Pregnant Women in the United States - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 21, 2010 - Merck Obtains Exclusive Rights to Market and Distribute MassBiologics' Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) Vaccine in the U.S. - Merck's Adult Vaccine Portfolio Now Includes 9 of the 10 Vaccines on the U.S. CDC's Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule - Merck via Business Wire

►April 21, 2010 - Ontario's universal flu vaccination plan - University of Toronto and the University Health Network via NewsRx

►April 21, 2010 - Steamboat Briefs: VNA encourages student meningitis vaccinations - Steamboat Today

* ►April 21, 2010 - FDA warns Pfizer about trial monitoring - Pfizer failed to ensure proper monitoring of a clinical trial in which in number of patients received overdoses, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►April 21, 2010 - Pfizer creates ‘floor of cigarettes’ to push quit smoking message - Pfizer has created an installation of 219,000 imitation cigarettes covering an area of Sydney’s Martin Place to raise awareness about smoking cessation. - mUmBRELLA.com.au - "Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, owns the nicotine cessation prescription drug, Champix."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Advanced Life Sciences' Restanza Effective Against Pathogen Representing Global Public Health And Bioterror Threat - Advanced Life Sciences via PRNewswire-FirstCall via News Blaze

►April 21, 2010 - ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Enters into Research Agreement with University of Pennsylvania to Support Phase II Clinical Trial of ICT-107 - ImmunoCellular Therapeutics via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "ICT-107 is a dendritic-cell based vaccine that works by activating a patient's immune system against specific tumor-associated antigens. This is accomplished by extracting dendritic cells from a patient, loading them with the antigens, and reintroducing them to the patient's body to trigger an immune response."

►April 21, 2010 - Measles started at Winter Olympics - The Olympian

►April 21, 2010 - CDC Launches Surveillance System to Improve Blood Transfusion Safety - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Boehringer-Ingelheim Pays $8M To Settle Fraud - Pharmalot

►April 21, 2010 - Job Openings? A Biologics Distributor Has Big Plans - Pharmalot

►April 21, 2010 - Lilly’s ImClone Chops Drug Safety Jobs - Pharmalot

►April 21, 2010 - Multidrug-Resistant TB - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Pain-Promoting Gene? - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 21, 2010 - FDA questions abuse-resistant painkiller - AP via Forbes

►April 21, 2010 - Albany Prize Honors Genome Decoders - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Lupin gets US FDA nod for anti-depressant - Press Trust of India via Business Standard

►April 21, 2010 - Diabetes Surging in China - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - The Flexner Report at the Century Mark - A Wake-Up Call for Reforming Medical Education - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Lost in Translation - Bumps in the Road Between Bench and Bedside - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 21, 2010 - Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Secures $39.6 Million Series A Funding - Catabasis via Business Wire via TMC.net - "Catabasis is using its novel, proprietary SMART-linker technology platform to develop potent and effective medicines to treat inflammation by harnessing the therapeutic potential of salicylate and the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids to simultaneously inhibit pro-inflammatory pathways and activate anti-inflammatory pathways," stated Jill Milne, Ph.D., co-founder and chief executive officer of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals."

►April 21, 2010 - Maternal Height and Risk of Child Mortality and Undernutrition - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Globalization changing the face of public health: U of A dean - Metro News, Canada

►April 21, 2010 - Epidemiology and the Delivery of Health Care Services: Methods and Applications (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Dementia and C-Reactive Protein - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Ginkgo biloba and Cognitive Decline - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Ginkgo biloba and Cognitive Decline—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Leptin Levels and Alzheimer Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Leptin Levels and Alzheimer Disease—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Bayer Hires Ex-Novartis Executive to Head Health Unit (Update1) - Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle

►April 21, 2010 - Summit to Gain by Morris County’s Loss—Merck to Move 750 Jobs to Former Schering-Plough Facility in City - The Alternative Press.com

►April 21, 2010 - Association of Maternal Stature With Offspring Mortality, Underweight, and Stunting in Low- to Middle-Income Countries - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Spoken Language Development in Children Following Cochlear Implantation - journal article (JAMA)

►April 21, 2010 - Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults (free full text)  - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 21, 2010 - Caring Van Provides Free Immunizations (includes video) - KSBItv.com

►April 21, 2010 - Foundation reveals newest Caring Van to give vaccines - NewsOK.com

►April 21, 2010 - Work is needed to lower disease 'burden' - Gisborne Herald, New Zealand

* ►April 21, 2010 - Whooping cough on deadly comeback trail - Infectious and potentially fatal whooping cough has struck at least 1500 South Australians so far this year. - Adelaide Now - "SA Health chief public health officer Dr Stephen Christley said the numbers were up partly because of increased testing, but that there was also a chance the bacteria had mutated so the vaccine is less effective. He said it was also possible that the current vaccine was not as good as the previous vaccine. Use of the previous vaccine was stopped because of potential side effects, but Dr Christley emphasised that immunisation was still the best protection. 'People are still testing positive, even if they've had full vaccination some people are still getting an illness,' he said."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Mum given Tamiflu for fatal illness - The Mirror, UK - "A mother of two died after being misdiagnosed with swine flu when she had Legionnaires' disease."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Teenager 'died after drug delay' - A teenage girl who died of swine flu went without vital drugs after she was diagnosed with pneumonia, an inquest heard. - Press Association via Yahoo! News UK

* ►April 21, 2010 - The Science Behind Developing the H1N1 Vaccine By Tony Fauci, NIH - FLU.gov

* ►April 21, 2010 - At-Risk Groups Should Get Flu Shot Even If Immunized for H1N1 - Bloomberg

* ►April 21, 2010 - One year on - Scientists reflect on swine flu - Press Release: Science Media Centre via Scoop.co.nz

* ►April 21, 2010 - Jury Still Out On Swine Flu, WHO & Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption - AFP via The One Click Group

►April 21, 2010 - Factfile on swine flu, one year later - AFP via The Independent, UK

►April 21, 2010 - Flu jabs held up as ash delays vaccine - The Dominion Post via Stuff.co.nz

►April 21, 2010 - Millions Wasted As Deadly Swine Flu Vaccines Tossed Out - Vancouver Sun via The One Click Group

►April 21, 2010 - Northland Maori urged to get flu jab early - Northland Maori are being advised to get immunised against flu early, because vaccine supplies could be affected by the disruption of air travel caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. - Radio New Zealand

►April 21, 2010 - New diagnostic model for child infections - Doctors tend to underestimate the risk of serious bacterial infection in young children, leading to undertreatment with antibiotics, an Australian study shows. - 6minutes.com.au

* ►April 21, 2010 - Unlearned lessons from the Steven Hatfill case By Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

►April 21, 2010 - Centre releases stock of JE vaccine, UP says don’t want ‘leftover’ - Indian Express

►April 21, 2010 - Emergent BioSolutions to Release First Quarter 2010 Financial Results and Conduct a Conference Call on May 5, 2010 - press release - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 21, 2010 - Advanced Life Sciences' Restanza Effective Against Pathogen Representing Global Public Health And Bioterror Threat - Preclinical data highlight Restanza's dual-use potential in biodefense and emerging global health infections- press release - Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 21, 2010 - More than 4 million people, mostly children to get vaccinated against 5 diseases - Dominican Today

►April 21, 2010 - Strides to protect against measles - BuaNews Online

►April 21, 2010 - Malawi hit by measles - Malawi has been hit by a measles outbreak which currently has affected over 1, 400 people. Meanwhile the country's Ministry of Health has sounded an alarm that it's soliciting an amount of 615million Malawi Kwacha (about $414m) to vaccinate over six million children. - AfricaNews

►April 21, 2010 - Alumni basketball tournament connected to mumps outbreak - Columbus Telegram

►April 21, 2010 - Doctor Testifies In Hepatitis C Trial - KXNT Las Vegas

►April 21, 2010 - HIV, Hep C a crisis in federal prisons, advocates warn - Toronto Sun

►April 21, 2010 - The Smallpox Outbreak, 21 April, 1950 - The Scotsman

►April 21, 2010 - Mercury is higher in some tuna species, according to DNA barcoding - R & D Magazine

►April 21, 2010 - Kidney Transplant Breakthrough in Israel - New Tang Dynasty Television

* ►April 21, 2010 - EI Vaccination – What A Waste - Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) President, Dr Roger Lavelle, today said that any decision by the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) to allow for voluntary vaccination of horses against Equine Influenza would conflict with the views of the vast majority of the equine industry. - press release - Horse Yard, Australia - "Dr Lavelle called on Primary Industry Ministers to listen and heed the concerns of the broad horse industry, 'The clear majority of horse breeders and owners in Australia vigorously oppose voluntary vaccination as they recognise it can only hurt Australia’s horse industry if it was allowed. It is amazing to think that the weight of scientific and veterinary opinion which universally warns that vaccination will mask the presence of EI in infected animals and facilitate the silent spread of disease, could be ignored – yet, this is exactly what a minority sector of the horse industry has asked PIMC to consider'."

* ►April 21, 2010 - The U.S. Senate Will Be Voting On The Food 'Safety' Bill - Act Now! - National Health Federation via The One Click Group - "Because of several U.S. Administration nominations that have taken priority, the U.S. Senate, which was expected to take up U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s Food Safety Act (S.510) as early as next week, will instead consider the bill in two to three weeks. When it does, there are several issues likely to be addressed with amendments to the bill. As readers will recall, this bill is more trash on a stick, intended not to address any food-safety problems but simply to expand government control over the food economy."

* ►April 21, 2010 - New Zealand Blood Banks Plan To Reject ME/CFS Patients - NZPA via The One Click Group

►April 21, 2010 - Erasing David - Britain's Terrifying Database State (includes trailer) - The One Click Group

* ►April 20, 2010 - Setting the Record Straight [Glaxo Fakes the Data]/ JAMA - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►April 20, 2010 - FDA Warns Pfizer for Lax Oversight of Drug Study - FDA says Pfizer has not fixed lax research conduct that caused overdoses in drug study - AP via ABC News

* ►April 20, 2010 - Dana Ullman: How Scientific Is Modern Medicine Really? - The Huffington Post - "Doctors today commonly assert that they practice 'scientific medicine,' and patients think that the medical treatments they receive are 'scientifically proven.' However, this ideal is a dream, not reality, and a clever and profitable marketing ruse, not fact."

►April 20, 2010 - Drug Prices Rose 9.1% Last Year, Ahead of Federal Health Overhaul (free preview) - Washington Post

►April 20, 2010 - Bill Gates on college tour's first day - CNET News Beyond Binary

* ►April 20, 2010 - Bill Gates imagines his life 20 years from now (includes video) - ZDNet.com - "At a talk in front of students at UC Berkeley, Microsoft Chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates discusses the world issues he plans to work on during the next 20 years. He says his priorities are in developing vaccines for disease and improving health care for the poor."

* ►April 20, 2010 - Gates asks students to reach higher and solve world problems (includes video) - The Oakland Tribune via Inside Bay Area - "'One way of looking at it is: when I'm born, how old will I become before 20 percent of all the people born in the same year are dead? In the U.S., I'd be older than 60. In many countries, the age is 4," Gates said. 'We've still done relatively little,' he added. 'We will need a lot of innovation. One of the major factors is that many vaccines need to be kept cold, and they're being delivered to countries where refrigeration is a challenge with no electricity being regularly generated or delivered there.'"

* ►April 20, 2010 - FDA warns firms to stop selling swine flu 'remedies' - Dietary supplements can treat swine flu virus, cancer, malaria and pneumonia, companies claim. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

* ►April 20, 2010 - U.S. doctors, minorities still wary of shots: official (Sibelius)/ Reuters - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "Why don't officials ask why most doctors don't get vaccinated?  Doctors have more experience treating patients with influenza than members of any other profession.  Doctors are the ones who hear their patients report side effects.  Doctors therefore have the firsthand knowledge to balance risk and benefit, more so than anyone else, and they "vote with their feet."  It's unfortunate that people who are not health professionals, such as Secretary Sebelius, find this painful and dangerous."

►April 20, 2010 - OB/GYN Offices May Be Ideal Venue for Improving Vaccine Rates Among Women - DukeHealth.org

►April 20, 2010 - OB/GYN Offices May Offer Ideal Venue For Improving Vaccine Rates Among Women - redOrbit - "'Ob/gyns don't typically think of themselves as vaccinators,' says Geeta Swamy, MD, Director of Obstetrics Clinical Research at Duke, who presented the findings today at the CDC National Immunization Conference in Atlanta."

►April 20, 2010 - Women need immunizations, but who could give them? Who? - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►April 20, 2010 - Should man, 74, get a shot now? - Tampa Bay Online - "Q. I am 74 years old. Should I get the swine flu shot?"

►April 20, 2010 - National Infant Immunization Week begins Saturday - Santa Rosa Press Gazette

►April 20, 2010 - National Immunization Week coming April 26-30 - Kootenay News Advertiser via BCLocalNews

* ►April 20, 2010 - New Insights Into the Implications of Autism Onset Patterns - Kennedy Krieger Institute has announced new study results showing that when and how autism symptoms appear in the first three years of life has vital implications to a child's developmental, diagnostic, and educational outcomes. Published this month in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, this study found children with early developmental warning signs may actually be at lower risk for poor outcomes than children with less delayed early development who experience a loss or plateau in skills. - Kennedy Krieger Institute, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►April 20, 2010 - Parenting an Autistic Adult - Motherlode via The New York Times

►April 20, 2010 - Compromise autism-insurance bill gets OK in Senate committee - prime buzz via Kansas City Star

►April 20, 2010 - Autism Bill Headed To Governor's Desk - KTUL.com

►April 20, 2010 - My Autism Story: Shannon Has a Son on the Spectrum - Big Kid on the Stir by CafeMom

►April 20, 2010 - Authorities continue search for missing autistic teens from Wellington - The Palm Beach Post

►April 20, 2010 - Autism: Free developmental screenings Saturday April 24 - With all this talk about autism lately, do you find yourself wondering if you should have your child evaluated--just in case? - City Brights Blog via San Francisco Chronicle

* ►April 20, 2010 - Toddler With Autism Wanders and Perishes - Age of Autism

* ►April 20, 2010 - Sneak Peak into Public Television Documentary on Autism Crisis in America - press release - MassMutual via PRNewswire - "A soon-to-be-released documentary will provide insights on the day-to-day struggles and heart-wrenching issues faced by families impacted by autism. Families featured in the upcoming public television documentary, 'Autism: Coming of Age.'"

* ►April 20, 2010 - The Man Who Would Prevent Autism - Dr. Phillip Landrigan, pioneering pediatrician, lead investigator of the National Children's Study and winner of the 2010 Heart of Green "Protector" Award. - The Daily Green

* ►April 20, 2010 - Autism diagnoses explode off the charts - 1 in 110 affected - Many parents still unaware of signs, symptoms - First in a series - Lakeland Times

►April 20, 2010 - Autism insurance reform touted as a good start - Lawrence Journal-World - "Kansas becomes the 18th state to enact autism insurance reform, but the first to limit it, according to Autism Speaks, which is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization."

►April 20, 2010 - Frontline: The Vaccine Wars - Left Brain/Right Brain

* ►April 20, 2010 - One Year Later: How the H1N1 Pandemic Has Strengthened America’s Preparedness - By Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS - FLU.gov

* ►April 20, 2010 - B.C. could dump millions worth of H1N1 vaccine - CTV British Columbia - "If they go unused, the total value of wasted vaccines will be about $8 million. But Ministry of Healthy Living spokesman Jeff Groot says because the federal government paid 60 per cent of the cost of B.C.'s H1N1 vaccines, the loss to the province will amount to only $3.2 million. Healthy Living Minister Ida Chong told CTV News the wasted vaccine is partly a result of low immunization rates in the province. 'We were required to order enough doses for every British Columbian who wanted one,' she said. 'We did try to get out the word that everyone should have an immunization, but our takeout rate was only 40 per cent.'"

* ►April 20, 2010 - B.C. has to throw out $20 million worth of unused H1N1 flu vaccine - Only 40% of residents chose to get the shot; leftover medication won't last as long as province had thought - The Victoria Times Colonist via Vancouver Sun - "B.C.’s provincial health officer, Perry Kendall, said it’s unfortunate many residents were unwilling to be vaccinated or were skeptical of the benefits and side-effects. Still, a vaccination rate of 40 per cent of the population is enough to prevent a third wave of H1N1, said Kendall. The province will also include H1N1 as part of its seasonal flu shots this fall, he said."

* ►April 20, 2010 - Jury still out on swine flu handling a year on - AFP via Yahoo!

►April 20, 2010 - God's Storehouse Giving Free H1N1 Vaccines - WSET.com

►April 20, 2010 - More Healthcare Workers Should Get Flu Shots, Health Officials Say - HR.BLR.com

►April 20, 2010 - Flu drugs saved many pregnant swine flu victims (requires registration) - AP via The Washington Post

* ►April 20, 2010 - H1N1 Flu Hit Pregnant Women Hard - Getting treatment quickly was key to avoiding life-threatening illness, CDC study found - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►April 20, 2010 - CDC raises estimates of H1N1 toll slightly - CIDRAP News

►April 20, 2010 - Vaccine institute may have discovered new way to combat bird flu - Yonhap News

►April 20, 2010 - Ministers gather in Vietnam to discuss pandemic influenza responses - Radio Australia

►April 20, 2010 - Global influenza conference opens - The Seventh International Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza – 2010 (IMCAPI) opened in Hanoi on April 20. - VOVNews.vn

►April 20, 2010 - Pandemic Influenza H1n1 2009 (swine Flu) - Special Update 181 - Voxy.co.nz

►April 20, 2010 - Child dies due to lung complications from H1N1 - New Straits Times via AsiaOne

►April 20, 2010 - Celebrating Lakewood's History - The Influenza Epidemic Of 1918 Hits Lakewood - Lakewood Observer

►April 20, 2010 - Last Year's H1N1 Flu Fears Seem Distant At St. Francis Prep - NY1

►April 20, 2010 - Brazil promotes nationwide vaccination against A/H1N1 flu - Xinhuanet

►April 20, 2010 - For San Diego Biomedical Firms with Stakes in Swine Flu, It’s Time for a Check-Up - Xconomy

►April 20, 2010 - Meridian Biosciences profit falls in fiscal 2nd quarter as weak flu season hurts revenue - AP via Canadian Business

►April 20, 2010 - Close calls as demand for flu vaccination increases - Rotorua Daily Post

►April 20, 2010 - DPH identifies five cases of chicken pox in Sussex - Sussex Countian

►April 20, 2010 - Chicken pox in schools triples in one month - The Union of Grass Valley

►April 20, 2010 - Volcanic ash delays West African polio vaccination - * At least 15 million doses stuck in Europe * Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Togo delay vaccinations - Reuters UK

►April 20, 2010 - Zimbabwe Authorities Set Up Emergency Clinics To Battle Deadly Measles Outbreaks - New measles cases have been on the rise following Easter observances by the Johannes Marange Apostolic Sect and other religious denominations which reject medical care including vaccination against measles - Voice of America

►April 20, 2010 - Hastings substitute teacher diagnosed with Hepatitis A, parents alerted - The Grand Rapids Press via MLive.com

►April 20, 2010 - Adding ANA598 to Standard Hepatitis C Treatment Accelerates Viral Response: Presented at EASL 2010 - Doctor's Guide

►April 20, 2010 - Falsely accused Ameri-thrax doctor speaks out - BioPrepWatch.com

►April 20, 2010 - Campylobacter jejuni-Associated Guillain-Barré Syndrome: It's No Picnic - Aetiology via ScienceBlogs

►April 20, 2010 - UAB's Whitley Asserts Urgent Need for New Antibiotics in CDC Health-Care Blog - UAB News

►April 20, 2010 - FDA Questions Abuse-Resistant Painkiller - FDA says extra ingredient in abuse-resistant painkiller may not be enough to stop misuse - AP via ABC News

►April 20, 2010 - When Heart Devices Fail, Who Should Be Blamed? (requires registration) - The New York Times

►April 20, 2010 - FDA Tightens Oversight of Home Medical Devices - As more patients use portable ventilators, dialysis machines, agency says safety an issue - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►April 20, 2010 - Cotroneo verdict: Not guilty - The Chronicle-Express - "The jury in the Shari Cotroneo manslaughter trial returned a not guilty verdict in about two hours today in Yates County Court. Cotroneo, 32, who had been charged with second degree manslaughter in the Feb. 5, 2009 death of 1-year-old Garren Smith of Rushville, was surrounded by family and other supporters after the courtroom erupted in emotion after the verdict was read."

►April 20, 2010 - GMO food labeling fight - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►April 20, 2010 - Jose Antonio Vargas: "The Other City" -- AIDS in America, Nearly 30 Years Later - The Huffington Post

►April 20, 2010 - Researchers identify the source of 'noise' in HIV - Cell Press via EurekAlert!

►April 20, 2010 - D.C. Council approves medical marijuana - Post Now via Washington Post

►April 20, 2010 - Inhibition of XMRV by a weapon of mass deamination - Virology Blog

* ►April 20, 2010 - Most Pediatricians Experienced Hib Vaccine Shortages (requires registration) - Pediatrics via Medscape Medical News

* ►April 20, 2010 - Namibia has no flu vaccine - The 15% of Namibia's population that is immuno-compromised due to HIV infection may have an unusually high risk of getting the flu this winter, unless the country can get hold of some seasonal flu vaccine. - hc2d.co.uk

* ►April 20, 2010 - General practice is 'the best place' for vaccinations - Irish Medical Times

* ►April 20, 2010 - Study: Fast Tamiflu treatment saved many pregnant swine flu victims in US - Fox4kc.com

* ►April 20, 2010 - Students require additional immunizations during middle school years - examiner.com

* ►April 20, 2010 - U.S. warns Pfizer on overdosed children in study - U.S. health regulators have warned Pfizer Inc. over a series of failures that led to the overdosing of at least 13 children in a clinical trial of its antipsychotic drug Geodon, according to a letter made public on Tuesday. - Reuters

* ►April 20, 2010 - Sneak Peak into Public Television Documentary on Autism Crisis in America - AP via KGUN9.com

►April 20, 2010 - Hormone Therapy Makes Comeback in New York Times magazine. Are cigarettes next? - OpEdNews

►April 20, 2010 - Bird flu Focus shifts to mid-sized farms - * UN sees risk in mid-size poultry farms * Monitoring of animal populations insufficient * Need to invest more upstream (Adds comments from FAO chief vet, byline) - Reuters

* ►April 20, 2010 - Prevention and control of meningococcal disease. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). (Addendum 1) Recommendations for all persons aged 11--18 years; (Addendum 2) Recommendations for children aged 2--10 years at increased risk for invasive meningococcal disease; (Addendum 3) Updated recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for revaccination of persons at prolonged increased risk for meningococcal disease. - MMWR via www.guideline.gov

►April 20, 2010 - The role of pattern-recognition receptors in innate immunity: update on Toll-like receptors - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►April 20, 2010 - University professor discusses state of world public health - The University FIMRC chapter hosted Dr. Holtan’s talk on Tuesday. - mndaily.com

* ►April 19, 2010 - Psychologist explores effective treatment options for children with autism disorders (w/ Video) - When one out of every 100 children born in this country is diagnosed with autism, treatment for those children requires as much attention as the diagnoses. (includes video) -University of Notre Dame via Physorg

* ►April 19, 2010 - Genetics, Psychology May Trigger ADHD - Gene variant and sense of family discord implicated in new study - HealthDay News

►April 19, 2010 - India: Will Pharma, Trade Agreements Shut Down the Pharmacy of the Developing World? - The Huffington Post

►April 19, 2010 - Ethnic Disparities Highlighted in Cancer Findings - Drug Discovery & Development

* ►April 19, 2010 - HHS Chief: More H1N1 Vaccinations - Kathleen Sebelius: 'More Needs To Be Done To Fight H1N1' (includes video) - CBS Atlanta

* ►April 19, 2010 - CDC Estimates of 2009 H1N1 Influenza Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths in the United States, April 2009 – March 13, 2010 - CDC

►April 19, 2010 - Amalgam use declines 46% . . . We are halfway there - Charles G. Brown, National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice via Salem Dental Studio News

►April 19, 2010 - Nigeria: HIV/Aids Message Spreads On Sokoto Farms - Daily Trust via AllAfrica.com

►April 19, 2010 - Promoting recovery from effects of severe allergic reaction - Journal of Clinical Investigation via EurekAlert!

►April 19, 2010 - Remarkable Effects of Fat Loss on the Immune System - Australian scientists have shown for the first time that even modest weight loss reverses many of the damaging changes often seen in the immune cells of obese people, particularly those with Type 2 diabetes. - Garvan Institute via ScienceDaily

►April 19, 2010 - Wife of Bad Axe pediatrician gets probation in Attorney General insurance fraud case - The Bay City Times via MLive.com - "State investigators said [Yuh-lin] Hung, from January 2003 through October 2004, billed insurance providers for free immunizations obtained through the federal Vaccines for Children program."

►April 19, 2010 - Vaccines and Caregivers - letter (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Which raises the question: why are these [flu] shots optional, especially for reasons that reflect a lack of education among health care professionals who should know better? Which raises the question: why are these shots optional, especially for reasons that reflect a lack of education among health care professionals who should know better?"

►April 19, 2010 - Chickenpox left off vaccination schedule - Independent Nurse via Healthcare Republic

►April 19, 2010 - 20 children die in Cape diarrhoea outbreak - Independent Online

►April 19, 2010 - Army Researchers Continue Fight Against Malaria - AP via Bioscience Technology

►April 19, 2010 - Nations Work Toward Aim of Zero Malaria Deaths by 2015 - Voice of America

►April 19, 2010 - State Urges Early Horse Vaccinations - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) urges all horse owners to ask their veterinarians for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis vaccination recommendations for their animals. - WHSV.com

►April 19, 2010 - Is Bird Flu Back, Or Did It Never Go Away? - Shots Blog via NPR

►April 19, 2010 - Health Ministry Continues To Monitor H1N1 Mutation - Liow - Bernama

►April 19, 2010 - Experts advise young people to get vaccinations against swine flu - IBTHealth

►April 18, 2010 - 39 new H1N1 cases detected - New Straits Times

“Out of My System & Out of Their System” Escaping the Pollution of This World - A Six-Module Online Wellness Academy Produced by WellWithU - WellWithU.com

Video Interview - Dean is 10 years old. He has Aspergers syndrome. He is not like his peers and is aware of his differences. Most 10 year olds enjoy playing video games and sport. But Dean would rather study history. We now interview him about what it's like to have Aspergers. - Autism Therapy and Speech Delays nlconcepts.com

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