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* ►May 2010 - Lack of Association Between Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination and Autism in Children: A Case-Control Study. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal) - "For children vaccinated before diagnosis, autism risk was lower in children vaccinated with MMR than in the nonvaccinated (OR: 0.17, 95% CI: 0.06-0.52) as well as to vaccinated with single measles vaccine (OR: 0.44, 95% CI: 0.22-0.91). The risk for vaccinated versus nonvaccinated (independent of vaccine type) was 0.28 (95% CI: 0.10-0.76). The risk connected with being vaccinated before onset of first symptoms was significantly lower only for MMR versus single vaccine (OR: 0.47, 95% CI: 0.22-0.99)."

* ►May 2010 - Phase I/II, Open-Label Trial of Safety and Immunogenicity of Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Adolescents. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Immune Response and One-Year Antibody Perisstence after a Fourth Dose of Novel Haemophilus Influenzae type B and Neisseria Meningitidis Serogroups C and Y-Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine (HibMenCY) at 12 to 15 Months of Age. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Immunogenicity of a Reduced Schedule of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Healthy Infants and Correlates of Protection for Serotype 6B in the United Kingdom. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Randomized Trials to Study the Nonspecific Effects of Vaccines in Children in Low-Income Countries. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Sequence Types and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Invasive Streptococcus Pneumoniae Isolates from a Region with High Antibiotic Selective Pressure and Suboptimal Vaccine Coverage.(requires registration)  - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Kawasaki Disease Patients With Redness or Crust Formation at the Bacille Calmette-Guerin Inoculation Site. - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2010 - Rubella in Austria 2008-2009: No Longer a Typical Childhood Disease. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal) - "These findings underline the waning epidemiologic role of children in maintaining the circulation of rubella virus and indicate that additional vaccination activities targeting >15 year olds are needed to achieve the 2010 WHO target for rubella elimination in the European Region."

►May 2010 - Etiology of Aseptic Meningitis, Peripheral Facial Nerve Palsy, and a Combination of Both in Children. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Petechial Rash With Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) Infection. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Readability of H1N1 Information From the CDC Web Site. - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Prospective, National Clinical and Epidemiologic Study on Imported Childhood Malaria in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Commercial Interferon Gamma Release Assays Compared to the Tuberculin Skin Test for Diagnosis of Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in Childhood Contacts in the Gambia. - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Renal Microabscesses Due to Bartonella Infection. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Seasonal Pattern and Genotype Distribution of Norovirus Infection in Japan. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - In Utero and at Birth Diagnosis of Congenital Toxoplasmosis: Use of Likelihood Ratios for Clinical Management. (requires registration) - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2010 - Leptin regulates leukocyte recruitment into the brain following systemic LPS-induced inflammation - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►May 2010 - Association of maternal dopamine transporter genotype with negative parenting: evidence for gene x environment interaction with child disruptive behavior - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►May 2010 - Interferon-α effects on diurnal hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis activity: relationship with proinflammatory cytokines and behavior - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 2010 - Review and meta-analysis of antidepressant pharmacogenetic findings in major depressive disorder - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 2010 - Cognitive impact of genetic variation of the serotonin transporter in primates is associated with differences in brain morphology rather than serotonin neurotransmission - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 2010 - Chordin-induced lineage plasticity of adult SVZ neuroblasts after demyelination - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

►May 2010 - The amygdala encodes specific sensory features of an aversive reinforcer - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

* ►April 29, 2010 - WHO dubious about flu jab - The World Health Organisation initially baulked at approving the three-in-one flu shot rubber-stamped by Australian authorities last year. - The Australian

* ►April 28, 2010 - Hunter toddler recovering from adverse reaction to flu vaccine - The Herald, Australia - "Within eight hours of receiving the seasonal influenza vaccine toddler Bailey Kirkland was in a critical condition in John Hunter Hospital's emergency department. His mother Lauren Kirkland said yesterday she had no doubt that her nine-month-old son had suffered an adverse reaction to the vaccine on April 13. Mrs Kirkland said her son's condition deteriorated within an hour of receiving the vaccine from a GP at noon. He was admitted to the emergency department at 9.30pm with a fever of 44 degrees and a heart rate of 220 beats a minute. Blood and urine tests were unable to provide any clues to the cause of Bailey's condition. 'The doctor said to me they didn't know what caused it and they put it down to a virus,' Mrs Kirkland said. 'With what's come out recently, I've no doubt now that it was the vaccine.'"

* ►April 28, 2010 - Bunbury toddler ill after vaccine - Bunbury Mail, AU - "He was fine to begin with but when it was time for bed he started throwing up,” Ms Bartels said. "Then his breathing was out and his eyes started to roll in the back of his head." Ms Bartels said it was a frightening experience but was thankful Cohen was back to his normal self within 24 hours."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Vaccine reactions deter mother - New Zealand Herald - "An Auckland mother will not have her children vaccinated against influenza again after her toddler son experienced a frightening convulsion. The woman, who asked that her family's names not be published, said her 19-month-old son and 3-year-old daughter experienced bad reactions within hours of their first dose of Influvac vaccine."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Government 'too cosy with flu vaccine maker' - The Federal Government has been accused of making flawed decisions because of its overly "cosy" relationship with flu vaccine manufacturer CSL. -

* ►April 28, 2010 - Focus on cause of death, not GP: AMA - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

* ►April 28, 2010 - Flu death: early warning signs ignored - Brisbane Times - "Under his plan, patients or children's parents would work with nurses to record any ill health after receiving the vaccine and whether being immunised prevented the disease. The information would be kept at a central location. Professor Collignon estimates it would cost between $500,000 and $1 million, a fraction of the $50 million the federal government spends on administering the vaccine."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Vaccine 'had early warning signs' - AAP via - "Peter Collignon, from Canberra's Australian National University, said original studies conducted by the vaccine's manufacturers raised some early concerns. About 370 children were vaccinated with the swine flu vaccine in October 2009. 'What was surprising was that particularly for young children under three, about 35 per cent of those developed a fever when they were given a lower dose of the vaccine,' he told ABC Radio today. He said the study was not 'appreciated' by the relevant authorities, adding vaccine testing in Australia needs to be improved."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Swine flu jab `gives third of toddlers fever' - An infectious diseases expert has revealed regulators knew last year that swine flu vaccines caused one-third of children to develop fevers. - The Australian - "Professor Collignon said this risk, although rare, outweighed the dangers posed by flu itself for the majority of children, and called for the vaccine to be targeted to patients most likely to be severely affected by flu. Other experts rejected Professor Collignon's comments. One accused him of "jumping on the bandwagon" and leaping to unjustified conclusions."

* ►April 28, 2010 - 'Flu jab death': AMAQ warns against making doctor a scapegoat - Brisbane Times - "AMA Queensland president Dr Mason Stevenson said focus needed to remain on determining the cause of death and not the doctor's conduct. 'Let's resolve the issue about how this child died because the parents need closure,' Dr Stevenson said. 'Secondly we all need to know if [there is], or if there's not, a link with the seasonal flu vaccine.'"

* ►April 28, 2010 - Flu jab debate intensifies after adverse reactions (includes audio) - The World Today via

* ►April 28, 2010 - Five NZ kids react to flu vaccine - NZPA via Sydney Morning Herald - "New Zealand children have suffered convulsions from a flu vaccination following reports of similar reactions in Australia. Last week, the NZ Ministry of Health advised doctors against using Fluvax on children."

►April 28, 2010 - Flu vaccine convulsion cases in NZ - NZPA via The Press via

►April 28, 2010 - Flu Vaccine Early Warning Signs Ignored As Children Convulse And Die - via The One Click Group

* ►April 28, 2010 - Flu Vaccine Pronounced Not Only Deadly But Useless Too - Minnesota Public Radio via The One Click Group

* ►April 28, 2010 - GP reported after toddler death - An Iranian-trained doctor whose two-year-old patient died hours after he gave her a flu shot was reported to Queensland's Medical Board. - The Australian

* ►April 28, 2010 - Professor Peter Collignon disturbed at lack of influenza data by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "This morning, on Nine to Noon, Kathryn Ryan listened while Professor Peter Collignon carefully detailed his concerns about the lack of data on flu vaccine side effects; the short comings of the current reporting systems world wide; the inadequate reasoning behind the use of the H1N1 vaccine. Everything Professor Collignon stated this morning, underlines everything I said to the Health Select Committee on vaccination rates, on April 15th, 2010."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Flu vaccine risks for children (duration: 18′20″) - Should flu vaccinations only be given to those at risk, after serious adverse reactions in some children. With Professor Peter Collignon - Infectious Diseases Physician and Microbiologist Director Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology, also Dr Nikki Turner - Immunisation Advisory Centre. - Audio from Nine To Noon via Radio New Zealand

* ►April 28, 2010 - Radio from ABC Australia - Prof Peter Collignon, ANU on the problems with the flu vaccines in children, lack of reaction reporting, safety data - Meryl Dorey, AVN interviewed on ABC Coast FM regarding the death and adverse reactions to the flu vaccine in children"

* ►April 28, 2010 - Elderly encouraged to get flu jab - The WA Department of Health says the flu vaccine is safe for the elderly despite more than 250 WA children experiencing adverse reactions to the flu shot. -

* ►April 28, 2010 - CSL shares catch $2.4bn chill over flu vaccine fears - CSL shares plunged yesterday amid ongoing suspicion that this season's influenza vaccination is potentially dangerous for children and could be linked to hundreds of adverse reactions nationwide. - The Australian

* ►April 28, 2010 - AVI BioPharma Secures Increased Funding of Approximately $4.0 Million Under Its Contract With the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency for Development of Therapeutics Targeting H1N1 Swine Flu - AVI BioPharma, Inc. via Marketwire via MarketWatch

* ►April 28, 2010 - American Academy Of Pediatrics Launches Protect Tomorrow Campaign Bringing History To Life So Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses Don't Re-emerge - American Academy of Pediatrics via Medical News Today

* ►April 28, 2010 - New Research Finds Nearly 90 Percent Of Colorado Parents Agree That Immunizations Are Important, Though Many Continue To Have Safety Concerns - Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition via Medical News Today

* ►April 28, 2010 - Virosome-based vaccine completes safety, efficacy tests - Pevion Biotech has successfully completed preclinical safety and efficacy studies of its RSV vaccine candidate, which uses a virosome-based delivery platform. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►April 28, 2010 - UPDATE 1-Tail-end of swine flu boom lifts Glaxo Q1 profits - * Q1 earnings 30.7p a share vs consensus 29.5p  Q1 sales 7.36 bln pounds vs consensus 7.17 bln * Glaxo CEO says made good start to year (Adds details, background on swine flu and other products) - Reuters - "Bumper sales of swine flu vaccine boosted GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK.L) first-quarter earnings per share 17 percent, more than expected, but the rest of 2010 may be tougher as H1N1 business wanes."

►April 28, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline profits climb on healthy sales of swine flu vaccine - GlaxoSmithKline profits increased 16pc in the first quarter, driven by better-than expected swine flu vaccine sales. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 28, 2010 - CDC Advisors Suggest Streamlining Postexposure Prophylaxis for Rabies - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 28, 2010 - Questionable Antipsychotic Prescribing Remains Common, Despite Serious Risks - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 28, 2010 - FDA Seeks Comment, Information, Data on Front-of-Package Labeling and Shelf-Tag Symbols - FDA

►April 28, 2010 - Effect of B-Vitamin Therapy on Progression of Diabetic Nephropathy (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - The Patient-Centered Medical Home Movement - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Evidence Strength in FDA Premarket Approval of Cardiovascular Devices - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Evidence Strength in FDA Premarket Approval of Cardiovascular Devices—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 28, 2010 - Depression Severity and Effect of Antidepressant Medications - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Depression Severity and Effect of Antidepressant Medications—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - New public health study findings have been published by scientists at University of Michigan - Annual Review of Public Health via NewsRx

►April 28, 2010 - Psychopathy and Reward - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 28, 2010 - Autonomy, Informed Consent and Medical Law: A Relational Challenge (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Medicinema—Doctors in Films (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - The Coming Shortage of Surgeons: Why They Are Disappearing and What That Means for Our Health (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Changes in the Use and Costs of Diagnostic Imaging Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Cancer, 1999-2006 - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - Zicam Update - journal article (JAMA)

►April 28, 2010 - African Medical Education - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 28, 2010 - The Pfizer Geodon Trial And Physician Mishaps - Pharmalot

►April 28, 2010 - If Provenge Is Approved, Dendreon Stock Will… - Pharmalot

►April 28, 2010 - AstraZeneca, Seroquel And Product Liability - Pharmalot

* ►April 28, 2010 - New research on autism from University of Amsterdam, Department of Psychology summarized - Biological Psychiatry via NewsRx

►April 28, 2010 - Addressing autism, raising awareness - Family deals with challenges of autism - Suburban Journals

►April 28, 2010 - No simple solutions on health equity and funding - The Irish Times

►April 28, 2010 - Pfizer developing "bio-betters," seeking rare blood disorder drugs - The Wall Street Journal via FierceBiotech

►April 28, 2010 - 50 H1N1 Cluster Symptoms Detected At Bentong MRSM - Bernama

►April 28, 2010 - China Lifts Ban on Visitors Who Are H.I.V. Positive (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 28, 2010 - Convicted counterfeit pharmaceutical distributor re-sentenced - Ethiopian Review - "A Chinese national and former owner of Pacific Orient International Ltd. was re-sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to distribute counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs and misbranding counterfeit drugs. This re-sentencing follows the decision of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse one count of conviction. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Food and Drug Administration-Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI)."

►April 28, 2010 - Testing for cervical cancer virus could detect more cases of disease - Women should be tested for the virus that causes cervical cancer before they are given a conventional smear test, a new study suggests. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 28, 2010 - Ignorance is not bliss: serious Hepatitis B vaccine questions by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

►April 28, 2010 - Waiting Game for Life-Extending Prostate Drug - Patients Waited Years for Extra Studies on Unique Cancer Drug Provenge (includes video) - CBS News

►April 28, 2010 - Redbridge: Health trust urges MMR jabs - East London and West Essex Guardian Series, UK

►April 28, 2010 - An epidemic of ignorance and misinformation - The Western Star

►April 28, 2010 - W.Va. groups remind parents to vaccinate children - Charleston Daily Mail

►April 28, 2010 - New Tennessee Immunization Requirements: Parents Urged to Immunize Early - WDEF News 12

►April 28, 2010 - Mumps Outbreak Draws Warnings From Guam Public Health Officials - Guam News Watch

* ►April 28, 2010 - Bringing the Urabe Atrocity to Court: Statement by the Parents of Harry Horne-Roberts by John Stone - Age of Autism - "Harry Horne Roberts' parents  Keith and Jennifer ( Jennifer is a barrister)  took 10 Claimants 'the MMR 10' to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the withdrawal of legal aid after 2003 via the UK  High Court and Court of Appeal. Now they have referred the Urabe atrocity to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a crime against humanity by the UK government. If the DPP fail or refuse to investigate the atrocity they will refer it to the International Criminal Court in the Hague on the grounds of crimes against humanity by the UK government. Crimes against humanity are not confined to the Third World; in the West they are covered up. We need light in very dark and tragic places."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Countdown - Support Dr Sarah Myhill Campaign - The One Click Group

►April 28, 2010 - Australia Bans Blood Donations From People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) - The One Click Group

►April 28, 2010 - Censorship Victims Send Support To Icelandic Modern Media Initiative - IceNews via The One Click Group

►April 28, 2010 - Chinese Drywall Complaint Center Blasts Obama, the USCPSC & CDC For Gut Your Toxic House-Your SOL - PRWeb

* ►April 28, 2010 - 38-Day-Old Baby Dies After Persisting Cough - Your Family's Health: Many Experts Urge Vaccination Against Whooping Cough (includes video) - Good Morning America via ABC News

* ►April 28, 2010 - Autistic Gray man, 22, killed by his father - Police say the man, who also shot himself, may have been worried about his son's care in the future. - The Portland Press Herald

* ►April 28, 2010 - Maine Man Shoots and Kills Autistic Son and Himself - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►April 28, 2010 - Student fights to overcome autism - Hockey has helped in succeeding condition - The Rocky Mountain Collegian

►April 28, 2010 - Richard Moore in The Lakeland Times: Correlations Point to Environmental, Vaccine Link to Autism By Richard Moore - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2010 - Vaccines made with fetal cells causing autism? - WorldNetDaily

* ►April 28, 2010 - An autism divide - Study's retraction stirs debate in health community - Sun-Times Media via Joliet Herald-News via - "However, LJ Goes of New Lenox, mother of a 3½-year-old son who was diagnosed with autism last year, feels quite differently. She hails Wakefield as a martyr, condemned merely for questioning the MMR vaccine's safety.  As for [Dr. Andrew] Wakefield's supposed unscrupulous behavior, Goes points to a Dec. 18 New York Times story. It reported that, in 2007, most of the members of a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory panel that evaluated flu and cervical cancer vaccines had possible, unsettled conflicts of interest. Goes added that the CDC, on its website, contradicts itself regarding vaccine safety."

* ►April 28, 2010 - War, Death, Murder and Suicide - Adventures in Autism - "Last night I returned home, planning on watching Frontline's "The Vaccine War", which we already knew would be a hit piece on parents, as we saw the website that only offered the perspective of dismissive doctors, heard that they had cut famous UCLA pediatrician Jay Gordon out of the show (even though he was interviewed sitting next to Jenny McCarthy), and we had seen the preview which basically told vaccine resistant mothers they were bad citizens and condemning other children to death by vaccine preventable illness.  But I never got to watch the show."

* ►April 28, 2010 - Dr. Stanley Greenspan Has Passed Away - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2010 - Amy Wallace To Be Honored by Drug Industry for Wired Puff Piece By Jake Crosby - Age of Autism

►April 28, 2010 - HuffPo: Dr. Jay Gordon Responds to Frontline Vaccine War Editing - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2010 - Jay Gordon, MD: PBS Frontline Show About Vaccines - The Huffington Post - "You say the decisions to edit 100% of my interview from your show (and omit my comments from your website) 'were purely based on what's best for the show, not personal or political, and the others who didn't make it came from both sides of the vaccine debate.' You are not telling the truth. You had a point to prove and removed material from your show which made the narrative balanced. 'Distraught, confused moms against important, well-spoken calm doctors' was your narrative with a deep sure voice to, literally, narrate the entire artifice. You should be ashamed of yourself, Kate [McMahon]. You knew what you put on the air was slanted and you cheated the viewers out of an opportunity for education and information. You cheated me out of hours of time, betrayed my trust and then you wasted an hour of PBS airtime. Shame on you."

* ►April 28, 2010 - The Vaccine War: A Forgotten History by Roman Bystrianyk - Health Sentinel - "Vaccines are considered by many to be one of the major wonders of modern medicine. Paul Offit, MD stated "vaccines have increased our lifespan by 30 years." Vaccines have been credited with the eradication of infectious diseases that plagued mankind for centuries. Similar statements have been made by various officials what is the actual proof that this is true?"

* ►April 28, 2010 - The Vaccine War: Telling it (mostly) like it is about the anti-vaccine movement - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs - "There was then a segment at Pfizer. This may not have been the best idea strategically, given how it feeds into the distrust of big pharma, although the scientist interviewed, Dr. Emilio Emini, did a good job of pointing out how vaccines prevent disease. Still, right there, I could envision doubting parents becoming suspicous. Then, of course, there is Dr. Paul Offit, who, although he is the Dark Lord of Vaccination to the antivaccine movement, who is nonetheless the one of the most effective provaccine voices. Happily, Offit makes no apologies for having gotten rich from a vaccine. He is enormously proud of it, as he should be."

* ►April 27, 2010 - The Vaccine War - video - FRONTLINE via PBS

* ►April 27, 2010 - The Vaccine War Interviews - Jenny McCarthy - Cynthia Cristofai, M.D. - Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. - Alvaro and Myrian Fontan - J. B. Handley - Paul Offit, M.D. - Robert W. Sears, M.D. -  FRONTLINE via PBS

* ►April 27, 2010 - Should kids be vaccinated? 'Frontline' and science say 'yes'; Jenny McCarthy and a lot of selfish Gen X'ers say 'no' - Ken Tucker's TV via Entertainment Weekly

* ►April 27, 2010 - Television review: 'The Vaccine Wars' on PBS - The documentary focuses on the growing number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their kids over fear of autism and other disorders and the public health officials who find this trend alarming. - Los Angeles Times

* ►April 27, 2010 - Age of Autism: The Vaccine Wars - Age of Autism

►April 27, 2010 - Frontline Vaccine War episode on in the US tonight - Left Brain/Right Brain

►April 27, 2010 - Ellen Gray: Taking sides in 'The Vaccine War' By Ellen Gray - Philadelphia Daily News via

►April 27, 2010 - Frontline: "The Vaccine Wars", and why vaccination is so important -

* ►April 27, 2010 - PBS Frontline: The Televangelists Of Secular Sacrifice - Kerboblog

* ►April 27, 2010 - Autism: Frontline rehashes the vaccine "debate"... - City Brights Blog via San Francisco Chronicle

* ►April 27, 2010 - Correlations point to environmental, vaccine link to autism - In U.S., more vaccines, more autism - Third in a series - Lakeland Times - "Today, well into 2010, there's no question the academic, pharmaceutical and mainstream media bias toward vaccine safety still exists, but new studies are forcing at least some professionals to look again at toxicity as a real cause of autism."

* ►April 27, 2010 - Pediatricians Renew Push for Childhood Vaccines - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

* ►April 27, 2010 - Public health dispels common vaccination myths - Woodstock Sentinel-Review

* ►April 27, 2010 - Doctors want you to remember polio and diphtheria - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►April 27, 2010 - Keep Kids Healthy Through Immunization (includes video) -

►April 27, 2010 - One woman's campaign: Confronting Vashon's low vaccination rates - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

* ►April 27, 2010 - Save The Date: American Rally for Personal Rights in Chicago 5/26 - Age of Autism

►April 27, 2010 - Early diagnosis of autism can lead to early treatment - The Spokesman-Review

►April 27, 2010 - Pet Talk: Temple Grandin straddles the worlds of animal welfare and autism -

►April 27, 2010 - The GSMTFoundation Autism Awareness Project -

►April 27, 2010 - Pathlight School for autistic children officially opens in Ang Mo Kio -

►April 27, 2010 - Leveling the playing field for autistic students (free preview) - AP via Newsday

►April 27, 2010 - State legislative hearings to examine autism - The Detroit News

►April 27, 2010 - My Autism Story: Andrea's Son Has Autism and She Shares Her Insight - The Stir by CafeMom

►April 27, 2010 - Teaching people about my autistic son - As I try to calm my screaming child on the sidewalk, I feel other parents’ eyes on me. They don’t know the whole story - The Globe and Mail
►April 27, 2010 - Conference on educating children with autism - Salem Gazette

* ►April 27, 2010 - Words, Beautiful Words - Adventures in Autism

* ►April 27, 2010 - CureTogether Announces Online Autism Treatment Study - Parents of Autistic Children Invited to Participate Anonymously at - via PRWeb

* ►April 27, 2010 - Making Money Promoting Anti-Vaccine Myths - The Science Business Blog via Forbes

* ►April 27, 2010 - AstraZeneca Reaches $520 Million Settlement Posted by Sharyl Attkisson - CBS News - "The claims in the Seroquel case are similar to those outlined in an exclusive CBS News Investigation last year regarding another drug: Risperdal. Like Seroquel, Risperdal is only approved for certain patients: primarily adult patients who are psychotic, and for very limited pediatric use. However, it is in practice widely prescribed to children for less severe psychoses and disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder and autism."

* ►April 27, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Giant Astrazeneca To Pay $520 Million - press release - - "'Illegal acts by pharmaceutical companies and false claims against Medicare and Medicaid can put the public health at risk, corrupt medical decisions by health care providers, and take billions of dollars directly out of taxpayers’ pockets,' said Attorney General Eric Holder.  'This Administration is committed to recovering taxpayer money lost to health care fraud, whether it’s by bringing cases against common criminals operating out of vacant storefronts or executives at some of the nation’s biggest companies.'"

►April 27, 2010 - Drug Giant AstraZeneca to Pay $520 Million to Settle Fraud Case - Justice Department Alleges Pharmaceutical Firm Illegally Marketed Schizophrenia Drug (includes video) - ABC News

►April 27, 2010 - 44 pupils sick after hepatitis B vaccination - People's Daily Online

►April 27, 2010 - Immunization rates of kids must improve in Arizona - Arizona Republic

►April 27, 2010 - New Research Finds Nearly 90 Percent of Colorado Parents Agree That Immunizations Are Important, Though Many Continue to Have Safety Concerns - press release - Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition via PRNewswire - "Many of these parents also have concerns about immunization. Over half of respondents 'agreed' or 'somewhat agreed' they had concerns about the safety of vaccination for their child.  Parents cited their concerns about immunizations that centered on perceived adverse reactions that could be caused by a vaccine. While some respondents mentioned specific reactions that they were afraid of such as sickness, pain, or Autism, a large proportion simply described their fear in general terms related to the perceived possible negative effects of vaccines."

* ►April 27, 2010 - Research suggests flu vaccine doesn't prevent deaths among the elderly - Minnesota Public Radio - "A growing body of research shows that because our immune systems age, flu vaccines don't work as well in the elderly - the group of people most likely to die from flu-related causes. The revelation has been so unsettling that public health officials have not shared the information widely with the public - even though some of the early findings have been a part of the scientific literature for several years now. Michael Osterholm, who directs the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Tuesday told a national conference on vaccine research that it's time to be more open about the flu vaccine and its lack of protection for the elderly. Osterholm also urged his colleagues to support attempts to create a new, effective vaccine."

* ►April 27, 2010 - Bligh defends Queensland Health over flu death investigation - Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says the Health Minister Paul Lucas did everything he could to find the girl's family after being asked about the death by a journalist earlier this month. -

* ►April 27, 2010 - One Year Later: 5 Lessons from the H1N1 Pandemic - TIME

►April 27, 2010 - Lessons learned a year after first H1N1 case - East Valley Tribune

►April 27, 2010 - H1N1 Anniversary: Faded for Some, Forever for Others - The Stir by CafeMom

►April 27, 2010 - Over One Million Cubans Immunized Against A-H1N1 Influenza Virus - Cuban News Agency

►April 27, 2010 - H1N1 hype justified - Doctor’s Orders - Rutgers Daily Targum

►April 27, 2010 - Dynavax to start human studies of flu vaccine - AP via BusinessWeek

* ►April 27, 2010 - GSK smacks UK Health Secretary's hand. by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "Here's how the story goes. In 2005 Glaxo Smith Kline, amongst other vaccine firms, threatened the UK Government, saying - 'You've got to increase the use of ordinary annual flu vaccine in UK, or if a pandemic comes, we won't supply pandemic vaccine!  So there.'  Fast forward to 2010."

* ►April 27, 2010 - FDA Changes Device Advisory Committees Voting Procedures - GoozNews

* ►April 27, 2010 - USDA may ban additives from organic formula (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "The Agriculture Department says it may ban two synthetic additives from organic baby formula, overturning a Bush administration decision to allow them."

* ►April 27, 2010 - Dynavax's Two Phase 3 HEPLISAV Trials Cleared by DSMB to Continue Immunizations - Market Wire via Therapeutics Daily

* ►April 27, 2010 - PPD revs down in Q1, but cancellations normalize; China vacc unit opens - Integration expenses, lower revenues, higher R&D spending and rising corporate costs impact PPD in Q1, but cancellations back to normal levels and requests for proposals increase. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►April 27, 2010 - Trials in Africa under way that could make malaria as rare as polio - The National Newspaper

* ►April 27, 2010 - Exposure to Children Linked to Lower Risk for Bacteremic Pneumococcal Disease (requires registration) - Archives of Internal Medicine via Medscape Medical News

* ►April 27, 2010 - AZ to pay US govt $520m to settle Seroquel marketing probe - AstraZeneca will pay $520 to the US government to settle a federal investigation into the marketing of its blockbuster antipsychotic Seroquel. -

* ►April 27, 2010 - Invasive pneumococcal disease incidence remained stable due to non-PCV7 serotypes - PediatricSupersite

* ►April 27, 2010 - USP, FDA must be proactive in updating monographs - The USP and FDA must work to identify counterfeited or intentionally adulterated products before they enter the healthcare system by collaborating on the modification of monographs, according to Margaret Hamburg. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►April 27, 2010 - Commercial Free Speech Or Off-Label Marketing? - Pharmalot

* ►April 27, 2010 - Supreme Court: Merck Securities Suit Can Proceed - Pharmalot

* ►April 27, 2010 - That Crucial Avandia Trial Raises More Concerns - Pharmalot

►April 27, 2010 - Merck Will Close Three New Jersey Facilities - Pharmalot

* ►April 27, 2010 - State legislative hearings to examine autism - The Detroit News

►April 27, 2010 - Congressman Bachus Remarks on National Autism Awareness Month -

►April 27, 2010 - 'It was pretty much night and day ' - children with autism strive in alternative schools - Medill Reports Chicago Northwestern University

* ►April 27, 2010 - Fair Oaks mom: Why were autistic twins dumped from class field trip? (includes video) -

* ►April 27, 2010 - Childhood exposure to violence impedes learning and health - Medill Reports Chicago Northwestern University

►April 27, 2010 - Experts: Life expectancy linked to location - Medill Reports Chicago Northwestern University

►April 27, 2010 - Warning Letter Children's Hospital Assoc. Transfusion Medicine Services 4/8/10 - FDA

►April 27, 2010 - FDA Approves New Device for Adults with Severe and Persistent Asthma - FDA

►April 27, 2010 - Parenting/Politics: Should Bad Parenting Be a Crime? - Does bad parenting reach the threshold of being criminal? - The Power of Prime Blog via Psychology Today

►April 27, 2010 - CDC: Almost half U.S. population suffers from serious illnesses -

►April 27, 2010 - Hexa-vaccine in Qatar by end of the year - Peninsula On-line, Qatar - "This vaccine contains protection against six diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib (a bacterial infection that causes meningitis) and hepatitis B. We will hopefully introduce it within this year. No other GCC country has used the vaccine so far"

* ►April 27, 2010 - Progress in Immunization Information Systems — United States, 2008 (requires registration) - MMWR via Medscape

►April 27, 2010 - Biostar says it resolved hepatitis B drug ad issue - AP via BusinessWeek

►April 27, 2010 - Presidio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Initiates First-in-Human Clinical Trial of PPI-461, an Investigational NS5A Inhibitor for HCV - press release - Presidio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire

►April 27, 2010 - Take-up of MMR vaccine well below EU average - Times of Malta

* ►April 27, 2010 - Zimbabwe Parliamentary Panel Questions Health Officials On Deadly Measles Outbreak - UNICEF and the World Health Organization will support the Ministry of Health drive to immunize all Zimbabwean children between the ages of six months and 14 years - Voice of America

►April 27, 2010 - Brave William beats killer bug to inspire others - This Is The West Country, UK

►April 27, 2010 - Launch Party:  ANTHRAX WAR By Bob Coen and Eric Nadler - May 3, 7pm Melville House Bookstore Brooklyn - Come celebrate the paperback release of Anthrax War: Dead Silence . . . Fear and Terror on the Anthrax Trail by Bob Coen and Eric Nadler. - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►April 27, 2010 - Common virus tied to earlier death in older women - Older women with high antibody levels to a common viral infection may be more vulnerable to frailty and die earlier than other women their age, a new study suggests. - American Journal of Epidemiology via Reuters - "One factor is that the researchers looked at the women's CMV antibody levels and then followed them over time to see which participants became frail or died; so the antibody elevations preceded the outcomes."

►April 27, 2010 - Potential for common bacteria to cause colorectal cancer - Aetiology via ScienceBlogs

►April 27, 2010 - American Academy of Periodontology calls on CDC to assess periodontal health in the US - AAP testimony asks the CDC's Division of Oral Health to include periodontal surveillance as part of strategic priorities - press release - American Academy of Periodontology via EurekAlert!

►April 27, 2010 - Gillibrand to USDA: Regulate Non-O157 E. coli - Food Safety News

* ►April 27, 2010 - Animal Instincts - Animal-based diseases account for 75 percent of newly emerging infectious diseases, including H1N1. Can health agencies work together to stop their spread? - Newsweek

►April 27, 2010 - Toxins Plague L.A. County Neighborhood; According to Girardi-Keese - 50-Acre, 285-Home Carson Neighborhood Built on Former Shell Oil Co. Site Affected by Extremely High Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals 'It's the most despicable situation I've seen in 40 years of doing this.'- Attorney Tom Girardi, Girardi-Keese - EDS: Interviews, documents, photos, legal filings, background and other help for stories available. - press release - Girardi-Keese via PRNewswire

►April 27, 2010 - Vitamin D reduces diabetes risk by 43 percent - is there anything this vitamin can't do? -

►April 27, 2010 - Natural substance in breast milk destroys cancer cells -

* ►April 27, 2010 - Big Brother to track your medication compliance with electronic transmitters in pills -

* ►April 27, 2010 - Gluten intolerance rising in developed countries - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►April 27, 2010 - New Mom? Top Things You Need to Know - ModernMom - "Vaccines - This is a very controversial topic these days, but according to Dr.Greene, the risks outweight the benefit...and there's been a lot of research..."

►April 27, 2010 - Criminals beware: Everything you touch leaves a unique bacterial trail - Health Sciences Institute via

►April 27, 2010 - Arrests Made Over Contaminated Cheese - Food Safety News

* ►April 26, 2010 - Jenny McCarthy: You Can Help Children With Autism by Voting for Generation Rescue! - The Huffington Post - "My organization, Generation Rescue, is turning awareness into action by giving families the opportunity to see a doctor. As simple as seeing a doctor may seem, it can literally change a child's life. For April during Autism Awareness Month we have been given the opportunity to be part of the Pepsi Refresh Campaign and are in the running for a $250,000 grant. This is so important because that amount of money can literally help 100 families. I'm so often stopped at the grocery store or in public and asked how someone can help. This is a really easy way. Please be a part of Autism Awareness Month and take action with me by voting for Generation Rescue. It's amazing how a simple vote can help so many children. Vote every day until the end April and help our kids get better."

►April 26, 2010 - Autistic Surfer Clay Marzo Masters Waves but Struggles on Land - Pro-surfer's Asperger's Syndrome Enhances His Surfing - ABC News

►April 26, 2010 - Is Autism Making Your Experience of Parenthood Unbearable? - Autism Blog via

►April 26, 2010 - College professor with autism, featured on HBO special, will speak in Harrisburg about her life - The Patriot-News via

►April 26, 2010 - Emuwa: Challenges of Managing an Autistic Son - ThisDay, Nigeria

* ►April 26, 2010 - Exposure to Children as a Risk Factor for Bacteremic Pneumococcal Disease - Changes in the Post–Conjugate Vaccine Era - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - The Impact of Disclosing Financial Ties in Research and Clinical Care - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - Patients & Researchers Want Financial Ties Disclosed - Pharmalot

* ►April 26, 2010 - Public Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - It Is Time for Food and Drug Administration Reform - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - Association of Interruptions With an Increased Risk and Severity of Medication Administration Errors (free full text) - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - Giving Medication Administration the Respect It Is Due - Comment on: "Association of Interruptions With an Increased Risk and Severity of Medication Administration Errors" - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - Is Emergency Research Without Initial Consent Justified? - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►April 26, 2010 - Comparative Analysis of Different Approaches to Report Diagnostic Accuracy - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►April 26, 2010 - Influence of Individual and Combined Health Behaviors on Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Men and Women - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►April 26, 2010 - Mother turns challenges of autism into literature for children - The Reminder Online

►April 26, 2010 - Barriers to Routine Risk-Score Use for Healthy Primary Care Patients - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►April 26, 2010 - Policy Statement—Honoring Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation Requests in Schools (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 26, 2010 - Clinical Report—Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Pediatrician (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 26, 2010 - The Host Response to Sepsis and Developmental Impact - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 26, 2010 - Risk of Rehospitalization for Patients Using Clopidogrel With a Proton Pump Inhibitor - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►April 26, 2010 - Chocolate and Depressive Symptoms in a Cross-sectional Analysis - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►April 26, 2010 - Charities team up for meningitis warning - Western Mail via Wales Online

►April 26, 2010 - H1N1 Virus Keeps Striking Cuba - Periódico 26

►April 26, 2010 - Gwent uptake of vaccine among best in Wales - South Wales Argus

►April 26, 2010 - Mumps booster recommended for some teens and young adults - Canadians born between 1970 and 1992 most likely only received a single dose of the vaccine -

►April 26, 2010 - Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC is Investigating Potential Violations of Federal Securities Laws by Xenoport, Inc. - press release - Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 26, 2010 - Doctors Diagnose More Adults With Allergies - WDIV Detroit

►April 26, 2010 - More dogs catching distemper virus, animal groups say - News 8 Austin

* ►April 26, 2010 - BPA Poses New Risk To Food Safety -- Legislative Impasse - Shots Blog via NPR

* ►April 25, 2010 - The government has your baby's DNA! - - "The Browns from Mankato, Minnesota, are one such couple who was informed by their pediatrician that their daughter, Isabel, has a gene that allegedly heightens her risk of developing cystic fibrosis. Curious as to how the doctor obtained information about Isabel's genes, the couple inquired of her about this, only to find out that Isabel had undergone gene tests when she was born without their consent. Many states not only conduct gene tests on newborns but they store them indefinitely in government labs, which has caused an uproar among concerned parents."

►April 23, 2010 - El Toxic Hell Toro Part Two: A Death Sentence for Marines and School Kids? - MCAS El Toro's history includes a severe impact on the children and educators of the former El Toro School. -

* ►April 7, 2010 - America's Forgotten Children - video - YouTube

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

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

* ►April 2010 - Mortality Measurement Matters: Improving Data Collection and Estimation Methods for Child and Adult Mortality - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 2010 - Comparative Effectiveness Research: Challenges for Medical Journals - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 2010 - Improving Newborn Survival in Low-Income Countries: Community-Based Approaches and Lessons from South Asia - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - China's Engagement with Global Health Diplomacy: Was SARS a Watershed? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►April 2010 - Measuring Under-Five Mortality: Validation of New Low-Cost Methods - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Laboratory Capacity Building in Asia for Infectious Disease Research: Experiences from the South East Asia Infectious Disease Clinical Research Network (SEAICRN) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Alternative Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality in India: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Health Diplomacy and the Enduring Relevance of Foreign Policy Interests - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Measuring Adult Mortality Using Sibling Survival: A New Analytical Method and New Results for 44 Countries, 1974–2006 - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Early Emergence of Ethnic Differences in Type 2 Diabetes Precursors in the UK: The Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE Study) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►April 2010 - Pediatricians Praise Health Reform Law's Coverage of Children (free full text) - Pediatric News

►April 2010 - Inhalants Are the Top Drug of Abuse Among 12-Year-Olds (free full text) - Pediatric News

►April 2010 - CMV-Related Hearing Loss Tx May Expand (free full text) - Pediatric News

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