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All the News Posted May 6, 2010

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* May 7, 2010 - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting (pdf) - FDA

* May 6, 2010 - Response to feature Wakefield’s "autistic enterocolitis" under the microscope from ESPGHAN - Deirdre Kelly, President, ESPGHAN Liver Unit, Birmingham Children's Hospital, David Branski - journal article (BMJ)

* May 6, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Wakefield’s "autistic enterocolitis" under the microscope Wakefield’s Lancet Paper Vindicated – [Yet Again] - Clifford G Miller, Commercial lawyer, former University lecturer and graduate physicist  - journal article (BMJ)

* May 6, 2010 - Wakefield’s Lancet Paper Vindicated – [Yet Again] - Child Health Safety - "So will Dr Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet now “unretract” The Lancet paper? Read the abstract of the new US research vindicating Wakefield’s work here: [2320.7] GI Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): An Autism Treatment Network Study"

* May 6, 2010 - Wakefield Book “Callous Disregard” – Launch 29 May - Child Health Safety

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccine May Trigger Early Start of Infant Epilepsy, Vaccine Apologist Shrugs Off Science - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Experts on the 'Search for a Quick and Dirty Explanation' By Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Derek Bickerton on Psychology Today Blog Questions Frontline's Autism Vaccine War Program - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Do Vaccines Cause Autism? (includes video) -

May 6, 2010 - Health officials urge parents to immunize their children - Times-Standard

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting Background Material - Porcine Circovirus and Rotavirus Vaccines - FDA

* May 6, 2010 - Limited stocks of flu vaccines targeted at high-risk patients - BusinessDay, ZA

* May 6, 2010 - Crucell wins UNICEF vaccine order after rival's recall - * $110 million order to supply UNICEF childhood vaccines * Shantha Biotechnics aims to resume supply by end-2010 * UNICEF to review future needs mid-year * Crucell shares up 1.4 percent - Reuters India

* May 6, 2010 - Crucell Announces New Award of $110 Million for Paediatric Vaccine Quinvaxem(R) by UNICEF to Support Vaccination Programs in the Developing World - press release - Crucell N.V via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Quinvaxem(R) is the only fully liquid pentavalent DTwP-HepB-Hib vaccine that is free from the preservative thiomersal. It is an optimal solution for protection against five potentially deadly childhood diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemoplilus influenza type b infection and hepatitis B."

May 6, 2010 - Vical Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results and Progress in Key Programs - press release - Vical Incorporated via GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccine trial's next phase ready to begin - Bangkok Post - "The second and much larger phase of the clinical trial of the locally-made type-A (H1N1) influenza vaccine will start next week, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation says."

* May 6, 2010 - Hunt for the next big cancer vaccine fraught with peril - FierceVaccines

* May 6, 2010 - New Novartis vaccine guards mice against E. coli - FierceVaccines

May 6, 2010 - Scientists descend on Detrick's annual Spring Research Festival - Frederick News-Post

May 6, 2010 - Scientists Make Strides Toward AIDS Vaccine - Voice of America

May 6, 2010 - New vaccine added to B.C. immunization program - CTV - "The shot, called Prevnar 13, is designed to prevent pneumococcal diseases, such as meningitis, pneumonia, and blood and ear infections. It replaces existing shot Prevnar 7."

May 6, 2010 - 57 New H1N1 Cases Detected Nationwide - Bernama

May 6, 2010 - Surgeon General: H1N1 Risk Remains - Publisher: The Heartland Institute

May 6, 2010 - Vietnam urgently recalls Made-in-US influenza syrup - The Vietnam Drug Administration on May 4 announced of an urgent recall of child and infant liquid formulations of Tylenol, Motrin, Zytrec, and Benadryl by McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson sold in Vietnam. - VietNamNet Bridge

* May 6, 2010 - Clinical Aspects of Pandemic 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* May 6, 2010 - Information Technology and Global Surveillance of Cases of 2009 H1N1 Influenza (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

May 6, 2010 - Public Health: 200+ mumps cases...and rising - KUAM News

May 6, 2010 - Acyclovir and Transmission of HIV-1 from Persons Infected with HIV-1 and HSV-2 - journal article (NEJM)

May 6, 2010 - Nausea, speeding heart - signs of flu in pregnant women - ANI via Thaindian News

May 6, 2010 - J&J halts production at Pennsylvania after FDA QC criticism - Healthcare major Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has suspended operations at a Pennsylvania plant linked to a major product recall after US FDA inspection. -

* May 6, 2010 - Congress Probes J&J Over Tylenol Recall - Pharmalot

May 6, 2010 - Roche Loses Patent On AIDS Drug In India - Pharmalot

May 6, 2010 - Discovery Prompts New Theory on Cause of Autoimmune Diseases - The recent discovery of a protein fragment capable of causing diabetes in mice has spurred researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Denver to propose a new hypothesis about the cause of diabetes and autoimmunity in general. - National Jewish Medical and Research Center via ScienceDaily

May 6, 2010 - Cytos Biotechnology Sells Platform Technology For The Identification Of Monoclonal Antibodies To Intercell - Cytos Biotechnology via PharmaLive

May 6, 2010 - March for autism - Teaneck Suburbanite via

May 6, 2010 - Those with severe asthma offered radical treatment - AP via

May 6, 2010 - Gallery 51 exhibits the vibrant work of a gifted, autistic artist - The Montclair Times via

* May 6, 2010 - Measles claims 223 children as apostolic faith sect resist vaccinations - ZimEye

May 6, 2010 - Over 200 Mumps Cases Now; Public Health Taking Active Steps To Control Outbreak - Pacific News Center

May 6, 2010 - Iowa Department Of Health Lists Mumps Exposure Locations (includes video) -

* May 6, 2010 - Folic Acid Does Not Cause Cancer So Who Made the Mistake? Comment by Andrew W. Saul, Editor-In-Chief, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

May 6, 2010 - Chocolate- and vanilla-flavored formulas for toddlers are criticized - Nutritionists and mothers say the new product from Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. will lead to obesity. - Los Angeles times

* May 6, 2010 - LaGrange Middle School closed today after mercury spill - Poughkeepsie Journal - "None of the approximately 900 students was reported ill, including the 53 who were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in the Town Poughkeepsie as a precaution."

* May 5, 2010 - Arlington school chief says all students OK after mercury spill - Poughkeepsie Journal - "Earlier in the day, a woman led her barefoot child, clad in a blue paper suit, to a waiting car for the trip home from the Poughkeepsie hospital. Meanwhile, about 12 other LaGrange Middle School students wearing yellow, white and blue hazmat coveralls chatted outside the hospital, awaiting their chance to get decontaminated. A few parents were waiting as well. The hospital has set up a decontamination center inside the emergency room. It took a while because each child had to take off their hazmat suit and clothing, get showered down and then put on a paper garment to wear out when they got picked up by their parents, said Bob Savage, CEO of St. Francis Hospital. Vital signs were taken on each patient and they were interviewed for possible symptoms, he said."

* May 5, 2010 - More Parents Refuse, Delay Child's Vaccinations - Despite Delays and Refusals, Overall Vaccination Rate Goes Up - WebMD

May 5, 2010 - Healing Health Care: Read the headlines, then do research By Dr. Charles Barta - Green Valley News & Sun

May 5, 2010 - Autism vaccine link still confuses - Lariat Saddleback College

* May 5, 2010 - National Autism Association Urges Florida Governor's Refusal of Flawed Restraint & Seclusion Bill - Gutted bill strips away ability to prevent abusive treatments of children in Florida classrooms - press release - National Autism Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* May 5, 2010 -  Vaccines and Autism: Not a debate, a battle - The Vaccine War avoids the "tell two sides" trap. - The Radical Behaviorist via Psychology Today - "Last week, PBS Frontline aired an episode on the vaccine-autism story.  I'm not going to call it a controversy, because it isn't.  Vaccines don't cause autism, the science is clear.  Both the MMR-causes-autism and thimerosal-in-vaccines hypotheses have been explored extensively.  Neither notion holds water.  I've written previously about the vaccine-autism mythology, especially the Andrew Wakefield-inspired MMR-autism fiasco."

* May 5, 2010 - Offit Offensive Has Failed, Vaccine-Autism War Continues, Child Vaccine Refusals Increase in U.S. - Adventures in Autism - "I was going to write something, but it turns out Harold already wrote it. So go read it there."

* May 5, 2010 - Another reason to reject some vaccines - letter - Bakersfield Californian

* May 5, 2010 - Fact versus myth on vaccinating children - The Oregonian via

May 5, 2010 - Green Our Vaccines: science, slogan or smoke screen? - Left Brain/Right Brain

May 5, 2010 - Parents are immunizing less (includes video) - Arizona Republic via

May 5, 2010 - Dr. Bob Sears on HuffPo: What To Do About All Those Non-Vaccinating Parents - Age of Autism

May 5, 2010 - Autism Speaks Puts Some Meat Into Their Fundraising - Age of Autism

* May 5, 2010 - Inhalable Measles Vaccine Seen as Treatment Boon (includes video) - CBS News - "The process developed by a team of researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, basically involves taking a deep breath from the inhalable powdered vaccine - which gets sent straight into a recipient's lungs. Here's a short video explaining how the vaccine works."

* May 5, 2010 - CU researchers developing revolutionary new vaccine - New measles vaccine to undergo human trials this summer (includes video) - - "They also invented the inexpensive device that disperses the powder and is inhaled by a child. 'It goes into the lungs, through the throat, through the nose, through a face mask. Within 30 seconds, the vaccination is over. There's no needle punctures, no blood, no pain,' says Sievers."

* May 5, 2010 - Wake Forest Baptist Researcher Works to Improve Efficacy of Nicotine Vaccination - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via Newswise

May 5, 2010 - Emergent BioSolutions Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2010
1Q 2010 revenues of $46.8 million and net income of $2.5 million, or $0.08 per share
- Business Wire via Market Watch

May 5, 2010 - PharmAthene to Host First Quarter 2010 Conference Call and Webcast on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

May 5, 2010 - Canada Venture: Medicago Tech Speeds Flu Vaccine Production (free preview) - The Wall Street Journal

* May 5, 2010 - What Intermune's Smackdown Tells Us About the FDA - The Science Business via Forbes

* May 5, 2010 - When the FDA Ignores Its Advisors - The Science Business via Forbes - "Wall Street thought the FDA would approve Intermune's lung drug pirfenidone because a panel of doctors convened by the FDA  voted 9 to 3 in favor of approval two months ago.  Wrong. Blowing off its advisors, the FDA  demanded a new trial that will take years to perform. Intermune shares plunged 76% on the news. It has become a disturbing pattern in recent years. An FDA advisory panel votes for one thing--to approve a drug, or to reject it.  Then the FDA turns around and does something totally different, stunning investors."

* May 5, 2010 - Rewind | Q&A on Dendreon's new prostate cancer vaccine Provenge - Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton, Dr. Celestia Higano, professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and David Miller, CEO of Biotech Stock Research conducted a live Q&A Tuesday, May 4, 2010, to discuss the FDA approval of the prostate cancer vaccine, Provenge, which was created by Seattle-based biotech firm Dendreon. - The Seattle Times

* May 5, 2010 - New study highlights an unexplored HIV vax path - FierceVaccines

May 5, 2010 - Less Discriminating Immune Cells Help Control HIV -

May 5, 2010 - Hunt for HIV Vaccines Renewed by Gene Insight, Scientists Say - Bloomberg

* May 5, 2010 - Jury finds drugmakers liable in first hepatitis C trial - Las Vegas Sun - "Henry Chanin, 62, sued Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., the two companies that made and distributed, respectively, the anesthetic propofol used at Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, where Chanin was infected with hepatitis C during a routine procedure."

May 5, 2010 - Merck ramping up Durham vax campus, plans new lab - FierceVaccines

May 5, 2010 - Medicago makes a case for revolutionizing vaccine production - FierceVaccines

* May 5, 2010 - Vaccination Week of the Americas targets 44 countries, including Haiti (includes audio) - UNICEF

* May 5, 2010 - Childhood vaccine program to continue after previously being cut - All Washington children will again have access to HPV vaccine - Washington State Department of Health

May 5, 2010 - The man who defeated smallpox - Foreign Policy

* May 5, 2010 - House committee will look into recall of children's drugs after Tylenol recall (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a joint statement that they are 'deeply concerned' about the recall, which affects an estimated 70 percent of the market for over-the-counter pediatric liquid medicines. It involves such brand names as Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec, in addition to Tylenol."

* May 5, 2010 - Continuing education is crucial to a mandatory vaccination policy - OSHA Healthcare Advisor - "A mandatory influenza vaccination policy cannot stand alone. In fact, continued education and promotional efforts are just as important to help communicate the positive effects of vaccination, answer questions for healthcare workers, and encourage compliance, says Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and medical director of occupational health (infectious diseases) at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals both in St. Louis. 'Just because you have a mandate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t provide encouragement and incentives, publicity, and themed campaigns and other things that make it a little more fun and exciting to still keep people’s enthusiasm and to really keep the focus still on the safety of the patient,' Babcock says."

May 5, 2010 - Create-a-caption: Nice pleats, Jerry - Ball Don't Lie NBA Blog via Yahoo! Sports - "I don't know about you, but if I'm a teenager getting advice on vaccination from an NBA player, I want it to be a guy who's been around the block a few times. Jerry Stackhouse(notes) has done that, and then some."

May 5, 2010 - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Is Advocating for U.S. Pediatricians to Perform Certain Types of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Equality Now Calls on AAP To Revoke Elements Of Its 2010 Policy Statement That Endorses Pediatricians' 'Nicking' of Girls' Genitalia - press release - Equality Now via PRNewswire-USNewswire

May 5, 2010 - Time running out for cervical cancer vaccination - The Clare People

May 5, 2010 - Health Department confirms mumps outbreak in northwest Iowa - Radio Iowa

May 5, 2010 - Australian Scientists In Swine Flu Breakthrough - Marinova Pty Ltd via Medical News Today

May 5, 2010 - Hawaii H1N1 Response Reviewed Year After Outbreak - Officials: 13 H1N1 Flu-Related Deaths In Hawaii -

* May 5, 2010 - H1N1 Often Hit the Young and Healthy - WHO report, issued a year after outbreak began, finds this flu had new targets - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

May 5, 2010 - Ames sees uptick in shingles in older patients - AP via

May 5, 2010 - Officials warn of Iowa mumps outbreak -

May 5, 2010 - Hepatitis C Resists Vertex Drug, Showing Need for Cocktails - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

* May 5, 2010 - Shedding light on the mysterious Lyme disease - Patient suffered from painful symptoms of 'the great masquerader' until specialist got a handle on disease - Chicago Sun-Times

May 5, 2010 - New Technology Identifies Bacteria, Viruses Within 24 Hours -

* May 5, 2010 - Dogs killed for eating rabid bat - First confirmed rabies case in county in at least 21 years - Galesburg Register-Mail

* May 5, 2010 - Public health review called child flu vaccination program - Mandurah Mail, AU

* May 5, 2010 - May 7, 2010: Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting Briefing Document - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Background information regarding the discovery of porcine circovirus 1 (PCV1) DNA sequences in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix®) and the development and use of advanced analytical methods in the characterization of cell substrates - FDA

* May 5, 2010 - Proper Name: Influenza Virus Vaccine - FluLaval ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec, License #1739 - Active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine  - FDA

* May 5, 2010 - Fusion Protein May Enhance Efficacy of Influenza Vaccine (requires registration) - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) 13th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research via Medscape Medical News

* May 5, 2010 - Pandemic Flu and Vaccine Development: An Expert Interview With Patricia Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP (requires registration) - Annual Conference of Pediatric Health Care via Medscape Pediatrics - "Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) must play an active role in influenza vaccination efforts, according to a presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) 31st Annual Conference of Pediatric Health Care, held from April 15 to 17 in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about NAPNAP's liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), current information related to the influenza pandemic, and the development processes for the H1N1 vaccines, Medscape Nurses interviewed presenter Patricia Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, director of infectious disease, immunology, and infection prevention at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul."

* May 5, 2010 - Pneumococcal Vaccination and Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction and Stroke in Men (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

* May 5, 2010 - Preventing Myocardial Infarction With Vaccination - Myths and Realities - journal article (JAMA)

* May 5, 2010 - Vical Begins Phase 1 Trial of DNA Vaccine Against H1N1 Pandemic Influenza - Vical via GlobeNewswire

* May 5, 2010 - Scancell Holdings Plc ('Scancell' or the 'Company') Clinical Trial Approval for SCIB1 melanoma vaccine study - Scancell Holdings via Business Wire via Alpha Trade

* May 5, 2010 - Merck & Co. continues to expand its vaccine manufacturing operations in Durham. - Merck via GlobeNewswire

May 5, 2010 - Vaccination vital to prevent outbreaks, health authority says -

May 5, 2010 - Funding found for children vaccination program (includes video) -

May 5, 2010 - Mumps Outbreak Reported In Iowa - Des Moines

May 5, 2010 - M5 Project Offers Men Free Health Checks And Swine Flu Vaccinations At Agfest In Tasmania - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners via Medical News Today

* May 5, 2010 - Utah Sues Drugmakers Over Antipsychotic Marketing - Pharmalot

* May 5, 2010 - J&J Sales Reps Must Ride With Compliance Police - Pharmalot

* May 5, 2010 - UPDATE 1-US warns Roche, Shire on misleading drug promotions - * Genentech cited for Rituxan, Shire for bowel drugs  * Shire says stopped using materials * Genentech says working to remove materials - Reuters

May 5, 2010 - Vermont Legislature Debates Free Samples - Pharmalot

May 5, 2010 - Novartis Pays $72.5M Fine For Off-Label Marketing - Pharmalot

May 5, 2010 - Greece Debt Crisis Now Hits Drugmakers - Pharmalot

May 5, 2010 - Merck Wins Second Fosamax Trial - Pharmalot

May 5, 2010 - India Will File WTO Complaint Over EU Meds Policy - Pharmalot

May 5, 2010 - Sanofi-Aventis Cuts 70 Jobs In Canada - Pharmalot

* May 5, 2010 - Interactive map of US clinical trials initiated in 2009 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents an interactive map showing the clinical trials initiated in 2009 by each state in the US, using data from the report presented this week at BIO 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, US. -

* May 5, 2010 - Mitochondrial Mutations - journal article (JAMA)

May 5, 2010 - Effect of Bar-Code Technology on the Safety of Medication Administration - journal article (NEJM)

May 5, 2010 - Justice John Paul Stevens — The Practice of Medicine and the Rule of Law (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

May 5, 2010 - Fixing Medicare’s Physician Payment System (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

May 5, 2010 - A “Customary and Necessary” Program — Medicaid and Health Care Reform (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

May 5, 2010 - Is History Relevant to Implementing Health Reform? - journal article (JAMA)

May 5, 2010 - Diagnostic Testing for Celiac Disease Among Patients With Abdominal Symptoms - journal article (JAMA)

May 5, 2010 - NIH Launching Genetic Test Registry - journal article (JAMA)

May 5, 2010 - New LLNL detection technology identifies bacteria, viruses, other organisms within 24 hours - DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via EurekAlert!

May 5, 2010 - Well-trained immune cells keep HIV in check - Differences in T-cell development may explain why some infected people do not develop AIDS. - news (Nature)

* May 5, 2010 - Vacuuming up root causes of allergies - Toronto Star via - "Debbie Christie is happily allowing researchers to minutely study every room in her house — dust mites and all — because it may give clues as to whether her year-old son Will is likely to develop allergies and asthma. It may also shed light on why her 12-year-old son Daniel has asthma and a severe peanut allergy and why nine-year-old Matthew is autistic."

May 5, 2010 - Boffins discover control mechanism behind autoimmune diseases - DNA India

May 5, 2010 - Q&A: Why cutting science is good (requires registration) - The Scientist

May 5, 2010 - Researchers from University of Massachusetts, Department of Psychology describe findings in life sciences in children - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders via NewsRx

May 5, 2010 - National Autism Association Urges Florida Governor's Refusal of Flawed Restraint & Seclusion Bill - Gutted bill strips away ability to prevent abusive treatments of children in Florida classrooms - National Autism Association via

May 5, 2010 - Mum bemoans lack of autism support - Grantham Journal, UK

May 5, 2010 - AHEADD Director Receives Recognition for College Autism Program - AHEADD via PRNewswire

May 5, 2010 - How, when autism shows does matter - The Advertiser

May 5, 2010 - Asperger's and Autism Summer Camps Opens for Kids with Special Needs in Grand Rapids, Michigan - via COMTEX via

May 5, 2010 - Responding to Autism Center helps families in need -

May 5, 2010 - Parents win autism school for outer east - Knox Journal

May 5, 2010 - White Castle candle raises funds for autism: Burger scented candle helps Autism Speaks (video) - The Examiner via

May 5, 2010 - Local Artist Featured in New Book About Artists with Autism - PRNewswire via

May 5, 2010 - Blue Cross to pay doctors more to keep patients healthy - Bucks County Courier Times via

May 5, 2010 - Specialty Pharmacies Play Growing Role in Patient Care - Seeking Alpha

* May 4, 2010 - A Population-Based Evaluation of a Publicly Funded, School-Based HPV Vaccine Program in British Columbia, Canada: Parental Factors Associated with HPV Vaccine Receipt - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* May 4, 2010 - Herpes Zoster Vaccine Is Safe, but Financial and Other Barriers Limit Its Use (requires registration) - Annals of Internal Medicine via Medscape Pediatrics

* May 4, 2010 - Extending vaccine benefits to developing world will require innovation - Creative vaccine distribution strategies, improved vaccine technologies and more rapid manufacturing timetables were among ideas speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies proposed during a symposium on vaccine-preventable diseases in the developing world. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - New drugs, vaccine development key to malaria eradication - Developing new medications and vaccines for malaria, as well as establishing treatment and prevention programs in endemic regions will play integral roles in eradicating malaria from the world, according to a panel of speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, held here. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - Pfizer Profit Beats Estimates on Added Wyeth Products (Update3) - Bloomberg via Businessweek - "Pfizer counts the pneumonia vaccine Prevnar and the depression pill Effexor among the medicines gained in its $68 billion purchase of Wyeth, completed in October. Products from Wyeth contributed more than $3 billion to Pfizer’s sales in the quarter. The health-care law, enacted in March, cut revenue for the period by $56 million, the company said."

* May 4, 2010 - Swine flu shot urged - The Advocate, AU

* May 4, 2010 - Heck trial: Prosecutors question defendant about his temper, allege inconsistent testimonies - The Post-Bulletin - "She said she went to their mobile home and looked at the infant and said it was similar to bruising and swelling she had seen on her own children following immunizations. She told the couple to apply heat and ice. She testified that Jordan was not crying."

* May 4, 2010 - NBA Legend Bob Lanier and Milwaukee Bucks' Jerry Stackhouse Join Vaccines for Teens Educational... - PRNewswire via Forbes

May 4, 2010 - Department Of Health Extends Clinic Hours For Immunizations - The Chattanoogan

May 4, 2010 - Vaccine offers a better shot in fight against flu - Frankston/Hasting Independent, AU

May 4, 2010 - New medical records system could save time and money for Madison-area patients - Wisconsin State Journal

May 4, 2010 - FDA Warns Novartis Over Gleevec Internet Sites - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - And The Average Salary In Pharma Is… - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - Gluten-Autism Link Doesn't Hold Up, Review Reveals - No support for the use of gluten-free, casein-free diets in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders - Consumer Affairs

* May 4, 2010 - Mexico May Fine More Drugmakers For Collusion - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - Best Evidence Interview: Older Parents and Autism -- Questions on the Rise in Autism Continue (requires registration) - Best Evidence Interviews in Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

* May 4, 2010 - Approaches to evaluating the febrile child have changed over time - The way physicians evaluate children with fever has evolved, especially with the advent of conjugate vaccines, Eugene D. Shapiro MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children editorial board member said here during a presentation at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - How to communicate with autistic children - They seemed locked in a world of their own. How to use sympathetic body language to help them engage with the outside world - The London Times

* May 4, 2010 - Will States Restrict Their Whistleblower Lawsuits? - Pharmalot

May 4, 2010 - HHS awards $220M to health IT ‘beacon’ communities -

May 4, 2010 - Baby Insights Day Tracker Helps Parents Manage their Kids’ Food Allergies - Babble Soft via PRWeb via Yahoo!

May 4, 2010 - Scientists Alter Developing Brain to Resemble That of Another Species - Georgia Institute of Technology via Biocompare

May 4, 2010 - Device Trade Groups Urge Ethics Cooperation - Pharmalot

May 4, 2010 - Glaxo Trial For Fountain Of Youth Pill Is Halted - Pharmalot

May 4, 2010 - Ending HIV/AIDS Pandemic Still the Goal, Fauci Says (requires registration) - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via Medscape Medical News

May 4, 2010 - Probiotics Help Extremely Premature Infants Gain Weight - Extremely low birthweight infants (ELBW) who received feedings supplemented with probiotics had better weight gain than infants who were not given the supplements, according to a randomized, controlled, double-blind study presented May 1 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. - American Academy of Pediatrics, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

May 4, 2010 - Lack Of Awareness In Northern Ireland Putting Children With Asthma At Risk - Asthma UK via Medical News Today

May 4, 2010 - PTSD Linked to Epigenetic Changes in Immune Function Genes (requires registration) - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Medscape Medical News

May 4, 2010 - Epicentre of influenza – the primary care experience in Melbourne, Victoria (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Meningococcal sepsis (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Aspirin, flu and general practice research (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Assessment of the unwell child (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Croup (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Croup – assessment and management (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Minor head injuries in children – an approach to management (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Type 1 diabetes in children - Emergency management (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Genomics and general practice: the next 10 years (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - General practice research - Training and capacity building (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Two HEADSSS are better than one – a biopsychosocial screening tool for use when treating other doctors (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

May 4, 2010 - Circadian rhythms and depression (pdf) - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

* May 4, 2010 - Will States Restrict Their Whistleblower Lawsuits? - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - United Nations Humanitarian Fund Gives US$5.6 Million To Fight Measles In Zimbabwe - Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) via ReliefWeb

May 4, 2010 - Fungus that can be fatal thrives on Vancouver Island - Victoria Times Colonist

May 4, 2010 - What Did We Learn From The H1N1 Swine Flu Epidemic? -  via Medical News Today

May 4, 2010 - Pfizer and Merck Earnings Impress Investors - DailyFinance

May 4, 2010 - UAB’S Whitley Named Distinguished Physician by Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society - University of Alabama at Birmingham via Newswise

May 4, 2010 - Editorial: Comprehensive care for autism is needed - The Grand Rapids via

May 4, 2010 - Autism, Asperger's Syndrome expert to present conference at UM - UM News Release - KECI News Channel 13 - "Tony Attwood, a world-renowned autism and Asperger’s syndrome expert, will present 'A Complete Look at the Autism Spectrum,' a daylong conference Monday, July 19, at The University of Montana."

May 3, 2010 - Immunization Coverage in the U.S. - Immunization coverage - that is, estimates of the number of people who have received particular vaccines - is measured at national, state, and local levels. Several surveys are used to: 1) Identify groups at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases; 2) Stimulate efforts to increase coverage; 3) Evaluate how well the efforts work - CDC

May 3, 2010 - Vaccines & Immunizations Statistics and Surveillance: July 2008 - June 2009 Table Data - CDC

May 3, 2010 - A systematic functional analysis reveals that a set of 7 genes is involved in fine tuning of the multiple functions mediated by type IV pili in Neisseria meningitidis - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

May 3, 2010 - What targeting eosinophils has taught us about their role in diseases - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

May 2010 - Rapid Emergence of Protease Inhibitor Resistance in Hepatitis C Virus - journal article (Science Translational Medicine)

* May 2010 - Structures of influenza A proteins and insights into antiviral drug targets - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

* May 2010 - Positive Deamidated Gliadin Peptide Antibodies and Negative Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Antibodies in a Pediatric Population: To Biopsy or Not To Biopsy - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

May 2010 - A Genetic Perspective on Infant Mortality - journal article (Southern Medical Journal)

May 2010 - Ethics for the Pediatrician - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

May 2010 - Associations between abdominal fat and body mass index on vitamin D status in a group of Spanish schoolchildren - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

May 2010 - Impact of Early School-Based Screening and Intervention Programs for ADHD on Children's Outcomes and Access to Services - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

May 2010 - Staphylococcus aureus Exotoxins Are Present In Vivo in Tampons - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

April 30, 2010 - A health economic model for evaluating a vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster and post-herpetic neuralgia in the UK (pdf) - journal article (Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation)

April 27, 2010 - Parents' decision following the Food and Drug Administration recommendation: the case of over-the-counter cough and cold medication - journal article (Child: Care, Health and Development)

* April 24, 2010 - Patients with humoral primary immunodeficiency do not develop protective anti-influenza antibody titers after vaccination with trivalent subunit influenza vaccine. - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

April 23, 2010 - Maternal Infection Requiring Hospitalization During Pregnancy and Autism Spectrum Disorders. - journal article (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

April 22, 2010 - Celiac crisis is a rare but serious complication of celiac disease in adults. - journal article (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

April 16, 2010 - Hey, GM Crops Are Great -- If You Like Superweeds, That Is - BNET Food Blog

April 13, 2010 - Study Says Overuse Threatens Gains From Modified Crops (requires registration) - The New York Times

* April 2010 - Neurodevelopmental Functioning in Children With FAS, pFAS, and ARND - journal article (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)

Vaccines for Teens - Defend their health. Get them vaccinated. - NBA - "The NBA and WNBA are collaborating with the Society for Adolescent Medicine (SAM) and sanofi pasteur on Vaccines for Teens, a national program designed to help educate parents and their teens about the need to get vaccinated. This Web site is part of the larger effort to make parents and teens aware of the dangers of these diseases and the steps they can take to protect themselves."