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* ►April 1, 2010 - Against the Element (requires registration) - Grisly research in the Arctic is calling into question what we think we know about mercury’s toxic effects. - The Scientist - "Now Chan’s group is taking biochemical measurements of brain receptors and enzymes to study the close links between neuronal cell death and mercury uptake, and his team is producing some surprising—and unsettling—findings. “We see subtle changes in the brain before the onset of clinical outcomes,” says Chan. In short, he and others are seeing biochemical changes in the brains of polar bears, mink, wild river otters, and other species. These biochemical changes could translate into physiological changes—such as defects in memory, language, attention, motor function and visual-spatial abilities—that often go unnoticed until it’s too late and the animal has suffered significant damage from mercury. As Chan’s group struggles to replicate and understand those changes, they are beginning to wonder: Is there no safe level of mercury exposure?"

►April 1, 2010 - Lin He: Mesmerized by micro (requires registration) - Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at University of California, Berkeley. Age: 36 - The Scientist

* ►April 2010 - Are findings from large longitudinal studies of child health and development useful or just of interest? - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

* ►April 2010 - Mutations in the mitochondrial protease gene AFG3L2 cause dominant hereditary ataxia SCA28 - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►April 2010 - Common variants at 5q22 associate with pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►April 2010 - Multiple common variants for celiac disease influencing immune gene expression - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►April 2010 - Genome-wide association study for ulcerative colitis identifies risk loci at 7q22 and 22q13 (IL17REL) - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►April 2010 - Genome-wide association identifies multiple ulcerative colitis susceptibility loci - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►April 2010 - Neonatal outcomes associated with planned vaginal versus planned primary cesarean delivery - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►April 2010 - Epidemic proportions (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Mumps cases swell: High vaccination coverage remains most effective way to prevent,limit size of outbreaks (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - New CDC flu recommendation for 2010-’11: Vaccinate everyone 6 months of age and older (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - PCV13 expands protection against invasive disease in children (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - ‘We almost made a mistake today • Why emergency information forms are crucial for children with special needs (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - New guidelines establish framework for pediatric drug research with proper safeguards (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - AOM clinical practice guideline fails to reduce antibiotic prescribing (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Do toys in pediatric waiting rooms transmit viruses? (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Historic health reform vote good for children, pediatricians (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - AAP reviewing proposed changes to DSM, seeks member feedback (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Court rulings may stifle medical peer review activities (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Automated adverse event detection programs gaining ground (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Monitor for metabolic disorders in youths taking atypical antipsychotics (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Know the facts about HPV (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2010 - Bullying more of a problem for kids with special needs - AAP News

* ►March 30, 2010 - Lancet Boss Failed to Disclose Own Conflicts to Parliament while Denouncing Wakefield By John Stone - Age of Autism

* ►March 30, 2010 - Staffer: FDA Suppressed Imaging Safety Concerns - Former FDA staffer says agency officials suppressed radiation concerns with CT scans - AP via ABC News - "A former Food and Drug Administration scientist says he was fired after raising concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas told an audience of imaging specialists that he and other FDA staffers 'were pressured to change their scientific opinion,' by managers."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Medical experts in Shanxi to investigate vaccine problems - China Daily - "A team of eight medical experts sent by the Chinese Medical Association has arrived in Shanxi province to help with the ongoing investigation of the latest vaccine scandal. Specialists in neurology, allergic reaction, vaccine adverse reaction, immunization planning, as well as infectious and blood diseases were sent to Shanxi at the request of the provincial medical association to ensure the probe is scientific, transparent and accurate, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Medical experts starts probe into vaccines - China Economic Net - "Specialists in neurology, allergic reaction, vaccine adverse reaction, immunization planning, as well as infectious and blood diseases were sent to Shanxi at the request of the provincial medical association to ensure the probe is scientific, transparent and accurate, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Time For Truth About Gardasil Vaccine - Washington Examiner - "Cervical cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancer deaths, so it was somewhat surprising when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of Gardasil, a Merck vaccine targeting the human papilloma virus that causes the disease, in 2006.  As of Jan. 31, 2010, 49 unexplained deaths following Gardasil injections have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (http://vaers.hhs.gov/index). By contrast, 52 deaths are attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall. No recall for Gardasil, which is required for sixth-grade girls in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and many other states. Parents can opt out, but few know the true risks."

Comment:  The reason for the difference?  Toyota has liability and needs happy, returning customers to survive.  Vaccines?  Not at all.  “Mandated” and virtually no liability.

►March 30, 2010 - Time For Truth About Gardasil Vaccine - Washington Examiner via The One Click Group

* ►March 30, 2010 - Call to extend HPV vaccine to boys - Australian researchers say the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer in women, is now a leading cause of oral cancer in men in the Western world. - www.abc.net.au

* ►March 30, 2010 - Autism and the Gut: Houston Study By Teresa Conrick - Age of Autism

►March 30, 2010 - April designated as Autism month - Pacific Daily News

* ►March 30, 2010 - Digital Economy Bill - Stop Disconnection Flashmob, Thursday, London UK - Open Rights Group via The One Click Group - "Thursday, April 01, 2010 from 12:20 PM - 1:30 PM (GMT) Central London TBA"

* ►March 30, 2010 - Corrupt Lobbygate Parliament Refuses To Debate Digital Economy Bill - The Guardian via The One Click Group

* ►March 30, 2010 - New Report - Seriously Ill & Disabled People Denied Help By UK Government - BBC via The One Click Group

►March 30, 2010 - Social Worker David Morris Struck Off For Molesting Disabled Boys - Wirral News via The One Click Group

►March 30, 2010 - Jabs to destroy asbestos cancer - exclusive - Mirror.co.uk

►March 30, 2010 - Bulgaria's Health Minister resigns after being charged by prosecutors - Sofia Echo

* ►March 30, 2010 - Sofia Prosecutor to Request Bulgaria Health Minister Ousting - Novinite.com - "[Bozhidar] Nanev became Tuesday the first acting minister from the cabinet of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) to be officially charged by the City Prosecutor's Office. Nanev is accused of conducting 2 unfavorable deals for the supply of the antiviral flu medicine 'Tamiflu.' The deals were signed on December 16, 2009 between the Health Ministry and the Bulgarian-based F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. Company, and have caused damages to the Ministry in the amount of BGN 2 454 M. The above amount is the difference between the price offered by the UK National Health Services through the British Embassy in Sofia and the price of F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Nanev has signed the contracts together with the Director of the Budget and Accounting Directorate at the Health Ministry, Dimitrina Nikolova, who is also going to be charged."

►March 30, 2010 - Bulgaria health minister charged with graft * Minister charged with mismanaging vaccine contract * Bulgaria eager to regain EU trust, avoid aid cuts - Reuters

►March 30, 2010 - Healthcare Ministry had real chance to sign more profitable deals: prosecutor - FOCUS News Agency - "Prosecutors said [Bozhidar] Nanev caused 2.45 million levs ($1.67 million) of damage by signing two contracts last December with Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) for the delivery of the influenza drug Tamiflu."

* ►March 30, 2010 - No scare, so docs not interested in H1N1 vaccine - Express News Service via Indian Express - "It’s been 10 days since vaccination for swine flu began in city hospitals but only 10 per cent of doctors and support staff have come forward to receive the shot. The vaccination programme was started by the Union Ministry of Health to immunise the medical staff against the H1N1 virus. But medical community, including doctors, nurses and the paramedics, seem uninterested. ... Hospital authorities express helpless, as the exercise is voluntary."

* ►March 30, 2010 - 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily may prevent flu - The Globe and Mail - "The Japanese study, published earlier this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is one of a flurry of recent efforts to investigate the possible flu-fighting potential of vitamin D, triggered by a number of medical hints that the nutrient plays a role in boosting the immune system’s ability to ward off infection. The originator of the theory linking the flu to the vitamin is John Cannell, a U.S. psychiatrist who works at a state hospital for the criminally insane in California. Three years ago, he published an account of how an influenza epidemic swept through his hospital in 2005, but spared the ward where his patients had been receiving high doses of vitamin D."

* ►March 30, 2010 - WHO ships H1N1 vaccines to Philippines - ABS-CBN News

* ►March 30, 2010 - Georgia H1N1 Cases Spike; CDC Blames Low Vaccination Rates - Pandemic Influenza Strain Persists in Southeast, Top Doctors Say (includes video) - MedPage Today via ABC News

* ►March 30, 2010 - New worries about H1N1 influenza - Continuing activity in the Southeast raises fears of a third wave of swine flu cases. - Los Angeles Times - "Continuing activity of pandemic H1N1 influenza in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, is raising fears of a third wave of swine flu cases, federal officials said Monday. They urged people to continue getting vaccinated as a preventive measure in case a new outbreak occurred."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Swine flu probably originated in US, says Mexico - IANS via Sify News

►March 30, 2010 - Swine flu jab for at-risk groups - Health bosses in Cumbria are reminding people in at-risk groups they can still get the swine flu vaccine. - North West Evening Mail

►March 30, 2010 - GAR Health Directorate addresses H1N1 outbreak in schools - Ghana News Agency

* ►March 30, 2010 - The epidemiology of hospitalized influenza in children, a two year population-based study in the People's Republic of China (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

* ►March 30, 2010 - Resurgence of H1N1 pandemic in Southeastern states - The Money Times

* ►March 30, 2010 - Resurgence of mumps orchitis among teenage boys and young men - British Association of Urological Surgeons via News-Medical.Net

* ►March 30, 2010 - Microbes genetically reprogrammed to ooze oil for renewable biofuel - Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, US via DNA India - "Lead author Xinyao Liu and Curtiss, applied their expertise in the development of bacterial-based vaccines to genetically optimize cyanobacteria for biofuel production. In the group's latest effort, the energy-rich fatty acids were extracted without killing the cells in the process. Rather than destroying the cyanobacteria, the group has ingeniously reengineered their genetics, producing mutant strains that continuously secrete fatty acids through their cell walls. The cyanobacteria essentially act like tiny biofuel production facilities."

►March 30, 2010 - Georgia Seeing Increase in H1N1 Hospitalizations - journal article (NEJM)

►March 30, 2010 - UN needs funds for measles campaign in Harare - www.iol.co.za

►March 30, 2010 - Whatever Happened To The Nemeroff Probe? - Pharmalot

►March 30, 2010 - GenVec Remains A Company Full Of Opportunities Ahead (NASDAQ:GNVC) - Shares of GenVec (NASDAQ:GNVC) tumbled today after its TNFerade product did not meet the primary endpoints of its phase III study for Pancreatic Cancer. While this may be bad news at first glance, it is important to consider a few factors amidst the panic selling by the market. For one, institutions are not selling and are fully aware of the great position the company maintains itself with its 50 million in cash, No Debt, 215 million partnership with Novartis plus expenses for hearing and balance, FMD program, malaria, plus other possible indications for TNFerade head & neck cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Prostate Cancer.Additionally, they have a brilliant vaccine program tackling: HIV, Malaria, and Foot and Mouth Disease. - The Market Financial

►March 30, 2010 - WHO drafts guidelines on starting material quality - The WHO has published its views on the production of starting materials in draft guidance which details recommendations to ensure product quality while keeping costs down. - in-PharmaTechonologist.com

►March 30, 2010 - WMNF suspends Dr. Carol Roberts' show after discussion of hepatitis C outbreak at her clinic - St. Petersburg Times via TampaBay.com

►March 30, 2010 - Animal studies paint misleading picture - Unpublished negative results may explain limited translation of promising treatments to the clinic. - news (Nature)

►March 30, 2010 - Autism Consortium study in Pediatrics shows CMA finds more genetic abnormalities than current tests - The Autism Consortium via NewsRx

►March 30, 2010 - Cellceutix Releases Positive Results From KM-391 Study - Cellceutix Corporation, a bio-pharmaceutical company, has released positive results from an animal study evaluating an autism compound KM-391. - Cellceutix via Clinical Trials Pharmaceutical Business Reviews - "Reportedly, the samples were evaluated in different parameters like: brain plasticity, serotonin levels and behavioral function. These parameters were selected as important indicators of the effect needed to successfully treat autism."

►March 30, 2010 - Toward a 3-in-1 'Dipstick' Test for Early Detection of Parasitic Diseases - A new simple, inexpensive three-in-one test to diagnose a terrible trio of parasitic diseases that wreak havoc in the developing world is passing preliminary tests, scientists reported. Described during the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the test is for Chagas' disease, leishmaniasis, and "sleeping sickness" or African trypanosomiasis. - American Chemical Society, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►March 30, 2010 - CompCare signs contract to provide autism care coordination services in Wisconsin - CompCare via News-Medical.Net

►March 30, 2010 - Patents On Genes Are Struck Down By Judge - Pharmalot

►March 30, 2010 - Cephalon’s Jet Lag Pill Remains On The Runway - Pharmalot

►March 30, 2010 - HIV/AIDS factsheet - Manila Standard Today

►March 30, 2010 - Timeline of Lilly’s outsourcing - Eli Lilly has taken an expansive approach to outsourcing, adding an agreement with Thermo Fisher to its raft of deals, and this strategy is visualised in an interactive timeline from Outsourcing-Pharma. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

►March 30, 2010 - Could multivitamins raise breast cancer risk? - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition via China Daily

* ►March 30, 2010 - Camden High teen dies from meningococcal - Camden Advertiser - "Dr Conaty said people who have had the meningococcal C vaccine should still be on the look out for symptoms because the vaccine doesn't protect against the more common type B infection."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Petra Ecclestone: I wanted to die - Turning point: when Petra Ecclestone contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14 it changed her life forever - The Times, UK

►March 30, 2010 - Robbie’s Night 2 in aid of Meningitis UK and Robbie Jones - The Northern Echo, UK

* ►March 30, 2010 - Why Can't Doctors Offer Meningitis Vaccine To Everyone? (includes video) - NewsOn6.com - "Understandably, demand for the meningitis vaccine spilled over to Tulsa. Even several weeks after the outbreak, Dr. Donna Krutka says parents continue to ask for it, but unlike Oologah, children younger than 11 can't be vaccinated. ... The risk, says Krutka, is if children are immunized at a young age, the vaccine may not be effective when they are older and more vulnerable to meningitis. 'If I give it too young, then it won't hold them on the other end of the spectrum when they really need it in college or boot camps,' said Dr. Krutka."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Why Can't Doctors Offer Meningitis Vaccine To Everyone? - News9.com

►March 30, 2010 - Impact of meningitis far greater than first thought - The Irish Times

* ►March 30, 2010 - Healthy Outlook — A whooping cough revival? - Frederick News-Post

►March 30, 2010 - Activists and U.N. say travel restrictions on HIV positive patients is a violation of human rights - Reuters AlertNet

►March 30, 2010 - Polio eradication efforts continue in Southern Sudan - United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) via ReliefWeb

* ►March 30, 2010 - Company to start HIV drug trials - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "GeoVax Labs, Inc., a Smyrna-based biotechnology company that creates and tests HIV/AIDS vaccines, has been granted federal permission to begin a phase 1 clinical trial for a treatment for people infected with HIV."

* ►March 30, 2010 - Parkinson Vaccination: Good Start to the Spring for AFFiRiS AG - press release - AFFiRiS AG via PRNewswire - "Today AFFiRiS AG announced an important step forward in the development of its vaccine for Parkinson's disease. The vaccine, known as PD01, has undergone numerous preclinical tests which have confirmed its principle of action ("Proof of Concept"). The company is now starting to prepare for clinical trials of the vaccine which are planned to commence at the beginning of 2011."

►March 30, 2010 - PharmAthene Appoints Eric I. Richman as President and Chief Operating Officer and Announces Senior Management Promotions - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 30, 2010 - Typhoid warning - Fiji Times

►March 30, 2010 - A Clash Over Unpasteurized Milk Gets Raw - FDA Cites Risks of Drinking Unprocessed Dairy Products Despite Advocates' Claims of Improved Taste and Nutrition - Wall Street Journal

* ►March 30, 2010 - They Just Can’t Help It - Dynamic Chiropractic - "A recent study found that even with the option of treating otitis media (middle ear infection, usually experienced by children) without antibiotics, medical doctors still prescribed antibiotics about as often as they did before the new guideline went into effect."

►March 30, 2010 - Tips for picking a pediatrician for your child - Parents face a large number of choices, but here are some tips to help you decide. - The Florida Times-Union via Jacksonville.com

►March 30, 2010 - FDA pressured to combat rising 'food fraud' (requires registration) - Washington Post

►March 30, 2010 - Equine flu jab debate rumbles on - Horsetalk.co.nz

* ►March 29, 2010 - Ari Ne’eman and the Controversy Over an Autism Cure - The Human Condition via Newsweek

►March 29, 2010 - Obama's nomination sparks a new controversy for autism - Examiner.com

►March 29, 2010 - Island will mark World Autism Awareness Day - The Royal Gazette - "Minister of Health Walter Roban will publicly proclaim Thursday (April 1) as World Autism Awareness Day to help highlight the issue in Bermuda."

►March 29, 2010 - Cellceutix autism study returns positive data - Mass High Tech

►March 29, 2010 - Ottawa to create city autism registry - Miramichi, N.B., was 1st with autism list - CBC

►March 29, 2010 - Autism registry to be launched in Ottawa - Service to pass critical information to first responders in emergencies - Ottawa Citizen

►March 29, 2010 - Upcoming Interview: Shonda and Curt Schilling on Challenges with Aspeger's Syndrome - Biz of Baseball

* ►March 29, 2010 - Huntsville mother and son to go to Montgomery to rally for autism (includes video) - WAFF.com

* ►March 29, 2010 - CPS vows overhaul of special education program - District promises to eradicate systemic problems that critics say prevent kids from getting services - Chicago Tribune - "Critics describe the Chicago Public Schools special education system as so complex and litigious that parents of children with disabilities must hire a cadre of medical and legal experts to have any hope of getting their child proper educational services."

* ►March 29, 2010 - Autism Speaks to launch ‘Light It Up Blue' campaign - Sierra Sun - "Autism Speaks has launched a special website, www.lightitupblue.org to highlight the campaign."

►March 29, 2010 - New School Shots Required For Children (includes video) - NewsChannel5.com - "'Really, this is more about catching up and getting our kids up to speed so that they're safer and healthier in school than they were before,' said Dr. Kelly Moore, medical director for the Tennessee Immunization Program."

* ►March 29, 2010 - Tenn. Kids To Need More Vaccines For School - State Changes School Children's Immunization Requirements (includes video) - WSMV Nashville - "There are four new shots to get kids into pre-K and four extra shots by kindergarten.  Most pediatricians said they were already giving kids the shots on the new list.  Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Pneumococcal (meningitis, ear infections, pneumonia) and Haemophilus influenzae type B are new for preschoolers."

* ►March 29, 2010 - The intellectual dishonesty of the "vaccines didn't save us" gambit - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►March 29, 2010 - “Vaccines didn’t save us” (a.k.a. “vaccines don’t work”): Intellectual dishonesty at its most naked - Science-Based Medicine

►March 29, 2010 - IAC Express Issue number 858 - Immunization Action Coalition

►March 29, 2010 - MMR Vaccine: The Best Protection against Mumps - Foodconsumer.org

* ►March 29, 2010 - South Bend couple raises awareness about vaccines - Fox 28 - "Just 8 weeks ago, Craig and Katie Van Tornhout and Katie's stepson Cole, unexpectedly lost their baby girl, Callie. She'd only been home two and a half weeks when she developed what seemed to be a minor cough at a little over a month old. They lost her less than a week later to Pertussis or whooping cough."

►March 29, 2010 - State warns of whooping cough case at state hockey tournament - Utica Observer-Dispatch

* ►March 29, 2010 - CDC officials continue to urge H1N1 vaccination/ Infectious Disease News - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►March 29, 2010 - Flu: Georgia on CDC's mind - Effect Measure via ScienceBlogs

* ►March 29, 2010 - CDC: Not too late to get swine flu vaccination - AP via Yahoo!

* ►March 29, 2010 - Tackling a mountain of H1N1 consent forms - KMWorld Magazine - "When millions of doses of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine became available in fall 2009, government officials had to figure out a way to handle the consent forms that each patient has to complete before receiving the shot. The forms contain valuable demographic and health information that, once collected, had to be converted into a useable electronic format for insurance, reporting and statistical needs. Without a digital capture process in place, municipalities and private healthcare providers risked losing funds due to misplaced or inaccurate recipient insurance information."

* ►March 29, 2010 - Officials See Uptick in H1N1 Swine Flu Cases - New activity reported in southeastern U.S.; health officials still urge vaccinations - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►March 29, 2010 - Hamilton's H1N1 vaccine penetration less than 20 per cent - Shots not available until after disease hit its peak - Hamilton Spectator - "Less than 20 per cent of Hamilton’s population was vaccinated against the H1N1 virus — well below the city’s target of 75 per cent, according to a public health study released Monday."

* ►March 29, 2010 - Severe H1N1 Swine Flu Up in South - Georgia's Rise in Flu Hospitalizations Worries CDC - WebMD - "Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, addressed those people during the teleconference. 'We are at a critical moment in our national response to this virus, and we need to get people vaccinated, especially those at high risk,' Benjamin said."

* ►March 29, 2010 -  Mother says get H1N1 vaccine after daughter's death - Complications from H1N1 have claimed the life of one Knoxville young woman. (includes video) - VolunteerTV.com

►March 29, 2010 - Not too late to vaccinate - editorial - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►March 29, 2010 - State Public Health Director Reminds Illinoisans It’s Not too Late to Vaccinate for the H1N1 Flu - eNews Park Forest

►March 29, 2010 - National Biodefense Science Board makes CBRN recommendations - BioPrepWatch.com

►March 29, 2010 - H1N1 Swine Flu Cases Increasing in Southern Hemisphere - Voice of America

►March 29, 2010 - H1N1 pandemic call to be reviewed - Outside experts will hold 1st meetings on swine flu April 12 - CBC

►March 29, 2010 - Business Affiliation Could Increase Potential Risk of Farm-to-Farm Transmission of Avian Influenza - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health via Newswise

►March 29, 2010 - WHO sets up independent review of swine flu response - AFP via Yahoo! Health

►March 29, 2010 - NIGERIA: 156 dead from meningitis - IRIN Africa

►March 29, 2010 - Appeal to fund new prosthetic legs for meningitis boy (includes video) - BBC

►March 29, 2010 - FOP Sets Fundraiser For Meningits Patient - KTUL News Channel 8

* ►March 29, 2010 - Oologah Boy Arrives At Ohio Hospital For Facial Reconstruction Surgery (includes video) - NewsOn6.com - "An Oologah child who nearly lost his life to bacterial meningitis prepares for his next battle. Six-year-old Jeremiah Mitchell arrived at a Cincinnati hospital Monday afternoon, and will undergo several reconstructive surgeries this week."

* ►March 29, 2010 - Optimism Linked to Better Health - MedIndia - "The study by Professor Suzanne Segerstrom and colleagues involved 124 law students who completed five questionnaires and had immunity checks over the course of a year. A dose of dead mumps virus or candida yeast was injected under the skin of the forearm to test immunity, while optimism was clearly checked by assessing the students' response to statements like 'I will be less successful than most of my classmates.' ... The details of the study appear in the journal Psychological Science."

►March 29, 2010 - Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Pediatric Health CareAmerican Academy of Pediatrics says disparities are extensive, pervasive and persistent - HealthDay via Modern Medicine

►March 29, 2010 - How the FDA's Crackdown on Unapproved Drugs Could Create New Monopolies - BNET Pharma Blog

►March 29, 2010 - NexBio(R) Publishes Preclinical Study Showing DAS181 (Fludase(R)*) Anti-Influenza Therapy Protects Against Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia - press releases - NexBio, Inc. via PRNewswire

►March 29, 2010 - Sinovac Enters Exclusive Supply and Distribution Agreements with Parenteral Biotech Ltd. for India - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via PRNewswire-Asia

►March 29, 2010 - CSL Limited Publishes First Corporate Responsibility Report - press release - CSL Limited via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 29, 2010 - Replikins' BioRadar(TM) Announced by UK Trade and Investment - Flu Pandemic Warning Company Sets Up in UK - press release - Replikins via PRNewswire

►March 29, 2010 - Criminals target pharmaceuticals: PDQuotient - Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com

►March 29, 2010 - Above 150 vaccinated in camp against rabies - Times of India

►March 29, 2010 - Israel: Soldiers sue government over anthrax shots - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►March 29, 2010 - DoH urges teenagers to receive MMR jab - Healthcare Republic

* ►March 29, 2010 - SUNY Plattsburgh hopes to stop spread of mumps - Legislative Gazette

* ►March 29, 2010 - Immunovaccine Begins Patient Recruitment for Phase 1 Trial of DPX-0907 Cancer Vaccine - Immunovaccine via MarketWire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►March 29, 2010 - Merck to Seek FDA Approval of Gardasil for Men Who Have Sex With Men (requires registration) - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices via Medscape Medical News

* ►March 29, 2010 - In San Diego, Preparing for Biological Warfare - voiceofsandiego.org - "Over the past seven years, Crotty has developed that antibody treatment and pitted it against strains of smallpox viruses in Petri dishes and lab mice. So far, his antibodies are coming out on top; he said with the right test conditions he saved 100 percent of infected mice. The next step, which he will begin this fall, is to test the treatment on 15 monkeys infected with monkeypox, a virus similar to smallpox. He will then send his antibodies to a special lab in Atlanta operated by the federal Centers for Disease Control, where it will be tested on the real human smallpox virus -- because of safety concerns, Crotty does not use the smallpox virus in his lab. Instead, he mostly tests his antibodies on the virus used in the smallpox vaccine, which is very similar to the real virus."

* ►March 29, 2010 - NIMH Director Tom Insel on Autism (video) - Hosted by the Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain at MIT

* ►March 29, 2010 - Schillings Talk About Autistic Child (video) - A former baseball star talks about how his life has changed since he committed to spending more time with his family.- Just News

* ►March 29, 2010 - Low Levels of Pesticide Exposure Cause Adverse Effects in Children - Beyond Pesticides

►March 29, 2010 - Nigeria: 190 Locals Killed By Measles in 2009-NPHCDA - Daily Trust via allAfrica.com

►March 29, 2010 - Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2010. (requires registration) - MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep via www.guideline.gov

►March 29, 2010 - Rush for swine flu shots - Health department to give 4.3million vaccinations ahead of 2010 soccer World Cup - Times Live, ZA

►March 29, 2010 - New York woman to be arrested for faking autism counseling credentials - Stamford Advocate

►March 29, 2010 - The Thinkers: Duquesne professor working to help autistic people work - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►March 29, 2010 - A Dose of Embryonic Cells Could Induce Infant-Like 'Plasticity' in Brain, Allowing it to Rewire Itself Like New - University of California, San Francisco via Popular Science 

►March 29, 2010 - CDC officials continue to urge H1N1 vaccination - Officials with the CDC are continuing to urge people to get the H1N1 vaccine, particularly immunocompromised patients and pregnant women, as a small uptick in H1N1 cases has been reported in the Southeast. - Infectious Disease News

►March 29, 2010 - Cangene and Barda extend botulism antitoxin contract - Cangene via PharmaLive

►March 29, 2010 - Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk - Infectious Disease News

►March 29, 2010 - Earlier ART initiation may stem immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome - More than one-third of patients who were starting antiretroviral therapy and had cytomegalovirus retinitis developed immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, according to results of a recent study. - Infectious Disease News

►March 29, 2010 - How immune cells 'sniff out' bacteria - Society for General Microbiology via EurekAlert!

►March 29, 2010 - Diseases.net – Offering Essential Tips For Avoiding Infectious Disease - Diseases.net (the latest website dedicated to health and wellness) is offering several tips for people to avoid infectious diseases. - Online PR News

►March 29, 2010 - A Sanofi Drug, A Web Site & Lack Of Disclosure - Pharmalot

►March 29, 2010 - Mirror, Mirror On The Wall… The Biggest Drugmakers - Pharmalot

►March 29, 2010 - Merck Names New VP of Merck Research Laboratories - Merck via Drug Discovery & Development

►March 29, 2010 - Emory University School of Medicine and Zirus, Inc. Team up to Create New Class of Anti-Viral Drugs - Zirus, Inc. via Business Wire via Earth Times

►March 29, 2010 - Depression Is an Inflammatory Disease - A meta-analysis shows higher levels of two cytokines in depressed patients. - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

►March 29, 2010 - Cost burden of chronic illness in Asia growing - Chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and depression affect Asians as much as those in Western countries and governments must draft plans to cope with long-term costs, health experts said on Monday. - Reuters

►March 29, 2010 - US presence is a must for biologics producers, says Recipharm (includes audio) - Recipharm CEO Thomas Eldered reflects on RecipharmCobra Biologics (RCB) launch, telling Outsourcing-pharma that US is key market. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

►March 29, 2010 - Thermo takes over trial supply production at Lilly Indy plant - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

►March 29, 2010 - Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Evidence-based nutrition practice guideline. (requires registration) - American Dietetic Association (ADA) via www.guideline.gov

►March 29, 2010 - Celiac disease (CD). Evidence-based nutrition practice guideline. - American Dietetic Association (ADA) via www.guideline.gov

►March 29, 2010 - Merck licensing chief outlines hunt for 'faster, better, cheaper' drugs - PharmaTimes via FierceBiotech

►March 29, 2010 - MicroBlogging About "Newsworthy" Events: Should Pharma Follow FDA's Lead? - Pharma Marketing Blog

►March 29, 2010 - Preventing Septic Arthritis: Boost Your Immune System - EmpowHER

* ►March 29, 2010 - Japanese With Mercury Poisoning Agree to Govt Deal - Japanese who sued government, company over mercury poisoning agree to settlement - AP via ABC News - "The plan, brokered by the district court in southern Kumamoto — home to tens of thousands who have Minamata disease — calls for lump-sum payments of 2.1 million yen ($22,600) each and monthly medical allowances of up to 17,700 yen ($190), Environment Ministry official Shigeki Shiiba said. The disease was first diagnosed in 1956 and later was linked to the consumption of fish from southern Kyushu island's Minamata Bay, where chemical company Chisso Corp. dumped tons of mercury compounds."

* ►March 29, 2010 - NY judge rules that human gene patents are invalid - A New York City judge has invalidated a company's patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. - FOX News

* ►March 29, 2010 - EPA Launching Major Investigation Into BPA - AP via The Huffington Post

►March 29, 2010 - News Scan: Norovirus in oysters, European take on rotavirus vaccine - CIDRAP News

►March 29, 2010 - Rabies vaccination - anaphylaxis - Leading Voices in Homeopathy via Minimum.com - "I brought my dog to Arizona from Hawaii, a rabies-free state. She was vaccinated with the 3-year vaccine and went into anaphylactic shock about 15 minutes later. She was rushed back into the vet's office where prednisone and other treatments were given, which saved her life. Soon, she will be required by law to have another."

►March 29, 2010 - Sigma-Aldrich expands antibody portfolio with new Atlas deal - Zenopa

►March 28, 2010 - Vaccines-Cervarix, Gardasil, Death And Extreme Side Effects - According to the American Cancer Society, in 2003, 12,200 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,100 will die from the disease. With proper screening, cervical cancer is avoidable and, if caught early, curable. - Oromo Indiex

►March 28, 2010 - H1N1 vaccine is still a good idea and readily available - FOX 21

►March 28, 2010 - Tiny gold probes give scientists a sense of how disease develops - Tiny chemical sensors implanted into patients could help diagnose disease and track its progress, following a development by scientists - University of Edinburgh via EurekAlert!

►March 27, 2010 - New Zealand's GM cattle under fire - Research delayed by court battles. - news (Nature)

* ►March 26, 2010 - Disadvantages of dental amalgam - Smiles Philadelphia - "The American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and many health organizations Public say amalgams are safe, and that any link between the mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded. The causes of autism, the disease Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis remain unknown. In addition, there is no solid scientific data to substantiate the claim that if a person has amalgam fillings removed, he or she will be cured of these or any other disease, "said WebMD.Com and the Cleveland Clinic Department of Dentistry."

►March 26, 2010 - Migraine treatment in developmental age: guidelines update - journal article (The Journal of Headache and Pain)

►March 26, 2010 - The assessment of disability in children and adolescents with headache: Adopting PedMIDAS in an epidemiological study - journal article (European Journal of Pain)

►March 25, 2010 - Vague Pesticide Labels May Cause Excessive Use - Beyond Pesticides

►March 25, 2010 - IDSA steps up commitment to 10 new antibiotics by 2020 - Infectious Disease News

* ►March 24, 2010 - Infant feeding and the risk of type 1 diabetes - journal article (The American journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►March 19, 2010 - Prevalence of Rotavirus, Adenovirus, Norovirus and Astrovirus Infections and Co-infections Among Hospitalized Children in Northern France - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►March 18, 2010 - A CT score for the assessment of lung disease in children with common variable immunodeficiency disorders - journal article (CHEST)

►March 17, 2010 - Novel Burkholderiales 23S ribosomal DNA identified in ileal biopsies from children: preliminary evidence that a subtype is associated with perianal Crohn's disease - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

* ►March 15, 2010 - ACIP Backs Universal Influenza Vaccination: ‘It's about time, and it makes giving flu vaccines in the office much simpler. You won't have to wade through risk factors.’ (free full text) - Family Practice News

►March 15, 2010 - Physician Work Hours, Fees on 10-Year Decline (free full text) - Family Practice News

►March 15, 2010 - Risks of Long-Term Bisphosphonate Use Unclear (free full text) - Family Practice News

►March 12, 2010 - Maternal postnatal depression and child growth: a European Cohort study (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

* ►March 10, 2010 - Shaken baby syndrome in Switzerland: results of a prospective follow-up study, 2002–2007 - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►March 10, 2010 - The Genetics of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: What Is New in 2010? - journal article (Current Rheumatology Reports)

►March 10, 2010 - Too many 'preventable' deaths among new moms, experts say - USA Today

* ►March 9, 2010 - Anaphylactic shock due to hepatitis B immunoglobulin in a newborn - journal article (Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine) - "Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) is administered for the passive immunisation of all infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers within 12h of birth. Adverse effects of HBIG are very rare. In this study, we report a newborn (a female, 33 weeks' gestation and 2030g birth weight) developing anaphylaxis after HBIG administration. The mother was a Hepatitis B virus (HBV) carrier. Hypotension and erythematous rash developed 7min after HBIG administration. Reporting the first anaphylaxis case in newborns due to HBIG in literature, we suggest the condition be taken into account, and requisite precautions should be taken against this probable complication in the newborn."

►March 2010 - Infantile Spasms - journal article (The Neurologist)

►March 2010 - Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis - journal article (The Neurologist)

►March 2010 - Society sets new treatment standards - Irish Medical Times

►March 2010 - Rheumatic diseases in men - Irish Medical Times

* ►January-March 2010 - Financial incentives and the prescription of newer vaccines by doctors in India - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics) - "The significant financial incentive being offered to doctors on dispensing newer and combination vaccines alters the nature of the relationship between the doctor and the patient and opens a wide area of conflict of interest: the doctor benefits significantly by prescribing a particular vaccine whereas the benefit to the recipient may be marginal. "What would my patient think of this arrangement?" (6) is a question that can test the ethical appropriateness of our interaction with the pharmaceutical industry. In the above case, patients` knowledge of these marketing practices, and the acquiescence by doctors, will serious undermine patients` and the public`s reliance on the trustworthiness and professional judgement of Indian doctors."

* ►January-March 2010 - Vaccines : for whose benefits? - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics) - "The list of essential vaccines should be decided by experts and not by the pharmaceutical industry; the industry should cater to our needs. But at present newer vaccines are being dumped in our country and experts or experts` group(s) are coerced to create a need for these vaccines."

* ►January-March 2010 - Concerns around the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics) - "We are alarmed by this decision by state and union governments and we oppose the introduction of the vaccine on the following grounds: Efficacy of the vaccine, Side-effects, Cost effectiveness, Aggressive marketing"

* ►January-March 2010 - The HPV vaccine demonstration projects: we should wait, watch and learn - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics) - "Another debate is about vaccine effectiveness; is it enough to show that the prevention of precancerous lesions by the vaccine is going to prevent cervical cancer? According to the WHO position paper on HPV vaccines, persistent HPV infection may lead to the development of precancerous lesions or severe adenocarcinoma in situ which have a high chance of progressing to squamous cell cancer or adenocarcinoma respectively within an average of about 20 years (4). The interventions based on screening and testing for early identification of precancerous lesions and its treatment have already proved their efficacy for prevention of cervical cancer."

* ►January-March 2010 - HPV vaccines: separating real hope from drug company hype - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics)

* ►January-March 2010 - Cervical cancer screening and vaccination in India - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics)

* ►January-March 2010 - World trade, the poor and swine flu - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics)

* ►January-March 2010 - White coated corruption - This essay documents the state of the medical profession which was once a respected line of work but today is corrupted at every level, from medical education to medical practice, and in both the private and government sectors. It calls for doctors, the government and the public to act against dishonest doctors, restore the dignity of the profession and work for the benefit of society.  - journal article (Indian Journal of Medical Ethics)

Vaccines, Breastfeeding & Hope for Autism - Mary Tocco and Renee Tocco, DC [USA] [Host: Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH] -  Mary Tocco and Dr. Renee Tocco will speak on vaccines and their ingredients, including aluminum and aborted babies used in vaccine development.  They’ll further speak on normal immune system development and the benefits of breastfeeding.  Additionally, they will talk about the April 2010 Hope For Autism BioNutritional Care Training Conference in Atlanta, Georgia USA for parents, chiropractors and all healthcare providers, where educators will include Dr. Boyd Haley, Dr. Tim Callaghan, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Dr. Kurt Woeller, Dr. Mark Geier & David Geier, Dr. Nicola McFadzean, Lori Knowles, Maureen McDonnell, RN, Dr. Renee Tocco, and Mary Tocco. - Monday, April 5, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT - webinar - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

A Medical School Professor of Immunology's Lesson for All Physicians - Stephen Marini, PhD, DC, MS [USA] [Host: Sherri Tenpenny, DO] - Dr. Marini, a medical school professor of immunology and microbiology, will take doctors and laymen alike into the profoundly important medical and scientific-side of vaccination and its interference with the immune system. While laymen will likely be able to follow along, for medical doctors this is a must see challenge and destruction of what you’ve likely learned about the immune system and vaccines.  Dr. Marini will demonstrate that the prenatal and neonatal immune system is naturally skewed toward Th2 humoral immunity.  Vaccination, caesarean sections and failure to breastfeed serve as a pattern of interference to immune balance (immunostasis). - Wednesday, April 6, 2010 - webinar - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

Vaccines: Prevention or Curse? - Shiv Chopra, PhD, B.V.Sc, M.Sc. [Canada] [Host: Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH] - Dr. Shiv Chopra asserts that no vaccines are effective and all vaccines are unsafe.  Dr. Chopra holds advanced degrees in microbiology (PhD), veterinary medicine (B.V.Sc) and science (M.Sc.).  He is author of numerous scientific publications, has held numerous eminent scientific posts in the UK, Canada and India and is recipient of numerous academic awards, including a fellowship with the World Health Organization. - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT - webinar - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

Fourteen Studies: Smoke and Mirrors vs. Real Science on Vaccines and Autism - Julie Obradovic [USA] [Host: Sheri Nakken, RN, MA] - Wednesday, April 14, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT - webinar - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

Regulation and Vaccination: When Research and Law Don't Act in Parallel - Marc Girard, MD, MSc [France] [Host: Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH] Marc Girard, MD, MSc explores and exposes some of the unthinkable corruption and disinformation in pharmaceutical and government-backed studies on vaccines. Dr. Girard earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and would later become a medical doctor similarly interested in mathematical modeling. Dr. Girard is a consulting pathologist for various pharmaceutical companies. - Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT - webinar - IMCV Medical Doctors Vaccine Webinar Series

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism - TVGuide.com - "Fri, Apr 2 6:00 PM  - Wed, Apr 7 10:30 AM  - Wed, Apr 7 8:00 PM  - Thu, Apr 8 7:00 PM - Sat, Apr 10 9:45 AM"

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism - Charts the journey of a mother searching to unlock her autistic son's mind - April 2 6PM - HBO Documentaries

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2010 - Please tell us how you are celebrating! - Autism Speaks

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