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Posted December 10, 2006


* ►December 11, 2006 - Novartis, Sanofi Seek Universal Vaccine to Fight Mutating Flu - Bloomberg - "The five-day conference, 'Respiratory Viruses of Animals Causing Disease in Humans,' which runs through Dec. 14, is timely because the H5N1 avian flu has killed 154 people since late 2003, according to the World Health Organization...Vaccines are aimed at inducing immunity to disease. Much of the talk at the meeting is about chemicals, known as adjuvants, that boost the strength of existing types of vaccines...Novartis, based in Basel, Switzerland, uses an adjuvant called MF59 to beef up its Fluad vaccine. London-based GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Brussels-based Solvay SA, and Paris-based Sanofi Aventis also are experimenting with adjuvants."

* ►December 10, 2006 - Some soldiers heal wounds in anonymity - column - News-Leader - "Joe Lopez isn't even a statistic. The 20-year-old Springfield Marine has been in the hospital nonstop since Oct. 1, a week after beginning a tour of duty in Iraq. He didn't get shot by a sniper. He didn't trip a land mine that blew up his Humvee. But make no mistake, Lopez almost died. The fact that his near-death experience was caused by a smallpox vaccination administered by his own government does not make his sacrifice to the country any less real."

* ►December 10, 2006 - Bill would ban ‘mercury vaccine’ - Lawrence Journal-World - "The first bill in the legislative hopper for the 2007 session is one near and dear to Lawrence’s Linda Weinmaster and a number of parents across the state. Senate Bill 1 would ban the use of mercury-based thimerosal in childhood vaccines...Weinmaster and many others claim that thimerosal, which is used as a preservative in some vaccines, has caused the recent increase in the number of autistic children. Weinmaster’s 15-year-old son, Adam, has several impairments that she attributes to vaccinations."


►December 10, 2006 - Experts ponder bird flu's disappearance - AP via Houston Chronicle

* ►December 10, 2006 - China's vaccination not to blame for bird flu virus mutation, experts - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

* ►December 10, 2006 - A good offense - Naperville Sun - "The shot isn't chosen by everyone. Some people note that the mercury-derived preservative thimerosal - which has been phased out of other inoculations but is still present in most formulations of the flu shot - is suspected of having a role in the recent upsurge of autistic spectrum disorder diagnosis in children. A lot of people also believe that receiving a shot hinders the body's ability to what its built-in immune system is designed to do."

►December 10, 2006 - Ontario to create disease control centre (requires registration or subscription) - Canadian Press via Toronto Star

►December 10, 2006 - Hoaxes, Statistics and Anthrax - OpEdNews

►December 10, 2006 - County confirms flu cases - Livingston Daily - "The health department has about 700 flu shots left from 2,600 it received at the beginning of the season, Westmeier said."

* ►December 10, 2006 - Pupils lack vaccine - Hundreds barred from school until shot given - Martinsville Bulletin

►December 10, 2006 - Vaccinations appeal to Haj pilgrims - Gulf Daily News

* ►December 9, 2006 - Kim Stagliano: The Drugged Out Voice of the Autism Mom - Huffington Post

* ►December 9, 2006 - Somerset Co. to host drive-thru flu clinic - Bridgewater Courier News - "Bridgewater-based Sanofi-aventis, a pharmaceutical company that has worked closely with local public health agencies this year, donated 400 vaccines for the drive-thru clinic."

►December 9, 2006 - Flu shot clinic doubles as pandemic exercise -

►December 9, 2006 - Worried OAPs queue for flu jabs - Norwich Evening News 24

►December 9, 2006 - Health minister releases updated pandemic flu plan for health sector - Canadian Press via CBC

►December 9, 2006 - Flu season arrives in South Carolina - AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

►December 9, 2006 - Flu arrives early in Buncombe - Asheville Citizen-Times

►December 9, 2006 - Ounce of prevention: Buying anti-flu medicine a wise investment - Salt Lake Tribune

►December 9, 2006 - Pandemic inevitable; local planning and leadership critical, health expert says -

►December 9, 2006 - State surveys school systems on students' status on shots - Richmond Times-Dispatch

►December 9, 2006 - Immunisation drive falls short of target - The Sangai Express via E-Pao!

►December 9, 2006 - Case of measles in an adult traveler confirmed in Seattle - AP via

►December 9, 2006 - 12 fresh polio cases - Sahara Samay

►December 9, 2006 - Bank closes in disease scare; Worker in its building has Legionnaires' - The Patriot Ledger

►December 9, 2006 - More norovirus cases surface - The Daily News

►December 9, 2006 - Thailand's south risk areas for polio: officials - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►December 9, 2006 - Call for Quarantine - Health Ministry wants help to combat malaria - Jamaica Gleaner

►December 9, 2006 - Residents chosen for CDC study - Baytown Sun

►December 9, 2006 - US Congress approves bioterrorism preparedness bill - Reuters AlertNet

* ►December 9, 2006 - Homemade drug claim - Sky News Australia - "An Adelaide woman claims she's cured her daughter's brain damage with a concoction of common supermarket products. Her daughter was diagnosed with Wild Measles Encephalitis at 14 months, the family was told the girl had permanent brain damage and would never walk, talk, read or write. She's now ten and her mum describes her as a healthy, happy, normal child."

* ►December 9, 2006 - Company claims herbal treatment for bird flu - DPA via Bangkok Post - "A Singapore-based company has extracted key active ingredients from the elderberry to create herbal lozenges that could rival Tamiflu, HerbalScience claimed Saturday."

►December 9, 2006 - Protein shows promise against HIV, cancer & malaria - The Statesman

►December 9, 2006 - GSK snaps up Domantis to move into biotech field - The Independent, UK

►December 9, 2006 - The biggest killer in the Southwest SMALLPOX - El Defensor Chieftain

►December 9, 2006 - Mystery of a Food Illness: Why So Many Escaped It (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Taco Bell has identified green onions as the source of the outbreak. The company has removed green onions from its 5,800 restaurants nationwide while investigators try to determine where the contamination began."

►December 8, 2006 - Flu vaccine shortage puts elderly at risk - Chronic shortages of flu vaccines have led health bosses to arrange extra sessions to vaccinate those at risk. - Lancashire Evening Post

►December 8, 2006 - Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine To Appear In Russia Next Year - Russia-InfoCentre

►December 8, 2006 - Researchers trial diabetes vaccine - transcript - The World Today via

►December 8, 2006 - A vicious circle - Infection with malaria promotes HIV, and vice versa - The Economist

* ►December 8, 2006 - Onslaught of Disease Attacks War-Weary East Africa - Environment News Service

►December 8, 2006 - Virus Closes Down Oshkosh School -

►December 8, 2006 - FDA has new commissioner - GCN

►December 8, 2006 - Senate confirms von Eschenbach - Cancer expert becomes FDA commissioner despite opposition from a small group of senators - The Scientist

►December 8, 2006 - Duff reports on clinical trial safety - Experts have made 22 recommendations to improve the safety of Phase I drug trials after the disastrous trial that nearly killed six volunteers. -

►December 8, 2006 - UN agencies, China agree bird flu variant not new; urge greater surveillance - Canadian Press via

►December 8, 2006 - Local Schoolchildren Getting Free Flumist Vaccines -

►December 8, 2006 - Don’t let flu ruin holidays for you - If you haven’t had a flu shot, get one as soon as possible, experts advise - The State

►December 8, 2006 - NH reports its first case of flu - Eagle Tribune

►December 8, 2006 - Donors pledge nearly $500 million more to battle bird flu - AP via USA Today

►December 8, 2006 - Second horse diagnosed with West Nile virus - San Diego Union-Tribune - "The infected horse, an Appaloosa gelding from Lakeside, had been vaccinated and should recover, County Veterinarian Nikos Gurfield said in a news release."

►December 6, 2006 - Health experts paint hopeful picture for global vaccines - dpa German Press Agency via Raw Story


Posted December 9, 2006


* ►February 2007 - Aluminum Adjuvant Linked to Gulf War Illness Induces Motor Neuron Death in Mice - journal article (NeuroMolecular Medicine) - "Whereas many environmental factors have been linked to GWI, the role of the anthrax vaccine has come under increasing scrutiny. Among the vaccine's potentially toxic components are the adjuvants aluminum hydroxide and squalene...Aluminum-treated groups also showed significant motor neuron loss (35%) and increased numbers of astrocytes (350%) in the lumbar spinal cord. The findings suggest a possible role for the aluminum adjuvant in some neurological features associated with GWI and possibly an additional role for the combination of adjuvants."

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: Aluminum is a metal which is neurotoxic when it accesses the nervous system and it also has an affinity for the bones, lung and liver. It can make the blood brain barrier more permeable and cross it, leading to neuron death and chronic inflammation of the brain.

Aluminum is used as an adjuvant in many vaccines, including the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) targeting pre-adolescent girls. Childhood vaccines contain from 170 mcg to 625 mcg of aluminum per dose. Children receiving multiple vaccines on one day (pneumococcal, DTaP, hepatitis B, hepatitis A) could receive as much as 1250 mcg of aluminum.

Symptoms of aluminum poisoning include personality changes, progressive speech disorder, stuttering, tremors, seizures, abnormal EEG, psychosis and dementia. Elevated levels of aluminum have been found in the brains of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, who have symptoms including memory lapses, mood disturbances, agitation, aggression, disturbed sleep, confusion and depression.

There have never been any long term human studies evaluating the pathological changes in brain and immune function resulting from repeatedly injecting aluminum into children and adults.

* ►December 10, 2006 - Children at risk of illness from adults who are not vaccinated - Sydney Morning Herald - "'We want all adults who have kids or grandkids or who are thinking about having kids or who work with kids to be vaccinated,' he said."

* ►December 10, 2006 - Baby Mia survives pox scare after dad falls ill - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►December 9, 2006 - Illness following Tetanus shot: Five suspended (requires registration) - Newindpress - "The action was in connection with the hospitalisation of students of Vattoli National HSS who developed uneasiness after being given tetanus injection on November 27...Around 29 students were hospitalised after the immunisation programme."

* ►December 9, 2006 - Proposed vaccination plan stirs debate - Bill would make 6th-grade girls get shots to prevent sexually transmitted virus. - Scripps-McClatchy via Orange County Register

* ►December 9, 2006 - Bird flu 'has deadly friends' - Bamako: Bird flu may be the tip of the iceberg. Experts meeting in Mali say the deadly H5N1 virus is just one of a plethora of diseases threatening animals and people around the world as global warming, intensive farming, increased travel and trade help dangerous microbes breed and spread. - Reuters via

►December 9, 2006 - Booster-shot compliance slow - Some area school divisions will give sixth-graders more time to get Tdap booster shots. - The Free Lance-Star

►December 9, 2006 - ‘WHO did not provide the required vaccine’ - Daily Times, Pakistan

►December 9, 2006 - Domestic Pilgrims Told to Vaccinate Against Meningitis - Arab News

* ►December 8, 2006 - Canadian Physicians ask Government to Provide Vaccines not Created from Aborted Babies -

* ►December 8, 2006 - Ethical, Political Considerations Key Decisions About Mandating HPV Vaccine, NEJM Perspective -

* ►December 8, 2006 - CDC Refuses Congressional Requests for Reports on Performance During Hurricane Katrina -

* ►December 8, 2006 - West Nile virus found in horse in county, precautions urged - North County Times - "'Horses are very susceptible to the virus,' county veterinarian Dr. Nikos Gurfield said in a statement today. 'Fortunately this horse had been vaccinated and is expected to recover.'"

* ►December 8, 2006 - Coley Pharmaceutical Amends Strategic Alliance License Agreement With GlaxoSmithKline for VaxImmune(TM) Vaccine Adjuvant - Change in Exclusivity Provides Coley with Greater Flexibility in Forming Future VaxImmune Partnerships - press release - Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►December 8, 2006 - Senate bill: Supplement risks should be reported to FDA - Salt Lake Tribune

* ►December 8, 2006 - Autism, future worry local family - The Journal News - "Andrew Shaw was developing like a typical baby boy for the first 18 months of his life. Then, suddenly, he turned inward...At first, one pediatrician feared Andrew had a brain tumor. His father said the family feared for his life. But then, the final diagnosis came - autism."

* ►December 8, 2006 - It's Friday - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News - "Did vaccines lead to local boy's autism? An aunt of an 8-year-old Sault boy visited this week to raise the possible connection between infant vaccines (which contain mercury and/or thimerosal) and the alarming increase in autism."

►December 8, 2006 - Autism diagnoses rose without clear reason - Cincinnati Enquirer

►December 8, 2006 - Newly passed legislation could provide millions for Autism research (includes video) -

►December 8, 2006 - Structure Essential For Brain Remodeling Identified - Duke University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

►December 8, 2006 - Hawthorne school for autistic children to expand - The Journal News

* ►December 8, 2006 - New Study: One in Three Illinois Legislators Test With Unsafe Levels of Mercury - press release - Mercury Free Illinois via PRNewswire via

►December 8, 2006 - Ask Chicagoist: Where Can I Get A Flu Shot? - Chicagoist

►December 8, 2006 - State's First Flu Case of Season Matches this Year's Vaccine -

►December 8, 2006 - Florida among states reporting the highest flu rates - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

►December 8, 2006 - Flu bug more active; vaccines still available - Salt Lake Tribune

►December 8, 2006 - A couple of options for fighting the flu - McClatchy Newspapers via News-Sentinel via

►December 8, 2006 - Donors Pledge Nearly $500 Million to Avian Flu Fight - United States adds $100 million to original pledge for $434 million total - Washington File via

* ►December 8, 2006 - Childhood illnesses resurface again - North Adams Transcript - "'Children who have received the vaccination still have a 30 percent chance of having the chickenpox,' said pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Degrenier on Thursday."

* ►December 8, 2006 - School mourns pupil's virus death - Parents at a Devon school are being consulted after a pupil died from a "severe" viral infection. - BBC

►December 8, 2006 - Fifth pupil struck by pneumonia - Another child has contracted pneumonia following an outbreak of the lung infection at a Tyneside school, health experts have confirmed. - BBC

►December 8, 2006 - Evanston High will vaccinate for illness - Officials aim to avert pertussis outbreak (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►December 8, 2006 - School officials confirm six cases of whooping cough at MHS - Medford Transcript

►December 8, 2006 - Brother on meningitis mission - Oxford Mail

►December 8, 2006 - Industry 'paid top cancer expert' - The scientist who first linked smoking to lung cancer was paid by a chemicals firm while investigating cancer risks in the industry, it has emerged. - BBC

* ►December 8, 2006 - Scientist who gave Agent Orange the nod worked for its maker - Sir Richard paid $1,500 a day by firm - Claimed chemical did not cause cancer - The Times, UK

* ►December 8, 2006 - Scientists back cancer guru over Agent Orange 'smear' - The Times, UK

►December 8, 2006 - Intervention in Vietnam inquiry - Guardian, UK - "In 1985, while Sir Richard was a paid consultant for Monsanto, he stepped into the debate over the herbicides Agent Orange and dioxin, which had been sprayed from the air in the Vietnam war."

►December 8, 2006 - 58 Percent of Children in Mash West Immunised - The Herald (Harare) via

►December 8, 2006 - Huambo: Over 41,000 Children Immunised Against Polio - AngolaPress

►December 8, 2006 - High Risk of Epidemics in Flood-Stricken Horn of Africa - U.N. aid agencies are stepping up humanitarian assistance to three flood-stricken countries in the Horn of Africa. The agencies are warning the risk of epidemics breaking out in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia is very high. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. - Voice of America

►December 8, 2006 - Widespread HPV Vaccination Could Have ''Important'' Effects for Women - Reuters Health via

►December 8, 2006 - Cervical cancer vaccine lauded - Louisville Courier-Journal

►December 8, 2006 - Calif. may mandate HPV shots for girls - United Press International

* ►December 8, 2006 - Measure requires sex virus vaccine - Bill calls for girls to be inoculated against human papilloma virus. - The Sacramento Bee via Fresno Bee - "California law gives parents the right to veto any vaccination for their child by filing a letter with school officials stating that participation would violate their beliefs. For HPV vaccination, Thomasson said, parents should be required to give specific permission — opt-in rather than opt-out."

►December 8, 2006 - Woman wins huge payout from RLI - A trainee hairdresser who suffered catastrophic brain damage after the Royal Lancaster Infirmary misdiagnosed the type of meningitis she was suffering from has won a massive compensation deal. - Lancaster Today

►December 8, 2006 - Gilead subpoenaed over HIV drugs - Gilead Sciences Inc. has received a subpoena from the Department of Justice in relation to how it sells some of its HIV treatments. - MarketWatch

►December 8, 2006 - HIV-Infected Intestinal Immune Cells Never Rebound - HealthDay via Forbes

►December 8, 2006 - Discoverer of stealth virus dies - UPI via Monsters & Critics

►December 8, 2006 - Crucell gets $20 mln Quinvaxem contract - Reuters

►December 8, 2006 - Panel says benefits of medicated stent far outweigh risks - FDA experts still divided over the device's potential to produce clots - Washington Post via Houston Chronicle

►December 8, 2006 - GSK invest in miniature antibodies - GlaxoSmithKline are further investing in large molecule drug development with the acquisition of pioneering antibody technology. -

* ►December 7, 2006 - PhRMA Applauds Confirmation of FDA Commissioner - The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) via PharmaLive

* ►December 7, 2006 - Many at-risk Europeans not getting flu shots - Vaccine via Reuters Health

* ►December 7, 2006 - Horror clinical trial in test tube recreation - New Scientist - "Devastating effects of a drug which left six healthy young men in intensive care during a disastrous drug trial in London, UK, have been replicated in a test tube."

►December 7, 2006 - Bird flu could force changes to African traditions - Reuters AlertNet

►December 7, 2006 - E. coli outbreak spread to six US states, CDC says - Reuters

►December 7, 2006 - Ingham County vaccinates East Lansing students, teacher against whooping cough - Lansing State Journal

►December 7, 2006 - Canadian Pediatricians Warn Parents of Respiratory Virus Risk - Ottawa Start

►December 7, 2006 - Richmond: Shot deadline is next week - Richmond Times-Dispatch

►December 7, 2006 - Ads Are Selling US Kids Poor Health, Say Experts - HealthDay via New York Times Syndicate via The Ledger

►December 7, 2006 - Harmful viruses found in San Diego coastal waters - North County Times

►December 7, 2006 - Virus cases on the rise in Michigan - Battle Creek Enquirer - "Cases of the highly-contagious norovirus are on the rise in Michigan for the winter season, the Michigan Department of Community Health said today."

►December 7, 2006 - TFI advises Nigeria on polio eradication - The Tide

►December 7, 2006 - Complacency undermines efforts against bird flu - New Zealand Herald

►December 7, 2006 - Autistic Teen Sentenced for School Stabbing - AP via Fox 28

►December 7, 2006 - China has more than 100,000 autistic children - Xinhua via China View

►December 6, 2006 - Finding may be tool in flu fight - Scientists at Rice and UT discover promising target for class of drugs - Houston Chronicle

►December 4, 2006 - Kids Still Without Shot Sent Home - WTKR Your NewsChannel 3

►December 1, 2006 - Whooping Cough Still Lingers - Immunity to whooping cough can dissipate over time. - - "The Tdap vaccine, approved in May 2005, has the same components as the DTaP vaccine that infants and young children receive, but in smaller quantities."


Posted December 8, 2006


* ►December 8, 2006 - A Comprehensive Immunization Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Part II: Immunization of Adults - MMWR/CDC

►December 8, 2006 - Appendix A - Immunization Management Issues - MMWR/CDC

►December 8, 2006 - Appendix B - Postexposure Prophylaxis to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Infection - MMWR/CDC

►December 8, 2006 - Appendix C - Identification and Management of Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg)--Positive Persons - MMWR/CDC

►December 8, 2006 - Over 2,000 flu vaccine shots available - Saipan Tribune

►December 8, 2006 - Hajj pilgrims risk sparking 'flu pandemic - The Australian

►December 8, 2006 - Malaria could fuel spread of HIV - The Guardian, UK

* ►December 8, 2006 - Global: Jury still out on vaccines - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet - "Public health professionals say that advocating a pre-pandemic vaccination campaign carries risks if the vaccination causes some adverse reactions that could undermine public confidence in future vaccinations once a pandemic actually broke out."

* ►December 8, 2006 - Health boss dismisses death rumours on vaccinated children - The Tide - "Dr. Enyidah, who stated this to newsmen in his office, said that, it was dangerous to spread such information that the Measle vaccines administered on children in October had killed some children at Elibrada in Emohua Local Government Areas of Rivers State."

* ►December 8, 2006 - Diabetes vaccine trial offers new hope - Ninemsn - "Researchers from the University of Melbourne's Diabetes Vaccine Development Centre are seeking 13,000 people aged between four and 30 who have a blood relative with Type 1 diabetes - and a higher risk of developing the disease - to undergo screening for the trial."

* ►December 8, 2006 - Renowned cancer scientist was paid by chemical firm for 20 years - The Guardian, UK

* ►December 8, 2006 - California girls may be required to take anti-cancer vaccine - Rocklin and Roseville Today - "Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's measure, Assembly Bill 16, would require girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV) as a condition of entering the sixth grade in public or private schools."

►December 8, 2006 - 'Elephant Man' drug trial lawyers call for independent inquiry - This is London

►December 8, 2006 - Children immunised against polio in Kumasi - Accra Daily Mail

►December 8, 2006 - Southern provinces a hotbed for polio - The violence-plagued deep South is considered the highest risk area for a re-emergence of polio in Thailand after more than a decade, the Public Health Ministry said yesterday. - The Nation

* ►December 7, 2006 - Falsified Claims Undermine MOH's Credibility - press release - Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn via - "By continuing to make fanciful unsubstantiated claims the Ministry of Health simply undermines the credibility of all vaccinations...When caring mums and dads realise that the Ministry of Health has been falsifying and exaggerating claims about meningococcal disease, it is only natural that they will question the integrity of other Ministry of Health claims."

* ►December 7, 2006 - Completing immunisation vital - Ministry - The Ministry of Health is urging parents to ensure their children complete the controversial meningococcal B immunisation. - NZPA via

* ►December 7, 2006 - Combating Autism Act Passes House of Representatives By Two-Thirds Majority - Advocacy Groups Call Passage a Landmark Event for Investigation of Environmental Factors in Autism - press release - National Autism Association and Safe Minds via - "The urgency of creating a solid program of environmental investigation has been made particularly clear by Don and Deirdre Imus. "With the huge rise over the past 18 years in neurological disorders among the children of this country, we can’t responsibly write the numbers off as ‘better diagnosing,’” according to Deirdre Imus, president and founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology.  'The health outcomes of environmental insults such as the injection of mercury through vaccines must be thoroughly investigated. Clearly, the toll taken upon human health by such toxins is of paramount concern, and must be addressed proactively.'"

* ►December 7, 2006 - Congress votes to up autism spending - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "'With 1.5 million cases of autism in the United States alone, this epidemic is finally beginning to receive the level of federal attention and assistance it rightly deserves,' said Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., one of the House sponsors. In the Senate, the bill was introduced in April 2005 by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa."

* ►December 7, 2006 - $1 Billion Grant Goes To Bat For Autism (includes video) -

* ►December 7, 2006 - Families Cheer as Autism Bill Passes - Newsweek via MSNBC

►December 7, 2006 - Shelley Hendrix Reynolds: Another Activist is Born - Huffington Post

* ►December 7, 2006 - Senate Approves FDA Chief Nomination (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "Before Thursday's vote, Grassley attacked what he called 'the cozy relationship between some drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration.' 'This nominee is not likely to serve well because he just doesn't seem to get it,' Grassley said. 'First and foremost, he is supposed to do the right thing on behalf of Americans. Dr. von Eschenbach has other interests to serve and they are not always the interests of John Q. Public.'"

►December 7, 2006 - Sen. DeMint lifts objection to FDA nominee - MarketWatch

* ►December 7, 2006 - Moral shot in arm - Docs push for 'ethical' alternative to vaccine developed with aborted fetuses - Ottawa Sun - "Dr. Rene Leiva, an Ottawa family doctor and CPL member, says the problem is that the vaccine has been developed using human cell lines taken from abortions conducted in the 1960s. Leiva started looking into Pentacel after parents refused to vaccinate their child with it. 'They said it would violate their moral conscience.'"

►December 7, 2006 - Flu shot only one element of flu prevention - Wilmington News Journal

* ►December 7, 2006 - DOR Gets Okay on Key Ricin Toxin Vaccine Patent - Genetic Engineering News

* ►December 7, 2006 - NSAID Use May Hinder Vaccine Effectiveness - Journal of Immunology via HealthDay via Forbes

►December 7, 2006 - Hajj Pilgrims Should Get Flu Jab to Avoid Pandemic - BMJ via Newswise - "Flu vaccination should be mandatory for all Hajj pilgrims to minimise the risk of a global pandemic, say doctors in this week’s BMJ."

►December 7, 2006 - UN bird flu chief calls for more cash to combat virus - AP via International Herald Tribune

►December 7, 2006 - New Research Predicts US Entry Of H5N1 Avian Influenza - Smithsonian via ScienceDaily

►December 7, 2006 - Weakness found in flu virus opens door to new remedies - The Times, UK

►December 7, 2006 - For The Media, Avian Flu Seems To Have Flown The Coup - Public Eye via CBS News

►December 7, 2006 - Avian flu vaccine developed for poultry - UPI via ScienceDaily

►December 7, 2006 - Zoo bird flu vaccinations considered success - Researchers say a trial of preventive avian flu vaccinations for birds at a number of Swiss zoos last year was reasonably successful. - NZZ Online

* ►December 7, 2006 - Holt pushes vaccine breakthroughs in Congress - The Courier - "'I am pleased to see the innovative search and development of improved vaccine technologies that is occurring right here in Central New Jersey,' Holt said. 'The current egg-based method of vaccine development and production is outdated and unreliable. The groundbreaking research and development occurring in Cranbury holds real promise in improving the health of all Americans.' Holt secured $1 million for VaxInnate in the 2007 Defense Appropriations Act to support its research and development of a vaccine for malaria."

* ►December 7, 2006 - Primary pupils struck by lung bug - Pupils at a primary school are being offered injections after four of their classmates contracted pneumonia. - BBC

►December 7, 2006 - Team treated for meningitis exposure after member dies - Charleston Daily Mail

►December 7, 2006 - Nigeria: Issues War Against Polio - Daily Champion (Lagos) via

►December 7, 2006 - Nine polio cases in Sindh - The News - International

►December 7, 2006 - Myanmar to vaccinate 7 mln children against measles - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►December 7, 2006 - 'No need to panic' - The Jamaican Government said last night that there was no need for alarm despite 30 confirmed cases of malaria in Kingston & St Andrew and St Catherine, as the outbreak was in one confined area and the health ministry was on top of the situation. - Jamaica Observer

►December 7, 2006 - Students who don't have up-to-date vaccinations will be suspended - 680News

* ►December 7, 2006 - State stresses need for shots - Chesterfield will bar students without proof of vaccine tomorrow - Richmond Times Dispatch

►December 7, 2006 - Hundreds of Area Students Remain Unprotected from Whooping Cough -

►December 7, 2006 - Case of whooping cough reported in Central Texas - Cameron Herald

►December 7, 2006 - Killer cough resurfaces in Midcoast - VillageSoup

►December 7, 2006 - Hepatitis tests 'like witch hunt' - A former member of the General Dental Council has likened the handling of the case of a dentist from Gwynedd infected with hepatitis C to a "witch hunt". - BBC

►December 7, 2006 - County child hospitalized with bacterial meningitis - Times West Virginian

►December 7, 2006 - OCU Students Hold Up Signs, Photos To Encourage Support Of ‘Johanna's Law'  - AP via

►December 7, 2006 - Infectious Disease Researchers Develop Basis for Experimental Melanoma Treatment - National Institutes of Health

►December 7, 2006 - Sea urchin genome suprisingly similar to man and may hold key to cures - University of Central Florida via

►December 7, 2006 - Providing hope - A new center to help parents cope with children's autism - Star-Telegram via

►December 7, 2006 - Congress requests CDC's Katrina report (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►December 7, 2006 - Adverse Events bill clears Senate by unanimous consent - The United States Senate has passed S 3546, the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Act, which would require manufacturers to notify the Food and Drug Administration of all serious adverse events for dietary supplements. -

* ►December 7, 2006 - Ebola Threatens to Kill Off Gorillas in Africa (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Several vaccines have been developed that work in animals in the lab, including monkeys, and Dr. Walsh is eager to test them on gorillas in the wild by injecting the animals with darts or putting an oral vaccine in food. By tracking the spread of the virus and vaccinating animals in its path, it might be possible to stop outbreaks, he said."

►December 7, 2006 - Gilead gets subpoena over HIV drugs - Reuters

►December 7, 2006 - Rwanda: Need to incorporate nutrition into kids' HIV programmes - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►December 7, 2006 - Tuna Fish Exposes People to Unhealthy Levels of Mercury Poisoning - Blogger News Network

►December 7, 2006 - Bias evident in letter on mercury in tuna - letter - Cumberland Times-News

►December 7, 2006 - Smarter Application Improves Catfish Vaccine - Agricultural Research Service, USDA

►December 7, 2006 - Cda Pork Producers Paying More For Vaccines -

* ►December 7, 2006 - Other virus infections can trigger AI - - "Research presented at the EAGLES Symposium in China this week indicates that avian influenza occasionally occurs in vaccinated poultry because of co-infection with other immunosuppressive viruses."

* ►December 6, 2006 - ASA Applauds the House Passage of the Combating Autism Act - Legislation provides $860 million in additional funding for autism research and education - press release - Autism Society of America via U.S. Newswire

* ►December 6, 2006 - FDA rejects new limits on mercury in vaccines - Group petitioned government to restrict use of controversial preservative - AP/MSNBC via

* ►December 6, 2006 - New Evidence Disputes Libya’s Case in HIV Trial (requires registration or subscription) - Reuters via The New York Times - "Scientists have produced new evidence that casts doubt on charges against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused by Libya of deliberately infecting 426 children with the virus that causes AIDS in 1998."

* ►December 6, 2006 - Vaccine For Dengue Far From Reach, Says WHO - Bernama - "Dr Marie, however, said that a trial in Thailand had been put on hold due to an unexpected problem as toxicity was found among volunteers."

* ►December 6, 2006 - Allergy Therapeutics says vaccine passes study - Reuters - "'These results provide the first indication that we have the technology to deliver a painless, injection-free potentially curative allergy treatment,' Chief Executive Keith Carter said."

►December 6, 2006 - Using Comparative Genomics to Manage Marek's Disease - Agricultural Research - "Marek's disease is the first cancer-causing virus for which a tumor-preventing vaccine was developed."

►December 6, 2006 - Malaria Vaccine Within Sight - Experts - Hopes that the world will finally be able to immunise people against malaria received a shot in the arm, this week, as leading health experts unveiled the blueprint for a preventive vaccine in the Thai capital. - Inter Press Service

►December 6, 2006 - Do our fears add up? - Framingham TAB - "Among those who overreact, said Cooper, are people who believe a flu shot will actually make them sick."

►December 6, 2006 - Protein's Tail May Be Flu Virus's Achilles Heel - Nanotechnology News

►December 6, 2006 - First in ovo vaccine against AI -

►December 6, 2006 - Health Officials Keep Wary Eye On Bird Flu -

►December 6, 2006 - Minister Noncommittal About Gardasil - press release - New Zealand First Party via

►December 6, 2006 - Just to be safe - Every girl and young woman should get HPV vaccine - opinion - Daily Press

►December 5, 2006 - Czech Republic launches vaccination against cervix cancer - Vaccination against cervix cancer started in the Czech Republic today, but the vaccine is not paid by health insurance companies for the time being. - Prague Daily Monitor

►December 5, 2006 - CDC Pushing for Flu Shots - Tyler Morning Telegraph

►December 5, 2006 - FDA Negotiates Increase in Drug Company User Fees - OMB Watch