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The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film. Why? Why not 3 films, why put all this in one movie? Great question, 2 answers. 1st and most importantly: We need to band together. We need a mainstream film, not another radical movie that only interests the “already converted”. Over 5 million people supported Prop 37 in CA. Reportedly, over 2 million worldwide marched against Monsanto in a global protest. There...ane vaccine expansion, and our love affair with pharmaceuticals- it’s the same villain. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence. There is something horribly wrong with health care today. Huge money, billions and billions of dollars flowing into the same pockets. Meanwhile, MD’s aren’t being allowed to actually practice the art of medicine and anyone who questions vaccination safety, pharmaceuticals, factory farms, etc. is ridiculed and belittled. Meanwhile, the billions keep flowing, carried on a river of pain and anguish. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. Three huge stories, each worthy of multiple films, but each brought together by one staggering fact: it’s the same villain. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, in a tale of corruption, greed and shocking lack of conscience.


All the News Posted July 12-14, 2006

Posted July 14, 2006

►August 2006 - Mercury Barometer Ban Update; News of a Spill That Shut Down a School - Maine Antique Digest

►July/August 2006 - One step ahead - A UVic microbiologist plays a key role in the global battle against deadly viruses - The Ring

►July 19, 2006 - Plant extracts boost immunity in patients with advanced ovarian cancer (requires subscription for full article) - Immunotherapy Weekly via Therapeutics Daily

►July 17, 2006 - Lieberman Misses Point of Opponents - New York Observer - "In April 2005, Mr. Lieberman introduced a bill that would award an array of new government “incentives” to companies like GSK to produce more vaccines—notably patent extensions on other products, at a cost of billions to governments and consumers."

* ►July 15, 2006 - Kids not immune - Almost one in five school-aged children are not fully immunised against infectious diseases including measles. - The Daily Telegraph - "Spokeswoman for The Australian Vaccination Network Meryl Dorey said parents are becoming increasingly concerned about the cocktail of injections on the vaccination schedule. She said enquires from concerned parents has doubled in the last two years to more than 20,000 each year. Northern suburbs GP and father of three Dr Mark Donohue stopped vaccinating his children after his eldest daughter became sick from her jabs more than 20 years ago. Dr Donohue believes recent vaccination for trivial childhood illness like chickenpox are a waste of public funds. 'Some of these diseases you are better off getting on the younger side of puberty,' he said."

* ►July 14, 2006 - Former CDC director sentenced for theft of government funds - Atlanta Business Chronicle

* ►July 14, 2006 - Saskatchewan man develops anthrax in quarantine area - CBC British Columbia - "The man is being treated with antibiotics and is expected to recover fully, according to a news release issued Friday by the provincial government."

* ►July 14, 2006 - WHO confirms Indonesia's 53rd avian flu case - CIDRAP - "According to the Bloomberg story, Luhur Soeroso, a doctor caring for the sole survivor of the avian flu case cluster in North Sumatra, said the 25-year-old man experienced headaches and fatigue a month after he was treated for avian flu. The patient, Jones Ginting, is hospitalized at Adam Malik Hospital in the northern Sumatra city of Medan. The cluster involved seven confirmed cases and one probable case. 'We found abscesses in several parts of his brain,' Soeroso said. He suggested that antibiotics and other drugs given for avian flu might have weakened the patient's immune system, but said the brain abscesses are gradually shrinking in response to treatment."

►July 14, 2006 - Organ transplant leaps gulf of rejection - Melbourne Herald Sun

►July 14, 2006 - Denial of HIV treatment to failed asylum seekers `a human rights violation`, says BMJ - Aidsmap

►July 14, 2006 - A Bacterial Virulence Protein Suppresses Host Innate Immunity to Cause Plant Disease - Science Magazine

* ►July 14, 2006 - Varicella Outbreak Among Vaccinated Children --- Nebraska, 2004 - MMWR/CDC

►July 14, 2006 - Commemorating CDC's 60th Anniversary - MMWR/CDC

►July 14, 2006 - CDC's 60th Anniversary: Director's Perspective --- David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H., 1966--1977 - MMWR/CDC

►July 14, 2006 - Surveillance for Certain Health Behaviors Among States and Selected Local Areas --- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2004 - MMWR/CDC

►July 14, 2006 - Jetstar hopefuls pay for interviews - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald - "The fee does not cover the extra cost of the medical that follows if the interview is successful. The airline requires cabin crew to cover the cost of a medical, tooth and chest X-ray, along with chickenpox and hepatitis inoculation if they score a job - an outlay of several hundred jobs, the papers said."

►July 14, 2006 - Autism conference starts today - Families invited to learn strategies from experts - Pacific Daily News

►July 14, 2006 - Thailand to host bird flu rapid response exercise - ThaiDay

►July 14, 2006 - Small increase in vaccination rate despite Baywide campaign - Just an eight percent increase has been recorded for a major campaign to get more Bay of Plenty people vaccinated against influenza. -
►July 14, 2006 - Jakarta fires bird flu official - Indonesia has fired its top animal health official for failing to crack down on bird flu. - The Standard

►July 14, 2006 - A united front on global health issues - editorial - Financial Express

►July 14, 2006 - Nigeria boasts meeting December target to eradicate polio - AFP via TODAYonline

►July 14, 2006 - Autism rates surge, say UK researchers -

* ►July 14, 2006 - Autism could affect twice as many children as previously believed - The Independent, UK

* ►July 14, 2006 - Autism may affect one in 100 children - The Scotsman - "The number of children in the UK with autism has been massively underestimated, and as many as one in 100 could be affected by the disorder, scientists said yesterday. There is no central register of everyone with autism in the UK, meaning it is difficult to estimate the exact number."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Autism 'more common than thought' - Autism, and similar disorders, may affect up to one in 100 children, UK researchers have suggested. - BBC

►July 13, 2006 - Autism: The real experts speak - Portsmouth Herald News - "The eighth annual Autism Summer Institute is scheduled to take place Aug. 14-16 in Holloway Commons at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Featured at this year's Institute will be expert keynote presentations by Stephen Shore, a Boston University doctoral student living with autism; Ros Blackburn, a lecturer from Essex, England, also living with autism; and Larry Bissonnette, an internationally known artist with ASD whose life and work were recently profiled in the award-winning documentary film 'My Classic Life as an Artist.'"

* ►July 13, 2006 - Parents slam autism waits - Ottawa Sun - "Families of autistic children rallied at Queen's Park yesterday in their ongoing battle to obtain services that give their kids a chance at a more normal life. Members of the Ontario Autism Coalition say they feel misled by the province's assurances that it is improving services and will no longer cut children off intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) at age six. Sarnia parent Susan Fentie, the mother of two autistic sons, said that after one child was dropped from IBI treatment at age six, he regressed to such a destructive state that he required institutional care."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Autism promise haunts premier (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star - "Nursing a bruise on her arm inflicted by the younger of her two autistic sons, Susan Fentie wept tears of frustration yesterday as she delivered a pointed message to Premier Dalton McGuinty. 'If he were personally affected, I don't believe that Mr. McGuinty would have fought so hard with taxpayers' dollars to make sure he was able to break yet another promise,' said Fentie. The Sarnia mother of five, whose 12- and 10-year-old sons have autism, was one of about 20 activists who rallied at Queen's Park for better services for their special-needs children."

►July 13, 2006 - Poland: The Parliamentary Group on Autism - First steps into the fight for the rights of the marginalized for the only Parliamentary Group that deals with a specific disability. - Vita Europe

►July 13, 2006 - J-Mac beats Kobe for ESPY award - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►July 13, 2006 - East's true all-star - Cole Marriott didn't let autism stop him from playing for Manatee East - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

►July 13, 2006 - Cuba Succeeds in Autism Treatment - Prensa Latina

►July 13, 2006 - New book offers social skills solutions for children with autism spectrum disorders - Indiana University

►July 13, 2006 - Autism school's cash crisis threatens jobs - Staff are facing the axe after a special school revealed a £2million cash shortage because of falling pupil numbers. - Sunderland Echo

►July 13, 2006 - Sullivan to receive award for work with autism - Huntington Herald Dispatch

* ►July 13, 2006 - More Kids Need Proof of Vaccines (requires registration) - Washington Post - "State lawmakers ordered the change primarily to protect older children against hepatitis, a rising public health concern, as they approach adulthood, said Greg Reed , program manager at the Maryland Center for Immunization at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In the past, proof of the hepatitis and varicella vaccines was required up to, but not beyond, grade 4."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Cost behind rotavirus vaccine rejection - - "The Federal Government says a decision not to vaccinate babies against rotavirus is because of cost, not safety. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee today announced it is rejected applications from two drug companies to have rotavirus vaccines given all infants."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Rotavirus vaccination plan stymied - - "The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has recommended against funding the vaccine but has not outlined its reasons. The company that makes the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline, says it will try to have the decision reassessed when the committee meets again in November."

* ►July 13, 2006 - GM potato crops to produce vaccines - German researchers obtained this year permission to plant genetically-modified potatoes that produce vaccines and proteins on an outdoor plantation - University of Rostock scientists aim to plant three rows of the GM crop on 2,200m2 in Gross Luesewitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, over the next two years. - World Grower

►July 13, 2006 - Maryland Doctors Test Nicotine Vaccine -

►July 13, 2006 - Bernalillo County girl contracts bubonic plague - AP via

* ►July 13, 2006 - Indonesia bird flu viruses showed genetic changes - Canadian Press via CTV - "The World Health Organization wants the government of Indonesia to release a WHO-compiled report on a large cluster of human H5N1 avian flu cases, but it's worried about pressing the issue too hard, a top official of the Geneva-based agency said Thursday. Dr. Paul Gully said the WHO is walking a fine line, aware that pushing too aggressively to get Jakarta to release the report or to share the genetic blueprints of viruses recovered from flu cases in the cluster may generate less co-operation, not more."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Roche wins rights to two Tamiflu Web sites - Reuters - "An administrative panel of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a Geneva-based U.N. agency, ruled that the Web sites <> and <> were being used inappropriately by a Panama-based firm seeking to attract browsers to the sites through use of the drug name."

►July 13, 2006 - Companies stock up on bird flu drug, maker says - Reuters

►July 13, 2006 - Preparing For Influenza Pandemic: It's Not If, But When - Occupational Hazards - "At a recent ORC Worldwide meeting, Julie Gerberding, M.D., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told our members why business planning for a pandemic is so important.We could be close to an outbreak of avian flu, and a pandemic is certain to happen at some point in the future, Gerberding noted. "We've never been as close to a pandemic in my lifetime," Gerberding said."

►July 13, 2006 - Fears over shortage of winter flu vaccine jab - South Wales Echo via

►July 13, 2006 - Midlands flu outbreak 'could kill 14,000' - Birmingham Mail via

►July 13, 2006 - Zimbabwe: 'Zim Equipped to Fight Poultry Diseases' - The Herald (Harare) via

►July 13, 2006 - Money to Help Find Gaps in Flu Plans - AP via

►July 13, 2006 - Defra invites tenders for avian influenza vaccine - Tenders to supply a further 10 million doses of avian influenza vaccine for potential use in poultry and other captive birds have been welcomed by Defra. -

►July 13, 2006 - Brain bug jabs for babies - Thousands of Scots babies are to get new jabs against the brain bug meningitis - Glasgow Evening Times - "Every baby will be given the pneumococcus jab at two months to protect them from a major cause of the life-threatening disease. Babies will also be given boosters of the vaccine at four and 13 months."

►July 13, 2006 - Suffolk officials plan for pandemic - Newsday

►July 13, 2006 - Bird flu draws local scientists to Arctic shore - Boston Globe

* ►July 13, 2006 - Kenya: Battling Malaria in Western Region - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via - "For many here, however, poverty remains a major contributing factor to the prevalence of malaria since they cannot afford bed nets treated with insecticide. Lack of information about the disease is another problem. A beneficiary of the free net campaign, Ezekiel Otakwa, says he brought his children, aged four and five, to be vaccinated a second time so they would receive free bed nets. 'They had been vaccinated before but there were no free nets then,' Otakwa, a resident of Nyalenda slum in Kisumu, said. But reports indicate that at least five children died from a vaccine overdose during the campaign. Parents allegedly took their children for the measles jab up to four times so as to get free bed nets every time the vaccine was administered."

►July 13, 2006 - Angola: Comprehensive Child Health Campaign Underway - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►July 13, 2006 - Zaire: Health Minister Officially Launches Global Vaccination Campaign - AngolaPress

►July 13, 2006 - Central African nations discuss immunisation strategy - AngolaPress

►July 13, 2006 - Angola: Nationwide Vaccination Campaign for Children Starts Today - AngolaPress via

►July 13, 2006 - Baker County Health Department leads state in immunizing 2-year olds - Baker City Herald

►July 13, 2006 - Parents have to prepare kids, themselves for kids' shots - Battle Creek Enquirer

* ►July 13, 2006 - Supply of meningitis vaccine falls short - Some doses going to retail pharmacies - Columbus Dispatch - "Physicians such as Dr. Stephen Canowitz, who had ordered as many as 20 doses a month, are now limited to five. Canowitz, who has an office on Columbus’ East Side, said he lived with the shortage but grew angry when he learned Kroger was selling the vaccine at stores in Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia. 'If there’s a limit out there and the doctors can’t get them, then why in the world are they going out and selling them to the stores?' he said."

►July 13, 2006 - Physician led drive against polio - Star-Telegram via

►July 13, 2006 - India to rehabilitate polio victims as disease makes a comeback - Yahoo! via Indian Catholic

* ►July 13, 2006 - University of Maryland Researchers Test 'Trojan Peptide' Vaccines to Treat Head and Neck Cancer - press release - University of Maryland via AScribe Newswire

►July 13, 2006 - SIGA Announces Successful Completion of Its Smallpox Drug Candidate's Initial Human Safety Trial - press release - SIGA Technologies, Inc. via Business Wire

►July 13, 2006 - Nabi Biopharma Granted Positive Opinion From FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee For Nabi-HB Intravenous - Quick Facts - Trading Markets

* ►July 13, 2006 - FDA is sued over closed-door meeting - United Press International - "The consumer group Public Citizen sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent them from holding a closed-door hearing on a blood substitute product. The suit asks that either the secret hearing be canceled or be opened to the public. The FDA is deciding whether the Navy can test a blood substitute product manufactured by the Biopure Corp. of Cambridge, Mass., The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday."

►July 13, 2006 - Senator Lieberman Literally in Bed with Drug Lobby - opinion - Yahoo!

►July 13, 2006 - Michigan's drug lawsuit immunity law, the only one in US, must go - The Bay City Times via - editorial - "There is only one state in the union where drug makers are immune from most product liability lawsuits.  It's Michigan. Yet another in a series of attempts in recent years to overturn that law languishes in a state House committee."

►July 13, 2006 - Student interns assist Hepatitis B Foundation - As a high school senior, Kevin Rakszawski, first in his class, was interviewed for TV. When asked what he wanted to do in the future, he looked straight at the camera and answered, "I want to open a cancer research center." - Doylestown Patriot

►July 13, 2006 - Alert over whooping cough -

►July 13, 2006 - Kelly met with CDC on Lyme disease - Poughkeepsie Journal

►July 13, 2006 - West Nile Virus Detected In Blood Donation - Lex 18

►July 13, 2006 - Ultrasound Detects Rh-Disease Complication in Womb - HealthDay via Forbes - ""We can reliably detect fetal anemia with a non-invasive technique, saving women the risk of miscarriage or premature labor that comes from multiple amniocentesis," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Gareth Seaward, medical director of the labor and delivery unit at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto."

►July 13, 2006 - VN to reveal studies of dioxin-infected people - Vietnamese scientists will present the findings of a study on changes in blood, gene and immune systems of those people who were exposed to dioxin at an international conference on dioxin studies. - VietNamNet Bridge

►July 13, 2006 - Chile Hosts Workshop on Preventing Bioterrorism - Interpol releases bioterrorism incident preparedness guide at Santiago event - Washington File via

►July 13, 2006 - 3-in-1 HIV pill is licensed in US - A once-a-day HIV treatment combining three drugs in one pill, has been licensed for the first time by the US Food and Drug Administration. - BBC

►July 13, 2006 - Russia To Focus on HIV/AIDS, Global Health Issues at G8 -

►July 13, 2006 - Baltimore Launches HIV Nucleic Acid Testing Program -

►July 13, 2006 - Gates Discusses HIV/AIDS With South African President Mbeki -

►July 13, 2006 - UNICEF urges leaders to take action on HIV/AIDS - The Tide

►July 13, 2006 - Human milk sold online carries HIV risk (requires subscription) - Ottawa Citizen

►July 13, 2006 - High Levels of Mercury That Pose Health Risks in Pregnant Women, Children, Found in Some Cans of Light Tuna, Study Says -

►July 13, 2006 - Nanogen Releases New Real-Time PCR Reagents - press release - Nanogen, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►July 13, 2006 - Persevering through polio - ABC 7 Chicago

* ►July 13, 2006 - Fight for your health - and your life -

►July 13, 2006 - Report Says 1 in 8 Babies Born Premature - AP via The Spokesman Review

►July 13, 2006 - Hidden Dangers at School: Where You Least Expect Them - The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►July 13, 2006 - Londoner appeals to PM for Agent Orange inquiry - London Free Press

►July 13, 2006 - Can painful shingles be prevented? - The State

►July 13, 2006 - Thomas Jefferson Provided the Real Fireworks - Jefferson did more than just create the United States of America on parchment in 1776. His vision of America recognized that the nation needed to be larger than 13 coastal colonies hemmed in by the Appalachians. - The State Journal - "Thomas Jefferson made smallpox inoculation the nation's first public health program. Using cowpox vaccine developed by Dr. Edward Jenner of England, Jefferson inoculated his family and the slaves on his staff. He also sent the vaccine with Lewis and Clark to offer its protection to the Indian tribes they would meet."

* ►July 13, 2006 - You're The Boss: West Nile Virus Has Yet to Hit Peak - - "The state confirms only two human cases, down from more than 2,000 just a few years ago. But other cases may be going unreported. 'A lot of people probably had it but didn't know it,' Collinson said. Up to 80 percent of victims may have passed it off as a fever or headache. In fact, many Nebraskans could now be immune."

* ►July 12, 2006 - Children to get pneumococcal jab - A vaccination programme to protect children against pneumococcal disease is to be launched in the UK in September. - BBC - "The vaccine was introduced in the US five years ago, but has been delayed in the UK because of concerns over its cost. The jab costs £34.50 a shot, more than all the other childhood vaccines put together."

* ►July 12, 2006 - WHO Still Hoarding H5N1 Sequence Data - commentary - Recombinomics

►July 12, 2006 - Belgium to test bird flu pandemic readiness - Expatica

►July 12, 2006 - Should Every American Adult Be Tested for HIV? - CDC Mulling Plan to Encourage Doctors to Do Lots More Testing - ABC News

►July 12, 2006 - Adelaide hosts leading virus experts -

►July 11, 2006 - Romania's Fowl-Culling Stems Spread of Bird Flu, US Govt Says - Bloomberg

►July 11, 2006 - Senior sought for avian flu vaccine test - Belleville News-Democrat

►July 11, 2006 - Mounting cost of antirabies vaccine a major burden for Health Department - Intradermal vaccination can bring down the cost of treatment  - The Hindu

►July 11, 2006 - Baltimore Sun Examines Russia's Plan To Highlight HIV/AIDS, Other Global Health Issues at G8 Summit -

►July 11, 2006 - Russia to offer free treatment for HIV/AIDS - RIA Novosti

►July 11, 2006 - Kenya: Massive Drive Against Malaria And Measles Launched - BuaNews (Tshwane) via

►July 10, 2006 - Childhood flu often misdiagnosed - MetroWest Daily News

►July 10, 2006 - Govt launches phase two of anti-malaria, measles campaign - opinion - Kenya Times

►July 8, 2006 - N.H. among those stockpiling anti-flu vaccines - AP via Foster's Online - "States have three more weeks to indicate whether they will seek help from the federal government in buying anti-flu medicine for a possible pandemic. Some already have made up their minds."

►Summer 2006 - For Autistic Children, Relating to Others Is Life's Greatest Challenge - American Educator via

Posted July 13, 2006


►August 2006 - Can WHO therapy failure criteria for non-severe pneumonia be improved in children aged 2-59 months? - journal article (The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease)

►August 2006 - Results of a tuberculosis-specific IFN-γ assay in children at high risk for tuberculosis infection [Short Communication] - journal article (The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease)

►July 13, 2006 - Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from Health Care Workers (full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 13, 2006 - System Failure versus Personal Accountability — The Case for Clean Hands (full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 13, 2006 - Postexposure Treatment with Doxycycline for the Prevention of Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever - journal article (NEJM)

►July 13, 2006 - Diagnosing Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus — Time to Put the Needles Away? - journal article (NEJM)

* ►July 13, 2006 - Leaders blame medics for deaths - The Standard, Kenya - "Rachuonyo leaders have blamed the Government for the death of a toddler who was immunised four times during a measles campaign. The toddler’s mother had repeatedly presented him for immunisation at Othoro Market in Kabondo Division in order to receive extra mosquito nets. Treated mosquito nets were being issued free to mothers in the malaria-prone Nyanza Province. Four other children reportedly died in similar circumstances in Nyamira District. The leaders said the Government had failed to educate the public on the dangers of repeat vaccination. They also accused the Government of failing to address runaway poverty in the area."

* ►July 13, 2006 - More children die from double measles vaccine - Kenya Times - "The three died yesterday after their mothers, ignorant of the dangers of repeat dosage of the vaccine and Vitamin ‘A’ supplements, took their children for fresh vaccination in a span of 15 hours. Two died suddenly at the Homa Bay District Hospital after receiving the repeat dose. Homa Bay District Medical Officer of Health (MoH) Dr Dan Otieno confirmed the deaths but claimed they may have been caused by other ailments. 'I am made to understand that the parents of the deceased children had failed to alert medical personnel that their children had been suffering from other ailments,' he said."

* ►July 13, 2006 - Namibia continues vaccinations as polio death toll rises to 23 - The Mercury - "The death toll in Namibia's polio outbreak has risen to 23. There have been just under 200 suspected cases since the disease was detected in May. Namibia is now planning to launch the second round of a countrywide vaccination campaign to help curb the outbreak."

►July 13, 2006 - Three girls give the gift of research - Lexington Minuteman via

►July 13, 2006 - ''The claim that vaccinations prevent diseases is nothing more than a gigantic deception based on the exploitation of people's fears.'' - post bag - Bangkok Post

►July 13, 2006 - Vaccine boost for students - High-school students will be vaccinated for hepatitis B, chicken pox, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough under a State Government plan announced yesterday. - Courier Mail

►July 13, 2006 - Young women urged to get new HPV vaccine to prevent most cervical cancers, genital warts - Vaccine arriving locally this week - Gulf Breeze News

►July 13, 2006 - Producing flu vaccines will be faster and cheaper, thanks to MSU technology - Michigan State University
►July 12, 2006 - CSC's DVC Begins Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Plague Vaccine Candidate - PRNewswire via Yahoo! Finance
►July 12, 2006 - Donor T cells change the fate of stem cells in transplantation - University of Illinois at Chicago via
►July 12, 2006 - New NIAID program aims to model immune responses and key infectious diseases - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via

* ►July 12, 2006 - Parents missed point - editorial - The Standard, Kenya - "It must be understood that the vaccine being administered is a live but weakened strain of the measles virus. The vaccine is very effective against measles when administered at the right time and in the right dose. The single dosage given is enough to stimulate immune response in the body. Giving any extra dose is like directly infecting the child with the virus. It will kill the child. Do not kill your child because of an extra mosquito net."

* ►July 12, 2006 - Thimerosal in vaccines damages kids - Boston Globe via

►July 12, 2006 - Mercury-based immunizations cleared as autism cause - Boca Raton News

* ►July 12, 2006 - Health Experts Outline the Future Outlook of Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Threats - press release - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "The 11th Richard J. Duma/NFID Annual Press Conference and Symposium on Infectious Diseases was sponsored by NFID and was supported, in part, through unrestricted educational grants from Acambis, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Roche, sanofi aventis, sanofi pasteur, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals."

►July 12, 2006 - Autism Symposium Brings World Renowned Author To Lee - The Chattanoogan - "The fourth annual Southeastern Autism Symposium at Lee University will feature world-renowned author Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. This year’s event, taking place July 21–22, is themed 'The Faces of Autism.'"

►July 12, 2006 - Woodall Foundation provides hope for autistic children - McKinney Courier Gazette

►July 12, 2006 - Man Uses Chip to Control Robot With Thoughts (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►July 12, 2006 - Mother searches for alternatives in autism treatments - Beyond the Limits support group formed - Robertson County Times - "Whether or not there is a link to thimerosal – a mercury-based preservative once found in nearly all childhood vaccines - and autism is still a topic of hot debate in the medical community. Both Bernui and Pazdro believe there is a link and site several studies including journalist David Kirby’s book, 'Evidence of Harm.'"

* ►July 12, 2006 - Researchers Gain Insight Into Why Brain Areas Fail To Work Together in Autism - Basis For Why People With Autism Think In Pictures - NIH

►July 12, 2006 - Carnegie Mellon researchers discover key deficiencies in brains of people with autism - Carnegie Mellon University via

►July 12, 2006 - Study expands knowledge about autism - United Press International

►July 12, 2006 - ISD cuts funds for autism program - The Jackson Citizen-Patriot via - "Brooke Royal was left speechless and sobbing Tuesday night, frustrated by a decision to cut funds to her autistic son's education program."

►July 12, 2006 - Early action key to childhood disorders - El Defensor Chieftain

►July 12, 2006 - Ontario committed to helping autistic children (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►July 12, 2006 - New vaccination rules for children in grades 5 to 9 (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun - "Children entering grades five through nine this fall may need to get extra shots this summer to comply with new statewide immunization requirements. If students don't have documentation that they have received vaccinations for chicken pox and hepatitis B by the first day of school, they will be turned away, said Rhonda Gill, the school system's director of student services. 'They won't be able to attend school. That's what makes it a very serious matter,' Gill said."

* ►July 12, 2006 - Suffolk Public School news - Suffolk News-Herald - "The 2006 Virginia Assembly passed a new law effective Saturday, July 1st which requires all rising sixth-graders to have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster shot prior to entry into middle school on Tuesday, September 5th."

►July 12, 2006 - New vaccines become available in Washington - Chickenpox: New shot required for schools and child care - Centralia Chronicle

►July 12, 2006 - Meningitis Shot Recommended Before College -

►July 12, 2006 - West Virginia gets $1.7 million for pandemic flu preparedness - AP via

►July 12, 2006 - State allotted $4.6M for flu pandemic prep - Funding to be used for more practice drills, supplies for community. - News-Sentinel via

►July 12, 2006 - State getting more federal flu money - AP via Boston Globe

►July 12, 2006 - Governor: Huntsville company's avian flu test to be used in China - Birmingham Business Journal

►July 12, 2006 - Hospital: Preparation key in handling bird flu pandemic - Preparation will be the most important factor in determining how well the United States will weather a potential pandemic of the Avian (or bird) Flu, hospital officials said Tuesday. - Brookhaven Daily Leader

►July 12, 2006 - State gets federal flu funding - Crain's Cleveland Business

►July 12, 2006 - Flu shots a must for elderly - Maitland Mercury - "Maitland's senior citizens are being urged to get flu shots during the next two weeks ahead of fears of a major influenza outbreak in Australia."

►July 12, 2006 - Treat pandemic preparations like buying auto insurance - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

* ►July 12, 2006 - Flu test shuts Philly bird market - AP via Centre Daily Times - "A bird market was closed by state officials Wednesday after some birds tested positive for a strain of avian influenza, but authorities called it a routine matter that posed little risk to the public."

* ►July 12, 2006 - Angola embarks on massive child vaccination drive - Reuters South Africa - "The needs are clear. One-quarter of all Angolan infants and toddlers now die before the age of 5, often from measles, malnutrition or malaria. Polio also has become a threat after resurfacing in the region last year."

* ►July 12, 2006 - 3.5 million Angolan children targeted for measles vaccination in UN-backed campaign - UN News Centre - "More than 3.5 million Angolan children are to be vaccinated against measles in a United Nations-backed integrated health campaign beginning today which will also provide many with polio immunization, vitamin A, de-worming medication and long-lasting insecticide treated nets against malaria."

* ►July 12, 2006 - Army, Police To Support Vaccination - AngolaPress - "Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and National Police health staff in central Huambo province will support the vaccination of 280,458 children of less than five years of age, under the Health Ministry`s nationwide "Enjoy a healthy Life" campaign starting Thursday."

►July 12, 2006 - Benguela: 550,000 Children Await Vaccination - AngolaPress

►July 12, 2006 - Angola: Bié: Over 100,000 Children Await Vaccination - Angola Press Agency (Luanda) via

►July 12, 2006 - Indlovukazi calls for - The Swazi Observer - "Her Majesty the Indlovukazi has challenged all Swazi women to bring all their children who are still under the age of five years for immunisation against measles."

►July 12, 2006 - Drug firms clean up act after complaints - Khaleej Times

►July 12, 2006 - Area boy gets Lyme Disease - River Grove Messenger via Pioneer Press Online

►July 12, 2006 - US Southwest Warned of Potential Virus Outbreak - LiveScience - "In one of the first efforts of its kind to forecast the location and severity of future disease, researchers cautioned today that the Southwestern United States is at greater risk of a hantavirus outbreak this year than in 2005."

►July 12, 2006 - Women sought in meningitis case found - Tests indicate nurses who gave CPR to sick baby in Bridgewater not infected. - Courier News

►July 12, 2006 - Cholera continues to plague poor areas: study - Sapa via Independent Online

* ►July 12, 2006 - CDC seeks HIV testing for all adults - United Press International

►July 12, 2006 - CDC Wants Docs to Ask Your HIV Status -

►July 12, 2006 - Sierra Leone: Director Warns False Positive Results On HIV/Aids Kills - Concord Times (Freetown) via

►July 12, 2006 - Uganda: Kampala Worst Hit By HIV - The Monitor (Kampala) via

►July 12, 2006 - Russia admits HIV drug shortage - Aidsmap

►July 12, 2006 - USA Today Examines HIV/AIDS Among Hemophiliacs, History of Virus in U.S. Blood Supply -

►July 12, 2006 - Ottawa plans to compensate excluded hepatitis C victims - Hamilton Spectator

►July 12, 2006 - 'Forgotten victims' to get compensation for hepatitis C: report - CBC Manitoba

►July 12, 2006 - A rattlesnake vaccine for your dog - Lahontan Valley News

►July 12, 2006 - PanAfrica: Six New TB Vaccines in Trials - New Vision (Kampala) via - "Six new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines are in phase one trials in Gambia, Mali, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Africa under the supervision of World Health organisation's Initiative for Vaccine Research and Stop TB Programme. According to MedScape, many of vaccines are using replicas of the bacteria. others are recombinant vaccines where the bacteria are reproduced by genetic engineering."

►July 12, 2006 - Wyeth Sees 2006 Profit at High End - AP via Houston Chronicle

►July 12, 2006 - Corporate and Business Update; Viropro Committed to Increase Its Visibility - press release - Viropro Inc. via CNW Group - "Theravax Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Viropro, has been created to develop therapeutic vaccines for treatment of patients with cancer or chronic viral infections such as AIDS, chronic hepatitis and cancer."

►July 12, 2006 - MycoLogics, Inc. to Present Results at 46th Annual International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Conference - Will present animal model data showing the efficacy of MycoLogics proprietary prophylactic vaccine against aspergillosis. - press release - MycoLogics, Inc. via PRWeb

►July 12, 2006 - China BioPharma Held Sales Meeting for the Upcoming Flu Season - press release - Techedge Inc. via Business Wire

►July 12, 2006 - Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine -
►July 12, 2006 - FDA to set up office in India: FICCI secretary general - - "Indian pharma companies eyeing offices in American lands will now have shorter application clearance queues as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US has plans to open an office in India to facilitate faster clearance."

►July 12, 2006 - Tech professor develops vaccine for pig industry - Deadly virus has affected swine in Europe, Canada and North Carolina. - Roanoke Times

►July 12, 2006 - Gene Therapy Nightmare for Mice - Could Humans Be Next?- A gene therapy ‘breakthrough’ in precision turns out to have many off-target effects and killed more than 150 mice. Time for gene therapist to take a system’s view of genetics and biology before proceeding. - Institute of Science in Society

►July 12, 2006 - Pacifier philosophy - The American Academy of Pediatrics recently said the pacifier should be given to all infants to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Now, a growing number of dentists are also supporting the baby soothing device. -

►July 12, 2006 - Research Summary: Kids Lack Iron - KGO ABC 7

* ►July 12, 2006 - Hunt for poultry raises flu concern - Frozen cache hit Troy from China - Detroit Free Press - "State and federal authorities are trying to track down a cache of frozen poultry smuggled into the United States and metro Detroit from areas in China where avian flu is prevalent, state officials said Tuesday."

* ►July 12, 2006 - CSC's DVC Begins Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Plague Vaccine Candidate - Computer Sciences Corporation via PRNewswire via

* ►July 12, 2006 - IQ Corporation Announces Key Milestone in Development of Anthrax Monoclonal Antibody Treatments - IQ Corporation via Business Wire via

* ►July 12, 2006 - U.K. Seeks 10 Million Vaccine Doses to Mitigate Bird Flu Risk - Bloomberg

* ►July 12, 2006 - Angola: 3.5 Million Children Targeted for Measles Vaccination in UN-Backed Campaign - UN News Service (New York) via

* ►July 12, 2006 - Health Experts Outline the Future Outlook of Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Threats - PRNewswire via - "Outbreaks of Polio, Mumps, and Pertussis: Childhood Scourges Come Back to Haunt Us"

* ►July 12, 2006 - Harry and Louise backing Hillary - Health-care sector, once a critic of then-first lady's plans for reforms, now lavishing contributions on senator. - CNNMoney - "The health-care industry, once a fierce critic of then-first lady Hillary Clinton's reform plans for the sector, is now lavishing campaign contributions on the U.S. senator ahead of her expected presidential bid."

►July 12, 2006 - Ohio official warns of massive flu - Communities will be on own to cope with pandemic with no state, federal aid, he says - The Cincinnati Enquirer

►July 12, 2006 - Increased risk of Hantavirus forecast for US southwest - Satellite images of ecological conditions help predictions - National Science Foundation via

►July 12, 2006 - New NIAID program aims to model immune responses and key infectious diseases - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via

►July 12, 2006 - Study shows that parasites form the thread of food webs - University of California - Santa Barbara via

►July 12, 2006 - America's door shut to foreigners with HIV - Critics say politics, `remnant of fear' keep 19-year-old ban alive - Chicago Tribune via Newsday

►July 12, 2006 - $4 Million to Establish a Center in Environmental Toxicology - University of Pennsylvania Almanac

►July 12, 2006 - Stress in pregnancy hits offspring's emotional brain - NewScientist

►July 12, 2006 - Intestinal disease cases rise in June - Xinhua via People's Daily, China

►July 12, 2006 - New antibiotic on the horizon? - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►July 12, 2006 - Wyeth: Prescription for change - The Press Republican

* ►July 11, 2006 - HHS announces additonal flu funds - UPI - "The federal government said Tuesday it will spend an additional $225 million on pandemic influenza preparedness."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Senators 'Holds' EPA Nominee to Protest Cuts to Pollution Reporting - OMB Watch

►July 11, 2006 - Saskatoon centre to run survey for avian flu in wild birds - CBC News

►July 11, 2006 - Bipartisan Bill for Public Access to Research—Time for Action (full text) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►July 11, 2006 - Early detection best to control bird flu -report - Reuters AlertNet

►July 11, 2006 - vCJD drug 'does not stop disease' - An experimental drug probably does not stop the progression of the brain disease vCJD, experts have concluded. - BBC

►July 11, 2006 - A Tale of Two Drugs Hints at Promise for Genetic Testing (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►July 11 ,2006 - Senate OKs plans to allow drug imports from Canada - AP via

►July 11, 2006 - Alzheimer's treatment may need to begin before 50 - The Seattle Times - "Because there is no cure or vaccine for Alzheimer's, such tests would be unwise now, because they could affect whether someone could obtain health insurance or long-term-care insurance, she said."

►July 11, 2006 - 'Never disregard a head injury' - Nearly everyone suffers from a head injury at some point in their life - be it a fall, a sporting injury, or a mishap at home or work. - BBC

►July 11, 2006 - Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and ARYx Therapeutics Form Alliance for an Investigational Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disorders - Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and ARYx Therapeutics via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►July 11, 2006 - Slime-Like Substance Blamed for Chronic Ear Infections - JAMA via HealthDay News

►July 11, 2006 - Boost your immunity - Woman's Day via Orlando Sentinel

►July 11, 2006 - Governor Rendell Continues Commitment to Pennsylvania's Health With $49 Million in Health Research Grants - PRNewswire via

►July 11, 2006 - Workers pay more for healthcare, survey finds - Reuters

►July 11, 2006 - FDA Approves Fuji's Digital Mammography System for Use in the U.S. - High Performance, Cost-Effective System Expected to Spur Adoption, Make Digital Mammography More Widely Accessible in the U.S. - Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and ARYx Therapeutics via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►July 11, 2006 - Two new Asperger's units planned for Cambridgeshire - Children with Asperger's syndrome in the county of Cambridgeshire could soon be able to stay at home, rather than being sent hundreds of miles away for an education. - Cambridge Evening News via Awares

* ►July 11, 2006 - Autism: the Art of Compassionate Living - Parents of autistic children strive to raise awareness in a world full of misconceptions about what autism really means. (Part 2 of 2.) - AlterNet

►July 11, 2006 - Children And Teens With Autism To Benefit From More Than $1 Million In State Grants In Pennsylvania - Medical News Today

►July 11, 2006 - Vaccines: What you need to know - Copley News Service via Canton Repository

►July 11, 2006 - Simple test can protect your baby from Group B strep - HealthDay via

►July 11, 2006 - Chronic middle ear infections linked to resistant biofilm bacteria - Groundbreaking study makes definitive statement against use of antibiotics to treat children with Chronic Otitis Media - Medical College of Wisconsin via
►July 10, 2006 - Higher risk for cervical cancer seen among women infected with multiple HPV types - American Association for Cancer Research via
►July 10, 2006 - Emphasis on performance measures may lead to inappropriate antibiotic use - American College of Chest Physicians via

* ►July 10, 2006 - Pentagon weighs options in anthrax vaccine suit - The question of whether the Defense Department will be allowed to resume ordering service members to take the controversial anthrax vaccine continues to drag on in court. (requires subscription) - Air Force Times

NVIC - BL Fisher Note: The fate of U.S. soldiers, who refused an order to be injected with the highly reactive anthrax vaccine, is shared by both U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan and the Department of Defense (DOD). Sullivan is the federal court judge in Washington, D.C. who issued an injunction in October 2004 halting mandatory anthrax vaccination of all US military personnel without obtaining voluntary, informed consent.

In February 2006, an appellate court asked Sullivan to decide whether DOD had the legal right to order that the experimental anthrax vaccine be injected into all troops for 14 years before the FDA licensed it for use against inhalation (weaponized) anthrax in December 2005. The DOD was supposed to answer Sullivan's questions at a scheduled June 27, 2006 federal court hearing but DOD requested postponement of the hearing.

Ever since the Gulf War began in 1991, millions of US soliders have been forced to get the experimental anthrax vaccine. There have been tens of thousands of reports of brain and immune system dysfunction, including death, among soldiers following vaccination. After seeing many of their colleagues die and become crippled after anthrax vaccination, more than 400 soldiers refused the vaccine and were court martialed, dishonorably discharged or otherwise forced to leave the military. If Sullivan rules that it was unlawful for the DOD to order troops to take an experimental anthrax vaccine without their informed consent, the soliders who have been punished for refusing to take the vaccine will be able to petition DOD for correction of their service records.

In March, 2005, the National Vaccine Information Center joined with groups representing vaccine injured soldiers and filed an amicus brief in the lawsuit John Doe et al v. Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense) protesting the lack of informed consent protections in the military's mandatory anthrax vaccination program. The amicus brief specifically addressed the apparently contrived use of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) under Project Bioshield by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and DOD to get around Judge Sullivan's 2004 injunction that required the DOD to give soldiers voluntary, informed consent to anthrax vaccination. The DOD and DHHS claimed an "emergency" existed which required supsension of soldiers' right to informed consent to use of an experimental vaccine or drug.

In the amicus brief, NVIC and co-signers, pointed out that "FDA's history of regulatory malfesance with respect to anthrax vaccine, combined with the emergency use provision of the 2004 Bioshield Act, create the scenario for an anthrax vaccine disaster that affects a much larger segment of the U.S. population, and not just the military."

Federal legislation passed since September 11, 2001 has set the stage for forced use of experimental vaccines and drugs in both military and civilian settings whenever the politically appointed Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) declares an "emergency." There will be no recourse to appeal the emergency declaration to anyone, including the courts.. The cavalier use of the EUA by the Secretaries of DHHS and DOD in the case of forced anthrax vaccination of soldiers is a chilling example of what American citizens will face in the future.

Americans would do well to remember why the informed consent ethic is so important to fight for and protect. At the Doctor's Trial at Nuremberg after World War II, medical doctors employed by the German state were put on trial for forcing experimental medical interventions on citizens. Although those medical doctors were tried for incomparable crimes against humanity, the Nuremberg Tribunal wisely understood that the only way to deter all forms of medical exploitation of vulnerable people was to require doctors inside and outside of government to adhere to the ethical principle of voluntary, informed consent. At the trial's end, the Tribunal issued "The Nuremberg Code" to serve as a guide to the ethical practice of medicine.

Vaccination is a medical intervention performed on a healthy individual which can kill or injure that individual. Therefore, voluntary, informed consent to vaccination, in either a military or civilian setting, is a human right.

* ►July 10, 2006 - Time to end anthrax suit - A lawsuit that challenges the military’s anthrax vaccine program is now well into its fourth year in court. - editorial (requires subscription) - Air Force Times

►July 10, 2006 - Copper more effective than steel against E. coli bacteria - HealthCentersOnline

* ►July 7, 2006 - Maryland fails to seduce Novartis - Maryland is no longer in the running for a $500m (€392m) vaccine manufacturing plant Novartis is seeking to build in the US, as speculation about which state will host America’s first cell culture-derived influenza vaccine plant is reaching fever pitch. -

►July 6, 2006 - Petting Zoos (requires registration) (full text) - Pediatric Nursing via Medscape

* ►July 5, 2006 - Clustering of Childhood Cancers Suggests Infectious Etiology (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

►July 5, 2006 - Study of the Relationship Between Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Autistic Disorder (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Child Neurology via Medscape

►July 5, 2006 - Efficacy of the Ketogenic Diet as a Treatment Option for Epilepsy: Meta-analysis (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Child Neurology via Medscape

►July 5, 2006 - Management Of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis: Current Issues And Future Perspectives CME (requires registration) (full text) - International Journal of Clinical Practice via Medscape

* ►July 6, 2006 - Petting Zoos (requires registration) (full text) - Pediatric Nursing via Medscape

►July 3, 2006 - A crucial role for interleukin (IL)-1 in the induction of IL-17–producing T cells that mediate autoimmune encephalomyelitis - journal article (Journal of Experimental Medicine)

►July 3, 2006 - Diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson disease: molecules to medicine (full text) - journal article (Journal of Clinical Investigation)

* ►July 1, 2006 - Blame Is The Name Of The Game - F. E. Yazbak, MD, FAAP. (doc) via - "This letter was released 30 June 2006 by concerned doctors in response to the open letter of the 26th June 2006 - An open letter 'It is perplexing to us why, in the face of replication by US scientists of the earlier detection of measles virus in the diseased intestine of UK children with regressive autism, Elliman and colleagues should want to ‘draw a line’ under this clearly unresolved issue’. This flies directly in the face of scientific logic and professional responsibility.'"

* ►July 1, 2006 - Air Pollution and Very Low Birth Weight Infants: A Target Population? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Analysis of Clinical Features Predicting Etiologic Yield in the Assessment of Global Developmental Delay - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Bullying Victimization Uniquely Contributes to Adjustment Problems in Young Children: A Nationally Representative Cohort Study - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2006 - Inflicted traumatic brain injury (ITBI) or shaken baby syndrome (SBS) in Estonia - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►July 2006 - Childhood Onset in Familial Prion Disease With a Novel Mutation in the PRNP Gene - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►July 2006 - Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►July  2006 - Bipartisan Bill for Public Access to Research—Time for Action (full text) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►July 2006 - Insurance Coverage and Subsequent Utilization of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Providers (pdf) - journal article (The American Journal of Managed Care)

►July 2006 - Prebiotic oligosaccharides reduce stool viscosity and accelerate gastrointestinal transport in preterm infants - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►June 30, 2006 - Pneumococcal Vaccine in Infancy Provides Durable Community-Wide Benefits (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

►June 30, 2006 - Treatment of ADHD in Children With Seizure Disorders (requires registration) - Ask the Experts about ADHD - Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health

►June 30, 2006 - The State of the Art of Treatment for Pediatric and Adolescent ADHD CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape Perspectives on the American Psychiatric Association 2006 Annual Meeting

►June 30, 2006 - Readers Respond to "Pay for Performance: The Train Has Left the Station, but Where Is It Taking Us?" (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

►June 2006 - Symptomatic toxoplasma infection due to congenital and postnatally acquired infection - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►June 2006 - Parent satisfaction in a nurse led clinic compared with a paediatric gastroenterology clinic for the management of intractable, functional constipation - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

* ►April 2006 - Approvals, FDA Actions, Clinical Trials (pdf) - Biotechnology Healthcare - "FDA Actions - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted fast-track status to Medarex’s Valortim, a prophylactic and therapeutic antianthrax monoclonal antibody (MAb)."

* Wakefield's theory - Plenty of people talk about Andrew Wakefield's claims, but they don't often explain clearly how MMR could cause bowel disorders and autism. We wanted to hear it straight from the horse's mouth, so we went to speak to Wakefield to find out more about him and his controversial theory. - Science Museum

►August 1, 2006 - Child Protective Services Referrals in Cases of Sudden Infant Death: A 10-Year, Population-Based Analysis in San Diego County, California - journal article (Child Maltreatment)

* ►August 2006 - Are food intolerances and allergies increasing in immigrant children coming from developing countries? - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►August 2006 - Ding Chuan Tang, a Chinese herb decoction, could improve airway hyper-responsiveness in stabilized asthmatic children: a randomized, double-blind clinical trial - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►August 2006 - Prevalence of sensitization reported and objectively assessed food hypersensitivity amongst six-year-old children: A population-based study - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►August 2006 - 927T>C polymorphism of the cysteinyl-leukotriene type-1 receptor (CYSLTR1) gene in children with asthma and atopic dermatitis - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►July 15, 2006 - Stimulation History Dictates Memory CD8 T Cell Phenotype: Implications for Prime-Boost Vaccination - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►July 12, 2006 - Antidepressant Treatment and Relapse of Depression During Pregnancy - journal article (JAMA) - "I am concerned regarding the apparent failure to provide appropriate financial disclosures by 7 of the coauthors of the study on relapse of major depression during pregnancy related to antidepressant use by Dr Cohen and colleagues."

* ►July 12, 2006 - FDA Approves Shingles Vaccine - Herpes Zoster Vaccine Targets Older Adults - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 12, 2006 - Women Have Fewer Mammograms Than They Report - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 12, 2006 - NIH, CDC Budget Squeeze - journal article (JAMA)

►July 12, 2006 - Budget Cuts Opposed - journal article (JAMA)

►July 12, 2006 - Medical and Psychiatric Comorbidity Over the Course of Life (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►July 12, 2006 - Direct Detection of Bacterial Biofilms on the Middle-Ear Mucosa of Children With Chronic Otitis Media - journal article (JAMA)

►July 12, 2006 - Less May Be More When Managing Patients With Severe Chronic Illness - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 12, 2006 - Five children die in measles jab debacle - The Standard, Kenya - "The ongoing anti-measles campaign turned tragic after five children reportedly died from an overdose of the vaccine. Health Assistant minister Wilfred Machage administers a measles vaccine to Chris Odhiambo before he officially launched the national vaccination campaign at Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground in Kisumu, at the weekend. And mothers of the victims have been blamed for the debacle — after reportedly presenting their children for repeat vaccinations to get extra mosquito nets in the malaria-prone Nyanza Province. The women, oblivious of the danger, are alleged to have taken their children for the measles jab up to four times since they would get free nets at every administration of the dose."

►July 12, 2006 - Vaccine wipes out measles in Ulster - Belfast Telegraph

►July 12, 2006 - Midlands first to reach WHO MMR Immunisation Target - Athlone Advertiser

►July 12, 2006 - Mexico backpacker's mystery death - A university graduate died after catching a mystery illness backpacking in Mexico, an inquest has heard. - BBC

►July 12, 2006 - Flu could turn city to ghost town - Bay of Plenty Times

►July 12, 2006 - Health officials offer tips for avian flu pandemic - Edison Sentinel

* ►July 12, 2006 - Insurers avoid bird flu payouts - Insurance companies have started writing bird flu clauses into their travel policies to protect them from massive payouts if a pandemic hits. - Courier Mail

* ►July 12, 2006 - Smoking to kill one billion in 21st century: US cancer society - AFP/de via Channel News Asia

* ►July 11, 2006 - Feel like a smoke? Take a jab instead (requires registration) - New York Times via Sydney Morning Herald

* ►July 11, 2006 - Chinese bird flu whistle-blower jailed: state media - Reuters

* ►July 11, 2006 - FluWrap: China clamps down - United Press International - "In a case eerily reminiscent of the George Orwell novel '1984,' a Chinese farmer who reported outbreaks of avian influenza in his region has been imprisoned for three-and-a-half years. Qiao Songju, who farmed geese in China's eastern Jiangsu province, was originally arrested in November 2005, one month after reporting news of the outbreaks to the central government, the official state news agency Xinhua reported."

* ►July 11, 2006 - FDA waits for vaccine maker's response to warning - USA Today - "A major flu vaccine maker says it has resolved concerns about the sterility of a vaccine component that prompted a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration. An FDA official, however, says problems at the company's plant in Swiftwater, Pa., are 'systemic' and corrections have not been verified."

►July 11, 2006 - Nicotine vaccine offers hope for smokers - AM via

* ►July 11, 2006 - Altmann pushes for mercury-free shots - Newsday - "Nassau County Legis. Lisanne Altmann (D-Great Neck) is calling for an end to all mercury-bearing vaccines at county-operated medical facilities, and Arthur Gianelli, the acting president of the Nassau Health Care Corp., is backing her."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Producing flu vaccines will be faster and cheaper, thanks to MSU technology - Michigan State University - "HepaLife Technologies Inc., a biotechnology company based in Vancouver, has licensed the technology from MSU and plans to produce cell culture-based flu vaccine."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Althea Technologies inks DNA bird flu vaccine deal - UK firm PowderMed has contracted US firm Althea Technologies to manufacture clinical supplies of its flu vaccine that can significantly speed up production. -

* ►July 11, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine ordered despite concerns - Reuters - "Supporters of vaccination say the benefits outweigh the risks. Organic producers have backed the use of vaccines as an alternative to locking birds indoors, which would threaten their poultry's free-range status."

* ►July 11, 2006 - A dose of prevention - Copley News Service via Mount Union College via - "According to the CDC, the weight of available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism. It recognizes there is considerable public interest in this issue and, therefore, supports additional research."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Little Growth Seen in Vaccine R&D for Rest of Decade, According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development - Market Wire - "Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes simplex, smallpox, and West Nile viruses have been the five most-studied targets so far in the 2000s, account for 60% of all antiviral vaccines currently in development."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Health officials look to fight unlikely bird flu outbreak - The Stamford Advocate - "Despite facing only a one in a million chance of contracting avian flu, people should still be prepared for an outbreak, state Department of Public Health officials said yesterday."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Financial ties to industry cloud depression study - The Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "But the study, and resulting television and newspaper reports of the research, failed to note that most of the 13 authors are paid as consultants or lecturers by the makers of antidepressants. The lead author -- Lee S. Cohen, a Harvard Medical School professor and director of the perinatal and reproductive psychiatry research program at Massachusetts General Hospital -- is a longtime consultant to three antidepressant makers, a paid speaker for seven of them and has his research work funded by four drug makers. None of his financial ties were reported in the study. In total, the authors failed to disclose more than 60 different financial relationships with drug companies."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Exclusive: Gulf War Disorders Have Led to Murder. Exclusive House of Horrors - Mirror, UK

* ►July 11, 2006 - XOMA Expands U.S. Government Focus; XOMA Founder Dr. Patrick Scannon to Lead Effort - XOMA via Business Wire - "In 2005, XOMA announced a $15 million contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop cell lines, optimize production processes and manufacture three antibodies against botulinum neurotoxin in support of the United States' biodefense efforts."

* ►July 11, 2006 - NHS trust uncovers password sharing risk to patient data - ComputerDaily - "The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said there was a "wholesale sharing and passing on of system log-in identifications...and passwords" and it warned that uncontrolled access "presents a considerable risk to the security of patient data" and consequently puts the trust at risk."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Imported Tuna May Have Higher Mercury Level - AP via AM New York

►July 11, 2006 - Corrected-Bangladesh centre plans lab to detect bird flu - Reuters AlertNet

►July 11, 2006 - London 'prepared' for flu pandemic - - "Speaking at his weekly press conference, Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London said: "I have a duty to ensure as much as possible, the smooth running of London in any situation and the pandemic flu response plan is an important part of this."

►July 11, 2006 - A Resurgence in TB Transmission in Recent Decades Prompts the Establishment of a New Private/Public Drug Development Alliance - Business Wire - "Bayer, Bristol-Myers, Squibb, Chiron,  Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough, Sanofi -Aventis, TB Alliance"

►July 11, 2006 - New weapon in war against superbugs as drug approved - The Herald, UK

►July 11, 2006 - School of Medicine Awarded Nearly $1 Million for African AIDS Program - University of Pennsylvania Almanac

►July 11, 2006 - and Chromosomal Laboratory Announce Partnership to Deliver Cutting-Edge DNA Testing Directly to Consumers - Chromosomal Laboratory of Phoenix, AZ, a DNA testing specialist and, a national Direct-to-Consumer provider, announce a new partnership. Working together allows each to concentrate on their respective specialties while continuing to be innovators in their field. The combination of services is designed to put state-of-the-art DNA Testing in the hands of every consumer. - PRWeb

►July 11, 2006 - Tiny menaces - The Citizen - "Killers are on the loose throughout the forests of upstate New York - tiny, toothy killers that the state health department and many physicians urge New Yorkers to take very seriously."

►July 11, 2006 - Local doctors say once-rare staph infection on the rise - Whitney Lester doesn’t know how he became infected with the community-acquired staph infection MRSA, which hospitalized him in June. - The Virginian-Pilot via

►July 11, 2006 - At Last, Attention Shifts to Girls - Symptoms May Differ, but ADHD Risks Are as Real as for Boys, Study Finds - The Washington Post

►July 11, 2006 - Inflammatory bowel disease can be diagnosed, treated - The Daily Press

►July 11, 2006 - Antibody Linked To Prevention of In-Utero HIV Transfer - Journal of Virology via Newswise via

►July 11, 2006 - Who's in Charge? - It's Your Care. Take Control of It, Recommends One Physician. - The Washington Post

►July 11, 2006 - Seven Finalists Selected for the BioWest 2006 Venture Showcase Competition - Colorado BioScience Association via PRNewswire via - "Novel cancer drugs; innovative treatments for blood cancers and clotting; new ways to attack inflammatory and infectious diseases; ground-breaking compounds to treat osteoporosis and metastatic bone disease; pioneering devices for orthopedic surgery; commercializing biofuels from algae; and revolutionary wearable rehabilitation systems comprise the seven finalists in this year's BioWest Venture Showcase competition."

►July 11, 2006 - Researchers unveil strategy for creating actively-programmed anti-cancer molecules - Novel approach could substantially improve a range of anti-cancer therapy - Scripps Research Institute via

►July 11, 2006 - Cleansing nasal passages may ease symptoms -

►July 11, 2006 - Who's Who of the Autism World Coming to Utah; Mother of Miracle Child to Keynote International Autism Conference - US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) ( kicks off its premier international autism conference in Park City, Utah from August 9-12. Some of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. - press release - US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. via PRWeb

►July 11, 2006 - Autism ‘Attention’ card scheme rolled out across NE Wales - Wrexham Evening Leader

►July 11, 2006 - Charities benefit from tournament dough - Tahoe Daily Tribune - "The total purse last year and this year is $500,000. Autism Speaks, an organization that raises funds for research into the causes and cures for autism, took home $150,000 last year."

►July 11, 2006 - Time to deliver on autism promise - editorial (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star - "Dalton McGuinty promised during the 2003 election campaign to extend government funding for intensive autism therapy, then limited to children ages 2 to 5, to older children. Since then, however, the premier has fought legal efforts by parents to force him to do just that, arguing judges shouldn't tell governments how to spend their money."

►July 11, 2006 - Kids are the losers - Hamilton Spectator - "When McGuinty bailed on his 2003 promise, he said it was too costly to extend intensive behaviour intervention (IBI) to autistic children over six. The Court of Appeal ruling indicates that eliminating the age restriction in the absence of substantially more funding would simply make for longer, more cumbersome waiting lists."

►July 11, 2006 - Court right not to impose autism treatment obligation - editorial - Calgary Herald via - "The health-care purse is not a bottomless pit. In an ideal world, every health-care need would be fully funded, and every parent's sick child would be helped to the utmost. However, Ontario's autistic children are not being left high and dry. They will continue to have the intensive therapy funded until age six and then, they will move on to therapeutic programs offered through the schools."

►July 11, 2006 - Court right not to impose autism treatment obligation - National Center for Policy Analysis

►July 11, 2006 - Youngsters get schools near home - Cambridge Evening News

►July 11, 2006 - Minn. developer to pay $410,000 to resolve mercury-spill case - Waste News

* ►July 11, 2006 - New Data Show FDA/EPA's Mercury Advice on Tuna Doesn't Hold Water - Statement of CSPI Food Safety Director Caroline Smith DeWaal - press release - Center for Science in the Public Interest

►July 11, 2006 - Mercury in fillings safe for children, studies say - HealthDay via Baxter Bulletin

►July 11, 2006 - Mercury threat makes tuna unsafe to eat in US - Sapa/AFP via Independent Online

* ►July 11, 2006 - UK to buy 10m bird flu vaccines - A further 10 million doses of bird flu vaccine for potential use in poultry and other captive birds will be bought by the government. - BBC - "But he said their advice remained that poultry should not be vaccinated before an outbreak because of 'limitations of the vaccines currently available'. He said in a statement: "These vaccines are not the most effective defence against avian influenza."

* ►July 11, 2006 - CDC releases $225 million for bird flu - Reuters, UK - ""We are asking that all states go through a number of exercises or drills or simulations that we believe will be necessary if and when a pandemic comes our way.'...For instance, states need to have plans in place to close schools and set up mass vaccination clinics, he said."

►July 11, 2006 - Bird flu crusade takes wing - As the bird-flu scare meets a nation of skeptics in no hurry to prepare for a pandemic, one Duluth man is trying to shake his neighborhood into action - Duluth News Tribune

►July 11, 2006 - Mass. gets more flu preparedness money - Boston Globe

►July 11, 2006 - HepaLife licenses flu vaccine production technology - HepaLife Technologies has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Michigan State University for the development of new cell-culture-based flu vaccines to protect against the spread of influenza viruses among humans, including the H5N1 virus strain. - Pharmaceutical Business Review

►July 11, 2006 - Michigan State researchers find a way to make cheap flu vaccine - - "It uses a cell culture from chickens instead of fertilized eggs, like the current vaccine production."

►July 11, 2006 - New York City unveils bird flu contingency plan -

►July 11, 2006 - Mayor details plan to fight an outbreak of bird flu - Staten Island Advance via

►July 11, 2006 - Georgia gets $6.4 million more for bird flu - AP via Access North Georgia

►July 11, 2006 - State to stockpile bird flu treatment - Sacramento Bee

►July 11, 2006 - London prepares for flu pandemic -

►July 11, 2006 - Airport to use carpet that kills flu virus - Gulf Times

►July 11, 2006 - Final Epidemiology Report For Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7N3) Outbreak In Norfolk, England, April - May 2006 Published - Medical News Today

►July 11, 2006 - Illinois, Chicago get big chunk of federal flu preparedness money (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Chicago Tribune

►July 11, 2006 - EU health chief "surprised" at Spain bird flu case - Reuters

►July 11, 2006 - Now class... our lesson is how to blow your nose - The Herald

►July 11, 2006 - Bandage suspected of causing Herndon girl's infections - Bandage suspected in raging infection - Daily Item

►July 11, 2006 - Infected child might pose health risk to Samaritans - AP via WABC

►July 11, 2006 - Polio cases creep up - The number of suspected polio cases in Namibia stood at 199 yesterday as health authorities worked on finalising preparations for next week's second round of the vaccination campaign. - Namibian

►July 11, 2006 - Burial today for disability rights advocate, polio survivor - Austin attorney Robert Provan dies at 61. - Austin American-Statesman

►July 11, 2006 - Mumps perception differs - AP via Rapid City Journal

* ►July 11, 2006 - Return of the killer cough - A study published last week suggested that millions of children in the UK have probably been infected with whooping cough despite being immunised against it. Does this mean the vaccine no longer works — and should we be concerned? Charlotte Dovey reports. - Daily Mail, UK

* ►July 11, 2006 - Doubts raised over whooping cough jab by experts - Belfast Telegraph

►July 11, 2006 - Laramie County cat diagnosed with plague - Wyoming Tribune-Eagle via The Casper Star Tribune

►July 11, 2006 - Tick Watch - Our state has the third-highest number of Lyme disease cases in the country. - Asbury Park Press

►July 11, 2006 - New test could help in diagnosing shaken baby syndrome - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh via

►July 11, 2006 - Kids losing tonsils again - This time, the reason is treatment for sleep apnea - Baltimore Sun via The Detroit News

►July 11, 2006 - More States Screening Newborns for Diseases - HealthDay via Forbes

►July 11, 2006 - Students: Health Shots: Vaccinations needed - Not too early for back-to-school immunizations - Tulsa World

►July 11, 2006 - Global Fund to give China 121 million USD for disease control - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►July 11, 2006 - Panacea to market measles vaccine in India - Hindu

* ►July 11, 2006 - Chlamydial Vaccine for Humans in the Pipeline - MedIndia - "Researchers in the Newcastle University at New South Wales central coast are in the process of developing a vaccine against chlamydia and they have received financial support from the vaccine company in the US."

* ►July 11, 2006 - Steep learning curve for HPV vaccine? - United Press International

►July 11, 2006 - An ounce of prevention - The FDA has approved a vaccine that should prevent most cervical cancer, but only for women who aren’t yet sexually active - Minnesota Women's Press

►July 11, 2006 - Vaccinate men, too, Randall Hofland, Stockton Springs, Maine - letter - Concord Monitor

►July 11, 2006 - Male Circumcision Could Cut Millions Of Future HIV Infections - Medical News Today

►July 11, 2006 - HIV, AIDS claims about 55 lives daily - The Swazi Observer

►July 11, 2006 - 2000: Britain pioneers HIV vaccine - BBC On This Day

►July 11, 2006 - XOMA Expands Antibody Efforts for Gov't - AP via Houston Chronicle

►July 11, 2006 - Tories to pledge $1B for tainted blood victims - CTV News

* ►July 11, 2006 - IAC EXPRESS Issue #609 - Immunization Action Coalition - "Action needed ASAP. Call your U.S. senators by Thursday, July 13, about signing the current immunization appropriations letter"

* ►July 11, 2006 - FDA ready to loosen rules for clinical trials, allowing drug companies to make them up as they go along -

►July 11, 2006 - Philadelphia Inquirer Examines Effects of FDA Policy on Prescription Drug Warning Labels on Lawsuits -

►July 11, 2006 - RFID Industry Implications of the FDA Update - RFID Update

►July 11, 2006 - Strategy for Creating Actively Programmed Anti-Cancer Molecules Unveiled - Scripps Research Institute via Newswise

►July 11, 2006 - Cephalon says optimistic FDA to approve ADHD drug - Reuters

►July 11, 2006 - Senate OKs Canada Drug Import Plan - The Senate opened the way Tuesday to let Americans import prescription drugs into the United States from Canada, seeking to ease a regulatory ban on cheaper medicine crossing the border. - FOX News

►July 11, 2006 - Senate Bars Border Guards From Stopping Drug Imports (Update1) - Bloomberg

►July 11, 2006 - Farmers voice concerns about anthrax - Farmers were left to rely on word of mouth about the locations of the farms quarantined due to the anthrax outbreak. - Melfort Journal

►July 10, 2006 - Hawaii applies for full allotment of pandemic vaccine - AP via Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►July 10, 2006 - Plenty of flu shots to go around - Despite 2004 shortage, Montco officials say vaccine is plentiful. - Allentown Morning Call

►July 10, 2006 - State's bird flu plan a sensible move - The state has a plan in case it is hit by a flu epidemic, a plan that encompasses 205 pages and deals with how thousands of health care workers and others hope to contain a virus that may spread so quickly it can't be contained. - The Mountain Press

►July 10, 2006 - UN Warns Bird Flu Spreading More Rapidly - Voice of America

►July 10, 2006 - Project develops local H5N1 vaccine - VietNamNet Bridge

►July 10, 2006 - Avian Flu Vaccine Human Trials To Start In UK - Medical News Today

►July 10, 2006 - China investigates possible 2003 bird flu death - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

* ►July 10, 2006 - Priorix case: bacterium is culprit - The Priorix scare in District 5, HCM City, has been cleared of relation to the vaccine itself, but rather infection by Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, announced the Ministry of Health (MoH). - VietNamNet Bridge

►July 10, 2006 - Lecture on latest vaccines at UBD - Borneo Bulletin via - "On hand to deliver the talk were guest speakers Professor Dr Heinz-Joser Schmidt from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany and Dr Teoh Yee Leong from GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals (Singapore and Malaysia)."

►July 10, 2006 - Chickenpox immunization needed for school, day care - The Olympian

►July 10, 2006 - Whooping cough jab vital say - This Is Lancashire

* ►July 10, 2006 - Emphasis on performance measures may lead to inappropriate antibiotic use - American College of Chest Physicians via - "Furthermore, researchers believe their findings are not unique in that overzealous medicating may be seen in other performance measures, including vaccinations."

* ►July 10, 2006 - PA pharmacists will be able to give flu shots - Public Radio Capitol News

* ►July 10, 2006 - Science critics make issue of financial ties - The Mercury News

* ►July 10, 2006 - Record complaints against doctors - Record numbers of complaints are being made against doctors, according to the General Medical Council. - BBC

* ►July 10, 2006 - FDA says open to more flexible clinical trials - Reuters

* ►July 10, 2006 - NYC Avian Flu "Plan" - New York City Department of Health via

* ►July 10, 2006 - Cardinal to make Roche's Tamiflu - UPI

* ►July 10, 2006 - Clinical Trials for Cancer Running Out of Volunteers Demand for participants now far outstrips the supply, experts warn  - HealthDay News

* ►July 10, 2006 - Alberta cow might be Canada's seventh case of BSE - Canadian Press

►July 10, 2006 - Older dads seem to have sicklier babies - Epidemiology via Reuters Health

►July 10, 2006 - Left Behind: Poor Children More Likely to Die - BMJ via Ivanhoe

►July 10, 2006 - Protein may help detect Alzheimer's: study - Reuters

►July 10, 2006 - Biotech Research Announces Infant Flathead Syndrome Prevention Device - One out of Ten Babies Currently at Risk - Biotech Research via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►July 10, 2006 - Evaluation and Treatment of Pharyngitis in Primary Care Practice - The Difference Between Guidelines Is Largely Academic - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►July 10, 2006 - BBC withdraws allegation that Dr Andrew Wakefield was paid to conduct MMR investigation - press release - JABS via

* ►July 10, 2006 - Clinical trials of new HPV vaccine will continue - Evansville Courier & Press

* ►July 10, 2006 - Community staph cases get stronger, more common - Doctors see increase among children in intensive care - Corpus Christi Caller Times - ""I think we have learned that the MRSA that works in the community is more virulent. We are seeing more children coming into the intensive care unit," said Dr. Jaime Fergie, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Driscoll. He said two child patients died from community staph in 2005 and no deaths had occurred previously at Driscoll."

* ►July 10, 2006 - Anthrax vaccine runs out amid Sask. outbreak - CBC News - "Veterinarians in central Saskatchewan have run out of anthrax vaccine, amid an outbreak that has led to 113 suspected cases in livestock and the quarantine at least 28 herds."

* ►July 10, 2006 - Flu vaccine problems possible this fall (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Richard Compans, a virologist and chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine, said the current egg-based vaccine technology has been used at least since the 1950s. 'It involves inoculating large numbers of fertilized chicken eggs with a virus preparation, and harvesting the fluid from these infected eggs and putting the vaccine through a purification procedure,' he said. 'There is potential for introducing contaminants, particularly at the stage of inoculating eggs and harvesting material from the eggs.'"

NVIC - BL Fisher Note: The CDC wants every man, woman and child in America to get a flu shot every year. But the CDC has not been honest with the people about the fact that only 20 percent of all respiratory-like illness is caused by flu viruses and the flu vaccine has never been more than 80 percent effective in preventing flu. Now we find out that the manufacturing process using chicken eggs has always been inherently risky. With all this talk about bird flu caused by infected chickens infecting humans, how risky has it been to use chicken eggs to produce flu vaccine since the 1950's?

* ►July 10, 2006 - Bird flu will remain a threat for years to come, experts warn at UN special meeting - UN News Centre
►July 10, 2006 - India says nearly done on local bird flu vaccine - Reuters - "India is close to developing its own vaccine against avian flu in poultry with final phase trials showing 90 percent success, the head of the country's top animal disease research laboratory said on Monday."

* ►July 10, 2006 - FDA To Develop Regulatory Guidelines for Trials That Change Midcourse To Accommodate Early Results -

* ►July 10, 2006 - Report faults FDA post-approval study tracking - Reuters

* ►July 10, 2006 - HHS OIG Calls on FDA To Improve Tracking of Post-approval Studies by Pharmaceutical Companies -

►July 10, 2006 - Homicidal thoughts 'rare' for drug used by woman who killed children - AP via Lexington Herald-Leader via

►July 10, 2006 - UNICEF seeks $7.7 mln for Ethiopian children - Reuters South Africa

►July 10, 2006 - 5 million Kenyan children benefit from UN-backed measles vaccination campaign - UN News Centre

►July 10, 2006 - Medicos to examine kids' Ritalin scripts -

►July 10, 2006 - Rare Disorder Offers Fresh Insight into Language - NPR

►July 10, 2006 - Los Angeles Times Examines Illinois' All Kids Program -

* ►July 10, 2006 - Health Freedom Group Opposes Mandatory AER for Dietary Supplements - press release - American Association for Health Freedom via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "Furthermore, there is a serious potential for abuse of the system as supplements could easily be blamed in place of things as divergent as pharmaceutical or recreational drugs, genetic sensitivities, food intolerances, or alcohol abuse, among others. A healthcare professional is crucial to determining the adverse event."

* ►July 10, 2006 - Doctor claims to treat virus - Report: Success rate at 86 percent for West Nile victims - Tri-Valley Herald via Inside Bay Area

►July 10, 2006 - Government targets TB in prisons - United Press International  

►July 10, 2006 - Rate of Vietnamese pregnant women having HIV surges 18.5 times - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

* ►July 9, 2006 - Physicians disagree over conflicting vitamin studies - The Detroit News via

►July 7, 2006 - Drinking tea may stave off bile stones and cancer - International Journal of Cancer via Reuters Health

►July 1, 2006 - Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Rapid Detection of Group B Streptococcal Colonization in Neonates - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Prospective Evaluation of the Risk of Serious Bacterial Infection in Children Who Present to the Emergency Department With Hyperpyrexia (Temperature of 106°F or Higher) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - State Child Care Regulations Regarding Infant Sleep Environment Since the Healthy Child Care America-Back to Sleep Campaign - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Prediction of Seizures in Asphyxiated Neonates: Correlation With Continuous Video-Electroencephalographic Monitoring - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Effect of Prone and Supine Position on Sleep, Apneas, and Arousal in Preterm Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Tympanometric Findings and the Probability of Middle-Ear Effusion in 3686 Infants and Young Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 1, 2006 - Neuropsychological Outcome of Children With Intrauterine Growth Restriction: A 9-Year Prospective Study - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2006 - General vaccination of children against influenza? - journal article (Acta Paediatrica) - "Due to the high incidence of influenza in children, general vaccination has been discussed. There are, however, reasons to believe that general vaccination of children will not solve the influenza problem because influenza vaccines induce type-specific immunity of short duration. Conclusion: Vaccination of several cohorts of children will be a tremendous commitment, probably with little hope of success in decreasing the morbidity and spread of influenza."

►July 2006 - Influenza in children - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►July 2006 - Detection of Influenza Viruses Resistant to Neuraminidase Inhibitors in Global Surveillance during the First 3 Years of Their Use. - journal article (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)

►July 2006 - Safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination in systemic lupus erythematosus patients with quiescent disease. - journal article (Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases)

►July 2006 - The Primary Care Physician's Approach to Functional Abdominal Pain in Childhood. - journal article (Clinical Gastroenterology)

►July  2006 - Abdominal manifestations in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). - journal article (Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases)

►July 2006 - Nephrotoxicity as a complication of antiretroviral therapy. - journal article (Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease)

►July 2006 - Recent advances in the treatment of childhood immune thrombocytopenic purpura. - journal article (Seminars in Hematology)

* ►June 30, 2006 - Pharmaceutical Industry Cannot Be Trusted To Deal With Biased Reporting Of Clinical Trials Without Stricter Regulation, Royal Society Of Medicine - Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine via Medical News Today - "Sir Iain Chalmers said stricter regulation is needed to curb biased under-reporting of clinical trials conducted by pharmaceutical companies. 'Research undertaken by pharmaceutical companies cannot be trusted. Their systematic under-reporting of negative results and lack of transparency is blatant scientific misconduct and unethical. Without radical change this will continue,' said Sir Iain."

►June 28, 2006 - Childhood multiple sclerosis: A review - journal article (Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews)

* ►June 2, 2006 - JABS Calls for the Suspension of the Controversial MMR Vaccine as a New Study Confirms MMR Measles Virus in Bowels of Autistic Children - JABS Forum via

* ►June 2006 - Health complaints in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►June 2006 - Use of the oculocardiac reflex to assess vagal reactivity during quiet sleep in neonates - journal article (Journal of Sleep Research)

* ►May/June 2006 - Prime-boost vaccination strategy in women with high-grade, noncervical anogenital intraepithelial neoplasia: clinical results from a multicenter phase II trial - journal article (International Journal of Gynecological Cancer) - "This is the first trial of a prime-boost vaccination regimen using heterologous HPV vaccines (TA-CIN followed by TA-HPV) in the management of AGIN. Since the prime-boost approach in this cohort offered no significant advantages over single TA-HPV vaccination, there are no further studies planned using this protocol. Future studies are warranted to define responders to immunotherapy."

* ►May/June 2006 - Reasons Why Herbal Users Do or Do Not Tell Their Physicians About Their Use: A Survey Adult Ohio Residents - journal article (The Journal of Pharmacy Technology)

►May/June 2006 - The Role of Technicians in Managing Computerized Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts in Community Pharmacies and the Relationship to Pharmacist Managers Attitudes - journal article (The Journal of Pharmacy Technology)

* ►April 2006 - Natural course of sensitization to hen's egg in children not previously exposed to egg ingestion. - journal article (Allergie et Immunologie) - "Clinical adverse reactions to egg may occur in infants or children who have never eaten egg."

* ►April 2006 - Risk of allergy to food proteins in topical medicinal agents and cosmetics. - journal article (Allergie et Immunologie)

►April 2006 - Effect of immunotherapy on fungal allergy: a case report. - journal article (Allergie et Immunologie)