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Posted November 24, 2006

 

►December 1, 2006 - Coadministration of Plasmid DNA Constructs Encoding an Encephalitogenic Determinant and IL-10 Elicits Regulatory T Cell-Mediated Protective Immunity in the Central Nervous System - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►December 2006 - Psychiatric emergencies in children and adolescents: an Emergency Department audit - journal article (Australasian Psychiatry)

►December 2006 - Insights in Immunomodulatory Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. - journal article (Current Gastroenterology Reports)

* ►December 2006 - Does the pill make a difference? Previous maternal use of contraceptive pills and allergic diseases among offspring - journal article (Allergy)

* ►November 25, 2006 - Governments' choice of bird flu vaccines questioned - New Scientist - "Can our governments be trusted to protect us from bird flu? Perhaps not. This week the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, both based in London, criticised British authorities for buying 3.3 million doses of two H5N1 flu vaccines that had received only limited testing. In a report, they say commercial secrecy is blocking important information about the vaccines and call for independent tests."

►November 24, 2006 - Bird flu conference slated for Mali - The Australian

►November 24, 2006 - Poor immunisation caused polio outbreak - Reuters via Gulf News

►November 24, 2006 - Cross-border movement spreading polio: minister - Daily Times, Pakistan

►November 24, 2006 - Polio cases reduced by 99 %: Naseer - Online - International News Network

►November 24, 2006 - Savage attack on autism boy - The Sun

* ►November 23, 2006 - Dangerous Deception — Hiding the Evidence of Adverse Drug Effects (free full text) (includes audio) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 23, 2006 - Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Infection in Eastern Turkey in 2006 (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 23, 2006 - Three Indonesian Clusters of H5N1 Virus Infection in 2005 (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 23, 2006 - Observational Studies of Drug Safety — Aprotinin and the Absence of Transparency (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 23, 2006 - Local woman contracts West Nile virus - The Times and Democrat

* ►November 23, 2006 - Genetic jot that makes us unique - Humans are less alike than thought - Chimps are not such close relatives - The London Times - "The results reveal a new category of genetic diversity that promises to explain certain inherited disorders, and why some people are more susceptible to diseases or respond badly to particular drugs."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Cod Liver Oil Reduces Diabetes Risk - Taking cod liver oil early in life appears to reduce the chances that children will develop insulin-dependent ("type 1") diabetes, researchers report. The protection may possibly come from the anti-inflammatory effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil. - PakTribune

* ►November 23, 2006 - Diseases Doctors warning over immunisation rates - The New Zealand Herald

►November 23, 2006 - Eradicating polio - The Washington Times

►November 23, 2006 - Research Replication (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - The Asthma Epidemic - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - Building on Experience — The Development of Clinical Reasoning - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - Pediatric Neuropsychiatry (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - Moving beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry: The Birth of Postpsychiatry (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - Better but Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the United States since 1950 (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►November 23, 2006 - Clinical trial segment poised to touch $1.5 bn by 2010: McKinsey report - The Indian Express

►November 23, 2006 - Your children will die younger - The Standard, AU

►November 23, 2006 - Fetal Pulse Oximetry and Cesarean Delivery - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 23, 2006 - Speak Out for Real Environmental & Vaccine Research in Autism - Thousands of Messages Have Been Sent Demanding Funding for Environmental Research for Autism - Send Your Message Today - www.A-Champ.org

* ►November 23, 2006 - Moscow Patriarchate reports AIDS miraculous healings - Interfax-Religion

* ►November 23, 2006 - He's had HIV for decades; why hasn't he gotten sick? - Seattle Times - "It turns out that Fichter is among about 5 percent of all HIV-positive people who are 'controllers,' people whose bodies naturally keep the virus at extremely low or even undetectable levels."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Flu shot for nursing home staff may cut outbreaks - Journal of the American Medical Directors Association via Reuters - "'Staff in the facilities are in contact with the outside world and can bring things in,' said lead study author Lisa R. Shugarman, of the non-profit research organization RAND Corporation...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already recommends that all healthcare workers get a flu shot every year, but studies have found that many do not."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Well, well, well - Does the flu shot do more harm than good? - VUE Weekly

* ►November 23, 2006 - Baxter signs Austrian flu vaccine contract - Baxter has been contracted by the Austrian government to supply 16m doses of pre-pandemic influenza vaccine - enough to vaccinate the country's entire population. - www.outsourcing-pharma.com

* ►November 23, 2006 - Bird-flu vaccines can now be made using cell culture - TODAYonline

►November 23, 2006 - Free flu shots available for high-risk residents - Residents most at risk for catching the flu this season received free shots thanks to County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and the Miami-Dade County Health Department. (requires registration or subscription) - Miami Herald

►November 23, 2006 - Vietnam lab says it has bird flu vaccine - Channel News Asia

►November 23, 2006 - Government insists there is no shortage of flu vaccine - Evening News via The Scotsman

►November 23, 2006 - A Shot In The Arm - Doctors say there's no excuse for avoiding a flu vaccination. -  Forbes

►November 23, 2006 - Come and get it! More flu vaccine ready for your jab - Supplies of flu vaccine arrived at the Munro Medical Centre in Spalding this week ready for a clinic on Saturday. - Spalding Today

►November 23, 2006 - Somalia: Unidentified birds raise avian flu fears - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►November 23, 2006 - Flu pandemic plan outlines how to ration patient care - Proposed triage protocol set to start debate on making tough decisions in emergency (requires registration or subscription) - Globe and Mail

►November 23, 2006 - SARS originated in civet cats, Chinese scientists say - CBC British Columbia

►November 23, 2006 - 2.4cr children to get polio vaccine Nov 25, Dec 23 - The New Nation, Bangladesh

* ►November 23, 2006 - 'Days of Tranquility' to Save Children - WHO and UNICEF appeal for ceasefire during anti-polio drives in Afghanistan - OhmyNews International

►November 23, 2006 - Many inquire about new shingles vaccine - Greensboro News-Record

►November 23, 2006 - Meningitis kills 16 in southern Sudan - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►November 23, 2006 - Virus making Gladwin residents sick could threaten holiday - The Saginaw News

►November 23, 2006 - Norovirus outbreak that killed 2 is easing, officials say - San Francisco Chronicle

►November 23, 2006 - Officials warn of virus outbreaks - Mason City Globe Gazette - "Nearly a thousand Iowans have gotten sick in the past few weeks due to a variety of noroviruses."

►November 23, 2006 - Family has reason to celebrate after baby survives meningitis - Centre Daily Times

►November 23, 2006 - A growing threat: Staph infections rising among athletes - AP via Monterey County Herald

►November 23, 2006 - Cathryn Garland and Michael O'Hanlon: More for autism - Research isn't enough - opinion (requires registration or subscription) - Dallas Morning News

►November 23, 2006 - Bedford resident publishes book on autism - Bedford Minuteman - "Clinical psychologist and Bedford resident Dr. Karen Levine this month released a new book, entitled: 'Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.'"

►November 23, 2006 - Finding Help to Bear the Load as the Burdens of Diabetes Pile Up (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 23, 2006 - Flu shots are urged for diabetic people - Deseret News

►November 23, 2006 - Couple's golden day - Great Yarmouth Mercury - "Edward, who was later made a corporal, suffered vaccine poisoning which could have hampered his flying career but he was not to be put off."

►November 23, 2006 - Congress seen pushing for imported drugs - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 23, 2006 - Teens and RX Abuse - Central Florida News 13

►November 23, 2006 - Health Canada warns of increased blood clot risks from birth control patch - Canadian Press via CBC

►November 23, 2006 - Another lens solution recall - 15,000 bottles hauled off shelves over fears of contamination - TODAYonline
 
►November 23, 2006 - Lead content in Mexican candy targeted by FDA - El Universal Online

* ►November 22/29, 2006 - 1918 Flu Vaccine Effective in Mice - journal article (JAMA)

* ►November 22/29, 2006 - Varicella-Zoster Virus Spread - journal article (JAMA) - "The investigators' in vitro studies showed that preventing a viral molecule, glycoprotein E, from binding to insulin-degrading enzyme in target cells inhibits the spread of the virus among cells."

►November 22/29, 2006 - Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome—Five States, 2006 - journal article (JAMA)

►November 22/29, 2006 - A World of Pain: Scientists Explore Factors Controlling Pain Perception - journal article (JAMA)

* ►November 22, 2006 - New vaccine being tested offers protection against most avian flu strains - Channel NewsAsia

* ►November 22, 2006 - Three years into H5N1 outbreak, new research highlights how little is known - Three years into the outbreak of the H5N1 avian flu virus, two international teams of researchers scored major scientific credibility points Wednesday when the New England Journal of Medicine published their articles on the diagnosis and treatment of a mere 16 H5N1 patients. - Canadian Press via Sympatico MSN News

* ►November 22, 2006 - Avian flu: UK government criticized for reliance on Tamiflu - An independent UK expert panel has criticized the UK government for relying on Roche's Tamiflu. In its recent recommendations for pandemic influenza management, the Royal Society has criticized the UK government for solely relying on Roche's neuraminidase-inhibitor Tamiflu as preparation for a possible future pandemic. The Society's comments make sense as diversification strategies will be crucial in the long-run to overcome the H5N1 strain's emerging resistances against Tamiflu. - Pharmaceutical Business Review
 
* ►November 22, 2006 - Dead birds raise avian flu fears in Somalia - Reuters

* ►November 22, 2006 - Health Research: Key to improving outcomes for children with autism - Canada Newswire via Hoover's

►November 22, 2006 - Combating sickness absence - Workplace Law Network

►November 22, 2006 - JCI table of contents: - Journal of Clinical Investigation via www.eurekalert.org

►November 22, 2006 - The Natural Way to Heal Cancer press release - Health Care Press-World

* ►November 22, 2006 - Bayer Drug Shows Flaw in Studying Safety, Harvard's Avorn Says - Bloomberg - "Safety concerns about a Bayer AG heart surgery drug illustrate why the U.S. health-care system can't rely on pharmaceutical companies to provide research on risks, a Harvard University professor wrote in a medical journal."

►November 22, 2006 - Mumps Outbreak at UVA (includes video) - www.wric.com

►November 22, 2006 - Governor announces Free flu shots for South Dakota toddlers, preschoolers - Dakota Voice

►November 22, 2006 - Turkey Becomes Model for Fighting Bird Flu - Zaman Online

►November 22, 2006 - Third Polio vaccination campaign in December - Government of Angola via ReliefWeb

►November 22, 2006 - Another dies in Canberra nursing home - The Australian

►November 22, 2006 - Bird Flu: Mild to Fatal in 2 Countries - Studies of Turkish and Indonesian Patients Find Half Die - NEJM via WebMD

►November 22, 2006 - Area could land biodefense lab - Isthmus Daily Page

* ►November 22, 2006 - Flu Vaccine Withdrawn on Strong Allergy - Kommersant - "Federal Service on Consumer Rights Supervision has withdrawn six series of Grippol flu vaccine. Roughly a million doses are being recalled from circulation on 68 cases of strong allergic response in nine regions of Russia. In two regions, the authorities independently stopped vaccination. The loss of vaccine producer, federal-run Microgen, is estimated at $2 million."

* ►November 22, 2006 - The ABC's of HPV - WLS ABC 7 Chicago - "Barbara Mullarkey is president of the Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition. Her biggest concern is safety. Mullarkey says she would like to see more information about the vaccine than what is currently in the insert. She also worries that one of the ingredients -- aluminum -- could be dangerous. But experts argue aluminum has been used in vaccines in this country for years. 'I think it behooves all of us to have more information and more research and more science of this,' said Barbara Mullarkey, Illinois Vaccine Awareness Association."

 

* ►November 21, 2006 - Parents Reminded to Monitor Infants' Fluoride Consumption - press release - Minnesota Dental Association via PRNewswire

* ►November 21, 2006 - Baxter says Austria has option on bird flu vaccine - Reuters

* ►November 21, 2006 - Pharmaceutical: GSK Wins $40 Million Bird Flu Vaccine Contract in US - GlaxoSmithKline

* ►November 21, 2006 - Crucell Announces Acquisition of SBL Vaccin AB and Offering of New Ordinary Shares - Crucell via www.pharmalive.com - "SBL's main product Dukoral® is a market leading oral vaccine against cholera, which will further expand and strengthen Crucell's travel vaccines franchise"

* ►November 21, 2006 - Efforts to Cut Risk of Bioterror Under Way - Financial Times via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

* ►November 21, 2006 - Bullying Is Rife in U.S. Medical Schools - An editorialist suggests that medical students are more likely to feel harassed and belittled than students in other professional education programs. - journal article (Journal Watch General)

►November 21, 2006 - Autoimmune disease triggered if T cells miss a single protein early on - University of California - San Francisco via www.eurekalert.org

►November 21, 2006 - A Russian roulette of food poisoning in American states - The Beaufort Gazette

►November 21, 2006 - Chronic diseases ‘the new killers’ - Business Day

►November 21, 2006 - HIV epidemic 'is getting worse' - Sub-Saharan Africa is still bearing the brunt of the HIV/Aids epidemic, a UNAids report has revealed. - BBC

►November 21, 2006 - Health Highlights: - 10 Companies Have 72% of Medicare Drug Plan Enrollment - Salmonella Being Found in Chicken Meat: USDA - Male Chimps Prefer Older Females - U.S. Doctors Conduct Quintuple Kidney Transplant - U.S. Adds to Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpile - Many Heart Attack Patients Slow to Call for Help: U.K. Study - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay via www.hon.ch

* ►November 20, 2006 - Metal allergy complicates orthopedic implant - Eastern Virginia Medical School via HealthCentersOnline - "Allergy symptoms often are misdiagnosed as infection, but require different treatment. If a history of metal allergy or atopy is suggested preoperatively, the patient should be tested for metal allergy and if positive, a titanium bar used," the researchers wrote."

* ►November 20, 2006 - Allergy elimination diets may link to malnutrition - HealthCentersOnline

* ►November 18, 2006 - Mark Purdy - obituary - The Telegraph, UK - "Mark Purdey, who has died aged 52, was a maverick farmer who argued that BSE, or mad cow disease, was caused by chemicals and not contaminated cattle feed; his efforts to challenge the Government, the chemical industry and the British scientific establishment, although unavailing, were widely admired, with a former cabinet minister, Tom King, hailing Purdey's 'classic piece of scientific investigation'."

►November 17, 2006 - Vaccine to prevent cervical cancer too pricey - University of La Verne via Campus Times

►November 17, 2006 - Student Groups Push HPV Education - Women’s Center, Seneca, 13 others lead campaign - Harvard Crimson

►November 17, 2006 - Acambis Loses US Smallpox Deal, Shares Slump - Reuters

►November 16, 2006 - World's first and only vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer launched in the UAE - Gardasil, the world's first and only vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer was officially launched today in Dubai. - AME Info - "'The general public's reaction to Gardasil in Canada has been positive and we are witnessing large number of women taking the initiative to vaccinate themselves and female siblings,' added Dr. Marc Steben, Medical Consultant, Québec National Public Health Institute and University of Montréal Hospital Centre. 'People are particularly reassured by the safety and efficacy of the vaccine following extensive international clinical trials.'"

►November 16, 2006 - Cancer vaccine cost prohibitive - University of La Verne via Campus Times

►November 15, 2006 - Cervical cancer vaccine-maker launches awareness campaign - Treatment available at Cowell Student Health Center - The California Aggie Online

►November 15, 2006 - Documents demanded over teenager’s death - Border Mail

►November 14, 2006 - Authorities to hand on teen death files - A Coroner today ordered NSW health officials hand over documents related to the meningococcal death of Sydney teenager Jehan Nassif. - Courier Mail

►November 10, 2006 - Curcumin Maintenance Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis: Randomized, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. - journal article (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

* ►November/December 2006 - Processing Limitations in Children With Specific Language Impairment: The Role of Executive Function - journal article (Child Development)

* ►November/December 2006 - Verbal-Behavioral Dissociations in Development - journal article (Child Development)

* ►November 2006 - Americans don’t trust pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and HMOs - Harris Interactive via Chiropractic Economics Magazine

►November 2006 - Primary Care Physicians' Attitudes Regarding Follow-up Care for Children With Positive Newborn Screening Results - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2006 - Association of neuropeptides with Th1/Th2 balance and allergic sensitization in children - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►November 2006 - Cytomegalovirus infection as a possible underlying factor in neonatal surgical conditions - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Surgery)

►November 2006 - Verbal memory impairment in children with focal epilepsy - journal article (Epilepsy & Behavior)

►November 2006 - Childhood epilepsy: Failures along the path to diagnosis and treatment - journal article (Epilepsy & Behavior)

►November 2006 - Impaired specific antibody response and increased B-cell population in transient hypogammaglobulinemia of infancy - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

►November 2006 - Chronic polyneuropathy and Lyme disease - journal article (European Journal of Neurology)

►November 2006 - E-prescribing: Using Technology to Prevent Errors - Pharmacy Times

►November 2006 - Rates of retrieval of self-injectable epinephrine prescriptions: a descriptive report - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

►November 2006 - Economic evaluation of sublingual immunotherapy vs symptomatic treatment in adults with pollen-induced respiratory allergy: the Sublingual Immunotherapy Pollen Allergy Italy (SPAI) study - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

 

Posted November 23, 2006

 

►November 24, 2006 - Toxicology Testing and Results for Suicide Victims --- 13 States, 2004 - MMWR/CDC

►November 24, 2006 - Improvement in Lipid and Glycated Hemoglobin Control Among Black Adults with Diabetes --- Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, 1997--2004 - MMWR/CDC

►November 24, 2006 - Geographic Disparities in Diabetes-Related Amputations --- Texas-Mexico Border, 2003 - MMWR/CDC

►November 24, 2006 - QuickStats: Percentage of Persons Aged 22--44 Years at Increased Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection, by Race/Ethnicity and Education --- National Survey of Family Growth,* United States, 2002 - MMWR/CDC

►November 24, 2006 - Notice to Readers: National Influenza Vaccination Week --- November 27--December 3, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►November 24, 2006 - Notice to Readers: Satellite Broadcast: Adult Immunization 2006 - MMWR/CDC

* ►November 23, 2006 - To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate - The Moscow Times - "Galina Chervonskaya, a virologist and member of the Bioethics Committee of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, has long been a voice of opposition to mass vaccinations. Her book 'Flu Shots, Myths and Reality' explains why: 'It's impossible to obtain total public health by immunizing all children collectively without negative consequences for specific individuals,' she writes, adding that any vaccination should be supervised by an immunologist rather than a nurse who isn't aware of individuals' needs."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Vaccine leaves 700 kids at risk - Quad City Times - "About 700 children who received inoculations at the Community Health Care clinic in downtown Davenport will need to be revaccinated after state inspectors found problems with a refrigerator used to store the doses."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Ministers deny flu jab 'problems' - press release - Press Association via The Guardian, UK

* ►November 23, 2006 - Shot in the Foot - The annual chaos over the flu vaccine shortage must be resolved - comment - The Times, UK

* ►November 23, 2006 - Flu vaccine chaos as uptake crashes - GPs scrabble to meet demand as immunisation experts warn next three weeks are critical - Flu vaccine uptake has plummeted this autumn in the wake of desperate shortages across the UK, Pulse can reveal. (requires registration) - www.pulse-i.co.uk

* ►November 23, 2006 - Cervical cancer vaccine's rival 'lasts longer' - The Age, Australia - "The cervical cancer vaccine being held out as an alternative to Gardasil may offer much longer-lasting protection, according to its maker. Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, which is trying to stop the Government agreeing to a vaccination program using only Gardasil, says its treatment, Cervarix, has the strength to protect women vaccinated at school until they turn 55."

* ►November 23, 2006 - PEI considers paying for HPV vaccine - CBC British Columbia

* ►November 23, 2006 - Doctors warning over immunisation rates - NZPA via New Zealand Herald - "The Health Ministry said 95 per cent of children should be vaccinated, but the first figures from the new National Immunisation Register show that while 87 per cent of babies get their first six-week jab, and 84 per cent their second at three months, by five months only 78 per cent are vaccinated."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Fears of fatal disease resurgence - One in five New Zealand babies is missing out on essential vaccinations by five months of age, prompting doctors to warn of a resurgence of lethal diseases. - The Press via www.stuff.co.nz - "Brieseman said the national register, which collects vaccination information on all children from birth unless their parents opt off, would help prompt parents. 'As it is, garage owners and vets are better at sending reminders than doctors,' he said."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Severe Flu Pandemic May Cost US $623 Billion, World Bank Says - Bloomberg

►November 23, 2006 - Suspected bird flu discovered in southwestern South Korea - AP via Malaysia Star

►November 23, 2006 - Have a jab, and help cut the risk of an avian flu pandemic - The Times, UK

►November 23, 2006 - Singapore tries bird flu vaccine - Results have been published of a trial in Singapore of a new vaccine which aims to offer protection against various forms of avian influenza, or bird flu. (requires registration) - Healthcare Today

* ►November 23, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine ban to get rethink - But controls not up to scratch, warn experts - Bangkok Post - "But several virologists from leading academic institutions said the vaccine would speed up virus mutations to the point that a pandemic could be triggered."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Millions at risk from flu vaccine shortages - Ministers accused of complacency over delay - Only third of at-risk groups have had jab - Times, UK - "David Jones, a GP in Denbigh, North Wales, said his practice had only received around 50 doses of vaccine for more than 1,800 patients, and was 'nowhere near targets for delivery'. 'It’s like picking 50 people to get in a lifeboat off the Titanic,; he said."

* ►November 23, 2006 - Doctors fear more elderly may die as flu vaccine runs short - Daily Mail, UK

* ►November 22, 2006 - Autism Society of America Mourns Loss of Dr. Bernard Rimland - Rimland, ASA Founder, Pioneer in Autism Research, Support, to Be Honored by Community He Founded - press release - Autism Society of America via U.S. Newswire - ""Dr. Rimland was a hero to the autism community and his legacy will live on through the work of the Autism Research Institute, the Autism Society of America and the good work of others," said Lee Grossman, president and CEO of ASA. 'No one has done more for autism than our founder, Bernie, and all in the autism community have been positively touched and have benefited through his decades of passion and dedication to our cause.'"

* ►November 22, 2006 - The Autism Community lost our Father - American Chronicle - "Dr. Rimland was the type of person to return phone calls and write letters in support of those parents who are the leading force into the need to know just what they are battling. He gave support just as a father would, he would instruct parents where to look for answers. He was a man of great sympathy as he understood the fears and pain that parents feel. He was in the front lines as he was dealing with the same issues."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Ped Med: Autism picture still incomplete - United Press International - "'It is just as logical to argue that the chronic disease and disability epidemic that has developed during the past 25 years, in which autism takes a leading role, is more associated with an increase in the different types of live virus and inactivated bacterial vaccines given to all children, as well as the increases in total number of doses, than it is to one component of those many vaccines,' said Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the advocacy group National Vaccine Information Center."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Autism activist vows to continue putting pressure on McGuinty - London Free Press - "Fentie said the waiting list of children waiting for IBI programs has grown from 79 to 1,000 since the Liberals have been in office."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Parents slam Ottawa's new autism programs - CBC News - "Autism, a common neurological disorder, affects an estimated 150,000 children in Canada."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Autism Society Canada Welcomes Announcement from Federal Minister of Health in Support of Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorders - press release - Autism Society Canada via CCNMatthews

* ►November 22, 2006 - Health Research: Key to improving outcomes for children with autism - press release - Canadian Institutes of Health Research via CNW Group - "The Autism Research Training Program, led by Dr. Eric Fombonne at McGill, is organized around 22 mentors from 7 universities in Canada who have brought together trainees in a multidisciplinary environment to focus on the genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, neurology, and psychology of autism."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Researchers in Texas Launch Autism Study Using Protein Supplement - press release - Immunotec Research Ltd. via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Immunotec Research Ltd. have initiated a study in which a specially formulated whey protein isolate (Immunocal)will be used to raise glutathione levels in an attempt to lessen symptoms of autism."

►November 22, 2006 - 'Baby steps' autism strategy - Announcement offers hope, frustration for Ontario mom - Toronto Sun

►November 22, 2006 - Autism school has royal approval (requires registration or subscription) - Globe and Mail

►November 22, 2006 - Snake Oil Solutions - Creams and quack pills don't cure autism: The mercury myth - letters - Cleveland Scene Weekly

►November 22, 2006 - Adult With Autism Shares His Story - www.ksl.com

►November 22, 2006 - Prejudice-driven bullies targeted - A drive to tackle prejudice-based bullying in schools is being launched by the government. - BBC - "The NAS claims that at least 40% of children with autism and 60% of children with Asperger syndrome report that they have been bullied at school."

* ►November 22, 2006 - US FDA scientist questions Sanofi antibiotic use - Reuters - "In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, FDA drug reviewer Dr. David Graham said the agency used post- marketing data from Germany and France instead of requiring a new company study following a 2001 advisory panel's recommendation against approval...Graham's letter cited a previous analysis showing that rates of liver failure with Ketek were 3.5 to 11 times higher than with other antibiotics also used to treat conditions such as bronchitis, sinusitis and pneumonia."

* ►November 22, 2006 - First person: The quest for a flu vaccine without mercury - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "So when I went to get my flu shot recently, and happened to notice that it contained a mercury-based preservative, a red flag immediately went up. Neither my employer, who had organized the flu clinic at our office, nor the nurses distributing the shots had warned me about the preservative, called thimerosal, even though I am obviously pregnant."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Singapore releases trial of new bird flu vaccine - Xinhua via China View

* ►November 22, 2006 - Vietnam lab awaiting authorization for bird flu vaccine human trials - AFX via Forbes

* ►November 22, 2006 - Three years into H5N1 outbreak, new research highlights how little is known - Canadian Press via CBC News

* ►November 22, 2006 - Bird flu hard to detect until too late - studies - Reuters AlertNet

* ►November 22, 2006 - Not Too Late For Flu Shots - Flu Season Could Last Until May So Getting Shots Later Might Be Better, Doctors Say - WebMD via CBS News

►November 22, 2006 - UNH gets $1.55M for avian flu study - Portsmouth Herald - " The EID program supports research projects that develop quantitative analysis and modeling capacity for better understanding the relationship between manmade environmental change and the transmission of infectious agents."

►November 22, 2006 - Public urged to prepare for flu pandemic - Guardian, UK

►November 22, 2006 - CDC to hold emergency preparedness training for faith-based groups - News-Leader

►November 22, 2006 - Chemung County Holds Flu Vaccine Drill - www.wetmtv.com

►November 22, 2006 - Influenza vaccine and the risks of taking Multiple Medications - Liberty County Times

►November 22, 2006 - Mobile County offers $8 flu shots - Mobile Register via www.al.com

►November 22, 2006 - Michigan State Medical Society Says Ideal Time to Get Your Flu Shot is Now - press release - Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) via U.S. Newswire

►November 22, 2006 - Vaccination encouraged for all ages - Amador Ledger-Dispatch

►November 22, 2006 - Flu shots can save local lives - Palladium-Item

►November 22, 2006 - Free flu shots this morning at Elmira Free Academy - Elmira Star-Gazette - "The purpose of the exercise is to test the ability of county officials to provide mass vaccinations to the public in a very short period of time. There will be 1,000 doses of flu vaccine administered."

►November 22, 2006 - Flu immunization goes flawlessly - Malvern Daily Record

►November 22, 2006 - Another 1918? - Despite preparations, a flu pandemic could still kill millions of Americans. - editorial (requires registration) - Washington Post

►November 22, 2006 - Pilgrimage vaccine warning - This Is Lancashire

►November 22, 2006 - MP calls for vaccination to help fight cervical cancer - Blackpool and Fleetwood MP Joan Humble is urging the Government to help prevent cervical cancer in Britain. - Blackpool Today

►November 22, 2006 - Nigeria: Community Response to Immunisation Improving in Borno -C'ttee - Daily Trust (Abuja) via http://allafrica.com

►November 22, 2006 - Four new wild polio cases recorded in Nigeria - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►November 22, 2006 - Violence in Southern Afghanistan Threatens Polio Immunizations - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.N. children's fund (UNICEF) are warning that fighting in southern Afghanistan is threatening efforts to immunize millions of children against polio.  The agencies are appealing to the Afghan government, military groups and anti-government elements to agree on so-called Days of Tranquility so the polio campaign can go ahead. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva. - Voice of America

►November 22, 2006 - Afghanistan: UN agencies call on all sides in conflict to facilitate polio vaccination - UN News Centre

►November 22, 2006 - Third Polio Vaccination Campaign In December - AngolaPress

►November 22, 2006 - Uganda: 1,500 Get Measles Shots - New Vision (Kampala) via http://allafrica.com - "Organisers attributed it to the mobilisation done by volunteer coaches from Lubya Youth ManPower Development Agency, a community organisation, which spent two weeks sensitising children about measles."

►November 22, 2006 - Counting African Lives Lost in First Weeks (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►November 22, 2006 - Report: Low Cost Measures Can Save Lives of African Newborns - A new report calls sub-Saharan Africa the most dangerous region in the world for a baby to be born. But the report by the World Health Organization says there are proven low-cost measures that can save hundreds of thousands of newborn lives that now are being lost. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from WHO headquarters in Geneva, where the report was launched. - Voice of America

* ►November 22, 2006 - Study Trying to Find West Nile Virus Cure - Local News 8 - "At the Infectious Disease Center in Idaho Falls they are engaged in a double blind study. Nine patients are involved in the double-blind placebo study. That means that no one, not even the doctor, knows who is and who isn't getting the real treatment...The current treatment that is being studied works by injecting blood with the West Nile antibodies into the patients."

►November 22, 2006 - Midwest town sees return of old disease - Reuters via Scientific American

►November 22, 2006 - Ichilov gynecologist suspected of infecting patient with Hepatitis C - Ha'aretz

►November 22, 2006 - Bug bites abroad sicken 2 - Coloradans fall victim to exotically named chikungunya - Rocky Mountain News

►November 22, 2006 - ME investigating death on cruise ship stricken by virus - AP via Bradenton Herald

►November 22, 2006 - First West Nile Virus Human Case For 2006 Confirmed In South Carolina - AP via www.abcnews4.com

►November 22, 2006 - Plague proteome reveals proteins linked to infection - DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory via www.eurekalert.org

►November 22, 2006 - Study: Fetal oxygen monitors don't help newborns, moms - AP via CNN

* ►November 22, 2006 - Safe vaccine the only way to conquer AIDS, say scientists - Business Day - "A partially effective AIDS vaccine given to only 30% of the population could halve the number of new HIV infections in the developing world, says the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)."

* ►November 22, 2006 - Third of adults with HIV 'unaware of infection' - The Telegraph, UK

* ►November 22, 2006 - Reported Aids cases leap 30 per cent in China - The Times, UK

* ►November 30, 2006 - The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Launches Southern African Program - Medical News Today

►November 22, 2006 - HPA 2006: over 66,000 living with HIV in the UK - Aidsmap

►November 22, 2006 - One Third of LatAm HIV in Brazil - Prensa Latina

►November 22, 2006 - U.S. Law Banning HIV-Positive Foreigners From Entering Country Harming Testing Efforts, Panel Members Say - www.kaisernetwork.org

►November 22, 2006 - More babies being delivered by Caesarean - www.wvnstv.com

* ►November 22, 2006 - Patient got tainted cadaver tissue (requires registration or subscription) - AP via San Jose Mercury News

* ►November 22, 2006 - Allergies at the Dinner Table - For children with food allergies and their parents, an allergy isn't just a medical condition, it's a psychologically taxing way of life - TIME Magazine

* ►November 22, 2006 - More Allergies than Ever - Here's the latest on why - TIME Magazine

* ►November 22, 2006 - Berkshire Life to pay $191,358 in latex allergy suit - Berkshire Eagle

►November 22, 2006 - Beware of 'Backstreet Botox' and its terrible consequences, warn doctors - www.earthtimes.org

►November 22, 2006 - WHO urged to change biologic drug naming policy - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to change its International Nonproprietary Names (INN) policy for biological products at a meeting last week in Geneva. - www.in-pharmatechnologist.com

►November 22, 2006 - Senate to allow mercury rule, for now - AP via CBS 21 - "The Senate has failed to derail Governor Ed Rendell's proposal to toughen restrictions on mercury pollution from Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants."

►November 22, 2006 - Hospital goes mercury safe - Rutland Herald

►November 22, 2006 - Mercury problems need to be adressed - guest column - Chicago Daily Southtown

►November 22, 2006 - Alexander Says Federal Mercury Rule May Not Be Strong Enough - The Chattanoogan

►November 22, 2006 - State warns feeding deer could spread disease (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►November 22, 2006 - Setbacks in the Investigation Into the 2001 Anthrax Attacks in the US - press release - Universal Detection Technology via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 22, 2006 - New Hearing for Suit Against FDA (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "A federal court agreed yesterday to rehear a case that aims to get terminally ill patients early access to experimental drugs unlikely to be approved before they die."

* ►November 22, 2006 - UA has key role in preventing bioterror attacks on water supplies - Tucson Citizen

* ►November 22, 2006 - Drug makers reportedly cut deal with FDA on fees - Bloomberg via Boston Globe - "The drug maker payments make it impossible for the FDA to be a 'vigilant regulatory agency,' said Sidney Wolfe, director of the health research group of the consumer group Public Citizen, an FDA critic . 'The whole thing needs to be repealed.'"

* ►November 21, 2006 - Infant dies after being given polio drops - Times of India - "She was given the drops for the third time in a week. The official, however, said this was an isolated case and there was nothing wrong with the drops, which were given to other children too. Infuriated at the child's death, some people got into a fracas with the team administrating the drops and damaged an official vehicle, alleging that the drops were being forcibly administered.  The situation was brought under control and Rs 10,000 was given to Khushi's parents as compensation."

* ►November 21, 2006 - Kim Stagliano: The Grateful Voice of the Autism Mom - Huffington Post

►November 21, 2006 - Early Intervention Benefits Children With Autism - The increasing number of children with autism is disturbing. One out of every 166 children may have some form of autism. - www.ksl.com

►November 21, 2006 - Health Minister Tony Clement announces new initiatives on Autism Spectrum Disorders - press release - Health Canada via CNW Telbec - "No one knows the cause of autism, although there is strong evidence that genetics plays a role. Ongoing research is investigating many possibilities including genetic influences, pre- and post-natal development, environmental factors and immune deficiencies. ASD is not infectious and cannot be caught. And, ASD is not caused by parents' behaviour or style of parenting."

►November 21, 2006 - Council boss calls for rethink over TB jabs - Enfield & Haringey Independent - "Cllr Mike Rye said: 'I am amazed in the face of such evidence, as shown by the HPA, Enfield PCT is still sticking to its guns that it will only innoculise children who are from a certain ethnicity.'"

►November 21, 2006 - FDA's Breast Implant Decision Shows 'Double Standard,' Critics Charge - Consumer Affairs - "'It is a terrible reminder of the double standard for women versus men that the FDA has not approved silicone gel testicular implants because of the inadequacy of clinical trials on these devices,' said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, Director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group."

►November 21, 2006 - Respiratory infection, not tattoo, killed area woman - Dayton Daily News

►November 21, 2006 - Eastern Oregon resident dies of West Nile virus - Capital Press

►November 21, 2006 - Campaign to boost jabs - The newly-formed North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust has launched a campaign to promote the flu jab. - Whitby Today

►November 21, 2006 - Flu shots here, but 1st come, 1st served - The Citizen

►November 21, 2006 - MEDEX Assistance Publishes Latest Precautions for Avian Flu Pandemic Planning Including Immunizing Against Deadly Secondary Infections - press release - MEDEX Assistance Corporation via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►November 20, 2006 - Faces of Influenza Photo Exhibit & Free Flu Shots at Northgate Mall - press release - American Lung Association of Washington via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 20, 2006 - Science study explains polio's tenacious grip in India - innovations report

►November 19, 2006 - Warren County flu test comes up short (includes video) - Capital News 9 - "This is the first time that Warren County held three flu clinics at the same time. Unfortunately, while the county was ready, the expected number of people didn't show up."

►November 19, 2006 - Avoid the 'Dirty Dozen,' buy organic - Eliminating pesticides by 90 percent - Salt Lake Tribune

►November 18, 2006 - Judge Bars NY Times in Libel Defense (requires registration) - Washington Post

►November 17, 2006 - Cuba Biotechnology Announces Progress in Dengue Fever Vaccine - Cuban News Agency

►November 17, 2006 - Flu vaccine on its way to county - Berkshire Eagle

►November 17, 2006 - 90 years later, are we any more ready for an influenza pandemic? - Focus on history - Cincinnati Post

* ►November 17, 2006 - Couple Involved In Fatal Crash After Getting Flu Shots (includes video) - www.wesh.com - "They were pulling their car out of Fire Station No. 6 on Beville Road in South Daytona when their car was struck by another vehicle, WESH 2 News reported. William Farmer, 86, of South Daytona, was killed instantly and his wife, Mary, 85, died several hours later at Halifax Medical Center."

* ►November 17, 2006 - Albuquerque plays major role in testing, finding vaccine for shingles - Life-changing research - Albuquerque Tribune - "Question: What is the Department of Veterans Affairs doing studying a shingles vaccine? Answer: The VA is chartered by Congress to conduct this sort of research. The department does focus on projects that are likely to benefit veterans, and many veterans are seniors and likely to come down with shingles."

►November 17, 2006 - EU's CHMP says Roche's Tamiflu does not pose risk - AFX via Forbes

►November 17, 2006 - AAOHN Offers Travel Immunization Webcast - Occupational Hazards

►November 16, 2006 - School officials look for plan to inoculate against flu pandemic - Mustang News

►November 15, 2006 - Nigeria: How Borno Women Hope to Make a Difference - Daily Trust (Abuja) via http://allafrica.com

►November 15, 2006 - Free flu shot exercise tests preparedness - Just in case ... - Kenai Peninsula Online - "'A byproduct of this preparedness testing process is that the community gets free flu shots,' Walden said."

►November 15, 2006 - Exercise prepares for flu pandemic - AP via www.kten.com

►November 15, 2006 - Flu clinics successful - Thousands receive flu shots as health care workers train for disaster - Norman Transcript

►November 15, 2006 - Time is running out to get your flu shot in S. Florida - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

►November 15, 2006 - Plenty of flu vaccines to go around - but not a lot of takers (includes video) - www.kfvs12.com

►November 14, 2006 - Pandemic Flu Outbreak Drill Planned for East Texas - www.ktre.com

►November 14, 2006 - Piper board looks at emergency flu plan - Kansas City Kansan

 

Posted November 22, 2006

 

* ►November 22, 2006 - MGR IV: Novartis Vaccines Enters The MeNZB Debate - opinion - By Ron Law, Risk & Policy Analyst & Barbara Sumner Burstyn, Writer/Researcher via www.scoop.co.nz

* ►November 22, 2006 - Surgery denied flu jabs by chemist - Britain's best known chemist has launched an urgent investigation after it failed to supply free flu vaccines for some of the country’s most vulnerable residents—only to then offer them on general sale for £15. - Scotland Courier

►November 22, 2006 - Botox treatments prompt warning - Doctors have issued a warning about the dangers of using excessively high doses of the potentially fatal toxin botox in cosmetic treatments. - BBC

►November 22, 2006 - Free HIV Test As Part Of Trial - www.newswire.co.nz

►November 22, 2006 - HIV needs many more mutations to acquire resistance to darunavir - Aidsmap

* ►November 21, 2006 - Autism research pioneer Rimland dies - United Press International - "Bernard Rimland, whose 1964 book debunked the then-prevalent belief that parents' behavior made their children autistic, died Tuesday. Rimland, who was 78, 'will go down in history as the person who ended the 'dark ages' of autism and spearheaded the fight to bring hope and help to autistic children,' said Dr. Stephen M. Edelson, his successor at the Autism Research Institute founded by Rimland...Rimland attributed the rise of autism diagnoses in the 1980s and 1990s to increasing use of vaccines -- another idea embraced by some parents and a minority of researchers but rejected by public-health officials."

* ►November 21, 2006 - Sad News from the Autism Research Institute - We are sorry to report that Dr. Bernard Rimland passed away earlier today [Nov. 21, 2006). -  More information about Dr. Rimland will be posted on ARI's website, www.AutismResearchInstitute.com, in the next few days.  A graveside memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. on the Shalom lawn at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego. The public is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Rimland's family asks that donations be made to the Autism Research Institute (4182 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116). Donations can also be made online on ARI's website.- https://www.autismwebsite.com/ari/index.htm

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., a visionary autism research pioneer and the man most responsible for debunking the "refrigerator Mom" theory of autism, died Nov. 21, 2006 in San Diego at the age of 78. A California psychologist and father of a child diagnosed with autism at age two, Dr. Rimland wrote his landmark book "Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior" in 1964.

Rejecting the theories promoted by psychiatrist Leo Kanner and psychoanalyst Bruno Bettleheim, Dr. Rimland argued for a biological, specifically a neurological, basis for autistic behavior. He documented the similarities between brain injured children and autistic children, liberating parents from the destructive guilt associated with having an autistic child and pointing autism research in the direction it should always have taken: investigation into the biological mechanisms underlying brain and immune system dysfunction.

After founding the Autism Society of America (ASA) in 1965 and establishing the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in 1967, Dr. Rimland began distributing a questionnaire to parents of autistic children. Some 33 years later, he analyzed information he had collected in his databank pertaining to the age of onset of autism. He discovered that before the early 1980's, most of the parents reported their children first showed signs of abnormal behavior at birth or in the first year of life. But after the mid-1980's, there was a reversal of this pattern. By 2000, the numbers of parents reporting that their children developed normally in the first year and a half of life and then suddenly became autistic, doubled. Rimland commented "now the onset-at-18-month children outnumber the onset-at-birth children by 2 to 1."

In 2002, the National Vaccine Information Center awarded Dr. Rimland NVIC's Courage in Science Award. The award was presented to "Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. for demonstrating intellectual independence and personal courage in challenging medical science and its widely held view that the causes of autism are psychological and not biological. With the publishing of his ground-breaking 1964 book, Dr. Rimland shattered the view in psychiatry that autism in children is an emotional illness caused by cold and destructive mothering. His pioneering research established that the causes of autism are biological and not psychological.

"He helped to raise public awareness about autism when he worked on the academy award winning film, "Rain Man," whose lead character was modeled after his own autistic son. After having devoted more than 35 years to the study of autism, its biological causes and the development of healing therapies, Dr. Rimland today is once again challenging medical science as he publicly questions whether vaccination is one of the biological causes of autism in some children. For his dedication to truth in science and the public's right to know, Bernard Rimland is an outstanding example of what it means to have courage in science and is given NVIC's Courage in Science Award."

Bernie, as many of us called him, was a brilliant man with uncommon determination and a true love for the autistic children and their families, who he devoted his entire life to helping. Fearless and uncompromising in pursuit of the truth, his leadership and his great, good heart will be missed by all who knew him and by those who never knew him but whose lives are better because he was here.

Our deep sympathy is extended to his wife, family and his colleagues at the Autism Research Institute and Defeat Autism Now (DAN), which he co- founded with physicians committed to developing protocols for healing the brain and immune system dysfunction that defines autism.

►November 21, 2006 - Health minister targets autism - CanWest News Service via www.canada.com - "But Sam Yassine, father of an autistic boy and member of the Families for Early Autism Treatment advocacy group, said the government is moving too slowly and is harming children and families as a result."

* ►November 21, 2006 - Crucell to acquire Sweden's SBL Vaccin for 39.4 mln eur cash - AFX via Forbes - "SBL's main product is Dukoral, an oral vaccine against cholera, which will further expand and strengthen Crucell's portfolio of travel vaccines, which includes Epaxal and Vivotif."

* ►November 21, 2006 - Drug Your Fetus - Big Pharma Hits on Pregnant Women - www.counterpunch.org - "If Big Pharma cared one iota about the unborn fetus, at a bare minimum, it would call off its hired-guns traveling around the country peddling SSRI antidepressants to pregnant women by convincing doctors to prescribed the drugs and ignore the studies and FDA warnings that say SSRIs are associated with serious birth defects."

* ►November 21, 2006 - Mass vaccination deemed a success - During Saturday's test, 5,231 people received flu and pneumonia shots and mist. - Pueblo Chieftain - "Health officials had hoped for as many as 10,000 people to participate in the free flu clinic. Free bus routes were set up for the daylong event. But Dr. Chris Nevin-Woods, the director of the health department, said the 5,231 people who came were enough to test the department's mass vaccination plan."

►November 21, 2006 - Bird flu drug stocks leave UK at risk, warn experts - The Telegraph, UK

►November 21, 2006 - Pennsylvania to Observe National Influenza Vaccination Week - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Health via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 21, 2006 - US shields itself by ordering more Bird flu vaccines - The Money Times

►November 21, 2006 - People Should Get Annual Flu Shots, Official Says - U.S. Dept. of Defense via Student Operated Press

►November 21, 2006 - A dead parrot is no joke - Just because bird flu isn't making as many headlines this year doesn't mean the threat has gone away. - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

►November 21, 2006 - ‘Bathing infants can reduce their immunity’- Express News Service via Lucknow Newsline via http://cities.expressindia.com

►November 21, 2006 - More cases of mumps reported at Wheaton College - WLS ABC 7 Chicago

►November 21, 2006 - Study: Most docs promote community health - United Press International

►November 21, 2006 - Doctors Dump Adamawa - Daily Champion (Lagos) via http://allafrica.com

►November 21, 2006 - Review meeting of immunisation programme held - Express News Service via Chandigarh Newsline via http://cities.expressindia.com

►November 21, 2006 - Emergent leader to ring opening bell at NYSE - Lansing State Journal

►November 21, 2006 - Court to Hear Experimental Drugs Case - AP via Forbes

* ►November 21, 2006 - FDA Cloning Report Draft Coming Soon - The draft may come before the end of the year, and is expected to conclude that food from cloned animals is safe for consumption. - Farm Futures

►November 21, 2006 - Report: Few stores warn of fish mercury - AP via BusinessWeek

* ►November 21, 2006 - UN: 39.5 Millions HIV Infected - Prensa Latina - "The global epidemic of Acquired Inmunodefficiency Syndrome (AIDS) continues to expand and more than 39.5 million people are HIV carriers despite the statistical reduction reported by some countries, a study of UNAIDS revealed on Tuesday."

►November 21, 2006 - Turning point for HIV infection rate in Africa - San Francisco Chronicle

►November 21, 2006 - China says reported AIDS/HIV cases up nearly 30 pct - Reuters

►November 21, 2006 - Africa: Research Institutions Disclose Findings On HIV/Aids Socio-Economic Impact On Continent - The Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa) via http://allafrica.com

►November 21, 2006 - Afghanistan: Polio vaccination campaign targets children in vulnerable south - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►November 21, 2006 - Meningococcal disease in Sudan - World Health Organization

►November 21, 2006 - Studies: Hospitals Could Do More to Avoid Infections - Poor Hygiene, Operating Room Traffic, Antibiotic Use Are Cited (requires registration or subscription) - Washington Post

►November 21, 2006 - Court to Hear Experimental Drugs Case - Herald-Sun

►November 20, 2006 - Setting The Stage To Find Drugs Against SARS - Brookhaven National Laboratory via Science Daily

►November 20, 2006 - Safer Method for Large-Scale Malaria Screening Developed - New PCR Test Detects Malaria Parasite in Urine or Saliva Rather than Blood - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

►November 20, 2006 - First-time analysis reveals millions of Europeans left at risk from influenza - Powerful tool highlights need to implement EU recommendations for increased influenza vaccination - Ketchum via www.eurekalert.org

►November 20, 2006 - More insight into Alzheimer's disease with Stanford discovery of possible cause - Stanford University Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org

►November 17, 2006 - Cuba Biotechnology announces progress in dengue fever vaccine - Radio Cadena Agramonet

►November 17, 2006 - Health Officials: Whooping Cough On Rise - Case Reported At School Of Arts - www.wxii12.com

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