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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 March 4-6, 2006

Posted March 6, 2006

* ►March 6, 2006 - No rest for Parsippany family warning of vaccine-autism tie - Father believes son, now 21, developed condition after getting inoculation - Daily Record - "Now 21, Eric Gallup was a typical child from birth until age 15 months. Raymond Gallup says that after his son received the measles-mumps-rubella MMR vaccine, he lapsed into autism...'Looking back at home video-tapes, I could see what happened before and after the MMR vaccine was given to Eric,' wrote Raymond Gallup in the piece in the current issue of Informed Voice magazine. 'His speech was progressing and then after, nothing.'...Gallup founded The Autism Autoimmunity Project in 1998 to raise money for research and to spread the word about a possible link between vaccination and autism. Its Web site, includes information and research about autism."

* ►March 6, 2006 - GPs Key To MMR Booster - The best hope of getting parents to allow their children to have the MMR vaccine lies with their doctors, according to a new study. - - "Researchers concluded that large numbers of parents lacked faith in government reassurances - but might trust a doctor...The study, conducted by researchers at Durham University, found that 20 per cent of parents believed the government would take no action even if MMR was proved to be harmful."

* ►March 6, 2006 - Many children far behind on vaccination schedules, study finds - Canadian Press via - "'When we looked at overall visit rates, children were in doctors' offices all the time - (on average) 19 times in two years, that's almost monthly,' said Dr. Astrid Guttmann, lead author of the study by the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)...'But what is likely is that they are not going in for all of the scheduled well-baby visits when it would be clear that a part of what should go on in that visit is immunization.'"

* ►March 6, 2006 - Shots not up to date for many children - One-third in Ontario behind in vaccinations - Study authors puzzled by immunization lag (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star - "The study, published today in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, looked at the physician billing records for 101,570 infants born in urban Ontario between July 1997 and June 1998...The study deliberately excluded 5 per cent of Ontario children — 5,044 kids — who received no vaccinations at all by age 2. They were not included because their immunization status likely reflects parental preference rather than health-care service."

* ►March 6, 2006 - Low vaccination rates leave one-third of toddlers vulnerable - Immunization rates can also affect 'herd immunity,' put Canadians at risk of outbreaks - CanWest News Service via Edmonton Journal via - "'Herd immunity starts to wane at 60 per cent (coverage) and we're pretty close to that,' Guttman says...A Health Canada survey in 2002 found only 57 per cent of Canadian two-year-olds had received all of their recommended shots."

 * ►March 6, 2006 - Cameroon Opens Centre for HIV/Aids Research - A research centre that opened in Cameroon will, among other activities, help develop a vaccine to protect babies from getting HIV from their mothers while breastfeeding. - African News Dimension

* ►March 6, 2006 - County Aims Anti-Terrorism Cash at Some Unusual Targets - Los Angeles Times via - "When public health officials couldn't round up enough volunteers to take part in a smallpox vaccination drill, for instance, they turned to actors from an old Hollywood standby: Central Casting...To hire extras to play the role of patients in the half-day drill, the county's Department of Health Services in 2004 paid the aptly named firm $57,045. That's not counting what the department ponied up to thank the paid actors and volunteers: $10,000 for gift certificates, $13,600 for pens, digital thermometers and bags to hold the gifts, and thousands more for food and transportation."

* ►March 6, 2006 - Facing the virus - Bracing for bird flu, the U.S. enlists its Colorado lab for the front lines in its battle strategy. - Denver Post - "At a federal lab in Colorado, microbiologists are preparing to work in all 50 states collecting and analyzing thousands of samples of wild-bird droppings."

* ►March 6, 2006 - Mercury in tooth fillings targeted - New rules in effect to safeguard dentists, protect environment - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►March 6, 2006 - Health plan seeks to reduce infant mortality - The Rising Nepal via Gorkhapatra

►March 6, 2006 - Nepali gov't provides vaccines to children to reduce child mortality - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►March 6, 2006 - Flu added to list of recommended immunizations - Beaver County Times

►March 6, 2006 - WHO prepares defenses against flu pandemic threat - Reuters

►March 6, 2006 - Bahraini battles bird flu in Iraq - Gulf Daily News

►March 6, 2006 - Bird flu a disaster for poor in Africa - The Australian

►March 6, 2006 - Wild and migratory birds under surveillance - PTI via The Hindu

►March 6, 2006 - Polio vaccinations for millions of Afghan children - ABC Asia Pacific

►March 6, 2006 - Ear infection vaccine developed - Online International News Network

►March 6, 2006 - Vaccine for cervical cancer in sight - Express News Service via Pune Newsline via

* ►March 5, 2006 - PAP kindergartens may soon have special programmes for autistic kids - Channel News Asia

►March 5, 2006 - How Do Vaccines Reach the Developing World? (includes audio) - Voice of America

* ►March 5, 2006 - China confirms new bird flu death - A man who died last week in the south Chinese province of Guangdong has been confirmed by the health ministry as the country's ninth victim of bird flu. - BBC

►March 5, 2006 - Deadly bird flu virus spreads to southeast France - Reuters India

►March 5, 2006 - Number of bird flu cases rises to 11 - Four new cases of bird flu discovered in northeastern Switzerland on Sunday brings the total in wild birds across the country to 11. - Swissinfo

►March 5, 2006 - First Bird Flu Case in Poland - Anadolu News Agency via Zaman Online - "Reportedly, bird flu virus H5N1 was found in a dead swan in northern Poland over the weekend."

►March 5, 2006 - Deadly bird flu virus detected in Ukraine's zoo - Itar-Tass

►March 5, 2006 - Bird Flu Fears and New Rules Rattle German Pet Lovers (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►March 5, 2006 - H5N1 Bird Flu Spreads in Germany - commentary - Recombinomics - "Most of the recent sequences are being hoarded in a private WHO database and are not publicly available.  The lack of availability limits predictions, because WHO consultants have indicated that the changes in sequence are 'random' and not predictive."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Bird flu experts warn of dangers - Researchers from a number of countries congregated in Taipei to discuss the latest developments in the fight to prevent an avian-flu pandemic - Taipei Times - "The WHO has since developed another group of vaccine candidates, of which one is now designated as the prototype. It has been distributed to pharmaceutical companies for mass production. The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials, Tashiro said...According to Tashiro, the vaccine was developed from modified pathogenic viruses. He said the process of producing the vaccine is challenging, given that the viruses are highly contagious and might accidentally contaminate the vaccine producers as well as the inoculated chicken eggs...While storing an adequate amount of Tamilflu is essential in preventing an outbreak, Tashiro said much more needs to be done."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Human-to-human bird flu infection ruled out - China Daily

►March 5, 2006 - Dispelling myths about influenza vaccination - Malaysia Star

►March 5, 2006 - One flu over the human nest - Vaccination is one of the greatest achievements of medicine and has spared millions of people the effects of devastating diseases. It’s clear it has a vital role to play in the ongoing concerns over the bird flu. - Malaysia Star

►March 5, 2006 - Making a vaccine - Malaysia Star

►March 5, 2006 - Yuvraj asked to help dispel bird flu fears - Press Trust of India via

►March 5, 2006 - PKS gives free vaccines for 1,200 Poultry in East Java - Antara News

►March 5, 2006 - Indonesia ordered vaccination of birds - Bangkok Post

►March 5, 2006 - Influenza season is slow to hit area - Iowa City Press-Citizen

►March 5, 2006 - Indonesia plans massive increase in Tamiflu-paper - Reuters AlertNet

►March 5, 2006 - Tamiflu or Tamifake? - commentary - Washington Times

►March 5, 2006 - Human Infection With Avian Influenza Viruses - Cattle Network

►March 5, 2006 - Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Questions & Answers - Cattle Network

►March 5, 2006 - Dog park flier warns of ‘canine influenza;’ city says not to worry -

►March 5, 2006 - Research uses virus to track big cats - Roman Biek’s been tracking cougars the hard way — one molecule at a time. He has no hounds, hasn’t even been out in the woods. - Helena Independent Record

►March 5, 2006 - Conneaut Parents Warned About Case Of Meningitis -

►March 5, 2006 - Virus can be dangerous for infants - Lawrence Journal-World

►March 5, 2006 - Early reports are negative for equine virus - Philadelphia Inquirer

►March 5, 2006 - Four minutes that graced sports, autism - Alexandria Town Talk

* ►March 5, 2006 - Officials Focus on Threat Posed by Food Allergies - HealthDay via Forbes - "Potentially life-threatening allergic food reactions remain a major public health issue and one that is gaining in prominence...It is enough of a problem that the White House designated March 5 as National Anaphylaxis Day. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can cause death."

►March 5, 2006 - 50 HIV patients under treatment at MSF clinics -

►March 5, 2006 - Army battles HIV in the Northeast - IBNLive

►March 5, 2006 - KL chosen as base for HIV/AIDS technical support facility - Kuala Lumpur will be the base for a Technical Support Facility (TSF) that will help to provide a more harmonised and collaborative approach towards addressing HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. - Malay Mail

►March 5, 2006 - Cuba often gets forgotten when talking about HIV/AIDS in Latin America -

►March 5, 2006 - The Rising Risk of a Terrorist Attack - Could It Happen Today? - The threat of a terrorist attack using smallpox presents a clear and present danger. Dr. Paulo J. Reyes' book, Sledgehammer, addresses what could happen and outlines how unprepared we are. Although fiction based on extensive research and Dr. Reyes experience as a First Responder and ER Doctor. - press release - Paulo Reyes via

►March 5, 2006 - A Quest For Medicinal Mushrooms - Hartford Courant

►March 5, 2006 - Anthrax Cleanup Continues Inside Brooklyn Warehouse -

►March 5, 2006 - BC accidentally auctions medical records - CTV News

►March 4, 2006 - Group Decries High HIV Outbreak Among Children - ThisDay

►February 28, 2006 - Cancer eradicators - Arizona Republic - "Now, with two new vaccines on the horizon, cervical cancer could become nearly non-existent in the next generation of American women."

►February 28, 2006 - Farmers surprised by flu comments - Farmers' groups have told of their "surprise" at comments by the chief scientist that he expects bird flu to arrive in the UK and remain for years. - BBC

►February 27, 2006 - Treasury mum on HIV/AIDS airline ticket tax. - Business Day - "SA HAS yet to say whether it will implement a French proposal to raise finance for developing countries by placing a levy on airline tickets."

►February 27, 2006 - Mbeki plays down public sector reach of Aids - Independent Online

►February 22, 2006 - Rotavirus vaccine urged for newborns - New medicine allays panel's safety concerns - Washington Post via San Francisco Chronicle

►February 22, 2006 - Men Might Get Their Share of Cervical Cancer Vaccine As Well - Medindia

* ►February 22, 2006 - Glaxo's HPV Vaccine May Get Higher Price - New Ratings - "GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) and Merck's (MRK) HPV vaccines are set to be recommended for universal use in pre-teen girls once they're approved, says Sanford Bernstein analyst Gbola Amusa. Says data presented to the FDA Tuesday appear to endorse pricing in the range of $300-$500 per vaccination course, which is above his forecast and suggests upside to expectations."

►February 22, 2006 - Bird flu vaccine no 'silver bullet' - Vaccinating the UK's poultry is not currently needed as a precautionary measure against bird flu, many leading animal health experts say. - BBC

►February 22, 2006 - Vaccine to fight Avian flu "wildfire situation" -

Escape the hopelessness.  Autism is treatable (video) -

* Mercury Toxicity And It's Relationship To Neurological Disease - Dr. Boyd E. Haley Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry University of Kentucky (pdf) - Association ARIANE - "Epidemiological studies implicate thimerosal exposure through vaccinations as being causal for autism and heart disease."

Posted March 5, 2006

* ►Spring 2006 - World Health Organization Vaccine Recommendations: Scientific Flaws or Scientific Misconduct? (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ►Spring 2006 - Vaccines, Apparent Life-Threatening Events, Barlow's Disease, and Questions about "Shaken Baby Syndrome" (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ►Spring 2006 - "Shaken Baby Syndrome": Do Confessions by Alleged Perpetrators Validate the Concept? (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ►Spring 2006 - Caffey Revisited: A Commentary on the Origin of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ►Spring 2006 - Treating Herpes Zoster with Vitamin C: Two Case Reports (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

►March 13, 2006 - In Europe, Bird Flu Hits Home - U.S. News & World Report

* ►March 13, 2006 - Emerging Epidemic - U.S. News & World Report - "'We're on the edge of a liver-disease epidemic,' says Ian Williams, chief of epidemiology in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of viral hepatitis. Physician office visits for hepatitis C were an early indicator, jumping from 450,000 in 1996 to 1.5 million in 2002, according to a study last year in the journal Hepatology."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Only by trusting parents can we settle the MMR controversy - opinion - Scotland on Sunday - "But it seems that the millions of pounds that have been invested in trying to shore up public confidence have been wasted. Despite literally dozens of studies underlining the safety of the triple vaccine, the general public is almost as sceptical about MMR as they were in 1998."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Schools adapt to increase in autistic needs - Portsmouth Herald via

* ►March 5, 2006 - Attorney sues over mercury pollution - The Gainesville Sun

* ►March 5, 2006 - Mercury levels more prevalent in fish, air than some experts say - letter - Rockford Register Star

* ►March 5, 2006 - Nurses earn bonuses for use of latest drugs - The Times, UK - "Hundreds of nurses on the payroll of the pharmaceutical industry are earning bonuses of £3,500 by identifying NHS patients who can be put on costly new drug regimes.
The nurses are provided free to GPs’ surgeries where they are given access to patients’ medical records to check whether they are on the most up-to-date drugs."

* ►March 5, 2006 - GSK in PR blitz ahead of Moore's 'Sicko' blast at drugs companies - The Independent, UK - "GlaxoSmithKline, Europe's biggest drugs maker, is turning its 8,000 US workers into public relations ambassadors as the industry girds itself for further bad press after the upcoming release of Sicko, an exposé of the American healthcare industry by controversial film director Michael Moore."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Cervical cancer rise blamed on virus - Sexually transmitted infection linked to 80-fold increase in disease, study says - Indianapolis Star - "A study in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that HPV infection was associated with an 80-fold increase in risk of cervical adenocarcinoma in the populations studied."

* ►March 5, 2006 - Bigger bird flu vaccine stock planned - 300,000 doses to be used on 1.2 million - Bangkok Post - "Prasert Thongcharoen, president of the Influenza Foundation of Thailand, said the vaccine shortage made it necessary to make more economical use of the vaccine...'We plan to change the method of vaccination from an intramuscularly form to an intradermally form, or from injecting into muscle to injecting into skin, which requires less of the vaccine per dose,' he said."

►March 5, 2006 - No avian influenza yet reported in Uganda - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

* ►March 4, 2006 - Add-ons to bills on mercury, insurance divide lawmakers - The Olympian - "Local activists with the Mercury Awareness Team have been pushing to restrict its use, and they were pleased when Senate Bill 5035 was passed by the Senate and the House unanimously. It would prohibit giving vaccines with more than 1 microgram of a mercury solution to pregnant women or children younger than 3...But an amendment by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, was added in the House, tying state standards to those of the federal Food and Drug Administration...Sen. Marilyn Rasmussen, D-Eatonville, who sponsored the bill, and Ann Clifton, of the anti-mercury group, say the amendment 'guts' the bill."

►March 4, 2006 - Indonesian boy dies of bird flu, local test finds - Reuters AlertNet

►March 4, 2006 - Public fear of avian flu greater risk for poultry farmers as H5N1 virus - CP via Calgary Sun via

►March 4, 2006 - Azeri official says family may have bird flu - Reuters AlertNet

►March 4, 2006 - Expert warns of human cases of wild fowl flu - Xinhuanet via China View

►March 4, 2006 - 100,000 yuan paid to family of bird flu victim - China Daily

►March 4, 2006 - China expert urges better bird flu prevention - Reuters AlertNet

►March 4, 2006 - 10 tribals with suspected bird flu symptoms discharged - NewKerala

►March 4, 2006 - Church denies Communion to autistic boy - Arizona Republic

* ►March 4, 2006 - Chandler Teen The Second Fatal Meningitis Case In Oklahoma - AP via - "Aubrey Keelean had been taking an antibiotic for a flu-like ailment that had infected several of her friends when she began complaining of a headache last week...Her mother, Anna Keelean, says Aubrey slipped into a coma last Sunday and died on Wednesday."

►March 4, 2006 - Graduate student dies after bacterial meningitis infection - AP via

* ►March 4, 2006 - People prefer intensive vaccination drive to EPI - The New Nation, Bangladesh - "Parents in different vaccination centers said most of the time they could not believe the EPI centers or health complexes, as allegations are rife about black-marketing the vaccines by a section of center workers."

►March 4, 2006 - Utah Ranks 49th In Child Immunization - AP via

►March 4, 2006 - High school reports more whooping cough cases - Five others were reported last month - St. Paul Pioneer Press via

►March 4, 2006 - Whooping Cough Warning Letters Sent to Christian Brothers Parents -

* ►March 4, 2006 - Dubious transplant recipients sue companies - AP via

►March 4, 2006 - Karzai launches anti-polio campaign - Pajhwok Afghan News

►March 4, 2006 - Ebb and Flow of West Nile Virus Linked to the Rituals of Robins (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►March 4, 2006 - Kids' Asthma Linked to Maternal Nutrition - Researchers find Vitamin D could make a difference in pregnancy, and pregnant women with asthma are more likely to have underweight babies. - HealthDay via

* ►March 4, 2006 - New Studies Back Benefits of Organic Diet - - "There was a 'dramatic and immediate protective effect' against the pesticides while consuming organically grown foods, said Chensheng Lu, an assistant professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University."

►March 4, 2006 - Short supply of ART worsens condition of city AIDS patients - Kolkata Newsline via

►March 4, 2006 - HIV-AIDS vaccine needs to be more affordable - News Today

►March 3, 2006 - CROI: Origins of HIV Traced to Chimps in Cameroon -

* ►March 3, 2006 - Change to Vaccine Bill Reverses Mercury Ban - - "A bill banning more than trace amounts of mercury in vaccines given to pregnant women and young children was amended on the House floor Tuesday to restore language that renders it meaningless...Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle, who chairs the House Health Care Committee, added back language that says the ban does not apply if a vaccine has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration...Sen. Marilyn Rasmussen, D-Eatonville, who has worked for two sessions to win meaningful legislation on mercury in vaccines, was furious when she learned of Cody's last-minute change...'She just killed it,' Rasmussen said. 'Why did she do that? We will be one of the few states that want to take mercury out of fish but still inject it in babies.'"

* ►March 3, 2006 - Why autism rates may be dropping. (includes video) - NewsMax via - "A new study shows that autism may be linked after all to the use of mercury in childhood vaccines, despite government's previous claims to the contrary."

* ►March 3, 2006 - CRAZY MAKERS: Big Pharma Involved In Stealth Agenda With School Districts To Screen Teenagers For Mental Illnesses Without Parental Approval - Crusador via

►March 3, 2006 - China warns of bird flu risk as spring arrives - China Daily

►March 3, 2006 - Wash your hands to avoid French bird flu - The Telegraph, UK

►March 3, 2006 - Bird flu a long-term threat to Africa - BBC

►March 3, 2006 - Bird flu may persist for years in wild -- UK vet - Reuters AlertNet

►March 3, 2006 - Four died of anthrax outbreak in Garu-Tempane - GNA via

►March 2, 2006 - United States, Partners Build Global Disease Surveillance - U.S. pandemic defense depends on global action, experts say - Washington File via

* ►February 28, 2006 - Plan gets mixed review - State Rep. Larry Cretul tells Venice residents he wants to bring a vaccine maker to Florida - Herald Tribune - "Cretul, R-Ocala, introduced legislation this year that would offer loans and other incentives to vaccine manufacturers who build plants in Florida. It would also exempt those manufacturers from legal liability...'There is not a lot of profit in the production of vaccines,' Cretul told about 40 residents at the Venice Community Center...The proposed legislation has sparked opposition from trial lawyers, who say the measure would make Florida the first state to offer such immunity."

* ►February 28, 2006 - Mercury-free flu shots planned - Next flu season, mercury-free shots will be the state’s first preference for young children and pregnant women in New Mexico, according to the state Department of Health.- In brief -

►February 28, 2006 - ELISA Test, at 35 Years, Is Used for Numerous Applications from Detecting Pregnancies to Analyzing Famous Art - Genetic Engineering News

►February 28, 2006 - Crucial but Costly Treatment Is Drying Up With Funding - Thousands of elderly patients who need intravenous antibodies are hurt by Medicare cutbacks. More pain could be on the way. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

The Killer Vaccines - An Honest Physician Warns of Serious Dangers - Blaylock Wellness Report via

'Save Your Brain' - Avoid Alzheimer’s and other Brain Diseases - Blaylock Wellness Report via

* Dr. Mark R. Geier, MD, PhD. and David A. Geier (includes video) - - "In this interview, Dr. Geier & David discuss their experiences as they attempted to carry out their congressionally-mandated examination of the CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink database. Hear the Geiers discuss how the CDC tried to block their mandated investigation at every turn and what the Geiers found!"

NiteBeat with Barry Nolan on CN8: David Kirby and Dr. Paul Offit, Guests (includes video) -

MSNBC's "Meet The Press": Author David Kirby & the IOM's Dr. Harvey Fineberg (includes video) -

Posted March 4, 2006

►April 1, 2006 - Functional Tumor Necrosis Factor–Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand Production by Avian Influenza Virus–Infected Macrophages - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2006 - Vaccine Oka Varicella-Zoster Virus Genotypes Are Monomorphic in Single Vesicles and Polymorphic in Respiratory Tract Secretions - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2006 - Clearance of Circulating Epstein-Barr Virus DNA in Children with Acute Malaria after Antimalaria Treatment - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2006 - Drosophila melanogaster as a Facile Model for Large-Scale Studies of Virulence Mechanisms and Antifungal Drug Efficacy in Candida Species - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2006 - Inhibitor B and Nuclear Factor B in Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor Antagonism of Dexamethasone Suppression of the Macrophage Response to Aspergillus fumigatus Conidia - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►March 6, 2006 - Avian Influenza - In Europe, birds and a cat have died from avian flu; governments are responding - Chemical & Engineering News

* ►March 4, 2006 - Some Illinois Vaccines Still Legally Laced With Mercury - The Epoch Times - "Dr. David Ayoub, Assistant Prof. of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Prairie Collaborative, an immunization watchdog organization in Springfield says the mercury contained in one dose of the flu vaccine exceeds both the EPA's and CDC's adult toxicity limits for organic mercury exposure and could be considered a toxic waste. 'For mercury level to be defined as toxic waste level is 200 parts per billion. What is contained in a mercury vaccine vial is 50,000 parts per billion, so if you were to drop a vaccine vial, you would have to call hazmat. I mean that's a toxic hazard and we are injecting toxic waste levels of mercury into people and that's unimaginable.'"

* ►March 4, 2006 - Abortion or eugenics masquerading as choice? - A new book claims aborting the less-than-perfect has Nazi undertones. (requires registration) - - "What followed was a period of extreme stress as she waited on test results to determine whether her unborn child had contracted congenital rubella syndrome...In the worst case, the syndrome can cause a baby to be born blind, deaf and brain-damaged...But Ms Streeter's anxiety about her child quickly escalated as she confronted bullying and pressure from a genetic counsellor to abort her child before the test results were known. She refused and went on to give birth to a healthy little girl...Ms Streeter's story is told in a new book by Australian journalist Melinda Tankard Reist, called Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics."

* ►March 4, 2006 - Small but rising number of parents choose not to vaccinate children - Channel News Asia - "Since it is compulsory for parents to produce vaccination records before a child can enrol in primary school, some parents delay vaccination till the age of 6...And when they do vaccinate, they choose single shot vaccines which cost at least 5 times more and are only available at specialist clinics...Under the Infectious Diseases Act, those who do not vaccinate their child against measles can be fined $10,000 and jailed up to 6 months."

►March 4, 2006 - Vaccines can be both fresh, safe - letter - Kearney Hub

►March 4, 2006 - William Amoss: "Opinion on vaccine is of bad quality and causes diseases-is not true” - Today a press conference was held on monitoring of national immunization campaign against measles and rubella, which was launched on 27 February in Azerbaijan (APA). - Azeri Press Agency

►March 4, 2006 - WHO convenes international meeting to discuss influenza pandemic containment strategy - press release - World Health Organization via Harold Doan & Associates

►March 4, 2006 - Stop bird flu-mongering: Rs 2 billion setback from bird flu scare - Poultry industry says govt’s ‘faulty information’ responsible - Daily Times, Pakistan

►March 4, 2006 - Can Pigs ‘catch' Avian Influenza? Defra Response, UK - Medical News Today

►March 4, 2006 - Pneumonia case not bird flu - Daily Times, Pakistan

►March 4, 2006 - Biota bullish about its bird flu drug (requires registration) - Sydney Morning Herald

►March 4, 2006 - Bird flu spreads to Iran World Cup training camp - IranMania News

►March 4, 2006 - Frauds offering false drug against bird flu - Frauds are offering a false drug against bird flu, turning chiefly to the credulous elderly with the offer of the drug Tamiflu Extra, allegedly more efficient than routinely used Tamiflu, the Czech Television (CT) said. - Czech Happenings

►March 4, 2006 - 14 cows feared dead of anthrax in Guj, one case confirmed - Webindia123

►March 4, 2006 - Anthrax threat to Perth designer (requires registration) - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►March 4, 2006 - Teens warned that kissing could kill - NZPA via New Zealand Herald - "By giving them this new information they can choose to modify their behaviour and make sure they are fully immunised."

►March 4, 2006 - Roche gets hepatitis drug patent in India - Webindia123

►March 4, 2006 - Measles vaccination campaign gaining success in Comilla - Financial Express, Bangladesh

►March 4, 2006 - Wards closed as virus strikes children - Brisbane Courier-Mail

* ►March 4, 2006 - Mercury in fluorescent bulbs risky (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

►March 4, 2006 - Family of infected HIV victim blames hospitals - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►March 4, 2006 - Schering: 5 patients in HIV drug trial got cancer - Reuters - "The company said it will continue the trial, involving 118 U.S. patients with advanced AIDS who have tried other treatments, despite the four cases of lymphoma and one case of stomach cancer."

* ►March 4, 2006 - Bird flu in India: profits override public health concerns - World Socialist Web Site via Asian Tribune - "India’s poultry giants are making concerted efforts to minimise the risks. Reports of bird flu sent Indian poultry sales plunging by 80-90 percent and halted exports to neighbouring countries, the Middle East and Japan."

* ►March 4, 2006 - MMR Survey Reveals Deep Distrust Of Government Health Advice, UK - University of Durham via Medical News Today - "Dr Casiday commented: "The uptake of the MMR vaccine has not dropped as much as many feared in response to controversy, but it is still below target levels needed for herd immunity. "In addition, the high level of concern about the safety of the vaccine expressed even by parents who had immunised their children is worrying in its implications for public confidence and trust in health care."

* ►March 4, 2006 - Chlamydia vaccine is on the horizon - AP via Advocate

* ►March 4, 2006 - Are your kids' shots up to date? Now's time to get immunizations - The Salt Lake Tribune - "Courtney Bylund rocked her 2-month-old son side to side Friday as she whispered reassurances about the five needles about to prick his thighs."

►March 4, 2006 - 100,000 yuan paid to family of bird flu victim - China Daily

►March 4, 2006 - Avian flu seen as trade opportunity - Bangkok Post

►March 4, 2006 - Utah ranks low in up-to-date immunizations - Deseret Morning News

►March 4, 2006 - Avian flu suspected in deaths - AP via The Calgary Sun Canoe

►March 4, 2006 - Pigeons could spark bird flu epidemic in UK - The Independent, UK

►March 4, 2006 - Import Of Poultry And Game Birds From EU Member States, Customer Information Notes, Defra, UK - via Medical News Today

►March 4, 2006 - Omega 3 Fatty Acids Influence Mood, Impulsivity And Personality, Study Indicates - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via ScienceDaily

►March 4, 2006 - Schools Failing Children With Disabilities -

►March 4, 2006 - Do Over: New MS drug may be safe after all - Science News

►March 4, 2006 - From the February 29, 1936, issue - Science News

* ►March 3, 2006 - Hungary, Russia cooperate to produce bird flu vaccine - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►March 3, 2006 - Baxter unit denies Indonesia deal on bird-flu vaccine - Baxter Healthcare Corp., a unit of Baxter International Inc. (BAX), has denied the firm has signed an agreement with the Indonesian government to cooperate on the development of a human vaccine for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. - MarketWatch

* ►March 3, 2006 - Countries vie for Hungarian bird flu vaccine know-how - While a Hungarian vaccine developed to protect humans against H5N1, the deadly bird flu virus has yet to be licensed, more than 30 countries are already queuing up to buy stocks or to build joint venture production facilities, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing the Ministry of Health as the source. - Portfolio

* ►March 3, 2006 - Veterinary Association for halt to bird flu vaccine import - Pakistan Link - "They threatened the government of protests if the ‘substandard’ vaccine was imported and said the money being used for importing the medicine should be given to the affected farmers as compensation."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Bird Flu Won't Wait (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "First, the number of pathogenic threats far outstrips our drug development resources. Second, epidemiological forecasting and intelligence about such threats are unreliable: witness the vaccination campaigns against botulinum toxin in World War II, swine flu in 1976, anthrax in the 1991 gulf war and smallpox before the Iraq war, which all addressed threats that failed to materialize. Creating stockpiles of vaccines for high-consequence pathogens is important. Beyond those, however, it's wiser to build a system that will allow us to react quickly to rapidly evolving or unexpected biological threats."

* ►March 3, 2006 - VC Goes PC - "Over a three-year period we'll look to invest the fund in roughly 40 companies across a set of industry sectors that include mobile computing, Web-enabled software, biotech, medical devices, semiconductors, and then an area that we are highlighting this time that we call green tech, which is new energy sources and things like that," said Brook Byers of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. - Business Week via Linux News - "We're encouraged by what we're seeing, particularly from the vaccine makers now. The companies that are in the flu-vaccine area are putting more resources and focus on making vaccines in cell lines instead of in eggs. So that's very encouraging. We'd like to see more work in newer, real innovative types of manufacturing, or new types of vaccines as one example, and we believe those are the areas where young, innovative, entrepreneurial companies will probably fill some gaps. We hope over the long run that the larger pharmaceutical companies will be interested in potentially partnering with the smaller companies."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Time to ban smoking in B-N's public places - - "Seldom has an issue generated as much local discussion as the proposed smoking ban in public places. At issue, it seems to me, are the twin and often irreconcilable wish for personal freedom vs. the expectation that government is to promote the common good. Over time we have - sometimes gradually - accepted and even expected the government to require, for example, childhood immunizations, compulsory schooling, use of seat belts, obeying traffic laws, not driving under the influence of alcohol, etc."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Despite late surge, this flu season great improvement over last year - Observer-Reporter

* ►March 3, 2006 - Nastech Pharmaceutical Takes Aim at Bird Flu - Long Island Business News via Pottstown Mercury

* ►March 3, 2006 - Ahead of the Curve - Playing Chicken With Bird Flu - SmartMoney - "The sky may not be falling, but that money is pennies from heaven for these companies. I want to make sure that I get my share. Hey, what's wrong with making a profit along the way to preventing a global catastrophe?"

* ►March 3, 2006 - Former FDA Chief Sold Stock Before Leaving - AP via Houston Chronicle - "As head of the FDA, Crawford oversaw the regulation of medical devices. He gave no reason for his resignation in September 2005. His financial transactions are being investigated by the inspector general at the Health and Human Services Department."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Cohasset Board of Health seeks mutual aid agreement - Cohasset Mariner via - "Dunnell said there was recently a Hepatitis A scare in a town near Boston, and with the number of residents coming in to be vaccinated, its two employees were not enough to meet the demands. Therefore, members of health boards from other towns were called in to assist with vaccinations, which would not have been possible without an agreement."

* ►March 3, 2006 - UF poultry veterinarian tries to quell bird flu panic - The Gainesville Sun - "He's meeting with poultry industry leaders and agricultural officials who are trying to quell public concern about bird flu. Butcher, who receives funding from the poultry industry for consulting work, calls the bird flu scare much ado about nothing. "I'm trying to downplay this because it needs to be downplayed," Butcher said. "It's been so beefed up, it turns into a circus. That's what bothers me most. A lot of good people are being hurt by this."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Notice: Report on the Performance of Drug and Biologics Firms in Conducting Postmarketing Commitment Studies; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

* ►March 3, 2006 - White House Delays Release of Study Showing Toxic Rocket Fuel in Most Americans - EWG Public Affairs via Common Dreams Newswire

* ►March 3, 2006 - Alternative medicine common in kids; docs unaware - Reuters Health via Yahoo!

►March 3, 2006 - Recourse Grows Slim for Immigrants Who Fall Ill - The New York Times via BlueCross BlueShield Association - "Problems getting insurance sometimes lead to risky decisions about children's health care. A legal immigrant from Russia, Oksana, confessed to academy researchers that she had delayed her daughter's vaccinations for months, keeping her out of school until she could borrow $300 to pay for them."

►March 3, 2006 - Bird flu poses no food safety risk: health expert - Reuters

►March 3, 2006 - WHO calls bird flu conference -

►March 3, 2006 - U.S. is '50%' prepared for flu, expert testifies - International Herald Tribune

►March 3, 2006 - No need for concern yet over bird flu - shopkeepers - Carlow Nationalist

►March 3, 2006 - Pets dumped amid bird flu fears - A wildlife rescue centre says pet birds are being dumped by their owners due to fears over Avian flu. - BBC

►March 3, 2006 - Why an adventure holiday might just be the death of you - Belfast Telegraph

►March 3, 2006 - Fuente de Piedra joins the high risk of avian flu areas - A ten kilometre risk area has been established around the lagoon, the seventeenth spot in Andalucía to fall in this category, but the local villagers are quite unperturbed by the scare - Sur

►March 3, 2006 - UF gearing up for war on infectious diseases - The Gainesville Sun - "Within three years, UF hopes to have a research team housed under one roof in a state-of-the-art facility that could cost more than $120 million before it's all said and done."

►March 3, 2006 - Short Course on Controlling Infectious Diseases - For more than a decade, Imperial College London has trained public health professionals, policy makers and infectious disease researchers in how to understand and control infectious diseases and plan for outbreaks. - Imperial College London

►March 3, 2006 - Experts say 'vague' new anti-AIDS discrimination laws need overhaul - Interfax-China via MSN-Mainichi Daily News - "As a further illustration, Yang Tong, from the AIDS law research center of Shanghai Institute of Politics & Law said, that according to the new regulations, AIDS patients have the right to get married, but the current "Maternal and Infant Healthcare Law" states people with infectious diseases cannot get married whilst they have an infectious disease."

►March 3, 2006 - Animal rights activists found guilty - Six convicted of inciting violence and terror against Huntington Life Sciences - The Scientist

►March 3, 2006 - Cubicin High Rate Of Persisting/Relapsing Bacteremia To Be Discussed By Anti-Infectives Committee - FDA Advisory Committee

►March 3, 2006 - Notice: Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via

►March 3, 2006 - Nutrients We Lack: Part 1 - WBAY-TV Green Bay

►March 3, 2006 - Health Highlights: - Chelation Drug Caused Children's Deaths: CDC - U.S. Sees Sharp Rise in People Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse - New FDA Guidelines Will Speed Approvals of Flu Vaccines - Bill Would Eliminate Hundreds of Food Label Warnings - Gene Increases Depression Risk: Researchers - Erbitux Approved to Treat Head and Neck Cancers - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments,compiled by editors of HealthDay via

* ►March 3, 2006 - Doctors Debate Using Chelation To Treat Autism - - "The treatment involves a sulfur-based skin cream that doctors said roots out toxins, like mercury, from the body..'The sulfur grabs onto the mercury like a magnet. So, our body can excrete it where it would never have the ability to do that on its own without something like this,' said Dr. Phil DeMio, a doctor who prescribes chelation for autism."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Parents Credit Chelation With Autism Cure - - "A treatment for lead poisoning that's been around for decades is now being used to treat autistic children...Some parents say chelation is bringing about dramatic change, but it is also bringing about controversy...Josh Shoemaker, almost 4, is not his old self, his parents are happy to say."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Autism answers (includes video) - - "It's a treatment that's been around for decades. It's called chelation, and it's commonly used to treat lead poisoning. And now we're learning that it may be helping some children with autism."

* ►March 3, 2006 - CDC says 2 deaths caused by chelation drug errors - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►March 3, 2006 - CDC says chelation inappropriate for children - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

* ►March 3, 2006 - Deaths Associated with Hypocalcemia from Chelation Therapy --- Texas, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, 2003--2005 - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - New study links mercury to autism - Level of disorder dropped dramatically after element removed from vaccines -

►March 3, 2006 - Board hears from autism consultant - District considers adding staff members - Concord Monitor

►March 3, 2006 - Upon Further Review...A truly special moment for a truly special athlete - The Marcolian via - "Jason McElwain was born with two things, autism and the love of basketball."

►March 3, 2006 - Human Rabies --- Mississippi, 2005 - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - A New Product (VariZIG™) for Postexposure Prophylaxis of Varicella Available Under an Investigational New Drug Application Expanded Access Protocol - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - Update: Influenza Activity --- United States, February 12--18, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - QuickStats: Infant, Neonatal, and Postneonatal Annual Mortality Rates* --- United States, 1940--2003 - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - Notice to Readers: Release of Sudden, Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form - MMWR/CDC

►March 3, 2006 - Bird flu causes panic at the shelter - International Herald Tribune

►March 3, 2006 - Gov. Rounds holds pandemic influenza summit - urges South Dakota to prepare - Dakota Voice

►March 3, 2006 - FDA to speed new flu vaccines to market - Guidelines could shave up to 2 years off drug development - Federal regulators published draft guidelines Thursday on ways to speed new flu vaccines to market for common winter influenza as well as an even deadlier strain of the virus, such as bird flu that has health officials worldwide worried about a pandemic. - AP via CNN

►March 3, 2006 - World Health Officials Shape Pandemic Preparedness Strategy - Health experts meet in Geneva to devise plan for rapid response - Washington File via

* ►March 3, 2006 - WHO to host talks on containing bird flu pandemic - Reuters AlertNet - "The WHO's 'pandemic containment strategy', which calls for using quarantines and Roche's antiviral Tamiflu, will be discussed at three-day talks opening in Geneva on Monday, it said in a statement."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Effort to Combat Bird Flu Detailed to US Congress - Voice of America

►March 3, 2006 - Bird samples test negative for avian influenza - Pajhwok Afghan News

►March 3, 2006 - Baxter unit denies Indonesia deal on bird-flu vaccine - Baxter Healthcare Corp., a unit of Baxter International Inc. (BAX), has denied the firm has signed an agreement with the Indonesian government to cooperate on the development of a human vaccine for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. - MarketWatch

►March 3, 2006 - Sweden finds 8 new cases of H5 virus in wild birds - Reuters AlertNet

►March 3, 2006 - Sweden retains precautionary measures after bird flu virus found - Xinhuanet via China View

►March 3, 2006 - Authorities report more bird flu cases - Five more incidents of avian flu have been reported in Switzerland – bringing the total number of H5 cases in wild birds to seven. - Swissinfo

►March 3, 2006 - Romania detects H5N1 flu in domestic birds, goose - Reuters AlertNet

►March 3, 2006 - Turkey Detects Bird Flu in 2 Provinces - Zaman Online

►March 3, 2006 - Nigerian samples arrive for bird flu test in UK-WHO - Reuters AlertNet

►March 3, 2006 - Greece confirms three more bird flu cases, total 22 - Reuters AlertNet

►March 3, 2006 - Yorkshire centre in vaccination plea - Staff at a leading Yorkshire aquarium are furious that they cannot protect its resident penguins from avian flu, even though those at a sister attraction in Belgium were vaccinated last week. - Yorkshire Post Today

►March 3, 2006 - 'Measures to Contain Bird Flu Infection Slow' - This Day (Lagos) via

►March 3, 2006 - Azerbaijan confirms first case of H5N1 bird flu - Xinhuanet via China View

►March 3, 2006 - Gloves offer protection against bird flu - Many studies have shown that disposable nitrile gloves hold up much better 'in-use' than vinyl gloves which may fracture and allow viruses to penetrate them, says Best Gloves - Laboratory Talk

* ►March 3, 2006 - New Drugs Hit the Market, but Promised Trials Go Undone - The New York Times via Herald-Tribune

* ►March 3, 2006 - FDA says too many drug studies delayed - AP via Philadelphia Inquirer via - "Drug companies sometimes are allowed to hurry medicines to market in exchange for a promise to continue studying their safety and effectiveness. Those studies haven't begun in two-thirds of cases, the government reported Friday...The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that drug companies had pledged to conduct 1,231 drug studies. But as of Sept. 30, 797 - or 65 percent - were still pending."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Connecticut subpoenas Eli Lilly in probe - Indy drug maker is one of 45 members of health alliance, which is focus of investigation - Bloomberg News via Indianapolis Star - "Eli Lilly and Co. received one of 45 subpoenas from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in an investigation of potential anticompetitive practices by members of a health-care association."

* ►March 3, 2006 - Former New England Journal editor calls for firing of CMAJ publisher - Canadian Press via

* ►March 3, 2006 - Media 'sensationalising science' - A report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), an independent research group, has accused the UK media of sensationalising science. - BBC - "'The media has to be very aware that what it says can have huge impacts on the public's behaviour,' she told the BBC...'I think the media has to be very cautious in how it gives over scientific evidence, and has to make sure that people understand that there are certain risks to some things but a lot of the time evidence isn't conclusive.'"

* ►March 3, 2006 - Mayo Clinic identifies Top 10 allergens - United Press International - "- thimerosal, a mercury compound used in local antiseptics and in vaccines."

►March 3, 2006 - Death had nothing to do with peanut allergy - CBC Montreal

* ►March 3, 2006 - Coroner: Peanut butter kiss wasn't killer - AP via Pioneer Press via - "Saguenay coroner Michel Miron said Christina Desforges' death had a different cause. But he refused further disclosure, saying he first wanted to report to the provincial coroner and examine more test results...Miron said he was speaking out now to head off an allergy group's plan to use the case as an example in an awareness effort."

►March 3, 2006 - Millbrook teaching intern hospitalized with bacterial meningitis - Poughkeepsie Journal

►March 3, 2006 - Teen Still Recovering From West Nile Meningitis - Pyeatt Suffers From Bouts Of Nausea, Headaches -

►March 3, 2006 - Coroner: Patton's granddaughter died of meningitis - Lexington Herald-Leader via

►March 3, 2006 - 6 die of meningitis, scare in Surat - Health authorities rule out epidemic; number may rise in March, says doctor - Ahmedabad Newsline via

►March 3, 2006 - Meningococcal disease in Niger - World Health Organization

►March 3, 2006 - Meningococcal disease in Kenya - World Health Organization

►March 3, 2006 - EU grants Nigeria 15.46 million euros to fight polio - Africasia

►March 3, 2006 - Spring weather brings outbreaks - VietNamNet Bridge

►March 3, 2006 - Measles Outbreak Spreads - A Measles outbreak among Doncaster children has spread to double the number of victims in the last week. - Doncaster Today, UK

►March 3, 2006 - The Journal: Today's Voice of the North - - "But please, do not let thalidomide, beef or non-existent weapons of mass destruction hide the validity of this simple truth...Every child should be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella. And parents owe it to them to make sure it's done."

►March 3, 2006 - UNICEF-imported vaccines against measles & rubella meet int’l standards - Hana Singer - Trend News Agency

►March 3, 2006 - Students, faculty shoot hoops for measles - Johns Hopkins News-Letter

►March 3, 2006 - Whooping Cough up in Utah -

►March 3, 2006 - Whooping cough is gaining hold in county - Number of cases has roughly doubled annually since 2002 - Colorado Springs Gazette

►March 3, 2006 - OC Chicken Pox Outbreak Raises Concern - KABC - ABC 7

►March 3, 2006 - Virus hits Irmo school - 163 students affected; 15 teachers call in sick at Nursery Road Elementary - The State

►March 3, 2006 - Midlands schools closes after virus outbreak - AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

►March 3, 2006 - Federal Workers Decontaminate Anthrax Victim's Home (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►March 3, 2006 - Anthrax scare leads to vaccination drive - Times of India - "State animal husbandry authorities are on a massive drive to vaccinate over 500 cattle in Dedakiyali after Junagadh collector Bipin Shrimali declared the village 'threatened by anthrax.'"

* ►March 3, 2006 - Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine - GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections - Best Syndication - "Glaxo will be submitting the vaccine, called Streptorix, for regulatory approval in Europe in 2007.  They hope to file for approve in the US soon after that."

►March 3, 2006 - Frederick County gets popular, pricey - Baltimore Sun - "The way people are flocking here and property prices are shooting up, it seems as if there must be gold buried in the gentle slopes of Maryland's most spacious county..But the prospect of a glittering future is best reflected in the vast expansion planned for Fort Detrick, the county's largest employer and future home to the largest biodefense research center in the country."

►March 3, 2006 - Roche receives product patent for hepatitis therapy - Zee News

►March 3, 2006 - South Africa: Spread of HIV Slowing Down - Govt - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►March 3, 2006 - UNICEF, Baylor Partner To Expand Treatment to HIV-Positive Children in Africa -

►March 3, 2006 - Bush Administration gives 7 million dollars for joint AIDS/HIV fund - WebIndia123

* ►March 3, 2006 - What Is Human Immunodeficiency Virus? - By Red Flags Columnist Anita Allen -

►March 3, 2006 - Canadian man lands in jail for spreading HIV - Times of India

►March 3, 2006 - Stanford researchers calculate the mathematics of terror - Stanford Report

* ►March 3, 2006 - 1 in 10 breast cancer treatments 'unnecessary' - The Guardian, UK - "One in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer undergoes unnecessary treatment, according to research that suggests some cancers that would probably not have caused any harm during a woman's lifetime are being picked up by rigorous screening."

►March 3, 2006 - Breast cancer screening can risk 'needless treatment' - The Scotsman

►March 3, 2006 - Roche receives patent for therapy - Economic Times, India

►March 3, 2006 - Vertex's Hepatitis C Drug Has 'Gold Standard' Potential - Forbes

►March 3, 2006 - MorphoSys and Roche collaborate on oncology therapeutics - MorphoSys AG and Roche have entered into a new collaboration to develop therapeutic antibodies in oncology. The new alliance expands on the companies' pre-existing relationship in Alzheimer's disease. - Pharmaceutical Business Review

►March 3, 2006 - ViRexx Announces Private Placement - Genetic Engineering News

►March 2, 2006 - Bird flu - fact sheet - Turkish Press

►March 2, 2006 - Influenza crisis -- Is Tamiflu enough? -

* ►March 2, 2006 - FDA links child deaths to chelation therapy - Drug used to treat lead, mercury poisoning; often used for autism - AP via MSNBC

►March 2, 2006 - Meningitis Kills Oklahoma Teen -

►March 2, 2006 - Polio Vaccine Pioneers Get on Stamps (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post

►March 2, 2006 - Whooping Cough Cases Up - Children Especially Susceptible To Deadly Illness -

►March 2, 2006 - From Vein to Vein - Blood donations journey through many tests - York Region Era Banner

►March 2, 2006 - Vaccination best bet to stop "distemper" - Denver Post

* ►March 2, 2006 - US aims to speed influenza vaccine development - Reuters

* ►March 2, 2006 - Physicians Hold Drug Companies to Higher Standards Than Other Businesses (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape - "Physicians seemed to be rather outraged by the pricing policy," Dr. Mittleman said in an interview with Reuters Health. "They seem to want to hold (drug companies) to a higher standard of social responsibility," he continued. "They believe the companies have responsibilities that extend beyond profit maximization for shareholders, to a social responsibility similar to what doctors themselves have."

►March 2, 2006 - Immunizations for Child With Egg Allergy (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►March 2, 2006 - Notice: Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing Marek's Disease-Newcastle Disease Vaccine, Serotypes 2 and 3, Live Virus, Live Marek's Disease Vector - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA via

►March 2, 2006 - Malnutrition hits economic growth - Malnutrition is now costing poor countries as much as 3% of their annual economic output, the World Bank warns. - BBC - "The World Bank said that malnutrition makes people more vulnerable to fatal diseases such as malaria and HIV/Aids, and called for governments to do more."

►March 2, 2006 - Hedge funds will vote against Novartis-Chiron deal - Reuters - "ValueAct Capital, which has held Chiron shares since December 2004, has been fighting hard to block the deal for several months, saying that Novartis, which already owns the majority of Chiron shares, had inside information that allowed it to take the company away from minority shareholders before they knew the business was turning."

►March 2, 2006 - UCB Submits Biologics License Application to FDA for New Treatment in Crohn's Disease - CIMZIA submission represents a major step towards the approval of the first ever subcutaneous treatment for Crohn's disease  - Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America via

►March 2, 2006 - FDA Seeks to Avoid Confusing Drug Names - RedOrbit - "Confusion between such pharmaceutical names as Xanex, Xanax and Zantac may lead to mistakes. In one documented incident, a patient needing an injection of Narcan was given Norcuron by mistake and went into cardiac arrest."

►March 2, 2006 - Researchers double salaries - MU animal lab’s success brings big bonuses. - Columbia Daily Tribune

►March 2, 2006 - Hot Tubs, Whirlpool Baths are Bacteria Breeding Grounds - Reuters Health via ABC News

►March 2, 2006 - Data From Novogen Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drug Phase I Clinical Trial Shows Promise - Novogen Limited via PRNewswire

►March 2, 2006 - As trial looms, Celebrex eases Pfizer sales pain (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►March 2, 2006 - Lifestyle affects the brain as well as the heart - Reuters Health

►March 2, 2006 - Greater Baltimore Committee Urges Lawmakers to Bolster State Tax Credits for R&D and for Biotech Investments - PRNewswire via

►March 2, 2006 - Nastech shares fall as Merck drops drug - Reuters via The Washington Post

►March 2, 2006 - Health Highlights - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments,compiled by editors of HealthDay via

►March 1-7, 2006 - Anthrax drums up scare, as Village man is stricken - The Villager

►March 1, 2006 - Vaccine for killer virus developed - Horsetalk - "Scientists in Australia say they have developed a vaccine for the virus that killed a well known horse trainer in the 1990s...Vic Rail, who trained Vo Rogue, caught the Hendra virus in 1994 from his horses. He died from pneumonia."

* ►March 1, 2006 - Nature, Nurture And The Risk Of Depression - University of New South Wales via Biocompare - "There is an 80 percent chance that those with the genetic predisposition will become depressed, if there are three or more negative life events in a year," said the geneticist on the paper, Professor Peter Schofield, who is Director of the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (POWMRI)." "The research also showed there was a 'tipping point' in regards to environmental factors."

►March 2006 - Birth Outcomes Following West Nile Virus Infection of Pregnant Women in the United States: 2003-2004 - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►March 2006 - Pesticide Exposure and Stunting as Independent Predictors of Neurobehavioral Deficits in Ecuadorian School Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►March 2006 - Efficacy of Iron and/or Zinc Supplementation on Cognitive Performance of Lead-Exposed Mexican Schoolchildren: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►March 2006 - Delayed Breastfeeding Initiation Increases Risk of Neonatal Mortality - journal article (Pediatrics)

►March 2006 - When child can’t sleep, start by treating the parents - Educated parents can change sleep-wake behaviors of toddlers to teens. - journal article (Current Psychiatry)

►March 2006 - Long-term Experience With Combination Antiretroviral Therapy That Contains Nelfinavir for up to 7 Years in a Pediatric Cohort - journal article (Pediatrics)

►March 2006 - Amantadine triple therapy for non-responder hepatitis C patients. Clues for controversies (ANRS HC 03 BITRI)star, open - journal article (Journal of Hepatology)

►March 2006 - Volume and Frequency of Breastfeedings and Fat Content of Breast Milk Throughout the Day - journal article (Pediatrics)

►March 2006 - Dietary Energy Intake at the Age of 4 Months Predicts Postnatal Weight Gain and Childhood Body Mass Index - journal article (Pediatrics)

►March 2006 - Another role for leptin? (requires registration) - Leptin, a hormone secreted from adipose tissue that helps to regulate body weight, also attenuates depression-like behavior in rats. - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►March 2006 - Children with learning disabilities and related needs placed out of borough: parents’perspective - journal article (Psychiatric Bulletin)

►March 2006 - Increasing Evidence of Immunity to Varicella Among Children in Massachusetts, 1999–2003 - journal article (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

►March 2006 - Healthcare Workers Who Elected Not to Receive Smallpox Vaccination - journal article (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

* ►March 2006 - A Nation of Guinea Pigs - There's a new outsourcing boom in South Asia - and a billion people are jockeying for the jobs. How India became the global hot spot for drug trials. -

►February 28, 2006 - Anthrax Case Tests Public Health Preparedness -

* ►February 28, 2006 - Australian scientists test Nipah virus vaccine - Reuters

►February 28, 2006 - Crain's Chiropractic Column on Vaccination, Heretical Health and Healing - Planet Chiropractic

►February 27, 2006 - HIV/AIDS Rates In Tijuana, Mexico Increasing At Alarming Rate - University of California - San Diego via Biocompare - "The number of men and women aged 15 to 49 years who are infected with HIV may be as high as one in 125 persons, according to Kimberly C. Brouwer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in UCSD's Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine"

►February 27, 2006 - Shift In Feeding Behavior Of Mosquitoes Sheds Light On West Nile Virus Outbreaks - Public Library of Science via Biocompare

►February 21, 2006 - Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals Appoints Dr. Donald Leung to its Scientific Advisory Board - Genetic Engineering News

►February 21, 2006 - Avian influenza --spread of the virus to new countries - Rapid geographical spread of the virus - World Health Organization

* ►February 17, 2006 - Bioterrorism, hyped (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "The United States has spent at least $33 billion since 2002 to combat the threat of biological terrorism. The trouble is, the risk that terrorists will use biological agents is being systematically and deliberately exaggerated. And the U.S. government has been using most of its money to prepare for the wrong contingency."

►February 14, 2006 - Title: Recombinant poxviruses having foreign DNA expressed under the control of poxvirus regulatory sequences (patent) - The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services via

►February 14, 2006 - Title: Composition and method for the prevention and treatment of asthma (patent) - Ecarma; Virgilio Verzosa (259 Dona Soledad Avenue Extension Better Living Subdivision, Paranaque, PH) via

►February 14, 2006 - Title: Pharmaceutical composition comprised of spider venoms, the production thereof, and its use for treating tumor diseases (patent) - Toximed GmbH (DE) via

►February 14, 2006 - Title: Sleep inducing toothpaste made with natural herbs and a natural hormone (patent) - Zuckerman; Arthur (614 Second Ave., Suite D, New York, NY 10016) via