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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 May 1-2, 2006

Posted May 2, 2006

* June 2006 - Environmental mercury release, special education rates, and autism disorder: an ecological study of Texas. - journal article (Health & Place) - "There was a significant increase in the rates of special education students and autism rates associated with increases in environmentally released mercury."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Free flu vaccine fails to reduce cases - study: 'Rates haven't decreased and there's been lots of money spent' - National Post via - "Canada's first experiment in universal, free flu vaccine has cost Ontario taxpayers more than $200-million, but appears to have done nothing to cut the spread of influenza, a new study suggests. Per-capita flu rates in the province have not fallen at all since the program was introduced in 2000, concluded the University of Ottawa research, published in the journal Vaccine."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Vical bird flu vaccine stops H5N1, maybe others - Reuters - "Vical's vaccine uses three bits of DNA -- the "H5" part of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, and genes not so subject to mutation -- the nucleoprotein, or NP, and matrix protein, or M2."

* ►May 2, 2006 - TeGenero Drug Was Too Perilous to Test on Healthy Volunteers - Bloomberg - "Add an antibody and it's like dropping an atomic bomb'' into the body, Axel Ullrich, a molecular biologist at the Max- Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, said in an interview. Ullrich helped develop Genentech Inc.'s Herceptin cancer drug, a powerful antibody-based medicine. Scientists who have reviewed the London study say the medicine's novel nature should have led researchers to follow a more cautious approach."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Travel restrictions useless against bird flu: study - Reuters

* ►May 2, 2006 - Bird flu hurting U.S. chicken firms - Tyson quarterly loss biggest in 10 years - Chicago Tribune

►May 2, 2006 - 'Schmoozing' drug firms go too far - The Australian - "The ACCC's proposed condition would require a monitoring committee to make drug companies reveal what education and promotion activities they had provided in certain months, and post details on the internet."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Mum's fear after baby jab mix-up - A mother is distraught after her baby was accidentally given the controversial MMR injection in a mix-up at her doctor's surgery. - Chichester Today

* ►May 2, 2006 - What the ape can tell us about that horrific human drug trial - The Times, UK - "New drugs such as the one used in the Northwick Park Hospital trial may be intrinsically unsafe for human beings because of an immune system quirk, research suggests."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Vaccine trial aims to prevent ear infections - - "The problem is so widespread that the Menzies School of Health Research estimates only one in five Aboriginal children have normal hearing. The school's Peter Morris says vaccinating pregnant women could give their children protection by the time they are born. 'The babies are getting their ear infections before they are getting their first pneumococcal vaccination,' he said. 'So by vaccinating the mothers, the mother then produces the antibody, which is sort of like a germ-fighter, which can be passed on to the baby before the baby is born."

►May 2, 2006 - Child psychiatrist examines autism disorder spectrum - Sioux City Journal

►May 2, 2006 - Even mild flu season calls for shots - opinion (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►May 2, 2006 - Canine Influenza Outbreak Hits America With Tragic Consequences - One animal shelter in America is reeling from an outbreak of the highly contagious canine influenza. Staff at the centre fear that all of their fifty five dogs will need to be put down to prevent the virus from spreading. -

* ►May 2, 2006 - There Are Thirty-One Avian & Pandemic Prototype Vaccines - International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations via Medical News Today - "Almost all prototype vaccines use a traditional injection delivery system, although MedImmune uses a nasal spray. Sixteen projects use Aluminum salt as an adjuvant. Berna/Crucell uses a virosome carrier/adjuvant system; CSL, Aluminum phosphate; Chiron/Novartis, MF59 and GSK, a novel adjuvant system. Twenty-five projects use the traditional egg culture technology currently used to manufacture seasonal influenza vaccines, while 6 use cell culture systems."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Vical's DNA Vaccine Provides Complete Protection Against Avian Influenza and Demonstrates Cross-protection Against Multiple Human Flu Strains in Animal Studies - press release - Vical Incorporated via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo! - "'We are encouraged by the protection afforded by our avian flu vaccine and by the cross-protection data,' said Vijay B. Samant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vical. 'Achieving cross-protection is the ultimate goal in flu vaccines, and the current studies provide evidence that such a goal may be feasible using a DNA vaccine targeting conserved influenza virus proteins and formulated with our proprietary Vaxfectin(TM) adjuvant."

* ►May 2, 2006 - AP: In pandemic draft plan, borders open (requires registration or subscription) - Mercury News - "Employers should have plans to keep workers at least three feet apart, colleges should consider which dormitories could be used to quarantine the sick, and flight crews should have surgical masks to put on coughing travelers under a draft of the government's pandemic flu plan obtained by The Associated Press."

* ►May 2, 2006 - Not even killer flu to shut U.S. border - Feds to limit international flights, quarantine travelers but do nothing to stem flow of people across boundary - WorldNetDaily

►May 2, 2006 - Scientist predicts H5N1 virus will not reach US in 2006 - AP via Malaysia Star

►May 2, 2006 - Dr. Tom Gross: Old-fashioned influenza is more a threat than bird flu - Marin Independent Journal

►May 2, 2006 - CombiMatrix to Collaborate with the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) on USA's National Early Detection System for Avian Influenza - Acacia Research Corporation via Genetic Engineering News

►May 2, 2006 - 15,000 chickens culled to stem bird flu - The Scotsman

►May 2, 2006 - Vets track spread of bird flu strain - Blood samples from birds culled in Norfolk show they had the H7N3 virus for longer than was thought - The Times, UK

►May 2, 2006 - Discovering new feathers of bird flu - Two research teams have independently discovered explanations for the chief features of the H5N1 bird flu virus - its difficulty in infecting humans, and the deadly effects when it does. - Deccan Herald

►May 2, 2006 - Vaccination TV campaign targets fit people - press release - National Influenza Strategy Group via

►May 2, 2006 - Vaccinoma Files Australian IPO For Melanoma Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - BioWorld Today via Therapeutics Daily

►May 2, 2006 - US lawmakers question FDA OK of Sanofi antibiotic - Reuters, UK - "Several U.S. lawmakers on Monday questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2004 approval of Sanofi-Aventis SA's antibiotic Ketek, raising concerns about faulty data and asking for internal agency documents."

►May 2, 2006 - Spring babies in suicide link - The Scotsman

►May 2, 2006 - Not a time for panic - opinion (requires registration) - Pittsburg Morning Sun - "On Monday, Pittsburg State University confirmed two presumed cases of mumps on campus."

* ►May 2, 2006 - CDC joins Kansas' mumps inquiry - Wichita Eagle via - "The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the current state mumps count is 340 confirmed or probable cases in 39 Kansas counties. Kansas is second in number of cases to Iowa, where the epidemic began. Iowa had 1,273 confirmed or probable cases as of Monday."

* ►May 2, 2006 - E Coli Showing Up In Bagged Lettuce -

* ►May 1, 2006 - Pneumococcus: Penicillin to Prevnar - Performance and Problems - By F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP (requires subscription) -

* ►May 1, 2006 - Nurses Prevail - Virginia Mason Hospital Charged With Unfair Labor Practice by the National Labor Relations Board - Washington State Nurses Association via PRNewswire

►May 1, 2006 - F.A.N.S. Sends Strong Message to FDA and Congress: Protect Patients' Rights from a Big Pharma Monopoly - press release - Project: FANS via U.S. Newswire - "'Once again Big Pharma is attempting to eliminate any and all competition in order to further pad its bottom line -- regardless of the consequences,' said Steven F. Hotze, MD, director of Project: FANS -- a grassroots effort to protect Americans' access to safe, natural medical solutions. 'Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is working overtime to manipulate the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Congress into restricting Americans' access to Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).'"

* ►May 1, 2006 - Autism blow for children - Gulf Daily News - "Only one per cent of children with autism will become fully functioning members of society if an intervention plan is not implemented, says a top behavioural expert. Applied Behaviour Consultants, California, US, behaviour consultant Dr Joyce Tu said that 60 per cent of autistic children who followed an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programme would be able to integrate into society."

►May 1, 2006 - Son's diagnosis motivates mom to volunteer with support group - Sioux City Journal

* ►May 1, 2006 - Mild form of avian flu found in New Jersey - Reuters - "Authorities have discovered a mild form of avian influenza at a live bird market in New Jersey, but it is not the deadly H5N1 strain governments around the world are trying to contain, the state's agriculture department said."

* ►May 1, 2006 - Bird flu strain, not dangerous to people, found in poultry market - AP New Jersey via Newsday

* ►May 1, 2006 - FluMist More Effective Than Injections For Small Children And Babies - Medical News Today - "The study involving 8,000 children under 5 was done during the flu season of 2004 in 16 countries. 3.9% of the children given FluMist caught the flu, while 8.6% of the children given a flu vaccine injection caught the flu."

►May 1, 2006 - MedImmune says late-stage flu vaccine trial positive - Reuters Health

►May 1, 2006 - Kids' flu vaccine more effective as mist than shot - USA Today

►May 1, 2006 - Factbox - Bird flu strains have been seen globally - Reuters AlertNet

►May 1, 2006 - Masking the Truth About Avian Flu - American Council on Science and Health

►May 1, 2006 - WHO Director General Chong –wook Lee calls for continued vigilance after recent outbreak of avian influenza - The Director –General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr.LEE Jong-wook visited Azerbaijan from 25 to 26 April 2006. - Azeri-Press Information Agency

* ►May 1, 2006 - Dr. Walter Orenstein Delivers Stanley A. Plotkin Lecture in Vaccinology at Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Meeting - press release - Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►May 1, 2006 - Former FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford Under Criminal Investigation for Industry Financial Ties -

►May 1, 2006 - Tracking The Mumps (includes video) -

►May 1, 2006 - Mumps isolation period back to original 9 days - University Daily Kansan

►May 1, 2006 - Prevent spread of mumps - Flint Journal via

►May 1, 2006 - Mumps the word - The Racquet

►May 1, 2006 - Grundy County schedules mumps vaccination clinics - Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier

►May 1, 2006 - Mumps Edging Into Johnson County -

►May 1, 2006 - Of 16 possible cases, 5 do not have mumps - Kansas State Collegian

►May 1, 2006 - Mumps case found in W.Va. -

►May 1, 2006 - Kenya: Another Child Succumbs to Measles - The East African Standard (Nairobi) via

►May 1, 2006 - Kenya: Measles outbreak - Information Bulletin No. 1 - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via ReliefWeb

►May 1, 2006 - Meningitis outbreak kills 5 in northwest Nigeria - Xinhua via China View

►May 1, 2006 - Meningitis cases appear unrelated - Sioux City Journal

►May 1, 2006 - Two-Year-Old Dies From Meningitis -

►May 1, 2006 - Olivia backs teen vaccine moves - Meningitis campaigner Olivia Giles has supported a move by two leading charities to work together to beat the disease. - Evening Times, UK

►May 1, 2006 - Social disadvantages increase kids' health risks, study finds - Chicago Tribune via Contra Costa Times

►May 1, 2006 - Quality Of Care For People With Autism To Improve As Mount Sinai And YAI/NIPD Network Join Forces - Medical News Today

►May 1, 2006 - Doty fund fights the spread of disease from released inmates - Chicago Defender

►May 1, 2006 - Ghana: Children more vulnerable to chronic hepatitis 'B' than adults - African News Dimension

►May 1, 2006 - Service gets travelers immunized and on trek - Passport Health offers vaccinations tailored to people's destinations. - Noblesville Ledger

►May 1, 2006 - Patent awarded for LSUHSC-developed peptide that blocks lethal toxins of anthrax - Louisiana State University Health Science Center via

►May 1, 2006 - Senate battle set on sale of syringes - Political lines drawn on Mass. legislation - Boston Globe

* ►May 1, 2006 - When parents say yes to drugs for their kids - Flying with Kaleel Sakakeeny - - "It’s very disturbing. A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the issue of parents drugging their kids. No, they weren’t drugging them for nothing. They were drugging them in the hopes that flying with them would be less bothersome for the kids, the parents, flight attendants and we assume fellow passengers."

►May 1, 2006 - US group seeks ban on discontinued Bristol drug - Reuters

►May 1, 2006 - CV Technologies' Cold-fX cleared for sale in United States - CBC Manitoba

►May 1, 2006 - When is it time to ask about ADHD? - HealthDay via Newburyport Daily News

►May 1, 2006 - The ABCs of HIV prevention - opinion - The Anniston Star

►May 1, 2006 - The politics of pot - editorial - The Register-Guard

►May 1, 2006 - Sleuthing Lyme - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 1, 2006 - Mild winter may lead to upswing in Lyme disease - AP via Foster's Daily Democrat via Boston Globe

►May 1, 2006 - Brazil Ranchers Begin Foot-And-Mouth Vaccination Campaign - Dow Jones Newswire via

* ►May 1, 2006 - Immunization Initiation Among Infants in the Oregon Health Plan - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

* ►May 1, 2006 - Vaccine plus antibiotic protects against anthrax - Reuters - "The finding suggests it may be possible to vaccinate people who have been exposed to anthrax spores, and give them a short, two-week course of antibiotics to provide extra protection while their immune system gears up, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

Comment from Meryl Nass, MD - An observational trial was performed after the anthrax letter attacks.

A total of 30,000 people were thought to have been potentially exposed and were offered antibiotics and vaccine. 10,000 plus took antibiotics and 199 took 3 doses of vaccine as well post exposure.

None of them came down with anthrax. Thus rapid antibiotic use was associated with 100% disease prevention, and vaccination conferred no additional benefit.

* ►May 1, 2006 - Reunited: Five Former Glaxo Executives Team Up To Jumpstart Drug Discovery Firm - LocalTechWire

►May 1, 2006 - Avian flu blamed in another Indonesian death - CIDRAP News

►May 1, 2006 - Thailand, world brace for bird flu - With the virus entrenched around the world, constant monitoring and vigilance is needed to keep it in check - The Nation

►May 1, 2006 - Japan bans UK poultry as bird flu cases spread - Thousands of chickens in Norfolk to be slaughtered  New outbreaks believed to be less dangerous H7 virus - The Guardian, UK

►May 1, 2006 - BioMedCentral faces angry editors - Open access publisher says complaints are part of growing pains - The Scientist

►May 1, 2006 - Attitudes toward participation in a pregnancy and child cohort study - journal article (Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology)

►May 1, 2006 - No role for neurogenesis in enrichment? - Open access publisher says complaints are part of growing pains - The Scientist

►May 1, 2006 - Wyeth holds conference to discuss nutrition & early infant development - Wyeth Nutrition conducted a conference focused on 'Nutrition and Early Infant Development', as part of its efforts to promote infant and child health in the region. - United Arab Emirates AME Info

►May 1, 2006 - Immune Malfunction may Be Complicit in Long-Term Fatigue - Cancerpage

►May 1, 2006 - Doctors Misidentify Some Pills on Sight A standardized drug-marking system could cut medical errors, experts say - HealthDay News

►May 1, 2006 - Modulation of apoptosis in intestinal lymphocytes by a probiotic bacteria in Crohn’s disease - journal article (Journal of Leukocyte Biology)

►May 1, 2006 - Small or large, babies' sizes equal out by 5 - Nutrigenomics via

►May 1, 2006 - New rules allow nurses to prescribe - Press Association via The Guardian, UK

►May 1, 2006 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via Forbes

►May 2006 - A case-control study of protection against tuberculosis by BCG revaccination in Recife, Brazil - journal article (The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease)

►May 2006 - Drug-resistant tuberculosis in Castilla-León, Spain, 1996–2000 - journal article (The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease)

►April 30, 2006 - Chatham plans for pandemic flu - It may never happen, but some emergency probably will, health director says. (requires registration) - Savannah Morning News

►April 30, 2006 - Pediatricians urged to track kids' exercise - USA Today

►April 29, 2006 - Celebrex Ads Are Back, Dire Warnings and All (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►April 28, 2006 - Is There a 'Regressive Phenotype' of Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine? A CPEA Study. - journal article (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

* ►April 28, 2006 - Biomira announces final Phase 2b survival results of Stimuvax(R) (formerly known as BLP25 Liposome Vaccine) trial in patients with non-small cell lung cancer - Results confirm median survival of 30.6 months in stage IIIB patients on vaccine versus 13.3 months in control patients - Biomira Inc. via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing

* ►April 28, 2006 - Scientists investigate gene-therapy death - Indirect side effects of therapeutic trials may have led to organ failure. - news (Nature)

►April 28, 2006 - Natural birth teaches newborn gut a lesson - Babies born by caesarean may miss immune system trigger. - news (Nature)

►April 28, 2006 - AVANIR Announces Neurodex Phase III Trial Results Published in Annals of Neurology - AVANIR Pharmaceuticals via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing

►April 28, 2006 - US malpractice bill to change drugs, penalties - Reuters

►April 28, 2006 - Expertise about herbs and dietary supplements among diverse health professionals (pdf) - journal article (BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

►April 28, 2006 - Biolex Reports Progress in Hepatitis C Treatment - Local Tech Wire  

►April 28, 2006 - Meningitis bill advances - Panel favors vaccine requirement -

►April 28, 2006 - CDC gives credit to vaccine for mild flu season - But health officials don't want the public to be lulled into a false sense of security about next year. - AP via The Herald

►April 27, 2006 - How should your babies grow? - New growth charts could push more kids into obese category. - news (Nature)

►April 27, 2006 - Tissue donors don't own their cells, says judge - Decision opens repository to university researchers. - news (Nature)

* ►April 26, 2006 - Trials success for new dust mites vaccine - - "The Cytos vaccine differs from the treatments currently available, as it contains DNA designed to modify the immune system, encouraging it to suppress the allergic reaction, while most allergy treatments on the market only suppress symptoms temporarily."

NVIC - BL Fisher Note: In a war on dirt, vaccinologists creating vaccines have come up with a dust mite vaccine. That's right, they are creating a DNA vaccine to not only neutralize dust mites but also to "modify the immune system" of children. As if modifying the immune system of children by injecting them with 48 doses of 14 viral and bacterial vaccines by age 5 isn't enough."

►April 25, 2006 - White matter damage in neonatal enterovirus meningoencephalitis - journal article (Neurology)

►April 25, 2006 - Barriers to Autopsy: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in New York State - journal article (Neuroepidemiolgy)

* ►April 5, 2006 - Incidence of influenza in Ontario following the Universal Influenza Immunization Campaign. - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 2006 - Consideration of age at admission for selective screening to identify methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriers to control dissemination in a medical ward - journal article (American Journal of Infection Control)

►April 2006 - Hyperphosphatasia With Neurologic Deficit: A Pyridoxine-Responsive Seizure Disorder? - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►April 2006 - Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Associated With Celiac Disease - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►March 21, 2006 - Poultry vaccine gets USDA license - American Farm - "The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced that it has issued a license to Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, for a vaccine to protect chickens from illness caused by the Newcastle disease virus (NDV)."

►March 21, 2006 - Get vaccine or face mass bird culls - UK farmers - Reuters AlertNet

►March 20, 2006 - Vaccinations to ensure fewer cases - China Daily - "As spring arrives and migratory birds fly north to their summer nesting grounds, Jia urged veterinary workers to continue with the "compulsory vaccination drive" throughout the country."

* ►March 2006 - Reduced tetanus antibody titers in overweight children - journal article (Autoimmunity)

►March 2006 - Impact of Rapid Influenza Testing at Triage on Management of Febrile Infants and Young Children. - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►March 2006 - Pregnancy in Autoimmune Hepatitis: Outcome and Risk Factors - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

►March 2006 - Is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Really a Life-Long Disease: Do Babies Who Regurgitate Grow up to Be Adults with GERD Complications? - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

►March 2006 - Oral Tolerance Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

►March 2006 - A reduced IL2R (CD25) expression level in first and second degree female relatives of autoimmune thyroid disease patients. A sign of a poor capability to preserve tolerance? - journal article (Autoimmunity)

►Issue 2, 2006 - Acupuncture for epilepsy - journal article (Cochrane Review)

Posted May 1, 2006

►May 8, 2006 - Health: Does 'Milk' Hurt Kids? - Newsweek via MSNBC

* ►May 1, 2006 - Flu Shots and the New Adjuvants: Beware! - - "Vaccination of 'every man, woman and child' has been in the planning for at least the last several years. The current concept, originated by former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Tommy Thompson,[1] is being advanced by his successor, Mike Leavitt.[2] Of course, Thompson envisioned mass vaccination using the smallpox vaccine. But times have changed, and the flu shot now appears to be the instrument of choice for those pursuing the universal vaccination agenda."

* ►May 1, 2006 - Spray flu vaccine may be better for babies - AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer - "'Our current thinking is that to control influenza, we really have to vaccinate all children,' said Dr. Robert Belshe, a prominent vaccine specialist at St. Louis University who led the new study. 'Anything that makes it easier and more effective (to vaccinate) children is going to contribute a lot to the protection against influenza.' The study did find a safety concern: A few of the very youngest patients, those ages 6 months to 2 years, had an episode of asthma-like wheezing in the weeks after the first FluMist dose."

* ►May 1, 2006 - MedImmune Presents New Data From Pediatric Studies With FluMist(R) At Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting - press release - MedImmune Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "MedImmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDI - News) announced today new data from studies involving FluMist (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal), the company's currently marketed live, attenuated, needle-free influenza vaccine. These studies provide additional data regarding the direct and indirect effects of administering FluMist in the school setting, as well as the safety and immunogenicity of concurrent administration of FluMist with measles-mumps-rubella and varicella vaccines."

* ►May 1, 2006 - Phase 3 Study Results of MedImmune's Next-Generation Influenza Vaccine Suggest Better Relative Efficacy Against Matched and Mismatched Strains Compared to the Flu Shot in Young Children - Results Presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Show CAIV-T was 55-Percent More Effective than Flu Shot in Reducing Influenza Illness in Young Children - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

* ►May 1, 2006 - Novavax's Head Of Vaccine Research To Participate In WHO Meeting To Develop Global Action Plan For Pandemic Influenza - press release -  Novavax, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

* ►May 1, 2006 - Hope for new brain tumour vaccine - A vaccine has been developed which may be able to fight the most aggressive form of brain tumour, scientists say. - BBC - "GBMs affected adults between 40 and 60-years-old and represent about a quarter of brain tumours."

* ►May 1, 2006 - Some antidepressants raise suicide risk in elderly - CTV News

►May 1, 2006 - Novartis sends Chiron execs packing - Drug makers sweeps executive suite; deeper cuts on the way - San Francisco Business Times via MSNBC - "Swiss drug giant Novartis wasted no time making sweeping changes to Chiron's executive ranks after its $5.4 billion acquisition of the Emeryville biotech."

►May 1, 2006 - '83 law called big boost for rare-disease drugs - Boston Globe

►May 1, 2006 - Human Trials Near for New HIV Vaccine - New York Blade

►May 1, 2006 - Combo of testing and vaccines a winner in fight against cervical cancer - According to experts in reproductive health, the combination of HPV testing with HPV vaccines is the best hope for preventing cervical cancer. -

►May 1, 2006 - Egypt's last bird flu patient recovers - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►May 1, 2006 - Bird flu barriers following dead swan scare are lifted - The Scotsman

►May 1, 2006 - Common strategy to fight bird flu - AFP via Daily Times, Pakistan

►May 1, 2006 - Dead goose tested positive for bird flu - AP via China Daily

* ►May 1, 2006 - Another child succumbs to measles - The Standard, Kenya - "In addition to the measles vaccines, children up to the age of five are also receiving polio vaccine. To further boost their immunity, they are given Vitamin A supplement."

►May 1, 2006 - Memorial for pollution victims as Tokyo finally says sorry - The Guardian, UK

►May 1, 2006 - HIV Pharmacology Workshop: Are drug levels affected by racial differences? - Aidsmap

►May 1, 2006 - Local doctor's new book takes aim at health care system - Eagle Tribune

* ►April 30, 2006 - Family waits for answers on rare disease - Mystery surrounds Peoria man's death from neurological disorder - Peoria Journal Star - "The family of Don Ringenberg wants a thorough investigation into how he acquired CJD, a devastating neurological disorder. He died from complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease last fall.  They worry that this disease is contracted through food, blood products, transplanted tissue, growth hormone shots or surgical instruments."
* ►April 30, 2006 - The FDA Awaits a Cure for Its Malaise - Problems pile up in the absence of a permanent chief and political disputes over ideology. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "'There is a problem with this administration in its lack of attention to science, and its lack of willingness to follow science,' said Dr. Brian Strom, head of the biostatistics and epidemiology department at the University of Pennsylvania medical school. 'It's an administration that doesn't seem to want to hear scientific results it doesn't like.'"

►April 30, 2006 - Principal: Student has mumps - AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

►April 30, 2006 - Three in county quarantined as suspected mump cases - Missouri Department of Health reports 15 confirmed cases of the virus as of Friday. - Columbia Missourian

►April 30, 2006 - State says vaccination rules could protect against mumps - AP via Summit Daily News

►April 30, 2006 - Getting a jump on the mumps - With the upsurge of more than 1,000 cases of mumps in Iowa and additional carriers identified every day in Missouri, Callaway County officials are trying to stay ahead of the virus' spread. - Fulton Sun

►April 30, 2006 - 2 Local School Districts Report Suspected Case Of Mumps - - "Two northeast Ohio schools have reported suspected cases of mumps in two days."

►April 30, 2006 - David Bear: Two air passengers spread the mumps - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►April 30, 2006 - China denies cover-up of bird flu; says all cases reported immediately - AFX via Forbes - "The Asian Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting an anonymous source, that local Chinese health officials have failed to report possible human cases to the central government and may be concealing suspected cases."

* ►April 30, 2006 - Flu scenarios raise dilemmas - Conference explores the ethical, legal ramifications of a possible pandemic - Contra Costa Times - "Can public health officials make residents stay in their homes to prevent the spread of disease? Can the government commandeer a local doctor's supply of Tamiflu for people who need it most, or force nurses to be vaccinated? What if frightened nurses refuse to work? That scenario, and the troubling legal and ethical questions it raises, were the topic of a Wednesday conference of attorneys and public health workers in Millbrae, sponsored by the Berkeley-based Public Health Institute. In any disease outbreak, there is a tension between civil liberties and the need to protect the public's health, said Marice Ashe, who directs the institute's Public Health Law Program. 'Forced vaccinations, searches for supplies of vaccine, the financial losses of a convention center that's forced to close -- all of these actions have major legal implications,' Ashe said."

* ►April 30, 2006 - Expert paints grim picture of global bird flu outbreak - Daily Sentinel

►April 30, 2006 - Pandemic planning: Are businesses adequately prepared for an avian flu pandemic? - North Texas e-News

►April 30, 2006 - Bug control: Local RN part of group eyeing ways region can battle bird flu - The Gleaner

►April 30, 2006 - More UK Poultry Workers with H7N3 Bird Flu Symptoms - commentary - Recombinomics

►April 30, 2006 - Two More Farms Have Bird Flu In England H7N3 Strain - Medical News Today

►April 30, 2006 - Universities make flu-emergency plans - UNC system health officials to meet for workshop in early June - Winston-Salem Journal

►April 30, 2006 - Talks Soar Over Bird Flu - Student Operated Press

►April 30, 2006 - Smuggled Pets Worry Bird Flu Watchdogs - AP via Forbes

►April 30, 2006 - Bird Flu Likely, But Little Concern in US - Angus Reid Global Scan

►April 30, 2006 - Health chief urges flu preparedness - Finger Lakes Times

►April 30, 2006 - If there’s a pandemic, will there be enough vaccine? - Some questions about avian flu are answered and others raised in an authoritative report by a dozen medical experts. We examined one issue – vaccines – and found the U.S. and the rest of the world won’t be anywhere near ready in an emergency. - Nieman Watchdog

►April 30, 2006 - Wall Street placing bets on bird flu outcomes - Airline losses likely; health firms gain (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►April 30, 2006 - Resident will bike for awareness of autism - Salem Statesman Journal

►April 30, 2006 - Measles immunisation kicks off in target areas - Kenya Sunday Times - "Emergency measles and polio immunisation began on a faulty note as hundreds of mothers came out to have their children immunised and parts of the country reported running out of vaccines as early as 11.00 am."

►April 30, 2006 - Measles kill more children in southern Somalia - Shabelle Media Network

►April 30, 2006 - Meningitis spread checked in Niger province - TODAYonline - "During a 48-day programme in March and April, Maradi's entire population of 870,000 including women and children was vaccinated, he said in an interview on the MSF website."

* ►April 30, 2006 - Anthrax error in 2004 revealed lab problems - Birmingham News via - "The problem occurred in 2004 when Southern Research's lab in Frederick, Md., shipped anthrax spores that were supposed to be inactivated to Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California for vaccine studies. Lab animals started dying, and scientists found that the spores were still active. Nobody became ill, but the mistake sparked an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control."

* ►April 30, 2006 - Vaccine Holds Special Promise for Women of Color - Louisiana Weekly - "A vaccine for cervical cancer awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June could be particularly important for low-income women and women of color, who are disproportionately afflicted by cervical cancer. The vaccine could lead to important changes for women's health, said Debbie Saslow, director of breast and gynecologic cancers for the American Cancer Society."

* ►April 30, 2006 - Race issues highlighted in dispute over Schering-Plough research (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Star-Ledger  via Mercury News - "Schering-Plough is on the verge of a breakthrough in the treatment of hepatitis C - a virus that infects 4 million in the United States and 200 million worldwide. But hepatitis patient advocates allege the Kenilworth company excluded blacks from early human testing to skew the data and accelerate regulatory approval."

►April 30, 2006 - Alnylam Reports Phase I Clinical Safety Data for ALN-RSV01, an RNAi Therapeutic for the Treatment of RSV Infection; Results Reported at the 2006 Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting - press release - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire

►April 30, 2006 - Dose of relief - Are generic drugs just what the cost-cutters ordered? As healthcare prices spiral upward, some are encouraged by an emerging trend: Key drugs are losing patent protection. Now they look to the FDA to unclog the approval pipeline for generics. - Boston Globe

* ►April 30, 2006 - Wyeth asks halt to hormone sales - Women oppose loss of custom compounds - AP via Journal Gazette via - "Thousands of women who rely on custom-made hormone drugs for relief from menopause symptoms have flooded the government with letters opposing a drug company’s effort to get health officials to crack down on pharmacies that sell them."

►April 30, 2006 - Novel Combined Therapy for Prostate Cancer Proves Significantly More Effective - Methodist Hospital, Houston via Newswise - "A combination of radiation and suicide gene therapy is eliminating the spread of prostate cancer and providing a long term vaccine against the disease, according to a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual prostate cancer meeting in San Francisco recently."

►April 30, 2006 - Tainted blood victims 'were not informed' - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►April 30, 2006 - New hepatitis B drug - Malaysia Star

►April 30, 2006 - Hepatitis hits steel city hard - The Telegraph, India

►April 30, 2006 - NGOs to campaign against pre-marital HIV testing - Navhind Times

►April 30, 2006 - Conference focuses on Natives and HIV/AIDS - AP via Pioneer Press via - "More than 800 people are expected to attend 'Embracing Our Traditions, Values and Teachings: Native Peoples of North America HIV/AIDS Conference' in Anchorage from May 2-6."

►April 30, 2006 - Calcium is critical — especially for kids - Stamford Advocate via Seattle Times

►April 29, 2006 - Clinics Give Out Hundreds Of Mumps Immunizations - Oklahoma County Coalition Organized Vaccinations -

►April 28, 2006 - Dual approach promising in advanced melanoma - Reuters, UK - "A new analysis of a group of patients with advanced metastatic melanoma treated with peptide vaccines after surgery shows an average survival of nearly 4 years -- far longer than seen in previous trials."

►April 28, 2006 - April Issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings Includes HIV Testing and Diagnosis, Side Effects of 'Foxy' and Ephedra - press release - Mayo Clinic via AScribe Newswire

►April 27, 2006 - Forum debates rights in a pandemic (requires registration or subscription) - Mercury News

►2006 - WHO Consultations on Influenza Vaccines - World Health Organization - "Influenza vaccines are an integral part of a global response to an influenza pandemic...WHO will be hosting 3 meetings to be held in Geneva in the next two months to facilitate these processes."