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Posted October 8, 2006


►October 8, 2006 - Dengue outbreak overwhelms Indian hospitals - AFP via Australian Broadcasting Corporation

►October 8, 2006 - Fears for dozens of patients given electric shock therapy against their will - Scotland on Sunday

►October 8, 2006 - The holistic cancer fight -

►October 8, 2006 - County flu pandemic test run is just the jab - Emergency and health services in the county are to be the first in Britain to test their response to a flu pandemic. - MK News

* ►October 8, 2006 - Adult autism shock in store - Sydney Morning Herald - "A WORLD expert on Asperger's syndrome warns there will be a deluge of adults diagnosed with the autism-related disorder in the next decade. Australian clinician Tony Attwood said the condition could occur in as many as one in 250 people."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Parent wins on TB test rule - Hilo High is ordered to allow a girl to attend until a hearing on refusing the requirement - Honolulu Star-Bulletin - "A Big Island man who opposes tuberculosis testing on religious grounds has won a court order allowing his daughter to attend school temporarily without taking the TB test. Leonard Horowitz obtained a temporary restraining order from Kona Circuit Judge Elizabeth Strance forcing Hilo High School to allow Horowitz's daughter Alena, 14, to attend classes there until Thursday, when another hearing will be held on the matter."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Girl sues Hilo High over TB test rules - Honolulu Advertiser - "Alena Horowitz, 14, was removed from Hilo High School by order of the state Department of Health on Sept. 1, but will return to classes and cross-county team practice on Monday when the school's fall break ends, said her father, Leonard Horowitz...Leonard Horowitz, who has a master's degree in public health, contends forcing healthy schoolchildren to undergo TB skin testing actually violates national public health standards. He also contends state law allows his daughter to claim an exemption from TB testing on religious grounds because it violates her 'Judeo-Christian' beliefs. State law allows for an immunization exemption on religious grounds, but health officials contend that does not include TB testing."

* ►October 7, 2006 - FDA Budget Malnourished - A study of ADHD drug risks may be halted as the agency struggles to keep up with demands. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "When scientific advisors urged the Food and Drug Administration in February to put a strong warning about suspected cardiovascular risks on attention-deficit drugs taken by millions of children and adults, agency officials said more clinical evidence was needed. Now, the FDA-funded study meant to authoritatively answer questions about the drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may be halted in midstream. The reason: The agency doesn't have the money to finish it."

►October 7, 2006 - FDA lacks funds for drug safety tests - Only $1.6 million budgeted for studies of medications already on market (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►October 7, 2006 - Boxer and Feinstein letter to EPA on Perchlorate - YubaNet - "We are writing to request that the Environmental Protection Agency ('EPA') immediately issue a perchlorate health advisory that addresses early life exposures and susceptibility issues and revise the Agency's perchlorate cleanup goal. EPA should also establish a drinking water standard that protects vulnerable pregnant women and children."

►October 7, 2006 - Will a new ADHD treatment make or break New River Pharmaceuticals? - A Radford company gets the go-ahead by the FDA to produce its first drug, NRP104 - Roanoke Times

►October 7, 2006 - Reg Wydeven column: Thanks to FDA, drug risks are clearly spelled out in ads - Appleton Post-Crescent

►October 7, 2006 - US government launches autism study - Reuters via ABC News

►October 7, 2006 - Study to focus on causes of autism - A national association, however, questions the CDC’s stand on shots (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Kansas City Star

►October 7, 2006 - State to hold mercury hearing - The Gloucester County Times via - "The Assembly Environment Committee is hosting a special hearing in two weeks to discuss events that transpired at Kiddie Kollege last summer and listen to testimony from the public."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Alzheimer Vaccine Trial - Red Herring - "Reporting from what was billed as the Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp” here, the daily quoted officials saying a vaccine could be available in perhaps five to seven years...Paul Herrling, the pharma’s head of corporate research, explained the object of the exercise this way: 'What we try to do is use the immune system to clear the brain of one little piece of protein that seems to be killing the nerve cells.'"

►October 7, 2006 - Virus jab for girls gets Lancet backing - The West Australian

►October 7, 2006 - Flu vaccines ready for area - Berkshire Eagle

►October 7, 2006 - Vaccine shipment delayed - Norristown Times Herald

►October 7, 2006 - Vaccine clinic has been postponed - Health department confident supplies will arrive before start of flu season - Times-West Virginian

►October 7, 2006 - Vaccine delay bumps flu clinic to November - Daily Inter Lake

* ►October 7, 2006 - State Begins 'Mark of Excellence' Program for Flu Shot Clinics - AP via - "The program comes in response to a 2004 phony flu shot clinic at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A nurse dispensed watered-down vaccine to dozens of customers before anyone challenged her credentials. She was sentenced to nine months in federal prison."
►October 7, 2006 - University of Mary Washington officials advise students not to travel to University of Virginia, Virginia Tech. - Free Lance-Star

* ►October 7, 2006 - Study Unveils West Nile Virus Immune Evasion, Points to Vaccine Development - Medindia - "Researchers discovered the receptor’s key role in controlling West Nile infection by conducting a study, described in October’s Journal of Virology that compares the genetics of an illness-causing Texas strain of the virus to a harmless African strain."

►October 7, 2006 - West Nile virus kills Wood County woman, 81 - Complications fatal to 3rd Ohioan in ’06 - Toledo Blade

►October 7, 2006 - Student's diagnosis released - Lynchburg News and Advance

►October 7, 2006 - Polio immunisation campaign aimed for the Western Cape - Bush Radio Newsroom

* ►October 7, 2006 - Measles vaccination: Warri South targets 149,830 children - The Tide, Nigeria - "She, however, said a major problem being faced was the refusal of some private schools such as Edjeba Estate School, situated in Shell company’s estate, to allow their pupils to get immunised. Eyuwoko said head teachers of such schools maintained that they did not have the parents’ consent to immunise them and that any parent who wanted should do so after school hours...The chief matron told parents that there was no over-dose in measles and polio vaccines and, as such, their wards could be immunised as many times as possible."

►October 7, 2006 - Religious Fundamentalists say polio vaccination really sterility drug for Muslims - Blogger News Network

►October 7, 2006 - Virus identified, not deadly - Electric New Paper

* ►October 7, 2006 - Effective vaccine gives whiff of hope for allergies - Baltimore Sun via Contra Costa Times

►October 7, 2006 - A wise CDC call: HIV tests for all - After years of fear, the day for HIV testing draws near. - editorial - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►October 7, 2006 - AAP Publishes New Childhood Development Book - American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) via Newswise

►October 7, 2006 - Hope rises in treating Lou Gehrig's disease - Discovery of defective protein links two disorders - The Argus via Inside Bay Area

►October 7, 2006 - Family kept lethal drug at home, Mercer says - Accused husband used Darvon for severe headaches - Lansing State Journal - "Other testimony has indicated a now-deceased pathologist might have faked Sally Mercer's autopsy in 1968 to show she died from polio, stalling the criminal investigation into her death."

►October 7, 2006 - Sedentary Kids Have Raised Risk of Chronic Fatigue - Playing sports and being active in childhood could help reduce the risk of suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome later in life, according to a study on Wednesday. - PakTribune

►October 7, 2006 - Epilepsy-treating device could cure depression - AP via Tampa Bay's 10

►October 7, 2006 - Pigs found at quarantined farm - State officials discover 11 swine, but dozens more are missing and may be diseased (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►October 7, 2006 - Drug trials and errors - An expert watchdog is disbanding in protest over lack of safety guidelines. John Naish investigates - The London Times

►October 7, 2006 - Junk medicine: avian flu - Why are we still not ready? - The London Times

►October 7, 2006 - Possible avian flu case detected in natural park near Valencia - ThinkSpain

►October 7, 2006 - From the October 3, 1936, issue - Science News

►October 6, 2006 - CDC Connects Perchlorate with Thyroid Problems in Women -

* ►October 6, 2006 - Common errors in handling vaccines and pharmaceuticals - In order to achieve the maximum benefit from vaccines or antibiotics they must be handled properly right up to the time they are administered. As producers, you pay good money for these products and the pharmaceutical companies want to insure you get the maximum benefit. Vaccine failures are not desirable in anyone’s eyes. - Canada Agriculture Online

►October 6, 2006 - Re-emerging disease can affect any dog anywhere - Mirror via - "Although MSU veterinary school is now recommending reducing the frequency of distemper and parvo vaccination, they continue to recommend annual leptospirosis vaccines for high-risk animals."

►October 6, 2006 - Simms has no regrets after surgery - Charlotte Sun-Herald - "Simms estimates he's lost about 10 pounds after a week of being exclusively on IV fluids. Also, he'll need a yearly battery of shots to ward off infections, including tetanus. The spleen helps fight off infections."

►October 6, 2006 - Dick's House provides HPV vaccines to women - The Dartmouth

►October 6, 2006 - FDA Authorizes Qualified Health Claim for Canola Oil - Healthy Oil May Help Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease - press release - U.S. Canola Association via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 6, 2006 - Set A Virus To Catch A Virus - A radical new treatment for the flu has been developed at a British university - using the flu virus itself. -

►October 6, 2006 - Are you ready for flu season? - Longview Daily News

►October 6, 2006 - Flu bug bites early in Mercer - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

►October 6, 2006 - Flu Vaccine: Nasal Spray Or Shot? -

* ►October 6, 2006 - Flu clinics face delay in getting vaccine - The Missoulian - "The problem, Arrington said, is not vaccine availability, but rather vaccine distribution to suppliers. It is a big-box marketplace, even for health care, and just as manufacturers would prefer to sell in bulk to middlemen, those middlemen would prefer to sell in bulk to giant national retailers, leaving small-scale local physicians out of the loop."

►October 6, 2006 - Flu shots season starts, for some without shots - Larger providers received supplies; shots expected to be available. - Shreveport Times

►October 6, 2006 - Flu vaccines to come in November - Bellingham CountryGazette

►October 6, 2006 - Flu fighters: Vaccine supplies should be plentiful, experts say - The Tribune-Democrat

* ►October 6, 2006 - ISOA urges parents to embrace measles campaign - The Tide - "He warned the affected parents against sabotaging the effort of government by way of preventing the children from being immunised in their respective schools, adding that all nursery/primary and secondary schools in the state alongside health centres, both private and publicly owned institutions have been designated as vaccination posts."

►October 6, 2006 - Mystery virus hits central Puerto Rico - Olberlin

* ►October 6, 2006 - Deadly virus kills 190 children in UP - IANS via Peninsula On-line - "Even as dengue hits the headlines, unsanitary conditions in the impoverished eastern region of Uttar Pradesh have led to another killer virus — Coxsackie-B — claiming the lives of nearly 190 children in the last six months."

►October 6, 2006 - 6 more Tucson residents stricken by W. Nile virus - AP via Arizona Republic

►October 6, 2006 - Kenya embarks on fight against malaria, measles - BuaNews Online

►October 6, 2006 - Questions Surround Meningitis Death In Balt. Co. -

►October 6, 2006 - Anger at claims of lies, cover-up over death - Sydney Morning Herald

►October 6, 2006 - Autism Council Meets in Salt Lake -

* ►October 6, 2006 - HIV and Aids killing teachers daily - study - Independent Online - "Eleven teachers die of HIV related illness daily in KwaZulu-Natal, and by 2010 one in every four teachers will be infected with HIV."

►October 6, 2006 - WHO: Vietnam encounters HIV expansion, insufficient AIDS treatment - Xinhua via China View

►October 6, 2006 - HIV, AIDS a socio-economic problem - The Swazi Observer

* ►October 6, 2006 - Rochester Residents Help Protect the Nation Against Flu - University of Rochester Medical Center via WebWire - "The vaccine, FluLaval, is made by GlaxoSmithKline and was originally developed by ID Medical Corp., which was purchased by GSK last year. In Rochester last year, 70 people age 50 and older took part in a study to test the vaccine, getting a needle poke as part of the effort to make sure the vaccine, already used in Canada, is safe and effective."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Infant Dies Of Bacterial Meningitis - The WBAL Channel

* ►October 6, 2006 - SolarChill Vaccine Fridge Wins Environmental Pioneer Award - Common Dreams News

* ►October 6, 2006 - Celiac Disease Can Trigger Subtle Ailments - CBS News via CBS 4 Denver - “Primarily it affects the intestines, but it can affect any organ in the body,” said Green. All kinds of disorders are linked to celiac disease: iron deficiency, osteoporosis, infertility, upset stomach, even neurological problems."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Protecting Children in Their First Environment, the Womb - The Tidings - "While we now understand that chemicals are toxic to young children at lower levels than we used to think were safe, the U.S. law regulating these chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), remains essentially unchanged since its enactment in 1976. So while many new chemicals have been introduced into our environment, the standards for testing them have not been updated."

►October 6, 2006 - Notice: Prospective Grant of an Exclusive License: Development and Commercialization of Therapeutic Products for Autoimmune Diseases Including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Psoriasis - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via

►October 6, 2006 - Mercury rules likely to be tightened - The Birmingham News

►October 6, 2006 - Maternal antibrain antibodies in autism - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

►October 6, 2006 - Letter: Support mandatory developmental screening - Watertown Tab via

►October 6, 2006 - Chronic wasting disease passes via saliva, blood - The Denver Post via Times Argus

►October 6, 2006 - A floral romance: how plants could help treat diabetes - University of Canberra, AU

►October 6, 2006 - Threat of West Nile virus unpredictable - CBC News

►October 6, 2006 - Fast Track Designation Request Performance - FDA/CBER

►October 6, 2006 - Mummy DNA Reveals Birth of Ancient Scourge - Scientific American

►October 6, 2006 - The Impact of Payers' Expanding Outcomes-Based Access Restrictions On Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Manufacturers - The Bruckner Group via Business Wire via

►October 6, 2006 - Clement pushing for wait time guarantees - Canadian Press via C-Health Canoe

* ►October 5, 2006 - Product Approval Information - Licensing Action Influenza Virus Vaccine FluLaval ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec - Letter, Label (pdf), Label (Text) - FDA/CBER

►October 5, 2006 - Possible mumps cases rise to 12 - Charlottesville Daily Progress

►October 5, 2006 - Gail: My hair is growing back black - Blonde star's shock - Daily Record, UK - "Gail was speaking to mums at Glasgow's Broomhill Drive Practice about the importance of pneumococcal meningitis vaccinations."

►October 5, 2006 - Meningococcal death: NSW Health defends response - Sydney Morning Herald

►October 5, 2006 - Report into teen's death urges changes to meningococcal guidelines -

►October 5, 2006 - Probable mumps case reported at Virginia Tech - A confirmed diagnosis is expected next week pending laboratory tests. Two mumps cases also have been reported in the last week at UVa. - Roanoke Times

►October 5, 2006 - Doctors forced to refuse requests for flu jabs - Worried residents have been contacting The Bucks Herald this week complaining that they have been turned away from their doctors' surgeries after asking for a flu jab. - Aylesbury Today

* ►October 5, 2006 - Schwarzenegger's Cynicism on HIV Prevention - The governor would rather pander to conservatives than fight the spread of HIV among prisoners. - editorial (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►October 5, 2006 - Winter Flu Activity Reporting Starts, UK - Health Protection Agency, UK via Medical News Today - "The HPA will monitor vaccine uptake on behalf of the Department of Health. In addition, vaccine uptake will also be monitored for health care workers in NHS acute hospital trusts."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Poking holes in flu myths - Experts stress the importance of vaccine for the serious illness; its complications kill 36,000 a year in U.S. - AM New York

* ►October 5, 2006 - Not enough children immunized against flu, health experts warn - AP via Arizona Daily Star

* ►October 5, 2006 - Arlington elementary parents receive letter about chicken pox - - "We've done chicken pox before, we'll do it again, it kind of goes with having this age of kids," Sadowski said. Still, parents wonder why kids are getting sick at all? "And it makes you wonder what happened to vaccinations those kids got?" Pheiffer asked."

* ►October 5, 2006 - State's deputy health czar encourages vaccinations - News Times

* ►October 5, 2006 - Will Genetically Engineered Foods Cause Allergic Reactions? - The potential of genetically engineered foods to cause allergic reactions in humans is a big reason for opposition to such crops. Although protocols are in place to ask questions about the allergy-causing possibilities, there has been no test that offers definitive answers. - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology via ScienceDaily

* ►October 5, 2006 - Notice: Request for Nominations for Nonvoting Members Representing Industry Interests on Public Advisory Panels or Committees - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

* ►October 5, 2006 - Pharmaceutical ads rose 9 percent in first half - AP via Newsday

* ►October 5, 2006 - U.S. launches program to better pinpoint drugs - Reuters

►October 5, 2006 - Cervical cancer second most deadly - The Daily Citizen

►October 5, 2006 - Public Health Laboratory Unveiled in Little Rock - KATV Channel 7

►October 5, 2006 - SLC company helps sniff out biothreats - Technology: Employees research desktop and hand-held devices that can quickly detect pathogens - The Salt Lake Tribune

►October 5, 2006 - Aspirin 'can block tumour growth' - Researchers believe they have found how aspirin helps to fight cancer. - BBC

►October 5, 2006 - Drug Prices Still Vary Widely Across City (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 5, 2006 - Millions Live With Painful GI Symptoms Impacting Their Lives, But Sufferers Rarely Discuss Symptoms With Doctors Due To Fear And Embarrassment - RealAge, Inc. via Medical News Today

►October 5, 2006 - Merck eyeing lab media company - Business Standard, India

►October 5, 2006 - Our achievements in pharmaceuticals — Pfizer - Vanguard

* ►October 4, 2006 - Increase in whooping cough; parents pass on vaccinations - KREM Family Health - "A new study released by the Spokane Regional Health District found 25% of local children are not fully immunized, if at all."

* ►October 4, 2006 - Bringing Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapies Through Development to Licensure - A Workshop Sponsored Jointly by FDA and NCI - FDA/CBER

* ►October 4, 2006 - Regulatory Considerations - Product Development, Preclinical Testing and Toxicity Issues (pdf) - FDA/CBER

* ►October 4, 2006 - Childhood Lead Exposure Linked To Increased Injuries As Teens - Teenagers who experienced high blood-lead levels during childhood appear to suffer more accidental injuries than those who had lower lead exposure, according to new research conducted by University of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health experts. - University of Cincinnati via ScienceDaily

* ►October 4, 2006 - Antares Pharma to Supply Teva with Innovative Needle-Free Injection System - Antares Pharma via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

* ►October 4, 2006 - New Research Suggests Infections May Run in Families - New research suggests that infectious diseases may run in families. Investigators say the discovery represents a major shift in the way scientists view human disease. - Voice of America

►October 4, 2006 - Mental health organization receives nearly $1 M in grants - Crawford County Avalanche

►October 4, 2006 - The Surprising Rescue Of Disease Symptoms In Mice Suggests New Thinking About Recessive Disorders In Humans - PLoS Biology via Medical News Today

►October 4, 2006 - Scientists Show Drug Can Counteract Muscular Dystrophy In Mice - NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases via ScienceDaily

►October 4, 2006 - One small step at a time - Every teacher must try to reach students. When the children are autistic, the job is more challenging, yet still rewarding. - St. Petersburg Times

►October 3, 2006 - The Prevalence of Atopy in Asthmatic Children Correlates Strictly with the Prevalence of Atopy among Nonasthmatic Children - journal article (International Archives of Allergy and Immunology)

►October 2, 2006 - Notice: Guidance for Industry on Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical Current Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►October 2006 - The dubious use of vitamin-mineral supplements in relation to cardiovascular disease (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►September 30, 2006 - Parachute approach to evidence based medicine (full text) - journal article (BMJ) - "Waiting for the results of randomised trials of public health interventions can cost hundreds of lives, especially in poor countries with great need and potential to benefit. If the science is good, we should act before the trials are done"

* ►Fall 2006 - Influenza Vaccine: Review of Effectiveness of the U.S. Immunization Program, and Policy Considerations (pdf) - journal article (Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ►September 19, 2006 - Title: Preserved pharmaceutical formulations (patent) - Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Bridgewater, NJ) via - "The present invention is directed to the use of benzethonium chloride, alone or in combination with phenoxyethanol or phenyl ethyl alcohol, to provide anti-microbial activity in pharmaceutical compositions. The present invention also provides methods of using benzethonium chloride, alone or in combination with phenoxyethanol or phenyl ethyl alcohol, to inhibit microbial growth in pharmaceutical compositions."

►September 19, 2006 - Title: Methods of treating inflammation using antibodies to M-CSF (patent) - Warner-Lambert Company LLC (Morris Plains, NJ) via

►September 19, 2006 - Title: Process for the depletion or removal of endotoxins (patent) - Qiagen GmbH (Hilden, DE) via

►September 2006 - The natural history of asthma - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►September 2006 - Association between farm exposure and atopy, according to the CD14 C-159T polymorphism - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)


Posted October 7, 2006


* ►November 2006 - Endocrine disrupters - potential modulators of the immune system and allergic response - journal article (Allergy)

* ►November 2006 - Incorporating a gender dimension in food allergy research: a review - journal article (Allergy)

►October 15, 2006 - An Official ATS Statement: Hepatotoxicity of Antituberculosis Therapy - journal article (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine)

* ►October 7, 2006 - U.S. to fund study of autism's cause - Times Argus - "Those studied will be ages 2 to 5, in part because health records and memories will be more complete, Schendel said. That decision will limit the study's ability to assess the past impact of vaccinations that contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, she acknowledged. Since 2001, thimerosal has been removed from shots recommended for young children. Fournier's group suspects that ingredient is a leading cause of the disorder, although past research suggests it is not."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Redefining autism - National Post via - "If there was a cure, 'I would be injecting,' said Wendy Roberts, director of the Autism Research Unit at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, and a leader of the genome-mapping project. She meets parents who have been beaten black and blue by their autistic children, and spent more than they can afford on treatment that is not covered by provincial health plans. 'Those people would laugh at the concept that autism is something to cherish,' she said."

►October 7, 2006 - Junk medicine: avian flu - The Times, UK

►October 7, 2006 - Care urged over meningococcal - Border Mail

►October 7, 2006 - Deaths linked to late clinics - Fiji Times

►October 7, 2006 - Anti-HIV drugs free at DMC: health official - Sun.Star

►October 7, 2006 - Alarming jump in HIV infections - The Age, Australia

* ►October 7, 2006 - Common Denominator Experimental Vaccines - The Conservative Voice - "Once and for all, I'd like to set the record straight with IOM, VA, NAS, CDC and DOD. Today's Study: Gulf War Syndrome Doesn't Exist is another in a long line of irresponsible denials by agencies of our government in order to avoid responsibility, accountability and liability for our government's use of experimental vaccines and various additives and adjuvants on more than 20 years of active, reserve, and guard military personnel. This human experimentation has been done without informed consent upon the human guniea pigs we know as our protectors of freedom and liberty; our Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen, active, reserve and guards. Many thousands of Veterans and still active military suffer from the results of such experimentation."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Flu jabs for all pregnant women - Ministers are considering plans to vaccinate pregnant women against flu in a bid to protect them and their babies against infection. - Yorkshire Post Today - "Government advisers have even stressed doctors should use vaccines made with a mercury-like substance, called thiomersal, on expectant mothers if there are no mercury-free jabs available...But Jackie Fletcher, from the pressure group JABS, said plans to inject pregnant women with flu vaccine were 'extremely worrying'. "Being pregnant is not an illness. It does not make sense to offer a perfectly healthy woman a flu jab. I'd like to know what scientific evidence there is to show there are no adverse consequences for the baby.'"

* ►October 7, 2006 - Wood County flu shots delayed indefinitely - Late shipment of vaccines is blamed - Toledo Blade

* ►October 7, 2006 - Vaccine clinic has been postponed - Times West Virginian - "In the meantime, many private businesses and doctors’ offices already have received shipment, because they negotiate with a distributor instead of the manufacturer and pay a higher price than the CDC. 'Those who pay the higher prices, for whatever reason, seem to get it sooner,' Neccuzi said."

* ►October 7, 2006 - No mumps vaccine for Fiji: Health - Fiji Times - "It was likely that the mumps vaccine would not be introduced to Fiji, according to the Ministry of Health's family health adviser Dr Josaia Samuela. He made the comment while announcing that three new mumps cases were reported at the Vunidawa Hospital and 61 at Nabouwalu Hospital over the last two months. Dr Samuela said mumps was gradually decreasing and it was likely that the Government would not introduce the vaccine because it had never killed anyone."

* ►October 7, 2006 - Cheap bird flu drug possible - Cheap and readily available cholesterol-lowering drugs could play a pivotal role in combating a bird flu pandemic, international scientists believe. - The Dominion Post via

* ►October 6, 2006 - Ped Med: A backward glance at autism - United Press International

* ►October 6, 2006 - CDC Launches Multi-state Study on Autism; $5.9 Million Awarded to Five Sites - press release - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►October 6, 2006 - CDC funds largest-ever study into cause of autism; 2,700 kids to be studied - AP via CBC News - "But some parents of autistic children say the CDC - which promotes childhood vaccinations - is not interested in fully exploring vaccinations as a potential cause. 'We don't want the CDC to do anything. We don't trust them,' said Wendy Fournier, president of the National Autism Association."

►October 6, 2006 - CDC Awards $5.9 Million to Five Sites For Multi-state Study on Autism - Carolina Newswire - "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill along with four other sites will participate in a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study to help identify factors that may put children at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and other developmental disabilities."

* ►October 6, 2006 - FDA OKs Drug to Treat Autism Symptoms - AP via Forbes - "A Johnson & Johnson drug received expanded federal approval Friday to treat aggression and other symptoms of autism in children. The new use for Risperdal is to treat irritability associated with autistic disorder, including temper tantrums, deliberate self-injury and aggression in children and adolescents, ages 5 to 16."

►October 6, 2006 - Rally to benefit Autism center - Huntington Herald Dispatch

►October 6, 2006 - Hamilton and Kalama Go Big for Big Cause - Stellar

►October 6, 2006 - Autism Event Held Saturday - The Ledger

* ►October 6, 2006 - Duplicity on drug safety - opinion - New York Times via International Herald Tribune - "Bayer AG's limp excuse for withholding data suggesting that a heart-surgery drug is dangerous won't wash. The failure by the German pharmaceutical giant to tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the disquieting results of a large observational study cannot be sloughed off as a mere 'mistake on the company's part.' Rather, the circumstances suggest that Bayer sought to hide the results of a study until some way could be found to discount them. It came clean only when forced to by a whistleblower."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Biotech tomatoes for edible malaria vaccines? - Malaria affects 300–500 million people annually, and over two billion individuals reside in areas where the disease is endemic. A proposal to deliver malarial vaccines using tomatoes, published recently in the journal Medical Hypothesis, was forwarded by Kamal Chowdhurya and Omar Bagasra at Chaflin University, South Carolina. -

* ►October 6, 2006 - Poisonous vaccines - letters - Philadelphia Inquirer - "For 75 years we have been exposed to this toxic substance in the form of a vaccine preservative called thimerosal. Anyone with a child diagnosed with autism will know exactly where I am coming from. (Symptoms of autism and mercury poisoning have similarities.) Yes, this means your child was injected with one of the most toxic substances known to man. The pharmaceutical companies are saying they have studied the issue and found no link. If this is the case, why won't they release their data for replication?"

* ►October 6, 2006 - Tracking Killers That Know No Borders - Newhouse News Service - "Dengue -- called dengue hemorrhagic fever in its most severe form -- originated as a disease of the rain forests, of rural outposts and undeveloped countries...The warning, however, had been delivered: Dengue was in the United States."

►October 6, 2006 - Experts split on strain of virus in city - Delhi Newsline via - "While the National Institute of Virology in Pune says it has detected dengue-II, experts at AIIMS claim to have zeroed in on dengue-I, II and III."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Comparing Influenza Vaccine Strategies: Shots For Those At High Risk Of Catching The Flu Or Those Most Likely To Die If They Do? - PLoS Medicine via Medical News Today

* ►October 6, 2006 - FDA approves 5th flu vaccine - CIDRAP News - "FDA approval of FluLaval—for patients 18 years old or older—is projected to bring the total available number of doses to more than 110 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The largest number of doses distributed in any year was 83.1 million, in 2003, according to the CDC. About 81.2 million doses were distributed last year."

* ►October 6, 2006 -Mercury-free flu vaccine is available - KRT via News-Sentinel via - "Last year, readers wanting a no-mercury flu shot reported they had trouble finding one of the adult-dose prefilled syringe products. Apparently, most providers, including county health departments, stocked only the multiple-dose vial and the Fluzone pediatric-dose prefilled syringe. One pregnant woman said it took her four days to locate a provider."

* ►October 6, 2006 - It's Flu Season. Time to Get Your Influenza or Flu Vaccination! - October and November Are the Best Times for Everyone to Get Their Flu Shot - press release - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►October 6, 2006 - Flu jab's a cash injection for NHS - column - The Mirror, UK

►October 6, 2006 - In a Flu-Season Turnabout, Officials See Wealth of Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 6, 2006 - 'No flu panic' say Peterborough medics - Doctors in Peterborough are urging their elderly patients not to panic about a shortage of flu jabs this winter. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

►October 6, 2006 - Flu season upon us; immunizations part of unit readiness - Marine Corps News

►October 6, 2006 - 'Mark of Excellence': State Flu Shot Program - AP via

►October 6, 2006 - Will Bird Flu Go Pandemic? - More victims in more Indonesian cities - OhmyNews International

►October 6, 2006 - Flu vaccines few and far between right now (includes video) -

►October 6, 2006 - Prepping for the pandemic - IHA: 'There are literally thousands of deaths in a routine influenza season' - Kamloops This Week

►October 6, 2006 - Consent form for flu vaccination must be returned today - Marshall Independent

►October 6, 2006 - Flu vaccines expected to stay in stock - Wilton Villager

►October 6, 2006 - As We See It: The business of flu shots - opinion - Santa Cruz Sentinel

►October 6, 2006 - 'Shoo The Flu' shot clinics scheduled - Fond du Lac Reporter

►October 6, 2006 - Flu jabs in the news -

* ►October 6, 2006 - Battling flu-vaccine fears - Officials say shots will help, not hurt - Louisville Courier-Journal - "Rosa Boling never gets a flu shot -- and doesn't plan to start now. Like millions of other Americans, she believes the vaccine can cause the bug. 'Everybody I know who takes the flu shot gets sick,' Boling said. 'I got the shot when I was a kid and I got sick.'"

►October 6, 2006 - First flu jabs for vulnerable - Dorset Echo

►October 6, 2006 - CDC pushes pneumonia vaccinations - By now most people know of the benefits of flu shots, but there’s another vaccine that some people should consider. - Fremont Tribune

►October 6, 2006 - Nigeria: Who Seeks Improvement On Routine Immunisation - This Day (Lagos) via

* ►October 6, 2006 - Parents torn over HPV vaccine in schools - Milford Times - "Highland resident Georgia Valentine said she believed that public information about the vaccine was 'very misleading.' 'They're advertising it as an anti-cancer vaccine, and that's misinformation,' Valentine said. She said that she would not choose to get her 15-year-old daughter vaccinated. In her experience, she said, side effects from vaccinations '(are) worse than whatever you're getting the vaccination for.'"

►October 6, 2006 - Mandatory cancer jab urged for schoolgirls - The Guardian, UK - "However, Alex Markham, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said women should continue to attend for cervical smears even if a national vaccination programme was introduced. 'Current vaccines do not prevent all cancer-related HPV strains,' he said."

►October 6, 2006 - Parents lead the way on kids' jabs - This Is Lancashire - "School and practice nurses in Bolton have had special training in dealing with parents' concerns about the MMR vaccine."

►October 6, 2006 - Don’t be chicken of the pox - Parksville Qualicum News

* ►October 6, 2006 - Mumps Victim Speaks (includes video) - - "The University of Virginia first year from Arlington had the mumps. Despite being vaccinated, she and four other UVa students and four residents of Charlottesville are also showing signs of the virus."

►October 6, 2006 - Iowa health officials monitor Illinois mumps - An outbreak at Chicago-area colleges has Iowans hoping against a repeat of last spring's epidemic. - Des Moines Register

►October 6, 2006 - CEO defends ambos over meningococcal - AAP via The Age, Australia

►October 6, 2006 - New polio cases detected in Bihar - IANS via Telugu Portal

►October 6, 2006 - Polio Cases Increasing in Afghanistan - The number of polio cases reported in Afghanistan so far this year is up sharply over figures tallied for the whole of 2005. As VOA's George Dwyer reports, nearly all of the new cases occurred in the country's southern provinces, scene of some of the fiercest armed violence the country has witnessed in years. - Voice of America - "It is really not a question of availability of supply. It is more how do we access children, how do we have safe passage for vaccinators, and how do we make sure that the people on the ground can reach every child under age 5 repeatedly with vaccine so that we can stop transmission."

►October 6, 2006 - Hepatitis A Spreads in Bulgaria, Aided by Poor Water Sanitation - Bloomberg

►October 6, 2006 - Child Dies Of Bacterial Meningitis -

►October 6, 2006 - West Nile Virus still a challenge for Nevada counties - Fallon Star Press via Reno Gazette Journal

►October 6, 2006 - Immunologically discordant response to HIV therapy associated with increased risk of disease progression - Aidsmap

►October 6, 2006 - Rescuing babies from HIV trap - AIDS Control Society wants no child to be born with the virus, post March 2007 - The Hindu

►October 6, 2006 - Stepping up the fight against HIV/AIDS - Daily Observer, Gambia

►October 6, 2006 - Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Editorials on CDC Routine HIV Testing Recommendations -

►October 6, 2006 - Not All Doctors Ready to Test for HIV - AP via Houston Chronicle

►October 6, 2006 - Recently Released PLoS Article Looks at Myths Surrounding HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Asia -

►October 6, 2006 - Southern Africa: Irish Govt Gives P8 Million for SADC HIV/Aids Programmes - Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone) via

►October 6, 2006 - Botulism Associated with Commercial Carrot Juice --- Georgia and Florida, September 2006 - MMWR Dispatch/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - FDA upgrades generic drug review system - AP via BusinessWeek

►October 6, 2006 - Feds Find Rocket-fuel Chem More Dangerous Than Reported - The NewStandard - "'This new study shows that even very small levels of perchlorate in water or food can have a marked effect on thyroid levels in women,' said Renee Sharp, an analyst for the advocacy organization Environmental Working Group, in a press release. 'We can't ignore this serious public health issue any longer.'"

►October 6, 2006 - Software figures babies' drugs - NeoFax program follows book - News & Observer

►October 6, 2006 - Child sick? Call your pediatrician - Guest essayist - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►October 6, 2006 - Maryland Issues Multistate Alert for Missing Pigs - AP via Fox 28

►October 6, 2006 - FDA Approves Merck Cancer Drug - Forbes - "The cost to patients is estimated at $240 per day."

►October 6, 2006 - Monoclonal Antibodies, Generating $7.3 Billion in Sales in 2005, Have Been the Most Successful Class of Biological Anticancer Agents - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire

* ►October 6, 2006 - Companies viewing legislation as lifeline - $1 billion would go toward developing bioterror remedies - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►October 6, 2006 - Flu fighters - The Independent - "In the annual battle against influenza, kids in Lyon County who qualify for a mass vaccination will be given FluMist to help protect them from the bug • And officials are eager to see the results."

►October 6, 2006 - Mumps & Meningitis Create Concern on College Campuses - WSET ABC 13

►October 6, 2006 - Novel Pathway Regulates Timing Of Brain Cell Development - Children's Hospital Boston via ScienceDaily

►October 6, 2006 - Wyeth will seek OK for 7 drugs in next 18 months - Bloomberg via The Boston Globe

* ►October 5, 2006 - 100 million doses of flu vaccine ready - High-risk seniors, children still aren't being immunized - The Sun News via

* ►October 5, 2006 - Wyeth sees Prevnar, Enbrel sales surging - Wyeth via Reuters

* ►October 5, 2006 - Intervet to supply bird flu vaccine to DEFRA - Farmers Weekly Interactive, UK

►October 5, 2006 - U.S. bird flu plans near "state of the art": official - Reuters

►October 5, 2006 - Trip to the mall can include a flu shot this fall - The Observer

►October 5, 2006 - Indonesia's Bird Flu Variant Shows No Major Changes (Update1) - Bloomberg

►October 5, 2006 - FDA Approves Test to Help Diagnose Main Virus that Causes AIDS - FDA

►October 5, 2006 - The Truth About Breastfeeding and Birth Weight - BMJ via Ivanhoe

►October 5, 2006 - Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer's: study - Reuters

►October 5, 2006 - Getting prepared for the worst - Sixth-formers volunteer for fly pandemic dress rehearsal - Biggleswade Today - "Over 120 sixth-formers have volunteered to be 'patients' during a mass vaccination exercise on Tuesday's exercise at Redborne Upper School, Ampthill."

►October 5, 2006 - Baxter reveals flu vaccine is safe - Baxter International has revealed that a preliminary evaluation of its H5N1 influenza vaccine shows it to be safe and well tolerated. - Pharmaceutical Business Review

►October 5, 2006 - Area flu vaccine supply should be adequate - Get ready to roll up your sleeve starting Oct. 16. - News-Sentinel via

►October 5, 2006 - Ready for flu season? Health offices will be - Officials expect record doses, encourage early vaccinations for kids - Charlotte Observer

►October 5, 2006 - N.C health officials urging residents to get flu shots - Durham Herald Sun

►October 5, 2006 - Abundant flu vaccine supply is shot in arm - Boston Herald

►October 5, 2006 - Lots of flu shots available - After 2 tough seasons, no vaccine rationing (requires registration or subscription) - Mercury News

* ►October 5, 2006 - A record number of flu shots available - Contra Costa Times - "This also marks the first season in which California's ban on a mercury-based preservative known as thimerosal will be in effect for vaccines given to pregnant women and children younger than 3...However, pediatricians may not have the mercury-free flu shots available. The only manufacturer of thimerosal-free vaccines for children is on a delayed shipment schedule, according to state health department spokeswoman Lea Brooks."

* ►October 5, 2006 - FDA Approves FluLaval(TM) (Influenza Virus Vaccine) - Flu Vaccine FluLaval™ Provides Americans With a New Option for Fighting the Flu - GlaxoSmithKline's Expanded Influenza Vaccine Portfolio Will Help Ensure Adequate U.S. Supply for the 2006/2007 Flu Season and Beyond - GlaxoSmithKline via Doctor's Guide

►October 5, 2006 - State has big supply of flu vaccine - Greensboro News Record - "This year the state is pushing for more health care workers to be vaccinated, Devlin said. Nationwide, only 40 percent are vaccinated. It is unknown how many North Carolina health workers are vaccinated, Devlin said."

►October 5, 2006 - Flu shots advised for more children - Baltimore Sun via Honolulu Advertiser

►October 5, 2006 - Flu Jab Shortage Fears, Warns Diabetes UK - Medical News Today

►October 5, 2006 - 'Don't miss your flu jab' - Pensioners and people in high-risk groups are being urged to book their flu jab in the run-up to winter. - Hartlepool Mail

►October 5, 2006 - Nurse guilty of giving HIV jab - News24

* ►October 5, 2006 - Wyeth sees sales of over $3 bln for new Prevnar - Reuters - "Emilio Emini, who recently left Merck & Co. to head Wyeth's vaccine program, said the new form of Prevnar works against 13 variants of pneumococcal bacteria that cause 60 percent of serious pneumococcal infections."

►October 5, 2006 - Wyeth Presents R&D Highlights at Investor Conference - Seven Major New Products and 11 Innovative Late-Stage Clinical Programs - Growth Fueled by New Products and Potential of Key Existing Products, Including Enbrel, Prevnar and Tygacil(R) - Update on Research Programs in Oncology and Alzheimer's Disease - press release - Wyeth via PRNewswire-FirstCall - " Building on this success, Wyeth is developing a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine that targets additional pneumococcal serotypes. This new vaccine currently is undergoing worldwide Phase 3 studies in both children and adults with submissions beginning in early 2009."

►October 5, 2006 - Wyeth Boosts 2006 Profit Forecast - AP via Houston Chronicle

►October 5, 2006 - Fortress America? - New Scientist via - "Jonathan tucker of the Center for Nonproliferation studies, a think tank in Washington DC, agrees. 'It is myopic to focus on the designated threat organisms,' he says, 'especially when the bigger threat is probably from natural disease.' A better approach, these critics say, would be to aim for broad-spectrum remedies that work against many different bacteria or viruses. That would be more cost-effective, offer a blanket defence against terrorists whatever their choice of bioweapon, and come with the huge additional benefit of protecting against natural diseases too. 'If something works for flu and for bioweapons as well, why not do that?' says Tucker."

* ►October 5, 2006 - High Hopes for Ragweed Vaccine - Also, an Effective but Expensive Treatment for Macular Degeneration - ABC News - "A small study of 25 people, only 15 of whom completed the full study, finds that injections that lower the body's immune system reaction to ragweed may help alleviate people's symptoms during ragweed season."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Allergy sufferers get a dose of good news - Scripps Howard News Service via - "'Effectively, we have shown that it may be possible to safely reduce the treatment time for ragweed allergy from several years down to six weeks,' said Dr. Peter Creticos, medical director of Hopkins' Asthma and Allergy Center and lead investigator for the study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. 'And we're not just treating the symptoms, we're targeting the fundamental defects in the immune system that cause allergy,' he added."
* ►October 5, 2006 - Vaccine Eliminates Allergy Symptoms (includes audio) - U.S. researchers have developed a vaccine that offers protection against a common allergy trigger in the United States known as ragweed. Scientists say the development has the potential to guard against any number of inflammatory diseases. - Voice of America - "Co-author David Broide of the University of California in San Diego says the drug acts as a decoy to deceive the immune system of allergy sufferers. 'Bacteria activate a protective-host immune response. And we have taken advantage of this by tagging the allergen with this little piece of bacterial DNA, which is not infectious, and which results in the immune system being fooled into thinking that they are seeing a bacteria instead of an allergen,' he said. 'And they do not bring up the allergic immune response.'"

►October 5, 2006 - Ragweed Allergy Vaccine Effective For At Least One Year - Medical News Today

►October 5, 2006 - Meningitis caused 6-year-olds death - We now know that it was indeed bacterial meningitis that caused the death of the Garfield Heights first grader. -

►October 5, 2006 - Girl 'not warned' of meningococcal risks - New South Wales ambulance officers failed to warn an ill teenage girl about the risks of not going to hospital just hours before she died of meningococcal disease, a report has found. -

►October 5, 2006 - Officials fear worst as West Nile virus peaks - East Valley Tribune

►October 5, 2006 - Community-acquired MRSA soars among people with HIV in San Francisco - Aidsmap

►October 5, 2006 - What's behind woes at the FDA? (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times via Chicago Tribune

►October 5, 2006 - Statement On Pediatric Telephone Care By The American Academy Of Pediatrics - American Academy of Pediatrics via Medical News Today

►October 5, 2006 - US launches program to better pinpoint drugs - Reuters - "Representatives for the pharmaceutical industry, which is largely funding the effort, said the research could help companies develop new drugs faster as well as help discover potential side effects earlier."

►October 5, 2006 - Nigeria: Immunization - Abebe Appeals to Stakeholders - Daily Champion (Lagos) via

►October 5, 2006 - Toxic hepatitis - Mayo Clinic

►October 5, 2006 - Anthrax attacks fodder for rumors - Palm Beach Post

►October 5, 2006 - Discovery in the evolution of the immune system absorbing cells - "This is important so that we can understand not only how the immune systems of fish and amphibians work but also the origin and composition of the immune systems of humans and mammals" - RxPG NEWS

* ►October 5, 2006 - CISF personnel deny entry to plane to autism affected child - PTI via The Hindu - "Condemning the 'insensitiveness' of some CISF personnel who did not allow his autism affected 11-year-old son to board a flight at Bangalore recently, well known film and TV personality Prithviraj today said he would create more awareness about the disability."

►October 5, 2006 - More funding for autism needed here, Titone says - Democrats' state Senate candidate emphasizes importance of Institute for Basic Research - Staten Island Advance

►October 5, 2006 - Autism walk raises money, hopes - Vermont Guardian

►October 5, 2006 - ACE aiming to trump autism - The News-Herald

►October 5, 2006 - Mum asks MP's help to find a school for her autistic son - Weston & Somerset Mercury

►October 4, 2006 - Come move for Autism on Oct. 8 - Warwick Advertiser

►October 4, 2006 - Running for Austin... and Autism -

►October 4, 2006 - Big-wave surfers embark on isle odyssey for autism film - The tow-in partners will bike and paddle the chain's 500 miles - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

* ►October 4, 2006 - At airports, Autism too is a threat! (includes video) - CNN-IBN - "In an incident that reflects on the utter insensitivity of security agencies manning India's airports, security staff in Bangalore Airport recently tried to stop an autistic child from boarding a plane, branding him a threat to other passengers. This is a story sent to CNN-IBN by Tamil film actor Prithvi Raj, whose son was at the receiving end of this misdemeanour of airport security."

* ►October 4, 2006 - Dominican Republic could save US$65M if it eliminates rubella - Dominican Today

►October 4, 2006 - State prepares for flu pandemic - Cherry Hill Courier Post - "New Jersey is struggling to stockpile enough medicines, and to determine who gets first dibs, against a flu pandemic that health officials warned Tuesday is sure to strike, though they can't say when."

►October 4, 2006 - Flu shot delayed until November - Lakeshore Advance

►October 4, 2006 - Tm Bioscience gets good review of influenza test (requires registration or subscription) - Canadian Press via Globe and Mail

►October 4, 2006 - Pharmacies go to work against flu - Greeley Tribune

►October 4, 2006 - No flu jab shortage for NI doctors - More than a quarter of Northern Ireland's population will get a flu jab over the next few months, and this year there is no shortage of the vaccine. - BBC

►October 4, 2006 - 75,000 urged to book flu jabs - This is Bradford, UK

►October 4, 2006 - Americans urged to get flu shots - Record supply of vaccine is on its way - Detroit Free Press

►October 4, 2006 - Singapore Kills Chickens in Flu Drill - AP via MSN Money

►October 4, 2006 - Grins and needles! - A shot in the arm for Emmerdale star as flu campaign launched - Leeds Today

►October 4, 2006 - Five years later, and few answers in anthrax probe - Frederick News-Post

►October 4, 2006 - IIL to produce more vaccines - Andhra Cafe - "Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), is planning to come up with more human vaccines in the next couple of years."

►October 4, 2006 - Safety concerns over popular asthma drug - A popular asthma drug increases the risk of death if not used properly, an Australian researcher has cautioned. -

►October 4, 2006 - Virus killing deer, but will pass soon, experts say - Kalamazoo Gazette via

►October 4, 2006 - Health officials late to learn of outbreak - City says whooping cough reported 3 weeks after detected - Worcester Telegram & Gazette News - "City health officials said they did not learn of the outbreak of whooping cough at St. Vincent Hospital until Thursday, three weeks after St. Vincent officials said they confirmed the first of 28 cases of the disease."

►October 4, 2006 - Nurses criticize St. V’s response - Whooping cough ‘mishandled’ - Worcester Telegram & Gazette News

►October 4, 2006 - State looking for help from CDC in tracking down source of Legionnaires' disease -

►October 4, 2006 - Meningitis case at USC - AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

►October 4, 2006 - Hide-Washing Improves Beef Safety - Agricultural Research via

►October 4, 2006 - Uganda: Hepatitis B Vaccination Launched - New Vision (Kampala) via

►October 4, 2006 - SIGA Terminates Merger Agreement with PharmAthene, Inc - Genetic Engineering News

►October 4, 2006 - Still not enough folate despite fortification - Folate intake in the US has not met the FDA’s targets following the mandated fortification of enriched grain products with the B vitamin that began in 1998, according to a recent study. -

* ►October 4, 2006 - ‘Protecting virus’ offers instant flu protection & converts flu infections into their own vaccines - Research led by Professor Nigel Dimmock at the University of Warwick is developing an entirely new method of protecting against flu. This has been shown to protect animals against various strains of flu, and could offer protection against the full range of influenza A infections, including H5N1 and any new pandemic or epidemic strains infecting humans. - innovations report

* ►October 4, 2006 - Genomic analysis of increased host immune and cell death responses induced by 1918 influenza virus - journal article (Nature Medicine)

* ►October 4, 2006 - Auditors: Health records for millions at risk of improper disclosure - AP via USA Today

►October 4, 2006 - Flu Awareness Week - The message of International Pandemic Flu Awareness Week is simple: Be Informed. Get Prepared. Do It Now. - Culpeper Citizen via Times Community Newspapers

►October 4, 2006 - Sodium-dependent uptake of inorganic phosphate by the intracellular malaria parasite - journal article (Nature Medicine)

►October 4, 2006 - Second Opinions Don't Always Add Up - Too many physicians are quick to refer patients to yet another doctor instead of doing the heavy lifting themselves. That's not only inefficient — it's bad medicine - TIME Magazine

►October 4, 2006 - WVU takes out ad to recruit scientists - AP via Houston Chronicle

►October 4, 2006 - Effect of breast feeding on intelligence in children: prospective study, sibling pairs analysis, and meta-analysis (pdf) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►October 3, 2006 - Lymphoid Tissue In The Gut An Important Reservoir For HIV-1 - Reuters via Merck Medicus

* ►October 3, 2006 - Clemson Researchers Develop Nanotechnology To Stop Weaponized Anthrax In Its Tracks - Clemson University via Biocompare

►October 3, 2006 - Scientific riddle of self-repairing bacteria explained - Reuters

►October 3, 2006 - Scientists question U.S. air pollution decision - Reuters

►October 3, 2006 - Health Canada Endorsed Important Safety Information on Ketek (telithromycin) - Subject: Updated safety information on Ketek (telithromycin) and hepatic events, aggravation of myasthenia gravis and syncope - sanofi-aventis via Doctor's Guide

►October 3, 2006 - Another promising obesity drug bites the dust - Therapy failure highlights difficulties of tricking the body into shedding pounds. - news (Nature)

►October 3, 2006 - U.S., Australian Scientists Develop Vaccine Against Deadly Viruses - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) via Newswise - "Nipah virus and Hendra virus are recently emerged and closely related viral pathogens and both agents are considered to be potential biological terror agents."

►October 3, 2006 - More mumps cases reported in DuPage County - AP via Chicago Sun-Times

►October 3, 2006 - Tamiflu should be plentiful, maker says - Newsday

►October 2006 - EMIS upgrades Population Manager - - "GP surgeries using EMIS’s clinical software products are set to become the first in the country to generate recall lists of patients who need flu and pneumococcal vaccinations automatically."

* ►October 2006 - Ultrasound Examination of Extensive Limb Swelling Reactions After Diphtheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis or Reduced-Antigen Content Diphtheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis Immunization in Preschool-Aged Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►October 2006 - Parental Competence in Medical Caregiving and Decision Making (table of contents) - Virtual Mentor AMA Journal of Ethics

* ►October 2006 - Attenuating Growth in Children With Profound Developmental Disability - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

►October 2006 - Statewide Quality Improvement Outreach Improves Preventive Services for Young Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

►October 2006 - Antifungal Prophylaxis to Prevent Neonatal Candidiasis: A Survey of Perinatal Physician Practices - journal article (Pediatrics)

►October 2006 - Increased Cerebral Blood Flow Velocity in Children With Mild Sleep-Disordered Breathing: A Possible Association With Abnormal Neuropsychological Function - journal article (Pediatrics)

►October 2006 - Vitamin B6 supplementation increases immune responses in critically ill patients - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►September 28, 2006 - Pentavalent Vaccine Prompts Initial Spike in ED Visits for Fever in Infants (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

►September 28, 2006 - Diagnosis and Management of ADHD From Adolescence Through Adulthood CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►September 27, 2006 - Hope in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery: Values, Ethics, and the Injury of Continued Existence (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

►September 26, 2006 - U.S. Groups Push for More FDA Funding (requires registration) - Reuters via Medscape

►September 25, 2006 - Chronic Illness in Children May Cause Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation in Mothers CME (requires registration) - Archives of Internal Medicine via Medscape

►September 25, 2006 - Our Patients Are Sicker -- Posting Grades on the Classroom, Office, or Hospital Door (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape General Medicine

►September 23, 3006 - Avian flu "may strike" in winter - China Daily via China View

►September 23, 2006 - Flu trial volunteers wanted - Oxford Mail, UK

* ►September 22, 2006 - Levels of Alzheimer Beta-Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) in Children With Severely Autistic Behavior and Aggression (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Child Neurology via Medscape

►September 22, 2006 - Nothing to Hide: Transparency in Healthcare (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape General Medicine

►September 22, 2006 - Readers' Responses and Authors' Reply to "Medical Marijuana: Politics Trumps Science at the FDA" (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

►September 21, 2006 - Recent Advances in the Genetics of Autism. - journal article (Biological Psychiatry)

►September 10, 2006 - Fatal outcome of human influenza A (H5N1) is associated with high viral load and hypercytokinemia - journal article (Nature Medicine)

* ►September 2006 - Seven fatal varicella infections in children were potentially avoidable: A report from IMPACT centres from 2000 to 2005 - journal article (Paediatric's and Child Health)

* ►August 19, 2006 - Researchers Say Decorated Needles Help Calm Patients' Fear - AP via Albuquerque Journal via Science & Technology - "Fear of needles, or needle phobia, can impact the care a patient receives, the researchers said. Some children become hysterical at the sight of needles, while some adults will avoid the doctor's office altogether. The researchers said the decorated needles can increase the quality of care when patients are less stressed."

►August 15, 2006 - Patent nonsense: Evidence tells of an industry out of social control - journal article (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

►Volume 17 Issues 1-2, 2006 - Mast cell tryptase—role in the investigation of acute hypersensitivity reactions (full text) - journal article (Current Anaesthesia & Critical Care)


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* ►October 7, 2006 - Should HPV vaccines be mandatory for all adolescents? (requires registration) - journal article (The Lancet) - "For effective and long-term eradication of HPV, all adolescents must be immunised. Data from the vaccine trials in boys are urgently needed; in the mean time, EU member states should lead by making the vaccinations mandatory for all girls aged 11–12 years."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Schoolgirls must have compulsory sex disease jabs, say doctors - Daily Mail, UK - "'For effective and long-term eradication of HPV, all adolescents must be immunised,' said The Lancet."

* ►October 6, 2006 - 'Vaccinate 11-year-olds against sex virus' - The Telegraph, UK - "Girls as young as 11 should receive compulsory vaccinations against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, according to an influential medical journal. The Lancet published an editorial calling for compulsory jabs for 11- and 12-year-olds despite fears that they could encourage under-age sex."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Merck, Glaxo Cancer Vaccines Should Be Mandatory, Lancet Says - Bloomberg

* ►October 6, 2006 - Cancer jab plea for girls aged 11 - All schoolgirls should be routinely vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer, a leading medical journal has said. - BBC

* ►October 6, 2006 - EU urged to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer - Reuters

* ►October 6, 2006 - If We Must Ration Vaccines for a Flu, Who Calls the Shots? - Wall Street Journal

►October 6, 2006 - Clinic draws seniors seeking flu shots - Arizona Republic

* ►October 6, 2006 - Childhood Influenza Vaccination Coverage --- United States, 2004--05 Influenza Season - MMWR/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Coverage Among Persons Aged >65 Years --- United States, 2004--2005 - MMWR/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - Outbreaks of Multidrug-Resistant Shigella sonnei Gastroenteritis Associated with Day Care Centers --- Kansas, Kentucky, and Missouri, 2005 - MMWR/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - CDC's 60th Anniversary: Director's Perspective --- William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H., 1977--1983 - MMWR/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates* for the Five Leading Causes of Death --- United States, 2001--2004 - MMWR/CDC

►October 6, 2006 - Monitoring Progress Toward Achieving Maternal and Infant Healthy People 2010 Objectives --- 19 States, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2000--2003 - MMWR/CDC

* ►October 6, 2006 - Bitter leaf therapy, effective against measles - Nigerian Tribune - "Many herbs can also soothe measles symptoms and speed recovery. Also some tonic herbs are given in the recovery stage. For instance, tonic herbs prepared with Allium saticuum (garlic), Xylopia aromatica, Tetrapleura tetraptera, Ficus carica, Nauciea latifolia as well as Sterculia urens and Combretum miscranthum all in water base perform creditably well on measles."

* ►October 6, 2006 - Deadly virus spreads to Prime Minister's home - The Times, UK - "An outbreak of dengue fever has penetrated the residence of the Indian Prime Minister, infecting members of his family and putting pressure on his Government to declare an epidemic."

►October 6, 2006 - Scientists allay fears of deadly Dengue 2 virus - Times of India

►October 6, 2006 - Teen's meningococcal death prompts ambulance changes -

* ►October 5, 2006 - Ped Med: Debate mounts over autism counts - UPI via ScienceDaily - "Even as new numbers are reported of autism diagnoses in America's children, the sum total of their meaning remains embroiled in controversy. So much so, divisions are being drawn even between parties with a shared personal interest in the outcome."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Dentists debate safety of mercury amalgam fillings - AP via Elgin Courier News via Joliet Herald News

►October 5, 2006 - Aggression, autism, depression not up - United Press International

►October 5, 2006 - Surfers embark on Odyssey to help promote documentary film on autism - AP via International Herald Tribune - "Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama are embarking on the land and sea fundraising Odyssey to help their friend, cinematographer Don King, who made 'Beautiful Son' about his autistic 6-year-old son Beau. King, who works on the popular ABC series 'Lost,' said he hopes the effort by Hamilton and Kalama will raise $40,000 (€31,500) to distribute the documentary to a wider audience."

►October 5, 2006 - TV Stars Step Up to the Plate... - Kings Courier - "Proceeds from the game will benefit the non-profit organization, Autism Speaks."

►October 5, 2006 - Mississippi Recognizes Recyclers for Mercury Switch Success - Recycling Today

►October 5, 2006 - Court asked to stop biodefense lab - United Press International - "Tri-Valley CAREs filed the complaint this week, saying the new lab, being constructed inside the Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory, could release lethal germs if struck by an earthquake, accident or terrorist attack, the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Thursday."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Vaccine May Ease Ragweed Allergies - HealthDay via Forbes

►October 5, 2006 - Doctors laud vaccine that prevents HPV - Myrtle Beach Sun News

* ►October 5, 2006 - Vaccine benefits outweigh small risks - letter - Des Moines Register - "Medical studies show that vaccines are extremely safe, but like many things in life, they are not risk-free or 100 percent effective. Unsubstantiated claims that vaccines are associated with diabetes, cancer and autism do nothing but create a climate of fear among parents who are trying to do the right thing for their children. Well-regarded medical studies show no such link between vaccines and these conditions."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Americans doubt need for flu vaccine: survey - Reuters via Scientific American - "Fewer than half of Americans plan to get the flu vaccine this year, mostly because they do not worry about flu, according to a survey published on Wednesday."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Feds OK Additional Seasonal Flu Vaccine (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "The Food and Drug Administration said it approved FluLaval in part by relying on safety data from Canada, where the vaccine has been available since 2001. The vaccine is made by Id Biomedical Corp., a Canadian company purchased by the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC in 2005."

* ►October 5, 2006 - US approves a new type of flu shot - After past shortages, record doses of seasonal vaccine expected - AP via MSNBC - "The FDA-approved version contains thimerosal, a preservative made with a derivative of the toxic metal mercury. Glaxo plans to develop a thimerosal-reduced or thimerosal-free version that could be tested on children, the FDA said."

►October 5, 2006 - Flu shot or no flu shot? - Connellsville Daily Courier

►October 5, 2006 - Ill. gov. questioned over $1,500 check (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Mercury News - "Also, the state auditor has issued report after report alleging mismanagement by Blagojevich - including spending $1 million on a prescription-drug program that violates federal law and agreeing to import foreign flu vaccine even after being told the vaccine would not be allowed into the country."

►October 5, 2006 - "Everyone Should Get a Flu Shots" -

►October 5, 2006 - Flu shot access expected to grow - Illness affects more than 65 million yearly - Pasadena Star-News

►October 5, 2006 - Flu prep takes on urgency: Counties readying for winter influenza outbreak - Hornell Evening Tribune

►October 5, 2006 - We need £5m to fight 'flu - ic Coventry, UK

►October 5, 2006 - Biodefense laboratory faces legal challenge - Oroville Mercury-Register - "Scientists are preparing to open a new biodefense lab inside Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory as a federal appeals court weighs legal challenges to the new facility."

►October 5, 2006 - Biotechnology and the Challenge to Arms Control - Arms Control Today

►October 5, 2006 - Post Falls teen positive for West Nile Virus -

►October 5, 2006 - Tompkins whooping cough cases rise to 33 since June - Ithaca Journal - "While Gannett Health Services is currently unable to get Adacel, Dittman said she hopes to make it available again by late fall."

* ►October 5, 2006 - Chicken pox exposure causes stir at GSU 6 suspected cases found on campus - GSU The Gramblinite - "'Two students have been cleared and two more will be cleared this week,' said Dr. Karen Martin, vice president for Student Affairs. 'The students have received the vaccine.'"

►October 5, 2006 - Give polio a red card - Hermanus Times

►October 5, 2006 - War on polio a success - Times of India

►October 5, 2006 - CIDA: Canada Supports Polio Eradication Efforts in Afghanistan - press release - Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA via CCNMatthews

►October 5, 2006 - Mumps case reported at Benedictine University - Catholic Explorer - "The infected student, who was vaccinated against mumps, was diagnosed Sept. 21 by her family physician."

►October 5, 2006 - 2005 shigellosis outbreak is subject of CDC report - Lexington Herald-Leader via

►October 5, 2006 - US approves test to help diagnose HIV virus - Reuters

►October 5, 2006 - Common Protein Found in Dementia and ALS - Scientific American

►October 5, 2006 - Manufacturing chemical may hurt thyroid: study - Reuters, UK - "Exposure to perchlorate, a widely used industrial chemical found in U.S. drinking water, may prevent some women's thyroid glands from functioning properly, a government study has found."

►October 5, 2006 - FDA Statement on Foodborne E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Spinach - FDA

►October 5, 2006 - Friends testify Mercer's story varied slightly - Wife's old friends recall talk on how she may have gotten polio - Lansing State Journal

►October 5, 2006 - Scientists find 'chemo brain' no figment of the imagination - UCLA imaging study shows changes in patients' brain function even 10 years after chemotherapy - Cancer survivors, take note. The mental fog and forgetfulness of "chemo brain" are no figment of your imagination - University of California - Los Angeles via
►October 5, 2006 - FDA Approves Additional Vaccine for Upcoming Influenza Season - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

►October 5, 2006 - A tumor suppressor that promotes cancer cell growth? - American Journal of Pathology via

►October 5, 2006 - FDA Continues To Tackle Unapproved Drugs - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

►October 4, 2006 - Molecule blocks flu infection, U.S. researchers say - Reuters

►October 4, 2006 - New drug blocks influenza, including bird flu virus - University of Wisconsin-Madison via

►October 4, 2006 - 'Protecting virus' offers instant flu protection & converts flu infections into their own vaccines - University of Warwick
►October 4, 2006 - Experimental ragweed therapy offers allergy sufferers longer relief with fewer shots - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via
►October 4, 2006 - 'Failed' experiment yields a biocontrol agent that doesn't trigger antibiotic resistance - University of Wisconsin-Madison via
►October 4, 2006 - Scientists Show Drug Can Counteract Muscular Dystrophy in Mice - National Institutes of Health  
►October 4, 2006 - New Hay Fever Vaccine Shows Promise - AP via Herald-Sun
►October 4, 2006 - Many Young Kids Not Getting Flu Shots - AP via Herald-Sun
►October 4, 2006 - Gov't to Stop Seizing Drugs From Canada - AP via Herald-Sun

* ►October 4, 2006 - US jury says Wyeth drug caused woman's breast cancer - Reuters via Yahoo! - "A jury on Wednesday awarded a woman $1 million and her husband $500,000 in compensatory damages after finding that Wyeth's hormone replacement drug Prempro was a cause of her breast cancer."

* ►October 4, 2006 - Parents urged to vaccinate children - Vancouver Sun - "The co-authors say that even though a vaccine against chicken pox has been available since 2000, (free in B.C. since 2004) some parents and doctors doubt the need for it. Scheifele said some family doctors even subscribe to the same 'myth' as some parents -- that chicken pox is a benign illness."

►October 4, 2006 - New Mercury spill reported at Waubonsie Valley High School - Chicago Daily Herald

►October 4, 2006 - Cleanup continues after mercury spill at school - Ironwood Daily Globe

►October 3, 2006 - Study unveils how West Nile virus evades immune defenses, points to vaccine development - UT Southwestern Medical Center via
►October 3, 2006 - Human trials of tuberculosis drug begin - Washington Business Journal
►October 3, 2006 - Studies identify food sources of disease and drug resistance - Infectious Diseases Society of America via
►October 2, 2006 - UNMC Gets Grant To Create Virus-Killing Mask -
►October 2, 2006 - NJ company gets grant to create drugs to counter biowarfare -
►October 2, 2006 - FDA Approves New Drug To Treat Civilians During Sarin Gas Attack - All Headline News
►October 2, 2006 - Roche sees no shortage of Tamiflu vaccine going into flu season - AFX via Forbes
►October 2, 2006 - Injectable drug seen as potential treatment for flu, both seasonal and avian - CIDRAP News

►October 2, 2006 - Study recommends strategies for distributing flu vaccine during shortage - University of Texas at Austin via

* ►October 2, 2006 - New Data Refute Measles Virus Persistence in Children With Autism (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape - "Dr. Brian J. Ward and colleagues from Montreal's McGill University report their findings in a paper in the October issue of Pediatrics...'These data are a direct refutation of the reports of persistence of measles virus in the tissues of autistic children,' he said. 'We are hopeful that this paper will simply put a quiet end to the debate surrounding this topic,' the researcher added."

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: It is understandable why a member of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, who is an ardent promoter of forced vaccination with multiple vaccines, would want to do whatever he could to exonerate MMR vaccine from any association with autism. But does he really think his pathetic attempt to discredit the meticulous work of virologists and microbiologists in other laboratories will "simply put a quiet end to the debate" about MMR and autism? I don't think so.

How tiresome it is becoming to see yet another M.D./Ph.D. vaccinologist (or a group of them) issue a proclamation declaring that THEY have studied the reported link between vaccines and autism and found absolutely no association and, therefore, no more research should conducted and the debate should "end." This kind of posturing only furthers public suspicion that they are covering up to protect the vaccine market and the mass casualties of their one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies.

Calls for a moratorium on further scientific investigation into the causes and cures for any disease or disorder is reason to suspect that those who are calling for it are afraid of the truth.

►September 8, 2006 - Ped Med: Advice on depressed youth - United Press International

►September 6, 2006 - Ped Med: Non-drug options for sad youth - United Press International