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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 December 10-12, 2005

Posted December 12, 2005

►December 12, 2005 - Study suggests infections are cause of child cancer - Reuters - "The findings are based on a statistical analysis of data from the Manchester Children's Tumour Register, which recorded all cases of childhood cancers diagnosed between January 1954 and December 1998...They looked for unusual patterns of cancer linked to the time and place of children's birth and where they were living when diagnosed with cancer...In some clusters they found 8 percent more cases of leukemia than would normally be expected and a 13 percent above-average incidence of the brain tumour astrocytoma."

* ►December 12, 2005 - Common cold a 'major cause' of child cancer - Daily Mail, UK - "The scientists, led by Dr Richard McNally at Newcastle University, analysed a register of cancer cases diagnosed in young children over a period of 45 years...They found that a pattern emerged where two types of cancer - leukaemia and brain tumours - repeatedly occurred at similar times and geographical locations."

* ►December 12, 2005 - Volunteers normal after Aids vaccination - People's Daily Online - "The last group of 15 Chinese volunteers who received AIDS vaccinotherapy in Nanning reported no adverse drug reaction (ADR) after 24 hours' observation. The 15 volunteers are the last group of those who have received the fourth and also the last vaccines on Saturday in Nanning. Thus far, all the human trials of a first AIDS vaccine, developed by China, have been accomplished, according to the overseas edition of People's Daily on Monday."

* ►December 12, 2005 - Their hearts were young and gay -- Is AIDS murder-by-government? - Online Journal

* ►December 12, 2005 - WHO chief inspects winter preparations - 24.5m received in pledges, but $30m needed for 250,000 people: UNHCR - Daily Times, Pakistan - "WHO has helped immunise 400,000 children in the area against measles."

* ►December 12, 2005 - Controversial new vaccine 'may put an end to cervical cancer' - The Scotsman - "Sanofi Pasteur MSD is applying for a licence to market Gardasil in 25 European countries."

* ►December 12, 2005 - No bird flu mutation in Thailand, health ministry says - AFP via TODAYonline

* ►December 12, 2005 - Preliminary Data from CAIV-T Pivotal Phase 3 Trial Demonstrate Clinical Efficacy Over Flu Shot in Head-to-Head Influenza Study - Results Show 55-Percent Relative Reduction in Influenza Illness - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►December 12, 2005 - Chinese Company Granted Right to Produce Anti-Influenza Drug Tamiflu - CRI - "Shanghai Pharmaceutical Group announced Monday it has reached a sublicensing deal with the Swiss Roche for the production of Tamiflu, a drug widely believed to be effective in treating human cases of bird flu, in China."

►December 12, 2005 - Pandemic planning: Govt to secure antibiotic supply - National Business Review, New Zealand

►December 12, 2005 - Executive wants 'tsar' to oversee readiness to combat bird flu - The Scotsman

►December 12, 2005 - Authorities Go on Bird Flu Alert Ahead of Haj - Arab News

►December 12, 2005 - Pharmac seeks supply of antibiotics in case of bird-flu pandemic - Radio New Zealand

►December 12, 2005 - World needs $34 billion to immunise poor children - Daily Times, Pakistan

►December 12, 2005 - 44 hospitalised as Plague hits Arua - The Monitor, Uganda

►December 12, 2005 - Many Hepatitis cases not detected early - Peninsula On-line

►December 12, 2005 - Hepatitis B guidelines released - China Daily

►December 12, 2005 - Manning ranch survives anthrax - Sidney Herald Leader

►December 12, 2005 - Just a new way to help the autistic - Evening News via The Scotsman - "Around 50,000 people in Scotland have autism, but recent figures said 92 per cent of police and 98 per cent of solicitors had not received any training in how to deal with autistic people."

* ►December 12, 2005 - U.S. safety net in tatters - Seafood shoppers are at risk for mercury exposure as regulators ignore their own experts, issue flawed warnings and set policies aiding industry (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "Shipped from Singapore, the swordfish entered the U.S. this year without being tested for the toxic metal mercury...When a fillet from that fish reached a display case at a supermarket in suburban Des Plaines, it carried no government warning labels, even though federal officials know swordfish often is so contaminated that young children and pregnant women should never eat it...And when the Tribune bought and tested this particular piece of fish, the results showed not just high amounts of mercury, but levels three times the legal limit."

* ►December 11, 2005 - Toxic risk on your plate - Seafood for sale in area stores is contaminated with mercury, Tribune testing shows. Government and industry fail to protect consumers, even as Americans buy more fish than ever. (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "It is not by happenstance that contaminated fish can be found on shelves and at seafood counters throughout the region, from small neighborhood shops on the South Side to sprawling supermarket chain stores in the northwest suburbs...The Tribune's investigation reveals a decades-long pattern of the U.S. government knowingly allowing millions of Americans to eat seafood with unsafe levels of mercury...Regulators have repeatedly downplayed the hazards, failed to take basic steps to protect public health and misled consumers about the true dangers, documents and interviews show."

* ►December 11, 2005 - Psychologist: Fears of flu may reinforce prevention - Birmingham Business Journal via MSNBC - "'Unproductive worrying doesn't get you anywhere, and it causes unnecessary stress, so it becomes a question of how do you take that worry about something you can't possibly control and channel it into productive actions," he says...'We can be as panicked as we want about a flu pandemic, but in the process we put our bodies at risk for contracting illness because heightened stress compromises our immune systems.'"

* ►December 11, 2005 - Frist: Flu pandemic could kill millions and hurt economy - Food Consumer

* ►December 11, 2005 - U.S. needs to prepare more vaccines for flu pandemic, officials say - That was the conclusion by federal officials after a drill to test the government's readiness for an outbreak. - AP via Minneapolis Star-Tribune

* ►December 11, 2005 - Study: Annual flu death toll could be overstated - USA Today

* ►December 11, 2005 - Hong Kong hoards herbs in case of flu - AP via Seattle Post Intelligencer - "He sells a blend of some classic Chinese fever-fighting remedies: squiggly yellowish buds of honeysuckle flowers, brown seed shells from the weeping forsythia, crumpled black Dyers Woad leaves and dried chips of Isatis root."

►December 11, 2005 - Britain could grind to a halt in a bird flu pandemic, experts fear - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►December 11, 2005 - US says more flu planning is needed - AP via Boston Globe

►December 11, 2005 - Colds, flu: Best to regroup, let ill stay home and recoup - AP via Asbury Park Press via Seattle Times

►December 11, 2005 - Australia to stockpile flu medicine (requires registration or subscription) - AAP via

►December 11, 2005 - Bird flu brings another Vietnam - Xinhuanet via China View

►December 11, 2005 -  Over 37,000 domestic birds confiscated in flu-stricken Crimean zone - Itar-Tass

►December 11, 2005 - Avian influenza, terrorism, trade top concerns as ASEAN summit opens Sunday - Thai News Agency via MCOT

►December 11, 2005 - Under surveillance, relatives of bird flu victim in good health - Thai News Agency via MCOT

* ►December 11, 2005 - Bird-flu vaccine may be near - San Bernardino Sun - "Medical microbiologist Jill Adler-Moore and the team at the small Los Angeles firm Molecular Express Inc., have developed a vaccine that seems to be working in mice and has gained the attention of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Dave Dagle, a CDC spokesman."

►December 11, 2005 - Bird-flu efforts improving - Denver Post

►December 11, 2005 - Flu Isn't the Only Health Risk Polk Residents Face - Lakeland Ledger

►December 11, 2005 - Tests confirm H5N1 in Romania's dead chicken - Xinhuanet via China View

►December 11, 2005 - UK Chief Medical Officer Reminds Hajj Pilgrims To Get Meningitis Jab - UK Dept of Health via Medical News Today

►December 11, 2005 - Vaccine article didn't give all the facts - letter - Quad City Times

* ►December 11, 2005 - New study opens doors to an effective vaccine for cholera - NewKerala - "A vaccine for cholera already exists, but only works 50 percent of the time and people who take it are only immune for 12 month. Taylor believes that a more effective vaccine could be developed by inducing the production of antibodies directed against the protein his research team has discovered, thereby blocking its function."

►December 11, 2005 - CCMB Hyderabad develops Vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis - Webindia123

►December 11, 2005 - Vaccine - miracle cure? - Malaysia Star - "The future of cervical cancer may lie in a vaccine."

►December 11, 2005 - Missing Little Indians - One out of every nine children born in India dies before his first birthday. Should we be worried? Even Bill Gates is. - The Sunday Express

►December 11, 2005 - Post-polio victim just wants a job, not a label - Flint Journal via

►December 11, 2005 - Polio mop-up campaign held in city - Express News Service via Ludhiana Newsline via

►December 11, 2005 - Over 140,000 Children Immunized Against Polio - The Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa) via

►December 11, 2005 - Researchers Discover A Protein Which Is Deadly For Anthrax Bacteria, Max Planck Institute - Medical News Today

* ►December 11, 2005 - WHO jobs: Smokers need not apply - Times of India - "As of December 1, all applicants to WHO are being asked if they smoke or use other tobacco products. If their answer is yes and if they qualify for the job, they are asked to quit. They are hired only if they agree to do so."

►December 11, 2005 - HIV/AIDS cure: Body wants involvement of trado-medical experts - The Tide

►December 10, 2005 - Roche in Tamiflu pact with generic makers - Financial Express

►December 10, 2005 - Legislation would protect nation's vaccine makers - Liability shield seen as help during health emergency, Republicans say - Houston Chronicle

►December 10, 2005 - Villagers frantically search anti-rabies vaccine - Kathmandu Post

►December 10, 2005 - Calif. Hunters Aid Bird Flu Defense - Hunters Work with Scientists to Monitor for Avian Flu via ABC News

* ►December 10, 2005 - Bird flu vaccine eggs all in one basket - Researchers: Not sure shots will work but it's all they've got - In a handful of warehouses, at secret locations in the United States, sit containers of vaccine that health officials fervently hope could head off an outbreak of the killer flu. - CNN

* ►December 9, 2005 - Shaken Or Not: That Is The Question - By Red Flags Columnist, F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP (requires subscription) -

* ►December 9, 2005 - Bird-Flu Patients May Need Higher Dose of Tamiflu - Bloomberg - "'It's possible that increased doses of Tamiflu for treatment above the current recommended level may be more effective in H5N1 cases,'  Horby said by telephone from Bangkok. 'There are reports of some patients being treated with standard doses of Tamiflu in Vietnam and not being cured.''"

* ►December 9, 2005 - Sinovac Receives Government Funding for Pandemic Flu Vaccine Research and Development - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via Xinhua-PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►December 9, 2005 - Toronto MD accused of withholding Vioxx data (requires registration or subscription) - The Toronto Star - "In an electronically published editorial, editors of the prestigious journal alleged that authors of the landmark $100 million study — which involved 8,000 people in 22 countries, including 300 Canadians, to measure the safety of Vioxx before it was allowed for sale — failed to included data on three heart attacks among subjects taking the drug. The three heart attacks occurred months before the study was published in the journal in November 2000, but were not disclosed during the revision process, the editors said...Claire Bombardier, a prominent rheumatologist at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, was the lead author of the study, which was funded by pharmaceutical company Merck."

* ►December 9, 2005 - Novavax Shares Up After Marsh Announcement - AP via MSN Money - "Novavax Inc. shares jumped Friday after the biotech company said former Congressman John O. Marsh would lead a four-member committee in lobbying the government for support in development of its avian flu vaccine."

►December 9, 2005 - With an Additional US $1 Billion Per Year, Immunization Could Save Ten Million More Lives in a Decade - By 2015, more than 70 million children in the world’s poorest countries will be protected each year against 14 major childhood diseases. - press release - UNICEF/WHO via WebWire

►December 9, 2005 - UC researchers, industry team up on West Nile virus - Sacramento Business Journal

* ►December 8, 2005 - Merck's Deleted Data - Forbes - "A top editor of The New England Journal of Medicine says that he was stunned to find out that data linking Vioxx to cardiovascular risk was deleted from a major study his journal published five years ago--and that it appears that Merck researchers may have deleted that data."

* ►December 8, 2005 - Merck Study May Have Hidden Vioxx Data - Forbes

* ►December 8, 2005 - Merck deleted Vioxx safety info: Journal - Reuters via Yahoo!

* ►December 8, 2005 - Did HIV-Positive Mom's Beliefs Put Her Children at Risk? - Coroner Says 3-Year-Old Died of AIDS; Her Mother and Another Doctor Dispute That - ABC News - "Maggiore believed an allergic reaction to amoxicillin killed Eliza Jane."

* ►December 7, 2005 - Merck Files For Priority FDA Approval Of HPV Vaccine Gardasil - Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report via Medical News Today - "GSK said it plans to recommend Cervarix for girls as young as age 10, while Merck has said it plans to lobby states to require the vaccine for all 12-year-old children before they can enter school (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 11/30)."

►December 6, 2005 - Over 83,000 Children Vaccinated Against Polio In Moxico - AngolaPress

►December 6, 2005 - Mesa prepares for the worst - Should flu pandemic hit, city readies its resources (requires registration) - Arizona Republic

* ►December 6, 2005 - Could Chips in Chickens Track Avian Flu? - Maker of RFID tags proposes monitoring poultry health through embedded microchips. - InfoWorld via PC World

* ►December 6, 2005 - HHS hopes pandemic preparations will ease flu vaccine supply kinks - CIDRAP News - "'We've got to build the demand for the annual flu vaccine,' said Leavitt. 'So the annual flu vaccine is a very important part of the strategy to have pandemic preparedness.'"

Posted December 11, 2005

►December 11, 2005 - Frist Warns Against Delaying Flu Funds - AP via Forbes - "Failure by Congress to immediately approve the president's request for $7.1 billion in emergency funds would hamper efforts to prepare for a possible outbreak of bird flu, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday...'It had better pass' before Congress adjourns for the year, said Frist, R-Tenn. 'We need to be prepared. I'm very hopeful that we will invest $7.1 billion to look at prevention, to look at care, to look at treatment.'"

* ►December 11, 2005 - Probe Into Frist Stock Sale Continues - AP via San Francisco Chronicle - "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist remains under investigation by federal authorities for his sale of stock in his family founded hospital chain this year."

* ►December 11, 2005 - Drug makers seek protection - AP via Home News Tribune

* ►December 11, 2005 - US Government tests readiness for flu pandemic - AP via The Hindu - "The White House on Saturday sought to "push resources to the breaking point" as officials tested the government's readiness for a flu pandemic in the United States."

* ►December 11, 2005 - `Health bonds' for the poor - Investors to earn an interest of 3-4 per cent - The Hindu - "Floating the first 'global health bonds' that are expected to raise $4 billion, the Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) will provide an opportunity to individuals and concerned groups across the world to not just make a sound investment but also become part of making healthcare accessible to 'the poorest of the poor'."

* ►December 11, 2005 - Can We Stop the next Killer Flu? - Scientists like Jeffery Taubenberger aren't just going to sit there waiting for a pandemic. They're gearing up for the war between bugs and humans (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Back in the day, the Soviets were enthusiastic about putting biological agents such as anthrax into their missiles..But the 1918 virus wouldn't be the ideal bioweapon. Flu strains currently in circulation are descendants of that virus, so people carry some immunity to that subtype of flu. There are biological agents, such as anthrax, that would be easier to obtain, easier to weaponize."

►December 11, 2005 - 16 nations vow to combat avian flu - Bangkok Post

* ►December 11, 2005 - Meningitis scare hits SOU - Mail Tribune - "The young woman likely had not received a vaccine against bacterial meningitis now recommended for most incoming freshmen college students, Robin said...Even if she had been immunized, however, it wouldn’t have helped, she added...The vaccine isn’t effective against the particular strain of bacteria that infected the girl, even though it’s the most common kind diagnosed in Oregon...'That one’s hard to treat,' Robin said."

* ►December 11, 2005 - Parents get wish on nut-death probe (requires registration or subscription) - - "The parents of a four-year-old boy who died at his kindergarten from a suspected allergic reaction to peanuts have welcomed the State Coroner's decision to hold an inquest into his death after a year-long battle to try to find out what went wrong."

►December 11, 2005 - Polio drops to be given today - Express News Service via Ludhiana Newsline via

* ►December 10, 2005 - Doctor Links Merck Trial to His Demotion (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Less than a week after his videotaped lambasting of Merck was played in a Houston federal courthouse, Dr. Eric Topol, a prominent cardiologist, has lost his title as chief academic officer of the Cleveland Clinic's medical college...'The hardest thing in the world is just trying to tell the truth, to do the right thing for patients, and you get vilified,' he said yesterday. 'No wonder nobody stands up to the industry.'"

►December 10, 2005 - US Vioxx jury to resume deliberations Monday - Reuters

►December 10, 2005 - Flu shot? Good luck - editorial (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►December 10, 2005 - Indonesia plans mass bird flu vaccinations - Xinhuanet via China View - "The Indonesian government had planned to vaccinate some 47 million people who had any connection with poultry in an attempt to prevent the possible mutation of the virus that causes Avian Influenza, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Suspect flu vaccines contain flu antigens - - "Samples of the 1,000 or so suspected unregistered influenza vaccines, packaged by Shenzhen Aventis Pasteur, have been found to contain influenza A (H1 & H3) and influenza B virus antigens, the Department of Health says. The samples also passed a sterility test."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Illegal Hong Kong flu vaccines "safe" -- government - AFP via - "Boxes of the French-made Vaxigrip vaccine were recalled by health officials last week after it was discovered they had been brought into the territory by a company that did not have a license to import drugs."

* ►December 10, 2005 - State, Local Governments Must Lead Flu Battle, White House Says - Bloomberg - "'The most important part of that strategy will be vaccines and anti-virals,' said Townsend, following today's so-called table-top exercise. 'You might think about getting your annual flu shot..'"

* ►December 10, 2005 - Top Bush aides test bird flu preparedness - Reuters AlertNet - "Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and other top officials took part in the four-hour tabletop drill, which officials said was designed to assess the level of federal preparedness for a possible outbreak of bird flu or another deadly virus...'This is about being ready for what inevitably will come,' Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Bird Flu, Part V: States Getting 'Ready for Anything' - FOX News

►December 10, 2005 - Japan to cull 19,000 chickens exposed to bird flu - Reuters, UK

►December 10, 2005 - 5th bird flu patient receives 1st checkup after recovery - Xinhuanet via China View

►December 10, 2005 - To ensure health, cure vaccine system - guest column - Winston-Salem Journal

►December 10, 2005 - Zambia on bird flu high alert - Xinhuanet via China View

►December 10, 2005 - CFIA: Poultry Farms In B.C. Fraser Valley Declared Free Of Avian Influenza - press release - Canadian Food Inspection Agency via CCNMatthews

* ►December 10, 2005 - Substandard US medical donations rejected - China Daily - "China will return three containers of substandard medical supplies donated by US charity organizations, which included stained bedding, used surgical clothes and expired equipment."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Quick HIV Test Is Giving Too Many False Positives, Officials Say (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Health officials in New York and San Francisco said yesterday that a widely used rapid test for the virus that causes AIDS had been producing too many false-positive results, frightening healthy people into thinking they might be infected."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Protests, Challenges Mark AIDS Conference in Nigeria (includes audio) - The latest conference on AIDS in Africa has been marked by protests, discord, absent guests and alarming statistics. With just ten percent of the world's total population, latest figures show that Africa is home to two-thirds of all the people infected with HIV, and the percentage is much higher for children. - Voice of America

►December 10, 2005 - In Chennai, Gates impressed by Amma's IT and HIV initiatives - Express News Service via Indian Express

►December 10, 2005 - Creating a solution that gives leverage for change in health - The Times, UK

►December 10, 2005 - India must take steps to prevent polio, says expert - Unicef official - A recent case in Angola was linked to India - Indian Express

►December 10, 2005 - India, Norway to collaborate on vaccines, quake research - NewKerala

►December 10, 2005 - Unicef: 70mn Indian children at risk - At least 70 million children in India are at high risk of getting Japanese encephalitis, but there are not enough vaccines to protect them against the deadly illness. - AFP via Al Jazeera

►December 10, 2005 - New Studies Identify Advances in Treatment Of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia - press release - The American Society of Hematology via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►December 10, 2005 - Whooping cough reported in borough school district - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

►December 10, 2005 - Whooping cough spreading in county - Edwardsville tells parents about case - Belleville News-Democrat

►December 10, 2005 - Few aware of post-polio syndrome - Man seeks to raise public awareness with book - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

►December 10, 2005 - Interleukin with interferon boosts immunity - Journal of Clinical Oncology via United Press International

►December 10, 2005 - A plague of bullies - North Adams Transcript - "'Bullying is a major issue among students in the United States. Mount Greylock is no different,' Kaiser said."

* ►December 9, 2005 - Death toll from bird flu hits 70 as Thai boy dies - Reuters AlertNet

►December 9, 2005 - Fifth human flu case confirmed in China - United Press International

►December 9, 2005 - Family doctors feel ill-prepared for flu pandemic: survey - CBC News

►December 9, 2005 - Biodefense cocktail boosts immunity - Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology via United Press International

►December 9, 2005 - Patrons Offered Globulin After Cafe Worker Catches Hepatitis A - Health Officials Have Not Closed Cafe Pinot -

►December 9, 2005 - Ex-McDonald's employee tests positive for hepatitis A - San Luis Obispo Tribune

►December 8, 2005 - Ukraine says bird flu found in Crimea is H5N1 strain - Reuters, UK

* ►December 8, 2005 - 'Safe' painkiller is leading cause of liver failure - New Scientist

* ►December 7, 2005 - Biological Terrorism Dangers Overstated, Expert Says - Global Security Newswire via

* ►December 7, 2005 - 'The man had never been sick' - A Michigan lab worker's cause of death is still a mystery as experts' opinions conflict. - Daily Press - "Barbara Dunn says she's sure that her husband died from the vaccine, and BioPort and government officials tried to convince her otherwise, even before the autopsy was finished...BioPort and Pentagon officials have publicly dismissed the death as simple heart disease, normal for a 61-year-old."

* ►December 7, 2005 - 20,000 Troops Hospitalized after given Anthrax Vaccine - Daily Press via Bellaciao

* ►December 6, 2005 - 'Still a little unclear what she died from' - Death by vaccine - but which one? Multiple shots cloud the issue of cause. - Daily Press - "Army Spc. Rachel Lacy was killed in the line of duty...The line was at Fort McCoy, Wis., where Lacy and others from the 452nd Combat Support Hospital unit waited to get anthrax, smallpox and other vaccinations while preparing to deploy to Afghanistan...Instead of serving overseas, Lacy got terribly sick within days...She died a month later."

* ►December 6, 2005 - 'They gave me an order ... and I refused' - Jessica Bond skipped the anthrax shot. The result was loss of pay and rank, and dismissal from the service. - Daily Press - "Bond says her reason for refusing was simple: When the orders came, she was the parent of a baby daughter and about to become a single parent because of a divorce...'If I got sick from that shot, who was going to take care of my daughter?' she asked."

* ►December 6, 2005 - Anthrax Q&A - Daily Press

* ►December 6, 2005 - Anthrax Options - Troops facing vaccination for anthrax now face education and a choice - not a forced march to the clinic and orders to take the shot or be court - Daily Press

* ►December 5, 2005 - 'I'd known that kid ... That wasn't him' - Bill Noel's mental health declined rapidly after his second anthrax shot, leaving him spaced out, angry and paranoid. He died after setting himself on fire. (includes video) - Daily Press - "Noel's case wasn't reported to VAERS until months after his death. Even then, his widow - not the dozens of military doctors who treated him for months - was the one who filed the report. Laura Noel says those doctors refused to even discuss a possible connection between the vaccine and her husband's health."

* ►December 5, 2005 - 'Young' men got Lou Gehrig's disease - Navy officers Denis Army and Brody Prieto were hit by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis soon after their shots. - Daily Press - "Both died thinking that their anthrax shots triggered - or caused - this always-fatal illness, despite military doctors' refusal to consider the possibility, their widows say...Some scientists say there might be good reasons to think that the two men were right."

* ►December 5, 2005 - 'We wish it didn't happen at all' - An Air Force veteran's life was wrecked by anthrax shots, in one of few cases that the Pentagon will acknowledge as related to the vaccine. - Daily Press

* ►December 5, 2005 - 'I'll just stay on it as long as I can ...' - Five years after taking his first anthrax shot, 19-year Navy veteran Patrick Kelly was forced into retirement by a rare form of cancer. (includes video) - Daily Press - "H. Hugh Fudenberg is a former member of the National Institutes of Health's Task Force on Multiple Myeloma and Chronic Leukemia. He says health records of Fort Detrick workers that he examined about 20 years ago showed widespread evidence of MGUS...Fudenberg is one of several experts on vaccines and autoimmune diseases who say Kelly's cancer very well might have been triggered by his anthrax shots - especially given the contamination involved. Kelly's medical records and findings by the Food and Drug Administration show that all five doses of anthrax that he received came from vaccine batches containing squalene."

* ►December 4, 2005 - Special Report: Anthrax Puzzle (includes audio and video) - Who's telling the truth about the military's anthrax vaccine? The Pentagon and government-financed experts, who say the drug is safe and effective? Or veterans who say their health took a nose-dive after they got the shot? Now that troops have a choice, they have to decide whom to trust. Decide for yourself, as the Daily Press brings you four days of coverage. - Daily Press

* ►December 4, 2005 - What should you know - Daily Press - "Every vaccine causes adverse reactions in some percentage of the population, either because of the vaccine itself, the additives and preservatives used to make and deliver it - or the act of getting a vaccine - says Gene Stollerman, professor emeritus of medicine and public health at Boston University...Stollerman was chairman of a government panel in the 1970s that passed judgment on the safety and worth of many vaccines used today, including the anthrax vaccine. He's been an internationally known expert on vaccines and public health for more than 40 years."

* ►December 4, 2005 - How anthrax attacks - Daily Press

* ►December 4, 2005 - More information about the anthrax vaccine - Daily Press

Posted December 10, 2005

►January/February 2006 - Obstetric complications in individuals diagnosed with autism and in healthy controls. - journal article (Comprehensive Psychiatry)

►January 2006 - Cellular immunity in healthy volunteers treated with an octavalent conjugate Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccine - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2006 - Modified vaccinia virus Ankara protein F1L is a novel BH3-domain-binding protein and acts together with the early viral protein E3L to block virus-associated apoptosis - journal article (Cell Death and Differentiation)

* ►December 10, 2005 - Are US flu death figures more PR than science? - journal article (BMJ) - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Drug companies told that sponsoring patients' groups might help win approval for their products - journal article (BMJ)

* ►December 10, 2005 - Sailor links rare cancer diagnosis to anthrax shot - Daily Press via The Olympian - "Doctors finally figured out that Kelly had multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer. It’s an autoimmune disease in which the body pro-duces too many plasma cells, destroying the person’s healthy cells and bones in the process. Military doctors told Kelly his illness wasn’t related to his anthrax shots...Jawien says he doubts a connection because there’s no good scientific research proving a link. The connection isn’t far-fetched biologically, though, he says. The anthrax shot, like many vaccines, activates B cells — white blood cells that make antibodies — to do its work. B cells gone berserk are a hallmark of multiple myeloma."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Regents vote rekindles immunization issue - Board reverts to stricter guidelines - Press & Sun-Bulletin - "Some of the interviews undertaken by school officials to confirm religious beliefs amounted to religious tribunals, said Gary Krasner, director of the Coalition for Informed Choice. Some parents have spent hours explaining their views, and one likened the process to a legal deposition, he said."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Regents tighten rule on immunization - The Journal News - "The state Board of Regents voted yesterday to once again tighten the exemption policy for childhood immunizations, but that does not mean the controversial issue has been settled, officials said."

* ►December 10, 2005 - Vaccination issue still unsettled in New York - Gannett News Service via Ithaca Journal - "'Quite a few districts are, I think, shocking in the extent to which they grill parents on the details of their religious beliefs as well as extraordinarily personal questions about the medical histories of the parents and children, at the end of which the school then thinks it has the right to judge whether somebody's religious beliefs are sincere and genuine,' he said."

* ►December 9, 2005 - Bird Flu, Part IV: Flying the Coop for New Vaccine Technology - The "chicken and the egg" approach to mass-producing influenza vaccines may soon fly the coop. - FOX News

* ►December 9, 2005 - Medical Journal Criticizes Merck Over Vioxx Data (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The New England Journal of Medicine's allegation could play a critical role in the thousands of lawsuits that Merck faces over Vioxx, an arthritis and pain drug."

* ►December 9, 2005 - Star role for bacteria in controlling flu pandemic? - Engineering microbes could be our best hope for creating enough antiviral drugs. - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

* ►December 9, 2005 - Royal Soc. attacked on open access - Leading scientists criticize the UK's national academy of science for its negative stance - The Scientist - "The letter-writers argue that the Royal Society is disparaging open access to protect the interests of for-profit publishers – including the Royal Society itself -- while the Society accuses petitioners of harbouring their own conflict of interest."

►December 9, 2005 - Virology: Resurrecting the past - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►December 9, 2005 - The Ten Top Pediatric Stories of 2005 - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

* ►December 9, 2005 - Is China hiding avian influenza? - United Press International - "There is growing concern that China may not be as open in its reporting of avian-influenza outbreaks as originally believed...Guan Yi, a virologist from the University of Hong Kong, was reported in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper as saying: "I don't know if they are brave enough to admit that they have the virus in every corner of the country."

* ►December 9, 2005 - Bird flu virus mutation in Ukraine is unique - RIA Novosti - "The mutation of the bird flu virus discovered in the Crimea, an autonomy on the Black Sea, is unlike any other that has been found in the world and is extremely dangerous for humans, Ukraine's ICTV channel reported Friday."

►December 9, 2005 - S'pore has pre-ordered sufficient flu vaccines in case of pandemic - Channel News Asia

►December 9, 2005 - Avian influenza -- situation in China, Thailand -- update 47 - World Health Organization

►December 9, 2005 - Flu vaccines popular at the casino - Norwich Bulletin

►December 9, 2005 - New flu vaccine shipment arrives for Butte County - Oroville Mercury-Register

* ►December 9, 2005 - Bachchan dons angry persona for Pulse Polio campaign - - "The campaign, which broke late last week and is being aired extensively across television and radio channels, consists of four theme ads that have Bachchan coaxing, chiding and even browbeating audiences to get their children vaccinated against polio."

►December 9, 2005 - WHO lauds India's polio campaign, eradication by next year - Webindia123

►December 9, 2005 - Whooping cough is choking up Utah County - Provo Daily Herald

►December 9, 2005 - KDHE Announces West Nile Virus Cases - Kansas City infoZine

►December 8, 2005 - Benin: Measles initiative readies for latest African vaccination campaign - American Red Cross via ReliefWeb

* ►December 8, 2005 - Taking a Shot for Science - Volunteers in Vaccine Study Help Doctors Combat Bird Flu - The Washington Post - "Since late March, McDuff and 149 other volunteers have been coming to the university's Center for Vaccine Development as part of the high-stakes clinical trial. Three sites nationwide were selected to test the body's response to a scientifically manipulated version of the H5N1 virus, which since 2003 has killed at least 69 men, women and children across Asia. The genesis of the test strain, in fact, was taken from a Vietnamese girl who was one of those 69."

* ►December 8, 2005 - The rush is on to produce new flu vaccine - The Asahi Shimbun - "The clinical tests of the model vaccine will be conducted with the cooperation of the Japan Medical Association."

* ►December 8, 2005 - Frist Calls For Aggressive Measures To Combat Avian Flu -

* ►December 8, 2005 - Doubting the threat of avian flu - The Ithacan - "But could an avian flu outbreak happen in the U.S.? Experts at Cornell University say it’s unlikely because of the precautions taken by the U.S. poultry industry and limited contact Americans have with live birds."

* ►December 8, 2005 - Thailand to produce its own version of anti-bird flu drug - People's Daily, China

* ►December 8, 2005 - Merck & Co., Inc. Response to an Editorial Posted on the New England Journal of Medicine Web Site - Merck

* ►December 8, 2005 - Big Pharma Seeks an Image Cure - U.S. drug companies are trying to repair their reputations. So far, the results have been mixed at best - BusinessWeek

►December 8, 2005 - Robert Koch, the Nobel Prize, and the Ongoing Threat of Tuberculosis - journal article (NEJM)

►December 8, 2005 - Patterns of latex allergen recognition in children sensitized to natural rubber latex - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►December 7, 2005 - Editorial: Tort shield is wrong defense against flu - Star Tribune - "The premise behind the liability shield is familiar, even plausible: American drugmakers have been pulling out of the vaccine business for the last 20 years, and fear of lawsuits must be one reason. But that argument falls apart on close examination. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found only 10 lawsuits in the last 20 years over flu vaccines; the authors have concluded that drug companies withdrew from the vaccine business mainly because of low-profit margins and unpredictable demand."

* ►December 7, 2005 - Advance In Cholera Bacteria Points To New Treatment And Vaccine - Dartmouth Medical School via Biocompare

* ►December 7, 2005 - Adverse Events Reported Following Live, Cold-Adapted, Intranasal Influenza Vaccine - journal article (JAMA)

* ►December 7, 2005 - China leads world in bird flu vaccine research: experts - Xinhua via China View

* ►December 7, 2005 - Avian flu scare has Tamiflu maker navigating minefield - USA Today - "With its sales stoked by fears of an avian flu pandemic, a drug once considered a dud has turned into one of the world's hottest medicines."

►December 7, 2005 - Thailand successfully produces anti-bird flu drug - Bangkok Post

►December 7, 2005 - Flu Roundup: Possible human transmission of bird flu investigated - M&C News - "The suspected cases of human-to-human transmission are currently being examined by international health authorities, and there has not yet been any confirmation that the disease can be contracted from anything other than infected birds and their mucus and feces."

►December 7, 2005 - Tourists unfazed by bird flu in Asia - Reuters

►December 7, 2005 - Share world-flu data - The Miami Herald

►December 7, 2005 - Hospital hit by stronger superbug - Eleven patients at Walsgrave hospital in Coventry have acquired a superbug said to be stronger than MRSA. - BBC

►December 7, 2005 - Study finds hundreds of toxic chemicals in umbilical cords of newborns - World Socialist Web Site

►December 7, 2005 - Consumers find some pharma ads memorable and motivating - - "According to the group, in the five months ending August 31, 2005, 31 new prescription drug TV advertisements across 21 brands aired during primetime television across all broadcast and major cable television networks."

►December 7, 2005 - UK rules against animal rights group - Decision stemmed from scientific organizations' complaints against a group decrying animal experiments - The Scientist

►December 7, 2005 - FDA Should Form Alliance With CMS To Convey Drug Risk Information To Elderly, NCPIE Says - FDA Advisory Committee

►December 7, 2005 - Large head link to brain cancer - Babies born with a larger head may have an increased risk of childhood brain cancer, research suggests. - BBC

►December 7, 2005 - Marijuana derivatives may provide MS treatment - Reuters Health

►December 7, 2005 - Salty taste preference linked to birth weight - Monell Chemical Senses Center via

* ►December 6, 2005 - Agency Chief Spurs Bioterror Research -- and Controversy - Wall Street Journal via - "Fauci hopes to prepare companies to bid on contracts under the $5.6 billion BioShield program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But his efforts have come under attack by those on the losing end who claim that Fauci favors some private concerns over others and that he should refrain from intervening in market forces."

* ►December 6, 2005 - Consumer Reports: FDA Drug Approval, Follow-Up 'Flawed' - Millions of Americans unknowingly risk rare but serious drug side effects, Consumer Reports says. - WebMD via FOX News

►December 6, 2005 - Possible role of Fas/Fas ligand-mediated apoptosis in the pathogenesis of fixed drug eruption - journal article (British Journal of Dermatology)

* ►December 6, 2005 - Vaccination of children to cost up to $35bn - Financial Times

* ►December 5, 2005 - Pharma Reformulates - Sales grew in the past year, but the pharmaceutical industry saw many major products come under fire and was challenged in moving new ones forward - Chemical & Engineering News

* ►December 5, 2005 - Parents Want to Know About Every Pediatrician Error - HealthDay News via ABC News

* ►December 5, 2005 - EPA seeks to leave you in the dark - Agency would neuter chemical report data. - New-Leader

►December 5, 2005 - Promoting Antibody Diversity - Research closes in on the action of AID - The Scientist

►December 5, 2005 - Modified Atkins Diet Effectively Treats Childhood Seizures - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via ScienceDaily

►December 5, 2005 - The Year That Was - Foundations, regulations, and approvals were the industry and policy highlights of 2005 - The Scientist

►December 5, 2005 - Nanotechnology's Dilemmas - Now is the time to wrestle with the ethics of this Pandora's Box - The Scientist

►December 5, 2005 - Women in US need more breastfeeding support - Reuters Health

* ►December 2, 2005 - Feds might relax rules on tracking chemicals - Local environmentalists, officials express concerns - The Cincinnati Enquirer

* ►December 1, 2005 - State Laws May Hurt U.S. Flu Efforts - Regulators (requires registration) - Reuters via Medscape - "They said more than 20 U.S. states have laws pending that would limit or forbid the use of thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative. Six states have enacted legislation that takes effect as soon as January 2006. Several people speaking at a meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee said the laws would be an impediment to efforts to speed delivery of vaccines should the H5N1 avian flu, or any other virus, mutate into a pandemic strain."

►December 1, 2005 - Anti-CD25 Antibody Enhancement of Vaccine-Induced Immunogenicity: Increased Durable Cellular Immunity with Reduced Immunodominance - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►December 1, 2005 - Terrorism and Disaster - What Clinicians Need to Know: Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B CME (requires registration) - Medscape

►December 1, 2005 - Are chemokines the third major system in the brain? - journal article (Journal of Leukocyte Biology)

►December 1, 2005 - Crosstalk between chemokines and neuronal receptors bridges immune and nervous systems - journal article (Journal of Leukocyte Biology)

►December 1, 2005 - Protein Kinase C{theta} Controls Th1 Cells in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►December 1, 2005 - Trial Report - Stomach and Duodenum - journal article (Current Gastroenterology Reports)

►December 1, 2005 - Vasoactive intestinal peptide generates CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells in vivo - journal article (Journal of Leukocyte Biology)

* ►December 2005 - Economic Evaluation of the 7-Vaccine Routine Childhood Immunization Schedule in the United States, 2001 - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

* ►December 2005 - A Limited Measles Outbreak in a Highly Vaccinated US Boarding School - journal article (Pediatrics)

►December 2005 - Prime-boost vaccination with plasmid DNA and a chimeric adenovirus type 5 vector with type 35 fiber induces protective immunity against HIV - journal article (Gene Therapy)

►December 2005 - Response of Preterm Newborns to Immunization With a Hexavalent Diphtheria–Tetanus–Acellular Pertussis–Hepatitis B Virus–Inactivated Polio and Haemophilus influenzae Type b Vaccine: First Experiences and Solutions to a Serious and Sensitive Issue - journal article (Pediatrics)

►December 2005 - Immunization without needles - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►December 2005 - Emergence of W135 meningococcal meningitis in Ghana - journal article (Tropical Medicine & International Health)

►December 2005 - Immunopathogenesis of coronavirus infections: implications for SARS - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►December 2005 - The prevalence and correlates of abuse among children with autism served in comprehensive community-based mental health settings - journal article (Child Abuse & Neglect)

►December 2005 - Using a Preprinted Order Sheet to Reduce Prescription Errors in a Pediatric Emergency Department: A Randomized, Controlled Trial - journal article (Pediatrics)

►December 2005 - Relation of Time Spent in an Encounter With the Use of Antibiotics in Pediatric Office Visits for Viral Respiratory Infections - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

►December 2005 - Vitamin E Supplementation in Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Tardive Dyskinesia, and Cataract: Part 2 - journal article (The Annals of Pharmacotherapy)

►December 2005 - Natural Health Products, Modulation of Immune Function and Prevention of Chronic Diseases - journal article (Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

►December 2005 - Research Highlight: Immune regulation Immunological synapses Cytokines (requires registration) - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►December 2005 - Immune responses: Shuttling serotonin: not just in our heads (requires registration) - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►December 2005 - Initially Misleading Communication of Carrier Results After Newborn Genetic Screening - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November/December 2005 - Understanding Peanut Allergy - Advance for Physician Assistants

►November 29, 2005 - Immunization Information System Progress - United States, 2004 (requires registration) - MMWR via Medscape

* ►November 29, 2005 - Shaken Baby Syndrome (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Forensic Nursing via Medscape

* ►November 2005 - Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis - journal article (Archives of Neurology) - "Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a monophasic autoimmune demyelinating disease of the central nervous system that typically follows a febrile infection or a vaccination. Children are predominantly affected."

►November 2005 - Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Pain Management Service: A Survey - journal article (Pain Medicine)

►November 2005 - Bach flower remedies used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children—A prospective double blind controlled study - journal article (European Journal of Paediatric Neurology)

►November 2005 - Curcumin Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Pilot Study - journal article (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)