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* ►March 16, 2010 - Physician attitudes towards influenza immunization and vaccine mandates - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - A decline in varicella but an uncertain impact on zoster following varicella vaccination in Victoria, Australia - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - Phase 1 clinical trials of the safety and immunogenicity of adjuvanted plasmid DNA vaccines encoding influenza A virus H5 hemagglutinin - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - Potent adaptive immune responses induced against HIV-1 gp140 and influenza virus HA by a polyanionic carbomer - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - Autologus dendritic cell vaccine for chronic hepatitis B carriers: A pilot, open label, clinical trial in human volunteers - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - Production of H5N1 (NIBRG-14) inactivated whole virus and split virion influenza vaccines and analysis of immunogenicity in mice using different adjuvant formulations - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 16, 2010 - A single nasal dose of fms-like tyrosine kinase receptor-3 ligand, but not peritoneal application, enhances nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae-specific long-term mucosal immune responses in the nasopharynx - journal article (Vaccine)

►March 16, 2010 - Effect of an immunization program on seasonal influenza hospitalizations in Mexican children - journal article (Vaccine)

►March 16, 2010 - Functional characterization of in vivo effector CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses in acute Toxoplasmosis: An interplay of IFN-γ and cytolytic T cells - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►March 13, 2010 - Diarrhoea: why children are still dying and what can be done - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►March 13, 2010 - Porphyrias - journal article (The Lancet) - "Rare recessive porphyrias usually manifest in early childhood with either severe cutaneous photosensitivity and chronic haemolysis or chronic neurological symptoms with or without photosensitivity. Porphyrias are still underdiagnosed, but when they are suspected, and dependent on clinical presentation, simple first-line tests can be used to establish the diagnosis in all symptomatic patients."

►March 13, 2010 - The role of academic health science systems in the transformation of medicine - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - Variant or sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - Variant or sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? — Authors' reply - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - New WHO HIV treatment and prevention guidelines - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - Hiccups, nausea, and vomiting: water channels under attack! - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - Donors' commitments to neglected tropical diseases: not all bad - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - The Global Fund: replenishment and redefinition in 2010 - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 13, 2010 - The price of foodborne illness in the USA - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►March 12, 2010 - Autism-study doctor facing grant probe - Accusations over funds stir those who reject that there is no vaccine link to the disorder. - Philadelphia Inquirer - "On Jan. 22, Aarhus University said that it had uncovered a 'considerable shortfall' in grant money from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a research program that Thorsen had directed. The university referred the matter to police, who are conducting an investigation. Anti-vaccine groups have seized on the allegations to contend that scientific studies disproving the vaccine link to autism are wrong. Those groups have long argued that thimerosal, a preservative in some vaccines, can cause autism, as can the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella. 'I think it is quite significant,' said Dan Olmsted of the Age of Autism. 'I think someone allegedly capable of ripping off his own university by forging documents from the CDC is capable of pulling off anything.'"

* ►March 12, 2010 - ‘Little Women’ Talk To The FDA About Gardasil - Pharmalot - "They call themselves the “Little Women,” and they say they’ve spent the past three years documenting Gardasil. They also run a web site called TruthAboutGardasil, which displays pictures of young women who, their families claim, were harmed by the vaccine. For its part, Merck has always stood by the safety of Gardasil and last year, both the FDA and the CDC reaffirmed the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness (see here and here)."

* ►March 12, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Why did the Lancet take so long? Re: Patient Confidentiality - John Stone, Contributing editor: Age of Autism - journal article (BMJ) - "Prof Dodge raises some interesting questions. It might be one kind of issue if Mr Deer had legal access to the documents and possibly misused them, but what if he did not have legal access? Would this still be a matter for the civil courts, or something else? I think we need clarification."

* ►March 12, 2010 - WHO welcomes Gates Foundation support in advancing global vaccine efforts - WHO via News-Medical.Net

* ►March 12, 2010 - Lode tot, other measles cases prompt call for vaccinations - The Record - "The recently reported measles cases involved the Amador County girl - who has recovered completely - a San Francisco man, and a boy and a man from Santa Clara County. None of the four had contact with one another, according to officials, but the Amador girl and two others had recently traveled outside North America, as do most measles patients reported in the United States."

►March 12, 2010 - Grassley Tells PBMs To Disclose Ties To Pharma - Pharmalot - "In his latest attempt to probe the pharmaceutical industry, US Senator Chuck Grassley has written two big pharmacy benefit managers, as well as a trade group, asking them to provide information about their financial relationships with drugmakers. This week, he sent letters to Express Scripts, CVS Caremark and the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (click on name to see letters)."

►March 12, 2010 - Comparative Effectiveness & A Lack Of Comparisons - Pharmalot

* ►March 12, 2010 - Children with chronic diseases are more vulnerable to critical H1N1 - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via TopNews

* ►March 12, 2010 - The Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA) Objects to Media Reports Tainting Autism Doctors and Misrepresenting Autism Treatments - PRWeb via Yahoo! - "Children on the autism spectrum and their families face enormous medical, legal, educational and financial hurdles. Media attacks on the doctors who treat autistic children or the scientists who study their condition are in effect attacks against these children themselves. EBCALA parent advocate Kim Mack Rosenberg said, "Attacking autistic kids' doctors is just another variation on blame the victim. The press should know better." EBCALA calls on all media covering stories about autism treatments to cover them in a fair, unbiased and balanced manner, giving accused doctors and family members who choose them the opportunity to speak on the record. EBCALA parent advocate Jennifer Keefe said, "we're only asking the press to do its job - provide fair and balanced coverage."

* ►March 12, 2010 - FDA Task Force Seeks Public Comments on Increasing Transparency With Regulated Industry - FDA

►March 12, 2010 - Cases of A/H1N1 virus decline in Japan - Xinhua

►March 12, 2010 - Nine in Spartanburg treated after exposure to rabies - The Greenville News

►March 12, 2010 - Plumstead: Autistic 15-year-old boy goes missing - News Shopper

►March 12, 2010 - TouchPoint Autism Services Adds Four Board Members to Support Growth - TouchPoint via Web Newswire

►March 12, 2010 - Novels explore the mystery of autism - The Daily News Journal

►March 12, 2010 - A toast to increasing autism awareness -

►March 12, 2010 - BITS Pilani scientists find new way to control Malaria - Science via

►March 12, 2010 - Market Withdrawal of Chiron RIBA HCV 3.0 SIA - Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Emeryville, CA - FDA

►March 12, 2010 - Immune cells that fight parasites but cause allergies, asthma identified - Nature via ANI via 

* ►March 12, 2010 - Fat Surgery Urged for Obese Kids May Boost Allergan Sales - Bloomberg - "David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston, was against weight-loss surgery for kids, he says, because it ignored the real problem, a “toxic environment” jammed with junk food. He’s since changed his mind. The rate of obesity in children has tripled since 1980, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boosting rates of sleep apnea, diabetes and heart disease. That’s why Ludwig, a leading childhood obesity researcher, says U.S. regulators should approve a procedure in which surgeons wrap a silicone band around children’s stomachs to help limit food intake."

* ►March 12, 2010 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Poul Thorsen: The fine art of distraction from inconvenient facts - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►March 12, 2010 - Connie Howard of Vue Weekly Interviews Dr. Andrew Wakefield - Age of Autism

* ►March 12, 2010 - DSHEA Repeal Legislation Delayed, Not Dead - National Health Federation via The One Click Group - "For the time being, on the Senate side of Congress, the bill has apparently been delayed. However, unless and until McCain formally pulls his bill, the DSSA bill is still alive in the Senate for the rest of this year. The Hatch-McCain understanding does not, under Senate procedures, preclude any other Senator like Dorgan, or the anti-supplement, DSHEA-hating Dick Durbin (the Assistant Senate Majority Leader), from filing a Motion to Discharge S.3002 from the Senate HELP committee, where it currently is. If this happens the bill can be sent directly to the full Senate for a passage vote."

* ►March 12, 2010 - ANH eBlast: Should we be preparing for a human rights challenge? - Alliance for Natural Health - "There are groups of US senators and congressman, coupled with the bulk of officials in the US’s Food & Drug Administration, who are desperate to knee-cap the US dietary supplement industry that now presents a serious alternative for many people who choose not to be reliant on licensed and patented pharmaceutical drugs."

* ►March 12, 2010 - Best of AoA: JB Handley on Henry Waxman "Father of the Autism Epidemic" - Age of Autism

* ►March 12, 2010 - DAN! Conference Baltimore, MD Offers Financial Aid to Families Seeking Autism Treatments - Age of Autism

* ►March 12, 2010 - Autism Speaks Undercuts NY Autism Health Insurance Reform - Age of Autism

* ►March 12, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline makes vaccine executive changes - AP via Forbes

* ►March 12, 2010 - Promotion of global health through oral immunotherapy using edible vaccines -

* ►March 12, 2010 - Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in Young Children Before Licensure of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine --- United States, 2007 - MMWR/CDC - "Because PCV13 was licensed on the basis of immunogenicity studies rather than clinical efficacy trials, post-licensure monitoring is important to characterize the effectiveness of PCV13 in different populations and to track the potential changes in disease burden caused by non-PCV13 serotypes."

* ►March 12, 2010 - Licensure of a 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and Recommendations for Use Among Children --- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010 - MMWR/CDC

►March 12, 2010 - Short-Term Effects of Health-Care Coverage Legislation --- Massachusetts, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►March 12, 2010 - Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication --- Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

* ►March 12, 2010 - Licensure of a Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Menveo) and Guidance for Use --- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010 - MMWR/CDC

►March 12, 2010 - Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Tables - MMWR/CDC

►March 12, 2010 - Japanese Encephalitis Vaccines - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - MMWR/CDC

* ►March 12, 2010 - Wyeth/Pfizer Vaccine Chief Justice Recuses Over Shareholdings - via The One Click Group

* ►March 12, 2010 - Science Triumphs For Gulf War Veterans In Their Battle With The VA - The One Click Group

* ►March 12, 2010 - CDC Vaccine Price List - Prices last reviewed/updated: March 12, 2010 - CDC

* ►March 12, 2010 - NOVAVAX Reports Fourth Quarter and 2009 Year-End Financial Results - press release - PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►March 12, 2010 - Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating - Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans - maybe even President Barack Obama - are being overtreated. - AP via Seattle Times

* ►March 12, 2010 - Obama delays Asia trip to focus on health care (requires registration) - Washington Post - "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said she was 'delighted' that Obama had pushed back his trip. When the House takes a final vote on health care, 'It's going to be historic,' she said."

* ►March 12, 2010 - Diphtheria makes a comeback - The Hindu - "A life-threatening disease has made a comeback in twin cities. Cases of persons falling prey to the potentially fatal bacterial ailment diphtheria are on the rise. The baffling part is that 95 per cent the diphtheria cases reported from January 2009 are those of adults, who were inoculated during their childhood."

►March 12, 2010 - West Coast School Rejects HPV Vaccine - The Press, NZ via The One Click Group

►March 12, 2010 - French Bread Spiked With LSD In CIA Experiment - The Daily Telegraph via The One Click Group

* ►March 12, 2010 - Nanotoxicity In Regulatory Vacuum - Institute of Science in Society via The One Click Group

►March 12, 2010 - Central Figure in CDC Vaccine Cover-Up Absconds With $2M - Huffington Post via The One Click Group

►March 12, 2010 - New Report Raises Gardasil Vaccine Concerns - Newsinferno via The One Click Group

* ►March 12, 2010 - New Study Shows Flu Vaccines Are Futile Rubbish - National Post via The One Click Group

* ►March 12, 2010 - "Third wave' of H1N1 could follow spring break - Decorah Journal

* ►March 12, 2010 - H1N1 Jab Drive For Students Resumes - The Brunei Times via Bru Direct

►March 12, 2010 - H1N1 flu strain still a threat - Gaylord Herald Times

* ►March 12, 2010 -  Measles claims eighth young victim in Cape - Independent Online - "The baby died on Wednesday in Tygerberg Hospital's ICU. He was the eighth child known to have died in the province. ... The children all had underlying conditions such as HIV, malnutrition, gastroenteritis, poor cardiac function and anaemia. They were six months to two years old."

►March 12, 2010 - Queensland Health looks for people in contact with measles man - A Brisbane man aged in his 30s is the first person in Queensland to be diagnosed with measles this year. - Courier Mail

►March 12, 2010 - Measles: Not ordinary, not common - Philippine Daily Inquirer

►March 12, 2010 - Pupils fight to end polio - The Interact Club and their End Polio Now stand - Melton Times, UK

* ►March 12, 2010 - Lyme vaccine: Lab's scary reaction sends owner back to the vet - Paw Print Post - "This owner thought she did the right thing by getting her dog vaccinated but nearly lost it afterwards. She asked about the vaccine in the forum. Since not everyone visits the forum, I wanted to give it more visibility."

►March 12, 2010 - UK Industry And Electorate Alike Condemn Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill - The One Click Group

►March 12, 2010 - Awash in Fake Drugs, Nigerians Fight Back (requires subscription) - Text Messaging Will Enable Consumers to Check Authenticity; Spate of Fatalities Included Antifreeze-Laced Cough Syrup - The Wall Street Journal

►March 12, 2010 - Food and Allergy Expo March 13 - 14 - COLES Gluten Free Food & Allergy Expo is set to expose new products and ideas.  - Perth Now, AU

* ►March 11, 2010 - Mercury induces inflammatory mediator release from human mast cells - journal article (Neuroinflammation) - "Conclusions - HgCl2 stimulates VEGF and IL-6 release from human mast cells. This phenomenon could disrupt the blood-brain-barrier and permit brain inflammation. As a result, the findings of the present study provide a biological mechanism for how low levels of mercury may contribute to ASD pathogenesis."

* ►March 11, 2010 - A Special Announcement from the National Autism Association - Age of Autism - "All of us at the National Autism Association would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our Founder, Joanne Pike, and her family. This week, Jo was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Jo is a wife and mother of four children. Her youngest son, Hunter, became the inspiration for Jo's advocacy work after he was diagnosed with autism. She founded NAA in 2003 based on extraordinary hope for Hunter and all those affected by autism."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Listen to Sandy Gottstein of Vaccination News on the Sam Bushman Program - Age of Autism

* ►March 11, 2010 - RFK Jr on HuffPo: "Central Figure in CDC Vaccine Cover-Up Absconds With $2M" - Age of Autism

* ►March 11, 2010 - Medical reviews conclude influenza immunizations ineffective (includes video) (includes podcast) - Two separate reviews of medical data on the effectiveness of vaccinating people to prevent influenza showed there were no benefits to being vaccinated for the flu. - Digital Journal  - "Epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jefferson, who is with the Cochrane Vaccines Field, participated in two different reviews of medical studies related to influenza vaccines. Both reviews were published by the Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Jefferson summarized the conclusions of the reviews in a podcast. ... "The reviews are very different in their content but not in their conclusions. Both ... highlight serious problems with the current evidence base. ... The implausible results of the studies are that the vaccines appear effective against those outcomes least likely to be caused by influenza viruses; such as influenza-like illness, hospitalization and death from all causes. In contrast they show only modest or no effect against influenza and hospitalization from pneumonia."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Baby in Britain is overdosed with BCG vaccine and is now being treated for TB - American Chronicle - "Dr David Elliman consultant in community child health at Great Ormond Street Hospital told the Telegraph that "It is not possible to catch TB from the BCG vaccine." I find this very difficult to believe considering the fact that this newborn is now being treated with drugs for TB. The law firm Irwin Mitchell is calling for a hospital to investigate why a newborn baby has been left receiving treatment for a potentially serious illness, after it was discovered that it was a junior doctor who prescribed and administered ten times the required dose of a BCG vaccine. Medical error involving vaccines is not uncommon. Also reported this week is another shocking account of children in Pakistan receiving a batch of out of date vaccines. It transpired that a quantity of expired vaccines for measles was given to children in one area of Pakistan leaving 33 children with adverse reactions. The Daily Times for Pakistan say that the health department staff administered the expired vaccine to the children during the anti-measles campaign and at least 33 children experienced serious reactions such as fainting diarrhoea and skin diseases."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Maternal immunization with ovalbumin prevents neonatal allergy development and up-regulates inhibitory receptor FcgammaRIIB expression on B cells (pdf) - journal article (BMC Immunology)

* ►March 11, 2010 - CAMC recognized for mandatory flu vaccine program - The Charleston Gazette - "CAMC made the seasonal flu vaccine mandatory for all employees last year. Two employees, including a nurse, who refused to get the vaccine were fired after the Jan. 9 deadline passed. The West Virginia Immunization Network, a coalition of members from all areas of health care within the state, gave CAMC a "Hot Shot Award," which recognizes people or groups in the state for their efforts to increase immunizations in their communities."

* ►March 11, 2010 - BioSante: Positive leukemia vaccine results (requires registration) - BioSante via Chicago Breaking Business News

* ►March 11, 2010 - The Pandemic That Wasn't - The incompetence of the World Health Organization. - Forbes - "The WHO's April 2009 decision to raise the pandemic flu threat to the penultimate level, Phase 5, "Pandemic Imminent," was unwarranted and far outpaced the data accumulated. Even worse was the June declaration that a pandemic was under way, which exposed the WHO's flawed fundamental paradigm. A warning system based solely on how widely a virus has spread, but that does not consider the nature, severity and impact of the illness it causes, is prone to false positives; it would classify not only seasonal flu but also the frequent but largely inconsequential outbreaks of virus-caused colds and gastroenteritis as "pandemics." WHO has never offered any explanation for why these examples that seem to fit its definition of a pandemic do not meet its criteria."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Risk- and age-based recommendations for influenza vaccination may return - Recommending that all people receive influenza vaccine was a good step toward improving influenza coverage, but much work remains to be done to actually implement those recommendations, according to a speaker at the 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases today in Miami. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►March 11, 2010 - Cow vaccine pioneer dies (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The world has "never had such a good vaccine in human or veterinary medicine," said Juan Lubroth, the Food and Agricultural Organization's chief veterinary officer. Plowright received the World Food Prize in 1999, the highest award from the FAO. Within the next 18 months, the FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health are expected to formally declare that rinderpest has been eradicated -- only the second disease to be eradicated through vaccination, after smallpox."

►March 11, 2010 - Description of two measles outbreaks in the Lazio Region, Italy (2006-2007). Importance of pockets of low vaccine coverage in sustaining the infection (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

* ►March 11, 2010 - What Is the New Psychiatry? - Psychiatry is changing, and we need to change with it. - Psychology Today - "In 2002 I was a speaker for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, going around to doctors' offices saying nice things about the antidepressant Effexor XR. One year and $30,000 later, I realized that I was unable to keep the financial incentives from influencing my talks. I had found myself highlighting the good qualities of the drug and dancing around the side effects. Eventually I quit all the speakers' bureaus and some years later wrote about the experience in The New York Times Magazine."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Editor in the eye of a storm Re: Reckless? - John Stone, Contributing editor: Age of Autism - journal article (BMJ) - "One of Dr Horton's greatest feats, of course, was to succeed in giving prosecution evidence against Andrew Wakefield at the GMC hearing having already advised them about how to bring about a prosecution in order to please the Secretary of State for Health:"

* ►March 11, 2010 - Study Claims Nursing-Home Workers as Inefficient in Dealing With Influenza Cases - Cochrane Library via TopNews

►March 11, 2010 - Mom and Dad need shots, too - Faribault Daily News

►March 11, 2010 - FAO claims progress in avian flu preparedness - CIDRAP News - "The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said this week that "substantial progress has been made in the preparedness and response mechanisms" for battling H5N1 avian influenza around the world."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Should schools use seclusion rooms, restraints for difficult kids? - The Capital Times - "About two-thirds of Madison’s public schools now use seclusion rooms; most also have teams of staff trained to use physical force to hustle misbehaving children into them. School officials report similar numbers at other districts across the state. Educators say the measures are used only as a last resort to keep children and staff safe. But parents and advocates say they are being misused by poorly trained staff, that there is a woeful lack of oversight, and that too many children like Donovan suffer as a result. Wisconsin legislators recently proposed a controversial bill that would regulate and monitor the use of these practices on public schoolchildren. Currently there are not laws or regulations that restrict their use in public schools the way there are for mental health facilities and prisons. The Department of Public Instruction has posted directives, but the state’s school districts are under no legal obligation to follow them, advocates say, and many don’t. Policies and practices vary wildly from district to district, from school to school and from teacher to teacher."

►March 11, 2010 - CDC Commentary: Healthcare-Associated Infections -- A Continuing Threat to Public Health (requires registration) (includes video) - CDC via Medscape

►March 11, 2010 - 2 or More Pneumonias Per Year May Indicate Genetic Immune Deficiency - PLoS One via

►March 11, 2010 - Drug Safety Labeling Changes February 2010 - FDA

* ►March 11, 2010 - Allergic child can eat only 3 foods - Deseret News - "Nathan suffers from an allergic food disorder named eosinophilic esophagitis — EE for short. It's a condition caused by too many white blood cells called eosinophils in the esophagus. These cells don't like food, or most foods, and they can react quite violently when food enters the throat. Medical science isn't any more sure why this happens than it is why EE didn't medically exist a decade ago. "For some reason, food allergies have increased dramatically over the past few years," says Dr. Richard Hendershot, an allergist who is treating Nathan. "We see that most significantly with peanut allergies. We used to not see peanut allergies at all. Now we're talking 1 to 2 percent of the population. EE has only been diagnosed for five to 10 years now. It's virtually new. A lot of awareness needs to take place."

* ►March 11, 2010 - FDA Still Has a Bone to Pick With These Drugmakers - The Motley Fool

* ►March 11, 2010 - FDA Update on the Investigation into the Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak - FDA

►March 11, 2010 - Feds Probing Pfizer's Kidney Drug May Want to Check a Certain Pharma Gossip Site ... - BNET

►March 11, 2010 - Scientists pinpoint source of recurrent yeast infections in autoimmune syndrome - Journal of Experimental Medicine via The Rockefeller University

►March 11, 2010 - Merck: Study of Vytorin effectiveness to continue - AP via The Boston Globe

►March 11, 2010 - Yahoo! Submits Document to FDA Social Media Docket and Status of Submissions - Eye on FDA

* ►March 11, 2010 - Clients at Ajax acupuncture service urged to get HIV testing - Patrons to the Ajax Unisex Salon and Spa, 487 Westney Rd. S., Ajax are being urged by Durham Regional Health Department to be tested for blood-borne infections as quickly as they can. - Digital Journal

►March 11, 2010 - Uganda: One Doctor for 16,200 Refugees - IRIN via

►March 11, 2010 - Bayer receives orphan drug designation for CF treatment - Drug Store News

►March 11, 2010 - Human cells exhibit foraging behavior like amoebae and bacteria - Vanderbilt University via EurekAlert!

►March 11, 2010 - Walking for autism - The Daily Home - "The Sylacauga Civitan Club has teamed up with the Autism Society of Alabama to host a 2-mile Walk for Autism April 17 at Noble Park in Sylacauga. Money raised will help families of people with autism."

►March 11, 2010 - Autism Little League Starts In San Dimas - - "For more information about the A-League, you can email Founder Lora Mancini at"

►March 11, 2010 - FDA Issues Warning on Counterfeit Surgical Mesh - FDA

►March 11, 2010 - Beckman Coulter UniCel DxC Synchron Clinical System – Ion Selective Electrode Flow Cell: Class I Recall - FDA

* ►March 11, 2010 - French bread spiked with LSD in CIA experiment - A 50-year mystery over the 'cursed bread' of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment. - The Telegraph, UK - "While compiling his book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, Mr Albarelli spoke to former colleagues of Mr Olson, two of whom told him that the Pont-Saint-Esprit incident was part of a mind control experiment run by the CIA and US army. ... Scientists at Fort Detrick told him that agents had sprayed LSD into the air and also contaminated 'local foot products'."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Vaccine refusal: Irrational and immoral | Guest op - Auburn Reporter via

* ►March 11, 2010 - AHS urges vaccinations - Ashland Daily Tidings - "Ashland's rate of exemptions from some or all vaccinations is five times higher than the county and state average, said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County's public health medical officer. ... 'People (who sign exemptions) don't trust the way medical research is being done and feel the big pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines don't have people's best interests at heart. ... Some will partially vaccinate, saying they want this but not that vaccine. They feel they're not safe for their children and they feel well-supported in their research,' he said."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Free Resources Designed to Help Docs Communicate With Parents About Immunizations - Materials Result of Joint Effort by CDC, AAFP, AAP - AAFP News Now - "The CDC has launched Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents on its Web site, and the agency plans to send sample materials to about 40,000 AAFP members who care for children in their practices by the end of March."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Drugmakers agree on landmark vaccines deal for poor - Reuters UK - "Several drug firms have agreed on a landmark deal to supply up to 200 million doses a year of cut-price pneumococcal vaccines to developing nations, according to the global immunization alliance that is overseeing the deal. ... The GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization) said details of the pneumococcal deal would be announced in the coming weeks."

►March 11, 2010 - U.S. Supreme Court to hear vaccine-autism case - Left Brain / Right Brain

►March 11, 2010 - FEMA Camps Could House CDC Internees - Experts agree some camps featuring gang housing can be made ready within three day's time - Kerboblog

►March 11, 2010 - Libel tourism is a public health risk - British libel law is being used by corporations from around the world to suppress legitimate reporting of bad science - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

►March 11, 2010 - Journalist Sued for Accurately Quoting Source Wins Case - Village Voice Blog

►March 11, 2010 - Dismissed! - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►March 11, 2010 - Men also need HPV vaccine for protection - Daily Aztec

►March 11, 2010 - Drop in for cervical jab - Brentwood Weekly News

* ►March 11, 2010 - More shots required for kids entering school this fall - WTVG - "Complete details of all school immunization requirements can be found at"

►March 11, 2010 - Children to receive five-in-one vaccine - Over 1 million children under the age of one will be provided with a vaccine to protect them against five diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B), under the National Expanded Programme for Immunisation. -

* ►March 11, 2010 - Your partner has herpes – now the good news - NewScientist - "The love of your life has genital herpes: do you sleep with them anyway? It's a dilemma that could vanish if a new approach to a herpes vaccine is successful."

►March 11, 2010 - Human Genome Sciences teams with Swedish firm on research - Washington Business Journal

►March 11, 2010 - Flu shots futile: study - Nursing Home Test; 'Didn't find' proof immunization stops virus - National Post via The Vancouver Sun

►March 11, 2010 - What Ever Happened to All the Flu Hype? - Chicago Now

* ►March 11, 2010 -  Baxter Presents Clinical Efficacy Results from Phase III Study of Seasonal Flu Vaccine - PREFLUCEL Influenza Vaccine shows 78 percent rate of prevention against matching influenza strains - press release - Baxter International Inc. via Business Wire - "'We are pleased that these data suggest PREFLUCEL elicits a strong immune response and may prevent influenza disease in vaccinated individuals,' said Hartmut J. Ehrlich, M.D., vice president of Global Research and Development for Baxter's BioScience business. 'This is a landmark study assessing the efficacy of a cell culture-based, non-adjuvanted and preservative-free vaccine in the prevention of seasonal influenza.'"

►March 11, 2010 - Children with chronic respiratory illness are vulnerable to critical H1N1 - Pediatric ICU capacity can be managed to meet the demands of a flu pandemic - Society of Critical Care Medicine via EurekAlert!

* ►March 11, 2010 - Portland Area Health Officials Praised For H1N1 Response - OPB News - "In the Portland area, almost 80 percent of first responders and health care workers were vaccinated - that compares to just over 20 percent nationwide. Outgoing Multnomah County chair, Ted Wheeler, told local health experts they could be proud. ... As swine flu turned out to be less deadly than feared, vaccine has been stockpiling. In Portland about 75-thousand doses are in a warehouse. Some has expired."

* ►March 11, 2010 - More than 600 receive antibiotics at Oologah-Talala school - Tulsa World - "Scores of children were whisked to an Oologah-Talala elementary school Thursday to receive antibiotics against a deadly outbreak of meningococcemia, a bloodstream infection. The ailment is blamed for the deaths of 7-year-old Andrew Gregory Thomas and an 8-year-old girl, both of whom attended the district’s Lower Elementary School. Four other elementary school students are in the hospital, and at least one of them is in critical condition."

►March 11, 2010 - Public Health: Simon Sanchez student diagnosed with mumps - Pacific Daily News, Guam

►March 11, 2010 - DoH eyes nationwide vaccination against measles - Philippine Inquirer

►March 11, 2010 - 'Ligtas Tigdas' may be back in action - Manila Bulletin

►March 11, 2010 - Baby dies of measles in Cape - Eyewitness News

* ►March 11, 2010 - Department of Health warns against measles - The Department of Health (DoH) yesterday warned that the common measles might become endemic, thus the need to be aggressive on infant vaccination to prevent the outbreak. - BusinessWorld Online - "'Normally the Health department allows health care centers to give measles vaccines to babies that are nine months old, but ever since a case of an eight-month-old child dying of measles was recorded late last year, the age requirement was lowered to six months old. We will also have supplementary immunization activities every three to five years starting May after the elections,' Mr. Tayag said."

* ►March 11, 2010 - Retardation, Low IQ & Depression From Fluoride - Chris Gupta, Share the Wealth via

* ►March 11, 2010 - Maine Considers Warnings for Cell Phones - Legislators Debate Adding Label - Warning of Potential Health Risks From Radiation - CBS News

►March 11, 2010 - Feds Recall More Children Jewelry In Cadmium Probe - Dollar Store Bracelets Latest Items Off Shelves - KITV Honolulu

►March 11, 2010 - Stock Up on Incandescent Light Bulbs: In Fact, Buy a Lifetime Supply of Them - - "With over 100 million American households, and tens of millions of other lighted facilities, all over our country, and with each of them disposing of even just one CFL bulb a month … can anyone imagine how much mercury will poison our disposal dumps, our ground water, our air, our lungs, and our entire bodies. If one did not know better, mercury is the perfect chemical/weapon for genocidal madmen: Mercury is in dental amalgams, vaccines, corn syrup light bulbs, and who knows what else."

* ►March 10, 2010 - Birth Related Retinal Hemorrhages - Incidence, distribution, and duration of birth-related retinal hemorrhages: a prospective study. - - "We have demonstrated hemorrhages still present at 58 days in a child born by vacuum delivery and this may have important implications for consideration in the differential diagnosis of Shaken baby syndrome."

* ►March 10, 2010 - Why don't we vaccinate against chickenpox? - It is peak season for chickenpox - the highly-contagious, blistering virus which for most children is unpleasant and for a very few lethal. A safe and effective vaccine is available - why don't we use it? - BBC

►March 10, 2010 - Rabid bat found in Rocklin; pet owners advised to vaccinate - Sacramento Bee

►March 10, 2010 - Vaccinate Before You Graduate Drive 2010 - The Wolf Gazette via

* ►March 10, 2010 - Rubella vaccine report submitted - Daily News, Sri Lanka - "The report on the death of school girl from Wariyapola following administering of Rubella injection was handed over to Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday. The Ministry will release the final report after considering this report and the one received from Australia on the standard of the Rubella vaccine administered to the girl, a Ministry spokesman said."

►March 10, 2010 - Sri Lanka Health Minister to decide on the resumption of rubella vaccination programme - ColomboPage

►March 10, 2010 - GSK Pharma bets big on India - NDTV Profit

►March 10, 2010 - Supreme Court To Consider Legality Of Lawsuits Against Vaccine Makers - Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation via Medical News Today

* ►March 10, 2010 - Cancer institute awards first prevention grants - Austin American-Statesman - "Promoting vaccination against the cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus at Dallas-area clinics and educating Houston-area Asian Americans about cancer prevention are among the first prevention projects funded by Texas’ new cancer institute. Today, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced $6.8 million in awards for a dozen projects at clinics, community organizations and academic institutions."

►March 10, 2010 - Looking Back: 1930 - An 80-year-old Mitchellville man caught measles in a springtime epidemic - Des Moines Register - "Mitchellville - Isaac Hiatt, 80, was the oldest member of the community to contract measles during the winter outbreak."

* ►March 10, 2010 - 40 children die as measles scourge in Bayelsa worsens - Vanguard

►March 10, 2010 - 9 QC villages at 'high-risk' from measles - ABS-CBN News

►March 10, 2010 - Senegalese Children Vaccinated Against Polio - Voice of America

* ►March 10, 2010 - Co-expression of Japanese encephalitis virus prM–E–NS1 antigen with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor enhances humoral and anti-virus immunity after DNA vaccination - journal article (Immunology Letters)

* ►March 10, 2010 - Inactivated influenza vaccine provided herd immunity - Immunizing children against seasonal influenza in a largely self-contained religious community significantly protected unvaccinated community members against influenza as well, according to a study published online today.  - Pediatric Supersite

* ►March 10, 2010 - Next generation of influenza vaccines may simplify storage, increase immunogenicity - Cell-based vaccines are at the forefront of influenza vaccine development, according to findings presented today at the 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases in Miami. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►March 10, 2010 - Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) - "This study suggests that vitamin D3 supplementation during the winter may reduce the incidence of influenza A, especially in specific subgroups of schoolchildren."

* ►March 10, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Editor in the eye of a storm Reckless? - Edzard Ernst, Professor of Complementary Medicine Peninsual Medical School, University of Exeter - journal article (BMJ)

* ►March 10, 2010 - Autism & Asperger's: The spectrum of a merger - Medill Reports Chicago Northwestern University

►March 10, 2010 - Thyroid disease may create a life of ups and downs - Redlands Daily Facts

►March 10, 2010 - Panel Questions "VBAC Bans," Advocates Expanded Delivery Options for Women - Parents' preferences and risk factors should be weighed when choosing whether to pursue a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or plan a repeat cesarean delivery - NIH News

►March 9, 2010 - NVizcaya posts zero case on measles - Philippine Information Agency

* ►March 9, 2010 - Chief Justice Recuses in New Wyeth Case - The National Law Journal via - "The Supreme Court on Monday announced it was granting review in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, a test of the scope of the pre-emption provision of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. It also noted that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. "took no part" in the consideration or decision of the Court to take the case."

►March 9, 2010 - Study: 1 in 4 parents think vaccines cause autism - The Mommy Files via San Francisco Chronicle

►March 9, 2010 - Swine flu: 700k vaccine doses doled out in King Co. - Health officials prepare for possible next wave of disease - Seattle Post Intelligencer

►March 9, 2010 - Campaign of immunization against measles in Saada approved - Yemen News Agency via Saba Net

►March 9, 2010 - Questions over handling of measles outbreak - Independent Online

►March 9, 2010 - Zimbabwe: outbreak of measles hits half country - Independent Catholic News - "In Zimbabwe, children receive their first measles vaccination at nine months after birth, and the second dose at 18 months."

►March 9, 2010 - Britain could force owners to microchip their dogs - AP via Yahoo!

►March 7, 2010 - Delta State Records First Polio Case This Year – Facilitator - Leadership Nigeria

►March 7, 2010 - Danish Scientist Absconds with $2 million - More Info - Danish Scientist Absconds with $2 million More Info - Key character who "proved" vaccines don't cause autism. - Stephen Tvedten Blog

* ►March 7, 2010 - Vitamin D 'triggers and arms' the immune system - Vitamin D is crucial to the fending off of infections, claims new research. - The Telegraph, UK - "The findings, continues Professor Geisler, 'could help us to contain infectious diseases and global epidemics.  They will be of particular use when developing new vaccines, which work precisely on the basis of both training our immune systems to react and suppressing the body’s natural defences in situations where this is important – as is the case with organ transplants and autoimmune disease.'"

* ►March 7, 2010 - BER gene polymorphisms (OGG1 Ser326Cys and XRCC1 Arg194Trp) and modulation of DNA damage due to pesticides exposure. - journal article (Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis)

* ►March 6, 2010 - Low serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) among psychiatric out-patients in Sweden: Relations with season, age, ethnic origin and psychiatric diagnosis. - journal article (The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

* ►March 5, 2010 - Vaccine safety messages not reaching many parents - More than half of parents who participated in a nationally representative survey worried about the potential for serious adverse events despite believing that vaccines are a good way to protect their children from disease. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►March 5, 2010 - Zydus Cadila All Set To Begin Phase II & III Trials For H1N1 Vaccine - TopNews - "In India, vaccinations against the lethal swine flu virus are expected to start by the coming week. The 1.5 million dosages of vaccines imported by the administration from Sanofi Pasteur recently, have cleared the trial. The French vaccine makers forwarded the outcomes of their clinical bridge research carried out in the National Capital and Pune on 100 adult subjects. The tests were completed on February 21."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Can fluoride cause severe depression? - video - - "Part of video series produced by the Health Research Foundation, Doris Rapp MD and Green Health Media."

* ►March 2010 - A qualitative assessment of perspectives on the inclusion of adolescents in HIV vaccine trials in South Africa - journal article (International Journal of STD & AIDS)

* ►March 2010 - Short sleep duration is associated with poor performance on IQ measures in healthy school-age children - journal article (Sleep Medicine)

* ►March 2010 - Oral immunotherapy effective in fighting TB (pdf) - press release - Future Science Group - "The most promising of such approaches has been to use heat-killed suspensions of the Mycobacterium vaccae combined with chemotherapy. Repeated doses of M. vaccae are safe and very effective, but a major problem is to move from an injectable form to an oral form in order to prevent the multiple use of syringes in areas with a high incidence of HIV and tuberculosis infection."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Disabled Nottinghamshire woman awarded multi-million pound judgment - Freeth Cartwright LLP - "The award of compensation resulted from the negligent failure of doctors to ensure that her mother received a rubella vaccination before she became pregnant. As a result, Chantelle was born with congenital rubella syndrome and is terribly handicapped. She will require intensive and full time care for the rest of her life."

* ►February 2, 2010 - How Safe Is Gardasil? - An Upper Hutt mother's blaming the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil for her eighteen year old daughter's death. - video - OneNews via

►May 24, 2009 - The Dangers of Vaccines Part 1 Autism, Mercury, MMR, HPV, Thimerosal, Aluminium, Vaccinations - video - YouTube

* May 3, 2009 - Dr. Lawrence Palevsky discusses ingredients of vaccines. What do vaccinations contain? - video - YouTube

WA State Vaccine Exemptions-Possible Changes - Exploring Vaccines

NAA Central ND Autism Conference - April 9, 2010, Bismarck Civic Center, North Dakota

For Specific Groups of People: Materials: Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents - CDC

* Childhood vaccines are safe - That's the conclusion of a summary of existing studies that appears in the December issue of Pediatrics. - HealthDayNews via - "Barbara Loe Fisher is co-founder and president of the American National Vaccine Information Center, which, according to its website, supports the right of Americans to exercise informed consent and make educated, independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their children. She's not ready to buy into Offit's conclusions. Certainly a review of the literature is one thing that is not anything that would be considered a definitive answer to the question of whether additives and preservatives are associated with adverse effects, Fisher says. A review of the literature is not going to do much to answer questions until proper scientific investigation is done.

*EU Health Security Committee and the Early Warning and Response authorities agree pandemic policies - EU Health Security via Continuity Central - "The Commission proposed the statements for adoption by the HSC/EWRS as part of the broader strategic planning and preparedness for coordinated efforts in Europe on pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009. The two statements will provide a basis for implementing shared public health measures among Member States and the European Commission to ensure an efficient coordinated response at the EU level in the current pandemic situation. The statements may be revised taking into account developments in the situation."