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All the News Posted April 12, 2011

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The Emergence of Vaccine Induced Diseases

Vaccination Via Nasal Spray More Effective Against Flu

Missouri Dem joins health care repeal effort "Congress has reached beyond its authority with the individual mandate, Koster said, and the measure represents “a substantial blow to federalism and personal freedom.” “If Congress can force activity under the Commerce Clause,” he said, “then it could force individuals to receive vaccinations or annual checkups, undergo mammogram or prostate exams or maintain a specific body mass.”

Vaccination of children and adolescents with rheumatic diseases

Title: Prostate cancer vaccine (patent)

NHS Grampian re-vaccination offer amid fridge probe Patients at an Aberdeenshire GP practice are being offered re-vaccination amid fears drugs may have been stored at the wrong temperature.

For Children With Inherited Disorder Immunization Not Linked To Increased Hospitalization

Power of the Dream Ventures, Genetic Immunity Announces Positive Phase II Data for DermaVir HIV therapeutic Vaccine; Results Show 70% Viral Load Reduction

September 9, 2009: Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting Summary Minutes

Recently Updated Advisory Committee Materials Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee

Haiti cholera epidemic could have been blunted with use of mobile stockpile of oral vaccine Had a large stockpile of oral cholera vaccine been available and deployed to inoculate the majority of Haitians most at risk after the outbreak following last year's earthquake, the illness and death from the cholera epidemic could have been reduced by about half, according to new research.

Vaccines have beaten back global diseases such as smallpox and polio

Measles vaccination alert issued for Easter break

Families urged to get measles jab before travelling

Four Utah measles cases confirmed; six more suspected

Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Salt Lake County

Time running out for school vaccines

Researcher urges review of cancer link to antidepressants

Study reveals new target for antidepressants Study finds antidepressants affect key stress protein Glucocorticoid receptor useful new target for future drugs "

12 Myths and Facts About Vaccines

Vaccinate Children Against Measles

Local Parents Urged To Ensure Children Get Childhood Vaccinations

Uganda: Sensitise Communities On Child Protection

Measles Outbreak Being Blamed on Overseas Travel

Meningitis awareness day at Tadcaster Grammar School

Carbohydrate-Based Vaccines and Immunotherapies (Wiley Series in Drug Discovery and Development)

North Caucasus concludes first stage of polio vaccinations

Around the Town: Free vaccinations for children available
Biotech company needlessly uses aborted human fetal cells to test artificial food flavors

Antibiotic progress for disease that causes half a million deaths a year

Meningitis cases still listed as probable

Purdue: Student dies from meningitis

St Albans couple to run the London Marathon following son's brush with meningitis

Baby Dead After Found Not Breathing At Day Care (includes video)

Taiwan detects avian influenza H7N3 on a duck farm

Varicella Zoster Virus Ischemic Optic Neuropathy and Subclinical Temporal Artery Involvement

DiaMedica Announces an Evaluation Agreement With the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Against a Bioweapon Pathogen

Evaluation of Multiple Commercial Molecular and Conventional Diagnostic Assays for the Detection of Respiratory Viruses in Children

Mark Blaxill Public Comment to IACC: "A Time to Lead"

FDA clears test for bacteria that can cause serious intestinal disease Clostridium difficile can lead to diarrhea, colitis

Researchers discover bacteria responsible for spawning deadly 'super superbugs' in New Delhi water supplies

Superbug: Lancet refused to publish India's rebuttal last year

Deadly Delhi superbug poses risk to antibiotic treatment worldwide

‘India lags behind in healthcare’

EPA formaldehyde findings called into question by independent review

Whooping Cough on the Rise, Health Department Warns

First whooping cough case confirmed

Global Update: A Vaccine for the Very Young Takes Aim at Pneumococcal Disease

Epidemiology and Infectivity of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax Gametocytes in Relation to Malaria Control and Elimination

NIH researchers identify cause and new treatment for common recurrent fever in children
Therapy for periodic fever syndrome targets the body's immune response

Stealthy Approach Of Epidemics Revealed By Tuberculosis Strain Spread By The Fur Trade

FDA permits marketing of first test to help diagnose dengue fever

GM-CSF in the Lung Protects Against Lethal Influenza Infection

Method To Probe Genes Of The Most Common Bacterial STI Discovered By Scientists

Mandatory reporting and improvements in diagnosing Clostridium difficile infection: An incompatible dichotomy?

Distinguished Alumnus Award: Preheim active in infectious diseases research, care of veterans

HHS Announces Plan to Reduce Health Disparities

Medical research cuts will push scientific stars into exile

A Ghostwritten Book Mysteriously Disappears

Mingling with Our FDA Friends

House oks mandatory ocular prophylaxis on newborn babies

Explore Open Access Bioinformatics Tools with the Free “World Tour of Genomics Resources” Tutorial Suite

Data law adds to cost & time of clinical trials, says ACRO ACRO has spoken in support of IMS Health amid concerns restrictions on prescriber identifiable (PI) data could hinder research.

Clinical Features That Identify Children With Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

Title: Adipogenic adenoviruses as a biomarker for disease (patent)

Title:  Uses of neuraminidase inhibitors in infectious diseases (patent)

New Medicaid Incentive Program Offers Grants to Reward Healthy Behavior

Interobserver Agreement in the Assessment of Clinical Findings in Children With First Unprovoked Seizures

Cerebral autosomal recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy

Communication about an Ongoing Safety Review of Stimulant Medications used in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Notice: Request for Notification From Industry Organizations Interested in Participating in the Selection Process for a Nonvoting Industry Representative and Request for Nominations for a Nonvoting Industry Representative on an FDA Advisory Committee

Notice: The 14th Annual Food and Drug Administration-Orange County Regulatory Affairs Educational Conference in Irvine, California: New Regulatory Challenges "The conference is intended to provide the drug, device, biologics, and dietary supplement industries with an opportunity to interact with FDA reviewers and compliance officers from the centers and District Offices, as well as from other industry experts. The main focus of this interactive conference will be product approval, compliance, and risk management in the three medical product areas."

Notice: Guidance for Institutional Review Boards, Clinical Investigators, and Sponsors: Exception From Informed Consent for Emergency Research; Availability

After an ER Visit: Do Docs Give Patients Good Discharge Instructions?

Notice (A): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing

Notice: Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

A 14-year-old female with nasal congestion, frontal headache and subjective fever

How Grown Children Cope With Pain May Be Traced Back to the Way Their Family Copes With Pain Could adult children's strategies for coping with pain come from watching their parents react to and deal with pain? According to Suzyen Kraljevic, from the University Hospital Split in Croatia, and colleagues, a family may have a specific cognitive style of coping with pain.

Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale as a Predictor of Cognitive Development and IQ in Full-Term Infants; A 6-Year Longitudinal Study.

Reference Values for Amplitude-Integrated EEGs in Infants From Preterm to 3.5 Months of Age

Long-term Subcutaneous Protein C Replacement in Neonatal Severe Protein C Deficiency

Are Parents of Young Children Practicing Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Behaviors?

FDA advisory panel recommends approval of fidaxomicin for C. difficile

Eosinophilic esophagitis: Updated consensus recommendations for children and adults

Boceprevir induced higher response rates in HCV genotype 1

Vitamin D Status in Abused and Nonabused Children Younger Than 2 Years Old With Fractures

Maternal Periodontitis Treatment and Child Neurodevelopment at 24 to 28 Months of Age

Genetic and Environmental Factors Shape Infant Sleep Patterns: A Study of 18-Month-Old Twins

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Mitochondrial Glutathione, a Key Survival Antioxidant (pdf)

Accelerated Lab Evolution of Biomolecules Could Yield New Generation of Medicines Scientists at Harvard University have harnessed the prowess of fast-replicating bacterial viruses, also known as phages, to accelerate the evolution of biomolecules in the laboratory. The work, reported in the journal Nature, could ultimately allow the tailoring of custom pharmaceuticals and research tools from lab-grown proteins, nucleic acids, and other such compounds

Magellan Biosciences and Miacom Diagnostics Team Up to Enable Faster, Easier Identification of Pathogens as Part of Magellan's End-to-End Suite of Microbiology Products Designed to Streamline Lab Workflow and Enable Better Treatment Decisions

Bye-Bye Allergies Video

Systematic reviews of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).

The 'Berlin Patient' Demystifying AIDS?

HIV-infected organs can save lives, doctors say

HIV and Tuberculosis: a Deadly Human Syndemic

Educational Effectiveness of an HIV Pretest Video for Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Access to health care difficult for those with HIV Institute of Medicine. HIV Screening and Access to Care: Health Care System Capacity for Increased HIV Testing and Provision of Care. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press; March 17, 2011.

Notice: Update of the 2003 Interagency Quantitative Assessment of the Relative Risk to Public Health From Foodborne Listeria Monocytogenes Among Selected Categories of Ready-to-Eat Foods; Request for Comments, Scientific Data and Information

News briefs: Health

House panel votes to end insurance exchange and school health center funding The measures are part of the GOP's campaign to cut off spending to provisions in the health system reform law.

Unrecycled new light bulbs release mercury into the environment Energy-efficient CFLs are increasingly popular but few people recycle the bulbs. As a result, U.S. landfills are releasing more than 4 tons of mercury annually into the atmosphere and storm water runoff, a study says.

Bill seeks outside review of relative values in Medicare services The AMA, AOA and others defend the RUC process, but some primary care societies support bringing in contractors for a second opinion.

New Republic: Medicare Reform Risks Seniors' Health

"Bath salts" stimulants prompt state bans At least eight states have outlawed synthetic chemicals commonly found in the party drugs, which can cause extreme paranoia, hallucinations and violent behavior.

GOP blasts early coverage under health reform While enrollment in an insurance program for early retirees nears capacity, another for uninsured people with preexisting conditions has faltered

Children suffering from separation anxiety disorder (SAD) show increased HPA axis activity compared to healthy controls

Prevent Child Maltreatment Find out why building safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between parents, other caregivers, and children is key to the prevention of child maltreatment.

Voice of the people April 12th Health departments have different authorities

Shared Decision Making Welcome to the century of the patient

Lower kids' risk of ear infections

Health officials warn against using seat belts too soon

Summer Camp Health Problems

Real health care begins with you

Senators seek May deadline for HHS fraud-fighting reports The data will ensure transparency and accountability for Medicare and Medicaid in the battle against health care fraud, a letter to HHS states

New Analysis Finds Antidepressants Boost Patient Adherence to Hepatitis C Treatment

News briefs: Government & Medicine

Financial ties to industry widespread on clinical guideline panels A study finds committees controlled by experts with conflicts of interest such as owning stock in companies that could be affected by their recommendations.

Judge tosses lawsuit seeking to bar physician rating program The California Medical Assn. says "blue ribbons" are based on inaccurate information and perpetuate misperceptions about care.

Drug rep data are useful prescribing tools, doctors say Pharmaceutical company-sponsored educational programs with physician speakers also rate high in influencing choices, a survey shows.

Merck loses out on Cosopt patent; Sanofi wraps up Genzyme purchase;

News briefs: Professional Issues

Appealing denied claims seems to work, GAO report says The government is looking for a way to track and report denial rates to consumers as part of health insurance exchanges.

AMA launches coding app designed for doctors Besides offering an intro CPT app, the Association is hosting a contest for physicians and medical students to create their own medical applications.

Justice Dept. expands probe of Blues' contracting The agency asks plans in several states about their use of most-favored-nation clauses after an investigation of Michigan Blues.

News briefs: Business

What editorial writers are saying about health reform's one-year anniversary President Obama's signature on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, did not end the health system reform debate.

Doctors can consider cost when Rxing off-label, GMC proposes

What Vivus Fails To Say About Its Diet Pill Study

Sun Pharma, Merck in generics joint venture

Merck gets FDA nod for skin cancer drug

W.Va. man gets 31 years for kidnapping, robbing pharmaceutical delivery driver at gunpoint

Clinical Outsourcing Is Up… And So Is The Cost

Outsourcing penetration set for double-digit growth in ‘11 Outsourcing penetration growth will hit double-digits, above analyst expectations, in 2011 and offset flat R&D budgets, found an RW Baird survey.

GSK reveals job plan to swap India for Scotland Glaxo chief explains move to Scotland DRUGS giant GlaxoSmithKline is transferring manufacturing processes from India to Scotland and also planning to invest “tens of millions” at its operation in Ayrshire.

Company making idea of electronic health records accessible

FDA-Industry PDUFA V Reauthorization Meeting Financial Sub-Group

Stakeholder Meeting on PDUFA V Reauthorization

Curcumin (Turmeric)

Factors influencing asthma remission: a longitudinal study from childhood to middle age

Choosing Natural Supplements for Arthritis Pain Relief

FDA approves Horizant to treat restless legs syndrome

Low-cost rabies and microchipping clinic in Rochester

Fish Oil Boosts Responses to Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen, Researchers Find Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, with more than 200,000 women diagnosed each year. Being exposed to estrogen over a long period of time is one factor that can increase a woman's risk of developing the disease. One way a woman can combat this risk factor is by taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, which interferes with the activity of estrogen. Now, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have found that omega-3 fatty acids -- abundant in fish -- could be a safe and beneficial booster for tamoxifen therapy.

Alfalfa Plan B We’re angry! MILLIONS of us are angry and outraged at the approval of GM alfalfa. And on top of that, the USDA also did an end-run around the courts to keep GM sugar beets growing, AND approved a GM corn used for ethanol.

New WHO child growth standards catch on "Since 2006, when the World Health Organization launched the new Child Growth Standards, over 140 countries have adopted them. Gozde Zorlu talks to Dr Mercedes de Onis about why these represent a new approach and why they are useful."

Doctors don't tell patients the truth about the treatments they'd use themselves

VA whistleblowers: Dirty dentist infected vets

Hungry judges dispense rough justice When they need a break, decision-makers gravitate towards the easy option.

EPA: New Radiation Highs in Little Rock Milk, Philadelphia Drinking Water

Radiation protocols and detoxification

Fukushima set for epic clean-up Latest data suggest a Chernobyl-like effort will be needed.

Public school bans students from bringing lunches from home, forces them to eat cafeteria food

Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums

Neurobiology of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Some autism treatments high on promises, low on proof A review of 4,000 studies finds little evidence to support many drugs and therapies being used.

Katie Wright on World Autism Day

Twenty Age of Autism Readers to Win Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism!

Win Dinner At Autism One Compliments of Dr. Amy Yasko & Autism Science Digest!

Autism, Epilepsy Common Genetic Cause Discovered

Autism far more common than formerly thought

Chandler Police Looking for Missing Man With Autism

The Each Child Study: Systematic Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Pediatric Setting

Wandering, Fear, Reality and Autism by Tim Welsh • All About Autism Series 2011

Autism a ‘spectrum’ disorder

The Autism Daily News

MCW's Bodyslam Autism Event a Success

Bad weather thwarts search for autistic Laval boy

Toni Braxton Discusses Health, Money Issues, Son's Autism (VIDEO)

Brian Hill: Righthaven drops suit against autistic blogger, warns other targets not to rest easy

Raleigh boy with chronic illness gets new room (includes video)

Parents of young kids fatter, study shows American Academy of Pediatrics finds parents of young children, especially mothers, are more at risk of becoming overweight than people of the same age without children

Cancer-detecting dogs could be coming to a hospital near you

Three simple tips - How to live a longer life with less stress

Treatment of Depression in Patients with Epilepsy

Chaos promotes stereotyping A disorderly environment makes people more inclined to put others in boxes.

Teva’s MS Pill Reduces Relapses Less Than Most Injected Drugs, Study Finds

Studies: MS pills show promise, risk

Rodman & Renshaw Announces Discussion on DNA Radiowaves: Impact on Diagnostic and Treatment of Chronic Diseases with Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier, M.D., Ph.D.

CoQ10 improves hypertension and can prevent congestive heart failure

Breakthrough Cholesterol-Lowering Treatment Detailed in Study Published in Neuroendocrinology Letters "HT is defined in this study as multi-hormonal therapy (a combination of agents such as pregnenolone, DHEA, triestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, hydrocortisone and vitamin D3) administered at dosages selected to produce physiologic serum levels typical for healthy individuals between the age of 20 and 30 years old."

Fish oil may prevent muscle loss in breast cancer survivors Fish oil supplements may help prevent muscle loss in breast cancer survivors, according to new University of Queensland research.

Amyloid-Dependent and Amyloid-Independent Stages of Alzheimer Disease




The Greater Good A Documentary Film looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.

The PBS NewsHour series "Autism Now"

Click here for all of the Dr. Andrew Wakefield GMC/Lancet Decision Articles and Videos

Click here for the most recent articles by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Click here if you might be interested in participating in a study of never-vaccinated children


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