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All the News Posted April 5, 2011

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Thimerosal Containing Vaccines, Part III - The Convincing Evidence by F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP

Vaccination campaign vs measles launched

Wisconsin Pediatricians Urge Vaccination Against Pertussis (“Whooping Cough”). Preventable Disease on the Rise and Potentially Deadly to Newborns and Infants.

Congratulations on Your Our New Baby "Their newborn daughter Lilia was slightly jaundiced, so the staff at Summerlin Hospital recommended she be kept overnight. The couple received a second opinion from a pediatrician at the hospital, who agreed with the couple that they could care for little Lilia at home. “We really wanted to take the natural approach if we could,” Cecilia is quoted as saying in a KTNV report. But their original nurse disagreed – and called Child Protective Services (CPS)."

A little protection can be a dangerous thing "Focusing on vaccination as the main way of preventing cervical cancer can have negative consequences. Young women may assume they are fully protected: they are not. The vaccine protects against only HPV strains 16 and 18 which cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer. Girls still have to practise safe sex to prevent this and all other STIs. So why bother with expensive mass vaccination which is pretty well useless without sex education?

PlantPharm Biomed On Target To Introduce First Plant-Based Hepatitis B Vaccine

Pfizer takes campaign against pneumococcal disorders to schools

TBR now requires chickenpox vaccine for all new college students

Planned Parenthood offering free HPV vaccines

CDC releases report about scientist working with plague virus who died within hours

April 6-7, 2011: Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Briefing Documents

Antibody and Th1-type cell-mediated immune responses in elderly and young adults immunized with the standard or a high dose influenza vaccine

Workplace efforts to promote influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel and their association with uptake during the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1)

Novavax's VLP Influenza Vaccine Named One of Top 100 Drugs in Development Today

Influenza A/H1N1 MF59-Adjuvanted Vaccine in Preterm and Term Children Aged 6 to 23 Months

Impact of conjugate 7-valent vaccination in Belgium: Addressing methodological challenges

Neurovirulence safety testing of mumps vaccines—Historical perspective and current status

Effect of thiomersal on dissociation of intact (146S) foot-and-mouth disease virions into 12S particles as assessed by novel ELISAs specific for either 146S or 12S particles

Long-term safety and serologic response to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in HIV-1 infected adults

Vaccine-induced anti-tuberculosis protective immunity in mice correlates with the magnitude and quality of multifunctional CD4 T cells 

Randomized study of intradermal compared to intramuscular hepatitis B vaccination in HIV-infected children without severe immunosuppression 

U.S. Government Calls for the Phase-out of Dental Mercury Amalgam... Guest Article by Charles G. Brown, National Counsel Consumers for Dental Choice

Possible Vaccine for Viral Hep C

Cry For Vaccine Freedom Wall Do you have a harassment story to share? Answer our Vaccine Harassment Reporting Form. Your personal identity will be kept confidential.

Why not destroy the remaining smallpox virus stocks? 

American Psychiatric Association And Ghostwriting

Former Pharma Rep Blows Whistle: Prescription Drug Industry a Scam (includes video)

A Major Influenza Awareness Drive in Action

UK - Common sense says FMD vaccines Vaccinating livestock against Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) and returning them to the food chain could be a ‘viable alternative’ to mass culls in the case of a future outbreak.

Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia

Effectiveness of age-based strategies to increase influenza vaccination coverage among high risk subjects in Madrid (Spain)  

Haemophilus influenzae type b carriage in Indigenous children and children attending childcare centers in the Northern Territory, Australia, spanning pre- and post-vaccine

Acute Hepatitis A Virus Infection Without IgM Antibodies to Hepatitis A Virus

Immunity to hepatitis B vaccine among health care workers

Efficacy of hepatitis B sero-vaccination in newborns of African HBsAg positive mothers 

Efficacy of seasonal live attenuated influenza vaccine against virus replication and transmission of a pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus in ferrets

Varicella breakthrough infection and vaccine effectiveness in Taiwan

Immunization coverage and natural infection rates of vaccine-preventable diseases among children by questionnaire survey in 2005 in Japan

Formaldehyde-inactivated human enterovirus 71 vaccine is compatible for co-immunization with a commercial pentavalent vaccine

Response to Letter to the Editor: Detection of naturally occurring antibodies against Protein D of Haemophilus influenza by Mustafa Akkoyunlu 

Ebola virus glycoprotein Fc fusion protein confers protection against lethal challenge in vaccinated

A live attenuated strain of Yersinia pestis KIM as a vaccine against plague

Modelling borderline and mild dysplasia associated with HPV 6 and 11 infection 

Detection of naturally occurring antibodies against Protein D of Haemophilus influenzae 

Immune response to influenza A (H1N1)v monovalent MF59-adjuvanted vaccine in HIV-infected patients

Patterns and determinants of influenza and pneumococcal immunisation among adults with chronic disease living in Queensland, Australia

Immunization of knock-out α/β interferon receptor mice against lethal bluetongue infection with a BoHV-4-based vector expressing BTV-8 VP2 antigen

Room temperature stabilization of oral, live attenuated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi-vectored vaccines 

Altered decamer and nonamer from an HLA-A0201-restricted epitope of Survivin differentially stimulate T-cell responses in different individuals

DOH to vaccinate 18M children in anti-measles campaign

Health department confirms 15th measles case in Minn.

Over 2,000 measles cases in Jan-March

Vaccination still best flu defence

A live attenuated strain of Yersinia pestis KIM as a vaccine against plague

Change in hepatitis A epidemiology after vaccinating high risk children in Taiwan, 1995–2008

The immunogenicity and impact on nasopharyngeal carriage of fewer doses of conjugate pneumococcal vaccine immunization schedule

Phase 3 trial evaluating the immunogenicity, safety, and tolerability of manufacturing scale 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Serological response to trivalent inactive influenza vaccine in HIV-infected children with different immunologic

A novel broad-spectrum treatment for respiratory virus infections: Influenza-based defective interfering virus provides protection against pneumovirus infection in vivo

Sub-optimal prevalence of mumps antibodies in a population based study of young adults in Israel after 20 years of two dose universal vaccination policy

Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays

Vaccination of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: Report from the International Consensus Conference on Clinical Practice in chronic GVHD 

Efficacy of vaccination strategies against intranasal challenge with Brucella abortus in BALB/c mice

Pediatric Drug-Trial Recruitment: Enticement Without Coercion

Hepatitis C virus soluble E2 in combination with QuilA and CpG ODN induces neutralizing antibodies in mice

Scientists say HIV vaccine trials successful

Measles outbreak in Leamington area

Twin brother dies of complications from swine flu

CDC and ASTHO Release Policy Toolkit for Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention

Local innate and adaptive immune responses regulate inflammatory cell influx into the lungs after vaccination with formalin inactivated RSV

Offit and Tsouderous Team Up in Online Autism Vaccine Denial-a-thon

A (Brian) Deer in the Headlights: Allowed to Report on Self-Created Story?

CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cell-mediated changes in the expression of endocytic receptors and endocytosis process of human dendritic cells

Intussusception following rotavirus vaccine administration: Post-marketing surveillance in the National Immunization Program in Australia 

Herd immunity after two years of the universal mass vaccination program against rotavirus gastroenteritis in Austria

A complex adenovirus vaccine against chikungunya virus provides complete protection against viraemia and arthritis

Probing the attenuation and protective efficacy of a candidate chikungunya virus vaccine in mice with compromised interferon (IFN) signaling

Department of Health and Human Services Part 1. Overview Information The Infant Immune System: Implications for Vaccines and Response to Infections (R01)

Coxiella burnetii DNA in goat milk after vaccination with Coxevac® 

Generation of Salmonella-specific Th1 cells requires sustained antigen stimulation

Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of a psoralen-inactivated dengue-1 virus vaccine candidate in Aotus nancymaae monkeys

Novel gene isolated from Caligus rogercresseyi: A promising target for vaccine development against sea lice

Safety and immunogenicity of two freeze-dried Vero cell rabies vaccines for human use in post-exposure prophylaxis

A comparative review on European-farmed finfish RNA viruses and their vaccines

Fever following administration of two inactivated influenza vaccines—A survey of parents of New Zealand infants and children 5 years of age and under

CD4+ T cells Mediate the Protective Effect of the Recombinant Asp f3-based Anti-aspergillosis Vaccine

Protective immunity against Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection induced by a vaccine based on the major outer membrane multi-epitope human papillomavirus major capsid protein L1

Whooping cough alert

A Survey of Infection Control Practices for Influenza in Mother and Newborn Units in U.S. Hospitals

Link sought between lab bacteria, deadly outbreak 9 died, 10 others sickened after receiving tainted IV feeding bags

IBM uses chip engineering to beat MRSA

Identification of tuberculosis-associated proteins in whole blood supernatant

HPV Might Be Linked to Lung Cancer

A combination HIV vaccine based on Tat and Env proteins was immunogenic and protected macaques from mucosal SHIV challenge in a pilot study

Two VA dental clinic patients test positive for hepatitis B

FDA Approves Labeling Changes for Hepatitis B Drug

Tetanus Rare but Still Deadly

Police use pepper spray on second grader (includes video)

Game Developed at Dartmouth Helps Players Understand Infectious Disease Control

Getting A Jump-Start On Division Means T Cells Can Outpace Virus

Respiratory support in children

Critiques of home-birth study aired - April 05, 2011

Clinical Benefit of a Gluten-Free Diet in Type 1 Diabetic Children With Screening-Detected Celiac Disease A population-based screening study with 2 years’ follow-up

Prevalence of flattened head in infants and young children appears to be increasing The prevalence of plagiocephaly, a condition marked by an asymmetrical, flattening of the skull, appears to be increasing in infants and young children, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Serine protease PrtA from Streptococcus pneumoniae plays a role in the killing of S. pneumoniae by apolactoferrin

Enzymatic Shaving of the Tegument Surface of Live Schistosomes for Proteomic Analysis: A Rational Approach to Select Vaccine Candidates

Enterobateriaceae surpasses MRSA, leading cause of surgical site infections in UK

Electronic faucets more likely to be contaminated with high levels of bacteria

Prevention program bested standard protocol, reduced C. difficile infections

Gut microbiota, probiotics, and vitamin D: Interrelated exposures influencing allergy, asthma, and obesity?

Multilaboratory Testing of Two-Drug Combinations of Antifungals against Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, and Candida parapsilosis.

The Popular Food You Should Never, Ever Feed Your Baby

Early complementary feeding and risk of food sensitization in a birth cohort

A Systematic Review of Secretin for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Systematic Review of Medical Treatments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Tailored interventions needed to improve antibiotic use in VA hospitals

Your Rights Under the New Healthcare Law

Identifying Recalled Products Video

Hampton talk to touch on smallpox, science and religion

Adverse Drug Reactions Dr. Bernard Rimland, the founder of ARI, would be enormously gratified that more and more parents are learning that "Autism is Treatable".

Listening to Patients: Voices from the Underground

Prevention Works

Autism treatments often lack solid evidence of effectiveness, study finds

Flu hits nursing home at Windsor hospital

Flu persists despite warmer weather

Patients, staff at N.S. hospital sick with flu

Weigh symptoms in choosing treatment for children’s fever

How Much Poison is OK for Our Kids?

Video: New Studies Yet Again Confirm Fluoride LOWERS IQ In Children

CDC: Salmonella Found In Recalled Turkey Burgers Is Drug-Resistant

Dallas Rocks Against Autism Saturday, April 9, 2011 8:00p.m. - Sunday, April 10, 2011 12:00a.m.

Jenny McCarthy and Byron Katie on VoiceAmerica Radio for Autism Action Month

The Age of Autism: Featured Advocacy Reception at Autism One/Generation Rescue Conference Featured Advocacy Reception in the Presidential Suite Thursday evening at the AutismOne/Generation Rescue 2011 Conference!

The Left is Goin' After Our Children

A doctor’s advice: Don’t ignore anxiety disorders

Headache in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

Students Raising Awareness of Invisible Disabilities

Autism Treatments - More Research Needed

ABA Therapy: Godsend Or Six-Figure Gamble?

Hollywood's Masquerade Ball for Autism Thursday, April 21 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Language Processing and Decoding issues Now Seen As key To Learning Disabilities

Prevalence Of 'Flattened Head' In Infants And Young Children Appears To Be Increasing

Briefing Information for the April 5, 2011 Meeting of the Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee

NIH launches training institute on dissemination and implementation research

Recently Updated Advisory Committee Materials

Clinical characteristics of pediatric patients evaluated for primary immunodeficiency

Patient, Heal Thyself: The Ongoing Evolution of Patient Self-directed Care and Hand-Held Technology

German Research Network Wants To Optimize Therapies For Older People

New insight into inflammation and autoimmune diseases

Agent Orange: Parkinson's Disease

'Blinded by Science' explores the power of vibrational energy and water in healing and wellness

EPA to raise limits for radiation exposure while Canada turns off fallout detectors

A Warning on Overuse Injuries for Youths

Scranton Mother Speaks Out After Daughter Jumps Off Bridge (includes video)

Eosinophilic oesophagitis: epidemiology, pathogenesis and management.

Antarctic microbes live life to the extreme Chilean Antarctic survey finds dramatic variety of organisms adapted to unusual conditions.

Rare-disease project has global ambitions Consortium aims for hundreds of new therapies by 2020.

Link sought between lab bacteria, deadly outbreak

Merck, J&J’s New Hepatitis C Treatment Fetches $31,000 in France

New Drugs for Hepatitis C on the Horizon With the promise of two new drugs, doctors see hope for a better-tailored cocktail. A feature from Scientific American.

Dying for a long life A chemical that stains Alzheimer's-associated proteins may help cells to cope with toxic trash.

Muscular dystrophy findings fuel French stem cell debate Work shows the value of human embryonic stem cells for disease research.

Effect of Iodine Supplementation During Pregnancy on Infant Neurodevelopment at 1 Year of Age

Eosinophilic oesophagitis: epidemiology, pathogenesis and management.

Ear Problem and Pounds Video

Risperidone in Schizophrenia: Is There a Role for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring?

Autism therapies: Study shows what works, what doesn't

Autistic brains "organised differently" say scientists

Treatments Show Promise in Reducing Autism-related Behaviors, but Some Have Significant Side Effects

Living and Advocating with Autism: Nathaniel Major's story

Raising a child with autism: parents become the expert, some remarks unhelpful

Hope fading for missing autistic boy from Laval (includes video)

Police lose hope of finding Que. boy alive Police believe 3-year-old with autism may have fallen into icy river
(includes video)

Autistic people need support

'Less alcohol' gene discovered

Pinwheels help prevent child abuse

Doctor signed up dead for cash

Kids' pain should get more attention from medical staff: Study

Laparoscopic approach for children with inflammatory bowel diseases

Clinical Categorization of Childhood Syncope

New medical center to improve physical, mental health (includes video)

Proactive planning and strong site links boost recruitment Being proactive and re-establishing relationships with investigators are vital to boosting patient recruitment and retention, said a PCT panel.

Comprehensive Clinical Development finalises deal for Charles River Comprehensive Clinical Development, a contract research organisation based in Florida, US, has finalised the acquisition of clinical trials specialist, Charles River Clinical Services.

Adaptive clinical design can reduce trial time, says study Adaptive clinical design can lead to significant time savings when implemented successfully, claims a new study by Cutting Edge Information, the North Carolina, US-based business consultancy firm.

Imperial acquires D. Anderson & Company; expands clinical trial services Michigan, US-based clinical research organisation (CRO), Imperial, has completed the acquisition of clinical trial specialists, D. Anderson & Company for an undisclosed fee.

Round-up of PCT 2011 news, views, videos and photos Outsourcing-Pharma presents a round-up of news, views, videos and photos shared by people at Partnerships in Clinical Trials (PCT) 2011.

Merck to acquire Inspire Pharma for $430 million Merck & Co (MRK.N) said on Tuesday it would acquire eye treatment maker Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc (ISPH.O) for about $430 million to expand its ophthalmology portfolio.

FDA Tries To Wipe Up A Wipe Maker

Ningbo Smart Pharmaceutical… Or Ningbo Dumb?

Pfizer Sells Capsugel Pill Unit to KKR for $2.4 Billion (includes video)

GSK struggles for talent in China, India

The Clot Thickens? A Setback For Bayer And J&J

Enthusiasm for epigenetics clear in Epizyme deals

Patients Try Again To Break Genzyme Drug Patent

Gilead Sciences Raises Price Of Top Selling Products

Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Patients with Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media

'Last Resort' Antibiotics Use on the Rise, Study Suggests

Guide to safe antibiotic use

Author: Women face skewed sex standards Feminist Valenti sees virginity double standard

Update in Rheumatology: Evidence Published in 2010

Clinical Practice Guideline for Children with Cancer Presenting with Fever at Emergency Room

The effect of Kawasaki disease on childhood allergies – a sibling control study

Adherence to the Mediterranean type of diet is associated with lower prevalence of asthma symptoms, among 10–12 years old children: the PANACEA study

Invariant natural killer T cells from children with versus without food allergy exhibit differential responsiveness to milk-derived sphingomyelin

Humanised cow's milk has cloudy future

Cottage Grove Farmhouse Bakery Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Pasteurized Egg White In Breads

Bill would post every physician's Medicare billing data on Internet Doctor privacy advocates defend a 30-year ban on releasing data from challenges on Capitol Hill and in the courts.

Office-based doctors support 4 million jobs An AMA report measures the economic impact of practices -- on jobs both inside and outside medical office walls.

Defining essential benefits: How much is too much? Drafting government definitions of what insurers must cover raises emotionally charged issues surrounding patient need, medical necessity and cost control.

GOP lawmakers weigh privatizing Medicare with exchanges A former Clinton budget director is among those promoting an insurance exchange, but congressional Democrats remain opposed to privatizing entitlement programs.

California lawsuit accuses drug powerhouse of bribing doctors High-prescribing physicians were compensated with expensive gifts by Bristol-Myers, the suit alleges, but the drugmaker says the allegations have no merit.

A Systematic Review of Early Intensive Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Efficacy of Proton-Pump Inhibitors in Children With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Systematic Review

Blurring the Lines in Interferon {gamma} Receptor Deficiency: An Infant With Near-Fatal Airway Disease

Cost-effectiveness of Metered-Dose Inhalers for Asthma Exacerbations in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Thromboprophylaxis in a Pediatric Hospital: A Patient-Safety and Quality-Improvement Initiative

Caps under fire: The fight for medical liability reform At least seven states face court battles that could impact medical liability damages caps.

U.S. appellate court will hear human gene patents lawsuit The landmark ruling will affect health care access and genetic testing research, experts say.

Surgery delayed as patient appeals competency finding

Developmental Neurotoxicity Targeting Hepatic and Cardiac Sympathetic Innervation: Effects of Organophosphates are Distinct from those of Glucocorticoids.

Hospitals' new physician leaders: Doctors wear multiple medical hats Improving care is only one responsibility for a new generation of doctors who are combining clinical care and administrative leadership.

Pediatricians experiment with concierge house call practices Days (and nights) are long and vacations are rare, but job satisfaction is high.

Pacifier/stuffed toy becomes the perfect fit for Atlanta doctor When the radiologist and mother combined the two items, a success story was born.

Reducing EMR training to save money exacts high toll

Confronting health issues of climate change The shift in the planet's climate is affecting the health of patients -- and physicians are starting to see the results.

The latest challenge: adopting electronic medical records

High levels of amino acids may predict type 2 diabetes Researchers find that the elevated readings indicate development of the disease 12 years before the first symptoms appear.

The latest challenge: adopting electronic medical records

Letters to the Editor - April 4, 2011

News briefs: Health

News briefs: Government & Medicine

News briefs: Professioanl Issues

News briefs: Business

Impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Secretory Immunoglobulin A Levels in a Stressed Population

Support genetically engineered food "Right to Know" legislation In your state

Understanding cancer immunotherapy The basic premise of cancer immunotherapy involves enhancing the body’s own immune system to fight off cancer. It sounds logical and simple in concept, but the practice is complicated.

Stress can raise your risk of cancer, other diseases Tel Aviv University scientist honored at research conference in Florida; until now there wasn't direct evidence of stress' effect on telomere length.

Updates on the management of cervical pre-cancer discussed at Obs-Gyne expo

Cope with brain fog and improve memory naturally

Homeopathy offers permanent body pain relief (Opinion)

Maple syrup compounds help fight diabetes, cancer

Mushrooms are a source of multiple nutrients

Dark chocolate is brimming with antioxidants and heart-healthy properties, research finds




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"

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