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All the News Posted May 3, 2010

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►June 2010 - Risk-benefit analysis of restricting antimicrobial prescribing in children: what do we really know? - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►June 2010 - Understanding the significance of Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteremia in babies and children - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

* ►May 4, 2010 - New lab to keep control of drugs - Medical scientists will be able to keep greater control of breakthrough drugs such as Ian Frazer's cervical cancer vaccine, rather than having to sign away the rights to pharmaceutical companies early in the development process. - The Australian

* ►May 3, 2010 - Multiple vaccines overloading infant's immune systems? by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "'Not possible!' said Dr Paul Offit who believes that the medical profession can happily inject babies with up to 100,000 vaccines at any one time, and the baby's immune system will be just fine. This 'dogma' is repeated by all and sundry, including GP's, IMAC and many other medics on autopilot. The theoretical 'mathematical model' Dr Offit touted, has just taken it's second 'hit' in two years."

* ►May 3, 2010 - DNA referees - Scientists are just beginning to understand the effect lifestyle choices and other environmental factors have on altering gene behavior, a rapidly emerging field called epigenetics. - Los Angeles times - "'The thing I love about epigenetics is that you have the potential to alter your destiny,' says Randy Jirtle, who studies epigenetics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Can you master your own epigenetics? - Some authors say so. Epigenetics researchers say it’s probably too early to be certain. - Los Angeles Times - "It's true that diet or medication might change patterns of gene activity, says Dana Dolinoy, a toxicologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor. But, she notes, those changes could be good or bad, and it's too soon to make broad recommendations on such a young science. She also notes that so far most epigenetics research has been conducted in mice. 'What's good for a mouse may not be good for me,' Dolinoy says."

* ►May 3, 2010 - ‘Why we resorted to DNA test for Pfizer victims’ - Daily Sun - "The Board of Trustees of Meningitis Trust Fund in Kano has explained why it resorted to the use of a DNA as a means to ascertain the veracity of the claims of the applicants who have filed up as victims of the Trovan Clinical Trial as a result of the 1996 meningitis epidemic in the state. The board, which was set up in the wake of the out-of- court settlement between the Kano State Government and the multinational pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, is to implement the agreement and ensure payment of the money to the qualified victims."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Please call NY Senators today for autism health insurance reform - Your calls make a difference - Autism Action Network

►May 3, 2010 - Children With ADHD: Symptoms and Diagnosis By John Bradstreet - OpEdNews

►May 3, 2010 - Rethink Autism Helps Families Celebrate Mother's Day - press release - Rethink Autism, Inc. via PRNewswire

* ►May 3, 2010 - Nicotine vaccine shows promise: WFU looks into why addiction levels vary - Winston-Salem Journal

* ►May 3, 2010 - Suit: HPV Vaccine Injured Teen - Albuquerque Journal via PharmaLive - "A vaccine intended to protect women from cervical cancer severely injured an Albuquerque girl who received the three-shot series in 2007 and 2008, a federal lawsuit contends. The lawsuit, filed last month, alleges the 16-year-old girl was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems after she received Gardasil injections beginning at age 13. 'She was a normal 13-year-old, a normal kid,' the girl’s mother, Tracy Wolf, said in an interview. 'Now she’s like an unruly toddler.' Alexis has run away on occasion and has uncontrolled fits of anger, her mother said."

* ►May 3, 2010 - 'Holy grail' of cancer vaccines one step closer - New Zealand Herald - "Wellington's Malaghan Institute of Medical Research director, Professor Graham Le Gros, said today New Zealand's own research into cancer vaccines had got 'tantalisingly close' to achieving its promises. A vaccine for a brain tumour was halfway through a trial, while a vaccine for melanoma had been developed and was awaiting trial, Professor Le Gros said."

►May 3, 2010 - New Zealand Scientists Welcome FDA's Approval Of Cancer Vaccine -

* ►May 3, 2010 - The First Cancer Vaccine - The Science Business Blog via Forbes - "One disappointing part of the recent news is the price: Dendreon announced that it will charge $93,000 per patient. That’s an awful lot of money, and it’s not clear yet if insurance will cover this. No doubt desperate patients will be glad to pay for the few extra months of life. In fact, Dendreon said that its price is based on the assumption that people will pay $23,000 per extra month of life, based on the cost of other cancer drugs. We can only hope the price will drop dramatically as the company improves its manufacturing process, but (unfortunately) lower production costs don’t always get passed on to patients."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Emergent BioSolutions to Participate on Vaccine Panel at BIO International Convention 2010 - press release - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "The scientific session, part of the Innovations in Vaccines track, will explore new vaccine technologies and describe new vaccine candidates in development and their potential impact on global health. Other companies expected to present include Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, Vical, and Syntiron."

►May 3, 2010 - ImmunoCellular Files Orphan Drug Application for ICT-107 - press release - ImmunoCellular Therapeutics via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►May 3, 2010 - PharmAthene Appoints Eric I. Richman as Interim Chief Executive Officer - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Earth Times

* ►May 3, 2010 - BioSante Pharmaceuticals Announces Reinitiation of Prostate Cancer Vaccine Development - press release - BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►May 3, 2010 - Vaccination team held hostage by man in pain - Saudi Gazette

►May 3, 2010 - Children to receive five-in-one vaccine in June - All children old enough to be vaccinated will be protected against five diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and meningitis).-

* ►May 3, 2010 - No adverse reactions - Sunraysia Daily, AU - "Chief executive officer Dr Lydia Senior, said yesterday that none of the division’s practices had reported children developing a fever, high temperature and going into convulsions after a flu jab with the this year’s vaccine."

* ►May 3, 2010 - A little knowledge: How research scientists were caught out by swine flu - Why was the swine flu pandemic so much milder than expected? The truth is that research scientists were caught out by this mysterious virus, writes Jeremy Laurance - The Independent, UK

* ►May 3, 2010 - Poor response to H1N1 jabs - Malaysia Star - "The poor response to the free Influenza A(H1N1) vaccine jabs is likely due to the people’s worry about the possible side effects."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Swine flu vaccines going to waste - New research suggests a large percentage of the free swine flu vaccine is being thrown away. - - "Researchers from Sydney University and from within the New South Wales Health Department surveyed 300 general practices in Sydney's south-west. The survey showed 42 per cent of the overall doses were thrown away. The letter goes on to say that if similar wastage occurred nationally, more than 7.5 million of the 19 million doses available could be wasted."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Almost half of swine flu vaccine wasted - A study has confirmed vast wastage of the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine, distributed free in general practice last year by the government. -

►May 3, 2010 - Girl dies from bird flu - Reuters via Straits Times

►May 3, 2010 - Malaysian shuttlers cleared after H1N1 swine flu scare - Reuters India

►May 3, 2010 - Clinical Trial of DAS181 (Fludase(R)*) in Asthmatics Initiated at the National Institutes of Health - press release - NexBio, Inc. via PRNewswire

►May 3, 2010 - Phase II of Anti-Flu Vaccination in Cuba - Cuba begins today the second stage of the vaccination against the A(H1N1) flue during which about 150,000 children will be immunized. -

* ►May 3, 2010 - Comprehensive analysis of the global vaccines market - Bharatbook added a new report on "Global Vaccines Market 2010-2025" which gives a detailed analysis of the human vaccines market, predicting how and why it will expand in coming years. - Global Vaccines Market 2010-2025 Clinical needs driving technological progress and commercial growth - Bharat Book Bureau via PR Minds

* ►May 3, 2010 - Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. Of Autism Speaks Appointed To NIH Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee - Autism Speaks via Medical News Today

* ►May 3, 2010 - Health plan gains bring higher pay packages for CEOs - Company statements with the SEC reveal only two insurance executives saw declines in compensation. -

* ►May 3, 2010 - Parents of Autistic Children Turning to Alternative Treatments - HealthDay News via

* ►May 3, 2010 - U.S. to review safety of cough medicine ingredient - Health regulators are concerned about the potential for people to abuse a key ingredient in many cough suppressant medications, calling for a public meeting in September to weigh the issue. - Reuters

* ►May 3, 2010 - AstraZeneca PR Man, Bloggers And Hacking - Pharmalot

* ►May 3, 2010 - The World’s Biggest-Selling Drug In 2016 Will Be… - Pharmalot

* ►May 3, 2010 - US Trade Rep Criticized For Medicines Policy - Pharmalot

* ►May 3, 2010 - Glaxo Tells Journal Editors To Censor Steve Nissen - Pharmalot

* ►May 3, 2010 - Is Merck Engaged? - The Huffington Post - "But here's where I differ with Merck Engage. On a site that is so comprehensive, so compellingly simple in its explanations of how easy it is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, there is nothing about prevention of disease...the key element in living healthfully. Now I know they are a pharmaceutical giant and their bread and butter is based on treating illness with drugs, but on a website so clearly designed for living healthy, active lives, the omission of prevention is glaring and the biggest reminder that you are, in fact, on a website designed by a pharmaceutical giant. Once you are in need of their medications, then they are happy to help you deal with it, but prevention? As Jon Stewart says, "not so much."

►May 3, 2010 - Pneumonia in Summit County kids may actually be ‘HAPE' - ‘Visitors to the mountain resorts who arrive during a respiratory illness are more likely to develop HAPE' -

►May 3, 2010 - New species of human malaria recognized - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via NewsRx

►May 3, 2010 - Electronic medical orders may save lives (video) - Reuters Health via via

►May 3, 2010 - Antibiotic Use and Environmental Exposure are Key Factors Affecting Antibiotic Resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) Carriage in Children in Peru - New Johns Hopkins University Study Reports that Decreasing Antibiotic Usage Among Children and Their Family Members and In Farming Could be Important Protective Measures Against Carriage of Resistant E. coli - The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene via PRNewswire

►May 3, 2010 - Nanosilver Migrates Out of Fabric in Study - Environmental Health News via Beyond Pesticides

►May 3, 2010 - NIEHS doctor to discuss impact of climate change on children's health - American Academy of Pediatrics via News-Medical.Net

►May 3, 2010 - Researchers develop asthma medical home to care children with asthma - 'Asthma medical home' addresses patient symptoms, environment - American Academy of Pediatrics via News-Medical.Net

►May 3, 2010 - Beware the dinner-plate asthma triggers - Independent, IE

►May 3, 2010 - Shorter maternal height associated with more deaths among children in developing countries - Harvard School of Public Health via NewsRx

►May 3, 2010 - DSM joins with Australian government for biologics plant - DSM Biologics has entered into a partnership with the Australian government to build a 70,000 sq ft biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing facility. -

►May 3, 2010 - USTR lists counterfeit drug hotspots in annual report - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has expressed particular concern about the proliferation of counterfeit drugs in countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia. -

►May 3, 2010 - Lyme disease advancing in Maine - Bangor Daily News

►May 3, 2010 - With warmer days ahead, people urged to avoid ticks - Wyoming Tribune Eagle

►May 3, 2010 - Finances at nonprofit hospitals could take a hit - Health reform and pension obligations are likely to have the most impact, say two credit agencies. -

►May 3, 2010 - Health reform rule-making creates battle lines between insurers, Democrats- HHS Secretary Sebelius predicted that health plans would fight increased industry regulation mandated by the health reform act. -

►May 3, 2010 - Preventable risk factors cut 4 to 5 years off life span - The federal government has introduced measures aimed at reducing obesity and tobacco use, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. -

►May 3, 2010 - Medicare pay: SGR fatigue - Physicians say they are beyond exasperation as Congress struggles to repeatedly patch Medicare rates, lately just for a month or two at a time. -

►May 3, 2010 - New Medicaid patients will lack access, most doctors say - An insurer's poll finds half of primary care physicians said the temporary Medicaid pay increase in the reform law is not enough to help. -

►May 3, 2010 - Pa. court orders state to restore medical liability funds - Meanwhile, a Wisconsin audit confirmed doctors' fears that a state liability fund is in trouble, after lawmakers withdrew $200 million to balance the state's budget. -

►May 3, 2010 - Medicaid pay commission to launch this summer - The panel has taken on new importance since the passage of health reform, which will expand Medicaid enrollment by millions. -

►May 3, 2010 - Claims-based database promises greater transparency - A Colorado bill that would create the online tool is backed by the state medical society. -

►May 3, 2010 - Medical liability: A world of differenceOther countries could offer solutions to an ailing U.S. liability system. But experts warn that some ideas may not translate. -

►May 3, 2010 - Doctors at religious hospitals face ethical conflicts over care - Most physicians in a recent survey said they would refer their patients elsewhere for barred services, but 4% would violate hospital policy to provide care. -

►May 3, 2010 - Hospital fulfills subpoena, gets hit with privacy suit - In the Courts -

►May 3, 2010 - Ending a practice relationship doesn't end liability - Contract Language -

►May 3, 2010 - Tax credits could help offset staff insurance costs -

►May 3, 2010 - Ending health disparities takes interdisciplinary approach - A message to all physicians from AMA President J. James Rohack, MD. -

►May 3, 2010 - Health plan contracts: Help in leveling the playing field - The AMA's National Managed Care Contract can help doctors even the score when negotiating agreements with insurers. -

►May 3, 2010 - AMA helps doctors recoup from United settlement- An online guide assists physicians in claiming compensation from a $350 million settlement with the nation's largest health insurer over alleged suppression of out-of-network payments. -

►May 3, 2010 - AMA president-elect candidates share views: Peter W. Carmel, MD- American Medical News asked the announced candidates for AMA president-elect to provide statements on why they are running for office or other topics of their choosing. -

►May 3, 2010 - AMA president-elect candidates share views: Edward L. Langston, MD - American Medical News asked the announced candidates for AMA president-elect to provide statements on why they are running for office or other topics of their choosing. -

►May 3, 2010 - AMA president-elect candidates share views: Joseph M. Heyman, MD - American Medical News asked the announced candidates for AMA president-elect to provide statements on why they are running for office or other topics of their choosing. -

►May 3, 2010 - Easing into retirement: It could take longer than you think- The process might entail selling your practice, or making arrangements so you can practice in a state of semi-retirement with fewer administrative tasks. -

►May 3, 2010 - Letters to the Editor - Health care not a right -

►May 3, 2010 - News in brief: Government & Medicine- Health reform still a mystery to many, poll says - Neb. law bans late-term abortions - Pennsylvania Medicare lawsuit settled -

►May 3, 2010 - News in brief: Professional Issues- Calif. bill raises penalties against nonmedical businesses offering cosmetic procedures - Pregnant women with H1N1 fared better when given early antiviral treatment - Nurse ratios linked to fewer surgical deaths -

►May 3, 2010 - News in brief: Business- Anthem premium increase in Maine may be cut, judge says - iPad being used for patient education - Former HHS secretary named to board of health savings account firm -

►May 3, 2010 - NBCH Selects Five Coalitions for New Value Based Benefit Pilots - American Health Strategy Project to help employers improve the health of employees and their families, promote wellness and prevention, and manage health care costs - National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►May 3, 2010 - These detectives solve medical mysteries - book review - The Boston Globe - "For example, in the quest to find vaccines for hepatitis A and B — which can be fatal or lead to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis — both the viruses and the experimental vaccines were injected into “mentally disabled’’ children at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island during the 1950s, all of whom lacked the ability to give informed consent or assent to participate. Another example provided is the response of the authorities to reports of cases of paralytic polio that occurred in some people following their inoculation with the polio vaccine in 1955, which was being given to prevent this. While the cases were ultimately traced back to a faulty batch made by one manufacturer, [Alexander] Langmuir suppressed this information, fearing lawsuits and a public backlash against a mass vaccination campaign that was meeting severe resistance from various groups, including the American Medical Association, which viewed it as socialized medicine."

* ►May 3, 2010 - HPV vaccine being offered in schools - Fond du Lac Reporter - "Julie Roloff, a parent of a Lakeshore Elementary School student, said she has concerns about the safety of the vaccine, including an ingredient that is known to cause infertility. Roloff opted not to give her child the vaccine. 'I think 95 percent of the people have no idea what is in Gardasil or what the potential side effects are,' she said."

►May 3, 2010 - High school seniors urged to receive Meningococcal vaccine - Rochelle News-Leader

* ►May 3, 2010 - Restraint and Seclusion in Special Education By Adriana Gamondes - Age of Autism

►May 3, 2010 - Generation Rescue Announces the Rescue Family Grant Program for Autism Treatment - Age of Autism

►May 3, 2010 - Dress to De-stress at the Autism One Generation Rescue Dinner Event Featuring Shonda Schilling - Age of Autism

* ►May 3, 2010 - Autism Disorders and Intellectual Disability: Claim that 75-80% of Persons with Autistic Disorder are Intellectually Disabled is Based on Credible Authorities - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►May 3, 2010 - UNICEF Consultant: Polio Has Reduced Drastically in Nigeria - ThisDay

►May 3, 2010 - Size of vials didn't cause hepatitis outbreak - letter - Las Vegas Review-Journal

►May 3, 2010 - Shaken Baby Syndrome Has New Name, Rate May Be Rising - EmaxHealth

* ►May 3, 2010 - FDA Rejects Request to Remove Tobacco Panelists - Last month, Philip Morris had asked the agency to kick four members off the panel because of conflicts of interest.- NACS Online

►May 3, 2010 - Pediatricians tend to miss elevated BP - Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center say that pediatricians and nurses may be missing the development of hypertension and its serious consequences even when they read a child’s blood pressure. - ANI via Times of India

►May 2, 2010 - Sleep Disturbances Associated With Behavior Problems in Children With Autism - Reports have suggested that sleep problems in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are associated with challenging daytime behaviors. - American Academy of Pediatrics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 2, 2010 - Police find missing autistic boy - Post Now blog via Washington Post

* ►May 2, 2010 - Dr. Proffit (Offit) and his rotavirus vaccine. Will this Doctor Hurt your Baby? - Fighting Autism and Winning! via Chicago Now

* ►May 2, 2010 - Parents in Surat claim polio drops killed infant - TopNews

* ►May 2, 2010 - Parents not a reliable source for determining children’s vaccination status - Parents’ inability to recall children’s immunization history resulted in underreporting of vaccination status, significant net reporting biases and high numbers of false-negative and false-positive reports, according to a presenter at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►May 2, 2010 - Bioject Announces Results Of Intradermal Dose Sparing Influenza Study Conducted By The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention - Bioject Medical Technologies via Medical News Today

* ►May 2, 2010 - Book review: The Fatal Strain: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic - Daily Kos

►May 2, 2010 - A dangerous bug - Pneumococcal disease is not something that you should take lightly. The infections can be lethal. - The Star, Malaysia

* ►May 2, 2010 - Families Threaten Lawsuit Over Care For Autistic Children - Parents In Windward School District Claim Noncompliance - KITV 4 News

►May 2, 2010 - Many Kids With Hepatitis C Are Missed - Untreated, the infection can lead to liver damage, liver cancer, researcher says - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine via HealthDay News

►May 2, 2010 - In Ads, Plea for Asians to Get Tests for Hepatitis (requires registration) - The New York Times

►May 2, 2010 - 17-year-old DHS junior trumps autism - The Durango Herald via KITV 4 News Reporter

►May 2, 2010 - Can electronic medical records fulfill the promises? - Electronic records gain acceptance -

►May 2, 2010 - Isolation Critical to Preventing Transmission of C. diff Infection - Infection Control Today

►May 2, 2010 - Stress, community violence worsened asthma severity - Moderate-to-severe asthma was almost twice as prevalent among children whose caregivers reported moderate-to-high exposure levels to stress and community violence, data presented at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting indicated. - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►May 2, 2010 - Vitamin E Effective For "Silent" Liver Disease - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center via Medical News Today

►May 2, 2010 - No miracles, but here is hope - The Telegraph via

►May 2, 2010 - A fantasy game which puts antibiotics up against bacterial infectious agents -

►May 2, 2010 - Better bad air - York-Adams receives poor, but better grades, on its air pollution levels. - The Evening Sun

►May 2, 2010 - New Efficacy Data Shows Cimzia(R) (certolizumab pegol) Provides Long-Term Remission of Moderate to Severe Crohn's Disease Regardless of Prior Anti-TNF Exposure, According to Data Presented at DDW - Oral presentation highlights sustained Crohn's Disease remission data over four years - regardless of prior treatment with anti-TNF agents - Results provide new information about treatment strategies for patients with active Crohn's Disease who have previously responded to Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol) - UCB via PRNewswire

►May 2, 2010 - Lives at stake at G8 summit - Re: G8 development ministers in Halifax to lay groundwork for upcoming summit, April 26 - letter - Toronto Star - "The Millennium Development Goals for the health of women (MDG5) and children (MDG4) are among the least likely to be achieved by 2015. The discussions at these meetings and the G8 must focus not on women’s rights but fundamental human rights, including access to basic health care. This storm of rhetoric is a luxury founded on ample food, clean water, access to immunizations and health care."

* ►May 2, 2010 - PAS: Pandemic Claimed 317 US Kids - Pediatric Academic Societies via MedPage Today - "'The take-home message is vaccinate,' ... 'The vaccine is safe and there's definitely a risk of death.'"

►May 2, 2010 - Traditional flu season fizzles - The Tribune-Democrat

* ►May 2, 2010 - Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (BL4) March to Irrelevance/ HuffPo - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►May 2, 2010 - AstraZeneca Settles Seroquel Case: Biotech's Latest Mishaps - Seeking Alpha

* ►May 2, 2010 - From Bonnie's Files: World Groups and Vaccination - New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice

►May 2, 2010 - Hepatitis C Lawsuit Filed Against Rose, Anesthesiologist - Patient Holds Hospital Liable For Hepatitis C Infection, Accuses Doctor Of Negligence - KMGH Denver

►May 2, 2010 - Federal lawsuit filed in Hep C case - Denver Post

►May 2, 2010 - Cholera claims seven lives in Kapenguria - Seven people are believed to have died in the past few days in Kapenguria in West Pokot following a cholera outbreak that has so far claimed over 30 lives. - Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

►May 2, 2010 - From measles to mumps, scraped knees to lice, retiring nurse has seen it all - Pottstown Mercury News

►May 2, 2010 - Terrier’s spay date on hold after vaccination reaction By John de Jong, D.V.M. - Ask the Vet via Boston Herald

* ►May 1, 2010 - Children's vaccine fits remain mystery - The Age

* ►May 1, 2010 - Bangladesh world leader in lifesaving diarrhea remedy; millions continue to die globally - A pinch of salt. A fistful of sugar. A half liter of water. - AP via FOX News

* ►May 1, 2010 - Sompting mum raising meningitis awareness - Worthing Herald, UK - "Jodie, who works at Southdown Squirrels Day Nursery, in Squadron Drive, Worthing, said she wants to raise awareness of meningitis as she thought her at 13-month-old daughter was protected because she had been given the vaccine for the C strain of meningitis. 'I thought I had done everything right, she had all of her jabs and I thought she was safe,' said Jodie, of West Street, Sompting."

►May 1, 2010 - Oologah Meningitis Survivor's Condition Improving; Fundraisers Held -

►May 1, 2010 - Pharmawhores Docu-Comedy Counter-Stings Showtime's "Bullshit!" Artists Penn & Teller - press release - Tetrahedron, LLC via

►May 1, 2010 - Peanut-free schools policy under review - Bradenton Herald

►May 1, 2010 - Mother of autistic child sharing her knowledge - Clearfield Progress

►May 1, 2010 - New bill creates autism support in Arizona -

►May 1, 2010 - Walk for Autism event battles rising numbers -

* ►May 1, 2010 - Vitamin D reduced pregnancy risks - Mothers who took high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy experienced lower preterm labor, preterm birth and infection rates compared with mothers who did not, according to a speaker at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric SuperSite

►May 1, 2010 - Simplifying Medicaid renewal forms may decrease coverage gaps in children’s health insurance - The likelihood that a child was dropped from Medicaid significantly correlated with the reading level at which health insurance documents were written, study findings suggested, with coverage loss increasing with each increasing grade-level used. - Pediatric SuperSite

►May 1, 2010 - Maternal DHA supplements may help premature infants get necessary nutrients - Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is common among very premature infants, and conditions such as gastrointestinal immaturity and other acute health problems often exacerbate malnutrition risks in these patients. But speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting today, said that mothers who breast-feed may be able to improve their infant’s health by taking docosahexaenoic acid supplements. - Pediatric SuperSite

►May 1, 2010 - Will new health care reform bill do anything for you? - The Crescent-News

►May 1, 2010 - Audiological Results in a Group of Children with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder - journal article (Journal for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery)

* ►May 2010 - Formaldehyde-releasers: relationship to formaldehyde contact allergy. Formaldehyde-releasers in clothes: durable press chemical finishes. Part 1 - journal article (Contact Dermatitis)

* ►May 2010 - Children with frequent infections: A proposal for a stepwise assessment and investigation of the immune system - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►May 2010 - Single-Dose Pharmacokinetics of Famciclovir in Infants and Population Pharmacokinetic Analysis in Infants and Children - journal article (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)

►May 2010 - Nanotechnology: Pediatric Applications - journal article (Pediatric Research)

►May 2010 - Lipid digestion and absorption in early life: an update - journal article (Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care)

* ►April 30, 2010 - Nonpharmaceutical Interventions may Limit Transmission of Pandemic Flu (requires registration) - American Journal of Infection Control via Medscape Medical News

►April 30, 2010 - Letters To The Editor May 1, 2010 - The Telegraph - "In the U.S. an average of one out of every 110 children is diagnosed with autism or autism-related developmental disorders, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. I want to recognize April as National Autism Awareness Month by reflecting on the progress that has been achieved in autism research and national education about the critical importance of early childhood development."

* ►April 30, 2010 - Oslo court backs Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in PD vaccine patent row -

►April 30, 2010 - Milken Institute Global Conference Points to Missed Opportunity in Health Reform: Wellness and Prevention - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* ►April 30, 2010 - Whose Fault is Autism? A Historical View of Placing Blame - Can history explain the vaccine theory of autism? - Child Myths Blog via Psychology Today

* ►April 30, 2010 - Moms Share Their Personal Autism Stories - Toddler on the Stir by CafeMom

* ►April 30, 2010 - Teacher, Aide Charged In Restraining Boy With Autism - Police: Boy Strapped Down, Left On Floor (includes video) - WRTV Indianapolis

►April 30, 2010 - UCD researcher appointed to national autism advisory committee - Sacramento Business Journal

►April 30, 2010 - Denise Resnik named to national autism advisory panel - Phoenix Business Journal

►April 30, 2010 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week - Cherokee Chronicle Times

►April 30, 2010 - 6 Ways for Teenagers to Take Control of Their Health - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

►April 30, 2010 - Niger: MSF Helps Vaccinate Nearly 400000 Against Meningitis - Doctors Without Borders

►April 29, 2010 - Parents mourn loss of second little girl in less than four years - Irish Independent

►April 29, 2010 - Increased Clinical Failures when Treating Acute Otitis Media with Macrolides: A Meta-analysis (requires registration) (full text) - The Annals of Pharmacotherapy via Medscape

►April 29, 2010 - Reaching Out to an Impaired Physician (requires registration) (full text) - Family Practice Management via Medscape

►April 29, 2010 - Local musicians make album for Autism Awareness -

►April 29, 2010 - SARRC autism group gets $200,000 in Canadian matchup - Phoenix Business Journal

* ►April 29, 2010 - SickKids Wins $8.8M Grant for Autism Genomics - GenomeWeb Daily News

* ►April 29, 2010 - Promise Seen in Drug for Retardation Syndrome (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The Novartis trial results were not published or peer reviewed, and for commercial reasons Dr. Fishman refused to divulge many details. Dr. Luca Santarelli, head of neuroscience at Roche, confirmed that Roche is in the midst of testing a similar medicine in fragile X patients at four sites in the United States."

* ►April 29, 2010 - Mom: Son With Autism Tied Up By Teacher's Aide - IPS Policy, Indiana Law Allows Children To Be Restrained (includes video) - WRTV Indianapolis

►April 29, 2010 - Children with Autism Can Succeed - Temple Grandin, Ph.D Speaks at Autism Workshop (includes video) - MyFox Detroit

►April 29, 2010 - Local group raises autism awareness - The Leader

►April 28, 2010 - Long-running organization helps children and adults with autism - Therapy and programs give them a brighter outlook on life -

►April 28, 2010 - Autism program halts bonuses - News & Observer

►April 28, 2010 - The Winnells: Understanding and living with autism - Petoskey News-Review

►April 28, 2010 - Addressing autism, raising awareness - Family deals with challenges of autism - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

* ►April 28, 2010 - CDC Commentary: Screening for Autism and Developmental Delays -- Learn the Signs (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape Pediatrics

►April 28, 2010 - Evidence for Perinatal and Child Health Care Guidelines in Crisis Settings: Can Cochrane Help? (requires registration) (full text) - BMC Public Health via Medscape Pediatrics

►April 28, 2010 - Use of Simulation to Enhance Learning in a Pediatric Elective (requires registration) (full text) - American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education via Medscape Pediatrics

►April 28, 2010 - P4P Update: Doctors Have Slowed its Spread, but is That a Mistake? (requires registration) (full text) - Medscape Business of Medicine

►April 27, 2010 - Six Ways to Earn Extra Income From Medical Activities (requires registration) (full text) - Medscape Business of Medicine

►April 27, 2010 - Serum resistin concentrations in children with Kawasaki disease - journal article (Inflammation Research)

* ►April 27, 2010 - Chief doctor Prof Jim Bishop defends flu jabs for kids - Australia's chief medical officer has defended the safety record of flu vaccinations as he struggles to determine how many children have suffered bad reactions. - Herald Sun

►April 26, 2010 - The Decline in Scientific Literacy and Its Impact on Medicine (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape Pediatrics

►April 26, 2010 - Marijuana: The Current and Potential Medical Benefits (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape Pediatrics

►April 26, 2010 - Maternal Outcomes Associated with Planned Vaginal Versus Planned Primary Cesarean Delivery. F1000: "Changes Clinical Practice" (requires registration) - American Journal of Perinatology via Medscape Pediatrics

* ►April 24, 2010 - Cross-Contamination of Foods and Implications for Food Allergic Patients - journal article (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports)

►April 23, 2010 - Autoimmune Polyendocrine Syndromes: Clues to Type 1 Diabetes Pathogenesis - journal article (Immunity)

►April 23, 2010 - Endogenous type-I interferon activity is not associated with depression or fatigue in systemic lupus erythematosus - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►April 23, 2010 - Asthma and insulin resistance in children - journal article (Respirology)

►April 23, 2010 - Sensitivity and specificity of the nickel spot (dimethylglyoxime) test - journal article (Contact Dermatitis)

* ►April 21, 2010 - Folate and methionine metabolism in autism: a systematic review. - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) - "The review concluded that further research is required with appropriately standardized and adequately powered study designs before any definitive conclusions can be made about the role for a dysfunctional folate-methionine pathway in the etiology of autism. There is also a need to determine whether functional benefits occur when correcting apparent deficits in folate-methionine metabolism in children with autism."

* ►April 20, 2010 - Trends in the consumption of antidepressants in Castilla y León (Spain). Association between suicide rates and antidepressant drug consumption - journal article (Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety)

►April 20, 2010 - The sticky issue of neurosteroids and GABAA receptors - journal article (Trends in Neurosciences)

* ►April 19, 2010 - Microbiota in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►April 12, 2010 - Early Findings of Preventive Child Healthcare Professionals Predict Psychosocial Problems in Preadolescence: The TRAILS Study - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►April 12, 2010 - Etiology of Type 1 Diabetes - journal article (Immunity)

►April 2010 - Association of Birthweight and Head Circumference at Birth to Cognitive Performance in 9- to 10-Year-Old Children in South India: Prospective Birth Cohort Study - journal article (Pediatric Research)

►April 2010 - Long-term treatment of spasticity with botulinum toxin type A: an analysis of 1221 treatments in 137 patients - journal article (Neurological Research)

* ►Volume 2 Issue 1, 2010 - A Patient Safety Issue: Mandatory Influenza Vaccination for Health Care Workers - journal article (Procedia in Vaccinology)

* ►March 26, 2010 - Guest Blogger: Novella Gets it Wrong...Big Surprise - My Socrates Note

* ►March 13, 2010 - Monsanto's Global Pollution Legacy - SourceWatch

Vaccination My Journey - The death of my baby - So how does a mother feel when her baby is dead from vaccines and all she hears from doctors, the government and media is that vaccines are safe and effective? (pdf) - Stephanie Messenger

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