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All the News Posted May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010 Click here for all of the Dr. Andrew Wakefield GMC/Lancet Decision Articles and Videos

* May 4, 2010May/June 2010 - Lessons from Swine Flu - The Once-Looming Public Health Threat Has Receded...But We’re Still Understanding Our Role in Such Outbreaks - E/The Environmental Magazine

►May 12, 2010 - The Role of Enzymes in Autism: Hope or hype? (webinar) - Houston Enzymes via

* ►May 5, 2010 - Study: More Parents Refuse or Delay Vaccinations for Kids (includes video) - Dr. Besser Weighs in on Study Showing Sharp Increase in Refused, Delayed Vaccinations - ABC News Good Morning America

Comment:  Children who do not attend school are not required to be vaccinated, even in those states that have minimal exemptions.

►May 5, 2010 - Life Sciences Webcast The Impact of FDA Recall Issues on Medical Device Manufacturers -

* ►May 4, 2010 - WA launches flu vaccine inquiry - World News Australia - "The WA health minister said he had informed the federal Department of Health of the inquiry. "We've also informed (Federal Health Minister) Nicola Roxon that we're undertaking this review because the actual management of reactions to vaccinations (is) the responsibility of the commonwealth, not the state," Dr Hames said. "Concern has been expressed about the reaction of the commonwealth department, particularly with the Brisbane case, where I understand a young child died following the vaccine, and nobody was notified."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Safety of Herpes Zoster Vaccine in the Shingles Prevention Study (free full text) - A Randomized Trial - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►May 4, 2010 - The Looming Rash of Herpes Zoster and the Challenge of Adult Immunization - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►May 4, 2010 - Safety of the Vaccine to Prevent Shingles - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►May 4, 2010 - Barriers to the Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►May 4, 2010 - Polio virus absent for over 7 weeks - The Indian Express via Yahoo! - "Behind this achievement, health experts see the role of the newly introduced bivalent polio vaccine. Asked about its success, Jafari said: "BoPV seems to be building on the strong progress and foundation laid by MopV 1. It seems to be effective in curtailing the transmission of type 1 and 3."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Fate of the unused swine flu vaccines - News-Medical.Net - "According to Sebelius of the 162 million doses only 90 million were used. Now Australian researchers from Sydney University and from within the New South Wales Health Department have surveyed 300 general practices in Sydney's south-west. Their findings show that 42% of the flu doses were discarded. They agree that the 10 ml multi dose vials could be a reason since these vials had to be thrown away with unused vaccine within 24 hours of opening it. This report was published in the letters section of  the Medical Journal of Australia."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Poser over HPV vaccination scheme - The Star, Malaysia - "The fundamentals of consent requires that adequate information be given to the person so that decision making is facilitated (in this case, to permit the care provider to administer the vaccine). Hence, obtaining consent from parents would not be sufficient ethically in children who are capable of understanding the need for vaccination though they are under the age of 18 years. It would be prudent for professional bodies like the Academy of Medicine Malaysia to inform the public their position on this matter."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Reports from Novartis advance knowledge in vaccines - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via NewsRx

* ►May 4, 2010 - Now Available: The Future of Global Vaccines - Market Forecasts to 2016 - New Pharmaceuticals market report from GBI Research: "The Future of Global Vaccines - Market Forecasts to 2016, Stockpile Analysis, Competitive Benchmarking and Pipeline Analysis" - Fast Market Research via PR-inside

* ►May 4, 2010 - Bill boosts childhood vaccination - Bangor Daily News - "Through Rep. Connor’s persistent efforts and the help of many partners, the Health and Human Services Committee eventually gave its unanimous endorsement to the bill, which was enacted and signed into law by Gov. John Baldacci on April 2. While its smooth passage through the Legislature, including unanimous votes in both houses, did not draw attention to the bill, this is a major achievement nonetheless. It was accomplished in no small part by the creative cooperation of providers, insurers and public health officials. Without committing any new state dollars, LD 1408 puts Maine back on the road toward universal vaccination."

* ►May 4, 2010 - GlycoVaxyn and a Harvard University Affiliated Hospital Receive USD 3.4 Million NIH Grant for Staphylococcus aureus Vaccine Development - Program to leverage GlycoVaxyn Proprietary in vivo conjugation technology - GlycoVaxyn via Alpha Trade

* ►May 4, 2010 - Parents refusing kids' vaccines more common - Pediatric Academic Societies via Springfield News-Leader

* ►May 4, 2010 - Fear of pandemic influenza clogs EDs even when disease is not present - Author of new study calls for responsible media coverage of public health emergencies - EurekAlert!  via innovations report

* ►May 4, 2010 - Co-infection With Pandemic H1N1 and Seasonal H3N2 Influenza Viruses - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►May 4, 2010 - Intervet Schering-Plough recalls West Nile Virus Vaccine - AVMA via

* ►May 4, 2010 - Lilly Lobbyists Leaves Canadian Advisory Panel - Pharmalot

* ►May 4, 2010 - Amid Food And Car Parts, Swap Meet Offers Flu Shots (includes audio) - National Public Radio (NPR)

* ►May 4, 2010 - Speaker from AutismOne/Generation Rescue upcoming conference to be interviewed on Autism One Radio - Guest host Betsy Hicks to discuss her book Picky Eating Solutions with Kristin Selby Gonzalez, Director of Autism Education at Enzymedica, Inc, Tuesday May 4 on the VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness Channel - VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network via PR-inside

* ►May 4, 2010 - Autism and the Media - The Huffington Post - "There is a tendency for groups that serve or advocate on behalf of those with disabilities to focus on individual success stories, even if rare, to fend off the prejudice and even hostility that sometimes arise in the general public and are directed towards those with various diagnostic labels. I saw this first hand with elements of the learning disabilities (LD) community that, at least in some instances, were reluctant to acknowledge that some kids with LD are below average in standard measures of intelligence."

* ►May 4, 2010 - The advantages of autism - New Scientist - "For a parent struggling with a child who cannot feed or use the toilet themselves it must be galling to hear that the condition May be advantageous. Yet other parents May be equally fed up of hearing uniformly negative messages about their children's potential. Perhaps only by considering the advantages of autism as well as its disadvantages can those affected reap better opportunities in life. As far as Dawson is concerned, what matters most is evidence. Last year, at an autism conference, she presented a poster on her work. "When people looked at my results, they said, 'It's so good to see something positive!' I said that I don't see it as positive or negative. I see it as accurate."

May 4, 2010 * ►May 4, 2010 - Yet another horrible vaccine reaction reported to the AVN - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog - "I just received the following report and am trying to get more details. What I have found out is that this child was hospitalised 2 hours after receiving a vaccine or vaccines – but the hospital and doctors have not made the link between the reaction and the vaccination."

* ►May 4, 2010 - WA launches flu vaccine inquiry - AAP via The West Australian - "WA Health Minister Kim Hames said the inquiry would scrutinise systems used to identify public health risks, including vaccine side-effects and disease outbreaks, after criticism of the government's slow response."

►May 4, 2010 - Flu vaccine response to be reviewed - THE WA government has launched an inquiry into the flu vaccinations that caused adverse reactions in hundreds of children across the nation. - PerthNow

►May 4, 2010 - WA reviews flu vaccine program - The West Australian Government is reviewing the state's handling of the flu vaccine program. - - "Maxine Drake from the WA Health Consumers Council said the lack of information could permanently deter some parents from vaccinating their children."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Swine flu vaccine wastage ‘substantial' - International Business Times - "Study authors said the wastage was significant and if the same amount of waste took effect across the country, more than 7.5 million of 19 million doses distributed to Australians, could have gone to waste. Peter Collignon, infectious disease expert said the results of the study showed that when things are done in haste, without an escape clause, that was obviously a monetary and strategic mistake."

* ►May 4, 2010 - H1N1 influenza hits older children - Vaccination of children vital in upcoming flu season, study author says - American Academy of Pediatrics via EurekAlert! - "'Our findings underscore the importance of influenza immunization in children of all ages and particularly in children with underlying medical conditions,' said lead author Fatimah S. Dawood, MD, epidemic intelligence service officer, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

►May 4, 2010 - Fate of the unused swine flu vaccines -

►May 4, 2010 - Amid Food And Car Parts, Swap Meet Offers Flu Shots (includes audio) -

►May 4, 2010 - Swine flu vaccination starts today - The Daily Star

►May 4, 2010 - Polk County has surplus of H1N1 vaccine -

►May 4, 2010 - H1N1 vaccination is safe, says doctor - Malaysia Star

* ►May 4, 2010 - H1N1 Lingers in SW, Other States—Feds Urge Vaccination - There’s still a risk of H1N1 infection and still the potential for a third wave - Homeland Security Today

* ►May 4, 2010 - Children's flu vaccines as from this week. by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►May 4, 2010 - The ethical difference between the provax and the antivax is by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►May 4, 2010 - "Ethical differences" Part Two. by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►May 4, 2010 - The Urabe Factor By Martin Walker - Age of Autism - "A downloadable version of the full essay can be found at: Slingshot Publications"

* ►May 4, 2010 - Frontline’s Producer Feeds the “Hungry Lie” By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►May 4, 2010 - Refusing kids' vaccine more common among parents - USA Today - "Refusing vaccines is becoming more common, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The percentage of parents who delay or refuse a shot rose from 22% in 2003 to 39% in 2008, according to the study, based on records and interviews of parents of 8,904 children ages 1½ to 3 and conducted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Survey."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Henry Waxman's Sneak Attack On Dietary Supplements -

►May 4, 2010 - Former justice fills mental-health panel - Billings Gazette - "Former Montana Supreme Court Justice John Warner, now overseeing a $9.5 million mental-health trust fund, has assembled the seven-member committee to help decide how Montana spends the money. ... Warner, who stepped down from the high court the end of last year, is the trustee in charge of the Montana Mental Health Settlement Trust, the account holding the state’s share of a $13 million settlement from drugmaker Eli Lily & Co."

►May 4, 2010 - Transcripts of the Rashid Buttar hearings–a peak at how alternative medicine treats autistic children - Left  Brain/Right Brain

►May 4, 2010 - Kids learn about autism - The Free Lance-Star

* ►May 4, 2010 - New vaccine requirements issued in Tennessee - Chattanooga Times Free Press - "Also, in July 2011, new full-time enrollees in Tennessee colleges who were born after 1979 will have to prove that they have chickenpox immunity or have received two doses of the chickenpox vaccine."

* ►May 4, 2010 - Students suspended over out of date immunizations - Caledon Enterprise - "Seventy-two students were suspended from Robert F. Hall Secondary School in Caledon East on Wednesday, April 28. The reason was outdated immunization records. And the process proved extremely confusing, and frustrating, to a number of parents."

►May 4, 2010 - Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act Elementary School Grades - Exchange Morning Post

►May 4, 2010 - Virus escalates head, neck cancers - It’s not just smokers and drinkers who are susceptible to these diseases (includes video) - London Free Press

►May 4, 2010 - Poser over HPV vaccination scheme - Malaysia Star

* ►May 4, 2010 - Merck Announces First-Quarter 2010 Financial Results - press release - Merck & Co. Inc. via Business Wire

►May 4, 2010 - Merck Profit Falls After Schering-Plough Acquisition - Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle

►May 4, 2010 - Economy Really on the Mend? Survey Says 'Yes' at BIO 2010 - BioWorld Online

►May 4, 2010 - Seventh-graders need shot - Baxter Bulletin

►May 4, 2010 - Pharmasset Announces Results of a 28-day Phase 2a Study with PSI-7977 for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Infection - 94% or 93% of patients achieved undetectable HCV RNA levels following 28 days of treatment with PSI-7977 200mg or 400mg QD, respectively, in combination with Pegasys® and Copegus® - Safety and tolerability across all doses were comparable to placebo administered with Pegasys® and Copegus® - press release - Pharmasset, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►May 4, 2010 - Heightened Awareness Extends Base of Diagnosed Patients in Taiwan's Hepatitis C Therapeutics, Finds Frost & Sullivan - press release - Frost & Sullivan via PRNewswire

►May 4, 2010 - Celldex Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results - press release - Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►May 4, 2010 - Goldman Small Cap Research Initiates Coverage of Cyplasin Biomedical, Ltd. - press release - GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch - "Cyplasin is the only company with a VLP (virus-like particles) vaccine under development to prevent and eliminate HCV infection."

►May 4, 2010 - Facts about Provenge: The prostate cancer vaccine - Helium

►May 4, 2010 - CNS Clinical Trials: Suicidality and Data Collection - Workshop - Institute of Medicine

* ►May 4, 2010 - Fighting a smart virus - Even as another AIDS Vaccine Day (May 18) is in sight, the fervent search for a HIV vaccine has given way to silent, but diligent research. Kalyan Ray spoke to Wayne C Koff, chief scientific officer of New York-based International AIDS Vaccine Initiative on the ups and downs in AIDS research. - Deccan Herald

►May 4, 2010 - In Brief: Polio immunization campaign begins in Tajikistan - IRIN Global

►May 4, 2010 - Unicef Launches Life-saving Mother's Day Gift -

►May 4, 2010 - Food allergies are a growing problem in US - The News Journal via

* ►May 4, 2010 - Web site celebrates often unknown scientists who have saved lives (requires registration) - Washington Post - "The new Web site looks at scientists by another measurement: how many lives they've saved. The list of mostly medical scientists contains many fascinating and inspiring stories that deserve to be publicized."

►May 4, 2010 - Make sure you are immunised -

►May 4, 2010 - New sixth-grade immunization rules - Traverse City Record-Eagle

►May 4, 2010 - Author of new study calls for responsible media coverage of public health emergencies - American Academy of Pediatrics via News-Medical.Net

►May 4, 2010 - Province needs regional autism centres, more support for families, report says - The Chronicle Herald, Canada

►May 4, 2010 - Kids learn about autism - Anthony Burns students learn about autism -

►May 4, 2010 - Globalisation helps spread 'exotic' diseases - The Irish Times

►May 4, 2010 - Breast-Feeding May Reduce Shigella Deaths In Poor Countries Education Could Help To Prevent Shigella Encephalopathy In Bangladeshi Children - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins via Medical News Today

►May 4, 2010 - Merck opens second research center - The Korea Times

* ►May 3, 2010 - NM woman sues, alleges HPV vaccine hurt daughter - AP via MSNBC - "Ronan said he wants to show Gardasil poses risks that don't justify its potential benefits. Wolf contends her daughter's symptoms arising in the months after vaccination point to Gardasil as the cause."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of Gardasil Given Concomitantly With Menactra and Adacel - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 3, 2010 - The economics of vaccination remain an important issue - The childhood vaccination program in the United States has been one of the most successful prevention programs in the world, but it is in jeopardy unless financial barriers to immunization are eliminated, according to Walter A. Orenstein, MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children editorial board member who spoke at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting this week. - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►May 3, 2010 - Health care reform may have implications for vaccine providers - Collaboration at both the state and federal levels will be key to implementing some of the changes in the health care reform bill, according to a speaker here at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.  - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►May 3, 2010 - The Current State in Autism -- Still Tough to Treat but Encouraging Progress (requires registration) - An Expert Interview with Fred R. Volkmar, MD - Medscape Pediatrics

* ►May 3, 2010 - Talk with doctor about alternative treatments for child with autism - Charlotte Observer

* ►May 3, 2010 - Drug company attorney asks for new trial in $58 million judgment - Las Vegas Sun

* ►May 3, 2010 - US Supreme Court Rejects Pfizer Celebrex Appeal - MedImmune via PRNewswire

* ►May 3, 2010 - FDA Conducting Safety Review of Commonly Used Prostate Cancer Drugs - Preliminary review suggests an increase in the risk of diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases in men treated with GnRH agonists - FDA

May 4, 2010 * ►May 3, 2010 - New Hope For Teen Suffering From Possible Deadly Vaccine Reaction - A Wichita teenager's life-threatening condition is getting worse, but a group of specialty doctors is giving her new hope for a normal life. (includes video) -

* ►May 3, 2010 - Albuquerque woman alleges human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil injured teenage daughter - Albuquerque Journal via AP via Los Angeles Times - "Cossette Wheeler, a University of New Mexico microbiology professor who helped develop and test Gardasil, said there's no evidence suggesting deaths or injuries among girls who have received it are attributable to the vaccine. 'People develop seizure disorders out of thin air — young kids, old kids, everybody,' she said."

►May 3, 2010 - NM Woman Sues, Alleges HPV Vaccine Hurt Daughter - Albuquerque woman alleges human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil injured teenage daughter - AP via ABC News

* ►May 3, 2010 - TMA Supports HPV Vaccine For Boys - The Texas Tribune - "The Texas Medical Association's leadership body voted this weekend to support vaccinating not just young girls but young boys for the human papillomavirus. But organization officials were quick to note that the vote did not include making such vaccines mandatory, which Gov. Rick Perry tried to do for Texas schoolgirls in 2007."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Kim Stagliano: Autism Should Not Be a Death Sentence - The Huffington Post

* ►May 3, 2010 - New Genetic Clues to Autism Found - 2 New Gene Mutations Linked to Autism - WebMD - "The researchers announced the discovery Sunday at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia."

* ►May 3, 2010 - UT study: No proof that eliminating gluten, casein from diets of autistic children is effective - "The diet doesn't have anything to do with autism," researcher says. - Austin American-Statesman

* ►May 3, 2010 - Updated: UT study says gluten-free diets don’t help kids with autism - SALUD Blog via Austin American-Statesman

* ►May 3, 2010 - Neil S. Greenspan: Autism and the Media - The Huffington Post

* ►May 3, 2010 - Nova Scotia autism report calls for creation of 'total care centres' - Winnipeg Free Press

►May 3, 2010 - Talk with doctor about alternative treatments for child with autism - Charlotte Observer

►May 3, 2010 - Parents Try Alternative Treatments for Autism - Research Shows Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets Are Among Treatments for Kids' Autism - WebMD

►May 3, 2010 - Autism study: Alternative treatments increasingly popular- ASD GI problems – Dallas autism resources -

* ►May 3, 2010 - Dr. Joan Fallon, Curemark CEO, Addresses Keystone Symposia Meeting On Autism - press release - Curemark LLC via PRNewswire - "Fallon presented on 'The Role of Protein Assimilation and Utilization in Children with Autism.'  She discussed Curemark's research exploring a possible link between a lack of protein-digesting enzymes in autistic children, necessary for the production of amino acids needed for brain function, and the symptoms of autism."

* ►May 3, 2010 - Vote for SafeMinds to win $50,000 to Protect Children from Environmental Poison - Age of Autism

►May 3, 2010 - Two new genes linked to autism - ANI via Oneindia

►May 3, 2010 - "Alternative" Treatments and Autism - Autism Blog via

►May 3, 2010 - Hyland’s, Inc. Supports AutismOne/Generation Rescue: Autism Redefined 2010 Conference, Helping Families in Need - Continues Commitment to Providing Healthcare Resources for All Communities in Need - press release - Hyland’s, Inc. via Business Wire

►May 3, 2010 - Frontline's Vaccine War episode ignites…well, a war of words - Left Brain/Right Brain

►May 3, 2010 - Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age 2 - University of North Carolina School of Medicine via

►May 3, 2010 - Effects of TV, Drug Exposures in Early Life May Be Long-Lasting - Fetal and early childhood environment helps shape later outcomes, studies show - HealthDay via BusinessWeek

►May 3, 2010 - Insiders at Dendreon Cash In on Drug Approval (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►May 3, 2010 - New Cancer Vaccine the Next Dendreon? -

* ►May 3, 2010 - Novartis finds clues for universal E.coli vaccine - Scientists at drugmaker Novartis have found bacterial components they hope can be used to develop a vaccine to protect people against a range of dangerous Escherichia coli (E.coli) infections. - Reuters

* ►May 3, 2010 - U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses * HHS says states should continue to administer vaccine * Grassley says he is worried about wasting tax dollars - Reuters

►May 3, 2010 - Huge proportion of swine flu vaccines going to waste - The Australian via

►May 3, 2010 - Researchers find lessons in first NYC H1N1 deaths - CIDRAP News

►May 3, 2010 - Alaska seniors lead nation in receiving flu shots - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

►May 3, 2010 - Canberrans Encouraged To Get Flu Vaccination - ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher, today rolled up her sleeve to get her seasonal influenza vaccination to encourage other Canberrans to consider getting the vaccination. - Australian Capital Territory via Gov Monitor

►May 3, 2010 - No sign of swine flu in Nebraska, official says - Lincoln Journal Star

►May 3, 2010 - High school senior among finalists in competition studying spread of H1N1 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

►May 3, 2010 - Nigeria’s badminton team to get swine flu vaccine - NEXT

►May 3, 2010 - Flu season mild although unusual - Billings Gazette

►May 3, 2010 - Theme of Vaccination Week Supports Government's Position - Health Minister - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service - "'We at ninety per cent immunization coverage for 2009 and we want to achieve one hundred per cent. All our children must be fully immunized and we are not even stopping there, we are now expanding to the family and saying that all our family members must also be immunized,' she emphasised."

►May 3, 2010 - Health departments expand adult vaccines -

* ►May 3, 2010 - City of Newark Concludes Week of Events in Observation of National Infant Immunization Week - City provided free immunizations to Newark children aged two months through 18 years of age throughout the week of April 26-30, 2010; Annual observance raises awareness of importance of early childhood immunizations - press release - The Daily Newarker - "Council President Crump was greeted by the cheers of the preschool children during the 'I Walked a Mile To Save a child' ceremony before she delivered remarks and said, 'I am so proud of our preschoolers who are helping us today to raise awareness about the importance of getting their shots. On behalf of my colleagues in the Municipal Council I thank all of our community partners and health care providers who are taking the steps to protect our young children from vaccine-preventable diseases.'"

►May 3, 2010 - New vaccine required for state's incoming sixth-graders - The Huntsville Times via

►May 3, 2010 - Pondering the future of vaccines - SCOPE

►May 3, 2010 - FDA probes risks of HIV, prostate, other drugs - Regulators are investigating potential risks from Abbott Laboratories Inc's HIV drug Kaletra, GlaxoSmithKline Plc's prostate drug Avodart and other medicines. - Reuters

►May 3, 2010 - FDA Asks Shire To Stop Using Promotional Materials For 2 Drugs (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►May 3, 2010 - FDA Warns Consumers To Avoid Vita Breath Dietary Supplement (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►May 3, 2010 - Worried About the Recall? 3 Non-Drug Alternatives to Children's Medications - McNeil's recall of pediatric medicines doesn't leave you without options. Try these alternatives - U.S. News & World Report

* ►May 3, 2010 - UPDATE 2-U.S. FDA still probing Friday's J&J recall * Agency says still fact-finding Friday's Tylenol recall * More than 1500 lots affected -- FDA spokeswoman * Shares close up 1.6 percent in line with market - Reuters

►May 3, 2010 - J&J's Image Takes a Beating With Latest Recall -

►May 3, 2010 - FDA's Head of Food Safety Steps Down (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►May 3, 2010 - The ABCs of Missing Vitamins - Supplement Sales Are Rising, But Many Kids Don't Need Them. How to Tell if a Child Is Deficient - Wall Street Journal

* ►May 3, 2010 - FDA Schedules Meeting to Curb 'Robotripping' - FDA experts meet in September to reduce abuse of key ingredient in Robitussin, cold meds - AP via ABC News

* ►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 - Baxter to Recall COLLEAGUE Infusion Pumps in U.S. - press release - Baxter International Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►May 3, 2010 - Akorn Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results - Achieves Positive Operating Income from Strong Demand in Core Business - Business Wire via MarketWatch

►May 3, 2010 - Dendreon moving HQ to Selig building on waterfront - Seattle biotech Dendreon, fresh off winning regulatory approval for its cancer therapy, confirmed it's moving its headquarters and other local operations to a brand-new, bigger building. - Seattle Times

►May 3, 2010 - Shingles Vaccine Safe but Not Widely Used - Annals of Internal Medicine via MedPage Today

►May 3, 2010 - Pooled phase 3 blood pressure results for NicOx's naproxcinod presented at the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) - Marketwire via MarketWatch

►May 3, 2010 - FDA says certain prostate cancer drugs may increase risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►May 3, 2010 - Anti-Bacteria Antibodies - Drug Discovery & Development

►May 3, 2010 - It Started More Than One Revolution (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The pill was formally tested in 897 women, mostly in Puerto Rico and Haiti. The trials were relatively brief and did not answer fundamental questions about risks of cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases. Uncertain about the long-term effects of hormonal contraceptives, the F.D.A. mandated that doctors limit prescriptions to two years."

►May 3, 2010 - That creeping feeling: Man seeks cure for the ills of Morgellan's (includes video) - KENS 5 TV

►May 3, 2010 - US Army Discovers Possible Tool Against Anthrax - NTI: Global Security Newswire

►May 3, 2010 - Polio Outbreak in Tajikistan - UN Dispatch

►May 3, 2010 - Zimbabwe: Measles efforts stepped up - The Zimbabwean via ReliefWeb

►May 3, 2010 - More mumps cases on the rise -

►May 3, 2010 - Leventhal Firm Files First Individual Suit In Rose Hepatitis-C Case - Law Week Colorado

►May 3, 2010 - Jury Deliberations Resume In Hepatitis Trial - Vegas Man Suing Drug Companies -

►May 3, 2010 - Macrocyclic Indole Derivatives For The Treatment Of Hepatitis C Infections - Insurance News

►May 3, 2010 - Whooping cough remains a local health concern - Seventh-graders will be required to get booster - Mansfield News Journal

►May 3, 2010 - Mali can serve as example to Africa on halting HIV, say top UN officials - UN News Centre

►May 3, 2010 - Dr. Logan Levkoff: MDs Contribute to the HIV Epidemic. Seriously. - The Huffington Post

►May 3, 2010 - PlusNews/IRIN Examines HIV/AIDS Elements Of New Adult Mortality Data - Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report

* ►May 3, 2010 - Magnetic brain stimulation fights depression - A daily dose of electricity delivered to a specific part of the brain can lift depression, new research confirms, even for people who've already tried multiple antidepressants to no avail. - Archives of General Psychiatry via Reuters

* ►May 3, 2010 - Marathon organizers turn to electronic health records - Scientific American - "EHRs have received a lot of attention over the past year thanks to the Obama administration's commitment of $19 billion in stimulus funds to encourage hospitals and health care facilities to digitize patient data and make better use of information technology."

►May 3, 2010 - Lessons Learned From the H1N1 Pandemic Are Meager (requires registration) - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) 13th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research via Medscape Medical News

►May 3, 2010 - Indonesia girl dies from bird flu, 3 undergo tests - A four year-old Indonesian girl has died from H5N1 bird flu virus, and three other people in the area - who did not have contact with the child - are being tested for the virus, an official said on Monday. - Reuters

►May 3, 2010 - Get your teen vaccinated for free on Tuesday - Vaccines prevent life-threatening disease. - Everything Long Beach

►May 3, 2010 - When to worry if a child has too few words - New York Times News Service via

►May 3, 2010 - Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., and Daniel Rotrosen, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, on Food Allergy Awareness Week 2010 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) via Article Ant

►May 3, 2010 - Canada launches massive population study - Infectious Disease News

►May 3, 2010 - The Ten Worst Man-Made Environmental Disasters - As oil threatens the Gulf Coast, a list of 10 other disasters both forgotten and infamous, from the Dust Bowl to Bhopal. - truthout

►May 3, 2010 - How the immune system's T cells seem to improve learning - The Journal of Experimental Medicine via Scientific American

►May 3, 2010 - Mosquitoes inherit DEET resistance - Genetic trait explains how some insects are unaffected by powerful repellent. - news (Nature)

►May 3, 2010 - Lyme disease gets under our skin - Connecticut Post

►May 3, 2010 - MedImmune to Present Five Abstracts on RSV at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting - MedImmune via PRNewswire

►May 3, 2010 - Perinatal factors associated with Kawasaki disease - Kawasaki disease may be related to certain perinatal exposures, including maternal factors and infections experienced during infancy, according to data presented at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric SuperSite

►May 3, 2010 - BIO Locks Out Media From Keynote Speeches - Pharmalot

►May 3, 2010 - On target with Lyme disease: Understanding vector-borne infections (free full text) - journal article (JAAPA)

►May 3, 2010 - Family-Centered Care for US Children With Special Health Care Needs: Who Gets it and Why? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 3, 2010 - Weight Status as a Predictor of Being Bullied in Third Through Sixth Grades - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 3, 2010 - Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Adolescents: Race, Season, Adiposity, Physical Activity, and Fitness - journal article (Pediatrics)

May 4, 2010 ►May 2, 2010 - New study suggests autism is genetic -

►May 2, 2010 - Gender dictates autism symptoms, study says - Boys, girls exhibit different signs of the disorder; research is now exploring outdated assumptions - Oregon Daily Emerald

* ►May 2, 2010 - Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson, Heath Legder... America's fatal addiction to prescription drugs - The biggest killer drugs in the States right now are legal and have been prescribed. Here's how easy it is to score and to get hooked - The Sunday Times, UK

* ►May 2010 - The pain response of infants in Turkey to vaccination in different injection sites - journal article (Applied Nursing Research)

* ►May 2010 - Recurrent Meningitis Attributable to Herpes Simplex Virus-2 in a Child - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

* ►May 2010 - Cortical Gyrification in Autistic and Asperger Disorders: A Preliminary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►May 2010 - Cellular zinc homeostasis is a regulator in monocyte differentiation of HL-60 cells by 1{alpha},25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 - journal article (Journal of Leukocyte Biology)

►May 2010 - Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Recurrent Abdominal Pain - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

►May 2010 - Delayed Puberty - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

May 4, 2010 * ►April 30, 2010 - Revenge of the Vaccines - Science Life Blog via University of Chicago Medical Center

►April 30, 2010 - 12-Year Old Denis Matez: Dead of Psych Drug Cocktail Rx by Psychiatrist - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►April 30, 2010 - NAMI Pharma Marketing Blog Grassley - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►April 30, 2010 - EHJ editors rebuffed GSK efforts to suppress Nissen editorial on rosiglitazone - CardioBrief

►April 30, 2010 - Age groups and spread of influenza: implications for vaccination strategy - BMC Infectious Diseases via 7thSpace Interactive

►April 30, 2010 - Catching Multiple Sclerosis Before It Strikes - TAU finds multiple sclerosis biomarkers almost a decade before symptoms appear - American Friends of Tel Aviv University via Biocompare

►April 29, 2010 - Seasonal influenza vaccination coverage differed among states - Infectious Disease News

* ►April 29, 2010 - 400 volunteers to help those in need - Ledger-Sentinel - "Ulrich noted that one thing that will not be taking place at the event is school physicals or child and infant immunizations. They will be administering adult vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis."

* ►April 28, 2010 - What's in a name? Experimental encephalomyelitis: ‘Allergic’ or ‘autoimmune’ - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►April 21, 2010 - Influenza A, pregnancy and neuraminidase inhibitors. - journal article (Medicina Clínica)

* ►April 16, 2010 - Natural history of suspected developmental delay between 12 and 24 months of age in the 2004 Pelotas birth cohort - journal article (Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health)

►April 12, 2010 - The Estrogen Dilemma (requires registration) - The New York Times

May 4, 2010Flu vaccines and informed choice - Meryl Dorey - Media Spokesperson for the Australian Vaccination Network and Editor of Living Wisdom magazine - Date Friday, May 14th 2010 Venue Wesley Quarter, Uniting Church in the City Centre, Level 1, 97 William Street, Perth (seating is extremely limited so pre-booking is recommended) Time 6:30 PM for a 7:00 PM start - Cost $10 per person / $15 for two For bookings or further details, please phone 1800 007 468 or visit
* The Urabe Farrago: A Recent Historical Account of Corporations and Governments Hiding Vaccine Damage for the Greater Good - Martin J Walker MA (pdf) - Slingshot Publications




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