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All the News Posted April 24, 2010

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►May 1, 2010 - The Protein Moiety of Brucella abortus Outer Membrane Protein 16 Is a New Bacterial Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern That Activates Dendritic Cells In Vivo, Induces a Th1 Immune Response, and Is a Promising Self-Adjuvanting Vaccine against Systemic and Oral Acquired Brucellosis - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 1, 2010 - The Role of Skin-Derived Dendritic Cells in CD8+ T Cell Priming Following Immunization with Lentivectors - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 1, 2010 - Langerhans Cells Prime IL-17–Producing T Cells and Dampen Genital Cytotoxic Responses following Mucosal Immunization - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 1, 2010 - Regulatory B Cells (B10 Cells) Have a Suppressive Role in Murine Lupus: CD19 and B10 Cell Deficiency Exacerbates Systemic Autoimmunity - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 1, 2010 - CD22 Expression Mediates the Regulatory Functions of Peritoneal B-1a Cells during the Remission Phase of Contact Hypersensitivity Reactions - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 2010 - Infiltration of Th1 and Th17 cells and activation of microglia in the CNS during the course of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

►May 2010 - Immunoglobulin class switch recombination deficiencies - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

►May 2010 - The immunoregulatory role of dopamine: An update - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

►May 2010 - Linking the cytokine and neurocircuitry hypotheses of depression: A translational framework for discovery and development of novel anti-depressants - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

►May 2010 - Science base of complementary feeding practice in infancy - journal article (Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care)

* ►April 27, 2010 - The Vaccine War (video preview) - Coming on-air and online April 27, 2010 9pm et (check local listings) - PBS - "This is the vaccine war: On one side sits scientific medicine and the public health establishment; on the other a populist coalition of parents, celebrities (like Jenny McCarthy), politicians and activists. It's a war that increasingly takes place on the Internet with both sides using the latest social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter, to win the hearts and minds of the public."

►April 25, 2010 - Elton John's letter to Ryan White, 20 years after his death from AIDS - Washington Post

* ►April 25, 2010 - Twice as many parents refuse to vaccinate - The number of Australian parents refusing to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases has more than doubled in the past decade. - The Sunday Telegraph, Australia - "Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph reveal 26,000 children are excluded from the national immunisation program because their parents have registered as "conscientious objectors". This compares with 12,050 children in 2000. Are you against vaccinating your children? Join our blog to tell us why."

* ►April 24, 2010 - AMA claims vaccines safe - Sky News, AU - "The Australian Medical Association has moved to quell concerns about the seasonal flu vaccine, reassuring adults and the elderly that it remains safe for use."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Children need to be immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases: Secretary of Health - Pennsylvania Department of Health via News-Medical.Net

* ►April 24, 2010 - Award From The Hartwell Foundation Received By BU School Of Medicine Researcher - Boston University Medical Center via Medical News Today - "More than 90 pneumococcal variants with differing outer surface capsule structures shave been identified and traced to differences in the polysaccharides (sugars) making up the coating on the outside of the bacteria. The currently available pediatric vaccine consists of 7-13 of the most common capsular polysaccharide variants responsible for disease, but there is growing evidence the highly variable S. pneumonia is now circumventing this vaccine based on the phenomenon of capsular replacement involving infection by capsular variant-types not included in these vaccines."

* ►April 24, 2010 - AFFiRiS' AD02 Alzheimer's vaccine candidate in phase II clinical testing - AFFiRiS AG via News-Medical.Net

* ►April 24, 2010 - Mumps underreported - Pacific Daily News, Guam - "Amy Parker, a CDC epidemiologist, said researchers are finding that people who are up to date with the two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are still getting mumps disease. She said the outbreak isn't unique to Guam, as 3,000 mumps cases have been reported in the northeastern U.S. Parker said the outbreak is among individuals who have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, and are in close contact with one another. She said that close contact could be fueling transmission here."

Comment:  So what is the point of a vaccine that doesn’t work if there is close contact?

* ►April 24, 2010 - Measles are still a sore spot for the Swiss - Switzerland has one of the lowest measles immunisation rates in Europe, a health official says – far below the 95 per cent coverage needed to eliminate the disease. -

* ►April 24, 2010 - WHO loses credibility when it cries wolf - London Free Press -  "the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, were busy winding us up for another round of flu scares, warning of the likelihood of a "third wave" of H1N1 this summer and pointing out increases in H1N1 cases in the southeastern U.S. And even WHO has given in to the temptation to spread the fear again, warning it will be another year before we know if H1N1 is conquered and that we must remain vigilant because most nations are still woefully unprepared if another, deadlier pandemic were to break out, such as bird flu. But is anyone listening? WHO is starting to get a reputation for hysterical pronouncements and fearsome outbursts. Earlier this month, during the Icelandic volcano eruption, it made big headlines in Europe when it warned Europeans to stay indoors if the ash started coming down because of potential dangers of inhalation. A week later, and in somewhat smaller type, it corrected itself and announced the ash plume posed no threat beyond the immediate area of the eruption. Trouble is even children know that you can't go on crying wolf. Sooner or later, people stop listening to you - even when you're right."

* ►April 24, 2010 - JHUSON introduces Text4Baby program to provide parenting tips to new parents - Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing via News-Medical.Net - "Through 51-character texts three times a week, Text4Baby delivers messages about topics such as seasonal flu, prenatal vitamins, breastfeeding, and immunizations. Jordan, who has dedicated her career to improving maternal and infant health, helped review the text messages, which were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adapted with texting and young women in mind."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Immunization clinics for sixth-graders - Traverse City Record-Eagle - "Current fifth-graders need to have had chicken pox or received two doses of the vaccine by this fall, along with the meningitis vaccine and a fresh dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis immunizations if it has been at least five years since the last."

* ►April 24, 2010 - To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that’s the contention - The Daily Telegraph Your Say Blog

* ►April 24, 2010 - Hepatitis jab reaction was all in children's minds - Xinhua via China Daily - "A mass psychogenic reaction was to blame for the hospitalization of 46 children after receiving Hepatitis B vaccinations Thursday in south China's Guangdong Province, local authorities said Friday. The children, among 84 who received the shots at a primary school in Huilai County in Jieyang City, claimed that they had developed symptoms of a reaction, including feeling nauseated and dizziness, Wu Junqiu, head of the county center for disease control and prevention, told a press briefing Friday."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Calls for calm amid flu jab scare - The Australian Medical Association in WA is hoping a nation-wide ban on flu shots for small children will not affect overall immunisation rates. - - "Gary Geelhoed from the AMA says while he understands parents' concerns, it is important to remember the benefits of immunisation. 'We would certainly continue to advise parents to have the appropriate vaccination of their children,' he said."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Flu jab fears grow as toddlers rushed to hospital * Vaccine to stop seasonal and swine flu * Has caused vomiting, fits and convulsions in children * Was never tested clincally (includes video) - The Australian via - "One angry West Australian mother, who only wanted to be identified as Sharon, said if officials had acted earlier, the one-year-old girl in critical condition in hospital may never have become sick. Sharon had three of her four children vaccinated two weeks ago and all three needed hospitalisation after suffering from fevers, vomiting and fits. She said it was a frightening experience after her three-year-old, Alivia, turned purple and began shaking. One of her one-year-old twins, Lateesha, later started convulsing."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Do WA parents know that their children were part of a vaccine study? - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog - "The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), Australia’s national vaccination and health safety watchdog, would like to ask if the parents of Western Australia whose children were vaccinated against seasonal flu – with such devastating effect – are aware that their children were part of a study funded by the vaccine manufacturers CSL Pty Ltd and Sanofi Pasteur? (1a,1b) This study, run via the Telethon Institute and initiated in 2008 at a cost of $1.2 million, was put together to pre-emptively determine if flu vaccines were effective in children."

* ►April 24, 2010 - More reports coming in from WA - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog

* ►April 24, 2010 - Flu vaccine still safe for adults: AMA - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald - "Australian Medical Association boss Andrew Pesce backed quality control processes used to test the vaccine, saying it remained safe for anyone aged over five. 'It's not possible to say why this has happened in WA,' he told Sky News on Saturday. 'We need to wait for all the information to come in, but the public can be reassured vaccines are adequately clinically trialled when they are developed.'"

* ►April 24, 2010 - Reactions halt flu shots for children (includes video) - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►April 24, 2010 - AMA claims vaccines safe (includes video) - BigPond News

* ►April 24, 2010 - Flu jab halt for under sixes - The seasonal flu vaccine will be withheld from Tasmanian children aged under six.- Tasmania Mercury

* ►April 24, 2010 - Flu jab warning for children under five - The Dominion Post via - "Health officials in New Zealand have told doctors to not give preschoolers the seasonal flu jab Fluvax, after a cluster of adverse reactions among young children in Western Australia."

►April 24, 2010 - Vaccinations on hold after children fall sick after flu jab - Seasonal flu jabs of young children have been halted indefinitely after the vaccine was linked to convulsions, fever and rashes. - The Daily Telegraph, Australia

►April 24, 2010 - More child flu reaction cases reported in Australia - Health officials in Australia say the number of children suffering adverse reactions to the flu vaccine may be severely underestimated because they have no way of monitoring people's reactions. - Radio New Zealand

►April 24, 2010 - No immunisation reactions reported - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, Australia

* ►April 24, 2010 - H1N1 vaccine study investigating hints of complications from vaccine (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Based on the preliminary report, the Health and Human Services Department's National Vaccine Advisory Committee, which has been charged with monitoring the vaccine's safety, voted unanimously to follow up on the findings. 'We're at the first step of determining whether there is a problem,' Guthrie S. Birkhead, who chairs the committee, said during a teleconference in which a subcommittee of experts presented its latest findings on the data. 'There's a lot more work to determine whether there is.' Marie McCormick, who led the subcommittee, said there was a good chance the indications of problems could disappear with further analysis. Even if the link with Guillain-Barr? syndrome is confirmed, the committee calculated the vaccine at most could be causing one extra case per 1 million people vaccinated."

►April 24, 2010 - Cordillera health workers to get AH1N1 vaccination - Philippine Information Agency

►April 24, 2010 - Supply shortage of flu vaccine - Sunshine Coast Daily

* ►April 24, 2010 - Drug Dealers Response Sparked NHS Swine Flu Chaos - Camden News Journal via The One Click Group

* ►April 24, 2010 - Mexico Bristles Over Concocted Swine Flu Hoax - AP via The One Click Group - "Carla Gonzalez, a 25 year-old homemaker, says she feels misled by the whole government response. A flu vaccine, she says, made her sick. And she wonders if the whole emergency wasn't concocted to get people's minds off Mexico's economic and social problems, echoing accusations — mainly from the political left — that the crisis was overblown. 'I won't ever get vaccinated again,' Gonzalez said. 'We still don't know if this was something real, or something that the authorities manipulated, a deception.'"

* ►April 24, 2010 - News outlets examine H1N1's impact on U.S. vaccine development plans, Mexico's handling of outbreak -

* ►April 24, 2010 - WHO Squandered Billions Over Swine Flu - Public Service UK via The One Click Group

* ►April 24, 2010 - New Zealand Issues Fluvax Flu Vaccine Warning After Children Convulse - Stuff via The One Click Group

* ►April 24, 2010 - The H1N1 outbreak one year after: Good health policy, bad communications - Canwest News Service via Vancouver Sun

►April 24, 2010 - H1N1 death toll rises to 80 - New Straits Times

►April 24, 2010 - DoH to start A(H1N1) vaccination - Manila Bulletin

* ►April 24, 2010 - Bacterial meningitis kills second metro-area youth - Denver Post

* ►April 24, 2010 - Berkshire baby with meningitis in two-hour doctor wait - The parents of a nine-month old baby diagnosed with meningitis said they had to wait two hours to see a doctor. - BBC

►April 24, 2010 - Steamboat briefs: VNA: Child diagnosed with flu type in Routt County - Steamboat Today

►April 24, 2010 - Mid-Del School District Confirms Case of Meningitis -

►April 24, 2010 - Family urge parents to be aware of signs of meningitis - Sunday Telegraph

►April 24, 2010 - Golfer relives trauma of meningitis hazard - The Herald

►April 24, 2010 - Experts warn of 'crying wolf' over nut allergies - Supermarkets and manufacturers' 'over-cautious' approach mean many consumers do not believe warnings - The Guardian, UK

►April 24, 2010 - TV Review: The Autistic Me – One Year On - The Scotsman

►April 24, 2010 - Special issue on adults with autism - UPI

►April 24, 2010 - Cash-strapped NHS may not replace city health manager - Derby Telegraph

►April 24, 2010 - Pfizer aiding African nations - The Day

* ►April 24, 2010 - HFMD Outbreaks Expose Weak Link in China's Health System - Xinhua via CRIEnglish

►April 24, 2010 - Study finds prevalence of psychiatric disorders in extremely preterm survivors - Elsevier via News-Medical.Net

►April 24, 2010 - Thermal shocks weaken immune system - DNAIndia

►April 24, 2010 - Research Shows Chiropractic Can Help with Skull Defect - Recent research in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic reporting on an infant with a skull defect known as craniosynostosis reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping infants with such problems. - Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health via

►April 24, 2010 - Health Impacts Of Mobile Phone Use To Be Explored In Huge New Study - Imperial College London via Medical News Today

►April 24, 2010 - Indian tribal girls not being used as guinea pigs for cancer vaccines - infocera

►April 24, 2010 - Vaccinations a key factor to good public health - letter - Marietta Times

►April 24, 2010 - More children get vaccines - Shanghai Daily via

►April 24, 2010 - Autism effects may be reversible -

►April 24, 2010 - Richard Moore: Autism Global Pandemic or Myth - Age of Autism

* ►April 24, 2010 - 12 Year Old With Autism Dies from Prescription Drug Overdose: Doctor Booted from Medicaid - Age of Autism

►April 24, 2010 - Autism law draws advocates' praise - Previously, insurers could deny coverage for unrelated treatments. - Advocates for children with autism say that a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Brad Henry is a good first step toward parity in health coverage for the disorder. - Tulsa World

►April 24, 2010 - Spot check - Measles has been reported in Taranaki. Helen Harvey looks into that incredibly contagious illness. - Taranaki Daily News via

►April 24, 2010 - Sabin knew importance of research - - "Fifty years ago this month, thousands of children throughout Cincinnati gathered on what became known as "Sabin Sunday" for the first administration of the oral polio vaccine in the United States."

* ►April 24, 2010 - Plant-Based Vaccine Factory Enables Production Of Vaccines Within Weeks Of Outbreaks - Boston University College of Engineering via Medical News Today

* ►April 24, 2010 - Are You at Risk From Vaccine Advertitus? - Vaccine and fibromyalgia ads hit mainstream media - AlterNet

►April 24, 2010 - Mother Accused Of Abuse By Social Services For Cuddling Child Flees Britain - Daily Mail via The One Click Group

►April 24, 2010 - EI Vaccination Push Defeated - Virtual Equestrian

* ►April 23, 2010 - 1976 shot may protect against modern swine flu - People who got immunized against the 1976 "swine flu" epidemic that never happened may have benefited from the shots after all -- they may have been protected from the 2009 H1N1 swine flu strain. - Clinical Infectious Diseases via Reuters

* ►April 23, 2010 - Non-PCV7 now causing AOM at prevaccine levels - Acute otitis media and nasopharyngeal colonization rates related to nonvaccine-type Streptococcus pneumoniae have increased to levels similar to those seen during the pre-vaccine era, recently published study data indicate. - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►April 23, 2010 - Hospital stays for young adults with flu shot up in England in 2009 - journal article (BMJ)

* ►April 23, 2010 - N.M. offers shots for tots - Alamogordo Daily News - "Approximately 40 private practices, community health centers and public health offices are participating in the "Got Shots? Protect Tots!" immunization clinics. This is the third year that members of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition have partnered for quarterly "Got Shots? Protect Tots!" events. During all the 2008 and 2009 events, providers gave more than 15,000 immunizations to more than 6,000 children across the state."

* ►April 23, 2010 - Senator pushes CDC to disclose experts' conflicts - AP via - "Republican Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the agency late Thursday asking what CDC is doing to better monitor and disclose financial ties of experts who serve on its 17 medical advisory committees."

* ►April 23, 2010 - Second warning issued to Whatcom Co. residents about possible measles exposure - Bellingham Herald - "Public health officials have issued a second warning to Whatcom County residents about possible measles exposure - this time for shoppers who may have been at Costco and Walmart on Meridian Street on the evening of Wednesday, April 14. A Canadian who had measles shopped at both places on that day. Earlier this month, a warning was issued for people who stopped at the McDonald's restaurant on Samish Way on Sunday, April 4, because a Canadian who had the contagious disease was there on that day. In the most recent case, shoppers may have been exposed to the measles virus if they were at Costco from 7:15 until 8:30 p.m. or at Walmart from 8:45 until 10 p.m., according to the Whatcom County Health Department."

Comment: Blame Canada!  Blame Canada!

►April 23, 2010 - Noblesville Schools to offer vaccination clinics - The Indianapolis Star

►April 23, 2010 - One year later: Swine flu epidemic was a learning exercise - Abilene Reporter News

►April 23, 2010 - Merck: Health Overhaul to Pare $170 Million from ‘10 Sales - WSJ's blog on health and the business of health. - The Wall Street Journal Blogs

* ►April 23, 2010 - Plastics hamper DNA assays - Chemicals leaching from lab plastic throw off results. - news (Nature) - "The leaching of chemicals out of polypropylene tubes consistently resulted in an overestimation of measurements," says Kevin Lewis, a molecular geneticist and an author on the study."

►April 23, 2010 - Shortage of flu shots - Gippsland Times, AU

►April 23, 2010 - EPA reviews arsenic toxicity - Environmental scientist: Parts of Inland Bays watershed could be unsafe -

►April 23, 2010 - Pfizer downsizing continues: child care center to close - The Journal News

►April 23, 2010 - University’s $28M injection - Edmonton Sun, Canada - "The University of Alberta received a $28-million boost from the Li Ka Shing Canada Foundation, which will help expand its leading viral research centre. The largest cash gift in the university’s history will help the centre make strides in its research on chronic viral diseases such as hepatitis, herpes and influenza, said Dr. Lorne Tyrell, head of the new Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology."

►April 23, 2010 - Novartis wins FDA approval for organ rejection prevention tablets - Datamonitor via COMTEX via Trading Markets

* ►April 23, 2010 - DotW: High(er) Hurdles - The IN VIVO Blog - "It's no secret the hurdles to drug development are getting higher. But the commercial bar has been raised, too. Those with doubts need only look at Novo Nordisk's efforts to pressure-test its Type 2 diabetes medicine Victoza, not just in head-to-head trials against its major competitor, Byetta, but also against orals like Merck DPP-IV inhibitor Januvia."

►April 23, 2010 - Aim: A promising future for kids - Rally touts the impact of early childhood ed. - The Hutchinson News

►April 23, 2010 - Kent Child Development Unit Launched - Kent University via Medical News Today - "Based at a vibrant new child- and parent-friendly facility at Keynes College on the University's Canterbury campus, KCDU will study child development from the age of 18 months through to school ages and beyond, with a particular emphasis on language, cognitive and social development."

►April 23, 2010 - Health Expo at Cobo today draws thousands - The Detroit News - "The event (which last year brought in more than 5,000 people) offers numerous free or low-cost health screening tests, as well as information on health coverage options, family planning, community services, social security, mental health services as well as free immunizations."

* ►April 23, 2010 - Senator Pushes CDC to Disclose Experts' Conflicts - Sen. Grassley says public health agency not keeping tabs on doctors' ties to companies - AP via ABC News

* ►April 23, 2010 - David Kirby: EPA Study: Autism Boom Began in 1988, Environmental Factors Are Assumed - The Huffington Post

* ►April 23, 2010 - The Birth of the Autism Epidemic, 1988? David Kirby on Huffington Post - Age of Autism

* ►April 23, 2010 - Autism debate focuses on question of epidemic - Global pandemic, or myth? - Second in a series - Lakeland Times

* ►April 23, 2010 - Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete tell story of autistic son and their journey together - LA Daily News

* ►April 23, 2010 - Autism Speaks helps parents through first 100 days on the spectrum - LA Daily News

►April 23, 2010 - Autism Reality News Beat: Autism Speaks Guest Comment by Professor Valerie Hu - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►April 23, 2010 - Millionaire mom Gigi Jordan denied bail; judge won't allow house arrest - New York Daily News

►April 23, 2010 - Autistic teen aims to aid others through her art, writing - A teen artist writes a book about surviving middle school -- from a very special perspective. - Miami Herald

►April 23, 2010 - Son's autism leads to innovation - The father of a child with severe autism has developed technology to help him communicate. - BBC

►April 23, 2010 - Va. families say insurers deceiving customers about autism coverage -

►April 23, 2010 - York school offers autistic kids a better chance - The York Dispatch

►April 23, 2010 - Rodney Peete learns from autistic son - Former athletes find what they can't change makes them grow as fathers - ESPN

►April 23, 2010 - How, When Child Develops Autism May Determine Outcomes - Those whose communication skills regressed tended to have more severe cases, study finds - HealthDay via BusinessWeek

►April 23, 2010 - Anti-Vaccination Blog SkeParent Doesn't Publish Negative Feedback - Opposing Views

* ►April 23, 2010 - Secretary of Health Kicks Off 'National Infant Immunization Week,' Several Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Are on the Rise in Pennsylvania - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Health via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►April 23, 2010 - FDA says Roche, Sanofi promotions misleading - Roche Holding AG, Sanofi-Aventis SA and Adolor Corp made misleading claims about cancer, HIV and bowel drugs, U.S. regulators said in letters released on Friday. - Reuters

* ►April 23, 2010 - New Alzheimer vaccine to be tested in Europe - AFP via Yahoo! - "A new vaccine against Alzheimer's, developed by the Austrian biotechnology firm Affiris, will soon be tested in six European countries, the company announced Friday. Some 420 patients will be recruited to take part in clinical trials in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Slovakia, Affiris said in a statement. The AD02 vaccine, developed with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, was already tested for safety and tolerability over the past year."

►April 23, 2010 - U of A handed $28M for new research centre - CTV Edmonton - "The university is using the $28 million donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation to develop the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, which aims to develop new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests that would enhance human health and reduce the impact of viral infections."

►April 23, 2010 - CDC Vaccine Price List - Prices last reviewed/updated: April 23, 2010 - CDC

►April 23, 2010 - Immunization Week Raises Awareness That Infants Most At Risk Of Infectious Disease - Because vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all-time low in the United States, parents - especially first-time parents - are often unaware their children are at risk for serious and life-threatening diseases -

►April 23, 2010 - Pipeline Insight: Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines - Prospect of first approval set to reinvigorate interest - via

►April 23, 2010 - Cancer Drug Seems to Work by Activating Virus - Finding could apply to many Epstein-Barr-related cancers, researchers say - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►April 23, 2010 - Modified viruses may kill cancer cells, scientists say - Viruses can be modified to find and destroy cancer cells, according to scientists at the University of Leeds. - BBC

* ►April 23, 2010 - Western Australian reports of adverse reactions to 2010 seasonal flu vaccine in children - Australian Government - "At this stage there do not appear to be implications for the swine flu vaccine Panvax®. Professor Bishop's advice relates only to the seasonal flu vaccination program for children 5 years of age and under."

* ►April 23, 2010 - Urgent Update For GPs Regarding Seasonal Influenza Program For Children - Royal Australian College of General Practitioners via Medical News Today

* ►April 23, 2010 - Australia probes seasonal flu vaccine reactions in children - CIDRAP News

* ►April 23, 2010 - Chief medical officer tells doctors to stop giving seasonal flu shots to kids after some children developed fever and suffered fits - Drug regulators are urgently investigating whether the seasonal flu vaccine is safe for children, after the nation's top doctor said they shouldn't receive it. - AAP via Herald Sun

* ►April 23, 2010 - One year after swine flu, Mexicans split on response - AP via CTV - "But Mexico, like many other nations, is still struggling to give out increasingly unpopular vaccines. About three-quarters of the way to fulfilling the nation's goal of 30 million vaccinations, many here wonder why they should risk the shot's real or imagined side effects at this point."

* ►April 23, 2010 - La Gloria, swine flu's ground zero, is left with legacy of anger • Mexican village's controversial pig farms remain in operation • Statue of Edgar Hernandez marks first claimed diagnosis - The Guardian, UK

* ►April 23, 2010 - Mexico helped avoid one million swine flu deaths: minister - AFP via Yahoo!

* ►April 23, 2010 - QHealth to give flu jab plan - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin - "Queensland Health will announce its intentions for continuing flu injections for children under five at 1.30pm after Australia's Chief Medical Officer told doctors to stop administering it."

* ►April 23, 2010 - Poultry vaccines making matters worse? -


►April 23, 2010 - AIDS vaccine researcher hopeful - AP via Yahoo!

►April 23, 2010 - New Blood Test Successfully Predicts Risk of Infection in Transplant Recipients - International guidelines support advances in immune monitoring - press release - Cellestis Limited via PRNewswire

* ►April 23, 2010 - In interview, Gates describes philanthropic journey (includes video) - The Tech, MIT

* ►April 23, 2010 - Cancer Vaccines: Part I - Field Is in Beginning Stages - The Santa Barbara Independent

* ►April 23, 2010 - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Urges WellPoint to Immediately Stop Dropping Coverage for Women with Breast Cancer - press release -

* ►April 23, 2010 - Website Launched to Rebut 'Fish Stories' on Misguided 'Mercury Facts' - press release - Mercury Policy Project via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "At the "International Mercury Expo 2010*" this weekend at the College of  William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new website to counter misinformation on 'mercury facts' spread by industry and groups claiming to represent consumers – but in reality often representing special interests in disguise. The announcement will occur on Saturday, April 24th as part of a presentation by Dr. Edward Groth III in a conference panel session entitled, 'Mercury in Seafood:  Facts vs. Fiction.' 'So-called 'consumer groups' purporting to provide 'mercury facts' are often engaged in doing just the opposite,' said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, which created the new information resource."

►April 23, 2010 - Victoria rejects voluntary horse flu vaccination -

►April 23, 2010 - Tackling bovine TB: Badger cull or vaccine? - The green and fertile lowlands in the south of Ireland look similar to much of Devon and Cornwall and, like the Irish Republic, both counties have problems with bovine TB. - BBC

►April 23, 2010 - AgriLabs agrees to market American Animal Health vaccines - Kansas City Business Journal

* ►April 22, 2010 - Oregon’s vaccine aversion getting national attention - Frontline segment uses local examples in show exploring ‘Vaccine Wars’ - The Portland Tribune via



►April 22, 2010 - Global call-to-action for citizens to "join hands" against meningitis - Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) to commemorate second annual World Meningitis Day -

►April 22, 2010 - Man Claims He Got Hepatitis At Hospital - Patient Plans To File Lawsuit Over Broward General's Policies - WPLG Miami

►April 22, 2010 - Infectious Disease Alert Reveals Rapidly Mutating Airborne Fungus - EverythingPR

* ►April 22, 2010 - Parents criticize autism insurance coverage - Richmond Times-Dispatch - "A group of 30 parents is complaining to Virginia insurance regulators that health plans are deceiving consumers about coverage for autistic children. The group, Virginia Autism Project, wants the State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance to order clear disclosure of exactly what the plans cover and what they don't."

* ►April 22, 2010 - GW professor finds genetic link to autism - The George Washington University The GW Hatchet - "Using twin studies - where one sibling had been diagnosed with autism and the other had not - Dr. Valerie Hu, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and her research team have found over 100,000 genes that were expressed differently in those with autism."

* ►April 22, 2010 - Shelley Hendrix Reynolds: Home Alone With Autism - The Huffington Post

►April 22, 2010 - When language is blocked, music may offer detour - The Boston Globe

►April 22, 2010 - Exhibit expresses autistic kids' possibilities - Pioneer Press

►April 22, 2010 - Autism Awareness: There are more than just five senses - In The Parenthood Blog via

►April 22, 2010 - Pennsylvania DPW Report: Developing New Housing Options for Adults with Autism Will Foster New Opportunities, Greater Independence - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare via PRNewswire

►April 22, 2010 - Grandparents Often Help Support Kids With Autism - All Things Considered via NPR

►April 22, 2010 - SIRIUS XM To Broadcast 'Doctor Radio Reports: Understanding Autism' - Doctor Radio brings together doctors, experts, and parents to explore autism spectrum disorders from medical, social and practical perspectives - Tips, advice, and information for parents and families on diagnosis and treatment for developing kids, teens, adults on live, call-in show - press release - SIRIUS XM Radio via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 22, 2010 - Man shares story about growing up w/ autism (includes video) - KABC ABC 7

►April 22, 2010 - Health Department notes national Infant Immunization Week, April 24-May 1 - Quad-Cities Online

►April 22, 2010 - Nonprofit revenue model evolves - Puget Sound Business Journal - "The new web-based vrMIS system could help global health groups push their treatments and vaccines deeper into developing nations. But it also is expected to provide a big revenue boost to VillageReach."

* ►April 22, 2010 - Mom Sues Makers of Gardasil -

* ►April 22, 2010 - Tarmogen Vaccine Boosts Virological Response to Standard Treatment for Hepatitis C: Presented at EASL - Doctor's Guide

* ►April 22, 2010 - Why are we using flu vaccines in children? - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog

* ►April 22, 2010 - UK Government wastes £150 Million on Swine Flu vaccines - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog

* ►April 22, 2010 - Vaxin CEO credits flu scare for '09 growth - Birmingham Business Journal - "Governments across the globe sought flu vaccines to combat the H1N1 threat. Vaxin, which produces vaccines in mist form, parlayed that need into much-needed revenue."

►April 22, 2010 - Swine flu response sparked NHS chaos - Camden News Journal

►April 22, 2010 - Still around - H1N1 virus remains a threat to our health - Cumberland Times-News

►April 22, 2010 - Lessons from the swine flu pandemic - USA Today

►April 22, 2010 - 2010 seasonal vaccines will include protection against H1N1 -

►April 22, 2010 - Novavax says it is a contender for potential government flu vaccine contract - AP via Canadian Business

* ►April 22, 2010 - H1N1 causing weekly fatalities despite vaccine surplus - Montgomery Advertiser

* ►April 22, 2010 - IAVI and Lentigen to Collaborate on Design of Novel AIDS Vaccine Candidate - press release - Lentigen Corporation via PRNewswire - "Lentigen's technology relies on a synthetic version of a virus related to HIV that has been engineered, along with other safety modifications, to be incapable of inserting itself into the human genome."

►April 22, 2010 - South Africa Aims for 15 Million HIV Tests in 14 Months - Voice of America

►April 22, 2010 - Retired Generals and Admirals Say Junk Food at Schools Threatens U.S. Security - AllGov

►April 22, 2010 - Ounces of prevention - Hernando Today

* ►April 22, 2010 - Nicotine vaccine effective in early tests - CNN - "One of the primary goals of the NicVAX phase III studies is to determine what the smoking abstinence rate is at 12 months, meaning how many people are actually quitting for good. Study results are anticipated by the third quarter of 2011. Then, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the NIDA, 'we can get the vaccine in front of the Food and Drug Administration for approval.'"

* ►April 22, 2010 - Indian girls not guinea pigs for anti-cervical cancer vaccines: Azad - Times of India

* ►April 22, 2010 - 500 Vancouver Island patients warned of possible infection from dirty endoscopes - Patients at Victoria General Hospital who had procedures June 2008 to January 2010 - Canwest News Service via Vancouver Sun

►April 22, 2010 - CDC Issues Statement On “½ Of All Black Women Have Genital Herpes” Report - Hip-Hop Wired

►April 22, 2010 - North DeSoto High student stricken with meningitis - Shreveport Times

* ►April 21, 2010 - Human Papillomavirus Vaccination of Males: Attitudes and Perceptions of Physicians Who Vaccinate Females - journal article (Journal of Adolescent Health) - "Physicians who currently vaccinate females against HPV supported the concept of vaccinating males for its benefits for both sexes. They agreed that a gender-neutral HPV vaccination recommendation would be appropriate with regard to public health and believed that it would increase opportunities for sexual health discussions, but were less sure that such a recommendation would change patient or parental attitudes toward HPV vaccination or improve current HPV vaccination efforts."

* ►April 21, 2010 FDA Announces Draft Revised Guidance on Transparency and Advisory Committees - Proposed guidance would expand disclosure, transparency in conflict of interest waivers - FDA

►April 21, 2010 - IL-6: from its discovery to clinical applications - journal article (International Immunology)

* ►April 21, 2010 - Effects of iron supplementation in nonanemic pregnant women, infants, and young children on the mental performance and psychomotor development of children: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►April 21, 2010 - Psychological characteristics associated with the onset and course of asthma in children and adolescents: A systematic review of longitudinal effects - journal article (Patient Education and Counseling)

►April 21, 2010 - Sick tot sparks family's meningitis warning - Cambrian News - "THE parents of a sick baby from Pen Llŷn want more people to be aware of the dangers of meningitis, after their 9 week old baby daughter nearly died from the disease."

* ►April 21, 2010 - Meningitis vaccine not foolproof - Omaha World-Herald - "Parents who get their children the meningococcal vaccination before they head off to college thought their children were protected from bacterial meningitis. After the death of an Iowa State University student last week, though, they are learning that the vaccination is not 100 percent effective."

►April 21, 2010 - Nigeria: Balat Foundation Immunises 3,000 Against Meningitis - Daily Trust via

* ►April 21, 2010 - When Gardasil doesn't work, it works. by Hilary Butler - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "In the 60’s an adenovirus vaccine resulted in the recipients getting adenovirus infection, far more seriously than those who weren’t vaccinated, and the killed measles vaccine, resulted in recipients getting a harder to diagnose, and more serious form of measles called “atypical measles” which those vaccine recipients can get again and again. And for those who have forgotten, remember the recent trial Merck HIV vaccine, which also had no infectious particles in it, which increased the rate of HIV in the vaccinated? And then there’s Lewis Thomas’s little gem in his book called "The Youngest Science: notes of a medicine-watcher" (1984) pages 75 – 78 where he found that vaccinating rabbits against a specific meningitis resulted in those rabbits becoming susceptible to all the other types not in the vaccine. Those rabbits lost broad spectrum natural immunity. Here’s the details for the naysayers:"

►April 21, 2010 -  WHO advisors stay course on H1N1 vaccine, Rotarix - CIDRAP News

►April 21, 2010 - Britain ‘not out of the woods yet’ over swine flu, experts warn - The Times, UK

►April 21, 2010 - Dozens tested after boy, 4 contracts meningococcal disease - A 4-year-old boy is in a serious condition in an Adelaide hospital with invasive meningococcal disease. - AAP via The Australian

►April 21, 2010 - The Future of Global Vaccines - Market Forecasts to 2016, Stockpile Analysis, Competitive Benchmarking and Pipeline Analysis - new market report released -

►April 21, 2010 - Inovio Biomedical Named "Best Early Stage Biotech" Company at World Vaccine Congress 2010 - Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 21, 2010 - Senate Prepares For New Battle Over Chemical Plant Security - Industry Says It’s Doing Plenty; Environmentalists Argue For Tougher Regime - The Center for Public Integrity

►April 21, 2010 - Miami psychiatrist dropped from Medicaid program - State health administrators have terminated a controversial Miami psychiatrist from the state's insurance program for disabled and needy children. - Miami Herald

►April 21, 2010 - Bill Gates to MIT crowd: Start solving the big problems (includes video) - Boston Globe

►April 20, 2010 - Seizures Secondary to Lamotrigine Toxicity in a Two-Year-Old - journal article (Current Treatment Options in Neurology)

* ►April 20, 2010 - Novel influenza A (H1N1) encephalitis in a 3-month-old infant - journal article (Infection)

* ►April 20, 2010 - Exposure to animals and risk of oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a multicenter case-control study (pdf) - journal article (BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders)

* ►April 20, 2010 - Specific antibodies to cow’s milk proteins in infants: effect of early feeding and diagnosis of cow’s milk allergy - journal article (European Journal of Nutrition) - "Subdued IgG class responses to cow’s milk proteins characterized IgE-mediated cow’s milk allergy. In infants who developed cow’s milk allergy early exposure to cow’s milk resulted in a heightened specific IgG4 response."

►April 20, 2010 - Complement and the central nervous system: emerging roles in development, protection and regeneration - journal article (Infection)

►April 20, 2010 - Treatment of Paraneoplastic Neurologic Disorders - journal article (Current Treatment Options in Neurology)

►April 20, 2010 - Foundation honors two couples for major gifts - Rotary International

►April 20, 2010 - Bill Gates on improving health care, bolstering education and fighting global poverty (includes video) - Scope Blog - "In the above video clip, Gates tells the Stanford audience about watching a film on polio with his daughter and how a person's personal experiences can define charity."

►April 20, 2010 - Namibia: No Seasonal Flu Vaccine - Namibian via

►April 20, 2010 - Parents hope survey will zero in on food allergies - Buffalo News

►April 20, 2010 - Musician now a marathon man - Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette - "All the money raised from Jaff's marathon efforts will go towards Meningitis UK's Search 4 A Vaccine Campaign, which aims to raise £7m to fund vital research into developing a vaccine for the meningococcal group B strain."

►April 20, 2010 - Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) to Commemorate Second Annual World Meningitis Day - Issues Global Call-to-Action for Citizens to "Join Hands" Against Meningitis - press release - eMedia World

* ►April 20, 2010 - Bacterial meningitis vaccination is not 100 percent effective - Ames Tribune

►April 19, 2010 - Treatment of difficult epilepsy - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►April 19, 2010 - Helping children sleep - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►April 19, 2010 - GSK: Trypsin May Be Rotarix Contaminant, FDA to Convene Advisory Panel - FDAnews

* ►April 16, 2010 - Possible swine flu vaccination death – toddler dies in Brisbane - No Compulsory Vaccination Blog - "The Brisbane  5pm  Channel 10  TV News   Friday 9th April 2010 reported  Mt Gravatt police are investigating the sudden death of  a 2 year old toddler. The death occurred a day after the girl and most of her family had been immunised  with the  Swine Flu vaccination."

►April 16, 2010 - Interactions between innate and adaptive immunity in asthma pathogenesis: New perspectives from studies on acute exacerbations - journal article (The Journal of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology)

►April 13-15, 2010 - April 2010 meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization: preliminary statements on H1N1 and Rotarix vaccines (pdf) - WHO

►April 13, 2010 - Congenital Malaria due to Chloroquine-Resistant Plasmodium Vivax: A Case Report - journal article (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics)

►April 12, 2010 - Risk of Parkinson's disease after tamoxifen treatment (pdf) - journal article (BMC Neurology)

►April 12, 2010 - Guidelines for treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular transmission disorders - journal article (European Journal of Neurology)

►April 8, 2010 - Generic products of antiepileptic drugs: A perspective on bioequivalence and interchangeability - journal article (Epilepsia)

►April 6, 2010 - Overgrowth - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►April 2010 - Paediatric myasthenia: A moving target (free pdf) - journal article (Paediatrics & Child Health)

►April 2010 - The health of Canada's children. Part IV: Toward the future - journal article (Paediatrics & Child Health)

►March 29, 2010 - The Nothing Cure - Instead of ignoring the placebo effect, doctors should try to enhance it, says a Harvard Medical School professor. -

* ►December 3, 2009 - Abnormal Pap tests after the HPV vaccine - Australian Family Physician

World Malaria Day 2010 - website - "25 April is a day of unified commemoration of the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world. This year's World Malaria Day marks a critical moment in time. The international malaria community has less than a year to meet the 2010 targets of delivering effective and affordable protection and treatment to all people at risk of malaria, as called for by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon."




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