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All the News Posted April 20, 2010


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July-September 2010 - Autistic regression - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

* ►July-September 2010 - Gluten-free and casein-free diets in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

* ►July-September 2010 - What studies of family home movies can teach us about autistic infants: A literature review - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

* ►July-September 2010 - Stress and self-perceived parenting behaviors of parents of children with autistic spectrum conditions - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

* ►July-September 2010 - Progression of challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders as measured by the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Problem Behaviors for Children (ASD-PBC) - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

*July-September 2010 - Autistic traits in the general population: What mediates the link with depressive and anxious symptomatology? - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders: Modification trends - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Autism spectrum disorders associated with chromosomal abnormalities - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Neurofeedback treatment in autism. Preliminary findings in behavioral, cognitive, and neurophysiological functioning - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Treatment approach, autism severity and intervention outcomes in young children - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►July-September 2010 - Language and ToM development in autism versus Asperger syndrome: Contrasting influences of syntactic versus lexical/semantic maturity - journal article (Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders)

►May 2010 - Active perception: sensorimotor circuits as a cortical basis for language - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►May 2010 - New neurons and new memories: how does adult hippocampal neurogenesis affect learning and memory? - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►May 2010 - Synaptic plasticity: An appetite for learning - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►May 2010 - Interleukin-22 is a negative regulator of the allergic response - journal article (Cytokine)

* ►April 30, 2010 - Cross-reactive antibody responses to the 2009 A/H1N1v influenza virus in the Italian population in the pre-pandemic period - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►April 30, 2010 - Mumps vaccine effectiveness in highly immunized populations - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►April 30, 2010 - Mechanism of immunopotentiation by aluminum-containing adjuvants elucidated by the relationship between antigen retention at the inoculation site and the immune response - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►April 30, 2010 - Immunogenicity and safety of a novel yeast Hansenula polymorpha-derived recombinant Hepatitis B candidate vaccine in healthy adolescents and adults aged 10–45 years - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - Peak frequencies of circulating human influenza-specific antibody secreting cells correlate with serum antibody response after immunization - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - Decreased antibody titers and booster responses in tick-borne encephalitis vaccinees aged 50–90 years - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - A comparative study of the serological response to Japanese encephalitis vaccine in HIV-infected and uninfected Thai children - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - EV71: An emerging infectious disease vaccine target in the Far East? - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - A TLR9 agonist enhances therapeutic effects of telomerase genetic vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - Heterologous HIV-based lentiviral/adenoviral vectors immunizations result in enhanced HIV-specific immunity - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 30, 2010 - Studies of a polymorphic Ehrlichia ruminantium gene for use as a component of a recombinant vaccine against heartwater - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►April 24-May 7, 2010 - Fatal trials - FRONTLINE, India's National Magazine from the publishers of The Hindu - "A concerted campaign by women’s organisations and health groups, together with media reports, has finally woken up the country’s health establishment to the dangers of a vaccination programme against cervical cancer currently under way in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The programme, under a private-public partnership arrangement involving the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) called PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of the two States concerned, involved conducting 'operational research studies' and vaccinating adolescent girls against the human papilloma virus (HPV), known to cause cervical cancer."

* ►April 20, 2010 - Health Secretary Says Inoculation Rates Need to Improve in Minority Communities - TOPNews

* ►April 20, 2010 - History proves the importance of infant immunizations - Bradenton Herald

* ►April 20, 2010 - 2 weeks on, docs, health workers continue to shun H1N1 vaccine - The Indian Express via Yahoo!

* ►April 20, 2010 - Liquidia Technologies Announces Expansion of Series C Financing - PPD Joins as New Investor, Increases Series C Financing to $25 Million - BusinessWire - “The vaccines market is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry, and it is an area where PPD has strong laboratory and clinical development expertise,” said David L. Grange, Chief Executive Officer of PPD. “Liquidia’s novel vaccines and therapeutics have the potential to address a range of diseases, and we believe its PRINT® technology offers a unique solution for improving vaccine safety and efficacy.”

* ►April 20, 2010 - Volcanic ash, low supplies delay flu vaccines - The flu season is looming but it may be more difficult for many people to get a flu jab this year, as low supplies and flight delays due to the Iceland volcanic eruption have limited the availability of the vaccine. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

* ►April 20, 2010 - Shortage of flu vaccine - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

* ►April 20, 2010 - Injection For Children With Numbing Cream Numbing cream: totally helps for injection on children - OfficalWire - "Dr. Numb as numbing cream for their patient especially for mother who may undergo their children for injection."

* ►April 20, 2010 - Don Martin: After H1N1 — preparing (possibly) for the big one - The doctor who would become the Canadian face of pandemic prevention was struggling to appear calm while under attack at a parliamentary subcommittee one year ago this week. - National Post

* ►April 20, 2010 - Swine flu drug helps Novartis sales nearly double - Drugs company Novartis today said that strong sales, particularly of its swine flu vaccine, helped increase profits by 49% to $2.95 billion (£1.92 billion) during the first quarter. - London Evening Standard, UK

* ►April 20, 2010 - Gluten-free diets show no benefits for autism: Review - Consuming a gluten-free or a casein-free diet may not offer any benefits for people suffering from autism or its related disorders, says a new review of the science to date. - Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders via Food Navigator

* ►April 20, 2010 - GNW in trouble over autism comments - SKY News, AU

* ►April 20, 2010 - Channel 10 apologises for Good News Week autism joke - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

►April 20, 2010 - Measles drive 'needs more momentum' - iol.co.za

►April 20, 2010 - Ministers gather in Vietnam to discuss pandemic influenza responses - Radio Australia

►April 20, 2010 - Ticked off, 'Lymies' challenge experts - The Washington Post

►April 20, 2010 - TB surfaces at college - Small group at Georgian being tested for tuberculosis - The Barrie Examiner

►April 20, 2010 - Data on infectious diseases described by researchers at Emory University, Division of Infectious Diseases - International Journal of Infectious Diseases via NewsRx

►April 20, 2010 - Price controls expected to slow drug sales in 2010 - BusinessWeek

►April 20, 2010 - New research shows link between infection-related diseases and risk of cancer - American Association for Cancer Research via News-Medical.Net

►April 20, 2010 - Feds Consider Banning Execs For Fraud - Pharmalot

►April 20, 2010 - Mississippi Can Sue Bayer For Medicaid Fraud - Pharmalot

►April 20, 2010 - Biogen profit, Tysabri sales disappoint - * Biogen 1st-qtr profit falls on one-time charges * Global net sales of Tysabri up less than expected * Revenue up 7 pct to $1.1 billion * Shares fall 0.6 percent in early trading (Recasts, adds analyst comment, details, share reaction) - Reuters

►April 20, 2010 - Workshops to inform about autism - Suburban Journals

►April 20, 2010 - Plymouth man talks about lifelong battle with autism - The Herald thisisplymouth.co.uk

►April 20, 2010 - USA - Great Debate: Should the Food Chain be Concerned by the Triple Bottom Line of People, Profits - Meat Trade News Daily

►April 20, 2010 - Novartis to Pay $45M Up Front in Cancer Collaboration with Array BioPharma - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►April 20, 2010 - Lifestyle drugs sales set to rise [Hindustan Times, New Delhi] (article preview) - Therapeutics Daily

►April 20, 2010 - Micronutrients and the Immune System: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Jon Kaiser (Part II) - Food Consumer

►April 20, 2010 - Cumulative Incidence of False-Positive Test Results in Lung Cancer Screening - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►April 20, 2010 - The Role of Reputation in U.S. News & World Report's Rankings of the Top 50 American Hospitals - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►April 20, 2010 - Drug maker Novartis says 1Q profit up 49 percent - Novartis via AP via Yahoo!

►April 20, 2010 - Elan mulls hiving-off drug delivery business again - Irish drugmaker Elan has once again raised the possibility of selling its delivery business, Elan Drug Technologies (EDT). - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

►April 20, 2010 - Four-year dual degree program to address public health workforce shortage - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston via News-Medical.Net

►April 20, 2010 - East Bay Concepts Raises Money and Awareness for Autism Speaks - East Bay Concepts via PR.com

* ►April 20, 2010 - Incidents of Deaths in Immunization Programmes - Press Information Bureau, Government of India

* ►April 20, 2010 - The FDA pull vaccine due to contamination by Christina England - American Chronicle - "The public trust the Government and the Pharmaceutical industries to have our children's interests at heart and here they are using our youngest and most vulnerable babies as lab rats. If three vaccines used every day have been found to be contaminated, one has to wonder how many more that were not tested are also contaminated."

* ►April 20, 2010 - 8 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy, Including Some You Might Not Hear from Your Doctor - Dr. Philip Landrigan, pioneering pediatrician, lead investigator of the National Children's Study and winner of the 2010 Heart of Green "Protector" Award offers simple advice for women who are, or may become, pregnant. - The Daily Green - "Get vaccinated
Pregnant women should be protected against rubella. Children should get the vaccines recommended by public health officials, including the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) shot that some parents increasingly shy away from. He discounts concerns about vaccines causing autism: 'There have been a dozen high-quality studies that looked at vaccines and autism. ... Every one of these studies has failed to find any connection between vaccines and autism."

* ►April 20, 2010 - How the GMC Framed Doctors Wakefield, Walker-Smith and Murch By Martin Hewitt - Age of Autism

* ►April 20, 2010 - Dr. Bob Sears Talks about The Autism Book on VoiceAmerica Radio - Age of Autism - "On the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel www.health.voiceamerica.com Tuesday, ►April 20, noon ET"

* ►April 20, 2010 - Autism Speaks Attends the DAN! Conference By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

►April 20, 2010 - OU-L to host autism presentation - Woman to discuss firsthand experience with condition - Lancaster Eagle Gazette - "Columbus resident Sondra Williams is like many other women her age -- she has a husband, children and a full-time job. But what makes her story inspiring for others is not that she's a married, working mom, but she's a married, working mom who also happens to be autistic."

►April 20, 2010 - Boston’s autism app - op-ed (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "Boston, like other cities, is creating computer applications to improve the delivery of basic services, such as alerting public works about potholes. But the most dramatic technical breakthrough at City Hall might come in the field of human services — an iPhone application for people with autism. The app, which Menino aides are helping along, is cheaper, less socially ostracizing, and more effective than other so-called 'alternative and augmentative communication’ devices that rely on symbols, line drawings, and cartoon images."

►April 20, 2010 - Autism TV comedy sketch angers parents - Network Ten has apologised for a series of tasteless jokes on its Good News Week program which targeted children with autism, causing outrage among parents. - NineMSN.com.au

►April 20, 2010 - Channel 10 apologises for Good News Week autism joke - News.com.au

►April 20, 2010 - Tuna sushi in US busts recommended levels for mercury - AAP via News.com.au

►April 20, 2010 - EPA Seeks $7 Million for Mercury Cleanup - Courthouse News Service

* ►April 20, 2010 - Dr Myhill's Armies Move On UK General Medical Council - The One Click Group

►April 20, 2010 - Australian Red Cross Reviews Blood Donations From ME/CFS Patients - Sydney Morning Herald via The One Click Group

►April 20, 2010 - JAMA Urges Journals To Toughen Data Review - American Medical News via The One Click Group

* ►April 20, 2010 - Novartis Q1 Profit Rises 49% On New Products, H1N1 Vaccine Sales - Update - RTTNews

►April 20, 2010 - Green Cross To Provide Flu Vaccines To Global Health Agency - Bernama

►April 20, 2010 - Four-year-old girl from Sibu is latest victim of A(H1N1) (includes video) - Malaysia Star

►April 20, 2010 - H1N1 may strike again in fall - The University Star

* ►April 20, 2010 - Shots in the dark - Your Whole Pet via San Francisco Chronicle - "'A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations,' wrote vaccine researcher Dr. Ronald Schultz in 'Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy.' 'Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal.' Those words were not written by some renegade anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist; Schultz is chair of the department of pathobiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and editor of the textbook 'Veterinary Vaccines and Diagnostics.' And they appeared in 'Kirk's' -- the bible of veterinary practice -- in 1992."

►April 20, 2010 - Free immunization shots now available - Tallahassee Democrat

►April 20, 2010 - Free immunization for NegOr kids - Cebu Daily News via Inquirer.net

►April 20, 2010 - FDA Seeks Greater Oversight Of Medical Devices For Home Use (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►April 20, 2010 - Goldstein Wins Hartwell Award for Genetics Research - Study closes in on pneumonia vaccine - BU Today

* ►April 20, 2010 - Novartis healthcare portfolio generates strong growth in first quarter of 2010, progress on delivering innovation, growth and productivity - Novartis International AG via iStockAnalyst.com

►April 20, 2010 - Seattle Genetics to Receive $9.5 Million Payment from Genentech to Extend Antibody-Drug Conjugate Collaboration - Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 20, 2010 - Biogen Idec Reports First Quarter 2010 Results TYSABRI(R) Revenues Increase 32% Year over Year - Business Wire via MarketWatch

►April 20, 2010 - NJ pharmaceutical companies lead in development of new Hepatitis C treatment - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com

►April 20, 2010 - State regulators cite Oakland hospital, police and fire departments - Medical center is fined $101,485 by Cal/OSHA for violations after officials failed to notify authorities when an infected patient arrived. - Los Angeles Times

►April 20, 2010 - Local premiere of "The Shot Felt 'Round the World," a documentary about the Salk polio vaccine. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►April 20, 2010 - Anti-polio teams disallowed in private schools, Red Zone - The News International, Pakistan

►April 20, 2010 - Polio is very deadly disease: CDA Chief - Pakistan Daily Mail

►April 20, 2010 - HEALTH: Chickenpox outbreak declared in Sussex County - Delmarva Daily Times

►April 20, 2010 - Hepatitis A Warning in Peekskill, NY - Food Safety News

►April 20, 2010 - The Longest 48 Hours of My Life - Matthew Archbold Blog via National Catholic Register

►April 20, 2010 - CDC Report Shows Success in Fighting E. coli O157:H7 - Agency says report highlights need for new food safety strategies - Consumer Affairs

►April 20, 2010 - FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons - Washington Post

►April 20, 2010 - Traditional medical techniques remain popular in China - Reuters via Washington Post

* ►April 19, 2010 - NanoBio To Develop Vaccine For Treatment Of Hepatitis B - NanoBio Corporation via Michigan Technology News - "Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences received funding through a Phase 1 Technology Transfer award by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to evaluate a potential therapeutic intranasal vaccine for the treatment of hepatitis B in patients."

* ►April 19, 2010 - FDA approves superbug causing vaccine PREVNAR 13, same time eliminates all natural ear candle industry - Webwire - "Manufacturers have requested physical evidence of the FDA’s findings, copies of event reports, and transcript of the study, all of which have yet to be provided. Instead the FDA retaliated by threatening manufacturers with location audits and legal action to foreclosure. Ear candle manufacturers were dumbfounded as to the FDA’s forceful measures until the discovery of the FDA’s timely approval of the trademarked drug PREVNAR."

* ►April 19, 2010 - Vaccine For Urinary Tract Infections - TheDenverChannel.com

►April 19, 2010 - MedImmune to Present 10 Abstracts on Influenza at 44th National Immunization Conference - MedImmune via PRNewswire

►April 19, 2010 - FDA Debuts New Web Site to Improve Transparency of Medical and Radiation-Emitting Device Decisions (requires registration) - FDA via Medscape Medical News

►April 19, 2010 - New species of human malaria recognized - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via EurekAlert!

►April 19, 2010 - Health Workers in Haiti Fear Spike in Infectious Disease - Voice of America

►April 19, 2010 - Effects of glandular fever more severe in young women than men - The London Times

►April 19, 2010 - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Announce Publishing Partnership - Newswise

►April 19. 2010 - Governor signs autism bill - The Morning Sun via The Wellington Daily News - "A bill requiring a state agency to cover services for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder has been signed into law by Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson."

►April 19, 2010 - Integrating autistic chidren with typical peers is problematic - examiner.com

►April 19, 2010 - Shocking statistics on the prevalence of autism and ways to show your support - examiner.com

►April 19, 2010 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Promise and Peril for Primary Care (free full text) - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►April 19, 2010 - The PhRMA Search - The IN VIVO Blog

►April 19, 2010 - Who Will Run PhRMA? AZ’s Chip Davis, For Now - The IN VIVO Blog

►April 19, 2010 - Component in Breast Milk Kills Cancer Cells - PLoS One via AllVoices

►April 19, 2010 - CSL Behring Obtains FDA Approval To Extend Shelf Life For Privigen From 24 To 36 Months - Quick Facts - CSL Behring via RTTNews

►April 19, 2010 - Torrent Pharma gets tentative USFDA nod for anti-allergy drug - Torrent Pharmaceuticals via myiris.com

►April 19, 2010 - Mississippi Passes Asthma Bill with a School IPM Requirement - Beyond Pesticides

►April 19, 2010 - Voltaren "Adherence Email" Gets FDA Warning Letter: Is It Justified? - Pharma Marketing Blog

►April 19, 2010 - News in a nutshell (requires registration) - The Scientist

►April 19, 2010 - Tackling Africa's chronic disease burden: from the local to the global - 7th Space

►April 19, 2010 - Visualization of Transepithelial Passage of the Immunogenic 33-Residue Peptide from α-2 Gliadin in Gluten-Sensitive Macaques - journal article (PLoS One)

►April 19, 2010 - National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference: Lactose Intolerance and Health - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►April 19, 2010 - Systematic Review: Effective Management Strategies for Lactose Intolerance - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►April 19, 2010 - Enzyme Maker Codexis Plans to Go Public This Week (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times

►April 19, 2010 - H. Pylori increased risk for polyps, polyp size in blacks - Infectious Disease News

►April 19, 2010 - Chiropractic cervical (neck) manipulation and stroke - Your Health, Your Body, Your Life Connecticut News

* ►April 19, 2010 - U.S. doctors, minorities still wary of shots: official - Doctors and minorities still have a dangerous mistrust of vaccines that became painfully clear during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Monday. - Reuters - "'We shouldn't have to convince health providers that vaccines are safe and that they work. But, despite the fact that we had more health providers than ever getting vaccinated last year, there was still a sizable number who did not,' Sebelius told a meeting of vaccine experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."

►April 19, 2010 - US doctors, minorities still wary of shots-official * Better education efforts needed, Sebelius says * Communication mistakes were made - Reuters

►April 19, 2010 - Sebelius: Health workers need vaccination too - CNN

* ►April 19, 2010 - 44th National Immunization Conference - speech - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius via HHS.gov

* ►April 19, 2010 - Parents' Fear Of Vaccines Puts Children In Danger (includes video) - CBS4

* ►April 19, 2010 - IAC Express Issue number 863 - Immunization Action Coalition

►April 19, 2010 - Six Mistakes Your Doctor Could Be Making - InjuryBoard Lansing

►April 19, 2010 - Avandia testing faces new questions - Philadelphia Inquirer

►April 19, 2010 - Cancer Fight: Unclear Tests for New Drug (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 19, 2010 - IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg Will Chair International Review Panel on H1N1 Influenza and the International Health Regulations - Institute of Medicine

* ►April 19, 2010 - Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US - Part I by Evelyn Pringle - OpEdNews - "The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders."

* ►April 19, 2010 - Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US - Part II by Evelyn Pringle - OpEdNews

* ►April 19, 2010 - Oakland Hospital, Police Hit for Meningitis Exposure - FairWarning - "California’s job safety agency on Monday sought more than $135,000 in penalties against an Oakland hospital and police and fire agencies, accusing them of violating new state regulations aimed at protecting health workers and first responders from serious airborne diseases such as tuberculosis."

* ►April 19, 2010 - Boy With Autism Missing In Carroll County - Child Missing For Hours Near Osage - KHBS NW Arkansas

* ►April 19, 2010 - Governor Signs Autism Bill - Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill which requires the Kansas State Employees Health Care Commission to cover services for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in any covered individual under 19 years old. - WIBW.com

►April 19, 2010 - Acknowledging autism: Sen. McDonald pushes for awareness, action - The Post-Star

►April 19, 2010 - Healthy Living: Autism is common, often misunderstood - Norwich Bulletin

►April 19, 2010 - Voices of Autism : No one wants to be defined by their disability - Can you imagine having to prove that you are disabled? Today's story, which originally aired on KQED Perspectives a few years ago, tells my son Matthew's bittersweet tale. - City Brights Blog via San Francisco Chronicle

►April 19, 2010 - People with autism, finding jobs - 12News via AZcentral.com

►April 19, 2010 - Autism center founder reaches new peaks - Cincinnati.com

►April 19, 2010 - Free autism screenings Saturday in Dublin - San Jose Mercury News

►April 19, 2010 - School Solutions: Learning With Autism - Digtriad.com

►April 19, 2010 - Better autistic brain image obtained - United Press International

* ►April 19, 2010 - The Complex Etiology of Celiac Disease Includes Gluten, Pathogens, Predisposed Host Microflora and Immune Response - Aetiology via ScienceBlogs

►April 19, 2010 - Feds sue metal companies for NY mercury cleanup - AP via BusinessWeek

* ►April 19, 2010 - WHO launches measles and rubella campaign - Europe is set to miss the WHO target of eliminating measles and rubella by the end of this year - the sort of rhetoric we normally only hear in the context of developing nations. - Sarah Bosley's Global Health Blog via The Guardian, UK

►April 19, 2010 - What Women Want - The Hindu - "The HPV vaccination drive should be part of an overall public health policy, but there should be a proper protocol in place before it is launched. It needs to address the issues of side effects, informed consent, the target population for the vaccine and their selection."

►April 19, 2010 - Nonprofit Super Shot must begin charging small fee for immunizations - The News-Sentinel

►April 19, 2010 - Health Officials Urge Parents To Protect Infants - UpNorthLive.com

►April 19, 2010 - Diabetes, Immunisation In The Spotlight On Hospital TVs - Press Release: Waikato District Health Board via Scoop.co.nz

* ►April 19, 2010 - Hate mail from an M.D. regarding my AOL News piece, "Did WHO Knowingly Hype Swine Flu?" By Michael Fumento - Fumento.com

* ►April 19, 2010 - Alberta got earful over Flames H1N1 scandal - Hundreds of emails, calls, letters sent after news of team's private flu shot clinic - CBC

* ►April 19, 2010 - Reports support usefulness of school-based flu vaccination - CIDRAP News - "Some reports released during the National Immunization Conference this week support the idea that school-based influenza vaccination programs are a workable way to get flu doses into the arms and noses of more school children faster."

* ►April 19, 2010 - U.S. Joins Health and Agriculture Ministers at International Meeting in Hanoi to Address Ongoing Pandemic Preparedness - U.S. Department of State

►April 19, 2010 - Swine flu had a higher toll on minorities - Utah study » H1N1 virus strikes some ethnic groups harder. - The Salt Lake Tribune

►April 19, 2010 - H1N1: Schools Will Only Be Closed As A Last Resort - Bernama

►April 19, 2010 - H1N1: One year later - This week marks one year since the H1N1 flu was first identified By: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, CDC - FLU.gov

►April 19, 2010 - Year One of H1N1 Showed System's Effectiveness, Frieden Says - Influenza activity remains low, but the CDC director warns a resurgence is still possible. Almost 17,800 deaths worldwide have been attributed to H1N1, WHO says. - Occupational Health Safety

* ►April 19, 2010 - Scientists find chicken antibodies may help prevent H5N1 pandemic - Tests show efficacy of avian antibodies against influenza virus H5N1 and H1N1 in mice - International Vaccine Institute via EurekAlert!

►April 19, 2010 - U.S. health chief draws lessons from battle against A/H1N1 pandemic - Xinhuanet

►April 19, 2010 - H1N1 Swine Flu - A Year in Review, and Fears Of Its Return - Patient Empowerment Blog via http://patients.about.com

►April 19, 2010 - Toddler survives meningitis on family holiday - Stoke & Staffordshire

►April 19, 2010 - More than 100 people attend special Meningitis UK event in Alveston - Gazette Series, UK - "Meningitis UK's Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign aims to raise £7 million to help fund cutting-edge research to find a vaccine for meningitis B, the most common form of the disease in this country, and save thousands of lives in the future."

►April 19, 2010 - Students given medication - Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

►April 19, 2010 - Nigeria: Nation is About to Interrupt Wild Polio Virus Transmission - Vanguard via AllAfrica.com

►April 19, 2010 - More delays at new Homeland Security lab - BioPrepWatch.com

►April 19, 2010 - Trust But Verify? Not This Time: For Biological Security, Transparency Is Best Policy - The Huffington Post

►April 19, 2010 - New books examine outbreaks, those who fight them - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Two books just released, Maryn McKenna's 'Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA' and Mark Pendergrast's 'Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service', examine the world of viral and bacterial killers and the organization -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- that attempts to keep microscopic monstrosities in check."

►April 19, 2010 - Dangerous bacterial meningitis preventable with safe vaccines - Baylor College of Medicine BCM News

►April 19, 2010 - Strike complicates Cross River’s handling of meningitis - Next

►April 19, 2010 - Friends run for tragic Ruby - Dublin People

* ►April 19, 2010 - Yes, you can get chicken pox twice! - Daily Mail, UK

* ►April 19, 2010 - The Elite Med Squad That Saved You from Anthrax - A look inside the hunt for a white, powdery killer. - Foreign Policy

* ►April 19, 2010 - Arizona law enforcement take part in bioevent simulation - BioPrepWatch.com - "The "old gym" at Lakeside, Arizona's Blue Ridge High School was taken over by Arizona Rangers last Tuesday as part of a statewide bioterrorism simulation. The Rangers were guarding lifesaving medicine as part of the live exercise, which stemmed from a simulated anthrax dispersal at a rodeo and concert event in Phoenix."

* ►April 19, 2010 - FDA calls veterinary compounding at Franck’s illegal - The VIN News Service - "For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to end a veterinary compounding operation, accusing Franck’s Pharmacy in Florida of selling adulterated and misbranded drugs in violation of federal law. The agency is asking U.S. District Court in the Ocala Division of the Middle District of Florida for a permanent injunction against Franck’s Compounding Lab, a part of the pharmacy that bills itself as 'the nation’s premier compounder.'"

* ►April 19, 2010 - US aims to bar drug-making lab in polo horse deaths - U.S. authorities on Monday said they were seeking an injunction against a Florida pharmacy that incorrectly mixed medicine that killed 21 polo horses on a Venezuelan team a year ago. - Reuters - "The horses belonged to the Lechuza Caracas polo team and died at the ►April 2009 U.S. Open Polo Championship hours after receiving a fatal dose of the mineral selenium in a vitamin supplement, according to the state veterinarian."

* ►April 19, 2010 - FDA: GSK dis.-awareness ad really a product-specific ad for Arzerra - Medical Marketing and Media - "The FDA scolded GlaxoSmithKline over a disease-awareness ad that failed to mention side effects but alluded to newly approved cancer treatment Arzerra. The violation was communicated by the FDA through an untitled letter."

* ►April 19, 2010 - Scientists study Plavix to clarify FDA warning - McClatchy Newspapers via Miami Herald

►April 19, 2010 - GEN reports on the promise of DNA vaccines - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News via EurekAlert!

►April 19, 2010 - Hepatitis C drug developers in race to win "warehoused" patients - FierceBiotech

►April 19, 2010 - With AIDS, Time to Get Beyond Blame (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 19, 2010 - Human Genome Sciences withdraws European drug application - Washington Business Journal

* ►April 19, 2010 - UPDATE 1-Gilead stops mid-stage trial of hepatitis treatment * Halts mid-stage clinical trial of GS-9450 - Reuters - "The decision followed reports of 'significant laboratory abnormalities and adverse events' in a number of clinical study participants, the company said in a statement."

►April 19, 2010 - Blu Pharma opens Puerto Rican manufacturing site - FiercePharma Manufacturing

►April 19, 2010 - GlobeImmune's Hepatitis C Product Candidate Improves End of Treatment Response in All IL-28 B Genotypes, With the Greatest Effect in the Hardest-to-Treat Patients - IL-28 B Genotype Has Been Shown to Correlate Highly With Response to Pegylated Interferon Plus Ribavirin Standard of Care Data Showing Correlation of GI-5005 Therapeutic Vaccine Treatment Response and IL-28 B Genotype Presented at 45th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver - GlobeImmune Inc. via Marketwire

►April 19, 2010 - With Pivotal FDA Reform Measures on the Horizon, Key Officials to Address Medical Technology Industry - press release - Medical Device Manufacturers Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►April 19, 2010 - Immunomedics Reports Progress on Antibody-Drug Conjugate Development at Cancer Meeting - GlobeNewswire via MarketWatch

►April 19, 2010 - Peregrine Pharma Says New Data Shows PS-Targeting Antibodies Can Reverse Tumor-Induced Immune Suppression - Update - RTTNews

►April 19, 2010 - Engineered antibodies directed against a promising therapeutic target on ovarian cancer cells - Stealthy and stubborn, ovarian cancer is a particularly vexing malignancy, difficult to diagnose in early stages and difficult to treat once it progresses further. However, research at Fox Chase Cancer Center is now focusing on one of the most promising new approaches to dealing with the disease--using engineered antibodies to target tumor cells while leaving healthy cells intact. - Fox Chase Cancer Center via PhysOrg.com

►April 19, 2010 - Micromet Highlights Breadth and Potency of BiTE Antibody Platform at AACR Annual Meeting - Data suggest that majority of oncology indications addressable through BiTE antibody approach - press release - Micromet, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 19, 2010 - Could ecstasy ease PTSD symptoms? - Adding MDMA - otherwise known as the party drug ecstasy - to talk therapy may help patients cope with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a preliminary study presented Friday at the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century meeting. - Reuters

►April 19, 2010 - Despite Advice, Many Fail to Breast-Feed (requires registration) - The New York Times

►April 19, 2010 - CDC finds majority of American women believe formula is as beneficial as breast milk - Examiner.com

►April 19, 2010 - Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Expedited Efforts By HHS To Work With Insurers to Voluntarily Provide Coverage for Graduating College Seniors and Young Adults under Age Twenty-Six in Advance of September Start Date in New Law - press release - HHS.gov

* ►April 18, 2010 - Understanding autism: African American children with autism are more likely to be misdiagnosed - Tips for parents and caregivers on identifying early warning signs - San Francisco Bay View

►April 18, 2010 - Hudson Valley big on allergies - Poughkeepsie Journal

* ►April 17, 2010 - Preclinical Development Of Monoclonal Antibodies And Related Biologicals: Emerging Technologies And New Therapeutic Candidates - Trend News Online - "Monoclonal antibodies form tһе fastest growing segment οf tһе pharmaceutical industry, wіtһ total annual sales expected tο top $50 billion іח tһе next four years. 23 full-size monoclonal antibodies аחԁ three monoclonal antibody fragments һаνе bееח launched ѕο far, several having quickly reached ‘blockbuster status’ (annual sales οf over $1 billion). Between 1995 аחԁ 2007, tһе number οf monoclonal antibody-based drug candidates entering clinical trials more tһаח tripled, аחԁ tһіѕ expansion іѕ continuing."

►April 17, 2010 - B.C. meningitis outbreak likely not lethal - CBC - "Eleven students so far have shown symptoms of the illness after about 200 students and chaperones went on a spring break trip to the Dominican Republic."

* ►April 16, 2010 - Presidential memorandum allows patients to designate visitors, surrogate decision makers - Action would recognize visitation rights of same-sex partners. - Infectious Disease News

* ►April 16, 2010 - Low Acceptability of A/H1N1 Pandemic Vaccination in French Adult Population: Did Public Health Policy Fuel Public Dissonance? - journal article (PLoS One)

* ►April 16, 2010 - Teachers will be part of autism study - Prior Lake American - "The study is being conducted through a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the National Professional Development Center on ASD to provide resources, professional development and technical assistance that promote the use of evidence-based best practices."

►April 16, 2010 - Antipsychotics and the risk of death in the elderly: an instrumental variable analysis using two preference based instruments - journal article (Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety)

►April 15, 2010 - Reservoirs of HPV may induce consecutive infections - Infectious Disease News

►April 15, 2010 - Crumlin man to run the length of Britain for Meningitis Trust - Ulster Star

►April 13, 2010 - Influenza A (H1N1) prevalence higher in younger age groups, military personnel in Singapore - Military personnel in Singapore were twice as likely as members of the general population to acquire influenza A (H1N1), according to findings published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. -  Infectious Disease News

►April 13, 2010 - Study raises concerns about empiric regimen for treatment of HIV-TB coinfection - Infectious Disease News

* ►April 8, 2010 - Merck and GSK Fan Fear of Cancer and Warts in Men to Sell HPV Vaccines by Heidi Stevenson - Gaia Health

►April 1, 2010 - In the Blood (requires registration) - Jean Pieters had a gruesome start, but ultimately hacked his way through the system that enables mycobacteria to survive inside host cells. - The Scientist

* ►April 2010 - Needle Tips (pdf) - www.immunize.org

* ►April 2010 - Metabolic screening in children receiving antipsychotic drug treatment. - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - DC-expressed MHC class I single-chain trimer-based vaccines prime cytotoxic T lymphocytes against exogenous but not endogenous antigens - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - Anti-tumor effects of fusion vaccine prepared by renal cell carcinoma 786-O cell line and peripheral blood dendritic cells of healthy volunteers in vitro and in human immune reconstituted SCID mice - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - Consecutive low doses of cyclophosphamide preferentially target Tregs and potentiate T cell responses induced by DNA PLG microparticle immunization - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - Defective B cell response to TLR9 ligand (CpG-ODN), Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae extracts in common variable immunodeficiency patients - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - Cytolytic CD4 cells: Direct mediators in infectious disease and malignancy - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►Volume 262 Issue 2, 2010 - Secondary heterologous dengue infection risk: Disequilibrium between immune regulation and inflammation? - journal article (Cellular Immunology)

►November-December 2009 - Systematized contact dermatitis and montelukast in an atopic boy. - journal article (Pediatric Dermatology) - "Upon ingestion, the artificial sweetener, aspartame is metabolized to formaldehyde in the body and has been reportedly associated with systemic contact dermatitis in patients exquisitely sensitive to formaldehyde."

International Rotavirus Symposium scheduled for August 2-3 in Johannesburg, South Africa - The 9th International Rotavirus Symposium will be held August 2-3 in Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information on the meeting, go to: http://www.rotavirus2010.com

2nd International Swine Flu Conference and Workshop - Washington DC Conference August 18-19, 2010 - Workshop August 20, 2010 - "The continuous occurrence of deadly human-to-human transmissions of H1N1 virus worldwide is the reason for the 2nd International Swine Flu Conference to be held on August 18-19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The 2nd ISFC builds on the success of the 1st ISFC held in August 2009 and attended by over 500 distinguished scientists, public health officials, law enforcers, first responders, and key decision-makers of major health companies from the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Your participation in the 2nd ISFC will allow you to know the latest and crucial pandemic prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies designed by international bodies to end the human-to-human transmission of H1N1."

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