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All the News Posted May 7, 2010

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* May 8, 2010 - Reflections on the eradication of smallpox (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

* May 8, 2010 - The story of smallpox (free full text) (book review) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Malaria elimination in Asia—Pacific: an under-told story - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - HIV is the biggest killer of women—but is it? - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Harnessing science for global health (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Tide turns for drug manufacturing in Africa (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980—2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5 (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Maternal mortality: surprise, hope, and urgent action - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Primary-care reform in the USA: a perfect opportunity? (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Canada's G8 health leadership (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Canada's G8 health plan receives praise and criticism (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

May 8, 2010 - Effect of vitamin A supplementation in women of reproductive age on maternal survival in Ghana (ObaapaVitA): a cluster-randomised, placebo-controlled trial (free full text) - journal article (The Lancet)

* May 7, 2010 - FDA Said RotaTeq Did Not Contain PCV1 Pig Virus DNA Snips Seven Weeks Ago - Age of Autism - "Rotarix, a rotavirus vaccine from the UK's GlaxoSmithKline that competes with Merck's RotaTeq, was suspended for use by the FDA over seven weeks ago, having been found to contain DNA from the porcine (pig) virus known as PCV1. At that time, Merck's vaccine was recommended in its place. "

* May 7, 2010 - TODAY: FDA Public Meeting To Discuss DNA From PCV1 in Rotavirus Vaccines - Age of Autism

* May 7, 2010 - Pig-virus DNA found in Merck's rotavirus vax - FiercePharma

* May 7, 2010 - Wall Street Journal Reports on Wasting Disease Pig Virus DNA in Paul Offit Merck RotaTeq Vaccine - Age of Autism

* May 7, 2010 - DNA of Pig Viruses Found in Merck Vaccine (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that fragments of two types of pig viruses were found in Merck & Co.'s Rotateq vaccine, but the agency didn't immediately say whether the vaccine should be avoided. An FDA vaccine-advisory panel had already scheduled a meeting for Friday to discuss GlaxoSmithKline PLC's Rotarix vaccine."

* May 7, 2010 - Turns out Autism IS associated with GI disorders - Adventures in Autism

May 7, 2010 - Mum bemoans lack of autism support - Haverhill Echo

* May 7, 2010 - If your ME/CFS was triggered by a vaccination, which vaccine was involved? - The ME Association, UK

* May 7, 2010 - Use of Combination Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella Vaccine - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - Recommendations and Reports - MMWR/CDC

May 7, 2010 - Hepatitis Awareness Month --- May 2010 - MMWR/CDC

* May 7, 2010 - The Adult Hepatitis Vaccine Project --- California, 2007--2008 - MMWR/CDC

May 7, 2010 - Hepatocellular Carcinoma --- United States, 2001--2006 - MMWR/CDC

* May 7, 2010 - Rotavirus Vaccination Coverage Among Infants Aged 5 Months --- Immunization Information System Sentinel Sites, United States, June 2006--June 2009 - MMWR/CDC

May 7, 2010 - Announcements: Introduction to Public Health Surveillance Course - MMWR/CDC

May 7, 2010 - Errata: Vol. 59, No. 13 - MMWR/CDC

May 7, 2010 - Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Tables - MMWR/CDC

* May 7, 2010 - Cheap inhalable measles vaccine 'will make syringes obsolete' - A cheap inhalable measles vaccine could soon be available to families that could pave the way for an end to treatment by syringe for children, scientists say. - The Telegraph, UK

* May 7, 2010 - Mild reactions in Gelephu - Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper - "Three of the six girls who were admitted in Gelephu hospital complaining of giddiness, headache and numbness after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine on May 5 have been discharged. According to Chuzergang principal Sangay, a 12-year old class four student suffered from breathing problems, two class six girls suffered from high fever, and a 15-year old student suffered from leg numbness 30 minutes after receiving the vaccination. The girls were taken to Chuzergang BHU for 30 minutes for observation and later referred to Gelephu hospital."

May 7, 2010 - Bhutan launches national vaccination programme on Merck's cervical cancer product -

* May 7, 2010 - Maker of Gardasil Yet Again in News - TopNews

* May 7, 2010 - HIV Vaccine Research a Field Apart From Classic Vaccinology (requires registration) - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 13th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research via Medscape Medical News

* May 7, 2010 - HealthMap's H1N1 survey identifies disparities in international public health systems - Children's Hospital Boston via News-Medical.Net

* May 7, 2010 - Doctors To Sales Reps: Take A Hike - Pharmalot

* May 7, 2010 - Trusts forced to cut services because of costs of swine flu - journal article (BMJ)

* May 7, 2010 - 'Pre-polluted babies'? New cancer alarm - Report: 'Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.' - The Charlotte Observer

May 7, 2010 - Vaccinogen Selects Clinipace Worldwide To Manage Global Phase 3b Clinical Trial - Clinipace Worldwide via Medical News Today

May 7, 2010 - Three new vaccines mandated for school kids - Applies to students entering grades 6-12 this fall - The Tribune-Star

May 7, 2010 - Pharmacy wins award for immunization program -

May 7, 2010 - Virtual Ball Launches to Raise Global Awareness for Final Push to Kick Polio Out of Africa - Rotary International via openPR

May 7, 2010 - GP acted "irresponsibly" when treating 18 patients with painkillers - journal article (BMJ)

May 7, 2010 - Researchers Discover Germ Island - National Science Foundation via Laboratory Equipment

May 7, 2010 - Feature: HIV/AIDS, Economic Growth, and Poverty in Africa (video) - Joy Online via

May 7, 2010 - Missouri Senate OKs mandate for autism insurance - AP via Southeast Missourian

May 7, 2010 - Autism expert educates about disorder - Herald Star

May 7, 2010 - OpinionL Individuals with autism shouldn’t be shunned - Herald Star

May 7, 2010 - Imprinted genes may be the root cause of gender specific diseases, says study - University of Edinburgh via News-Medical.Net

May 7, 2010 - 21st Century Roadmap To Make America The Healthiest Nation In The World - Arizona State University via Medical News Today

May 7, 2010 - OSHA Seeks Data on Health Care Infectious Agents - Requesting comments by Aug. 4, the agency noted, "The lack of adherence to voluntary infection control procedures is of particular interest to OSHA." - Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)

May 7, 2010 - Second Annual National Meningitis Gala In NYC A Success -

May 7, 2010 - Malawi battles measles outbreak - Afrique en Ligue

May 7, 2010 - XMRV at Cold Spring Harbor - Virology Blog

May 7, 2010 - UH-led team refines gene therapy - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

May 7, 2010 - Japan finds mercury, no illness, in dolphin-hunting town - Bangkok Post

* May 7, 2010 - Qld Health reports 150 cases of flu reactions - Queensland Health (QH) says it has referred almost 150 cases of possible adverse reactions from flu vaccinations to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). -

* May 7, 2010 - Millions of swine flu shots wasted - Germany is stuck with €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine ordered during the height of the flu panic last winter but never used because the mass immunisation campaign was a failure, according to a Friday media report. - The Local, Germany

* May 7, 2010 - The H1N1 virus: Vaccination necessary to minimise the H1N1 pandemic advises The Hospital for Sick Children - press release - Hospital for Sick Children via

* May 6, 2010 - Novartis Seeks Payment for Cancelled Orders (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "About half of the 15 governments that ordered H1N1 vaccine from Novartis AG ended up cancelling part of their orders, and some are still negotiating with the company over payment, Andrin Oswald, head of Novartis's vaccine business, said in an interview."

* May 6, 2010 - EU Parliament Members Urge WHO Swine Flu Fraud Investigation - The Parliament via The One Click Group - "Speaking at a news conference in parliament on Wednesday, Belgian Greens MEP Isabelle Durant said the management of the outbreak had 'seriously undermined the credibility of, and confidence in our institutions'."

* May 6, 2010 - MEPs want pandemic flu probe - EurActiv

* May 6, 2010 - NHS Slashes Services To Meet Pharma Swine Flu Hoax Costs - Daily Mail via The One Click Group

May 6, 2010 - NHS slashes services to meet costs of swine flu scare - Daily Mail, UK

May 6, 2010 - Local health officials throw out 22,000 H1N1 vaccines (includes video) -

May 6, 2010 - Global conference stresses pandemic flu preparedness and looks to the future - MediaGlobal

May 6, 2010 - CDC contracting officer honored for work on H1N1 flu distribution - Washington Technology

* May 6, 2010 - Update - Dr Sarah Myhill Vs. General Medical Council Scandal - The One Click Group

* May 6, 2010 - Mother Of Autistic Child Confronts Gordon Brown - The One Click Group

* May 6, 2010 - US School Tortures Disabled Children - The Raw Story via The One Click Group - "Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture alleging that the Judge Rotenberg Center for the disabled, located in Massachusetts, violates the UN Convention against Torture."

May 6, 2010 - AutismOne & Generation Rescue Conference: Redefining Autism May 24-30 in Rosemont, Ill. - Quad Cities Online

May 6, 2010 - Missouri Senate passes autism insurance mandate - AP via Kansas City Star

May 6, 2010 - Darlington native busy running crews, caring for autistic son - SCNow

May 6, 2010 - Hernando school district investigating report teacher pinched autistic student -

* May 6, 2010 - DNA from Pig Viruses Found in Paul Offit Merck RotaTeq Vaccine - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Now There’s Pig Virus DNA in Merck’s Rotavirus Vaccine, Too - Wall Street Journal Heatlh Blog

* May 6, 2010 - Rotavirus Immunizations Fall Short of Goal - MMWR via MedPage Today

* May 6, 2010 - Pig virus DNA found in Merck rotavirus vaccine -  * No evidence of safety risk, FDA says * Merck says levels of DNA from pig virus very low * FDA panel to weigh Merck, Glaxo vaccines Friday - Reuters

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccine-wary parents guarded over new pitch to boys - The HPV vaccine recommended for girls to protect against cervical cancer now featured in boys marketing campaign - Chicago Tribune

May 6, 2010 - UPDATE: Merck Study: No Significant Safety Risk For Shingles Vaccine (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* May 6, 2010 - Drug plant inspection schedule accelerated - USA Today

* May 6, 2010 - Hepatitis Infections Behind U.S. Rise in Liver Cancer - More people need to be vaccinated, diagnosed and treated, CDC report says - HealthDay via BusinessWeek

* May 6, 2010 - Attorney seeking $1 billion in hepatitis C case - Las Vegas Sun

May 6, 2010 - Dynavax Completes Over 2000 First Immunizations in Phase 3 Study
HEPLISAV Study to Finish in 12 Months
- Marketwire via MarketWatch

May 6, 2010 - Dynavax Reports 2010 First Quarter Financial Results - Dynavax via Marketwire via COMTEX via MarketWatch - "Dynavax Technologies Corporation, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, discovers and develops novel products to prevent and treat infectious diseases. The Company's lead product candidate is HEPLISAV, an investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine designed to enhance protection more rapidly and with fewer doses than current licensed vaccines."

May 6, 2010 - 6-year nationwide program launched - Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

May 6, 2010 - Back from the dead after bug infection - Bay of Plenty Times

May 6, 2010 - Dibble student diagnosed with meningitis (includes video) -

May 6, 2010 - Parents put on antibiotics after baby's tragic death - Bay of Plenty Times

May 6, 2010 - 2 cases of drug-resistant TB in Snohomish County -

May 6, 2010 - Northwest IA on Alert for Mumps (includes video) -

* May 6, 2010 - UN Donation to Fund Crash Measles Vaccination of 5 Million Zimbabwean Children - UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said Thursday that the UN funds will help control the preventable disease that has killed more than 380 children with some 6,200 cases across 57 of Zimbabwe’s 62 districts - Voice of America

May 6, 2010 - Emergent BioSolutions Hosts Biopreparedness Forum for Members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire

May 6, 2010 - New HIV subtype found in Macao - Xinhuanet

* May 6, 2010 - Student With Meningitis Recovers - Dibble Elementary School Sterilizes High-Traffic Areas (includes video) -

* May 6, 2010 - Harry Reid Gets Some Campaign Help From PhRMA - Pharmalot

* May 6, 2010 - Solving the Mental Health Crisis for Our Children - The Huffington Post

May 6, 2010 - Chad: Country Redoubles Efforts Against Polio - IPS via

May 6, 2010 - Flu cases are back down to normal levels - The Monitor

May 6, 2010 - Chimerix Appoints Thomas Pitler, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development - Chimerix via PRNewswire via - "Chimerix is developing antiviral therapeutics to treat life-threatening diseases.  Led by a world-class antiviral drug development team, Chimerix is advancing programs to address cytomegalovirus (CMV), BK virus, adenovirus, smallpox, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza."

May 6, 2010 - Moderate maternal folic acid intake may improve hypermethylation at birth - Creative vaccine distribution strategies, improved vaccine technologies and more rapid manufacturing timetables were among ideas speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies proposed during a symposium on vaccine-preventable diseases in the developing world. - Pediatric SuperSite

May 6, 2010 - Switching GH brands may adversely affect pediatric patient care - With multiple brands of recombinant growth hormone available commercially for pediatric treatment, brand switches are becoming more common. However, growth hormone brand switches may have an adverse effect on patient care and may burden pediatric endocrinology practices, according to data presented at a Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society session at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric SuperSite

May 6, 2010 - Public health officials investigating salmonella cases - Raw milk » Sickness could be caused by drinking unpasteurized milk - The Salt Lake Tribune

May 6, 2010 - Heightened Awareness Extends Base of Diagnosed Patients in Taiwan's Hepatitis C Therapeutics, Finds Frost & Sullivan - PRNewswire via

May 6, 2010 - IBM to Take On Public Health Issues - With the multiyear Project Splash, IBM will take its massive computational capabilities to help government agencies, health care providers and businesses develop comprehensive strategies to deal with a host of public health challenges, starting with childhood obesity. -

May 6, 2010 - Life Sciences Execs Worry Most About IP Theft - Pharmalot

* May 6, 2010 - EPA fines light bulb recycler $743,000 - Agency says firm left Riverdale warehouse contaminated with mercury - Chicago Tribune

May 6, 2010 - Viagra, Nexium and Chantix are Mensa-worthy brands, says digital IQ study - Medical Marketing and Media

* May 6, 2010 - Americans "bombarded" with cancer sources: report - Americans are being "bombarded" with cancer-causing chemicals and radiation and the federal government must do far more to protect them, presidential cancer advisers said on Thursday. - Reuters

May 6, 2010 - Romaine lettuce implicated in multistate E coli  outbreak - CIDRAP News

May 6, 2010 - E. coli sickens 19 in OH, NY, MI - Forbes

* May 6, 2010 - Group Backs Ritual ‘Nick’ as Female Circumcision Option (requires registration) - The New York Times - "In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of female circumcision in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls from these cultures if it would keep their families from sending them overseas for the full circumcision."

* May 6, 2010 - Trauma leaves its mark on immune system genes - New Scientist - "Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory."

May 6, 2010 - Severe Rashes Caused By New Types Of Pampers Diapers. - AP via

* May 5, 2010 - Concomitant Vaccination Feasible in Adolescents - Co-administration of Gardasil, Menactra, and Adacel is safe, tolerable and immunogenic - Pediatrics via HealthDay via ModernMedicine

May 5, 2010 - Plan Burkina Faso fights meningitis outbreak - Plan via ReliefWeb

May 5, 2010 - Hong Kong: SFH on human swine flu vaccine and stem cells -

* May 5, 2010 - Parental delays, refusals for vaccines up in survey - Creative vaccine distribution strategies, improved vaccine technologies and more rapid manufacturing timetables were among ideas speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies proposed during a symposium on vaccine-preventable diseases in the developing world. - Pediatric SuperSite

* May 5, 2010 - Zimbabwe Allotted $5.6 Million in UN Emergency Funds to Fight Measles Epidemic - US News Service via

* May 5, 2010 - PAS: Parents Often Err in Treating Their Children (includes video) - Pediatric Academic Societies via MedPage Today

* May 5, 2010 - New guide aims to increase access worldwide to drugs for children - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Well-trained immune cells keep HIV in check - Differences in T-cell development may explain why some infected people do not develop AIDS. - news (Nature)

May 5, 2010 - Male circumcision provides some protection against high-risk HPV, but public health benefits unclear - Aidsmap

May 5, 2010 - Researchers are facing legal snags when applying for grants from non-profits (requires registration) - The Scientist

May 5, 2010 - Science ally in DC retires (requires registration) - The Scientist

May 5, 2010 - Math explains HIV immunity (requires registration) - The Scientist

May 5, 2010 - Implementing health reform in the US is going to require huge change, briefing told - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Should undergraduate medical students be regulated? No (free full text) - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Should undergraduate medical students be regulated? Yes (free full text) - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Need for a wider view of autonomy in epidemiological research - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Stem cell renegades or pioneers? - journal article (BMJ)

May 5, 2010 - Allergy drops may be alternative to shot -

May 4, 2010 - Australia suspends seasonal flu vaccination of young children - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - FDA approves prostate cancer "vaccine" - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - New director of European disease centre defends its role in flu pandemic - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - Nigeria: Meningitis - Fresh Efforts At Reducing Number of Deaths - This Day via

May 4, 2010 - Paediatrician David Southall is restored to the medical register - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - European Union prepares to tackle counterfeit drugs - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - An IV for the RCT: using instrumental variables to adjust for treatment contamination in randomised controlled trials - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - Viral hepatitis appears on World Health Assembly agenda for first time - journal article (BMJ)

May 4, 2010 - More women frontline healthcare workers would reduce maternal and child mortality - journal article (BMJ)

* May 2, 2010 - GI Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): An Autism Treatment Network Study -

May 2010 - New drug approval success rate in Europe in 2009 - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

May 2010 - Sepsis: Calming the cytokine storm - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

* April 30, 2010 - Pertussis continues to put New Zealand’s immunisation strategy to the test - journal article (The New Zealand Medical Journal)

April 29, 2010 - Management of the Patient with Multiple Food Allergies - journal article (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports)

April 28, 2010 - Protein jab mends broken bones - Injecting mice with Wnt proteins speeds up healing. - news (Nature)

April 14, 2010 - DNA swap in babies could banish killer diseases in 3 years - The Mirror, UK - "The technique, which could be here within three years, could help wipe out serious inherited disorders which can lead to blindness, heart problems and early death. The research focuses on DNA in mitochondria - bean-shaped bodies in cells that act like batteries to generate energy."

* March 2010 - Academy of Medicine Singapore-Ministry of Health Clinical Practice Guidelines: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Pre-School Children (pdf) - journal article (Singapore Medical Journal)

* Vaccine is ROTHB5 and Symptom is Intussusception - VAERS MedAlerts




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