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All the News Posted February 9, 2010


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►February 10, 2010 - Flu jabs are part of the job for Narelle Smith - Macarthur Chronicle Camden Edition, Australia

* ►February 9, 2010 - Cervical cancer vaccine debate heading to the Legislature - Bill would allow giving vaccine to minors without parental consent - Albany Times Union - "'It's taking away parental consent,' said Heather Walker, a Schenectady mother who fears it could open the door to vaccines such as Gardasil becoming mandatory in schools. Some of the protestors fear the measure could open the door to mandatory vaccinations for other conditions. Paulin has a bill in that would mandate Gardasil HPV vaccinations in schools, although it hasn't moved from the Assembly Health committee."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Cervical cancer jab teens being 'bribed' with vouchers - Birmingham Mail - "But the vouchers for jabs scheme was branded 'bribery' by the mother of one teenage girl, while another described it as 'unethical coercion.' ... For each appointment, a young woman will receive gift vouchers. If she attends all three, this will amount to a possible total of £45 in Love2Shop vouchers.'"

►February 9, 2010 - GOC Position Statement Regarding Prophylactic HPV Vaccines - press release - The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada via Marketwire

* ►February 9, 2010 - FDA Vows To Screen High-Risk Drugs - Pharmalot

* ►February 9, 2010 - Poll reveals parents' confusion over meningitis protection - Most parents mistakenly believe their children are fully protected against all strains of meningitis, a poll found today. Just over half (51%) think their youngster has had jabs against all strains while a further 24% are unsure. - Yorkshire Evening Post, UK

►February 9, 2010 - Doctor’s sacking is setback for French public health, supporters say - journal article (BMJ)

►February 9, 2010 - Neurological outcomes at 18 months of age after moderate hypothermia for perinatal hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy: synthesis and meta-analysis of trial data (free full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►February 9, 2010 - Hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy in infants - journal article (BMJ)

►February 9, 2010 - India decides to train non-medical rural healthcare providers - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 9, 2010 - Paxil Linked To Deaths In Breast Cancer Patients - Pharmalot

►February 9, 2010 - Toys'R'Us, Inc. Expands its Support of Autism Speaks Throughout North America - Canadian Business Magazine

►February 9, 2010 - Children at risk of virus - The Maitland Mercury, AU

* ►February 9, 2010 - Mississippi Settles Zyprexa Suit for $18.5M - Drug Discovery & Development

* ►February 9, 2010 - Eli Lilly CEO's total pay rose to $20.9M in 2009 - Proxy shows adjustments helped compensation of Lechleiter jump by 44% - The Indianapolis Star

►February 9, 2010 - When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words - New York Times Health Feed via Ocala.com

►February 9, 2010 - Antibodies >From Plants May Help Fight Disease - Washington University in St. Louis via Medical News Today

►February 9, 2010 - Three strategies for pharma - Investors Chronicle

►February 9, 2010 - UK’s NICE Rejects Three Cancer Drugs Over Cost - Pharmalot

►February 9, 2010 - PolyMedix Announces Planned Milestones for 2010 - On-Track to Initiate 4 Clinical Trials - PolyMedix via BusinessWire - "PolyMedix is a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on the development of novel drugs and biomaterials for the treatment of infectious diseases and acute cardiovascular disorders."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Vaccine firm secures £2m funding - A Scottish life science firm has secured a further £2m of funding to develop new vaccines. - BBC - "The company, Big DNA, said Scottish Enterprise had matched £1m already pledged from private investment from Hong Kong and the Channel Islands. The new £2m will be used to develop clinical trials of its Hepatitis B vaccine."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Novavax Reports Additional Positive Data From Its Trivalent Seasonal Influenza (VLP) Vaccine Clinical Study In Healthy Adults - Data show significant Neuraminidase Inhibition Antibody Titers in VLP vaccine recipients - The 47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) via Pharmaceutical Online

* ►February 9, 2010 - Crucell Announces Record Revenues and Profits for Full Year 2009 - Total revenues and other operating income increased 26% to €358.0 million. Operating profit increased more than four-fold to €39.0 million. Net profit increased 68%  to €23.9 million. - Crucell via PR-inside.com - "The increase of 26% was mainly driven by strong sales of our paediatric vaccines. At guidance currency EUR/USD rate of 1.35, the total revenue growth was 29%. This is primarily due to the US dollar depreciating versus the Euro. Product sales were €304.4 million, a 35% increase compared to 2008, representing sales of paediatric vaccines (59%), travel and endemic vaccines  (18%), respiratory vaccines (12%) and other products (11%)."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Namibia: FMD Vaccinations Near Mukwe - The Namibian via allAfrica.com

* ►February 9, 2010 - Developmental services suffer over swine flu vaccine staffing - The Irish Times - "THERE IS growing concern about falling MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination rates in schoolchildren as well as a lack of developmental screening for seven- to nine-month-old babies following the diversion of public health doctors and nurses to provide staff for swine flu vaccination clinics nationwide."

* ►February 9, 2010 - State to study refusal for polio drops - Hindustan Times via Yahoo! - "More than 1,000 families from Malegaon had refused to let health workers administer pulse polio drops to their children during the national immunisation round on January 10 even as doctors diagnosed an 18-month-old boy from the area with suspected polio. The stool test reports, which came earlier this week, confirmed that Kafin Ahmed is infected with the P1 strain. The state health department is now studying the reasons for resistance to immunisation in the Muslim-dominated town."

* ►February 9, 2010 - A study linking vaccines to autism is discredited, but a local activist remains a believer - The Capital Times via Madison.com - "'If I had a choice of taking my daughter to any doctor in the world right now, my first choice would be Dr. Andrew Wakefield,' says Madison's Mike Wagnitz, whose 12-year-old daughter, Josie, has autism. Wagnitz, a chemist who specializes in metals analysis, believes that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that still is used in some vaccines, poisoned his daughter and led to her affliction."

►February 9, 2010 - North Kent: Parents assured over safety of MMR vaccine - This is Local London

* ►February 9, 2010 - NORTH KENT: Parents assured over safety of MMR vaccine - News Shopper, UK - " This followed the announcement the paper’s main author, Dr Andrew Wakefield, was ruled by the General Medical Council to have broken research rules. The director of health improvement at NHS West Kent, Dr Declan O’Neill, said: “It is hoped this will bring to an end the saga of anxiety and misinformation triggered by this unethical action."

* ►February 9, 2010 - The allure of snake oil for parents of autistic children - Why desperate people cling to junk science - The Toronto Star - "Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, a child neurologist at Bloorview Kids Rehab, says parents who have become passionate activists on behalf of their kids with autism should not be too quickly dismissed. "They have managed to bring a relatively uncommon disorder into the forefront," says Anagnostou, who leads a clinical research program in autism at Bloorview. "Money has been allocated to research because of activism, awareness campaigns have been launched because of activism. It has been a huge advantage to the autism community to have parents who are activists." Holden says such families need hope to get them through the struggles of their daily lives, and science so far can offer little in the way of a direct cause-and-effect for autism – as the Wakefield study seemed to. ... Such willingness to believe junk science stems from an overall low scientific literacy, says University of Toronto astronomer and science education expert John Percy. The Internet, he says, feeds people with all sorts of questionable facts and theories but does little to help them put it all together in a rational way. 'The shallowest learning is simply knowing facts,' he says, drawing on writings by the late education theorist Benjamin Bloom. 'The highest is being able to evaluate those facts.'"

* ►February 9, 2010 - The autism/diet connection - The Checkup via Washington Post - "Last week the British medical journal The Lancet formally, and finally, retracted a study it had published in 1998 that loosely linked the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine to the development of autism .  The science behind that study was found to be shoddy, and the researcher has been accused of ethical breaches. Moreover, it planted a fear of vaccination in parents in both Great Britain and the United States. That fear is unlikely to be erased by the retraction of the study."

►February 9, 2010 - Wakefield's research: from The Lancet to Medical Veritas? - Left Brain/Right Brain

►February 9, 2010 - Research on vaccines, autism link takes a hit - Jackson Clarion-Ledger

►February 9, 2010 - Vaccination vindication - opinion - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via Modesto Bee

►February 9, 2010 - Why the refutenik MPs are wrong - Our Pedant column on a topical example of how mixing up the verbs to deny, rebut and refute can be misleading - The Times, UK

* ►February 9, 2010 - Study links mother's age to child's risk of autism - Moms over 40 are nearly twice as likely to have a child with autism, according to the analysis of California births. The study finds that in most cases, the father's age plays little role. - Los Angeles Times

* ►February 9, 2010 - Long Island mom of autistic boy: I relate to slay suspect Gigi Jordan's feeling of desperation - New York Daily News

* ►February 9, 2010 - Health Mailbox - Columnist Melinda Beck answers readers' questions - Wall Street Journal - "Q: I read your Feb. 2 column on the increase in autism and wonder if anyone has considered the possibility that the rise is related to the increased use of ultrasounds during pregnancy? Even though the consensus is that ultrasound presents little or no danger to the fetus, it seems to me that bombarding a developing brain with sound waves would not be without risk. —P.S."

►February 9, 2010 - Playing the changes - How a boy with autism and a prodigious talent navigates Berklee College and a performing career (includes video) - Boston Globe

* ►February 9, 2010 - Will the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Finally Get it (Katie, Bob and Suzanne) Wright? By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►February 9, 2010 - The Cedillo Appeal - Mary Holland is a "Friend" to the Court and Autism Community By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►February 9, 2010 - Child fatalities spur flu jab campaign - Virus's second wave gathers momentum - Bangkok Post

►February 9, 2010 - Indian H1N1 vaccine will be ready by March or April: Azad - Press Trust of India via Hindustan Times

►February 9, 2010 - Dr. Andy: Routine vaccinations keep tetanus bacteria at bay - Booster needed every 10 years - The News-Press

►February 9, 2010 - Student's tuberculosis case puts EMU on alert - Detroit Free Press

* ►February 9, 2010 - Killer pesticide? Layton girl dies, toddler sister hospitalized - Poison  Phosphine, a colorless gas used to kill rodents, is toxic when ingested or inhaled. - Salt Lake Tribune

►February 9, 2010 - A 12-Year Saga of Farm Suicides in India - In 2006-08, Maharastra saw 12 493 farm suicides, 85 percent higher than the 6 745 suicides it recorded during 1997-1999, and the worst three year period for any State at any time despite huge government debt relief packages P. Sainath - Institute of Science in Society

* ►February 9, 2010 - British patients left in lurch as lifesaving medicines are sold abroad - Fury as 48 key medicines run out because of shameless profiteering by drug companies - Daily Mail, UK

►February 9, 2010 - FDA Alert: Undeclared ingredients in Spinach Vinaigrette pose allergy danger - JusticeNewsFlash

►February 9, 2010 - If symptoms persist. - Kindergarten Dad via Philippine Star

►February 9, 2010 - Herbal cures `a toxic mix' - Many herbal medicines are contaminated with potentially lethal doses of heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury, belying their reputation as low-risk "natural" products. - The Australian

* ►February 8, 2010 - Lancet vs. Wakefield - Anthrax Vaccine -- Posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "I love the Lancet. I have my own subscription, and it isn't cheap. However, the Lancet took a cheap shot last week, when it retracted a paper on autism by Wakefield et al. immediately following a ruling by the UK's General Medical Counsel."

* ►February 8, 2010 - Measles vaccine can cause encephalopathy 8-9 days post injection/ DHHS - Anthrax Vaccine -- Posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "I was hoping to avoid joining the Andrew Wakefield/Lancet fray, but so many inaccurate statements have been published in the last few days that I had to jump in. There is clearcut evidence for a syndrome of brain injury (and sometimes death) occurring after measles vaccine (and not after rubella or mumps vaccines). Who discovered it? DHHS physicians charged with responding to vaccine injury claims for the federal government. Here is the abstract, published in the journal Pediatrics in 1998.  I'd also like to point out that many children with autism have chronic diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems, and there can be no question that these features are part of the autism syndrome. Some children are born with neurological impairment; some develop it later; but a surprising and statistically significant number developed it 8-9 days after getting their first measles vaccine, and no amount of hand-waving can erase this fact."

* ►February 8, 2010 - Retracting a Medical Journal’s Autism Study - Well Blog via The New York Times

* ►February 8, 2010 - Teresa Binstock Response to Retracting a Medical Journal’s Autism Study - Well Blog via The New York Times - "The original findings of enterocolitis in many but not all autistic children has been replicated several times (eg, 1-3). Furthermore, a month after Wakefield et al was published in The Lancet (Feb 1998), the journal Pediatrics published a study reporting that among various vaccines related to mumps, measles, and rubella, the MMR was by far the most likely to induce neurologic damage or even death. The abstract of that study is available free online and merits perusal (4). The speculation of an autism-MMR connection as offered by Wakefield et al 1998 was not as far afield as The Lancet editor would have us believe."

* ►February 8, 2010 - Dr. Meryl Nass Response to to Retracting a Medical Journal’s Autism Study - Well Blog via The New York Times - "Why is Lancet retracting the paper now? The editors list two reasons: the children were not 'consecutively referred' and the studies weren’t approved by the local ethics committee. I am astonished it took 12 years for Lancet to discover the lack of IRB approval. Sounds fishy. Lancet is upset the children were not 'consecutively referred'? Isn’t that reaching a bit? JAMA recently published a paper claiming that 10% of papers in Lancet and similar journals are written by ghost authors. Shouldn’t those papers be retracted? Isn’t faked authorship more important to root out than lack of consecutive referral, whatever that means?"

* ►February 8, 2010 - The autism-vaccines myth: The impact of the media - Presenting controversy as two equal views is usually sloppy reporting. - The Radical Behaviorist via Psychology Today

* ►February 8, 2010 - Medical journal retracts article on autism--MMR link - Houston Chronicle

* ►February 8, 2010 - Will the False Vaccine-Autism Link Finally Be Broken? - DailyFinance

* ►February 8, 2010 - Remaining open to scrutiny keeps science credible - The StarPhoenix - "By failing to vigorously defend rigorous standards for research, then taking so long to admit to the error -- and then doing so only when it was clear that another report was about to be published that would be highly embarrassing -- the Lancet hurt science. Its actions only serve the interests of pseudoscientists, conspiracy theorists and Internet bloggers, who are dedicated to proving everything from the idea smoking isn't harmful to denying climate change and insisting the Earth is only 6,000 years old."

►February 8, 2010 - Debunking vaccine link to autism - letter - Centraljersey.com - "This retraction, and the discrediting of the lead author, validates what we at Eden Autism Services have long believed: vaccines do not cause autism."

►February 8, 2010 - Study disputes link between vaccines and autism - Wisconsin vaccination rates for measles, mumps and rubella are higher than the national average, despite long-standing worries over whether such shots were safe - Superior Telegram

►February 8, 2010 - A study repudiated - There is no scientific evidence that vaccinations cause autism. In fact, vaccinations save lives. - editorial - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

* ►February 8, 2010 - British & Japanese Data Show Vaccines Cause Autism - Child Health Safety

* ►February 8, 2010 - Both Parents' Ages Linked to Autism Risk (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 8, 2010 - Older mothers' kids have higher autism risk, study finds - CNN

* ►February 8, 2010 - Independent and dependent contributions of advanced maternal and paternal ages to autism risk - journal article (Autism Research)

►February 8, 2010 - Worldwide services to mark Autism Sunday on 14th February - Blogger News Network

►February 8, 2010 - A chat with Temple Grandin - Drovers

►February 8, 2010 - The Truth About Tylenol and Autism - eFitnessNow

►February 8, 2010 - Gigi Jordan, Socialite Who Allegedly Killed Son, Thought Devil Cult Was Abusing Him, Say Cops - Crimesider via CBS News

►February 8, 2010 - When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 8, 2010 - Attorney to Sue Doctors Who Misuse Drugs on Children - The Faster Times - "It’s true that the drug industry was hard hit last year with some pretty hefty fines for the illegal off-label promotion of drugs — $1.4 billion against Eli Lilly for its off-label promotion of Zyprexa and $2.3 billion against Pfizer for doing the same with several drugs. But such fines, many say, are still considered the cost of doing business in an industry that raked in close to $300 billion in U.S. drug sales in 2008 (and more in 2009), according to IMS Health Reports.  Now, Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has proposed a different and potentially more effective approach toward curbing the systemic over-drugging of economically disadvantaged youngsters in this country, a sad reality which I’ve written about here and here."

* ►February 8, 2010 - The Doctor Will Never See You Again - Physicians Can Boot Patients for Unruly Behavior, Drug Abuse and Other Reasons, but Must Follow Rules - Wall Street Journal - "One increasing point of contention: vaccinations. These days, some pediatricians refuse to care for children whose parents won't let them be vaccinated out of fear that vaccines cause autism, despite considerable evidence to the contrary."

►February 8, 2010 - Australian Vaccination Network @nocompulsoryvac to close - http://4zzznews.wordpress.com

►February 8, 2010 - For obese, vaccine needle size matters - Pediatrics via Reuters

►February 8, 2010 - New 5-in-1 vaccinations to be introduced: CDC - China Post

* ►February 8, 2010 - Gates drives vaccine maker agenda - FiercePharma Manufacturing

* ►February 8, 2010 - Haiti aid groups aim to vaccinate 140,000 - CBC

* ►February 8, 2010 - Oregon deadline looms for school shots - The Oregonian via OregonLive.com

* ►February 8, 2010 - Roche licenses new flu-fighting technology - * Uses antibodies to fight influenza * In studies, antibodies proved widely effective - Reuters

* ►February 8, 2010 - Most Americans Think Swine Flu Pandemic Is Over, a Harvard Poll Finds / NY Times - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 8, 2010 - SciClone and Sigma-Tau say Zadaxin helped sustain response to swine flu shot after 6 weeks - AP via Canadian Business

* ►February 8, 2010 - Nabi completes $8M milestone in staph vaccine deal - Rockville biotech sold candidate for up to $46M - Gazette.net

* ►February 8, 2010 - GeoVax Labs, Inc. Begins Enrollment at Final Site for Preventative Vaccine; Next Step Is to Submit IND Application for Therapeutic Vaccine to FDA - Hires Clinical Research Organization - press release - GeoVax Labs, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "GeoVax's unique two component vaccine, a recombinant DNA and a recombinant modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), is designed to stimulate both anti-HIV T cell and anti-HIV antibody immune responses."

* ►February 8, 2010 - Immunovaccine Presents Results for an Enhanced Anthrax Vaccine Candidate - press release - Immunovaccine Inc. via Marketwire via MarketWatch - "DepoVax is a vaccine delivery platform that uses liposomes to bring active vaccine components - antigens and immune enhancers - into an oil depot. This patented formulation creates a long lasting 'depot effect' that produces a potent humoral and/or cellular immunity, often with a single dose."

►February 8, 2010 - New Data Suggest Vaccine Safer Than H1N1 - Ozarks First

* ►February 8, 2010 - More Severe H1N1 Increases In Mississippi - Recombinomics via Before It's News

* ►February 8, 2010 - More than 1,000 get mumps in New York, New Jersey since August - CNN - "Lakewood, New Jersey, Rabbi Yehunda Pirutinsky was surprised when his 14-year-old son was diagnosed with mumps a week ago. Lakewood is in Ocean County. 'He was completely vaccinated,' Pirutinsky said. 'So it was a surprise to us he came down with mumps.'"

* ►February 8, 2010 - 'Mumps vaccine necessary, but doesn’t give full protection' - Health Ministry warns protection wanes as kids grow older, and is not as effective in close quarters, such as at yeshivot. - Jerusalem Post

* ►February 8, 2010 - David Kirby's "Animal Factory" Is Back Up At Amazon! - Age of Autism

►February 8, 2010 - CDC: Legionella in Shands faucet different from strain that killed patient - Gainesville Sun

►February 8, 2010 - Obama to CDC Efforts in Antimicrobial Resistance: Drop Dead - Mike the Mad Biologist via ScienceBlogs

►February 8, 2010 - Gates Foundation makes bold investment in childhood vaccines - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $10 billion to fight childhood vaccines comes with a challenge for wealthy countries to do more. - editorial - Seattle Times

* ►February 8, 2010 - Sebelius Calls on Anthem Blue Cross to Publicly Justify 39 Percent Premium Increase - news release - HHS.gov

* ►February 8, 2010 - Most leading US medical schools lack rules on ghostwriting - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 8, 2010 - Drug trials undertaken in India and the reporting of medical trials (audio) - Australians don't realise that many of the medications they'll be consuming in the future will have been trialled in India. The reasons drug companies are going there are that it's cheap and ethical controls are weak or non-existent. Indian researchers are sounding warnings. - The Health Report Australian Broadcasting Corporation

* ►February 8, 2010 - Trovan Test: Pfizer Hands over Documents to Board - ThisDay Online

►February 8, 2010 - Short-course therapy may be as effective as long-course therapy for patients with Lyme disease - Long-term survival rates without treatment failure for patients with Lyme disease treated with antibiotics were about 99%, regardless of the duration of therapy, according to results of a recent study. - Infectious Disease News

►February 8, 2010 - Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and breast cancer mortality in women receiving tamoxifen: a population based cohort study (free full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►February 8, 2010 - Accutane, Depression And Expert Testimony - Pharmalot

* ►February 8, 2010 - Is The SEC Probing Trading In Dendreon? - Pharmalot - "A September report by the SEC’s Office of Inspector General notes a probe was opened into complaints from an investor “alleging that the SEC failed to investigate instances of market manipulation and other misconduct in connection with the review, and eventual nonapproval, of a developmental drug. The investor also has alleged that the SEC failed to investigate a recent bear raid on the stock of the company that developed the drug, causing a severe plunge in the stock price. The OIG has reviewed several hundred pages of documents, including numerous e-mails and attachments provided by the complainant.” The OIG concludes by saying it expects to issue findings in its next reporting period, which would be April (see page 106)."

►February 8, 2010 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Retrovirus: Never Mind? - A new study fails to replicate a well-publicized association. - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

* ►February 8, 2010 - Groups push for coverage of birth control for teens - The Charleston Gazette

* ►February 8, 2010 - What's in Your Pipeline? The Feds Want to Know - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►February 8, 2010 - Strangling the experimentalists: Opinion (requires registration) - Institutional and government regulations are stifling the research "geese" that produce the golden scientific "eggs," one research says - The Scientist

►February 8, 2010 - Auto exhaust linked to thickening of arteries, possible increased risk of heart attack - UC Berkeley News

►February 8, 2010 - Pharma wiles: Robert Fairless, Merck Serono - Merck Serono’s Robert Fairless makes sure his legal team is at the centre of the biopharma company’s business. By Tom Phillips - The Lawyer

►February 8, 2010 - Putin Sacks Official For Opposing Pricing Law - Pharmalot - "Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sacked a senior health official for public criticizing a draft law introducing state regulation of pharmaceutical pricing, according to RIANovosti. The bill, which was passed by the Federal Assembly, has been criticized as running counter to free-market principles and likely to nurture black-market production."

►February 8, 2010 - Standard Care Impact on Effects of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Interventions - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 8, 2010 - Impact of Health Disparities Collaboratives on Racial/Ethnic and Insurance Disparities in US Community Health Centers - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 8, 2010 - Acute Selenium Toxicity Associated With a Dietary Supplement - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 8, 2010 - The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act: Time for a Reassessment - Comment on "Acute Selenium Toxicity Associated With a Dietary Supplement" -  journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 8, 2010 - Ventricular Tachycardia After Ingestion of Ayurveda Herbal Antidiarrheal Medication Containing Aconitum - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 8, 2010 - Best evidence statement (BESt). Blood pressure measurement in children. - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center via www.guideline.gov

►February 8, 2010 - Best evidence statement (BESt). Treatment of amblyopia in children. - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center via www.guideline.gov

►February 8, 2010 - News in a nutshell (requires registration) - The Scientist

►February 8, 2010 - Pfizer's Little Tax Problem: $2B Bill Looms in 2011 - BNET

►February 8, 2010 - NIH Awards USA $14.5 Million Grant - The Vanguard

►February 8, 2010 - U.S. clears wider use of AstraZeneca cholesterol drug - FDA approves Crestor for preventing heart disease - Reuters

►February 8, 2010 - Q&A addresses importance of school, research - Washington State University

►February 8, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Drugs Found in Water Around Maine's Landfills - The Exception Magazine

* ►February 7, 2010 - Stop selling unlicensed natural health remedies: pharmacy regulators - National Post - "Makers of natural-health products say they are bracing for widespread layoffs and millions of dollars in losses after Canada's pharmacy regulators issued a surprise directive recently urging druggists to stop selling unlicensed natural remedies."

►February 7, 2010 - Statement of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2010 - HHS.gov

* ►February 7, 2010 - Yes, WHO faked a pandemic and is now lying about it, my Forbes article By Michael Fumento - Fumento.com

►February 7, 2010 - Second wave of swine flu to hit - Sydney Morning Herald

►February 7, 2010 - Children hit by tough cold virus this year - Wisconsin State Journal via Madison.com - "But doctors say the children with RSV seem to be sicker than usual, and the sickest have spent more days in the hospital than normal."

►February 7, 2010 - Rotary International honours Azad for his efforts to eradicate Polio - MyNews.in

►February 7, 2010 - High Sensitivity to Stress Isn't Always Bad for Children - Children who are especially reactive to stress are more vulnerable to adversity and have more behavior and health problems than their peers. But a new longitudinal study suggests that highly reactive children are also more likely to do well when they're raised in supportive environments. - Society for Research in Child Development, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►February 7, 2010 - At Issue: Bill would expand benefits for emergency responders - Wisconsin State Journal

►February 6, 2010 - Regulations of the key mediators in inflammation and atherosclerosis by Aspirin in human macrophages (pdf) - journal article (Lipids in Health and Disease)

* ►February 6, 2010 - Questioning the safety of Gardasil - Culpeper Star-Exponent - "All Alexa and Erich Fritz wanted was to protect their little girl. So when their daughter’s Culpeper pediatrician suggested a fairly new vaccine that’s supposed to prevent certain types of cervical cancer, the Reva couple reluctantly allowed the physician to inject two doses of the Gardasil vaccine. 'The worst thing is that I did tell the doctor no and let myself get pushed into allowing this,' Alexa said. “The guilt is awful. I wish I had taken the stupid shot and not her.'"

* ►February 6, 2010 - The Media Is Making You Sick - Kerboblog

►February 6, 2010 - DPH: 20,000 avail of H1N1 vaccines - Sapian Tribune

►February 6, 2010 - St. Clair Shores' priest makes miracle recovery from flu - The Detroit News

►February 6, 2010 - Swine flu still out there, officials caution - H1N1 swine flu is still circulating around the world and still killing people, although it is on the decline everywhere, global health officials said on Friday. - Reuters

►February 6, 2010 - Mumps Outbreak Strikes 300 In Jewish Communities In New York - AP via The Huffington Post

* ►February 6, 2010 - Case study: Autistic symptoms of girl were ignored for five years - The Times, UK

►February 5, 2010 - Mother told she can't travel with autistic child on senior trip (includes video) - KFVS12.com

* ►February 5, 2010 - Bill Seeks Autism Training for Teachers (includes video) - KOMU.com - "Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, is pushing for House Bill 1296, which would require all teachers to be trained in early detection of autism by 2016."

►February 5, 2010 - New autism center takes holistic aim - Partnership provides area with treatment for disorder - Battle Creek Enquirer

►February 5, 2010 - The Verdict: Campbell Earns It For Autism - Chicago Blackhawks

►February 5, 2010 - LA Times – The damage of the anti-vaccination movement By Amy Pisani - Shot of Prevention

►February 5, 2010 - President's FY 2011 Budget Falls Far Short on Infectious Diseases Programs - Kansas City infoZine

* ►February 5, 2010 - Bioethics memory aid can help assess patient decision-making capacity in medical emergencies - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via EurekAlert!

* ►February 5, 2010 - Judge rules that naming expert witnesses in care cases is in public interest - journal article (BMJ)

►February 5, 2010 - Infection-fighting antibodies made in plants as effective as costlier conventional version - Washington University in St. Louis

►February 5, 2010 - Prion Leaves Lasting Mark On Memory - Cell Press via Biocompare

* ►February 5, 2010 - Melatonin Precursor Stimulates Growth Factor Circuits In Brain - Emory University via Biocompare

►February 5, 2010 - Yale researchers may have uncovered the mechanism by which progesterone prevents preterm birth - Yale University via EurekAlert!

►February 5, 2010 - Rice Physicists Kill Cancer With 'nanobubbles' - Team finds method of IDing, destroying individual diseased cells - Rice University via Biocompare

►February 4, 2010 - Strategies for the Prevention and Management of Neonatal and Infant Pain - journal article (Current Pain and Headache Reports)

►February 4, 2010 - A Unified Theory of Development: A Dialectic Integration of Nature and Nurture - journal article (Child Development)

* ►February 4, 2010 - Doctor who was excluded for raising patient safety concerns is entitled to substantial damages - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 4, 2010 - Breastfeeding, the use of docosahexaenoic acid-fortified formulas in infancy and neuropsychological function in childhood - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►February 4, 2010 - Compound created at OSU could become important new antidepressant - Oregon State University

►February 4, 2010 - Anthony Springer takes the stand - WWMT Newschannel 3 - "The father who is accused in the death of his daughter took the stand in his own defense Thursday morning. ... Anthony talked about the problems he had raising her, including the fact that she would eat lead paint and often acted out, even from a very early age."

►February 4, 2010 - For Love and For Justice / Part 101 / Zabeth and Paul Bayne - Reporting on February 3, 2010 in Chilliwack Court - GPS: For Love and For Justice Blog by Ron Unruh - "Mr. Jensen’s response to this submission concerning the credibility of her expertise prompted another rebuttal from Mr. Christie, at which time Judge Crabtree adjourned proceedings for almost one hour as he deliberated his decision. When he returned he ruled that Dr. Colbourne could testify to the injuries she observed on the baby but she could not provide an opinion of whether she felt this had been accidental or non-accidental. She would not be allowed to testify that it was her opinion that this was a shaken baby. She is back on the stand today."

►February 3, 2010 - Flu vaccination rate at large, Midwest health system rises dramatically due to mandatory policy - ScienceBlog.com

►February 3, 2010 - NIH Scientists Identify Maternal and Fetal Genes That Increase Preterm Birth Risk - Findings support view of preterm labor as immune response to infection or injury - NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development via Biocompare

* ►February 2, 2010 - Rapid diagnostic use common during influenza A (H1N1) pandemic despite unreliability - Infectious Disease News

►February 2, 2010 - Lyme Disease Difficult To Diagnose, Treat - The Denver Channel.com - "Depression, severe fatigue, insomnia, series of vertigo, unexplained tendonitis that would not heal, floaters in my eyes," Hutchingson said. The busy mom went from doctor to doctor, who suggested it could be over 10 different conditions. "A couple of doctors mentioned HIV, possibly AIDS," Hutchingson said. After seven years, she finally got a definitive diagnosis -- Lyme disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 20,000 cases of Lyme disease have occurred in the U.S. in recent years but says actual numbers could be up to 10 times that amount. The root of the underreporting? Some doctors say it lies in the blood test. "The CDC recognizes three strains right now, but there might be 300 strains," said Dr. Michael Cichon, assistant clinical professor at the University of South Florida."

►February 2, 2010 - Monetize your Science (requires registration) - Tips on how to identify an unmet clinical need that can make you rich. - The Scientist.com

►February 1, 2010 - Plasma water as a diagnostic tool in the assessment of dehydration in children with acute gastroenteritis - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►February 1, 2010 - Heart failure in children. Part II: current maintenance therapy and new therapeutic approaches - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

* ►February 1, 2010 - Of swine, birds and men -- pandemic H1N1 flu - American Journal of Pathology via EurekAlert!

►February 1, 2010 - Child-specific doses for pediatric PET patients - Study investigates clear dose guidelines in PET exams on children - Society of Nuclear Medicine via EurekAlert!

►February 1, 2010 - Acetaminophen protects kidneys after muscle injury - Findings could offer new treatment option for victims of earthquakes, explosions - Vanderbilt University Medical Center via EurekAlert!

►February 1, 2010 - 32 days in ICU with flu & alive... - Times of India

►February 1, 2010 - Swine flu's ‘WHO'dunit - The debate over whether swine flu was a fake emergency promoted by vested interests cannot be wished away. But it is more important for India to focus on an independent, effective response mechanism to tackle health emergencies, says P. T. Jyoti Datta. - The Hindu Business Line

►February 1, 2010 - Dr. Maoshing Ni: Six Natural Ways to Avoid the Cold and the Flu - The Huffington Post

►February 1, 2010 - Of swine, birds and men -- pandemic H1N1 flu - Current research suggests that pandemic H1N1 influenza of swine origin has distinct means of transmission from the seasonal flu, yet does not result in the pathogenic severity of avian flu viruses. The related report by Chan et al, "Tropism and Innate Host Responses of the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in ex Vivo and in Vitro Cultures of Human Conjunctiva and Respiratory Tract," appears published online ahead of print in the April 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology.  - PhysOrg.com

►February 1, 2010 - Swine flu: how well did the WHO respond? - As the crisis response is scaled down, and vaccines go unused, a number of people are asking what happened to the swine flu pandemic. - BBC

* ►February 1, 2010 - Incidence of Yellow Fever Vaccine-Associated Neurotropic Disease: Meningitis and Meningoencephalitis in Adults Within 30 Days of Vaccine Administration. - Travel Medicine Advisor via The Free Library

* ►February 2010 - Cellular Immune Responses of Preterm Infants after Vaccination with Whole-Cell or Acellular Pertussis Vaccines - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►February 2010 - Effector Functions of Camelid Heavy-Chain Antibodies in Immunity to West Nile Virus - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►February 2010 - Evaluation of Three Multiplex Flow Immunoassays Compared to an Enzyme Immunoassay for the Detection and Differentiation of IgG Class Antibodies to Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2 - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►February 2010 - Vasculitis in children - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►February 2010 - The Borrelial Fibronectin-Binding Protein RevA Is an Early Antigen of Human Lyme Disease - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►February 2010 - Basic Principles and Concepts Underlying Recent Advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Developing Brain - journal article (Seminars in Perinatology)

►January 31, 2010 - Early identification of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (free full text) - A better understanding helps physicians formulate treatment decisions - journal article (The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Cognitive Screening for Children and Adolescents: General Limits or Ceiling Effects? - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Rating scales for dystonia in cerebral palsy: reliability and validity - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►January 2010 - Pharmacokinetics of Amantadine in Children With Impaired Consciousness due to Acquired Brain Injury: Preliminary Findings Using a Sparse-sampling Technique - journal article (PM&R)

* ►December 1, 1999 - Lennox–Gastaut syndrome after a further attenuated live measles vaccination - journal article (Brain and Development)

* 9 Stories Of Lives That Have Been Devastated By Side Effects From The H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine - Vaccine Side Effects

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