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All the News Posted March 22, 2011

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Little extra benefit from male HPV vaccination

Not Autism, but Vaccine Induced Brain Damage, Says Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Long Time Opponent of Mass Vaccination

Hepatitis A Virus Vaccine Escape Variants and Potential New Serotype Emergence

Kids dying after vaccination for measles rarest of rare: Vyas

Two sides to vaccine saga "Fact: My 20-year-old autistic daughter Lindsey who was a normal, healthy baby prior to her MMR shots, who had a severe reaction following her shots, and who drastically changed following her shots to an unresponsive, sick child, will never have a normal life. And that's a fact."

Ashley Shelby: Opposed to vaccination? Let's make that sting "1`. Higher insurance premiums for the nonvaccinated. 2. Make it easier for day-care providers and preschools to refuse admission to the unvaccinated. 3. Institute sincerity testing in Minnesota."

When children don't count: Heeding the lesson of little Saba Button

System for collecting, storing, presenting and analyzing immunization data having remote stations in communication with a vaccine and disease database over a network

Inovio receives DNA vaccine delivery grant Inovio has received a US grant to investigate delivering DNA vaccines to different parts of the body at the same time.

Censorship and Show Trials on Vaccines and AIDS

No immunization, no class was Monday’s lesson for 53 Vigo County students

1.5 million Ilonggos brace measles immunization

A daughter's eulogy for Dr. Wilhelmina Van Dyke of Milton "When the Collins family had the measles, we went and visited them so we could catch the measles.  This was before vaccine for this, and Mother wanted us to have them while we were children so we would have immunity when we were adults.  Ditto the chicken pox.  When the clinical trials started for the polio vaccine, Susan was the first child enrolled.  I don’t remember whether she had the vaccine or the control fluid, but as soon as the vaccine was approved for use, we all received it."

UNICEF supports emergency vaccination in a transit camp on the Tunisia-Libya border (includes video)

Ars helps bring scientific communications to SONYC "Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist who blogs at RealClimate; and Ken Bromberg, who runs a vaccine research center, will discuss how their fields have become swamped in public skepticism and confusion. David Ropeik will be on hand to discuss risk perception and management, which links those two fields, and ties them in to other areas of public concern, such as the recent events in Japan."

SONYC: Courting Controversy Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET) New York, NY "Ken Bromberg is the director of the Vaccine Research Center at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, and has made frequent appearances in the media to discuss vaccine safety. - David Ropeik is a former journalist who now lectures and consults on risk perception.  In recent entries at his blog, On Risk, he has tackled vaccines and nuclear safety. - Gavin Schmidt is a climate researcher at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and a driving force behind the RealClimate blog.  His public outreach efforts have included an appearance on the Letterman Show."

Somalia kicks off vaccination scheme to keep country polio-free – UN

Mucosis Starts Clinical Study with its Lead Product, FluGEM (TM) "It is designed to test the safety and tolerability of FluGEM™, as well as the mucosal and systemic immune responses including correlates of protection against influenza viruses. The trial will involve FluGEM™ being administered both as droplets in the nose and by intramuscular injection."

NOVAVAX to Present at BIT Life Science's 3rd World Congress of Vaccine

NasVax Announces the Success of a Phase 2a Clinical Trial of a New Oral Immunotherapy for Fatty Liver Disease

Vaccination may Curb the Spread of Measles

Baguio hospital expands services to children to include MMR vaccination

7th Measles Case Reported In Minn.

Measles Case in Poway has Health Officials Concerned

Novartis completes acquisition of majority stake in Zhejiang Tianyuan expanding vaccines presence in China

Vets warning over pet vaccinations

Why the Amish are healthier than most Americans

The BCG World Atlas: a world first in the fight against tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) continues to pose a major global health threat. Someone in the world is newly infected with TB bacteria every second. Every year, more than 9 million people develop active TB and it claims about 2 million lives. In Canada, the overall incidence of TB has declined, but rates remain high among immigrants from endemic countries and among Aboriginal populations. Currently, Nunavut is facing the largest TB outbreak in the territory's 10- year history. (includes video)

Additional US$25 million to combat bird flu and influenza Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to allocate an additional US$25 million for the Vietnam avian and human influenza project (VAHIP) in preparation for a possible pandemic in the country.

Maven Semantic: Avian Influenza Virus Database

Seroprevalence of Bordetella pertussis Antibody in Children and Adolescents in China

Molecular Imaging of Influenza and Other Emerging Respiratory Viral Infections

Viral Load in the Natural History of Human Papillomavirus Type 16 Infection: A Nested Case–control Study

Unilife reports growing interest in prefilled syringe; execs invest US delivery device maker Unilife has reported growing drug industry interest in its Unifill prefilled syringe range.

NIH Funded Trials for Premie Prevention Shot

Walgreen reports on fiscal 2nd quarter Tuesday, flu season seen driving period's sales growth

Group B Strep Still Main Cause of Neonatal Meningitis Group B streptococci is still the dominant cause of neonatal bacterial meningitis, whereas Escherichia coli is the most common cause among preterm infants, according to a study published in the March issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Mother's intuition saves baby's life

Postnatal-Onset Microcephaly: Pathogenesis, Patterns of Growth, and Prediction of Outcome

eLetters: Febrile Seizures Defined Steve Piecuch, MD, MPH, Pediatrician University Hospital of brooklyn

eLetters: simple febrile seizures Patricia K. Duffner, child neurologist University at Buffalo, Paul Fisher

eLetters: Febrile seizures in children under 1 year of age: do not care about immunization Gianluca Tornese, Resident in Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics, IRCCS, Alessandro Ventura

Treatment advances in neonatal neuroprotection and neurointensive care

Medicare panel recommends 1% physician pay boost in 2012 Physician organizations urge Congress to prevent an estimated 29.5% drop in Medicare payments next year under the sustainable growth rate formula.

Research and Markets: Women's Health Review and Outlook 2011

The most gratifying job on earth

Halting polio among migrants is of crucial importance: Bill

Gates lauds health ministry for controlling polio, HIV

Vaccinia Virus Infections in Martial Arts Gym, Maryland, USA, 2008

Ticks linked to deadly virus discovered in China Doctors have been aware for years that ticks can spread the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, but scientists in China have discovered a new deadly virus that is also carried by ticks and has been responsible for at least 36 deaths in China. In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the scientists at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention introduced the virus responsible for these deaths.

Carelessness behind many health data breaches Mishandling patient information, whether paper or electronic, can cost millions in fines even if no harm is intended.

FDA updates CRO & sponsor inspection guidance The FDA has revised guidance on how its personnel conduct inspections of CROs and sponsors in light of technological advances.

High Doses of Fluoride in Drinking Water May Prove Detrimental - Municipal Water Utilities Continue to add Fluoride as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposes Lower Levels -

IVIg No Help in Neonatal Blood Disease (CME/CE)

Suspended diabetes drug Avandia 'raises heart disease risk by a quarter' A diabetes drug which was used by at least 50,000 people in Britain increases the risk of heart disease while on it by almost a quarter and the risk of death by almost a sixth, according to research.

Stage 2 of EMR bonus program seen as too onerous Organized medicine says the proposed rules for demonstrating meaningful use starting in 2013 are unrealistic for physician practices.

GOP targets mandatory funding for health reform law Democrats defend the mode of spending for the provisions, but Republicans say the money should be scrutinized during the appropriations process.

Supreme Court to hear case on generic drug labeling Justices will decide if generic drugmakers are responsible for side-effect warning failures by brand-name companies.

Finder of lost objects saved lives, left medical legacy An exhibit of small items the patients of Chevalier Jackson, MD, swallowed in the late 1800s and early 1900s is on display in Philadelphia.

Opioid prescribing requires close patient monitoring A study finds that primary care doctors avoid urine screening and other methods to prevent abuse of the pain medications even with highest-risk patients.

No easy way to tell which patients may be violent

Buttons and Badges Gallery

Unauthorized medicine: Leave important clinical testing to the professionals Misuse of direct-to-consumer genetic tests doesn't just result in wasted money -- it also can harm patient health.

Legal, Ethical, and Financial Dilemmas in Electronic Health Record Adoption and Use

Pediatric Trauma BIG Score: Predicting Mortality in Children After Military and Civilian Trauma

Psychiatric drug industry driven by wealth and stealth, not mental health

Summer arrives, brings along diseases

Acceptability of Testing Children for Tobacco-Smoke Exposure: A National Parent Survey

eLetters: The Importance of Augmenting Epidemiological Results with Toxicology and Risk Assessment - Robert K. D. Peterson, Associate Professor Montana State University, Jerome J. Schleier III

eLetters: Impact of Pre-natal Exposure to PBO Joseph Conlon, Medical Entomologist American Mosquito Control Association

Home-birth study investigated Criticism led journal to re-examine controversial paper that found higher death rate in babies born at home.

Risk of Asthma in Young Adults Who Were Born Preterm: A Swedish National Cohort Study

A Strong Synergism of Low Birth Weight and Prenatal Smoking on Asthma in Schoolchildren

Gene-environment interactions in chronic inflammatory disease

Metabolic Profiles in Children During Fasting

The dose is the poison

Venezuela's Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Climbs To 85

What's Going Around: fewer cases of flu, more allergies

Capstone Christian Academy closed due to the flu

UV Flu Technologies Initiates Hotel and Casino Clean Air Rental Program

Going against nature - The many hidden crimes of the USDA continue to lurk

Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Infancy and Social Emotional Development in Preschool-Aged Chinese Children

Local trials helped in FDA approval of lupus drug

Canadians make malaria breakthrough

China hints at science-funding reform Chinese premier shows signs of increasing the efficiency of research funding, as budget growth slows.

Budget limbo continues for US science

Unlocking Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Bruising Reality of Autism and Lack of Preparedness and Medical Knowledge

Radiation data from Japanese disaster starts to filter out Confidential data held by nuclear test ban organization emerging as key to monitoring Fukushima radiation.

Fukushima Crisis update: Latest maps of spread of radiation plumes in Asia-Pacific

Even In Worst Case, Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Will Have Limited Reach

Quake shakes Japan's science Natural disaster leaves researchers struggling with broken equipment and a crippled infrastructure.

Take a vitamin pill to mitigate the effects of radiation: NASA

5 ways meaningful use will change your practice (HIMSS meeting) Practicing medicine will present new challenges and opportunities after new rules are implemented -- for you and for your patients.

Big insurers reward investors with dividend boosts Health plans want to assure shareholders that health reform will not be a drag on profits.

Video services, online toy sales fund mission work in Africa An Ohio family physician turns a love of video and toys into a business that makes money for health care in developing countries.

How to avoid being burned by staff burnout

Stewardship of health care more than mere juggling act

Novo Nordisk Asks: When Will Diabetes be Recognized as a Global Health Threat?

Biodiversity's ills not all down to climate change Researchers predicting the finer effects of climate warming on ecology should take care.

Cancer prevention efforts target tanning salons The AAP, AMA and others call for doctors to encourage patients to take precautions and support state laws banning minors from indoor tanning facilities.

Letters to the Editor - March 21, 2011 Need for effective impairment interventions and mandated treatments extends to attorneys, too

The Toothbrush, Dental Floss Effect Of Streptococcus Enzyme

Hepatitis A: How Your Diet Plays a Role

DNA Sequencing Of Human Intestinal Microbes

Gene therapy offers hope for Parkinson's disease Small trial improves patients' symptoms.

Changing concepts in Parkinson's disease

Policy Statement—Child Passenger Safety

Technical Report—Child Passenger Safety (pdf)

Cost Comparison of Baby Friendly and Non–Baby Friendly Hospitals in the United States

A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Atomoxetine in Young Children With ADHD

Compliance With National Guidelines for Physical Activity in U.S. Preschoolers: Measurement and Interpretation

Medically Underserved Girls Receive Less Evaluation for Short Stature

Meta-analysis of efficacy and treatment-emergent suicidality in adults by psychiatric indication and age subgroup following initiation of paroxetine therapy: a complete set of randomized placebo-controlled trials.

In the Pipeline Brave New Office

Almac partners with Exco InTouch on trial patIent management Contract services firm Almac aims to expand its trial patient management and compliance offering though a new partnership with ePRO specialist Exco InTouch.

Lack of a synergistic effect of a non-viral ALS gene therapy based on BDNF and a TTC fusion molecule

Evolution of multiple sclerosis treatment: next generation therapies meet next generation efficacy criteria

Multiple sclerosis—a call for papers

Sustained disease-activity-free status in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treated with cladribine tablets in the CLARITY study: a post-hoc and subgroup analysis

Alemtuzumab versus interferon beta-1a in early relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: post-hoc and subset analyses of clinical efficacy outcomes

The Antipsychotic Discontinuation in Alzheimer Disease Trial: Clinical Rationale and Study Design.

New lexicon and criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

eLetters: Breastfeeding on Child Cognitive Development: Still a Long Way to Go Miao Jiang, Ph. D
Department of Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Urgent need for biomarkers to fix damaged pipeline Biomarkers are urgently needed to help fix the damaged Alzheimer's drug development pipeline and improve outcomes for patients, according to experts.

Eli Lilly 'very much opposed’ to merger with another peer: CEO

Lilly and Avid Receive Complete Response Letter from FDA for Amyvid(TM) (florbetapir F 18 injection)

Indicted Ex-Glaxo Lawyer Says Prosecutors Misled Grand Jury on Obstruction

Tekmira-Alnylam Lawsuit Centers on Drug Carrier Particles

Novartis cuts staff at Horhsam, UK site; creates jobs in China Novartis, the Basel, Switzerland-based pharma giant, has announced a raft of job cuts at its research and development site in Horsham, UK.

UNCTAD to discuss fostering drug manufacturing in Africa Next month the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will organise a meeting to discuss ways of encouraging the production of pharmaceutical in Africa. (audio)

Synageva finds $25M financing for enzyme treatment

I'm Speaking (Sigh) at the Long Beach Health Freedom Expo...

Doctors use Fukushima-like radiation to "treat" thyroid disorders

TSA to retest airport body scanners after reports expose extreme radiation safety violations

'Dying to Have Known' documentary features Gerson Therapy natural cancer cure

Apples could hold key for increasing lifespan

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The Greater Good A Documentary Film looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.

The PBS NewsHour series "Autism Now"

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

Click here for the most recent articles by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP

Click here if you might be interested in participating in a study of never-vaccinated children


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