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All the News Posted March 20, 2010

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►April 2010 - Boosting antibody responses to Plasmodium falciparum merozoite antigens in children with highly seasonal exposure to infection - journal article (Parasite Immunology)

►April 2010 - Plasma lipoproteins in visceral leishmaniasis and their effect on Leishmania-infected macrophages - journal article (Parasite Immunology)

* ►March 23, 2010 - Entomologist to speak on evolution of infectious disease - Princeton University - "He is examining whether medical science is spurring the evolution of more virulent germs and what effect a malaria vaccine will have upon the evolution of the parasite causing the disease. He also is studying whether scientists can slow down the evolution of drug-resistant microbes and halt the development of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes."

* ►March 22, 2010 - First Person: Asperger’s is a label worth keeping (requires registration) - Plans by the American Psychiatric Assn. to drop it in favor of a more generic autism diagnosis ignores the differences between the condition and its more problematic counterpart. - Los Angeles Times

* ►March 21, 2010 - "Fatal Flu Shots, Fetal Deaths and Healthcare USA?" - The Dr Rima Reports Show Airs Sundays at 10 PM EDT and runs 2 hours - Health Freedom USA

* ►March 20, 2010 - Political autism (commentary) - Pat Boone - WorldNetDaily - "Popular actress Jenny McCarthy has just released a book about her previously autistic son – and the amazing progress she's had in bringing him out of the fog and separation of his malady through controlling his diet. Having come to the conclusion that he'd been adversely affected as a baby by some of the normal immunization shots, she put him on a new and stringent organic health diet – which she credits for his being now perfectly normal! The book is gripping and hopeful, and may point the way to real breakthroughs in treating this awful imprisonment named autism. My daughters and I congratulate Jenny and thank God for her son's new life."

* ►March 20, 2010 - Experts concerned about vaccination backlash - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►March 20, 2010 - Gardasil: from bench, to bedside, to blunder - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►March 20, 2010 - Health Dept. seeks pregnant women's feedback - The Daily Gleaner - "The Department of Health is hoping women who were pregnant during last fall's H1N1 vaccine program will share information about why they chose to get, or skip, protective influenza shots."

* ►March 20, 2010 - Hepatitis C outbreak at Brandon holistic clinic blamed on syringes - St. Petersburg Times via

* ►March 20, 2010 - Chris Mooney’s Pharmaceutical Influence - Age of Autism

* ►March 20, 2010 - Age of Autism Comment of the Week - It is very simple. If you are worrying about measles coming back and maiming or killing people, then go find out what exactly are the adverse effects of measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, live polio, etc. - Age of Autism

* ►March 20, 2010 - Lead poisonings linked to Indian imports - Children’s cases connected to some powders, spices - The Boston Globe

►March 20, 2010 - Get vaccinated against the mumps - Portsmouth Today

►March 20, 2010 - ITDS can be effective fever screening tool during H1N1 influenza pandemic, UNMC researchers - Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America via

►March 20, 2010 - HHS awards more than $372M to 44 communities to support public health efforts - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via News-Medical.Net

►March 20, 2010 - A tale of two-component generalised HIV epidemics - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 20, 2010 - Study: Lesser-known bug a bigger hospital threat - AP via The Washington Post

►March 20, 2010 - Hepatitis fight worries Las Vegas patients - AP via

►March 20, 2010 - European nations agree to improve environmental health - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 20, 2010 - Responding to HIV/AIDS: beyond science and statistics - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 20, 2010 - Acne drug may help prevent HIV breakout - ANI via

►March 20, 2010 - Finding our resilience (book review) - journal article (The Lancet)

►March 20, 2010 - Seclusion and Restraint in Schools: Readers Respond - The Cap Times

►March 20, 2010 - Gatekeepers preventing children's access to therapy results in class action suit -

►March 20, 2010 - Raising awareness - Local woman organizes walk for autism - Odessa American Online

►March 20, 2010 - Young ambassador participates in Epilepsy Foundation’s public health program - Epilepsy Foundation via

►March 20, 2010 - Machinery of Immune Protection Against Inflammatory Diseases Like Colitis Detailed - Scientists report a protein made by a gene already associated with a handful of human inflammatory immune diseases plays a pivotal role in protecting the intestinal tract from colitis. - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via ScienceDaily

►March 20, 2010 - Researchers find infrared thermal detection systems useful for patient screening - Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America via EurekAlert!

►March 20, 2010 - 'Milestone moment' as boy undergoes transplant to regenerate trachea - The London Times

►March 20, 2010 - Re-Accreditation Confirms High Quality, Ethical Research At Baylor Research Institute - Baylor Health Care System via Medical News Today

►March 20, 2010 - Wet winter may mean severe allergy season - The Jonesboro Sun

* ►March 19, 2010 - CANADA: British Columbia Officials Seek to Boost HPV Vaccinations in Girls - B.C. Center for Disease Control via - "More than two years after its launch, British Columbia's human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program has achieved 62 percent uptake among grade-six and -nine girls. That is second only to Quebec, where uptake is 80 percent - a goal B.C. officials are hoping to achieve with a ramped-up campaign. French-language media in Quebec did not carry as many anti- vaccine stories or focus on controversies, peers there told Dr. Gina Ogilvie, B.C. Center for Disease Control (BCCDC)'s associate director of STD prevention and control. As a result, many parents in Quebec were not persuaded to refuse the vaccine for their child."

* ►March 19, 2010 - VerSteeg: When answers don't answer: Help from government has no guarantees (opinion) - The Palm Beach Post - "People worried about a cancer cluster in The Acreage want the federal government to ride to the rescue. People who believe that childhood vaccines cause autism would say Acreage residents are foolish to think that federal scientists will gallop in. Those two examples show how, in matters of public health, the federal government sometimes comes off as a hero, sometimes as a villain."

* ►March 19, 2010 - SGO: HPV Vaccine Stops Recurrence After Surgery - Society of Gynecologic Oncologists via MedPage Today - "I think, inarguably, the group of women that really would benefit from the vaccine and actually appreciate the vaccine are those women who have previously been treated," said Huh. "I think that we have to factor in quality-of-life measures." Huh and Einstein disclosed relationships with Merck and GlaxoSmithKline."

* ►March 19, 2010 - 3D Analysis of the TCR/pMHCII Complex Formation in Monkeys Vaccinated with the First Peptide Inducing Sterilizing Immunity against Human Malaria - journal article (PLoS One)

* ►March 19, 2010 - Health officials: Ohio kindergartners, 7th graders will be need more shots starting in fall - AP via

* ►March 19, 2010 - How AstraZeneca Is Turning the Tide in Its Legal War Over Antipsychotic Drugs -  BNET

* ►March 19, 2010 - Toxic Bodies (audio) - Endocrine disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A have been making news lately, with several states passing regulations limiting or banning their use. The trajectory of BPA is similar to another chemical, commonly known as DES, once prescribed for pregnant and menopausal women. Host Jeff Young talks with Professor Nancy Langston about the history of endocrine disrupting chemicals and how this history can inform future chemical regulation. Her book is called, “Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES.” - Living on Earth

* ►March 19, 2010 - Military Finally Admits Fault in Water Contamination Case - After 25 Years, Military Says Water at Camp Lejeune Caused One Marine's Illness - ABC World News

* ►March 19, 2010 - Congress seeks more records on Camp Lejeune tainted water - McClatchy Newspapers

* ►March 19, 2010 - Epidemiologic Investigation of Immune-Mediated Polyradiculoneuropathy among Abattoir Workers Exposed to Porcine Brain - journal article (PLoS One)

* ►March 19, 2010 - Investigation of mystery slaughterhouse ailment is complete - PLoS One via The Post-Bulletin - "The researchers conclude in the public-access scientific journal "PLoS ONE" today that the illness was almost certainly caused by an autoimmune reaction to aerosolized pig brain that had been harvested with pressurized air. Their findings support the conclusions of previously published work by Mayo Clinic researchers, but the journal article also illuminates a far-reaching effort to uncover the cause of the illness."

* ►March 19, 2010 - Can Strep Throat Lead to Behavior Problems? (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 19, 2010 - Students Fight Polio with Compassion - Assist New Service (ANS)

►March 19, 2010 - CDC says a third wave of H1N1 flu is unlikely - Los Angeles Times via Star-Telegram

►March 19, 2010 - Mobile death blamed on swine flu -

►March 19, 2010 - UK Travellers Worry About Illness Abroad - PRWeb

►March 19, 2010 - Testing overseas may explain big drop in TB cases - AP via The Washington Post

►March 19, 2010 - Tuberculosis kills over 100,000 people annually in Indonesia - Xinhua

►March 19, 2010 - United States: Johnson Urges More Hepatitis Funding - Atlanta Journal-Constitution via

►March 19, 2010 - A lesson in how the outdoors can help someone with autism - The great outdoors offers hope to Darryl Owens and his son, who has autism spectrum disorder - Orlando Sentinel

►March 19, 2010 - The Young, the Weak and the Sick: Evidence of Natural Selection by Predation - journal article (PLoS One)

►March 19, 2010 - VA Adds New presumptive Diseases for Gulf War, Iraz, Afghan Veterans - The nine new presumptives are specific infectious diseases including malaria and the West Nile virus. -

►March 19, 2010 - Supermodels? (requires registration) - What do a yam, a wasp, and a wallaby all have in common? Well, not much, actually, but they're all being touted as the next big experimental model, according to a new laboratory manual due out in April. The second volume of Emerging Model Organisms, ... - The Scientist

►March 19, 2010 - Bone marrow transplants being studied as asthma therapy - Los Angeles Times via Star-Telegram

►March 19, 2010 - PhRMA Annual Meeting: Things Really Have Changed - The IN VIVO Blog

►March 19, 2010 - TV show 'Parenthood', highlights experiences of high-functioning autistic child -

►March 19, 2010 - Local Companies Attend Disability-Hiring Boot Camp - Connecticut News

►March 19, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline commences Relovair Phase III asthma programme - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

►March 19, 2010 - Father creates online guide to allergy-friendly restaurants - GateHouse News Service via Taunton Daily Gazette

►March 19, 2010 - AMA supports passage of health system reform legislation - AMA

* ►March 18, 2010 - New genetic associations detected in a host response study to hepatitis B vaccine - journal article (Genes & Immunity) - "The immune response to hepatitis B vaccination differs greatly among individuals, with 5–10% of healthy people failing to produce protective levels of antibodies. Several factors have been implicated in determining this response, chiefly individual genetic variation and age."

* ►March 18, 2010 - Journalists Launch Web site to Investigate Safety and Health Issues - via Democratic Underground

►March 18, 2010 - Nigeria: South-East Nema Raises Alarm Over Cerebral Meningitis - Daily Independent (Lagos) via

►March 18, 2010 - Conquering TB: How Genomic Information And Tools Can Lead To New Tuberculosis Therapies That Combat Drug Resistance - The New York Academy of Sciences via Medical News Today

►March 18, 2010 - Mommy Blog: Uh-oh, it's shot time - The Sentinel

►March 18, 2010 - DeLauro Urges Exception for Amity School Disability Funding - - "Congresswoman DeLauro said, “When it comes to Connecticut’s Regional School District 5, we are talking about a school district that is 90% Caucasian with a high incidence of autism – we cannot help that. These are the kids that need our help. I believe that Amity should not be restricted in the way it uses IDEA funds – especially if it is using the resources where they are most needed.”

►March 18, 2010 - Increased risk of eczema but reduced risk of early wheezy disorder from exclusive breast-feeding in high-risk infants - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►March 18, 2010 - 10 Steps to Better Health Care And Controlled Costs - CommonHealth

* ►March 17, 2010 - Quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: a review of safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics - journal article (Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics)

* ►March 17, 2010 - Safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of an inactivated influenza vaccine in healthy adults: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial over two influenza seasons (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►March 17, 2010 - First insights into the genetic diversity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates from HIV-infected Mexican patients and mutations causing multidrug resistance (pdf) - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

►March 17, 2010 - Neonatal seizures in a rural Kenyan District Hospital: aetiology, Incidence and outcome of hospitalization (pdf) - journal article (BMC Medicine)

►March 17, 2010 - Glucocorticoids for the treatment of anaphylaxis - journal article (Cochrane Reviews)

►March 17, 2010 - IL-12 can alleviate Th17-mediated allergic lung inflammation through induction of pulmonary IL-10 expression - journal article (Mucosal Immunology)

* ►March 16, 2010 - Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of mycobacterial DNA vaccines incorporating plasmid-encoded cytokines against Mycobacterium bovis - journal article (Immunology and Cell Biology)

►March 16, 2010 - The evolving function of Langerhans cells in adaptive skin immunity - journal article (Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology)

►March 16, 2010 - Detection of human coronaviruses in children with acute gastroenteritis - journal article (Immunology and Cell Biology)

►March 16, 2010 - The Role of NK Cells in the Autoimmune Thyroid Disease-associated Pregnancy Loss - journal article (Journal of Clinical Virology)

►March 16, 2010 - DRAFT NTP Brief on Soy Infant Formula (pdf) - National Toxicology Program, - "This DRAFT NTP BRIEF is distributed solely for the purpose of public comment and predissemination peer review. It should not be construed to represent final NTP determination or policy."

►March 15, 2010 - Decreased IL-10 production mediated by Toll-like receptor 9 in B cells in multiple sclerosis - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►March 13, 2010 - Vaccine refusal: Irrational and immoral | Guest Opinion - Seattle Post Intellegencer

►March 12, 2010 - Seroepidemiology of hepatitis A virus in children of different age groups in Tehran, Iran: Implications for health policy - journal article (Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease)

* ►March 11, 2010 - Beyond Progressive Malpractice: Taking Down Big Pharma - Organic Consumers Association

* ►March 11, 2010 - Ex-Times reporters launch investigative unit - LA Observed

* ►March 11, 2010 - Risperidone Intoxication in a Patient with a Genetic Predisposition as "Poor [Non]Metabolizer" - journal article (Psychiatric Praxis)

►March 11, 2010 - CD4 and CD8 T Cell Responses to Mycobacterial Antigens in African Children - journal article (Psychiatric Praxis)

►March 11, 2010 - Newborn Screening Results in Children with Central Hypothyroidism - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►March 10, 2010 - Current and future disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis - journal article (International Journal of Clinical Practice)

►March 8, 2010 - Development of Gene Therapy for Neurological Disorders - journal article (Discovery Medicine)

►March 8, 2010 - Susceptibility loci reported in genome-wide association studies are associated with Crohn's disease in Canadian children. - journal article (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

* ►March 5, 2010 - Invasive pneumococcal disease in children prior to implementation of the conjugate vaccine in the Zurich region, Switzerland - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

* ►March 5, 2010 - Autism Spectrum Disorders in Tuberous Sclerosis: Pathogenetic Pathways and Implications for Treatment - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►March 5, 2010 - Concurrent reactivation of latent EBV with hepatitis A can affect clinical feature of childhood hepatitis - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►March 3, 2010 - Viral meningoencephalitis: a review of diagnostic methods and guidelines for management - journal article (European Journal of Neurology)

►March 3, 2010 - Poverty and childhood cancer incidence in the United States - journal article (Cancer Causes and Control)

* ►March 2, 2010 - Subdural hematoma in infants: can it occur spontaneously? Data from a prospective series and critical review of the literature - journal article (Child's Nervous System) - "Sixteen patients, 14 males and two females, were diagnosed with SSDHI. Twelve patients had idiopathic macrocrania, seven of these being previously diagnosed with arachnoidomegaly on imaging. Five had risk factors for dehydration, including two with severe enteritis. Two patients had mild or moderate retinal hemorrhage, considered not indicative of NAHI. Thirteen patients underwent cerebrospinal fluid drainage. The outcome was favorable in almost all cases; one child has sequels, which were attributable to obstetrical difficulties."

►March 2, 2010 - Prenatal Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs - journal article (Epilepsy Currents)

►March 2, 2010 - Teaching the Teachers: Data to Benefit School Systems and Doctors about Children with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy - journal article (Epilepsy Currents)

►March 1, 2010 - Package delivery (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Your body is teeming with mysterious particles called vaults. With an average of 10,000 to 100,000 of them in every human cell, they’re thought to be one of the most abundant particles in the body. But no one knows their function."

* ►March 2010 - Association Between Child Immunization and Availability of Health Infrastructure in Slums in India - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

►March 2010 - Muscle-Eye-Brain Disease - journal article (Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease)

►March 2010 - Informed Consent in Pediatric Surgery - Do Parents Understand the Risks? - journal article (Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery)

►March 2010 - The importance of touch in development - journal article (The Journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society)

►February 22, 2010 - Corpus callosum abnormalities in Tourette syndrome: an MRI-DTI study of monozygotic twins - journal article (Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry)

►February 15, 2010 - 1,24-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (tacalcitol) prevents skin T-cell infiltration - journal article (British Journal of Dermatology)

* ►February 2010 - Severe retinal hemorrhages in infants with aggressive, fatal Streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis - journal article (Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus)

* ►February 8, 2005 - '91 Memo Warned of Mercury in Shots (requires registration) - Los Angels Times

* ►Polly Tommey Autism Awareness Campaign 2010 - Facebook

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