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All the News Posted March 24, 2010

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?April 1, 2010 - Melatonin Protects CD4+ T Cells from Activation-Induced Cell Death by Blocking NFAT-Mediated CD95 Ligand Upregulation - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ?April 2010 - IL-1 gene cluster polymorphisms and sudden infant death syndrome - journal article (Human Immunology)

* ?April 2010 - Drug induced pancreatitis. - journal article (Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology)

* ?April 2010 - Adverse effects of biologics used for treating IBD. - journal article (Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology)

* ?April 2010 - Gastrointestinal and liver adverse effects of drugs used for treating IBD. - journal article (Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology)

* ?March/April 2010 - Parental Acceptance of a Mandatory Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program - (pdf) journal article (The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine)

* ?March 25, 2010 - Upcoming Webinar: Inspection Process - FDA - "During this webinar, FDA experts will present information on
  • the facilities FDA is responsible for inspecting
  • what an inspection involves
  • inspection follow-up and enforcement activities
  • the rigorous training that inspectors receive 
The presentation will run approximately 30 minutes and include an opportunity to ask questions."

?March 25, 2010 - Thousands of Sefton patients get swine flu jab - Maghull & Aintree Star, UK

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Ensuring Integrity in Industry-Sponsored Research (free full text) - journal article (JAMA) - "The most fundamental principle of medicine, primum non nocere, holds for every physician, whether functioning as a clinician providing direct patient care; as a researcher, reviewer, or editor involved in medical publishing; or as an administrator overseeing an academic institution, health care organization, or pharmaceutical company research program. In all situations affecting patients, physicians must do no harm."

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Psychiatrists' Relationships With Pharmaceutical Companies - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Nearly Universal Influenza Vaccination - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Scientists Probe the Role of Clinicians in Rising Rates of Late Preterm Birth - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Informed Consent to Promote Patient-Centered Care - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Stopping Randomized Trials Early for Benefit and Estimation of Treatment Effects - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24/31, 2010 - Randomized Controlled Trials (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Stuttering Genes - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - MEDLINE Goes Mobile - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Setting the RECORD Straight - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Natalizumab Risks - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Health Care Reform in Transition - Incremental Insurance Reform Without an Individual Mandate - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Use of Statins and Gallstone Risk - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Use of Statins and Gallstone Risk—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Association of Socioeconomic Position With Health Behaviors and Mortality - journal article (JAMA)

?March 24/31, 2010 - Health Behavior vs the Stress of Low Socioeconomic Status and Health Outcomes - journal article (JAMA)

* ?March 24, 2010 - Probe into lame boy after swine flu jab - Shanghai Daily - "Xian Weijian, a primary pupil in Baiyun District, was vaccinated around 10am on Monday at his school with other students. Later that night he couldn't stand or walk on his left leg, which led his parents to question the vaccine's quality, the report said. He was sent to a hospital where doctors found no problems with his bone. More examinations are being conducted to determine the cause of his illness. But the parents admitted Xian had coughed slightly before getting the jab, which doctors said could have triggered some adverse reaction."

* ?March 24, 2010 - The Truth about Gardasil? It’s Destroying our Girls. By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ?March 24, 2010 - Gnat Straining and Camel Swallowing Realities - Rotavirus Vaccination Gnat Straining (pdf) - Paul G. King, PhD, CoMeD Science Advisor via Vaccination News

* ?March 24, 2010 - How to Fight Autism By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ?March 24, 2010 - Overcoming vaccine fears - Autism link debunked: County health officials hope study's retraction will convince more parents to immunize their children - Santa Rosa Press Democrat - "Michele Rogers, executive director of the Early Learning Institute in Rohnert Park, said her worry is that parents who are choosing to forgo vaccinations for their children are potentially putting other kids at risk. The private, nonprofit institute assists children who have developmental disabilities and their families, and Rogers said she is weighing whether to inform parents how many of those children have not been vaccinated. There is no California law mandating such disclosure."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Clinical Trials for HIV Vaccines Now Using Social Media to Attract Trial Participants - Facebook, Craigslist, Blogs and Twitter the Latest Ways to Reach Out to the People One Study Needs -- Gay, HIV-negative Men Actively Engaged in Risky Sexual Behaviors - press release -HIV Vaccine Trials Network via PRNewswire

* ?March 24, 2010 - David Kirby Discusses Animal Factory on VoiceAmerica Radio (includes link to audio) - Age of Autism

* ?March 24, 2010 - Animal Factory with bestselling author David Kirby - audio - Autism One: A Conversation of Hope w/ host Teri Arranga via VoiceAmerica

?March 24, 2010 - Hostility towards a scientific consensus: A sign of a crank - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ?March 24, 2010 - Jordan suspends Rotarix vaccine - AME Info

?March 24, 2010 - Ministry recalls, suspends use of Rotarix vaccine - contains the pvc virus type 1, which has unknown side effects - Gulf News

?March 24, 2010 - Delegates from UAE arrive in Dubai to discuss pneumococcal disease in the first Africa and Middle East Pneumococcal Congress - AME Info

?March 24, 2010 - Genzyme faces FDA enforcement over plant issues - AP via Yahoo!

* ?March 24, 2010 - Swine flu vaccine cancelled for Kirklees babies and toddlers - The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, UK - "BABIES and toddlers will no longer be vaccinated against swine flu. The Department of Health (DoH) has decided to stop the vaccination programme for healthy babies aged over six months and tots aged under five. The decision was made because the age group are no longer considered to be ‘at risk’ and are therefore not included in the priority groups for those who can be vaccinated."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Pfizer, Glaxo sign vaccine deal for poor - Drug makers Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline signed a landmark 10-year deal to supply 60 million doses a year of cut-price pneumococcal vaccines to developing nations. - Reuters Health via Health24

* ?March 24, 2010 - The forgotten disease - AsiaOne Health - "Dr Anita Menon, a paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases at the Singapore Baby and Child Clinic said that the compulsory BCG vaccination for infants and children here is relatively effective in preventing kids from contracting severe cases of TB. However, BCG's coverage for infection in adulthood varies, she said."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Mum's frustrations inspire book - The Border Mail, AU - “I was watching Oprah and Jenny McCarthy came on and I just was sitting there going that’s my son,” she said. The Oprah episode featuring actor and autism activist McCarthy confirmed Mrs Gonzalez’s first suspicions that Coen was not developing normally. “Coen regressed at about 14 months, when he turned one he lost everything, he didn’t talk, he went quiet, he was withdrawn,” she said."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Genzyme To Receive Consent Decree From The FDA - Pharmalot - "After months of manufacturing problems involving viral contamination and even bits of trash in some of its products, the beleaguered biotech says the FDA intends to take enforcement action that will “likely result” in a consent decree. And so a “third party” would inspect and review its operations for an extended period, and Genzyme would have to pay what is currently an unspecified fine (here is the Genzyme statement)."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Smiths Group venture agreement with Novartis - - "Smiths Group says that it diagnostics business, Smiths Detection has signed an agreement whereby Novartis is granted exclusive rights to market Smiths Detection's Bio-Seeq instrument which enables rapid detection of bacterial and viral pathogens."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Avandia, Clinical Trials And Independent Analysis (poll) - Should industry-sponsored trials include independent statistical analysis - Pharmalot

* ?March 24, 2010 - Neurontin: ‘A Good Drug… Marketed By Bad People’ - Pharmalot - "For its part, Kaiser claims it was misled into allowing prescriptions to be written for migraines and bipolar disorders, among other things, but began talking to its doctors about the off-label marketing after it became known in 2002. As a result, Kaiser claims it would have saved a lot of money if Pfizer hadn’t misled the insurer."

* ?March 24, 2010 - Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Myriad Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Purdue Pharmaceutical Discuss Legislative Changes & Supply Chain Strategy - Senior supply chain directors from Pfizer, Novartis, Eli Lilly, Myriad Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Purdue Pharma and other top pharmaceutical companies will join together June 29-30 in Chicago. They will join to discuss key supply chain strategies with an elite invite-only audience of their peers over 2 days. - PRWeb

* ?March 24, 2010 - Inhalable delivery tech worth $38bn, says GIA - The increasing incidence of chronic and “lifestyle” related disorders will fuel demand for inhalable delivery technologies over the next five years, according to a Global Industry Analysts (GIA) report. -

* ?March 24, 2010 - Miracle" Supplement Combats Cancer? - American Chronicle - "I don´t push or promote a lot of dietary supplements. I´m certainly not against supplements. But in my mind, supplements should be exactly what the name suggests: they are to supplement something, not replace it. The "something" is a healthy, varied, plant-based diet. Without the baseline of the right diet, supplements are a wasted effort. The Vitamin D Exception"

?March 24, 2010 - The sneaky signs of autism - The Border Mail, AU

?March 24, 2010 - Researchers from Chulalongkorn University, Division of Infectious Diseases detail new studies and findings in the area of paraparesis therapy - Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand via NewsRx - "We describe the first case of typhoid spondylodiscitis in Southeast Asia, and the literature were also reviewed."

?March 24, 2010 - Child Psychiatrists Embrace Videoconferencing Telepsychiatry - TIME via Yahoo!

?March 24, 2010 - Fungi Can Change Quickly And Pass Along Infectious Ability - Nature via Terra Daily

?March 24, 2010 - Flu a world of myths - Remedies for flu that has influenced the whole world - Arab News

?March 24, 2010 - Policymakers should determine risk-reduction initiatives to improve health systems, says new report - National Academy of Sciences via News-Medical.Net

?March 24, 2010 - Case of tuberculosis at county agency spurs testing - Las Vegas Sun

?March 24, 2010 - Heeding hepatitis - Viruses continue wreaking havoc; vigilance urged - The Herald-News

?March 24, 2010 - Human Genome hep C drug shows promise in mid stage - * Hepatitis C drug Zalbin compares to Roche's Pegasys * Says Zalbin showed efficacy, safety comparable with Pegasys -  Human Genome Sciences via Reuters

?March 24, 2010 - Preventing the spread of TB -The Gleaner

?March 24, 2010 - Merck responds to US FDA' s on-going review of Simvastatin - Merck via

?March 24, 2010 - Immune cells fail on video - T-cells are assassins and fortunately, in the main, they are on our side. The trouble is, these immune-system bodyguards can also turn treacherous. - Swinburne Magazine via Science Alert

?March 24, 2010 - Man flu is no myth as scientists prove men suffer more from disease - Man flu is not a myth, claim scientists, who found men suffer more because they invest in their spirit of adventure at the expense of their immune system. - Telegraph, UK

?March 24, 2010 - BioStorage allies to offer room temperature storage - BioStorage Technologies has allied with Biomatrica to offer clients the option to store biological samples at room temperature, which reduces costs and energy use while maintaining stability. -

?March 24, 2010 - Looking for a match - Brandon News & Tribune via - "Although he's only 1, Jackson Hayden could die if he doesn't receive a bone marrow transplant. In October, the toddler was diagnosed with a rare immune system-related illness called chronic granulomatous disease, or CGD. Jackson's mother, Molly Liff, took him to the doctor's office several months ago when he struggled to overcome an infection. "He had a high fever for three weeks," she said. "His pediatrician is really good, and they kept changing meds but nothing made it better. We took him to (two hospitals). They tested and tested, and when they did his blood work they found out he had an immune problem."

?March 24, 2010 - Liquent and Take Solutions team on regulatory submissions (includes audio) - Liquent and Take Solutions say their new partnership provides pharmaceutical firms with an efficient, cost effective outsourced solution for regulatory publicatio and submissions. -

?March 24, 2010 - Treating Allergies With Drops, Not Shots - WDIV Detroit

?March 24, 2010 - Dinner Helps Autistic - The Ledger

?March 24, 2010 - Majority of Pennsylvania women do not seek treatments for chronic pain - The Black Women's Health Alliance via News-Medical.Net

?March 24, 2010 - New pfizer Chief Peck Talks Consumer Health - The IN VIVO Blog

?March 24, 2010 - Increase in Reported Incidents Prompts EPA to Review Pet Products - Environmental Health News via Beyond Pesticides

* ?March 24, 2010 - Concern surrounding cervical cancer vaccine (includes video) - Today's THV

* ?March 24, 2010 - Health Officials Urge Second Dose of H1N1 Vaccine - MyFOX Atlanta

* ?March 24, 2010 - Kids don't need second H1N1 vaccine afterall - Halifax News Net - "The new recommendation comes from the National Pandemic Vaccine Working Group. 'The announcement is based on the low rate of H1N1 activity across the country and the expectation that the activity will not increase this spring,' said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's Chief Public Health Officer. 'That being said, I still encourage people who have not yet been immunized to get their H1N1 vaccine.'"

* ?March 24, 2010 - 230 get H1N1 jab at UBD, short of target - The Brunei Times via - "A total of 230 people were vaccinated yesterday during the one-day Influenza A (H1N1) vaccination event at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), short of the initial target of 5,000."

?March 24, 2010 - FDA OK's IMDx H1N1 Test - Xconomy

* ?March 24, 2010 - Raw Milk Becomes Contentious (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ?March 24, 2010 - Health issues are at heart of raw milk debate - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

?March 24, 2010 - immunity. strength. health. - Research continues on food's role in fighting illness - Las Vegas Review-Journal

?March 24, 2010 - Pfizer cuts price of Prevnar for Third World -

* ?March 23, 2010 - Deal Provides Vaccines to Poor Nations at Lower Cost (requires registration) - The New York Times - "But at least one expert maintains that the prices are still too high. The deal was announced by the GAVI Alliance, a nonprofit organization, which estimated the program could save a total of 900,000 lives by 2015. The vaccines — Pfizer’s Prevnar 13 and GlaxoSmithKline’s Synflorix — prevent pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumonia and meningitis."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Glaxo, Pfizer Agree to Supply Pneumonia Vaccines - GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer supplying pneumonia vaccines to developing nations through GAVI - AP via ABC News

* ?March 23, 2010 - Vaccine deal with drug giants to save the lives of millions of children - A groundbreaking deal is struck with two major drug companies to provide vaccines to save the lives of millions of children in poor countries. But should donor governments really be subsidising Big Pharma? - Sarah Boseley's Global Health Blog via The Guardian, UK

?March 23, 2010 - GSK, Pfizer discount vaccines for poor - FiercePharma

?March 23, 2010 - Vaccine Deal Expected to Save Millions of Lives - AOL News

?March 23, 2010 - GSK joins global vaccine alliance to help prevent millions of children from contracting pneumococcal disease in the world’s poorest countries - Unique finance mechanism ensures vaccinations will begin in 2010 - Up to 300 million doses to be supplied over ten years - Synflorix™ supplied at around 90% reduction of cost in developed markets  - press release - GlaxoSmithKline

?March 23, 2010 - Pfizer Signs Long-Term Agreement To Supply Prevenar 13* To The World's Poorest Countries - press release - Pfizer, Inc. via Business Wire

* ?March 23, 2010 - Stopping Clinical Trials Early Often Exaggerates Treatment Effects - press release - Mayo Clinic via Business Wire

* ?March 23, 2010 - Chinese Media Clash Over Unsafe Vaccines - The Epoch Times

* ?March 23, 2010 - BioSante Announces Additional Positive Leukemia Vaccine Results and Second FDA Orphan Drug Designation - press release - BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire

* ?March 23, 2010 - Are vaccinations trading childhood diseases for cancer and AIDS later in life? - Northumberland News

?March 23, 2010 - My Voice: Time to end hysteria about vaccine causing autism - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

* ?March 23, 2010 - Switzerland suspends Glaxo's rotavirus vaccine - Reuters

?March 23, 2010 - FDA warns against using rotavirus vaccine - Rotarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is found to contain a pig virus that is not known to cause illness in humans. Merck's RotaTeq is recommended until more information can be gleaned. - Los Angeles Times

?March 23, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix Vaccine Suspended Due To Pig Virus Insertion - Washington Post via The One Click Group

?March 23, 2010 - HSA checking if Rotarix vaccines are contaminated - Channel News Asia

* ?March 23, 2010 - No news but bad news - Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper - "With only a month remaining for the investigations into the pentavalent vaccine to be over, parents, who lost their newborns, allegedly to the vaccine after they were inoculated with it, are restless to learn of developments. But health officials are still waiting for updates on the tests from the world health organisation (WHO)."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Yes, We Can Pretend We Did It All On Our Own (The MOTHERS Act – How at least $13 to $16.4 million in pHARMa dollars buys a bill) - pHARMa: Putting a price on the lives of American moms and babies - The Bitter Pill - "Two days ago, The MOTHERS Act and several other dangerous psych programs passed the house after being stuck in the 2400 page Senate Health Care Bill. Today, President Obama, a former co-sponsor of The MOTHERS Act in the Senate, signed the bill into law."

* ?March 23, 2010 - 14 states sue to block health care law (includes video) - CNN - "'The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all citizens and legal residents have qualifying health care coverage,' the lawsuit states."

* ?March 23, 2010 - ABMS MOC Included in Health Care Bill as Option to Assess Physician Quality - press release - American Board of Medical Specialties via Business Wire

?March 23, 2010 - Biden Knows a BFD When He Sees One (includes video) - Technorati

* ?March 23, 2010 - White House, experts: Health care suit will fail - AP via Yahoo!

?March 23, 2010 - South Bay's uninsured tie hopes to health care bill - San Jose Mercury News

* ?March 23, 2010 - Idaho Health Freedom Resolution - Idaho State Journal

?March 23, 2010 - Klamath Falls woman's skin condition will be featured on cable show - - "Doctors first diagnosed 6-year-old Nicole Chapman's severe skin rash as a bad case of measles. But the fever, large blisters and violent headaches were not measles. Chapman, now 23, was eventually diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or a severe allergic reaction to medication."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Civil Society Activism Hinders Vaccine Introduction In India: Vote For Autocracy? - The One Click Group

?March 23, 2010 - Pediatricians advocate introduction of pentavalent vaccine - The Hindu

* ?March 23, 2010 - CDC reaffirms safety of pandemic vaccine - CIDRAP News - " So far 46 VAERS reports involve fatalities, she said. According to a review of medical records, medical examiner reports for 22 of the patients listed cardiac causes of death. As of Jan 31, medical chart reviews of VAERS reports verified Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in 64 patients and anaphylaxis in 115 others. GBS is a rare side effect of the flu and other infections that was linked to a swine flu vaccine used by the United States in 1976. So far the rate appears to be below the US background rate for GBS, which is 1 case per 100,000 population."

* ?March 23, 2010 - State lifts limit on preservative in H1N1 vaccine - The state Health Department has lifted a temporary limit on the amount of a mercury preservative that can be used in the H1N1 swine-flu vaccine because there's an ample supply of the vaccine for anyone who wants to get it. - Seattle Times

* ?March 23, 2010 - Walgreen Laments Slow Flu Season - Fewer vaccinations impact drugstore chain's second-quarter results, which fall short of estimates. - Forbes

* ?March 23, 2010 - Walgreen to pay nearly $6 mln to settle ad charges * Walgreen Co to pay $6 mln for Airborne-style product * FTC says claims it would boost immune system "baseless" - Reuters

?March 23, 2010 - H1N1 virus isn't finished with us yet - Pocono Record

?March 23, 2010 - Health Caring: Remember swine flu? Well, it's back - Times-Union via

?March 23, 2010 - President of Biopolicy Institute warns of bioterror threat -

?March 23, 2010 - Further recognition for distinguished UQ immunologist - UQ News - "Immunologist and Director of UQ's Diamantina Institute, Professor Ian Frazer, has been awarded the 2009 Australian Medical Association's gold medal for his outstanding services to the association, to the practice of medicine and the community."

?March 23, 2010 - Aeras nabs $12M for TB vaccine - Washington Business Journal - "The local nonprofit, which is working on six new tuberculosis vaccine candidates, is one beneficiary in the U.K. Department for International Development’s new $18 million initiative to cut the number of tuberculosis deaths in the world’s poorest countries."

?March 23, 2010 - Meridian Bioscience Submits C. Difficile MDx Test to FDA - GenomeWeb Daily News

* ?March 23, 2010 - Protest The British Digital Economy Bill - Demand Worldwide Free Speech - The One Click Group

?March 23, 2010 - Free Speech Set To Be Made Law In Iceland - The One Click Group

?March 23, 2010 - Saudi Arabia Suspends GlaxoSmithKline's Killer Avandia Drug - Reuters via The One Click Group

?March 23, 2010 - Dispatch: Rotavirus, Time, and Salt - American Council on Science and Health

?March 23, 2010 - Shelley A. Hearne:  Save Lives, Save Animals by Saving Antibiotics - The Huffington Post

?March 23, 2010 - Mayor's Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten AIDS/HIV “Epicenter” in Bronx - The Bronx Ink

?March 23, 2010 - When Doctor Visits Lead to Legal Help (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ?March 23, 2010 - Caesarean Births Are at a High in U.S. (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The Caesarean section rate in the United States reached 32 percent in 2007, the country’s highest rate ever, health officials are reporting."

?March 23, 2010 - Vitamin C from diet not enough for 1 adult in 5 - CBC

?March 23, 2010 - Walter Plowright, 86, dies; his cattle vaccine saved lives (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ?March 23, 2010 - Genocea Signs Agreement With Children's Hospital Boston - Genocea via Drug Discovery & Development - "Genocea Biosciences, a vaccine discovery and development company, announced an exclusive worldwide license for developed countries to a portfolio of Streptococcus pneumoniae antigens from Children’s Hospital Boston. PATH and Genocea retain certain co-exclusive rights to the antigens for use in developing countries under their collaboration agreements with Children's Hospital Boston. These antigens were identified through a 2008 research collaboration between Genocea, PATH and Children’s Hospital Boston to develop a protein subunit vaccine. This license grants Genocea the right to develop and commercialize vaccines that incorporate these novel antigens."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Inoculations: Drive is on to replace venerable 90-year-old vaccine - Financial Times

* ?March 23, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Why did the Lancet take so long? - Response to Brian Deer's comment Isabella Thomas, Parent - journal article (BMJ)

* ?March 23, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Why did the Lancet take so long? The question of confidentiality in Brian Deer's reporting, Prof Greenhalgh and Dr Harris - John Stone, Contributing editor: Age of Autism - journal article (BMJ)

* ?March 23, 2010 - Infectious Disease Physician’s License Suspended for Illegal Kickback - Infection Control Today - "Dr. Muhammad Ejaz Ahmad, 52, of Albertson, N.Y., specialized in infectious disease, including the treatment of AIDS/HIV patients. Ahmad allegedly paid an illegal kickback of $40 to patients at office visits and then referred these patients to one of three pharmacies he owned. The pharmacies then billed Medicaid for medications that were never dispensed, generic versions, or black-market medications."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Nigeria: Kwara Commits N5 Million for Immunisation - Daily Trust via - "The commissioner also admonished Kwaran to visit the state health facilities for routine immunization after the exercise adding that "the vaccination does not in any way have side effect as being rumoured by some people."

* ?March 23, 2010 - Malaysia to offer free cervical cancer vaccination next year - DPA via Earth Times

* ?March 23, 2010 - Summary Box: Walgreen flu shots and revenue fell -

* ?March 23, 2010 - Sanofi Rattled by Reports of Negative Drug Review in France - Seeking Alpha

?March 23, 2010 - China: Disease control remains an uphill struggle - Financial Times

?March 23, 2010 - Complacency is one of the greatest risks - Financial Times

?March 23, 2010 - Preventing tuberculosis becoming a death sentence - CNN

?March 23, 2010 - Study: Infrared fever detectors effective - UPI

?March 23, 2010 - Merck, Pfizer 'Wins' From Healthcare Reform Could Be Elusive - Seeking Alpha

?March 23, 2010 - Insurance and pharmaceutical companies may weather reform, but some have concerns - Star-Ledger via

?March 23, 2010 - Lakewood Church working with HISD to open charter school - Houston Chronicle - "Joel Osteen's popular Lakewood Church is planning to partner with Houston ISD to open a charter school for autistic children."

?March 23, 2010 - Autistic Teen Has Perfect NCAA Bracket - Back Porch Fanhouse

?March 23, 2010 - Introducing Gluten During Infection Carries No Increased Risk of Celiac Disease -

?March 23, 2010 - Reflections on Haiti: Need to ‘Go the Distance’ - The Evangelical Covenant Church - "It is a testimony to the effectiveness of World Relief that the World Food Program trusted them to deliver tons of the food that they had provided for Haiti relief and a testimony to the effectiveness of Medical Teams that UNICEF has tasked them with large-scale inoculations and provided them with millions of dollars worth of vaccines."

?March 23, 2010 - UV radiation, not vitamin D, might limit multiple sclerosis symptoms - ScienceNews

?March 23, 2010 - New Reportable Food Registry (RFR) Guidance Eases Reporting Burden on Industry - Constituent Update - FDA

?March 23, 2010 - Yeast: angiogenesis model? Yup (requires registration) - The Scientist

?March 23, 2010 - New study highlights immune system's role in Alzheimer's - Nature Neuroscience  via CORDIS

?March 23, 2010 - Optimism Found To Improve Immune System - AHN All Headline News

?March 23, 2010 - The Secret To Keeping Genentech Alive Is In The Ties - The IN VIVO Blog

?March 23, 2010 - Illegal poultry trade rampant in Vietnam despite bird flu scare - Thanh Nien Daily

?March 23, 2010 - Clinical Data submits new drug application to FDA - The Boston Globe - "Clinical Data Inc. said it has submitted to federal regulators a new drug application for vilazodone, a drug candidate for the treatment of major depressive disorder, or MDD."

?March 23, 2010 - Wednesday Letters: Readers praise, protest health care bill - Beaumont Enterprise

* ?March 22, 2010 - Study: Targeted Vaccinations Effective in Halting Spread of Disease - The Heartland Institute

* ?March 22, 2010 - US helps prevent and fight bird flu in Vietnam - The US government will provide Vietnam with more than 11,000 sets of personal protective equipment and four sets of laboratory tools to help Vietnamese medical staff handle possible outbreaks of avian flu. - VOVNews.VN

* ?March 22, 2010 - Health Care Reform A Done Deal: Pharma Bets On The Right Horse - The IN VIVO Blog - "Tauzin, the classic political door-opener in Congress, along with a select group of pharma CEOs bet early and bet heavy on working with a Democratically controlled Congress and the Obama Administration to pass “universal” insurance coverage and comprehensive health care reform."

?March 22, 2010 - Yes They Did! Now What? Opportunities in the Wake of Health Care Reform - Eye on FDA

?March 22, 2010 - Chest X-rays can help predict which H1N1 patients are at greatest risk - Radiological Society of North America via EurekAlert!

?March 22, 2010 - Numerous factors weighed when patients cannot make their own decisions - Indiana University School of Medicine via EurekAlert!

?March 22, 2010 - Alzheimer's drugs hurt brain? (requires registration) - The Scientist

?March 22, 2010 - Gene Is Linked To Lung Cancer Development In Never-Smokers - Researchers say that about 1/3 of never-smokers have this uncommon gene variant - Mayo Clinic via Biocompare

* ?March 22, 2010 - Healthcare Reform Passes by Ron Paul - Campaign for Liberty

* ?March 22, 2010 - Ron Paul: Bill Makes Health-Care System Worse - video - FOX Business via YouTube

* ?March 22, 2010 - The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed by Chris Hedges - Truthdig

* ?March 22, 2010 - FDL Statement on the Passage of the Health Care Bill - FDL Action

* ?March 22, 2010 - Drug stocks rise after health-care bill passes - Shares of most of the major pharmaceutical makers rose in afternoon trading Monday, the day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an historic but controversial bill to expand health-insurance coverage to almost all Americans. - MarketWatch

?March 22, 2010 - FDA Wrestles With Undoing Decision - Agency Enters New Territory as Panel of Experts Re-Examines Approval of Knee Device, Now Doubted (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ?March 22, 2010 - Suspension of SHAN5 offers limited opportunity for other vaccine manufacturers. - Gerson Lehrman Group

* ?March 22, 2010 - Sediment yields WHO vax program halt - FiercePharma Manufacturing - "A white sediment reported last week on the inside walls of Shan5 vaccine vials has prompted the World Health Organization to suspended purchase and distribution of the India-made product."

?March 22, 2010 - New vaccine to be given to children on Isle of Man - A vaccine to protect children against a bacteria which causes diseases including pneumonia and meningitis is to be introduced on the Isle of Man. - BBC

?March 22, 2010 - FDA urges clinicians to suspend use of GSK rotavirus vaccine - CIDRAP News

?March 22, 2010 - FDA Asks Pediatricians to Stop Using a Diarrhea Vaccine for Now (requires registration) - The New York Times

?March 22, 2010 - CDC: Most flu indicators below baselines - CIDRAP News

?March 22, 2010 - 6-year-old Mobile County boy's death attributed to H1N1 virus - Press-Register via

?March 22, 2010 - Aussies urged to get free swine flu jab - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

?March 22, 2010 - World Cup travellers urged to get flu jab - Lincolnshire Echo

?March 22, 2010 - New Vaccination Laws - WHIZ News - "The Ohio Department of Health is instituting two new laws that will go into effect during the next academic school year, and it's something parents need to be aware of."

?March 22, 2010 - Jade Goody’s legacy: better light on a potential killer - The National Newspaper

?March 22, 2010 - FDA approves smallpox vaccine's delivery -

?March 22, 2010 - VaxInnate Nets $5.2M of $15.6M Offering - cbl - Citybizlist Philadelphia

?March 22, 2010 - Chinese Cooking Oil Found Contaminated - Food Safety News

?March 22, 2010 - Fortnightly bin collections expose families to E.coli, salmonella and even PLAGUE - Daily Mail, UK

* ?March 21, 2010 - Did the Gardisil Vaccine Kill Jasmine Renata? by Rhonda Renata - Health Sentinel

* ?March 21, 2010 - Mass. tops nation in flu shots, report says (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "Thirty-six percent of residents were inoculated against the swine strain, also known as H1N1, compared with 21 percent nationally. Seasonal flu vaccinations were administered to 57 percent of the state’s population, compared with 37 percent of the country."

* ?March 21, 2010 - Signing H1N1 consent forms only standard procedure, says minister - The Brunei Times via - "The Minister of Health yesterday assured the public not to be alarmed just because they are asked to sign a consent form before receiving the H1N1 vaccination."

* ?March 21, 2010 - Flu shot fever cools off - Agency recommends kids get second dose - Akron Beacon Journal via - "Some of the remaining H1N1 doses across the country have or will soon expire, Skinner said. 'We're going to be sharing with the jurisdictions that received vaccine a plan for what to do with unused vaccine, including vaccine that has expired,' Skinner said."

?March 21, 2010 - Editorial: Cash for jabs money well spent - New Zealand Herald

?March 20, 2010 - McLean County residents mobilize to fight H1N1 virus - Bloomington Pantagraph

* ?March 20, 2010 - Prisoners forced to submit to radiation experiments for private foreign companies - San Francisco Bay View

?March 20, 2010 - Acne drug may help prevent HIV breakout - Times of India

* ?March 19, 2010 - Sali speaks out - Former Congressman Bill Sali addresses the House Health & Welfare Committee on Friday morning, calling for extensive amendments to a child-immunization reminder bill and speaking out for parents who choose not to immunize their kids. Idaho ranks 50th for child immunizations. - The Spokesman-Review

?March 19, 2010 - One in five child deaths due to infection - One in five deaths in children in England and Wales is due to potentially preventable infections, a study suggests. - BBC

?March 19, 2010 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Not Reaching Many Young Girls - Ozarks First

?March 19, 2010 - China Lifts H1N1 Ban On US Pork - Pork Magazine

* ?March 19, 2010 - WHO to send A/H1N1 flu vaccine to African countries - Xinhuanet - "At least 10 to 15 African countries are expected to get vaccines for 2 to 10 percent of their population in the coming weeks, Gregory Hartl told a news briefing in Geneva."

* ?March 19, 2010 - Cuba gets H1N1 vaccines, Africa to follow -- WHO - * WHO confirms first shipment of 1.1 mln doses to Cuba * Nigeria, Kenya and S. Africa among dozen to get doses * Virus continues to spread in West Africa * Experts to examine WHO handling of pandemic April 12-14 - Reuters

* ?March 19, 2010 - H1N1 shots given at Grizzlies vs. Warriors: Have you had your shot yet? - - "The H1N1 epidemic is vastly spreading, so the sooner you get the shot the better. Protecting ourselves from this dangerous plague that has killed and sickened many is a serious issue that needs to be handled quickly."

* ?March 19, 2010 - Majority of NHS staff refuse swine flu jab - This is Hull and East Riding, UK - "Dr David Hepburn, medical director for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said staff cannot be forced to have the vaccine. He said: 'The swine flu vaccination was made available to trust front-line healthcare staff on a purely voluntary basis. 'Therefore, staff were under no obligation to either be vaccinated or provide any reason why they did not wish to be vaccinated."

* ?March 19, 2010 - Third of under-fives have had swine flu jab - This is Scunthorpe, UK - "Plans have been hindered by an equally low take up among frontline staff, with only 34 per cent of NHS North Lincolnshire workers volunteering themselves for the vaccination. Addressing the meeting, Trust chairman Helen Varey said: 'Due to certain reports in the media regarding the safety of the jab and the speed at which it came out some people did have concerns. 'We gave staff every opportunity to receive the vaccine despite many of our staff working in remote areas of the county. 'But it is only right that people have freedom of choice and the right to make their own decision.'"

* ?March 19, 2010 - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 92 - WHO

?March 19, 2010 - Illinois Weekly H1N1 Activity Information Estimates, March 19, 2010 - eNews Park Forest

?March 19, 2010 - Swine flu jab for football fans - The Scotsman

?March 19, 2010 - Woman gives birth to healthy baby after battling H1N1 - Toledo On The Move

?March 19, 2010 - Chile to vaccinate minors against flu in quake-hit regions - Xinhuanet

* ?March 19, 2010 - Pregnant women wanted for N.B. H1N1 study - Will examine why so many pregnant women got H1N1 vaccine, but not seasonal flu - CBC

?March 19, 2010 - 124,000 children vaccinated in 3 days - The News International, Pakistan

?March 19, 2010 - Desmond Tutu Kicks Off Anti-Polio Campaign in Africa - Although it has long since disappeared from the developed world, polio remains a problem in some corners of the globe. Now, a new effort to finally eliminate the disease is embodied in a most unusual symbol: a soccer ball. - Tonic

?March 19, 2010 - Rise in mumps blamed on drop in MMR jab uptake - Cambridge News, UK

?March 19, 2010 - DSM5 and "Psychosis Risk Syndrome:" Not Ready For Prime Time - Psychiatric Times

?March 19, 2010 - Bavarian Nordic Product Approved by FDA - Yesterday, the Bavarian Nordic's headquarters in North Zealand celebrated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for the Danish smallpox vaccine IMVAMUNE to be part of their preparedness against bioterrorism. - Copenhagen Capacity

?March 19, 2010 - Genetically modified mosquitos could be used to spread vaccine for malaria - A genetically engineered mosquito that vaccinates as it bites has been developed by scientists. - The Telegraph, UK

?March 19, 2010 - Lilly asks public to watch for stolen Conn. drugs - AP via Bismark Tribune

?March 19, 2010 - Calcium Bentonite Clay is a Natural Way to Protect Yourself from Mercury -

* ?March 19, 2010 - Acute mercury poisoning: a case report (pdf) - journal article (BMC Emergency Medicine) - "A 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with a three-day history of abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever. One week ago her daughter had brought mercury  in the  liquid  form  from  the school without permission from her teacher. She had played with the mercury, and then put it on the heating stove and watched  its vaporization. Meanwhile, her mother  breast-fed  her 14-month  old  sister.  24 hours after  this  event her  baby got  fever and  died  before admission  to  the hospital, without any  specific diagnosis.  The  autopsy  report  disclosed  a  suspected mercury  poisoning which might  have  led  to cardiorespiratory collapse resulting in death of the infant." 

* ?March 18, 2010 - Critically ill infants and children with influenza A (H1N1) in pediatric intensive care units in Argentina - journal article (Intensive Care Medicine)

?March 18, 2010 - Disabling Skp2 Gene Helps Shut Down Cancer Growth - Researchers find inactivation after oncogenic stress makes cancer cells dormant - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via Biocompare

?March 18, 2010 - Heightened Awareness of H1N1 Helped People Better Prepare for Combating Cold and Flu This Year - 95 Percent of People Take Proactive Steps to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season, Zicam Cold & Flu Report Shows - press release - Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. via PRNewswire

?March 18, 2010 - Surplus of H1N1 shots causes thousand to be tossed (includes video) -

?March 18, 2010 - Answering a viewer's question regarding H1N1, HIPPA and the Pulaski County Coroner - Today's THV

?March 18, 2010 - Report: Most H1N1 deaths in Utah were women - AP via

?March 18, 2010 - Korea: Pregnant woman dies after H1N1 infection - H5N1 Blog

?March 18, 2010 - Study finds H1N1 flu in pregnancy is critical risk - Reuters

?March 18, 2010 - Child with bird flu dies in Vietnam - Thanh Nien Daily

?March 18, 2010 - Research Faults Lack of Sick Days for Spread of H1N1 -

?March 18, 2010 - Free H1N1 Shots at Airport - KTSM News Channel 9

?March 18, 2010 - Mexico in the aftermath of H1N1 (includes video) -

?March 18, 2010 - New collaboration aims to speed TB drugs to market - Reuters

?March 18, 2010 - WHO Extends Prequalification Of Merck's ROTATEQ For Global Use - Pharmaceutical Online

?March 18, 2010 - Dr. Orin Levine: Bill Gates Can't Do it Alone - The Huffington Post

?March 18, 2010 - Opinion: Parents' Attitudes Contribute More to Autism Than Vaccines - ParentDish

?March 18, 2010 - Genocea Biosciences Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Children’s Hospital Boston for Novel Streptococcus Pneumoniae Antigens - press release - Genocea Biosciences via Business Wire via Earth Times

* ?March 18, 2010 - Nature News examines GAVI Alliance's budget gap -

* ?March 18, 2010 - Don't Bet Against Avastin: Roche's $55,000 Cancer Drug Thrives on Bad News - BNET Pharma Blog

* ?March 18, 2010 - Poorer girls not getting HPV vaccine for cervical cancer (includes video) - USA Today

* ?March 17, 2010 - American Idol 2010: Casey James rocks ‘It’s All Over Now’ (VIDEO) - Unreality TV - "So Casey is the product of a single parent home and took a severe reaction to the pertussis vaccination as a kid."

* ?March 17, 2010 - Scientists study use of tobacco plants in making flu vaccine - Researchers behind Project GreenVax say the plants could create vaccine far faster and more efficiently than fertile chicken eggs. - Los Angeles Times - "Here's an idea: Rehabilitate the tobacco plant by using it to make flu vaccine. This may sound like a double-whammy nightmare for anyone who believes that vaccines are killing us all and GMOs are killing us all, but let's put that aside and examine what the scientists are doing, and why."

* ?March 17, 2010 - Health departments still fighting H1N1 — and apathy - Lake County works through black churches to vaccinate underserved group - Chicago Tribune - "On a recent Sunday morning, the Rev. Angelo Kyle delivered his usual boisterously spiritual shot in the arm at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in Waukegan, then many members of the small congregation chose to receive a literal one — from three nurses who had come to vaccinate them."

?March 17, 2010 - Camas 'Miracle Man' survives H1N1 coma -

?March 17, 2010 - Hidalgo county holds H1N1 flu conference. (includes video) - KVEU News Centre 23

?March 17, 2010 - Hospitals Make Employee Flu Vaccinations a Patient Safety Issue - HealthLeaders Media

* ?March 17, 2010 - This National Poison Prevention Week Lose the Pesticides for the Kids - EPA New Release via Beyond Pesticides

* ?March 16, 2010 - Researchers Turn Mosquitoes Into Flying Vaccinators - ScienceNOW - "So why won't it fly? There's a huge variation in the number of mosquito bites one person received compared with the next, so people exposed to the transgenic mosquitoes would get vastly different doses of the vaccine; it would be a bit like giving some people one measles jab and others 500 of them. No regulatory agency would sign off on that, says molecular biologist Robert Sinden of Imperial College London. Releasing the mosquitoes would also mean vaccinating people without their informed consent, an ethical no-no. Yoshida concedes that the mosquito would be "unacceptable" as a human vaccine-delivery mechanism."

?March 16, 2010 - Dr. Andy: Infants should get Hepatitis B vaccination - Talk with your doctor before choosing to delay round of shots - The News-Press

?March 15, 2010 - Regional Update, Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. (Published on March 15, 2010) - Pan American Heatlh Organization

?March 15, 2010 - Adamas Pharmaceuticals' TCAD Therapy Demonstrates Broad Spectrum Activity Against Susceptible and Resistant Strains of Influenza in Animal Models - press release - Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire

?March 15, 2010 - Dynavax and Merck Agree on Final Reimbursements - Merck to Make $4 Million Payment to Dynavax - Marketwire via MarketWatch

?March 15, 2010 - Families Work To Make Meningitis Vaccine Mandatory - video -

* ?March 15, 2010 - Nursing Home Antipsychotic Misuse Cited in 2,500 Massachusetts Cases -

?March 11, 2010 - Update 3.11.10 - NH Coalition for Vaccination Choice via - "HB 1555 was voted on today by the Full NH House of Representatives.  The House voted on whether or not to accept the committee recommendation to ITL (kill) the bill. (They typically don’t vote directly on a bill, but rather on the committee’s recommendation.) There were 201 “YES” votes to kill HB 1555 and 137 “NO” vote (not to kill HB 1555). This means that we lost by ONLY 33 Representatives."

?March 11, 2010 - Repeated anesthesia may affect kids’ learning - Jour­nal of Cer­e­bral Blood Flow & Me­tab­o­lism via World Science

?March 11, 2010 - Impact of bacterial colonization on the severity, and accompanying airway inflammation, of virus-induced wheezing in children - journal article (Clinical Microbiology and Infection)

?March 10, 2010 - An observational study of type 2 diabetes within a large Australian tertiary hospital pediatric diabetes service - journal article (Pediatric Diabetes)

* ?March 10, 2010 - U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Third Circuit Decision in Anti-Depressant Suicide Case - Civil Justice Attorney Sol Weiss Argued Case and Says Families Now Have Opportunity for Compensation - Find Articles at BNET

?March 1, 2010 - Early to rise (requires registration) - The Scientist - "“Beta-amyloid imaging and memory in non-demented individuals: evidence for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease"

* ?Spring 2008 - White Paper in Opposition to Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Proposal on Maintenance of Licensure (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

* ?Autism. Mercury in the spotlight (translation) - via

* ?Affidavit of Dr. A.K. Susheela - State Of Wisconsin Circuit Court Fond Du Lac County - SAFE WATER ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CITY OF FOND DU LAC, Defendant. Case No. 92 CV 579 - Fluoride Action Network




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