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All the News Posted March 3, 2010

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* ►April 1, 2010 - Assessment of the Efficacy of Commercially Available and Candidate Vaccines against a Pandemic H1N1 2009 Virus - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases) - "The present study demonstrates that a single dose of matched inactivated vaccine confers partial protection against a pandemic H1N1 2009 virus, and it suggests that a higher dose or prime‐boost regimen may be required. The consequences of mismatched immunity to influenza merit further investigation."

* ►April 1, 2010 - HIV Neutralizing Antibodies: Clinical Correlates and Implications for Vaccines - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Sm‐p80–Based DNA Vaccine Provides Baboons with Levels of Protection against Schistosoma mansoni Infection Comparable to Those Achieved by the Irradiated Cercarial Vaccine - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►April 1, 2010 - Household Transmission of 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus after a School‐Based Outbreak in New York City, April–May 2009 (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Severity of Pneumonia Due to New H1N1 Influenza Virus in Ferrets Is Intermediate between That Due to Seasonal H1N1 Virus and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►April 1, 2010 - Influence of Age and Nature of Primary Infection on Varicella‐Zoster Virus–Specific Cell‐Mediated Immune Responses - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Sialidase‐Based Anti–Influenza Virus Therapy Protects against Secondary Pneumococcal Infection - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Antiretroviral Drug Use during Pregnancy and Risk of Premature Delivery: Is There a Connection? - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Mortality after Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection: A Linkage Study Involving 2 Million Parous Women from Taiwan - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Serological Evidence of Human Hantavirus Infections in Guinea, West Africa - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Bacteriophages Can Treat and Prevent Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lung Infections - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - BBA52 Facilitates Borrelia burgdorferi Transmission from Feeding Ticks to Murine Hosts - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►April 1, 2010 - Synthetic Human Chorionic Gonadotropin–Related Oligopeptides Impair Early Innate Immune Responses to Listeria monocytogenes in Mice - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►March 3, 2010 - Censorship and Show Trials on Vaccines and AIDS by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD - Lew Rockwell - "Two tenets of today’s health care are that a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes AIDS and vaccines are effective and safe. Investigators who have the temerity to question this official dogma see their work blocked from publication, grant requests rejected, and in one signal case can even find themselves being subjected to a Soviet-style show trial. Andrew Wakefield (b. 1957) recently underwent such a trial in the UK held by its General Medical Council (GMC) Fitness to Practice Panel. Along with two other well-respected gastroenterologists, he was subjected to the longest, most expensive trial in that council’s 148-year history."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Newly-formed Coalition for Vaccine Safety Speaks With a Unified Voice on Serious Gaps in Vaccine Science - Coalition Anticipates Court Decisions on Mercury-Autism Link Soon - PRNewswire-USNewswire - "The Coalition seeks to be a public voice on the Omnibus Autism Proceeding test cases.  It has a list of experts and advocates ready to provide background and comment.  Coalition Steering Committee member Mary Holland said, 'With no informed consent, no tort liability for manufacturers, and compulsory vaccination based on inadequate science, our country is heading towards a serious crisis of confidence in vaccine safety.'  For more information on the Omnibus Autism Proceeding and vaccine safety, visit"

* ►March 3, 2010 - Virus infections may be contributing factor in onset of gluten intolerance - University of Helsinki via Academy of Finland - "'Some of the genes we have identified are linked with human immune defence against viruses. This may indicate that virus infections may be connected in some way with the onset of gluten intolerance,' says Academy Research Fellow Päivi Saavalainen, who has conducted research into the hereditary risk factors for gluten intolerance. Saavalainen explains that the genes that predispose people to gluten intolerance are very widespread in the population and, as a result, they are only a minor part of the explanation for the way in which gluten intolerance is inherited."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Mom: Teen Killed In Ambulance Jump Denied Help - Two Local Hospitals Denied Admission - WYFF Greenville - "New allegations are surfacing after an autistic teenager jumped out a moving ambulance and died over the weekend. Shelley Hodge said two local psychiatric hospitals refused to admit her son Ryan Emory, that’s why he was being transported to Columbia Sunday."

* ►March 3, 2010 - SC May Gut Programs for 26,000 Disabled Residents - SC lawmakers consider cutting all services for 26,000 people with disabilities - AP via ABC News

►March 3, 2010 - Family's struggles shed light on autism - book review - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

►March 3, 2010 - New focus on adults with autism - Government pledge means adults with autism are set to get the same access to jobs, education and good healthcare as everybody else - The Guardian, UK

* ►March 3, 2010 - FDA guide offers more cultured approach to vacc production - The US FDA wants to boost the production of cell-based viral vaccines and says new guidance will help manufacturers. - - "Topics include methods used to measure vaccine purity or identify potential sources of contamination, through to good manufacturing practice requirements and the appropriate use of control cultures. The agency explained it developed the guidance after a decade long research programme to outline “best practices using current and emerging science to safely expand the types of cells that may be used to produce vaccines.”

* ►March 3, 2010 - 'Sick' vaccine PSUs get a booster shot - Hindustan Times via Yahoo! - "The Centre has revoked its controversial order of shutting down three public-sector vaccine-manufacturing units in January 2008 on allegations of not following good manufacturing practices (GMP)."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Unilife deals with Sanofi; lists on NASDAQ - Sanofi Aventis has paid Unilife €10m for exclusive rights to use its Unifill ready-to-fill (RTF) syringe for the delivery of anti-thrombotic agents and vaccines. -

* ►March 3, 2010 - Dendreon, The FDA And A False Alarm - Pharmalot - "By day’s end, Dendreon shares not only recovered lost ground, but closed up xx,  leading posters on investor message boards to wonder whether short sellers were behind the report, given the history and more recent events. Was there a leak? Was this market manipulation? Or just the usual churning over a drug stock? What do you think? Should the SEC investigate the report on an FDA panel meeting?"

* ►March 3, 2010 - Losing the Opportunity to Study Influenza Drugs - journal article (JAMA)

* ►March 3, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Reflections on investigating Wakefield At last the truth - John Stone - journal article (BMJ)

* ►March 3, 2010 - Watchdog pulls advert pushing autism cure - The Scotsman - "The ads for the Autism Treatment Centre of America appeared in regional editions of Metro newspaper, headed "Autism Recovery" and stating: "2 hours to change your child's life with American autism expert Raun K Kaufman, himself fully recovered from autism." The ad listed dates and venues for a series of free public lectures and three testimonials."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Improving Medication Adherence Promises Great Payback, but Poses Tough Challenge - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Treatment Given High Priority in New White House Drug Control Policy - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Government promises to help autistic adults live independently -

* ►March 3, 2010 - Why it is important for media articles to link to scientific papers - ScienceBlogs

* ►March 3, 2010 - The FDA Should Investigate Internet Marketing: CDD - Pharmalot - "The agency is being urged to conduct a “comprehensive investigation” into the use and impact of digital health marketing techniques and technologies by the Center for Digital Democracy, a non-profit group that filed comments this week in response to the FDA hearings that were held last fall on the use of the Internet and social media."

►March 3, 2010 - Walgreen February sales rise just less than expected - Reuters via Yahoo! - "Prescription and general merchandise sales were crimped in part by the weaker flu season, the company said. Also, consumers continued to hold off on buying discretionary items."

►March 3, 2010 - Autism charity demands Holyrood draw up new laws on condition to improve national services - The Scotsman

* ►March 3, 2010 - Pfizer’s Jeff Kindler Gets A Hefty Raise - Pharmalot

►March 3, 2010 - Pfizer Alzheimer's disease drug fails in study - Pfizer says Alzheimer's treatment Dimebon did not meet any goals in 1st late stage trial - Pfizer via AP via Yahoo!

►March 3, 2010 - Experts Reconsider Wisdom of Limiting Chlamydia Screening Only to Women - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - The Healthcare Innovation Zone - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Merck’s MF/F Phase III study data presented at AAAAI annual meeting - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology via News-Medical.Net

►March 3, 2010 - Omega-3 Fatty Acids for CHD With Depression - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Omega-3 Fatty Acids for CHD With Depression—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Cardiac Patients’ Herbal Supplement Use Deserves More Careful Investigation - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - Abraham Flexner and His Remarkable Report on Medical Education - journal article (JAMA)

►March 3, 2010 - AIDS Healthcare Foundation Urges Merck To Reduce Price On Anti-HIV Drug, Isentress - The AIDS Beacon

►March 3, 2010 - URMC forms groups to help biotechs with translational research - URMC has set up the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics (CHET) to help biotechs and academics advance product candidates from preclinical studies into trials in human. -

* ►March 3, 2010 - Merck's cervical cancer vaccine ads are inaccurate and misleading - - "Budev Chandra Das, a professor of biomedical research at Delhi University, and Dr. Sidharth Sahni, a surgical oncology consultant at Artemis Health Institute, have both been questioning the legitimacy of the vaccine, noting that there are many different types of HPV that the vaccine does not prevent and that there are other conditions that cause cervical cancer besides HPV."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Vaccine Study Shows Higher Rates of Chest Infections -

►March 3, 2010 - Do you have HPV? - Human papillomavirus affects both men, women; students encouraged to get vaccinated against cancer-causing virus - The BG News

►March 3, 2010 - One reason why I vaccinate - Left Brain/Right Brain

* ►March 3, 2010 - General Medical Council Refuses To Charge Dishonest Starstruck Surgeon - The One Click Group

* ►March 3, 2010 - 17 Year-Old Ryan Baldwin & Family - Medically Crucified By The State - The One Click Group

►March 3, 2010 - Vaccines To Be Jabbed Into UK Doctors By General Medical Council Order - The Times via The One Click Group

►March 3, 2010 - Irish Health Minister Joins Pharma Swine Flu Flying Pigs Club - Belfast Telegraph via The One Click Group

* ►March 3, 2010 - Zydus applies for Phase II & III H1N1 vaccine trials - Economic Times, India

* ►March 3, 2010 - Inovio Develops Cordless Electroporation Device for Delivering DNA Vaccines - New Hand-Held, Cordless Electroporation Device Designed to Facilitate Mass Vaccination - press release - Inovio Biomedical Corporation via Business Wire

►March 3, 2010 - Pfizer's Newly Approved Vaccine Should Be Huge Growth Driver - Seeking Alpha

►March 3, 2010 - Over 50% Of Parents Querying Vaccine Safety - CIDRAP via The One Click Group

►March 3, 2010 - Custodial Sentences For Data Protection Loose Lips - The One Click Group

►March 3, 2010 - Should Police Be Required To Submit DNA Samples? - The One Click Group

* ►March 3, 2010 - AstraZeneca overhaul leaves 550 jobless here - Psychiatric medicine research to end in Fairfax - The Journal News via

►March 3, 2010 - Human Genome Sciences reports net income of $5.7 million for 2009 (requires registration) - Washington Post

►March 3, 2010 - Daiichi Sankyo Says FDA Rejected Ranbaxy's Generic Flomax - Bloomberg

* ►March 3, 2010 - Health Ministry revokes suspension of all three PSU vaccine units - - "The Union Health Ministry on January 15, 2008 had suspended the manufacturing licenses of CRI Kasauli, PII Conoor and the BCG Vaccine Laboratory Chennai for non-compliance of good manufacturing practices (GMP) as per the WHO standards."

* ►March 3, 2010 - Govt to decide on launching pentavalent vaccine after getting expert panel views by March end - - "There are widespread criticism in the country against the introduction of pentavalent vaccine under the government's immunisation programme. The critics are of the opinion that the vaccines, which are of questionable utility, expensive and also carry possible side-effects, are sought to be introduced at the cost of public exchequer at the behest of World Health Organization (WHO) and vaccine manufacturers."

►March 3, 2010 - First Lady Launches Immunisation Day - Graphic Ghana

►March 3, 2010 - Meningitis outbreak kills several children in northern Nigeria - African Press Agency

►March 3, 2010 - Peter Walsh recalls the day he lost both his hands to pneumococcal disease - Peter Walsh was milking cows with his son-in-law before dawn when the first sign of trouble struck. - AdelaideNow via Herald Sun

►March 3, 2010 - Hep C sufferers endangering health to get treatment - B.C., Ont. won't cover antiviral drugs without liver damage, so patients binge drink - CBC

►March 3, 2010 - 220 Hepatitis E cases in Shimla since January: Minister - IANS via Little About

►March 3, 2010 - Hepatitis A on the rise in Iloilo village - ABS-CBN Iloilo

►March 3, 2010 - Nigeria: Stigma - Stubborn Stain On HIV/Aids Patients - Daily Champion via

* ►March 3, 2010 - UN warns HIV/Aids leading cause of death in women - HIV has become the leading cause of death and disease among women of reproductive age worldwide, the UN programme on HIV/Aids says. - BBC

►March 3, 2010 - Nat’l AHF/Magic Johnson HIV Testing Tour Arrives in Columbia, South Carolina Today - AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s ‘Testing America’ Tour, with Local Partner South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, to Host Free HIV Testing Events Today and Tomorrow, March 3rd and 4th - press release - AIDS Healthcare Foundation via Business Wire

►March 3, 2010 - Typhoid outbreak hits Fiji - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►March 3, 2010 - How Bt brinjal can kill Indian agriculture - Rediff

►March 3, 2010 - FDA: Beware BPA - column - Yale Daily News

* ►March 3, 2010 - 100 Percent of Fish in U.S. Streams Found Contaminated with Mercury -

►March 3, 2010 - Food-borne Illnesses in U.S. Cost $152B Annually - Report urges Congress to pass vigorous food-safety legislation - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►March 3, 2010 - Putting a Price Tag on Food Unsafety - TIME Magazine

►March 3, 2010 - FDA Warns Diamond Foods Over Walnut Health Claims (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►March 3, 2010 - State ranks 48th in federal spending on public health - Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation via The Journal Gazette - "According to the study, Alaska spent $58.65 worth of CDC funds per person in 2009 – more than any other state. Indiana ranked 48th, spending $14.25 per person, and Ohio ranked 49th, spending $13.52 per person last year. Virginia spent the least on its residents at $13.33 a person. Midwestern states spent an average of $16.50 per person, compared with the national average of $19.23."

* ►March 2, 2010 - 'Swine flu jab paralysed me' - The Visitor, UK - "Kelly Wilson, aged 30, who was featured in last week's Visitor, recently developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, which affects the central nervous system, after being taken to hospital three days after a swine flu injection. She has been left unable to walk and needs constant care from her family."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Mothers refuse to vaccinate children fined by Croatian Authorities - The Croatia Portal

* ►March 2, 2010 - Vaccine Rhetoric vs. Reality: Pediatrician Q & A - April Peveteaux, Mother'ish Brooklyn via True/Slant - "Wondering how parents are reacting to the recent discrediting of Dr. Wakefield, I talked to a Park Slope, Brooklyn parent and pediatrician, Dr. Philippa Gordon of Gordon & Glaser Pediatrics about how this hot button issue plays out in her office. ... Has this fear become prevalent just in the last 15 or so years, or longer? It actually started before Wakefield and it stared with the pertussis vaccine. What’s interesting to know is when vaccines do have side effects it’s a side effect that is also a side effect of the native disease. So the pertussis vaccine caused high fever and the pertussis germ causes high fever."

►March 2, 2010 - Flawed vaccine study officially retracted - Controversial autism study that has caused millions of parents around the world to fear childhood vaccines is officially retracted. - Mother Nature Network

►March 2, 2010 - Study: 1 in 4 parents think vaccines cause autism - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine

►March 2, 2010 - The majority of parents worry about vaccinating their children -

* ►March 2, 2010 - The Decisions of a Parent - Everything Under the Sun Blog

* ►March 2, 2010 - Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.: Vaccinations: Still Amazing After All These Years - The Huffington Post

►March 2, 2010 - Southwest Riverside County established autism task force - The Press-Enterprise

►March 2, 2010 - Brain imaging may help diagnose autism -

►March 2, 2010 - What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism? - What is Sensory Processing Disorder? - The Autism Advocate via Psychology Today

* ►March 2, 2010 - FDA Issues Final Guidance to Boost Development of Cell-based Viral Vaccines - - "Titled 'Guidance for Industry: Characterization and Qualification of Cell Substrates and Other Biological Materials Used in the Production of Viral Vaccines for Infectious Disease Indications,' the document will aid manufacturers who wish to use new cell substrates for vaccine production, such as for influenza vaccines. Currently, all licensed influenza vaccines are produced in chicken eggs."

* ►March 2, 2010 - R&D? We Don't Need No Stinkin' R&D! Says AstraZeneca's Salesman CEO - BNET Pharma Blog

* ►March 2, 2010 - Drug Maker Accused of False Advertising - Voice of America - "A county in the U.S. state of California is suing GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Avandia, a controversial diabetes drug."

* ►March 2, 2010 - FDA Flags Safety Concerns With Baxter Devices - FDA warns that dialysis machines in Baxter recall could cause injury or death - AP via ABC News

* ►March 2, 2010 - KV Pharmaceutical Unit Pleads Guilty in FDA Probe - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek - "The drugmaker said Feb. 25 that it agreed to pay a $25.8 million fine and forfeit $1.8 million to resolve the investigation of its generic pharmaceutical marketing and distribution subsidiary, which will cease operations."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Senate approves opt-out immunization database change - Idaho Reporter - "The Idaho Senate approved a plan to change the state’s medical database that tracks immunizations on a 31-3 vote. The measure would change the Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS) from an opt-in service to an opt-out service. That means parents or people receiving immunizations would need to elect to not be part of the statewide database. Supporters say the switch will lead to a higher immunization rate in Idaho, which is currently among the lowest in the U.S."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Immunization bill passes Senate, 31-3 - The Spokesman-Review - "The three opponents included Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake, who spoke against the bill, saying immunization reminders shouldn’t be made available in Spanish because English is the state’s official language. Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said a nurse tried to bully him into getting his newborn child an unneeded shot when the baby was born, and Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian, said a constituent contacted her with privacy concerns."

►March 2, 2010 - Cervical cancer vaccine, conference offer women hope - The Independent, Uganda

* ►March 2, 2010 - Inovio Biomedical H5N1 Avian Influenza DNA Vaccine Receives Korean Approval to Begin Clinical Trials - Inovio Biomedical Corporation via Business Wire via The Earth Times - "Inovio is focused on developing DNA-based influenza vaccines able to provide broad protection against known as well as newly emerging, unknown seasonal and pandemic influenza strains. Using its SynCon™ process, Inovio's scientists designed DNA vaccines targeting an optimal consensus of HA, NA, and NP proteins derived from multiple strains of the sub-types H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, and H5N1."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Study: Health beliefs affected who got $10 H1N1 vaccine - The State Press, Arizona State University

* ►March 2, 2010 - Health Minister accused of swine flu ‘overreaction’ - Belfast Telegraph

►March 2, 2010 - Mexico: 1,088 H1N1 deaths - H5N1 Blog

►March 2, 2010 - Swine flu epidemic to possibly re-surface - The Brown and White - "Lehigh has no confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in 2010, but this does not mean the threat is gone, Dr. Susan Kitei, director of the Health and Wellness Center, said. 'Historians and public health officials who have studied influenza pandemics believe that we may see a third wave of illness this spring,' she said."

►March 2, 2010 - Homeless are offered H1N1 Shots - Santa Barbara Edhat

* ►March 2, 2010 - Influenza Virus Vaccine for the 2010-2011 Season - FDA

The committee recommended that vaccines to be used in the 2010-2011 influenza season in the U.S. contain the following:

  • an A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus; *
  • an A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; **
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.***
* ►March 2, 2010 - iBio Appoints Philip K. Russell, M.D. to Board of Directors - iBio via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "We are pleased to welcome Dr. Russell to our Board of Directors," said Robert B. Kay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iBio, Inc. "Now that we are proceeding with commercialization of our unique platform technology for vaccines and therapeutic biologics, his experience will be of great value to us. "Major General (ret.) Russell served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1959 to 1990, pursuing a career in infectious disease and tropical medicine research. Following his military service, Dr. Russell joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health and worked closely with the World Health Organization as special advisor to the Children's Vaccine Initiative. He was founding board member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and is an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has served on numerous advisory boards of national and international agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Medicine. He is the past Chairman of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Warning on swine flu - Blacktown Sun, AU - "The service says that children under five are three times more likely to need hospital treatment. It recommends inoculations with the Panvax vaccine, which was approved for children aged between six months and 10 years last December."

* ►March 2, 2010 - Intercell Announces Q4 and Preliminary Full Year 2009 Financial Results - Intercell via PRNewswire-FirstCall via RT Magazine - "Intercell AG is an innovative biotechnology company that develops novel vaccines for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with substantial unmet medical needs. Intercell's vaccine to prevent Japanese Encephalitis is the Company's first product on the market. The Company's technology platforms include an antigen-discovery system, adjuvants and a novel patch-based delivery system (Vaccine Patch, Vaccine Enhancement Patch). Based on these technologies, Intercell has strategic partnerships with a number of global pharmaceutical companies, including GSK, Novartis, Merck & Co., Inc., sanofi-aventis, and Pfizer (formerly Wyeth)."

* ►March 2, 2010 - New device carefully monitors vaccine - La Junta Tribune-Democrat - "A new Sensaphone 1400 monitoring unit attached to both a larger refrigerator and a standard freezer unit ensures that temperatures in both units remain at proper levels, Ritter explained. If temperatures in either the refrigeration or freezer vary from proper levels, the Sensaphone immediately dials Ritter’s cellular telephone to give him a warning message."

►March 2, 2010 - At 102, Walter knows importance of vaccine - The Maitland Mercury, AU

►March 2, 2010 - Two Prempro Trials, Two Different Outcomes -
►March 2, 2010 - FDA Survey Finds More Americans Read Information on Food Labels - FDA

►March 2, 2010 - Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, from the Roll Back Malaria partnership, live online - Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck, executive director of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, will be live online on the Katine Chronicles blog at 1pm (GMT) on Thursday, 4 March, to answer your questions about the fight against the disease - The Guardian, UK

►March 2, 2010 -Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 10, 2010 - NIH News

►March 2, 2010 - Infected babies dying as syphilis rate soars - Province blamed for shifting focus to H1N1 fight - Edmonton Journal

►March 2, 2010 - Crewe Autism Network plots fundraising walk -

►March 2, 2010 - Autism Spectrum Play Group Offered March 9 - The Chattanoogan

►March 2, 2010 - Autism funding saved (includes video) - My News 4

►March 2, 2010 - Percussion Helping Communication In Autistic Children (includes video) -

►March 2, 2010 - AstraZeneca Cuts Several R&D Areas And Sites - Pharmalot

►March 2, 2010 - Aspirus President reacts to Autism coverage - WAOW Newsline 9

►March 2, 2010 - Scientists Urge Rethink on "Narrow" Health Goals - Reuters via ABC News

►March 2, 2010 - White House Healthcare Reform Summit: No Losers - The IN VIVO Blog

►March 2, 2010 - Alzheimer's-associated protein may be part of the innate immune system - Understanding amyloid-beta's normal function could lead to preventive, therapeutic strategies - Massachusetts General Hospital via EurekAlert!

* ►March 2, 2010 - Groups Sue to Block GE Crops from Wildlife Refuge - Beyond Pesticides

►March 2, 2010 - 'An Overdose of Lies Could Kill' By Erick San Juan (Makati City) - Mindanao Examiner - "If you really did research on this false pandemic, you will come across with the truth on how this so called swine flu myth was manipulated and made into a monster by a clique of influential people inside the World Health Organization (WHO) and its counterpart representing some leading pharmaceutical companies. Investigations made by known persons in the field of medicine, in different countries, posted on the internet their findings of the fraud surrounding the 'flu pandemic'."

►March 2, 2010 - Respiratory virus wallops Bethel region - The Seward Phoenix LOG

►March 2, 2010 - The anthrax scare: Case and flask closed - The Register, UK

►March 2, 2010 - Wards close at Hinchingbrooke Hospital following winter vomiting virus outbreak - The Hunts Post

►March 2, 2010 - Northern Ky. Seeing Increase In Whooping Cough - AP via

►March 2, 2010 - US medical teams in Haiti refocus medical care on chronic illnesses - U.S. Catholic

►March 2, 2010 - Mosquitoes, Not Birds, May Have Carried West Nile Virus Across U.S. - Infection Control Today

►March 2, 2010 - £1.37m battle to combat hepatitis - Western Mail via WalesOnline

►March 2, 2010 - Abbott and Enanta Announce Advancement of Hepatitis C Collaboration - Initiation of Phase 2 Clinical Trial Investigating Three Individual HCV Antivirals - press release - Abbott via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 2, 2010 - What Regan Hofmann can tell us about HIV, AIDS ... and life -

►March 2, 2010 - UN: HIV/AIDS Leading Cause of Death and Disease Among Younger Women - Voice of America

►March 2, 2010 - Protecting HIV-positive mothers and their children after the quake in Haiti - UNICEF

►March 2, 2010 - Survey: No HIV Testing for 3/4 of British Women - Voice of America

►March 2, 2010 - I-Team: Medical Advances Give HIV-Infected Mothers Hope - Las Vegas Now

►March 2, 2010 - ‘Evidence of Science’ Backs Pope’s Assertion Against Condom Use To Stem HIV-AIDS in Africa -

►March 2, 2010 - Cold Case Files - Paxil Birth Defects by Evelyn Pringle - OpEdNews

►March 2, 2010 - US FDA sees no public hearing for Dendreon vaccine - Reuters

* ►March 2, 2010 - Merck Reports Results of Phase III Study of Investigational Oral Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet (AIT) in Patients Ages 5-17 with Grass Pollen Allergy - Data Presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting - Business Wire via Marketwire

►March 2, 2010 - FDA Update: Investigation of Salmonella Montevideo outbreak continues - NewYorkInjuryNews

►March 2, 2010 - Plague's Recurrence Around Globe Can Help Colorado State University Scientists, Others Build Models for Predicting Effects on Wildlife - press release - Colorado State University

►March 2, 2010 - Former health commissioner Irmscher dies at age 84 - She began city's Super Shot program for free immunizations -  The News-Sentinel

* ►March 2, 2010 - Mercurial tuna: Study explores sources of mercury to ocean fish - Eureka! Science News - "With concern over mercury contamination of tuna on the rise and growing information about the health effects of eating contaminated fish, scientists would like to know exactly where the pollutant is coming from and how it's getting into open-ocean fish species. A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology uses chemical signatures of nitrogen, carbon and mercury to get at the question. The work also paves the way to new means of tracking sources of mercury poisoning in people."

* ►March 2, 2010 - DOH to ban mercury importation - 6-point agenda to a mercury-free Philippines presented - Philippine Information Agency

►March 2, 2010 - Spectral blood purifier gets FDA nod for key trial - Reuters

►March 2, 2010 - Canine control proposal: Vaccinate, or pay fine - Shanghai Daily

►March 2, 2010 - Pet Talk – Pet Vaccinations - SouthWest Horse Trader

* ►March 1, 2010 - Apostolic church members flee homes to avoid immunisation - Zim Diaspora - "Hundreds of families who are members of different Apostolic sects whose children are suffering from measles following an outbreak in the two districts of Gokwe are reported to have gone into hiding with the children. ... In an interview on Friday, Dr Chimusoro said the medical team that was conducting a door-to-door campaign to contain the disease was failing to locate the infected children because they had gone into hiding with their parents who do not want their children immunised or treated at clinics or hospitals. ... Dr Chimusoro said the medical teams, with the assistance of police officers, were making frantic efforts to track down the infected children."

* ►March 1, 2010 - U-M study: Parents both hesitant and confident about childhood vaccines - Latest national survey from the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit finds that 9 of 10 parents believe vaccines provide protection for children, but 5 of 10 still worry about vaccine side effects and safety. - University of Michigan Health System

* ►March 1, 2010 - MMR Vaccine Perspective - Vitesis

►March 1, 2010 - Could toxins be causing autism? - The Mommy Files via San Francisco Chronicle

►March 1, 2010 - Why Do Autistic People Recoil from Touch? - Massage Magazine

►March 1, 2010 - Showtime plans autism documentary - United Press International

►March 1, 2010 - Community support a big help for frustrated families with autism - Creston News Advertiser

►March 1, 2010 - Mandatory staff flu shots get results at Midwest hospital system - FierceHealthcare

►March 1, 2010 - Swine flu 'like bad seasonal flu year' - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

* ►March 1, 2010 - Nigeria: Trading Mosquito Nets For Polio Vaccine in Niger - Daily Trust via - "In Bida, local government area of Niger state, the situation was the same as Malam Ndagi living in the Masaba area of the place disclosed that until he gets the free nets he won't allow his child to be immunized. He reasoned that there was no point in administering vaccines against polio and other related illness when there is no provision to protect the child from the risk of malaria."

►March 1, 2010 - 'New' Merck Has 43 Drugs in Mid-, Late-Stage Tests - Post Schering-Plough purchase, drugmaker Merck has 43 compounds in late tests, 4 under review - AP via ABC News

►March 1, 2010 - HIV and noncommunicable diseases hinder the progress of poor countries' Millennium Development Goals - Press release from PLoS Medicine - EurekAlert!

►March 1, 2010 - Woman Needs Doctors Note To Attend Church (includes video) - - "The 64-year-old was diagnosed with Hepatitis C last month. She said she had no where to turn, except the front door at Grays Point Baptist Church where two church Deacons brought bad news."

►March 1, 2010 - The Definition of a Chronic Disease – What Does It Really Mean? - Minneapolis Star Tribune

* ►March 1, 2010 - FDA Tobacco Panel Includes Members With Quit-Smoking Ties - Wall Street Journal - "The Food and Drug Administration on Monday named at least two scientists with ties to pharmaceutical companies that market stop-smoking medicine to a scientific panel that will help it regulate the tobacco industry."

►March 1, 2010 - Study finds Hawaii ranks ninth in CDC funding - Honolulu Advertiser

►March 1, 2010 - Pa. and N.J. rank low in spending on public health - Philadelphia Inquirer

►March 1, 2010 - Doctors, patients, staff members feel pain of 21 percent Medicare cut - Palm Beach Post

►March 1, 2010 - Missouri joins in national effort to text moms information about baby health - AP via - "New and expectant mothers can receive three free text messages a week with health information about such topics as nutrition, immunizations and how to prevent birth defects."

* ►March 1, 2010 - Guidance for Industry: Characterization and Qualification of Cell Substrates and Other Biological Materials Used in the Production of Viral Vaccines for Infectious Disease Indications (pdf) - FDA

* ►March 1, 2010 - Immunization with VAR2CSA-DBL5 recombinant protein elicits broadly cross-reactive antibodies to placental-type Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

* ►March 1, 2010 - 'Milk Drops' Under the Tongue Appear to Treat Milk Allergies - Placing small amounts of milk protein under the tongues of children who are allergic to milk can help them overcome their allergies, according to the findings of a small study at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Duke University. - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►March 1, 2010 - Seeing in Numbers (requires registration) - How concepts from physics and engineering are informing questions about T cell selection and antigen recognition. - The Scientist

►March 1, 2010 - Merck Doubles Experimental Drugs - Merck via AP via

►March 1, 2010 - History of modern disease - The Journal

►March 1, 2010 - Disagreement over best Lyme disease treatment - University of Central Florida College of Medicine via

►March 1, 2010 - Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B facilitates allergic sensitization in experimental asthma - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►March 1, 2010 - Salmonella Typhimurium induced placental inflammation and not bacterial burden correlates with pathology and fatal maternal disease - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►March 1, 2010 - File-sharing software potential threat to health privacy - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute via EurekAlert!

►March 1, 2010 - Childhood Obesity Prevention Should Begin Early in Life, Possibly Before Birth - Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should begin far earlier than currently thought -- perhaps even before birth -- especially for minority children, according to a new study that tracked 1,826 women from pregnancy through their children's first five years of life. - Harvard Medical School, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►March 2010 - Paralytic Syndromes in Children: Epidemiology and Relationship to Vaccination - journal article (Pediatric Neurology) - "In all, 3297 potential cases were identified; of these, 2682 cases (81%) did not meet the case definition, and of the remaining 615 cases, 245 (7% of the total) were included. The incidence of disease was 1.4 per 100,000 children/year (95% confidence interval = 1.2–1.6); predicting approximately 844 children/year in the United States."

* ►March 2010 - Improvement of dendritic-based vaccine efficacy against hepatitis B virus–related hepatocellular carcinoma by two tumor-associated antigen gene–infected dendritic cells - journal article (Human Immunology)

* ►March 2010 - Dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, methyl mercury and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as biomarkers of fish consumption - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►March 2010 - Remission of Drug-Induced Hepatitis After Switching from Risperidone to Paliperidone (free full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

* ►March 2010 - Antioxidant nutrient intakes and corresponding biomarkers associated with the risk of atopic dermatitis in young children - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 2010 - Association between serum ferritin level and fibromyalgia syndrome - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►March 2010 - Extraintestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease: epidemiology, diagnosis, and management. - journal article (Annals of Medicine)

►March 2010 - Daptomycin: pharmacology and clinical use. - journal article (Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy)

►March 2010 - Effect of zinc supplementation on mood states in young women: a pilot study - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 2010 - An Introduction to Clinical Research in Osteopathic Medicine - journal article (Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice)

►March 2010 - The association of income with fresh fruit and vegetable consumption at different levels of education - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 2010 - ARI e-newsletter - Autism Research Institute

* ►February 28, 2010 - Handbook suggests that deviations from 'normality' are disorders - The Washington Post - "If every character blemish or emotional turbulence is a "disorder" akin to a physical disability, legal accommodations are mandatory. Under federal law, "disabilities" include any "mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities"; "mental impairments" include "emotional or mental illness." So there might be a legal entitlement to be a jerk. (See above, "antisocial personality disorder.")

►February 28, 2010 - Community support a big help for frustrated families with autism - Edwardsville Intelligencer

►February 28, 2010 - Novel Way to Study Human Inflammatory Disease - A new University of Colorado at Boulder study shows mice infected with the bacteria salmonella develop clinical signs consistent with a deadly and poorly understood human inflammatory disease, a finding that may lead to new therapies. - University of Colorado at Boulder, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►February 28, 2010 - New sugar protein tool - for real (requires registration) - Scientists have devised a new way to make sugar-linked proteins, an important step towards understanding a key type of protein modification and refining drug therapies that utilize the so-called glycoproteins -- as well as the subject of two ...  - The Scientist

* ►February 27, 2010 - Respiratory administration of measles vaccine - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►February 27, 2010 - Effectiveness of intensive autism programmes - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►February 27, 2010 - Effectiveness of intensive autism programmes — Authors' reply - journal article (The Lancet)

►February 27, 2010 - Drug development for neglected diseases - journal article (The Lancet)

►February 27, 2010 - Time for fair trade in research data - journal article (The Lancet)

►February 27, 2010 - Systemic infection and delirium: when cytokines and acetylcholine collide - journal article (The Lancet)

►February 27, 2010 - Statins and risk of incident diabetes: a collaborative meta-analysis of randomised statin trials - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►February 26, 2010 - Radical journal gathers support (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The scientific community appears to be fighting to convince Elsevier to continue to publish its only non-peer-reviewed journal, after the publisher began to consider installing a traditional peer review system when the journal published a controversial paper supporting the arguments of AIDS deniers. Despite the uproar that article created, the editor-in-chief of Medical Hypotheses has received more than 150 letters of support for the journal's non-traditional publishing model, in which papers are chosen by the editor-in-chief, Bruce Charlton."

►February 26, 2010 - More comprehensive national ART program needed in Canada - An expanded national antiretroviral therapy program in Canada may have decreased community plasma HIV viral load, particularly among injection drug users in British Columbia, according to study findings. - Infectious Disease News

* ►February 26, 2010 - Physician-scientists: vanishing? (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►February 25, 2010 - Effect of GM-CSF in combination with hepatitis B vaccine on revacination of healthy adult non-responders - journal article (Journal of Infection)

►February 25, 2010 - Estrogen and Autoimmune Disease - journal article (Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology)

►February 24, 2010 - Rapid and reliable SNP based differentiation of Brucella live vaccine strains from field strains. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

* ►February 24, 2010 - FDA may decide on HPV vaccination in older women by mid-2010 - Infectious Disease News

* ►February 24, 2010 - Arsenic Exposure Activates An Oncogenic Signaling Pathway; Leads To Increased Cancer Risk - American Association for Cancer Research via Biocompare

* ►February 22, 2010 - Assessing the impact of a combined analysis of four common low-risk genetic variants on autism risk (pdf) - journal article (Molecular Autism) - "JC and FT are currently salaried employees of IntegraGen SA and JH is a former salaried employee. JC, FT and JH have stock options and patent applications with IntegraGen. GDS declares that he has no competing interests."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Molecular Autism: accelerating and integrating research into neurodevelopmental conditions (pdf) - journal article (Molecular Autism) - "Joseph D Buxbaum ( Simon Baron-Cohen ("

* ►February 22, 2010 - Genome-wide linkage analyses of two repetitive behavior phenotypes in Utah pedigrees with autism spectrum disorders (pdf) - journal article (Molecular Autism)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Paternal age increases the risk for autism in an Iranian population sample (pdf) - journal article (Molecular Autism)

* ►February 22, 2010 - A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study of the Cerebellar Pathways in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►February 18, 2010 - Small bowel capsule endoscopy in clinical practice: a multicenter 7-year survey. - journal article (European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology)

►February 17, 2010 - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in skin and soft tissue infections presenting to the Emergency Department of a Canadian Academic Health Care Center. - journal article (European Journal of Emergency Medicine)

►February 16, 2010 - Detection of new respiratory viruses in hospitalized infants with bronchiolitis: a three-year prospective study - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Antidepressants may not work for milder forms of depression - JAMA via American Pharmacists Association

►February 16, 2010 - Long-term efficacy of valproate versus lamotrigine in treatment of idiopathic generalized epilepsies in children and adolescents. - journal article (Seizure)

* ►February 2010 - Factors Affecting HPV Immunization - Pediatric News - "Dr. Harrison is a professor of pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Harrison disclosed he has received funding from GlaxoSmithKline for vaccine trials for MMR for 2009-2010 and MMR-V for 2009, but not for HPV. He participated in some of the original HPV vaccine trials for Merck from 1999-2000, and he was on Merck's speakers' bureau until end of December 2008. To comment, e-mail Dr. Harrison at"

* ►February 2010 - Lancet Withdraws Article That Linked MMR, Autism (free full text) - Pediatric News - "Does the Lancet's withdrawal of the paper help vaccination advocates? “I think the retraction is far too little far too late,” Dr. Paul Offit, ok chief of the division of infectious diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, okid in an interview. “The Lancet published a hypothesis that was unsupported and has since been disproven by careful scientific study. But there is no undoing the harm of that original paper. Many parents abandoned the MMR vaccine. As a consequence, hundreds of children were hospitalized and four were killed by measles. This retraction will do nothing to change that.”

* ►February 2010 - Vaccine Reimbursement System Needs Overhaul (free full text) - Pediatric News

►February 2010 - Federal Advisory Panel Finds No Safety Signal With Vaccine - Pediatric News

* ►February 2010 - Childhood Epilepsy Tied to Psychiatric Problems: Developmental delay, autism, ADHD, and tics also found to be more likely in these children. - Pediatric News

►February 2010 - Task Force: Start Obesity Screening at Age 6 Years (free full text) - Pediatric News

* ►January 31, 2010 - Shingles vaccine - journal article (Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy)

11th Annual Greater Phoenix Autism/Asperger's Conference - March 26-27, 2010 Phoenix Convention Center Phoenix, Arizona - Autism Society of Greater Phoenix

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