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All the News Posted February 12, 2010

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►February 25, 2010 - A grief observed: A belated bill must finally be paid - Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

* ►February 12, 2010 - Challenge to raise confidence in MMR vaccine - This is Hull and East Riding, UK - "Dr Wendy Richardson, the city's director of public health, says although the uptake of the MMR vaccine is 90 per cent, she is hoping even more children will have the vaccine. It comes after the General Medical Council (GMC) branded Dr Andrew Wakefield 'irresponsible' and 'dishonest' for conducting unnecessary invasive tests of children."

* ►February 12, 2010 - Brain clue may explain autism 'hug avoidance' - Delays at crucial points during the development of the brain in the womb may explain why people with a condition linked to autism do not like hugs. - BBC

►February 12, 2010 - Words Fail Us: Mother Poisons Autistic Son with Bleach - Age of Autism

►February 12, 2010 - DSM V Changes for Autism. Your Thoughts? - Age of Autism

►February 12, 2010 - Absolutely Your Child Can Be Toilet Trained! By Debbie Bialer - Age of Autism

* ►February 12, 2010 - Disregard Rumours, Get Your H1N1 Jab, Ministry Tells Public - Bandar Seri Begawan - In light of the rise in Influenza A (H1N1) cases in the country, the Ministry of Health is encouraging the public to go to any of the vaccination centres while disregarding any doubts they may have with regards to the effects of the vaccine. - Bru Direct

►February 12, 2010 - Help Stop Spread Of H1N1, Get Your Jab Now: MoH - Bru Direct

►February 12, 2010 - H1N1 vaccine offered to general population - Now that the worst of the Influenza A H1N1 epidemic has passed, health authorities are offering spare vaccines to all - The Copenhagen Post

►February 12, 2010 - Swine flu vaccinations hit the slots - The Record-Courier

* ►February 12, 2010 - Swine Flu Vaccination: Voluntary System Works - Social interaction between neighbours, work colleagues and other communities and social groups makes voluntary vaccination programs for epidemics such as Swine Flu, SARS or Bird Flu a surprisingly effective method of disease control. - Institute of Physics, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►February 12, 2010 - An Unwitting Heroine of Science - Rebecca Skloot creates an unusual hit with the life of a cancer victim whose cells changed history - book review - Wall Street Journal - "Last week, Ms. Skloot's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,' her debut, sold out the first day it went on sale. Within two days, Crown reprinted the book three times, rushing a total of 100,000 copies into print. The title shot up Amazon's best-seller list to No. 4 last week. (It was No. 8 as of Thursday afternoon.)"

* ►February 12, 2010 - Kiryas Joel teen boys show highest risk for mumps - Little chance of outbreak outside Hasidic community - Times Herald-Record - "Teenage boys have been most prone to the virus. What has surprised health officials is that most patients had gotten their two recommended vaccination shots, leading to speculation that their immunity had waned since getting the second dose at around age 5. 'Kiryas Joel is very well-immunized,' said Dr. Jean Hudson, the Orange County health commissioner."

►February 12, 2010 - Hepatitis A pandemic expected in April - The Korea Herald

►February 12, 2010 - Steven Newton: Five Reasons Why Evolution is Important - The Huffington Post - "3. Vaccines  With the exception of clean drinking water, few technologies have improved human health more than vaccines. While misinformed celebrities may peddle long-discredited superstitions about links between childhood vaccines and autism, the truth is that untold millions of adults are alive and healthy today because as children they received vaccines."

* ►February 11, 2010 - Lancet Disavowal of Autism Vaccine Connection May Lead to More Immunizations - Voice of America

►February 11, 2010 - Dispelling The Vaccine and Autism Myth - - "Bottom line, get your child vaccinated, read good science and pray that more vaccines are developed to prevent disease. It is a matter of life and death."

►February 11, 2010 - 12-year-old son with bleach’ - Social services were today accused of failing a single mother and her “severely autistic” son after she allegedly poisoned him with bleach. - This is London

►February 11, 2010 - Revised psychiatry manual targets autism, substance disorders - CNN

►February 11, 2010 - Database for Autism Holds Hope for Answers, Treatments - Singularity Hub

* ►February 11, 2010 - Extremely premature babies show higher autism risk - Children born extremely preterm may face a much higher-than-average risk of developing autism later in childhood, a new study suggests. - Journal of Pediatrics via Reuters

* ►February 11, 2010 - Lawyer takes on psychiatric industry for over-prescribing foster children (includes video) - - "A growing number of children are prescribed psychiatric drugs, and a growing number of mental health advocates say we should be alarmed, because those drugs are often unnecessary.  'They're really a chemical lobotomy, because that's what they do to the brain,' [lawyer Jim] Gottstein said.  The list of those named in Gottstein's lawsuit is long: More than a dozen child psychiatrists, health agencies, state officials, and pharmacies that include Walmart, Fred Meyer and Safeway.  'Eighteen-year-olds are having heart attacks from these drugs,' Gottstein said."

►February 11, 2010 - 94% of girls opt for cancer jab - This is Scunthorpe

►February 11, 2010 - New HPV vaccine approved - Province to determine if N.B. should switch - Times & Transcript

►February 11, 2010 - Vaccine Possible: Hypothesis on the Mystery of Dengue Virus Infection Confirmed - La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology via ScienceDaily

►February 11, 2010 - Novavax terminates license agreement with Laboratorios Farmaceuticos ROVI for Virus-like-particle vaccine technology - Trading Markets

►February 11, 2010 - Positive encouragement for vaccination - Sciblogs New Zealand

►February 11, 2010 - Earnings Preview: Merck to Report 4th-Qtr Results - Merck to report on Schering-Plough integration, new biotech ventures, drugs in development - AP via ABC News

►February 11, 2010 - Paul Offit Will Be My First Point of Inquiry Guest - The Intersection Blog via Discover Magazine

►February 11, 2010 - Swine flu drugs ordering service is closed down - The National Pandemic Flu Service, set up to dispense drugs to patients in England without the need to see doctors, has closed down. - BBC

►February 11, 2010 - SoCal sign twirlers promote swine flu shots - San Francisco Chronicle

►February 11, 2010 - There wasn’t any waste over swine flu vaccines, says health minister - Belfast Telegraph

* ►February 11, 2010 - Openness and transparency: the cure to all our vaccine ills - The worst of the swine flu outbreak is behind us, but questions remain about the Execuitve's response, argues Conall McDevitt - Belfast Telegraph

* ►February 11, 2010 - WHO to decide whether worst over in H1N1 pandemic - The World Health Organization will convene its emergency committee later this month to examine whether the H1N1 flu pandemic has peaked, its top influenza expert said on Thursday. - Reuters

* ►February 11, 2010 - WHO to update its pandemic alert - FierceVaccines

* ►February 11, 2010 - Plans to cancel vaccines - Probe into whether WHO had faked pandemic - Times of Malta

* ►February 11, 2010 - Protecting Patients: Study Shows That Johns Hopkins Flu Vaccination Rates Are Twice the National Average - Johns Hopkins Medicine via AScribe Newswire - "Another factor in the higher vaccination rate, he says, may have been the hospital's policy requiring employees working in patient clinics who chose not to get vaccinated to wear a face mask at work. Seasonal flu vaccination is not mandatory at the vast majority of academic medical center in the United States, including Johns Hopkins. ... In 2009, both the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland began requiring all hospitals to report their yearly progress in vaccinating staff. 'That is why it is critical to track the numbers,' says [Dr. Edward] Bernacki."

►February 11, 2010 - Dr. Carol Baker, Houston, column: Base vaccine decisions on facts, not hopes - If you have children, understand that in this pandemic year — and every year — vaccination is the best, most effective way to prevent against a disease that annually hospitalizes about 20,000 kids. - Grand Forks Herald

►February 11, 2010 - Flu hotline shut down as cases fall - AFP via Yahoo!

►February 11, 2010 - At-risk groups get swine flu jab -

* ►February 11, 2010 - Riverside County taps sign twirlers to attract people for H1N1 vaccine - Press-Enterprise

►February 11, 2010 - H1N1 patients required more intensive hospital care than typical flu patients - Pregnant women represented a greater percentage of those hospitalized than in a typical flu year - press release - Canadian Institute for Health Information via CNW Telbec

►February 11, 2010 - Demand for H1N1 Vaccinations Drops -

►February 11, 2010 - Kids need second dose of H1N1 vaccine - Traverse City Record-Eagle

►February 11, 2010 - Flu-Proof Your Winter At Any Age - Health Magazine Editor Gives Age-Specific Tips On How to Ward Off Winter Colds, The Flu, and Other Ilnesses - CBS News

►February 11, 2010 - Flu death in Southern Maine brings total to 19 - Foster's Daily Democrat

►February 11, 2010 - H1N1 international symposium to be hosted by Emory-UGA Influenza Center - Anthony Fauci will keynote April 18-20 event - Emory University via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►February 11, 2010 - The Universal Vaccines of Inovio Biomedical (includes video) - OneMedPlace

►February 11, 2010 - New York Jewish Mumps Outbreak Sickens 1,521 Children - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►February 11, 2010 - Mumps outbreak in NY, NJ tops 1,500 cases - AP via Washington Post

►February 11, 2010 - 215 Woodmere students monitored after exposure to mumps (requires subscription) - Newsday

►February 11, 2010 - Vaccine Not Fail-Safe in Ongoing Mumps Outbreak - CDC says more than 1,500 cases have been reported in New York, New Jersey - HealthDay via BusinessWeek

►February 11, 2010 - Mumps Vaccination Clinics - MyFoxNY

►February 11, 2010 - Whooping Cough Bacteria Has Mutated, Vaccines No Longer Effective - Babble Australia

►February 11, 2010 - 3-D Structure of Bullet-Shaped Virus With Potential to Fight Cancer, HIV Revealed - Vesicular stomatitis virus, or VSV, has long been a model system for studying and understanding the life cycle of negative-strand RNA viruses, which include viruses that cause influenza, measles and rabies. - University of California - Los Angeles via ScienceDaily

►February 11, 2010 - Abbott Laboratories receives FDA approval for heat-stable formulation of HIV drug - AP via Canadian Business

►February 11, 2010 - Mercury found in canned tuna samples -

* ►February 11, 2010 - Eli Lilly Exec Heads to Harvard Medical School - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►February 11, 2010 - FDA budget draws cries of 'not enough' - A coalition of interests will push for more money, saying chronic underfunding has led to failures at the agency and that society, not just companies, are affected. - Los Angeles Times

►February 11, 2010 - Sebelius Responds to Letter from WellPoint -

►February 11, 2010 - You Call The Shots -

►February 11, 2010 - Restrictions on female plasma may not be warranted - Duke University Medical Center via EurekAlert!

* ►February 11, 2010 - Listeria experiments probed at U of Saskatchewan - CBC - "A senior researcher at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre at the University of Saskatchewan is under investigation for running unauthorized experiments — injecting mice with listeria bacteria. CBC News has learned Dr. Jim Xiang injected lab mice with the bacteria in three separate experiments in July, November and December, although he had no biosafety permit to work with listeria. He also failed to get permission from the university's animal ethics committee, the university has confirmed."

►February 10, 2010 - Massachusetts Mom Found Guilty of Daughter's Fatal Overdose - A Massachusetts woman was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal prescription drug overdose of her 4-year-old daughter. - AP via FOX News

►February 10, 2010 - Amid roar of guns, UN-backed health campaign reaches 600,000 women and children in Somali capital - UN News Centre - "Despite fighting that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Mogadishu, health workers have fanned out across the war-torn capital of Somalia in a three-month United Nations-backed campaign that has immunized nearly 300,000 women of child-bearing age and 288,000 children."

►February 10, 2010 - Preteen vaccine campaign has a Native American spokesperson - Indian Country Today

►February 10, 2010 - Pharmasset reports smaller 1st-quarter loss after ending study of hepatitis B drug candidate - AP via Canadian Business

►February 10, 2010 - Israel moves to stop delivery of more H1N1 flu vaccines - Vaccine News Daily

* ►February 10, 2010 - Air Force mandates H1N1 shots for children in base care - Stars and Stripes - "The Air Force is requiring all children enrolled at base child development centers be vaccinated against the swine flu virus, even though the number of reported illnesses has fallen below the epidemic level. ... But Dr. Meryl Nass, an internal medicine physician at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, said the decision to give a child a vaccine should not be taken lightly. 'Some families … are more susceptible to vaccine-related adverse effects than others' because of underlying or undetected genetic or medical disorders, she said. She said the benefits of getting the vaccine need to be weighed with the risks, for each individual. 'If there’s no swine flu epidemic in Germany … and there’s no evidence another is coming, it doesn’t make sense,' Nass said. 'In the case of swine flu, most people haven’t gotten that sick.'"

* ►February 10, 2010 - H1N1 squelches seasonal flu in Minn. - At what should be peak season, there is little or no flu around Minnesota. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►February 10, 2010 - Olympic Athletes, Fans Offered H1N1 Vaccination by Host B.C. -

►February 10, 2010 - Vaccinations may have spared Ont. new round of H1N1 - CBC

►February 10, 2010 - H1N1 flu strain may be 'on its last legs' in South Dakota -  Sioux Falls Argus Leader

►February 10, 2010 - Blacks in Nursing Homes Vaccinated Less Than Whites - Disparities seen for flu and pneumonia inoculations, researchers say - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►February 10, 2010 - Sick at Work - Economix Blog via The New York Times

* ►February 10, 2010 - The debate over teens and vaccines - Should legal minors be allowed to access an STD vaccine without asking their parents? A state Senate committee had planned to discuss that very question at the Capitol Tuesday until the bill's sponsor decided to hold off until after the members' hectic budget schedule. Our Britt Godshalk takes a look at the issue and the statewide discussion that will most likely take place in the coming weeks. (includes video) -

►February 10, 2010 - NY lawmakers mull HPV vax mandate - FiercePharma

►February 10, 2010 - BNet’s Jim Edwards Stirs The Pot — On “Secret” HPV Vaccine Proposal — In NY Senate - New Merck, Reviewed

►February 10, 2010 - Harvard hires Lilly executive to oversee research - White Coat Notes via The Boston Globe

►February 10, 2010 - The Childhood Obesity Dilemma: How Something So Simple Got Complicated - Dr. Besser Explains Why it's Your Problem, His Problem and Everyone's Problem - ABC News

* ►February 10, 2010 - China's mystery HIV-like disease may be all in the mind - Hundreds of people in China believe they might have a new disease with HIV-like symptoms, but doctors suggest their illness could be the result of a mental rather than a physical condition. - BBC

►February 10, 2010 - Dr. Rolando Arafiles: Antivaccine rhetoric topped off with colloidal silver for the flu and Morgellons disease - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►February 10, 2010 - Journal Retracts Controversial Study Linking MMR Vaccine, Autism - The Lancet's Decision Could Ease Parental Resistance to Vaccination - AAFP News Now

►February 10, 2010 - Why You Should Ignore Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy's Autism Delusions - BNET Pharma Blog - "When Andrew Wakefield’s bogus autism-vaccine study was retracted by The Lancet, after Wakefield himself was the subject of a professional misconduct hearing, two people rushed to his defense: actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy."

►February 9, 2010 - Benefits of vaccines should not be in doubt - San Antonio Express-News

►February 9, 2010 - How the false MMR vaccine-autism connection was perpetuated - Sanford University School of Medicine Scope

* ►February 9, 2010 - Healthy Living: Journal retracts autism,vaccine link study - A British medical journal announced Tuesday that it is changing course and retracting a well-known study that linked autism to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. (includes video) -

►February 9, 2010 - Philippines finds mercury-laced 'Chinese' cosmetics - AFP via Yahoo!

►February 9, 2010 - Swine flu vaccine could have major medical side effects - video -

►February 9, 2010 - Few African Americans vaccinated at L.A. County H1N1 flu clinics - L.A. Now via Los Angeles Times

►February 9, 2010 - Step right up for your free H1N1 vaccination - Idaho Statesman

►February 9, 2010 - H1N1 tab well over $1 million - North Bay Nugget

* ►February 9, 2010 - New York Bills Would Mandate HPV Vaccines Without Parents' Consent - BNET Pharma

►February 9, 2010 - NY Senate Bill 4779, allowing kids to okay vaccines, creates controversy among ideologies - Independent Political Report

* ►February 9, 2010 - Mumps Outbreak in NY, NJ Underlines Danger and Inefficacy of Vaccine - Health Agencies in New York and New Jersey Are Reporting an Outbreak in Cases of Mumps; Over 1,000 Confirmed Cases Since August - Associated Content - "The danger of shifting a relatively harmless childhood illness to a young adult illness is serious. Most of the more extreme side effects of mumps are experienced by young adults."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Three quarters of parents confused over meningitis vaccine - More than half of parents wrongly believe that their child has been vaccinated against all strains of meningitis, a poll has revealed. - Nursing Times

►February 9, 2010 - Could bacteria have caused your back pain? (And will a simple dose of antibiotics cure it for good?) - Daily Mail, UK

►February 9, 2010 - Stomach virus sickens at least 122 in Hunterdon, mostly school kids - Hunterdon County Democrat via

►February 9, 2010 - Tulane receives $15 million NIH contract to develop vaccine and treatment for deadly fever - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►February 8, 2010 - Report: Volusia activist who got HIV as child dies after contracting H1N1 - Orlando Sentinel

►February 8, 2010 - H1N1 Epidemic Is Over: According to Statens Serum Institut (SSI) - Only Kent

►February 8, 2010 - Ally for the Poor in an Unlikely Corner (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 8, 2010 - Dynavax starts hepatitis B trial - San Francisco Business Times

►February 8, 2010 - Rotarians from six countries join the fight to eradicate polio - Indian Express

►February 8, 2010 - Over 70 lakh infants administered polio drops in K'taka - Images -

►February 8, 2010 - No polio case reported in UP - Times of India

►February 8, 2010 - Scientists make stem cells pluripotent using virus-free technique -

►February 8, 2010 - New Animal Model for Evaluating Antiviral Agents Against the SARS Virus Indicates Potential Effect of Ampligen(R), an Experimental Therapeutic - Independent University Researchers Find Ampligen(R) "Fully Protective" in Study - Globe Newswire via CNNMonely

►February 8, 2010 - Different West Nile Virus Genetic Lineage Evolving? -

►February 8, 2010 - H.I.V. and Herpes: Treating Herpes Doesn’t Reduce Chance That AIDS Virus Will Spread, Study Finds (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 8, 2010 - The Depressing News About Antidepressants - Studies suggest that the popular drugs are no more effective than a placebo. In fact, they may be worse. - Newsweek

►February 7, 2010 - Pandemic H1N1 Disinformation Raises Concerns - commentary - Recombinomics

►February 7, 2010 - Brown leads in H1N1 vaccination rate - Brown Daily Herald

►February 7, 2010 - Pulse polio immunisation programme begins - Times of India

►February 6, 2010 - Malegaon child affected with polio virus type 1 - Press Trust of India

►February 6, 2010 - Goje’s Wife Leads Polio Immunisation Campaign - ThisDay

►February 6, 2010 - Possible cure for deadly diseases discovered - A newly developed antivaral could lead the cure of numerous viruses, including HIV - The Ticker

►February 4, 2010 - Oregon shouldn't permit psychologists to prescribe medication - guest column - The Oregonian via

* ►February 4, 2010 - US H1N1 vaccine uptake estimated at 75 million - CIDRAP News

►February 3, 2010 - Children's health is deteriorating report warns - Britian's youngest children have worse teeth and are more likely to be overweight than a decade ago, despite more than £10billion of investment, a report has found. - The Telegraph, UK

►February 3, 2010 - The Shame of the Lancet's Shoddy Autism Study Retraction - BNET Pharma Blog

►February 3, 2010 - One step at a time: Salt Lake City researcher records post-polio syndrome - Deseret News

►February 2, 2010 - After a year, polio cases rise again among minorities - Indian Express

►February 2, 2010 - High Court: Compensation for Mandatory Polio Sufferers - Arutz Sheva, Israel National News

►February 2, 2010 - Rebecca Skloot's medical-justice thriller chronicles life of woman's Polio-curing cells -- and the theft of a family legacy - Westword Denver

►February 2, 2010 - For Some Survivors, Polio Won’t Fade Into the Past (requires registration) - The New York Times




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