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All the News Posted November 6, 2009


* ►November 12, 2009 - Adverse events after anthrax vaccination reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1990–2007 [Vaccine 2009;27:290–297] - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►November 12, 2009 - Collection of routine national seasonal influenza vaccine coverage data from GP practices in England using a web-based collection system - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►November 12, 2009 - Probabilistic cost-effectiveness analysis of the long-term effect of universal hepatitis B vaccination: An experience from Taiwan with high hepatitis B virus infection and Hepatitis B e Antigen positive prevalence - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 12, 2009 - An attenuated Salmonella-vectored vaccine elicits protective immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 12, 2009 - Recombinant outer membrane vesicles to augment antigen-specific live vaccine responses - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 12, 2009 - Mucosal immunization with recombinant adenoviral vectors expressing murine gammaherpesvirus-68 genes M2 and M3 can reduce latent viral load - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 12, 2009 - First data on Eurasian wild boar response to oral immunization with BCG and challenge with a Mycobacterium bovis field strain - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►November 7, 2009 - Autism - journal article (The Lancet)

►November 7, 2009 - Lymphoproliferative disorders in patients receiving thiopurines for inflammatory bowel disease: a prospective observational cohort study - journal article (The Lancet)

►November 7, 2009 - Swine flu jabs show no adverse effect - News.gov.hk

►November 7, 2009 - Health officials administered Tamiflu - Indian Express

* ►November 6, 2009 - Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites/Huffington Post - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►November 6, 2009 - Labs refine methods after bad tests - Summer breakout of pertussis was other illnesses, CDC confirms - The Durango Herald - "The CDC's final report noted that interviews with patients and lab tests suggested to them that pertussis was not the cause of the cough illness this summer, but other respiratory infections were detected. "It is also thought that false positive test results most likely occurred," the report says. The final report states that pertussis is difficult to diagnose by doctors or laboratory tests, and it is recommended that doctors treat patients with respiratory infections quickly, rather than waiting for results. It states that, in the summer 2009 outbreak, antibiotics given to patients were effective against the other bacteria."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Legislative panel spikes vaccination bill - Morning Sentinel - "We have an opportunity here to make it clear and set people at ease," he said. About three dozen people wearing bright-yellow stickers that said "Support Vaccine Choice" packed the small legislative meeting room where the 10-member Legislative Council met Thursday to decide the fate of 73 bills. Nancy Douglas, of Bristol, said she was concerned about the state having the power to force someone to get vaccinated. "We need to be sovereign," she said. "We need to be able to control our own bodies." Democrats on the council insisted current law is clear." "We are telling you right now: There is nothing in there that's going to force you to be immunized against your will," said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lisa Marraché, D-Waterville, a family physician."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Glaxo gets WHO approval for Synflorix vaccine - Clears the way for it to be given in developing countries - First time a pneumococcal shot given WHO clearance - Reuters

* ►November 6, 2009 - Neurosurgeon calls for CDC officials responsible for H1N1 misinformation to be fired (includes video) - Examiner.com - "Furthermore, one physician, Dr. Blaylock, board certified neurosurgeon, author, and lecturer, who has written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals on a number of subjects, says that the CDC is leading America into an unfounded mass vaccination emergency."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Vaccine use halted after baby deaths - DutchNews.nl - "The Dutch health institute RIVM has stopped the distribution of a batch of Pfizer's Prevnar childhood vaccine following the death of three babies shortly after being vaccinated."

* ►November 6, 2009 - CORRECT (11/6): Pfizer Vaccine Batch Quarantined In Netherlands After Deaths (free preview) - The Wall Street Journal

* ►November 6, 2009 - Pfizer Prevnar Vaccine Quarantined After Netherlands Infants Die - Wall Street Journal via The One Click Group

* ►November 6, 2009 - NFL Cheerleader Ambassador Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery - Her Personal Website Documents Improvement, Encourages ‘Informed Consent’ - Ultimate Cheerleaders - "The treatments with Dr. Buttar at the Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research in Charlotte , NC are working, and the results are nothing short of amazing. Jennings can now walk and talk normally throughout the vast majority of the day and the seizures/convulsions have significantly decreased. Although her full recovery will take an undetermined amount of time, her family is now for the first time, convinced she will make a complete recovery. She is now more than ever, driven by a desire to educate others to be informed of the potential side effects caused by vaccines and prevent others from suffering a similar fate."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Healthy 25-Year-Old Suffers Rare Neurological Condition After Receiving Flu Shot (includes video) - InjuryBoard.com

* ►November 6, 2009 - NFL Cheerleader Disabled by 2009 Flu Shot On Road to Recovery - Age of Autism

►November 6, 2009 - Desiree Jennings "cured" of her "vaccine-induced dystonia"? - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►November 6, 2009 - Well That Didn’t Take Long – Another Dystonia Case Follow Up - NeuroLogica Blog

* ►November 6, 2009 - NYC Commissioner Defends Giving H1N1 Shots to Goldman - Bloomberg - "New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said his department sent 6 percent of the city’s limited doses of swine flu vaccine to Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other large employers because they traditionally distribute shots in flu seasons."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Wall Street's Swine Flu Vaccine Score Shows the Perils of Government Healthcare - Mary Kate Cary via U.S. News & World Report

* ►November 6, 2009 - Is the H1N1 Vaccine Safe? Experts Sound Off - Many of you have questions about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine. While the medical community overwhelmingly supports the vaccine as safe, some still say enough hasn't been done to ensure its safety. (includes video) - WSAW.com - "Providing accurate information about vaccines is part of the mission statement for the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1982. Barbara Loe Fisher, the group's president, who we spoke with via Skype from her living room near Washington, D.C., says we simply don't know enough about the h1n1 vaccine. 'We have an H1N1 vaccine that was tested for a couple of weeks on a couple of thousand people, that was not tested on the high risk groups for which its being targeted', said Fisher. 'So this database they have is not robust in terms of the people they’re saying should get it, and this is of concern to us.'"

* ►November 6, 2009 - New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Comments on School Nurses Injecting Students with Swine Flu Vaccine without Consent - School nurses mistakenly inject three public school students with swine flu vaccine, and medical malpractice lawyers, including David Perceman, are only surprised more cases of wrongful injections are not being reported. - press release - PRWeb via Earth Times

* ►November 6, 2009 - Bid to Clarify Maine's Vaccination Law Rejected - Rep. Doug Thomas is proposing a measure he says would specifically ban mandatory vaccinations for the flu, but legislative leaders say under Maine law, vaccinations are already voluntary. - MPBN News

* ►November 6, 2009 - Rulings stop mandatory vaccination for University of Iowa hospital employees/ Gazette Online - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►November 6, 2009 - CDC says U.S. making progress on swine flu vaccine - * 38 million doses have been made available to states * CDC expects 8 million more doses this week * Swine flu has killed 129 children - Reuters

* ►November 6, 2009 - Mt. Sinai staff outraged as board jumps H1N1 queue - Toronto Star via Healthzone.ca

* ►November 6, 2009 - Official Endorses Workplace Clinics for Vaccine Distribution (requires registration) - The New York Times - " Dr. Schuchat also praised the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois for its program for disabled children. Nurses give shots in the parking lot 'so when parents bring the kids in with special needs, they don’t have to get out of the car,' she said."

* ►November 6, 2009 - What H1N1 swine flu? Majority of Californians intend to ignore the late vaccine: Times/USC poll  - Los Angeles Times Top of the Ticket Blog - "The findings come from a new Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Poll. The survey, which interviewed 1,500 registered voters from Oct. 27 through Nov. 3, was conducted for The Times and USC by two nationally prominent polling firms, the Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies. Today's results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. Only 5% of those polled said they had already been vaccinated. Of the rest, 52% said they didn't plan to get vaccinated. Of the 40% who said they wanted the vaccine, 12% said they already had attempted to find it but couldn't."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Montrealers face long lines for H1N1 vaccine - CBC - "Province defends priority shots for pharmaceutical employees - GlaxoSmithKline's decision to vaccinate its own employees won't affect the province's mass vaccination campaign, Poirier assured. The Quebec-based pharmaceutical company set up vaccination clinics at its production facility in Quebec City this week for company employees and their families. Poirier said there isn't any issue with GlaxoSmithKline workers taking priority, because they are 'critical workers,' but he disagreed with their families jumping the queue. He said the general vaccination campaign won't be affected by the private clinics in any way, because GlaxoSmithKline's supply of the drug is being provided through the federal government's allotment of the vaccine, and not Quebec's supply."

►November 6, 2009 - Quebec boasts fastest vaccine system - CBC

►November 6, 2009 - Peramivir Update/NY Times - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►November 6, 2009 - Homeopaths criticise swine flu vaccinations - On National Vaccination Day and as Switzerland braces itself for a swine flu outbreak, the Swiss Association of Homeopathic Physicians has advised against the H1N1 jab. - Swissinfo

* ►November 6, 2009 - In Europe, most swine flu shots by invitation only - AP via CTV - "Early on, U.S. officials predicted there would be 120 million vaccine doses available by October. They later slashed that estimate, and as of this week there were only about 38 million doses in the country. 'When people believe there's a shortage, that increases demand,' [Lenny] Marcus said. 'The images of people lining up for hours to get the vaccine, which is in short supply, has a big impact. ... Parents with kids may suddenly be desperate to get them immunized.'"

* ►November 6, 2009 - Most people hunting for H1N1 vaccine failed to find it, Harvard poll says - White Coat Notes via Boston.com

* ►November 6, 2009 - House Democrat: Illegal Immigrants Should Get H1N1 Vaccine - CBS News

* ►November 6, 2009 - 2nd health worker fired for Flames H1N1 vaccination - CBC - "A second person has been fired for allowing members of the Calgary Flames to receive the swine flu shot while Albertans had to line up for hours at vaccination clinics."

* ►November 6, 2009 - O'Malley emergency order allows paramedics to give swine vaccine - Maryland Politics via Washington Post - "Gov. Martin O'Malley issued an emergency order Friday to help speed immunizations once more swine flu vaccine is available in Maryland."

►November 6, 2009 - Flu patients help fill hospital’s critical care unit to capacity - Wenatchee World

►November 6, 2009 - Pros trump cons on H1N1 vaccine - TheSunNews.com

►November 6, 2009 - Drexel administers H1N1 vaccine - Drexel University The Triangle Online

►November 6, 2009 - Ailing children, babies’ caregivers next for H1N1 vaccine - Ottawa Citizen

►November 6, 2009 - Vanderburgh Co. Jail to Give H1N1 Vaccine to Inmates - Tristatehomepage.com

* ►November 6, 2009 - Caledonia parents reconsider vaccine - The Commercial Dispatch - "Parents of Caledonia elementary and middle school students are re-evaluating whether or not to allow their children to receive the H1N1 vaccine after nine high-school students went to the hospital Wednesday with complications from the vaccine. ... Nine students were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle Wednesday, with symptoms ranging from hives, fever, shortness of breath and other reactions after being administered the swine flu vaccine at school, through a partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi University for Women nursing department."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Ask military to help with H1N1: Ottawa councillor - CBC - "An Ottawa city councillor wants to call in the Armed Forces to help conduct swine flu vaccinations. Coun. Bob Monette said Thursday he has written to federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq asking if doctors, nurses and medics from the Canadian Forces could be deployed in cities across Canada to help with the H1N1 vaccinations."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Doc's dire warning comes amid new H1N1 deaths - Flu claims four more Albertans - Calgary Sun "[Dr. Gerry] Predy said the vaccination in Alberta of at least 400,000 people has 'probably prevented up to 1,000 hospitalizations.' But he said even if the most recent fatal flu victims had been inoculated, it would have been too late to save them."

►November 6, 2009 - Most adults who want a swine-flu vaccine unable to get one - MarketWatch

* ►November 6, 2009 - Did Swine Flu Cases Reach Their Peak? - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►November 6, 2009 - CDC: 38 Million Doses of H1N1 Vaccine Available - FLU.gov

* ►November 6, 2009 - H1N1 vaccination shortage in L.A. - Three more H1N1 vaccine clinics opened Friday in the Los Angeles area, but demand still outweighs the supply. Thousands continue to wait in long lines hoping to get a vaccination. (includes video) - KABC - "The line at a Monterey Park H1N1 vaccine clinic reached a thousand deep on Friday. 'This is about a two hour wait,' said parent Hadley Rierson. Rierson and her husband both got the H1N1 vaccine from their internist who only had the nasal version. She says he was having a hard time getting rid of it. ...  However, her 11-month-old daughter, Opal, is too young for the nasal version. ... Because of the shortage, Rierson says she allowed her daughter to get the shot with trace amounts of thimerosal, although that was not her preference. 'Do we give our babies a vaccine with mercury? There has been a big debate about that,' said Rierson. 'Or do we not vaccinate them at all?'"

* ►November 6, 2009 - Hundreds line up for H1N1 vaccine clinic - NorthJersey.com - "Pushing strollers and lugging toys, parents and children lined up by the hundreds Friday afternoon for one of New Jersey’s first open swine-flu vaccination clinics."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Pregnant women line up for Nassau's free H1N1 vaccine - Newsday

* ►November 6, 2009 - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 73 - WHO

* ►November 6, 2009 - Chicken-pox Vaccine & Death – New US Government Study - Child Health Safety

* ►November 6, 2009 - ME/CFS Sufferers Vindicated By Science - Irish Independent via The One Click Group

* ►November 6, 2009 - Gov's kids in line for vaccines - First family among 500 patients at county H1N1 clinic - CJOnline.com

* ►November 6, 2009 - When Should Flu Trigger A School Shutdown? - As flu season approaches, parents around the country are starting to face school closures. But how bad should an influenza outbreak be for a school to shut down? - Children's Hospital Boston, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►November 6, 2009 - Exclusive: Rare virus poses new threat to troops - The Washington Times - "U.S. military officials sent a medical team to a remote outpost in southern Afghanistan this week to take blood samples from members of an Army unit after a soldier in the unit died from an Ebola-like virus."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Roche, HSBC, Novartis Probed by Korea FDA on Tamiflu - Bloomberg

* ►November 6, 2009 - A culturally rich autism - The Globe and Mail

* ►November 6, 2009 - Laid-Off Merck Staff: Did You Get Your $112,000? - BNET

►November 6, 2009 - FDA Warns Companies against Marketing Illegal Flavored Cigarettes - FDA

►November 6, 2009 - House leaders race to finish health care bill - Democrats' plan gets AMA, AARP backing - The Washington Times

►November 6, 2009 - N.Y. bill would protect high-claims patients - The Washington Times

►November 6, 2009 - Pfizer Must Pay $75m Damages Over HRT Drug - The One Click Group

* ►November 6, 2009 - Marcia G. Yerman: The Gardasil Vaccine Series - An Interview with Merck & Co., Inc. - The Huffington Post

►November 6, 2009 - Tim Ellis: A Question of Harm -- The Legacy of Vaccination - The Huffington Post

* ►November 6, 2009 - High hopes for a malaria vaccine - The makers of Mosquirix announce a trial involving thousands of children in Africa. They aim to seek marketing approval as soon as 2012 and have a vaccine that reduces infections by 80% by 2025. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "The new vaccine uses two genetically engineered proteins from the surface of the Plasmodium sporozoites to induce immunity. It also contains an agent that stimulates the immune system to react more strongly to the proteins. Initial studies of the vaccine in children under 5 have shown that it can reduce infections by as much as 63%, but more often in the range of 50%. Its effects persist for at least a year."

* ►November 6, 2009 - Chimerix Updates the World Health Organization and the Global Health Security Initiative on Development of CMX001 as a Broad-Spectrum Therapeutic for Smallpox - press release - Chimerix, Inc. via PRnewswire via Earth Times

* ►November 6, 2009 - Human Vaccinia Infection After Contact with a Raccoon Rabies Vaccine Bait --- Pennsylvania, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

* ►November 6, 2009 - Human Rabies --- Missouri, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry Surveillance --- Four States, 2005--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments --- United States, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - Announcement: Vision Health Initiative Website - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - Announcement: Application Deadline for The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship --- December 4, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - QuickStats: Percentage of Children Aged <18 Years Who Had Excellent or Very Good Health,* by Race† --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►November 6, 2009 - Sarah Y. Park - Hawaii's chief epidemiologist is ever vigilant, looking to stop the next wave of any infectious disease from sweeping through our island communities - Honolulu Star Bulletin

►November 6, 2009 - Congo army attacked measle vaccine sites-aid agency - * Congo's army targeted mass vaccination of civilians-MSF * U.N. under pressure for supporting Congolese offensive - Reuters AlertNet

* ►November 6, 2009 - DR Congo army 'used aid as bait' - The Democratic Republic of Congo army has used vaccination clinics as "bait" to attack civilians, says aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). - BBC

* ►November 6, 2009 - Autism. Protest. By Alison MacNeil - Age of Autism

* ►November 6, 2009 - When Autism Behaviors Are Physical Pain By Libby Rupp - Age of Autism

►November 6, 2009 - Danish firm launches vitamin-rich gum for 3rd world kids - The Independent, UK - "Each piece of sugar-free gum in a pack of six contains 375 microgrammes of Vitamin A -- a recommended daily dose by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, according to the manufacturer, Gumlink Group."

►November 6, 2009 - British ICS Children's Database Disastrous Failure - The One Click Group

* ►November 5, 2009 - House Poised To Vote On Government Take Over Of Health Care  By Lee Bechtel, NHF National Lobbyist - press release - National Health Federation via The One Click Group - "House Democrats are scheduled to vote on H.R.3962, the Pelosi/Waxman government-run, health-care takeover bill on this Saturday, November 7th! It is urgent that you take immediate action to protect your health freedoms now. We ask all NHF members and others reading this to contact their Representative in opposition to this assault on American's health-care freedom of choice. Unless it is held up or voted down by the full House of Representatives, this could be the last chance to register your opposition to this legislation. People can use the NHF webpage to contact their Congressman or -woman by e-mail, phone, and fax HERE."

* ►November 5, 2009 - HHS admits overstating flu-vaccine availability - Health officials refuse to offer new estimates - The Washington Times

►November 5, 2009 - Supreme Court Seeks Pfizer Trovan Comment - Pharmalot

* ►November 5, 2009 - Lonza buys into immunogenicity - Lonza has bolstered its protein design capabilities by acquiring Algonomics, a CRO with technologies which predict immunogenicity to improve development of protein therapeutics and vaccines. - n-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►November 5, 2009 - NIH Awards $208 Million for Infectious Disease Research - NTI Global Security Newswire

* ►November 5, 2009 - From Gidget to Widget - Drugwonks - "The Boniva DTC campaign, features actress - and honest-to-goodness osteoporosis sufferer -- Sally Field. Supportive data, via IMS Health shows that prescriptions for Boniva were up 11% last year, and sales of the drug grew 25%, to $675.6 million."

►November 5, 2009 - Swine Flu Frenzy (opinion) - U.S. News & World Report

►November 5, 2009 - Crossing the line: how aggressive cells invade the brain - Max Planck Society via nanowerk

►November 5, 2009 - Breast feeding may not alter older kids' health - Reuters

►November 5, 2009 - Not all Dem governors for health reform - Medicaid cost feared as unfunded mandate - The Washington Times

* ►November 5, 2009 - Nation prepares for deadly bat virus - CNET News

►November 5, 2009 - It’s Official: University of Miami Hires Nemeroff - Pharmalot - "You may recall that Nemeroff, who currently works at Emory University, came to the Senate committee’s attention because he was accepting sizeable consulting fees from Glaxo at the asme that he was the primary investigator on an NIH-funded grant for research into a Glaxo drug (you can read background here and here). Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Repulican who spearheaded the Senate probe, is trying to force universities and the NIH to more aggressively monitor conflicts."

►November 5, 2009 - CVS says it is subject of FTC investigation - AP via Yahoo!

►November 5, 2009 - New Jersey R&D sites vital, says Merck CEO - US R&D facilities in Rahway and Kenilworth, New Jersey will remain operational as they are vital to the to the newly formed Merck Schering-Plough group, according to CEO Richard Clark. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►November 5, 2009 - Global Vaccines Market 2008-2023 By Bharatbook.com - Bharatbook.com included a new report on "Global Vaccines Market 2008-2023"  into its market report catalogue for reselling. - Bharat Book Bureau via PRMinds - "During this period, vaccines will be one of the fastest growing segments of the pharmaceutical market. Vaccine revenues will increase in size by several hundred percent between 2007 and 2023. This brand new in-depth report The Global Vaccines Market, 2008-2023 describes trends in the market both quantitatively and qualitatively. In recent years, this global vaccines market has undergone a renaissance, as the importance of vaccines in both developed and developing nations becomes underlined by epidemiological patterns and healthcare needs."

►November 5, 2009 - New Synthetic Molecules Trigger Immune Response to HIV and Prostate Cancer - Yale University via HealthNewsDigest

* ►November 5, 2009 - Common Plants Can Eliminate Indoor Air Pollutants - Air quality in homes, offices, and other indoor spaces is becoming a major health concern, particularly in developed countries where people often spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Surprisingly, indoor air has been reported to be as much as 12 times more polluted than outdoor air in some areas. Indoor air pollutants emanate from paints, varnishes, adhesives, furnishings, clothing, solvents, building materials, and even tap water. -  American Society for Horticultural Science, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►November 5, 2009 - D.C. Councilwoman proposes mass chemical ban - Washington Examiner - "'I’m sure this will generate a lot of heat and maybe a little light,' said Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who drafted the bill. ... 'I think we have to go with the best information that’s out there and not wait for a lagging [Environmental Protection Agency] to take action,' Cheh said."

* ►November 5, 2009 - Merck Experiments On 900 Women With Untested Breast Cancer Vaccine - Investors Concerned - Bloomberg via The One Click Group

* ►November 5, 2009 - Dutch pull Pfizer vaccine batch after infants die - 110,000 doses of anti-infection drug Prevenar quarantined after deaths - Reuters via MSNBC - "Dutch authorities say they have banned use of a batch of Pfizer's Prevenar, or Prevnar, after three infants died within two weeks of receiving the anti-infection vaccination. 'On average about 5 to 10 deaths are reported annually after babies get vaccines,' said a spokeswoman for the Dutch health institute RIVM. 'We now have three cases in a short period, that is unusual and the reason for suspending the batch.'"

* ►November 5, 2009 - Outbreak of mumps in Monsey, Spring Valley - The Journal News via LoHud.com - "At least 45 children in Rockland have been diagnosed with mumps, a highly infectious disease that is also being reported in communities in Brooklyn and Orange County, N.Y., according to the state Department of Health."

►November 5, 2009 - XMRV ME/CFS Breakthrough - Information Flow In Europe - The One Click Group

►November 5, 2009 - Doctors, Healthcare Workers And Patients Refusing Swine Flu Vaccine In Britain - Pulse via The One Click Group

* ►November 5, 2009 - Allen McDuffee: Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites - The Huffington Post - "Shortly after the Pentagon announced that all Armed Services personnel would soon be facing a mandatory H1N1 vaccination program, I started receiving email from soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors because of a previous story I had written on the anthrax vaccine . Mandatory vaccine programs are a sensitive subject in the military, so it's not a huge surprise that swift and visceral reactions to the program gained speed. With a vaccine that was so new and little known about it, like many Americans, troops were heading to the web to find answers to their very legitimate questions -- not only for themselves, but for their families who have the option of receiving the vaccine on base. What they found instead is that several websites and blogs with key information asking critical questions had been blocked from their viewing.  Among those that were repeatedly mentioned as blocked sites are the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), the site for Gary Matsumoto's book Vaccine-A, and vaccine expert Dr. Meryl Nass. NVIC is a national, non-profit founded in 1980s that, through public education, advocates 'vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system.' Matsumoto's site contains a forum in which thousands upon thousands of service members have posted testimonies regarding their experiences with the anthrax vaccine. And Nass is one of the world's foremost experts on vaccines who has testified in front of Congressional committees -- and, I might add, never has had a malpractice suit brought against her."

* ►November 5, 2009 - Update: Polish Health Minister, a family doctor, tells Parliament she will not allow use of untested swine flu jabs: reveals secret contracts violate the law - The Flu Case - "The Polish Health Minister Eva Kopacz today told Parliament during a heated debate on the swine flu vaccination that she, as a qualified family doctor with more than 20 year of experience, will not authorise the use of untested vaccines on millions of people in Poland when there is inadequate information about the safety of the jabs. She said the secret contract that the Polish government was supposed to sign with pharmaceutical companies had more than 20 clauses which are against the law. Kopacz noted that governments in Western Europe had signed secret agreements with pharmaceutical companies, but suggested that the prosperity of the people of Poland was more important to her than the profits of Big Pharma. She noted that there are three vaccines proposed for Poland with different types of adjuvants and was concerned that these vaccines were all being treated as if they were the same."

* ►November 5, 2009 - The Media and the Flu - In Depth & Analysis - video - The National via CBC - "Wendy Mesley hosts a panel discussion about how the media has covered the swine flu story. Has it informed, or alarmed, the public? Dr. Allison McGeer and Dr. Richard Schabas join in the discussion."

►November 5, 2009 - Four more H1N1 deaths in Alberta; one in Calgary - Vancouver Sun

►November 5, 2009 - Infection of farmed animals with the pandemic virus - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 briefing note 15 - WHO

* ►November 5, 2009 - Truck Carrying H1N1 Vaccines Stolen From Clinic - Suspect Arrested, Police Looking For Two More Men (includes video) - WISN Milwaukee

* ►November 5, 2009 - Israeli Health Ministry Challenged On Swine Flu Vaccines - Dr Daisy J. Stern, MD via Israel Truth Times via The One Click Group

* ►November 4, 2009 - This is a letter addressed to Professor Engelhard of the Ministry of Health. It will also be a petition; please sign too, specially if you are an MD, an RN, etc. Either they listen, or we do a Bagatz. LAWYERS WELCOME TOO!! - Daisy, J. Stern, MD via Israel Truth Times

* ►November 4, 2009 - Quebec woman dies after contracting H1N1 virus - CTV Montreal - "A 42-year-old Quebec woman has died from complications resulting from the H1N1 virus. ... She had also received the H1N1 vaccination on Oct. 29, two days before coming down with symptoms of the flu."

* ►November 4, 2009 - Nabi Pharmaceuticals moves forward with smoker’s vaccine - Washington Business Journal

►November 4, 2009 - Evolution of pandemic H1N1 2009 in animals - Recent identification of the virus in different animal species is no additional cause for alarm - OIE

►November 4, 2009 - Q&A with Amy Wallace, author of Wired’s autism/vaccination article An Epidemic of Fear - Paul Smalera via Trueslant.com

* ►November 4, 2009 - Effect of Season of Inoculation on Immune Response to Rubella Vaccine in Children - journal article (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics)

►November 4, 2009 - Swine-Flu Deaths Higher in the Elderly - Wall Street Journal via www.nnii.org (abstract)

* ►November 4, 2009 - Offer Incentives, but Carefully (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Frank A. D’Amelio may be worth the $6 million of compensation he received last year as chief financial officer for Pfizer. But it’s questionable for the drug company to also pay him a $1.2 million bonus — half in cash and half in stock — for his role in acquiring its rival Wyeth. Rewarding executives for going shopping is daft."

►November 4, 2009 - We Need to Put Vitamin D Back in Children and Adolescents - Many U.S. children and adolescents have low vitamin D levels, and such levels are associated with adverse physiologic processes. - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►November 4, 2009 - NIH Awards More than 50 Grants to Boost Search for Causes, Improve Treatments for Autism - NIH News

►November 4, 2009 - Merck, now No. 2 drugmaker, set for future buys - AP via The Boston Globe

►November 4, 2009 - In the Pipeline Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been. . .? - Corante

►November 4, 2009 - Teacher whose students voted Port St. Lucie autistic boy out of classroom might return to work this month - TCPalm.com

►November 4, 2009 - Mobile Microscopes Illuminate the Brain - Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft via Biocompare

* ►November 4, 2009 - Catholic schools get special education grants - Foundation started by Kensington parent gives out more than $100,000 - Gazette.Net

►November 4, 2009 - Genetic steps to adaptation (requires registration) - The Scientist

►November 3, 2009 - Sights And Sounds Of Emotion Trigger Big Brain Responses - Researchers at the University of York have identified a part of the brain that responds to both facial and vocal expressions of emotion. - University of York via ScienceDaily

►November 3, 2009 - CDC Interim Guidance for Workers who are Employed at Commercial Swine Farms: Preventing the Spread of Influenza A Viruses, Including the 2009 H1N1 Virus - CDC

* ►November 3, 2009 - Half of Americans Reject H1N1 Vaccine - Poll: Only 52 percent of Americans are likely to get the swine flu vaccine. -  MCT News Service via Hartford Courant

* ►November 2, 2009 - Rulings stop mandatory vaccination for hospital employees - GazetteOnline.com - "A hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination program will end after rulings were made Monday in favor of two unions. Tom Moore, spokesman for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said although the rulings applied only to union members, the flu shots would no longer be mandatory for any hospital worker."

* ►November 2, 2009 - Attorney General Writes Seasonal Flu Vaccine Makers, Distributors Regarding Alleged Price Gouging, Preferential Treatment - press release - Connecticut Attorney General's Office

* ►November 2, 2009 - Progress Made on Group B Streptococcus Vaccine - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via Biocompare

* ►November 2, 2009 - Nonprofit company makes its owners wealthy - While the state cuts services for the disabled, the owners of a company that provides vocational help for them have made more than $7 million in five years. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►November 2009 - Potential for immunotherapy with heat-killed Mycobacterium vaccae in respiratory medicine - journal article (Immunotherapy)

►November 2009 - Guidance for Industry Use of Nucleic Acid Tests to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of West Nile Virus from Donors of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion (pdf) - FDA

* ►October 30, 2009 - England Chief Medical Officer Calls H1N1 Vaccine Resistors “Extremists” - Comments ignorant of public backlash against swine flu shot - PrisonPlanet.com

* ►October 30, 2009 - Medical chief warns of extremists’ attacking flu vaccination campaign - The Times, UK

* ►October 30, 2009 - Switzerland restricts use of GlaxoSmithKline swine flu vaccine - Switzerland on Friday restricted the use of British drugs group GlaxoSmithKline's swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, excluding pregnant women, minors and people over the age of 60. - AFP via PhysOrg.com - "The regulator added that it was still examining a second Novartis vaccine, Celtura. Citing anonymous sources, Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger had reported on Saturday that Celtura had problems gaining regulatory approval here due to possible bacterial contamination. The vaccine is produced by a technique using cell cultures from dog kidneys, allowing more rapid production than by the more classical method using chicken eggs, according to the company. However, Tages Anzeiger said Swissmedic had found bacterial contamination in test batches of Celtura. A spokesman at Swissmedic told AFP then that the agency could 'neither confirm nor deny' the report, while Novartis had denied that it was facing problems gaining approval for the vaccine."

* ►October 30, 2009 - GPs need 50% swine flu jab rate for extra pay - Healthcare Republic - "Over half of at-risk patients will need to be vaccinated against swine flu for GPs to qualify for payments beyond the basic £5.25 per jab."

►October 30, 2009 - New York Times Examines Debate Over U.S. Global Health Spending Priorities - Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report

* ►October 29, 2009 - Do Yearly Influenza Vaccinations for Children Affect Immunity Against Pandemic Strains? (requires registration) - The Lancet Infectious Diseases via Medscape

►October 27, 2009 - Vaccination avoiders put everyone at risk - MinnPost

* ►October 26, 2009 - Experts try to quell H1N1 vaccine fears - Toronto Star via Healthzone.ca - "The place: A gathering of academics and science-types at a downtown bar. The topic: The H1N1 vaccine. So who plans on getting it? asks the moderator. Of 100 people in the room, only a dozen hands shoot up. Another dozen say they have no intention. Everyone else is on the fence."

* ►October 26, 2009 - Who's cashing in on swine flu? - viideo - The National via CBC

* ►October 23, 2009 - Medication and Parent Training in Children With Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Serious Behavior Problems: Results From a Randomized Clinical Trial. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

New Autism Medical Textbook Released - Ari e-newsletter autism.com

* Desiree Jennings: A Flu Shot Gone Wrong (includes video) - AOL Health - "AOL Health: There have been some rumors online about people wondering if your symptoms and one of your initial diagnoses, dystonia, have all been a fraud. How have you reacted? Jennings: I have been appalled to say the least. I have even received threatening e-mails from another well-known person suffering from dystonia. I have never heard of the disabled harassing the disabled."

* Summary of Product Characteristics - Pandemrix suspension and emulsion for emulsion for injection. Pandemic influenza vaccine (H1N1)v (split virion, inactivated, adjuvanted) (pdf) - www.emea.europa.eu

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