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The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and food… Americas health has been BOUGHT. Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. Three big, BIG, okay… HUGE topics in one film. Why? Why not 3 films, why put all this in one movie? Great question, 2 answers. 1st and most importantly: We need to band together. We need a mainstream film, not another radical movie that only interests the “already converted”. Over 5 million people supported Prop 37 in CA. Reportedly, over 2 million worldwide marched against Monsanto in a global protest. There...ane vaccine expansion, and our love affair with pharmaceuticals- it’s the same villain. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence. There is something horribly wrong with health care today. Huge money, billions and billions of dollars flowing into the same pockets. Meanwhile, MD’s aren’t being allowed to actually practice the art of medicine and anyone who questions vaccination safety, pharmaceuticals, factory farms, etc. is ridiculed and belittled. Meanwhile, the billions keep flowing, carried on a river of pain and anguish. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. Three huge stories, each worthy of multiple films, but each brought together by one staggering fact: it’s the same villain. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, in a tale of corruption, greed and shocking lack of conscience.

 

Picks of the Day May 6, 2010


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* May 7, 2010 - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting (pdf) - FDA

* May 6, 2010 - Response to feature Wakefield’s "autistic enterocolitis" under the microscope from ESPGHAN - Deirdre Kelly, President, ESPGHAN Liver Unit, Birmingham Children's Hospital, David Branski - journal article (BMJ)

* May 6, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Wakefield’s "autistic enterocolitis" under the microscope Wakefield’s Lancet Paper Vindicated – [Yet Again] - Clifford G Miller, Commercial lawyer, former University lecturer and graduate physicist  - journal article (BMJ)

* May 6, 2010 - Wakefield’s Lancet Paper Vindicated – [Yet Again] - Child Health Safety - "So will Dr Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet now “unretract” The Lancet paper? Read the abstract of the new US research vindicating Wakefield’s work here: [2320.7] GI Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): An Autism Treatment Network Study"

* May 6, 2010 - Wakefield Book “Callous Disregard” – Launch 29 May - Child Health Safety

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccine May Trigger Early Start of Infant Epilepsy, Vaccine Apologist Shrugs Off Science - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Experts on the 'Search for a Quick and Dirty Explanation' By Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Derek Bickerton on Psychology Today Blog Questions Frontline's Autism Vaccine War Program - Age of Autism

* May 6, 2010 - Reason.tv: Do Vaccines Cause Autism? (includes video) - Reason.tv

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting Background Material - Porcine Circovirus and Rotavirus Vaccines - FDA

* May 6, 2010 - Limited stocks of flu vaccines targeted at high-risk patients - BusinessDay, ZA

* May 6, 2010 - Crucell wins UNICEF vaccine order after rival's recall - * $110 million order to supply UNICEF childhood vaccines * Shantha Biotechnics aims to resume supply by end-2010 * UNICEF to review future needs mid-year * Crucell shares up 1.4 percent - Reuters India

* May 6, 2010 - Crucell Announces New Award of $110 Million for Paediatric Vaccine Quinvaxem(R) by UNICEF to Support Vaccination Programs in the Developing World - press release - Crucell N.V via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Quinvaxem(R) is the only fully liquid pentavalent DTwP-HepB-Hib vaccine that is free from the preservative thiomersal. It is an optimal solution for protection against five potentially deadly childhood diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemoplilus influenza type b infection and hepatitis B."

* May 6, 2010 - Vaccine trial's next phase ready to begin - Bangkok Post - "The second and much larger phase of the clinical trial of the locally-made type-A (H1N1) influenza vaccine will start next week, the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation says."

* May 6, 2010 - Hunt for the next big cancer vaccine fraught with peril - FierceVaccines

* May 6, 2010 - New Novartis vaccine guards mice against E. coli - FierceVaccines

* May 6, 2010 - Clinical Aspects of Pandemic 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* May 6, 2010 - Information Technology and Global Surveillance of Cases of 2009 H1N1 Influenza (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* May 6, 2010 - Congress Probes J&J Over Tylenol Recall - Pharmalot

* May 6, 2010 - Measles claims 223 children as apostolic faith sect resist vaccinations - ZimEye

* May 6, 2010 - Folic Acid Does Not Cause Cancer So Who Made the Mistake? Comment by Andrew W. Saul, Editor-In-Chief, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

* May 6, 2010 - LaGrange Middle School closed today after mercury spill - Poughkeepsie Journal - "None of the approximately 900 students was reported ill, including the 53 who were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in the Town Poughkeepsie as a precaution."

* May 5, 2010 - Arlington school chief says all students OK after mercury spill- Poughkeepsie Journal - "Earlier in the day, a woman led her barefoot child, clad in a blue paper suit, to a waiting car for the trip home from the Poughkeepsie hospital. Meanwhile, about 12 other LaGrange Middle School students wearing yellow, white and blue hazmat coveralls chatted outside the hospital, awaiting their chance to get decontaminated. A few parents were waiting as well. The hospital has set up a decontamination center inside the emergency room. It took a while because each child had to take off their hazmat suit and clothing, get showered down and then put on a paper garment to wear out when they got picked up by their parents, said Bob Savage, CEO of St. Francis Hospital. Vital signs were taken on each patient and they were interviewed for possible symptoms, he said."

* May 5, 2010 - More Parents Refuse, Delay Child's Vaccinations - Despite Delays and Refusals, Overall Vaccination Rate Goes Up - WebMD

* May 5, 2010 - National Autism Association Urges Florida Governor's Refusal of Flawed Restraint & Seclusion Bill - Gutted bill strips away ability to prevent abusive treatments of children in Florida classrooms - press release - National Autism Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* May 5, 2010 -  Vaccines and Autism: Not a debate, a battle - The Vaccine War avoids the "tell two sides" trap. - The Radical Behaviorist via Psychology Today - "Last week, PBS Frontline aired an episode on the vaccine-autism story.  I'm not going to call it a controversy, because it isn't.  Vaccines don't cause autism, the science is clear.  Both the MMR-causes-autism and thimerosal-in-vaccines hypotheses have been explored extensively.  Neither notion holds water.  I've written previously about the vaccine-autism mythology, especially the Andrew Wakefield-inspired MMR-autism fiasco."

* May 5, 2010 - Offit Offensive Has Failed, Vaccine-Autism War Continues, Child Vaccine Refusals Increase in U.S. - Adventures in Autism - "I was going to write something, but it turns out Harold already wrote it. So go read it there."

* May 5, 2010 - Another reason to reject some vaccines - letter - Bakersfield Californian

* May 5, 2010 - Fact versus myth on vaccinating children - The Oregonian via OregonLive.com

* May 5, 2010 - Inhalable Measles Vaccine Seen as Treatment Boon (includes video) - CBS News - "The process developed by a team of researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, basically involves taking a deep breath from the inhalable powdered vaccine - which gets sent straight into a recipient's lungs. Here's a short video explaining how the vaccine works."

* May 5, 2010 - CU researchers developing revolutionary new vaccine - New measles vaccine to undergo human trials this summer (includes video) - KWGN.com - "They also invented the inexpensive device that disperses the powder and is inhaled by a child. 'It goes into the lungs, through the throat, through the nose, through a face mask. Within 30 seconds, the vaccination is over. There's no needle punctures, no blood, no pain,' says Sievers."

* May 5, 2010 - Wake Forest Baptist Researcher Works to Improve Efficacy of Nicotine Vaccination - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via Newswise

* May 5, 2010 - What Intermune's Smackdown Tells Us About the FDA - The Science Business via Forbes

* May 5, 2010 - When the FDA Ignores Its Advisors - The Science Business via Forbes - "Wall Street thought the FDA would approve Intermune's lung drug pirfenidone because a panel of doctors convened by the FDA  voted 9 to 3 in favor of approval two months ago.  Wrong. Blowing off its advisors, the FDA  demanded a new trial that will take years to perform. Intermune shares plunged 76% on the news. It has become a disturbing pattern in recent years. An FDA advisory panel votes for one thing--to approve a drug, or to reject it.  Then the FDA turns around and does something totally different, stunning investors."

* May 5, 2010 - Rewind | Q&A on Dendreon's new prostate cancer vaccine Provenge - Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton, Dr. Celestia Higano, professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and David Miller, CEO of Biotech Stock Research conducted a live Q&A Tuesday, May 4, 2010, to discuss the FDA approval of the prostate cancer vaccine, Provenge, which was created by Seattle-based biotech firm Dendreon. - The Seattle Times

* May 5, 2010 - New study highlights an unexplored HIV vax path - FierceVaccines

* May 5, 2010 - Jury finds drugmakers liable in first hepatitis C trial - Las Vegas Sun - "Henry Chanin, 62, sued Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., the two companies that made and distributed, respectively, the anesthetic propofol used at Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, where Chanin was infected with hepatitis C during a routine procedure."

* May 5, 2010 - Vaccination Week of the Americas targets 44 countries, including Haiti (includes audio) - UNICEF

* May 5, 2010 - Childhood vaccine program to continue after previously being cut - All Washington children will again have access to HPV vaccine - Washington State Department of Health

* May 5, 2010 - House committee will look into recall of children's drugs after Tylenol recall (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Reps. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a joint statement that they are 'deeply concerned' about the recall, which affects an estimated 70 percent of the market for over-the-counter pediatric liquid medicines. It involves such brand names as Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec, in addition to Tylenol."

* May 5, 2010 - Continuing education is crucial to a mandatory vaccination policy - OSHA Healthcare Advisor - "A mandatory influenza vaccination policy cannot stand alone. In fact, continued education and promotional efforts are just as important to help communicate the positive effects of vaccination, answer questions for healthcare workers, and encourage compliance, says Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine and medical director of occupational health (infectious diseases) at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals both in St. Louis. 'Just because you have a mandate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t provide encouragement and incentives, publicity, and themed campaigns and other things that make it a little more fun and exciting to still keep people’s enthusiasm and to really keep the focus still on the safety of the patient,' Babcock says."

* May 5, 2010 - H1N1 Often Hit the Young and Healthy - WHO report, issued a year after outbreak began, finds this flu had new targets - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* May 5, 2010 - Shedding light on the mysterious Lyme disease - Patient suffered from painful symptoms of 'the great masquerader' until specialist got a handle on disease - Chicago Sun-Times

* May 5, 2010 - Dogs killed for eating rabid bat - First confirmed rabies case in county in at least 21 years - Galesburg Register-Mail

* May 5, 2010 - Public health review called child flu vaccination program - Mandurah Mail, AU

* May 5, 2010 - May 7, 2010: Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting Briefing Document - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Background information regarding the discovery of porcine circovirus 1 (PCV1) DNA sequences in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix®) and the development and use of advanced analytical methods in the characterization of cell substrates - FDA

* May 5, 2010 - Proper Name: Influenza Virus Vaccine - FluLaval ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec, License #1739 - Active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine  - FDA

* May 5, 2010 - Fusion Protein May Enhance Efficacy of Influenza Vaccine (requires registration) - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) 13th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research via Medscape Medical News

* May 5, 2010 - Pandemic Flu and Vaccine Development: An Expert Interview With Patricia Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP (requires registration) - Annual Conference of Pediatric Health Care via Medscape Pediatrics - "Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) must play an active role in influenza vaccination efforts, according to a presentation at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) 31st Annual Conference of Pediatric Health Care, held from April 15 to 17 in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about NAPNAP's liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), current information related to the influenza pandemic, and the development processes for the H1N1 vaccines, Medscape Nurses interviewed presenter Patricia Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, director of infectious disease, immunology, and infection prevention at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul."

* May 5, 2010 - Pneumococcal Vaccination and Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction and Stroke in Men (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

* May 5, 2010 - Preventing Myocardial Infarction With Vaccination - Myths and Realities - journal article (JAMA)

* May 5, 2010 - Vical Begins Phase 1 Trial of DNA Vaccine Against H1N1 Pandemic Influenza - Vical via GlobeNewswire

* May 5, 2010 - Scancell Holdings Plc ('Scancell' or the 'Company') Clinical Trial Approval for SCIB1 melanoma vaccine study - Scancell Holdings via Business Wire via Alpha Trade

* May 5, 2010 - Merck & Co. continues to expand its vaccine manufacturing operations in Durham. - Merck via GlobeNewswire

* May 5, 2010 - Utah Sues Drugmakers Over Antipsychotic Marketing - Pharmalot

* May 5, 2010 - J&J Sales Reps Must Ride With Compliance Police - Pharmalot

* May 5, 2010 - UPDATE 1-US warns Roche, Shire on misleading drug promotions - * Genentech cited for Rituxan, Shire for bowel drugs  * Shire says stopped using materials * Genentech says working to remove materials - Reuters

* May 5, 2010 - Interactive map of US clinical trials initiated in 2009 - Outsourcing-Pharma presents an interactive map showing the clinical trials initiated in 2009 by each state in the US, using data from the report presented this week at BIO 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, US. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

* May 5, 2010 - Mitochondrial Mutations - journal article (JAMA)

* May 5, 2010 - Vacuuming up root causes of allergies - Toronto Star via Healthzone.ca - "Debbie Christie is happily allowing researchers to minutely study every room in her house — dust mites and all — because it may give clues as to whether her year-old son Will is likely to develop allergies and asthma. It may also shed light on why her 12-year-old son Daniel has asthma and a severe peanut allergy and why nine-year-old Matthew is autistic."

* May 4, 2010 - A Population-Based Evaluation of a Publicly Funded, School-Based HPV Vaccine Program in British Columbia, Canada: Parental Factors Associated with HPV Vaccine Receipt - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* May 4, 2010 - Herpes Zoster Vaccine Is Safe, but Financial and Other Barriers Limit Its Use (requires registration) - Annals of Internal Medicine via Medscape Pediatrics

* May 4, 2010 - Extending vaccine benefits to developing world will require innovation - Creative vaccine distribution strategies, improved vaccine technologies and more rapid manufacturing timetables were among ideas speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies proposed during a symposium on vaccine-preventable diseases in the developing world. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - New drugs, vaccine development key to malaria eradication - Developing new medications and vaccines for malaria, as well as establishing treatment and prevention programs in endemic regions will play integral roles in eradicating malaria from the world, according to a panel of speakers at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, held here. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - Pfizer Profit Beats Estimates on Added Wyeth Products (Update3) - Bloomberg via Businessweek - "Pfizer counts the pneumonia vaccine Prevnar and the depression pill Effexor among the medicines gained in its $68 billion purchase of Wyeth, completed in October. Products from Wyeth contributed more than $3 billion to Pfizer’s sales in the quarter. The health-care law, enacted in March, cut revenue for the period by $56 million, the company said."

* May 4, 2010 - Swine flu shot urged - The Advocate, AU

* May 4, 2010 - Heck trial: Prosecutors question defendant about his temper, allege inconsistent testimonies - The Post-Bulletin - "She said she went to their mobile home and looked at the infant and said it was similar to bruising and swelling she had seen on her own children following immunizations. She told the couple to apply heat and ice. She testified that Jordan was not crying."

* May 4, 2010 - NBA Legend Bob Lanier and Milwaukee Bucks' Jerry Stackhouse Join Vaccines for Teens Educational... - PRNewswire via Forbes

* May 4, 2010 - And The Average Salary In Pharma Is… - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - Gluten-Autism Link Doesn't Hold Up, Review Reveals - No support for the use of gluten-free, casein-free diets in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders - Consumer Affairs

* May 4, 2010 - Mexico May Fine More Drugmakers For Collusion - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - Best Evidence Interview: Older Parents and Autism -- Questions on the Rise in Autism Continue (requires registration) - Best Evidence Interviews in Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

* May 4, 2010 - Approaches to evaluating the febrile child have changed over time - The way physicians evaluate children with fever has evolved, especially with the advent of conjugate vaccines, Eugene D. Shapiro MD, an Infectious Diseases in Children editorial board member said here during a presentation at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. - Pediatric Supersite

* May 4, 2010 - How to communicate with autistic children - They seemed locked in a world of their own. How to use sympathetic body language to help them engage with the outside world - The London Times

* May 4, 2010 - Will States Restrict Their Whistleblower Lawsuits? - Pharmalot

* May 4, 2010 - United Nations Humanitarian Fund Gives US$5.6 Million To Fight Measles In Zimbabwe - Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) via ReliefWeb

* May 2010 - Structures of influenza A proteins and insights into antiviral drug targets - journal article (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology)

* May 2010 - Positive Deamidated Gliadin Peptide Antibodies and Negative Tissue Transglutaminase IgA Antibodies in a Pediatric Population: To Biopsy or Not To Biopsy - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

* April 24, 2010 - Patients with humoral primary immunodeficiency do not develop protective anti-influenza antibody titers after vaccination with trivalent subunit influenza vaccine. - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

* April 2010 - Neurodevelopmental Functioning in Children With FAS, pFAS, and ARND - journal article (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)