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Posted February 28, 2004:

►February 27, 2004 - Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (update) - Questions and Answers on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - CBER via  FDA

►February 24, 2004 - Violative Advertising and Promotional Labeling Letter: Rabies Immune Globulin (Human), Imogam Rabies-HT and Rabies Vaccine, Imovax Rabies (Aventis Pasteur Inc) (update) - CBER via  FDA

►February 26, 2004 - U.S. to Study Importing Canada Drugs but Choice of Leader Prompts Criticism (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 21, 2004 - Bush Chooses the F.D.A.'s Chief to Run Medicare and Medicaid (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 26, 2004 - To Trim Deficit, Greenspan Urges Social Security and Medicare Cuts (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 27, 2004 - Survey Finds Confusion on Medicare Drug Law (requires registration or subscription) - Kaiser poll reveals that few seniors understand the new prescription benefits plan. Education efforts are in the works. - Los Angeles Times

►February 25, 2004 - Mercy, feeling pinch, cuts 27 management positions positions - Will eliminate pediatric residency program - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►February 25, 2004 - Hospitals sock uninsured with much bigger bills Insurance companies, Medicare get huge discounts individuals can't - USA Today

►February 22, 2004 - Seeking a buyer, Tenet gives MCP 3-month reprieve - The Philadelphia Inquirer

►February 26, 2004 - ViaHealth's profits. finances recovering - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►February 20, 2004 - Sutter adopts new model; East Bay an early market - East Bay Business Times via www.bizjournals.com

►February 23, 2004 - UCSF doctors see epidemic of fatal medical mistakes - Authors say hospital system changes can prevent errors that kill thousands - San Francisco Chronicle

►February 24, 2004 - Preventing Medical Errors: U-M hospital's goal: Safest in the nation -
Improving labeling, records is part of effort - Detroit Free Press

►February 22, 2004 - Hospitals embracing information technology -
Computer systems replacing the pen and pad - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►February 20, 2004 - Hospitals take high-tech, low-tech roads to curb medical mishaps - Baltimore Business Journal via
www.bizjournals.com

►February 25, 2004 - Johnson Scrambles to Hold Lead in Heart Stents (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 27, 2004 - Insurer tightening use of imaging tests - The Boston Globe

►February 25, 2004 - CIGNA To Present New Line Of Products (requires registration or subscription) - The Hartford Courant

►February 22, 2004 - A Year Later, Efforts Are on to Avoid Another Botched Transplant (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times

►February 25, 2004 - Hopkins group had pattern of errors - Drug mix-ups, unqualified staff led to broader probe; Child died after home care lapse - The Baltimore Sun

►February 26, 2004 - Ohio cities, hospitals get $2 million for blackout - Cleveland Plain Dealer

►February 26, 2004 - House approves patients' rights bill - 'Taylor's law' allows testimony before disciplinary board - The Boston Globe

►February 25, 2004 - County Officials Want Help With Hospital Laws (requires registration or subscription) - L.A. County and O.C. supervisors ask the governor for legal waivers and repair funds if facilities lag in nursing ratios and safety. - Los Angeles Times

►February 23, 2004 - Johns Hopkins Settles in Toddler's Death (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times

►February 24, 2004 - FDA's new status quo - The Boston Globe

►February 25, 2004 - Biopure CEO resigns - Moore's departure amid company's woes sparks 16% stock drop - The Boston Globe

►February 27, 2004 - The Hospital's Strategic Advantage in a Consumer-Driven Marketplace - HealthLeaders News - Hospital leaders are often looking for ways to keep speciality physicians, and their patients, from leaving for specialty facilities. HealthLeaders member Anthony Cirillo says hospital leaders may have some advantages to offer physicians that they may not have considered.

►February 25, 2004 - State launches site on ordering Canadian drugs - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►February 27, 2004 - Drug firms lose bid in court - Bloomberg News via The Boston Globe

►February 25, 2004 - Drug Maker Schering-Plough Lays Off 200 - AP via Yahoo!

►February 26, 2004 - CEO urges creation of U.S. drug foundation - Needy patients would receive free medicines - The Star-Ledger

►February 26, 2004 - Bar Codes Favored to Cut Hospitals' Drug Errors (requires registration or subscription) - Health Chief Maps Rules To Encourage Their Use - The Washington Post

►February 26, 2004 - Illinois Couple Sues Over U.S. Drug Import Ban (requires registration or subscription) - The Washington Post

►February 25, 2004 - Senators Threaten to Stall Nomination (requires registration or subscription) - McCain and Dorgan Seek Explanation of McClellan's Drug Importation Stand - The Washington Post

►February 24, 2004 - Clinic has key role in Lilly's testing of new medications - Suicide shines light on lab and evolution of human drug trials. - The Indianapolis Star

►February 25, 2004 - Despite Missteps, Eli Lilly Is a Hard Stock to Bet Against (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 26, 2004 - Scavengers beware! (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet

►February 25, 2004 - Tumors traced to founder family (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet

►February 24, 2004 - Heard the latest on HRT? (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet

►February 23, 2004 - UK reviews approach to GM (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet

►February 23, 2004 - Probiotics - dead or alive (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet 

►February 20, 2004 - Breast knows best (requires registration or subscription) - BioMedNet

►March 5, 2004 - The development of antimicrobials and vaccines against bacterial bioterrorism agents – where are we? (requires registration or subscription) - Over the next five years, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to discover and develop or improve treatment and prevention modalities for agents of bioterrorism. The NIH has recently funded eight centers designated as 'Research Centers of Excellence.' These centers have been awarded $350 000 000 to develop new antibiotics and vaccines to protect the US population from agents of bioterrorism, as well as novel means to detect them. Several other programs are currently under consideration and/or development at the NIH to further expand our scientific armamentarium against these agents. Similar funds are being spent to upgrade the sadly neglected public health infrastructure. The salient question is: will this strategy prove successful in protecting the US from future bioterrorism attacks? - Drug Discovery Today via BioMedNet Magazine

►February 25, 2004 - A new cancer drug in the pipeline? (requires registration or subscription) - (Commentary) - BioMedNet

►February 23, 2004 - Non-enzymatic nitric oxide production in the apoplast of plant cells (requires registration or subscription) - (Commentary) - BioMedNet

►February 23, 2004 - CHOP kills brain cells - (requires registration or subscription) - (Commentary) - BioMedNet

►February 23, 2004 - The structure of MutY adenine DNA glycosylase reveals how it recognises mismatches between adenine and 8-oxoguanine - (requires registration or subscription) - (Commentary) - BioMedNet

►February 29, 2004 - Health: Don’t sniff at flu threat - Malay Mail via www.emedia.com.my

►February 27, 2004 - Bill could save lives of deer - If killed, six would be tested for chronic wasting disease - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via www.jsonline.com

►2004 - Cold, Flu, Anthrax Symptoms  - www.ktvu.com

►February 28, 2004 - Another suspected bird flu case hits Japan - AFP via www.channelnewsasia.com

►February 29, 2004 - More livestock test positive for bird flu in Japan - AFP via
www.channelnewsasia.com

►February 28, 2004 - Judge confirms legal aid refusal in MMR litigation - The Guardian, UK

►February 28, 2004 - Hepatitis alert sounded across New Hampshire - The Union Leader

►2004 - Hepatitis A Treatment Clinics - AP via  www.thewmurchannel.com

►February 28, 2004 - Va. worker may have caught avian flu - Fell ill as it swept the Shenandoah Valley's poultry farms in 2002 - Richmond Times-Dispatch

►February 28, 2004 - Raccoon tests positive for rabies - Venice Gondolier Sun

►February 28, 2004 - Concern growing over youth doing their own piercings, tattoos - AP via The Times and Democrat

►February 28, 2004 - Hepatitis A warning issued for customers of New Hampshire Taco Bell - AP via Capital News 9

►February 28, 2004 - Preventive Health Care in the USA - National Center for Health Statistics via Medical News Today

►February 28, 2004 - Poll: 'Sin tax' increases supported by more than half of Michigan voters - AP via www.mlive.com

►February 28, 2004 - Doctors urged to watch for tapeworm - AP via The Oregonian via www.kgw.com

►February 28, 2004 - Oregon Hispanics susceptible to tapeworm infection - AP via www.katu.com

►February 28, 2004 - Asia Faces Huge Cost in Bird Flu Fight - Reuters via Yahoo!

►February 28, 2004 - 'Vigilance is necessary to curb avian flu' - www.iol.co.za

►February 27, 2004 - Racing ban looms as equine flu resurfaces - Saturday Weekend Argus via www.iol.co.za

►February 29, 2004 - Infant vaccine supply all out - The Sunday Tasmanian via www.news.com.au

►February 28, 2004 - Parents stand firm on MMR rejection - The Journal via http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk
 
►February 21, 2004 - Bird Flu Politics Hits Poor Hardest - The Nation/ANN via http://e.sinchew-i.com

►February 28, 2004 - Fiona Phillips: Why Jabs Are Needling Me - www.mirror.co.uk - "MUM used to regale me with tales of how I nearly died when I was five. I had measles very badly and it damaged my eyesight...When I had mumps I screamed the house down because my throat hurt so much. Back then, in the 60s, having both illnesses was almost considered a rite of passage. My immune system did its best with both of them and consequently I have lifelong immunity to both diseases...I passed that resistance on to my children in the first and most vulnerable year of their lives. If I had been vaccinated against measles, sure my eyesight would be a lot better, but I believe my children might not have inherited a natural resistance and could have died before the age of one."

Comment:  Excellent opinion piece.  For more on the problem of immunity re: vaccines compared to measles, go to Scandals: What Is Wrong With This Picture?, Scandals: When is an oops not really an oops?  When you get to solve the problems you cause, and make money doing both!, Scandals: Playing With Fire - It's Not EASY To Fool Mother Nature, and Scandals: Don't Worry, Be Happy.

►March 1, 2004 - New Cancer Drugs Offer Patients Hope, Drug Makers Success - Investor's Daily Business

►February 28, 2004 - Weighing in when junior tips the scales - Children today are not just getting fatter, they're getting fatter faster than previous generations. As Alanna Mitchell reports, there are ways a parent can deal successfully with this troubling trend - The Globe and Mail

►February 29, 2004 - Kyoto bird flu outbreak kills 67,500 chickens - The Yomiuri Shimbun
 
►February 28, 2004 - Experts urge early reporting on bird flu outbreaks - Mainichi Daily News

►February 23, 2004 - Autistic Children Featured In Mind Institute Campaign - Mind Institute: We Want Scenarios To Be Authentic - www.thekcrachannel.com

►January/February 2004 - Autism: What's Sex Got to do With It - Psychology Today

►February 27, 2004 - Water Warning Vexes Parents - Fear and Anger Expressed Over D.C.'s Lead Problem (requires registration) - The Washington Post

►February 27, 2004 - Couple take US Health Department to court over buying drugs abroad - Medical News Today

►February 26, 2004 - Bill banning mercury dental fillings fails - Executive director of the Alabama Dental Association calls legislation 'inappropriate' (requires registration) - Mobile Register via www.al.com

►February 27, 2004 - Scientists suspect health threat from GM maize - The Guardian, UK

►February 2004 - Gouging the Poor - editorial - The Progressive via www.truthout.org

►March 1, 2004 - School Choice Offers Flexibility for an Autistic Child - School Reform News via The Heartland Institute - "Three years ago, Carson was like most two-year-olds: He liked to put things into his mouth. And like most moms, his mother Cheryl was always alarmed at what he was putting into his mouth. When Carson bit and broke a mercury thermometer, she was terrified. She rushed him to the hospital in Sandy, Utah, where doctors showed her x-ray images of the mercury Carson had swallowed. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. The mercury would pass. All Cheryl could do was wait...Two weeks into the waiting, the shoe dropped. Carson went from babbling to mute. He couldn’t make noise. He couldn’t talk. His social skills disappeared. He wouldn’t sit still. He threw uncontrollable temper tantrums. He wouldn’t even acknowledge when his mom or dad called him, no matter how stern--or loving--they were. The doctors diagnosed him with pervasive developmental disorder, a mild form of autism."

►March 1, 2004 - Autism as early expression of catatonia - journal article (Medical Science Monitor) (abstract) 

►February 29, 2004 - Vaxin seeks $10 million for flu drug - Bidding for venture capital to pay clinical-trial costs of vaccine mist -MSNBC

►February 28, 2004 - Majority of parents back MMR vaccine - www.telegraph.co.uk

►February 28, 2004 - Bird flu at Kyoto farm found after tip, 28,000 chickens die - The Japan Times

►February 28, 2004 - Fewer cases of meningitis reported - Fewer cases of meningococcal disease have been reported so far this year but health authorities still warn against complacency. - www.stuff.co.nz

►February 28, 2004 - India emerging as vaccine hub - Three key industry players inoculate the idea of the country making big strides in the field - Business Standard

►February 28, 2004 - Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance - CBS News Early Show

February 27, 2004 - Scientists doubt animal research - Many animal experiments may be of little benefit to treating human disease, according to experts.  - BBC

February 27, 2004 - Polio vaccine: Our boycott is lesser evil, says Gov Shekarau - Vanguard via www.vanguardngr.com - "AS the United Nations wound up the first round of its drive to protect 63 million African children from polio yesterday, Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State said the decision of the state to boycott the immunisation was a 'lesser evil.'...Kano, Bauchi, Zamfara and Niger boycotted the drive, but Niger and Bauchi yesterday dropped their opposition and said they were re-joining the campaign. Governor Shekarau in an interview in Kano said of the boycott: 'It is a lesser of two evils, to sacrifice two, three, four, five even 10 children (to polio) than allow hundreds or thousands or possibly millions of girl-children likely to be rendered infertile.'...Tests carried out on the vaccines by scientists in the state last year, he said, 'found traces of hormones. We want explanations.'”

►February 27, 2004 - New cancer drug gives researchers and patients hope - www.wkrn.com

►February 27, 2004 - New study clarifies effectiveness of chicken pox vaccine - Capital News 9

►February 27, 2004 - The mercury in your mouth - Amalgam fillings may be making you sick, but many dentists don't care. And once you're sick, it's hard to find a doctor to make you better - www.portlandphoenix.com

►February 27, 2004 - Royal Plea over Third World Vaccines Campaign - PA News via The Scotsman - "Queen Rania of Jordan made an impassioned plea today for help to save the lives of one million children in the poorest parts of the world...The glamorous royal urged donors to contribute to the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the Vaccine Fund...Queen Rania, a mother of three, told guests at the luncheon she had asked her children about vaccinations...Her daughter had said jabs hurt, but then you get to wear a plaster...'To a child, wearing a Band Aid is enough to make it all worthwhile.'"

Comment:  It's easy to be so pro-vaccine when you are blissfully unaware of the 100,000+
 vaccine-associated reactions, probably representing well over a million, which have been reported in the United States alone.  But is ignorance really bliss?  And can what you don't know still hurt you?


►February 27, 2004 - Smallpox: Child Killer - The Korea Times - "
Maximillian Taubles came to Seoul in early February 1886 over the muddy path that served as the road from Chemulpo to Seoul...The first impressions of Korea must have shocked him. Just outside of Seoul he was surprised to see groups of corpses, most of them children, unburied and exposed to the elements. Feral dogs roamed among them eating parts of the partially frozen bodies."

►February 27, 2004 - Pharmacists Laud Minister Over Polio Vaccine - This Day via www.allafrica.com

►February 27, 2004 - Bayelsa Gets Health Technology School This Year - Vanguard via www.allafrica.com

►February 27, 2004 - Jigawa Govt Backs Polio Vaccination - Daily Trust via www.allafrica.com

►February 27, 2004 - 120,509 children to be immunised against polio - GNA via www.ghanaweb.com

►February 27, 2004 - Surmounting baseless rumours, many Nigerian states resume polio immunization - UN

►February 27, 2004 - Alliance Sets Goal to Increase Child Vaccinations - Reuters - "
An international alliance launched a campaign on Friday to save the lives of one million children by 2006 by increasing access to immunizations in the world's poorest countries...The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and The Vaccine Fund, its financial arm, hope to raise $400 million annually from governments and private sources to immunize 30 million children against diseases such as polio, hepatitis and yellow fever...'Our goal is to allow every child, everywhere in the world access to immunizations,' Jacques-Francois Martin, the president of The Vaccine Fund, said at the London launch of the campaign."

►February 27, 2004 - Taco Bell Patrons on Alert for Hepatitis A - AP via WPVI.com via http://abclocal.go.com

►February 27, 2004 - Parents refused aid to fight MMR - Parents who claim their children were damaged by the MMR jab have lost their latest bid for legal aid to sue the manufacturers of the vaccine. - BBC - "Officials said that since there was no scientific proof that the children had been damaged by the vaccine, there was little chance it would succeed...The children involved in this case have a range of disabilities, including autism, bowel problems, epilepsy and other learning difficulties...Some parents are now considering taking their legal campaign to the Court of Appeal."

►February 27, 2004 - Funding Blow for MMR Battle Parents - PA News via The Scotsman

►February 28, 2004 - Vaccine parents vow to fight on - The Scotsman

►February 27, 2004 - MMR Campaigners Vow to Continue Compensation Fight - PA News via The Scotsman - "
'Since this litigation will no longer be funded, and there is no sign that the Government or pharmaceutical companies are taking up the very serious questions that research in the litigation has posed, we as a law firm representing many grievously injured children will now have to consider whether we press the Government to properly investigate matters the drug companies have attempted to sweep under the carpet.'”

►February 27, 2004 - Autism education case in court - The Record-Courier - "Saying there are 'kids that need serious help and never get it,' a Genoa couple is asking the Douglas County School District to implement a program that treats the needs of autistic children...Ranée and Sheldon Gaines expect a response March 8 from an independent hearing officer with the Nevada Department of Education. They will find out if they will be reimbursed $8,500 for autism treatment they paid for their 3-year-old twin sons, Jeremiah and Nehemiah."

►February 27, 2004 - Demand for research grows as autism cases soar - New York Times via Kalamazoo Gazette via www.mlive.com - "
But what lies behind the increase in cases is sharply debated. To some, the upswing has all the hallmarks of an epidemic and indicates that autism itself is increasing rapidly...To others, the rise can in large part be explained by increased public awareness of autism in recent years, changes in the way the disorder is diagnosed and the incentive of tapping into federally mandated services for autistic children...Neither side can prove its argument, because the types of studies that could tease out a true increase have not been done."

►February 27, 2004 - No more bird flu outbreaks discovered in ten provinces within 22 days - Vietnam News Agency

►February 27, 2004 - Lab test confirms 10th human bird flu case in Thailand - Xinhuanet via China View

►February 27, 2004 - Student infected with bacterial meningitis - www.wmtw.com

►February 27, 2004 - Hepatitis Drug-Maker Complaints Reviewed - Federal Health Officials Review Complaints That Hepatitis Drug-Maker Chiron Blocks Research - AP via ABC News

►February 27, 2004 - Health dept., hotel look into Legionnaires’ disease report - Ocean City Today

►February 27, 2004 - Vaccine team's shot in the arm - Liverpool Echo via http://.icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk

►February 27, 2004 - Commission urged to take aim at mercury - www.edie.net

►February 27, 2004 - 'Probiotic' Baby Formula Deemed Safe in Study - Reuters via Yahoo!

►February 27, 2004 - Asia Likely To Emerge As Global Hub For Vaccines - Financial Express

►February 26, 2004 - Ivory Coast Worries About Possible Polio Epidemic - Voice of America

►February 26, 2004 - Korean bird flu 'not lethal' - www.itv.com

►February 26, 2004 - Korea's Bird Flu Virus Not Transmittable to Humans - The Korea Times

►February 26, 2004 - Avian Flu Still Spreading, Experts Warn - Voice of America

►February 26, 2004 - Experts say bird flu virus may be eliminated in a year, vaccine available soon - www.channelnewsasia.com

February 26, 2004 - Just 5 docs to care for 623,000 patients at night - Evening Times - "JUST five doctors will be on duty for overnight home visits to cover more than 623,000 people in Lanarkshire under a new GP contract, it was revealed today."

►February 26, 2004 - Official Defends Polio Vaccine Boycott - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 26, 2004 - Bar Codes Favored to Cut Hospitals' Drug Errors - Health Chief Maps Rules To Encourage Their Use (requires registration) - Washington Post 

►February 25, 2004 - Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Strongly Linked to Bell's Palsy - Reuters Health via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

►February 25, 2004 - Nabi Biopharma Says Study Shows NicVAX Effective - Dow Jones Newswire via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

►February 25, 2004 - Senate set to allow exemption from school shots - AP via Charleston Daily Mail

►February 25, 2004 - 10 Nations Take Part in Anti-Polio Drive - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 25, 2004 - Indonesia Fears New Dengue Fever Strain - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 25, 2004 - FDA Puts Hold on Mich. Infant Supplement - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 25, 2004 - Penn State scientists use bacteria to turn sewage into electricity - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►February 25, 2004 - Youngsters, Fetuses Are Most Vulnerable - Studies Find IQ, Socialization Problems (requires registration) - Washington Post 

►February 25, 2004 - Update 1-Malpractice bill fails again in U.S. Senate - Reuters via Forbes 

►February 25, 2004 - Dana-Farber scientists discover natural blocker of HIV-1 virus - Could lead to new strategies for preventing infection that causes AIDS - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - High blood pressure in the lungs a major risk for death in adults with sickle cell disease - NIH/National Institutes of Health via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - Schistosomiasis: Discovery May Accelerate New Treatment For Global Health Problem - University Of California - Santa Barbara via Science Daily 

►February 25, 2004 - UCL study questions basis for treatment of diseases including cancer and arthritis - University College London via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - Scientists find HIV-blocking protein in monkeys - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - Capturing cell protein production in action could help fight antibiotic resistance - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - Embryonic pig cell transplants halt rat diabetes - Procedure requires no immune suppression drugs - Washington University School of Medicine via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 25, 2004 - Study shows drug can heal, reduce recurrence of fistulas in Crohn's disease - Massachusetts General Hospital via www.eurekalert.org  

►February 25, 2004 - Childhood Weight Changes Predict Sugar Problem - Reuters via Yahoo!

►February 25, 2004 - Small Babies Can Speed Up Diabetes Risk - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►February 25, 2004 - Kids Who Bulk Up Run Higher Diabetes Risk - AP via Yahoo!

►February 25, 2004 - UN Warns Nigeria on Islamic Leaders' Polio Boycott - Reuters via Yahoo!

►February 25, 2004 - FDA requiring bar codes on hospital-dispensed drugs - AP via USA Today

►February 25, 2004 - FDA requires scanners in hospitals - USA Today

►February 25, 2004 - Seeking a mechanical solution to nation's number-one children's illness - Biomedical engineers at Lehigh University and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh probe causes of eustachian tube dysfunction in hopes of finding new treatments for ear infections -  Lehigh University via www.eurekalert.org

►February 25, 2004 - Giuliani pledges anthrax cleanup - AP via The Washington Times

►February 24, 2004 - Anti-epilepsy drug, topiramate, effective at preventing migraine headaches - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 24, 2004 - Antibiotic provides promise in treatment of spinal cord injuries - Treatment prevents later-stage tissue loss contributing to long-term injury - Children's Hospital Boston - via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 24, 2004 - Vaccine Boycott Grows in Northern Nigeria - AP via www.mercurynews.com 

►February 24, 2004 - MedcomSoft Portable Chart (MPC) unveiled at HIMSS - New product will deliver "intelligent" Electronic Patient Records to virtually any point of care - PRNewswire-FirstCall via http://interestalert.com

►February 24, 2004 - NIDDK Appoints IBD Expert Director of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition - NIH News

►February 24, 2004 - Scientists raise caution about effects of HRT on hearing - University of Rochester Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 24, 2004 - Combination therapy does not appear to benefit cardiac patients before heart catheter procedure - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 24, 2004 - Brain Scans Substantiate Feel-the-Pain Sentiments (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times 

►February 24, 2004 - When Your Doctor Goes to the Beach, You May Get Burned (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times 

►February 24, 2004 - Mosquito Fighters Grapple With West Nile - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 24, 2004 - Panel Presents Report on Leukemia Cluster - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 24, 2004 - Mich. Hospital Trying to Eliminate Errors - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 24, 2004 - AP Poll: Prescription Costs a Burden - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►February 24, 2004 - Chemical PBDE Showing Up in Breast Milk - AP via The Herald-Sun

►February 24, 2004 - Low Carb Lowdown: Sorting out the truth and judging the tastes of products born of the latest diet craze - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►February 24, 2004 - Q&A: Everything you need to know about carbs - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►February 24, 2004 - Consumer Update: Try a 'me-too' drug to cut your prescription costs - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►February 24, 2004 - Frist says Democrats threaten class action bill - Reuters via Forbes 

►February 24, 2004 - Double standards claim over MMR - London Evening Standard 

►February 24, 2004 - Parents back doctor's MMR findings - The Scotsman 

►February 24, 2004 - 'Bird flu' hits share prices of U.S. poultry firms - Reuters via Yahoo! Finance 

►February 24, 2004 - U.N. disease early warning system proves its worth - Reuters via www.signonsandiego.com 

►February 24, 2004 - Aspirin triggers bad reactions in some asthma patients - The Boston Globe 

►February 24, 2004 - MRI Study Sheds New Light on Attention - UC Davis Health System via Newswise 

►February 24, 2004 - State urged to track diseases, environmental links - Contra Costa Times 

►February 24, 2004 - Ministers temper their triumphalism but delight spreads at Whitehall - The Independent, UK 

►February 24, 2004 - Flu reports slam door on Texas poultry exports - Most flocks are free of disease, health authorities say (requires registration) - Dallas Morning News

►February 24, 2004 - Childhood obesity accelerating, study finds - Clothing manufacturers adjust by offering baggier styles and elasticized waists - The Globe and Mail

►February 24, 2004 - Panel Presents Report on Leukemia Cluster - Panel Presents Final Report on Baffling Leukemia Cluster in Nevada, No Conclusive Results - AP via ABC News

►February 24, 2004 - New Health Dangers of Genetically Modified Food (and Vaccines)Discovered - Institute for Responsible Technology via Common Dreams  

►February 23, 2004 - New Data Refute Link Between Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and OB/GYN Insurance Premium Hikes - www.commondreams.org 

►February 23, 2004 - Flu vaccine makers look beyond the chicken egg - Scientific American

►February 23, 2004 - Anthrax attacks stump FBI, but remain priority - The Washington Times 

►February 23, 2004 - Australian troops anthrax shot problems - New Zealand Herald - "It said the vaccination programme was secretly suspended for two months after 75 per cent of the 1500 Afghan deployment in 2002, including elite special forces, fell ill." 

►February 23, 2004 - Defence's anthrax headache continues - TV Program Transcript The 7.30 Report Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

►February 23, 2004 - Polio Vaccination Drive Opens in Africa - Polio Immunization Drive Opens in West and Central Africa; Two Nigerian States Ban Vaccine - AP via ABC News 

►February 23, 2004 - African polio drive fights vaccine ban - AP via www.globeandmail.com 

►February 23, 2004 - Avian influenza A(H5N1) - update 29 - WHO       

►February 23, 2004 - Variations in the P-gp gene do not affect disease progression rates - www.aidsmap.com 

►February 23, 2004 - Genetic analysis shows control of inflammation could help some delay HIV treatment - www.aidsmap.com 

►February 23, 2004 - Jefferson scientists unlocking secrets of cholesterol transport in body - Thomas Jefferson University via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - Mayo Clinic discover important clue to new treatments for lymphoma, breast and colon cancers - Mayo Clinic researchers discover that key cancer gene cbp doesn't work alone; Important clue to targeting new treatments for lymphoma, breast and colon cancers - Mayo Clinic via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - VA Launches New Web Site on Hepatitis C - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Yahoo! Finance 

►February 23, 2004 - Kidney transplant patients who develop diabetes show poor short-term outcomes - Penn State via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - U of M researchers a step further in Type 1 diabetes treatment - Single Infusion of islet cells surpasses previous success - University of Minnesota via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - Fiber intake from fruits and cereals may reduce risk of coronary heart disease - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - Postmenopausal hormone therapy associated with increased risk for developing asthma - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - New discovery may lead to therapy for incurable blood cancer - Cell Press via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - Protein abundant in human tumors confers resistance to anticancer drugs - Cell Press via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 23, 2004 - UNC study may improve gene therapy safety - University of North Carolina School of Medicine via www.eurekalert.org 

February 23, 2004 - Therapy for autistic kids in jeopardy - The Journal Times Online

►February 23, 2004 - Alchemia Eyes $3 Bln Anti-Clotting Market - Reuters via Yahoo! News 

►February 23, 2004 - Egg Beaters - Flu vaccine makers look beyond the chicken egg - Scientific American 

►February 23, 2004 - Johns Hopkins Settles in Toddlers Death - AP via Yahoo!

►February 23, 2004 - MCOs shortchange minority Medicaid patients - Penn State via www.eurekalert.org

►February 23, 2004 - Television ads aimed at kids must change, psychologists say - USA Today

►February 23, 2004 - The smearing of Andrew Wakefield - Daily Mail via www. melaniephillips.com 

►February 23, 2004 - MMR jab skeptics still back doctor - The Journal 

►February 23, 2004 - University Program Helps Autistic Students - AP via www.pressrepublican.com 

►February 23, 2004 - NIH offers $1000 genome grant - Hope is that current cost of $10-50 million per mammalian genome can be reduced in 10 years - The Scientist

►February 23, 2004 - A better test for mad cow - Taking tissue from slaughtered animals is now the only method, and its costs can be high - AP via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

►February 23, 2004 - French NIH, UPMC sign pact - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►February 22, 2004 - Nigeria Boycotts Polio Vaccination Drive - AP via The Herald-Sun  

►February 22, 2004 - FDA, States at Odds Over Drugs -  Minnesota Web Site Points Way to Canadian Pharmacies (requires registration) - Washington Post  

►February 21, 2004 - WHO warns that avian flu could still be in the environment - journal article (BMJ) 

►February 21, 2004 - Europe to have its own centre for disease control - journal article (BMJ) 

►February 20, 2004 - Questions Linger Over Pentagon’s Use of Multiple, Simultaneous Vaccinations - Nuclear Threat Initiative 

►February 20, 2004 - U.S. Smallpox Vaccination Program Hindered by Overburdened Health System, Study Finds - Nuclear Threat Initiative 

►February 20, 2004 - Low-level magnetic fields concern - Exposure to low-level magnetic fields could be harmful, say US scientists. - BBC News 

►February 20, 2004 - Manatee 7th-graders lag state in shots - Bradenton Herald

►February 20, 2004 - Governor selects brucellosis task force - Casper Star Tribune

►February 20, 2004 - Vaccine for Kidney Cancer - Ivanhoe Newswire

►February 20, 2004 - New system helps predict disease spread, aids control efforts - www.vidyya.com

►February 20, 2004 - India News: Home cooked food is the best answer to autism - Indo-Asian News Service via www.keralanext.com

►February 20, 2004 - Neuroscience group studies autism, behavioral disorders - The Emory Wheel 

►February 20, 2004 - Bird Flu in Pennsylvania Poses Uncertain Risk to People -  Gene Analysis Is Underway for New Strain - Genome News Network 

►February 20, 2004 - Salmon can still be part of a healthy diet - Benefits of moderate fish intake likely outweigh the risks (requires registration) - The Medical Posting   

►February 20, 2004 - Avian influenza A(H5N1) - update 28 - WHO 

►February 20, 2004 - Early infections may protect against leukemia - Reuters via Healthy Pages 

►February 19, 2004 - Indiana: The Day at the Statehouse - AP via www.aegis.org

►February 19, 2004 - It Looks Like Goodbye to Polio (Health-Egypt) - IPS

►February 19, 2004 - Polio Immunization Drive Set For Africa - AP via www.intelihealth.com

►February 19, 2004 - Idaho sets restrictions on cattle, ranch bison from Wyoming - AP via Billings Gazette

►February 19, 2004 - Lead Story: “Autism” - www.canada.com

►February 19, 2004 - Pa.'s $30 million debt imperils school network - The Philadelphia Inquirer

►February 19, 2004 - Improving the world's health - OneWorld Health, nation's only nonprofit drug company, attacks diseases in developing nations - AP via Cape Cod Times

►February 19, 2004 - Quarantined researcher showing no symptoms of Ebola - Scientist accidentally grazed hand with needle containing weakened form of deadly virus 8 days ago - AP via The Baltimore Sun

►February 19, 2004 - HemoCleanse wins grant to develop bioterror treatment - Journal and Courier via www.lafayettejc.com

►February 19, 2004 - Protein Design Labs Announces Publication of Research Showing Extended Half-Lives of Antibodies - PRNewswire-FirstCall via http://interestalert.com

►February 19, 2004 - Rare Disease Endemic In South America Is Model For Studying Autoimmunity - A group of men living amid the gold mines and disappearing jungles of northeastern Colombia, is giving a Medical College of Georgia scientist unprecedented access to study how the wrong combination of genetics and environment cause the body to turn on itself. - Medical College Of Georgia via ScienceDaily

►February 19, 2004 - U.S. Worried by HIV Trends in Heterosexuals - Reuters via Yahoo! News 

►February 19, 2004 - Study provides new insights about brain organization - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org 

►February 19, 2004 - Dolly's creator defends human cloning research - Reuters via ABC News Online 

►February 19, 2004 - INDIANA: The Day at the Statehouse - AP via AEGiS 

►February 19, 2004 - Bush Administration Distorting Science? - Transcripts of Paula Zahn Now - CNN 

►February 19, 2004 - FISH OIL AND HOSTILITY - Eating fatty fish might make you less hostile - Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

►February 19, 2004 - New Screening Tool May Help Identify Children with Auditory Processing Disorder - Association for Research in Otolaryngology via Newswise 

►February 19, 2004 - NIH probe expands - High pay for 'top individuals' questioned; investigating committee chair to step down - The Scientist

►February 19, 2004 - TB vaccine research 'doubled' - With a single grant, Gates Foundation says it boosts global investment by 100% - The Scientist 

►February 18, 2004 - Kids' food allergies alter family life - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►February 17, 2004 - Update in Infectious Diseases - Annals of Internal Medicine via www.pharmacytimes.com

►February 17, 2004 - T-Cell Differentiation and Progression of HIV Infection - journal article (PLoS Biology

►February 17, 2004 - Activating p53 in Cancer Cells with Protein Therapy Shows Preclinical Promise - journal article (PLoS Biology

►February 17, 2004 - A New Breast Cancer Model - journal article (PLoS Biology

►February 16, 2004 - Sedentary preschoolers face a fat future - Some three-year-olds are as inactive as office workers (requires registration) - The Medical Posting   

►February 16, 2004 - Scientists theorize a new form of autism may be emerging - Scripps Howard News Service via Courierpress.com 

►February 16, 2004 - Prenatal lead exposure linked to schizophrenia - New Scientist  

►February 16, 2004 - Tuna and autism for unborn child - link? - Medical News Today 

►February 15, 2004 - High nitric oxide production in autistic disorder: a possible role for interferon-gamma. - journal article (Biological Psychiatry

►February 15, 2004 - Avian influenza ("bird flu") and the significance of its transmission to humans - WHO 

►February 12, 2004 - In the African Highlands, Climate Extremes Are a Critical Factor in Malaria Epidemics, UB Research Shows - University At Buffalo 

►February 11, 2004 - Researchers Closer To Answers About Vaccines And Autism - www.kirotv.com 

►February 10, 2004 - Diarrhea Bug May Prevent Cancer, Study Shows - Reuters via ABC News

►February 9, 2004 - Antioxidants protect against Alzheimer's disease - Seniors taking vitamins C and E lowered their risk for dementia (requires registration) - The Medical Posting   

►February 2004 - Call For Full Disclosure of the Money Received By Expert Witness Acting For The Pharmaceutical Companies - Autism Research Campaign for Health 

►February 2004 - The fetal cardiovascular response to antenatal steroids in severe early-onset intrauterine growth restriction - journal article (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) 

►February 2004 - Body Of Evidence: New Science In The Debate Over Toxic Flame Retardants And Our Health - U.S. PIRG Reports 

►February 2004 - Watch the "Ransom" Public Service Announcement which is being shown on major networks across the country - Autism Canada Foundation 

►February 2004 - Pure Neuropsychiatric Presentation of Multiple Sclerosis - The American Journal of Psychiatry via http://mentalhelp.net

►February 2004 - Risperidone-Associated Diabetes Mellitus in Children/In Reply - Pediatrics via http://mentalhelp.net

►February 2004 - Case Report: Kikuchi’s Disease - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

►January 13, 2004 - Gene Expression Signature of a Fibroblast Serum Response Predicts Cancer Progression - journal article (PLoS Biology

►January 2004 - Prevalence of eating disorders in female and male adolescents (14–15 years) - journal article (Eating Behaviours)

National Infant Immunization Week April 25 - May 1, 2004 - Theme--Vaccination: An Act of Love - Love them, Protect Them, Immunize Them - CDC  

Take Action! - Protect Children and Families From Dangers of Mercury Pollution - Environmental Defense Network

►Volume 4, 2003 - Encephalitis and Acute Renal Failure Associated with Mycoplasma pneumoniae: A Case Presentation (pdf) - journal article (International Pediatrics)

►November 5, 2003 - Comments on Verstraeten et al, Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines from Nov 5, 2003 Pediatrics - Post-publication Peer Review - journal article (Pediatrics

►September 25, 2003 - The Body's First Line of Defense - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 

►August 13, 2003 - A shot in the dark - According to a new book, it is not just MMR that parents should be wary of - evidence is mounting that other vaccines may have dangerous side effects - The Guardian 

►May 28, 2003 - Shaken Baby Syndrome - Woman's Hour via BBC Radio 

►May 2002 - Cerebellar proteoglycans regulate sonic hedgehog responses during development - journal article (Development) (abstract) 

►December 14, 2001 - CD9 amino acids critical for upregulation of diphtheria toxin binding - journal article (Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications) (abstract) 

►December 8, 1995 - Heparin-like molecules on the cell surface potentiate binding of diphtheria toxin to the diphtheria toxin receptor/membrane-anchored heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor - journal article (Journal of Biological Chemistry) (abstract) 

►January 24, 1976 - Immunological features in multiple sclerosis - journal article (British Medical Journal) (abstract) 

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