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►March 28, 2004 - Commitment to protecting people - letters - The Boston Globe - "I am concerned that the title of the article mentioning our company, Acambis, paints an inaccurate picture (''Companies thriving on public's anxiety," March 22)."

►March 28, 2004 - Parents in area try to find a way into the worlds of their autistic children - Sentinel & Enterprise - "Leominster has 60 autistic students in its school system, and Fitchburg has 56."

►March 28, 2004 - LSU student dies: blood infection by germ which causes meningitis - AP via

►March 29, 2004 - U.S. ill-prepared for bioterrorism - Pentagon won't release full report on 2001 anthrax attacks - The New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►March 28, 2004 - Horse owners alerted about West Nile Virus - Sidney Herald-Leader

►March 29, 2004 - Doctor issues vaccine alert - Dr Stephen Graves has warned over a shortage in pneumococcal vaccine - Geelong Advertiser via

►March 29, 2004 - Spotting How Bird Flu Pops Into People - Society for General Microbiology via

►March 29, 2004 - Fruit Flies in Fight Against Flu and Fevers - Society for General Microbiology via

►March 29, 2004 - £10 That's All it Would Have Cost to Save My Baby Girl - Angry Mum's Plea Over Simple Test - Daily Record, UK

►March 28, 2004 - Deadly viruses 'found in Britain' - Potentially deadly diseases like the West Nile virus are entering Britain, a leading expert has claimed. - BBC

►March 29, 2004 - Video film proved baby's illness - Health bosses have apologised to a mother whose baby was diagnosed with a serious disease only after she had shown doctors a film of him coughing. - BBC

►March 28, 2004 - State on watch for deer disease - Deer hunters and others who enjoy wildlife along the East Coast are warily watching the western horizon for a looming threat - a deadly illness that strikes deer, elk and related animals known as chronic wasting disease. Government officials are especially concerned about the disease because it is similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy - otherwise known as mad cow disease. Chronic wasting disease, mad cow disease, scrapie - a similar disease that infects sheep - and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - another similar disease in humans - all lead to progressive neurological degeneration and, ultimately, death. - The Progress-Index via

►March 27, 2004 - 3,41,400 children targeted in next PPI programme - The Imphal Free Press via

►March 24, 2004 - OraSure's HIV test gets FDA backing - Bethlehem company's quick test can detect antibodies in two major strains of the virus. - The Express-Times via

►March 29, 2004 - Mice Model a Silent Killer - Conditional knockouts may provide clues to early detection of pancreatic cancer - The Scientist

►March 29, 2004 - Concocting a Knock-Out Punch for HIV-1 - Investigators probe RNA interference as a possible therapeutic strategy against HIV-1 infection (requires registration) - The Scientist

►March 29, 2004 - Do-it-Yourself Manufacturing - Nonprofits are building factories to provide drug compounds for clinical trials - The Scientist

*►March 27, 2004 - Measles Outbreak in Iowa - "'It's so contagious, you can enter a room that somebody infected with the disease left 2 hours before and still have the potential to get the measles.'"

►March 28, 2004 - Residents Line Up for Measles Prevention - AP via - "The Johnson County health director says the preventive treatments included doses of the measles vaccine as well as Immune Globulin."

*►March 27, 2004 - Vaccination Clinic Aims to Curb Additional Measles Cases - - "Health officials say vaccinations for the illness last a lifetime and there are only a select number of people who are potentially susceptible."

►March 28, 2004 - Expanding his world, one step at a time - A family learns that it takes more than love to deal with an autistic child. Can a support group really help? - St. Petersburg Times

►March 19, 2004 - Wang set to perform state's first artificial corneal transplant - American City Business Journal via Nashville Business Journal - "The patients are a 41-year-old man who lost most of his sight due to congenital rubella and a 14-year-old boy blinded in a fireworks accident."

►March 28, 2004 - Teen dies of brain disease - The Journal News

*►March 28, 2004 - U.S. war on anthrax has its risks - Rush to stock new vaccine has scientists wary (requires registration) - The Chicago Tribune "Some scientists are questioning a U.S. government plan to spend as much as $1.4 billion on an unlicensed, experimental anthrax vaccine to be stockpiled in case bioterrorists attack American cities. Although the vaccine has been tested in animals, testing in humans is in its early phases and the vaccine has not yet demonstrated its effectiveness, making the purchasing plan premature, according to critics."

►March 29, 2004 - A question of proof - The scientific view of health is taking a pummelling as more doctors opt to include complementary medicine in their practice. Roslyn Guy reports. -

Fight Fire with Fire - Using virus to beat antibiotic-resistant bacteria -

►March 28, 2004 - Israeli bricks in the wall of science (requires registration) - The Jerusalem Post

►March 28, 2004 - Heed state's mercury warnings - Fish in many La. waters may be dangerous to eat - - "Ever since the 1950s when residents living near a chemical plant in Minimata, Japan, began showing signs of mercury poisoning -- weakening muscles, tingling hands and feet, hearing loss, slurred speech, a trembling walk and brain damage -- scientists have tuned into the effects mercury has on populations where fish is a staple in their diet."

►March 28, 2004 - Common Sense & Evidence: HIV/AIDS – reality check - Nation News, Barbados

►March 28, 2004 - 'Red Cross released hepatitis-laced blood' - AFP via Times of India

►March 28, 2004 - Patients’ AIDS-Hepatitis Infected Blood Suspected Circulated -

►March 28, 2004 - Hepatitis case gives officials test in emergency planning - AP via Portsmouth Herald

►March 27, 2004 - Wildfowl role in bird flu outbreak still a mystery - AP via Houston Chronicle►March 26, 2004 - Many Unprotected Against Tetanus Risks From Home, Garden and Yard Activities - 80% of Gardeners Receive Tetanus-prone Injuries Each Year, 40% Report Being Unimmunized - press release - National Coalition for Adult Immunization, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) via PRNewswire - "'The bacteria that cause tetanus are widespread in the environment and can potentially prove fatal,' says home improvement expert Bob Vila, who has joined NFID/NCAI to encourage routine tetanus immunization. 'Even I run the risk of tetanus exposure from everyday gardening and landscaping activities, just like the folks in 84 million households across America who participate in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities. Fortunately, I've had my Td booster shot, which protects against two diseases, tetanus and diphtheria.'.....The Power of 10 campaign was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant to NFID from Aventis Pasteur."

►March 24, 2004 - False information in DeStefano/Rhodes response to M. Geier - letter in response to Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines -- Response to Geier, et al  letter in response to Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: A Two-Phased Study of Computerized Health Maintenance Organization Databases  (Pediatrics)

Found: 69 VAERS records for 'VARCEL' vaccine and 'paralysis' - VAERS Database via

►March 26, 2004 - Time for Politicians to Act Responsibly and Address the Issues - letter in response to MP raises new allegations against Andrew Wakefield (BMJ)

►March 26, 2004 - No! The Old DPT - letter in response to The new MMR? (BMJ)

►March 27, 2004 - Geoff Watts just doesn't get it... - letter in response to The new MMR? (BMJ)

►March 28, 2004 - Re: No! The Old DPT - letter in response to No! The Old DPT - letter in response to The new MMR? (BMJ)

►March 26, 2004 - Will anyone listen now? - letter in response to The evidence base for shaken baby syndrome (BMJ)

►March 26, 2004 - Wyeth May Leave MedImmune Holding the FluMist Bag - via Yahoo!

►March 26, 2004 - US FDA says Wyeth made false claims about Effexor - Reuters via Yahoo

►March 26, 2004 - GlaxoSmithKline Reports On Global Commitment To Corporate Responsibility - Includes Community Investment Of £338 Million In 2003 - press release - GlaxoSmithKline PLC via CSRWire via

►March 26, 2004 - MMR Cash Fight Blow - Leeds Today - "A Mother whose daughter went into a coma just a week after having the MMR jab has lost her bid for compensation."►March 28, 2004 - A Dose of Denial - How drug makers sought to keep popular cold and diet remedies on store shelves after their own study linked them to strokes. (requires registration) - The Los Angeles Times - "Only hours before these devastating strokes, each victim had washed down a seemingly innocuous over-the-counter cold medicine, one of billions of doses consumed annually nationwide. The medicines contained phenylpropanolamine, or PPA, the active ingredient in scores of popular nonprescription decongestants and diet aids until November 2000, when the Food and Drug Administration declared PPA unsafe and asked drug companies to stop selling it."

►March 24, 2004 - Shaken to death? - Some experts say that when a baby suffers bleeds to the brain and the eye it must have been violently shaken. - BBC

►March 26, 2004 - Re: Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence letter - letter in response to Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence - letter in response to Authors reject interpretation linking autism and MMR vaccine (BMJ)

►March 18, 2004 - When will this pantomime end? - letter in response to Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence - letter in response to Authors reject interpretation linking autism and MMR vaccine (BMJ)

►March 17, 2004 - Re: Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence letter - Tragic Second Hit - letter in response to Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence - letter in response to Authors reject interpretation linking autism and MMR vaccine (BMJ)

►March 12, 2004 - Presenting ignorance as "evidence." - letter in response to Unreliability of Scientific Papers as Evidence - letter in response to Authors reject interpretation linking autism and MMR vaccine (BMJ)

►October 2, 2003 - Data Reveals Threat of Shingles Epidemic from Vaccine Use - Health Officials Threaten Legal Action Against Researcher - Three different analyses of reported cases of shingles and chickenpox were published today in the October 2003 issue of Vaccine and suggest the threat of a shingles epidemic in the US due to mass vaccination with varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. - press release - Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D. via PRWEB via

►October 10, 2003 - Study Reveals Important Side Effect of Mass Varicella Vaccination of Healthy Children: Reduction in chickenpox may increase incidence of shingles. - The results of a new study published in the October 1, 2003 issue of the European journal Vaccine indicate that a higher than expected number of shingles cases was reported among children with a previous history of chickenpox—approaching the incidence rate normally seen only in older adults. Results of the study suggest mass vaccination with varicella (chickenpox) vaccine may be responsible for this adverse effect. - Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D. via PRWEB via

►October 2003 - Varicella susceptibility and incidence of herpes zoster among children and adolescents in a community under active surveillance. - journal article (Vaccine) 

►October 2003 - Incidence of herpes zoster among children and adolescents in a community with moderate varicella vaccination coverage - journal article (Vaccine)  

►October 2003 - Using capture–recapture methods to assess varicella incidence in a community under active surveillance - journal article (Vaccine)   

►March 19, 2004 - Pharmacies look to inject bottom lines with flu shots - American City Business Journal via Boston Business Journal

►March 27, 2004 - Alarm as mumps cases increase - The Guardian, UK

►March 27, 2004 - Officials warn of measles exposure - Risk limited to certain times, places - Iowa City Press-Citizen

►March 27, 2004 - Two girls suspected of pricking students with medical needles - Denver Post

►March 27, 2004 - Avian flu hits B.C. poultryworker - CP via Calgary Sun via

►March 23, 2004 - South Korea has new avian flu outbreak - South Korea today reported its first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in more than 6 weeks. - CIDRAP News via

►March 18, 2004 - All Maryland Avian Influenza Test Results Remain Negative - The University of Delaware Lasher Laboratory reported that through March 17, all testing of poultry farms within the six-mile zone around the single avian influenza-positive farm near Pocomoke City have tested negative. - Maryland Department of Agriculture via

►March 17, 2004 - Contingency Plans for the case of an outbreak of Avian Influenza in the EU - The European Commission for Health and Consumer Protection is preparing a Contingency Plan, which sets out a series of steps to be taken by Member States and the EC to address the threat of an influenza pandemic. The Commission states that an influenza pandemic is likely to occur and that it is a matter of when not if. - USDA Foreign Agricultural Service via

►March 27, 2004 - I had to video my son to prove he was very ill - A Desperate mother videoed her baby boy in an attempt to convince doctors he was seriously ill. - Sheffield Today

►March 27, 2004 - Meningitis vaccinations sought for on-campus college students - Bill aims to thwart spread of the disease - The Times Picayune via

►March 26, 2004 - More whooping cough discovered - Muskegon Chronicle via

►March 25, 2004 - Less risky than diseases - An apology by the medical journal Lancet should help allay fears parents might have about allowing their children to be immunized against dreaded diseases. - editorial - Indianapolis Star via Tullahoma News via

►March 27, 2004 - MedicAlert proud to show off its Turlock facility - The Modesto Bee - "MedicAlert was founded in Turlock in 1956 by Dr. Marion Collins and his wife, Chrissie. They got the idea after their daughter Linda had a severe reaction to a tetanus shot."

►March 28, 2004 - Chinese herbs show promise for hepatitis B patients - Pak Tribune

*►March 28, 2004 - Garlic pills substituted for flu jab - The Education Ministry is offering staff free garlic and echinacea tablets to ward off winter ills - but immunisation experts say it's a waste of public money and have called on health officials to intervene. - Sunday Star-Times via - "Dr Nikki Turner, director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre at Auckland University, says the pills, offered to about 3000 administration staff as an alternative to flu vaccines for several years, are a waste of money....Turner says there are potential health risks with garlic and echinacea - which were anti-clotting agents and should not be taken by people having surgery.  Doctors recommend the remedies be stopped two weeks before surgery. 'We don't think ministry staff are being advised of these risks. People seem to think that because these things are `natural' that they are risk-free.'"

►March 27, 2004 - Tons of mercury would be removed under Pentagon plan - AP via Newsday
*►March 26, 2004 - Growing Doubts On Vaccine In Military - Some Refuse, Citing Lack of Iraqi Anthrax (requires registration) - The Washington Post

►March 26, 2004 - Scientists strive for breast cancer vaccine - HealthDay via USA Today

►March 26, 2004 - US likely to increase testing for avian flu - CIDRAP News

►March 27, 2004 - Experts mull extent of bird flu infection among crows - Japan Times

►March 27, 2004 - Vietnam delays announcement on bird-flu - Radio Australia via

►April 2004 - Acute otitis media in children: a retrospective analysis of physician prescribing patterns - British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

►April 2004 - Prospective Study of Acetaminophen Use and Newly Diagnosed Asthma among Women - journal article (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) 

►April 2004 - Latency and Persistence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Despite T Cell Immunity - journal article (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine)

►March 25, 2004 - Neb. Receives $1.7M in HIV, AIDS Funding - AP via Yahoo!

►March 25, 2004 - Longer Diabetes Means Higher Heart Risk - Reuters via Yahoo!

►March 25, 2004 - High death risk among young people in hospital with diabetes - Mortality in young people admitted to hospital for diabetes: database study BMJ Volume 328, pp 741-2 - BMJ via

►March 25, 2004 - Researchers say criterion for diagnosing child abuse based on faulty evidence - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via

►March 25, 2004 - Evidence for shaken baby syndrome is uncertain - Perimacular retinal folds from childhood head trauma BMJ Vol 328, pp 754-6. Editorials: The evidence base for the shaken baby syndrome BMJ Vol 328, pp 719-21. Letters: Patterns of presentation of shaken baby syndrome BMJ Vol 328, pp 766-7 - BMJ via

►March 27, 2004 - Avian flu infects worker; others with symptoms tested - No chance of widespread outbreak among people, officials say - Vancouver Sun via

►March 26, 2004 - Doctors On Lookout For Measles - 2nd Measles Warning This Month - AP, The Iowa Channel via

►March 26, 2004 - Measles Transmission Confirmed In Iowa City - Airplane Passenger May Have Exposed People In Area -

►March 26, 2004 - Polio on the Brink of Elimination - A final assault to eradicate polio, an infectious disease that paralyses children, is underway with the goal of halting transmission of the disease by the end of 2004. - Inter Press Service News Agency

►March 26, 2004 - Polio: Up high on record low - The Indian Express

►March 27, 2004 - Hemophiliac targets hepatitis C blunders - The Japan Times

►March 26, 2004 - More Faulty Tests at Maryland Hospital - AP via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►March 26, 2004 - Outside Company Will Present Recommendations For Maryland General Hospital -

►March 26, 2004 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still Puzzles - Health Day via

►March 26, 2004 - State Health Report Still Bleak Despite Improvements - High Smoking Rate, Lack Of Exercise Among Problems Cited - AP via

►March 26, 2004 - Larimer County Health Officials Issue Whooping Cough Warning - Three Fort Collins Students Infected -

►March 26, 2004 - Mother lobbies for meningitis laws -

►March 26, 2004 - Hospital slammed over child death - A sheriff has launched a scathing attack on a hospital following the death of a young patient. - BBC
►March 26, 2004 - Ontario expands autism program, but parents still suing - CBC - "Ontario plans to spend at least an extra $120 million on autism treatment during the next three years, but once children turn six they are still cut off government support...About 1,000 children are on a waiting list for provincially funded treatment...Some parents say they may be forced to sell their homes if their autistic children get too old to qualify for government aid."

►March 27, 2004 - Patterns of presentation of the shaken baby syndrome - Four types of inflicted brain injury predominate - journal article (BMJ)

►March 27, 2004 -
The new MMR? - Are the media stirring up a fresh autism scare? - journal article (BMJ)

►March 2004 - 2005 vaccines budget proposal - President Wants Pediatric Flu Vaccine Stockpile (requires registration) - Pediatric News via

►March 2004 - Correcting misperceptions - ACIP Clarifies Contact Rules for Health Care Workers Who Receive FluMist (requires registration) - Pediatric News via

*►March 2004 - 135 children's deaths reported - Medical Conditions Involved in Half of Flu Deaths (requires registration) - Pediatric News via - "Half of the children who died or suffered serious complications from influenza during the 2003-2004 season had underlying medical conditions, with neurologic or developmental disorders in nearly one-third, Dr. Jennifer Gordon Wright reported at a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices."

►March 2004 - Cow's Milk Allergy Is Being Seen With Increased Frequency (requires registration) - Pediatric News via

*►March 2004 - The Phobia Is More Dangerous Than the Fever (requires registration) - Pediatric News via - "Fever is a normal, adaptive physiological response to an exogenous assault. Elevated body temperatures act to fight bacteria, viruses, and toxins by enhancing the production of lymphocytes, antibodies, and neutrophils. 'Truly, fever is our friend,' said Dr. First, professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Vermont, Burlington. 'In the vast majority of children, fevers are of short duration and little danger.'"

►March 2004 - Data Do Not Support Autism, Vaccine Link (requires registration) - Pediatric News via

February 11, 2004 - Status Report of Anthrax and Smallpox Vaccines (pdf) - memorandum -

►March 25, 2004 - Inoculation Complaints - Senator Asks Pentagon To Reconsider Anthrax Vaccine (requires registration) - Hartford Courant via

►March 24, 2004 - Gulf War 'link to miscarriages' - Women whose partners served in the Gulf in the early 1990s may have been more likely to suffer miscarriages in the years that followed, a study suggests. - BBC

►March 25, 2004 - UPI's Benjamin wins American Legion award - UPI - "Benjamin won the Legion's Fourth Estate Award for his reporting last fall on the plight of hundreds of sick, wounded and injured soldiers at Fort Stewart, Ga. The troops, many of whom served in Iraq, were held in hot cement barracks without running water while they waited, sometimes for months, for medical care."

►March 25, 2004 - Army Plague Vaccine Looks Promising - Global Security Newswire via

►March 25, 2004 - Revealed: Hidden toll of vitamin deficiency - The Herald, UK

►March 25, 2004 - How Much Is That Drug in the Window? (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "My husband said to be careful because the vet warned him that many competitors' pills did not have a high enough concentration of green-lipped mussels to make them effective. He said, 'Don't deny poor Otto adequate medical care just so you can pinch pennies.'"

►March 25, 2004 - Deserted by Doctors, India's Poor Turn to Quacks (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►March 25, 2004 - Therapy and Hypochondriacs Often Make Poor Mix, Study Says (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times

►March 26, 2004 - Broader Rules Urged for Child Research (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times - "With increasing emphasis put on medical research involving children, the government is being urged to broaden and clarify its rules designed to protect youngsters from risky or unethical studies."

►March 26, 2004 - Harm Seen in Use of a Steroid to Treat Some Ailing Infants (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►March 26, 2004 - 28 Companies Are Selected to Provide Drug Discounts (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►March 26, 2004 - Workers May Opt Out of Cambodia HIV Study (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times - "Sex workers in Cambodia might opt out of a Bill Gates-funded study to test an HIV prevention drug if they don't get insurance that covers potential side effects, the leader of a prostitutes' group said Friday."

►March 26, 2004 - The Medicare Muddle - op-ed (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►March 26, 2004 - Study Finds No Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer - (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►March 26, 2004 - City hosts autism conference - A two-day conference focusing on developments and the latest research on autism has opened in Belfast. - BBC

►March 26, 2004 - More dubious test results discovered at hospital - Complaint exposes errors at Maryland General's lab - Baltimore Sun

►March 26, 2004 - Bird-flu burden - Cull raises farmers' hopes - CP via Winnipeg Sun via

►March 26, 2004 - B.C. couple cry foul over chicken cull - The Globe and Mail

►March 26, 2004 - CombiMatrix and Oklahoma State University Collaborate on Influenza A 'Bird Flu' Research Program - Acacia Research Corporation via
Business Wire

►March 26, 2004 - Doctor claims adopted child seemed healthy - Parents left out ailments, physician says. - The Express-Times via

►March 26, 2004 - Vans bring vaccines to local elementary school - New shot rules increase need for immunizations - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

►March 26, 2004 - Patient's meningitis not contagious kind - 2 other people test negative for illness - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

►March 26, 2004 - Kofi Annan lauds Nigeria for averting crisis on polio vaccine - Daily Times of Nigeria

►March 25, 2004 - Doubts raised over future of first Welsh autism centre of excellence in Denbigh - Daily Post via

*►March 25, 2004 - SafeMinds: FDA/EPA Misses Boat on Fish-Based Mercury Warning; Toxicology Professor Charges Industry, Not Safety, Controls FDA Mercury Policy - SafeMinds via U.S. Newswire

►March 25, 2004 - Tuna on white - hold the mercury! - Bush White House serves up toxic tuna surprise - Arianna Huffington, Arianna Online via

►March 25, 2004 - Board of Health takes lead on mercury warnings - Swampscott Reporter via - "After nearly two years of researching the subject, Dr. Lawrence Block is fully aware of the danger mercury can pose to people through the consumption of fish."

►March 25, 2004 - Leahy Questions EPA's Leavitt on Mercury Rule; Hits Administration's 'Credibility Problem' - Sen. Patrick Leahy via U.S. Newswire

*►March 25, 2004 - UMass can test HIV shot on humans - Sentinel & Enterprise

►March 25, 2004 - AIDS Virus May Begin Infection Unguarded - A study finds the weakest strains are passed on from one partner to another, suggesting an avenue to stop it before it gets a foothold. - HealthDay via

►March 23, 2004 - FDA OKs CytRx HIV Vaccine for Trial - Reuters

►March 26, 2004 - HIV May Be Most Vulnerable in Early Stages - AP via The Miami Herald

►March 26, 2004 - HIV discovery allows targeting of vaccines - Researchers identify virus strains that frequently infect victims. - Nature Science Update via

►March 25, 2004 - Haiti to Participate in Vaccination Week in the Americas - press release - Pan American Health Organization

►March 23, 2004 - Every year 220,000 new cases of tuberculosis are recorded in the Americas - press release - Pan American Health Organization

►March 25, 2004 - Mosquitoes vs. malaria: How we can win the fight - Researchers at EMBL publish breakthrough studies that could lead to a new means of combating the deadly disease - European Molecular Biology Laboratory via

►March 26, 2004 - In malaria fight, the foe becomes a friend - Christian Science Monitor

►March 26, 2004 - Mosquito Immune System Recruited in Fight against Malaria - Scientific America

►March 25, 2004 - Whooping cough increase in Muskegon County -

►March 26, 2004 - National Academies advisory: Meeting on therapeutic vaccines - Realities of Today and Hopes for Tomorrow - meeting alert - April 1-3 - National Academy of Sciences via Medical News Today

►March 25, 2004 - 700,000 kids get measles vaccines, mortality to drop - Minda News via

►March 26, 2004 - Turning Merck Around - Again - CEO Raymond Gilmartin defends his pipeline, his management, and explains why buying a big drugmaker would be a losing proposition - BusinessWeek Online

►March 24, 2004 - Mu'azu Flags-off Immunisation Programme - ThisDay News

►March 25, 2004 - State to air-drop rabies vaccinations - Clanton Advertiser

►March 24, 2004 - Flu bugs Brevard - Get a flu shot at a discount and help clamp down on spread next season - editorial - Florida Today

►March 26, 2004 - Flu Season Isn't As Severe As Predicted - Tampa Bay Online via

►March 26, 2004 - Ha Noi declares free from bird flu - Vietnam News Agency

►2004 -Tragedy of meningitis baby dying in mum's arms -

►March 25, 2004 - Innogenetics - improved fibrosis in Hep. C vaccine - Reuters via Forbes

►March 25, 2004 - Cell Genesys to present cancer vaccine data - American City Business Journals Inc. via Memphis Business Journal

►March 25, 2004 - Wrestling 'boosts immune system' - Regular wrestling could boost children's immune systems, a study suggests. - BBC

►March 25, 2004 - Park officials use videotape to check for chronic wasting disease - AP via Aberdeen News

►March 2004 - Asthma Among Homeless Children - Undercounting and Undertreating the Underserved - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►March 2004 - Strategies to Improve Immunization Rates and Well-Child Care in a Disadvantaged Population - A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►March 1, 2004 - AHA Policy on Medical Emergencies in Schools - journal article (American Family Physician)

►March 1, 2004 - Food Insecurity in the United States: Its Effect on Our Patients - journal article (American Family Physician)

April 2004 - Emergence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia among children in England and Wales, 1990-2001 - journal article (Archives of Diseases in Childhood)

April 2004 - Bacteraemia and antibiotic use in respiratory syncytial virus infections - journal article (Archives of Diseases in Childhood)

►March 2004 - Randomized controlled trial of the effect of daily supplementation with zinc or multiple micronutrients on the morbidity, growth, and micronutrient status of young Peruvian children - journal article (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 2004 - Early Childhood Development in Deprived Urban Settlements - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

►March 2004 - Update on Immunization Policies, Guidelines and Recommendations - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

►March 24, 2004 - Steroids Given to Newborns Cause Problems Later - Reuters via Yahoo!

►March 24, 2004 - Vegetarian Diet Affects Birth Defect Tests - American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology via Reuters via Yahoo! - "Pregnant women who are vegetarians have increased levels of a hormone called free beta-hCG, which may lead to an incorrect diagnosis of Down's syndrome in their developing baby, Taiwanese researchers report. This suggests that higher beta-hCG test values need to be established for such women."

►March 24, 2004 - Gene Tied to Deadly Lung Problem in Newborns - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►March 24, 2004 - Study shows benefits to newborns from federal ban on insecticides - NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences via


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