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All the News Posted January 13-15, 2009

Posted January 15, 2009


* ►January 16, 2009 - Pneumonia Hospitalizations Among Young Children Before and After Introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine --- United States, 1997--2006 - MMWR/CDC - "The rate for all-cause pneumonia among children aged 2--4 years did not change after PCV7 licensure and has remained stable. Continued monitoring of pneumonia-related hospitalizations among children is needed to track the effects of pneumococcal immunization programs."

►January 16, 2009 - Possible Congenital Infection with La Crosse Encephalitis Virus --- West Virginia, 2006--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►January 16, 2009 - Updated Guidelines for the Use of Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests in the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis - MMWR/CDC

►January 16, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►January 16, 2009 - Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder share genetic root - Reuters, UK

* ►January 15, 2009 - Novartis gets US contract for cell-based flu vaccine plant - CIDRAP News - "The US government has awarded Novartis a $487 million contract to help build a plant in North Carolina that the company says will be capable of producing 150 million doses of cell-based pandemic influenza vaccine within 6 months after the start of a pandemic."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Hunterdon hacks with whooping cough jag - The Star-Ledger via - "All of the infected children had been vaccinated, but Hunterdon officials said the immunity to the vaccine can wane between ages 7 and 9 and that there is no licensed vaccine for children in that age group. ... Louise Kuo Habakus, a member of the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice, said girls receive 69 shots by age 18 and boys get 66 during that time. 'Our babies and our toddlers receive five pertussis shots until age 5, and that's not enough to protect them at age 7?' she said. Habakus said pertussis exists in animal reservoirs and has always been cyclical, regardless of vaccination. 'Every time they have a new shot, they say 'once and done.' It's insanity at this point,' she said. 'Are they saying that we need a pertussis shot every year?'"

* ►January 15, 2009 - Two Cases Of Whooping Cough Confirmed At School - Adair Progress - "According to Logsdon, the LCDHD is seeing the immunization for the disease wear off before the next installment of the vaccine is administered to children in the 10-year old age group. 'There is a gap in children in the 5th grade getting the vaccine because of how their birthday falls for entering school and the vaccine is wearing off before they enter the sixth grade when the vaccine is required by the state,' said Logsdon."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Chelation therapy good for some but not for all By Cynthia A. Janak - Renew America

►January 15, 2009 - Carolina Center Presents Chelation Therapy for Heart Disease on January 20 - press release - dBusinessNews

* ►January 15, 2009 - Capitol rally backs Va. autism insurance bill - The Virginian-Pilot via

* ►January 15, 2009 - Piven Urges Americans To Check Mercury Levels - San Francisco Chronicle - "Pleading with viewers, he signs off: 'Get your heavy metals tested, please, I beg you. Guys, go to You'll learn more information about all of this. It's much bigger than me. We're polluting our food source and it's not a great thing that's going on. Thank you.'"

* ►January 15, 2009 - Alison Singer No Longer Speaks for Autism Speaks - For Immediate Release - Autism Speaks Withdraws Support for Strategic Plan for Autism Research, Decries Expected Change in Final Approval Process - Calls for New Administration to Restore the Intent of Combating Autism Act to Respect and Value Community Input - Age of Autism

* ►January 15, 2009 - Autism Speaks Withdraws Support for Strategic Plan for Autism Research, Decries Unexpected Change in Final Approval Process - Calls for New Administration to Restore the Intent of Combating Autism Act to Respect and Value Community Input - Autism Speaks - "Five of the six public members voted against this revision. Autism Speaks Executive Vice President Alison Tepper Singer was the sole public member to cast a vote in support. The evening prior to the vote, Singer submitted her resignation to Autism Speaks – which was accepted – based on her intention to vote on certain Strategic Plan vaccine safety matters in a way that diverged from Autism Speaks' position on this issue. Thus, in casting votes on January 14, she was acting as an individual public member of IACC and no longer as a representative of Autism Speaks."

* ►January 15, 2009 - The NYT: Crypt Keepers of Autism Journalism By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►January 15, 2009 - Simon Baron-Cohen: ‘Thinking differently about autism*.’ By John Stone - Age of Autism - "*’Thinking differently about autism’ is the title of a continuing NAS campaign to present a positive image of autism."

►January 15, 2009 - Hormone clue could lead to pre-natal screening for autism - Daily Mail, UK

►January 15, 2009 - Report: Columbia River Basin faces continued threat from mercury, pesticides, other toxics. -

►January 15, 2009 - S.C. Politics Today: State autism program going broke - The State

* ►January 15, 2009 - DDSN chief defends cuts to autism program - State's budget woes left agency no choice but to trim money, director says - Greenville News - "The director of a state disabilities agency went before a Senate committee Wednesday to defend his agency against a critical audit and said he had no choice but to cut $3 million earmarked for a program for autistic children as a result of budget cuts."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Sign the Petition! Support for Maryland Mandatory Vaccine Philosophical Exemption Legislation - Maryland Coalition for Vaccine Choice

* ►January 15, 2009 - Clinton says she's revealed plenty on husband's donors - Hillary Rodham Clinton, President-elect Obama's choice for secretary of state, rejected calls Tuesday for more details about donors to her husband's foundation, saying she has revealed enough to avoid even the hint of conflicts. - Seattle Times - "The AP reported Tuesday that Hillary Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation. The letters and donations involve pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications and energy interests; all said their donations to the Clinton foundation had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton's previous work on their issues."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Eli Lilly fined nearly $1.5B in drug marketing case - U.S. drug maker allowed 'off-label' marketing for anti-psychotic drug; to pay largest criminal fine for a corporation. - CNNMoney - "The sum includes a criminal fine of $515 million, which the Justice Department called 'largest criminal fine for an individual corporation ever imposed in a United States criminal prosecution.'"

* ►January 15, 2009 - Weston Law Firm Freedland Russo Spearheads Record-Setting Whistleblower Case - press release - Freedland Russo via Marketwire - "In 2003, six former employees of Eli Lilly contacted a lawyer at the firm and exposed the fact that the company was heavily promoting a popular anti-psychotic medication called Zyprexa, for off-label uses, or uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration."

►January 15, 2009 - Philadelphia’s US attorney a drug-case expert - Philadelphia Inquirer

►January 15, 2009 - Preteen Vaccine Week Shoots to Protect Health of Adolescents - Doctors say early immunizations can wear off. Is your child at risk? - Noozhawk

* ►January 15, 2009 - Now That New York's Pharmacists Can Vaccinate, UB Will Teach Them How - UB News Center - "During the training session, called 'Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery,' pharmacists will learn about vaccines, adverse reactions, vaccine storage and maintenance, record-keeping, marketing, legal and regulatory issues, emergency issues, and epidemiology and disease prevention. Pharmacists also will learn vaccine administration techniques by practicing on themselves and each other. The training session is funded by a grant from Merck & Co. It's being sponsored by UB and the American Pharmacists' Association."

* ►January 15, 2009 - House Votes to Expand Child Health Insurance (requires registration) - Washington Post - "The president-elect vowed as a candidate to provide health coverage to every child, and the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, is a major step toward that goal."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Merck Fighting With Insurers Over Vioxx Claims - Trading Markets

* ►January 15, 2009 - Co-discoverer of Ebola virus joins Gates Foundation - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Dr. Peter Piot, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, former founding head of the United Nations AIDS program and many decades ago a graduate student studying infectious disease at the University of Washington, has agreed to serve a brief stint as a top health adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

►January 15, 2009 - Fewer Babies Hospitalized for Pneumonia - MMWR via MedPage Today

* ►January 15, 2009 - Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis - 4 million children to be vaccinated annually with new combination vaccine protecting against 5 killer diseases - UNICEF

* ►January 15, 2009 - Debate is on over HPV vaccine - Quad City Times - "The decision whether to get a Gardasil vaccination or have a loved one get it should be weighed carefully, said Dara Wegman-Geedey, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Augustana College in Rock Island. ... The vaccine has not yet been proven to work against cancer, she said. It was introduced two years ago and studied for three years before that, but many types of cancer do not appear in the human body for decades. 'When women get HPV, it will often be 20 years before it manifests itself as cervical cancer,' Wegman-Geedey said."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Photos: Despite Widespread Awareness, Most Women Still Don't Feel at Risk for Cervical Cancer - New survey results prompt women's health expert and celebrity designer to help women better understand how to help protect themselves and their loved ones - press release -Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) via PRNewswire

►January 15, 2009 - Health comes first - letter - Calgary Herald

* ►January 15, 2009 - South Dakota reports swine flu case - CIDRAP News - " Public health officials from South Dakota yesterday reported a swine influenza infection in a 19-year-old male college student, the second case in the United States in the past 2 months."

* ►January 15, 2009 - Report shows U.S. only half ready for flu pandemic - Reuters

►January 15, 2009 - 30 test positive for infection after High Prairie syringe scare - Statistics may reflect prevalence in general population, official says - CBC

►January 15, 2009 - BMS acquires hepatitis C compound for up to $1.1 billion - Scrip World Pharmaceutical News

►January 15, 2009 - Hepatitis C ups liver cancer risk, study confirms - Reuters UK

►January 15, 2009 - Immuron's BioGard HIV Antibody Into A US Clinical Trial - Immuron Ltd. Announces Phase II trial of BioGard in U.S., its oral adjunctive -HIV therapy; wins research grant for an HIV antibody - press release - Immuron Ltd. via Business Wire

►January 15, 2009 - The New Virus Killer - Scientists try to turn HIV’s greatest strength—mutation—against itself - Popular Science

►January 15, 2009 - Albany College of Pharmacy receives grant for anthrax research - Capital News 9

►January 15, 2009 - Couple fined for bogus anti-terror kit claims - Bay of Plenty Times, New Zealand - "A Bay couple who touted an anti-terrorist protection kit for such threats as anthrax, botulism and smallpox and claimed they could cure bird flu, the Sars virus and other conditions have been fined $11,450 for making false or misleading claims."

►January 15, 2009 - Susan Rice's Testimony at Her UN Ambassador Hearing - RealClearPolitics

►January 15, 2009 - Midlife Coffee And Tea Drinking May Protect Against Late-life Dementia - Stockholm, Sweden -- Midlife coffee drinking can decrease the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's disease (AD) later in life. This conclusion is made in a Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) Study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. - Karolinska Institutet, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►January 15, 2009 - Nano silver products under threat of control from FDA -

►January 15, 2009 - Group sues Coke over VitaminWater health claims - Reuters

* ►January 14, 2009 - Sweden institutes near-total mercury ban - United Press International - "Mercury will be banned in Sweden starting June 1, government officials announced Wednesday. Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said the ban prohibits products containing the heavy metal from being brought to market in Sweden and will become official when the government meets Thursday, the Swedish news agency TT reported. 'Mercury is now dead and buried,' Carlgren said, adding that as well as banning products containing mercury, it also prohibits the substance's use in manufacturing processes and in dentistry."

* ►January 14, 2009 - FDA Scientists Describe Corruption to Obama Transition Team - Natural

* ►January 14, 2009 - Autistic Child Arrested - - "An 8-year-old autistic little girl was arrested, handcuffed and taken to a juvenile detention center after she got into a physical altercation with two teachers."

►January 14, 2009 - Medical Glitches Plague VA, Probe Finds - AP Investigation Shows Software Errors Caused Incorrect Doses, Delay In Treatments - CBS News

►January 14, 2009 - Kirklees health chiefs fear measles epidemic - Huddersfield Examiner

►January 14, 2009 - Book rallies resistance to anti-vaccine crusade - New York Times via Rutland Herald

►January 14, 2009 - Partnership to save lives - The Ironton Tribune - "It was announced Monday that an agreement between the Ironton City Health Department and the Tuscarawas County General Heath district, facilitated by the Ohio Department of Health, will make all needed vaccines for children available at the health department."

►January 14, 2009 - CDC Confirms Salmonella Link - Peanut Butter Made in Lynchburg May Be Source of Outbreak (requires registration) - Washington Post

►January 14, 2009 - Public Health | CDC Reports Rise in STIs, Chlamydia Rates; Blacks Disproportionately Affected -

►January 14, 2009 - Verbal Checklist May Cut Surgical Errors - Can a Simple Checklist Dramatically Lower Surgical Errors? - ABC News - "The year-long study at eight hospitals worldwide showed death rates dropping by nearly half, to 0.8 percent from 1.5 percent, and other complications falling to 7 percent from 11 percent after surgical teams started using a verbal checklist."

* ►January 14, 2009 - U.S. and European Advocacy Groups Launch United, Global Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer - Coalition Promotes the Pearl of Wisdom(TM) as Worldwide Symbol for Cervical Cancer Prevention - press release - European Cervical Cancer Association via PRNewswire

►January 14, 2009 - MMR assurances - Huddersfield Examiner, UK
►January 14, 2009 - Whooping cough in schools - Montgomery Herald

►January 13, 2009 - Dozen cases of whooping cough confirmed in Hunterdon County - New Brunswick Home News Tribune via

►January 13, 2009 - Whooping cough outbreak concerns health officials - Lethbridge Herald

►January 13, 2009 - 1,000 on Oahu to take part in long-term health study - The $3 billion health project will follow children from the womb to age 21 - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►January 13, 2009 - ZymoGenetics Soars on Bristol-Myers Deal for Hepatitis C Drug - Bloomberg

►January 13, 2009 - China Pharma Wins Approval of Hepatitis Drug - Seeking Alpha

►January 13, 2009 - Antibodies Against Alzheimer's Disease - The Douglas Institute is part of an international effort to investigate a new treatment - press release - The Douglas Mental Health University Institute via CNW Group

►January 13, 2009 - HPV Testing Followed By Cytology And Repeat HPV Testing May Improve Cervical Cancer Screening - The use of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing as an initial screening step followed by triage with a standard Pap test (cytology) and repeat HPV DNA testing may increase the accuracy of cervical cancer screening, according to a study in the Jan. 13 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Compared to cytology alone, the screening strategy improved detection of precancerous growths without a substantial increase in the number of false-positive tests. - Journal of the National Cancer Institute, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►January 12, 2009 - Texas mulls doc-disclosure law - FiercePharma - "In Texas, lawmakers are pushing measures that would require drugmakers to report all payments to Texas healthcare providers. That's all payments--consulting fees, speaking fees, gifts, travel, you name it--in excess of $25."

►January 12, 2009 - Gazette Opinion: Montana can do better for kids with autism - Billings Gazette

►January 12, 2009 - Specialists look into pneumonia outbreak among recruits - ITAR-TASS - "The military prosecutor’s office is looking into hospitalisation with suspected pneumonia of 95 servicemen in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region, an aide to the military prosecutor of the Volga-Urals military district told Tass on Monday."

►January 12, 2009 - InterMune shares rise on hepatitis C study data - AP via MSNBC

►January 12, 2009 - Alternative medicine to the rescue - San Francisco Chronicle

►January 12, 2009 - Santa Cruz doctor helps save lives of family who ate poisonous mushrooms - San Jose Mercury News

►January 12, 2009 - Every girl should get Gardasil, teen writes - The Post-Standard via - "Be proud to the sing the song, "O-N-E-L-E-S-S. I want to be One Less, ONE LESS!"

►January 12, 2009 - Diana Jones: HPV exposure increases cervical cancer risk - Muncie Star Press

►January 12, 2009 - Beware of cervical cancer dangers - Muskogee Daily Phoenix

►January 12, 2009 - Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Educates To Save Lives - Cervical Cancer Is Preventable, Treatable - WISC Madison via

* ►January 11, 2009 - Beware A Killer May Be At Large In Your Area! - American Chronicle - "In June 2006 USA saw the launch of the vaccine Gardasil by Merck."

►January 11, 2009 - Whooping cough cases on the rise in La. - Shreveport Times

* ►January 8, 2009 - Vaccinations for HPV lower than expected - Lethbridge Herald - "'We received about 60 per cent of the consents back from the parents in the Catholic school system saying that they were interested in the vaccine, but we’ve only had 20 per cent of those students come in through our clinics,' said Dianne Shaw, director of wellness and community health across the Chinook Health region."

►January 8, 2009 - Big Pharma Agrees to End Freebies to Doctors - Is it Enough? - InjuryBoard Cherry Hill

►January 6, 2009 - March of Dimes marks 70 years of fighting polio - Villages Daily Sun

►January 2009 - Quick Study: Lobbying's Long Arm - An in-depth look into policy clears up the implications behind lobbying. - Reader's Digest

2009 Health Freedom Advocacy Day - Our freedom to choose the type of health care and health practitioners that we want is in jeopardy! Come and advocate with legislators. We’ll help you! Beware! - a day may come when we are forced into having no choices. - Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, 10 am- 4 pm Cherberg Bldg, Rooms A/B/C Near the domed Capitol building, Olympia - Health Freedom WA


Posted January 14, 2009


* ►February 1, 2009 - Fetal testosterone and autistic traits - journal article (British Journal of Psychology)

* ►February 1, 2009 - Are autistic traits autistic? - journal article (British Journal of Psychology)

* ►February 1, 2009 - Psychiatrically impaired medical practitioners: better care to reduce harm and life impact, with special reference to impaired psychiatrists - journal article (Australasian Psychiatry)

* ►February 1, 2009 - Psychiatrically impaired medical practitioners: an overview with special reference to impaired psychiatrists - journal article (Australasian Psychiatry)

►January/February 2009 - Human Papilloma Virus Type 69 Identified in a Clinically Aggressive Plantar Verruca from an HIV-positive Patient - journal article (JAPMA)

* ►January 15, 2009 - Effect of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Pneumococcal Meningitis - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 15, 2009 - Decade’s Worst Flu Marches on Europe After Virus Hits Ireland - Bloomberg

* ►January 15, 2009 - Visions for Change in U.S. Health Care — The Players and the Possibilities (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 15, 2009 - Health Care Reform — Why So Much Talk and So Little Action? (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 15, 2009 - Surge in highly infectious diseases expected - The Star, Malaysia

►January 15, 2009 - Adaptive immune features of natural killer cells - journal article (Nature)

►January 15, 2009 - Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death - journal article (NEJM)

►January 15, 2009 - Hepatitis B Virus Infection - journal article (NEJM)

►January 15, 2009 - Human Cancer Viruses: Principles of Transformation and Pathogenesis - journal article (NEJM)

►January 15, 2009 - The Fast-Food Fund - journal article (NEJM)

►January 15, 2009 - Prospects for Epigenetic Epidemiology - journal article (American Journal of Epidemiology)

►January 15, 2009 - Togo plans polio vaccination drive - African Press Agency

►January 15, 2009 - Flu cases stretching hospitals to the limit - Belfast Telegraph

* ►January 14, 2009 - Doctors cleared of injecting children with 'mad cow disease' - Six French doctors and pharmacists have been cleared of indirectly causing the deaths of 117 children by injecting them with growth hormones tainted with the human form of mad cow disease. - Telegraph, UK

* ►January 14, 2009 - Clinton questioned about Merck, Barr funding - AP via FiercePharma - "Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt asking him to approve the HPV vaccine. She also wrote letters on behalf of Barr Laboratories and Plan B."

* ►January 14, 2009 - To Fight Infectious Disease, Medical Research Turns To Philosophy -- and Buffalo - UB ontology experts help clinicians and researchers speak the same "language" - University of Buffalo

* ►January 14, 2009 - Trial patients OD after clinic failed to weigh them - A FDA warning letter has been sent to a clinical investigator who administered incorrect doses of investigational drugs having taken the patient’s weight and height from their driving license. -

* ►January 14, 2009 - CDC Study Shows Vaccination Rates for Kids, Teens Are Up - Nearly All 4:3:1:3:3:1 Vaccines Reach Healthy People 2010 Targets - AAFP News Now

* ►January 14, 2009 - IACC Meeting Wednesday to Finalize Federal Autism Research Plan By Jim Moody - Age of Autism

* ►January 14, 2009 - Discovering I Was Toxic By Jake Crosby - Age of Autism

* ►January 14, 2009 - Shauna Layton on Autism One Radio - Age of Autism

►January 14, 2009 - Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism is not cancer - Cambridge University's autism research centre published a study this week which identified a link between testosterone levels in pregnant women and autistic traits in their children. Its director, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, discusses the pros and cons of prenatal screening for the condition. -

►January 14, 2009 - Show support for proposed bill, autism rally - Franklin News Post

* ►January 14, 2009 - Christine Escobar: Doctors, Vaccine Dissent and The God Complex - The Huffington Post

* ►January 14, 2009 - Happy Warriors for Vaccines - Pure Pedantry via ScienceBlogs

►January 14, 2009 - New York Times profiles Paul Offit - Point of Law

►January 14, 2009 - Vaccination quickies - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine

* ►January 14, 2009 - Soaring autism rates in California not an artifact - Epidemiology via Reuters

* ►January 14, 2009 - The Alleged Autism Epidemic - Science-Based Medicine

►January 14, 2009 - Examining the increased incidence of autism - Nobel Intent via Ars Technica

* ►January 14, 2009 - Lilly Said to Be Near $1.4 Billion US Settlement on Drug (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Eli Lilly, the drug company, is expected to agree as soon as Thursday to pay $1.4 billion to settle criminal and civil charges that it illegally marketed its blockbuster antipsychotic drug Zyprexa for unauthorized use in patients particularly vulnerable to its risky side effects."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Newer Antipsychotics Double the Risk of Deadly Heart Attacks - Bloomberg - "Patients taking the newer drugs, including Eli Lilly & Co.’s Zyprexa and Johnson & Johnson’s Risperdal, were more than twice as likely to suffer a massive, fatal heart attack as patients who weren’t taking an antipsychotic, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Glaxo's Emails on Avandia Reveal Concern (free preview) - The Wall Street Journal - "When a study linking GlaxoSmithKline PLC's diabetes treatment Avandia to increased heart-attack risk was published in 2007, the pharmaceutical giant publicly responded by denouncing the researchers' conclusions. But internal emails indicate some of the company's own scientists were concerned that Glaxo's data were showing the same thing."

►January 14, 2009 - DeLauro Slams Latest FDA Issue -- Shays Linked - On Background Blog via Hartford Courant

* ►January 14, 2009 - HPV vaccine must fight perception - Yale Daily News - "Indeed, the percentage of the population vaccinated against the human papillomavirus is far below what scientists deem 'socially optimal' — in large part because of the perception that HPV vaccination increases promiscuity, a recent Yale School of Public Health study found. The findings also suggest that HPV vaccine costs must be lowered substantially to encourage adequate vaccination."

* ►January 14, 2009 - State budget cuts slash HPV vaccination effort - Rutland Herald - "Vermont will no longer subsidize human papillomavirus vaccinations for women over the age of 19 due to cuts made to the state budget last month, lawmakers were told Tuesday. ... Sen. Virginia 'Ginny' Lyons, D-Chittenden, said the cut is especially troubling because the federal government funds 60 percent of the vaccination effort. The cut essentially only saves about $400,000 from the state's troubled general fund, she said. 'In other words, the state is giving up $600,000 because of this,' she said."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Wyeth exec: Nontraditional products fueling growth - AP via Forbes - "Prevnar, the world's No. 1 vaccine, is 'likely to be the very first to achieve $3 billion in annual revenues,' he said."

►January 14, 2009 - CDC releases report on Great Lakes pollution, health risk connection -

* ►January 14, 2009 - Fight Heavy Metals and Free Radicals: Achieve Oral Chelation Naturally -

* ►January 14, 2009 - Caring Mothers Strike Fatal Blow against Genetic Determinism - New research on maternal care puts the environment and epigenetic potential at centre stage of how organisms shape their lives and the lives of their offspring Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society

►January 14, 2009 - ADHD Medication: Can Your Child Go Without? - Behavioral therapy for ADHD—and parent retraining, too—can be good alternatives to medication - U.S. News & World Report

►January 14, 2009 - Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update - World Health Organization

►January 14, 2009 - Officials: Get flu shot soon or it'll be too late - Lansing State Journal

* ►January 14, 2009 - Study finds flu vaccine benefits for older workers - Clinical Infectious Diseases via CIDRAP News

* ►January 14, 2009 - Excessive Antiviral Drug Use Increases Deadly Flu Risk -

►January 14, 2009 - Latest Flu Season Sets Tamiflu Back but Doesn't Knock It Down -

►January 14, 2009 - Officials urge people to seek flu vaccine as cases increase - Lower Hudson Journal News

* ►January 14, 2009 - Pediatric Vaccine Effectively Prevents Pneumococcal Meningitis, Study Suggests - A standard pediatric vaccine used to prevent several common types of life-threatening infections also effectively reduced the rates of another disease, pneumococcal meningitis, in children and adults, according to a multi-center study led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The study, published in the Jan. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and based on a detailed review of pneumococcal meningitis cases, also noted an increase in strains of pneumococcal meningitis not covered by the vaccine and those resistant to antibiotics. - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily - "The authors also observed that non-PCV7 strains increased by 60.5 percent from the 1998-1999 period to 2004-2005, and the percentage of strains that were not sensitive to penicillin, which initially declined, increased from 19.4 percent in 2003 to 30.1 percent in 2005."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Vaccine Propels Sharp Drop in Meningitis Cases - University of Rochester Medical Center via Insciences Organisation - "In a finding that was a cause for concern, the researchers also saw a small increase in disease caused by serotypes that are not included in Prevnar. However, the overall decline in disease far outweighed the small increase in the disease caused by the serotypes not included in the vaccine.Researchers also point out that there are new vaccines under development that may provide protection from these strains."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Meningitis Cases Fell After Pneumococcal Vaccine Introduction (includes audio) - New England Journal of Medicine via MedPage Today - "Dr. Harrison reported financial links with Wyeth, Merck, Sanofi-Pasteur, and GlaxoSmithKline."

►January 14, 2009 - Wyeth vaccine cuts meningitis in kids and adults - NEJM via Reuters

►January 14, 2009 - HCV Therapy Less Effective in Latinos - New England Journal of Medicine via MedPage Today - "The study was supported by Roche. Dr. Rodriguez-Torres reported financial links with Roche, Abbott Laboratories, Anadys, Pharmasset, Vertex, Glaxo-SmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Valeant, Novartis, Wyeth, Virochem Pharma, Idera, Intarcia, sanofi-aventis, Human Genome Sciences, Idenix, Pfizer, Gilead, Tibotec, and Merck."

►January 14, 2009 - Allegheny County to open state-of-the-art bioterrorism lab - Pop City

* ►January 14, 2009 - Letter: Adding fluoride to water should be put to a vote - St. Cloud Times - "Minnesota is stuck in a nearly 40-year rut. Since 1970, our municipal water supplies have been forced to add fluorosilicic acid via an unfunded state mandate. In 2009, with tight budgets and looming deficits, removing this phosphate industry waste product seems like a sensible course of action."

►January 14, 2009 - Kellogg takes peanut butter snacks off shelves - Reuters

►January 14, 2009 - Bed Bugs, Nearly Eradicated, Make a Comeback - Study finds blood-sucking critters' resistance to insecticides increasing in urban areas - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►January 14, 2009 - FDA Launches Pilot Program To Improve the Safety of Drugs and Active Drug Ingredients Produced Outside the United States - FDA

* ►January 14, 2009 - Teamwork future of GMP inspections, says EMEA - Despite criticism in certain quarters, joint GMP inspections represent the best use of resources in an increasingly globalised market, according to the EMEA. -

►January 14, 2009 - Mettler hopes FreeWeigh is road to pharma quality - With big pharma continually seeking greater efficiency, improving QA/QC to reduce wastage and avoid costly recalls has become increasingly important, a fact that Mettler Toledo hopes will win the latest generation of its FreeWeigh.Net software an industrial following. -

►January 14, 2009 - $288m spent on antiviral drugs -

►January 14, 2009 - Vitamin D beneficial for diabetic and other chronic disease patent - Vitamin D benefits are sky-rocketing. It is believed to be beneficial for health in even diseases like cancers, heart diseases, and even osteoporosis. Recently even diabetes has been added to this list. - Diabetes Educator via

►January 14, 2009 - PPD sets 2009 profit outlook above forecasts - AP via Forbes

►January 13, 2009 - Travels to Egypt brings relaxation and the flu - Medicine Hat News - "This is my second bout of flu since I had my flu vaccine. Does it say something about the flu vaccine or my immunity?"

* ►January 13, 2009 - Largest study of US child health begins - AP via Yahoo! - "Autism, asthma, certain birth defects and other child disorders are on the rise, as is concern about which environmental factors play a role. Plus, many adult diseases take root in childhood."

* ►January 13, 2009 - HHS slams FDA for lack of financial oversight during trials - A US HHS report on FDA oversight during trials has found that, with current procedures, the agency cannot tell whether drugmakers are disclosing complete financial information from all investigators who worked on a particular study. -

►January 13, 2009 - FDA Commissioner Decision Coming Today? - The IN VIVO Blog

►January 13, 2009 - Pfizer to cut 800 scientists (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 13, 2009 - NIH releases first Biennial Report of the Director - NIH News

►January 13, 2009 - U.S. Chlamydia Infections Hit All-Time High - HealthDay News via The Washington Post

►January 13, 2009 - Wyeth and Santaris form alliance to develop RNA-based medicines - Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth, and Santaris Pharma, a privately held biopharmaceutical company, have entered into a worldwide strategic alliance to discover, develop and commercialize new medicines based on Santaris Pharma's locked nucleic acid drug platform, which allows specific targeting and regulation of microRNAs and messenger RNAs as a means to affect gene expression mediated by the targeted RNAs. - Pharmaceutical Business Reviews

►January 13, 2009 - Schuler: Not Sold on Elan - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►January 13, 2009 - Frederick Police Report out - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "Second, Ivins' disclosure to the Red Cross of his medical history provides support for the hypothesis that Ivins suffered from chronic medical problems that are commonly found in patients who become ill following receipt of anthrax vaccinations. He reported chronic pain issues ('back/joint/bone problems' for which he took neurontin, lidocaine patches, aleve and diazepam); psychiatric issues ('anxiety/PTSD/Bipolar Disorder' and 'depression'); and sleep apnea. All 3 are among the most common symptoms that occur as sequellae of anthrax vaccine, as noted by me but also by the Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network, which screens many patients for sleep apnea. This diagnosis is relatively rare in thin males, but has occurred in 80% of those disabled males I have evaluated in the past 3 years for the sequellae of anthrax vaccine. All those patients had chronic widespread pain disorders and psychiatric sequellae as well."

►January 13, 2009 - Hepatitis C may increase pancreatic cancer risk - New study shows that infection with hepatitis C virus increases risk for a highly fatal cancer of the biliary tree - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►January 13, 2009 - E-coli Vaccine One Step Closer - Ozarks First

►January 13, 2009 - Pfizer R&D Chief: Seeking Partnerships In Biotech, Vaccines - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

►January 13, 2009 - Chiropractor forms American Chiropractic Autism Board -

►January 13, 2009 - Autism: equality's last frontier - For Gary McKinnon, Asperger's has had a profound effect on his ability to fit in to society. When will we accept this disability? - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

►January 13, 2009 - Cervical cancer vaccine offered to more East Riding girls - Hull & East Riding Daily Mail

►January 13, 2009 - Researchers Identify New Regulatory Circuit Controlling Immune Cell Production in Mice - Kansas City infoZine

►January 13, 2009 - Penrose leads HIV inquiry - The Scotsman - "A new chairman has been appointed to lead an inquiry into how people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood."

►January 13, 2009 - Why the US must lead on global HIV and TB treatment - San Francisco Chronicle

►January 12, 2009 - Africa: Bush's Successful HIV/Aids Program Looks to Next Five Years - (Washington, DC) via

►January 12, 2009 - Flu: meningococcal and pneumococcal link - Irish Medical Times

* ►January 12, 2009 - There’s something in the water - Baton Rouge Business Report via Fluoride Action Network

►January 12, 2009 - Biologists Discover Link Between CGG Repeats In DNA And Neurological Disorders - A cause of chromosomal fragility via Biocompare

* ►January 12, 2009 - Police check possible threats to UC Davis researchers - The Sacramento Bee

* ►January 12, 2009 - As U.S. Economy Sheds Millions of Jobs, Health Care Adds Workers - The Wall Street Journal

►January 12, 2009 - ACAAI 2008: What If It Is Not Asthma? CME (requires registration) - Medscape

►January 12, 2009 - Patient reported outcome measures in trials - journal article (BMJ)

►January 12, 2009 - Less than half of essential drugs for children are available in most central African countries - journal article (BMJ)

►January 12, 2009 - Germany abolishes its compulsory retirement age for doctors- journal article (BMJ)

►January 12, 2009 - Mayo Clinic Researchers Find That Variants In A Gene On The X Chromosome Are Associated With Increased Susceptibility To Alzheimer's Disease - Mayo Clinic via Biocompare

* ►January 9, 2009 - Hypersensitivity to HPV vaccine More data from Australia on sensitivity to HPV vaccine - journal article (BMJ)

►January 9, 2009 - Growth Of New Brain Cells Requires 'epigenetic' Switch - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Biocompare

►January 9, 2009 - How should health be defined? Why the definition of health matters - journal article (BMJ)

►January 8, 2009 - GPs need to prepare to collaborate in case of a flu epidemic - journal article (BMJ)

►January 8, 2009 - Vitamin D Deficiency May Increase Cardiovascular Risk - Circulation via Newsmax

* ►January 8, 2009 - Tamiflu garage sale anyone? - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►January 7, 2009 - Comorbidity and repeat admission to hospital for adverse drug reactions in older adults: retrospective cohort study - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 6, 2009 - US university psychiatrist loses chairmanship over drug company payments - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 6, 2009 - Case of Baby P Let’s go back to basics in child protection - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 6, 2009 - MPs accuse government of delaying and diluting antidiscrimination law for disabled people - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 5, 2009 - Lucy's Miracle - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►January 2009 - There is an association between contact allergy to aluminium and persistent subcutaneous nodules in children undergoing hyposensitization therapy - journal article (Contact Dermatitis) - "There was a statistically significant association between contact allergy to aluminium and persistent subcutaneous nodules in children who had had hyposensitization therapy."

* ►January 2009 - Allergy and autoimmune disease: a registry-based study - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - Increased production of cysteinyl leukotrienes and prostaglandin D2 during human anaphylaxis - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - Intravascular AAV9 preferentially targets neonatal neurons and adult astrocytes - journal article (Nature Biotechnology)

►January 2009 - Do helminth parasites protect against atopy and allergic disease? - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - Familial aggregation of food allergy and sensitization to food allergens: a family-based study - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - Atopic and non-atopic allergic disorders: current insights into the possible involvement of free immunoglobulin light chains - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - Incremental build-up food challenge - a new diagnostic approach to evaluate pseudoallergic reactions in chronic urticaria: a pilot study: Stepwise food challenge in chronic urticaria - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2009 - HLX1 gene variants influence the development of childhood asthma - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►January 2009 - Function, Regulation, and Transcriptional Organization of the Hemin Utilization Locus of Bartonella quintana - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►January 2009 - The Mentorship Market (requires registration) - New organizations want to help you succeed in biotech - for free. - The Scientist

►January 2009 - Vicks VapoRub Induces Mucin Secretion, Decreases Ciliary Beat Frequency, and Increases Tracheal Mucus Transport in the Ferret Trachea - journal article (Chest)

* ►December 30, 2008 - Avoid the flu without a flu shot - The Health Sciences Institute - "When HSI researcher Michele Cagan went searching through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, she came up with these surprising numbers linked to the flu vaccine: 203 deaths
*797 life-threatening events
*260 permanent disabilities
*2,980 hospitalizations
*405 prolonged hospitalizations
But here's the astonishing part: Those are not the totals for all the years the flu shot has been given, those are for just one year - 2007."

* ►December 21, 2008 - Adverse drug reactions and the skin - from trivial to fire signal. - journal article (Der Internist) - "It is essential for the success of a further allergologic work-up of such reactions to describe and document accurately the morphologic characteristics of the skin and other organ manifestations and the exact time course of medication intake and development of the clinical adverse reaction. This facilitates the choice of adequate diagnostic measures and the interpretation of the respective results."

►December 11, 2008 - Efficacy of measles, mumps and rubella revaccination in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis treated with methotrexate and etanercept. - journal article (Rheumatology)

►December 11, 2008 - Delayed anaphylaxis, angioedema, or urticaria after consumption of red meat in patients with IgE antibodies specific for galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►December 2008 - Primary immune deficiencies with aberrant IgE production. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

* ►December 2008 - Maternal cytokine production during pregnancy and the development of childhood wheezing and allergic disease in offspring three years of age. - journal article (The Journal of Asthma)

►December 2008 - The natural history of fatal childhood asthma--a case from the Isle of Wight Birth Cohort. - journal article (The Journal of Asthma)

New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice - VACCINATION CHOICES SEMINARS!
Tell your friends, family and neighbors and join us at one of the five upcoming seminars scheduled during the next 6 weeks.  Go with your pediatrician and family doctor!  Demand that your legislators to attend because they can’t have it both ways… either they attend and respond or accordingly… or they co-sponsor the bill for vaccination choice.  RSVP requested (but not required) to:  Specify location or date.  Flyers available.
*Springfield, NJ on Tue 1/13, 6:15-9:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 37 Church Mall, near Westfield, Summit
*Toms River, NJ on Wed 1/28, 6:30-9:30pm, Sung Star Academy, 182 James Street
*Basking Ridge, NJ on Thu 2/5, 7:00-9:30pm, Somerset Hills Baptist Church, 510 Mount Airy Road
*Wayside, NJ on Tue 2/10, 6:30-9:30pm, Church of St. Anselm, 1028 Wayside Road
*Your location here! (Bucks County, PA in March, details to be announced shortly)
American Chiropractic Autism Board - website

Hope for Autism 2009 International Vaccine Symposium - May 15-17, 2009 Charleston, SC - International Vaccine Risk Symposium AND 2 DAY Hope for Autism Certification Conference (3 DAYS total) - American Chiropractic Autism Board


Posted January 13, 2009


* ►January 14, 2009 - Global Eradication of Polio - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Global Eradication of Polio—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 14, 2009 - FDA Whistleblowers - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 14, 2009 - Children in Medical Research: Access Versus Protection (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 14, 2009 - Informed Consent and Clinician Accountability: The Ethics of Report Cards on Surgeon Performance (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Health Inequality: Morality and Measurement (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Pain in Children: A Practical Guide for Primary Care (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Wyeth seeking damages for alleged fraud - Irish Times

►January 14, 2009 - Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm Infants Fed High-Dose Docosahexaenoic Acid - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Chiari Conundrum: Researchers Tackle a Brain Puzzle for the 21st Century - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome With Antidepressants - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - Improving the Quality of Health Care - B: Are the Results of the Study Valid? - journal article (JAMA)

►January 14, 2009 - How to Use an Article About Genetic Association - B: Are the Results of the Study Valid? - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 14, 2009 - Our Opinion: Drugmaker immunity is a poison pill - editorial (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal Constitution - "Here are four compelling reasons why Gov. Sonny Perdue’s proposal to create a liability-free haven for drugmakers threatens the welfare of Georgians — Vioxx, Rezulin, fen-phen and Bextra. Perdue proposes to grant drug companies immunity from legal action if the drug in question was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration."

* ►January 14, 2009 - Newton and Einstein may have been autistic. But is their genius an argument against a screening test? - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

►January 14, 2009 - Biology presentation showed virus is to blame for cancer - Central Florida Future

►January 14, 2009 - Avian flu medicine ready for trial runs - Shanghai Daily - "Zanamivir was first marketed commercially by GlaxoSmithKline under the trade name Relenza, which hasn't been sold in China."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Olmsted on Autism: Autism Explosion Followed Big Change in MMR Shot By Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism - "In 1990, Merck & Co., manufacturer of the mumps-measles-rubella vaccine known as the MMR, made a significant but little-noticed change: It quadrupled the amount of mumps virus in the combination shot, from 5,000 to 20,000 units. Then in 2007 it reversed course, reducing the amount to 12,500 units. Neither the measles nor the rubella (German measles) component of the MMR was changed at all -- each remained at 1,000 units throughout."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action - Vaccine Risk & Your Child's Health Safety Blog

* ►January 13, 2009 - Early Immune System Exposures Linked to Chronic Disease - Scientists and regulators have a golden opportunity to reduce the health toll from a range of diseases by focusing more attention on identification of environmental factors that can damage the prenatal immune system as well as that of infants and children, according to an article scheduled for the January 19 issue of ACS' Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal. - American Chemical Society (ACS) via Newswise - "In the study, Rodney R. Dietert points out that a scientific field known as developmental immunotoxicology (DIT) focuses on the effects of exposure to biological materials, drugs, medical devices, chemicals, and other environmental factors on the developing immune system in fetuses, infants and children. Research so far suggests links between those factors and an increased risk of asthma, autism, diabetes, leukemia, and other important diseases."

* ►December 15, 2008 - Developmental Immunotoxicology: Focus on Health Risks (full text) - journal article (Chemical Research in Toxicology) - "Additionally, initial tissue damage may result in autoantibody production and further insult to the organ or physiological system. Several disorders or neurocognitive deficits connected to the brain fall within this category. For example, autism and autism spectrum disorders are candidates for DIT influence because they feature both early life environmental risk factors and associated immune dysfunction."..."28. MacArthur, A. M., McBride, M. L., Spinelli, J. L., Tamaro, S., Gallagher, R., and Theriault, G. P. 2008 Risk of childhood leukemia associated with vaccination, infection and medication use in childhood Am. J. Epidemiol. 167 598 606 [CrossRef], [PubMed]"

* ►January 13, 2009 - Single dose salmonella vaccine to fight infant pneumonia - Researchers are close to what may be a winning strategy to fight infant bacterial pneumonia that claims two million lives worldwide every year. - India eNews

* ►January 13, 2009 - New National Children's Study Seeks Environmental Causes of Autism, Asthma, ADHD - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report - "Starting this week, pregnant women in Duplin County, N.C., and Queens, N.Y., will be getting letters and phone calls asking them to be part of the National Children's Study. This first-ever effort, 10 years in the making, will follow thousands of children from the womb to age 20, with the goal of finding the causes of major health problems like asthma, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, low birth weight, birth defects, and premature birth."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Dr. Paul Offit: Fox in a Henhouse, the ACIP Years (1998-2003) By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►January 13, 2009 - NYT Mollycoddles Dr. Offit - Age of Autism - "Do you have any idea how hard it is to get the NYT to mention your book? Let alone a book that came out over five months ago. Why the mollycoddling of Dr. Offit and his book? Why now?"

* ►January 13, 2009 - Merck to focus on 'non-ethical' vaccines - OneNewsNow - "Pharmaceutical giant Merck has decided to produce vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella that only use cells from aborted babies. ... Children of God for Life has launched a public awareness campaign on the move, which has stirred concern from pro-life Americans. Ministry spokesperson Debi Vinnedge was asked if there is any other source of 'moral monovalent vaccines' available in America."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Single dose salmonella vaccine to fight infant pneumonia - Researchers are close to what may be a winning strategy to fight infant bacterial pneumonia that claims two million lives worldwide every year. - India eNews

* ►January 13, 2009 - Head blows killed infant, court told - The Charleston Gazette - "The defense's expert witness, Dr. Harold Eugene Buttram, a retired physician from Pennsylvania, said he believed that Alex's development was significantly delayed, possibly by autism triggered by a vaccination or from a vitamin deficiency that would have made him prone to bruising. "[Alex's] whole behavior was that of severe developmental delay, both mentally and physically," Buttram said. "By 22 months, he only had five or six words that he was speaking, and those not very often. To me, that is severe autism." In that condition, a minor blow to the head could provoke a brain hemorrhage, he said."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Turkish Government Adds Wyeth's 7-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine To Their National Immunisation Schedule - Wyeth via Medical News Today

* ►January 13, 2009 - Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements -

* ►January 13, 2009 - Paying a price - Studies show doctors’ free samples to patients may not be such a bargain - editorial - Houston Chronicle

* ►January 13, 2009 - Report avoids linking Great Lakes pollution, illness - AP via Yahoo! - "U.S. Representative Bart Stupak, chairman of the House of Representatives energy and commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, began looking into the CDC's handling of the report last year. In a statement Tuesday, he contended it was reasonable to link the region's pollution and health problems. 'It doesn't take a scientist to tell you that the toxins discussed in this report are detrimental to human health and need to be cleaned up,' said Stupak, a Michigan Democrat. 'It is almost as though CDC is trying harder to protect the polluters than the victims.'"

* ►January 13, 2009 - Nancy Snyderman: "Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism" - Age of Autism

* ►January 13, 2009 - What is the link between autism and testosterone? - Controversial theory of autism makes headlines, but leaves scientific community unconvinced. - Nature News via

►January 13, 2009 - Doctor' book denounces vaccines as autism cause - TCPalm Blog

►January 13, 2009 - Report: Kids are restrained, secluded - AP via Forbes - "The National Disability Rights Network, in a report Tuesday, identified cases across the country in which children, many of them with disabilities, were traumatized, injured or killed at school."

►January 13, 2009 - Animated series helped children with autism recognize emotions: study - CBC

►January 13, 2009 - House Unveils Autism Plan - Legislation to Increase Providers Praised by Autism Advocates - Bixby Bulletin

►January 13, 2009 - A dangerous dish? Actor's claims of mercury poisoning renew debate over safe consumption of fish - Stamford Advocate

* ►January 13, 2009 - CNN Covers NJ Flu Shot Mandate for Preschoolers - Age of Autism

* ►January 13, 2009 - Clinton asked for more details on husband's donors - AP via International Herald Tribune - "Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, company spokeswoman Amy Rose said. Merck has been a member of CGI since 2006, when dues were $15,000. In 2008 membership dues rose to $20,000. ... Hillary Clinton wrote a November 2005 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urging approval of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Merck applied in December 2005 for approval of its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the vaccine was approved for use in females ages 9 to 26. Merck is still seeking approval for use in older women, Rose said."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Burkina Faso: Are forced vaccinations ever justified? - IRIN Africa - "Local health officials in Burkina Faso recently threatened to use force against households refusing the yellow fever vaccine, according to a district medical director. ... Director Clement Meda told IRIN his efforts to persuade the community had failed. 'When we realised their reticence and refusal [to the vaccine], we sent in administrative and health officials to talk to them, but it did not work.' On 31 December at 4am, Meda said military police accompanied local doctors to households in the villages of Sokouraba and Samogohiri where children had not been immunised. 'We knew at that hour, they could not tell their children to run away from us and that the family would be home,' Meda told IRIN. 'The men were the ones who had steadfastly refused access to their children. [Eventually], we were able to vaccinate all 30 [non-immunised persons].'"
* ►January 13, 2009 - FDA Admits Failure to Protect Public - via MSNBC

* ►January 13, 2009 - "Preteen Vaccine Week" Coming Up - NBC Los Angeles - "At Tuesday's board meeting, scrolls were presented to Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County's director of public health, along with other officials from the health department's immunization program. 'It's very important that every teen get a flu shot,' Fielding told the board, adding that teens and preteens are not only in danger of catching diseases, they are also transmitters of various illnesses."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Shots no panacea - letter - Calgary Herald via - "Re: 'Catholic board warned of vaccine ban legal risks,' Jan. 10. The experts need to remember that parents are not denied their right to decide if their children are to receive the vaccination. The experts might want to rework their bioethical assumptions."

* ►January 13, 2009 - The Value of Flu Shots By Darrel Crain, DC - Planet Chiropractic

* ►January 13, 2009 - Egyptian child has H5N1 infection - CIDRAP News

►January 13, 2009 - Treatment-resistant flu strain showing up - Great Falls Tribune

►January 13, 2009 - WHO Can Stop an Epidemic - Center For American Progress

►January 13, 2009 - Mild flu season in B.C., despite mismatched shot - Vancouver Sun

►January 13, 2009 - Fewer Connecticut residents have the flu this year, state official says - Stamford Advocate

►January 13, 2009 - Second dose of mumps vaccine on campus can prevent an outbreak - Ottawa Start

►January 13, 2009 - Sexually transmitted disease rates soar: CDC - Reuters

►January 13, 2009 - Celldex Announces Sale of Poultry Vaccines Business to Lohmann - Business Wire via MarketWatch

►January 13, 2009 - SIGA Technologies Clarifies European Regulatory Path for Lead Smallpox Anti-viral ST-246 - Quick facts - RTTNews

►January 13, 2009 - A Device to Avert Strokes Lacks Proof That It Works (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 13, 2009 - Merck’s Singulair Not Associated With Suicide Risk, FDA Says - Bloomberg

►January 13, 2009 - Editorial: Protecting patients - Health-care workers should be vaccinated so they don't spread influenza - The Columbus Dispatch

►January 13, 2009 - Key Developmental Mechanisms Of The Amygdala Revealed By Children's National Scientists - Children's National Medical Center via Medical News Today

►January 13, 2009 - Pharma Roundup: Merck’s Gardasil Exec, Elan’s Future, and More - BNET

►January 13, 2009 - Virus endangers tiniest lungs - Limited drugs to treat seasonal respiratory ailment - Florida Today

►January 13, 2009 - New effect on immune system of Vitamin D3 - Journal of Clinical Investigation via - "The authors therefore suggest that TLR9 could be used to monitor the generation of 1-alpha,25VitD3-induced IL-10–secreting Tregs in patients with allergy, where they are likely to be beneficial. Further, this effect might help explain the beneficial effects of the TLR9 stimulatory drugs being developed to boost the efficiacy of cancer immunotherapies and vaccines."

* ►January 13, 2009 - US FDA--Probe of Merck asthma drug safety ongoing - Reuters

* ►January 13, 2009 - Merck says it believes in safety of asthma drug singulair - quick facts - RTT News

* ►January 13, 2009 - Merck reassigns Gardasil exec - Forbes via FiercePharma

►January 13, 2009 - Wyeth makes a deal with biotech company - The Star-Ledger

* ►January 13, 2009 - Court Reverses Bush EPA Exemption of Pesticides Under Clean Water Act - Beyond Pesticides

►January 13, 2009 - In The Pipeline: Early Biogen Drug Seeks To Repair MS Damage - Dow Jones via CNN Money

►January 13, 2009 - Bug Crazy: Assessing The Benefits of Probiotics (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

►January 13, 2009 - Lack of sleep 'raises cold risk' - Sleeping for under seven hours a night greatly raises the risk of catching a cold, US research has suggested. - BBC

►January 13, 2009 - Elan Launches Strategic Review Of Business - Elan via Dow Jones Newswires via CNN Money

►January 13, 2009 - Structure Of Key Ebola Protein Discovered - Research led by Iowa State University scientists has them a step closer to finding a way to counter the Ebola virus. - Iowa State University via ScienceDaily

* ►January 12, 2009 - Not What We Call Due Diligence - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Surely it would be better for the F.D.A. to eliminate potential conflicts before they can bias a trial than try to mitigate them after the results are in. The agency’s lax performance underscores the need for Congress to pass legislation requiring all drug and device makers to report their financial arrangements with doctors in a public databank. That would make it harder for clinical investigators or sponsoring companies to hide potential conflicts, including those that might bias clinical trials for the F.D.A."

* ►January 12, 2009 - FDA Scientists Accuse Own Administration of Corruption, Intimidation and Scientific Censorship -

►January 12, 2009 - How Viruses Work: Natural Motors Revealed -

►January 12, 2009 - Coloring the Mice to Trace a Potential Virus (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 12, 2009 - WHO rules out spread of Ebola virus in Angola - Xinhua via China View

►January 12, 2009 - Status report on Avian Influenza in Assam and West Bengal as on 11.01.09 - Press Information Bureau via Government of India

►January 12, 2009 - Administration News | CDC Director Gerberding To Resign Effective Jan. 20 - Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report

* ►January 12, 2009 - Vaccine Incentives in the Obama Administration - The five years of heavy research and capacity support that has bolstered the vaccine industry is about to dry up. The new entrants to the business, like Novartis, may get a nice complementary boost from the new administration: enhanced government support for new vaccine populations. - The RPM Report - "Are the manufacturing and commercial development subsidies that the vaccine companies learned to count on from the Bush Administration likely to continue? Probably not; but they may be replaced by a different, and more timely, form of incentive – enhanced government-stimulated markets for vaccine products."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Wyeth Moves to Broaden Prevnar: Prepares Offer for Crucell - Wyeth is looking to build a broad franchise around its $2.7 billion vaccine pillar, Prevnar. The Dutch firm Crucell, one of the largest remaining independents in the vaccine field, confirmed Jan. 7 that it is in preliminary acquisition discussions with Wyeth. - The RPM Report

►January 12, 2009 - Fast Track Designation Request Performance - FDA/CBER

►January 12, 2009 - FDA and CIA: The Panetta Formula - What does CIA have to do with the FDA? Not much (we hope) in the normal course of business. But the choice of Leon Panetta to head CIA may point the way for a similar pick at FDA. - The RPM Report

►January 12, 2009 - All about man flu, bird flu and real flu - Express & Echo, UK via this is, uk

►January 12, 2009 - FDA Announces Two Appointments - FDA

►January 12, 2009 - MRI homes in on protein structure (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 12, 2009 - Federal Agencies Issue Draft Guidance for Industry Good Importer Practices - Helping importers ensure their products are safe and comply with U.S. requirements - FDA

►January 12, 2009 - What To Do When Your Health Care Is Cut - Follow these tips to get the best insurance coverage for your dollar. - Forbes

►January 12, 2009 - Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►January 10, 2009 - Frank Torti Tapped As FDA Commissioner - After months of speculation, Food & Drug Administration chief scientist Frank Torti has been asked to stay on at FDA once Andrew von Eschenbach leaves the agency on January 20. The decision—along with the transition plans for other top HHS agencies—was announced in an email to staff. - The RPM Report

* ►January 10, 2009 - Catholic board warned of vaccine ban legal risks - letter - Calgary Herald - "Juliet Guichon, a bioethicist and lawyer at the University of Calgary, said Catholic students who do not receive a human papilloma virus vaccine, and later develop cervical cancer, may one day sue the district for banning the free shots on school property."

►January 9, 2009 - Amphibian Population Decline Linked to Malathion Use - Beyond Pesticides

►January 9, 2009 - The Return of Henney? - Former FDA Commissioner Jane Henney’s name has surfaced for a possible return to FDA. Whether she’s in the running for the job, or it’s just the Washington rumor mill in action, she would be a safe pick for the incoming administration. - The RPM Report

►January 9, 2009 - Has Drug Importation Finally Fizzled? - Senators Dorgan and Snowe are optimistic that their drug importation bill will make it through Congress this session. While they tout Barack Obama’s past interest in the issue, the President-elect and his designate for HHS secretary, Tom Daschle, don’t exactly have warm-and-fuzzy feelings about importation. - The RPM Report

►January 8, 2009 - Chemopreventive Agents in Black Raspberries Identified - Cancer Prevention Research via Biocompare

►January 8, 2009 - Judge's ultimatum on hepatitis deaths probe - The Scotsman - "A judge yesterday demanded answers from the Scottish Government over a planned inquiry into how patients were infected with contaminated blood."

►January 8, 2009 - 'Shameful' toll of medical experiments on monkeys in Scotland - The Scotsman

►January 7, 2009 - Language Delays in Autism Revealed by MEG - Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

►January 7, 2009 - Gupta in for Galson: What's Next for Former FDAer? - With the news that President-elect Obama will ask neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta to be the next US Surgeon General, acting head Steven Galson is “looking all options” for his next employment position—including a possible return to FDA. - The RPM Report

►January 7, 2009 - Rodale Reports Organic Farming May Ensure World Food Security - Beyond Pesticides

►January 5, 2009 - Health History - Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists - "George Washington, considered the founding father of our country, is best remembered for his roles as a soldier and a president. What might be less well known is that his life was filled with medical hurdles. His medical experiences highlight how health care has improved with the help of research and advancements in medicine, dentistry and public health."

* ►January 2009 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Prevalence and Vaccines - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

* ►January 2009 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: What’s New, and What to Do - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

* ►January 2009 - Autism Aspects (pdf) - journal article (Pediatric Annals) - "What is clear is that this has nothing at all to do with our highly successful immunization programs, which have saved innumerable lives and countless episodes of morbidity."

* ►January 2009 - Services for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Payment Issues (pdf) - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

* ►January 2009 - Universal Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Snapshot within the Big Picture - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

►January 2009 - Genetic Evaluation of the Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

►January 2009 - Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

* ►January 2009 - Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Primary Care - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

►January 2009 - A 10-year-old Girl with Abdominal Pain - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

►January 2009 - A 17-year-old Boy with Fever, Sore Throat, and Headache - journal article (Pediatric Annals)

Bills of Mortality - - "The London Bills of Mortality were introduced in the early sixteenth century, mainly as a way of warning about plague epidemics. The information was collected by  Parish Clerks and published every week.  By 1570 the bills included baptisms; in 1629 the cause of death was given, and in the early eighteenth century the age at death."

* Vaccine Risk & Your Child's Health Safety - blog

* From Our Colleagues - Parents in Illinois - - Learn Why the Federal "Autism Treatment Acceleration Act" "Medical Home" Provision Obstructs Appropriate Medical Care - The Autism Action Coalition - website - "This website is designed to help families of children living with autism spectrum disorders to understand federal legislative and policy initiatives which may significantly impact your child's ability to receive appropriate medical care."

* Vaccines: Is the Boom Stustainable during the Obama Era? - The vaccine industry has flourished during the Bush Administrations: Government support has flowed to the industry for new facilities, new technologies and new markets. Important new vaccines have been approved for pediatric, adolescent, and adult diseases. - - "Will the government remain an active, supportive partner for vaccines in the new administration, or will the renaissance wane? ... Join us for Vaccines: Is the Boom Sustainable during the Obama Era? on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. Pacific). Listen as our experts help you understand the future before it's begun. Grab your team, a phone and a computer with Web access (that last one's optional). No travel required!"

* 3rd National Stakeholder Meeting: Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan -  Event Date: February 02, 2009 -  National Academies of Science Keck Center 500 5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 - - "REGISTRATION for this meeting is free and not necessary to attend; however, advance registration will ensure that you receive meeting materials. Registration is not necessary for the webcast.
This meeting will be audio webcast in real-time. To listen to the webcast, visit and click “LIVE WEBCAST” (top-center of the webpage) on Monday, February 2nd. The link will be activated at 8 a.m. EST and will be available until the meeting is adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Those listening to the webcast may submit questions or comments during the meeting via email to

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