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Sandy Gottstein

President, Vaccination News

President, Vaccination News, A Non-Profit Corporation

All the News Posted January 26-28, 2009

Posted January 28, 2009


* ►February 2009 - Pertussis Vaccine Effectiveness After Mass Immunization of High School Students in Australia - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►February 2009 - Impact of a Pentavalent Combination Vaccine on Immunization Timeliness in a State Medicaid Population - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►February 2009 - Demonstration of Immunologic Memory Using Serogroup C Meningococcal Glycoconjugate Vaccine - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►February 2009 - A Randomized Trial to Determine the Tolerability and Immunogenicity of a Quadrivalent Meningococcal Glycoconjugate Vaccine in Healthy Adolescents - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►February 2009 - Association of Serotype of Streptococcus pneumoniae With Risk of Severe and Fatal Outcome - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►February 2009 - Genetic Diversity of the Host and Severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Induced Lower Respiratory Tract Infection - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►February 2009 - The Changing Burden of Pediatric Bloodstream Infections in Calgary, Canada, 2000-2006 - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►February 2009 - Breastfeeding Prevents Severe Disease in Full Term Female Infants With Acute Respiratory Infection - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►February 2009 - Ciprofloxacin 0.3%/Dexamethasone 0.1% Sterile Otic Suspension for the Topical Treatment of Ear Infections: A Review of the Literature - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►February 2009 - Trends in Otitis Media and Myringtomy With Tube Placement Among American Indian/Alaska Native Children and the US General Population of Children - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►January 29, 2009 - Effectiveness of Maternal Influenza Immunization (free full text) - journal article (NEJM) - "Was there an association between breast-feeding and apparent immunity to respiratory illness in the two study groups? Though the authors mention that the mean numbers of weeks of exclusive breast-feeding were similar in the two groups, the range varied from 1 to 25 weeks. Was any subgroup analysis done to investigate for an association between the duration of breast-feeding and the development of infection? This is an important factor to consider, since previous studies have shown that breast-feeding may decrease susceptibility to influenza as a result of passive antibody transfer."

* ►January 29, 2009 - Metallic Mercury Embolism to the Hand - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs in the 21st Century — A Clinical Super-Challenge (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Adaptive immune features of natural killer cells - journal article (Nature)

►January 29, 2009 - Complete but curtailed T-cell response to very low-affinity antigen - journal article (Nature)

►January 29, 2009 - A Surgical Safety Checklist to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality in a Global Population (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Universal Health Insurance Coverage or Economic Relief — A False Choice (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Antimicrobial Resistance: Problem Pathogens and Clinical Countermeasures (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 29, 2009 - Total Cure: The Antidote to the Health Care Crisis (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 29, 2009 - Well, Well, Well: Vaccine debate not over - VUE Weekly - "...despite the major public relations campaign, many—parents, doctors, microbiologists and immunologists alike—remain unconvinced that Gardasil is a good idea. And many feel strongly that over-immunization of our children in general is playing a major role in autoimmune disease."

►January 29, 2009 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine in Schools from Term one - Press Release: Southland District Health Board via

►January 29, 2009 - Vaccine could 'cut cancer cases by a fifth' - The incidence of cancer in Australia could be reduced by a fifth if research by the University of South Australia is successful. - - "The team's leader, Dr John Hayball, says 20 per cent of cancers are caused by viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B and Papilloma. 'If we can eliminate those infections, there's a real possibility of cutting the incidence of cancer by a fifth and obviously that's a huge leap forward,' he says."

►January 29, 2009 - Japanese aid worth US$4.7m to eradicate polio - The News International, Pakistan

►January 29, 2009 - Vaccination campaign in Jeddah starts Sat. - Saudi Gazette

* ►January 28, 2009 - Il Mercurio and the AAP By David Kirby - Age of Autism

* ►January 28, 2009 - Offit's Lies: Paul Offit Reponds By J. B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►January 28, 2009 - N.J. officials meet with vaccine choice group - News Transcript - "Our objective for the meeting was to make sure they fully understood not only the reasons behind the profound trust gap that exists between parents and our health department, but the ramifications of this distrust," Habakus said. "I wanted them to hear, in no uncertain terms, that they are creating the very thing they fear the most — that, faced with an increasing number of vaccine mandates and absolutely no answers and no leadership behind the epidemic of autism and chronic disease facing our children, parents will increasingly abandon vaccines. Faced with all or none, more are choosing none."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Mobile service to boost MMR uptake - EADT24, UK - “We have a rather large mobile unit and it will have a big visual impact. The locations have been predominantly selected as areas of low uptake of the MMR vaccination.” Every primary school pupil in the area will be given a leaflet promoting the initiative and the bus will be parked at locations close to school runs or in supermarket car parks."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Legislators debate HPV vaccine coverage - The Advocate and WBRZ News 2 LA - "Louisiana legislators debated Tuesday whether insurance companies should be forced to cover the cost of vaccinating teens and pre-teens to prevent a cancer-causing virus."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Baby neurons glue new memories (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 28, 2009 - Another Autism-Vaccine Study Fails to Support Link - Theresa's Biotech / Biomedical Blog via

►January 28, 2009 - Focus on autism - Blog

►January 28, 2009 - Living with autism - Three local families discuss the impact of living with an autistic child. - video -

* ►January 28, 2009 - We're Fruc'ted. - Age of Autism - "Study finds high fructose corn syrup contains mercury. Read the Washington Post article HERE.  Note the sentence below, 'Mercury is toxic in all it's forms.' Except vaccines, we've been assured by AAP, CDC and O-F-F-I-T."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Fruit Fly Brains Provide Clues to UA Autism Research - Linda L. Restifo and her team at the UA are conducting research that may eventually identify drugs that will help combat the behavioral and cognitive symptoms that affect children with mental retardation and autism. - University of Arizona News

►January 28, 2009 - Gimson, CDC’s No. 2 administrator, retires (requires registration) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►January 28, 2009 - Novartis Drops as Profit Disappoints, Vaccine Delayed - Bloomberg - "Menveo, the experimental meningitis vaccine, will be delayed until 2011 because U.S. regulators asked the company to expand a clinical trial to add 1,500 infants and children up to 10 years old. Development is still on target for patients aged 11 to 55. The product could have brought in as much as $1 billion in sales in its indication for children, Merrill Lynch said in a note to clients today."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Been Damaged By Pharma? Call Rules Committee Members Now! - Alliance for Human Research Protection via The One Click Group

* ►January 28, 2009 - Australia: Children Under Age 4 Are Being Electroshocked - Alliance for Human Research Protection via The One Click Group

* ►January 28, 2009 - Rewriting the Genetic Text in Human Brain Development - How adaptive epigenetic changes that can rewrite genes contribute to human brain development and evolution - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society

* ►January 28, 2009 - Deadly Hib in Minnesota - Absolutely Underdof

►January 28, 2009 - Invasive Hib Disease Cases in Minnesota Linked to Vaccine Shortage - Parents' Refusal to Vaccinate Also a Possible Factor - AAFP News Now

►January 28, 2009 - Your Kid Having a Chicken Pox Party? - Please Fill Out the Form Below - Good Morning America via ABC News

►January 28, 2009 - Care Van rolling into town armed with needles and vaccinations - McKinney Courier Gazette

* ►January 28, 2009 - Response to Anti-Vaccination Parent - Culture11

* ►January 28, 2009 - The George Orwell Award, Goes to.... - OpEdNews - "Today’s Award Winner This dubious distinction is earned today, by the State of New York. For the last three years, concerned parents have been trying to get a bill through the state legislature, to allow parents to opt out of mandatory vaccines that they do not believe are in the best interest of their children’s health.  Currently, one of the only options is to declare a religious objection to such vaccines."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Lilly May Spend $2 Billion More to Resolve Claims Over Zyprexa - Bloomberg

►January 28, 2009 - Pfizer shares lag as Wyeth deal fails to create spark - Reuters via The Guardian, UK - "Two days after Pfizer said it would buy Wyeth for $68 billion, Pfizer shares have fallen to nearly a 12-year low and some shareholders are questioning the wisdom of the planned union."

►January 28, 2009 - Two Become One: Pfizer Acquires Wyeth - Pharmaceutical Executive

►January 28, 2009 - Experts: Wyeth pipeline not that attractive - Philadelphia Inquirer - "The other Wyeth drug whose prospects tantalize some investors is Prevnar, a pneumococcal vaccine used to prevent meningitis in children. Wyeth is working on a new version of the vaccine that will protect against a larger number of disease strains. The company is expected to apply for approval to use the drug to prevent pneumonia in older people. With that approval, Prevnar sales could hit $6 billion or $7 billion, up from $2.7 billion now, said David S. Moskowitz, a pharmaceuticals analyst with Caris & Co."

►January 28, 2009 - Steven Pearlstein: Not What the Doctor Ordered (requires registration) - Washington Post

►January 28, 2009 - More are getting cervical cancer vaccine - HPV can help women become 'one less' victim - Green Bay Press Gazette

►January 28, 2009 - Dutch evolutionary biologists fired (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 28, 2009 - Tarrant County flu pandemic would affect as many as 844,000 people, health official says - Star-Telegram

►January 28, 2009 - The lighter side of scientific fraud (requires registration) - A 34-year-old medical journal spoof is finally debunked - The Scientist

►January 28, 2009 - Ebola’s ability to evade the immune system identified - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Examiner

* ►January 28, 2009 - Are worms vital to human health? - Could the humble worm hold the key to wiping out allergies and a whole lot of disorders of the immune system? - BBC

* ►January 28 - BCMA chief expresses worry over expanded role for naturopaths - The Globe and Mail - "In his letter, Dr. Mackie listed several concerns, including the potential for confusion among patients if naturopaths are allowed to use the title "physician" or "doctor" without a qualifier; and naturopaths' role in public-health initiatives, including "naturopaths' lack of support for immunizations."

►January 28, 2009 - Predicting The Future Spread Of Infectious Disease Vectors - University of Wisconsin Madison via Medical News Today

►January 28, 2009 - Another class action filed over immune system product - Madison County Record

►January 28, 2009 - Keep kids aware of germs without spreading phobia of bacteria - The Sun News Myrtle Beach Online

►January 28, 2009 - Adult Immunization Professional (Los Angeles S., CA) Job - Merck

►January 28, 2009 - Profit Soars at Swiss Drugmaker Novartis - Novartis via

* ►January 28, 2009 - Perdue introduces Access to Flu Vaccines Act’ - The Daily Citizen - "Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today that Rep. Jimmy Pruett, one of the governor’s floor leaders in the House, has introduced the governor’s 'Access to Flu Vaccines Act' legislation, HB 217, to the General Assembly. The legislation improves Georgians’ ability to receive a flu shot."

* ►January 28, 2009 - Hiding China’s Bird Flu Outbreak May Lead to Global Catastrophe - The Epoch Times

►January 28, 2009 - Manningtree: Buses to provide MMR jab - Harwich and Manningtree Standard

►January 28, 2009 - Macedonia hit by Mumps epidemic - MINA

►January 28, 2009 - Rotarians unite for Polio fight - Bucks Free Press, UK

►January 28, 2009 - Lt. Kurt Beach's story - - "Beach tried to give the baby with multiple illnesses mouth to mouth resuscitation. In 1995, he learned she had Hepatitis C. By that time, under Virginia law, it was too late for him to collect worker's compensation."

►January 28, 2009 - St. Clair County 'immune system' class actions moving through court - Madison St. Clair County Record - "A consumer fraud class action suit filed in December against CVS Pharmacy over its immune system product AirShield is set for status conference at 9 a.m. March 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court."

►January 28, 2009 - Thyroid UK Awarded Lottery Grant Boost - The One Click Group

* ►January 28, 2009 - Study: Bisphenol A, used in plastic, lingers in body - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Detroit Free Press

* ►January 27, 2009 - HPV, MMR and what's next on the virus-vaccine hotlist - With nurses across the UK on the frontline in delivering the first HPV vaccinations and others planning MMR catch-up campaigns Steve Ford investigates the upcoming virus candidates on the vaccine hotlist - Nursing Times - "On a practical level Lynn Young, primary health care adviser at the RCN, warned that any addition to the immunisation schedule would inevitably lead to increases in nurse workload. Additionally, Dr Kassianos said that while immunisation against meningitis B and RSV would be 'very welcome', each would involve another injection. 'So on each thigh a nurse will be injecting two or even three vaccines and this may be seen as a negative point,' he explained."

►January 27, 2009 - KV Pharmaceutical to Recall Most of its Drugs -

►January 27, 2009 - Channeling Warren Buffett, Bill Gates Writes an Open Letter - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►January 27, 2009 - Sociability traced to particular region of brain - People with a genetic condition called Williams syndrome are famously gregarious. Scientists, looking carefully at brain function in individuals with Williams syndrome, think they may know why this is so. The researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that parts of a particular brain region known as the amygdala react more powerfully in Williams syndrome patients than in developmentally normal subjects — or in subjects with delays in development not caused by Williams syndrome — when exposed to facial expressions conveying positive emotions. - Journal of Neuroscience via Physorg - "In some ways, both the deficits and strengths of the syndrome are the polar opposites of those that typify the far more common syndrome called autism, in which mathematical and visuospatial skills may be not only unimpaired but sometimes pronouncedly enhanced, while functions such as eye contact or gregarious behavior are markedly diminished. But in contrast to Williams syndrome, which is always attributable to the same distinct genetic lesion, "autism is an umbrella covering many different conditions with similar symptoms but a wide range of causes," said Reiss, complicating brain-function analysis of the sort his lab is doing. However, he said, another genetic disorder, called Fragile X syndrome, stems from a genetic abnormality as distinctive and well-characterized as Williams syndrome but often produces the symptoms of autism."

►January 27, 2009 - Team Helps to Fight Polio in Konar Province - U.S. Department of Defense

* ►January 27, 2009 - Research and Markets: The Pharmaceutical Market Outlook to 2018: Total Pharma R&D Spend is Forecasted to Reach $85Bn in 2009 - Research and Markets via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "Lilly saw the second highest sales growth in 2007 amongst the leading pharma companies, a 13% increase over 2006 revenues. This performance can be largely attributed to the steady sales of Zyprexa ($5bn in 2007), the 6th highest selling drug globally in 2007."

►January 27, 2009 - Passive Developmental Disorders - Medical News Today

►January 27, 2009 - New Disease, Comparable To BSE, Created In Laboratory Mice - A team composed of researchers from across the globe and including scientists from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich has created a new disease, comparable to BSE, in laboratory mice. The team showed that exchanging just two amino acids in the structure of the prion protein is enough to trigger a disease. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Science Daily

►January 27, 2009 - Innate Immune System Has Cells that Can Learn from Experience - Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* ►January 27, 2009 - Is a radical restructuring in food production on the way? - San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center

►January 27, 2009 - Obesity virus: Are we avoiding reality? - Examiner

►January 27, 2009 - Kids get speech therapy for free - Clinic: Scottish Rite Foundation serves children ages 1 1/2 to 5 at a center in downtown Long Beach. - Press Telegram

►January 27, 2009 - Chronic wasting disease found in Rochester-area elk farm - The state's sixth case of CWD in a captive elk or deer has raised concerns over the state's wild deer population. - Star Tribune

* ►January 26, 2009 - Experts call for patient safety in preregistration training to be explicit - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 26, 2009 - Celebrities help promote campaign to destigmatise mental illness - journal article (BMJ)

►January 26, 2009 - Exhibit at museum to feature education and awareness of autism spectrum - Daily Commercial

►January 26, 2009 - Opinion: No Link Between Thimerosal and Autism - Opposing Views

►January 26, 2009 - Confessions of an autism mother: GFCF diet—easier said than done and easier done than trusted -

►January 26, 2009 - Health Center Maintains Gardasil Policy - The Hoya

* ►January 25, 2009 - Allergies On The Rise Globally - An Emerging Public Health Issue in UAE - Dubai conference to tackle risk factors and promote remedies - - "In about 25 years, asthma will be one of the main killers worldwide."

►January 25, 2009 - New Insights into the Roles for Basophils in Acute and Chronic Allergy. - journal article (Allergology International)

* ►January 19, 2009 - Elevated immune response in the brain of autistic patients. - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►December 9, 2008 - 'Safe' Mercury Levels in Fish Based on 'Bad Data' - video- - "Drawing from a 'terrible event' in Iraq in 1971, Dr. Jane Hightower explains the history of safety standards concerning mercury levels.  She says current levels of 'safe' mercury content are now based on this misleading data."

* ►November/December 2009 - The predictive value of specific immunoglobulin E levels in serum for the outcome of the development of tolerance in cow's milk allergy. - journal article (Allergologia et Immunopathologia)

* ►November/December 2009 - Eliciting doses of positive challenge test in cow's milk allergy are related to cow's milk specific IgE levels. - journal article (Allergologia et Immunopathologia)

►November/December 2009 - Eosinophilic oesophagitis: clinical manifestations and treatment options. The role of the allergologist. - journal article (Allergologia et Immunopathologia)

Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make us Human, will be at: Third Place Books Time: Friday, January 30, 2009 6:30 p.m. Lake Forest Park, WA -

Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier will be speaking at Randy's Compounding Pharmacy Olympia, WA Tuesday, March 3rd from 6-8pm -

Vaccination and Health Webinars by AVN - Australian Vaccination Network - "1- An introduction to vaccination - presented by Meryl Dorey, National President of the Australian Vaccination Network and Editor of Living Wisdom magazine - Wednesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 25th - The second event is free to AVN members and only current AVN members can attend. It is a 1-hour and 15 minute overview of the Gardasil vaccine presented by Meryl Dorey. - Tuesday March 24th"

Pediatrics - Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Blog


Posted January 27, 2009


* ►February 15, 2009 - Persistence of Mumps Antibodies after 2 Doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - Response to “Case of Yellow Fever Vaccine–Associated Viscerotropic Disease with Prolonged Viremia, Robust Adaptive Immune Responses, and Polymorphisms in CCR5 and RANTES Genes” - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►February 15, 2009 - Changing Challenges of Bacterial Enteric Infection in the United States (full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - Tri-County Comprehensive Assessment of Risk Factors for Sporadic Reportable Bacterial Enteric Infection in Children (full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►February 15, 2009 - Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae Adhesin Protein E: Characterization and Biological Activity - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - A Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism in the Gene Encoding Osteoprotegerin, an Anti-inflammatory Protein Produced in Response to Infection with Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli, Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Nonsecretory Bacterial Diarrhea in North American Travelers to Mexico - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - Patterns of Gene Transcript Abundance in the Blood of Children with Severe or Uncomplicated Dengue Highlight Differences in Disease Evolution and Host Response to Dengue Virus Infection - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - Reduced Susceptibility to Vancomycin Influences Pathogenicity in Staphylococcus aureus Infection - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 15, 2009 - Ability to Replicate in the Cytoplasm Predicts Zoonotic Transmission of Livestock Viruses - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 2009 - Neuronal release of proBDNF - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

►January 28, 2009 - Reforms Needed in Adolescent Health Care - journal article (JAMA)

►January 28, 2009 - Relative Child Poverty, Income Inequality, Wealth, and Health - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 28, 2009 - DHHS Overhaul - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 28, 2009 - Why Guideline-Making Requires Reform - journal article (JAMA)

►January 28, 2009 - FDA Panel: Ban 2 Popular Asthma Drugs - journal article (JAMA)

►January 28, 2009 - Clinicians Advised to Step Up HIV Tests - journal article (JAMA)

►January 28, 2009 - Alternative Therapies - journal article (JAMA)

►January 28, 2009 - Emerging Infections in Asia (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 28, 2009 - Pfizer to pay a record fine for off-label promotion practice - Financial Times - "In a tiny reference in the company's fourth-quarter results issued on Monday - swamped by the news of its $68bn takeover of Wyeth - it said it had reached a $2.3bn agreement in principle' with the US Attorney's office to resolve a series of investigations 'regarding allegations of off-label promotional practices concerning Bextra'."

►January 28, 2009 - 120,000 yellow fever vaccines on the way - Trinidad & Tobago Express

* ►January 28, 2009 - Vaccine shortage not affecting Europe supply - Medical authorities stress importance of vaccinations after Minn. health officials reported 5 cases in 2008 - Stars and Stripes

* ►January 28, 2009 - Watchdog bans Christian advert that claims cervical cancer vaccine causes infertility - Daily Mail, UK

►January 28, 2009 - Chickenpox vaccine not tied to strokes in kids - Pediatrics via Reuters India

* ►January 27, 2009 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and David Kirby: Autism, Vaccines and the CDC: The Wrong Side of History - The Huffington Post

* ►January 27, 2009 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter
Action Call: NY Bills To Protect Vaccine Exemptions by Barbara Loe Fisher

New Yorkers, today is your chance to let your legislators know how you feel about protecting the medical and religious exemption in your state. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair, New York State Assembly Committee on Health, has introduced two bills - A.883 and A.880 - to protect your right to exercise a religious exemption to vaccination and your doctor's right to write a medical exemption to vaccination for your child without being subjected to interrogation and harassment by state government officials.

If you live in New York and would like to let your representative know your views about these two bills today, you can find the name of your representative at or Be sure to contact Assemblyman Gottfried at and Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver at as well.

Assembly Bill 883 reaffirms the right of citizens to exercise religious beliefs and be protected from interrogation by state government employees or representatives seeking to discredit those beliefs.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right of Americans to worship God freely and adhere to personal religious beliefs and prohibits the State from interfering with the free exercise of religious beliefs. In 1997, this First Amendment right was reaffirmed and codified into New York Public Health Law with respect to the legal right for New Yorkers to adhere to personal religious beliefs regarding vaccination.

In recent years, there have been a growing number of instances in which New York state officials and representatives have inappropriately challenged the right of New York citizens to follow their religious beliefs and exercise religious exemption to vaccination. No American should have their religious beliefs subjected to questioning and judgement by government employees or their representatives.

Assembly Bill 880 reaffirms the right of physicians to write a medical exemption to vaccination for patients and for patients to file a medical exemption to vaccination without the exemption being questioned by state government employees or their representatives.

Licensed physicians or other qualified health care professionals should be allowed to write a medical exemption to vaccination for patients they consider, in their professional judgment, to be at high risk for suffering a vaccine reaction, injury or death. They should not be subjected to interrogation or harassment by New York state government employees when exercising professional judgment and acting to protect the health of their patients.

Founding father Thomas Jefferson, an eloquent defender of civil liberties and government with integrity said "The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." He also said "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."

Freedom is not free - stand up now or regret that you did not act when you had a chance tomorrow.
►January 27, 2009 - David Kirby and RFK, Jr. On HuffPo: Autism, Vaccines and the CDC: The Wrong Side of History - Age of Autism

* ►January 27, 2009 - Feeding the Hungry Lie, Italian Style By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►January 27, 2009 - Mark Blaxill on ABC's Chronicle: Toxic Kids - Age of Autism

* ►January 27, 2009 - Dissidents at F.D.A. Complain of Inquiry (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Nine dissident scientists at the Food and Drug Administration who say they were forced to approve high-risk medical devices sent a letter to President Obama on Monday stating that agency officials might have made them the targets of a criminal investigation into their complaints."

* ►January 27, 2009 - Emily Le Coz: Hear doctors on vaccinations - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal - "If the state trusts doctors enough to issue them medical licenses, you'd think it would also trust their opinions on medical matters. But Mississippi routinely rejects doctors' orders when it comes to issuing vaccine exemptions for sick children."

►January 27, 2009 - Childrens' vaccines an ongoing debate - Washington Post via Detroit News

►January 27, 2009 - Legislature Proposes Autism Registry - KOAT Albuquerque - "Studies show Autism affects millions of families across the country. New Mexico lawmakers are taking steps to try and determine just how widespread the disorder is."

►January 27, 2009 - Home full of hope - Parents help older autistic children to gain independence -

►January 27, 2009 - Guest view: Mandated insurance coverage could help deal with autism - Utica Observer-Dispatch

* ►January 27, 2009 - Modern Medicine, Part I: How Healing Illness Became Managing Illness -

* ►January 27, 2009 - High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Toxic Mercury, Says Research (opinion) - - "There's an angle on this story that nobody is yet reporting. The lead author of this study, Renee Dufault, used to work for the FDA. In fact, she investigated the use of mercury at chlorine plants, where the manufacturing process results in the chlorine being contaminated with mercury. With chlorine being dumped into the public water supply, this is obviously a health concern. Renee Dufault retired from the FDA last year. Only now, nearly a year after her retirement, has she dared to release her findings about mercury and high-fructose corn syrup. ... In fact, Reuters is now reporting that Dufault told the FDA about her findings, but the agency did nothing to act on them. Is anybody really surprised?"

* ►January 27, 2009 - Studies find mercury in much U.S. corn syrup - Reuters - "In one study, published in the journal Environmental Health, former Food and Drug Administration scientist Renee Dufault and colleagues tested 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup and found detectable mercury in nine of the 20 samples. Dufault said in a statement that she told the FDA about her findings but the agency did not follow up."

* ►January 27, 2009 - Leslie Hatfield: Our Melamine: There's Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the FDA Has Known for Years - The Huffington Post

* ►January 27, 2009 - SF: State Asks Appeals Court To Require Mercury Warnings For Tuna -

►January 27, 2009 - Tuna labeling lawsuit before SF appellate court - AP via San Francisco Chronicle

►January 27, 2009 - Flu Shot "Totally Worthless" at Reducing Death Rate in Elderly -

►January 27, 2009 - B.C. to extend bird flu quarantine - Canwest News Service via Vancouver Sun via

►January 27, 2009 - 60,000 birds culled, 24 farms quarantined - Abbotsford News

►January 27, 2009 - Tests reveal pig worker has Ebola antibodies - CIDRAP News

►January 27, 2009 - Whooping cough on the rise in state, but increase not seen in Southwest Michigan - Kalamazoo Gazette via

►January 27, 2009 - HIV drug sales drive Gilead profit higher - Reuters

►January 27, 2009 - New HIV study warns against breastfeeding - Medill Reports

* ►January 27, 2009 - Study Refutes Claims on Pediatric AIDS Drug Trials (requires registration) - The New York Times - "An investigation into the participation of New York City foster children in clinical drug trials for H.I.V. and AIDS over a nearly 20-year period has found no evidence that any children died as a result of the trials or that the foster children were selected because of their race. ... Liam Scheff, the journalist in Boston who first made the alarming charges about the trials, questioned that finding. 'Now they admit that the children died, but, oh, it couldn’t have been the drugs,' Mr. Scheff said in an e-mail message. 'How do they know? How do they tell the difference?'"

►January 27, 2009 - Medicare Shift on 'Off-Label' Drugs Raises Issue of Conflicts - Wall Street Journal

►January 27, 2009 - With the Embryonic Stem Cell Trial Cleared by the FDA as a Key Indicator, Cord Blood America Announces Expansion Plans for Its Stem Cell Storage Program - More Stem Cell Agenda News Expected From the Obama Administration This Week - Cord Blood America, Inc. via Marketwire via CNNMoney

►January 27, 2009 - Cholesterol's Good Side: Cholesterol may Guard Against Infection and Strengthen Immunity -

►January 27, 2009 - Salmonella found at US peanut plant, FDA says - Reuters - "'We expect the lots of recalled products to continue to expand,' Dr. Robert Tauxe of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters in a conference call."

* ►January 27, 2009 - Peanut Processor Knowingly Sold Tainted Products - It Found Salmonella 12 Times (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►January 27, 2009 - Half US salmonella victims children, CDC says - Reuters - "However, none of the eight deaths possibly linked to the outbreak are children, said CDC spokesman David Daigle, who said such outbreaks usually affect old people more than the young. ... 'Note, there are many peanut-free schools these days because of peanut allergy issues,' Daigle said."

* ►January 27, 2009 - Genetically Modified Food Researchers Want Crop Trial Locations Kept Secret -

* ►January 27, 2009 - USDA Backs Off Mandatory National Animal Identification Registration -

►January 27, 2009 - Vaccine sought for virus killing 6 Houston Zoo elephants - Houston Chronicle

* ►January 27, 2009 - Novavax praises disposable systems at site launch - Novavax believes its new $5m vaccine facility, which became operational this week, shows the cost and efficiency advantages of manufacturing with disposable, single use systems. -

* ►January 27, 2009 - Antrim MMR uptake concern - Antrim Times, UK

►January 27, 2009 - NIH funds informatics projects for small trials - The US National Institutes of Health has awarded a series of new contracts to try to stimulate greater use of sophisticated data management software in small to medium-sized clinical trials. -

* ►January 27, 2009 - Big Pharma Is Confused: Should we get Bigger, or Should we get Smaller? - The IN VIVO Blog

►January 27, 2009 - Pfizer’s purchase of Wyeth could affect Fort Dodge Animal Health - Kansas City Business Journal

►January 27, 2009 - Pfizer axes 5 facilities as profits tumble - Pfizer’s fourth quarter results saw net income plummet by 90 per cent and revealed that the company is to close five manufacturing facilities, laying-off 10 per cent of its workforce. -

►January 27, 2009 - Transforming Pesticide Policy: Sign-on to Priorities for Obama Administration - Transforming Government’s Approach to Regulating Pesticides to Protect Public Health and the Environment - Beyond Pesticides

►January 27, 2009 - Novartis launches kid-friendly antimalarial - Novartis via FiercePharma

►January 27, 2009 - Childhood Stress Has Long-term Impact on Immunity - EmaxHealth

►January 27, 2009 - Do day care kids have stronger immune systems? - The Mommy Files San Francisco Chronicle

►January 27, 2009 - Who’s making what? Contracts in brief - presents a round-up of recent contracts awarded to contract development and manufacturing services companies – and finds a lot of activity in the biomanufacturing sector. -

►January 27, 2009 - FDA Warns Consumers Against Dietary Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug - Product poses safety risk - FDA

* ►January 26, 2009 - Novartis Vaccine Business Has U.S. as $865 Million Partner - Novartis made its big move into vaccines with the purchase of Chiron in 2006. The move was made less risky by the sustained support of the U.S. government: five big contracts totaling $865 million. The most recent contract came in the last days of the Bush Administration and provides $486 million for bricks and mortar support – to help build a new plant in North Carolina. - The RPM Report

* ►January 26, 2009 - Formulation developed to stop vaccine freeze damage - Health charity PATH has developed a formulation to stop vaccines suffering from freeze damage, which it believes will help ensure products are fully potent when they reach their destination. -

* ►January 26, 2009 - The Zyprexa Settlement and the Perils of Primary Care - We all know the problems with primary care marketing: it is crowded, expensive and shrinking. Lilly’s record-setting settlement of an off-label promotion case offers another problem: success can be defined as illegal. - The RPM Report

* ►January 26, 2009 - Take drug additive, not drug? (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 26, 2009 - West Africa: Yellow Fever Outbreaks On the Rise - IRIN via

* ►January 26, 2009 - Bill Gates' new mission: Saving lives - When you already have transformed the way the world works, what do you do with the second half of your life? Ask Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, the insanely rich guy we so often loved to hate, but who is being credited with bringing computing to the mainstream. Today, Gates released the first annual letter describing his new role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What we read is a passionate introduction to the challenges and goals of his charity. And I remember the old saying: There are those who say they are saving lives, and those who actually do. - TG Daily

►January 26, 2009 - Exclusive Staphylococcus aureus Throat Carriage - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►January 26, 2009 - Physician Influences on Patient Care: Random vs Fixed Effects - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►January 26, 2009 - Farmer defies GM 'ban' - Environmentalists see red over maize harvest in formerly GM-free Wales. - news (Nature)

►January 26, 2009 - Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households CME (requires registration) - Medscape

►January 26, 2009 - Assessment: botulinum neurotoxin in the treatment of autonomic disorders and pain (an evidence-based review). Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. - Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology via

►January 26, 2009 - Deal struck for vector drug delivery to treat ALS - ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) and Asklepios BioPharmaceutical have entered into a collaboration to develop viral vectors for drug delivery. -

►January 26, 2009 - Worried about the flu? Get a mask - Scientific American Blog

►January 26, 2009 - Thousands of Job Cuts Likely After Drug Merger (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 26, 2009 - CMS Administrator: The Pick Has Been Made, But Who Is It? - The Obama Administration is understood to have made its choice for the next head of the Medicare agency. Will it be an MD? - The RPM Report

►January 26, 2009 - Slashing R&D Costs and Policy Arguments for an Industry - Pfizer-Wyeth will satisfy one of the underlying demands of the financial community following pharma: cut out the duplicative R&D spending. But it will also eat away at one of the industry’s primary policy arguments. - The RPM Report

►January 26, 2009 - OMB Prepares for Health Care Reform - The Office of Management & Budget is unusually well-prepared for health reform in this administration. OMD Director Peter Orszag has recruited his top aide for healthcare budgeting from the Congressional Budget Office, Keith Fontenot, to head the OMB health desk. Together, they helped prepare the field for Congressional action on reform; they are now in a position to make sure the administration responds rapidly. - The RPM Report

►January 26, 2009 - The Upside of Health Care Reform - A new study from the Center for Studying Health Systems Change quantifies the impact of poor insurance on prescription drug use. Big Pharma knows price pressure is coming; will it be able to expand markets too? - The RPM Report

►January 26, 2009 - Stocks rise on Pfizer-Wyeth deal, home sales data - AP via Yahoo!

►January 26, 2009 - Clinical Information Technologies and Inpatient Outcomes - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►January 26, 2009 - The Effects of Health Information Technology on Inpatient Care - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►January 26, 2009 - Koster praises FDA decision to allow stem cell trial - LegalNewsline

* ►January 26, 2009 - Time to Make Some Noise Over the IACC Shenanigans - Adventures in Autism

* ►January 26, 2009 - Some heavy metal with that sweet roll? - The FDA sat on evidence of mercury-tainted high-fructose corn syrup - Grist Magazine - "In 2005, EH study lead author Renee Dufault was an FDA researcher. At that time, she conducted the tests now cited in the EH report. Her results found mercury in 9 of 20 HFCS samples -- 45 percent. She doesn't comment on why, but the FDA apparently did nothing with her results in the years since they emerged. She retired from the agency in March 2008 -- and evidently decided to go public. She deserves praise for the decision to publish her work -- essentially blowing the whistle on what looks like an egregious attempt to hide key information from the public."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Friday, January 23: Toxic (includes 4 part video) - WCVB Boston - "What is making American children sick? Cancer rates are climbing. Cases of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and asthma are through the roof. Is the answer all around us – in the food our kids eat, the air they breathe, and the clothes they wear? Tonight, Chronicle investigates a provocative thesis about the American lifestyle and its effects on children's health."

* ►January 26, 2009 - FDA Allowing Melamine to Remain in Infant Formula - InjuryBoard Charlottesville

►January 26, 2009 - Are your child's vaccines safe? - Some vaccines thought to cause autism (includes video) - WWLP 22News

►January 26, 2009 - New Prez, New Studies: New Era for Stem Cells? - Obama Presidency: Some Declare Victory for Embryonic Stem Cell Research; Others Say Battle Has Just Begun - ABC News

►January 26, 2009 - Clinical Update - Debio 025 in Hepatitis C - Debiopharm Starts Phase IIb Triple Therapy Study, a Promising Therapeutic Avenue - press release - Debiopharm Group via PRNewswire

 ►January 26, 2009 - Father's warning over killer disease - This is South Devon, UK

* ►January 25, 2009 - Child shock therapy - Children younger than four who are considered mentally disturbed are being treated with controversial electric shock treatment. - Herald Sun via

►January 25, 2009 - Giving their all, twice (includes video) - Family adjusts to life with two autistic daughters -

►January 24, 2009 - Georgia family sells everything on eBay to support special needs kids (includes video) - WCBD TV/DT Charleston, SC

* ►January 21, 2009 - Jan. 21, 2009 - Vaccine Conference Update... - Walking with the Wise via - "This weekend the Knoxville chapter of Holistic Moms hosted the Florida based organization VIC (Vaccine Injury Coalition) to speak on the topic 'Educate Before You Vaccinate'."

►January 2009 - Innovation Imperiled (requires registration) - US healthcare needs radical revision, but we can't wipe out innovation in the process. - The Scientist

Unconditional Surrender (Parte 1 de 2) (1956) HQ - Unconditional Surrender (1956) The development of polio vaccine and the significance of its discovery. - video - YouTube

Unconditional Surrender (Parte 2 de 2) (1956) HQ - video - YouTube

* Petition For A National Whistleblower Protection Act -


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* ►February 2009 - Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Nearly 70% of the invited subjects participated in the neuropsychological assessment (N = 1403). Among the 24 neuropsychological outcomes that were evaluated, only 2 were significantly associated with thimerosal exposure. Girls with higher thimerosal intake had lower mean scores in the finger-tapping test with the dominant hand and in the Boston Naming Test."

* ►February 2009 - Impact of the 2004–2005 Influenza Vaccine Shortage on Pediatric Practice: A National Survey (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Varicella Vaccination and Ischemic Stroke in Children: Is There an Association? (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Medications as Risk Factors of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis in Children: A Pooled Analysis (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Hallucinations and Other Psychotic Symptoms Associated With the Use of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Drugs in Children - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Hallucinations involving visual and/or tactile sensations of insects, snakes, or worms were common in cases in children. Conclusions. Patients and physicians should be aware that psychosis or mania arising during drug treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may represent adverse drug reactions."

* ►February 2009 - No Association Between Hyperbilirubinemia and Attention-Deficit Disorder (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Although they found no cases of kernicterus and no increased risk of cerebral palsy, developmental delay, deafness, visual abnormalities, or autism in infants with TSB levels of ≥19 mg/dL, they reported an increased risk of attention-deficit disorder (ADD) (adjusted relative risk: 1.9 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.1–3.3])."

* ►February 2009 - A Review of the Evidence for the Medical Home for Children With Special Health Care Needs (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Clinical Prediction Rules for Meningitis in Children Pretreated With Antibiotics (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Clinical Prediction Rules for Meningitis in Children Pretreated With Antibiotics: In Reply (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Twin Gestation and Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Routine Newborn HIV Testing: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Routine Newborn HIV Testing: An Idea Whose Time Has Come: In Reply (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Skeletal Surveys in Infants With Isolated Skull Fractures (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Health of Children 3 to 17 Years of Age With Down Syndrome in the 1997–2005 National Health Interview Survey (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Performance of a Rapid Antigen-Detection Test and Throat Culture in Community Pediatric Offices: Implications for Management of Pharyngitis - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Unexpected Infant Deaths Associated With Use of Cough and Cold Medications (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Unexpected Infant Deaths Associated With Use of Cough and Cold Medications: In Reply (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Cold and Cough Medications in Children: Dealing With Parental Expectations (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "With recent warnings regarding the lack of benefit and the potential harm of cough and cold medications in children, a new challenge now emerges: the inappropriate use of alternative medications, in some cases to satisfy the expectation of anxious parents that some form of treatment be given to their suffering child."

►February 2009 - Cold and Cough Medications in Children: Dealing With Parental Expectations: In Reply (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - US Infant Mortality Trends Attributable to Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed From 1984 Through 2004: Are Rates Increasing? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Usual Source of Care and Unmet Need Among Vulnerable Children: 1998–2006 (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Minitablets: New Modality to Deliver Medicines to Preschool-Aged Children (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Diagnosis and Management of Acute Sinusitis by Pediatricians (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Effect of Antibiotics for Otitis Media on Mastoiditis in Children: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using the United Kingdom General Practice Research Database - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Language Delay in 2-Year-Old Children: The Importance of Dose and Timing on Risk - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Trends in Hospitalizations for Neonatal Jaundice and Kernicterus in the United States, 1988–2005 - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Being Bullied: Associated Factors in Children and Adolescents 8 to 18 Years Old in 11 European Countries - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Clinical Inactivity Among Pediatricians: Prevalence and Perspectives - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Protecting the Public: State Medical Board Licensure Policies for Active and Inactive Physicians - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Routine Developmental Screening Implemented in Urban Primary Care Settings: More Evidence of Feasibility and Effectiveness - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Longitudinal Brain Volume Changes in Preterm and Term Control Subjects During Late Childhood and Adolescence - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Does Breastfeeding Protect Against Substantiated Child Abuse and Neglect? A 15-Year Cohort Study - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Assessing the Effects of Computer-Based Documentation on Parent-Provider Communication (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Assessing the Effects of Computer-Based Documentation on Parent-Provider Communication: In Reply (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Folate, Related B Vitamins, and Homocysteine in Childhood and Adolescence: Potential Implications for Disease Risk in Later Life - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2009 - Moral Reflections on Neonatal Intensive Care - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►January 27, 2009 - Sick Recruits, Sick System - The Moscow Times - "The army has been hit with a strange illness. Hundreds of new conscripts have contracted pneumonia almost simultaneously in both ends of the country -- in Kaliningrad and Siberia. Official statistics show that only 100 soldiers fell ill in each place, but human rights activists claim that the number is much higher -- so high that whole army barracks had to be turned into on-site hospitals. One of the conscripts, Anton Yumatov, who was a law school graduate, died. ... Some experts point out that recruits who had just arrived at military bases had been given vaccinations, which may have been the reason for their sickness."

* ►January 27, 2009 - Polio immunization: A point of contention - Daily Triumph - "... when the Muslim organization, under aegis of Jama'atu Nasrul Islam (JNI), sent a medical team to India, headed by Dr. Haruna Kaita, the result was that the vaccination contained 'undeclared contaminants that can cause malfunctioning tests and cause infertility in women.' The team also found 'some toxic substance'."

►January 27, 2009 - Operational challenges mar polio eradication - Vanguard

►January 27, 2009 - Saving women's lives - The Irish Times

►January 27, 2009 - High Lead Levels Found in D.C. Kids - Numbers Rose During Water Crisis (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►January 26, 2009 - Vaccinations: Safe or Unsafe? - Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel - "However, given the natural exposure to disease—if there were no vaccines and no vaccinations—most children would only contract two to three childhood diseases in a lifetime. As example: I had measles and mumps; my sister had measles and scarlet fever (no vaccine for that). My daughter had a tendency toward croup, but her only disease in the "childhood" category was chickenpox, which she got at the age of 12. It is simply irrational to think that any child would be in a position to contract 11 to 15 different diseases in a lifetime"

* ►January 26, 2009 - Much High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated With Mercury, New Study Finds Brand-Name Food Products Also Discovered to Contain Mercury (pdf) - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

* ►January 26, 2009 - Mercury from chlor-alkali plants: measured concentrations in food product sugar (pdf) - journal article (Environmental Health) - "High fructose corn syrup is used in food products to enhance shelf life. A pilot study was conducted to determine if high fructose corn syrup contains mercury, a toxic metal historically used as an anti-microbial. High fructose corn syrup samples were collected from three different manufacturers and analyzed for total mercury. The samples were found to contain levels of mercury ranging from below a detection limit of 0.005 to 0.570 micrograms mercury per gram of high fructose corn syrup. Average daily consumption of high fructose corn syrup is about 50 grams per person in the United States. With respect to total mercury exposure, it may be necessary to account for this source of mercury in the diet of children and sensitive populations."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury - Half of batches tested positive, third of popular sweetened products showed traces - U.S. News & World Report

* ►January 26, 2009 - National Vaccine Advisory Committee Seeking Comment on CDC's Vaccine Safety Agenda - Age of Autism

* ►January 26, 2009 - Protest Federal Autism Committee’s Deceitful Reversal on Vaccine-Autism Research - Send a Letter to Your Reps, Key Officials and The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee - The Autism Action Coalition - "Your letters are needed NOW.  The next IACC meeting is Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - less than two weeks away!"

►January 26, 2009 - Protest Federal Autism Committee’s Deceitful Reversal on Vaccine-Autism Research - Age of Autism

►January 26, 2009 - Raising an Autistic Child (2 Letters) (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 26, 2009 - Tembenis, Rossignol Join National Autism Association's Board of Directors, McIlwain Named Board Chair - press release - National Autism Association

►January 26, 2009 - Answers to autism - Family Tours With Brianna, Inc. helps families hit with disorder -

►January 26, 2009 - Dr. Temple Grandin--Renowned Expert On Animals and Autism--on "Talking Animals" Feb. 11 - WMNF 88.5 FM

►January 26, 2009 - U.S. Preventive Medicine Recommends Changing CDC Name to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control - press release - U.S. Preventive Medicine via PRNewswire

►January 26, 2009 - Piven case reinforces mercury warnings - op-ed (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►January 26, 2009 - Truth or consequences about mercury By Cynthia A. Janak (includes video) - Renew America

* ►January 26, 2009 - What Parents Need to Know About the Latest Vaccine News - A reminder that going without the Hib vaccine can kill, and reassuring news about autism - U.S. News & World Report

►January 26, 2009 - Vaccines and autism: yet another dead link - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine

►January 26, 2009 - More evidence preservative, autism not linked - McCook Daily Gazette

►January 26, 2009 - Give 'G' An 'A' For Understanding Autism - Gatorade took a series of bold marketing steps to relaunch its brand. While some panned its initial teaser campaign, many parents of children with autism applaud it. - Brandweek

►January 26, 2009 - Uncertainty of autism - Parents struggling to find services to meet needs locally -

►January 26, 2009 - Valley autism researchers pleased with Obama proposals -

* ►January 26, 2009 - UIC joins large-scale autism study - Chicago Flame - "Autism researchers established the Simons Simplex Complex (SSC), a project aimed at gathering a large amount of data for decoding the genetics of the disorder. Over the next three years, researchers intend to collect DNA samples from 2,000 families that have children with Autism."

* ►January 26, 2009 - California attorney general's office to appeal case on tuna warning labels- Greenspace Blog via Los Angeles Times - "A California judicial panel will hear appeals from the attorney general's office Tuesday over a 2006 decision that exempted tuna canners from a statewide law requiring companies to warn consumers of products containing hazardous ingredients."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Pfizer to buy Wyeth for $68B; cut 8,000 jobs - AP via Yahoo! - "By buying Wyeth, Pfizer will mutate from a maker of blockbuster pills to a one-stop shop for vaccines, biotech drugs, traditional pills and nonprescription products for both people and animals."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Discussions on a Combination of Crucell and Wyeth Discontinued - Crucell - "The Company licenses its PER.C6® technology and other technologies to the biopharmaceutical industry."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Crucell not seeking alternative buyer -source - Reuters, UK

* ►January 26, 2009 - Birmingham's Southern Research Institute works on flu vaccines, treatments - The Birmingham News

* ►January 26, 2009 - DelSite, Inc. Discontinues Manufacturing Operations; Receives FDA Approval to Initiate Phase I Clinical Study for GelVac(TM) Nasal Powder Bird Flu Vaccine - Delsite via Maketwire via CNN Money

* ►January 26, 2009 - New Zealand is lagging behind in infant immunisation rates - Health charity PATH has developed a formulation to stop vaccines suffering from freeze damage, which it believes will help ensure products are fully potent when they reach their destination. -

►January 26, 2009 - A Unicef report into the health of the world's children shows New Zealand is lagging behind in infant immunisation rates. - Radio New Zealand

►January 26, 2009 - Sinovac Enters Veterinary Vaccine Market with Inactivated Rabies Vaccine - Receives Approval from Ministry of Agriculture to Enter Field Trials - Sinovac via PRNewswire-Asia

* ►January 26, 2009 - TV doctors' flaws become bioethics teaching moments - Medical dramas have big followings among students, and professors say the shows can highlight ethical dilemmas. -

►January 26, 2009 - Keeping prevention in perspective: Has the value of screenings been oversold? - Prevention has become a catchword, prompting some experts to question whether physician and patient expectations are realistic. -

►January 26, 2009 - Medicine at sea: On board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower - The medical staff on an aircraft carrier are tasked with protecting the health of more than 3,000 servicemen on a floating city at war. -

►January 26, 2009 - Patient grows up to work beside his childhood doctor - A Michigan orthopedic oncologist now helps train one of his former patients, 15 years after lifesaving surgery. -

►January 26, 2009 - Cash-strapped hospitals laying off record number of workers - Employed physicians could see job losses or salary cuts if the recession continues. -

►January 26, 2009 - United agrees to pay $350 million, scrap system that undercut fees - The insurer pledged to spend another $50 million to help establish an independent database of prevailing payment rates that would be governed by a nonprofit. -

►January 26, 2009 - Obama Announces New Energy, Environmental Policies - The Washington Post

►January 26, 2009 - House adopts SCHIP expansion - The measure also would block new physician-owned hospitals. -

►January 26, 2009 - Medicare closes off WellPoint's drug plan - Problems with the insurer's administration of Part D persisted for months, reaching a critical point in January. -

►January 26, 2009 - California's high court bans balance billing - Doctors say the decision will burden an already strained emergency care system. -

►January 26, 2009 - At end of life, listen to patient's fears, values - What can you tell patients about hastening death and assisted suicide? -

►January 26, 2009 - Health plans eye individual insurance market - Insurers position themselves to sell to a bigger individual market as jobs disappear and health care reform featuring an insurance mandate seems possible. -

►January 26, 2009 - Cash-strapped hospitals laying off record number of workers - Employed physicians could see job losses or salary cuts if the recession continues. -

►January 26, 2009 - Physicians need one voice to fight for payment reform -

►January 26, 2009 - Keeping rubber checks from clogging revenue flow -

►January 26, 2009 - Taking away the fear: Another step toward improving patient safety - The final rules of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act ensure that physicians have a safe resource to discover ways to improve the way they practice. -

►January 26, 2009 - Letters to the Editor - Absence of EMRs isn't the problem, but not living up to their potential is -

►January 26, 2009 - News in brief: Health & Science - CDC director resigns - Study: Blood pressure higher in winter - Lack of sleep linked to cold resistance -

►January 26, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Physicians defend San Francisco universal access program -

►January 26, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Joint Commission remains ASC accrediting agency -

►January 26, 2009 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via Forbes

* ►January 26, 2009 - India's Waterways A Toxic Stew of Pharmaceutical Chemicals Dumped from Big Pharma Factories -

* ►January 26, 2009 - Orphans' health still compromised years after adoption, UW study says - The Capital Times via

►January 26, 2009 - Early childhood stress has lingering effects on health - University of Wisconsin-Madison via EurekAlert!

►January 26, 2009 - Children's immune systems can carry evidence of stress, abuse, UNO study says - The Times-Picayune via

* ►January 26, 2009 - Is That Device Safe? - opinion (requires registration) - The New York Times - "We are pleased to hear that F.D.A. scientists have been raising the alarms. As Gardiner Harris reported in The Times, internal documents show that front-line scientists believe their managers have become too lenient with industry and, in one case, improperly forced them to alter reviews of a breast imaging device after Christopher Shays, a former Republican congressman from Connecticut, intervened on behalf of the manufacturer."

* ►January 26, 2009 - ADHD drugs can cause hallucinations in some kids - Reuters

* ►January 26, 2009 - Most postal workers refuse anthrax vaccine - Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science via United Press International

►January 26, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 776 - Immunization Action Coalition

►January 26, 2009 - Gates Group Plans to Give More in 2009 Despite Losses (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 26, 2009 - Gates Foundation to spend 3.8 bln dlrs in 2009: Gates - Africasia

►January 26, 2009 - Left to the FDA's own devices - editorial (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►January 26, 2009 - HPV shots a victim of cuts - Half of free inoculations for girls would be scrapped - Argus Leader - "Kimberly Martinez, executive director of the Sioux Falls-based Abstinence Clearinghouse, said research is unclear on reactions to HPV vaccine. 'I don't know if this a bad thing,' she said of the budget cut. 'The research is showing the vaccine does have significant risks associated with it. There still is a ways to go to know if it's even a safe option for kids.'"

* ►January 26, 2009 - Third of young women not vaccinated for cervical cancer - A third of young women have not taken advantage of the cervical cancer vaccine, with many not realising it will soon cease to be free. - Adelaide Advertiser via - "Olympic swimmer Libby Trickett is spearheading a new national advertising campaign calling on young women to stop making excuses and get the vaccine while it's free."

►January 26, 2009 - Be informed about cervical cancer - Abilene Reporter-News

* ►January 26, 2009 - Fifth death from bird flu reported in south China - Xinhua via China View

►January 26, 2009 - No indication Canada bird flu outbreak has spread - Reuters India

►January 26, 2009 - CFIA/Avian Influenza Response Continues in British Columbia - press release - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency via Marketwire

►January 26, 2009 - Egypt confirms 53rd case of H5N1 - afrol News

►January 26, 2009 - Only half of Wandsworth 'at risk' residents receive flu jab - Your Local Guardian, UK

►January 26, 2009 - Want a flu shot? You can still get one - Albany Democrat-Herald

►January 26, 2009 - Flu strain's resistance to drug baffles researchers - Press of Atlantic City

►January 26, 2009 - PBS to Air Polio Documentary Based on Professor's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book - University of Texas at Austin - "Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air "The Polio Crusade," a one-hour television documentary based in part on History Professor David Oshinsky's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, at 8 p.m. (CST) Feb. 2."

* ►January 26, 2009 - Documentary on polio eradication receives Oscar nod (includes video) - Rotary International News - "Nominated in the documentary short subject category, The Final Inch , a 38-minute film commissioned by the philanthropic division of Google, chronicles the challenges health organizations and governments face during the final stages of polio eradication."

* ►January 26, 2009 - 278 NWFP families refuse to take `un-Islamic anti-polio drops - ANI via Newspost Online

►January 26, 2009 - A Life Changed but Not Destroyed by Polio (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 26, 2009 - Anglesey and Gwynedd on mumps alert - Daily Post, UK

►January 26, 2009 - College, university students targeted for mumps vaccine - Welland Tribune

►January 26, 2009 - Rise in group B meningitis infections - OnMedica

►January 26, 2009 - Meningitis deaths due to laxity - Minister - New Vision

►January 26, 2009 - Mauriceville Elementary reports student with meningitis - Beaumont Enterprise

►January 26, 2009 - War On Dengue As Death Toll Rises To 12 - Bernama

►January 26, 2009 - Substance use common among patients with TB, associated with treatment difficulties - JAMA and Archives Journals via EurekAlert!

►January 26, 2009 - New study sheds light on higher adherence to HIV drugs in Africa than in North America - Press release from PLoS Medicine - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert!

►January 26, 2009 - More Accidental Infant Deaths Blamed on Suffocation in Bed (requires registration) - HealthDay via Washington Post

►January 26, 2009 - Fat Virus Can Be Caught, Evidence Shows - 'You can catch a cold that can make you fat,' says doctor - MyFox Twin Cities

►January 26, 2009 - Judith Palfrey: On Dirt and the Allergies - The hygiene hypothesis holds that our systems are primed by exposure to bacteria and allergens - U.S. News & World Report

* ►January 26, 2009 - Babies Know: A Little Dirt Is Good for You (requires registration) - The New York Times - "In answer to the question, 'Are we too clean?' Dr. Elliott said: 'Dirtiness comes with a price. But cleanliness comes with a price, too. We’re not proposing a return to the germ-filled environment of the 1850s. But if we properly understand how organisms in the environment protect us, maybe we can give a vaccine or mimic their effects with some innocuous stimulus.'"

►January 26, 2009 - Pittsfield takes precautions with mercury - Berkshire Eagle

►January 26, 2009 - Genetically engineered animals and the FDA - Are genetically engineered fish and meat coming soon? We examine the Food and Drug Administration's regulations. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►January 26, 2009 - US FDA proposes numerical identifier for drug packages - Scrip World Pharmaceutical News

* ►January 25, 2009 - Action needed: Tell the CDC to Reverse the HPV Requirement for Immigrant Women and Girls! - - "We urge you to sign on to this petition to put pressure on the CDC to correct this unfair and burdensome requirement on immigrants."

* ►January 25, 2009 - Exploring legal liability for parents of unvaccinated children - - "The current issue of First Impressions, the online companion to the Michigan Law Review, is titled "Liability for Exercising Personal Belief Exemptions from Vaccination." The issue consists of six commentaries from physicians, lawyers, public health scholars, and ethicists writing on the following topic: 'With the increased risk that the use of personal belief exemptions will limit the effectiveness of vaccination, this symposium addresses whether parents who refuse to vaccinate their children should be liable in tort to individuals who are infected and injured by the unvaccinated children.'"

* ►January 24, 2009 - Free cervical cancer vaccine missing target - As many as 40 per cent of eligible women may be unaware they are entitled to receive the cervical cancer vaccine free of charge -- raising the possibility that numbers of people infected with the virus responsible may fall more slowly than initially hoped. - The Australian

►January 22, 2009 - Controversy Erupts in Study of Eli Lilly ADHD Drug - Australia’s Curtin University of Technology denies that a clinical investigator gave false information to the ethics committee reviewing a study of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs. (requires subscription) - FDAnews

►January 21, 2009 - Universal BCG in the UK again? Why universal BCG in UK was deemed not necessary - journal article (BMJ)

►January 21, 2009 - Health in intellectual disability Infectious diseases in people with intellectual disabilities - journal article (BMJ)

►January 18, 2009 - The future of pharmacy (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►January 2009 - An Online Symposium on Liability for Exercising Personal Belief Exemptions from Vaccination - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review

* ►January 2009 - The Problem of Vaccination Noncompliance: Public Health Goals and the Limitations of Tort Law Daniel B. Rubin & Sophie Kasimow - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "Being vaccinated, like paying taxes or serving on a jury, can be considered a responsibility of citizenship. If vaccination compliance is indeed a responsibility of citizenship, then the case for enforcement through tort law might be strengthened. Those who do not take precaution via vaccination have failed to fulfill a duty, albeit a civic one. Allowing a few people to freeload using herd immunity at the expense of the wider community imposes a social injustice.  But this injustice is not amenable to remedy via tort law."

* ►January 2009 - Gambling with the Health of Others Stephen P. Teret & Jon S. Vernick - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "The health and wellbeing of the public is, in part, a function of the behavior of individuals. When one individual’s behavior places another at a foreseeable and easily preventable risk of illness or injury, tort liability can play a valuable role in discouraging that conduct. This is true in the context of childhood immunization."

* ►January 2009 - Challenging Personal Belief Immunization Exemptions: Considering Legal Responses Alexandra M. Stewart - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "Public health agencies and citizens should employ legal approaches to hold parents accountable for refusing to vaccinate their children. The judiciary would craft an effective response to defeat the threat posed by these parents. Public-nuisance law may offer a legal mechanism to hold vaccine objectors liable for their actions."

* ►January 2009 - Unintended Consequences: The Primacy of Public Trust in Vaccination Jason L. Schwartz - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "The increasing availability of personal belief exemptions from state vaccination requirements is a growing concern among proponents of vaccination. Holding parents of non-vaccinated children liable to those they infect is among the responses proposed to maintain high vaccination rates. Even if motivated by a sincere desire to maximize the benefits of vaccination throughout society, such a step would be inadvisable, further entrenching opponents of vaccination and adding to the atmosphere of confusion and unnecessary alarm that has become increasingly common among parents of children for whom vaccination is recommended."

* ►January 2009 - Parents Should Not be Legally Liable for Refusing to Vaccinate their Children Jay Gordon - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "Should a parent who takes advantage of a personal belief exemption to avoid vaccinating a child be held liable if that child infects other people? No, because there are valid medical reasons for choosing this exemption and tracing direct transmission of these illnesses from an unvaccinated child to another person is virtually impossible. ... 'Childhood vaccines save 33,000 lives each year in the United States.' This statement has been made so often that no one seems to question the absence of logical thinking behind it. The numbers are based on medical care in the early to mid-1900s. There is no way to estimate how many lives vaccines are saving, and a similar estimate of harm from vaccines is difficult to calculate. As a result, a parent’s decision not to vaccinate a child is being unfairly vilified."

* ►January 2009 - Choices Should Have Consequences: Failure to Vaccinate, Harm to Others, and Civil Liability Douglas S. Diekema - First Impressions an online companion to the Michigan Law Review - "A parent’s decision not to vaccinate a child may place others at risk if the child becomes infected and exposes others to the disease. Should an individual harmed by an infection transmitted from a child whose parents chose to forgo vaccination have a negligence claim against those parents? While I do not hold a legal degree and therefore cannot speak directly to issues of law, as a physician and ethicist it seems to me that the basic elements that comprise negligence claims—harm, duty, breach of duty, and causation—are met in some cases where parents forgo vaccination."

* ►January 2009 - Not So Sweet: Missing Mercury and High Fructose Corn Syrup (pdf) - Health Observatory

►2008 - Conscience Clauses, Health Care Providers, and Parents - The Hastings Center

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