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Starting in July 2018, Vaccination News will no longer be manually updating the news because I can no longer afford to do it and I get almost no financial help.  I have tried numerous solutions, including charging $10/yr but even that was too much for but a few people.

To see what the news will look like, scroll down the page to the RSS feed articles.

I welcome the opportunity to continue as before by receiving the necessary funding, so am giving everyone enough of heads up to possibly come up with it.  Costs, including legal and technical fees, are about $20,000/year, most of which I have been covering for many years.

All the best,

Sandy Gottstein

President, Vaccination News, A Non-Profit Corporation

All the News Posted July 10-13, 2008

Posted July 13, 2008


►July 14, 2008 - Asperger syndrome: 'Bosses say I'm not a team player' - Danny Hancock has a brilliant mind but can't hold down a job. Sheryl Moore talks to him and his mother about changing workplace attitudes to Asperger syndrome - The Telegraph, UK

►July 14, 2008 - Big Drop In Child Mortality Rate - Borneo Bulletin via

►July 14, 2008 - Virus strikes Educare centre - Six children are sick following a hepatitis A outbreak at a Palmerston North early childcare centre. - Manawatu Standard via - "Children usually have only mild symptoms of hepatitis A, if any at all, and most people recover completely without treatment with no lasting effects."

* ►July 14, 2008 - Superbug vaccines no quick fix, charity warns - The Guardian, UK

* ►July 13, 2008 - Vaccination casualty - A two-month-old girl has died after being vaccinated at a state clinic. - The Nation, Thailand - "Sunisa Chamjaeng became ill last Thursday after being taken to the Uttaradit clinic for polio, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis and tetanus vaccinations. Attachai says his daughter and her mother attended the Ban Moh healthcare unit and the child fell ill later at home with fever. She later fell into a coma and stopped breathing. The child was taken to nearby Pichai Hospital, but she died of pulmonary oedema before admission. ... Provincial public health chief Dr Aree Tanbanjong says vaccinations have been suspended pending a two week investigation."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Global warming fuelling malaria vaccine need - BigNewsNetwork

* ►July 13, 2008 - It Might Be Time to Shut Your Mouth to Mercury (requires registration) - The Washington Post - "Regardless of whether amalgam fillings will be phased out altogether, the popularity of tooth-colored composite and porcelain fillings has skyrocketed. "That's not because they're green," Messina says, "but because they're white."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Response helps battle measles outbreak - The Arizona Republic

* ►July 13, 2008 - County cloaks health issues in secrecy - - "After we reported in December that the Health Department was investigating an outbreak of skin rashes at the Erie County Domestic Relations Office, additional workers came forward with complaints about the mysterious rashes. Would it have been better to let those employees run up doctor bills, unaware that they weren't the only ones itching and scratching? Eventually, half of the department's 75 workers revealed they had rashes, fatigue and swollen throats. The entire Domestic Relations staff had to be moved out of the Erie County Courthouse, while the office was cleaned and renovated."

►July 13, 2008 - Beware, patients: Killer bug plagues hospitals - Orlando Sentinel

►July 13, 2008 - Birbeck: Borders don't block disease - Michigan, America have huge stake in global research - Lansing State Journal

* ►July 13, 2008 - Film focuses on Lyme patients - The Nashua Telegraph

►July 13, 2008 - Tick trouble - A half-dozen veterans of the Central Maryland Lyme Disease Education and Support Group sit around a rectangular table in cold metal chairs in the social hall at Zion United Methodist Church. - Carroll County Times

* ►July 13, 2008 - Vitamin C and infection - letter - The Scotsman - "What seems to be ignored yet again is that before antibiotics were introduced into medicine, research in the 1930s recognised the effectiveness of vitamin C in the treatment of infections. Polio and pneumonia were just two illnesses to be cured with it. However, the amount used was not merely a few extra milligrams, but really massive doses, up to 200 grams per day for pneumonia. Two doctors who reported success in treating their patients this way were Dr Cathcart and Dr Klenner, and accounts of their methods can be found on the internet. The vitamin appeared to enhance the white blood cell part of the immune system."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Blago Bill: Insurance To Cover Autism Treatment - CBS 2 Chicago - "The bill requires insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis, occupational therapy, physical and speech therapy, psychiatric and psychological services and applied behavioral therapies. Insurance policies will be required to cover up to $36,000 a year and an unlimited number of visits for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder until age 21."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Study of ‘sluggish’ gene provides clues into genetics behind autism - - "Behavioral therapy for autism got a boost this week as Harvard researchers have found that the genes involved in autism weren’t all missing, but instead just hadn’t been turned on."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Anger, Sadness And The Truth - Age of Autism

►July 13, 2008 - Act to Keep Children Healthy - redOrbit - "We continue to read about the progression of medical science and the shots and pills that can be taken to prevent certain ills in the future. How much can we rely upon the results of medical research and scientific measures when it comes to the future health and safety of our children?"

►July 13, 2008 - Kansas Teen Becomes Nation's First Congressional Page with Autism - KCUR Public Broadcasting

►July 13, 2008 - Donna Glick: Thanks for article on how autism affect families - letter - The Capital Times via

►July 13, 2008 - State's schools lack cohesive plan for autism - San Francisco Chronicle

►July 13, 2008 - Teen With Form Of Autism Found 20 Miles From Home - AP via WISC Madison

►July 13, 2008 - Dickinson family faces challenge of autism (requires registration) - Grand Forks Herald

►July 13, 2008 - EarthTalk: Autism and the Environment - Kansas City infoZine

►July 13, 2008 - Pharma has GOT to Listen to This Man - Adventures in Autism

►July 13, 2008 - CFLs’ mercury makes them a special disposal case - The Coloradoan

* ►July 13, 2008 - Nurse Struck Off For Incompetent Practise, UK - Nursing and Midwifery Council via Medical News Today - "The independent panel heard evidence of how David incorrectly gave an MMR vaccine (which should not be given before a child reaches one year old) to a 27-week-old baby and also appeared to use the needle as a dart, resulting in misconduct."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Moms oppose genital warts vaccine for teens - Provincial health officer dismisses concerns - The Province via - "Surrey mother of four Anne Van Rhyn isn't vaccinating her 12-year-old daughter. She supports the decision to produce more multiculture-friendly materials but says even with more information, parents might not have a proper say because legally the girl can decide for herself, at the discretion of the nurse giving the shot. 'I'm concerned that we might fill out a form and say, no, we would not like our daughter to participate,' Van Rhyn said. 'And then they might, on that day, present their side of the issue speaking of the benefits primarily, and ask her to make a decision on the spot.'"

►July 13, 2008 - As an HPV safeguard, teens try Gardasil - Columbia Daily Tribune

►July 13, 2008 - New Discovery Could Lead To An Improved Influenza Vaccine - Immunity via Medical News Today

►July 13, 2008 - New parents anxious about BCG vaccine for babies - Galway First

►July 13, 2008 - Superbug vaccines 'within decade' - Vaccines against the two major hospital superbugs should be available within a decade, the government's chief medical officer for England has said. - BBC

►July 13, 2008 - Free Shots For Phoenix Kids -

►July 13, 2008 - Mainstream Media Promotes Medical Myths by 'Dispelling' Them -

►July 13, 2008 - Screening for cholesterol may not be worth effort, expense - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►July 13, 2008 - Cholesterol Drugs for 8-Year-Olds? Yikes! - The Common Voice

►July 13, 2008 - Health Canada warns of anemia in kidney cancer drug interaction - The Canadian Press via Google

►July 13, 2008 - Fibromyalgia patients fight insurers over medication coverage - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►July 13, 2008 - Lessons from the tomato scare - Congress needs to come up with a working system to track our food from farm to table, and make sure it's safe to eat - opinion - Newsday

►July 13, 2008 - Review And Rate Your UK Doctor's Competence Online - The One Click Group

►July 13, 2008 - Doctors rage at being rated online - GPs fear a new website allowing patients to judge their competence will expose them to abuse and vendettas - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►July 13, 2008 - People News - Baltimore Sun - "Harford County resident Dr. Omar A. Khan has received the University of Vermont College of Medicine's Recent Alumni Award at a reunion awards ceremony. ... He is the co-author of two books with writer Tim Brookes - Behind the Mask: How the World Survived SARS and The End of Polio? Behind the Scenes of the Campaign to Vaccinate Every Child on the Planet."

►July 13, 2008 - Health show to help little ones - Team of doctors give tips on diet, development & growth - The Telegraph, India - "The most knowledgeable mother received the 'mother of the show award'. ... 'Issues like pregnancy, nutrition of pregnant mothers, nutrition and immunisation of the children and getting birth certificates from the Ranchi Municipal Corporation were addressed,' Choudhary said."

►July 13, 2008 - Miracle of the twin sisters who beat meningitis three times - Daily Mail, UK

►July 13, 2008 - Measles outbreak kills 20 children in central Somalia - Xinhua via China View

* ►July 13, 2008 - More than 35 infants died of measles in the middle shabelle region in Somalia - Somali News

►July 13, 2008 - Local group supports polio victims, stresses importance of vaccination - Tallahassee Democrat

►July 13, 2008 - Historic Hickory miracle comes back to life, thanks to new exhibit - Emergency polio hospital went up in 54 hours and became a model for treatment - Charlotte Observer

►July 13, 2008 - Rotavirus vaccine said to be working - The Punch

►July 13, 2008 - Hepatitis E spreads to Gulu town - New Vision, Uganda

►July 13, 2008 - Kamada to market rabies treatment in Israel - The treatment is cleared for FDA Phase II and III trials. - Globes

►July 13, 2008 - Editorial: West Nile virus still a danger - Don't let your guard down - Ventura County Star

►July 13, 2008 - With mosquito season in full force, learn to bite back (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►July 13, 2008 - The FDA and the great salmonella mystery - opinion - Desert Dispatch

►July 13, 2008 - Is the FDA Being More Cautious? -

►July 13, 2008 - Savior in a Bottle - Kids and Cholesterol - guest opinion - Christian Post

►July 13, 2008 - Drug-Resistant Bird Flu Strain Killing Egyptians -

►July 13, 2008 - Lab that houses bird flu virus loses power - AP via USA Today

►July 13, 2008 - The way to a virus' 'heart' is through its enzymes - Science Centric

►July 13, 2008 - 160 Organizations Lobby To End The HIV Travel Ban - Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish via The Atlantic

►July 13, 2008 - Fluoride imminent for our water supply - Lithgow Mercury, AU

►July 13, 2008 - Child's life threatened by lead exposure - Coshocton Tribune

►July 13, 2008 - With mosquito season in full force, learn to bite back - Protect yourself with repellent, cover up with clothing and avoid the swarms' happy hours of dusk and dawn. - Los Angeles Times

►July 13, 2008 - Mothers told to breastfeed children until two - The Scotsman

►July 13, 2008 - U.S. report: teen pregnancies up, 8th grade smoking down, 9% asthma in children - The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics released the tenth edition of its report "America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2008” on Friday, July 11, 2008. We have both good and bad news to report. - ITWire

►July 13, 2008 - Health Crises Heighten Humanitarian Despair In Ethiopia - WHO via Medical News Today

►July 13, 2008 - Lilly Partners With the National Council of La Raza to Fight Chronic Disease - Free pocket-sized health book arms Latinos with tools to lead a healthy life - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►July 12, 2008 - Back to square one - Gillette News-Record - "As with many hot-button issues, there appears to be a vast, mostly unexplored middle ground in this case. For example, could MMR vaccines trigger autistic symptoms only in genetically predisposed children? Or would it help to deliver the three immunizations separately?"

* ►July 12, 2008 - Pertussis epidemic continues Doctors say: Get vaccinated! - Whidbey News Times

* ►July 12, 2008 - One Little League team may get to play despite whooping cough outbreak - If the national officials concur, one of four banned teams from Whidbey Island will be allowed to play after whooping cough concerns. - HeraldNet - "Most of the teens are fully immunized and none had symptoms, he said. The players who were not up-to-date on their immunizations had received the shot by Friday, he said. He said he also checked the immunization records of coaches and other adults who will accompany the team. 'The families that weren't immunized were immunized,' he said."

►July 12, 2008 - Measles prevention - Officials suggest keeping immunizations current - Times Record News

* ►July 12, 2008 - H5N1 Avian Flu Strain Shown to Infect Bovine Calves - Occupational Health & Safety

►July 12, 2008 - Campaign against Avain Flu launched - Solomon Star

* ►July 12, 2008 - Bird Flu Could Kill 3,000 a Week in Wales - Evening Post via

►July 12, 2008 - Drugs first option in ADHD treatment - Federal Government releases new ADHD guidelines - Says drugs should be "first-line treatment" - Finds diet and exercise of little benefit -

►July 12, 2008 - Hazardous flame retardant found in household objects - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►July 12, 2008 - California Heat Wave May Cause New West Nile Virus Outbreak - efluxMedia

►July 12, 2008 - No surprises on toxin levels in fish - State report recommends eating certain amounts of catch taken from Galveston Bay - Houston Chronicle

►July 12, 2008 - Life with Lyme Disease - Who'll Be Their Next Meal? - The Niagara Falls Review

►July 12, 2008 - Lyme disease alert in New Forest - Daily Echo, UK

►July 12, 2008 - Environment Canada places partial ban on flame retardant - The Globe and Mail

►July 12, 2008 - Japan Warns Nigeria over Avian Influenza Pandemic - ThisDay

►July 12, 2008 - Prostate cancer vaccines more effective with hormone therapy - American Association for Cancer Research via Science Centric

►July 12, 2008 - LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics - press release - LegalView via

* ►July 12, 2008 - The best plan for vaccinations is to have a veterinarian do them - Culpeper Star Exponent - "It is also best to purchase vaccines only from veterinarians or directly from vaccine manufacturers. Last year I treated a puppy for severe parvovirus infection. The infection occurred one week after the owner had administered a parvo vaccine from a farm store. I do not know for sure that this was a case of vaccine-induced disease, but modified live vaccines can revert to virulent strains if not stored properly."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Identifying Autism Loci and Genes by Tracing Recent Shared Ancestry - Science via Science Magazine

* ►July 11, 2008 - Pharma Marketers Sometimes View Patients Merely as Symptoms to be Treated - Pharma Marketing Blog

* ►July 11, 2008 - Grassley Probes Psychiatrists Over Ties To Pharma - Pharmalot - "The investigation by the Senate Finance Committee, where Chuck Grassley is the ranking Republican, into the ties between drugmakers and medicine is expanding. After targeting grants issued to academic psychiatrists, Grassley now wants the American Psychiatric Association to open its books for a look-see at pharma funding."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Oxford BioMedica advised by DSMB on vaccination of TroVax - Update - (RTTNews) via, UK

* ►July 11, 2008 - Flu-infected Fly Cells Reveal Dependencies Of The Virus - By giving fly cells the flu, scientists have identified scores of host genes the pathogen requires for successful infection, revealing a raft of potential new pressure points to thwart the virus. - University of Wisconsin-Madison via ScienceDaily

►July 11, 2008 - NJ Judge Tosses Hormone Replacement Suit - Pharmalot

* ►July 11, 2008 - Ranbaxy Accused By Feds Of Falsifying Records - Pharmalot

►July 11, 2008 - Rotarian travels to India as part of anti-polio campaign - San Bernardino County Sun

►July 11, 2008 - FDA Workshop Approaches to Reduce Risk of Transfusion Transmitted Babesiosis in the United States - FDA/CBER

►July 11, 2008 - Researchers Find Possible Genetic Clue To ADHD (audio) - National Public Radio NPR

►July 11, 2008 - Childhood Nutrition Linked to Adult Intellectual Function (requires registration) - Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine via Medscape Medical News

►July 11, 2008 - Insurance? You're still paying for vaccines -

►July 11, 2008 - Couple set up website after baby dies from meningitis - Derry Today

►July 11, 2008 - University Settles False Claims Allegations - Coosa Valley News - "The United States Attorney`s Office today announced that St. Louis University, in St. Louis, Missouri, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations raised in a 'whistleblower' lawsuit that the University’s School of Public Health violated the federal False Claims Act by mischarging 'additive' or 'supplemental' pay for its faculty members to federally funded grants, contracts and cooperative agreements from grants received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

►July 11, 2008 - Avian influenza - final epidemiology report published - Defra via 7thSpace Interactive

►July 11, 2008 - Rotarian travels to India as part of anti-polio campaign - San Bernardino Sun

►July 11, 2008 - Restaurateurs: How the heck do we make salsa? - Tomatoes, peppers, cilantro off menu because of salmonella scare (requires registration or subscription) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►July 11, 2008 - Councillors chip away at fluoridation defenders - Dundas Star News - "Adding fluoride to the water system, he said, means pouring hydrofluorosilicic acid, and trace amounts of lead, arsenic and cadmium into the city's drinking water."

* ►July 10, 2008 - CDC: Some 70 Percent Get Fluoridated Water - UPI via redOrbit - "Community water fluoridation is an equitable, cost-effective, and cost-saving method of delivering fluoride to most people, Dr. William Maas, director of CDC?s division of oral health. We've seen some marked improvements; however, there are still too many states that have not met the national goal. The national goal is that 75 percent of U.S. residents who are on community water systems be receiving fluoridated water by 2010."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Merck Responds to Questions about Adverse Events Reported following Vaccination with GARDASIL® - press release - Merck via WebWire - "Merck has analyzed the adverse events reported for GARDASIL relating to the recent reports of death and paralysis, and based on the data available to Merck, believes that no safety issue related to the vaccine has been identified."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Health: Groundbreaking Autism Study (includes video) - CBS 3 - "Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of six centers across the United States participating in a CDC study to find out what is causing one in every 150 children to be diagnosed with autism."

►July 10, 2008 - Required immunizations for Georgia school children should begin in infancy - North Georgia Health District via

►July 10, 2008 - A Vulnerable Spot on the Ebola Virus’ Shell - Discovery Magazine

►July 10, 2008 - Identifying and disrupting key elements of malaria's 'sticky sack' adhesion strategy - Research Australia via EurekAlert

►July 10, 2008 - EPA Won't Act on Emissions This Year - Instead of New Rules, More Comment Sought (requires registration) - The Washington Post

►July 10, 2008 - JCI online early table of contents: - Why men are more at risk of diseases caused by blood clots than women - Journal of Clinical Investigation via EurekAlert!

►July 10, 2008 - Whooping cough forces 4 baseball teams out of tourney - The baseball teams on Whidbey are cut over concerns about whooping cough. - HeraldNet

►July 10, 2008 - Whooping cough jeopardizes Whidbey Little League tournaments - PNWLocalNews

* ►July 9, 2008 - The Role of Ethnicity in Variability in Response to Drugs: Focus on Clinical Pharmacology Studies - journal article (Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics) - "Ethnicity is one factor that may account for the observed differences in both pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of drugs, resulting in variability in response to drug therapy. Given that the applicability of clinical study results to the treatment of an individual patient is a critical consideration in a physician's choice of drug therapy, drug development should seek to ensure that a clinical pharmacologic evaluation includes a population that is representative of the target therapeutic population."

►July 9, 2008 - FDA Revises Process for Responding to Drug Applications - FDA

►July 9, 2008 - UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (Clinical Investigation) - FDA via

►July 9, 2008 - Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center (Clinical Investigation) - FDA via

►July 9, 2008 - Study Shows That PillCam(R) SB Helps Doctors Treat Children With Crohn's Disease More Effectively - PillCam Capsule Endoscopy of the Small Bowel Provides New Information; May Lead to More Precise Treatment and Better Outcomes - Given Imaging Ltd. via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►July 8, 2008 - How the malaria parasite hijacks human red blood cells - Cell Press via EurekAlert!

►July 8, 2008 - Progress is too slow for children (includes audio) - Times-Union

►July 8, 2008 - Codex adopts 35 international food standards - Thirty-five new international food standards were adopted during last week's 31st session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, including guidelines on the use of flavourings and gluten-free products. - Food Navigator

* ►July 7, 2008 - The Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) Latest Quarterly Data Files - FDA/CDER

* ►July 7, 2008 - Children's suicide attempts raise concerns about ADHD medication, experts and parents are weighing options when it comes to treatment - The Canadian Press via - "Health Canada said it received 189 reports of adverse reactions associated with the non-stimulant drug atomoxetine, sold under the name Strattera, from the time it was put on the market in February 2005, to the end of last year. The reports included 55 suicide attempts -- 41 of which were among children aged six to 17, and 12 that were adults between 18 and 45."

►July 7, 2008 - Political borders, health-care issues complicate pandemic planning - Purdue University

►July 7, 2008 - Heparin Screening Methods - FDA/CDER

►July 7, 2008 - How can we overcome the barriers to treating drug-resistant TB? - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert!

* ►July 6, 2008 - Court effort addresses disruptive disorder -

* ►July 6, 2008 - Mental health care is failing our society - The Observer, UK via The Guardian, UK

* ►July 6, 2008 - Unimpaired Rights - The House votes resoundingly to recognize civil rights for the disabled. (requires registration) - The Washington Post

►July 6, 2008 - Herbal remedy reduces obesity and heart disease? - Society for Experimental Biology - Society for Experimental Biology via EurekAlert!

►July 5, 2008 - Seeking an ADHD diagnosis is the symptom of a greater problem - Ventura County Star

* ►July 5, 2008 - Are dangers lurking in household dust? - Research has found that dust contains, among other things, lead, formaldehyde, phthalates and alkylphenols, which are used in detergents and pesticides. Some of these chemicals are considered endocrine disrupters because they act as hormones. Researchers are looking for possible connections to increased cases of attention deficit disorder, early puberty and breast cancer, for example. - WSLS 10

►July 3, 2008 - Measles once again endemic in the United Kingdom - journal article (Eurosurveillance)

►July 3, 2008 - Mumps Vaccination in the Czech Republic - journal article (Eurosurveillance)

* ►July 2, 2008 - Cytokine and Platelet Levels Predict Severe Yellow Fever Vaccine Reaction (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►July 2008 - Report Pushes for Ban on Industry Gifts - AAMC

►July 2008 - Natural Medicines Causing Acute Kidney Injury - journal article (Seminars in Nephrology)

* ►June 24, 2008 - Title: Optimization of immunomodulatory properties of genetic vaccines - Maxygen, Inc. (Redwood City, CA) via

►June 24, 2008 - Title: Immune-enhancing peptides - Posco (KR), Pohang University of Science & Technology (KR) via

►June 24, 2008 - Title: Therapeutic treatments for repetitive hand washing - Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA) via

►June 24, 2008 - Title: Diagnosis and monitoring of systemic lupus erythematosus and of scleroderma - University of Pittsburgh - Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Pittsburgh, PA) via

* ►May/June 2008 - Irreversible color vision losses in patients with chronic mercury vapor intoxication. - journal article (Visual Neuroscience)


Posted July 12, 2008


* ►July 13, 2008 - Why they didn't tell us that these pills could kill our kids (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "Since 1986, every bottle of aspirin sold in the United States has carried a label advising parents that consumption by children with viral illnesses greatly increases their risk of developing Reye's syndrome, a serious illness often involving sudden brain or liver damage. Before that warning was required by the Food and Drug Administration, the toll from Reye's syndrome was substantial: In 1980 alone, 555 cases were reported. Many others likely occurred but went unreported because the syndrome is easily misdiagnosed. One in 3 diagnosed children died. Today, less than a handful of Reye's syndrome cases are reported annually. But this public health triumph is bittersweet, because while aspirin manufacturers were arguing that the science linking aspirin to Reye's syndrome was incomplete, uncertain and unclear, an untold number of children died or were disabled. The medical community knew of the danger, thanks to an alert issued by the Centers for Disease Control, but parents were kept in the dark. The industry even issued a public service announcement claiming, 'We do know that no medication has been proven to cause Reyes.' (Emphasis in the original.)"

* ►July 13, 2008 - MRSA: Medical chief hails superbug vaccine - · 'Breakthrough' to end MRSA deaths · Drug will be available within 10 years - The Observer via The Guardian, UK - "Professor Sir Liam Donaldson described the immunisation of patients against the twin menaces of MRSA and clostridium difficile as a 'big breakthough', predicting in his annual report, to be published tomorrow, that a vaccine against clostridium difficile will be ready within five years, and one against MRSA within five to 10 years."

* ►July 13, 2008 - Study reveals water's role in rare autism - The Scotsman

* ►July 13, 2008 - Scare over possible effects of cervical cancer vaccine - Sunday Business Post

* ►July 13, 2008 - Ranbaxy faked test records: US FDA - Says company did it to sell drugs which did not meet quality standards - Daily News & Analysis

* ►July 13, 2008 - HIV children turned away from schools - The Guardian, UK

►July 13, 2008 - A week in the life of Nick Partridge - Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust - The Times, UK - "Twenty-five years later, Terrence Higgins is Europe’s largest HIV and Aids charity and works in a very different landscape."

►July 13, 2008 - Kidnapped EPI team yet to be recovered - The News - International - Pakistan

►July 13, 2008 - Early Hepatitis-B vaccination reduces chances of infection - The News - International - Pakistan

►July 13, 2008 - Bovine TB vaccine planned after cull of badgers ruled out - Darlington and Stockton Times, UK

►July 13, 2008 - Alarming Increase in Food Allergies Fuels Specialty Markets -

►July 13, 2008 - 1953: County is ready if polio epidemic hits - St. Petersburg Times

►July 13, 2008 - Iran denied using African monkeys for "secretive" laboratory test - Xinhua via China View

* ►July 12, 2008 - CDC lab containing deadly virus suffers power outage (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "A laboratory building that contains a deadly strain of avian flu and other germs is among four that lost power for more than an hour Friday when a backup generator system failed again at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outage affected air flow systems in labs that help contain such germs as the H5N1 flu virus, which some experts fear could cause a pandemic. But there were no exposures to infectious agents, and neither workers nor the public were at any risk, said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner."

* ►July 12, 2008 - Iran: Monkeys for polio testing - The head of Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute denies accusations that Iran is buying monkeys for biological weapons experiments. - Press TV

* ►July 12, 2008 - RECOVERY STORY: PETE - Pete’s Journey - Presented By Generation Rescue - Age of Autism

* ►July 12, 2008 - AUTISM MOM SHARES HER CHELATION PROGRESS By Lisa Brown - Age of Autism

* ►July 12, 2008 - An Open Letter To Autism Speaks From Speaker O'Brien - Age of Autism

►July 12, 2008 - Is dental mercury a threat to health? - letters - Baltimore Sun

►July 12, 2008 - Utility skeptical about mercury rules - Wausau Daily Herald

►July 12, 2008 - Mom upset autistic son was turned away from camp - Nanaimo Daily News via

►July 12, 2008 - He leads fight for autism coverage - Lancaster New Era

►July 12, 2008 - Along autism spectrum, personalities contrast - San Francisco Chronicle

* ►July 12, 2008 - Don't procrastinate with child immunizations - Warrenton Journal - "Jefferson County R-7 Superintendent Tom Guenzler said state law requires students be up-to-date on immunizations within seven days of enrollment, unless they are exempt for religious or medical reasons or are in the process of obtaining immunizations. Proof of the exemption must be attained through the Department of Health and Senior Services, he said. If a child doesn't show proof of immunization, the parents could be reported to the Division of Family Services, Guenzler said."

* ►July 12, 2008 - State's rabies vaccine stockpile down to 201 doses because of nationwide shortage - State and local departments say no public health concern, but doctor worries about treatment delays - Austin American-Statesman

►July 12, 2008 - Bird flu outbreak could kill 3000 people a week - WalesOnline

►July 12, 2008 - 70 killed by Ugandan waterborne diseases - AFP via Google

►July 12, 2008 - Perth in grip of whooping cough - PERTH is in the grip of whooping cough. Four times as many children have been diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease this year compared with all of last year. - PerthNow

►July 12, 2008 - Around eight million people in country carrier of hepatitis - Associated Press of Pakistan

►July 12, 2008 - Justice For UK Families - Open Up The Courts - The One Click Group

►July 12, 2008 - Researchers Use Salmonella As A Way To Administer Vaccines In The Body - Researchers report that they have been able to use live salmonella bacterium as the containment/delivery method for an antigen. - Digital Journal

►July 12, 2008 - US hand over health laboratory, quality assurance training centre - Guardian via IPPmedia

►July 12, 2008 - Bird flu outbreak could kill 3,000 people a week - Western Mail via Wales Online

►July 12, 2008 - Scientists work out how bird flu adapts -

►July 12, 2008 - Situation on Anthrax Disease Cases Intensifies in Kyrgyzstan - Trend News

►July 12, 2008 - Tossing tomatoes at FDA - opinion - Yuma Sun

* ►July 12, 2008 - Rochester project's trailblazer recognized data's potential - - "Because the REP could tell what the 'normal' rates of disease were by reviewing all swine flu vaccinations and all cases of Guillain-Barre in Olmsted County, Leonard Kurland could say with certainty that the swine flu vaccine had caused an increase in Guillain-Barre in Missouri but did not cause other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. 'He recommended that the swine flu vaccination program be stopped, which it was,' Robert Kurland said.  The REP had the key. 'The only place that had the data was Rochester, because we knew who had been inoculated,' Robert Kurland said. The elder Kurland then became an expert government witness, testifying about what was, and was not, related to the vaccinations. That helped prevent lawsuits about unrelated illnesses that the taxpayers otherwise would have had to pay for. 'He basically saved the government millions and millions of dollars through his testimony,' Robert Kurland said."

►July 12, 2008 - Dr. Michael Gregg, epidemiologist, journal editor - obituary - AP via Boston Herald - "Dr. Michael B Gregg, a retired epidemiologist from Guilford credited with transforming a publication of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into one of the nation’s leading health care publications, has died."

* ►July 11, 2008 - FDA Leaps from Tomatoes to Peppers in Desperate, Fumbling Fiasco of Failed Food Safety over Salmonella -

►July 11, 2008 - FDA Failing the American People Over Food Safety, Regulation -

►July 11, 2008 - Lawmakers Examine Whether Drug Ads Are Truthful -

►July 11, 2008 - PEPFAR Next Week - The Daily Dish via Atlantic Online - "The threat to removing the HIV immigration ban comes from a point of order."

►July 11, 2008 - Dutch Tourist Dies From Marburg Virus After Visiting Uganda - Bloomberg

►July 11, 2008 - Mexico declares its tomatoes are free of salmonella - Houston Chronicle

►July 11, 2008 - Families help study of autism - Financial Times

►July 11, 2008 - Autism bill is good, but at a price - Allentown Morning Call

►July 11, 2008 - More than one approach to autism - FACING LONG DELAYS for diagnosis and provincially funded therapy, couple turned to More Than Words therapy for son - Montreal Gazette via

* ►July 11, 2008 - Maltby youngster dies after eating chocolate - Dinnington Today

* ►July 11, 2008 - Melanoma Rates Jumping For Young Women - CBS News Anchor Katie Couric Speaks With Dr. Jeanine Downie About The Disturbing Trend (includes video) - CBS News

►July 11, 2008 - Nature looks at the status of avian influenza three years after their Special Issue - Agoravox

►July 10, 2008 - Should the NIH Study the Impact of Chelation on Children with Autism? Make Your Opinion Known! -

* ►July 10, 2008 - AMA Admits Decades of Discrimination Against Black Doctors (opinion) -

►July 10, 2008 - Measles Outbreak Largest in 10 Years -

►July 10, 2008 - Team 'turns off' genes to fight bird flu - United Press International

►July 10, 2008 - I-Team: Parents May Need to Pay for Vaccinations (includes video) - Las Vegas Now

►July 10, 2008 - New Biolife facility in Elkhart - Fox 28

►July 9, 2008 - Celiac disease: an elusive 'iceberg' - Fatigue, weakness, joint pain and migraines are frequently overlooked as symptoms of the disorder (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

►July 9, 2008 - Have We Finally Found an Effective Defense Against Lyme Disease? - A new treatment may block transmission 85 percent of the time. - Discover Magazine

►July 9, 2008 - Study finds level of liver protein may tell risk of getting diabetes - San Diego Union-Tribune

►July 9, 2008 - Fringe Autism Treatment Could Get Federal Study - US researchers want to study alternative treatment for autism; chelation called quackery - AP via ABC News

►June 16, 2008 - Are there superbugs in your pork? - Bacteria in Pork Showing Resistance to Antibiotics - Wall Street Journal via Green Change


Posted July 11, 2008


►August 2008 - Assessment and management of infants with apparent life-threatening events in the paediatric emergency department. - journal article (European Journal of Emergency Medicine)

►August 2008 - Effect of Hand Hygiene on Infectious Disease Risk in the Community Setting: A Meta-Analysis - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

►August 2008 - Paediatric anaphylaxis: a 5 year retrospective review - journal article (Allergy)

►August 2008 - Epinephrine: the drug of choice for anaphylaxis. A statement of the World Allergy Organization - journal article (Allergy)

►August 2008 - A population-based epidemiologic analysis of deaths from anaphylaxis in Florida - journal article (Allergy)

* ►August 2008 - Brief Report: Reporting Practices of Methodological Information in Four Journals of Pediatric and Child Psychology - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Psychology)

►August 2008 - Chinese response to allergy and asthma in Olympic athletes - journal article (Allergy)

►August 2008 - Severe asthma in childhood: assessed in 10 year olds in a birth cohort study - journal article (Allergy)

►July/August 2008 - Measles on the Rise (requires subscription for full article) -

►July 14, 2008 - Inovio Merges With East Coast Firm to Advance Vaccine Development - Combined Company to Operate R&D Facility in Sorrento Valley - San Diego Business Journal

►July 14, 2008 - MAYBE A VIRUS IS TO BLAME (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "Our experts weigh in: 'Obesity due to infection is possible in some people. How big the group is I don't know. . . . Not all obesity is due to viral infection,' says Nikhil Dhurandhar of Louisiana State University, who has studied SMAM-1 and Ad-36 and coined the term 'infectobesity' for 'obesity of infectious origin.'"

* ►July 12, 2008 - Parents' fear of needles brings back measles - A LEAP in the number of measles cases in Australia has sparked concerns that opposition to vaccination, or complacency over the need for it, could allow the potentially dangerous disease to stage a comeback. - The Australian - "Meryl Dorey is president of the Australian Vaccination Network, a national group that describes itself as 'pro-choice', but which is regarded by many doctors as an opponent of vaccination programs. She decided not to vaccinate her two younger children after her eldest child experienced a reaction to a jab. 'I decided that the benefits did not outweigh the risks for my family,' Ms Dorey said. 'I think it's important for parents to do their own research and take their own decisions.'"

* ►July 12, 2008 - ‘Vaccines, weather to blame for rising chicken pox cases’ - - "Doctors blame the surge in cases of chicken pox this season on the indiscriminate administration of vaccines to young children. The vaccines apparently kill anti-bodies in humans, bringing down the body’s ability to resist infection on its own. ... 'Parents, in the hope that their children do not suffer from chicken pox, get them vaccinated at a very young age. We do not recommend this at all. It is better if the chicken pox virus affects children early in life as it will enable them to develop anti-bodies to help fight infections at a later stage,' said Dr Sadbhavna Pandit, Senior Medical Officer Paediatrics, GMCH, Sector 16."

* ►July 12, 2008 - Taliban demands prisoner swap - The Hindu - "Separately, a hunt is still on for a team of polio vaccinators who were missing from the Mohamand tribal agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Area. The Taliban and religious conservatives in the tribal areas oppose polio vaccination as a 'conspiracy' by the U.S. to cause infertility in Muslims and thus finish off Muslim populations."

►July 12, 2008 - Hospitals flooded with gastroenteritis patients - The News - International - Pakistan

►July 12, 2008 - Meningococcal disease can also cause shunning - A Geelong family, whose son was temporarily rendered a vegetable by the meningococcal disease last weekend, fear he could be shunned by the community. - Geelong Advertiser

* ►July 11, 2008 - Watchdog: The mystery of the vanishing vaccine - Star-Telegram - "Merck is concentrating its "varicella bulk" on manufacturing Varivax right now, instead of Zostavax. Since it’s a children’s vaccine we’re talking about, it’s difficult to quibble about Varivax taking precedence over Zostavax. But was Merck’s decision motivated by children’s more pressing need? The Watchdog did find another interesting tidbit: According to various pharmaceutical and business Web sites and blogs, Merck more than doubled its sales of Varivax last year, bringing in $855 million. In comparison, Zostavax sales were reported at $236 million last year, according to Dow Jones online. Regardless, if seniors like Simon want the vaccine, they’ll definitely have to work at finding it. Yesterday, after calling four pharmacies, Simon finally tracked down the coveted Zostavax at the county’s Northwest Public Health Center in Lake Worth. He immediately headed there to get vaccinated. The nurse at the center told him it was one of a few that had a good supply of the vaccine, he said."

* ►July 11, 2008 - UBC Wins Prestigious $1 Million NIH Grant for Chlamydia Vaccine Research - UBC Public Affairs, Canada

* ►July 11, 2008 - Big, Very Big, FDA Bonuses… Redux (video) - Pharmalot - "We have written before about the large bonuses given some FDA officials - see here and here - but there is nothing like watching FDA commish Andy von Eschenbach avoid the issue. And you can watch him prevaricate now that CBS Evening News caught up to the story…"

* ►July 11, 2008 - Common Mechanisms May Underlie Autism's Seemingly Diverse Mutations - Many of the seemingly disparate mutations recently discovered in autism may share common underlying mechanisms, say researchers supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)*, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mutations may disrupt specific genes that are vital to the developing brain, and which are turned on and off by experience-triggered neuronal activity. - NIH/National Institute of Mental Health via ScienceDaily

* ►July 11, 2008 - Hepatitis B Vaccine: Good for 'Newborn' Prostitutes and Drug Users, but Who Else? -

* ►July 11, 2008 - Stem Cells: The Final Piece of the Autism Puzzle? By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►July 11, 2008 - Middle Eastern Families Help Scientists Pinpoint Autism Genes (includes audio) - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

* ►July 11, 2008 - Autism Could Be Caused By Failure To Trigger Genes In Early Brain Development - Science via Medical News Today

►July 11, 2008 - Autism and a Link to Brain Development - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

►July 11, 2008 - Are Environmental Factors to Blame for Autism?  Autism affects one in every 150 children born today in the U.S., a more than threefold increase from ten years ago. A variety of studies try to explain why - By the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine via Popular Science

►July 11, 2008 - Autism Treatment Study - CBS42

►July 11, 2008 - SURF PALS CATCHES TASTY WAVES WITH ASD KIDS! By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►July 11, 2008 - Expert Q & A Evaluating Anxiety From an Early Age (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►July 11, 2008 - Autism law praised as model for other states - Valley News Dispatch via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

* ►July 11, 2008 - Autism and Vaccinations: A Celebrity Smackdown - Discover Magazine Reality Base Blog - We’ve written at length about autism at DISCOVER, including the scientific debunking of the myth that vaccines are behind the disorder. But thanks to growing celebrity support, the vaccine-autism movement has been spreading misinformation and gaining converts in Hollywood and beyond at an alarming rate."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Skyrocketing Autism And Mercury In Vaccines - via The One Click Group

* ►July 11, 2008 - Miracle Cure or Voodoo Medicine? - Government researchers are pushing to test a controversial treatment on autistic children. We talked to two pediatricians about it, plus a mom who is trying it with her 8-year-old daughter. - Mom Logic

* ►July 11, 2008 - Hospital error blamed for more infant overdoses - AP via Yahoo! - "The case of 14 babies who received accidental overdoses while in intensive care has raised new questions about how a common blood-thinning medication could be given to infants repeatedly in the wrong dosage."

►July 11, 2008 - Mercury levels affecting blood pressure, heart rate - Concentration in humans increasing because of industrial pollution - Nunatsiaq News

►July 11, 2008 - Pincher youngsters to get HPV vaccine - Pincher Creek Echo

►July 11, 2008 - Rising sixth-graders must be vaccinated - Northwest Observer - "The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all sixth-graders who have not had a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccination, also known as a Tdap, since July 2003 to have a booster shot before school starts."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Combo Shots Make Vaccines Less of a Pain in the Arm - Temple University via Newswise - "'Previously, you couldn’t just mix vaccines together into one syringe; the volume would be much too big and many of the ingredients would counteract each other,' said Aronoff. 'But now we’re definitely going to see more about how vaccinations and booster shots can be combined. It’s more convenient and much easier for a child to sit still for one shot as opposed to four or five.'"

* ►July 11, 2008 - New Online Tool Manages Children’s Vaccine Schedules - Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications via Newswise - "'Sometimes a physician sees a child that he or she knows will not return for all follow-up visits. In this case, the tool provides the physician flexibility in administering as many vaccines as possible while the child is in the office rather than waiting,' said Pickering."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Costly Vaccines Causing Deadly Dilemmas - KIRO Seattle - "As for Barbara Knowles, we called around and found the Zostavax vaccine is available at many local pharmacies for around $200, much less than the $610 she was asked to pay. So KIRO called the University of Washington to ask why its shot was so much more expensive. After we started asking that question, the UW agreed to drop the price to $234 dollars."

►July 11, 2008 - Blackburn with Darwen parents urged to immunise their children - Lancashire Telegraph

►July 11, 2008 - Birkhead Named to National Vaccine Advisory Committee - Healthcare Association of New York State

►July 11, 2008 - Flu pandemic could hit, local consultant says (requires registration) - Daily Republic

►July 11, 2008 - PBS special to examine pandemic flu issues - The Capital-Journal

►July 11, 2008 - St. Louis County hires Tenon Consulting to combat pandemics, disasters - St. Louis Business Journal

►July 11, 2008 - Area health officials eye flu pandemic threat - Coastal Courier

►July 11, 2008 - “Come Bat for Measles”: Another Strike Against a Deadly Disease - University of South Carolina Red Cross Club organizes softball tournament for the Measles Initiative - Red Cross

►July 11, 2008 - Health officials push for whooping cough shots - Denton Record Chronicle

►July 11, 2008 - Whooping cough won't stop Langley festival - Whidbey News-Times via PNWLocal News

►July 11, 2008 - Whidbey whooping cough victim: 'It's awful' - Whidbey News-Times via PNWLocal News

* ►July 11, 2008 - Will whooping cough keep folks from Choochokam? - Seattle Post-Intelligencer Blog

* ►July 11, 2008 - Whooping cough outbreak in Island County spurs call for caution - Not immunized for whooping cough? Avoid public events, health officer says - HeraldNet - "Case said his recommendation also applies to children and adults attending sports camps and church gatherings at the Camp Casey Conference Center. 'I recommend don't bring your children if you're not fully immunized,' he said. In fact, anyone coming to the island should be up-to-date on whooping cough shots, Case said."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Will This Vaccine Prevent or Reverse Alzheimer's Disease? - An experimental vaccine clears protein linked to disorder in mice - Scientific American

►July 11, 2008 - Measles Oubreaks: What Are the Dangers? - What's The Big Deal About Measles? - Associated Content

►July 11, 2008 - Living Through a Measles Outbreak - Associated Content

* ►July 11, 2008 - Roche to suspend HIV research, seeing no advances - Reuters

►July 11, 2008 - No Agreement Yet on AIDS bill (requires subscription) - Roll Call - "A battle between several Republicans and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over how to proceed on legislation that would fund programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other chronic diseases in developing countries will likely spill over into the week of July 14."

►July 11, 2008 - Jury Still Out on Organ Transplant Success in HIV-Positive Patients - Health Behavior News Service via Newswise

►July 11, 2008 - Tetanus - Beyond Rusty Nails - Tetanus is preventable with a vaccine every 10 years. - Blue Mountains Courier-Herald

►July 11, 2008 - San Diego-area hospitals saw a spike in asthma-related visits during 2007 wildfires - Emergency room visits for respiratory syndrome also rose. The data help officials tailor health warnings to conditions. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►July 11, 2008 - Reported malfunctions with Twinject auto-injector pose potential health risks - Health Canada

►July 11, 2008 - LegalView Reveals Details of the FDA Mandated Black Box Warning For Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Such as Cipro and Levaquin - press release - LegalView via TransWorldNews

►July 11, 2008 - Losing an Old Friend: Goodbye to Ciprofloxacin? - New Warning on Popular Antibiotic Affecting Patient Decisions - ABC News - "Now, don't get me wrong. Ciprofloxacin and other drugs in this class were never perfect, just like no drug is perfect. We already knew that it could (rarely) cause problems such as nervous system disturbances, rashes, liver irritations and the like. But if you look at many drugs that we doctors routinely prescribe, you would often find such potential side effects listed."

* ►July 11, 2008 - Eli Lilly teams with Merck, Pfizer in research venture - Trio investing $39M in Enlight Biosciences, which aims to create tools to speed drug development - Indianapolis Star

* ►July 11, 2008 - Vacci-Test introduces new tetanus diagnostic test in Europe - Vacci-Test has announced that its French subsidiary, Vacci-Test Europe, has launched its first human diagnostic test, Vacci-Test-Tetanus in France and Germany. - Pharmaceutical Business Review - "Bernard Boyer, managing director of Vacci-Test, said: 'We are confident that our new product will become the assay of choice as a rapid, reliable point-of-care tetanus test and will avoid the need and expense of unnecessary revaccination.'"

►July 11, 2008 - Fort Detrick gets new garrison commander - AP via

►July 11, 2008 - HHS Releases Project BioShield Annual Report to Congress on Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threats - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a report today stating its progress in implementing Project BioShield. HHS has used Project BioShield authorities to support, facilitate and expedite the research, development, acquisition and availability of medical countermeasures to respond to the adverse effects of public health emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. - press release - The HHS Public Health Emergency Countermeasures Enterprise via

►July 11, 2008 - Bovine TB vaccination will not be effective in badgers for next 12 years says BCVA - A bovine TB vaccination will not be effective in badgers until at least 2020, the former president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association has warned. - Farmers Weekly

►July 11, 2008 - Beef Update: Can E. Coli Recalls Be Avoided with Vaccination? -

►July 11, 2008 - Salmonella Found in Basil Grown in Mexico, FDA Says - Bloomberg

►July 11, 2008 - Salmonella Mystery Nowhere Near Solved -

►July 11, 2008 - Measles outbreak in Townsville - Queensland Health is today warning residents to be on the look out for the symptoms of measles following the first confirmed case of the disease in Townsville for more than a decade. - Magnetic Island News

* ►July 11, 2008 - Japan finds no Tamiflu link to abnormal behavior - Reuters

* ►July 11, 2008 - Patient consent for information sharing not always possible or appropriate - journal article (BMJ)

* ►July 11, 2008 - Former CEO Nailed For Withholding Negative Info - Pharmalot

►July 11, 2008 - Healthy Kids: Weighing the need for a trip to the ER - The Salem News

* ►July 11, 2008 - Special Report: Activists Force Review of Lyme Disease Guidelines - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine via MedPage Today

* ►July 10, 2008 - Panacea receives WHO pre-qualification for pentavalent vaccine - Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX via Trading Charts

* ►July 10, 2008 - I-Team: Parents May Need to Pay for Vaccinations - Las Vegas Now - "Nevada is the worst in the nation when it comes to vaccinating our kids. A change in the way vaccines are provided may push our immunization rates even lower."

* ►July 10, 2008 - A mathematical optimization of immunization - ars technica the art of technology - "In a paper set to be published in a forthcoming issue of Physical Review Letters a team of physicists consider how to immunize a population with a minimal number of doses. This real world problem has a clear mathematical analog: namely given a graph (network of people or computers), how can you break it up while removing (immunizing) the fewest nodes (individual person or computer) possible? Since there is a simple mathematical representation, mathematicians and physicists can study and develop strategies to efficiently solve this problem. That mathematical representation can also be applied to problems beyond stopping a fast-spreading disease, as it applies to anything spreading on a node-based system, including computer viruses."

* ►July 10, 2008 - ‘Therapeutic’ HIV vaccine leads to higher viral load, less time off treatment - Aidsmap

►July 10, 2008 - Expert warns Hong Kong's avian flu vaccine is waning - CIDRAP News

* ►July 10, 2008 - Homeschool parents await judges' decision - The Union Democrat - "Homeschool for a lot of children, not just ones with problems, is the only way," Townsend said. "They get way more attention to learning in homeschool." Townsend hires a credentialed instructor to teach math and English and teaches science and history herself. Guidry has her autistic son enrolled in Gold Rush Charter School, because she feels the public school system failed to meet his needs. She pulled him out of public school after alleged abuse, exposure to drugs, and schools giving him "dot-to-dot" work to complete."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Are We Overmedicating Our Kids? - - "No one knows how many children are being diagnosed with mental illness  -- ranging from bipolar disorder to more recently recognized conditions like oppositional defiant disorder  -- and being treated for them. According to one study, behavioral medications for children accounted for 17 percent of all spending for pediatric drugs, more than even antibiotics and allergy drugs. And a study in Pediatrics showed that 19 percent of all pediatric visits among 4- to 15-year-olds involve a psychosocial problem requiring attention or intervention, making such problems the most common chronic reason to consult a pediatrician."

►July 10, 2008 - Indiana Health Officials To Examine State's Pandemic Influenza Ethics Planning - Indiana University Center for Bioethics via Medical News Today

►July 10, 2008 - No Black Box Warnings For Epilepsy Drugs: Panel - Pharmalot

►July 10, 2008 - Roche Abandons HIV Research - Pharmalot

►July 10, 2008 - Cytomegalovirus-associated idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in Chinese children - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 10, 2008 - Allergan failed to warn of dangerous Botox side effects, lawsuit claims (requires registration or subscription) - Adverse reactions to the popular wrinkle-erasing drug have been rare, its Irvine-based manufacturer says. - Los Angeles Times

* ►July 10, 2008 - Old drugs get a new lease of life - A dozen potential new treatments for conditions as diverse as depression and constipation have been discovered by analysing the side effects of old and established drugs. Wonder drug aspirin takes on diabetes - Old drug offers new MS hope - Easter island drug fights tumours

►July 10, 2008 - China Sky One Medical, Inc. Has 11 New Drugs in Clinic Trials - Xinhua PR Newswire-FirstCall via Quamnet

►July 10, 2008 - Calgary researcher wins $1.7M grant to study bioterrorism - CBC News

►July 10, 2008 - AMA apologizes for racially biased policies - CNN

►July 10, 2008 - Health Canada asking makers of some antibiotics to put tendon warning on label - The Canadian Press

►July 10, 2008 - Honey—A Hidden Skin Healer - Clinical Infectious Diseases via Medfinds

* ►July 10, 2008 - FDA Execs Reap Lavish Bonuses - Agency Criticized As "Broken," But FDA Executives Still Make Big Bank - CBS Evening News

►July 10, 2008 - Study shows significant increase in autism among school children - Bay City News Service via The Almanac Online

►July 10, 2008 - HPV Vaccine Should Not Be Based on Risk Factors - University of Michigan via Psych Central News

►July 10, 2008 - Resurgent measles prompts MMR reminder - Measles is resurgent this year with outbreaks in NSW and Queensland being attributed to children and young people who have missed out on MMR vaccine. -

►July 10, 2008 - Potential Measles Exposure Found In Southern Nevada - Southern Nevada Health District via

►July 10, 2008 - Whooping Cough cases in Lamar County (includes video) -

►July 10, 2008 - BioCryst Announces Initiation of Phase II Study of Intramuscular Peramivir for the Treatment of Seasonal Influenza - press release -  BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX

►July 10, 2008 - County doctors split on statin use - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

►July 10, 2008 - A holistic pediatrician's take on statins - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune

►July 10, 2008 - Protein Sciences Responds to Emergent BioSolutions Lawsuit - Emergent BioSolutions, Inc. via PRNewswire via COMTEX via FOX Business

►July 10, 2008 - Experts advise on how TB vaccination candidates can be compared - PLoS Medicine via TropIKA

* ►July 9, 2008 - New vaccines are preventing more diseases - letter (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

►July 9, 2008 - Measles cases 'spike' in two states - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►July 9, 2008 - Big Medicine's blowback on home births - Why do U.S. doctors strong-arm women into our standard maternity care system? - opinion (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►July 9, 2008 - Eli Lilly Cuts $64 Million Deal to Acquire SGX Pharma - San Diego Business Journal

►July 9, 2008 - The Kiddie Cholesterol Debate - TIME Magazine

* ►July 9, 2008 - Report: Drug makers spent $3M in state in 2007 - Rutland Herald - "The pharmaceutical industry spent $3 million last year to promote its products in Vermont, according to a report from the Office of the Attorney General. The marketing expenditures, up by 33 percent over Fiscal Year 2006, represent the highest single-year spending since the state began tracking data in 2003."

* ►July 9, 2008 - Indy Racing League Reports Case of Mumps - - "League officials held a conference call for teams, drivers and suppliers and informed its employees of the case. As a precaution, the League is asking that some IRL members who may have been in contact with the individual with mumps provide documentation that they have been immunized against mumps or had mumps in the past. If such documentation is not available, League officials will be conducting blood tests of appropriate IRL members in Nashville this weekend to assess their immunity to mumps."

►July 9, 2008 - Internet crawler uses unconventional information sources to track infectious disease outbreaks - journal article (BMJ)

* ►July 9, 2008 - Behaviors that undermine a culture of safety - The Joint Commission - "Intimidating and disruptive behaviors in health care organizations are not rare. A survey on intimidation conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that 40 percent of clinicians have kept quiet or remained passive during patient care events rather than question a known intimidator. While most formal research centers on intimidating and disruptive behaviors among physicians and nurses, there is evidence that these behaviors occur among other health care professionals, such as pharmacists, therapists, and support staff, as well as among administrators. Several surveys have found that most care providers have experienced or witnessed intimidating or disruptive behaviors. These behaviors are not limited to one gender and occur during interactions within and across disciplines. Nor are such behaviors confined to the small number of individuals who habitually exhibit them. It is likely that these individuals are not involved in the large majority of episodes of intimidating or disruptive behaviors. It is important that organizations recognize that it is the behaviors that threaten patient safety, irrespective of who engages in them."

►July 9, 2008 - The Way to A Virus' 'Heart' is Through its Enzymes - Society for General Microbiology via Biocompare

►July 9, 2008 - Tumor immune surveillance defect of X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency is not Epstein-Barr virus specific - journal article (Pediatric Blood & Cancer)

►July 9, 2008 - Antipsychotics for people with dementia - Should be reserved for severe and persistent symptoms after assessment of risk and benefit - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - US doctors display "No drug reps" signs - journal article (BMJ)

* ►July 8, 2008 - Pfizer stops funding medical education provided by profit making companies - journal article (BMJ)

* ►July 8, 2008 - German watchdog investigates drug company’s online education courses - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - BMA meeting: Market reforms have failed to deliver better health care, say doctors - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - Enhancing the quality and transparency of health research - EQUATOR is an essential web resource for researchers, reviewers, editors, and readers - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - New model of health promotion and disease prevention for the 21st century - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - Should disadvantaged people be paid to take care of their health? No - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - Should disadvantaged people be paid to take care of their health? Yes. - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - New York’s road to health - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - Role of {alpha} agonists in treating anaphylaxis - journal article (BMJ)

►July 8, 2008 - Has the time come to take on time itself? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►July 8, 2008 - HPV Vaccine, Gardasil, Target Of 2 Major Lawsuits - Girls Claim Vaccine Paralyzed Them (includes video) -

►July 8, 2008 - Coming Epidemic Of Type 2 Diabetes In Young Adults - University of Michigan Health System via ScienceDaily

►July 8, 2008 - Severe Droughts Trigger Disease, Lion Die-Offs - Wild lion populations can generally tolerate a certain level of parasites and disease. But new research shows that extreme climate conditions — such as severe droughts — can cause infection rates to skyrocket, resulting in mass die-offs. Véronique LaCapra reports. - Voice of America

►July 8, 2008 - Concerted response credited with checking measles - AP via

►July 8, 2008 - Europe Facing Measles Epidemic, US Is Next - Denver

►July 8, 2008 - Switching on the language light - As a report calls for all primary and secondary school children to be assessed for speech problems, one mother explains how speech therapy helped her son. - BBC

►July 8, 2008 - New Ways to Diagnose Autism Earlier - Detection at Younger Ages Leads to Greater Gains in Language And IQ; Predicting Risk With Eye-Movement Sensors (free content) - Wall Street Journal

►July 8, 2008 - Babies’ Gaze May Offer Early Autism Diagnosis (includes video) - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►July 8, 2008 - Anthony Westbury: Trying to get a handle on autism - TCPalm

►July 8, 2008 - The Complexities of Autism (requires registration) - Washington Post

►July 8, 2008 - Autism, child care and employment - Puzzle Pieces via Arizona Daily Star

►July 8, 2008 - Is your baby autistic? UF researchers' book helps provide answers - Orlando Sentinel

►July 8, 2008 - NIH seeks comment on transport program - Frederick News-Post

►July 8, 2008 - Study links virus to rare cancer in heterosexual men - Arizona Daily Star - "The cancer center already has acquired a two-year, $171,000 grant to study the presence of HPV among 1,200 heterosexual men from the United States, Mexico and Brazil, but more research needs to be conducted to determine how long the infection lasts among straight men."

►July 8, 2008 - A watchful eye: Health officials track status of plague, West Nile - The Daily Times

►July 8, 2008 - Kids' Obesity May Lead to Epidemic of Adult Diabetes - Impact has yet to be felt, since type 2 course may take 10 years to show, study says - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►July 8, 2008 - UBS: Guarded Outlook for Merck's Gardasil - Seeking Alpha - "Specifically, Patel is slashing his second-quarter Gardasil sales estimate from $380 million to $300 million. 'We're nervous on this front,' he wrote in the research note to clients."

* ►July 8, 2008 - Dr David Bradford on HPV vaccine critics - - "Latest Comments - Dear David, A common pattern I have seen with disturbingly many doctors is to blindly accept, with an embarrassing absence of evidence, what they have been told directly or indirectly by vaccine manufacturer sponsors. ... If you do but think that the concerns are all over nothing, perhaps you would like to have the vaccine yourself to prove how safe it is?  Bronwyn Hancock"

* ►July 8, 2008 - Make sure physicians' positions are included in medical articles - guest essayist - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

* ►July 7, 2008 - SLU Studies Experimental Smallpox Vaccine for Eczema Patients - Saint Louis University

* ►July 7, 2008 - BC’s health officer insists HPV vaccine Gardasil is safe -

►July 7, 2008 - CDC launches campaign to make the USA a healthier nation - USA Today

►July 7, 2008 - A father learns to deal with autism's far-reaching grasp - New York Daily News

►July 7, 2008 - Autism disrupts work and pay, article says - Seattle Post-Intelligencer Blog

►July 7, 2008 - Road Rehabilitation Enables Expansion Of Polio Vaccination Campaign - AngolaPress

►July 7, 2008 - Anadys Pharma Restarts trial of chronic hepatitis C treatment - RTTNews

►July 7, 2008 - Bie: Measles Kills 18 People in Six Months - AngolaPress

►July 7, 2008 - Innovative program focuses on improved care for children with ADHD - Cincinnati Children's and community physicians collaborate to improve diagnosis, treatment - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center via EurekAlert!

►July 7, 2008 - National Dairy Council Guides Parents on Revised Milk Recommendations - American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Statement Regarding Children and Heart Health - National Dairy Council via PRNewswire via The Earth Times
►July 7, 2008 - Researchers Track Disease with Google News, Money - Wired News

►July 7, 2008 - Southall cleared of conducting trial without parents’ consent - journal article (BMJ)

►July 7, 2008 - Paediatricians Should Reduce Medication in Children With Stable Asthma - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Doctor's Guide

►July 6, 2008 - Road trip souvenir leaves tourist ticked off - Lawrence Journal-World - "The rash and itching spread after the tick was removed, and that is why I am presently taking an antibiotic to keep from catching some nasty tick-borne disease."

►July 6, 2008 - Wheeze ALL getting allergies - From avocados to mites, Brits face a reaction... -

►July 4, 2008 - Mother's vitamin D status during pregnancy will affect her baby's dental health - International & American Association for Dental Research via EurekAlert!

►July 2, 2008 - Children's Aid closes psychic case - Mom of autistic girl helped Children's Aid days before probe - Midland Free Press - "Two days before the Children's Aid Society swooped in on a Barrie dental hygienist and her autistic daughter-- based partly on a psychic's prediction -- the mom performed free dental care on two orphaned boys in the society's care. Colleen Leduc is still demanding an apology from the Simcoe County District School Board for calling the Simcoe County Children's Aid Society to investigate after her daughter Victoria's educational assistant went to a psychic that told her a youngster who's name started with the letter 'V' was being sexually abused."

►July 1, 2008 - Potential new way to vaccinate against avian flu - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified a potential new way to vaccinate against avian flu. By delivering vaccine via DNA constructed to build antigens against flu, along with a minute electric pulse, researchers have immunized experimental animals against various strains of the virus. -

►July 1, 2008 - Study: Some sunscreens overpromise on protection (includes video) - CNN

* ►July 1, 2008 - URGENT WARNING: H5N1 DNA in Flu Vaccine - video - YouTube

►July 2008 - Meningococcal disease: Risk for international travellers and vaccine strategies - journal article (Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease)

►July 2008 - EFNS guideline on the management of community-acquired bacterial meningitis: report of an EFNS Task Force on acute bacterial meningitis in older children and adults. - journal article (European Journal of Neurology)

►July 2008 - Obtaining Legal Counsel for Child and Family Mental Health Practice - journal article (The American Journal of Family Therapy)

►July 2008 - Attitudes of staff towards patients with personality disorder in community mental health teams - journal article (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry)

►July 2008 - Sex and Gender in Medicine - Virtual Mentor AMA

►July 2008 - Impact of newly revised sterile medication compounding guidelines USP left angle bracket797right-pointing angle bracket on allergy vial preparation - journal article (Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)

►June 29, 2008 - The Dark Side of Sunscreens (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►June 24, 2008 - Thimerosal Content in Some US Licensed Vaccines - Institute for Vaccine Safety

►June 23, 2008 - 'The World According to Monsanto' - Exposing One of the Most Evil Corporations on Earth - The Real News Network via Organic Consumers Association

►June 23, 2008 - Lack of vitamin D raises death risk - AP via USA Today

►June 20, 2008 - Effect of Stimulants on Height and Weight: A Review of the Literature. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

►June 17, 2008 - Helpful Bacteria May Hide in Appendix (requires registration) - The New York Times

►December 21, 2007 - Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix. - journal article (Journal of Theoretical Biology)

►December 2007 - Detection and typing of human herpesvirus 6 by molecular methods in specimens from patients diagnosed with encephalitis or meningitis. (full text) - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►November 2007 - Human herpesvirus 6 rhombencephalitis in immunocompetent children. - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►October 2007 - Neuroimaging of herpesvirus infections in children. - journal article (Pediatric Radiology)

►September 2007 - Primary human herpesvirus-6 infection in the central nervous system can cause severe disease. - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►September 2006 - Role of viral infections in the etiology of febrile seizures. - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►May 2006 - Rare recurrence of seizures in children with episodes of febrile seizures associated with herpesvirus 6 infection. - journal article (Georgian Medical News)

►October 2005 - HHV-6 and seizures. - journal article (Herpes)

►June 2005 - Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 each cause significant neurological morbidity in Britain and Ireland. - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►May 19, 2004 - Infection with an endemic human herpesvirus disrupts critical glial precursor cell properties. - journal article (The Journal of Neuroscience)

►August 2003 - Congenital infection with human herpesvirus 6 variant B associated with neonatal seizures and poor neurological outcome. - journal article (Journal of Medical Virology)

►February 2003 - Cross-reactivity with myelin basic protein and human herpesvirus-6 in multiple sclerosis. - journal article (Annals of Neurology)

►August 2000 - Central nervous system complications in human herpesvirus-6 infection. - journal article (Brain and Development)

►June 2000 - Human herpesvirus-6 associated encephalitis with subsequent infantile spasms and cerebellar astrocytoma. - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►May 2000 - Viruses in febrile convulsions. - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►2000 - The spectrum of human herpesvirus 6 infection: from roseola infantum to adult disease. - journal article (Annual Review of Medicine)

►September 1997 - Acute disseminated demyelination due to primary human herpesvirus-6 infection. - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►April 1997 - Basal ganglia infarction associated with HHV-6 infection. - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►January-February 1991 - Chronic fatigue syndrome in northern Nevada. - journal article (Reviews of Infectious Diseases)

8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take - If they won't use these medications, why should you? - MSN Health & Fitness

David Kirby to Speak In Plainview, Long Island, New York - David Kirby to Speak In Plainview, Long Island, New York Author of Evidence of Harm - 7/31/08 - Plainview Public Library Auditorium - - "Mr. Kirby, a former contributor to The New York Times and a regular writer for The Huffington Post, is to offer a free public lecture and open Q/A on Thursday, July 31, 6:30-9:00PM at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd, Plainview, NY."


Posted July 10, 2008


* ►August 2008 - Mandates for Adolescent Immunizations Recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee - journal article (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

* ►August 2008 - The Promise and Challenge of Adolescent Immunization - journal article (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

* ►July 11, 2008 - Populations Receiving Optimally Fluoridated Public Drinking Water --- United States, 1992--2006 - MMWR/CDC - "WFRS data indicate that, from 1992 to 2006, the percentage of the U.S. population served by community water systems who received optimally fluoridated water increased from 62.1% to 69.2%."

►July 11, 2008 - Monitoring Health Effects of Wildfires Using the BioSense System --- San Diego County, California, October 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►July 11, 2008 - Disparities in Secondhand Smoke Exposure --- United States, 1988--1994 and 1999--2004 - MMWR/CDC

►July 11, 2008 - QuickStats: Percentage of Adults With Symptoms of Serious Psychological Distress,* by Age Group and Sex --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►July 11, 2008 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►July 11, 2008 - Vaccination team’s workers kidnapped - Pakistan Dawn

* ►July 11, 2008 - Common Mechanisms May Underlie Autism's Seemingly Diverse Mutations -  NIH/National Institute of Mental Health via ScienceDaily

* ►July 11, 2008 - Mental Activity May Affect Autism-Linked Genes - Study Suggests That Altering Ill Children's Experiences Could Change the Disease (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►July 10, 2008 - 12 Babies die during vaccine trials in Argentina - EFE via COMTEX via Trading Markets - "Buenos Aires -- At least 12 babies who were part of a clinical study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against pneumonia have died over the past year in Argentina, the local press reported Thursday.
The study was sponsored by global drug giant GlaxoSmithKline and uses children from poor families, who are 'pressured and forced into signing consent forms,' the Argentine Federation of Health Professionals, or Fesprosa, said. 'This occurs without any type of state control' and 'does not comply with minimum ethical requirements,' Fesprosa said."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Gardasil -- doctor's story is 'no side-effects' - Renew America - "On March 20, 2008, I took my perfectly healthy granddaughter for a check-up...she received a Gardasil shot, which the doctor said 'had no side effects'...6 days later we were eating dinner and she fell from her chair, having a horrible seizure... posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM by Sharon ... Why else would my healthy daughter be having seizures two weeks after her shot. None of these Doctors have heard of this happening. posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 10:18 PM by DeeDee"

* ►July 10, 2008 - Product Approval Information Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate (Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate) Vaccine Pentacel - Sanofi Pasteur Limited, License #1726 - FDA/CBER

* ►July 10, 2008 - GENEART Receives a Grant for the Targeted Design of Vaccine Candidates - Market Wire via COMTEX via FOX Business - "The project entitled "Crossbeta Adjuvation of the H5 Subunit Vaccine against the Influenza Virus H5N1: A new Technology for aquiring an Unmet Need" is part of the EuroTransBio Initiative (ETB: 15.88, -0.12, -0.75%) and is coordinated by the Dutch company Crossbeta Biosciences. The objective is the development of novel vaccine technologies based on certain misfoldings in proteins, called crossbeta structures."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Avian flu vaccine may become reality - The Daily Pennsylvanian

* ►July 10. 2008 - The long war against flu - That the H5N1 strain of bird flu has not yet caused a pandemic is no cause for complacency. Preparations for the inevitable must be redoubled to mitigate the potential devastation. - journal article (Nature)

* ►July 10, 2008 - Three Drugmakers Form For-Profit Joint Venture - Pharmalot

* ►July 10, 2008 - Hair, Bugs & Glass: Chile Closes Sloppy Drugmaker - Pharmalot - "BestPharma had accumulated 56 write-ups and over $7.4 million in fines between June 2006 and June 2008 for cleanliness and hygiene violations, noncompliance with operational safety measures, inconsistency of medication quality, defective packaging and mislabeling medicines and lab reagents, which are chemicals used to test other chemicals, the paper writes."

* ►July 10, 2008 - 'New CJD type' discovered in US - A new form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) may have been uncovered in a handful of patients in the US. - BBC

* ►July 10, 2008 - New Pharma Code: No Pens, But Lunch Is Free - Pharmalot

* ►July 10, 2008 - Pharma Spending On Vermont Doctors Increases - Pharmalot

* ►July 10, 2008 - Widow Sues Pfizer Over Chantix Suicide - Pharmalot

* ►July 10, 2008 - Flu sufferer killed by half a paracetamol - - "A flu sufferer died after accid­entally overdosing on paracetamol by just half a tablet, an inquest heard. Deborah Robinson suffered liver and kidney failure after taking sixteen-and-a-half pills in two days. The 37-year-old, who had not been taking any other over-the-counter remedies, sought help after realising the mistake but died five days later."

* ►July 10, 2008 - AMSA COMMENDS PHRMA’S GIFT RESTRICTIONS; CALLS FOR FURTHER GOVERNMENT REGULATION - press release - American Medical Student Association

* ►July 10, 2008 - Drug Industry to Announce Revised Code on Marketing (requires registration) - The New York Times - "But the code provides no definite limits on the millions of dollars spent on speaking and consulting arrangements that drug makers have forged with tens of thousands of doctors. Nor does it ban the routine provision of office breakfasts and lunches, or the occasional invitation to educational dinners at fancy restaurants. 'Informative, ethical and professional relationships between health care providers and America’s pharmaceutical research companies are instrumental to effective patient care,' said Richard T. Clark, chief executive of Merck and chairman of the trade association."

* ►July 10, 2008 - 8-Year-Olds on Statins? Backlash Bites AAP - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "We repeat our assessment that this ill-considered recommendation was not free of AAP's financial considerations. Considerations for the best interest of children clearly conflict with corporate / institutional financial interests. See AAP list of donors includes McDonald--the company whose fat and fast-food has contributed mightily to US children's obesity and cholesterol epidemic. Other contributors are pharmaceutical companies that market statins: AstraZeneca (Crestor), Sanofi-Aventis (Zocor), Merck (Mevacor, Vytorin). [Link]  One has learned to expect pharmaceutical companies to put profits ahead of children's health--but that the AAP, a professional association of physicians would throw caution to the wind and promote dubious treatments that undermine children's best interest is scandalous."

* ►July 10, 2008 - AAP Recommends Aggressive Screening and statins in Children - evidence???? - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►July 10, 2008 - Cholesterol Drugs for 8-Year-Olds - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►July 10, 2008 - A Drug Safety Warning That Could Harm - Some Doctors See a Proposed Suicide Black Box Warning as Too Strict - ABC News

* ►July 10, 2008 - FDA Advisers Don't Back 'Black Box' Warning for Epilepsy Drugs (requires registration) - HealthDay via Washington Post

* ►July 10, 2008 - "IS ALUMINUM THE NEW MERCURY?" By Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

* ►July 10, 2008 - Mothers say GFCF diet is working for their kids (includes video) - - "'Once they go on this diet, you usually see a great calming,' said Dr. Kendal Stewart, a neuro-otologist, board certified in ear, nose and throat disorders with training in neurology and neurosurgery.  He says autistic children all have troubled immune systems.  'These kids do have a higher rate of having sensitivities to wheat and casein,' said Dr. Stewart.  'They can't break those products down as well, so it puts them at a very high risk and actually contributes to a worsening of their social and behavioral status.'"

* ►July 10, 2008 - What the AAP can't say about autism - letter - Chicago Tribune



►July 10, 2008 - Resources to Make Sense of Autism - Learn More About How to Live With Autism - ABC News

►July 10, 2008 - Chelation: Miracle Autism Treatment or ‘Voodoo Medicine’? - findingDulcinea

►July 10, 2008 - Genetic Mutations and Autism: New Research Findings -

* ►July 10, 2008 - Amanda Peet Thinks Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Are "Parasites" - Adventures in Autism

►July 10, 2008 - New warnings of possible dangerous side-effects from use of vaccine Gardasil -

►July 10, 2008 - Vaccine protecting girls from cervical cancer a 'no-brainer' - The Gisborne Herald, New Zealand

* ►July 10, 2008 - Alta. researcher fights bioterror threat - CanWest News Service via - "Dr. Donald Woods has been awarded $1.7 million to study and test vaccines against two diseases - glanders and melioidosis - that the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention considers potential bioterrorism agents."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Woman develops dangerous antibodies while pregnant - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - "The expert would also have testified that this was an identifiable, treatable and manageable event and that the failure to administer the anti-D immunoglobulin in a timely manner contributed to the plaintiff becoming Rh-D alloimmunized and placed her at a needlessly high risk of developing serious and severe pregnancy complications to her and future fetuses."

* ►July 10, 2008 - Investigative Writer Martin J Walker Publishes New Essays - The One Click Group - "Published are two of my recent essays that look mainly at the situation of Dr Wakefield who is presently on trial with two colleagues, before the General Medical Council (GMC) in London. 
1. Uncomfortable Science and Enemies of the People
2. Conflicts of Integrity - A look at the views of Dr Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, his defence of Sir Richard Doll and his part in the downfall of Dr Andrew Wakefield"

* ►July 10, 2008 - Update - UK Daily Mail Censors MMR Vaccine Coverage - The One Click Group - "It has been fascinating to witness and publicly record British media censorship like this in action that would never have been publicly visible in the past, but for the advent of the internet and its marvellous global recording facilities. It is episodes like this that show the terrestrial media up in their fully censored glory on health issues that matter so much to the British electorate that will eventually kill the credibility of organs such as the Mail and their ilk stone dead."

►July 10, 2008 - Steering Lyme....(in the wrong direction) - The One Click Group

►July 10, 2008 - Texas AG Sues Generic Makers Over Medicaid Fraud - Pharmalot

►July 10, 2008 - 1,000 are sickened by salmonella - Deseret News

►July 10. 2008 - Crystal structure of the polymerase PAC–PB1N complex from an avian influenza H5N1 virus - journal article (Nature)

►July 10. 2008 - Drosophila RNAi screen identifies host genes important for influenza virus replication - journal article (Nature)

►July 10, 2008 - Shuffling toward Parity — Bringing Mental Health Care under the Umbrella (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - Case 21-2008 — An 11-Month-Old Boy with Fever and Pulmonary Infiltrates - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - Wellness Programs and Lifestyle Discrimination — The Legal Limits - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - F.D.A. Revises Its Letter for Nonapproval of Drugs (requires registration) - The New York Times

►July 10, 2008 - Does FDA Go Overboard With Epilepsy Warnings? - Pharmalot

►July 10, 2008 - Mirapex, A Lawsuit & Restless Gambling Syndrome - Pharmalot

►July 10, 2008 - 'Bubble boy' allowed to go home - A seven-year-old boy with a rare genetic illness is returning home almost nine months after a life-saving bone marrow transplant. - BBC

* ►July 10. 2008 - Social diversity promotes the emergence of cooperation in public goods games - journal article (Nature) - "Our results may help to explain the emergence of cooperation in the absence of mechanisms based on individual reputation and punishment. Combining social diversity with reputation and punishment will provide instrumental clues on the self-organization of social communities and their economical implications."

►July 10, 2008 - The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10. 2008 - Structure of the Ebola virus glycoprotein bound to an antibody from a human survivor - journal article (Nature)

►July 10, 2008 - Corgenix Announces Expansion of Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Product Development Program - Recent outbreaks of the Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever in Africa show vital need for new products that can be processed in any clinical or field lab - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via MarketWatch

►July 10, 2008 - Herceptin 440 mg Vials and BWFI Diluent - FDA Medwatch

* ►July 10. 2008 - Switching on and off fear by distinct neuronal circuits - journal article (Nature) - "Targeted and reversible neuronal inactivation of the basal amygdala prevents behavioural changes without affecting memory or expression of behaviour. Our findings indicate that switching between distinct behavioural states can be triggered by selective activation of specific neuronal circuits integrating sensory and contextual information. These observations provide a new framework for understanding context-dependent changes of fear behaviour."

►July 10, 2008 - Novartis to shutter two French sites; Some docs call epilepsy-drug warning 'overreaction'' - FiercePharma

►July 10. 2008 - Amygdala intercalated neurons are required for expression of fear extinction - journal article (Nature)

►July 10, 2008 - Shifts in Health Information - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - The (Slowly) Vanishing Prescription Pad - journal article (NEJM)

►July 10, 2008 - Researchers hack final part of the immune system code - A group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Biocentre at the Technical University of Denmark have managed to decipher the final part of the immune system’s key codes. - University of Copenhagen  via Physorg

►July 10, 2008 - Novartis to buy biotech firm for SFr900m - Financial Times

* ►July 9, 2008 - Vaccine Ingredient of the Day: Squalene (from Shark Liver Oil) (blog) - AutismParents.Net

* ►July 9, 2008 - National Vaccine Advisory Committee Recommends Increased Adolescent Immunization - WebWire

* ►July 9, 2008 - Mastoiditis Caused by Pneumococcus Serotype 19A - In Houston, overall incidence of pneumococcal mastoiditis appears to be increasing; since the introduction of PCV7, nonvaccine serotype 19A has replaced vaccine serotypes. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases) - "Sp is the most common cause of mastoiditis in children. PCV7 contains 19F (but not 19A) polysaccharide. Recent data now demonstrate that the potential cross- protection against 19A by 19F has not been realized, and 19A infections have emerged in many U.S. states. This report emphasizes the importance of replacement of vaccine serotypes by serotype 19A, a highly virulent, multidrug-resistant pathogen."

* ►July 9, 2008 - Separate rabies shot, other vaccinations - Times Union - "It is shocking how over-vaccinated pets are today, which is in total disregard for the new information and protocols established by experts in immunology and vaccinology. Rabies vaccinations should be given separately from other vaccinations, and no animal that is ill or has had serious vaccine reactions in the past should be routinely vaccinated."

* ►July 9, 2008 - US, Europe, Australia unite on drug inspections - AP

* ►July 9, 2008 - Blogs versus power - Paul Blackburn of GSK resigns from Ofsted - Scientific Misconduct Blog

* ►July 9, 2008 - Glaxo Exec Resigns From UK Watchdog Group - Pharmalot - "Paul Blackburn, a Glaxo vp and financial controller, has left the board of Ofsted, the UK’s official education watchdog agency, amid growing controversy that his appointment reflected improper ties between the governing Labor Party and the drugmaker."

►July 9, 2008 - FDA: No More Dear John Letters For Rejected Drugs - Pharmalot

►July 9, 2008 - Withdrawal & Discontinuation: Different Animals? - Pharmalot

►July 9, 2008 - UK Drugmakers Update Their Code Of Conduct - Pharmalot

* ►July 9, 2008 - Private-Label Drugmaker Pays $10M Fine For Fraud - Pharmalot - "A federal judge ordered a drugmaker that supplies private-label meds to pay $10 million in connection with fraud, the Associated Press reports. US District Judge Joseph Anderson Jr. fined Leiner Health Products $1 million and ordered the company to forfeit an additional $9 million in profits for falsifying info on expiration dates for its medications."

* ►July 9, 2008 - Pfizer Settlement Talks With Nigeria Collapse - Pharmalot

►July 9, 2008 - Bright bugs discover new drugs -  Novel drugs to fight cancer and tropical diseases could be found by looking for brightly coloured beetles and insects. Science: monkeys were the first doctors  - Telegraph, UK

►July 9, 2008 - Approach to Managing the Pregnant Woman With Chronic Hepatitis B and Detectable Viral Load? (requires registration) - Medscape Gastroenterology

* ►July 9, 2008 - 17 Texas infants overdosed with heparin, one dead, one in critical condition - Food Consumer

►July 9, 2008 - Compugen Announces Positive In-Vivo Results for Therapeutic Peptide Candidate for Immune Related Diseases - CGEN-25007 was predicted using Compugen’s DAC Blockers discovery platform - Business Wire - "The gp96 protein triggers both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system and its importance in inflammatory responses has been demonstrated in recent years. Through its involvement in the innate branch of immunity, gp96 potentiates responsiveness for Toll-like receptors (TLRs) on antigen presenting cells (APCs)."

* ►July 9, 2008 - Judge Overturns $27 Million Award In Hormone Drug Suit - The Morning News - "In a 52-page order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson threw out the punitive damages award, saying that he shouldn't have allowed certain testimony from a former Food and Drug Administration official, Dr. Suzanne Parisian, who was the plaintiff's regulatory expert. "Since Dr. Parisian testified as to the bottom line without any explanation, failed to provide expert analysis, testified beyond limitations established by pretrial orders, testified in areas beyond her expertise, and invaded areas that required no expert testimony, most of Dr. Parisian's punitive damages testimony should have been excluded," Wilson wrote in his order."

►July 9, 2008 - Structure hints at Ebola's cunning (requires registration) - The Scientist

►July 9, 2008 - Preventing yellow fever - Increased travelling to Africa and Latin America raises the risks of yellow fever infections here. - The Star, Malaysia

►July 9, 2008 - GSK transfers Paroxetine production to Brasov - Ziarul Financiar

►July 9, 2008 - Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases and Global Alliance for TB Drug Development announce five-year collaboration targeted to accelerate TB treatment R&D - International Center for Conflict and Human Rights Analysis

►July 9, 2008 - Severe allergic reaction may need more epinephrine - Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology via Reuters Health

►July 9, 2008 - Online Medication Sales Fueling Abuse - Pharmalot

►July 9, 2008 - Protein On 'Speed' Linked To ADHD - Vanderbilt University Medical Center via Biocompare

►July 9, 2008 - Senate hears patient and physician voices and votes to stop Medicare physician payment cuts to avoid a Medicare meltdown -

►July 9, 2008 - Dietary Fructose Consumption Among US Children and Adults: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey CME (requires registration) - The Medscape Journal of Medicine

►July 9, 2008 - Fluoroquinolones Earn Black Box Warning for Tendon-Related Adverse Effects (requires registration) - Medscape Today

* ►July 9, 2008 - Vaccine Awareness Event - August 2nd 2008 - Vaccinations are under the microscope again! Most people, including doctors, have no idea the ingredients and risks of vaccinations. It is so widely accepted that hardly no one questions it. UNTIL NOW. Watch this video to uncover many questions and issues you must be made aware of and get your tickets today for the Vaccination Awareness event here in Chicagoland on August 2, 2008, 5:30 p.m. @ Trinity Christian College. Tickets are $10, seating is limited. Call 708-349-0040 or email for more information. - video - YouTube

* ►July 9, 2008 - "We promise to be honest" at the University of Toronto - is it enough? - Scientific Misconduct Blog

►July 9, 2008 - Pharma Unabomber Wannabee - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►July 8, 2008 - A teenager’s family believes that a vaccine she received to prevent against HPV may be linked to her rapid decline and eventual paralysis (blog) - A teenager’s family believes that a vaccine she received to prevent against HPV may be linked to her rapid decline and eventual paralysis from an as-yet-unidentified disease. Jenny was a healthy 13-year-old living in Northern California. - Autism Prevention

* ►July 8, 2008 - Shock Bracelet Considered For Airline Passengers, Border Control - The Department of Homeland Security has solicited a proposal from a Canadian security company to develop a stun bracelet. - InformationWeek

* ►July 8, 2008 - Subject death halts clinical trial (requires registration) - The Scientist - "A clinical trial for an investigational arthritis drug has been put on hold after a subject in the trial, a bodybuilding father of three with no history of heart problems, suffered two heart attacks and died, the company developing the drug announced today (July 8)."

* ►July 8, 2008 - Bird flu: A dead duck? - Health officials warned of a major bird flu pandemic ripping across the world as early as 2004. But it still hasn't happened. Was it scaremongering? Statisticians pick over the evidence. - COSMOS Magazine

* ►July 8, 2008 - Pandemic mutations in bird flu revealed - Society for General Microbiology - Society for General Microbiology via EurekAlert!

* ►July 8, 2008 - Wyeth seeking to get two suits dismissed - The Journal News

►July 8, 2008 - Glaxo to double China R&D staff in next few years - International Herald Tribune

►July 8, 2008 - Drug cos want govt to review price control on key brands - The Economic Times

* ►July 8, 2008 - Bristol-Myers To Pay $3.6M For Clean Air Violations - Pharmalot

►July 8, 2008 - Effort for Lower Drug Prices Would Focus on Gaining Patents (requires registration) - The New York Times

►July 8, 2008 - Babies Gain More Weight in Day Care - TIME Magazine

* ►July 7, 2008 - Schizophrenia Linked to Dysfunction in Molecular Brain Pathway Activated By Marijuana - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study cites critical neurotransmitter GABA - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via Biocompare

►July 3, 2008 - Mimic Molecules to Protect Against Plague - Society for General Microbiology via Biocompare

* ►July 2, 2008 - Yeast-Based Vaccine Induces Immune Responses and Reduces Tumor Size in Mice - National Cancer Institute (NCI) via Biocompare

►July 2, 2008 - Food Intolerances and Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Childhood. - journal article (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

* ►July 2008 - The contents of the syringe (pdf) (commentary) - The influenza vaccine failed this winter. Steven Salzberg suggests that future success relies on sharing data more widely and making the virus strain selection process more transparent. - Center Bioinformatics & Computational Biology CBCB

* ►July 2008 - The effect of early and late umbilical cord clamping on neonatal hematocrit - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►July 2008 - Impact of an Environmental Cleaning Intervention on the Presence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci on Surfaces in Intensive Care Unit Rooms - journal article (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology)

►July 2008 - Risk Factors for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Acquisition in Roommate Contacts of Patients Colonized or Infected With MRSA in an Acute-Care Hospital - journal article (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology)

►July 2008 - Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci on the Gowns and Gloves of Healthcare Workers - journal article (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology)

►July 2008 - Validation Study of Artificial Neural Network Models for Prediction of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Carriage - journal article (Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology)

►July 2008 - Treating RSV - The most important consideration in RSV is matching ventilatory strategy to the patient's pathophysiology. - RT Magazine

* ►Summer 2008 - Assessing Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Who Should Call the Shots? - journal article (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics)

* ►June 20, 2008 - Scientists get their own Hippocratic oath - Graduate students beginning careers in medical research pledge to conduct themselves in an ethical fashion (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "Karen Davis, graduate co-ordinator at the Institute of Medical Science, says the new vow stems, in part, from the growing recognition of the potential for academic misconduct, which includes fraud, plagiarism and the shaping of experiments and research papers in ways that help pharmaceutical companies sell more drugs."

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