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Posted June 27, 2008


* ►June 27, 2008 - Panacea expects WHO pre-qualification for vaccine in Q2 - Reuters India - "Panacea's Easyfive is a combination of vaccines for immunising children against Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus etc."

►June 27, 2008 - On the Agenda - Cervical vaccine choice causes row - A row has broken out over the Department of Health's decision to choose GlaxoSmithKline's cervical vaccine over rival Sanofi Pasteur's product for use as part of a new schoolgirl vaccination programme. - PRWeek UK

* ►June 27, 2008 - Push to protect girls from virus - Chester Chronicle, UK - "The national campaign starts in September but Western Cheshire will start the ball rolling later this month when girls in Year 7 in Western Cheshire's high schools will be shown a presentation informing them about the vaccine programme by school health advisers."

►June 27, 2008 - Double standard in bishops' stand - letter - Calgary Herald via

* ►June 27, 2008 - Salmonella outbreak illnesses rise to 756 - Reuters

* ►June 27, 2008 - Summer clinics to clear TB jab backlog - Irish Independent

►June 27, 2008 - I survived meningitis TWICE! - Michelle Charles was lucky to live after being struck by the killer bug while six months pregnant. When she caught it a second time, her daughter saved her life... - The Mirror, UK

►June 27, 2008 - South Korea begins inspection of US beef before it hits markets, but protests continue - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►June 27, 2008 - Brighton Native Authors Book On Son's Battle Against Autism - - "Chrysler will sign copies of “Autism: Recovery Against All Odds” Saturday from 1 to 3pm at Barnes and Noble in Brighton. She’ll also be a guest on WHMI’s Viewpoint at 8:30 Sunday morning."

* ►June 27, 2008 - Pediatricians Question Inventory Costs of Vaccines - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - David Kirby at NYU - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - The State of FOIA - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - Gates leaves Microsoft to focus on philanthropy - Reuters - "The 52-year-old, whose boyish looks seem at odds with his graying hair, will leave behind a life's work developing software to devote energy to finding new vaccines or to micro-finance projects in the developing world."

* ►June 26, 2008 - Doctor describes autism theories - Causes and alternative therapies discussed at Senior Center meeting - Daily Northwestern - "Led by Dr. Constance Black, the workshop explored the role of vaccines as a possible cause of autism, and also the recent success of alternative treatment options."

* ►June 26, 2008 - Autism Speaks Announces More than $3.8 Million in New Treatment Grants - Thirteen Research Projects Representing a Variety of Treatment Approaches Funded Over Next Three Years - Autism Speaks

* ►June 26, 2008 - Chickenpox death of boy, 4 - York Press - "Adam Taylor died earlier this month after contracting the illness. His father, Mark Taylor, of Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby, is now calling for all children to be routinely vaccinated against the virus which, in rare cases, can be fatal."

►June 26, 2008 - Impressive data on likely RotaTeq impact; Rotarix ACIP recommendation added -

* ►June 26, 2008 - CytoGenix Announces Award of SBIR Grant from the National Institutes of Health - press release - CytoGenix, Inc. via Business Wire - "The grant entitled, 'Novel DNA Manufacturing Process: Cell-Free Production and Testing of a New Multivalent DNA Vaccine Against Human Influenza (H5N1)' received an award of approximately $136,000."

* ►June 26, 2008 - Roche unveils plan to boost employer antiviral stockpiling - CIDRAP News

* ►June 26, 2008 - Gauging Glaxo's Vaccine Value - Motley Fool - "While they're not often discussed unless innovative game-changing vaccines like Merck and Glaxo's HPV vaccines arrive, vaccines have been a secret sauce behind the success of several of the pharmaceutical sector's largest drugmakers. Helping to prevent conditions like childhood diarrhea and polio may not be a drugmaker's sexiest roles, but vaccine sales have been brisk and growing rapidly in recent years."

►June 26, 2008 - Public needs info about Gardasil: Trustee - Surrey North Delta Leader

►June 26, 2008 - Alta. Bishops cool to gov't promotion of vaccine - Province will offer vaccine to Grade 5 students this fall - Canada Western Catholic Reporter

►June 26, 2008 - New Children's Vaccines Added - CDC Panel Recommends 2-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine and 2 New Multi-Vaccines - WebMD

►June 26, 2008 - The FDA's Latest Victim - Motley Fool - "Now, Merck (NYSE: MRK) says it'll have to wait for a label change to its already-approved human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil."

►June 26, 2008 - Beefed up physician discipline bill goes to governor - Newsday

►June 26, 2008 - Role players sought for terrorism drill - Anthrax alert: Exercise planned at East High, South Elgin - Aurora Beacon News

►June 26, 2008 - A message to doctors, a memorial to teen - Hospital plaque offers ER personnel a flow-chart for treating meningitis - Asbury Park Press

►June 26, 2008 - Slow Start to Polio Campaign on - New Era

►June 26, 2008 - Chemical Museum displays now show anthrax response - Waynesville Daily Guide

* ►June 25, 2008 - Diabetes up 15% in U.S. to 24 million - Bloomberg via Philadelphia Inquirer - "Comments - Posted by TeresaBinstock 12:01 PM, 06/25/2008 - A series of studies by DH Lee and colleagues uses CDC data from US populations. Findings describe associations among flame retardents, persistent organic pollutants, diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. 1. Association of Brominated Flame Retardants with Diabetes and Metabolic syndrome in the United States Population: 2003-2004. Diabetes Care. 2008 Jun 16. 2. Association between serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants and insulin resistance among nondiabetic adults: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002. Diabetes Care. 2007 Mar;30(3):622-8. 3. A strong dose-response relation between serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants and diabetes: results from the National Health and Examination Survey 1999-2002. Diabetes Care. 2006 Jul;29(7):1638-44."

* ►June 24, 2008 - Biederman et al get Protective Shield from Harvard-Mass General - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "To appreciate the culture of corruption that undermines medical institutions that fail to protect the integrity of medical research from the undue influence of industry, see the statement (below) issued by Dr. Peter L. Slavin, Mass General president, and Dr. David F. Torchiana, head of Mass General Physicians Organization, in support of Dr. Joseph Biederman and his two colleagues, Drs. Timothy Wilens, and Thomas Spencer whom the statement describes as "pioneers in the field of child mental health.'"

►June 23, 2008 - How Smallpox Changed the World - LiveScience

►June 23, 2008 - Such slackness must never be repeated - Equine flu prevention poses major challenges - The Australian

►June 23, 2008 - Book Review: Bob Whitaker: On the Laps of Gods - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►June 22, 2008 - Kirby lecture series - Vaccine-Autism Debate - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►June 22, 2008 - Join Florida antipsychotic/ADHD "expert" meeting - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►June 22, 2008 - Charity walkers experience challenges - Worcester Telegram & Gazette News - "The two single Worcester men set out from San Francisco on May 20 for The Elias Tembenis Walk for Autism, which honors the son of their good friends, Harry and Gina Tembenis. Elias was diagnosed with autism at 4 months after he began having seizures. He died last November at age 7 after a final, massive seizure."

►June 22, 2008 - Vaccination myths debunked - Evidence show vaccines' benefits outweigh the risks. - USA Weekend Magazine

►June 22, 2008 - Leukaemia virus may protect against stomach cancer - New Scientist

►June 21, 2008 - EPA planning cleanup of the Passaic River - The Star-Ledger via

* ►June 21, 2008 - VA treats Veterans Like "Disposable" Lab Rats - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►June 20, 2008 - Infertility problems from bluetongue vaccine rumours denied - Farmers Guardian - "ONE of the UK's leading bluetongue experts has moved to quash rumours that the vaccine is causing infertility problems in sheep on the continent. Dr Chris Oura, bluetongue expert at the Institute for Animal Health, said there was no evidence to support it."

►June 20, 2008 - The Politics of Autism; and a Story of a Psychic and an Autistic Child - What's not in the news - radical sapphoq blog

►June 19, 2008 - A vaccine for AIDS – Is it time to concede defeat? - opinion (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

►June 19, 2008 - Intercell submits JE vaccine for approval in Canada - Reuters

►June 19, 2008 - Kennedy-Burr Bill Targets Potential Threats From Within Bio-Research Labs - QC Politics

* ►June 18, 2008 - Local families march on Washington for cleaner vaccines - New Baltimore Voice Newspapers - "For Lisa Lubick, the decision to join more than 8,500 people for a March on Washington D.C. June 4 calling attention to the link between vaccinations and autism was easy."

►June 18, 2008 - Autism Speaks Names Nine New Members to Scientific Advisory Committee - Autism Speaks

►June 18, 2008 - Workshop on Preparing for Calamities Focuses on the Flu (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 18, 2008 - Science & Medicine | Rwandan First Lady Kagame Hosts HIV/AIDS Vaccine Roundtable -

►March 28, 2008 - Neuronal mitochondrial amelioration by feeding acetyl-L-carnitine and lipoic acid to aged rats. - journal article (Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine) - "These results suggest that feeding ALCAR with LA may ameliorate age-associated mitochondrial ultrastructural decay, and are consistent with previous studies showing improved brain function."

Active Substances Banned in The European Union Under Council Directive 79/117/EEC* and Regulation(EC) No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council -

* Legal Justice for John - website

* Clinical Manual of Emergency Pediatrics -


* Autism Facts - website

Health Canada: The National and Scientific Face of Institutional and Systemic Racism - Dr. Shiv Chopra - Selwyn Pieters via

* The Elias Tembenis Walk - A Walk Across America honoring a seven-year old victim - Millard County Chronicle Progress - "Two men from the East Coast are walking back home from the West Coast on purpose—with a purpose. Worcester, MA, natives Bobby Genese and Robert Williams are walking a little over 3000 miles across 15 states to do something special for the world. Seven-year old Elias Tembenis passed away about six months ago due to seizures associated with his autism....Elias was their first and only child born in 2000. The day after his first Christmas he had his four-month appointment to receive shots. That night he began having seizures and was rushed to the hospital. He began medication and was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Harry and Gina tell the rest of Elias’ story: 'Within the next few months, we began to see our bright, happy boy turn into himself, staring at lights and spinning his toys. That is where this journey began with our son Elias and the world of Autism.'"


Posted June 26, 2008


* ►July 2008 - Introduction: Expanding the Influenza Vaccination Season (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

* ►July 2008 - Increasing Influenza Vaccination Rates: The Need to Vaccinate Throughout the Entire Influenza Season (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

* ►July 2008 - Practice-Proven Interventions to Increase Vaccination Rates and Broaden the Immunization Season (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

* ►July 2008 - Lessons Learned: Role of Influenza Vaccine Production, Distribution, Supply, and Demand—What It Means for the Provider (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

* ►July 2008 - Barriers to Adult Immunization (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

* ►July 2008 - Faculty Disclosures (full text) - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine) - "The authors who contributed to this publication have disclosed the following industry relationships:

David R. Johnson, MD, MPH, is a full-time employee of Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

Kim Lipczynski, PhD, is a full-time employee of Adelphi Research by Design; and has served as a consultant to Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

Kristin L. Nichol, MD, MPH, has served as a consultant to Sanofi Pasteur Inc., MedImmune, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and CSL Biotherapies; and received research funding from GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

Walter A. Orenstein, MD, has received grant support for clinical trials and research from Merck & Co., Sanofi Pasteur Inc. and Novartis; and serves on two data safety monitoring boards for clinical vaccine trials, Encorium (formerly Dynport) for bioterrorism threats and GlaxoSmithKline for pneumococcal vaccine.

Gregory A. Poland, MD, provided consulting advice and/or performed clinical research trials for Novavax, Merck & Co., Protein Science, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Vaccines, CSL Limited, PowderMed, and Avianax.

William Schaffner, MD, serves as a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Merck & Co., Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; and is a member of a data safety evaluation committee for experimental vaccines for Merck & Co.

Patricia K. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, has no financial arrangement or affiliation with a corporate organization or a manufacturer of a product discussed in this supplement. She currently serves as a voting member on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Comment:  As the "Church Lady" on Saturday Night Live used to say, "How conVENient".  'Nuff said.

* ►July 2008 - Danon disease: an unusual presentation of autism. - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►June 27, 2008 - Murray Proctor calls for UN response to HIV spread in Asia-Pacific - AUSTRALIA'S ambassador for HIV/AIDS has told a UN meeting that global intervention is needed to avert a health crisis in the Asia-Pacific region now that "the epidemic is outpacing the response". - The Australian

* ►June 27, 2008 - National HIV Testing Day --- June 27, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - Trends in HIV/AIDS Diagnoses Among Men Who Have Sex with Men --- 33 States, 2001--2006 - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - Cigarette Use Among High School Students --- United States, 1991--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - Elevated Serum Aluminum Levels in Hemodialysis Patients Associated with Use of Electric Pumps --- Wyoming, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

* ►June 27, 2008 - Influenza Activity --- United States and Worldwide, 2007--08 Season - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - Delayed Onset and Diminished Magnitude of Rotavirus Activity --- United States, November 2007--May 2008 - On June 25, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website ( - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - QuickStats: Percentage Change in Death Rates for Leading Causes of Unintentional Injury, by Mechanism of Injury --- United States, 1999 to 2005 - MMWR/CDC

►June 27, 2008 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

* ►June 26, 2008 - Sanofi sees global vaccine sales doubling: report - Reuters

* ►June 26, 2008 - Experts Urge Expanding Influenza Vaccination Season to Increase Immunization Rates, Protect More Americans - Supplement to The American Journal of Medicine focuses on the importance of using all vaccination opportunities to protect Americans from unnecessary death and sickness - press release - The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; The American Journal via PRNewswire via The Earth Times- "The American Journal of Medicine supplement is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant to NFID from sanofi pasteur Inc."

* ►June 26, 2008 - David Kirby: Big City, Open Mind - Managing Editor's Note: I'll be live blogging from David's presentation at NYU tonight. Go to EVIDENCE OF HARM to see David's lecture schedule.  To RSVP for tonight's lecture send an email to - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - Family visits DC for autism march - Fighting for autism awareness - Rankin Ledger - "According to Sturdivant, Brennan was on his way to a full vocabulary, right along with his peers, but after receiving his final vaccination shot at 16 months, something changed. 'Within 24 hours he was running a fever of 105 degrees,' Sturdivant said. 'He lost his words within 11 days and lost his ability to point.' Not long after, Brennan was diagnosed with autism, a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication."

* ►June 26, 2008 - Congressman Dan Burton and Age of Autism - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - UK'S Dr. Miriam and Autism - Age of Autism

►June 26, 2008 - FDA Delays Approving Gardasil For Ages 27+ - Age of Autism

* ►June 26, 2008 - Patients recalled over jab fears - More than 2,000 patients have been recalled by a Wolverhampton GP practice over fears ineffective vaccines may have been given for up to 20 years. - BBC Birmingham

* ►June 26, 2008 - Mitochondrial disease strikes at the cellular level, hitting children hardest - San Diego Union-Tribune - "Mitochondria are incredibly tiny, ranging from 0.5 micrometer to 1 micrometer in size. (A micrometer is one-millionth of a meter. A hair is typically 25 to 100 micrometers wide.) Yet they represent one of medicine's bigger mysteries. They were discovered in the 1800s, but it was not until 1963 that scientists learned they contained DNA. Most doctors, said Naviaux, possess only a basic knowledge of mitochondria, stuff they learned in college and medical school. One result: In 1996, a patient would see 12 doctors on average before being referred to a mitochondrial disease expert. That has improved, said Naviaux. The average number of doctors seen now is less than half that. But funding for mitochondrial disease research remains minuscule. According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, the National Institutes of Health spends roughly $12 million each year on mitochondrial disease research out of an annual budget of $29 billion. Last year, only 2 percent of NIH grants even included the word 'mitochondria.'"

* ►June 26, 2008 - Group advises adding multiple vaccines for kids - Reuters, UK

* ►June 26, 2008 - US advisory panel OK's 2 new combination vaccines - AP via Google - "The approval brings to six the number of multi-disease combination vaccines available to children. Dr. Gregory Wallace, chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Supply and Assurance Branch, said he expects more combination vaccines to become available. The availability of both combination vaccines and individual vaccines will likely cause confusion and storage issues at many doctor's offices, panel members acknowledged."

* ►June 26, 2008 - A Doctor’s Dilemma - Shabbat Shalom via - "It began with vaccinations. As a holistic physician who has witnessed all too often the onset of autism shortly after vaccination, I was none too eager to vaccinate my own precious baby. It had taken me 41 years to give birth to what in all probability would be my only child, and I certainly did not want to take any chances."

►June 26, 2008 - A Community Awakening To Autism - Five Towns Jewish Times Online

►June 26, 2008 - Autism on a Plane: Is This Really Big News? -

►June 26, 2008 - Randolph charity brings autism education to China - The Patriot Ledger

►June 26, 2008 - Teacher adds voice to autism anthology - Arlington Heights Post via

* ►June 26, 2008 - Guidelines Updated for Varicella Prevention in Children, Teens, Adults (requires registration) - Medscape - "'Women should be counseled to avoid conception for 1 month after each dose of varicella vaccine,' the authors conclude. 'Health-care settings in which completion or termination of pregnancy occurs should use standing orders to ensure the administration of varicella vaccine to women without evidence of immunity.'"

►June 26, 2008 - Global vaccine scheme announced - Irish Times - "Former president Mrs Mary Robinson has helped launch a massive vaccine scheme that could save millions of lives from killer diseases."

►June 26, 2008 - Gates’ next act is to step into vaccine controversy - ZDNet Healthcare

* ►June 26, 2008 - FDA Takes Heat on Employee Bonuses - Wall Street Journal Blogs - "In a statement, Rep. Bart Stupak (D., Mich.), a frequent FDA critic who heads a House panel reviewing FDA compensation, said, 'It is outrageous that bonuses for top officials at FDA increased by nearly 30% over the past year despite the agency’s poor management.'"

* ►June 26, 2008 - DelSite Announces Development of Unique Synthetic Typhoid Vi Polysaccharide Vaccine Candidate - press release - DelSite Biotechnologies, Inc. via Prime Newswire

* ►June 26, 2008 - Breast Cancer Vaccines Look Promising - But research still to really pan out, expert warns - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►June 26, 2008 - DynPort ramps up work on plague vaccine - Frederick company develops measures to protect troops -

►June 26, 2008 - GSK vaccine Kinrix backed in US as more UK job cuts are revealed - PharmaTimes

►June 26, 2008 - Federal Advisory Committee Votes to Include Newly Licensed Pentacel(R) Vaccine in Vaccines for Children Program - New combination vaccine offers good fit to childhood immunization schedule providing protection with fewer shots - press release - Sanofi Pasteur via PRNewswire

►June 26, 2008 - Vical Inc advances RapidResponse DNA vaccine platform under USD6m NIH grant - M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX via Trading Markets

►June 26, 2008 - Federal Advisory Committee Votes to Include Newly Licensed Pentacel(R) Vaccine in Vaccines for Children Program - New combination vaccine offers good fit to childhood immunization schedule providing protection with fewer shots - press release - sanofi pasteur via PRNewswire via The Earth Times

►June 26, 2008 - One up, two down for Merck's vaccines - FiercePharma

►June 26, 2008 - Get your shots if you're headed to Beijing -

* ►June 26, 2008 - Blog shines light on cancer scare - Calgary Herald via - "But when pressed for her thoughts on the pros and cons of vaccinating, it's clear Jones doesn't want to be the poster girl for Merck pharmaceuticals, the company that makes Gardasil. 'Let's just not blindly vaccinate, let's also think about it and get a lot more educated,' she says."

►June 26, 2008 - Reserving Tamiflu for workers in case of pandemic - AP via Google

* ►June 26, 2008 - Roche Introduces Program to Facilitate Corporate Pandemic Stockpiling of Tamiflu® – Offers Businesses New Flexibility for Pandemic Planning - press release - Roche via Business Wire

►June 26, 2008 - Pandemic flu drill tests city’s readiness - Lessons from ‘very important’ excercise could be applied to other disasters -

►June 26, 2008 - WALTHAM FOREST: Measle jab tracking software generates 'drivel' - Waltham Forest Guardian

►June 26, 2008 - Namibia: Polio Vaccination Concludes Today - New Era (Windhoek) via

►June 26, 2008 - DelSite Biotechnologies Announces Master Service Agreement With Accelovance, Inc. for Clinical Services - Trading Markets

►June 26, 2008 - Access Pharmaceuticals Presents New Data at International Symposium Showing Company's Angiolix(R) Monoclonal Antibody has Potential to Treat Cancer by Attacking Cancer Stem Cells - Access Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via The Earth Times

►June 26, 2008 - SciClone and Sigma-Tau Provide Update on Phase 3 Hepatitis C Study - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Marketwire via CNNMoney

* ►June 26, 2008 - Public Health & Education | Bronx Announces Effort To Test Every Adult in Borough for HIV -

►June 26, 2008 - Will Routine HIV Testing Reduce AIDS Deaths? (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 26, 2008 - Holding health hostage, making millions wait - Our position: The stakes are too high to continue delaying a Senate vote on AIDS relief renewal. - editorial - Indianapolis Star

* ►June 26, 2008 - Rabies vaccines in short supply: govt - Reuters

►June 26, 2008 - Ontario targets rabies in skunks - Canwest News Service via Windsor Star

►June 26, 2008 - Bioniche now has $25M needed for cattle vaccine - Production begins in 2010 - Belleville Intelligencer

* ►June 26, 2008 - Pediatric Research Equity Act of 2007 (PREA) - PREA Labeling Changes, Medical, Statistical, and Clinical Pharmacology Reviews of Pediatric Studies Conducted under Section 505B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), as amended by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). These assessments are for CBER regulated drugs approved under section 505 of the Act and biological drugs licensed under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act. - FDA/CBER

* ►June 26, 2008 - What Recession? Big Bonuses For FDA Brass - Pharmalot

* ►June 26, 2008 - Failure To Warn: Glaxo, Paxil & Pregnancies - Pharmalot

* ►June 26, 2008 - Pharma Is Shifting Clinical Trials Out Of The UK - Pharmalot

►June 26, 2008 - Vytorin Ads In The Supermarket Aisle - Pharmalot

►June 26, 2008 - Biogenerics Would Save How Much? - Pharmalot

►June 26, 2008 - Merck Diabetes Pill Januvia Set to Rejuvenate Shares - Bloomberg

* ►June 25, 2008 - Merck Expects Delays In Shipping Shingles Vaccine - Pharmalot

* ►June 25, 2008 - A Vaccine against Nicotine for Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Controlled Trial (full text) - journal article (PLoS Hub Clinical Trials)

* ►June 25, 2008 - DSM and Crucell Sign Agreement with Avid Bioservices to Serve as First Pre-Approved U.S. Contract Manufacturer of PER.C6(R) Cell Line Proteins - DSM Biologics and Crucell via Interest!Alert

* ►June 25, 2008 - Gates-Supported Foundation Backs Worldwide HPV Vaccination - redOrbit

* ►June 25, 2008 - Vaccine Sales, Bright Spot For Drug Industry (blog) - The Wall Street Journal via Shillfactor - "Vaccine sales are a bright spot in the drug industry, growing faster than sales of other prescription medicines. Governments and other drug buyers generally see vaccines as offering good value for money at roughly $10 to $80 a shot, because they prevent diseases that could otherwise lead to higher costs for health systems and insurers. Buyers have been willing to accept price hikes in recent years even as they cut their spending on other drugs."

►June 25, 2008 - Sector Wrap: Big Pharma - AP via Forbes - "Merck ended a nickel lower at $36.98 Wednesday, after the FDA rejected expanding use of Gardasil to older women. The stock is down 36 percent since January."

►June 25, 2008 - An Open Label, Randomised Trial of Artesunate+Amodiaquine, Artesunate+Chlorproguanil-Dapsone and Artemether-Lumefantrine for the Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria (full text) - journal article (PLoS Hub Clinical Trials)

►June 25, 2008 - We lead world's second-longest lives, says health report - Australians are living longer than ever as death rates from the big killers of heart disease and cancer fall and smoking continues to wane in popularity. - The Australian - "The Australia's Health 2008 report, released yesterday, shows Australians can now expect to live for 81.4 years - and that we have leap-frogged Sweden and Iceland to claim the No2 spot on the world's life expectancy tables, second only to Japan."

►June 25, 2008 - Spontaneous Bruising in a 2-Month-Old CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape Emergency Medicine

►June 25, 2008 - Palpitations in a 19-Year-Old Male With a Rash (requires registration) - Medscape

►June 25, 2008 - School district puts evolving plan in place to be prepared for pandemic flu outbreak -

►June 25, 2008 - MRSA in Healthcare Workers - Two studies showed a high prevalence of MRSA colonization among emergency department healthcare workers. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

* ►June 25, 2008 - Mexico bans Arkansas poultry for now on bird flu - Reuters

►June 25, 2008 - Tropical diseases afflicting U.S. poor -

►June 25, 2008 - New Research May Lead To Safer, More Effective Gene Therapy - The potential of gene therapy has long been hampered by the risks associated with using viruses as vectors to deliver healthy genes, but a new University of Georgia study helps bring scientists closer to a safe and efficient gene delivery method that doesn’t involve viruses. - University of Georgia via ScienceDaily

* ►June 25, 2008 - Stanford doctor's stock raises ethics concerns - San Jose Mercury News - "A Stanford Medical School psychiatrist has vastly underreported his investment in a drug company whose fortunes could be affected by the university's studies, contends Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. In a letter published in Tuesday's Congressional Record, Grassley contends that Dr. Alan Schatzberg, co-founder of Corcept Therapeutics in Menlo Park, controls Corcept stock worth over $6 million. Grassley pushed Stanford to reconsider its conflict-of-interest guidelines."

* ►June 25, 2008 - MicroRNAs Provide New Insight in Study of Autism, UC Santa Barbara Scientist Reports - press release - University of California, Santa Barbara via AScribe Newswire

►June 25, 2008 - Web Extra: Challenges of traveling with autism - WPVI ABC 6

►June 25, 2008 - Millions pledged to autistic children in Australia welcome news - The announcement that the Australian Government plans to spend $190 million in funding for parents of children with autism is welcome news. -

* ►June 25, 2008 - Vaccine Containing Tumor Antigen Reduces Colon Cancer Spread in Mice - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - "Scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Medical College have found a way to immunize mice against the development of metastatic disease. Their approach is based on the fact that the intestines have a separate immune system from the rest of the body. The researchers were able to show that mice immunized with an intestinal protein developed fewer lung and liver metastases after injection with colon cancer cells than did control animals."

►June 25, 2008 - US FDA approves GSK's KINRIX -- new combination vaccine for children - New option could mean fewer shots for 4- to 6-year-olds in the US - Cohn & Wolfe via EurekAlert!

►June 25, 2008 - Autistic toddler removed from plane - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune

►June 25, 2008 - Protherics' promising hypertension jab ATV in Phase II trial - PharmaTimes - "A Phase IIa clinical trial has been intiated in the UK of the firm’s Angiotensin Therapeutic Vaccine which will look at 124 patients with mild to moderate hypertension. Patients will be given a course of injections over six weeks to assess the safety and tolerability of the vaccine, which incorporates Protherics' promising novel vaccine adjuvant, CoVaccine HT. In addition both antibody response and effect on blood pressure will be assessed and the latter results are expected in the first half of 2009."

►June 24, 2008 - Floods, droughts make mild diseases deadly-study - Reuters

►June 24, 2008 - Soldiers' remains become state concern - Connecticut Post - "The state may step in to locate and preserve the remains of 46 Continental Army soldiers who died of smallpox here in 1777."

►June 24, 2008 - Lyme Disease Spirochetes Tracked in 3D - Microbiologists at the University of Calgary have demonstrated the first direct visualization of the dissemination of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. This real-time, three-dimensional look at spirochete dissemination in a living mammalian host. - Public Library of Science, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►June 24, 2008 - Bothell biotech firm Alder gets ready to grow in antibodies - A unlucky streak of disappointing clinical results and rocky financial markets has forced several of the Seattle area's most prominent publicly... - The Seattle Times

* ►June 23, 2008 - Six Measles Cases Reported In NW Cook County - NBC5, Chicago - "Following reports of six children in the northwest suburbs who had not received their routine childhood immunizations and have contracted measles, the Cook County Department of Public Health is urging parents to have children vaccinated."

►June 23, 2008 - State leaving premature parents to pick up costs - A survey of families with prematurely born children has revealed a huge financial burden which parents must carry themselves - DPA via Expatica

►June 23, 2008 - US FDA says medical device reviews became faster - Reuters via The Guardian, UK

►June 23, 2008 - Generex Biotechnology and the USMCI: Armed with Antigens in the War Against Breast Cancer - Seeking Alpha

►June 20, 2008 - New blog: Age of Autism - The Burton Blog

* ►June 20, 2008 - Math Could Help Cure Leukemia - University of Maryland via Biocompare - "The mathematical approach showed that it is imperative to connect the timing of the cancer vaccine with the individual profile of the immune response of each patient," Levy said. "The mathematical simulations suggest that a vaccine administered within the initial months of the treatment will have no effect on the progression of the disease. On the other hand, a well-timed vaccine can potentially cure the disease."

►June 19, 2008 - Researchers Find an Evolutionarily Preserved Signature in the Primate Brain - Public Library of Science via Biocompare

* ►June 18, 2008 - Michelle Obama to get subtle makeover - International Herald Tribune - "She also altered the hospital's research agenda. When the human papillomavirus vaccine, which can prevent cervical cancer, became available, researchers proposed approaching local school principals about enlisting black teenage girls as research subjects. Obama stopped that. The prospect of white doctors performing a trial with black teenage girls summoned the specter of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the mid-20th century, when white doctors let hundreds of black men go untreated to study the disease."

►June 18, 2008 - An important choice - The Saskatchewan government is right to offer the vaccination protecting girls from the human pappilomavirus (HPV), but it has given parents the responsibility of making the choice. - The Leader-Post via

►June 17, 2008 - Dental mercury ‘poses health risk to pregnant women and children’ -

►June 17, 2008 - invivodata Captures Primary Efficacy Data in Largest Controlled Allergy Vaccine Trial - Allergy Therapeutics Demonstrates Superiority of Pollinex Quattro Over Placebo - press release - invivodata inc. via Business Wire

►June 16, 2008 - Data Highlights the Potential of the Pneumococcal Vaccination Against Leading Vaccine-Preventable Cause of Childhood Death -- Health Outcomes Analysis Predicts Health and Economic Benefits of Routine Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Asian Countries -- Antara

►June 16, 2008 - Lynne Sweet: Michelle Obama blocked University of Chicago hospital plan to test new vaccine on Chicago area black high school girls. - Chicago Sun-Times Blog

►June 16, 2008 - Gaithersburg School Tailors Teaching To Help Students Cope With Disorder (requires registration) - Washington Post

►June 16, 2008 - Personalizing Medicine: New Research Shows Potential of Targeted Therapies for Cancer - Pre-targeting strategies could lead to individualized cancer therapies, say researchers at SNM's 55th Annual Meeting  - Society of Nuclear Medicine via Biocompare

►June 13, 2008 - Human papilloma viruses do not play an aetiological role in Mullerian adenosrcomas of the uterine cervix. - journal article (American Journal of Clinical Pathology)

►June 13, 2008 - Number of rubella diseased reduced 265 fold as a result of vaccination registering in Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan Business Center

►June 12, 2008 - States now impose almost 2,000 health insurance mandates - CCH

* ►June 12, 2008 - US lawmakers, veterans press Pentagon to help ailing participants in secret 1960s germ tests - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►June 10, 2008 - Pharmaceutical lobby calls shots on food and drug amendments - Natural supplements users protest C-51, but bigger danger may be that drug companies will be able to regulate themselves and sell untested drugs. - The Harper Index

►June 9, 2008 - TapImmune Announces Execution of Exclusive Option Agreement With The University of British Columbia - Additional Technologies Strengthen Pipeline - TapImmune Inc. via Marketwire via CNNMoney - "TapImmune is preparing GLP manufactured materials for the commencement of toxicology studies on the AdhTAP vaccine, leading to the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial. The Company is also developing a TAP-based vaccine adjuvant which existing preclinical data suggest increases the efficacy of targeted prophylactic vaccines by up to 1000 times."

►June 5, 2008 - A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of the Bivalent Killed, Whole-Cell, Oral Cholera Vaccine in Adults and Children in a Cholera Endemic Area in Kolkata, India - journal article (PLoS Hub Clinical Trials)

* ►June 2008 - Mistimed Vaccines Add to Suboptimal Coverage (full text) - Pediatric News - “It's important that children get all the recommended doses, but timing is important as well, so vaccines will be most effective,” said Dr. Luman. She and her associates stated that they had no relevant financial disclosures."...“Medical science doesn't know how much wiggle room we have. To give a week early or late—those studies have not been done,” said Dr. Bradley, who is also director of the division of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego. “The timing of vaccines and boosters is based on a best guess of optimal timing” based on large-scale trials reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Bradley said he has no financial disclosures related to vaccines.

* ►June 2008 - Plethora of Shots Burdens Providers (full text) - Pediatric News

* ►June 2008 - Patient-Held Records Improve Vaccination Rates (full text) - Pediatric News

* ►June 2008 - Larger-Than-Expected Impact of Rotavirus Vaccine (full text) - Pediatric News

* ►June 2008 - From Developmental Screening to Assessment (full text) - Pediatric News

* ►June 2008 - Community Collaboration Aids Well-Child Visits (full text) - Pediatric News - "For example, a partnership between his pediatric practice and a local elementary school in South Carolina improved well-child visits. A greater number of well-child visits were completed and vaccinations administered, and there was a trend toward lower use of other health care services, compared with traditional well-child care."

* ►June 2008 - Vital Signs: Top 10 Drugs Prescribed by Pediatricians (full text) - Pediatric News

* ►June 2008 - Drug Development for Maternal Health Cannot Be Left to the Whims of the Market (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►June 2008 - Screen for Maternal Depression at 2-Month Well-Child Visit (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - New Medicines for Tropical Diseases in Pregnancy: Catch-22 (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 2008 - Coverage of Cervical Cancer Screening in 57 Countries: Low Average Levels and Large Inequalities (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 2008 - How Well Do Clinical Pain Assessment Tools Reflect Pain in Infants? (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 2008 - Strattera (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - AD Risk Tied to Antibiotics in Infancy (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - Medication Mistakes, Misdiagnoses Top List of Likely Errors in Managing ADHD (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - Gametogenesis in Malaria Parasites Is Mediated by the cGMP-Dependent Protein Kinase (full text) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

* ►June 2008 - Low Vitamin D Linked With Musculoskeletal Pain (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - The Industry Roads Less Taken (requires registration) - Four high-paying, in-demand, industry jobs scientists often overlook, and tips on how to get in. - The Scientist

►June 2008 - A Roadmap for Migrating Neurons (full text) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►June 2008 - On the Emergence and Awareness of Auditory Objects (full text) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►June 2008 - Subnational Burden of Disease Studies: Mexico Leads the Way (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 2008 - Celiac crisis in an adult on immunosuppressive therapy. - journal article (Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology)

►June 2008 - Albuterol Therapy Tied to Myocardial Injury, Hypotension: Nebulization for asthma attack can harm. (full text) - Pediatric News

►June 2008 - Gene-Environment Interaction in the Onset of Eczema in Infancy: Filaggrin Loss-of-Function Mutations Enhanced by Neonatal Cat Exposure (full text) - journal article (PLoS Medicine)


Posted June 25, 2008


►July 2008 - Critical role of TRPC6 channels in the formation of excitatory synapses - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

►July 2008 - Interferon-inducible antiviral effectors - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►July 2008 - Colony-stimulating factors in inflammation and autoimmunity - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►July 2008 - How regulatory T cells work - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►July 2008 - Unravelling the association of partial T-cell immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►July 2008 - Ageing and life-long maintenance of T-cell subsets in the face of latent persistent infections - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►July 2008 - The orexigenic hormone ghrelin defends against depressive symptoms of chronic stress - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Crystal structures of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus neuraminidase mutants - journal article (Nature)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Early Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation in Primary Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Medical Malpractice (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 26, 2008 - Health Care Reform in Massachusetts — Expanding Coverage, Escalating Costs (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 26, 2008 - From Darwin's Finches to Canaries in the Coal Mine — Mining the Genome for New Biology (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 26, 2008 - Rapid strengthening of thalamo-amygdala synapses mediates cue–reward learning - journal article (Nature)

►June 26, 2008 - Acinetobacter Infection - journal article (NEJM)

►June 26, 2008 - Hypereosinophilic Syndrome and Mepolizumab - journal article (NEJM)

►June 26, 2008 - Does Preventive Care Save Money? - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 26, 2008 - Another child dies after JE vaccination - - "One more child, who was taken ill after receiving vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis, died today. The second such death in two days has shaken up the health authorities. Five-year-old Anil Kumar, who was declared brain-dead a few days after vaccination, died in at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University....Two more children were admitted in the Trauma Centre of the CSMMU, suffering from stiffness in the body, fever and severe headache after JE vaccination."

►June 26, 2008 - Pre-school-age autistic children get $190m - MORE than 1300 Victorian families with an autistic child will receive up to $12,000 over two years to help them deal with the disorder. - Herald Sun via

►June 26, 2008 - Health boss eased curb on HIV accused - The Age

►June 26, 2008 - Anti-polio drive from July 1 in Sindh - The News - International - Pakistan

►June 26, 2008 - USAID Continues to Help Sri Lanka Prevent Avian Influenza - Asian Tribune

►June 26, 2008 - 'Big thank you all round' as flu report signs off - Horsetalk NZ

* ►June 25, 2008 - NY: All New Vaccine Mandates Squashed - Parents are Powerful - - "It's official, New York Assembly Bill A 10942, the 'worst vaccine bill ever' and the mandatory meningococcal vaccine bill it morphed into late in the session are dead. And they were killed by parents who just aren't going to let pharma kick them around anymore. Another vaccine bill that would have allowed minors to get vaccines for sexually-transmitted diseases without parents permission or knowledge went down to an ignominious defeat when the Assembly Health committee refused to even consider it. This represents the fourth defeat in a row, with no wins, for the vaccine industry in New York, last year an mandatory HPV bill was killed."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Lifewatch: Vaccines - WECT-TV6 - "Some parents believe government-mandated immunizations are doing more harm than good. In New York and most other states, unless you qualify medically, the only exemption offered for the shots is religious.  Which often means going through so-called sincerity testing by school attorneys. 'We were asked what vitamins we give our kids, what we serve at our kitchen table. What medicines we have in the cabinet - all kinds of things. We got off the God topic pretty early on,' said Rita Palma who is fighting for religious exemption for her 3 sons, 2 years after being turned down."

* ►June 25, 2008 - FDA Rejects Merck’s Gardasil For Most Women - Pharmalot

* ►June 25, 2008 - VGX Announces Publication of Preclinical Data for the Company’s Avian Flu Vaccine Candidate in PLoS ONE Journal - VGX Pharmaceuticals via Business Wire

* ►June 25, 2008 - Heterosubtypic Protection against Pathogenic Human and Avian Influenza Viruses via In Vivo Electroporation of Synthetic Consensus DNA Antigens (full text) - journal article (PLoS ONE)

* ►June 25, 2008 - Product Approval Information Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine KINRIX - GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, License #1617 Package Insert (PDF - 92 KB) - FDA/CBER

* ►June 25, 2008 - Is Data Mining Protected Commercial Speech? - Pharmalot

* ►June 25, 2008 - Big Pharma’s Increased Lobbying Reaps Benefits in Dem- Controlled Congress -

* ►June 25, 2008 - New vaccine strategy prioritises deadly diseases - Meningococcal A, Japanese encephalitis and Cervical Cancer among those identified - press release - GAVI

* ►June 25, 2008 - Gates-backed vaccine investor eyes HPV and rubella - Reuters

* ►June 25, 2008 - Millions of vaccines to be bought for children worldwide - AP via International Herald Tribune - "Officials at GAVI, formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, announced they have prioritized vaccines for cervical cancer, cholera, typhoid, meningitis A, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and rubella. The vaccines will go to the world's 73 poorest countries. GAVI's board will meet in October to determine how to buy the vaccines and deliver them to countries."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Merck cancer vaccine not cleared for older women - Reuters India - "Merck had applied for the use of Gardasil in women ages 27 through 45. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a letter regarding the application that it has completed its review and there are 'issues' that preclude approval within the expected review time frame, Merck said....Merck said it also failed to win FDA approval to expand Gardasil to protect against more strains of the Human Papillomavirus that causes cervical cancer. The company for now is dropping plans to pursue that expansion, a spokeswoman said."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Merck slips as FDA rejects wider Gardasil use - AP via Forbes - "Deutsche Bank's Barbara Ryan also maintained her 'Buy' rating and agreed the age extension indication would only add a small upside to sales. She said the bigger opportunity for Gardasil is an application to expand use to males, expected later this year."

►June 25, 2008 - Bad News for Older Women Who Want the HPV Vaccine - U.S. News & World Report

* ►June 25, 2008 - Vaccine for girls is a dilemma for parents - Parents face dilemma on when to vaccinate girls to prevent cervical cancer - Gatehouse News Service via Daily News Tribune

* ►June 25, 2008 - FDA Delivers One-Two Punch To Merck & Lilly - CNBC - "For the second time in three days the Food and Drug Administration has delayed making a decision on drugs that it had put on a fast track. First, the agency put off a ruling on Lilly's bloodthinner Effient and then this morning Merck announced the FDA is not ready to approve its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil for older women."

* ►June 25, 2008 - US Justice Dept. Investigation of Glaxo-Paxil Widens - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►June 25, 2008 - Medicago's H5N1 VLP vaccine demonstrates cross-reactivity against multiple strains of avian flu in key ferret animal model - Medicago Inc. via Canada NewsWire via COMTEX via Trading Markets

* ►June 25, 2008 - FDA Approves Combination Vaccine for Pre-Schoolers - MedPage Today

* ►June 25, 2008 - New Sanofi vaccines facility - Hays Pharma - "Wayne Pisano, president and chief executive officer of the company's vaccines division Sanofi Pasteur, said world demand for vaccines is expected to double by 2016. He added: 'The new facility will further enable Sanofi Pasteur to fulfil its commitment of providing highest-quality vaccines to protect people from infectious diseases wherever they live.'"

* ►June 25, 2008 - Vical Advances RapidResponse(TM) DNA Vaccine Platform Under $6 Million Grant from NIH - press release - Vical Incorporated via PRNewswire-FirstCall via The Earth Times

* ►June 25, 2008 - Nothing More Than Duct Tape Used to Seal Door at Biosafety Lab - Critics Cite Incident as Latest Safety Mishap at Nation's Infectious Disease Labs - ABC News

* ►June 25, 2008 - Panel recommends Glaxo's new diarrhea vaccine - Reuters - "Glaxo said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended adding Rotarix to the choices for immunizing infants against the sometimes deadly intestinal virus. Merck and Co Inc's Rotateq is also recommended, and the panel says both are equally effective."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Delayed Onset and Diminished Magnitude of Rotavirus Activity --- United States, November 2007--May 2008 (early release) - MMWR/CDC - "The ongoing 2007--08 rotavirus season appears substantially delayed in onset and diminished in magnitude compared with previous seasons. These changes coincide with increasing use of rotavirus vaccine."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Merck diarrhea shot affected US disease rate: CDC - Reuters

►June 25, 2008 - Unusual Rotavirus Season May Be Due to Newly Introduced Vaccine - Department of Health and Human Services via

►June 25, 2008 - New Children's Vaccine Means Fewer Shots - One Vaccine Protects Against 5 Infections, Reduces Number Of Injections A Child Receives Before Age 2 - WebMD via CBS News - ""The FDA approval of Pentacel is great news for parents and pediatricians who want to reduce the stress of well-baby visits," Tina Q. Tan, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says in a statement."

* ►June 25, 2008 - NHS chiefs hail improvement as child vaccination targets hit - The Scotsman

►June 25, 2008 - Food, drug industries fight regulations -

►June 25, 2008 - The Shingles vaccine - Seven's On Call with Dr. Jay Adlersberg  By Dr. Jay Adlersberg - Many people can remember having chicken pox as a kid. As an adult you're not out of the woods. That's because the chicken pox virus can lead to shingles, considered one of the most painful illnesses that strike later in life. But, you can avoid it. (includes video) - WABC 7

* ►June 25, 2008 - Merck Expects Shipping Delays For Shingles Vaccine Zostavax (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "Merck & Co. is telling customers to expect shipping delays in the coming months for its Zostavax shingles vaccine due to ongoing supply constraints for one of the ingredients. Customers could face shipping delays of up to six weeks, Merck spokeswoman Amy Rose told Dow Jones Newswires Wednesday."

►June 25, 2008 - Lung Association Welcomes Passage of Pharmacists as Immunizers Bill - Safe, Cost Effective Vaccinations must be as Widely Available as Possible - press release - American Lung Association of New York via ReadMedia

►June 25, 2008 - Pharmexa Appoints New Chief Executive Officer and Implements Further Cost-saving Measures - PharmaLive

►June 25, 2008 - Specialists sceptical of Cuban lung cancer vaccine - PM via

►June 25, 2008 - Princess Mary's gift trip - Monsters & Critics - "Mary - who is a patron of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) regional office for Europe - is no stranger to promoting worthwhile causes, and travelled to Slovenia earlier this year to highlight the importance of European Immunisation Week."

►June 25, 2008 - Has the Storm Passed for Pharma Stocks? - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►June 25, 2008 - Sanofi Expects Vaccine Sales Spike And Plans to Expand Its Production (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►June 25, 2008 - Crucell shares rise on deal to supply cell lines - AP via Forbes

►June 25, 2008 - Strickland Cuts Programs Using Rainy Day Fund - - "With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Ted Strickland vetoed millions of dollars in spending that would have gone to things like food safety, funding for the Ohio schools for the deaf and blind, and immunizations for children."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Autism boy jumps to death over cancelled school trip - The Mirror, UK

* ►June 25, 2008 - Honey Gets More Than Lemon By Julie Obradovic - Age of Autism

* ►June 25, 2008 - SKITTLES + AUTISM = STUPID By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►June 25, 2008 - Surf's up! - Family hopes hitting the beach helps autistic child - Gallup Independent - "Faith’s parents aren’t certain as to what caused autism in their daughter, but they suspect it may be from the level of mercury contained in some childhood vaccines. 'I can’t prove it. I’m not a doctor,' Deniece Miller-Haven said of her suspicions. ' ... I think research is being done.'
An exact cause of autism has not been determined. They do, however, forgo vaccines out of principle. 'They know not to ask me about vaccinations,' Miller-Haven said of local doctors."

►June 25, 2008 - Mother of autistic child puts priest on stand - AP via

►June 25, 2008 - Overcoming autism - Milpitas Post - "As 14-year-old Gabriel Muniz posed for photographs with the 90 guests who attended the lavish party held June 13 celebrating his graduation from Rancho Milpitas Middle School, he enjoyed a scene far different from the adolescence his mother Erica De La Torre had pictured for him 10 years earlier."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Parents Rally In Support Of Autism Bill - Legislation Would Require Insurers To Cover Autism Services -

►June 25, 2008 - DPHHS To Address Growing Autism Numbers - Montana Department Of Public Health via

* ►June 25, 2008 - Postech Unlocks Secret to Autism - Korea Times - "Professor Kim and his team have found that a shortage of protein called 'neuroligin' secreted by amygdala may lead to the brain disorder. Amygdala is an almond-shaped structure in the brain, involved in the generation of emotions and memories. The Postech research team said the shortage of neuroligin can interfere with normal activities between neurons and their synapses, leading to the onset of autism."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Existing Drug Reverses a Form of Mental Retardation in Mice - Scientists hope medication could treat learning disorders caused by autism - Scientific American

* ►June 25, 2008 - Tories In Jab Plea - Glasgow Daily Record - "THE Scottish Tories have called for separate vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella to be available on the NHS."

►June 25, 2008 - World Bank gives Uganda 17bn to fight avian flu -

►June 25, 2008 - Rhode Island Is Number One In Adult Flu Shots - Rhode Island Department Of Health via

►June 25, 2008 - Officials: World Not Prepared for Avian Flu Pandemic - Wisconsin Ag Connection

►June 25, 2008 - Health officials look at possibility and timing of flu pandemic - Packet Online

►June 25, 2008 - Health Department leads pandemic flu exercise - Wyoming Business Report

►June 25, 2008 - Town tests emergency flu plan - Greenwich Time

►June 25, 2008 - Mexico bans Arkansas poultry for now on bird flu - Reuters India

►June 25, 2008 - New vaccines to be introduced for pneumonia and meningitis - Economic Times, India

* ►June 25, 2008 - Baby dies when GPs miss signs - A BABY girl died after GPs failed to spot NINE symptoms of meningitis. - The Sun, UK - "Two-month-old Ruby Canty’s parents took her to their local surgery three times in 24 hours. At first, a family doctor said nothing was wrong, despite Ruby being drowsy and vomiting. They returned and were told she had a chest infection, and to give her Calpol. When the parents said Ruby’s arms had been in spasm, a doctor said it was a 'baby reflex'. Distressed Mr and Mrs Canty went back later — and were told that if they were that concerned, they should drive 40 minutes to the hospital. On arriving, medics were horrified Ruby had not been sent in an ambulance. They put her on a ventilator but she died a week later as the pneumococcal meningitis had ravaged her brain."

►June 25, 2008 - Officials prepare for the day pandemic flu invades Wyo. - Wyoming Tribune

►June 25, 2008 - Hep B unrest looms as Chinese forum is blocked - Sinobyte CNET Blog

►June 25, 2008 - Chickenpox quarantine easing at Tacoma lockup - The federal detention center in Tacoma has lifted most of the quarantine that was put in place last week after one inmate fell ill with chickenpox. - The News Tribune via Seattle Times

►June 25, 2008 - Polio on brink of eradication - USA Today via Bucyrus Telegraph Forum

►June 25, 2008 - CM to launch province-wide anti-polio campaign from July 1 - Associated Press of Pakistan

►June 25, 2008 - Stallergenes Advances on Hay-Fever Treatment Approval - Bloomberg

►June 25, 2008 - Texas has 330 cases of salmonella linked to tomatoes - FDA via Houston Chronicle

►June 25, 2008 - Researchers Get Better Understanding Of How Amoebas Give People Dysentery - Amoebic dysentery is a type of diarrheal disease that affects millions around the globe annually. Passed around by contaminated water, amoebas get into people's intestines, causing bloody diarrhea. If left untreated, these single-cell organisms can eventually perforate the intestines, spread throughout the body and kill the host. As Rose Hoban reports, researchers are learning more about the amoeba's ability to outwit the body's immune system. - Voice of America

►June 25, 2008 - Health insurance lags most in Southwest, CDC says - The Associated Press via Google

►June 25, 2008 - 3rd blood donor had no symptoms, but West Nile virus - AP via

►June 25, 2008 - Horse dies of complications of West Nile virus (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►June 25, 2008 - End The HIV Travel Ban - The Daily Dish via Atlantic Online

* ►June 25, 2008 - NIAID Creates HIV Vaccine Discovery Branch to Promote Synergy between Basic HIV Researchers and Vaccine Designers - NIH

►June 25, 2008 - Ranbaxy receives tentative USFDA nod for AIDS medicine - PTI via Hindu Business Line

►June 25, 2008 - Aethlon Medical to initiate first-in-man HIV treatment study - Datamonitor via COMTEX via Trading Markets

►June 25, 2008 - Senators step up to get HIV tests: Fear likely keeps many from getting tested, official says - Lansing State Journal via

►June 25, 2008 - Ardea Biosciences shares rise on HIV study data - Ardea Biosciences gain ground as HIV drug prompts positive response in midstage study - AP via CNNMoney

►June 25, 2008 - Minnesota AIDS Project Recognizes National HIV Testing Day - Medical News Today

►June 25, 2008 - Trio go public to tout HIV tests - Free screenings will be provided in Boulder and Longmont at week's end. - Denver Post

►June 25, 2008 - Sydney HIV research centre gets $20m - The Age

►June 25, 2008 - "Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited: AIDS and its Aftermath" - book review - Metro Spirit

►June 25, 2008 - Latest vaccine delivery to Cornwall and Wales - DEFRA has announced that the Bluetongue Protection Zone (PZ) will be extended at midday on Friday, June 27, following the latest delivery of 2 million doses of vaccine. - Farmers Guardian

►June 25, 2008 - Bioniche Secures Final Financing to Scale-up E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine Production - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. via Canada NewsWire via COMTEX via Trading Markets

►June 25, 2008 - Kroger ground beef in Michigan, Ohio recalled - Detroit Free Press

►June 25, 2008 - Study Finds RFID Interferes With Medical Equipment - RFIDupdate

►June 25, 2008 - Wis. NR Board orders 90% mercury reduction - AP via WKBT

►June 25, 2008 - Disclosing organ transplant risks: Now or later? - Patients should weigh overall options, not individual risks, ethicists argue - MSNBC

►June 25, 2008 - Competitor Analysis: Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) Agonists & Antagonists - out Now - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire

►June 25, 2008 - Deciphering Bacteria’s Defenses, One Gene at a Time - Both deadly and benign spore-forming bacteria’s genes allow them to eke it out in extreme conditions. - Scienceline

►June 25, 2008 - Research and Markets: Essential Report on Interleukin-13 (IL-13) Antibodies Available Now - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire

►June 25, 2008 - In Vivo Detection of Apoptosis - J Nucl Med via redOrbit

►June 25, 2008 - CaringBridge(R) Forms Collaborative Partnership With Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Partnership Enables CaringBridge Web Service Users to Access CDC Medical Libraries as Loved Ones Undergo Medical Treatment or Recovery - press release - CaringBridge(R) via PRNewswire

►June 25, 2008 - Pertussis persists on Salt Spring - Gulf Islands Driftwood via BCLocalNews

* ►June 25, 2008 - Intra-individual Change Over Time in DNA Methylation With Familial Clustering - journal article (JAMA) - "Results: Twenty-nine percent of Icelandic individuals showed greater than 10% methylation change over time (P < .001). The family-based Utah sample also showed intra-individual changes over time, and further demonstrated familial clustering of methylation change (P = .003). The family showing the greatest global methylation loss also demonstrated the greatest loss of gene-specific methylation by a separate methylation assay. Conclusion: These data indicate that methylation changes over time and suggest that methylation maintenance may be under genetic control."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Florida To Review Antipsychotic Guidelines For Kids - Pharmalot

►June 25, 2008 - Congress Wants To Restrict Some Internet Sales - Pharmalot

►June 25, 2008 - Principles and Practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►June 25, 2008 - Senate Targets Stanford Psychiatrist Over Conflicts - Pharmalot - "The US Senate Finance Committee charges that Stanford University failed to properly monitor alleged conflicts of interest involving Alan Schatzberg, who chairs the psychiatry department at Stanford University and who owns about $6 million in stock in Corcept Therapeutics, which that participates in a National Institutes of Health study he oversees."

* ►June 25, 2008 - Pesticide Industry Ranked on Its Damage to Health and Environment - Beyond Pesticides

►June 25, 2008 - FDA Is Approving More NDAs This Year - Pharmalot

►June 25, 2008 - The Chantix Wall Clock: Time To… - Pharmalot

* ►June 25, 2008 - Everyone's a Little Bit Biased (Even Physicians) - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Physicians and Environmental Change - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Physicians and Environmental Change—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Sanofi-Aventis Reps Fight ‘Intimidating’ Subpoenas - Pharmalot

►June 25, 2008 - Report: Improvements Needed to Protect Food Supply From Potential Threats - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Reducing HIV Risks - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Hospital-Acquired Infection - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Guidelines for Treatment of Pediatric Asthma - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Guidelines for Treatment of Pediatric Asthma—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

* ►June 25, 2008 - Raw Milk: Panacea or Poison? - National Public Radio (NPR)

►June 25, 2008 - The Recommended Dietary Allowance of Protein - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - US Medical School Enrollment Rising, But Residency Programs Too Limited - journal article (JAMA)

►June 25, 2008 - Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-Making Approach (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►June 24, 2008 - Pharma Sets Spending Record Lobbying Congress - Pharmalot - "PhRMA led the drug industry trade groups in lobbying with close to $23 million spent in 2007, a 26 percent rise from 2006. Among drugmakers, Amgen led with $16.2 million, followed by Pfizer at $13.8 million. Other big spenders included Roche ($9 million), Sanofi-Aventis ($8.4 million), Glaxo ($8.2 million), and Johnson & Johnson Inc. ($7.7 million)."

* ►June 24, 2008 - Biotechs spent $168M to lobby Capitol Hill last year - East Bay Business Times

* ►June 24, 2008 - FDA Official Criticized For Bonuses Is Retiring - Pharmalot - "Last year, after Congress demanded compensation details about top FDA officials, Glavin reportedly received more than $178,000 in bonuses in four and a half years on top of her roughly $159,000 salary. In 2006, she received cash bonuses of $44,000, according to published reports cited by Dow Jones. An FDA spokesperson tells the wire service that Glavin will retire later this summer."

* ►June 24, 2008 - UK Patients Will Be Alerted To Clinical Trials - Pharmalot

►June 24, 2008 - UK to boost clinical trial participation (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 24, 2008 - Mommy, Where Do Drugs Come From? - Pharmalot

►June 24, 2008 - Pharma’s New Leaders? 45 Under 45 - Pharmalot

►June 24, 2008 - Will Women Give Hormone Maker A Second Chance? - AlterNet

►June 24, 2008 - Pitt Team Receives $2.5 Million to Simulate and Analyze Brain, Immune System Activity and Apply Math to Medical Problems - Models of how systems evolve and function under certain conditions could lead to better medical understanding of when and how to treat patients - University of Pittsburgh

►June 24, 2008 - Novartis in deal on TB drug development - Hays Pharma

* ►June 24, 2008 - Mitochondrial Biology: New Perspectives (Novartis Foundation Symposia) - Biomed Add Ebook

►June 24, 2008 - Sanofi-Aventis Sales Rep Sues Over Anti-Semitism - Pharmalot

* ►June 24, 2008 - Number of People with Diabetes Increases to 24 Million - Estimates of Diagnosed Diabetes Now Available for all U.S. Counties - CDC

►June 24, 2008 - Ontario’s Pesticide Law Passes, Weakens Protections in Some Municipalities - Beyond Pesticides

►June 24, 2008 - Seven questions for Congress (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 24, 2008 - 'I've gotten my life back' - Hopkins reports success with MS treatment - The Baltimore Sun

* ►June 24, 2008 - Boy undergoing tests after finding mercury - 19 others had contact with the toxic chemical the youth found in a garage in Clute - Houston Chronicle

* ►June 24, 2008 - Age of Arrogance OR We Are All Going To Die - Adventures in Autism

* ►June 24, 2008 - Kirby on NYC Radio: The Joan Hamburg Show - Adventures in Autism

* ►June 24, 2008 - CNN Asks: Should I Vaccinate? - Age of Autism

* ►June 24, 2008 - One in Nine Emergency Room Visits Caused by Pharmaceuticals - - "A Vancouver, Canada study has documented that 12% of emergency room (ER) visits were the direct result of problems with a pharmaceutical drug."

* ►June 24, 2008 - R.B. Stuart: The Weapon of Mass Destruction Is Cancer - The Huffington Post - "Although the changes that would occur two years to the day from her return home were changes she never could have fathomed. Not only had the desert sand, gun blasts and heat penetrated the armor of her psyche, but a carcinogen did too. It made a home in her body, mixed between the Anthrax Vaccine, depleted uranium, crude oil smog, and contaminated water dished up with every meal. It would, in two years, become part of the wrapping around her inner organs like an Octopus, gathering its fuel from her central abdomen. The volleyball size tumor would become the pregnancy she never had -- and the birth of cancer she'd never forget."

* ►June 24, 2008 - Gates Foundation follows new paths - Giving away $3 billion a year is not as easy as it seems - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Currently, about half of the Gates Foundation's money in the global health arena is being thrown at vaccines -- finding new ones against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS, as well as improving the distribution of existing vaccines in poor countries."

►June 24, 2008 - Report: 80% rise in HIV infections among gays - Health Ministry finds alarming rise in number of gay men diagnosed as HIV positive in last 12 months. Israeli AIDS Task Force warns numbers will continue to rise, says something must be done 'before we have an epidemic on our hands' - Ynetnews

►June 24, 2008 - Trinity Biotech Announces the Launch of New HIV Incidence Assay - Marketwire via CNNMoney

►June 24, 2008 - MultiVu Video: U.S. FDA Licenses Pentacel(R) Vaccine For Use in Young Children - press release - sanofi pasteur via

►June 24, 2008 - Cruise ship arrives with norovirus outbreak - 112: More than 8 percent of passengers arrive in Seward sick. (requires registration) - Anchorage Daily News

►June 23, 2008 - More letters, June 23, 2008 - Press of Atlantic City - "Let's stop immunizing, and see if these epidemics really start up again."

►June 23, 2008 - Vaccine’s promise isn’t end of fight - The Columbian - "In the mid-1990s, Dr. Michelle Berlin started hearing murmurs among her medical colleagues of a vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV."

* ►June 23, 2008 - Speak out against forced vaccinations - letter - Lower Hudson Journal

* ►June 23, 2008 - Autistic toddler kicked off airplane - The mother is telling her story exclusively to Eyewitness News. (includes video) - WTVD ABC 11

►June 23, 2008 - Health: why families with autism sufferers need a better deal - The Mirror, UK - "It's now been proven beyond doubt that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination does NOT cause autism."

►June 23, 2008 - In his film, he asks the big questions - The Boston Globe - "By day, the 63-year-old Weiner is an award-winning doctor, the director of the Partners MS Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. In his lab, he is trying to find vaccines for neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and multiple sclerosis."

►June 23, 2008 - Families of Children with Autism Needed to Gather and Bank DNA (requires registration) -

►June 23, 2008 - Sharp student’s revolutionary jab - A new design is a shot in the arm for syringe safety. Health Reporter Helen Rae explains. - ChronicleLive, UK

* ►June 23, 2008 - Expression of HIV-1 antigens in plants as potential subunit vaccines. (pdf) - journal article (BMC Biotechnology)

* ►June 23, 2008 - Why Patients Continue to Participate in Clinical Research - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►June 23, 2008 - UK psychiatrist suspended for plagiarism (requires registration) - The Scientist - "One of Great Britain's most media savvy psychiatrists, who confessed to plagiarizing other authors in articles he wrote in newspapers and medical journals, has been suspended from practicing psychiatry for three months. The UK's General Medical Council (GMC) suspended Raj Persaud, a frequent commentator on British television and radio shows, after he admitted, to a GMC disciplinary panel, lifting words from other authors without proper attribution in 2004 and 2005. Persaud denied purposeful dishonesty."

* ►June 23, 2008 - Drug Reverses Mental Retardation Caused By Genetic Disorder; Hope For Correcting How Autism Disrupts Brain - University of California - Los Angeles, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►June 23, 2008 - DEFRA publishes report on UK bird flu case - WorldPoultry.Net

►June 23, 2008 - Faster Diagnostics for Bird Flu on the Horizon - Health News

* ►June 23, 2008 - Nanny 'shook' baby before death - The 13-month-old son of two police officers suffered brain damage and died 10 months after he was shaken by his nanny, a court has heard. - BBC

►June 23, 2008 - European drug industry reconsiders its strategy - Reuters via International Herald Tribune

►June 23, 2008 - GlaxoSmithKline, Canada issue warning on HIV drug - Canada: GlaxoSmithKline warns that drug for treating HIV may raise heart attack risk - AP via Yahoo!

►June 23, 2008 - Govt mulls national pharma policy: Pawar - The Times of India

►June 23, 2008 - PubMed up for public service award (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 23, 2008 - The Clot Thickens: FDA Delays Lilly Blood Thinner - Pharmalot

►June 23, 2008 - Independent Association of Low Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D Levels With All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►June 23, 2008 - Copy Number Variants and Schizophrenia - Rare CNVs may be implicated in some cases of sporadic schizophrenia. - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

►June 23, 2008 - Impact of Case Volume on Hospital Performance Assessment - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►June 23, 2008 - NanoGuardian Client Receives FDA Approval for Its Nanoencryption Technology - Technology Helps Protect Products From Illegal Diversion and Counterfeiting - MarketWire via The Boston Globe

* ►June 22, 2008 - Issues Highlighted about CISA investigation - Jenny's Journey - "It has been clear for months now that CISA has no intention of investigating the HPV vaccine question aggressively in Jenny's case--or perhaps in others. Meanwhile Jenny's condition gets graver by the day . So, posting a debate about the quality of other CISA investigations is becoming necessary. The concerns fall into the following six categories:"

►June 22, 2008 - ORI Research misconduct survey reports the obvious - again - Scientific Misconduct Blog

►June 21, 2008 - VIDEO: Autism: A look from inside the family - Meadville Tribune

* ►June 20, 2008 - Stop the Madness - op-ed (requires registration) - The New York Times - "THE Korean beef market, once the third-largest importer of American beef, has shut its doors to the United States. Why? Because Koreans are worried about eating meat tainted with mad cow disease, which can be fatal to humans. Recent attempts by Korea’s president, Lee Myung-bak, to reopen the market have brought tens of thousands of demonstrators to the streets in protest. American beef producers could easily allay those fears by subjecting every cow at slaughter to the so-called rapid test, which costs about $20 per carcass and screens for this brain-wasting disease in a few hours rather than days. But the United States Department of Agriculture won’t allow that."

►June 20, 2008 - Mediterranean diet in pregnancy may curb allergies - Reuters

* ►June 19, 2008 - Faked research data surprisingly common, survey suggests - Nature via World Science

►June 19, 2008 - FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center - FDA

* ►June 18, 2008 - Multivalent HA DNA Vaccination Protects against Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza Infection in Chickens and Mice (full text) - journal article (PLoS ONE)

* ►June 17, 2008 - Gardasil vaccine warning - Gardasil vaccine blog - "My daughter received her last Gardasil vaccine, when she was 17 years old, on October 23, 2007. A month later, December 4, 2007 she had a seizure which resulted in waking up in an ambulance. She continues to have seizures even though she takes anti- seizure medication three times a day. She has memory loss and has dropped from being a straight A student to having a GPA of 1.75. The University of North Texas is threatening to kick her out of school because of her recent low grades. She had another seizure last week. We have been to three neurologists. Yesterday, she had a second MRI and is scheduled for an EEG next week."

* ►June 17, 2008 - HPV vaccine on way - To be provided to Grade 6 girls in bid to reduce cervical cancer risk - Canwest News Service via Saskatchewan News Network via Regina Leader Post via

►June 11, 2008 - High levels of formaldehyde found in baby furniture - Baltimore Sun - "PIRG posted the report online yesterday after a news conference in Baltimore. The testing was conducted by Berkeley Analytical Associates, an environmental testing firm in Richmond, Calif....The report is available at:"

►June 11, 2008 - Senate Backs Bill For High School Steroid Testing - North Country Gazette

►June 11, 2008 - Anaphylaxis to dyes during the perioperative period: Reports of 14 clinical cases. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►June 10, 2008 - Vitamin A and Zinc Provide Resistance to Malaria -

►June 10, 2008 - Barely Autistic Spokespersons of the Alleged Autism Rights Movement Misrepresent Their Constituency - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►June 10, 2008 - Skull, Fractures -

* ►June 9, 2008 - Use of multiple doses of epinephrine in food-induced anaphylaxis in children. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) - "In this referral population of children and adolescents with multiple food allergies, 19% of food-induced anaphylactic reactions were treated with more than 1 dose of epinephrine. Prospective studies are necessary to identify risk factors for severe anaphylaxis and to establish rational guidelines for prescribing multiple epinephrine autoinjectors for children with food allergy."

* ►June 9, 2008 - A Plea for My Daughter - I don't want to inconvenience others over Lydia's allergies. But to not do so would be unthinkable. - Newsweek - "What's different is that now we know that there are antibodies lurking in her blood that will overreact if they come in contact with the smallest bit of nut. We're not being insanely cautious now; we were insanely lucky before. Peanut allergies are like mutual funds: past performance is no guarantee of future results. Lydia's last reaction to nuts may have been itchy lips. Her next could kill her."

►June 8, 2008 - Creating a cancer-free world for women - India has more cervical cancer cases than any other country - New vaccines, highly accurate tests available - Indian government and civil society must take a stand - Times of India

►June 5, 2008 - Evacuation Plan Has Kindergarteners Go Out Windows - WFTV Orlando - "It may seem ludicrous, but parents told Eyewitness News that Orange County's fire evacuation plans for its remodeled schools include leaving the disabled kids behind with the flames and having kindergartners crawl out through a window."

►June 2008 - Bunk Bed–Related Injuries Among Children and Adolescents Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States, 1990–2005 - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►June 2008 - Adolescent sexual behavior: a plea for HPV vaccination for prepubescent boys (as well as girls) (requires registration) -

* ►June 2008 - CDC recommends herpes zoster vaccine for people aged 60 years and older (requires registration) - Vaccine was associated with a 64% reduction of shingles in those aged 60 to 69 years. -

* ►June 2008 - Avian influenza: The animal health perspective (Part 2) (requires registration) -

* ►June 2008 - Disaster planning: A comprehensive approach (requires registration) - A recently published report outlines critical care response during the most trying of times. -

►June 2008 - Connecticut attorney general, IDSA settle Lyme disease case (requires registration) - As part of the settlement, the IDSA will conduct a new review of the Lyme disease guidelines. -

►June 2008 - Thorough patient assessments can help determine infection risk (requires registration) - To reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals, patients should be assessed for risk factors during admission. -

►June 2008 - Community hospitals often fail to treat MRSA adequately (requires registration) - In almost half of the hospitals, health care providers did not administer an antimicrobial agent within seven days of infection. -

►June 2008 - Efavirenz plus two NRTIs may improve virologic efficacy (requires registration) - Study data highlight the complexity of choosing initial therapy. -

►June 2008 - Tracking the use of antibiotics may help fight resistance (requires registration) - By determining use patterns, tracking can help health care providers avoid antibiotic overuse. -

►June 2008 - AIDS Compendium (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases News gives newsbytes about the rapidly changing world of HIV treatment. -

►May 2008 - Evolution of the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children: A review. - journal article (Clinical Therapeutics)

* ►February 5, 2008 - The HPV Vaccine: Not Really Compulsory, Even in Texas, Not Really Safe - Women's Space

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