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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.

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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 May 1-3, 2008

Posted May 3, 2008


►June 2008 - Nervous System Lyme Disease - journal article (Infectious Disease Clinics of North America)

►June 2008 - Lyme Arthritis: Pathogenesis, Clinical Presentation, and Management - journal article (Infectious Disease Clinics of North America)

►June 2008 - Biology of Infection with Borrelia burgdorferi - journal article (Infectious Disease Clinics of North America)

►June 2008 - Erythema Migrans - journal article (Infectious Disease Clinics of North America)

►May 15, 2008 - Association Study of 10 Genes Encoding Neurotrophic Factors and Their Receptors in Adult and Child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - journal article (Biological Psychiatry)

►May 5, 2008 - Birth weight of infants after maternal exposure to typical and atypical antipsychotics: prospective comparison study - journal article (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

►May 5, 2008 - Duration of antidepressant use during pregnancy and risk of major congenital malformations - journal article (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

►May 5, 2008 - Scientific Integrity On The Line - Credibility of EPA's chemical assessments is in jeopardy - Chemical & Engineering News

►May 5, 2008 - No lack of physician treatment guidelines - Doctors looking for advice on treating patients can go to such sites as those offered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Guideline Clearinghouse. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►May 4, 2008 - Drug-resistant, sometimes lethal infections rising (requires registration or subscription) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Darriel Fleming thought he had a spider bite. As the boil swelled painfully on his stomach, the 28-year-old Marietta man went to a nearby emergency room. A doctor drained the wound and sent Fleming home with a prescription for antibiotics. Three weeks later, Fleming was dead, killed last July by a drug-resistant form of staph bacteria called MRSA."

►May 4, 2008 - 500,000 kids to get anti-polio vaccine - The Post, Pakistan

►May 4, 2008 - Holistic approach a must to combat HIV/AIDS - Youth, 60pc of population urged to be cautious | Ages from 16 to 50 particularly vulnerable | Need to sensitize the teenagers with due consideration to cultural sensitivity - Associated Press of Pakistan via The Post, Pakistan

►May 4, 2008 - The unspoken truths about Aids - Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani says political correctness over criticising sexual practices such as multiple partners in Africa has prevented us finding an effective strategy to fight HIV - The Sunday Times, UK

►May 4, 2008 - Ministers review ban on health workers infected with HIV - Scotland on Sunday

 ►May 4, 2008 - Store drops anti-yob device in autism row - Co-op will replace a 'buzz' that targets the young with doses of 'Mozart and Manilow' - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

* ►May 4, 2008 - Breast cancer group urges Govt to fund Herceptin - TV3 New Zealand - "The Government has announced a $160 million, five-year immunisation programme for girls aged 12-18 to prevent cervical cancer, with 30 women dying from the disease annually. While the Coalition is applauding the free vaccine, Libby Burgess says more than 600 women die from breast cancer each year, and wants to see breast cancer-fighting drug Herceptin more widely funded."

* ►May 4, 2008 - A life of constant caring - Autistic children grow up into autistic adults – and they still need looking after 24/7 - The Sunday Times, UK

* ►May 4, 2008 - Austin center charts different course on autism - Thoughtful House supporters say children make big improvements there; mainstream doctors call treatments unproven. - Austin American-Statesman - "Jennifer Thompson travels from northern Louisiana with her four sons to a tan building on a hillside in Rollingwood for the kind of medical attention she says they can't get anywhere else. Mainstream medicine calls autism lifelong, but Thompson says that because of the treatment her 9-year-old has received at the Thoughtful House Center for Children, he is 'not autistic anymore.' She credits the center with improvements in her other sons — two of whom struggle with attention deficit disorders, she says, and another with asthma."

* ►May 3, 2008 - Olmsted on Autism: CDC triggers measles outbreak by Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism - "I'm starting to think we should rename the CDC the Centers for Disease Contagion. You've all seen the news that there are suddenly more measles cases in the United States and the CDC is blaming it in part on the increasing reluctance of parents to vaccinate their kids. But it's the CDC's fault, and no other. Getting the 'measles shot' means getting the MMR, and the MMR is 'the autism shot' in the minds of many, many parents."

* ►May 3, 2008 - For Mother's Day: Start Listening to Moms. Stop Blaming Them. - This is the the transcript of a DVD sent to the Presidential candidates by Rebecca Estepp. (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►May 3, 2008 - Founders of Autism Speaks in TIME 100 by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►May 3, 2008 - Autism recovery stories: Trevor Kent's 'angel' - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune

►May 3, 2008 - Free workshop to address growing autism concerns -

►May 3, 2008 - Seeking clues to mystery of autism (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►May 3, 2008 - Local Couple Tells FDA of Son's Death - FOX23 News - "When Cody Miller's doctor prescribed Singulair to treat his allergies, his parents say they didn't think twice. But, soon after the 15-year-old started taking it, his behavior changed. From upbeat and happy to anxious, even aggressive. And after about two weeks, Cody took his own life. Since then, Kate and David Miller have been struggling to understand what happened to their son."

* ►May 3, 2008 - Dingell to probe why EPA official leaving job - Concerns raised after regional director claims her ousting is related to Dow Chemical dioxin cleanup. - The Detroit News

* ►May 3, 2008 - Speeding Up Safety - With the government slow to act and consumers quick to mobilize, companies have learned to take swift action on potentially dangerous products. (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►May 3, 2008 - Drug giant profits from human suffering - Workers World - "Just two days after the Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. reported that first quarter 2008 earnings had soared on a special $2.2 billion pretax gain from a limited partnership with AstraZeneca, federal inspectors reported finding 49 “areas of concern” involving contamination of Merck’s products, including children’s vaccines."

►May 3, 2008 - Want to Know Which Drugs are Made in China — Check Out This List - Dogster For The Love of Dog Blog

►May 3, 2008 - Stryker gets FDA Warning for Reckless Quality and False Documentation - International Business Times

►May 3, 2008 - MRSA ‘outbreak’ downplayed - Boston Herald

►May 3, 2008 - Requests for Fort Detrick study start of long process - The Frederick News-Post. via

►May 3, 2008 - Gardasil developer remembered in Qld - AAP via The Age

►May 3, 2008 - Anti-abortion lobby opposed to HPV vaccine - NZPA via Yahoo!

►May 3, 2008 - MOH Supports Vaccine - Portage Online

►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine success would prompt rethink in pneumonia care - IANS via

►May 3, 2008 - Georgians contacted after possible measles exposure - Uknown number attended church conference in Seattle (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►May 3, 2008 - China issues virus alert after 23 children die - Enterovirus-71 has sickened 4,000 others. Beijing seeks to avoid coverup charges as Olympics near. (includes video) (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►May 3, 2008 - Chickenpox Outbreak in Moniteau County -

►May 3, 2008 - USCIS Modifies Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has revised Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The revision was necessitated by changes to the Tuberculosis (TB) Component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons. - press release - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ) via

►May 3, 2008 - Malaria Vaccine Pioneer, Katherine L. O'Brien, Awarded The Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal In Vaccinology - Sabin Vaccine Institute via Medical News Today

* ►May 3, 2008 - Jakarta, US at odds over 'spy' lab - Negotiations over whether a controversial US military laboratory should remain in Indonesia have reached a knife-edge, as officials argue about biological sample-sharing and the diplomatic status of staff in the facility. - The Australian

* ►May 3, 2008 - FDA Collects Singulair Suicide Stories - Pharmalot

►May 3, 2008 - China steps up efforts on infectious diseases ahead of Olympics - Xinhua via China View

►May 3, 2008 - Florida School District Ordered to Pay $720,000 to Parents - AP via First Coast News - "A judge has ordered a central Florida school district to pay up $720,000 to go back and adequately educate an autistic student who has already graduated from one of its high schools."

►May 3, 2008 - Drug Company Owns Monsanto and Their Weed Killer Is What Funds GMO Crops! (blog) - Know The Lies - "Pharmacia swallowed up Monsanto's drug unit, Searle, and its Celebrex arthritis drug - then spun off Monsanto as a separate company after investors complained that Monsanto would weigh down Pharmacia's profits. Monsanto's biotechnology seeds are now planted on about 80 million acres worldwide. And Roundup commands 80 percent of the world market in herbicides that do not target specific weeds."

►May 3, 2008 - Lyme sufferers get second opinion - Medical Group to Review Disputed Rules of Treatment - Lexington Herald-Leader

►May 3, 2008 - Two women scientists share top U.S. medical prize - Xinhua via China View

►May 3, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Medical Society to Review Lyme Disease Antibiotic Treatment Guidelines - FDA Cautious About Expanding Use of Painkiller Fentora - FDA Panel to Assess Abuse-Resistant OxyContin - In Vitro Fertilization Doesn't Affect Menopause: Study - Children's Storage Bins Recalled for Lead Hazard - Psoriasis Drug Enbrel Gets Black Box Label Warning - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay

►May 3, 2008 - Bug closes hospital baby unit - Ipswich Evening Star

►May 3, 2008 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease - RedOrbit

►May 3, 2008 - Simple, cost-effective technique of halting HIV progression unveiled - ANI via

►May 3, 2008 - Parañaque Mayor orders vaccination of dogs - Philippine Daily Inquirer

* ►May 3, 2008 - 'Erin Brockovich of formaldehyde' - Hattiesburg American

* ►May 3, 2008 - Vaccinations urged amid measles outbreak - Reno Gazette Journal

* ►May 2, 2008 - Measles in U.S. at Highest Level Since 2001 (requires registration) - The New York Times

"In the current outbreak, 13 patients [20%] were under a year old and therefore too young to have been vaccinated, and 7 others [11%] were 12 to 15 months old, with parents who had not yet taken them for their first vaccination, which is due at 1 year. Sixteen others [25%], who were older, came from families that refused vaccination. Fourteen more had what officials described as “unknown or undocumented vaccination status.”

Comment from Michael Belkin: Notice press coverage does not mention the other 14 [22%] who were apparently vaccinated and still got measles. That means 28 [47%] of these cases were in vaccinated or vaccination status unknown categories, versus the 16 cases [25%] who were unvaccinated. Media spin blaming measles cases on non-vaccination status overstates the effectiveness of the vaccine and ignores vaccine adverse reactions.

* ►May 2, 2008 - Public health officials concerned over upswing in measles outbreaks - More than twice as many cases, including 12 in San Diego, have been reported nationwide so far this year than in all of 2007. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Cases Rising -

* ►May 2, 2008 - Vaccination death denied - Express News Service via - "MINISTER for Health MRK Panneerselvam has rejected media reports of death of a four-month-old baby following administration of vaccine. Speaking to journalists at a function here on Thursday, he said the baby, Mukesh, was given the triple vaccine shot at a Primary Health Centre at Sivakkam village near Kattumanar Koil on Wednesday morning. It may be noted that the baby was kept under the observation of doctors in the PHC till 4 pm."

►May 2, 2008 - O, say, can't you see? - Public Forum Letter - Salt Lake Tribune - "Remove children from religions that do not believe in medication, immunizations or blood transfusions. Those children are in grave danger of any childhood disease that is now in remission. Mumps, measles, polio - these diseases are not gone. When is Texas going after these child abusers?"

►May 2, 2008 - Fewer Immunizations, More Health Problems (includes video) -

►May 2, 2008 - Your letters: Autism - Ventura County Star

►May 2, 2008 - Increases in West Nile Virus Replikin Concentrations Precede Increases in the Number of Human Cases - Replikins, Ltd. has found that the replikin concentration of West Nile Virus increased annually through two distinct cycles as the virus expanded in the U.S.: the first from 2000 to 2003, and the second from 2004 to 2007 (p less than 0.001). Increases in the annual number of human cases followed each of the virus replikin concentration increases. - press release - Replikins, Ltd. via PRWeb

►May 2, 2008 - FDA falls short on tracking drug dangers - Connecticut Post

►May 2, 2008 - US Bullies Africa on GM Labeling, Africa’s Had Enough: Codex Committee of Food Labeling Report, May 2008 -

►May 2, 2008 - Court Orders Tyson to Suspend Ads For Antibiotic-Free Chicken (requires registration) - Washington Post

►May 2, 2008 - The ultimate mystery meat - The Ottawa Citizen

►May 2, 2008 - MU Student With Bacterial Meningitis Improving -

►May 2, 2008 - Cases Of Diabetes Exploding Amoung Young, Pregnant Women - Naturally Speaking via

►May 2, 2008 - Aspartame Arrhythmias,Athletes And Sudden Death -

►May 2, 2008 - New Ultrasensitive Assay Detects Most Poisonous Substance Known - Public Library of Science, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 2, 2008 - Local vaccine can help in improving livestock production - Daily Times, Pakistan

►May 2, 2008 - Bluetongue vaccine gun warning - Farmers and vets are being warned not to use the vaccine guns produced to help deliver the bluetongue vaccine with the smaller 20ml vaccine bottles. - Farmers Guardian

►May 2, 2008 - Concern over availability of vaccine outside the zones - British farmers are being prevented from stopping the spread of bluetongue because of strict European Union rules outlawing vaccination outside of a Protection Zone. - Farmers Guardian

►May 2, 2008 - TCEQ helps plants in suit - City leaders are shocked that agency is siding with 'polluters' - Houston Chronicle

* ►May 2, 2008 - Health Unit gets tough on owners that do not immunize their animals - Lindsay Daily Post - "During a court case in Lindsay in April, two City of Kawartha Lakes residents received fines totaling $1,050 for failing to have their animals immunized against rabies, according to a health unit press release. The convictions were made under Ontario Regulation 567/90, which requires every owner or person having the care and custody of a cat or dog three months of age or over to ensure the animal has proper and up-to-date rabies immunization."

►May 2, 2008 - Emerging Science Note/Portable Toxic Testing - transcript - Living on Earth

►May 2, 2008 - Congress’ Chemical Concerns - transcript (includes audio) - Living on Earth - "Living on Earth's Jeff Young tells us the wave of investigations are tied to public outrage over potentially toxic baby bottles."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Advaxis Receives Research Coverage - Crystal Research Associates, LLC, Publishes Comprehensive Report - Advaxis Inc. via MarketWatch - "Advaxis' lead Lm vaccine candidate, Lovaxin C, targets HPV-associated cervical/head and neck cancers. Current Lm vaccines in development target prostate, breast, ovarian and lung cancers. Recently, Advaxis completed a Phase I/II clinical trial. A Phase II clinical trial is planned for patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). The company intends to start this study in CIN I/II patients in the summer of 2008. The Lm platform will also have applications in the fields of infectious disease and autoimmune disorders."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Drug Safety Oversight Board Meeting March 20, 2008 Public Summary - FDA/CDER

* ►May 2, 2008 - Drugmakers push for looser off-label rules - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 2, 2008 - Notice: Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing Mannheimia Haemolytica-Pasteurella Multocida Vaccine, Avirulent Live Culture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA via

►May 2, 2008 - Quote Of The Week: Pharma Has A Black Eye - Pharmalot

►May 2, 2008 - Pfizer Strikes Deal Over Celebrex & Bextra Lawsuits - Pharmalot

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Reported in Vernon County - CDC via WXOW 19

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Facts - CDC via WXOW 19

►May 2, 2008 - FDA needs more information on Discovery Labs' Surfaxin - AP via Houston Chronicle - "Surfaxin is its lead product candidate, and was developed to prevent respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants, as well as for other neonatal and pediatric indications."

►May 2, 2008 - Drug manufacturer banks on investment -

►May 2, 2008 - Time for real optimism over new medicines - Telegraph & Argus

►May 2, 2008 - No hospital immune to problems facing pathologists, says college - The Canadian Press

►May 2, 2008 - Drugs Used in Allergy - American Chronicle

►May 2, 2008 - Drugs that Prevent Nausea and Vomiting - American Chronicle

►May 2, 2008 - Bees Disease: One Step Closer To A Cure - Scientists in Germany have discovered a new mechanism of infection for the most fatal bee disease. American Foulbrood (AFB) is the only infectious disease which can kill entire colonies of bees. Every year, this notifiable disease is causing considerable economic loss to beekeepers all over the world. The only control measure is to destroy the infected hive. - Wiley-Blackwell via ScienceDaily

* ►May 1, 2008 - Human Leukocyte Antigen and Cytokine Receptor Gene Polymorphisms Associated With Heterogeneous Immune Responses to Mumps Viral Vaccine (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Our data suggest that certain SNPs in IL-10RA and IL-12RB genes are associated with variations in immune responses to mumps vaccination. Understanding the genetic factors that might influence lower immunity to mumps vaccination by modulating the cytokine microenvironment of the host may provide additional insight into mumps vaccine–induced immune responses and possible vaccine/therapeutic approaches. We also found that median titers of mumps-specific antibodies were significantly higher in girls than in boys (P = .003) after 2 doses of mumps vaccine. Similar gender differences in the humoral (antibody) response to live measles and rubella vaccine in young adults were previously described.49,50 In some observational studies, girls have had higher rates of mumps despite similar rates of vaccination5,51; however, not all outbreaks demonstrate this association.52 Gender differences may represent social or behavioral differences in disease exposure or gender-linked genetic differences in immune response."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Trends in Intussusception Hospitalizations Among US Infants, 1993–2004: Implications for Monitoring the Safety of the New Rotavirus Vaccination Program (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "The observed age-related and race/ethnicity-related differences in background incidence, especially during the period when most infants receive the first dose of vaccine, highlight the need for close scrutiny of reports of intussusception to assess any causal association with vaccination. Other countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccines or are considering their use should consider similar assessments of the epidemiology of intussusception in their own setting to help with assessment of postmarketing safety monitoring data."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Impact of Immunization at Sick Visits on Well-Child Care - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Among all demographic and health-related factors considered, immunization receipt at a sick visit was associated most strongly with decreased subsequent well-child care. Among children already delayed (late) for vaccines, 31% returned for well-child care if immunizations were given at eligible sick visits, compared with 47% of those who received no vaccines (risk difference, with adjustment for covariates: –16%). Among those without immunization delay, 42% of children who received vaccines returned for well-child care, compared with 73% of those who received no vaccines (risk difference: –31%). Although 5 well-child visits are recommended, children with no immunizations at sick visits had an adjusted predicted number of 3.8 well-child visits, those with 1 sick visit with immunizations had 3.3 visits, and those with 2 sick visits with immunizations had 2.8 visits between 6 weeks and 13 months of age."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Absence of an Increase in Cardiorespiratory Events After Diphtheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis Immunization in Preterm Infants: A Randomized, Multicenter Study (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Reevaluating the Safety Profile of Pediatrics: A Comparison of Computerized Adverse Drug Event Surveillance and Voluntary Reporting in the Pediatric Environment (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Parental Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Offspring (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "In these data, parental psychiatric diagnoses in the aggregate were associated with a twofold increased risk of autism among the children. For both parents, schizophrenia was associated with autism. For other disorders, such as depression and nonpsychotic personality disorders, the positive association between psychiatric disorders and childhood autism was found only for maternal disorders, not for paternal disorders. We hypothesized that having a psychiatric condition might influence parents to have their child evaluated for psychiatric conditions and consequently result in increased diagnosis of autism or, conversely, that a child's disorder may lead to depression among the parents and elevate the association between the parent's and child's diagnosis."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Underimmunization of American Indian and Alaska Native Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Injuries Among Infants Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States, 2001–2004 - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Infections and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Population-Based Cohort Study (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Economic Evaluation of the US Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise Program: Sun Protection Education for Young Children (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - Epidemiologic Features of Antipsychotic Prescribing to Children and Adolescents in Primary Care in the United Kingdom - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►May 1, 2008 - U.S. Pressure on South Africa at Codex Quashes Hopes For Mandatory GM Food Labeling in 2008 According to the Natural Solutions Foundation - South Africa's strong objection to food containing any unlabeled Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients was registered in a formal document presented to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (Ottawa) for which the Natural Solutions Foundation provided technical support for the document. The United States, which prohibits labeling GM foods, immediately demanded that the South African (SA) government in Pretoria withdraw its Codex submission. Bowing to U.S. pressure, SA formally withdrew its paper defeating the possibility of CCFL approval of mandatory GM labeling for at least another year. - PRWeb

* ►May 1, 2008 - National Latina Health Network and Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases Launch National Pertussis Awareness Campaign - The Earth Times

* ►May 1, 2008 - Researchers develop new ultrasensitive assay to detect most poisonous substance known - Public Library of Science via EurelAlert!

►May 1, 2008 - Salk gets $20 million donation - Gift from foundation to expand imaging technology - San Francisco Union-Tribune

►May 1, 2008 - Infections and Apparent Life-Threatening Events - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - The Best-Interest Standard Is Not Applied for Neonatal Resuscitation Decisions - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Association of Functional Limitation With Health Care Needs and Experiences of Children With Special Health Care Needs - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Social-Emotional Screening Status in Early Childhood Predicts Elementary School Outcomes - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Newborn Hearing Screening and Detection of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Role of the School Nurse in Providing School Health Services - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Decreased Full Breastfeeding, Altered Practices, Perceptions, and Infant Weight Change of Prepregnant Obese Women: A Need for Extra Support (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Neonatal Respiratory Failure: A 12-Month Clinical Epidemiologic Study From 2004 to 2005 in China (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Promoting the Participation of Children With Disabilities in Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activities - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Trends in Bacteremia in the Pre- and Post-Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Era Among HIV-Infected Children in the US Perinatal AIDS Collaborative Transmission Study (1986–2004) (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Prenatal and Postnatal Growth and Cognitive Abilities at 56 Months of Age: A Longitudinal Study of Infants Born at Term (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Patterns of Brain Injury in Neonates Exposed to Perinatal Sentinel Events - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Comparison of Two Approaches to Observation Therapy for Acute Otitis Media in the Emergency Department (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Use of Soy Protein-Based Formulas in Infant Feeding - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure With Heliox Versus Air Oxygen in Infants With Acute Bronchiolitis: A Crossover Study (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Constipation: A Randomized, Controlled Trial (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges of Childhood Brucellosis in a Nonendemic Country (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Spectrum of Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency Detected by Newborn Screening (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - Healthy Children With Frequent Fractures: How Much Evaluation Is Needed? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 1, 2008 - India's Medical Emergency - TIME Magazine

►May 1, 2008 - Mali: Combating Malaria Misdiagnosis - IRIN via

►May 1, 2008 - JCI online early table of contents: - Journal of Clinical Investigation via EurekAlert!

►May 1, 2008 - House Subcommittee on Health Hearing Entitled "Discussion Draft of the 'Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act' Legislation: Drug Safety Provisions" - Statement of Congressman John D. Dingell, Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce - Committee on Energy and Commerce via PharmaLive

* ►May 1, 2008 - FDA Culpability in promoting Secret Science - Deadly Blood - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►May 1, 2008 - Doctors Hospital Offers Whooping Cough Vaccine - - "Augusta, GA - Doctors Hospital is now giving postpartum moms a new vaccine, Adacel, to protect babies from getting whooping cough."

►May 1, 2008 - Valley doctor: rumors discourage childhood immunizations -

►May 1, 2008 - No let-up in polio cases - Pakistan Dawn

►May 1, 2008 - Person With Rubella Works Inside US Bank Center - Newsradio 620

►May 1, 2008 - Hepatitis outbreak hits 'jinxed' cruise liner - An outbreak of hepatitis has hit a cruise ship said to be jinxed since its launch. - The Telegraph, UK

►May 1, 2008 - Another hepatitis A case reported - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►May 1, 2008 - New Clue to Milk and Diabetes Link? - Study Shows Protein in Cow's Milk Infant Formula May Raise Risk of Later Diabetes - WebMD

►May 1, 2008 - Groups Petition EPA to Ban Nanosilver in Consumer Goods (requires registration) - Washington Post

►May 1, 2008 - Intervet’s bluetongue vaccine enters distribution chain - Farming UK

* ►May 2008 - Vaccine research - Vaccine R&D has been revitalized recently in part owing to major commercial successes and increased incentives for products that address neglected diseases. Our interviewees this month describe the rewards and challenges of their complementary roles in the field. - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery) - "During his postdoctoral training, Jiang was the first to delineate the genomic structure of astrovirus and conducted research on novel rotaviruses — work that led him to Wyeth (New Jersey, USA) where he contributed to the development of the first live oral rotavirus vaccine RotaShield. After 4 years at Wyeth, Jiang was attracted back to the CDC. Jiang explains: "I was impressed by the quality and vital health work conducted at the CDC, particularly in vaccine research and immunization — a noble profession that saves hundreds of thousands of lives each year." Currently, Jiang's work encompasses the research of inactivated and live rotavirus vaccines, including the proof of principle for parenteral rotavirus immunization and testing of candidate vaccines in animal models and in clinical trials."

* ►May 2008 - Thimerosal Vaccines and Mercury Blood Levels - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds)

* ►May 2008 - Postvaricella Acute Transverse Myelitis in a Previously Vaccinated Child - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

* ►May 2008 - Variable cortisol circadian rhythms in children with autism and anticipatory stress - journal article (Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience)

►May 2008 - Nonmyeloablative Chemotherapy Followed by T-cell Adoptive Transfer and Dendritic Cell-based Vaccination Results in Rejection of Established Melanoma. - journal article (Journal of Immunotherapy)

►May 2008 - Indicators of Severe Illness in Infants 0–2 Months of Age - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds)

►May 2008 - A case of community-acquired Acinetobacter baumannii meningitis – has the threat moved beyond the hospital? - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

►May 2008 - Mother-to-child Transmission of MRSA Unlikely Cause of Neonatal Infection - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds)

►May 2008 - Mycoplasma pneumoniae Encephalopathy: Recovery After Intravenous Immunoglobulin - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►May 2008 - Approach to Patients with Symptoms of Food Allergy - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

►May 2008 - Identifying Common Elements of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments for Children's Disruptive Behavior Problems. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

►May 2008 - Paradigm Change in Bio-Manufacturing - Contract Pharma

►May 2008 - Asthma Genetics: Personalizing Medicine - journal article (Journal of Asthma)

►May 2008 - Self-Reported Home Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Asthma: A Cross-Sectional Study of Children in Buffalo, New York - journal article (Journal of Asthma)

* ►Spring 2008 - The All Aboard News A Quarterly Publication from the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (pdf) -

►April 30, 2008 - Notice: National Toxicology Program (NTP); Report on Carcinogens (RoC); Request for Public Comments on the RoC Expert Panel's Recommendations on Listing Status for Aristolochic Acids and Riddelliine in the 12th RoC and the Scientific Justifications for the Recommendations - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); National Institutes of Health (NIH) via

►April 30, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Orphan Drugs; Common European Medicines Agency/Food and Drug Administration Application Form for Orphan Medicinal Product Designation (Form FDA 3671) - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►April 30, 2008 - Patient With Rubella Took Freeway Flier - Newsradio 620

►April 30, 2008 - Autism Awareness Month: Over n’ Out - The Wonderwheel

►April 30, 2008 - Breastfeeding reduces risk of cot death by third: study - AFP via Yahoo!

►April 30, 2008 - FDA warns Merck about vaccine plant problems - Reuters

* ►April 29, 2008 - Notice: Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via

►April 28, 2008 - Notice: Cooperative Agreement to Support the World Health Organization International Programme on Chemical Safety - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►April 28, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Regulations for In Vivo Radiopharmaceuticals Used for Diagnosis and Monitoring - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►April 28, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Current Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations for Finished Pharmaceuticals - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►April 27, 2008 - The allergy generation and the EpiPen epidemic (includes audio) -

►April 27, 2008 - Anthrax Scenario Carried Out in Albemarle - NBC 29 News

►April 25, 2008 - Potentially deadly intestinal infections double - Cases of Clostridium difficile spike in nation's hospitals, report shows - MSNBC

►April 23, 2008 - Statement of B. F. (Lee) Hall, M.D., Ph.D., and Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - National Institutes of Health on World Malaria Day, April 25, 2008 - Global Research Needed to Address a Disease without Borders - NIH

* ►April 15, 2008 - Title: Adjuvant systems and vaccines (patent) - SmithKline Beecham Biologicals, SA (Rixensart, BE) via

* ►April 15, 2008 - Title: Induction of a protective immune response through microprojectiles coated with a DNA sequence encoding an immunogenic protein (patent) - Duke University (Durham, NC), E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Wilmington, DE) via - "Exemplary of genes which code for proteins or peptides which produce an immune response (i.e., a response in which B and/or T lymphocytes activated by the protein or peptide are capable of traveling in the circulatory or lymphatic system of the subject to a site removed from the transformed tissue) are genes coding for subunit vaccines such as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,857,634 to Minor et al. titled "Peptides Useful in Vaccination against Enteroviruses," U.S. Pat. No. 4,738,846 to Rose et al. titled "Vaccine for Vesicular Stomatitis Virus," U.S. Pat. No. 4,428,941 to Galibert et al. titled "Nucleotidic Sequence coding the Surface Antigen of the Hepatitis B Virus, Vector Containing Said Nucleotidic Sequence, Process Allowing the Obtention Thereof and Antigen Obtained Thereby," and U.S. Pat. No. 4,761,372 to Maas et al. titled "Mutant Enterotoxin of E. coli."

►April 15, 2008 - Title: Method for treating disorders and diseases treatable with human fibroblast interferon (patent) - Laboratoires Seronosa (Coinsins, Vaud, CH) via

►April 15, 2008 - Title: Intracranial botulinum toxin therapy for focal epilepsy (patent) - Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA) via

►April 15, 2008 - Title: Ultrasonic concentration of drug delivery capsules (patent) - The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) via

►April 15, 2008 - Title: Enhanced secretion of a polypeptide by a microorganism (patent) - Genecor International, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) via

* ►April 14, 2008 - Defending Parents - Atlantic Free Press - "One man who single-handedly has saved many parents from such dire consequences is the California-based pathologist and toxicologist Dr. Mohammed Al-Bayati. He understands how coroners can see their role as securing convictions rather than seeking the truth or accepting uncertainty. He has seen how easily they jump to conclusions based on accepting the fraction of the available data that is concordant with their theory. The children described in this article are real cases, documented in the scientific journal Medical Veritas by Dr. Al-Bayati."

►April 9, 2008 - Low insulin linked to Alzheimer's disease risk - Neurology via Reuters

►April 9, 2008 - Vitamin K2 linked to lower prostate cancer risk - An increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 35 per cent, suggest results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). -

* ►April 2008 - Neurons in the fusiform gyrus are fewer and smaller in autism - journal article (Neurology)

* ►April 2008 - Integrated pain management: using omega 3 fatty acids in a naturopathic model - journal article (Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management)

* ►April 2008 - Excessive oxidative stress in autistic children - Advances in Autism Research compiled by Teresa Binstock for ARI via

* ►April 2008 - Oxidative stress and pollutants - Advances in Autism Research compiled by Teresa Binstock for ARI via

* ►April 2008 - Whistleblower Report - Shiv Chopra, former Health Canada Scientist on the Vaccine and Antibiotic Controversy - Vitality Magazine - "Dr. Shiv Chopra, PhD, must be fire-proof. As a vaccine and drug regulator for Health Canada for nearly forty years, he evaluated every red-hot topic in public health and tried to protect us from unsafe drugs, vaccines, and agricultural practices.  Over the years, he tried (sometimes successfully) to stop our government from allowing Canadians to be exposed to ineffective and harmful vaccines, genetically modified foods, pesticides, carcinogenic antibiotics and hormones used in food-producing animals, and agricultural practices that promote Mad Cow Disease. He even went public with his findings, supported by Canada’s public service union, which resulted in legal battles initiated against him by a government determined to shut him up. The courts, however, tended to find in favour of Dr. Chopra, and instead ordered the government to shape up....Dr. Chopra has now written a book on his decades of struggle to have the law recognized as being above political policy. His book, Corrupt to the Core, tells of what crimes our government knowingly committed against public health in order to serve corporate financial interests. The book has been three years in the making and is at the press now."

►April 2008 - Dietary intake of vitamin K and risk of prostate cancer in the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Heidelberg). - journal article (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►February 26, 2008 - Audrey Edmunds lucid intervals overurned conviction - Shaken baby and unsafe convictions

►August 12, 2007 - About Dr. Al-Bayati - Medical Legal Cases Evaluated by Dr. Al-Bayati

* Medical Legal Cases Evaluated by Dr. Al-Bayati - Blog

SV40 Cancer Foundation - website - website

►The early bird special pricing for the Lyme-Autism Connection conference is extended to June 1st. For more information, to register or exhibit, please go online to: - LIA Foundation


Posted May 2, 2008


* ►June 18/19, 2008 - Report of the AAMC Task Force on Industry Funding of Medical Education to the AAMC Executive Council (pdf) - AAMC

* ►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine Reactions (blog) -

* ►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine science and commerce: never the twain shall meet? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine requirements compete with basic needs of poor people - journal article (BMJ)

* ►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine sale is not tailored to improving India’s health - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Reclaiming the placebo effect - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - What is the placebo worth? - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Components of placebo effect: randomised controlled trial in patients with irritable bowel syndrome - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - The thinking doctor’s guide to placebos - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Rating quality of evidence and strength of recommendations: What is "quality of evidence" and why is it important to clinicians? - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Haemoglobin based blood substitutes raise risk of myocardial infarction and death - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - MPs call for better safeguards on antipsychotic use in care homes - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Gene therapy is in danger of being overhyped, expert says - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Problem based learning - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Surgeon who owned hospital faces 69 charges of flawed treatment and four of manslaughter - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Does it matter that medical graduates don’t get jobs as doctors? No (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►May 3, 2008 - Does it matter that medical graduates don’t get jobs as doctors? Yes (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►May 3, 2008 - Lethal virus claims more children - Shanghai Daily - "The situation is so serious that the city now faces quarantine. Enterovirus 71 began spreading in Fuyang, Anhui Province, in early March and by the early hours of yesterday, 3,321 children had been infected by the virus, up from 2,946 registered a day earlier, said Wang Yan, a government spokesman."

* ►May 3, 2008 - Tribute to vaccine's forgotten man - The thing about Jian Zhou was that once he made up his mind, there was no changing it. Like his friend and fellow medical researcher Ian Frazer, the Chinese-born virologist was convinced the work they were doing in their Brisbane laboratory would create history. - The Australian - "And so it did: a world-first vaccine to protect women against the virus that causes most forms of cervical cancer. The breakthrough put Professor Frazer's name up in lights in the international scientific community, and made him the 2006 Australian of the Year. His lingering regret is that Zhou did not live to share the rewards and accolades."

* ►May 3, 2008 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Press Release: Right To Life New Zealand Inc via - "There is an urgent need for a comprehensive and informed debate in our community on the introduction of this vaccine. Is the vaccine safe?  The Federal Drug Administration in Atlanta in the United States approved the use of the vaccine in June 2006. It reports that since approval there have been 7 deaths of young women associated with the use of Gardasil. There have also been 1637 reports of adverse reaction up to May 2007, 371 were serious reactions."

►May 3, 2008 - Free vaccination to halve cervical cancer deaths - New Zealand Herald

►May 3, 2008 - Vaccine is welcomed 'if it's safe' - Gisborne Herald, New Zealand

►May 3, 2008 - Editorial: Cancer jab will save 30 lives a year - New Zealand Herald

►May 3, 2008 - India leads world in polio eradication mission - The Statesman

►May 3, 2008 - Measles, Meningitis Ravage Northern States - Nigerian Tribune

* ►May 2, 2008 - Proper Name: Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral ROTARIX - GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, License #1617 - FDA/CBER

* ►May 2, 2008 - Pfizer Lobbyist: Kickbacks To Docs Are Bad - Pharmalot

* ►May 2, 2008 - It’s Only Money: The FDA & Foreign Plants - Pharmalot

* ►May 2, 2008 - Prescription for safety - Drugmakers open to new fees for foreign plant checks - The Star-Ledger

* ►May 2, 2008 - Democrats, FDA Official at Odds Over Inspection Plan (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

* ►May 2, 2008 - Link between vaccine, autism is disputed - Public health officials say a report that fueled the speculation has been widely discredited. But some parents are not convinced. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "Despite mainstream scientific evidence showing no connection between the vaccine and autism, a vocal group of parents with autistic children remain committed to the premise.Rick Rollens, the parent of an autistic child in Granite Bay, Calif., said his son, now 17, was 7 months old when he received a series of vaccinations, and his behavior changed dramatically. 'He was never the same after that,' said Rollens, whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 17 months. Rollens dismisses epidemiological studies that public officials cite in making their case for vaccinations. 'They're done by people who have a vested interest in protecting the status quo,' Rollens said. 'Vaccine and immunization policy is a sacred cow of the public health community and Big Pharma,' he said, referring to large pharmaceutical companies."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Mejias and Health Committee Hear Concerns About Safety of Vaccines and Possible Link to Autism - Floral Park Dispatch via - "Nassau County Legislator Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale), chairman of the Legislature's Health & Social Services Committee, was joined by New York State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) as they provided a platform for parents of autistic children from across the United States regarding their concern about immunizations containing thimerosal, a vaccine preservative, and the possible link to autism."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Carroll Co. resident continues to raise money for autism - The Madison Courier - "A new experimental treatment is being researched at Kosair Children's Hospital and University Hospital in Louisville. A 7-year-old Louisville boy with autism named Evan Riggle, received glutathione intravenously at the children's hospital....Riggle had a dramatic improvement in his quality of life after the treatment. The treatments can reduce aggression in children with autism and improve their interpersonal, socialization and verbalization skills. The boy's older sister, Michala, saw the change in her brother and wanted other autistic children to have the same opportunity her brother had. Michala, 10, began her quest to raise money for research in Louisville."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Florida House accepts Senate compromise on autism insurance bill - Measure declared 'dead' after House replaces it with legislation covering children of all disabilities - The News-Press

* ►May 2, 2008 - Autism forum allows parents to have a say (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee - "Parents of autistic children want answers, and in an unprecedented move, federal health officials will be in Sacramento on Saturday to ask how they can help provide them. At a daylong 'town hall' meeting at the UC Davis Cancer Center, a wide range of autism stakeholders will brainstorm about the kind of federally funded research needed on the neurodevelopmental disorder."

►May 2, 2008 - Many Children with Autism Unable To Get Critical Treatment, Due to the Exorbitant Expense - press release - JoAnn Collins Publishing via

►May 2, 2008 - Parent speaks out about autism - Akron Leader Publications

►May 2, 2008 - A tool in the ongoing fight against autism - The Downey Patriot

* ►May 2, 2008 - Monsanto GMOs: The World According to Monsanto (includes video) - Adventures in Autism - "I lost track of how many whistle blowers, previously highly respected scientists, were fired and had their reputations trashed for reporting that their findings showed that Monsanto’s GMO products were not safe or reported the million dollar bribes that Monsanto was offering to regulators. Researchers found they caused problems in cell division, which is step one in the development of cancer, and that the bodies of animals reacted to the GMO food as a foreign substance to be attacked, stimulating the immune system. (Does this set off any alarms for anyone? More on this in my follow up post.)"

►May 2, 2008 - Fainting After Vax is Normal. Right? - Age of Autism

►May 2, 2008 - Food and Drug Administration planning area hiring spree - Baltimore Business Journal

►May 2, 2008 - Lethal Injection - Congress grills pharmaceutical firm Baxter International and the Food and Drug Administration about tainted drugs that killed 81. - The Current via The Atlantic

* ►May 2, 2008 - Prescription Drugs | FDA Official Pulls Back on Estimates of Cost To Inspect Foreign Drug Makers Properly -

►May 2, 2008 - FDA concerned over wider Cephalon pain drug use - Reuters

►May 2, 2008 - Nurse provides facts about HPV - The HPV vaccine can only protect you from HPV types targeted in the vaccine. - Camarillo Acorn

►May 2, 2008 - Mere existence of a vaccine isn't enough - letter - Des Moines Register

►May 2, 2008 - Immunization Numbers in Idaho Below Average (includes video) -

►May 2, 2008 - Whooping cough worry leads to vaccinations - Las Vegas Sun

* ►May 2, 2008 - IDSA Lyme Guidelines Seriously Flawed - Norwalk Plus Magazine via The One Click Group - "Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that his antitrust investigation has uncovered serious flaws in the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) process for writing its 2006 Lyme disease guidelines and the IDSA has agreed to reassess them with the assistance of an outside arbiter."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Prom Deaths? Measles Deaths? - Age of Autism

* ►May 2, 2008 - CDC fears major measles outbreak - Chicago Tribune via Seattle Times

* ►May 2, 2008 - Pima County declares measles public health emergency - AP via KOLD-TV

* ►May 2, 2008 - What the Government's Not Telling You about the 'Measles Epidemic' - Christian Broadcasting Network

* ►May 2, 2008 - How to Spot the Measles - U.S. Faces Largest Measles Outbreak in Seven Years as Kids Head to Camp - ABC News

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Rise In US Is Imported, CDC - Medical News Today

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Cases Rise -

►May 2, 2008 - Measles outbreak fits pattern, doctor says (requires registration) - Arizona Daily Star

►May 2, 2008 - Carlock: So what's the deal with measles? - Tucson Citizen

►May 2, 2008 - What you need to know about the current cases of measles - WSAV-TV

►May 2, 2008 - Updated guidelines follow measles alert - The Olympian

►May 2, 2008 - Measles Immunization Clinic Saturday - Today's TMJ4 Milwaukee

►May 2, 2008 - Student With Meningitis Released From Hospital - Two Hundred Students Take Precautionary Antibiotics -

►May 2, 2008 - Charity warns of meningitis danger - South Wales Echo via icWales

►May 2, 2008 - Case of meningitis at Catz - Male Welfare Rep praised for prompt reaction. - Cherwell

►May 2, 2008 - Vigilance sleuths conduct surprise check on CDMO - The Statesman

►May 2, 2008 - UN throws spotlight on pneumonia, world’s biggest killer of children - UN News Centre

►May 2, 2008 - Prevention and control of childhood pneumonia: Bulletin of the World Health Organization - GAVI's PneumoADIP via EurekAlert!

* ►May 2, 2008 - Researchers find fast way to make human antibodies against flu - CIDRAP News

►May 2, 2008 - May is Hepatitis Awareness Month - Montgomery Advertiser

►May 2, 2008 - Health Dept. urges testing, vaccinations for hepatitis a, b, c -

►May 2, 2008 - Hepatitis C treatment success rate increases - Associated Press of Pakistan

►May 2, 2008 - DNA Jigsaw Puzzle - A new mathematical and statistical method allows the virus population in a diseased organism to be determined quickly and economically. Using this method, medicines and vaccines against diseases caused by viral infections could be developed and deployed in a more targeted way in the future. - ETH Zurich via ScienceDaily

* ►May 2, 2008 - House OKs bill banning genetic discrimination - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 2, 2008 - New 'OPAL Therapy' presents simple, cost-effective method of treating HIV infection - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert!

►May 2, 2008 - New immune treatment may control AIDS virus - Reuters UK

►May 2, 2008 - Man with HIV gets 12 years for exposing two women to virus - Northwest Arkansas Times

►May 2, 2008 - Safe Harbor seafood tested for mercury - HeraldNet 

►May 2, 2008 - Peanut allergy treatment on the horizon? - Expert: Immune therapy for growing condition may be available in 5 years - Reuters via MSNBC

►May 2, 2008 - Increase in kids' cavities linked to bottled water - Fluoride in the tap variety helps strengthen enamel, prevent tooth decay - The Edmonton Journal via

* ►May 2, 2008 - Deadly Animal Virus may Soon Come to US Mainland -

►May 2, 2008 - Scottish bluetongue row as England starts vaccinating - The Scotsman

►May 2, 2008 - Not All Device, Drug and Biologic Submissions Need Certification - FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin

►May 2, 2008 - Pfizer announces 100 new Cork jobs - RTE Business

►May 2, 2008 - Cephalon Painkiller Could Be Devastating: FDA - Pharmalot

►May 2, 2008 - Alzheimers sufferers win first stage of fight for drug - The Independent, UK

* ►May 1, 2008 - Lights, Camera, Scrutiny: Congress & DTC Ads - Pharmalot - "Want to know the full story behind those famous Bob Jarvik ads for Lipitor? How about the rationale for heavily promoting Vytorin? Then tune in next Thursday May 8 to the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on direct-to-consumer advertising. It promises to be a good show."

* ►May 1, 2008 - A Conflicted Campaign To Attack Industry Criticism - Pharmalot

* ►May 1, 2008 - Drugmakers Win Appeal Against UK Watchdog - Pharmalot

* ►May 1, 2008 - Drugmakers Question Investments In The UK - Pharmalot

* ►May 1, 2008 - Merck Faces 100 New Fosamax Lawsuits, Lawyer Says (Update2) - Bloomberg

►May 1, 2008 - Scientists Find Much Faster Way To Make Antibodies - Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Emory University via Medical News Today

►May 1, 2008 - US FDA: Amgen, Wyeth's Enbrel drug to carry warning - Reuters

►May 1, 2008 - Leave It To Beaver… And Leave It To PhRMA - Pharmalot

►May 1, 2008 - Does chronic Lyme Disease exist? (includes video) - NECN

►May 1, 2008 - Hey, Buddy, Can You Spare A Pill? - Pharmalot - "Seven percent reported sharing mood-altering drugs like Paxil, Zoloft, Ritalin and Valium. And slightly more than 6 percent shared the Accutane acne drug, while 5 percent shared birth control pills, according to the findings published online by the American Journal of Public Health."

►May 1, 2008 - ‘Hysteria Over AIDS’ Reduced Bayer Sales - Pharmalot

* ►May 1, 2008 - FDA Warns Merck on Vaccine Plant Problems - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►May 1, 2008 - Health officials fear return of measles - U.S. could have major outbreak of contagious disease (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►May 1, 2008 - Parent profile - Examining Autism -

►May 1, 2008 - One story of autism -

* ►May 1, 2008 - Editorial: CDC wastes years on flawed health research - The Daily Telegram

* ►May 1, 2008 - Bush war on health care ‘violated laws’ - People's Weekly World - "A just-released report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) charged that the Bush administration 'violated federal laws last year when it restricted states’ ability to provide health care insurance to children of middle-income families.'"

►May 1, 2008 - More Teen Girls Faint After Vaccination - CDC Recommends Observing Patients for 15 Minutes After Vaccination - WebMD

►May 1, 2008 - CDC Warns of Quack Cosmetic Practitioners - 3 Women Hospitalized in 2007 After Getting Liquid "Silicone" Buttocks Injections From Unlicensed Practitioner in N.C - WebMD

* ►May 1, 2008 - Vitamins: They really don’t want you to have them - WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

►May 1, 2008 - Health Officials Encourage Immunization (includes video) - Northland's NewsCenter

►May 1, 2008 - At Least 2,000 Possibly Exposed to Measles at International Church Conference in Washington State - Washington state public health officials are trying to track down at least 2,000 people who may have been exposed to the measles at a church event in March, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. - FOX News

►May 1, 2008 - Measles suspected in Japanese attendee of church conference - The person became sick on the way home after the March gathering. - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

►May 1, 2008 - Measles outbreak is national - With more than 70 cases in 10 states, 2008 tally could be worst in years; health care providers often lack familiarity with once-corralled disease - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►May 1, 2008 - With measles nearby, Dane County officials urging immunizations - Wisconsin State Journal via

►May 1, 2008 - New Measles Case Confirmed in Vernon County (includes video) - WKBT La Crosse

►May 1, 2008 - Pima County's measles outbreak expected to keep growing - Arizona Daily Star

►May 1, 2008 - People line up for measles shots - Fox 11 News Tucson

►May 1, 2008 - Grant County family stricken with measles - The Wenatchee World Online

* ►May 1, 2008 - Bird flu vaccines get first thumbs up - AAP via The Age - "The vaccines, called Pandemrix and Panvex, have become the first to reach the final step towards registration in Australia, the pharmaceutical bulletin Pharma in Focus says."

►May 1, 2008 - The FDA and Heparin - letter (requires registration) - New York Times

►May 1, 2008 - Environmentalists sue in Mpls. over invasive fish virus (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►May 2008 - Robust infrastructure ensures vaccine safety after licensure - (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - New network offers drug safety alerts instantly (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - Measles outbreaks highlight need for immunization, rapid diagnosis, infection control measures (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - AAP working to ensure pediatricians are competent in six areas (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - Why ‘every student deserves a full-time school nurse’ (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - Soy formulas should be used sparingly, according to new report (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - State immunization registry not accurate (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - How can we re-establish public trust in childhood vaccination? (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - Vaccinating children ‘absolutely the right thing to do’ (requires subscription) - AAP News

►May 2008 - All Star Pediatrics’ Vaccine Policy Statement (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 30, 2008 - ONE LESS. -

* ►April 30, 2008 - Scientists, activists debate if genetically modified foods are panacea or plague - Jerusalem Post

* ►April 30, 2008 - 'Don't wait to vaccinate' - City addresses parents’ fears about immunization - Medill News Service via Austin Weekly News - "But despite the many pro-immunization arguments, some Chicago parents are still skeptical about getting shots for their kids. South Side resident Mary Odom insists that if it was not required for daycare, she would not have had her daughter, 1-year-old Marquita, immunized. 'I don't like vaccines at all,' she said. 'Before [my daughter] got her shots, she was never sick. The minute I started getting her the shots, her colds started. Now she's sick all the time.'"

►April 30, 2008 - Kirkland church-goers may have been exposed to measles - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►April 30, 2008 - Measles outbreak raises worry - Eight people in Grant County appear to have the disease, and local folks are urged to be alert. - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

►April 30, 2008 - Suspected measles cases at school, hospitals - Tucson Citizen - "Two children at the elementary school were not vaccinated because their parents had signed vaccination exemptions. Those two students and any teachers who do not get vaccinated or cannot prove that they've been immunized will not be allowed to return to the school for two weeks."

►April 30, 2008 - MSF provides measles and meningitis vaccination to thousands of people in Nigeria - Medecins Sans Frontieres

►April 30, 2008 - Whooping cough cases rise; preventable by vaccine -

►April 30, 2008 - Adverse effects of HIV therapy differ by race, sex - Reuters UK

►April 30, 2008 - Web site challenges stereotypes on HIV/AIDS - Reuters

* ►April 30, 2008 - Flow cytometric monitoring of influenza A virus infection in MDCK cells during vaccine production (pdf) - journal article (BMC Biotechnology)

* ►April 30, 2008 - FDA Chief Counsel Stymies Heparin Probe - Pharmalot

* ►April 30, 2008 - Before You Take That Pill, Read This… - Several years ago, Emory University psychiatry and radiology professor Doug Bremner was immersed in a long-running controversy over Accutane and links to suicide. His research vexed the drugmaker, Roche, and he wound up as an expert witness in litigation. The experience and subsequent scandals about undisclosed side effects prompted him to write a book, “Before You Take That Pill: Why The Drug Industry May Be Bad For Your Health.” In his view, consumers need more info than they generally receive and so Bremner, who has also consulted for Glaxo, Novartis and Wyeth, details the risks, benefits and other background data on some 300 meds. This is an excerpt from a recent conversation… - Pharmalot

* ►April 30, 2008 - Citizen Petition Asks FDA to Pull From the Market All Dietary Supplements Containing a Form of Vitamin B6 - FDA Law Blog HPM Web Site

* ►April 29, 2008 - Low-Cost Shots: Health Department Expands List - Coventry Evening Telegraph via (abstract)

* ►April 29, 2008 - Cancer Vaccine for Every Girl in Coventry - Coventry Evening Telegraph via (abstract)

►April 29, 2008 - In Hepatitis Trends, Good News and Bad - New York Times via (abstract)

►April 29, 2008 - Patients endangered in 'secret science' trials of risky blood substitutes: Study - The Canadian Press

►April 29, 2008 - Too Much Technology May Be Killing Beneficial Bacteria - MU engineer concerned about environmental impact of silver nanoparticles in wastewater treatment - University of Missouri-Columbia via Biocompare

►April 29, 2008 - Article Describes Sponsored Research of the Chikungunya Fever Arbovirosis - Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. via Biocompare

* ►April 29, 2008 - ACIP meeting minutes February 2008 Minutes (pdf) - ACIP Meetings, Agendas, and Registration via CDC

* ►April 29, 2008 - NVAC Round Two by Kelli Ann Davis - Age of Autism

* ►April 29, 2008 - Confused Parents to Blame for Falling Vax Rates - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2008 - Synexus has over 10,000 patients in trials - Pharma Times - "The enrollees are spread across Synexus’ 14 ‘hub sites’ in six countries. According to the company, its hub site model – a network of dedicated sites that specialise in patient recruitment and trial management – is increasingly being taken up by the pharmaceutical industry as it “dramatically” reduces costs (often by a factor of 10), improves the quality of study data and speeds up recruitment."

►April 28, 2008 - Fewer children getting vaccinated - Winnipeg Free Press

►April 26, 2008 - Pima gets $50K in state funds for measles control - AP via Arizona Daily Star

►April 24, 2008 - Measles Outbreak Continues in WI - AP via

* ►April 24, 2008 - Study Shows How Smallpox Virus Tricks Healthy Cells - Science via Reuters via (abstract)

►April 24, 2008 - Teenage Boys Have Higher CV Risk Than Girls CME (requires registration) - Circulation Medscape Medical News

►April 23, 2008 - Mechanisms of Memory Identified - Major step forward in understanding how memory works - University of Bristol via Biocompare

►April 23, 2008 - Major Organ Involvement Common in Children With SLE (requires registration) - The Journal of Pediatrics via Reuters Health

►April 23, 2008 - Genotype--phenotype correlations between GBA mutations and Parkinson disease risk and onset. - journal article (Neurology)

►April 22, 2008 - Travel-Related Fever due to an Emerging Infection (requires registration) (full text) - Laboratory Medicine via Medscape

►April 22, 2008 - Migraine Linked to Sleep Apnea in Children and Teens (requires registration) - American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 60th Annual Meeting via Medscape Medical News

►April 21, 2008 - Varying the Wear Time of the Methylphenidate Transdermal System in Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

►April 18, 2008 - Am I Passing MRSA to My Patients? - journal article (Journal Watch Emergency Medicine)

►April 18, 2008 - Oral Vitamin K Prevents Bleeding in Breastfed Infants With Biliary Atresia (requires registration) - Pediatrics via Reuters Health via Medscape

►April 2008 - The War on Animal Research (requires registration) - The Scientist

►March 2008 - Changes in Antidepressant Metabolism and Dosing Across Pregnancy and Early Postpartum. - journal article (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)

Finding a Clinician using a Defeat Autism Now! approach: Questions to Ask - Autism Research Institute

Heroes & Pioneers - Bob and Suzanne Wright - The 2008 TIME 100 - TIME Magazine

Face Processing Area of Brain Shows Anatomical Differences in Autism - Autism Speaks

Current NEWS about Vaccines Dangers -


Posted May 1, 2008


* ►May 2, 2008 - Clark: Announcement of HPV Vaccine Programme - Speech: New Zealand Government via

* ►May 2, 2008 - PM says age is critical for vaccine - Newstalk ZB - "MP Sue Kedgley says adverse reactions have been linked to the vaccine in the USA and Australia, so parents here must be told so they can weigh up its risks and benefits. She says she does not want to see a repeat of the 'scaremongering tactics' she believes were used in the meningococcal vaccination campaign in an attempt to force families to vaccinate their children."

* ►May 2, 2008 - $164m for cervical cancer vaccine - The Government has confirmed it will spend $164.2 million over the next five years on a cervical cancer immunisation programme. - The Dominion Post and NZPA via

►May 2, 2008 - Clark confirms $164m cancer vaccine plan - New Zealand Herald

►May 2, 2008 - $164m new funding for cancer immunisation - Press Release: New Zealand Government via

* ►May 2, 2008 - Acute Renal Failure Associated with Cosmetic Soft-Tissue Filler Injections --- North Carolina, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

* ►May 2, 2008 - More kids fainting after shots, CDC reports - Reuters - "'A girl aged 13 years fainted within 10 minutes of receiving HPV and MCV4 (meningitis) vaccinations,' the CDC report reads. 'She fell backward and hit her head on the carpeted floor of the clinic.' She fractured her skull and had bleeding on the brain but recovered. 'Providers should strongly consider observing patients for 15 minutes after they are vaccinated,' the CDC recommended."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Syncope After Vaccination --- United States, January 2005--July 2007 - MMWR/CDC - "During 2005--2007, ACIP decided to add several newly licensed adolescent vaccines to the routine immunization schedule and the Vaccines for Children Program. After these vaccines were licensed and recommended for use, the number of postvaccination syncope reports to VAERS increased, primarily among females aged 11--18 years. Although only 7% of the reports met the criteria for being classified as serious, potentially life-threatening injuries after postvaccination syncope were described, and one fatality was documented, resulting from intracranial hemorrhage caused by head trauma in a boy aged 15 years (7)."

* ►May 2, 2008 - Report from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): Decision Not to Recommend Routine Vaccination of All Children Aged 2--10 Years with Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) - MMWR/CDC - "For children aged 2--10 years who have received MPSV4 and remain at increased risk for meningococcal disease, ACIP recommends vaccination with MCV4 at 3 years after receipt of MPSV4. Children who last received MPSV4 more than 3 years before and remain at increased risk for meningococcal disease should be vaccinated with MCV4 as soon as possible. For children at lifelong increased risk for meningococcal disease, subsequent doses of MCV4 likely will be needed. ACIP will monitor available data on duration of protection to determine whether recommendations for revaccination with MCV4 are indicated. Persons with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) might be at increased risk for GBS after MCV4 vaccination (3); therefore, a history of GBS is a precaution to administration of MCV4."

►May 2, 2008 - Human Rabies --- Minnesota, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►May 2, 2008 - QuickStats: Percentage of Adults* Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness,† --- National Health Interview Survey,§ United States, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►May 2, 2008 - Notice to Readers: National Drinking Water Week --- May 4--10, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►May 2, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Better Hearing and Speech Month --- May 2008 - MMWR/CDC

* ►May 1, 2008 - Measles --- United States, January 1--April 25, 2008 (early release) - MMWR/CDC - "Many of the measles cases in children in 2008 have occurred among children whose parents claimed exemption from vaccination because of religious or personal beliefs and in infants too young to be vaccinated. Forty-eight states currently allow religious exemptions to school vaccination requirements, and 21 states allow exemptions based on personal beliefs.*** During 2002 and 2003, nonmedical exemption rates were higher in states that easily granted exemptions than states with medium or difficult exemption processes (7); in such states, the process of claiming a nonmedical exemption might require less effort than fulfilling vaccination requirements (8)."

* ►May 1, 2008 - U.S. reports biggest measles outbreak since 2001 - Reuters - "'We are concerned ... about the population of people who are choosing not to be vaccinated, and whether we may be on the verge of facing larger-scale outbreaks in the United States,' said Jane Seward of the CDC's division of viral diseases."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Michigan Measles cases attributed to lack of vaccination - The Detroit News - "'You can't drug your way to health,' said Sue Waltman, president of Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines. 'If someone is exposed, a fairly health y person, they are going to get the disease. After some discomfort, they are going to recover and be immune for life.'"

* ►May 1, 2008 - Jersey shows faith in MMR vaccine - MORE parents in the Island have greater confidence in the MMR vaccine for their children, according to recently released statistics. - Jersey Evening Post via This is Jersey

►May 1, 2008 - CDC: Measles outbreak linked to lack of vaccinations (includes video) - CNN

►May 1, 2008 - Measles outbreak not subdued; don't take immunity for granted - Arizona Daily Star

►May 1, 2008 - Thurston County releases updated measles-vaccination guidelines - The Olympian

* ►May 1, 2008 - Merck vaccine label to include report of death - MarketWatch - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an update to the product label for Merck & Co.'s ... Rotateq vaccine to include the report of a death of a recipient due to an intestinal obstruction."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Heparin Contamination Fiasco Reveals Dirty Secret of Drug Industry: Their Pills are Made in China! -

* ►May 1, 2008 - FDA Report Exposes Troubles at Merck Vaccine Plant -

* ►May 1, 2008 - US lawmakers seek more foreign drug plant checks - Reuters - ""What worries me is that without congressional intervention, this could happen again," said Rep. Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the health subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. More than 80 percent of active drug ingredients are produced abroad, but the FDA has limited staff and funding to inspect overseas manufacturers."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Pfizer's Cholesterol Drug Boosts Death Rate by 58 Percent -

* ►May 1, 2008 - Toddler death babysitter released - A babysitter found guilty of murdering her neighbour's two-year-old son has been released from prison after her conviction was ruled unsafe. - BBC - "Henry Blaxland QC, for Ms Holdsworth, said doctors at her trial had 'failed to diagnose' that Kyle had a 'highly unusual brain' which indicated three abnormalities, two of which predisposed him to epilepsy."

►May 1, 2008 - Merck’s Cordaptive: A Nasty Surprise - PharmExecBlog

►May 1, 2008 - Merck CEO says still confident on cholesterol drug - Reuters

►May 1, 2008 - Former Merck CEO Prodding Industry On Drug Pricing - CNBC

* ►May 1, 2008 - FDA orders Merck to fix vaccine plant problems - FierceVaccines

* ►May 1, 2008 - Merck’s Clark on PR Woes: ‘I Can’t Blame the Media’ - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►May 1, 2008 - Merck extends deadline for Vioxx settlement - Reuters - "Vioxx was withdrawn from U.S. drugstores in September 2004 after a Merck study showed that long-term users of the drug had twice the risk of heart attack and stroke. Merck said more than 28,250 eligible heart attack claimants had enrolled in the settlement, along with more than 16,750 eligible stroke claimants, as of March 31."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Dog Announces $35,000 Donation to Study the Rabies Vaccine - Chiclet T. Dog, canine co-author of the award-winning book 'Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care,' announces a $35,000 matching gift to the Rabies Challenge Fund. The Fund is conducting studies to prove that vaccine immunity persists for at least five years, and maybe as long as seven. Phase Two of the study will investigate vaccine additives called adjuvants and set up a reporting system for adverse reactions. (includes video) - press release - Jan Rasmusen Dogs4Dogs via PRWeb

* ►May 1, 2008 - Rabies study fund gets $35,000 donation - Portland Press Herald via - "The fund is a charitable trust founded by Kris Christine of Alna, who contends too-frequent rabies vaccinations are exposing pets to health risks, such as cancer. The fund helps raise money for a study to determine whether dogs could be protected with far fewer rabies shots."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Parents ask: Is autism linked to vaccines - Attorney Robert Krakow has become accustomed to taking phone calls from concerned parents with autistic children. - Herald Online - "Krakow couldn't forget one call he received from a parent whose baby cried for three straight days after a series of vaccinations. Three months later, the child could not speak, he said. Many parents with similar experiences, including Krakow, showed up at the Nassau County Legislature on Monday to address elected officials at a Health and Social Services Committee meeting about vaccines, which they believe contribute to autism....Krakow and a group of parents were joined in the Legislature by several advocates and elected officials, including Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) and Legislator Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale). Weisenberg has led an effort to ban thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that contains highly toxic mercury and is believed to be a trigger of autism in young children. There are no scientific findings to back the claim, however. With strong nonpartisan support, Weisenberg sponsored and helped pass a bill in the state Legislature that bans thimerosal in vaccinations for pregnant women and children under age 3. The law goes into effect on July 1."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Why We Fight by J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►May 1, 2008 - Emissions, autism are linked, study says - Star-Telegram

* ►May 1, 2008 - Parents Turn to States for Autism Help - Kansas City infoZine - "Jeff Sell, a Texas trial lawyer with four children, recently became a lobbyist for the Maryland-based Autism Society of America, a job that has him crisscrossing the country to persuade state lawmakers to make life easier for people with the little-understood developmental disability. He shut down his law firm, which had pursued legal cases linking autism with vaccines. But rather than move to Maryland, Sell is staying in Texas so his twin 13-year-old sons can continue to receive state-financed treatment for their autism. If he moves, Sell said, his sons would be on a years-long waiting list for therapy that costs as much as $60,000 a year."

* ►May 1, 2008 - New York State Seeks Philosophical Vaccine Exemption - Age of Autism

* ►May 1, 2008 - Parents seek vote on autism mandate - AP via - "Oklahoma City (AP) - "Parents of autistic children are pleading with Republican House leaders to schedule a vote on legislation that would require insurance companies to cover autism....Wayne Rohde of Edmond, whose 10-year-old son, Nick Rohde, suffers from autism, says treatment and early intervention can help autistic children become productive citizens."

►May 1, 2008 - Sadler now auctioning off Autism Awareness helmet -

►May 1, 2008 - Walk therapy - Walk Now for Autism helps raise money and awareness - The Salt Lake Tribune - "Cheryl Smith of Cottonwood Heights started printing T-shirts for her son to wear in public. They read: 'I have autism. Be nice to my mom.'  And they work. When Carson, 9, recently wore them at Disneyland, Smith didn't get what she calls the 'stink eye' for her son's odd behavior, such as making loud noises."

►May 1, 2008 - The End of Autism Awareness Month - And Predictions for the Future -

►May 1, 2008 - Parents file petition to force hearing on schools' autism program - The Wilton Bulletin

►May 1, 2008 - An ongoing journey: Hiker Jesse Saperstein talks candidly about Asperger's Syndrome - Poughkeepsie Journal

►May 1, 2008 - Pi Beta Phi student coping well with form of autism - The Mountain Press

►May 1, 2008 - Mercury Spill Closes State Office Building -

►May 1, 2008 - Group Tries to Dispel CFL Mercury Fears - Environmental Protection Magazine

* ►May 1, 2008 - Antibiotics in our livestock - Their overuse in the meat and poultry industries may help spawn superbugs. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "Federal legislation that would phase out the use of livestock antibiotics (except to treat sick animals) is stalled, despite the endorsement of the American Medical Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics."

* ►May 1, 2008 - New Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise announces board members, vaccine targets - press release - PREVENT via CNW Group - "Potential vaccine targets for fast-track commercialization include influenza, whooping cough, chlamydia, E. coli, and prion diseases such as 'mad cow.' 'We expect that the first vaccine candidate approved by our board for the PREVENT development pipeline will enter Phase I clinical trials by 2010,' said Potter....For more information on PREVENT, visit"

* ►May 1, 2008 - Novavax Opens Its First US Vaccine Plant - Company, State and County Representatives Unveil State-of-the-Art Facility in Rockville, MD - press release - Novavax, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via EarthTimes - "Novavax has four proprietary vaccine candidates in development addressing pandemic influenza, seasonal flu, varicella zoster and an undisclosed infectious disease target. The company's lead vaccine candidate to protect against pandemic influenza is currently in Phase II clinical testing."

* ►May 1, 2008 - Grade 6 girls to get free HPV vaccine - Voluntary program begins next school year - Winnipeg Sun

►May 1, 2008 - Should young girls be vaccinated against cervical cancer? (includes video) - TV3 News, New Zealand

►May 1, 2008 - ALAS Foundation's Wyclef Jean Joins PAHO to Boost Child Vaccination in Haiti - New public service announcement promotes vaccination against rubella and measles. - Pan American Health Organization

* ►May 1, 2008 - China reports 593 more children infected with virus that killed 20 - AP via International Herald Tribune - "The total number of children infected with Enterovirus 71 has risen to 2,477 in Fuyang, where the disease was first reported in March, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a government spokesman. It said all were under age 6 and most were under 2....Some children have been diagnosed with brain, heart and lung damage, the report said."

►May 1, 2008 - Influenza Season: call for older Australians to protect themselves - Barrier Miner

►May 1, 2008 - Miami student treated for meningitis - The Western Star - "A Miami University student is being treated at a Cincinnati hospital for bacterial meningitis after being diagnosed Wednesday, April 30, according to university officials."

►May 1, 2008 - Parents join pub fundraisers to fight meningitis - Bolton News, UK

►May 1, 2008 - Will Health Department preps for meningitis - Joliet Herald News

►May 1, 2008 - Kenya: Hospitals Now Run Out of TB Vaccine - The East African Standard (Nairobi) via

* ►May 1, 2008 - Chipola Biology Prof Working on Malaria Vaccine - Chipola College News - "Attempts to explain the ineffective immune response have been sought by Dr. Virginia Baker of Chipola College, and colleagues at FSU and World Health Mission.  While working in Nigeria, Dr. Baker uncovered an unexpected autoimmune phenomenon found in children under the age of six.  The impact of this find may lie in a novel discovery of an innate immune response never before identified in association with malaria.  This autoimmune activity against double-stranded DNA may negate effective delivery of the vaccine—which in many cases is based on a DNA adjuvant to mount an effective immune response."

►May 1, 2008 - Stanford researchers synthesize compound to flush HIV out of hiding and into crosshairs - Stanford News Service

►May 1, 2008 - Children living in areas with more street trees have lower asthma prevalence - journal article (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health)

►May 1, 2008 - Tree-lined streets linked to lower asthma rates - Hug a tree - it could help lower your chances of developing asthma. - The Press via

►May 1, 2008 - Filthy as a loo seat: hazard of computer keyboards - The Guardian, UK

►May 1, 2008 - British Veterinary Association Welcomes Arrival Of Bluetongue Vaccine - Medical News Today

►May 1, 2008 - Cattle Preconditioning: Vaccination Timing Schedule - Cattle Network

* ►May 1, 2008 - Tracking & Forcing Vaccines: Parents Want Choices by Barbara Loe Fisher - Vaccine Awakening

* ►April 30, 2008 - NVIC E-Newsletter

Tracking & Forcing Vaccines: Parents Want Choices by Barbara Loe Fisher

This week, CDC researchers sent out a warning that one in four child under age three in America is "not in compliance" with the CDC vaccine "recommendations" and that "missed doses" or "mistimed" doses is the cause. Some are calling for more vaccine tracking registries that will track children and their parents down to make sure every single one of the 48 doses of 14 vaccines that the CDC says kids must get has been given to every single child. The Los Angeles Times points the finger at "anti-vaccine parents" and urges the California legislature to put an end to the "personal belief"exemption so only doctors adhering to very narrow CDC guidelines for what constitutes a vaccine exemption are allowed to exempt children from vaccination.

The U.S. uses more vaccines than any other country in the world and has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world for young children: 70 to 80 percent of pre-schoolers have been injected with 26 doses of 10 vaccines. That high vaccination rate rises with age to 95 percent or more for six year old children entering kindergarten.

The CDC report lamenting that public health officials have been calculating the vaccine uptake among young children incorrectly comes at a time when the rate of infectious disease is way down but the rate of chronic disease and disability among highly vaccinated children is increasing: 1 in 6 child is learning disabled; 1 in 9 is asthmatic; 1 in 150 develops autism; 1 in 450 has diabetes.

Today, a Gallup poll reveals that half of all Americans report they are "stuck in a cycle of chronic disease" with two thirds of U.S. workers reporting one or more chronic diseases or recurring conditions. Some want to point to "stress" and "overweight" and "smoking" as the cause for the catastrophic high rate of chronic illness among Americans of all ages.

But the public health officials and medical doctors of this country have a lot to answer for and the question everyone should be asking is: Why is the most highly vaccinated population in the world so sick?

Educated health consumers, including informed parents, are taking matters into their own hands. They are choosing healthy lifestyles and wise health care alternatives that do not rely on constant pharmaceutical product use, including using too many vaccines.


May 8-11, 2008: The First Family Wellness Collaborative Conference and Celebration
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106    Tel: 215-928-1234

Speakers: Dawson Church, PhD, Barbara Loe Fisher, Stephen Marini, D.C., PhD, Jeanne Ohm, D.C., Larry Palevsky, M.D., Lisa Reagan, Nancy Warren, CPM and many more.

$79 for parents and public

May 12, 2008: Education Before Vaccination Workshop
Bayport-Blue Point Public Library  203 Blue Point Avenue Blue Point, NY 11715
Speakers: Ronald Sinagra, D.C., Lawrence Palevsky, M.D., Nicholas Argo, Esq., Rita Palma, Michelle Doxsee, Physical Therapist   RSVP: 631-806-2850 (leave message)

Green Our Vaccines Rally
Wednesday June 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Washington, D.C.


* ►April 30, 2008 - FDA warns Merck to fix vaccine plant problems - The Associated Press via Google - "The nine-page letter states FDA found 'significant objectionable conditions' in the manufacture of vaccines and drug ingredients during repeated inspections from Nov. 26 to Jan. 17. In a separate posting on its Web site, the agency said it issued the warning letter because Merck's response to the FDA report sent after the inspections was 'inadequate to address the serious deviations noted.' According to the heavily redacted warning letter, Merck officials didn't thoroughly investigate when vaccine batches inexplicably failed to meet specifications, even if batches had been distributed, and some combination measles-mumps-rubella shots that failed 'visual inspection for critical defects' were distributed anyway. The letter also said the plant didn't have written procedures, tests or other laboratory controls to ensure 'identity, strength, quality, and purity' of products."

* ►April 30, 2008 - Major Missed Doses - The CDC reports that 72 percent of 2-year-olds are incorrectly vaccinated. - video - ABC News via Yahoo!

* ►April 30, 2008 - Vaccine Manufacturing Plant Receives FDA Warning - Planet Chiropractic

* ►April 30, 2008 - Suzy Cohen, the 24-Hour Pharmacist, Reveals Shocking Dangers of Medications in Exclusive Audio Interview -

* ►April 30, 2008 - White House blocked EPA studies, GAO reports - San Francisco Chronicle - "A congressional watchdog agency has found that White House officials repeatedly intervened in the government's scientific process for assessing the health risks of toxic chemicals, prompting Sen. Barbara Boxer to threaten giving Congress control of the program."

* ►April 30, 2008 - 17th case of measles confirmed (includes video) - - "It could be a bad batch of the shot, or something has suppressed a person's immunity. The health department says it's rare, but does happen. 'We have actually have had two cases in our 16 or 17 where there is evidence of prior immunity,' she says."

►April 30, 2008 - Baby boy has meningococcal disease in SA - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►April 30, 2008 - Fast Cloning For Monoclonal Antibody Production - Vaccination is slow compared to a rapid biotech process to harness your immune cells to produce antibodies. - FuturePundit - "'With just a few tablespoons of blood, we can now rapidly generate human antibodies that can be used for immunization, diagnosis and treatment of newly emerging strains of influenza,' Wilson says. 'In the face of a disease outbreak, the ability to quickly produce infection-fighting human monoclonal antibodies would be invaluable.'"

►April 30, 2008 - Antibody Profiling Breakthrough At Idaho National Laboratory (includes video) -

►April 30, 2008 - Poison ice - As the sea ice melts, a toxic stew of mercury and synthetic chemicals is seeping into the Arctic food web, harming the area's people. We may be next. -

* ►April 30, 2008 - Dog Rabid About Rabies Vaccine Dangers - video - YouTube

* ►April 30, 2008 - New Policy Prolongs EPA Chemical Reviews - Other Agencies Can Now Offer Secret Input (requires registration) - Washington Post - "The Bush administration has changed Environmental Protection Agency reviews of chemicals in a way that will delay scientific assessments of their health risks and open the process to politicization, congressional investigators said yesterday."

* ►April 30, 2008 - Livestock lobby meddled in study, authors say - Des Moines Register - "Livestock interests tried to disrupt a wide-ranging study of their industry by threatening to yank financing for universities and scientists who assisted, a Pew Commission report released Tuesday alleges. The 2-year study by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production concluded that the industry needs a vast overhaul that includes banning the use of antibiotics as a growth stimulant and giving local governments zoning power over often controversial developments."

* ►April 29, 2008 - Quarter of kids don't meet vaccine schedule - Reuters

* ►April 29, 2008 - Many Americans struggling in life, survey finds - Reuters - "For example, two-thirds of workers report one or more chronic diseases or recurring conditions, and more than 20 percent said they were out sick at least one day and on average six days in the previous month. Workers with one to three diseases said they were unable to carry out their usual activities on 13.5 days each year. For workers with four or more disease conditions such as diabetes or heart disease this rises to more than 50 days a year."

►April 29, 2008 - Critics slam Ont. government for growing list of autistic kids awaiting therapy - Canadian Press via Yahoo! - "The wait list of autistic children who are eligible to receive intensive behavioural intervention therapy, or IBI, reached 1,148 on March 31, up from 985 last year. More than 1,400 children were receiving IBI services as of March 31, according to newly released government figures."

►April 29, 2008 - Sensory Integration and Autism Does it Work? - Mentoring-UK

* ►April 29, 2008 - University of Texas at Austin Pharmacy Researcher Receives $2.6 Million to Develop Vaccine Against Ebola Virus - University of Texas at Austin - "The researchers in Croyle's lab have developed several strategies in which they can chemically modify the outside of the adenovirus and fool the immune system into allowing the virus to deliver its genetic payload in those previously exposed to the virus. This may further improve the efficacy of the vaccine in those already exposed to adenovirus."

* ►April 29, 2008 - Seattle study ties bone drug Fosamax to heart problem - Seattle Times

* ►April 29, 2008 - USDA isn't on board with beef industry's downer cow ban - The Press-Enterprise- "A week after the meat industry called for a ban on downer cows in the nation's food supply, the U.S. Agriculture Department has not agreed to change a policy that allows some sick or injured cows to end up on dinner tables."

►April 29, 2008 - Boost from Merck cuts Dynavax Technologies' Q1 loss - San Francisco Business Times - "The FDA stopped Heplisav testing last month because of 'a serious adverse event' in a person who received the vaccine outside of the United States. One patient developed Wegener's granulomatosis, a disease that inflames the blood vessels."

* ►April 29, 2008 - Genes Explain Race Disparity in Response to a Heart Drug (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 24, 2008 - FDA-approved Lawsuit Preemption by Darrel Crain, DC - Planet Chiropractic - "In modern vaccine trials, so-called placebos can contain toxic chemical cocktails that are part of the tested vaccine, including aluminum. The adverse reactions people have to such neurotoxins are then counted as placebo responses. As any first year student of science can tell you, a scientifically valid clinical trial demands the use of a control group receiving a placebo with zero active ingredients, without exception. In any other industry, these kinds of creative 'improvements' to established scientific protocol would be called 'cheating.' Drug companies have their own word for drug safety trials that violate basic rules of science, 'profitable.'"

* ►April 24, 2008 - Looking for Mitochondrial Disorders In Your Autistic Child - Adventures in Autism

►April 24, 2008 - City urges parents to get teens vaccinated against meningitis - Chicago Sun-Times

►April 21, 2008 - Meningitis Trust: Vaccinations are vital - People must continue to receive vaccinations for meningitis to keep the level of deaths from the disease low, according to the Meningitis Trust. -

►April 20, 2008 - A GRK5 polymorphism that inhibits -adrenergic receptor signaling is protective in heart failure - journal article (Nature Medicine)

►April 18, 2008 - Thorntree girl, 1, dies of meningitis - Evening Gazette, UK

►April 11, 2008 - First It Was Bees, Now It's Bats That Are Dying -

►April 10, 2008 - Raw milk demand grows despite concerns - AP via

►April 9, 2008 - Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Control May Reverse Atherosclerosis In Adults With Diabetes - NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute via ScienceDaily

►April 4, 2008 - Bacteria Subsisting on Antibiotics - journal article (Science)

►April 3, 2008 - Red Wine, Tea, May Help Regulate Blood Sugar In Type 2 Diabetics, Research Suggests -  University of Massachusetts Amherst via ScienceDaily

►March 7, 2008 - Chemical Assessments: Low Productivity and New Interagency Review Process Limit the Usefulness and Credibility of EPA's Integrated Risk Information System - U.S. Government Accountability Office

►2007 - Aluminum-induced mitochondrial dysfunction leads to lipid accumulation in human hepatocytes: a link to obesity. - journal article (Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry)

►August 2006 - Altered vascular phenotype in autism: correlation with oxidative stress. (full text) - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►December 2005 - Diesel exhaust inhalation causes vascular dysfunction and impaired endogenous fibrinolysis. - journal article (Circulation)

►October 25, 2005 - Combustion-derived nanoparticles: a review of their toxicology following inhalation exposure. - journal article (Particle and Fibre Toxicology)

►March 2005 - The procoagulant potential of environmental particles (PM10). - journal article (Occupational and Environmental Medicine)

►May 2003 Supplement - Mechanism of lung injury caused by PM10 and ultrafine particles with special reference to COPD. - journal article (European Respiratory Journal)

►July 2001 - Potential mechanisms of adverse pulmonary and cardiovascular effects of particulate air pollution (PM10). - journal article (International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health)

►2000 - Asthma and PM10. - journal article (Respiratory Research)

EXCITING CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT! - Joint $35,000 Matching Gift to the Rabies Challenge Fund - - "Jan Rasmusen author of the national-award-winning health care book, Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, and an anonymous donor announce a combined $35,000 matching gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund. From May 1st to August 31st, for donations of $100 or more, Jan and the anonymous donors will match $1 of every $2 donated up to $35,000, and Jan will send an autographed copy of her book for donations above $500 as well. Jan’s and Chiclet’s gift is being made in honor of Chiclet’s companion, Jiggy, who developed autoimmune liver disease after a rabies shot."

What You Should Know About the Rabies Vaccine for Dogs -

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