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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 18-21, 2008

Posted May 21, 2008


* ►May 22, 2008 - 14 patients infected with hepatitis by used needles - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►May 22, 2008 - Tests can spot autism early, claim scientists - Babies as young as six months could be screened for signs of autism, scientists have claimed. - The Telegraph, UK

►May 22, 2008 - Ernie Els: 'You want to know why – but there's no easy answer' - Ernie Els' son has autism, a disorder that affects a growing number of children. The golfer tells James Corrigan of his desire to help raise the profile of this mysterious condition - The Independent, UK

►May 22, 2008 - Tracking Influenza's Every Movement - Santa Fe Institute, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 22, 2008 - Research gives boost to Australian flu vaccine - The Age - "FLU vaccine Relenza may be more effective than its rival Tamiflu in protecting against the human form of bird flu, according to research published in science journal Nature."

* ►May 21, 2008 - Ukraine health ministry opens investigation into ill-fated vaccination campaign. Several high-ranking officials suspended from duty - The health ministry of Ukraine opened internal investigation charging several top officials of neglect while importing and using measles and rubeola vaccine. Tens of teenagers were taken to the hospital suffering from side-affects and one died. The vaccine is made by Serum Institute in India, the ministry’s press service May 21 release runs. -

* ►May 21, 2008 - What the CDC and FDA Don’t Want You to Know About Thimerosal and Autism–Part II -

* ►May 21, 2008 - Holland On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/20 by Mary Holland, Esq. - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Procedural Issues - Age of Autism

* ►May 21, 2008 - "Autism Salutes" Salutes Congressman Sestak by Angela Warner - Age of Autism

* ►May 21, 2008 - Kim Stagliano: An Autism Mom Leaves the Pod - The Huffington Post - "First, let me tell you where I'm going. I'm off to Chicago where I am presenting at Autism One, a comprehensive conference where parents can learn about how to help their children (old or young) with autism from A-Z with an emphasis on T for treatment."

* ►May 21, 2008 - Parents of autistic kids want lawmakers to take action - Salt Lake Tribune - "'If we had this kind of numbers in a popular, well-known disease like AIDS, people would be freaking out. People don't really understand autism,' said Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns. 'A heart-breaking condition': Hutchings supports a combination of an insurance mandate and state subsidies to help parents with autistic children pay their premiums."

►May 21, 2008 - Governor Rell signs bill expanding autism program - - "'This law signifies new hope for our Connecticut residents with ASD and the families and organizations that care for them,' Governor Rell said."

►May 21, 2008 - Democrats seek hearing on autism mandate - AP via - "Democrats in the Oklahoma Legislature want House Republican leaders to schedule a hearing on a bill to require health insurers to cover autism....House leaders say the mandate will drive up the cost of health insurance policies and make them unaffordable."

►May 21, 2008 - Autism Speaks Advocates For Insurance! - Baristanet

►May 21, 2008 - Thimerosal Case in Georgia - Age of Autism

►May 21, 2008 - Autistic Boy Banned From Church - video - MSNBC via The Huffington Post

►May 21, 2008 - Your Opinion Requested: How Should Churches Accomodate Autism? -

* ►May 21, 2008 - Another Open Autism Letter to the Honourable Stéphane Dion - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►May 21, 2008 - Therapeutic Vest Will Help Children With Autism, ADHD, Anxiety - University of Massachusetts Amherst via ScienceDaily

►May 21, 2008 - WisBusiness: ABA Lifeline Interactive makes autism assistance more accessible -

►May 21, 2008 - Nutricia North America Partners with Autism Speaks - Medical Foods Manufacturer Discovers Its Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Products Benefit Many Children with Autism - press release - Nutricia North America via Business Wire

* ►May 21, 2008 - Export-ban of mercury and mercury compounds from the EU by 2011 - The export of mercury and mercury compounds from the EU will be prohibited from 15 March 2011, according to a second reading compromise between representatives of the EP and the Council which was confirmed by the European Parliament. Any export from Mercury from the EU, one of the world's biggest mercury exporters, will be prohibited from 15 March 2011 - 3 months earlier than proposed by the Council; the Commission had proposed 1 October 2011. - press release - European Parliament

►May 21, 2008 - Without resources, FDA can't protect consumers - editorial - Denver Post

* ►May 21, 2008 - Scientists discover how common vaccine booster works - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via EurekAlert! - "Currently the only vaccine adjuvants licensed for general use in the United States are aluminum hydroxide/phosphate formulations, known as alum. Although alum has been used to boost the immune responses to vaccines for decades, no one has known how it worked."

* ►May 21, 2008 - Md. Resolves 'Deceptive Promotion' of Vioxx Allegations With Merck - Attorney General Gansler Enters into Consent Decree with Merck Resolving an Investigation into the Marketing of Vioxx; Judgment Requires Merck to Improve its Disclosure of Potentially Dangerous Side Effects - Maryland Attorney General Gansler via Southern Maryland Online

* ►May 21, 2008 - Avant unit gets approval to award rights of vaccine to Pfizer - Thomson Financial via Forbes - "CDX-110 is an investigational vaccine currently under development for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. It is currently in a Phase II study."

►May 21, 2008 - BARC Announces Long-Term Cooperation In South African Biobanking for HIV Vaccine Trials - press release - BARC South Africa Pty., Ltd. via PRNewswire

* ►May 21, 2008 - Merck Launches Dose Replacement Program for HPV Vaccine - Participants Can Qualify for Limited Free Doses - AAFP News Now

►May 21, 2008 - Division adopts HPV vaccine program - Lloydminster girls will soon be safe from future complications of the human papillomavirus, thanks to a publicly-funded vaccine program. - Meridian Booster

►May 21, 2008 - Film Scholar at the Forefront of a Women’s Sexual Health Issue - Diverse - "According to the CDC, in most cases, the body fights off HPV naturally and the infected cells then go back to normal. But Chesler wasn’t so lucky. Shortly after her diagnosis, Chesler had the pre-cancerous dysplasia surgically removed."

* ►May 21, 2008 - 22 killed in DR Congo monkeypox outbreak: government - AFP via Google - "A monkeypox outbreak in northeastern DR Congo has killed 22 people and infected 220 more since January, the health ministry said Wednesday."

* ►May 21, 2008 - In Becky's Memory: Warning Parents, Teens About Meningitis (includes video) - Today's TMJ4

* ►May 21, 2008 - Hospital pays £80k over student's meningitis death - Wimbledon Guardian, UK

►May 21, 2008 - Japanese Firefighters Conduct Drill Over Onset of New Influenza -

►May 21, 2008 - South Africa: Additional Vacines to Reduce Pneumonia, Diarrhoea - BuaNews (Tshwane) via - "'Building on the success of our immunisation programme with current coverage of more than 85 percent, South Africa is making arrangements to introduce in the public health sector two additional vaccines, Rotarix and Prevnar, which we expect will have a significant impact in reducing the cases of diarrhoea and pneumonia and related deaths,' Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said."

►May 21, 2008 - Cabinda: Over 20,000 Children Immunised Against Polio - AngolaPress

* ►May 21, 2008 - Tetanus deaths on Island bring warning: Wear gloves while gardening - Vancouver Sun via

* ►May 21, 2008 - Five students at San Marcos school have chickenpox - San Diego Union-Tribune - "The five students all received one dose of the chickenpox vaccine."

►May 21, 2008 - Measles threat 'worrisome trend,' health officer says - Peninsula Daily News

►May 21, 2008 - New measles case confirmed - The Star of Grand Coulee

* ►May 21, 2008 - Health chiefs call for more protection against measles - News Shopper, UK - "'In south east London we are encouraging parents to give the second MMR between one to three months after the first dose to protect their children. 'Children's immune systems have a huge capacity and overloading them with the vaccination is not an issue."

►May 21, 2008 - Schering starts hepatitis C trials, Vertex falls - The Guardian, UK

►May 21, 2008 - Hepatitis C Latino Patients Benefit From Pegasys Copegus - Roche via eMaxHealth

►May 21, 2008 - Google Health Launches, But Gets A Second Opinion On Terms Of Service (requires registration) - Washington Post

►May 21, 2008 - Preemies more likely to have major birth defects - CBC

* ►May 21, 2008 - The Pink-Bubble-Gum-Flavored Dilemma - Why doctors give out antibiotics you don't need. - Slate Magazine

* ►May 21, 2008 - FAA bans anti-smoking drug Chantix for pilots, air controllers - The action comes after a medical safety group's report warns of side effects such as loss of consciousness and seizures. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►May 21, 2008 - Report on Pfizer's smoking-cessation drug raises safety questions: report - Thomson Financial via Forbes

►May 21, 2008 - Merck Halts Cholesterol Drug Trial - Dow Jones via

►May 21, 2008 - After patient infections, FDA decides to review contact lens cleaners - Bloomberg via Dallas Morning News

►May 21, 2008 - The FDA's Cancer Chief Speaks Out - In a discussion with BusinessWeek, Dr. Richard Pazdur talks about clinical trials, small biotechs, and anxious patients - BusinessWeek

►May 21, 2008 - Africa: Non-Communicable Diseases Will Kill Us in Future - Health-e (Cape Town) via

►May 21, 2008 - Generation of Babies Born With the AIDS Virus is Reaching Adulthood - Chicago Tribune via RedOrbit

►May 21, 2008 - Challenges Of HIV-1 Subtype Diversity - Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 21, 2008 - Shah N. Malik Receives 2008 American Pharmacists Association Award In Community And Ambulatory Practice - Medical News Today - "Malik was selected in recognition of dedicating his distinguished career to developing pharmacy-based immunization programs on the national and regional levels."

►May 21, 2008 - Cure For The Common Cold? Smallpox Drug May Also Target Some Upper-Respiratory Infections - Saint Louis University, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 21, 2008 - State updates mercury warnings about fish consumption - WZTV FOX 17 Nashville

►May 21, 2008 - CDC Director to Address Public Health and Drinking Water at ACE08 - press release - American Water Works Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

►May 21, 2008 - Non-communicable ailments can kill - IANS via Times of India

* ►May 20, 2008 - WHO, UNICEF and CDC regret the Government of Ukraine’s decision to suspend the National Measles and Rubella Vaccination Campaign - Media statement - WHO/Europe - "The Government’s decision to suspend the vaccination campaign was in response to the recent tragic death of a 17-year-old boy in Kramatorsk. Although a special commission of the Ministry of Health is still investigating the case, the Minister of Health stated that preliminary results provide no evidence of vaccination causing this unfortunate death. WHO, UNICEF and CDC regret that the decision to suspend the campaign and withdraw vaccines from use was made prior to the receipt of the official results of the investigation. WHO, UNICEF and CDC reiterate that the measles and rubella vaccine used in Ukraine is pre-qualified by WHO and produced in accordance with the highest international standards by the Serum Institute of India, the largest producer of measles and rubella vaccine globally."

►May 20, 2008 - Autism Hunger Strike Has Ended - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►May 20, 2008 - More Emergency Measles Funding (includes video) - - "This second round of funds will pay for 10,000 more vaccinations and for lab supplies to help the Arizona State Health Laboratory keep up with measles testing.  With this money, the lab can operate on nights and weekends."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Unconfirmed case of measles puts Bedford Schools on alert - - "The district mailed letters to parents May 7 stating there had been a case of rubella, but, at that time, the diagnosis was unconfirmed. Mr. White said the district's nurses again went through the medical files of students at the junior high. If a student did not receive two MMR vaccinations, the students were excluded from school and school activities during an incubation period set by the Monroe County Health Department. The incubation period depends on the type of disease. After testing was complete, the two students were found to have been misdiagnosed. 'The first two diagnoses were incorrect,' Mr. White said."

* ►May 20, 2008 - County Health confirms one measles case in Pinal - The Pinal County Public Health Services District is issuing an advisory for measles after the disease was diagnosed in a child under the age of one in the San Manuel area. Public Health officials are actively investigating the case. - Casa Grande Valley Newspapers - "Pinal County Health officials recommend that all children between the ages of six through 11 months receive a dose of measles vaccine. Two additional doses are needed after the first birthday. Parents should make sure that their children have received at least two doses of measles vaccine after their first birthday. Children in Pinal County who have received one dose of measles vaccine at age one or older should receive their second dose as soon as possible, but with a minimum of 28 days between vaccinations."

►May 20, 2008 - Sonoma Co.: Flu Pandemic Disaster Drill Today -

►May 20, 2008 - Niger: Meningitis DREF bulletin No. MDRNE003 - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - ReliefWeb

►May 20, 2008 - Requalification Method for Reentry of Blood Donors Deferred Because of Reactive Test Results for Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen (Anti-HBc) - FDA via

►May 20, 2008 - U.S. warns SkyWest unit over dirty water facility - Reuters

►May 20, 2008 - Proud to put public health first - Justin McCraken, the new Health Protection Agency chief, believes the road to understanding the dangers of chemical hazards is a long one - The Times, UK

►May 20, 2008 - Crucell in research license agreement with Bioceros on STAR technology - Thomson Financial via Forbes

►May 20, 2008 - Chief vet predicts a ‘polarised’ future for farming industry - Western Mail via icWales

►May 20, 2008 - Google Health Online - eHealthNews EU - "According to the Google Health FAQ, 'You can store records of current and past medications, allergies, procedures, immunizations, conditions, and test results.'"

* ►May 20, 2008 - New Pfizer Executive Was In Middle Of Tampering Case - While an official of Eli Lilly in 2001, he defended the company when it faced claims that cancer drug had been watered down. - - "'It appears to us Eli Lilly was more interested in protecting the millions of dollars in sales it might have in 2001 from Gemzar than the lives of the patients who could have been saved,' Ketchmark told the Reuters news service as the lawsuits were being filed."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Doctors moving to limit gifts from drug firms - Baltimore Sun - "When Dr. Barry Meisenberg attends lunchtime medical talks at the University of Maryland Medical Center, he usually doesn't eat - not even a carrot or a potato chip. He abstains to avoid what he sees as a conflict of interest. The talks are often sponsored by pharmaceutical and medical device companies, which supply the food, too. Meisenberg, a hematology professor at the medical school, decided a decade ago that taking gifts or money - including food, travel expenses and payments for speeches and research - could cloud his judgment about how to treat patients. 'I wanted to be free of any concerns about my reputation,' he said. 'The data show that we are being influenced, even by small gifts.'"

* ►May 20, 2008 - Critics say drug firms' payments to doctors are conflict of interest - What they spend: A look at drug company spending in Minnesota — on top specialties and select psychiatrists. - Pioneer Press via - "Drug companies have given $88 million in gifts, grants and fees to Minnesota doctors and caregivers since 2002, according to state payment records, including $782,000 to the two University of Minnesota psychiatrists who oversaw Dan Markingson's participation in a clinical drug trial. A lawsuit over Markingson's suicide, which happened during the drug trial, accused Dr. Stephen Olson and Dr. S. Charles Schulz, chairman of the U's psychiatry department, of coercing the schizophrenic Markingson into the study."

►May 19, 2008 - Schering-Plough, MorphoSys extend Antibody Alliance - Update - RTT News

* ►May 16, 2008 - Dr Kerr and Post Infectious Stress Syndrome. By Lara (pdf) - The One Click Group

* ►May 2008 - Can This Man Beat the Flu with a Single Universal Vaccine? - Walter Fiers found a protein segment on the influenza virus that could lead to a universal flu vaccine, which would end seasonal shots and provide pandemic protection - Scientific American

* ►March 31, 2008 - Hannah Poling Autism-Vaccine Case: Implications for ME/CFS-labelled patients By Lara (pdf) - The One Click Group

►March 30, 2008 - Outbreaks Follow as U.S. Parents Reject Vaccines - findingDulcinea

* MP calls for MMR jab certificates before kids go to school - Fabian Society

* 19 Kids A Day - 4 in 5 is a Boy - Every day 19 British children develop autism as a result of vaccines [*see calculation]: - Clifford G. Miller

* Mumps Vaccine "Unnecessary" Says BMA - Clifford G. Miller

* Rubella Vaccine Unnecessary for Children - Clifford G. Miller

* Measles - The Official Statistics - Clifford G. Miller

* British Government's Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety - Clifford G. Miller

* The Hannah Poling Case - Clifford G. Miller

* Autism and other health problems from vaccines - Clifford G. Miller

* Sir Sandy's medical contemporaries behind the Wakefield witchhunt - Clifford G. Miller

* Strong Evidence Vaccines Cause Autism - A Population Level Rechallenge in Japan - Clifford G. Miller

* Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering - Clifford G. Miller


Posted May 20, 2008


►June 1, 2008 - Pseudoepidemics of Tuberculin Skin Test Conversions in the U.S. Army after Recent Deployments - journal articles (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine)

►June 2008 - Immunity to adeno-associated virus vectors in animals and humans: a continued challenge - journal article (Gene Therapy)

►June 2008 - Adeno-associated virus integration: virus versus vector - journal article (Gene Therapy)

►June 2008 - Manufacturing and characterizing AAV-based vectors for use in clinical studies - journal article (Gene Therapy)

►June 2008 - The molecular archaeology of a mitochondrial death effector: AIF in Drosophila - journal article (Cell Death and Differentiation)

►June 2008 - Presynaptic glutamate receptors: physiological functions and mechanisms of action - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2008 - Protein-glycan interactions in the control of innate and adaptive immune responses - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►June 2008 - A critical function for transforming growth factor-, interleukin 23 and proinflammatory cytokines in driving and modulating human TH-17 responses - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►June 2008 - Scalable signaling mediated by T cell antigen receptor–CD3 ITAMs ensures effective negative selection and prevents autoimmunity - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►June 2008 - The receptor tyrosine kinase Flt3 is required for dendritic cell development in peripheral lymphoid tissues - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►June 2008 - Allelic variation in ApoC3, ApoA5 and LPL genes and first and second generation antipsychotic effects on serum lipids in patients with schizophrenia - journal article (The Pharmacogenomics Journal)

►June 2008 - Neuregulin 1 in neural development, synaptic plasticity and schizophrenia - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2008 - Emergency department treatment of primary headaches in children and adolescents. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►May/June 2008 - Use Of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs For Schizophrenia In Maine Medicaid Following A Policy Change - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May 21, 2008 - Vaccine deal sought - Hungarians look to form joint venture - Bangkok Post - "Hungarian investors are considering forming a joint venture with Thai counterparts to develop a vaccine against bird flu to prevent the possibility of human-to-human contagion, according to Deputy Commerce Minister Viroon Techapaibul."

* ►May 21, 2008 - The Deregulatory Effects of Preempting Tort Litigation - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Tracing Biological Collections - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - The "3T’s" Road Map to Transform US Health Care - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - The Future of Clinical Trials Evaluating Blood Substitutes - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Genetic Testing and Primary Care - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Genetic Testing and Primary Care—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Assessing Competencies of Knowledge and Process Improvement - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Assessing Competencies of Knowledge and Process Improvement—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Improvement in Process of Care and Outcome After a Multicenter Severe Sepsis Educational Program in Spain - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Improving Sepsis Care - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Parkinson Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►May 21, 2008 - Local docs try to set HPV record straight - Chatham This Week

►May 21, 2008 - Fighting bird flu - Avian influenza has spread and, while it has not reached pandemic proportions, constant vigilance is still crucial. - Malaysia Star

►May 21, 2008 - Slight increase in virus cases - Shanghai Daily - "SHANGHAI reported 2,138 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease from last Monday to Sunday, a small increase over the previous week, the Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday. There were no fatalities."

►May 21, 2008 - Measles keep 100 students home from - Georgetown Independent and Free Press

►May 21, 2008 - Dr. Jay on Fox 11: Cell Phones, Pregnancy and Kid’s Behavior - Vaccinating Your Baby

* ►May 21, 2008 - Families celebrate autism coverage - Palm Beach Post - "Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill forcing insurance companies to cover the neurological disorder. Standing next to him was Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino, whose 20-year-old son Michael has autism, and who had pressed lawmakers for a decade to pass the bill. 'He's in college, doing very well, and he's a direct result of early intervention,' Marino said."

* ►May 21, 2008 - Tragic meningitis boy's parents urge: 'Trust your instincts' - A Warwickshire couple have received an out-of-court settlement after a doctor and paramedics failed to recognise their baby son had meningitis. Health Correspondent Emma Brady reports. - The Birmingham Post - "This was never about the money, it’s about making parents aware of the symptoms and that they may not be taken seriously by medical professionals who they trust."

* ►May 21, 2008 - High court hears key case on vaccine suits - Manufacturers ask Georgia Supreme Court to overturn lower appeals court decision finding vaccine suits aren't automatically pre-empted by federal law (requires registration) - Daily Report - "An Atlanta lawyer is asking the Georgia appellate courts to put the brakes on a train of decisions nationwide that have stymied suits over alleged adverse effects of vaccines. The case argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court of Georgia was brought by an Atlanta couple who say their 10-year-old son suffered neurological problems as a result of childhood vaccines. The vaccine manufacturer defendants argue that the couple's claims cannot succeed because of a federal law that set up a system of compensation outside of the regular court system for vaccine injuries."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Ga. family challenges federal vaccine law - Fort Mills Times - "Stefan Ferrari's parents say he was a talkative toddler until he got a round of booster shots with a mercury preservative. Now age 10, he hasn't spoken since those shots. The Ferrari family asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule that vaccine maker American Home Products Corp. can be held liable for damages in a civil case....The case has drawn the ire of the vaccine industry as well as powerful right-leaning lobbying groups from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation. Seven other state courts have ruled that the federal laws pre-empt any state law that might give families the power to challenge the vaccine manufacturers. But the Georgia Court of Appeals became the first appellate court in the nation to rule that the federal law doesn't take precedence over state tort law."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Georgia family challenges federal vaccine law - AP via The Atlanta Journal Constitution - "Ferrari's attorney, Lanny Bridgers, contended the federal law was meant to "supplement, not displace, state tort law," and asked the court's seven justices not too be swayed by earlier legal decisions. Families of autistic children have claimed in court that thimerosal is linked to autism, although government lawyers say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rejected any link."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Heckenlively On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/19 - The Gloom Brothers – The Omnibus Autism Proceeding – Second Set of Hearings (Thimerosal & Autism) – Day Six – May 19, 2008 by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 20, 2008 - Holland On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/19 by Mary Holland - Monday, May 19, 2008 - Direct Examination of Dr. Brent - Age of Autism

* ►May 20, 2008 - Autism Doctor Answers Viewers' Questions - Neurologist Responds to Questions About His Revolutionary Approach to Behavioral Disorders - Good Morning America via ABC News - "Neurologist Dr. Fernando Miranda takes a radically different approach to behavioral disorders. Using high-tech scanning imagery he looks inside people's brains to diagnose and treat autism and attention deficit disorder."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Autism Grows Up, Lord Help Us - Age of Autism

* ►May 20, 2008 - Accommodating autism: Where's the fine line? - Teen's ouster from church stirs debate over disruptive vs. dangerous behavior. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►May 20, 2008 - Call for understanding in the wake of church autism ban - Ekklesia

* ►May 20, 2008 - Pediatricians Protecting Kids. Sweet! by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►May 20, 2008 - Dean Fulton Completes Marathon for TACA - Age of Autism

►May 20, 2008 - Research tool can detect autism at 9 months of age - McMaster University via EurekAlert!

►May 20, 2008 - Antiflea Pet Shampoos with Pyrethrin May Play a Role in Autism (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►May 20, 2008 - First Annual Autism Conference at Packard Children's and Stanford Brings Parents and Researchers Together - press release - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital via PRNewswire via The Earth Times - "The conference is scheduled from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on May 31st at the Schwab Residential Center at 680 Serra St. on the Stanford campus."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Autism financial assistance - Tampa Bay's 10 - "We’ve sold cars, we’ve sold a house, we’ve racked up credit card bills just to pay for his therapy and his sister’s therapy,' said Hill. But with the stroke of a pen, Governor Charlie Crist changed that Tuesday. Under new law called the 'Window of Opportunity Act,' families will get up to $36,000 each year and up to $200,000 during a lifetime for diagnosis and therapy. They will also receive protection from denied claims due to 'developmental disabilities.'...Former Miami Dolphins Quarterback Dan Marino has a son, Michael, who was diagnosed with autism as a child. He’s now a 20-year-old college student. Marino said this will allow families to provide the same care to their loved ones who might not otherwise be able to afford it."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Autism Health Coverage Gains Florida Gov. Support -

►May 20, 2008 - Crist signs autism health insurance coverage bill for Fla. - AP via Florida Times-Union

►May 20, 2008 - Family ready to help others dealing with autism - Community Press

►May 20, 2008 - When It Comes to Autism and Research, How Open-Minded Should We Be? -

►May 20, 2008 - Announcement of "Early Diagnosis" of Autism Through Eye Tracking May Be Premature -

►May 20, 2008 - Daily News: Autism Research Centers Designated -

►May 20, 2008 - Mum Discovered Own Autism Through Daughter's Diagnosis (includes video) - Derby Evening Telegraph

►May 20, 2008 - College Adds Master’s in Therapy Proven Effective in Treating Autism - The Sage Graduate School’s Master of Science in ABA and Autism has been approved by the New York State Board of Regents and is the only one in the U.S. that offers the program online. - PRWeb

 ►May 20, 2008 - Group draws attention to autism in Central Texas -

* ►May 20, 2008 - Manual of Standard Operating Procedures and Policies Regulatory - Vaccines Procedures for the Vaccine Safety Team - FDA/CBER

* ►May 20, 2008 - Scandal related to death of pupil in Donetsk region from inoculation against measles and rubella continues growing in Ukraine - Although the Health Ministry suspended a campaign on mass inoculation of the youth by a vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India Ltd., medical workers still assure that the vaccine has nothing to do with all that. - - "Following a death of the senior pupil from Kramatorsk on May 13 after an inoculation made the day before, another 92 children were hospitalized in the Donetsk region with the aggravated state of health. On the whole, about 100 persons were hospitalized at medical establishments of the country, who were vaccinated against measles and rubella."

►May 20, 2008 - Infant Primates Given Vaccines On U.S. Children's Immunization Schedule Develop Biomedical And Behavioral Symptoms Of Autism - National Autism Association via Medical News Today

* ►May 20, 2008 - Peer Review under the Spotlight - What matters most is the lack of public scrutiny rather than the lack of peer review in times of corporate corruption of science - Institute of Science in Society

* ►May 20, 2008 - OUCH! 'Canadian kids missing vital vaccines' - press release - Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) via CNW Group - "In a system such as Canada's with universal access to all primary care services and high visit rates by children, the ICES study shows immunization coverage is less than ideal, under 67%. The results were based on 2 year old children born between July 1, 1997 and June 30, 1998 in Ontario."
* ►May 20, 2008 - Tool Creates Personalized Catch-up Immunization Schedules For Missed Childhood Vaccinations - Georgia Institute of Technology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily - "The tool, designed by Pinar Keskinocak, associate professor in Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and graduate student Faramroze Engineer, is available for download from the CDC Web site []. 'Sometimes a physician sees a child that he or she knows will not return for all follow-up visits. In this case, the tool provides the physician flexibility in administering as many vaccines as possible while the child is in the office rather than waiting,' said Pickering."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Rep. Stupak Nudges FDA Toward Subpoena Power - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►May 20, 2008 - Google Offers Personal Health Records on the Web (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 20, 2008 - Review of Google Health - Technology Achievement or Privacy Disaster? - - "How would you like to find yourself going to a job interview one day, then suddenly finding out you're denied the job because your potential future employer bought your health records from this third party company that purchased them from Google? Although this is certainly not the intention of present-day Google, it remains a disconcerting possibility that's actually written right into Google's own privacy policy. Regardless of whether Google ever intends to sell your health records to someone else, the language of their privacy policy enables them to sell off the Google Health unit -- and all its records -- to any other business, government or individual at any time, with no recourse on your part. You have no right to delete your records under such a scenario. They become the 'property' of the new buyer."

* ►May 20, 2008 - Should The FDA Have Subpoena Power? - Pharmalot

* ►May 20, 2008 - Merck Pays $58M To States Settle Vioxx Fraud - Pharmalot

* ►May 20, 2008 - Texas wins $4 million in Vioxx settlement from Merck - San Antonio Business Journal

* ►May 20, 2008 - In Latest Vioxx Settlement, Merck Swears Off Ghostwriting - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "But a detail in the states’ deal caught our eye: The company has agreed to 'no longer engage in ‘ghostwriting,’ ' says this statement from the Pennsylvania AG. Wait, didn’t we just hear something about ghostwriting and Vioxx? Oh, right, it was just last month, when this JAMA article said some published Vioxx studies were writted by uncredited ghostwriters hired by the company."

* ►May 20, 2008 - From Vioxx to Vytorin - Merck is a Repeat Offender - CounterPunch

►May 20, 2008 - CEO Gambles on a Novartis Makeover (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►May 20, 2008 - Sept. 30 remains deadline for new students to turn 5 - School board rejects earlier kindergarten start - Patriot News vie

►May 20, 2008 - NIAID to Advance B-Cell Approach to HIV Vaccines - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) via PharmaLive via MedAdNews

►May 20, 2008 - CDC gets behind shingles shot - Washington Post via Salt Lake Tribune

►May 20, 2008 - Childhood diseases making comeback in adults? - Gatehouse News Service via Norwich Bulletin

►May 20, 2008 - VGX Files Two Seperate INDs for DNA Vaccines - Datamonitor via RedOrbit

►May 20, 2008 - Mymetics Acquires Malaria Vaccine From Pevion - Datamonitor via RedOrbit

►May 20, 2008 - Therapeutic DNA Vaccine Company Inovio Biomedical to Present at Upcoming Scientific Conferences - press release - Inovio Biomedical Corporation via Business Wire

►May 20, 2008 - FDA approves levofloxacin for anthrax in children - CIDRAP News

►May 20, 2008 - FDA to set up food and drug offices in China - China Knowledge Online

►May 20, 2008 - Quidel and Prodesse Announce Flu and RSV Molecular Partnership - Business Wire via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►May 20, 2008 - Pre-Pandemic Vaccine Approved in EU to Protect Against H5N1 Influenza - GlaxoSmithKline via Doctor's Guide

►May 20, 2008 - Kenyan Health Official Urges Continued Sensitization on Bird Flu - BBC Monitoring Africa via RedOrbit

►May 20, 2008 - ‘House’ Episode Sparks Google Frenzy for Flu Drug - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►May 20, 2008 - 'Sentinel chickens' to help fight West Nile Virus - Daily Herald

►May 20, 2008 - Gap between measles doses reduced in south east London - OnMedica

►May 20, 2008 - UNICEF protects cyclone-affected children against measles in Laputta Township - UNICEF

►May 20, 2008 - Men receive free shots - Homeless protected against hepatitis, tetanus, diphtheria. - The Express-Times via

* ►May 20, 2008 - Vaccines........How to create disease and genocide - OpEdNews

* ►May 20, 2008 - U of L researchers link HPV with head, neck cancers - Business First of Louisville - "Jenson and Ghim currently are working on a second-generation HPV vaccine grown in tobacco plants, which they hope will be less expensive to produce and will provide a stronger resistance to HPV, the university said in the release."

►May 20, 2008 - Cervical Cancer Could Double by 2030 Where Screening and Vaccine Are Lacking (requires registration) - The New York Times

►May 20, 2008 - Whooping cough case confirmed in Alcorn County - Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

►May 20, 2008 - Be vigilant over meningitis - Hunts Post, UK

►May 20, 2008 - Two pupils suffering meningitis - Wirral Globe, UK

►May 20, 2008 - Over 170,000 Children Vaccinated Against Polio - AngolaPress

►May 20, 2008 - Low-Dose Tenofovir Shows Efficacy in Patients With Lamivudine-Resistant Hepatitis B Virus: Presented at IM - Doctor's Guide

►May 20, 2008 - New Web Site Offers Guidance and Free Resources to Help Physician Practices and Outpatient Clinics Handle Issues with Device Reuse and Patient Communications - ECRI Institute via

►May 20, 2008 - How to increase the chances of remaining virus free Pakistani patients with HCV? - World Journal of Gastroenterology via EurekAlert!

►May 20, 2008 - US seeks new hepatitis blood donation rules - Reuters UK

►May 20, 2008 - More than 100 Leading Organizations from Around the World to Convene in Atlanta for Biodetection Technologies 2008 - Biodetection Technologies is an internationally recognized event for experts in detection and identification of biological and chemical threats. Delivering this year's opening keynote address will be Robert Hooks, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for WMD and Biodefense from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. - press release - The Knowledge Foundation via PRWeb via eMediaWire

►May 20, 2008 - NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program - Morgellons Research Foundation via

►May 20, 2008 - 'Food crisis, climate change threats to public health' - Times of India

►May 20, 2008 - Missouri Town Fears 'Cluster' After a Dozen Brain Tumor Cases - Fears of a "cluster" are circulating in the town of Cameron, Mo., as more than a dozen residents have been diagnosed with brain tumors in the past seven months, is reporting. - FOX News

►May 20, 2008 - Chronic Conditions Like Heart Disease Now Top Killers - Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi) via

►May 20, 2008 - Gambia: HIV/Aids Global Infection Catapults to 33 Million - The Daily Observer (Banjul) via

►May 20, 2008 - Cancer risk soars in HIV-infected people - US study - Reuters India

►May 20, 2008 - Africa: Daily HIV/Aids Report - HIV/AIDS Experts Call for New Ideas, Increased Funding on 25th Anniversary of Paper Identifying Virus - (Washington, DC) via

►May 20, 2008 - Experts: HIV Prescription Drug Monitoring as Good as Blood Test - Researchers say it is possible to tell how well anti-HIV drugs are working by monitoring how compliant patients are about taking their medication.  Investigators say the monitoring works at least as well as more expensive AIDS tests in resource poor countries.  VOA's Jessica Berman reports. - Voice of America

►May 20, 2008 - Global Challenges | HIV/AIDS Experts Call for New Ideas, Increased Funding on 25th Anniversary of Paper Identifying Virus -

►May 20, 2008 - Manufacturer: NZ device can reduce time lost to anthrax scares - TV3 News

* ►May 20, 2008 - Do You Promise To Run Honest TV Ads? - Pharmalot

►May 20, 2008 - Think you're vaccinated? - The Canton Repository

►May 20, 2008 - Bird flu's potential impact could be massive - Previously: Officials brace for possible flu pandemic - Times-Gazette

►May 20, 2008 - Health Department Tries To Get Handle On Whooping Cough - Daily Record Reporter

* ►May 20, 2008 - Pandemic May Require Cocktail of Drugs to Combat - 'Our study suggests that stockpiling a single drug ... might not be sufficient if we are faced with a pandemic' - HSToday

►May 20, 2008 - Bird Flu, Mad Cow Fears Affect Fowl, Beef Industries - Arirang News via The Chosun Ilbo

* ►May 20, 2008 - CBER Foreign Regulators Seminar -  FDA/CBER

►May 20, 2008 - Biotech could run into a rough patch - San Francisco Gate

►May 20, 2008 - Denogean: Giffords takes bad step by opposing FDA hormone ruling - Tucson Citizen

►May 20, 2008 - Using Existing Systematic Reviews in Complex Systematic Reviews - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►May 20, 2008 - Guidance for Industry Requalification Method for Reentry of Blood Donors Deferred Because of Reactive Test Results for Antibody to Hepatitis B Core Antigen (Anti-HBc) - FDA/CBER

►May 20, 2008 - U.S. city observes World Hepatitis Day - People's Daily, China

►May 20, 2008 - Asthma, Allergies Worse In First-Born Kids - Gene Acts Differently For First Children - KITV, Honolulu

►May 20, 2008 - Research Team Clones Genes Responsible For Amino Acid Absorption - West Virginia University Health Sciences Center via Medical News Today

* ►May 19, 2008 - Tools for the FDA - The Food and Drug Administration finally asks Congress for more money. - The Washington Post

* ►May 19, 2008 - Antibodies in the brain - Each of us carries an unbelievable multitude of antibodies, allowing us to survive the daily battle against pathogens. However, sometimes these antibodies go haywire and attack structures of their own body, for example nerve cells in patients with multiple sclerosis. The origin of these antibodies remained long unknown. - Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology via Physorg

* ►May 19, 2008 - New Evista ads are strange to say the least - World of DTC Marketing - "In a study of women past menopause who were at high risk for heart attack, EVISTA increased the risk of dying from a stroke. However, EVISTA did not increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or dying from other causes. If that statement is supposed to ad clarity to the new warning I suggest that Lilly test it because when I showed it to post menopausal women within my family they had no idea what it meant and they are college graduates. There comes a time in DTC when drug companies need to go beyond promotional messages and clearly describe, in real words that people can understand, what this means for the target audience. Enough with the label language, drug companies need to go beyond the label but then that would mean being transparent and God knows the drug companies are nowhere even close to this trend in consumer marketing."

* ►May 19, 2008 - Health agency puts spotlight on mystery diseases - NIH launches programme to help patients with undiagnosed conditions. - news (Nature)

►May 19, 2008 - MPs vote for human-animal hybrid embryos - Scientists will be allowed to create hybrid human-animal embryos after MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of radical stem cell research. - Telegraph, UK

►May 19, 2008 - Antigens of immune system - Pets Disease

►May 19, 2008 - Noncommunicable Diseases Now World's Biggest Killers - Chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke kill more, says WHO's World health statistics 2008 - WHO via HealthNewsDigest

►May 19, 2008 - SLU researchers make advancements in adenovirus testing; virus one cause of common cold - Saint Louis University School of Medicine via St. Louis Business Journal

►May 19, 2008 - Google makes health service publicly available - AP via Google

►May 19, 2008 - New way to fight cancer tested - Immune system used to fight tumor cells - The Gainesville Sun

* ►May 19, 2008 - Ukraine halts deadly vaccination - The Ukrainian Ministry of Health has called a moratorium on mandatory vaccination against measles and rubella. The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, has insisted that vaccination is carried out on a voluntary basis only. This comes after more than 100 pupils were taken to hospital, one of whom died after having been injected with a vaccine from India. - RussiaToday

►May 19, 2008 - Cities Get Grip on Measles Outbreaks - New York City, San Diego, Milwaukee Nearly ‘Out of the Woods’ - WebMD

►May 19, 2008 - EU licenses first pre-pandemic bird flu vaccine - Reuters

►May 19, 2008 - Mobile Phone Use While Pregnant May 'Seriously Damage Baby,' Study Says - Pregnant women who regularly use mobile phones are more likely to have children with behavioral problems, according to a study by a UCLA researcher who had previously written there was no proof of "any adverse health effect." - FOX News - "The study follows a finding by the official Russian radiation watchdog that the danger posed by mobile phones is 'not much lower than the risk to children's health from tobacco or alcohol.' The UK's Health Protection Agency said the study's findings were unexpected and highlighted the need for caution over mobile phones. But it stopped short of telling pregnant women not to use them. 'Its findings need to be investigated thoroughly. There may be another cause for the effect observed,' a spokesman said. 'There is still no data available yet that has measured the radiation exposure to the acutal fetus from the cell phone,' Alvarez said."

►May 19, 2008 - Safety testing lax on new school sites - The Record via

►May 19, 2008 - Analysis: Bush team battered by courts on environment (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee

* ►May 19, 2008 - Interview: The Attack On Science - Bisphenol-A, in bottles like these, is one instance where Michaels says companies are calling for more data, even though the picture is clear - The Environment Report - "David Michaels recently wrote about this. His book is titled ‘Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health.’"

►May 19, 2008 - Survival after cryptococcal meningitis not improving despite ART in Uganda - Aidsmap

►May 19, 2008 - Flu bugs growing resistance to drugs: studies - Reuters

►May 19, 2008 - Malaria Vaccine Developer Sanaria Inc. Receives the Technology Council of Maryland's Emerging Company of the Year Award - press release - Sanaria Inc. via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

►May 18, 2008 - State officials look to make chemical plants safer - AP via

►May 18, 2008 - Uganda: Eat Fish to Control Chronic Illnesses - New Vision (Kampala) via

►May 17, 2008 - Circadian abnormalities, molecular clock genes and chronobiological treatments in depression - journal article (British Medical Bulletin)

►May 17, 2008 - Teacher Is Charged With Assault - Woman Says Boy, 12, Grabbed, Pushed Her (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►May 16, 2008 - Monsanto: History of Contamination and Cover-up -

* ►May 16, 2008 - Vioxx and Ghostwriting Explained: (Recipe for Disaster) -

* ►May 16, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Adverse Experience Reporting for Licensed Biological Products; and General Records - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►May 16, 2008 - Medicis Announces Voluntary Recall of Solodyn® (minocycline HCL, USP) 90 Mg Tablets, Extended Release; Lot Numbers B080037 and B080038 Due to Product Mix-Up - FDA

* ►May 15, 2008 - Thimerosal exposure in infants and neurodevelopmental disorders: An assessment of computerized medical records in the Vaccine Safety Datalink - journal article (Journal of the Neurological Sciences)

►May 15, 2008 - Rotenberg records reportedly are seized (requires registration) - The Boston Globe - "The special-education school, which serves about 250 adults and children from across the country with emotional and behavioral problems, has been the target of numerous government investigations related to its unorthodox behavior-modification methods, including skin-shock treatments to deter inappropriate behavior."

* ►May 14, 2008 - Final Rule: Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements; Technical Amendment - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►May 13, 2008 - Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Cell Phone Use and Behavioral Problems in Children. - journal article (Epidemiology)

* ►May 12, 2008 - Whitewashing Toxic Chemicals - This book will shock anyone who still believes that 'science' and 'integrity' are soulmates. - Newsweek - "That science can be bought is hardly news to anyone who knows about tobacco 'scientists.' But how pervasive, effective and stealthy this science-for-hire is—as masterfully documented by David Michaels of George Washington University in his new book, 'Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health'—will shock anyone who still believes that 'science' and 'integrity' are soulmates. In studies of how toxic chemicals affect human health, Michaels told me, 'It's quite easy to take a positive result [showing harmful effects] and turn it falsely negative. This epidemiological alchemy is used widely.'"

►May 6, 2008 - Catch-up Immunization scheduler for children six years of age and younger - CDC

►May 2008 - Evading immunity (requires registration) - The Scientist - "I think this has a lot of potential. However, it needs to be tightly controlled as creating a virus that evades the immune system raises risks that could be disastrous."

►May 2008 - Bacteria killers (requires registration) - The Scientist

►May 2008 - Incidence of Mycobacterium avium Subspecies paratuberculosis in a Population-Based Cohort of Patients With Crohn's Disease and Control Subjects - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

►May 2008 - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth in Patients Suffering From Scleroderma: Clinical Effectiveness of Its Eradication - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

* ►April 29, 2008 - Title: Monoclonal antibodies to the CLFA protein and method of use in treating infections (patent) - Inhibitex, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA) via - "The discovery and isolation of anti-ClfA monoclonal antibodies in accordance with the present invention can thus be used to impair or inhibit binding of the ClfA protein to fibrinogen or fibrin and thus be useful in methods or treating or preventing staph infections. In accordance with the invention, suitable compositions and vaccines based on the isolated ClfA protein subdomains and antibodies raised thereto, as well as methods for their use, are also contemplated."

►April 29, 2008 - Title: Methods for modulating a drug-related effect or behavior (patent) - The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA) via

►April 29, 2008 - Title: Molecular differences between species of the M. tuberculosis complex (patent) - The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior via

►April 29, 2008 - Title: Immunoregulator (patent) - Biotempt B.V. (Koekange, NL) via

►April 29, 2008 - Title: Methods for treatment of tumors and metastases using a combination of anti-angiogenic and immuno therapies (patent) - The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA), EMD via

►April 29, 2008 - Sleeping patterns governed by light - Nature via PTI via Times of India

►April 28, 2008 - Osteoporosis drug Fosamax linked to heart problem - Finding from Group Health and University of Washington study - Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies via EurekAlert!

►August 17, 2005 - #824 -- Part 1: Ending Government Regulation by Manufacturing Doubt, August 18, 2005 by Peter Montague - Rachel's Democracy & Health News via Environmental Research Foundation Home 

►June 25, 2005 - Who Killed my Baby? (TV review) - journal article (BMJ)

* What Autism Does to a Mother - Redbook Magazine

* Vaccine Choices - A Presentation by Randall Neustaedter, OMD - Parents have a choice in whether or not to vaccinate their children. The following is a presentation that helps parents to understand the issues involved with this decision. -

Augustana Hosts Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders - The 2008 “Lighting The Way: Autism Spectrum Disorders in our Community” will be held June 12-13 at Augustana College. - Augustana College


Posted May 19, 2008


* ►June 2008 - Development and validation of a multiplex immunoassay for the simultaneous determination of serum antibodies to Bordetella pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus - journal article (Journal of Immunological Methods)

* ►June 2008 - Face–brain asymmetry in autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►June 2008 - Oral manifestations of adverse drug reactions: guidelines - journal article (Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology)

►June 2008 - The severity of Streptococcus pyogenes infections in children is significantly associated with plasma levels of inflammatory cytokines - journal article (Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

►June 2008 - Team training: implications for emergency and critical care pediatrics. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►June 2008 - Whole-genome association study of bipolar disorder - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►June 2008 - Mode of action of mood stabilizers: is the arachidonic acid cascade a common target? - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►June 2008 - Further evidence of association between two NET single-nucleotide polymorphisms with ADHD - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►June 2008 - Mice lacking the AMPA GluR1 receptor exhibit striatal hyperdopaminergia and 'schizophrenia-related' behaviors - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►June 2008 - Conformationally altered p53: a novel Alzheimer's disease marker? - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►May 26, 2008 - Closing the gap on childhood immunization- In the wake of National Infant Immunization Week, increased emphasis is placed on the need for continued vaccination vigilance. -

* ►May 26, 2008 - Tainted foreign drugs trigger FDA scrutiny from Congress - The skyrocketing number of firms supplying drugs to the U.S. has outpaced the FDA's ability to track them, according to Capitol Hill testimony. -

* ►May 26, 2008 - Hospitals underrate malicious intent in data breaches - Experts say there are also lessons about data security for physician practices in the HIMSS study findings. -

►May 26, 2008 - Doctors still can try for bonuses as Medicare expands quality reporting - CMS adds measures and will allow reporting through selected clinical quality registries. -

►May 26, 2008 - Med schools asked to shun drug firm freebies - The Assn. of American Medical Colleges also wants schools to ban or limit drug industry programs such as speakers' bureaus. -

►May 26, 2008 - Newest doctor on the Hill hopes to boost focus on the uninsured - A Wisconsin physician and first-term congressman refuses to accept health insurance until every citizen has access to affordable coverage. -

►May 26, 2008 - White House asks for Medicare bill by mid-June - The AMA called for quick action and signaled that it might accept a phased-in electronic prescribing requirement if certain stipulations are met. -

►May 26, 2008 - Tinkering with patents: Decisions muddy the waters on legal rights - After years of broadening patent protection, the courts are pulling in the reins, with implications for medical research. -

►May 26, 2008 - Study: Med schools can boost rural physician supply - Only 9% of doctors practice in rural areas, while 20% of the population lives there. -

►May 26, 2008 - Misfortune telling: Folding together data to forecast your patients' health futures - As health plans try to control costs, they use predictive modeling to target those who aren't yet sick but who might be soon. -

►May 26, 2008 - Officials ponder drop in mammograms as 1.1 million fewer women are screened - Increased reimbursements, tort reform and continuing technology improvements are seen as ways to reverse an alarming decline in evaluation rates. -

►May 26, 2008 - Letters to the Editor - EHRs must be made irresistible, but for now are clearly inadequate - Appreciation for AMA's Dr. Davis -

►May 26, 2008 - News in brief: Health & Science - Federal guideline rounds up smoking cessation tools for doctors - CDC warns of fainting possibility after vaccination - Controlling kidney disease a challenge in African-Americans - Arthritis can hamper diabetes care  -

►May 26, 2008 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Bush administration suggests more flexible SCHIP limits - Illinois debates medical marijuana legislation -

►May 26, 2008 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Doctors in Illinois to see lower liability premiums -

►May 20, 2008 - Extra $275 Million for FDA Delayed By Lawmakers’ Fight Over War Funding - FDAnews

►May 20, 2008 - Skipping Vaccines: Parents Opting Out - Ivanhoe

* ►May 20, 2008 - Wayne State prof wins $5.79 million grant to research autism - Wayne State University via Model D

* ►May 19, 2008 - A Link Between Thimerosal Vaccines And Autism - Pharmalot

* ►May 19, 2008 - Heckenlively On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/15 - The Child, the Parent, and the Saintly Doctor – The Omnibus Autism Proceeding – Second Set of Hearings (Thimerosal & Autism) – Day Four – May 15, 2008 by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - Holland On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/16 by Mary Holland, Esq. - Age of Autism - Friday, May 16, 2008 Continued Cross Examination of Dr. Mumper"

* ►May 19, 2008 - Holland On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/15 by Mary Holland, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - New Study Shows Strong Association Between Thimerosal and Autism Published in Well-Respected Peer-Reviewed Journal of the Neurological Sciences - - "A new study in the well-respected peer-reviewed Journal of the Neurological Sciences finds 'significant' associations, using Vaccine Safety Datalink data, between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, autism spectrum disorders, tics, ADD and emotional disturbances."

* ►May 19, 2008 - New Study Finds Link Between Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Autism, Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Government Database (pdf) - press release -


* ►May 19, 2008 - Infant Vaccines Produce Autism Symptoms in New Primate Study by University of Pittsburgh Scientists - SafeMinds via Sun Herald - "The abstracts presented at IMFAR, the world's top autism science conference, describe biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated macaques that are similar to those observed in children with autism. Unvaccinated animals showed no such adverse outcomes. The vaccines given were those recommended for U.S. infants in the 1990s, including several with the mercury preservative thimerosal and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine. Rates of autism spectrum disorder among children born in the 1990s surged dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children. 'This research underscores the critical need for more investigation into immunizations, mercury, and the alterations seen in autistic children," stated Lyn Redwood, director of SafeMinds. 'SafeMinds calls for large scale, unbiased studies that look at medical conditions associated with autism and the effects of vaccines given as a regimen.'"

* ►May 19, 2008 - Study Released: Link Between Thimerosal Vaccines and Autism - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - Autism Speaks' Hollander Wants Your Child On Prozac by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - KATIE WRIGHT SAYS: "LET'S RALLY!" by Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - Product Approval Information Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live M-M-R II - Merck & Co., Inc, License #0002 Package Insert pdf - FDA/CBER

* ►May 19, 2008 - Product Approval Information Proper Name: Influenza Virus Vaccine FluLaval - ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec, License #1739 Package Insert pdf - FDA/CBER

* ►May 19, 2008 - Questions and Answers on FluMist(Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) - FluMist product approval information - FDA/CBER

* ►May 19, 2008 - Vaccine triggers immune response, prevents Alzheimer's - University of Rochester Medical Center via EurekAlert!

* ►May 19, 2008 - GSK gets EU approval for bird flu vaccine - AFP - "The ruling from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) allows GSK to sell Prepandrix, which targets the most virulent strain of the virus that can be fatal to humans, in all 27 European Union member states."

* ►May 19, 2008 - Who’s Delusional? A University Doc & A Clinical Trial - Pharmalot - "Dan Markingson, known as Subject 13 in a clinical trial at the University of Minnesota, killed himself four years ago. A university official described his death as “tragic” and a “serious adverse event” in a memo to the FDA, while noting that suicide was, “unfortunately, not uncommon in this study population.” But not unpredictable, The St. Paul Pioneer-Press writes.His mother later filed a lawsuit, accusing Markingson’s psychiatrist and the study’s director, Stephen Olson, of coercing him to sign up. The lawsuit also claimed the university kept Markingson enrolled to preserve its research and to keep payments coming for his participation, according to the paper. The study, which was funded by AstraZeneca and spread among 26 institutions, compared the effectiveness of three antipsychotics - Seroquel, Zyprexa and Risperdal."

* ►May 19, 2008 - The safety net that didn't save him - Patient's suicide raises questions - Pioneer Press via - "'We have a very haphazard way of overseeing (IRBs) and collecting data on adverse events,' said Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethics chair at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a national expert on institutional review boards. 'There's no one in America who can tell you how many people are enrolled in clinical research,' he said. 'No one can tell you how many people died in (ways) attributable to clinical research. No one can tell you how many people got injured, and no one can tell you over time whether the system is getting less safe.'"

* ►May 19, 2008 - Device Maker Ending Royalty Deals With Docs - Pharmalot

* ►May 19, 2008 - Glaxo’s Garnier Walks Out On The BBC - Pharmalot - "At the time, the MHRA requested Glaxo publicly release all the documents, and the BBC interviewer persists in asking JP whether the release would take place and whether Glaxo would ensure that such episodes never occur again. JP replies that Glaxo has been transparent and spent a great deal of time sorting through the documents. An argument ensues and JP cuts the conversation short. But does he ever answer the question? Listen to the BBC to find out… The 10-minute interview starts at 1 hour and 32 minutes into the broadcast, but you can get there quickly by hitting the fast forward button.

►May 19, 2008 - A shot'll do ya - Standard-Examiner - "Regarding childhood immunizations, Utah's come a long way: A decade ago, the Beehive State ranked last in the percentage of children who'd been immunized against diseases like whooping cough and measles. By 2007, we ranked 25th. It was a big step forward."

►May 19, 2008 - Measles shot urged for unvaccinated - Deseret News

►May 19, 2008 - New consent guidance for doctors - The General Medical Council is calling for a fresh approach in the way doctors seek patient consent for treatment. - BBC

* ►May 19, 2008 - First Evidence Of Native Dendritic Cells In Brain Surprises Scientists - In a finding that has the potential to change the way researchers think about the brain, scientists at Rockefeller University have found dendritic cells where they’ve never been seen before: among this organ’s neurons and connective cells. The immunity-directing dendritic cell had previously been seen in the human nervous system only after brain injury or disease. But the new study shows for the first time that the brain has its own, resident population of dendritic cells that may serve as a line of defense against pathogens that sneak past the blood-brain barrier. - The Journal of Comparative Neurology via ScienceDaily

* ►May 19, 2008 - Mobile phone danger to unborn child: Use could cause behavioural problems - Daily Mail, UK

* ►May 19, 2008 - Novartis To India: ‘Generics Don’t Solve The Issue’ - The tension between big pharma and developing nations over intellectual property and affordable meds is palpable, particularly in India, where Novartis is challenging the denial of a patent for its Gleevec cancer drug. India Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Ranjit Shahani, who heads the drugmaker’s operations in India about IP rights and access to meds. This is an excerpt… - Pharmalot

* ►May 19, 2008 - Cancer Drug Compendium Violates CMS Guidelines - Pharmalot - "The National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Drugs and Biologics Compendium, which is drawn from its Clinical Practice Guidelines, fails to disclose corporate ties of the 20 to 24 experts who sit on its 44 guideline-writing panels. Instead, it lists all the companies which gave money or research support to any committee member without listing any specific member or the amount given, ISW writes."

►May 19, 2008 - Antibody-based agents represent a novel approach to the treatment and prophylaxis of infectious diseases. - Biologics in Infectious Diseases Well defined target populations are key to commercial success - via PR-inside

►May 19, 2008 - Concern on health inequality - Irish Health

►May 19, 2008 - Will Wyeth Sue The Republican Party? - Pharmalot

►May 19, 2008 - DNA damage 'caused by pesticides' - New research in India suggests exposure to pesticides could have damaged the DNA of people in farming communities, leading to higher rates of cancer. - BBC

►May 19, 2008 - Australia cancer deaths linked to Agent Orange - Town's rate 10 times state average, says researcher - Call for inquiry into claims of secret testing in 1960s - The Guardian, UK

►May 19, 2008 - Utah Pilots Open Source Infectious Disease Management System - Government Technology

►May 19, 2008 - One Man's Race: 200 Miles for Lyme Disease Awareness - Preparation and motivation for the run of a lifetime. - PRWeb

►May 19, 2008 - Wow, a perfect memory. But for Jill Price, it is a special kind of hell - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►May 19, 2008 - Science, not lawsuits, will find autism's cause - opinion - Allentown Morning Call

* ►May 19, 2008 - Ashley Brock 2002-2008 - Adventures in Autism

* ►May 19, 2008 - Controversial Vaccines-Autism Journalist To Visit UK - BESTSELLING AMERICAN AUTHOR DAVID KIRBY TO VISIT UK IN JUNE -- Journalist Who Covers the Autism-Vaccine Debate to Speak About Political and Scientific Developments in the US and Updates to His Book “Evidence of Harm”— The One Click Group

►May 19, 2008 - Autism bill not so bad - The Edmond Sun - "Nick’s Law, a bill in the Oklahoma Senate that would mandate insurance coverage for the medical treatment of autism, continues to generate dueling press releases from both political parties."

* ►May 19, 2008 - Anthrax Vaccine Loses to Lobbying - Politically Connected Firm Knocked Out Bay Area Start Up for Choice Contracts - The Washington Independent

* ►May 19, 2008 - Bioterror in Context - How and why the threat of bioterrorism has been so greatly exaggerated. A Miller-McCune interview of UCLA's William R. Clark. - - "William R. Clark, professor and chair emeritus of immunology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been a research scientist for 30 years and has written a string of books for the general public. His latest, Bracing for Armageddon?, published by Oxford University Press in May, examines the science and politics of bioterrorism in the United States. His conclusion: We shouldn't be so worried."

►May 19, 2008 - Pharmaceutical Drug Companies Killing Middle America Legally while Robbing You Blind - OpEdNews

►May 19, 2008 - IAC Express Issue number 731 - Immunization Action Coalition

►May 19, 2008 - Asthma link to pregnancy stress - Women who are stressed in pregnancy may raise the risk of their child developing asthma or other allergies, a study suggests. - BBC

►May 19, 2008 - A Nationwide Alert About Measles (includes video) -

►May 19, 2008 - 321 suspected measles cases investigated since February - Tuscon Citizen

►May 19, 2008 - Measles shot urged for unvaccinated - Deseret News

►May 19, 2008 - Emergency measles steps ordered - Emergency measures are being implemented to halt a measles outbreak. - BBC

►May 19, 2008 - 16 measles cases confirmed in central Wash. county - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►May 19, 2008 - Students, staff in Brampton exposed to measles - CTV Toronto - "It was a long weekend indeed for officials at James Potter Public School who spent quite a bit of time contacting students and teachers who were exposed to the contagious infection. School officials told 131 students and six teachers to stay home on Tuesday unless they can prove they've been immunized against the ailment."

►May 19, 2008 - Health chiefs defend forecast for killer flu - Worcester News, UK

►May 19, 2008 - Glaxo Wins Approval to Sell Pre-Pandemic Flu Vaccine - Bloomberg

►May 19, 2008 - Tracking influenza's every movement - Former Santa Fe Institute researcher traces migration patterns of flu virus - Santa Fe Institute via EurekAlert!

►May 19, 2008 - Experts welcome Indonesia's vow to share H5N1 data - CIDRAP News

►May 19, 2008 - Food crisis, climate change and influenza are main threats to health, says UN - UN News Centre

►May 19, 2008 - Itchy and scratchy - Some families may harbor susceptibility to shingles - Science News

* ►May 19, 2008 - Shingles Sufferers' Kin Should Get Zostavax, Study Suggests - Bloomberg

►May 19, 2008 - Traveling Perry hangs out with lawmakers - AP via Houston Chronicle - "He has ground to make up and sore feelings to soothe from the 2007 legislative session, when his agenda was overshadowed by the scandal over abuse of juvenile jail inmates and he angered his longtime conservative base by trying to order schoolgirls to get an HPV vaccine."

►May 19, 2008 - Healthwatch: CDC Warns Of Chlorine-Resistant Parasite - - "Researchers said from 2004 to 2007, the number of cryptosporidium outbreaks linked to swimming pools more than doubled."

►May 19, 2008 - SLU researchers find smallpox drug could target common cold - KWMU Public Broadcasting - "Adenoviruses cause ear infections and bladder infections and can cause death in organ transplant patients. Although most people recover, adenovirus infections can become serious and sometimes deadly in young children and people with weakened immune systems."

►May 19, 2008 - Putting Human Faces on HIV/Aids - book review - - "The widely acclaimed book, 28: Stories of Aids in Africa, has been highly praised for humanizing the story of HIV and Aids in Africa for readers around the world."

►May 19, 2008 - State lawmakers must take tobacco prevention seriously - The Tennessean

►May 19, 2008 - Popular infant formula is sweetest - Concerns are raised over potent sugar in a top organic brand (requires registration) -  New York Times News Service via Chicago Tribune

►May 18, 2008 - Chemotherapy Might Help Cancer Vaccines Work - Medical News Today

* ►May 18, 2008 - Father continues hunger strike for autistic son - Toronto Social Justice Magazine - "Even though ten thousand children in Ontario have ASD only 1100 are treated. Yet just seven of the 107 MPP’s have bothered to discuss the situation with Marinoiu. 'People seem to look at me like I’m invisible,' he said. 'I’m a human being and I’ll be here for 365 days.' The diabetic father of three children said when he is unable to continue the hunger strike his wife and 17-year-old daughter will replace him on the front lawn at Queen’s Park until he recuperates and returns, vowing to stay until all children receive their treatment."

* ►May 18, 2008 - Soccer fans warned of tick danger at Euro 2008 - Reuters - "If you are a soccer fan going to watch Euro 2008 it could be worth having a vaccination to prevent catching a little known, but potentially fatal illness that is spread by ticks, a leading scientist warned on Saturday....Kunze, who said his research was not funded by the two vaccine manufacturers but that they had paid for him to attend conferences, advised travelers to consider having the vaccine, which has a protective effectiveness of about 99 percent."

* ►May 18, 2008 - New BSE cases blamed on ineffective feed ban - The Edmonton Journal via

* ►May 18, 2008 - Doctors Say ‘I’m Sorry’ Before ‘See You in Court’ (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 18, 2008 - Neurological symptoms among dental assistants: a cross-sectional study (pdf) - journal article (Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology)

* ►May 18, 2008 - State zeroes in on Millsboro's cluster - Study includes smokers, new residents - The News Journal - 'The research is a follow-up to a study released last summer identifying a cluster of cancer cases in six codes around the coal-fired power plant. That study showed the age-adjusted rate of cancer cases in the area is 17 percent higher than the national average, including an increased incidence in lung cancer among older residents."

►May 18, 2008 - New drug 'can kill MRSA superbug' - British scientists are working on a drug which they say can destroy the most virulent strains of superbug MRSA. - BBC

►May 18, 2008 - Monkeys' genes altered to create Huntington's - Scientists hope to gain new insight into inherited, incurable disorder - Reuters via MSNBC

►May 18, 2008 - Welcome to Max’s World - Bipolar disorder is a mystery and a subject of medical debate. But for the Blakes, it's just reality. - Newsweek

►May 18, 2008 - Maternal stress increases asthma risk: study - Canwest News Service via

►May 18, 2008 - Urine: Your body`s own medicine - Sunday Observer via IPP Media

►May 18, 2008 - Men at increased risk of death from pneumonia compared to women - Men come to emergency departments sicker, more likely to die over the next year, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via EurekAlert!

►May 18, 2008 - Observations from space: NASA environmental data and lung disease - American Thoracic Society via EurekAlert!

►May 18, 2008 - Nanotechnology revolution -

* ►May 17, 2008 - State warning issued on vet's work: Animal vaccinations and tests done by suspended caregiver must be redone - Trading Charts

* ►May 17, 2008 - Ga. officials fear TB exposure from infected man - Newton Citizen via

►May 17, 2008 - MDR bug has hospitals seeking help from state health services - The Brownsville Herald

►May 17, 2008 - Free blood test for widespread hepatitis B - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 17, 2008 - Why It’s Important To Learn About Cerebral Palsy Today - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities via HealthNewsDigest

►May 17, 2008 - Sleep disorders strike many preschoolers - As many as 30 per cent of preschoolers have Sleep disorders but many of these go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed - CanWest News Service via

►May 17, 2008 - Filling a need - - "Brooks is the founder of the Central New York Center for Autism, a private learning center that is scheduled to open in 2009. The center will be located in Syracuse, but will serve the entire central New York region, Brooks said."

►May 16, 2008 - Local High School Student Helps Kids With Autism (includes video) -

* ►May 16, 2008 - H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Markers of Cognitive and Language Ability in Clinical Subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorders - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

* ►May 16, 2008 - CDC: Syringe reuse linked to hepatitis C outbreak - AP via The Mercury News

* ►May 16, 2008 - Measles outbreak spreads to Pinal County, infant sickened - AP via Philadelphia Examiner

* ►May 16, 2008 - Chickenpox Outbreak Reported At Greensboro School - WXII 12, Winston-Salem

* ►May 16, 2008 - Texas jury concludes saliva of HIV-positive man a ‘deadly weapon’, sentenced to 35 yrs jail - Aidsmap

►May 16, 2008 - Attitudes Toward Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment: Parents' and Children's Perspectives - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►May 16, 2008 - School nurses accept challenges, embrace rewards of jobs - The Garden City Telegram via Enquirer Herald

►May 16, 2008 - Asia: Australian Research to Help HIV Care in Asia - AAP via

►May 16, 2008 - Specialty drugs will benefit PBMs: Goldman analyst - AP via MSN Money

►May 16, 2008 - Tips on getting vitamin D for cancer prevention - AP via

►May 15, 2008 - Functions of Anti-MAGE T-Cells Induced in Melanoma Patients under Different Vaccination Modalities - journal article (Cancer Research)

* ►May 15, 2008 - Study shows that administering calcium and magnesium effectively reduces neurological sensitivity - Study to be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology - Mayo Clinic via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - Tamiflu may be weak defence as bird flu virus develops resistance - The mutation in the N1 component was found in human cases of the disease, which suggests that a single drug approach is likely to be ineffective in case of a flu outbreak - The Wall Street Journal

►May 15, 2008 - Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects on 25 years of HIV - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - EPA Plan to Move Pesticide Labels Online Raises Safety Concerns - EPA via Beyond Pesticides

►May 15, 2008 - Study finds parents use cough medicines on under-2s despite the warnings - University of  Melbourne via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - Drug therapy to bolster immune system cells found effective toward childhood cancer - Combination could help children fight cancer without additional harsh therapies - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - M. D. Anderson nurses find empowerment in PACTs - Ad hoc, multidisciplinary teams see major growth in participation - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - U of Minnesota researcher discovers the starting point of sun-induced skin cancer - University of  Minnesota via EurekAlert!

►May 15, 2008 - FDA: Bisphenol A in Plastic Bottles is Safe - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►May 15, 2008 - Pittsburgh Man Accused Of Running Fake Autism Charity Released Before Trial -

* ►May 15, 2008 - Vaccines and autism: the cost - letter - The Regina Leader-Post via - "The book DPT, A Shot In The Dark by Harris Coulter and Barbara Fisher (Warner, 1986) documents caseloads of hundreds of children affected by the vaccine, with page after page of symptomatic descriptions that match, to the letter, the experience I went through with my child. I do not want revenge. I do not seek compensation. But I would like the medical profession and health authorities to acknowledge their responsibility in the sacrifice that my child's life has made to their cause."

* ►May 14, 2008 - Experts Appeal for Integrated Programs to Prevent Cervical Cancer - Pan American Health Organization - "At the scientific meeting, they evaluated an analysis of HPV and cervical cancer that found HPV immunizations eventually would prevent 500,000 vaccinated girls from dying of cervical cancer in adulthood, if the vaccine were given to 70 percent of each group or "birth cohort" of 12-year-old girls over 10 consecutive calendar years. Dr. Jon Andrus, technical adviser on the unit of immunization of the Pan American Organization of Health, said, "Cervical cancer is related to poverty, but is preventable if we improve access to detection and treatment and promote the introduction of vaccines against HPV when they are attainable."

* ►May 14, 2008 - Research shows HPV testing offers women protection for twice as long as smear testing - Queen Mary, University of London via EurekAlert!

* ►May 14, 2008 - Court Halts Spraying in California, Ordering Environmental Review - HOPE Media Release via Beyond Pesticides

* ►May 14, 2008 - Disability as an outcome in MS clinical trials - journal article (Neurology)

►May 14, 2008 - Researchers Get Closer to Bioterror Agent Antidote -

►May 13, 2008 - Can--and should--autism be treated? - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune

►May 13, 2008 - O'Connor makes plea for Alzheimer's aid - USA Today

►May 12, 2008 - Unveils Citizen Journalism Program - Planet Thrive is actively seeking writers to contribute to their new citizen journalism program. - NewswireToday

►May 12, 2008 - Bringing Health Care Closer to Home is Key to Saving Children's Lives - Voice of America - "'We have before the Congress right now the Global Child Survival Act. I think people, if they care about children around the world, can contact their [representatives in] Congress and let them know how important it is for this to be passed.' The act would expand funding for proven health measures like antibiotics and immunizations."

►May 12, 2008 - APIC Recommendations on Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care Facilities - press release - Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►May 12, 2008 - Public Health Officials Urge Vaccinations as Some Childhood Diseases Rebound (includes video) - California Healthline

►May 12, 2008 - Can Childhood Vaccines Lead To Autism? - Families Keeping Close Eye On Case - WCVB Boston

►May 10, 2008 - Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Continued Use of Four Pesticides - Natural News

►May 9 2008 - State panel to examine autism, determine plan - - "The Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders would need to submit its preliminary findings by July 2009."

►May 9, 2008 - University of Leicester to lead audit of adults with autism - University of Leicester via EurekAlert!

►May 9, 2008 - Alternative and complementary therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome - journal article (Schmerz)

►May 7, 2008 - Humane Society Releases New Video of Mistreated Livestock - AP via The Washington Post

►May 6, 2008 - European athletes in asthma study at Beijing Olympics - AP via Yahoo!

►May 5, 2008 - Official says Russia 'not ready' for tough HIV steps - AP via Yahoo!

►May 5, 2008 - Australian doctor proposes paying $47,000 for a kidney - AP via Yahoo!

►May 2, 2008 - Birmingham seen as favored site over Athens, Ga. for an influenza vaccine manufacturing plant - The Birmingham News via

►May 2, 2008 - Swine, Avian Flu Genes in Same Virus - An unknown pathogen isolated from infected pigs at two midwestern swine production facilities in 2006 has proved to be a new strain of H2 influenza virus. -

►May 1, 2008 - Town preparing for the worst - The Amherst Daily News

* ►May 1, 2008 - Perceptions of childhood immunization in a minority community: qualitative study - journal article (Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine)

►May 2008 - Immunization Works! - CDC

* ►May 2008 - The Hannah Poling matter: A tale of science, belief and ‘plausibility’ (requires registration) - - Medicolegal experts have indicated that the wording of the ruling is quite narrow and the circumstances quite unique; thus, the Poling case is not likely to be a precedent for the many other pending claims. Nonetheless, it is the first crack in the otherwise ironclad government claim that vaccines do not cause autism. Each case in the future will need to be decided on its own merits. Note also that the ruling did not address what vaccine or what additive, ie, thimerosal, was the villain in this case; it shed no further light on that ongoing controversy. Nonetheless, it is widely believed among the vaccine skeptics that thimerosal is indeed the cause of autism. An enormous amount of ink has been spilled concerning this issue in the public media in the two months since this ruling was released. It is clear that virtually all the vaccine skeptics in the country believe they have won a victory and that the government has either been lying to them or else really does not know the full extent of possible damages that vaccines (or thimerosal) may cause."

* ►May 2008 - Multiple factors led to mumps outbreak in Midwest (requires registration) - Highest incidence occurred among college students aged 18 to 24 years. - - "According to the researchers, incidence was higher among women than among men (13.5 vs. 7.7 per 100,000 people). This was not explained by differences in vaccination status or age. In response to this outbreak, the CDC and the American College Health Association now recommend that colleges require students to receive the two-dose measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (M-M-R II, Merck)."

* ►May 2008 - Measles cases on the rise in U.S. (requires registration) -

* ►May 2008 - Avian influenza: The animal health perspective (requires registration) -

►May 2008 - Predictors for surgical site infections due to MRSA found (requires registration) - Patients with MRSA surgical site infections were more likely to have Medicare and to be obese. -

►May 2008 - Carriers as likely to spread MRSA as clinical patients (requires registration) - Density of nares colonization, decreased patient mobility could predict increased MRSA skin and environmental contamination. -

►May 2008 - Fake antimalarial drugs abound in endemic Asian countries (requires registration) - Experts fear patients could die from counterfeit antimalarial drugs manufactured by sophisticated criminals in huge drug market. -

►May 2008 - MRSA linked to lower incomes, larger households sizes (requires registration) - People with lower median household income were likely to have CA-MRSA on admission. -

►May 2008 - Earlier ART may improve HIV clinical outcomes (requires registration) -

►May 2008 - Gains and setbacks reported in African HIV testing scale-up efforts (requires registration) - HIV testing in Africa is a mix of program innovation, funding increases, worker shortages and technological advances. -

►May 2008 - Campylobacter outbreak among mountain bikers linked to mud (requires registration) -

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

* ►May 2008 - FDA licenses second oral rotavirus vaccine (requires registration) - The vaccine is offered in a two-dose newly approved liquid form series. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2008 - The school listserv – another source of vaccine information, or misinformation (requires registration) - Remaining aware of the information and misinformation on the internet about different vaccines is important to guiding patients. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2008 - New PCV7 recommendations (requires registration) - Updated recommendations guide physicians on use in 24- to 59-month-olds. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - CDC report indicates need for new foodborne illness strategies (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - Key factors can predict safe trip home for bronchiolitis patients (requires registration) - A low-risk model may further assist in evaluating children with bronchiolitis. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - CAMP: Decreased lung growth, function - (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - Complete influenza vaccination crucial in young children (requires registration) - Hospitalization rates in this age group similar to rates among elderly. -  Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - Creative thinking required to help patients adhere to drug regimens (requires registration) - Clinicians should work with the patient and caregivers to determine how recommended drug therapy regimens will fit with the patient’s lifestyle. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - Creative thinking required for marketing your practice (requires registration) - Quality medical care is paramount, but there is a lot involved in keeping patients happy and attracting new ones. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - Resident Rounds (requires registration) - A case to test your diagnostic skills. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2008 - What's Your Diagnosis (requires registration) - A monthly case study featured in Infectious Diseases in Children, with treatment information and discussion to follow. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►April 1, 2008 - A case of multiple sclerosis with atypical onset associated with autoimmune hepatitis and silent coeliac disease - journal article (Neurological Sciences)

* ►Volume 3 Issue 1, 2008 - Predictive factors of seizure control in childhood onset epilepsy (full text) - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences)

Pinellas students need more vaccines - Tampa Bays Local News


Posted May 18, 2008


* ►May 19, 2008 - Double jabs of MMR to combat the measles epidemic - Daily Mail, UK - "Thousands of babies and toddlers are being given two doses of the MMR jab in three months under 'emergency' measures to tackle the biggest outbreak of measles for decades. The unprecedented step follows a growing epidemic of the potentially fatal disease caused after too few children were given MMR injections....'Children's immune systems have a huge capacity. Overloading them with the vaccination is not an issue.'"

* ►May 19, 2008 - Brussels gives green light to Glaxo's bird flu vaccine · Drug will let inoculations begin before a pandemic · Product would be effective if H5N1 virus alters slightly - The Guardian, UK - " The world's second-biggest drugs group said the European commission had approved its vaccine, called Prepandrix, in all 27 EU member states."

►May 19, 2008 - Too many children here are not fully immunised - Gisborne Herald, New Zealand

►May 19, 2008 - Charities attack autism schooling judgment - The Herald, UK

►May 19, 2008 - Perhaps we're all a little autistic - Those classified with the disorder may have an extreme manifestation of common traits - The Times, UK

* ►May 19, 2008 - Today is World Hepatitis Day - A Christchurch man who fought back from a "downward spiral of apathy" to beat hepatitis C is urging those at risk to get tested for the virus. - The Press via

►May 19, 2008 - Hepatitis A shots for 56 who were close to waitress - The Southland Times via

►May 19, 2008 - Fighting against hepatitis - Arizona Republic

►May 19, 2008 - Hepatitis B rise leads to migrant screening call - The Times, UK

* ►May 19, 2008 - UQ researchers make West Nile vaccine breakthrough - University of Queensland UQ News

►May 19, 2008 - Govt to set up vaccine unit near Chennai - Business Standard

►May 19, 2008 - Natural trans fats may be good for you - Found in milk and yogurt, vaccenic acid -- a naturally occurring trans fat -- lowered cholesterol in rats, a Canadian study finds. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►May 19, 2008 - Post-flu Tripura under scan - The Telegraph, India

►May 19, 2008 - World Hepatitis Alliance Calls On Governments To Take Urgent Action - GenerationQ

►May 19, 2008 - World Hepatitis Day today | Experts call for measures to fight killer disease - The Post

►May 19, 2008 - 1 in 12 is infected by killer hepatitis viruses - Metro, UK

* ►May 18, 2008 - Over 90 hospitalized after measles vaccination in east Ukraine - RIA Novosti - "A total of 92 people, including 87 children, were hospitalized in eastern Ukraine as of early Sunday after measles vaccination, Ukraine's emergencies ministry said. On May 13, a 17-year-old boy died after measles inoculation in the Donetsk Region. Two days later, over 60 people in eastern Ukraine were hospitalized after vaccination. A total of over 20,000 people in the region received the same vaccine. Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko said he was concerned over the teenager's death and demanded from the Ukrainian health ministry to take all measures to prevent such instances in the future. By now, measles immunization has been halted in Ukraine."

* ►May 18, 2008 - Heckenlively On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/16 - A Quivering Mass of Jello – The Omnibus Autism Proceeding – Second Set of Hearings (Thimerosal & Autism) – Day Five – May 16, 2008 by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 18, 2008 - Holland On The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: 5/16 by Mary Holland, Esq. Friday, May 16, 2008 Continued Cross Examination of Dr. Mumper - Age of Autism

* ►May 18, 2008 - Research into MMR and autism wanted by US official - Sunday Sun, UK - "Dr Healy, who worked for the American equivalent of the British Medical Research Council, dismissed claims by public health officials that there was enough evidence to prove these jabs do not cause autism. Paul Shattock, of the University of Sunderland Autism Research Unit, said: “Mrs Healy was a major player in US Government healthcare. It is the first time such an eminent medic has come out with such damning comments. 'She states healthcare officials were told not to look for subsets in case they found a causal link between vaccines and autism. This is outrageous. 'It’s time the British Government looked at this issue and stopped burying its head in the sand.'"

* ►May 18, 2008 - WHO say MMR jab is just the job - Sunday Sun, UK - "However, some dispute the 'very safe' label . . . not least those parents who believe their children have been damaged by inoculations. One such parent is Jackie Fletcher, whose 'completely normal' son Robert had the MMR vaccine at the age of 13 months . . .10 days later he was rushed into hospital after having a severe seizure. 'He’s never been the same child since,' said Fletcher. Robert, who’s now 16, still has multiple seizures, can’t walk or talk and is incontinent. He has the mental age of a 14-month-old."

►May 18, 2008 - Mother Uses Painting To Combat Autism - Summerfield's Virginia Kassay has been named a semifinalist in a national parenting award contest. -

►May 18, 2008 - Collier County school reaches out to autistic students -

►May 18, 2008 - Mercury in low-energy bulbs poses some challenges with disposal -

►May 18, 2008 - Dangers of mercury in CFLs, how to clean up - The Associated Press via Google

►May 18, 2008 - Recycling lags behind compact fluorescent push - The Associated Press via Google

►May 18, 2008 - Thomas Mitchell: Time is running out for Toni Locy - opinion - Las Vegas Review-Journal

►May 18, 2008 - Waging war on disease - June 6 announcement to determine long-term course for Sanford Project - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

►May 18, 2008 - FDA Issues Second CellCept Warning -

►May 18, 2008 - Common virus may serve as target for deadly brain tumour vaccine (requires registration) - Hindustan Times via Therapeutics Daily

►May 18, 2008 - Sinobiomed to Start Phase II Malaria Vaccine Trial - China Bio Today via iStockAnalyst

* ►May 18, 2008 - Threat to Girls' Jab - The Mirror via RedOrbit - "A LACK of staff may ruin plans to vaccinate all schoolgirls against cervical cancer, nurses' leaders are warning. The Government wants girls aged 12 and 13 to be vaccinated this autumn....But union leaders say school nurses will be unable to cope with the extra workload. School nurse Vanessa Woodall, of East Lancs Primary Care Trust, said: 'Each trust will need about 10 staff doing things such as vaccinating and looking after children who faint.'"

* ►May 18, 2008 - Volunteers get second shot of bird flu vaccine - The Military Medical Academy in northern Ha Tay Province Saturday gave a second round of shots of a H5N1 vaccine to 30 volunteers. - Thanh Nien Daily

►May 18, 2008 - SKorea mobilises troops for bird flu fight - AFP via Google

►May 18, 2008 - Grant County confirms 16th case of measles - Tri-City Herald

►May 18, 2008 - My life with Hepatitis C - This is Hampshire

►May 18, 2008 - Chronic hepatitis B treatment - Another drug for chronic hepatitis B is now available in Malaysia. - Malaysia Star

►May 18, 2008 - We must stop tuberculosis now - Many people mistakenly think that tuberculosis is a disease of the past. But there is more to the story. - Tulsa World

►May 18, 2008 - Lack Of Vaccine Stalls Polio Vaccination Exercise - LeadershipNigeria

►May 18, 2008 - Study Finds Gender Disparity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia - Men checking into ERs sicker than women, more likely to die within a year - U.S. News & World Report

►May 18, 2008 - Prostate Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Early Trial - Could help men with metastatic, recurring disease, researchers say - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►May 18, 2008 - Chemotherapy Might Help Cancer Vaccines Work - Duke University Medical Center, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►May 18, 2008 - From 'gay plague' to global tragedy: An AIDS anniversary - The campaign against AIDS marks an important anniversary this week, bringing to mind victories of science and the human spirit but also defeats, stigma and ignorance in a combat that has claimed more lives than World War I. - AFP via

►May 18, 2008 - Study shows strategies to tackle HIV/AIDS not effective enough - MediaGlobal

►May 18, 2008 - AIDS groups fear federal government ideology could further threaten funding - Canadian Press via Google

►May 18, 2008 - Debate rages over safety of plastic chemical BPA in everyday items - Dallas Morning News

►May 18, 2008 - Modified cattle feed may prevent mad cow disease - U of A scientists hope to give immunity to BSE - The Edmonton Journal via

* ►May 17, 2008 - Dan Markingson had delusions. His doctor enrolled him in his own U research trial. His mother urged a different approach, feared that the worst would happen to her son. Then it did. - Pioneer Press via

►May 17, 2008 - Indian Vaccine Deaths: Vaccines Declared Safe, but Quality of Syringes Now Questioned - MedIndia

►May 17, 2008 - Autism and Custody Issues: Points for Separating Parents by North Carolina Family Lawyer - North Carolina Family Law News

* ►May 17, 2008 - Valley woman, her mother dedicated to educating public about meningitis vaccination - Ashley Lee stricken will disease while freshman at IU - The Tribune-Star

►May 17, 2008 - Health officials shine spotlight on hepatitis - Moultrie Observer

►May 17, 2008 - FDA Scraps Helsinki Declaration on Protecting Human Research Subjects - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►May 16, 2008 - Bluetongue vaccine for more farms - More farms in England will be able to vaccinate cattle and sheep against the animal disease bluetongue from Monday. - BBC

* ►May 16, 2008 - US experts to research Vietnamese’s anti-H5N1 ability - As of October 2008, American experts will conduct wide-scale research in Vietnam on antibodies countering H5N1 that may exist in Vietnamese people’s bodies. - VietNamNet Bridge

►May 16, 2008 - 17 Chickenpox Cases Reported at Guilford Co. Middle School - MyFox WGHP

►May 16, 2008 - Cervical cancer immunisation praised but concerns raised - The Health Ministry's decision to vaccinate girls from the virus that causes cervical cancer has been praised by the Southern Alliance Community and Public Health Advisory Committee, but some concerns have been raised about demand for it. - The Southland Times via

* ►May 16, 2008 - Uganda: Girls to Get Cervical Cancer Vaccine - New Vision (Kampala) via

►May 16, 2008 - Guidelines Issued on Pertussis, Tetanus, Diphtheria Prevention in Pregnant Women and Newborns (requires registration) - Medscape

►May 16, 2008 - The Secrets of Autism - The world's leading autism experts are meeting in London - video - ABC News

►May 15, 2008 - The Cleveland Clinic fights autism on a new front -

* ►May 15, 2008 - Lawmaker wants to force vote on autism bill - - "A Democratic state lawmaker launched an effort Thursday to force Republican leaders in the House to schedule a vote on legislation that would require health insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism....'It's a last ditch effort, one of our options,' said Wayne Rohde of Edmond, whose 10-year-old son, Nick Rohde, suffers from autism. The autism mandate bill originally passed by the Senate was dubbed 'Nick's Law.'"

* ►May 15, 2008 - Parents Helping Children "Recover" From Autism (includes video) - - "'He had 18 words at 12 months old. He used to crawl over and push tapes into the VCR, which was really cute,' said Christel. But his parents say it was the very age when Levi changed drastically. 'We saw him completely disappear, I think it was 9 hours after his vaccination he developed a seizure disorder,' Christel said."

►May 15, 2008 - Toys “R” Us raises more than $1.5 million for Autism Speaks - Kids Today

►May 15, 2008 - Canadian researchers make autism diagnosis at 9 months: study - CBC

►May 15, 2008 - Autism researchers say eye tracker technology may lead to earlier diagnosis - CP via Google

►May 15, 2008 - Rise in autism over-estimated? - Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology via

►May 15, 2008 - Autism Study Links Repetitive Behavior Patterns to Brain Function Differences - Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY the Individuals with autism who exhibit repetitive behavior show reduced activity in brain regions normally responsible for attention and executive function, the processes that help organize our actions and behaviors, researchers at Hofstra, Duke, and the University of North Carolina report in the current issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry. - Hofstra University via

►May 15, 2008 - No easy answers in autism debate - editorial (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►May 15, 2008 - Hunger strike aims at improving autism services - letter - The Ottawa Citizen via - "As an education consultant and advocate, I see the indifference towards the needs of autistic children on a daily basis. The wait lists are long, and the lack of help offered to autistic children is disgusting. The parents have been begging for help for years to no avail."

* ►May 15, 2008 - Common Chemicals May Have Autism Link - Study Finds Connections Between Pesticides and Autism (includes videos) - ABC News

* ►May 15, 2008 - Baby-bottle chemicals 'could make children obese for life', say scientists - This is London

* ►May 15, 2008 - Novavax Completes Enrollment in Phase I/IIa Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Clinical Trial - Novavax, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via The Earth Times

►May 15, 2008 - Over 5 Million Children to Be Vaccinated Against Polio - AngolaPress

►May 15, 2008 - Moxico: Over 200,000 Children Get Vaccine Against Polio - AngolaPress

►May 15, 2008 - Cunene: Over 90,000 Children Immunised Against Polio - AngolaPress

►May 15, 2008 - Pakistan to become polio free by end of year - Pakistan Daily

* ►May 15, 2008 - Bioterror defenses in lobbying crunch -

►May 15, 2008 - Adults get vaccines too (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

►May 14, 2008 - Politics Slow Heparin Probe -

►May 13, 2008 - Parents continue insisting on link between vaccinations and autism -

* ►May 9, 2008 - Epic Genetics - Genes’ chemical clothes may underlie the biology behind mental illness - ScienceNews - "The way genes are packaged also influences learning and memory. Defects in DNA methylation are at the heart of Rett syndrome, an inherited form of autism that affects mostly girls. Other epigenetic changes have been linked to autism and to some types of mental retardation."

►May 8, 2008 - Half a Million Children in Cuba to Get Polio Vaccine - Periodico Ahora, Cuba - "The vaccine is not used on children with immunodefiency problems or on those who are allergic to any of its components; nor is it given to any child who is experiencing high fever, vomiting or diarrhea, emphasized the doctor."

►May 8, 2008 - Indian philanthropist commits US$1 million to polio eradication - Rotary International News

►May 4, 2008 - INTERVIEW-Global Fund considers loans to fight AIDS - Reuters UK

►May 4, 2008 - AIDS cases to rise with climate change - Times of India

* ►March 13, 2008 - On message, off target - Official advice on vaccination is too often poorly transmitted. - journal article (Nature) - "'The authors' conclusion is that anti-vaccination communications play on a much richer field of considerations in parents' heads than the official communications. The latter rely on science-based reassurance — and, indeed, were received by the parents with a relatively high degree of trust. But they tell a much less comprehensive and connected story than the anti-vaccination communications, which in some cases ended up having a correspondingly higher degree of influence."

►April 2007 - Protection of mitochondrial function and improvement in cognitive recovery in rats treated with hyperbaric oxygen following lateral fluid-percussion injury. - journal article (Journal of Neurosurgery)

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