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* ►June 15, 2009 - Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus and 2 Fundamental Questions (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►June 15, 2009 - Risk Factors for Human Illness with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Infection in China (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►June 15, 2009 - Ecologic Risk Factor Investigation of Clusters of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Infection in Thailand (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►June 15, 2009 - Risk Factors Associated with Subclinical Human Infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus—Cambodia, 2006 (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►June 15, 2009 - Mycobacterium tuberculosis Interferes with the Response to Infection by Inducing the Host EphA2 Receptor - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►June 15, 2009 - Reclassification of Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage Types - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►June 15, 2009 - Expression of Candida glabrata Adhesins after Exposure to Chemical Preservatives - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►June 2009 - MET and autism susceptibility: family and case–control studies - journal article (European Journal of Human Genetics)

* ►June 2009 - Chromosome 8p as a potential hub for developmental neuropsychiatric disorders: implications for schizophrenia, autism and cancer - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►June 2009 - A high-density SNP genome-wide linkage scan in a large autism extended pedigree - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►June 2009 - MYO9B polymorphisms in multiple sclerosis - journal article (European Journal of Human Genetics)

►June 2009 - Proteomic analysis of membrane microdomain-associated proteins in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder reveals alterations in LAMP, STXBP1 and BASP1 protein expression - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►June 2009 - Case–control studies show that a non-conservative amino-acid change from a glutamine to arginine in the P2RX7 purinergic receptor protein is associated with both bipolar- and unipolar-affective disorders - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►May 22, 2009 - Vioxx played 'substantial role' in heart attack, says US cardiologist - A leading US cardiologist has testified that the anti-arthritis drug Vioxx played a "substantial contributing role" in the heart attack of a 58-year-old Australian former navy officer. - The Australian

* ►May 22, 2009 - Fears mount over flu jab side-effects - Bangkok Post - "Concern is mounting about the side-effects of general vaccines used to fight the type A (H1N1) flu virus in the past, casting doubt over industrial plans for mass production to contain a pandemic, Thai health experts say. They did not mention the Russian live attenuated vaccine for which Thailand on Wednesday was given approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to start producing on a massive scale for the global market. But they did say the side-effects of other vaccines could dash global hopes for preventative measures against H1N1. At a forum on the impact of an outbreak on the economy and tourism, Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, president of the Influenza Strategic Planning Committee, said academics worldwide were discussing if vaccines could really help people in a flu pandemic."

* ►May 22, 2009 - Regular flu vaccine little help against new strain - Reuters India

►May 22, 2009 - Taiwan reports more cases of swine flu - Taipei Times

►May 22, 2009 - Group decides priorities for swine flu vaccines - Jackson Hole Daily

►May 22, 2009 - Man with flu symptoms refuses to be quarantined - Times of India

* ►May 22, 2009 - Surveillance for Acute Viral Hepatitis --- United States, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

* ►May 22, 2009 - Serum Cross-Reactive Antibody Response to a Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus After Vaccination with Seasonal Influenza Vaccine - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - Alcohol Use Among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Women of Childbearing Age --- United States, 1991--2005 - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - Progressive Vaccinia in a Military Smallpox Vaccinee --- United States, 2009 - MMWR/CDC - "On May 19, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website"

►May 22, 2009 - Hospitalized Patients with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection --- California, April--May, 2009 - MMWR/CDC - "On May 18, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website"

►May 22, 2009 - QuickStats: Percentage of Live Births by Cesarean Delivery, by Plurality --- United States, 1996, 2000, and 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - Notice to Readers: World No Tobacco Day --- May 31, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - Errata: Vol. 58, No. 18 - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►May 22, 2009 - New evidence supports Gardasil's long term effectiveness - New Zealand Doctor Online - "Auckland obstetrics and gynaecology Professor Ron Jones says the new research does not show whether women will need a booster of Gardasil and that won’t really be known until the women in the study have lived out their natural lives."

* ►May 22, 2009 - Does the Lupron Protocol hurt us trying to get insurance parity? - Left Brain/Right Brain

►May 21, 2009 - Autism crusader attracts fans, and many critics - FierceVaccines

* ►May 21, 2009 - Physician team's crusade shows cracks - Dr. Mark Geier and son David tout powerful drug Lupron, but scientists see serious flaws in their research - Chicago Tribune

* ►May 21, 2009 - 'Miracle drug' called junk science - Powerful castration drug pushed for autistic children, but medical experts denounce unproven claims - Chicago Tribune - "Desperate to help their autistic children, hundreds of parents nationwide are turning to an unproven and potentially damaging treatment: multiple high doses of a drug sometimes used to chemically castrate sex offenders. The therapy is based on a theory, unsupported by mainstream medicine, that autism is caused by a harmful link between mercury and testosterone. Children with autism have too much of the hormone, according to the theory, and a drug called Lupron can fix that. 'Lupron is the miracle drug,' Dr. Mark Geier of Maryland said after meeting with an autistic patient in suburban Chicago."

* ►May 21, 2009 - New UK Film Selective Hearing: Brian Deer and the GMC - Age of Autism

* ►May 21, 2009 - Review of Selective Hearing: Brian Deer and the GMC - Selective Hearing: Brian Deer and the GMC. A film released this week by Cry Shame: - By Martin J Walker - Age of Autism

* ►May 21, 2009 - Autism insurance bill passed by New Jersey Assembly - The Star-Ledger via - "If the measure is approved by the State Budget Committee, New Jersey will become the tenth state to enact such a law."

►May 21, 2009 - Assembly passes Roberts/Prieto/Voss Bill for insurance coverage for autism-spectrum treatments - Politicker NJ

►May 21, 2009 - Vitale-Weinberg Bill To Require Health Benefits Coverage For Autism Treatment Approved In Assembly - Politicker NJ

►May 21, 2009 - Keeping Your Child Safe from Harmful Toxins - TACA, Talk About Curing Autism via Opposing Views

►May 21, 2009 - Ernie Els rises to new challenge as a fund-raiser for autism - As Ernie Els prepares for the BMW Championship at Wentworth, he reflects on a new priority in his life - The Guardian, UK - "'We started going round the circuit of doctors and consultants and specialists and they kept telling us 'He's fine'. But I am just a dumb professional golfer and I knew there was something wrong.' There was. Like one in 150 children born in the UK and the United States, Ben Els had been touched by autism."

►May 21, 2009 - 'Very little resources' spurs book on autism - Howard County Times - "The Ellicott City couple has recently written a book, 'Three Times the Love: Finding Answers and Hope for Our Triplets with Autism,' which chronicles their journey through their sons' autism diagnosis, and includes information and research they have done along the way."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Flu Vaccine Triples Child Hospitalizations, but Won’t Turn Them into Horned, Hairy Apes, say Experts! By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 21, 2009 - U.S. swine flu deaths hit double digits - Cases confirmed in Tokyo as new virus continues to spread around globe - AP via MSNBC

* ►May 21, 2009 - Britain criticized for efforts to halt swine flu - Containment strategy may be masking larger outbreak, experts say - AP via MSNBC - "'Containment using Tamiflu is a flawed concept,' said Michael Osterholm, a flu expert at the University of Minnesota. 'It's like trying to maintain the integrity of your submarine with screen doors.' Osterholm, who has advised U.S. authorities on preparing for a pandemic, said the swine flu virus travels too fast to stop it with Tamiflu."

* ►May 21, 2009 - WHO chief to seek deal on sharing flu virus samples - Reuters

* ►May 21, 2009 - WHO's Chan "will not shy away" from pandemic alert - Reuters

* ►May 21, 2009 - Scientists investigate Mexican town's flu mystery - AP via Yahoo!

* ►May 21, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - update 35 - World Health Organization - "As of 06:00 GMT, 21 May 2009, 41 countries have officially reported 11 034 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 85 deaths."

* ►May 21, 2009 - CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu - transcript (includes audio) - CDC

* ►May 21, 2009 - The Next Steps for Swine Flu: Predictions, Protection and Prevention (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The 'working hypothesis' of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that most Americans will need two swine flu shots to get full protection, although the elderly may be able to get away with just one, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the agency’s director of immunization and respiratory disease."

* ►May 21, 2009 - With Flu Fears Rising, Japan Is in Crisis Mode (includes video) (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 21, 2009 - Swine flu spreading rapidly among children in King County - The so-called "swine flu" is spreading rapidly among school-age children, according to new data from Public Health - Seattle & King County - Seattle Times

* ►May 21, 2009 - Vical Advances H1N1 Pandemic Influenza (Swine Flu) Vaccine - Globe Newswire via StreetInsider - "Vical Incorporated (Nasdaq: VICL) announced today that in the two weeks since launching its program to develop a vaccine against H1N1 influenza (swine flu), the company has completed development of a prototype H1 vaccine, produced an initial supply of research-grade material, and initiated immunogenicity testing in animals. Assuming a successful outcome of this testing and a commitment for program-specific external funding, the company is ready to advance directly to large-scale cGMP manufacturing of vaccine for human clinical trials to be conducted by the U.S. Navy."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Regular flu shots don't protect against H1N1 virus - ScrippsNews - "A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used blood samples from 79 children and 280 adults who had been vaccinated against seasonal flu during one of past two winters."

* ►May 21, 2009 - US Considers Double-Round Of Annual Flu Vaccinations - redOrbit

* ►May 21, 2009 - Old seasonal flu antibodies target swine flu virus - Lab results could explain why young patients are hardest hit by current H1N1 strain. - Nature News via

* ►May 21, 2009 - Firm has new solution for flu vaccine - Leaders of the United Nations and World Health Organization are meeting this week to make sure a vaccine to combat any new outbreak of the swine flu in the fall is available to countries around the world. (includes video) - KGO ABC 7 San Francisco - "Like many researchers, Dr. Francis argues the better solution is to shift to a genetically engineered vaccine. So-called cell-culture vaccines have already been developed for a host of other diseases like polio. In San Francisco, one biotech company Vaxart has been using the technique to develop an oral vaccine for the avian flu."

* ►May 21, 2009 - WHO, GSK Provide Update on Pandemic Flu Production - Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine - "The vaccine will consist of the antigen of the recently isolated A (H1N1) influenza strain and also contain GSK's proprietary adjuvant system AS03. An adjuvant system is added to the antigen at the time of administration to stimulate a higher immune response while using a smaller amount of antigen as compared with a formulation without adjuvant."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Japan's Council Awards Innovative Technology Grants for Pandemic Influenza Vaccines Adjuvanted by Hemispherx's Ampligen(r) - 'Super Special Consortia' to Promote Key Technologies - press release - Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. via Globe Newswire

* ►May 21, 2009 - Swine Flu Outbreak May Be Subsiding, CDC Says - HealthDay via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►May 21, 2009 - Mexico City ends swine flu alert, no cases in week - AP via San Francisco Chronicle

►May 21, 2009 - Universal flu vax programs aim at blanket immunity - FierceVaccines

►May 21, 2009 - CDC announces Taiwan's first confirmed case of H1N1 - Radio Taiwan International

►May 21, 2009 - CBS 2's Drs. Answer Your Swine Flu Questions - Dr. Holly Phillips & Dr. Max Gomez Respond To The Dozens Of Swine Flu Questions We've Received -

►May 21, 2009 - Japan relaxes flu guidelines as cases near 300 - Reuters

►May 21, 2009 - Four more schools closing due to swine flu concerns (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►May 21, 2009 - Problems In Race For Swine Flu Vaccine - UKMedix Health News

►May 21, 2009 - When Patients Put Doctors at Risk - Well Blog via

* ►May 21, 2009 - Fear of Contagion (requires registration) - The New York Times - "...Jean (not her real name), who was in her 50s when I met her. She had contracted hepatitis C from receiving a vaccination with a contaminated needle years before, and the symptoms of her end-stage liver failure had become increasingly difficult to tolerate over the last year."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Nebraska Nabs $1.8M of Settlement with Drug Maker - AP via - "A news release from the office of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday that Eli Lilly paid nearly $1.8 million to Nebraska. It is one of 35 states that alleged the manufacturer unfairly marketed the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Schering Execs Could Leave With $108 Million After Merck Merger - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►May 21, 2009 - Acting US FDA chief defends rise in industry fees - * Democrats worry about increasing share of industry fees * Sharfstein says science will drive FDA decisions - Reuters

* ►May 21, 2009 - 'Caution Syndrome' Infects The FDA - Will its new commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, find a cure? - commentary - Forbes

* ►May 21, 2009 - Pediatric Ear Infection Vaccine Shows Promise - Animal study shows droplets rubbed into skin prevented infections - HealthDay via Forbes - "The chinchillas that received the vaccines were able to very rapidly reduce, or eliminate NTHi from their nose and ears, but this wasn't the case in the animals that received the placebo. The findings were presented May 21 at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting, in Philadelphia. 'Our data are the first to show that transcutaneous immunization is an effective way to prevent experimental ear infections and lays the foundation for an effective, yet simple, inexpensive -- and potentially transformative -- way to deliver vaccines,' Laura Novotny, of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said in a news release."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Vaccine could lower RSV infections among Inuit children: researcher - CBC - "Because the vaccine costs about $7,000 per child, it's usually given only to high-risk infants, with risk determined mostly by birth weight. That criteria does not reflect the risks faced by infants in the Arctic, Banerji said. It would be cheaper, she said, to give palivizumab to every six-month-old Baffin Island baby born outside Iqaluit, rather than pay for medevac and hospital costs if those children get sick."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Human Genome Sciences Submits Biologics License Application to FDA for ABthrax(TM) - First-in-class treatment for inhalation anthrax - press release - Human Genome Sciences, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►May 21, 2009 - A better vaccine? - Dalhousie University via - "Like Gardasil, the new vaccine being studied is from the pharmaceutical company Merck. But this vaccine may be able to protect against five more strains of HPV, 'potentially providing protection against an additional 10 per cent of cervical cancers,' says Dr. Shelly McNeil, an Infectious Diseases specialist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and vaccine researcher with the Clinical Trials Research Centre. 'The women who participate will be randomized to receive either Gardasil or the new study vaccine,' adds Dr. McNeil. 'No one will receive a placebo; they would at least receive Gardasil.'"

* ►May 21, 2009 - Shari Rudavsky: Americans slow to accept cervical cancer vaccine - Indianapolis Star

►May 21, 2009 - Schoolgirls to get cancer vaccine - Fenland Today

* ►May 21, 2009 - Turn Up the HEAT on Medicare and Medicaid Fraud By Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements

►May 21, 2009 - Health department offers shots so low-income students can meet school vaccination requirements - Austin American-Statesman

►May 21, 2009 - AISD reminds parents of immunization requirements - News 8 Austin - "The Austin Independent School District reports about 10,000 students must be immunized before the next school year. Parents of students not up-to-date on their shots will receive letters in the mail next week."

►May 21, 2009 - Wellmark Leverages MDdatacor Technology to Streamline Immunization Tracking - press release - MDdatacor, Inc. via PRNewswire

* ►May 21, 2009 - Demystifying myths about polio vaccination - Many parents are suspicious of the polio vaccination with some thinking that the vaccine  is a ploy by the West to wipe out Africans. Eunice Rukundo talked to health officials who debunked myths about the vaccine. - Daily Monitor

* ►May 21, 2009 - Shift Toward State Rules on Product Liability - The Wall Street Journal - "In a sweeping order Wednesday, President Barack Obama called for a rollback of Bush administration regulations designed to protect companies from product-liability lawsuits in state courts. The memo didn't name specific industries but it could affect a wide range of consumer products subject to both federal and state regulation."

* ►May 21, 2009 - National Public Health Organizations Brief Capitol Hill On H1N1 - Association of Schools of Public Health via Medical News Today

* ►May 21, 2009 - NIH's new rare disease push (requires registration) - The Scientist

►May 21, 2009 - Early Estimate of Pandemic Potential of Influenza A H1N1 "Swine Flu" - journal article (Journal Watch General Medicine)

►May 21, 2009 - New NIH program launched to develop treatments for rare and neglected diseases - pediatric supersite

►May 21, 2009 - Ten Swine Flu Facts for Bodyworkers - Concerns about swine flu transmission are likely to arise since bodyworkers interact closely with their clients. For the benefit of healthcare providers and their patrons, make sure to be familiar with these ten facts describing swine flu. - Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies

* ►May 21, 2009 - European Paediatric Influenza Analysis (EPIA) Group Formed to Quantify the Burden of Seasonal Influenza in Children in Europe - Business Wire via News Blaze

►May 21, 2009 - Deaths of children under 5 have dropped by 27 percent - report - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

►May 21, 2009 - Lilly drug to stop Alzheimer's on to 3rd phase - The Indianapolis Star

►May 21, 2009 - Toddler's mysterious meningitis trumps cancer threat - Brooklynn Spencer's mother Samantha knew something wasn't right. The 8 month old had the flu recently, but it had been four weeks. She should have been better. The Elmira mother of four pushed for blood tests in early October 2007. A few hours later, there was a knock at the door. -

* ►May 21, 2009 - BC sport teams asked to push Meningitis vaccine - The Province

►May 21, 2009 - Contraceptive jab volunteers plea - PA News via Channel 4 News
►May 21, 2009 - Polio vaccinations reaching more of Nigeria’s children, reports UN agency - UN News Centre

►May 21, 2009 - Uganda Health News: National mass polio immunization resumes -

►May 21, 2009 - Looting of life-saving supplies severely hampers UNICEF’s efforts in Somalia - UN News Centre

►May 21, 2009 - Whooping cough outbreak at elementary school -

►May 21, 2009 - New shot can prevent whooping cough - AP via The Olympian

►May 21, 2009 - AIDS Spreads to Infants as Most Mothers Fail to Get Treatments - Bloomberg

►May 21, 2009 - NIH Spends $178,000 to Study Why Prostitutes Have a High HIV - Slashdot

►May 21, 2009 - California lawyer sentenced in HIV drug diversion scheme - Nashua Telegraph

* ►May 21, 2009 - Acne Drug's Side Effects Change Teen's Life -

* ►May 21, 2009 - Controversial chemical in bodies directly linked to drinking from BPA bottles (requires registration) - The Green Blog via Boston Globe

►May 21, 2009 - Producers say 'no' to NAIS - Federal program sees little support at Western hearing - Capital Press - "About 75 livestock producers from around the West gathered here on Monday, May 18, to voice their opposition to the national animal identification system during a USDA-sponsored listening session."

►May 21, 2009 - NUTRO Recalls Dry Cat Food Sold in 11 Countries - Company blames supplier for incorrect zinc, potassium levels -

►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu: 83 people dead worldwide - The Desert Sun

* ►May 20, 2009 - Regular flu lingers, but it’s not too late for shots - Vaccine won’t protect against swine flu, but will help with seasonal virus - MSNBC

* ►May 20, 2009 - Memo tells Kan. juvenile jails to prepare for 10-day quarantine in case of swine flu outbreak - AP via

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu may have started in laboratory, expert says - WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

* ►May 20, 2009 - Face protection effective in preventing the spread of influenza - Surgical mask and respirator use should be encouraged during current swine flu outbreak - Wiley-Blackwell via EurekAlert!

* ►May 20, 2009 - Health Officials Race to Create H1N1 Flu Vaccine - At the World Health Organization's annual meeting this week, a main topic was the ongoing effort to develop a vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu virus. Betty Ann Bowser reports on efforts to create a new vaccine and concerns over having the time to properly produce it. - transcript (includes video) - Online NewsHour via PBS

►May 20, 2009 - Amarillo Biosciences Selects Accelovance for Its Next Influenza Study - press release - Amarillo Biosciences, Inc. via The Earth Times

►May 20, 2009 - Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Now Causing More Pneumonia - Emory University School of Medicine via

►May 20, 2009 - Mercury spill in Emmett home sickens one person - Idaho Statesman

►May 20, 2009 - Somali rebels put kids at risk - AFP via News24 - "The fighters damaged a vaccine store, destroying thousands of measles, polio and other vaccine doses. They also looted food meant for preventing acute malnutrition among children, Unicef said in a statement."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Family aims to raise funds, awareness of rare disorder - Abalahins seek cure to honor son - Peninsula Gateway - "In 2007, the Port Orchard couple founded Jaxon’s Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching the rare disorder their son Jaxon suffered from: subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE). The disease, which primarily affects children with a history of measles, is almost always fatal."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Single measles jabs should be free says MMR campaigner - - "Mrs Cole protested against the MMR vaccination and paid for daughter Jenny, now nine, to have the single jabs. And she said health professionals were letting the public down by not offering the single vaccinations for free. The 46-year-old secretary, from Annitsford, near Cramlington, said: “There is no doubt parents remain concerned about giving children the MMR jab despite health bosses insisting there isn’t a problem. “As long as that element of doubt is there then children will not get the vaccine, because parents do not want to risk their child’s health."

* ►May 20, 2009 - A Genetic Clue to Why Autism Affects Boys More - Molecular Psychiatry via TIME via Yahoo!

* ►May 20, 2009 - Celiac Disease: More Common Than Once Thought (requires registration) - U.S. Pharmacist via Medscape - "An estimated one of every 100 to 200 people in the United States has celiac disease (also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, nontropical sprue, or celiac sprue), an autoimmune inflammatory enteropathy that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten-containing grains in susceptible individuals.[1-9] Gluten is the main storage protein of wheat. The alcohol-soluble fraction (prolamin) of gluten is damaging in celiac disease, as are similar proteins in barley (hordein) and rye (secalin)."

►May 20, 2009 - For MRSA detection, nasal screening alone may be insufficient - pediatric supersite

►May 20, 2009 - Urgent warning about Gardasil: Must-watch video -

* ►May 20, 2009 - The Cancer Hunters - - "As early as 1912 in one case and the 1940s in others, scientists noticed that some cancer patients injected with weakened strains, like those used in vaccines, showed a temporary improvement. At the time, however, scientists lacked the genetic engineering techniques available to modern science, and virotherapy was largely abandoned during the 1950s and 60s. Now some researchers have rekindled interest by crafting new oncolytic viruses, viruses that selectively infect and kill cancer cells, using genetic engineering."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Human Vaccine for Influenza A Developed - Korea Herald via

* ►May 19, 2009 - The drug industry needs a major awarness campaign targeted towards undiagnosed diabetics - World of DTC Marketing

* ►May 19, 2009 - High-density SNP association study of the 17q21 chromosomal region linked to autism identifies CACNA1G as a novel candidate gene - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►May 19, 2009 - Genome-wide linkage in Utah autism pedigrees - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 19, 2009 - Neurobiological trait abnormalities in bipolar disorder - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 19, 2009 - Vulnerability genes or plasticity genes? - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►May 19, 2009 - Insurer adds to hardship of caring for autistic child - Therapy sessions first denied, then covered - Chicago Tribune

* ►May 19, 2009 - Vaccine-Autism War: National Post Junk Journalism Continues With Jenny McCarthy Attacks - Facing Autism in New Brunswick - "Jenny McCarthy is an easy target. For that reason the lazy, ill informed 'journalists' at the National Post continue to attack Ms McCarthy in yet another doomed to fail attempt to quash public discussion of vaccine autism concerns. Meanwhile they continue to omit any reference to respected medical and research authorities like Dr. Bernadine Healey, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Dr. Duane Alexandre all of who have said that more research could and should be done on the issue. The junk journalists at the NP ignore Dr. Jon Poling a neurologist and father of an autistic child who brought a vaccine based autism claim to successful conclusion on behalf of his daughter when the government settled."

* ►May 19, 2009 - U.S. set to boost seasonal flu vaccine production - Reuters

* ►May 18, 2009 - Glutamine Supplements Show Promise in Treating Stomach Ulcers - Amino acid helps offset stomach damage caused by H. pylori bacteria; animal study suggests popular supplement could also reduce risk of gastric cancers - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via Biocompare

►May 17, 2009 - Pieces of the Puzzle - Ezine articles - "Life with autism comes with a tremendous set of challenges for the individual and the family. The road can be rocky with many twists, turns, and detours. It's easy to get sidetracked and almost forget what is really important in life. I've experienced this first hand. My son happens to have autism and so does my brother."

* ►May 15, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - selected articles - journal article (BioMed Central)

►May 12, 2009 - Roll up, roll up, have a shot - Mountain Views Mail via Star News Group, Australia

►May 11, 2009 - Study links outbreaks to parents forgoing vaccinations - National Center for Policy Analysis

►May 11, 2009 - WHO says no signs of community H1N1 transmission - Reuters

* ►May 8, 2009 - How to Make a Swine Flu Vaccine - Covance talks about the risks, challenges, and tests required to develop a pandemic vaccine. - Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine

* ►May 8, 2009 - Rockville nonprofit's new vaccine plant to create 25 jobs - Expansion boosts TB prevention efforts - - "Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation of Rockville celebrated the opening Monday of its new tuberculosis vaccine manufacturing plant, which its CEO said will create 25 new bioscience jobs in Montgomery County."

►May 6, 2009 - Deadlier than swine flu... - The New Paper via AsiaOne

►May 6, 2009 - Mexico Suspects Asian Source of Swine Flu Virus - Chinese authorities stongly deny allegations swine flu may have originated in China. - Epoch Times

►May 5, 2009 - Swine Flu Breaking News 2: Second US death, speeding vaccine production, quarantined foreigners, House spending proposal - CIDRAP News

►May 5, 2009 - Building a better HPV vaccine - - "Investigators at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center are working on a vaccine that uses a different capsid protein, called L2. The L2 protein is not specific to a particular HPV type. Preliminary research suggests a vaccine made from the L2 capsid protein may provide broad protection against many or all of the high-risk types of HPV."

►May 1, 2009 - Mercury sources, distribution, and bioavailability in the North Pacific Ocean: Insights from data and models - journal articles (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)

* ►May 1, 2009 - Your Tuna Is Getting More Toxic - Federal study: Tuna and other Pacific fish has 30% more toxic mercury than in 1990 and will grow 50% more contaminated by 2050. - The Daily Green

►April 27, 2009 - Juvaris BioTherapeutics’ Vaccine Adjuvant, JVRS-100, Generates Superior T-Cell Mediated Immune Responses to Influenza in Clinical Trial - Data to be Presented at the 12th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research - press release - Juvaris BioTherapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire

►April 27, 2009 - Dynavax Presents Additional Phase 3 Data for HEPLISAV™ Hepatitis B Vaccine at EASL Medical Conference - press release - Dynavax Technologies Corporation via Business Wire

►April 27, 2009 - Vaccine Bill Wasteful - letter - The Ledger

Human Swine Flu (H1N1) and Novel Influenza Pandemics - May 28, 2009 - Keynote Speaker: Edwin D. Kilbourne - Organizer: Doris Bucher, New York Medical College - Speakers: Nancy Cox, Influenza Division, Center for Disease Control; Kanta Subbarao, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIH; John Treanor, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; Scott Harper, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Additional Speaker TBA Moderator: James Matthews, Sanofi Pasteur -  The New York Academy of Sciences


Posted May 20, 2009


►June 2009 - Neural regulation of endocrine and autonomic stress responses - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - Stress signalling pathways that impair prefrontal cortex structure and function - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - Stress, memory and the amygdala - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - Effects of stress throughout the lifespan on the brain, behaviour and cognition - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - Psychobiology and molecular genetics of resilience - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - The neuro-symphony of stress - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►June 2009 - Systems and Synthetic biology: tackling genetic networks and complex diseases - journal article (Heredity)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Vaccines in a hurry - journal article (Vaccine) - "In the present discussion paper, we propose mechanisms to facilitate development of emergency vaccines in Europe by focusing on public–private scientific partnerships, fast-track approval of emergency vaccine by regulatory agencies and proposing incentives for emergency vaccine production in private vaccine companies."

* ►May 26, 2009 - Testing vaccines in pediatric research subjects - journal article (Vaccine) - "These studies should influence how we design and execute pediatric vaccine trials. Finally, ethical considerations and current regulations raise certain issues concerning the remuneration of the research volunteer when that volunteer is a child. The published literature illustrates wide variation in practice. Better understanding of the restrictions in pediatric research, the use of placebos, the attitude of parents, and the concerns with remuneration can better equip the vaccine researcher in pursuing successful studies in children."

* ►May 26, 2009 - Influence of host genetic variation on rubella-specific T cell cytokine responses following rubella vaccination - journal article (Vaccine) - "Better characterization of these genetic profiles could help to predict immune responses at the individual and population level, provide data on mechanisms of immune response development, and further inform vaccine development and vaccination policies."

* ►May 26, 2009 - HLA haplotype and supertype associations with cellular immune responses and cytokine production in healthy children after rubella vaccine - journal article (Vaccine) - "Our data indicate that the presence or absence of certain HLA haplotypes and/or supertypes may influence the cytokine immune response to rubella vaccine, and represents a more advanced analysis compared to individual candidate gene association studies."

* ►May 26, 2009 - Vaccine adverse event monitoring systems across the European Union countries: Time for unifying efforts - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Safety experience with heptavalent pneumococcal CRM197-conjugate vaccine (Prevenar®) since vaccine introduction - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Immunization with the 7-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine: Impact evaluation, continuing surveillance and future perspectives - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Trends affecting the future of vaccine development and delivery: The role of demographics, regulatory science, the anti-vaccine movement, and vaccinomics - journal article (Vaccine) - "In this paper we discuss the impact of demographics, regulatory science, the anti-vaccine movement, and finally the impact of the new biology and individualized medicine, which we call vaccinomics, on vaccine development and delivery."

* ►May 26, 2009 - Is the vaccination coverage established enough to control pertussis, or it is a re-emerging disease? - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Gender effects on humoral immune responses to smallpox vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - New perspectives for hepatitis B vaccines and immunization - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Economic benefits for the family of inactivated subunit virosomal influenza vaccination of healthy children aged 3–14 years during the annual health examination in private paediatric offices - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Activation of toll-like receptor signaling pathway for protection against influenza virus infection - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Expression of maturation markers on murine dendritic cells in response to group A streptococcal lipopeptide vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Vaccination of people at increased risk of influenza complications in Italy: How far have we gone? - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - The changing face of the epidemiology of type A, B, and D viral hepatitis in Italy, following the implementation of vaccination - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Burden of rotavirus disease and cost-effectiveness of universal vaccination in the Province of Genoa (Northern Italy) - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Universal childhood immunisation against Streptococcus pneumoniae: The five-year experience of Liguria Region, Italy - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Seroprevalence of bactericidal antibody against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in pre-vaccinal era: The Italian epidemiological scenario - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Adjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccines and perpetual viral metamorphosis: The importance of cross-protection - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Prophylactic HPV vaccination for women over 18 years of age - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - An E7-based therapeutic vaccine protects mice against HPV16 associated cancer - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Recombinant measles viruses expressing single or multiple antigens of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) induce cellular and humoral immune responses - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Recombinant measles virus-HPV vaccine candidates for prevention of cervical carcinoma - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Genome-based approaches to develop vaccines against bacterial pathogens - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Mechanism of action of licensed vaccine adjuvants - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Novel prophylactic and therapeutic vaccine against tuberculosis - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Mumps: A year of enhanced surveillance in Catalonia, Spain - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Changes in the evolution of meningococcal disease, 2001–2008, Catalonia (Spain) - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Heterogeneous in vivo expression of clumping factor A and capsular polysaccharide by Staphylococcus aureus: Implications for vaccine design - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Immune response mechanisms against Pseudomonas aeruginosa associated with mucosal immunization with protein antigens in a rat model of acute lung infection - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Influenza vaccination in patients with cirrhosis and in liver transplant recipients - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - A single component two-valent LcrV-F1 vaccine protects non-human primates against pneumonic plague - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Detection of LP2086 on the cell surface of Neisseria meningitidis and its accessibility in the presence of serogroup B capsular polysaccharide - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Immunosuppressive mechanisms in cancer: Consequences for the development of therapeutic vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Composition of the ANTIGENome of Helicobacter pylori defined by human serum antibodies - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 26, 2009 - Alpha-galactosylceramide is an effective mucosal adjuvant for repeated intranasal or oral delivery of HIV peptide antigens - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Novel SIVmac DNA vaccines encoding Env, Pol and Gag consensus proteins elicit strong cellular immune responses in cynomolgus macaques - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - Phase I therapeutic trial of the HIV-1 Tat protein and long term follow-up - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 26, 2009 - On the relationship between meningococcal transmission dynamics and disease: Remarks on humoral immunity - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 23 - June 5, 2009 - Virus scare - Although there is some indication that the current swine flu outbreak may not become a pandemic, there is no room for complacency. - Frontline Magazine via The Hindu

* ►May 21, 2009 - Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, 2009 — Online Monitoring (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►May 21, 2009 - Digital Disease Detection — Harnessing the Web for Public Health Surveillance (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►May 21, 2009 - Controlling Conflict of Interest — Proposals from the Institute of Medicine (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - Wrangling Over Research Results - Pharmaceutical Executive

►May 21, 2009 - Pharma Trials Heading South - Pharmaceutical Executive

►May 21, 2009 - Bmi1 regulates mitochondrial function and the DNA damage response pathway - journal article (Nature)

* ►May 21, 2009 - Preemption and Malpractice Liability (free full text) - journal article (Nature)

►May 21, 2009 - Two types of dopamine neuron distinctly convey positive and negative motivational signals - journal article (Nature)

* ►May 21, 2009 - Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - What Works in Market-Oriented Health Policy? (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - Nickel Allergy in Danish Women before and after Nickel Regulation - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - Common Cold, Uncommon Variation - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - Cost Implications of Reduced Work Hours and Workloads for Resident Physicians - journal article (NEJM)

►May 21, 2009 - To Nap or Not to Nap? Residents' Work Hours Revisited - journal article (NEJM)

* ►May 21, 2009 - Kenya reports 13 fresh polio cases - Xinhua via China View - "The country's Director of Public Health Dr. Shahanaz Shariff said the new cases were reported in Turkana district in northern Kenyan and blamed it to poor routine polio immunization. ... 'Independent monitors will go to houses and check if the child has been immunized. We will mark the house and make sure that the children who have been immunized have their fingers dipped in ink which cannot be removed,' Sheriff told journalists in Nairobi."

* ►May 21, 2009 - Meningococcal-B vaccine '3 to 5 years off' - Researchers at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital say they are working on a vaccine to stop the spread of the potentially-deadly meningococcal-B disease. - - "The hospital's head of paediatric trials, Dr Helen Marshall, says researchers need healthy young people between 11 and 18 to be part of trials of the vaccine."

►May 21, 2009 - Whooping cough spike triggers call for immunisation - Hunter New England Health in New South Wales continues to be concerned about a big spike in the incidence of whooping cough this year. -

►May 21, 2009 - Are we facing a measles epidemic? - The Mirror, UK

* ►May 21, 2009 - Huge measles outbreak causes parents to sign up for single “unethical” jab - Western Mail via WalesOnline - "Desumo will hold a single jab clinic in Llanelli at the end of the month after being contacted by parents caught up in the midst of Wales’ largest outbreak of measles in at least a decade. The revival of single jabs clinics in West Wales reveals that many parents still do not trust the free MMR jab, despite overwhelming evidence about its safety."

* ►May 21, 2009 - What's a parent to think ... about autism and vaccines -

* ►May 21, 2009 - 'Hairy time' in Merck staff's Vioxx spoof - Concerns that anti-arthritis drug Vioxx caused heart attacks were spoofed as a "hairy time" by Merck & Co sales staff in a beauty salon-themed skit. But it didn't "foil" them because "there must be more tangles to the story". - The Australian

* ►May 21, 2009 - School quarantine as 3 catch swine flu - The Age, Australia - "A trip to Disneyland has left three Victorian schoolboys infected with swine flu, and health authorities say the contagion may spread."

►May 21, 2009 - Tamiflu sold at inflated prices online - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►May 21, 2009 - Tokyo has first swine flu cases - Health officials in Japan have confirmed the first cases of swine flu in the densely populated capital, Tokyo. - BBC

* ►May 21, 209 - New flu hits Tokyo; infections total 267 in Japan - Japan Today

* ►May 21, 2009 - GPO wins flu jab approval - WHO signs vaccine pact to prepare for pandemic - Bangkok Post - "The World Health Organisation has given Thailand the green light to use an advanced vaccine production technology to make flu vaccines for domestic and global use in the event of a pandemic. Under the landmark agreement signed by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) and WHO in Geneva yesterday, the state-run drug maker will be allowed to use seed viruses developed by the Institute for Experimental Medicine in St Petersburg, Russia, to produce live attenuated vaccines."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Health Care Personnel on Agenda for SHRPC Committee - HANYS Healthcare Association of New York State - "A proposed regulation that would require annual influenza vaccines for all health care personnel in hospitals will be discussed at tomorrow’s Codes Committee of the State Hospital Review and Planning Council (SHRPC). The rule would also apply to employees of diagnostic and treatment centers, certified home health agencies, long-term home health care programs, acquired immune deficiency syndrome home care programs, licensed home care services agencies, and hospices.  The regulation is still in draft form and has not yet been published for comment in the State Register."

* ►May 20, 2009 - National Post editorial board: The danger of an anti-vaccine panic - It seems there is no brand of New Age nonsense Oprah Winfrey will not peddle on her show, but getting involved with anti-vaccination sentiment crosses a hugely important line. Earlier this month, as Emily Senger noted in the National Post yesterday, the most influential woman in media signed a development deal with model-actress Jenny McCarthy, who has become a crusader against "toxins" in vaccines. Ms. McCarthy has already used the Oprah program to declare that her seven-year-old child, Evan, was cured of autism by chelation therapy, which reversed the effects of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine he received as a baby. - Full Comment via The National Post

►May 20, 2009 - The danger of an anti-vaccine panic - National Post

* ►May 20, 2009 - DRAFT Meeting Minutes – MEETING OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES (ACIP) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Tom Harkin Global Communications Center (Building 19), Atlanta, Georgia June 24-26, 2009 (pdf) - CDC

* ►May 20, 2009 - CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of H1N1 Flu - transcript (includes audio) - CDC

* ►May 20, 2009 - Adults Older Than 52 May Resist Swine Flu, CDC Says - Bloomberg

* ►May 20, 2009 - US Says Older People Appear Safer Safer From New Flu Strain (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The protection theory, Dr. Jernigan explained, is that from 1918 to 1957, all circulating seasonal type-A flus were weakened descendants of the 1918 Spanish flu, which was an H1N1, as the current swine is. ... Then in 1957, an H2N2, the Asian flu, emerged and displaced it. It was replaced in 1968 by the H3N2, called Hong Kong flu, which has persisted as a seasonal strain. A different and milder H1N1 emerged in 1977. It was isolated in China but is called the Russian flu because of a suspicion it escaped from a Soviet laboratory. That H1N1, the 1968 H3N2 and a B strain have all circulated in humans ever since, and the seasonal flu shot is aimed at them."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Russia says vaccine against A/H1N1 flu virus under research - Xinhua via China View

►May 20, 2009 - Bloomberg Navigates the Politics of a Health Scare (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 20, 2009 - As Flu Suspicions Spread, Necessity of Test Is Weighed (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 20, 2009 - CDC: H1N1 spreads about as readily as seasonal flu - CIDRAP News

* ►May 20, 2009 - U.S. Death Toll From Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Rises To 9; Arizona Boy, Utah Man Latest Victims - All Headline News

* ►May 20, 2009 - Arizona teenager dies of H1N1 flu - Reuters - "The Pima County Health Department said the 'medically compromised' 13-year-old boy died on May 15 from complications of H1N1 influenza."

* ►May 20, 2009 - U.S. officials consider bumping up flu shot season - Reuters - "U.S. health officials said on Wednesday they are considering starting the vaccination campaign for seasonal flu earlier this year to make room for a possible second round of shots against the new H1N1 flu. ... Vaccine experts agree it would be better to launch a second round of vaccinations against the new H1N1 strain instead of trying to add it to the seasonal flu vaccine or replacing one of its three components with the new H1N1 virus."

* ►May 20, 2009 - CDC Flu Expert Provides Update on Swine Flu Response at ASM - GenomeWeb Daily News

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu combined with superbug could kill thousands - A deadly strain of superbug MRSA could kill thousands if coupled with swine flu, experts have warned. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►May 20, 2009 - Scientists link influenza A (H1N1) susceptibility to common levels of arsenic exposure - Marine Biological Laboratory via EurekAlert! - "The ability to mount an immune response to influenza A (H1N1) infection is significantly compromised by a low level of arsenic exposure that commonly occurs through drinking contaminated well water, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and Dartmouth Medical School have found.

* ►May 20, 2009 - ATS: Mexican Response to H1N1 'Could Have Been Faster' - MedPage Today

* ►May 20, 2009 - Baylor begins swine vaccine research - Houston Business Journal

* ►May 20, 2009 - New York City officials struggle for balanced response to swine flu - ►Mayor Bloomberg has been giving matter-of-fact updates and practical advice, but some say he needs to do a better job of reassuring 'the worried well' in the face of the potentially fatal H1N1 virus. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine Flu Closes More Schools as Worldwide Cases Exceed 10,000 - NYC Emergency Departments Report Patient Surge; Flu-Related Visits Moderate Elsewhere (includes video) - Good Morning America via ABC News

►May 20, 2009 - Flu Closings Failing to Keep Schoolchildren at Home (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 20, 2009 - Glaxo sees more big orders for H1N1 flu vaccine - * New orders expected beyond 128 mln doses bought last week * H1N1 price in line with seasonal at about 5 pounds a dose * Volume will depend on yield during vaccine production * Strong demand also for Relenza flu drug - Reuters - "Still, Glaxo believes it has an edge over some other manufacturers because of the powerful adjuvant, or additive, it is using that boosts the immune response of people being vaccinated and means more doses can be made with less active ingredient."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Thomson Reuters Makes Disease Briefing on Influenza Covering H1N1 (Swine Flu) Publicly Available - Free Access Given to Support the Global R&D and Healthcare Community - press release - Thomson Reuters via PRNewswire - "The daily briefing can be downloaded from, and provides information on Influenza A (H1N1)...."

* ►May 20, 2009 - When Will That Flu Vaccine Be Ready? - ScienceInsider Blog via Science Magazine - "The WHO report says that manufacturers then typically need 1 to 2 months 'to isolate rapidly growing strains to maximum yield.' [Tom] Skinner says not so. 'They have to do a little more work on it to get it in the condition that they need for the vaccine, and I’m told that takes a couple of weeks, so that by the middle of June toward the end of June, they could start producing pilot lots,' he says."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Researchers Uncover Mechanism That Allows Influenza Virus To Evade The Body’s Immune Response - University of Southern California Health Sciences via Newswise

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu did not kill baby Jonathan Zamora; real cause of death unknown - New York Daily News

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu testing leads to more staffing at New York public health lab - New York Daily News

►May 20, 2009 - Swine Flu Spreads in Japan, Despite Quarantine Inspections (requires registration) - Washington Post

►May 20, 2009 - CDC: Midwestern States Have Most Flu Cases - All Headline News

* ►May 20, 2009 - Many City Schools Still Closed by Flu ( requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 20, 2009 - More schools close because of flu (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►May 20, 2009 - Egypt warns of post-hajj swine flu quarantine - AP via eTaiwanNews

►May 20, 2009 - Official: Closing school with 8 swine flu cases made most sense - Newsday

►May 20, 2009 - Sydney has latest case of swine flu in Australia - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu boy's class in quarantine - The 27 grade three classmates of Victoria's first confirmed swine flu case, a nine-year-old boy, will be dosed with anti-viral drugs this afternoon and told to stay home in voluntary quarantine until next week. - The Australian

* ►May 20, 2009 - Summit produces no new pledges for vaccine donations - Canadian Press via St. Catharines Standard - "A summit between flu vaccine makers and the heads of the UN and the World Health Organization produced no new concrete offers of donated vaccine, the WHO said Tuesday."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests - The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. - American Thoracic Society, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►May 20, 2009 - Low Dose Arsenic Compromises the Immune Response to Influenza A Infection in vivo (pdf) - journal article (Environmental Health Perspectives)

►May 20, 2009 - Value of vaccination in fight against diseases - The importance of vaccination is irrefutable, particularly in the fight against infectious diseases. - The Star, Malaysia

* ►May 20, 2009 - Notes from BIO: Vaccine Applications to FDA Booming - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►May 20, 2009 - Egypt: Flu deaths and frayed nerves (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►May 20, 2009 - In pandemics of the past, caution for the future - Could this be an early wave? - The Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►May 20, 2009 - Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu - HealthDay News via

►May 20, 2009 - BIO Visitors Bring Viral Preparedness to Atlanta - PRNewswire-USNewswire

►May 20, 2009 - Health department confirms swine flu case in Lackawanna County - The Scranton Times

►May 20, 2009 - Notes from BIO: BIO, meets Sanofi; Sanofi meet BIO - The IN VIVO Blog

►May 20, 2009 - Notes from BIO: Treating the Government as a Partner - The IN VIVO Blog

►May 20, 2009 - Vitamin D and TB Outcome - In a randomized, double-blind study conducted in Guinea-Bissau, 300,000 IU of cholecalciferol had no effect on clinical outcome. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

►May 20, 2009 - Congressional Action on Health Care Reform — An Update (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►May 20, 2009 - Achieving Health Care Reform — How Physicians Can Help (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►May 20, 2009 - Combination of aspirin and an anti-clotting drug reduces risk of dialysis access failure - NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases via EurekAlert!

* ►May 20, 2009 - Biohacker plague threat is real - United Press International

* ►May 20, 2009 - The Quackery of Chemotherapy, Gunpoint Medicine and the Disturbing Fate of 13-Year-Old Daniel Hauser - - "There was once a time when western medical doctors believed that the heavy metal mercury was a medicine, too. They methodically used mercury to treat hundreds of different diseases and conditions, oblivious to the fact that they were actually poisoning people with this toxic heavy metal. And yet, imagine if authorities had arrested parents for not treating their children with mercury. Imagine if they threw parents in prison for refusing their 'mercury medicine.' That would be equivalent to today's arrogant, misguided and extremely dangerous campaign to outlaw saying 'no' to chemotherapy."

►May 20, 2009 - Miles City scientist invented vaccines - AP via - "What would Dr. Maurice Hilleman do? ... How would Hilleman, who died in 2005 at age 85, react to the H1N1 strain of influenza that surfaced last month in Mexico?"

►May 20, 2009 - Margaret Hamburg is new FDA commissioner - Contemporary Pediatrics via Modern Medicine

* ►May 20, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 800 - Immunization Action Coalition - "Read 'Ask the Experts' Q&As about vaccine errors"

* ►May 20, 2009 - A grieving mother's shot at saving others - Health hits Blog via Knoxville News-Sentinel

►May 20, 2009 - Program helps tots get all their shots - Project Immunize reaches out to busy parents - The News-Sentinel

* ►May 20, 2009 - Mother of Florida Autistic Boy Claims Psychiatric Drug Overdose Led to Death - Lawsuit Blames Doctor's Prescription of Psychotropic Cocktail, Lack of Oversight - press release - press release - Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate via PRNewswire

►May 20, 2009 - 1 year ago, autistic Port St. Lucie child drew worldwide attention - TCPalm - "Some experts say the case of Alex Barton, who was voted out of his kindergarten classroom 14-to-2, brought about change and awareness of how autistic children are educated. Others say there still is a long way to go."

►May 20, 2009 - BBC News Features Autism Mom Protest - Age of Autism

* ►May 20, 2009 - Mother takes fight to Parliament - A Shropshire mother who has campaigned to get a fairer deal for autistic children has taken her protest to Parliament. - video - BBC

* ►May 20, 2009 - Autism and Testosterone By Dr. Lorene E.A. Amet - Age of Autism

* ►May 20, 2009 - Experimental Stem Cell Treatment for Autism (includes video) -

►May 20, 2009 - State Watch | New Jersey Senate, Assembly Panels Advance Autism Coverage Bill -

►May 20, 2009 - Lois Judevine Blackwell to form new autism center - St. Louis Business Journal

►May 20, 2009 - Bravo Age of Autism - Left Brain/Right Brain

►May 20, 2009 - Dave Olsen: My picks at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival - - "Shots in the Dark (plays 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 @ PC) - It took 2.5 minutes before my heart sank and tears welled up. Not much later, the wailing began. This is a powerful, well-made film that touches you on many levels. As a parent, I know how hard it is to resist the medical establishment’s pressure to vaccinate your child."

►May 20, 2009 - Measles at 6-year high - The Mirror, UK

►May 20, 2009 - NIGERIA: More children than ever immunised against polio - IRIN Africa - "The number of children in Nigeria who have never been immunised decreased since last year to 8 percent from 16 percent; the number of children missed by the current campaign also significantly dropped, WHO says. WHO epidemiologists say these indicators – rather than the number vaccinated – are most important to track to determine the effectiveness of a polio campaign."

* ►May 20, 2009 - Why polio virus lingers in Nigeria, by minister - Swine flu vaccine coming in July, says WHO - Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria

►May 20, 2009 - Eunuchs to play a role in pulse polio campaign in UP - Indopia

►May 20, 2009 - Vaccination drive to prevent Japanese Encephalitis - Times of India

* ►May 20, 2009 - HHS Awards $1.79 Billion to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program - HealthNews

►May 20, 2009 - Victims of HIV blood snubbed - Ministers yesterday snubbed a compensation bid by Brits who caught HIV and Hepatitis C from infected NHS blood. - The Sun, UK

►May 20, 2009 - US Senate panel backs FDA oversight of cigarettes - *Full Senate must now vote on bill *Republicans: need to fight issue head on *Some senators cite regulatory burdens for small cos. - Reuters

* ►May 20, 2009 - Soy Protein Used in "Natural" Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane - - "The results proved to be worrisome: Hexane residues of 21ppm were discovered in soy meal commonly used to produce soy protein for infant formula, protein bars and vegetarian food products."

►May 19, 2009 - Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - The Pink Book: Course Textbook 11th Edition (May 2009) - CDC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Vermont Acts to Make Drug Makers’ Gifts Public (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Peter Shumlin, president pro tempore of the Vermont state senate, said he hoped his state would provide a model on marketing disclosures for the rest of the country. 'Our goal is not to prohibit this practice,' Mr. Shumlin said, 'but to have the first system in this country where providers’ acceptance of this money is on full public record.'"

* ►May 19, 2009 - Blood pressure pill action urged - Everyone aged 55 and over should be taking drugs to lower their blood pressure, a London-based expert says. - BBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Gene May Offer Clue Why Autism Risk Is Fourfold Higher in Boys - Bloomberg - "The researchers analyzed the DNA of 1,046 members of families with at least two sons affected by autism. Inside chromosome 17, a hotspot of previous autism studies, these families harbored a variant of a gene called CACNA1G, said Stanley F. Nelson, professor of human genetics at the University of California Los Angeles, in the journal Molecular Psychiatry."

►May 19, 2009 - New Software Helps In Treatment Of Autism - CBS 5 - "The families found each other on the internet, and have jointly developed an internet-based software system called ChARM."

►May 19, 2009 - NJ Autism bill puts pressure on health insurers (includes audio) -

►May 19, 2009 - Speaker, Advocates Commentary on Bill Providing Insurance Coverage of Autism Treatments (A-2238) - video -

►May 19, 2009 - Measles rise putting 3,000 pupils at risk - This is South Wales

►May 19, 2009 - 6th H1N1 Flu Death Confirmed in US, Vaccine Delayed for Months - Attorney at Law

►May 19, 2009 - All the World’s a Laboratory - op-ed (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 19, 2009 - Drugmaker links vital to pandemic fight - U.N. chief - * Ban calls for continued vigilance to H1N1 warning signs * Links with pharmaceutical industry seen "absolutely vital" - Reuters

►May 19, 2009 - Medical seminar lays emphasis on role of vaccinations in disease prevention - Highlighting its commitment to preventing diseases, The Network for Education and Support in Immunization (NESI) organized a seminar to provide an update on new vaccines and highlight the value of vaccinations. -

►May 19, 2009 - Don't panic, prepare - Employers have obligation to protect workers - National Post

►May 19, 2009 - Andy Behrman, Now an Anti-BMS Spokesperson, Says "Ask Your Doctor If Abilify is Wrong for You" - Pharma Marketing Blog

* ►May 18, 2009 - Environmental Exposures May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days - American Thoracic Society via Biocompare

►May 18, 2009 - Pfizer Policy Effort Adjusts To Obama Era - Pfizer is re-aligning its internal policy shop to get more in tune with Democratic Washington. The first major staff change is ex-VP Gore aide Greg Simon, moving from Faster Cures advocacy group to assume the senior VP-worldwide policy job. - The RPM Report

* ►May 18, 2009 - Mercury traces expose Inca mining boom - Peruvian lake sediments reveal extensive activity of past civilizations at 'mine of death'. - news (Nature)

►May 18, 2009 - It's the Time of Year for Ticks and Lyme Disease - Associated Content

►May 18, 2009 - Identification of a Key Molecular Pathway Required for Brain Neural Circuit Formation - Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal via Biocompare

►May 14, 2009 - House lawmakers hear debate over medical device preemption. - Injury Board

►May 12, 2009 - Richard Chin: The Possiblity of a Pandemic and the Certainty of Diseases That Kill - The Huffington Post

►May 8, 2009 - It's Hard Out Here for a Major Global Health Donor: The Lancet Criticizes Gates Foundation - The Daily Weekly via Seattle Weekly

►May 7, 2009 - Book Review - Serious subject of infectious diseases gets entertaining treatment - The Birmingham News via - "'Our packed cities, linked by ever-faster systems of mass transport, are perfect breeding grounds for disease. Stand in a crowded train and, even if there is reasonably good ventilation, the air will have been in and out of ten or more people's lungs,' writes Dr. Peter Moore in the introduction to his guide 'The Little Book of Pandemics.'"

►May 5, 2009 - Children and vaccinations - There is new information on why many kids aren't up to date on their vaccinations, plus tips on making them less painful for the little ones. (includes video) - WABC 7

►May 5, 2009 - Celldex Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results - Conference Call Tuesday, May 5, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time - press release - Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire

* ►May 2009 - Funding of drugs: do vaccines warrant a different approach? - journal article (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

Important Information About Swine Flu (pdf) - pamphlet - UK government via The Telegraph, UK

Immunization Update 2009 - A National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Public Health Training Network Satellite Broadcast and Webcast - July 30, 2009 offered twice at 9:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:00 Noon - 2:30 PM ET - CDC


Posted May 19, 2009


* ►June 2009 - HIV-1 and influenza antibodies: seeing antigens in new ways - journal article (Nature Immunology)

►June 2009 - Detecting gene–gene interactions that underlie human diseases - journal article (Nature Reviews Genetics)

►June 2009 - Human language as a culturally transmitted replicator - journal article (Nature Reviews Genetics)

►June 2009 - Lithium effect on renal glomerular function in individuals with intellectual disability. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology)

►May/June 2009 - Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)–2009 Update (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►May/June 2009 - Cumulative Incidence of False-Positive Results in Repeated, Multimodal Cancer Screening (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

* ►May 20, 2009 - Campaign Aims to Boost Adult Vaccinations - journal article (JAMA)

►May 20, 2009 - Drug-Resistant TB - journal article (JAMA)

►May 20, 2009 - Studies Comparing Treatments Ramp Up - journal article (JAMA)

►May 20, 2009 - Fundamental Immunology (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►May 20, 2009 - Key to biotech lies in intellectual property rights - guest column - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►May 20, 2009 - Health dept confident of reaching vaccine target - Times of India - "State immunization officer Y Ramesh Babu said the department would have achieved 100% immunization. 'But hepatitis B dose is given to kids less than a year old along with diphtheria tetanus vaccine. And mothers are worried about letting their infants take two vaccine shots simultaneously,' he explained. 'So they postpone the dosage -- a main cause for not reaching the target.'"

* ►May 20, 2009 - Measles cases reach 127 in area that shunned MMR jab - Western Mail via WalesOnline

►May 20, 2009 - Survey Finds Link Between Obesity and Flu Severity (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine Flu Spreads in Japan, Despite Quarantine Inspections (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►May 20, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine taking longer than expected, WHO says - The World Health Organization says the H1N1 influenza virus isn't growing very quickly in the laboratory, and vaccine makers won't be able to start production until mid-July at the earliest. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►May 19, 2009 - Nearly five billion doses of swine flu vaccine possible: WHO - AFP via Yahoo! - "The WHO is counting on output of 94.3 million doses a week if full-scale production is launched, according to the presentation made to pharmaceutical companies at a meeting in Geneva, part of which was seen by AFP."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Companies could vaccinate 4.9 bln against H1N1 -WHO - * Vaccine makers pledge to work on swine flu if needed * WHO works to secure doses for poor countries * U.S. officials worry about drug resistance - Reuters

* ►May 19, 2009 - Meeting between UN, WHO heads and vaccine makers leads to few donations - Canadian Press via Yahoo!

* ►May 19, 2009 - Sanofi, Glaxo Must Get Ready for Swine Shot, WHO Says - Bloomberg - "WHO Director-General Margaret Chan endorsed an expert panel’s recommendations that drugmakers should develop batches for testing and get documents ready for regulators to speed the approval process. They shouldn’t stop making seasonal flu shots, the agency said today. 'Those are recommendations coming from SAGE to me and I accepted their recommendations,' Chan said today at a press conference in Geneva, referring to the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Number of H1N1 cases nears 10,000 (includes video) - CNN

* ►May 19, 2009 - Boy's Death Not Swine Flu, But Tensions Still High - Experts Debate Next Moves as New Cases Reveal Nature of Swine Flu's Threat - ABC News

* ►May 19, 2009 - Toddler's Death Stokes Flu Concerns - City Room Blog via The New York Times

* ►May 19, 2009 - NYC toddler's death likely not from swine flu - More CDC tests needed to confirm cause; Mo. man's death investigated - MSNBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Swine flu linked to New York toddler's death: Time for parents to panic? - The Star-Ledger via - "What's especialy frightening is that the boy, Jonathan Zamora Castillo of Queens, came down with a fever yesterday morning, and by the time his mother took him to the hospital last night, he was dead within an hour. Authorities are still trying to confirm whether swine flue was the cause."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Officials: Early tests show tot didn't have swine flu - Newsday - "In a statement last night, the city health department said tests on 15-month-old Jonathan Zamora Castillo 'did not indicate H1N1 infection.' Because the boy died, however, the city is sending tissue specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to get 'definitive results.' Results are expected later this week."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Flu shot not effective in preventing flu-related hospitalizations in asthmatic children - American Thoracic Society via EurekAlert! - "They found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine. In asthmatic children, there was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization in subjects who received the TIV, as compared to those who did not (p= 0.006)."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Hospitalization Rates Higher in Kids Who Get Flu Shots - Link likely due to other health problems in children most recommended for vaccination, experts say - HealthDay via Forbes

* ►May 19, 2009 - 'We are not out of the woods' with new flu, CDC warns (includes video) - CNN

* ►May 19, 2009 - Glaxo offers WHO 50 million pandemic vaccines - AP via Forbes

* ►May 19, 2009 - WHO seeks swine flu shot help for poor nations - Vaccine will still take months to produce, longer than expected, officials say - AP via MSNBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Pandemic or paranoia? Handicapping the swine flu - Medill Reports

►May 19, 2009 - Missouri reports man's death from swine flu - Reuters

►May 19, 2009 - International Conference Focuses on Civil-Military Influenza Pandemic Response Plans - U.S. AFRICOM

►May 19, 2009 - Prison Outbreak? 4 More Have Swine Flu At Rikers - Bloomberg Confirms Latest Cases, Says 4 Others Are Probable For Virus -

►May 19, 2009 - Swine Flu and Schools Closings: FAQ - Answers to Your Questions About Swine Flu-Related School Closures - ABC News

►May 19, 2009 - Health Officials: H1N1 Cases 'Likely' At School - 3 Local Schools Closed Tuesday Amid Flu Fears (includes video) - WCVB Boston

►May 19, 2009 - Experts Say Swine Flu Is Cause for Vigilance, Not Panic - The public should be vigilant, but not overly worried, about the swine flu virus, health experts said Tuesday. - FOX News

►May 19, 2009 - Be calm but cautious on swine flu - editorial - Newsday

►May 19, 2009 - Suspected swine flu closes Boston Latin - White Coat Notes via Boston Globe

►May 19, 2009 - Reflection: Fears concerning the H1N1 virus have led to discrimination - Mennonite Central Committee

►May 19, 2009 - Mexican inmates riot over swine flu visit limits -

* ►May 19, 2009 - Deadly pneumonia caused by super-bugs on rise: study - Reuters

* ►May 19, 2009 - Progressive Vaccinia in a Military Smallpox Vaccinee --- United States, 2009 (early release) - MMWR/CDC - "On January 13, 2009, a healthy service member aged 20 years received a primary smallpox vaccination (ACAM2000 [Acambis, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts]) in accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense smallpox vaccination policy*; no other vaccinations were administered that day. Twelve days later, the patient visited a local hospital with fever and headache of 1 day's duration and was admitted for workup of leukopenia after his white blood cell count was found to be 1,400 cells/mm3. On January 28, after transfer to a U.S. Navy tertiary-care facility, he was diagnosed with AML M0 [acute mylegenous leukemia M0]."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Warrant issued for mom of boy resisting chemo - Teen and mother skipped court hearing; doctor testified cancer has spread - AP via MSNBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - In Midst of Pediatric Hepatitis B Vaccine Shortage, CDC Urges Docs Not to Hoard Doses - Supply Sufficient if Providers Order Wisely, Says Agency - AAFP News Now - "Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, have been experiencing hepatitis B vaccine supply issues since February. The CDC responded by releasing doses of each manufacturer's monovalent pediatric hepatitis B vaccine from its vaccine stockpiles."

►May 19, 2009 - 300 Million Patients - President Obama has tapped New York's controversial top doc to head the CDC. What will Tom Frieden bring to the job? - Newsweek

* ►May 19, 2009 - Olmsted On Autism: Oh, Just Another MMR Seizure By Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2009 - Invasion of the Brain Snatchers By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►May 19, 2009 - Report: Discipline by teachers can turn deadly - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Gregory Kutz, the GAO official who presented the findings at the House hearing, said no federal laws limit the use of restraints or seclusion in public or private schools. Nineteen states have no laws that restrict either practice, while eight states specifically ban restraint that restricts breathing, he said."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Why the NHS is facing measles fight - Public health experts in Wales refer to it as the newspaper effect. (includes video) - BBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Barnet hits vaccine targets - Times Series, UK - "Dr Andrew Burnett, medical director at Barnet Primary Care Trust, said: 'The coverage figures for MMR vaccinations in Barnet are a joy to report and show that the hard work of healthcare staff, especially from GP practices, in encouraging parents to immunise their children is paying off. 'I am delighted that the majority of parents are now discounting the myths about MMR immunisation and are immunising their children to prevent these serious diseases in increasingly large numbers.'"

►May 19, 2009 - Vexation over vaccines - Doctors fear Oprah deal with actress will renew inoculation hysteria - National Post

►May 19, 2009 - In Memory of Ken Humphrey of Kirkman Labs - Generation Rescue via Age of Autism

►May 19, 2009 - Mum tells of daily battle to help autistic son - Tyrone Today, UK

* ►May 19, 2009 - NJ bill would require autism-treatment coverage - Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►May 19, 2009 - US, states sue Wyeth over drug prices - AFP via Sydney Morning Herald - "The US Justice Department and 16 states have joined two whisteblower lawsuits against Wyeth, alleging that the drugmaker has defrauded the government of hundreds of millions of US dollars. According to the lawsuits, filed in a federal district court in Massachusetts, Wyeth avoided paying hundreds of millions of US dollars in rebates due to state Medicaid programs -- which provide health insurance to low-income families or people with disabilities -- for its Protonix Oral and Protonix IV stomach acid drugs."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Wyeth's Own Vendors Gathered Evidence of Alleged Protonix Pricing Scam - BNET Pharma Blog

►May 19, 2009 - FDA Says J&J Video For Chronic Pain Drug Misleading - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

►May 19, 2009 - Emory, Australian Institute Form Vaccine Program -

* ►May 19, 2009 - TB vaccine gets its groove back - Modifications could improve TB vaccine, offer platform for other vaccines - Vanderbilt University Medical Center via EurekAlert!

* ►May 19, 2009 - Meridian Life Science Achieves Production Specification for the Australian Neonatal Rotavirus Vaccine - Business Wire via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News - "Meridian Life Science, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO), of Memphis, Tennessee, today announced a milestone in the production of a live oral neonatal rotavirus vaccine for Australia’s Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and global health nonprofit organization PATH."

* ►May 19, 2009 - Super Hay Fever Vaccine in Two Years - - "The vaccine works by stimulating a 'good' immune response to nullify the allergic reaction triggered when allergy sufferers’ systems reject pollen as a foreign substance. The 'good' response is brought about by elements of grass pollen and harmless, microscopic pieces of salmonella in the vaccine, which trick the immune system into believing it is under siege from a dangerous pathogen. Keith Carter, head of Allergy Therapeutics, the British firm that manufactures it, said it is easier and faster to take than existing treatments. It will be prescription-only, and the four-shot treatment will cost about $750."

►May 19, 2009 - Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry - Awaits signal to start producing vaccine - AFP via

* ►May 19, 2009 - Sicker People More Vulnerable to Swine Flu: CDC  - HealthDay News via KTVN Channel 2

* ►May 19, 2009 - Notes From BIO: The Pathology of Personalized Medicine - The IN VIVO Blog

►May 19, 2009 - Novartis Gets Full Rights To Experimental Respiratory Drug - Novartis via Dow Jones via CNN Money

►May 19, 2009 - Finding a clinical trial -

►May 19, 2009 - Consider the Source - A recent case reveals that it is not only generic firms from middle-income countries that have problems with good manufacturing practice. - The American Magazine

►May 19, 2009 - Phila. near top in life-sciences industry: Study - The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Much of the Philadelphia-area's employment in the "therapeutics and devices industry" is centered in Montgomery County, which had 24,745 people working for life-sciences employers. The biggest there is Merck & Co. Inc., which employs more than 12,000 in the county."

►May 19, 2009 - Gluten-free diets help many -

►May 19, 2009 - South Africa, Cuba agree on technology co-op - Xinhua via China View - "The biotechnology projects being pursued between the two countries are the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Rotavirus project and the pre-clinical drug development project."

►May 19, 2009 - Measles outbreak 'worst in years' - Health chiefs in Wales are dealing with a "massive" measles outbreak, with numbers already four times the highest figure recorded over the past 13 years. (includes video) - BBC

►May 19, 2009 - National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Observes World Hepatitis Day and Calls for Increased Federal Action - Greater Investments in Public Health a Must - Federal Leadership Needed to Focus Policy Actions at the Federal Level - press release - The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable via PRNewswire

►May 19, 2009 - New Contraceptive Device Is Designed To Prevent Sexual Transmission Of HIV - New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College via ScienceDaily

►May 19, 2009 - HIV's spread around Europe mapped - Scientists who have mapped HIV's spread across Europe say holidaymakers infected abroad are largely to blame. - BBC

►May 19, 2009 - Milford officials ratchet up readiness for disasters - Connecticut Post

►May 19, 2009 - Hoping That the FDA Gets the Message (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Mirror, mirror on the wall, which lipstick is the most toxic of all?"

* ►May 19, 2009 - U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated - Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise - Men's Health via MSNBC

* ►May 19, 2009 - Deadly Medical Errors Still Plague US - Report Shows 10-Year Effort to Curb Medical Errors Yields Few Results - WebMD

* ►May 18, 2009 - Vitale-Weinberg Bill To Require Health Benefits Coverage For Autism Treatment Advances In Committee -

* ►May 18, 2009 - Ashley's Day - Adventures in Autism

* ►May 18, 2009 - WHO: Swine flu epidemic in ‘grace period’ - Countries worry that declaring a pandemic will cause panic, confusion - AP via MSNBC

►May 18, 2009 - Working parents scramble to find child care as swine flu outbreak closes schools (includes video) - New York Daily News

►May 18, 2009 - Africa: Tracking a Poliovirus - IRIN via

* ►May 18, 2009 - Hospital treats four for measles - Four children have been treated in hospital after contracting measles, the National Public Health Service (NPHS) has said. - BBC - "The children aged under two, went to a nursery in the Burry Port area of Carmarthenshire but are now home. Another 32 have since been vaccinated."

* ►May 18, 2009 - HIV Vaccine From Engineered Plants: Mice Form Antibodies Against HIV Protein - Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council), via AlphaGalileo via ScienceDaily - "'The carrot is a good candidate for producing an edible vaccine, not least because it can be eaten raw, which reduces the risk of the proteins being destroyed by heating. What’s more, it’s a biennial, which means that it doesn’t go to seed the first year, making it easier to ensure that it doesn’t spread its genes to other plants close by,' explains Ingrid Lindh."

* ►May 18, 2009 - All she lost: My sister's battle with Lyme disease - After a decade of unbearable side effects, she decided to end her life - MSNBC - "One of the enduring frustrations for my sister, and for those of us who loved her, was the failure of her doctors to recognize what was wrong. She was misdiagnosed twice in the early stages of the disease — once with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the second time with Epstein-Barr virus. She was accused of exaggerating her symptoms to avoid work, or inventing them in order to get pain medication. By the time anyone thought to give her a definitive blood test for Lyme, the disease was on the march."

►May 18, 2009 - Early Treatment With Anti-AIDS Drugs Cuts Death Rate in Half - Bloomberg

* ►May 18, 2009 - Asia worries over H1N1 flu vaccine production - Reuters

* ►May 18, 2009 - CDC official: Number of confirmed H1N1 represent ‘tip of iceberg’ - CDC officials confirmed a sixth death in the United States related to the H1N1 outbreak today, as global health officials contemplated raising the global pandemic level. - Infectious Disease News

* ►May 18, 2009 - Prevention of influenza: recommendations for influenza immunization of children, 2008-2009. - Pediatrics via

►May 18, 2009 - Seasonal influenza in adults and children - diagnosis, treatment, chemoprophylaxis, and institutional outbreak management: clinical practice guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. - Infectious Diseases Society of America via

►May 18, 2009 - Meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee - Cancelled - FDA/CBER

* ►May 18, 2009 - Russians to be deliberately infected with swine flu - Pravda, Russia

►May 18, 2009 - Don't worry: 'Panicology' is the antidote for a panic-stricken world (book review) - USA Today

►May 18, 2009 - Policing the globe – the scale of FDA overseas inspections - in-PharmaTechnologist assesses the scale of the challenge facing the FDA in effectively monitoring overseas facilities, using interactive graphics and textual analysis. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►May 18, 2009 - Q&A: What to do if your child is a real headbanger -

►May 18, 2009 - Vendor as lender (HIMSS meeting) - Worried about the cost of health information technology? Some companies are offering their own financing, including payment plans, and stimulus money could help you make your payments. -

►May 18, 2009 - Breaking through barriers: Incoming AMA president ready to tackle tough issues - In an interview with American Medical News, J. James Rohack, MD, outlines his goals for the next year. -

►May 18, 2009 - Doctors prepare for ID theft rules - Organized medicine continues to challenge the "red flags" rules during the additional three months before enforcement starts. -

►May 18, 2009 - Health care leaders pledge $2 trillion in spending cuts - The AMA indicated it will push for medical liability reform for doctors in exchange for reducing health spending. -

* ►May 18, 2009 - Focus turns to lessons learned from H1N1 scare - Physicians say their experience with the flu strain helped prepare them for the next outbreak. -

►May 18, 2009 - 2010 HHS budget looks to use Medicare savings for reform - The Obama administration also will look into removing physician-administered drugs from the calculation of the Medicare pay formula. -

►May 18, 2009 - FDA pick answers lawmakers on tobacco regulation, flu - Dr. Hamburg, a former New York City health inspector, faced a largely friendly audience at a Senate confirmation hearing. -

* ►May 18, 2009 - Yale obstetrics safety plan cuts adverse events by 40% - Hospital adds safety nurse position, increases training for doctors, nurses. A national perinatal safety initiative will expand this fall. -

►May 18, 2009 - N.C. court overturns ban on doctor participation in executions - The state medical board had threatened to punish physicians who aid executions, but the state Supreme Court ruled the agency overstepped its bounds. -

►May 18, 2009 - Faculty, grads differ on what's "must-know" - Researchers said medical residents listed fewer procedures as essential to their education. -

►May 18, 2009 - Help for physicians on Medicare deadlines - CMS is making it tougher for doctors to enroll or update Medicare information. An AMA resource lets members cut through red tape. -

►May 18, 2009 - Analysts focus on health plans' medical cost numbers - While most insurers' earnings are up and percentage of health spending down, investors worry about trends that could send both in the reverse direction. -

►May 18, 2009 - Don't toss all your practice's e-mails in the virtual trash -

►May 18, 2009 - Medicine's voice being heard on health system reform - A message to all physicians from AMA President Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD. -

►May 18, 2009 - State medical societies strategize against collector - Legal action is one option against Health Research Insights. -

►May 18, 2009 - Letters to the Editor - Is goal more quality or less payment? -

►May 18, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Senators urge e-prescribing policy change - HHS names reform office personnel - WellCare to pay $80 million to resolve alleged Florida Medicaid fraud - Colorado hospital tax to help cover uninsured -

►May 18, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - WellPoint/Anthem class-action settlement set to expire - Ohio State Medical Assn. launches medical liability blog -

►May 18, 2009 - News in brief: Business - TMA introduces EMR review center - N.J. Blues plan cuts 253 jobs -

* ►May 18, 2009 - U.S. Says Wyeth Cheated Medicaid (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times

►May 18, 2009 - Strategies to prevent transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in acute care hospitals. - Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology via

* ►May 18, 2009 - Delaware deaths not linked to Baxter’s heparin - A US FDA investigation of two deaths and a case of intercranial bleeding at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware has found no link to a batch of the blood thinner heparin made by Baxter International. -

* ►May 18, 2009 - Effects of early nutritional interventions on the development of atopic disease in infants and children: the role of maternal dietary restriction, breastfeeding, timing of introduction of complementary foods, and hydrolyzed formulas. - Pediatrics via

►May 18, 2009 - U.S. Organic Sales Continue to Grow Despite Economy - Beyond Pesticides

►May 18, 2009 - Class 1 Recall: Respironics, Inc., SmartMonitor 2 Infant Apnea Monitor (Models 4002 and 4003) - FDA/CDRH

►May 18, 2009 - Trubion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Present Positive Data From a Phase 2b Re-treatment Study of TRU-015 at the 2009 EULAR Annual Meeting - Trubion Pharmaceuticals via PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNN Money

* ►May 17, 2009 - Representation of autism/"autistic presence" in contemporary cultural forms. - American Chronicle

►May 17, 2009 - Childbirth: Can the U.S. improve? - C-sections are expensive. Doctors ask if we are doing too many. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►May 16, 2009 - Vaccines save lives - letter - National Post via Vancouver Sun

* ►May 14, 2009 - McCarthy is right to be skeptical about medical 'facts' - letter - National Post

►May 14, 2009 - Overseas API vendor qualification under US FDA spotlight says H&H - US drug firms’ qualification of overseas API vendors will be subject to increased FDA scrutiny in the coming years according to a new industry report by analysts Hogan & Hartson (H&H). - in-PharmaTechnologist

►May 12, 2009 - Two New Reports Highlight Stalled Progress Against Diarrheal Disease: Nearly 1.6 Million Children Die Each Year From These Preventable and Treatable Diseases - Call to Action demonstrates commitment to combating a leading killer of children worldwide - press release - PATH via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►May 12, 2009 - The implications of the European Court of Justice decision on the regulation of 'functional drinks' with regard to the practice of water fluoridation. (pdf) -

►May 11, 2009 - IMFAR 2009: Tool Shows Promise in Identifying Infants With Autism (requires registration) - 8th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research via Medscape Medical News

►May 7, 2009 - Age of Greatest Susceptibility to Childhood Lead Exposure: A New Statistical Approach (pdf) - Environmental Health Perspectives

* ►May 5, 2009 - Rhiza Labs and Recombinomics Track the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic - V1 Magazine - "Community technology laboratory Rhiza Labs and leading bioresearch firm Recombinomics have partnered to track the spread of the global flu pandemic with FluTracker. The data behind FluTracker, which is available at is being compiled by Recombinomics founder Dr. Henry Niman. Dr. Niman is acknowledged as having organized the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for tracking suspected and confirmed cases of H1N1 flu on the web."

►May 1, 2009 - Vigilance at all levels key to food safety - Health care providers can deliver a few basic messages about food safety that can help reduce sickness and mortality. - Infectious Disease News

►May 2009 - When Universities Unite (requires registration) - European academic institutions are banding together to help commercialize discoveries. But in such a high-stakes game, can all players get along? - The Scientist

►May 2009 - Heroes and Villains (requires registration) - Why we sometimes need scientists to publicly misbehave. - The Scientist

* ►April 17, 2009 - Mitochondrial dysfunction, impaired oxidative-reduction activity, degeneration, and death in human neuronal and fetal cells induced by low-level exposure to thimerosal and other metal compounds - journal article (Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry) - "Thimerosal at low nanomolar (nM) concentrations induced significant cellular toxicity in human neuronal and fetal cells. Thimerosal-induced cytoxicity is similar to that observed in AD pathophysiologic studies. Thimerosal was found to be significantly more toxic than the other metal compounds examined."

* Phacilitate’s 8th annual European Vaccine Forum will take place in Barcelona in June 2009. - - "The focus will be mainly on prophylactic vaccines and related technologies, such as delivery systems and adjuvants. Detailed strategic analysis of global vaccine market opportunities, trends and challenges will complete the programme."