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►November 21/22, 2009 - The Twenty Second Annual Infectious Diseases in Children Symposium -

* ►October 23, 2009 - Antibody quantity versus quality after influenza vaccination (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Influenza vaccination and mortality benefits: New insights, new opportunities (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - WHO meeting on the role of neuraminidase in inducing protective immunity against influenza infection, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 14, 2008 (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Challenges in evaluating influenza vaccine effectiveness and the mortality benefits controversy (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Influenza virus CTL epitopes, remarkably conserved and remarkably variable (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Structural basis for oseltamivir resistance of influenza viruses (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - MDCK cells that express proteases TMPRSS2 and HAT provide a cell system to propagate influenza viruses in the absence of trypsin and to study cleavage of HA and its inhibition (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Internet-based monitoring of influenza-like illness in the general population: Experience of five influenza seasons in the Netherlands (free full text)  - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Nuclear functions of the influenza A and B viruses NS1 proteins: Do they play a role in viral mRNA export? (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Prior infection with an H1N1 swine influenza virus partially protects pigs against a low pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 23, 2009 - Avian influenza virus: Of virus and bird ecology (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 23, 2009 - Poultry movement networks in Cambodia: Implications for surveillance and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI/H5N1) (free full text) - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2009 - Introduction and Transmission of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus --- Kenya, June--July 2009 - MMWR/CDC

* ►October 23, 2009 - Reduction in Rotavirus After Vaccine Introduction --- United States, 2000--2009 - MMWR/CDC

* ►October 23, 2009 - Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication --- Nigeria, January 2008--July 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►October 23, 2009 - Announcement: World Stroke Day --- October 29, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►October 23, 2009 - QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥65 Years Limited* in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), by Poverty Ratio† and Number of Limitations --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2003--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►October 23, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

* ►October 22, 2009 - CEO of vaccine company gives presentation on product pipeline and relationships with CDC and academia (includes video) - VacTRUTH

* ►October 22, 2009 - Separate measles, mumps, rubella vaccine formulations discontinued - Pediatric Supersite - "A representative from Merck announced that the company plans to discontinue production of monovalent measles, mumps, rubella vaccine formulations during the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s meeting yesterday."..."Merck’s announcement was welcomed by applause from committee members and meeting attendees, who recognized the moves potential positive effect on public health. Combination vaccine formulations typically cost more for manufacturers to produce, undergo more rigorous testing to receive approval and yield lower reimbursement rates for physicians, but result in less pain for children and have the potential to improve vaccine coverage rates."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Heavy Doses Merck's Gardasil Challenge - - "To understand why Merck & Co. lobbies hard to expand use of its controversial vaccine Gardasil, just take a look at today's earnings report from the company. Sales of Gardasil, Merck's fourth-largest product, took a 22 percent dive in the third quarter to $311 million. Initially approved for girls and young women to prevent the sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer, Merck was running out of customers."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Girls and Gardasil: the protection game - A mother and public health student offers ten reasons not to vaccinate children against a sexually transmitted disease. - - "Promoters of Gardasil like to portray themselves as crusaders against a killer disease. Is there more to it than that? If you look at the history of HPV vaccine development, you find that the immunologist Ian Frazer started out by investigating Hepatitis B -- another sexually transmitted disease - in homosexual men. Finding that there was a high incidence of genital warts among this group led him to look at the cause: HPV. So the original intention had nothing to do with preventing cervical cancer in women; it had more to do with preventing genital warts in homosexual men."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Novartis, Raising Forecast, Expects Boost From Sales of Swine Flu Vaccine (requires registration} - Reuters via The New York Times - "Swiss drugmaker Novartis raised its full-year sales forecast and sees a boost of up to $700 million from sales of its H1N1 swine flu pandemic vaccine, it said on Thursday."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Vaccine Organisation: Pregnant Women Administered Wrong Swine Flu Vaccine - The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is providing pregnant women with the wrong swine flu vaccine, according to the non-profit vaccine awareness organisation Rokotusinfo. However, THL researcher Petri Ruutu insists the vaccine is safe. - YLE Uutiset

* ►October 22, 2009 - Letter: Nurse doubts safety of H1N1 flu vaccine - The Livingston County News - "If for one minute I thought the vaccine was safe, because of my concern for the public i work with daily, i would do it for the people. But the vaccine is far from even remotely being tested enough to assure any of us that it is safe."..."And the other issue, that is just as large to me, is I feel the American public has not been told the truth. And until I know beyond a doubt, that there has been significant testing done on a vaccine, and i am privy as a private individual to be able to know what is being injected into me, and that it is safe, I will take my chances with my own immune system. I believe in our bodies’ abilities to heal .And i for one, will not be part of the epidemic of fear. Make your own decision. But be careful, friends."

* ►October 22, 2009 - For drug makers, a shot in the arm - The quest for an H1N1 vaccine has been good business for some firms - The Boston Globe - "The global market for vaccines is projected to more than double from $16 billion in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available, to $35 billion in 2014, according to Cambridge consulting firm Scientia Advisors."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Swine flu hands vax industry $7B windfall - FierceVaccines

* ►October 22, 2009 - POLL: Swine Flu Vaccine, Parents Doubt Safety - ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 30 Percent Not Confident Vaccine Is Safe (includes video) - ABC News

* ►October 22, 2009 - Forget the rush on that H1N1 swine flu vaccine; 62% of Americans have no intention of getting it anyway - Los Angeles Times Top of the Ticket Blog

* ►October 22, 2009 - Sebelius calls for updated vaccine-making process - The Health and Human Services secretary says the U.S. is too dependent on foreign countries for production of vaccines, as shown by delays in the release of H1N1 flu shots. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "Four of the five manufacturers of H1N1 vaccines are foreign companies -- a fact that alarmed lawmakers, who expressed concern about the ability of the federal government to secure enough vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus, known as swine flu. Some expressed even greater concern that the lag in vaccine production could mean the H1N1 flu shots would arrive too late to do any good, citing a recent study that predicted that swine flu infections would reach their peak this week. The study by researchers at Purdue University in Indiana projects that 63% of the U.S. population will be infected by the end of this year, with 8% being infected this week. 'H1N1 is very contagious,' said Sherry Towers, a Purdue graduate student in statistics and coauthor of the study."

* ►October 22, 2009 - CDC says flu predictions are often futile - But belated vaccinations could help combat a possible second wave of H1N1, federal health officials say. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "But officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have emphasized repeatedly that trying to predict what any form of flu will do in the future will most likely be an exercise in futility. 'We may see in any particular community illness going down in the next several weeks, but we don't know whether it is going to go up again,' Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, said Tuesday."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine: Too Little, Too Late? - Public Officials Do Their Best to Stay Ahead of the H1N1 Virus - ABC News

* ►October 22, 2009 - Despite H1N1 fears, many worry about vaccination (includes video) (requires registration) - Washington Post - "More than six in 10 say they will not get vaccinated, and only 52 percent of parents say they plan to have their children vaccinated, even though parents tend to be more worried about the flu."

* ►October 22, 2009 - All you need to know about the swine flu vaccine (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►October 22, 2009 - Germans Want GSK Pandemrix Swine Flu Vaccine Scrapped - What Are The British Getting? - The One Click Group

* ►October 22, 2009 - 75% Of Finns Say No To Swine Flu Vaccine - The One Click Group

* ►October 22, 2009 - A New Strain Of Swine Flu Or Change In Surveillance? - Judy Wilyman (BSc,MSc,Dip.Ed), PhD Candidate, Murdoch University via The One Click Group

* ►October 22, 2009 -  Web feeding H1N1 vaccine doubt - The Calgary Sun via

* ►October 22, 2009 - Lieberman Grills Feds Over Swine Flu Preps - NBC Connecticut

* ►October 22, 2009 - Suozzi lashes Feds and state over flu vaccine shortages - Newsday - "In light of shortages of  both swine and seasonal flu vaccines, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi called on the CDC Thursday to allow county health departments to distribute the swine flu vaccine directly and to communicate better with local officials about how much vaccine is available and who is getting it. 'They are not informing local coordinators. They are not sharing information,' he said at a media conference at the county health department. He was referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency in charge of the vaccine programs. He also said he has spoken to Gov. David A. Paterson's officer asking the governor to suspend the state's mandate requiring health care workers to get the seasonal flu because of shortages. 'It's a good policy but not the right time,' he said."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Swine flu cases almost double within a week • Pressure on hospitals but death estimates reduced • Up to a third of children could catch virus - The Guardian, UK - "Emergency planners have, however, downgraded the UK's worst case scenario, calculating this month that as many as 1,000 people could die during the pandemic infection. Far more of the victims are likely to be younger patients, unlike the normal pattern of seasonal flu, which affects the elderly most severely. Estimates of likely casualties have come down progressively over the past few months from an initial upper assessment of 65,000 deaths, later reduced to 19,000 and now cut back again."

* ►October 22, 2009 - 1 in 5 U.S. kids had flu so far this month - Most cases were likely swine flu strain, CDC survey says - AP via MSNBC

* ►October 22, 2009 - Interim Clinical Trial Results Show MedImmune's H1N1 Vaccine Has Similar Safety Profile as Seasonal Vaccine in Eligible Children and Adults - H1N1 Immunogenicity Profile Also Consistent with Seasonal Vaccine Formulations - press release - MedImmune via PRNewswire

* ►October 22, 2009 - Don't fear the swine flu jab: Health chiefs reassure the public at start of mass vaccination - Daily Mail, UK - "Sir Liam and other Health Department advisers have consistently claimed the stimulating compound, or adjuvant, in Pandemrix poses no safety problems. But in Germany doctors want pregnant women and children to have Celvapan because they say it's 'better-tested'.  Dr Frank Ulrich Montgomery, of the German Medical Association, said: 'We know the effects of the various ingredients in adjuvant vaccines but not the combined effect. It's under-standable that people are wary of getting jabs of drug cocktails.'"

* ►October 22, 2009 - MarketsandMarkets: Global H1N1 2009 Influenza Vaccine Market Worth US$ 7,028 Million By 2011 - press release - Markets and Markets via PRNewswire

►October 22, 2009 - CDC Employing Multiple Monitoring Systems To Track H1N1 Influenza - iHealthBeat

►October 22, 2009 - Yet another flu falsehood - Greg Laden's Blog via ScienceBlogs

►October 22, 2009 - Alison Rose Levy on Why Vaccination Isn't "OSFA" - Age of Autism

►October 22, 2009 - N1H1 Swine Flu Vaccine - InjuryBoard New York City

►October 22, 2009 - H1N1 vaccine: Myths, misinformation vs. reality, science - Researchers, scientists and federal health authorities hear the arguments about what's in the vaccine, whether it was made too quickly and whether there are side effects. All the while, they are frustrated that decades of experience in making effective flu vaccines hasn't resulted in more public confidence that they got this right, too. - Chicago Tribune via Seattle Times

►October 22, 2009 - More than 900 show up at Chatham swine flu clinics - Daily Record

* ►October 22, 2009 - Health Canada Approves Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine For Canadians - Health Canada via Medical News Today - "Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq today announced that Health Canada has approved AREPANRIX, a vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 flu virus. This means that the adjuvanted vaccine has been judged safe and effective for use in Canada by both the Canadian manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, as well as by the Health Canada regulator."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Confusion About Swine Flu Vaccine Could Prevent Allergy Patients Who Need Vaccine from Getting It - Most People with Suspected Allergy to Vaccines, including Egg Allergy, Can be Vaccinated Safely with Allergist's Care, Says Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg - press release - Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg via PRNewswire via Earth Times

►October 22, 2009 - First among millions: all Scots may get swine flu jab - The Scotsman

►October 22, 2009 - Demand outstrips supply for swine flu vaccine - Greensboro News & Record

►October 22, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine production going slowly in Dallas County - Pegasus News

* ►October 22, 2009 - Can H1N1 flu virus in pregnancy change the genes in the brains of the unborn? - GroundReport - "The team of researchers and lead scientist, Hossein Fatemi as part of the experiement, injected pregnant female mice with the H1N1 and studied the brains of the newborn mice. Mice exposed to the H1N1 virus in the womb had  a fifteen percent reduction in the size of their hippocampus. Scientists also found twelve other genes that the flu virus negatively affected."..."With a Consumer Reports poll showing nearly 2/3rds of U.S. parents will hold off on having their children vaccinated with the H1N1 late-2009 season flu vaccine, health authorities are likely to resort to scare tactics as they have in past years to induce parents into having their children vaccinated. You can’t cry wolf every year. The Consumer Reports telephone survey shows 50% of U.S. parents are delaying their decision to have their children vaccinated and another 14% will forego vaccination altogether."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Shortfall of H1N1 vaccine called 'significant' - Senate told production will catch up - The Washington Times

* ►October 13, 2009 - HHS and answer questions about the flu -

►October 22, 2009 - RSV work group aims to develop immunoprophylaxis guidance for ACIP - Pediatric Supersite

►October 22, 2009 - RSV associated with poor proinflammatory cytokine production - Pediatric Supersite

►October 22, 2009 - How can students avoid the flu? - Arizona Daily Wildcat

* ►October 22, 2009 - US doctors say drug labels lack key information - Drug labelling approved by the US FDA often lack key information, according to two physicians quoted in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). -

* ►October 22, 2009 - Merck Announces Third-Quarter 2009 Financial Results - Business Wire via Reuters - "Merck's cervical cancer vaccine, GARDASIL (human papillomavirus (HPV) quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, 18) vaccine, recombinant), posted total sales as recorded by Merck of $311 million for the third quarter of 2009, a 22 percent decline from the same quarter in 2008. Vaccines in most major European markets are sold through the company`s joint venture, Sanofi Pasteur MSD, and the results from the company's interest in the joint venture are recorded in equity income from affiliates."

* ►October 22, 2009 - NAMI Promises To Take Less Pharma Money - Pharmalot - "A majority of donations made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a big advocacy group, have come from drug makers in recent years, according to Congressional investigators. The disclosure comes after protracted criticism of NAMI for coordinating lobbying efforts with drug makers and pushing legislation that also benefits the pharma industry, The New York Times reports."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Schering-Plough Discriminated Against Some Docs? - Pharmalot - "According to state law, doctors can receive gifts from “wholesalers and manufacturers up to a combined annual limit of $50 in retail value. That is, the total retail value of gifts given to a practitioner must not exceed $50 per year (look here)."

►October 22, 2009 - Health Decisions franchises to globalise - Health Decisions is “effectively franchising” its clinical trial model to other CROs to create a network of partners that it believes will offer “great flexibility” to clients, according to its COO. -

►October 22, 2009 - CER is a “historical market opportunity”; Quintiles VP - Comparative effectiveness research (CER) represents a “historical market opportunity”, according to a VP at Quintiles who explained that pharmas that do the work will be “properly rewarded for their innovations”. -

►October 22, 2009 - Manipulating Brain Inflammation May Help Clear Brain Of Amyloid Plaques, Researchers Say - In a surprising reversal of long-standing scientific belief, researchers at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida have discovered that inflammation in the brain is not the trigger that leads to buildup of amyloid deposits and development of Alzheimer's disease. - Mayo Clinic via ScienceDaily

* ►October 22, 2009 - Senate defeats costly Medicare 'fix' - Moderates balk at cost of measure - The Washington Times

* ►October 22, 2009 - Canada Supreme Court Refuses Hearing on Vioxx Appeals (Update3) - Merck via Bloomberg

* ►October 22, 2009 - Merck posts big profit jump, slight rise in sales - Drugmaker Merck & Co. on Thursday posted a bigger profit in the third quarter due to slightly higher sales and a huge gain from selling a business. - AP via Seattle Times

* ►October 22, 2009 - Novartis Posts Increase in Profits (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times - "The approval in the U.S. and Europe for Novartis' swine flu vaccine will help boost performance, with 90 to 120 million doses expected to be produced by the end of the year. That is expected to increase fourth quarter net sales by $400 million to $700 million."

* ►October 22, 2009 - Chronic Infections In ME/CFS - Dr Sarah Myhill MB BS via The One Click Group

* ►October 22, 2009 - Boston Community Unites To Defend Against Deadly BioTerror Lab - The One Click Group

►October 22, 2009 - The consequences of refusal - Aetiology via ScienceBlogs

►October 22, 2009 - International Polio Day Saturday - Belmont Citizen-Herald

►October 22, 2009 - Rotary raises funds to end polio worldwide - Gothenburg Times
►October 22, 2009 - Record 106m babies given vaccines - Daily Nation, Kenya

►October 22, 2009 - Brief shocks may deliver AIDS vaccines better - Reuters

* ►October 22, 2009 - Strategy to fight AIDS revealed - UW scientist develops means to produce vaccination to fight almost all HIV strains - The Badger Herald

* ►October 22, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey Reach Out to Disabled Redskin's Cheerleader - Age of Autism

* ►October 22, 2009 - IACC Meeting Webcast to Include ABA Presentation - Age of Autism - "IACC Full Committee Meeting Date: Friday, October 23, 2009 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET"

* ►October 22, 2009 - Twin study underscores role of genes in autism - Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine via Reuters Health

* ►October 21, 2009 - Hertz-Picciotto's blood mercury autism study: what the researchers omitted - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue - "Irva Hertz-Picciotto & colleagues have published results of a study comparing mercury (Hg) levels in children with and without autism (1). The study does not report findings about total body burden of Hg in children, nor does the study evaluate levels of Hg in the brain or other specific organs in autistic and non-autistic children."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Study surprise yields new target for assessing genes linked to autism - Duke University Medical Center via EurekAlert!

* ►October 21, 2009 - DOH investigates death of 8-yr-old boy at SBUH - Times Beacon Record via - "Reports published since the incident have implied a possible connection between the death and a flu shot the boy received the week before his death. 'He did not have flu,' [Claudia] Hutton said. 'He did not die as a reaction to the vaccine. Some sort of virus went through him,' she speculated, since tests were not to be completed by DOH before the end of this week at the soonest. Hutton said the parents requested no autopsy be performed. Hutton explained that an adverse reaction to a vaccine — in this case the boy received a seasonal flu vaccination, not an H1N1 shot — usually occurs 'within hours if it happens at all,' so the fact that the boy's hospitalization occurred five days later makes a connection highly unlikely."

Comment:  Since they always assume that a reaction will occur shortly after vaccination, that is what they find.  If it were to happen later, they would say it never does.

* ►October 21, 2009 - Protestors: H1N1 Vaccine Too Toxic - Protestors who marched outside the CDC in Atlanta claim the H1N1 vaccine is more dangerous than helpful. CBS Atlanta's Christopher King reports. - video - CBS Atlanta

* ►October 21, 2009 - Chinese trial of H1N1 vaccines/NEJM - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "The placebo really was a placebo (phosphate buffered saline) unlike most western vaccine trials that use a different vaccine as the control.  With a true placebo, it became apparent that systemic reactions were 3-4 times higher in the vaccine group as compared to the placebo group.  True placebo groups need to be included in US vaccine trials, for without them the true reaction rates cannot be determined."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Fitness coach advises clients to boycott jab - Burton Mail, UK - "Health chiefs insist their swine flu vaccine is safe after a Hatton-based fitness coach urged his clients not to take the jab. Self-styled ʻholistic lifestyle coachʼ Jody Bunting claims independent research shows the injection can cause 'far more long-term damage than short-term good'."

* ►October 21, 2009 - ASO3 and ASO4 adjuvants--my error - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►October 21, 2009 - U.S. working to ready more flu drugs, vaccine - Reuters - "A top U.S. health official said on Wednesday new influenza drugs could be approved within days for people critically ill with swine flu and assured Congress that H1N1 vaccine production problems have been overcome. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said government scientists would soon decide whether to approve the intravenous use of experimental drugs for people too sick to take existing antiviral medications by either pill or inhaler."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Top 10 frequently asked questions on use of influenza A(H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccines (2009 H1N1 vaccines): Practical considerations for immunization programs and providers -

►October 21, 2009 - Updated Interim Recommendations-HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents: Considerations for Clinicians Regarding 2009 H1N1 Influenza -

►October 21, 2009 - Metro Students Set To Receive Free H1N1 Vaccines - Parents Have Many Questions (includes video) - WSMV Nashville - "Its an unprecedented move: For the first time since the polio outbreak in the 1960s, the Metro Health Department is teaming up with Metro Nashville Public Schools to make sure everyone gets the H1N1 vaccine."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Health minister uses un-parliamentary language to counter allegations - Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka - "The commotion erupted when Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera made a statement on the death of a schoolgirl after getting the Rubella virus. Minister de Silva who responded to the statement accused the opposition of spreading false stories about the vaccine. He said the claim made by the opposition that the vaccine which was manufactured in India was banned in that country was totally false as it was being used in all hospitals in the subcontinent."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Drug Makers Are Advocacy Group’s Biggest Donors (requires registration) - The New York Times - "A majority of the donations made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one of the nation’s most influential disease advocacy groups, have come from drug makers in recent years, according to Congressional investigators. The alliance, known as NAMI, has long been criticized for coordinating some of its lobbying efforts with drug makers and for pushing legislation that also benefits industry. Last spring, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, sent letters to the alliance and about a dozen other influential disease and patient advocacy organizations asking about their ties to drug and device makers. The request was part of his investigation into the drug industry’s influence on the practice of medicine. The mental health alliance, which is hugely influential in many state capitols, has refused for years to disclose specifics of its fund-raising, saying the details were private. But according to investigators in Mr. Grassley’s office and documents obtained by The New York Times, drug makers from 2006 to 2008 contributed nearly $23 million to the alliance, about three-quarters of its donations."

* ►October 21, 2009 - UNC study: HPV vaccine hurts less than expected - UNC News

►October 21, 2009 - Because we just can't get enough HPV vaccine studies - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►October 21, 2009 - Most parents can't pick what vaccine kids get - Health officials choose the type of H1N1 vaccine based on children's health histories. - Idaho Statesman - "Rick Sager and his wife did their homework on the H1N1 flu vaccines before deciding whether or not to get their 6-year-old son vaccinated. They decided the nasal mist would be best. They sent their son, a first-grader at Ponderosa Elementary in Meridian, to school with a signed consent form that said they wanted him to get the nasal mist. But the nurses gave their son a shot. 'He was very concerned,' said Sager, who is angry that the nurses disregarded his preference on the consent form. He has complained to school officials and wants other parents to know that this could happen to them, too."

►October 21, 2009 - D. Brent Williams: Polio on the verge of eradication - Gainesville Sun

►October 21, 2009 - UP may soon eradicate type-I polio virus - Times of India
* ►October 21, 2009 - WHO: Nearly 1 in 5 babies still missed by vaccine - AP via Yahoo!

* ►October 21, 2009 - Machines replace animals in vaccine tests - UPI - "The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it had been urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Veterinary Biologics to adopt non-animal methods to test the potency of each batch of a vaccine. PETA officials said the center announced three of the tests involving pigs have been replaced with modern non-animal methods."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Europe Rejects Antigenics Cancer Vaccine - - "European regulators plan to reject the approval of Antigenics'-- (AGEN Quote) kidney cancer vaccine Oncophage, the company announced Wednesday."

►October 21, 2009 - Encorium terminates sale plans on success of vaccines strategy - Encorium has abandoned plans to sell its Finnish unit, Encorium OY, citing its new strategic focus and recent contract wins as the basis for the decision. - - "Another key factor in Encorium’s move is the $8.7m (€5.8m) worth of contracts it signed last month. While details have not been released, the firm did disclose that one of the deals is with a “major” pharmaceutical firm for the development of a H1N1 vaccine."

* ►October 21, 2009 - Health care rationing a real possibility in a pandemic. - Health officials consider rationing care. - South Florida Sun Sentinel

* ►October 21, 2009 - Companies try to plan for flu problem - Some businesses cross-train for absenteeism, others run drills - The Commercial Appeal

* ►October 21, 2009 - Link found between autism and DNA mutation - BMC Medicine via UPI

* ►October 21, 2009 - Panel says pesticides are harming people, killing birds - Haaretz .com

* ►October 21, 2009 - Inovio Biomedical to Present at Investor Conferences - Inovio via Business Wire via Reuters - "Inovio Biomedical is focused on the design, development, and delivery of a new generation of vaccines, called DNA vaccines, to prevent and treat cancers and infectious diseases. The company`s SynCon technology enables the design of DNA-based vaccines capable of protecting against both known and new, unknown strains of pathogens such as influenza. Inovio`s proprietary electroporation-based DNA vaccine delivery technology has been shown by initial human data to safely and significantly increase gene expression and immune responses."

►October 21, 2009 - Suzanne Somers’ controversial cancer advice - Why the actress' new book 'Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer' is causing a stir - The Week

* ►October 21, 2009 - No verdict after evening of deliberations in Missoula woman's suit against drug maker - Missoulian - "The case, tried over five days, involves claims by Peggy L. Stevens of Missoula, who filed suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. last year. She alleges the company was professionally negligent when it failed to disclose health risks associated with one of its medications, a bone-strengthening drug called Zometa."

* ►October 20, 2009 - A Pox on You - My son has cancer. He can't go into day care because of unvaccinated children. - Slate Magazine

* ►October 20, 2009 - Alison Rose Levy: A Guide For The Perplexed On Vaccinations: What The Coffee Jitters Tell Us - The Huffington Post

* ►October 20, 2009 - First Oseltamivir-resistant pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus strain discovered in Taiwan; no signs of further transmission detected - press release - Centers for Disease Control , R.O.C.(Taiwan)

* ►October 20, 2009 - H1N1 and Autism: What Parents Need to Know By Alison Singer - Shot of Prevention

* ►October 20, 2009 - U.S. backs vaccines for drug, nicotine addiction - Reuters

* ►October 20, 2009 - Merkel in row over 'government-only' swine flu jabs - AFP via Yahoo! - "A row in Germany over a "two-tier" swine flu vaccination programme has prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to say she'll get the jab meant for the public rather than one reserved for "essential workers". Criticism over "government-only" flu jabs, reserved for soldiers, policemen, and essential workers, comes against the backdrop of a nationwide immunisation campaign due to start next week."

* ►October 20, 2009 - Commentary: Using myths to cast doubt on swine flu vaccine is reckless - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via McClatchy

►October 20, 2009 - I survived the swine flu vaccine... - Orlando Sentinel

►October 20, 2009 - Gauteng Worst Hit by Spreading Measles - Soweton (South Africa) via NNii (abstract)

* ►October 20, 2009 - New research finds higher incidence of autism - CDC via Telegraph Herald - "The concern here is that buried in these numbers is a true increase," said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. "We're going to have to think very hard about what we're going to do for the 1 in 100." Jan Hayertz, a community educator at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque who facilitates informational programs for parents of children with autism, recommends people take heed of autism spectrum disorder information."

* ►October 20, 2009 - Bill would push bullies back from autistic kids - Daily News Tribune - "Children with special needs are more apt to be bullied," said Lucie Chansky, a member of the government affairs committee at The Arc of Massachusetts, a Waltham-based disability advocacy group. "If they're weak, and someone thinks they can take advantage of them, often they will." In order to protect children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, state Rep. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, has introduced a bill that would require schools to address bullying and how to identify it at special education parent-teacher meetings."

►October 20, 2009 - War of the viruses: Could ancient virus genes help fight modern AIDS? - University of Wisconsin-Madison News

* ►October 20, 2009 - In Children With Seizures, Phenobarbital May up Risk of Schizophrenia (requires registration) - Society for Neuroscience meeting via Reuters Health via Medscape

►October 20, 2009 - What Pfizer Will Look Like in a Year - In the Pipeline Corante

►October 20, 2009 - GeoVax moving HQ to Smyrna - Atlanta Business Chronicle - "The new facility is within an existing biotech building in a controlled-access campus, and will house all of the company's U.S. research and development, process engineering, quality control, regulatory and administrative operations."

* ►October 19, 2009 - Why are preemies more likely to develop autism? - Pediatrics via Reuters Health via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2009 - Japan Vaccinates Medical Workers Against Pandemic H1N1 Swine Flu - Medical News Today

►October 19, 2009 - WHO identifies 23 polio cases since January 2009 - United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) via ReliefWeb

* ►October 19, 2009 - Celebs Reach Out to Desiree Jennings - Local woman disabled by flu vaccine reaction (includes video) - MyFoxDC - "An organization founded by actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey is so touched by Desiree's story that they have reached out to offer not only words of encouragement, but the organization's support. Desiree Jennings' struggle is getting worldwide attention. ... Generation Rescue's President Stan Kurtz was so touched by Desiree's story, the organization is hoping to fly her to Los Angeles for treatment. 'And the story is, anyone that sees-- it is just so compelling, Jenny was crying over it,' says Kurtz.  Kurtz also believes with the proper treatment, some of her symptoms may be reversible. 'Well, unfortunately we happen to be very good at handling vaccine injury. We've got a lot of doctors that have experience in doing that, so our doctors and our resources are completely available to her, and we're going do everything we can to give her a lot of options to, to help take care to help recover from this condition as best we can,' says Kurtz."

* ►October 19, 2009 - UK Social Workers Set To Snatch Baby At Birth - The One Click Group

* ►October 19, 2009 - Child Vaccines Overload - Swine Flu Shot Untested - The One Click Group

* ►October 19, 2009 - Childhood ADHD Linked to Criminal Behavior in Adults - HealthDay via Yahoo! - "The findings, believed to be the first evidence of a link between ADHD and criminal activity, were published online Sept. 30 in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. ... Crimes where ADHD is a factor may cost the nation $2 billion to $4 billion a year, estimates have indicated. [Jason M.] Fletcher and colleagues plan to investigate whether drug treatments may reduce the illegal activities associated with ADHD in adulthood. The researchers also plan to study the associations between childhood ADHD symptoms and later employment and earnings. ADHD, which affects between 2 percent to 10 percent of U.S. schoolchildren, is far more common in males than females. It's also more prevalent in people who have close relatives with the condition, suggesting a genetic origin, the study authors noted in the news release."

►October 19, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 828 - Immunization Action Coalition

►October 19, 2009 - The Many Ills of Peripheral Nerve Damage (requires registration) - The New York Times

►October 19, 2009 - HPV Vaccine Linked to Rapidly Progressive Fatal Disease - The One Click Group

►October 18, 2009 - Parent takes school to task over H1N1 warning letter - Vancouver Sun

* ►October 17, 2009 - Flu, Me? Public Remains Wary Of H1N1 Vaccine - NPR

* ►October 16, 2009 - 2009-2010 Influenza Season Week 40 ending October 10, 2009 - CDC

►October 16, 2009 - 2009 H1N1 Flu: International Situation Update - CDC

►October 16, 2009 - USDA Conducting Confirmatory Testing On Possible Detection of 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza in U.S. Swine - press release - USDA

►October 16, 2009 - Evaluation of seasonal patterns of Kawasaki Syndrome- and rotavirus-associated Hospitalizations in California and New York, 2000-2005 (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

►October 15, 2009 - Separate vaccine fact from fiction - editorial - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

►October 13, 2009 - Fetal growth from mid- to late pregnancy is associated with infant development: the Generation R Study - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

* ►October 13, 2009 - Accidental intakes of remedies from complementary and alternative medicine in children—analysis of data from the Swiss Toxicological Information Centre - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►October 5, 2009 - Healthcare Providers and Facilities - Decision Tree for 2009 H1N1 Vaccination -

►September 28, 2009 - Vaccine potentials of an intrinsically unstructured fragment derived from the blood stage associated P. falciparum protein PFF0165c. - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►September 15, 2009 - Disclosure of Payments to Speakers in the U.S. - Advancing the Dialogue Toward a Healthier Future -

*Autism2009 - Live from 30 Nov 2009 - Welcome to Autism2009, the fifth online world conference to be held within the AWARES conference centre, run by the Editor of Awares, Adam Fenstein, and hosted by Autism Cymru, Wales' National Charity for Autism. Yet again, an unprecedented list of the world's top autism authorities has agreed to take part and you will have a unique opportunity to put your questions directly to them online. In order to meet the full operational costs of running such a unique event, we are having to charge a small minimum entry fee of £5. This is payable when you register. We very much look forward to welcoming you online. This conference opens on Monday, November 30, 2009, and runs for a week until December 7, 2009. Paper abstracts will be accessible from early November. -

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