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Starting in July 2018, Vaccination News will no longer be manually updating the news because I can no longer afford to do it and I get almost no financial help.  I have tried numerous solutions, including charging $10/yr but even that was too much for but a few people.

To see what the news will look like, scroll down the page to the RSS feed articles.

I welcome the opportunity to continue as before by receiving the necessary funding, so am giving everyone enough of heads up to possibly come up with it.  Costs, including legal and technical fees, are about $20,000/year, most of which I have been covering for many years.

All the best,

Sandy Gottstein

President, Vaccination News, A Non-Profit Corporation

All the News Posted October 3-5, 2008

Posted October 5, 2008


?October 15, 2008 - Airway Delivery of Soluble Mycobacterial Antigens Restores Protective Mucosal Immunity by Single Intramuscular Plasmid DNA Tuberculosis Vaccination: Role of Proinflammatory Signals in the Lung - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ?October 6, 2008 - ‘Life-saving’ vaccines turn killers - Health dept should come clean on what caused the deaths instead of trying to cover up negligence - Daily News & Analysis

* ?October 6, 2008 - Biotechs Race for New Vaccine (requires registration) - Washington Post - " PharmAthene of Annapolis and Emergent BioSolutions of Rockville have each spent millions of dollars to answer the government's latest call to develop and supply a better anthrax vaccine, a genetically modified version that produces robust immunity in fewer shots with lessened side effects."

?October 6, 2008 - Uganda on Wild Polio Virus alert - Daily Monitor, Uganda

?October 6, 2008 - We are fully cooperating with health officials: ANP - The News International, Pakistan

* ?October 6, 2008 - Experts spill the beans about upsurge - The News International, Pakistan - "'No vaccine can give more than 60 to 80 per cent assurance against a bacterial or viral disease. If a child who has diarrhoea is administered polio drops, the vaccine will not raise the child’s immunity level as diarrhoea reduces the absorptive capacity for all substances in the gastrointestinal tract,' another expert pointed out."

?October 6, 2008 - Managerial problems aiding polio, says Dr Memon - The News International, Pakistan

?October 6, 2008 - High mortality in kids linked to failure of vaccination drives - The News International, Pakistan

?October 6, 2008 - Oct. 6, 1956: Sabin Polio Vaccine Ready to Test - Wired News

* ?October 6, 2008 - Consumer Issues Top Supreme Court's Docket - Morning Edition via NPR - "Leading the docket is an issue that has long topped the business community's wish list: immunity from lawsuits for drug companies."

* ?October 6, 2008 - Whistleblower legislation might have prevented listeriosis outbreak, say activists - Employees can prevent disasters by providing early warning. In Canada, we have had no lack of tragedies, but we don't seem to have learned this lesson. - The Hill Times

* ?October 6, 2008 - Vaccine for breast cancer within reach, says expert - Breast cancer vaccine may be within reach - The Guardian, UK

* ?October 6, 2008 - Slow uptake of vaccine against cervical cancer - Medical centres say uptake of a new free vaccination against cervical cancer has been low. - Radio New Zealand - "But less than 10% of those eligible have had the vaccine....She also believes some are being put off by recent negative stigma associated with the Meningococcal B vaccine."

* ?October 6, 2008 - NZ hearing on GM flu vaccine tomorrow - Horsetalk, NZ - "The New Zealand Racing Board and New Zealand Equine Health Association want to import Proteqflu and Proteqflu Te vaccines, both of which contain genetically modified canarypox virus....The New Zealand Green Party has voiced its opposition to the vaccine, arguing it would endanger the country's GM-free status."

* ?October 5, 2008 - Corrupt Psychiatrist Nemeroff Bags $2.8m Pharma Kickback - AHRP via The One Click Group

* ?October 5, 2008 - Warrior Son - Age of Autism

* ?October 5, 2008 - Shining light on MMR madness - letter - Sunday Sun, UK

?October 5, 2008 - Volunteers sought for autism study - Press Association via Fenland Today, UK - "Researchers want to hear from anybody aged 18 to 45 who has been diagnosed with autism, autistic spectrum disorders or Asperger's Syndrome."

?October 5, 2008 - Framing Autism - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

?October 5, 2008 - Survey Finds Many Americans Link Autism and Vaccines - Autism Blog via

?October 5, 2008 - Benefit held for children with autism (includes video) - Capital News 9 - "Lisa Carey remembers her son Jonathan for the special boy he was. Since his death in 2007, the Carey”s have held an annual walk in their son's name."

?October 5, 2008 - Nation's largest autism walk at Jones Beach - Long Island walk raised $2.2 million last year - Newsday

* ?October 5, 2008 - Autism in need of urgent focus - Jamaica Gleaner - "The number of Jamaicans living with autism is on the rise. Leading professor in the field in Jamaica, Dr Maureen Samms-Vaughn, confirmed two years ago that the numbers had increased from approximately two diagnoses per year in the 1970s to 40 per year in 2006. She restated this in a recent television interview."

?October 5, 2008 - National Health Federation Newsletter No. 13 - The One Click Group

?October 5, 2008 - UK Mother Slams Untested HPV Vaccine - The Argus via The One Click Group

?October 5, 2008 - University of Toledo opens exhibit on northwest Ohio people with disabilities - Toledo Blade

?October 5, 2008 - Despite no Tennessee cases, measles still pose a threat -

* ?October 5, 2008 - Influenza shots? No thank you! - OpEdNews

* ?October 5, 2008 - Flu plus staph is killing more kids - AP via Chicago Sun-Times - "More children have died from flu because they also had staph infections, according to a new government report that urges parents to have their kids get the flu shot."

?October 5, 2008 - For first time: Free flu vaccine for everyone (requires registration) - Jerusalem Post

?October 5, 2008 - WHO behaving badly (again) - Effect Measure via ScienceBlogs

?October 5, 2008 - Flu Shots Advised for Those With Asthma - Kitsap Sun

?October 5, 2008 - Some flu vaccine delayed in Tehama - Redding Record Searchlight - "Tehama County's shipment of flu vaccine for pregnant women and very young children has been delayed and won't be available at the county's first flu clinics."

?October 5, 2008 - CDC takes notice of Akron's flu plan - Organization hopes to use ideas as role model for other communities to prepare for pandemic - Akron Beacon Journal via

?October 5, 2008 - Does your child need a flu shot? -

?October 5, 2008 - Fight against flu turns attention to children - Los Angeles Times via Providence Journal

?October 5, 2008 - Parental Guidance: Getting caught up on flu shot changes - Newsday

?October 5, 2008 - SC group to discuss worst case flu scenario - AP via The State 

* ?October 5, 2008 - Seniors get burned with costly vaccine for shingles - With few shots on hand, some charge patients $200 - The News-Press 

* ?October 5, 2008 - After big win, PharmAthene focuses on bigger deal - Bidding on $500 million government contract for anthrax vaccine - The Capital via

* ?October 5, 2008 - NAS Study May Fail to Settle Anthrax Case: Science Magazine - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

?October 5, 2008 - We must avoid being swayed by false alarms - Sunday Observer via IPPMedia

?October 5, 2008 - Measles and malaria grip Raiganj - The Statesman

?October 5, 2008 - "I never expected that the hardest test that I would ever have to take in college was to fight for my life. However, like any other obstacle that has fallen in front of me, I beat the odds and I am living life as if nothing happened." - Ex-Islander encourages young adults to get vaccinated against the potentially fatal disease - Staten Island Advance via

?October 5, 2008 - DJ George Bowie: I feared I'd lose my daughter to meningitis - Sunday Mail, UK

?October 5, 2008 - New Vaccine for Anti-tumour Shows Promising Results in Mice - MedIndia

?October 5, 2008 - Naveed Qamar provides hepatitis vaccine worth Rs 10mn to TMK district - Regional Times

?October 5, 2008 - As parents question vaccinations, the number of measles cases rises - Chicago Tribune via Sacramento Bee

* ?October 5, 2008 - Parents can fret needlessly over fever - USA Today - "That fear sells a lot of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin). Those are safe and effective drugs when used at proper doses, pediatricians say. But, like all drugs, they can be toxic at too high a dose. And some researchers worry that routine overuse might produce unforeseen harm. One hypothesis: Acetaminophen use might be linked to rising rates of asthma worldwide."
?October 5, 2008 - Pathogens & People: Pathogens, as with people, come in all shapes and sizes - The Capital via

?October 5, 2008 - The Fight Against Breast Cancer: Broccoli gorws in cancer fight - New research on diet, nutrition and disease finds certain vegetables have a compound some studies suggest may help stop breast cancer - Newsday

?October 5, 2008 - China says new tests show milk free from melamine - AP via International Herald Tribune

?October 5, 2008 - Risky business: Do cell phones, fish, plastic containers and aluminum really pose dangers? - Memphis Commercial Appeal

* ?October 5, 2008 - Bluetongue jab take-up 'too low' - The number of farmers vaccinating their livestock against the bluetongue virus is "depressingly low", an expert says. - BBC - "One of the key reasons for the poor use of vaccine appears to be ill-founded complacency about the high ongoing risk posed by bluetongue, made worse by unsubstantiated rumours about the safety of the vaccine."

* ?October 5, 2008 - Influenza 101: What you need to know - Belleville News Democrat

* ?October 5, 2008 - FDA Will Rewrite Rules For Marketing for Children - The Food and Drug Administration will rewrite decades-old federal regulations governing how over-the-counter cold and cough medicines are marketed to children amid concerns over whether the products are safe and effective. - Exploring Vaccines

* ?October 5, 2008 - Testimonies recommend special-needs legislation - Daily Local News - "When parents of special-needs children and school districts cannot work out issues through mediation, the next step is generally due process. When due process is held pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the burden of proof is currently placed on the parents of special-needs children. Previously, the burden of proof had been on the school district. But in the 2005 "Scaffer v Weast," the United States Supreme Court placed the burden of proof on parents."

?October 5, 2008 - The new war against TB - The emergence of a devastating drug-resistant strain means that tuberculosis now kills more of us than malaria. Award-winning photographer James Nachtwey travelled from Siberian prisons to Cambodian clinics to document the battle against this 'virtually untreatable' and deadliest of diseases - The Observer, UK via The Guardian, UK

* ?October 4, 2008 - Influenza scientists, WHO face off in virus data row - The China Post - " Some foreign governments called for a boycott of the global body’s 55-year-old virus-sharing system, which had obliged them to freely hand over samples and data. The problem with that system, they say, is that developing countries give up intellectual property rights to their virus samples when they provide them to the WHO. The virus samples are then used by private pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines that are awarded patents — and sold at a profit at prices many poor nations can’t afford."

* ?October 4, 2008 - Use of prescription drugs for kids soars - The number of Victorian children being prescribed drugs to treat hyperactivity disorders is spiralling, with a staggering 67,000 prescriptions handed out by doctors last year. - Herald Sun, AU

* ?October 4, 2008 - Vanderbilt University will help track kids' health - U.S. study to check children till age 21 - The Tennessean

?October 4, 2008 - Justices Return to Work, With Less Meaty Docket (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Wyeth v. Levine, No. 06-1249, concerns only implied pre-emption and is perhaps the most important business case of the term. Wyeth, a drug company, seeks to overturn a Vermont jury award of more than $6 million to Diana Levine, a musician who lost much of her right arm in a medical disaster caused by the injection of a Wyeth anti-nausea drug. Wyeth argues that it cannot be sued because it had complied with federal safety standards."

?October 4, 2008 - Family of recovering girl asks why case closed - The Arizona Republic

?October 4, 2008 - ‘Unique’ disease tracking system developed in the Sault catches government eye - Touted as added level of protection for patients - The Sault Star

* ?October 4, 2008 - Parents Still Fear Autism Could Be Linked To Vaccines, Poll Shows - Florida Institute of Technology via ScienceDaily

* ?October 3, 2008 - Building a Baby from the Foundation Upwards: Neurological Issues Can Start From Conception If the Conditions Are Right - Exploring Vaccines - "Genetics, nutrition, environmental toxins, vaccines, and their combined impact on the immune system, can all play a role in Autism spectrum disorders."

* ?October 3, 2008 - $3.2 Billion Child Health Study To Begin In January - U.S. National Institutes of Health via redOrbit - "The comprehensive study will examine hereditary and environmental factors such as exposure to certain chemicals that affect health."

* ?October 3, 2008 - UM to lead Florida portion of a major kids' health study - The University of Miami med school is one of the key research sites in a pioneering national study that will examine children's health from birth to 21. - Miami Herald - "Autism: The CDC estimates that one in 150 8-year-old U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, making up about 560,000 individuals from birth to 21. The number is up from previous decades, possibly because a broader definition of ASD. Some parents believe, despite disagreement from many doctors, that autism might be associated with childhood vaccinations."

* ?October 3, 2008 - Emory’s Nervous Nemeroff Reacts To A Probe - Pharmalot - "Why were they so anxious? The Senate committee is, in fact, investigating Nemeroff, congressional sources tell us, over his alleged failure to tell Emory about $500,000 in payments from Glaxo while he was also the primary investigator for an NIH study of the Paxil antidepressant. We asked Emory’s Molter whether the university has been contacted by the committee about Nemeroff, but he has yet to return our call. Meanwhile, here are the e-mails…"

* ?October 3, 2008 - Why Grassley Is Investigating Emory’s Nemeroff - Pharmalot - "The reason - the psychiatry department chair at Emory University earned more than $2.8 million in consulting arrangements with various drugmakers between 2000 and 2007, but failed to report at least $1.2 million of this income to his university. This oversight violated federal research rules, a point that is central to a widening probe of some 30 academic researchers by the Senate Finance Committee."

* ?October 3, 2008 - Nemeroff Steps Down As Emory Psychiatry Chair - Pharmalot

* ?October 3, 2008 - Peter Rost Wins A Big Round Against Pfizer - Pharmalot

* ?October 3, 2008 - Rescue Bill Contains A Gift For Drugmakers - Pharmalot - "This little chunk of legislative verbiage renews a federal tax credit for corporate R&D, which had expired last year. Now, though, the credit is revived, because it’s retroactive to this past January 1. Why does this matter? Well, had the credit been in place this year, corporate earnings would have benefited from lower tax rates. Of course, we are now in this year’s fourth quarter, so the retroactive credit can give drug and device makers a nice earnings boost. And they stand to get a lift next year as well, since the credit was extended through December 31, 2009."

* ?October 3, 2008 - The Astute Clinician: Filing High-Value Adverse Drug Event Reports CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

* ?October 3, 2008 - Drug Development and Drug Interactions - FDA/CDER

* ?October 3, 2008 - Bird Flu Research Shows Potential to Stop Pandemic Threat - The voice shows potential to identify harmful pathogens within the body and through corrective sound presentation make appropriate changes for health and wellness. - Newswire Today

?October 3, 2008 - EU Plan Gives Pharma Direct Access To Patients - Pharmalot

* ?October 3, 2008 - What physicians want is not what they are going to get from biopharma - World of DTC Maketing - "When asked the question of what physicians would like to see “more” or “less” of with sales representatives in order to receive more value, 85% noted that they wanted “more” or “significantly more” higher-quality representatives (defined as more highly trained, “specialty type” representatives). Perhaps most telling was the number of unprompted concerns about increasing the quality of sales representatives, where #96 out of #205 comments (47%) around how biopharma companies could increase representative value spoke to increased quality of sales representatives. The next most mentioned topic for increasing value in unprompted mentions was at #45 (or 22%)—requesting more use of clinical studies and evidence-based medicine in sales calls."

* ?October 3, 2008 - Disabilities in Childhood - - "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of children under 18 have some type of developmental disability. Many of these children will require some kind of care throughout their lives."

?October 3, 2008 - Notice (B): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via

?October 3, 2008 - United States: Study Finds Association Between Hepatitis B and Pancreatic Cancer - New York Times via

?October 3, 2008 - FDA Workshop to Consider Approaches to Reduce the Risk of Transfusion-Transmitted Babesiosis in the United States - FDA/CBER

?October 3, 2008 - Tuberculosis: Anatomy of a killer - CBC News

* ?October 3, 2008 - Thompson Center receives $1 million grant - The money will enhance the Rapid Response project. - The Maneater - "This grant was awarded from the Combating Autism Act of 2006 funds. The money will help diagnose and treat children with autism spectrum disorder throughout the state."

?October 3, 2008 - AIDS Group Protests Roche Pricing In South Korea - Pharmalot

* ?October 3, 2008 - Cardinal Pays $34M For Violating Substances Act - Pharmalot

?October 3, 2008 - Homeopathy May Management ADHD - British Homeopathic Association  via emaxhealth

?October 3, 2008 - Health Tip: Parenting a Child With ADHD - HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report

?October 3, 2008 - Vital Signs: The Weekly Roundup -  Here's your weekly dose of biotech and health care news in the Washington region, by Washington Post biotech reporter Kendra Marr: - The Washington Post

?October 3, 2008 - Vaccinations for Pilgrims Leaving for Makkah - Khaleej Times

?October 3, 2008 - Flu vaccine now recommended for school-age kids and teens, too - The Virtual Medical Centre

?October 3, 2008 - Millions more people 'need to have flu jab' - Millions more people should get the flu jab this year, the Government's director of immunisation has said. - The Telegraph, UK

?October 3, 2008 - Roll 'em up! It's flu shot time - The Olympian

?October 2, 2008 - Flu Vaccines Supply High, Still Resistance -

?October 2, 2008 - Flu Shots—Who Pays? -

?October 2, 2008 - Report: Maine immunization rate slips - AP via Foster's Daily Democrat

* ?October 2, 2008 - UN Launches Campaign with Diaper-Maker to Eliminate Newborn Deaths from Tetanus - The U.N. Children's Fund, in partnership with diaper-maker Pampers, is launching a global campaign to eliminate tetanus by 2012. UNICEF reports the disease kills about 140,000 newborn infants and 30,000 mothers every year in the poorest countries in the world. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA in Geneva. (includes audio) - Voice of America

* ?October 2, 2008 - Three-country comparison of Psychiatric drugs in children - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ?October 2, 2008 - John Battle High School Student Hospitalized With Meningitis Improving - Bristol Herald Courier via - "Shelly Sallie, Tyler’s mother, said the illness started with MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a drug-resistant staph infection, which she said he contracted through a bug bite on his arm; this was the source of the bacterial meningitis attacking his nervous system, she added."

?October 2, 2008 - Genetic method helps - Johns Hopkins News-Letter

?October 2, 2008 - Many adults with autism beat odds, Utah researchers find - ScrippsNews

?October 2, 2008 - Autism awareness forum (includes video) - News 10 Now - "Syracuse, N.Y. -- The state legislature is holding a series of forums across the state to find ways to help families and professionals dealing with autism."

?October 2, 2008 - To blunt anthrax attack, mail carriers to get antibiotics - CIDRAP News

* ?October 2, 2008 - It's An Autism Salutes Day!!! - Autism Salutes

* ?October 2, 2008 - Patterns of skeletal fractures in child abuse: systematic review (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

?October 2, 2008 - A plea for broader perspectives on health (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

?October 2, 2008 - Florida Joins Eight States In Merck Action - Injury Board

?October 2, 2008 - Tuberculosis: An Ancient Disease Continues to Thrive - TIME Magazine

* ?October 2, 2008 - Peanut Butter Attack! - H.S. student charged with assault on severely allergic classmate - The Smoking Gun

?October 2, 2008 - More ADHD training needed for primary teachers - Kiddicare News

?October 2, 2008 - New PCMA Research: State Legislative Proposals Restricting Access to Generic Medicines Would Increase Costs $29 Billion Over 10 Years - Business Wire via SmartMoney

?October 1, 2008 - North Carolina's Orange County Sheriff's Office Receives Funds From National Autism Association for Project Lifesaver Equipment - press release - National Autism Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ?October 1, 2008 - Swift Entry of Myelin-Specific T Lymphocytes into the Central Nervous System in Spontaneous Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

?October 1, 2008 - Editors and authors vexed and confused by consent - journal article (BMJ)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Truly independent research is impossible - journal article (BMJ)

?October 1, 2008 - National research institute publishes directory of top researchers - journal article (BMJ)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Treatment of seizures in babies is hampered by lack of EEG equipment - journal article (BMJ)

* ?October 1, 2008 - What happens to papers rejected by the BMJ on ethical grounds - journal article (BMJ)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Drugs should not be first-line treatment for ADHD, doctors told -

?October 1, 2008 - Lilly Announces Initiation of Second Global Phase III Trial of Investigational Alzheimer's Disease Compound - Pivotal Study to Provide Real-World Dosing Simulation of Lilly's Gamma-Secretase Inhibitor - Eli Lilly via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

?October 1, 2008 - Judge rejects C8 class action case against DuPont - The Gharleston Gazette

?October 1, 2008 - Toddlers get post-trauma stress - Children as young as two experience post-traumatic stress, research shows. - BBC

?October 1, 2008 - AIDS pandemic may be a century old - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via World Science

?October 1, 2008 - Disease diagnosis in just 15 minutes - University of Leeds via EurekAlert!

?October 1, 2008 - NHS told 'do better over finance' - The NHS in England is improving the way it handles finances, but patients deserve better, a watchdog says. - BBC

* ?October 2008 - Pediatricians' Intention to Recommend Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines to 11- to 12-Year-Old Girls Postlicensing - journal article (Journal of Adolescent Health)

* ?October 2008 - Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infection: A Case-Control Study Among Privately Insured Children. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ?October 2008 - Medicines for chronic illness at school: experiences and concerns of young people and their parents - journal article (Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics)

* ?October 2008 - Increasing anaphylaxis hospitalizations in the first 2 decades of life: New York State, 1990-2006 - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) - "For patients younger than 20 years, the anaphylaxis hospitalization rate increased by more than 4-fold during the study period and by 2002 exceeded the combined hospitalization rates for urticaria, angioedema, and unspecified allergy."

?October 2008 - CBCL Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Profile and ADHD: Comorbidity and Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - Correlates of Accommodation of Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Parent, Child, and Family Characteristics. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - Selective Mutism Questionnaire: Measurement Structure and Validity. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - Attention Bias Toward Threat in Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Self-Report Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Dutch Adolescents at Ages 12, 14, and 16. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - T helper cell type 1 (Th1), Th2 and Th17 responses to myelin basic protein and disease activity in multiple sclerosis - journal article (Immunology)

* ?October 2008 - Ozone gas is an effective and practical antibacterial agent - journal article (American Journal of Infection Control)

?October 2008 - Bacteria Gladiators (requires registration) - The Scientist

?October 2008 - Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Self-Report Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in Dutch Adolescents at Ages 12, 14, and 16. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ?October 2008 - Negotiating the diagnostic uncertainty of contested illnesses: physician practices and paradigms. - journal article (Health (London, England : 1997)

?October 2008 - Pimp my poster (requires registration) - The Scientist

?September 30, 2008 - US health groups protest against proposed government "conscience rule" - journal article (BMJ)

?September 30, 2008 - Notice (B): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via - "Novel Chemoattractant-Based Toxins to Improve Vaccine Immune Responses for Cancer and Infectious Diseases"

?September 30, 2008 - Society's lack of food allergies impacts those afflicted with food allergies - Children's Memorial Hospital via EurekAlert!

?September 30, 2008 - World leaders pledge extra $3bn to combat malaria - journal article (BMJ)

* ?September 30, 2008 - European Chemical Clampdown Reaches Across Atlantic - Many chemicals manufactured in the U.S. have been pronounced "dangerous" by the European Union - Scientific American

?September 30, 2008 - Patient challenges trust’s right to deprive her of NHS treatment for buying drugs privately - journal article (BMJ)

?September 30, 2008 - What is the True Frequency of Carditis in Acute Rheumatic Fever? A Prospective Clinical and Doppler Blind Study of 56 Children with up to 60 Months of Follow-Up Evaluation - journal article (Pediatric Cardiology)

?September 30, 2008 - Coffee kills and maims viruses in cells. - Environmental Health News

* ?September 29, 2008 - In the United States Court of Federal Claims: In Re: Claims for Vaccine Injuries Resulting in Autism Spectrum Disorder or Similar Neurodevelopment Disorder (pdf) -

?September 29, 2008 - Host immunity in the protective response to vaccination with heat-killed Burkholderia mallei (pdf) - journal article (BMC Immunology)

?September 29, 2008 - Public Hearing for Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medications, October 2, 2008, Beltsville, Maryland - FDA/CDER

?September 29, 2008 - Drug Development and Drug Interactions: Meetings - FDA/CDER

?September 29, 2008 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Requirements on Content and Format of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

?September 29, 2008 - Derrick Jackson: Where we dump our toxic PCs (opinion) - Dallas Morning News

?September 29, 2008 - Autism charity features images of bullying - The National Autistic Society has launched its first campaign featuring images of people with autism being bullied. (requires registration) - Third Sector

?September 28, 2008 - Chicago's toxic air - Chicago-area residents face some of the highest risk of getting sick from pollution, but the EPA isn't making it widely known - Chicago Tribune

?September 26, 2008 - Dept's secret catalogue of hospital errors - Irish Health

?September 26, 2008 - Johnson & Johnson (CONCERTA® (methylphenidate HCl) Extended-release Tablets [CII] ) - FDA via

?September 26, 2008 - Evidence of Inflammatory Immune Signaling in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Pilot Study of Gene Expression in Peripheral Blood (pdf) - journal article (Behavioral and Brain Functions)

?September 25, 2008 - Bordetella pertussis Isolates in Finland: Serotype and Fimbrial Expression (pdf) - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

?September 25, 2008 - Allergen structures and biologic functions: The cutting edge of allergy research - journal article (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports)

?September 25, 2008 - Escherichia coli as a probiotic? - journal article (Infection)

?September 22, 2008 - Improved Odor Sensitivity in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. - journal article (Biological Psychiatry)

* ?September 16, 2008 - Title: Vaccines against West Nile Virus (patent) - Crucell Holland B.V. (Leiden, NL) via

* ?September 16, 2008 - Title: Chimeric T helper-B cell peptide vaccine for Japanese encephalitis virus (patent) - Crucell Holland B.V. (Leiden, NL) via

?September 16, 2008 - Title: Methods for determining renal toxins (patent) - Ocimum Biosolutions, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN) via

?September 16, 2008 - Title: Stabilized anti-respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) antibody formulations (patent) - Medimmune, Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD) via

?September 16, 2008 - Title: Antibody composition-producing cell (patent) - Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, JP) via

?September 9, 2008 - Fewer US Med Students Choosing Primary Care - TIME Magazine

?September 9, 2008 - Training bottleneck for flood of doctors - Deans of Australia's 18 medical schools have warned of a possible healthcare crisis if nothing is done to increase hospital training opportunities for the hundreds of extra students entering the system. - The Australian

?September 8, 2008 - Investigating arsenic susceptibility from a genetic perspective in Drosophila reveals a key role for glutathione synthetase - journal article (Toxicological Sciences)

* ?September 2008 - Immune-mediated audiovestibular disorders in the paediatric population: A review - journal article (International Journal of Audiology)

?September 2008 - STAT4: genetics, mechanisms, and implications for autoimmunity. - journal article (Current Allergy and Allergy Reports)

?September 2008 - Balance and otitis media with effusion - journal article (International Journal of Audiology)

?September 2008 - Response to Oral Supplementation in Copper Deficiency Myeloneuropathy. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease)

?August 2008 - Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, consumer Products and the Environment (COT). (pdf) - Committee on Toxicity

* ?April 2, 2008 - Important link to Autism. My research and personal experience clearly shows a connection with Autism, G6PD and Vaccines. (pdf) - I. Deleon via Vaccination News

?Forum on Vaccines: Addressing all sides of the issue - Understanding parental concerns, policy decisions and finding common ground. Please join us on Thursday, October 23, 2008 for an important presentation and conversation on the most controversial medical issue in decades. - Hackensack NJ...RSVP: Required By October 8th, 2008 (pdf) - The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center

?VIC (Vaccine Injury Coalition) Lectures - - "Educate BEFORE You Vaccinate" 10/12/2008 Hobart IN - "Always Question Authority" 10/24/2008 Lewisburg PA - "Educate BEFORE You Vaccinate" 11/2/2008 Tampa FL - "Educate BEFORE You Vaccinate" 11/22/2008 NMB FL - "Educate BEFORE You Vaccinate" 11/30/2008 Simi Valley"

?Charlie in Wonderland - blog


Posted October 4, 2008


* ?October 5, 2008 - Officials suspended for ‘detecting polio cases’ - The News International, Pakistan - "However, the affected officials alleged that they had been penalised for detecting polio cases during their health and nutrition campaign in schools in Sargodha district. The issue has raised warning that polio cases in Punjab may have been under-reported to hide failure to control the alarming spread of polio virus in Punjab this year."

?October 5, 2008 - A public health scare, a PR failure - The FDA did little to allay fears this week that it was mishandling the tainted milk scandal, but the WHO says it acted properly - Bangkok Post

?October 5, 2008 - Third edition of ‘SLMA Guidelines on Vaccines’ launched - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

?October 5, 2008 - Microsoft boss helps out Scottish farming charity - Veterinary group in £16 million boost to help fight Third World disease - Sunday Herald, UK - "Setting a target to develop, register and launch at least six vaccines, medicines or diagnostic products designed to combat some of the most debilitating livestock diseases by 2015, the organisation has been unique in its focus on how improving animal health could transform human welfare and prosperity."

* ?October 5, 2008 - Autism genes can add up to genius - Intellectual gifts and certain brain disorders are closely related - The Sunday Times, UK

* ?October 4, 2008 - Attorney general turns up heat in seeking promotion for Guard officer - Journal Inquirer - "Attorney General Richard Blumenthal last week sent another letter to Gov. Jodi Rell asking her to posthumously promote former Air Force National Guard officer Russell Dingle of East Hartford. Blumenthal sent the letter Sept. 26, two days after a story in the Journal Inquirer cited evidence that Dingle was forced to resign from the National Guard in 1999 after he disputed the military’s policy concerning mandatory anthrax vaccinations."

* ?October 4, 2008 - Everybody’s Talkin’: Making a cross-country trek for autism - Times-Mail - "Proceeds of the walk benefit the National Autism Association’s Helping Hand Program, a national fund assisting families unable to afford autism therapy and medical services, as well as autism initiatives in Elias’s hometown. To donate, or for more information, visit or"

* ?October 4, 2008 - Should the Validity of Vaccine Poisoning Be up for Debate? Dougie and I think NOT! By Gina LaVerde - Age of Autism

* ?October 4, 2008 - How Did We Undo Dougie’s Autism Label? Learn with Me November 2nd - - "Sunday November 2, 2008 1 – 4 p.m. Chicago"

?October 4, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet let the insults fly over vaccinations - Vancouver Sun via

?October 4, 2008 - Heartfelt gift will help those with autism - The Greenville News - "So on Thursday, Lisa and Bob Castellani donated $2 million to the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center's Children's Hospital to launch a comprehensive autism program that will address early diagnosis, treatment, whole-family support, research and community outreach."

?October 4, 2008 - Developmentally disabled adults may get more aid - New guidelines for financial help expected soon, says minister but NDP leader, parents skeptical policy changes will come through - Vancouver Sun via

?October 4, 2008 - UK Autism Foundation joins End Child Poverty March in London -

* ?October 4, 2008 - Kids Olympics reward for immunizations - The Prince Albert Daily Herald - "Laughter and cheers filled the Bernice Sayese Centre Friday as kids ran races and obstacle courses as part of the first Kids Olympics hosted by the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region's public health unit. 'Public health is involved because the children have to be fully updated with their immunizations to participate,' said Coleen Brooks, public health nurse."

* ?October 4, 2008 - Vaccination deadline met, mostly - Asheville Citizen-Times

?October 4, 2008 - 400 missed immunization deadline (requires registration) - Durham Herald Sun

?October 4, 2008 - Vaccine isn't just for kids - The Olympian

?October 4, 2008 - Presentation to examine Gardasil vaccine - St. Joseph News-Press 

?October 4, 2008 - Experts think flu vaccine is a good match this year - CTV

?October 4, 2008 - Flu vaccine has no high-risk restrictions - Columbia Missourian

?October 4, 2008 - Flu pandemic will strain resources - Charleston Post and Courier

?October 4, 2008 - Flu shots now urged for children - 'Tis the season, and doctors hope change in policy will result in fewer cases - Staten Island Advance via

?October 4, 2008 - Help with asthma, and protection from flu (requires registration) - Worthington Daily Globe

?October 4, 2008 - S.Korea reports new case of suspected bird flu - Reuters UK

?October 4, 2008 - Fighting the flu: Vaccinations recommended - Cape Coral Daily Breeze

?October 4, 2008 - No shortage of vaccines as flu season begins - Janesville Gazette

?October 4, 2008 - Improved vaccines cover all strains of flu -

?October 4, 2008 - Inquest closes into lethal jab death - Liverpool Echo

?October 4, 2008 - Navajo Nation confirms plague case - AP via

?October 4, 2008 - Stomach virus strikes at least 75 USC students (requires registration) - San Jose Mercury News

?October 4, 2008 - Elderly Woman’s Death Linked To West Nile Virus In Idaho? - eFluxMedia

* ?October 4, 2008 - Anti-US views fuel polio growth in Pakistan - San Francisco Chronicle

?October 4, 2008 - St. Charles teen diagnosed with West Nile virus in Sept. - Dekalb Daily Chronicle

?October 4, 2008 - Helping at Home and Overseas - Helene Gayle, CEO, CARE, on lessons from childhood. - Newsweek

?October 4, 2008 - Coming: altered meats - opinion (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

* ?October 4, 2008 - South Korea Orders Mars, Nestle to Recall Products - Bloomberg

* ?October 4, 2008 - FDA Sets Safety Threshold for Contaminant Melamine (requires registration) - Washington Post

?October 4, 2008 - A Tale of Taint - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ?October 3, 2008 - Avoid Flu Shots, Take Vitamin D Instead by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD - - "Investigators have completed one double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial that shows vitamin D prevents colds and influenza significantly better (P <0.002) than a placebo pill (Epidemiol Infection 2007;135:1095–6). A large multi-center randomized trial conducted over multiple flu seasons comparing vitamin D to a flu shot can show conclusively which is better, and safer. But given the financial stakes underpinning flu shots, and unpatentable vitamin D, who will fund it?"

?October 3, 2008 - Flu jab loses out to garlic - The Mirror, UK

?October 3, 2008 - Influenza scientists, WHO face off in virus row - AP via

?October 3, 2008 - Same Image Polisher Has Worked for FDA and Big Pharma - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "Turns out that the FDA and Big Pharma have more in common than we thought. They both tapped the same PR firm to improve their reputations."

* ?October 3, 2008 - Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay (requires registration) - The New York Times - "One of the nation’s most influential psychiatrists earned more than $2.8 million in consulting arrangements with drug makers from 2000 to 2007, failed to report at least $1.2 million of that income to his university and violated federal research rules, according to documents provided to Congressional investigators."

* ?October 3, 2008 - Grassley Says Emory Psychiatrist Didn’t Report $500,000 in Payments - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

?October 3, 2008 - Survey: Growing number of parents question safety of autism vaccines - TCPalm

?October 3, 2008 - Special education preschools way behind curve on autism treatment -

?October 3, 2008 - Maxim Health Systems Launches Georgia Flu Vaccination Program - Maxim Health Systems via PRNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

?October 3, 2008 - £10 jab could be a lifesaver! - Shields Gazette

?October 3, 2008 - Katy's advice - take the plunge and get a winter flu jab - Portsmouth Today, UK

?October 3, 2008 - Flu shot clinics team up with polling places - The News-Gazette

?October 3, 2008 - Five Ways to Prevent the Flu - Get the Tips to Avoid the Sniffling and Sneezing - ABC News

* ?October 3, 2008 - Rethinking Who Should Be Considered 'Essential' During A Pandemic Flu Outbreak - Not only are doctors, nurses, and firefighters essential during a severe pandemic influenza outbreak.  So, too, are truck drivers, communications personnel, and utility workers. That's the conclusion of a Johns Hopkins University article to be published in the journal of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. - Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics via ScienceDaily

* ?October 3, 2008 - FDA Rejects Ban On Cough & Cold Medicines for Kids - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ?October 3, 2008 - Safe New Children's Medicines Launched for Cough, Cold and Flu Season - press release - Boiron via PRNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

?October 3, 2008 - Salma Hayek on dangers of tetanus - audio - BBC

?October 3, 2008 - Mumps outbreak may be near end - Victoria Times Colonist via

?October 3, 2008 - Immunization campaign to prevent meningitis targets children - Mongolia Web News

* ?October 3, 2008 - STARS board votes against to HPV vaccination - Leduc Representative - "The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination will not be administered in the St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools."

?October 3, 2008 - Parents welcome vaccine for cancer - Northern Echo, UK

?October 3, 2008 - Nigeria’s Day of Shame - Newswatch Magazine, Nigeria - "One pertinent question many Nigerians have continued to ask is: Why is it very difficult to kick polio out of Nigeria as other developing countries have successfully done in spite of our annual immunisation campaigns over the years."

?October 3, 2008 - Isis Announces Award of Up to $8.4 Million in New Government Grants and Contracts to Its Ibis Biosciences Subsidiary for Pathogen Detection and Human Forensics - press release - Isis Pharmaceuticals,Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via International Business Times

?October 3, 2008 - As many as 40 pierced with non-sterile equipment (requires registration or subscription) - Globe and Mail

?October 3, 2008 - Can you really think your way to better health? -

?October 3, 2008 - Across The Nation | CDC Releases Updated Estimates About HIV Prevalence in U.S.; Agency Says 1.1 Million People Living With Virus -

?October 3, 2008 - Can Parents of Children with Autism Really "Educate Themselves?" -

?October 3, 2008 - People Should Know The True Facts About Autism - The Bulletin

?October 3, 2008 - New poll takes pulse on autism - Tampa Bay's 10

?October 2, 2008 - Autism organization is giving voice to families in China (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ?October 2, 2008 - Parents Urge Passage of Bill to Require Autism Coverage - Insurers Would Pay for Treatment (requires registration) - Washington Post - "A busload of Loudoun County parents traveled to Richmond on Monday to speak before a state panel considering a bill that would require health insurers to cover treatment for children with autism."

* ?October 2, 2008 - Examining Prevalence, Impact Of Gastrointestinal Problems In Children With Autism - National Institute Of Mental Health via eMaxHealth

?October 2, 2008 - Meningitis Survivor - - "Bacterial meningitis nearly took this U of I student's life. Now she's using her story begging others to get vaccinated."

?October 2, 2008 - Monroe County says flu shots should work better this season - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

?October 2, 2008 - Dade County Health Drill Gives Out Free Flu Shots - WDEF News 12

?October 2, 2008 - Preview Of The 2008-09 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season - WHO via Medical News Today

?October 2, 2008 - SF Health Officials Face Rabies Vaccine Shortage -

?October 2, 2008 - StemCells, Inc. Receives NIH Grant to Pursue Cell-Based Therapeutic for Hepatitis C - StemCells, Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

?October 1, 2008 - Meningitis warning to students - Luton Today, UK

* ?October 2008 - Autism Research Institute Newsletter -

?September 29, 2008 - Riverside Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis - CBS 2

?September 26, 2008 - 22 die from side effects of hepatitis C drugs: health survey - Mainichi Daily News

?September 26, 2008 - Scientists Report Advance in Stem Cell Alternative (requires registration) - Washington Post

?September 26, 2008 - AHF Advocacy Spurs GSK to Suspend Fear-Mongering AIDS Drug Ads - AHF Runs Pieces Headlined “GSK: Worst Drug Ads Ever.” The Issue Prompts Articles in the Wall Street Journal and Philadelphia Inquirer; Subsequently, Company Pulls Ads - AHF and Others Believe Controversial Ad Campaign Was an Attempt by GSK to Maintain Market Share, to Detriment of Patient Health - press release - AIDS Healthcare Foundation via Business Wire

?September 26, 2008 - Imperfect world - letter - Calgary Herald

?September 26, 2008 - Vaccines prevent many killer diseases - letter - Caledon Enterprise 

* ?September 26, 2008 - United Nations World Focus on Autism Forum Held in New York - Click here for a photo gallery from the event (includes video) - Autism Speaks

?September 25, 2008 - Two boards refuse vaccine - Grade 5 girls won't be immunized for sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer - The Edmonton Journal via

?September 25, 2008 - Flu jab in pregnancy protects babies - NHS Choices, UK

?September 25, 2008 - One U.K. Catholic School Stands against HPV Vaccination - Catholic authorities have "no moral objection" -

?September 25, 2008 - 12-year-olds rush to beat deadline for vaccination - Greensboro News-Record

?September 24, 2008 - American Lung Association Joins Health Officials to Prevent the Spread of Influenza by Urging People to Get Vaccinated - Flu-clinic-locator - Newly Updated Flu Clinic Locator Available on, Helps People Find Local Vaccination Clinics and Stay Healthy - press release - American Lung Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

?September 24, 2008 - Influenza Vaccine Recommended For More Americans Than Ever Before --The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases brings together leading health experts to urge annual flu vaccine for nearly 85 percent of Americans -- Some influenza vaccine is already available in the U.S. Enough vaccine will be available so that anyone who wants to decrease their risk of flu can get vaccinated. --Survey finds many doctors not talking to patients about getting their flu vaccines --Experts stress importance of pneumococcal vaccination for everyone 65 years of age and older (includes audio and video) - press release - PRNewswire

* ?September 23, 2008 - AERs: supplements 604 – drugs 450,000 - There have been 604 adverse event reports (AERs) – including five deaths – in six months, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which implemented the system last year. -

?Heal Artfully - blog

Posted October 3, 2008


* ?November 1, 2008 - Large Outbreak of Measles in a Community with High Vaccination Coverage: Implications for the Vaccination Schedule - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

?November 1, 2008 - Emergence of Clostridium difficile Infection Due to a New Hypervirulent Strain, Polymerase Chain Reaction Ribotype 078 - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

?November 1, 2008 - Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsiosis and Its Clinical Distinction from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

?November 1, 2008 - Role of Klebsiella oxytoca in Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

?November 1, 2008 - Gastrointestinal Flu: Norovirus in Health Care and Long-Term Care Facilities (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

?October 4, 2008 - How drug companies try to get inside your head - Manufacturers spend a fortune making drug names as snappy and memorable as possible. But are all these names making patients confused? - The Times, UK

?October 4, 2008 - Vaccination is better than cure - The News International, Pakistan

?October 4, 2008 - Ben Goldacre: Making space for the wild and wonderful - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

* ?October 4, 2008 - DNA Of Good Bacteria Drives Intestinal Response To Infection - A new study shows that the DNA of so-called "good bacteria" that normally live in the intestines may help defend the body against infection. - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via ScienceDaily

* ?October 3, 2008 - NIH's National Children's Study Enters Next Phase - Increase in Number of Centers Recruiting Volunteers, Collecting Data - press release - National Institutes of Health via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ?October 3, 2008 - U.S. to start $3.2 bln child health study in January - Reuters - "The National Children's Study will examine factors behind autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, birth defects, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity and other conditions, the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health said."

?October 3, 2008 - Health study will track children from the womb to age 21 - Utah families to join in next spring - Salt Lake Tribune

?October 3, 2008 - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Announces New Regional Participant in The National Children's Study - Burlington County, New Jersey is the newest study site - press release - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ?October 3, 2008 - Unvaccinated Siblings and Autism? - Age of Autism

* ?October 3, 2008 - Survey confirms parents' fears, confusion over autism - Poll results help explain growing number of measles infections - Florida Institute of Technology via EurekAlert!

* ?October 3, 2008 - First National Public Opinion Survey: Americans’ Knowledge and Understanding of Autism, 2008 - Age of Autism

?October 3, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue on FOX LA - Age of Autism

* ?October 3, 2008 - AFP author--DAY3 - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ?October 3, 2008 - Framing vaccines - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

?October 3, 2008 - Mercury Rises, Mercury Falls, and Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

?October 3, 2008 - How to Reach People - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

?October 3, 2008 - Autism Grant Will Help Mo. Children -

?October 3, 2008 - Leather Meets Lace Fundraiser for Generation Rescue at Playboy Mansion - Age of Autism - "On October 4th members of the Motorcycle Charity Associates will host the 2nd Annual Hollywood Leather Meets Lace Ride.  The event begins at 9:00 am PT on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame."

?October 3, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy battles Peet over vaccines and autism - Seattle Post-Intelligencer Blog

?October 3, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy rips Amanda Peet over vaccinations (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

?October 3, 2008 - CARLSBAD: Autism school returns some parents' checks - Others say they still haven't been reimbursed - North County Times

* ?October 3, 2008 - Study Questions Guidelines on Immunizations - Researchers suggest needles used on kids are sometimes too long - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ?October 3, 2008 - CDC Launches Web Campaign To Encourage Parents To Vaccinate Children Against Influenza - WDTV Detroit - "The CDC also hosted a webinar for so-called 'mommy bloggers' to discuss basic information on seasonal flu and share research on key messages. The agency is urging these bloggers to 'spread the word, not the flu.'"

?October 3, 2008 - Medical Edge: Flu shot is safe during pregnancy - Tribune Media Services via Post-Bulletin - "DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy? Should I avoid vaccines in general until after my baby is born?"

?October 3, 2008 - Studies show flu shot does not change risk of getting ill - Kelowna Capital News via

?October 3, 2008 - More vaccinated in Swindon - Swindon Advertiser, UK

?October 3, 2008 - Free school vaccination clinics for students - Chatham Daily News

* ?October 3, 2008 - Why I won't let my girls have these cancer jabs - As thousands of young girls across Sussex undergo a series of jabs to protect them against cervical cancer, one mother has urged parents to educate themselves about the risks involved. Reporter Samuel Underwood talks to her about why she is concerned about the vaccine and why her daughters will not been immunised. -

?October 3, 2008 - Evidence of the government's heavy-handed vaccination policies - Knoxville News Sentinel Blog

?October 3, 2008 - $400 HPV vaccine now mandatory for green card applicants -

?October 3, 2008 - Green card applicants required to get HPV vaccine - AP via Forbes

* ?October 3, 3008 - Crucell gets $70 million US contract for vaccines - AP via Forbes - "Dutch biotechnology company Crucell NV said Friday it received a contract worth up to $70 million from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop a vaccine for both the Ebola and Marburg viruses."

?October 3, 2008 - Promising New Anti-Tumor Vaccine Effectively Delivered In Mice - Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy via Medical News Today

* ?October 3, 2008 - Hayek fighting tetanus in mums, babies - Sky News, AU - "Hollywood mom Salma Hayek is lending her star power to a UNICEF campaign to eradicate tetanus in mothers and babies around the world within four years."

?October 3, 2008 - Producers Urged to Get Flu Shot - Pork Magazine

* ?October 3, 2008 - Cervical Cancer Seminar Held by Cancer Society - - "The Cayman Islands Cancer Society hosted a free seminar on Female Cancer Awareness issues. The session focused on frequently asked questions about Ovarian, Endometrial and Cervical Cancer as well as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Vaccination."

* ?October 3, 2008 - FDA Will Rewrite Rules For Marketing for Children - The Wall Street Journal

?October 3, 2008 - Emergency manager warns of flu outbreak possibilities - Fort Scott Tribune

* ?October 3, 2008 - Life sciences: positive signs in a down economy - MHT (The Journal of New England Technology) - "Swiss drug developer Novartis AG opened its much-anticipated 80,000 square-foot facility called the Novartis Research Center of Excellence in Virology at 45 Sidney St. in Cambridge. Once fully staffed, it is expected to house 150 new employees by late 2009. The center is designated a biosafety level 3 research facility."

?October 3, 2008 - Over 170 Students Infected in Campus Viral Outbreak - The Hoya

?October 3, 2008 - Health care worker at Eastern Iowa nursing home had pertussis - The Gazette

?October 3, 2008 - DHS easing restrictions on HIV-positive visitors to US - JURIST

?October 3, 2008 - 50-year-old Bastrop man dies of West Nile virus, family says - Alexandria Town Talk

?October 3, 2008 - New mouse model uncovers more effective delivery of anti-tumor vaccines for neuroblastoma and melanoma - Children's National Medical Center via 7thSpace

?October 3, 2008 - American Academy of Pediatrics Elects a New Leader - press release - American Academy of Pediatrics via PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ?October 3, 2008 - FDA rejects bid to pull kids' cold remedies (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

* ?October 3, 2008 - FDA: Tiny bit of melamine OK in most foods - AP via Forbes

?October 3, 2008 - Caprion Awarded $12.9M Infectious Disease Biomarker Research Contract (requires registration) - GenomeWeb News

?October 3, 2008 - Dispensing Pump Ideal for Vial or Bottle Filling of Vaccines and Diagnostics - Pharmaceutical Processing

?October 3, 2008 - Merck marks medical outreach programme anniversary - Hays Pharma - "Established in 1958, the MMOP is used by Merck to donate pharmaceuticals and vaccines to a select number of organisations for use in their humanitarian programmes."

?October 3, 2008 - Oh No! CFLs May Increase Mercury Pollution - Proximity to Other Sources Determines Risk - The Daily Green

?October 3, 2008 - $25K to clean up Elko's 70-lb mercury spill (requires registration) - AP via San Jose Mercury News 

* ?October 3, 2008 - Gov't refused immunity from FEMA trailer suits - AP via - "Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt says there is evidence that the Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed its response to concerns about formaldehyde levels in its trailers due to liability concerns."

* ?October 2, 2008 - The Expanding Benefits of HPV Vaccination: Update on Clinical Data and Expert Panel Discussion CME (requires registration) - Medscape

?October 2, 2008 - Stopping Pandemic Bird Flu - A broad-acting vaccine might be key. - Technology Review

?October 2, 2008 - Maine immunization rates now lowest in New England (includes video) - NECN

* ?October 2, 2008 - Big Pharma Ranks China as Number One Destination in Asia for Pharmaceutical Outsourcing, Finds New PricewaterhouseCoopers Report - Asia Rivaling United States as a Leading Source of Drug Discoveries and High-End Innovation - GlobeNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch
?October 2, 2008 - 750,000 Brits may die in flu outbreak - The Government is preparing for a huge and deadly flu outbreak in which 750,000 people could die in two months, Britain's security chief has said. - The Sun, UK

* ?October 2, 2008 - A Lifeline For Military Families - Mount Vernon Gazette - "The cost savings from autism treatment is clear, according to Moran and Miller. A Harvard School of Public Health report found that without effective intervention, approximately 90 percent of individuals with ASD require lifelong care costing an estimated $3.2 million over an individual child's lifetime. ABA therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing this cost to less than 50 percent and reducing the cost of lifelong care by two-thirds."

* ?October 2, 2008 - Emory’s Nemeroff Chafes At Funding Questions - Pharmalot - "You may recall that Chuck Grassley, the commitee’s ranking Republican, is probing pharma and NIH funding given academic researchers - particularly psychiatrists - and whether any conflicts are properly disclosed. So far, the committee has singled out Stanford University’s Alan Schatzberg, Harvard University’s Joe Biederman, Brown University’s Martin Keller, University of Texas’ Karen Wagner and John Rush, and Melissa DelBello at the University of Cincinnati. Charles Nemeroff, the well-known psychiatry chairman at Emory University, has not made the list, but the school appears, nonetheless, to be concerned about any ties between his department and pharma."

* ?October 2, 2008 - FDA Tackles Image Problem With Tainted PR Deal - Pharmalot - "How’s this for common sense? Seeking to hone its tarnished image after getting beaten up for tainted food and drug safety, the FDA decided to hire a contractor for a public relations campaign that would “create and foster a lasting positive public image of the agency for the American public,” according to The Washington Post."

* ?October 2, 2008 - Report: Health Care Quality Improves but Varies Across Different Regions of the Country More than 100 Million Americans Covered By Health Plans that Report Performance; Two-Thirds of the System Remains a Mystery - Business Wire via - "There was little improvement in the quality of care provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. Among the 52 measures collected from Medicaid plans, only 26 showed any increase and most of those were very small. One exception: delivery of childhood immunizations."

* ?October 2, 2008 - Officials fear Greyhound passengers exposed to TB - CTV, Toronto

* ?October 2, 2008 - Update 1-Genentech: Raptiva patient develops brain disorder - Reuters - "Genentech Inc on Thursday warned doctors that a patient being treated with its psoriasis drug Raptiva has developed a rare brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML."

* ?October 2, 2008 - Foreclosures Worsen Spread of West Nile - Neglected Pools in Foreclosed Homes Breeding Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus - Emerging Infectious Diseases via WebMD

?October 2, 2008 - Potential Ban on Kids Cold Remedies May Affect Pharmaceutical Sector (JNJ, WYE, NVS, PG) - The Dividend Daily

* ?October 2, 2008 - One Paxil Lawsuit Settled, Two New Ones Pending - NewsInferno

* ?October 2, 2008 - FDA Issues Interim Safety and Risk Assessment of Melamine and Melamine-related Compounds in Food - FDA

?October 2, 2008 - Arkansas Health Department Receives Money for Flu Pandemic -

?October 2, 2008 - Congressman Warns DTC Tax Break May Get Axed - Pharmalot

?October 2, 2008 - Patient Groups Are Stalking Horses In The UK - Pharmalot

?October 2, 2008 - Could avian flu be flying overhead? - The Daily News

?October 2, 2008 - New Class of Drugs Might Cause Congenital Heart Defects - Journal of Clinical Investigation via HealthDayNews via Yahoo!

?October 2, 2008 - Colorado State University Infectious Disease Supercluster Established Collaborative Agreement with Maine Biotechnology Services - Colorado State University

?October 2, 2008 - Novartis to invest US$20 mln in S. Korea - Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX via Trading Markets

?October 2, 2008 - Lilly is potential ImClone suitor with $6.1 billion offer - International Herald Tribune

?October 2, 2008 - Merck Gamble On Anti-Obesity Drug Doesn't Pay Off - Dowjones Business News via easyBourse

?October 2, 2008 - Sanofi Cuts Sales Force in France - The Wall Street Journal

* ?October 2, 2008 - Doctors oppose EU pharmaceutical plans - Dutch News - "Plans by the European Commission to give pharmaceutical companies a greater role in regulating medicine safety and allowing them to get in touch directly with patients will increase the risk to patients, say Dutch doctors’ organisations."

?October 2, 2008 - Update 1-European drugmakers slam 'exported price cuts' - Reuters

?October 2, 2008 - MIT Medical launches upgraded web site - MIT news

?October 2, 2008 - Are Inflammation, Immunity, And Allergic Reactions A Role For Supplements? -

* ?October 2, 2008 - Actress Salma Hayek in campaign to wipe out tetanus - Reuters South Africa - "She said that she was paid an undisclosed amount by Procter & Gamble, part of which she was contributing to UNICEF."

?October 2, 2008 - The You Docs: Foods that boost your immunity - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ?October 2, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy Is A Mother Warrior (includes video) - MyFox Los Angeles

?October 2, 2008 - How Autism Has Become A Secondary Concern - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ?October 2, 2008 - Vitamin D Stops Cancer; Cuts Risk In Half - American Cancer Society Drags its Feet - press release - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

?October 1, 2008 - Thank You, Antivaxxers, and Let the Deconstructing Begin - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ?October 1, 2008 - Parents With Doubts About Vaccines: Which Vaccines and Reasons Why - journal article (Pediatrics) - "The largest proportions of unsure and refused parents chose varicella vaccine as the vaccine prompting their concern, whereas delayed parents most often reported "not a specific vaccine" as the vaccine prompting their concern. Most parents who delayed vaccines for their child did so for reasons related to their child's illness, unlike the unsure and refused parents. The largest proportion of parents who changed their minds about delaying or not getting a vaccination for their child listed "information or assurances from health care provider" as the main reason."

* ?October 1, 2008 - Mercury Levels in Newborns and Infants After Receipt of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Mercury Levels in Newborns and Infants After Receipt of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: In Reply - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Temporary Vaccine Recommendations and Provider Compliance: A Survey of Pediatric Practices During the 2003–2004 Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Shortage (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Vaccines at Sick Visits? (requires registration) - Medscape

* ?October 1, 2008 - Adolescent Immunizations: Missed Opportunities for Prevention - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality in the United States: Increase of Staphylococcus aureus Coinfection - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Recurrence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - New Book About Vaccine Safety - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Free Drug Samples in the United States: Characteristics of Pediatric Recipients and Safety Concerns - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Whooping cough kills northwest Illinois resident - Chicago Tribune - "Illinois Department of Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Thursday that the person died in early September. She declined to identify the victim or say how old they were or where they lived."

* ?October 1, 2008 - Lawsuit over antidepressant headed to trial - The Daily Record - "Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth, which filed the patent infringement suit, and Lupin Ltd., which wants to market a generic form of the extended-release capsules, filed cross-motions for summary judgment in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Wyeth is suing Baltimore-based Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. as well as its parent company, Lupin Ltd., based in Mumbai, India."

* ?October 1, 2008 - Medical Emergencies Occurring at School - journal article (Pediatrics) - "In February 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement titled "Guidelines for Emergency Medical Care in Schools" (available at:;107/2/435). Since the release of that statement, the spectrum of potential individual student emergencies has changed significantly. The increase in the number of children with special health care needs and chronic medical conditions attending schools and the challenges associated with ensuring that schools have access to on-site licensed health care professionals on an ongoing basis have added to increasing the risks of medical emergencies in schools."

* ?October 1, 2008 - The Case Against Routine Electroencephalography in Specific Language Impairment (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Procalcitonin in Young Febrile Infants for the Detection of Serious Bacterial Infections - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - A Review of the Evidence for the Medical Home for Children With Special Health Care Needs - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Oral Probiotics Prevent Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants: A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Characteristics That Distinguish Abusive From Nonabusive Head Trauma Among Young Children Who Underwent Head Computed Tomography in Japan (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - An Intervention to Decrease Narcotic-Related Adverse Drug Events in Children's Hospitals (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - The Thorny Nature of Predictive Validity Studies on Screening Tests for Developmental-Behavioral Problems - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Effect of Antibiotic Pretreatment on Cerebrospinal Fluid Profiles of Children With Bacterial Meningitis - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Prophylactic Phenobarbital Administration After Resolution of Neonatal Seizures: Survey of Current Practice - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Outcomes of Safety and Effectiveness in a Multicenter Randomized, Controlled Trial of Whole-Body Hypothermia for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ?October 1, 2008 - Cardiovascular Risk Screening Before Starting Stimulant Medications and Prescribing Practices of Canadian Physicians: Impact of the Health Canada Advisory (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - A National Agenda for America's Children and Adolescents in 2008: Recommendations From the 15th Annual Public Policy Plenary Symposium, Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, May 3, 2008 - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Retrospective Evaluation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry Adaptation to Prevent Prescribing Errors in a Pediatric Emergency Department - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Child Care and Changing Provider Practices: Lessons Learned From a Demonstration Project - journal article (Pediatrics)

?October 1, 2008 - Mental Health & Well-Being Task Force issues report - Stanford News Service

?October 1, 2008 - AIDS 2008: Care in the Developing World CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

?October 1, 2008 - SAIC Awarded $19 Million Contract from the National Institutes of Health - SAIC via News Blaze

?October 1, 2008 - Maraviroc: Phase III Studies Published - Maraviroc, a CCR5 antagonist, is effective against R5-tropic HIV. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

* ?October 2008 - Serum levels of P-selectin in men with high-functioning autism - journal article (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

?October 2008 - The WHO Bulletin (pdf) - WHO 60th anniversary commemorative volume; Adapting to changing times; Home visits help babies survive; Paying more attention to adolescents; Poisoning by cough syrup; International recruitment of health workers; Surgical treatment of morbid obesity; Technology changes the answers; Turning over a new leaf; Estimating the global extent of human herpesvirus 2 infections; Poverty reduction stalled - WHO

?October 2008 - Biotech's Hidden Stepsister (requires registration) - The medical device industry, which grew as quickly as a teenager, now has some serious growing pains. - The Scientist

?September/October 2008 - Antipsychotic-induced hyponatremia: case report and literature review. - journal article (American Journal of Therapeutics)

* ?September 30, 2008 - AstraZeneca paid up to 20 million yen to experts who endorsed drug linked to 700 deaths - The Mainichi Daily News, Japan

?September 30, 2008 - Detecting Brain Chemicals - A new device could help with deep brain stimulation. - Technology Review

?September 30, 2008 - GlaxoSmithKline to cut 850 jobs - Charlotte Observer

?September 30, 2008 - Study finds young children can develop full-blown OCD - Similar OCD symptoms, characteristics seen in both younger and older children - Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment via EurekAlert! via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

?September 30, 2008 - Is vitamin D deficiency casting a cloud over your health? - Women to Women

?September 30, 2008 - Most Cancer Patients Eating Wrong - Hot Dogs Promote Cancer; Vitamins Prevent Cancer - press release - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

?September 29, 2008 - Disparity of disease - In America's inner cities and rural areas, forgotten people suffer from forgotten ailments tied to poverty - op-ed (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

?September 29, 2008 - 200,000 Afghan children miss on polio vaccination: UN - AFP via Khaleej Times

?September 26, 2008 - AWWA marks 100th anniversary of chlorine disinfection - ThomasNet

?September 26, 2008 - NC schools suspend hundreds over booster shots - AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

?September 26, 2008 - Cancer vaccine is not about morality - letter - Calgary Herald via

* ?September 25, 2008 - More Americans than ever urged to get flu shots - Planet Chiropractic

?September 25, 2008 - Duke NCRC researchers studying - Salisbury Post - "Researchers for Duke University's MURDOCK Study want to understand why 50 percent of people treated for Hepatitis C never get better."

?September 25, 2008 - EnWave Announces Additional Positive Shelf-Life Results from Vaccine Dehydration Testing - Baystreet Newswire

?September 24, 2008 - Immunization deadline extended for Carteret County schools -

* ?September 24, 2008 - GM horse flu vaccine risk negligible in NZ, says report - Horsetalk, New Zealand

?CDC Health-e-Cards - Send an electronic greeting card to friends, family, co-workers! - CDC

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