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All the News Posted February 13-15, 2007

Posted February 15, 2007


►February 19, 2007 - How can we best 'vaccinate' children against STDs? - Healthy lifestyles beat condoms, vaccines in providing protection - Canada Western Catholic Reporter

* ►February 15, 2007 - Anti-mandate bill may leave out private school students - AP via Dallas Morning News - "Girls attending private schools could still be required to get anti-cancer vaccinations mandated by Gov. Rick Perry if the leading bills aimed at blocking his order make it through the Legislature."

* ►February 15, 2007 - HPV vaccine's cost turning into key issue - State medical association cites potential toll on doctors' finances in opposing order - Houston Chronicle - "However, some doctors are charging much more than the $360 cost for the three-shot regime of Merck's Gardasil vaccine. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas surveyed private physicians and found costs between $500 and $900."

►February 15, 2007 - Standing in a vaccine's path - The Daily Times via

►February 15, 2007 - Debate over vaccine just stupid - column - Georgetown News Graphic

* ►February 15, 2007 - Texas HPV mandate not quite compelling (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

* ►February 15, 2007 - Profs zero in on immunity - Georgia Straight

►February 15, 2007 - Merck Settles IRS Dispute for $2.3 Billion - SeekingAlpha

* ►February 15, 2007 - PCT's accused of flu jab failure - The Advertiser - "The NFU says that poultry workers cannot be forced to have the jab, but it is urging its members to bring the immunisation programme to workers who are affected. Doctors leaders have also expressed concern at the lack of progress being made in immunising poultry workers."

►February 15, 2007 - Merck Will Help Expand Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment In Least Developed Countries - China CSR

►February 15, 2007 - Filter may offer hope to HIV victims - Sydney Morning Herald - "A filter that could one day strip HIV from blood or bird flu from the air has been unveiled by Australian scientists."

►February 15, 2007 - UN report marks children's wellbeing in NZ as bleak - Radio New Zealand

►February 15, 2007 - Egyptian woman tests positive for bird flu: WHO - Peninsula On-line, Qatar

* ►February 15, 2007 - Flu Spray Most Effective for Children, Study Finds (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "But the study and the editorial contained an important caution: Among children younger than 1 year, there were slightly more hospitalizations and episodes of wheezing in the FluMist group. As a result, Medimmune said it was seeking F.D.A. approval only for use in children 1 year or older with no history of asthma or wheezing...Dr. Paul A. Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia with no connection to the study, said that in balancing the threat of asthma and flu against each other, 'I’d warn people that it was a risk, but I’d recommend the vaccine.'"

* ►February 14, 2007 - U.S. children are not well - the whole child

* ►February 14, 2007 - More Zyprexa Postcards From the Edge - OpEdNews - "If the disclosure of these documents prevents even one person from taking Zyprexa without knowing about the health risks involved, the ends will justify the means, and Mr Gottstein and Dr Egilman should be declared saints. But the truth is that they probably will have saved many lives, because on February 13, 2007, FDA scientist Dr David Graham, the guy brave enough to blow the whistle on Merck and Vioxx, testified at a US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing and said the off-label use of antipsychotics like Zyprexa to sedate nursing home residents kills roughly 15,000 people a year."

* ►February 14, 2007 - FDA Blows Zyprexa Whistle - Tehachapi News

* ►February 14, 2007 - Judge Rules Drug Documents Must Be Returned to Eli Lilly (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►February 14, 2007 - Eli Lilly and Company Statement: Judge Grants Lilly's Request for a Permanent Injunction Involving Misleading Selection of Illegally Leaked Lilly Documents - Eli Lilly and Company via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

* ►February 14, 2007 - Prescription Drugs, Non-Prescription Drugs, and The FDA -

* ►February 14, 2007 - Legislation to End Immunity for Drug Makers - - "Under the current laws, Michigan citizens can't sue drug companies if a drug injures or kills someone. State Representative Mike Simpson says these bills are long overdue."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Drug lawsuit bills advance in state House - AP via

* ►February 14, 2007 - Data shows 13 percent of Oregon students in special ed programs - AP via

* ►February 14, 2007 - Ped Med: Autism myths abound - United Press International

* ►February 14, 2007 - Parents work to bring autism center to Mountain Empire - Smyth County News - "When he was around 15 months old, Dawn Garrick’s son received vaccinations, and the Marion resident watched him lose what language skills he had and develop other autism symptoms. The specialist he sees in Richmond, Dr. Mary Megson, who Garrick said left her pediatric practice to pursue autism research, strongly believes there is a thimerosol link."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Bills target New Jersey's high autism prevalence - AP via Newsday

* ►February 14, 2007 - Autism increase not a surprise - UPI via - "We have seen the rates of autism increase dramatically over the last seven years, says Dr. John Somers of the University of Indianapolis. Schools are reeling today to accommodate the needs of the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism.The rise in autism cases puts intense pressure on schools to meet the needs of autistic children, according to Somers."

►February 14, 2007 - Autism Expert Creates Innovative Intervention Program - Utah State University via Newswise

►February 14, 2007 - RotaTeq Rotavirus Vaccine and Intussusception -

* ►February 14, 2007 - Call for Further Study on Meningococcal Vaccine - Australian Medical Association via Doctor's Guide

* ►February 14, 2007 - Harrison County Man Opposes Mercury In Kids' Vaccines - The medical community denies any link between vaccines and autism. - - "Jamie Bailey's 5-year-old son Cameron was diagnosed with autism years ago. 'He's what I do now. He's what I live for. He's what I do. I work for him,' Bailey said. 'He got a fever after he took his vaccine. It lasted nearly 24 hours. When it went away, he stopped talking. The autistic characteristics started showing up.'"

* ►February 14, 2007 - ‘Attack Rate’ of Flu In Young Kids is 55% Lower with Nasal Spray Vaccine - Saint Louis University Medical Center via Newswise

* ►February 14, 2007 - Study Published in The New England Journal of Medicine: 55 Percent Fewer Cases of Flu in Young Children Vaccinated With FluMist(R) Vs. Flu Shot - Large Head-to-Head Study Results Reinforce Ability of FluMist to Help Protect Against Matched and Drifted Strains - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►February 14, 2007 - Bird Flu Outbreak in UK Brings News Pandemic, Not Human One - Bloomberg - "Ilaria Capua, a virologist, and other health experts say the alarmist headlines on bird flu killing turkeys in the U.K. last week was just a lot of gobble."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Battle of blame continues in Britain over bird flu - As investigations into the cause of the outbreak of bird flu in Britain continue, British scientists say they have found that the strains of H5N1 bird flu in England and Hungary are "essentially identical". -

* ►February 14, 2007 - Bio-Warfare Expert Warns Of Bird Flu Misinformation - openPR

►February 14, 2007 - Can Humans Develop Immunity to Bird Flu? - A Leading Researcher Reverses Course and Now Says It's Possible - ABC News

►February 14, 2007 - Bird flu showdown at farm - The Sun, UK

►February 14, 2007 - Avian influenza preparedness, mitigation, and response: Appeal no. MDR00018 Programme Update no. 3 - Focus on Europe and Central Asia - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via ReliefWeb

►February 14, 2007 - Experts fear bird flu's spread in Asia - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►February 14, 2007 - We're still not ready - We learned hard lessons with SARS, but the health system and individuals in Ontario are far from prepared for the next outbreak - Ottawa Citizen via

►February 14, 2007 - WHO calls for more international efforts to combat bird flu - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►February 14, 2007 - Health officials urging flu shots - Minnesota Public Radio

* ►February 14, 2007 - Father Shocked By Daughter's Sudden Death - Father: How Can Common Flu Kill? - - "This time, Motrin and Tylenol didn't work, so Anna was taken to two Lincoln hospitals on Thursday. Doctors told the Dos that Anna was dehydrated. A medical helicopter flew Anna to Omaha Children's Hospital on Friday. By Saturday, she wasn't breathing on her own and had water in her lungs. 'I feel it happen too fast,' Do said."

* ►February 14, 2007 - New study may show how to forestall a fatal, virus-caused immune-system meltdown -

* ►February 14, 2007 - Flu Keeps Oklahoma Kids Home - - "Pediatrician Donna Krutka says this strain of influenza is resistant to almost anything but Tamiflu, and is even attacking some who've gotten the flu shot. Doctor Krutka says in many cases, the flu shot isn't preventing the flu at all, it just makes symptoms, like fever, cough, aches and pains, less severe."

►February 14, 2007 - `Flu virus confirmed in region, Not too late to get immunized - Fort Frances Times

►February 14, 2007 - State officials recommend flu shots for children - Journal Times Online

►February 14, 2007 - Elderly urged to get jab - Crewe Chronicle via icCheshireOnline

►February 14, 2007 - Flu Reaches Epidemic Level In Some Ukraine Provinces - Playfuls

* ►February 14, 2007 - Rep. Bryan Hughes files legislation removing HPV vaccine mandate - East Texas Review - "Today, Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) filed HB 1215 which prevents the vaccine from being made mandatory, and he has prepared a rider to the state budget to prevent any funding from going toward a mandatory HPV vaccination. In addition to those pieces of legislation, Rep. Hughes joined a broad coalition of legislators in signing a letter to the Governor asking him to rescind his Executive Order."

* ►February 14, 2007 - HPV Vaccine: Safe as Tylenol? Are You Sure? - Lone Star Times - "Now that the media attention to the great governor of Texas’ executive order to inject little girls with who knows what has died down, a Houston area legislator thinks it is necessary to inject them a year earlier."

* ►February 14, 2007 - HPV Order : Understanding the blowback on Perry - East Texas Review

* ►February 14, 2007 - Hearing Set On Bill Blocking HPV Vaccine Requirement - - "Supporters and opponents of Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine mandate will get a chance to testify before lawmakers next week. A Monday hearing is scheduled on a bill meant to block the requirement from taking effect."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Hearing on anti-mandate bill set for Monday - AP via Dallas Morning News - "Supporters and opponents of Gov. Rick Perry's anti-cancer vaccine mandate will get a chance to testify before lawmakers at a Monday hearing on a bill meant to block the requirement from taking effect. The bill by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, a Republican from Angleton, would bar the state from requiring schoolgirls to be inoculated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV."

►February 14, 2007 - Merck Cancer Vaccine's Cost Is Delaying UK Funding (Update4) - Bloomberg

►February 14, 2007 - Anti-cancer shot anxieties - Washington Times

►February 14, 2007 - Vaccine for young women can help prevent cervical cancer - Clark Fork Chronicle

►February 14, 2007 - HPV Vaccine Proposals In Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, and Washington - E Canada Now

►February 14, 2007 - Legislation calls for cheaper biotech drugs - USA Today

* ►February 14, 2007 - US, Britain rank near bottom in UN child survey - AP via - "The U-S came in last for health and safety, which included factors such as infant mortality, immunizations and deaths from accidents and injuries."

►February 14, 2007 - Moxico: Vaccination Campaign To Cover 100000 People In Alto Zambeze - AngolaPress

►February 14, 2007 - Polio drive gains energy from sun - Express News Service via Lucknow Newsline via

* ►February 14, 2007 - ‘Those creating hurdles in polio drive will not be spared’ - Express News Service via Lucknow Newsline via - "District Magistrate RN Tripathi on Tuesday informed that the administration will now deal strictly with those trying to create hurdles in the way of Pulse Polio drive. FIRs would also be lodged against those poisoning public mind against the drive, whenever necessary, he added."

►February 14, 2007 - Taiwan's first case of German measles this year reported - CNA via China Post

►February 14, 2007 - Insecurity may 'weaken' immunity - Feeling insecure in a relationship may take its toll on the immune system, Italian research suggests. - BBC

►February 14, 2007 - Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic Join Forces to Develop Cancer Vaccine - press release - Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University via PRNewswire

* ►February 14, 2007 - Inovio Biomedical Announces Needle-Free Electroporation Patent - press release - Inovio Biomedical Corp. via Business Wire

►February 14, 2007 - Acambis partners Sanofi on encephalitis vaccine - Acambis has entered into a licensing agreement with Sanofi Pasteur regarding its single dose vaccine ChimeriVax-JE against Japanese encephalitis for up to E30 million in payments. - Pharmaceutical Business Review

►February 14, 2007 - One-Two Punch for Shingles - ABC 7  Chicago

►February 14, 2007 - Body Shop founder Anita Roddick has Hepatitis C - Reuters via Scotsman

►February 14, 2007 - Got your whooping cough vaccine yet? - The pertussis booster shot is among several new vaccines for adults. - Savannah Morning News

►February 14, 2007 - Study Focuses on Chronic Fatigue - AP via Frankfort Times

►February 14, 2007 - New UN-Backed Voluntary Programme Seeks to Curb Toxic Mercury Pollution - News Blaze

►February 14, 2007 - New University Research Reveals Startlingly High Mercury Concentrations Near Northern Nevada Gold Mines -

►February 14, 2007 - AIDS expert to give keynote at HIV/AIDS conference - Man has fought HIV/AIDS since beginning - The Desert Sun

►February 14, 2007 - Scientists Discover Weakness in HIV Virus - Protein discovery could be the key to an HIV vaccine. - Red Herring

►February 14, 2007 - First Large-Scale HIV Vaccine Trial in South Africa Opens - International partnership is model needed to defeat AIDS, U.S. official says - Washington File via

►February 14, 2007 - AIDS Healthcare Foundation to Petition FDA to Stop Pfizer Pursuit of OTC Approval for Viagra - On Heels of Its Lawsuit Against Pfizer Over Irresponsible Marketing of Viagra, US' Largest AIDS Healthcare, Prevention and Education Provider Will Ask FDA to Prevent Over-the Counter Sales of the Blockbuster Erectile Dysfunction Drug - press release - AIDS Healthcare Foundation via PRNewswire

►February 14, 2007 - An innocent victim of rabies scare - Staten Island Advance via

►February 14, 2007 - Study of diabetes and race reveals the imperfect science of defining ethnic groups - Biologists are swayed by social makeup and history - University of California, Irvine

►February 14, 2007 - Study shows liver an excellent target for cancer gene therapy using viral vectors - University of California - San Diego via
►February 14, 2007 - NIH funds innovative alzheimer’s research initiated at UCSB - University of California - Santa Barbara via
►February 14, 2007 - Studies identify DNA regions linked to nicotine dependence - Understanding genetic factors could contribute to better smoking-cessation therapies - Washington University School of Medicine via
►February 14, 207 - First antisense drug provides benefit to subset of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via
►February 13, 2007 - Stanford to research worldwide tuberculosis - Palo Alto Online
►February 13, 2007 - WHO Awards Prequalification Status to GSK Rotavirus Vaccine -

►February 13, 2007 - Faulty software puts child health at risk - The Times, UK - "The health of children is at risk because an NHS computer system wrecked 20 years of accurate immunisation records."

* ►February 13, 2007 - States, France Take Actions on HPV Vaccination -

* ►February 13, 2007 - Texas Executive Order Mandating HPV Vaccine Dead On Arrival! - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "We are gratified that Texas Governor Rick Perry's Executive Order mandating HPV Vaccine Carries NO Force of Law! It's dead on arrival. The order, issued on Friday before Super Bowl, mandating all six grade girls to be vaccinated with Merck's HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is rescinded. Critics--including AHRP--recognized that 'Perry's end run around the news cycle and the Legislature is less about women's health than it is about lobby dollars and commissions.'"

* ►February 13, 2007 - Fight Begins Over HPV Vaccine Order - - "Yet, Shapleigh believes the governor doesn't even have the power to issue this type of order for a vaccine. 'Executive authority reflects emergency situations, in other words if you had a riot, a hurricane, if you had a civil disorder and the governor has powers in Texas to address those issues,' Shapleigh said."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Parents on both sides express their opinions - Star Telegram via

* ►February 13, 2007 - A personal plea for HPV vaccine plan - Houston Chronicle - "When Jacqueline Golson hears criticism that Texas is moving too fast to require that middle-school girls be vaccinated against cervical cancer, she recalls the surgeries and radiation that ravaged her body."

►February 13, 2007 - Parents React to HPV Vaccine Bill - Lawmakers Consider Bill Aimed At Preventing Cervical Cancer, Schwarzenegger Undecided -

►February 13, 2007 - Education should accompany vaccine - letter - Independent Florida Alligator

►February 13, 2007 - Vaccine won't encourage sexual activity - letter - Independent Florida Alligator

►February 13, 2007 - Sincerely Disappointed - letter - The Bandera Bulletin - "I simply cannot believe the Governor's office has once again made an executive decision that goes so much against the beliefs and ideals that are so much a part of the Republican party. Of course, I am referring to the Vaccine order."

►February 13, 2007 - Number of kids with autism growing quickly - Kalamazoo Gazette via

►February 13, 2007 - Autism bills take lead on policy, funding - The Record via North Jersey Media Group - "A historic package of bills heading for the Legislature would propel New Jersey to the forefront of the autism crisis by adding millions of dollars for research and a slew of services lasting a lifetime."

►February 13, 2007 - Autism rates driving policy - Baltimore Examiner

►February 13, 2007 - Those with celiac await gluten-free food labels - Jackson Clarion-Ledger

* ►February 13, 2007 - USA Today reporter misleads readers by not investigating both sides of a story - American Chronicle - "Anita Manning’s front page story in the USA Today newspaper from Feb. 9th 2007, Autism estimates increase sharply. Has some very inaccurate and misleading information. Claiming that the mercury compound Thimerosal was removed from all vaccines 6 years ago is just not true. Thimerosal is still in 80% of the Flu vaccines used and although reduced, is still in some of the childhood required vaccines of today."

►February 13, 2007 - Hagel Re-Introduces Autism Resolution - Southwest Nebraska News

►February 13, 2007 - Autism detectives Staff members at Croyden Avenue School look for best ways to help autistic students - Kalamazoo Gazette via

►February 13, 2007 - Daily Dose: Cases Of Flu Rising In Tri-State; Flu Shots Protect From Bird Flu -

►February 13, 2007 - Polio drive: Rain keeps kids away - Hindustan Times

►February 13, 2007 - Nation’s Longest Living Polio Survivor in Iron Lung Celebrates Milestone - Dianne Odell Turns 60; Has Spent Last 57 Years in Iron Lung - press release - West Tennessee Healthcare via Business Wire

►February 13, 2007 - SIGA Begins Second Human Safety Trial of Its Lead Smallpox Drug - Business Wire via Genetic Engineering News

►February 13, 2007 - Transgene Initiates A Phase I Trial of its Therapeutic Vaccine Candidate TG4040 for Patients Chronically Infected With the Hepatitis C Virus (requires registration for full article) - Transgene S.A. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Therapeutics Daily

►February 13, 2007 - General Physics Corporation to Conduct Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercises for the North Dakota Department of Health - Business Wire via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►February 13, 2007 - Hungary's Chief Vet Rules Out British Bird Flu Link - Playfuls

►February 13, 2007 - Medical pot cuts pain, study finds - First rigorous research looked at HIV patients - San Francisco Chronicle

►February 13, 2007 - UNAIDS lauds Thailand for ensuring wide HIV drug access - Thai News Agency MCOT

►February 13, 2007 - President’s AIDS cure raising more questions than answers - Africa News

* ►February 13, 2007 - HIV sceptics' claims out of date, court told - The Australian

►February 13, 2007 - More kids unvaccinated - Ark. parents giving philosophical reasons - Memphis Commercial Appeal

* ►February 12, 2007 - Seeds of autism may be in environmental toxins -

►February 12, 2007 - New Hope for Children With Autism - WPVI ABC6

►February 12, 2007 - Simple Planning Tools Can Help in Early Days of Pandemic - U.S. agency creates pandemic severity index resembling hurricane categories - NewsBlaze

►February 12, 2007 - US$1.5 billion scheme creates market for vaccines -

►February 12, 2007 - FDA Announces Label and Indication Changes for the Antibiotic Ketek

►February 12, 2007 - Nigerian polio cases spike in '06 - Reuters

►February 12, 2007 - Hepatitis E common in Spanish pigs - Pig Progress

►February 12, 2007 - Hillsboro: Officials to stress safety during mercury move - Bridgewater Courier News

►February 11, 2007 - Personalized Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Initiated in HIV Patients with Argos Therapeutics’ AGS-004 - dBusinessNews

►February 11, 2007 - Male circumcision a tool in HIV/AIDS fight: study - CTV

►February 8, 2007 - Case-Control Study of Vaccination History in Relation to Pertussis Risk During an Outbreak Among School Students (requires registration) -  The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal via Medscape Pediatrics

* ►February 8, 2007 - Approval of Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program Implementation Plan -

* ►February 7, 2007 - Pakistan: Fighting disinformation in polio campaign - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►February 7, 2007 - Polio vaccination to re-start country wide - Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

►February 7, 2007 - Is There an Autism Epidemic? (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►February 6, 2007 - Exposures to Environmental Toxicants and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in U.S. Children (requires registration) - Environmental Health Perspectives via Medscape Pediatrics

►February 6, 2007 - ADD and Stimulant Use: An Epidemic of Modernity (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►February 6, 2007 - The Vaccine Dilemma - Raggedy Ann, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the ethics of vaccine policy. What's the connection? - the whole child

►February 2, 2007 - Two Doses of Flu Vaccine More Effective Than One in Healthy 6- to 21-Month-Old Children (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics


Posted February 14, 2007


* ►February 14, 2007 - Vaccine linked to twisted intestines in infants - AP via Cleveland Plain Dealer - "The government warned Tuesday of potentially life-threatening twisting of the intestines in infants vaccinated against a virus that is the leading cause of early childhood diarrhea.  The condition, called intussusception, is the same that led to the withdrawal of the first rotavirus vaccine eight years ago."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Call for further study on meningococcal vaccine - Research Australia via - "In a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Dr Patel argues that although the vaccine is an important part of controlling meningococcal infections, its impact on the body's natural bacterial balance has not been adequately studied. He identifies examples where the vaccines against two other bacterial infections – pneumococci and Haemophilus influenzae type b – were followed by an increase in the bacterial strains not covered by the vaccine. 'It's not unlikely that this may occur with the meningococcal vaccines, so the more we know about the broader role of the meningococcus bacteria in the throat, the better,' Dr Patel said."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Vaccination-financing plan eyes Japan involvement - The Japan Times - "Using proceeds from bond sales, IFFIm carries out immunization programs via the GAVI Alliance, a Geneva-based public-private body dedicated to increasing children's access to vaccines against diseases. This year, some of the $ 50 million to $100 million worth of bonds IFFIm intends to float may be issued in Japan."

* ►February 14, 2007 - Eli Lilly Loses Effort to Censor Zyprexa Documents Off the Internet - Judge Rescinds Injunction Against Wiki, Other Websites - Kansas City infoZine

* ►February 14, 2007 - Firms accused of bribing Saddam to be investigated by fraud office - British companies named in United Nations report - Kickbacks 'enabled Iraqi leader to amass $1.8bn' - The Guardian, UK - "The firms being targeted include the drug giants GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly."

►February 14, 2007 - School vouchers, HPV vaccine - Comments from readers - letters - Austin American Statesman

* ►February 14, 2007 - Forget bird flu: mad publicity disease is much more scary - Despite the hysteria, the mass cull in Suffolk had nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with industry interests - The Guardian, UK

* ►February 13, 2007 - FDA Warns Of Twisted Intestines In Babies - - "Dr. Paul Offit, the vaccine's inventor and chief of infectious diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said only seeing 28 cases of Intussusception is encouraging. He said he feels if there were anything wrong with the vaccine, officials would be seeing 500 cases. The FDA said it wants to encourage the reporting of any additional cases of intestinal twisting or blockage to see if there is any relationship between Intussusception and the three-shot vaccine series."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Warning on diarrhea vaccine for infants - Twisting of intestines reported after babies received rotavirus shots - AP via MSNBC - "'It looks like this is the natural background rate that we are seeing,' said Dr. Michelle Goveia, medical director for pediatric medical affairs at the vaccine’s manufacturer, Merck & Co. Inc. Goveia suggested heightened concerns about the previous vaccine, made by Wyeth, prompted the FDA to act."

* ►February 13, 2007 - FDA says serious bowel problem with Merck vaccine - Reuters via Scientific American

* ►February 13, 2007 - Information on RotaTeq Vaccine and Intussusception - Doctor's Guide - "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers and consumers about 28 post-marketing reports of intussusception following administration of Rotavirus, Live, Oral, Pentavalent vaccine (trade name RotaTeq), manufactured by Merck and Co., Inc...Because vaccine adverse events are not always reported to FDA, there may be additional cases of intussusception following vaccination of which we are unaware of at this time."

* ►February 13, 2007 - WHO backs Glaxo's Rotarix for mass vaccination - Reuters - "GlaxoSmithKline Plc's vaccine Rotarix, designed to prevent gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus in children, has been endorsed as suitable for use by U.N. agencies by the World Health Organisation."

* ►February 13, 2007 - WHO Awards Prequalification Status to GSK Rotavirus Vaccine - Rotarix™ is the first Rotavirus Vaccine to obtain the prequalification status by WHO - GlaxoSmithKline via PharmaLive via

* ►February 13, 2007 - FDA Notes Baby Vaccine Bowel Problems - Serious Bowel Problems Reported in 28 U.S. Babies After Getting RotaTeq Vaccine - WebMD

* ►February 13, 2007 - Should HPV vaccines be mandatory? (video) - TODAY show via MSNBC - TODAY host Meredith Vieira talks with NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Texas state Rep. Jessica Farrar and Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center about mandated HPV vaccines in Texas."

"This is about requiring 11-year old girls to get a vaccine that has not been proven safe for girls entering puberty. Merck only studied the vaccine in a few hundred 11 year old girls and followed them up for less than two years. And before we add one more vaccine to the more than 40 doses of vaccines we ask our kids to get before they can attend school, we need to find out why so many of our highly vaccinated children are sick - one in 150 autistic, 1 in 6 learning delayed...We cannot be conducting a vaccine experiment on our little girls. This is not the way to cure cervical cancer. We have to do better science." - Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC President, "Today Show"

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: Yesterday, I appeared on NBC's "The Today Show," where I debated NBC resident doctor Nancy Snyderman, M.D. and Texas legislator Jessica Farrar, who introduced a bill in Texas to require sixth grade girls to get HPV vaccine. This debate was a follow-up to the Feb. 5 debate between Rep. Farrar and PROVE president Dawn Richardson, which generated so much email and letters to NBC that they decided to follow-up. This was my fourth debate with physicians on the "Today Show" in the past 15 years, the last one being a decade ago with Johns Hopkin's Neal Halsey, M.D.

NBC was the network which broke the story, in 1982, about vaccine risks. Lea Thompson, a mother and consumer reporter for the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., produced an Emmy award winning documentary "DPT: Vaccine Roulette." That show served as the foundation for the vaccine safety and informed consent movement, which parents launched with the founding of a parent-led organization now known as the National Vaccine Information Center. The medical literature NBC reporter Thompson used to document DPT vaccine risks served as my foundation for co-authoring the book DPT: A Shot in the Dark published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1985. NBC deserves credit for allowing live debates to take place about vaccine safety over the years so the public can be better informed about the subject of vaccination.

After the "Today Show" ended yesterday and before I flew back to Washington, D.C., I ran into Merck's Rotateq vaccine co-patent holder, Paul Offit, M.D. in the lobby of another studio. I wonder if he knew that, by the end of the day, the FDA would issue a warning to parents to be on the lookout for their babies bowels collapsing after getting injected with the diarrhea vaccine he and other interested parties persuaded the CDC to recommend for use by all babies.

The FDA is asking doctors and parents to report cases of bowel blockage (intussusception) that babies suffer after getting Rotateq to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System(VAERS). The FDA should also be asking doctors and parents to report all serious health problems after little girls get injected with Merck's HPV Vaccine, GARDASIL.

* ►February 13, 2007 - Judge halts disclosure of Eli Lilly documents used in Times story - International Herald Tribune - "A U.S. judge has stopped further disclosure of confidential documents that became the basis for a series of critical stories in The New York Times last year about the antipyschotic drug Zyprexa."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Judge says Internet documents fall outside injunctions' reach (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "A federal judge in New York gave websites a partial victory by acknowledging today that when documents are published on the Internet they take on a life of their own, an existence that cannot be reversed by a court."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Eli Lilly Zyprexa Papers Must Be Returned, Judge Says (Update1) - Bloomberg

* ►February 13, 2007 - FDA handling of Lilly drug needs probe: scientist - Reuters via ABC News - "U.S. lawmakers should investigate the Food and Drug Administration's handling of side effects linked to Eli Lilly and Co.'s antipsychotic medication, Zyprexa, an agency whistle-blower said on Tuesday. FDA scientist Dr. David Graham told a congressional hearing the drugmaker and the agency knew 'for a long time' about the risk of weight gain from Zyprexa that could trigger diabetes."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Vioxx whistle-blower weighs in on demoted antibiotic Ketek - USA Today - "More than two years after David Graham told a Senate panel that the Food and Drug Administration was 'incapable of protecting America against another Vioxx,' the FDA scientist was back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to tell a House panel that 'nothing has really changed.'"

* ►February 13, 2007 - AstraZeneca Faces 10000 Lawsuits Over Seroquel Drug (Update2) - Bloomberg - "Patients claim in their complaints that AstraZeneca didn't adequately warn of possible side effects, including severe weight gain and risk of diabetes. Many of the suits contend the London- based company and its affiliates promoted the drug for unapproved uses, contrary to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Trail of Paxil Suicides Leads To GlaxoSmithKline - Best Syndication

* ►February 13, 2007 - Analysis: Critics blast FDA culture - UPI via ScienceDaily - "'FDA approved Ketek despite knowing that it could kill people,' David Ross, a former FDA drug safety reviewer, told an Energy and Commerce investigative subcommittee. 'FDA managers were so bent on approving Ketek that they suppressed evidence of fraud and pressured reviewers, including myself, to change their reviews, said Ross, who was a team leader for Ketek's review at the agency."

►February 13, 2007 - Update 2-US FDA reviewers urge action to fix drug safety - Reuters

►February 13, 2007 - How can any parent not want their daughters protected against cancer? - letter - The Citizen

►February 13, 2007 - Controversial HPV vaccine in short supply in Louisville -

* ►February 13, 2007 - HPV vaccine for girls promoted in Maine - Bangor Daily News - "Marrache’s proposal sidesteps the controversy by focusing on education and funding, leaving it up to families to decide whether their daughters should be vaccinated."

►February 13, 2007 - Legislators debate mandatory cervical cancer vaccination - - "The Minnesota Health Department already recommends that girls get the vaccine from their health care providers. Supporters include DFL Rep. Erin Murphy, a nurse from St. Paul."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Panel OKs cancer ed bill but not vaccination - Deseret News - "But Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah branch of the Eagle Forum, questioned the effectiveness of teaching people about the vaccine. Ruzicka said that she believes the vaccine hasn't been fully tested for its effectiveness and that abstinence should be taught as the only fail-safe way to prevent disease and pregnancy. 'I think there are so many unanswered questions that have to do with this vaccination,' Ruzicka said. 'Will it appear that this state is promoting a vaccination that is still untested and still has problems?'"

* ►February 13, 2007 - Parents reminded to get kids immunized by Feb. 21 - Bend Weekly - "Public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services are encouraging parents to be sure their children's shots are up to date so they won't be sent home from school."

* ►February 13, 2007 - City looks for 1847 students - Agencies want pupils barred for lack of immunizations back in school (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

* ►February 13, 2007 - Citywide Outreach Effort Targets Unvaccinated Youth - - "The Baltimore City Health Department is coordinating a citywide outreach effort to contact the parents or guardians of children who are not up to date with new immunization requirements. These requirements cover the hepatitis B and chickenpox vaccine for grades 5 through 9."

►February 13, 2007 - Colorado at National Average for Prevalence of Autism -

* ►February 13, 2007 - Lugar Introduces Bill to Accelerate Vaccine Development - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican leader Dick Lugar today introduced the "Vaccines for the Future Act of 2007," a bill to accelerate the development of vaccines for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases that disproportionately affect populations in developing countries. Lugar's bill would require the Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to speed the development, testing and distribution of life-saving vaccines through innovative financial incentives and would authorize funding for a pneumonia vaccine pilot program. Experts are hopeful that this initiative could accelerate by a decade the widespread use of a pneumococcal vaccine specific to the developing world and could prevent the deaths of an estimated 5.4 million children by 2030. - press release - Media Newswire

* ►February 13, 2007 - Firefighter, Child Die Of Flu Complications - - "An 8-year-old from the Duluth area and a 44-year-old Minneapolis firefighter have become the fourth and fifth people in Minnesota to die as a result of the flu this season...Ehresmann said the child died Monday night. The name or gender of the child has not been released. Ehresmann said the child had gotten a flu shot but had underlying 'health complications.'"

►February 13, 2007 - Britain's bird flu similar to Hungary's - AP via BusinessWeek

►February 13, 2007 - Don't spread panic about bird flu, WHO urges media - Reuters via Scientific American

* ►February 13, 2007 - Flu Shot Might Also Offer Some Protection Against H5N1 - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via Newswise

►February 13, 2007 - Vital Signs Exercise: Working Out May Help Flu Vaccine Do Its Job (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 13, 2007 - Baylor Student Hospitalized With Meningococcal Meningitis (includes video) - - "The university says the treatment is recommended even if students who had close contact with Wallace have had the meningitis vaccine."

►February 13, 2007 - Another college student in Texas diagnosed with meningitis - Houston Chronicle - "Baylor University is urging preventive measures for students who have been in close contact with a freshman hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis."

►February 13, 2007 - Deadly virus hits Prairie View A&M campus - KTRK ABC 13 - "Two students from Prairie View A&M in Waller County are hospitalized with bacterial meningitis."

►February 13, 2007 - Meningitis vaccines available to students - University of Central Oklahoma Vista

►February 13, 2007 - Whitehall woman died of bacterial meningitis - Ludington Daily News

►February 13, 2007 - MOH: More than 4.6 mln epidemic cases reported last year - Xinhua via China View

* ►February 13, 2007 - Among Chinese, Fear and Prejudice About Hepatitis B (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Many Chinese were infected by needles that were reused during mass vaccination programs for tuberculosis, tetanus and encephalitis from the 1970s to the 1990s."

►February 13, 2007 - ‘One million children un-immunised last year’ - The Tide

►February 13, 2007 - Local cases of whooping cough drop in ’06 - Logan Herald Journal

►February 13, 2007 - Limits on antibiotics go back to Congress - Health - Doctors say overuse of the drugs in animal feed can lead to dangerous "superbugs" - The Oregonian via

►February 13, 2007 - Vietnam's most advanced vaccine plant put into operation - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►February 13, 2007 - Novartis sues India over drug patents; seeks to block generic manufacturing by third world nations -

►February 13, 2007 - Study finds drug companies deliberately use misleading marketing messages -

►February 13, 2007 - Measles outbreak in Jahra - Kuwait Times

►February 13, 2007 - Letter to Conservationist Magazine on Mercury Myths - American Council on Science and Health

►February 13, 2007 - New mercury emissions for Rawhide - Fort Collins’ utility targeted for immediate cleanup - Fort Collins Weekly

►February 13, 2007 - Rep. Wasserman Introduces Legislation Guiding Antiques Containing Mercury - Antiques and the Arts Online

►February 13, 2007 - Aids vaccine is not a cure-all - editorial - Pretoria News

►February 13, 2007 - Harvard team creates spray drying technique for TB vaccine - SpiritIndia

►February 13, 2007 - Genmab Announces Year End 2006 Financial Results - Genmab A/S via PRNewswire via

►February 13, 2007 - Small Study Links Dementia, Vasectomy -

* ►February 12, 2007 - Vasectomy May Put Men at Risk for Type of Dementia - Northwestern University via Doctor's Guide

►February 6, 2007 - Two Doctors Discover Formula That Kills Bird Flu Virus - press release - GAMA Healthcare Ltd via PRNewswire

►February 6, 2007 - Birds should be vaccinated against avian influenza : MINFAL - Associated Press of Pakistan

►February 6, 2007 - Scientists work on bird flu vaccine for humans - Cambridge Evening News

* ►February 6, 2007 - System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged - CIDRAP News

►February 6, 2007 - Prostate cancer vaccine development gets grant - SpiritIndia

►February 6, 2007 - $500 million for international fight with infections - Russia-InfoCenter

►February 6, 2007 - Patented Technology Could Improve Efficacy of Monoclonal Antibodies - Cancer Focus

►February 6, 2007 - Largest collection of mitochondrial antibodies - The world's largest collection of mitochondrial antibodies and products, produced by MitoSciences, is available in the UK and Ireland exclusively from Cambridge BioScience - Laboratory Talk

►February 5, 2007 - Roche boosting spending on research and development - AP via International Herald Tribune

►February 5, 2007 - IND Accepted for Breast Cancer Vaccine - Cancer Consultants

►February 5, 2007 - Child Immunization Improvement Plan - - "Louisiana Medicaid is implementing an initiative giving doctors enhanced reimbursement for distributing immunization shots to children."

►February 5, 2007 - UCB Licenses BioWa's POTELLIGENT(R) Technology for use in Antibody Research and Development - press release - BioWa, Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo!


Posted February 13, 2007


* ►February 19, 2007 - A shot in the arm urged for flu vaccine programs - Investing in pandemic flu vaccine development and distribution could produce needed help for seasonal flu vaccine, an infectious diseases group says. - American Medical News - "Fewer than two in five physicians and other health care workers receive an annual shot, yet they provide care for the thousands of patients hospitalized each year with the flu."

* ►February 19, 2007 - High income doesn't mean on-time shots - Poorer children have higher rates of vaccine schedule compliance, perhaps, experts say, because their care may come from the public sector. - American Medical News

►February 14, 2007 - Federal Study Documents Rates of Autism Disorders in 14 States (requires registration) - Education Week News

►February 13, 2007 - Autism Rates Up -

* ►February 13, 2007 - Anchorage attorney battles drug giant - Gottstein: Pro bono work leads to his exposing potential medicine dangers. (requires registration) - Anchorage Daily News - "Anchorage lawyer Jim Gottstein has emerged as a player in a national controversy over the psychiatric medication Zyprexa, which is Eli Lilly's best-selling drug. An advocate against forced medication in the treatment of mental illness, Gottstein obtained documents about the drug that had been sealed in Outside lawsuits against Eli Lilly and provided them to a New York Times reporter. According to the Times, the records showed a decade-long effort to downplay the drug's health risks in order to protect sales...Gottstein has spent years trying to change what he calls dangerous practices in treating the mentally ill. He has founded a nonprofit law firm called the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights to fight forced drugging of patients."

* ►February 13, 2007 - State has sued Lilly over drug - Zyprexa: Suit is one of 1,200 still pending; 28,000 claims settled. (requires registration) - Anchorage Daily News - "A lawsuit filed last year by the state of Alaska against Eli Lilly over Zyprexa is among hundreds still unresolved. The state contends Lilly failed to warn of serious health risks for people who take Zyprexa, including the risk of diabetes. It wants the company to cover treatment costs of Medicaid patients who suffered serious health effects, including diabetes, after being on the drug. 'The state Medicaid agency is going to incur a huge expense to treat these conditions going forward ... things that we can attribute to taking Zyprexa,' said Ed Sniffen, the assistant attorney general handling the state suit ."


* ►February 13, 2007 - Research continues physician's legacy - Joplin Globe - "Alan Clark, an emergency-room physician for 30 years who had worked at Freeman Health System and St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, died Feb. 7, 2006, of complications from lung cancer. He had never smoked...Lujene Clark was in Jefferson City for a state-sponsored symposium titled 'Mercury in Medicine: Separating Science From Fiction.' The host was state Sen. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield, sponsor of a bill passed two years ago that will allow no more than trace amounts of thimerosal to be used in vaccines administered to pregnant women and to children younger than 3 starting in April. Clark was among those who testified on behalf of the ban....The Clarks began a campaign against the use of thimerosal in vaccines after their son, then 5 years old, developed a form of autism after receiving a flu shot in the wake of a series of childhood vaccines."

* ►February 13, 2007 - More than 1800 Students Still Don't Have Immunizations - - "A new school vaccination requirement has turned into a three-week vacation for more than 1,800 Baltimore students who still haven't had their shots."

* ►February 13, 2007 - State vaccine mandate takes good intentions too far - column - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

* ►February 13, 2007 - Keeping choice on the Gardasil vaccine - States should not force this vaccine on girls but let parents 'opt in,' keeping such medical matters private. - commentary - Christian Science Monitor

* ►February 13, 2007 - HIV sceptics beyond stupid, says top scientist - The Australian - "Robert Gallo, the American scientist who established the link between HIV and AIDS in 1984, appeared for the prosecution yesterday in the application for an appeal by an HIV-positive man convicted of exposing three women to the virus."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Sanofi-aventis 2006: In a Difficult Environment, Another Year of Growth in Adjusted EPS Excluding Selected Items - Comparable net sales(1): up 8.4% in Q4, up 4.0% in 2006 Adjusted EPS(1): down 5.6% in Q4, up 10.3% in 2006 Adjusted EPS(1) excluding selected items(2): down 1.0% in Q4, up 5.9% in 2006 at euro 4.88 - press release - sanofi-aventis via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►February 13, 2007 - Goulburn doubles anthrax vaccination program -

►February 13, 2007 - Ramapo H.S. hockey player back home, lucky to be alive - North Jersey Media Group - "Luke's father, Greg Menken, a pediatrician at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, where Luke was treated, said the disease that struck his son is called acute fulminant meningococcemia, a rare form of meningococcal disease that often ends in death."

►February 13, 2007 - Ask the Doc - Craig Lennox Our GP expert will answer your questions every week - Daily Record, UK - "A:  most people in the UK received three tetanus jags as a baby, a pre-school booster and another at secondary school. These five doses normally give lifelong protection and you should not need any more."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Woman fights to sue pathologist - Witness immunity from lawsuits shouldn't shield those who do flawed investigations, court told (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►February 13, 2007 - Refusing to share samples ‘may cause a vaccine delay’ - The Times, UK - "The drugs conglomerate GlaxoSmithKline attacked the Indonesian Government yesterday for refusing to supply bird flu samples that would allow it to develop a human vaccine for the virus."

* ►February 13, 2007 - Lack of bird flu jabs 'putting public health at risk' - Press Association via - "Primary Care Trusts were told of the need to immunise poultry workers against seasonal flu last month as a way of preventing the virus mutating into a strain that could pass easily between humans. But Norfolk as well as Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCTs have not yet started to vaccinate poultry workers despite advice from the Department of Health urging them to make a 'prompt start' to the operation on January 22."

►February 13, 2007 - Help needed for bird flu vaccine, says official - The Jakarta Post

►February 13, 2007 - Avian influenza: Nigeria is a weak control link, says WHO - Vanguard

►February 13, 2007 - Lifeline through the letterbox - The Times, UK - "Victims in a flu pandemic will be told to ask a friend to collect their antiviral drugs and deliver them through the letterbox."

►February 13, 2007 - Production resumes in factory at centre of avian flu storm - Independent, UK

►February 13, 2007 - Warm spring could hamper China's bird flu efforts - Reuters AlertNet

* ►February 12, 2007 - Are some people immune to avian flu? - Public Library of Science via

* ►February 12, 2007 - Exposure to seasonal flu, maybe flu shot, may help protect against bird flu - Canadian Press via CBC - "But experts not related to the research suggested the paper doesn't prove getting annual flu shots now will help people weather a pandemic later, should H5N1 start spreading easily among people. 'That to me has not been established by this paper,' said Dr. Frederick Hayden, a scientist with the World Health Organization's global influenza program."

►February 12, 2007 - Vaccinations can diminish flu danger, prevent resource losses - It is a good sign that the number of bird flu-affected areas has dropped thanks to measures taken by the Government. Several communes have been declared disease-free after going 21 days without new outbreaks. - VietNamNet Bridge

►February 12, 2007 - Immune to avian flu? - PLoS Medicine via RxPG NEWS

►February 12, 2007 - Influenza A keeping kids away from school - Siskiyou Daily News

►February 12, 2007 - In Three Days 750 persons with influenza - This year people in Croatia did not vaccinate against influenza. Secondary school students most affected - Javno, Croatia

►February 12, 2007 - Three more people with bird flu-like symptoms hospitalized in Turkey -

►February 12, 2007 - Family health ... Take Charge! Fighting the flu - Use good habits to ward off sickness; get vaccination; avoid those who are ailing - Memphis Commercial Appeal

* ►February 12, 2007 - Amarillo Biosciences Announces the Publication of Influenza Data - press release - Amarillo Biosciences via Market Wire - "The Company is generating animal and human data in an effort to motivate government decision makers to consider the use of oral interferon in the management of pandemic influenza."

►February 12, 2007 - Gov't investigating link between wild birds, avian influenza outbreak - (requires subscription for full article) - Yonhap News

* ►February 12, 2007 - Pregnant women benefit from flu shots: study - CBC Ottawa

* ►February 12, 2007 - HPV vaccine executive order pushed back - commentary (includes video) - News 8 Austin - "Ironically, the most enduring thing to come out of this firestorm is discovering that Executive Orders by Texas Governors carry no force of law. The Governor directed State agencies to draft rules. They are under no compulsion to do so. The Governor directed funds be spent on a program. That power belongs to the Legislature. The Governor tried to direct school districts to require the vaccine. He has no legal authority to do so. This may yet prove to be a good idea. But all Perry has done so far is infuriate allies and enemies alike."

* ►February 12, 2007 - Lawmaker presses ahead with bill on HPV vaccine - Austin American-Statesman - "Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, said today she is continuing to push for her proposal that the human papillomavirus vaccine be mandated for sixth-grade girls beginning this September. Gov. Rick Perry's executive order requiring the vaccine for girls does not take effect until September 2008...State Sen. Glenn Hegar on Friday raised concerns about the fact that Merck, the maker of Gardasil, does not recommend it for pregnant women. He wants to know whether state health officials will give pregnancy tests to 11- and 12-year-old girls before they receive the vaccine. But Dr. Kimberly Carter, an Austin obstetrician and gynecologist, and Dr. Janet Realini, a San Antonio doctor and public health expert, both said there is no reason to worry about giving the vaccine to pregnant women. 'It's as safe as Tylenol,' Carter said, adding that Tylenol is fine to take during pregnancy."

* ►February 12, 2007 - Actions Taken on HPV Vaccine Proposals in Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, Washington -

* ►February 12, 2007 - HPV vaccine bill passes in state Senate - Indianapolis Star - "After an hour of emotional debate, the Senate voted 44-5 today to require Indiana's schools to send home information with girls entering the sixth grade about the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, and that a new vaccine can prevent it."

* ►February 12, 2007 - Senator won't press measure on cervical cancer immunization - AP via - "Oklahoma City State Senator Constance Johnson says today she won't press for a hearing on a measure to require all Oklahoma girls entering the sixth grade to be immunized against the human papillomavirus, also known as H-P-V."

* ►February 12, 2007 - Vaccination decision best left to parents - column - Bakersfield Californian

* ►February 12, 2007 - HPV vaccine: Is it necessary? -

►February 12, 2007 - Debate Continues Over HPV Vaccination (includes video) -

►February 12, 2007 - Local effort takes aim at HPV rise - Kingston Daily Freeman

►February 12, 2007 - Vaccination programme called for to help prevent cervical cancer - Western Mail via icWales

►February 12, 2007 - Reader Defends Perry's Vaccination Initiative - letter -

►February 12, 2007 - Funding Approved For Immunizations - Tecumseh Countywide News - "Payment for potentially life saving vaccines for adults, including the new HPV vaccine, was recently approved by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board giving Oklahoma providers additional weapons in their arsenal against deadly diseases and cancer."

►February 12, 2007 - Talk about HPV vaccine should focus on preventing cancer - Henderson Gleaner

►February 12, 2007 - The Great HPV Debate - The Money Times

* ►February 12, 2007 - Condoms 'reduce' risk of cancer virus - Western Mail via icWales

* ►February 12, 2007 - Ruling may upend drug safety precautions - FDA pitted against the terminally ill who seek out unapproved remedies - Star-Ledger via

* ►February 12, 2007 - Eczema, wheeze unrelated to infants' vaccine status - Pediatrics via Reuters, UK

* ►February 12, 2007 - More Parents Saying No to Vaccinating Their Kids - AP via - "The number of unvaccinated schoolchildren in Arkansas is growing, as more parents opt out of the immunizations for philosophical reasons."

* ►February 12, 2007 - Vaccines Suffer from Poor Public Image - SeekingAlpha

* ►February 12, 2007 - Editorial | Immunizing NJ Children - Support the vaccination plan - Philadelphia Inquirer

►February 12, 2007 - Wrongfully accused mother wants right to sue pathologist - CBC Toronto

►February 12, 2007 - IAC Express Issue # 645 - Immunization Action Coalition

►February 12, 2007 - Wealthy Nations Launch Vaccine Purchase Plan for Diseases Such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria -

►February 12, 2007 - Pope and UK together on child vaccination program - Mr Brown presented Benedict with a book of sermons preached by his father, and in return the Pope gave him the traditional Vatican medal - Spero News

►February 12, 2007 - Rich Nations Pledge $1.5 Billion to Create Artificial Market for Neglected Global Killer - The funds will be used to purchase qualifying vaccines against pneumococcus, a pneumonia bug that kills more children in poor countries than any other preventable infection - Scientific American

►February 12, 2007 - 2008: Abia targets 80% immunization - The Tide

►February 12, 2007 - Just unlucky says victim - Country News - "Three weeks ago Dave `Dinky' Parker was up to his elbows in cow entrails. Two weeks ago he was in a hospital bed on an intravenous drip and last week he was in front of television cameras explaining how he had contracted skin anthrax."

►February 12, 2007 - Anthrax battle - Country News

* ►February 12, 2007 - FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to Emergent BioSolutions' BioThrax(R) for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis against Anthrax Infection - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via Genetic Engineering News - "Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) as a post-exposure prophylaxis against anthrax infection. BioThrax is the only FDA approved product for pre-exposure prophylaxis of anthrax infection."

►February 12, 2007 - FDA gives boost to Emergent BioSolutions' anthrax vaccine - Washington Business Journal

►February 12, 2007 - Quarantine lifted on building shuttered after anthrax attack - AP via Gainesville Sun

* ►February 12, 2007 - AVANT Immunotherapeutics and Select Vaccines Announce Partnership to Develop Improved Viral Vaccines - Novel Virus-Like Particle Technology to be Initially Applied to Influenza Vaccines - press release - AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire

* ►February 12, 2007 - A Day in the Life with Eli Lilly - Monroe Street Journal

* ►February 12, 2007 - Scientists Uncover Cause of Antipsychotic Drug Weight Gain - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Newswise

►February 12, 2007 - Scholarship Recognizes Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Striving for Academic Excellence - Lilly Program Awards $100,000 in Tuition Assistance for Adults - press release - Eli Lilly and Company via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►February 12, 2007 - FDA Restricts Use of Sanofi-Aventis Drug - AP via Forbes - "The government on Monday restricted use of an antibiotic linked to rare reports of severe liver problems, including several deaths, saying the drug now should be used only to treat pneumonia but not less serious bacterial infections like bronchitis and sinusitis. The Food and Drug Administration said the antibiotic, Ketek, would remain on the market but that its label will bear a new, stern warning."

►February 12, 2007 - Sanofi-Aventis Announces Update to U.S. Prescribing Information for Ketek(R) (Telithromycin) - press release - sanofi-aventis via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►February 12, 2007 - Vertex Optimistic on Hepatitis C Drug - SeekingAlpha

* ►February 12, 2007 - Preclinical results of Geovax's AIDS vaccines demonstrate potential to protect against disease - In this trial, two monkeys were infected with the SIV AIDS virus and then placed on drug therapy. Thereafter, once early drug therapy had temporarily reduced virus levels, the monkeys were vaccinated with the SIV version of GeoVax's DNA/MVA vaccines. Six weeks after vaccination, drug treatment was discontinued. The SIV virus levels temporarily rose in the vaccinated individuals, but were later "controlled" (reduced to much lower levels) by immune responses raised by the vaccines. - press release - GeoVax Labs, Inc. via PressZoom

►February 12, 2007 - Nanoparticle boost for antitumor vaccines - National Cancer Institute via Nanowerk LLC

►February 12, 2007 - DNA-encoded antibody libraries - During the past several years, breakthroughs in genomic and proteomic technologies have enabled researchers to more clearly identify the biochemical networks that malfunction when a healthy cell becomes malignant. -

* ►February 12, 2007 - Polio drops kill infant in Assam - CNN-IBN - "A one-month old infant died and four others fell seriously ill after they were administered polio drops in a village in Assam's Dibrugarh district, a health official said on Monday."

►February 12, 2007 - Message on polio: Authorities use Urdu to reach out - Mumbai Newsline via

►February 12, 2007 - Red Cross Federation seeks to help 300000 Iraqis - Reuters AlertNet

►February 12, 2007 - Nigerian polio cases spike in '06 (requires registration) - Reuters via Washington Post

►February 12, 2007 - Nigerian polio cases rose in '06 but hope seen-WHO - Reuters AlertNet

►February 12, 2007 - Pulse Polio drive - 2.7 lakh children administered vaccine - The Hindu

►February 12, 2007 - Over 4.78 lakh children administered polio drops - The Hindu

►February 12, 2007 - 17 crore children given polio drops - Chennai Online

►February 12, 2007 - Second phase of PPP takes off (requires registration) - Newindpress

►February 12, 2007 - Virus in the frame for prion diseases - New Scientist

►February 12, 2007 - Hilton student diagnosed with whooping cough - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►February 12, 2007 - Whooping cough is on the rise — vaccination recommended - Inside Bay Area

►February 12, 2007 - Child spends days with mom's body - WOOD TV8 - "An autopsy revealed a mother died of bacterial meningitis in her home, leaving her 5-year-old daughter foraging for food in the house for two days."

►February 12, 2007 - 2 cases of bacterial meningitis detected at Prairie View A&M -

►February 12, 2007 - Chronic hepatitis C tracking urged - Health: State officials expect virus to strike more victims -

* ►February 12, 2007 - Mercury fillings are outdated - letter - Barre Montpelier Times Argus

* ►February 12, 2007 - Mercury Rising: U.S., India Block Global Regulations While the EU, Brazil, Japan, Philippines, Russia, African Region and Nordic Countries Support Moving Forward - press release - Mercury Policy Project via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►February 12, 2007 - Mercury may be behind ivory gull's demise, research shows - CBC North

►February 12, 2007 - World leaders agree to phase out mercury - Independent Online

►February 12, 2007 - Book Review | Unflinching look at autism in the family - Philadelphia Inquirer - "George and Sam Two Boys, One Family and Autism By Charlotte Moore St. Martin's. 320 pp. $24.95"

►February 12, 2007 - Concern, Confusion Surround Autism Increase -

►February 12, 2007 - Autism More Common Than Thought - A new survey in the United States indicates that approximately one in every 150 children in the country has autism, suggesting the condition may be more common than previously thought.  Earlier studies had placed the prevalence of autism at one in 166 American children.  Paul Sisco has more. (includes video) - Voice of America

►February 12, 2007 - His mother's simple hopes and her never ending love - The Brunei Times

►February 12, 2007 - World focus on HIV vaccine trials - The Nation Newspaper

►February 12, 2007 - Shocking health workers' HIV levels revealed - Independent Online

►February 12, 2007 - HIV positive children in developing countries lack ARV's - Capital FM

►February 12, 2007 - Malaysia's HIV/AIDS Epidemic Rising And Spreading Fast - All Headline News

►February 12, 2007 - Proving the Efficacy of Phytonutrients Critical for Growth of the Market - press release - Frost & Sullivan via PRNewswire via

►February 12, 2007 - More risky pregnancies are succeeding - AP via CNN

►February 12, 2007 - Public health slow to act in former CFLer's HIV case: former girlfriend - Canadian Press via

►February 12, 2007 - HIV Patients: Marijuana Eases Foot Pain - AP via FOX News

►February 12, 2007 - Cloning creates controversy - Contra Costa Times

►February 12, 2007 - Yale biologists 'trick' viruses into extinction - Yale University via
►February 12, 2007 - New blood thinner studied for patients with leg and lung clots - Medical College of Georgia
►February 12, 2007 - Vasectomy may put men at risk for type of dementia - Northwestern University via
►February 12, 2007 - Emerging research heralds new era of breast cancer management - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via
►February 11, 2007 - Extra cortisol protects women's mood under stress - Stress hormone appears to have different functions short-and long-term, showing potential to help remedy post-traumatic stress syndrome - American Psychological Association via
►February 11, 2007 - Technology captures tumors' genetic profile, guides cancer treatment - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute via
►February 11, 2007 - Cleft palate in fetal mice prevented by treating - Stanford University Medical Center via

►February 11, 2007 - Moore wants schoolgirls vaccinated for papilloma virus - Milford Daily News

* ►February 11, 2007 - US slow to take up Aussie cancer vaccine - AAP via Ninemsn

►February 11, 2007 - HPV vaccine should be encouraged, not mandatory - Advance Titan

►February 11, 2007 - Italy To Offer Free Cervical Cancer Vaccine - E Canada Now

* ►February 11, 2007 - Study: Low toxicant levels can damage brain - Researchers find that cells will shut down when exposed to small amounts of mercury, lead - Newsday - "'There are 80,000 to 150,000 environmental toxicants about which we know nothing,' said Mark Noble, a professor of biomedical genetics and neurobiology at the University of Rochester in New York and senior author of the study in the journal PLoS Biology. 'Nobody knows how to screen for them or even where to start.'"

* ►February 11, 2007 - New Technology Sends Closings by Phone - AP via Forbes - "School officials said they even used the system to alert parents of about 4,000 students who had not received newly required immunizations. Without the vaccinations, the children wouldn't be allowed into school, so "we had all of the schools pull their data of those who were not in compliance and we send out a call," said Teri Kranefeld, a school system spokeswoman."

* ►February 11, 2007 - Grubby scandal shames our poultry industry - The Observer's website revealed last week that ministers were kept in the dark about the Hungarian connection to Bernard Matthews's turkeys. Now the fall-out from H5N1 will hit shoppers, politicians and a multi-billion-pound business - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►February 11, 2007 - Wash Your Hands! - And stay home? That's a harder question. - editorial (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►February 9-15, 2007 - Opening the debate on vaccination - The Muslim Weekly

* ►February 8-12, 2007 - Study finds few Yemeni women immunized, also spelling trouble for their unborn babies - Deadly tetanus could disappear with simple vaccine - Yemen Times

►February 8, 2007 - Controversy heats up over HPV executive order - News 8 Austin - "Even some watchdog groups like the Center for Public Policy Priorities believe Perry's move is unconstitutional. 'What can't happen is for the governor to just wake up one morning and say, 'we're going to have a new law in the state of Texas. I just wrote it. You have to have a whole rule-making proceeding where the public gets notice, the public gets an opportunity to come and comment, the executive commissioner has to consider their comments, and then develop a rule based on those comments,' CPPP Executive Director Scott McCown said. Twenty-six senators from both parties even signed a letter asking Perry to withdraw the order. Now it's up to the governor to decide if the controversy will continue."

►February 8, 2007 - Kansas State study finds new vaccine effective against deadly viral disease affecting swine - Kansas State University via
►February 7, 2007 - Penn Study Suggests New Model for Testing and Discovery of Anti-HIV Drugs - University of Pennsylvania Health System

►February 7, 2007 - Meningococcal disease in Burkina Faso - World Health Organization

►February 7, 2007 - Poliomyelitis in Chad - World Health Organization

►February 7, 2007 - Life-saving Vaccine Against HPV! (If You Can Afford It) -

►February 7, 2007 - Free cervical cancer vaccine for 12-13 yr/old girls - Athens News Agency

►February 7, 2007 - Promote, don't require vaccine - editorial - Cincinnati Enquirer

►February 7, 2007 - Louisiana Offers Cervical Cancer Vaccination Order to Protect Girls from HPV - Louisiana is one of the first states to offer adolescent girls a new vaccine against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, but has no plans to require it. - AP via FOX News

* ►February 7, 2007 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Trials for 2009 - New Vision (Kampala) via - "The Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), a non-profit corporation, was awarded a grant to facilitate the introduction of the human papillomavirus three-dose vaccine in June last year."

* ►February 7, 2007 - 13 new AIDS vaccine clinical trials initiated in 2006 - The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s (IAVI) January 2007 Annual Issue of VAX, an editorially independent bulletin on AIDS vaccine research published by IAVI, reports that 13 new preventive AIDS vaccine trials were initiated in eight countries around the world in 2006. There are now more than 30 trials ongoing in 24 countries, across every continent. - innovations report

* ►February 6, 2007 - Deltona family wins suit over meningitis - A girl has brain damage after being misdiagnosed. The award is for $8.6M. - Orlando Sentinel - "A jury awarded $8.6 million to the family of a Deltona girl who lapsed into a coma and suffered brain damage in 1995 after her Sanford pediatricians misdiagnosed her three times and kept sending her home. The doctors concluded that Sahaquira Moye, then 5, had the flu."

* ►February 6, 2007 - Vet offers medical primer for puppies - OCRegister - "All puppies have antibodies from their mother that will interfere with vaccinations if given too early. In a perfect world, every single puppy would have a blood test to determine when these maternal antibodies were wearing off so we would know exactly when to vaccinate. Obviously, that is not practical, so veterinarians do the next best thing. We recommend vaccinations when 99 percent of the puppies will no longer have antibodies that would interfere with the first vaccinations. This typically occurs between 8 and 9 weeks. Any vaccination injected into the body will be ineffective before this time. Why are vaccinations given early? Beats me. It has been done for 40 years, so part of it is convention, but it makes no medical sense and can actually cause problems in some puppies."

►February 6, 2007 - Mandating preventive health? - Houston Chronicle Blog

►February 6, 2007 - Uganda: 830 Admitted in W. Nile As Meningitis Cases Increase - The Monitor (Kampala) via

►February 5, 2007 - Miami U Student Diagnosed With Bacterial Meningitis -

►February 5, 2007 - More special-needs kids to go to regular classrooms - Wilmington Star-News

►February 5, 2007 - AstraZeneca Licenses Regeneron’s VelocImmune® Technology for Discovering Human Monoclonal Antibodies AstraZeneca Is First Licensee of Novel VelocImmune Technology - License Fees Total up to $120 Million Over Six Years - press release - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire

* ►February 3, 2007 - Merck Payola Pays Off: Texas governor orders STD vaccine for all girls - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►February 2007 - Diphtheria, pertussis, poliomyelitis, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccinations and risk of eczema and recurrent wheeze in the first year of life: the KOALA Birth Cohort Study. - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►January 30, 2007 - Merck Lobbies For HPV Vaccine to Become Law - Merck & Co. is helping bankroll efforts to pass state laws requiring girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive the drugmaker's new vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus. - AP via FOX News

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