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All the News Posted March 28-31, 2009


Posted March 31, 2009

 

* ►April 1, 2009 - Medical doctor, others reject polio vaccines - Triumph, Nigeria - "Some residents of the FCT including a medical doctor yesterday turned down the administration of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) on their children and wards. An official of the FCDA Department of Public Health in Abuja, who preferred anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that those who turned down the vaccine claimed that the vaccine was not safe. According to the official, all efforts to convince the doctor to allow her children to receive the vaccine fell on deaf ears as she questioned the safety of the vaccine."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Meningitis kills 1,129 Nigerians, Nigeriens in three months - The Punch, Nigeria - "Along with its partners, WHO has released 2.3 million doses of vaccines to Nigeria and 1.9 million to Niger."

►April 1, 2009 - Healthcare a major challenge for Uganda - Uganda has one of the worst healthcare records in the world, but the development of local facilities and training of volunteers will bring life-saving services to thousands of people in Katine - The Guardian, UK

►April 1, 2009 - Blood scandal officials may be forced to testify - The Guardian, UK

►April 1, 2009 - Media ‘ruthless' in vaccine coverage - Fiji Times - "Cabinet approved the vaccination program in August last year using the new Gardasil vaccine which fights the human papilloma virus. The Health Ministry's national EPI co-ordinator, Kylie Jenkins, said the media were ruthless while reporting about the vaccine. 'There were 40 separate media articles and 50 per cent were positive,' she said. 'We were featured in the media everyday for weeks.'"

►April 1, 2009 - Briefly - Third dose - Fiji Times - "The third dose of HPV vaccine for girls between the ages of nine and 12 years of age has started as part of an attempt to reduce cervical cancer. The technical advisor for the health sector improvement program, Kylie Jenkins said there has been a decrease in girls coming for immunisation since the first dose was given. 'In some cases girls didn't turn up at school on the day the vaccine was to be given,' she said."

►April 1, 2009 - New Insights Into How Brain Responds To Viral Infection - Scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have discovered that astrocytes, supportive cells in the brain that are not derived from an immune cell lineage, respond to a molecule that mimics a viral infection using cellular machinery similar to that used by classical immune cells in the blood. - Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health via ScienceDaily

►April 1, 2009 - National vaccination program to continue - Daily News, Sri Lanka - "The public should not lose faith in the National Vaccination Program because of the incident that took place at Matara in connection with the Rubella vaccine."

* ►April 1, 2009 - The one who got away - Ha'aretz - "The committee, which was formed at the recommendation of the ethics committee of the Israel Medical Association, with the agreement of the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps and the approval of the Supreme Court, investigated the experiments the defense establishment carried out on Israel Defense Forces soldiers more than a decade ago on the efficacy and safety of a vaccine against anthrax. The committee stated that there was no justification, scientific or otherwise, for carrying out the experiment."

* ►April 2009 - Live Attenuated Human Rotavirus Vaccine, RIX4414, Provides Clinical Protection in Infants Against Rotavirus Strains With and Without Shared G and P Genotypes: Integrated Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►April 2009 - A Three-Year Clinical Study On Immunogenicity, Safety, and Booster Response of Purified Chick Embryo Cell Rabies Vaccine Administered Intramuscularly or Intradermally to 12- to 18-Month-Old Thai Children, Concomitantly With Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►April 2009 - Serotype Coverage of Invasive and Mucosal Pneumococcal Disease in Israeli Children Younger Than 3 Years by Various Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►April 2009 - Bandicoots, Bonobos, and Boys: Papillomavirus and Vaccination Strategies - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►April 2009 - Immune Responses to Measles and Tetanus Vaccines Among Kenyan Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1)-Infected Children Pre- and Post-Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy and Revaccination. - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►April 2009 - An Elevated Value of High Mobility Group Box 1 is a Potential Marker for Poor Response to High-Dose of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment in Patients With Kawasaki Syndrome - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►April 2009 - Rotavirus Meningoencephalitis in a Previously Healthy Child and a Review of the Literature - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►April 2009 - A Nationwide Study on the Risk of Autism After Prenatal Stress Exposure to Maternal Bereavement - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Sleep Environment Risk Factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The German Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Study - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Bronchiolitis: Age and Previous Wheezing Episodes Are Linked to Viral Etiology and Atopic Characteristics. - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►April 2009 - Persistence of herpes simplex virus DNA in cerebrospinal fluid of neonates with herpes simplex virus encephalitis - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►April 2009 - Unbound bilirubin predicts abnormal automated auditory brainstem response in a diverse newborn population - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►April 2009 - Increasing Prevalence of Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome: Population Study of Maternal Factors and Child Protection Involvement (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Child Abuse Training and Knowledge: A National Survey of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatric Residents and Program Directors (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Immunogenicity of Motavizumab, a Humanized, Enhanced-Potency Monoclonal Antibody for the Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in At-Risk Children - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►April 2009 - Preventive Care for Adolescents: Few Get Visits and Fewer Get Services (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Screening for Child and Adolescent Depression in Primary Care Settings: A Systematic Evidence Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Long-term Health and Quality-of-Life Consequences of Mass Screening for Childhood Celiac Disease: A 10-Year Follow-up Study (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Family-centered Multidisciplinary Rounds Enhance the Team Approach in Pediatrics (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Improving Mental Health Services in Primary Care: Reducing Administrative and Financial Barriers to Access and Collaboration (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Early School-Age Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Effects of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Children's Behavior Problems (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Associations of Executive Function With Sleepiness and Sleep Duration in Adolescents - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - The Effect of Computerized Physician Order Entry on Medication Prescription Errors and Clinical Outcome in Pediatric and Intensive Care: A Systematic Review - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - The Relationship Between Infant-Feeding Outcomes and Postpartum Depression: A Qualitative Systematic Review (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►April 2009 - Tiny Cells, Huge Possibilities - After eight years of ethical and political disagreement, a change in the White House may touch off an explosion of stem cell research at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere. But already, new and less-controversial advances in stem cell creation are making the search for cures even more promising. - John Hopkins Magazine

* ►March 31, 2009 - Autism Rates Higher in Some Somali Children (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Though health officials emphasized that their report was based on very limited data, they concluded that young Somali children appeared to be two to seven times as likely as other children to be in classes for autistic pupils.  Dr. Sanne Magnan, the state health commissioner, said the finding was 'consistent with the observations by parents,' who have been saying for more than a year that alarming numbers of Somali children born in this country have severe autism."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Report: More Somali kids in Minneapolis' preschool program for autism - Investigators said they were not able to determine if the numbers are merely a statistical blip or reflect a deeper problem. - Star Tribune

* ►March 31, 2009 - MN Somalis Are Now Aware Of Autism. But Still No WHY From Authorities. By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►March 31, 2009 - Just Released! Healing and Preventing Autism By Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel - Age of Autism

►March 31, 2009 - Fossil Fool’s Day & Moving Beyond Coal in Colorado - SafeMinds via Age of Autism - "Where: Heron Pond/North Side Park off 53rd Avenue and Franklin St (there’s a sign to turn off) in Denver When: Wednesday April 1st, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM"

* ►March 31, 2009 - Scientists Find 'Baffling' Link between Autism and Vinyl Flooring - Swedish children who live in homes with vinyl floors are more likely to have autism, according to a new study, but what's behind the link is unclear - Scientific American

* ►March 31, 2009 - Wyeth seeking US approval for version of infant pneumoccocal shot that blocks more strains (requires registration) - The Los Angeles Times - "Currently, babies need four doses of Prevnar before 15 months of age. Without health insurance, each costs about $83. About 35 countries have Prevnar in their national vaccination programs, Paradiso said, and it had sales of $2.7 billion last year. It's on its way to becoming the first $3 billion-a-year vaccine. It is Wyeth's second-best-selling product behind the antidepressant Effexor."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Wyeth Submits Marketing Application to FDA for its 13-Valent Vaccine for the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease in Infants and Toddlers - Candidate vaccine designed to protect against the 13 most prevalent serotypes associated with pneumococcal disease - press release - Wyeth Pharmaceuticals via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Prevnar 13 is designed to protect against the 13 most prevalent serotypes associated with pneumococcal disease (PD), the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death worldwide. Seven of these serotypes (4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F and 23F) are included in Prevnar(R), Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM(197) Protein) - the current global standard in PD prevention in infants and young children. The six additional serotypes (1, 3, 5, 6A, 7F and 19A) are associated with the greatest remaining burden of invasive disease. Both Prevnar 13 and Prevnar use CRM(197) - an immunological carrier protein with a 20-year history of use in pediatric vaccines."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Synflorix™, GlaxoSmithKline’s pneumococcal vaccine, receives European authorisation - Protection now possible against three pneumococcal strains not covered by currently available vaccine - press release - GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals via WebWire - "The new 10-valent, pneumococcal conjugate vaccinehas an innovative design. It contains polysaccharides derived from 10 different strains of pneumococcal bacteria most of which are conjugated to protein D from NTHi."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Rotavirus Vaccines Have Potential to Save 2.5 Million Lives by 2025 - New Briefing Paper on the Burden and Prevention of Rotavirus Issued as Global Health Community Focuses on Near-term Promise of Rotavirus Vaccines - press release - PATH via Business Wire - "In April, the WHO will review results from a large-scale clinical trial in Africa of the GSK vaccine. Findings from similar trials of Merck’s RotaTeq® conducted in Africa and Asia will be available later in fall 2009. These rotavirus vaccine trials provide critical evidence on vaccine performance in real-world settings. ... To access “Common Virus and Senseless Killer: A Briefing Paper on Rotavirus,” please visit: http://www.path.org/publications/details.php?i=1685"

* ►March 31, 2009 - Deal bags Flugen a vaccine delivery micro-device - Flugen has secured the exclusive rights to Ratio’s novel vaccine delivery technology, which is a disposable micro-device that it claims can improve efficacy and compliance. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com - "The micro-device is a similar size to a poker chip and contains a miniature fluidic pump that is activated at the press of a button. This sends the vaccine from its reservoir, through a set of microneedles and delivers it intradermally or into the skin. Unlike traditional delivery techniques the vaccine is not delivered into the muscle and Flugen believes this has the potential to increase the treatments efficacy, which it claims can be as low as 20 per cent with syringe delivery in some patients."

►March 31, 2009 - A plea for clear language on vaccine safety (full text) - journal article (Canadian Medical Association Journal) - "Unclear meanings are not just an issue for academic articles and reports about vaccine safety. When a serious adverse event follows vaccination, the patient, caregiver, program provider and members of the general public rightfully want to know: Did the vaccine cause the serious event or was this just a coincidence? Rigorous studies to determine whether one event caused another follow a formal scientific process. Once these are completed, the relation between the vaccine and the serious event is reported as very likely or certain, probable, possible, unlikely, unrelated or unclassifiable. For scientific precision, the term "unlikely" is used when there is no evidence that the vaccine caused the event but no firm evidence for another cause. From a scientific perspective, the event cannot be classified as "unrelated," because this is unproven. Ironically, the term "unlikely" may imply the opposite to nonacademics — that there is a causal association between the adverse event and the vaccine administered."

►March 31, 2009 - Virogen's Vaccine Approved for Distribution of Over $400,000 in Purchase Orders in Egypt & Pakistan - press release - Virogen, Inc. via Marketwire via COMTEX via MarketWatch - "Virogen, Inc., ... the developer and patent holder of a revolutionary vaccine to combat Newcastle disease, a deadly disease that kills chickens worldwide, has been notified by its Middle Eastern distributor that its flagship vaccine Innovo immune has been approved by the Egyptian Registration Committee."

►March 31, 2009 - Open access developments stir debate - PHG Foundation

►March 31, 2009 - Infant immunizations protect against diseases 'only a plane ride away' (requires subscription) - Miller County Liberal

►March 31, 2009 - Highest immunisation rates - Immunisation rates in Jersey are at their highest for 13 years. - ChannelOnline.tv

* ►March 31, 2009 - US survey shows fewer NJ children getting vaccinated - Press of Atlantic City

* ►March 31, 2009 - Schools officials, legislators talk priorities (requires registration) - The Herald-Sun - "School board Vice Chairman Mike Kelley asked legislators to consider more specific language in a state law that allows parents to object to immunization requirements on religious grounds. District policy asks parents to cite the specific religious belief that prohibits immunizations. Kelley said the law as written is too broad, and allows many parents to ask for the exemption because of their personal objections to immunizations rather than religious beliefs."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Vioxx drug link to heart woes 'was known' - Concerns about the link between Vioxx and heart attacks were allegedly identified as a threat to the successful marketing of the anti-inflammatory drug by its manufacturer years before it was withdrawn because of safety reasons. - The Australian - "The court also heard Merck research laboratories head Ed Scolnick wrote an email in 2000 after research emerged linking the drug to increased heart problems, saying he was 'in minor agony' over the trial results. Mr Burnside said Mr Scolnick wrote in his email 'my worry quotient is high' over the research, which found Vioxx did decrease stomach problems but caused more heart attacks compared with another anti-inflammatory drug."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Drugging ADHD Children Does Not Work - FirstWord via The One Click Group

* ►March 31, 2009 - Big Pharma's Latest Insanity? A "PolyPill" Combining Five Different Drugs Into One Pill - NaturalNews.com - "What do you get when you combine cholesterol medication, three different blood pressure drugs and aspirin into a single pharmaceutical pill? If you believe the drug company that funded its own study on this chemical cocktail, you get a wonder drug that has all the 'benefits' of five different drugs with no more side effects than a single drug! That's the story from Bangalore, India, anyway, where 2000 citizens of India were recruited into a clinical trial to test these drugs."

►March 31, 2009 - FDA acts against unapproved drugs - USA Today - "The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned nine companies to stop making and distributing 14 unapproved narcotic products. They include oral morphine solutions and immediate-release tablets containing morphine, hydromorphone or oxycodone."

►March 31, 2009 - ACC: ECG Before Starting Stimulants for ADHD Called a Cost-Effective Screen - MedPage Today

►March 31, 2009 - LP Doesn't Work For ME - Website Launched - The One Click Group - "A web space has now been created for those who would like to share their experiences of the lack of success of a ‘treatment regime’ entitled the Lightning Process without being made to feel it is somehow their own fault. See LP DOESN'T WORK FOR ME."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Merck Wins Reversal of Vioxx Ruling in Saskatchewan - Bloomberg - "A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan ruled unanimously yesterday there were too many different issues involved to resolve in a class-action lawsuit and a lower court judge erred in certifying the lawsuit."

* ►March 31, 2009 - FDA Acts to Halt Marketing of Certain Unapproved Prescription Narcotic Drugs - FDA

►March 31, 2009 - Lifestyle vs. Pills - EGMN: Notes from the Road

►March 31, 2009 - Fishing for Prion Protein Function - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►March 31, 2009 - Transmission Dynamics and Prospects for the Elimination of Canine Rabies - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►March 31, 2009 - Bringing Molecular Tools into Environmental Resource Management: Untangling the Molecules to Policy Pathway - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►March 31, 2009 - Leading HIV Experts Convene to Tackle the Challenge of Late Presentation in Europe - PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX via FOX Business

►March 31, 2009 - Webcams Allow Students to Stay Connected - Thanks to Donated Gear, Even Serious Illnesses Aren't Keeping Some Children Out of the Classroom - The Washington Post

►March 31, 2009 - Novartis’s Afinitor Pill May Be ‘Mega-Blockbuster’ - Bloomberg

►March 31, 2009 - Male Circumcision Reduces Chances of Human Papillomavirus - A new study shows a lower risk of herpes and HPV in men who are circumcised. - transcript - Voice of America

►March 31, 2009 - Beginning of the end for a major infectious disease of poverty? - IRIN via TropIKA - "Twenty-five million doses of the meningococcal A, or MenA, vaccine are now in production in India and the drug is expected to be introduced in Burkina Faso late 2009."

►March 31, 2009 - OSU student battles bacterial meningitis - Columbus Dispatch

►March 31, 2009 - Philadelphia child hospitalized with meningitis - AP via Lebanon Daily News

►March 31, 2009 - North Philadelphia Sixth Grader Treated for Meningitis - KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia - "The child is now in good condition. Health officials say the school doesn't need to be sanitized, but they want parents to know there is a meningitis vaccine available."

►March 31, 2009 - UNICEF and GAVI provide polio immunization (includes video) - UNICEF

* ►March 31, 2009 - Manhattan MD loses license in hepatitis probe - AP via Staten Island Advance via SILive.com - "A Manhattan anesthesiologist has lost his medical license after state officials said his sloppy injection techniques infected at least 11 patients with hepatitis. The state Board for Professional Medical Conduct revoked Dr. Brian Goldweber's license Tuesday."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Mumps outbreaks hit record high - Irish Medical News - "Since the beginning of 2009, 16 new outbreaks have been reported in colleges/universities and other educational facilities (school, crèches). Vaccination status was reported for 41 per cent of all cases, of whom 25 per cent were unvaccinated, 29 per cent were incompletely vaccinated, and 46 per cent reported two doses of vaccine."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Kids, Dad Have Measles, Maybe From Children's Hospital - Westmoreland Family Gets Symptoms After Going To Pittsburgh Emergency Room (includes video) - ThePittsburghChannel.com

* ►March 31, 2009 - Health Officials Issue Urgent Call For Measles Vaccination - 2 Cases Confirmed In Westmoreland County (includes video) - WPXI Pittsburgh

►March 31, 2009 - Tick bites leading to dramatic rise in Lyme disease in Brookline - Brookline TAB

►March 31, 2009 - Lynde Francis, Zimbabwean Pioneer In Battle Against HIV/AIDS, Dies - Voice of America

►March 31, 2009 - 10-K: Bio-Bridge Science Inc - EDGAR Online via COMTEX via MarketWatch - "Bio-Bridge Science, Inc. is a biotechnology company whose subsidiaries are focused on the commercial development of HIV-PV Vaccine I, HPV vaccine, colon cancer vaccine, mucosal adjuvant."
 
►March 31, 2009 - 10-K: Novavax Inc - EDGAR Online via COMTEX via MarketWatch

►March 31, 2009 - Novavax to get capital infusion - Washington Business Journal

►March 31, 2009 - Immunotherapy-Based Provisional Patents Mark Significant Discovery - Quantum Immunologics announces the filing of two important provisional patent applications - press release - Quantum Immunologics, Inc. via eReleases.com

►March 31, 2009 - Novel Valortim(R) Mechanism of Action Data Presented at the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 31, 2009 - Columbus: Not Guilty in Spreading Anthrax - Discovery News

* ►March 31, 2009 - Judge rules that former State Department mailroom worker cannot sue over anthrax exposure (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times - "David Hose was exposed to anthrax spores in October 2001 while working as a contract supervisor in a State Department mail facility in Sterling, Va., and he spent more than two weeks in intensive care. ... Hose argued that the exposure resulted from the federal government's negligent handling of its anthrax supply and its failure to protect adequately the State Department mail room workers after learning that anthrax was traveling through the nation's postal network."

►March 31, 2009 - Allergies that change everything - For people with food sensitivities, eating becomes a balancing act - The News Press and St. Joe Now

►March 31, 2009 - Nuts! Salmonella Fears Hit Pistachios - Separate From Peanut Recall, FDA Issues Salmonella Warning for Pistachios - ABC News

►March 31, 2009 - Alter the state rabies law - The Press-Register via AL.com - "Indeed, Alabama law on rabies vaccinations hasn't kept up with veterinary science, which has shown that the vaccine protects a pet for at least three years."

* ►March 31, 2009 - House budget has some differences from Senate - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "The House eliminates coverage for HPV; Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis; and meningococcal. The Senate suggests HPV, rotavirus and meningococcal. Both House and Senate Democrats agree that starting in July 2010, the state should no longer cover any vaccines for children not covered by Medicaid."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Senate budget proposes deep cuts - Highlights of some of the cuts suggested in the Senate Democrats' budget proposal - AP via Seattle Times - "Under the Senate proposal, beginning in July 2009, state coverage will be eliminated for three vaccines: HPV, rotavirus and meningococcal. Starting in July 2010, the state will no longer cover any vaccines for children not covered by Medicaid."

►March 30, 2009 - PharmAthene Reports Year End 2008 Financial Results - press release - PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Revenues for the full year 2008 consisted primarily of contract funding from the U.S. government for the development of the Company's medical countermeasures, Protexia(R), SparVax(TM) and RypVax(TM)."

►March 30, 2009 - Mylan's Matrix Receives First Tentative FDA Approval Under PEPFAR for Generic Truvada(R) - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via FOX Business

►March 30, 2009 - Help for the skin - First the skin blisters. The blisters burst and leave behind sore spots - true gateways for infectious agents. The disease referred to is called pemphigus and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Scientists of the University of Würzburg have made progress in its research. - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

►March 30, 2009 - More Calif. School Kids Not Being Immunized (includes video) - CBS 5

►March 30, 2009 - Intercell Announces FDA Approval of IXIARO(R), a Novel Vaccine to Prevent Japanese Encephalitis - PRNewswire via COMTEX via FOX Business

* ►March 30, 2009 - New vaccinations required Aug. 1 - Star-Telegram - "Texans can apply for exemptions from immunization requirements based on medical contraindications, reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, and active duty with the U.S. armed forces. Authorities granted about 10,404 public school students in the state, or 0.23 percent, a conscientious exemption from one or more immunizations in 2007-2008."

* ►March 30, 2009 - ImmunoVaccine Technologies Inc. (IVT) Signs Agreement with La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology to Test the Application of DepoVax(TM) Technology to Battle Influenza - PRNewswire via Biocompare - "IVT's preclinical research shows that DepoVax(TM) can reduce the number of vaccine doses required for protective immunity to only one dose, and is capable of raising strong cellular and humoral responses. A single-dose rapid-response, DepoVax(TM)-based vaccine is a potential solution for effective control of an influenza outbreak on a global-scale."

* ►March 30, 2009 - FDA Approves New Vaccine to Prevent Japanese Encephalitis - FDA

* ►March 30, 2009 - CDC warns of variances in influenza strains - The agency says physician awareness of flu strains circulating in their areas can help doctors make better choices about antivirals. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►March 30, 2009 - 2-Glaxo resubmits Cervarix to U.S. regulators - Reuters

►March 30, 2009 - Organized medicine pushes Congress for clean slate on Medicare payment formula - Establishing a new budget baseline for physicians' Medicare pay could increase the chances that Congress can pass a comprehensive solution this year. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - New findings add to complexity of asthma treatment: coverage from AAAAI clinical meeting - Experts increasingly view asthma as a condition that encompasses many diseases. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - With success comes scrutiny: ASCs face legal obstacles - Ambulatory surgery centers are subject to a number of state-level restrictions, and they are getting pushback from hospitals and health insurers. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - San Francisco employer mandate may end up in U.S. Supreme Court - For the second time, a federal appeals court upholds the health coverage initiative. Opponents identify a conflict that could prompt a high court review. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Gene Linked to Lupus Might Explain Gender Difference in Disease Risk - UT Southwestern Medical Center - UT Southwestern Medical Center via Biocompare

►March 30, 2009 - Congress revisits plans to approve generic biologics - President Obama's budget proposal anticipates that an approval pathway for these drugs would save $9.2 billion over a decade. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - A miscarriage of medicine (book excerpt: Three Generations, No Imbeciles) - Buck v. Bell, the 1927 Supreme Court decision approving eugenic sterilization, had its roots in a fraud, writes Georgia lawyer and historian Paul A. Lombardo. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Surgeon tells how his team removed 6 organs during cancer operation - A 7-year-old New York girl is the first child to undergo the unique procedure that reimplanted some of her organs after a malignant tumor was removed. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Med school seniors headed for primary care see a challenging future - After Match Day, they say being more involved in patients' lives and health overshadow issues that drive some graduates to other specialties. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Simpler drug packaging doesn't increase patient compliance - Other research suggests a drug facts box improves patients' ability to comprehend risks and benefits. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Red flag rules on identity theft take effect soon - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Interactive kiosks expanding beyond patient check-ins - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Discussing death with patients can cut costs, ease abandonment fears - New research shows communication's value. But dying patients who rely on religion to cope tend to opt for more aggressive care. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Seasonal slump shutters 89 MinuteClinic locations - Gaining patients year-round has been a problem plaguing several retail clinic chains. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Waning confidence in the health insurance status quo - Among hundreds of executives surveyed, the economy and the prospect of reform may have raised doubts about the future of employer-sponsored health benefits. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - What editorial writers aayinre sg about stem cell research - President Obama has lifted restrictions on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - N.D. Blues gives its top exec the boot - The plan's president and CEO was dismissed after a series of controversies, including attempts to cut physician pay and failed bids for premium increases. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Forget the gimmicks when it comes to dieting - There's no easy way to shed pounds, but eating foods high in fiber or protein instead of cookies is a start. - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - News in brief: Health & Science - FDA appointees announced - Admissions of patients with prescription painkiller addiction increase - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - National health IT chief named - Members named to federal comparative effectiveness council - Researchers urge 7% boost to NIH budget - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Pitt gets $4.7 million for MRSA control research - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - News in brief: Business - New York insurers seeking doctors for medical home initiative - More Pennsylvania hospitals feeling economic pain - www.ama-assn.org

►March 30, 2009 - Task Force Recommends Screening Adolescents for Clinical Depression - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

►March 30, 2009 - Mega deals to boost pharma offshoring to India - The Times of India

►March 30, 2009 - Indian plants offer new source for Tamiflu precursor - Researchers believe they have found “more promising” sources of shikimic acid, a precursor in the production of Tamiflu, shortages of which have previously caused bottlenecks in producing the bird flu vaccine. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

►March 30, 2009 - Anti-HIV protein made in plants - One greenhouse could produce a million doses of virus-blocking chemical. - news (Nature)

►March 30, 2009 - Research In Kentucky To Prevent Spread Of HIV - NEWS 25 ABC

►March 30, 2009 - Scientists Film HIV Jumping From Cell to Cell for the First Time - Discover Magazine

►March 30, 2009 - Targeted MRSA surveillance may be useful in guiding empiric therapy - Infectious Disease News

►March 30, 2009 - Workhorse Immune Molecules Lead Secret Lives in the Brain, Stanford Study Finds - Stanford University Medical Center via Business Wire via Earth Times

►March 30, 2009 - Experimental design could reduce need for animal tests - Accounting for environmental changes may be better than trying to control them. - news (Nature)

►March 30, 2009 - Target’s packaging failed to increase compliance; study - A US pharmacy’s attempt to implement simpler packaging that clearly communicates information to patients has failed to improve compliance, according to a study. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

►March 30, 2009 - Strategy Discovered For Fighting Persistent Bacterial Infections - Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a promising strategy for destroying the molecular scaffolding that can make Pseudomonas bacterial infections extremely difficult to treat in cystic fibrosis patients, wearers of contact lenses, and burn victims. Jerry Nick, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and his colleagues report in the April 2009 issue of The Journal of Medical Microbiology that a long string of aspartic acid molecules disrupts the molecular bonds that hold together the structure supporting Pseudomonas biofilms. - The Journal of Medical Microbiology  via National Jewish Medical and Research Center via ScienceDaily

►March 30, 2009 - Are lab standards harmful? (requires registration) - The Scientist

►March 30, 2009 - The Tragedy of Supremely Bad Law - The American Spectator

►March 30, 2009 - Salmonella survival relies on amoeba - Applied and Environmental Microbiology via UPI via COMTEX via MarketWatch

►March 30, 2009 - Merck hikes investment in Irish biologics plant - Pharmafocus

►March 30, 2009 - Glaxo, Sanofi eyeing India's Shantha Biotech-paper - Euro Investor

►March 30, 2009 - Exceptions and Alternative Procedures Approved Under 21 CFR 640.120 - FDA

►March 30, 2009 - BioVex Raises $40M for Cancer-Fighting Virus - Xconomy

►March 29, 2009 - Drug firms' cash skews doctor classes - Company-funded UW courses often favor medicine, leave out side effects - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

* ►March 29, 2009 - Approval process lowers the number of kids on atypical prescriptions. - St. Petersburg Times via TampaBay.com - "Nudged by public pressure, Florida health officials took a baby step last year toward reining in the use of power­ful antipsychotic drugs among children: They began requiring that doctors get approval before giving these drugs to kids under 6 on the Medicaid program. That simple step prompted a seismic change in doctors' prescribing habits. The number of prescriptions of these potent drugs to kids in this age group plummeted nearly 75 percent."
 
►March 29, 2009 - Uganda: Meningitis Hits Yumbe District - New Vision via AllAfrica.com

►March 28, 2009 - Antivaxxers and their trouble with truth - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine

* ►March 28, 2009 - Meningitis cases bring inquiries about vaccination - Bacterial strain can prove deadly - Times West Virginian - "Chelsea Kanatus, a 19-year-old college WVU freshman from Virginia, died of the disease March 2, while a Lincoln High School student was treated at Ruby Memorial Hospital for the disease. ... Since 2006, incoming WVU freshmen have been required to have the vaccine, which is not 100 percent effective. Kanatus is reported to have had the vaccine."

►March 28, 2009 - University Park student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis - Penn State Live

* ►March 27, 2009 - Obama Recalls Sasha's Fight For Life - People Magazine - "When Sasha – 'our little precious pea' – was just three months old, she was hospitalized with life-threatening meningitis, Obama said at an unprecedented White House Internet town-hall meeting Thursday."

►March 27, 2009 - Microbes digest, detoxify dangerous metals - Scientists want to put microbes to work cleaning up nuclear waste sites - Discovery.com via MSNBC

►March 27, 2009 - Coronado Student Diagnosed With Meningitis - KGTV San Diego

►March 27, 2009 - Update on Student with Bacterial Meningitis - NBC 29 - "A fourth year student at the University of Virginia with bacterial meningitis remained in the hospital Friday. ... UVA will not say whether or not the infected student was vaccinated for confidentiality reasons."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Hard To Treat Diseases (HTDS) Clinical Trial Protocol For MMR Vaccine Expected Q2 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall via Biocompare

* ►March 27, 2009 - More applicants for fewer drug trials - Even ‘suits’ want to test drugs in recession - Austin Business Journal - "Garcia — medical director of FutureSearch Trials, an Austin-based contract research organization — couldn’t help but spot executives in one clinical trial, a contrast to the typical blue-collar participants who are often uninsured or underinsured."..."On one hand, recruiting for clinical trials may be getting easier with more people, some out of work, expressing an interest in trials — some of which offer thousands of dollars to participants. On the other, major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are said to be funding fewer clinical trials."

►March 27, 2009 - NIH stimulus grants for postdocs (requires registration) - The Scientist

►March 26, 2009 - Elephant, zoo staff traded MRSA infections - An African elephant calf that developed a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection may have infected 20 of its caretakers - Infectious Disease News

►March 26, 2009 - Nigeria: Eradication of Polio Duty of All, Says Agency Chief - Daily Trust via AllAfrica.com

►March 26, 2009 - Uganda Health News: Malinga hails polio immunization campaign - UGPulse.com

►March 26, 2009 - Sierra Leone: Polio Women to Fend for Themselves - Concord Times via AllAfrica.com

►March 26, 2009 - Local residents join fight to wipe out polio in India - Gary Post Tribune

►March 26, 2009 - Florida Interactors fight polio in India - Rotary International

►March 26, 2009 - Second attack - Many boomers now suffering from post-polio syndrome - Chattanooga Times Free Press

►March 26, 2009 - U.Va. Student Admitted to Hospital with Bacterial Meningitis - U. Va. Today via Virginia.edu - "Meningococcal meningitis bacteria are identified as having five strain types, four of which are prevented by the two currently recommended meningococcal vaccines, Menactra and Menomune. Strain type B is not prevented by vaccine. In this current case, a strain type has yet to be identified."

►March 26, 2009 - Belgrade student diagnosed with meningitis in stable condition - Montana's News Station

►March 26, 2009 - Meningitis claims three in Zamfara - NEXT

►March 26, 2009 - Nurse accused of stealing morphine from dying patient at University of Michigan hospitals - The Ann Arbor News via MLive.com

►March 26, 2009 - Family's coast-to-coast walk for tragic Thomas to help fight meningitis - Halifax Courier, UK

►March 26, 2009 - Obama Discusses Daughter's Hospitalization In Online Town Hall - The Huffington Post

►March 26, 2009 - Obama's online town hall ranges from marijuana to meningitis - San Jose Mercury News

►March 26, 2009 - A different look at vaccination - The Cornwall Standard Freeholder

►March 26, 2009 - Tiahart to Obama: You're shortchanging Kansas food-safety lab - Prime Buzz via Kansas City Star

►March 26, 2009 - Initiative Improves Cities' Response to Bioterror - MedPage Today

►March 25, 2009 - Morphotek and Human Genome Sciences in development deal - Philadelphia Business Journal

►March 25, 2009 - CA-MRSA genotypes linked to an increasing number of infections in the ICU - Infectious Disease News

* ►March 24, 2009 - Current mumps protection may not be enough - Outbreaks prompt need to study cause of waning immunity, benefits of possible third dose of vaccine (requires registration) - The Medical Post - "Routine two-dose programs for measles elimination using measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine were introduced in the U.S. in 1989 and in Canada in 1996/97. Many European countries have also adopted a routine two-dose schedule.  But several countries saw sudden, unexpected mumps outbreaks among young adults who were largely covered by two MMR doses."

* ►March 24, 2009 - Universal hepatitis A vaccine may be warranted - Despite travel and other risks, study of Nova Scotia students finds vaccine recommendations not followed, possibly due to cost (requires registration) - The Medical Post - "If a universal program were implemented, it would probably piggyback on the preadolescent hepatitis B immunization program, using the combined hepatitis A/B vaccine, Dr. Scott Halperin, professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie, and senior researcher for the project, told the meeting. 'Everyone travels,' Dr. Halperin said in an interview later. 'We’re going to need a universal program because we’re not going to be able to protect them one by one.'"

►March 24, 2009 - Meningitis Angels to Support First Annual World Meningitis Day - press release - Meningitis Angels via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "Angels are also proud to announce that Texas just became the fourth state in the country to require meningitis vaccines for 7th grade entry. Milley, representing Texas Angels along with the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Pediatric Society, and school nurses, worked to achieve the new mandate."

►March 24, 2009 - Surviving a bout with meningitis - Times Argus

►March 18, 2009 - Brian Deer responds to Andrew Wakefield - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►March 18, 2009 - What is Health Care Quality and Who Decides? - Statement of Carolyn Clancy
Before the Subcommittee on Health Care, Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

►March 17, 2009 - The Implications of Multiple Circadian Clock Origins - journal article (PLoS Biology)

* ►March 17, 2009 - Memo to FDA Staff: Don’t Leak This - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "In a staff memo Friday, FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Torti outlined prohibitions on disclosure of commercial information that 'can result in disciplinary sanctions and/or individual criminal liability' or could cause the FDA to be sued for damages. Concern over keeping trade secrets is routine in government."

►March 16, 2009 - Hero of the antivaccine movement Andrew Wakefield strikes back - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►March 10, 2009 - Network Features of the Mammalian Circadian Clock - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►March 10, 2009 - Regulation of Embryonic Cell Adhesion by the Prion Protein - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►March 9, 2009 - Probiotics during weaning reduce the incidence of eczema. - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►March 5, 2009 - From MMR to PDD via Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), sometimes an SSPE variant - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue

* ►March 1, 2009 - Another decision from the ‘Vaccine Court’ - Infectious Disease News - "Will any of this dissuade the substantial body of people who firmly believe that MMR vaccine and/or thimerosal caused their child’s autism? It’s doubtful at best. One grandmother of my own acquaintance is convinced beyond any reason that MMR vaccine caused her granddaughter’s autism; she continues to believe it just as firmly today, after the court’s decision. The vigor of the anti-vaccination group will not be diminished and a decision adverse to the petitioners would likely further harden the commonly-held belief that the federal government, the vaccine manufacturers and academia have all colluded together into a vast “Vaccine Establishment.”

 

Posted March 30, 2009

 

►March 31, 2009 - New figures show disparities in vaccination rates Sutherland tops tot jabs - St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Australia

* ►March 31, 2009 - Nothing wrong in Rubella vaccine - WHO team - Daily News, Sri Lanka - "There was nothing wrong in the Rubella vaccination administered to Peshala Hansani of Matara."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Polio vaccination, girls’ education not banned in Swat: Taliban - Daily Times, Pakistan

►March 31, 2009 - Health Ministry confirms measles cases, 16 still suspect - Fiji Times

►March 31, 2009 - Make them take the third dose - If your daughter has not taken her third dose of the HPV vaccine – please make sure she does. - Radio Fiji

►March 31, 2009 - Cervical cancer vaccine - news from The Travel Clinic - Cambridge Network, UK

* ►March 31, 2009 - Flu vaccine gets under the skin - Immunisation experts have welcomed the approval by the TGA of the world’s first intradermal influenza vaccine. - 6minutes.com.au - "The new vaccine, known as Intanza, uses a much shorter micro-needle which is only 1.5mm long, about 16 times shorter than the recommended needle length for the IM route. It delivers only a 0.1mL suspension, which is five times less than the volume of traditional IM influenza suspensions."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Google runs anti-vaccination ads - 6minutes can’t help but notice the prevalence of Google-sponsored health ads all over the Internet. - 6minutes.com.au

* ►March 30, 2009 - Death of 12 year old due to medical negligence - Asian Tribune - "According to the Sunday Times of 29th March 2009, the interim report on the Rubella vaccination tragedy has pointed to medical negligence on the part of the doctor who should have taken cognizance of the letter from the parent about the fact that her child was allergic to certain types of food."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Health Ministry clears up vaccine dispute - The Jakarta Post - "The Health Ministry will continue to recommend children receive immunization against measles, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B and tuberculosis, a senior official said Sunday.  Ministry spokesman Lilik Sulistyowati said her office considered vaccinations against other diseases such as meningitis and mumps "safe", but "not mandatory" for Indonesian children. ... Earlier this week, Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said she wanted to cease programs vaccinating children against meningitis, mumps and some other diseases because she feared foreign pharmaceutical companies were using the country as a testing ground for drugs."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Anthrax Contamination in French Laboratory hits Europe - LifeGen.de - "Now we have another disaster news coming from a major European Lab: An Afssa [Agence francaise de securite sanitaire des aliments] laboratory has been contaminated with the deadly Bacillus anthracis. According to the alert system PROMED there are 5 laboratory workers which have been placed in isolation in a hospital at Maison-Alfort after being in contact with the bacillus. The incident occurred at the laboratory, which works in conjunction with the National reference lab for anthrax (Centre national de reference charbon (CNR charbon)) located in the Pasteur Institute. CNR charbon carries out epidemiologic surveillance on anthrax and characterizes the isolates from cases and outbreaks. Are laboratories working with highly pathogenic viruses out of control?"

* ►March 30, 2009 - Cornell Librarians Protest Bill Closing Access to NIH Research - The Cornell Daily Sun - "This month, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that would make the National Institutes of Health public access policy permanent, signaling a move towards greater transparency in academia. Under this policy, NIH-funded research, including work by Cornell faculty, will be publicly avaliable. However, another bill introduced in Congress last month seeks to reverse this public access policy and has prompted Cornell’s librarians to take action."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Brockport Prof Says Compulsory HPV Vaccination is Morally Justified - Paper Featured in April's American Journal of Health Science - PharmaLive via MedAdNews - "Joseph E. Balog, PhD, associate professor of health science at The College at Brockport, says that a compulsory vaccination program to fight the spread of the human papillomavirus (HPV) is justifiable on moral, scientific, and public health grounds. ... 'The proposal raises the issue of whether government should use its police powers to restrict liberty and parental autonomy for the purpose of preventing harm to young people. I concluded that compulsory HPV vaccinations can be justified on moral, scientific, and public health grounds,' Balog wrote."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Is Gardasil More Effective in Older Teens? - On Women Blog via U.S. News & World Report - "I called Harper again last week—she's now a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City—to find out if she'd heard about the cases of deadly ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) that followed Gardasil vaccination in two teens and possibly a third. She said she knew about them and had even spoken with Phil Tetlock, the father of 15-year-old Jenny, who was vaccinated with Gardasil in 2007 and died two weeks ago from ALS.  'I think there's a strong possibility that Gardasil was the catalyst that set off the ALS,' Harper says. 'It could have been the straw that broke the camel's back in a child who was already predisposed to the condition.' In other words, it's possible Jenny would have eventually developed the disease from another immunological trigger, like a severe stomach virus or a standard flu vaccine, and that the Gardasil shot accelerated the onset of ALS. On the other hand, it's also quite possible that there's no link at all between the Gardasil shot and Jenny's illness."

* ►March 30, 2009 - National Vaccine Plan Draft Published - Public Comments Due 3-31-09 - Tell Public Health Officials What You Think About Vaccine Safety - The Autism Action Coalition

* ►March 30, 2009 - Reminder: Comments Due 3/31 on National Vaccine Plan - Age of Autism

* ►March 30, 2009 - New (And Improved?) IOM Panel to Convene on Vaccines By Julie Obradovic - Age of Autism

* ►March 30, 2009 - Autism wars (part one) - Examiner.com

* ►March 30, 2009 - Students given suspension notices for not getting booster shots - CBC.ca - "A southern Ontario health unit has sent suspension notices to 749 high school students who have not received their vaccination booster shots. ... The percentage of students in the region up-to-date with their immunizations fell from 85 per cent in 2005 to 58 per cent in 2009."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Concern over vaccination rate in NJ - Responding to a reported drop, a doctors' group says parents and government must do more. - Philadelphia Inquirer - "Pennsylvania's rate in the latest survey rose slightly, to 79.9 percent from 78.8 percent. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, which sets policy, but does not administer vaccines, has not yet analyzed the most recent data in detail. 'We're certainly concerned about any decline and are looking into it to better understand the reasons,' the department said in an e-mail statement Friday evening."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Do you vaccinate your children? - The Hudson Reporter - "On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m., Nine Lounge in Hoboken will host [Louise Kuo] Habakus who will lead a seminar on informed consent in vaccination. The seminar, entitled 'A Vaccination Seminar: What Choices Do Parents Have?' is designed to help educate New Jersey residents on the choices available to them when making informed vaccination decisions."

* ►March 30, 2009 - Maternal Bereavement Not Linked to Autism - Stress Related to the Passing of a Loved One During or Near Pregnancy Is Unrelated to Autism Risk, Study Shows - WebMD

►March 30, 2009 - Marketers Lend Voices to Show Support for the Disabled (requires registration) - The New York Times - "For the first time, Babies 'R' Us has become part of an initiative by Toys 'R' Us to raise money for Autism Speaks, an organization that helps autistic children. The initiative, which continues through May 1, carries the theme 'Autism: Help Solve the Puzzle.' The campaign is centered on a collection of photographs titled “Faces of Autism.” The photos are appearing on signs in stores and on a section of the Toys “R” Us Web site (toysrus.com/autismspeaks)."

►March 30, 2009 - Ami Klin: Reaching Children With Autism - WebMD

►March 30, 2009 - Florida Gulf Coast University to host national autism conference - Naples Daily News - "'The Road to Best Practice in Autism,' a conference for physicians, parents and educators, will be held April 25 at Florida Gulf Coast University."

►March 30, 2009 - Planned Sutter clinic will be pioneer in treating adult autism (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee

►March 30, 2009 - Autism teacher celebrates every gain (includes video) - CNN

►March 30, 2009 - Cause celeb: Keith Duffy on autism (includes video) - BBC

* ►March 30, 2009 - Titan-sponsored study says mercury emissions won't cause health problems - StarNewsOnline.com - "Those results show that the estimated 263 pounds of mercury that Titan’s plant could release will not pose any harm to residents."

►March 30, 2009 - inteliBrands Group presents, W, the women’s show Informing Parents about the Importance of Childhood - press release - inteliBrands via PR-USA.net - "On an upcoming edition of W, the women’s show, leading medical experts will discuss the importance of vaccinations in infants and young children, the options parents will have when choosing vaccines, and how to make the trip to the doctor’s office less stressful. The show will air on May 9th at 7:30 on the WE network and on May 18th at 7:30 on Oxygen. ... 'For more information, viewers can visit www.vaccineplace.com.'"

►March 30, 2009 - Growing Number of Kids in School Without Vaccinations - LosAngeles Times via KTLA.com

►March 30, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 787 - Immunization Action Coalition

* ►March 30, 2009 - Vaccinations in California schools (requires registration) - L.A. Now Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►March 30, 2009 - Department of Health and Human Services Approves Fictitious Medical Device Review Board Led by a Dead Dog - NaturalNews.com

►March 30, 2009 - New vaccine may check pneumonia deaths - Times of India

* ►March 30, 2009 - FDA approves IXIARO for Japanese encephalitis - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved IXIARO, a vaccine to prevent Japanese encephalitis (JE) which is caused by a mosquito-transmitted virus found mainly in Asia. IXIARO will be the only vaccine for JE available in the United States. - News-Medical.net

* ►March 30, 2009 - Canada Court Rejects Vioxx Class Certification, Merck Says - Bloomberg - "Merck & Co., which has settled most of its U.S. Vioxx lawsuits, said it won a dismissal of a Canadian certification of a group lawsuit with the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal overturning a judge’s ruling."

* ►March 30, 2009 - CERVARIX(R) U.S. Regulatory Update - GlaxoSmithKline submits final study data to FDA for cervical cancer vaccine - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 30, 2009 - Cervical cancer vaccine discussed at Nanuet Library - Lower Hudson Journal News

►March 30, 2009 - Should you be one less? - Knowledge emerges of HPV causing changes in pap testing, expert says - UWEC Spectator

►March 30, 2009 - New cervical cancer vaccine developed - The Yomiuri Shimbun - "While anti-cervical cancer vaccine--currently used in Europe, the United States and other countries--prevents 60 percent to 70 percent of uterine cervical cancer, the new vaccine is expected to be more effective. The institute will present the finding Friday at a meeting of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Kyoto."

►March 30, 2009 - Should Boys Be Vaccinated with Gardasil? - Concerns Change at the Subject of Boys Being Vaccinated - Cancer Blog via http://cancer.about.com

►March 30, 2009 - 'High uptake' for cancer vaccine - Nearly 85% of 11 and 12-year-old girls in Northern Ireland have had the cervical cancer jab. - BBC

►March 30, 2009 - Jump up for a jab - Evening Chronicle via ChronicleLive - "North East health experts are urging parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)."

►March 30, 2009 - MMR jab controversy rumbles on - Bromsgrove Advertiser, UK

►March 30, 2009 - Oseltamivir Associated With Reduced Risk of Recurring Cardiac Events - Tricare via Doctor's Guide

►March 30, 2009 - Health Agency Verifies Performance of CombiMatrix's Influenza-Detection Technology During 2007-2008 Influenza Season - press release - CombiMatrix Corporation via Globe Newswire

* ►March 30, 2009 - Infant’s meningitis death prompts outcry over First Nations health care - Winnipeg Free Press via Calgary Herald - "His mother had taken her feverish baby to the nursing station in Garden Hill on March 14. She was sent home and told to give the baby Tylenol and cool baths to reduce Chace’s fever. The next day, she took Chace back to the nursing station and the baby had a seizure."

►March 30, 2009 - Manitoba First Nations baby dies of meningitis - Canwest News Service via Canada.com - "One baby has died and another underwent emergency life-saving surgery over the weekend after contracting a rare form of meningitis, says the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs."

►March 30, 2009 - Student Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis - WFMZ.com - "A male student at East Stroudsburg University living off-campus has come down with a case of bacterial meningitis, according to a statement on the university web site."

►March 30, 2009 - Case of whooping cough reported at Terra Linda High - Marin Independent-Journal

►March 30, 2009 - Travellers warned of measles outbreaks in western Europe - Canadian Press via Prince Albert Daily Herald - "The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning travellers of measles outbreaks currently in several western European countries, including France, Switzerland, Germany, the U.K. and Ireland."

►March 30, 2009 - Kan. town was first to get polio protection - Wichita Eagle via Kansas.com

►March 30, 2009 - Universal Detection Technology to Supply Anthrax and Ricin Detection Equipment to Miami-Dade Police Department - iStockAnalyst

* ►March 30, 2009 - China facing HIV 'plague' as new cases leap 45 per cent - China is facing an epidemic of HIV infection, particularly among its gay population, as the government admitted that new cases had risen by 45 per cent in two years. - The Telegraph, UK

►March 30, 2009 - Invest In Necessities: Air, Trash And H20 - The world's middle class is expanding. Here's how to plan around a hungrier, thirstier and more polluted world.  - Forbes

* ►March 30, 2009 - Intestinal parasites alter immunity in cholera patients - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert! - "'It's been a puzzle as to why cholera vaccines that initially look so promising in trials in volunteers in Europe and the United States have been much less effective in inducing a strong immune system response in countries where cholera occurs. Our study supports the idea that co-infection with intestinal worms may be part of the explanation for that discrepancy,' says Jason Harris, of the MGH Division of Infectious Disease, the study's lead author."

►March 30, 2009 - Endless, Pure New Blood From Stem Cells? - Scientists Say It Could Be Widely Available For Transfusions Within A Decade - CBS News

►March 30, 2009 - Feeding the Bacteria in Your Gut - Wall Street Journal

►March 30, 2009 - FDA: Salmonella found in pistachio nuts - Newsday

►March 30, 2009 - Fever pitch - It's normal for parents to fret when their child is sick. Here's how to cope with the panic. (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►March 30, 2009 - Vaccines protect dogs from parvovirus - Contagious disease killed Oprah Winfrey's puppy - The Patriot-News via PennLive.com

* ►March 30, 2009 - New law requires less frequent rabies vaccinations - Cullman Times - "An Alabama state senate committee has approved a bill that would allow pet owners to get their dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies every three years instead of every year. The bill was approved by the Senate Health Committee and will now go to the Senate for consideration."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Rubella tragedy: Time to take stock sans emotion - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka - "A child in Matara is dead after being administered the rubella vaccine. Any death, particularly of a child, is an emotional and sensitive issue. Facts, however, need to be sifted from emotion and hasty and drastic decisions which may have disastrous consequences on thousands of children should be reviewed immediately. What has been established so far is that the child died of anaphylactic shock, which in lay terms is a widespread and very serious allergic reaction."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Death of Peshala - Destiny or criminal negligence? - Mother’s letter disregarded  - Initial report points finger at MOH officials - Health officials concerned about the future generations - The manufacturer of the vaccine not on WHO certified list - Basic requirements about the make of the vaccine is not available Nation on Sunday, Sri Lanka - "'Finally, I wrote a letter to the medical officer citing all her health conditions and her allergies. I pleaded with him to take all those into consideration before deciding whether she should be vaccinated or not. I said it like that because I sent a similar letter to the medical officer who came to vaccinate school children against tetanus last year. She was given a shot against tetanus a week before the programme and that medical officer after reading my letter had told my daughter she need not get vaccinated. Unfortunately this time my daughter was forced to get vaccinated,' she alleged."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Children at risk if vaccination suspended - Nation on Sunday, Sri Lanka

* ►March 29, 2009 - Anthrax, laboratory exposure - France: RFI - ProMED-mail

►March 29, 2009 - Infants with the runs - You can vaccinate your baby against a common cause of diarrhoea. - Malaysia Star - "This article is courtesy of the MPA’s Positive Parenting Childhood Immunisation Campaign that is supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline."

►March 29, 2009 - Researchers Closer to Vaccine For the Common Cold - KUTV.com

►March 29, 2009 - Shea-Taylor: An unlikely heroine - Reality TV star's death may lead more to doctor's office - Attleboro Sun Chronicle - "It's a sure bet, however, that the legacy of Jade Goody will follow many families into the doctor's office. Goody was barely into her life, mother of two young sons. Would Gardasil have prevented her death were the vaccine available 18 years ago when she was just 9?"

* ►March 28, 2009 - The Big Fart By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►March 28, 2009 - Vaccination declaration uncalled for - A declaration that people were being asked to sign by medical centers in Ho Chi Minh City before getting vaccinated made the headlines recently. - Thanh Nien Daily - "'... Tuoi Tre Friday cited the department Deputy Director Le Truong Giang as saying 'the declaration was the department’s policy.' Giang told the newspaper that the department has not yet publicized the form or instructions on using it. According to the policy, people will be examined and provided consultation before signing the documents declaring that they have agreed to be vaccinated, he said. 'It’s time people made the decisions on things that affect their lives.'"

►March 28-April 10, 2009 - Unhealthy trend - The present government and the ones before it have neglected the health sector, as the National Family Health Surveys show. - Frontline, India

►March 28, 2009 - Vaccines save lives of animals every day (requires registration) - Sun Herald

* ►March 27, 2009 - Project Listserv for Review of Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Institute of Medicine - "The project staff will use the vaccine safety mailing list to share information on activities of the Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines. The listserv will send one to three announcements per month about committee activities for the duration of the project. If you would like to receive these e-mails, please click here to subscribe to the vaccine safety listserv."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Healthbeat Report: Understanding Autism - Autism affects an estimated one in every 150 children born in the U.S. (includes videos) - ABC 7 Chicago - "There is much debate about what causes the disorder. But this story is strictly about how genetics could play a role. Families coping with a child who has autism are being asked to help science decode this mystery by supplying their genetic secrets."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Hampton mum makes autism appeal to Prime Minister Gordon Brown - Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK

►March 27, 2009 - Kids unite for love of Laura - Teacher's little girl has Rett syndrome, and students team up to help - Arizona Daily Star

* ►March 27, 2009 - 3 Researchers at Harvard Are Named in Subpoena (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The three researchers have advocated increased use of antipsychotic medicines in children and have accepted lucrative consulting agreements from the drugs’ makers. Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican investigating conflicts of interest in medicine, found that each of the researchers had failed to report much of his consulting income to Harvard. Mr. Grassley has also said that Dr. Biederman and Dr. Wilens might have violated federal and university research rules. The controversy led Dr. Biederman to suspend his work with the drug industry."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Media distortion damages both science and journalism by Simon Baron-Cohen - opinion - New Scientist

►March 26, 2009 - Virus claims second EL child - Dispatch Online, South Africa

* ►March 25, 2009 - Online Age Quiz Is a Window for Drug Makers (requires registration) - The New York Times - "RealAge’s privacy policy does not specifically address the firm’s relationship with drug companies, but does state, in part, 'we will share your personal data with third parties to fulfill the services that you have asked us to provide to you,' and it adds test results to its database only when respondents become RealAge members. Some critics, however, charge that consumers do not have enough information when they join. 'Literally millions of people have unknowingly signed up,' said Peter Lurie, the deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen, a public interest group in Washington. The company, he said, 'can create a group of people, and hit them up and create anxiety even though the person does not have a diagnosis.'"

►March 24, 2009 - Flu Bug Develops Resistance to Popular Drug (includes video) - WLNS.com

►March 24, 2009 - The HPV vaccine: A fundamental right for Irish women? - University Observer Online

►March 24, 2009 - Vaccinating kids 'reduces spread of flu' - AAP via The Age - "Infants in 40 childcare centres across Sydney are taking part in a vaccination trial in the hope of reducing the number admitted to hospital suffering influenza-related complications of pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma."

* ►March 23, 2009 - China county accused of child virus cover-up - Reuters - "Chinese state media accused a local government on Tuesday of covering up the number of children suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease and the number of deaths. The government of Minquan county in central Henan province said only one child was killed by the virus, but there may be at least 10 more deaths cases in the region, the official China National Radio said on its website (www.cnr.cn)."

* ►March 20, 2009 - Protocol Breach Reported in Biederman Study of Preschoolers - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►March 20, 2009 - Review of Adverse Effects of Vaccines - Institute of Medicine

* ►March 16, 2009 - Prevnar IS Safe - Have a Look at the Studies! - Inside Vaccines

* ►March 16, 2009 - Forest Labs' Lexapro Flap Over JAMA Article Will Likely Be Examined by the Feds - BNET Pharma

* ►March 15, 2009 - Are Side Effects Worth It? - video - YouTube

* ►March 3, 2009 - Baxter H5N1 Contamination: Causes were a unique combination of process, technical and human errors - LifeGen.de

Healing and Preventing Autism Media Tour - Just Released! Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide by Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. Jenny McCarthy has teamed up with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, the doctor who recovered her son, to write Healing and Preventing Autism. - Generation Rescue

 

Posted March 29, 2009

 

►May/June 2009 - Clinical efficacy of a Ginkgo biloba extract in the topical treatment of allergic conjunctivitis - journal article (European Journal of Ophthalmology)

►April 2009 - Hepatitis B vaccination: The key towards elimination and eradication of hepatitis B - journal article (Journal of Hepatology)

►April 2009 - In Vitro Activity of Iclaprim against Respiratory and Bacteremic Isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae - journal article (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)

►April 2009 - Immunity to Respiratory Viruses - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - The Molecular Pathophysiology of Autoinflammatory Disease - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Enhancing Immunity Through Autophagy - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases in Autoimmunity - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Early school-based learning difficulties in children born very preterm - journal article (Early Human Development)

►April 2009 - Probiotic supplementation in the first 6 months of life in at risk Asian infants - effects on eczema and atopic sensitization at the age of 1 year - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►April 2009 - Interleukin-21: Basic Biology and Implications for Cancer and Autoimmunity - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Immunological and Inflammatory Functions of the Interleukin-1 Family - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Regulation and Function of NF-κB Transcription Factors in the Immune System - journal article (Annual Review of Immunology)

►April 2009 - Management of meningitis due to antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter species - journal article (The Lancet)

►April 2009 - Congenital cytomegalovirus: new progress in an old disease - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►April 2009 - Changes in use of psychostimulant medication for ADHD in South Australia (1990-2006) - journal article (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry)

►April 2009 - Multiple informants in the assessment of psychological, behavioral, and academic correlates of bullying and victimization in middle school - journal article (Journal of Adolescence)

►April 2009 - Friendship, loneliness and depression in adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome - journal article (Journal of Adolescence)

►April 2009 - Brief report: Cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychological adjustment in adolescents with a chronic disease - journal article (Journal of Adolescence)

►April 2009 - Developmental pathways in food allergy: a new theoretical framework - journal article (Allergy)

►April 2009 - Cognitive Coping Moderates the Association between Violent Victimization by Peers and Substance Use among Adolescents - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Psychology)

►March/April 2009 - Household Language, Parent Developmental Concerns, and Child Risk for Developmental Disorder - journal article (Academic Pediatrics)

* ►March 30, 2009 - Firm denies drug cover-up - The Age, AU - "A US drug company and its Australian subsidiary will fight claims they covered up an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, attached to their anti-arthritis drug Vioxx, in a class action due to begin in the Federal Court today."

►March 30, 2009 - CSU researchers discover mosquito fact - High Plains/Midwest AG Journal

* ►March 30, 2009 - Get help paying for drugs (requires registration) - Drug makers step up with aid as strapped consumers cut health spending in tough times. - Los Angeles Times

►March 30, 2009 - Waging war on superbugs - An investigation into the evolution of disease and how genetics are helping in the war against infections from malaria to MRSA - The Times, UK

►March 30, 2009 - Anti-polio partnership with Nadra yields positive outcome - 20,000 children vaccinated; ministry planning action against non-performing provinces - The News International, Pakistan

►March 30, 2009 - FG urges state participation in fight against polio - Daily Triumph

►March 30, 2009 - Dealing with autism - Trinidad & Tobago Express

* ►March 29, 2009 - Cancer linked to shots can be fatal to your cat - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "An estimated three of 10,000 vaccinated cats will develop cancerous tumors in the spots where they’ve received routine shots, such as those that protect against rabies and feline leukemia. Veterinary experts aren’t sure why this happens. But since 1996, they have recommended limiting the number and frequency of shots that cats receive because of the tumor risk. They also have recommended that cats get injections as low as possible on their legs to increase their odds of survival and allow for amputation of the limb if needed to remove a tumor. ... A possible link between vaccinations and the development of the tumors was first recognized in the early 1990s. Some experts believe that a component in many vaccines designed to spur an immune response, called an adjuvant, is the likely culprit. Vaccines against rabies and feline leukemia viruses have been frequently implicated, but injections of nonvaccine medications also have been associated with the tumors."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Drop in vaccinations raises risk at some California schools (requires registration) - A Times analysis finds hundreds of campuses, which tend to be in more affluent areas, at risk for childhood disease outbreaks. - Los Angeles Times - "Part of the reason is that there's been such a huge rise in autism . . . and what's the cause?" she said. "Just because the pharmaceutical companies say we need it doesn't mean we need it." Public health experts say they believe there is more than enough scientific proof that autism is not connected to vaccines. But they said it has been difficult to reassure skeptical parents. "I think it's hard to unscare people," said Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Measles case led to concern, quarantines (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►March 29, 2009 - Immunization laws and attitudes vary (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►March 29, 2009 - California Schools Guide - Immunization data for schools in all 58 counties - Test scores, demographics and reader comments about California's schools. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►March 29, 2009 - Approval process lowers the number of kids on atypical prescriptions. - St. Petersburg Times - "Nudged by public pressure, Florida health officials took a baby step last year toward reining in the use of power­ful antipsychotic drugs among children: They began requiring that doctors get approval before giving these drugs to kids under 6 on the Medicaid program."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Why Will No-One Listen? Why Is The UK Government Pretending There Is No Autism Crisis? - Lisa Blakemore Brown Speaks At The Autism Rally In London - The One Click Group

* ►March 29, 2009 - AHRP Hits On JAMA - Inquiry Demanded - The One Click Group

* ►March 29, 2009 - Autism - Cold Parents or Cold Society? by Christina England - American Chronicle

* ►March 29, 2009 - The return of scarlet fever - Cases in Britain rise by 50 per cent in just a year - The Independent, UK - "Government advisers are to review crucial defences against some of Britain's 'forgotten' diseases after doctors reported steep rises in the number of people suffering from scarlet fever and whooping cough.  Ministers have ordered their medical experts to resurrect a proposal to introduce a 'booster' vaccine for whooping cough (pertussis) following the disclosure that incidents of the potentially fatal illness had nearly doubled in a year."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Panel Advises Depression Screening For US Teens - AP via CBS2 Chicago - "An influential government-appointed medical panel is urging doctors to routinely screen all American teens for depression -- a bold step that acknowledges that nearly 2 million teens are affected by this debilitating condition. Most are undiagnosed and untreated, said the panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which sets guidelines for doctors on a host of health issues. The task force recommendations appear in April's issue of the journal Pediatrics. And they go farther than the American Academy of Pediatrics' own guidance for teen depression screening."

* ►March 29, 2009 - Sharfstein has made his mark - City health commissioner engaged the broad community in public issues (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

* ►March 29, 2009 - Autistic boy's arrest at school fuels debate on discipline for disabled - The Tennessean

* ►March 29, 2009 - Mom with Autism Talks About Sky Walker Matricide Case By Sondra Williams - Age of Autism

* ►March 29, 2009 - Peoria police seek missing autistic man - The Arizona Republic

* ►March 29, 2009 - Hope for Autism Training Conference & 2009 Int'l Vaccine Risk Symposium - Age of Autism - "Managing Editor's Note: David Kirby and Dr. Mayer Eisenstein ('Holistic MD Has 30,000 Patients – Zero With ASD, All Unvaccinated') are featured presenters at this conference in Charleston, SC.  Visit www.hopeforautism.us to learn more! - Hope for Autism Training Conference & 2009 International Vaccine Risk Symposium Developed for Patients, Families and Practitioners Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 15 - 17, 2009"

* ►March 29, 2009 - Autism skews developing brain with synchronous motion and sound - Lip-sync could explain staring at people's mouths (includes video) - NIH/National Institute of Mental Health via EurekAlert!

►March 29, 2009 - Autism: New Clue to Earlier Detection - Researchers Find Autism Attention Difference That May Start Very Early, Which May Lead to Earlier Detection and New Therapies - WebMD

►March 29, 2009 - Autism immerses 2-year-olds in a synchronized world - Toddlers with autism may closely monitor co-occurring sights and sounds, resulting in a neglect of social signals - ScienceNews

►March 29, 2009 - Cartoons 'could help spot autism' - Watching how a toddler responds to animations could help diagnose autism, research has suggested. - BBC

►March 29, 2009 - Growing up with Asperger’s: 10-year-old adapting to his world - Norwich Bulletin

►March 29, 2009 - As diagnosed autism increases, schools struggle to meet students' needs - Chillicothe Gazette

►March 29, 2009 - Therapy can help children with autism - Dothan Eagle

►March 29, 2009 - Don't wait to react to autism signs - Coshocton Tribune

►March 29, 2009 - Jade Goody, the HPV vaccine and yet another example of why our health care system is broken - Daily Finance - "In my practice, a mother will occasionally ask my advice about whether to vaccinate her daughter. Interestingly, few if any have expressed concern about the vaccine prompting premature sexual activity. More commonly, parents question the safety of vaccines in general."

►March 29, 2009 - 'Experimental Man' tests modern medicine (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►March 29, 2009 - Eli Lilly schizophrenia drug trial inconclusive - * Lilly calls schizophrenia drug study inconclusive * Says placebo response was double usual response * Says to continue development of drug - Reuters India

►March 29, 2009 - The Elephant in the Room Series Two: DSM-V Directory - The One Click Group

►March 29, 2009 - Inside the lives of five fallen children - The State

* ►March 29, 2009 - The Empire Strikes Again - Controlling Food From Growth To Table - National Health Federation via The One Click Group - "Last month, the so-called Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 was introduced by Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) as House Resolution 875. The bill calls for the creation of a Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services. This new agency would empower the government to regulate food production at all levels, up and down the chain of production. For violations, the bill provides for criminal prosecution for producers, manufacturers, and distributors who fail to comply with these regulations, and punitive property seizures and large fines of as much as $1 million for each offense upon conviction."

* ►March 29, 2009 - One step could dramatically improve hospital care and patient safety - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►March 29, 2009 - The shadowy world of bioweapons - A new documentary scrutinizes 'the subversion of life sciences into death sciences' - Toronto Star - "Anthrax War, a documentary directed and co-written by Coen, has its world premiere tonight at 10 p.m. on CBC Newsworld's The Passionate Eye."

►March 29, 2009 - Anthrax War (includes promotional video) - The Passionate Eye via CBC Newsworld

►March 29, 2009 - With a physicist's exactitude, Holt brings the science to the political - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com

►March 29, 2009 - The tiny invaders that pose a big threat - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com - "To federal bug and germ hunters, uninspected foreign meat wrapped in corn husks is a possible carrier of avian flu that could sicken hundreds and destroy the livelihood of thousands of chicken-farm workers in Delaware. It is quite a stretch, but one that Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at every U.S. port of entry make daily in the fight against tiny alien predators."

►March 29, 2009 - Many volunteers needed to help if pandemic strikes - Henry County emergency preparedness coordinator signing up interested citizens. - guest column - Muncie Star Press

►March 29, 2009 - Hawaii working on list of who gets shots first in flu pandemic - Public's input wanted on who'll be vaccinated first if outbreak strikes - Honolulu Advertiser

►March 29, 2009 - Late flu season reported in N. Idaho - Bonner Daily Bee via Fort Mills Times

►March 29, 2009 - Student hospitalized with meningitis - The Daily Collegian Online

►March 29, 2009 - Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Spreading In China, Killing Children - Xinhua via Medical News Today

* ►March 29, 2009 - Watch HIV T-cell Transfer, Live! (includes videos) - Pure Pedantry via ScienceBlogs

* ►March 28, 2009 - Jammed by JAMA (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "A few years ago, The Journal of the American Medical Association started publicly admonishing some authors who failed to disclose potential conflicts of interest with drug companies and other medical industries. That was a warning shot to those who ignored JAMA's demands that such conflicts be voluntarily disclosed lest they taint the published research. You would think, given this hyper-aware atmosphere, that the editors of JAMA or any other major medical journal would welcome any help they could get in patrolling its authors' conflicts. You would think that until you heard about Jonathan Leo, a professor of neuro-anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Report: More parents choose not to vaccinate - Los Angeles Times via San Francisco Chronicle 

* ►March 28, 2009 - Barb Loe Fisher and Deirdre Imus in CT April 1: Vaccines You Do Call the Shots - Age of Autism

►March 28, 2009 - NU scientists' new oral vaccine might be cure for needles' sting - Chicago Sun-Times

►March 28, 2009 - Food or disease: Discovering celiac - Examiner.com

* ►March 28, 2009 - Scientists raced to save colleague - Experimental vaccine used after woman pricked finger with Ebola syringe - AP via The Chronicle Herald, Canada - "At the time of the accident, she was wearing three layers of protective gloves, and though the needle stuck her, the plunger of the syringe was not pushed so it’s not certain the virus entered her bloodstream. That means scientists may never know if the vaccine worked or she was just lucky."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Vaccines resuming in Haiti this week - AP via South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "The effort marks the second phase of an international goal to immunize 5.6 million Haitian kids — more than half the country's population — against diseases like polio, measles and rubella. Children in neatly pressed uniforms lined up at schools and marketplaces in the Cite Soleil slum to receive injections, drops and tablets. "This will help the children who can't afford medicine. When they grow up, they won't be frail," said Justin Jean-Erick, a health worker with Medecins du Monde."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Sonoma County at center of anti-vaccine debate - The Press Democrat - "Orchard View kindergarten parents opt out of vaccinations at a rate of 67 percent. The state average is 2 percent. “Sebastopol has traditionally been a pretty liberal area,” Rogers said. “It’s the more alternative lifestyle of people who choose not to immunize their kids. They are educated about it and they have their views.”

►March 28, 2009 - Doctor, Doctor - Dr Tom Smith answers your questions - The Guardian, UK - "I've been told the NHS is stockpiling vaccines for bird flu. This worries me - I thought it was no longer such a concern. Are we still expecting it to strike in the near future?"

* ►March 28, 2009 - Health sector plans to eradicate measles by 2012 - Nhan Dan

►March 28, 2009 - Discovery Of Tuberculosis Bacterium Enzyme Paves Way For New TB Drugs - University of Maryland College Park via Medical News Today

►March 28, 2009 - Most TB sufferers are locals: Health Minister - The Star, Malaysia

►March 28, 2009 - UCD geneticist 1 of 50 to get big private grant - Daily Democrat - "Errors that occur in homologous recombination can have severe consequences. They are linked to a number of disorders, such as Down syndrome, and some inherited cancers, including the breast and ovarian cancers that result from defects in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. They can also cause severe developmental defects that end in spontaneous abortion."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Living with Lyme disease - The Monterey County Herald - "A group that downplays the seriousness of the disease, Harris said, is the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2007, the Connecticut Attorney General sued the society, saying its 2006 guidelines "have sweeping and significant impacts on Lyme disease medical care. They are commonly applied by insurance companies in restricting coverage for long-term antibiotic treatment or other medical care and also strongly influence physician treatment decisions." The case was settled out of court last year and the IDSA agreed to completely review its guidelines."

►March 28, 2009 - Some Diseases Only Plane Ride Away - Bainbridge News

►March 28, 2009 - Five babies die of hand-foot-mouth disease in east China city - Xinhua News Agency

►March 28, 2009 - Structure Of A Protein That Makes Cancer Cells Resistant To Chemotherapy Discovered By Scripps Scientists - Scripps Research Institute via Medical News Today

►March 28, 2009 - Pfizer details Wyeth deal - The Philadelphia Inquirer

►March 27, 2009 - Coronado fifth-grader diagnosed with meningitis - San Diego Union-Tribune

►March 27, 2009 - Treatment Target for Herpes Pinpointed - PLoS Pathogens via HealthDay News via WATE.com

►March 27, 2009 - PlagueBusters: Nathan Wolfe looks for pandemics before they start (includes video) - Scientific American

►March 27, 2009 - Indonesia minster says may delay merger of 2 drug firms - Reuters

* ►March 27, 2009 - Stimulus inspires research grant rush - The Daily Breeze - "The $787 billion stimulus package, dubbed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, included a $10.3 billion boost for research funded by the NIH. The agency also received a 2.3 percent annual budget increase, $938 million more than 2008, to fund research."

►March 27, 2009 - Guest column: Data show long-term treatment of Lyme disease ineffective - Norwich Bulletin

►March 27, 2009 - What's Driving Specific Patterns Of Gene Expression Among Cell Types? - Providing another tool to help to understand gene regulation on a global scale, a nationwide research team has identified and mapped 55,000 enhancers, short regions of DNA that act to enhance or boost the expression of genes. The map, which will be published March 18 in the advance on-line edition of the journal Nature, will help scientists understand how cells control expression of genes specific to their particular cell type. - University of California - San Diego, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►March 27, 2009 - Powerful proponent of psychiatric drugs for children primed for a fall - opinion - San Francisco Chronicle - "Big Pharma money is most powerful when promoting Biederman's research and point of view over competing models. Drug companies copy and mail his important papers on psychiatric drugs to every American physician working with children. A member of the Biederman team is at every important meeting on children's psychiatric issues and medical education. Their presence, and often the conference, itself, are supported by drug industry dollars. Only when children die or side effects are severe - as in the FDA hearings on children and antidepressants in 2004, and in the recent publicity over obesity and diabetes caused by the bipolar drugs - do opposing viewpoints get the country's eyes and ears. Biederman's conflict of interest problems have exposed his strong pro-drug views to the public for scrutiny. Until now, fear of the Biederman team has operated quietly on the small club of child psychiatric researchers. Only when 2-year-olds started taking three psychiatric drugs simultaneously under a Biederman protocol for bipolar disorder did the emperor's clothes become so invisible as to begin the naming of names."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Film sheds light on shadowy world of germ warfare - Bob Coen talks about Anthrax War, his new documentary on biological weapons - CBC

* ►March 27, 2009 - Poor Records Hamper FDA Food Poisoning Investigations - Newsinferno.com

►March 27, 2009 - Jabs clinic after mumps outbreak - Essex Echo, UK

* ►March 26, 2009 - Two babies killed, 4 hospitalized by hand, foot and mouth disease in east China - Xinhua via China View

* ►March 26, 2009 - Tufts U. Puts Limit on Discussion of Conflicts of Interest - Chronicle.com - "A spokeswoman for the Tufts medical school, Christine Fennelly, said the university decided it didn’t want its administrators to publicly debate Mr. Thacker at the same time he is helping to lead an investigation into Tufts faculty members. Mr. Grassley wrote to the president of Tufts, Lawrence S. Bacow, on February 17 seeking financial disclosures for Helen W. Boucher, an infectious-disease specialist at Tufts."

* ►March 26, 2009 - Psychiatrists Say No to Drug-Company Events at Their Annual Meeting - Chronicle.com - "Pressure has been mounting from Congress and watchdog groups to reveal those ties, as evidence has emerged from Emory, Stanford, and Harvard Universities, among other institutions, that psychiatrists conducting drug trials had received fees, in various forms, from the manufacturers of those drugs."

►March 26, 2009 - Notice: Draft Guidance for Industry: Use of Serological Tests to Reduce the Risk of Transmission of trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Whole Blood and Blood Components for Transfusion and Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►March 26, 2009 - Notice: Developing a Consolidated Pediatric Rheumatology Observational Registry; Public Workshop - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

* ►March 26, 2009 - Lilly Among Leaders in Effort to Prevent Federal Drug Pricing - WIVC Indianapolis

►March 26, 2009 - AIDS Drug Slows Spread of Deadly Childhood Brain Cancer - Study finds it suppresses enzyme vital to tumor growth - Journal of Cancer via HealthDay News

►March 26, 2009 - New Web Tool Enhances Transparency of Prices for Healthcare - Close-Up Media via COMTEX via Technology Marketing Corporation

►March 26, 2009 - Gilead Sciences: High-Performing Pharmaceutical - Gilead owes much of its success to making it easier for patients to comply with complex and uncomfortable drug regimens - BusinessWeek

►March 26, 2009 - Early Brain Marker For Familial Form Of Depression: Structural Changes In Brain's Cortex - Findings from one of the largest-ever imaging studies of depression indicate that a structural difference in the brain – a thinning of the right hemisphere – appears to be linked to a higher risk for depression, according to new research at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. - Columbia University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

* ►March 26, 2009 - Kidney stones seen more in kids; doctors eye nutrition - AP via USA Today

►March 26, 2009 - Changes in gene may stunt lung development in children - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via EurekAlert!

►March 26, 2009 - Tiny but toxic: MBL researchers discover a mechanism of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease - Marine Biological Laboratory via EurekAlert!

* ►March 25, 2009 - Patterns of pneumococcal vaccination and revaccination in elderly and non-elderly adults: a Vaccine Safety Datalink study (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

* ►March 25, 2009 - Lilly's Zyprexa/Prozac Combo Approved for Depression - Pharmaceutical Executive

►March 25, 2009 - Increased number and activation of colonic macrophages in pediatric patients with untreated Crohn's disease - journal article (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)

►March 25, 2009 - Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase in intestinal immunity and inflammation - journal article (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)

►March 25, 2009 - Il-21 enhances NK cell activation and cytolytic activity and induces Th17 cell differentiation in inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)

►March 25, 2009 - Risk factors for severe head flattening identified - The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery via Reuters Health

►March 25, 2009 - When it comes to intelligence, size matters - McGill University via EurekAlert!

►March 25, 2009 - Asthma, obesity, and eating behaviors according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV in a large population-based sample of adolescents - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 25, 2009 - Notice: Public Comment Session for Cancer Patients' CAM Information Needs Comment Period - National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 25, 2009 - Global Health Organizations Turn to GIDEON Online for Improved Treatment, Diagnosis and Comprehensive Information on Infectious Diseases - U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Kuwait Medical Association, Sarawak Medical and Maine Medical Center Are Among the Many Global Health Organizations that Selected GIDEON Online in 2008. - Gideon via PRWeb

* ►March 25, 2009 - Few U.S. hospitals have electronic medical records - Reuters

* ►March 24, 2009 - Study finds program has improved health agencies' preparedness for bioterror and disease outbreaks - RAND Corporation via EurekAlert!

►March 24, 2009 - Diagnostic value of HCMV pp65 antigen detection by FCA for symptomatic and asymptomatic infection: compared to quantification of HCMV DNA and detection of IgM antibody in infants - journal article (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)

* ►March 24, 2009 - Auditory neuropathy: unexpectedly common in a screened newborn population - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►March 24, 2009 - Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a baby with hyper-IgE syndrome - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►March 24, 2009 - The brief neuropsychological battery for children: a screening tool for cognitive impairment in childhood and juvenile multiple sclerosis - journal article (Multiple Sclerosis)

►March 24, 2009 - Motor testing at 1 year improves the prediction of motor and mental outcome at 2 years after perinatal hypoxic–ischaemic encephalopathy - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►March 23, 2009 - Risk Factors for Gram‐Negative Bacterial Surgical Site Infection: Do Allergies to Antibiotics Increase Risk? - journal article (Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology)

►March 23, 2009 - Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: - journal article (Clinical Microbiology and Infection)

►March 22, 2009 - Gingyo-San Enhances Immunity and Potentiates Infectious Bursal Disease Vaccination (full text) - journal article (Annals of Oncology Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

►March 20, 2009 - Regulatory T Cells Sequentially Migrate from Inflamed Tissues to Draining Lymph Nodes to Suppress the Alloimmune Response - journal article (Immunity)

►March 19, 2009 - Current treatments of chronic immune-mediated demyelinating polyneuropathies - journal article (Muscle & Nerve)

* ►March 17, 2009 - Size matters: Increased grey matter in boys with conduct problems and callous–unemotional traits - journal article (Brain)

►March 16, 2009 - Seizures in Children Following an Apparent Life-threatening Event - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►March 10, 2009 - Title: Haemophilus influenzae type IV pili (patent) - Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. (Columbus, OH) (Waltham, MA) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 10, 2009 - Title: Designed deimmunized monoclonal antibodies for protection against HIV exposure and treatment of HIV infection (patent) - ImmunoGen, Inc. (Waltham, MA) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 10, 2009 - Title: Drug conjugate composition (patent) - United Biomedical, Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) via www.pharmcast.com

►March 10, 2009 - Gemifloxacin-Associated Neurotoxicity Presenting as Encephalopathy - journal article (The Annals of Pharmacotherapy)

* ►March 2009 - Compliance With Azithromycin Versus Erythromycin in the Setting of a Pertussis Outbreak - journal article (The American Journal of the Medical Sciences)

* ►March 2009 - Family-based transmission analysis of HLA genetic markers in Sardinian children with autistic spectrum disorders - journal article (Human Immunology) - "Polymorphism haplotype analysis indicated that D6S265 allele *220 and MOGc allele *131 were significantly more likely to be transmitted together, as a whole haplotype, to ASD children (p < 0.05). Conversely, the D6S265*224–MOGc*117–rs2857766(G) haplotype was significantly less frequently transmitted to ASD children (p < 0.01). The results present novel gene markers, reinforcing the hypothesis that genetic factors play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of ASD."

►March 2009 - Association between human leukocyte antigen class II alleles and human papillomavirus-mediated cervical cancer in Indian women - journal article (Human Immunology)

►March 2009 - Mannose-binding lectin 2 gene polymorphism in recurrent herpes simplex virus 2 infection - journal article (Human Immunology)

►March 2009 - Toxins and molds can lead to multiple chemical sensitivity - Idaho Observer

►March 2009 - How well are general practice trainees prepared for paediatric prescribing? - journal article (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►March 2009 - The IL6 -174G/C polymorphism is associated with celiac disease susceptibility in girls - journal article (Human Immunology)

►March 2009 - Predisposition to idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura maps close to the major histocompatibility complex class I chain-related gene A - journal article (Human Immunology)

►March 2009 - Increased asthma and respiratory symptoms in children exposed to petrochemical pollution - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►February 23, 2009 - Factors determining the outcome of children hospitalized with severe pneumonia (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

* ►February 2009 - Herpes Zoster as a Useful Clinical Marker of Underlying Cell-mediated Immune Disorders (pdf) - journal article (Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore)

* ►February 2009 - Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care - FDA Warning Letter via www.pharmcast.com

►Volume 26 Number 1, 2009 - Antinuclear Antibodies in Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy - journal article (Journal of Neurological Sciences (Turkish))

 

Posted March 28, 2009

 

* ►March 29, 2009 - Vaccine bid on children - Every Australian child would be vaccinated against the flu under a plan being proposed by leading infant health experts. - Herald Sun via www.news.com.au

* ►March 28, 2009 - Mother of autistic girl reaches out to other parents - Daughter grew up to become a college professor - Detroit Free Press - "Eustacia Cutler will be the keynote speaker at the second-annual Living with Autism Workshop sponsored by Metro Parent Publishing Group and Henry Ford Health System. The event runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 at the Troy Hilton. $75 general admission until March 31; $95 at door. For tickets or information go to www.MetroParentEvents.com or call 248-398-3400."

►March 28, 2009 - To jab or not to jab - Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand - "Each year, about 20 per cent of New Zealand's population gets influenza."

►March 28, 2009 - Killer disease almost dead - The Independent Weekly, Australia - "SA has implemented a health system that has managed TB to the lowest level in the country."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Human Subjects Research Vulnerable To Ethical Manipulation - www.newswithviews.com - "The Institutional Review Board system is vulnerable to unethical manipulation, which elevates the risk that experimental products are approved for human subject tests without full and appropriate review, according to an undercover investigation."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Obama appointee Sharfstein to be acting FDA chief - Reuters

* ►March 27, 2009 - State House votes to end ban on drug industry lawsuits - Detroit Free Press - "Democrats call the lawsuit shield law the nation's strictest protection for the drug industry. Similar attempts in the past died in the Republican-controlled Senate. 'It's not on a fast track,' said Matt Marsden, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, of the bill's Senate chances."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Martin J. Walker on the UK GMC Fitness to Practice Hearing - Age of Autism

* ►March 27, 2009 - From Risperidone to Ritalin: Lies. Lies. Lies. And Children Are in Danger. By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►March 27, 2009 - The Miseducation of Sharon Begley: One Parent’s Reaction to Irresponsible Journalism By L.J. Goes - Age of Autism

►March 27, 2009 - RIte care ‘generics only’ rule prompts opposition - Woonsocket Call - "'There are no long-acting medications that are generics. These children are left with taking the short-acting medications and they are clearly not as effective. They wear off by lunchtime, which means the child has to leave the classroom, go to the school nurse for the next dose — that is if that school does have a school nurse/teacher for the district in that building at the time the child needs the medication."

►March 27, 2009 - Inconsistent Short Term Memory Linked To ADHD - Child Neuropsychology via Medical News Today

►March 27, 2009 - Combating Weight Gain Caused By Antipsychotic Treatments - Elsevier via Medical News Today

►March 27, 2009 - This April, The DAN! Conference Turns Autism Awareness into Action - Age of Autism

►March 27, 2009 - Leading Autism Care Provider Invites MPs to Meet Residents and Staff for World Autism Awareness Day - press release - PRNewswire via COMTEX via FOX Business

* ►March 27, 2009 - Mercury toxicity expert to speak at BSU - Muncie Star Press - "Dr. Boyd Haley, who has given lectures worldwide on the toxic effects of mercury, will speak at Ball State's Pruis Hall at 8 p.m. April 20. The speech will be hosted by the Ball State Truth Movement. Haley is a former University of Kentucky professor and Chemistry Department Chair (1996-2005). He has testified before numerous government agencies on the effects of mercury toxicity with regards to neurological diseases and supports the efforts of the Ball State Truth Movement to remove thimerosal-containing vaccines from Ball State’s campus."

* ►March 27, 2009 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter  You Do Call the Shots

Every day, NVIC is contacted by parents looking for information about vaccination and searching for compassionate, enlightened doctors who will work with them and treat the informed vaccine choices they make with understanding and respect. What educated parents want most is to be able to have a calm, rational discussion about wellness and vaccination with doctors who acknowledge biodiversity, the need to move away from one-size-fits-all vaccine policies, and the importance of embracing the informed consent ethic. These issues and more will be explored at a panel discussion entitled "Vaccines: You Do Call the Shots - Taking Charge of Your Family's Health Care" next Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Continental Manor, 112 Main St. in Norwalk, CT.

NVIC co-founder & president Barbara Loe Fisher will join Deirdre Imus, Nancy O'Hara, M.D. and Brian Henninger, ND in the three hour panel discussion and luncheon that will be attended by parents, doctors and health care professionals. The $45 ticket will include the luncheon with a portion of the ticket price being donated to the National Vaccine Information Center and the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer.

Dierdre Imus is founder and president of The Diedre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology® at Hackensack University Medical Center and co-founder of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. She is a national best selling author of the "Green This!" series. Nancy O'Hara, M.D. is a board certified pediatrician and assistant medical director for Defeat Autism Now! clinical training. Brian Henninger, ND, is a naturopathic physician specializing in pediatrics and family medicine.

For more information and how to register, go to http://www.passionateproductionspresents.com/. To sponsor or exhibit at this event, contact Andrea Lacasky at 203-554-7046 or email andrea@mytimeforme.com

There are other events coming up where you can learn more about making health care and vaccine choices:

Autism One May 20-24 in Chicago, Illinois. Go to www.autismone.org for a schedule and to register.

Fourth International Public Conference on Vaccination Oct. 2-4, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia near Dulles Airport. A schedule and registration information will be posted in the next few weeks on NVIC's new website at www.NVIC.org

►March 27, 2009 - Hundreds of students suspended in Norfolk, Haldimand - Suspensions take effect April 14 - Tillsonburg News

* ►March 27, 2009 - CDC to create SIDS registry - Scripps Howard News Service

* ►March 27, 2009 - Uganda People News: Prison children to be immunized in cells - UGPulse.com

* ►March 27, 2009 - MK Shai calls for anthrax vaccine experiment probe - Ynetnews

* ►March 27, 2009 - More on the Israeli anthrax vaccine experiment on soldiers - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►March 27, 2009 - Recent ebola scare sheds light on experimental vaccine - Examiner.com

* ►March 27, 2009 - Mum hits out over having to pay for jab - Aberdeen Press and Journal - "An angry mother has criticised local health workers after she was told her teenage daughter would have to pay for the cervical cancer vaccine privately."

* ►March 27, 2009 - Dr. David Minkoff Reveals Hidden Source of Mercury Contamination - press release - dBusinessNews Kansas City

* ►March 27, 2009 - Hard to Treat Diseases (HTDS) clinical trial protocol for MMR Vaccine expected Q2 2009 - press release - Hard to Treat Diseases via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►March 27, 2009 - Vaccine against four common HPV strains may offer some protection against additional strains - The Journal of Infectious Diseases via Aidsmap

►March 27, 2009 - Gardasil: What it does and if it’s for you. - For women who are in college, the Gardasil vaccine can prevent cervical cancer while lessening the risk for HPV. - College News

►March 27, 2009 - 4 Year Old Has Meningitis - Today's TMJ4

* ►March 27, 2009 - Valier Baby Dies of Meningitis - KFBB NewsChannel 5 - "Earlier this month, a five-month-old Valier infant died from Pneumococcal Meningitis, caused by a strep pneumonia."

* ►March 27, 2009 - VA Says 10 Have Hepatitis from Colonoscopy Contamination - EndoNurse - "The 10 are among thousands of patients who have been warned to get blood tests since being treated at VA facilities in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Miami and Augusta, Ga. All three sites failed to properly sterilize equipment between treatments."

►March 27, 2009 - U. students participate in counterterrorism simulation - Deseret News

* ►March 26, 2009 - Vaccine Review Meets With Irritation, Questions of What Supari Isn’t Saying - Jakarta Globe - "However, Iskandar Sitorus, spokesman for the Legal Aid Foundation for Health, or LBH Kesehatan, said his office had found indications that some vaccines were not only not beneficial, but were even harmful for children. Sitorus said Supari’s call for a review came years too late. 'Over the past few years, trillions of rupiah has been circulating around these possibly wasteful vaccines, and our children may be left to bear useless and possibly toxic chemical substances in their bodies,' he said."

* ►March 26, 2009 - Kim Stagliano: Why I Can Never Die: Autism and Aging - The Huffington Post

* ►March 26, 2009 - Why Women Should Favor Circumcision: To Prevent HPV Infection - On Women via U.S. News & World Report - "Will the approval of Gardasil in men truly stop the transmission of HPV to women? I pose this question to Diane Harper, a professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City who previously conducted Merck-funded clinical trials of Gardasil."

* ►March 26, 2009 - HPV Vaccine Gardasil Linked to Teen Deaths - TakePart Social Action Network

►March 26, 2009 - On Gardasil and gender issues - The Argosy.ca

►March 26, 2009 - Vaccines offered for uninsured surfers - Often-tainted ocean prompts health efforts - San Diego Union-Tribune

►March 26, 2009 - Health Canada issues blood lancing notice - United Press International

►March 26, 2009 - ImmuneRegen(R) BioSciences to Present Homspera(R) Findings at BIO 2009 - press release - Marketwire via COMTEX via FOX Business

* ►March 26, 2009 - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to Receive National Award for Employee Vaccination Program - press release - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota via PRNewswire

* ►March 25, 2009 - MOTHERS Act and DBSA - pHARMa Front Group - Who cares about money? - The Bitter Pill

* ►March 25, 2009 - Grand Jury Investigates Merck’s Vioxx Activities - InjuryBoard Cherry Hill

►March 25, 2009 - FDA fell down on the job - letter - Kansas City Star

►March 25, 2009 - More hepatitis B cases reported than ever before - Irish Medical Times

►March 24, 2009 - Women may be able to wait longer for cervical cancer screening (includes video) - NECN.com

►March 24, 2009 - It might be time to update your vaccinations - Harvard Health Letters via The Buffalo News

►March 24, 2009 - Astex Awarded £2 Million from Wellcome Trust for Pioneering HCV Research - Astex Therapeutics via PharmaLive

Passionate Productions Presents - A must attend luncheon for parents, expecting parents, physicians and practitioners on April 1st, 2009 - Vaccines: You DO Call the Shots - Taking Charge of Your Family's Health Care - April 1st, 2009 11am-2pm at Continental Manor in Norwalk, CT - $45/person - includes lunch


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