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Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism (2004) - A Report of the Institute of Medicine - Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Immunization Safety Review Meeting Nine, February 9, 2004 - Agenda - Vaccines and Autism - Institute of Medicine

Immunization Safety Review: Meeting 9: Transcript - Vaccines and Autism (pdf) - Institute of Medicine

►May 19, 2004 - Panel Finds No Evidence to Tie Autism to Vaccines (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Some parents of autistic children immediately protested. Mark Blaxill, the father of an 8-year-old girl with autism, said the committee's conclusions were premature. Studies are under way that should not be dismissed, said Mr. Blaxill, who is a director of the Coalition for SafeMinds, an advocacy group that finances research on the possible connection between autism and vaccines...Representative Dave Weldon, a physician and a Republican from Florida who is an advocate for the parents, said the report was 'based on preliminary, incomplete information and may ultimately be repudiated.'...The report will not 'put to rest the concerns of parents who believe their children were harmed' by vaccines, Mr. Weldon said."

►May 19, 2004 - SafeMinds Analysis of IOM Vaccine Report: The Failures, the Flaws and the Conflicts of Interest - press release - SafeMinds via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "In the first of a series of forthcoming analyses, SafeMinds -- America's leading scientific organization investigating the risks that mercury-containing medical products pose to our children -- issued the following assessment of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Vaccine Safety Committee's report on the link between childhood autism and mercury- containing vaccines."

►May 19, 2004 - Government Scientists Claim Vaccines Not Linked to Autism - Insight Magazine - "With thousands of parents linking onset of autism in their children to vaccinations containing mercury, establishment medicine continues to duck, as an article in today's Washington Times shows...But Insight investigative reporter Kelly Patricia O'Meara has written numerous stories about critics who charge that pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government are covering up the true health risks. Read 'CDC Study Raises Level of Suspicion' from Dec. 8, 2003, and 'Vaccines may Fuel Autism Epidemic' from June 9, 2003."

►May 19, 2004 - Vaccines not linked to autism, second study reports - The Washington Times - "Dr. Marie McCormick of Harvard University, who chaired the panel of scientists who studied the issue for the institute, said, "The overwhelming evidence from several well-designed studies indicate that childhood vaccines are not associated with autism...'Further research to find the cause of autism should be directed toward other lines of inquiry that are supported by current knowledge and evidence and offer more promise for providing any answer,' Dr. McCormick added."

►May 19, 2004 - Report calls vaccine-autism link unfounded - Research urged on other potential causes, like genetics (requires registration) - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 19, 2004 - Review: No link between autism, vaccines - AP via Newsday - "But Dr. William Schaffner, a well-known infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said while the controversy is too emotional to disappear soon, it has received 'a terrific amount of research,' and the Institute report settles the question for most scientists...'It says ... we need not divert energy and financial and scientific resources to go further down what is a scientific blind alley,' Schaffner said. 'We need to address the issues of importance to the whole field of autism.'"

►May 18, 2004 - MMR Vaccine and Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines Are Not Associated With Autism, IOM Report Says - press release - Institute Of Medicine, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Immunization Safety Review Committee via The National Academies

►May 18, 2004 - National Autism Association Questions IOM and CDC Cover-Up -- How Far Will They go to Protect Toxic Vaccines? - Riddled With Conflicts of Interest, Institute of Medicine Releases Report Derived From Flawed Data, Says National Autism Association - press release - National Autism Association via PR Newswire

►May 18, 2004 - National Vaccine Information Center Says IOM Played Politics in Report on Autism and Vaccines - press release - National Vaccine Information Center via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "The nation's largest and oldest parent- led vaccine safety organization is charging that today's report on autism and vaccines issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) seriously jeopardizes the credibility of IOM to make an objective scientific analysis of vaccine risks. Calling the report a case of 'political immunology,' NVIC is also releasing a letter written by NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher to the National Academy of Sciences on December 18, 2000 expressing concern about the ideological and professional conflicts of interest of members of the Committee...'This report is a case of political immunology masquerading as real science. With it, the Institute of Medicine takes a step toward weakening its reputation as an independent body capable of making an objective scientific analysis of complex medical risk issues which are influenced by government policy and industry profits,' said Fisher."

►May 18, 2004 - AMA Welcomes New IOM Report Rejecting Link Between Vaccines and Autism - Good News for Patients, Physicians and the Public Health - press release - American Medical Association via PR Newswire

►May 18, 2004 - Scientific Panel Rejects Vaccines as Cause of Autism - press release - American Academy of Pediatrics via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "'For most parents, today's report should assure them of the safety of vaccines,' said AAP President Carden Johnston, MD. 'There's no doubt we must find the causes of autism, but we need to target other more promising research areas. The Academy supports aggressive research into the causes, treatment and prevention of autism.'"

►May 18, 2004 - SafeMinds Outraged That IOM Report Fails American Public - press release - SafeMinds via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "The IOM has not only compromised their integrity and independence, but also failed the American public, especially mercury-injured children with autism, by towing the CDC, FDA, vaccine industry line. This committee and its report clearly chose to ignore groundbreaking scientific research on the mercury-autism link, and instead the IOM has issued a flawed, incomplete report that continues to put America's children at risk."

►May 18, 2004 - Weldon Calls IOM Conclusions Premature and Hastily Drawn - Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. (FL) Issued The Following Statement (pdf) - News from Dave Weldon, U.S. House of Representatives

►May 18, 2004 - Study finds no link between vaccines, autism (requires registration) - KRT via Kansas City Star - "The incidence of autism appears to have increased dramatically over the past 20 years. What was once thought to be a disorder affecting four in 10,000 people is now said to strike at least one child in every 166. But the rise in the number of autism cases may be due to better recognition and a broadening of the criteria used to diagnose the disorder combined with a small increase in the actual incidence of autism, said Dr. Marie C. McCormick, chair of the committee that wrote the report."

►May 18, 2004 - Report : No Link Between Autism and Mercury-Based Vaccine (requires registration) - AP via The Washington Post - "'The science is still out, the verdict is still out,' said Lyn Redwood, president of the SafeMinds activist group and mother of an autistic son. 'They've just set us back five years in terms of getting more science.'"

►May 18, 2004 - Report: No link between autism, vaccines - There is no evidence that a controversial mercury-based vaccine preservative causes autism, concludes an eagerly anticipated scientific review that says it's time to lay vaccine suspicions to rest and find the real culprit. - AP via CNN

►May 18, 2004 - Vaccine, Preservative Do Not Cause Autism - Report - Reuters

►May  18, 2004 - Experts Reject Link Between Thimerosal and Autism (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape - "The decision angered vaccine activists, who accused the committee of acting to uphold research policies endorsed by the U.S. government instead of looking at the best science...'This is extremely political and non-scientific,' said Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a vaccine watchdog group. Fisher said she was 'stunned' that the committee declined to recommend further research into biological mechanisms underlying possible vaccine-associated autism...'They are trying to shut down this research,' she said."

►May 18, 2004 - Vaccine Safety (includes video) - ScienCentral News, ScienCentral, Inc. in collaboration with the Center for Science and the Media - "One of the nation's leading scientific institutions has come out with its most conclusive finding yet that there is no scientific evidence that childhood vaccines can cause autism. As this ScienCentral News video reports, the study comes after some parents failed to get their children immunized, sometimes with tragic results."

***IMPORTANT NOTE: IOM report and related news to be published later today.

Finland’s Health Paradox: Did a National Vaccination Campaign Compromise Health? - By RFD Columnist, Dr. F. Edward Yazbak -

►June 2004 - Mast cells: the JEKYLL and HYDE of tumor growth (requires registration or subscription) - Mast cells accumulate in the stroma surrounding certain tumors, especially mammary adenocarcinoma, and molecules they secrete could benefit the tumor. These include heparin, interleukin-8 (IL-8) and vascular endothelial cell growth factor (VEGF), which induce neovascularization, histamine, which is an immunosuppressant, mitogenic factors, such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), nerve GF (NGF), stem-cell factor (SCF), and proteases, which disrupt the surrounding matrix and facilitate metastases. By contrast, mast-cell mediators detrimental to the tumor include cytokines, such as IL-1, IL-4, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-), which can induce apoptosis of tumor cells, tryptase, which stimulates protease-activated receptors and induces inflammation, and chondroitin sulfate, which could act as a decoy and inhibit metastases. We propose that beneficial and destructive mediators are either released from separate granules or much smaller vesicles regulated by selectively distinct signals, such as tumor-derived oxidized polyamines or nitric oxide from new endothelial cells. This dual role of mast cells could be additive to that of tumor infiltrating macrophages, the 'polarization' of which to M2 type appears to be conducive to tumor growth. - Trends in Immunology via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 18, 2004 - The danger of importing avian flu - The Daily Star

►May 18, 2004 - Rise in rubella cases may indicate outbreak - Yomiuri Shimbun

►May 18, 2004 - HIV unit a world leader -

►May 17, 2004 - HIV Fears For Pupils - Daily Record, UK

►May 17, 2004 - Empowering women is the way forward in saving Africa from Aids devastation - The Independent, UK

►May 17, 2004 - PowderJect man buys back technology - The Telegraph, UK - "The former head of research at PowderJect has bought back the rights to its innovative needle-free injection gun a year after the vaccines firm was swallowed by a bigger American rival."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Whooping cough rampant in Bay - Hawkes Bay Today via - "Public health specialist Lester Calder said he could only speculate as to why the Bay's rate was higher than the New Zealand average...It was possible that immunisation rates for whooping cough, also called pertussis, were lower in the Bay; that the vaccine had not been refrigerated properly; or that the epidemic had simply arrived later in Hawke's Bay than elsewhere...The vaccine did not give complete protection - its main aim was to protect babies from serious illness and its effects could wane by middle childhood."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Taxpayers bear cost of vaccine risk - The Courier-Mail - "The manufacturer of Australia's emergency supply of smallpox vaccine has been indemnified by the Government against any compensation claims lodged by people who experience 'adverse reactions' to the medication...The guarantee exposes taxpayers to possible compensation claims worth billions of dollars from the 50,000 defence personnel, emergency medical staff and laboratory workers who would be injected with the vaccine in the event of a bioterrorism attack."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Flu Booster Promotes Immune Response in Preterms - Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition via Reuters Health - "A fourth dose of Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine produces a strong immune response in preterm infants who have shown very low responses to Hib after the first immunization, new research suggests...After the initial series of vaccinations, the average Hib IgG titer, a measure of the immune response, was 0.17 micrograms per milliliter. After the booster dose, the average titer increased dramatically to 4.68 micrograms per milliliter."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Autism's surge mystifies - USA Today - "Autism, once a rare and mysterious disorder, is no longer so rare. A generation ago, only two to four of every 10,000 children were labeled autistic. Today, it's more like 60 per 10,000 by some estimates."

* ►May 17, 2004 - 'Orthodox medicine won't solve problem' - The Journal via - "Today, more than 60 years since US scientist Leo Kanner first identified autism as a condition, things have moved forward...But, according to North-East expert Paul Shattock, who has spent 20 years researching the condition, we are not moving far enough or fast enough...He thinks too much Government research money is spent chasing up the wrong leads while too little is done to help parents who want to know what causes autism and what can be done to help their children achieve their potential...What has been achieved, he believes, has been driven not by the medical establishment but by parents themselves."

►May 17, 2004 - A pacesetting teaching style for the autistic - She used the technique on her son. Some doubt the value of her methods. (requires registration) - Philadelphia Inquirer

►May 17, 2004 - New £156,000 funding boost for the National Autistic Society UK - National Autistic Society UK via Medical News Today

►May 17, 2004 - Autism awareness week underway - Scotland Today via

►May 17, 2004 - Experts challenge autism 'myths' - Imagine what your life would be like if every day was a struggle to communicate and interact with everyone around you. - BBC

►May 17, 2004 - Flutie, 1,600 others go for a run - Daily News Transcript - "Proceeds from the race help provide information and funding for education on autism and help financially disadvantaged families care for children with autism. For the past six years, the foundation has raised more than $150,000 at the races."

►May 17, 2004 - Party helps others learn about boy with autism - A Chesco couple wanted their neighbors to know about their son, and offer a bit of education. (requires registration) - Philadelphia Inquirer - "Yesterday, in order to forestall the possibility that children in their community might tease or shun Nathaniel because of his mannerisms, his parents, Mary-Jo and Matthew Helm, held a "Learn about Nathaniel" party at the community club house in Somerset Lake, the Chester County development where Nathaniel has lived for 21/2 years."

►May 17, 2004 - BlueClaws To Hold Third Annual Autism Awareness Night - OurSports Central

►May 17, 2004 - Peregrine's Vascular Targeting Agent Technology Presented at Second International Conference on Vascular Targeting - Vascular Targeting Seen as Novel Cancer Therapeutic Approach for Treatment of Cancer - press release - Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 17, 2004 - Human Mannose-binding Lectin in Immunity - Friend, Foe, or Both? - journal article (Journal of Experimental Medicine)

►May 17, 2004 - We must be aware of epilepsy danger - The Evening Chronicle via

►May 17, 2004
- Drug Cos. Vow to Work on AIDS Medicine - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 17, 2004
- Spending Soars for Kids' Behavior Drugs - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 17, 2004 - Doctor Embarks on Parkinson's Research - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 17, 2004 - Euro biotechs link up on cancer vaccines - A new generation of potent, targetted vaccines for cancer could be the offspring of a marriage between two technologies developed at European biotechnology companies Avidex and Active Biotech. -

►May 17, 2004 - Pushing back at workplace bullies - Nurses Use 'Code Pink' on Bad Boss - CP via Toronto Sun via - "The nurses could no longer stand the vile temper and bad language directed at them by one particularly belligerent physician, but hospital administrators were not sympathetic...'They came up with a solution on their own to curb his behaviour,' said Marilyn Noble, a Fredericton-based researcher in workplace bullying."

►May 17, 2004 - Botswana fights to wipe out polio again - Reuters AlertNet

* ►May 17, 2004 - High Court orders church to allow immunisation - Botswana Press Agency via - "The police and health officials will have access to the respondents' houses, vehicles and other property if they suspect the children may be hidden or detained for purposes of evading, avoiding or frustrating the national polio immunisation campaign."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Nigeria finds 'safe' polio jab - The northern Nigerian state of Kano says it has obtained a "safe" polio vaccine from Indonesia. - BBC - "But Kano government spokesman Sule Yau Sule told BBC News Online the vaccine would be tested further before it is given to children."

*►May 17, 2004 - Africa targets polio as vaccine opponents relent - African leaders approved an emergency strategy Monday to immunize 74 million children in 21 nations against polio, U.N. officials said, amid signs a heavily Muslim Nigerian state are ready to abandon the vaccine boycott that allowed the disease to mushroom. - AP via CNN

 * ►May 17, 2004 - Punjab VB probe into pulse-polio fund swindling - Times News Network via Times of India - "Earlier the World Health Organisation (WHO) was forced to extend the deadline to declare India a polio-free nation for five years, from 2000 to 2005, for the alleged indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned. But another jolt to the premier health organisation, which has been a major source of funds for the anti-polio drive, is waiting in Punjab where a large number of unscrupulous officers in the health department allegedly siphoned off a large sum of money, allotted for polio eradication."

►May 17, 2004 - Last Round in Polio Fight - International health campaigns have pushed poliomyelitis to the threshold of eradication in four of the six countries where the disease is still endemic -- India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Egypt -- but in the other two -- Nigeria and Niger -- this year has seen some serious setbacks. - Inter Press Service News Agency

►May 17, 2004 - Asian, North African countries close to ending polio with help of UN - UN

►May 17, 2004 - Father applauds state for immunizations law (requires registration) - The Oklahoman via

►May 17, 2004 - College students urged to get meningitis shots - College students in Oklahoma this fall will be encouraged to get a vaccination for meningitis. - AP via

►May 17, 2004 - Burkina Faso Says Meningitis Killed 816 This Year - Reuters

►May 17, 2004 - Infant dies of meningitis - A 16-month-old baby boy from County Down has died from meningitis. - BBC

►May 17, 2004 - 15-Month-Old Boy Dies From Meningitis - Coroner Worries About Disease Spreading In Close-Knit Amish Community -

►May 17, 2004 - Influenza outbreak claims another life - CBC Edmonton

►May 17, 2004 - Supreme Court: States Can Be Sued Under Disability Law - Reuters

►May 17, 2004 - Winnipeg gets public health agency - Ottawa to oversee planning - CP via National Post

►May 17, 2004 - Website to help on medicines - The Western Mail via - "A new website giving advice about medicines such as antidepressants and the MMR jab is launched today to help 'fill the gap' in patient information...Creators say the website provides 'clear, independent and unbiased information.'"

►May 17, 2004 - Chiron Vaccines Spins Out Powder Injection Therapeutic DNA Vaccine Programs to PowderMed Ltd - press release - Chiron Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 17, 2004 - PowderMed Launched in Spin Out of Powder Injection DNA Vaccine Programmes From Chiron Vaccines - PowderMed closes 20 million pounds sterling ($34.5 million; euro 30 million) financing and enhances deal with Glaxo SmithKline - press release - PowderMed Ltd. via PR Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - Researchers Look Beyond Chemo To Cancer Vaccines - Vaccine Can Rev Up Immune System's Fighting Power -

►May 17, 2004 - Abbott Laboratories' New Investigational Anti-Interleukin-12 (IL-12) Fully Human Monoclonal Antibody Shows Positive Results in Crohn's Disease Study - Abbott Laboratories via PR Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - ID Biomedical to present at the Ragen Mackenzie 23rd Annual Investment Conference - press release - ID Biomedical Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 17, 2004 - Roche Funds a New International Foundation for Anemia Research - Roche Pharmaceuticals via PR Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - InterMune Announces Presentation of Clinical Data on the Combination of Infergen Plus Actimmune in Hepatitis C Nonresponders - Promising 24-Week Data Shows 47% Early Virologic Response Rate - press release - InterMune, Inc.via PR Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - Medical Services Completes Additional Tests on Its VScan Hepatitis B Test Kit - press release - Medical Services International Inc. via PR Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - Advances emerging in hepatitis management - Research identifies the natural progression and potential treatments - Digestive Disease Week via

►May 17, 2004 - Food Can Have a Powerful Effect on Health - Researchers Uncovering Roles Certain Foods Play in Our Well-Being - WebMD

►May 17, 2004 - What is Asthma? What Causes an Asthma Episode? Who Gets Asthma? What Are Some Asthma Triggers? - Medical News Today

* ►May 17, 2004 - Death on a plate - More people are suffering life-threatening reactions to food, and admissions to hospital have doubled in the past four years. Why? Judith Barrett investigates - The Independent, UK - "Statistics on allergy generally are alarming. According to last summer's report from the Royal College of Physicians, Allergy the Unmet Need, the incidence of allergy in the UK has risen approximately threefold in the past 20 years, giving the UK one of the highest rates of allergic disease in the world. The report cites estimates that a third of the total UK population - approximately 18 million people - will develop an allergy at some time in their lives. Extreme allergic reactions - anaphylaxis - are increasing, too: hospital admissions due to anaphylaxis have increased sevenfold over the past decade and doubled over four years. Peanut allergy has trebled in incidence over four years and now affects one in 70 children in the UK. Yet only 10 years ago, this was a rare disorder."

* ►May 17, 2004 - Volunteers Needed as More AIDS Vaccines Move Into International Trials; Coalition Calls for Global Coordination to Address Challenges Ahead - press release - AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition via U.S. Newswise

►May 17, 2004 - Teens 'more ignorant about HIV' - Fewer teenagers know about the risks of catching HIV, putting them in increased danger, experts have warned. - BBC

►May 17, 2004 - MedMira Signs Canadian Distributor to Market Rapid HIV Test Kits - press release - MedMira Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 17, 2004 - Method for Natural Killer Cells to Destroy Hiding HIV - Mayo Clinic via Newswise

►May 17, 2004 - Diabetes Drug Eases HIV Treatment Effects -Study - Reuters

►May 17, 2004 - Racine Woman Discovers She's Not HIV Positive - Karla Williams Has New Lease On Life -

►May 17, 2004 - Aids vaccine initiative gets R4m - Mail & Guardian

►May 17, 2004 - HIV Vaccine Awareness Day: Real People. Real Progress - press release - National Medical Association via U.S. Newswire

►May 17, 2004 - U.S. FDA Grants Priority Review to Gilead's Fixed Dose Co-Formulation of Viread and Emtriva for HIV; New Product Will Combine Two Anti-HIV Drugs in One Pill Taken Once Daily - press release - Gilead Sciences via Business Wire

►May 17, 2004 - The Global Fund Welcomes Moves to Facilitate Wider Use of Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs Against Aids - press release - Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria via

►May 17, 2004 - Doctors set world guidelines for Fuzeon, last-ditch drug for AIDS -

►May 17, 2004 - Gilead Takes On Glaxo - Forbes - "In an unprecedented move, Gilead Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck announced Sunday that they would work together to combine their HIV drugs into one single pill."

►May 17, 2004 - US Health Officials Discuss New Review Process for HIV/Aids Drugs - United States Department of State (Washington, DC) via

►May 16, 2004 - Gilead, Merck, Bristol-Myers to Combine HIV Drugs - Reuters via Yahoo!

* ►May 16, 2004 - CEO of biotech company embraces worldwide influenza vaccine business - Government asks Protein Sciences to help fight against SARS -  The Record-Journal - "Protein Sciences has high hopes of cashing in on the $1.5 billion worldwide influenza vaccine business. Its latest endeavor, FluBLOK has successfully completed double-blind phase II trials that showed it more effective than the leading vaccine and can be used at higher doses with fewer side effects, the company reported...The trial was sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institute of Health. Protein Sciences was only one of three vaccine makers, and the smallest, to receive a grant to begin the studies. A field test of the vaccine is set for the fall, providing Adams can raise about $15 million to conduct it."

* ►May 16, 2004 - Schizophrenia mysteries may yield to vaccine (requires registration) - The Dallas Morning News

►May 16, 2004 - Vaccine may now help treat cancer - MedStar via News 9 San Antonio

►May 16, 2004 - Chiron spins off PowderJect DNA vaccine business - Reuters via Forbes

►May 16, 2004 - Benefits Of Breast-Feeding Wide Ranging - - "Breast fed infants' immune systems (the system that helps fight infection) have a better response to immunizations like polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and Haemophilus influenzae, and to respiratory syncytial virus infection, a common infant respiratory infection."

►May 16, 2004 - Autism: finding a way through the mind field - The enduring mystery of autism, a disorder afflicting thousands of New Zealanders, including the writer's own 4-year-old son, spurred David Cohen to meet with one of the world's leading researchers into the and academic news-makers involved with the condition. - The Sunday Telegraph via

►May 16, 2004 - Birchtree Center answers the challenges of autism - Portsmouth Herald via

►May 16, 2004 - New screening method turns up potential compound for treating anthrax - University of Chicago via

►May 16, 2004 - FBI anthrax probe revisits former Detrick researcher - AP via Newsday

►May 16, 2004 - Protein Design Labs Reports Negative Results in Phase II Clinical Trial of Daclizumab in Ulcerative Colitis - Study Finds no Clinical Activity; Further Development to Focus on Asthma and Multiple Sclerosis - Protein Design Labs, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►May 16, 2004 - When immune systems go wrong - Scotland on Sunday - "Allergies are caused by the human immune system making a mistake."

►May 16, 2004 - Shocking truth about curries that can kill - Scotland on Sunday - "It was meant to be just another relaxing night out for a group of medical students: a curry and a few drinks with friends following the stresses and strains of the week... But one of the aspiring young doctors herself became a patient, and almost died within seconds of tasting her favourite curry dish at an Aberdeen restaurant. A few weeks later, another young female medical student collapsed and needed urgent medical attention after eating a curry elsewhere in the city."

►May 16, 2004 - Whooping cough still poses a threats to children, adults (requires registration) - Contra Costa Times

►May 16, 2004 - Paul Wehrle, doctor who helped eradicate smallpox, dead at 82 (requires registration) - AP via Mercury News

►May 16, 2004 - Following in his holistic footsteps - Daily Herald - "By eating the organic candy with natural dyes, Ricky is staying away from the synthetic chemicals that advocates of integrative medicine, such as Dr. Andrew Weil, say can aggravate behavioral disorders like Ricky's attention deficit problem."

►May 16, 2004 - Health insurance troubles young too - Adults in their 20s often going without (requires registration) - The Times-Picayune via

►May 16, 2004 - CDC: Alabama leads nation in arthritis cases - Survey shows almost 36% of state's adults diagnosed (requires registration) - The Birmingham News via - "A total of 35.8 percent of Alabama adults reported in a 2002 telephone survey that they were diagnosed with arthritis, the CDC said Friday. That was the highest percentage of arthritis cases in the nation. Hawaii had the lowest with 17.8 percent. The national median was 27.6 percent."

►May 16, 2004 - Chronic wasting disease moves south in Colorado - AP via The Fence Post

►May 16, 2004 - CDC watching for next outbreak - AP via

►May 16, 2004 - Doctors in Plea over Hepatitis C Timebomb - Sunday Mail, UK

►May 16, 2004 - Hepatitis B herbal cure under testing -

►May 16, 2004 - Woman Infected With HIV By Convicted Man - Adam Musser Gets 50 Years In Prison For 4 HIV Crimes -

►May 16, 2004 - Over 4,500 HIV-infected Russians die since 1987 - ITAR-TASS News Agency

►May 16, 2004 - U.S. will give fast approval of drugs (requires registration) - AP via The Plain Dealer via

►May 16, 2004 - GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim Agree to Assess the Development of Important HIV Medicines for the Developing World - GlaxoSmithKline plc and Boehringer Ingelheim via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 16, 2004 - Three Companies to Combine HIV Drugs - Reuters

►May 16, 2004 - HHS Proposes Rapid Process for Review of Fixed Dose Combination and Co-Packaged Products - Department of Health and Human Services via US Newswire - "HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced an expedited review process to ensure that the United States is providing safe, effective drugs to developing countries under the President's $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief."

►May 16, 2004 - China experiments with heroin substitute - UPI via The Washington Times

►May 16, 2004 - Porn industry's HIV outbreak holds a lesson in safe sex - Monogamy's not retroactive -- and it doesn't work when one partner is infected - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 16, 2004 - Chronic lung disease on the rise in women - CTV News

►May 16, 2004 - Karate helps child within to emerge - Long Beach Press-Telegram

►May 16, 2004 - Training for emergencies - The Journal News

►May 16, 2004 - Many common medications can add unexpected pounds - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

►May 16, 2004 - Thief renders man unable to communicate - Jonas White used a $7,995 machine because he can’t speak or write. - Statesman Journal

►May 16, 2004 - Data show investigational antibiotic safe, effective in preventing travelers diarrhea - St. Luke's Episcopal Health System via

►May 16, 2004 - Neglecting the disabled - Limerick Post

►May 16, 2004
- Data show investigational antibiotic safe, effective in preventing travelers diarrhea - St. Luke's Episcopal Health System via

►May 15, 2004
- Human rights group accuses Russian government of hampering efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS - journal article (BMJ)

►May 15, 2004
- Experts urge action to stop animal diseases infecting humans - journal article (BMJ)

►May 15, 2004 - Dartmouth researchers advance fight against pancreatic cancer - New studies show success in reducing tumor growth - Dartmouth Medical School via

►May 15, 2004 - A new way to kill cancer: SLU research shows viruses can destroy lung, colon tumors - Research published this month: Healthy tissue left intact in pre-clinical testing - Saint Louis University via

►May 15, 2004 - Researchers identify cancer-causing gene involved in aggressive leukemia, lymphoma - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via

* ►May 15, 2004 - CDC cutting divisions to 4 in reorganization - The Atlanta Journal Constitution via

►May 15, 2004 - FBI agents revisit sources in anthrax probe - The Hartford Courant via

►May 15, 2004 - Wash Away Allergies - HealthDayNews via

* ►May 15, 2004 - Problems with GI smallpox vaccinations - 16 of every 100,000 service members have developed cardiac trouble - Cox News Service via

►May 15, 2004 - Affair of the heart - Leader via The Guardian - "From July, Britain will become the first country to allow a low 10mg dose of the drug to be bought over a chemist's counter without a prescription."

►May 15, 2004 - Adult ADD - Too distracted to read this? We thought so - The Globe and Mail

►May 15, 2004 - HIV prevalence rate amongst Ghanaian youth declines - GNA via

►May 14, 2004 - Eat Fish, Have a Bigger Baby - But mercury in some species poses a risk, experts say. - HealthDay News via

* ►May 14, 2004 - AHPs: House Approves Bill To Allow Small Businesses To Form - The National Journal Group, Limited via - "AHPs would be able to bypass state laws mandating coverage for services such as screening and treatment of breast cancer, autism and mental illness; opponents say insurance companies would likely drop coverage for those services."

►May 14, 2004 - Our Encounter With HIV/AIDS - Oru Refugees - This Day (Lagos) via

►May 14, 2004 - BSE expert calls for better blood screening to protect people -

►May 14, 2004 - Covalent Group Executive Officer Adopts 10b5-1 Trading Plan - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

* ►May 14, 2004 - Remedy for an insane policy -- Test all beef for mad cow - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 14, 2004 - Health Highlights: - Poll: 63 Percent Affected by Alcohol or Drug Addiction - Pfizer Settles Charges Over Epilepsy Drug - GI Smallpox Shots Linked to Heart Reactions - Panel: U.S. Should Spend More on Poor With HIV - N.J. Has First State-Run Stem Cell Institute - High Levels of Male Hormone Hurt Social Skills - HealthDay ScoutNews via

►May 14, 2004 - U.S. Worried by High Arthritis Rates - Reuters via

►May 14, 2004 - Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►May 14, 2004
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War veterans - Genes may be linked to medically unexplained fatigue in Gulf War veterans - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►May 13, 2004 - Clozapine Curbs Psychosis in Parkinson's Patients - Reuters via Yahoo! News

►May 13, 2004 - NIH funds new Boston College-Boston University study of B-1a cell associated with leukemia - Research will shed light on molecular basis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other disorders -

►May 13, 2004 - A step forward in the fight against lupus - Abilene Reporter-News

* ►May 13, 2004 - Pfizer agrees to $430 million settlement in Neurontin case -

►May 13, 2004 - Beat rush on back to school immunizations - Sun Current via

►May 13, 2004 - Elan Gains on Earnings -

►May 13, 2004 - No comfort for spray-soaked Aucklanders - Green Party via

►May 12, 2004 - Feasibility of identifying families for genetic studies of birth defects using the National Health Interview Survey - journal article (BMC Public Health )

►May 12, 2004 - Allelic dimorphism of the erythocyte binding antigen-175 (eba-175) gene of Plasmodium falciparum and severe malaria: Significant association of the C- fragment with fatal outcome in Ghanaian children - journal article (Malaria Journal)

►May 12, 2004 - Assessing compliance of cardiologists with the national cholesterol education program (NCEP) III guidelines in an ambulatory care setting - journal article (Lipids in Health and Disease)

►May 12, 2004 - Using a Formative Simulated Patient Exercise for Curriculum Evaluation - journal article (BMC Medical Education)

►May 12, 2004 - HIV CTL escape mutants: at what cost? - journal article (Retrovirology)

►May 12, 2004 - Human anti- anthrax protective antigen neutralizing monoclonal antibodies derived from donors vaccinated with anthrax vaccine adsorbed. - journal article (Journal of Immune Based Therapies and Vaccines)

►May 11, 2004 - Bias associated with delayed verification in test accuracy studies: Accuracy of tests for endometrial hyperplasia ►May be much higher than we think! - journal article (BMC Medicine)

►May 11, 2004 - Efficacy of pyrimethamine-sulfadoxine in young children with uncomplicated falciparum malaria in rural Burkina Faso - journal article (Malaria Journal)

►May 11, 2004 - WHO: More AIDS Clinics Needed - AP via CBS News

* ►May 10, 2004 - 35% jump in asthma alarms docs - Toronto Sun via - "Childhood asthma has jumped by 'an alarming' 35% over a five- year period, a study shows. Between 1994-95 and 1998-99, researchers tracked children from birth to age nine and found existing cases of childhood asthma rose from 218,000 in 1994-95 to 300,000 in 1998-99 -- an increase of 35%."

►May 10, 2004 - Deprived children or deprived neighbourhoods? A public health approach to the investigation of links between deprivation and injury risk with specific reference to child road safety in Devon County, UK - journal article (BMCPublic Health)

►May 10, 2004 - Positive pleiotropic effects of HMG-CoA reduction inhibitor on vitiligo. - journal article (Lipids in Health and Disease)

►May 10, 2004 - A Comprehensive System of Pharmaceutical Care for Drug Misusers - journal article (Harm Reduction Journal)

►May 7, 2004 - Measuring mental health of the Dutch population: a comparison of the GHQ-12 and the MHI-5. - journal article (Health and Quality of Life Outcomes)

►May 7, 2004 - A new method for detection of pfmdr1mutations in Plasmodium falciparumDNA using real-time PCR - journal article (Malaria Journal)

►May 7, 2004 - Detection of hepatitis C virus in the nasal secretions of an intranasal drug-user. - journal article (Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials)

►May 7, 2004 - Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) activity and risk factors for breast cancer: a cross-sectional study - journal article (Breast Cancer Res)

►May 7, 2004 - Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) activity, mammographic density, and oxidative stress: a cross-sectional study - journal article (Breast Cancer Res)

►May 7, 2004 - Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have abnormally elevated Epstein–Barr virus load in blood - journal article (Arthritis Res Ther)

►May 6, 2004 - Adaptation of a South American malaria vector to laboratory colonization suggests faster-male evolution for mating ability - journal article (BMC Evolutionary Biology)

►May 6, 2004 - Two discrete events, human T-cell leukemia virus type I Tax oncoprotein expression and a separate stress stimulus, are required for induction of apoptosis in T-cells - journal article (Retrovirology)

►May 6, 2004 - Experimental system to displace radioisotopes from upper to deeper soil layers - journal article (Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source)

►May 6, 2004 - The Oslo Health Study: The impact of self-selection in a large, population-based survey - journal article (International Journal for Equity in Health)

►May 5, 2004 - Antimicrobial activity of innate immune molecules against Streptococcus pneumoniae, Moraxella catarrhalisand nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►May 4, 2004 - Incorrect identification of recent Asian strains of Coxsackievirus A16 as human enterovirus 71: Improved primers for the specific detection of human enterovirus 71 by RT PCR - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►May 4, 2004 - Glucocorticoids synergize with IL-1beta to induce TLR2 expression via MAP Kinase Phosphatase-1-dependent dual Inhibition of MAPK JNK and p38 in epithelial cells - journal article (BMC Molecular Biology)

►May 2004 - Mixed picture for changes in stable malaria distribution with future climate in Africa (requires registration or subscription) - Our models indicate that in the next 30–40 years, the effects of climate change on stable falciparum malaria zones in Africa are probably complex and spatially heterogeneous, and that range contractions are more likely than expansions. Notably, we did not find evidence that the highlands are particularly vulnerable to change in this period. It is only by the second half of this century that increases in the potential for stable transmission in the highlands due to climate change were projected to be strong and, even here, the response was patchy. While not denying the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reduce long-term adverse impact, we suggest that climate change is unlikely to lead to widespread expansion in the distribution of stable malaria in Africa during the next few decades. - Trends in Parasitology via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 2004 - Have archaeal genes contributed to bacterial virulence? (requires registration or subscription) - Although archaea have not been described as pathogens, it has recently been suggested that genes transferred from archaea might specifically contribute to bacterial virulence. Here, we survey 73 genomes of bacterial pathogens for the presence of genes originating from archaea. We describe 43 cases in which acquisition of archaeal genes by bacterial pathogens can be demonstrated. Although no bona fide virulence factors are among these acquired genes, several of them probably affect pathogen–host interactions. - Trends in Microbiology via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 2004 - The millennium ecosystem assessment: what is it all about? (requires registration or subscription) - Hundreds of scientists from over 70 nations are now engaged in an intensive effort to assess what we know about the status of the world's ecosystems. Here, we describe the fundamental nature of this assessment, what it hopes to accomplish and how it will go about its work. The results of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment will serve as a baseline for future assessments, as well as a blueprint for action for sustaining the ecosystem services upon which we all depend for our well being. - Trends in Ecology and Evolution via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 2004 - Role of eNOS in neovascularization: NO for endothelial progenitor cells (requires registration or subscription) - Nitric oxide (NO) is a gaseous molecule with an astonishingly wide range of physiological and pathophysiological activities, including the regulation of vessel tone and angiogenesis in wound healing, inflammation, ischaemic cardiovascular diseases and malignant diseases. Recent data have revealed the predominant role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), an endothelial-cell-specific isoform of NO producing enzyme, in both angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels derived from existing vessels) and vasculogenesis (blood vessel formation de novo from progenitor cells). In addition, successes in gene therapy, together with the recent development of an eNOS-specific inhibitor, suggest that the modulation of eNOS might be a potent new strategy for the control of pathological neovascularization. - Trends in Molecular Medicine via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 2004 - Unconventional natural sources for future drug discovery (requires registration or subscription) - 'There are more things between heaven and earth...' Despite the progress of science during the past four centuries, Shakespeare's words did not lose their actuality. Knowledge about the etiology of diseases is still limited, and for many life-threatening illnesses no effective treatments exist. Nature always has been a valuable source of drugs and, despite the unprecedented opportunities afforded by medicinal chemistry, continues to deliver lead compounds. Traditionally, research on natural sources was focused on terrestrial plants and microorganisms. More recently, however, organisms of marine origin are also being investigated. Here, the possibilities of unconventional and hardly explored sources are discussed. - Drug Discovery Today via BioMedNet Magazine

►May 2004 - Responses to a fourth dose of Haemophilus influenzae type B conjugate vaccine in early life - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition)

►April 30, 2004 - An application of conditional logistic regression and multifactor dimensionality reduction for detecting gene-gene Interactions on risk of myocardial infarction: The importance of model validation - journal article (BMC Bioinformatics)

►April 30, 2004 -Antimicrobial activity of copper surfaces against suspensions of Salmonella entericaand Campylobacter jejuni  - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

►April 30, 2004 - Serum TNF-alpha in psoriasis after treatment with propylthiouracil, an antithyroid thioureylene - journal article (BMC Dermatology)

►April 30, 2004 - Dendritic cells loaded with killed breast cancer cells induce differentiation of tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes - journal article (Breast Cancer Res)

►April 29, 2004 - WHO global campaigns: A way forward in addressing public health importance of common neurological disorders - journal article (Annals of General Hospital Psychiatry)

►April 29, 2004 - Ventilatory drive and the apnea-hypopnea index in six-to-twelve year old children - journal article (BMC Pulmonary Medicine)

►April 29, 2004 - What is the value of social values? The uselessness of assessing health-related quality of life through preference measures - journal article (BMC Medical Research Methodology)

►April 29, 2004 - Abnormal systemic venous connection possibly associated with a persistent right umbilical vein; a case report - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

►April 28, 2004 - In vitro adhesion and invasion inhibition of Shigella dysenteriae, Shigella flexneriand Shigella sonneiclinical strains by human milk proteins - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

►April 28, 2004 - Parasomnias and sleep disordered breathing in Caucasian and Hispanic children - the Tucson children's assessment of sleep apnea study - journal article (BMC Medicine)

►April 28, 2004 - A systematic review of the incidence of schizophrenia: the distribution of rates and the influence of sex, urbanicity, migrant status and methodology - journal article (BMC Medicine)

►April 28, 2004 - Pilfering for survival: how health workers use access to drugs as a coping strategy - journal article (Human Resources for Health)

►April 28, 2004 - Intracluster correlation coefficients in cluster randomized trials: empirical insights into how should they be reported - journal article (BMC Medical Research Methodology)

►April 19, 2004 - Transdermal microconduits by microscission for drug delivery and sample acquisition - journal article (BMC Medicine)

►April 14, 2004 - Obesity: An overview on its current perspectives and treatment options - journal article (Nutrition Journal)

►April 5, 2004 - Effects of "second-hand" smoke on structure and function of fibroblasts, cells that are critical for tissue repair and remodeling - journal article (BMC Cell Biology)

►April 2004 - Bioethics for technology? (requires registration or subscription) - Ethical concerns about biotechnology continue to be debated in the scientific and popular press. Ethical considerations have led to the development of frameworks within which biotechnology can be developed in socially acceptable and desirable ways: through legislation, the development of public–private collaborations, and regimes that safeguard consumer choice. - Current Opinion in Biotechnology via BioMedNet Magazine

Built From Love -  Look at the future: Images of how the New Struan would appear STRUAN Takes Shape - Autistic pupil's dad designs new state-of-the-art school - Sunday Daily Mail, UK

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Posted May 16, 2004:

►May 17, 2004 - Two-week payment penalty threatens as HIPAA claims deadline looms - Beginning July 1, doctors will see a reimbursement delay if they or their claims processor isn't complying. -

►May 17, 2004 - California tort reform shaken by abuse laws as court creates inpatient loophole - Lack of oversight leaves the human tissue industry vulnerable when those brokering body parts are caught operating illegally. -

►May 17, 2004 - Panel studies retainer care, practice trends - Physicians who have opted out of health insurance can offer new solutions, lawmakers say. -

►May 17, 2004 - President launches push for electronic records; funds for project still in question - Bush wants most Americans to have an EMR within a decade. -

►May 17, 2004 - Medicare hopes to boost better option for dialysis - Initiative will seek help from primary care doctors to ensure that chronic kidney disease patients get timely referrals. -

►May 17, 2004 - California launches plan to crack down on Medi-Cal fraud - The state attorney general says the proposal would help catch those who steal physician identification. -

►May 17, 2004 - Preventing undertreatment of pain: Model policy on controlled substances - The new directive is designed to provide guidance to medical boards and doctors on how to treat pain.  -

►May 17, 2004 - New Jersey law expands reporting of medical errors - The law shields both actual and near mistakes from legal discovery. -

►May 17, 2004 - Tort reform gives Texas doctors some relief - Ohio insurers also predict a more stable market ahead. -

►May 17, 2004 - High medical school debt steers life choices for young doctors - The cost of medical education is rising as physician incomes remain relatively flat. -

►May 17, 2004 - Image conscious: The growing use of doctor-owned scanning centers - MRIs aren't just for hospitals. Physician groups find value in having their own diagnostic imaging technology. -

►May 17, 2004 - Review urged for United-Oxford deal - Less insurer competition in the Northeast likely will further squeeze doctors and employers, analysts say. -

►May 17, 2004 - Workers getting more of the health care burden -

►May 17, 2004 - Revitalizing family medicine: How to strengthen the specialty (opinion) - A new report from a coalition of family physician groups offers a blueprint. -

►May 17, 2004 - Patient safety legislation -- an urgent call to action (opinion) -

►May 17, 2004 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - CMA doesn't speak for all its members on "partial-birth abortion" law - State laws give patients options when applying advance directives -

►May 17, 2004 - The next big thing: Public health's biggest concerns - Experts worry about the future impact of the nation's obesity epidemic. But what other scary possibilities -- exotic infections, systemic gaps or the altogether unknown -- keep them up at night? -

►May 17, 2004 - Focusing on prevention of child abuse - The widespread occurrence of childhood sexual abuse and its immediate and long-term consequences necessitates a broad medical and public health response. -

►May 17, 2004 - Universal flu vaccination considered - Some health officials also propose mandating vaccination for all health care workers, but many have doubts about the feasibility of either proposal. -

►May 16, 2004 - Science Fairs Are Turning From Frogs to U.S. Security (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►May 16, 2004 - More bosses pay for flu jabs to keep staff at work -

►May 16, 2004 - More AIDS awareness called factor in decline of new cases - AP via Omaha World Herald

►May 15, 2004 - Vaccine would save millions as well as lives - - "As the Government bowed to pressure yesterday and announced it was talking to the drug company Wyeth over the supply of the pneumococcal vaccine, an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia urged that it make the three vaccines available. The journal said a refusal to do so sent confusing messages to parents."

►May 15, 2004 - Large amount of flu vaccine unused - Yomiuri Shimbun

►May 15, 2004 - Victoria prisons 'incubate' hepatitis C -

►May 15, 2004 - Cholera vaccine doubly welcome - The Telegraph, UK - "A new vaccine against cholera has just been licensed in Britain and will be launched next week. The drug is especially welcome, writes Dr Richard Dawood, because it also protects against the most common type of traveller's diarrhoea, caused by ETEC (enterotoxigenic E coli)."

►May 15, 2004 - Ethnic strife halts polio war - Nigerian state's vaccination ban a global issue (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►May 15, 2004 - Consider this: Man's polio fight continues - The Texas City Sun

►May 15, 2004 - Govt to carry out hepatitis immunisations for prisoners -

►May 15, 2004 - 'Predator' who gave women HIV gets 10 years - Judge says he hopes sentence will be a deterrent as musician is jailed - The Guardian, UK

►May 15, 2004 - The number of antibody-based medicines will climb dramatically -

*►May 15, 2004 - Parents, Doctors At Odds On Autism - Report One Attempt To Answer Question (requires registration) - The Hartford Courant - "Lyn Redwood's son Will was a happy baby who 'ate, slept well, smiled, cooed, walked and talked, all by 1 year,' his mother recalls...But shortly after his 1st birthday, Will unexpectedly developed several infections, stopped talking, lost eye contact and suffered intermittent bouts of diarrhea. He ultimately was diagnosed as having a form of autism, a severe neurological disorder."

►May 15, 2004 - A New Way to Kill Cancer: Viruses Can Destroy Lung, Colon Tumors - Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center via Newswise

►May 15, 2004 - Testing finds no cases of chronic wasting - AP via Columbia Daily Tribune

►May 15, 2004 - Physician urges insurers to cut liability rates - El Paso Times via

►May 15, 2004 - Influenza vaccine does provide protection against influenza in most asthma patients taking inhaled steroids -

►May 14, 2004 - More kids get measles vaccine - Kyodo News via Japan Today

►May 14, 2004 - Abbott's gall complaint in need of a jab - column - The Australian - "Mark and Janine Latham arrived with Julia Gillard as well as tiny Bella Brooks and her parents. Everyone cooed over Bella - a pneumococcal victim - and mum Jennifer wept while delivering a passionate spray, essentially accusing the Government of killing infants by delaying the vaccine. It was a powerful interlude during an otherwise genial afternoon."

* ►May 14, 2004 - Religious groups crucial in worldwide vaccination campaigns – UNICEF - UN - "'There are many communities without schools, health facilities or sanitation but there is hardly any community without a place of worship,' UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement on the guide's launch yesterday in Geneva at a two-day meeting of experts on immunization. 'The active participation of religious groups is therefore crucial to the success of any community-based initiative.'"

* ►May 14, 2004 - Families in autism link claims fear legal ‘threat’ - The Herald, UK - "Anne Glowacki, of Dunipace, Stirlingshire, whose daughter Ashleigh, 12, is autistic, said she and her husband had no choice but to abandon their legal action, adding: 'I thought they were trying to threaten me. We want to fight the case but it would be our house that we lose. We don't have the money they have.'"

* ►May 14, 2004 - Do Vaccines Put Children At Risk For Autism? - Pediatrician: Benefits Of Vaccines Outweigh Risks - - "CORRECTION: A previous version of this story erroneously reported that Thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, is no longer found in vaccines. In fact, small amounts of the preservative still exist in some vaccines. We regret the error."

►May 14, 2004 - Vaccine won't be rushed: Abbott - - "Negotiations were underway to supply a vaccine for children against the deadly pneumococcal disease, federal health minister Tony Abbott said...But Mr Abbott said the government would not be rushed into writing a blank cheque for a multi-national drug company."

* ►May 14, 2004 - Law silent on polio drive - Botswana Press Agency via Daily News via - "The success of the national polio immunisation campaign that started on May 10 is already in doubt, as some religious fanatics refuse to have their children immunised and there is no law to force them."

* ►May 14, 2004 - Protect all children against polio - Botswana Press Agency via Daily News via - "National immunisation campaigns are national emergencies and every citizen and resident of Botswana should abide by the rules governing such campaigns."

*►May 14, 2004 - Newborns to get free vaccinations - - "Health Minister Tony Abbott made a tacit promise, telling a hastily organised press conference minutes before the Labor announcement that the Government had begun negotiating a price for the vaccine with its manufacturer, Wyeth."

►May 14, 2004 - Australia 'dropped the ball' on vaccine - - "Australia's delay in introducing the pneumococcal vaccine has damaged its reputation as a world leader on immunisation, according to medical experts"

►May 14, 2004 - AIDS health plan would cover poor - Institute of Medicine says 60,000 are not getting necessary drugs - San Francisco Chronicle

►May 14, 2004 - HIV Drugs Raise Risk of Artery Plaques - Reuters Health

►May 14, 2004 - Designer Virus Stalks HIV - Wired News - "It took Adam Arkin and David Schaffer just $200,000 and a grad student to develop a potential treatment for AIDS. And that scares them...That's because the therapy itself is a virus."

►May 14, 2004 - Drug-Resistant HIV Often Spread Among Drug Users - Reuters

►May 14, 2004 - County planning to participate in flu initiative - The Morning Sun

►May 14, 2004 - Health officials downplay case of meningitis -About 60 people who came in contact with an infected infant at a school district day-care program are given antibiotics - The Oregonian via

►May 14, 2004 - Meningitis may have killed 6-year-old girl - Newsday

►May 14, 2004 - Whooping cough outbreak seen - 15 students infected in Bellingham schools, Health Department says - The Bellingham Herald

►May 14, 2004 - Whooping cough cases are contained, agency says - Columbia Daily Tribune

►May 14, 2004 - Whooping Cough May Have Killed Infant - Omaha Mother Says Her Child Died Of Pertussis -

►May 14, 2004 - Measles Concern for Doctors - AP via KGBT 4 via

►May 14, 2004 - EPA Probe of Mercury Regulation Launched (requires registration) - The Los Angeles Times

►May 14, 2004 - Antibody Therapeutics Becoming a Growing New Source of Medicines When Most Pharma Pipelines Dry - press release - Strategic Research Institute via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►May 14, 2004 - Tests on B.C. geese rule out deadly flu strain - Globe and Mail

►May 14, 2004 - Minister: Thailand virtually certain it is free of bird flu - AP via

►May 14, 2004 - Chicken council welcomes USDA's new bird flu eradication program - Agriculture Online News

►May 14, 2004 - Feds to spend $11M to fight avian flu on Delmarva peninsula - Baltimore Business Journal

►May 14, 2004 - New blood test may help detect West Nile earlier - Denver Post

►May 14, 2004 - Vaccination for cattle disease begins -

►May 14, 2004 - Vaccination guarantee strikes vein - The Sydney Morning Herald

►May 14, 2004 - Canine Rabies Rules Continue to Confuse - The Lincoln County News

►May 14, 2004 - WHO membership an imperative: DOH -

►May 14, 2004
- Study: Breast-Feeding Helps Cholesterol - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 14, 2004 - Drug seems to combat multiple sclerosis - AFP via International Herald Tribune

►May 14, 2004 - Newborns to Get Free Vaccinations - Melbourne Age via (abstract)

►May 14, 2004 - Smallpox Vaccine Complications - New York Times via (abstract)

►May 14, 2004 - Unnecessary Illness: The Right to Know - Ivanhoe

►May 14, 2004 - Mom's Depression Affects Child's Weight - Pediatrics via Ivanhoe

►May 14, 2004 - Breast Milk Good for the Heart - The Lancet via Ivanhoe

►May 13, 2004 - Researchers: Pollution Could Affect Unborn Children - Reuters via Yahoo!

►May 13, 2004 - Blood Test Shows When Fetus Is in Womb - Reuters via Yahoo!

►May 13, 2004 - Do you Trust Your Doctor? - Archives of Internal Medicine via Ivanhoe

►May 13, 2004 - Alert on Whooping Cough - New Zealand Herald via (abstract)

►May 13, 2004 - Avant HIV Vaccine to Begin Clinical Trials - Boston Business Journal via (abstract)

►May 13, 2004 - Burkina Faso: Government Confirms Yellow Fever Outbreak - Africa News Service via (abstract)

►May 13, 2004 - Chickenpox Milder in Vaccinated Kids - Reuters Health Information Services via (abstract)

►May 13, 2004 - Scientists Limit View on Attack of Smallpox - Boston Globe News via (abstract)

►May 13, 2004 - Vaccination Week 'Highlights Unity' - PAHO News Release via (abstract)

* ►May 13, 2004 - ***Media Availability*** For Comment on Forthcoming Institute of Medicine Report about Vaccine-Autism Link - PRNewswire

* ►May 13, 2004 - Film Raises Ire Over HIV Origins - Wired News

►May 13, 2004 - Expert: Women's Heart Woes Have Stepchild Status - HealthDayNews via

* ►May 13, 2004 - APA Poll: Most Americans Have Sought Mental Health Treatment But Cost, Insurance Still Barriers - PRNewswire via

* ►May 13, 2004 - Two Childhood Diseases Linked - Ivanhoe Newswire

►May 13, 2004 - Healthcare worker sparks TB alert -

►May 13, 2004 - High Levels of Male Hormone Hurt Social Skills - ScoutNews

►May 13, 2004 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via

►May 13, 2004 - Doctor takes pulse of state's health - Detroit Free Press

►May 13, 2004 - Pennsylvania WIC Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary; Food, Nutrition Program Has Helped Millions of Kids, Moms - PRNewswire via

►May 13, 2004 - Screening for liver diseases - Benefits outweigh costs for some, but not all, conditions - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►May 13, 2004 - Nation's Top Medical Centers Seek Participants for Largest Study Comparing Leading Hepatitis C Treatments - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►May 13, 2004 - Calypte Announces First Quarter Financial Results - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►May 13, 2004 - CDC: Arthritis Rampant, Growing, and Costly - HealthDayNews via

►May 13, 2004 - GlobeImmune Announces Appointment of Scientific Advisory Board Members - PRNewswire via

►May 13, 2004 - NIH Launches Study of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Severe, Treatment-Resistant Lupus - NIH News

►May 13, 2004 - Old Europeans live longer -

►May 13, 2004 - Texas: Foundation Puts Focus on Disease Prevention - Dallas Morning News via

►May 13, 2004
- Plant-like enzyme acts as key life cycle switch in malaria parasite - Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine via

►May 13, 2004
- Gene therapy fights HIV in human tests - New Scientist

►May 13, 2004 - Embryonic stem cell - based tissue engineering may help repair damaged heart muscle - New approaches could benefit patients with congestive heart failure - American Medical Association via

►May 13, 2004 - Screening for liver diseases - Benefits outweigh costs for some, but not all, conditions - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►May 13, 2004 - Novel vitamin discovery offers clues for cancer chemotherapy and lipid disorders - Dartmouth Medical School via

►May 13, 2004 - Gene maps of simpler life forms point the way to human disease gene - Washington University School of Medicine via

►May 13, 2004 - Motion that powers sperm provides key to unravelling rare genetic disorder - University College London via

►May 13, 2004 - Mechanism found that may protect kidneys in early stages of diabetes - Northwestern University via

►May 13, 2004 - Research in monkeys suggests estrogen therapy may lower androgens in postmenopausal women - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via

►May 13, 2004 - Bacterial meningitis case in Vancouver; health officials fear outbreak (requires registration) -

►May 13, 2004 - Australian Medical Association welcomes Labor's vaccination pledge - American Medical News

*►May 13, 2004 - 'Drugs Firm Lawyers are Bullying Us' - MMR Parents - PA News via The Scotsman - "Mrs Thomas, 47, from Newhaven, Sussex, said agreeing to the contents would mean never being able to sue the drug company – even if scientists later prove the firm’s jabs caused their children’s autism."

*►May 13, 2004 - EPA, Health Officials Discuss Childhood Asthma - 1 Out Of 10 Kids Battle Asthma - - "Health and environmental officials gathered Thursday to discuss new ways to combat Rhode Island's high rate of asthma among children...According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one out of every 10 Rhode Island children is suffering from the chronic disease."

*►May 13, 2004 - Another church rejects polio immunisation - Members of the Apostolic Church at the Masama lands near Serowe have rejected the current immunisation of children against polio because it is a sin in God’s eyes. They say immunisation is going to bring more diseases and harm to their children.  -

*►May 13, 2004 - Cardiac complications from smallpox vaccination higher than expected among military personnel - Close monitoring helps most soldiers recover promptly and completely - American Medical Association via - "According to the review, the Department of Defense Smallpox Vaccination Program reported over 50 cases to date of myopericarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle or of the sac surrounding the heart – following vaccination."

*►May 13, 2004 - Do Vaccines Put Children At Risk For Autism? - Pediatrician: Benefits Of Vaccines Outweigh Risks - - "Some blame vaccines...'Many physicians will quickly say, 'No. There's no connection,' but I don't think we can dismiss it that easily,' developmental pediatrician Janette Ramer said."

►May 13, 2004 - NPI Suspends Immunization Till Sept - Daily Trust (Abuja) via

►May 13, 2004 - Vaccination Week "Highlights Unity" - press release - Pan American Health Organization

►May 13, 2004 - CDC Announces New Goals and Organizational Design - press release - CDC

►May 13, 2004 - Conference on autism disorders starts Friday - The Willamette Falls community center in Oregon City hosts two days of talks and support - The Oregonian via

►May 13, 2004 - Councilman Secures Funding For Full-Service Autism Center - Queen's Chronicle via - " NYFAC’s proposal highlighted the spike in cases of autism in the state over the last decade. During the 1992-1993 school year, there were 1,648 children ages 6-21 diagnosed with autism. There were over 7,000 children diagnosed with autism last year."

►May 13, 2004 - From Medicines to Mantras - Parents exploring treatments for autism find reason for hope. - Cleveland Jewish News - "Chances are, autism has already touched all our lives. At work, school, synagogue or in your neighborhood, there is a family battling this daunting, lifelong developmental disorder."

►May 13, 2004 - GenoMed's Nationwide Trial Against West Nile Virus Gaining Momentum: American Eagles Now Covered - press release - GenoMed, Inc. via  PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►May 13, 2004 - Study urges careful reply to bioterror - AFP via International Herald Tribune

►May 13, 2004 - Panel: Feds should help pay for HIV care - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►May 13, 2004 - Latent Drug-Resistant HIV Harbored for Years - Reuters

►May 13, 2004 - National HIV vaccine expert to speak at Detroit Area forum May 18 -

►May 13, 2004 - AVANT Announces Start of HIV Vaccine Trial by U.S. Army Based on AVANT's Therapore Technology - press release - AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire

►May 13, 2004 - Gene therapy fights HIV in human tests - New Scientist

►May 13, 2004 - HIV trends among children a mystery - - "Leickness Simbayi, the executive director in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), says it is still unknown what is driving the prevalence of HIV/Aids infections among children."

►May 13, 2004 - Singapore reports highest number of HIV infections since 1985 -

►May 13, 2004 - Progenics takes novel approach to HIV vaccine - The Journal News

►May 13, 2004 - Latest avian flu scare about politics: farmer - CTV News

►May 13, 2004 - Feds Allocate $13.7 Million For Bird Flu Efforts - AP via

►May 13, 2004 - B.C. officials on alert for new bird-flu strain - Confirmation of results pending on virus, which could be type that killed 20 in Asia - Globe and Mail

►May 13, 2004 - Canada reports progress in avian flu battle - CIDRAP News

►May 13, 2004 - Mayors call for avian flu emergency declaration - CBC News, British Columbia

►May 13, 2004 - Utah Flu Season Finally Winding Down -

►May 13, 2004 - Thousands to meet for talks on tackling Earth's environmental problems - AP via Environmental New Network - "Topics will include finding out what triggered the spread of the avian flu virus, which devastated poultry farms in several Asian countries this year and killed a total of 24 people in Thailand and Vietnam."

►May 13, 2004 - Nation's Top Medical Centers Seek Participants for Largest Study Comparing Leading Hepatitis C Treatments - press release - Schering-Plough Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►May 13, 2004 - Teen dies of meningitis - Birmingham Post via

►May 13, 2004 - Feds Find Ethical Lapses in Harvard Tests - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 13, 2004
- Scientists May Not Learn Bird Flu Source - AP via The Herald-Sun

►May 13, 2004 - Pitt team finds way to test for lupus - Effective test may yield medications - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►May 12, 2004 - Corn syrup linked to diabetes - Epidemic reflects rise in refined sugars - Nature 

►May 12, 2004
- 'Nanobodies' herald a new era in cancer therapy - VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology via May 12, 2004 - Impact of Childhood Vaccination on Racial Disparities in Invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae Infections - journal article (JAMA)

►May 12, 2004 - 'Peter's art taught us a great deal' - Roger Highfield explains how pictures helped scientists to understand autism - Telegraph, UK

►May 12, 2004 - Government of Canada announces new funding to fight HIV/AIDS - press release - Health Canada via CNW Telbec

►May 12, 2004 - Africa: Social Scientists Leave Conference Armed With Fresh Ideas - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►May 12, 2004 - 377 HIV cases, 15 AIDS death reported since January this year. - The Imphal Free Press via

►May 12, 2004 - HIV vaccine research: real people, real progress - Tuesday, May 18, is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - San Francisco Bay View

►May 12, 2004 - Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise (includes video) - ABC 7 News

►May 12, 2004 - EU faces shortage of anti-flu drugs, warns Irish presidency - EU Business

►May 12, 2004 - Meningitis Claims An Iowan -

►May 12, 2004 - Prevalence of Chlamydial and Gonococcal Infections Among Young Adults in the United States - journal article (JAMA)

►May 12, 2004
- Pharmacogenetics Testing Leads Molecular Diagnostic Growth Potential - PR Newswire

►May 12, 2004 - Vaccinations are no shot in the dark - High school seniors receive meningococcal vaccine free of charge - The Winchester Star via

►May 12, 2004 - Legislation could help patients get care they deserve - Herald-Review

►May 12, 2004 - Anti-inflammatory diet treats several ailments (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune via

►May 12, 2004 - InterMune Announces Presentations at Digestive Disease Week - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►May 12, 2004 - Cigarette tax revenues could plug insurance hole for kids - The Sacramento Bee

►May 12, 2004 - Pushing New Standards on to Practice -

►May 12, 2004 - Learning law is a sentence for some - The Scotsman - "But Ms Amet fears that a new law passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1 April, which will dramatically transform special-needs education north of the Border, could bring a halt to the dramatic strides that Lloyd has made since he began being taught at home."

►May 12, 2004 - Vyteris' LidoSite(TM) Receives FDA Approval for Localized Pain Treatment - PRNewswire via

►May 12, 2004 - Health of Trainees Taken Seriously (opinion) - The Herald (Harare) via

►May 12, 2004 - Outbreak Of Q Fever Discovered In Bosnia's Second Largest City - AP via

►May 12, 2004 - Schools Struggle to Control Steroid Use - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►May 12, 2004 - America's first 'test-tube baby' - USA Today

►May 12, 2004 - Report: 1 in 10 Schoolchildren Too Heavy - Report Indicates One in 10 of the World's Schoolchildren Is Overweight; Almost 45 Million Obese - AP via ABC News

►May 12, 2004 - Many Don't Ask for Free Flu Jabs - Wellington Dominion (NZ) via (abstract)

►May 12, 2004 - Meningitis Vaccine Delayed - Wellington Dominion (NZ) via (abstract)

►May 12, 2004 - $112 Million to Fight a Killer Flu Pandemic - Sydney Daily Telegraph via (abstract)

►May 12, 2004 - Citing Rise in Pertussis Cases, State Puts Doctors on Alert - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via (abstract)

►May 12, 2004 - Funding stability down under - Australian science and research groups win another 5 years of security in annual budget - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 12 , 2004 - Monsanto pulls Canada wheat plans - Roundup Ready wheat development discontinued in the face of Wheat Board opposition - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 11, 2004 - Bavarian Smallpox Vaccine Sees Good Phase 2 Result - Reuters via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - Diabetics at Higher Risk of Pneumococcal Infection - Reuters Health via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - Foreign Adoptions Add Layer of Health Concerns - Wall Street Journal via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - Over 65 Percent of Children Immunized - Hindu via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - SARS Vaccine Could Be Ready 'Within Three Years' - Australian Broadcasting Corp. News via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - Vaccine Reduces Racial Gap for Diseases - AP via (abstract)

►May 11, 2004 - Schizophrenia study uncovers surprising results -

►May 11, 2004 - Clinical Trial Investigates Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis With Gamunex(R), Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), 10% Caprylate/Chromatography Purified - PRNewswire via

►May 11, 2004
- Bavarian smallpox vaccine sees good Phase 2 result - Reuters via Forbes

►May 11, 2004
- Gene helps repair injured muscles: study - CBC News

►May 11, 2004 - More Than 4 Percent of Young Americans Infected With Chlamydia - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►May 11, 2004
- Yellow fever in Burkina Faso - WHO

►May 11, 2004 - Plant-Derived Estrogen Wins FDA Approval - Reuters via Yahoo! News

►May 11, 2004 - U.S. could be next market for OTC cholesterol drugs - Reuters via Yahoo! News

►May 11, 2004 - Nutritionist's work questioned - Prominent Canadian researcher authored study on benefits of multivitamins - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 11, 2004 - Resistance found in GM refuges - Wind pollination carries Bt genes from GM maize into neighboring plants - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 10, 2004
- New vaccine developed to protect against smallpox - AP via The Columbia Daily Tribune

►May 10, 2004 - Cutting Tumor Supply Lines May Boost Cancer Treatments, UF Professor Says - University Of Florida

►May 10, 2004 - Central African Republic: Thousands Immunized Against Meningitis, Measles - Africa News Service via (abstract)

►May 10, 2004 - Mexico Rushes Out Measles Vaccines to Curb Outbreak - Reuters via (abstract)

►May 10, 2004 - Science and the Mass Media: A Clash of Cultures (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Remarkable Research, Humble Conditions (registration required) - Conducting science in the Balkans requires a special endurance - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Frontlines | A Tick-Slimming Secret (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Frontlines | Economic Progress, Medical Regress (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Snapshot | Water by the Numbers (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - 5-Prime | Gesundheit! (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Foundations | A New Pathway for Inositol (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - First Person | Denis Duboule (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Facing the Global Water Crisis (registration required) - The dual problems of access and availability will get worse without intervention - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Making Sense of Mechanosensation (registration required) - Channels help cells cope with the stress and strain of everyday - The Scientist

►May 10, 2003 - How Did Natural Selection Shape Human Genes? (registration required) - A paper proposes that climate favored certain mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Landmarks of Human Variations (registration required) - Surveys of human haplotypes lend support to a sometimes criticized international effort - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Research Vision | Evolutionary Teamwork (registration required) - Constructing eukaryotes through endosymbiosis - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Research Briefs (registration required) - Presynaptic Plasticity; Assistance from Sap Suckers; Interdisciplinary Research from F1000 - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Front Page (registration required) - RNAi Makes Strides in Mammalian Functional Genomics; Making a Better Protein; Taking Control of the Cluster - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Vision Quest (registration required) - Smaller and more sophisticated optical prosthetics provide rudimentary vision in patients with retinal and macular degeneration - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Measuring Cytokine Levels (registration required) - Researchers use ELISAs, beads, and arrays to quantify intercellular communication - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Fluidigm Completes Protein Crystallization Platform (registration required) - Microfluidics company rounds out TOPAZ line with reagents, chips, hardware, and software - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Protein Purification Gets Easier (registration required) - Amersham Biosciences' new robotic liquid chromatography system removes protein-purification bottlenecks - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Improved Imaging, Proteomics-Style (registration required) - PerkinElmer revamps its 2-D gel-imaging system - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Pockets of Excellence in Eastern Europe (registration required) - Former Soviet Bloc countries strive for progress - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Assessing the Agroterror Threat (registration required) - Report analyzes potential US targets - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Postdoc Talk | At a Crossroads (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - New Names Illumine Avian Brains (registration required) - The first major nomenclature change since the 1900s show parallels with other vertebrate brains - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - How to Navigate Scientific Language (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Science Rules | EU Exacts Toll from Underfunded Countries (registration required) - The Scientist

►May 10, 2004 - Law hinders German research - Ban on importing new embryonic cell lines hurts international work, leading scientist says - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 10, 2004 - Fat clue to leptin resistance - Triglycerides prevent leptin from crossing the blood-brain barrier - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 8, 2004 - A third of type 1 diabetics have renal damage within 20 years - journal article (BMJ)

►May 8, 2004 - Roll Back Malaria: a failing global health campaign - Only increased donor support for malaria control can save it - journal article (BMJ)

►May 8, 2004 - Health agencies end in-fighting on malaria - journal article (BMJ)

►May 8, 2004 - Doctors charged with planning to kill a patient for his kidneys - journal article (BMJ)

►May 8, 2004 - Mentally ill offenders are being wrongly held in prisons - journal article (BMJ) 

►May 8, 2004 - US universities get round regulations on stem cell research - journal article (BMJ)  

►May 8, 2004 - New EU trials database is criticised for lack of openness - journal article (BMJ)   

►May 8, 2004 - Patients with type 2 diabetes should take statins - journal article (BMJ) 

►May 8, 2004 - Lessons from developing nations on improving health care - journal article (BMJ) 

►May 8, 2004 - Linking disease control programmes in rural Africa: a pro-poor strategy to reach Abuja targets and millennium development goals - journal article (BMJ)  

►May 8, 2004 - Autism and Creativity: Is there a Link between Autism in Men and Exceptional Ability? - book review - journal article (BMJ)  

►May 7, 2004 - Support for African science - African partnership appoints regional experts, while international group vows backing - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 7, 2004 - Top NIHers can't consult - But panel would ease conflict-of-interest restrictions on most intramural researchers - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 7, 2004 - Clinicians sentenced to death - Foreigners worked in a Libyan hospital where 426 children were infected with HIV - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 6, 2004 - Spain's stem cell battle ends - New socialist government comes to a deal with Andalusian leaders over stem cell bank - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 6, 2004 - 3rd gen. genomics group forms - Researchers from half-dozen countries launch project to be based in Ottawa - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 6, 2004 - US faces science shortage - NSB says fewer students, global competition, visa restrictions forging 'troubling decline' - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 6, 2004 - Did viruses precede other life? - Structural studies on ancient virus reveal clues about the evolution of life on Earth - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 5, 2004 - Sparks fly on Boston lab plan - Local residents say Boston University BSL-4 lab would be in too densely populated an area - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 5, 2004 - Finding promise in white rot - Fungus sequence shows potential for biotechnological and environmental applications - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May 4, 2004 - ESA courts bioscience firms - Space agency wants life science companies to think about zero-gravity research - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►May/June 2004 - Sleep in infants and young children Part two: Common sleep problems - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Health Care)

►May 2004 - Primary prevention of atopic dermatitis in breast-fed infants: What is the evidence? - journal article (Journal of Pediatrics)

►May 2004 - The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s cohort study: background, methods and follow-up information on a new resource for the study of life course and intergenerational influences on health - journal article (Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology)

►May 2004 - The Temporal Relationship Between the Onset of Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease: A Study Based on Immunoglobulin A Antitransglutaminase Screening - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May 2004 - Pneumococcal Bacteremia: Lessons Learned, Yet More to Learn - Pneumonia...the Captain of the Men of Death - Mayo Clinic Proceedings via

►May 2004 - Autism and Immune Disorders Linked - Copley News Service via

►May 2004 - Osteogenesis imperfecta in childhood: Impairment and disability. a prospective study with 4-year follow-up - journal article (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

►May 2004 - Efficacy of Daily and Weekly Iron Supplementation on Iron Status in Exclusively Breast-Fed Infants - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)

►May 2004 - Clinical Features of Children With Screening-Identified Evidence of Celiac Disease - journal article (Pediatrics)

►May  2004 - Imported measles reported in Washington state (requires registration) - The CDC has recommended temporary suspension of adoptions from Chinese orphanage in response to a measles outbreak. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - A guide to evaluating babies born to mothers with West Nile virus (requires registration) - If WNV in illness is diagnosed during pregnancy, the CDC recommends a detailed ultrasound examination of the fetus to evaluate for structural abnormalities. -  Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Kingella an increasing cause of skeletal infections - (requires registration) - The presence of K. kingae is difficult to detect without immediate clinical suspicion. - Infectious  Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Get a food allergy management plan in place now, before the school year (requires registration) - Managing food allergies is a practice in good communication between physicians, parents and patients. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Clean, separate, cook and chill for safer food (requires registration) - The USDA encourages consumers to “Fight Bac!” – fight bacteria, that is. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - FDA gives expanded indication to Advair (requires registration) - Drug improved FEV1 in patients 4 to 11 years old. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Expanded indication approved for ADHD therapy (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Summer fun ... and trouble (requires registration) - A review of recent changes to official recommendations for sunscreen and insect repellent use in children. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2004 - More on measles and the impact of the Lancet retraction (requires registration) - Some of the main issues of the Lancet retraction are selection bias and ethics. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2004 - Thimerosal and MMR revisited: a troublesome tale (requires registration) - The United States and the United Kingdom have had similar experiences regarding anti-vaccine groups and autism. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - What's Your Diagnosis (requires registration) - A monthly case study, with treatment information and discussion to follow. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2004 - Effects of a Comprehensive School-Based Asthma Program on Symptoms, Parent Management, Grades, and Absenteeism - journal article (Chest)

►May 2004 - Early discharge: no evidence of adverse outcomes in three consecutive population-based Australian surveys of recent mothers, conducted in 1989, 1994 and 2000 - journal article (Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology)

►April 30, 2004 - Pasteur expands in Asia - French institute's center in Korea opened this month, Chinese project to follow - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►April 30, 2004 - USDA plans animal ID network - System would tag livestock exposed to BSE and other infections - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►April 30, 2004 - Slow progress for EU biotech - European Commission highlights problems delivering its strategy for life sciences and biotechnology - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►April 30, 2004 - Viral micro RNAs identified - Genome-encoded micro RNAs isolated from Epstein-Barr virus, but their functions are unclear - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►April 29, 2004 - New York BRANY power - Group wins more clinical studies for local institutions, with benefits beyond the Hudson - The Scientist via BioMed Central

►April 27, 2004 - Wheels of Fortune - Scam Artist Reveals How Medicare Was Bilked for Millions - ABC News

►April 27, 2004 - One third of Americans use prayer for health concerns - Medical News Today

►April 22, 2004 - Scientists: Curry ingredient might fight cystic fibrosis - AP via USA Today

►April 20, 2004 - Lipid Control in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine) 

►April 20, 2004 - The Preference For Sweetened Foods May Decline After Exercise - American Physiological Society via ScienceDaily

►April 13, 2004 - Boston University Advocate of Sunlight Draws Ire (requires registration) - KRT via Boston Herald via Miami Herald

►April 2004 - Incorporating newborn screening into prenatal care - journal article (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) 

►April 2004 - Understanding shaken baby syndrome - journal article (Advances in Neonatal Care)

►Volume 11, 2004 - Effects of age, gender and holding on pain response during infant immunization - journal article (Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►Issue 2, 2004 - Acyclovir for treating varicella in otherwise healthy children and adolescents (Cochrane Review) - journal article (The Cochrane Library)

We hold these freedoms to be self-evident - Do you want to block traumatic memories from scarring your mind? Perhaps you do, but would you be happy if someone else did it for you? Or how about receiving marketing messages beamed directly at you in hypersonic waves? Mind control is getting smarter by the minute, says Richard Glen Boire, co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics in California. And, as he told Liz Else, we ain't seen nothing yet... - New Scientist

HIV/AIDS Tests? - Human Rights Watch

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