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

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All the News Posted February 21-23, 2008

Posted February 23, 2008


* ►March 3, 2008 - Web Surfer, Heal Thyself - Medical files in a doctor's care have special legal protections. Not when they're stored by Microsoft or Google. - Newsweek

* ►February 25, 2008 - Researcher explores potential cancer vaccine using tumor cells - UConn Advance

* ►February 24, 2008 - Vaccinating Boys for Girls’ Sake? (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Of course, many parents will automatically dismiss Gardasil. They view Big Pharma in general and new vaccines in particular with suspicion. Barbara Goodstein, a Manhattan insurance executive, who has a daughter, 10, and a son, 12, plans to refuse the vaccine for both. 'I wouldn’t give children that young a shot without multiple generations of research,' she said."

* ►February 24, 2008 - Fear of Insurance Trouble Leads Many to Shun or Hide DNA Tests (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 24, 2008 - Daring to Think Differently About Schizophrenia (requires registration) - The New York Times  - "Dr. Steven M. Paul, the president of Lilly Research Laboratories, says Lilly expects competition in glutamate research to intensify."

* ►February 24, 2008 - Jakarta ends stand-off on bird flu vaccines - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►February 24, 2008 - Weeklong Anti-Polio Drive Begins - Arab News

►February 24, 2008 - Hepatitis preys on poor families - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

►February 24, 2008 - Revealed: ‘invisible’ adults living with autism - Sunday Herald, UK

►February 24, 2008 - Bill would help students with autism -

* ►February 23, 2008 - Sunday AM: KOMU Missouri: Show Me Autism - Age of Autism - "As a follow-up to the incredible Combating Autism From Within series on KOMU-TV, Columbia, MO (See the series HERE) KOMU NEWS will have a one hour special tomorrow, Feb. 24 at 11 am CST."

* ►February 23, 2008 - Autism One Conference May 21 - 25 by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►February 23, 2008 - "The AAP Knows Vaccines Cause Autism" by Dr. David Ayoub - Editor's note: Dr. David Ayoub, a radiologist from Springfield, Ill., gave this speech at the rally Wednesday in front of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Chicago. Age of Autism is pleased to help it reach the wide audience it deserves. - Age of Autism

* ►February 23, 2008 - Montana: Big Sky, Big Balls - Age of Autism

* ►February 23, 2008 - Chicago Elections and Bozo's Circus by Harry Hofherr - Age of Autism

* ►February 23, 2008 - Too much tuna is toxic - Heavy-metal screening finally identifies cause of artist's illness: mercury. - St. Petersburg Times via Minneapolis Star Tribune

* ►February 23, 2008 - Families dealing with autism are in crisis: senator - Munson leading charge to get more help from government to improve services for families - The Guardian

►February 23, 2008 - Foundation Apologizes to The Country - NewsBlaze - "It is important to know that any and all remarks about children and adults with autism made by Adam Jasinski are his personal beliefs, and not the beliefs of the United Autism Foundation."

►February 23, 2008 - Time to ante up for autism - opinion - The News-Press

►February 23, 2008 - Northeast Tennessee autism walk brings in thousands -

►February 23, 2008 - Drugs for Autism: What Works for You? -

* ►February 23, 2008 - Levin calls for release of CDC report - Congressman says Michigan residents should have access to health risk study. - The Detroit News

* ►February 23, 2008 - Heed so-called `experts' with caution: Judges - They're often over-respected and allowed to roam beyond their fields, inquiry into Smith cases told (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►February 23, 2008 - Judges allow expert witnesses too much latitude, inquiry told (requires registration or subscription) - Globe and Mail - "'I think that we get drawn into it, thinking: 'Oh, well, of course, she is a medical doctor, or a pathologist, or a pediatric pathologist - so, of course, we'll receive their opinion,' said Patrick LeSage, former chief justice of the Superior Court of Ontario."

* ►February 23, 2008 - Medical profession recommends HPV shot - opinion - Daily Press

►February 23, 2008 - State officials rationing vaccines after high demand - AP via FOX Providence Eyewitness News

* ►February 23, 2008 - State's vaccine supply rationed - Older children's shots not funded (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "The state quietly issued a memo to doctors late last year telling them to limit their use of certain state-supplied shots for meningitis, diphtheria, and chickenpox, primarily in older children. There is only enough vaccine left to mainly cover seventh-graders, the group that is routinely given the shots. As a result, older children who are getting caught up on those shots will not have access to free vaccinations. Private insurers, the federal government, and, in some cases, families will have to pay for them."

* ►February 23, 2008 - Online Extra: Questions and Answers on Perplexing Baby Issues - Vancouver Sun via - "'It's really important for parents to recognize the difference between well-founded scientific evidence and some of the wild speculation that goes on, fuelled by the Internet,' said Dr. David Scheifele, director of the vaccine evaluation centre at the Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver. 'This whole business around autism ... just has no credible scientific foundation.'"

►February 23, 2008 - Be deliberate about vaccination choices - The Olympian

* ►February 23, 2008 - Novartis stepping up vaccine call to pre-empt pandemic - Financial Times - "World Health Organisation officials caution against labelling such products 'pre-pandemic' vaccines, because they will only be effective if it is a mutation of the current H5N1 bird flu strain that triggers a pandemic. Others remain cautious about any preventative vaccination because of the cost and strain on public health systems, and concern that widespread use could trigger side effects."

►February 23, 2008 - Crow deaths trigger panic - Expressindia

* ►February 23, 2008 - Flu Shots Fail: Flu Spreads Across U.S. - Virulent Strain of Flu Reaches 49 of 50 States Causing Miserable Flu Season - Good Morning America via ABC News

►February 23, 2008 - Flu shot not protecting everyone - News 10 Now

►February 23, 2008 - Some People still against Flu Shot after CDC announces the illness as widespread (includes video) -

►February 23, 2008 - Five of six nursing home residents were killed by flu, says Health Department - Salt Lake Tribune

* ►February 23, 2008 - Patrons of celebrity hangout urged to get hepatitis A vaccination - AP via Newsday

►February 23, 2008 - Free Vaccines Following Nightclub Health Scare - 1010 WINS

* ►February 23, 2008 - Yellow fever vaccine limited in US; South America faces outbreak - Yellow fever outbreaks hit S. America - South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "Sanofi Pasteur halted production of single-dose vials in August when it switched equipment suppliers. Five-dose vials are available, but all shots must be given in an hour. Single-dose vials will be available in March, the vaccine maker said."

►February 23, 2008 - You could be one of thousands with measles exposure (requires registration) - Arizona Daily Star

►February 23, 2008 - Over 8000 run for polio awareness in Lucknow - ANI via TopNews

►February 23, 2008 - Worries about whooping cough are back - Contra Costa Times

►February 23, 2008 - Whooping cough cases reported - The Wenatchee World Online

* ►February 23, 2008 - Cruel disease returns - Victim's family fights to spread immunity - - "Rodney has traveled to Austin four times to speak on vaccines. His wife has traveled once. Rodney told the Department of State Health Services he would talk to every family that signed a waiver for the child to not receive their shots. 'It's a parent's prerogative to not have their child vaccinated,' Rodney said. 'But it crosses the line when it puts someone else in danger.' Every child at Panhandle Independent School District where Rodney works is current on his or her shots."

►February 23, 2008 - Local researchers shed new light on hepatitis B - A team of HCMC researchers has developed a new method to test for hepatitis B mutations, which could help Vietnamese doctors better treat the disease. - Thanh Nien Daily

* ►February 23, 2008 - Health Net ordered to pay $9 million after canceling cancer patient's policy - The punitive damage award is the first of its kind and has prompted the giant medical insurer to scrap practices that have recently come under fire. (requires registration or subscription) -Los Angeles Times

►February 23, 2008 - Secrets Of Memories' Staying Power Revealed Through Genetic Tags In Mice -  NIH/National Institute of Mental Health via ScienceDaily

►February 23, 2008 - Pet Vet: Are distemper and parvo vaccines required? - I have a 4-year-old dog and would like to know if the distemper and parvo vaccines are mandatory every three years like rabies. Also, my vet said my dog needs an annual heartworm blood test. What do you advise? - New York Daily News

* ►February 23, 2008 - Blue-ear disease vaccines sent to 5 snow-stricken provinces - Xinhua via China View

* ►February 22, 2008 - Smith cases get quick action - Province to speed evaluation process to determine if victims may still appeal (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

►February 22, 2008 - Ontario vows to speed conviction reviews - Ministry to back reopening appeal periods for cases based on pediatric pathologist's evidence (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

* ►February 22, 2008 - SSRI Side-Effects: Violence and Suicide (NYT) - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "The Times acknowledges the undeniable, but long denied, link between use of SSRI antidepressants drugs and unprovoked explosive violence: 'Over the years, the antidepressant Prozac and its cousins, including Paxil and Zoloft, have been linked to suicide and violence in hundreds of patients.' Indeed, a website maintained by two mothers on a truth mission, Sara Bostock and Rosie Meysenburg [Link] lists 2,000 news reports linking SSRIs to violence."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Bayer, one drug, 1,000 deaths per month (CBS 60 Minutes) - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►February 22, 2008 - US Supreme Court Favors Big Pharma - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►February 22, 2008 - State AG sues two drug companies - - "Attorney General Mike McGrath has sued two national pharmaceutical companies and accused them of manufacturing certain prescription drugs that were 'in defective condition and unreasonably dangerous.' McGrath filed the complaint in state district court in Helena Wednesday against Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP over their prescription drugs Risperdal and Seroquel, respectively....Click here to view a .pdf copy of the complaint."

►February 22, 2008 - Supreme Court Gives Health-Care Companies a Boost - Motley Fool - "In an 8-1 decision, the high court ruled this week against the estate of a patient who suffered serious injuries when one of Medtronic's catheters burst during a medical procedure."

►February 22, 2008 - B.C. sees mild flu outbreaks despite less effective flu vaccine: epidemiologist - CBC British Columbia

►February 22, 2008 - College student dies of rare ailment - MRSA pneumonia case brings warning - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►February 22, 2008 - Antibodies from chicken eggs become focus - Biotech company IRI Separation Technologies (IRI) has signed a distribution agreement to allow the firm to fully focus on the extraction of antibodies from eggs. -

►February 22, 2008 - Auburn grad co-authors research on autism genetics - Rockford Register Star

►February 22, 2008 - Einstein, Newton had autism: Study - Times of India

►February 22, 2008 - Debunking Animal Autism - Animal behaviorist Temple Grandin believes extraordinary animals think much like autistic geniuses. Now, some neuroscientists say it simply isn't true. (includes podcast) - Scientific American

►February 22, 2008 - Schools create autism resource team - Indianapolis Star

►February 22, 2008 - District creates autism resource team - Indianapolis Star

►February 21, 2008 - Bay Area to become home of autism center - Silicon Valley is about to become home to a unique pediatric center dedicated to diagnosing and treating autism and other serious developmental disabilities. (includes video) - KGO ABC 7

►February 21, 2008 - Autistic children to get boost from new specialist school - Irish Independent

►February 21, 2008 - Autism gets congressional attention - Manila Standard Today - "'It is increasing in numbers at an alarming rate,' she said, adding autism may be detected in a child as early as 18 months, but there is no known cure."

►February 21, 2008 - No two the same - When it comes to educating persons with a learning disorder, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. - Malaysia Star

►February 21, 2008 - Autism aid is back on the table -

* ►February 21, 2008 - Study Implicates Mercury In The Development Of Autism - Huliq

►February 21, 2008 - MRSA infection tracked locally - Clovis News Journal

►February 21, 2008 - Travel risk of Hepatitis ignored - Nursing in Practice

►February 21, 2008 - Cow's urine as medicine - Faiths Leap into Blind Alleys - MyNews, India

►February 21, 2008 - MorphoSys and Astellas Extend Alliance for Use of HuCAL GOLD to Develop Novel Antibody Therapies - MorphoSys AG via Prime Newswire

►February 21, 2008 - Mock outbreak gives local students a hands-on science lesson - The Tribune-Democrat

* ►February 21, 2008 - Deceit, Hypocrisy and Terror -- The History of Biological and Chemical Weapons - Media Monitors Network

* ►February 20, 2008 - Scandals: On cheating "the other guy" - Sandy Gottstein's "Scandals" blog

 ►February 20, 2008 - Autism school row rages on as Hanafin snubs TD's invite - Irish Independent

►February 20, 2008 - Autism in Wyoming - Hosted by Wyoming State Representative Keith Gingery of Jackson Hole - "I co-sponsored an amendment today in the Budget Bill (2nd Reading Amendment #5) that would have provided $5 million toward lowering the waiting list for the Child Development Disabilities Waiver Waiting List.  The Amendment failed.  But it was close, so I will try again on 3rd Reading on Friday."

►February 20, 2008 - Nasty Remark from "Big Brother" Contestant Raises Anger in Autism Community -

►February 20, 2008 - Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario to hold policy roundtable in Thunder Bay, Ont., February 28 and 29, 2008 - press release - Goudge Inquiry via CNW Telbec

►February 20, 2008 - Black babies in California twice as likely to die than any other racial group (requires registration or subscription) - San Jose Mercury News

►February 20, 2008 - Gardasil a winner for CSL - Biotechnology company CSL has lifted its first-half earnings by 36 per cent, thanks largely to sales of its flagship product Gardasil. - Melbourne Herald Sun via

►February 20, 2008 - Getting Off Dialysis For Good! - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via WPTV NewsChannel 5

►February 19, 2008 - Tobacco to assist with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment - Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. That is why scientists at Tarbiat Modarres University in Iran are finding new approaches, which could lead to better prevention, diagnosis and cure of the disease. -

►February 19, 2008 - Setting the record straight on HPV vaccine - Midland Daily News

►February 19, 2008 - Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Announces Grant Opportunity for Regional Autism Centers - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►February 19, 2008 - Hanafin in row over FG debate on autism - Irish Independent

►February 19, 2008 - Time to ante up for autism - The News-Press

►February 19, 2008 - Doctors Get Autism Toolkits - CBS 21

►February 19, 2008 - Autism Website Issues Statement Regarding Offensive CBS Content - press release - Credo Media Group via Marketwire

* ►February 19, 2008 - Transcript from Online Chat: The Martin Family on Autism - KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids - "How much do you blame the vaccinations for your childs autism?  Chris-and-Dawn-Martin(A)  I believe that we are not allowing our kids when born to let their immune systems develop enough before the vaccines are introduced. Through years of environmental disruption through the mother, a good book that backs up this theory is 'Changing the Course of Autism' by Brian Jepson. There is a lot of documentation out there that indicates this is a valid contribution. Our son was also on a lot of antibiotics and received the flu shots at an early age."

* ►February 18, 2008 - Special Report, Part Two: A Family's Fight Against Autism (includes video) - KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids - "They think a low immune system, a childhood vaccine and environmental conditions contributed to Ethan's autism. Knowing they can't change the past, this family is now putting together a game plan to hopefully defeat the disorder."

►February 16, 2008 - Vitamin deficiency may cause modern ills - The Independent, UK

►February 12, 2008 - FDA Wants Big Pharma to Use Terminally Ill Patients as Guinea Pigs for Unapproved Drugs -

* ►February 10, 2008 - Legal drug craze is new killer - Once it was cocaine, speed or heroin, but now the fashion is for legal pills, washed down by spirits. Last week's news that actor Heath Ledger, right, died from an overdose of prescription tablets shed light on a startling new trend - misuse of over-the-counter pills now kills more Americans than illegal drugs. - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►February 4, 2008 - Chemical engineering professors developing artificial antibodies - UConn Advance

►January 22, 2008 - Meat, diet soda linked to heart disease: study - Reuters

►January 22, 2008 - Dietary Intake and the Development of the Metabolic Syndrome - The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study - journal article (Circulation)

* ►January 9-10, 2008 - "Frontiers in the neurobiology of autism": A symposium synopsis - The Wellcome Trust, London, January 9-10, 2008 - Autism Speaks

►January 4, 2008 - Isotopic Discrimination as a Tool for Organic Farming Certification in Sweet Pepper (full text) - journal article (Journal of Environmental Quality)

* ►March 8, 2007 - Catania, Don't Shoot Us With HPV! - Rally and Press Conference, March 8, 2007 - videos - The Parents and Citizens Committee to Stop Medical Experimentation in DC via

►March 15, 2004 - Improving veterinarians' income a top goal of AVMA president-elect candidate Childers - American Veterinary Medical Association JAVMA News

* ►August 2003 - Fibrosarcomas at Presumed Sites of Injection in Dogs: Characteristics and Comparison with Non-vaccination Site Fibrosarcomas and Feline Post-vaccinal Fibrosarcomas - journal article (Journal of Veterinary Medicine)

►July 1, 2003 - Developing common sense strategies for fiscal responsibility - Using an interactive template to plan service protocol changes - DVM Newsmagazine - "The purpose of this article is to focus on the third of these essential cornerstones: the economic realities of protocol changes, and how medical and surgical standards including reduced frequency of vaccination can be compatible with financial viability; and, yes, even success. ... For a real eye-opener of potential revenue loss, research practice records for the most recent 12 months of client activity to determine the estimated number of adult canine patients that were seen for annual vaccinations. Multiply this number times the revenue loss calculated above on an individual patient basis to determine the total potential lost income."

►July 1, 2003 - 'What do we tell our clients?' - Developing thorough plan to educate staff on changing vaccine protocols essential for maintaining solid relationships with clients and ensuring quality care - DVM Newsmagazine - "It has finally happened. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has released canine vaccine guidelines. Some practitioners may dread it and consider the recommendations as a 'practice buster.' ... The concern of course is the loss of our 'vaccine hook.'"

►February 26, 2003 - The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology - Department of Veterinary Pathology - WEDNESDAY SLIDE CONFERENCE - 2002-2003 CONFERENCE 19 (pdf) -

* ►Oct 1, 2002 - AVMA, AAHA to release vaccine positions - DVM Newsmagazine - "The statement stresses AVMA's stance on education, a reduction in the profession's dependence on vaccine sales, which account for a significant portion of practice income, ... Veterinarians must promote the value of the exam and move away from their dependence on vaccine income."

►October 2001 - A retrospective study of canine and feline cutaneous vasculitis - journal article (Veterinary Dermatology)

►2001 - Vaccines of the Present and Future - World Small Animal Veterinary Association WSAVA World Congress Vancouver 2001 - "...some veterinarians use the recommendation for vaccinations as a way to ensure client visits for yearly examinations and, least appropriate, as a ‘profit center.’"

►June 1999 - Vaccine-induced ischemic dermatopathy in the dog - journal article (Veterinary Dermatology)

Report of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force: 2003 Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Recommendations, and Supporting Literature -

2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines, Revised (pdf) - AAHA

VACCINES--For HEALTHY Dogs Only! - Important information to consider before vaccinating. - Terrific Pets Forum

LEPTOSPIRA VACCINE--Adverse Reaction - Citizen Canine Dog Forum

VACCINES--Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo - Labrador Community Forums

Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines: What We Know and Don't Know, Dr. Ronald Schultz via

New Vaccination Protocols A Review of the Literature -

LYME--Vaccinate or Not? - Into to help making INFORMED decision. - Terrific Pets Forum

SEIZURES--Possible Triggers/Causes - Dogster Forums

TITERS--Shedding Some Light On -


* MAINE RABIES LAW--Action Alert! - Proposed amendment to change law to 3 months. - Terrific Pets Forum

* HPV Questions (pdf) - The Parents and Citizens Committee to Stop Medical Experimentation in DC via

* Overview: HPV Vaccine Gardasil® -

Cracking Down on Organic Food Fraud - A New Method for Ensuring "Organic" Really Means Organic - The Daily Green

Wellcome Trust, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks UK hold Joint Autism Symposium - Autism Speaks


Posted February 22, 2008

►April 2008 - A hormone map of human immune cells showing the presence of adrenocorticotropic hormone, triiodothyronine and endorphin in immunophenotyped white blood cells - journal article (Immunology)

* ►March 1, 2008 - Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccination of Human Newborns Induces T Cells with Complex Cytokine and Phenotypic Profiles - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►March 1, 2008 - Stimulation of Enhanced CD8 T Cell Responses Following Immunization with a Hyper-Antigen Secreting Intracytosolic Bacterial Pathogen - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2008 - Vaccination of a Melanoma Patient with Mature Dendritic Cells Pulsed with MAGE-3 Peptides Triggers the Activity of Nonvaccine Anti-Tumor Cells1 - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►March 2008 - PorA types in Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B isolated in Argentina from 2001 to 2003: implications for the design of an outer membrane protein-based vaccine - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

* ►March 2008 - Long-term anti-rabies antibody persistence following intramuscular or low-dose intradermal vaccination of young Vietnamese children - journal article (Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)

►March 2008 - Prevalence and cumulative incidence of food hypersensitivity in the first 3 years of life - journal article (Allergy)

►March 2008 - Paediatric pre- and post-septal peri-orbital infections are different diseases A retrospective review of 262 cases - journal article (International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology)

►March 2008 - Assessing skin prick tests reliability in ECRHS-I - journal article (Allergy)

►March 2008 - The CREATE Project: development of certified reference materials for allergenic products and validation of methods for their quantification - journal article (Allergy)

►March 2008 - Sinonasal pathology in nonallergic asthma and COPD: `united airway disease' beyond the scope of allergy - journal article (Allergy)

►March 2008 - A review of instruments developed to measure outcomes for carers of people with mental health problems - journal article (Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica)

►March 2008 - Effect of short-term exposure to air pollution and pollen on medical emergency calls: a case-crossover study in Spain - journal article (Allergy)

►February 25, 2008 - Data on genetics & genomics described by researchers at University of Sheffield (requires registration) - TherapeuticsDaily

►February 25, 2008 - Data from University of Pittsburgh, Kenya Medical Research Institute advance knowledge in malaria in children (requires registration) - TherapeuticsDaily

►February 25, 2008 - Warnings Coming for Novartis Hepatitis B Treatment - FDAnews - "The European Medicines Agency’s (EMEA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use recommends that new warnings be included in the product information for Sebivo, a treatment for chronic hepatitis B.  The warning advises doctors to watch Sebivo (telbivudine)-treated patients for signs of diabetic neuropathy."

►February 25, 2008 - Neglected Disease Efforts Require Delicate Balance - BioWorld Online - "Although biotech is still somewhat of a young industry, and for the most part, not yet profitable, it has the technological resources and capabilities now to tackle the challenges of neglected diseases, said Christopher Earl, CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health."

►February 23, 2008 - Keeping a killer out - Sars forced Hong Kong to sharpen its disease control strategy, but an overstretched health system remains its Achilles' heel - South China Morning Post

* ►February 23, 2008 - False accusation that changed mother’s young family for ever - Louise Mason is reunited with two of three children taken into care but it may be too late for the third ever to return - The Times, UK

* ►February 23, 2008 - Social workers put themselves above the law - The Times, UK

* ►February 23, 2008 - Vaccine for H5N1 moves a step closer - The Times, UK - "The vaccine, named Prepandrix, is then likely to be stockpiled by most European governments as part of their strategies for preparing for a flu pandemic. The UK has ordered 3.3 million doses to cover key workers, subject to licensing."

►February 23, 2008 - Using immune cells to fight HIV - Times of India

►February 23, 2008 - China admits that cases of HIV/Aids have risen 45 per cent - The Independent, UK

►February 23, 2008 - Kenya: IDPs Assured of HIV Drug Supply - The East African Standard (Nairobi) via - "He said medical personnel had been sent to all camps to deal with any medical needs and also immunise children less than five years."

►February 23, 2008 - Glaxo ready to roll out four drugs in 4 months - Business Standard - "He said the company would launch Rotarix, which helps prevent the rotavirus diseases....GSK also plans to launch Cervarix, GSK’s much touted cervical cancer vaccine, by next year in India."

►February 23, 2008 - MMR catchup needed to beat measles - The Times, UK

* ►February 22, 2008 - Dr. David Ayoub Calls Out the AAP - This week parents held a protest rally outside of the AAP's headquarters to call attention to their irresponsible stance toward autism and vaccines. Dr. David Ayoub's speech is a must read - Adventures in Autism

* ►February 22, 2008 - It Must Have Been The Speech Therapist: Day Nineteen Autism Omnibus Proceeding - It Must Have Been the Speech Therapist – Day Nineteen of the Autism Omnibus Proceeding – Snyder v. the Secretary of Health and Human Services by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►February 22, 2008 - LDDI Scientific Consensus Statement - Age of Autism

* ►February 22, 2008 - Wyeth Wins Thimerosal Case - Age of Autism

►February 22, 2008 - Lowe's Pulls Ads From 'Big Brother' - Adweek

►February 22, 2008 - Essential autism information -

►February 22, 2008 - Fluorescent bulbs yield mercury and stress - The Coloradoan

* ►February 22, 2008 - Lack of immunizations keeps over 100 children out of school - KVAL CBS 13 Eugene Oregon - "Officials say we could see more next year because some new shots will be required. A Hepatitis-A shot will be required for children in daycare and kindergarten and seventh graders will have to get a booster for tetanus and whooping cough."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Those FEMA Trailers - Help finally comes to those who have suffered enough. - editorial (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►February 22, 2008 - No Recourse for the Injured - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Consumers are already at the mercy of the all-too-fallible Food and Drug Administration. So it is especially disturbing that the Supreme Court ruled this week that patients injured by defective medical devices cannot sue for damages in state courts if the device was approved for marketing by the F.D.A. and made to the agency’s specifications."

* ►February 22, 2008 - House Democrats blast FDA for failing to inspect Heparin plant, consider new laws - AP via International Herald Tribune - "Reps. John Dingell and Bart Stupak blasted the Food and Drug Administration in a letter Thursday for failing to inspect a Chinese facility that supplied the main ingredient for Baxter International's Heparin."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Merck’s Gardasil vaccine encounters skepticism from some physicians regarding wide-scale use, long-term safety and efficacy - Pharmawire via Financial Times

* ►February 22, 2008 - Vaccine Generates Controversy - - "A 12-year-old Florida girl became paralyzed two weeks after getting a shot. Still, Glendale OB-Gyn Lisa Jaaks defends Gardasil."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Possible wrongful conviction appeals to be fast-tracked - St. Catharines Standard - "For example, what might have been viewed as a death from Shaken Baby Syndrome a decade ago might be seen as death from natural causes today."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Measles cases hit a record high as MMR fears remain - Daily Mail, UK - "Official figures yesterday revealed 971 cases in England and Wales, up on the 740 recorded the previous year."

►February 22, 2008 - Doctors' warning as measles cases hit record high - The Guardian, UK

►February 22, 2008 - Confirmed Measles Case In Pima County -

►February 22, 2008 - Health officials: Thousands of Tucsonans at risk for measles - European visitor at Northwest Medical Center last week had the infectious disease; health officials seeking other patients to test - Arizona Daily Star

* ►February 22, 2008 - Virginia Committee Ignores Parental Rights, Health Concerns of HPV Vaccine Mandate - Family Research Council via PRNewswire via Biloxi Sun Herald - "The Family Research Council (FRC) criticized the Education and Health Committee of the Virginia Senate for taking action yesterday to kill HB188, a bill sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-District 13). Virginia now has the dubious distinction of being the only state in the Union requiring girls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV)."

* ►February 22, 2008 - New Novartis Research Institute First To Focus On Innovative Vaccines For The Developing World - press release - Novartis International AG via ABN Newswire

* ►February 22, 2008 - Fever vaccines sent to Paraguay - The World Health Organisation is sending two million doses of vaccine to Paraguay to combat the country's first outbreak of yellow fever in 34 years. - BBC - "The mood of those queuing outside medical centres has become increasingly impatient. At one medical centre, police in riot gear were reported to have been used to protect the building, as an angry crowd gathered outside. The government has dismissed as 'irresponsible' allegations that health workers have been vaccinating politicians in their homes."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Paraguay Asks WHO For 2 Million Yellow Fever Vaccines - Medical News Today

* ►February 22, 2008 - US flu season worsens as new vaccines ordered - Reuters

* ►February 22, 2008 - Indonesia Resumes Sharing of Bird Flu Samples - Voice of America - "Indonesia sent a dozen bird flu samples to a World Health Organization laboratory this week, the first time it has done so it more than a year."

* ►February 22, 2008 - CDC says flu is widespread in 49 states - CIDRAP News

* ►February 22, 2008 - CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia - CIDRAP News

►February 22, 2008 - Flu Season Approaches Peak, with Drug-Resistant Cases on the Rise - UCSF Today

►February 22, 2008 - Oseltamivir-Resistant Strains of Seasonal Influenza Found in North America and Europe - World Health Organization, The New York Times, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via Doctor's Guide

►February 22, 2008 - Flu season in full swing as number of cases spike (includes video) - 9News

►February 22, 2008 - This flu season late, not worse - Doctor says illness levels seem unusual because of past mild years - Knoxville News Sentinel

►February 22, 2008 - Flu bug hits Georgia with a vengeance - Doctors report twice the number of confirmed cases (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►February 22, 2008 - Even banks try to stop flu from spreading - WBIR-TV

►February 22, 2008 - Fix the Flu Shot - Why can't they cram all the strains of influenza into a single dose? - Slate

►February 22, 2008 - Virginia Western Community College Student Recovering From Bacterial Meningitis - WSLS 10

* ►February 22, 2008 - WWU student dies of sudden MRSA pneumonia - The Olympian via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "A Western Washington University student died a week after coming down with what he thought was the flu. It turned out to be a a rare drug-resistant infection called MRSA pneumonia. The family of 20-year-old Chris Feden of Tenino says they can't believe how fast the disease came on."

* ►February 22, 2008 - WWU student dies of staph infection - Drug-resistant bacteria is cause in unusual case - Bellingham Herald

►February 22, 2008 - One UI student dies from infection; another has meningitis - The News-Gazette

►February 22, 2008 - Meningitis ruled out in University of Illinois student's death - Quad City Times

►February 22, 2008 - Meningitis kills six in Hoima - New Vision, Uganda

►February 22, 2008 - Meningococcal disease in the African meningitis belt - Epidemiological situation: low levels of meningitis activity so far in 2008 - World Health Organization via ReliefWeb

►February 22, 2008 - Illness Prompts Health Advisory at Cedar Heights Junior High - Kitsap Sun

►February 22, 2008 - Bartender-to-Celebrity Transmission of Hepatitis A Possible - Hepatitis A is the most common cause of viral hepatitis in the world and it’s very possible that the bartender who reportedly served Ashton Kutcher and his friends drinks at a Manhattan hotspot transmitted his infection to the A-list celebrities, said Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing editor of health for - FOX News

►February 22, 2008 - Honey Bees Give Clues on Virus Spread - Wired News

►February 22, 2008 - Immune System Reactivated In Adults With HIV - Gladstone Institutes via ScienceDaily

* ►February 22, 2008 - Gates urges help for 'bottom third' - Microsoft chair calls on CMU students to aid world's poor - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►February 22, 2008 - Dynavax Technologies upgraded to outperform at Oppenheimer - Thomson Financial via Euro2day - "Analyst Bret Holley said he expects positive Phase III results for Heplisav, Dynavax's novel Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine, around mid-2008 and sees a 'high likelihood' of Food and Drug Administration approval of the vaccine in the second half of 2009."

►February 22, 2008 - FDA approves Genentech's Avastin for breast cancer - Biotech giant Genentech Inc. said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration has approved its oncology drug Avastin for the additional use of treating advanced breast cancer, a move that had been eagerly anticipated by investors. - MarketWatch

►February 22, 2008 - Merck KGaA employee dies in work accident at Darmstadt plant - CNNMoney

►February 22, 2008 - Glaxo's fatal jab - NW Evening Mail, UK - "The planned shrinking of Glaxo in Ulverston will happen over the next two years with the site reducing in size from the current 57 acres to something closer to 30."

►February 22, 2008 - Lilly CEO on Ben Franklin & the Future of Drug Sales Reps - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►February 22, 2008 - Kava Linked To Liver Damage, New Evidence Shows - World Journal of Gastroenterology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►February 22, 2008 - USDA Refuses to Recall "Comingled" Meat That Contains Beef from Westland Plant Downer Cows -

* ►February 22, 2008 - Big Pharma Money Spent on Marketing Exceeds Drug Development Costs -

* ►February 22, 2008 - Debating the Cause of Autism: Genes vs. Nutrition -

* ►February 22, 2008 - Bill delaying date of vaccinations dies - The Roanoke Times - "Marshall, citing studies and articles on the vaccine, called its requirement "a great big public health experiment" and questioned its safety and effectiveness. However, Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax County, who carried the Senate version of the bill last year to require the vaccine, made a motion to kill the bill, and the panel, which is stacked with 10 Democrats to five Republicans, followed through with its vote."

* ►February 22, 2008 - HPV inoculation may not be the right drug at right time - Calgary Herald - "Clinical trials studied 20,000 women (aged nine to 26). But only 1,200 of those were in the age group of nine to 15, and the youngest participants were only followed for 18 months. It defies common sense, but that means there isn't much data on how the vaccine affects the very age group that is now being inoculated."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Product Approval Information Influenza Virus Vaccine AFLURIA - CSL Limited, License No. 1764 - FDA/CBER

* ►February 22, 2008 - Childhood meningitis innoculations reduced, vaccine supply tight - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►February 22, 2008 - US: bird flu biological weapon conspiracy - World Poultry Net - "US State Department spokeswoman Susan Stahl denied Dr Supari's claim that Indonesian virus samples had been sent to a biological weapons laboratory in Los Alamos. The laboratory possessed no bird flu viruses from Indonesia or elsewhere, she said, adding that the facility's only involvement was hosting a database of publicly available genetic-sequencing data to help track the evolution of the virus. Dr Supari reportedly stated that virus samples had been sent via the WHO to the laboratory in Los Alamos. "Whether they use it to make vaccine or develop chemical weapons would depend on the need and interest of the US Government. It is indeed a very dangerous situation for the destiny of humanity."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Indonesia sends bird flu samples to WHO, signaling standoff may be over - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►February 22, 2008 - Montana Sues Drugmakers Over Antipsychotic Meds - Pharmalot - "The state Attorney General, Mike McGrath, filed a lawsuit in state court claiming that AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit for making and marketing antipsychotic meds that are “in defective condition and unreasonably dangerous,” The Helena Independent Record reports. He’s referring, of course, to Seroquel and Risperdal."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Pfizer Seeks Confidential Medical Journal Files - Pharmalot - "In a blistering editorial in Science magazine, editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy notes that Pfizer has issued subpoenas to the New England Journal of Medicine in order to wade through confidential reviews of published studies of its Celebrex and Bextra painkillers, which are the subject of numerous product-liability lawsuits. As he sees it, Pfizer wants it both ways - an opportunity to defend itself against litigation that involves dismissing the same confidential system that validates industry research. To Kennedy, it’s a ‘fishing expedition’ that will undermine journal integrity."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Medco’s CEO: I Like Those Democratic Proposals - David Snow may be a Republican, but he knows when legislation is in his best interest. And efforts by Democrats to make biogenerics a reality and to create a safety net for millions of uninsured Americans will mean more business for Medco Health Solutions, the pharmacy benefits manager that he runs. Dave doesn’t say who’ll win his vote in the upcoming election, but he does sound happy in an interview with The Star-Ledger of New Jersey (which owns Pharmalot). Here is an excerpt… - Pharmalot

* ►February 22, 2008 - In Australia, Pharma Sponsors ‘Independent’ CME - Pharmalot - "Amid global calls to end pharma’s direct sponsorship of physician education, the British Medical Journal writes about an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that found industry sponsorship of sessions attended by thousands of general practitioners, who assume the programs are totally independent."

* ►February 22, 2008 - FDA Announces Permanent Injunction against Food Companies, Executives - Claim products cure various health conditions - FDA

* ►February 22, 2008 - Boosting Your Body's Detoxification System Against Environmental Toxins Could Prevent Autoimmune Disease - Dr. Mark Hyman of UltraWellness Explains the Main Causes of Autoimmune Disease  - Marketwire

* ►February 22, 2008 - Cloning provides food for thought - The Sydney Morning Herald

* ►February 22, 2008 - Report: Zoonose likely to cause next pandemic - Xinhuanet

►February 22, 2008 - UN-backed immunization drive reaches over 35,000 children in Cameroon -

►February 22, 2008 - Ministry gets vaccine donation - The Star, Malaysia

►February 22, 2008 - Infectious diseases may drive the world to war - The Economic Times

►February 22, 2008 - Important Safety Information Dosing and Administration of Rabies Immune Globulin (Human), HyperRAB™ S/D Packaged in 2-ml Syringes - FDA/CBER

►February 22, 2008 - Flu bug is hitting hard here - St. Petersburg Times

►February 22, 2008 - Cord blood donation helps boy with immune system disease - Holland Sentinel

►February 22, 2008 - North Country Caring: Possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease, Part 3 - The Adirondack Daily Enterprise

* ►February 21, 2008 - Mom Says HPV Vaccine Caused Paralysis in 12-Year-Old (includes video) - First Coast News via - "Brittany's doctors have diagnosed her with Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis or ADEM. It is an inflammation of the brain that has been associated with a vaccination. 'I think there is a little cart before the horse going on here. I'm not saying this is not a good vaccine, but anyone who is going to have their daughter or child have this shot, they need to be fully informed of risks or potential risks associated with it,' says Sean Cronin, Brittany's attorney. Cronin says he can't go after Merck with a lawsuit because Gardasil is now part of a federal fund which pays out to those injured from vaccines. First Coast News has learned, Gardasil was added to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund just months after it hit the market."

* ►February 21, 2008 - New Study Implicates Mercury In The Development Of Autism - Adventures in Autism

* ►February 21, 2008 - Lowe's Just Won My Business - Adventures in Autism - "Autism United has received a statement from the Lowe's Companies that they will be no longer advertise with the CBS program Big Brother in response to a broadcast last week that referred to people with autism as 'retards.'"

* ►February 21, 2008 - USDA Waited 18 Days to Recall Contaminated Beef that Sickened 28 People -

* ►February 21, 2008 - FDA Says Cloned Meat Safe to Eat but Could It Already Be in Our Food? -

* ►February 21, 2008 - Doctors in Denial about Patients' Side Effects from Prescription Drugs -

* ►February 21, 2008 - Vaccine For Staph Infections Tested In Metro - MyFox Kansas City - "The vaccine is first being tested in heart surgery patients.  They and others who are sick and hospitalized are most vulnerable to severe staph infections and death.  Dr. Allen said if the vaccine proves safe and effective, it might also be given to healthy people since they're increasingly at risk for MRSA. 'This could ultimately be something, just like your mumps, measles, rubella and tetanus, you may get a staph vaccine,' Dr. Allen said."

►February 21, 2008 - Predicting a Pandemic - U.S. News & World Report

►February 21, 2008 - Flu Vaccine Misses Flu Strains.....Again by Barbara Loe Fisher - Vaccine Awakening

►February 21, 2008 - FDA Panel Approves Rotarix Safety 11-1 by Barbara Loe Fisher - FDA Panel Approves Rotarix Safety 11-1 - Consumer Member Vicky Debold Votes "NO" on Proof of Safety by GSK - Vaccine Awakening

►February 21, 2008 - Gene at intersection of stem cells, immunity - Baylor College of Medicine

►February 21, 2008 - Local doctor sees increase in pneumonia cases - Picayune Item

* ►February 21, 2008 - Corpse-cut case in court - Lawsuit charges surgery tainted - The Boston Herald - "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BTS distributed about 25,000 recovered-tissue products across the country and internationally from June 2002 through October 2005, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall. Among the deceased whose body parts allegedly were stolen was former “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004 of lung cancer that had metastasized to his bones."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Hepatitis Scare At Popular West Village Bar - A-List Stars Among 700-800 In Attendance Over 3 Days - WCBSTV

* ►February 21, 2008 - Let's lighten up peer review: NIH (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►February 21, 2008 - Vioxx plaintiffs get extra time for settlement paperwork - AP via Worcester Telegram & Gazette

* ►February 21, 2008 - Bromide or phenobarbital may help dog's seizures - Houston Chronicle - "Vaccinations and the kinds of drugs you use are giving your dog can all play a role in canine epilepsy. So, too, can heredity and adverse reaction to certain food ingredients, notably wheat. After he is taken off all medications, low-dose medication with potassium bromide or phenobarbital may be called for if the seizures become more frequent. Some dogs are extremely sensitive to certain drugs and food ingredients, and thorough detective work is called for. Transitioning your dog to a natural diet may prove beneficial, as other readers have confirmed."

* ►February 21, 2008 - New test for Lyme disease faster, more accurate - My FOX Tampa Bay

►February 21, 2008 - Encephalitis kills four horses in Florida - UPI

►February 21, 2008 - Combined Viruses Cause More Deadly Disease In Pigs, Researchers Discover - Purdue University via ScienceDaily

►February 21, 2008 - Shire Profit Triples on Sales of Vyvanse ADHD Drug - Shire via Bloomberg

►February 21, 2008 - Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline detail findings in life sciences - Proteomics Weekly via NewsRx via Macro World Investor

►February 21, 2008 - Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 21, 2008 - Taking Multiple Pain Relievers May Cause Complications - HealthDay News via Forbes

►February 21, 2008 - Supplementation with antioxidants and folinic acid for children with Down’s syndrome: randomised controlled trial - journal article (BMJ)

►February 21, 2008 - Spatial Distribution of White-Matter Hyperintensities in Alzheimer Disease, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, and Healthy Aging - journal article (Stroke)

►February 21, 2008 - JCI table of contents - Journal of Clinical Investigation via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* ►February 20, 2008 - $1 million fine for biosafety snafus (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Texas A&M University will pay an unprecedented $1 million in fines for more than a dozen safety violations in its research program on bioterrorism agents, the university announced today."

* ►February 20, 2008 - Examine Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders across the Lifespan - Research and Markets via MarketWatch

* ►February 20, 2008 - DNA damage resets body clock (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►February 20, 2008 - Autoimmune-mediated polyneuropathy triggered by borrelial infection? - journal article (Muscle & Nerve)

* ►February 20, 2008 - Study shows effects of vitamin D and skin's physiology - Effects of vitamin D and skin's physiology - Boston University via EurekAlert!

►February 20, 2008 - Barr granted approval for generic Parkinson's drug - Datamonitor

►February 20, 2008 - Stupak Turns Up the Heat on FDA (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►February 20, 2008 - At Lobbyist's Behest, FDA Pushes for Drug Marketing Loophole - OMB Watch

* ►February 20, 2008 - Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) - Publishes Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Factors (pdf) - press release - - "The Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative published today the Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (available at"

►February 20, 2008 - Mercury and fish: concerns in context - Newsday via Seattle Times

►February 20, 2008 - Mercury in tuna worries reader - Burning Questions (requires registration or subscription) - Baltimore Sun

►February 20, 2008 - AIDS figures rise in alarming numbers - Pace University The Pace Press

* ►February 20, 2008 - Severe Pneumonia Leads To Four Deaths In Oregon - KPTV Portland - "State health experts also said the four deadly pneumonia cases were all caused by different viruses and were scattered across the state."

* ►February 19, 2008 - Investigation finds Coram girl died of pneumonia - AP via Missoulian via

►February 19, 2008 - 6-year-old confirmed with measles; county's 12th confirmed case - San Diego Union-Tribune

►February 19, 2008 - Measles count in county climbs to a dozen - San Diego Union-Tribune

►February 19, 2008 - Water allergy girl reaches 21st birthday - Birmingham Mail, UK

►February 19, 2008 - Keri Russell chats with ePregnancy about River, motherhood, and her work with PKIDs - Celebrity Baby Blog - "In October, the 31-year-old actress chose to become a spokeswoman for PKIDs'  'Silence the Sounds of Pertussis' campaign, and have herself and husband Shane Deary vaccinated with the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster to protect their son from whooping cough, which infants can catch from adults."

* ►February 19, 2008 - Prevalence and incidence of Parkinson’s disease in The Faroe Islands - journal article (Acta Neurologica Scandinavica) - "The high prevalence was verified and linked to a high incidence. The cause of the high prevalence is unknown, but neurotoxic contaminants in traditional food may play a role in the pathogenesis in this population, perhaps jointly with genetic predisposition."

►February 19, 2008 - Aseptic Meningitis among Children in Kuwait - journal article (Medical Principles and Practice)

* ►February 16, 2008 - We're Losing Another Winnable War: The Fight Against Childhood Cancer - If the mantra for the 2008 election is "change," then let's hope this includes a change in attitude and polices concerning childhood cancer. - AlterNet

* ►February 14, 2008 - Breastfeeding Not Linked to Childhood Caries (requires registration) - Association Between Infant Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Caries in the United States - Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

►February 14, 2008 - Understanding Effect Size: How It's Measured and What It Means (requires registration) - ADHD Expert Column Series - Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health - "This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Shire."

►February 13, 2008 - Bifidobacterium Pseudocatenulatum Associated With Atopic Eczema (requires registration) - Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology via Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►February 13, 2008 - Chicken Pox Outbreak Hits Suburban School - 2nd, 3rd Graders Suffer Itchy Rash - WMAQ NBC 5 Chicago - "Hoke said all of the children had been vaccinated for chicken pox. Children usually are vaccinated between the ages of 12 to 15 months."

* ►February 12, 2008 - How Can I Recognize an Adverse Drug Event? (requires registration) - Medscape Pharmacists - "This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from PhRMA."

* ►February 12, 2008 - SIDS Linked With Loss of Hypoxic Sensitivity in Chromaffin Cells (requires registration) - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal via Reuters Health via Medscape

►February 12, 2008 - Genetic Polymorphism Linked to Antisocial Behavior in Children With ADHD (requires registration) - Archives of General Psychiatry via Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►February 11, 2008 - Physicians and Nurses Together Can Improve Patient Safety (requires registration) (includes video) - The Medscape Journal of Medicine

►February 11, 2008 - Mercury In Makeup? -

* ►February 8, 2008 - Turning Adverse Drug Events Into Better Patient Care CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►February 8, 2008 - Exposure of the U.S. Population to Bisphenol A and 4-tertiary-Octylphenol: 2003-2004 (requires registration) - Environmental Health Perspectives via Medscape

►February 8, 2008 - Children Seen Treated for Asthma Without Formal Diagnosis: Dutch Study (requires registration) - BMC Health Services Research via Reuters Health via Medscape

►February 1, 2008 - A 10-residue peptide from durum wheat promotes a shift from a Th1-type response toward a Th2-type response in celiac disease - journal article (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►February 2008 - Calling charlatans - The Scientist - "Ever felt irritated by companies that misuse science to sell products?"

►February 2008 - Emotion regulation in preschoolers: the roles of behavioral inhibition, maternal affective behavior, and maternal depression - journal article (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines)

►February 2008 - Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents Who Have Epilepsy - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

►February 2008 - Using mental health consultation to decrease disruptive behaviors in preschoolers: adapting an empirically-supported intervention - journal article (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines)

►February 2008 - Impact of familiarity upon children's developing facial expression recognition - journal article (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines)

►February 2008 - Evaluation and Management of Lymphadenopathy in Children - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

►February 2008 - Developmental Characteristics of Preterm Infants - journal article (Pediatrics in Review)

►February 2008 - Abnormalities in glucose metabolism in patients with schizophrenia treated with atypical antipsychotic medications. - journal article (The American Journal of Medicine)

►February 2008 - Magnesium: Does a Mineral Prevent Gallstones? - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

►February 2008 - Early combined immunosuppression or conventional management in patients with newly diagnosed Crohn's disease: an open randomised trial - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►February 2008 - Heritable disposition may affect influenza mortality risk (requires registration) - Risk for influenza death higher among patients who had a close or distant relative who died from influenza. -

* ►February 2008 - Experts warn of potential dengue fever outbreak in the United States (requires registration) - David Morens, MD, and Anthony Fauci, MD, caution that dengue fever could pose a significant threat to the continental United States. -

►February 2008 - USA300 MRSA may be sexually transmitted in MSM (requires registration) - Male–male sex should be considered a risk factor for multidrug-resistant USA300 MRSA infection, independent of previous infection. -

►February 2008 - HAART associated with decreased pulmonary HIV burden (requires registration) - HAART may help decrease patients’ susceptibility to other infections. -

►February 2008 - The One Health Initiative (requires registration) - Important new initiative will help integrate human medicine, public health and veterinary medicine. -

►February 2008 - One Health Initiative will unite veterinary, human medicine (requires registration) - Experts urge collaboration between veterinarians, physicians in wake of emerging zoonotic diseases, potential epidemics. -

►February 2008 - Colombia experiencing an epidemic of cutaneous leishmaniasis (requires registration) - More children and women are affected as the parasite adapts to new regions; trials are underway for new treatment. -

►February 2008 - Methamphetamine prevention programs may overlook many patients at risk for HIV (requires registration) - Experts say these programs are worthwhile, but the majority of patients who report unsafe sex are not methamphetamine users. -

►February 2008 - New drugs, trials lead to updated IDSA aspergillosis treatment guidelines (requires registration) - New guidelines stress the need for early, effective antifungal therapy. -

►February 2008 - AIDS Compendium (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases News gives newsbytes about the rapidly changing world of HIV treatment. -

►January/March 2008 - Shaken Baby Syndrome. - journal article (Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing)

►2008 - Adverse Effects of Pharmacotherapies for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder : Epidemiology, Prevention and Management. - journal article (CNS Drugs) - "Potential but unlikely long-term treatment effects need to be investigated as carefully as possible, particularly with regard to cardiac sequelae and carcinogenesis. There are both overlaps and differences between the adverse effects of stimulants and nonstimulants, such as atomoxetine. For example, the latter shares the stimulant group's potential for changing cardiovascular parameters, but may not cause insomnia."

►September 2006 - Autism spectrum disorders in relation to distribution of hazardous air pollutants in the San Francisco bay area. (pdf) - Environmental Health Perspectives

►June 2006 - Environmental mercury release, special education rates, and autism disorder: an ecological study of Texas. (pdf) - journal article (Health & Place) via Generation Rescue

►November 2005 - Paraoxonase gene variants are associated with autism in North America, but not in Italy: possible regional specificity in gene-environment interactions. - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►August 2005 - Comparison of blood and brain mercury levels in infant monkeys exposed to methylmercury or vaccines containing thimerosal. (pdf) - Environmental Health Perspectives

►August 2002 - Treatment of autism spectrum children with thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide: a pilot study. - journal article (Neuro Endocrinology Letters)

Invitation to Meeting of NYC Chapter of NAA Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 6 pm -

Call Advertisers Today: Drop "Big Brother" - Lowe's pulls ads over "retards" comment -

Demand an apology from CBS - People with autism are not "retards" -

Factory Farms and Beef Slaughterhouse Cruelty - video clip of the movie "All Jacked Up" -

Posted February 21, 2008


* ►March 15, 2008 - Acute Hepatitis B 14 Years after the Implementation of Universal Vaccination in Italy: Areas of Improvement and Emerging Challenges - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►March 15, 2008 - Persistent Bordetella bronchiseptica Pneumonia in an Immunocompetent Infant and Genetic Comparison of Clinical Isolates with Kennel Cough Vaccine Strains - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►March 15, 2008 - The Current Status of Planning for Pandemic Influenza and Implications for Health Care Planning in the United States - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 15, 2008 - The Incidence of Tuberculosis after a Measles Outbreak - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 15, 2008 - Are Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Strains Replacing Traditional Nosocomial MRSA Strains? - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 15, 2008 - Laboratory Diagnosis of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 15, 2008 - Murine Typhus: An Unrecognized Suburban Vectorborne Disease - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 15, 2008 - Molecular Origin of Endemic Leprosy in New York City - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►March 10, 2008 - Shots for Grown-Ups - Vaccines aren't just for kids anymore. Here are ten you should consider. - Forbes

►March 1, 2008 - Salt Intake Is Related to Soft Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents - A Link to Obesity? - journal article (Hypertension)

►March 2008 - A 3.2 Mb deletion on 18q12 in a patient with childhood autism and high-grade myopia - journal article (European Journal of Human Genetics)

►March 2008 - Development of drugs for gastrointestinal motor disorders: translating science to clinical need. - journal article (Neurogastroenterology and Motility)

* ►February 22, 2008 - Multistate Measles Outbreak Associated with an International Youth Sporting Event --- Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Texas, August--September 2007 - MMWR/CDC - "Cases 6 and 7 were identified among male college roommates, aged 18 and 19 years, who had attended one of the sales events on August 28. Both students were born in the United States and had received 2 documented doses of MMR vaccine."

* ►February 22, 2008 - Emergence of Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Neisseria meningitidis --- Minnesota and North Dakota, 2007--2008 - MMWR/CDC

►February 22, 2008 - Disparities in Adult Awareness of Heart Attack Warning Signs and Symptoms --- 14 States, 2005 - MMWR/CDC

►February 22, 2008 - Update: Influenza Activity --- United States, September 30, 2007--February 9, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►February 22, 2008 - Horse owners face hefty flu bill -

►February 22, 2008 - Outbreak of fear - The appearance of a mysterious virulent disease that no one knew how to treat or stop from spreading gripped a terrified city (requires subscription) - South China Morning Post

►February 22, 2008 - Save the world, buy nappies - Engineering News, New Zealand - "A brand of nappies, which will remain nameless in case they sue me, promises that they will donate 2,5p (35 South African cents) to charity to provide a pregnant woman in the developing world with a tetanus vaccine. To be fair, the company has managed to sell at least 7,4-million of the nappy packets and millions of vaccines have been administered as a result."

►February 22, 2008 - IVD Makers Get Draft Guidance on Influenza Tests - FDAnews - "The draft guidance, “Establishing the Performance Characteristics of In Vitro Diagnostic Devices for the Detection or Detection and Differentiation of Influenza Viruses,” can be seen at"

* ►February 22, 2008 - Madonna, Kutcher urged to get Hep A jab - Celebrities Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Madonna are among hundreds of patrons of a New York bar being urged by New York health officials today to get a Hepatitis A vaccination after a bartender was found to be infected. -

* ►February 21, 2008 - Why politics and public health don't mix - The HPV vaccination campaign has been a flop, and you can blame the politicians and health officials who went along for the ride (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "The hallmark of public health communications has, for far too long, been proselytizing: 'If we say everyone should have the vaccine, everyone should have the vaccine. Trust us.' Sorry, but that way of communicating - preaching rather than educating - just doesn't cut it any more. Not in the age of 24-hour news channels, the Internet and instant messaging. It is not enough to be on the side of the angels: You have to make your case and make it well."

* ►February 21, 2008 - HPV vaccine bill advances to Senate - House Passes Requirement for Shots - - "After more than a hour's debate, the House approved a bill on a 56-37 vote Wednesday that would generally require middle school girls to be immunized against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer....The vote came after House Speaker Jody Richards ruled that House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover was not correct in his contention that the bill was not properly before the House. Hoover, R-Jamestown, had blocked voting on the bill Tuesday by saying it did not contain a fiscal note that would outline how much it would cost the state. House Bill 396, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson, now goes to the Senate for its consideration."

►February 21, 2008 - House passes bill requiring vaccinations - Shots would help prevent cancer - Louisville Courier-Journal

* ►February 21, 2008 - Committee kills bill to delay HPV vaccination requirement - Roanoke Times, Virginia - "The Senate Education and Health Committee voted 10-5 this morning to kill a bill that would have delayed the requirement for sixth-grade girls to get vaccinations against a virus linked to cervical cancer."

* ►February 21, 2008 - A New Weapon for Courts Against Silent Journos? - Wall Street Journal Law Blog - "On Tuesday, Toni Locy, a former reporter for USA Today, was held in contempt and fined for refusing to name her sources for a story she wrote about Dr. Steven Hatfill’s possible role in the 2001 anthrax attacks."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Bernie vs. Bryna: The Trouble With Autism Speaks Version 2.0 by J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy Cordially Invites You To Raise Hell - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2008 - Bullied Aspergian Teen Committed for Knifings - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2008 - And The Wheels On The Bus Go... by Teresa Conrick - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2008 - Autistic Girl's Parents Respond to Some of Our Viewers' Most Pressing Questions - Is Carly Cured of Autism? How Did She Learn How to Spell? - ABC News

* ►February 21, 2008 - The boy who doesn't talk - Living with Autism: Part 1 - Lake County Leader & Advertiser

* ►February 21, 2008 - A Deeper Look Into Autism Research as New Avenues Open Up -

►February 21, 2008 - Need for 500 autism places in five years - Irish Medical Times

* ►February 21, 2008 - It's the Diet, Stupid - Pediatricians’ Group Finally Admits
Food Additives Impact ADHD - press release - Global Health Media via via - "Today Jane Hersey, Director of the Feingold Association (and author of Why Can’t My Child Behave?), is celebrating a medical miracle. She finally witnessed the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledge that a low-additive diet is a 'reasonable intervention' for children with ADHD. AAP, which sets practice parameters for pediatricians, acknowledged that a diet eliminating certain artificial food additives is a valid intervention for children with ADHD in an article entitled 'ADHD & Food Additives Revisited,' which appears in the February 2008 issue of its journal, AAP Grand Rounds."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Security breaches get A&M big fine - University must pay $1 million for lax lab oversight - Houston Chronicle

* ►February 21, 2008 - Junk Science: Looming Lightbulb Liability - The speeding freight train carrying toxic waste liability for makers, sellers and purchasers of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs, was only faintly audible in the distance last spring when this column first warned of it. Now we’re beginning to see that environmentalist-stoked train speed toward its victims, whom President Bush and Congress just finished tying to the tracks. - opinion - FOX News

* ►February 21, 2008 - Thrown back - Judges stand up for our health, the rule of law by rejecting Bush mercury stance - op-ed - Baltimore Sun

►February 21, 2008 - Mercury Taint Divides a Japanese Whaling Town (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►February 21, 2008 - Justices Make It Tougher to Sue Medical Device Makers (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 21, 2008 - Justices Add Legal Complications to Debate on F.D.A.’s Competence (requires registration) - The New York Times - "THE Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday limiting lawsuits by patients over medical devices comes just as independent groups have raised questions about the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to ensure the safety of these products."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Beyond Advertising: The Pharmaceutical Industry's Hidden Marketing Tactics (includes videos) - PRWatch via Center for Media and Democracy

* ►February 21, 2008 - Czech producer may have Lyme vaccine in 7 years - Prague Daily Monitor

* ►February 21, 2008 - Health funding question stalls pharmacy immunization bill - Charleston Gazette

►February 21, 2008 - Roll Up Your Sleeve Please - West Virginia MetroNews - "You'd be able to get an immunization at your local pharmacy in a bill approved by members of the House of Delegates Thursday."

►February 21, 2008 - CDC: Adults falling short when it comes to shots - Onalaska Life

►February 21, 2008 - Why vaccinate your child? Posted By Dr. Lindy Samson - The Daily Observer

* ►February 21, 2008 - Vaccinations: Two parents face jail for refusing polio jab - British Medical Journal via WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

►February 21, 2008 - CDC: Kansas better prepared for emergencies - The Wichita Eagle via

* ►February 21, 2008 - Akorn Inc. and CSL Biotherapies Sign a Specialty Distributor Agreement for Afluria® (Flu Vaccine) - press release - Akorn, Inc. via Business Wire - "Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKRX) a specialty pharmaceutical company, and CSL Biotherapies, Inc., a subsidiary of CSL Limited, have entered into a Specialty Distributor Agreement for Afluria®, a seasonal influenza vaccine. Akorn will market and distribute two presentations of Afluria®: pre-filled syringes without latex or thimerosal, and preserved multi-dose vials."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Help on the way - More powerful flu treatment is in trials at MCG - Augusta Chronicle - "Such a drug, Peramivir, is being tested at MCG as part of a clinical trial at 70 medical centers nationwide."

* ►February 21, 2008 - European Regulators Approve Glaxo's Bird-Flu Vaccine (free content) - Wall Street Journal - "Prepandrix is designed to raise immunity against several strains of the H5N1 virus. If a pandemic were to happen, vaccine makers would attempt to isolate the strain causing the outbreak and make a more precise vaccine to protect people against it....Glaxo's vaccine, Prepandrix, contains an extra ingredient known as an adjuvant, which allows a low level of active ingredient to be used in each shot."

* ►February 21, 2008 - FDA Panel OKs 3 New Flu Strains for Next Year's Vaccine - Officials hope to target versions current shot misses, but fall production may be delayed - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►February 21, 2008 - Feds prescribe new recipe for flu shot - AP via Yahoo!

* ►February 21, 2008 - China confirms 2nd human bird flu fatality in February - Xinhua via China View

►February 21, 2008 - Bird flu remains dangerous as it continues to mutate (requires registration or subscription) - Kansas City Star

►February 21, 2008 - Nigeria: Bird Flu - Experts Caution On Bio-Security - Daily Trust (Abuja) via

* ►February 21, 2008 - Flu virus hitting hard across central Illinois - Decreased effectiveness of year's vaccine shows as Peoria County cases double - Peoria Journal Star

►February 21, 2008 - Our View: Give influenza its due respect (requires registration) - Daily Republic

►February 21, 2008 - Factbox-Bird flu's spread around the globe - Reuters

►February 21, 2008 - Flu season putting a strain on state -

* ►February 21, 2008 - US dismisses bird flu claims - Sydney Morning Herald - "The United States has rejected the Indonesian Health Minister's claims that it is using bird flu samples to produce biological weapons and World Health Organisation officials have condemned allegations of conspiring to profit from bird flu vaccines."

* ►February 21, 2008 - European Medicines Agency Recommends Glaxo Pre-Pandemic Flu Vaccine -

* ►February 21, 2008 - Overhaul of Flu Vaccine Causes Concern Over Delays (free content) - The Wall Street Journal - "A Food and Drug Administration panel Thursday signed off on three new components to be included in next season's influenza vaccine in hopes it will offer better protection than the current vaccine. However, with all three strains changing for the first time ever, manufacturers already are facing delays starting production for the 2008-2009 influenza season."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Health Expo Has Natural Alternatives - Gazette Newspapers - "Bob Sears, autistic treatment specialist and author of “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision For Your Child,” will be a keynote speaker at the event. On Saturday, he will discuss the dangers of chemicals found in baby vaccinations and flu shots during the “Mercury Track” panel discussion. “Overall, our society is getting more and more toxic,” Sears said. “There’s more pollution as well as more chemicals in our food and water. Parents need to be aware of the biggest sources, so that they know how to minimize them.”

* ►February 21, 2008 - The chicken and the egg (opinion) - Manassas Journal Messenger - "I understand that people sometimes think their reasons for an opinion would not be persuasive, so they look for a more persuasive argument. That's not entirely bad -- the more ways you can justify an opinion, the stronger that opinion can be. But if your argument is not based on facts, it's not much of an argument. For example, the aforementioned reader faults me for not mentioning that the HPV vaccination law contains an "opt-out" clause. This is a valid complaint. In my first article, I alluded to this in my allegorical story about a "mandatory bedtime law," but didn't otherwise mention it. My focus was on government overstepping its authority, and with limited space I didn't think the opt-out clause was important to that argument."

* ►February 21, 2008 - Novartis to invest 145 mln eur in new vaccine production site in Germany - Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex via CNN Money

* ►February 21, 2008 - Pharma Spent $22M To Lobby Washington In ‘07 - Pharmalot

* ►February 21, 2008 - Congress Eyes Emergency Bill For FDA Inspections - Pharmalot - "In the wake of the scandal over Heparin and the failure of the FDA to inspect the Chinese plant that supplied the active ingredient for the blood thinner, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has sent a letter to Mike Leavitt, the Health and Human Services Secretary, suggesting emergency legislation may be in the cards to “protect Americans from prescription medications that have been insufficiently investigated prior to approval.”

* ►February 21, 2008 - Rhinovirus causes acute pneumonia, kills babies - The Central Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi reported on February 19 that Rhinovirus infection had caused 19 babies to suffer acute pneumonia, leaving nine of them dead within the past two months. - Thanh Nien Daily

* ►February 21, 2008 - Meningitis Death: Remembering 3-year-old Aaron Carpenter - WHP-CBS 21 - "It started with what Andrea says seemed to be the flu. Aaron had a fever, but was still eating, playing and talking. Just a few hours later, she was rushing him to the hospital."

►February 21, 2008 - Meningitis plea after death of student - The Scotsman

►February 21, 2008 - Family of meningitis victim help launch campaign - The Herald, UK

►February 21, 2008 - BURKINA FASO-COTE D'IVOIRE: Joint takes on cross-border meningitis - IRIN Africa

►February 21, 2008 - Benin: Meningitis DREF operation no. MDRBJ001 - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies - ReliefWeb

►February 21, 2008 - Media Alert - Hockey Heroes Take a Shot For Meningitis Awareness! - Former NHL players unite with pediatrician Dr. John Yaremko to raise awareness about meningitis and ensure Canadian youth have a healthy hockey season - press release - Canada NewsWire

►February 21, 2008 - Wards are shut by vomiting virus - Wards have been closed at two Bristol hospitals due to an outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting virus. - BBC

* ►February 21, 2008 - Yellow Fever May Have Spread to Paraguay's Capital, WHO Says - Bloomberg

* ►February 21, 2008 - Japan boy baseball player caused US measles cases - Reuters via The Guardian, UK - "U.S. organizers of big events attended by international travelers, especially youths, should consider requiring documentation of vaccination, the CDC said.
Everyone recovered in this outbreak, it said."

►February 21, 2008 - Nigeria: Measles - Death Toll Rises to 50 in Ikara - Daily Trust (Abuja) via

* ►February 21, 2008 - Measles Worry Floods Hospital ERs With Sick Children - KGTV San Diego - "There have been just four confirmed cases at Rady Children’s Hospital, but hundreds of children have been pouring in since the measles outbreak was announced. In the entire county there have been 12 confirmed cases and 70 people are in quarantine."

►February 21, 2008 - Hepatitis A Crashes Ashton Kutcher’s Birthday Party - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►February 21, 2008 - Health officials: Encephalitis threat growing - Daytona Beach News-Journal - "Eastern equine encephalitis is fatal in 40 percent of humans infected."

►February 21, 2008 - Cameroon: Over 35,000 children vaccinated against polio and measles - United Nations Country Team in Cameroon via ReliefWeb

►February 21, 2008 - Zostavax shot not easy to find - Biloxi Sun Herald

* ►February 21, 2008 - Google donates $3.5 mn to curb polio cases - Sify News - "Rotary International president Wilfrid Wilkinson said: 'This grant comes at a crucial time for the initiative, as more funds are needed to reach children in the most challenging regions of the world.'"

►February 21, 2008 - Antibiotics Not Recommended to Prevent Middle Ear Effusion in Children (requires registration) - Medscape

►February 21, 2008 - Structure Of Protein That Mutates DNA Of The AIDS Virus HIV-1 Determined - University of Minnesota, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►February 21, 2008 - Genmab buys US antibody factory for 240 mln usd - Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex - CNNMoney - "Danish biotech group Genmab AS said it has agreed to buy an antibody manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, from PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ:PDLI) Inc for 240 mln usd."

►February 21, 2008 - Super-bug 'answer to harmful pollution' - An arsenic-eating super-bug could be the answer to clean up decades of mining and farming pollution threatening the landscape and human health, Australian scientists said. - Herald Sun via

* ►February 21, 2008 - High court reins in states' reach on health issues - USA Today - "The Supreme Court on Wednesday curtailed lawsuits against the makers of medical devices and struck down a state effort to keep youths from buying cigarettes on the Internet, in two disputes testing the line between state and federal power."

►February 21, 2008 - $336,472 problems for district grant mangement - Dallas ISD Blog via The Dallas Morning News - "DISD has settled an employee's whistle blower lawsuit by agreeing to repay the federal government $336,472.50 in grant money it received for HIV education programs."

►February 21, 2008 - Web-based public health data is winning fans - Michigan Business Review via - "Michigan's public health system has embraced software to track immunizations, disease incidence, vaccine inventories and more."

►February 21, 2008 - Proposal would give FDA power over cigarette industry - Proposal would give FDA power over cigarette industry (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►February 21, 2008 - Preemption Aftermath: A Matter Of Trust - Pharmalot

►February 21, 2008 - Drug Wholesale Prices Rose 7.82 Percent In ‘07 - Pharmalot

►February 21, 2008 - Discovery of a new switch of the immune response - At the Institut Curie, Inserm researchers, in collaboration with collegues from Dynavax(1), have discovered a new mechanism controlling the choice in humans between two lines of defence in the event of attack. In the presence of viruses or bacteria, the immune system can trigger a response that is rapid but devoid of memory – innate immunity – or a response that takes longer to put in place but is more specifically targeted – adaptive immunity. - alphagalileo via innovations report

►February 21, 2008 - Bird flu costs poultry sector $ 5,84000: report - PTI via The Hindu

►February 21, 2008 - Bird flu drug research in India - World Poultry Net

►February 21, 2008 - AstraZeneca To Pay Alabama $215M For Fraud - Pharmalot

►February 21, 2008 - Lilly’s Prasugrel Is Granted FDA Priority Review - Pharmalot

►February 21, 2008 - Product Approval Information Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Plasma/Albumin Free Tradename: XYNTHA - Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc, License #0003 - FDA

►February 21, 2008 - Biotech bill's provisions are blurry - Effect on companies from out of state may prove to be limited - The Boston Globe

►February 21, 2008 - Sweet Treat From Nestle - Forbes - "Despite a rise in cost of many basic goods including wheat, cocoa and milk, the Swiss company revealed Thursday that profits leaped 15.8% in 2007, as it raised the price of its products by 3.0%. Nestle's acquisition of Novartis' medical nutrition and baby food brand Gerber also contributed to the growth in sales, and the headline profit figure of 10.7 billion Swiss francs ($9.7 billion) was ahead of analyst estimates of 10.2 billion Swiss francs ($9.3 billion)."

►February 21, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via - U.S. News & World Reports

►February 21, 2008 - AVANT Immunotherapeutics Reports Favourable Recommendation From FDA Advisory Committee On Vaccine Candidate Rotarix - Update - Trading Markets

►February 21, 2008 - Avant's Rotarix receives favorable recommendation from FDA advisory panel - press release - Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex via CNNMoney - "Avant licensed the technology for Rotarix to GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) in 1997 for worldwide commercialization."

* ►February 21, 2008 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter

FDA Panel Approves Rotarix Safety 11-1 Consumer Member Vicky Debold Votes "NO" on Proof of Safety by GSK by Barbara Loe Fisher

NVIC's Director of Patient Safety, Vicky Debold, Ph.D, RN, who is the consumer voting member on the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, cast the sole dissenting "NO" vote when the Committee was asked whether GlaxoSmithKline's pre-licensure clinical trials had proved that rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix) is safe to give to infants. The FDA Panel voted unanimously that GSK had proven effectiveness but voted 11-1 on the safety question.

Debold noted that there were more deaths among the healthy infants who received Rotarix compared to those who received a placebo. She pointed out that the clinical trials did not include premature, sick and otherwise biologically compromised infants and asked "What is going to happen when this vaccine is given to children in the real world?" An FDA staff report analyzing GSK data revealed a statistically significant increase in deaths related to pneumonia among infants who got Rotarix versus the placebo.

Rotarix vaccine will directly compete with Merck's Rotateq vaccine for market share. Rotateq, a genetically engineered hybrid live virus vaccine containing human and bovine strains, has been associated with bowel blockage (intussusception). Bowel blockage does not appear to be a problem for live virus Rotarix, which contains genetically engineered human rotavirus strains, although serious adverse events associated with the new vaccine have included not only pneumonia and death but also bronchitis and convulsions.
"GlaxoSmithKline Plc's infant vaccine to prevent diarrhea caused by the rotavirus appears safe and effective, based on available data, U.S. advisers said on Wednesday.........In a briefing prepared for the meeting, FDA staff had noted a statistically significant increase in deaths related to pneumonia compared with placebo in Glaxo's largest trial. The panel was unanimous the vaccine appeared effective and voted 11-1 that it appeared safe.....Vicky Debold, patient safety director at the National Vaccine Information Center, was the sole panel member to vote that the data does not support the vaccine's safety. She noted the infants studied were all healthy and asked: "What happens when this vaccine is given to children in the real world?" - Kim Dixon, Reuters, (February 20, 2008)

"Steven Rosenthal, an FDA medical officer who presented the agency's review of the vaccine, said there was a higher rate of pneumonia-related deaths and convulsions among vaccinated infants in one of the main studies. The overall death rate from any cause, however, was similar between infants given the vaccine and those in placebo groups. In total there were 118 deaths among all infants in the studies with 19 pneumonia related-deaths among those receiving the vaccine and 10 among those not receiving it. He said if Rotarix is approved in the U.S., Glaxo would conduct a post-marketing study of the vaccine to monitor for potential side effects such as pneumonia, convulsions and intussusceptions. In briefing documents prepared for Wednesday's meeting, an FDA staff review said it wasn't clear what role, if any, the vaccine played in the risk, while Glaxo officials said there didn't appear to be any link to the vaccine. Clare Kahn, Glaxo's North American vice president of regulatory affairs, said, "The risk-benefit ratio is favorable for the intended population." One panel member voted against the vaccine on safety grounds. Vicky Debold, a nurse and the panel's consumer representative, said she was concerned about not just the pneumonia-related deaths but the overall death rate." - Jennifer Corbbett Dooren, Dow Jones Newswires, (February 20, 2008)

►February 20, 2008 - Glaxo rotavirus vaccine appears safe--US FDA panel - Reuters via The Guardian, UK

►February 20, 2008 - UPDATE: FDA Panel Backs Glaxo's Rotavirus Vaccine - Dow Jones Newswires via Morningstar
* ►February 20, 2008 - A Shot Straight to the Point: The Truth About Vaccines Discussed in New DVD - A two-hour educational DVD, "Vaccinations? Assessing the Risks and Benefits," has recently been re-released with updated features. The DVD informs parents with straight talk about vaccinations, and includes advice on how to boost your child's immunity from disease, naturally. - PRWeb

* ►February 20, 2008 - The Early Accounts of Epidemic Poliomyelitis. - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 20, 2008 - Flu season is under way - Vaccinations only prevent 40 percent of this year's viruses - Traverse City Record-Eagle

* ►February 20, 2008 - Bird flu remains dangerous as it continues to mutate - McClatchy Newspapers via The Kansas City Star

* ►February 20, 2008 - Experts warn of environmental contaminants - Northwest News - "A prestigious group of children's health experts says its time to quit debating the effects of certain environmental agents and do something about it."

* ►February 20, 2008 - This is an official CDC Health Advisory: Potential Health Effects Associated with Hydrazine and Satellite Reentry - CDC

►February 20, 2008 - Drug-Resistant Bacteria - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Infections Causing Human Cancer (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Tiny sensor and microchip are created - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via UPI

►February 20, 2008 - Novel Technology for a Novel Pathogen - Using a new molecular biologic technique, researchers identified a previously unknown arenavirus that had caused fatal illnesses in three organ-transplant recipients. - journal article (Journal Watch)

►February 20, 2008 - Early Nutrition and Development of Atopic Disease - A new clinical report from the AAP found little evidence that dietary interventions after age 4 to 6 months prevent atopic disease in early life. - journal article (Journal Watch)

►February 20, 2008 - Asylum: A Mid-Century Madhouse and Its Lessons About Our Mentally Ill Today (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Mass Antibiotic Administration for Eradication of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Vitamin D Deficits May Affect Heart Health - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Data Errors in: Mortality in Randomized Trials of Antioxidant Supplements for Primary and Secondary Prevention: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (full text) - journal article (JAMA)

►February 20, 2008 - Market Spotlight: Generic Drugs - AP via The Boston Globe

* ►February 20, 2008 - HPV vaccine risks? - KPNX-12 - "One mom says the vaccine paralyzed her once athletic 12-year-old daughter. Hear their story and what you should know about adverse reactions Thursday on 12 News at 10pm."

* ►February 20, 2008 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Bill Goes to Senate - - "A cervical cancer vaccine would be added to the list of immunizations required for school-age girls under legislation that the House passed 56-37 today. House Bill 396 as passed would allow parents or guardians to opt their children out of the vaccinations for any reason."

* ►February 20, 2008 - Autism Breakthrough: Girl's Writings Explain Her Behavior and Feelings - Doctors Amazed by Carly Fleischmann's Ability to Describe the Disorder From the Inside - ABC News

* ►February 20, 2008 - You Asked, She Answered: Carly Fleischmann, 13, Talks to Our Viewers About Autism - How Carly Responded to Your Questions - ABC News

►February 20, 2008 - Antietam school stabbings admitted by boy, 13 - The eighth-grader will be committed to a facility specializing in Asperger’s syndrome, a mental disorder characterized by lack of social skills. - Reading Eagle

►February 20, 2008 - Man found chained inside a house - Scripps Howard News Service via Times Record News - "A man with Asperger's syndrome, who had been chained inside a house and pepper-sprayed when he became physically aggressive, was taken to a hospital for evaluation."

* ►February 20, 2008 - What Went Wrong With Heparin? - How the FDA Checks Foreign-Made Drugs Sold in the U.S. - ABC News - "'This is an agency that is charged with safeguarding the public health, but it's being run like the keystone cops,' said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., chairwoman of the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Subcommittee. 'That is unacceptable.'"

* ►February 20, 2008 - Major Setback for Consumers Hurt By Faulty Medical Devices - - "Today’s Supreme Court decision was a victory for the $75 billion medical device industry. If a manufacturer makes it and the government approves it – then injured consumers are out of luck if they want to take the maker of an unsafe medical device to court under state law."

* ►February 20, 2008 - Plant in China under scrutiny - Initial testing finds irregularities with blood thinner heparin made at the facility. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►February 20, 2008 - FDA mix-up caused failure to inspect Baxter's Chinese supplier - More details have emerged over the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) failure to vet the Chinese manufacturing plant implicated in the Baxter heparin scare - the agency mistook it for an already-inspected plant, it turns out. -

* ►February 20, 2008 - Several NK Sixth-Graders Missing Required Immunizations - Kitsap Sun

* ►February 20, 2008 - CDC says state preparedness much improved since 2001 - CIDRAP News

* ►February 20, 2008 - Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State - A CDC Report on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement - CDC

►February 20, 2008 - US better prepared for health disaster, CDC says - Reuters

►February 20, 2008 - Mark & Associates, P.C. Applauds CBS for Exposing the Tragedy Surrounding Bayer's Trasylol on Last Sunday's 60 Minutes Episode - press release - About Mark & Associates, P.C. via PrimeNewswire via COMTEX via FOX Business

* ►February 20, 2008 - Raleigh Council Wants More Info On Butner BioLab - NBC 17 - "The facility would replace one now at Plum Island, N.Y. where scientists research some of the most dangerous diseases in people and livestock. Once complete, the facility would employ as many as 500 scientists."

* ►February 20, 2008 - US involved in bird flu conspiracy: Indonesia - transcript (includes audio) - AM via

* ►February 20, 2008 - Observer: Bird flu crimes? - Financial Times

* ►February 20, 2008 - Pneumonia, flu kill nearly 500 in Utah - Salt Lake Tribune

►February 20, 2008 - GQ: Do Flu Shots Help You Build Up An Immunity To The Virus? (includes video) - NBC Augusta

►February 20, 2008 - Factbox-WHO figures for bird flu cases in humans - Reuters

►February 20, 2008 - Vietnam on high bird flu alert after new poultry outbreaks: govt - AFP via Google

►February 20, 2008 - Possible rash of fatal flu cases at Salt Lake County nursing home - The Salt Lake Tribune

►February 20, 2008 - 3-year-old Dies of Meningitis - CBS 21

►February 20, 2008 - Meningitis Scare Briefly Closes Part of PSNS - Kitsap Sun

►February 20, 2008 - B for Bad The Doctor Says: By Dr MILTON LUM Vaccination against Hepatitis B can help save lives. - Malaysia Star

►February 20, 2008 - CSL shares soar on result - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald - "Biotechnology company CSL Ltd, maker of the groundbreaking cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, has lifted first half earnings by 36% due to higher royalties for the drug and strong demand for its for plasma products."

►February 20, 2008 - Rh negative not as perilous today - Dr. Paul Donohue: Your health via The Detroit News

►February 20, 2008 - Denver researchers hope to find source for allergies (includes video) -

* ►February 20, 2008 - Reporter Held in Contempt in Anthrax Case (requires registration) - The New York Times - "A federal judge found a former reporter for USA Today in contempt of court on Tuesday for refusing to name her confidential sources who had discussed a former Army scientist’s possible role in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The reporter, Toni Locy, now faces fines of up to $5,000 a day for refusing to comply with an earlier order issued by the judge, Reggie B. Walton."

►February 20, 2008 - Merck to Seek Appellate Review of Class Certification Decision in VIOXX(R) Proceedings in Saskatchewan - Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. via Canada NewsWire via COMTEX via FOX Business

►February 20, 2008 - Melanoma Vaccine Study Misses Primary Goal - Reuters via

►February 20, 2008 - New Vaccine Destroys Melanoma and Ovarian Cancer Tumors - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Associated Content

►February 20, 2008 - Sanofi Pasteur US President Expands Role to Lead Canadian and Latin American Businesses - Sanofi-aventis via PharmaLive

►February 20, 2008 - Stem cell jabs reverse damage after strokes, doctors claim - The Guardian, UK

►February 20, 2008 - Salty Snacks Mean More Sodas for Kids (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post

►February 20, 2008 - Early Exposure To Bacteria Helps Create Stronger Immune Systems -

* ►February 20, 2008 - FDA Posts MedWatch Side Effect Alert for Osteoporosis Drugs -

* ►February 20, 2008 - Engineering Warfare: A Close Look at Biological and Chemical Warfare -

* ►February 20, 2008 - Hawaiian Doctor Kills Anti-Aspartame Bill, Condemning Hawaiian Children to Drink Neurotoxic Sweetener -

* ►February 19, 2008 - Hawaii Ban Aspartame Bill Ends in Political Paralysis - OpEdNews

* ►February 19, 2008 - The cost of preparing students with special needs in Newton - Newton TAB - "The number of children with autism in Newton has almost doubled since 2003. Students with a communication disorder or with a health impairment has jumped by 100 students in that same time period. And the Newton schools have also seen a swell in students facing developmental delays or neurological impairments."

►February 19, 2008 - The Inner Child, Part 3 (includes video) -

* ►February 19, 2008 - Detoxifying Autistic Children - Ivanhoe interviews with David S. Berger, M.D., Angela Shoemaker, and Lauren W. Underwood, Ph.D., and Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008, Orlando, Fla., Feb. 14 -17, 2008 via Ivanhoe

►February 19, 2008 - Clueless on STDs, Throat Cancer, and Oral Sex - U.S. News & World Report - " This should provide strong impetus for an HPV vaccine that works for men, too—an effort that's taking an inexplicably long time."

* ►February 19, 2008 - Food and Drug Administration snubbed offer by USDA to help inspect plants - CongressDaily via

* ►February 19, 2008 - Health Ministry to supervise army medical experiments - Jerusalem Post - "Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on Tuesday welcomed measures taken recently by the army to protect soldiers who participate in medical experiments, the organization said in response to a brief presented by the state to the High Court of Justice. The brief came in reply to petitions by PHR and by a group of soldiers who participated in immunization experiments against anthrax. The petitioners charged that the experiments had been carried out without proper supervision and that the army had withheld information from the soldiers when it asked them to participate."

►February 19, 2008 - Judge holds reporter in contempt in anthrax case - USA Today

►February 19, 2008 - AAP Calls for an End to 'Toxic' Tobacco Content in Hollywood Movies - press release - American Academy of Pediatrics via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►February 19, 2008 - China to provide free vaccines against more infectious diseases - Xinhua via China View

►February 19, 2008 - Immunologic and clinical effects of antibody blockade of cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 in previously vaccinated cancer patients - journal article (PNAS)

►February 19, 2008 - The Most Memorable TV Drug Ads Of 2007 - Pharmalot

►February 18, 2008 - The Autistic Community mourns the death of Genevieve Edmonds - Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

►February 15, 2008 - 22,000 died amid delayed Bayer drug recall: doctor - Reuters

►February 15, 2008 - MMR: Mercury, the bringer of autism - WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

►February 14, 2008 - Reducing kids' salt intake may lower soft drink consumption, reducing obesity, high blood pressure and later health risks - American Heart Association

►February 12, 2008 - The Inner Child, Part 2 - Brad's story (includes video) -

►February 11, 2008 - Guidelines for the management of growth failure in childhood inflammatory bowel disease. - journal article (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)

►February 5, 2008 - The Inner Child (includes video) -

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - The Autistic Phenotype Exhibits a Remarkably Localized Modification of Brain Protein by Products of Free Radical-Induced Lipid Oxidation (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Oxidative Stress in Autism: Elevated Cerebellar 3-nitrotyrosine Levels (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - The Frequency of Polymorphisms affecting Lead and Mercury Toxicity among Children with Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Increased Copper-Mediated Oxidation of Membrane Phosphatidylethanolamine in Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Red-Cell Trace Minerals in Children with Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Altered Sulfur Amino Acid Metabolism In Immune Cells of Children Diagnosed With Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Detection of IL-17 and IL-23 in Plasma Samples of Children with Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Peripheral Blood Leukocyte Production of BDNF following Mitogen Stimulation in Early Onset and Regressive Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - A Microscopic Study of Language-Related Cortex in Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - A Novel Rodent Model of Autism: Intraventricular Infusions of Propionic Acid Increase Locomotor Activity and Induce Neuroinflammation and Oxidative Stress in Discrete Regions of Adult Rat Brain (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Bridging from Cells to Cognition in Autism Pathophysiology: Biological Pathways to Defective Brain Function and Plasticity (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - The Role of Neurodevelopmental Genes in Infectious Etiology of Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Environmental Factors and Limbic Vulnerability in Childhood Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Mitochondrial Energy-Deficient Endophenotype in Autism (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Evidence of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism and Implications for Treatment (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

* ►Volume 4 Issue 2, 2008 - Evidence of Oxidative Stress in Autism Derived from Animal Models (pdf) - journal article (American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology) - "Collectively, these data indicate that vitamin E and its derivative are capable of protecting against neurobehavioral deficits induced by both MeHg and VPA. This antioxidant protection suggests that oxidative stress may be a common mechanism of injury leading to aberrant behavior in both our animal model as well as in the human disease state."

►January 2008 - Air pollution, oxidative stress and dietary supplementation: a review - journal article (European Respiratory Journal)

►January 2003 - Mineral Oil Petroleum Derivative in Beauty Products - Positive Health Magazine

Autism United - website

The Darryl Strawberry Foundation - website

* Title: Strategies to Extend the Influenza Vaccination Season in Medical Practices (UO1) - CDC


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