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All the News Posted September 10, 2009

►October 1, 2009 - The Burden of Influenza in Children: Time for Prevention - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Virologically Confirmed Population‐Based Burden of Hospitalization Caused by Influenza A and B among Children in Hong Kong - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Seroprevalence of Bordetella pertussis Infection during Pregnancy Measured by IgG Antibodies against Pertussis Toxin - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Infectious Disease Hospitalizations in the United States - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Pharmacokinetics of Moxifloxacin in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Plasma in Patients with Tuberculous Meningitis - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Panton‐Valentine Leukocidin Is Associated with Exacerbated Skin Manifestations and Inflammatory Response in Children with Community‐Associated Staphylococcal Scarlet Fever (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Improving the Diagnosis of Acute Hepatitis C Virus Infection with Expanded Viral Load Criteria (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Laboratory Diagnosis of Infections Due to Blood and Tissue Parasites - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Adequacy of Antimicrobial Treatment and Outcome of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia in 9 Western European Countries - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - What Is Inadequate Antibacterial Therapy? - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Vancomycin in Combination with Other Antibiotics for the Treatment of Serious Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus–Associated Hospitalizations among the American Indian and Alaska Native Population - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 1, 2009 - Noroviruses as a Potential Cause of Protracted and Lethal Disease in Immunocompromised Patients - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►September 22, 2009 - Physicians: Prepare for the 2009 H1N1 flu - Please register for this webinar.  Please note broadcast audio will be available, or you have the option to dial-in via a toll-free phone number. - American Medical Association (AMA)

* ►September 11, 2009 - Antidepressant market likely to rebound as a result of recession - Ziarul Financiar, Romania - "Another important factor influencing this market is the number of patients diagnosed with depression and receiving treatment. Amid the current economic conditions, their number will go up, but the volume will not compensate the fall in value," Mocanu said."

* ►September 11, 2009 - Update: Influenza Activity --- United States, April--August 2009 (early release) - MMWR/CDC

* ►September 11, 2009 - Oseltamivir-Resistant 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection in Two Summer Campers Receiving Prophylaxis --- North Carolina, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

* ►September 11, 2009 - Receipt of Influenza Vaccine During Pregnancy Among Women With Live Births --- Georgia and Rhode Island, 2004--2007 - MMWR/CDC

* ►September 11, 2009 - National Laboratory Inventories for Wild Poliovirus Containment --- Western Pacific Region, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►September 11, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►September 11, 2009 - Polio Infection Drops by Half - ThisDay

►September 11, 2009 - Manipur militants raze health centre - The Telegraph, India

►September 11, 2009 - Chinese people: Live longer and are physically stronger - People's Daily Online

►September 11, 2009 - Cervical cancer jabs being sold at Boots for £400 - Daily Mail, UK

►September 11, 2009 - H1N1 vaccine 'effective in 95% of cases' - AAP via The Age

* ►September 11, 2009 - Swine Flu Single-Dose Vaccine Works in 10 Days, Doubling Supply - Bloomberg

* ►September 11, 2009 - With swine flu coming, Monroe health care workers are needled to change their views about vaccination - Pocono Record

* ►September 10, 2009 - Response after One Dose of a Monovalent Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Vaccine — Preliminary Report (free full text) - journal article (NEJM) - "Because of the novelty of the pandemic H1N1 strain, we prospectively collected data relating to the occurrence of select adverse events of special interest. These events included several neurologic (e.g., Guillain–Barré syndrome), immune-system, and other disorders. Any adverse events of special interest or serious adverse event was to be reported within 24 hours. A safety-review committee monitored the safety of the study. Stopping rules were in place during the 7 days after vaccination but were not met, and all doses were given."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Trial of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent MF59-Adjuvanted Vaccine — Preliminary Report (free full text) - journal article (NEJM) - "Serious adverse reactions were defined as any reaction that persisted beyond 7 days after vaccination or that necessitated medical attention or hospitalization during the study period."

* ►September 10, 2009 - H1N1 Vaccines Safe, Immunogenic in Single Dose - NEJM via MedPage Today - "The Australian study was supported by CSL and the Department of Health and Aging of the Australian government. All authors report being employees of CSL and several report having an equity interest in the company. The British study was supported by University Hospitals Leicester and Novartis. Stephenson reported financial links with Novartis Vaccines, Sanofi Pasteur, Baxter Vaccines, Hoffmann–La Roche, and GlaxoSmithKline. The CDC study was supported by the CDC. Katz reported research support from GlaxoSmithKline. The editorial author reported no conflicts."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Cross-Reactive Antibody Responses to the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 10, 2009 - Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Policy — Considering the Early Evidence (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 10, 2009 - Vical Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Demonstrates Cross-reactivity Against California, Texas and Mexico H1N1 Strains - Globe Newswire via Interest!Alert!

* ►September 10, 2009 - Dynavax Reports FDA Removes Clinical Hold on HEPLISAVTM Phase 3 Hepatitis B Vaccine - Business Wire via Reuters

►September 10, 2009 - Many ask: Is flu shot safe? - The Omaha World-Herald

►September 10, 2009 - Swine flu: Britain 'tantalisingly close to winning fight' - Britain is “tantalisingly close” to winning the fight against swine flu and is prepared to fight a second wave of the virus, the country’s top doctor has said. - Telegraph, UK

►September 10, 2009 - Encorium specialises in vaccines to gain competitive edge - Encorium has outlined plans to specialise in vaccines, which it believes is an area it can be more flexible than big CROs, and inked a swine flu deal as part of $8.7m (€6m) of new contracts. -

►September 10, 2009 - Supply chain lapses slow pandemic responses; survey - More than 50 per cent of executives believe their company fails to respond quickly enough to pandemics because of lapses in the supply chain, according to an IBM survey. -

* ►September 10, 2009 - Vangent and Centers for Disease Control Partner With Morehouse School of Medicine to Support CDC-INF - Vangent via PR-USA.Net - "Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process outsourcing solutions, announced it has partnered with the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA to provide job opportunities for some of Morehouse's second year graduate students pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. At present, up to six students have part-time jobs supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while completing their graduate degrees. In their role, the students will respond directly to emails and postal mail submitted by the public and health care professionals to CDC-INFO, CDC's National Contact Center staffed and operated by Vangent for CDC. CDC-INFO provides up-to-date health information round-the-clock via multiple channels."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Merck Judge Tells Jurors to Take ‘Cooling Off’ Day After Threat - Bloomberg - "A judge overseeing the first case to go to trial over claims that Merck & Co.’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax causes “jaw-death” told the jury to take a day off after a juror said she was threatened during deliberations. A lawyer for a woman suing Merck over Fosamax yesterday asked U.S. District Judge John Keenan in New York to declare a mistrial because of “juror intimidation” after a panel member claimed a chair was thrown at her in the jury room. Keenan denied the request, which Merck opposed."

►September 10, 2009 - Swine flu summit pushes prevention - Houston Chronicle

►September 10, 2009 - Providers prepare for flu viruses Upcoming meeting on swine flu seeks to inform public, address fears - Press Democrat

►September 10, 2009 - Greece unveils swine flu strategy for new school year - The Sofia Echo

►September 10, 2009 - Child Mortality Rate Declines Globally - The Gainesville Sun

►September 10, 2009 - AIDS Activists Issue Grades to Drug Companies (requires registration) - The New York Times

►September 10, 2009 - Deep Inside Bacteria, a Germ of Human Personality - Scientists Hope to Fight Infections by Blocking the Social Creatures' Ability to Sense When They Have Sufficient Numbers to Attack - The Wall Street Journal

►September 10, 2009 - New monkey malaria ''poses human threat'' - ANI via TopNews

►September10, 2009 - Miracles of the immune system discussed at the 2nd European Congress of Immunology - The European Congress of Immunology via News-Medical.Net

►September 10, 2009 - New Research Into Using Patient's Immune System To Fight Cancer -

►September 10, 2009 - Obama implores Congress to pass health bill - Calls for end to 'bickering'; cites season for action - The Washington Times

►September 10, 2009 - Analysis: Obama tries many tacks to make health bill stick - The Washington Times

* ►September 10, 2009 - Doctor's dilemma over flu jab after Guillain-Barré syndrome - BMJ-British Medical Journal via EurekAlert!

* ►September 10, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine data "promising", says EU agency - * Very high immune response in vaccine trials * First vaccines seen approved in early October * Glaxo, Novartis, Baxter vaccines first in line - Reuters

* ►September 10, 2009 - Baxter behind on swine flu vaccines for Britain - Financial Times - "Baxter had pledged to deliver 400,000 doses to the UK by the end of August but British officials said that by late last month they had received only 200,000. The company had stressed the greater speed of the pioneering biological cell-based technique it uses to produce Celvapan compared with traditional techniques using chicken eggs."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Studies show one dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough - Reuters - "Also on Thursday, MedImmune said its inhaled vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 virus could be ready to start shipping to the U.S. government by the end of September. MedImmune's Dr. Raburn Mallory said the company has submitted safety data for its nasal spray swine flu vaccine to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Experts push hard for early seasonal flu vaccination - CIDRAP News - " Influenza experts speaking at today's NFID press conference had tough words for healthcare workers who opt not to receive their annual flu immunization. Gregory Poland, MD, a virologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who represented the American College of Physicians today, said, 'It is an embarrassing fact that 60% don't get vaccinated. I'm sorry, but it is not about you. It's about the patients you're privileged to care for.' The medical literature suggests that healthcare worker flu vaccination can reduce death rates in intensive care units by as much as 60%, he said. Poland praised California and New York for making flu vaccines for healthcare workers mandatory, and he urged other states and medical facilities to do the same."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Secretary Sebelius to Honor the Medical Reserve Corps and Participate in Vaccination Training Exercise - press release - HHS via Business Wire

* ►September 10, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccination Should Target Children First - An analysis models the H1N1 virus’s potential spread and various programs to contain it - ScienceNews via U.S. News & World Report - "View a video modelling how H1N1 will spread in 2009."

►September 10, 2009 - Swine flu vaccination should target children first - With influenza season looming, an analysis models the H1N1 virus’s potential spread and various programs to contain it - ScienceNews

►September 10, 2009 - Insite Security Hosts Webinar on Swine Flu Preparedness - Former Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service and Emergency Medical Doctor Offer Expert Advice on Keeping Your Family and Company Safe and Functioning - presss release - Insite Security via PRNewswire via Reuters - "Tuesday, September 15, 2009 10:00 a.m. (ET)"

* ►September 10, 2009 - A twinge of doubt on flu shots - Omaha World-Herald

* ►September 10, 2009 - H1N1 flu shots give pregnant women pause - Doctors will need to ease concerns about future reactions - Baltimore Sun

* ►September 10, 2009 - MedImmune says swine flu vaccine ready end-Sept - Reuters

* ►September 10, 2009 - 4 Flu Vaccine Doses for Kids This Fall—but Where and When? - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

* ►September 10, 2009 - Swine Flu Burrows Into Lungs: Study - Unlike seasonal flu, H1N1 goes deep into respiratory tract, researchers confirm - U.S. News & World Report - "The new study, published Sept. 10 in the journal Nature Biotechnology, finds that swine flu attacks cells deep in the lungs, whereas seasonal flu targets cells in the nose, throat and upper airway."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Research Demonstrates that HerbalScience's Proprietary Elderberry Extract Prevents in Vitro H1N1 Influenza Infection - Laboratory Results Documenting the Elderberry Extract's Antiviral Mode-of-Action Published in Recent Issue of Scientific Journal Phytochemistry - press release - HerbalScience Group LLC via PRNewswire

* ►September 10, 2009 - USDA tries to speed new H1N1 flu vaccine for hogs - Reuters

* ►September 10, 2009 - Americans Urged To Get Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Early - HHS Secretary and CDC Director Join National Foundation for Infectious - Diseases News Conference to Stress Vigilance against Seasonal Influenza in Unusual Season - press release - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases via PRNewswire via Reuters

* ►September 10, 2009 - Families Fighting Flu Urges Seasonal Flu Vaccination in Kids - New Influenza Vaccination Awareness PSA Educates Families about Ways to Not Get "Sidelined" From Seasonal Flu this Year - press release - PRNewswire-USNewswire via Reuters - "To view the new PSA, visit"

* ►September 10, 2009 - Mother says Kansas girl who died with H1N1 had major health problems - AP via Kansas City Star - "Margaret Dennett said she was speaking publicly about her daughter's Aug. 23 death so the public wouldn't panic about swine flu. The Dennetts had six children, and the mother says all the others had flu-like symptoms but have recovered just fine."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Hospitals to require flu shots for workers - Des Moines Register - "Mercy Medical Center and Iowa Health-Des Moines told workers this week that they must be immunized against seasonal influenza unless they have a medical or religious reason not to be. If they receive an exemption, they will be required to wear masks when treating patients after Dec. 1."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Your choice: Vaccinated or terminated - Albany - "Florence 'Cookie' Getter, a rehab aide and hearing program assistant at a Glens Falls Hospital annex, stands to be terminated according to a new state mandate that requires virtually all hospital workers to receive a seasonal flu vaccine. She is currently soliciting signatures on a petition to reverse the Department of Health (DOH) requirement. 'This is my body,' said Getter, who became violently ill after receiving a flu shot 15 years ago. 'I am free to choose what gets injected into it.'"

►September 10, 2009 - Sacramento State, UC Davis stress flu shots for students - Sacramento Bee

►September 10, 2009 - Canada's H1N1 vaccine seen for early November - Reuters

►September 10, 2009 - Texas to receive more than a million swine flu vaccines per week, but it may not be enough - The Dallas Morning News

►September 10, 2009 - Drug-Resistant Influenza Becoming a Trickier Target - ABC News

►September 10, 2009 - Help or Hype: Cashing In On H1N1 - WFMY News 2

►September 10, 2009 - Israeli lab finds form of swine flu resilient to Tamiflu - Ha'aretz

►September 10, 2009 - Allergy Therapeutics May Benefit From Cervarix Approval (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►September 10, 2009 - FACTBOX: Biotech companies benefiting from flu outbreak - Reuters

►September 10, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine: Just one dose should do - USA Today

►September 10, 2009 - Weekly Media Briefing on 2009 H1N1 Flu; Friday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m. at HHS - Featuring NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Jesse Goodman from the FDA and Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC - HHS Secretary Sebelius to give brief opening remarks - press release - HHS via Business Wire

►September 10, 2009 - Best of AoA: Senator Harkin Takes On Tom Insel at Autism Appropriations Meeting By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

►September 10, 2009 - After all this time, Dr. Bob Sears finally tips his hand on vaccines, part III - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►September 10, 2009 - Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkward - Wall Street Journal

* ►September 10, 2009 - New WHO Data Underscores Global Threat of the World`s Leading Child Killer - Prevention and treatment of pneumonia are critical to reducing child mortality, reaching Millennium Development Goal 4 - press release - Business Wire via Reuters

* ►September 10, 2009 - Pneumonia bugs kill 1.2 million children: study - Reuters

►September 10, 2009 - 75% of AZ toddlers get recommended vaccination series (requires registration) - Arizona Daily Star

►September 10, 2009 - Polio: Stepping Up the Eradication Battle - About 600 Nigerian children have been crippled by poliomyelitis and Bauchi State presents the highest polio cases in the North eastern part of the country leaving 313 children crippled in a single community of Azare, a local government identified to have the highest concentration of the virus in the world. This is no doubt the reason Bauchi State government is stepping up the fight against the debilitating disease, writes Segun Awofadeji - ThisDay

►September 10, 2009 - Inviragen Receives Additional Grant to Support Dengue Vaccine Development - press release - Business Wire via Reuters - "Inviragen has received a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to partially support its continued efforts to develop a safe and effective dengue vaccine."

* ►September 10, 2009 - Merck Halts Testing of Migraine Drug on Liver Safety - Bloomberg

* ►September 9, 2009 - DC Thots on Swine Flu Pandemic Planning By Darrel Crain, DC - Planet Chiropractic - "But here's the part we should all be worried about: the declaration of a global pandemic for the H1N1 flu is only the latest sign that an insidious and far more dangerous disease has taken hold, an ominous epidemic that is plaguing the planet, the dreaded 'Scientific Thinking Deficiency Disorder' (STDD). The STDD epidemic is particularly devastating because it strikes first and hardest at medical leaders, causing extreme alarm and a massive collapse of rational thinking. Unlike normal disease outbreaks, the STDD infection is transmitted verbally. Each and every time a medical authority opens his or her mouth in public the situation gets worse. The telltale signs of STDD are rash and fever—a rash of hysterical and dire predictions accompanied by feverish plans to vaccinate every man, woman and child. Twice."

* ►September 9, 2009 - NIH expands swine flu shot tests to pregnant women - It's time to test the new swine flu vaccine in pregnant women. Studies of adults and children are going so well that the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it is opening the research to 120 women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. - AP via Seattle Times

* ►September 9, 2009 - Professionals flu-shot shy - Health care workers under pressure to get shots - AP via Worcester Telegram & Gazette

* ►September 9, 2009 - Vaccine not required locally - Temple Daily Telegram - "At Scott & White Memorial Hospital, employees are strongly encouraged to get a flu shot, but it is not required. In keeping with a national emphasis on flu vaccinations, employees must do one of two things - either take a flu vaccine - injection or mist - or they have to decline after being given information about influenza, according to a hospital spokesman. 'We started last year putting out an information module … that provides information about the influenza vaccine,' said Bob Fader, section chief of microbiology/virology department. 'The employee has to say either, 'yes I will get the vaccine,' or 'no I won't get it.''"

* ►September 9, 2009 - Large H1N1 Outbreak at Chinese People's Armed Police Force Academy - Chinese authorities block news of the H1N1 outbreak - Epoch Times

►September 9, 2009 - WHO warns of winter surge of Swine Flu in South East Asia - Press Trust of India via Business Standard

►September 9, 2009 - China's mass swine flu vaccination (includes video) - BBC

►September 9, 2009 - White House H1N1 Webcast to Discuss the Use of Antiviral Medications - Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are holding a webcast this afternoon at 2 pm to discuss the updated recommendations for using antivirals for H1N1 flu. - The Gov Monitor

* ►September 9, 2009 - Critical Safety Questions Remain Unanswered as CDC Embarks on Final Public Meeting on Swine Flu Vaccine - press release - SafeMinds

* ►September 9, 2009 - FDA Panel Backs Cancer Vaccines - Wall Street Journal - "One panel also said Gardasil was safe and effective for use in males despite concerns voiced by several panel members about being unsure how long the vaccine offers protection to those who receive it. During the votes on both vaccines, one panel member voted no or abstained on all questions, while up to 12 other panel members voted favorably. Merck is seeking FDA approval to expand Gardasil's use in males ages 9 to 26. One panel member, Vicky Debold, who is director of patient safety at the National Vaccine Information Center, a vaccine-safety advocacy group, said, 'It would be a mistake to go forward and recommend that boys be encouraged to take this vaccine until we understand what's going on with the safety issues that [are] cropping up in girls.'"

►September 9, 2009 - UGA professor studies HPV vaccine - Red and Black - "In late August, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson warned Americans about the dangers of the Gardasil vaccine - but Georgian doctors are standing behind it 100 percent."

►September 9, 2009 - Environmental toxins contribute to ADHD and autism -

►September 9, 2009 - Big Food vs. Big Insurance - op-ed (requires registration) - The New York Times

►September 9, 2009 - Film screening causes NBAF stir - Kansas State Collegian

►September 9, 2009 - A new anthrax vaccine is under development - United Press International

►September 9, 2009 - Six polio cases reported in Swat - Daily Times, Pakistan

►September 9, 2009 - Physician Congressman Speaks Up on Viral Hepatitis - press release - National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable via Marketwire via Earth Times

►September 9, 2009 - India patent rejections welcomed by HIV/AIDS groups - Reuters

►September 9, 2009 - German AIDS Charity in Bed With Hitler, Stalin - Shock and Awe Ad Campaign Sets Off Blitzkrieg Among Public Health, AIDS Groups - ABC News

►September 9, 2009 - Mailbag: Medical bills: My story - Albany Democrat Herald - "The check-up began as usual with the nurse interview. I asked for a tetanus shot and she talked me into a shingles shot. The tetanus cost $16, plus $46 to give it to me. The shingles shot cost $256, plus $23 to administer it. (I found out later Bi-Mart pharmacy does it for $205 with no extra charge.)"

►September 9, 2009 - Is there a dog flu outbreak? - Palm Beach Post

►September 9, 2009 - Vaccines don't ease the mind - letters - Lebanon Daily News

* ►September 9, 2009 - Limited swine flu shots may raise ethical issues - Doctors expected to follow protocol when dispensing - Lansing State Journal - "Tens of thousands of health care workers who typically avoid flu shots are under more pressure than ever to get vaccinated as hospitals and clinics prepare for a spike in swine flu cases this fall and winter."

* ►September 9, 2009 - Hutto father pleads guilty to charges of injury to a ch... (includes video) - We Are Autin, CBS KEYE TV News - "The facts regarding the death of Jason Swain are not as simple as the prosecutor's office would like you to believe.  Jason had been ill for about 2 weeks prior to his death.  He received medical care from his pediatrician and two days later while he was still ill, the same pediatrician gave Jason eight vaccinations.  Research shows that the likelihood of immunizations side effects increases when a child is sick.  Josh mishandled Jason, but not violently.  Our expert asserts that Josh's actions alone would not have caused my grandson's death.  Illness and immunizations side effects were contributing factors."

* ►September 9, 2009 - Swine flu: Nothing or epidemic? - Testing, reporting methods make tracking potentially deadly disease difficult locally - Appeal Democrat

* ►September 9, 2009 - Many health care workers resist pressure to get flu shots - The Washington Times

►September 9, 2009 - General Data's E.V-Trax Vaccination Tracking System Simplifies Immunization Management and Prepares Hospitals Against H1N1 and Influenza Outbreaks - General Data Company via Business Wire via News Blaze

►September 9, 2009 - Swine flu claims another life; fears bird flu may re-emerge - Veit Nam Net

►September 9, 2009 - Time for Seasonal Flu Dosing - The New York Times News Service via Aetna InteliHealth

* ►September 9, 2009 - Long fight for brain damage redress scheme nears end - - "The fight for redress began in 1977 when an expert group was set up to look at claims that a group of children were damaged by a toxic batch of the three-in-one vaccine for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus. Of the 93 cases, it found there was a reasonable probability the vaccine was at fault in 16 cases. In 1982, an offer of £10,000 was made in 14 cases with two more offers in 1984. The awards were made without liability and on condition those concerned waived any further case against the State. The only court payout for vaccine damage was to Corkman Kenneth Best, who received £2.7m after alleging he was damaged by the three-in-one in 1969."

►September 9, 2009 - Cepheid Announces Accelerated Development of Flu A Panel Test - 45-minute Presumptive Identification of H1N1 Novel Strain Expected - Cepheid via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Interest!Alert

►September 9, 2009 - Morocco broadens measures to beat swine flu - Morocco will offer vaccinations for vulnerable sectors of the population as one of several steps to contain the swine flu virus. -

►September 9, 2009 - New HSPH Center To Address Flu - NIH grant to fund infectious diseases research and outreach in time for flu season - The Harvard Crimson

* ►September 9, 2009 - MS drug Tysabri reawakens brain virus -study - Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via Reuters - 'This virus, the JC virus named for the initials of a patient, is found in about 90 percent of the population,' Koralnik said in a statement. 'But in healthy individuals the virus lies dormant in the kidneys and causes no problems.' Urine samples from the 19 patients showed levels of the JC virus shot up after a year of taking Tysabri, Koralnik and colleagues reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The virus infected the blood cells of 60 percent of the patients after 18 months, they found. They confirmed that Tysabri was affecting immune cells called T cells. 'It further tells us that reactivation and transformation of the virus may first occur in the kidney and that once the activated virus spills into the blood it can easily spread to the brain,' Koralnik said."

* ►September 9, 2009 - Warning letters increase as DSI rejigs operations - FDA warning letters to clinical trial investigators have increased by 50 per cent in 2009 as a consequence of improved processes at DSI, a spokesperson told Outsourcing-Pharma. -

* ►September 9, 2009 - Lab Research lands new preclinical R&D contracts - New multi-million dollar R&D contracts with top three pharma and biotech players go someway to “alleviating” the negative impact of downturn, according to Lab Research CEO Luc Mainville. -

* ►September 9, 2009 - Off-Label Promotion and Whistleblowing - FDA Matters

* ►September 9, 2009 - Bangladesh a “huge opportunity” for growth; CEO - Bangladesh represents a “huge opportunity” to pharma, according to the CEO of Amreteck Pharma who believes that CMOs will be attracted by the low costs, which undercut China, and help the industry grow to $10bn (€6.9m) in 10 years. -

►September 9, 2009 - National Summit on Viral Hepatitis To Be Held September 10-11 in Washington, D.C. - PR Newswire

►September 9, 2009 - Transcrip offers experts to augment in-house drug development (podcast) - Transcrip Partners’ “augmentation” solution for contract R&D “differs from the normal consultancy alternative by fielding ‘doers’ who can think strategically and ‘thinkers’ who are happy to get their hands dirty” according to senior partner Paul Branthwaite. -

►September 9, 2009 - Merck to boost R&D investment - China Daily

►September 9, 2009 - Power of nature offers a life lesson -

►September 9, 2009 - 8 key herbs to boost your immune system -

►September 8, 2009 - Another View: Vaccinate more children at school - Statesman Journal

* ►September 8, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccination Tested By Big Pharmaceutical Companies -

* ►September 8, 2009 - Saudis Want Pilgrims Vaccinated Againt H1N1; Kuwait approves school delay - Arab Times

* ►September 8, 2009 - CDC updates guidance on antivirals for flu - Pediatric Supersite

►September 8, 2009 - An Inside Look At The H1N1 Vaccine (includes video) - - "The H1N1 vaccine is set to be available next month, but right now, it's still in clinical trials. Eight sites across the country are testing the shots on hundreds of volunteers. And they're on a tight deadline."

►September 8, 2009 - Swine flu has France in kissing conundrum - AP via

►September 8, 2009 - FDA and BioTrove Collaborate to Evaluate BioTrove's Novel Genetic Profiling and Pathogen Detection System for Possible Use in Detecting Threats to the Nation's Blood Supply - CBER/FDA via

►September 8, 2009 - Exclusive: Obama nominee omitte ties to biotech - Homeland nominee advised lobby - The Washington Times

* ►September 8, 2009 - K-PAX Launches Potent Immune Support Formula Geared Toward People with Serious Medical Conditions - K-PAX Immune Support Formula has been shown in a double-blind, placebo-controlled research trial to significantly strengthen the immune systems of people with serious medical conditions. - K-PAX, Inc. via PRWeb

* ►September 8, 2009 - Clinical trials around the globe - Where are more clinical trials being conducted, Italy or Illinois, Macau or Mongolia? Outsourcing-Pharma explores these questions and more using interactive maps displaying trials registered with - in-PharmaTechnologist

►September 8, 2009 - Care-Tech Laboratories Agrees to Stop Making, Selling and Distributing Unapproved Antimicrobial Products - FDA

* ►September 8, 2009 - Vitamin D supplements may help to reduce HIV infection, mortality rates among children - Journal of Infectious Diseases via PediatricSupersite

►September 8, 2009 - Researchers Identify 1 of the Necessary Processes in the Formation of Long-Term Memory - Researchers discover that the addition of the phosphor molecule to a the NMDA receptor in the brain is a necessary step in memory formation - University of Haifa via Biocompare

►September 8, 2009 - FOX Files: St. Louis Company Finds New Way To Destroy Anthrax (includes video) - KTVI FOX2Now

* ►September 8, 2009 - Interim Guidance for State and Local Health Departments for Reporting Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations and Deaths for the 2009-2010 Season - This interim guidance provides information for state and local health departments on how to report influenza-associated deaths and hospitalizations during the 2009-2010 season. - CDC

* ►September 7, 2009 - Vaccination-induced cytokines: schizophrenia & developmental disabilities - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue

* ►September 7, 2009 - "Lagging Indicators:" Does Europe Approve Drugs Faster Than The US? - Is FDA lagging behind European regulatory authorities when it comes to approving new drugs? The agency’s top drug reviewer says there is no black and white answer. - The RPM Report

* ►September 7, 2009 - Infections May Lead to Faster Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease - American Academy of Neurology via Biocompare

►September 7, 2009 - Largest Ever Alzheimer’s Gene Study Unveils Dementia Mysteries - Alzheimer's Research Trust via Biocompare

►September 5, 2009 - St. Mary’s Health Care Worker Dies of Complications from H1N1 Flu - Huntington News Network

►September 4, 2009 - Namibia: Cross-Border Measles Watch Needed -

►September 4, 2009 - How to fight the flu this fall - CBC News

►September 3, 2009 - NSF adopts new ethics rules (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Starting in 2010, all researchers applying for funding from the National Science Foundation will have to provide some evidence that they will educate their students and postdocs in the responsible and ethical conduct of research."

* ►September 3, 2009 - VA is on call to administer swine flu vaccinations - Government Executive - "The cost of delivering the extra vaccines has yet to be determined, Fultz said. He noted the department could end up immunizing fewer than 180,000 employees. "Given that this pandemic seems to be less severe than what we were planning for, it's likely that those numbers may be less," he said. "It's always easier to scale back from what you've planned."

►September 3, 2009 - Novartis Says Swine Flu Vaccine Works Quickly - MedPage Today - "he Novartis vaccine, dubbed Celtura, was tested for safety and immunogenicity in a 100-volunteer study run by the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester in England. In the trial, the vaccine -- boosted with the adjuvant MF-59 -- was given in one or two doses of 7.5 micrograms each, the company said in a statement."

►September 3, 2009 - Y causes sex disorders (requires registration) - The Scientist

►September 2, 2009 - Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Gene That Contributes to Two Different and Common Neurological Movement Disorders - Mayo Clinic via Biocompare

* ►September 2, 2009 - Swine flu, regular flu: Do vaccinations augment sales of pychotropic and other medicines? - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue - "A newly published study about 'Early-life programming of later-life brain and behavior' (1) augments concern that vaccinating a pregnant woman increases the likelihood that her fetus will experience adverse neurologic effects."

►September 2, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine Being Tested Now - MyFoxDetroit

►August 31, 2009 - New mums misled by HSE over swine flu jab, says fg doctor - - "Dr Reilly said that he understands that the HSE are in a difficult position as trials to confirm the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in adults and children only began this month. 'There are concerns over the safety of the vaccine in younger age groups,' he said. "But the concerns about the MMR vaccine were unfounded.'"

►August 27, 2009 - Skin-disease Patients Show Brain Immunity To Faces Of Disgust - People with psoriasis – an often distressing dermatological condition that causes lesions and red scaly patches on the skin – are less likely to react to looks of disgust by others than people without the condition, new research has found. - University of Manchester via ScienceDaily

►August 20, 2009 - Could probiotics protect us from gut parasites? - The gut health boosting effects of probiotics may also extend to preventing and eradicating parasitic infections, according to ‘early data’ from the US. - Cell Host & Microbe via

►August 19, 2009 - Autistic son was a trial until Detroit mom saved herself by loving him - Detroit Free Press

* ►August 19, 2009 - Pandemic Vaccination - Why You Should Be Concerned - Clearly, this is BIRD FLU vaccine, with the isolated antigen being the VietNam killer bird flu virus that has exhibited such a high mortality rate amongst victims in that country.    It would seem that GSK is trying to unload stockpiles of its “Avian Pandemic Flu” vaccine by disguising it as a generic “Pandemic” vaccine under the name “PANDEMRIX”!! For that flashback you have been waiting for,  go here and here. - Health Freedom Alliance

►August 5, 2009 - Jury out on benefit of infant vaccine combo - The Cochrane Library via Reuters - "It is unclear whether giving infants a combination vaccine for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type B (DTP-HBV-HIB) protects them as effectively as separate DTP-HBV and HIB vaccines, a review of published studies indicates."

►April 30, 2009 - What Do You Do with 26 Million Doses of Expired H5N1 Vaccines? - Health Freedom Alliance

►August 2007 - North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza - Developed as Part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America -

Questions and Answers about CDC’s Revised Recommendations for the Use of Influenza Antiviral Drugs -

Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season -

* Upcoming Scientific Workshops for National Autism Research Agenda:  The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will be holding a two-day Scientific Workshop on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and Thursday October 1, 2009 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. - SafeMinds - "The workshop will cover the six questions in the 2009 IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research, focusing on noted research gaps, new opportunities for advancing research and knowledge about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and the prioritization of short-term and long-term objectives in the plan. The meeting will be open to the public."



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