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All the News Posted March 1-3, 2008

Posted March 3, 2008


* ►March 4, 2008 - T-shirt launch for new cervical cancer jab - The Standard, Hong Kong - "Designer Barney Cheng has produced a collection of T-shirts to coincide with the launch of Cervarix, the cervical cancer vaccine competing against widely- used Gardasil."

►March 4, 2008 - Marshalls Launches Nationwide Anti-Cancer Vaccine Drive - Pacific Magazine

►March 4, 2008 - Meningococcal strikes down tot - A Waitara baby has died from meningococcal disease. - Taranaki Daily News via

►March 4, 2008 - Anti-measles drive from 7th - The Post

►March 4, 2008 - Measles cases reported in the United States - McKnight's Long Term Care News

►March 4, 2008 - Babies 'at risk over formula milk advice' - The Telegraph, UK - "Babies are at risk of life-threatening illnesses such as meningitis because formula milk manufacturers give mothers 'mixed messages and confusing advice' about how to prepare a baby's bottle, a charity says today."

►March 4, 2008 - Eradicate Malaria? Doubters Fuel Debate (requires registration) - The New York Times
* ►March 3, 2008 - US Vaccine Maker Target of Homicide Investigation - - "'While conservatives may believe in limited government, when it comes to life and death, they usually favor government action including the use of the criminal justice system to protect American lives from amoral corporate executives,' said political strategist Mike Baker. 'Maybe if the pharmaceutical [company] bigwigs see their colleagues frog-walked to prison, they will think twice before distributing shoddy vaccines,' said Baker. 'I believe police departments should set up special units to investigate deaths attributed to vaccines, especially those that are mandatory for children,' said former NYPD Detective Sid Frances. 'A killers are killers, whether they wear hip-hop outfits or three-piece Armani suits,' he said. Det. Frances even believes investigators in the US should target government officials who mandate vaccinations, especially in the public schools."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Independence of CDC Scientists in Question - Insiders Say Health Agency Head Gerberding Drives Away Top Talent, Embitters Employees - The Washington Independent - "Over the past four years, the office at the Centers for Disease Control that is responsible for vaccine safety has undergone numerous leadership changes, internal conflicts and a flight of senior scientists."

* ►March 3, 2008 - David Kirby on Imus in the Morning - David Kirby will be Don Imus' guest on the radio Tuesday, scheduled for 6:29am Eastern. - Age of Autism - "You can hear Imus online HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page) at WABC Radio 770 in New York. Or watch on the RFD Network if you have it in your area."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Families expand autism group - Visit with new Talk About Curing Autism chapter at weekend conference - The Olympian - "The families will sponsor a booth at the Brighter Tomorrows 2008 Northwest Special Needs Conference on Friday and Saturday at Saint Martin's University....One of the focuses of the conference will be the theory that vaccines can cause or trigger autism. Speakers include a geneticist and the former editor for United Press International, who authored the series 'The Age of Autism,' which included interviews with the Fultons and other Olympia families who link their children's regression into autism with vaccines."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Meeting One: Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan - Institute of Medicine

* ►March 3, 2008 - Obama and Clinton Respond to ACHAMP Questions -

* ►March 3, 2008 - Obama and Clinton on Autism Vaccines, Research - Age of Autism

* ►March 3, 2008 - Day Twenty of the Autism Omnibus Proceeding - The Assault on Dr. O’Leary – Day Twenty of the Autism Omnibus Proceeding – Snyder v. the Secretary of Health and Human Services by Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►March 3, 2008 - Mighty Mighty Mitochondria and the Roots of Autism by Mary Webster - Age of Autism - "Do I believe a heavy metal like mercury used in their vaccines has caused mitochondrial dysfunction in some children leading to autism? – Yes.  But, don't take my word for it.  Read the article HERE and decide for yourself."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Congressman's Office Corrects Dr. Johnson - Age of Autism

►March 3, 2008 - Imus and Brit Hume Today by Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

►March 3, 2008 - McDonald taking autism issue statewide; Rocque sends out another mailer - Glens Falls Post-Star

►March 3, 2008 - Review: First 100 Days Kit from Autism Speaks - What Do Parents New to Autism Need Most? -

►March 3, 2008 - Autism answers just a few clicks away - Baltimore Examiner
* ►March 3, 2008 - Federal report says preservative in vaccine may be linked to disease - Baltimore Examiner - "In its written concession statement, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondria disorder that was 'aggravated' by her shots, resulting in an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis."

* ►March 3, 2008 - McCain Steps Into Debate Over Cause of Autism (requires registration) - The New York Times - "'It’s indisputable that autism is on the rise among children,' Senator John McCain said while campaigning recently in Texas. 'The question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines.' With that comment, Mr. McCain marked his entry into one of the most politicized scientific issues in a generation."

►March 3, 2008 - McCain Blames Autism on Mercury - Outside the Beltway

►March 3, 2008 - Immune to the Facts (requires registration) - New York Times Blog

* ►March 3, 2008 - Government finally admits that Vaccines contribute to Autism - American Chronicle

* ►March 3, 2008 - Autism bill put on hold - Charleston Daily Mail - "'The insurance lobbyists got a hold of it and were more concerned about protecting their big money profits than helping the kids of West Virginia,' said Rodighiero, who has a 15-year-old son, Dominic, who is autistic. 'A resolution is a way of getting out of what they should be doing for children with autism. It's a buyout.'"

* ►March 3, 2008 - New Immunization Requirements for Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and College Students - - "The North Carolina Commission for Public Health has made several changes to the rules regarding vaccination of school-aged children and college students. Effective January 1, 2008, the administrative rule, 10A NCAC 41A.0401, has been changed, adding requirements for a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine and a second dose of mumps vaccine. These rule changes will go into affect beginning with the 2008-09 school year."

►March 3, 2008 - Students required to get another vaccine - News 14 Carolina - "For more information about the immunization rule change, visit or contact your physician, your local health department or the Immunization Branch at (919) 707-5550."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays - Last Updated March 3, 2008 - CDC - "Flyer: What to do when giving the Hib vaccine during shortage  (PDF 523KB)"

* ►March 3, 2008 - Review Determines Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine Lots Can be Released for Use - Health Canada - "Health Canada has recently completed its review of Merck Frosst’s reports pertaining to a lot (1529U) of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine potentially associated with six cases of suspected anaphylaxis in young adults in Alberta during November and December 2007. The review found no link between this vaccine lot and the adverse events in Alberta."

►March 3, 2008 - Health Canada Information Update: Review Determines Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine Lots Can be Released for Use - press release - Health Canada via Marketwire

* ►March 3, 2008 - Doctors Interrogate Children as Informants on Parents' Behavior -

* ►March 3, 2008 - Bio tech promises disease vaccines via food - Cholera, 'flu and many more diseases tackled by eating rice - - "A seemingly bizarre experiment in genetically engineering plants has come up with a strain of rice that could make vaccination injections a thing of the past. Researchers working at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Medical Science are working with experts in the fields of drugs, agrobiology and genetics to change the makeup of rice to include cholera proteins."

* ►March 3, 2008 - CDC head: Problems at Nevada clinic could be 'tip of iceberg' - AP via Press-Enterprise - "The city of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada last Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe practices including clinic staff reusing syringes and vials."

►March 3, 2008 - Stupak launches investigation into suppression of Great Lakes health report - Petoskey News-Review

* ►March 3, 2008 - Center for Disease Control and Prevention to Dispose Dryvax Vaccine - - "“It is a historical moment, because it’s our oldest vaccine, It was a vaccine that eliminated smallpox from the United States. 'Times had changed, and our awareness, sensitivity and tolerance for adverse events associated with vaccines was much greater than during the smallpox vaccination campaigns of the 20th century.' said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of Vanderbilt University’s department of preventive medicine. The decision by the CDC to eliminate the use of Dryvax vaccine for smallpox patients was generated by concerns that the vaccine could trigger heart attacks and a painful heart inflammation in some patients as reported by several medical institutions across the country."

* ►March 3, 2008 - Gardasil Vaccine Side Effects Reason for Concern -

* ►March 3, 2008 - Merck Says 44K Sign for Vioxx Settlement - The Associated Press via Google

* ►March 3, 2008 - Against Gardasil - letter - Daily Press - "Doctors William Berg and David Trump, in a letter to the editor, 'HPV vaccine available at no cost,' Dec. 26, encouraged parents to have their sixth-grade girls vaccinated with Gardasil. They touted it as 'free.' It is not free, but being paid for with tax dollars. What a windfall for Merck."

►March 3, 2008 - What you may not know about cervical cancer vaccine for 'tweens' - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

►March 3, 2008 - Child Studies Make Drugs Safer, Show Laws Work, Researchers Say - Bloomberg

* ►March 3, 2008 - Generex Biotechnology Extends Clinical Trial Agreement for Testing its Synthetic Avian Influenza Vaccine - press release - Generex Biotechnology Corporation via Prime Newswire

►March 3, 2008 - Influenza hits with a vengeance - Some communities are getting hit by a flu strain that differs from those in current vaccines - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

►March 3, 2008 - Flu season affects UNL - NewsNetNebraska

►March 3, 2008 - Asians respond well in bird flu vaccine - Sydney Morning Herald

►March 3, 2008 - Europe was giving flu shots to youth before CDC advisory - Stars and Stripes

►March 3, 2008 - Vaccine makers guess wrong, flu on rise - Muskegon Chronicle via

►March 3, 2008 - Educating Canadians about a forgotten disease - press release - Polio Canada(R), a program of March of Dimes Canada via CNW Group

►March 3, 2008 - ‘Bihar likely source of polio virus in Capital’ -

►March 3, 2008 - Nigeria: Council Woos Parents on Immunisation - Daily Trust (Abuja) via

* ►March 3, 2008 - Rare bacterial disease reported in rural Nevada county - San Diego Union-Tribune - " A rare bacterial disease known as Q fever is turning up in a rural northern Nevada county that also is home to a childhood leukemia cluster, a newspaper reported Sunday."

►March 3, 2008 - Crucell Signs Vaccine Development Pact With Wyeth Pharma - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

* ►March 3, 2008 - IAC Express Issue number 714 - Immunization Action Coalition - "The California Department of Public Health has released a new online presentation 'Marketing Vaccines to Tweens'. The 25-minute webcast discusses social marketing and disease prevention. It offers insights and suggestions on health-related social marketing directed at Tweens, (young people age 9-12 years) and how to empower them to get the immunizations they need. Find out what motivates and inspires Tweens to action and learn how to break down communication barriers and develop effective Tween immunization campaigns. To view the presentation, go to:

►March 3, 2008 - Top Drugs' Strange Side Effects - Forbes

►March 3, 2008 - Hong Kong’s Government Reveals That the Budgeted Outlay on Recurrent Medical and Health Services Will Rise From 15% to 17% in 2011-2012 - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire - "Merck & Co’s breakthrough cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, came to attention in November 2007, when it was revealed that the product had been sold to doctors for HKD750 (US$96), but then sold on to patients for HKD1,500-2000 (US$192-256). While not illegal, this practice highlights the buoyant private sector."

►March 3, 2008 - CDC: Toxic Katrina trailers made in Ind. - Gannett News Service via Indianapolis Star - "Trailers made by three Indiana companies have higher levels of formaldehyde than other trailers being used by Hurricane Katrina victims, the CDC said in a new report. Formaldehyde, a colorless gas emitted from many construction materials, can cause breathing problems, itchy eyes and rashes. The gas is also a suspected carcinogen."

►March 3, 2008 - Childhood Diseases - Alternative Treatment for Childhood Diseases - American Chronicle

►March 3, 2008 - Luddites strike again - letter - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

►March 3, 2008 - Vaccine-Antibody Combination May Increase Safety in Cancer Chemotherapy (requires registration for full article) - MediNews

►March 3, 2008 - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's 'Promoting Healthcare Quality Program' Improves Quality and Patient Safety in 19 Colorado Hospitals - press release - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado via PRNewswire via Earth Times - "One hospital improved its pneumococcal vaccination rate from 35 percent to 96 percent for patients with Community Acquired Pneumonia. Another improved from 55 percent to 93 percent."

►March 3, 2008 - Uganda: Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) DREF Operation No. MDRUG009 - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies via ReliefWeb

►March 3, 2008 - CDC: MRSA Not from Food Animals - American Agriculturist

►March 3, 2008 - Science & Medicine | Gene Could Stop Progression of HIV, Study Finds - - "Stephen Barr, a researcher in the department of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta, conducted laboratory tests and determined that TRIM22 prevented HIV from replicating and locked the virus in a single cell when added to cell cultures that had been infected with the virus."

►March 2, 2008 - Turai Yar’Adua commends traditional rulers on polio eradication - Nigerian Tribune

* ►March 2, 2008 - Wild polio virus claims one in city - Times of India - "Fourteen-month-old Gulnaz from Darbangia colony in Kirti Nagar area is the victim....She was supposedly administered 10 doses of oral polio vaccine in the last two national immunization rounds in January and February this year."

* ►March 2, 2008 - The FDA, Abilify and pediatric "bipolar" - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "Will somebody stop the FDA from approving chemical weapons of destruction aimed at America's children? The documented, demonstrable risks of severe harm produced by the second generation antipsychotic drugs is uncontestable. Even leading schizophrenia researchers with financial ties to manufacturers, such as Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University, acknowledge: 'The major problem with second-generation antipsychotic drugs is weight gain and diabetes. The younger you are, the more severe and common these side effects.'"

* ►March 2, 2008 - Antidepressants Linked to 52 % of Suicides among Swedish women - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "An alarming report by Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare reveals that 80% of all adult suicides (18-84) reported in 2006 to the National Board of Health and Welfare, were committed by persons "treated" with psychiatric drugs: 50% of those who committed suicide were on an SSRI, 60% had been on an antipsychotic. The number of women who committed suicide in 2006, was 377. Of these, 197 (52%) had filled a prescription for antidepressants within 180 days before their death; and 29 women (8%) had filled a prescription for antipsychotics within 180 days before they committed suicide."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Zyprexa - a Trial and an FDA rejection - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►March 2, 2008 - NIH Scientists Find Why Flu Virus Spreads In Cold Weather - news release - National Institutes of Health

* ►March 2, 2008 - KANSAS RABIES LAW--Action Alert!! - Corgi Forums - "If you are a Kansas dog owner would like to see Kansas adopt the national standard of a triennial rabies vaccination protocol for dogs, now is the time to act."

►March 2, 2008 - Tendon Complications, Though Rare, Linked To Statins, Study Shows - Wiley-Blackwell, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►March 1, 2008 - Pentagon to test invisible gases in Crystal City - - " The Pentagon is scheduled to release an odorless, invisible, and yes, harmless, gases into the city Thursday to test how quickly they spread through buildings, officials said. The test is part of the military's national security preparation for the capital area."
►March 1, 2008 - Senator McCain: "Strong Evidence" of Autism-Vaccine Link - Huffington Post via Yahoo!

►March 1, 2008 - No, Vaccines Aren't Behind the Rise in Autism - Huffington Post via Yahoo!

►March 1, 2008 - Optimizing Transient Gene Expression - Applications Expected to Move Beyond Discovery and the Preclinic to Clinical Realm - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►March 2008 - National Vaccination Month -

►February 29, 2008 - Vaccine Safety - CDC

►February 29, 2008 - More Known About Girl's Death, Flu Complications - WCCO

►February 29, 2008 - PSS will sell flu vaccines again - Jacksonville Business Journal

* ►February 29, 2008 - National Autism Association Says Government Concludes Vaccines Caused Autism - Medical News Today

* ►February 28, 2008 - New Nasally Smallpox Vaccine Developed - It May Provide a Fast Response to a Bioterrorist Attack - Associated Content

►February 28, 2008 - Antidepressants - Hope from a pill - Disagreements over whether drugs to combat depression are worth taking - The Economist

►February 28, 2008 - 82 polio cases reported in 2008: minister - IANS via

* ►February 26, 2008 - Committee on Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan - Institute of Medicine - "The federal government issued 'Disease Prevention through Vaccine Development and Immunization, The US National Vaccine Plan' in 1994. The Institute of Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee to make recommendations regarding the update of that plan. The committee will hold workshops with national expert stakeholders in medicine, public health, and vaccinology to review a publicly available, draft update of the Plan. The committee will prepare a report with conclusions and recommendations about priority actions within the major components of the draft Plan."

►February 25, 2008 - Protect Your Adolescents Against More Than Just A Cold This Winter - press release - National Meningitis Association via PRNewswire via

►February 21, 2008 - HIV treatment becoming profitable (requires registration or subscription) -  Los Angeles Times

* ►February 20, 2008 - Aerosol vaccines 'ready for clinical trials' - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Science and Development Network - "The researchers tested for safety and immune response using two vaccines, one based on an experimental HIV vaccine and the other a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. Rhesus macaque monkeys were administered the vaccines in an aerosol preparation, delivered through a nebulizer — a device that turns liquid medication into vapour — and face mask....Kraehenbuhl told SciDev.Net that the next step for the research is phase I clinical trials in humans, due to start this year. These will analyse how the vaccine is distributed in human lungs. There is already an ongoing clinical trial for a measles aerosol vaccine, part of a WHO-led project."

►February 20, 2008 - Vietnamese Women Face High Rates of Cervical Cancer - New American Media

►February 1, 2008 -  Glaxo, Sanofi Pasteur MSD Under Investigation Over Vaccine - AP via - "French authorities have launched an investigation into two managers from drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Pasteur MSD over an anti-hepatitis B drug vaccination campaign in the 1990's, a judicial source said."
* ►January/February 2008 - Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal? - Excerpted from The Vaccine Book © 2007 by Robert Sears, MD. via Mothering Magazine - "As a medical doctor, my first instinct was to worry that these aluminum levels far exceed what may be safe for babies. My second instinct was to assume that the issue had been properly researched, and that studies had been done on healthy infants to determine their ability to rapidly excrete aluminum. My third instinct was to search for these studies. So far, I have found none. It's likely the FDA thinks that the kidneys of healthy infants work well enough to excrete aluminum before it can circulate through the body, accumulate in the brain, and cause toxic effects. However, I can find no references in FDA documents that show that using aluminum in vaccines has been tested and found to be safe."

* ►March 2005 - Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders: a population based study - journal article (pdf) (full text) - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology) via Age of Autism

* ►January 13, 2004 - U.S. National Vaccine Plan - 1994 - Disease Prevention through Vaccine Development and Immunization - HHS National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO)

What Are the Top Ten Challenges Cited By Scientists in Vaccines Development? - The Vaccines Development Forum

MSG:  A Slow Poison - NaturoDoc

"MSG" Is A Slow Poison -

* Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda - a Video lecture by David Ayoub, MD -

Letter to secondary schools in England regarding HPV vaccinations - Teachernet Online Publications for Schools

* United States Court of Federal Claims - Office of Special Masters (pdf) -


Posted March 2, 2008


* ►March 3, 2008 - Vaccines through tattoos - Tattooing is a more effective way of administering DNA vaccines than direct injection into muscle tissue, according to new research by German and Czech scientists. In DNA vaccination, a gene from a pathogen is injected directly into the host, which then produces the corresponding pathogen protein inside its own cells. This triggers a response from the host’s immune system. Advantages of DNA vaccination include the fact that the vectors can be constructed quickly, and rapid and large scale vaccine production is much cheaper than for traditional vaccines. These vaccines are also temperature stable; in contrast many traditional vaccines require cold storage and have a limited lifetime. -

►March 3, 2008 - Bird flu threat still lingers as some fowl refuses to leave - Daily Times, Pakistan

►March 3, 2008 - Five die of Nipah virus - The Daily Star, Bangladesh

►March 3, 2008 - Anti-polio drive from tomorrow - The Post

* ►March 3, 2008 - One polio problem solved, another created - P3 virus resurfaces in a major way in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar - Daily News & Analysis - "Health ministry officials agreed that P3 cases were on a sharp rise due to the singular focus on P1, but said that since the latter was more virulent it needed to be checked first."

►March 3, 2008 - PRSP refuses to help Health Dept in measles campaign - The Post

* ►March 3, 2008 - 35 million children to be vaccinated against measles - Associated Press of Pakistan via The Post - "Punjab Health Services Director General Dr Aslam Ch has said that as many as 35 million children between the age of 9 months and 13 years will be vaccinated against measles from March 17 to April 3 in the province."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's Office Corrects Tim Johnson - Adventures in Autism - "Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney knows that Tim Johnson was wrong when he said that studies of vaccinated v. unvaccinated populations disprove an vaccine/autism link, because Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been trying to get legislation passed to force the government to actually DO a vaccinated v. unvaccinated study because Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney knows good and well that it will take an act of Congress to get them to do the damn study. 'Cause the NIH does not want to do that study."

* ►March 2, 2008 - In Search of the Elusive OSOTEN* [*original source of the estimated number] by Mark Blaxill - Age of Autism

* ►March 2, 2008 - New York Times Runs Letters About Mercury - Age of Autism

* ►March 2, 2008 - AAP President on Vaccine Safety - Age of Autism

* ►March 2, 2008 - Richard Rhames Counterpunch to Mercury - Age of Autism

* ►March 2, 2008 - Autism insurance coverage a debate - Jackson Citizen Patriot - "Due to a clerical error, Sally and Craig Johnson's insurance covered four months of speech therapy for their son, Chase. It was when the insurance company was reauthorizing the therapy that it caught the error. Because the error was the insurance company's, the Johnson didn't have to pay back the $3,000-a-month bills. Chase, who at age 1 had lost every word he learned, regained those words and more because of those four months of speech therapy and further therapy at the Lyle A. Torrant Center, a countywide school for special education."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Other Voices: More About That McCain Article - letters (requires registration) - The New York Times - "I am the father of an autistic son, whose disability developed in a pattern seemingly unrelated to vaccines. That said, I do believe that the condition is related to environmental poisoning. Although vaccines are clearly an important part of an effective public health program, I don’t know how or why anyone might think that the use of a mercury-based preservative (thimerosal) is an appropriate additive for any human injection."

►March 2, 2008 - Ottawa autism center offers option to rural area - Peoria Journal Star

►March 2, 2008 - Teen defies limits - Autism doesn’t hold college student back - The East Oregonian

►March 2, 2008 - Learning a valuable lesson about autism - Donal Lynch witnesses the progress autistic children make when taught through the 'mixed' approach - Irish Independent

* ►March 2, 2008 - Crying wolf over bioterrorism (requires registration or subscription) - The threat posed by synthetic bugs is microscopic. So why are U.S. officials making such a big deal? - Los Angeles Times - "Charles Hackett of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases offers some evidence that limited stimulation of innate immunity can provide some advantages. He points to various vaccine adjuvants, or boosters, that prompt innate immunity to turn on acquired immunity more quickly. But that, Hackett acknowledges, isn't the same thing as enhancing general innate immunity. "Innate immunity is an area that's evolved over millenniums and is very clever," he told me. "If you want to [enhance] it, you really have to understand it better than we understand it now."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Parents, schools work to cope with autism - Jackson Citizen Patriot via - "It costs about $20,000 a year to educate a student with a severe case of autism, while state per pupil funding is typically about $7,200. It has forced schools to think creatively, constantly shifting resources."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Dirty scalpels bring 5,000 ops to a halt - Surgery is being cancelled, sometimes as patients lie anaesthetised, after outside cleaning firms return theatre equipment unsterile and broken - The Observer, UK via The Guardian, UK

* ►March 2, 2008 - Wyeth due back in court in waste export case - The Sunday Business Post, Europe - "Drug maker Wyeth is due back in court in the coming days as part of a six-year legal battle over claims it illegally exported waste from Ireland to Europe."

* ►March 2, 2008 - Child deaths rising in area - Study of '06 cases turned up delays in receiving care - Augusta Chronicle

* ►March 2, 2008 - The clones are coming - to a supermarket near you - This week the first cattle born to a cloned cow in Britain will be sold. Opponents say this is a leap into the unknown but scientists claim it holds the key to solving food shortages - The Observer, UK via The Guardian, UK

* ►March 2, 2008 - $77 Billion in Lost Income is Attributed to ADHD - FOX Central Oregon

►March 2, 2008 - Cure More, Spend Less - op-ed (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 2, 2008 - CDC Committee Vote on Flu Vaccine Endangers Children to Age 18 - Vaccine Awakening

►March 2, 2008 - Some want personal vaccine exemption restored - AP via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

* ►March 2, 2008 - Exposed to military chemical and biological warfare tests, they walk among us - CNET Tech news blog

* ►March 2, 2008 - Conceded Vaccines Cause Autism Case Scarcely UK Reported - The One Click Group

* ►March 2, 2008 - MEDLINE Refuses To Index Peer Reviewed Journal - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service via The One Click Group

►March 2, 2008 - Vaccines Consumer Backlash Hits Pharmaceutical Industry - New York Times via The One Click Group

* ►March 2, 2008 - Ask Mayo Clinic: Can a mutant measles virus threaten populations? - DEAR MAYO CLINIC: The recent film "I am Legend" is about a genetically altered virus that is supposed to cure cancer but instead kills most of the people on the planet. I read that the measles virus is being tested as a cure for cancer. Is it safe? - Post-Bulletin - "The worst-case scenario for the use of a genetically engineered measles virus in cancer treatment is that it might revert to the wild type measles strain and cause measles in the treated patient. However, because the engineered measles viruses are genetically very similar to the measles vaccine, this is highly unlikely. But what if the virus did mutate in the treated cancer patient, becoming once again capable of causing measles?"

►March 2, 2008 - Measles on plane causes Health Ministry concern - Jerusalem Post

* ►March 2, 2008 - Young guns: Question and research before getting flu shot - opinion - St. Cloud Times - "But when you get a flu shot, you don't know exactly what is being put into your body. The National Vaccine Information Center, though, can help. This national, nonprofit educational organization, advocates for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the mass vaccination system. It says one ingredient used in shots is formaldehyde. For those not sure exactly what that is, the center says it is 'a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CH2O, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation.'"

►March 2, 2008 - Flu Taking Flight Across Area, Nation - Doctors emphasize hand washing as this year’s strains are fighting off the vaccines developed to combat it. - The News-Dispatch

►March 2, 2008 - Local experts hail new flu guidelines - Kankakee Daily Journal

►March 2, 2008 - US study shows why winter is "flu season" - Reuters

►March 2, 2008 - Burkina Faso records meningitis epidemic - Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

►March 2, 2008 - Busy flu season? - Influenza, chickenpox and strep throat keep some school administrators and doctors busy in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties - Pensacola News Journal

►March 2, 2008 - Egypt confirms new human bird flu case - Xinhua via China View

►March 2, 2008 - FDA Wants More Power From Congress - Chatter Shmatter - "'This is a time to not just be critical about what is not being done, but to collaborate on what must be done,' FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said in a speech at the National Press Club. 'We can’t transform this agency ourselves.'"

►March 2, 2008 - A new drug to fight schizophrenia - This breakthrough aims at different path in the brain - New York Times via San Francisco Chronicle

►March 2, 2008 - USC researchers discover novel way to develop tumor vaccines - Researchers find way to regulate immune inhibitor to overcome tumor supression - University of Southern California via

►March 2, 2008 - Shining a (mercury-filled) light on global warming kooks - column - Boston Herald

►March 2, 2008 - Fluoridation sound health, fiscal policy - For the past 60 years, one scientific study after another have proven that adding fluoride to water supplies is a safe and effective method to significantly reduce tooth decay for those who consume the water. The time is now for Pennsylvania to join other states in requiring water systems to fluoridate their supplies to the optimal level for health benefits. - Republican & Herald

►March 2, 2008 - Shoppers wake up to toxins in toys - Washington Post via Sydney Morning Herald

►March 2, 2008 - Big bucks on baby? Yes, to be toxic-free - Honolulu Advertiser

►March 2, 2008 - Study shows need to ditch Katrina trailers - Reuters

►March 2, 2008 - No threat of contamination in US ricin case: report - AFP via Google

►March 2, 2008 - Ricin Scare in Las Vegas: Facts and Fiction - Counterterrorism Blog

►March 2, 2008 - DOH eyes rabies free RP by 2010 - Philippine Information Agency

►March 2, 2008 - Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus Kills Four Florida Horses - AP via

►March 2, 2008 - This Summer Beware of Tetanus - FOX Central Oregon

►March 2, 2008 - EPA studies arsenic hot spots - Billings Gazette

►March 2, 2008 - PRC's lack of transparency jeopardizes disease control - Taipei Times

►March 2, 2008 - Salt Lake County No. 2 in U.S. for toxic deposits - Deseret Morning News

►March 2, 2008 - Risks of giving autistic adults financial freedom - Newsweek

►March 2, 2008 - Pediatric asthma linked to traffic - The Boston Globe

►March 2, 2008 - Nanoparticle diet may keep chicken safer for human consumption - Daily India

►March 2, 2008 - A1 or A2 milk? Where's the research? - The following is a summary of New Zealand government-sponsored research, clinical or otherwise, into A1 and A2 milk since July 2004: -

►March 2, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►March 1, 2008 - Rabies Treatment – Information about Rabies Cure - American Chronicle - "Unlike other immunizations, the rabies vaccine is administered after exposure to the virus. This unusual technique is successful because the rabies virus takes a comparatively long time to induce disease, a minimum of 10 days, and in rare cases, up to a year. Passive immunization provides immediate but temporary protection by injecting antibodies (disease-fighting proteins or immunoglobulins) into the patient. Currently, CDC recommends treating a patient immediately with one dose of human rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG) shots."

* ►March 1, 2008 - Why complacency is our biggest health risk - The London Times - "The public and doctors became complacent, forgetting that we are under constant assault from new pathogens – more than 40 have appeared in the past 30 years, including HIV and ebola. Vigilance may be our only defence. So few people have experienced the effects of measles that many now wrongly believe it to be a trivial childhood infection. This complacency has contributed to the drop in MMR vaccine uptake. But measles has not gone away. The recent outbreak in North London affected nearly 1,000 children, many of whom were admitted to hospital with life-threatening complications."

* ►March 1, 2008 - Centers for disease control expands quarantine system - An aircraft commander bears legal responsibility in reporting entry into the U.S. of passengers or crew who exhibit symptoms of a communicable disease. - AINonline

* ►March 1, 2008 - Ore.'s largest source of mercury pollution agrees to cut emissions - AP via KCBY 11 News

* ►March 1, 2008 - Internet Death Notices as a Novel Source of Mortality Surveillance Data - journal article (American Journal of Epidemiology) - "Concerns about bioterrorism and influenza have focused attention on identifying novel data sources to enhance public health surveillance."

►March 1, 2008 - Sick days - After two mild seasons, this year the flu is spreading far and fast - Times Union

►March 1, 2008 - SARS event took ironic twist - The Chronicle Herald

►March 1, 2008 - Superbug defies antibiotics (requires registration or subscription) - Doctors, lawmakers argue over what to do about MRSA - The Baltimore Sun

►March 1, 2008 - Nurturing Our Microbes - Stewardship of the life teeming within us can pay health dividends - Science News

►March 1, 2008 - Centocor’s 411: The Drugmaker Launches A Blog - Pharmalot

►March 1, 2008 - The modern Mrs. Cleaver: One mother's perspective (opinion) - The Oregonian - "A modern stay-at-home mom may not be able to tell you who's ahead in the presidential primaries, but she is an intelligent, well organized, thoughtful woman who can negotiate and multi-task to the extreme. If you were to walk in on a casual gathering of mothers and ask them to voice their opinions on childhood vaccinations or TV for tots or the merits of public charter schools, they could hold a debate that would make a politician dizzy."

►March 1, 2008 - Bill would require schools to test kids’ blood for lead - Bangor Daily News

►March 1, 2008 - Pesticide Right to Know legislation being heard again this session - Park Rapids Enterprise

►March 1, 2008 - Mushrooms for Vitamin D - Preliminary Research Shows That Light Enhanced Mushrooms May Provide up to 100% of the Daily Value for Vitamin D - HealthNewsDigest

►March 1, 2008 - Chip can save a lot of pain if a treasured friend is lost - The Scotsman

►March 1, 2008 - From the February 26, 1938, issue - Science News

* ►March 1, 2008 - GSK bird flu vaccine shows broad cross protection - Reuters

* ►March 1, 2008 - Do Flu Shots Work? Ask A Vaccine Manufacturer - video - YouTube

* ►March 1, 2008 - The AAP Lied About Vaccines, Again! - video/audio - YouTube

* ►March 1, 2008 - Letters: Readers Speak - Re “The Doctors Are In. The Jury Is Out.” (Feb. 17) (requires registration) - The New York Times - "I was startled by your juxtaposition of the topics of mercury in tuna (it affects adults) and mercury in vaccines (it doesn’t affect babies). But something’s missing. We know that mercury toxically affects all living things. Even if we buy that it has nothing to do with autism spectrum disorders, why wouldn’t it cause neurotoxic damage to babies at least as much as it does to adults? After all, the babies are still developing. What would that affect look like? How would it manifest?"

* ►March 1, 2008 - Shots fail to stave off bug - Flu runs rampant over ineffective vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►March 1, 2008 - City shuts down Las Vegas clinic linked to hepatitis C cases - Las Vegas Review-Journal via San Diego Union-Tribune

►March 1, 2008 - Impending shot has youngster sweating bullets - North County Times

►March 1, 2008 - Make sure your child has their MMR jab - Peterborough Today, UK

►March 1, 2008 - Six more local cases of severe type of meningitis -

►March 1, 2008 - Meningitis uncommon in Carroll - Two recent cases of meningitis have hit close to Carroll County, but the disease is not prevalent, according to Debbie Middleton, director of communicable diseases at the Carroll County Health Department. - Carroll County Times

* ►March 1, 2008 - BMJ Advertising Watch : 01 March 2008 (another day another lie - perhaps) - Scientific Misconduct Blog

►March 1, 2008 - Medical Double Jeopardy (free content) - Wall Street Journal

* ►March 1, 2008 - EU backs mercury amalgam use - In a contentious report, a European Union scientific committee has concluded that amalgam dental fillings, containing mercury, pose no health risks to dental patients. - - "Clinical guidelines typically advise against the use of amalgam for children and pregnant women, but patient organisations believe these restrictions should be extended to include the rest of the population. The report, which was prepared by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), is now open to public consultation. Sweden, Denmark and Norway are expected to formally decide on the possibility of a ban in the coming weeks."

* ►March 1, 2008 - Gold upstream, poison downstream in Philippines fairy mountain - AFP via Google - "Many residents suffer the effects of mercury poisoning, as the heavy metal is used to separate the gold from the ore and contaminates food and water. 'You need a kilo (2.2 pounds) of mercury to process 270 kilos of ore,' said Guillermo Carmona, who was kicked out of the Philippine Army after he was found to be moonlighting here."

►March 1, 2008 - HIV/AIDS conference called a success - Prince Albert Daily Herald

►March 2008 - CDC guideline focuses on management of children with blood lead levels <10 µg/dL (requires subscription) - AAP News

►March 2008 - CDC: Report influenza-related pediatric deaths (requires subscription) - AAP News

►March 2008 - AAP, health groups win case against EPA mercury rule (requires subscription) - AAP News

►March 2008 - Early development of ‘bone health’ can help prevent fractures, rickets, osteoporosis (requires subscription) - AAP News

►March 2008 - AAP receives immunization award (requires subscription) - AAP News

►March 2008 - Decreasing trend in postneonatal mortality - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►March 2008 - Cord blood islet autoantibodies and seasonal association with the type 1 diabetes high-risk genotype - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►March 2008 - Hormones of the gut–brain axis as targets for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal disorders - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►March 2008 - Methodological Issues in Current Antipsychotic Drug Trials - journal article (Schizophrenia Bulletin)

►March 2008 - Genome-wide association studies: progress and potential for drug discovery and development - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►March 2008 - Prodrugs: design and clinical applications - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►March 2008 - Time to Discontinuation of Depot and Oral First-Generation Antipsychotics in the Usual Care of Schizophrenia - journal article (Psychiatric Services)

►March 2008 - Tackling depression - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 29, 2008 - Fallout From Vaccine Fear Hits U.K. Kids - Vaccination Rates Remain Depressed; Health Experts Fear Infectious Disease Threat - ABC News

* ►February 29, 2008 - Emergency Flu Shot Clinics Due to 12-Year-Old's Death, Cub Pharmacy Donates Vaccine - Vaccination still provides the best protection against flu, says Minnesota Department of Health - Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►February 29, 2008 - PSS World Medical enters flu vaccine sales agreement with Novartis Vaccines - Forbes

* ►February 29, 2008 - Click Here: TV Drug Ads And Side Effect Reports - Pharmalot -“If the FDA is really serious about finding out how drugs work in the millions of people who take them each day, it should make it as easy as possible for consumers to report side effects,” Kim Witczak, founder of the drug safety group, WoodyMatters, and co-author of the petition, says in a statement. “Safety problems sometimes emerge when a drug is on the market and taken by millions of people. Adverse event reporting can provide the FDA with real-time information about problem medicines.” So far, we’re told nearly 10,000 signatures have been gathered. This is the petition."

* ►February 29, 2008 - Race differences in immune genes - Researchers have found the behaviour of immune system genes varies from race to race - potentially affecting how they respond to infection. - BBC

* ►February 29, 2008 - Statewide screening proposed for autism - Bangor Daily News

* ►February 29, 2008 - "Involved" patients not always healthier - Annals of Behavioral Medicine via Reuters Health - "It's not a one-size-fits-all approach," lead researcher Dr. Austin Baldwin, of the Iowa City VA Medical Center, said in a statement."

* ►February 29, 2008 - Forgetting The Rules? Wyeth, Elan & Alzheimer’s - Pharmalot - "What would you think if the two drugmakers decided to use a new and unproven endpoint to measure the memory and mental status in patients in a Phase III trial of their closely watched, experimental Alzheimer’s treatment? Might Wyeth and Elan be searching for an easier route to win FDA approval for their medication, known as bapineuzumab?"

* ►February 29, 2008 - Fluoride does not reduce cavities and does causes brittle bones and a soft brain - Harmony Health and Longevity

* ►February 29, 2008 - Will Wyeth Bully You Out of Your Estriol? - Natural News

►February 29, 2008 - A Heparin Plant? The Belated FDA Inspection Report - Pharmalot

►February 29, 2008 - Novartis Aims to Make China a Top Market - Seeking Alpha

►February 29, 2008 - FDA Approves Wyeth’s Pristiq For Depression - Pharmalot

►February 29, 2008 - Wyeth Ends Solvay Accord on Bifeprunox Antipsychotic - Bloomberg

►February 29, 2008 - Notice: Availability for Non-Exclusive, Exclusive, or Partially Exclusive Licensing of Invention Described in U.S. Provisional Patent Application Concerning Identification of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin-B (SEB) Sequences Involved in Cell Proliferation and Cell Death - Department of the Army, DoD via

►February 29, 2008 - Potential Drug Targets For Sepsis Discovered - "We have identified a key connection of signaling pathways in the cascade of events leading to sepsis. This defines a crucial point where the immune system spirals out of control to cause severe sepsis and where there is an opportunity for therapeutic intervention," says Scripps Research Professor Wolfram Ruf, who led the research with his postdoctoral fellow Frank Niessen." - Scripps Research Institute, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►February 29, 2008 - 250,000 more health care workers needed by 2020 - BizJournals via

►February 29, 2008 - More Americans turning to Web for news - Reuters

* ►February 29, 2008 - Lawmakers to Probe Delay in CDC Report - AP via Google - "The handling of the matter by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 'raises grave questions about the integrity of scientific research' at the agency, 'as well as the treatment of its scientists,' U.S. Reps. John Dingell and Bart Stupak said in a letter Thursday to CDC Director Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding....Dingell and Stupak said they had been told De Rosa was demoted after pushing for release of the Great Lakes report. Nowak said De Rose was reassigned, but that he didn't know whether the move was related to the report. He declined further comment, saying the CDC would not discuss personnel matters."

* ►February 29, 2008 - U.S. Congress investigates delay in report on Great Lakes health risks - Canadian Press via Google

* ►February 29, 2008 - CDC Tosses Out Old Doses Of Smallpox Vaccine - All Headline News

* ►February 29, 2008 - The link between mercury and autism - letter - Irish Independent via The One Click Group

►February 29, 2008 - Parties still split on school, autism bills - With sessions ending, legislators might not act - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►February 29, 2008 - HPV Vaccine for Men? - UCSF Today

* ►February 29, 2008 - Child flu victim identified - The 12-year-old girl who died Monday as a result of influenza complications has been identified as Jasmine Larissa Levy of Minneapolis. - Minneapolis Star Tribune - "Earlier this week, state officials said the girl had a medical condition that made her more vulnerable to the flu than the average population. She had not received a flu vaccination."

►February 29, 2008 - Flu epidemic may be slowing, CDC says - CIDRAP News

►February 29, 2008 - New Plan to Target Children's Medical Issues (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►February 28, 2008 - Wis. Gets $3M in Merck Settlement - Wisconsin to Receive $3 Million in Drug Settlement With Merck - AP via CNNMoney - "Wisconsin, 48 other states and the District of Columbia reached the deal with Merck & Co. this month. It settled allegations that the company failed to pay rebates due to the Medicaid program on the sale of the drugs Zocor, Vioxx and Pepcid."

►February 28, 2008 - Cope left mark on autism treatment - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►February 28, 2008 - Kids vaccine linked to fever, seizures - AP via Yahoo!

►February 28, 2008 - Swiss Say Fans Should Get Measles Shot (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Soccer fans and players should take precautions against measles before coming to Switzerland for the European Championship in June, authorities said Thursday."

►February 28, 2008 - Mumps rise hits young - Blackpool Gazette, UK

►February 28, 2008 - UK study raises doubts over antidepressant benefits - A study conducted by a group of psychologists led by Irving Kirsch at the University of Hull, UK claimed that the prescription of antidepressants made little or no impact on the majority of depressed patients. - Pharmaceutical Business Review

►February 28, 2008 - Second student tests positive for meningitis - Joplin Globe - "A second baseball player at Missouri Southern State University has tested positive for the same meningitis bacteria believed to have killed pitcher Danny Sickles."

►February 28, 2008 - CDC Sickness Survey To Take Place In Southern KY -

►February 28, 2008 - Court rejects California limits on ship emissions - The ship engines targeted by California’s rule account for about 15% of the Los Angeles region’s total diesel emissions, according to a 2005 state air board report. Appellate judges say the state needs federal approval for the regulation, which was designed to cut pollution generated by ports. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►February 28, 2008 - The height of poison - Lafarge cement plant in Ravena pumped the most mercury into the air in New York in 2006 - Albany Times Union - "The body is slow to release mercury, so toxic levels can accumulate and lead to brain damage and other neurological problems. A mere one-seventieth of a teaspoon of mercury will contaminate a 25-acre lake to the point at which fish are unsafe to eat, according to a 1991 study published in Science News."

►February 28, 2008 - Blues of puberty too soon - Brisbane Times

►February 28, 2008 - 'Intersex' fish found in RMNP - The Coloradoan

►February 28, 2008 - People drinking well water vulnerable to contaminants - Fay Observer

►February 28, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Newly Licensed Smallpox Vaccine to Replace Old Smallpox Vaccine - CDC via Trading Markets

* ►February 28, 2008 - Close Encounters with the Vaccine Schedule - Inside Vaccines A Forum for Parents from Parents - "Mother: (unrolling the scroll some more) At four months we get the same 8 vaccines that we did at 2 months. (She passes one end of the scroll to the father to hold) Aren’t most of these diseases pretty rare in the U.S. right now? Doctor: Not all of them. And the vaccinations are the only thing keeping us from having major outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. We cannot allow the vaccination rate to drop! Father: Right. We are up to seventeen vaccines and the baby is only four months old. When was the last time you had 17 vaccines in four months, doctor?"

* ►February 28, 2008 - Mercury Filling Thing Of Past For Green Dentists (includes video) - WCAU, Philadelphia NBC10

* ►February 28, 2008 - Medical Colleges And Universities Are Urged To Adopt New Guidelines On Conflicts Of Interest - Pharmalot - "The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of American Universities have just issued a report that, they hope, will provide a “roadmap” for medical schools, teaching hospitals, and major research universities to “identify, evaluate, and manage financial conflicts of interest in research that involves human research subjects.” (This is the report)."

* ►February 28, 2008 - Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2007 Financial Results - Full-Year Net Loss From Continuing Operations Declines 36 Percent; Cash Used in Operating Activities Declines 39 Percent - Nabi Biopharmaceuticals via Prime Newswire - "We enter 2008 as a lean, financially stronger organization with a focused pipeline of high value vaccine programs and are well-positioned to pursue our recently announced strategic alternatives process, the key corporate goal for this year. During 2008, we will also work to advance the development of our NicVAX and StaphVAX programs in order to realize the full value of these assets for the benefit of our shareholders."

* ►February 28, 2008 - Rare condition doesn't stop this student's dance dreams - The Florida Times-Union - "Mitrochondrial disorders affect the body's ability to produce energy, according to the Foundation of Molecular Medicine, based in Atlanta, which was founded by Caroline's physician geneticist, John Shoffner, and another lead investigator of the disease, Fran Dougherty Kendall. On the foundation's Web site,, Shoffner states that the "complex inherited disorders" affect one in 5,000 to 8,000 people, but are difficult to diagnose and are often overlooked. When mitochondria don't function properly, energy production in the cells decreases, "similar to a major city's power plant failing," Shoffner said. Symptoms include growth difficulties, developmental delays, seizures, vision and hearing problems, irregular heart, kidney and liver function and muscle weakness."

►February 28, 2008 - Behaviour is not really at risk after surviving meningitis in childhood - journal article (Acta Paediatrics)

►February 28, 2008 - WHO Cites Urban Yellow Fever Threat - AP via Aetna InteliHealth

►February 28, 2008 - Using Statistical Modeling To Analyze Immune System Proteins - PLoS Computational Biology via Medical News Today

►February 28, 2008 - The United States and Canada as a coupled epidemiological system: an example from hepatitis A (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►February 28, 2008 - Notice: Grant; Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention; Urban Indian Communities - Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service via

►February 28, 2008 - Notice: Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pregraduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs - Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service via

►February 28, 2008 - Legislature Considers Tracking Toxic Chemicals - WCSH 6, Portland

►February 28, 2008 - FDA approves Jazz pharma drug - Jazz Pharmaceuticals via Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

►February 28, 2008 - Boca Pharmacal gets OK for allergy drug - South Florida Business Journal

►February 28, 2008 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via

* ►February 27, 2008 - Mothers against mercury - Educate before you vaccinate - You Tube - "AAP Rally - Feb. 20th"

* ►February 27, 2008 - Neglected diseases get vaccine research boost - Drug company opens non-profit centre in Italy. - news (Nature) - “Diarrhoeal diseases cause more deaths per year among children under five than malaria and AIDS together,” says Rino Rappuoli, global head of vaccine research at Novartis, who has been the force behind the venture.Rappuoli has spent his entire career in vaccine research, joining the Sclavo Institute in Siena 30 years ago, and seeing it through its takeover by Chiron in 1992 and then by Novartis two years ago. “I've had to develop vaccines for the rich world, where our customers are — but I knew how easily our technology and knowledge could be applied to vaccines for the poor world,” he says."

* ►February 27, 2008 - Forcing drug companies to publish negative trial results ‘is against law’ - The London Times - "The pharmaceutical industry is encouraged to publish findings of all clinical trials online but is still, to a large extent, allowed to regulate itself. Critics argue that this system is not enough to ensure that patients, doctors and watchdogs, such as the the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), get the information that they need to assess the effectiveness of drugs properly."

►February 27, 2008 - Malaria: The end of the beginning - Drug company opens non-profit centre in Italy. - news (Nature) - "After decades of work, a pioneering malaria vaccine may soon reach the final phase of clinical trials. In the first of two features on efforts against malaria, Brendan Maher reports on a vaccine that is far from perfect - but which may provide new direction and save thousands of lives."

►February 27, 2008 - Notice: Request for Notification From Industry Organizations Interested in Participating in the Selection Process for a Nonvoting Industry Representative on the Pediatric Advisory Committee and Request for - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►February 27, 2008 - Drug-resistant tuberculosis on the rise - Health officials had underestimated the problem, observers say. - news (Nature)

►February 27, 2008 - The creation of the Prozac myth - In the 20 years since its launch, 40m people worldwide have taken the so-called wonder drug - but research revealed this week shows that Prozac, and similar antidepressants, are no more effective than a sugar pill. So how was the myth created? Psychoanalyst Darian Leader traces the irrepressible rise of the multibillion dollar depression industry, while others explore the clinical and cultural impact of Prozac, its perceived personal benefits - and sometimes terrible costs - The Guardian, UK

►February 27, 2008 - What to Do About ADHD in Children? -  A study raises questions about the long-term effectiveness of current treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. - Voice of America

►February 27, 2008 - ADHD: Fatty acid supplements could help - Nutrition Journal via NutritionData

►February 27, 2008 - Glimpsing into the ER of the future - Revamped clinics equipped to handle the biggest (and smallest) disasters - Reuters via MSNBC

►February 27, 2008 - Mom's cleaning products tied to kids' wheezing - Reuters Health

►February 27, 2008 - I Know Why the Polluted Bird Sings - Ladies Are Love-Struck by Hyper-Hormonal Songs of Male Starlings - The Daily Green

►February 27, 2008 - The Smallest of Pollutants Are Linked to Outsize Health Risks - Can steering clear of particles from traffic fumes protect the heart? - U.S. News & World Report

►February 27, 2008 - This flu vaccine is your best shot - New York Daily News

►February 26, 2008 - Sanofi Pasteur Mounts Emergency Response to Yellow Fever Epidemic in Latin America - press release - Sanofi Pasteur via PRNewswire via Earth Times

* ►February 26, 2008 - FDA Data: Antidepressants produce NO Clinically Significant Improvement in Depressed Patients - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►February 26, 2008 - Male Fertility May Be Harmed By Mix Of Endocrine Disrupters -  Technical University of Denmark, via AlphaGalileo via ScienceDaily

►February 26, 2008 - Mumps emerge at the college - Virus is highly contagious - Durango Herald

* ►February 26, 2008 - State will require new vaccinations - News-Record - "Everyone entering sixth grade or turning 12 on or after Aug. 1 must have a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine if he has not had one in five years or more. Individuals enrolling in college or university in North Carolina after July 1 also must receive one."

* ►February 26, 2008 - Mercury leaks found as new bulbs break - Energy benefits of fluorescents may outweigh risk (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "'We found some very high levels [of mercury] even after we tried a number of cleanup techniques,' said Mark Hyland, director of Maine's Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management. He said levels were the lowest if the room was well ventilated after breakage."

►February 26, 2008 - Health officials temporarily waive vaccine for some children - Hattiesburg American

* ►February 26, 2008 - Flu Outbreaks Differ South of the Border - Toronto Globe & Mail via (abstract)

►February 26, 2008 - Combination Vaccine Protects Monkeys from Ebola and Marburg Viruses - American Society for Microbiology via Biocompare

►February 26, 2008 - Brain Activity Linked to the Parental Instinct - Public Library of Science via Biocompare

►February 26, 2008 - Bacterial 'Battle for Survival' Leads to New Antibiotic - Holds promise for treating stomach ulcers - Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Biocompare

►February 26, 2008 - Out-Of-Whack Protein May Boost Parkinson's - University of Florida via Biocompare

►February 26, 2008 - ADHD from a teen's point of view - Contra Costa Times via The Kansas City Star

* ►February 25, 2008 - Learning and Developmental Disabilities Linked to Environmental Toxins - Scientific Consensus Statement of Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders via Health Sentinel

►February 25, 2008 - Notice: Guidance for Industry: Container and Closure System Integrity Testing in Lieu of Sterility Testing as a Component of the Stability Protocol for Sterile Products; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►February 25, 2008 - Silica Smart Bombs Deliver Knock-Out to Bacteria - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill via Biocompare

►February 25, 2008 - CDC Grants, Prevention Programs Receive Cuts In Proposed FY '09 Budget - U.S. Medicine

►February 25, 2008 - High-efficient lightbulbs come with mercury risk (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►February 24, 2008 - Diet change gives hyperactive kids new taste for life in Norway - AFP via Yahoo! - "The group set out to prove a theory by Oslo-based scientist Karl Ludvig Reichelt that a metabolic disorder making it difficult to break down certain proteins, including casein (the protein in milk that makes it possible to make cheese), could cause mental problems like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

►February 24, 2008 - Fire Retardants Linked With Health Problems - kpix tv CBS 5

* ►February 22, 2008 - Adult vaccination coverage levels among users of complementary/alternative medicine--results from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) (pdf) - journal article (BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine) - "Since one-third of CAM users receive practitioner-based therapies, and adult vaccination coverage levels remain below Healthy People 2010 goals, it may be beneficial to work with CAM practitioners to promote adult vaccines as preventive services in keeping with their commitment to maintaining good health. However, before this is undertaken, a thorough understanding of the attitudes and beliefs of CAM practitioners regarding adult vaccination should be assessed."

* ►February 21, 2008 - The gut-brain barrier in major depression: Intestinal mucosal dysfunction with an increased translocation of LPS from gram negative enterobacteria (leaky gut) plays a role in the inflammatory pathophysiology of depression - Neuro Endocrinology Letters via

* ►February 20, 2008 - Stupak Wants to Root Out ‘Cancer’ at Broken FDA - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "His son, who was using Roche’s acne medication Accutane, committed suicide at the age of 17 in 2000. Stupak launched an investigation into possible psychiatric side effects of the drug, even going to FDA headquarters to comb through records personally. At a hearing he held up packaging from the dead teen’s prescription. Stupak says the tragedy isn’t the reason for his FDA probes. If Americans 'knew how little the FDA did to assure the food and drug supply, if the truth ever came out…people would be marching in the street,' he says. 'That’s just one drug. There are many like that.'"

►February 20, 2008 - Geneart is Awarded two US Patents for Successfully Tested HIV Vaccines - press release - Geneart AG via The Earth Times

►February 19, 2008 - Topical Anesthetics in Children CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►February 19, 2008 - Management Principles of Organic Causes of Childhood Constipation (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Pediatric Health Care via Medscape

►February 19, 2008 - Impaired Fetal Growth Linked With Epilepsy Risk (requires registration) - Diabetologia via Reuters Health via Medscape

►February 15, 2008 - Low Vitamin B12 in Pregnancy Linked to Insulin Resistance in Offspring (requires registration) - The American Journal of Epidemiology via Reuters Health via Medscape

►February 15, 2008 - Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care: Results of a Population-Based Case-Control and Case-Crossover Study. - journal article (Spine)

►February 13, 2008 - Risks of Suicide and Poisoning Among Elderly Patients Prescribed Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: A Retrospective Cohort Study. - journal article (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)

►February 12, 2008 - Title: Assays for detection of Bacillus anthracis (patent) - Biosite Incorporated (San Diego, CA) via

* ►February 12, 2008 - Title: Method of enhancing absorptions of transmucosal administration formulations (patent) - The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong SAR, CN) via

►February 12, 2008 - Title: Compositions and methods for treatment of microbial infections (patent) - Immunology Laboratories, Inc. (Birmingham, AL) via

►February 12, 2008 - Title: High-throughput assay for virus entry and drug screening (patent) - The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX) via

►February 12, 2008 - Title: Natural vitamin E compositions with superior antioxidant potency (patent) - Soft Gel Technologies, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) via

►February 1, 2008 - Associations between HPA axis functioning and level of anxiety in children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder - journal article (Depression and Anxiety)

►February 12, 2008 - Shot in the arm - Casper Star-Tribune

►February 1, 2008 - Examination of the decline in symptoms of anxiety and depression in generalized anxiety disorder: impact of anxiety sensitivity on response to pharmacotherapy - journal article (Depression and Anxiety)

* ►February 2008 - Analytic epidemiological information of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. - journal article (Neurologia) - "In spite of the extensive information available, the analytical epidemiology of ALS has still not clarified the etiological factors of the disease. This may be due to the influence of the genetic factors, but also to the variability of the methodological designs. However, the analytical factor that has the greatest consistency is that of exhibition to heavy metals."

* ►February 2008 - Boys - Casualties of the Gender Wars - Right Side News - "Male children are showing deterioration in achievement, lowered acceptance into colleges, increasing diagnosis of various “hyperactivity” or “attention deficit” disorders (with concomitant medication of such alleged “disorders”); and decreasing attendance at school.  Furthermore, reports indicate boys between the ages of 5 and 14 are 200% more likely to commit suicide than are girls, and that, within that age range, boys are 36% more likely to die (of all causes) than their female counterparts."

►February 2008 - Associations between HPA axis functioning and level of anxiety in children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder - journal article (Depression and Anxiety)

►February 2008 - B cell autonomous TLR signaling and autoimmunity - journal article (Autoimmunity Reviews)

►February 2008 - New information about pediatric foodborne infections: the view from FoodNet. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►February 2008 - IL-10 gene polymorphism at -1082 A/G is associated with severe rhinovirus bronchiolitis in infants. - journal article (Pediatric Pulmonology)

►February 2008 - Neonatal hyperglycaemia and abnormal development of the pancreas. -  journal article (Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism)

►February 2008 - Pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease: the central role of TNF-α - journal article (Future Rheumatology)

►February 2008 - Multiple Sclerosis, Cannabinoids, and Cognition - journal article (The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience)

►February 2008 - Preferences for a Patient-Centered Role Orientation: Association with Patient-Information-Seeking Behavior and Clinical Markers of Health - journal article (Annals of Behavioral Medicine)

►February 2008 - Who are the real dons of ‘counterknowledge’? - Damian Thompson’s fiery polemic against conspiracy theories has much to recommend it. But we can’t blame the demise of Enlightenment thinking on diet doctors and Islamists alone. - book review - spiked review of books

►February 2008 - External Peer Review Toxicological Review for Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) Human Health Assessment (pdf) -

►January/March 2008 - The Use of Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii for Diarrhea Management. - journal article (Topics in Clinical Nutrition)

►January/February 2008 - Atopic Dermatitis Among 2-Year Olds; High Prevalence, but Predominantly Mild Disease—The PACT Study, Norway - journal article (Pediatric Dermatology)

►January 2008 - Neurobiological factors linking personality traits and major depression. - journal article (Canadian Journal of Psychiatry)

►2008 - Combined exposure to anti-androgens causes markedly increased frequencies of hypospadias in the rat - journal article (International Journal of Andrology)

►May 2007 - Making bacteria behave: new agonists and antagonists of quorum sensing. - journal article (ACS Chemical Biology)

►March 2007 - Evaluation of the U.S. EPA/OSWER Preliminary Remediation Goal for Perchlorate in Groundwater: Focus on Exposure to Nursing Infants - Environmental Health Perspectives

* ►August 2006 - Altered Vascular Phenotype in Autism: Correlation With Oxidative Stress (full text) - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►September 2005 - The NAS Perchlorate Review: Questions Remain about the Perchlorate RfD - Environmental Health Perspectives

►August 2005 - Assessing the effects of environmental toxicant exposure in developmental epidemiological studies: issues for risk assessment. - journal article (Neurotoxicology)

►December 2004 - Critical effect of perchlorate on neonates is iodide uptake inhibition. - journal article (Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology)

►July 2004 - The US EPA reference dose for methylmercury: sources of uncertainty. - journal article (Environmental Research)

►June 2004 - Connecting the Oceans and Human Health - guest editorial - Environmental Health Perspectives

►October 2003 - Eating tropical fruit reduces mercury exposure from fish consumption in the Brazilian Amazon. - journal article (Environmental Research)

►April 2003 - Blood lead concentration and delayed puberty in girls. - journal article (NEJM)

►March 2003 - Effects of PCB Exposure on Neuropsychological Function in Children - Environmental Health Perspectives

►June 2000 - Workshop to identify critical windows of exposure for children's health: neurobehavioral work group summary. - Environmental Health Perspectives

►June 2000 - Critical periods of vulnerability for the developing nervous system: evidence from humans and animal models. - Environmental Health Perspectives

►June 2000 - Parallels between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioral deficits produced by neurotoxic exposure in monkeys. - Environmental Health Perspectives

►April 1996 - Behavioral effects of lead: commonalities between experimental and epidemiologic data. - Environmental Health Perspectives

►April 1996 - Lessons for neurotoxicology from selected model compounds: SGOMSEC joint report. - Environmental Health Perspectives

►December 1995 - Neurotoxicity of lead, methylmercury, and PCBs in relation to the Great Lakes. - Environmental Health Perspectives

The Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario - website - "The Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario was established by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act on April 25, 2007. The Honourable Stephen Goudge was appointed Commissioner."

HPV Vaccine and Minority Patients (requires registration) - Medscape

‘Paediatrics need mental health professionals’ - Irish Medical News

Social Perception in the Infant Brain: Gamma Oscillatory Activity in Response to Eye Gaze (requires registration) (full text) - Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience via Medscape


Posted March 1, 2008


►March 2, 2008 - Most travellers to Asia fail to get jabs - The West Australian

►March 2, 2008 - Measles still a threat to children’ - Daily Times, Pakistan

►March 2, 2008 - Prozac goes to the dogs - opinion - Sydney Morning Herald

* ►March 2, 2008 - Flood of drugs, little oversight (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

* ►March 2, 2008 - More Families Are Shunning Inoculations (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination, said parents often face a variety of roadblocks when seeking vaccine exemptions in the state. 'We see schools decline letters, or tell parents that clergy must write letters,' she said. 'Parents are being harassed and being asked to do things above and beyond the law.'"

* ►March 1, 2008 - Some want personal vaccine exemption restored in Missouri - AP via - "Sen. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield, said he's considering backing a proposal for a personal exemption. He has headed similar efforts in the past, most recently in 2003. 'I am always open to it,' Loudon said of the idea of a personal exemption. 'I think when a parent does their diligence and has cause for alarm, they should have the authority over government to control the health of their children.' Earlier this month, Loudon refiled a bill that he said should help determine the level of support among legislators for a personal exemption."

* ►March 1, 2008 - David Kirby: Senator McCain: "Strong Evidence" of Autism-Vaccine Link - The Huffington Post

* ►March 1, 2008 - Kim Stagliano: I'm Not Drinking the Kook (I Mean, Kool) Aid - The Huffington Post

* ►March 1, 2008 - Watch ABC News' Dr. Tim Johnson Lie on National TV! - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Boy with Asperger's Forcibly Removed from Home - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Kim Stagliano is Not Drinking the Kook Aid! by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Kent Keckenlively is a Huffpo Pick! - Our own Kent Heckenlively's comment on DK's HuffPo piece HERE  was chosen as a HuffPo Pick! Congrats, Kent! - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Double Big Mac Attack: USS Gerberding Takes On Water! by J.B.Handley - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - David Kirby on Charlottesville Podcasting Network - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Finally! A Vaccine We Can All Get Behind! by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - David Kirby: Sen. McCain Watch Out For Incoming! - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Autism Recovery Video: Biomedical Treatment Works by Ronna Hochbein, OTR/L (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - Critical Mass: John McCain, Thimerosal, The Government's Vaccine/Autism Consession and ABC News - Adventures in Autism

* ►March 1, 2008 - US to award vaccine damage payment - Sunday Herald, UK - "The claim is one of nearly 5000 cases currently pending in the American vaccine 'court', which allege that mercury-containing vaccines resulted in autism. Washington-based attorney Jim Moody, one of the lawyers involved in the cases, told the Sunday Herald the case was scheduled to go to trial in May, but 'to everyone's surprise' the government conceded liability. 'It is also significant they conceded it was causing autism, they could have just said vaccines caused injury or been vague,' he said. 'Never before has our government linked vaccines to autism.'"

* ►March 1, 2008 - Loaded with Mercury - Casual Threats - CounterPunch

►March 1, 2008 - Fetal alcohol syndrome can be as disabling as autism - letter - St. Catharines Standard

* ►March 1, 2008 - Anthrax Ruling to Be Appealed - Judge Dismisses Suit Against Pentagon's Vaccination Policy (requires registration) - Washington Post - "An attorney for six Defense Department employees said yesterday that they will appeal a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's policy of compulsory anthrax vaccinations for certain troops."

►March 1, 2008 - Court: Pentagon can force anthrax vaccine on soldiers -

* ►March 1, 2008 - Judge tosses suit against DOD anthrax vaccinations - Stars and Stripes - "Attorney Mark S. Zaid represents a number of active-duty and Reserve servicemembers who filed a lawsuit in the hopes of making the vaccine program voluntary. But the judge found that the Food and Drug Administration acted appropriately when it found the drug to be safe. 'The court will not substitute its own judgment when the FDA made no clear error of judgment,' wrote Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, of the U.S. District for the District of Columbia. On Friday, Zaid accused the Defense Department of pressuring the FDA to deem the vaccine safe."

►March 1, 2008 - When Good Intentions Turn Evil - Family Security Matters - "Laws with teeth are essential in modern public health. Resisting childhood inoculation can only bring back plagues and children dead before their fifth birthday."

* ►March 1, 2008 - Kids vaccinated for flu after death of 12-year-old -

►March 1, 2008 - Schools back call for shots - Money needed to expand kids' vaccinations - The Patriot-News via - "Harold Pomraning, an acting assistant superintendent at the Cumberland Valley School District, said the recommendation probably would have an impact 'in light of the fact that we've had a lot of flu cases.' His only concern is that he hasn't seen details on how the shots would be administered. 'Is it going to be given by the doctors, or is it the school districts?' he said. If school districts were responsible, 'That'd be a big job,' he said. 'We have thousands of students.'"

►March 1, 2008 - Jury Swiftly Returns Guilty Verdict Against Okla. Man in Slaying of 10-Year-Old Neighbor Girl - AP via AT & T - "Underwood also said such fantasies began about the time he started taking the antidepressant Lexapro. Defense attorneys plan to call witnesses during the penalty phase on his use of the drug."

* ►March 2008 - Migration of mercury from dental amalgam through human teeth - journal article (Journal of Synchrotron Radiation)

* ►February 29, 2008 - Liar, Liar Pants on Fire ABC's Dr. Tim Johnson Should Retire - video - YouTube - "On national TV, ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Tim Johnson fabricates studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated kids and risks of autism. Guess what his 'studies' find?"

* ►February 29, 2008 - John McCain Enters the Autism Wars - Political Punch Blog via ABC News - "At a town hall meeting Friday in Texas, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared that "there’s strong evidence" that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that was once in many childhood vaccines, is responsible for the increased diagnoses of autism in the U.S. -- a position in stark contrast with the view of the medical establishment."

* ►February 29, 2008 - John McCain Enters The Autism Wars - Age of Autism

* ►February 29, 2008 - Autism Triggers Controversy - - "KOMU recently aired a series on autism, and tried to report on all sides of the story, however, some viewers think there should be exceptions. In this series, KOMU received many different viewpoints. Some viewers loved it, other hated it, and two of the harshest critics came from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. They believe that KOMU was irresponsible to air the story on the possibility that autism is triggered by childhood vaccines."

* ►February 29, 2008 - Financial Struggles Plague Families Of Children With Autism - University of Missouri-Columbia via ScienceDaily

* ►February 29, 2008 - Harold Pollack: Vaccines Aren't Behind the Rise in Autism - The Huffington Post - "I have hesitated to wade into this acrimonious public debate. Yet my family has gotten forwarded HuffPo columns that hype the supposed link between vaccines and autism. As a public health researcher and as a caregiver, I take umbrage."

* ►February 29, 2008 - Military wins round for mandatory anthrax vaccination - CNN

* ►February 29, 2008 - Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Now Online - press release - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - "The archives of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine are now posted online. Past issues from 1967 through 2002 are available for downloading, at no charge, at

* ►February 29, 2008 - Outspoken scientist dismissed from panel on chemical safety - Deborah Rice, an award-winning toxicologist, was removed from a group of experts researching a widely-used flame retardant after industry lobbyists complained that she was biased. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►February 29, 2008 - Influenza activity on the rise across tri-county area - Williston Daily Herald

* ►February 29, 2008 - Measles cases increase by 31% - MMR uptake must improve, says the Health Protection Agency (HPA) after measles cases increased by 31 per cent in a year. - Healthcare Republic

* ►February 29, 2008 - MMR jab uptake levels 'lower than needed for herd immunity' - GPs and nurses should 'take every opportunity' to offer the MMR jab, after latest research highlighted that uptake levels are below those needed for herd immunity. - Healthcare Republic - "Lead researcher Dr David Elliman, a consultant in community child health at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, said: ‘GPs should take every opportunity to give the MMR jab to children whenever they present at the surgery.'"

* ►February 29, 2008 - MMR opt-out children not given jabs - The Press Association via Skegness Today - "Many parents opting for single measles, mumps and rubella jabs for their children are failing to ensure they receive all three, research suggests. A study found that 74% of parents who chose not to give their child MMR - and either opted for single jabs or left their child unimmunised - made a 'conscious decision' on the issue. But 48% of children given single vaccines, which are unlicensed in the UK, did not receive all three jabs."

* ►February 29, 2008 - CDC to destroy oldest smallpox vaccine - AP via The Herald

* ►February 29, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Newly Licensed Smallpox Vaccine to Replace Old Smallpox Vaccine - MMWR/CDC - "CDC has begun distribution of a new-generation smallpox vaccine, ACAM2000™ (Acambis, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts), to civilian laboratory personnel, the military, and state public health preparedness programs. ACAM2000 is a live, vaccinia virus smallpox vaccine that was licensed for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2007 (1).* ACAM2000 will be replacing Dryvax® smallpox vaccine (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Marietta, Pennsylvania) because of withdrawal of the Dryvax license. ACAM2000 is a live vaccinia virus derived from plaque purification cloning from Dryvax. The safety data available from the ACAM2000 clinical trials indicate a similar safety profile to Dryvax. Wyeth intends to withdraw the Dryvax license and asks that all remaining quantities of vaccine held by civilian and military users be quarantined by February 29, 2008, for the purpose of destruction. This withdrawal is not necessitated by any safety, purity, or quality concerns with the product but rather is consistent with a contract agreement between CDC and Wyeth.† All lots of Dryvax vaccine will expire on February 29, 2008, and should not be used after that date."

►February 29, 2008 - Human Rabies --- Alberta, Canada, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - Perceived Insufficient Rest or Sleep --- Four States, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - Outbreak of Measles --- San Diego, California, January--February 2008 - MMWR/CDC - "On February 22, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website"

►February 29, 2008 - Notice to Readers: National Sleep Awareness Week, March 3--9, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years* Who Reported an Average of <6 Hours of Sleep† per 24-Hour Period, by Sex and Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1985 and 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - Notice to Readers: World Kidney Day --- March 13, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Epidemiology in Action Course - MMWR/CDC

►February 29, 2008 - Lilly prepares for its day in court over Zyprexa - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►February 29, 2008 - FDA Issues Not-Approvable Letter For Lilly's Zyprexa(R) Long-Acting Injection (LAI) For Schizophrenia Treatment - Eli Lilly and Company via Medical News Today

►February 29, 2008 - The Missed Diagnosis - Celiac Disease by Dr. James Howenstine, MD. -

►February 29, 2008 - Panel recommends flu vaccine be given to nearly all children - Waco Tribune Herald

* ►February 29, 2008 - Las Vegas clinic accused of reusing syringes faces lawsuit - Former patients tested for HIV - AP via San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►February 29, 2008 - Some kids still get chickenpox despite vaccine availability -

►February 29, 2008 - The Cholesterol Con -- Where Were the Doctors? - For years, medical studies have challenged the efficacy of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Why are we just hearing about this now? - AlterNet

►February 29, 2008 - Generics Slow Rise of Drug Spending - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►February 29, 2008 - No one ready for next crisis, nurses warn - Workers and system unprepared for outbreaks, disasters, researchers told - Ottawa Citizen via - "The study, to be released today, began about two years after the SARS outbreak of 2003 claimed 44 lives in the Toronto area."

►February 29, 2008 - Orphans of the health system - Children with emotional, mental or behavioural problems get little help - The Record

►February 29, 2008 - What's in a Million? Less Mercury - U.S. EPA

* ►February 29, 2008 - Judge orders homeschoolers into government education - Court: Family's religious beliefs 'no evidence' of 1st Amendment violation - WorldNetDaily

* ►February 28, 2008 - Heparin: Who's in Charge Here? - GoozNews

* ►February 28, 2008 - Twists in Chain of Supplies for Blood Drug (requires registration) - The New York Times - "With reports of more than 400 patients in the United States suffering serious complications after receiving the blood-thinner heparin, American investigators are trying to determine whether the raw material for the drug, made from pig intestines, became contaminated on the journey that begins in the slaughterhouses of China."

* ►February 28, 2008 - China Puts Drug-Safety Onus on Buyers (free content) - Wall Street Journal - "China's drug-safety agency, responding to questions about oversight of an exported blood-thinning compound, said checks of pharmaceutical ingredients made in China are ultimately the responsibility of countries that buy them."

* ►February 28, 2008 - FDA Calls for More Foreign-Drug Inspectors (free content) - AP via Wall Street Journal

* ►February 28, 2008 - David Kirby: Federal government concedes autism-mercury link in one case (includes audio) - Charlottesville Podcasting Network

* ►February 28, 2008 - CDC Vaccine Committee Recommends More Shots for Children - National Autism Association Asks Again for Removal of Toxic Mercury from Vaccines - press release - National Autism Association - "An estimated 80% to 90% of this year’s flu vaccine supply contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, even though the shots can be manufactured in mercury-free formulas. Most flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury, an amount considered unsafe for people weighing less than 550 lbs."

* ►February 28, 2008 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter

CDC Committee Vote on Flu Vaccine Endangers Children to Age 18 by Barbara Loe Fisher

Without scientific evidence that it is both safe and effective to repeatedly administer influenza vaccine to children, the members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices(ACIP) voted yesterday (Feb. 28) to vaccinate all infants and children up to age 18 with influenza vaccine every year. %0A The vote came in the middle of a flu season that has seen widespread outbreaks of type A and type B strains of influenza that were not included in this year's influenza vaccine. A report out of Canada last fall indicated that influenza vaccine strains contained in last year's vaccines appeared to be mutating.

The questionable safey and efficacy of influenza vaccine has been a subject of controversy for decades, despite the insistence by the drug industry and doctors selling the vaccine and government health officials promoting its use that most Americans should get a flu shot every year. Often public health officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) and in the U.S. fail to choose the right influenza strains for the vaccine.

In the past few years, comprehensive reviews of influenza vaccine studies published in the medical literature revealed a stunning lack of scientific support for the safety and effectiveness of giving influenza vaccine to not only children but also to the elderly The truth is that (1) only 20 percent of all respiratory flu-like illness in a normal flu season is, in fact influenza, and misdiagnosis often occurs; (2) the CDC has never provided published documentation that 36,000 Americans die from actual influenza every year versus respiratory illness that looks like influenza but is not; (3) there is little scientific evidence that influenza vaccine works or is safe for anyone; (4) government policies targeting all infants and children for annual flu vaccination may well endanger the long term health of this and future generations of children by atypically manipulating the immune system with repeated vaccination in an attempt to prevent all natural experience with type A or type B influzenza; and (5) these misguided flu vaccine policies could not only weaken the ability of future generations to experience and successfully heal from a bout with the flu without severe complications or death but also could put pressure on influenza viruses to mutate into more virulent, vaccine resistent forms that will cause future virulent epidemics in populations.

The majority of the American public, including doctors and nurses, refuse to get a flu shot every year despite the millions of dollars spent by the pharmaceutical industry and taxpayer money spent by the CDC to vigorously promote its use. Recently, there have been calls by doctors advocating a cradle to the grave approach to vaccination that would require all 300 million Americans to get an annual flu shot.

The drug companies selling flu vaccine have one goal: making profit on the millions of doses of vaccine produced every year rather than throwing it away because of poor uptake. CDC officials, eager to help the drug companies out, keep issuing ever widening recommendations to qualify more Americans for getting a flu shot. What began as an effort decades ago to protect those over 65 from complications of influenza that can be deadly for the elderly, has become a boondoggle for drug companies selling and doctors making profit on administering influenza vaccine to everyone, including babies, children and adults.

For the past four decades, every time the CDC has recommended a vaccine for "universal use" by children, those "recommendations" are translated into vaccine laws at the state level. Last year, New Jersey became the first state to mandate influenza vaccine for children as a requirement for attending school. Most states now require nearly three dozen doses vaccines that the CDC has "recommended."

The majority of Americans may not want to get a flu shot every year but the time is soon approaching when they will have no choice. Strident calls by vaccine makers, administrators and policymakers for more vaccine mandates and societal punishments for refusing to comply (" No shots - no education, no health insurance, no job) are paving the way for the day when rolling up your sleeve for a flu shot will become as mandatory and punishable as drinking and driving.

Increasingly, the CDC is guilty of endangering the public health, not protecting it. There is no excuse for issuing vaccine policies not supported by scientific data. The only recourse the public has is to change vaccine laws in the states to allow exemptions for conscientious and religious beliefs, as well as widen the medical exemption to allow enlightened doctors to exempt those with health conditions that are not acknowledged by the CDC as a reason for deferring vaccination. If vaccine laws cannot be made more flexible by allowing wider exemptions, then the day will come when the public will have no choice but to work for the repeal of all vaccine laws.

The National Vaccine Information Center remains committed to working to insert vaccine safety and informed consent protections in vaccine laws in America.


* ►February 28, 2008 - Government Concludes Vaccines Caused Autism - press release - National Autism Association

* ►February 28, 2008 - Meningitis Latest - WCIA-3 via - "We know that one victim was vaccinated... Before she came down with what can be a deadly disease. She is now recovering. The other victim is in critical condition."

►February 28, 2008 - Flu may have killed elementary teacher - Lee's Summit Journal

* ►February 28, 2008 - Scientists Closing In On Meningitis Vaccine - Evening Post via This is Bristol, UK - "Researchers in the city are progressing well on a vaccine that will protect against all strains of meningitis. Teams from Southmead Hospital and Bristol University are working on the study with £35,000 of funding they received in 2004....Rather than developing an injection, the team is looking to produce a nasal spray using their research."

►February 28, 2008 - Insulin resistance tied to hepatitis C infection - Reuters India

►February 28, 2008 - Nexium Approved for Kids - The Food and Drug Administration has approved use of the drug Nexium in children aged 1 to 11 who have acid reflux disease. - AP via

* ►February 27, 2008 - CDC pushes flu shots for toddlers to teens - Houston Chronicle - "'(Vaccinating all children) is a waste of money and resources because the vaccine isn't that effective,' said Dawn Richardson, president of the Austin-based Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education, a group that opposes universal vaccinations. She said she also worries about side effects of the flu shot."

* ►February 27, 2008 - Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Personnel Remain Well Below National Goal - press release - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases via PRNewswire via The Earth Times

►February 27, 2008 - Uganda: Kitgum Killer Water Pots That Spread Hepatitis E - The Monitor (Kampala) via

►February 27, 2008 - Adventures with Hepatitis A - The Georgetown Independent

►February 27, 2008 - Measle cases rocket in Coventry - icCoventry

* ►February 26, 2008 - US Government Concedes Vaccines Cause Autism - press release (pdf) - CoMeD Inc. via

►February 26, 2008 - Chicken pox fears eased - Gulf Daily News - "She said that Bahrain does not plan to introduce a vaccination against chicken pox as part of its public health programme, however, private hospitals and clinics all over the country were free to administer the vaccine to children. 'It seems there are a lot of cases of this extremely contagious condition, but there is nothing to worry about,' said Dr Al Mousawi."

►February 26, 2008 - Senate's Plan to Ban Aspartame 'Deferred': Health Committee Passes The Buck to the FDA - Hawaii Reporter

►February 19, 2008 - Global Flu Pandemic Would Probably Kill 62m, Study Says - The Guardian via

* ►February 12, 2008 - Recent Autism Studies Do Little to Vindicate Vaccines - Associated Content

►February 10, 2008 - Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain - Cutting the connection between sweets and calories may confuse the body, making it harder to regulate intake - American Psychological Association via

►February 6, 2008 - Despite Risks, Vitamins Popular With Cancer Patients (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 1, 2008 - Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Use Among US Adults After Cancer Diagnosis: A Systematic Review - journal article (Journal of Clinical Oncology)

►February 2008 - Epidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis: From Risk Factors to Prevention - journal article (Seminars in Neurology)

►February 2008 - Autism Research Institute Newsletter -

►January 3, 2008 - WSJ Columnist's Tepid Endorsement of Vaccine AMC Repeats Some Tired Canards - Global Health Policy

►December 31, 2007 - Using the Market to Bring Vaccines to the Poor. Or Not. - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

Autism Inquiry - Senator Jim Munson, Government of Canada

Get Nate Home - our children belong to us - website - "Ilya and Riva Tseglin's 17 year old son Nate, (diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome) was handcuffed and removed from their loving home.  His only crime is his medical condition."

Project Help Heal Chase - YouTube

Help Heal Chase Part 2 - YouTube

Cooties - Speak to your kids about cooties...before cooties speaks to them first. - YouTube

Vaccine Myths Episode 1 - Episode 1 in a multi-part series dedicated to dispelling myths on You Tube regarding vaccines. - YouTube

NJ Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination - website

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Electric Blanket and EMFs -


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