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All the News Posted April 1-3, 2009

Posted April 3, 2009


* ►April 15, 2009 - Merck to merge with Schering-Plough - JAVMA News via American Veterinary Medical Association

►April 4, 2009 - Human virus blamed for death of chimp at Lincoln Park Zoo - Officials say it's unclear how 9-year-old Kipper was exposed to illness (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "The virus was identified, Thompson said, as hMPV [human metapneumovirus], known to cause pneumonia, bronchiolitis and flulike illness."

►April 4, 2009 - Vaccination best bet against whooping cough, say experts - Times of India

►April 4, 2009 - Screening cervical cancer early - Daily News & Analysis, India

►April 4, 2009 - Seminar for MoH officers - Daily News, Sri Lanka - "Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has ordered a one day seminar for MoH officers attached to all 350 MoH offices to strengthen the national immunisation program as recommended in the WHO report on the death of a schoolgirl from Matara who died after administering Rubella vaccine, a ministry spokesman said."

* ►April 4, 2009 - Still Overlooking Autistic Adults (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Question: What coming social expenditure will cost more than a third of this year's budget for the Department of Health and Human Services and be larger than the entire current budget of the Energy Department? Answer: The bill for the tide of autistic children entering adulthood over the next 15 years, an estimated $27 billion annually in current, non-inflation-adjusted dollars by the end of that period. The number of autistic children expected to need extensive adult services by 2023 -- more than 380,000 people -- is roughly equal to the population of Minneapolis."

►April 4, 2009 - Autism Open House displays open faces - Sapian Tribune

►April 4, 2009 - Egyptian Boy Contracts Bird Flu - Xinhua via

►April 4, 2009 - It is feared bird flu could become more frightening - Jakarta Post

* ►April 4, 2009 - Bennett bill would let parents choose vaccination schedule - Bradenton Herald - "Bennett and his staff have researched the vaccine issue and he claims that in 1983, when babies got 10 shots at birth, the incidence of autism was one in 10,000 infants. In 2008, Bennett said, the health departments now require 36 shots and the rate of autism is one in 150. 'It’s mind-boggling, yet doctors want to fight this,” Bennett said. “I think drug manufacturers are afraid of the real facts coming out because of potential lawsuits from parents of autistic children.'"

* ►April 4, 2009 - Scientist ill from dengue virus - Dengue fever claimed its first victim outside the sub-tropics when a Brisbane-based scientist fell ill while working on concentrated strains of the virus. - The Australian

* ►April 4, 2009 - Rubella Controversy - The Island, Sri Lanka - "The tragic death of the school girl following the injection of rubella vaccine could have been prevented if the medical officer or the nurse did not ignore the letter shown by the victim’s mother to the medical office or the nurse. Whenever the parents inform the doctor (or nurse) that -the - patient is allergic to certain drugs and items of food, it is gross negligence on the part of the doctor (or the nurse) to administer the parenteral injection. ... I wonder whether a sensitivity test could have prevented death of the victim."

* ►April 4, 2009 - Deafness after mumps more common than thought - Reuters India - ""Deafness is a rare but important complication of mumps virus infection," the researchers note in a report in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. ... Among 7400 children who took hearing tests after the onset of mumps, 7, or 0.1 percent, had confirmed hearing loss.

* ►April 4, 2009 - Review of vaccination campaign - Otago Daily Times - "The Ministry of Health is reviewing material it is using to promote the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV) campaign following concerns a DVD it is showing in schools is unbalanced, misleading and based on fear. Federation of Women's Health Councils co-conveners Barbara Beckford and Barbara Robson say the DVD makes the claim the vaccine will prevent cervical cancer when the long-term evidence proving that is not available. The federation and Women's Health Action are also critical of the absence of information in the DVD about the ongoing role of cervical screening, if the vaccine is proven successful."

* ►April 4, 2009 - Review requested into HPV programme - Newstalk ZB - "There is trouble brewing over the way schools are handling the campaign to vaccinate teenage girls against cervical cancer. The Privacy Commissioner is looking into complaints schools have been handing over personal information to District Health Boards, without notification or consent. The Women's Health Action Trust wants an urgent review of the programme, with Trust Director Jo Fitzpatrick saying privacy guidelines are in place, and serious questions need to be asked about why they have been ignored."

* ►April 4, 2009 - Privacy authority joins inquiry - Manawatu Standard via - "The Privacy Commission will investigate how schools released schoolgirls' contact details as part of the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination programme."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Stop School-based Hpv Immunization Programme For Urgent Review - - "Women's Health Action is also calling for an urgent review of all promotional materials about the vaccine developed for the school based programme. The DVD being used in schools talks about informed choice but information is biased towards encouraging young women to vaccinate. For example, it fails to mention that New Zealand has a world class cervical screening programme and that screening identifies pre-cancerous cell changes so they can be treated. It also fails to mention that young women must still have regular cervical screening whether or not they receive the vaccine because the vaccine does not protect against all strains of the cancer causing virus. 'This is a vital piece of information and if young women think that they are 'protected for life' by the vaccine then we could see more than 60 women a year dying of cervical cancer twenty years from now. ' said Ms Fitzpatrick. Young women are saying that the 'information' video is scary and our assessment of the programme materials is that they are one sided and coercive. Parents are saying that the pressure for them to sign the consent forms is enormous. 'The use of 'fear' and coercive tactics to promote a vaccine is unacceptable, and the reports starting to surface about the implementation of the HPV vaccination programme are very concerning' says Jo Fitzpatrick of Women's Health Action."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Calls for urgent review of HPV vaccination - NZPA via

* ►April 3, 2009 - Singapore urges caution on cervical cancer vaccine shots - AFP via - "Dr Balaji, a surgeon and former senior minister of state for health, told a meeting of cancer specialists there were concerns from clinical as well as ethical standpoints. 'We do not know if the vaccine will confer long-term immunity or would immunity wane after some years'" he said in a speech to the Asian Oncology Summit. 'We do not know if other types of HPV will become dominant after we contain the current strains of HPV.'"

►April 3, 2009 - Cancer jab not a must yet - Straits Times - "Singapore should observe how national cervical cancer vaccination programmes in countries like the United Kingdom turn out before making a decision, he said."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Autism and Vaccines Around The World: Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates and Under 5 Mortality - AUTISM AND VACCINES AROUND THE WORLD: Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality View the entire study HERE. Generation Rescue, Inc. April 2009 - Age of Autism

* ►April 3, 2009 - CNN Larry King Live - No Scientific Link Between Autism and Vaccinations - Aired April 3, 2009 - 21:00   ET - transcript -

* ►April 3, 2009 - From CNN Live! - Age of Autism

* ►April 3, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Dr. Kartzinel, JB Handley, Stan Kurtz on Larry King Live Tonight By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►April 3, 2009 - LKL Blog Exclusive: Autism is Preventable and Reversible - LKL Blog Exclusive by J.B. Handley, founder of Generation Rescue. J.B. will be our guest tonight on LKL, in addition to Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey. The thoughts and comments expressed by J.B. Handley in this LKL Blog exclusive commentary are his own. - Larry King Live Blogs

* ►April 3, 2009 - Carly Fleischmann’s Exclusive Blog for Larry King Live (Join the discussion w/ Carly!) - Larry King Live Blogs

* ►April 3, 2009 - Autism is Preventable and Reversible. Watch Autism Yesterday Here. Age of Autism is pleased to host the web-based premiere of Autism Yesterday, a 26-minute documentary exploring autism recovery through the stories of 5 families. By J.B. Handley (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►April 3, 2009 - Parents United Against Autism Appeal: The Somali MN Autism Epidemic By: Abdulkadir Khalif - Age of Autism

* ►April 3, 2009 - 150 Empty Strollers Drive Home Impact of Autism - NBC New York - "The 150 strollers lined up in Central Park dramatized the ravages of a disease that has no cure. The 150 strollers were symbolic -- designed to drive home the impact of autism on America as we observed World Autism Day."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Read it: 'Healing and Preventing Autism’ - book review - Fort Worth Star-Telegram - "Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide (Dutton, $26.95) is a hopeful manual for parents and healthcare providers. The authors are pediatrician Jerry Kartzinel and actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was successfully treated by Kartzinel."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Martin J. Walker on the UK GMC Hearing: This Contemptuous Hearing By Martin J. Walker - Age of Autism

►April 3, 2009 - CMU Student's Robot Aiding In Studies Of Children With Autism - Keepon Robot Connecting With Children -

►April 3, 2009 - Autism coverage, other bills die in Senate - West Virginia Public Broadcasting

►April 3, 2009 - Autism wars - can autism be cured (part three) -

►April 3, 2009 - Missing 10-Year-Old Autistic Boy Found - KPTV Portland

►April 3, 2009 - Vaccinations cause what? - Beausejour Review

►April 3, 2009 - Expert: Amalgam fillings considered safe - United Press International

* ►April 3, 2009 - Merck CEO Calls On Pharma to Repair its ‘Trust Deficit’ - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "To the applause of fellow drug-company officials today, Merck CEO Dick Clark told executives that the industry needs to fix its 'trust deficit' with the public. ... Clark sounded an image-restoring call to arms at a conference in San Antonio sponsored by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry trade association known as PhRMA."

* ►April 3, 2009 - FDA Warns Drug Firms Over Internet Ads - Wall Street Journal

* ►April 3, 2009 - Lilly wins appeal on $65M drug verdict - AP via Indianapolis Business Journal - "Eli Lilly and Co. today won an appeal that overturns a $65.2 million verdict won in 2006 by Massachusetts-based Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. over royalties on Lilly’s drugs Evista and Xigris."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Pfizer, Nigeria Agree on Settlement Over Drug Cases - Bloomberg

►April 3, 2009 - Pfizer Will Get Closer U.S. Review of Wyeth Purchase - Bloomberg - "Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, announced in January that it planned to buy Wyeth to get access to the Madison, New Jersey-based company’s pipeline of experimental medicines, vaccines, and over-the-counter products."

►April 3, 2009 - FDA warns on Tysabri, Plavix promotional links - Reuters

►April 3, 2009 - CDC promotes partnerships in emergency response - United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via ReliefWeb

* ►April 3, 2009 - U.S. Adults 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, According to New Report - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Calls for Increased Immunization Rates among Adults; Launches Comprehensive Web site to Educate Public, Healthcare Providers - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) via PRNewswire - "NFID's adult immunization initiative is made possible through unrestricted educational grants to NFID from GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, sanofi pasteur and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals."

* ►April 3, 2009 - DelSite files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy - Dallas Business Journal - "The Irving-based drug development company formerly known as Carrington Laboratories Inc. said in a statement that its board chose to liquidate the firm after it failed to raise additional money to develop a bird flu vaccine."

►April 3, 2009 - Mumps 'epidemic' affects students - An epidemic of mumps has broken out in South Yorkshire with students at two universities bearing the brunt of the wave of illness. - BBC

* ►April 3, 2009 - $30 million Bill Gates Foundation grant funds malnutrition research - University researchers will examine three hypotheses in study, seek to improve treatments - The Cavalier Daily

* ►April 3, 2009 - New Tufts vet lab to study insect-borne diseases - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - "The new insectary’s 450 square feet will potentially handle ticks, but also mites, lice, fleas, mosquitoes and bed bugs, said Telford. It will also house caged animals used in the research. Such a biosafety level 3 lab is needed to study arthropod-borne infections safely and find vaccines and cures. “Literally, there are several hundred arthropod viruses,” he said. “There are 10 different kinds within arthropods that bite humans or animals in Massachusetts, and of those, four are classified as biosafety level 3 agents, including West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.”

►April 3, 2009 - Pennsylvania Resolution Aims to Increase Celiac Disease Awareness Statewide - via News Blaze

►April 3, 2009 - At $18 Million, Abbott CEO’s Pay Tops Pfizer, Merck, J&J Chiefs - The Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►April 3, 2009 - S-Nitrosylation of Drp1 Mediates β-Amyloid-Related Mitochondrial Fission and Neuronal Injury - Science Magazine

* ►April 3, 2009 - Urgent: Support AB 1478: Freedom to Choose Our Medical Remedies - Rocklin & Roseville Today

* ►April 3, 2009 - The Kennedy Krieger Institute will commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) - Newswise via Chronicle

►April 3, 2009 - Quick Look: Central Nervous System - It is perhaps fitting, if not entirely coincidental, that the month that we chose to focus on the important areas of the central nervous system and pain, also coincides with Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. - PharmiWeb

►April 3, 2009 - Adds Autism Expert Cindy Golden as Expert Contributor - PR-USA/Net

►April 3, 2009 - Hard To Treat Diseases (HTDS) Offers Hepatitis A Vaccine in India - press release - Hard To Treat Diseases (HTDS) via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 3, 2009 - More on the science of the influenza "cytokine storm" - Effect Measure via ScienceBlogs

* ►April 3, 2009 - Legislature OK's flu vaccine bill - AP via - "Pharmacists would be able to continue administering flu vaccines under legislation that cleared the Georgia Legislature. The 'Access to Flu Vaccines Act' received final passage on Friday. It allows doctors to enter into agreements with pharmacists and registered nurses to order and dispense the shots without each one needing a separate prescription."

►April 3, 2009 - Nine-year-old dies of meningitis - A nine-year-old girl from County Down has died in hospital from meningitis, it has emerged. - BBC

* ►April 3, 2009 - Pennsylvania State Department of Health and Allegheny County Health Department Confirm Four Cases of Measles in Southwest Region - Departments Urge Public to Self-Report Suspected Measles - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Health via PRNewswire

►April 3, 2009 - 4th measles case linked to Pittsburgh hospital - AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

►April 3, 2009 - Four cases of measles confirmed at Welsh schools - Western Mail via WalesOnline

►April 3, 2009 - Stockton measles scare prompts urgent call to parents - Evening Gazette, UK

►April 3, 2009 - Breaking: Mumps outbreak at universities - Sheffield Telegraph, UK

* ►April 3, 2009 - Window closing on chance to push polio ‘The Final Inch’ towards eradication (includes video) - UNICEF - "‘The Final Inch’ debuted on 1 April on the US cable television network HBO, which will re-broadcast the documentary on World Health Day, 7 April. The film will also be streamed lived on and"

►April 3, 2009 - Dendreon shares jump ahead of Provenge data - Reuters - "If the trial succeeds, the vaccine could become the first approved cancer immunotherapy, meaning a drug to fight cancer by stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells."

►April 3, 2009 - Q & A: The latest on valley fever research - Bakersfield Californian - "Q: What are the biggest hurdles to developing a vaccine for valley fever?  A: "The greatest difficulty, ultimately, will be getting it manufactured and getting it through the regulatory jungle to be approved. Vaccines are far more difficult to get approved than medicines ... because of the large number of people refusing to be vaccinated. There's a lot of new age philosophy against vaccines. Vaccines, in general, have become an issue. You've read about autism being caused by childhood vaccination. It's a bunch of nonsense but there's a widely held and growing negative perception about vaccines. And when people pay attention, the politicians have to pay attention. As a result, insurance requirements are much heavier and that ultimately raises the purchase price when it becomes available."

►April 3, 2009 - VA Continues Notification Process for Veterans Affected by Reprocessing Issues - press release - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced 3,174 Veterans have already been notified of the results of testing they underwent recently; that testing was conducted because of improperly reprocessed endoscopy equipment that may have been used in their care."

►April 3, 2009 - Tom Kollars' Invention May Save Millions Of Lives: ProVector - - "ProVector M, the second model of the ProVector, kills only the malaria parasite within the mosquito and not the mosquito, leaving the mosquito to carry out its ecological function without infecting humans."

* ►April 3, 2009 - Perchlorate found in infant formula -- CDC (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 3, 2009 - Kraft found salmonella last year, official says - Pistachios in a snack mix said to have tested positive six months ago - AP via MSNBC

►April 3, 2009 - Risk Considered Low After Mercury Spill At Thrift Store - WBNS 10TV

►April 3, 2009 - Maine lawmakers air mercury bills - AP via - "A bill in the Maine Legislature would require fluorescent light bulb manufacturers to set up recycling programs to keep mercury out of the environment."

►April 3, 2009 - Crist asks EPA, CDC for help with Chinese drywall - AP via FOX29 WFLX TV

►April 3, 2009 - Learning about treating pets and keeping rabies out of Britain - The Telegraph, UK

►April 3, 2009 - Horse owners: vaccinate those animals now - Asheville Citizen-Times

* ►April 3, 2009 - Case Style: Russell Bruesewitz v. Wyeth Inc. f/k/a Wyeth Laboratories, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc. Wyeth Lederle, Wyeth Lederle Vaccines and Lederle Laboratories -

* ►April 2, 2009 - Court Rules Against Lawsuits Over Vaccine Injuries - Says federal law preempts claims of design defects - Consumer Affairs - "The Third Circuit ruled last week that children who allege injuries caused by vaccines can't pursue design defect claims, since Congress explicitly prohibited such suits in an attempt to shield manufacturers from liability. The decision, announced in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth Home Products Corp., is at odds with a previous state court decision, signaling that the issue may eventually find itself before the Supreme Court. ... The Third Circuit decision affirmed the district court's dismissal of Bruesewitz's suit, in which District Court Judge Michael Baylson held that the Vaccine Act 'represents part of a comprehensive statutory scheme which pre-empts all design defect claims brought under state tort law.'  The suit was brought by the parents of 17-year-old Hannah Bruesewitz, who alleged that DPT shots were responsible for her residual seizure disorder and serious developmental delay. DPT is a combination of three vaccines used to inoculate against whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria, an upper respiratory tract illness. Bruesewitz received three DPT shots within six months of her birth, and subsequently suffered a string of seizures."

* ►April 2, 2009 - 3rd Circuit: Kids Hurt by Vaccines Can't Pursue Design Defect Claims - Ruling could prompt U.S. Supreme Court to take up significant pre-emption case involving drug product liability - The Legal Intelligencer via - "Hannah Bruesewitz was born in October 1991 and was given doses of the DPT vaccine at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months. After the third DPT shot, she suffered a series of seizures and doctors later diagnosed her as having residual seizure disorder and developmental delay. In the suit, Bruesewitz's parents claim that, before their daughter received the vaccine, the reporting system created by Congress had uncovered two child deaths and 66 serious injuries associated with the same vaccine lot administered to Hannah. But the suit alleges that Wyeth never warned either Hannah's parents or her doctor about the serious problems with the vaccine. In dismissing the suit, Baylson concluded that Congress explicitly intended to prohibit any suits against vaccine manufacturers for design defect claims. In passing the Vaccine Act, Baylson said, Congress intended to apply the immunity for unavoidably unsafe products outlined in comment k of the Restatement (Second) of Torts Section 402A across the board to bar all design defect claims, whether sounding in negligence or strict liability, against vaccines covered by the law. 'An FDA-approved vaccine design includes the side-effects of that vaccine, and is therefore, by statutory definition, the unavoidably unsafe product subject to comment k immunity,' Baylson wrote."

* ►April 2, 2009 - WHO team recommends new conditions for immunization vaccines : Rubella vaccination program to be recommenced soon - Asian Tribune - "The three member World Heath Organisation team of Doctors which was in Sri Lanka on the invitation of Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva following the Rubella catastrophe, has recommended that the innoculations have to be done under the supervision of an MBBS qualified doctor."

►April 2, 2009 - WHO team releases their final report on Sri Lanka's Rubella tragedy - Colombo Page

* ►April 2, 2009 - En Route to Final Passage, House and Senate Reject GOP Alternatives to Democrats' FY 2010 Budget Blueprints - Capitol Hill Reports - "Richard Burr (R-NC) - Calls for the development of biodefense medical countermeasures by fully funding the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority in a fiscally responsible manner."

* ►April 2, 2009 - AACAP And AAP Advocate Removal Of Financial Barriers To Children's Mental Health Services - AACAP via Medical News Today

* ►April 2, 2009 - Testing cancer vaccines - Report identifies more than 800 new medicines - Denver Daily News - "The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) yesterday delivered a new report, 'Medicines in Development for Cancer 2009,' saying that 861 new cancer medicines and vaccines are currently being tested in human clinical trials or are awaiting approval by the FDA."

►April 2, 2009 - Fulton County jury awards $2.3 million in case of botched circumcision -

* ►April 2, 2009 - To immunize or not? - The Press Democrat - "Dr. Carlisle Holland, a Sebastopol osteopath, defended parental choice. “Vaccination is not benign,” he said, describing it as “an insult to the immune system” intended to strengthen its resistance to disease. “I don’t think that parents who refuse vaccinations altogether are crazy,” he said. Generally, Holland said, families and physicians should determine which vaccinations each child needs and when they should be administered. “Trying to make one size fit all (through the standard inoculation schedule) is lousy medicine,” he said."

* ►April 2, 2009 - NIH releases the first research plan to reduce the burden of digestive diseases - NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases via EurekAlert!

►April 2, 2009 - Large Number Of New Prions Discovered: Scientists Redefining What It Means To Be A Prion - Special proteins known as prions, which are perhaps best known as the agents of mad cow and other neurodegenerative diseases, can also serve as an important source of beneficial variation in nature. Whitehead Institute researchers have quintupled the number of identifiable prion proteins in yeast and have further clarified the role prions play in the inheritance of both beneficial and detrimental traits. - Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►April 2, 2009 - Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Mitochondrial Damage - Science Magazine via News Blaze

* ►April 2, 2009 - The Developmental Disabilities Institute Empowers Long Islanders on World Autism Day -

* ►April 2, 2009 - Rare Disease Treatment Could Deliver AIDS Breakthrough (includes video) - - "What we don't know about the drug is if it works," said Dr. Hastings. "How much do we give and how frequently? We're just starting with the protocol." The twins will get intravenous Cyclodextrin every week or so. Ultimately, doctors hope to develop a sort of portable pump that can deliver it directly, twenty four hours a day. The twins' are thrilled that the treatment might give their girls a fighting chance at surviving their battle with Niemann Pick Disorder. "I feel such a relief to even have something to try that's even a glimmer of hope," said Chris Hempel. The AIDS preventive, instead of being intravenous, could be a cream as cheap as ten cents a dose, that people worldwide could use. "We hope to be doing trials in humans very soon," said Dr. Hildreth."

►April 2, 2009 - Your guide to NIH stimulus funds (requires registration) - The Scientist

►April 2, 2009 - Early indicators for parents concerned with autism - examiner

* ►April 2, 2009 - Manchester Airport Launches Free Autism Guide, England - National Autistic Society via Medical News Today

►April 2, 2009 - Hospital services vary widely across U.S. - Reuters

►April 2, 2009 - Hyperbaric Therapy May Improve Autism Symptoms (requires registration) - BMC Pediatrics via Medscape Medical News

* ►April 2, 2009 - Bill on small school districts advances - Northwest Arkansas News Service - "Senate Bill 913 by Sen. Mary Anne Salmon, D-North Little Rock, which goes to the House, would require health plans to provide coverage up to a maximum annual benefit of $50,000 for diagnosis and treatment. Such disorders include autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Salmon told senators that an estimated 2,459 children in Arkansas under the age of 10 are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. The estimated cost to society of caring for these children through adulthood is $7.8 billion, but the coverage provided through this bill could reduce that cost by as much as $3.6 billion, she said. Providing therapy and treatment to these children would turn them into productive citizens, she said. It's estimated that the bill would increase health insurance premiums in Arkansas by $1.48 per policy per month, Salmon said."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Participants sought for Lyme disease study - The Valley Breeze & Observer - "Individuals age 18 and older who suffer with chronic Lyme disease are being sought to participate in a study that will gauge the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy in reducing their distress and increasing their quality of life."

►April 2, 2009 - CSHL Neuroscientists Propose Project To Comprehensively Map Mammalian Brain Circuits - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory via Medical News Today

►April 2, 2009 - Ark. surgeon general takes health care reform to the national level - The Courier

►April 2, 2009 - Robo-researcher (requires registration) - Will robots one day replace human scientists at lab benches? - The Scientist

* ►April 2, 2009 - Scientists uncover how probiotics can prevent disease - Society for General Microbiology via ANI via Top News

►April 2, 2009 - Top 3 reasons that sugar is not good for the body - Examiner

* ►April 1, 2009 - New immunizations needed - Abilene Reporter-News - "Starting Aug. 1, incoming seventh-graders are required to get a Meningococcal vaccine, which protects against bacterial meningitis. Seventh-graders and incoming kindergartners also are now required to get a second dose of the chickenpox vaccine."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Stanford medical school to provide online disclosure of faculty's consulting activities - Stanford School of Medicine

* ►April 1, 2009 - Pfizer near $75mln settlement with Nigeria-sources - Reuters

* ►April 1, 2009 - Will Professional Medical Associations End Industry Ties? - Gooz

* ►April 1, 2009 - It's Diabetes Drug Days - Pharma"s Market CNBC

►April 1, 2009 - Ecologists question effects of climate change on infectious diseases - Forum sparks debate on potential range changes in diseases - Ecological Society of America via EurekAlert!

* ►April 1, 2009 - Genomewide Association Studies: History, Rationale, and Prospects for Psychiatric Disorders - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

* ►April 1, 2009 - Can Phase III Trial Results of Antidepressant Medications Be Generalized to Clinical Practice? A STAR*D Report - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

* ►April 1, 2009 - Chronic fatigue sufferers largely ignored - Patient-funded studies search for blood test to diagnose complex condition - Canwest News Service via

►April 1, 2009 - Weight at birth tied to heart disease and diabetes risk in adulthood - The Endocrine Society via EurekAlert!

►April 1, 2009 - On School Vaccinations - Leave no child at risk - editorial - San Francisco Chronicle - "We're at a loss to understand why any parent would be irresponsible enough to risk inflicting life-threatening, 19th-century diseases like whooping cough, measles and rubella on her or his child. Perhaps they don't understand how serious these diseases can be, and how many lives they have claimed. Some of them claim to do it for 'personal beliefs.' Some do it because they believe a theory that vaccinations cause autism."

►April 1, 2009 - Win two Jenny McCarthy autism books on World Autism Day -

►April 1, 2009 - Strengthening the safety net for autism in adulthood (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►April 1, 2009 - Oregon tracks special ed students after high school - The Oregonian via - "This year, nearly 73,000 students are enrolled in special education programs, or about one in eight students in Oregon public schools. Most have learning disabilities, speech disorders or attention deficits."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Autism rouses a spectrum of emotions - As diagnoses rise, advocates are putting focus on the toll on families (includes video) -

* ►April 2009 - Autism and Vaccines Around TheWorld: Vaccine Schedules, Autism Rates, and Under 5 Mortality Generation Rescue, Inc. (pdf) -

* ►April 2009 - The Link Between Autism and Low Levels of Vitamin D By Julius Goepp, MD - Life Extension Magazine

►April 2009 - Increased UVA exposures and decreased cutaneous Vitamin D(3) levels may be responsible for the increasing incidence of melanoma. - journal article (Medical Hypotheses)

* ►April 2009 - Population-based simulations of influenza pandemics: validity and significance for public health policy - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - Features of food allergy in Italian adults attending allergy clinics: a multi-centre study - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

* ►April 2009 - Impairment in movement skills of children with autistic spectrum disorders - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

* ►April 2009 - Innate immunity: Not-so-lucky 7 for West Nile virus - Brain-resident macrophages detect West Nile virus single-stranded RNA through Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7), leading to the secretion of high levels of interleukin-23 and the attraction of infiltrating macrophages and other leukocytes that neutralize and clear the infection. - journal article (Nature Reviews Microbiology)

* ►April 2009 - Utilization of a Medicaid-Funded Intervention for Children With Autism - journal article (Psychiatric Services)

►April 2009 - Eight-Plex PCR and Liquid-Array Detection of Bacterial and Viral Pathogens in Cerebrospinal Fluid from Patients with Suspected Meningitis - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►April 2009 - Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus are differentially associated with numbers of cytokine-producing cells and early atopy - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

* ►April 2009 - Early Life Stress Induces Both Acute and Chronic Colonic Barrier Dysfunction - journal article (NeoReviews)

* ►April 2009 - The Intestinal Immune Barrier - journal article (NeoReviews)

* ►April 2009 - Intestinal Microbiota - journal article (NeoReviews)

►April 2009 - The epidemiology of hearing impairment in the United States: Newborns, children, and adolescents - journal article (American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery)

* ►April 2009 - The microeconomics of personalized medicine: today's challenge and tomorrow's promise - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►April 2009 - A network view of disease and compound screening - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

* ►April 2009 - Biological Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases - journal article (Gastroenterology)

►April 2009 - The ketogenic diet improves recently worsened focal epilepsy - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►April 2009 - Botanicals and Herbs: A Traditional Approach to Treating Epilepsy - journal article (Neurotherapeutics)

►April 2009 - Of beetles and bacteria (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►April 2009 - Labs form a new front against deadly pathogens - A new laboratory network has formed an important front in the battle to keep emerging and dangerous pathogens, originating in animals, at bay. Jane Parry reports on the laboratories that have sprung up across Asia to meet this challenge. - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - Why health communication is important in public health - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - Greater needs, limited access - With the recent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Kingdom, Kathryn Senior reports that access to health care for people with mental health disorders is one area that leaves room for improvement. - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - WHO takes lead on health as UN tackles crises - The “cluster” approach – as a means of coordinating humanitarian action – emerged from United Nations reform in 2005. Nick Cumming-Bruce examines the challenges the World Health Organization faces in leading health clusters in 24 countries. - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - Mobilizing the honest majority to fight health-sector fraud. An interview with Jim Gee. - WHO Bulletin

►April 2009 - How does satisfaction with the health-care system relate to patient experience? - WHO Bulletin

* ►March 31, 2009 - Fatal Intracranial Bleed Potentially Due to a Warfarin and Influenza Vaccine Interaction - journal article (The Annals of Pharmacotherapy) - "To date, most reports of concomitant warfarin therapy and influenza vaccination indicate no significant change in average anticoagulation parameters. However, there are reports of individuals who may have experienced increased anticoagulation following influenza vaccination. The reason for these increases is unknown, but may involve only certain components of the vaccine, which is altered almost annually. Our patient's significant INR elevation, after being relatively stable for at least 6 months, was thought to be due to an interaction between warfarin and the influenza vaccination. The Horn Drug Interaction Probability Scale indicated a possible interaction between warfarin and the influenza vaccination."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Anti-drug vaccines to treat substance abuse - journal article (Immunology & Cell Biology)

* ►March 31, 2009 - U.S. survey shows fewer N.J. children getting vaccinated - Press of Atlantic City - "It's been bad press for immunization lately," said Dr. Sabah Amir, chairman for the department of pediatrics for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's two campuses. "We're seeing many parents reluctant to giving their children vaccinations."

* ►March 31, 2009 - Glaxo wins final EU okay for Synflorix vaccine - Reuters via CNBC

* ►March 31, 2009 - Patients and the public deserve big changes in evaluation of drugs - journal article (BMJ) - "The drug industry has an image problem, and big changes are needed to restore public confidence. The reasons why it has got itself a bad name are well rehearsed."

►March 31, 2009 - Timeliness of National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System in Korea: a cross-sectional study - BMC Public Space via 7th Space

* ►March 31, 2009 - Allergies hysteria is just nuts - Some auto-injection pens are counterintuitive - journal article (BMJ)

* ►March 31, 2009 - New, More Effective Nisin Antibiotics Combat Superbugs and Food Diseases - Society for General Microbiology via Biocompare

►March 31, 2009 - Surviving Salmonella: What You Can Do - Live Science

* ►March 31, 2009 - Handwashing More Important Than Isolation in Controlling MRSA Superbug Infection - Society for General Microbiology via Biocompare

►March 31, 2009 - Caring parents aim to make life easier for autistic teens - The Scotsman

►March 31, 2009 - The Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of Mass Treatment for Intestinal Nematode Worm Infections Using Different Treatment Thresholds - journal article (PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases)

* ►March 31, 2009 - H5N1 virus may be adapting to pigs in Indonesia - CIDRAP News

►March 31, 2009 - Wounded Soldiers Battle Superbugs - Ivanhoe

►March 31, 2009 - PSC to take action against AMP over rubella incident - Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka

►March 31, 2009 - Allergy Therapeutics 1H Vaccine Sales Rise 31% (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►March 31, 2009 - Meningitis case at OSU raises issue of vaccines - Columbus Dispatch

►March 30, 2009 - Vaccine deniers: a strange nexus of education and superstition -

►March 30, 2009 - Advanced BioNutrition develop oral vaccine for SRS - Fish Update

* ►March 30, 2009 - IDF’s anthrax vaccine trial "violated Helsinki Convention" - journal article (BMJ)

►March 30, 2009 - Ultrasonography in pregnancy. - American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) via

►March 30, 2009 - Share information and stop disease outbreaks-study - Reuters

* ►March 30, 2009 - Could little Peshala be still alive? - The Island, Sri Lanka - " Had that adrenaline injection been available the instant little Peshala showed an adverse reaction, she may still be alive and her parents would have been spared excruciating heartache."

* ►March 28, 2009 - Parents and children now fear vaccination programme - The Island, Sri Lanka - "The recent death of 13-year-old Peshala Hansani from Matara sent sudden tremors around the country. Both parents and children have begun to fear vaccination programmes due to this tragic incident."

* ►March 27, 2009 - UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT No. 07-3794 - RUSSELL BRUESEWITZ; ROBALEE BRUESEWITZ, parents and natural guardians of Hannah Bruesewitz, a minor child and in their own right Appellants v. WYETH INC. f/k/a WYETH LABORATORIES, WYETH-AYERST LABORATORIES, WYETH LEDERLE, WYETH LEDERLE VACCINES, AND LEDERLE LABORATORIES (pdf) - United States Court of Appeals For The Third Circuit via - "We hold that the plaintiffs design defect claims are expressly preempted by the Vaccine Act. We also conclude that the plaintiffs have failed to establish either a manufacturing defect or a warning defect claim under the Vaccine Act. For the reasons discussed above, we will affirm the District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Wyeth."

* ►March 27, 2009 - IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA - BRUESEWITZ, et al : Plaintiffs, v. WYETH, INC. : NO. 05-5994 Defendant (pdf) -

* ►March 27, 2009 - Eradication of tuberculosis by 2050 impossible without new vaccine - journal article (BMJ)

►March 27, 2009 - Banning drugs from NHS stifles new development, drug company says - journal article (BMJ)

►March 27, 2009 - DNA Repair Mechanisms Relocate in Response to Stress - Emory University via Biocompare

►March 27, 2009 - Idiopathic simultaneous intussusceptions in a neonate - journal article (Pediatric Surgery International)

* ►March 26, 2009 - New Drug/Vaccine Preemption Scorecard - Drug and Device Law

* ►March 26, 2009 - Anthrax vaccinations mandatory for more Airmen - Pacific Air Forces

►March 26, 2009 - The reality behind reality star Jade Goody's cancer death - Read & React Blog via

►March 26, 2009 - HCM City: Prices of over 70% of vaccines hiked - The prices for most types of vaccines, both imported and locally-manufactured, have soared in HCM City. - VietNamNet Bridge

►March 25, 2009 - IRAQ: Three die of measles in Diwaniyah Province - IRIN Middle East

►March 25, 2009 - Chicken pox menace rising its head - Times of India

►March 25, 2009 - Prostate cancer vaccine: Is it available? - I've heard there is a prostate cancer vaccine? Is that true and where can I get it? - Mayo Clinic

* ►March 23, 2009 - An interagency service delivery model for autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - journal article (Child: Care, Health and Development)

►March 22, 2009 - Matara Rubella report to Health Ministry today - Asian Tribune

►March 17, 2009 - Genetic and environmental contributions to allergen sensitization in a Chinese twin study. - journal article (Clinical and Experimental Allergy)

►March 16, 2009 - Vegetarians 'get fewer cancers' - A vegetarian diet may help to protect against cancer, a UK study suggests. - BBC

* ►March 2009 - Post-exposure vaccination against Mycobacterium tuberculosis - journal article (Tuberculosis)

* ►March 2009 - HIV Vaccine preparedness studies in the non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (non-OECD) countries - journal article (AIDS Care)

* ►March 2009 - Phenotypic differences between BCG vaccines at the proteome level - journal article (Tuberculosis)

* ►March 2009 - Autoimmune spread to myelin is associated with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis induced by a neuronal protein, β-Synuclein - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►March 2009 - Serum titers of IgG antibodies against tetanus and diphtheria toxoids and risk of multiple sclerosis - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►March 2009 - Toll-like receptors in neurodegeneration - journal article (Brain Research Reviews)

►March 2009 - Content loaded within last 14 days ADHD as a (non) allergic hypersensitivity disorder: A hypothesis - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►March 2009 - Advances in environmental and occupational disorders in 2008 - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

* ►February 19, 2009 - How psychiatrists inform themselves and their patients about risks and benefits of antipsychotic treatment - journal article (Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica) - "The risk-biased information search presumably follows the principle of 'primum non nocere'. The benefit-biased information presentation might be motivated by the wish to persuade patients to accept the proposed therapy."

►February 19, 2009 - The subjective experience of taking antipsychotic medication: a content analysis of Internet data - journal article (Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica)

►January/March 2009 - Childhood herpes zoster: A clustering of ten cases (full text) - journal article (Indian Journal of Dermatology)

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* ►April 3, 2009 - Toddler confirmed to have died of bird flu - The Jakarta Post

* ►April 3, 2009 - Progress Toward Interruption of Wild Poliovirus Transmission --- Worldwide, 2008 - MMWR/CDC - "Vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) were detected from AFP cases in 2008 in seven countries. ... In India, low OPV effectiveness in the highest-risk communities (believed to be caused by a combination of high incidence of diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, and the high force of WPV infection attributed to crowding) has been identified as the key challenge to interrupting WPV transmission (9,10). Responses being explored include the use of inactivated poliovirus vaccine as a supplement to mOPV, development of a bivalent OPV containing both type 1 and type 3, other novel uses of OPV, and zinc supplementation."

►April 3, 2009 - Sociodemographic Differences in Binge Drinking Among Adults --- 14 States, 2004 - MMWR/CDC

►April 3, 2009 - Tobacco Use Among Students Aged 13--15 Years --- Baghdad, Iraq, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►April 3, 2009 - Use of Northern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccines by Travelers to the Southern Hemisphere - MMWR/CDC - "The expiration dates in the prescribing information indicate that certain lots of northern hemisphere influenza vaccines in the United States can be used as late as June 30, 2009."

►April 3, 2009 - QuickStats: Birth Rates* for Teens Aged 15--19 Years, by Age Group --- United States, 1985--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►April 3, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►April 3, 2009 - Liver transplant saves hepatitis B patient - Times of India - "Making medical history, 16-year-old Rajesh Pitroda from Chikhli near Surat has become the first paediatric patient to undergo a liver transplant in the state. The boy had contracted hepatitis B from an injection when he was just five. While he survived the infection, his liver was severely damaged and gradually failed over 10 years."

►April 3, 2009 - Legislature Must Rein In Risk Of Raw Milk - op-ed - Hartford Courant

►April 3, 2009 - Pharma MNCs raise stake in local units for bigger India play - DNA India

►April 3, 2009 - Lazy coasters inviting killer bugs - Gold Coast News, Australia - "Vaccination rates along the Gold Coast are among the worst in the country, with all but one postcode area failing to meet the minimum 90 per cent coverage needed to keep potentially fatal diseases at bay."

►April 3, 2009 - Anthrax Hoax Rattles Highlands - Tampa Tribune - "So began a daylong ordeal that saw the hospital and the town hall of the country club community of Sun 'n Lake locked down, officials from more than a half-dozen agencies converging on Sebring and dozens of suspicious plain white envelopes, about the size of thank-you cards, discovered in at least 30 locations."

* ►April 3, 2009 - FDA Hasn't Intensified Inspections At Peanut Facilities, Despite Illness (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►April 2, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy Tackles Autism Head-On - Actress With Son Once Diagnosed With Autism Claims The Disease Can Be Prevented & Healed (includes video) - The Early Show via CBS News - "In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day, McCarthy and co-author Dr. Jerry Kartzinel shared their perspective on the often touchy subject with Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Excerpt from Healing and Preventing Autism by Jenny McCarthy and Jerry Kartzinel, M.D. © 2009. Published by Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA). Excerpted with permission from the publisher. All Rights Reserved. (pdf) - CBS News

* ►April 2, 2009 - An “Open Letter” from Generation Rescue to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) - Age of Autism

* ►April 2, 2009 - Watch The London "Open Your Eyes To Autism" Rally (includes videos) - Age of Autism

* ►April 2, 2009 - The London Rally - But Home is Where the DVD Is By Allison Edwards - Age of Autism

* ►April 2, 2009 - The Autism File Campaign: California Moms (includes link to video) - Age of Autism

* ►April 2, 2009 - Autism Treatment Cost Help On Horizon? - A New Bill Being Introduced Would Provide Health Insurance Coverage For Those With Autism (includes video) - CBS News

* ►April 2, 2009 - World Autism Day raises awareness, but what causes the disorder still eludes researchers - New York Daily News - "As World Autism Awareness Day - designated by the United Nations as Tuesday, April 2 - winds down, the spotlight is on why the disorder is on the increase, why the causes still elude researchers, and why early diagnosis is so important."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Progress is slow in the war against autism - CNN

* ►April 2, 2009 - AOL Offers Autism Coverage For Employees - Leesburg Today

* ►April 2, 2009 - World Autism Day: Group calls for early treatment of autistic children - The Punch, Nigeria - "A non-governmental organi-sation, Golden Hearts Touching Lives Initiative, has called for early intervention and treatment of children with autism in Nigeria."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Commentary: I was the 'queen of denial' on autism - CNN

* ►April 2, 2009 - NFL Hall of Famer helps with autism awareness - AP via - "Former Miami Dolphins great and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino is still promoting autism awareness. Marino joined Gov. Charlie Crist for a ceremonial signing at the Capitol Thursday of an executive order extending a state task force on autism disorders until January 2011."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Financial Challenges Among Autism's Costs - Expensive Therapies Prevent Some Low-Income Families From Accessing Aid - ABC News

►April 2, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy counts for something - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine - "And now the gauntlet is well and truly thrown down: a website has been created called Jenny McCarthy Body Count. Stark and grim, it has one purpose: to show how many preventable illnesses and preventable deaths have occurred due to unvaccinated people since Jenny McCarthy became the de facto face of the antivaccination movement."

►April 2, 2009 - Let's call a wacko a wacko - White Coat Underground via ScienceBlogs

►April 2, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy and Autism Awareness - Autism Blog via

►April 2, 2009 - World Autism Day Observed Locally - Sacramento - "Local volunteers from Autism Speaks and the UC Davis M.I.N.D Institute will be at the State Capitol Thursday for an awareness fair and rally."

►April 2, 2009 - Wubbzy to Promote World Autism Day - Geekdad from

►April 2, 2009 - Yoko Ono to auction sky puzzle for autism awareness - Reuters - "'When I was first approached to create an artwork for autism awareness I was shocked by the worldwide prevalence of this serious situation, especially among our children,' Ono said at the auction launch at the United Nations."

►April 2, 2009 - Valley Mom Raising Autism Awareness -

►April 2, 2009 - Understanding Autism - Times of India

►April 2, 2009 - Autism insurance bill hung up in Missouri Legislature - AP via Kansas City Star

►April 2, 2009 - Asperger's Syndrome: Stress Hormone a Clue - Asperger's Syndrome Patients May Not Get Typical Morning Spike in Stress Hormone Cortisol, Study Shows - Psychoneuroendocrinology via WebMD

►April 2, 2009 - Teenagers With Autism: Want a Job? - New programs aim to keep kids with autism out of institutions - U.S. News & World Report

►April 2, 2009 - Actress and Autism Spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete and Her Daughter to Publish Picture Book With Scholastic - "My Brother Charlie" to Be Published Spring 2010 - press release - Marketwire via

►April 2, 2009 - Charge over mercury poison claim - A 69-year-old man has been charged with trying to poison a woman with mercury. - BBC

►April 2, 2009 - Families of autistic children can soon turn to Project Lifesaver - Lufkin Daily News

►April 2, 2009 - AMC Entertainment® and the Autism Society of America Announce Partnership - Organizations Team Up to Promote Social Inclusion for Individuals With Autism in Their Communities - press release - AMC Entertainment via Business Wire

* ►April 2, 2009 - Why boys need a jab for cervical cancer: Only then will girls be totally protected, say experts - Daily Mail, UK - "Boys should be vaccinated against the sexual infection which causes cervical cancer because so few girls have had the jab that protects against it, say campaigners. ... Dr Anne Szarewski, from Cancer Research UK, said widespread immunity can only be guaranteed if boys aged 12 to 18 are also vaccinated - a programme which would cost £600million. Speaking at a women's health conference in London, reported in GP magazine, she said it was 'very likely that boys would be vaccinated sometime down the line'."

►April 2, 2009 - HPV Test Screens Best for Cervical Cancer - TIME Magazine

►April 2, 2009 - Screening for HPV virus can check cervical cancer: study - Times of India

►April 2, 2009 - Sharp Increase In HPV-positive Tonsil Cancer Found - The number of cases of tonsil cancer continues to increase, according to a new Swedish study from Karolinska Institutet, with diagnoses tripling since 1970. The results of the study, which mainly cover the Swedish capital of Stockholm, show that this increase is directly linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV). - Karolinska Institutet via ScienceDaily

* ►April 2, 2009 - Report: More Local Students Opting Out Of Vaccinations (includes video) - San Diego

* ►April 2, 2009 - Jacob Dickerman: Why Do Anti-Vaccinationists Believe? - The Huffington Post

* ►April 2, 2009 - Health fears over Meningitis C vaccine unfounded, says health minister - A Meningitis C vaccine withdrawn in February over contamination fears posed no risk to health, according to health minister Dawn Primarolo. - Nursing Times

* ►April 2, 2009 - House Approves Plan to Give FDA Regulatory Power Over Tobacco - The House of Representatives votes 298-to-112 to approve sweeping legislation to bring tobacco under control of the Food and Drug Administration for the first time. - FOX News

* ►April 2, 2009 - House Passes Tobacco Bill, but Senate Battle Looms (requires registration) - The New York Times

►April 2, 2009 - Warren Holstein: Aw, Nuts: The FDA Pistachio Scare Nightmare - The Huffington Post

* ►April 2, 2009 - FDA eyes N.Y. firm in pistachio recall probe - Officials say cockroaches, rodent droppings previously found at facility - AP via MSNBC

* ►April 2, 2009 - Greater Benefits of Pneumococcal Vaccines that 'Cover' More Strains - Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins via Newswise

* ►April 2, 2009 - Researcher healthy 21 days after Ebola accident - A researcher who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus was declared healthy and released from isolation at a German hospital Thursday, having been spared the horrific symptoms of the disease. - AP via Seattle Times

* ►April 2, 2009 - Even with vaccine shortage, Hib rates not rising - pediatric supersite - "There has not been a resurgence in the rate of invasive Hib since the shortage, according to data compiled by Jackson and colleagues from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and the Active Bacterial Core surveillance system."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Allegheny Valley Hospital checks if workers had measles shots - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch

* ►April 2, 2009 - Measles case raises the issue of privacy versus the public good - Pittsburgh-Post Gazette - "Officials of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Allegheny County Health Department and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh all refused to reveal the names of two pre-schoolers and their 33-year-old father who had been diagnosed with measles. They even refused to name the Westmoreland County municipality where the family lives. Earlier last month, when a West Virginia University freshman died of suspected meningococcal meningitis, the university, its health system and the local coroner refused to release her name until her parents gave permission. In both cases, officials said provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 prohibited them from releasing information. The act, generally known as HIPAA, required new safeguards to protect the security and confidentiality of health information. The reluctance of health officials to release information likely is a result of the penalties the act carries -- fines of up to $250,000 and a prison term of up to 10 years -- for violations."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Vaccine Season: A Rush of Good News - The IN VIVO Blog - "CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which makes the key use recommendation for a new vaccine is preparing to receive the GSK product at its upcoming meetings in June and October, with the vote on a recommendation most likely in October. That means that Cervarix will miss another back-to-school check-up season that is important to a U.S. launch."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Analysis of hemagglutinin-mediated entry tropism of H5N1 avian influenza (pdf) - journal article (Virology Journal)

►April 2, 2009 - MUSC issues warning after several children admitted to ICU with flu - WCBD

►April 2, 2009 - Our Cousins Are Sick - The Loom Blog via Discover Magazine - "In the last month, a flu epidemic has hit the bonobo sanctuary where we work: Lola ya bonobo ( It is the only bonobo sanctuary in the world, with over 60 orphans from the bushmeat trade."

►April 2, 2009 - Poultry program's changes aim to stiffen avian flu safeguards - CIDRAP News

►April 2, 2009 - Lake Victoria likely bird flu entry point - Daily Nation, Kenya

►April 2, 2009 - Hong Kong: Influenza Vaccination Subsidy Scheme Roundup - Hong Kong Department Of Health via

* ►April 2, 2009 - Hem Securities maintains `Buy` on Novartis India - - "Novartis announced that the US Department of Health and Human Services, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has awarded Novartis Vaccines a contract for up to USD 486 million over eight years to support the design, construction, validation, and licensing of US cellbased influenza vaccine manufacturing facilities to provide a prepandemic supply of influenza vaccine."

* ►April 2, 2009 - WHO grant to develop vaccine for deadly flu - Thailand will get Bt70 million from the World Health Organisation (WHO) this year to strengthen its capacity to fight a possible flu pandemic. - The Nation

* ►April 2, 2009 - Hepatitis Scare Hits N.J. Town - At Least 5 Patients From The Same Doctor's Office In Toms Rivers Come Down With Blood-Borne Disease - 2,800 Urged To Get Tested For Hep B, C & HIV - - "At least one state medical official said he think he knows what caused the scare. 'During the course our investigation we realized that certain staff at this practice had problems in not washing their hands when they should have, not changing gloves when they should have,' said Dr. Cory Robertson of the N.J. Health Department."

►April 2, 2009 - Baruch Blumberg, Nobel Prize Winner and Hepatitis B Virus Discoverer, to Lecture at UB - UB News Center - "Baruch S. Blumberg, M.D., Ph.D., winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovery of the hepatitis B virus (HBV), will present a talk on 'The Adventure of Science and Discovery,' April 16 at 5 p.m. in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the University at Buffalo's South (Main Street) Campus."

►April 2, 2009 - Mysterious disease focus of meeting in Austin Saturday - Salud Blog via Austin American-Statesman - "Morgellons is the focus of an all-day conference in Austin Saturday for patients, researchers and others who are interested in the disease. This second annual scientific/medical conference on Morgellons (the first also was in Austin) is free but a $25 donation is suggested, said Crawley, media coordinator for the Charles E. Holman Foundation/New Morgellons Order, the conference’s nonprofit sponsor."

►April 2, 2009 - Health officials tracing outbreak - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "Tracking the source of measles that infected three members of a Westmoreland County family likely will lead to a foreigner or an unvaccinated individual who had foreign contact." 

►April 2, 2009 - Meningitis Infects Two: Affects Community -

►April 2, 2009 - Author's visit to Marion teaches kids about polio - "Blue" author speaks of "The Miracle of Hickory." - McDowell News - "Not all blasts from the past are fun, but some of them are very informative and inspiring. Kids at Marion Elementary got a visit by author and historian Joyce Moyer Hostetter this week.  She spoke of the polio epidemic of the 1940s and of the emergency hospital that came to be called 'The Miracle of Hickory,' which was the setting of her 2006 book, 'Blue' a young adult historical novel."

►April 2, 2009 - Iditarod carries End Polio Now message - Rotary International - "The Iditarod, which ran 7-24 March, commemorates a race against time to deliver diphtheria serum to Nome during an outbreak of the disease in 1925. Through an agreement between the Iditarod Trail Committee and District 5010 , which covers parts of Canada, Russia, and the United States, this year's race built awareness of a similar race to the finish: Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio."

►April 2, 2009 - Uganda: polio spreading - Concerned over the spread of poliomielitis into its territory from Sudan, Uganda has set up surveillance teams along its border. Seven cases reported. - IRIN via Spero News

►April 2, 2009 - Niger plans to halt wild polio-virus transmission by late 2009 - African Press Agency - "The Health minister blamed the lingering child disease on the mentality of ‘some people who do not believe in the reality of this incapacitating disease and thus do not get their children vaccinated’."

►April 2, 2009 - Nigeria outbreaks a setback for polio eradication - Reuters

►April 2, 2009 - Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in Minnesota - Minnesota Independent

* ►April 2, 2009 - US condom supplier for HIV/AIDS may be forced to close doors - AP via Barre Montpelier Times Argus - "The last U.S.-based supplier of condoms for global HIV/AIDS prevention programs could be forced to shut its doors because the federal government sent the work to cheaper suppliers in Asia."

►April 2, 2009 - Study: Treatment for HIV Should Start Earlier - TIME Magazine

►April 2, 2009 - Rwanda: Balanced Diet Important for HIV Patients - Focus Media (Kigali) via

►April 2, 2009 - Day laborers line up to get healthy - Brien McMahon students offer health care to laborers - The Hour

►April 2, 2009 - Anthrax Scare Spreads To 11 Other Locations - Tampa Tribune - "This morning's anthrax scare, which started at Florida Hospital Heartland Division, has spread to 11 other locations. Sun 'n Lake Town Hall was put under lockdown, shortly before 1 p.m., and hours after the Sebring hospital was also locked down for most of the day."

►April 2, 2009 - Sebring hospital on lockdown - MyFox Tampa Bay - "FOX 13 has learned 20 to 30 envelopes were left on vehicles in the parking lot. Sheriff Susan Benton said one employee opened an envelope around 4:30 a.m. and found a white substance inside, along with some indication of a 'threat'."

►April 2, 2009 - Rocket fuel component found in baby formula - Better Life Blog via USA Today

►April 2, 2009 - NY high school to give away home drug test kits - AP via Newsday - "A high school is giving away home drug testing kits to parents as part of a substance abuse workshop but says it isn't encouraging them to spy on their children."

►April 2, 2009 - Researchers unravel role of priming in plant immunity - University of Chicago Medical Center via EurekAlert!

►April 2, 2009 - Amphibians may develop fungus immunity - United Press International

►April 2, 2009 - USDA should expand risk-based inspection system - Reuters

►April 2, 2009 - Jury Says Professor Was Wrongly Fired (requires registration) - The New York Times - "But the jury, which deliberated for a day and a half, awarded Mr. Churchill only $1 in damages. ... And in May 2006, a faculty committee found that his work — including his theory that Capt. John Smith intentionally introduced smallpox among the Wampanoag Indians in the 17th century — was seriously flawed and had no basis in fact. In July of that year, the university’s Board of Regents voted 8 to 1 to fire him."

►April 2, 2009 - Pets, owners challenged by increasing allergies - CNN - "Pet allergies are more common than you think. About 10 percent of dogs have allergies, said Sandra Diaz, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She said good data don't exist for cats."

►April 2, 2009 - Smelly pigs: A solution for the pork on your plate - 60 Second Science via Scientific American - "The shots, called Improvac and approved in 23 countries (but not the U.S.), aren't said to mitigate the pig odor problem McCain and Harkin were talking about, though, which stems from p-cresol and other noxious gases concentrated in manure. A spokesperson for Pfizer Animal Health, Dan Martz, said the company does believe Improvac reduces the amount of feed pigs need to get them to the weight producers desire."

* ►April 2, 2009 - Wyeth Race Discrimination Ruling Highlights Forced Double Shifts at N.Y. Factory - BNET Pharma

►April 2, 2009 - A Dose of Consumer Goods Reality - The IN VIVO Blog

►April 2, 2009 - Prion profits (requires registration) - The Scientist

►April 2, 2009 - When the body is at war with itself - Autoimmune diseases - Jamaica Observer

►April 2, 2009 - Light is used to analyze immune cells - The Journal Applied Optics via UPI

►April 2, 2009 - Elan, Wyeth Stop Trial Using the Highest Dose of Alzheimer’s Drug - eFluxMedia

►April 2, 2009 - Immunity claim really nothing to sneeze at - Mark Guydish - opinion - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

* ►April 2, 2009 - UN-backed forum commits to greater action, funding to fight drug-resistant TB - UN News Centre - "Delegates, including Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang and Bill Gates, kicked off the gathering yesterday, with WHO Director General Margaret Chan stressing that preventing and managing drug-resistant strains of TB was a health imperative for the whole world."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Bill Gates joins Chinese government in tackling TB 'timebomb' - Computer industry billionaire Bill Gates funds project to combat deadly new TB strains - The Guardian, UK

* ►April 1, 2009 - Egyptian boy contracts bird flu virus - agency - Reuters

* ►April 1, 2009 - Flu outbreak hit Pacific atolls - Straits Times

►April 1, 2009 - The flu-shot blues - St. Petersburg Times via Scripps News

►April 1, 2009 - Influenza outbreak in Perkins County Schools - Grant Tribune Sentinel

►April 1, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy and Nadya Suleman share autism in common -

►April 1, 2009 - London Autism Awareness Rally - video - YouTube

►April 1, 2009 - Ark. Senate votes to require insurers to provide coverage for autism treatment -

►April 1, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy Sinks to a New Low in Anti-Vaccine Campaign - Opposing Views

►April 1, 2009 - The Way We Live Now - Your Old Man (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 1, 2009 - Feature-China's autism parents walk lonely road for help - Reuters

* ►April 1, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy Says Toxins, Genetics May Cause Autism - Actress and Doctor Who 'Cured' Her Son Write Controversial Book on Preventing Autism (includes video) - Good Morning America via ABC News

* ►April 1, 2009 - Excerpt: 'Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide' - Read a Portion of Jenny McCarthy's New Book Below (includes video) - Good Morning America via ABC News

* ►April 1, 2009 - Peete vs. Peet on Vaccines and Autism: Robinson writes open letter to fellow actress Amanda regarding differing opinions. - - "I respect Amanda Peet for advocating for her children by trying to keep them safe with vaccines. If I could talk to Amanda Peet, I would say that, I'm glad your child was able to tolerate that level of toxicity, but don't expect me—after witnessing what vaccinations did to my son—to inoculate my other children under the same circumstances. So who's to blame? Is there some pre-genetic predisposition? Do genetic and environmental factors load the proverbial gun and the vaccines pull the trigger? Since you claim all the studies and conclusions have been drawn, how do you explain the thousands of families that have received millions of dollars from the Vaccine Injury Court? So clearly, the jury is not in and the independent studies on susceptibility and genetic predisposition have not been done."   

* ►April 1, 2009 - Autism Awareness Month: Turning the Tide - Adventures in Autism

* ►April 1, 2009 - Autism wars - what is autism? is it on the rise? (part two) -

* ►April 1, 2009 - Vaccinate boys with cervical cancer jab, experts says - Boys should be vaccinated with the anti-cervical cancer jab in order to help protect girls against the disease, a leading expert has suggested. - The Telegraph, UK - "Dr Anne Szarewski, a consultant at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, in London, told GP magazine that it was 'very likely' that boys would have to be vaccinated as well as girls to ensure high enough immunity against HPV in the community. ... Dr Szarewski said: 'It is extremely unlikely that uptake in girls will hit the 100 per cent level. In order to get herd immunity we need to vaccinate boys as well.'"

* ►April 1, 2009 - Novavax, Cadila form JV for developing vaccines - Economic Times, India - "US-based biotechnology firm Novavax has formed a joint venture with Cadila Pharmaceuticals for developing and commercialising virus-like particle-based (VLP-based) vaccines. The joint venture will develop and commercialise Novavax's VLP-based vaccine and Cadila's therapeutic vaccine candidates against cancer as well as its adjuvants, biogeneric and biological diagnostic products for the Indian territory, Navavax said in filing to Security Exchange Commission (SEC)."

►April 1, 2009 - New HIV Drug May Help Those Resistant to Therapy - Study in monkeys finds that it reduces replication of the virus - HealthDay via Forbes

* ►April 1, 2009 - Patient treated for measles at Shady Grove - Gazette.Net Bowie Star - "A patient infected with measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the rubeola virus, was treated March 12 and the early morning hours of March 13. Hospital officials have notified the patients who were in the emergency unit during that time who could have been exposed to the patient with measles, Adventist officials said."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Widespread HPV vaccine use expected to take time - pediatric supersite

* ►April 1, 2009 - HPV vaccine mandate to be implemented this fall in Washington, D.C. (requires registration) - pediatric supersite

* ►April 1, 2009 - Birth Defects Linked to Pesticide Exposure at Time of Conception - U.S. News and World Report via Beyond Pesticides

►April 1, 2009 - Preventing Rheumatic Fever: A New Guideline from the AHA - Correct diagnosis and antibiotic treatment of group A streptococcal pharyngitis is necessary for primary prevention of rheumatic fever. - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►April 1, 2009 - HHS Report Says Health Reform Vital To U.S. Economy As Costs Rise, Quality Of Care Worsens - Kaiser Network via Medical News Today

* ►April 2009 - Prepare for vaccine questions (requires registration) - pediatric supersite - "Henry Kempe stood up at a national pediatric meeting and declared he would not vaccinate American children any longer, and the medical community agreed and followed suit. As is true of all vaccines, the benefits are weighed against the risks. At that time, the risks were deemed greater. When the threat of smallpox as a biological weapon emerged, this equation again needed to be reassessed."

►April 2009 - Biotech's Baddies (requires registration) - More than 60 individuals have been blackballed by the FDA for criminal acts against the agency. Here are some of the worst offenders. - The Scientist

►April 2009 - Autism Calendar of Events - Schafer Autism Report

* ►March 31, 2009 - Prevalence Of Autism Among Somali Immigrants Confirmed - Disability Scoop - "Researchers were not able to answer the question of why there are disparities between the Somali population and others, but they recommend better tracking of autism cases in Minnesota and further outreach to the Somali community. To read the full report click here."

►March 31, 2009 - Autism Rates Are Higher for U.S.-Born Somali Children in Minneapolis (requires registration) - The New York Times

►March 31, 2009 - What is autism? - It's a brain disorder that makes it difficult to communicate or interact normally with others. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►March 31, 2009 - Choice autism treatment offers benefits, has limits (includes video) - CNN - "At the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan and other children with communication and behavior difficulties get help through a rigorous empirical method called Applied Behavior Analysis."

►March 31, 2009 - World Autism day: Quest for normal survival - Times of India

►March 31, 2009 - Living with autism - Stafford County Sun

►March 31, 2009 - Texas author who cured son of autism to visit area this week - The Enterprise - "Scott hopes parents of autistic children can use the in-home therapy techniques outlined in her new book, 'Raindrops on Roman' to be released in April."

►March 31, 2009 - Parents of autistic children push for better healthcare coverage - Parents of autistic children want insurers to cover more services - The Enterprise

►March 31, 2009 - British DVD Takes Aim At Autism - Cartoons Focus on Facial Expressions (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►March 31, 2009 - Pilot school-based influenza vaccine program holds lessons for future (requires registration) - pediatric supersite

►March 31, 2009 - USGS Survey Finds Pesticides, Fertilizers in Well Water - Beyond Pesticides

* ►March 30, 2009 - Jacob Dickerman: Vaccine Denial = Scientific Illiteracy - The Huffington Post

* ►March 30, 2009 - Sick Building Syndrome: Floods, Mold, Cancer, and the Politics of Public Health -

►March 28, 2009 - Pssst. Pneumonia. Pass it on. - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog via The New York Times

* ►March 28, 2009 - Jab blunder killed diabetic OAP - The Mirror, UK - "A rookie community nurse killed a diabetic pensioner by giving her 10 times the correct dose of insulin, an inquest heard yesterday. Joanne Evans injected 85-year-old Margaret Thomas with 3.6ml instead of 0.36ml at her home in Pontypool, Torfaen, in June 2007."

* ►March 27, 2009 - 'Holy Mary, Help Us in Our Hour of Need!' - A mysterious illness is causing calves to bleed to death on German farms. Veterinarians are stumped over what is causing the deaths: vaccines, genetically modified feed or perhaps even the first mother's milk? - Spiegel Online - "Many farmers blame the 'blood sweating' on a controversial vaccine against bluetongue disease, which became mandatory for cattle in Germany in April of last year. Since then, farmers who refuse to vaccinate their animals are threatened with fines. One of them is Gertraud Schützeneder, who operates an organic farm with her husband Konrad in the Bavarian town of Simbach am Inn. 'We do not want to subject our animals to the vaccination,' says the determined farmer. Schützeneder is convinced that the mysterious blood-sweating condition is 'somehow indirectly related to the vaccination.'"

* ►March 27, 2009 - Amanda Copeland: Autism, Love, and Revolution - The Huffington Post

►March 27, 2009 - Nigeria: 86 Polio Cases Reported This Year - NPHCDA - Daily Trust via

►March 27, 2009 - 61,633 children to receive polio immunization in Tema Metropolis - Modern Ghana

►March 26, 2009 - Taliban blocks UN polio treatment in Pakistan - Taliban miliants in northern Pakistan have triggered a medical emergency by refusing to allow UN health officials to conduct a polio vaccination campaign. - The Telegraph, UK

►March 25, 2009 - Vaccination Risk and Immunity - University of Lethbridge - "Could vaccines be hurting you or your children? What you absolutely must know about vaccines Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009 ... University of Lethbridge ... Mary Tocco, independent vaccine researcher for over 27 years, will be hosting a presentation at the University of Lethbridge to speak on the risks and realities of vaccinations."

►March 19, 2009 - U.S. drug sales show anemic growth in '08 - Reuters

►March 10, 2009 - Teenage stress has implications for adult health - Study links teen conflicts to potential risk for adult cardiovascular disease - University of California - Los Angeles via EurekAlert!

* ►March 9, 2009 - Monsanto's dream bill, HR 875 - OpEdNews - "To begin reversing GM contamination will require ending the power biotech companies such as Monsanto exert over our government and through that, over our food.  HR 875, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto."

►March 2009 - Autism, fever, epigenetics and the locus coeruleus - journal article (Brain Research Reviews)

►December 2, 2008 - Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Characterization Study - - "Principal Investigator: Joseph Biederman, MD"

Ten years later, and we're still dying - petition - Safe Patient Project via Consumers Union

Dr. Eisenstein's Webinar Schedule - April 5th "Vaccine Choice and Awareness" - April 8th "Vaccine Choice and Awareness" Q&A - Homefirst Health Services - Is the vaccine paradigm failing???  Why are more and more parents questioning mandatory vaccination?? Do vaccines really save lives?? Is there a connection between autism and vaccines?? Why is there still mercury in some vaccines?? It's time to let scientific evidence determine medical policy not politics!"


Posted April 1, 2009


* ►April 2, 2009 - Effectiveness of One Dose of SA 14-14-2 Vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 2, 2009 - Two-year-olds with autism orient to non-social contingencies rather than biological motion - journal article (Nature)

* ►April 2, 2009 - HPV Screening for Cervical Cancer in Rural India (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy — Ready When You Are? (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 2, 2009 - From India to the World — A Better Way to Prevent Cervical Cancer (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - Effect of Early versus Deferred Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV on Survival (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - The Struggle for Reform — Challenges and Hopes for Comprehensive Health Care Legislation (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 2, 2009 - A To-Do List for the New FDA Commissioner (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 2, 2009 - Safe Drugs and the Cost of Good Intentions - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - Revisiting Readmissions — Changing the Incentives for Shared Accountability - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - Broad diversity of neutralizing antibodies isolated from memory B cells in HIV-infected individuals - journal article (Nature)

►April 2, 2009 - Adaptation of HIV-1 to human leukocyte antigen class I - journal article (Nature)

►April 2, 2009 - Budgeting for Change — Obama's Down Payment on Health Care Reform (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 2, 2009 - Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 2, 2009 - Qiagen virus test cuts deaths from cervical cancer - Reuters India - "'Even when HPV vaccines are affordable and widely used, they will not substantially decrease rates of cervical cancer for decades because of the long latency between infection and cancer,' said Schiffman and Wacholder. The Indian findings show HPV testing 'can lower the death rate from cervical cancer within 5 to 10 years,' they said."

►April 2, 2009 - Gold nanospheres sear cancer cells -

►April 2, 2009 - Focusing on autism - The News International, Pakistan

►April 2, 2009 - Autism speaks - and the world must listen... - Gulf Daily News

* ►April 1, 2009 - Olmsted on Autism: Hopkins Loses Early Case File By Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism - "Johns Hopkins Medical Center, where the original cases of autism were discovered, can’t find the file for at least one of those 11 children described by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner in 1943. Presumably, several more, if not all, of the 11 case files that formed the basis of that landmark paper, 'Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,' are now lost to history."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy Talks About Autism and Vaccines - TIME Magazine

* ►April 1, 2009 - Healing and Preventing Autism By Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jerry Kartzinel - Age of Autism - "Tune into The Early Show on CBS tomorrow morning (Thursday) to see Jenny. The rest of her media tour follows below.Go to Generation Rescue for updates. And set your TIVO to Larry King on Friday night. Jenny will be on with Jim Carrey, Dr. Kartzinel, JB Handley, Stan Kurtz and a family with a recovered child."

►April 1, 2009 - Time Magazine Interviews Jenny McCarthy - Age of Autism

►April 1, 2009 - We're Aware Already... It's Autism Epidemic Action Month By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►April 1, 2009 - Coming Face To Face With Autism - In the first study of its kind researchers will use video clips of spontaneously produced facial expressions in a real life social context to explore emotion recognition in autism. - University of Nottingham via ScienceDaily

►April 1, 2009 - Autism numbers easy to count… - La Voz Nueva

►April 1, 2009 - Documentary chronicles MB family's journey to understand 'autistic-like' son - Daily Breeze - "AUTISTIC-LIKE: GRAHAM'S STORY - When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica."

►April 1, 2009 - CU Autism Walk to raise funds, awareness of disorder - Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette

* ►April 1, 2009 - Florida Teacher Who Held Vote to Kick Autistic Child Out of Class Loses Reinstatement Bid - A kindergarten teacher who held a vote to kick a 5-year-old autistic student from the classroom lost her appeal for reinstatement. (includes video) - AP via FOX News

* ►April 1, 2009 - New Theory Of Autism Suggests Symptoms Or Disorder May Be Reversible - Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have proposed a sweeping new theory of autism that suggests that the brains of people with autism are structurally normal but dysregulated, meaning symptoms of the disorder might be reversible. - Albert Einstein College of Medicine via Science Daily - "The central tenet of the theory, published in the March issue of Brain Research Reviews, is that autism is a developmental disorder caused by impaired regulation of the locus coeruleus, a bundle of neurons in the brain stem that processes sensory signals from all areas of the body. The new theory stems from decades of anecdotal observations that some autistic children seem to improve when they have a fever, only to regress when the fever ebbs."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Messages With a Mission, Embedded in TV Shows (requires registration) - The New York Times - "And foundation money was used for another cause: it helped develop the script for a recent episode of 'ER' that featured the return of George Clooney. The huge foundation, brimming with billions of dollars from Mr. Gates and Warren Buffett, is well known for its myriad projects around the world to promote health and education. It is less well known as a behind-the-scenes influencer of public attitudes toward these issues by helping to shape story lines and insert messages into popular entertainment like the television shows 'ER,' 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Private Practice.' The foundation’s messages on H.I.V. prevention, surgical safety and the spread of infectious diseases have found their way into these shows."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Pfizer near $75 mln settlement with Nigeria-sources - Reuters - "Nigeria is close to reaching a $75 million out-of-court settlement with Pfizer Inc over a 1996 drug trial it says killed 11 children and left dozens disabled, sources close to the negotiations said on Wednesday."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Britain says recalled Novartis vaccine is safe - Reuters - "The vaccine batches was recalled because some samples that had been used in a transport experiment had tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which can cause blood poisoning. None of these samples of Menjugate Kit entered the supply chain."

* ►April 1, 2009 - New evidence explains poor infant immune response to certain vaccines, says MU researcher - University of Missouri-Columbia via EurekAlert! - "When Zaghouani gave the newborn mice an antigen shortly after birth, he noticed the presence of both Th-1 and Th-2 cells. However, when he gave the antigen a second time, he noticed an abundance of Th-2 cells that responded to the antigen instead of Th-1 cells. Zaghouani was surprised to notice that the Th-2 cells worked to destroy the small contingent of Th-1 cells that had responded to the antigen given at birth. "Perhaps we should test vaccines at a very early age in animals to establish a regimen with the most effectiveness," Zaghouani said. When a baby first gets an infection, the immature immune system responds with both types of T cells. Unfortunately, Th-1 cells have an unusual receptor that binds to a specific hormone, which is deadly to the Th-1 cells. Ironically, this particular hormone is produced by the Th-2 cells. This results in an overabundance of Th-2 cells during the first few days of life."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Gardasil Side Effects? Parents Seek Answers (includes video) - U.S. News & World Report - "The truth is, though, that Merck isn't solely to blame for these parents' frustrations. Some doctors refuse to file VAERS reports at all, and sometimes the reports contain incomplete or ambiguous information. Tarsell says she's heard from a few parents via her website who said their doctors don't believe Gardasil could have caused their daughters' medical problems. In Tarsell's case, the physician who filed the VAERS report wrote that the autopsy report found that her daughter died of an inflammation of the spleen caused by a life-threatening virus. While the autopsy did find some minor inflammation of the spleen, the report concluded that the death was due to "cardiac arrest, cause undetermined."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Is Gardasil® Recommended for Young Women Already Exposed to HPV? (requires registration) - Medscape - "Patients should be counseled that the vaccine will not have any therapeutic benefit on existing HPV infection or lesions based on clinical trial data.[2]"

* ►April 1, 2009 - New Merck Programs Address Uncertainty of Insurance Coverage for HPV Vaccination - Manufacturer Hopes to Increase Gardasil Uptake - AAFP News Now

* ►April 1, 2009 - Call for delay in Pap smears - In the post-Gardasil era, Pap smears will be of little benefit in young women and cervical screening should be discouraged until later in life, US researchers say. -

►April 1, 2009 - Gardasil raises questions locally, nationally - UI The Daily Iowan

►April 1, 2009 - GPs Welcome Cervical Cancer Vaccine Catch Up Programme, Northern Ireland - Medical News Today

►April 1, 2009 - Acceptance of HPV vaccine 'quite good' - Regina Leader-Post

* ►April 1, 2009 - Association Between Hospital-Reported Leapfrog Safe Practices Scores and Inpatient Mortality (full text) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►April 1, 2009 - Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Fighting the Flu - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Law, Legitimacy and the Rationing of Health Care: A Contextual and Comparative Perspective (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Wyeth v. Levine: Disrupting the labeling process - Pharmaceutical Executive Direct

►April 1, 2009 - Distributive Justice and the New Medicine (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Patient, Heal Thyself: How the New Medicine Puts the Patient in Charge (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Quality, Transparency, and the US Government - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Reforming the HIPAA Privacy Rule - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - A New Strategy to Improve Quality - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - Platelets and Malaria - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - The Women’s & Children’s HMO - journal article (JAMA)

►April 1, 2009 - FDA Approves Generic Topamax to Prevent Seizures - FDA

►April 1, 2009 - Oxycodone Effective for Herpes Zoster Pain Relief - Randomized trial finds drug superior to gabapentin and placebo in relieving pain - HealthDay News

►April 1, 2009 - Doctor is in: Surviving allergy season - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►April 1, 2009 - Bill advances requiring shots in seventh grade - Lincoln Journal Star - "An increase in whooping cough in the state may have helped persuade state senators Wednesday to advance a bill to require any child entering seventh grade to get diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis boosters, known as T-dap shots. ... The bill (LB464), accompanied by an amendment that clarifies exceptions for religious or medical reasons, advanced to second round debate on a 35-0 vote. ... Last year, 290 cases of the illness were diagnosed in Nebraska."

►April 1, 2009 - Teaching good health for life - We Wish You Well Program - - "Northview High School offered a program, We Wish you Well, to its senior girls Wednesday. Local doctors and organizations talked to the young women about health awareness through different stages of their life. Including talks about breast cancer prevention, HPV immunizations, as well as how to talk to your doctor about other female health concerns."

►April 1, 2009 - I really wish this were an April Fools' Day joke... - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►April 1, 2009 - A few shots at vaccines - Bad Astronomy via Discover Magazine

►April 1, 2009 - Editorial: Somebody think of the children - Parents are ignoring early age vaccinations, risking their children's health. - The Hornet

* ►April 1, 2009 - Editorial: Vaccine fear is harmful for children - Contra Costa Times - "In California, parents can exempt a child simply by filling out a form. That policy must end. Only legitimate medical reasons should exempt a child from being inoculated before entering school. The health risks are simply too high."

* ►April 1, 2009 - One Great Reply to Our “Favorite Scientist” Query - Freakonomics Blog via New York Times - "9. Paul Offit. Vigilant crusader against the anti-vaccine nut cases."

►April 1, 2009 - Barbara Fischkin: A Very Cranky Autism Passover Blog - Age of Autism

►April 1, 2009 - World Autism Awareness Day - Manila Bulletin

►April 1, 2009 - Senate approves insurance coverage for autism - Arkansas News

►April 1, 2009 - Integrative Medicine with Dr. Buttar -

►April 1, 2009 - Controversies in autism: vaccines and chelation -

►April 1, 2009 - Loss of Life - Long Island Press - "Suffolk is losing $1.4 million in emergency preparedness funding. The Long Island Press has verified with the New York State Health Department and New York State lawmakers that the $12 million for local counties’ emergency preparedness did not make the recent budget."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Second flu strain making people sick - East Valley Tribune - "Arizona's flu season is still around and may be causing fevers, runny noses and raw throats for months to come. What's worse is that the strain the public was vaccinated against this year is not the only strain making people sick, according to the latest U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention report."

►April 1, 2009 - S.Jersey mother recalls son's meningitis death - In recent weeks, there have been a series of meningitis cases in the area. - WPVI ABC 6 Philadelphia - "Burd remembers, 'The next morning, he woke up and his fever was high about 104 and he said he ached all over and felt really bad.' And it escalated. Jeff had a seizure, and was rushed to the emergency room, but it was too late. 'From the time he didn't feel great that was wednesday at 7pm by the next day at 6pm he was gone,' Burd says."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Another Lincoln High School Student Could Have Bacterial Meningitis - - "Instead of giving vaccinations, which is what was done during the last case, officials are administering regiments of antibiotics that will work on all strains of bacterial meningitis. ... The initial case of meningitis has been confirmed at serotype B, a strain of the disease not covered in the vaccine."

►April 1, 2009 - Student with meningitis upgraded to fair condition - The Daily Collegian, Penn State

►April 1, 2009 - With norovirus cases on the decline, Babson reopens (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "Babson College reopened its campus today, four days after an outbreak of the norovirus gastrointestinal illness forced the school to close."

►April 1, 2009 - 5 cases of hepatitis B being probed in NJ - AP via Asbury Park Press via - "Health officials in New Jersey are advising nearly 3,000 people to get blood tests after an outbreak of hepatitis B in Ocean County."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Viral outbreak in China tests government efforts - Researchers call for greater focus on surveillance and genomics - Nature News via - "An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in China, which since January has killed 19 children and made nearly 42,000 ill, has researchers calling for a better surveillance system to detect the disease and for action to speed up vaccine development."

►April 1, 2009 - Whooping Cough Turns Up at Marin Schools -

►April 1, 2009 - Starting HIV Therapy Earlier Saves Lives - Study casts doubt on notion that antiretrovirals can be postponed till later in infection - HealthDay via Forbes

►April 1, 2009 - Panel: Diabetes drug seems safe, more study needed - A federal panel said Wednesday a diabetes drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb appears free from heart problems seen with similar drugs but added that long-term studies should be done after approval to confirm its safety. - AP via Seattle Times

* ►April 1, 2009 - How infection may spark leukaemia - Scientists have shown how common infections might trigger childhood leukaemia. - BBC

* ►April 1, 2009 - Irradiated Foods Cause Severe Neurological Damage - - "In a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) report on cats developing severe neurological symptoms due to a degradation of myelin, the fatty insulator of nerve fibers called axons."

* ►April 1, 2009 - Copper Fittings Could Eliminate Superbugs in Hospitals -

►April 1, 2009 - Virus battery could power cars, electronic devices - For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery. -

►April 2009 - AAP helps win Supreme Court challenge over mercury emissions (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - Report highlights potential for growth in pediatric mental health care (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - Opt-out program can restrict prescriber data from sales reps (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - Court decisions should allay parents’ vaccine fears (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - National Infant Immunization Week (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - Vaccine research conference (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - 2009 edition coming soon • Red Book continues to be invaluable source of information (requires subscription) - AAP News

►April 2009 - 'Junk food' diet and childhood behavioural problems: results from the ALSPAC cohort - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►April 2009 - Relationship between long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids at birth and motor function at 7 years of age - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►April 2009 - A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of oxycodone and of gabapentin for acute pain in herpes zoster - journal article (Pain)

►April 2009 - Association of subclinical vitamin D deficiency in newborns with acute lower respiratory infection and their mothers - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►April 2009 - Genetic and non-genetic correlates of vitamins K and D - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►April 2009 - Effect of free vitamin D2 drops on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in infants with immigrant origin: a cluster randomized controlled trial - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►March 31, 2209 - Crash Test: What Pharma Can Learn from Other Industries’ Problems - The IN VIVO Blog

►March 31, 2009 - UW-Madison Study Reveals New Options for People with PKU - University of Wisconsin-Madison via Biocompare

* ►March 31, 2009 - Fauci: Why there is no AIDS vaccine - Scientists need a better grasp of HIV's interaction with the immune system - commentary - MSNBC

* ►March 31, 2009 - Tobacco plant virus may yield HIV drug - Bug could help produce drug called griffithsin, which may prevent infection - via MSNBC

►March 31, 2009 - State Watch | St. Petersburg Times Examines Decline in Antipsychotic Drug Prescriptions for Florida Children -

►March 31, 2009 - Allergy Therapeutics Sees End FDA Hold If Cervarix Approved (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "Biotechnology company Allergy Therapeutics PLC (AGY.LN) Tuesday said U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for GlaxoSmithKline PLC's (GSK.LN) Cervarix should help it overcome the U.S. clinical hold on its Pollinex Quattro hayfever vaccine..."

►March 29, 2009 - Getting to the truth about bisphenol A - It's FDA-approved - letter (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►March 26, 2009 - Africa faces 'cancer steam train' - A former health secretary has told the BBC that the problem of cancer in Africa is "like a steam train coming down the track". - BBC

►March 25, 2009 - Study Links Anesthesia To Learning Disabilities - Morning Edition via NPR

►March 24, 2009 - Cervical cancer - majority of girls begin vaccine - West Sussex County Times, UK

►March 24, 2009 - The HPV vaccine -

►March 24, 2009 - First measles, now whooping cough - Sunshine Coast Daily

►Spring 2009 - IMPACT newsletter (pdf) - Canadian Paediatric Society

►Spring 2009 - IMPACT after 17 years: Lessons learned about successful networking - journal article (The Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases & Medical Microbiology) via

* One Click. One Life. - Jenny's Story (includes video) - website

►Issue 893 - The smears on the Government's conscience - With the sad news of Jade Goody's cervical cancer currently dominating the headlines, Lucy Roden investigates why university students are more exposed than most to the illness - It’s been hard to pick up a celebrity magazine recently without feeling teary-eyed reading Jade Goody’s heartbreaking story of her battle with cervical cancer. It’s scary that the young, vibrant girl we first came to know in Big Brother is soon coming to such a tragic end because of a disease which is now the second most common form of cancer in women under 35. - Gair Rhydd


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