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All the News Posted December 10-13, 2007

Posted December 13, 2007


* ►January/February 2008 - Clinical evidence that Asperger's disorder is a mild form of autism - journal article (Comprehensive Psychiatry)

►January/February 2008 - Hospital use of antipsychotic drugs: polytherapy - journal article (Comprehensive Psychiatry)

* ►January 2008 - The impact of genetics and genomics on public health (full text) - journal article (European Journal of Human Genetics) - "Moreover, clearly there is potential to avoid ineffective, inefficient or even 'faulty' preventive strategies. For example, there is already the potential to differentiate between persons who will respond to certain vaccinations and those who will not. Why then should non-responders take the risk of side effects from vaccination if the vaccination will be ineffective and also have no benefit in this case at all? In this specific situation, which is estimated to be true for at least 10% of the population, would not primary prevention be immoral?"

* ►January 2008 - Modified vaccinia virus Ankara as a vector for suicide gene therapy - journal article (Cancer Gene Therapy)

►January 2008 - Drug allergy claims in children: from self-reporting to confirmed diagnosis - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2008 - Cytomegalovirus is associated with depression and anxiety in older adults - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

►January 2008 - Meta-analysis: gastrointestinal bleeding due to interaction between selective serotonin uptake inhibitors and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - journal article (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

►January 2008 - Selective expansion of T cell receptor (TCR) V beta 6 in tonsillar and peripheral blood T cells and its induction by in vitro stimulation with Haemophilus parainfluenzae in patients with IgA nephropathy - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2008 - Relationship between early intestinal colonization, mucosal immunoglobulin A production and systemic immune development - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2008 - Increased expression of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 and TLR4 in the colonic mucosa of children with inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2008 - Confirmation of the association between high levels of immunoglobulin E food sensitization and eczema in infancy: an international study - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2008 - Myelin-Basic Protein-reactive Specific CD4+ and CD8+ NK Lymphocytes Induce Morphological Changes in Neuronal Cell Bodies and Myelin Sheaths: Implications for Multiple Sclerosis - journal article (Archives of Medical Research)

►January 2008 - Detection of enteroviruses in the intestine of type 1 diabetic patients - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►January 2008 - The immune system in healthy adults and patients with atopic dermatitis seems to be affected differently by a probiotic intervention - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►January 2008 - The role of perceptions of clinicians in their adoption of a web-based antibiotic approval system: Do perceptions translate into actions? - journal article (International Journal of Medical Informatics)

►December 15, 2007 - Disease management takes center stage at USAHA - Future prevention, control, and eradication measures discussed - JAMVA News American Veterinary Medical Association

* ►December 13, 2007 - Rep. Dan Burton Addresses the House of Representatives – Says Mercury in Vaccines Causes Autism - Cites New Research Showing Mercury Causes Autism -

* ►December 13, 2007 - Soldiers being trained to give immunizations to base civilians - Stars and Stripes - "Prior to the course, the medics were qualified to give immunizations only to active-duty soldiers. The five days of training are normally part of Walter Reed’s 5½-week immunization and allergy technician course....The visiting instructors did not cover the allergy portion of the 5½-week course, so students will not receive what the Army calls an additional skill identifier. They will, however, receive a certificate of completion for their training and a memorandum verifying they have completed the training necessary to give immunizations to children."

►December 13, 2007 - Immune System May Target Some Brain Synapses, Researchers Find - Stanford University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

►December 13, 2007 - 4 extra vaccinations worth a shot for kids - editorial - New Brunswick Home News Tribune

►December 13, 2007 - Mandatory vaccines needed - opinion - Courier Post

►December 13, 2007 - Measles: ‘Casualty Figure Exaggerated’ - ThisDay

►December 13, 2007 - National polio campaign kicks off - Yemen Times

►December 13, 2007 - Firecrackers contain manure, carry tetanus- health execs - Philippine Inquirer

►December 13, 2007 - Industry Insider: Merck CEO glad Vioxx is wrapping up - The Star-Ledger via - "'Our strategy all along was to put a fence around Vioxx,' Clark said. 'We had the right leadership. We had the right strategy. My job was to focus on getting Januvia and Gardasil approved.'"

►December 13, 2007 - Measles, Mumps And Rubella Vaccines Suspended In Canada - Medical News Today

* ►December 13, 2007 - No need to fear vaccine - officials - Health Canada probe. Quebec withdraws batch of mumps shots; other Merck Frosst recall affects U.S. only - Montreal Gazette via

* ►December 13, 2007 - Infant mumps shots continue - Alberta Health expects to acquire more vaccine to avoid interruptions after recall - The Edmonton Journal; With files from Reuters via

* ►December 13, 2007 - Mumps vaccine being probed for allergy links - Health Canada warns officials countrywide to halt use of product after six Albertans suffer serious reactions (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

* ►December 13, 2007 - Nova Scotians in no danger from vaccines linked to anaphylaxis: officials - The Daily News, Halifax

* ►December 13, 2007 - Merck's Recall of 1.2 Million Doses of Meningitis, Pneumonia Vaccine Could Trigger a Shortage - The recall of a routine vaccine for babies due to contamination risks could trigger a shortage and likely will alarm parents, but officials said there is no known health threat. - AP via FOX News - "Barbara Kuter, Merck's head of pediatric medical affairs, told The Associated Press that the company will not be able to supply any vaccine for at least nine months. 'Manufacture of vaccines is pretty complicated, and we have to basically make some changes in the process,' then get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before resuming production and shipments, Kuter said. Merck hopes to restart production next fall, she said....The contamination was on unspecified equipment used in making the vaccine. Kuter said a sterility test during a routine evaluation of Merck's West Point, Pa., vaccine plant determined that the equipment was contaminated with a common bacterium called Bacillus cereus, or B. cereus."

* ►December 13, 2007 - Merck withdraws childhood vaccine - The Philadelphia Inquirer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX via Trading Markets - "The recall affects 10 lots of Pedvaxhib and two lots of Comvax, manufactured since July 2006 and distributed starting April 2007....Merck said it found contamination on some equipment during a routine inspection in October. This month, it traced the cause to a process improvement made in mid-2006."

►December 13, 2007 - Merck vaccine recall doesn't affect Canada: official - CBC

* ►December 13, 2007 - NVIC E-news

Merck Recalls HIB Vaccine: Contamination Risk by Barbara Loe Fisher

In what appears to be a pattern involving vaccine quality control production problems, on Dec. 12, 2007 Merck & Co. announced that it was recalling 13 Lots containing 1.2 million doses of HIB vaccine (PedvaxHIB and the combination COMVAX containing HIB and hepatitis B vaccines) for possible contamination with the common bacterium called Bacillus cereus (B. cereus). The microorganism makes spores that causes diarrhea and vomiting from eating contaminated foods (also known as food poisoning). Reportedly, a piece of equipment in Merck's West Point, PA manufacturing facility failed a sterility test and the bacterium was identified.

The CDC recommends that infants receive HIB vaccine at two, four and 12-15 months. The 13 lots of HIB containing vaccines began to be distributed in April 2007 and had expiration dates of 2009 and 2010. The FDA has released a list of the HIB vaccine Lot numbers:

At a 5 p.m. Dec. 12 press teleconference, CDC officials reportedly said that there is no proof the 13 Lots of HIB vaccine suspected of being contaminated are, in fact, contaminated. However, they added that if some HIB Lots are contaminated with B. cereus bacteria, then healthy children could experience skin irritation around the site of the injection and children with weakened immune systems could suffer more serious health problems within a week of vaccination In a media advisory, the CDC indicated that a transcript of the press teleconference would be made available at:

This is not the first time that Merck has had a quality control problem in its vaccine manufacturing plants. In August 2001, Merck temporarily suspended operations in one of its facilities manufacturing MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines to address issues raised by FDA inspectors during a plant inspection and to make modifications to its facility. According to the 2002 GAO report, the time it took to make plant modifications and difficulties in meeting FDA manufacturing requirements contributed to shortages of MMR and varicella vaccines between the end of 2001 and summer of 2002.

Almost all of the vaccine shortages that the U.S. has experienced in the past two decades have been due to vaccine manufacturer production and government regulation compliance problems, even though vaccine patent-holders and those advocating mandatory use of all vaccines licensed for children have attempted blame vaccine injury lawsuits for vaccine shortages.

Merck, which produces about half of the 14 million doses of HIB vaccine administered to American babies, will be unable to supply HIB vaccine to the U.S. for at least nine months according to Merck officials. French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi-Aventis, is reported to be considering ramping up production of its HIB vaccine to fill in the U.S. HIB supply gap.

In the meantime, parents who have recently gotten their infants vaccinated with HIB vaccine are left to wonder if their babies will get sick because they got a vaccine contaminated with bacteria. Only time will tell. All suspected HIB vaccine reactions should be immediately reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) at

NVIC has maintained a Vaccine Reaction Registry since 1982. To report a vaccine reaction, injury or death to NVIC, go to or to post a vaccine reaction report that will be available to the public on the International Memorial for Vaccine Victims, go to

"Drugmaker Merck & Co. produces about half of the nation's annual supply of 14 million doses of Hib vaccine.Merck recalled the lots after this week identifying a sterility problem in a Pennsylvania factory. It said sample vials from the recalled lots, tested before shipment, were not contaminated but the company could not assure sterility of the entire lots. "The potential for contamination of any individual vaccine is low," said Kelley Dougherty, a spokeswoman for the Whitehouse Station-based company. Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, echoed that in a news conference."This is not a health threat in the short run, but it is an inconvenience," she said. Barbara Kuter, Merck's head of pediatric medical affairs, told The Associated Press that the company will not be able to supply any vaccine for at least nine months. "Manufacture of vaccines is pretty complicated, and we have to basically make some changes in the process," then get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before resuming production and shipments, Kuter said. Merck hopes to restart production next fall, she said. "It's likely that there's going to be a shortage of this product," Kuter said, adding that the impact on the public is unclear." - Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press (December 12, 2007 in Miami Herald)

►December 13, 2007 - Vaccine Recall: What Parents Need to Know - TIME Magazine

* ►December 13, 2007 - Ivey considers penalties for about 700 violations of vaccination law - ‘Chronic’ cases forwarded by school system; more than 1,000 students still not in compliance - Gazette.Net - "He said the 700 cases forwarded to Ivey’s office were ‘‘the more chronic cases” – students who have missed the most class time since school started in August. Some students who are not in compliance have been barred from school. Korionoff said there was no timeline as to when parents might face legal action, but Ivey’s office would examine each case individually. If parents have not scheduled appointments or had their children receive the first in a series of shots, legal action could be taken against them, Korionoff said."

* ►December 13, 2007 - Product Approval Information Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein) Prevnar Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc, License #0003 - FDA/CBER

* ►December 13, 2007 - Merck Recalls Childhood Vaccine (free content) - The Wall Street Journal

* ►December 13, 2007 - The FDA and the IOM Report (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►December 13, 2007 - Sinovac's Hepatitis A Vaccine Healive Selected by Beijing Centers For Diseases Control and Prevention - Xinhua-PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►December 13, 2007 - Preemption Repeal Stalls In Michigan Senate - Pharmalot - "Along with consumer advocates, state Democrats are fighting with Michigan’s Republican-led senate to repeal a 1996 state law protecting drugmakers from product liability lawsuits. The move comes after Merck announced a $4.85 billion settlement to end thousands of state and federal Vioxx lawsuits, but Michigan residents can’t join the settlement because of the state’s drug immunity law."

* ►December 13, 2007 - Not all bugs in our system are bad - The News & Observer - "Probiotics have been used since ancient times, but attempts to scientifically validate their usefulness are only beginning. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a unit of the National Institutes of Health, and the American Society for Microbiology in 2005 sponsored a conference on probiotics. The group produced a report summarizing the evidence for the health benefits of probiotics. Among the benefits with the most scientific support: Treatment of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Diarrhea caused by rotavirus was the condition for which there was the greatest evidence of efficacy. Prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections, female genital tract and reduction of the risk for recurrence of bladder cancer. Shortening the amount of time it takes for the body to recover from an intestinal infection caused by Clostridium difficile bacteria, and prevention and treatment of infection that follows surgery to remove the colon. Prevention and treatment of eczema in children"

►December 13, 2007 - Dexamethasone in Vietnamese Adolescents and Adults with Bacterial Meningitis (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►December 13, 2007 - Corticosteroids for Bacterial Meningitis in Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►December 13, 2007 - Corticosteroids for Acute Bacterial Meningitis (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►December 13, 2007 - Governing Global Health: Challenge, Response, Innovation (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►December 13, 2007 - Coevolution with viruses drives the evolution of bacterial mutation rates - journal article (Nature)

►December 13, 2007 - Distinct physiological states of Plasmodium falciparum in malaria-infected patients - journal article (Nature)

►December 13, 2007 - Research unmask how Tuberculosis evades immune system - Research going on to better understand the relationship between the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and the human immune system defense cells that engulf them - Cornell University via Checkbiotech

►December 13, 2007 - Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and STAT4 - journal article (NEJM)

* ►December 12, 2007 - Merck Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of PEDVAXHIB® and COMVAX® - Merck & Co., Inc.

* ►December 12, 2007 - Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays - Last Updated December 12, 2007 - CDC - "Merck & Co., Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall in the United States for ten lots of PedvaxHIB® (Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine) and two lots of COMVAX® (Haemophilus b Conjugate and Hepatitis B Vaccine).  Please see Letter to Customer for information from Merck & Co., Inc. regarding the recall of vaccine for further information.  CDC is working closely with the alternative manufacturer of Hib Vaccine (sanofi pasteur) to evaluate and ensure vaccine supply.  Specific updates will be provided as soon as they are available."

* ►December 12, 2007 - Merck recalls 1.2 mln doses of children's vaccines - Reuters - "The Food and Drug Administration had announced that the company recalled 12 lots of the PedvaxHIB and Comvax vaccines 'due to lack of assurance of product sterility.'"

* ►December 12, 2007 - Merck recalls childhood Hib vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "We probably should have seen this coming. A month ago, Merck notified the CDC this same vaccine, called PedvaxHIB, 'was unavailable for shipment and would become available again sometime in the first quarter of 2008; the exact timing will depend on resolution of a manufacturing issue,' according to a news item on the American Academy of Family Physicians Web site."

►December 12, 2007 - Childhood Vaccine Recall - ABC 2 Baltimore

* ►December 12, 2007 - REMINDER/Health Canada: Three Lots of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine Suspended from Use - press release - Health Canada via Marketwire

* ►December 12, 2007 - N.S. withdraws lot of mumps vaccine over health fears - CanWest News Service via - "Health Canada has advised provincial authorities to temporarily suspend use of Lot 1529U of the MMR-II vaccine associated with the cases of suspected anaphylaxis."

* ►December 12, 2007 - Alberta halts mumps vaccinations after allergic reactions - CanWest News Service; Calgary Herald; with files from Edmonton Journal via - "Alberta bought 250,000 vaccines created by U.S.-based Merck Frosst from the ingredients to boost immunity in young people after a mumps outbreak began late September in Lethbridge, Alta., located about 200 kilometres south of Calgary. Small amounts from that batch also went to other provinces, and some Alberta health regions gave those shots to young children, though none became sick."

* ►December 12, 2007 - Mumps vaccine supply strained - CanWest News Service via

* ►December 12, 2007 - Vaccine alarm - Mumps campaign halted due to severe reaction fears - Edmonton Sun - "The same vaccine has been used for preschool children but there have been no reports of any allergic reactions among children. This puzzled the doctors, Tuckwell said. Vaccination of preschool children has also been stopped while the one-year-olds will continue to get it."

►December 12, 2007 - Suspended vaccine not distributed through Ontario's publicly funded immunization program - press release - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care via CNW Group

* ►December 12, 2007 - Sticking It To Children in New Jersey - Vaccine Awakening

* ►December 12, 2007 - Merck’s Childhood Vaccine Woes: Big Recall In US, And Canada Probes MMR Over Serious Reaction - Pharmalot - Comment: "My 18 month old child was hospitalized 8-1-07 2 weeks after recieving this vacc on 7-17-07! She ran a 105-106 temp for almost a week before they shipped her off to Childrens hospital in Oklahoma! There was a lump on her leg where she recieved the vacc…….after over 4,000 test were ran trying to figure out what might be causing her illness, nothing was found!!!!!!!!! Classified as a mystery illness?!!?!?!?!?!? What do you think I should do??????? Her twin sister recieved the same vacc the same day with no problems!!!!!!!"

* ►December 12, 2007 - New vaccines required at middle schools in 2008 - East Valley Tribune

* ►December 12, 2007 - New Jersey Requires Flu Shots; Parents Fear Autism. Where Do You Stand? -

* ►December 12, 2007 - Parents back flu shot order - Hackensack University Medical Center via

* ►December 12, 2007 - Amalgam Safety Old News? Not Quite. - DentalBlogs - "Some research indicates that amalgams cause gray hair, affect hormones, cause hair loss, gum disease, migraines, poor memory, depression, anxiety, mental lethargy, chronic fatigue, eczema and asthma, arthritis, backaches, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, MS, other neurological disorders – excuse me while I take a breath – damages DNA, alters structure of proteins, disrupts communication between cells, induces free radical tissue damage, inhibits antioxidant enzymes – and the list goes on."

* ►December 12, 2007 - Final Defense Authorization Bill Includes Allen Provision that Seeks Answers about Vaccinations for Military Personnel - Credits Barbara Damon-Day for her “determination to spare other military families distress about possible health risks to their loved ones” -

* ►December 12, 2007 - Senators Clinton, Roberts Introduce Legislation to Address Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza -

* ►December 12, 2007 - Washington DC Moves Closer To Licensing Reps - Pharmalot - "Sales reps may want to start studying. The District of Columbia council voted 7 to 6 to approval a bill that would create the first jurisdiction in the US to license sales reps, The Washington Post reports. The move is being closely watched and is likely to be mimicked by several states."

* ►December 12, 2007 - Cervical Cancer Screening in Adolescents: Sometimes Less Is More - Updated guidelines state that HPV DNA testing has no role in the management of adolescents with abnormal Pap smears. - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

* ►December 12, 2007 - Carbamazepine Prescribing Information to Include Recommendation of Genetic Test for Patients with Asian Ancestry - Connection of genetic information with medication use can improve safe use of product - FDA News - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that the manufacturers of drugs containing the active ingredient carbamazepine have agreed to add to the drugs' labeling a recommendation that, before starting therapy with the drugs, patients with Asian ancestry get a genetic blood test that can identify a significantly increased risk of developing a rare, but serious, skin reaction. Carbamazepine is a drug used for treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and neuropathic pain. It is sold under the brand names Carbatrol, Equetro and Tegretol."

* ►December 12, 2007 - U.S.: pig brain mist source of mystery illness? - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►December 12, 2007 - Suing A Drugmaker? File In Minnesota - Pharmalot - "The North Star state offers something not found in too many other venues - one of the nation’s longest statutes of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. This means someone has up to six years to sue a device or drugmaker for negligence and four years for a strict product-liability claim. Most states have statutes running two or three years."

* ►December 12, 2007 - FDA Oversight Questioned - journal article (JAMA)

* ►December 12, 2007 - Reports Help Identify and Manage Autism - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Aiding Emergency Research Aim of Report on Exceptions to Informed Consent - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Health Care in the Age of Genetic Medicine - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Medical Professionalism in a Commercialized Health Care Market - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Medical Education Theme Issue 2008 - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Patient Safety Law Adrift - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Handbook of Contemporary Neuropharmacology (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Diet and Health December 14, 1907 - journal article (JAMA)

►December 12, 2007 - Indonesia confirms 115th human bird flu infection - AFP

►December 12, 2007 - How to change NIH peer review? (requires registration) - Tell us what you think about the agency's ideas for improving how it evaluates grant applications - The Scientist

►December 12, 2007 - AIDS rising again - The Washington Times

►December 12, 2007 - Mali: Health Groups Rally to Improve Children's Health -

►December 12, 2007 - Uganda: Where Did Ebola Come From? - New Vision (Kampala) via

►December 12, 2007 - Agreement With China to Regulate Some Drugs (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►December 12, 2007 - Deadly virus strips away immune system's defensive measures - When the alert goes out that a virus has invaded the body, cells that have yet to be attacked prepare by "armoring" themselves for combat, attaching specific antiviral molecules to many of their own proteins to help resist the invader. - Washington University School of Medicine via Physorg

►December 12, 2007 - Guest opinion: Avian flu is coming: Hide the chickens indoors - Tucson Citizen

►December 12, 2007 - Eli Lilly signals vigour for outsourcing - Eli Lilly is the latest big pharma company to signal plans of a vigorous commitment to outsourcing in a bid to prevent its fortunes fading. - in-Pharma Technologist

►December 12, 2007 - UK Centre for Zoonosis Research to open in Liverpool - Northwest Regional Development Agency, UK

►December 12, 2007 - Lilly transfers to Purdue rights to tuberculosis drug -  The Indianapolis Star

►December 12, 2007 - DNDi Receives 25.7M Dollars From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation To Develop New Medicines For Neglected Diseases - Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative via Medical News Today

►December 12, 2007 - Chikungunya Transmission in a Temperate Region - More than 200 local residents in northeastern Italy were sickened by infection with chikungunya virus during the summer of 2007. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

►December 12, 2007 - Glaxo Tries Shaking Up Its Flagging R&D - Pharmalot

►December 12, 2007 - Earthbound mission for NASA: Public health - USA Today

* ►December 12, 2007 - Be Cautious About Flu Shots - letter - The Daily News Record

* ►December 12, 2007 - FEMA To Host Joint Influenza Pandemic Exercise - press release - FEMA via

►December 12, 2007 - Flu outbreak cancels show horse events - The equine influenza (EI) outbreak has claimed another victim, with the cancellation of horse competition from next year's Royal Easter show in Sydney. - The Australian

►December 12, 2007 - Use of adult vaccines needs shot in arm (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►December 12, 2007 - Polio vaccination completed in Barisal - The New Nation

►December 12, 2007 - Migrant children to get extra dose of polio vaccine - The Hindu

►December 12, 2007 - Cutback in Disclosure of Toxic Chemicals - AP via Houston Chronicle

►December 12, 2007 - A very restricted diet - Kids' allergies can turn eating into a scary experience - St. Petersburg Times

* ►December 12, 2007 - Should parents be able to decide children's vaccinations? - Press & Sun-Bulletin

* ►December 12, 2007 - Kitasato Univ. eyes vaccine checks / Freshman students to be checked for measles, rubella immunity before term - The Yomiuri Shimbun

* ►December 12, 2007 - FDA and HPV -- when did they know the truth? - Renew America - "What we have here is proof that there is scientific evidence that has been published in the past 15 years that states that HPV infection does not bear a direct relationship to the forming of cervical cancer. It also tells us that HPV, if allowed to will be taken care of by our own body's natural processes. '. . .most infections are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer.' With this being said, why do we need Gardasil when our own body is more than capable of eradicating HPV? What we need is a government policy to assist women with the cost of getting follow-up tests when persistent HPV infection is present. This would make more sense and our government would save so much money on these types of programs instead of $360 each for the Gardasil vaccination."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Gardasil -- my error is the smoking gun - Renew America - "This I found on page 11, document page 10. The introduction of the type-specific GardasilTM HPV vaccines among the sexually active women also requires genotype monitoring of the HPV infections before and after immunization to develop prevention strategy for the individual patients. Based on a 'Background Document" submitted to the FDA by Merck & Co., Inc. [14], injection of HPV vaccines into women who have concurrent vaccine-relevant HPV type infections may increase the risk, by 44 .6%, of developing high-grade precancerous lesions in the cervix. Therefore, it would be prudent to perform a sensitive HPV detection assay with accurate genotype determination on the patients to be vaccinated if prior HPV infection is suspected."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Recall Certain Lots of PedvaxHIB® [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)] and COMVAX® [Haemophilus b Conjugate (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate) and Hepatitis B (Recombinant) Vaccine] NDC 0006-4897-00 and 0006-4898-00 - FDA/CBER - "Reason: These lots of PedvaxHIB and COMVAX are being recalled due to lack of assurance of product sterility."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Health Canada: Three Lots of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine Suspended from Use - press release - Health Canada via Marketwire - "Health Canada has requested that MerckFrosst Canada provide a written report on any manufacturing or safety problems associated with Lot 1529U or its bulk components to complement other ongoing investigative efforts. Two additional lots (1528U and 1680U) that were made with the same materials were also sent to Alberta for the catch-up campaign and may be in use elsewhere in the country. Health Canada has requested that the use of these lots be temporarily suspended as well. In total, approximately 200,000 doses are affected."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Province suspends mumps immunizations for young adult - press release - Government of Alberta - "In light of serious allergic reactions to the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine in five individuals immunized during Alberta’s recent mumps campaign for young adults, Alberta Health and Wellness is suspending the province-wide campaign. Other provinces are also temporarily halting any use of the vaccine in the implicated lots, pending further investigation."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Alberta mumps campaign suspended after allergic reactions - CBC

* ►December 11, 2007 - Recall Certain Lots of PedvaxHIB® [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)] and COMVAX® [Haemophilus b Conjugate (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate) and Hepatitis B (Recombinant) Vaccine] NDC 0006-4897-00 and 0006-4898-00 - FDA/CBER - "Reason: These lots of PedvaxHIB and COMVAX are being recalled due to lack of assurance of product sterility."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Challenges for vaccination in the elderly (pdf) - journal article (Immunity & Ageing) - "Immunosenescence of the innate immune system may also contribute to the reduced response to vaccination, such as for influenza; while influenza vaccination has 70-90% efficacy in healthy adults, this falls to 17-53% in the elderly. This reduced efficacy is due to changes in the microenvironment leading to suboptimal stimulation of the adaptive immune system."

* ►December 11, 2007 - New Computational Technique Can Predict Drug Side Effects - University of California - San Diego via Biocompare

►December 11, 2007 - Leptospirosis vaccines (pdf) - journal article (Microbial Cell Factories)

►December 11, 2007 - Merck Reviews Progress on Strategic Plan at 2007 Annual Business Briefing - Merck

►December 11, 2007 - FDA Public Health Notification: Deaths reported following Radio Frequency Ablation of Lung Tumors - FDA/CDRH

►December 11, 2007 - Natural Human Hormone as the Next Antidepressant? - Elsevier via Biocompare

►December 11, 2007 - Drugmakers “mocking” Indian price controls, say reps - PharmaTimes

►December 11, 2007 - Judge dismisses lawsuit in cancer treatment scandal - AP via Newsday

* ►December 11, 2007 - State to require new vaccination for schoolchildren - The Business Journal of Phoenix - "The Arizona Department of Health Services wants schoolchildren in the state by vaccinated for the meningococcal disease, which is found most commonly in Saudi Arabia and in African countries including Mali and Ethiopia, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control....The agency is formulating the final rules, and the vaccine requirement is scheduled to go into effect in January."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Vaccine rule stokes fears over autism - The Record via North Jersey Media Group - "But some parents and activists criticized forced immunization as anti-American. They decried the lack of long-term studies on the vaccines' safety. 'We deserve a choice, not a mandate,' said Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination. Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, R-Westwood, was the sole legislator to testify. 'Children of this state are assaulted with shot after shot before they go to school,' she said. 'Don't force it on those who have these objections. This is America. What's happened to our freedom?'"

* ►December 11, 2007 - Newest New Jersey Joke: Spare the Criminals, Sacrifice the Kids - Age of Autism

* ►December 11, 2007 - Flu Shots for Children Grow Near in New Jersey (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Despite opposition from numerous parents and children’s rights advocates, a public health advisory panel voted on Monday to require all children in New Jersey who attend preschool or are in day care to get annual flu vaccinations. Before the vote, some parents who believe in a link between vaccinations and autism spoke against the proposal, but state officials said they did not believe there was such a connection."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Action Alert - Stop 4 New Mandatory Vaccines for New Jersey's Children – Some Contain Mercury Call NJ Gov. Corzine & Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs Today -

* ►December 11, 2007 - Vaccine Expansion Plan Advances - The Daily Journal - "'We all know, like all of you, that vaccines could carry serious side effects and consequences. We deserve a choice, and not a mandate. It is our right to decide what toxic substances we wish to inject into our child,' said Gail Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Push for More Mandatory Vaccines Leads to Parent Protests -

►December 11, 2007 - HPV vaccine a sure lifesaver for thousands - I have a teenage daughter, and I'm wondering about getting her the vaccine that prevents cervical cancer. Is it really safe? - Ask Dr. Weil via Rocky Mountain News

* ►December 11, 2007 - GPs left in the dark over HPV vaccination - The lack of clear national guidance on HVC vaccination is leaving GPs unsure of advice to give patients requesting the vaccine, and in the dark about whether they will reimbursed for the vaccine. (may require search at site) - Pulse, UK

* ►December 11, 2007 - Pneumococcal vaccination in elderly could be scrapped - The pneumococcal vaccination campaign in the elderly could be scrapped immediately, after a preliminary review concluded it had little impact on disease rates. (may require search at site) - Pulse, UK

* ►December 11, 2007 - Don't Let Influenza Ruin Your Holidays - Get Vaccinated - NFID Urges Influenza Vaccination Into the New Year - press release - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) via PRNewswire

* ►December 11, 2007 - Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi Joins American Lung Association of Michigan to Address Seriously Low Vaccination Rates; Urge Metro-Detroiters to Get Immunized This Season - Local 'Faces of Influenza' Karen Newman and LaShell Griffin Asking Everyone, Especially Mothers, to Protect Themselves and Their Families This and Every Year - Photo Opportunity/Media Advisory - American Lung Association of Michigan via PRNewswire

* ►December 11, 2007 - The Soul of a New Vaccine (includes video) (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "At a recent meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dr. Zarifah Reed, a parasite specialist in the World Health Organization’s vaccine research initiative, said she was troubled that the mosquitoes had to be raised on human blood, which cannot be sterilized. Even though mosquitoes do not inject one person’s blood into another, there is the theoretical risk of passing on a virus, a prion or some other pathogen, she said."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Trial Of New Malaria Vaccine Begins - Modern Ghana - "Clinical trials aimed at ascertaining the safety of a malaria vaccine when given alongside polio and tuberculosis vaccines, have begun here. In all, 170 babies, between six and 10 weeks are involved in the trials. The vaccine was developed by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, of Belgirus in partnership with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the U.S., for use in places where malaria is common."

►December 11, 2007 - China, US sign pacts to improve safety in food, drug trade: officials - AFP via Google

►December 11, 2007 - At-Risk Children Get New Meningococcal Vaccine - MedHeadlines

►December 11, 2007 - Shingles vaccine will protect against chickenpox - McClatchy Newspapers via Lexington Herald-Leader via

►December 11, 2007 - Chimerix Initiates a Multi-dose Clinical Trial of the Company's Lead Compound, CMX001, for the Treatment for Smallpox Infection - press release - Chimerix, Inc. via PRNewswire via

►December 11, 2007 - Milder Ebola strain complicates vaccine search (requires subscription for full article) - New Scientist

►December 11, 2007 - Op-Ed: Najwa Khuri-Bulos & Rana Hajjeh - Middle East Times - "Despite the many obstacles blocking our path, it is crucial that all Arab countries work together to increase access to childhood immunization."

►December 11, 2007 - Purdue, Lilly team up on exclusive anti-TB drug production - Journal and Courier

►December 11, 2007 - 'Don't downgrade Sydney airport quarantine' - North Queensland Register

►December 11, 2007 - Pathologist had history of mistakes, inquiry told (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star - "A forensic pathologist with a long history of making mistakes continued to do work for the province simply because there was no one else to do it, a public inquiry has heard."

►December 11, 2007 - Police sway pathologists' conclusions, expert says - Inquiry heard Charles Smith made faulty conclusion after hearing officers make comments at autopsy (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

* ►December 11, 2007 - Experts divided over shaken baby syndrome (requires registration or subscription) - Globe and Mail - "John Plunkett, an American pathologist, has published research showing that small children get the same types of brain injuries by falling from as low as one metre. Dr. Plunkett cites several studies by other researchers that have shown the 'triad' of symptoms associated with SBS can also be caused by accident or illness - short falls, genetic conditions and viral infections. Dr. Plunkett and a co-author listed those findings in an editorial published in a 2004 issue of the British Medical Journal, concluding that 'we need to reconsider the diagnostic criteria, if not the existence, of shaken baby syndrome.'"

* ►December 11, 2007 - Edmund Burke* Is Rolling in His Grave - Age of Autism - "As far as I can tell, the number of journalists interested in finding the truth can be counted on one hand.  At what point does failure to investigate become a passive form of libel?  A Missouri doctor checked the facts in his spare time—shouldn't we be able to rely on the people whose job it is to keep us informed to do the same?  How is it possible that our media are so wholly unconcerned with accuracy? "

►December 11, 2007 - Medical Center Hosts Autism Series - Greater Paramus News via Paramus Post

►December 11, 2007 - Nominate Someone for the Age of Autism Award - Nominations Close This Saturday - Age of Autism

* ►December 11, 2007 - Warning For immediate release - Three Lots of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine Suspended from Use - Health Canada

* ►December 11, 2007 - 5 Cases of Mumps in Southern Nevada - Las Vegas Now

►December 11, 2007 - City still down in dumps over mumps - The Calgary Sun - "As of late last week, 73 cases of the mumps had been reported in Calgary, up from 57 about a week before."

►December 11, 2007 - Bird flu kills Indonesian woman - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►December 11, 2007 - Lethal Human H5N1 Influenza Virus Replikin Gene Still Upregulated - Replikins, Ltd. today announced its latest findings regarding the virus replikin count in human H5N1 influenza virus. The company's software-driven analysis has found that the prevalence of these sequences has remained high in Indonesia; in addition, higher counts now have been found in China. These statistics reflect an "upregulation" of this gene which has been linked to the lethality of influenza viruses. When factored in with previous findings, this suggests that the H5N1 outbreak in Indonesia is not over and that the next country to show an increase in human cases and mortality rate will be China. - press release - Replikins, Ltd. via PRWeb via eMediaWire

►December 11, 2007 - Uganda confirms 113 suspected Ebola cases - Reuters Africa

►December 11, 2007 - Virus closes school, about 90 are sick - The Citizen Patriot via - "The schools are working with the Jackson County Health Department to confirm whether the illness is norovirus."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Virus Starts Like a Cold But Can Turn Into a Killer (requires registration) - Washington Post - "A genetic analysis of the microbe at the CDC revealed that the currently circulating version of the virus is slightly different from the original 1955 strain, suggesting the microbe had mutated in some way to make it more virulent. 'There are some suspicious changes in certain genes,' Erdman said. 'What we're trying to do now is link those changes to behavioral changes in the virus.' Because doctors do not routinely test for adenovirus, investigators are uncertain how common it is."

►December 11, 2007 - 1K infected with virulent virus that starts out like common cold - USA Today

►December 11, 2007 - Toddler treated for meningococcal - A two-year-old boy has been admitted to hospital suspected of suffering from the potentially deadly meningitis bug. - BBC

►December 11, 2007 - Like Other Pharma Giants, Eli Lilly Looking Offshore for R&D - ITBusinessEdge

* ►December 11, 2007 - Zyprexa Suicide: Husband Hung Himself... continued - Lawyers and Settlements

►December 11, 2007 - Pfizer gets HIV drug patent in India; share up 7.5% - Economic Times

►December 11, 2007 - Jamaican prisons have HIV under control - Jamaica's prison system has one of the lowest HIV prevalence rate in the world according to National Security Minister, Derrick Smith. - Jamaica Gleaner

►December 11, 2007 - More Adult Americans Lack Health Insurance, U.S. Report Says - Bloomberg

►December 11, 2007 - Patterns: Parkinson’s Raises Risk of Depression in Relatives (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►December 11, 2007 - Canadian study finds heart risks with Avandia - CTV

►December 11, 2007 - Weakened Antibacterial Immunity Linked To Obesity - Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine via Medical News Today

►December 11, 2007 - Merck to Continue Development Of Cholesterol, Obesity Drugs (free content) - Wall Street Journal

* ►December 11, 2007 - US lawmakers probing Merck, Schering-Plough trial - Reuters - "U.S. lawmakers said late on Tuesday they notified executives at Schering-Plough Corp SGP.N and Merck & Co MRK.N they are investigating allegations that the drug makers are withholding data from a study that may change how doctors treat high cholesterol."

* ►December 11, 2007 - Merck Reaffirms FY07, FY08 Outlook; Updates Drug Development Progress - RTT News - "During his presentation, Kenneth Frazier, executive vice president and president, Global Human Health, said that the company has achieved a nearly fourfold increase in global vaccine sales since 2005 and remains on track to double sales in emerging markets to $2 billion by 2010."

►December 11, 2007 - The beastly side of pets: Disease - Providence Journal

►December 11, 2007 - On the hunt for toxic toys - The Sun Chronicle

* ►December 11, 2007 - Widows' VA suit thrown out - Federal judge: No evidence terminally ill veterans suffered from fraudulent drug studies at Stratton - Albany Times Union

* ►December 11, 2007 - Product Approval Information Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live M-M-R II Merck & Co., Inc, License #0002 - FDA/CBER

* ►December 11, 2007 - Ghana: Trial to Add Malaria Vaccine to EPI Begins - Accra Mail (Accra) via

►December 11, 2007 - It's OK to combine kids' vaccine - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►December 11, 2007 - Beware of RSV - Infants and toddlers most susceptible to respiratory virus - RSV Info Center via The Star-Ledger

►December 11, 2007 - MRSA: RIP? (requires registration) - A Tufts biologist devises a strategy she says can save the tens of thousands of people infected each year with the deadly "superbug" - The Scientist

►December 11, 2007 - Examine the Pediatric Drugs: the Worldwide Market - Business Wire via PR-insider

►December 11, 2007 - Four-year-olds to face fat tests - Four-year-olds will have health tests for obesity from 2009 under a plan by the Federal Government to tackle the epidemic. - The Daily Telegraph, AU

►December 11, 2007 - Health Hype: STDs Part II (HIV/AIDS) - Anchor Web

►December 11, 2007 - Protein-Dependent "Switch" Regulates Intracellular Trafficking In Epithelial Cells - Weill Cornell Medical College via Medical News Today

►December 11, 2007 - Delicate Protein Balance Behind Immune System Response Uncovered - A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the protein interactions involved in the immune system process that fights infection yet, in certain inflammatory diseases, runs amok and attacks friendly tissue. - University of Pennsylvania via Science News

►December 11, 2007 - Diarrhoea bacteria could be from eggs, cream or food handlers - The Straits Times via asiaone

* ►December 11, 2007 - Why the chief scientist's attack on the media is misguided - David King's attack on the the Daily Mail and the BBC's Today programme ignores the fact that scientists need to examine their failings too - The Guardian, UK

* ►December 10, 2007 - Johann Hari: This deadly resistance to vaccination - From the ignorance of the 'Daily Mail' has flowed a serious risk of children dying - comment - The Independent, UK

* ►December 10, 2007 - The Heros of Autism - LA Daily News - "Dr. Barbara Firestone figured the more faces people saw and the more stories they heard, the less alone they would feel. That's how the founder and CEO of the Sherman Oaks-based nonprofit organization the Help Group came to write 'Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge.' Told primarily through the parents' voices, 'Autism Heroes' recounts the experiences of 38 families. People of all classes, races and age ranges are represented, including actors Joe Mantegna, Gary Cole and John Schneider and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jim Gott. The photography is by Joe Buissink, who also has a child with an autism spectrum disorder."

►December 10, 2007 - Books: Seeing Yourself in Autism (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times Blogs - "The title, 'Look Me in the Eye,' refers to the countless times teachers, parents and other adults demanded eye contact from him as a young child. But 'Look Me in the Eye' isn’t a tragic tale. It’s an entertaining, provocative and highly-readable story by a great storyteller who happens to have Asperger’s."

►December 10, 2007 - Smith: Signals missed as pathology errors piled up - Lack of oversight, shortage of pathologists contributed to `miscarriages of justice' (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star

►December 10, 2007 - U. of Southern Maine Mobilizes Against Mumps - The Chronicle of Higher Education

* ►December 10, 2007 - Calgary mumps clinics expand to non-students - CBC - "The mumps vaccination campaign in Calgary is putting a strain on the city's blood bank supply because more than 23,000 people who received the shot are not allowed to donate blood."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Students with deadly allergies speak out for their safety - Children with deadly allergies file human rights complaints naming their principal and trustee - Maurice Brenner, Human Rights Expert & Specialist via Marketwire

* ►December 10, 2007 - Kids With Deadly Food Allergies Take Complaints To Human Rights Commission (includes video) - CityNews

* ►December 10, 2007 - El Paso asthma, allergy experts report findings - El Paso Times - "Doctors from El Paso presented innovative and intriguing findings about asthma and allergies at the recent American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference in Dallas. The information in these two different cases has important implications for patients. In the first instance, Dr. David Mansfield, who runs the Allergy, Immunology and Asthma Center in Central El Paso, described his successful use of oral desensitization to treat child patients with peanut allergy."

►December 10, 2007 - Practices barred from charging for flu jabs - The GPC has ruled out campaigning to allow GPs to charge to offer flu jabs to patients not eligible for a free jab. - Healthcare Republic News

* ►December 10, 2007 - Despite Deaths and Miscarriages, FDA Refuses to Investigate HPV Vaccine -

►December 10, 2007 - CDC checklist helps companies plan (requires registration or subscription) - The Kansas City Star - "Preparing for a flu pandemic is a high-priority task at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s primary agency for protecting the health and safety of Americans."

►December 10, 2007 - Lawyers Talk Over Vioxx Settlement - AP via Houston Chronicle

* ►December 10, 2007 - FDA Workshop Anthrax Vaccines: Bridging Correlates Of Protection In Animals To Immunogenicity In Humans November 8, 2007 - HHS, FDA/CBER

* ►December 10, 2007 - FDA Workshop Anthrax Vaccines: Bridging Correlates Of Protection In Animals To Immunogenicity In Humans November 9, 2007 - HHS, FDA/CBER

* ►December 10, 2007 - Trends in influenza vaccination coverage rates in Germany over five seasons from 2001 to 2006 (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

* ►December 10, 2007 - Pitt gets $19 million from Department of Defense - The Pitt News - "Ted Ross, a researcher in the Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry department, agrees that it's one big competition. "[The DOD grants are] competitive, investigator-driven applications that are peer-reviewed by leaders in the [scientific] field and scored for innovation, scientific merit and impact," he said. Ross is currently working with the newly opened Center for Vaccine Research to develop a vaccine against the Dengue fever. In describing his research, Ross said that he and his colleagues are using a "virus-like particle approach to deliver genes from various Dengue viruses" to develop the vaccine. "The virus-like particles are non-infectious and contain no genome and therefore are inherently safer than inactivated or live virus-based vaccines," he said."

* ►December 10, 2007 - FDA Approves Phase I Clinical Trial for SKCC Breast Cancer Vaccine - Business Wire via MarketWire

* ►December 10, 2007 - Novavax, GE Healthcare partnering on flu vaccine - The Baltimore Sun - "Novavax is developing vaccines for H5N1 influenza -- commonly known as bird flu -- as well as seasonal flu and other diseases. GE Healthcare, part of General Electric Co., has systems and devices to reduce the time it takes for bioprocessing, including building a manufacturing facility."

* ►December 10, 2007 - ImmunoVaccine Technologies Inc. to Acquire Immunotope Inc. - CNW Group

* ►December 10, 2007 - NJ Mandates Vaccines For Preschoolers - Pharmalot

* ►December 10, 2007 - SC notice to Aventis Pharma on Novartis plea - Times of India - "New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Aventis Pharma Ltd on a petition filed by Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics Inc seeking reference of a dispute over marketing of anti-rabies vaccine for arbitration."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Psychologists Urged To Upgrade Ethics Rules - Pharmalot - "A task force of the American Psychological Association has recommended that its 148,000 members turn their nose up at pharma funds; limit the role industry plays at professional conferences, meetings and CME sessions; and adopt strict guidelines on conflict-of-interest disclosure, according to a primer published in the American Psychologist (take a peek)."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Out Of Sight, Out of Mind: Psychotropics & Foster Care - Pharmalot - "The use of the psychotropic meds on foster care children in one upstate New York county has grown precipitously in recent years, and the trend reflects a conundrum that frames the debate - Are foster children legitimately prescribed psychotropic drugs more commonly because they have so many needs? Or are the drugs used more as a convenient way to straitjacket troublesome behavior?"

* ►December 10, 2007 - The State of Children's Health: End of the Year Report Card - The Huffington Post - "We have government agencies and research institutions that receive trillions of dollars in federal funding (tax payer dollars) to investigate the causes and possible cures of disease. Our children are among the most vaccinated in history. One would expect America's children to be the healthiest among developed countries or at least in the top 10. In reality, the U.S. ranks near the bottom."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Big Pharma's tough medicine - Giant drugmakers have announced a record number of layoffs in 2007 as they overhaul their businesses in the hopes of reviving their sluggish share prices. - Fortune via CNN Money

►December 10, 2007 - Infectious Disease Specialists Establish NIH-Funded Program on Fungal Infections at Pitt - WebWire

►December 10, 2007 - Guidance for Industry Recommendations for Management of Donors at Increased Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) Group O Infection - FDA/CBER

►December 10, 2007 - Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry via

►December 10, 2007 - Treatment using antibiotic may help slow MS - Archives of Neurology via

►December 10, 2007 - FDA's Safety Reviews of Prilosec and Nexium Find No Evidence of Increased Rates of Cardiac Events - FDA

►December 10, 2007 - FDA Announces the Availability of Food Defense Self Assessment Tool - FDA

►December 10, 2007 - Senate committee perpetuates global warming scare - Clovis News Journal

►December 10, 2007 - Humans are still evolving, and at a breakneck speed - Study says pace is 100 times faster than historic levels - Los Angeles Times via Houston Chronicle

►December 10, 2007 - Health care workers record high absenteeism rates - OHS Canada

►December 10, 2007 - Prescription for N.J. drug firm: Make statin OTC - Merck takes a third crack at opening the market for its cholesterol lowerer - The Star-Ledger

►December 10, 2007 - Cancer drug may prove to be a blockbuster - Millennium's stock is soaring on robust sales - The Boston Globe

►December 9, 2007 - Neurons in the Frontal Lobe May Be Responsible for Rational Decision-Making - Harvard Medical School via Biocompare

►December 9, 2007 - Merck's search - Drug giant always on the lookout for a new firm to partner with - The Star-Ledger

* ►December 9, 2007 - Vaccination doubts on the rise - A small but rising number of parents opt out for their children, citing side-effect risk and other fears. More parents are citing philosophical reasons for deciding not to immunize their children. - Portland Press Herald via

* ►December 9, 2007 - Nasvax, Singapore firm to collaborate on hepatitis vaccine - The vaccine was originally developed by Biotechnology General. - Globes - "NasVax Ltd. (TASE: NSVX) has signed a cooperation agreement with SciGen Ltd. of Singapore to jointly develop and commercialize a vaccine against hepatitis B. The companies plan to develop a nasally delivered vaccine, instead of the current injected vaccines."

►December 9, 2007 - New York a Safehaven for Malpracticing Physicians - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►December 9, 2007 - Glaxo Asthma Drug Killing Children - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►December 9, 2007 - FDA Advisers Conclude: "FDA's Flaws Put Lives at Risk" - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►December 9, 2007 - Disconnect between right thoughts of physicians and what they do - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - US Supreme Court Hears Preemption Argument in Medical Device Case - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - Elder Abuse: Antipsychotic Drugs - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - Hospital Mortality - Massachusetts Patients Die at Higher Rate than US Average - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - Sen Grassley - Investigation of Antipsychotic Abuse in Nursing Homes - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - Sentenced to Science : Prisoners as Human Guinea Pigs - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►December 9, 2007 - Products With Good Bacteria Get Popular - AP via Google

►December 7, 2007 - Former leader of A&M's biodefense program dies - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

* ►December 7, 2007 - Children and Adults Exposed to Killer Chemicals - - "'BPA reads like a case study of how badly our chemical safety system is broken,' claims Jane Houlihan, vice president for research at EWG. 'We've known it's toxic for 75 years, it's polluting the bodies of almost all Americans, but we allow it in our food at levels that leave no margin of safety for pregnant women and young children,' she stated in a press release."

* ►December 7, 2007 - MedImmune speeding up drug applications - The Baltimore Sun

►December 7, 2007 - Report: Better bird flu warning needed - UPI

►December 7, 2007 - Celldex Therapeutics Announces Orphan Drug Designation for CDX-110, a Novel EGFRvIII Vaccine for Glioblastoma Multiforme - Celldex also receives approval from Health Canada to open clinical sites and establishes a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute - Celldex Therapeutics via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►December 7, 2007 - Is Modern Medicine Founded On Error? -

* ►December 7, 2007 - Sales people becoming less effective - World of DTC Marketing

►December 7, 2007 - Are MRI-detected brain abnormalities associated with febrile seizure type? - journal article (Epilepsia)

►December 6, 2007 - Protein Protects Brain Against Compound in Lead Poisoning, Liver Disease - University of Michigan via Biocompare

►December 6, 2007 - Federal dollars to help fund local autism research - Dayton Business Journal

►December 6, 2007 - Auditory Integration Training: An Alternative Treatment for Autism -

* ►December 5, 2007 - A comparative study on the immunogenicity, safety and tolerance of purified duck embryo vaccine (PDEV) manufactured in India (Vaxirab) and Switzerland (Lyssavac-N): A randomized simulated post-exposure study in healthy volunteers - journal article (Vaccine)

►December 5, 2007 - Biomarkers for Inflammatory Disease - BioMed Central via Biocompare

►December 5, 2007 - Senegal to launch Pan West-African campaign to prevent Yellow Fever - African Press Organization

►December 5, 2007 - Nigerian state gov't pulls out of Pfizer talks - Reuters Africa

►December 5, 2007 - Trends in Management of Acute Otitis Media Since the Release of the 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics/American Academy of Family Physicians Clinical Practice Guidelines (requires registration) - Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

►December 5, 2007 - Update on Prevalence and Treatment of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections (requires registration) (full text) - Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy via Medscape

* ►December 5, 2007 - Early Cord Clamping Boosts Lead in At-Risk Infants (requires registration) - Journal of Pediatrics via Reuters Health via Medscape

►December 5, 2007 - US Senate Plan Aims to Ban School Junk Food Sales (requires registration) - Reuters via Medscape

* ►December 4, 2007 - Commonly Administered Vaccines and Associated Illnesses CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►December 4, 2007 - Blood Lead Levels Linked to Attention Deficit Disorder - Environment News Service

►December 4, 2007 - Switzerland creates new centre for vaccine research -

►December 4, 2007 - India stops further trials of HIV vaccine - The Institute will develop an immunology, microbiology and vaccine research laboratory platform to encourage cooperation between scientists working in the field of HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, influenza and cancer vaccine development in Switzerland, from fundamental to clinical researchers. - Science and Development Network

►December 4, 2007 - Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Intercell (ICLL), and Aeras Global Tuberculosis Vaccine Foundation (Aeras) Announce the Initiation of a Clinical Trial for a Novel Vaccine Candidate Against Tuberculosis (TB) - AERAS Global TB Vaccine Foundation via PharmaLive

* ►December 3, 2007 - Rotavirus Vaccine Given With Childhood Vaccines May Protect Against Gastroenteritis CME (requires registration) - Medscape Medical News

►December 3, 2007 - Neonatal Screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (requires registration) (full text) - Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology via Medscape

►December 3, 2007 - Honey May Effectively Treat Cough in Childhood Upper Respiratory Tract Infections CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape Medical News

►December 1, 2007 - Controversial treatment for brain-injured children (includes video) - Action News takes a first-hand look inside a controversial organization that's been operating just outside Philadelphia for more than 50 years. It offers therapy for children with a wide range of brain damage and brain disorders. -

* ►December 007 - Assessment of Immunization Status in Hospitalized Children Followed by Counseling of Parents and Primary Care Physicians Improves Vaccination Coverage: An Interventional Study - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

* ►December 2007 - Comparison of developmental/intellectual changes between autistic disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified in preschool years - journal article (Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences)

►December 2007 - Asthma and infectious respiratory disease in children – correlation to residence near hazardous waste sites - journal article (Paediatric Respiratory Reviews)

►December 2007 - Infantile bullous pemphigoid treated with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology)

* ►December 2007 - Vaccines and autism: evidence does not support a causal association. - journal article (Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics)

* ►December 2007 - Lung cancer vaccines. - journal article (Current Gene Therapy)

* ►December 2007 - Let's Mandate Masks (requires registration) - Why every man, woman, and child should carry masks at all times. - The Scientist

* ►December 2007 - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Prion Protein Gene Codon 129VV, and a Novel PrPSc Type in a Young British Woman - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►December 2007 - How strong is the evidence that immunotherapy in children prevents the progression of allergy and asthma? - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►December 2007 - Prevention of allergic respiratory disease in infants: current aspects and future perspectives. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►December 2007 - The categorization of prior antibiotic use: Impact on the identification of risk factors for drug resistance in case control studies - journal article (American Journal of Infection Control)

►December 2007 - Mastocytosis and allergy. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►December 2007 - Oxygen Saturation and Heart Rate During Feeding in Breast-Fed Infants at 1 Week and 2 Months of Age - journal article (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

►November/December 2007 - The Developmental Costs of High Self-Esteem for Antisocial Children - journal article (Child Development)

* ►November 30, 2007 - Ongoing Challenges in the Management of Influenza CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►November 30, 2007 - Which Resuscitation Guidelines Should Be Used For Neonates Beyond the Delivery Room? (requires registration) - Medscape Nurses

►November 30, 2007 - Glycerol Prevents Severe Neurological Sequelae of Meningitis in Children (requires registration) - Clinical Infectious Diseases via Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►November 29, 2007 - Don't be afraid: learn to protect the family jewels - The Calgary Herald via National Post - "Experts at the Public Health Agency of Canada say "it is assumed that most people over the age of approximately 40 years have natural immunity to mumps" and that most young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have had adequate vaccination, though this varies by province. The "susceptible cohort" is therefore people aged either 12 or 17 through 40, and they are the focus of the current vaccination campaign. If in doubt, go ask your physician."

►November 29, 2007 - Flu Shot ‘Ammo’ Plentiful - No Shortage This Year, Health Officials Say - The Daily News Record

►November 29, 2007 - Identification of novel susceptibility genes in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus using a uniquely designed candidate gene pathway platform. - journal article (Arthritis and Rheumatism)

►November 27, 2007 - Review article: nutritional therapy in paediatric Crohn's disease. - journal article (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

* ►November 20, 2007 - Health authority bans physician shadowing (full text) - journal article (Canadian Medical Association Journal) - "In British Columbia's biggest health authority, the days when a pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales representative could scrub in and attend a surgery in an operating theatre, wander unattended through the emergency room or even be involved in the delivery of medications to patients, are now over."

►November 19, 2007 - How body's immune system can keep cancer dormant - ANI via Daily India

* ►November 16, 2007 - Special Alert: Haemophilus influenzae type b (PedvaxHIB®) Vaccine Shortage - Red Book® Online - "Merck & Co., Inc. has reported that its H. influenza type b conjugate vaccine, PedvaxHIB® (PRP-OMB), is currently unavailable for shipment. Merck expects that PedvaxHIB® will be available again sometime in the first quarter of 2008, but the exact timing will depend upon resolution of a manufacturing issue. Merck has an adequate amount of ComVax® (PRP-OMP/hepatitis B) to meet current demand, but not to meet an increased demand."

* ►November 2007 - Unmet Mental Health Need and Access to Services for Children With Special Health Care Needs and Their Families - journal article (Ambulatory Pediatrics)

* ►November 2007 - Environmental exposure scenarios: development, challenges and possible solutions - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Scientific governance and the process for exposure scenario development in REACH - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Risk management measures for chemicals in consumer products: documentation, assessment, and communication across the supply chain - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Issues in consumer exposure modeling: Towards harmonization on a global scale - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Tools for regulatory assessment of occupational exposure: development and challenges - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Modeling framework for human exposure assessment - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►November 2007 - Use of umbilical cord blood gas analysis in the assessment of the newborn - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►November 2007 - Is There a Relationship Between Lacking a Primary Care Provider and Child Abuse? - journal article (Ambulatory Pediatrics)

►November 2007 - 10-year research update review: psychiatric problems in children with epilepsy. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ►October 2007 - What should South African HIV vaccine trials do about social harms? - journal article (AIDS Care)

* ►October 2007 - HIV vaccine preparedness studies in the organization for economic co-operation and development (OECD) countries - journal article (AIDS Care)

* ►Fall 2007 - IMPACT Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program, ACTive Newsletter (pdf) - Canadian Paediatric Society - "A 14 year old developed encephalopathy 8 days after HPV vaccination, dose 1. She also had coryza and pharyngitis at the time of onset. Symptoms included mild cognitive changes, slurred speech, cranial nerve (12 and 7) abnormalities and moderate left-sided weakness. CSF contained increased protein. MRI brain scan indicated acute unilateral demyelination. CSF viral culture was negative. She improved after a 4-day admission. The final diagnosis was acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (ADEM), of unknown cause but likely the result of intercurrent infection. Follow-up 3 weeks later showed persistent mild unilateral weakness. Editorial: This is the first AEFI report to follow HPV vaccination. It has not been associated with a risk of ADEM in large-scale clinical trials."

►September 8, 2007 - Faulty Drainage Likely Cause Of Foot And Mouth Outbreak In England - Medical News Today

►April 2007 - Association Between Vitamin D Status and Physical Performance: The InCHIANTI Study - journal article (The Journals of Gerontology)

►November 2006 - Pharmacogenomics: challenges and opportunities. - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►May 2006 - Chronic vitamin D3 treatment protects against neurotoxicity by glutamate in association with upregulation of vitamin D receptor mRNA expression in cultured rat cortical neurons. - journal article (Journal of Neuroscience Research)

►April 2006 - Behavioural anomalies in mice evoked by "Tokyo" disruption of the Vitamin D receptor gene. - journal article (Neuroscience Research)

►March 2006 - Vitamin D receptor is required to control gastrointestinal immunity in IL-10 knockout mice. - journal article (Immunology)

►February 2006 - Increased severity of chemically induced seizures in mice with partially deleted Vitamin D receptor gene. - journal article (Neuroscience Letters)

►February 2005 - Intervention in autoimmunity: the potential of vitamin D receptor agonists. - journal article (Cell Immunol.)

►July 2004 - Impaired motor performance in mice lacking neurosteroid vitamin D receptors. - journal article (Brain Research Bulletin)

►June 2004 - Increased anxiety in mice lacking vitamin D receptor gene. - journal article (Neuroreport)

* ►May 1977 - Studies on the antimicrobial effect of vitamin D - journal article (Klin Wochenschr.)

Thimerosal Content in Some US Licensed Vaccines - updated October 16, 2007 - Institute for Vaccine Safety

* A-CHAMP Parent-Advocates Meet With Senator McCain - Senate Hearings on Autism (including thimerosal!) Requested by Senators McCain and Lieberman -

* Dr. Wakefield's response to The Mail on Sunday - press release - Andrew Wakefield via Thoughtful House - "I was saddened by the story of Jack Piper in today's Mail on Sunday, a national UK newspaper. Although I personally never had any dealings with Jack, nor any responsibility for or role in his care, I am aware of the fact that he suffered both a perforation during colonoscopy and a difficult post-operative recovery. Jack's care was negligent and this fact was admitted by the Royal Free Hospital. Extraordinarily, the consultant paediatric gastroenterologist responsible for performing the colonoscopy (not Dr. Simon Murch) left the procedure in the hands of an inexperienced junior doctor while he went off to perform a similar procedure in a private hospital. Strangely, this fact finds no mention in the article. While perforation is a rare but recognised complication of colonoscopy, in this instance its occurrence was inexcusable, negligent, and the basis for Jack's settlement. Sadly and inaccurately, Jack's story portrays him as a victim of 'MMR experimentation' and a picture of me accompanies the story. I am informed that Jack was assessed by Dr. Murch at his parent's request, on the basis of his unexplained bowel symptoms. Dr. Murch clearly considered a colonoscopy to be clinically indicated. I had no role in any of these decisions, but have no reason to doubt Dr. Murch's expert judgment."

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* ►December 17, 2007 - Punitive damages ruled OK for privacy breach - The New York decision says the extra penalty is needed to prevent future violations. - - "A New York appeals court ruling affirms that patients' privacy rights are paramount and makes it clear that the stakes for violating confidentiality could be high."

* ►December 17, 2007 - Future doctors flunk military medical ethics test - Physician service during the war on terror presents a dual-loyalty dilemma that medical schools should address, experts say. - - "Medical students should be taught how they can -- and should -- stand up to health plans, drugmakers, the government or any other entity that asks physicians to violate medical ethics."

* ►December 17, 2007 - Finding specialists to answer ED call getting even harder - Some hospitals are trying to solve on-call shortages by paying daily or monthly stipends. -

►December 17, 2007 - Missing the HIV message (American Public Health Assn. annual meeting) - After decades, efforts toward AIDS prevention may seem tired and worn. But people are still getting sick, as new at-risk populations are being identified. -

►December 17, 2007 - Rise of the e-mandates: Soon, you may not have a choice - As the drumbeat for use of health information technology grows louder, physicians are feeling pressure to buy in -- no matter what they think about its value. -

►December 17, 2007 - Cautious optimism greets second year of stable, lower liability premiums - Doctors warn that insurance rates are still extremely high in some areas and that courts could overturn recent tort reforms. -

►December 17, 2007 - FDA eyes "behind the counter" drug category with greater clinical role for pharmacists - Pharmacists argue it will increase access to health care, but physicians say it could endanger patients. -

►December 17, 2007 - Quality care not always enough -

►December 17, 2007 - AMA's plan for 2008 - The American Medical Association lays out strategies to improve the environment in which physicians and patients operate and offers tools for their everyday lives. -

►December 17, 2007 - Avenues explored for improving health literacy - A conference focuses on the scope of the problem and on ways physicians and others can help patients who have trouble understanding instructions and information. -

►December 17, 2007 - Letters to the Editor - Small practices could benefit from EMR data -- if given the chance -

►December 17, 2007 - News in brief: Health & Science - Physical activity increases while obesity rates level off - Hib vaccine supplies are cut - FDA concerned over anti-smoking drug - Sleep duration may relate to diabetes -

►December 17, 2007 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - AHIC endorses e-prescribing mandate - Ohio delays Medicaid doctor pay hikes - Physicians receiving Medicare survey - Romney supports federal medical liability reform -

►December 17, 2007 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Ohio high court overturns $30 million verdict - New study: Illegal Latino immigrants use Calif. health care less than U.S.-born Hispanics -

* ►December 10, 2007 - New Jersey moves toward mandated flu shots for preschoolers - AP via Newsday - "The state's health commissioner, Dr. Fred M. Jacobs, has until Dec. 18 to sign off on the mandates, though they have already been approved by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. Health Department spokesman Tom Slater said Jacobs was expected sign off on the proposal....Besides the flu shots, New Jersey also will require preschoolers to get a pneumococcal vaccine and sixth-graders to get a whooping cough booster shot and a meningitis shot."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Flu shots required for preschool, day care - The Star-Ledger via - "Children as young as six months will be required to get annual flu shots to attend preschool or day care following a vote today by the Public Health Council. The council also mandated three other vaccines, including two for sixth-graders. The vote makes New Jersey the first state to require annual flu shots for children attending preschool or day care. State health officials say the new vaccine mandates -- which take effect in the 2008-09 school year -- will reduce disease, hospitalizations and the need for parents to stay home with sick children."

* ►December 10, 2007 - NJ: First State To Make Preschool Shots Mandatory? - Pharmalot

* ►December 10, 2007 - New Vaccines for New Jersey Children - MyFox Philadelphia - "But some parents objected to the new shots over concern that some vaccines containing Thimersol may cause autism and other disorders. Anne Downing believes a flu shot received while she was pregnant caused Autism in her now 7-year-old daughter.  She says more studies need to be done before adding another cocktail of vaccines to the list children already take. She doesn't want to see other parents suffer."

►December 10, 2007 - NJ Flu Shot Mandate Causes Mixed Emotions - AP via

* ►December 10, 2007 - Ahead of the Bell: Flu Vaccine Makers - AP via Motley Fool - "Flu vaccine makers could receive a boost Monday if New Jersey becomes the first state to make flu inoculations mandatory for children entering preschool."

* ►December 10, 2007 - Rule on Shots Forces Some Students Off Maine Campuses (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "'I grabbed some clothes, my laptop, my toothbrush and went to stay with a friend,' said David Clark, 22, who was not allowed into his dormitory room. Mr. Clark, a senior, said that he had received two vaccinations but that the doctor’s office where he got the shots as a child was closed until Monday and could not fax a confirmation to the university until then. He said he planned to stay away from campus and wait for his doctor’s office to reopen rather than to pay for a shot at the university clinic. 'I don’t have $50,' Mr. Clark said."

* ►December 10, 2007 - DelSite Nasal Powder Technology Could Reduce Recently Reported Waste in Federal Vaccine Program - 'Room Temp' Technology Builds on Consumer Appeal and Tactical Importance of Needle-less Vaccinations - press release - Carrington Laboratories, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►December 10, 2007 - GE, Novavax team up on pandemic flu vaccine - Reuters - "GE said its disposable equipment would be a far quicker and less expensive method compared with steel tanks and filtration systems now used to make vaccines, which must be thoroughly cleaned and revalidated every time they are used to make batches of a different medicine."

►December 10, 2007 - Flu causes 36,000 deaths per year - The News Journal via The Coloradoan

* ►December 10, 2007 - A Mother’s Personal Story of a Vaccine Gone Wrong - Coppo recounts the endless struggles the family has dealt with since their son, Kenny, developed autism and other serious disorders due to his routine DPT vaccination that he received in 1979, when he was 19 months old. - I-Newswise

* ►December 10, 2007 - Air study results are inconclusive - Star-Telegram - "A long-awaited study of air pollution in Midlothian found levels of potentially dangerous benzene, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals at levels that exceed the most conservative health screening limits and "could be interpreted as posing a public health hazard."

►December 10, 2007 - Leukemia vaccine dramatically improves event-free survival in trials - Big News Network

►December 10, 2007 - Prevnar in steady supply, insists Wyeth -

►December 10, 2007 - Watch List: Five China Stocks for This Week - Seeking Alpha - "Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical (SKBI.OB) - Skystar is developing a bird flu vaccine that could be ready for commercialization in late 2008. Note that the Chinese authorities recently passed a law making it compulsory (starting 1/1/08) for all livestock and poultry to be vaccinated against diseases transmissible to humans."

►December 10, 2007 - Using Computer Simulation To ID Side Effects - Pharmalot

►December 10, 2007 - China's markets may be breeding killer viruses: HK expert - Reuters via asiaone

►December 10, 2007 - Scrub Up: Debate Over Reps In Canadian Hospitals - Pharmalot

►December 10, 2007 - Childhood rheumatism opens door for other ailments - Earth Times - "Children suffering from rheumatism can usually receive vaccinations composed of inactive or dead bacteria and viruses. Vaccinations composed of living but weakened viruses are also possible in some cases. Paediatricians should always be consulted first."

►December 10, 2007 - Pushing the limits of infectious disease research - University of California, Davis, and the Waters have dedicated the new Waters Facility for Advanced and Integrated Mass Spectrometry within Dr Julie Leary's laboratory for mass spectrometry (MS) Leary, together with collaborators at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Stanford University, is currently using this laboratory to study eukaryotic translation, the process by which messenger RNA is translated into proteins within the human 40S ribosome, to better understand how infectious diseases like hepatitis C and polio virus are transferred to humans. - Laboratorytalk

►December 10, 2007 - Gender-Related Brain Differences In Early Onset Mental Illness - American College of Neuropsychopharmacology via Medical News Today

►December 10, 2007 - Update 2-Glaxo teams up with Galapagos on superbugs - Reuters

►December 10, 2007 - China reports second plague case this year in Gansu - Xinhua via China View

►December 10, 2007 - Fears over Ebola outbreak in Uganda - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

►December 10, 2007 - Transplant boy is out of bubble - A six-year-old boy is able to leave hospital seven weeks after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor in the United States. - BBC

* ►December 10, 2007 - Age of Autism "Q&A" The Sacred Cow (Vaccines) And Autism in India - Age of Autism Q&A is a new feature by Dan Olmsted. We hope you enjoy it. - Age of Autism - "In this first-of-its-kind interview, two veteran health professionals talk about their eyewitness experience in India – and their account differs starkly from the official line. I met husband-and-wife chiropractic doctors Matthew Lewis and Dipti Patel at a Long Island autism conference recently.  I was impressed by their candor and compassion and the significance of their first-hand observations."

* ►December 10, 2007 - I'll Never Grow Up: The Looming Explosion of Adults With Autism - Age of Autism

* ►December 10, 2007 - Consumers ignored in GM debate - The Guardian, UK - "Similarly, King fails to mention that Andrew Wakefield, who began the MMR scare, had to endure an in-depth investigation of his private life by a Sunday newspaper. These debacles send a clear message to any scientist - if you want a quiet life in British science make certain that your discoveries do not upset the Royal Society, big business, the medical establishment or, most importantly, the government's chief scientist."

►December 10, 2007 - Brain 'irrelevance filter' found - Scientists believe they have located a new brain area essential for good memory - the "irrelevance filter". - BBC

* ►December 10, 2007 - Autism numbers increase - Greenwich Time - "In the 1996-97 school year, Greenwich reported to the state there were 13 students with autism. By the 1999-00 school year, the number had jumped to 45 students. Last school, that number climbed to 91 students."

►December 10, 2007 - Number of kids with autism is growing - letter - The Daily Advertiser

►December 10, 2007 - Coach Calhoun, As A Grandfather, Speaks To Need For Autism Awareness - TheDay

►December 10, 2007 - Disability Cases Last Longer as Backlog Rises (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►December 10, 2007 - Vaccine Shows Promise In Preventing Mono - Infectious Diseases Society of America via ScienceDaily

►December 10, 2007 - Vaccine Improves Event-free Survival For Leukemia Patients - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via ScienceDaily

* ►December 10, 2007 - Targeting the infectious agents behind cancers - Newsday - "Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, director of the Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, estimates that pathogens underlie anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of cancers affecting people globally. 'The magnitude of that link is grossly underappreciated,' Dannenberg said of viruses, bacteria and parasites that trigger tumor development. Cancers are popularly understood as miscues in the genetic code - mutations - that set off an irrevocable series of molecular events."

►December 10, 2007 - IAC Express 2007 Issue number 700 - Immunization Action Coalition

►December 10, 2007 - ACIP Charter - Last Updated December 10, 2007 - CDC

►December 10, 2007 - UN Reports Fewer Children Dying From Preventable Causes - A new report finds that last year the number of children dying before their fifth birthday fell below 10 million for the first time since the United Nations has been keeping records. But, the U.N. Children's Fund, which has just launched its latest Progress For Children Study, reports much more needs to be done to improve the health and well being of children around the world. Data collected from more than 50 countries is used to monitor progress towards international goals and targets, including the Millennium Development Goals. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva. - Voice of America

►December 10, 2007 - My Turn: Why vaccines are still important - Sierra Sun

►December 10, 2007 - HSE stockpiling 4.5 million vaccines - Irish Independent

►December 10, 2007 - Special round after one polio case was detected - 80 per cent coverage reported in BBMP limits - ‘Special care taken to cover children of migrant labourers’ - The Hindu

►December 10, 2007 - Pulse polio drive is to develop a health society: Governor - Eradication of polio is a national resolve, says Thakur - The Hindu

►December 10, 2007 - How to Fight Ebola - New Vision (Kampala) via

►December 10, 2007 - Say Hello to the Bugs in Your Gut - Your small and large intestines are home to countless microbes that some scientists think may play a role in determining how fat or skinny you are. - Newsweek

►December 10, 2007 - A Changing Portrait Of DNA - Every day, it seems, scientists learn something new about how our genes work. The latest insights into the dazzling and complex machinery of life itself. - Newsweek

►December 10, 2007 - Eat your greens to reduce cancer risk - Daily Mail, UK

* ►December 9, 2007 - The IP Blip and Battle Over Mercury and Autism - Age of Autism

►December 9, 2007 - Maine university bars hundreds of students without mumps vaccinations - New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►December 9, 2007 - UNICEF cites child health progress, work remains (requires registration) - Reuters via Washington Post

►December 9, 2007 - Twelve test positive for hepatitis B and C - Newsday

►December 9, 2007 - High Weedkiller Levels Found in River Checks (requires registration) - Washington Post

►December 9, 2007 - Huckabee Won't "Recant" His Call For AIDS Quarantine - The Huffington Post

►December 9, 2007 - All Brains Are the Same Color - op-ed (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►December 9, 2007 - Kristi Palma: Vaccination's autism link has me confused - - "I took some comfort in the words of Dr. Robert Sears. He is the son of famed doctor and parenting expert Dr. William Sears and a respected author, speaker and pediatrician in his own right. He writes on his family’s Web site, “Honestly, I’ve read all the research and both sides present good data and good arguments. I’m not sure who is right at this point.” The fact that a mainstream pediatrician would admit confusion over the matter seemed to validate my own confusion and frustration. But it still didn’t give me answers."

* ►December 9, 2007 - Catania's Bill Would Regulate Pharmaceutical Salespeople - The Washington Post - "The District could become the first jurisdiction in the country to license pharmaceutical sales representatives, a move a council member says would help protect doctors and patients from disreputable agents who help drive up the costs of prescription drugs."

* ►December 9, 2007 - Causes of Multiple Sclerosis - American Chronicle - "Many people in alternative medicine believe MS is caused by toxins in our food and environment. Mercury fillings and food additives such as MSG are at the top of that list. There are people who have had reduction in symptoms by having fillings removed or changing their diet to eliminate all foods that contain MSG."

►December 9, 2007 - Conference on vaccination in Arab world kicks off in Jordan - Kuwait News Agency

►December 9, 2007 - County Ready For Pandemic - Response committee developed plan to assist local authorities. - The News-Dispatch

►December 9, 2007 - Germ confusion runs rampant - USA Today

►December 9, 2007 - Researchers First To Image Biomarker Of Neurogenesis - Stony Brook University Medical Center via Medical News Today

►December 8, 2007 - Young males contracting mumps on the rise - LiveNews, Australia

►December 7, 2007 - Molecular neuroscience: Fat chance of survival - Mice that lack VAC14, a key regulator of phosphatidylinositol-3,5-bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) synthesis, develop brain lesions with high levels of apoptosis, supporting an important role for PI(3,5)P2 in neuronal survival. - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

* ►December 7, 2007 - Vaccines, Mercury, And Autism (includes videos) - - "'It was the mercury that took my child and now he is coming back, and we are enjoying him,' said Adam's mother, Linda. 'He is a lot of fun now.' While Linda doesn't take offense when people say Adam has autism, Linda rather says that Adam has mercury poisoning. She is part of a growing number of parents who believe mercury in vaccines cause autism. 'Adam just didn't have a chance, being born to an RH-Negative mom, being born in the '90s, Rhogam, and having the genetics, and having high testosterone, because testosterone enhances the toxicity of mercury. After treating him for mercury he has become a normal child,' said Linda."

* ►December 7, 2007 - The Fakest Time of the Year: The 2007 Falsies Awards - Center for Media and Democracy via - "Dishonorable Mentions - The level of deception throughout 2007 simply can't be adequately conveyed by our top Falsies Awards recipients. So we hope that you have some indignation left for the following winners of Dishonorable Mentions: The Vaccine for Cancer: The pharmaceutical company Merck got more than it bargained for when it embarked on a high-pressure lobbying and PR campaign to get U.S. states to mandate the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for schoolgirls."

►December 7, 2007 - Gardasil Adverse Event Reports Include 28 Miscarriages, yet FDA Nixes Further Safety Reviews -

►December 7, 2007 - ACIP: Guidance for Health Economics Studies - CDC

►December 7, 2007 - ACIP: Nominations for Future Vacancies on ACIP - CDC

►December 4, 2007 - Remote virus-hit island seeks aid - Britons living in what is described as the remotest community in the world are seeking help after the outbreak of an acute virus. - BBC - "BBC world affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge said the islanders were being affected by what appears to be an outbreak of viral-inducted asthma, which causes severe breathing problems."

* ►December 4, 2007 - Emotional distress and its correlates among parents of children with pervasive developmental disorders - journal article (Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences)

►December 4, 2007 - Achieving a High-Performance Health Care System with Universal Access: What the United States Can Learn from Other Countries (full text) - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►December 3, 2007 - States Sue EPA over Relaxed Toxic Reporting Requirements - LA Times, Ithaca Journal via Beyond Pesticides

►December 3, 2007 - Autism explosion due in part to expanded definitions - AP via Chico Enterprise Record
►December 2, 2007 - Hold the ice: What's in your glass might surprise you - Cold Truth | 'Someone's not washing their hands properly': 1 in 5 samples from restaurants, bars found to have high levels of bacteria - Chicago Sun-Times

* ►November/December 2007 - The Primary Care Physician Workforce: Ethical and Policy Implications (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Children With Hearing Loss and Increased Risk of Injury (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Recruiting Primary Care Physicians From Abroad: Is Poaching From Low-Income Countries Morally Defensible? (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Promoting Participatory Research by Family Physicians (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - AAFP Unveils Bold New Attitude, Actions (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Pursuing Equity: Contact With Primary Care and Specialist Clinicians by Demographics, Insurance, and Health Status (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Hypotheses and Questions (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Family Medicine: Care for A Lifetime (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November/December 2007 - Virtual Teams: Secrets of A Successful Long-Distance Research Relationship. A Canadian Perspective (full text) - journal article (Annals of Family Medicine)

►November 2007 - Effect of meningitis in infancy on school-leaving examination results - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

Transcript Excerpts from: Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information June 7-8, 2000 Simpsonwood Retreat Center - Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition

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