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All the News Posted January 10-12, 2009

Posted January 12, 2009


►February 2008 - Virally mediated inhibition of Bax in leukocytes promotes dissemination of murine cytomegalovirus - journal article (Cell Death and Differentiation)

* ►January 13, 2009 - MMR scare 'fuelled by ministers' - The Independent, UK - "Ministers are 'fuelling the controversy' over health risks linked to the MMR vaccine by suppressing information about the decision to embark upon a national immunisation programme more than 20 years ago, the information watchdog has warned. The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has ordered the Department of Health to release a raft of 1988 documents under the Freedom of Information Act, saying that he believes it is in the public interest. The Government had blocked requests for the information from the public on the grounds that disclosure could affect the commercial interests of pharmaceutical companies and could hinder future policy-making."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Confidential MMR vaccine files should be opened in the public interest, watchdog rules - Daily Mail, UK - "Jackie Fletcher, who runs the vaccine awareness group Jabs, said parents who believed their children were damaged by MMR, often with debilitating gut problems, wanted to know the basis on which the vaccine was originally approved. They had been kept in the dark too long, she added. 'We want to see what the evidence was and how long the vaccine was tested for before it was used nationwide' she said."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Colombia Fails to Include HPV Vaccine in Public Health System - - "The government of Panama approved the free distribution of the HPV vaccine to all 10-year-old girls, but in Colombia, a bill that would introduce the vaccine into the public health care system of Bogotá has just failed for the third time."

* ►January 13, 2009 - Bill Gates: A profitable view of philanthropy - Financial Times via Peninsula On-line

►January 13, 2009 - Osotimehin promises to eradicate polio by July, this year - The Punch, Nigeria

* ►January 12, 2009 - Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade (requires registration) - New York Times

* ►January 12, 2009 - Vaccine Concerns Prompt Exemptions - More Parents Questioning Vaccine Safety - AP via

* ►January 12, 2009 - MMR Vaccine - GMC Formal Complaint - One Click Note: To date, the General Medical Council and the doctors so accused are refusing to respond. - Bill Welsh President Autism Treatment Trust via The One Click Group

* ►January 12, 2009 - To Encourage the Others - Martin J Walker MA via The One Click Group - "The British vaccine programme and those who guide it, run it and oversee it, presents one of the clearest examples of unaccountable, misguided and possibly criminal decisions made by a group of self-interested medical apparatchiks, in the history of British medical politics. The programme began initially to fall apart under the pressure of adverse damage reports in the 1970s. But instead of opening the doors to accountability and a minimal democracy, the DH, the government and political appointees like Professor David Salisbury, shut the gates of Whitehall and like unhappy totalitarians went on buying shoes and having architects build monuments to their greatness while the nation's children suffered...."

►January 12, 2009 - Measles threat fear as MMR vaccine slumps - Yorkshire Post

►January 12, 2009 - Eradication Goal for Measles Is Unlikely, Report Says (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►January 12, 2009 - Best of A of A: Part 2, What Did the CDC Know and When Did They Know It? By Mark Blaxill - Age of Autism

* ►January 12, 2009 - Families want Autism bill passed in Richmond (includes video) - - "House Bill 1588 would require insurers to cover the treatment of Autism through the age of 21, capping benefits at $36,000 annually. One-thousand people are expected to attend a rally Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the bell tower in Capitol Square."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Autism Study Examines Cause of Apparent Rise in Rate - Greg Laden's Blog via ScienceBlogs

* ►January 12, 2009 - Mercury in vaccines - Sioux Falls Argus Leader - "Since alternatives are available, there can be no justification for injecting mercury into human beings - especially children or pregnant women. Parents are the primary advocates for their children and they deserve both full disclosure from health professionals and no mercury in vaccines."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Jeremy Piven On His Sushi-Related Health Scare - NBC Philadelphia - "Jeremy said the high levels of mercury in his system took a major toll on his body. 'It completely shuts you down,' he explained. 'It feels like the heaviest bout of mono you’ve ever had in your life. You’re kind of crippled from it.'"

* ►January 12, 2009 - Blood Mercury Levels Associated with Income, Ethnicity and Residency - Environmental Health Perspectives (NIEHS) via Newswise

►January 12, 2009 - Trends: Autism, the Disease of the Internet Era -

►January 12, 2009 - New research raises possibility of prenatal screening for autism - Prenatal screening for autism moves a step closer to reality today as new research has found ways of potentially identifying the condition in unborn babies. - The Telegraph, UK

►January 12, 2009 - Testosterone linked to autism - NHS Choices, UK

►January 12, 2009 - Grillo: Research on vaccines and autism - Boulder Daily Camera

►January 12, 2009 - On Autism One Radio - January 15, 19 And 21 - Debut, January 15, 2:00 pm ET Shauna Layton: WE Are Together In Autism - The One Click Group

►January 12, 2009 - Autism One 2009, May 20-24 - The One Click Group

►January 12, 2009 - Autism: A mother's story - I've brought up autistic sons - and I would not take a prenatal test - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

►January 12, 2009 - Romance! Sexy! Autism? Harlequin Intrigue Debuts Kay Thomas' Better Than Bulletproof By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►January 12, 2009 - Technology Allows Children With Autism To Speak - MSNBC

►January 12, 2009 - Letter from Travoltas to 'The People of Ocala' - Ocala Star-Banner

* ►January 12, 2009 - UK Press Complaints Commission Rejects Roy Meadow - Press Gazette via The One Click Group

* ►January 12, 2009 - The Lancet: Who "Beguiled" Doctors? - Alliance for Human Research Protection via The One Click Group

* ►January 12, 2009 - From poison to prevention - A new generation of salmonella-based, single dose vaccine candidates to fight infant pneumonia - Arizona State University via EurekAlert!

* ►January 12, 2009 - Can a £40 holiday jab prevent skin cancer? Promising new research shows vaccine can reduce up to 70% of cases - Daily Mail, UK - "New research shows the yellow fever vaccine could slash the risk of malignant melanoma by up to 70 per cent."

* ►January 12, 2009 - iBioPharma's Pandemic Flu Vaccine Effective in Ferret Model - Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►January 12, 2009 - Juvaris BioTherapeutics Announces Positive Data From Clinical Trial Of JVRS-100 Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine - Juvaris BioTherapeutics via Medical News Today

* ►January 12, 2009 - Novel vaccine targets cancer cells' 'sweet spot' - "The researchers have designed 'glycopeptides', compounds in which sugars are linked to peptides that are recognised by T-cells. When given as part of a vaccine therapy, these glycopeptides rouse immune system T-cells into recognising TACA on tumour cell surfaces, attacking and killing the cancer cells." - Nerve WS Of India

* ►January 12, 2009 - Early flu strains this season resistant to treatment - The Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►January 12, 2009 - FDA stinks at policing conflicts (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The report found that only one percent of the almost 27,000 clinical investigators contracted by the agency in 2007 disclosed a financial interest. In 42% of clinical trials, the FDA never even received the financial disclosure forms from participating investigators that the agency mandates. The FDA not only failed to address these shortcomings, in 20% of the trials where investigators did report a financial conflict, the FDA took no action. In 31% of trials where researchers did submit financial conflict documentation, FDA reviewers didn't even indicate that they read the forms."

* ►January 12, 2009 - FDA OKs sharing unapproved drug uses with docs - AP via The Washington Post

* ►January 12, 2009 - Update 2-US lets drugmakers advise doctors on unapproved uses - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2009 - Frank Torti, Science Guy, Named Acting FDA Commissioner - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►January 12, 2009 - In FDA Files, Claims of Rush to Approve Devices (requires registration) - The New York Times - "An official at the Food and Drug Administration overruled front-line agency scientists and approved the sale of an imaging device for breast cancer after receiving a phone call from a Connecticut congressman, according to internal agency documents."

►January 12, 2009 - Wyeth, Santaris Ink RNA-Based Medicine-Development Deal - Dow Jones via

* ►January 12, 2009 - Epigenetic Inheritance “What Genes Remember” - Epigenetic inheritance of acquired characters more powerful than inheritance of genes - The experience of one generation can modify genes passed on to the next via a variety of mechanisms that blur the distinction between epigenetic and genetic Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society

►January 12, 2009 - Preteen Vaccine Week Planned for Jan. 18 to 24 in Placer County - YubaNet

►January 12, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 774 - Immunization Action Coalition

►January 12, 2009 - Vaccines blameless - letter - Calgary Herald via

* ►January 12, 2009 - Roberts’ office: NBAF officially awarded to Kansas - Lawrence Journal-World

* ►January 12, 2009 - Tim Kash’s Countdown To Kenya Starts With A Little Pain - - "One after another, the nurse stuck me in the arm … all the while smiling and talking to me as if she weren’t jabbing me with needles. If I’m honest, it’s not so bad, but not something I’m looking forward to doing again anytime soon. On the plus side, I’m now totally protected against the threat of hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), tetanus, diphtheria and, yes, rabies."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Flu shot mismatched on B virus, early data suggests (includes video) - CBC

* ►January 12, 2009 - Egyptian girl has bird flu, 2nd case this season - Reuters AlertNet

►January 12, 2009 - China says no evidence of bird flu virus mutation - Reuters India

►January 12, 2009 - CDC Statement on Oseltamivir Resistance, Antiviral Recommendations - CDC via Doctor's Guide

►January 12, 2009 - Vietnam finds H5N1 in smuggled Chinese birds - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2009 - CDC: Tainted peanut butter, 3 deaths may be linked - The salmonella bacteria that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states has been conclusively linked to peanut butter, Minnesota health officials announced Monday. Federal officials said the outbreak may have contributed to three deaths. - AP via FOX News

►January 12, 2009 - Human Genome sets 2009 rev view above Street, shares up - Reuters

►January 12, 2009 - Across The Nation | Colorado Testing Campaign Finds Link Between HIV, Hepatitis C -

►January 12, 2009 - Prolonged Nevirapine Use In Breast-Fed Babies Prevents HIV - Johns Hopkins Gazette

►January 12, 2009 - Anti-AIDS program boosts Bush legacy in Africa - AP via Dallas Morning News

►January 12, 2009 - Lasker winner: Humans to blame for HIV - United Press International

►January 12, 2009 - Global Challenges | AP/Washington Post Examines PEPFAR's Impact on HIV/AIDS in Africa -

* ►January 12, 2009 - HIV infection risk dependent on blood type: Swedish researchers - The Local, Sweden

►January 12, 2009 - HIV non-progressor status established soon after infection - Aidsmap

►January 12, 2009 - Doctor's HIV efforts recognised - A Scots doctor who helped to fight Aids in Africa until it claimed his own life is being officially recognised. - BBC

►January 12, 2009 - Local doctor travels to Africa to fight 'a pandemic' - Dr. Kathy O'Connell makes yearly trips to villages where HIV and AIDS are prevalent. - Daily Press

►January 12, 2009 - 150 years of Gray's: The iconic reference has spawned new generations - The famed medical book has evolved from textbook to physicians' clinical reference, while still carving out a place alongside other literary classics. -

* ►January 12, 2009 - Trading for treatment: Bartering makes a comeback - Physicians find creative ways to collect from patients during difficult economic times. -

►January 12, 2009 - FDA wants closer scrutiny of new diabetes drugs - With type 2 diabetes already increasing heart risks, the FDA is seeking assurances that new drugs won't do further damage. -

►January 12, 2009 - Massachusetts now applying CON rules to surgery centers - Physician-owners and other critics say certificate-of-need laws impede access. -

►January 12, 2009 - Medicaid funding cuts unresolved as new administration takes office - If allowed to become effective, the rules would reduce federal Medicaid spending by more than $12 billion over five years. -

►January 12, 2009 - Court orders Medicaid coverage for low-income HIV patients - California officials ignored a 6-year-old law extending benefits to patients before they develop AIDS, the judge said. The state contends the program is too costly. -

►January 12, 2009 - Quality reports for hospitals inconsistent - Leading sources for quality data rank the same facilities differently, even for the same conditions. Ratings providers say patients can judge for themselves. -

►January 12, 2009 - Hospitalist's role needs to be defined -

* ►January 12, 2009 - Routine antenatal anti-D prophylaxis for women who are rhesus D negative. - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) via

* ►January 12, 2009 - Brainstorms - AP via The Fayetteville Observer - “Sudden death in epilepsy is not an unheard-of phenomenon,” said Dr. Bruce Cohen, a staff neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic. It can happen with seizures lasting more than 15 or 20 minutes, typically when medicine stops working or if patients quit taking medicine, Cohen said. One way death occurs in these cases is respiratory muscles weaken from prolonged convulsions and the patient stops breathing, he explained. More rarely, he said, about one in 1,000 epileptics die each year from a condition doctors call “sudep,” or a sudden unexplained death that typically occurs with no sign of a seizure. Whether this happened to Jett Travolta or whether autopsy officials in the Bahamas know that term is uncertain."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Hepburn Shire records lower child immunisation rate - The Hepburn Shire has the worst rate of child immunisation in Victoria. - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

►January 12, 2009 - Effective new malaria drug to be approved by FDA - IANS via The Hindu

►January 12, 2009 - FDA Indicates Vytorin and Other Cholesterol Drugs Should Not Be Stopped -

►January 12, 2009 - Four biotechs set to soar - These four biotech stocks have tremendous potential for future gains. And best of all, each is currently trading for under $6! - Today's Financial News

►January 12, 2009 - 'After Care & After-Effects Conference', The Meningitis Trust - Meningitis Trust via Medical News Today

►January 12, 2009 - Food Allergies - What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You - Rocklin & Roseville Today

►January 12, 2009 - Medicare pay overhaul can no longer wait - Without action from Congress and the White House, doctors' payments in 2010 will fall off a cliff. -

►January 12, 2009 - 150 years of Gray's: The iconic reference has spawned new generations - The famed medical book has evolved from textbook to physicians' clinical reference, while still carving out a place alongside other literary classics. -

►January 12, 2009 - Combination of drugs found most effective asthma treatment - An FDA panel says long-acting beta agonists should be used in tandem with inhaled corticosteroids. -

►January 12, 2009 - Letters to the Editor - Greater transparency needed in how insurers account for care costs -

►January 12, 2009 - News in brief: Health & Science - Antiepileptic drugs get new warnings -

►January 12, 2009 - News in brief - Government & Medcine - Survey rates Medicare contractors -

►January 12, 2009 - News in brief - Professional Issues - Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform first face transplant in the U.S. -

►January 12, 2009 - Eyes wide shut - Known as the 'hidden' disease, trachoma is little understood outside the communities it affects - South China Morning Post

►January 12, 2009 - Sleepless nights equal more colds in U.S. study - Archives of Internal Medicine via Reuters

* ►January 11, 2009 - UW researcher in clinical trial consults for medical firm - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel - "More than two years ago, University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor James Gern approached the pharmaceutical giant Merck with a proposal for an unusual human experiment. The university would find people in the Madison area with asthma, deliberately infect them with cold viruses and give them the Merck asthma drug montelukast to see if it lessened their symptoms. From 2003 through 2007, Gern, a professor of pediatrics and an allergy and asthma specialist, has been a regular speaker and consultant for Merck, putting in 28 days of work and making between $35,000 and $70,000. Gern said he did not personally tell volunteers in the trial about his consulting."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Merck Reshuffles After Gardasil Setback - The senior vice president in charge of the top-selling vaccine will move to heart drugs. - Forbes

* ►January 11, 2009 - Inside New York Chicken Pox Parties - A growing number of New York parents are scheduling chicken pox playdates where kids share lollipops and trade germy pajamas to spread the disease and avoid vaccinations. But is it an ill-advised idea? - New York Post - "As for Angie, the graphic designer who brought her daughter to the chicken pox party in New Jersey, she checked Samantha every day for a sign. Finally, after two weeks, she noticed a red dot on Samantha's arm. Within a few days, she had a full-blown case. "It wasn't exactly fun watching her be so uncomfortable," Angie says. "But I just felt hugely relieved we wouldn't have to get the shot." Of course, she immediately sent an e-mail to friends and family. This time, the pox party was at her place."

►January 11, 2009 - 10 meningitis deaths shatter New Year fun in West Nile - Sunday Monitor, UG

* ►January 11, 2009 - Ashland residents draw attention with no-vaccine philosophy - AP via The Argus Observer - "There are so many parents in this free-spirited, unconventional small town who won’t get their kids vaccinated that federal researchers are paying money just to hear their side of things. On Saturday, 80 locals received $50 apiece to talk about their worries over the risks of childhood shots."..."The town of 20,000 on the flanks of the Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon has always been different. In the early 20th century it was on the Chautauqua lecture circuit, and the sulfurous waters of Lithia Springs drew visitors looking for a cure for what ailed them. Today, it has one of the highest rates in the nation for vaccine exemptions — 28 percent and rising in kindergartens, compared with about 4 percent statewide. One alternative school has 67 percent."

►January 11, 2009 - Identification Of Structure Mediating Spread Of Antibiotic Resistance - Wellcome Trust via Medical News Today

►January 11, 2009 - Details on drugs may belacking - The Telegraph

►January 11, 2009 - Salmonella prompts peanut butter recall - AP via Yahoo!

►January 11, 2009 - UT Southwestern Scientist Honored Among Best In Texas Research - UT Southwestern Medical Center via Medical News Today

►January 11, 2009 - Exercise and Our Health! -

* ►January 10, 2009 - Free FluMist clinic Tuesday - Belmont Citizen-Herald Wicked Local - “By obtaining this free FluMist, we will be able to target those residents who traditionally avoid getting the flu vaccine out of the fear of needles. In addition, this extended hour clinic will help us to avoid wasting or destroying unused doses of flu vaccine at the end of the season,” said Donna Moultrup, Health Director."

►January 10, 2009 - Asthma & Allergy Foundation CEO Appointed to NIH Council - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) via PRNewswire-USNewswire via RT Magazine

►January 10, 2009 - Frank Torti Tapped As Acting FDA Commissioner - The In Vivo Blog

►January 10, 2009 - Antibodies to battle microbes - INAS via Zee News

►January 10, 2009 - Roche prepares fresh Genentech bid - Financial Times

►January 9, 2009 - Sierra Leone: Health Ministry Reacts to Yellow Fever Outbreak in Bo - Concord Times (Freetown) via - "The ministry of health and sanitation will vaccinate more than 500,000 people for yellow fever in Bo district in an effort to stop the outbreak there from spreading to other parts of the country."

►January 9, 2009 - CDC Statement on Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) Resistance and Antiviral Recommendations - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

►January 9, 2009 - Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Typhimurium 2008-2009 - CDC

►January 9, 2009 - Proceed with caution - letter - Calgary Herald

►January 9, 2009 - London sees large rise in measles - A large rise in measles has been recorded in London, with 721 confirmed cases in 2008 compared with 424 in 2007, health officials say. - BBC

* ►January 9, 2009 - Bespoke Drugs - The promise and peril of personalized health care. - Forbes - "Increasingly defensive about accusations that drugs and vaccines are inadequately tested for safety, in recent years safety-obsessed regulators have required massive, hugely expensive and time-consuming clinical trials designed to detect even very rare side effects. Consider, for example, a vaccine against rotavirus (a common, sometimes fatal gastrointestinal infection in children) that was tested in more than 72,000 children--and another 40,000-plus in post-marketing studies. On a similar scale, a vaccine to prevent human papilloma virus infection and cervical cancer was tested in almost 30,000 young women. The days of definitive 28-patient clinical trials are long gone."

►January 9, 2009 - Texas Governor Protests Decision to Award Bio-Defense Lab to Kansas - Kansas mounted one of most aggressive efforts to win the lab - AP via

►January 9, 2009 - BioWatch: Acquisition canceled; lawsuit continues for Emergent - Company halts attempt to buy Connecticut biotech -

►January 8, 2009 - Spina Bifida Birth Rate Still Slowing - MedPage Today

* ►January 8, 2009 - Antipsychotic drugs double risk of death among Alzheimer's patients - New research into the effects of antipsychotic drugs commonly prescribed to Alzheimer's patients concludes that the medication nearly doubles risk of death over 3 years - Alzheimer's Research Trust via EurekAlert!

►January 8, 2009 - Drug-Induced Liver Injury in the U.S. - The most commonly implicated single agent was amoxicillin/clavulanate. - journal article (Journal Watch General Medicine)

* ►January 7, 2009 - PCC clears Times comment piece on cot death jailings - Press Gazette, UK - "The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint by paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow about an article in The Times claiming his evidence at two trials had 'led to the jailing of innocent people'. ... He was an expert witness at two trials, in 1999 and 2002, involving women suspected of murdering their children and claiming they died of cot death. Sally Clark and Angela Cannings were both jailed, but later appealed and were found innocent and cleared of all charges."

►January 7, 2009 - Payments to farmers key to halt China bird flu -OIE - Reuters

►January 7, 2009 - GPs flu pandemic workload warning - GP surgeries have been told to prepare for seeing nearly 200 extra patients a week in the event of a flu pandemic. - BBC

►January 7, 2009 - Factbox-WHO figures for bird flu cases in humans - Reuters

►January 7, 2009 - Swiss measles vaccine rate falls short - World Radio Switzerland

►January 7, 2009 - Antibiotics—Even Free Ones—Won't Cure Most Winter Ills - U.S. News & World Report

►January 6, 2009 - Sequella Lead Drug Compound SQ109 Selected for Phase 1B Clinical Trial Program - press release - PRNewswire-USNewswire

►January 1, 2009 - Psychopathy traits in adolescents with childhood attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder - journal article (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

►January 2009 - Adhering to vaccine schedule is best way to protect children from disease - AAP News via

* ►October 22-23, 2008 - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Summary Report - Summary Report October 22-23, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia (pdf) - Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* To Encourage the Others - Martin J Walker MA (pdf) - The One Click Group - "Over the last two or three decades, the government and its agencies has taken a specifically strategic approach to deaths and serious adverse reactions following vaccination. The meta-message is simply, herd immunity is the goal and anything that gets in the way of this is to be made secret and invisible. Adverse reactions, however serious, are to be trivialised and deaths are to be brought to the door of another cause or temporal coincidence. At the same time everything is to be done to reassure the public about the absolute safety of all vaccination. The central axis of this middle part of this essay deals with fits and convulsions and the way in which the JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] has consistently changed its public approach to these, both as a contraindication and a resultant adverse reaction. However, the approach of the committee to fits must be seen within the context of their approach to a series of other questions about herd immunity and individual susceptibility."


Posted January 11, 2009


* ►January 12, 2009 - Long-running MMR case resumes today - The Guardian, UK - "The long-running case against Dr Andrew Wakefield and his Royal Free colleagues Professors Simon Murch and John Walker-Smith, whose 1998 Lancet paper alleged links between autism and MMR vaccination, resumes at the General Medical Council this morning."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Disorder linked to high levels of testosterone in womb - Prenatal screening tests could follow ground-breaking research into 235 children - The Guardian, UK - "A prenatal screening test for autism comes closer today as new research is published that links high levels of the male hormone testosterone in the womb of pregnant women to autistic traits in their children. The ground-breaking study, published in the British Journal of Psychology by some of Britain's leading autism researchers, was prompted by the fact that autism is four times more common in boys than in girls. It is linked with other traits that are found more commonly in boys, such as left-handedness."

* ►January 12, 2009 - New research brings autism screening closer to reality - Call for ethics debate as tests in womb could allow termination of pregnancies - The Guardian, UK

* ►January 12, 2009 - Study criticizes FDA's screening system - An internal watchdog finds that financial conflicts involving outside researchers who test experimental drugs often remain hidden. (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times

* ►January 12, 2009 - Couple Defend Claims To Cure Disease - NZPA via - "A couple who profess to have homeopathic cures for diseases such as herpes, bird flu and smallpox are fighting more than 40 charges of making misleading claims."

►January 12, 2009 - Isles bid for vaccine exemption - Crofters on the Western Isles hope to win an exemption from a compulsory government scheme for the vaccination of animals against bluetongue. - BBC

►January 12, 2009 - Hepburn Shire records lower child immunisation rate - The Hepburn Shire has the worst rate of child immunisation in Victoria. -

►January 12, 2009 - H&FW declares war against Polio virus - Morung Express - "The Department of Health & Family Welfare today launched the Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization in its effort to eradicate the threat of Polio from Nagaland."

►January 12, 2009 - Anti-polio drive kicks off today - The News International, Pakistan

►January 12, 2009 - Exercise Redwood to test government response to human avian flu cases - The arrangements for setting up designated clinics (DC) in the event of occurrences of human cases of avian influenza were tested today (January 10) during an exercise organised by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health. -

►January 12, 2009 - Whooping cough epidemic raises new fears - Lismore Northern Star

►January 12, 2009 - Limited time left for free cancer vaccine - Latrobe Valley Express, Australia

* ►January 12, 2009 - Interviews - Dr. Husni Al-Goshae, Deputy Director at the Science and Technology Hospital and University Professor - Yemen Post - "Then we started with 17 Yemeni HIV/AIDS patients. After 3-9 months of continuous treatment, about 11 out of 17 patients were totally cured. The results encouraged us to look for new patients so we tried the medication on  40 Yemeni and non-Yemeni patients. About 25 out of 40 were totally cured of the HIV/AIDS virus."

* ►January 12, 2009 - Genetic traces of herpes virus found in babies - DPA via Monsters & Critics - "Human herpes virus 6 is apparently hereditary, according to research conducted at the University of Rochester in the US state of New York. According to a report in a German magazine for pharmacists, some parents pass on the human herpes virus (HHV-6) to their children because it is integrated into their chromosomes. It is the first time the virus has been shown to become part of the human DNA and then passed to subsequent generations."

►January 12, 2009 - Was it autism? - Death of Travolta’s son raises medical questions - AP via Manila Bulletin

* ►January 12, 2009 - If we screen out autism we run the risk of losing genius, too - As the number of disorders identifiable by prenatal testing grows, the debate about how to handle them is intensifying - The Times, UK

* ►January 11, 2009 - F.D.A. Is Lax on Oversight During Trials, Inquiry Finds (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The Food and Drug Administration does almost nothing to police the financial conflicts of doctors who conduct clinical trials of drugs and medical devices in human subjects, government investigators are reporting. Moreover, the investigators say, agency officials told them that trying to protect patients from such conflicts was not worth the effort."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Gerberding’s CDC legacy debated - Director draws praise, criticism from observers (requires registration) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "'In the last eight years, across the board in government, politics has been trumping science,' said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, a public health watchdog group based in Washington. Levi said he hopes the new administration 'returns to science as the basis of policy.'"
* ►January 11, 2009 - Gerberding's Departure From the CDC Is No Loss - Daschle Needs to Appoint a More Rigorous Patient Advocate - press release - The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "Every year, hospital infections kill more people in the U.S. than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined, and add $30.5 billion to the nation's health tab in unnecessary expenses. The incoming Secretary Daschle, who wants to reduce healthcare costs, should turn the CDC's attention to preventing these infections."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Best of A of A: What Did the CDC Know and When Did They Know It? (Part 1 of 2) By Mark Blaxill - "Managing Editor's Note: In light of the resignation of CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, we decided to re-run this post from Mark Blaxill. Part 2 runs tomorrow."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Here's why Virginia should mandate coverage for autism - Daily Press

►January 11, 2009 - The Onion Peels Back the Layers of "Deal to Heal" By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►January 11, 2009 - Dakota County / Spike in autism rates will test county - Schools, agencies prepare for wave of expected clients - Pioneer Press via - "A Dakota County report found that autism has more than doubled among students since 2002, a spike that has officials grappling with how best to provide services to these students as they grow older. Between 2002 and 2006, the number of students in Dakota County schools with autism increased 117 percent, from 514 to 1,117, the report reveals."

* ►January 11, 2009 - No link between vaccine and autism - The Province

►January 11, 2009 - Burlington couple sees promise in autism bill - The Journal Times

►January 11, 2009 - ANGEL helps woman with nephews who have autism - The Journal Times

* ►January 11, 2009 - Breast Cancer Gene-Free Baby Is Dangerous Sign of New Era of Eugenics, Genetic Class Wars - - "The era of pre-birth genetic screening of babies has commenced. Doctors at University College in London have produced what they called the 'world's first breast cancer gene-free baby' by screening a baby for the BRCA1 gene, which they claim causes breast cancer."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Testing, testing, testing…is this thing on? - Pharyngula via ScienceBlogs - "How about another pointless poll? In a web page for some TV show I've never seen, ABC is asking, "Did Arlene have the right to refuse to vaccinate two of her sons?" (I presume this refers to some fictitious incident in the program)."

►January 11, 2009 - UTMB doctor presents balanced view of immunization - “Do Vaccines Cause That?!: A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns,” by Dr. Martin G. Meyers and Diego Pineda, $14.95. - book review - The Galveston County Daily News 

►January 11, 2009 - The FDA Is Trying To Kill Me - The FDAs Ban On CFC inhalers. - OpEdNews

►January 11, 2009 - Time for a fresh start for the FDA - editorial - Financial Times

* ►January 11, 2009 - FDA downplaying mercury concerns is a scandal - letter - Ventura County Star

►January 11, 2009 - Studies show SE. Ind. site high in mercury levels (requires registration) - AP via Chicago Tribune

* ►January 11, 2009 - What does the MIND study on autism prevalence really say? - Autism Blog via

* ►January 11, 2009 - 'Chickenpox parties' go on despite vaccine - Chicago Tribune via Barre Montpelier Times Argus

►January 11, 2009 - Getting the Gardasil vaccine was a smart choice, teen writes - The Post-Standard via

►January 11, 2009 - Immune system: 'Natural killers' have a memory too - US scientists have discovered that a component of the immune system that was previously deemed a blunt weapon against microbes turns out to be rather sophisticated with a memory of past invaders. -

* ►January 11, 2009 - Killer cells craftier than thought - USA Today - "Released Sunday by the journal Nature, the study overturns a bit of conventional scientific wisdom about the nature and origins of our immune system. ... 'The textbooks are wrong, or at least, need to be amended,' says van Ulrich, who was not part of the new study. 'Even this study could be just the tip of the iceberg, given the many subsets of natural killers cell that exist.' Past studies his group has submitted suggesting results along these lines have met resistance from reviewers skeptical that 'innate' immune cells could demonstrate memory, van Ulrich adds."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Injection practices exposed 60,000 to hepatitis - Newsday

►January 11, 2009 - Doctors give side effects center stage to keep lid on antibiotics - USA Today

* ►January 11, 2009 - Flu shot mismatched on B virus; experts study adding extra strain to vaccine - Canadian Press via Yahoo! - "It appears there may be a partial flu shot mismatch again this year, with early data from Canada, the United States and Britain suggesting the vaccine component meant to protect against influenza B is not a match for the flu B viruses causing the most disease."

* ►January 11, 2009 - Are Flu Vaccines Beneficial? - There has been a lot of hype as to whether influenza vaccines really ward off bouts of the flu. According to this expert, the vaccines aren't worth risking the side effects. By Kristine Severyn, R.Ph., Ph.D. - via NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice

►January 11, 2009 - Extra Flu Vaccine Left at Health Department - Fox 12 Boise

►January 11, 2009 - City, VNA to offer meningitis vaccinations - SW Iowa News

►January 11, 2009 - Increasing number avoid transfusions - Valley among 125 hospitals in country using techniques to conserve patients' blood - Las Vegas Review-Journal

►January 11, 2009 - Bat with rabies found in Lincoln Square - Chicago Sun-Times

►January 11, 2009 - Atlantan researches Ebola outbreaks (requires registration) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►January 11, 2009 - Iran makes monoclonal antibodies - Iranian scientists have used cephaline to bind cells with the aim of generating larger amounts of human monoclonal hybridoma antibodies. - Press TV

►January 11, 2009 - Group wants more tests of baby formula - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

►January 11, 2009 - A Probiotic A Day Might Keep The Doctor At Bay -

►January 11, 2009 - 'Natural' remedies need oversight - Voluntary oversight of herbals and botanicals would better protect consumers' health. - opinion (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►January 11, 2009 - Tracking source of salmonella outbreak a complicated process - Food-borne bacteria sickens 400 - Detroit Free Press

►January 11, 2009 - America's Health Fails to Improve - American Health Foundation via

* ►January 11, 2009 - Who's the Doctor? - Insurers reject prescriptions to save money. - Columbia Daily Tribune

* ►January 10, 2009 - Police with Dogs: Vaccinating Kids in Maryland by Barbara Loe Fisher
BLF's Original Blog Post - New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice Blog

* ►January 10, 2009 - An actual pro-vaccine storyline? On ABC? - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►January 10, 2009 - Area Family Deals with Autism (includes video) -

►January 10, 2009 - Carlsbad: Young autistic men may move into Bressi Ranch home - Neighbors of similar Oceanside facility call it a community asset - North County Times - "least 120 Bressi Ranch property owners held a meeting Monday night to discuss the project. Several said that their community is not the right place for such a facility."

►January 10, 2009 - Circumcision can curb HIV rates - Should Australia increase infant male circumcision now to control future HIV? The question is controversial, but the case for doing so is getting stronger. - The Australian

►January 10, 2009 - When Childbirth Was Natural, and Deadly - Natural History Magazine via LiveScience

►January 10, 2009 - Time short to snap up free vaccine - Bendigo Advertiser - "Time is running out for young Victorian women to access the free cervical cancer vaccine, the Cancer Council Victoria has warned."

►January 9, 2009 - Meningitis scare girl ignored by West Middlesex Hospital doctors - Hounslow Chronicle

►January 9, 2009 - Majority Of Women Of Child-Bearing Age Unaware Folic Acid Should Be Consumed Before Pregnancy - Grain Foods Foundation via eMaxHealth

►January 9, 2009 - Gardasil again denied approval for women 27-45 - Reuters

►January 9, 2009 - Science & Medicine | Surgeon-to-Patient HIV Transmission Risk Very Low, CDC Report Says -

►January 9, 2009 - BENIN: Voodoo community remains impenetrable to HIV outreach - IRIN AFrica

►January 9, 2009 - US doctors pay to hear Ore. town's vaccine views - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►January 9, 2009 - Botox Injections Can Leak Botulism Toxin Into the Brain, Warn Scientists - - "The botulinum toxin injected into the face from the popular drug Botox can move into the brain, where it may cause damage to the central nervous system, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience."

* ►January 9, 2009 - Breast cancer gene-free baby born - The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. (includes video) - BBC

►January 8, 2009 - "Contamination" Season 2, Episode 211 - Episode Recaps - Private Practice via

* ►January 8, 2009 - Medical Journal Changes Its Policy After Criticism by Group (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Criticism by a national accreditation group over a lung cancer study that failed to disclose an author’s financial conflicts has led The New England Journal of Medicine to change its procedures."

* ►January 8, 2009 - If pandemic strikes, avoid doctor and get a 'flu buddy' - Guidelines to GPs say drugs could be accessed by phone - The Guardian, UK

►January 8, 2009 - Maroua: Measles takes a toll on inhabitants - Cameroon Radio Television

►January 8, 2009 - Bacterial meningitis kills 11-year-old; no sign of outbreak -

►January 8, 2009 - AIDS Docs' Verdict Delayed in Iran - University at Albany doctoral student held in Tehran prison since June - Albany Times Union

►January 8, 2009 - Anadys Pharmaceuticals Jumps In Pre-Market On Encouraging HIV Drug Study -  Trading Markets

►January 8, 2009 - HIV Prevention Study Featured in AIDS Journal - University of Kentucky News

►January 8, 2009 - Investor Ideas Homeland Security and Defense Stocks Directory Update for 2009 - Directory Includes :Homeland Security Stocks, Aerospace and Defense Stocks, Biodefense Stocks, Security Stocks, Energy Security Stocks, Infrastructure Stocks - PRMinds

* ►January 8, 2009 - HPV Vaccination Mandate for Immigrant Women and Girls - Erica Thurman - "Deadline: COB Friday, January 16  Dear Friends: Please sign on to the attached letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking it to reverse the newly imposedHuman papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination mandate for immigrant women and girls.  A diverse working group made up of national women’s health, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice organizations have come together to write this letter.  Please email Nancy Chung at NAPAWF to sign on:"

* ►January 8, 2009 - Fast-Track FDA Drug Approvals Leads to Deadly Drugs Entering Market -

►January 8, 2009 - Medical benefits justify Scots primate research - The Herald, UK

►January 8, 2009 - Malta excels in measles eradication campaign - Times of Malta

►January 7, 2009 - Avian flu becoming more resistant to antiviral drugs, says University of Colorado study - University of Colorado at Boulder via EurekAlert!

►January 7, 2009 - Tamiflu Is Unlikely to Thwart Flu Strain in Europe, Report Says - Bloomberg

►January 7, 2009 - Two flu strains need special handling - San Antonio Express-News

►January 7, 2009 - Girl's H9N2 virus of avian origin -

►January 7, 2009 - Group aims to raise awareness of neuropathy (requires registration) - San Jose Mercury News

►January 7, 2009 - Professor's research may hold key to HIV fight - Explore Baltimore County

►January 7, 2009 - Measles ‘epidemic’ fears allayed - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

* ►January 6, 2009 - Flu shots still available - The Cornwall Standard Freeholder - "'We even have difficulty getting more than 50 per cent of doctors and nurses to be immunized against the flu,' said Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief medical officer, at the Canadian Immunization Conference, a gathering of public health practitioners and researchers staged annually by the Public Health Agency of Canada, in collaboration with public health groups. 'I think it should be obvious that those who we rely on to deliver immunization should actually believe in it.'"

►January 5, 2009 - Huge rise in mumps in 2008 - Irish Medical News

►January 5, 2009 - Science & Medicine | HIV-Positive Infants More Likely To Develop TB, Study Finds -

►January 5, 2009 - Dirty money: Can the flu be passed on dollar bills? - Scientific American

►January 5, 2009 - Focus on a health worker promoting the jab - Evening Chronicle via ChronicleLive

►January 2009 - Bush Plans to Kill Mercury in Fish Warnings to Mothers and Children - Coastal Post

* ►November 20, 2008 - An infant with asymptomatic hepatic granuloma probably caused by bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination found incidentally at autopsy: a case report (full text) (pdf) - journal article (Cases Journal)

* Take Action Now! Call-in ALERT !! - ARE YOU PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD KEPT OUT OF PRE-SCHOOL OR DAYCARE ON Wed. JANUARY 14? Just over a year ago in Maryland, parents and children were rounded up in the gym, and told to get vaccinated or go to jail. Yes, it's true- read about it on our blog.  WILL IT HAPPEN HERE? It’s unclear, but we do know of PLANS around NJ, TO CALL IN LAW ENFORCEMENT on Wed. to prohibit children from attending school unless they have received the flu shot or have filed an exemption. - New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice


Posted January 10, 2009


* ►February 1, 2009 - Increase in the Prevalence of the Newly Discovered Pneumococcal Serotype 6C in the Nasopharynx after Introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases) - "The observed increase in serotype 6C prevalence may be explained by the induction by PCV7 of low amounts of functional anti-6C antibody, compared with anti-6A and anti-6B antibodies."

* ►February 1, 2009 - Transmission of Imported Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus in an Undervaccinated Community in Minnesota - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Mucosal Immunization with Attenuated Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi Expressing Protective Antigen of Anthrax Toxin (PA83) Primes Monkeys for Accelerated Serum Antibody Responses to Parenteral PA83 Vaccine - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Recombinant Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara Expressing the Hemagglutinin Gene Confers Protection against Homologous and Heterologous H5N1 Influenza Virus Infections in Macaques - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Immunization with a Nontoxic Mutant of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin A, SEAD227A, Protects against Enterotoxin-Induced Emesis in House Musk Shrews - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►February 1, 2009 - Factors Associated with Acquisition and Clearance of Human Papillomavirus Infection in a Cohort of US Men: A Prospective Study - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Treatment with Protein Synthesis Inhibitors Improves Outcomes of Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia after Influenza - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - A Short Course of Antibiotic Treatment Is Effective in Preventing Death from Experimental Inhalational Anthrax after Discontinuing Antibiotics - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Worldwide Epidemiology of Neutralizing Antibodies to Adeno-Associated Viruses - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Virulence Gene Expression in Human Community-Acquired Staphylococcus aureus Infection - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 1, 2009 - Unmasked Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Disease: A Disease Spectrum after Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►February 2009 - Allergies and adverse drug reactions: Clinical records versus patients' perceptions - journal article (Journal of Mental Health) - "Results: Almost two thirds of patients had experienced an ADR. For 64 patients documentation of ADRs was either inaccurate or incomplete. Specifically, allergy documentation was either inaccurate or absent for 81 patients interviewed. The severity of the reaction did not seem to predict whether it would be documented or not."

►February 2009 - Recruitment of mitochondria into apoptotic signaling correlates with the presence of inclusions formed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-associated SOD1 mutations - journal article (Journal of Neurochemistry)

* ►February 2009 - Date of birth in the occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases)

* ►January/February 2009 - Variables Associated With Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Acceptance by Men - journal article (The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine)

►January 11, 2009 - Anger after NHS pays £90,000 to celebrities to front public health ad campaigns - Daily Mail, UK

►January 11, 2009 - Flu and winter freeze set to kill thousands - Call for neighbours to help as pensioners struggle with soaring heating bills - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►January 11, 2009 - FDA Melamine Guidelines “Seriously Flawed,” Consumer Group Reports - A recent report determined FDA guidelines on melamine contamination to be unsafe. -

* ►January 11, 2009 - Scientology ‘in denial’ of illness, says Travolta’s mentor - The Times, UK

* ►January 10, 2009 - Acting FDA Science Chief to Stay During Transition - The Wall Street Journal

* ►January 10, 2009 - CDC director leaves fractured legacy (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►January 10, 2009 - Julie Gerberding Has Resigned (includes video) - Adventures in Autism

* ►January 10, 2009 - Dr. Julie Gerberding to Leave CDC By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►January 10, 2009 - Questioning the new MIND study on prevalence of autism - Autism Blog via

►January 10, 2009 - What’s Behind One State's Dramatic Rise in Autism? - Health News

►January 10, 2009 - President Elect Obama asked to share his vision for autism on Autism Sunday 2009 - Huliq

* ►January 10, 2009 - J.B. Handley on Oregon Public Broadcasting - Age of Autism

* ►January 10, 2009 - My Old Kentucky Home: More Mercury from Coal Fired Power? - Age of Autism

* ►January 10, 2009 - Early intervention is key to helping autistic children - Gainesville Times - "'My son was diagnosed when he was 3 years old,' said Jennifer Brown, who is a therapist at Challenged Child and Friends in Gainesville. 'We found a physician who works with metabolic issues who discovered that he had food sensitivities that were causing his symptoms. His body couldn’t break down gluten or casein. When we eliminated those things from his diet and put him on supplements, his symptoms went away. Now he’s in a typical first-grade classroom, and most people don’t believe me when I tell them that he used to be autistic.'"

►January 10, 2009 - Autism diagnosis not an end, but a beginning - Lower Hudson Journal News

* ►January 10, 2009 - Jacob Azerrad: How many more Rebecca Rileys? - To diagnose a 2-year-old as bipolar by adult standards is crazy - The Patriot Ledger

* ►January 10, 2009 - Orac and Steve Novella’s vaccination wonderfulness - Bad Astronomy Blog via Discover Magazine

►January 10, 2009 - Looking to Obama to Bring Logic to Food Safety (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►January 10, 2009 - Mercury in gold mining: a Third World toxic threat - AP via International Herald Tribune - "'The continued use of mercury in gold mining threatens millions of people all over the world, since mercury is a global air pollutant,' said Michael Bender, a coordinator for the Zero Mercury Working Group, a coalition of 40 groups worldwide that campaigns to reduce mercury use. 'We're talking about a neurotoxin that science clearly shows threatens pregnant women, their fetus and those who eat large amounts of fish.'"

* ►January 10, 2009 - Health officials cautious about male HPV vaccine - Guelph Mercury

►January 10, 2009 - Gardasil offers protection even if you do wait, teen writes - The Post-Standard via

►January 10, 2009 - Chicken pox cases rise - Chicken pox, whooping cough, and rubella cases went up in 2008 in Qatar compared to 2007 whereas the incidence of measles, meningitis of unspecified causes and hepatitis B decreased. - Gulf Times

* ►January 10, 2009 - Super Shot moves 5 immunization sites - Group outgrew several facilities, says director. - The News-Sentinel

►January 10, 2009 - Myanmar launches polio immunization drive - International Herald Tribune

* ►January 10, 2009 - Cruising couple bugged by yellow fever shots - Tripso - "The CDC has a list of countries where travelers are advised to get a yellow fever vaccine prior to visiting. Still, the yellow fever vaccine carries risks that Willa Kubasta is all too familiar with. Her late husband nearly died from a grand mal seizure brought on by a reaction to the vaccine and she has had issues in the past with immunizations. Kubasta did a little digging and discovered that the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have guidelines on who should not take the vaccine. Both organizations do not recommend yellow fever shots for those over 60 years of age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and infants under 9 months."

►January 10, 2009 - Dower Presents Poster Session at Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference - Dower and Associates, Inc. via PR-USA.NET

►January 10, 2009 - Pollution leads to spread of chronic diseases says Capt. Kanwaljit Singh -

►January 10, 2009 - Asthma & Allergy Foundation CEO Appointed to NIH Council - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) via PRNewswire-USNewswire via MarketWatch

►January 10, 2009 - Lake Health Department offering free flu shots right in your car - Orlando Sentinel

►January 10, 2009 - Over-65s told to get the flu jab urgently -

►January 10, 2009 - Flu outbreak expected in late January - Sofia Echo

►January 10, 2009 - No human bird flu case found in Beijing door-to-door epidemiological survey - Xinhua via China View

* ►January 10, 2009 - Student Dies; Meningitis Is a Concern (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The student, Ava Hecht, of Queens, had difficulty breathing around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, the police said. She was taken to Flushing Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. ... Her classmates reported that Ava seemed to have been fine in class the day before her death, and even as of Thursday morning, she had been on the computer instant messaging."

►January 10, 2009 - Can you get meningitis after having the vaccine? - Asthma Attack Relief Blog

►January 10, 2009 - Letter: Your View - Vaccine Search - The Daily Record, UK - "Last year, we at national charity Meningitis UK launched our Search For A Vaccine campaign, which signals the start of a major phase in the search for a vaccine for meningococcal group B, which accounts for almost 90 per cent of all cases in the UK."

* ►January 10, 2009 - Peanut butter recalled amid salmonella outbreak - CNN - "King Nut Companies issued a total recall of peanut butter that it distributes Saturday amid fears of a salmonella outbreak that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said has infected 399 people in 42 states."

►January 9, 2009 - Thinking outside the box - more on peanut allergies - The Press-Enterprise

* ►January 9, 2009 - Parents Battle Autism at Capitol (includes video) -

* ►January 9, 2009 - Tom Daschle on vaccination: "I can't imagine that we could do any better than ensure that every -- every child is immunized" - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►January 9, 2009 - Researchers Focus On Vaccine Deniers - Many In Small Oregon Town Believe Childhood Vaccinations Do More Harm Than Good - AP via CBS

* ►January 9, 2008 - Prescription Drugs | Public Citizen's Sidney Wolfe Taking on Larger Role at FDA; Drugmakers Express Concerns -

* ►January 9, 2009 - HPV Fought with MP3 Players - NewsChannel 10 - "This small disposable MP3 player explains HPV and how you can get it. Then it lets listeners hear from a 26 year old woman suffering from cervical cancer caused by HPV."

►January 9, 2009 - Emergent BioSolutions Provides Preliminary 2008 Financial Results and Guidance for 2009 - press release - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via The Earth Times

* ►January 9, 2009 - Israel-OPT: Threat of epidemics in Gaza - IRIN Middle East - "'Stopping the vaccinations has serious implications for children in Gaza,' UNICEF spokesperson Merixie Mercato based in Jerusalem told IRIN."

* ►January 9, 2009 - Whooping cough cluster reported - Hunterdon County Democrat via - "Their ages range from 7 to 9 and Mr. Rachel said the children 'have been treated and are doing fine.' ... Improved vaccines have reduced infection, Dr. Fellmeth said. Even though they're not completely effective, 'they're the best we've got.' An alert to healthcare professionals from Karen Alelis, an epidemiologist with the county Health Department, said the latest victims were 'up-to-date with their pertussis vaccine shots.'"

►January 9, 2009 - Meningitis death confirmed - Dumfries and Galloway Standard, UK

►January 9, 2009 - Pro-Life Advocates Oppose Abortion Drug Pusher Jane Henney for FDA Chief -

* ►January 9, 2009 - More effective treatment for pneumonia following influenza - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via Huliq News

* ►January 9, 2009 - Private Practice needs a shot in the arm - Houston Chronicle - "The sick boy is getting worse, and Cooper and Charlotte have to work together to try and save him. Standing helplessly in the doorway, Mom asks Cooper if the boy will be OK, and a disgusted Coop just walks off... wait, where's he going? And what's that in his hand? He goes into the waiting room with a measles vaccine syringe and jabs the youngest boy in the arm! Mom is yelling and screaming and trying to get to him, but Charlotte holds her back. Dang. As much as I agree that the boy needs to be vaccinated so not to get sick like his big brother, I'm pretty sure there's something illegal and just wrong about ambushing a kid with a needle while the parent begs you to stop. Mom yells that she will sue the hospital if anything bad happens as a result of the vaccine... although she could probably sue regardless."

►January 9, 2009 - Treatment Alternatives for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in the Pediatric Population CME (requires registration) - Medscape

►January 9, 2009 - Bird flu patient's sister had same symptoms - The China Post

►January 9, 2009 - Alliance for Pediatric Quality Supports New Standard for Child Electronic Health Records - Alliance for Pediatric Quality via Durham Count

►January 9, 2009 - European Commission awards 3.4m euro project to study toxicity of nanomaterials - Nanowerk News

►January 9, 2009 - SLACK Incorporated Announces the Launch of the Next Generation Infectious Disease News in February 2009 - PharmaLive

►January 9, 2008 - Lupus is a Significant Cost to Employers, According to Thomson Reuters Study - The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine via PRNewswire

* ►January 9, 2009 - Dentistry team discovers new molecule in blood-pressure control system - Journal of Neurochemistry via redOrbit - "Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Dentistry ( have discovered that the nerve cells controlling heart rate and blood pressure synthesize a molecule known to be critically important for proper nervous system growth. The finding could someday play a significant role in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and high blood pressure. According to the National Institutes of Health, SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between 1 month and 1 year of age. About one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure."

►January 9, 2009 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Requirements on Content and Format of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►January 9, 2009 - XDx inks collaboration deal with Bristol-Myers Squibb - San Francisco Business Times - "XDx Inc. has signed a collaborative agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. to identify biomarkers for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus."

►January 9, 2008 - Alternative Medicine is Mainstream Medicine - Wall Street Journal via Beliefnet

►January 9, 2009 - Health Highlights: - FDA Delays Decision on Gardasil Approval for Older Women - Consumers Union Urges Expanded Testing of Infant Formula - Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist in Spina Bifida Births - Salmonella Cases Still a Mystery - Large Lab Admits Problems With Vitamin D Tests - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay

►January 8, 2009 - Senate Confirmation Hearing: Tom Daschle (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The following is a transcript of the senate confirmation hearing nominating Senator Tom Daschle as Secretary of Heath and Human Services, as provided by CQ Transcriptions."

►January 8, 2009 - New Type of Vaccine Delivers Enhanced Immune Response - American Journal of Hemotology and Oncology - "A new vaccine platform that could bring fundamental changes to vaccine technology is being developed by scientists at the University of Copenhagen. Known as the InVacc platform, it improves upon original DNA vaccines and creates new vaccines with enhanced properties."

►January 8, 2009 - Revolutionary stem cell therapy boosts body's ability to heal itself - British researchers hope treatment will help repair heart attack damage or broken bones - The Guardian, UK

►January 8, 2009 - Autism Speaks Announces the Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program - Established With $3,750,000 Grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation - Autism Speaks

►January 8, 2009 - Bayer Sues Abbott Over Humira, Abbott Thanks Them With Their Own Lawsuit - Patent Baristas

* ►January 8, 2009 - Two young mothers die of pneumonia after medical staff tell them they only had flu - Daily Mail

* ►January 8, 2009 - FDA's morale spending irks Congress (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 8, 2009 - Health officials chase mutating influenza - Ledger Dispatch

►January 8, 2009 - Association between maternal use of traditional healer services and child vaccination coverage in Pont-Sonde, Haiti - journal article (International Journal for Equity in Health)

►January 8, 2009 - US FDA backs Merck, Schering-Plough's Vytorin - Reuters via The Guardian, UK

►January 8, 2009 - Traditional media to come under the microscope more - World of DTC Marketing

►January 8, 2009 - Rethinking TB (requires registration) - The Scientist - "New observations may turn scientists' understanding of the bug's pathogenesis on its head"

►January 8, 2009 - Newborn screening test could increase early detection of heart disease and save lives - Research paper: Impact of pulse oximetry screening on the detection of duct dependent congenital heart disease: A Swedish prospective screening study in 39,821 newborns - BMJ via EurekAlert!

* ►January 8, 2009 - Recognizing Children's Successes In All Areas May Prevent Teenage Depression - Students’ successes in the first grade can affect more than their future report cards. In a new study, University of Missouri researchers found links among students’ weak academic performance in the first grade, self-perceptions in the sixth grade, and depression symptoms in the seventh grade. - University of Missouri-Columbia via ScienceDaily

* ►January 7, 2009 - Dangers of HPV Vaccine Production in Plants, Microbes, and Viruses - Widespread releases of hazardous transgenes and vaccines have the potential to create viruses more deadly than the ones the vaccines protect against  - Institute of Science in Society - "The Cervarix vaccine available commercially is produced by GlaxoSmithKline using a baculovirus vector propagated in an insect cell line. A number of other vaccines are also being produced using baculovirus vectors. Baculoviruses are soil inhabiting viruses that infect insects. Baculovirus expression vectors propagated in insect cells were originally hampered by the appearance of many  interfering baculovirusese with chromosomal deletions, which arise as an intrinsic property of the native baculovirus. The intrinsic deletions in the viral chromosome may provide a source of diversity as the virus faces environmental challenges.  Such instability is undesirable in producing vaccines. Some progress has been achieved in making more stable baculovirus expression vector lines.  Nevertheless, regulators and the vaccine producer have not made public comment about the genetic stability of the baculovirus lines producing Cervarix vaccine, nor the fact that baculovirus is capable of  infecting mammalian cells and tissues. If the GM baculovirus infects mammalian cells and tissues in vivo, they would also transfer transgenes to those infected cells as gene therapy experiments have demonstrated since 2001."

* ►January 7, 2009 - US researchers find link between age, birth order and autism - University of Wisconsin-Madison via The Guardian, UK

* ►January 7, 2009 - Autism test 'could hit maths skills' - The prospect of a prenatal test for autism, allowing couples to choose whether to have a baby with the condition, is coming closer. And with it also comes the possibility of a prenatal drug treatment being developed. But in this week's Scrubbing Up, leading autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen warns caution is needed to ensure associated talents, like numerical abilities, are not lost if the test or a "cure" become available. - BBC

* ►January 7, 2009 - Preterm births rise 36 percent since early 1980s - Late preterm infants drive the increase - March of Dimes Foundation via EurekAlert!

►January 7, 2009 - New infrastructure $ for Canada (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent organization established by the government in 1997 to fund research infrastructure, announced a new C$45.5 million ($38.2USD million) program last month aimed at providing equipment and attracting researchers to Canadian institutions."

* ►January 7, 2009 - Genetic Mutation Causes Familial Susceptibility for Degenerative Brain Disease - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center via Biocompare

►January 7, 2009 - A Protein That Protects Against Alzheimer's? - Université du Québec à Montréal via Biocompare

►January 7, 2009 - Toxicity Mechanism Identified For Parkinson's Disease - Toxicity mechanism identified for Parkinson's disease via Biocompare

►January 7, 2009 - South Africa: 'Cheaper, Safer' Rabies Drug Wins Prize - via - "The antibody drug, Rabivir, 'is potentially cheaper than existing vaccines as it will be extracted using relatively simple technology from tobacco leaves, which are cheap to grow and can guarantee a reliable supply,' says Chikwamba."

►January 7, 2009 - GenWay Biotech sells technology, antibodies to Sigma-Aldrich - SmartBrief

* ►January 6, 2009 - Taking Shots (includes audio MP3) - Oregon Public Broadcasting - "Guests: Jennifer Margulis: Travel writer and mother in Ashland who chose not to vaccinate her three kids when they were babies  Dan Salmon: Vaccine safety specialist with the National Vaccine Program Office  Jeffrey Baker: Pediatrician and the director of the History of Medicine Program at Duke University School of Medicine  J.B. Handley: Co-founder of Generation Rescue"

* ►January 6, 2009 - Argentina's Deadly Yellow Fever Outbreak Spurs Mass Vaccination - Bloomberg

►January 6, 2009 - Thousands skip flu jab - Glasgow Evening Times

►January 6, 2009 - State's first flu death reported -

►January 6, 2009 - Improved general health of international adoptees, but immunization status still insufficient - journal article (European Journal of Pediatrics)

►January 6, 2009 - Bacterial meningitis: Signs, symptoms, and therapy - Bacterial infection of the meninges is potentially treatable if diagnosed early, making rapid diagnostics essential and increasing pressure on the clinician. - Cortlandt Forum

* ►January 6, 2009 - NHS patient error deaths 'rising' - More than 3,000 hospital patients have died because of errors by NHS staff in England over the past year, figures show. - BBC

* ►January 6, 2009 - Some kids leave ER without getting needed care - Annals of Emergency Medicine via Reuters Health

►January 5, 2009 - Notice: "Guidance for Industry: Substantiation for Dietary Supplement Claims Made Under Section 403(r)(6) f the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;" Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►January 5, 2009 - After five years, researchers still don’t know what to make of the bird flu virus - Canadian Press via Daily Gleaner

►January 5, 2009 - Flu-like symptoms shut down N.B. hospital to visitors - Canadian Press via CTV - " The exact nature of the illness has not been determined."

►January 5, 2009 - Foundation to be established to prepare vaccines: DOH - Central News Agency via eTaiwan News

►January 5, 2009 - HPV not just a threat to women, research shows - Elmira Star-Gazette

►January 5, 2009 - Diseases To Watch For In 2009 Include Hantavirus - Medical News Today

►January 5, 2009 - What Lies Behind the Fall in the HIV Population in India? - Media For Freedom

►January 5, 2009 - EnviroLogix and Ionian Technologies Enter Into Exclusive DNA License and Technology Transfer Agreement - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►January 3, 2009 - Second-generation versus first-generation antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenia: a meta-analysis - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►January 1, 2009 - Neutrophilic dermatosis of the hands after influenza vaccination - journal article (International Journal of Dermatology)

* ►January 1, 2009 - Status of Contraceptive Vaccines - journal article (American Journal of Reproductive Immunology)

* ►January 1, 2009 - Progression of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Is Significantly Impeded with a Combination of Vaccine and COX-2 Inhibition - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►January 1, 2009 - Antidepressant-coincident mania in children and adolescents treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - journal article (Future Neurology)

►January 2009 - Lack of antibody affinity maturation due to poor Toll-like receptor stimulation leads to enhanced respiratory syncytial virus disease - journal article (Nature Medicine)

►January 2009 - Acquired Immunity to Malaria - journal article (Clinical Microbiology Reviews)

►January 2009 - Immunobiology of Human Cytomegalovirus: from Bench to Bedside - journal article (Clinical Microbiology Reviews)

►January 2009 - Neurotoxic autoantibodies mediate congenital cortical impairment of offspring in maternal lupus - journal article (Nature Medicine)

►December 31, 2008 - "Jerky" dystonia in children: Spectrum of phenotypes and genetic testing. - journal article (Movement Disorders)

* ►December 23, 2008 - Title: Influenza vaccine - Vlaams Interuniversitair Instituut Voor Biotechnologie (Zwijnaarde, BE) via

►December 23, 2009 - Title: Antibody immunization therapy for treatment of atherosclerosis - Forskarpatent I Syd AB (Lund, SE) via

►December 23, 2008 - Title: Means and methods for the production of adenovirus vectors - Crucell Holland B.V. (Leiden, NL) via

►December 23, 2008 - Title: Preparations for the application of anti-inflammatory agents - Euro-Celtique, S.A. (Luxembourg, LU) via

►December 23, 2008 - Title: Single cell analysis of HIV replication capacity and drug resistance - The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) via

►December 10, 2008 - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)-Is It One Disease or an Overlap of Two Disorders? - journal article (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

►December 2008 - Mechanistic and pharmacologic aspects of status epilepticus and its treatment with new antiepileptic drugs. - journal article (Epilepsia)

* ►November/December 2008 - Obsessive-compulsive disorder with mitochondrial disease. - journal article (Psychosomatics) - "Psychiatric symptoms may predate the diagnosis of mitochondrial disorder; thus, psychiatrists should consider mitochondrial disorders in the presence of common physical signs that are typically associated with these disorders."

Autism Speaks Announces High Risk, High Impact Initiative - $2 million awarded for five ambitious new proposals - Autism Speaks


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