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All the News Posted May 26-28, 2007

Posted May 28, 2007


* ►May 28, 2007 - Another child dies after Hepatitis B vaccination - A four-month-old child in Vietnam Saturday died 15 hours after being vaccinated with a domestically-produced Hepatitis B vaccine, after three died earlier from Korean vaccines. - Thanh Nien Daily

►May 28, 2007 - Hepatitis B vaccinated newborns death investigated - Nhan Dan

* ►May 28, 2007 - Hepatitis B Vaccine suspended in Pakistan - Online - International News Network - "World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended the use of South Korean Hepatitis B Vaccine after reported death in Vietnam, Philippine, Russia and Bangladesh. It is pertinent to note that this vaccine is being used in Pakistan in private and public sector despite the instructions of WHO."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Thimerosal on Trial - The theory that vaccines cause autism goes to court. - Slate Magazine

* ►May 28, 2007 - Cancer Vaccine Ignores Moral Issues - press release - Family First via

* ►May 28, 2007 - Brother's fury at contaminated blood revelations - This Is Lancashire

* ►May 28, 2007 - Experts seek West Nile vaccine - Public health: Researchers have started clinical trials in humans, but approval process could take years - Idaho Press-Tribune

►May 28, 2007 - Uganda ex-minister back from Britain to face graft case - Reuters AlertNet - "Ugandan police said a sacked health minister charged with stealing funds donated for children's vaccines would appear in court on Monday after flying back from Britain and surrendering to authorities."

►May 28, 2007 - Muhwezi lawyers demand Shs120m from IGG - The Monitor, Uganda - "The IGG, Justice Faith Mwondha, had moved to stop Maj. Gen. Muhwezi’s multiple court challenges against his impending arrest and prosecution in the on-going vaccines money case."

►May 28, 2007 - Paris Anti-Avian Influenza 2007 World Congress - - "The second edition of Paris Anti-Avian Influenza 2007, will take place at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from May 31 to June 1, 2007. Paris Anti-Avian Influenza 2007 will gather more than 200 specialists from 23 countries."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Scientists claim bird flu vaccine breakthrough - Daily Mail, UK

►May 28, 2007 - Health officials: Pandemic flu fears drop is waning - Officials still recommend shots since thousands die yearly from the flu. - Pueblo Chieftain

►May 28, 2007 - Bird flu reported in three more provinces - The Veterinary Department on May 25 verified that avian influenza has appeared in three northern provinces of Bac Giang, Ninh Binh and Hai Phong. - VietNamNet Bridge

* ►May 28, 2007 - Bird Flu Infects Two People in Wales After Outbreak - Bloomberg - "The 'low-pathogenic' H7N2 strain of avian influenza was confirmed in two people with flu-like illnesses linked with a farm in Corwen in North Wales, the National Public Health Service for Wales said in a statement yesterday on its Web site."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Welsh Children Vaccinated For Bird Flu After Outbreak Of Mild H7N2 Virus - All Headline News - "Pupils at Ysgol Henllan, Denbigshire, will be treated with Tamiflu to prevent the bird flu from spreading."

►May 28, 2007 - Birdflu risk small, but more vaccine needed: WHO - Radio Australia

►May 28, 2007 - Thailand to host WHO flu meeting - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►May 28, 2007 - Soldier being treated for bird flu - China Daily

►May 28, 2007 - GPS devices implanted into birds to track migratory routes - China Post

►May 28, 2007 - Floyd County Health Department needs volunteers - Rome News-Tribune - "Volunteers will act as patients arriving at a dispensing site for a vaccination to protect against pandemic influenza, Townley said."

►May 28, 2007 - Australia's real health crisis - Every month, countless Australians siphon a token amount of money out of their bank accounts and send it to a Third World community. You know the ads - $39 buys you a couple of movie tickets and a jumbo popcorn but the same amount gets Kenny in Ecuador food and basic health care. -

►May 28, 2007 - TB, measles patients suffer due to shortage of vaccines - The News - International - Pakistan

* ►May 28, 2007 - Fosamax class action commenced in Canada - press release - Siskinds LLP via CNW Group - "Use of Fosamax has been linked to an increased risk of developing Osteonecrosis of the jaw ('ONJ'), also known as 'jaw death'. ONJ can be extremely painful and can cause jaw bones to rot and die."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Outbreak of Eye Infections Puzzles Officials (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked the acanthamoeba keratitis outbreak to AMO Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Solution. Advanced Medical Optics of Santa Ana, Calif., manufactures the solution, which is used to clean and store soft contact lenses."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Judicial Watch Publishes FDA Data On Adverse Events Associated With Gardasil - Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report via Medical News Today

* ►May 28, 2007 - Vaccine hope for food disease sufferers - Forbidden pastries, pasta and bread may soon be back on the menu for those suffering coeliac disease as a vaccine nears human trials. - The Press via - "Anderson, in Christchurch at the weekend to speak at a Coeliac Society meeting, said the vaccine contained a fragment of the gluten protein which was toxic to those with coeliac disease...It was hoped that repeated exposure to the toxin through a vaccine would desensitise a sufferer."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Secret IDF Anthrax vaccine trial to be investigated - Ha'aretz - "The Ethics Bureau investigation committee will hear testimonies from Israel Medical Corps staff responsible for carrying out the secret experiments, as well as from soldiers who received the vaccine."

►May 27, 2007 - Israeli anthrax vaccine victims call on army to take responsibility - Arab Monitor

►May 27, 2007 - Iomai Announces Interim Results From Phase 1 Study Of Its Patch-Based Vaccine For Seasonal Influenza - Medical News Today

►May 27, 2007 - Virus sharing debate raises intellectual property concerns - Canadian Press via Vancouver Sun

* ►May 27, 2007 - Hep B vaccination policy to be revised - Procedures and policies related to the use of hepatitis B vaccines in Vietnam are to be revised following the drug’s implication in the recent deaths of two infant children, according to a statement made by Vice Health Minister Trinh Quan Huan. - VietNamNet Bridge

* ►May 27, 2007 - Poor storage facilities led to contaminated syringes - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka - "Inadequate storage facilities may be the 'most plausible' explanation for the contamination of syringes which led to the death of three young women who contracted meningitis after administration of spinal anaesthesia for caesarean sections between July 2-25, 2005 in two main maternity hospitals in Colombo."

►May 27, 2007 - Dream defies loss of limbs - Kellie Lim, a triple amputee at 8, is now ready to graduate from medical school. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "Struck with a ravaging bacterial infection that destroys limbs, she became a triple amputee at age 8 and soon faced a life of prosthetics, wheelchairs and often-painful rehabilitation."

►May 27, 2007 - Families seek autism answers - Conference brings parents together (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "At a conference called 'Roadmap to Recovery,' organized by the national advocacy group Autism One, hope came in a dizzying array of treatments and products, from portable hyperbaric chambers, omega oils and potent vitamin supplements to acupuncture and infrared saunas aimed at sweating out toxins."

►May 27, 2007 - A costly search for help, answers - Parents and schools are often at odds over a promising therapy - Winston-Salem Journal

►May 27, 2007 - Georgia to decide on tough mercury restrictions - AP via Access North Georgia

* ►May 27, 2007 - CDC rarely uses costly leased jets (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "For nearly $7 million a year, taxpayers are leasing three private jets for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to use in case of emergency. But they're rarely used, according to records and interviews."

►May 27, 2007 - City paediatricians doubtful of vaccines not listed in UIP - Chandigarh Newsline via

►May 27, 2007 - Resilient infections plague military - Washington Post via Knoxville News Sentinel

►May 27, 2007 - Measles force more universities to close - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►May 27, 2007 - More Japanese universities close campuses as measles outbreak spreads - AP via International Herald Tribune

►May 27, 2007 - Measles forces Keio to shut down - Kyodo News via The Japan Times

►May 27, 2007 - Prevent Lyme Disease - The symptoms of the tick-borne disease aren't easy to spot. - Wichita Eagle via

►May 27, 2007 - Spotlight on market after flu outbreak - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►May 27, 2007 - Lab in city tests for bird flu - Wisconsin State Journal

►May 27, 2007 - Myanmar calls for continuous biosecurity measures against bird flu - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►May 27, 2007 - State might get lab for testing bird flu - Siasat Daily - "A decision on the location is expected to be taken by the Government of India in a couple of months."

►May 27, 2007 - Indonesia to share bird flu samples with countries - AFP via Peninsula On-line, Qatar

►May 27, 2007 - Bird flu vaccine production meet set for Thailand - Thai News Agency MCOT

►May 27, 2007 - Mukula will not leave NRM - Sunday Vision, Uganda - "A total of sh1.6b in donor funds for immunisation programmes was not accounted for, according to the IGG’s findings. Hundreds of millions were allegedly spent on workshops that never took place or services that were never delivered, and the receipts were found to be fictitious."

►May 27, 2007 - Period. The End? - opinion (requires registration) - Washington Post

►May 27, 2007 - The Diabetes Drug Avandia Is Under Fire - U.S. News & World Report

►May 27, 2007 - How Prozac gave me a new life - The Herald, UK

►May 27, 2007 - Royal Pharmaceutical Society Of Great Britain Advises On Counterfeit Zyprexa, UK - Medical News Today

►May 27, 2007 - Michigan Congressman Saving Kansas FDA Lab -

* ►May 27, 2007 - VA treating unseen scars - More Iraq vets suffer from troubling disorder, traumatic brain injuries - Rutland Herald

►May 27, 2007 - New Site Provides a Report on Prescription Drugs - Will Your Efforts to Buy Discount Drugs Save You or Kill You? - Overviews prescription drug importations. The site allows consumers to understand how to obtain legal and safe prescription drugs via the Internet. Provides access to discount pharmacies and most importantly, allows qualification to patient assistance programs within minutes where qualified applicants can receive free or low cost prescription drugs. - press release - American Industry Maintenance (AIM), LLC via PRWeb

►May 27, 2007 - Call for HIV testing in casualty - A hospital consultant is calling for widespread HIV testing for accident and emergency department patients. - BBC

►May 27, 2007 - Woman with hepatitis C hopes to educate - May is awareness month for the disease - News-Journal

►May 27, 2007 - NJ senators battle HIV testing measure - The Gloucester County Times

►May 27, 2007 - Ugandan Pastors Accused of Weakening the Fight against HIV/ AIDS - Voice of America

►May 27, 2007 - SDSU scientists to study new HIV drug - $389,000 grant aimed at finding better way to treat virus that causes AIDS - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

►May 27, 2007 - RMIT works on vaccine for tra basa catfish - RMIT University is using a partnership of talented individuals to develop a vaccine against the Edwardsiella ictaluri bacteria to increase the profitability of tra basa catfish farming in Vietnam. - VietNamNet Bridge

►May 27, 2007 - State: Dead trout on Wisconsin's Lake Michigan shore had virus - AP via Battle Creek Enquirer

►May 27, 2007 - FDA Warns About Mislabled Monkfish From China - Consumer Affairs

* ►May 26, 2007 - FDA finally finds the truth about the Diabetes drug Avandia - American Chronicle

* ►May 26, 2007 - Suspected carcinogen in food wrapping is now omnipresent - Chemical can be found in the blood of nearly every American, studies show. - Austin American-Statesman

* ►May 26, 2007 - Students Decontaminated After Mercury Spill -

►May 26, 2007 - Students battle mercury monster - Teachers and students at Curepe Presbyterian School have embarked on an environmental project in a bold and innovative venture entitled “The Disposal of Flourescent Bulbs”, and have imported disposal equipment costing of TT$28,000. - Trinidad News

►May 26, 2007 - BC autism lobby group takes campaign eastward - Canadian Press via CTV

►May 26, 2007 - Area students exposed to measles at science fair - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►May 26, 2007 - Mother's vigil for baby Joshua - Northwich Guardian

►May 26, 2007 - Parkview Recognized as Sentinel Laboratory - Mexia Daily News

►May 26, 2007 - Stray Cat Dies Of The Plague In Denver -

►May 26, 2007 - Bird-flu chickens 'bought at Cheshire market' - icWales

►May 26, 2007 - Ban on live birds from UK after case of flu - Irish Independent

►May 26, 2007 - Second farm tested for bird flu - icWales

►May 26, 2007 - Bird flu found at two more Islamabad Farms - Pakistan Times

►May 26, 2007 - City urged to prepare for pandemic flu - Jacksonville Daily Progress

►May 26, 2007 - Shantha Biotechnics to triple vaccine filling capacity - Apart from Hepatitis B, DPT-Hep B and Tetanus toxoid vaccines, the vaccines under development like those for Human Pappiloma Virus - and Rotavirus and the soon to be launched pentavalent vaccine will be formulated and blended in the new facility. - RxPG NEWS

►May 26, 2007 - AIDS victims seek holy water for cure - Desperate for a cure, Ethiopians flock the mountain of Entoto near Addis Ababa seeking holy water. Ethiopian Orthodox bishop Abune Paulos says that holy water and anti-retroviral medication neither contradict or resist each other. - Spero News

►May 26, 2007 - 71pc EPI vaccination coverage achieved - The New Nation, Bangladesh

►May 25, 2007 - Doctors Not Ready to Abandon Diabetes Drug - HealthDay via

►May 25, 2007 - In exploring role, Sigourney Weaver finds her inner autism - San Diego Union-Tribune

►May 25, 2007 - Four kids in Galilee infected with hepatitis A - Jerusalem Post

►May 25, 2007 - Scientists Model Hepatitis C Virus - One of the most common life-threatening viral infections in the United States today is hepatitis C virus (HCV). The standard treatment is successful in only about 50 percent of treated HCV chronic patients, with no effective alternative treatment for those who fail to clear the virus. - Los Alamos National Laboratory via

►May 25, 2007 - Kalam calls for indiginous anti-HIV vaccine - UNI via NewKerala

* ►May 25, 2007 - Put food at the heart of the fight against HIV and Aids or fail, warn leading aid agencies - CARE International - UK via Reuters AlertNet

* ►May 25, 2007 - WHO: Chinese bird flu samples have arrived in US - AP via International Herald Tribune - "The sample updates of the H5N1 virus from China's Health Ministry are awaiting customs clearance, said Joanna Brent, a spokeswoman for WHO's Beijing office. They include specimens from a 2006 case in Xinjiang in China's far west, and a case in the southern province of Fujian in 2007, Brent said. But a sample from a 24-year-old soldier who died in 2003 in Beijing was not part of the batch, she said."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Another death in Indonesia from bird flu and thousands more birds culled - Another death has been reported in Indonesia from bird flu along with another reported case in Vietnam. -

►May 25, 2007 - Four test positive for bird flu - Four people have tested positive for a mild strain of bird flu which was first detected at a north Wales smallholding, the Health Protection Agency has said. - BBC

►May 25, 2007 - Bird flu - are we really all doomed? - Wales has been hit by its first ever outbreak of bird flu, but are you worried? - Wrexham Evening Leader, UK

►May 25, 2007 - Bird flu threats continue to haunt Mekong Delta region - Viet Nam News

►May 25, 2007 - Businesses planning for pandemic flu raise variety of legal questions (subscription required for full article) - Business First of Columbus

►May 25, 2007 - Iomai stock tumbles on flu patch results - Washington Business Journal

►May 25, 2007 - Flu Results Hit Iomai Stock -

►May 25, 2007 - WHO Moves Closer To Guidelines On Avian Flu Sharing, Access - Intellectual Property Watch

►May 25, 2007 - Appeal for calm after bird flu outbreak - Wrexham Evening Leader, UK

►May 25, 2007 - Vivalis Grants GlaxoSmithKline a Commercial License to Develop and Market Flu Vaccines Based on ebx® cell line technology - press release - Vivalis via CompanyewsGroup

►May 25, 2007 - An improved vaccine against paratuberculosis? - Paratuberculosis is a disease resembling tuberculosis, which in Norway primarily affects goats. Research carried out by Ólöf G. Sigurðardóttir of the National Veterinary Institute may contribute to the development of a new and better vaccine. - innovations report

►May 25, 2007 - Ban on Gay Men's Blood: Discriminatory? - Critics Question Validity of 15-Year-Old Gay Blood Ban - ABC News

►May 25, 2007 - School reopens after mercury spill cleanup - Marquette Mining Journal

►May 25, 2007 - Set strict limits on mercury emissions - The Capital Times via

►May 25, 2007 - Moms plan private autism school - White Rock Peace Arch News

►May 25, 2007 - Vaccinate Your Kids Before Sending Them To Camp -

►May 24, 2007 - Micromet and Nycomed Enter Into Exclusive Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Anti-GM-CSF Antibodies for the Treatment of Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases - press release - Micromet, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►May 24, 2007 - Seagate helps to launch Hepatitis B education and vaccination programme in China - Seagate supports Chinese Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Control for Hepatitis B vaccination project - Seagate Technology via


Posted May 27, 2007


* ►May 28, 2007 - 'Withdraw unsafe hepatitis vaccine or we will move court' - Daily Times, Pakistan - "The SAARC Medical Association (SMA) and the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) have warned the Health Ministry of moving court of law if the stock of the South Korean-made Hepatitis B vaccine, Euvax B, is not withdrawn from the market in the next three days. SMA President Dr Umar Ayub, PMA senior official Dr Arshad Rana and Fazal Dad Human Rights Institute Chairman Naeem Sarfraz told reporters that the vaccine had claimed many lives in Vietnam, Philippines, Russia and Bangladesh, and was banned in Vietnam."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Competition intensifies in combination vaccine mart - Daily News & Analysis - "The latest round of battle is slated to kick off with at least two companies, Shantha Biotechniques and Serum Institute readying to roll out indigenously manufactured pediatric pentavalent vaccines. The two will take on GlaxoSmithKline’s Tritanrix-Hib and Panacea’s Biotech’s EasyFive for a share of the emerging pentavalent vaccines market, which is currently estimated at Rs 20 crore."

* ►May 28, 2007 - Thirty-six tested for bird flu - Skegness Standard, UK - "Health officials investigating the bird flu outbreak in north Wales have said that 36 people could have been in contact with the disease. Eleven of the 36 people, all of whom are in Wales, have symptoms of flu or conjunctivitis, but the National Public Health Service for Wales stressed that no one is seriously ill."

* ►May 27, 2007 - Concern Expressed Over Poor Quality Bird Flu Vaccine Used in Nigeria - MedIndia

* ►May 27, 2007 - Do we want this? - Georgia competes for a new bio-terrorism facility—just an hour outside Atlanta - The Sunday Paper - "African swine fever. West Nile virus. Foot-and-mouth disease. Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Avian flu. Anthrax. maybe even smallpox. It may sound like a list of things no one would want, but these are exactly what the Georgia Consortium for Health and Agro-Security has spent thousands of dollars and countless hours to get."

* ►May 27, 2007 - On medical treatment and the need to teach - Autism Vox - "Autism’s rise may very well be not reflective of a “broader definition” and “better diagnosis” and, as we understand more and more about autism, we can better treat and, most of all, teach autistic children to achieve their full potential."

►May 27, 2007 - Staying alive: the women who are immune to Aids - The Guardian, UK

►May 27, 2007 - No proper chlorination cause of hepatitis: Official - Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

* ►May 27, 2007 - Studying anthrax in a Soviet-era lab - with Western financing - International Herald Tribune - "With concerns increasing over possible bioterrorist attacks, Eliava is just one of many Soviet-era science institutes to receive U.S. and European financing, intended to prevent dangerous Soviet-produced pathogens from falling into the wrong hands. But scientists have another interest at Eliava as well: its work on bacteriophages, naturally occurring viruses that can be cultivated to target and kill specific strains of infectious bacteria."

* ►May 27, 2007 - Warning over cancer jab used by Aussies - Questions are being raised about the need for New Zealand to follow Australia and introduce a cervical cancer vaccine for all 12 and 13-year-old girls. - The Timaru Herald via - "Last week, the vaccine hit headlines in Australia where it is being given to all 12 and 13-year-old girls after five Melbourne schoolgirls were hospitalised after fainting immediately after immunisation. But Dr Rachel David, public affairs director at CSL laboratories which developed the vaccine, said investigations had shown the girls' reactions were due to being injected, not the vaccine. David said there was seven years of good data on the vaccine's effectiveness."

* ►May 27, 2007 - 11 ill as bird flu tests continue - Officials investigating two possible cases of bird flu in north Wales have traced 26 people who may have been in contact with the disease. - BBC

►May 27, 2007 - Thirty-six tested for bird flu - Press Association via The Guardian, UK

* ►May 27, 2007 - Medics in Libya Cleared of Defamation (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting about 400 Libyan children with HIV and facing the death penalty were cleared Sunday of defamation charges in a related case."

►May 27, 2007 - Merck final closing date set - Albany Herald - "Company officials blamed the shutdown on a decrease in sales of the company’s popular drug ZOCOR. The company has also told employees that the loss of several of its drugs’ patents was another reason the plant was shutting."

►May 27, 2007 - "Germs and the City" - Hobnob Blog

►May 26, 2007 - Acanthamoeba Keratitis --- Multiple States, 2005--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►May 26, 2007 - China reports 19-year-old soldier hospitalized with bird flu - AP via USA Today

* ►May 26, 2007 - Iomai Flu Vaccine Patch Fails Early Stage Testing (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Iomai Corp. said yesterday that its flu vaccine skin patch did not perform as well as the standard injection in recent early stage testing."

►May 26, 2007 - China asks US to clarify food regulations - AP via Washington Times

►May 26, 2007 - HPV vaccine: It's not about sex, it's about cancer prevention - opinion - The Journal News

►May 26, 2007 - Parents should decide on HPV vaccine - letter - Arizona Republic

* ►May 26, 2007 - Gardasil creator reassures on vaccine - AAP via The Age

►May 26, 2007 - US: FDA accused of negligence over diabetes drug - World Socialist Web Site

►May 26, 2007 - Immunizations required by first day of school in Waukegan - Waukegan News Sun

►May 26, 2007 - Polio is down - we must put it out for good - Ottawa Citizen

►May 26, 2007 - The autism world is big business - American Chronicle

►May 26, 2007 - Program will pay Idaho scrap yards to recover mercury - The heavy metal, commonly used in automobile light switches and anti-lock brakes, is highly toxic in fish - The Times-News via Idaho Statesman

* ►May 26, 2007 - Antibody tests on measles to be suspended because of shortage of drugs - Mainichi Daily News - "The revelations come about a week after the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry instructed the prefectural governments across the country to conduct measles antibody tests before vaccinating people so as not to waste anti-measles vaccine."

* ►May 26, 2007 - Boston University summer student's illness raises measles fears (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "As part of its effort to prevent an outbreak of measles, the Boston Public Health Commission has ordered BU to make sure that all students in summer classes have proof they are not susceptible to measles. That can take the form of immunization records or tests showing exposure to the virus. In a memo distributed via e-mail yesterday, faculty and staff members were urged to check their own vaccination and medical records. Anyone receiving at least two doses of measles vaccine after 1967 is considered to be immune, as are people born before 1957, when measles infections were routine. Vaccines given in the early- and mid-1960s are considered inferior, and adults not vaccinated since then should consider getting a shot, health authorities said."

►May 26, 2007 - Measles Feared At Local University - Student Traveled From India -

►May 26, 2007 - Voice of the People - Drugstore diagnosis - letters (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is very concerned about this form of delivery of care. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing 60,000 pediatricians nationwide, has proclaimed its opposition to the use of such clinics by children and adolescents."

►May 26, 2007 - Local health plan top-rated - Joliet Herald News

►May 26, 2007 - Student wins fight for life - Parkside's Rob Ford recounts struggle against often-deadly bacterial meningitis - Delmarva Daily Times

►May 26, 2007 - Measles Cases Associated With Travelling Community - Health Protection Agency via

►May 26, 2007 - Anthrax Claims Two Lives in Orissa - MedIndia

►May 26, 2007 - Three things ... to ward off mosquitoes naturally - Star-Telegram

* ►May 26, 2007 - British panel knew of HIV risks in 1983 - The Money Times - "Documents show a British government panel knew of the HIV risk from imported blood products as early as 1983. The Committee on Safety of Medicines ruled against a ban on imported blood at the time because of fears of a supply shortage, The Guardian newspaper said Friday."

* ►May 26, 2007 - Medicare pushing preventive care - Palm Beach Post - "However, although Medicare offers free flu vaccinations, more than one-third of beneficiaries did not get a flu shot in 2005, even though people 65 and older are more likely to die of the flu than any other age group except very young children. Likewise, Medicare offers free vaccines against pneumonia, but roughly 30 percent of beneficiaries have never gotten the shots, which usually last a lifetime. Medicare officials estimate the program could save roughly $50 million a year in treatment costs if all beneficiaries were immunized."

* ►May 26, 2007 - Area students exposed to measles at Albuquerque science fair - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

* ►May 26, 2007 - Study: Sarin at root of Gulf War syndrome - Marine Corps Times - "Research released in early may showed that 13 soldiers exposed to small amounts of sarin gas in the 1991 Gulf War had 5 percent less white brain matter — connective tissue — than soldiers who had not been exposed. A complementary report showed that 140 soldiers who were exposed had the fine motor skills of someone 20 years older — what researchers called a “direct correlation” to exposure."

* ►May 26, 2007 - China Reports Bird Flu Infection in Military - IANS via MedIndia

►May 26, 2007 - China reports human case of bird flu - UPI via

►May 26, 2007 - Vaccines can prevent parvovirus - The Fayetteville Observer

* ►May 25, 2007 - MedImmune Receives Correspondence From FDA Regarding FluMist(R) - MedImmune via  PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►May 25, 2007 - Whiz Kid Gets Noticed By Department of Homeland Security - First Coast News - "The 16-year-old Nease High School student's science project just won fourth place at an international science fair in the medicine and health category. "The point was to dynamically calculate the Herd Immunization Threshold based on implementing weekly surveys," Georgette calmly explained."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Ignoring the Warnings, Again? (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Avandia was approved for sale in 1999 based on studies showing that it could lower blood glucose levels in patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes. The assumption was that the drug could alleviate some of the most damaging effects of the disease, such as heart attacks and other cardiovascular ailments. But a paper just published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that Avandia may instead increase the risk of a heart attack by 43 percent and perhaps the risk of cardiovascular deaths as well."

►May 25, 2007 - Scientists’ studies combat health threats - The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 was a loud wake-up call for researchers studying infectious diseases. SARS infected more than 8,000 people, killed 10 percent of those infected and weakened most with pneumonia. - Arizona State University via

►May 25, 2007 - New Funding Announced for Canadian Mathematicians to Link with International Counterparts on Key Economic, Social issues -  $1.1 million funding boost will enable world-wide math teams to tackle terrorism, flu pandemics and information security - CNW via Canadian Business

►May 25, 2007 - HIV's Effect On White Blood Cells Questioned By New Research - Imperial College London via Medical News Today

►May 25, 2007 - Hepatitis B patients' understanding of infection and treatment deficient - Many patients with chronic hepatitis B are deficient in their understanding of the lifelong disease and often do not comply with the drug regimens necessary to control it, according to a new UCLA survey that suggests improved patient involvement in disease management decisions could be the key to fixing this problem. - University of California - Los Angeles via

►May 25, 2007 - AllerGen and international partners join forces to fight allergic disease epidemic -  CNW Telbec via Canadian Business - "Allergic disease, such as hay fever, asthma, eczema and food allergies, has reached unprecedented levels in the Western world. Its rate of incidence places it amongst the fastest growing diseases in Canada."

►May 25, 2007 - New Insights Into Chronic Inflammation And Atherosclerosis - Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory rheumatic diseases are associated with a high rate of death from heart disease. One explanation is a greater susceptibility to atherosclerosis. Although atherosclerosis is linked to inflammation in healthy individuals as well, the mechanism of inflammation and the reason for accelerated atherosclerosis in patients with inflammatory rheumatic disease remain unclear. Does atherosclerosis result from systemic inflammation, a hallmark of these rheumatic diseases, or from local inflammation of vessels? - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via ScienceDaily

►May 25, 2007 - Guard against infectious diseases, public told - Health Department call to maintain environmental and personal hygiene Focus on environmental and personal hygiene  - The Hindu

►May 25, 2007 - Teen years vital in brain development - Richmond Times-Dispatch

►May 25, 2007 - AAFP Takes Lead in Launching National Chronic Disease Coalition - American Academy of Family Physicians

►May 25, 2007 - ECP may be effective in treating Crohn's disease - The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine via

►May 25, 2007 - Understanding Of Metabolic System Helped By Transplanting Human Gut Bugs Into Mice - Imperial College London via Medical News Today

* ►May 25, 2007 - Vietnam falls short in vaccine assessment standards: WHO - The World Health Organization has concluded that Vietnam’s assessment of vaccines only meets 3.5 out of 12 standards after investigating the deaths of three babies who got shots of a South Korean vaccine. - Thanh Nien Daily

* ►May 25, 2007 - Focus shifts to Merck's Gardasil as new adverse events uncovered (requires registration) - Pharma Times

* ►May 25, 2007 - Scientists, public health advocates and consumer groups demand impartial FDA review of commonly used diabetes drug - Study finds Avandia increases risk of heart attack, death - press release - Union of Concerned Scientists - "'The Avandia controversy raises once again the memory of Vioxx, which was approved by the FDA and then withdrawn from the market after tens of thousands of people died,' said Francesca Grifo, director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a coalition member. 'The FDA must demonstrate that it is serious about drug safety and making sure its outside experts are impartial.' The FDA also issued a public safety alert this week advising users of the drug to consult with their doctors about potential cardiovascular risks. The FDA disclosed it had known about the Avandia's potential risk since August 2006. There is currently no law requiring the FDA to appoint members with no conflicts of interest to its scientific advisory panels. On May 9, the Senate defeated an amendment to an FDA reform bill that would have restricted the agency's use of experts with financial ties to drug makers."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Frustrated U.S. House panel threatens to subpoena FDA - Reuters Health - "A Congressional committee on Thursday threatened to subpoena the Food and Drug Administration unless the agency responds to lawmakers' requests for documents about U.S. drug and food safety. Rep. John Dingell, the Democratic chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, accused the FDA of dragging its feet in responding to his panel's oversight subcommittee. If the FDA does not comply by June 1, Dingell said the panel would issue subpoenas to obtain the information."

►May 25, 2007 - House: FDA Unresponsive to Information About Pet Food Recall - North Country Gazette

►May 25, 2007 - New alarm over toxic risks to fetuses - Los Angeles Times via Seattle Times

* ►May 25, 2007 - Animal Doctor: Vaccine causes a tumor in a cat - United Feature Syndicate via Houston Chronicle - "I'm sorry to hear that your cat is another victim of vaccine-related fibrosarcoma. All vets should follow the correct vaccination protocol for cats. This entails injecting vaccines as low down one hind leg as possible. Then, if a cancerous tumor develops, the cat has a better chance of survival because the leg can be amputated. Injecting the vaccine in the neck or shoulder area makes it far more difficult to root out the cancer surgically. Injections of frankincense have wiped out melanomas in some horses. Your vet might try this as a last resort, injecting a small amount of this pure essential oil in and around the tumor. A healthy diet with supplements such as fish oil and selenium may give your cat a fighting chance."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Why are we experimenting with drugs on girls? - The Gardasil program may benefit only drug company shareholders. - opinion - The Age, Australia - "Sixteen other girls were reported sick. One student was left paralysed for six hours. 'I couldn't move at all,' she said. Of course, the vaccine couldn't be at fault. CSL, the company that makes Gardasil, said the reactions were due to stress and anxiety. The girls were all worked up. They'd got themselves into a state and panicked. The vaccine's inventor, Ian Frazer, said it was a case of auto-suggestion. We shouldn't dismiss the bad experience of these girls just because we really want the vaccine to work. Women's health is more important."

* ►May 25, 2007 - 'Used as HIV guinea pigs but no-one even told us we had been infected' - The Scotsman

►May 25, 2007 - Doctor wins backing for new cancer jab - Hampstead and Highgate Express - "It is hoped that the vaccine would help people with of the two most common forms of the disease, chronic myeloid leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia. Together they affect around 2,750 adults and children in the UK each year. A vaccine that can be administered through the skin has the potential to be more cost effective and efficient than using needles."

►May 25, 2007 - Health officials from throughout the state discuss Valley Fever - AP via North County Times - "Health officials from throughout the state gathered for a first-ever symposium to call for funding for a vaccine to Valley Fever, a potentially fatal respiratory disease blamed on fungus in the soil."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Retrospective observational study shows combination vaccines may improve vaccination coverage rates in infants - Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal via GlaxoSmithKline via

* ►May 25, 2007 - Don't Buy The Hype: Big Pharma Targets Women For Drugs They Don't Need - Women's Media Center via AlterNet

* ►May 25, 2007 - Ped Med: Children as 'therapeutic orphans' - United Press International

* ►May 25, 2007 - New school will help bridge county autism gap - Prescott Daily Courier - "Special services directors for Humboldt Unified School District, Prescott Unified and Chino Valley Unified said the numbers of autistic children in their schools has been consistently increasing. In February 2003, Humboldt Unified had 15 autistic students. In 2006-07, HUSD had 39 students. Prescott climbed from five autistic students in 2000 to 23 by 2006."

►May 25, 2007 - Uganda: Ex-Uganda Health Minister Loses Bid to Block Arrest - The Nation (Nairobi) via

* ►May 25, 2007 - MedImmune Receives Correspondence From FDA Regarding FluMist(R) - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►May 25, 2007 - US Delays MedImmune FluMist Bid Over Plant Issues - Reuters, UK

►May 25, 2007 - Montgomery County Issues Its Pandemic Crisis Plan - Evening Bulletin

►May 25, 2007 - £4.3m research hub will join fight against threat of deadly flu pandemic - The Herald, UK

►May 25, 2007 - Oppn parties should be allowed to set up FM stations: Bhutto - PTI via The Hindu - "Extremists, who violate the right of women to seek knowledge or children to be given vaccination, were being favoured by being given FM radio stations with which they can broadcast their views while moderate political parties are not given radio stations, the former prime minister said in a statement."

►May 25, 2007 - Chinese Toothpaste Scare Spreads to Canada - Some Chinese Toothpaste ►May Contain Poisonous Chemical - Consumer Affairs

►May 25, 2007 - Myanmar battling to contain polio outbreak that afflicted three - AP via International Herald Tribune

►May 25, 2007 - Mumps arrives in Manitoba - CBC Manitoba

►May 25, 2007 - Salmonella scare sparks Whole Foods recall - Bloomberg via New York Daily News - "The product is 365 Organic Everyday Value Sesame Tahini in 16-ounce jars and is marked as best sold by Oct. 2, or earlier, this year."

►May 25, 2007 - FDA targets 20 over unapproved drug - AP via Pierceland Herald

* ►May 25, 2007 - Report: Britain decided against banning tainted blood products due to shortage fears - AP via International Herald Tribune - "Dr. Joseph Smith, who chaired the Committee on Safety of Medicines meeting where the ban was discussed in July 1983, called it a 'great tragedy' that people contracted diseases from contaminated blood products, but he insisted the committee's conclusions were based on the best available evidence, The Guardian reported."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Chinese Food and Drug Administration Announces New Blood Products Policy To Prevent Spread of HIV, Other Bloodborne Diseases - - "According to Xinhuanet, SFDA dispatched 80 supervisors at the end of March 2007 to 33 blood-products manufacturers and 31 vaccine producers in 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities to conduct random checks of blood-product manufacturing facilities."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Interview-Alliance speeds up new vaccine use in poor countries - Reuters AlertNet

►May 25, 2007 - Rotary Honours Abdullah For His Support Of A Polio-free World - Bernama Malaysian National News Agency

* ►May 25, 2007 - Scientists create virus killing water - Indo-Asian News Service via Hindustan Times - "Scientists have developed a form of water which they claim could kill vast quantities of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including many that are unaffected by bleach."

►May 25, 2007 - NICE demanding greater say on immunisations - NICE wants to be involved in decisions made by the National Screening Committee and the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI). - Healthcare Republic

►May 25, 2007 - MRC LABORATORIES THE GAMBIA - Research Clinicians - Daily Observer - "A major focus of our Pneumococcal work is related to vaccines. It is anticipated that the 7-valent conjugate vaccine 'Prevnar', will be introduced into the Gambian immunisation programme in the next 2 years and this will need to be accompanied by a surveillance system. The Research Clinicians will be working with this team providing Clinical care and evaluation."

►May 25, 2007 - Congo-Kinshasa: Immunisation Coverage Sees Dramatic Improvement - IRIN via

►May 25, 2007 - Eli Lilly Buys Animal Health Company - AP via Forbes

►May 25, 2007 - Peptech clinical first - Australian biotech Peptech has launched a clinical trial for a drug aimed at treating inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. - Adelaide Advertiser

* ►May 24, 2007 - Area health service vaccination plan: new policy hits 16,000 - The Leader, Australia - "Health care staff at St George and Sutherland Hospitals who refuse to be vaccinated against infectious diseases will not be able to work with the public...As part of the program, the first of its kind in Australia, health workers will be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox if necessary. Under a revised Government policy on vaccinations for health care workers, any staff who decline to be vaccinated may be moved to lower-risk clinical areas."

* ►May 24, 2007 - Three children abroad die after exposure to hepatitis B vaccine - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that three children outside Vietnam have died after receiving vaccinations from two batches of hepatitis B vaccine produced by Korea’s LG company. - VietNamNet Bridge - "On May 23, Dr. Cao Minh Quang, Deputy Minister of Health, quoted the announcement of the WHO that six children in the world have died so far after being vaccinated from two batches of hepatitis B vaccine of LG, coded UVX 05028 and UVX 06006. Of the six children, three died in Vietnam, two in the Philippines and one in Bangladesh."

►May 24, 2007 - Uganda: Is Muhwezi Surviving Prosecution? - The Monitor (Kampala) via

* ►May 24, 2007 - Ugandan ex-minister denies fleeing - AFP via Sunday Times - "Jim Muhwezi, currently in Britain, was accused alongside his two ex-deputy ministers of siphoning off 1.63 million dollars (1.2 million euros) from a 3.86-million-dollar grant from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. 'I have just heard that they are looking for me but I did not escape or run away from anything,' the state-run New Vision quoted the ex-minister as saying."

►May 24, 2007 - Uganda: Kaliro Wants a Share of Kamuli District Assets - New Vision (Kampala) via - "Funds to carry out immunisation were also not received."

►May 24, 2007 - Curbing shingles - Vaccine for seniors helps fight painful condition - NYT Regional Media Group via Tuscaloosa News - "A three-year study comparing the vaccine to a placebo in 38,500 men and women showed Zostavax cut the risk of shingles in half and the risk of postherpetic neuralgia by two-thirds. About 315 cases of shingles occurred in the vaccinated group compared with 642 cases in the placebo group. Of those who developed shingles, 27 cases of postherpetic neuralgia occurred in the vaccinated group compared with 80 cases in the placebo group."

►May 24, 2007 - CDC worker broke protocol in handling infectious material - Taipei Times

►May 24, 2007 - Inovio's Delivery Technology Boosts Cancer Vaccine Potency - Seeking Alpha

* ►May 24, 2007 - British firm cuts Baxter link to vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "A British drugmaker that received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its smallpox vaccine says it will no longer be teaming with Baxter International Inc. to make the drug in the United States. An FDA advisory panel last week unanimously endorsed the safety and efficacy of the smallpox vaccine made by Acambis PLC, which teamed with Baxter six years ago to win a $428 million contract from the U.S. government to produce 155 million doses of the smallpox vaccine."

►May 24, 2007 - AIDS Vaccine Shows Promise in Large Scale Trials - Voice of America

►May 24, 2007 - HIV Vaccine Development Field Has Made 'Significant Progress,' Faces Many Challenges, Opinion Piece Says -

►May 24, 2007 - Volunteers needed for HIV vaccine - Although HIV/Aids is a phenomenon that has killed millions around the world, people are still being infected in large numbers. - CityVision Western Cape

►May 24, 2007 - Cervical cancer vaccine now much cheaper - State health officials add HPV shot to immunization program - HeraldNet

►May 24, 2007 - Low-cost vaccine on way for virus linked to cervical cancer - Yakima Herald Republic

►May 24, 2007 - Kansas City Foundation Awards Grant To Provide No-Cost HPV Vaccine -

►May 24, 2007 - Arizona, Nevada, Rhode Island Take Actions on HPV Vaccine, Stillborn Birth Certificate-Related Legislation -

►May 24, 2007 - HPV vaccine is a case of saving lives - letter - Arizona Republic - "All of the arguments from the opposition and the science-deniers are ludicrous. We're talking about saving lives here!  Moms! Get your daughters vaccinated against HPV on your own, since the state Senate doesn't care about the life of your child, only their sexual activity. - D. Jurgens,Gilbert"

►May 24, 2007 - Malaysia plans to produce own vaccine in three years - Malaysia plans to set up its own vaccine production centre in three years, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said. - Bernama via New Straits Times

►May 24, 2007 - Hepatitis C victims dying while compensation stalled - letter - Peterborough Examiner

►May 24, 2007 - Q&A: Why China Tops the FDA Import Refusal List - NPR

* ►May 24, 2007 - Vivalis Announces the Filing of its Registration Document for its Proposed Listing on the Eurolist Stockmarket - press release - Vivalis via CompanynewsGroup - "Vivalis has developed a proprietary cell platform named EBx® based on embryonic stem cell lines. This technology provides an innovative and powerful alternative for the production of vaccines and recombinant proteins. EBx® cell lines have extremely powerful biological and industrial properties and provide an answer to a concern of pharmaceutical companies and governments: to find an alternative to conventional production on eggs, so that large quantities of vaccine doses can be produced rapidly, healthily and at low cost to make it possible, for example, to respond to an avian flu pandemic or, more generally, to have a production method that meets today's pharmaceutical requirements."

* ►May 24, 2007 - Small pox and measles spread in Burma-Bangladesh border area - Narinjara Online News

►May 24, 2007 - FDA listens to industry, extends CAM guidance comment period - The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period on its draft CAM products guidance following widespread confusion relating to the document. -

►May 24, 2007 - Iomai to Announce Results From Phase 1 Influenza Trial and Host Webcast Tomorrow - Iomai Corporation via

* ►May 24, 2007 - FDA Study Said to Show Avandia Risk - AP via The Washington Post

* ►May 24, 2007 - Local pediatrician awarded certificate of achievement - Victoria Advocate - "Physicians must follow a specific protocol and maintain strict records of each child’s entire immunization process. The records are audited to verify that Dr. Valloppillil is making sure each child is up to date with their immunizations, as well as demonstration of her ongoing effort to communicate with non-compliant clients through follow up calls and written reminders."

* ►May 24, 2007 - Pharma regulator cracks whip - Business Standard - "Usually, companies provide valid reasons for the price increase or they agree to reduce the prices to the permissible level (up to 10 per cent increase in a year). In the case of the 52 notices, the companies will either reduce the prices, or let the NPPA prescribe the maximum retail price."

►May 24, 2007 - MedImmune Highlights Advances in Inflammatory Disease Pipeline With Series of Data Presentations - Data Include Results from Phase 1 Studies with Monoclonal Antibody Targeting Interleukin-9 (IL-9); Preclinical Data Provide Further Rationale for IL-9 Inhibition in Developing Potential Asthma Therapies - PRNewswire via MSN Money

►May 24, 2007 - Harvard's Fishman Leads New Drug Strategy at Novartis (Update3) - Bloomberg

►May 24, 2007 - Abbott rolls out PBS shake-up - The Sydney Morning Herald - "Laws designed to cut government spending on medicines have been introduced to parliament, but the government has made some drugs exempt from the price-cutting scheme under pressure from drug companies."

►May 24, 2007 - Surgeon General to Be Kentucky Doctor - AP via Forbes

►May 24, 2007 - Leaked G8 paper signals Aids fund boost - Financial Times

►May 23, 2007 - Normal antibiotics treatment seen OK for Lyme - Reuters

►May 23, 2007 - WHO Presses Development of Cheap Drugs - AP via Forbes

►May 23, 2007 - Million dollar prize aims to lure new cancer ideas - Reuters

►May 23, 2007 - Parent group aids other parents navigating the world of autism - Brookline TAB

►May 23, 2007 - Natural Pets: Treating allergies in pets - Clarke Times-Courier - "Blood titers are a better choice than regular vaccinations for allergic animals. Titers measure the immunity level which can help you and your veterinarian determine if re-vaccination is necessary."

►May 23, 2007 - Virginia officials break ground on forensics lab in Manassas - AP via The Washington Examiner via

►May 23, 2007 - Measles outbreak closes schools in Tokyo - Asahi Shimbun

►May 23, 2007 - New guidlines for Autism Screening - WABC 7 Online

►May 23, 2007 - Family yard sale to raise money for sons' autism treatment - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin - "The Sirri Sensory Learning Program, developed by Dr. Dan Williams of Phoenix, Ariz., is designed to re-train the brain's learning system through visual, vestibular and auditory stimuli. The program was developed to help patients that suffer from ADD/ADHD, autism, brain injuries, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and Down Syndrome."

* ►May 23, 2007 - Faces of Autism - Part III (includes video) - - "Shelly says, 'I'm not anti-vaccination by any sense of the word, but I'm kind of thinking, we need to be watching what preservatives we're putting in vaccinations and I think we need to take a close look at the vaccination schedule.'...Tests on Jonah have found detectable levels of several metals in his body, including mercury and lead.  Both of the Cowgill's are dentists, who work with industrial chemicals, often, so is there a connection there?  They've now turned to bio-medical therapies, such as Chelation, to treat Jonah's Autism.  It's a process that pulls the metals out of his body.  Jonah's dad, Terry, says, 'I'm the skeptic, she'll tell me a theory and I'm a skeptic, but after you see some from separate doctors, separate labs, and the same results, there's something there.'"

►May 23, 2007 - Autism: Meeting the Challenge- Part 3 -

►May 23, 2007 - Immunizations signal good times soon to come - The Oklahoman - "Lovelace explained all the standard immunizations I needed — hepatitis A, polio, typhoid, tetanus. I'd already had my annual flu shot, so I saved myself a little trouble...I have two more shots to go — hepatitis B and a meningococcal shot to prevent meningitis. I have a feeling the second round won't be as exciting as the first. With the trip only eight days away, even vaccinations can be thrilling."

* ►May 23, 2007 - PHC dismisses petition against anti-polio campaign - Bench observes vaccine is completely safe - The News - International - Pakistan - "'We are dismissing this writ petition in view of the Pakistan's reputable laboratory's expert examination that no Estrogen and Estradoil were found in the vaccine,' the bench said. However, they provided an opportunity to the petitioner to come with a fresh petition if he gets any test from a world-recognised laboratory espousing his claim of presence of Estradiol or Estrogen in the vaccine."

►May 23, 2007 - Polio Vaccination - editorial - The Rising Nepal via Gorkhapatra

►May 23, 2007 - Polio vaccination, girls education in Swat: Govt signs peace deal with TNSM - Unlicensed FM station to continue broadcast - Cleric to help restore law and order, stop militancy - Daily Times, Pakistan - "The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal provincial government on Tuesday struck a nine-point peace agreement with a powerful cleric who has led a campaign through an unlicensed radio station against polio vaccinations and education for girls in Swat district."

►May 23, 2007 - Officials urge flu pandemic preparations - Savannah Morning News

►May 23, 2007 - HIV and Hepatitis Therapies Continue to Drive Revenues in Antiviral Market - According to Arrowhead Publishers' new report entitled The Global Anti-Virals Market: R&D Pipelines, Market Analysis and Competitive Landscape, the anti-infectives market is currently valued at US$66.5 billion with antiviral agents accounting for 24% of sales (excluding vaccines which target viral infectious diseases). - press release - Arrowhead Publishers via PRWeb

►May 23, 2007 - CytoGenix to Present at 2007 International DNA Vaccines Conference in Spain 2007 International DNA Vaccines Conference - press release - CytoGenix, Inc. via Business Wire

►May 23, 2007 - Nurses say many may have hepatitis C and not know it - Milford Daily News

►May 22, 2007 - Peptech enters Phase I clinical trial of PN0621 - World’s first clinical trial of a domain antibody -

►May 22, 2007 - Misleading Ads and How They Hurt Us by Judy Norsigian - Women's Media Center

* ►May 22, 2007 - Diabetes drug Avandia caused concern 5 years ago - FDA reviewers flagged it in 2002 as possibly causing heart failure, yet a safety alert went out for it Monday. - Star Tribune - "Separately, in fast-moving developments in the latest drug safety investigation, a senior Republican senator said he learned that the Food and Drug Administration's safety office recommended the strongest possible warning for Avandia -- only to be overruled. "The FDA didn't take that advice," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a critic of the agency. "Instead, the warning about congestive heart failure risks with this drug is currently buried."

►May 22, 2007 - EU to review drugs rules amid concern about fakes - Financial Times

►May 22, 2007 - Report: Drug Spending Increases 2.5 Times In Eight Years - CQ HealthBeat News

►May 22, 2007 - US prez poll keeps drug cos guessing - The Financial Express

►May 22, 2007 - Grapefruit juice being tested in cancer research (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

* ►May 21, 2007 - Drug firms and patient groups join in fight to overturn advertising ban - Pharmaceutical industry seeks to unlock market - Critics say EU reform talks are shrouded in secrecy - The Guardian, UK

►May 20, 2007 - Big pharma to expand in Asia - Financial Times

* ►May 2007 - June 5: The Carolina Center to Discuss the Dangers of Mercury Toxicity (Raleigh) - Carolina Newswire - "Symptoms of mercury toxicity may easily be overlooked, or worse, underestimated and include insomnia, nervousness, memory loss, dizziness, depression, fatigue, and muscle weakness. Dr. Stephen B. Edelson, of The Edelson Center for Environmental & Preventative Medicine, wrote in his online article entitled 'Heavy Metal Toxicity', 'It should be noted that many chronic symptoms go undiagnosed because mainstream physicians are not familiar with chronic mercury toxicity, and most even doubt its existence.'"

►May 2007 - Drugs in Development back to table of contents - What's new for the flu: A look at the latest development news for pandemic flu vaccines - R & D Directions

►April 19, 2007 - David Kirby interviews Katie Wright (video) - Foundation for Autism Information and Research - F.A.I.R. Autism Media

* ►June 2001 - An Inside Look at the FDA's Sordid Drug Approval Process - Risk Was Known as FDA OK'd Fatal Drug - Los Angeles Times via LE Magazine Life Extension Foundation - "As portrayed in the records, officials of the Food and Drug Administration provided Warner-Lambert with inside information and favors at critical moments throughout the development and marketing of Rezulin. At least one senior manager believed that if an FDA medical officer who had questioned the drug’s safety and effectiveness didn’t please the company, he would be 'out.' Soon enough, he was, prompting another executive to report internally that a 'hurdle' had been cleared for Rezulin. The records also shed new light on the state of knowledge within Warner-Lambert of Rezulin’s potential danger: Executives knew that patients who took the drug in clinical studies had suffered life-threatening liver damage—yet the company assured an FDA panel that the risk was trivial."


Posted May 26, 2007


* ►June 11, 2007 - Mumps outbreak in a highly vaccinated school population: Assessment of secondary vaccine failure using IgG avidity measurements - journal article (Vaccine) - "The results of this study show that secondary vaccine failure played an important role in this mumps outbreak. Therefore, booster immunization for mumps should be considered in immunized adolescents to prevent further outbreaks." 

* ►June 11, 2007 - IMP321 (sLAG-3) safety and T cell response potentiation using an influenza vaccine as a model antigen: A single-blind phase I study. - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►June 11, 2007 - Phase I/II studies to evaluate safety and immunogenicity of a recombinant gp350 Epstein–Barr virus vaccine in healthy adults - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►June 11, 2007 - Determinants of monovalent oral polio vaccine mutagenesis in vaccinated elderly people - journal article (Vaccine) - "Some of these mutations caused amino acid changes in or near regions with neutralizing epitopes, especially in mOPV-1-derived strains. The quantities of mutations in recovered poliovirus strains correlated with prevaccination immune status (seronegatives have more mutations) and excretion duration. Duration of excretion appears to be the dominant factor for the accumulation of mutations in mOPV-derived strains in vaccinated elderly people."

* ►June 11, 2007 - Evaluation of combinatorial vaccines against anthrax and plague in a murine model - journal article (Vaccine)

►June 11, 2007 - Rapid identification of an HLA-B*1501-restricted vaccinia peptide antigen - journal article (Vaccine)

►June 11, 2007 - Investigation of mumps vaccine failures in Minsk, Belarus, 2001–2003 - journal article (Vaccine)

►June 11, 2007 - Human receptors of innate immunity (CD14, TLR2) are promising targets for novel recombinant immunoglobulin-based vaccine candidates - journal article (Vaccine)

►June 11, 2007 - Evaluation of different promoter sequences and antigen sorting signals on the immunogenicity of Bacillus subtilis vaccine vehicles - journal article (Vaccine)

►June 2007 - Prioritizing children's medicines for research: a pharmacoepidemiological study of antiepileptic drugs - journal article (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►June 2007 - Treatment and treatment trials in multiple sclerosis. - journal article (Current Opinion in Neurology)

* ►May 30, 2007 - Mumps on the move - NS outbreak spreads to ON, BC. Public health officials ponder MMR booster program - National Review of Medicine - "An even more alarming possibility is that this outbreak strain may have developed a resistance to the antibodies promoted by the Jeryl Lynn strain vaccine, which is Canada's mumps vaccine. 'Its been traditionally thought that mumps was a monotypic virus, unlike, say, the flu virus, and that a single vaccine could protect against all strains,' explains Dr Hatchette. "In the current and last NS outbreaks, and the Iowa outbreak, it was always the same strain, 'Genotype G.'"

* ►May 26, 2007 - Gardasil creator pleads for calm - The Australian - “The vaccine is designed to protect (from) disease and the reality is that it has to be given early in life - if parents postpone too long they stand to lose the benefit altogether,” Prof Frazer said. “It is entirely their (parents') right to decide if they would like their child to be vaccinated. “It would be a pity if that opportunity was lost because of fainting."

►May 26, 2007 - Eggs linked to rise in salmonella cases - The Age, AU

* ►May 26, 2007 - Halifax navy vessel sends crew home after sailor comes down with mumps - Canadian Press via

* ►May 25, 2007 - Gardasil Has Dangerous Side Effects Says Public Interest Group - Vaccine Rx

* ►May 25, 2007 - Fear of human epidemic has followed global scares about bird flu - icWales, UK

►May 25, 2007 - Autism bill has local backing - Intelligencer Journal via Lancaster Online - "The autism community is pushing proposed state legislation that would force insurance providers to offer $36,000 of coverage a year per policy for treatment and services."

►May 25, 2007 - Innate immunity: Triggering RIG-I (full text) - The tripartite-motif-containing protein 25 (TRIM25) ubiquitylates retinoic-acid-inducible gene (RIG-I) to enable RIG-I to work in conjunction with mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS) in viral defense. - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►May 25, 2007 - Immunotherapy: Beneficial loss (full text) - Removing the E3 ubiquitin ligase Cblb (Casitas B-lineage lymphoma b), which induces T-cell activation independently of CD28 co-stimulation, protects mice against different types of tumors. - journal article (Nature Reviews Cancer)

►May 25, 2007 - More Support for Fecal Immunochemical Testing - Immunochemical testing is emerging as superior to guaiac-based testing for colorectal cancer screening. - journal article (Journal Watch Gastroeterology)

►May 25, 2007 - Congress Putting Long-Term Care Under Scrutiny (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►May 25, 2007 - Reprieve over jab for nurse - Barking and Dagenham Post, UK - "Student nurse told to quit her studies after refusing to have a controversial jab is now back on course, thanks to the POST. Frances Inglis and her classmates were advised to have the Hepatitis B vaccination to protect them when they are working on the wards, but after reading up about the jab the 55-year-old decided the risks outweighed the benefits."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Court Allows Schering-Plough Suit - NJ Court Allows Whistleblower Suit Against Schering-Plough - AP via Yahoo! - "The four longtime employees at Laboratorios Essex SA allege they were abruptly terminated after disclosing 'widespread unethical and illegal marketing and sales practices.' They claim Schering-Plough engaged in 'the pervasive and routine bribing of doctors and public officials' to boost sales of the company's cancer and infection-fighting drugs in Argentina. The plaintiffs say they were blacklisted in the industry for having 'blown the whistle' on 'corrupt acts committed by or with the complicity and approval of the defendants from their Kenilworth, New Jersey, headquarters.'"

* ►May 25, 2007 - AstraZeneca Buyout Proves The Value Of Vaccine Makers - Investor's Business Daily - "One reason for the growing interest is fear of an avian flu pandemic, says Offit, who's also chief of Infectious Diseases at Philadelphia's Children's Hospital and author of the new book, 'Vaccinated: One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases.' Another reason has to do with the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA), which shields vaccine makers from lawsuits if their products are used in government-declared public health emergencies...Meanwhile, routine vaccines, like those for seasonal flu, could be like annuities for leading drug makers. Big pharma knows the federal government will be the payer in more than 50% of drug sales through Medicare or Medicaid. 'Pharma is looking at vaccines for long-term sources of income when they have a slow pipeline,' Milne said."

* ►May 25, 2007 - Bacterial infection listed as cause of infant's death - The Fond du Lac Reporter - "An acute bacterial infection of the bloodstream has been listed as the cause of death for a 6-month-old Waupun baby."

* ►May 25, 2007 - N.S. mumps cases climb to more than 300 - Canadian Press via CTV

* ►May 25, 2007 - New vaccines moving faster to poor countries, says alliance of UN, NGOs, donors - International Herald Tribune

►May 25, 2007 - Congo: Immunisation coverage sees dramatic improvement - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

* ►May 24, 2007 - Fetuses, babies said at high risk from pollutants - Reuters - "Toxic exposures to chemical pollutants during these windows of increased susceptibility can cause disease and disability in infants, children, and across the entire span of adult life," they said in a final statement after a May 20-24 meeting. In some cases, damage to genes "may also be passed on to subsequent generations," the scientists said at the talks, partly sponsored by the U.N.'s World Health Organization."

* ►May 24, 2007 - Government in Medicine (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►May 24, 2007 - Nigeria: New Health Risk With Farmers Using Banned Bird Flu Vaccine - IRIN via

►May 24, 2007 - Adult Brain Cells Rediscover Their Inner Child - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Biocompare

►May 24, 2007 - Fish virus hits Great Lakes - The latest invader of the largest freshwater system is spreading to surrounding waters, causing officials to enact emergency rules - The Scientist

* ►May 23, 2007 - Pneumococcal Vaccine: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics ad Adolescent Medicine)

►May 23, 2007 - Could Early and Continuous HIV Therapy Achieve Eradication? - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

►May 23, 2007 - Immune Antibodies Penetrate Neurons To Clear Alzheimer's-Linked Amyloid - New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College via Biocompare

►May 23, 2007 - FDA Requests Boxed Warning for Contrast Agents Used to Improve MRI Images - FDA

* ►May 22, 2007 - Guillain–Barre syndrome after vaccination in United States - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 22, 2007 - Cabinet approves WHO-assisted flu vaccine factory construction plan - ETNA English News

* ►May 22, 2007 - Runnin' Scared Shocking Behavior - Parents lobby lawmakers to have their kids zapped - Village Voice

* ►May 22, 2007 - The potential cost-effectiveness of prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccines in Canada - journal article (Vaccine) - "Vaccinating 12-year-old girls (efficacy = 95%, no waning, cost/course = CAN$ 400) against HPV-16/18 and HPV-6/11/16/18 is estimated to cost the health provider CAN$ 31,000 (80%CrI: 15,000–55,000) and CAN$ 21,000 (80%CrI: 11,000–33,000) per QALY-gained, respectively. Results were most sensitive to age at vaccination, duration of vaccine protection, vaccine cost and QALY-lost due to GW, and were least sensitive to the medical costs."

►May 22, 2007 - A dose–response evaluation of inactivated influenza vaccine given intranasally and intramuscularly to healthy young adults - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 22, 2007 - Herd immunity and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: A quantitative model - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 22, 2007 - Evaluation of immune response to orally administered Sterne strain 34F2 anthrax vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 22, 2007 - U.N. Seeks Bird Flu Vaccine for Poor - AP via Forbes

►May 22, 2007 - Bird Flu Could Be Slowing Down - Carolina-Virginia Farmer

►May 22, 2007 - Yoga And Elevated Brain GABA Levels - Yoga possible treatment for depression  - Boston University via Biocompare

►May 22, 2007 - A Canadian First - Immune system boost: new scientifically-formulated yogourt combines probiotics and polyphenols (antioxidants) for maximum benefit - CNW Group Newswire

* ►May 21, 2007 - Missed opportunities to vaccinate a cohort of hospitalised elderly with pneumococcal and influenza vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 21, 2007 - A single intranasal immunization with inactivated influenza virus and α-galactosylceramide induces long-term protective immunity without redirecting antigen to the central nervous system - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 21, 2007 - The promise of conjugate vaccines for Africa - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 21, 2007 - Immunogenicity of Plasmodium vivax combination subunit vaccine formulated with human compatible adjuvants in mice - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 18, 2007 - The Effect of Acclydine in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial (full text) - journal article (PLoS Clinical Trials)

►May 18, 2007 - A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial to Improve Prescribing Patterns in Ambulatory Pediatrics (full text) - journal article (PLoS Clinical Trials)

* ►May 17, 2007 - Combo DTaP-IPV Vaccine Provides Protection Comparable to Separate Injections (requires registration) - PAS 2007 Annual Meeting via Medscape Medical News

* ►May 17, 2007 - Available Data Support Safety, Efficacy, and Cost-Efficacy of HPV Vaccine (requires registration) - ONS 32nd Annual Congress via Medscape Medical News

►May 17, 2007 - Traffic Exposure and Lung Development in Children (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►May 17, 2007 - Pediatric Transplantation in the United States, 1996–2005 (requires registration) (full text) - American Journal of Transplantation via Medscape

* ►May 16, 2007 - Rates of Eczema, Recurrent Wheezing Among Infants With Different Vaccination Histories (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

* ►May 16, 2007 - Genetic Factors Influence Response to Varicella Vaccine (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►May 16, 2007 - The "Top 10" Drug Errors and How to Prevent Them CE (requires registration) - American Pharmacists Association 2007 Annual Meeting via Medscape

►May 16, 2007 - Panel Size: How Many Patients Can One Doctor Manage? (requires registration) - Family Practice via Medscape Management

* ►May 15, 2007 - Vaccinating adolescents against meningococcal disease in Canada: A cost-effectiveness analysis - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 15, 2007 - Pediatric Cancer Stem Cell Identified: Understanding The Origin Of ERMS - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory via Biocompare

* ►May 15, 2007 - Do we fully understand the economic value of vaccines? - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 14, 2007 - Sublingual Immunotherapy in Primary Care Not Effective in Children (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►May 11, 2007 - Enhanced protection against pneumococcal infection elicited by immunization with the combination of PspA, PspC, and ClpP - journal article (Vaccine)

►May 11, 2007 - Balancing the Scales of Health: the Science Behind Eating Seafood (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

►May 11, 2007 - Exposure to Household Mold Reduces Wheezing Risk in Infants (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

* ►May 7, 2007 - The Meningitis Vaccine Project - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►May 2007 - Identification of a Novel Polyomavirus from Patients with Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

* ►May 2007 - Spatial, Temporal, and Species Variation in Prevalence of Influenza A Viruses in Wild Migratory Birds (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►May 2007 - Pharmacokinetics of methylphenidate in preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - journal article (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology)

* ►May 2007 - Growing a New Antidepressant - Nine years ago, Rusty Gage shattered a neuroscience dogma when he showed human brains give birth to new neurons. Today, a company is eager to take those findings to the clinic. - The Scientist

►May 2007 - Being Pathogenic, Plastic, and Sexual while Living with a Nearly Minimal Bacterial Genome - journal article (PLoS Genetics)

►May 2007 - Out of Africa: A Molecular Perspective on the Introduction of Yellow Fever Virus into the Americas (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►May 2007 - Nanobacteria: Facts or Fancies? (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►May 2007 - Electron Tomography of the Contact between T Cells and SIV/HIV-1: Implications for Viral Entry (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►May 2007 - Testosterone treatment in multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. -  journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►April 20, 2007 - The annual impact of seasonal influenza in the US: Measuring disease burden and costs - journal article (Vaccine)

►April 2007 - Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of sublingual immunotherapy in patients with latex-induced urticaria: a 12-month study. - journal article (The British Journal of Dermatology)

►April 2007 - Allergic reactions to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: is newer better? - journal article (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports)

* American Medical Association ethical opinion Gifts to Physicians from Industry (pdf) -


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