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Posted September 16, 2004

►September 16, 2004 - Vaccine 'excellent' for Glen Innes bubs - Glen Innes Examiner via http://gleninnes.yourguide.com.au - "GLEN Innes health professionals have welcomed the introduction of a new six-in-one combination vaccine for newborns."

►September 16, 2004 - Northland prepares for meningitis jabs - Northland Health hopes more people will come forward for meningococcal B vaccine than did in Counties Manukau  - http://home.nzcity.co.nz

* ►September 16, 2004 - Progress reported on strep vaccine - Test spurs immune response with no serious side effects - AP via Richmond Times-Dispatch

* ►September 16, 2004 - Body can 'heal dementia itself' - Scientists have harnessed the body's own natural defences against infection to make a treatment for dementia. - BBC - "Unfortunately, although the vaccine appears to clear some of the protein from the brain, a substantial minority of participants in the trial developed a serious complication called encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), with two people dying."

►September 16, 2004 - Weill CU scientist: Immune antibodies may be key to lupus-related memory loss - Cornell Chronicle

►September 16, 2004 - Region 'ill-prepared to handle flu pandemic' - The Straits Times

►September 16, 2004 - Malaysia scrambles to contain bird flu - Three children hospitalized with symptoms as officials mull extending quarantine area - AP via www.etaiwannews.com

►September 16, 2004 - Measles infections to hit record low this year in Japan - Kyodo News via Japan Today

* ►September 15, 2004 - Plague Confirmed At Park In Lakewood - http://news4colorado.com - "Bubonic plague has been confirmed at a popular Jefferson County Park...Two prairie dog villages have been wiped out at Bear Creek Lake Park. The Centers for Disease Control confirms the animals had bubonic plague, News 4 reports."

* ►September 15, 2004 - Bubonic Plague drill held in Cass County - www.wndu.com

►September 15, 2004 - Blood Product May Treat Alzheimer's Disease - Germ-Fighting Molecules in Blood May Cut Brain-Clogging Plaque - WebMD

►September 15, 2004 - Campus : WSU Associate Professor discusses HIV and cancer vaccines - The South End Newspaper

►September 15, 2004 - Whooping cough rising in SW Ohio - Cincinnati Enquirer

►September 15, 2004 - Pathogen of the Week: Clostridium Tetani - The Daily Californian

►September 15, 2004 - Soiling (Encopresis) - KidsHealth via Yahoo!

►September 15, 2004 - German researchers are identifying lymphoma risks - Little is known about the causes of lymphoma. A case-control study conducted by Professor Nikolaus Becker and Dr. Alexandra Nieters, Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center, DKFZ), is looking closely at possible risk factors. - www.news-medical.net

►September 15, 2004 - Generex Biotechnology Tests Novel Vaccine for Melanoma With Clinician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Collaboration to advance towards clinical trials with melanoma vaccine - press release - Generex Biotechnology Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►September 15, 2004 - Africa: HIV/Aids Taking Its Toll On Population - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via http://allafrica.com

►September 15, 2004 - Mad About Mercury - Common Ground via www.alternet.org - "Last April, at the first federally sponsored symposium on mercury and public health, Dr Jane Hightower of San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center presented some alarming findings: nine out of 10 Bay Area residents who ate fish regularly had elevated blood-mercury levels and associated health complaints...'People are having symptoms just like the hatters,' says Hightower alluding to the 19th and early 20th century 'mad hatters' who were exposed to mercury nitrate used to process fur pelts. 'They have weakness, headache, stomach upsets, hair loss, allergy symptoms, and there's a question of autoimmune disease.'"

* ►September 14, 2004 - Flu hospitalizations up dramatically over past 20 years, study finds - KRT via San Jose Mercury News via  www.myrtlebeachonline.com

Comment:  Any chance the dramatic increase is due to the use of flu vaccination?  Anyone seriously examining this question?  And why would infants now be so vulnerable to the ravages of the flu?  Is it possible vaccinations are undermining their immune systems thereby rendering them less capable of fighting the flu?

* ►September 14, 2004 - Vical Announces Publication of Anthrax Vaccine Protection Data - PRNewswire-FirstCall via http://interestalert.com - "Rabbits will likely be accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an animal model for anthrax under the Animal Rule, which allows marketing approval based on proof of protective efficacy in two animal models and both safety and immunogenicity in humans."

* ►September 14, 2004 - Antidepressant "Black Box" Warning On Suicidality Risk Recommended By Joint Cmte. - FDA Advisory Committee - "The black box warning “won’t make prescribing [in children] more difficult,” Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee Chair Wayne Goodman, MD, University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute, maintained. However, he added, “I anticipate there will be alarm from parents and the child.”

* ►September 14, 2004 - Public Health: Don't distort science with theology - Baltimore Sun via St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "Public health requires the same adherence to scientific evidence as does clinical medicine, yet on that score, the U.S. government is engaged in public health malpractice."

* ►September 14, 2004 - WHO discusses disease response strategies amid warnings of new epidemics - AP via www.thestar.com.my

* ►September 14, 2004 - Flu hospitalizations up dramatically over past 20 years, study finds - Knight Ridder Newspapers via www.centredaily.com

* ►September 14, 2004 - ABC 7 Medical: Flu Vaccinations (includes video) - www.wjla.com

* ►September 14, 2004 - Asia faces unprecedented bird flu crisis - WHO: Detection and prevention methods need to be improved - Reuters via MSNBC

* ►September 14, 2004 - 'Marching In' On NIH-Funded Drugs - Consumer group asks agency to use its rights under Bayh-Dole Act to ensure reasonable drug prices - Chemical & Engineering News

* ►September 14, 2004 - Risk of ADHD Greater in Boys, Children with Low Parental Education Levels - Boys, in general, and children born to parents who have low education levels, in particular, are at an increased risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared to girls and children born to parents with high levels of education. - Newswise

►September 14, 2004 - U.S. Partnering to Fight Malaria, Tuberculosis in Africa - USAID's Peterson testifies before House Intl. Relations Committee - http://usinfo.state.gov

►September 14, 2004 - Extra Help For Vaccinationshttp://xtramsn.co.nz - "She says the extra nurses will be in Counties Manukau until the end of the week. It is hoped all school age children in Counties Manukau will be vaccinated by the end of the year."

►September 14, 2004 - When antibiotics are hazardous to kids!www.sunstar.com.ph - "The more antibiotic is used, especially indiscriminately, the more likely resistance will develop over time," Dr Yasmin Abu Hanifah, associate professor of the faculty medicine at the University of Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, told this author in an exclusive interview."

►September 14, 2004 - Governments purchase site for autism centre - www.4ni.co.uk - "A joint venture between the British and Irish governments has seen the purchase of a new site for the development of a centre of excellence for autism in Northern Ireland."

►September 14, 2004 - Medarex Announces Commencement of Phase I Clinical Trial by Lilly for Therapeutic Antibody - Nineteenth UltiMAb(TM) Product Being Tested in Human Clinical Trials - PRNewswire - "We are pleased that our partnership with a leading pharmaceutical company like Lilly continues to expand the development of fully human antibodies as an innovative  therapeutic class, and we look forward to the continued progress that these discovery and development efforts make towards addressing urgent medical needs," said Donald L. Drakeman, President and CEO of Medarex."

►September 14, 2004 - Understanding celiac disease - Cell Press via www.eurekalert.org

►September 14, 2004 - Nation Gets a 'C' for Hygiene in the SDA Clean Hands Report Card(SM - Clean Hands Week on ►September 19-25 Provides a Refresher Course in Handwashing - PRNewswire via http://interestalert.com

►September 14, 2004 - Tanox to Present at UBS Conference Sept. 27 - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via http://cbs.marketwatch.com

►September 14, 2004 - Infection eyed as culprit in chronic disease - American Medical News via Naples Daily News

►September 14, 2004 - Genetically modified bacterium as remedy for intestinal diseases - VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology via www.eurekalert.org

►September 14, 2004 - Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Infected Persons (full study) - Psychosomatics via http://mentalhelp.net

►September 14, 2004 - Chromium Picolinate Safety Data Presented at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Conference-New Studies Confirm Safety of Chromium Picolinate - PRNewswire-FirstCall via Healthy News - "Chromium is an essential mineral that is critical to proper insulin function and metabolism. A number of clinical studies have shown that nutritional supplementation with chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, helps improve insulin function and blood sugar control in people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes."

►September 14, 2004 - Task force coming to Helena - There is an epidemic killing our animal companions. It is not a virus or a bacteria or fungus. It's killing dogs and cats - especially cats - right here in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson and Broadwater counties at a rate of approximately 80 cats and 10 dogs each month. This reflects the national average. If this entity was an infectious disease, there would be massive studies on how to prevent its spread and re-searchers would be working frantically to develop vaccinations and other treatments for it. - Helena Independent Record

►September 14, 2004 - Health Tip: Kids Need Iron - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►September 14, 2004 - Child Antidepressants Must Be Labeled - AP via Yahoo!

* ►September 13, 2004 - Kids who went to school without shots finally get them - The Capital - "Students who don't have the proper immunizations must make appointments within 20 days in order to stay enrolled, Ms. Jones said."

* ►September 13, 2004 - EpiVax wins NIH grant to develop biodefense vaccine - www.masshightech.com - "The NIAID/NIH grant award for $859,773 will be used to develop a genome-derived, eptitope-driven tularemia vaccine. EpiVax will involve screening animal and human subjects for responses to tularemia epitopes. A novel tularemia vaccine candidate will be developed using molecular biology techniques."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Our teenage canaries - We're raising kids to pass exams, not to face the world. Now they're paying for their lack of emotional resilience - The Guardian, UK - "No wonder the researchers decided to leave alone all question of the causes of this explosion of misery: they wanted to separate out a set of bald facts about the increase in 15-year-olds' emotional and behavioural disorders, and leave others to get stuck into the arguments."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Stop Whispering About Peer Review (requires registration or subscription) - It validates work for researchers and can do the same for a wider audience - The Scientist

* ►September 13, 2004 - Swat those mosquitoes! First cases of West Nile virus arrives in Magic Valley - South Idaho Press

* ►September 13, 2004 - Vision | Improving Drug Delivery (requires registration or subscription) - Almost all drugs can benefit from a better delivery because it decreases side effects and enhances compliance - The Scientist - "Another goal is to develop new ways to deliver allergens and vaccines that would avoid the current scheme of multiple injections, which is particularly problematic in the developing world."

* ►September 13, 2004 - The Focus on Quality Control (requires registration or subscription) - Getting it right may speed drugs to market  - The Scientist - "While it doesn't typically garner the lion's share of attention, quality control is just as important as other areas of science. If your R&D department comes up with the most promising compound of the century, without current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in place it may never get to patients."

►September 13, 2004 - Vision | The Language of Bacteria... and Just About Everything Else (requires registration or subscription) - Secrets to immune and endocrine function may lie in interkingdom communication - The Scientist

►September 13, 2004 - Now You're Signaling, With Gas (requires registration or subscription) - Gasotransmitters open a window on biology and drug development - The Scientist

►September 13, 2004 - Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation to Fund CombinatoRx Accelerated Drug Discovery Collaboration - PRNewswire via http://interestalert.com

►September 13, 2004 - First Glimpse of DNA Binding to Viral Enzyme - May serve as new target for antiviral drugs - Albert Einstein College of Medicine via www.bnl.gov

►September 13, 2004 - IBD (Crohn's, Colitis) 'joins' cancer, anti-inflammatory diseases in associated blood vessel growth - The American Physiological Society via www.eurekalert.org

►September 13, 2004 - InterMune Signs Agreement with Chiron Corporation to License Access to Hepatitis C Genome - Company Continues Investment in Promising Small Molecule Program - PRNewswire-FirstCall via http://interestalert.com

►September 13, 2004 - Oriental diet tips for fall: pork, beans, honey and wine - The fall season intensifies the essence of wind and fire in the nature, including the human body - http://english.pravda.ru - "Indian summer, a very pleasant ending of the hot part of the year, is usually followed with exacerbation of chronic diseases and other various ailments connected with cold."

►September 13, 2004 - Researchers Report New Gene Test For Isolated Cleft Lip And Palate - NIH/National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences via ScienceDaily

* ►September 10, 2004 - Cluster of kids with lung problem investigated - Reuters Health via www.heartcenteronline.com

►September 9, 2004 - La Jolla Institute For Molecular Medicine Scientists Discover New Link Between Serotonin And Airway Allergic Inflammation - La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine via PRNewswire via Biocompare News

* ►September 2004 - Two case reports of cutaneous adverse reactions following hepatitis B vaccine: lichen planus and granuloma annulare. - journal article (J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol)

* ►September 2004 - Persistent itching nodules after the fourth dose of diphtheria-tetanus toxoid vaccines without evidence of delayed hypersensitivity to aluminium. - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 2004 - Potential conflicts of interest in vaccine economics research: a commentary with a case study of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination. - journal article (Vaccine)

*►September 2004 - Reduction of antibody response to an 11-valent pneumococcal vaccine coadministered with a vaccine containing acellular pertussis components. - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►September 2004 - Neuropathy and cognitive impairment following vaccination with the OspA protein of Borrelia burgdorferi. - journal article (Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System) - "The similarity between the neurological sequelae observed in the OspA-vaccinated patients and those with chronic Lyme disease suggests a possible role for immune mechanisms in some of the manifestations of chronic Lyme disease that are resistant to antibiotic treatment."

►September 2004 - Brain- and Heart-Type Fatty Acid-Binding Proteins in the Brain: Tissue Distribution and Clinical Utility (full study) - Clinical Chemistry via www.pharmacytimes.com

►September 2004 - Vaccines and hurricanes don’t mix - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►September 2004 - Practical questions and answers about childhood immunization - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►September 2004 - Analysis of Eight Commercial Enzyme Immunoassay Tests for Detection of Antibodies to Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Human Serum - journal article (Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)

* ►August 2004 - A potential signal of Bell's palsy after parenteral inactivated influenza vaccines: reports to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)-United States, 1991-2001(,). - journal article (Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety)

* ►August 2004 - Effectiveness of influenza vaccine during pregnancy in preventing hospitalizations and outpatient visits for respiratory illness in pregnant women and their infants. - journal article (Am J Perinatol)

* ►August 2004 - The effectiveness of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines in adults: a systematic review of observational studies and comparison with results from randomised controlled trials. - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►August 2004 - A preliminary experiment of absorption of antinuclear antibodies by the hepatitis B vaccine components, in a case of neurolupus. - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 2004 - Community-Acquired, Methicillin-Resistant and Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Musculoskeletal Infections in Children. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►August 2004 - Calmette-guerin bacillus sternal osteomyelitis diagnosed by DNA sequencing analysis of PNC A - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►August 2004 - Fever after immunization: current concepts and improved future scientific understanding. - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

Posted September 15, 2004

* ►September 15, 2004 - Malaysia Mulls State Quarantine to Contain Bird Flu - Reuters

* ►September 15, 2004 - Bird flu quarantine declared in Kelantan - AP via The Straits Times - "Malaysia declared its entire northern Kelantan state a quarantine zone to halt the spread of bird flu on Wednesday, and authorities in neighbouring Trengganu took extra precautions against a spillover of the potentially deadly disease."

* ►September 15, 2004 - Lethal Bird Flu Reemerges In Four East Asian Countries (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►September 15, 2004 - Thailand Decides Against Bird Flu Vaccine - Thailand Decides Not to Allow Use of Bird Flu Vaccine in Poultry Because of Safety Concerns - AP via ABC News

* ►September 15, 2004 - All kids over six months should get flu shots, say doctors (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "All children over the age of six months should receive a vaccination against influenza before the coming flu season, the Canadian Paediatric Society says."

►September 15, 2004 - Canadian Paediatric Society issues recommendations for influenza vaccine - CPS via Medical News Today

►September 15, 2004 - Free flu shots for kids this year - CBC Edmonton

* ►September 15, 2004 - Most provinces to offer free flu shots for infants - CBC Ottawa - "Most provinces and territories are preparing to pay for extra flu vaccines after the Canadian Pediatric Society recommended the jabs for all healthy babies between six months and 23 months of age."

* ►September 15, 2004 - Flu Shots Urged For Care Givers (requires registration) - Hartford Courant - "A federal health official told a gathering of about 300 nurses, physicians and other health care workers Tuesday that they can't just talk the talk when it comes to flu shots...They have to roll up their sleeves...'We're not doing a very good job of getting vaccinated, nor are we doing a good job of getting our colleagues vaccinated,' said Dr. Raymond Strikas, associate director of adult immunization at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program."

* ►September 15, 2004 - The Waves Don't Mind if You're Autistic (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Autism remains not just a puzzle but a series of interlocking ones - not one disorder, it seems, but many that affect at least 425,000 Americans under 18. Scientists and advocates disagree on numbers and definitions, but Spectrum, a new magazine for parents struggling with the disorder, calls autism the third most common childhood developmental disability - it affects one in every 166 children."

* ►September 15, 2004 - Cleaning up their dirty money - West African nations retiring $1B in old currency - AP via The Daily Camera - "Ninety-five percent of people who fall sick are because of filthy money," Hussein said, pulling out a bottle of liquid soap he keeps under the counter for every post-purchase scrub-down."

►September 15, 2004 - WHO warns of reemergence of SARS this winter, urges cooperation - The China Post

►September 15, 2004 - Quacks adding to HIV menace - Trinidad & Tobago Express

►September 15, 2004 - State lags in aid for disabled, advocates say - The Indianapolis Star

►September 15, 2004 - Best of both worlds in healthcare - The Telegraph, India - "The cross-referral facility will be a boon to “hundreds of patients travelling from other countries or neighbouring states and seeking world-class holistic treatment with an emphasis on wellness”, hopes an Apollo Gleneagles official."

►September 15, 2004 - HPA develops new diagnostic tests for avian flu, UK - Medical News Today

►September 15, 2004 - Dutch bird flu infected hundreds of people - New Scientist

►September 15, 2004 - Vietnam reports more ducks bearing bird flu virus - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 15, 2004 - Two People From South Russia Hospitalized With Possible Anthrax - MosNews

►September 15, 2004 - Nine in hospital after anthrax scare - SAPA via www.iol.co.za

►September 15, 2004 - Anthrax panic in San Mateo - San Mateo Daily Journal

►September 15, 2004 - Dr. Mona: Common Variable Immune Deficiency - http://cbs11tv.com

►September 15, 2004 - Byproduct of water disinfection process found to be highly toxic - Medical News Today

►September 15, 2004 - Gluten-free diet detectives: A support group says a diet without gluten lessens symptoms in conditions ranging from autism to celiac disease. (requires registration) - Orlando Sentinel

►September 15, 2004 - Kids ride on waves of joy - Newsday - "Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) who hosted the event, spent the day leading hesitant children into the surf. Weisenberg, 70, a former lifeguard whose son, Ricky, is disabled, said 1 of every 166 children today is diagnosed with autism. 'It's an epidemic.'"

►September 15, 2004 - Keystone AEA receives Autism Library grant - The Waukon Standard via www.zwire.com

►September 15, 2004 - Abbott Laboratories Introduces Second Fully Automated Test for Hepatitis A Virus - Simple and Efficient AxSYM(R) HAVAB(R) 2.0 Assay Aids in the Diagnosis of  Previous or Ongoing Hepatitis A Viral Infection - press release - Abbott Laboratories via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►September 15, 2004 - Fighting AIDS with sterile syringes - San Francisco Chronicle

►September 15, 2004 - Farmers in Sub-Sahara face new threat from HIV/AIDS: FAO - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 15, 2004 - HIV Seroprevalence in Northern Uganda: The Complex Relationship Between AIDS and Conflict - Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) - Italy via Reuters AlertNet

►September 15, 2004 - `HIV/AIDS a ticking bomb' - Times of India

►September 15, 2004 - Too many HIV Cases Among Women in Developing Countries due to Contraception Shortages - Medical News Today

►September 15, 2004 - Hepatitis E in Chad - update 3 - World Health Organization

►September 15, 2004 - Maori Must Move On Meningitis Vaccinations - press release - New Zealand First Party via Scoop Media

►September 15, 2004 - Aptos family sues U.S. Postal Service due to meningitis mishap - Register-Pajaronian via www.zwire.com

►September 15, 2004 - Meningitis Bacteria Found In Deceased Teen's Blood - Worried Parents Gather At School - www.wnbc.com

►September 15, 2004 - MedicAlert Reunites Lost Autistic Boy with Family - Robert “Alex” Cason, a 5-year-old nonverbal autistic boy, recently wandered off from his home through a downed fence board and became lost in the early morning hours while his family slept. Since Alex is nonverbal, a Good Samaritan noticed he was wearing a MedicAlert® bracelet and contacted the organization's 24-Hour Emergency Response Center to report the incident. - press release - MedicAlert via PR Web via www.emediawire.com

►September 15, 2004 - Meningitis Vaccine Now Required - The Harvard Crimson Online - "The vaccine does not provide 100 percent protection, however. 'The current vaccine is not effective against the B strain, which is responsible for 20-30 percent of meningitis cases,' DeMaria said...In addition, the $70 vaccine lasts only a few years, and DeMaria said additional booster shots are not recommended because they make people more susceptible to contracting the disease...An improved vaccine will be available in 2005 for $140."

►September 15, 2004 - 'U' offering vaccinations for bacterial meningitis this week - The Michigan Daily

►September 15, 2004 - Teen's meningitis uncontagious - Belleville News-Democrat - "On Tuesday, a spokesman at the coroner's office said that although the cause of death cannot be determined until final autopsy results are available in about six to eight weeks, the pathologist has determined that the cause of death is not the contagious form of meningitis. She would not say how the pathologist came to that determination."

►September 15, 2004 - "Fumes from burning mercury equals HIV/AIDS risk to public" - GNA via www.ghanaweb.com

►September 15, 2004 - Health Tip: Whipping Whooping Cough - HealthDay News via Forbes

►September 15, 2004 - Mira Mesa campus is a tribute to Salk - San Diego Union-Tribune via www.signonsandiego.com - "The school district is expected to break ground on the Salk school in spring of 2005, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the polio vaccine...Peter Salk of San Diego, who collaborated with his father in AIDS vaccine research and who is now involved in helping developing countries apply modern treatment for AIDS, accepted the honor on his family's behalf."

►September 15, 2004 - Polio Eradication Campaign Begins - Press Asked To Get On board - The Analyst (Monrovia) via http://allafrica.com

►September 15, 2004 - Research and Markets: Vaccines in the 21st Century - Approaches and Achievements in Prophylactic and Therapeutic Vaccine Research and Development  - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire

* ►September 15, 2004 - Bird flu outbreak: 'Worst yet to come' - The WHO says that the world risks facing a bird flu pandemic if more is not done to detect and eradicate the disease - AP/Reuters via The Straits Times

►September 15, 2004 - Flu outbreak kills 11 people - Herald-Sun, Australia

►September 15, 2004 - No flu link to 11th nursing home death - www.abc.net.au

►September 15, 2004 - Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the United States - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 14, 2004 - Americans suspicious of terror plans - Reuters - "Only two-fifths of those surveyed would follow instructions to go to a public vaccination site in a smallpox outbreak and only three-fifths would stay in a building other than their home after a dirty bomb explosion, the study found."

* ►September 14, 2004 - Former Cranston Doctor Sentenced For Diluting Vaccines - Judge Gives Defendant 10-Year Prison Sentence - AP via www.turnto10.com - "Judge Ronald Lagueux also fined Wallace E. Gonsalves Jr. $465,000 and ordered him to make more than $157,000 in restitution to 627 patients."

* ►September 14, 2004 - Monkey Virus Exposure Did Not Raise Lymphoma Risk - Journal of the National Cancer Institute via Reuters - "The results suggest that SV40 is not a major cause of NHL, although Engels' team acknowledges that they couldn't test for the presence of the virus in actual tumors because they didn't have enough specimens."

* ►September 14, 2004 - Study: Vaccine linked to multiple sclerosis - www.iol.co.za - "France said it would refer the study for consideration by Europe's drug-safety watchdog, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) discounted the study as flawed and insisted there was no need to raise any alarm about the vaccine."

►September 14, 2004 - Introducing the intelligent vaccine box - E-Health Insider - "A vaccines transit box that can feed back alerts when high temperatures endanger the precious cargo is expected to save money, avoid waste and prevent useless vaccines being given to patients."

►September 14, 2004 - Using UN vaccines, Madagascar begins immunizing 7.6 million against measles - UN

►September 14, 2004 - We Need Over 60,000 Doses of Vaccines -- MP - The Times of Zambia (Ndola) via http://allafrica.com - "Namwala Member of Parliament Ompie Nkumbula-Liebethal says her constituency needs over 60,000 doses of vaccines to complete the vaccination exercise of cattle that has been hit by foot and mouth disease."

►September 14, 2004 - Despite genocide, thousands of Darfur kids to get vaccine - WHO via Science Blog

►September 14, 2004 - Scientists develop avian flu test - Two tests to diagnose avian flu in humans have been developed by British scientists. - BBC

►September 14, 2004 - Dutch Find Greater Threat to Humans from Bird Flu - Reuters

►September 14, 2004 - Flu Hospitalizations on the Rise - HealthDay News via Forbes

►September 14, 2004 - Experts Urge More To Get Flu Vaccine - Vaccine 50 Percent Effective - www.thebostonchannel.com

►September 14, 2004 - Flu Sends More and More Seniors to Hospital in US - Reuters

►September 14, 2004 - Targeted Genetics completes enrollment in AIDS vaccine test - Puget Sound Business Journal

►September 14, 2004 - Daily HIV/Aids Report - At Least 25,000 HIV-Positive People on Antiretroviral Drugs Because of PEPFAR, Congressional Report Says -  Kaisernetwork.org (Washington, DC) via http://allafrica.com

►September 14, 2004 - Most Nigerians Don't Believe in Aids - NACA Boss - This Day (Lagos) via http://allafrica.com

►September 14, 2004 - Even failed experiments can be important ones - www.iol.co.za - "Disappointing results of clinical trials of a promising pair of new Aids vaccines have highlighted the dilemmas faced by those determining strategy in this field."

►September 14, 2004 - Cases of West Nile virus decline in Pennsylvania - AP via Centre Daily Times

►September 14, 2004 - New Breast Cancer Vaccine Passes First Hurdle - Experimental Breast Cancer Vaccine Halts Tumors in Mice - Journal of the National Cancer Institute via WebMD

►September 14, 2004 - Mother’s Diet Prevents Childhood Cancer - Cancer Causes and Control via Ivanhoe

►September 14, 2004 - New vaccination requirements for students - The Daily Collegian - "Beginning in the spring semester of 2005, undergraduate and graduate students who choose to live on Massachusetts's college campuses will be required to get meningitis vaccinations...But some students at UMass are already opposing the mandatory vaccine. Junior John Beale cited cost as one of his reasons for disagreeing with the vaccine enforcement...'I don't like shots, and I'm not gonna pay $75 for one,' Beale said."

►September 13, 2004 - Re: The effects of toxic metals in autistic children - letter in response to Thiomersal doesn't cause developmental disorders (BMJ)

►September 13, 2004 - Re: Do Vaccines Kill Before Measles Can? - letter in response to Misconceptions about the new combination vaccine (BMJ)

►September 13, 2004 - China pledges better cooperation with int'l health bodies - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 13, 2004 - The World's Leading Malaria Research Scientists Present New Findings in the Fight Against Malaria - NIH

►September 13, 2004 - Silencing Cancer - As therapeutic RNAi applications evolve, multidrug-resistant cancers come into the crosshairs - The Scientist

►September 13, 2004 - Blood test may be superior to Ct scans in predicting survival in some ovarian cancer patients - Test may allow patients to avoid costly and time-consuming CT scans - American Society of Clinical Oncology via www.eurekalert.org

►September 13, 2004  - 'Hedgehog' signal distinguishes lethal from localized prostate cancers - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via www.eurekalert.org

►September 13, 2004 - Heat-controlled Drug Implants Offer Hope for Future - Georgia Institute of Technology  

►September 13, 2004 - Privacy rule builds biomedical research bottleneck - Complicated regulations hinder basic science and clinical studies - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org

►September 13, 2004 - TANGO; towards faster prognosis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases? - VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology via www.eurekalert.org

►September 13, 2004 - Researchers Report New Gene Test for Isolated Cleft Lip and Palate - NIH

►September 13, 2004 - NIAID Forms Clinical Consortium to Improve Success of Organ Transplants - NIH

►September 13, 2004 - States Under Pressure on Newborn Tests - AP via Herald-Sun

►September 12, 2004 - Deadly distinction - Washington Times

►September 12, 2004 - Researchers Identify Distinctive Signature for Metastatic Prostate Cancer - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

►September 11, 2004 - MPs launch inquiry into influence of drug industry - journal article (BMJ)

►September 10, 2004 - Growth hormone and IBD: Reduction of intestinal inflammation, promotion of growth - Therapeutic approaches in childhood IBD using growth hormone could promote growth and intestinal healing - American Physiological Society via www.eurekalert.org

►September 10, 2004 - Stanford researcher declares 'PSA era is over' in predicting prostate cancer risk - Stanford University via www.eurekalert.org

►September 8, 2004 - CDC Invests $73 Million to Improve Health Information Services for the Public - CDC

►September 8, 2004 - UBC Discovery is Gateway to New Stroke Treatments - The University of British Columbia

►September 8, 2004 - Testimony of Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN, President Coalition for SafeMinds Before the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness
Committee on Government Reform
- Hearing "Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism" (pdf) - http://reform.house.gov

►September 7, 2004 - Molecule Awakens and Maintains Neural Connections - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

►September 7, 2004 - FDA Approves Drug for Neuropathic Pain Associated With Diabetes - FDA

►September 6, 2004 - Re: Children should prosecute Negligent Parents - letter in response to Dutch doctors warn parents over whooping cough vaccine (BMJ)

* ►September 4, 2004 - Bioterrorism and compulsory vaccination - Better vaccines are needed if vaccination is to be made compulsory - journal article (BMJ)

►September 2, 2004 - SIDS -- A Syndrome in Search of a Cause (requires subscription for full article) - journal article (New England Journal of Medicine)

►September 2004 - Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Critical Review of Published Original Data - journal article (Pediatrics)

►September 2004 - Differential Immune Responses to Primary Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination in Israeli Children - journal article (Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology)

►August 2004 - Avian Influenza Virus Infection of Children in Vietnam and Thailand - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►Summer 2004 - Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Children With Regressive Autism: A Report of Three Cases (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons)

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Severe hair loss induced by anthrax vaccine and reversed by the treatment with zinc (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Anthrax vaccine and Gulf War illness symptoms in Captain Jean Tanner's Dover Air Force Base Survey (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas) 

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - How "adequate and well-controlled" was the "clinical trial" of a human anthrax vaccine, 1955-1959? (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)  

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - A statistical reanalysis of Brachman et al.'s 1962 study of a human anthrax vaccine (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas) 

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Analysis of causes that led to baby Robert Benjamin Quierello's respiratory arrest and death in August of 2000 (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)  

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Analysis of causes that led to baby Alan Ream Yurko's cardiac arrest and death in November of 1997 (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)   

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Analysis of causes that led to the bleedings in the subdural spaces and other tissues in baby Alan Ream Yurko's case (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)    

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - The polio vaccine: a critical assessment of its arcane history, efficacy, and long-term health-related consequences (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)     

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Digestion-gut-autism connection: the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas)

►Volume 1, Issue 2 - Linkage: multiple sclerosis and ionizing radiation (pdf) - journal article (Medical Veritas) 

Posted September 14, 2004

* ►September 20, 2004 - More shots for more sailors - New rules add 17 locations for required anthrax and smallpox vaccinations - Navy Times

►September 15, 2004 - Meningitis strikes for third time in Christchurch - A young woman has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital with meningitis. It is the third case of the crippling disease in a week. - The Press via www.stuff.co.nz

* ►September 15, 2004 - Babies set for big shot in the arm (requires registration) - www.theage.com.au - "Australian parents will now be able to have their babies vaccinated against six diseases in a single shot, but it will cost them more than $300...While anti-vaccination groups are not satisfied about possible side effects from the vaccine Infanrix hexa, doctors say it is safe and will make immunising children easier."

►September 14, 2004
- FDA Testing Limits of Medical Technology - AP via Herald-Sun

►September 14, 2004 - FDA Approves Lens Implant to Sharpen Sight - AP via Herald-Sun

* ►September 14, 2004 - Six-in-one vaccine eases childhood jabs (includes video) - http://news.ninemsn.com.au

* ►September 14, 2004 - Nigeria Is World's Biggest Exporter of Wild Polio Virus, Says UNICEF Boss - interview - Vanguard (Lagos) via http://allafrica.com - "I don't believe that OPV can give a child fever, rather the vaccine strengthens the child. Even when a child is down with such illnesses like diarrhoea, cold or measles, it is perfectly safe to give such child polio drops. The drops have no effect on the illness. If there are any negative symptoms, this could be as a result of an existing illness not as a result of the OPV."

* ►September 14, 2004 - Councillor Steps Into Measles Row - http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk - "A Swansea councillor is at the centre of a storm after claiming parents concerned about the welfare of their children during the current outbreak of measles in Clydach are worrying about nothing. Sylvia Lewis insists that, based on her own experience of the illness, there is no cause for alarm."

Comment:  For more on measles "scare-mongering", go to Scandals: “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.” - More confusing disease stats

* ►September 14, 2004 -  F.D.A. Links Drugs to Being Suicidal - (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Dr. Robert Temple, director of the F.D.A.'s office of medical policy, said after an emotional public hearing here that analyses of 15 clinical trials, some of which were hidden for years from the public by the drug companies that sponsored them, showed a consistent link with suicidal behavior."

* ►September 14, 2004 - A Doctor Puts the Drug Industry Under a Microscope - A Conversation With Marcia Angell (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►September 14, 2004 - MMR and Autism: The link really has been established - Chris Gupta via www.newmediaexplorer.org

►September 14, 2004 - Governments purchase site for autism centre - www.4ni.co.uk

►September 14, 2004 - The Right Ear Is From Mars (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►September 14, 2004 - Children in Crisis - Dylan -- Nutritional therapy gives youngster a weapon in battle against rage - Detroit Free Press

►September 14, 2004 - Genetics key to Autism - American Journal of Medical Genetics via Ivanhoe
 
►September 14, 2004 - New Autism Website has its Own Autism Encyclopedia - The new website ChatAutism.com has an amazing resource for information - an autism wiki - press release - www.chatautism.com via PR Web via www.emediawire.com

►September 14, 2004 - Leukaemia: In Italy 10 Thousand New Cases of Lymphoma Per Year - www.agi.it

►September 14, 2004 - Buffalos hit by anthrax - Botswana Press Agency via Daily News via www.gov.bw

►September 14, 2004 - Mysterious illness kills hippos, 2 people also dead - DPA via Borneo Bulletin via www.brunei-online.com

►September 14, 2004 - Vical Announces Publication of Anthrax Vaccine Protection Data - press release - Vical Incorporated via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►September 14, 2004 - Court OKs Livermore biosafety lab (requires registration) - Contra Costa Times - "A federal judge has cleared the way for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory to begin work in a 'hot lab' where germs that cause anthrax and other deadly diseases will be studied."

►September 14, 2004 - Genmab Achieves Two Milestones in Roche Collaboration - press release - Genmab A/S via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►September 14, 2004 - Diversa Receives Milestone Payments From Syngenta for Identification of Novel Protein Therapeutic Candidates - First Pharmaceutical Product Leads Delivered Under Broad Collaboration Initiated in 2003 - press release - Diversa Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►September 14, 2004 - Authors discuss effort to wean America from baby formula - Salt Lake Tribune

►September 14, 2004 - Malaysian bird flu jumps quarantine zone - AFP via www.channelnewsasia.com

* ►September 14, 2004 - Asia Faces Bird Flu Crisis of Unprecedented Scale - Reuters

►September 14, 2004 - Three difficulties hamper prevention of avian flu: WHO official - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 14, 2004 - Malaysia quarantines 3 suspected bird flu patients - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 14, 2004 - Flu danger topic of Wednesday presentation - Ravalli Republic

* ►September 14, 2004 - Health workers urged to have flu jabs - http://new.edp24.co.uk - "Health workers are being urged to have flu jabs – to ensure patients are not hit...The call comes after it emerged that only a quarter of the staff at Norfolk's main hospital had been immunised...The picture was even worse in North Norfolk, where only 8.5pc of primary care trust staff were vaccinated."

►September 14, 2004 - Jab linked to multiple sclerosis - People who are vaccinated against hepatitis B are at increased risk of multiple sclerosis, a study shows. - BBC

►September 14, 2004 - Mercury at 'crisis level,' some fear - Fish advisories call attention to element; in Missouri, big largemouth bass shouldn't be eaten. - Springfield News-Leader

►September 14, 2004 - Health report finds STDs rising - Greene County agency's study finds child immunization rate at 92 percent. - Springfield News-Leader

►September 14, 2004 - A Vaccination Against Allergies (includes video) - CBS New York

* ►September 14, 2004 - Training Course for Vaccination Managers - Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo) via http://allafrica.com - "Toure said this initiative arose in compliance with the strategy adopted in 2002 by the members of the 'Global Alliance for Vaccination', which seeks to ensure that by 2005, at least 90 per cent of the vaccination programmes' target groups are reached."

►September 14, 2004 - Crucell Grants IAVI Exclusive License to use AdVac Technology for AIDS Vaccine - press release - Crucell N.V. via www.primezone.com

►September 14, 2004 - TB patients in Tanzania to be tested for HIV - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►September 14, 2004 - Regents to study future of blind school - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - "Enrollment at Vinton and other residential schools nationwide dropped with the passage of the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which stated that disabled students had a right to the same educational opportunities as their peers. The law, among other developments, led more special-needs children to be educated in neighborhood schools rather than state institutions...Since then, more children have come to the school with a wider range of disabilities. Since development of vaccines for illnesses such as rubella -- which caused many of the cases of blindness in the past -- few of the children at the school are strictly blind. Medical advancements have saved premature babies, and some come to the school with multiple handicaps, including mental retardation and behavioral disorders."

►September 14, 2004 - Meningitis Alert Given to Freshmen (requires registration) - The Oklahoman/News 9 via http://newsok.com

►September 14, 2004 - Student With Meningitis To Be Released From Hospital - www.wluctv6.com - "It's believed he will be diagnosed with viral meningitis, which is less dangerous than the bacterial strain."

►September 14, 2004 - Meningococcal Infection Suspected In Teen's Death - www.10tv.com

* ►September 14, 2004 - Durham commissioners approve Merck plant plan (requires registration) - AP via Herald Sun via Kansas City Star - "In December, Merck said it would build the plant in North Carolina if state and local incentives come through as promised. The Legislature later that month approved incentives worth $36 million."

►September 14, 2004 - Researchers studying cancer vaccine (includes video) (requires registration) - King 5 News

►September 14, 2004 - Does the hepatitis B vaccine cause multiple sclerosis? (requires subscription) - journal article (Neurology) 

►September 14, 2004 - WHO warns of more bird flu - Kyodo News via Japan Today

* ►September 14, 2004 - MMR rates still falling short despite take-up push - The Scotsman - "However, Bill Welsh, the chairman of Action Against Autism, said the statistics showed a lack of faith. 'There are over 3,400 children in Scotland with a diagnosis of autism, a previously rare condition,' he said...'Until the chief medical officer gives a plausible explanation for this tragic development, the vaccination programme remains the chief suspect. Parents are quite right to demand single vaccines as a choice.'"

* ►September 13, 2004 - Hepatitis Shot Tied to MS, Study Suggests - HealthDay News via Forbes

* ►September 13, 2004 - Hepatitis B Vaccination Increases Multiple Sclerosis Risk (requires registration) - Medscape - "Hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to the results of a nested, case-control study published in the Sept. 14 issue of Neurology. 'Our analyses include 163 cases of MS and 1,604 controls,' lead author Miguel A. Hernán, MD, DrPH, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, says in a news release. 'We estimated that immunization against hepatitis B was associated with a threefold increase in the incidence of MS within the three years following vaccination.'"

* ►September 13, 2004 - New pathogens, mercury threaten Great Lakes, health of millions of residents - Canadian Press via www.canada.com

* ►September 13, 2004 - Study Of Flu Patients Reveals Virus Outsmarting Key Drug - University Of Wisconsin-Madison via ScienceDaily

►September 13, 2004 - Company will destroy turkeys with influenza - This strain of bird flu isn't dangerous to humans. - KYTV Springfield

►September 13, 2004 - K-State tapped for defense contract - Wichita Eagle

►September 13, 2004 - Big whoop: Whooping cough cases up tenfold - GM Today

►September 13, 2004 - Cancer Institute Starts Nanotechnology Drive - Reuters

►September 13, 2004 - Third West Nile victim still recovering - Eastern Arizona Courier

►September 13, 2004 - Local nurse visits Ethiopia in fight against polio - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

►September 13, 2004 - Reining in Polio - P.M. News (Lagos) via http://allafrica.com

* ►September 13, 2004 - 9 new polio cases reported - Times of India - "What is quite significant in the case of the affected children in Ghaziabad, who live in the Dehra and Inayatpur localities, is that the district's official records claim both the children had been given polio drops 12 times in a row, since they were 15 days old. The drops were reportedly given in the polio immunisation campaign. A senior district official claimed that this has also been checked out by a WHO team."

* ►September 12, 2004 - New pill cam making waves at Yankton Hospital - AP via Aberdeen News - "Much of the time, these patients have had multiple blood transfusions and have persistent symptoms," Gutnik said. "We may also use the pill cam for someone with chronic diarrhea of an unclear cause, and disorders like Sprue or wheat allergy. Often with diseases like this, X-rays allow us to diagnose the problems after it is really too late. Treatments do not work as good with a delayed diagnosis. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the sooner you can start treatment."

* ►September 12, 2004 - Bureau of Health study Submitted by Communities That Carehttp://belfast.villagesoup.com - "The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health has requested assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention for the purpose of assessing the scope of fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior and identifying potential factors contributing to suicidal behavior in the affected community."

* ►September 12, 2004 - 'Army of therapists' to tackle huge rise in child depression, self-harm and suicide - The Independent, UK - "The suicide rate is now three times higher than it was 20 years ago among schoolchildren, with children as young as five being treated for self-harming."

* ►September 12, 2004 - 9/11 pollution 'could cause more deaths than attack' - The Independent, UK - "The US government study provides the latest evidence of a systematic cover-up of the health toll from pollution after the 9/11 disaster, which doctors fear will cause more deaths than the attacks themselves."

►September 12, 2004 - FDA panel to hear data on kids and depression - Some will push for stronger warnings that antidepressants may pose risks for youths. - New York Times via The Indianapolis Star

►September 12, 2004 - Multiple Versus Single Learning Disabilities - Journal of Learning Disabilities via http://mentalhelp.net

►September 12, 2004 - Corner Groceries and Tea Stalls Double as TB Clinics in India (requires registration or subscription) - The Washington Post

►September 12, 2004 - Patients With Chronic Diseases Advised Not To 'Doctor-hop' - www.bernama.com

►September 12, 2004 - Over one billion people to be 60 plus by 2025 - Sunday Observer via www.ippmedia.com - "Population ageing is characteristically accompanied by an increase in the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other ageing-associated mental health conditions, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and musculoskeletal problems."

►September 12, 2004 - Pediatric therapy services help children with developmental disorders - Steamboat Pilot & Today

►September 12, 2004 - Dyslexia remedies still are sought - USA Today via The Indianapolis Star

►September 12, 2004 - Academic’s triumph over autism offers hope to others - Santa Cruz Sentinel

►September 12, 2004 - For the autistic, how to get heard - A book focuses on advocacy - The Boston Globe

* ►September 11, 2004 - FDA panel says child-stimulant study OK - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Why are we even considering using children as human guinea pigs?" Sharav said. She said the message to poor children, lured by the $570 offered participants, would be "to earn money, sign up for drug tests. Amphetamine today. Cocaine tomorrow. Ecstasy next week."

* ►September 11, 2004 - Madagascar children to get measles jabs, as infection rate spirals - AFP via Khaleej Times

* ►September 11, 2004 - Director of Arizona Biodesign Institute Says Infectious Diseases Pose Dangers - The East Valley Tribune via http://bcbshealthissues.yellowbrix.com - "Poste said more economic incentives need to be given to pharmaceutical companies to "cover the gaps" in vaccine and drug development. However, he said politicians, activists and the media are working against such developments by their attacks on the industry. "AIDS activists are driving companies out of AIDS research and development by their demands that drugs be given away free," he said. As for the issue of costs of medications, he said, Americans spend more on alcohol and tobacco. "As a society we are setting our own priorities," he said."

* ►September 11, 2004 - Early Life Risk Factors for ADHD - Mayo Clinic Proceedings via http://mentalhelp.net

* ►September 11, 2004 - Pssst ... the secret of youth can be yours for £250 - Anti-ageing conference gets the lowdown on enhancement and augmentation - The Guardian, UK  - "Dr Aubrey de Grey predicted that "rejuvenation processes" will be widely available by 2030, and predicts scientific leaps could eventually let people live for ever. He said a gene and stem cell therapy, as well as vaccinations to reprogramme the body's immune system, would halt ageing within 25 years."

►September 11, 2004 - A world at war? - Will Africa be run by visionary female leaders? Are Libya and Kashmir set to become tourist havens? Our experts give the best, worst and likely scenarios for the world's political hotspots - The Guardian, UK - "Dengue fever and sleeping sickness would attack all sectors of the population, while the failure of inoculation programmes for children would mean epidemics of measles and the probable re-emergence of diseases such as polio."

►September 11, 2004 - WHO warns Thai bird flu monitoring lagging - AFP via Yahoo!

►September 11, 2004 - Thailand okays vaccination for 30 million fighting cocks - http://thestar.com.my

►September 11, 2004 - Thousands with mental illness still lack proper care in prisons - Group says troubled inmates too often get solitary confinement, not treatment - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►September 11, 2004 - As superbug problem mounts, drug companies slash antibiotics research - www.wsws.org

* ►September 10, 2004 - House berates FDA, drug makers - US Congressional subcommittee holds hearing on clinical trial disclosure rules - The Scientist via www.biomedcentral.com

* ►September 10, 2004 - NRC wants genome data unfettered - Nothing to be gained from restricting access to bioterror agent genomes, says report - The Scientist via www.biomedcentral.com

* ►September 10, 2004 - VNA reaches out to poor - Number of Americans without health insurance skyrocketing - Steambost Pilot & Today

* ►September 10, 2004 - Premiums for health insurance jump again - Survey: Midwest's costs are above nation's, hurt region. - The Indianapolis Star - "The Indiana Chamber, Jolivette said, intends to lobby the General Assembly in 2005 for a reduction in the 17 benefits employers must provide by law in their health care plans. These include coverage of autism and inherited metabolic disorders, but costs could come down if employers had more flexibility in fashioning health care plans, Jolivette said."

* ►September 10, 2004 - HHS Continues to Strengthen Umbrella of Protection from Bioterrorism - U.S. Newswire - " 75 million doses of a second-generation anthrax vaccine to become available for stockpiling beginning next year."

►September 10, 2004 - Louisiana: Louisiana Takes Aggressive Stance in War Against TB - Times-Picayune via www.aegis.org

►September 10, 2004 - Case for IBD combination therapy comes from research at Baylor, MIT and Hebrew University - Probiotics, commensal bacteria and 'multi-functional anti-inflammatory' drugs show broad efficacy in laboratory IBD experiments - American Physiological Society via www.eurekalert.org

►September 10, 2004 - China, India at the tipping point in AIDS crisis, conference told - AFP via Yahoo!

►September 10, 2004 - Lecture on ecology of infectious diseases - Plague and prairie dogs: Conflicts between wildlife conservation and protection of public health - National Science Foundation via www.eurekalert.org

►September 10, 2004 - Family Medicine: 4th edition of AMA Family Medical Guide puts a decade's worth of new knowledge at your fingertips - www.ama-assn.org

►September 10, 2004 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via www.lifeclinic.com

* ►September 9, 2004 - Zambia: Efforts to contain foot-and-mouth - IRIN

* ►September 9, 2004 - A refuge no more? - Brucellosis threat sparks talk of ending elk feeding - Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

* ►September 9, 2004 - Sale of Shire Vaccines Business to ID Biomedical Completed - PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►September 9, 2004 - Mercury in Plasma-Derived Products - FDA via CBER

* ►September 8, 2004 - Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism - Government Reform Committee, Subcomittee on Human Rights & Wellness via http://reform.house.gov

* ►September 8, 2004 - Cocaine vaccine trials completed - TV Transcript - Lateline via www.abc.net.au - "The cocaine vaccine should be on the market within three years."

►September 6, 2004 - A Final Embrace - As attitudes toward death and dying evolve, palliative care nurses are better able to provide comfort, respect and understanding to patients and their families - www.nurseweek.com

►September 1, 2004 - Tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes: Directly Observed Therapy Compared With Self-Administered Therapy - American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine via www.pharmacytimes.com

►September 1, 2004 - Higher Prostaglandin E2 Production By Dendritic Cells From Subjects With Asthma Compared With Normal Subjects - American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine via www.pharmacytimes.com

* Sept-Oct 2004 - Urinary Tract Diseases Revealed after DTP Vaccination in Infants and Young Children: Cytokine Irregularities and Down-regulation of Cytochrome P-450 Enzymes Induced by the Vaccine May Uncover Latent Diseases in Genetically Predisposed Subjects. - journal article (American Journal of Therapeutics)

* ►September 2004 - Online petition to ‘show vaccine data’ available - www.chiroeco.com

►September 2004 - Incidence of Tuberculosis in Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1990-2001 - Mayo Clinic Proceedings via www.pharmacytimes.com

►September 2004 - New Rotavirus Vaccines Moving Closer to Market - Pediatric News Online

►September 2004 - Report Urges Limiting Consumption of Certain Fish - Pediatric News Online

►September 2004 - Study Addresses Concerns About ADHD Treatment - Pediatric News Online

►September 2004 - Leprosy Still a Plague in Brazil - Brazil is second, after India, for the total number of cases of  leprosy in the world. In 2003, there were nearly 50,000 new cases of leprosy detected in the country. Several million Brazilians live in favelas today. The situation in the favelas, with people living in cramped quarters, are ideal for the transmission of the disease. - www.brazzil.com

Posted September 13, 2004

* September 13, 2004 - Hepatitis B Vaccine May be Associated with Increased Risk of MS - American Academy of Neurology (AAN) via Newswise - "The popular hypothesis that the hepatitis B vaccine is associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis has been scientifically corroborated through a prospective study of patients in the United Kingdom. Results of the study, and a related editorial, are reported in the September 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology."

* ►September 20, 2004 - Physicians watchful after announced flu vaccine delay - One large manufacturer has announced sterility problems that will delay their supplies until early October. Doctors hope that will be just in time. - www.ama-assn.org - Chiron expects to manufacture between 46 and 48 million doses of vaccine, and the pediatric version of the vaccine is not affected by the delay. More than 52 million doses are expected from Aventis Pasteur. The company also announced that it is investigating the possibility of making more. Between 1 million to 2 million doses of the live, intranasal vaccine will be available during the season."

* ►September 20, 2004 - Are we all sick? Doctors debate "medicalization" of life - Human conditions previously thought of as normal now warrant treatment. Medical guidelines are being expanded. And genetic tests are turning more people into patients. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►September 20, 2004 - Penalty for breaking HIPAA law - Willful and deliberate violations of the federal medical records privacy rule carry stiff criminal penalties. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►September 20, 2004 - D.C. surgeon touts own ideas for reform, gifts - He also seeks to block drug company access to physician prescribing history. -  www.ama-assn.org

* ►September 20, 2004 - Well-educated patients guide their own care - The big business of health care is generating an abundance of medical information that is welcomed by savvy patients. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Primary care physicians are caught in productivity squeeze - Costs are rising faster than income, although one survey shows some specialists may be reversing that trend. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Staff less tolerant of rude doctors - Most disruptive behavior stems from conflicts between physicians and staff members, say physician executives. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Fight looms over Medicare drug coverage - Physician groups worry that too few medication classes will be included in drug plan formularies, thus harming patients' access to pharmaceuticals. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - ED closures spur worries of care crisis in L.A. - Ethics reflect the heart and health of the medical profession, CEJA's chair says. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - Reduce medical errors by identifying and modifying risk factors - Blur of complicated mounds of medical records can lead to errors from lost information - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Interventions gaining ground as next phase for patient safety research - Recent research has focused on guidelines for preventing pneumonia and on computerized physician order entry. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Massive HMO suit gets thumbs up - The doctors' case will go forward as a class action. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Connecticut obstetrician-gynecologists scrap plan of raising fees - The practice had wanted to charge $500 extra. Instead, almost every insurer agreed to pay them higher reimbursements for pregnancy care. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Texas Supreme Court avoids redefining "person" in ruling - A Texas Medical Assn. attorney says a wrongful death law was written to avoid opening the door to more lawsuits. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Blue crossroads: Insurance in the 21st century - The medical director of the national Blues organization sees opportunities ahead as well as challenges. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Colorado hospitalists' deal raises exclusivity issue - Some say the emerging specialty could join others in striking exclusive arrangements with hospitals. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Indiana hospital to close 4 months after doctor takeover - Physicians couldn't save Indiana's Winona Memorial Hospital from its financial problems. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Controls protect against employee theft - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - Equal care for all: Fighting on many fronts (opinion) - Medical organizations work to end health care disparities. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 20, 2004 - AMA understands need for disaster preparedness (opinion) - A message to all physicians from AMA President John C. Nelson, MD, MPH. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►September 14, 2004 - Malaysia checks over 7,000 people in bird flu-hit villages - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►September 14, 2004 - Use Of Bird Flu Vaccines: Govt decision due tomorrow - The Nation, Thailand - "Deputy Minister for Public Health Anuthin Charnveerakul said vaccines would only save an infected bird. The infected bird could then become a carrier that spreads the disease, which is potentially fatal when contracted by humans."

►September 14, 2004 - 10th influenza death - A Tenth Bethel Nursing Home patient has died from the flu. - Daily Telegraph, Australia

* ►September 13, 2004 - Hospital on high alert amid brain disease scare - AAP via Financial Review - "Royal Melbourne Hospital in Victoria is contacting 1056 people who had undergone brain or spinal surgery in the past 18 months after a patient died earlier this year of the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD."

* ►September 13, 2004 - AlphaVax Announces New Vaccine Grant - PRNewswire via COMTEX via http://cbs.marketwatch.com - "Although ultimately checked through energetic public health measures, the disease had a severe economic impact, estimated at as much as $10 billion. In Toronto alone, where quarantine restrictions adversely affected travel and tourism, the SARS outbreak was responsible for losses of $1 billion to the city."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Scientists meet to crack the code of tiny, ancient killers - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Today, Stuart, Myler and their parasite-obsessed colleagues at Seattle Biomedical are hosting an international meeting of some 130 scientists from 19 countries determined to find better drugs and vaccines against these deadly microbes."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Packard/Stanford researcher finds chronic illnesses among children not adequately addressed - Stanford University Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org - "It's a sad fact of modern medicine that, despite major improvements in health care for children, a growing number of poor and chronically ill children are not getting the care they need," he said. "These issues are the central challenge to all those who worry about the health and well-being of children."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Autism - A Political Bombshell "No Child Left Behind"? President Bush unwilling to address this National Tragedy. Parents are outraged. - Autism has hit epidemic levels with no end in sight. The President has failed to address this National Tragedy....WHY ? There are 25 facts that will leave the American people asking questions. New Book Titled, Mercury: The Winged Messenger presents these 25 facts and others... - PRWeb via www.emediawire.com

* ►September 13, 2004 - No change in MMR vaccine figures - The number of parents having their children vaccinated with the MMR jab has remained static, according to latest figures. - BBC

►September 13, 2004 - Parents urged to back MMR jab - East Anglican Daily Times

►September 13, 2004 - MMR vaccinations fall short of targets - http://northtonight.grampiantv.co.uk

►September 13, 2004 - Cancer survivors' other medical problems poorly managed - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via  www.eurekalert.org - "The study suggests that a history of cancer may cause health care providers to ignore other chronic medical ailments, such as heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, and lung disease."

►September 13, 2004 - Local Doctor Gives Hope To Fibromyalgia Suffererswww.14wfie.com - "In the meantime, Johnson says, "I want to get the word out to physicians to test for the virus, use the anti-viral medication and let's all have some input and see if we can eradicate this condition."

►September 13, 2004 - Parents push for autism help - Public schools struggle - Autistic left behind - The News & Observer

►September 13, 2004 - Asperger group brings families together - The Arizona Republic via www.azcentral.com

* ►September 13, 2004 - History repeats itself because people forget history - letter in response to Misconceptions about the new combination vaccine (BMJ)

►September 13, 2004 - A Question of Health - The Independent, UK - "Both my sons have had all the childhood immunisations, including two doses of MMR. But they have both had measles, and now my 15-year-old has developed mumps. Having the jab hasn't prevented two of the diseases - was it worth having?"

►September 13, 2004 - WHO warns of possible new emergence of diseases from animals - Xinhuanet via China View

►September 13, 2004 - Nipah's Return - The lethal "flying fox" virus may spread between people - Scientific American

►September 13, 2004 - Ideas for overcoming disparities in healthcare - Recently a bill was pushed through the Florida Legislature requiring the state to come up with a plan to deal with healthcare disparities. (requires registration) - Miami Herald

►September 13, 2004 - Arctic's toxic burden harms bears - Evidence that the health of polar bears is being damaged by chemicals has been reinforced by new Arctic research. - BBC

►September 13, 2004 - Rheumatoid Arthritis: Breaking the pain barrier - Belfast Telegraph

►September 13, 2004 - 'Flu-X' trains for outbreak - Exercise in mass vaccinations offers free flu shots to public - Lawrence Journal-World

►September 13, 2004 - Flu Vaccine for Every Child - Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine via Ivanhoe

►September 13, 2004 - State health officials issue flu shot recommendations - Vaccine should be given to infants - AP via Concord Monitor

►September 13, 2004 - Crucell and Vaxin Announce PER.C6 Licensing Agreement - Vaxin Technology Features Non-Invasive Vaccine Delivery - Vaxin, Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►September 13, 2004 - Colorado's immunization rate could use a boost - Glenwood Springs Post Independent

►September 13, 2004 - Study reignites debate on autism, childhood vaccines (requires registration) - Wall Street Journal via St. Paul Pioneer Press via www.twincities.com

►September 13, 2004 - Anthrax Outbreak Kills 600 Animals - Zimbabwe Standard (Harare) via http://allafrica.com

* ►September 13, 2004 - Thai farmers protest against bird flu vaccines - Reuters via SABC News - "The government has begun studying vaccines to protect against bird flu as it tries to contain an outbreak of the disease. But farmers say European consumers would balk at eating vaccinated chickens because of sensitivities about chemical residues in their food."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Thais protest against the use of bird flu vaccine - AFP via www.channelnewsasia.com - "More than 1,000 protesters gathered in front of the agriculture ministry where they were meeting, with banners opposing any vaccinations for fear of further human deaths in Thailand...'If you love your children, please oppose the use of the bird flu vaccine,' said one banner."
 
►September 13, 2004 - Researchers develop bird flu vaccine - Kyodo via www.abc.net.au

►September 13, 2004 - Malaysian government takes tough action to contain bird flu outbreak - www.channelnewsasia.com

►September 13, 2004 - Thailand announces three new bird flu suspects - Vietnam News Agency

►September 13, 2004 - InterMune Signs Agreement with Chiron Corporation to License Access to Hepatitis C Genome - Company Continues Investment in Promising Small Molecule Program - press release - InterMune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►September 13, 2004 - Don't wait for an AIDS vaccine - editorial - San Francisco Chronicle

►September 13, 2004 - Living Well in Spite of HIV - The Nation (Nairobi) via http://allafrica.com

►September 13, 2004 - Multi Drug Therapy for HIV Patients Should Start Earlier than Currently Specified - Medical News Today

►September 13, 2004 - 114,000 people infected with HIV/AIDS in Cape Coast - GNA via www.ghanaweb.com

►September 13, 2004 - Diet, a Potent Weapon Against HIV - Zimbabwe Standard (Harare) via http://allafrica.com

►September 13, 2004 - HIV/AIDS : Government's Pre-occupation - Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé) via http://allafrica.com

►September 13, 2004 - Nigeria: Multi-Million Aids Agreement Signed - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via http://allafrica.com

►September 13, 2004 - ID Biomedical wins government contract for meningitis C vaccine - Contract guarantees $20 million of purchases with an option for an additional $10 million - press release - ID Biomedical Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

* ►September 13, 2004 - Controversy continues over exposure to mercury through dental fillings - The Herald-Mail

* ►September 13, 2004 - DOR BioPharma Receives $5.2 Million from National Institutes of Health for Continued Development of Ricin Vaccine - press release - DOR BioPharma, Inc. via Business Wire

* ►September 13, 2004 - AlphaVax Announces New Vaccine Grant - press release - AlphaVax, Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo! - "AlphaVax announced today that it has received a new three-year, $4.8 million vaccine development grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...The award covers early development of a vaccine against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), a new infectious disease that first appeared in 2003 in Asia and spread rapidly to other parts of the world, infecting over 8000 people."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Twenty-eight dead as bird flu returns to ravage Asia - The Independent, UK

►September 13, 2004 - Vaccination of fighting cocks ‘will hit poultry exports’ - The Nation, Thailand

►September 13, 2004 - Nine dead in flu outbreak: report - www.news.com.au - "Influenza A had been identified as the likely cause of the deaths, it said."

* ►September 13, 2004 - Launch of Meningococcal B immunisation programme - speech - www.scoop.co.nz - "We have to keep pushing this message, because there are still those in our community who continue to try to raise uninformed fears and doubts about all sorts of immunisation, and who too often are given almost unquestioning media acceptance."

* ►September 12, 2004 - Fears About Smallpox Shots May Put Public at Risk (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Since President Bush helped launch a massive smallpox preparedness program in 2002, local health officials say they have come a long way in developing plans to vaccinate the region's entire population in the event of an outbreak."

►September 12, 2004 - Smallpox Vaccinations Scarce Among Health Care Workers, First Responders - AP via www.wtopnews.com

* ►September 12, 2004 - Southern to host smallpox drill - The Daily Dispatch - "Money for it is coming from federal terrorism prevention grants totaling $11,000...Emergency and public health officials want to find out how many people can be 'inoculated' for smallpox in an hour."

►September 12, 2004 - This year, doctors plan to have flu shots ready - Many are betting last year's shortage and media reports will prompt patients to seek the vaccine this season. - St. Petersburg Times - "'Personally, I would rather trash that vaccine unused than have someone die because they didn't have that vaccine available,' said Dr. Nathan Keith Waldrep, medical director of the six Bayfront clinics."

►September 12, 2004 - Four in hospital with 'bird flu' - AP via The Australian

►September 12, 2004 - Flu shots won't be late - www.pantagraph.com

►September 12, 2004 - Lab to discuss possibility of flu pandemic - www.missoulian.com

►September 12, 2004 - Flu shots urged for infants, 50s - New Hampshire Sunday News

* ►September 12, 2004 - The week in five minutes - Sunday Sun via http://icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk - "Expert Paul Shattock cast doubt on a new report which found no evidence to support a link between the MMR jab and autism in children. Mr Shattock, director of Sunderland University's Autism Research Unit, said that, while the research was extensive, it appeared not to address the main issue of patients who have claimed there is a link."

►September 12, 2004 - Academic’s triumph over autism offers hope to others - Santa Cruz Sentinel

►September 12, 2004 - Families share stories about life with autism - Bucks County Courier Times via www.phillyburbs.com

►September 12, 2004 - HIV vaccine trials to begin in Chennai, Pune - Indo-Asian News Service via www.newkerala.com - "Insurance will be arranged for all those who volunteer for the trials, Ganguly said."

►September 12, 2004 - Needle program must be part of AIDS battle - The Republican via www.masslive.com

►September 12, 2004 - AIDS defies funding and good intentions - Swaziland has millions of dollars to fight AIDS, but its spending choices have drawn criticism. (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►September 12, 2004 - Herbs Give Kenyan AIDS Patients New Hopes - www.islam-online.net

►September 12, 2004 - Gauteng immunisation on track (requires registration) - www.news24.com

►September 12, 2004 - Over 88% of children immunised against measles - SABC News

►September 12, 2004 - Whooping cough is back - Fond du Lac Reporter via www.wisinfo.com

* ►September 12, 2004 - Preparing to deploy - Medical specialists work to streamline screenings for departing soldiers - Honolulu Star-Bulletin - "But Pvt. Lawrence Concepcion, who has just completed basic and advanced training, needed six immunizations before he was cleared to join his unit, the 411th Engineer Combat Battalion, which has been in Baghdad since March."

►September 12, 2004 - Woman tells of battle with West Nile virus - Durango Herald

►September 12, 2004 - Late winter cold snap blamed for surge of influenza cases - A freezing end to winter is a factor in the late surge of influenza cases hitting the upper North Island and Canterbury in recent weeks, according to virologists. - Sunday Star-Times via www.stuff.co.nz

►September 12, 2004 - Anti-viral bid to curb killer flu outbreak - The Sun-Herald via www.smh.com.au

►September 12, 2004 - Some children get double dose - Children get double dose of vaccine- could create a shortage; work load takes toll on practice and public health nurses - http://home.nzcity.co.nz

* ►September 11, 2004 - Parents claim MMR research is flawed - Norwich Evening News 24, UK - "Sue Collins, of Lime Tree Road, off Newmarket Road, has a 19-year-old son, Ryan, with aspergers syndrome — a type of autism...'I certainly believe there is a link between the MMR jab and my son having autism,' she said. 'Yet another study has been carried out, but I have never been asked to partake in any of them and nor have any of the people I know with experience of the condition.'"

* ►September 11, 2004 - Boy shares struggle with life - Teen urges special ed teachers to persevere - Corpus Christi Caller-Times - "James Williams, 17, talks to special education teachers about living with Asperger syndrome on Friday, the second day of the three-day Texas State Conference on Autism at Selena Auditorium. He crawled on his back to demonstrate how slow school districts are to give raises to special education teachers."

►September 11, 2004 - Beijing moves up schedule of flu prevention - Xinhuanet via China View - "Wu said Beijing has stored sufficient vaccines against the flu,which will be sold to citizens at three different prices...People could select the vaccine types according to their needs,said Wu, stressing that all should take the vaccines and be inoculated through the official channel."

* ►September 11, 2004 - WHO: more concerned with avian influenza than SARS - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►September 11, 2004 - Thailand may use bird flu vaccine on fighting cocks - Reuters AlertNet - "'Vaccination alone has been shown not to work in many developed countries. There is also fear that it may cause the virus to be virulent,' Kumara Rai, WHO representative in Bangkok, said on Friday after an 18-year-old man who raised fighting cocks died of a disease that has also killed 20 people in Vietnam."

* ►September 11, 2004 - WHO warns of possible bird flu pandemic in Asia - Reuters AlertNet

►September 11, 2004 - Malaysia says finds more cases of bird flu - Reuters AlertNet

►September 11, 2004 - Firefighter who was near death leaves hospital after transplant - AP via www.katc.com

►September 11, 2004 - Hermiston woman sues hospital, Red Cross - www.oregonlive.com

►September 11, 2004 - Viral meningitis rise is ebbing - Some 164 cases of viral meningitis have been reported in Broward this year. The illness can be serious, but much less so than sometimes deadly bacterial version.(requires registration) - Miami Herald

►September 11, 2004 - Meningococcal B vaccine celebrated - http://tvnz.co.nz

►September 11, 2004 - Regulations stop polio group flying - http://tvnz.co.nz

►September 11, 2004 - 'Cold Symptoms' Boy Died From Meningitis - www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk

►September 11, 2004 - Dallas newspaper sued over identifying HIV-positive man (requires registration) - AP via Star-Telegram via www.dfw.com

►September 11, 2004 - Doctors push for more measles shots - www.abc.net.au

►September 11, 2004 - Ministry urges war on German measles, Japan - Medical News Today

►September 11, 2004 - Africa vulnerable to lurking menace of plague, say scientists - Khaleej Times Online

* ►September 11, 2004 - Deaths From West Nile Virus Climb to 14 in California (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►September 11, 2004 - Ailments plague 9/11 rescue workers - Clinic to monitor Bay Area task force as part of study - Oakland Tribune

►September 11, 2004 - UD professor who helped smuggle virus was aiding vet - Expert worked with American in Saudi Arabia to identify flu - The News Journal via www.delawareonline.com

►September 11, 2004 - Mental health experts to be sought in courthouse illness - Indianapolis Star - "Morgan County Commissioners and health officials will choose consultants next week to look beyond what is causing courthouse employees to get sick."

►September 11, 2004 - Gaps Seen in Postal Service's Anthrax Plans - GAO Also Criticizes Handling of Attacks Shortly After 9/11 (requires registration) - Washington Post

►September 11, 2004 - A&M-Corpus Christi science courses address bioterror - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

►September 11, 2004 - Anthrax-screening machines headed to Duluth mail plant - Gwinnett Daily Post

►September 11, 2004 - Powder leak closes part of college - The Gazette

►September 11, 2004 - An unwelcome virus: West Nile shows up in Oregon - The Register-Guard

►September 11, 2004 - An unsustainable battle? - In 1991, the Nigerian president announced that his country was going to lead the way in Aids treatment. In many respects his government scheme has been successful, but what happens when the money runs out? - BBC

►September 11, 2004 - Prostate test 'all but useless' - Researchers say men put at risk of impotence - The Guardian, UK

* ►September 10, 2004 - A family's struggle with illness and compensation - Since Larrie Collura was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, mental retardation and autism, life for him and his parents has been a struggle: for his survival, for an understanding of his illness and for recognition from drug companies that may be responsible. - The Cranbury Press via www.zwire.com - " Although a correlation between the vaccine and Larrie's disabilities was established by doctors in 1999, the family is still fighting to receive compensation for injuries allegedly resulting from the Connaught Labs vaccine. The lab now operates as Aventis Pasteur, Inc., in Swiftwater, Pa. Several phone calls by The Cranbury Press to Aventis Pasteur were not returned....The National Vaccine Childhood Injury Act Compensation Program sets a three-year statute of limitations — three years from the inoculation — for claims on injuries from vaccines, effectively blocking the Colluras from receiving monetary compensation for Larrie's injuries."

* ►September 10, 2004 - Whooping Cough Vaccine - Whooping cough cases are on the rise and in infants it can be fatal. Now doctors are looking at a new way to use the vaccine to help protect more babies. 7Healthcast Reporter Janet Wu has more. - www1.whdh.com - "Four-month-old Hamp visits the doctor today, but his appointment is special...Hamp's part of a clinical trial to change a vaccine schedule. Normally, a baby starts their series of three whooping cough vaccines at two months. Hamp got his first dose when he was born."

►September 10, 2004 - Will phasing out old vaccines curtail 20,000 rabies deaths in India? - Times of India

►September 9, 2004 - Avian influenza – situation in Thailand - WHO

* ►September 7, 2004 - Student Denied Enrollment for Refusing Vaccinations - WIVB TV4, Buffalo, New York - "Elaine said, 'I complied with the law, Public Health Law 2164, and I provided a notarized statement my husband and I signed, and we presented that to the school'...But Roy-Hart district administrators say the statement alone wasn't good enough."

* ►September 6, 2004 - Inoculation Teams Deploy in Nigeria - AP via Yahoo! - "Nigeria's government has launched a massive public-information effort, using the radio — the most popular medium here — to urge acceptance of immunization, Muhammad said. 'Unfortunately, not everybody listens to the radio,' the health official added."

►September 3, 2004 - Suspension of Rotavirus Vaccine After Reports of Intussusception ---United States, 1999 - MMWR via CDC

* ►September 2004 - The Thimerosal Controversy:  An Overview - Coastal Post Online

* ►August 31, 2004 - Jab Trials 'Hurt Kids' - Daily Record, UK - "Secret trials to test vaccines were carried out on hundreds of vulnerable children in the UK, according to a report....They allegedly involved orphans, mentally handicapped children and kids in care in the 1950s and 1960s...Campaigners say the tests, which in some cases caused brain damage,were often done without parents' consent."

►August 31, 2004 - APhA Call To Action:  The American Pharmacists Association calls on all pharmacists to get immunized during the upcoming Flu Season…protect yourself, your family and your patients. - The American Pharmacists Association - "Once immunized, pharmacists and their staff should let patients know that you 'practice what you preach.'  Buttons  (“I Got My Flu Shot…How About You?”) are available for you and your staffs to wear in order to encourage patients to get immunized."

"Challenges Today and Tomorrow" - conference alert - The Morgan Center 3rd Annual Autism Conference, September 25, 2004, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

Nothing posted September 12, 2004.




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