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All the News Posted November 14-17, 2004

Posted November 17, 2004

* ►November 22/29, 2004 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - Medicare management chief: Nearly all caller queries answered correctly - Blaming the disruptive doctor ignores the causes of physician frustration - "Walk in" cure for no-shows - - "The main challenge to the profession is the reality that American medicine has been taken over by corporations driven by corporate concern for profits and market share. Administrators find it easier to deal with bricks, mortar and advertising campaigns than develop a true understanding of their fundamental objective: Heal the patient. Rarely do they venture beyond their offices."

* ►November 22/29, 2004 - Vaccine reallocation leaves doctors with tough choices - Physicians are having to prioritize their high-risk patients for flu shots, and some are using novel methods to stretch supplies. - - "Meanwhile, some physicians are using unusual means to stretch what they have. Mary Morris, MD, an internist and allergist in La Crosse, Wis., received about 200 doses but ordered about 900. She has been injecting her patients with a one-fifth dose into the skin rather than the recommended full dose into the muscle. She learned this method from her physician father, who used the technique during the 1957 influenza epidemic."

* ►November 22/29, 2004 - The flu vaccine shortage: Patience and teamwork are virtues (opinion) - Health officials responded with a plan to see that limited supplies make it to high-risk patients. -

* ►November 22/29, 2004 - Nonprofit hospitals under scrutiny: The IRS cracks down - Most of the nation's hospitals were founded with a charitable mission. But there's a growing cry that they aren't fulfilling it because of a desire for money. -

* ►November 22/29, 2004 - Doctors seek ways to cover liability premium shortfalls - As individual physicians try their own solutions, an AMA report examining the idea of charging fees to offset premium costs is expected in December. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - State tort reform ballot wins set stage for further battles - Voters approved physician-backed initiatives in Florida, Nevada and Wyoming. Doctors hope the approach spreads to other states. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Do you tend to undercode? You're not alone - A study confirms what many doctors already believe -- they don't give themselves credit for everything they do. That affects fees and, perhaps, quality measurement. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Bush's 2nd term health agenda pushes liability reform, HSAs - But experts worry that fiscal concerns could hinder progress on covering uninsured Americans. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - CMS finalizes 1.5% doctor pay increase, adds new patient benefits - Medicare expenditures on physicians are expected to rise 4% next year. More money for cancer treatments and physicals is on the way. -

►November 22/29, 2004California rejects access measures; funding concerns cited - But voters approve using state money for stem cell research and other health care priorities. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Liability premium increases slowing, yet rates remain at record highs - 15% of insurance companies expect "significant" rate increases over the next year. In 2003, 83% held that outlook. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Voters weigh in on issues of marijuana use - Medical use passes in Montana, but ballot initiatives fail in two other states. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Reputation rehabilitation: Prison medicine - Increased standards of care are making it more respectable to practice medicine for patients behind bars. And there are even some perks in scheduling, practice management and safety. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Poor health, not lack of insurance, drives ED visits - Uninsured patients accounted for only 15% of emergency department visits. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - AAFP passes resolution seeking reimbursement for paperwork - The move is a reaction to what physicians see as increasing demands on them for administrative work. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Wisconsin patients can check hospital fees - Consumer interest is driving the trend to get facilities to state what they charge per procedure. But some say patients need still more information. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Preparation key to putting out "fires" - Practice Management - - "When the COX-2 inhibitor Vioxx was recalled a couple of months ago, many practices felt the brunt of panicked patients and extra phone calls. That meant loads of unexpected work for office staff."

►November 22/29, 2004 - Blues' HMOs: Shrinking, but profitable -

►November 22/29, 2004 - Health histories can be part of holiday sharing - The surgeon general is encouraging Americans to find out more about their families' medical histories. -

►November 22/29, 2004 - CA-MRSA: A new bug with a familiar name - Culturing staph infections is necessary in many parts of the country to prescribe the correct antibiotic. -

* ►November 22, 2004 - Merck: How Much Misery After Vioxx? - Bankruptcy seems unlikely, but lawsuits could be a drain for years - Business Week

* ►November 17, 2004 - The Flu Vaccine Crisis: Did we miss a Red Flag? - by RFD Columnist Dr. F. Edward Yazbak - Online Vaccines Conference at

►November 17, 2004 - 110,000 flu vaccines are on the way - AP via Puerto Rico Wow

►November 17, 2004 - A killer in our midst - Wairarapa Times Age - "What's also exciting, according to Mrs Lodge-Schnellenberg, is that the meningococcal immunisation programme is also the springboard for the development of a national immunisation register, the dream of public health professionals for years...A national publicity campaign promising such catchy phrases as 'Don't share your spit' will be hitting consumers from January."

►November 17, 2004 - Mystery virus strikes HK children - China Daily

►November 17, 2004 - Unrest in Ivory Coast, Sudan threatens anti-polio drive: WHO - AFP via Sudan Tribune

►November 17, 2004 - Arthritis Treatment May Reactivate Virus Responsible for Some Lymphomas - National Cancer Institute via Medical News Today - "Methotrexate, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and polymyositis, may promote the development of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive lymphomas in patients with autoimmune diseases by reactivating latent EBV and by the drug's immunosuppressive properties, according to a new study."

►November 17, 2004 - Health Disparities Experienced by Hispanics—United States - journal article MMWR via (JAMA)

►November 17, 2004 - Inpatient Computer-Based Standing Orders vs Physician Reminders to Increase Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates - journal article (JAMA)

►November 17, 2004 - Vaccination dates for Hajpilgrims - Gulf Daily News

►November 17, 2004 - Researchers stimulate AIDS antibodies - AFP via

►November 17, 2004 - Circumcised Men Have Lower Rate of HIV Infection Than Uncircumcised Men - Medical News Today

►November 17, 2004 - New York Proposes, Voluntary HIV Testing for All City Hospitals Patients - Medical News Today

* ►November 16, 2004 - Boy in intensive care after jab - A 13-year-old boy is in intensive care after a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination at an Aberystwyth school. - BBC - "On Tuesday, 10 other pupils from Penweddig Comprehensive were also taken to Bronglais Hospital after 'adverse effects' to the injections."

* ►November 16, 2004 - Critics raise questions on flu shots (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "To hear Wendy Callahan tell it, flu vaccine is more like fillet of fenny snake and tooth of wolf than ambrosia from the public health gods..'It has aluminum and formaldehyde and mercury and antifreeze,' said Callahan, of Hawthorne, Fla., co-director of Vaccine Liberation, a group of ardent vaccine foes. 'Why would anyone want to put that into their bodies?'"

►November 16, 2004 - WHO Holds Meeting To Discuss Potential for Global Flu Pandemic - Medical News Today

►November 16, 2004 - The world is unprepared for major flu outbreak, report warns (requires registration) - Orlando Sentinel via Kansas City Star

* ►November 16, 2004 - Senator hints flu research cash coming - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "A senator suggested Tuesday that money federal health officials have sought to upgrade flu vaccine production is on the way - an effort to avoid another year like this one, when the United States lost nearly half its supply of vaccine."

* ►November 16, 2004 - Bird flu seen as the next pandemic (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune - "Animal diseases emerging in foreign countries are on course to threaten U.S. families, agriculture and the economy in ways that we've never seen, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm said Monday in Minneapolis...Osterholm, who is associate director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense for Homeland Security, told a national conference of agricultural bankers that he believes the bird flu epidemic in Southeast Asia will become a lethal pandemic...Osterholm projected that a pandemic could kill about 30,000 Minnesotans, 1.7 million Americans and 177 million people worldwide in its first year. The world is unprepared, with inadequate amounts of vaccine or even face masks, he and other experts say."

►November 16, 2004 - Chiron wants bird flu vaccine facility assessed - AP via The Star-Ledger via

►November 16, 2004 - ID awaits approval for flu vaccine (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed an inspection of ID Biomedical Corp.'s flu vaccine manufacturing plant in Quebec last week and the company expects to learn by the end of the month whether it can sell its excess vaccine south of the border."

►November 16, 2004 - Answer to the increase of flu cases may be extremely minute seasonal changes - Flu season is on its way to homes across Canada. But the question of why influenza epidemics take place in the few cold months of winter remains unanswered. Is it the change in the weather? The return to school? Or increased viral production under winter conditions? -

►November 16, 2004 - Hundreds Of People Line Up For Flu Shots -

►November 16, 2004 - Hundreds Receive Flu Shots In Salinas -

►November 16, 2004 - High-volume flu shot calls crash phone system - The Daily Commercial

►November 16, 2004 - Flu vaccine callers find lines jammed - Some Kent, Sussex residents rewarded for perseverance - The News Journal via

►November 16, 2004 - With flu shots scarce, doctors struggle to pick the neediest (requires registration) - Miami Herald

►November 16, 2004 - West Windsor will offer flu shots to all high-risk residents at clinic - After holding a lottery last week, the township has learned more vaccine is on its way. - The Princeton Packet via

►November 16, 2004 - Veterans in VA aren't being denied flu shots - The Sun Herald

►November 16, 2004 - Flu bug makes early visit; vaccine still suggested for those at risk - The Register-Guard

►November 16, 2004 - DHEC recommends pneumonia vaccines for senior citizens - AP via

►November 16, 2004 - In preemptive strike, NIH to study flu genes - AP via Boston Globe

►November 16, 2004 - Alabama Gets More Doses of Flu Vaccine - - "The Alabama Department of Public Health plans to distribute 128,000 more doses of flu vaccine to high risk individuals...But many people want to know why Alabama has the vaccine-and Georgia does not."

►November 16, 2004 - 342,000 more flu shots en route to New Jersey - Ashbury Park Press - "Bresnitz, however, says that even at the peak of the flu season, only about one-third of the cases of influenzalike illnesses are actually the flu. He said that patients who are treated for the flu with anti-viral agents should have a screening first to make sure that they do indeed have the flu...'If they don't have the flu, the prescription for the anti-viral agent may be ineffective and inappropriate,' he said."

►November 16, 2004 - Hundreds in Hawai'i receive flu vaccination - Honolulu Advertiser

►November 16, 2004 - More flu vaccine coming - Additional shot clinics to be held - The Salinas Californian

►November 16, 2004 - In Our View: Flu vaccines - opinion - Texarkana Gazette

►November 16, 2004 - Vaccine supplies meeting demand - The Times via

►November 16, 2004 - Full house for flu clinic - Vaccinations given to 450 people - The News-Messenger

►November 16, 2004 - Vaccine Re-direction Is The Right Move - letter -

►November 16, 2004 - Health officials said even fewer flu vaccines available - Yuma Sun

►November 16, 2004 - Hospital Limits Kids' Visits Because Of Flu Risk - Methuen Hospital Banning Most Visits From Kids - AP via

►November 16, 2004 - Computers Trump Doctors on Hospital Flu Shot in Study (Update1) - Bloomberg - "Doctors may not immunize some hospitalized patients because of fear that the shot will temporarily increase the patients' temperature, postponing their release, McDonald said."

►November 16, 2004 - Computerized orders effective in increasing administration of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via

* ►November 16, 2004 - Reuters Summit-Vaccine business gets closer look - Reuters AlertNet - "Ray Gilmartin, chief executive of Merck & Co Inc. <MRK.N>, pointed to a 2003 Institute of Medicine report that said government purchasing of childhood vaccines had kept prices low and therefore discouraged companies' interest...Merck is counting partly on new vaccines to drive future sales as it tries to recover from the recall of multibillion-dollar arthritis drug Vioxx. One candidate would protect against infection with human papillomavirus, which causes most cases of cervical cancer."

* ►November 16, 2004 - Testing newborns a top priority - Health department to add on to exam to find birth defects - Rocky Mountain News

►November 16, 2004 - UN-backed measles immunization continues unabated in Nepal despite conflict - UN

►November 16, 2004 - Anthrax Scare - Did the military secretly doctor its anthrax vaccine? - book review - Slate via

►November 16, 2004 - Rare immunodeficiency provides new insight into immune system function - Cell Press via

►November 16, 2004 - Researchers Hope Autism Study Leads To Treatment - Study: Immune-System Reaction Could Lead To Condition -

►November 16, 2004 - Autism linked to overactive immune system, study finds (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail

►November 16, 2004 - Evaluation of early intervention in autism - The Tizard Centre at the University of Kent recently presented its findings from an important pilot study on early intervention for children with autism. -

►November 16, 2004 - KU To Require Meningitis Vaccination For Dorm Dwellers - AP via - "Students will be exempt only if they sign a waiver, or show proof of getting vaccinated somewhere else."

►November 16, 2004 - Sam Houston health center offering bacterial meningitis vaccines to students - The Huntsville Item

►November 16, 2004 - Meningitis Fear Follows Mumps - Cambridge News

►November 16, 2004 - Pupils Offered Meningitis Drugs -

►November 16, 2004 - Whooping Cough Cases Reported At Golden High - Jefferson County Health Issues Advisory For Parents, Health Care Providers -

►November 16, 2004 - More whooping cough in Ames schools - More cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, were confirmed in the Ames School District Monday and Friday, according to district administrators. - Ames Tribune via

►November 16, 2004 - Hepatitis spreading with 5.8 percent prevalence rate - Daily Times, Pakistan

►November 16, 2004 - Hepatitis conference aimed at Asian-American awareness - Arizona Republic via

►November 16, 2004 - Tonight: Documentary Highlights Closing Window of Opportunity to Eradicate Polio Virus - press release - United Nations Foundation via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 16, 2004 - Govt to launch anti-polio programme with foreign aid - Daily Times, Pakistan

►November 16, 2004 - Polio Epidemic in Africa Coming Under Control--WHO - Reuters

►November 16, 2004 - Tension As Debate Over HIV/Aids Funding Rages - The East African Standard (Nairobi) via

►November 16, 2004 - Extending Immune Cell Life Fights HIV - HealthDay via Forbes

►November 16, 2004 - Women make up 60% of Thailand's young HIV patients - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 16, 2004 - Go for voluntary HIV testing - First Lady - GNA via

►November 16, 2004 - Dendreon's Provenge is the First Vaccine Therapy for Prostate Cancer Shown to Extend Survival - press release - Decision Resources, Inc.via PRNewswire

►November 16, 2004 - Geron Licenses Nuclear Transfer Technology to Revivicor, Inc. - press release - Geron Corporation via Business Wire

►November 16, 2004 - Crucell Presents Update on Product Development Programs at Analyst Meeting - press release - Crucell N.V. via PrimeZone

►November 16, 2004 - Major Industry Leaders to Discuss Approaches to Creating Successful Antibody-Based Biopharmaceutical Products - press release - IBC Life Sciences via Market Wire

►November 16, 2004 - Organetix, Inc. Receives a Financing Commitment for up to $5 Million; Company Commences Phytochemistry on A4+L - press release - Organetix Inc. via Business Wire

►November 16, 2004 - PerOs and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service successfully tested an oral vaccination technology in Tilapia - press release - PerOs Systems Technologies Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 16, 2004 - Doctors close in on autism 'trigger' - The New Zealand Herald

* ►November 16, 2004 - Auckland scientists working on vaccine for Coc-Kroft illness - Auckland scientists are working on a potential vaccine against the life-threatening illness that attacked television personality Lana Coc-Kroft. - NZPA via - "Streptococcal toxic shock was fatal in 50 to 70 percent of cases, said Dr Proft, who has won a prize from the Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting, which starts next week, for work on toxins produced by group A streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus bacteria."

* ►November 15, 2004 - Chiron asks British regulators to inspect flu vaccine facility (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The Mercury News - "Chiron Corp. has asked British regulators to inspect its facility producing an experimental bird flu vaccine to make sure it doesn't run into the same contamination problems that forced the closing of another plant and a flu shot crisis in the United States, a top U.S. health official said Monday."

* ►November 15, 2004 - Dynavax Peanut Immunotherapy Inhibits Allergic Response in Preclinical Studies - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

* ►November 15, 2004 - Computer Models to Simulate Hypothetical Outbreak of Avian Flu - - "Influenza viruses present formidable scientific and public health challenges because they undergo continual genetic changes that enable them to evade the body's immune response and sometimes become more virulent," says Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of NIAID. "This project not only provides a valuable resource for current influenza researchers, it also will attract investigators from other fields. We anticipate that these data will be used to recognize patterns of genetic changes and illuminate important questions such as how avian influenza viruses adapt to infect humans."

* ►November 15, 2004 - NIAID Launches Influenza Genome Sequencing Project -

* ►November 15, 2004 - The flu hunters: special report - They scour the earth for clues that could prevent millions of deaths. But can the world's leading flu scientists stop the next lethal pandemic? - The Independent, UK

* ►November 15, 2004 - UCLA scientists uncork fountain of youth for HIV-fighting cells - Protein may help immune system fend off virus - University of California - Los Angeles via

►November 15, 2004 - Covalent Group, Inc. Makes Important Contributions to Clinical Research Trial Suggesting That 'Normal' Blood Pressure in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease May Still Be Too High - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►November 15, 2004 - Warning on use of headache medicines -

►November 15, 2004 - Looking North for Flu Vaccine - USA Today via (abstract)

►November 15, 2004 - NIAID Launches Expanded Flu Web Site for the Media -

* ►November 15, 2004 - Colo. mother waging war on military's anthrax shot - Denver Post - "When the news she had waited years to hear finally arrived, Lori Greenleaf was strangely unmoved...A federal judge had ordered the military to stop forcing soldiers to be injected with an anthrax vaccine. But while the court had essentially said last month that Greenleaf was right about the vaccine's problems, she didn't feel like a winner."

* ►November 15, 2004 - Gov't Seeks Genetic Blueprint for Flu - U.S. Seeks Genetic Blueprint for Human and Bird Flu Viruses, Hoping to Blunt Future Problems - AP via ABC News

* ►November 15, 2004 - Does flu shot really prevent deaths? - Studies say the vaccines make a difference, but no one knows for sure even how many people die from the flu each year. - St. Petersburg Times

* ►November 15, 2004 - Discussions in works on avian flu vaccine trial - CTV News - "Federal officials won't specific how much the work would cost, saying only it will be several millions. But Holler made it clear that the funding has to come from government, given there is little or no hope the vaccine could be sold. 'We can't be using our shareholders' money to be going into a highly speculative program,' he said."

* ►November 15, 2004 - Avian flu may portend a 1918-like pandemic, says Osterholm - CIDRAP News

* ►November 15, 2004 - Much-Needed Focus On Flu Shots (includes video) - The Early Show via CBS News - "Another problem with producing vaccine is that not everybody who should get one does. In fact, last year, many people did not step up to the plate to get their vaccines and health officials ended up throwing away about three million doses."

* ►November 15, 2004 - 700,000 Americans could die in coming influenza pandemic, says head of Russian Virology Institute - commentary - News Target Network

►November 15, 2004 - Citizens need to demand more vaccine - editorial - The Toledo Blade via Lancaster Eagle Gazette

►November 15, 2004 -  1,000 Flu Shots Now On Sale On eBay for Americans on the East Coast - 1,000 flu shots are now on sale on eBay from seller 2004FluShots of New York City. They will be provided by a doctor in Montreal Canada. - press release - AUCTIONMATIC USA INC. via PRWeb via

►November 15, 2004 - Americans Flock to Canada for Influenza Vaccine - Offers Flu Shots to Americans - press release - via PRNewswire

►November 15, 2004 - US residents flock to get flu shots at British Columbia clinic - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 15, 2004 - Private physicians to get flu vaccine - Burlington County Times via

►November 15, 2004 - Need a Flu Shot? Flu Phone Open Again Monday - AP via

►November 15, 2004 - Drive-through flu clinic uses last vaccine of the season, health officials say (requires registration) -

►November 15, 2004 - Flu shot shortage shows the need to reform - Quad-City Times

►November 15, 2004 - Free flu shot clinics continue for Blue Cross Blue Shield members - News 14 Carolina

►November 15, 2004 - For shot at shot, signature needed - FamilyCare Specialists to require health proof for vaccination clinic - News Sentinel via

►November 15, 2004 - More vaccine doses to be released; area flu shot clinics to be scheduled - The Sacramento Bee

►November 15, 2004 - Flu Vaccine Distribution Plan Announced - Tennessee To Get 137,000 Doses -

►November 15, 2004 - Pediatric Flu Vaccine Comes to Fort Hood -

►November 15, 2004 - Pennsylvania American Water Suggests Frequent Hand Washing to Fight Flu, Colds - PRNewswire via

►November 15, 2004 - Flu Vaccines and the Free Market - Ask Dr. Marc via The Nation

►November 15, 2004 - Flu vaccines made with toxic ingredients like mercury - commentary - News Target Network

►November 15, 2004 - SARS Seen Re-Emerging in China, But No Epidemic - Reuters via Yahoo!

►November 15, 2004 - School turns away 200 students without immunizations (includes video) -

►November 15, 2004 - Ontario parents to challenge autism program - CBC - "Hundreds of families with autistic children are taking the Ontario government to court to get money to pay for therapy for their children...The group, which includes about 1,200 families, will file a class-action lawsuit against the province on Monday, seeking $225 million."

►November 15, 2004 - 'Never Any Evidence of Autism and MMR Link' - The Mirror, UK

►November 15, 2004 - I wish I was dead too - Liverpool Echo via - "Wendy and Bill Ainscow, originally from West Kirby and then Prenton, flew to Tenerife to kill themselves earlier this month...They took an overdose of anti-depressants and walked into the sea saying they had been abandoned by the NHS and could no longer cope with caring for their daughter Lisa, who has a form of autism...Mr Ainscow, 75, drowned. Mrs Ainscow, 65, was rescued."

►November 15, 2004 - Doctors statewide to discuss pertussis -

►November 15, 2004 - Whooping cough is back - Ironwood Daily Globe

►November 15, 2004 - Utah Utes Wristbands Benefit Vaccines for the Phillipines - Utah Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Takes On Community Service Project -

►November 15, 2004 - Vaccine timetable set for Wairarapa - Wairarapa Times Age - "All young people in Wairarapa, aged six months to 20 years, will be targeted early next year to be immunised against the meningococcal B virus, claimed by the Ministry of Health to be at epidemic proportions in New Zealand."

►November 15, 2004 - Pupils offered meningitis drugs - About 750 pupils at a school in west Belfast have been offered antibiotics after three boys contracted a bug that can cause meningitis. - BBC

►November 15, 2004 - Meningitis Fear Shuts Down Suburban Middle School - Will County Health Officials Work To Determine Diagnosis - - "Will County health officials have not yet confirmed meningitis, but the school was closed as a precaution."

►November 15, 2004 - Douglas County Wrestling Whooping Cough - 29 Cases Of Pertussis Diagnosed Since August -

►November 15, 2004 - Vaccination rates in pets (requires registration) - Knight Ridder Newspapers via Monterey Herald - "A 2003 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) compliance study found that 87 percent of cats and dogs are in compliance with their veterinarian's recommended core vaccine protocols."

►November 15, 2004 - Hepatitis Scare At Long Island Restaurant -

►November 15, 2004 - Eisai In-licenses Anti-hepatitis B Agent clevudine from Bukwang Pharm (South Korea) - PharmaLive via

►November 15, 2004 - Some Caribbean countries in danger of losing AIDS funds - AP via Jamaica Observer

►November 15, 2004 - HIV Test to be Routine - New York Post - "Routine testing for HIV is expected to be part of a new strategy by the Bloomberg administration to stop the spread of the virus in New York City, The Post has learned."

►November 15, 2004 - KNOW HIV/AIDS Teams Up With Hip-Hop Sensation Common to Promote HIV Testing - Viacom and Kaiser Family Foundation's Initiative Supports World AIDS Day Through HIV/AIDS-Related Television Programming, PSAs, News Specials and Events - press release - Viacom Inc. via PRNewswire

►November 15, 2004 - 'SADC states must network to combat HIV/AIDS' - Botswana Press Agency via Daily News via

►November 15, 2004 - Researchers say enzyme may boost HIV patients' immune systems -

►November 15, 2004 - Opening of new HIV Centre in Cambodia signifies further progress in efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS - Unique collaboration supported by Roche signifies further achievement in increasing access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care - PharmaLive

►November 15, 2004 - Women make up 60 percent of young HIV patients - TNA via

►November 15, 2004 - Survey finds 20,000 more HIV carriers - China Daily

►November 15, 2004 - 'Aids drugs have changed my life' - The Mercury via

►November 15, 2004 - Sun contributes Unix training to PHRU quest for AIDS vaccine -

►November 15, 2004 - Nanobac Life Sciences Announces British HIV Association Publication Describing HIV and Nanobacteria - press release - Nanobac Life Sciences, Inc. via Business Wire

►November 15, 2004 - ESSENCE Magazine Makes 100% Commitment to the Fight Against HIV/AIDS Joins Forces With The Black Aids Institute In The Our People. Our Problem. Our Solution. Awareness Campaign - Actress and Comedienne Mo'Nique Will Serve As Campaign Spokesperson - press release - ESSENCE Magazine via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 15, 2004 - Determinants of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Escape from the Primary CD8+ Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Response - journal article (Journal of Experimental Medicine)

►November 15, 2004 - New HIV co-factor found - Journal of Experimental Medicine via

►November 15, 2004 - Milk and dairy products widely contaminated with bovine leukemia virus, says doctor - commentary - News Target Network

* ►November 15, 2004 - In immunity there is strength: Boost your body (requires registration) - The Dallas Morning News - "The good news is, even without a vaccination, there are steps to take to boost your immune system and lower your chances of catching the flu. These are no guarantees. But anything you can do is at least worth a try, right?"

►November 15, 2004 - The development of a new entry inhibitor causes uproar in Europe - How is Schering-Plough messing-up? - Act Up-Paris

►November 15, 2004 - HIV Cases Jump by 10% - AP via The Moscow Times

►November 15, 2004 - TCM advancing a HIV scourge - China Daily

►November 15, 2004 - Ministers press public on health - White paper suggests launch of information centre giving media accurate information on food issues - The Guardian, UK

►November 15, 2004 - Military gets rid of vaccine, not virus - KENS 5 Eyewitness News via - "The vaccine the military got rid of was against the Adenovirus. It's a virus similar to a bad cold or flu."

►November 15, 2004 - Stephenson County Health Department May Sell Excess Flu Vaccine -

►November 15, 2004 - Preventing the Big One requires two-pronged attack on flu - USA Today

►November 15, 2004 - Illinois State Autism Spectrum Institute Selected as Partner - Illinois State University

►November 15, 2004 - Brain's immune system triggered in autism - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via

* ►November 15, 2004 - Swelling of brain may be linked to autism, study finds - The Independent, UK

* ►November 15, 2004 - Brain inflammation link to autism - Scientists have produced compelling evidence that autism may in some cases be linked to inflammation of the brain. - BBC

* ►November 14, 2004 - Seeking the Edge as Government Doles Out Contracts (requires registration or subscription) - The Washington Post - "Over the next decade, Detrick plans to spend more than $3 billion to build new facilities for tenants including the Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the agency whose scientists helped investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks; and the Department of Homeland Security's new National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center."

* ►November 14, 2004 - Flaw in federal program deters applicants for bioterrorism fund - Boston Business Journal via MSNBC - "She said the law changed substantially between proposal and passage, and the big disappointments are the lack of committed funds once a company decides to develop a drug and indemnification from lawsuits. "Biotechnology companies are prepared to take some risk, but you can't even calculate your risk if you don't know if there's a purchase at the end of the day," Ryan said."

* ►November 14, 2004 - EPA to review Pa. plan to cut paint emissions - Industry wants to prevent states from reducing smog that way - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "And Thursday's "Inside EPA" newsletter reported that the paint industry is launching a lobbying campaign to amend the federal Clean Air Act so states could no longer impose tougher limits on paint and varnish emissions."

* ►November 14, 2004 - Scots boss of pharmaceutical giant shows the drugs do work - He heads £38.5bn valued AstraZeneca and has been named Britain’s best-connected boardroom chief, but Sir Tom McKillop insists that he’s just a simple Ayrshire lad. - Sunday Herald, UK - "But last month AstraZeneca experienced perhaps its biggest setback when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blocked one of its most promising new drugs on safety fears. The blood thinner Exanta, which has approval for short-term use in the EU except the UK and Ireland, failed to secure marketing approval in the US. AstraZeneca is now determined to fight the ruling and seek to persuade the regulator to change its mind. In the meantime, McKillop rails against the broader issue of over-zealous regulators blocking what he sees as life- saving innovation."

►November 14, 2004 - Marching unarmed into flu land - The Boston Globe - "Americans have long been told that national healthcare would mean long lines, rationing, and second-class medicine. Despite spending more of our gross national product on healthcare than any other country, we rank 29th in life expectancy, right between Slovenia and Portugal. And what do we have? Long lines and rationing. Not to mention lotteries, and a shot in the arm for Canadian tourism."

►November 14, 2004 - MedImmune searches for expansion site - Washington Business Journal via MSNBC - "Fortunately, a company like MedImmune, which considers manufacturing a core competency, could use a new facility to provide manufacturing services for other biotech firms that outsource these demands. McCamant says MedImmune's ability to "make proteins well" is a tremendous advantage for a drugmaker."

►November 14, 2004 - Homeland security money goes a long way in Ohio, West Virginia -

►November 14, 2004 - The bioterror threat - The nation will remain dangerously vulnerable unless Congress acts to end bureaucratic overlap - Times Union

►November 14, 2004 - The importance of biotechnology - Denver Post

►November 14, 2004 - For many, full recovery is slow - Newsday - "An ahead-of-print study published online in Emerging Infectious Diseases could offer an intriguing explanation. Researchers from Texas and Mexico City isolated a strain of West Nile virus from a raven in the Mexican state of Tabasco, and tested it and several variants for their ability to infect mice."

►November 14, 2004 - US study links more than 200 diseases to pollution - The Independent, UK

►November 14, 2004 - Chemical sensitivity has altered her life -

►November 14, 2004 - Finding the spark - Soon after learning to talk, Christien Willden stopped. Other symptoms worried his parents, too. He wouldn't sleep. He hated hugs. A year passed before his parents discovered the problem: autism. More and more families can relate. -

►November 14, 2004 - Dallas Area parents of autistic son want him in regular class - A boy wrapped up in red tape - The Times Leader

►November 14, 2004 - With Arc's support, families finding refuge - Autism program aids challenge of raising children with special needs - The Boston Globe

►November 14, 2004 - 70% of Hospital Beds Are Occupied By Persons With HIV Related Ailments - The Post (Lusaka) via

►November 14, 2004 - Coca-Cola Reinforces Commitment to HIV/Aids Fight - This Day (Lagos) via

►November 14, 2004 - China popularising condoms for AIDS prevention in Xinjiang - Team India News Network

►November 14, 2004 - Victory Over Autism - Parents of a 7-year-old who is an honors student today show their gratitude to his teacher-therapists (requires registration) - Miami Herald

* ►November 14, 2004 - Despite Warnings, Drug Giant Took Long Path to Vioxx Recall (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "It was a recurring theme for the company over the next few years - that Vioxx was safe unless proved otherwise. As recently as Friday, in newspaper advertisements, Merck has argued that it took 'prompt and decisive action' as soon as it knew that Vioxx was dangerous."

* ►November 14, 2004 - Is FDA a rubber stamp? - letter - The Madison County Record - "It only seems fair that if suits over Vioxx can be filed in state courts, why can't vaccine damage cases also be?"

* ►November 14, 2004 - Officials Face Off on European Flu Vaccines - Local Officials Push Federal Government to Fast-Track Imports - ABC News

* ►November 14, 2004 - Looking North for flu vaccine - USA Today

►November 14, 2004 - Pssst! Hey, doc, got a flu shot? - New York Daily News

►November 14, 2004 - Preparing for flu emergency - Newsday

►November 14, 2004 - Why the world isn't ready for the coming influenza pandemic, World Health Organization warns - commentary - News Target Network

►November 14, 2004 - With flu season near, many don't have paid sick days - Some employers are reducing the number to cut costs while half of the U.S. work force doesn't even have any. - USA Today via Detroit News

►November 14, 2004 - People get ready for flu season - VNA clinic offers shots - Iowa City Press-Citizen

►November 14, 2004 - Patients bused to final flu clinic - News 14 Charlotte

►November 14, 2004 - Plenty of flu vaccine left - 350 of original 500 injections remain - The Gamecock

►November 14, 2004 - Hundreds wait in line Friday morning for flu shot - The Daily Ardmoreite

►November 14, 2004 - Additional vaccine reaches county - Quay County Sun

►November 14, 2004 - More flu vaccine coming to Oregon - Albany Democrat

►November 14, 2004 - Coffee County to distribute 600 doses of flu vaccine - Southeast Sun

►November 14, 2004 - 1,500 People Vaccinated At Drive-Up Flu Clinic - Health Department Runs Out Of Flu Shots -

►November 14, 2004 - High-risk patients still in need of flu vaccine - The Marion Star

►November 14, 2004 - Flu shots a big draw (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►November 14, 2004 - Nation's Oldest City: In 1918, influenza that killed thousands paid visit to St. Johns County (requires registration) - St. Augustine Record

►November 14, 204 - Public funds sought for bird flu vaccine - Be Prepared: There isn't enough money in a vaccine to interest commercial drug companies and yet the disease has the potential to kill millions, experts warn - AFP, Geneva via Taipei Times

►November 14, 2004 - Litigious risks to your health - commentary - The Washington Times

►November 14, 2004 - While West Nile continued to blaze across country, the Northeast was largely spared - why? - Newsday

►November 14, 2004 - Meningitis vaccines available on campus - Huntsville Item

►November 14, 2004 - Rubella Elimination in the Americas Advancing, Experts Say - Medical News Today

►November 14, 2004 - Whooping Cough Outbreak, USA - AAP via Medical News Today

►November 14, 2004 - Polio next on hit list of WHO vet - The Columbian

►November 14, 2004 - Area Rotarians off to Niger to kick debilitating polio out of Africa - Daily Herald

►November 14, 2004 - Teen helps give out vaccines - The Holland Sentinel

►November 14, 2004 - A shot now staves off sickness - Kenai Peninsula Clarion

►November 14, 2004 - Vaccination clinic with hardly a yelp - Pets get free protection for common illnesses (requires registration) - Mercury News

►November 14, 2004 - Classes resume after mercury spill - AP via

►November 14, 2004 - Officials: Mercury in spill was stolen - The News-Enterprise

►November 14, 2004 - Fast growth for fast care (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star Tribune - "Chris Morey is on the front lines of retail health care. A nurse practitioner, Morey treats colds and ear infections and vaccinates kids against chickenpox and measles at the fast-growing chain of MinuteClinics."

►November 14, 2004 - Stanford Study Reveals That Cells Linked to Asthma and Eczema Also Help Cure Deadly Illness in Mice - press release - Stanford University via Business Wire - "Stephen Galli, MD, the Mary Hewitt Loveless, MD, Professor and chair of pathology, and his colleagues have shown for the first time that mast cells can provide protection from a potentially deadly condition known as sepsis by destroying a molecule that contributes to the pathology and death associated with this bacterial infection."

►November 14, 2004 - Donor organ shortages create ethical quandary - First step in getting on list often follows a 'wallet biopsy' - The Birmingham News via

 ►November 14, 2004 - Ashanti recorded 1,813 cases of HIV-AIDS from January-July - GNA via

►November 14, 2004 - Haitian culture poses challenges to treating, preventing disease - Minority communities hardest hit; county's AIDS rate is No. 5 in U.S. - Palm Beach Post

►November 14, 2004 - Singapore will not promote condom use publicly to fight AIDS: report - AFP via Yahoo!

►November 14, 2004 - National campaign to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention - Voice of Vietnam

►November 14, 2004 - AIDS in South Korea - opinion - The Korea Times

►November 14, 2004 - Jefferson scientists reveal how some types of rabies invade the brain - Thomas Jefferson University via

* ►November 13, 2004 - Gladin column: Flu shots may not be worth the risk - The Herald-Sun - "But the numbers are a scam. If you check the CDC's own Web site you can find the truth, but you'll have to dig for it. The 36,000 figure is, according to the CDC, the number for deaths from flu AND pneumonia. If you dig into the statistics for 2001 you can find the two types of death separated out. In that season, actual flu deaths numbered only 257 in the entire United States; the rest were from pneumonia. Now, take note of this fact: The CDC does not list the flu as a cause of pneumonia."

* ►November 13, 2004 - Chiron Lets FDA Share Secret Data With British (requires registration or subscription) - The goal is to help deal with the contamination at the company's flu shot factory in Liverpool - Los Angeles Times - "However, concerns on both sides of the Atlantic that broader information sharing might jeopardize corporate secrets remains an obstacle to a broader deal with either Britain or other major U.S. trading partners."

* ►November 13, 2004 - US report links toxins to Gulf war syndrome - The Guardian, UK - "Animal studies indicated that exposure to nerve agents at levels too low to produce acute symptoms could result in "chronic adverse effects on the nervous and immune systems". In addition, research suggested that if the neurotoxins were combined, they would be more poisonous."

* ►November 13, 2004 - Unknown disease surfaces at Harborview - Ailment that killed Alaska woman is like 'mad cow' - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "The woman's ailment hinted of a prion disease, a class of rare illnesses that includes mad cow. The center reported to him earlier this week that it had found no evidence of the infectious, abnormal prion proteins believed to cause these illnesses. But at the same time, they found evidence that the normal, non-infectious version of these proteins was somehow involved in the woman's illness."

* ►November 13, 2004 - Day-care disrupter: How to get help with behavioral problems - The Seattle Times - "Preschool kids get in trouble for physical aggression and disruptive behavior such as running out of the building or refusing to listen. Even infants are expelled for crying too much or not sleeping, said Lenore Rubin, a child psychologist for Public Health — King County & Seattle's child-care team."

►November 13, 2004 - Battling Bextra Meta-Analyses Could Be Taken Up At February COX-2 Advisory Cmte. - FDA Advisory Committee

►November 13, 2004 - Reg Wydeven column: Vaccine prices flu the coop because of contaminated batch - The Post-Crescent via

►November 13, 2004 - Officials loosen restrictions on flu vaccinations - In Utah: By Nov. 26, they will be available to anyone who wants one - The Salt Lake Tribune

►November 13, 2004 - State keeps up aggressive work against deer disease - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►November 13, 2004 - Spray Flu Vaccine Comes at a Trickle - Washington Post via (abstract)

►November 13, 2004 - Vaccination Drive Set to Resume - Galveston Daily News via (abstract)

►November 13, 2004 - WHO Says Flu Vaccine Coming Within Year - AP via (abstract)

►November 13, 2004 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Gives High Level of Protection in Study - Wall Street Journal via (abstract)

►November 13, 2004 - Houston Doctor Discusses Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Tyler Morning Telegraph via

►November 13, 2004 - VA Flu Shots - Action News 24

►November 13, 2004 - The selling of science - Wisconsin State Journal via - "Leaders of 33 young technology companies are practicing their pitches as they prepare for the Wisconsin Life Sciences & Venture Conference in Madison on Tuesday and Wednesday."

* ►November 12, 2004 - Vaccination Coverage Among Children Entering School --- United States, 2003--04 School Year - MMWR via CDC

* ►November 12, 2004 - Drug safety adviser booted from meeting - AP via - "A federal drug safety adviser said Friday the government rescinded his invitation to participate in a February meeting on the risk of Vioxx and other arthritis drugs because he had already publicly expressed doubts about the medications....'The reason was that I had expressed my views publicly,' said Dr. Curt Furberg, a Wake Forest University School of Medicine professor of public health sciences"

►November 12, 2004 - Chiron Concludes Phase III Program for Menjugate Meningococcal C Vaccine in United States - Dow Jones Newswires via (abstract)

►November 12, 2004 - In Minnesota, Flu Vaccines Go Waiting - New York Times via (abstract)

►November 12, 2004 - WHO Panel Backs Gene Manipulation in Smallpox Virus - New York Times via (abstract)

* ►November 12, 2004 - Vaccine may offer male birth control - The News & Observer - "O'Rand, a UNC-Chapel Hill cell biologist, has found a means to turn the male immune system against sperm. So far, he has tested the technique only in monkeys. But he and others say it may yield a safe birth control option for men."

* ►November 12, 2004 - California case raises mad cow suspicions - UPI via - "Distinguishing the type of CJD a person has requires an autopsy, but Mike said Dr. Ron Bailey, Patrick's neurologist at Riverside Community Hospital, told the family he thought Patrick's symptoms were consistent with vCJD. Mike Hicks said these included initial psychiatric symptoms, duration of illness over one year and normal electroencephalograms until the late stages of the disease."

* ►November 12, 2004 - VA Changes Approach to Gulf War Illness - AP via Yahoo! - "The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illness spent the past two years reviewing recent studies and recommended the VA abandon stress studies and focus on toxic substances veterans encountered during the war."

►November 12, 2004 - Flu vaccine now on hand for priority cases in Europe - Stars and Stripes

►November 12, 2004 - WHO backs genetic experiments with smallpox - New Scientist

►November 12, 2004 - Molecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteria - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via

►November 12, 2004 - Research with red tide toxin yields potential therapies for cystic fibrosis - NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences via

►November 11, 2004 - Generic anti-inflammatory causes significantly fewer GI complications than branded medications - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas via

►November 11, 2004 - HPV vaccine shown to 'substantially' reduce cervical cancer - Norris Cotton Cancer Center researcher leads international trial - Dartmouth Medical School via

►November 10, 2004 - Crohn's Disease Treatment Shows Promise in Clinical Trial - NIH

►November 10, 2004 - More Vaccination Urged to Ease Bite of Next Flu Crisis - South China Morning Post via (abstract)

* ►November 9, 2004 - Rate of first recorded diagnosis of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders in United Kingdom general practice, 1988 to 2001. (pdf) - journal article (BMC Medicine)

* ►November 9, 2004 - CBER Approval Letter, Influenza Virus Vaccine, Live, Intranasal (FluMist) - FDA/CBER

* ►November 9, 2004 - Dietary Supplements; Strategy for the Further Implementation and Enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►November 6, 2004 - Nicotine's Good Side - Science News - "Twice as many mice injected with nicotine survived at least 3 weeks after sepsis set in than did mice receiving inert injections. Other studies have suggested that nicotine maybe effective against inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis, which is chronic inflammation of the large intestine."

►November 5, 2004 - Abbott Warning Letter for HUMIRA® (adalimumab) (pdf) - FDA Medwatch

* ►October 26, 2004 - Compositions and methods relating to reduction of symptoms of autism (patent inventor Houston; Devin B.) - ProThera, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) via

* ►October 26, 2004 - Detection of sarcocystis neurona (patent) - University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) via - The invention also includes a composition for use in a vaccine against S. neurona. In one embodiment, the composition includes an SnSAG-1 polypeptide (e.g., native SnSAG-1 protein) and an adjuvant such as Freund's adjuvant (complete and incomplete), aluminum hydroxide, a surface active substance (e.g., lysolecithin, pluronic polyols, polyanions, peptides, oil emulsions, keyhole limpet hemocyanin, and dinitrophenol).

* ►October 2004 - Ministry of Environment, Sweden - Mercury - investigation of a general ban. - Report by the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate in response to a commission from the Swedish Government. -

►2004 - Genotyping as a tool to predict adverse drug reactions - journal article (Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry)

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* ►November 14, 2004 - MMR scare doctor planned rival vaccine - Sunday Times, UK - "The doctor whose work provoked a worldwide scare over MMR failed to reveal that he was developing his own commercial rival to the vaccine...It has emerged that a patent was filed on behalf of Dr Andrew Wakefield for a measles vaccine and other products that would have stood a better chance of success if public confidence in MMR’s safety was undermined."

►November 14, 2004 - Young lotharios face cancer risk - Link to prostate disease decades later - Sunday Times, UK

* ►November 13, 2004 - Black box warning links smallpox vaccine to heart inflammation - AP via Boston Globe - "The black box warnings apply to those vaccines repackaged by Wyeth for immediate use by firefighters, medical personnel and other first responders."

* ►November 13, 2004 - Blumenthal alleges price gouging with flu vaccine - Newsday - "Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Friday accused a Fairfield County physician of doubling his prices to gouge patients trying to get a hard-to-find flu shot...In a lawsuit to be filed in Hartford Superior Court, Blumenthal accuses physician Robert Gabriel of Convenient Medical Care Center in Greenwich of raising his price from $50 to $100 a dose for the flu vaccine when a shortage was announced last month."

►November 13, 2004 - Too little momentum on influenza pandemic vaccine front, WHO warns - CP via - "'Pandemic influenza will be and is a national health security issue,' warned Dr. Arlene King, director of respiratory diseases at Canada's public health agency."

►November 13, 2004 - Flu vaccine contract set for area firm - Swiftwater manufacturer gets $10 million deal to provide chickens and eggs needed to make medicine. - Times Leader

►November 13, 2004 - Drug companies shun SARS vaccine development - UPI via World Peace Herald

►November 13, 2004 - No SARS vaccine available soon - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 13, 2004 - Spray Flu Vaccine Comes at a Trickle - Despite New Doses, FluMist Could Be as Elusive as Shots (requires registration) - Washington Post

►November 13, 2004 - Kansas to receive 75,360 doses of flu vaccine from CDC (requires registration) - AP via Kansas City Star

►November 13, 2004 - More vaccine bound for Kansas, Missouri (requires registration) - Kansas City Star

►November 13, 2004 - Doctor Gives 500 Doses Of Flu Vaccine To District - Uncas Health will administer shots to those at highest risk -

►November 13, 2004 - PG County residents jam phone lines for flu shots - Washington Times

►November 13, 2004 - SA almost out of flu shots - Express-News via

►November 13, 2004 - With no vaccines, nursing homes stay vigilant to stave off flu - St. Louis Post-Dispatch via

►November 13, 2004 - More flu vaccine ‘on the way’ - The Greenwood Democrat

►November 13, 2004 - Help is on the way: 2,000 people, 1,400 flu shots - Hours long wait futile for some at El Con - Tuscon Citizen

►November 13, 2004 - More flu shots on way to N.J. - - "New Jersey is receiving 342,000 additional doses of flu vaccine, relief that is targeted heavily for nursing homes and hospitals, state health officials announced Friday."

►November 13, 2004 - No fuss, no muss vaccination clinics - MGP Newspapers via Old Colony Memorial

►November 13, 2004 - Acuity gives flu vaccines to RMC - Rockdale Citizen

►November 13, 2004 - State to receive additional flu vaccines by early 2005 - AP via Courier News via Asbury Park Press - " New Jersey will receive more than 340,000 additional doses of flu vaccine between now and early 2005, state Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Clifton R. Lacy announced Friday."

►November 13, 2004 - Flu shot gouging? Not around here - Republican-American

* ►November 13, 2004 - Flu vaccine effort ends as demand drops - Stamford Advocate - "Stamford's flu shot campaign ended yesterday with no lines and vaccine to spare...Despite a nationwide panic and long waits during the first days of the campaign, and after giving out more than 4,000 inoculations, from 1,500 to 2,000 doses remained."

►November 13, 2004 - L.A. County to Get More Flu Vaccine (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 13, 2004 - Exposure to mild cold can leave you with the flu! - Health India via - "It's time you paid heed to grandma's saying and stay right indoors if you want to dodge the cold as researchers have revealed that exposure to even mild cold conditions like AC or winter breeze can result in a condition called familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome(FCAS), in which individuals are afflicted by rash, fever, joint pain and flu-like symptoms."

►November 13, 2004 - Students without shots could be barred from school Monday (includes video) -

►November 13, 2004 - Vaccination drive set to resume - Galveston County Daily News - "'Our sound byte this time is 'This means you,' Myers said."

►November 13, 2004 - Assault on Autism - Scientists target drugs and other environmental agents that may play a role - Science News

►November 13, 2004 - Debate Grows Over Folic Acid's Possible Link To Autism - Nutrient Has Capability To Influence Genes -

►November 13, 2004 - Different for decades - Adults with Asperger Syndrome strive to fit in - The Star-Ledger via

►November 13, 2004 - Judge blocks autism defense in SoCal SUV arson case (requires registration) - AP via Mercury News - "A judge on Friday barred attorneys defending a graduate student charged in an arson spree of sport utility vehicles from presenting evidence he suffered from a type of autism known as Asperger's syndrome."

►November 13, 2004 - Singapore's first autism school for secondary students opens in 2005 - - "There could be as many as 24,000 people who have autism in Singapore."

►November 13, 2004 - Lansing-area teen could be Michigan's first autistic Eagle Scout - AP via Detroit Free Press

►November 13, 2004 - Scientists: contamination leading to abnormalities - Taipei Times - "There are recent signs that chemicals in Taiwan's increasingly polluted environment may disrupt endocrine systems in human and wildlife populations, researchers said yesterday."

* ►November 13, 2004 - Dog trials show vaccines may eliminate food allergies - Scripps Howard News Service via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "The new vaccines were designed out of this 'hygiene hypothesis' by using killed Listeria -- a common food-borne germ -- mixed with peanuts, milk or wheat....'We thought if we mimicked infection, we might engage the immune system in ways it was designed for, and in this way protect against allergy,' Umetsu said. His team and others have shown that the approach worked in mice over the past several years, but the dog study is an important step, because the animals are much closer to humans biologically and have allergic reactions that more closely match those in people."
►November 13, 2004 - Rare meningitis 'treatment hope' - A drug treatment combination can reduce deaths from tuberculosis meningitis by up to a third, scientists believe. - BBC

►November 13, 2004 - Meningitis vaccines crucial for college students (requires registration) -

►November 13, 2004 - Report: State has highest rate of infectious diseases - But NYC may skew results - The Daily Star

►November 13, 2004 - Hepatitis cases on the rise - The Daily Star

►November 13, 2004 - Love Your Liver: Hepatitis B Basics - Rates of hepatitis B among U.S. children and teenagers declined by almost 90 percent between 1991 and 2002, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). - Healthology Inc. via ABC News

►November 13, 2004 -Will Tommy Thompson stay or go? USA  - Medical News Today

* ►November 12, 2004 - Chiron won't seek vaccine marketing approval - East Bay Business Times - "Emeryville-based Chiron Corp. said Friday that it won't ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval of its meningococcal C vaccine....The decision follows the end of a Phase III, or late-stage, trial for the vaccine that expanded the safety profile and immune response database for Menjugate, a conjugated vaccine."

* ►November 12, 2004 - Chiron Concludes Phase III Program for MENJUGATE Meningococcal C Vaccine in United States - Company to focus efforts on further development of meningococcal ACWY conjugated vaccine - press release - Chiron Corporation via Business Wire

►November 12, 2004 - CDC appoints Levine to national bioethics panel - The Yale Herald - "Yale Professor of Internal Medicine Dr. Robert J. Levine has been named to a five-member panel of bioethicists at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address, among other issues, the current influenza vaccine shortage in the United States."

►November 12, 2004 - State may require chickenpox vaccines - Your kids may not like the sound of it, but the state doesn't want chickenpox keeping them out of school. -

* ►November 12, 2004 - WHO says nations must fund work on pandemic flu vaccines - CIDRAP News

►November 12, 2004 - Minnesota Patients Defer Shots for Others (includes audio) - All Things Considered via NPR

►November 12, 2004 - WHO Clarifies Smallpox Recommendation (includes audio) - All Things Considered via NPR

►November 12, 2004 - Tussle Against Polio Intensifies - Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé) via

►November 12, 2004 - Immunization: Bayelsa Wants FG Support - This Day (Lagos) via

►November 12, 2004 - Response to Hepatitis C Therapy Can Last for Years - Reuters

►November 12, 2004 - Six-year-old catches meningitis -

►November 12, 2004 - Worst whooping cough outbreak in decades - Blogging Baby

►November 12, 2004 - Pa. launches partnership to remove mercury switches from autos - Waste News

►November 12, 2004 - Number of HIV-patients in Russia up by 10% in Jan-Oct 2004 -

►November 12, 2004 - Singapore Facing 'Alarming' HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Health Ministry Warns - Medical News Today

►November 12, 2004 - Condom Still Most Effective Against HIV/Aids - Expert - This Day (Lagos) via

* ►November 11, 2004 - Doctors Group Opposes Mandatory Mental Health Tests for Kids - - "The bill would fund initiatives of the 'New Freedom Commission on Mental Health,' including a program designed to subject every school age child in the country to psychological testing and recommendations for treatment. The House has already voted to appropriate $20 million for the plan, and the Senate will be considering whether to bump it up to $44 million."

►November 11, 2004 - Withholding treatment: a patient's right to decide - Medical News Today


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