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All the News Posted June 23-24, 2009


Posted June 24, 2009

 

►August 2009 - A new homodimer of aciclovir as a prodrug with increased solubility and antiviral activity - journal article (International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)

►August 2009 - Table hockey: attack or linking? Psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an autistic boy - journal article (Journal of Child Psychotherapy)

►July/August 2009 - The Efficacy of an IL-1[alpha] Vaccine Depends on IL-1RI Availability and Concomitant Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cell Reduction - journal article (Journal of Immunotherapy)

►July/August 2009 - Vaccination With Agonist Peptide PSA: 154-163 (155L) Derived From Prostate Specific Antigen Induced CD8 T-Cell Response to the Native Peptide PSA: 154-163 But Failed to Induce the Reactivity Against Tumor Targets Expressing PSA: A Phase 2 Study in Patients With Recurrent Prostate Cancer - journal article (Journal of Immunotherapy)

* ►July 9, 2009 - Glycan analysis in cell culture-based influenza vaccine production: Influence of host cell line and virus strain on the glycosylation pattern of viral hemagglutinin - journal article (Vaccine) - "Since several years there is an increasing interest in cell culture-based influenza vaccine production to overcome limitations of egg-based production systems, to improve vaccine supply and to increase flexibility in vaccine manufacturing. With the switch of the production system several key questions concerning the possible impact of host cell lines on antigen quality, passage-dependent selection of certain viral phenotypes or changes in hemagglutinin (HA) conformation have to be addressed to guarantee safety and efficiency of vaccines. In contrast to the production of recombinant glycoproteins, comparatively little is known regarding glycosylation of HA, derived from mammalian cell cultures."

* ►July 9, 2009 - Evaluating the impact of human papillomavirus vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 9, 2009 - An assessment of the safety of adolescent and adult tetanus–diphtheria–acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, using active surveillance for adverse events in the Vaccine Safety Datalink - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Serious adverse events rarely reported after trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) in children 6–23 months of age - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Pneumococcal vaccination in developing countries: Where does science end and commerce begin? - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - The co-administration of CpG-ODN influenced protective activity of influenza M2e vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 9, 2009 - Scaling up interventions to eliminate neonatal tetanus: Factors associated with the coverage of tetanus toxoid and clean deliveries among women in Vientiane, Lao PDR - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 9, 2009 - Alternative vaccination locations: Who uses them and can they increase flu vaccination rates? - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Coimmunization with an optimized IL15 plasmid adjuvant enhances humoral immunity via stimulating B cells induced by genetically engineered DNA vaccines expressing consensus JEV and WNV E DIII - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Treatment with demethylating agent, 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine enhances therapeutic HPV DNA vaccine potency - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Skin-specific promoters for genetic immunisation by DNA electroporation - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Human immunodeficiency virus-like particles with consensus envelopes elicited broader cell-mediated peripheral and mucosal immune responses than polyvalent and monovalent Env vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Antibody response to an eight-site intradermal rabies vaccination in patients infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - In vivo and in vitro adjuvant activities of the B subunit of Type IIb heat-labile enterotoxin (LT-IIb-B5) from Escherichia coli - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 9, 2009 - Immunization with inflammatory proteome of Brugia malayi adult worm induces a Th1/Th2-immune response and confers protection against the filarial infection - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 1, 2009 - CD11c+CD8{alpha}+ Dendritic Cells Promote Protective Immunity to Respiratory Infection with Bordetella pertussis - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►July 1, 2009 - Early Life Exposure to Lipopolysaccharide Suppresses Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis by Promoting Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells and Regulatory T Cells - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►July 1, 2009 - Altered Thymic Selection and Increased Autoimmunity Caused by Ectopic Expression of DRAK2 during T Cell Development - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►July 2009 - Influenza A/H1N1 in 2009: a pandemic in evolution (free full text) - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Vaccine Profile The new ACAM2000™ vaccine and other therapies to control orthopoxvirus outbreaks and bioterror attacks - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Compulsory childhood vaccination - journal article (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 2009 - Meningococcal vaccines and herd immunity: lessons learned from serogroup C conjugate vaccination programs - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Mechanisms of avoidance of host immunity by Neisseria meningitidis and its effect on vaccine development - journal article (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 2009 - Bordetella pertussis strain variation and evolution postvaccination - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Future of polio vaccines - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines) - "Mounting evidence supports the argument that a high level of population immunity must be maintained after wild poliovirus circulation is stopped to preserve a polio-free status worldwide. Shifting factors in the risk–benefit–cost equation favor the creation of new poliovirus vaccines for use in the foreseeable future."

* ►July 2009 - Pediatric combined formulation DTaP–IPV/Hib vaccine - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines) - "This article summarizes the available safety, immunogenicity and effectiveness data of this combination vaccine and provides a brief review of future trends in combination vaccine use."

* ►July 2009 - Economic evaluations of hepatitis B vaccination for developing countries - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - SARS vaccines: where are we? - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Challenge of developing new tuberculosis vaccines to generate life-long protective immunity (free full text) - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

►July 2009 - Vaccine shows promise in treating advanced melanoma (free full text) - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

►July 2009 - Rationally designed tularemia vaccines - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

►July 2009 - Chitosan-based systems for the delivery of vaccine antigens - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

►July 2009 - Vaccination approaches against Trypanosoma cruzi infection - journal article (Expert Review of Vaccines)

* ►July 2009 - Are there more bowel symptoms in children with autism compared to normal children and children with other developmental and neurological disorders? - journal article (Autism)  - "This study confirms previously reported findings of an increase in bowel symptoms in children with autism. It would appear, however, that this is not specifically associated with autism as bowel symptoms were reported in similar frequency to a comparison group of children with other developmental and neurological disorders."

* ►July 2009 - Developmental regression in children with an autism spectrum disorder identified by a population-based surveillance system - journal article (Autism)

* ►July 2009 - Parenting stress and psychological functioning among mothers of preschool children with autism and developmental delay - journal article (Autism)

►July 2009 - Proinflammatory Plasma Cytokines in Children With Migraine - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►July 2009 - Risk-Scoring Tool for respiratory syncytial virus prophylaxis in premature infants born at 33–35 completed weeks’ gestational age in Canada - journal article (Current Medical Research and Opinion)

* ►July 2009 - Cerebellar Injury in Term Infants: Clinical Characteristics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings, and Outcome - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►July 2009 - The descriptive epidemiology of epilepsy—A review - journal article (Epilepsy Research)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Origins and evolutionary genomics of the 2009 swine-origin H1N1 influenza A epidemic - journal article (Nature)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Ethical and Scientific Implications of the Globalization of Clinical Research (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 25, 2009 - Evolution of a malaria resistance gene in wild primates - journal article (Nature)

►June 25, 2009 - CD 4+ T cells in the pathobiology of neurodegenerative disorders - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►June 25, 2009 - Autoantibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) in focal and generalized epilepsy: A study on 233 patients - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►June 25, 2009 - Medical Evaluation before Electroconvulsive Therapy - journal article (NEJM)

►June 25, 2009 - A Lifeline for Primary Care (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Easing the Shortage in Adult Primary Care — Is It All about Money? (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 25, 2009 - Growth in Care Provided by Hospitalists - journal article (NEJM)

►June 25, 2009 - Ozone Exposure and Mortality - journal article (NEJM)

►June 25, 2009 - A New Era of For-Profit Hospice Care — The Medicare Benefit (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder - NaturalNews.com - "As the anticipated July release date for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and attempts to commit mass murder. She has also prepared an injunction against forced vaccination which is being filed in America. These actions follow her charges filed in April against Baxter AG and Avir Green Hills Biotechnology of Austria for producing contaminated bird flu vaccine, alleging this was a deliberate act to cause and profit from a pandemic."

►June 25, 2009 - Doctors puzzled over supply of expired Tamiflu - The Straits Times via AsiaOne - "The reason: these boxes have a new sticker stuck on the box, extending the expiry date for another three years. This means a box, manufactured in 2003, with an original expiry date of December 2007 can now be used till December 2010."

►June 25, 2009 - Grommet use down with pneumococcal vaccine - The rate of grommet insertions for Australian infants with chronic otitis media has fallen by almost a quarter since the introduction of the conjugate pneumococcal vaccine in 2001, new figures show. - 6minutes.com.au

►June 25, 2009 - Firewalker’s Faulty Gene May Shake Up Market for Painkillers - Bloomberg

►June 25, 2009 - Whooping cough epidemic coming - The Timaru Herald via Stuff.co.nz

►June 25, 2009 - Pentavalent vaccine likely to be introduced in India soon - Indian Express

►June 25, 2009 - Tuna, packed in questions - Draining some useful knowledge out of those cans. - Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►June 24, 2009 - No UK Compulsory MMR [Government U-Turns Amid Drug Industry Links] - Child Health Safety - "ChildHealthSafety’s investigations here reveal concerning links between the drug industry,  GlaxoSmithKline in particular and those pushing for compulsory vaccination. And what is revealed here is a “tip of an iceberg“. How it is those with close and substantial ties to the drug industry are given positions of influence in government over policy which favours the commercial interests of the drug industry. Everyone concerned about this matter should urgently contact their MP, whose address can be found here http://tinyurl.com/ljxtgv. The issue of compulsion strikes at the very heart of social democracy; the connections and affiliations of those who claim necessity need scrutiny. Compulsion of any medical product contravenes human rights; it fails to acknowledge humanity’s right to lawful informed consent; it fails to acknowledge the right to decide for oneself one’s own fate in the face of potential death or debility. It resides within the spirit of the abuse of an individual and is more fittingly prescribed by a fascist regime; it has no place in a civilised democracy."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine May Be in the Works - Infowars.com - "In a recent article on the unfolding economic collapse, Rep. Ron Paul warns that the hysterically hyped H1N1 flu 'pandemic' may result in the government requiring mandatory flu vaccinations. 'Nearly $8 billion will be spent to address a ‘potential pandemic flu’ which could result in mandatory vaccinations for no discernible reason other than to enrich the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccine,' writes Paul."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Obama signs bill funding Iraq, Afghanistan wars, swine flu fight, fuel-efficient auto push (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times

* ►June 24, 2009 - US company makes first batch of swine flu vaccine - A US company that on Tuesday was awarded a 35-million-dollar contract to develop an influenza vaccine using insect cell technology has produced a first batch against (A)H1N1 flu, company boss Dan Adams said. - AFP via PhysOrg.com - "'We turned out our first batch of doses -- about 100,000 -- against (A)H1N1 flu last week and we're continuing to manufacture it,' Adams, chief executive officer of Connecticut-based Protein Sciences Corporation, told AFP. The US Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced that it has awarded a 35-million-dollar contract to Protein Sciences, which could be extended for another five years to reach 147 million dollars. The insect cell technology 'has advanced in recent years to a point that we believe it could help meet a surge in demand for US-based vaccine for seasonal and pandemic flu,' Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Preclinical Proof-of-Concept Studies Published for Novavax Seasonal Influenza Virus-Like Particle Vaccine - Trivalent Virus-Like Particle Vaccine Elicits Protective Immune Responses against a Variety of Seasonal Influenza Strains in Mice and Ferrets - press release - PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►June 24, 2009 - First Nations call for swine flu state of emergency - CanWest News Service via Canada.com - "First Nations chiefs in Manitoba called on the provincial and federal governments to declare a state of emergency on Wednesday because of the spread of swine flu on reserves and the lag time in responding to it."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Deaths related to swine flu rise to 7 in Ontario - CBC - "Ontario has had three more deaths associated with swine flu since Monday, raising the province's total to seven, the province's chief medical officer of health said Wednesday. A 17-year old male from the Ottawa region, a 52-year old woman from eastern Ontario and a 68-year old man from the Durham region all tested positive for the H1N1 flu virus, Dr. Arlene King confirmed. All three had underlying health conditions. It's not clear what role the virus may have played in the fatalities."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Girl may be H1N1's youngest Canadian victim - CTV - "The H1N1 virus is being blamed for the sudden and shocking death of a healthy six-year-old girl from the Toronto region. On the evening of June 14, Rubjit Thindal developed a fever and a stomach ache that appeared to be mild, family members say. ... But less than a day after first showing her symptoms, Rubjit was dead. Despite the sudden death, Rubjit's family took all the normal precautions. The morning after the girl first complained about symptoms, she was taken a walk-in clinic where she was prescribed Advil. Later that day, her fever seemed to subside, but Rubjit still complained of a stomach ache, so her parents decided to take her to the hospital. But she wouldn't make it - strapped in safely in the backseat of the car next to her father, Rubjit passed away."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Argentina reinforces hospitals as flu deaths rise - Reuters - "Argentina has confirmed 18 deaths from the new strain of virus, also known as swine flu, putting the South American country third after Mexico and the United States in the number of fatal cases. The health ministry has confirmed 1,294 cases. ... The H1N1 virus is spreading rapidly in an area known as the conurbano, the densely populated working class suburbs and slums that ring Buenos Aires where eight people have died from the new flu and 111 are hospitalized, 75 of them on respirators."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - update 53 - Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) - World Health Organization

* ►June 24, 2009 - State will get 310,000 flu vaccinations; unknown how many county will receive - Hubbard County continues to grapple with money, hirings and filling vacancies. But it’s also a time for Hubbard County’s employees to be promoted. - Park Rapids Enterprise - "Nationally 18 million doses of the newly-formulated vaccine should be available after Labor Day, she said, with Minnesota getting 1.72 percent of those doses."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Likely flu sufferer can’t get test results - Woman fears she may pass H1N1 to husband with heart condition - Ottawa Citizen - "Poulin and Borland are bearing the brunt of a decision by Ontario public health authorities to stop mass H1N1 testing because it is no longer needed. Public-health officials say the tests were done in the initial stages of the outbreak to determine the behaviour of the virus in order to contain it. Once containment became futile as the virus spread through the community, it was pointless to continue testing."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Swine Flu Testing To Be Required At Sports Event - Serbia Says Athletes At International Sporting Event Must Be Screened For Swine Flu - AP via CBS News - "Thousands of athletes who will be competing in next month's World University Games in Serbia will be required to provide a certificate saying they do not have swine flu, or they will be quarantined, the government said Wednesday."

►June 24, 2009 - Indonesia, Cambodia join list of A/H1N1 flu infected countries - Xinhua via China View

►June 24, 2009 - Iraq confirms first cases of H1N1 flu virus - Reuters

►June 24, 2009 - UK swine flu cases rise by 362 - A further 362 patients in the UK have been diagnosed with swine flu, bringing the total to 3,307, the Health Protection Agency has said. - BBC

►June 24, 2009 - Factbox-Worldwide spread of flu outbreak - Reuters

►June 24, 2009 - Update. Influenza A (H1N1) Regional Report (June 24 2009) - Pan American Health Organization

►June 24, 2009 - Swine flu reported at WaPo - Michael Calderone via Politico.com

►June 24, 2009 - Swine flu: QOF suspension 'imminent' - Healthcare Republic - "Some GPs had already been ordered to drop non-essential activities to focus on swine flu, Dr Holden said. 'In one area in Scotland, GPs have been told to focus on swine flu patients.'"

►June 24, 2009 - Flu fears force MD camps to close - News & Observer

►June 24, 2009 - Statewide swine flu tally tops 500 - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►June 24, 2009 - Swine flu confirmed in 5 Hawaii high school students in Korea - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►June 24, 2009 - 1st swine flu death confirmed locally - MyFoxOrlando.com

►June 24, 2009 - Northeast Man Dies After Influenza-Like Illness - KFOX El Paso

►June 24, 2009 - Effort to aid uninsured with H1N1 hits snag - Influenza » The distribution of Tamiflu was a sticking point; officials hope to work it out by fall. - The Salt Lake Tribune

►June 24, 2009 - Second U.S. Independent Laboratory Confirms that Oculus Innovative Sciences’ Microcyn® Technology Effective at Inactivating H1N1 Swine Flu * Company Preparing Study Data for Presentation to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - press release - Business Wire

►June 24, 2009 - Eleven confirmed cases of swine flu in Cumberland County - The News of Cumberland County via NJ.com

* ►June 24, 2009 - Vaccine Pioneer Joins Inovio Biomedical's Scientific Advisory Board - Inovio Biomedical - "Inovio Biomedical Corporation (NYSE Amex: INO), a leader in DNA vaccine design, development and delivery, announced today that Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, has agreed to join the company’s scientific advisory board. Dr. Plotkin developed the rubella vaccine now used worldwide and has worked extensively on the development and application of other vaccines including polio, rabies, varicella, rotavirus and cytomegalovirus. He is Emeritus Professor, Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Pasteur."

* ►June 24, 2009 - CEL-SCI Files Patent Application to Support Company's Treatment for More Virulent Strain of H1N1 Swine and Other Influenza Viruses - CEL-SCI Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via MarketWatch - "Geert Kersten, Chief Executive Officer of CEL-SCI said, "By filing this provisional patent in the U.S., we are preserving our rights to file patents on these inventions and for their use world-wide either as an injected vaccine before a person is infected or exposed or as a therapeutic vaccine for treatment."

* ►June 24, 2009 - U.S. group advises cuts in post-exposure rabies jabs - Reuters - "The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices or ACIP, which advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted on Wednesday to change the vaccine schedule from five doses to four, eliminating the last shot. The move was intended to conserve vaccine supplies in the event of a vaccine shortage, which occurred from 2007 to 2009."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Grassley seeks information about medical school policies for disclosure of financial ties (pdf) - finance.senate.gov - "Grassley sent his request to the 23 educational institutions that did not respond to an earlier request made by the American Medical Student Association for the same information. In that case, the schools reportedly replied to a survey by answering either “no response” or “decline to submit policies.” Of the 149 schools asked, 126 provided information to the student association."

* ►June 24, 2009 - University bars whistleblower professor from her laboratory - A leading academic who claims she was suspended after blowing the whistle on her university's misuse of public funds and unsafe facilities is suing the college for £300,000. - London Evening Standard via This Is London

* ►June 24, 2009 - Solvay loses out on Dutch H1N1 vacc contract - Belgian drug and chemicals giant Solvay has lost out on a contract to supply the Dutch government with an H1N1 vaccine after it said it could not meet the production deadline. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►June 24, 2009 - $37 million to extend regional biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research - Washington University in St. Louis

* ►June 24, 2009 - Camps called safe despite swine flu - St. Louis Today

* ►June 24, 2009 - Swine flu hits summer camps - Portland Press via Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel

►June 24, 2009 - Fear of swine flu mutating as city's death toll rises to 32 total - New York Daily News

►June 24, 2009 - Vermilion officials to plan strategy for flu pandemic - The News-Gazette

* ►June 24, 2009 - Dr. Mayer Eisenstein’s June 29 Webinar with Mary Tocco is Follow Q & A to Hope for Autism Conference, 8:00 pm CST - press release - ExpertClick

* ►June 24, 2009 - Intercell Supports the Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Recommendations of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - Expanded Guidelines to include availability of IXIARO(R) vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis - IXIARO now available in the U.S. for travelers to Asia, military personnel, others at high risk regardless of the length of visit - press release - Intercell AG via PRNewswire

►June 24, 2009 - US panel backs new Japanese encephalitis vaccine - Reuters

►June 24, 2009 - $37 million to extend regional biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

* ►June 24, 2009 - FDA Pressed for Transparency (free content) - Wall Street Journal - "For instance, Francesca T. Grifo, of the non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists, said the agency should allow FDA scientists to publicly air opinions about a drug or medical product when they disagree with a final agency decision. Mr. Sharfstein questioned such a move, saying scientists often 'disagree sharply,' and airing those differences might erode the public's trust in FDA decisions. In the last several years, veteran FDA scientists have complained to Congress and the White House that they have been silenced when they disagree with agency managers. Some have also said they've been forced to manipulate scientific data."

►June 24, 2009 - Consumers, Scientists Tell FDA To Explain Agency Decisions - Dow Jones via NASDAQ

►June 24, 2009 - FDA Approves Generic Version of Plan B - Wall Street Journal

►June 24, 2009 - FDA takes questions at DIA - FierceBiotech

►June 24, 2009 - Justice Department Unseals Medicare Fraud Indictments (requires registration) - Washington Post

►June 24, 2009 - Local student immunization rates fourth best in province - Community Press

►June 24, 2009 - Under new program some children's immunizations will not be covered (includes video) - KMVT Southern Idaho

►June 24, 2009 - Immunization talks stir controversy - The Spectrum - "Between July 2007 and June 2008, 217 people in the Southwest Public Health Department five-county district filed for exemptions to enroll their children in school without current vaccinations. From July 2008 to the present, that number increased to 294 exemptions, with nearly all those selecting 'personal choice' as the reason."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Questions raised about HPV vaccine - KTAR.com

* ►June 24, 2009 - HPV Vaccine May Expand To Men, Boys - WBZtv.com

►June 24, 2009 - FDA Mulls Giving HPV Vaccine To Men - Critics Say Treatment Not Cost Effective - KCTV5 News

* ►June 24, 2009 - ACIP revises immunity requirements for HCW MMR vaccination - Pediatric SuperSite

* ►June 24, 2009 - Olmsted on Autism: Affective Contact By Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism

* ►June 24, 2009 - Psych Drugs' False Promises for Autism - Age of Autism

►June 24, 2009 - Michigan House approves expanded autism coverage (requires registration) - AP via Chicago Tribune

* ►June 24, 2009 - Rethink Autism Launches First Website Empowering Families And Professionals With Science-Based Techniques To Confront The Daily Challenges Of Autism - Rethink Autism via Medical News Today

* ►June 24, 2009 - FDA Panel To Mull Acetaminophen Questions - Over the Counter Today

* ►June 24, 2009 - Measuring intellectual disability - EurekAlert! via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►June 24, 2009 - Medical charts ‘you never get to see’ now online - The Buffalo News

►June 24, 2009 - Re-forming Health Care: It's About Health, Not Just Insurance - The Huffington Post

* ►June 24, 2009 - Lancet Examines Obama's Pledge To Fight HIV/AIDS - Lancet Infectious Diseases via Kaiser Network

* ►June 24, 2009 - Big companies dominate herbal sales - North County Times - "The industry's little-guy, granola image has been a great marketing asset, allowing it to tap into Americans' frustration with big medicine, big prices and big risks. Supplement makers are dwarfed by leading pharmaceutical firms, whose drugs command sales in the tens of billions of dollars. Yet the reality is that natural remedy makers constitute a sizable business that doesn't have to play by the same rules as companies that make prescription or over-the-counter medicines."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Measuring fragile X mental retardation - Researchers from the University of California, Davis have developed a specific and quantitative means of measuring levels of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) protein (FMRP), which is mutated in fragile X syndrome. The related report by Iwahashi et al, "A quantitative ELISA assay for the fragile X mental retardation 1 protein," appears in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. - News-Medical.Net

►June 24, 2009 - Chain Reaction Of The Immune System Frozen - Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research via Medical News Today

►June 24, 2009 - Proteins link diet to longevity (requires registration) - The Scientist

►June 24, 2009 - Brain bug robs lad, 4, of limbs - A boy of four stares from a hospital bed and faces up to a daunting future - with no arms or legs. - The Sun, UK

* ►June 24, 2009 - Immunization campaign works to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in Mauritania - UNICEF

►June 24, 2009 - Outbreaks of pertussis in county - Gallatin North Missourian

►June 24, 2009 - Tierrasanta Student has Whooping Cough - San Diego 6

►June 24, 2009 - VA Medical System in Shambles, Veterans Groups Say - With Veterans Affairs hospitals giving botched radiation treatments to nearly 100 vets and exposing 10,000 to HIV and hepatitis viruses, veterans advocates and lawmakers say the VA health system is in dire need of proper oversight and funding. - FOX News

►June 24, 2009 - Former BSU player pleads guilty in HIV case - AP via The Olympian

* ►June 24, 2009 - Successful initial safety tests for genetically-modified rice that fights allergy - In a first-of-its-kind advance toward the next generation of genetically modified foods -- intended to improve consumers’ health -- researchers in Japan are reporting that a new transgenic rice designed to fight a common pollen allergy appears safe in animal studies. Their report is in the current issue of ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. - PhysOrg.com

►June 24, 2009 - Fluoride in Your Water? Get It Out - The Citizen.com

* ►June 24, 2009 - Some forms of mercury more toxic than others. - Environmental Health News

* ►June 23, 2009 - Parents Cure Autism – As Useless Docs Fail Kids - Child Health Safety

* ►June 23, 2009 - Ex-exec: Off-label promo 'part of Pfizer culture' - FiercePharma

* ►June 23, 2009 - Medarex's Vaccine-Like Prostate Cancer Treatment Shows Great Promise - Seeking Alpha

►June 23, 2009 - Using twitter and the blogosphere to promote national HIV testing day - Examiner.com

►June 23, 2009 - Australian couple starved autistic daughter to death - An Australian court has convicted the parents of a seven-year-old autistic girl who weighed just nine kilograms when she died of starving her to death. - Thaindian.com

►June 23, 2009 - Review - Weather Reports from the Autism Front - A Father's Memoir of His Autistic Son by James C. Wilson, McFarland, 2008 - Metapsychology

►June 23, 2009 - Parents of newborns: beware overreacting doctors with prescription pads - The Cradle Will Rock - HSI The Health Sciences Institute

* ►June 23, 2009 - Biocontainment Laboratory Finished, Ready for Research - The Memphis Daily News - "Dr. Maria Gomes-Solecki, the company’s director of research, is at work on developing antibodies to the bacterium that causes plague, vaccine therapies for Lyme disease and other diseases transmitted from animals to humans. Scientists at the Memphis lab will investigate drug-resistant tuberculosis, cholera, streptococci and tularemia. The laboratory will be available to scientists from the university, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Is Merck KGaA Crazy? Or Just Crazy About Cancer Vaccines? - BNET Pharma

►June 23, 2009 - Ottawa teen dies from swine flu - Sun Media via Cnews via Canoe

►June 23, 2009 - Swine flu tally has U.S. top and Australia 6th - The latest update, # 52, from the World Health Organisation on the influenza A H1N1 pandemic (swine flu), says as of the 22nd of June the grand total of those infected is now 52,160 including 231 deaths. - News-Medical.Net

►June 23, 2009 - Garfield County on alert for both swine flu and West Nile - The Aspen Times

* ►June 23, 2009 - "Pay-for-Delay Settlements" in the Pharmaceutical Industry: How Congress Can Stop Anticompetitive Conduct, Protect Consumers' Wallets, and Help Pay for Health Care Reform (The $35 Billion Solution) (pdf) - Jon Leibowitz Chairman - Federal Trade Commission

* ►June 23, 2009 - Fifteen states sue Wyeth - WHHY News and Information

* ►June 23, 2009 - PAHO board to discuss 'revolving fund' vaccine system - PAHO's board this week is set to discuss "a long-standing system that makes vaccines affordable to middle-income Latin American countries" because of growing concerns that the policy "deters manufacturers from offering deeper discounts on such products to the world's least developed countries," the Financial Times reports. - News-Medical.Net

* ►June 23, 2009 - Number of Polio cases in Nigeria decreases, some states still showing low immunizations rates - The number of polio cases in Nigeria has gone down from 799 in 2008 to 353 this year, according to the country's National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Africa Science News Service reports. - News-Medical.Net

►June 23, 2009 - Obama spars with insurers on health care - USA Today

►June 23, 2009 - Too much market focus can be a bad thing - Pharmaceutical Executive

►June 23, 2009 - Researchers Tackle Childhood Epilepsy - Rutgers researchers have discovered a potential new way to treat childhood epilepsy using a widely available therapeutic drug. - Rutgers University via ScienceDaily

►June 23, 2009 - Jean Dausset dies (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The French immunologist Jean Dausset, who won a Nobel Prize for his discovery of human leukocyte antigens (HLAs), key components of the human immune system, died on June 6 in Mallorca, Spain, where he had lived for the past two years. He was 92."

►June 23, 2009 - ADHD Genes Found; Known to Play Roles in Neurodevelopment - Missing DNA Segments May Suggest Future Drug Targets - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

►June 23, 2009 - Competition May Be Reason for Bigger Brain - University of Missouri-Columbia via Biocompare

* ►June 23, 2009 - No benefit seen with special infant formula - Nutrition Journal via Reuters Health

►June 23, 2009 - New Strategies To Prevent Childhood Obesity - Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) recently present new findings and strategies for combating childhood obesity at the 5th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, held June 9-12 in Los Angeles. - University of Southern California, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►June 23, 2009 - Why is effective treatment of asthma so difficult? An integrated systems biology hypothesis of asthma - journal article (Immunology & Cell Biology)

* ►June 22, 2009 - Strong growth predicted for Chinese vaccine market - The growth of the Chinese vaccine market is set to outstrip the country’s pharma sector, according to a Frost & Sullivan (F&S) report that predicts 14-15 per cent CAGR. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►June 22, 2009 - Jury to be picked for Ala. drug pricing lawsuit - San Jose Mercury News

►June 22, 2009 - Effector T-cell differentiation during viral and bacterial infections: Role of direct IL-12 signals for cell fate decision of CD8+ T cells - journal article (European Journal of Immunology)

►June 22, 2009 - AstraZeneca issues new report on US responsible business efforts - AstraZeneca

* ►June 22, 2009 - Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis may cause elevated gliadin antibodies - journal article (Acta Paediatrica)

►June 22, 2009 - Americans struggle to pay for healthcare: study - Reuters

* ►June 22, 2009 - Prospective Study of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality, and All-Cause Mortality in Older U.S. Adults - journal article (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

►June 22, 2009 - Diabetes related autoimmunity in gestational diabetes mellitus: Is it important? - journal article (Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases)

►June 22, 2009 - A cautionary tale for anyone admitted to the hospital - When the Wind Blows - HSI The Health Sciences Institute

* ►June 22, 2009 - National Institutes of Health to fund University of Louisville autism study - Business First of Louisville - "A pilot study found that patients with autism 'have fewer tantrums and repetitive behaviors symptomatic of sensory overload after a low-frequency magnetic field is pulsed around their brains through a coil placed near the scalp,' the release said.  The $900,000 NIH award will fund a four-year clinical trial of the treatment. In the trial, patients will receive a higher frequency of magnetic stimulation and more than twice the number of sessions administered in the pilot study."

* ►June 22, 2009 - The Great Vaccination Debate - There are parts of the country where up to 20% of families are saying ‘no’ to vaccines. - audio - The Environment Report

►June 22, 2009 - Leaked Industry Memo Prompts Warning on Chemicals - California Progress Report

* ►June 21, 2009 - AVI BioPharma Under Contract with U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency for Development of Therapeutics Targeting H1N1 Swine Flu - AVI BioPharma

►June 21, 2009 - Role of complement and antibodies in controlling infection with pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) in macaques vaccinated with replication-deficient viral vectors (pdf) - journal article (Retrovirology)

* ►June 20, 2009 - Novel swine-origin influenza A virus in humans: another pandemic knocking at the door - journal article (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)

* ►June 20, 2009 - Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Autoimmunity, and Vitamin D - journal article (Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology)

►June 20, 2009 - UALR admission for home schooled students - Examiner.com - "Here’s what you’ll need to get into UALR: - Final high school transcript with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. ...  Current immunization record showing two shots each of mumps, measles, rubella."

►June 19, 2009 - More evidence links pesticides to Parkinson's - Annals of Neurology via Reuters

►June 19, 2009 - Glaxo CEO admits R&D overhaul has been traumatic - Reuters

* ►June 19, 2009 - Cigarettes cost $2500 a year, Pfizer study finds - Smokers are puffing away an average 17 days a year and burning enough cash to pay for family health insurance or a holiday if they quit. - Herald Sun, AU

►June 18, 2009 - Warning Letter: Natren, Inc. - RE: Unapproved/Uncleared/Unauthorized Products Related to the H1N1 Flu Virus - FDA

►June 18, 2009 - Fungal rhinosinusitis - A categorization and definitional schema addressing current controversies - journal article (The Laryngoscope)

►June 17, 2009 - Ketogenic Diets: An Update for Child Neurologists - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►June 17, 2009 - Malaria and vitamin A deficiency in African children: a vicious circle? (pdf) - journal article (Malaria Journal)

►June 15, 2009 - Antifungal activity of miconazole against recent Candida strains - journal article (Mycoses)

►June 15, 2009 - Protection From a Virus - letter (requires registration) - The New York Times - "'Every Child Should Be Vaccinated Against Diarrheal Disease, W.H.O. Says' (Global Update, June 9): The proposed vaccine against rotavirus is no solution in developing and poor countries given the need for refrigeration and the cost of about $20 per shot. Safe drinking water and improvement in sanitation, no doubt a tough task, but far cheaper, could reduce the incidence of diarrhea. There are also preventive measures that could safeguard the health of children in poor countries."

►June 9, 2009 - Brave Dominic home at last - Bundaberg News Mail - "His parents Margaret Burns and Sonny Page have been through 'hell and back' as their son lost both legs, his left arm and his right hand after a battle with meningococcal disease in October."

►June 8, 2009 - Families buck up after rare diagnosis - Arkansas Democrat Gazette - "Sarah has phenylketonuria - pronounced fenl-kee-toh-NOOR-ee-uh - also known as PKU."

* ►June 1, 2009 - Stiffer Enforcement at the FDA - Agency officials promise swift action against violators of drug safety and quality regulations. - BioPharm International

* ►June 1, 2009 - The Ups and Downs of the FDA Budget - Importing foreign drugs is not the best way to increase access to medicine. The risks are too high, and it burdens the over-stretched FDA unfairly. - BioPharm International

* ►June 2009 - Does Influenza Vaccination Improve Pediatric Asthma Outcomes? - journal article (Journal of Asthma) - "This study suggests influenza vaccination is associated with fewer asthma exacerbations. After controlling for several potential confounding variables, administration of influenza vaccine was associated with a protective effect against indicators of asthma exacerbations. Our results indicate that children with asthma in the military beneficiary population may benefit from annual influenza vaccination."

►June 2009 - Direct Injection of Protamine-protected mRNA: Results of a Phase 1/2 Vaccination Trial in Metastatic Melanoma Patients - journal article (Journal of Immunotherapy)

►June 2009 - Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnancy - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ

►June 2009 - B cell acquisition of antigen in vivo - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

►June 2009 - Patent life of antiretroviral drugs approved in the US from 1987 to 2007 - journal article (AIDS Care)

►April 27, 2009 - Meningitis infections serious, treatable - Evansville Courier & Press

* ►Volume 7 Number 1, 2009 - The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry on Healthcare Practitioners’ Prescribing Habits (full text) - journal article (The Internet Journal of Academic Physician Assistants) - "Fortune magazine has reported that in 2008, the pharmaceutical industry continued to be in the top three most profitable industries in the United States for the past two decades.1 It is a lucrative industry that utilizes different strategies to gain revenue. Companies manufacture drugs that are developed from research. After FDA approval, these drugs are patented which can last up to 20 years..."With pharmaceutical companies working to find open doors within healthcare some have even began targeting medical schools."

 

Posted June 23, 2009

 

►July 1, 2009 - Cortisol Response to Stress in Female Youths Exposed to Childhood Maltreatment: Results of the Youth Mood Project - journal article (Biological Psychiatry)

* ►July 2009 - The safety and immunogenicity of influenza vaccine in children with asthma in Mexico - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 2009 - Cardiovascular activity and the antibody response to vaccination - journal article (Journal of Psychosomatic Research)

* ►July 2009 - Involvement of the PRKCB1 gene in autistic disorder: significant genetic association and reduced neocortical gene expression - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

* ►July 2009 - Behavioral Outcome in Children with a History of Neonatal Encephalopathy following Perinatal Asphyxia - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Psychology)

►July 2009 - Transmission of Surfactant Protein Variants and Haplotypes in Children Hospitalized With Respiratory Syncytial Virus. - journal article (Pediatric Research)

►July 2009 - Cerebellar Development in the Preterm Neonate: Effect of Supratentorial Brain Injury. - journal article (Pediatric Research)

►July 2009 - Acute acalculous cholecystitis in children with Epstein–Barr virus infection: a role for Gilbert's syndrome? - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►July 2009 - Fetal Growth Restriction Is Associated With Prioritization of Umbilical Blood Flow to the Left Hepatic Lobe at the Expense of the Right Lobe. - journal article (Pediatric Research)

* ►June 24, 2009 - Pregnancy and H1N1 Flu - journal article (JAMA)

* ►June 24, 2009 - Brian Rudman: Pathetic response to flu threat - The New Zealand Herald

* ►June 24, 2009 - Team's T-cell balancing act - A Team of biomedical researchers from Melbourne is working to create the world's first melanoma vaccine, and initial results are very promising. - The Australian

* ►June 24, 2009 - FDA Tells Drug and Device Makers to Give Balanced Picture of Risks in Ads, Labels - journal article (JAMA)

* ►June 24, 2009 - Clinical Practice Guideline Development and Antitrust Law - journal article (JAMA) - "To the Editor: The Connecticut attorney general's antitrust investigation and settlement with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) regarding its development of clinical practice guidelines for Lyme disease offers important guidance for strengthening the integrity of clinical practice guideline development and preserving clinical discretion. I believe that in their Commentary, Mr Kraemer and Mr Gostin1 mischaracterized fact and misread the relevant law in criticizing the attorney general's intervention as political and purporting to defend the supposed positive, scientific character of clinical practice guidelines against the imposition of normative goals. Contrary to their argument, the attorney general's intervention can in fact advance evidence-based medicine."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Clinical Practice Guideline Development and Antitrust Law—Reply - journal article (JAMA) - "Recent research shows that, when the science is disputable, practice guidelines often do not give enough attention to valid scientific dispute.1 But it is only against the best available science that clinical practice guidelines should be measured. The IDSA guidelines appropriately synthesize scientific data on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Lyme disease, and the antitrust investigation that resulted from their issuance was justified by neither fact nor law."

►June 24, 2009 - Insurance Affordability - journal article (JAMA) - "Income alone may not be a good predictor of whether families can purchase health insurance and this may lead many programs seeking to expand coverage to overestimate who can afford to buy coverage, according to a study by scientists from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Sign the Universal Declaration of Resistance to Mandatory Vaccination - NaturalNews.com

* ►June 24, 2009 - State keen to scrap monthly polio drive - Indian Express - "'Monthly pulse polio drive takes lot of manpower as well as money but the results are not satisfactory. For the last 13 years, the program is being implemented in the state but still around 250 cases are being reported every year from the state. Thus, the government is of the opinion that the present structure of programme should be changed and the polio drop can be included in the routine immunisation programme,' said Dr I S Srivastava, the Director General (Medical and Health), Uttar Pradesh government."

►June 24, 2009 - Polio vaccine campaign in Punjab ends today -  Health Service director says campaign restricted to 16 districts identified by WHO as at highest risk - Daily Times, Pakistan

►June 24, 2009 - Whooping cough epidemic dwarfs swine flu infection rate - Brisbane Times

* ►June 24, 2009 - UIC study hopes to shed light on autism, 'insistence on sameness' - Team uses combination of genetics, medication and brain scans to explore craving for routine - Chicago Tribune - "Hoping to provide relief to people like Alec and to solve a piece of the autism puzzle, a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago is looking at the relationship between the brain chemical serotonin and the trait known in the field as 'insistence on sameness.' ... With the help of a five-year, $9.6 million federal grant, the team is using a combination of genetics, medication and brain scans to explore possible mechanisms behind this craving for routine."

* ►June 24, 2009 - Hospital puts autism resources online and on call - Parents can find services for counties all across Chicago area - Chicago Tribune

* ►June 23, 2009 - Generation of Kids Hooked on Psych Drugs By Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements

* ►June 23, 2009 - Harvey Karp: Cracking The Autism Riddle: Common Sense About Vaccines And Autism - The Huffington Post - "All sorts of arguments are thrown around to persuade parents that shots threaten their children with autism. I'd like to discuss 4 of the commonly repeated concerns, 3 flawed...and 1 that I think has merit. 1) Too many shots can overwhelm a child and cause autism. No!"

►June 23, 2009 - A pediatrician's pragamatic point of view on vaccines - Examiner.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - In New Theory, Swine Flu Started in Asia, Not Mexico (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►June 23, 2009 - Vaccine Maker Facing Possible Bankruptcy Wins Contract (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Almost all of that money is owed to Emergent BioSolutions, a vaccine company in Rockville, Md., that lent Protein Sciences $10 million last year in advance of the pending acquisition of virtually all the assets of Protein Sciences by Emergent. The acquisition deal fell apart, and Emergent sued Protein Sciences and its top executives, accusing them of fraud and breach of agreements. The series of events raises questions about whether the government is entrusting part of the nation’s influenza defense to a financially shaky or untrustworthy company. Conversely, the award of the contract could put Emergent into an uncomfortable light for trying to force into bankruptcy a company with promising vaccine technology."

* ►June 23, 2009 - U.S. invests in advanced flu vaccine method - * HHS awards up to $150 million to Protein Sciences Corp * Company uses insect bacteria to make vaccines - Reuters - " The United States has set aside $1 billion for a vaccine to combat the H1N1 strain that has caused a global pandemic. The cash infusion comes as Protein Sciences, which is developing a quicker way to make vaccines, fights to stay in business. Three creditors filed a petition on Monday in Delaware court seeking to force the company into involuntary bankruptcy."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Vaccines’ troubling links - The Northern Daily Leader - "In some states of America, parents are being pressured and coerced (blackmailed) by the authorities to have their children vaccinated, even though there is mounting evidence linking vaccines to many serious diseases and death."

* ►June 23, 2009 - RP tarries as nations scramble for A(H1N1) vaccine supply - GMANews.TV - “More than 90 percent of the global capacity for vaccine manufacturing is located in Europe and in North America. Developed countries through advanced purchased agreements with manufacturers have already reserved a good portion of the limited current manufacturing capacity. Thus in the event of a pandemic, the world would be several billion doses short of the expected demand," says Shashikant statement."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Pandemic Might Be as Severe as 1968 Hong Kong Flu - Bloomberg - “Even if it does not mutate into a more deadly form, a second wave of the flu in low-income countries could have serious consequences -- given poor countries’ limited capacity to monitor and treat an outbreak and the higher incidence of chronic disease within their populations,” the bank said."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Schools to offer flu shots - Northwest Arkansas News Source

* ►June 23, 2009 - Vaccine Sales Expected to Grow Worldwide - Higher margins and the increasing funding by the government as well as Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) like GAVI will drive the future sales of vaccines. - PRMinds

* ►June 23, 2009 - State's only swine flu death still a mystery - Specialists hunting for clues to explain woman's decline - The Boston Globe

* ►June 23, 2009 - Adults with Asthma Under-Vaccinated Against Flu - MedPage Today

* ►June 23, 2009 - CDC: Those with asthma should get flu shot - United Press International

* ►June 23, 2009 - N.J. confirms death of fifth resident with swine flu - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - Oregon's second swine flu death confirmed: a young Marion County child - The Oregonian via OregonLive.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - Local H1N1 vaccine trial planned - WYMT.com - "The deadly H1N1 virus captured the world's attention. Now, a group of Lexington professionals is trying to find a way to stop the bug in its tracks. Central Kentucky Research Associates plan to conduct clinical trials of a new vaccine for the virus."

* ►June 23, 2009 - New vaccine process proposed - Chemical, not biological, method is fast - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - "The Antigen Express approach takes vaccine development in a different direction by using laboratory machines to string together amino acids into peptides, short bits of proteins designed to stimulate the body's production of immune cells against specific threats, such as influenza. The process results in a dry powder that can be stored and later mixed with fluid to create vaccine doses, Mr. Powell said. There are no peptide vaccines approved for use in the United States, but Antigen Express has been testing peptides against H5N1 avian influenza in Lebanon and has reported that early tests showed the treatments were safe and well-tolerated."

►June 23, 2009 - UK swine flu cases approach 3,000 - Another 149 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to more than 2,900. - BBC

►June 23, 2009 - Third Bucknell student diagnosed with type A flu virus - Bucknell University

►June 23, 2009 - Schering-Plough now selling canine flu vaccine - AP via CNBC

►June 23, 2009 - Update. Influenza A (H1N1) Regional Report (June 23 2009) - Pan American Health Organization

►June 23, 2009 - Plano Campers Headed Home After H1N1 Flu Outbreak - CBS11tv.com

►June 23, 2009 - CDC Urges Health Care Professionals to Use Proper H1N1 Infection Control Measures - Infected Workers Pose Risk to Patients, Colleagues - AAFP News Now

►June 23, 2009 - Swine Flu Pandemic Causes Public Concerns About Hand Sanitizers - press release - Omega Tech Labs via PRNewswire

* ►June 23, 2009 - Swine flu jab call slammed - TeleText, UK - "Calls for Westminster to foot a £100m bill for vaccinating everyone in Scotland against swine flu have been rejected by the Scottish Secretary."

* ►June 23, 2009 - GMC Fitness to Practice Hearings: Deeper into the Shallows. By Martin J. Walker - Age of Autism

* ►June 23, 2009 - Autism One 2009 - What Somali Immigrants From Minnesota Learned By Abdulkadir Khalif - Age of Autism

►June 23, 2009 - Autistic students find 'A Place of Their Own:' Another move brings hope - The Star-Ledger via NJ.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - FDA Seeks Public Input on Transparency - FDA

* ►June 23, 2009 - Major Study To Examine Benefits Of Vitamin D, Fish Oil - Brigham and Women's Hospital via redOrbit - “If something as simple as taking a vitamin D pill could help lower these risks and eliminate these health disparities, that would be extraordinarily exciting,” said Dr. JoAnn Manson of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who, along with Dr. Julie Buring, will be co-leader of the research project."

►June 23, 2009 - Major US trial to examine heart and cancer benefits of vitamin D, omega-3 - The US government is backing what is said to be the largest randomized trial of vitamin D and marine omega-3, to examine their impact on the reduction of heart disease and cancer. - Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston via Nutraingredients-usa.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - Wonder Drug! Maybe? - Motley Fool - "How many patients need to be "cured" of a disease to send a stock up more than 22%? Apparently just two. That's right, two. A couple, a pair, dos, deux. However you say it, it's a mighty small number. The euphoria, which waned a little as Medarex (Nasdaq: MEDX) ended up just 12.5%, came from a Mayo Clinic report that two prostate cancer patients in a clinical trial testing the company's cancer drug ipilimumab had become cancer-free."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Media advisory - Hot topics in child and youth health at paediatric conference - The Canadian Press via CNW via Canadian Business - "Workshops and seminars on timely child and youth health issues. Topics include best practices in managing autism, child health and the environment, elite child athletes, the impact of the internet and other technologies on children and youth, innovations in child hearing loss, causes of poor health in Canadian children and ongoing challenges for the childhood cancer survivor."

►June 23, 2009 - Pharma outsourcing: people on the move - Outsourcing-Pharma presents its latest round up of movements in the pharmaceutical outsourcing sector, including appointments at WuXi, Dishman and Sartorius Stedim. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

►June 23, 2009 - Newly Published Study Using Chronix Technology Confirms Serum DNA Can Identify the Early Presence of Disease - Business Wire via News Blaze

►June 23, 2009 - Antibacterial Pesticide Triclosan Contaminates Dolphins - Beyond Pesticides

►June 23, 2009 - Study shows therapeutic effects of Compugen peptide - Globes, IL

* ►June 23, 2009 - Glutathione (GSH) The Miracle Protein - submityourarticle.com

►June 23, 2009 - New FDA Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Indicate 28 Deaths Related to Gardasil in 2008 - Records Document 6,723 Adverse Reactions in 2008, Including 1,061 Considered "Serious" and 142 Considered "Life Threatening" - press release - Judicial Watch via Marketwire

►June 23, 2009 - Calgary's Catholic girls shun cancer vaccine - Calgary Herald

►June 23, 2009 - Is the HPV vaccine debate over? - Examiner.com

* ►June 23, 2009 - Cervical cancer vaccines in limbo for lack of govt policy - My Republica, Nepal - "More than 3,000 others were set to be vaccinated under the third stage this year but Merck, manufacturer of the Gardasil vaccine, has been arguing that the government itself has to conduct the vaccination, something now being done by the non-governmental sector. The company says it cannot send the vaccines until the government includes administering the vaccines in its health policy."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Rotary Marks Progress in Drive to Eradicate Polio - Despite economic challenges, donations exceed expectations - press release - Rotary International via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►June 23, 2009 - Farrow speaks out on polio, Darfur - Rotary International News

►June 23, 2009 - Ebola Infection Blocked In Cell-culture Experiments - University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►June 23, 2009 - New electron microscopy images reveal the assembly of HIV - Nanowerk News

►June 23, 2009 - Prenatal Nutrients And Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - redOrbit

►June 23, 2009 - Contact Lens Solution Infections Reported One Year Before AMO Recall - AboutLawsuits.com

►June 23, 2009 - Pistachios Still a Real Food Poisoning Risk, FDA Warns - Attorney at Law

►June 23, 2009 - Rabies cases on the rise in Nebraska animals - Beatrice Daily Sun

►June 23, 2009 - Nestle Closing Cookie Dough Plant At Center of Recall - Consumers urged not to eat raw cookie dough - Consumer Affairs

►June 23, 2009 - Thursday talk: USGS scientist on mercury accumulation in ecosystems - Almanac News

►June 23, 2009 - Clamping down on the ‘rubber duck' chemical - Phthalates are found everywhere -- bug sprays, children’s glow sticks, dentures, clothing, automobiles -- making it difficult to avoid (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

►June 22, 2009 - Vaccine alert over measles outbreak - Sunderland Echo

* ►June 22, 2009 - New FDA Records Obtained by Judicial Watch Indicate 28 Deaths Related to Gardasil in 2008 - Records Document 6,723 Adverse Reactions in 2008, Including 1,061 Considered "Serious" and 142 Considered "Life Threatening" - Judicial Watch - "Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documenting 28 deaths in 2008 associated with Gardasil, the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), up from 19 deaths in 2007. The total number of Gardasil-related deaths is 47 since the vaccine was approved in 2006. Overall, the FDA documented 6,723 'adverse events' related to Gardasil in 2008, of which 1,061 were considered 'serious,' and 142 considered 'life threatening.'"

* ►June 22, 2009 - Fewer Calgary Catholic students took free cancer vaccine - Calgary Herald via Canada.com - "But the chairwoman of the Calgary Catholic schools said Monday she believes many parents chose not to have their daughters vaccinated after hearing Calgary Bishop Fred Henry's concerns about the shots. 'We left it up to parents,' said Marge Belcourt. 'A good number are paying attention to what the bishop is saying.'"

* ►June 22, 2009 - Swine flu tolls leaps past 52,000 cases - AFP via Yahoo!

►June 22, 2009 - Nucleotide Polymorphism-Based Assay Can Detect Influenza A(H1N1) Virus Resistant to Oseltamivir: Presented at ICC - Doctor's Guide

►June 22, 2009 - More quarantined students, teacher, on way home - San Diego Union-Tribune

►June 22, 2009 - Teens Return To S. Fla. After Quarantine In China - Teens Say They Appreciate "American Freedoms" - CBS 4

►June 22, 2009 - San Mateo teen sues Nestle over cookie dough - A San Carlos teenager filed a lawsuit against food-giant Nestle on Monday, saying she became horribly ill after eating raw cookie dough. The FDA is investigating whether the dough is contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Nestle has already issued a recall. - KGO ABC 7

* ►June 22, 2009 - Charlottesville-Right Now: David Kirby - David Kirby, author of Evidence Of Harm joined Charlottesville Right Now to discuss autism. (includes audio) - Charlottesville-Right Now

* ►June 22, 2009 - N.Y. Times joins bid for Wyeth case files - Arkansas Democrat Gazette - "The New York Times has joined a national public-interest law firm in asking a federal judge in Little Rock to unseal court documents shedding light on Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' "ghostwriting" practices..."The documents shown to jurors at trial in Little Rock and elsewhere across the country have not been publicly available outside of the trial because of a protective order sought by Wyeth. On June 11, Public Justice, a law firm in Washington, D.C., representing PLoS, a medical journal published by the Public Library of Science, filed a motion in Little Rock asking Wilson to unseal the documents."

* ►June 22, 2009 - LISD board: Form a flu vaccine plan - Laredo Morning Times - "The proposal is threefold: get the flu vaccinations as early as possible, hopefully by September; provide a low-cost vaccine to employees; and ensure that distribution is done at each campus and administrative building."

* ►June 22, 2009 - EFNS guideline on the management of community-acquired bacterial meningitis: report of an EFNS Task Force on acute bacterial meningitis in older children and adults. - European Journal of Neurology via www.guideline.gov

* ►June 22, 2009 - Frequency of Failure to Inform Patients of Clinically Significant Outpatient Test Results (free full text) - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine) - "In this study, failures to inform patients of clinically significant abnormal test results or to document that they have been informed appear to be relatively common, occurring in 1 of every 14 tests. Failure rates varied widely among practices, from 0% to 26%; practices that used better processes to manage results had lower failure rates and had physicians who were more satisfied with the processes used. Practices that used a combination of paper and electronic records, that is, that had a "partial EMR," had the highest failure rates."

►June 22, 2009 - The Silent Dimension - Expressing Humanism in Each Medical Encounter - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►June 22, 2009 - NJ pharma employment down in ‘08 - The number of pharma employees in New Jersey, US fell by 1,400 in 2008, with R&D expenditure, capital investment and product trials also declining, according to a report. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►June 22, 2009 - Regarding the Inverse Relationship Between Blood Pressure and Outdoor Temperature: It Is the Sun - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)
 
* ►June 22, 2009 - Court says public must pay for private special ed - AP via Yahoo!

* ►June 22, 2009 - FDA to regulate tobacco - The bill will give the agency authority to oversee the advertising, marketing and manufacturing of tobacco products. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - More practices refusing to accept credit cards from patients - Increasing transaction fees are cited as a major factor. But experts say those fees are still cheaper than issuing paper statements and chasing payments. - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - Democratic leaders stay cold on single-payer - But some liberal Democrats refuse to give up their fight to enact a government-run health system. - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - Obama proposes law requiring Congress to find health spending offsets - But the president also suggests exemptions for a Medicare physician pay fix and three other major measures, riling budget hawks. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - Many hospitals cut back on infection-control efforts - Infection preventionists say budget cuts could hurt patients and cost hospitals money over time. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - Blue Shield's right to cancel couple's coverage upheld - The court ruling comes amid a spate of lawsuits and settlements that physicians say did little to deter abusive practices. Doctors want a legislative solution. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - Family physicians seeing fewer prenatal visits - The decline sparks concerns about limits on training opportunities and women's access to care. - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - Medical office buildings buffered from real estate slide - Values are declining, but not as much as for other property. And credit terms for physicians looking to buy are getting more strict. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - AMA partnering with Microsoft on physician Web portal - HealthVault, a personal health record platform, is one of many systems expected to be available. - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - Prepare to meet "meaningful use" EMR requirement - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Legislation would raise Calif. Medicare rates - Physicians want more nutrition services covered, report says - Oregon adopts health reform bills - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Overcrowding is still the norm in EDs, says GAO - Tort reform leads to better ranking for Illinois medical liability insurer - www.ama-assn.org

►June 22, 2009 - News in brief: Business - Coventry sells part of its Medicaid business - Aetna stock price declines following revised earnings forecast - www.ama-assn.org

* ►June 22, 2009 - Turning Off the Runway Lights at HHS - There’s plenty of controversial elements in health care reform. But fashion shows sponsored by the US department of health? - The RPM Report

* ►June 22, 2009 - Everyone’s Holding Hands For Health Reform; DNC is Holding Out Its Hand - Big money is at stake in the health care reform debate. For politicians too. - The RPM Report

* ►June 22, 2009 - Health Care Reform: Too Big To Fail - At the moment, the legislative prospects for health care reform look less promising than at anytime in 2009. A look at the numbers reveals a brighter picture for Democrats. - The RPM Report

* ►June 22, 2009 - Rangel-ing Over Drug Promotional Expenses: A Tussle That Might Not Scare Pharma Too Much - A DTC tax provision in proposed reform legislation is causing a fuss among pharma stakeholders. It may not be as painful as some believe. - The RPM Report

►June 22, 2009 - Delay, Delay, Delay: Republican Health Reform Strategy Mobilizes Into Action - Senate HELP hearing, Senate Finance delay reveal opposition talking points are turning into practice as health reform efforts hit critical phase. - The RPM Report

►June 22, 2009 - Knowing the Score: Doing Our Part to Keep Reform Momentum Alive - Everyone knew health care reform would be expensive. But the first budget estimates came as a shock. Time for some outside the box thinking, so—tongue firmly in cheek—we rise to the occasion. - The RPM Report

►June 22, 2009 - Wacky World of Generics: REMS Edition - Dr. Reddy’s asks FDA to put some teeth in a provision in the new FDA safety law that says sponsors can’t use restricted distribution to block generics. Celgene’s Revlimid is the target of the petition, but the longer term issue may be creation of a different sort of generic business model. - The RPM Report

►June 22, 2009 - Alterations in brain's white matter key to schizophrenia, UCLA study shows - University of California - Los Angeles via EurekAlert! via Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

* ►June 22, 2009 - Parents of Autistic Child Find Help From iPhone; Today Apple Approved Behavior Tracker Pro - Marketwire

* ►June 22, 2009 - Bad test results often not reported to U.S. patients - Reuters

* ►June 22, 2009 - Heart study questions diabetes drugs - A molecular pathway could explain how a class of drugs leads to heart failure. - news (Nature)

►June 22, 2009 - Americans struggle to pay for healthcare: study - Reuters

►June 22, 2009 - Prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency in infants, children, and adolescents. - Pediatrics via www.guideline.gov

►June 22, 2009 - National Jewish Health and Ceragenix Announce Compound Shows Promise for Treating Potentially Lethal Viral Infections - Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals via European Investor

►June 22, 2009 - Pet bites cause fatal MRSA infection - The Times of India

* ►June 22, 2009 - Check up: How are illness spread? - Our house is kept very clean and my family eats a good, healthy diet but just recently we've all been coming down with one bug after another. How are illnesses spread and what is the best way of avoiding them? - Independent, IE

►June 22, 2009 - Many Americans Still Have Limited Knowledge of Generic Drugs, New UnitedHealth Group Study Finds - Business Wire via FOX Business

* ►June 21, 2009 - Anti-tumor effects of a human VEGFR-2-based DNA vaccine in mouse models (pdf) - journal article (Genetic Vaccines and Therapy)

* ►June 21, 2009 - Luke deserves so much more - Luke Modra spends 20 hours a day locked in a spartan room. He's alone. His guards pass his food through the door. He has a TV in his room, but no remote control. - Herald Sun, AU - "Luke has never broken the law. He has never been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing. But he has been given a life sentence -- autism, a complex condition of developmental disorders that affect communication and social skills."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Zimbabwe: Few Respond to Extended Immunisation Programme - The Herald via allAfrica.com

* ►June 20, 2009 - A New Look for NVIC Vaccine News - NVIC.org

* ►June 19, 2009 - Swine Flu 1976 & Propaganda - video - Dailymotion - "CBS " 60 MINUTES" documentary on the swine flu epidemics of 1976 in the U.S. It went on air only once and was never shown again. Please look at this, it talks by itself."

►June 19, 2009 - Group B Streptococcal disease may be increasing in non-pregnant adults - Infectious Disease News

►June 19, 2009 - Skeletal tuberculosis in children in the Western world: 18 new cases with a review of the literature - journal article (Journal of Children's Orthopaedics)

* ►June 19, 2009 - Anxious Parents Misdiagnose Milk Formula Intolerance - Some parents may be unnecessarily switching infant milk formulas for their healthy infants. A new study found that many parents misinterpret common baby behaviors as milk intolerance and needlessly switch formulas without consulting a health professional. - BioMed Central, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►June 18, 2009 - Mortality rate for children with MRSA remains low despite rise in infections - Infectious Disease News

* ►June 18, 2009 - Painkiller ban 'has cut suicides' - The controversial withdrawal of a common painkiller has dramatically cut suicides, say researchers. - BBC

* ►June 18, 2009 - Pharmaceutical industry pumped $28.7B into N.J. economy - The Star-Ledger

* ►June 18, 2009 - Girls With Social and/or Attention Deficits: A Descriptive Study of 100 Clinic Attenders - journal article (Journal of Attention Disorders)

►June 18, 2009 - Statins May Not Protect Against Pneumonia - Hope that the drugs could fight infection was premature, expert says - HealthDay News

* ►June 18, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine: Will We Have A Choice? by Barbara Loe Fisher (includes video) - NVIC.org

* ►June 18, 2009 - South Korea Releases Australian Team Quarantined Over Swine Flu - Bloomberg

* ►June 17, 2009 - Parliament: Law allows quarantine of passengers - Malaysia Star

►June 16, 2009 - Africa: 28 days to save a life - IRIN

* ►June 15, 2009 - Serious Bacterial Infections in Febrile Infants in the Post–Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Era - journal article (Academic Emergency Medicine)

* ►June 15, 2009 - Epidemiological studies of the 'non-specific effects' of vaccines: I – data collection in observational studies - journal article (Tropical Medicine & International Health)

* ►June 10, 2009 - Increased Immunoglobulin in Children with Autism - University of California Davis via NIEHS.nih.gov

►June 10, 2009 - GlaxoSmithKline opens pneumonia vaccine plant In Singapore - GlaxoSmithKline opens pneumonia vaccine plant In Singapore - News-Medical.net

►June 8, 2009 - Medicago announces presentation at the World Vaccine Congress Asia 2009 - Canada NewsWire via COMTEX via Trading Markets

►June 3, 2009 - Sublingual immunotherapy for allergic respiratory diseases: An evaluation of meta-analyses. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►June 1, 2009 - Novel H1N1: The pandemic evolves - Infectious Disease News

* ►June 2009 - The immunology of smallpox vaccines - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Immunology of TLR-independent vaccine adjuvants - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - New horizon of mucosal immunity and vaccines - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Heterologous prime–boost vaccination - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Immune evasion by malaria parasites: a challenge for vaccine development - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Yellow fever vaccine — how does it work and why do rare cases of serious adverse events take place? - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Tuberculosis vaccine research: the impact of immunology - journal article (Current Opinion in Immunology)

* ►June 2009 - Imitation and communication skills development in children with pervasive developmental disorders (free full download available) - journal article (Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment)

* ►June 2009 - Friending Pharma (requires registration) - With academic/pharma partnerships on the rise, how do academic scientists make the most of the deal? Here are tips from three kinds of collaborations with industry. - The Scientist

►June 2009 - Over the Brainbow (requires registration) - Two years after the colorful project made a splash, most researchers are still relying on older techniques to map neural linkages. - The Scientist

►June 2009 - Gene therapy for allergic diseases. - journal article (Current Gene Therapy)

►June 2009 - Age at onset of epilepsy as a determinant of intellectual impairment in temporal lobe epilepsy - journal article (Epilepsy & Behavior)

►May 27, 2009 - Cancer death rate dropped nearly 20 percent in 15 years - CNN - "A drop in hormone replacement therapy leads to a decline in breast cancer cases - The decrease in deaths from breast cancer accounted for 37 percent of the reduction in the death rate among women during the 15-year period."

* ►May 26, 2009 - Role of T cells in nonimmediate allergic drug reactions. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

Hope for Autism Conference Follow Up Q&A with Mary Tocco - Join us for a Webinar on Monday June 29th - Dr. Mayer Eisenstein via Homefirst.com

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