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All the News Posted November 6-8, 2004

Posted November 8, 2004

►November 15, 2004 - Second thoughts on the flu vaccine - U.S. News & World Report

* ►November 8, 2004 - Notebook | Egging on the flu vaccine (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Contamination is clearly an issue in the flu vaccine production business; it's why Chiron suspended its production. And according to an Oct. 25 Newsday article, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned at least three flu vaccine manufacturers since 2000 that their production facilities were out of compliance with federal regulations."

* ►November 8, 2004 - NIH Proposes a One-Year Ban on Consulting (requires registration) - Potential conflicts of interest prompt the move; some say patients could suffer - The Scientist - "The proposed ban would cover only paid consulting activities unrelated to NIH employees' official duties. It would not affect industry interactions that are part of cooperative R&D agreements and material transfer agreements."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Dodging Patent Perils in Collaborations (requires registration) - The challenge is to build research partnerships while protecting intellectual property rights - The Scientist - "In 1999 Aradigm obtained a patent that covers an aerosolized administration of lispro, Lilly's insulin analog. Alleging that Aradigm had improperly appropriated information from Lilly's scientists during their meetings, Lilly sued and requested the court to add two of its scientists to the Aradigm patent. But Lilly failed to convince the court that its researchers were joint inventors, because the company could not provide any direct evidence of their contribution to the invention."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Briefs (requires registration) - Inclusion Bodies Acquitted; Edging Closer to a Malaria Vaccine; Hitchhiker's Guide to the New World - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Turning the Tuberculosis Bacterium Lineage on its Head (requires registration) - Human scourge succumbs to sequence analysis - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - The Process of Patenting (requires registration) - From start to finish, patents may cost more time and money than you think - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Update | Bovine Genome Map May Change Dairy/Livestock Industry (requires registration) - The Scientist - "In a separate announcement, New Zealand-based BoviQuest reported it has sold the first license for two genes linked to milk production to Merial, a multinational company that produces vaccines and pharmaceuticals for livestock and pets."

►November 8, 2004 - Downsizing the Status of Science (requires registration) - Intellectual life is given short shrift in the age of competing rationalities - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Vision | A Battle Cry to Decipher Immunity (requires registration) - TLRs toll the end of the beginning in elucidating immune response - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Scientists Get a 'Do Not Call' List (requires registration) - i-kode keeps unwanted mail at bay - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Vision | How to Launch a Biotech Success (requires registration) - While the current focus is on later-stage companies, early-stage endeavors will most likely be the success stories of tomorrow - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Best Places to Work | What's Important to the Academic Scientist? (requires registration) - Scientists tend to agree, but some factors do vary from country to country - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Best Places to Work | Oh, Canada! (requires registration) - Piece by piece, Canada is building a science-friendly infrastructure, and researchers are taking note - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Best Places to Work | Scientists Select the Best Places in the US (requires registration) - Whether big or small, some institutions know what it takes to make researchers happy - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Best Places to Work | The Best Places to Work in Academia, 2004 (requires registration) - Good equipment, great peers make for happy scientists regardless of location - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Update | France OKs Stem Cell Research (requires registration) - The Scientist

►November 8, 2004 - Vaccines that offer hope - New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►November 8, 2004 - Major UK HIV clinic finds one in five patients diagnosed with CD4 count below 50 -

►November 8, 2004 - Pak, Nigeria bank on city model to beat polio - Times of India

►November 8, 2004 - Diptheria, measles cases rise - Times of India

►November 8, 2004 - Mumps danger - letters - The Telegraph, UK

* ►November 8, 2004 - UN rejects population doom fears (requires registration) - The Guardian via - "United Nations figures just released challenge fears that the human race may drive itself to extinction through over-population. The figures suggest an eventual equilibrium as people in poorer countries come to understand the need for smaller families."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Dispute over vaccine risks goes on - Central Auckland's 25,000 preschoolers will start being vaccinated against meningococcal B disease today, as questions continue to rage over the safety of the injections. - NZPA via - "And Awareness Society principal researcher Sue Claridge said she had been told of several cases of bad reactions to the vaccine, including a school child taken by ambulance to hospital after suffering a seizure and a 20-month-old with a high temperature, unable to walk and screaming in pain when his leg was moved...'This vaccine is highly reactive. We know that a lot of those reactions were not reported'... Ms Claridge said doctors and vaccinators were fobbing off parents who wanted to record adverse reactions...But the Health Ministry said parents could report reactions. At least one had."

* ►November 7, 2004 - Lilly adds weapon in Zyprexa suits - 'Tolling agreements' aimed at limiting cases that come to trial - Indianapolis Star - "Zyprexa lawsuits began to mount about a year ago, after studies showed that the antipsychotic is linked to higher rates of diabetes, weight gain and high blood pressure in users. Lilly now faces about 125 Zyprexa lawsuits, 72 of which are consolidated for pre-trial purposes in federal court in the Eastern District of New York. The mass lawsuits are part of an increasingly litigious environment for all drugmakers over side effects of some of their best- selling drugs. Zyprexa is critical to Lilly's financial health. The schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drug contributed a third of Lilly's total sales of $12.58 billion last year."

* ►November 7, 2004 - Vaccine plant had history of problems - Evidence of bacteria was seen long before flu-shot shortage (requires registration) - The Mercury News - "The same warm conditions required for growing the virus in eggs are ideal for bacteria and other unwanted microbes to grow as well...Making a safe vaccine from eggs requires painstaking effort, and Chiron is far from alone in having manufacturing problems. The FDA has cited other manufacturers, including Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and Aventis Pasteur, for similar infractions...But after high bacterial levels were found on the Fluvirin assembly line in 2003, some find it surprising the FDA did not pay closer attention this year."

* ►November 7, 2004 - FDA knew problems at vaccine plant were pervasive, documents show (requires registration) - Kansas City Star via The Mercury News - "American regulators knew five years ago that contamination at the now-infamous vaccine plant in Liverpool, England, was both pervasive and persistent, documents show...In fact, evidence was so overwhelming that regulators should have shut down the plant or sought alternative flu vaccine sources long ago, say some vaccine and pharmaceutical experts who have reviewed the documents....Documents obtained by The Kansas City Star show the Food and Drug Administration five years ago noted that the plant, then owned by the British firm Medeva, had failed to correct longstanding problems. But the agency continued to allow the plant to supply the U.S. market despite clear departures from what the agency calls 'Good Manufacturing Practices'...Indeed, Medeva plant managers failed to identify the source of serious and potentially deadly contamination in partially processed vaccines. They attempted to get around the problem by taking such steps as mixing samples of highly contaminated vaccines with cleaner lots in order to reduce bacteria levels."

* ►November 7, 2004 - Risks claimed for flu vaccine - Press & Sun-Bulletin via - "Some people, including chiropractor Dr. Joseph McAulliffe, argue that there are more natural ways of remaining flu-free. Getting enough rest, dressing appropriately when it's cold and hand-washing can help people avoid the flu, said McAulliffe, echoing similar advice that Chytilo and other public health officials have offered since the vaccine shortage became public in ►October...'People should be more responsible for their health,' said McAulliffe, who runs an Endwell practice, 'instead of looking for an outside source to do it for them.'"

* ►November 7, 2004 - Come an Attack, Trust Would Be First Casualty (requires registration) - The Washington Post - "Over the past year, a huge study of people across the country, but especially in the Washington and New York City areas, has sought to figure out how we would react if we got hit. Through polling, focus groups and detailed discussion with planners and citizens, public health experts at the New York Academy of Medicine found that many of us would refuse to cooperate with government directives after an attack."

* ►November 7, 2004 - Kids' vaccines at risk - Newsday - "Some health care officials fear a similar contamination problem will one day hit childhood vaccines...'I do have a grave concern about that overall,' said Dr. Lorry Rubin, chief of pediatric infectious disease at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park....'Our system of vaccine production and procurement in the U.S. is essentially based on private enterprise,' Rubin said. 'For a number of vaccines, like chicken pox, there's really only one vendor.'"

* ►November 7, 2004 - Fragile supply system - Periodoc shortages in last few years of 8 of 11 immunizations have temporarily put some children at higher risk - Newsday

* ►November 7, 2004 - Officials, vaccine makers to plan for flu pandemic - Newsday - "When public health officials and vaccine manufacturers convene in Geneva Thursday, they'll keep an eye on the past as they try to anticipate the future...Their goal: To plan for the eventuality of a worldwide flu pandemic -- a global outbreak on the scale of the deadly Spanish flu of 1918. It is an issue considered urgent because of the persistent presence of bird influenza in Asia."

►November 7, 2004 - Shortages concern local pediatricians - Newsday

►November 7, 2004 - EPA Director Hangs Back on Ordering Mercury Studies - At issue is controlling power-plant pollution. Critics say the agency fears the findings. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 7, 2004 - Panel OKs group's bill on mercury - The Gloucester County Times via - "A bill promoted by the Williamstown-based Green Action Alliance to ban mercury thermometers was approved unanimously on Thursday by the Assembly Environment Committee. The measure now heads to a floor vote in the full Assembly."

►November 7, 2004 - US Flu Season Slow So Far, Official Says - Reuters

* ►November 7, 2004 - CDC to Watch Flu Remedy Sales for Spike - Centers for Disease Control Will Be Watching Sales of Flu Remedies to Track Severity of Disease - AP via ABC News - "Sales of over-the-counter drugs to treat the flu may help the government more quickly spot local outbreaks...The government now receives figures representing 80 percent of sales of remedies for cold symptoms and diarrhea, for example, in an effort to spot disease trends...A sudden spike in sales of those products 'might be a hint that flu is emerging,' the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters Sunday."

►November 7, 2004 - Crowd lines up for flu shots - 2,318 get vaccine at Group Health - The Olympian

►November 7, 2004 - Three more suspected bird flu patients in Phichit - TNA via

►November 7, 2004 - Pneumococcal vaccination takes on added importance (requires registration) - KRT via San Jose Mercury News via Kansas City Star

►November 7, 2004 - Hundreds wait for hours for dwindling shot at flu vaccine - Vero Beach Press-Journal via

►November 7, 2004 - The simple virus with a nasty edge - Vaccine shortage puts attention on the flu's formidable nature - Richmond Times-Dispatch

►November 7, 2004 - Flu vaccine: 3 area counties, 910 doses - The Leader

►November 7, 2004 - Flu-shot clinic provides instant relief - Short wait is a bonus for some - The News & Observer

►November 7, 2004 - A technical gold mine in the Israeli desert - - "One B.G. Negev project involves a BGU researcher who has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies which can neutralize the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine."

►November 7, 2004 - Keeping one step ahead of smallpox - North County Times

►November 7, 2004 - Scientists try to find cause of immunity loss after chronic infections - Health India via

►November 7, 2004 - Scientists find means to detect cheaper blood cancer - Health India via

►November 7, 2004 - Gift of life - Donated his kidney for their anniversary - New York Daily News - "The procedure, called plasmapheresis, allowed Devon Haynes to donate his kidney even though his wife had negative antibodies that normally would have destroyed the transplanted organ."

►November 7, 2004 - U. of C. hunts clues about autism genes - Chicago Sun-Times

* ►November 7, 2004 - Scientist suggests viral link to autism - Cox News Service via Chicago Tribune - "A maverick British scientist who now works in Austin has completed an autism study that links the disease to an intestinal illness...The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, opens the door to testing treatments for some autistic children, including a diet that forbids dairy products and certain grains...Dr. Andy Wakefield, whose earlier work caused a furor by suggesting an association between a common childhood vaccine and autism, said he considers the latest research groundbreaking."

►November 7, 2004 - Hepatitis still hurts - "They say that time heals all wounds, but it will be a long time before this is healed. I'll never really recover." -- Richard Miller - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►November 7, 2004 - Health officials warn of Hepatitis - The Leader

►November 7, 2004 - Glance at three inmate health care lawsuit settlements - AP via Tuscaloosa News

►November 7, 2004 - Henan, Yunnan move to stop spread of AIDS - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 7, 2004 - Ambitious WHO HIV/AIDS program unlikely to meet 2005 target - CP via

►November 7, 2004 - Aids orphans face ever more desperate -

►November 7, 2004 - Measles strike, then natives, and a ragtag army responds - The Oregonian via - "From the practical perspective of history, it matters little by what vehicle the measles reached the Fort Walla Walla area in 1847-48."

►November 7, 2004 - West Nile virus not a problem in region in 2004 - Era Banner via

►November 7, 2004 - Merck Files Biologics License Application for PROQUAD® With FDA - Merck via Medical News Today

* ►November 6, 2004 - Some in US Worry Over Mandatory Vaccines - Voice of America - "'We have almost 20 percent of our children now in this country chronically ill or disabled. That's a very different situation from what it was 20 or 30 years ago, and there's no explanation given by the public health authorities as to why that is true,' says Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center."

* ►November 6, 2004 - Vioxx, the implosion of Merck, and aftershocks at the FDA (requires registration) - journal article (Lancet) - "Today we publish results from a cumulative meta-analysis which show that the unacceptable cardiovascular risks of Vioxx (rofecoxib) were evident as early as 2000-a full 4 years before the drug was finally withdrawn from the market by its manufacturer, Merck. This discovery points to astonishing failures in Merck's internal systems of post-marketing surveillance, as well as to lethal weaknesses in the US Food and Drug Administration's regulatory oversight."

* ►November 6, 2004 - F.D.A.'s Drug Safety System Will Get Outside Review (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "'Our current drug approval system has demonstrated that we don't always understand the full magnitude of drug risks prior to approval of drug products,' said Dr. Steve Galson, director of the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research."
* ►November 6, 2004 - FOX 6 Investigates: Mercury in Vaccines - transcript - "'Study after study after study shows there's no evidence of harm from the use of thimerosal,' says Dr. Julia McMillan, professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine....But other studies do suggest a possible link between mercury-containing vaccines and autism. Some of those studies come from university researchers at Columbia, Baylor, the University of Kentucky, Arizona State and MIT. And a confidential CDC report written in 2000 also suggests thimerosal could be linked to autism....The report, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shows three-month old babies' risk of autism more than doubled when they were exposed to a higher level of thimerosal from vaccines. The CDC never published the report, and its researchers later issued a final version of the study that states thimerosal led to no significant increased risk for autism in children." - FOX 6, Milwaukee

* ►November 6, 2004 - Doctor accused of giving expired flu shots - AP via The Bellingham Herald via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Dr. Gary McCallum of Barkley Village Family Medical Clinic gave the patients flu shots from a batch of last year's vaccine, said the state's Medical Quality Assurance Commission, which licenses the state's physicians and other medical professionals."

* ►November 6, 2004 - CDC, Media Hype The Flu - Facts Show Different Picture -

* ►November 6, 2004 - John LaMontagne, 61, Expert on Development of Vaccines, Dies (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "John R. LaMontagne, deputy director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who helped organize efforts to develop vaccines for many diseases, died on Tuesday in Mexico City. He was 61....Greg Folkers, a spokesman for the institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, said Dr. LaMontagne (pronounced la-mon-TANE), collapsed while standing in line at the Mexico City airport. He said the cause has not been determined."

* ►November 6, 2004 - Will U.S. aid on flu vaccines be enough? - CBS.MW via Investor's Business Daily - "The Flu Protection Act of 2004 -- which could be voted on later this month -- outlines a government-guaranteed purchase plan for unsold vaccine doses...The act allows the government to contract with vaccine makers for additional doses deemed necessary during a given flu season. It also would buy up doses not sold. Plus, the bill allows a firm to deduct 20 percent of costs associated with building a vaccine plant on its taxes."

* ►November 6, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage raises alarms, WHO chief says (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "The flu vaccine shortage in the United States should serve as a wake-up call to nations around the world not to take the supply of lifesaving vaccines for granted, the head of the World Health Organization says...'This issue has highlighted the fragility of supply, the fragility of the industry,' Lee Jong-wook said in an interview yesterday."

* ►November 6, 2004 - Ritalin Patch for ADHD - - "It's a one day patch so there's no need to take multiple doses." Dr. David Feifel, Director of the UCSD ADHD program is doing a clinical trial on the patch."

►November 6, 2004 - Child emotional disorders targeted - Courier-Tribune - "Swann said that brain research is ongoing and new information in the past year says that children are affected by emotional disorders at the same rate as adults. The youngest child to have been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder was age 18 months."

►November 6, 2004 - Detecting diabetes through the eyes - Bradenton Herald

►November 6, 2004 - Canadian officials purchase 145,000 extra flu shots - CP via London Free Press via

►November 6, 2004 - Beating the flu might require lotto luck this winter - Boston Herald

►November 6, 2004 - Deadline near for flu shots - Arizona Republic via - "Time is running out to submit entries in a local flu vaccine lottery being held by Maricopa County."

►November 6, 2004 - Santa Denied Flu Vaccine - Colorado Springs Retirement Home Comes To Rescue - AP via

►November 6, 2004 - High-risk adults can get flu shots - The Sun Herald

►November 6, 2004 - Health department making flu shot appointments - News-Sun - "The situation has been ironic in a way...'Usually we're begging people to come in and get a flu shot but now that there's a shortage, it seems that everybody wants one,' she said."

►November 6, 2004 - Minnesota nursing homes now have enough flu vaccine (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

►November 6, 2004 - Vaccine supply OK in urban areas - But Wayne Co. doesn't have more flu shots - Detroit Free Press

►November 6, 2004 - Flu-shot shortage affects jails - Some lack doses for high-risk inmates - Tallahassee Democrat

►November 6, 2004 - 500 turned away from flu vaccination clinic - Santa Maria Times

►November 6, 2004 - Norwalk to distribute 2,000 flu vaccines - Stamford Advocate

►November 6, 2004 - Riverside offers alternative flu vaccine - The nasal spray is available only to businesses that sign up and isn't recommended for high-risk groups. - Daily Press

►November 6, 2004 - Questions and answers about flu shots - Be patient but persistent if you need flu vaccine - Gannett News Service via The Californian

►November 6, 2004 - Martinsville student comes down with meningitis - Mooresville/Decatur Times

►November 6, 2004 - Cough threat grows in county - East Valley Tribune

►November 6, 2004 - Nurse Seeks Order for Patient's HIV Test - AP via Newsday

►November 6, 2004 - Immediate response needed: Bangladesh on brink of HIV epidemic: FHI - The New Nation

►November 6, 2004 - Gloomy Day for Bulgarian Nurses in Libya -

►November 6, 2004 - Doctor in anthrax probe gets probation for assaults - AP via Newsday

►November 6, 2004 - Valley’s anthrax killer cleared - The Desert Sun

* ►November 5, 2004 - CBER Approval Letter - Smallpox Vaccine, Dried, Calf Lymph Type, Dryvax, Wyeth - FDA/CBER - "The Labeling Supplement to your Biologics License Application for Smallpox Vaccine, Dried, Calf Lymph Type, Dryvax, to include a Black Box Warning indicating that acute myopericarditis has been observed after administration of Dryvax to healthy adults, has been approved. Additional warnings and indications have also been added."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Longterm immune memory cells cells do not develop during chronic viral infections - Finding by Emory University scientists has implications for vaccines, antiviral therapies and cancer treatment - Emory University Health Sciences Center via - "The finding may explain why people lose their immunity to some viruses after chronic infections are controlled. It could guide scientists in developing better therapeutic combinations of antiviral therapies and therapeutic vaccines."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Seeking Immunity from Chiron(ization) - - "The fiasco over contaminated flu vaccine now raging at Chiron is a stark reminder of how vulnerable drug and biological manufacturers are to lapses in quality control. Chiron has already taken a $91 million inventory write-down, is struggling to fix the problem at its Liverpool manufacturing facility, and isn’t likely to regain public or regulatory confidence soon."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Investor Reminder: Deadline To Join Shareholder Class Action Against Chiron Corporation As A Potential Lead Plaintiff Is ►December 13, 2004 -- CHIR - Primezone

* ►November 5, 2004 - Study: Vioxx deserved earlier recall - A new review of 29 clinical trials and studies involving Vioxx found the painkiller was linked to heart problems and argues the drug should have been withdrawn several years ago. - The Star-Ledger

* ►November 5, 2004 - Canada says Celebrex has been linked to deaths - The Star-Ledger

►November 5, 2004 - Immunity, smell linked - Study finds that peptides that bind MHC act in vomeronasal organ of mice - The Scientist via

►November 5, 2004 - Non-immune cells autophage too - Study in Science finds that cells can use process to entrap bacteria - The Scientist via

* ►November 5, 2004 - Parents 'driven to suicide pact' - The Telegraph, UK - "The couple had been tormented by their daughter Lisa's autism and received little help caring for her. Suffering from severe depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, Lisa, 33, constantly demanded money from her parents with threats to kill herself."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Suit launched against makers of Celebrex - CBC - "The Saskatchewan-based Merchant Law Group said Friday it has launched a class-action suit against Pfizer Inc., the maker of Celebrex."

* ►November 5, 2004 - ‘Govt yet to wake up to malnutrition deaths’ - Hindustan Times - "Apart from these, 50 children allegedly died of malnutrition and measles in Shivpuri district between March and May this year, taking the toll to 85 during the last seven months."

►November 5, 2004 - Demand for flu shots up in B.C. - CBC - "Dr. Perry Kendall says there has been an unprecedented demand for flu shots in B.C. this year. He says that demand has been fuelled, in part, by all the publicity surrounding the shortage in the U.S."

►November 5, 2004 - Drug helps lessen effects of flu -

►November 5, 2004 - More to become eligible for flu shots - Billings Gazette

* ►November 5, 2004 - Health team encourages FluMist use - - "The Jefferson County Health Department currently has no doses of the flu shot and does not plan to administer FluMist, according to nursing supervisor Sandy Holden...'There are additional risks with a live virus, (particularly) exposing people who are immune-compromised to a health care worker who has been given the live vaccine,' she said."

►November 5, 2004 - U.S. Awards a Contract for Anthrax Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - New York Times

* ►November 5, 2004 - Re-examining flu vaccines - Chiropractors and naturopaths among health professionals who claim vaccines pose threat to immune system - Imprint - "Chiropractors in the region either refused to express their opinion of vaccinations or would discuss them only on the condition of anonymity, because some have said they faced threats of a license suspension if they speak publicly on the subject....One chiropractor, Dr. X, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, considered this a breach of his constitutional right to freedom of speech. He says he still shares his views with his patients because, as a parent, he believes he has an obligation to educate his patients, many of whom are also parents....According to a study given to Imprint by Dr. X, effectiveness of the vaccine ranges from zero to thirty-six per cent. Studies looking at a type A influenza vaccine, which is commonly used in nursing homes, had an average effectiveness of 27 per cent while an influenza B vaccine had an average of 21 per cent."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Malaria Vaccine in Children: Modest Efficacy but Potential for Big Effect - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases) - "RTS,S/AS02A appears safe and immunogenic in young children, who bear the brunt of malaria mortality. Its efficacy, however, is modest. In addition, RTS,S/AS02A was not tested in malnourished or ill children, and the duration of its protection is unknown."

* ►November 5, 2004 - US orders 75m anthrax doses - - "THE United States has ordered 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine, costing $1.16 billion, from pharmaceutical VaxGen, health secretary Tommy Thompson said today."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Man Claims Anthrax Vaccine Almost Killed Him - First Coast News - "A St. Augustine man is joining hundreds of military men and women around the country, who claim the Anthrax Vaccine they were forced to take is now making them sick...24-year-old Brad Priester said after taking the vaccine he went from being a healthy, energetic young man to having dozens of medical ailments."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Durham, N.C.-Based Smallpox Treatment Developer Raises $11 Million in Funding - The News & Observer via - "Chimerix expects to start testing its smallpox medicine on human beings "right after the new year," Painter said. Next in line for clinical trials is its treatment for drug-resistant HIV, which he anticipates will begin in 2006."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Firm admits vaccine fear - - "But in a submission to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Chiron said the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) could extend the licence suspension or even make it permanent."

* ►November 5, 2004 - Behind flu-vaccine shortage: Struggle to police drug industry globally - AP via San Francisco Chronicle - "In August, scientists at a Chiron Corp. plant in Liverpool, England, said they found a reddish-brown bacteria contaminating some doses of flu vaccine. On Sept. 24, British regulators sent a letter to Chiron, asking that no flu vaccine leave that plant until British experts finished inspecting the factory."

►November 5, 2004 - Will flu shot shortage save us? - Good can come from shortfall, if we realize bigger danger of new virus - Houston Chronicle

►November 5, 2004 - Insurers and Drug Makers See Gain in Bush Victory (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The law relies on private insurers to deliver drug benefits. "Private plans have confidence that the administration will stick with the new program as long as it takes for it to work,'' Mr. Spatz added."

►November 5, 2004 - Crisis has students wearing masks -

►November 5, 2004 - Lawyers to Meet Next Week on Merck's Vioxx - Reuters via

►November 5, 2004 - Pensioner dies after suicide pact with wife - The Scotsman - "Mr Ainscow was jailed for 18 months last January for stealing £50,000 while working as a postmaster, but was freed three months later after an appeal judge heard he was driven to take the money because of the demands of his daughter, Lisa, who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism."

►November 5, 2004 - SAS, IntraHealth win federal contract - - "The United States Agency for International Development Global Bureau for Health has awarded several organizations, including Chapel Hill-based IntraHealth International and Cary-based SAS Institute, a multimillion dollar project aimed at improving health care in developing countries."

►November 5, 2004 - UCSF receives $21 million NIH contract for sexually transmitted infection - "The trials will cover a full range of treatments and products, including microbicides, which are pathogen-killing topical creams or gels, and vaccines."

►November 5, 2004 - A marijuana breakthrough? - The Scotsman - "Giuffrida and others believe cannabinoids can treat degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and ALS. At the conference, Giuffrida announced that a cannabinoid drug wards off Parkinson’s-like effects in mice. The disorder destroys neurons in a key part of the brain, causing patients to lose control over movement."

►November 5, 2004 - Alberta clinic gives flu shots - Billings Gazette

►November 5, 2004 - At-risk people go first in line for flu shots - The Edmonton Sun via

►November 5, 2004 - Free Flu Shots Draw a Crowd - A Westminster clinic provides 1,300 people with vaccinations. More venues are set. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 5, 2004 - GPs run short of flu jabs - Evening Standard via

►November 5, 2004 - Wisconsin drops flu shot purchase (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday announced that Wisconsin won't be taking advantage of his plan to buy flu vaccine from abroad but said New Mexico has now paired with Illinois and will purchase 150,000 doses."

►November 5, 2004 - Orleans readies screening process for two flu clinics - Cape Cod Times

►November 5, 2004 - Flu shots on tap for the lucky few - The Record via

►November 5, 2004 - Mayors press state over flu vaccines - Finger Lakes Times

►November 5, 2004 - Local agencies in Michigan play key role in flu vaccine distribution - AP via Detroit Free Press

* ►November 5, 2004 - Officials investigating three cases of 'flu-like' symptoms - AP via Newsday - "State Sen. Gerald Cardinale's office said the Bergen Republican planned to introduce a bill on Monday encouraging vaccine production in New Jersey. The bill would shield local manufacturers from liability lawsuits and provide them with state economic assistance, and would require local health officials to buy vaccine made in the Garden State."

►November 5, 2004 - 50,000 More Flu Vaccines Available In Mississippi - AP via

►November 5, 2004 - Health office deals flu shot shortage - Norton Mirror via - "Flu shots previously were available to those 65 and older, however, under the new state guidelines, the age has been raised to those 75 and older."

►November 5, 2004 - Influenza vaccine shortage could mean fewer donors at blood banks -

►November 5, 2004 - Half of high-risk Mainers won't get influenza vaccine - Central Maine Morning Sentinel

►November 5, 2004 - How to avoid getting sick, or keep your sense of humor if you do - KRT via The News-Sentinel via

►November 5, 2004 - Asphodel-Norwood - Influenza could wipe out significant numbers of province’s population - Community Press

►November 5, 2004 - Flu could be worse - like 1918 - The Dearborn County Register via

►November 5, 2004 - Health department vaccination program draws long lines, complaints - Skagit Valley Herald

►November 5, 2004 - 2,500 flu vaccines available in Litchfield County - Torrington Register Citizen

►November 5, 2004 -  Bucks getting some flu vaccine, but not enough for everyone - Bucks County Courier Times via

►November 5, 2004 - Drive-through vaccines to be given Nov. 14 - Charlotte Observer

►November 5, 2004 - Help For Flu Vaccine Shortage - An old remedy from the soil resurfaces to help those who cannot access flu vaccines. Natural humic acid coats viruses and makes it more difficult for them to attach to healthy cells and multiply. It has shown to reduce viral counts in numerous patients with a variety of viral inflictions including hepatitis and HIV. - press release - Safe Goods Publishing via PRWeb via

►November 5, 2004 - Surviving with Belonephobia - Northern Star Online - "The fear of needles is real and has a name: belonephobia."

►November 5, 2004 - Kamugisha Tips On Immunisation - New Vision (Kampala) via

►November 5, 2004 - Public Health practices bioterrorism mass vaccination plan - Ukiah Daily Journal

►November 5, 2004 - Polio not yet eradicated in Bihar: WHO - Times of India

►November 5, 2004 - SA to help DRC eradicate polio -

►November 5, 2004 - Clinic treats victims of polio - Disease has been largely eradicated, but many still get care at Warren facility. - Detroit News

►November 5, 2004 - Student recovering from meningitis - Diagnosis spurred preventive effort - The News & Observer

►November 5, 2004 - Dover teen healing after bout with meningitis - Foster's Daily Democrat

►November 5, 2004 - Free shots offered for toddlers - Barrie Advance via - "Toddlers one and two years old are entitled to free vaccinations for chicken pox and one form of meningitis, says Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman."

►November 5, 2004 - West Nile virus threat is not over - Tri-Valley Herald

►November 5, 2004 - Britain urged to adopt hepatitis vaccine programme - Reuters

►November 5, 2004 - Occult hepatitis B in dialysis patients - Prevalence is higher than standard tests for hepatitis B would suggest - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►November 5, 2004 - Serum caspase activity and liver fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C - Caspase levels are associated with liver injury - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►November 5, 2004 - Durham Biotech Firm Lands $11 Million, New Investor in Additional Financing - Local Tech Wire

►November 5, 2004 - Biotech, pharma higher; Vaxgen soars on US contract - CBS.MW via Investor's Business Daily

►November 5, 2004 - Anthrax Attack Drill - A phony anthrax attack and a real decontamination shower. (includes video) - ABC - WTVG-TV

►November 5, 2004 - VaxGen Hits Anthrax Jackpot -

►November 5, 2004 - Incentives for biotech - editorial - Boston Globe

►November 5, 2004 - Newly-elected Bush seeks revolutionary vaccine for US stockpiling needs -

►November 5, 2004 - Genmab to Present Data From Phase I/II HuMax-CD20 Study at ASH Conference - Preliminary Safety Data on 17 Patients Shows Favourable Safety Profile - press release - Genmab A/S via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 5, 2004 - AVANT Opens State-of-the-Art Vaccine Manufacturing Facility in Fall River, MA - press release - AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire

* ►November 5, 2004 - Doctors Say Mercury Levels Might Cause Autism - - "'Two things are needed. There needs to be a genetic disposition, and there needs to be some kind of trigger,' said Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless, Autism Specialist. 'That's what all the research is focusing on. What triggers these children into this disorder.'"

►November 5, 2004 - Updated Government Study Finds Mercury Levels in Women and Young Children Are Not of Concern - New Data Affirms That Tuna Is a Safe and Healthy Food Choice - press release - U.S. Tuna Foundation via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 5, 2004 - Canned tuna may contain dangerous mercury levels - CBC - "At a meeting of Canada's Collaborative Mercury Research Network this week, Donna Mergler said cans of fish should be labelled to indicate the amount of mercury they contain."

►November 5, 2004 - Match nightmare as mumps strikes team - Shropshire Star

►November 5, 2004 - Mumps epidemic hits 18 locals in the last month - The UK mumps epidemic has spread to Guernsey. -

►November 5, 2004 - Conservatives warn of falling MMR rates, UK - Medical News Today

►November 5, 2004 - Kids MD - Autism and Vaccines -

►November 5, 2004 - Luzerne Foundation awards grant for JCC autism program - The Citizen's Voice via

►November 5, 2004 - Program for autistic students unveiled in Belle Vernon Area - The Valley Independent

►November 5, 2004 - Southern Africa: Studies Highlight Aid Efforts in Context of HIV/Aids - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►November 5, 2004 - Africa: First ladies hold HIV/AIDS conference in Kigali - IRIN

►November 5, 2004 - India to Conduct Independent Evaluation of National HIV/AIDS Program - Medical News Today

►November 5, 2004 - South Africa: Treatment Plan Forgets HIV-Positive Kids - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

* ►November 5, 2004 - One Mechanism for Why Men, Women Differ in Immune Response - Mayo Clinic via Newswise

* ►November 4, 2004 - Measles jab scheme for - "It is vital that we increase the numbers of our children protected against these serious diseases as soon as possible to prevent larger epidemics, which would see some children being hospitalised."

* ►November 4, 2004 - CDC: Hepatitis B cases down 89 percent among children, adolescents in 1990s - AP via The Boston Globe - "Cases of hepatitis B among children and teenagers have dropped by almost 90 percent in the past decade, thanks to a vaccination program against the virus, the government said Thursday."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Coughs & Sneezes Spread Brain Diseases - Experts claim colds cause mental illness - Daily Record, UK

* ►November 4, 2004 - Surveillance system keeps a close eye on diseases in Hub - The Boston Herald - "Concerns about bioterrorism and infectious diseases have prompted Boston and a growing number of other cities to start electronic tracking systems to quickly detect outbreaks."

* ►November 4, 2004 - We can't afford our chronic indifference to preventing chronic disease (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe And Mail - "An estimated 16 million Canadians live with chronic disease -- fully half of us -- and, as the population ages, that number will grow."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Chiron Appoints Jack Goldstein Interim Chief Operating Officer; Anne Hill Appointed Vice President of Human Resources - Organizational Changes Leverage Strength of Company's Management Team - Business Wire - "Chiron is working diligently to successfully remediate the issues in our Liverpool FLUVIRIN(R) influenza virus vaccine manufacturing facility in time to begin production for the 2005-2006 influenza season," said Howard Pien, Chiron's president and chief executive officer. "As CEO, I am focused on guiding this effort. The position of COO will help us ensure that other parts of our organization continue to progress in value creation during this period."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Nation needs education on Ritalin - The Sun News via - "Every child in public school is required to undergo testing for attention-deficit disorder. The most recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.6 million elementary school children were diagnosed with ADHD between 1997 and 1998. By drugging these children into complacency, the pharmaceutical companies make lots of money off of children acting like children. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that Ritalin has addictive qualities and cardiac side effects similar to those of cocaine."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Novel Vaccination Strategies - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 4, 2004 - Neonatal Brain Injury - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - Getting the Lead Out - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - Dopamine key to learning likes and dislikes, says Colorado U. team - University of Colorado at Boulder via - "Dopamine also plays a critical role in many other neurological conditions including attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia and drug addiction, so these findings may have broader implications, according to Frank. For example, by more precisely understanding the detailed effects of dopamine in the brain, drugs could be designed to more directly target beneficial actions, without as many unwanted side effects."

►November 4, 2004 - Mothers Have Brains Primed For Care And Certain Techniques May Reverse Problems In Offspring Related To Poor Parenting - In new studies, scientists find that the maternal instinct is as much biological as it is social and that early socialization through maternal bonding is critical to offsprings' later adjustment. - Society For Neuroscience via Science Daily

►November 4, 2004 - Voters Split Over Malpractice Awards (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "In Wyoming and Oregon, voters narrowly defeated doctor-backed proposals to implement caps on awards -- results were almost 50-50 in each state. Nevada voters approved a cap and Florida voters supported limits on attorneys' fees, but Floridians also approved two lawyer-backed proposals intended to benefit malpractice victims."

►November 4, 2004 - Progress in the world painfully slow - Toronto Star

►November 4, 2004 - Early life stress can inhibit development of brain-cell communication zones -

►November 4, 2004 - Newborn babies feed on themselves - Babies survive the period immediately after birth by feeding on the content of their own cells, research suggests. - BBC

►November 4, 2004 - Barrier Therapeutics Establishes European Commercialization Agreement Covering Four Products - Agreement Includes Latin America and Select African countries - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "Barrier has established a portfolio of dermatology products that have significant potential for positively impacting current approaches to dermatologic conditions."

►November 4, 2004 - Stem cell research now on fast track - Sacramento Bee

►November 4, 2004 - The Antibiotic Pipeline - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - New Genetic Insights into Parkinson's Disease - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - Advanced Maternal Age — How Old Is Too Old? - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - Minimal Intervention — Nurse-Midwives in the United States - journal article (NEJM)

►November 4, 2004 - Bee Venom May Take the Sting Out of Arthritis - Ingredient in Bee Venom May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment - WebMD Medical News

►November 4, 2004 - VistaGen Secures More Key Embryonic Stem Cell Technology for Leading Edge Diabetes Research - PRNewswire

►November 4, 2004 - Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Describes New Data with Potent Second Generation Immune Regulating Hormones in Preclinical Models of Autoimmune and Inflammatory Conditions - Business Wire via - "First generation immune regulating hormones have been shown in preclinical and early clinical studies to provide broad-spectrum anti-inflammatory activity. These small molecule drug candidates are structurally similar to widely used corticosteroids, but unlike corticosteroids they do not appear to cause immune suppression or bone loss--two common side effects of corticosteroids."

►November 4, 2004 - Adult troubles follow childhood woes - The Register-Guard

►November 4, 2004 - Multiple factors lead to long life - The Daily Camera

►November 4, 2004 - Breast-Feeding May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis - HealthDayNews

►November 4, 2004 - Hidden artistic talent of autistic children - They may have learning difficulties but they are making waves in the local art scene with their exceptional talent, writes Pang Hin Yue. -

►November 4, 2004 - Flu Vaccine Goes Further With a Shallower Shot - Wall Street Journal via (abstract)

* ►November 4, 2004 - US in U-turn over Gulf war syndrome - New Scientist

►November 4, 2004 - The anti-arthritic effects of bee venom - Study reveals how melittin in venom blocks inflammation - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►November 4, 2004 - It's time to allow people to die at home with dignity - Editorial: Developing primary palliative care BMJ Volume 329 pp 1056-7 - BMJ via

►November 4, 2004 - Healthy hype injected into flu shot situation, experts say - A Local Pathologist Says All The Attention Surrounding The Vaccine Crisis May Be Serving as a Valuable Educational Tool - The Derrick

►November 4, 2004 - HHS Buys New Anthrax Vaccine for Stockpile - Purchase Is the First Project BioShield Contract - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

►November 4, 2004 - Olive oil reduces blood pressure - Consumption of olive oil is inversely associated with blood pressure, report Greek researchers, revealing an additional factor behind its protective effect on heart health - Nutra Ingredients

►November 4, 2004 - Antioxidant-rich soup cuts stress levels - Food makers continue to reap the benefits from new science that backs the health promoting properties of food with researchers finding an antioxidant-rich soup raised vitamin C levels, and reduced stress levels, in consumers - Nutra Ingredients

►November 4, 2004 - EU could allow generics of patented drugs for countries in need - The European Union has put forward new legislation that would allow generic manufacturers to make drug products with in-patent active pharmaceutical ingredients, provided that they are intended for use in developing countries - InPharma

►November 4, 2004 - Pitt researchers identify biomarkers of lupus which could lead to quicker and better diagnosis - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via

►November 4, 2004 - The anti-arthritic effects of bee venom - Study reveals how melittin in venom blocks inflammation - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via

►November 4, 2004 - FDA Announces Major Initiatives for Dietary Supplements - FDA

►November 4, 2004 - Scientists pinpoint flaw, offer new promise for stroke treatment - University of Rochester Medical Center via

►November 4, 2004 - Link between immune protein and longer survival in melanoma patients identified - University of Virginia Health System via

►November 4, 2004 - FDA buys technology that identifies drug toxicity to heart - University of Rochester Medical Center via

►November 4, 2004 - Brain regions activated by food craving overlap with areas implicated in drug craving - Monell Chemical Senses Center via

►November 4, 2004 - UNC Lineberger researchers identify molecular markers of aging - University of North Carolina School of Medicine via

►November 4, 2004 - Cell enzyme may help suppress cancer development - Ohio State University via

►November 4, 2004 - Cornell's tiny, vibrating paddle oscillator senses the mass of a virus - Cornell University

* ►November 3, 2004 - Annual Revaccination Against Influenza and Mortality Risk in Community-Dwelling Elderly Persons (full study) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►November 3, 2004 - Vaccine back-up for TB passes first hurdle - In light of recent outbreaks of measles in Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has gone on the offensive, stressing the need for more vigorous immunisation programmes, especially for vulnerable groups and children in the region. Good news, however, came from European scientists reporting successful trials of a tuberculosis (TB) booster vaccine. -

* ►November 3, 2004 - Sarin 'Gulf war syndrome cause' - Gulf war syndrome may have been caused by exposure to the nerve gas sarin, according to reports. - BBC

* ►November 3, 2004 - Infants priority for flu vaccine - Weymouth News via

* ►November 3, 2004 - Scientists raise concerns about second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection -

* ►November 3, 2004 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Adverse Experience Reporting for Licensed Biological Products; and General Records - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via - "The primary purpose of FDA's AER system is to flag potentially serious safety problems with licensed biological products, focusing especially on newly licensed products. Although premarket testing discloses a general safety profile of a biological product's comparatively common adverse effects, the larger and more diverse patient populations exposed to the licensed biological product provides the opportunity to collect information on rare, latent, and long-term effects."

* ►November 3, 2004 - FDA Proposed Medication Guide: - The FDA has written a proposed Medication Guide about Using Antidepressants in Children or Teenagers and sent this Medication Guide to all the sponsors on October 21, 2004. It appears here to inform other groups and individuals with an interest in this Medication Guide. The FDA hopes to finalize the language of this Medication Guide by ►December 2004 so that the Medication Guide can be produced and made available to patients by the end of January 2005. - FDA

* ►November 3, 2004 - Eli Lilly and Thimerosal - In These Times - "The irony that Eli Lilly profits from damaged children is not lost on parent Robert Krakow: “When Eli Lilly is promoting Straterra on TV, saying up to 10 percent of children can be helped, you realize what we are up against.”
►November 3, 2004 - Jefferson Neuroscientists Studying New Type Of Alzheimer’s Drug Aimed At Halting Disease Progression - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital via Biocompare News

►November 3, 2004 - Bugged by lack of flu vaccine? Beware of unproven alternatives - Sacramento Bee - "Homeopathic flu remedies, such as Dolivaxil and Oscilloccinum, also are being touted in the wake of the flu shot shortage. Unlike dietary supplements, homeopathic remedies are regulated to a certain degree by the FDA. But while the FDA requires homeopathic remedies to meet certain legal standards for strength, quality, purity and packaging, they do not have to to undergo the kinds of tests and reviews required for other drugs before being placed on store shelves. That makes them no different from other dietary supplements in the eyes of Dr. Marvin M. Lipman, the Consumer Union's chief medical adviser and practicing internist."

►November 3, 2004 - Researchers find benefit to twin tests - AP via South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "Twin studies have even corrected cruel misconceptions: until a 1995 study confirmed that autism was largely genetic, "a generation of women were taught that they caused the autistic behavior in their children by their distant, aloof parenting," Robert Morell, a geneticist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., told Smithsonian magazine for the ►November issue."

►November 3, 2004 - Neurofeedback Used To Treat ADHD -

►November 3, 2004 - Initial sensor for p53 tumor-suppressing pathway identified - The Wistar Institute via - "The Wistar Institute today is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center - one of only eight focused on basic research. Discoveries at Wistar have led to the development of vaccines for such diseases as rabies and rubella, the identification of genes associated with breast, lung, and prostate cancer, and the development of monoclonal antibodies and other significant research technologies and tools."

►November 3, 2004 - Blacks get HIV medications later Than whites - University of California Los Angeles via UC News Wire

►November 3, 2004 - Nutra Pharma reports validation of mycobacteria ID kit - Business Wire via

►November 3, 2004 - WHO Global Forum on Chronic Diseases focuses attention on Worldwide Prevention Efforts -

►November 3, 2004 - College wins 3 state grants - Funds aimed at worker training - - "Training for a minimum 80 health-care workers to acquire skills to protect themselves from bioterrorism, chemical and infectious diseases and learn how to prevent their spread to patients."

►November 3, 2004 - Disability grant 'not working' - The government is being urged to look again at the provision of grants made to the families of disabled children in order to adapt housing to meet their needs. - BBC

►November 3, 2004 - Critical Special-Education Teacher Shortage - The Augusta Chronicle via

►November 3, 2004 - Trans fats may cause brain damage - Foods high in trans fats may be damaging consumers’ brains more than other high fat foods, leading to memory loss in old age and problems performing simple jobs, according to new animal research. Chris Mercer reports. - Medical University of South Carolina  via
►November 3, 2004 - Zelnorm Study Shows Significant Improvement in Work Productivity - Second study finds reduction in healthcare resource utilization in women with IBS - PRNewswire via

►November 3, 2004 - Cholera Kills 1,663 in Africa So Far This Year - Reuters via (abstract)

►November 3, 2004 - The Flu Kills, but Documents Rarely List It as the Killer - The New York Times via (abstract)

►November 3, 2004 - FDA Announces Guidance for Generic Drugs - FDA

►November 3, 2004 - Oral hep B vaccine clears early hurdle - UK company MicroScience has completed a Phase I study of a new therapeutic vaccine for patients carrying the hepatitis B virus, raising the hope of a new approach to tackling this life-threatening infection - Drug Researcher

►November 3, 2004 - Stem cells target drugs at tumours - Researchers have used engineered stem cells to zero in on tumours to become part of the supporting tissue. They can then act as vehicles for drugs that are pumped into the cancer, sparing normal tissue - Drug Researcher

►November 3, 2004 - Researchers discover potential skin cancer prevention target - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via

* ►November 3, 2004 - Call for action on antibiotics - AFP via The Australian - "World Health Organisation and US medical experts warn that the increasing ability of bacteria to resist antibiotics threatens the existing arsenal of drugs against dangerous infectious diseases...The experts, who are meeting here until Tuesday for the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), called for an urgent and coordinated worldwide response to the potential crisis."

►November 2, 2004 - Alert as Mumps Cases Soar - Belfast Telegraph via (abstract)

►November 2, 2004 - Flu Study Takes a Shot at the 'Herd' - San Antonio Express-News via (abstract)

►November 2, 2004 - South Africa: Measles Jabs for 3,400 in Two Days - Africa News Service via (abstract)

* ►November 1, 2004 - Draft Guidance for Industry on Pharmacokinetics in Pregnancy--Study Design, Data Analysis, and Impact on Dosing and Labeling - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via - "This guidance discusses agency recommendations on issues to consider when designing and conducting pharmacokinetic (PK) studies in pregnant women and, specifically, on how to assess the influence of pregnancy on the PKs, and where appropriate, the pharmacodynamics (PD) of drugs or biologic products."

►November 1, 2004 - UK Researcher Uncovers Clues To Alzheimer's Disease - Case Western Reserve University via Biocompare News - "Butterfield's study identified methionine in the human amyloid beta peptide as a key contributor to Alzheimer's disease."

* ►November 2004 - Spontaneous Mucosal Lymphocyte Cytokine Profiles In Children With Autism and Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Mucosal Immune Activation and Reduced Counter Regulatory Interleukin-10 (pdf) - journal article (Journal of Clinical Immunology) via

►November 2004 - Real-Time PCR Quantitation of Clostridia in Feces of Autistic Children. - journal article (Applied and Environmental Microbiology)

►November 2004 - Dyskinesias and associated psychiatric disorders following streptococcal infections. - journal article (Child Care Health Development)

* ►November 2004 - Developing DNA vaccines that call to dendritic cells - journal article (Journal of Clinical Investigation)

* ►November 2004 - Recruitment and expansion of dendritic cells in vivo potentiate the immunogenicity of plasmid DNA vaccines - journal article (Journal of Clinical Investigation)

►November 2004 - CPS Position Statements: Recommendations for safe sleeping environments for infants and children - journal article (Paediatrics & Child Health)

►November 2004 - Pediatricians Becoming Scarce in Select Areas - The Reporter via

►October 31, 2004 - Health Officials Warn Patients of Imminent Measles Epidemic - London Independent via (abstract)

►October 29, 2004 - GSK Speeds Up Cervical Cancer Vaccine Race - London Guardian via (abstract)

►October 28, 2004 - Sensory-motor deficits in children with developmental coordination disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autistic disorder - journal article (Human Movement Science)

►October 25, 2004 - New Protein Associated With Aggressiveness in Breast and Ovarian Cancer - The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

►October 19, 2004 - Peter Hain: Adopt a more holistic approach to health care - One in five Britons, myself included, now uses complementary health care - The Independent - "All 60 million people in Britain will at some time rely on conventional medicine. But 20 million of us now rely on complementary medicine, whether vitamin or mineral pills, dietary therapy, homeopathy or osteopathy. The question is can we bring them together under the National Health Service?"

* ►October 19, 2004 - Cellular vaccines and immunotherapeutics and methods for their preparation - Shanghai CP Guojian Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, CN) via

* ►October 19, 2004 - Methods of diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA) via

►October 19, 2004 - HIV envelopolype peptides - Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, CA) via

►October 19, 2004 - Immunotherapy using cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) - Imperial College Innovations Limited (London, GB) via

* Open Statement on Vaccines - Sabin Vaccine Institute

Nothing posted November 6-7, 2004.


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