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All the News Posted November 4-5, 2007


Posted November 5, 2007

 

►December 2007 - Approaches to serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections with decreased susceptibility to vancomycin: clinical significance and options for management. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►December 2007 - Management of Gram-positive bacteraemia. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►December 2007 - Antifungal therapy for neonatal candidiasis. - Antimicrobial agents - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►November 15, 2007 - CD4+CD28null T Cells in Autoimmune Disease: Pathogenic Features and Decreased Susceptibility to Immunoregulation - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►November 15, 2007 - Impact of CD40 Ligand, B Cells, and Mast Cells in Peanut-Induced Anaphylactic Responses - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►November 15, 2007 - Preferential Migration of T Regulatory Cells Induced by IL-16 - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►November 12, 2007 - Health plans battle for share of youth market - Numerous insurers issue customized plans for 20-somethings who can afford insurance but haven't bought it. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►November 12, 2007 - Longer view on drug safety: New power in FDA law (opinion)  - The AMA worked to make sure the new law improves prescription drug safety without interfering with doctors' professional judgment. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►November 12, 2007 - Doctors' brains curb response to patients' pain - MRI scans show that physicians' brains learn to edit out emotional reactions to patients' pain during medical procedures, letting them do their jobs. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►November 12, 2007 - Physician-owned hospital can pursue antitrust lawsuit - The decision sends community hospitals a message that actions to restrict competition are subject to the law, the specialty facility's attorney says. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - How to prevent visits to the ED - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Sharing liability: A growing way to handle the risk - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - New CDC report, recent events add to MRSA's infamy - Public health experts have long been concerned about this superbug, but occurrences have propelled it into the mainstream. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - States strike at "most-favored" pay clause - Some insurers are joining physicians in successfully lobbying against a contract provision that requires doctors to give an insurer their lowest reimbursement rate. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Physicians challenge New Jersey fee schedule - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Project seeks framework for quality, public reporting - The new initiative also will pay for research on how best to gauge physician cost efficiency in treating 20 common conditions. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 -  Medical schools urged to teach about obesity - Institutions at the forefront weave knowledge into lectures and clinical rotations. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Senate passes HHS budget bill, defies Bush spending targets - The compromise anticipated between similar House and Senate spending bills is expected to cause a showdown with the president. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - House panel told of problems with health insurer merger trend - Consumers' premiums continue rising, while doctors are forced into contracts they don't like, physician witnesses say. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Drop in mortality rates continues for most common cancers - But a new report also finds significant cancer rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives, in contrast to earlier beliefs. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Most Medicaid programs adopt modest 2008 pay boosts for doctors - Enrollment dropped this year for the first time in a decade due to an improved economy and new citizenship rules, state officials say. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - RHIOs hit financial stumbling blocks on path to national network - Researchers find regional health information organizations are struggling to obtain permanent sources of funding. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - A stronger stand on student health: Junk food out, recess in - The medical community can play an important role in helping schools achieve goals that include fighting obesity and curbing tobacco use. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Doctors offer views on EMR implementation - The annual survey also reported that more physicians feel outside pressure to adopt electronic medical records. - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - Religious needs are important element of an effective treatment plan - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - News in brief - Health & Science - Panel advises that youngest children not use OTC cold and cough medicines - FDA approves meningitis vaccine for young children - IOM says PTSD therapies lack evidence of effectiveness - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - News in brief - Government & Medicine - Revised SCHIP bill still short of veto override support - Biden health reforms would expand federal programs - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - News in brief - Professional Issues - Revised SCHIP bill still short of veto override support - Biden health reforms would expand federal programs - www.ama-assn.org

►November 12, 2007 - News in brief - Business - Revised SCHIP bill still short of veto override support - Biden health reforms would expand federal programs - www.ama-assn.org

►November 6, 2007 - Cancer vaccine won't promote promiscuity, say Catholics - New Zealand Herald

* ►November 5, 2007 - Vaccination or vice?: More Utah parents having kids inoculated - Standard-Examiner  - "Several required immunizations contain small amounts of formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate and even urea, which is the main ingredient in human urine, according to the CDC. Children are more sensitive than adults to these small exposures to harmful chemicals, Humpherys said. "Vaccines are necessary, and they're very good, but there is a subset of children who will have a bad reaction to them," he said. "If I think that a vaccine might be a risk factor for a family, I'll suggest that we look at every shot carefully and maybe change the schedule to take the bad ones later." If a family has a history of mental illness, gastrointestinal problems or has been exposed to lead paint or other heavy metals, they may want to delay giving their child a vaccine." 

* ►November 5, 2007 - Pennsylvania parents grow wary of vaccines - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - "The number of students in Pennsylvania claiming religious or medical exemptions from vaccinations has more than doubled in the past eight years -- to 24,919 last year from 9,722 in 1999, according to the state Department of Health."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Slow, Steady Progress as Parents Question Vaccines' Safety - RESCUE POST - "Looks like parents are starting to make a difference in how the media treats the American sacred cow of the AAP vaccine schedule.  The Pittsburgh Tribune Review's Mike Cronin has done an excellent job raising the question, 'Is the current vaccine schedule safe.' Here's a snippet: 'Fever and rashes afflicted Gina, now 9, each time she received a vaccination, her mother said. But when Gina became reclusive and introverted after five vaccinations in one day when she was about 15 months old, Neil wondered if those treatments were causing her daughter's health problems.'"

* ►November 5, 2007 - Albany Med researcher awarded $1.8M grant - The Business Review (Albany) - "Metzger said that while most vaccines are administered as shots, injected vaccines do not always produce a good immune response in the mucous membranes, such as the respiratory tract or gastro-intestinal tract, where viruses and bacteria first enter the body. He contends that vaccines that can be swallowed or inhaled are more effective than those that enter the body through the bloodstream."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Silent killer - The East African - "At the beginning of 2008, young women in Uganda, India, Peru and Vietnam will become the first in the developing world to live without fear of cervical cancer as PATH International and its partners begin the pilot introduction of new vaccines for the disease. These four countries are laying the groundwork for vaccination throughout the developing world." “We expect Uganda to license these vaccines before the end of this year,” said PATH Uganda Cervical Cancer Vaccine Project country manager, Emmanuel Mugisha."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Nventa presents HspE7 data at international HPV conference - Nventa Biopharmaceuticals PRNewswire-FirstCall Earth Times - "HspE7 is a novel therapeutic vaccine candidate for the treatment of diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. HspE7 is derived from Nventa's proprietary CoVal(TM) fusion platform, which uses recombinant DNA technology to covalently fuse stress proteins to target antigens, thereby stimulating cellular immune system responses. Heat shock proteins (Hsps), also known as stress proteins, are naturally present in the human body and play important roles in the immune system, including transporting substances within cells and activating cells of the immune system."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Wyeth says regulator is creating monopolies - MSNBC - "Mr Essner expressed concerns that FDA assessments now include whether a drug can work better than an existing product, instead of allowing the market to determine what it wants. "If you're the first company to get approved in a certain area and competitors can't get on the market, the FDA is now establishing monopolies. And that's certainly not their mandate," Mr Essner told the Financial Times in an interview. "It could well be legally challenged."

Comment:  But it’s okay not to allow the market to determine what it wants when it comes to vaccines.

* ►November 5, 2007 - Gardasil Can Help Women Up To Age 45 - Pharmalot

* ►November 5, 2007 - UHS tries to stop influenza spread - The Badger Herald - “[The flu] isn’t life threatening, but it can be disrupting to college students,” UHS Director Kathleen Poi said."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Sick School Autism Stumps Docs - New York Post - "District officials shut down the school over the summer and relocated the teachers and their students to other schools in the district. Northern Valley had been using the site to educate kids with autism and other disabilities. That put the teachers who worked there in a unique position of recognizing the signs when it came to their own children."

 * ►November 5, 2007 - FDA Risk Communication Panel: Meet The Members - Pharmalot - "The committee’s 15 voting members include independent experts and members of the public. In its statement, the agency says experts were chosen from the fields of risk communication, risk perception, decision analysis, communication, social marketing, health literacy, journalism, and behavioral and social sciences. Public members include those who can provide the perspective of users of FDA-regulated products, such as consumers, patients, caregivers and health care providers. For some meetings, one or more industry reps may be invited to participate in a nonvoting capacity."

►November 5, 2007 - WHO head seeks greater access to medicines in poor countries - WHO via AFP via Inquirer.Net

►November 5, 2007 - The Provenge Bus Ad In DC Is Rolling - Pharmalot

►November 5, 2007 - Training Medical Warriors: Tropical Medicine Specialists Who Ward Off Bioterrorist and Global Health Threats Pass the Torch to the Next Generation - American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene via PRNewswire-USNewswire via Earth Times

►November 5, 2007 - Drugs That Are Easier on the Environment - Pharmaceuticals from natural sources could be easier to find and cleaner to make, thanks to a new catalyst. - Technology Review

►November 5, 2007 - Care for the HIV-infected female adolescent. - New York State Department of Health via www.guideline.gov

►November 5, 2007 - Toronto hospital fights 'chronicitis' - Ad campaign uses made-up words to highlight real problem of multiple chronic illnesses - The Ottawa Citizen via www.canada.com

►November 5, 2007 - Two Wrongs Can Make A Right With Epilepsy Genes - Baylor College of Medicine via Medical News Today

►November 5, 2007 - The arts of being a doctor - Music prescribed for medicinal purposes? Keeli Cambourne tells of a degree that seeks to broaden perspective. - The Sydney Morning Herald

* ►November 5, 2007 - FDA failure on foreign inspections frightening - A US government audit has confirmed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) continual lack of inspection of foreign drug manufacturing plants. - OutSourcing-Pharma.com

* ►November 5, 2007 - FDA Selects Members for Risk Communication Advisory Committee - FDA

* ►November 5, 2007 - FDA Act to Provide Online Scrutiny of Drug Tests - Government Technology

* ►November 5, 2007 - WHO Aims to Balance Drug Companies, Poor - AP via Google - "'People should not be denied access to lifesaving and health-promoting interventions for unfair reasons,' said Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director-general, in opening the agency's first meeting devoted to the subject since May, when the United States walked out of a negotiating session and dissociated itself from a WHO resolution."

* ►November 5, 2007 - IAC Express Issue 691 - Immunization Action Coalition - "WHO website posts document that outlines the organization's work to ensure immunization quality, safety, and standards - WHO recently announced the availability of a new publication, 'WHO: Working to Ensure Global Quality, Safety, and Standards in Immunization.' It gives an overview of WHO's work in setting norms and standards; assuring the quality of vaccines and immunization equipment; and monitoring, assessing, and responding to vaccine safety issues of global concern. To access the document, go to: http://www.who.int/immunization/newsroom/QSS_BR.pdf"

* ►November 5, 2007 - Are we too quick to medicate children? - Parents who seek help for behavioral problems are increasingly likely to walk away with a prescription for powerful drugs. But some experts counsel caution. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

* ►November 5, 2007 - Anne McElroy Dachel Questions Mike Stobbe - RESCUE POST

* ►November 5, 2007 - Dealing with a new childhood epidemic - Philippine Inquirer - "(The following is an expanded version of an address to the Rotary Club of Makati on Oct. 3 at the Ayala Tower in Makati City. It is a plea to the medical community in the Philippines to take a serious interest in the biomedical causes and treatment of autism so parents need not take their afflicted children abroad for lab tests and medical care.)....Lucky for us who came later, a doctor in San Diego, California, named Bernard Rimland debunked the 'frigid mom' theory. He happened to have an autistic son whom he knew his wife loved dearly. So he proceeded to do research on the causes of autism."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Neuroscientists Focus on Autism (includes audio) - Morning Edition via NPR

►November 5, 2007 - The Matrix Of Autism - Association for Psychological Science via ScienceDaily

►November 5, 2007 - Collective Voice of the Autism Community in Canada Calls on Government to Take Steps to Establish National Autism Strategy - press release - Autism Society Canada, Autism Canada Foundation, Canadian-American Research Consortium, Autism Speaks Canada, Autism Treatment Services of Canada, Geneva Centre for Autism via Marketwire

►November 5, 2007 - Discovering autism - National attention sparks discussion of the troubling developmental disorder - Sikeston Standard Democrat

►November 5, 2007 - Autism group on brink - Support service cuts staff, needs cash to stay open (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►November 5, 2007 - “Autism Every Day” screening at Film Fest - The Inquirer and Mirror

►November 5, 2007 - Mercury remains a health threat - Power plants a major source - Press & Sun-Bulletin

►November 5, 2007 - Trust facing claim over meningitis boy - Peterborough Evening Telegraph

* ►November 5, 2007 - Africa: Projected Supply of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Increases Sharply - FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda) via http://allafrica.com

* ►November 5, 2007 - Woman dies of bird flu, raising Indonesian death toll to 90 - AP via International Herald Tribune

►November 5, 2007 - Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Planned At COC - Event is popular, but also good practice for emergencies - KHTS Radio

►November 5, 2007 - As flu season hits, people have options - The Reporter-Herald

* ►November 5, 2007 - Howard Co. Holds Largest Flu Vaccination In U.S. - http://wjz.com - "People used the drive-through flu vaccine clinic in record numbers. Howard County residents totaled nearly 4,000 in four hours. They received flu shots without ever leaving their vehicles in what's thought to be the largest single immunization effort in the country."

►November 5, 2007 - Hospital staff get the jab - Worthing Herald, UK

►November 5, 2007 - Health bosses pledge no flu jab crisis - Norwich Evening News 24

►November 5, 2007 - It's worth a shot - Flu vaccine can save lives, study of seniors shows - Montreal Gazette via www.canada.com

►November 5, 2007 - Free flu shots will be given at fairgrounds - Mass immunization effort allows SFC officials to exercise dispensing plan - Forrest City Times-Herald

►November 5, 2007 - Well Being: Flu shot doesn't hurt, really helps - Mansfield News Journal

►November 5, 2007 - First 'Shanghai Flu' Reported - The Korea Times

►November 5, 2007 - Hester Pharma's business by animal instinct - Economic Times, India

►November 5, 2007 - In your opinion - The safer option is Gardasil - letters - The Oneonta Daily Star

►November 5, 2007 - Oklahoma near the bottom in national health rankings - Tulsa World

►November 5, 2007 - The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and Merck Announce Press Briefing on Data From STEP Study - press release - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center via CNW Group

►November 5, 2007 - 'Don't use or trust HIV home test kits' - Cape Times via Independent Online

►November 5, 2007 - FDA clears HIV test for US use - Worcester Business Journal

►November 5, 2007 - Immunisation drive to cover 60,000 children - Gulf Times

►November 5, 2007 - Tender issued for BT vaccine bank - Farming Life Today - "No suitable vaccine is currently available for the strain of Bluetongue circulating in England (serotype 8). However, several companies have vaccines in development and these are expected to be available from next summer."

►November 5, 2007 - Aprotinin (Trasylol) Marketing Halted Over Suspected Mortality Risk - MedPage Today

►November 5, 2007 - Chipotle to Eliminate Growth Hormone - AP via Houston Chronicle - "Burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Monday it will no longer serve cheese made with milk from cows treated with growth hormone rBGH."

►November 5, 2007 - Sanofi-Aventis Gardasil study shows potential benefit for older women - Thomson Financial via Hemscott

►November 5, 2007 - Merck says Gardasil vaccine protects older women - Reuters

►November 5, 2007 - Cervical cancer jab 'protects older women' - Daily Mail, UK

* ►November 5, 2007 - Merck says Gardasil effective in study of women ages 24-45 - MarketWatch - "The vaccine doesn't treat existing infections of the four HPV strains, and there are other HPV strains not targeted by Gardasil that can cause cancer. Thus, women are advised to continue to undergo routine Pap screens to detect pre-cancerous lesions. Women in this older age group may already have acquired HPV because it is transmitted via sexual activity. Gardasil isn't intended to stop disease caused by pre-existing infections."

* ►November 4, 2007 - New Data Presented on GARDASIL®, Merck's Cervical Cancer Vaccine, in Women Through Age 45 - In investigational study, GARDASIL reduced incidence of HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18-related persistent infection and disease in women through age 45 - 24th International Papillomavirus Conference (IPC) - press release - Merck & Co., Inc. via Business Wire - "Merck will submit these data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the end of the year to seek an indication for women through age 45."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Lessons from the Failure of HPV Vaccine State Requirements - VaccineEthics.org

►November 4, 2007 - Uganda: Corruption - Here, There, Everywhere - column - The Monitor (Kampala) via http://allafrica.com - "There are many non-corrupt Ugandans, but sometimes it does feel that corruption finds its way into almost every aspect of Ugandan society. On a national level there is the current trial of three former health ministers and an ex-presidential aide, accused of mismanaging immunisation funds."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Suspicion of others sadly necessary - Chico Enterprise Record - "I thought it was an identity thief. He said he was from the Centers for Disease Control. He asked if I had children because he was conducting a survey about child immunizations. I think it's an important subject we know too little about so I wanted to help, but I grilled the guy about what he was doing and listened for any irregularities in his answers. Finally, I started answering the questions, ready to hang up the minute he asked about my Social Security number, my Visa number or my wife's maiden name. Turns out it was a legitimate survey. At least I think it was. I felt sorry for the guy. He's trying to learn whether immunizations are harmful or effective, for the benefit of everyone, and I'll bet some people absolutely refuse to answer his questions because they don't trust strangers calling on the phone."

►November 4, 2007 - Expanding autism help on Long Island - Newsday - "Spurred by soaring numbers of students diagnosed with autism and other neurological disorders, the state is more than doubling the capacity of residential schools for such students on Long Island, while lifting a de facto 12-year freeze on expansion here."

►November 4, 2007 - The autism 'epidemic', is there a sensory perceptual form of autism? - American Chronicle

►November 4, 2007 - Flu reason for shot season - Innoculation can protect vulnerable seniors - Toronto Sun

►November 4, 2007 - Flu shots reduce absenteeism - The Decatur Daily

►November 4, 2007 - 'Tis the season for flu shots - Potomac News

►November 4, 2007 - Free flu vaccines come with a kicker - Public Health Department trying to vaccinate 1,500 people in three hours - Lompoc Record

►November 4, 2007 - Flu 'is nothing to sneeze at' - Orlando Sentinel

►November 4, 2007 - Drive-through flu shots a snap - Convenience appeals to drivers, emergency teams get training (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 4, 2007 - Miller county offering free flu shots for one day - Texarkana Gazette

►November 4, 2007 - Flu shots available on election day - Reporter-Times

►November 4, 2007 - Health officials: Ignore myths and get flu shot - The Columbian

►November 4, 2007 - Wockhardt launches rabies vaccine - GreaterKashmir.com

►November 4, 2007 - St. Francis honored for immunization boost - Reporter-Times

►November 4, 2007 - Afghanistan's Health Care Advances As The Under-5 Child Mortality Rate Drops - All Headline News

►November 4, 2007 - Gilead hepatitis drug may have heart issue-study - Reuters

►November 4, 2007 - Residents warned of mercury found in fish - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►November 4, 2007 - Professors researching mercury contamination - The Tribune-Democrat

►November 4, 2007 - The pharmacist is in - editorial (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 4, 2007 - Aspartame considered safe for most (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

* ►November 4, 2007 - Second phase of measles vaccination launched - Khaleej Times - "The ministry of health has launched the second phase of its anti-measles vaccination campaign, which targets around 500,000 schoolchildren of different nationalities between the ages of five and 18."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Big Pharma going to the dogs -- and other profitable species - The Star-Ledger via www.nj.com - "In 2006, the animal-health division, usually referred to within Wyeth simply as Fort Dodge, generated annual sales of $936million, a 6 percent increase over 2005, when annual revenues reached $881million. To get a sense of the sliver of business that represents to Wyeth, consider the company's overall revenues last year: $20.3billion."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Diagnosis opens the door to services - skyrocketing numbers of children have some form of autism - AP via Lexington Herald-Leader

* ►November 4, 2007 - Chicken-plant workers test 'positive' for TB - 212 out of 765 processing employees infected – company says HIV-privacy laws nix screening - WorldNetDaily - "The majority of the folks that we're dealing with in this situation are foreign born," Jones said. "I would expect about 30 percent of them to test positive." Of particular concern to public health officials are emerging strains of drug-resistant TB brought to the U.S. by illegal aliens who bypass the screening regularly done with legal immigrants."

* ►November 4, 2007 - How staph became drug-resistant threat (includes video) - 94,000 infections a year, many occurring outside of hospitals - Chicago Tribune

►November 4, 2007 - Antioxidants Could Provide All-Purpose Radiation Protection - American Association for Cancer Research via Newswise via Interest!Alert

►November 4, 2007 - As 'superbug' rises, new antibiotics fall - The Times via www.nj.com

►November 4, 2007 - United States, Canada and Mexico Agree to Mutual Assistance - News Blaze

►November 4, 2007 - Deer disease in some areas could impact hunt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "Near New Eagle, one archer counted 11 dead deer within a mile and a half. South of Washington, in East Finley, hunters watched Game Commission officials drag out 35 dead deer."

►November 4, 2007 - Gene responsible for rheumatoid arthritis identified - Earth Times

* ►November 4, 2007 - Building a defense against blistery shingles - Seattle Times - "Right now, the shingles vaccine is recommended for people who are 60 or older. The vaccine should not be used by pregnant women or in people who have HIV or leukemia) or allergies to neomycin or gelatin. From a holistic point of view, there are natural options you could use as an adjunct to help support your immune system. Increasing protein, vegetables and whole grains while decreasing refined sugar and junk food is a good place to start. After that, there are myriad options, including vitamin C and zinc, as well as herbs as simple as garlic."

►November 3, 2007 - Cargill recalls one million pounds of ground beef - Meat may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, company says - MarketWatch

* ►November 3, 2007 - N.S. mumps outbreak hits 715 cases - The Chronicle Herald

* ►November 3, 2007 - Big Pharma erodes Govt's pricing plans - Pharmaceutical companies have won another concession from the Coalition Government with respect to its drug subsidy reforms, with the Government agreeing to delay some of its planned price cuts. - The Australian

* ►November 3, 2007 - A mother's strife - Husband's death makes son's disability harder to bear - The Examiner

►November 3, 2007 - Asian flu shots given to workers - The Citizen of Laconia

►November 3, 2007 - No Flu For You - Kauai Garden Island News

►November 3, 2007 - Targeting nonhospital staph germs - Torrance-area scientists are part of national effort to test the effectiveness of two drugs on deadly bacteria that is now infecting healthy people. - DailyBreeze

►November 3, 2007 - Bed-blocking 'on the rise again' - Delayed discharges from hospitals - so-called "bed-blocking" - rose sharply last year, according to figures released in Parliament. - BBC

►November 3, 2007 - Glaxo's Gepirone ER Fails to Win U.S. Approval for Depression - Bloomberg

* ►November 3, 2007 - US passes bill granting mandatory access to data - journal article (BMJ) - "Free public access is to be made available to the results of research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US Senate has decided."

* ►November 2, 2007 - Comparison of the interferon- b.gamma release assay and the tuberculin skin test for contact investigation of tuberculosis in BCG-vaccinated health care workers - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►November 2, 2007 - Barr Pharma challenges Novartis' Ritalin - Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex via CNN Money

►November 2, 2007 - Roche Issues Hepatitis Drug Data - Roche via The Street

►November 2, 2007 - Despite Concerns, GM Crops on the Rise in Europe - Farmers Guardian, EuropaBio Press Release via Beyond Pesticides

►November 2, 2007 - Scientists discover novel way to remove iron from ferritin - Research results featured in the Journal of Biological Chemistry - Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland via EurekAlert!

* ►November 1, 2007 - Atypical Tetanus in a Completely Immunized 14-Year-Old Boy - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2007 - Severe Varicella Caused by Varicella-Vaccine Strain in a Child With Significant T-Cell Dysfunction - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2007 - Effect of Vaccine Shortages on Timeliness of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination: Results From the 2001–2005 National Immunization Survey - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2007 - Out-of-Pocket Costs of Childhood Immunizations: A Comparison by Type of Insurance Plan - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2007 - Infant-Feeding Methods and Childhood Sleep-Disordered Breathing - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Early viral infections and other immune-mediated responses may contribute to development of the chronic inflammation of the upper airway and hypertrophic upper airway lymphadenoid tissues underlying childhood sleep-disordered breathing. Breastfeeding provides immunologic protection against such early exposures."

* ►November 1, 2007 - Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2007 - Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: In Reply - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Is Childhood Vaccination Associated With Asthma? A Meta-analysis of Observational Studies - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Pertussis Booster Vaccination in HIV-Infected Children Receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Intranasal immunization with tetanus toxoid and CNF1 as a new mucosal adjuvant protects BALB/c mice against lethal challenge - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 1, 2007 - Transcutaneous immunization by merely prolonging the duration of antigen presence on the skin of mice induces a potent antigen-specific antibody response even in the absence of an adjuvant - journal article (Vaccine)

►November 1, 2007 - Are We Overprescribing Antireflux Medications for Infants With Regurgitation? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Evaluation and Treatment of Community-Acquired Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Term and Late-Preterm Previously Healthy Neonates - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Impact of Computerized Prescriber Order Entry on the Incidence of Adverse Drug Events in Pediatric Inpatients - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Is There Differential Retention of Children With Special Health Care Needs in the State Children's Health Insurance Program? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder With a Stimulant Transdermal Patch: The Clinical Art - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Epidemiology of Oronasal Hemorrhage in the First 2 Years of Life: Implications for Child Protection - journal article (Pediatrics) - "Epistaxis in childhood is common but unusual in the first years of life. Oronasal blood has been proposed as a marker of child abuse."

►November 1, 2007 - Interpreting and Managing Blood Lead Levels of Less Than 10 µg/dL in Children and Reducing Childhood Exposure to Lead: Recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Global Climate Change and Children's Health - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Anti-myelin antibodies predict the clinical outcome after a first episode suggestive of MS - journal article (Multiple Sclerosis)

►November 1, 2007 - Association Between Iron-Deficiency Anemia and Stroke in Young Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 1, 2007 - Frequency of Risk Factors That Potentially Increase Harm From Medications in Older Adults Receiving Primary Care - journal article (The Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►November 1, 2007 - Pet-Related Infections - American Family Physician

►November 1, 2007 - Nigeria: Don't Consume Non-Iodised Salt - Prof Akunyili - Leadership (Abuja) via http://allafrica.com

* ►November 2007 - Increasing Influenza Immunization for Long-Term Care Facility Staff Using Quality Improvement - journal article (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

* ►November 2007 - What you need to know about medication safety in pregnancy - Few drugs are major teratogens, but heightened vigilance is crucial to protect your pregnant patient - OBG Management

►November 2007 - Call for calibration standard for newborn screening using auditory brainstem responses - journal article (International Journal of Audiology)

►November 2007 - The changing face of paediatric hydrocephalus: A decade’s experience - journal article (Journal of Clinical Neuroscience)

►November 2007 - Frontostriatal Connectivity and Its Role in Cognitive Control in Parent-Child Dyads With ADHD - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

►November 2007 - Astrocytes may play a role in the etiology of absence epilepsy: A comparison between immature GAERS not yet expressing seizures and adults - journal article (Neurobiology of Disease)

►October 31, 2007 - Lessons from the Failure of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine State Requirements - journal article (Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

►October 31, 2007 - The effect of tuberculin skin test and BCG vaccination on the expansion of PPD-specific IFN-γ producing cells ex vivo - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 31, 2007 - Vaccine-induced protection from infection of mice by chimeric human immunodeficiency virus type 1, EcoHIV/NL4-3 - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 30, 2007 - Comparative studies on in vitro expression and in vivo immunogenicity of supercoiled and open circular forms of plasmid DNA vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 29, 2007 - Deaths following influenza vaccination—background mortality or causal connection? - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 29, 2007 - Evaluation of the clinical performance of a new intradermal vaccine administration technique and associated delivery system - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 26, 2007 - Clinical and immunologic responses to multiple doses of IMVAMUNE® (Modified Vaccinia Ankara) followed by Dryvax® challenge - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 25, 2007 - A novel combined Haemophilus influenzae type b-Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y-tetanus-toxoid conjugate vaccine is immunogenic and induces immune memory when co-administered with DTPa-HBV-IPV and conjugate pneumococcal vaccines in infants - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 25, 2007 - Immunization with heat-killed Francisella tularensis LVS elicits protective antibody-mediated immunity - journal article (European Journal of Immunology)

►October 24, 2007 - Monsanto to help Indian papaya fight virus - Commodity Online

* ►October 23, 2007 - Cost-utility of universal hepatitis A vaccination in Canada - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2007 - Safety and efficacy in geese of a PER.C6-based inactivated West Nile virus vaccine - journal article (Vaccine) - "In all, these results provide a scientific basis for the development of an inactivated WNV vaccine based on NY99 produced on PER.C6® cells for human and equine use."

* ►October 4, 2007 - Potential effects of decreased cervical cancer screening participation after HPV vaccination: An example from the U.S. - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 2, 2007 - Effect of adjuvants and route of immunizations on the immune response to recombinant plague antigens - journal article (Vaccine) - "These studies provide important insights into the influence of different classes of adjuvants on the immune outcome in biodefense vaccines and for development of new-generation vaccines against other pathogens as well."

* ►October 2, 2007 - Humoral immunity 5 years after booster immunization with an adolescent and adult formulation combined tetanus, diphtheria, and 5-component acellular pertussis vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 2007 - Human papillomavirus vaccine—recent results and future developments - journal article (Current Opinion in Pharmacology)

►October 2007 - Search for quantitative trait loci of atopy-associated immune responses using allergen-specific IgG1 as an “endophenotype” - journal article (Human Immunology) - "Allergen-specific IgG1 is a suitable “endophenotype” to be used in searches for genes associated with atopy-associated humoral immune responses to common aeroallergens."

►October 2007 - Clostridium difficile: new therapeutic options - journal article (Current Opinion in Pharmacology)

* ►September 29, 2007 - Developments in influenza vaccination coverage in England, Scotland and Wales covering five consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2006 - journal article (Vaccine)

* Are Boys An Endangered Species? - Why half as many boys as girls are being born in places around the world. - MSN

Special Education Caselaw - Wrightslaw

 

Posted November 4, 2007

 

►December 2007 - Biomarkers, self-antigens and the immunological homunculus - journal article (Journal of Autoimmunity)

►December 2007 - Ischemic stroke in a child mistaken as functional disorder - journal article (Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery)

►November 5, 2007 - Scientists Track Time and Place of HIV's Arrival (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►November 5, 2007 - Wyeth CEO wants vaccination available to every child - Peninsula On-line, Qatar - "Wyeth Chairman and CEO, Robert Essner, during his first visit to the Middle East, underlined Wyeth's commitment to make pneumococcal vaccination accessible to all children in the world."

* ►November 5, 2007 - Labour U-turn over cervical cancer drug - Doctors are welcoming Prime Minister Helen Clark's support for a controversial cervical cancer vaccine which was turned down for Government funding against the Health Ministry's advice earlier this year. - The Dominion Post via www.stuff.co.nz - "Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said the group was opposed to the vaccine because its effectiveness had yet to be confirmed. He cited reports of 1637 adverse reactions, including three deaths, recorded by the United States Food and Drug Administration since the vaccine was introduced last year."

* ►November 5, 2007 - About-face likely on cancer drug for teens - New Zealand Herald

* ►November 4, 2007 - PM Ignores Moral and Safety Issues - press release - Family First Lobby via www.scoop.co.nz - "Parents should be concerned that this vaccine programme promotes promiscuity and represents 'governmental overreach.' It also re-ignites the debate on issues such as the role of parents and parental authority, and public suspicion of vaccines and pharmaceutical companies. While Family First is supportive of any attempts to fight cancer, we are opposed to any efforts to force it on girls without parents' consent – especially when the infection is not a communicable disease but a consequence of behaviour – and while the jury is out on its long-term effectiveness."

* ►November 4, 2007 - A family's difficult life with autism - Author and journalist Barbara Fischkin is writing a book about her son Daniel growing up with autism. - opinion - Newsday

* ►November 4, 2007 - Don't mistake mainstream meds for kids as proven (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "It would also be nice if drugs weren't the first treatment choice. But pharmaceuticals enjoy special consideration in the mainstream that alternative treatments, including nutritional changes, do not. Some parents and doctors, for example, say they have seen incredible changes in autistic children after wheat and dairy are removed from the diet. But in a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend using a gluten/casein-free (wheat and dairy-free) diet because there is 'little evidence to support or refute this intervention.' Medications, on the other hand, are OK for autistic kids, according to the AAP, even though they are all prescribed off-label. Only one drug, Risperdal, is approved to treat symptoms of irritability -- aggression, deliberate self-injury and temper tantrums -- the same symptoms a gluten/casein free diet might help treat."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Children of pain! - Vanguard - "What are the causes? Heavy metal toxicity like mercury, lead, calcium, aluminum, over use/abuse of antibiotics, yeast bacterial and viral infections, insufficient enzymes to digest certain foods and food allergies, problems with detoxification pathway which means they are not able to remove heavy metals from their bodies, environmental toxins and chemicals like persistent organic pollutants e.g. pesticides, phthalates. (All these are biomedical predisposing factors that can get a child into autism)."

* ►November 4, 2007 - The autism epidemic - Does growth of special ed services and shift in diagnosis explain growing number of cases? - AP via Chicago Sun-Times

* ►November 4, 2007 - Catholic parent group speaks out on HPV vaccine - Soo Today - "Clearly the Catholic bishops have serious reservations about the HPV program. Clearly, the Huron Superior board is concerned that that allowing the vaccination program could easily be seen as an endorsement of the vaccine's safety and necessity. The board has not removed parental choice; quite the opposite. They have put the choice back into the hands of the parents. Health care decisions often embrace values, beliefs and personal research. Yet medical professionals can be very patronizing towards patients who do not take their advice. Algoma Public Health's multiple press releases are a classic example of this attitude. They refuse to accept the considered decision of a duly elected body. The Algoma Public Health's cheerleading for the HPV vaccine is not shared by all."

►November 4, 2007 - Protecting their health - Girls and their parents are encouraged to learn more about HPV vaccine - Indianapolis Star

* ►November 4, 2007 - Diabetes' growth could threaten Medicare's viability - The bite diabetes takes out of Medicare is big, and likely to get much bigger. - Austin American-Statesman

* ►November 4, 2007 - Scripps immunity study gets cash boost - Three other institutions to share $51 million grant - San Diego Union Tribune

* ►November 4, 2007 - Praxis' Campaign Saves 12 Weeks Off Enrollment Goal For Women's Health Vaccine Study - Praxis Communications, Inc. via Medical News Today - "Praxis, a company specializing in centralized patient recruitment for clinical trials, recently provided services to a major pharmaceutical company for a national vaccine research study. The study explored an investigational vaccine for a significant female health issue. Through a combination of site efforts and a targeted, centralized recruitment program, the original enrollment goal of 26 weeks was met in just 14 weeks. Results were monitored 24/7 using PraxisDirect® online study management technology, saving the sites and sponsor both time and money when compared to traditional paper methods. By enrolling the study early, a $10 million ROI was realized by the sponsor in a vaccine market projected to achieve multi-billion dollar sales annually."

* ►November 4, 2007 - The long wait for a dengue vaccine - opinion - Manila Times

* ►November 4, 2007 - Moms’ persuasion prompts EEE plan - State policy planned and help pledged from Uncle Sam - Seacoastonline

►November 4, 2007 - 3rd week anti-measles drive gains 40% - Sun.Star Baguio

►November 4, 2007 - Second phase of measles vaccination launched - Khaleej Times

►November 4, 2007 - An epidemic's unseen cause - Women trade sex for drugs, with AIDS the result (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 4, 2007 - Scientists Face New Setback In Hepatitis C Treatment - All Headline News

►November 4, 2007 - GlaxoSmithKline's gepirone gets 'not approvable' letter from FDA - Thomson Financial via Hemscott - "Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals Inc and GlaxoSmithKline PLC said the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a 'not approvable' letter for gepirone extended-release tablets as a treatment of adults with a major depressive disorder."

►November 4, 2007 - Modern perils aside, kids have never been safer - Daily Press

►November 4, 2007 - Coal's environmental impact far-flung - AP via USA Today

* ►November 4, 2007 - Flouride treatment suspended (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "Needham officials have recently stopped adding fluoride to the water because of a nationwide shortage of the substance, said William Wanberg, the town's water treatment manager."

* ►November 4, 2007 - Infants crying out for help - New Zealand Herald - "New Zealand babies and toddlers are missing out on mental health care because of staff shortages and lack of awareness, say experts. They warn disturbed babies as young as a few months old can become seriously troubled adolescents."

* ►November 3/9, 2007 - Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial - journal article (The Lancet) - "Artificial colours or a sodium benzoate preservative (or both) in the diet result in increased hyperactivity in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the general population."

* ►November 3/9, 2007 - Safety of the RTS,S/AS02D candidate malaria vaccine in infants living in a highly endemic area of Mozambique: a double blind randomised controlled phase I/IIb trial - journal article (The Lancet)

►November 3/9, 2007 - Sudden infant death syndrome - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►November 3, 2007 - Children and Cold Medicines (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Anyone who doubts the power of drug company marketing to overcome a dearth of scientific evidence need only ponder the disturbing matter of cold medicines used to treat children and infants."

* ►November 3, 2007 - Early Arrival: HIV came from Haiti to United States - Science News

* ►November 3, 2007 - Experts wonder about the surge in autism (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Kansas City Star

►November 3, 2007 - Autism 'epidemic' fueled by special ed funding, shift in diagnosing - AP via BinghamtonMoms via www.pressconnects.com

►November 3, 2007 - Symptoms of Autism NOT Listed in the Diagnostic Literature - http://autism.about.com

►November 3, 2007 - Taken for a ride - Junk medicine: dolphin therapy - The Times, UK

►November 3, 2007 - Minister fobbed off flu alert - Sydney Morning Herald

►November 3, 2007 - Officials say flu shots plentiful this year - The Salem News

►November 3, 2007 - Take flu vaccinations seriously - News Journal via USA Today

►November 3, 2007 - Free Flu Vaccines in Colorado - Associated Content - "On Saturday November 17th, local health departments and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division will be giving free influenza vaccinations to anyone who participates in the state-wide influenza emergency pandemic exercise."

►November 3, 2007 - $2 Billion Challenge - Lilly under gun to replace aging blockbuster Zyprexa - Indianapolis Business Journal

►November 3, 2007 - Cuba Working on an AIDS Vaccine - Prensa Latina

►November 3, 2007 - Only constant vigilance defends us from old and new diseases - The recently released World Health Organisation's World Health Report 2007: A Safer Future holds some chilling messages for all of us facing life in the 21st century. According to WHO, the world faces a new era of infectious disease, and as usual the culprit is us. - The Australian

►November 3, 2007 - Local teen hospitalized with resistant staph bug - Springfield school district had denied rumors in letter; student in serious condition - Akron Beacon Journal

►November 3, 2007 - Clay That Kills: Ground yields antibacterial agents - Science News

►November 3, 2007 - Doctors join skin disease awareness campaign - Gulf Daily News

►November 3, 2007 - Pediatricians have specialized knowledge of children's health - Bradenton Herald

►November 3, 2007 - Asthma (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 3, 2007 - Getting the lead out of toys - The Seattle Times

►November 3, 2007 - From the October 30, 1937, issue - Science News

* ►November 2, 2007 - Co-exposure of neonatal mice to a flame retardant PBDE 99 (2,2',4,4',5-pentabromodiphenyl ether) and methylmercury enhances developmental neurotoxic defects - journal article (Toxicological Sciences)

* ►November 2, 2007 - Foxes In The Chicken Coop Pay Big Fines - Pharmalot - "The AWP class action suit was originally filed in 2002 in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. The original complaint names 23 drugmakers, although Glaxo settled last year and agreed to pay $70 million. The original suit represents all people who have taken or paid for any one of 37 named drugs in the original filing. “Judge Saris agreed with our damage estimates and did not pull punches in her characterization of the defendants’ actions,” says Steve Berman, lead attorney for the plaintiffs."

►November 2, 2007 - US ambassador to RI promotes childhood immunization - Antara News

►November 2, 2007 - Free flu vaccinations set at 11 county clinics - Capitol Gazette via HometownAnnapolis.com

►November 2, 2007 - Clinic lets families brake for flu shots - Detroit Free Press via USA Today

►November 2, 2007 - Police sued over bird flu cautions - Daily Post, UK via The Press Association, UK

►November 2, 2007 - Bird flu forces Bangladesh to cull chickens - Reuters

►November 2, 2007 - Gilead Announces 48-Week Data from Two Pivotal Phase III Studies Evaluating Viread(R) For the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B - Gilead via Business Wire via MSN Money

►November 2, 2007 - Lead starts doing harm at low levels - Omaha World-Herald

►November 2, 2007 - Vertex hepatitis C drug effective in trial - San Diego Union-Tribune

►November 2, 2007 - Questionable Study Claims ADHD is Under-Diagnosed - American Chronicle

►November 2, 2007 - Sleeping Sickness Parasite Trypanosomiasis Eats Antibodies - TU Darmstadt, Germany, and The Max-Planck Institute via Associated Content

►November 2, 2007 - Got new allergies? Try yogurt - Great Reporter

►November 2, 2007 - CorMedix Studies Show That Removing 'Toxic' Iron Could Slow Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease - CorMedix via PrimeNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

►November 2, 2007 - Although U.S. Spends Twice As Much As Other Industrialized Nations On Health Care, More In This Country Have Access Problems, Survey Finds - Kaiser Network via Medical News Today

* ►November 2, 2007 - UW sees red on Ebola lab: Research halted here, but goes on elsewhere - The Capital Times via www.madison.com - "After telling the University of Wisconsin to halt research on the deadly Ebola virus because the university's lab didn't meet safety standards, the federal government has continued its own research on the virus in a lab with an even lower safety standard."

►November 2, 2007 - Child autism expenses more than most can handle - NBC2 News Online

►November 2, 2007 - Autism Brain Scan - A HealthCheck Special Report (includes video) - WPVI ABC 6

►November 2, 2007 - Experts push for autism screenings - News 14 Carolina

►November 2, 2007 - Adolescence and autism: A difficult, but not hopeless, combination - The challenges that autistic patients face become more pronounced during adolescence, a crucial period when many kinds of social behaviours are developed and when these individuals can become more keenly aware of their relationship difficulties. - The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) via innovations report

►November 2, 2007 - Expert: Early detection of autism important - The News-Gazette

►November 2, 2007 - Project Lifesaver - www.wtap.com - "You might remember the story of Jacob Allen, the 18-year old autistic boy who spent four days lost and alone in the woods. Thursday, the Wood County Sheriff's Department offered Jacob, and his family, a new outlook on life through Project Lifesaver."

* ►November 2, 2007 - Pneumonia blamed in trick-or-treater's death - 2-year-old girl ran slight fever but was not diagnosed - Peoria Journal Star News

►November 2, 2007 - Pneumonia outbreak not a threat - Foster's Daily Democrat

►November 2, 2007 - Mystery shrouds source of girl's meningitis infection - Gulfnews

►November 2, 2007 - Deadly bacteria scare at Port Townsend High - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 2, 2007 - Staph on the March - TIME Magazine

►November 2, 2007 - Vaccines for adults (includes video) - www.wkyc.com

►November 2, 2007 - Dementia Patients Taking Antipsychotics have Shorter Life Spans - http://roanoke.injuryboard.com

►November 2, 2007 - Ga.: Unpasteurized Milk to Stay White - AP via Houston Chronicle - "Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner is dropping a proposal to add dye to raw milk and make it a stomach-turning charcoal gray."

►November 2, 2007 - Company Profile for BioFactura, Inc. - Business Wire via Genetic Engineering News

►November 2, 2007 - MoU to develop virus resistant cassava - Economic Times, India - "Instead of using insecticides, the viable options would be to genetically engineer the crops for virus resistance through transgenic technology, the sources added."

►November 2, 2007 - Private $1m grant for ANU gene lab - The Canberra Times

►November 2, 2007 - On The Wires - Reuters - "DSM Biologics, a business unit of DSM Pharmaceutical Products and Crucell N.V. (CRXL) announce that they have signed a non-exclusive PER.C6 technology research licensing agreement with Brazilian-based Recepta Biopharma S.A."

►November 2, 2007 - Preventive behaviors protect against pneumonia - El Paso Times - "An older neighbor of mine complained to me that he even though he had the "pneumonia shot" he still ended up in the hospital with a serious case of pneumonia."

►November 2, 2007 - Cancer Treated As An Infectious Disease -- With Promising Results - Albert Einstein College of Medicine via ScienceDaily

►November 2, 2007 - India's Cipla gets tentative nod from FDA for anti-HIV generic drug Stavudine - Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex via CNNMoney

►November 2, 2007 - Gilead HIV drug beats Hepsera in second big trial - Reuters

►November 2, 2007 - Roche moves hepatitis drug to new mid-stage trial - Reuters

►November 2, 2007 - Bristol-Myers Says Hepatitis B Drug Effective In Study - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

►November 1, 2007 - GlobeImmune Announces Presentation of Additional Phase 1b Hepatitis C Results at American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2007 Annual Meeting - press release - GlobeImmune, Inc. via Marketwire

►November 1, 2007 - Investigate HPV vaccine - letter (requires registration or subscription) - Kansas City Star - "Please consider this new vaccine, and ask your health-care provider for more information."

* ►November 1, 2007 - Henry Schein Cuts Flu Vaccine Estimate - AP via Houston Chronicle - "Henry Schein said it now expects to distribute about 15.5 million doses of flu vaccine during the year compared with prior expectations for 20 million doses."

* ►November 1, 2007 - Notice: Notice of Availability of Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine - Office of the Secretary, Health and Human Services via www.pharmcast.com

* ►November 1, 2007 - A good shot for girls: State’s HPV information effort is worthy - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

* ►November 1, 2007 - More Confidence—or Slower Development? - FDAAA aims to restore public trust in drug safety regulation but may curb investment in R&D - Pharmaceutical Executive

►November 1, 2007 - Glia-dependent TGF-ß signaling, acting independently of the TH17 pathway, is critical for initiation of murine autoimmune encephalomyelitis - journal article (Journal of Clinical Investigation)

►November 1, 2007 - Getting Brain Food Straight from the Source (includes audio) - National Public Radio


►November 1, 2007 - Aethlon Medical Initiates Human Clinical Studies - Aethlon Medical via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►November 1, 2007 - Elan sues over patent infringement in US - Independent, Ireland

►November 1, 2007 - Staph at the Gym? Not if You're Careful (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 1, 2007 - Merck licenses rights to new hepatitis B vaccine - International Herald Tribune - "Merck has licensed the exclusive worldwide rights to sell a new, potentially more powerful vaccine against hepatitis B from Dynavax Technologies, a biotechnology company that is exploiting new findings about how the immune system works."

►November 1, 2007 - Rotarians review fight against polio - The Decatur Daily

►November 1, 2007 - Novel RSV Surveillance Program Broadens Potential For Improved RSV Outcomes - Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) via Medical News Today

►November 1, 2007 - Human Genome Sciences Completes Enrollment Ahead of Schedule in Second Phase 3 Albuferon(R) Trial - HGS expects to have all Phase 3 data available by spring 2009 to support the filing of global marketing authorization applications by fall 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney

►November 1, 2007 - Chinese fraudsters fake drug watchdog Web site - Reuters UK

►November 1, 2007 - New Center Helps Children with Autism (includes video) - ABC 13

* ►November 1, 2007 - Therapist shortage a problem - U. researchers: More than 6 percent of kids afflicted with communication disorder - Salt Lake Tribune - "'If you have 6 percent of your population with communication disorders, that means those children will need some kind of treatment,' said Judith Pinborough-Zimmerman, lead author of the study, published online in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology."

* ►November 1, 2007 - More workers charge Lilly with racial discrimination - Indianapolis Star

* ►November 2007 - Immunisation with BCG and recombinant MVA85A induces long-lasting, polyfunctional Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD4+ memory T lymphocyte populations - journal article (European Journal of Immunology)

* ►November 2007 - Thimerosal-Induced Apoptosis in Human SCM1 Gastric Cancer Cells: Activation of p38 MAP Kinase and Caspase-3 Pathways without Involvement of [Ca2+]i Elevation - journal article (Toxicological Sciences)

* ►November 2007 - Preclinical Pharmacology and Toxicology of Intravenous MV-NIS, an Oncolytic Measles Virus Administered With or Without Cyclophosphamide - journal article (Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics) - "Here, we report the results of preclinical pharmacology and toxicology studies conducted in support of our clinical protocol "Phase I Trial of Systemic Administration of Edmonston Strain of Measles Virus, Genetically Engineered to Express NIS, with or without Cyclophosphamide, in Patients with Recurrent or Refractory Multiple Myeloma."

* ►November 2007 - Recognising and managing antidepressant discontinuation symptoms - journal article (Advances in Psychiatric Treatment) - "Antidepressant discontinuation symptoms occur with all classes of antidepressant. A well-described discontinuation syndrome occurs with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, common symptoms including dizziness, headache, nausea and lethargy. Rare antidepressant discontinuation syndromes include extrapyramidal syndromes and mania/hypomania."

►November 2007 - An fMRI Auditory Oddball Study of Combined-Subtype Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

►November 2007 - Motor impairment in dyslexia: The influence of attention disorders - journal article (European Journal of Paediatric Neurology)

►November 2007 - Intimate behavior and allergy: a narrative review - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

►November 2007 - Occupational risk factors in Alzheimer's disease: a review assessing the quality of published epidemiological studies. - journal article (Occupational and Environmental Medicine)

* ►November 2007 - GAO Issues Warning on Biodefense Research - Arms Control Today via Arms Control Association

* ►October 31, 2007 - Notice: Draft Guidance for the Public, Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee Members, and Food and Drug Administration Staff: Public Availability of Advisory Committee Members' Financial Interest Information and Waivers; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com - "The draft guidance also includes a template for disclosing to the public the disqualifying financial interests for which waivers are sought and a template for all waivers that FDA grants. The guidance further describes FDA's process for making these documents available on its Web site in advance of each advisory committee meeting."

* ►October 31, 2007 - Notice: Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via www.pharmcast.com - "Immunostimulatory Combinations of TLR Ligands and Methods of Use, Cellular Receptor for Varicella-Zoster Virus, Methods of Inhibiting Spread of Varicella-Zoster and Methods of Increasing Stability and Infectivity of the Virus, An HIV Protein for Use as a Novel Therapeutic or Vaccine Component, Methods for Identifying Cathepsin G-Related Peptides as Modulators of Formylpeptide Receptors"

* ►October 31, 2007 - Genotype data of families with autism are released - news (Nature)

►October 31, 2007 - Chemical That Triggers Parkinson's Disease Discovered - Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have discovered the key brain chemical that causes Parkinson's disease - a breakthrough finding that could pave the way for new, far more effective therapies to treat one of the most common and debilitating neurological disorders. - Saint Louis University School of Medicine via ScienceDaily

►October 31, 2007 - Notice: Guidance for Industry on the Role of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Resistance Testing in Antiretroviral Drug Development; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►October 31, 2007 - Notice: Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Action Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) - National Institutes of Health (NIH), PHS, DHHS via www.pharmcast.com

►October 31, 2007 - Gamma Interferon Could Aid Fight Against Fungal Infections - Society for General Microbiology via Biocompare

►October 31, 2007 - Zambia's far-reaching measles campaign declared a success - UNICEF

►October 31, 2007 - Health officials plan drive-through drill - Times Community Newspapers

* ►October 30, 2007 - Drug adverts are moving our health goalposts - The Daily News - "Since these ads have been running — since 2001 — use of these drugs has increased about 64 percent. I don’t think anyone believes seriously that new cases of ADHD have increased that much that fast. A child in Europe (where no such ads appear) is 10 times less likely to take a drug for ADHD than an American child. The United States consumes 85 percent of the world supply of ADHD drugs."

* ►October 30, 2007 - Doctor's methods bring complaint - He calls medical board's charges 'totally bogus' - The Dallas Morning News - "Patients come from all over the world to Dr. William J. Rea's Dallas clinic, where porcelain-coated walls and elaborate ventilation systems offer protection from an environment the doctor says has made them ill. There he treats Gulf War veterans, Sept. 11 responders and patients he says have been sickened by lower levels of chemicals and pollution encountered in everyday life."

* ►October 30, 2007 - Scripps Research Team Blocks Bacterial Communication System to Prevent Deadly Staph Infections - Findings could lead to much-needed development of vaccines against 'superbugs' - Scripps Research Institute via Biocompare

►October 30, 2007 - Long History: Actual cause of epilepsy is still often unknown - Winston-Salem Journal

►October 30, 2007 - Notice: Draft Guidance for Industry on Acute Bacterial Sinusitis: - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►October 30, 2007 - Sciele Pharma and Addrenex Announce Initiation of Pivotal Phase III Trials for Clonicel for ADHD - Interim Results From Open-Label Follow-up Include Longer-term Safety Findings - Sciele Pharma via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►October 30, 2007 - Rosemary Chicken Protects Your Brain from Free Radicals - Discovery finds mechanism for the herb’s action in ameliorating neurological conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease - Burnham Institute via Biocompare

►October 30, 2007 - Notice: Guidance for Industry: Considerations for Plasmid Deoxyribonucleic Acid Vaccines for Infectious Disease Indications; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►October 30, 2007 - Folic acid fortification warning - Fortifying flour with folic acid to cut birth defects may lead to a range of health problems, warn scientists. - BBC

►October 30, 2007 - United States: The FDA Amendments Act Of 2007 (requires registration) - Mondaq

* ►October 29, 2007 - GP Jayne Donegan -Not Guilty - NHS Exposed - The Truth Behind The White Coat - "The MDU have told Jayne that she is allowed no Media coverage. When Jayne asked why they stated it was usual in controversial cases like hers. The GMC having caused a vilification of the doctor by the press releases and media coverage, her defence union now tells the doctor that she cannot publicise the fact she was cleared. Anyway, in dedication to the General Medical Council Press Office who is responsible for the vast majority of media vilification of many innocent doctors, we present the Donegan Transcripts."

* ►October 29, 2007 - Guidance for Industry Considerations for Plasmid DNA Vaccines for Infectious Disease Indications - FDA/CBER

* ►October 29, 2007 - The Aspartame Scandal: This Artificial Sweetener is the Thalidomide of the 90's - OpEdNews

* ►October 29, 2007 - Dioxin Exposure, from Infancy Through Puberty, Produces Endocrine Disruption and Affects Human Semen Quality (pdf) - Environmental Health Perspectives

►October 29, 2007 - Epilepsy-Induced Brain Cell Damage Prevented in the Laboratory - Washington University School of Medicine via Biocompare

►October 28, 2007 - Microbial Biofilms Evoke Jekyll & Hyde Effects - European Science Foundation via Biocompare

►October 26, 2007 - New Study of Concerta(R) Showed Significant Improvement of ADHD Symptom Management in Adults Compared to Placebo - Interim Results From Open-Label Follow-up Include Longer-term Safety Findings - McNeil Pediatrics via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

* ►October 25, 2007 - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and the second dose of MMR - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

* ►October 25, 2007 - Routine Laboratory Testing Data for Surveillance of Rotavirus Hospitalizations to Evaluate the Impact of Vaccination (requires registration) (full text) - The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal via Medscape

* ►October 25, 2007 - Data From Investigator-Sponsored Trial of Oncophage® Cancer Vaccine in Glioma Presented at AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics - Antigenics

* ►October 25, 2007 - Pioneer Pediatrician Discusses "Touch Points" in Infant Mental Health (requires registration) - Medscape Medical News

►October 25, 2007 - A Reader Responds to "Ethics and Evidence-Based Medicine: Is There a Conflict?" (requires registration) - Medscape

►October 25, 2007 - Glow-in-the-dark shrimp -- it's all a little fishy - Luminescent crustaceans bought in Seattle stores; FDA won't investigate - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►October 24, 2007 - Hepatitis A Vaccine and Immune Globulin Offer Protection Against HAV Exposure CME (requires registration) - NEJM via Medscape Medical News

* ►October 24, 2007 - Usage patterns, health, and nutritional status of long-term multiple dietary supplement users: a cross-sectional study (pdf) - journal article (Nutrition Journal) - "After adjustment for age, gender, income, education and body mass index, greater degree of supplement use was associated with more favorable concentrations of serum homocysteine, C-reactive protein, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as lower risk of prevalent elevated blood pressure and diabetes."

►October 24, 2007 - Updated Guidelines for Preventing Hepatitis A Virus Infection After Exposure to the Virus CME/CE (requires registration) - MMWR via Medscape Medical News

►October 24, 2007 - Sanofi-Aventis (BMIS Inspection) Warning Letter - FDA via www.pharmcast.com

►October 24, 2007 - Household chemicals, persistent wheezing and lung function: Effect modification by atopy? - journal article (The European Respiratory Journal)

►October 24, 2007 - American kids, dumber than dirt - Warning: The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history - San Francisco Chronicle

* ►October 23, 2007 - Government may waste anthrax vaccine - Reuters - "The government stands to waste $100 million a year if two federal agencies cannot agree to coordinate the use of a vaccine for the deadly anthrax bacterial disease."

* ►October 23, 2007 - Scalp hair and urine mercury content of children in the Northeast United States: The New England children's amalgam trial. - journal article (Environmental Research) - "The percentage of those with U-Hg 2.3mug/g creatinine ranged from 4% to 6%. Number of amalgam restorations had a significant dose-response relationship with U-Hg level. Daily gum chewing in the presence of amalgam was associated with high U-Hg."

* ►October 23, 2007 - Professor challenges standard definitions of mental disorders - The Daily Northwestern - "Do you avoid public speaking? Shy away from eating alone in restaurants? Millions of Americans do, and countless American doctors would prescribe the social anxiety drug Paxil to treat this "widespread condition." Northwestern English professor Christopher Lane disagrees. According to Lane, perfectly healthy people are being misdiagnosed with mental illnesses because of the medical community's flimsy definitions."

►October 23, 2007 - Meeting Environmental and Nutritional Goals Cuts Childhood Mortality (requires registration) - JAMA via Reuters Health

►October 23, 2007 - Patterns of Guillain-Barré syndrome in children - journal article (Neurology)

►October 23, 2007 - RSV Risk High in Infants With Down's Syndrome (requires registration) - Pediatrics via Reuters Health

►October 22, 2007 - Adenotonsillectomy Improves Sleep, Behavior in Children With Sleep-Disordered Breathing CME (requires registration) - Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery via Medscape Medical News

►October 22, 2007 - Brief Report: Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychological Functioning in Latino Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis or Arthralgia (requires registration) (full text) - Journal of Pediatric Psychology via Medscape

►October 22, 2007 - Using Pediatric Advanced Life Support in Pediatric Residency Training: Does the Curriculum Need Resuscitation? (requires registration) (full text) - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine via Medscape

* ►October 19, 2007 - Antibiotics Not Justified for Respiratory Tract Infections, Sore Throat, or Otitis Media CME (requires registration) - BMJ via Medscape

►October 19, 2007 - From Marcus Welby to Grey's Anatomy: The Next Generation (requires registration) (includes video) - Medscape General Medicine

►October 19, 2007 - No visas for 1,200 pilgrims - Haj devotees yet to take the mandatory polio drops - The Hindu

* ►October 19, 2007 - Portsmouth School Board's ADHD flier draws fire - The Virginian-Pilot

* ►October 18, 2007 - Medicago announces technological milestone with production of self-assembled Influenza Virus-Like Particles in plants - press release - Medicago Inc. via CNW Group

* ►October 18, 2007 - Many Pharmacists Now Administer Vaccinations - Morning Edition via NPR

►October 18, 2007 - Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Release of Pandemic Influenza: Warning, Children at Risk - Senator Hillary Clinton via All American Patriots

►October 18, 2007 - The flu is here in Buncombe County, so get a shot - Local woman suffers 1st case - Asheville Citizen-Times

►October 18, 2007 - Parents lose HIV case against Government - The parents of 13-year-old Richard Facey, who contracted HIV in 1997 during a blood transfusion, have lost their legal battle to get compensation from the Government. - Jamaica Gleaner

* ►October 17, 2007 - GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Withdraws Its Application for a Scientific Opinion for Globorix - The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) via PharmaLive - "The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has been formally notified by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals s.a. of its decision to withdraw the application for a scientific opinion for the medicinal product Globorix vaccine (DTPw-HBV/Hib-MenAC, powder and suspension for suspension for injection). Globorix was intended to be used exclusively for markets outside of the European Union (EU)."

* ►October 17, 2007 - What To Do About HPV? - U.S. News & World Report

►October 17, 2007 - Do Staph Bacteria Kill More People Than HIV? - Forbes

►October 17, 2007 - Jennifer Garner: The New Face Of Influenza - Access Hollywood

* ►October 16, 2007 - Title: Powdery preparation for transmucosal administration containing a polymeric form of drug and exhibiting improved storage stability (patent) - Kirin Beer Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP) via www.pharmcast.com - "In a fifth embodiment of the present invention, the medicine of high molecular weight is physiologically active peptide or protein (including antibody, vaccine and antigen)."

►October 16, 2007 - Title: Protein molecule useful for inhibition of anthrax toxin (patent) - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (New Delhi, IN) via www.pharmcast.com

►October 16, 2007 - Title: Compositions and methods for the treatment of immune related diseases (patent) - Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, CA) via www.pharmcast.com

►October 16, 2007 - Title: Nanoparticles for protein drug delivery (patent) - GP Medical, Inc. (Newport Beach, CA), National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu, TW) via www.pharmcast.com

►October 16, 2007 - Title: Human monoclonal antibodies against interleukin 8 (IL-8) (patent) - Medarex, Inc. (Princeton, NJ), Genmab A/S (DK) via www.pharmcast.com - "Exemplary diseases that can be treated (e.g., ameliorated) or prevented using the methods and compositions of the invention include, but are not limited to, inflammatory or hyperproliferative skin disorders, immune, autoimmune, inflammatory or infectious diseases, and diseases involving IL-8 mediated angiogenesis, such as tumors and cancers."

* ►October 15, 2007 - Should Your Child Be in a Clinical Trial? - FDA - "FDA has taken a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage studies in children, says Rodriguez. The "carrot" is the Pediatric Exclusivity Provision of the FDA Modernization Act, passed initially in 1997 and becoming law under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) in 2002. BPCA gives drug manufacturers a voluntary incentive of an additional six months of marketing exclusivity—the ability to sell their drug without competition from generic drugs—if they conduct pediatric studies of drugs that FDA determines may be useful to children."

►October 15, 2007 - Human Gene Therapies: Novel Product Development - FDA

* ►October 3, 2007 - Mother Jailed, Put On Trial for Curing Her Son of Melanoma - Angry Scientist

►October 2007 - Understanding allergic asthma from allergen inhalation tests - journal article (Canadian Respiratory Journal)

* ►September/October 2007 - Childhood Linear IgA Bullous Disease Triggered by Amoxicillin-Clavulanic Acid - journal article (Pediatric Dermatology)

* ►September 30, 2007 - Doctors plan to inject 3 month old babies with neurotoxic HPV vaccine (comments) - Aftermath News

►Volume 8 Number 5, 2007 - Creuzfeldt Jacob Disease - journal article (British Journal of Infection Control)

►August 31, 2007 - Challenges for the FDA: The Future of Drug Safety, Workshop Summary - Institute of Medicine
 

AWARES Conference Centre - "Welcome to the AWARES conference centre. Our third conference, Autism2007, gives you unique direct access to over 60 autism experts from around the world. - Live from 26 Nov 2007"

Current Concepts in the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum-Associated Enterocolitis - Join us as Dr. Arthur Krigsman speaks about ASD enterocolitis on December 1st and 2nd. Dr. Krigsman has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of gastrointestinal pathology common to children with autism spectrum disorders. - Autism Research Institute

Products Targeted to Children Contain Hazardous Chemicals and Ingredients Not Found Safe for Kids - Cosmetic Safety Database via Environmental Working Group


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