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Starting in July 2018, Vaccination News will no longer be manually updating the news because I can no longer afford to do it and I get almost no financial help.  I have tried numerous solutions, including charging $10/yr but even that was too much for but a few people.

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All the News Posted June 28-30, 2009

Posted June 30, 2009


* ►July 1, 2009 - Vaccine Expert Reveals What You Should Know Before You Roll Up Your Sleeve - - "Here are Dr. Tenpenny's well documented findings in the form of questions everyone should be asking."

* ►July 1, 2009 - Halt Japanese encephalitis immunization drive: BJP - Times of India - "The state BJP has raised eyebrows over the Chinese vaccine for Japanese encephalitis being administered to school children by state health department. 'There is a psychological fear among parents about the safety of this vaccine. This is because of the perception that Chinese goods are of low quality. Although we are told that the vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is known that drugs are being tested in third world countries. 'From whatever research we have carried out, it is learnt that mouse brain is a component in this vaccine, and it has a side effect. However, we are still researching about this vaccine,' Parvatkar said. 'Parents have also consulted their family doctors about this vaccine, and the doctors themselves have expressed their ignorance of such a vaccine,' he added."

* ►July 1, 2009 - The Case for Public Ownership of Patient Data - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 1, 2009 - Ethical Collection, Storage, and Use of Public Health Data - Review of Herpes Zoster - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - Building Bridges Between Medical Care and Public Health - Review of Herpes Zoster - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - A 70-Year-Old Woman With Shingles - Review of Herpes Zoster - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - The Obligation to Participate in Biomedical Research - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 1, 2009 - State Licensure and Professional Monopolies in Medicine - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 1, 2009 - Clinical Trials Registry Expands - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 1, 2009 - Your Health in the Information Age: How You and Your Doctor Can Use the Internet to Work Together (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - Aging, Biotechnology, and the Future (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - New Pain Guideline for Older Patients - Avoid NSAIDs, Consider Opioids - journal article (JAMA)

►July 1, 2009 - Ministries told to use the term influenza A (H1N1) - Malaysia Star

* ►July 1, 2009 - Warning over 'swine flu parties' plan - Government tells parents virus is too unpredictable to risk exposing children - The Independent, UK

* ►July 1, 2009 - Fears mount after third school pupil develops swine flu - Belfast Telegraph - "And she also revealed that some of those children who were given the anti-viral Tamiflu had become violently ill. 'I have spoken to one parent whose child has been suffering from side effects from taking Tamiflu and I have spoken to a number of people who have said that they knew of other children who have been really sick after taking Tamiflu,' she said."

* ►July 1, 2009 - Autism patients' treatment is denied illegally, group says - Consumer Watchdog asks a judge to order the state Department of Managed Health Care to enforce the law and require insurers to serve autistic members. The agency says it's doing its job. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "More than 37,000 children with the most severe cases receive services, such as ABA, through the state. Because the state's limited budget for such children is rationed according to the neediest, thousands more suffer serious and debilitating problems but are ineligible for state aid."

►July 2009 - Continued Impact of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Carriage in Young Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Impact of Electronic Health Record-Based Alerts on Influenza Vaccination for Children With Asthma - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Influenza Virus Infection and the Risk of Serious Bacterial Infections in Young Febrile Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Effects of Oseltamivir on Influenza-Related Complications in Children With Chronic Medical Conditions - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Using Personal Health Records to Improve the Quality of Health Care for Children (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - The Future of Pediatrics: Mental Health Competencies for Pediatric Primary Care (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - The Use of Internet-Based Technology to Tailor Well-Child Care Encounters - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Improving Clinical Quality Indicators Through Electronic Health Records: It Takes More Than Just a Reminder - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Low-Income Parents' Views on the Redesign of Well-Child Care - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Cardiovascular Medication Errors in Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Expert Witness Participation in Civil and Criminal Proceedings (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Teaching by Listening: The Importance of Adult-Child Conversations to Language Development - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Pediatric Specialized Transport Teams Are Associated With Improved Outcomes - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Should a Head-Injured Child Receive a Head CT Scan? A Systematic Review of Clinical Prediction Rules - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Epinephrine Auto-injectors: Is Needle Length Adequate for Delivery of Epinephrine Intramuscularly? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Do Stimulants Protect Against Psychiatric Disorders in Youth With ADHD? A 10-Year Follow-up Study - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Early Resuscitation of Children With Moderate-to-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Headache in Young Children in the Emergency Department: Use of Computed Tomography - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Risk Factors for Persistent Fatigue With Significant School Absence in Children and Adolescents - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Serum Gentamicin Concentrations in Encephalopathic Infants are Not Affected by Therapeutic Hypothermia - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After Infectious Mononucleosis in Adolescents - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Treatment of Kawasaki Disease: Analysis of 27 US Pediatric Hospitals From 2001 to 2006 - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Ethnicity Matters in the Assessment and Treatment of Children's Pain - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Functional Status Scale: New Pediatric Outcome Measure - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Clinical Predictors of Pneumonia Among Children With Wheezing - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Effectiveness of Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Potassium in the Treatment of Acute Bacterial Sinusitis in Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►July 2009 - Delivery Indications at Late-Preterm Gestations and Infant Mortality Rates in the United States - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Functioning at School Age of Moderately Preterm Children Born at 32 to 36 Weeks' Gestational Age - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Intravenous Lipid and Bilirubin-Albumin Binding Variables in Premature Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Prenatal Growth and Early Postnatal Influences on Adult Motor Cortical Excitability - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Pathways to Approval of Pediatric Cardiac Devices in the United States: Challenges and Solutions - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - State and Regional Variation in Regulations Related to Feeding Infants in Child Care - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Cardiac Safety of Methylphenidate Versus Amphetamine Salts in the Treatment of ADHD - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Intrapartum Antibiotic Exposure and Early Neonatal, Morbidity, and Mortality in Africa - journal article (Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Cancer Risk Among Children With Very Low Birth Weights - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Gardasil: the denial continues by Renate Klein - On Line Opinion - "Two weeks after receiving the 'cervical cancer' vaccination Gardasil, 26-year-old Shannon from Melbourne remembers, 'it became so difficult to breathe that I went straight to the emergency room. I was very frightened at this point. Two weeks before I had been fit and healthy, and by this stage I was limping around the house like a stroke victim, wheezing and worried I was suffocating.'  At the hospital Shannon had x-rays, blood tests and an MRI. She was told that the lining of her left lung had become so inflamed that it was rubbing against her chest wall each time she breathed. The Head Consultant looking after her said that she must have gotten some mysterious virus and that Gardasil had been tested and was safe. She was released with no diagnosis other than 'pleurisy' and given painkillers. Five months after receiving the vaccine she saw a neurologist who confirmed that she had damage to her left side and that it was 'an auto-immune reaction, resulting in inflamed lining of the left lung and nerves on the left side, with a temporal connection to Gardasil injection'. Shannon says she’s never been so sick all her life. Fourteen months later she had to quit her job and is now desperately trying to regain her health."

* ►June 30, 2009 - ACIP: No Preference for Separate MMR and Varicella Vaccines - MedPage Today - "Most members supported separate administrations of the MMR and varicella vaccines because of a lower risk for febrile seizures in the first two weeks after receiving the shots. The committee had originally recommended the use of the four-vaccine combination, known as ProQuad, because it reduces the number of shots and presumably increases immunization rates. But, in March 2008, that preference was removed following preliminary data from two studies that detected an increased risk of febrile seizures with the combination."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Appeals Court to Vaccine Court: Don’t be a Putz! By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►June 30, 2009 - David Kirby: "Tidal Wave" of Young Adults with Autism about to Flood Cash-Strapped California - The Huffington Post

* ►June 30, 2009 - Harvey Karp: Cracking the Autism Riddle: Toxic Chemicals, A Serious Suspect in the Autism Outbreak - The Huffington Post

►June 30, 2009 - Legislation Introduced to Require First Comparative Study of Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Populations - Age of Autism

►June 30, 2009 - AAP Spokesperson Dr. Karp Speaks of World Wide Rise in Autism By Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

►June 30, 2009 - David Kirby on HuffPo: Adults with Autism, Tidal Wave Coming - Age of Autism

* ►June 30, 2009 - Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic? - Same strain of influenza was released by accident three decades ago - The Independent, UK

* ►June 30, 2009 - Insect cells deliver potential flu vaccine - The Canberra Times - "A swine flu vaccine made using insect cells is only months away from being available in Australia as researchers seek approvals for human trials. The University of Queensland has produced Australia's first batch of a new candidate vaccine against the A(H1N1) swine flu virus. US firm Protein Sciences developed the vaccine earlier this month and is transferring its technology to other countries. This is part of an agreement with the United Nations and the World Health Organisation to ensure a vaccine is available to all UN member countries."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Vical H1 Influenza Vaccine Delivers Robust Preclinical Results With 100% Response - Vical via Globe Newswire via

* ►June 30, 2009 - Dreading flu shot? Get set for triple dose - The Canadian Press via The Chronicle Herald - "Health Canada, which regulates vaccines, has said manufacturers will be required to submit immunogenicity data — results of clinical trials that show whether the vaccine elicits a sufficiently strong immune response. And vaccine manufacturers are being asked to submit plans for how they will conduct surveillance for adverse events once their vaccines are in wide use."

* ►June 30, 2009 - When viruses book a flight - Toronto doctor's system of analyzing air traffic to map potential hotbeds first tested with swine flu - The Toronto Star

* ►June 30, 2009 - Swine flu followed flight paths -

►June 30, 2009 - System deisgned to predict H1N1 spread - The Times of India

►June 30, 2009 - Two more people in UK die from swine flu, as swabbing policy ends in "hot spot" areas - journal article (BMJ)

►June 30, 2009 - Swine Flu Still Going Strong - Talk Radio News Service

►June 30, 2009 - English schoolgirl with swine flu dies - The Post, IE - "A spokesman for NHS West Midlands said the child had “other serious underlying health conditions” and tested positive for swine flu following her death. British Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: “I would like to express my condolences to the patient’s family at this very difficult time. “This is a tragedy for those concerned and they have my heartfelt sympathy. “I would reiterate that the risk to the general public remains low and we can all play our part in slowing the spread of the virus by following simple hygiene procedures – like washing your hands and using tissues when coughing or sneezing."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Swine flu may have been leaked from laboratory - View London, UK

* ►June 30, 2009 - People May have Brought H1N1 Virus from Asia - Pork Magazine

* ►June 30, 2009 - Younger people 'should get swine flu vaccine first' - BMJ Group via The Guardian, UK

* ►June 30, 2009 - Sinovac obtains revised approvals for pandemic influenza vaccine - Datamonitor via COMTEX via Trading Markets

* ►June 30, 2009 - Battle against H1N1 may develop new diagnosis - China Daily - "Enough doses of H1N1 vaccine to cover 1 percent of the Chinese population would be prepared before Oct 1, he said. 'Experts are now busy devising the inoculation plan," he noted. "Not everyone in the country needs to be vaccinated.'"

* ►June 30, 2009 - China Journal: My 4 Days in Quarantine - CBS News

* ►June 30, 2009 - Wash. gov. OKs emergency money for flu season - Longview Daily News - "Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved $700,000 in emergency spending to buy more antiviral medicine for the next flu season."

►June 30, 2009 - Are 'Swine flu parties' a bad idea? - The Star-Ledger via

►June 30, 2009 - Promising Practices for Pandemic Planning - Experts stress need for personal, community preparedness - CIDRAP News

►June 30, 2009 - Swine flu spreads through prison - A further three prisoners and a staff member from a central Queensland prison have swine flu. - AAP via The Australian

►June 30, 2009 - Philippine president on self-quarantine after overseas trip - Xinhua via China View

►June 30, 2009 - Boston reports 2d death due to swine flu (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►June 30, 2009 - Alameda Woman Recounts Beijing Quarantine -

►June 30, 2009 - Isle students no longer in quarantine - Tripler patient's June 19 death first in Hawaii related to swine flu - Honolulu Advertiser

►June 30, 2009 - Quarantined tourists giving hospital staff a hard time - The Sun Daily

►June 30, 2009 - Tests rule out suspected Influenza A(H1N1) case in Kenya - Xinhua via China View

►June 30, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine Q&A - NHS Choices

►June 30, 2009 - Church Campers Visiting Polk County Contract Flu Virus - WDEF News 12

* ►June 30, 2009 - Bonnie's Notes: Obama Health Reform; Vax Mandate History; Autism Treatment; June NY Rally - New Yorkers for Vaccine Information and Choice

* ►June 30, 2009 - Autism treatment wait times growing, warns NDP - CTV - "Critics say the backlog of autistic children waiting for crucial therapy in Ontario is growing at an alarming rate and in some cases leaving parents to pick up the tab for costly treatment. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says as of March 31, there were 1,513 children waiting for treatment -- up 450 from December."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Holistic Medicine Used To Treat Autism - Colon Therapy Sessions Used To Relax Patients (includes video) - WSMV Nashville - "A Vanderbilt University study is backing what parents of autistic children may have suspected for years. There is a possible link between autism and gastrointestinal disorders."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Problem pregnancy 'autism risk' - Complications during pregnancy and giving birth later in life may increase the risk of having a child with autism, a review of dozens of studies suggests. - BBC

* ►June 30, 2009 - Novartis receives Complete Response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration for its investigational vaccine Menveo(R) - Hugin via COMTEX via FOX Business

* ►June 30, 2009 - Patients’ safety must not be sacrificed to financial targets, doctors say - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Prioritizing Comparative-Effectiveness Research — IOM Recommendations (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Comparative-Effectiveness Research — Implications of the Federal Coordinating Council's Report (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 30, 2009 - Suffolk prepares for more swine flu - Evening Star, UK

►June 30, 2009 - US neurosurgeons earn nearly $0.5m in their first year - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 30, 2009 - BMA meeting: NHS doctors must not be "muzzled," BMA chairman says - journal article (BMJ)

►June 30, 2009 - BMA chairman calls for end to market in health care - journal article (BMJ)

►June 30, 2009 - NHS staff are invited to see climate change film free of charge - journal article (BMJ)

►June 30, 2009 - New non-drug fix for HIV? (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Recently, James Hildreth at the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., and his colleagues found that cells affected by Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC), which disrupts cholesterol trafficking, were unable to release HIV, suggesting these cells would not spread the virus."

►June 30, 2009 - Tackling Africa's silent disease (requires registration) - Cancer could kill 11 million Africans in 2020. What practical steps can we take now to prevent this from happening? - The Scientist

►June 30, 2009 - The President's Trojan Horse or Genuine Health Reform? - Rocklin & Roseville Today

* ►June 30, 2009 - FDA Seeks Public Input on Tobacco Regulation - FDA

►June 30, 2009 - The bug versus your immune system - Manila Standard Today

►June 30, 2009 - Vaccines for virgins only: why the HPV jab should be free to all - - "Like the MMR and the BCG, the vaccination should be made compulsory and available to everyone who wants it. Economically, it is far less expensive to provide an injection than it is to treat someone with cancer. I fail to see why the government continues to ignore this issue."

►June 30, 2009 - Post-Star looking for help with Gardasil story - Blogs

* ►June 30, 2009 - EU says Pfizer is suggesting changes to Wyeth bid to win regulatory approval (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times

* ►June 30, 2009 - Merck Allowed to Discharge More into Shenandoah River -

* ►June 30, 2009 - Novavax in multi-million Spanish deal on vaccines - AP via Forbes

►June 30, 2009 - Novavax stock soars on license deal - Washington Business Journal - "Rovi Pharmaceuticals Laboratories, a publicly traded Madrid company, has agreed to license the Rockville vaccine developer’s emerging technology, which uses flu virus-like particles rather than the entire strain to elicit an immune response without using any infectious agents."

►June 30, 2009 - First domestically-produced measles vaccine in circulation - A measles vaccine produced by the Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biological (POLYVAC) Products with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been licenced for circulation. - VietNamNet Bridge

►June 30, 2009 - Forgotten disease - Business Mirror

* ►June 30, 2009 - Medical examiner: Ore. girl appeared malnourished - AP via Yahoo! - "A 15-month-old girl whose parents belong to a congregation that shuns doctors appeared to be malnourished after her death from pneumonia, a medical examiner testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of her parents."

►June 30, 2009 - Malawi: 250,000 on free ARVs - About 250,000 out of one million Malawians who are HIV positive are reported to have access to free anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. The southern African country's Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Mary Shawa, said the 77 percent of the people on the free drugs were leading normal lives. - AfricaNews

►June 30, 2009 - Harvard scientists solve mystery about why HIV patients are more susceptible to TB infection - New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology describe how HIV switches off the immune response to mycobacterium tuberculosis - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology via EurekAlert!

►June 30, 2009 - US preparing to lift HIV travel ban - Seattle Times

►June 30, 2009 - Cookie dough E. coli outbreak grows, CDC says - CNN

* ►June 29, 2009 - “Mandatory Vaccinations Are Constitutional/Legal” - “This is a law that goes back 100 years, maybe more.” What “law” he refers to, well, we don’t know because he doesn’t know. - Lew Rockwell Blog

* ►June 29, 2009 - H1N1 Flu Formerly Known As Swine - Planet Chiropractic

►June 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Can Kill Even the Previously Healthy - NEJM via MedPage Today

►June 29, 2009 - Thai naval conscript dead with flu A/H1N1 virus - Xinhua via China View

►June 29, 2009 - 33-year-old man Nevada's second swine flu death - AP via San Jose Mercury News

►June 29, 2009 - Mumps outbreak in Cumbria - Times & Star, UK

►June 29, 2009 - Child vaccination program begins in Jordan - AME Info - "Jordan has received a shipment of 15,000 pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine doses as a donation from US-based Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to help boost the kingdom's efforts to combat pneumococcal disease."

►June 29, 2009 - UV-based handheld commercial device proves able to detect anthrax accurately, reliably - BioOptics World Magazine

* ►June 29, 2009 - HIV-Positive Namibian Women Suing Government for Forced Sterilization - Ms. Magazine

* ►June 29, 2009 - Drugging Our Children to Death - HealthNewsDigest - "The initiative to drug our children for profit has exceeded all common sense boundaries and is threatening the welfare of every American child. It is up to each and every one of us to stop this madness! We have allowed ourselves to be “sold down the river” by savvy marketing executives who care more about their corporate bottom line than they do about our children or our families. The scope of the collective greed and malice has now reached epidemic proportions and, sadly enough, can be measured in body countsmany of them being our children’s. The numbers don’t lie. The verdict is in. We are drugging our children to DEATH! Gwen Olsen spent more than a decade as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry, working for health care giants such as Johnson Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories."

* ►June 29, 2009 - U.S. Attorney News Release: Ringleader Sentenced to Nine Years In Federal Prison For Allergy Testing Health Care Fraud Scheme That Bilked Insurance Companies and Deceived Thousands of Patients (pdf) - United States Department of Justice (USDOJ)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Who wants to be the flu doctor? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Doctors’ leaders back new guidance on using patients’ records for research - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Roche's Tamiflu Works In Swine Flu Despite Denmark Case (requires registration) - Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal - "This first surge in demand for Tamiflu came after a new bird flu virus had emerged in Asia, and had been widely expected to be the cause of the first pandemic in more than 40 years. That didn't happen though because the virus never was circulated heavily in humans. Instead the now circulating swine flu virus emerged in Mexico a few months ago, causing the 21st centuries first pandemic. The U.S. alone has a stockpile of 50 million courses of antiviral medicine on a federal level and a further 22 million courses on a state level. Governments are holding the drugs to protect people working on the front line of a pandemic, such as healthcare workers, thereby limiting the spread. At some point, there will certainly be resistance to Tamiflu, said Birgit Kulhoff, pharmaceutical analyst in Zurich with private bank Rahn & Bodmer. "Sooner or later there will be resistance, and I would expect that to happen when the swine flu virus starts mixing with seasonal flu viruses," she said."

►June 29, 2009 - FDA creates task force to make its work more transparent - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Erythromycin in whooping cough - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Breaking the mould in patient safety - journal article (BMJ)

►June 29, 2009 - 6 More Swine Flu Cases Found; No Blood Tests Planned for Bali Airport - Jakarta Globe

* ►June 29, 2009 - Out of Frame: Under Our Skin - - "Did you know that the test recommended by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to diagnose Lyme misses it 3/4ths of the time?"

►June 29, 2009 - BMA meeting: More than three quarters of people think NHS funds should be protected from spending cuts - journal article (BMJ)

►June 29, 2009 - Tests under way to see if controlling immune system might curb Type 1 diabetes - via AP via Yahoo!

►June 29, 2009 - Collaborations aim to develop new drugs for neglected tropical diseases - journal article (BMJ)

►June 28, 2009 - Quick Takes from Obama’s Presser - Health care reform received a level of attention on par with the controversy over the Iran election. - The RPM Report

* ►June 28, 2009 - Drug Marketing Tax Deductibility Penalty - House Ways & Means Committee is not ready to tie the loss of tax deductibility for drug promotional expenses to failure to disclose gifts to physicians. That’s potentially bad news for pharma in the post-Fourth continuing discussions of health care reform. - The RPM Report

►June 28, 2009 - Roche is a Biotech Company—At Least, In Washington - Swiss firm drops out of PhRMA following merger with Genentech (which left PhRMA in 2001). PhRMA CEO is confident Roche will come back next year. - The RPM Report

* ►June 26, 2009 - Age for starting cervical cancer screening in England will not be lowered - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 26, 2009 - Disease disguised as common cold can be deadly - - "Three days after John Merricle's visit to St. Rita's he was notified by the hospital and the health department that he had pertussis. The Merricles were quarantined to their house between June 18 to 22 and put on antibiotics. John Merricle's co-workers at Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority were also quarantined for five days on antibiotics in case they were infected. Quarantine in cases like this is routine, Dershem said. "We had to close the maintenance department for a couple days and contract out work," said Cindy Ring, executive director at Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority. "We did lots of checking with the health department to make sure we contacted everyone that could have been exposed to it."

►June 26, 2009 - REMS Enters VC Financing Calculations - Venture capital firms have added a new criterion to their definition of a successful drug development plan: a clear reading on the potential for post-approval marketing controls and a plan for how to implement those controls without a regulatory delay. - The RPM Report

►June 26, 2009 - Managing hepatitis C virus infection - journal article (BMJ)

►June 26, 2009 - Government claims measures to cut MRSA and C difficile rates will help reduce other infections - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Cost of US health reforms is estimated at $1.6 trillion for first 10 years - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Making information about clinical trials publicly available - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 25, 2009 - Less medicine is more - journal article (BMJ)

►June 25, 2009 - Russia’s healthcare system: in need of modernisation - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 25, 2009 - National Autism Association Teams Up With 12 Organizations To End Abusive Restraint and Seclusion In Schools - press release - National Autism Association

►June 25, 2009 - MMR warning after big rise in measles and mumps - Tameside Advertiser

* ►June 24, 2009 - Legalising drugs would be "an historic mistake," UN report says - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - UK swine flu cases near 3000, as GP leader says use of Tamiflu may need to be rethought - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 23, 2009 - Whistleblowing is crucial for a "world class" NHS - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 23, 2009 - Doctors call for head of World Medical Association to quit as "matter of priority" - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Watching over the medical device industry - journal article (BMJ)

* ►June 23, 2009 - Website captures people’s experiences of clinical trials - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Variation in antibiotic prescribing and its impact on recovery in patients with acute cough in primary care: prospective study in 13 countries (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Clostridium difficile infection - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Reactive hypoglycaemia in severe mental illness - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Please redress the balance of millennium development goals - journal article (BMJ)

►June 23, 2009 - Long-Term Relationships between Synaptic Tenacity, Synaptic Remodeling, and Network Activity - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►June 23, 2009 - Eps8 Regulates Axonal Filopodia in Hippocampal Neurons in Response to Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►June 23, 2009 - Light, Sleep, and Circadian Rhythms: Together Again - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►June 20, 2009 - Infant diagnosed with whooping cough - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

* ►June 18, 2009 - Karen’s Story (USA) - Gardasil: Women Hurt by Medicine - "Our lives have been turned upside down after Gardasil. My daughter had a 3.8 GPA without even trying. She failed all her classes since Gardasil. My daughters health has been in serious decline since she received her Gardasil injections. Within hours she was vomiting, feverish with a terrible headache. She could not get out of bed for almost 3 weeks. I called the doctor regarding her illness she said she must have received a bad flu shot. She was vaccinated with Gardasil at the same time as the flu vaccine."

* ►June 16, 2009 - Developing vaccines a riskier prospect than new drugs - Increasing failure-to-success ratio a concern for future research (requires registration) - Medical Post

►June 16, 2009 - Health officials react to H1N1 announcement - Barrhead Leader - "To view Alberta’s Pandemic Response Plan, or for more information, visit"

►June 16, 2009 - Alcohol’s Good for You? Some Scientists Doubt It (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 15, 2009 - Sinovac Completes Construction of H1N1 Virus Seed Bank--Production of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Is Nearly Completed - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via PRNewswire-Asia via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►May 24, 2009 - Raindrop’s Story (USA) - Gardasil: Women Hurt by Medicine - "Why have the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries chosen to experiment with the first ever, large scale application of a new, unproven, genetically modified, inter-species gene mixing vaccine technology on the female youth of an entire generation? Under the ruse of attempting to eradicate cervical cancer, Merck is actually engaged in the first large scale, real world deployment and testing of genetically modified DNA, genetically engineered proteins and genetics produced by the combining of genetic material from more than one origin or species in a vaccine."


Posted June 29, 2009


►July 2009 - Needle Tips - - "Needle Tips is a semiannual 24-page publication written for health professionals who provide immunization services to children, teens, or adults."

►June 30, 2009 - Scientists claim swine flu vaccine - The Dominion Post via - "Scientists in Brisbane say they have created a vaccine against swine flu, as two New Zealand patients were fighting for their lives in intensive care units in Wellington and Hastings last night."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Bill Gates Foundation’s funding policy criticised - Efficacy of huge grants to vaccination programmes questioned - GAVI received a disproportionately large sum of $1.5 billion for “purchase of new vaccines” - Higher costs would be borne by poor nations when GAVI funding is withdrawn - The Hindu - "By pointing out that the efficacy of this vaccine in preventing childhood pneumonia remains highly questionable, Dabade and Puliyel argue that the policy of funding AMC for this vaccine 'allows GAVI to divert BMGF money to vaccine manufacturers without providing commensurate benefits to the children it is supposed to help.' To point out the vaccine’s low efficacy Dabade and Puliyel cite data from a 2008 paper of S.A. Madhi and associates in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which show that 1000 children have to be vaccinated to prevent approximately four cases of pneumonia. 'Given that the vaccine costs $250 per child,' Dabade and Puliyel point out, '$250 000 will be spent to prevent these four cases of pneumonia [whereas]…treatment of four children with pneumonia with oral cotrimoxazole, in accordance with the WHO protocol, will cost [only] $1 in India.'"

* ►June 30, 2009 - Vaccination campaign: Govt probes children’s negative reaction - Government is investigating reported cases of negative reaction by some children to the poliomyelitis, measles immunisation, and the Vitamin A supplementation drugs they received a fortnight ago under the national vaccination campaign. - The Herald, Zimbabwe - "Efforts to get a comment from WHO were fruitless as the country representative, Dr Custodia Mandlhate, was said to be out of the country, while other senior officers at the organisation were out of office. The Herald has been receiving calls from the parents whose children had reportedly developed side-effects after receiving the vaccines. Most of the callers complained about high temperatures and vomiting, diarrhoea and nose bleeds affecting their children."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Close observation after Gardasil needed - New Zealand Doctor Online - "The advisory centre’s latest note emphasises the need for close observation and, if needed, recipients lying down after vaccination. Theo Brandt, centre communications manager, says syncope can sometimes cause jerking movements, loss of bladder control and other signs resembling epileptic seizures. Dr Turner says the centre has had calls from parents worrying about fitting. 'Fainting can look like fitting and there has been the misapprehension that HPV is causing epilepsy,' she says. The FDA says it’s evaluating whether syncope warnings are needed for other adolescent and adult vaccines."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Canada aims to give H1N1 flu vaccines in October - Reuters India

* ►June 30, 2009 - Vaccinations urged as whooping cough spreads - The highly contagious and potentially fatal whooping cough has reached epidemic proportions in parts of Australia. -

►June 30, 2009 - 618 people under home quarantine - Kuala Lumpur: Effective yesterday, all travellers entering the country from Indonesia and Thailand were given stringent checks for influenza A (H1N1) infection. - New Straits Times

►June 30, 2009 - Delta confirms outbreak of polio in 5 LGs - Vanguard, Nigeria

►June 30, 2009 - Polio inching closer to elimination in UP - Times of India

►June 30, 2009 - Study conducted to evaluate immunity gap in polio cases - Times of India

►June 30, 2009 - Biological E to sell anthrax vaccine - The Hindu

* ►June 30, 2009 - Biogen Reports a 13th Sick Patient on MS Drug (requires subscription) - The Wall Street Journal - "The 10 cases since -- including three this month -- have frustrated Biogen's aim of making Tysabri into a blockbuster drug. The company has invested in treatments for PML and ways to mitigate the infection -- once thought to be almost always fatal -- and in persuading doctors that PML's risk in Tysabri patients is less severe and less likely."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Legislation Introduced to Require First Comparative Study of Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Populations - press release - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney via - "What is ultimately needed to resolve this issue is a comprehensive national study comparing outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated children.  As the most scientifically advanced country in the world, we should be jumping at the chance to resolve the questions that have been raised.  Parents deserve answers, and children deserve no less than absolute certainty and safety."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Maloney Vaxxed v. Unvaxxed Study Reintroduced - Call your representative and ask for support for HR 3069. - Adventures in Autism - "Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) have introduced the 'Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act of 2009,' HR 3069, legislation that would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, which has never before been completed."

* ►June 29, 2009 - The BMJ Vaccines Propaganda, Professor David Salisbury And Trimedia Public Relations - The One Click Group

* ►June 29, 2009 - Rebecca Coombes - BMJ Propaganda For MMR Vaccine - The One Click Group - "Vaccine disputes will continue and escalate while UK regulatory authorities refuse to rid themselves of conflicts of interests, refuse to carry out safety testing for adequate periods, refuse to obey MMR data sheets, refuse to allow recording of vaccine deaths on death certificates, refuse to carry out efficacy tests, refuse to compare vaccines with safer ones and placebos, refuse to remove unsafe additives and contaminant viruses, refuse to check all autism victims for vaccine history compared with those unvaccinated and refuse to administer the safer vaccines left at the best ages. Coombes castigates support groups set up by grieving parents, preferring to allow very many to fall by the wayside dead or maimed with a permanent illness. Coombes is not medically qualified nor produces proper references. I have published 53 references, available on request. The BMJ has sunk to its lowest depths of depravity. See Vaccine disputes, Rebecca Coombes, BMJ 2009;338:b2435"

* ►June 29, 2009 - Omissions Prove What's Really Going On In the System - Lisa Blakemore Brown, Psychologist via The One Click Group - "Last week I sent in a Rapid Response to the BMJ re: Rebecca Coombes' piece of propaganda in vaccines. These transparent efforts to damn parents who dare to say vaccines harmed their children are not confined to the BMJ and I had replied to another shocking parent bashing article just recently. See A winning campaign would be for professionals to tell the truth, Lisa Blakemore Brown, Journal of the Academy of Pediatrics.  I am grateful to the BMJ for publishing the letter, but disturbed at what they left out."

* ►June 29, 2009 - More Florida parents challenge, push limits of immunization law - Orlando Sentinel - "Florida's school-vaccine law says children must be vaccinated against a host of diseases before they can enroll day care or school — public or private. The law also says kids need more immunizations prior to seventh grade. The law also provides for some exemptions, and the use of those get-out clauses has inched up. In 1999, more than 93 percent of Florida's kindergartners were up to date on immunizations when they enrolled, according to the Florida Department of Health. A decade later, that has fallen to less than 90 percent. But some organizations, such as Jacksonville-based K.N.O.W. Vaccines, offer tips on how to get a religious exemption to the state's immunization law. State Sen. Jeremy Ring, a father of four, sponsored Florida's recent anti-vaccine bill. He thinks children should be vaccinated by the time they start school but doesn't see why parents shouldn't have the choice to 'vaccinate on a different schedule' so that babies do not get multiple immunization shots in a day."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Inquiry continues into Dr Andrew Wakefield - Irish Medical Times - "The Fitness to Practise Panel of the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK is due to complete its latest sitting of the public inquiry into Dr Andrew Wakefield this Friday, June 26. Together with Prof John Walker-Smith and Prof Simon Murch, Dr Wakefield is being investigated over allegations of serious professional misconduct in relation to a research study involving young children from 1996-98, published in The Lancet, which suggested a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. ... Further sessions are scheduled for the rest of the year, although it is difficult to approximate when the inquiry will conclude. At this stage, further hearing dates include: July 6 to 10 and 27 to 31; August 10 to 28; and November 16 to December 23."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Dr. Nancy, Making the Television Rounds (requires registration) - Washington Post - "On the 'Today' show in February, Snyderman ripped into the author of a 1998 study in the Lancet that asserted a link between childhood vaccines and autism -- which the British medical journal later called 'fatally flawed.' Snyderman, who believes passionately in vaccines, declared: 'This guy is a fraud.' NBC later removed her from a planned 'Dateline' examination of the subject. 'That was a really stupid thing to say,' Snyderman concedes. 'It crossed every line. I shouldn't have said it.'"

* ►June 29, 2009 - Supreme Court rejects appeal from Ohio parents of autistic boy - Canton Repository - "The Supreme Court is leaving in place an appeals court ruling that an autistic child from Ohio is not entitled to private education at taxpayer expense."

* ►June 29, 2009 - 14 Studies Part 3: Ladies and Gentlemen, Take Your Positions By Julie Obradovic - Age of Autism

* ►June 29, 2009 - Dan Mulvaney, Adult with Autism, Graduates (New York Times) - Age of Autism

►June 29, 2009 - They Taught Him to Fish, Then Let Go (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 29, 2009 - Autism blueprint drawn up at The North Ward Center -

►June 29, 2009 - DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means - AP via Pottstown Mercury

►June 29, 2009 - Reading Into It: Will’s Wisdom - Maplewood Blog via The New York Times

►June 29, 2009 - Miami Dolphins tight end, Glen Ridge native Anthony Fasano helps autistic children in Bergen County - The Star-Ledger via

* ►June 29, 2009 - Spread of a Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus via Global Airline Transportation (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Severe Respiratory Disease Concurrent with the Circulation of H1N1 Influenza (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Historical Perspective — Emergence of Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 29, 2009 - The Persistent Legacy of the 1918 Influenza Virus (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Pneumonia and Respiratory Failure from Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►June 29, 2009 - Rapid-Test Sensitivity for Novel Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus in Humans (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►June 29, 2009 - Girl dies after catching swine flu - A schoolgirl has died after contracting swine flu as the the number of new cases of the virus in Britain surge. - The Telegraph, UK - "The girl, who already suffered from what was described as an "underlying health problem" was being treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital. If her death is confirmed to have been linked to the illness she will become the third Briton to die of the virus."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Mexican swine flu victims were young, some healthy - * Most patients were under age 59 * All hospitalized patients had pneumonia * No single pattern predicts sickest patients - Reuters

* ►June 29, 2009 - Younger People Appear More at Risk From New Swine Flu - Not just the infirm should be vaccinated, experts urge - HealthDay via Forbes

* ►June 29, 2009 - Drug-resistant Swine Flu Seen In Danish Patient - Danish Patient Has First Reported Case Of Tamiflu-resistant Swine Flu, Health Officials Say - AP via CBS News

* ►June 29, 2009 - Roche, CDC Say Tamiflu Still Works On Swine Flu - Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal

* ►June 29, 2009 - County preps for H1N1 vaccines - Topeka Capital-Journal - "Freeze said the Shawnee County Health Agency is preparing for the possible need to vaccinate all 173,000 residents of Shawnee County in the fall. 'We would be leaning very heavily on universities, schools and employers,' Freeze said, 'asking them to play a significant role with the distribution.'"

* ►June 29, 2009 - Pandemic planning: Protect police forces from being hurt in civil disturbances - The same cast of characters behind 'mass fatality management planning' for the flu pandemic developed a 'business plan for the Iraqi military market.' - Citizens for Legitimate Government

* ►June 29, 2009 - Will two flus mix in Indonesia? Experts worry - * H5N1 circulates freely in Indonesia * Flu viruses cause more deaths in poorer countries - Reuters

* ►June 29, 2009 - Dreading your flu shot? Get ready for a double dose - Canadian Press via Edmonton Sun

* ►June 29, 2009 - Chief health officer warns pregnant women of flu risk - Canwest News Service via

* ►June 29, 2009 - Argentine health minister quits as flu spreads - TV - Reuters

* ►June 29, 2009 - Study Charts Swine Flu's Spread Through Air Travel - Study shows swine flu's spread can be tracked through air travel - AP via ABC News - "In a startling measure of just how widely a new disease can spread, researchers accurately plotted swine flu's course around the world by tracking air travel from Mexico. The research was based on an analysis of flight data from March and April last year, which showed more than 2 million people flew from Mexico to more than 1,000 cities worldwide."

►June 29, 2009 - Ministry warns of possible A/H1N1 flu deaths in China - Xinhua via China View

►June 29, 2009 - First Wave Of Swine Flu Hit Young People Harder Than Expected - There is no way to know how the newest strain of the H1N1 influenza virus will behave in the future. But scientists, notably those working at the intersections of epidemiology, mathematics, modeling and statistics, are monitoring it closely to identify anomalies on its pattern of spread while evaluating ways of mitigating its impact -  Arizona State University via ScienceDaily

* ►June 29, 2009 - Dynasty: Influenza virus in 1918 and today - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via EurekAlert!

* ►June 29, 2009 - Deadly pneumonia in swine-flu outbreak hit young hard - CDC - "Canadian public health officials are debating what segments of the population, such as younger people or those at risk of serious disease, including pregnant women, should receive priority for a potential pandemic vaccine in the fall."

►June 29, 2009 - Novel H1N1 flu can cause severe respiratory illness - CIDRAP News

►June 29, 2009 - First vaccines produced as swine toll rises - Two Victorian men have died after contracting swine flu bringing Australia's tally of swine flu-related deaths to seven. Meanwhile, the University of Queensland says it has made the first Australian batch of a new swine flu vaccine originally developed by an American company. -

►June 29, 2009 - Scots swine flu cases top 1,000 - The total number of swine flu cases in Scotland has topped the 1,000 mark for the first time. - BBC

►June 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Parties Are A Bad Idea, Expert Says - Hartford Courant

►June 29, 2009 - Canadian Firms Stockpile Anti-Flu Medication - All Headline News

►June 29, 2009 - 6th Connecticut resident dies due to novel H1N1 influenza - New Haven County Individual Had Underlying Health Issues - Stamford Plus

►June 29, 2009 - Health Dept: Third swine flu death in Suffolk - Newsday

►June 29, 2009 - July 1-3, 2009 "Global Summit over Lessons Learned from Influenza A (H1N1)" to take place in Cancun -

►June 29, 2009 - Flu Sweeps Through New York Yankees Clubhouse - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►June 29, 2009 - New Flu Vaccine Approved — for Dogs (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 29, 2009 - The Dog Flu Virus: Are You or Your Pet at Risk? (requires registration) - Consults Blog via The New York Times

►June 29, 2009 - NWT Girls to Get HPV Vaccine - Slave River Journal

* ►June 29, 2009 - HIB Vaccine Shortage Over, but Don’t Rush in to Catch Up - AskDrSears

* ►June 29, 2009 - Juvaris, ADi in vaccine collaboration - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - "Juvaris BioTherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company developing adjuvanted vaccines for infectious diseases, on Monday announced a collaborative agreement with Antigen Discovery Inc. Burlingame-based Juvaris said it will have access to ADi’s high-throughput protein microarray screening system to help it discover disease-specific antigens to fuel Juvaris’ vaccine pipeline."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Merck Resolves Shipping Delays For Shingles Vaccine >MRK (requires subscription) - The Wall Street Journal - "A year ago, Merck began telling customers to expect delays of up to six weeks for Zostavax, a shot Merck began selling in 2006. The company had made a batch of so-called bulk varicella that was less potent than required. Bulk varicella is used not only in Zostavax but also for the chickenpox vaccine Varivax. The snag limited production of bulk varicella, forcing Merck to prioritize the ingredient in favor of Varivax, which is part of the routine vaccination schedule for children. The problem had previously forced Merck to stop filling orders for a combination shot, ProQuad, that contained Varivax. Last year's delays caused an 82% plunge in third-quarter sales of Zostavax, and sales have been lumpy since then. For full-year 2008, Zostavax sales rose 32% to $312 million.Merck has resolved the production problem and has significantly increased the manufacture of bulk varicella." 

* ►June 29, 2009 - Big vaccine business for GSK, Novartis? Swine flu may require 600 million doses - AP via

* ►June 29, 2009 - The Real Terrorists are Behind The Drugstores - OpEdNews - "The second reason for reducing natural health alternatives is to reduce the health, strength, and willpower of the population. Between vaccinations that are intentionally laced with toxins, diseases, and chemical poisons, contaminants placed in our water and food supplies, ineffective medications, misinformation about health treatments, current medical problems, and our own inclinations towards poor health practices, the general population is doomed to a life of illness, weakness, and submission to higher powers."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Sinovac Receives Revised Approvals for Panflu - PRNewswire-Asia via InterestAlert!

* ►June 29, 2009 - Pandemic planning not priority for business: survey - Can West News Service via Financial Post via

* ►June 29, 2009 - Vitamin A Supplements Can Reduce Malaria Cases In Children By One-Third, Study Finds - Kaiser Network via Medical News Today

►June 29, 2009 - ACIP recommends Japanese encephalitis vaccine for travelers - The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated previous recommendations to include a recently-licensed Japanese encephalitis vaccine (Ixiaro, Intercell AG) for people traveling to Asian countries where the disease may be endemic, as well as to Americans living in high-risk areas. - Infectious Disease News

* ►June 29 2009 - Drug cos defend acetaminophen as U.S. weighs limits - Reuters - "Too much acetaminophen has been known to cause liver injury for decades, but FDA officials are worried that the rise of products that combine it with other medications can lead consumers unknowingly to overdose by taking too much of a medication or taking too many different products at once. The agency called for stronger warnings about the risk earlier this year but is seeking advice from outside advisers at a two-day meeting on whether such over-the-counter and prescription combination drugs can safely remain on the U.S. market."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. - Pediatrics via

* ►June 29, 2009 - H1N1 can mutate into ‘milder’ strain -, Philippine News

* ►June 29, 2009 - Law means rethinking how you protect patient data -

* ►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Vitamin D checks urged - Studies associate low levels with increased risk of disease, but more extensive research is needed before testing and supplementation become routine. -

* ►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Delegates see boosting quality of care as duty - A new AMA ethics policy lays out steps physicians should take to make sure patients get the correct treatments. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA House of Delegates - News from the 158th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates, with recent coverage on issues before the delegates. -

* ►June 29, 2009 - Twitter: What's the use? - Early physician adopters say the social media site can help you promote your practice and communicate with colleagues. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: AMA urges Web system for prior authorizations - Delegates agree that online systems would help practices meet insurer requirements. -

►June 29, 2009 - Reform bills give some lawmakers sticker shock - The Finance Committee delays hearings on national health system reform legislation, while House leaders unveil a Medicare pay formula replacement. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA connects with doctors at each stage of their careers - A message to all physicians from Rebecca J. Patchin, MD, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: AMA reaffirms stance in health system reform debate - The Association keeps its options open on public plan issue amid calls from some delegates to take a stand. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: AMA exhorts doctors to offer charity care, help the uninsured - Physicians also should become involved in the political process and help cut financial obstacles to care, says new ethics policy. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Delegates renew efforts for antitrust relief - The AMA house says changes are needed to help physicians collaborate on quality and cost-improvement initiatives that will be key to health system reform. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Delegates say don't shortchange specialists to fund care model - The AMA will ask CMS to help practices become patient-centered medical homes and to support models that allow non-primary care doctors to qualify. -

►June 29, 2009 - First draft of EHR "meaningful use" definition unveiled - But the national health IT chief asks for revised recommendations, which will help determine who gets stimulus dollars. -

►June 29, 2009 - Biologics don't need long market exclusivity, FTC says - But a generic biologics pathway bill that would grant at least 12 years of protection continues to attract co-sponsors. -

►June 29, 2009 - Access-to-care problems are resurfacing in Mass. - Major reforms in 2006 shrank the uninsured population, but some initial gains in reducing care barriers and boosting affordability have eroded, according to a survey. -

 * ►June 29, 2009 - Lawsuits test boundary rights of medical patents - The cases come at a time of renewed interest by the U.S. Supreme Court in patent law and could have ramifications for medical research. -

* ►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Doctors get to see how ethics bar is set - An AMA-sponsored fellowship adds to its online curriculum the study of how ethics policy is made at the Annual Meeting. -

►June 29, 2009 - Some licensing questions at odds with the ADA - Authors of a recent study would like inquiries on state medical board applications reworded to focus on a physician's ability to practice. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Comprehensive sex ed said to have most impact - A report says abstinence should be one part -- but not the only one -- of teaching kids about sexual activity. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: U.S. needs national HIV/AIDS strategy - Countries receiving U.S. funding for AIDS relief are required to have a strategic plan -- but America has no plan. -

►June 29, 2009 - Ways patients are cutting health care costs -

►June 29, 2009 - Overwhelmed by phone calls? Adding lines, staff not the answer -

►June 29, 2009 - FDA oversight means public health victory on tobacco - The federal tobacco regulation law will give physicians needed help in fighting the effects of smoking. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: More to do on tobacco control - The Association seeks a ban on smoking on the campuses of federal buildings and wants to study the role of electronic cigarettes in smoking cessation. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: AMA looks for ways to trim rising student debt - The Association will work to increase medical school funding, reduce tuition costs and ease students' loan repayment obligations. -

►June 29, 2009 - Final health plan reaches settlement over Ingenix database - Health Net agrees to use, and help pay for, a new database. -

►June 29, 2009 - AMA meeting: Physician supervision of nurses sought in all practice agreements - AMA delegates also debated the National Board of Medical Examiners' role in a new doctor of nursing practice certification exam. -

►June 29, 2009 - Minn. health plan consortium develops online claims portal - A Web-based service will help physicians comply with a July 15 deadline to submit claims electronically. -

►June 29, 2009 - Letters to the Editor: - EHRs a financial burden with no payback for late-career physicians - Capitate HMO execs, not doctors -

►June 29, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - CBO finds coalition savings proposals difficult to verify - Most support public plan, trust physicians' opinions on health reform - Legislation seeks to improve cancer treatment options -

►June 29, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Improving health literacy helps diminish disparities - Elderly patients awaiting kidneys often die before transplant - New pediatric bioethics center launched -

►June 29, 2009 - News in brief: Business - Scrushy ordered to pay HealthSouth shareholders for alleged fraud - HITSP tackles clinical research standards -

►June 29, 2009 - ChildProtect Canada: Helping Parents Protect Their Children for Life - ChildProtect Canada via MarketWire

►June 29, 2009 - Chemotherapy May Offer New Weapon in War on AIDS - Nature Medicine via Voice of America

* ►June 29, 2009 - PML Brain Infection from Tysabri Reported in 10th Patient -

►June 29, 2009 - FDA weighs options to reduce painkiller overdoses - AP via Yahoo!

►June 29, 2009 - Caraco products seized by FDA - US Marshals have seized products from Caraco’s facilities in Michigan because of concerns over cGMP compliance, which has led to Sun Pharma withdrawing its financial guidance. -

►June 29, 2009 - Lighting A Fire Over FDA - The IN VIVO Blog

►June 29, 2009 - U.S. Court Upholds Ban on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa - Again - Beyond Pesticides

►June 29, 2009 - UC Davis Researchers Develop New Test For Fragile X Syndrome - UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute via Medical News Today

►June 29, 2009 - Missing sleep can harm blood vessels, organs, even immune system - Daily Herald

►June 29, 2009 - Recommendations for the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease and other disorders associated with dementia: EFNS guideline. - European Journal of Neurology via

►June 29, 2009 - Teva, Antares get FDA nod for needle-free device - * Needle-free device to administer human growth hormone * Antares shares rise as much as 58 pct - Reuters

►June 29, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 808 - Immunization Action Coalition

* ►June 29, 2009 - Toddler dies of meningitis after hospital sends him home with paracetamol - Daily Mail, UK

* ►June 29, 2009 - Jury returns $1.67B drug verdict against Abbott - Reuters - "A U.S. federal jury returned a $1.67 billion verdict against Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) in a patent suit brought by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) related to arthritis treatments, the drug companies said on Monday."

* ►June 29, 2009 - DEA Swamped With Calls Regarding Jackson’s Death by Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements - "On June 27, 2009, the Drug Enforcement Agency issued a press release to members of the media titled: 'DEA Responds to Large Number of Calls regarding Michael Jackson’s Death'. The UK’s Sun newspaper claims Jackson was taking Demerol, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Xanax, Soma, Paxil, Zoloft and Prilosec."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Miami physician sentenced in Medicare fraud case - South Florida Business Journal - "Miami physician Roberto Rodriguez, 54, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison and ordered to pay more than $9 million in restitution for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV infusion services."

* ►June 29, 2009 - New Report - Catastrophic Pharmaceutical Drugs Addiction Of Epidemic Proportions - Wales on Sunday via The One Click Group

►June 29, 2009 - Drug Companies Defend Acetaminophen as FDA Considers Restrictions - MedPage Today

►June 29, 2009 - Achillion begins anti-virus human trial - Hartford Business - "New Haven-based Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today the start of human clinical trials in Europe of its new treatment against the hepatitis C virus."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Experiment seeks to head off Type 1 diabetes - AP via The Guardian, UK - "The doctor had barely pulled away the needle when a blister appeared on Tracey Berg-Fulton's abdomen: An experimental shot was revving up the 24-year-old's immune system - part of a bold quest to create a vaccine-like therapy for diabetes.

* ►June 29, 2009 -  The Ethics of Smallpox Immunization -

* ►June 29, 2009 - Henderson led WHO's effort to rid the world of smallpox - USA Today

►June 29, 2009 - Some Asian Nations Need to Do More to Combat Measles - Over 140,000 cases reported in 2008 in China and Japan - HealthDay via Modern Medicine

►June 29, 2009 - Dr. Jeff Hersh: Pertussis is on the rise - Taunton Daily Gazette

►June 29, 2009 - Whooping cough outbreak hits Santa Barbara County - Eight cases of highly communicable disease confirmed on South Coast - Santa Maria Times

►June 29, 2009 - Whooping cough vaccine hits Penrith again - Penrith Star, Australia - "The whooping cough vaccine is available in pharmacies again after unprecedented demand caused supply to the private market to dry up."

►June 29, 2009 - Scottish Lawyer to Lead Rotary Into Its 105th Year - Rotary International via Happy News

►June 29, 2009 - West Nile mosquito shouldn't spark panic - Infected insect found here last week - Suburban Journals

►June 29, 2009 - Scripps research scientists find key culprits in lupus - Scripps Research Institute via EurekAlert!

* ►June 29, 2009 - Professor's work aiding long fight for HIV vaccine - UT The Daily Texan - "The covalent vaccine method contains chemical extract that binds with cells while ensuring the generation of more antibodies to stop the spread of the virus. This approach may be useful because the virus tends to mutate rapidly — and usually developes immunity to highly active retroviral therapies. 'Covalent binding is like a little bomb on human cells that are responsible for our immunity.' Paul said. 'Covalent vaccination stimulates cells to start dividing and they will kill the virus.'"

* ►June 29, 2009 - Mark Oaten MP Slams UK Government Stance On DNA Database - The One Click Group

* ►June 29, 2009 - 'Smoking Gun' Found in Cookie Dough E. Coli Scare - ABC News - "Nestle issued a press release today confirming FDA had informed the company “that it has found and confirmed evidence of E. coli 0157:H7 in a retained production sample of 16.5 oz. Nestlé Toll House refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough bar.  The product has a day code of 9041 and a 'Best before 10 JUN 2009' notation.”

* ►June 29, 2009 - Bay group sues over river pollution limits - AP via Forbes - "The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is challenging a Virginia State Water Control Board decision that allows Merck & Co. to increase its pollution discharge into the Shenandoah River."

►June 29, 2009 - Pfizer: Many Factors To Consider When Selecting A Vaccine - Cattle Network

►June 28, 2009 - Debate rages on over whether inoculations are to blame for autism spectrum disorders - Business Insurance

* ►June 28, 2009 - 19-year-old who died had flu-like symptoms - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - "A former Kenosha high school baseball star who died Saturday reportedly had suffered flu- or pneumonia-like symptoms and had been given antibiotics by a doctor. Sam Schissel became unresponsive at his family's home in Somers and was taken by ambulance to Kenosha Medical Center, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department said Sunday. Schissel's mother said a doctor had given her son antibiotics, a hospital spokeswoman said. The treatment was given a day or perhaps a couple of days before Schissel's death, the spokeswoman said."

►June 28, 2009 - Wimbledon 2009: Fears of swine flu outbreak at tournament - Fears over a possible swine flu outbreak at Wimbledon have prompted a number of ball boys and girls to be asked to stay away from the tournament. - The Telegraph, UK

►June 28, 2009 - Thousands of Welsh women addicted to over-the-counter pills - Wales on Sunday

►June 28, 2009 - New Study Says Autism and Aspergers Essentially the Same - Opposing Views

* ►June 28, 2009 - Judge: Wyeth can have data from study - Arkansas Democrat Gazette - "Data that scientists have gathered since August 2005 in following up on a study of the effects of hormone replacement therapy on postmenopausal women should be turned over to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as it continues to defend itself against lawsuits over its hormone drugs, an attorney for the company argued Friday in Little Rock."

* ►June 28, 2009 - Autistic kids laugh differently than others - ANI via Thaindian

►June 28, 2009 - What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome? - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/National Institutes of Health via The State

►June 28, 2009 - Company Recalls Various Products Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination - FDA, USDA, CDC investigating; no link to human illnesses at this time - FDA

►June 28, 2009 - New trigger for chronic inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis discovered - Imperial College London via EurekAlert!

* ►June 28, 2009 - Novartis in talks to buy much of Elan -report - The Guardian, UK - "The Sunday Times said a "well-placed source" confirmed the talks but added the "complexity of the deal made a decision some way off". Elan, a co-marketer with Biogen Idec of multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, hired Citigroup in January to conduct a review of the business and said at the time a merger or sale of the company was possible."

►June 27, 2009 - Catholic churches alter policies in response to H1N1 flu pandemic - Journal and Courier

* ►June 26, 2009 - More Gene Mutations Linked To Autism Risk - Combination of inherited and new mutations acting together - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine via Biocompare

* ►June 26, 2009 - ACIP recommends off-label MCV4 use for certain high-risk individuals - Health care providers may soon be able to administer a second dose of meningococcal polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine to individuals at increased risk for meningococcal disease several years following their first vaccination. - Infectious Disease News

* ►June 26, 2009 - Virus worries health officials - The Kingston Whig-Standard - "Canadian health officials are growing increasingly concerned over the number of young, healthy individuals who are dying from the new H1N1 virus, a Kingston specialist says. 'We are ... worried that we are seeing some young people -- people without underlying illnesses -- who are dying from it,' said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease expert at Kingston General Hospital."

* ►June 25, 2009 - KBI rolls out PER.C6 service in US - US contract services firm KBI Biopharma has begun using the PER.C6 platform for cell line generation as part of its offering to meet growing demand for biomanufacturing services. - - "Part of the reason for the PER.C6 technology’s popularity is related to its high production potential. In June last year a Percivia team reported that they had achieved a new record yield of 27 g/L. This productivity was one of the reasons that Swiss drugmaker Novartis selected the PER.C6 line for its cell culture vaccine production plant in Holly Springs, North Carolina. While Novartis’ adoption of PER.C6 happened years before the H1N1 “swine” flu began the technology's utility and speed advantages over traditional egg-based flu vaccine production will certainly be seen as beneficial for the rapid production of an effective vaccine."

* ►June 25, 2009 - Scientists Study Children’s Susceptibility to Pesticides, Urge EPA to Act - Beyond Pesticides

* ►June 24, 2009 - Antiviral Resistance in Influenza Viruses Circulating in Central and South America Based on the Detection of Established Genetic Markers (requires registration) - Influenza Respiratory Viruses via Medscape

►June 24, 2009 - Trends in broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing for children with acute otitis media in the United States, 1998-2004 (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

►June 24, 2009 - Laughter Differs in Children with Autism - Ithaca College via Newswise

►June 23, 2009 - The effect of rapid diagnostic testing for influenza on the reduction of antibiotic use in paediatric emergency department - journal article (Acta Pædiatrica)

* ►June 23, 2009 - HHS Announces Advanced Development Contract for New Way to Make Flu Vaccine - press release - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - "'The technology has advanced in recent years to a point that we believe it could help meet a surge in demand for U.S.-based vaccine for seasonal and pandemic flu,' Secretary Sebelius said. 'We want to use the technology to help our nation respond to emerging infectious diseases.' With this new technology, known as recombinant influenza vaccine, a gene would be extracted from a flu virus and placed into an insect virus called baculovirus, which does not affect people and can multiply quickly to high levels in insect cells. The cells are purified to become a basic part of a human vaccine."

* ►June 22/23, 2009 - The End of Mr Miller's Closing Speech - CryShame - "The GMC Hearing Monday June 22nd and Tuesday June 23rd. - At mid morning on Tuesday June 23rd, Mr Miller finished his closing speech on behalf of Professor Walker Smith. It was a bravura performance Having dealt with the Lancet Children singularly throughout the previous week, on Monday Mr Miller turned his attention to Professor Walker- Smith's involvement in the Lancet paper."

* ►June 16, 2009 - Certain Asthma and Allergy Drugs Get Stiffer Suicide Warning by Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements

►June 16, 2009 - Seattle’s Pacific Health Summit, the “Davos” of Global Health, Zeroes in on Tuberculosis - Xconomy

* ►June 12, 2009 - Flu Vaccine 2009 Produced, Ready for Testing - The MCDK cell flu vaccine, prepared in large fermenters and later purified, will be tested to determine its effectiveness for immune protection against swine H1N1 flu. -

►June 9, 2009 - Title: Attenuated rabies virus with nucleoprotein mutation at the phosphorylation site for vaccination against rabies and gene therapy in the CNS - University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA) via

►June 1, 2009 - Porcine brucellosis: another common zoonosis in pigs - Infectious Disease News

* Immunization Site Map (pdf) -

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►June 29, 2009 - A Doctor's Faith - Since 1989, without missing a single Wednesday, this 59-year-old medical practitioner has been administering vaccines to children, free of cost - Expressindia

* ►June 29, 2009 - MSPs seek answers as cervical cancer vaccine fears grow - The Scotsman - "THE Scottish Government has been challenged to explain why it introduced the cervical cancer vaccination programme in a series of questions by MSPs.  Conservative health spokesman Mary Scanlon has submitted four parliamentary questions to Health Minister Shona Robison after meeting with a Scottish representative from the International Coalition of Advocates for the People (ICAP). Freda Birell, of ICAP, raised concerns about inadequate research, incorrect data presented to parents, and serious illnesses being reported from girls who have received Cervarix."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Mass vaccination against flu - Norway Post - "The Norwegian health authorities will this fall begin a program of mass vaccination against the A H1N1 flu, also called the swine flu. A total of 9.4 million doses have been ordered from the suppliers. All will be given two innoculations, two weeks apart, Bergens Tidende reports. The total cost will be NOK 650 million. So far, only 23 cases of the flu has been diagnosed in Norway, but the authorities expect that the number will increase."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Swine Flu: 86 cases and 8 million vaccines in negotiation - via - "Greece will spend 55 million euros to purchase 8 million doses of H1N1 swine flu influenza vaccines. Tourists from Australia and USA, traveling to Greece contribute to the spread of swine flu in the country."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Qld uni unveils first Aust swine flu vaccine - The University of Queensland (UQ) says it has made the first Australian batch of a new swine flu vaccine but it will only be available for research purposes. - - "The university has produced one-litre of swine flu vaccine in Brisbane - the equivalent of 1,000 doses. It has been made with new technology using insect cells instead of egg culture."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine 'only months away' - AAP via The Canberra Times - "The University of Queensland in Brisbane is working with US firm Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC) to produce vaccines faster using new technology. The university has produced Australia's first batch of a new candidate vaccine against the H1N1 swine flu virus, after signing an agreement with PSC to recreate it in Australia."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Kralev: U.S. warns travelers of China's flu rules - Washington Times

►June 29, 2009 - Health Dept 'failed' to protect against swine flu - The South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) says the Health Department has failed to protect health workers from swine flu. -

►June 29, 2009 - Qld scientists develop swine flu vaccine - Scientists at the University of Queensland (UQ) have developed one of the first vaccines for swine flu. -

►June 29, 2009 - Expertise sought to quickly identify swine flu carriers - Arab News

►June 29, 2009 - Have you forgotten your holiday jab? - Dear Miriam via

►June 29, 2009 - Govt denies 'covering up' H1N1 deaths - Bangkok Post

►June 29, 2009 - Flu Fighter - Holly Bessoni-Lutz, clinical manager of independent living services, VNA HealthCare - It’s hard to believe, but here it is the end of June and children were missing school because of the flu. What is the financial impact of the flu on business? Is there going to be an impact this summer? - Hartford Business

►June 29, 2009 - Where AIDS is a family affair (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►June 29, 2009 - Baby Dana McCaffery leaves whooping cough vaccination legacy - Baby Dana McCaffery has more than 32,000 friends on Facebook, none of whom she will ever meet. But her legacy may save their lives. - The Daily Telegraph via - "Since the four-week-old baby girl died from whooping cough in March, almost 5000 people in NSW have been struck down in an epidemic few people know about despite the death of several babies around the nation."

* ►June 29, 2009 - Mandated coverage of autism gains ground - Questions remain about regulations for new federal parity law - Business Insurance

* ►June 28, 2009 - Critics say 'mild' a misleading term for H1N1 - The Canadian Press via CTV - "'I think the problem is we don't know how to paint this picture properly,' says Dr. Allison McGeer, a flu expert at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. 'Because it's perfectly true that most cases are mild. But it doesn't mean that you shouldn't worry about it.' ... Some people worry the constant refrain that swine flu is mild may be keeping people who are becoming severely ill from seeking care as soon as they should. They also worry young people -- the demographic least likely to get a shot for seasonal flu -- may decide they don't need to bother when H1N1 vaccine is ready. McGeer thinks by that time the virus will have issued its own assessment. 'Unfortunately I think the number of deaths in the end is going to be high enough that people will get the message and generally will get their vaccine.'"

►June 28, 2009 - Palestinian family quarantined for swine flu - Eleven family members in Burqa village test positive for viral disease. Rumor spreads quickly, causing panic – were mosque worshippers infected as well? Security forces buffer between family and village's 3,900 residents - Ynetnews

►June 28, 2009 - Singapore leads Asia in new cases of Influenza A/H1N1 - Xinhua via China View

►June 28, 2009 - CDC was irresponsible in claiming 1 million Americans have swine flu - TPM Cafe - "Doctors may have an extra busy day Monday morning dealing with the added people who come in clamoring for a flu shot that doesn't yet exist."

►June 28, 2009 - Flu Scare Sweeps Through Clubhouse - New York Post

►June 28, 2009 - Saskatchewan marks 1st swine flu-related death - Canadian Press via CTV

►June 28, 2009 - Brazil reports first death of A/H1N1 flu - Xinhua via China View

►June 28, 2009 - Second person to die from swine flu in Britain is Scottish pensioner - The Times

►June 28, 2009 - Thai health minister confirms two swine flu deaths - Bloomberg via The Republican-American

►June 28, 2009 - Neb. Official: Girl At Festival May Have Swine Flu - AP via CBS 3

►June 28, 2009 - Indonesia confirms new H1N1 flu cases - AFP via Channel News Asia

►June 28, 2009 - Seven fresh swine flu cases found in India, total 96 - IANS via Sify News

►June 28, 2009 - Flu-like symptoms close NC camp - WAVY-TV

►June 28, 2009 - A/H1N1 flu knocks at doors of African countries in sub-Sahara - Xinhua via China View

►June 28, 2009 - Swine flu hot spot: Summer camps in the Poconos - Pocono Record

►June 28, 2009 - State rep under home quarantine - The Sun Daily, Malaysia

* ►June 28, 2009 - My son Reef had chemo... then pulled ME through it - Inspirational cancer lad saves his Mum and he's four - - "After an MMR jab he developed a high temperature and started to limp. He was diagnosed with reactive arthritis - a side effect of MMR - but continued to worsen. On December 29 2005 Reef was taken into Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he was observed for the day and sent home. On the way home Kate went into labour and headed straight back to the same hospital. At 9pm that night Finn was born seven weeks premature. Days later, in between trips to the neo-natal unit in Southmead, the Greenes finally found out what was wrong with Reef - he had stomach cancer."

* ►June 28, 2009 - Biological threats to Canadians and World Citizens - Center for Research on Globalization via - "The Policy Committee of the Canadian Action Party has recently passed a motion concerning the threat to Canadians of bioweapons being introduced into our society, as flues and viruses or other biological weapons; and the further risks posed to Canadians by any enforced inoculation programs which might be instigated after the release of such viruses and illness into our society."

►June 28, 2009 - Drill lets county officials plan for possible - The Gazette-Enterprise

* ►June 28, 2009 - A Shot in the Dark - video - Sunday Night via

* ►June 28, 2009 - Gardasil safety continues to raise concerns -

* ►June 28, 2009 - “Tidal Wave” of Young Adults with Autism about to Flood Cash-Strapped California By David Kirby - Age of Autism

* ►June 28, 2009 - Rise in autistic adults worries caregivers - Sacramento Bee - "In California, regional centers will be serving more than 50,000 autistic people of all ages by the end of this year, according to the state Department of Developmental Services. If the trend continues, that number will grow to 70,000 by June 2012. By 2013, according to the department, more than 4,000 teenagers with autism will reach adulthood, and by 2018 the agency will be serving more than 19,000 adults with the condition. Nationally, the number of autistic children expected to need extensive adult services by 2023 is about 380,000 people, and the bill for caring for them will be in the billions of dollars."

* ►June 28, 2009 - Age of Autism Adds Military Category By Angela Warner - Age of Autism

* ►June 28, 2009 - The Autism Diaries: An Important Voice has Died - Daily Kos - "Revered by students and colleagues, and beloved by the children and families he worked with, Dr. Carr was an internationally recognized pioneer in autism treatment research."

►June 28, 2009 - NJ bill on autism insurance closer to becoming law - Philadelphia Inquirer via

►June 28, 2009 - Autistic kids Laugh Differently -

►June 28, 2009 - Autism a challenge for Johnny Sampier and family - Royal Oak Daily Tribune

* ►June 28, 2009 - Neb. inmate sues over Zoloft in echo of other cases (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times - "A lawsuit by a Nebraska inmate serving time for his girlfriend's murder, blaming a widely prescribed antidepressant for influencing his behavior, echoes similar claims in other cases. But none of the cases have prevailed against Zoloft's maker, Pfizer Inc., which says the drug is safe and effective."

* ►June 28, 2009 - Strategies and Models for Promoting Adolescent Vaccination for Low-Income Populations - RAND Corporation via Docuticker

* ►June 28, 2009 - World Vaccine Congress Asia: vast regional diversity requires flexibility and targeted portfolios -

►June 28, 2009 - Personalized Anti-Cancer Vaccine, BiovaxID®, Targeting B-cell Lymphomas Available in Europe on a Named-Patient Basis - Biovest and idis Partner to Facilitate Patient Access to Lymphoma Vaccine - Phase III Study Results to Be Presented at “Best of ASCO” in Paris - Biovest International, Inc. via Business Wire

►June 28, 2009 - CDC - 24 Illnesses in Multiple States Appear Linked - JBS Swift Beef Company Expands Recall of Beef Products to over 420,000 Pounds Due To E. coli O157:H7 Contamination - Food Poison Journal

►June 28, 2009 - Over 8 lakh children to be covered under polio drive - Times of India

►June 28, 2009 - Centre may introduce bivalent or polyvalent polio vaccines - Zee News

* ►June 28, 2009 - Pet rats infected their humans with cowpox virus -

►June 28, 2009 - Nanotechnology Combats Fatal Brain Infections - Doctors may get a new arsenal for meningitis treatment and the war on drug-resistant bacteria and fungal infections with novel peptide nanoparticles developed by scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of Singapore and reported in Nature Nanotechnology. - Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►June 28, 2009 - Dogs trained to help people with severe peanut allergies - Killeen Daily Herald

►June 28, 2009 - Animal shelters on alert for viruses - Florida Today

* ►June 27, 2009 - Poultry-vaccine producer has plans to grow - Central Maine Morning Sentinel - "The world's fourth-largest producer of poultry vaccines says it has bucked the recession and is responding with a $4.2 million expansion. Lohmann Animal Health International Inc., which employs most of its 105 workers at its 375 China Road location, reported a 10 percent increase in sales from the previous year."

* ►June 27, 2009 - Homeland security bill omits funding for Kansas biosecurity lab - AP via Kansas City Star

►June 27, 2009 - Autistic adults cracking ‘code’ to working world - Program provides job coaching - The Sharon Herald

* ►June 26, 2009 - CNS, Fox Business silent on controversial views of medical group - Media Matters for America - " and Fox Business Network each gave a platform to representatives of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, but did not note that it is a conservative-leaning group that has promoted and endorsed controversial views on medicine and health."

►June 26, 2009 - Initial patient linked to H1N1 exposure to newborns dies - Greensboro News Record - "Authorities said the man had several pre-existing medical issues that were complicated after contracting the H1N1 virus. Hospital officials said it is too soon to say if he actually died from the virus."

►June 26, 2009 - Vaccinate healthcare workers first to stem spread of influenza, Joint Commission says - McKnight's Long Term Care News

* ►June 26, 2009 - Creato Flu GmbH: Innovative Broad Spectrum Oral Influenza Vaccine - Biotech Company Develops New Salmonella-Based Vaccine / Seeks Partner for Further Development and Commercialization - press release - Business Wire - "The live, orally active vaccine is expected to be effective against all types of influenza virus. ... 'A vaccination strain based on living salmonella, which has been used as protection against typhoid fever in humans for many years, is being modified by genetic engineering so that the bacterial cells express highly conserved antigens of various influenza subtypes on their surface.'"

* ►June 26, 2009 - Generex's New Vaccine Technology Could Speed Flu Vaccine Availability - Globe Newswire via - "Antigen Express Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Generex Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq:GNBT), has developed new vaccine technology that 'could rapidly lead to safe, effective flu vaccines,' according to a June 23, 2009 article in the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram & Gazette."

* ►June 26, 2009 - CDC Telebriefing on Investigation of Human Cases of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) June 26, 2009, 1 p.m. ET (includes audio) - transcript - CDC

* ►June 26, 2009 - Canadian Government To Implement Medical Tyranny - - "The Canadian Press reports 'Canada’s chief public health officer says the decision of whether to vaccinate Canadians against swine flu has been all but decided.' They expect to start first trials with Canada’s younger and native populations first. The whole swine flu pandemic reeks of mishandling, and conspiracy to profiteer over fear-mongering."

* ►June 26, 2009 - Federal Circuit Overturns Court of Claims in Vaccine Liability Case -

* ►June 26, 2009 - Autism Trial Gives Parents, Researchers Hope - Grant Allows Researchers 4-Year Trial - WLKY Louisville

►June 26, 2009 - Reportlinker Adds The US Pharmaceutical Market Outlook To 2014: Market Trends, Leading Players and Forecasts - via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►June 26, 2009 - HIV testing technology in US needs to change or risk missing acute infections - Aidsmap

►June 26, 2009 - Anthrax drill tests efficiency - The Intelligencer via - "Thursday's test used the head-of-household model, where one person from each household would report to a designated distribution point to receive pills for their families. The method is used to quickly distribute oral medications, reducing volume and traffic at each distribution point, county officials said."

►June 26, 2009 - Polio making a troubling comeback in Nigeria - The Nigerian strain identified as far as Yemen and Indonesia -

►June 26, 2009 - Autism, Non-Hollywood Version - Karl Greenfeld’s painful, eloquent memoir lays bare the disease’s toll. - book review - City Journal

►June 26, 2009 - Battle Autism with Bentonite Clay -

* ►June 26, 2009 - East Surrey Hospital apologises for failings which led to the death of a five-year-old boy - This is Surrey, UK - "Fabio was taken into Accident and Emergency on February 14, seen by three nurses and two doctors, but his condition was dismissed as chickenpox. Unable to walk or talk, covered from head to toe with ulcerated lesions, Fabio was barely conscious, his agonising skin keeping him from sleep. Neither his mother's pleas, nor his apparent pain prevented the decision which would send him home with antibiotics and pain killers. When, three days later, his terrified parents returned to the hospital with their dying son medics chose not to contact a specialist hospital for advice. Fabio was eventually transferred to the Evelina Children's Hospital on February 18, where he later died of multi-organ failure."

* ►June 25, 2009 - Grassley Seeks More Info on Conflict of Interest Policies at Medical Schools by Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements

* ►June 25, 2009 - Victim under age 18 with previous medical condition dies of swine flu - Canadian Press via Google

* ►June 25, 2009 - House Passes Congressman Sestak's Historic Autism Legislation - NewsBlaze - "Today, the House voted to pass legislation authored by Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-07) to mandate the treatment of autistic children of service personnel under the military's healthcare program (TRICARE)."

►June 24, 2009 - 200,000 frontline staff given anti-virus shots - Malaysia Star

►June 24, 2009 - Cow Burps & The Vaccination Debate - audio - The Environment Report - "More and more families are choosing not to vaccinate their children because they think it can lead to serious health problems. Julie Grant reports that this has health officials worried about potential disease outbreaks."

►June 23, 2009 - UT-Baptist Research Park cuts ribbon on first building - Memphis Commercial Appeal - "The Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, designed to help protect the nation against bioterrorism and epidemics like SARS and swine flu, is the first building of a six-phase plan for the 1.4 million-square-foot park."

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

* ►June 23, 2009 - Advanced Life Sciences' Restanza(TM) Shows 100% Survival In Confirmatory Anthrax Study - press release - Advanced Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "'The successful outcome of the study provides strong evidence of Restanza's life saving potential and underscores its value as a potent new biodefense countermeasure,' said Dr. Michael Flavin, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Life Sciences."

* ►June 23, 2009 - GeoVax Labs, Inc. Announces Results of 2009 Annual Shareholders Meeting - press release - GeoVax Labs, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Last year was a highly rewarding year for GeoVax. We announced that we would conduct a critically important Phase 2 AIDS Human Trials in the U.S. and Peru. That Phase 2a trial is currently ongoing and being conducted in collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health-sponsored HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). Planning is progressing well for initiating a therapeutic vaccination study in people already infected with HIV/AIDS. We are also utilizing our $17 million NIH grant to enhance our vaccine development."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Measles and mumps on the rampage - News Wales - "The message is simple – new cases can only occur because children are not fully vaccinated and the outbreak will continue to grow until uptake of MMR increases in Wales."

* ►June 22, 2009 - US Opposition to GMOs Gathers Momentum - Scientists and physicians in the heartland of genetic modification are alerting policy-makers and the public to the dangers of GM crops. Prof. Peter Saunders - Institute of Science in Society

►June 20, 2009 - Medicine has greatly changed in Helmholz's life - Post-Bulletin

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