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All the News Posted August 11-16, 2007

Posted August 16, 2007


* ►August 16, 2007 - Lobbyists boosted vaccine program - Ex-government advisers worked on drug firm's campaign to push immunization program (requires registration or subscription) - The Toronto Star - "Only eight months after Gardasil was approved for sale in Canada, Ottawa agreed in March to fund $300 million over three years for a human papillomavirus vaccination program. And on Aug. 2, Ontario announced that all Grade 8 girls will have free access to Gardasil. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., the maker of Gardasil, hired public relations giant Hill & Knowlton to push the immunization strategies using some well-connected lobbyists: Ken Boessenkool, a former senior policy adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Bob Lopinski, formerly with Premier Dalton McGuinty's office; and Jason Grier, former chief of staff to Health Minister George Smitherman. According to Ontario consultant registration documents, Lopinski and Grier's lobbying activities include: 'Proposed policy decision to support a childhood immunization program for HPV and funding related thereto.' Combine that with a catchy TV ad campaign urging young women to 'Tell Someone,' as well as backing from medical groups like the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and a national vaccine program was born."

* ►August 16, 2007 - Anthrax Vaccine Uses Nanoparticles to Produce Immunity - University of Michigan Health System via Infection and Immunity via Newswise - "A nasal vaccine showed strong promise in initial animal studies. University of Michigan scientists say the result could be a better anthrax vaccine that requires no shots, is effective with only one or two immunizations, needs no refrigeration and could be used effectively after a bioterrorism attack to boost immune response in exposed people."

* ►August 16, 2007 - Foot and mouth: Was spread of virus deliberate? - Woking News and Mail, UK

* ►August 16, 2007 - Europe sends flu vaccines to US - Two European vaccine manufacturers have begun shipping influenza vaccines to the US for the 2007/2008 season. - - "Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis both announced this week shipment of their respective vaccines Fluzone and Fluvirin were on their way to be distributed in the US."

* ►August 16, 2007 - GlaxoSmithKline signs contract to supply pandemic influenza vaccine to UK government - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►August 16, 2007 - Drug giants win contract for UK flu vaccines - - "Under the terms of the agreements, worth £155.4 million over four years, drug firms GSK and Baxter are committed to supply their treatment the moment the World Health Organisation identifies and alerts them of the presence of a pandemic strain."

* ►August 16, 2007 - Hospitals packed by parents in flu panic - Panicked parents are packing NSW hospital emergency rooms asking for their children to be tested, as fear over the deadly flu strain spreads through the community. - Daily Telegraph, Australia

* ►August 16, 2007 - Not too late for flue jab - As Australia battles one of the worst flu seasons in years, experts are continuing to urge the public to vaccinate against the potentially deadly disease. - Adelaide Advertiser

►August 16, 2007 - 'New pill for a milder cold' - It may cut duration of cold by two days - Electric New Paper

►August 16, 2007 - HIV's punch brings on dementia - The reason many people with HIV-AIDS develop dementia has long baffled researchers, but scientists finally believe they have the answer - the virus hits the brain with a one-two punch. - The Australian

* ►August 15, 2007 - Medical centres struggle to cope with flu patients - The flu season hits households across the country every winter, but 2007 is shaping up as a tough one. Officially six children and one adult have died from the flu, but the experts say the true toll is far worse, with the flu contributing to the deaths of hundreds of others, particularly the elderly. - The 7:30 Report via - "PROF. ROBERT BOOY, NAT. CENTRE FOR IMMUNISATION RESEARCH: The virus has drifted, and it has changed, it has genetically altered, so that we can't protect ourselves as well as usual."

* ►August 15, 2007 - The Thimerosal Shield - RESCUE POST - "Thimerosal is now the shield protecting the Centers for Disease Control and pharmaceutical manufacturers from culpability in the autism epidemic, taking the focus away from a schedule that has grown from 10 vaccines to 36 vaccines in 20 years. The PR spin is aided by reporters who rarely appreciate or understand the complex argument many parents, doctors, and researchers are making to explain what has happened to make so many children sick."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Dodd stresses education issues at fair - Sioux City Journal - "Q -- Are you satisfied with the government's response to autism?  A -- Dodd said he was a lead sponsor of a bill that provided $800 million for autism research. But he said more is needed to fight and cure the mysterious disease. Dodd said he wants more study aimed at thimerosal, an additive in some immunizations that some blame for the rise in autism cases."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Blasting will resume near CDC labs holding deadly germs (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Construction crews are blasting within 30 feet of 'hot' labs holding deadly germs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, on a site where a blast in May shattered three windows and damaged two others in lab buildings."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Study: Gardasil could cause side effects when given with another vaccine - WLS ABC 7 Chicago

* ►August 15, 2007 - NVIC Analysis Shows Greater Risk of GBS Reports When HPV Vaccine Is Given with Meningococcal and Other Vaccines - National Vaccine Information Center via PRNewswire-USNewswire via PharmaLive

►August 15, 2007 - NVIC Analysis Shows Greater Risk of GBS Reports When HPV Vaccine Is Given with Meningococcal and Other Vaccines - press release - National Vaccine Information Center via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►August 15, 2007 - Public against mandatory vaccinations for schoolgirls - The Patriot-News via - "At least 41 states have introduced legislation that would require the vaccine, or would fund vaccinations or education programs, said the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications, which conducted the survey. Texas received national attention earlier this year when it required schoolgirls to have the vaccine....Nearly half of participants in the Annenberg survey opposed mandatory vaccination, while about 16 percent supported it, and about 35 percent were neutral."

* ►August 15, 2007 - The Medical Minute: National Vaccine Awareness Month 2007 - Penn State Live

* ►August 15, 2007 - Frozen vaccines lead to search for patients at risk - Revaccinations are at no cost to patients - Sioux City Journal

►August 15, 2007 - Our Views: Children need vaccinations - opinion - 2TheAdvocate

►August 15, 2007 - IAC EXPRESS Issue #678 - Immunization Action Coalition

►August 15, 2007 - Shots, boosters necessary before school - Helena Independent Record

►August 15, 2007 - Pittsburgh DiverseCity Festival to offer free vaccines for kids - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►August 15, 2007 - Update on Vaccination Shortage -

►August 15, 2007 - Vaccines required for Elmira 6th-graders - Elmira Star-Gazette

►August 15, 2007 - Health Department touts importance of immunizations - Tampa Bay Newspapers

►August 15, 2007 - New vaccine can help protect babies - Las Cruces Sun-News

►August 15, 2007 - 1000 Prince George's Students Not In Compliance With Immunizations -

►August 15, 2007 - Back to School Health and Safety Tips - - "'Childhood immunization is one of the easiest and most important things we can do to make sure our children grow up healthy and free from the effects of serious, vaccine-preventable diseases,' said Johnson.  'Immunizations are very safe thanks to medical research and ongoing review by doctors and researchers.'"

►August 15, 2007 - Meningitis Vaccinations Recommended For College Students - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that college students who are going to live in a dormitory or another group setting, like a fraternity or sorority, get vaccinated to prevent meningococcal meningitis. - Nebraska State Paper

* ►August 15, 2007 - Province awaits final recommendations before implementing HPV vaccination program - 100 Mile House Free Press

* ►August 15, 2007 - NB still investigating HPV vaccine program - CBC New Brunswick - "It will be at least next year before New Brunswick decides whether to immunize girls against the human papillomavirus. Ontario and Nova Scotia are going ahead with immunization programs now."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Controversy over HPV vaccine persists - Today's Family News

►August 15, 2007 - Parents of older autistic children wonder: Now what? - Quincy Herald Whig

►August 15, 2007 - Yawning gap filled by scientists - We yawn to bond with others, reports Roger Highfield - The Telegraph, UK - "A new insight into the reason yawns are so infectious has come from a study of children with autism and will end a dispute about their cause."

►August 15, 2007 - Autism speakers reach out to UNH audience -

* ►August 15, 2007 - Most flu shot plans do not address how to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations - This shortcoming could pose serious health risks in event of pandemic flu - New York Academy of Medicine via - "In addition, more healthcare workers should be vaccinated against the flu. Only about one-third to one-half of healthcare workers are currently immunized, researchers note. 'Providers who do not believe the vaccine is protective are less likely to recommend it to patients,' Vlahov said."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Carrington Subsidiary DelSite Initiates Critical Toxicology Studies of Its Nasal Powder Bird Flu Vaccine - Reaching Critical Development Milestone- Novel, Nasal Powder Vaccine Delivery Technology - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney

►August 15, 2007 - Vietnam finds bird flu in poultry near China - Reuters India

►August 15, 2007 - Uncontrolled bird flu in region worries India - Reuters via Economic Times

►August 15, 2007 - Indonesian toddler in Bali cleared of bird flu - Reuters India

►August 15, 2007 - Top medical officer warns of deadly flu - AAP via The West Australian

►August 15, 2007 - Indonesia ignores WHO to stock pile anti-bird flu vaccine - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►August 15, 2007 - Animal vaccine led to police quarantine - The Tennessean - "The department was locked down at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and 11 people were quarantined, after a resident brought in a suspicious package — a syringe in a small box shipped from Puerto Rico. It was intended for a previous resident, officials said. The substance was later identified as Fowl Pox vaccine, used to treat mange in dogs."

►August 15, 2007 - OBJ heads north for transdermal vaccines - Subsidiary established in Queensland and appoints Ian Frazer to advisory board. - Australian Life Scientist

►August 15, 2007 - Runners join bid to find brain bug cure - Sunderland Echo - "Nick was one of just two people in the UK in the last five years who have survived meningitis only to be killed by it when it struck again. Meningitis UK's chief executive, Steve Dayman, said it was vital a vaccination was found for the type B strain which killed Nick."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Fort McCoy soldier dies; meningitis likely cause - La Crosse Tribune - "DNA testing will be needed to confirm whether it was meningococcal meningitis, Matushek said. Base officials do not believe the soldier had received a meningitis vaccination; it was not among the vaccinations soldiers receive before they are deployed, Fournier said. But a Fort McCoy press release said all soldiers entering the Army receive the vaccine, and its use has dramatically decreased the occurrence of the most common types of meningococcal meningitis."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Deadly meningitis claims soldier's life - Twenty-five soldiers were hospitalized and released. Two remain under care. - Daily Press

►August 15, 2007 - West Nile Virus Continues To Haunt NYC - The Queens Gazette

►August 15, 2007 - West Nile virus found in dead pelicans - Bismarck Tribune

►August 15, 2007 - CDC Confirms First North Carolina Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Death - Associated Content

►August 15, 2007 - Neshoba Has Whooping Cough Outbreak -

* ►August 15, 2007 - Study tracks huge growth in drug advertising - Regulators doing less as pharmaceutical companies boost spending - Reuters via MSNBC

►August 15, 2007 - FDA Limits Cold and Cough Medicines to Children Over 2 (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "In the first major reassessment of the safety of children’s cough and cold medicine in decades, federal drug officials said that the drugs should never be given to children under the age of 2 unless approved by a doctor."

►August 15, 2007 - FDA to Meet on Cold Medicines for Kids - AP via Forbes - "The Food and Drug Administration's over-the-counter medication and pediatric panels will take up the issue at a meeting October 18 and 19, according to a notice posted Wednesday to the agency's Web site."

►August 15, 2007 - FDA blamed for dip in new drugs - New drug approvals down 31 percent so far this year: report; FDA still stinging from Vioxx approval. - CNNMoney

►August 15, 2007 - New Drug Approvals Are Down… Way Down - Pharmalot

►August 15, 2007 - Novartis To Buy Bayer? Rumors Fly - Pharmalot

* ►August 15, 2007 - AstraZeneca Changed Wikipedia Entry - Pharmalot

►August 15, 2007 - Diabetes drugs to include new warnings - AP via Yahoo!

►August 15, 2007 - Novartis gets US FDA warning over claims for Alzheimer drug Exelon - AFX via Forbes

►August 15, 2007 - First All-African GM Crop Is Resistant To Maize Streak Virus - Blackwell Publishing Ltd. via ScienceDaily

►August 15, 2007 - Bad air raises heart risks in young adults: study - Reuters UK

►August 15, 2007 - Company fined $250000 for mislabeling mercury-tainted waste - The Post-Standard

►August 15, 2007 - Mercury levels and pregnancy - Simple way to find out elevated mercury levels - WABC ABC 7

* ►August 15, 2007 - China's Toys containing lead too toxic - American Chronicle - "We don’t complain about the pesticides and other so called chemicals and compounds that have negative effects on ourselves and children. The Mercury and Aluminum are injected into our children yet Lead is what we worry about most."

* ►August 15, 2007 - Lead scare crosses all lines - As Mattel recalls more toys, more parents seek testing for their children. - St. Petersburg Times - "He had lead in his system for a couple of years before it was discovered. His mother, Lisa Breakiron, suspected something was wrong when he threw violent tantrums and could not talk by the time he was 3. Several tests came up negative. A comprehensive test revealed the problem. The Breakirons do not know the source of the lead poisoning, although they suspect a now-discarded toy. Through chelation therapy, his condition improved dramatically. He sings, dances and acts 'like a typical kid.'"

►August 15, 2007 - Risks to children in lead exposure: some basics (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►August 15, 2007 - Chemists claim biological alchemy - Chemistry World

►August 14, 2007 - Source Disclosure Ordered in Anthrax Suit (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Five reporters must reveal their government sources for stories they wrote about Steven J. Hatfill and investigators' suspicions that the former Army scientist was behind the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001, a federal judge ruled yesterday."

►August 14, 2007 - Cancer Vaccines are the Newest Weapon in the Battle Against Cancer - press release - Research and Markets via Business Wire

* ►August 14, 2007 - Don calls for vaccines to control cervical cancer - The Tide - "Adewale made the observation in Abuja at an  international conference on cervical cancer tagged 'Stop Cervical Cancer in Africa: Accelerating Access to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines'."

* ►August 14, 2007 - Suspicious Clarksville Package Identified (includes video) - AP via - "Deputy Fire Chief John Stanley said it was an innocent situation that began when a Clarksville man took a package that had been mailed to him from Puerto Rico to the Clarksville Police Station. The packaged contained a syringe full of fowl pox vaccination."

* ►August 14, 2007 - Local clinic offering free immunizations running low on supplies (includes video) - - "Some students were behind on immunizations and had to get five to seven shots."

►August 14, 2007 - Gov's wife urges parents to avoid self medication - The Tide - "Speaking at the conclusion of the second round of child health week in Lagos, she urged parents to always seek the professional advice of health experts at the health centres."

►August 14, 2007 - Is the FDA Killing People? - Best Syndication

►August 14, 2007 - These Drugs Are for Colds, Not Fidgets (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "'Children absolutely should not be sedated on airplanes for the convenience of other passengers,' Dr. Cohen said."

►August 14, 2007 - Pfizer seeks aid for research facility - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

►August 14, 2007 - Bayer Spent $2 Million on Lobbying - Bayer Spent More Than $2 Million in First Half of 2007 to Lobby Federal Government - AP via Yahoo!

►August 14, 2007 - Fingering the Neural Perp in Parkinson's - New study finds its not just dopamine-producing cells, but likely ones that secrete norepinephrine, as well, that kick-start the movement disorder - Scientific American

►August 14, 2007 - France Reports Four Ducks Found With Bird Flu - Voice of America

►August 14, 2007 - Avian influenza - AISER update 4 - Abkhazia

►August 14, 2007 - Towards a unified nomenclature system for the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses - Abkhazia

►August 14, 2007 - Less Than a Week Left for Back-to-School Shots -

►August 13, 2007 - Albertans know little about risks of hepatitis - Public pools, dining out can pose dangers - Edmonton Journal via - "A simple set of vaccinations could protect Albertans against a potentially deadly liver disease, says an Edmonton infectious disease expert. But a poll for the Canadian Liver Foundation released today shows many people don't recognize some routine risks for contracting hepatitis A and B, and 61 per cent of Alberta's adult population has not been vaccinated or doesn't know their vaccination status."

►August 13, 2007 - Vaccine Works with Chemotherapy in Colorectal Cancer - Reuters Health via

►August 13, 2007 - J&J Shouldn’t Have Sued The Red Cross: Poll - Pharmalot

►August 13, 2007 - Why MedImmune Was Sold To AstraZeneca - Pharmalot

►August 13, 2007 - Teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome says 'I'm not weird, OK' - Quincy Herald Whig

* ►August 13, 2007 - NWT's 'Baby Ashley' dies after meningitis struggle - CBC North - "The girl, who became affectionately known as Baby Ashley, developed meningitis early last year at the age of six months. But at the onset of her illness, the nurse in the nearest community of Fort Good Hope — located about 140 kilometres southwest of Colville Lake — told her parents that Ashley was just teething."

* ►August 9, 2007 - Vaccinations carry risks you might not realize - opinion - - "Today's babies receive up to 80 vaccines by age 6. That's a lot of poison injected into their undeveloped bodies. Poison, like formaldehyde, aluminum, human and animal cells (aborted fetal tissue), latex rubber and monosodium glutamate, just to name a few."

►August 9, 2007 - What’s Being Sprayed to Kill the Grass of Normandy Shores Golf Course? A State Investigation Is Expected to Find Out - The Miami SunPost


Posted August 15, 2007


* ►August 15, 2007 - Analysis Shows Greater Risk of GBS Reports When HPV Vaccine Is Given with Meningococcal and Other Vaccines - press release - National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) - "The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) today issued a new report on HPV vaccine (Gardasil®) safety analyzing adverse event reports to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The analysis gives evidence for a reported association in VAERS between Gardasil and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), with a statistically significant increased risk of GBS and other serious adverse event reports when Gardasil is co-administered with other vaccines, especially meningococcal vaccine (Menactra®)."

* ►August 15, 2007 - NVIC Analysis of Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System Reports: Part lll (pdf) - National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)

* ►August 15, 2007 - Public Schools Prepare to Educate Kids with Autism - Morning Edition via NPR - "It takes a lot of work, but many public schools are managing to work with autistic children in mainstream classrooms, because they have to. In Newton, Mass., the number of autism cases in schools is 'growing like wildfire,' according to Jeffrey Young, the school superintendent. 'It's just an unbelievable explosion of kids,' he says. 'It's growing both in terms of number and severity.'"

►August 15, 2007 - UK Foot-and-Mouth Tests Are Negative at Two Sites - Bloomberg

►August 15, 2007 - UK theme park and 3rd farm in foot and mouth scare (includes video) -

►August 15, 2007 - Abbott rules out release of vaccine - Health Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out making government stockpiles of influenza vaccine available and played down concerns about a bird flu outbreak in the region. - The Australian

* ►August 15, 2007 - Novavax Announces Publication of HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research in Journal of Virology - New HIV VLP Vaccine Candidate in Preclinical Testing - press release - Novavax, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►August 15, 2007 - A Vaccine Doesn't Treat HPV - The Wall Street Journal

* ►August 15, 2007 - HPV vaccination doesn't help clear the virus in women already infected - Aidsmap

* ►August 15, 2007 - Effect of Human Papillomavirus 16/18 L1 Viruslike Particle Vaccine Among Young Women With Preexisting Infection - journal article (JAMA)

* ►August 15, 2007 - HPV Vaccines—Prophylactic, Not Therapeutic - journal article (JAMA)

* ►August 14, 2007 - HPV Vaccine Does Not Appear To Be Effective For Treating Pre-existing HPV Infection - JAMA and Archives Journals via ScienceDaily

* ►August 14, 2007 - HPV Vaccine Won't Treat Pre-existing Infection - MedPage Today

* ►August 14, 2007 - GlaxoSmithKline's Application for Rotarix(R) is Accepted for Review by the FDA - If Approved, New Candidate Vaccine Could Offer Completion of the Rotavirus Vaccination Series by Four Months of Age - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►August 14, 2007 - Sinovac Commences Vaccination of Volunteers for the Clinical Research of Pandemic Influenza Vaccine (H5N1) - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via Xinhua-PRNewswire via CNNMoney

* ►August 14, 2007 - Student treated after anthrax spill in Mississippi lab - CIDRAP News - "A graduate student working in a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was treated for possible anthrax exposure following a laboratory accident Aug 11—two days after a US House committee announced plans to hold hearings on biodefense lab safety."

* ►August 14, 2007 - State eyeing update of vaccination rules - Public comment sought on changes - Barre Montpelier Times Argus - "Immunizations for school children and young people headed to college in Vermont might get a little stickier....The department is seeking public comment through Sept. 14 on the proposed changes. Anyone wishing to comment can obtain a form online by visiting and clicking on the 'For Public Comment"'prompt."

►August 14, 2007 - Prenatal education may improve vaccination rates - American Journal of Preventive Medicine via Reuters

►August 14, 2007 - Kids prepare for school, shots - Some vaccinations mandated before attending classes - Port Huron Times Herald

►August 14, 2007 - Vaccination Time -

►August 14, 2007 - New autism treatment: cruel or effective? (includes video) - Ninemsn

►August 14, 2007 - Quincy couple with two autistic kids search for help, strength - Quincy Herald Whig

►August 14, 2007 - Study Highlights Simple, Cost-Effective Health Measures - A new study shows that five simple health measures could help you and many others live a longer life.  VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the simple and cost effective steps recommended in this study. - Voice of America

* ►August 14, 2007 - Antioxidants, bad science and failure of the press to tell the truth -

* ►August 14, 2007 - Emergent BioSolutions: The Wall Street Analyst Forum Presentation Transcript - Seeking Alpha - "The two other customers or three other customers beyond the U.S. government, I want to briefly mention. First of all, there is the emergency responder group. They are counterpart to the military who are actively exposed to the threat of anthrax are occupation such as first responders, emergency medical technicians, police and fire, who will be called in on the front-line of the use of anthrax next time. Those individuals need to be protected, need to be immunized. None of them are right now, that actually is a customer base. If you look at the full-time first responders, that’s more than a million people in United States. It's more than 5 million individuals if you include all the voluntary personnel involved in the emergency responder group -- a huge untapped market that we are aggressively pursuing."

* ►August 14, 2007 - Integrated BioPharma Announces Novel Platform Technology With Multiple Product Leads - Integrated BioPharma, Inc. via Prime Newswire via CNNMoney - "Vaccines Market. After years of relative dormancy, the vaccine market is experiencing a remarkable resurgence with vaccines predicted to outpace drugs in sales growth over the coming years. Vaccine sales were $10B in 2005, up from $6B in 2002, and are expected to reach $15B by 2009. Current global influenza vaccine production capacity is 350 million doses at a market value of approximately $2.2B and is expected to reach $3.7B by 2010. Global demand for vaccination during an influenza pandemic is expected to exceed 13 billion doses. InB:Bio's plant-based production platform was developed in response to this urgent global need for a rapid increase in manufacturing capability."

►August 14, 2007 - Mozambique: Results of Test of Vaccine Against Cholera - Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo) via

►August 14, 2007 - Probe ordered into immunisation fraud - The Hindu - "Upalokayukta G. Patri Basavana Goud said in a press note that the so-called 'immunisation drive' seems to have been conducted only to collect money and the health of the children had been put to risk."

►August 14, 2007 - Virus therapy being focused to fight superbugs - ANI via DailyIndia

►August 14, 2007 - Fear raised about another possible foot-and-mouth outbreak in England - AP via International Herald Tribune

►August 14, 2007 - Two die, another infected with bird flu virus in Bali - Three people in Bali had been infected with the bird flu virus, including a 29-year-old woman and her daughter, aged five, who both died from the disease on Sunday. - New Straits Times

►August 14, 2007 - Flu drugs 'needed for all pharmacies' - AAP via The Age

►August 14, 2007 - West Nile virus on the rise in Alberta - Number of mosquito-bourne illness shot up to 29 cases in the province - Edmonton Sun

►August 14, 2007 - Gene Mutation Turned West Nile Virus Into Killer Disease Among Crows - University of California, Davis via ScienceDaily

* ►August 14, 2007 - Fort McCoy mystery solved: Soldier likely died of meningitis - Green Bay Press Gazette

►August 14, 2007 - Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda - update - World Health Organization

►August 14, 2007 - Report: British tourists caught virus before arriving in Dominican Republic - AP via International Herald Tribune

►August 14, 2007 - The costly side effects of Nexium's ad blitz - Heartburn pills may be safe enough, but their marketing is hazardous - NBC News via MSNBC

►August 14, 2007 - Drugmaker Growth Without the FDA - The Motley Fool

►August 14, 2007 - Toy recall puts attention on lead poisoning - Reuters

►August 14, 2007 - Allergy fears lead to balloon ban - The Times, UK

* ►August 13, 2007 - Barbara Garcia, 27, championed HPV vaccine cause - Houston Chronicle - "Barbara Garcia was weak and not feeling well, but she persuaded a friend to drive her to Austin this spring to show her support of mandatory vaccinations for the virus that causes cervical cancer. Friday, Garcia died at the age of 27 after a two-year battle with cervical cancer. In May, Garcia was one of many women who stood with Gov. Rick Perry in Austin to show their support for making the vaccine for human papillomavirus vaccine, or HPV, mandatory for girls entering the sixth grade."

►August 13, 2007 - NSW toddler dies from flu - AAP via The Age, Australia

►August 13, 2007 - Qld govt rushes flu vaccines to chemists - Sydney Morning Herald

►August 13, 2007 - Prevention of Varicella: Recommendations of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices - National Guideline Clearinghouse via Doctor's Guide

►August 13, 2007 - Updating Immunizations in Vermont (includes video) -

* ►August 13, 2007 - 'Red Army' virus to combat MRSA - An old-fashioned treatment for bacterial infections which was once found in every Red Army soldier's kit bag is being touted as a new weapon against hospital superbug MRSA. - BBC

►August 13, 2007 - Six tips for preventing Lyme disease - The CDC offers these suggestions to avoid tick-borne illness - AP via MSNBC

►August 13, 2007 - Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Additional Emergency Funding to Fight West Nile Virus - State of California via

►August 13, 2007 - Boy Who Contracted Meningitis in Lake LBJ Not Improving - MyFox Austin

►August 13, 2007 - Uganda: USAID Gives Sh2.7b for HIV Prevention - New Vision (Kampala) via

►August 13, 2007 - Governments bickered while native toddler died, journal says - CanWest News Service via

►August 13, 2007 - Cangene meets all regulatory and manufacturing requirements for "Usable Product" on two U.S. government contracts - press release - Cangene Corporation via CNW Group - "Both contracts are for products developed under the U.S. Project BioShield. Under the first contract, Cangene has developed botulinum toxin immune globulin (heptavalent botulism antitoxin), a product designed to treat individuals who have been exposed to the toxins that cause botulism, and will supply 200,000 doses over the five-year term of the contract. Under the second, Cangene has developed anthrax immune globulin, a product designed to treat inhalational anthrax, and will supply 10,000 doses over approximately three years."

►August 13, 2007 - Proceedings to Affirm Merger Between PharmAthene and Healthcare Acquisition Corp Initiated in Delaware Chancery Court - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►August 13, 2007 - Placebo effect seen in kids during allergy testing - Reuters

►August 6, 2007 - Hepatitis A Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 24--35 Months --- United States, 2004--2005 (requires registration) - Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report via Medscape

►July 29, 2007 - Mumps outbreak raises SPG scare - Fiji Times

* ►July 27, 2007 - Are World Poorest Children Losing Out On G8 Focus On Profits? - The Lancet via Medical News Today - "The G8 countries, the most powerful economies of the industrial world, have donated $1.5 billion towards to eradication of disease among the poor children of the world. However, only 25% of this money will be spent on vaccine costs, the other 75% will go to profits."

►July 25, 2007 - Child vaccines rise in Lothian - Evening News via The Scotsman

►July 25, 2007 - Nova Scotia unveils mumps booster program - CBC Nova Scotia

►July 24, 2007 - Knowledge and attitudes of parents and professionals to neonatal BCG vaccination in light of recent UK policy changes: A questionnaire study - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)


Posted August 14, 2007


►August 20, 2007 - The Puzzle of Hidden Ability - Newsweek via MSNBC - "Even their parents struggle to draw the tiniest hint of emotion or social connection from autistic children, so imagine what happens when a stranger sits with the child for hours to get through the standard IQ test."

* ►August 14, 2007 - Researchers: New understanding of autism is near - Newsday

* ►August 14, 2007 - Celebrated scientist leading research on autism - Newsday - "Michael Wigler, the geneticist leading Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's search for the genetic basis of autism, is a celebrated scientist who has made significant contributions to the molecular understanding of cancer."

►August 14, 2007 - The Beam of Light That Flips a Switch That Turns on the Brain (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►August 14, 2007 - Retraction demanded on "Baby Einstein" - Disney defends its videos aimed at teaching infants and says a college's critical news release is "just plain wrong." - The Denver Post

►August 14, 2007 - C8 blood levels down for people who avoided water with the chemical - The Marietta Times

►August 14, 2007 - Nutrients 'do not cut heart risks among vulnerable' - The Scotsman

►August 14, 2007 - Radiologists encouraged to look beyond cancer for clinically unseen diseases - American Roentgen Ray Society via

►August 14, 2007 - State raids drug stockpile - The State Government has opened access to its stockpile of anti-viral drugs to combat the killer flu outbreak. - The Courier-Mail via

►August 14, 2007 - New treatment for chronic hepatitis C leads to less side effects: study - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

►August 14, 2007 - Behavior: Hostility May Raise Risk for Disease (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Researchers studying 313 healthy Vietnam veterans have found that anger and hostility may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure."

►August 14, 2007 - The vaccine gap - editorial - Toledo Blade

* ►August 14, 2007 - Immunization: Tracking the Response to Hepatitis B Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The scientists, writing in the August issue of Pediatrics, said the findings did not mean that children were widely becoming susceptible to hepatitis B infection. 'Newer hepatitis B vaccines with higher doses are given to children today,' said Dr. Anthony E. Fiore, a co-author of the study and researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

* ►August 14, 2007 - AS I SEE IT | Measure would have made guinea pigs of preteen girls (requires registration or subscription) - The Kansas City Star - "There are no data whatsoever to show that vaccinating 11-year-olds will prevent cervical cancer. In addition, Gardasil is the most expensive pediatric vaccine ever marketed. As a physician and medical researcher, I greet new drugs and vaccines with cautious enthusiasm. As a legislator, however, I cannot support a bill making our 11-year-old daughters guinea pigs for an unproven, expensive product on the market less than one year. Missourians will not support such premature public health experiments on their children. Robert F. Onder is a Missouri House member from Lake St. Louis. He is a Republican."

* ►August 14, 2007 - Second cancer vaccine welcomed - UQ News - "Professor Ian Frazer, who is Director of UQ's Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, said: “I am pleased that a further vaccine has become available in Australia to help in the battle against cervical cancer, based on the virus-like particle technology the late Dr Jian Zhou and I developed in Australia in the 1990s."

* ►August 14, 2007 - New cervical cancer vaccine targets older women - Another cervical cancer vaccine will be launched today, targeting women over the age of 27. -

* ►August 14, 2007 - MS vaccine 'slows rate of nerve cell damage' - The Telegraph, UK

* ►August 14, 2007 - First human trial of DNA-based vaccine cheers MS researchers - Number and size of lesions drop sharply during tests - Scientists urge caution and call for further work - The Guardian, UK

* ►August 13, 2007 - Promising DNA Vaccine For Multiple Sclerosis - Archives of Neurology via Medical News Today

* ►August 13, 2007 - Induction of Antigen-Specific Tolerance in Multiple Sclerosis After Immunization With DNA Encoding Myelin Basic Protein in a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Phase 1/2 Trial - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

* ►August 13, 2007 - Unraveling the lies about the antioxidant study on vitamins E and C - - "A new study published in the August 13, 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that vitamins E and C, when taken together, result in a significant reduction in the risk of strokes (31 percent) and heart attacks (22 percent). The study followed 8,171 women who were instructed to take relatively small amounts of these vitamins for more than nine years (600 IU of vitamin E, 500mg of vitamin C and 50mg of beta carotene were taken every other day -- a very small dose according to most modern nutritionists). Despite these encouraging findings about the positive impact of antioxidants on health, nearly all the headlines in the mainstream media today are proclaiming vitamins E and C to be useless."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Major Study Finds Good News About Vitamins E and C -

* ►August 13, 2007 - Antioxidants Don’t Lower Heart Risk - Study Examines Vitamins C, E, Beta-Carotene for Preventing Heart Attack, Stroke - WebMD

* ►August 13, 2007 - A Randomized Factorial Trial of Vitamins C and E and Beta Carotene in the Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Women - Results From the Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►August 13, 2007 - Big pharma's wish list - Some of the world's largest pharma firms have set out what therapeutic areas and specific mechanisms are becoming more important to them, and which will be left by the wayside. -

►August 13, 2007 - IAC EXPRESS Issue #678 - Immunization Action Coalition

►August 13, 2007 - Doctors Recommend HPV Vaccine -

►August 13, 2007 - Parents urged to remember booster shots for sixth graders - Danville Register Bee

►August 13, 2007 - First-hand accounts of Iraqi health workers - World Health Organization (WHO) via ReliefWeb - "Vaccinating in 'hot' areas - Regardless of all the difficulties we face, I still see that people exhibit loyalty and remain steadfast in their duty to help the vulnerable; this spirit is an invaluable component whose continued existence reflects an ability to deal with extraordinary situations. This is illustrated in the polio vaccination campaigns in which more than 5 million children under the age of five were reached."

►August 13, 2007 - Vaccinations for College Freshmen -

* ►August 13, 2007 - More than half of 6th graders haven't filed immunization proof - - "Ten days before school opens, more than half the incoming sixth graders at Craig County Middle School haven't filed proof they have had their required TDAP shots....'They're not to enter the building if they don't have a record of that,' said Walt Raines, the interim principal at the middle school and Craig County High School, who started that position Monday."

►August 13, 2007 - Back-To-School To Dos Includes New Immunizations - Booster Shots For Whooping Cough, Chickenpox Among State Requirements -

►August 13, 2007 - Kids Need Immunizations Shots Before School Starts - Nebraska Department Of Health via

►August 13, 2007 - Health Department proposes immunization updates - Burlington Free Press

►August 13, 2007 - Change the Health Rules, Scare the People - American Council on Science and Health

►August 13, 2007 - Hammitt School expands building, staff and programs - Bloomington Pantagraph - "'The Baby Fold's expansion comes in response to a growing need for special education of severe-needs students, particularly in the area of autism,' Moore said."

►August 13, 2007 - Cutting-edge Autism Research at UCSD Attracts $10 Million for New Center (includes audio) -

►August 13, 2007 - Parents, schools are often at odds - Star-Telegram

►August 13, 2007 - Lyme disease on the rise - AP via Boston Herald

►August 13, 2007 - Farmers resist foot and mouth vaccines - NW Evening Mail

►August 13, 2007 - No animal vaccination at this time - Reynolds - Farming Life

* ►August 13, 2007 - UMC Graduate Student Treated In Anthrax Scare - - "A graduate student at Jackson's University Medical Center had to be treated for anthrax exposure over the weekend. The student was putting a flask of anthrax cells into a shaker when the shaker broke, hospital officials said."

►August 13, 2007 - Possible smallpox contamination at Clarksville PD - Clarksville Online

* ►August 13, 2007 - UAB pursues strep vaccine for developing world - The Birmingham News via

* ►August 13, 2007 - Sanofi pasteur First Manufacturer to Ship Doses of Influenza Vaccine for the 2007-2008 Season - Shipment of Fluzone(R) Influenza Virus Vaccine Begins Across U.S. - press release - PRNewswire via CNNMoney

* ►August 13, 2007 - Two bird flu deaths on Bali confirmed - AFP via The Age, Australia

►August 13, 2007 - Bali records first bird flu death - Bird flu has killed its first human victim on the Indonesian island of Bali, according to health officials. - BBC

►August 13, 2007 - Togo confirms new cases of bird flu - Independent Online

►August 13, 2007 - Queensland deaths 'not influenza' - Tests have confirmed that the deaths of two people in southeast Queensland were not due to flu. -

►August 13, 2007 - Preparing for Pandemic Influenza With Emergency Kit - WDEF News 12

►August 13, 2007 - Banks Urged to Participate in Exercise - AP via Forbes - "The Treasury Department is urging banks and other financial services companies to participate in an exercise next month that will test the industry's ability to respond to a pandemic-like crisis, such as an outbreak of influenza."

►August 13, 2007 - Chinese exercise may help flu vaccine - United Press International

►August 13, 2007 - Chinese Toothpaste for Hotels Is Recalled Worldwide - Bloomberg

* ►August 13, 2007 - FDA accuses Pfizer of false advertising - Pfizer's ad for anti-psychotic drug misleading, with health risk info missing, says FDA. - CNNMoney

* ►August 13, 2007 - A fight to give hope to the terminally ill - Patients, advocates want greater access to experimental drugs (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune - "Arnie Mass is marching on Washington next month....The treatment Mass is stumping for is called Provenge, and it's billed as a vaccine to help treat prostate cancer. It has been stalled in what critics say is the FDA's byzantine drug-approval process. Mass and his organization, CareToLive, have had enough. They've launched Web campaigns and taken out full-page newspaper ads to make their case."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Genelabs Technologies, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and First Half of 2007 - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney - "Recently, GlaxoSmithKline, to which Genelabs has previously granted an exclusive worldwide license to hepatitis E vaccines, advised us that they have decided to continue development of the investigational vaccine for which they plan to undertake extensive clinical development and manufacturing efforts. Hepatitis E virus is an important public health problem, particularly in developing countries."

►August 13, 2007 - Iomai Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results and Business Progress - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney

►August 13, 2007 - Intercell has Q2 net loss, sees full-year profit - Reuters - "Intercell's main product, a vaccine against Japanese encephalitis which it distributes with its shareholder Novartis (NOVN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) of Switzerland, is expected to be launched next year in the United States, Europe and Australia. The company said it would start a phase II clinical study for a vaccine against S.aureus infections in the second half of this year. It expects interim results of a phase II 'proof of concept study' for a Hepatitis C vaccine this month."

►August 13, 2007 - Expert Panel Issues White Paper Identifying Needs in PRRS Vaccine Research - Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is the most significant disease problem facing the swine industry worldwide. - ThePigSite

►August 13, 2007 - Study: Death proteins have vital function - United Press International - "U.S. medical scientists have determined proteins that promote cell death are also needed for the maturation and proliferation of immune cells."

►August 13, 2007 - In China, bribe takers suffer, not bribe givers (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►August 13, 2007 - The Color of Health Care: Diagnosing Bias in Doctors (requires registration) - Washington Post

►August 13, 2007 - A Doctor In The House - A Rare Breed Of Pediatrician Restricts Her Medical Care To Home Visits - Hartford Courant - "Markel charges $85 for a home visit, which can include just about anything a doctor would see at an office. She does not carry vaccines, so patients who need camp or school forms must first obtain immunization records from their regular pediatricians."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Woman Sick After Arsenic, Toxins Invade Home -

►August 13, 2007 - Study highlights benefits of Risperdal Consta over Zyprexa (requires registration) - PharmaTimes

►August 13, 2007 - Features of replication suggest viruses have common themes, vulnerabilities - University of Wisconsin-Madison via
►August 13, 2007 - Bursts of waves drive immune system 'soldiers' toward invaders - University of California - San Francisco via
►August 13, 2007 - Traditional Chinese exercises may increase efficacy of flu vaccine - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
►August 13, 2007 - Waist-to-hip ratio may better predict cardiovascular risk than body mass index - UT Southwestern Medical Center via

* ►August 12, 2007 - Mumbai fights autism - Daily News & Analysis - "Dr Leo Rebello, director of the Mumbai-based Natural Health Centre, believes we are looking at the tip of the iceberg. In a research paper, he says autism cases have risen dramatically...Others doctors too see a sharp rise. Dr Anjali Joshi, an occupational therapist at KEM Hospital, says autism cases have jumped in the last two decades. 'I would hardly see one autistic child in six months those days; now, I treat at least two kids per week.'  Points out Dr Anahita Hegde, a neurologist at Jaslok Hospital:  'I would see one-two cases a month 10 years ago; today I see 20 fresh cases a month....But just what causes autism?....Adds Dr Rebello: 'Abuse of antibiotics; heavy metal toxicity; vaccines that contain mercury; and unnatural foods in early childhood, like canned babyfood and milk powders, which lead to cadmium and arsenic poisoning, are the root causes.'"

►August 12, 2007 - Resources for autistic students are few in rural communities - Proposed Granville school could be among local opportunities - ThisWeek Community Newspaper

►August 12, 2007 - FDA Takes Action Against Iowa Dairy - Illegal residues of drugs found in the dairy's cows - Consumer Affairs

* ►August 12, 2007 - Avandia FDA Mole Hawks Lethal Medication Patches - Lawyers and Settlements

►August 12, 2007 - African virus to heap more misery on British farmers - Daily Mail, UK - "Bluetongue has ravaged mainland Europe and could reach the UK any day."

►August 12, 2007 - 17 West Nile Virus Cases Come From Panorama City - 2 More Cases Come From Granada Hills, Rowland Heights -

►August 11, 2007 - Synopsis by Pete Myers, Ph.D. - vom Saal, FS, SM Belcher, LJ Guillette, R Hauser, JP Myers, GS Prins, WV Welshons, JJ Heindel et al. 2007. Chapel Hill Bisphenol A Expert Panel Consensus Statement: Integration of mechanisms, effects in animals and potential impact to human health at current exposure levels. Reproductive Toxicology, in press [PDF]. -

* ►August 9, 2007 - Electronic Letters to: Original Article: Abby Lippman, Ryan Melnychuk, Carolyn Shimmin, and Madeline Boscoe Human papillomavirus, vaccines and women's health: questions and cautions - journal article (CMAJ)

►July 24, 2007 - Ministry: Protect kids from encephalitis - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►July 24, 2007 - Measles toll fear after MMR controversy - Western Mail via icWales

►July 24, 2007 - Hope for devil tumour vaccine - A study being conducted at Hobart's Menzies Research Institute could lead to the development of a vaccine to combat the facial tumour disease killing tasmanian devils. -

►July 23, 2007 - Cuba-Malaysia Test Vaccine Against Cancer - Cuba News

►July 23, 2007 - Hitting the bull's eye for pandemic flu vaccine development - Ethics of Vaccines

►July 14, 2007 - More disabled kids living with single women - Only 46 percent live in two-parent homes vs. 62 percent without disabilities - AP via MSNBC

►June 29, 2007 - Heavy metals spread all over town - Eugene Register-Guard via The Mining News

* DAN! Fall Conference 2007 - Anaheim, CA October 11th - 15th 2007 at The Hyatt Regency Orange County Hotel

* Mini-DAN! Conference -  Little Rock, Arkansas September 21st - September 23rd at The University of Arkansas for Medical Science

* Gut Microorganisms and Autism: the Latest Research -


Posted August 13, 2007


* ►August 13, 2007 - Formal Complaint Charges CDC Oral Health Division with Ethics Violations - news release - The Lillie Center via - "We have provided very specific examples of statements and actions by Dr.’s Maas and Gerberding that show blatant disregard for the most fundamental principles of ethics in public health. CDC is striving mightily to defend its policy supporting water fluoridation to prevent cavities, but the facts about harm from fluoride are now coming from highly respected organizations like the National Research Council."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Vaccine Law Changing in California - Planet Chiropractic - "The ingenious solution devised by vaccine enthusiasts to guarantee victory in Sacramento every time from here on out is to simply change the rules. The time-honored tradition in California of giving parents a chance to ask tough questions during the legislative review process for new vaccines may soon be overthrown. In the future, look for rubber-stamp approval of all federally recommended vaccines without debate. In place of elected representatives getting a chance to vote thumbs up or thumbs down, a single un-elected bureaucrat at the top of the state's medical hierarchy will simply nod yes. Should we be surprised to learn that the new system would add the HPV vaccine to the mandated list automatically, contrary to public sentiment? Assembly Bill 16 is working its way through the California legislature and has already been approved by the Assembly. If signed into law, beginning in July 2008 every vaccine ever decreed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) will automatically become mandatory for California school kids."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Deirdre Imus, Katie Wright to Speak at '07 National Autism Conference, Atlanta - press release - National Autism Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "Speakers include Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, Dr. Arthur Krigsman, Dr. Steven Gutstein, journalist Dan Olmsted, New York Times best-seller author David Kirby, IEP specialist Lynne Arnold and many others."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Under suspicion - Researchers now believe that autism can be caused by genes in combination with environmental triggers. The question is, what are those triggers? (requires registration) - Boston Globe


"Until recently, about 90 percent of autism research has focused on genetics, and only perhaps 10 percent on environmental factors, said Dr. Gary Goldstein, chairman of the scientific board of Autism Speaks, a national research and advocacy group. In the coming years, he expects the ratio to be 1 to 1. Dr. Martha Herbert, a Harvard neuroscientist and Massachusetts General Hospital neurologist, said a few years ago, autism researchers would be marginalized if they talked about environmental factors. But now, "any major article or proposal concerning the causes of autism is coming to be considered incomplete if it doesn't talk about a potential role of environmental factors."....The dispute over thimerosal long tainted the whole idea of environmental triggers for autism, discouraging scientists from entering the field, some researchers and parents say. Career- wise, "It has not been safe for scientists to work on this problem" of possible environmental factors in autism, said Mark Blaxill of Cambridge, cofounder of Safe Minds, a parent group. But the rates of autism have reached epidemic proportions, he contends, and clearly, genes cannot account for such rapid change." - Carey Goldberg, Boston Globe

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: It is encouraging that autism researchers at the University of California - Davis, as well as researchers in academia and government are focusing research initiatives on the complex relationship between genetic and environmental trigger co-factors in the development of autism. Understanding all potential causes of the growing chronic disease and disability epidemic among children, which includes millions of children suffering from regressive autism and other developmental delays, deserves to be made a high priority in biomedical research.

Although it is becoming clearer that bolus and cumulative mercury exposures via mercury preservatives in vaccines are not the sole cause for increases in cases of autism during the past quarter century, the hypothesis that mercury preservatives in vaccines have harmed the brains and immune systems of many children should not be dismissed. Mercury is a neuro-toxin and does not belong in any form in any product consumed by humans, much less directly injected into humans. Biological mechanism research on animals has already confirmed that thimerosal can be toxic and research should continue into the potential synergistic effect of repeatedly injecting even trace amounts of thimerosal along with other components, such as aluminum, into infants and children via vaccines.

Science is a dynamic search for truth and evolves with each new discovery over time. The search for the truth about all causes for vaccine injury and death cannot be left in the hands of epidemiologists. That search also properly belongs in the hands of basic science researchers examining the biological effects on brain and immune function of atypically manipulating the immature human immune system by injecting multiple vaccines during the first years of life, when the brain and immune system are developing at their most rapid rate outside the womb. The UC-Davis study certainly cannot fail to include evaluation of the biological effects of the most frequent atypical environmental exposure most children of the 21st century are subjected to in early life: repeated injection of lab altered live viruses and killed bacteria via vaccines that also contain quite a few potentially toxic ingredients.

Parents will be closely watching the way the UC- Davis study is conducted and will eagerly await the results of this important investigation into the potential environmental and genetic co-factors involved in the development of autism. Any new information which will help shine a light on ways to prevent and develop healing therapies for autism is a step in the right direction.

* ►August 13, 2007 - Alternative cures for autism - Manchester Evening News - "Daniel continues to make excellent progress and is now speaking and engaging with people on a regular basis. As well as his chiropractic treatment he receives educational help through a specialist school, which includes seeing a speech therapist twice a week."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Microbix mobilizes SWATT team to help companies worldwide expand flu vaccine production - press release - Microbix Biosystems Inc. via CNW Group - "Microbix' technology has been proven to double vaccine production output. That means that 700 million doses could be produced worldwide if every vaccine manufacturer adopted VIRUSMAX(TM)."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Toddler death latest case in deadly flu epidemic - A two-year-old NSW boy is the sixth child to die from the virulent influenza epidemic sweeping across Australia. - AAP via Melbourne Herald Sun

* ►August 13, 2007 - Kids free flu vaccine call rejected - Gold Coast News, Australia

►August 13, 2007 - Questions about the flu epidemic - Australian Medical Association Queensland president Ross Cartmill addresses concerns about the flu epidemic. Does this year's flu vaccine actually cover the strain of the flu that's causing all this drama? - The Courier-Mail via

* ►August 13, 2007 - Deadly season - All Australians might be routinely vaccinated against common strains of influenza in the wake of this year's deadly season. - The Courier-Mail via - "'Every vaccination has a degree of side effects and the first thing we've got to make sure is that we don't promote a program that possibly is not beneficial,' he said. 'For instance, there's certain issues around children and flu vaccination, like allergies.'...'There's been a lot of discussion and some controversy over the years of its value in a health sense to vaccinate children,' Professor Horvath said. 'The data's not there yet.'"

* ►August 13, 2007 - Vaccination rates down in Manukau - Howick and Pakuranga Times - "We all have fears about vaccinations, but it’s supported by all the major health organisations. We, as a community, have to believe in it."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Too few children getting crucial vaccines - Irish Independent - "Guidelines on the HPSC website state: 'All the scientific evidence points to there being no link between MMR vaccine and Crohns disease and autism.' HPSC director Darina O'Flanagan said that concerns about MMR were one of the reasons holding Ireland back in its immunisation programme. Children have a right to expect to be fully immunised, and parents and health authorities have a responsibility to see that that right become a reality."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Underinsured worse than nothing for vaccines - Current policies focus on children who are uninsured, leaving many without options. - USA Today via News-Leader - "The study reveals 'a strained immunization safety net and a confusing array of gaps in public vaccine financing,' says Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in an editorial."

* ►August 13, 2007 - Catholic parents face quandary over vaccine to prevent cervical cancer - Canadian Catholic News via Catholic Online - "REAL Women of Canada has also come out against the HPV vaccination programs. 'It’s almost diabolical what they’re doing to these young innocent girls,' said REAL Women of Canada National Vice President Gwen Landolt in an Aug. 9 interview from her home outside Toronto. 'These young girls are being made into unwilling medical experiments.' When REAL Women raised concerns in early July, it focused solely on medical reasons. Landolt said they did so because they hoped their arguments would have more impact. In fact, the pro-life, socially conservative group is making the same arguments as the Canadian Women’s Health Network. 'We are totally as one for a change,' Landolt said."

►August 13, 2007 - Vaccination program should include more girls in first year: Ball - More girls should be vaccinated, says Health critic - The Corner Brook Western Star

* ►August 13, 2007 - New medical intelligence system will help identify public health threats - Huliq

►August 13, 2007 - Drugs companies scarred by US watchdog's tougher stance - The Guardian, UK

►August 13, 2007 - Do homework before investing in pharmaceuticals - London Free Press

►August 13, 2007 - Opportunity to review policy and practice on biosecurity - The Scotsman

►August 13, 2007 - Two more children from Ga. summer camp show meningitis symptoms - AP via Access North Georgia

* ►August 13, 2007 - Letter of the Day - Some questions about HIV vaccine trials - Jamaica Gleaner - "My family came to Canada with two teenagers, and before they had spent very long in public high school, we received a letter suggesting very strongly that they should receive immunisation against hepatitis B, which is transmitted here primarily through injection drug abuse and unprotected sex. Hep B vaccination has been linked, albeit inconclusively, to a number of disorders, among them multiple sclerosis (MS) - Science News, September 25, 2004. People who know that they or their charges are not in danger of exposure, need to weigh carefully whether they should submit to vaccination/innoculation with experimental substances, or vaccines that have not been cleared of scientific dispute."

►August 13, 2007 - Mbeki says minister was sacked for insubordination - The Independent, UK - "The Health Minister had a personal feud with her deputy, who was an outspoken critic of the President's Aids policy and is credited with ending a decade of Aids denial in the South African political leadership."

►August 12, 2007 - Biotech to bring home the bacon? Henry I. Miller - commentary - Washington Times

►August 12, 2007 - Autism sufferers coming out of the shadows - The Union Leader - "This week, Williams and others with autism will tell their stories at the University of New Hampshire's ninth annual Autism Summer Institute. The four-day conference, beginning tomorrow at Holloway Commons, is open to the public and will focus subjects such as how to help children with autism spectrum disorder do better in school and how people with autism can become more independent and improve the quality of their lives."

►August 12, 2007 - No two cases of autism are alike - Quincy Herald Whig

►August 12, 2007 - Faith, family and hope ... living with autism - Quincy Herald Whig

►August 12, 2007 - A Parent's Struggle - Jamestown Post-Journal

►August 12, 2007 - No to autism mandate - letter - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

►August 12, 2007 - A diagnosis, 119 years after death - Medical sleuths find clues to Louisa May Alcott's ailments in a painting and her detailed journals. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

* ►August 12, 2007 - Vaccine maker gears up in case of flu pandemic - USA Today via  Deseret News - "'We assume that, in a pandemic, the only vaccine available to Americans is going to be a vaccine made in America,' says Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program office in the Department of Health and Human Services. 'A goal of our pandemic vaccine program is largely to ensure we have sufficient domestic capacity to meet this country's need.'"

►August 12, 2007 - Preparation called key in handling flu outbreak - "We're definitely due" for a pandemic, specialist says - Jackson Clarion-Ledger

►August 12, 2007 - FDA Issues Warning Over Vibriosis - The Money Times

►August 12, 2007 - West Nile cases increase as summer steams on - USA Today

►August 12, 2007 - 17 West Nile Virus Cases Come From Panorama City - 2 More Cases Come From Granada Hills, Rowland Heights - CBS 2

►August 12, 2007 - Warning on Rice Products - WLNS TV 6

►August 12, 2007 - Pennsylvania Department of Health Warns Consumers About Salmonella Linked to Pet Food - Associated Content

* ►August 12, 2007 - Public in dark on HPV cancer link - The vast majority of women do not know that most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection. - BBC - "In a survey of 1,600 women only 2.5% cited human papillomavirus as a risk factor for cervical cancer. Researchers said the results, published in the British Journal of Cancer, were "striking" considering recent publicity over the development of a HPV vaccine. Experts said the public needed to be better informed before widespread vaccination was introduced....Study author Laura Marlow, research assistant at University College London said they expected a bigger increase in awareness given the wealth of media coverage in the past few years. 'If people don't know about it, they can't give fully informed consent to vaccination.'"

►August 12, 2007 - Colo. Kids Need 3 More Vaccines This School Year - AP via CBS 4 Denver

►August 12, 2007 - A shot at good health - Free immunizations, fun activities combine with education on obesity, diabetes - Victoria Advocate

►August 12, 2007 - Shot record - Alliance hopes to draw crowd for free kids' vaccines - Times Record News - "The event offers some perks - not just pricks - for the kids, as well. They'll get a chance to meet several characters, including Craze E. Cat, McGruff the Crime Dog and Beatrice, a bee, the mascot for Be Wise - Immunize. The Clown Arounds will also be around to entertain."

►August 12, 2007 - Health department to offer vaccines - Huntington Herald-Dispatch - "The Cabell-Huntington Health Department will host a Back-to-School Immunization Clinic from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the department, 703 7th Ave. For the children, the mascot 'Hurdle the Turtle' will be on hand with free giveaways."

►August 12, 2007 - Parents reminded to get children immunized - Santa Maria Times - "California law allows parents or guardians to seek an exemption from immunization requirements based on their personal beliefs and for physicians to elect medical exemptions."

►August 12, 2007 - Several bacteria strains can be deadly - Joliet Herald News

* ►August 12, 2007 - Can virus cause obesity? - Pennington scientist has revolutionary theory -

►August 12, 2007 - West Nile virus outbreaks climb from now till frost - AP via Bryan-College Station Eagle

►August 12, 2007 - Malaria vaccine research aided by tests on mice - Earth & Sky

►August 12, 2007 - The battle over bird flu - editorial - St. John's Telegram

►August 12, 2007 - Used needle scare for city father - He'll be tested for HIV, hepatitis after stepping on piece of discarded syringe - The Edmonton Journal via

►August 12, 2007 - Pharma Sector: Few Newsmakers Of The Week - Wyeth, Glaxo, Active Biotech, Boston Scientific, ViroPharma, Pfizer, Tercica, Merck, Paladin Labs - Trading Markets

►August 12, 2007 - Parallel Trade All Set To Get A Grip On The U.S Pharmaceutical Market - press release - Piribo via PRWeb

►August 12, 2007 - Chiron continues groundbreaking work under the aegis of Novartis - Inside Bay Area

* ►August 12, 2007 - Story of the fight, victory against polio on display - Son of vaccine developer visits Warm Springs exhibit - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

* ►August 12, 2007 - Son of polio pioneer has focus on HIV, cancer - Dr. Peter Salk believes research could lead to control of AIDS - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

►August 12, 2007 - USAID gives sh2.7b for HIV prevention - New Vision, Uganda

►August 12, 2007 - Rare progress made in fight against HIV - While its HIV rate is still among the highest in the world, economically troubled Zimbabwe is the only country in southern Africa where the infection rate has been reduced. (requires registration or subscription) - McClatchy News Service via Miami Herald

►August 11, 2007 - Canada's global AIDS fight inadequate: coalition - Canadian Press via CTV News

►August 11, 2007 - Schools require 3 new vaccines - Students' must-do list includes getting a shot - Denver Post - "Kids who aren't up to date on immunizations will have two weeks to provide proof of vaccinations or begin the process of obtaining immunization shots or applying for an exemption. 'It's a very, very small number who don't get immunizations,' said Joni Reynolds, head of the Colorado Immunization Program. She said 78 percent of Colorado children were immunized by age 2."

* ►August 11, 2007 - Tonsil removal may cure ADHD behavior in kids - Dallas Morning News - "The key to making that connection is how the child sleeps. Snoring, restlessness, apnea, and gasping for breath during the night are clearly linked to hyperactive daytime behavior in very young children. And enlarged or infected tonsils and adenoids — immune-related tissue masses in the throat — most often are the cause of  'sleep-disordered breathing.'"

►August 11, 2007 - Autism brings hundreds to Denver -

►August 11, 2007 - Wis. plant to stop using mercury - United Press International - "A chlorine plant that is Wisconsin’s largest source of mercury pollution plans to switch to another process by 2009."

►August 11, 2007 - Allergists And Emergency Physicians Publish System To Enhance Management Of Life-Threatening Allergic Emergencies - Medical News Today

►August 10, 2007 - Caution is Advised, Says Gene Therapy Expert - Wired News - "Until gene therapies are better understood, it's best to test them only on people who are suffering from severe, life-threatening conditions."

►August 9, 2007 - Increased allergies spur search for a safe peanut - Scientists try to find ways to erase allergens, but some parents urge researchers to find a cure to the allergy instead - Baltimore Sun via Contra Costa Times

►July 31, 2007 - Needless needling - Getting billed for immunizations that were supposed to be free becoming a real pain - Chicago Sun-Times

►July 30, 2007 - Scientist doubts efforts to detect avian flu in US - Bangor Daily News

►July 30, 2007 - Debate over autism - KOMU-TV - "But Cleek is not fully convinced that vaccines are totally safe. Thomas was diagnosed with autism before kindergarten and after that doctors gave him vaccines that she says hurt his progress. 'He was very aggressive. His speech seemed to go through delays we had not anticipated. We were just really disturbed by the changes we saw in him. I am not saying it causes the autism, but it did, for him, increase his autistic tendencies,' Cleek said."

►July 27, 2007 - Sanofi-Aventis says Pisano named as new CEO for vaccines unit Sanofi Pasteur - AFX via CNNMoney


Posted August 12, 2007


* ►August 20, 2007 - How Free Are We? - Just 100 kilometres off the nation's capital, infants die of hunger; in Purulia in West Bengal women are sold as sex slaves; in Juhapura in Ahmedabad Muslim riot victims slum it out; in Jammu, Kashmiri Pandits search for dignity... - Outlook India - "The health bureaucracy does find its way here to put polio drops into young mouths—thanks to the national and international muscle behind polio eradication. But it retreats when its job is done, apparently oblivious to sunken eyes and protruding stomachs. Malgozha helps to explain why India has the world’s largest number of underweight children under 5—a staggering 57 million."

►August 13, 2007 - Inducing labor for convenience gets a second look - New studies show the practice has a role in rising costs and the risk of complications. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "'There is renewed interest in these seemingly benign medical interventions,' says Dr. William Grobman, an assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Northwestern University. 'But the topic is somewhat hazy. We don't have all the information we'd like to have about risks and benefits.'"

* ►August 13, 2007 - Protect vaccines, protect your cow herd - High Plains Journal - "Dee Griffin, beef production management veterinarian with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, agrees with his colleague on what types of vaccines should be given in the fall. 'Respiratory vaccines should include a modified live IBR, BVD and BRSV. Many veterinarians also include a 'Pasteurella' vaccine, actually, Mannheimia hemolytica and Pasteurella multocida,' Griffin said. 'In addition a clostridial vaccine, typically a 7-way, is given.' Other vaccines Griffin suggested are Hemophilus somnus and Mycoplasma bovis. 'Neither of these vaccines have ever proven to work, and overloading an animal's immune system causes more harm than the benefit from the vaccines,' Griffin said."
* ►August 13, 2007 - Third death possibly caused by drug - Sydney Morning Herald - "A third person may have died from taking the painkiller Prexige, which has been urgently recalled by the country's pharmaceuticals watchdog."

* ►August 12, 2007 - Deaths spark painkiller ban - Sydney Morning Herald - "A painkiller used by 60,000 Australians has been ordered off the shelves after the deaths of two people. The Therapeutic Goods Administration yesterday announced the urgent recall of the drug Prexige, used to treat osteoarthritis and acute pain."

* ►August 12, 2007 - Health: Childhood jabs: worth the risk? - Vaccines are generally regarded as essential to protect our children against illness, but there is opposition. As Dr Andrew Wakefield, who challenged MMR, fights for his career, another doctor weighs up the pros and cons - Sunday Life, UK - "Father-of-two Dr Halvorsen began his investigation after receiving a request to write an article on the MMR vaccination. 'Until then I had no particular opinion on vaccines and routinely gave them to my patients' children and my own, and felt secure in the knowledge that they were safe. Yet when I researched and tried to get the Government's side of the story on MMR, instead of being reassured, which I expected, I was dismayed to find that evidence showing it was safe was simply not there. It had been introduced with virtually no safety controls at all.' He believes vaccine risks are not properly assessed because, unlike drugs, vaccines generally do not undergo long-term safety trials."

* ►August 12, 2007 - Autism conference brings nearly 1000 to Denver - AP via

* ►August 12, 2007 - Parents Duped by Junk Science on Autism, Says Doctor - New California Media

* ►August 12, 2007 - How do we tackle the rise in the number of children on anti-depressants? - The tragic side effects include suicide, addiction and self-harm - The Independent, UK - "When Stephen Bailey was eight years old, he was prescribed Librium by his doctor. That was the beginning of a 24-year addiction to mind-altering drugs which, Bailey says, changed the course of his life and saw him descend into a world of fits, screaming and violence whenever he tried to withdraw. A commonly-used tranquilliser, Librium is one of the benzodiazepine family, and was prescribed to calm Bailey after he suffered from migraines and flashing lights in response to a routine set of vaccinations."

* ►August 12, 2007 - Insider reveals lax security at bio-lab - The Times, UK - "A worker has raised concerns about bio-security at the state-owned research complex where the foot and mouth outbreak is believed to have originated. Percy Ravate, a contract worker, was struck down with life-threatening Legionnaires’ disease, which he believes he caught while repairing pipework at the Pirbright complex in Surrey."

* ►August 12, 2007 - JUST THE JAB! - EXCLUSIVE Brown backs vaccine not culls to avoid foot and mouth hell - Sunday People, UK - "Farmers are demanding £100million compensation over the latest outbreak, which officials have linked to a research lab in Pirbright, Surrey. Villagers believe the key is a nearby allotment used by a boffin at the lab. They say heavy rain flooded the allotment, which then overflowed into two streams providing drinking water for the infected cattle. Councillor Diana Lockyer Nibbs said: 'It has to be more than a coincidence, doesn't it?'"

►August 12, 2007 - Indonesia demands bird flu medicine before sharing samples - Indonesia has confirmed that it will not share live samples of bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation (WHO) until it is guaranteed access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. -

►August 12, 2007 - Vaccine dash to protect elderly - An emergency response team rushed to a Brisbane western suburbs nursing home yesterday to administer flu vaccine, after carers feared a widespread outbreak was in the making. - The Courier-Mail

* ►August 12, 2007 - US Slipping in Life Expectancy Rankings (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post - "'Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries,' said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington."

►August 12, 2007 - Healthy Taiwan a wealthy Taiwan - Taipei Times - "On July 27, President Chen Shui-bian proposed a major advance in Taiwan's health policy. He announced that he would seek a large increase in the central government's vaccination budget in order to expand the range of vaccines covered by the national health insurance system and to accelerate their introduction."

►August 12, 2007 - Guest in Town: 'USA begins postgraduate epidemiology programme' - Daily Times, Pakistan

►August 12, 2007 - Vaccine to fight Hepatitis-A soon - Times of India

* ►August 12, 2007 - New team will probe mysterious jail deaths in Del Rio - Failure to do an autopsy in July seen as a slip-up - San Antonio Express-News via Houston Chronicle

* ►August 12, 2007 - Beaufort girl dies of mosquito-borne illness - Savannah Morning News - "While a definitive cause of death has not yet been determined, the little girl might have died of Eastern equine encephalitis, Petrofes said. However, she was not contagious. Humans cannot spread the disease, he said."

►August 12, 2007 - Polio victim feared for life - Australia's first polio victim in more than 20 years has told how he feared he would die alone from the disease in a Melbourne hospital, thousands of kilometres from home. - Melbourne Herald Sun

►August 12, 2007 - Syphilis Cases on the Increase in the City (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►August 12, 2007 - Researchers study possible asthma-obesity connection - Times Free Press

* ►August 11, 2007 - The Long Island Autism Conference Announces Next Event - The 4th Annual Long Island Autism Conference is Planned for Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, 2007 in Hauppauge, NY. - press release - Long Island Autism Conference via - "Some of the thirty-four presenters include: verbal behavior specialist Dr. Vince Carbone, Dr. Bryan Jepson and Dr. Arthur Krigsman from Thoughtful House for Children in Texas, Washington D.C. reporter Dan Olmstead, Raun Kaufman from the Son Rise Program, author Barbara Fischkin, senior autism clinician and co-founder of Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Dr. Sidney Baker, certified RDI consultants June Hamilton and Donna Morrison, occupational therapist Jeanne Ganz and special education lawyer Edward J. Nitkewicz."

* ►August 11, 2007 - Autism center among nondefense projects in military spending bill - Gannett News Service via Battle Creek Enquirer - "Among the billions of dollars in the House's version of the defense spending bill for next year is $2.5 million for an autism center in Indianapolis, which apparently has no connection to the Defense Department or the war in Iraq. The money was requested by Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., whose grandson has autism and for whom the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center is named."

►August 11, 2007 - UNM, Albuquerque mayor try to heighten awareness of autism, push for facility - Albuquerque Tribune

►August 11, 2007 - Polio scare closed churches - Disease canceled local gatherings in '36; officials say pandemic threat remains - Decatur Daily

►August 11, 2007 - Covington Struggles With Students Getting Required Immunizations (includes video) -

►August 11, 2007 - Child vaccination season has arrived - School children required to get three new ones this year - The Coloradoan

►August 11, 2007 - Across Kansas: Reno County waits on chicken pox vaccines for students (requires registration or subscription) - Kansas City Star

►August 11, 2007 - Meningitis count remains at 3 - State Patrol assists in delivering blood samples to CDC - Savannah Morning News

►August 11, 2007 - Calls for calm as new flu cases arise - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►August 11, 2007 - Togo finds new bird flu - News24

►August 11, 2007 - Maumee officials practice reaction to bird flu - 60 discuss methods to control pandemic - Toledo Blade

►August 11, 2007 - Farmers make call for animal vaccination - Express & Echo via This is Exeter

* ►August 11, 2007 - Virus leak could not be an accident - The Telegraph, UK - "Sabotage is the most likely explanation for the foot and mouth outbreak, one of the scientists at the heart of the crisis claimed yesterday."

►August 11, 2007 - Foot and mouth: Key Questions - The Telegraph, UK

►August 11, 2007 - Hopes rise that disease has not spread - The Independent, UK

►August 11, 2007 - Defra publishes interim epidemiology report and vaccination strategy - Defra have stated that in accordance with contingency planning arrangements vaccination is at the forefront of disease control policy in Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks. -

* ►August 11, 2007 - Feds will look into mystery illness at Val Verde jail - Two inmates have died and two others are hospitalized - AP via Houston Chronicle

►August 11, 2007 - Mosquito-borne virus found in 3 counties (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►August 11, 2007 - WHO Optimistic on Global Polio Goals - AP via Forbes

►August 11, 2007 - Anti-polio drive extended to cover tribal areas - Daily Times, Pakistan

►August 11, 2007 - Anti-polio drive extended - The News - International - Pakistan

►August 11, 2007 - Regional: West Nile Virus Fogging Planning for Monday Night - CBS 5 San Francisco

►August 11, 2007 - Mercury a danger to older adults and young children - Battle Creek Enquirer

►August 11, 2007 - Are new lights safe? - letter - Mcalester News-Capital

►August 11, 2007 - Mercury clean-up at ERCO is underway - Wisconsin Radio Network

►August 11, 2007 - Why does no one ask why the drugs are so expensive? - The Independent, UK

►August 11, 2007 - Virus-specific drug approved for HIV - New Scientist

* ►August 10, 2007 - Health officials unsure about child's skin rash - AP via Tulsa World

* ►August 10, 2007 - Southwestern Medical Center health scare update - AP via - "The first round of testing with rapid results called PCR has come back with negative results for vaccinia, chicken pox, and orthopox.  Bradley said some tests are pending as attempts to grow possible viruses will take several more days.  Results are possible by Tuesday or Wednesday. She stressed that it appears the rash developed by the patient after possible contact with a soldier who had recently received a smallpox vaccination was coincidental and not related in any way."

►August 10, 2007 - Flu death toll rises - A former soldier, 37, who survived two tours of East Timor has died after developing flu-like symptoms in the first sign the epidemic could kill adults. - Courier Mail

►August 10, 2007 - Day 3 Of Autism Conference Blog - Expert Blogs For 2007 U.S. Autism, Asperger Association International Conference -

►August 10, 2007 - Deal would cut mercury output at power plant - Agreement with company owned by oilman Wyatt seen as a first - Houston Chronicle

►August 10, 2007 - New Segment on “Autism in America” to be Featured on The World Report Series - press release - World Media Television, Inc. via

* ►August 10, 2007 - WHO reports 4 cases of polio in Angola, but optimistic on global eradication goal - AP via International Herald Tribune - "In India, polio cases persist despite widespread vaccination campaigns. Health officials suspect that the vaccine may be less effective in children who have other gastro-intestinal diseases like diarrhea or cholera, which are widespread across the sub-continent. When WHO and partners began their anti-polio campaign in 1988, the worldwide case count was more than 350,000 annually. The health body has missed goals of eradicating the disease by 2000 and 2005, and critics have wondered whether eradication is logistically possible. No new target date for eradication has been set, and the campaign has already cost over US$4 billion (€2.9 billion). For every case of polio that causes paralysis, there are approximately 200 others that are asymptomatic, which makes stopping disease transmission difficult. The oral polio vaccine used by health authorities also causes one case of polio for every 2.5 million doses, and in rare instances, can mutate into an even deadlier form of the disease that sparks new outbreaks."

►August 10, 2007 - PAKISTAN: World Health Organisation launches polio campaign - ABC Radio Australia

* ►August 10, 2007 - 120 in Nunavut may have rare virus - GN warns all residents at risk if they have unprotected sex - Nunatsiaq News - "The Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus, Type 1, also known as HLTV-1, can produce fatal blood cancer and other ailments in about four in every 100 people who become infected. These symptoms take between 10 to 20 years to appear."

►August 10, 2007 - Govenor announces additional $900,000 to combat West Nile virus - Sacramento Bee

►August 10, 2007 - Beaufort Child May Have Died From Eastern Equine Encephalitis -

►August 10, 2007 - Be alert for signs of whooping cough -

►August 10, 2007 - Desperate mothers hunt down flu drugs - Gold Coast News, Australia

►August 10, 2007 - Heart attack scare hits AstraZeneca's top drug - The Guardian, UK

►August 10, 2007 - Wyeth and Solvay say FDA rejects application for antipsychotic drug bifeprunox - AFX via Forbes

►August 10, 2007 - Editorial: FDA backing off its plan to close lab isn't enough - Bold steps needed to ensure products' safety; we suggest a National Food Czar (requires registration or subscription) - San Jose Mercury News

►August 10, 2007 - CDC relaunches 'Deserve to Know' campaign - VillageSoup Belfast

►August 10, 2007 - As South Asia Floods Recede, Urgent Aid Still Needed - American Red Cross Increases Assistance to Affected Area - Red Cross - " Despite challenges caused by the flooding, the American Red Cross and its partners in the Measles Initiative moved ahead with a measles vaccination campaign that will eventually reach more than 63 million children in Pakistan. According to preliminary results, more than 1 million children (over 95% of the target population) were vaccinated during this phase of the campaign."

►August 10, 2007 - Conservative Christians and HPV - Blind Faith (requires subscription for full article) - The New Republic

►August 10, 2007 - Scientists Turns Mouse Into Factory For Human Liver Cells - Oregon Health & Science University via ScienceDaily

►August 10, 2007 - New Oral, Live, Attenuated Human Rotavirus Vaccine Safe and Effective (requires registration) - Medscape

►August 9, 2007 - Polio Strikes Franklin Roosevelt - American Heritage

►August 9, 2007 - Science News Roundup: Cancerous news - Stanford Daily

►August 9, 2007 - Antigenics to Study Experimental Anti-cancer Vaccine in Russia - RIC Financial Information Service

►August 9, 2007 - The mercury menace - Waukegan News Sun

►August 9, 2007 - Vaccine best for foot-and-mouth? - FarmersWeekly, UK

* ►August 9, 2007 - We may never discover how virus escaped into farmland - Several scenarios are under investigation but all seem so unlikely that scientists now admit the mystery may remain unsolved - The Times, UK

* ►August 9, 2007 - Fears Over Vaccines - letters - Evening Post via This is South Wales - "The point made by Dr Halvorsen in his book The Truth about Vaccines, about the uncertainty over whether the ever-increasing number of childhood vaccines is contributing to the rising numbers of children affected by autism, asthma, diabetes and other immune-related disorders, needs to be taken seriously by the medical establishment and the Government."

* ►August 9, 2007 - Pregnant Mothers Join Search For Causes Of Autism (includes video) - One In 150 Children Born With Autism - KCRA Sacramento - "Researchers at the University of California at Davis announced Wednesday they are getting federal money to probe the roots of the disease - assisted by families who already have a child with autism. Inside her freezer, in tightly sealed containers are urine samples Tracey Dinh must collect as part of a research study.  Dinh will also track the food she eats, makeup she wears, the chemicals she uses, and anything else that may get into her body. Researchers will even be combing her carpet looking for toxins in the home. 'They are really looking at everything, not just targeting one thing in particular,' Dinh said. It may seem invasive, but Dinh says it's a small price to pay if it can show researchers what causes autism. Dinh's four-year-old son Austin has autism. Her two-year-old daughter Allie does not."

►August 9, 2007 - Wish you were here - When an autistic child grows up - Worcester Magazine

* ►August 9, 2007 - Polio drive victim of anti-US sentiments - Pakistan Dawn - "Officials attribute tribesmen’s refusal to get their children immunised against debilitating diseases, including polio, to their antagonism towards the US and its allies. One of the doctors working in Khyber Agency said: 'People’s refusal to get their children vaccinated is a reaction to US activities (bombardments) in tribal areas.'"

►August 9, 2007 - Measles hits Wales - News Wales - "Children at Malpas Park Primary School, Newport, have been asked to complete their MMR vaccination after confirmation of a measles outbreak in the school. The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS) has written to the families of the children after checking the vaccination records of all pupils."

* ►August 9, 2007 - 11 children die in Orissa - Hindustan Times - "Usha Patnaik, director of health services, told Hindustan Times that some deaths were certainly 'due to malnutrition. But measles and other factors also led to the child deaths'. However, C.B. Sethy, chief medical officer of Keonjhar district said, 'post-measles complications caused the deaths of some children.'"

* ►August 9, 2007 - "300,000 Nigerian children die of malaria annually" - The Tide

►August 9, 2007 - Flood-hit Bihar kids miss vaccination - IANS via Times of India

►August 9, 2007 - Marburg virus outbreak contained in Uganda - AP via International Herald Tribune

►August 9, 2007 - Virus contracted in Saskatchewan Delta resident catches West Nile - Hope Standard

►August 9, 2007 - Indonesia to keep withholding virus samples for now - CIDRAP News

►August 9, 2007 - 300 people from camp get meningitis drug - AP via

►August 9, 2007 - Meningitis Speading, Shots Recommeded for Kids - MyFox Milwaukee

►August 9, 2007 - Mossy Oaks second-grader dies after brief illness - Health officials say classmates aren’t at risk - Island Packet

►August 9, 2007 - Palestinian Doctor Imprisoned for Allegedly Intentionally Infecting Libyan Children With HIV To File U.N. Human Rights Complaint -

►August 9, 2007 - Decision soon on HPV vaccine - Quebec speeds studies. Program's launch in autumn if experts give go-ahead - CanWest News Service via Montreal Gazette via

►August 9, 2007 - Wyoming Governor Stresses The Importance Of Preventive Medicine, Immunization - All American Patriots

►August 9, 2007 - DC Vaccine Rate Hits 97 Percent - WJLA ABC 7

►August 9, 2007 - Immunizations Part of Back to School Preparations - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine Recognizes National Immunization Awareness Month - media release -

►August 9, 2007 - More than 550 Bedford County sixth-graders have yet to get required Tdap vaccination - Lynchburg News and Advance

►August 8, 2007 - Children Need to get their Immunization Shots before School Starts - KNDO/KNDU

* ►August 8, 2007 - Girls urged to get three shots ahead of school - East Valley Tribune - "Vickie Parra’s 12-year-old daughter got three shots this week. She would have had a fourth but her father wanted more time to research Gardasil, the new vaccine that protects against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most common cause of cervical cancer. In addition to the meningitis and whooping cough vaccines, Parra’s daughter also needed a chicken pox shot. 'I was not aware that anybody needed any shots until the school sent home the paperwork,' said Parra, whose 14-year-old son also got immunized against meningitis and whooping cough."

►August 8, 2007 - Neuromed and Merck end development of pain drug: joint research continues - AFX via Forbes

►July 28, 2007 - Health department short on chicken pox vaccines - Albany Herald

►July 28, 2007 - Do HMOs work for Medicaid? (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►July 28, 2007 - Autistic children wait for help - Getting into Medicaid program takes a year; families struggle to afford therapies - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

* ►July 26, 2007 - The perfect subject - Ha'aretz - "'All at once I become very angry. I felt betrayed. The system betrayed me. I gave myself without batting an eyelash, I even cooperated with a kind of idiotic pride, but from the moment I was vaccinated to this day the system disappeared. There is no one to take responsibility, no one to admit that maybe mistakes were made, not to mention irresponsible actions. But the main thing is that we as a group, the young people who were vaccinated in the experiment, are being ignored - we as a specific population that might be at risk or in need of special treatment and attention."

►July 25, 2007 - Biotech or biohazard? - A proposed federal lab in Butner would study the world's deadliest diseases - The Independent Weekly

►July 24, 2007 - E-mails outline CDC backup power flaws (requires registration or subscription) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Since 2001, government construction officials have warned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's backup power system would not keep crucial lab systems from failing in an outage, according to internal documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution."

►July 23, 2007 - US Biosecurity Efforts Need More Development - Congressional Quarterly

Chalk One Up For the Good Guys! (An Amazing Victory!) - - "American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) is pleased to announce that a critical decision was made by the European Commission and all because of our international affiliate, Alliance for Natural Health (ANH).  In a stunning move, ANH received a letter from the European Commission (EC) signed by two heads of unit, which indicates clearly that all natural sources of vitamins and minerals, which could have been subject to a ban EU-wide, will escape the draconian EU Food Supplements Directive (FSD), and will now be regulated as foods."


Posted August 11, 2007


* ►August 12, 2007 - How safe is biosafe? - If foot and mouth can escape from an animal laboratory, can we trust the high-security labs that study deadly human diseases? Richard Gray investigates - The Telegraph, UK - "'Lab accidents happen more frequently than the public knows,' says Ed Hammond, of the Sunshine Project, a non-profit-making organisation that monitors the use of biological agents. 'They are not always as spectacular as the one in the UK, but I believe there's a real culture of denial about the scale of the problem.'"

►August 12, 2007 - For the record - The Observer via The Guardian, UK - "The article pointed out that the case centred on the use of the preservative thimerosal, which contains 50 per cent mercury. We said: 'Crucially, it has never been an element of the MMR vaccine here', which could suggest that it formed an element in US MMR. We are happy to clarify that it does not."

►August 12, 2007 - Reality, fiction collide as terror comes to town - Author Adrian d'Hage fears the terrorist attacks he describes in his new book could all too easily happen in the real world. Liz Porter reports. - The Age

* ►August 11, 2007 - Lynne Mielke From the community - Ties between autism, mercury are clear - guest commentary - Contra Costa Times - "Unfortunately, families of autistic children are victimized twice -- first from the poisonings that damaged their child, and then from the doctors who misinform their patients that there is no science behind treatments that work. There are huge financial and political forces against this truth because the liability and the stakes are so high. What gets lost are the needs of the affected families who struggle with heartbreak every day under incredibly difficult circumstances, with very little help from the government and insurance industry, and often even their doctors. Mielke is a physician in Pleasanton."

* ►August 11, 2007 - Oxygen Therapy Research Gives Autism Patients Hope (includes video) - CBS 4 Denver - "The findings of a study involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy were released on Friday at a meeting of the US Autism & Asperger Association at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Dr. Dan Rossignol is the principal investigator of the study, which found children showed significant improvements after receiving 40 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen versus those in a control group."

* ►August 11, 2007 - Pfizer Facing 4 Court Cases in Nigeria (requires registration or subscription) - AP via Washington Post

►August 11, 2007 - Clinic just a quick click away - Online consultations are a growing phenomenon. But could internet doctors be bad for our health, asks Fran Abrams - The Times, UK

►August 11, 2007 - Influenza season could be worst in years - Australia is facing its worst influenza season in years, as specialists warn that even young, fit adults could be affected. - The Australian

* ►August 11, 2007 - How politics pushed the HPV vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "The lack of transparency in a program that could have a dramatic impact on women's health is troubling, she said, and doubly so because governments seem to have succumbed to backroom lobbying from the massive marketing campaign of Gardasil's maker, Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., and its international parent. 'It is staggering how quickly and secretly this has all happened and that points to some pretty active footwork behind the scenes,' she said. Ms. Rochon Ford said the rhetoric about the vaccine with no long-term track record has been unbelievable, and the media has mindlessly and uncritically parroted outrageous claims, while ignoring the importance of proved measures of reducing cervical cancer like Pap testing."

►August 11, 2007 - Teens still confused about HPV vaccine - San Antonio Express-News

►August 10, 2007 - To detect cervical cancer, smart women take early steps - The Reporter, Belize

►August 10, 2007 - Parents questioning logic behind HPV vaccine - Kawartha Media Group

►August 10, 2007 - Stop Playing Politics with Girls' Health - RH Reality Check

►August 10, 2007 - Health Unit Welcomes Hpv Vaccine - Guelph Tribune

►August 10, 2007 - Free shots offered at zoo, DeTar Hospital North - Victoria Advocate - "Just in time for school, DeTar Hospital North and the Texas Zoo have partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Victoria to host "Shots Across Texas" on Saturday."

►August 10, 2007 - Missing vaccines never existed - Police say reported theft result of inventory error - Inside Bay Area

►August 10, 2007 - Immunization time - Napa Valley Register

►August 10, 2007 - Texas gives kids a better shot - Corpus Christi Caller Times

►August 10, 2007 - Schools preparing for vaccine shortage - AP via The Hutchinson News via Hays Daily News - "This is the first year a second dose of the vaccination is required for those in kindergarten and first grade. School officials have indicated they will work with parents if a vaccine is not be available, but otherwise children must be vaccinated to attend classes."

►August 10, 2007 - Free vaccines for county kids - Regardless of insurance, all are welcome - Marion Chronicle Tribune

►August 10, 2007 - Immunization required for school attendance - - "Ouray County Public Health announced as of September 2007, specific vaccinations are required of some students. Otherwise the parent or guardian must sign an exemption."

►August 10, 2007 - Miami-Dade Ranks 53rd Out Of 67 In Immunization - CBS 4

* ►August 10, 2007 - Last Flu Season Was Mild, But Child Deaths Worrying - HealthDay via Forbes - "'While waiting to see what this year will bring, we should all plan to roll our sleeves up and get vaccinated and in no way let our guard down,' said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center."

►August 10, 2007 - Flu cases reaching 10-year high: WHO - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Influenza Centre says influenza cases in Australia this year are close to reaching a 10-year high. -

►August 10, 2007 - New vaccine may beat bird flu before it starts - Reuters UK

►August 10, 2007 - Tamiflu creator urges over-the-counter access to drug - The scientist whose work lead to the creation of the anti-viral flu drug Tamiflu, says the Federal Government is wrong to ignore his calls for the anti-viral to be made available over-the-counter. -

►August 10, 2007 - Flu season yet to peak: specialists - The Age, Australia

►August 10, 2007 - Two more children from Ga. summer camp show meningitis symptoms - AP via

►August 10, 2007 - Measles warning to pupils' parents - Western Mail via icWales

►August 10, 2007 - CDC warns of increased risk of dengue fever in RGV - Brownsville Herald

►August 10, 2007 - Norovirus strikes 114 - Health - Officials ID the illness, and a third Oregon State Hospital ward is quarantined - The Oregonian via

►August 10, 2007 - Cases of Lyme disease on the uptick - With incidence rising over the past 15 years, even the U.S. President isn't immune (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

►August 10, 2007 - Quarantine for airliner with 27 sick passengers - The Herald, UK - "A flight carrying sick holidaymakers from a Caribbean resort at the centre of a viral outbreak was put into quarantine for 90 minutes yesterday."

►August 10, 2007 - Six squirrels test positive for plague - San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►August 10, 2007 - More calls for foot-and-mouth vaccines - Owner of organic farm calls for government to begin vaccinating animals against foot-and-mouth disease - Newbury Today, UK - "Sheepdrove Organic Farm would like customers to have the choice of whether they buy vaccinated or unvaccinated meat. They argue that farm animals are already vaccinated against diseases such as Blackleg anyway."

►August 10, 2007 - Foot and mouth vaccines: a double-edged sword (requires subscription) - New Scientist

►August 10, 2007 - PM: Foot and mouth under control - Gordon Brown has insisted that foot and mouth disease has been restricted. -

►August 10, 2007 - Kyrgyzstan reports five anthrax cases - Itar-Tass

* ►August 10, 2007 - Smithsonian display will be opening Wednesday - The Times-Herald - "Next week, the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation will begin displaying a Smithsonian Institution exhibition, "Whatever Happened to Polio?" The display will be on view in historic Roosevelt Hall at Warm Springs, the site of the Polio Hall of Fame."

►August 10, 2007 - FG releases 100,000 doses of animal vaccines - The Tide

►August 10, 2007 - Pfizer Drug Study on Trial in Nigeria - AP via Forbes

►August 10, 2007 - Surgery recedes as a fix for ears - Parents are heeding advice to wait, see if a tube is required to remedy a child's inner-ear problems - The Oregonian via

►August 10, 2007 - Revenues halved at Danish vaccine maker Bavarian Nordic - PharmaTimes World News

►August 10, 2007 - Wyeth Shares Drop on Mix of Bad News - AP via Forbes

►August 10, 2007 - Merck CFO Sells 34,900 Shares - AP via Forbes

►August 10, 2007 - Novavax Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney

►August 10, 2007 - The New Right to Life (requires subscription for full article) - Wall Street Journal

►August 10, 2007 - Editorial: Thompson's reforms - Daily Journal - "Thompson has started and is personally directing intense research that includes an investigation into every incident of infant mortality statewide, seeking to learn why that rate is increasing after a period of decline."

►August 10, 2007 - Preventing Birth Defects, Complications - Most congenital abnormalities are of unknown cause, but simple steps can minimize the risks - U.S. News & World Report

►August 10, 2007 - More help for pupils with autism - Western Mail via  icWales

►August 10, 2007 - Thousands tattooed in Oshawa urged to get tested - CTV

►August 10, 2007 - Drug Pricing And Its Discontents: At Home And Abroad - Medical News Today

►August 10, 2007 - South Africa: HIV Trial Gets Long-Awaited Go Ahead - SciDev.Net (London) via

►August 10, 2007 - Rwanda: U.S. Aid Agency Injects $27 Million for HIV Programs in Eastern Province - Rwanda News Agency/Agence Rwandaise d'Information (Kigali) via

►August 10, 2007 - Namibia: Wild Findings on HIV/Aids - New Era (Windhoek) via

►August 10, 2007 - HIV vaccine - A volunteer's story - Jamaica Gleaner

►August 10, 2007 - 'India can't be complacent about future course of AIDS' - PTI via The Hindu

►August 10, 2007 - 'Mbeki fired the wrong minister' - News24

►August 9, 2007 - Mbeki fires aide who reshaped HIV policy - International Herald Tribune

►August 9, 2007 - Abbott gets supplemental FDA approval for realtime HIV-1 viral load test - AFX via Forbes

►August 9, 2007 - It's vaccination time for area children - Garfield County Public Health offers required shots at $10 per dose - Glenwood Springs Post Independent

* ►August 9, 2007 - Sh641 for malaria vaccine project - New Vision, Uganda - "Presiding over the launch of the project at Forest Cottages in Kampala last week, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Nelson Ssewakambo, said research ethics are vital in medical trials. 'They help avoid mistakes that might endanger people’s lives.'"

►August 9, 2007 - Influenza cases surge in NT - Health authorities in the Northern Territory are encouraging people to get vaccinated for influenza after a surge in the number of flu cases. -

►August 9, 2007 - Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas - CIDRAP News

►August 9, 2007 - RediClinic Offers Convenient Back-To-School Physicals and Immunizations - Retail-Based Clinics Provide School Physicals, Starting at $49, and All Required Vaccines; No Appointments Necessary - press release - RediClinic LLC via PRNewswire

►August 9, 2007 - FDA to rule on Wyeth's anti-psychotic drug - Wyeth's experimental schizophrenia drug to receive FDA decision this week; anti-psychotic market faces impending generic pressure. - CNNMoney

►August 9, 2007 - Bavarian Nordic still sees FY pretax loss at 50 mln dkr as H1 pretax loss widens - AFX via Forbes

►August 9, 2007 - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals signs $36M government deal - Boston Business Journal - "The news represents yet another sign that RNAi technology is being taken seriously as a next-generation concept for treating diseases. RNAi, or RNA interference, occurs naturally in the body and scientists think it can be harnessed to turn on or off cells that cause disease."

►August 9, 2007 - Day Two Of Autism Conference Blog - Expert Blogs For 2007 U.S. Autism, Asperger Association International Conference -

►August 9, 2007 - Autism Funding, Research Continue at MIND Institute; Ultimate Goals Remain Elusive -

►August 9, 2007 - Living with autism: One parent tells her family's story - Nantucket Island Inquirer and Mirror

►August 9, 2007 - Orland offers HPV vaccine - Chicago Daily Southtown

►August 8, 2007 - HPV vaccine abstinence debate heats up - CBC - Newfoundland & Labrador

* ►July 28, 2007 - Dr. Rahul Parikh From the medical community - 'Junk science' vs. real thing in autism trial - Contra Costa Times - "The autism omnibus trial has ended not with a bang but a whimper. The trial, brought by 5,000 families seeking financial compensation because they believe that vaccines cause autism, showed the world what most of us in the medical community already know: There is no such link, nor has there ever been."

►July 27, 2007 - 2007-08 Influenza Immunization Recs Emphasize Key Considerations - AAFP News Now

►July 26, 2007 - New Report Details Realities of Seasonal Flu Vaccine Distribution in '06-'07 - The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) via PRNewswire-USNewswire via PharmaLive


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