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All the News Posted November 3-5, 2004

Posted November 5, 2004

* ►November 5, 2004 - Hepatitis B jab urged for babies - The Guardian, UK - "The suggestion may be controversial, because the disease is most prevalent among intravenous drug users, gay men and prisoners, but the doctors writing in today's British Medical Journal point out that 150 countries now immunise their populations and Britain is therefore an exception to the norm."

►November 5, 2004 - Acute Hepatitis B Among Children and Adolescents --- United States, 1990--2002 - MMWR via CDC

►November 5, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage is beginning to bite - The Telegraph, UK

►November 5, 2004 - Hepatitis a hidden mystery - Discrimination against people with hepatitis C is similar to that against HIV sufferers in the epidemic's early days. -

►November 5, 2004 - Migrants becoming more susceptible to HIV/AIDS: Study -

►November 5, 2004 - Combating whooping cough - Golden Mail via

►November 4, 2004 - Chicago Hospital Joins Fake Blood Study - AP via Herald-Sun

►November 4, 2004 - Texas Viral Meningitis Outbreak Sickens 6 - AP via Herald-Sun

►November 4, 2004 - N.C. Raises Confirmed E. Coli Cases to 18 - AP via Herald-Sun

►November 4, 2004 - Stretching Flu Vaccine Doses May Work - AP via Herald-Sun

* ►November 4, 2004 - Britain Should Adopt Universal Hepatitis B Immunisation - BMJ via Newswise

* ►November 4, 2004 - FDA to Review Merck Vaccine for Kids - - "The company said it expects the FDA to act by July on the vaccine called Proquad, which provides protection for measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chicken pox). The vaccine is designed for children in the age range of 12 months to 12 years...Proquad combines two existing Merck vaccines, Varivax for chicken pox and M-M-R II for the three other diseases. Merck submitted the application for Proquad on Aug. 31 and received notification of the FDA's acceptance of the application this week."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Boy who caught polio from jab wins case against doctor - Times Online, UK - "'In my judgment Dr Bradford, in failing fully to inform Mr and Mrs Thompson in advance of the decision which they had to take whether to proceed with the immunisation or to postpone it, did fall below the standards of a reasonable and competent GP and therefore, in that way, the claimant succeeds in establishing fault'...He was satisfied that if Dr Bradford had properly discussed the matter with the Thompsons they would have postponed the immunisation until Hamish had recovered from the abscess."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Kayunga Women Go Into Hiding Over Tetanus Imunisation - The Monitor (Kampala) via - "The Immunisation of women and adolescent girls against tetanus in the district was not successful after most of them fled their homes and hid in bushes following rumours that the exercise was intended to reduce their fertility and kill them...The District Director of Health Services, Dr Godfrey Kiyingi, on Saturday said they had embarked on a campaign to sensitise the women."

* ►November 4, 2004 - Agency to put Ontario's flu shot program under the microscope - CP via - "Researchers are about to put a landmark Ontario public health program under the microscope, assessing for the first time the efficacy of the province's universal flu shot plan, now in its fifth year...The international public health community will be watching the research closely....The Canadian research community has been eager to do the work, which some feel is overdue...'We've seen in several articles in the scientific literature, some of them appearing actually in the very best science journals, that the world is watching . . . to learn whether this kind of more broadly based immunization program makes sense in other jurisdictions,' said Dr. Robert Brunham, head of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control...'So in some ways Canada is a leader but also is conducting an experiment of nature which everyone wants to learn from.'"

* ►November 4, 2004 - Demand for flu shots highest ever - - "All the attention on the flu vaccine this year is on increasing demand...Long line ups in the United States appear to have inspired Canadians to get a flu shot...The demand for flu shots is unprecedented, as for supply of the flu vaccine, the federal government says there's enough for high risk groups, but not for everyone else."

* ►November 4, 2004 - US doctors urged to push flu vaccine for seniors - Reuters AlertNet

►November 4, 2004 - Demand for flu shots surges - Federal government purchasing 900,000 more doses, immunization director says (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail

 ►November 4, 2004 - Public health officer denies flu vaccine shortage - CTV News - "Canada's chief public health officer is urging Canadians not to worry about shortages of the flu vaccine, despite increased interest from the United States."

►November 4, 2004 - Vaccine shortage not about bad luck - commentary - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 4, 2004 - How to spread the supply of flu vaccine - New study finds one-fifth of normal dose is just as good - San Francisco Chronicle - "For NIAID director Fauci, Tuesday's encouraging news was vastly overshadowed by the sudden death Tuesday evening of his colleague and co-author of the New England Journal of Medicine editorial, NIAID deputy director John La Montagne. La Montagne, 61, collapsed in a airport line after arriving in his native Mexico City."

►November 4, 2004 - Hundreds receive flu shots through VA - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►November 4, 2004 - Health boards administer flu shots to a select few - Boston Herald

►November 4, 2004 - Chiron's UK flu vaccine is laid low - The Independent, UK

►November 4, 2004 - Well worth the wait - Sun Newspapers via

►November 4, 2004 - Flu Shot Winners Get Their Prize in Montgomery County (requires registration) - The Washington Post

►November 4, 2004 - Clinics Will Offer Flu Shots to Those at Risk (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 4, 2004 - Jamaican resort offers flu shots to woo American tourists - AP via The Jamaica Observer

►November 4, 2004 - New Mexico, Illinois seek flu shots - UPI via Washington Times - "New Mexico has purchased 150,000 doses of vaccine from Illinois' total shipment of 300,000 doses, Richardson said. The vaccine is ready to be shipped within hours upon approval by the Food and Drug Administration."

►November 4, 2004 - Limited flu vaccine doses released - AP via Newsday - "New York state is starting to distribute the limited flu vaccine doses it had on hand before a British vaccination manufacturer was suspended by regulators, causing a shortage of doses across the United States."
►November 4, 2004 - Kansas AG settles lawsuit with Florida firm over flu vaccine - AP via Newsday

►November 4, 2004 - More Flu Vaccines On The Way To "High Risk Alabamians" -

►November 4, 2004 - Crisis has students wearing masks - The Keystone

►November 4, 2004 - Harvard transfers 2,000 flu vaccines to Boston - Harvard University Gazette

►November 4, 2004 - Hundreds get their flu vaccines - Siftings Herald - "'We're doing this as a mass flu exercise,' Humphries said. The health department set up the clinic as a 'miniature scale' practice for a scenario in which health officials might need to dispense vaccine for a disease such as smallpox to residents of the entire county."

►November 4, 2004 - Emergency flu vaccines won't go to mass clinics - San Francisco Examiner

►November 4, 2004 - State to send additional flu vaccines to counties - Capital News 9

►November 4, 2004 - CDC sends more flu vaccine to Georgia clinics, VA facility (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►November 4, 2004 - Residents throng flu vaccine site - Hope Star

►November 4, 2004 - Technique May Stretch Flu Vaccine (includes audio) - All Things Considered via NPR

►November 4, 2004 - Vaccine here but at a cost - The island’s supply of flu vaccine has arrived safely, but late – and at a price. - This is Guernsey

►November 4, 2004 - Flu vaccine to be given to chronically diseased - Florham Park Eagle via - "The Florham Park Board of Health, which was forced to cancel a free flu vaccine clinic scheduled for Oct. 20, has received notice of its allotment of vaccine for this winter’s flu season."

►November 4, 2004 - Vaccine lottery to enroll hopefuls - Herald News

►November 4, 2004 - Flu vaccine arrives on Cape Ann, will be rationed - Gloucester Daily Times

* ►November 4, 2004 - BioPort Applauds HHS Decision to Move to Procure BioThrax for the Nation's Strategic National Stockpile - BioPort Corporation via PRNewswire - "BioPort Corporation today applauded the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to include a minimum of five million doses of BioThrax(TM), its FDA-licensed anthrax vaccine, to the nation's Strategic National Stockpile in tandem with its decision to purchase 75 million doses of an experimental, investigational recombinant anthrax vaccine."

* ►November 4, 2004 - California Company to Make New Anthrax Vaccine - Reuters - "VaxGen Inc. will make a new and improved version of the anthrax vaccine for use in case of a biological attack, the U.S. government said on Thursday...Under an $877 million contract, the Brisbane, California, based biotechnology company will supply 75 million doses of vaccine -- meant to protect 25 million civilians -- within three years."

►November 4, 2004 - US orders 75m anthrax doses -

►November 4, 2004 - Uganda battles deadly anthrax outbreak - Science and Development Network

►November 4, 2004 - Smuggled Cattle Raise Anthrax Fears - The Namibian (Windhoek) via

►November 4, 2004 - Dormaa District records 100% coverage in polio coverage - GNA via

►November 4, 2004 - Chimerix Raises $11 Million in Series C Financing to Advance Smallpox Drug and Other Antiviral Therapeutics - press release - Chimerix Inc. via PRNewswire

►November 4, 2004 - New blood lab will save RI $50,000 a year - The new $400,000 Providence laboratory is the only New England site that screens donated blood for HIV, hepatitis C and West Nile virus. (requires registration) - Providence Journal

►November 4, 2004 - Seminar targets the dangers of hepatitis A - Boston Globe

►November 4, 2004 - CDC: Hepatitis B Down 89 Percent in Kids - AP via Newsday

►November 4, 2004 - Medicine injector makes its point without one - Device offers hope for those who are afraid of a little needling - Houston Chronicle

►November 4, 2004 - Superstition makes pregnant women skip tetanus shot -

►November 4, 2004 - More Than 2,000 of the World's Leading Infectious Disease Specialists Convene to Discuss Global Health Threats - The 53rd American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla., ►November 7-11, 2004 - press release - American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 4, 2004 - Massachusetts Biotechnology Council Sees Vision of MassBiotech 2010 Report Articulated as AVANT Immunotherapeutics Opens Manufacturing Facility in Fall River - MBC President Thomas Finneran Commends AVANT as it Joins a Growing List of Life Science Companies Choosing to Manufacture in Massachusetts - press release - Massachusetts Biotechnology Council via PRNewswire

►November 4, 2004 - CeMines(TM) Introduces TrialVial(TM) - Cemines' Biosystems Division(TM) Launches Novel Product Family -- Providing Academic Researchers and Molecular Drug Discovery Companies with Flexibility Through Cost-Effective Proteomics- and Genomics-Research Antibodies - press release - CeMines(TM) Inc. via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 4, 2004 - Human West Nile Cases Now Total 101 - AP via Herald Tribune - "Twelve people have been added to the list of those with West Nile virus in Louisiana this year, the state health department said Thursday, bringing the year's total to 101 - the same as it was this time last year."

►November 4, 2004 - Immunizations for kids - Measles vaccines are safe and effective - U.S. News & World Report

►November 4, 2004 - Student mumps jag offer as cases soar - Evening News via The Scotsman

►November 4, 2004 - Measles jab scheme for children - Enfield and Haringey Independent

►November 4, 2004 - New Model for Calculating Safe Levels of Mercury Consumption - Environmental Health Perspectives (NIEHS) via Newswise

►November 4, 2004 - CDC finds lower mercury risk in moms, fetuses (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►November 4, 2004 - State toughens limits on arsenic, mercury pollution - AP via Newsday

►November 4, 2004 - College Vaccine - News 14 Carolina

►November 4, 2004 - Meningitis Scare -

►November 4, 2004 - Texas Viral Meningitis Outbreak Sickens 6 - AP via Newsday

►November 4, 2004 - Meningitis Scare has School Officials Taking Extra Precautions -

►November 4, 2004 - Footballers tested for meningitis - The whole of Nuneaton Borough's first team football squad has been checked for meningitis after one of the players fell ill with the disease. - BBC

►November 4, 2004 - Parents Warned Over Meningitis -

►November 4, 2004 - Antibiotic distribution over; special clinic to be offered next week - The North Carolina State Technician

►November 4, 2004 - District 196 looks at Oct. 1 enrollment count - West St. Paul Sun Current via - "Center-based special education programs are in selected schools throughout the district and serve 685 students with severe cognitive disorders and autism as well as emotional and behavior disorders. Reis said that most of the student increase was seen in the autism program."

►November 4, 2004 - Students with autism get team effort - State grant trains teachers, others to target special needs - Lansing State Journal

►November 4, 2004 - Province commits cash to autism centre - CBC New Brunswick

►November 4, 2004 - Autism Care Her Strong Suit - The Indiana Gazette via

►November 4, 2004 - Research and Markets: Investigate Today's HIV Competitive Landscape - press release - Research and Markets via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 4, 2004 - Blacks get quicker HIV treatment with black doctors - North County Times

►November 4, 2004 - K400m Released to Five NGOs for HIV/Aids Fight - The Times of Zambia (Ndola) via

►November 4, 2004 - Namibia: UN Staff Publicly Tested for HIV - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►November 4, 2004 - South Africa: HIV Discrimination Against Domestic Workers - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►November 4, 2004 - Southern Africa: Region's Nurses At Risk of HIV Infection - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►November 4, 2004 - Breast-feeding May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►November 4, 2004 - Dehydration - KidsHealth via Yahoo!

►November 4, 2004 - Medical Marijuana Laws Accepted in West - AP via Yahoo!

►November 3, 2004 - Reading Lessons May Change Adult Dyslexics' Brains - Neuron via Reuters via Yahoo!

►November 3, 2004 - How Nerves Navigate the Developing Brain - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►November 3, 2004 - Excessive criers' later problems - Babies who continue to cry excessively for no obvious reason can go on to have difficulties in childhood, according to a new study. - BBC

►November 3, 2004 - Gene mutations responsible for childhood cataracts discovered - PITX3 gene mutations identified as significant cause in four unrelated cases - Saint Louis University via

►November 3, 2004 - Surgical procedure to treat GERD in children found to be ineffective - Research news from the AGA - American Gastroenterological Association  via

►November 2, 2004 - US officials debate how to ration flu vaccine - The revelation that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has convened a panel of ethicists to discuss who should receive the flu vaccine in the face of the current shortage is an extraordinary commentary on the inability of American capitalism—in the richest country in the world—to deliver health care to the mass of the population. - Axis of Logic

►November 2, 2004 - Zambia Ready to Start AIDS Drug Trials - AP via Yahoo! News

►November 2, 2004 - New Data Proves Tamiflu Effective Against Human H5N1 and Avian H5N1 Influenza Virus - Experts confirm major role for Tamiflu in pandemic management and call for stockpiling - Pharma Live

►November 2, 2004 - EU underprepared for flu - Europe has not done enough to ready itself for a possible pandemic, experts warn - The Scientist

►November 2, 2004 - New Drugs Hold Promise Against Drug-Resistant TB - Voice Of America

►November 2, 2004 - Scientists raise concerns about second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection - Leading experts address need to reduce risk to global blood supply - Pall Corporation via

►November 2, 2004 - Berry phenol fights harmful bacteria in gut - Raspberries and another berry commercially grown in Finland, the cloudberry, contain a compound that inhibits the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria, report researchers at VTT Biotechnology and the University of Helsinki - Nutra Ingredients

►November 2, 2004 - Red wine substances may protect against lung cancer - Red wine may protect against the development of lung cancer in men, suggests new research, with each daily glass conferring additional benefit - Nutra Ingredients

►November 2, 2004 - Further evidence for vitamin E's protection against Alzheimer's - Vitamin E may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, suggests new research that provides insights into how the disease damages brain cells - Nutra Ingredients

►November 2, 2004 - FDA Warns Consumers That Actra-RX "Dietary Supplements" Promoted For Sexual Enhancement Contains Undeclared Prescription Drug Ingredient - FDA

►November 2, 2004 - First human trial of bioartificial kidney shows promise for acute renal failure - University of Michigan Health System via

►November 1, 2004 - Improved acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment offers hope for eliminating irradiation - St. Jude clinical trial XIIIB was based on stringent risk classification, early intensification of chemotherapy and addition of dexamethasone to improve outcome and increase quality of life - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via

►November 1, 2004 - Blood transplants may be more harmful than bone marrow transplants in pediatric leukemia patients - Results differ from adult patients, underscore need for more research - American Society of Clinical Oncology via

►November 1, 2004 - New technique blocks Alzheimer’s plaque build-up - Drug Researcher

►November 1, 2004 - No Evidence That Glatiramer Acetate Slows Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Progression - Pharma Live

►November 2004 - Measles Virus RNA and Autism Revisited (requires subscription) - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds)

►November 2004 - Adolescent and Adult Immunization for Pertussis (requires subscription) - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds) 

►November 2004 - Malnutrition at Age 3 Years and Externalizing Behavior Problems at Ages 8, 11, and 17 Years - journal article (American Journal of Psychiatry)

►November 2004 - Neurologic Complications Associated With Influenza A in Children During the 2003-2004 Influenza Season in Houston, Texas - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2004 - Follow-up Care of High-Risk Infants - journal article (Pediatrics) 

►November 2004 - Pediatric Crohn's Disease and Growth Retardation: The Role of Genotype, Phenotype, and Disease Severity - journal article (Pediatrics)

►October 2004 - Effect of BCG vaccination in asthmatic schoolchildren - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►September 14, 2004 - Congressperson says "no" to drug company plans to screen USA. - MindFreedom News

Posted November 4, 2004

►November 8, 2004 - Treats are a trap - But by following a few holiday rules, kids can have their cake and eat it too - TIME Magazine

►November 4, 2004 - Health Ministry Must Move On Maori - press release - New Zealand First Party via Scoop Media - "New Zealand First is urging the Minister of Health to ensure that Maori health providers are adequately resourced to deliver the meningococcal B vaccine to all children in their region."

►November 4, 2004 - ‘Zim’s infant mortality rising’ - The Herald, Zimbabwe

►November 4, 2004 - Numbers soar as mumps outbreak spreads - The Herald, UK

* ►November 3, 2004 - Boy Disabled by Vaccination Wins Court Battle - PA News via The Scotsman - "'They had Hamish vaccinated on that occasion having first drawn the attention of the various members of staff at the GP clinic, whom they saw on that day, to a medical condition which was giving them cause for concern and having specifically asked whether, in the light of that condition, the planned vaccination for that day should proceed.'"

* ►November 3, 2004 - Polio boy wins High Court battle - A seven-year-old boy left severely disabled after contracting polio from a vaccination designed to protect him has won the right to High Court damages. - BBC

* ►November 3, 2004 - Mercury-free flu vaccine in demand for infants (requires registration or subscription) - Knight Ridder Newspapers via - "In fact, health authorities knew there would not be enough mercury-free influenza vaccine to meet the increased demand for childhood vaccination this year, but recommended that infants get flu shots anyway."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Feds failed to ensure supply of flu - "The federal government, because it controlled supplies, should have continued that control. The government should have adopted enforceable, not voluntary, rules identifying the people entitled to receive shots. Clinics with adequate supplies for eligible people should have been set up promptly. Good information should have been widely available. The rules should have been enforced. Concern for the public well-being is the essential ingredient of decent management for a public undertaking. That  concern was missing.'Martin L. Haines, of Moorestown, is a retired Superior Court judge."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Thousands more deaths - CDC begins a study to examine how many more may die without flu shots as experts say toll may be substantial - Newsday

* ►November 3, 2004 - Flu vaccine lost in West Allis hospital's faulty fridge - AP via - "More than 1,000 patients, staff members and physicians are being revaccinated after a refrigerator malfunctioned and spoiled flu vaccine at West Allis Memorial Hospital, officials said."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Measles outbreak kills 26 in Alor - The Jakarta Post - "More than 200 other children are sick with the virus in the villages of East Mataru, Taman Mataru and Kamafui, with four in a critical condition, local health office head Paul S. Manumpil told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. He said late treatment was the cause of the fatalities, which could have been prevented."

* ►November 3, 2004 - WHO 'buried' report to please food industry - The Guardian, UK - "The food industry would not want to see this document come to light. Developing countries are directly influenced [by the code] and they provide the food industry with its biggest emerging markets."

* ►November 3, 2004 - F.D.A. Releases Memo on Vioxx (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The memo by Dr. Graham, an associate director in the F.D.A.'s office of drug safety, was dated Sept. 30, the same day that Merck announced it was pulling Vioxx from the market."

►November 3, 2004 - Deciphering A Mystery: New Research Provides Clues To The Genetic, Neurological, And Molecular Basis Of Autism - Society For Neuroscience via ScienceDaily

►November 3, 2004 - Study shows need for seniors to get flu shots - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at the cases of about 26,000 seniors in the Netherlands between 1996 and 2002. Nearly 3,500 of the seniors died during that time period, and the study showed that those who were vaccinated for at least two years in a row had a 24 percent reduction in their risk of death from all causes. Overall, influenza vaccination was estimated to prevent one death for every 302 people who received vaccine, the study found."

►November 3, 2004 - Whooping Cough Booster Shot - WebMD via CBS News - "If approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Boostrix could be added to a booster shot, which boosts the immune system’s protection against diphtheria and tetanus."

►November 3, 2004 - La. Blue Cross/Shield to cover nasal-spray flu vaccine -

►November 3, 2004 - Experimental drug entecavir proves effective against hepatitis B - - "Data presented Monday by drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston shows that the experimental drug entecavir is more effective in treating hepatitis B than the antiretroviral Epivir (3TC)."

►November 3, 2004 - Advances In Understanding Brain Circuits Responsible For Tics In Tourette's Shed Light On Disorder - Society For Neuroscience via ScienceDaily

►November 3, 2004 - New Understanding Of Neural Circuits May Help Speed Development Of Thought-controlled Prosthetic Devices For Paralyzed - Society For Neuroscience via ScienceDaily

►November 3, 2004 - Phase III Study Examines Activity of Tigecycline in Patients With Serious Intra-Abdominal Infections - Late-Breaking Clinical Trial: News from ICAAC 2004 New Class of IV Antibiotic Investigated to Address Growing Need to Combat Serious Infections - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

►November 3, 2004 - Crying shame of the baby-milk fraudsters - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►November 3, 2004 - 'Gene Gun' Vaccine Prevents Allergy in Mice - Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology via Reuters

►November 3, 2004 - Coughing attack - Rise in cases of pertussis, unfortunately, is nothing to whoop about - South Bend Tribune

►November 3, 2004 - Details on nasal flu vaccine, mercury - Knight Ridder Newspapers via South Bend Tribune

* ►November 3, 2004 - New Method Could Stretch Flu Vaccine Supply - HealthDay via Forbes - "Individual practitioners might choose, in conversation with patients, to use the lower dose to try to immunize more patients,' Belshe said. 'Doctors are free to use the vaccine off-label, and this study provides some data to support that'...'Off-label' means the use of a drug or other medical product in a way not officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A change in the regulations for flu vaccine would require 'appropriate clinical trials in a broad range of relevant populations,' Fauci said in the editorial."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Vaccine stretching may be an option for future shortages, pandemics: studies - CP via - "The studies were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. One was funded by GlaxoSmithKline, which makes a flu vaccine. The other was funded by a grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Iomai Data Highlights Potential for Expanding Flu Vaccine Supply Through Skin Immunization Techniques - press release - Iomai Corporation via Business Wire - "Data from 100 healthy young adults suggest that a 1/5th dose of influenza vaccine delivered by intradermal injection to the skin may be as effective as a full dose delivered by standard injection into muscle."

* ►November 3, 2004 - Stretching the Supply of Flu Vaccine: Solution Offered - Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center via Newswise - "Belshe said when compared with the full dose of vaccine given as the traditional shot, antibody responses to a lower dose vaccine given under the skin were as vigorous in younger persons but not in people older than 60 years...'We are learning that the same size dose doesn’t seem to fit all ages,' Belshe said. 'Younger people may need less vaccine, and older people may need more vaccine.'"

* ►November 3, 2004 (online) - Dose Sparing with Intradermal Injection of Influenza Vaccine (pdf) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 3, 2004 (online) - Serum Antibody Responses after Intradermal Vaccination against Influenza (pdf) - journal article (NEJM) 

* ►November 3, 2004 - Naturopathic medicine: Flu symptoms actually the immune system fighting virus - Billings Gazette

►November 3, 2004 - Hong Kong Heron Had Killer Bird Flu - Government - Reuters

►November 3, 2004 - America should avoid bread lines for flu vaccines - The Stanford Daily

►November 3, 2004 - Regular flu shots of more value than one-offs (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail

►November 3, 2004 - CHR restricts who can get the flu shot - Cochrane Times - "Influenza vaccine will no longer be available to just anyone this year. Due to an 'overwhelming response' to the Calgary Health Region’s vaccination campaign, the CHR is restricting vaccination to only those considered to be at high risk of contracting the flu or to those in a position to transmit the disease to those at high risk."

►November 3, 2004 - Health official at disease control centre says B.C. has huge flu shot demand -

►November 3, 2004 - Key charity issues alert on flu vaccine (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail

►November 3, 2004 - Nova Scotia faces flu vaccine shortage - Liberal MLA accuses the health minister of putting the system at risk. - Broadcast News via

►November 3, 2004 - First Case Of Fall Flu Reported In LA - Nation Faces Shortage Of Flu Vaccine -

►November 3, 2004 - No human-to-human transmission of bird flu: Thai official - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 3, 2004 - Kids' elbows can KO flu bug - School nurses reveal tactics - Arizona Republic via

►November 3, 2004 - Health department gets 5,000 flu vaccines - The Jupiter Courier via

►November 3, 2004 - Even without flu shot, you can take precautions (requires registration) - Kansas City Star

►November 3, 2004 - Fairfax to receive vaccines for high-risk patients - AP via

►November 3, 2004 - Tewksbury Board of Health Flu Vaccine Advisory - Wilmington Advocate via

►November 3, 2004 - Limited supply of flu vaccine available for children - Quincy Herald-Whig

►November 3, 2004 - Limited flu vaccines affect eligibility - The Health Department will receive less than half its allotment of flu vaccine for the 2004-2005 flu season due to this year’s shortage. - Morris News Bee via

►November 3, 2004 - Pneumonia Vaccine Plentiful - Given the shortage of influenza vaccine this year, adults who don't qualify as "high risk" and those over the age of 65 might want to check with their doctors about the need be vaccinated against pneumonia. - Grundy County Herald via

►November 3, 2004 - Lucky ones happy they had a shot at flu vaccine in Lowell - Clinic attracts more than 1,500 - Lowell Sun

►November 3, 2004 - Pandemic Risk Spurs Flu Vaccine Planning -

►November 3, 2004 - Letter: Don’t panic about flu shots - Newton Tab via

►November 3, 2004 - Feds award OHSU $4 million to study tuberculosis vaccine - Oregon Health & Science University's largest bioterrorism grant is part of an effort by the National Institutes of Health  - The Oregonian via

►November 3, 2004 - Vaccine Contributions to Health Highlighted at Expert Meeting - press release - Pan American Health Organization

►November 3, 2004 - Chad: Fresh unrest at refugee camp slows efforts to block deadly virus - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►November 3, 2004 - Health Alert: Genital Warts More Severe - New Vision (Kampala) via

►November 3, 2004 - Students to get mumps jab - News & Star, UK

►November 3, 2004 - Universities in mumps fear -

►November 3, 2004 - Close watch kept on pertussis - Rockford Register Star

►November 3, 2004 - Construction starts at first measles vaccine facility - Vietnam News Agency

►November 3, 2004 - 26 children die, 227 hospitalized in Indonesia measles outbreak - Kyodo News via Japan Today

►November 3, 2004 - Meningitis outbreak in Kavango, Ohangwena -

►November 3, 2004 - Call to test for meningitis strain -

►November 3, 2004 - Meningitis death warning to parents - Belfast Telegraph

►November 3, 2004 - Microscience Limited ("Microscience" or the "Company") - Successful Phase I Clinical Trial of spi-VECTM Oral Hepatitis B Vaccine Paves the Way for Phase II Efficacy Trial - press release - Microscience Limited via PRNewswire

►November 3, 2004 - Anadys Pharmaceuticals Reports Hepatitis C Viral Load Reduction in Completed Phase IB Clinical Trial of Isatoribine - New Data Presented at AASLD Annual Meeting in Boston Demonstrate Biological Activity in HCV Patients through Activation of Toll-Like Receptor 7 - press release - Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►November 3, 2004 - Canadian Hemophilia Society responds to Health Minister's Commitment to Present Cabinet with a Compensation Proposal - press release - The Canadian Hemophilia Society via CCNMatthews

►November 3, 2004 - South Africa: Aids Drugs Needed for HIV Positive Children - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►November 3, 2004 - Aflife Cuts HIV/Aids Exclusion Clause From Its Policies - Business Day (Johannesburg) via

►November 3, 2004 - Drug Therapy Delayed for Blacks With HIV - HealthDay via Forbes

►November 3, 2004 - Quality Chemicals to Sell Cheaper HIV Drugs - The Monitor (Kampala) via

►November 3, 2004 - Health officials seek to continue needle exchange - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via

►November 3, 2004 - Chiron says must resume flu shot making by March - Reuters

* ►November 3, 2004 - The Flu Kills, but Documents Rarely List It as the Killer (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 3, 2004 - MMR Vaccination and Febrile Seizures (subscription required for full article) - journal article (JAMA) - "In a cohort study, if the prescribing physician or parent is aware of febrile seizures and epilepsy as possible adverse vaccine effects, and information on the child’s prognosis is available to the physician, bias by contraindication may lead to an underestimate of true adverse effects because patients at highest risk for the adverse event will be preferentially unvaccinated."

►November 3, 2004 - MMR Vaccination and Febrile Seizures—Reply (subscription required for full article) - journal article (JAMA) 

►November 3, 2004 - Childhood Influenza-Vaccination Coverage—United States, 2002-03 Influenza Season - MMWR via journal article (JAMA)  

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

►November 3, 2004 - MMR drive over measles fear - Times Online, UK

►November 3, 2004 - King defends meningococcal vaccine - New Zealand Herald - "Health Minister Annette King yesterday defended provisional approval of the meningococcal B vaccine granted by the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (MAAC)."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Kedgley questions vaccine approval process - press release - Green Party via - "The Green Party is concerned that a meningococcal vaccine to be injected into more than a million children was approved in a teleconference so hastily convened that three members of the expert panel couldn't be contacted and others hadn't had a chance to read the clinical data...'This is a vaccine to be administered to 1.15 million children and young people and it is vital that it is properly assessed on the basis of all clinical, safety and efficacy data,' said Sue Kedgley, the Green Party Health spokesperson."

* ►November 2, 2004 - A Sleeping Watchdog? Recent drug recalls, flu-shot shortage show FDA not protecting consumers - Winston-Salem Journal via - "Most Americans think that our medicines are safe and effective because of FDA oversight. Just as a watchdog guards a home, so the agency should be vigilant against fraudulent or dangerous products."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Researchers Get Grant for Vaccine Study - Wash. Researchers Get $3.5M Grant to Use Molecular Detective Technique to Study Anthrax Vaccine - AP via

* ►November 2, 2004 - NIH funds research on how pathogens trigger immune response - CIDRAP News - "Fourteen contracts have been approved for the Large-Scale Antibody and T Cell Epitope Discovery Program, according to the NIH, which includes the NIAID. Epitopes are the regions of infectious agents that elicit immune responses. Studying them may uncover new targets for vaccines, therapies, and diagnostic tools against potential bioterror agents, the NIAID announcement said. Such research also could reveal targets among emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as influenza and West Nile virus."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Potent Preclinical Effect of Novel Melanoma Peptide Vaccine Reported at the Seventh International Anticancer Conference in Corfu, Greece - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

* ►November 2, 2004 - Merck tried to bury Vioxx concerns for years - Reuters via

►November 2, 2004 - Universities warned of mumps epidemic - The Guardian, UK

►November 2, 2004 - Making a final push against a stubborn disease - Teams spread out in an effort to wipe out polio, once and for all. - Knight Ridder Newspapers via The Wichita Eagle via

►November 2, 2004 - Spock speaks to new generations - The late doctor's book has been updated to address modern problems - AP via Tallahassee Democrat - "Spock recognized that not all ailments children suffer were caused by infectious diseases, which had been the prevailing theory, and he emphasized the physiological issues that parents had been talking about for years but that the medical community had been reluctant to tackle, Needlman explains. In fact, up to 40 percent of the visits to pediatricians' offices are for behavioral or developmental issues, according to the Cleveland doctor."

►November 2, 2004 - New REMICADE(R) Safety Data Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting - PRNewswire via

►November 2, 2004 - Students should know the ABC's of hepatitis viruses -

►November 2, 2004 - A century of increasing life expectancy may be ending - Knight Ridder Newspapers via Times Leader - "Obesity, he said, is "a global pandemic" that's already reduced life expectancy worldwide by 3.5 years. The impact of obesity on longevity is about the same as cancer, he said, and will double or triple in coming years, shortening lives by seven to 12 years. In addition, Olshansky said, "we have created a tinderbox for the re-emergence of infectious diseases." The causes include growing resistance to anti-bacterial drugs, more and swifter travel among countries and higher susceptibility to disease in an aging population."

►November 2, 2004 - Threatened species may spiral into oblivion - New Scientist via AFP via Yahoo!

►November 2, 2004 - EU underprepared for flu - Europe has not done enough to ready itself for a possible pandemic, experts warn - The Scientist via

►November 2, 2004 - New Drugs Hold Promise Against Drug-Resistant TB -

►November 2, 2004 - Healthbeat: MS Treatment - "Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University recently completed a phase I trial to look at the dose, safety and effect of short-term use of ALA on the immune system. Since the trial was performed to look at dose and safety, researchers stop short of saying the supplement had any effect on MS symptoms. However, some patients reported easing of fatigue – a common, debilitating symptom associated with MS."

►November 2, 2004 - Japan and US Agree to Re-establish Beef Trade - Implications For Producers -

►November 2, 2004 - Genetic Susceptibility To Psychiatric Disorders - Medsurg Nursing via

►November 2, 2004 - United States: Liver Cancer Fastest Growing Cancer in US - Report - Reuters Health via

►November 2, 2004 - InterMune Announces Presentation of Clinical Data on Infergen Plus Ribavirin in Difficult to Treat HCV Patients - Three Separate Studies Suggest Infergen Plus Ribavirin May Eradicate HCV In Some Challenging Patients, Including African Americans - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►November 2, 2004 - Preliminary Phase IIB Data Show Rituxan(R) Improved Symptoms in Patients With Moderate-to-Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis (requires registration or subscription) - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

►November 2, 2004 - Genome scientists figuring out what makes Crypto parasite tick - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Tallahassee Democrat - "Cryptosporidium hominis, as it is formally known, is a lethal waterborne pathogen. In 1993, it found its way into Milwaukee's water supply, killing 100 people, while sickening more than 400,000."

►November 2, 2004 - Costs of a consumer society are high for kids - The Boston Globe via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 2, 2004 - Health Web Site Reviewed by Lisa Barrett Mann (requires registration or subscription) - The Washington Post - "Parents of kids with autism spectrum disorders are pressed enough without flying to conferences for info and support. Now they can go online instead. Web site, launched this spring, offers free video broadcasts and occasional live broadcasts on autism, Asperger's syndrome and related disorders."

►November 2, 2004 - Diet rich in fruits, vegetables helps heart, not cancer: study -

►November 2, 2004 - Health Ministry says bird flu not transmit from human to human - TNA via

►November 2, 2004 - Govt bird flu team admits possibility of human-to-human transmission - TNA via

►November 2, 2004 - China, 2 Koreas, Mongolia join forces to fight bird flu - AFP via

►November 2, 2004 - Test suggests bird flu may be in Hong Kong - UPI via Washington Times

►November 2, 2004 - 1918 flu season exemplifies worst-case scenario - Amid current shot shortage, past pandemic offers reminder of virus' deadliness (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 2, 2004 - County expands vaccine lawsuit - The Gloucester County Times via - "Gloucester County officials may include state and federal health agencies in a suit planned against a pharmaceutical company that failed to deliver the county's flu vaccine last week...Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney said Monday the county may add the federal Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as defendants in a suit against Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur. He expects the county to file in federal court by the end of the week."

* ►November 2, 2004 - West Allis Memorial snafu renders vaccines 'ineffective' - Milwaukee Business Journal - "More than 1,000 West Allis Memorial Hospital employees and patients must be re-vaccinated for the flu and other illnesses after hospital officials discovered that a refrigerator containing vaccines malfunctioned."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Health workers urged to get nasal vaccine - Using the spray would preserve flu shots for the elderly, the ill and the young - AP via Statesman Journal - "Because FluMist contains live but weakened influenza virus, it is not used for many high-priority individuals."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Options Exist to Combat Flu - New York Times Regional Newspaper via The Ledger

* ►November 2, 2004 - Flu study takes a shot at the 'herd' - Express-News via - "While plenty of attention has been paid to the flu shot shortage, some Texas scientists are studying whether the mass vaccination of healthy children would reduce the spread of influenza, saving lives and medical costs."

* ►November 2, 2004 - Flu shots decrease death rate among elderly, study shows (requires registration) - KRT via Philadelphia Inquirer via Kansas City Star - "The researchers from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam made statistical adjustments so that factors such as chronic illness and cancer would not skew the analysis...'That means when you remove chronic illness from the equation, the elderly still benefit from vaccination,' said Neil Fishman, director of infection control at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. 'That makes it an impressive result.'"

►November 2, 2004 - Annual vaccination against influenza associated with decreased risk of death in elderly - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via

►November 2, 2004 - Alternative to flu vaccine available - Parents, siblings of infants qualify for nasal spray. - San Francisco Examiner

►November 2, 2004 - No quick fix seen for flu vaccine production - Complexity of supply creation process limits options in dealing with shortage (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 2, 2004 - We must restructure system so flu shot makers can prosper - opinion - Tuscon Citizen

►November 2, 2004 - High-risk to be hurt by vaccine shortage - Not enough flu shots for most-susceptible - Journal Gazette via

►November 2, 2004 - Taiwan Role As Asian Flu Vaccination Output Hub Under Protection - CNA via

►November 2, 2004 - Fairness in Vaccination - Bangor Daily News

►November 2, 2004 - Secondary infections often follow bout with the flu - Arizona Republic via

►November 2, 2004 - State gets 10,000 more flu vaccines - AP via

►November 2, 2004 - Flu vaccines arrive in area - Texarcana Gazette

►November 2, 2004 - Antiviral medicines could stem flu's raging tide - Ashbury Park Press via

►November 2, 2004 - Flu-shot furor hits health agency - County settles scarcity worries - Tallahassee Democrat

►November 2, 2004 - 9000 Flu Shots Available -

►November 2, 2004 - VA, state get more flu vaccine - Walk-in flu shot clinic for veterans starts tomorrow - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►November 2, 2004 - Provinces fearing possible flu vaccine shortage - CP via CTV News

►November 2, 2004 - Any residual value for flu shot recipients? - The News-Review

►November 2, 2004 - Flu-shot seekers line up for hours at MCC - Kingman Daily Miner

►November 2, 2004 - Judge's Ruling Pauses Anthrax-Vaccination Program - American Forces Press Service via

►November 2, 2004 - DOD puts a pause on anthrax… again - Marine Corps News via - "At this time, voluntary vaccinations via an informed consent is not allowed even if Marines are undergoing the six shot series or need their annual booster, regardless of their location, according to Marine Administrative Message 479/04."

►November 2, 2004 - Grant provides $3.5 million for anthrax vaccine study in Seattle - Detroit Free Press

►November 2, 2004 - Anthrax Vaccine Manufacturer To Open Facility In Frederick - AP via

►November 2, 2004 - 3 La Jolla groups get funds in disease study - San Diego Union Tribune - "Three La Jolla research institutes are among 13 nationwide selected to share $73 million for studying infectious diseases – including those that might be used as weapons by terrorists – the federal government announced yesterday."

►November 2, 2004 - Environment ministers commit to cutting mercury emissions from power plants - CP via

►November 2, 2004 - Why Your Doctor Might Quit - Benjamin Franklin Literary and Medical Society via RedNova

►November 2, 2004 - How victory for Kerry could scupper Hillary Clinton's chance - The Scotsman - "When I asked my American doctor about the British controversy over MMR vaccines for my children and the possible risk of autism, he rolled his eyes to the ceiling at the British anti-MMR campaign. He pointed out that if there was any reason - any reason at all - for American doctors to separate measles, mumps and rubella into three different vaccinations and therefore charge three times as much for patients to come and visit, it would be done. So I had the MMR jab for both my children."

►November 2, 2004 - Forgotten but not gone - opinion (requires registration) - Baltimore Sun

►November 2, 2004 - Vaccine cuts cases linked to a cancer - Merck said the inoculation reduced the risk of cervical infection and precancerous lesions in a four-year study. - Philadelphia Inquirer

►November 2, 2004 - Vaccine Works to Prevent Cervical Cancer (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 2, 2004 - Universities hit by mumps threat - UK universities are launching mass MMR vaccination programmes to stem the threat of a mumps epidemic. - BBC

►November 2, 2004 - Alert as mumps cases soar - Six-fold increase in patients - Belfast Telegraph

►November 2, 2004 - Uni and NHS finally act on mumps epidemic - Lothian NHS Board will next week begin providing previously unavailable MMR booster vaccinations, following a Student inquiry into the levels of prevention against a mumps epidemic in the city. -

* ►November 2, 2004 - 'My face blew up and I couldn't see' - The Telegraph, UK - "Before starting university she decided to consult her family doctor but he told her not to bother with a vaccination. But when she got to university more warnings about the risk of catching mumps made her decide to go ahead...'I had the jab, so I don't understand why I got the mumps,' said Miss Lee."

►November 2, 2004 - Measles outbreak sparks immunisation drive -

►November 2, 2004 - Measles Jabs for 3400 in Two Days - Cape Argus (Cape Town) via

►November 2, 2004 - ‘Miles for Measles’ Journey Concludes - Red Cross

►November 2, 2004 - First international NGO to provide assistance in Sheeria locality of South Darfur - NGO via Reuters AlertNet - "Given the imminent risk of epidemics, Merlin will also work closely with UNICEF to carry out mass immunisation against measles, targeting all children under 15."

►November 2, 2004 - Polio: Beyond Safety of Vaccines - opinion - This Day (Lagos) via

►November 2, 2004 - The Puzzling Origins of AIDS - American Scientist via RedNova

►November 2, 2004 - Free HIV/AIDS tests offered in Shenzhen - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 2, 2004 - HIV on the Rise Among Migrants - As many as 1% of workers here from Mexico are infected, studies show. Scientists fear the rate could grow exponentially. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 2, 2004 - HGS advances possible AIDS vaccine - Washington Business Journal

►November 2, 2004 - Group: Kids HIV, AIDS Dying Needlessly - AP via Yahoo!

►November 2, 2004 - Two Abbott HIV Drug Ads Misleading, U.S. FDA Says - Reuters via Yahoo!

►November 2, 2004 - Maintain salmonella vaccination to safeguard egg industry progress - UK - Egg producers should take steps to ensure that their flocks are protected against salmonella infection right through to the end of lay. -

►November 2, 2004 - Mass Vaccination Exercise A Success - SitNews

►November 2, 2004 - UNC-CH Student With Meningitis In Fair Condition - AP via

►November 2, 2004 - Health leaders battle illness - Tout response to meningitis case - The Daily Tar Heel

►November 2, 2004 - Human Genome Sciences Reports Positive Results of Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of Albuferon(TM) in Chronic Hepatitis C - Data Demonstrate Safety, Prolonged Half-Life, and Dose-Dependent Antiviral Activity - Presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases - press release - Human Genome Sciences, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 2, 2004 - Gilead Announces Long-Term Safety and Efficacy Data, Through 144 Weeks, for Hepsera in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis B - press release - Gilead Sciences via Business Wire

►November 2, 2004 - Nucleonics Challenges Validity of 3rd Benitec Patent; Requests Re-Exam of Earliest Patent Issued to Benitec in Australia - press release - Nucleonics, Inc. via Business Wire

►November 2, 2004 - Pfizer Buys Campus for $372 Million - AP via Forbes

►November 2, 2004 - Potent Preclinical Effect of Novel Melanoma Peptide Vaccine Reported at the Seventh International Anticancer Conference in Corfu, Greece - Studies in Transgenic Mice with Genes for Human Antigen Presenting Receptors Demonstrate Strong Anticancer Response - press release - Generex Biotechnology Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 2, 2004 - Vaccine Promising for Certain Lung Cancer Patients - Reuters

►November 2, 2004 - Human Genome Sciences Characterizes Panel of Novel Human Monoclonal Antibodies That Specifically Antagonize the CCR5 Receptor and Block HIV-1 Entry - press release - Human Genome Sciences, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 2, 2004 - Professionals Fall Short for Hepatitis C Patients - press release - Auckland University via Scoop Media

►November 2, 2004 - Kudos to you - Asheville Citizen-Times - "Dr. John Wilson honored...He has a particular interest in the health effects resulting from mercury exposures resulting from industrial effluents, dental amalgams and the use of mercury (Thimerosal) in vaccinations."

►November 2, 2004 - A mother's fight for allergy testing - The NHS is failing people with allergies, a Health Select Committee report says. - BBC

►November 2, 2004 - The Claim: Identical Twins Have Identical Fingerprints (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 2, 2004 - Strategies: Play and Win Blood Sugar Game (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►November 1, 2004 - Are flu shots safe for young children? - Many parents concerned about risks of preservative - MSNBC - "In addition, Cave claims that the risk influenza poses to children has been overblown. “We’ve overplayed the risk. People think deaths (of children) due to flu are in the thousands and they’re not,” says Cave, who tells parents to keep children out of crowds and encourage frequent hand washing as an alternative deterrent during flu season."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Market debate over flu vaccine - Some say price caps will worsen shortages; others say public health concerns justify limits. - The Sacramento Bee - "The flu-shot shortage has left many vaccine purchasers in a predicament: Do they pay sky-high prices or go without? Most have said they'll do without; a survey by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists showed 84 percent of hospitals would refuse to pay inflated prices. Grubbs said UC Davis turned down offers of $400 to $600 per vial of vaccine, or roughly 10 times the usual cost. (A vial is 10 individual doses.)"

* ►November 1, 2004 - Area is hotspot of new children's disease - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - "This disease did not exist before the early to mid-'90s," Orenstein said. "At that time, I saw about six cases of eosinophilic esophagitis a year. Now we see about one to two a week here at the hospital."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Biomira and Merck KGaA Present Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Data at European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (requires registration or subscription) - Vaccine Trial Data Shows Notable Increase in Survival Time - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

* ►November 1, 2004 - LIAI Scientists to Play Key Role in U.S. Efforts to Safeguard Against Smallpox and Arena Viruses; Institute Receives $12 Million in Contracts From National Institutes of Health - Business Wire via - "LIAI has received contracts totaling nearly $12 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to map the immune system's response to the existing smallpox vaccine as well as to the arena viruses responsible for hemorrhagic fevers and meningitis. From this data, researchers believe a new and better smallpox vaccine can be developed along with a first-ever vaccine to safeguard against the arena viruses."

►November 1, 2004 - NIH awards OHSU $4 million biodefense contract to study tuberculosis - Researchers will look for cellular markers that could play important role in vaccine development - Oregon Health & Science University via

►November 1, 2004 - MedImmune Initiates Pivotal Phase 3 Study for Numax(TM) to Prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus in High-Risk Infants - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►November 1, 2004 - It's Halloween ... Biotech Market Spooked in October - Market downturn catches biotech in its wake - PRNewswire via - "The biotech market took a beating in October, partly because of the general public market experiencing pre- election jitters, partly in reaction to Merck's Vioxx withdrawal and partly because Chiron, one of the five top biotech firms in the country, lost nearly a third of its value over the flu vaccine debacle," noted G. Steven Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based life sciences merchant bank."

►November 1, 2004 - New Data Show Tamiflu May Reduce Risk of Pneumonia in Flu Patients - Research Presented at InterScience Congress on Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Shows Most Pronounced Reductions In Oldest & Youngest Groups - PRNewswire via

►November 1, 2004 - AVI BioPharma and USAMRIID Announce NEUGENE Antisense Drug Demonstrates Efficacy Against Ebola Virus - Business Wire via

►November 1, 2004 - Gut Microbes Can Open Gates In Fat Cells - Washington University School of Medicine via Biocompare News - "The research team found that the gut microbes promote fat storage by suppressing the gut's production of a protein called fasting-induced adipocyte factor (Fiaf). Fiaf functions to help keep the gates to fat cells closed."

►November 1, 2004 - Hong Kong braced for inquiry - An inquiry into what went wrong with SARS follows another that cost some scientific jobs - The Scientist via

►November 1, 2004 - Spain eases embryo research - New decree clarifies the regulation and control of embryo research - The Scientist via

►November 1, 2004 - Schizophrenia Drug Calms Disruptive Children - Reuters Health via Yahoo!

►November 1, 2004 - Gene protects lungs from smoking damage - UPI via

►November 1, 2004 - Takeda Gets Constipation Drug License From U.S. Firm - Jiji Press English News Service via

►November 1, 2004 - Given Imaging's PillCam(TM) ESO as Accurate as Endoscopy in Visualizing Abnormalities of The Esophagus While Providing Superior Patient Satisfaction - New Data Underscores Capsule Endoscopy's Potential Role in Visualizing Complications From Reflux Diseases - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►November 1, 2004 - Study Describes New Once-Daily Treatment Regimen for Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections - PRNewswire

►November 1, 2004 - Predicting Infection Risk Of Mosquito-borne Disease - Public Library Of Science via ScienceDaily

►November 1, 2004 - Systematic review of the effectiveness of antimicrobial rinse-free hand sanitizers for prevention of illness-related absenteeism in elementary school children - journal article (BMC Public Health) 

* ►November 1, 2004 - New research on autism points to a novel 'gut' disease in some kids - Study opens door to testing treatments, including diet that excludes dairy products and certain grains. (requires registration) - The Statesman

* ►November 1, 2004 - Merck shares plunge after report it knew of Vioxx risks - AP via USA Today - "On Monday, Merck shares were down 7% after The Wall Street Journal reported that internal e-mails and marketing materials show the company knew as far back as 2000 that Vioxx was linked to an increased risk of heart attack but tried to discredit such evidence...The newspaper says that a March 9, 2000 e-mail from Merck research director Edward Scolnick to colleagues conceded an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke was 'clearly there.' Nevertheless, the newspaper says, Merck continued to try to discredit academic researchers critical of the drug...The Journal reported that one training document from Merck listed potentially difficult questions about the drug and stated in capital letters, 'DODGE!'"

* ►November 1, 2004 - Better, cheaper rabies vaccine hits city markets - Made from human cells, new vaccine has WHO approval. - Express News Service via Chandigarh Newsline via - "'This is a major leap from the nerve tissue vaccine which is being commonly used now. The nerve tissue vaccine, which has major side effects and can even lead to paralysis in some cases, is likely to be phased out by ►December. Even the WHO recognises HDC vaccine as a Gold Standard. Moreover, Rabivax is safe in individuals who are allergic to other cell culture vaccine components including egg proteins and avian proteins,' said Dr S. Bhardwaj, Medical Director, Serum Institute of India."

►November 1, 2004 - WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic - CIDRAP News

►November 1, 2004 - Flu vaccine worth its weight in gold - The Village News Network

►November 1, 2004 - Girl with rare disease doesn't know pain - Ashlyn Blocker's parents and kindergarten teachers all describe her the same way: fearless. So they nervously watch her plunge full-tilt into a childhood deprived of natural alarms. - AP via CNN

►November 1, 2004 - Is The Zebra Fish Leading Us To New Therapies? - Flanders Interuniversity Institute Of Biotechnology via ScienceDaily

►November 1, 2004 - Pediatricians Can Help Immigrant Mothers By Explaining Child Development, NICHD Study Suggests - Parents Need Child Development Information to Identify Problems - press release - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) via

►November 1, 2004 - Malaria Vaccine Trial Results Published - Public Library Of Science via ScienceDaily

►November 1, 2004 - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria increased after clindamycin use for common vaginal infection - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via

►November 1, 2004 - NIAID Launches Program to Improve Medical Tools Against Emerging Infectious Diseases - National Institutes of Health

►November 1, 2004 - Bristol scientists find key to unlock body's own cancer defence - University of Bristol via

►November 1, 2004 - UK researcher uncovers clues to Alzheimer's disease - Case Western Reserve University via

►November 1, 2004 - Studies demonstrate positive data in treatment of hepatitis C - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via

* ►November 2004 - A New Complication of Stem Cell Transplantation: Measles Inclusion Body Encephalitis - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2004 - Group A Streptococci Among School-Aged Children: Clinical Characteristics and the Carrier State - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November, 2004 - Childhood Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Taiwan and How to Differentiate It From Childhood Influenza Infection - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►November 2004 - Efficacy of a Pediatric Emergency Department¿Based Influenza Vaccination Program - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►November 2004 - Does human milk reduce infection rates in preterm infants? A systematic review - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition)

►November 2004 - Effect of storage on breast milk antioxidant activity - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition) 

►November 2004 - "Not Listening, Stubborn, and Problems With Sleeping" - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2004 - When Asperger's Syndrome and a Nonverbal Learning Disability Look Alike - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2004 - Antitumour Effects Of Antiretroviral Therapy - journal article (Nature)

►November 2004 - Association Studies For Finding Cancer-Susceptibility Genetic Variants - journal article (Nature)

►November 2004 - Imaging of early brain injury and cortical plasticity - journal article (Experimental Neurology )

* ►November 2004 - A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Childhood Persistent Allergic Rhinitis - journal article (Pediatrics)

►November 2004 - Safety of the Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Among Children - journal article (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine)

►November 2004 - Determinants of universal adolescent hepatitis B vaccine uptake - journal article (BMJ - Archives of Diseases in Childhood)

►November 2004 - Causes of apparent life threatening events in infants: a systematic review - journal article (BMJ - Archives of Diseases in Childhood)

►November 2004 - Suspected Infant Abuse: Radiographic Skeletal Survey Practices in Pediatric Health Care Facilities - journal article (Radiology)

►November 2004 - The diagnosis of borderline iron deficiency: results of a therapeutic trial - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

October 31, 2004 - Chiron strategies thrust under scrutiny - East Bay Business Times via MSNBC - "Our concern going forward is that it seems like this issue for the production plant had been known," Bonn said, adding too that he has very little confidence in Chiron's management now. "They've really not been forthcoming."

►October 31, 2004 - Diarrheal Disease Vaccine Shows Promise - New Vaccine Shows Promise Against Rotavirus, Diarrheal Infection That Kills Millions of Children - AP via ABC News

►October 31, 2004 - Genetics testing saves health care dollars - University of Alberta via

►October 30, 2004 - Some antibiotic resistance threat in hospitals could yield to hand washing - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via

►October 30, 2004 - TB drug linked to spread of hepatitis - Taipei Times

►October 29, 2004 - Scientists discover enzyme crucial to HIV replication - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via

►October 29, 2004 - Over 4.2 Million Influenza Vaccine Doses Shipped This Week to Health Providers Serving High-Priority Groups - CDC

►October 29, 2004 - Vaccines Are Good Business for Drug Makers - NY Times via Star Banner

►October 29, 2004 - Research uncovers role of Apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer's disease - Inhibiting Apolipoprotein E possible means of therapeutic intervention for Alzheimer's disease - University of South Florida Health Sciences Center via

►October 29, 2004 - Gene-silencing technique offers new way to fight drug-resistant leukemia - University of Pennsylvania Medical Center via

►October 29, 2004 - Human embryonic stem cells promising for replacement of blood supply - University of Minnesota via

►October 29, 2004 - Laboratory Mice Produce Human Antibodies - AP via Newsday

►October 28, 2004 - IDSA Recommends Ways to Strengthen HHS's Pandemic Influenza Plan - Infectious Diseases Society of America

►October 28, 2004 - Scientists identify key mechanism in estrogen's role in preventing bone loss - Emory University Health Sciences Center via

►October 28, 2004 - Diabetic damage to eyes, heart, nerves, kidneys may be explained by controversial theory - Washington University School of Medicine via

►October 28, 2004 - Tufts Veterinary School scientists decode Cryptosporidium genome - 'Nature' article describes sequence of eight chromosomes - Tufts University via

►October 28, 2004 - Nicotine's addictive hold increases when combined with other tobacco smoke chemicals, UCI study finds - Smoking cessation efforts could be improved by studying nicotine interactions with acetaldehyde, according to UCI tobacco use researchers - University of California, Irvine

►October 28, 2004 - 'Broken' gene reveals evolution of salt retention and possible ties to hypertension - University of Chicago Medical Center via

►October 28, 2004 - Red wine mist? Resveratrol shows potential effects against COPD, asthma, arthritis - Natural product inhibited anti-inflammatory mediator release from human airway epithelial cells - The American Physiological Society via

►October 28, 2004 - Selling smaller packs of painkillers slashes suicide risk - UK legislation on analgesic packs: before and after study of long term effect on poisonings BMJ Online First - BMJ-British Medical Journal via

►October 28, 2004 - Personalized Medicine in Cancer: Matching Patients and Drugs - Genome News Network

►October 28, 2004 - Micro-arrays -a scientific revolution in drug development - Medical News Today

* ►October 28, 2004 - Tetanus Toxoid Vaccines Again Used for PPD (requires registration) - ISMP Medication Safety Alert via - "For now, to avoid this error, our prior recommendations are worth repeating. Purchase these products from different manufacturers whenever possible. Also remove Td (and other vaccines) from unit stock whenever possible and have pharmacy dispense the product on an as needed basis."

* ►October 28, 2004 - Vaccine shortage fuels clinical trials - US public seeks alternative sources of flu protection. - news (Nature)

►October 28, 2004 - Bullied children hide from stress in later life - Victims are more likely to plot revenge than to confront problems. - news (Nature)

* ►October 27, 2004 - Pediatric Medical Errors Part 1: The Case. A Pediatric Drug Overdose Case (requires registration) - Pediatric Nursing via

* ►October 27, 2004 - Pediatric Medical Errors Part 2: Case Commentary. A Source of Tremendous Loss (requires registration) - Pediatric Nursing via

►October 26, 2004 - New analysis links breastfeeding to reduced risk of childhood leukemia - University of California, Berkeley

►October 9, 2004 - Epidemiological studies of tooth wear and dental erosion in 14-year-old children in North West England. Part 1: The relationship with water fluoridation and social deprivation - journal article (British Dental Journal)

►October 2004 - Cough, wheezing and asthma in children: lesson from the past - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)
►October 2004 - Food allergy and atopic dermatitis in infancy: an epidemiologic study - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►October 2004 - Influence of MMR-vaccinations and diseases on atopic sensitization and allergic symptoms in Swiss schoolchildren - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology) 

►October 2004 - Infectious Diseases II - A Rare Case Of Tuberculosis Sinusitis In An Immunocompetent Patient - Chest via

►October 2004 - Non-antibiotic Associated C. difficile Diarrhea in a 7-week-old Infant - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

►October 2004 - Food allergy and non-allergic food hypersensitivity in children and adolescents - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy)

►Vol. 86, No. 4, 2004 - Drug Toxicity in the Neonate - journal article (Biology of the Neonate)

►Vol. 86, No. 4, 2004 - Cerebral Ultrasound Findings in Neonatal Lupus Syndrome - journal article (Biology of the Neonate) 

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