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All the News Posted June 19-22, 2009

Posted June 22, 2009


►June 23, 2009 - Filipino with (A)H1N1 virus dies - DOH warns of ‘more fatal’ strain - Philippine Daily Inquirer - "A 49-year-old woman died of heart attack at her home in Metro Manila on Friday, but a throat swab indicated she was infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, making her death the first in the Philippines related to swine flu."

►June 23, 2009 - Fielding on Tamiflu in Parliament - Family First Senator Steve Fielding has defended his decision to attend Parliament despite the possibility he may have contracted swine flu. -

►June 23, 2009 - ‘IDPs a possible polio threat’ - Daily Times, Pakistan

►June 23, 2009 - Pandemic Reality Check - What Can Be Done -- and What Can't -- To Protect Against H1N1 (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►June 23, 2009 - I helped my son beat autism by making him give up Weetabix - Daily Mail, UK - "A few weeks ago, a one-woman campaign culminated in Polly Tommey meeting the Prime Minister to improve support for the families of children with autism. She was fighting for the sake of thousands of other parents around the country, having become an unofficial 'Good Samaritan' for the desperate parents of autistic children. Here, Polly, 42, the mother of an autistic child, tells her extraordinary story . . . months that was the case with Billy."

* ►June 23, 2009 - Michigan Class Action Settlement on Autism Treatment Hailed as Landmark Case - The National Law Journal via

* ►June 23, 2009 - A Devotion That Spans Generations - Woodbridge Woman's Life Revolves Around Disabled Great-Granddaughter (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►June 22, 2009 - Health Canada to crack down on TV ads for vaccines - National Post - "Sanofi Pasteur has generated controversy with its commercials for Menactra, a vaccine that protects against strains of bacterial meningitis not always covered in the meningococcal shots provided free by most provincial governments. One TV ad warns about the 'rare but potentially devastating disease' that can 'quickly lead to permanent disability or death.' Critics question whether the product is really needed, since relatively few children become infected by those strains. Sanofi has argued the bacteria do sometimes prove fatal in Canada and that it makes sense to protect against the bugs. Alan Cassells, a drug-policy researcher at the University of Victoria, said even government advertising for immunization can be misleadingly one-sided. He cited ads for British Columbia's flu-shot campaign that depict the virus as a monster, albeit somewhat light-heartedly. 'That kind of fear-mongering I find distasteful,' Mr. Cassells said. 'You should get a flu shot based on science and whether it's good for you, not because you're being scared by monsters on the sides of buses.'"

* ►June 22, 2009 - Protein Sciences, Vaccine Maker, Forced to Bankruptcy - Bloomberg - "Protein Sciences said in a June 15 statement it started manufacturing “the first and only” vaccine, PanBlok, that would be able to combat the virus, for the next few months. The closely held company said it would be able to produce at least 100,000 doses of the vaccine a week. The company uses so-called recombinant DNA technology to produce its vaccines, rather than using viruses grown in an egg to create a vaccine as most pharmaceutical companies do. Last May, Emergent BioSolutions Inc. agreed to acquire 'substantially all of the assets' of Protein Sciences after the company was granted 'fast-track' status by the Food and Drug Administration for its FluBlok vaccine, according to a statement."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Cost of immunizing children to go up July first (includes video) - - "In a move to save money, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will no longer pay for vaccines for all children in the state. ... Dr. Ben Godfrey with Treasure Valley Pediatrics is worried that the demand for vaccines could go down. 'I think in the short term fewer vaccines will probably be done, and we're already the worst state in the union vaccine wise, the lowest vaccine rate for kids under 2, so we are quite worried that we'll have more outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease,' said Godfrey."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Fish mercury levels might not be that dangerous say researchers - Minnesota Public Radio - "Researchers at the University of North Dakota say there's new evidence that mercury levels in fish are not as dangerous as previously thought. Researchers at the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks say the trace mineral selenium is just as important as the amount of mercury in fish. Research Scientist Nick Ralston said brain damage from mercury poisoning happens when mercury depletes selenium in the body. He said if fish contain more selenium than mercury, they are safe to eat."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Jenny McCarthy is the new Bill W. By Kent Heckenlively, Esq. - Age of Autism

* ►June 22, 2009 - MSU gets $2.1M US grant for national autism study (requires registration) - AP via Chicago Tribune

* ►June 22, 2009 - Autistic students find 'A Place of Their Own:' It often comes down to politics - The Star-Ledger via

* ►June 22, 2009 - Son, colleagues recall Stony Brook prof killed in crash - Newsday - "Stony Brook psychology professor Edward "Ted" Carr, 61, and his wife, psychologist Ilene Wasserman, 58, were on a Saturday afternoon nature drive when police said their car was hit by a drunken driver. ... The elder Carr was an internationally renowned expert on autism who pioneered several widely used treatments."

►June 22, 2009 - A program that is taping autism all day long - - "It would seem like Autism 101. How to galvanize the treatment of pervasive developmental disorders, by hard evidence of trial and error and share it worldwide. Unlocking Secrets of Autism Treatment as reported in The Daily News,  Frederica Blausten, Executive Director of Association for Metroarea Autistic Children has a concrete  plan to observe the autism population."

►June 22, 2009 - Unlocking secrets of autism treatment - New York Daily News

* ►June 22, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - update 52 - Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) - World Health Organization

* ►June 22, 2009 - Bringing pandemic vaccine to flu clinics first requires animal, human testing - Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press - "As long as nothing about the production of the vaccine changes, vaccine against a new strain or subtype of flu virus can be switched in under an existing licence with minimal additional information required. That may not be the case here, however. Some manufacturers - including GlaxoSmithKline, which has Canada's pandemic vaccine contract - have indicated they want to use adjuvants in their vaccines. Adjuvants are boosting chemicals that allow smaller doses to be used, which would speed up the time it takes to make enough vaccine for a country. But there are no existing flu vaccines in Canada that contain adjuvants, so adding one could require an entirely new licence - and substantially more safety data based on clinical trials."

* ►June 22, 2009 - 6-year-old's death believed to be linked to swine flu - CBC - "The H1N1 influenza A virus "appears to have been a factor in the girl's death," said the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in a news release Monday. The Office of the Chief Coroner is investigating exactly what role the virus played in her death. The girl died on ►June 15, according to the health ministry. She had not been hospitalized. The identity of the girl has not been released, but she was a resident of the Peel region, just west of Toronto."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Wake up, CDC! Your pandemic is here! - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►June 22, 2009 - Forced Swine Flu Vaccinations for ALL Canadians? Hell no. - Grandinite

* ►June 22, 2009 - They Shoot Frequent Fliers, Don't They? Only in China's Flu Era - Bloomberg - "China is the only nation conducting on-board temperature checks and quarantining groups of passengers, according to information for 50 countries listed on the International Air Transport Association’s Web site. The measures are aimed at limiting the spread of H1N1, or swine flu, as China seeks to avoid the damage to its economy and reputation caused by the 2003 SARS outbreak."

* ►June 22, 2009 - U.S. warns travelers about China's 7-day flu quarantine - China is imposing a seven-day quarantine on passengers arriving with fever/flu symptoms, and also quarantining those who have sat near an affected person; the U.S. State Department has issued an alert for travelers about the quarantine. - Seattle Times - "In some cases, parents and children have been separated if a parent or child tested positive for the swine-flu virus. 'This situation presents the possibility of Chinese medical personnel administering medications to minors without first having consulted their parents,' said the travel alert."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Schools stay open despite swine flu outbreaks - Virus is spreading so fast that containment is no longer feasible, health authorities admit - The Guardian, UK

* ►June 22, 2009 - Sinovac Biotech Ltd receives first influenza A (H1N1) vaccine order from China - Trading Markets

►June 22, 2009 - Front Runners Emerge in Race for Swine Flu Vaccine - Seeking Alpha

►June 22, 2009 - AVI Biopharma tackles swine flu - Portland Business Journal - "AVI Biopharma has signed a contract with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop swine flu drugs."

►June 22, 2009 - Flu Prompts MDA To Cancel Summer Camps - Muscular Dystrophy Association Seeks To Avoid Kids' Exposure To Flu - WCVB Boston

►June 22, 2009 - Missouri summer camp closes for a week after swine flu outbreak - The Kansas City Star

►June 22, 2009 - Swine flu tests negative; Utah State Prison quarantine lifted - ABC 4

►June 22, 2009 - Feature-Swine flu, recession put US hog industry in the red - Reuters

►June 22, 2009 - 23 cases of swine flu now confirmed in Ireland - Ireland Online

* ►June 22, 2009 - Only 30% of Grade 5 girls in Calgary Catholic schools get HPV vaccine (includes audio) - CBC - "Calgary Catholic School District trustees refused to allow the clinics in its schools, so the province distributed the vaccine through community clinics. [Health Minister Ron] Liepert said there isn't much more the government can do to encourage parents to have their daughters vaccinated. 'At the end of the day, it's a parental choice,' Liepert said Monday."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Gardasil: to vaccinate your teenage daughter or not? -

* ►June 22, 2009 - 'Dummy mummies' not to blame for shunning vaccines - Media claims that wealthy and better-educated parents are more likely to refuse to vaccinate their children have been refuted by immunisation researchers, who say that parental attitudes play only a small part in under-immunisation. -

* ►June 22, 2009 - Merck KGaA Studies Vaccine in Breast Cancer Trial - Bloomberg - "Investigators will try to determine whether Stimuvax can help breast cancer patients live longer without their disease progressing in the so-called Stride trial, Darmstadt, Germany- based Merck said in an e-mailed statement today. The vaccine is already being tested in non-small cell lung cancer."

►June 22, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 807 - Immunization Action Coalition

►June 22, 2009 - Leader in supplement industry says study flawed - AP via Charlotte Observer

* ►June 22, 2009 - H.R. 759 Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009 - - "While H.R, 759 is being presented under the guise of “food safety,” the language of the bill clearly tells another story entirely. The fees (are not specified in this bill, but are to be adjusted each year by the secretary), fines, testing processes, and methods outlined in this bill are so expensive that only huge factory farms and industrial food producers will have the ability to compete."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Obama signs law giving FDA authority to regulate tobacco - The Oval via USA Today

* ►June 22, 2009 - New IT system improves child protection - A NEW computer system has been installed across Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire (AGW) to track the health needs of children throughout their lives. - Healthcare Equipment and Supplies - "Prompted by the publication of the Government’s Every Child Matters green paper, the procurement of the solution means that the health authority will be able to trace all aspects of a child’s health record. This includes registration, which controls the entry of children into the system, and immunisation, which ensures children are invited for their correct jabs at the best time."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Vical gets $1.5M milestone payment from Merck - AP via Forbes - "Biotechnology company Vical Inc. said Monday it received a $1.5 million milestone payment from Merck & Co. for development of a DNA-based cancer vaccine."

* ►June 22, 2009 - Drug 'reports' found to be faked - Firms misrepresented some research results, slew of cases suggest - Toronto Star

►June 22, 2009 - US requests more data on Merck, Schering merger - Reuters

►June 22, 2009 - Search continues for 3 boys who played with rabid bat on Fort Myers Beach - The News-Press

►June 22, 2009 - South Dakota urology clinic: dismiss Iowans' suit - AP via The Daily Republic

* ►June 22, 2009 - ‘Amazing’ Grace: Baby Survives ‘Incurable’ Illness -

►June 22, 2009 - Measles outbreak grows as another patient is taken to hospital - WalesOnline

►June 22, 2009 - A generation born with HIV/AIDS defies the odds - CNN

►June 22, 2009 - HIV Testing Kits To Be Distributed To Residents In Washington, D.C., This Week - The Kaiser Daily U.S. HIV/AIDS Report

►June 22, 2009 - Stanford Professor Settles with ABL in HIV Database Legal Spat; Pursues Patent Reexams - Biotech Transfer Week via

►June 22, 2009 - Zicam not the only untested 'remedy' - AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

►June 22, 2009 - Riverkeeper announces new mercury initiative - Effingham Herald

►June 22, 2009 - Poor cleaning of onion dicer suspected in North Bay's E. coli outbreak - CBC

►June 21, 2009 - Autistic students find 'A Place of Their Own:' Dark clouds and new beginnings - The Star-Ledger via

►June 21, 2009 - Autistic students find 'A Place of Their Own' through Essex County school - The Star-Ledger via

►June 19, 2009 - H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) - CDC Update - US Death Count Reaches Eighty-Seven, June 19, 2009 - CDC via eNews Park Forest

* ►June 19, 2009 - How mild swine flu became a 'pandemic' - Officials spread their irrational fear of a super-virus - commentary - Philadelphia Inquirer

►June 16, 2009 - Exclusive interview with WHO Chief Representative in China - People's Daily Online

►June 16, 2009 - Health officials react to H1N1 announcement - Barrhead Leader - "In wake of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to raise its pandemic level to Phase 6 last Thursday, Alberta Health officials announced Albertans will likely be immunized for the H1N1 virus sometime this fall."

* ►June 16, 2009 - Mandatory vaccination against silicosis for Greeks over 65 - GR Reporter - "Experts are also advising for everyone to get the classic flu shots. For children, elderly and chronic diseased, it is mandatory. People should get vaccinated in September. Doctors advise that the elderly, young children and people with chronic diseases should also get vaccinated against swine flu."

* ►June 15, 2009 - Ottawa seizing Mexican cancer drug - Canadian patients 'starting to die,' drug firm says - National Post

►June 13, 2009 - Autism view: Fear is the enemy - Noted speaker who has disorder shares her insight at conference - Sioux Falls Argus Leader - ""Fear is the main emotion in autism," Temple Grandin told a conference audience at Augustana College. Grandin, 61, an author and associate professor at Colorado State University, explained her own difficulties with autism since childhood as she spoke to 370 people."

►May 21, 2009 - Swine Flu And Levels Of Arsenic Exposure Explored - Medical News Today

Video of the Week Archive 2008-2009 - videos - Immunization Action Coalition


Posted June 21, 2009


►July 31, 2009 - Recombinant GDNF: Tetanus toxin fragment C fusion protein produced from insect cells - journal article (Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications)

* ►July 2009 - Human Papillomavirus Type 16 (HPV-16) Virus-Like Particle L1-Specific CD8+ Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes (CTLs) Are Equally Effective as E7-Specific CD8+ CTLs in Killing Autologous HPV-16-Positive Tumor Cells in Cervical Cancer Patients: Implications for L1 Dendritic Cell-Based Therapeutic Vaccines - journal article (Journal of Virology)

* ►July 2009 - Influenza vaccination uptake among students and clinical staff of a university in Iran - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►July 2009 - Impact of prior pneumococcal vaccination on clinical outcomes in HIV-infected adult patients hospitalized with invasive pneumococcal disease - journal article (HIV Medicine)

►July 2009 - Immune response to vaccination with DNA-hsp65 in a phase I clinical trial with head and neck cancer patients - journal article (Cancer Gene Therapy)

* ►July 2009 - Mitochondrial membrane permeabilization in neuronal injury - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

* ►June 22, 2009 - Jail, fines for those who break home quarantine - The New Straits Times

* ►June 22, 2009 - 8-year-old UP girl infected with two types of polio virus - Indian Express - "According to the Health Department records, Tammana had received six doses of monovalent oral polio vaccine of type-1 (mOPV-1) and she does not have any frequent travel history, which makes the health experts believe both types of virus are in circulation in the area."

►June 22, 2009 - Vaccine policy set to bring in new watchdog - Economic Times, India - "The government may soon bring in a national policy on vaccines that will create a separate vaccine regulatory authority and also reserve the right to manufacture vaccines for the national immunisation programme with public sector undertakings (PSUs)."

►June 22, 2009 - Libya records 13 cases of bubonic plague - Daily Times, Pakistan

►June 22, 2009 - New Weapon In The War Against HIV-AIDS: Combined Antiviral And Targeted Chemotherapy - A discovery by a team of Canadian and American researchers could provide new ways to fight HIV-AIDS. According to a new study published in Nature Medicine, HIV-AIDS could be treated through a combination of targeted chemotherapy and current Highly Active Retroviral (HAART) treatments. This radical new therapy would make it possible to destroy both the viruses circulating in the body as well as those playing hide-and-seek in immune system cells. - McGill University Health Centre, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►June 22, 2009 - Sturgeon: Treasury should foot bill for flu vaccination - The Herald, UK

►June 22, 2009 - Swine flu mutation, drug resistance feared - The Press via

* ►June 21, 2009 - Vaccinate Canadians under 40 and natives first: experts - Canwest News Service via National Post - "Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada's aboriginal communities should be the first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots. Under Canada's official pandemic plan, the entire population would ultimately be immunized against the H1N1 swine flu. ... Gymnasiums would be used for mass school-based vaccination programs but experts say the harder to reach group will be the 18-to-30-year-olds. 'Some of them are in school, a lot of them are not,' MacDonald said. 'They're very much living in the moment and don't necessarily see themselves as being at risk. We need some fast thinking about how to reach those people.' She suggested booths could be set up outside bars for information and immunization. 'You've got to be creative about this and really think out of the box.'"

* ►June 21, 2009 - Fear: The Ultimate Pandemic - The Times-Standard - "Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with the terrors of “Super-Flu” viruses -- veritable, fear-inducing epidemics, rivaled only by a conjuration in a horror story or screenplay. One of many traits, which separate us from other mammals, is our ability to think critically -- to balance our emotional responses with care and finesse. So why are we allowing ourselves to be stirred up into a frenzy by inventive phrases like “Swine” and “Bird Flu?”

►June 21, 2009 - Swine flu can turn more lethal in winter: Scientists - Times of India

►June 21, 2009 - Fiji reports first confirmed case of influenza A/H1N1 - Xinhua via China View

►June 21, 2009 - Remain calm and be prepared for flu pandemic - San Angelo Standard Times

* ►June 21, 2009 - Teenage swine flu patient dies in N.Y. - United Press International - "Lucretia Belton, mother of the eighth-grader, said her son's kidneys had failed, forcing him to be kept alive by machines. Belton added her son had suffered from complications from the H1N1 virus, including a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection and pneumonia."

* ►June 21, 2009 - Wis. testing finds mostly youth ill from swine flu - AP via Wausau Daily Herald - "The death of a 12-year-old Wausau area girl — the fourth person and second child to die of swine flu in Wisconsin — continues a pattern of the virus sickening more youths than adults, according to state health officials."

* ►June 21, 2009 - Swine flu strikes 10 at Minn. camp for kids with muscular dystrophy - The Minnesota cases played a part in the national association canceling its summer camping programs. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►June 21, 2009 - Swine flu puts summer camps, parents on edge - San Francisco Chronicle

►June 21, 2009 - H1N1 Threat Lands Reginan in Quarantine in China - Fellow Passenger Infected with Virus - News Talk 650 - "A Regina man had hoped to cap off three years of travel with a tour of Beijing's sights. But now he just wants to get home."

►June 21, 2009 - Topeka girl quarantined in China, but made it home for Father's Day -

►June 21, 2009 - U.S. tour group spend "unforgettable quarantine" in C China's Yichang city - Xinhua via China View

►June 21, 2009 - H1N1 Virus Cancels Church Services -

►June 21, 2009 - Feed costs, flu putting small hog farms in peril - Prices for consumers may fluctuate until industry sorts out its issues - AP via MSNBC

* ►June 21, 2009 - Cervical cancer jabs for boys too, say docs - - "But doctors at the British Medical Association conference in Liverpool later this month will call for boys to be included in the HPV programme too, so they will not be able to pass on the virus, responsible for most cervical cancer, to girls."

►June 21, 2009 - Drug Companies Pressed to Reduce Vaccine Prices - Korea Times

* ►June 21, 2009 - Kids' vaccines aren't the problem - Cherry Hill Courier-Post - "From the moment a baby is born, millions of bacteria begin to populate the infant's body. Most of these bacteria are constantly interacting with, and stimulating, the immune system. Many of these interactions promote the general health of the child and play an important function in preventing infections and certain diseases. In addition, the baby is constantly exposed to many different viruses that the immune system must ward off. These interactions occur in large numbers every day of the child's life. What these bacteria and viruses are doing is something very similar to what vaccines do: Stimulate the immune system to promote immunity and prevent infection. Essentially, infants are getting from the earliest days of life hundreds of thousands of 'vaccines' every day. The addition of five or six more vaccines given by the doctor could not possibly overwhelm the immune system."

* ►June 21, 2009 - To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate? - NJ Conservatives with Attitude

* ►June 21, 2009 - Autism diet book wins major health book award - - "Nourishing Hope for Autism, a holistic book that promotes diet as an effective way to help reduce the symptoms of autism, has been named the Most Progressive Health Book of 2009 as part of the Independent Publishers Book Awards."

* ►June 21, 2009 - The Best Gifts for Father's Day are the Simplest. By Tim Welsh - Age of Autism

* ►June 21, 2009 - Nathan LaBarba: Cousin Warrior - Age of Autism

►June 21, 2009 - Share Your Father's Day Story - Age of Autism

►June 21, 2009 - A family’s victorious journey - Child’s autism, with its many challenges, opens windows of learning, hope for parents. - The Times Leader

►June 21, 2009 - Victory for Autistic Children in Michigan - Blue Cross ordered to pay for proven therapy - Consumer Affairs

►June 21, 2009 - A Healthy Dose of Funding for Pharma, Biotech - Seeking Alpha

►June 21, 2009 - Pembrokeshire measles cases prompt Dr Tony Jewell's warning - Western Telegraph, UK

* ►June 21, 2009 - Nurse gave Dettol instead of polio drops to child, admits Goa health minister - Times of India

►June 21, 2009 - Dr. SMA Fatimie opens a 3 day sub-national immunization days for Polio eradication in Kapisa, Parwan - Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan via ReliefWeb

►June 21, 2009 - Ban applauds Rotary for anti-polio campaign, urges donors to end disease - UN News Centre

►June 21, 2009 -  Ban Ki-moon receives polio champion award - Rotary International News

►June 21, 2009 - Innerviews: Literary Club stalwart full of good humor at 91 - The Charleston Gazette - "'I think I brought polio to the United States because I had it when I was a year and a half old. Around here, they didn't know anything about it. My little doctor in St. Albans said, 'Oh, she has summer colic or flu.' I couldn't walk. They took me to Johns Hopkins and they verified it. My grandmother kept saying, 'That child has infantile paralysis.' There was no such word as polio."

►June 21, 2009 - Approach For Possibly Eradicating HIV Infection Discovered - Researchers from the newly-established VGTI Florida and the University of Montreal have uncovered a possible method for eradicating HIV infection in the human body. The researchers have also revealed new information which demonstrates how HIV persists in the body - even in patients receiving drug treatments - and how the virus continues to replicate itself in individuals undergoing treatment. - Oregon Health & Science University, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►June 21, 2009 - Online map details HIV prevalence in each state - San Francisco Chronicle - "The online tool, available at, contains detailed information about HIV and AIDS in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The information becomes available to the public for the first time in a single location, according to the group, which helps track death and disease in minorities and other special populations."

►June 21, 2009 - Discovery by Canadian-led team could lead to AIDS cure - University of Montreal scientists identify ‘hiding places' for AIDS virus in human body, say it is the first clue about how to eradicate HIV - The Globe and Mail

►June 21, 2009 - Transplant drug stimulates immune memory - Emory University via EurekAlert!

►June 21, 2009 - Experts: Most type 2 diabetes can be stopped in childhood - USA Today - "There are various theories about why type 2 diabetes is appearing in greater numbers in the young now, says Melinda Sothern, professor of public health at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. 'We have a new generation of children who are metabolically different. We think there's been a series of genetic mutations — linked to environmental and lifestyle changes — over the last few generations that have led to this,' says Sothern, who presented research earlier this month on the topic at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting in New Orleans."

►June 21, 2009 - Take Steps To Learn From Child Medication Errors, MDU Urges GPS, UK - Medical News Today

►June 21, 2009 - Foal Immune Responses after WNV Vaccination, AAEP 2008 - The Horse

►June 21, 2009 - Rabies Vaccinations - Why Less Is More - Aimee's Rabies Medical Exemption Law Blog

* ►June 20, 2009 - Baucus, White House in deal with drug industry (includes video) - AP via Yahoo! - "The pharmaceutical industry agreed Saturday to spend $80 billion over the next decade improving drug benefits for seniors on Medicare and defraying the cost of President Barack Obama's health care legislation, capping secretive negotiations involving key lawmakers and the White House. 'This new coverage means affordable prices on prescription drugs when Medicare benefits don't cover the cost of prescriptions,' Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement announcing the accord."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Drugmaker Wyeth posts flat 1st-quarter profit, despite sales drop for several key products - Washington Examiner - "Prevnar, a blockbuster vaccine against pneumococcal diseases, posted a 7 percent jump in sales to $755 million, and Protonix, for severe heartburn, saw sales skyrocket 35 percent to $215 million. The latter number includes sales of both brand-name Protonix and Wyeth's own generic version. Meanwhile, Effexor, the world's top-selling antidepressant, saw revenue drop 20 percent to $819 million. Wyeth also reported double-digit sales declines for Premarin and related menopause treatments, for its hemophilia drugs and from its partnership revenue on sales outside North America for Enbrel. That's a biologic drug for rheumatoid arthritis that is the top-selling product in its class. But Wyeth's revenue from Enbrel in the U.S. and Canada edged up 3 percent to $627 million."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Fish deaths linked to agrisprays - The interim report into mass deaths, deformities and abnormalities of fish at a Noosa, Queensland, hatchery has direct implications for human health. - The Australian

* ►June 20, 2009 - Local parents launch provincial fight for autistic kids - Georgina Advocate - "As of December, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services says there were more than 1,400 children in Ontario waiting for subsidized autism treatment and almost 400 waiting to be assessed. Government officials insist they're not ignoring the issue; 10 years ago, there was no funding for autism in Ontario, says ministry spokesperson Anne Smith. McGuinty's government removed the previous government age 6 cut-off, more than tripled autism spending from $44 million to $158 million and more than doubled the number of kids getting IBI. But the parents say it's not enough. They point to the growing number of kids being diagnosed with autism and are threatening civil disobedience if the province doesn't take action by World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2010."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Autistic children in the cross hairs of state budget crisis - Fresno Bee - "Statewide the number of autism cases has grown faster than the combined number of cases of mental retardation, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Autism increased more than 1,100% over two decades, while the number of people with developmental disabilities increased 136%, according to a report made public this year by the California Department of Developmental Services. In June 2002, nonprofit groups tracked by the state helped 14,279 people with autism. By the end of 2007, the number had grown to 34,656. State experts expect it to surpass 50,000 by this September and reach 70,000 in June 2012."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Travelers to China risk 'random' quarantine - CNN

►June 20, 2009 - Companies mine Web clues for signs of pandemics - AP via Washington Examiner

►June 20, 2009 - Department confirms 45 cases of pertussis - The Durango Herald - "The number of confirmed cases possibly could be attributed to a public-information campaign this spring that made parents and health-care providers more aware of the disease. 'They probably began looking for it and testing for it more,' Wagner said. 'If you look for it, you find it.'"

►June 20, 2009 - Fairbanks dedicates new virology lab - Disease: Equipment, storage get considerable upgrades. (requires registration) - AP via Anchorage Daily News

►June 20, 2009 - State plan to save Bondas from anthrax - Times of India

►June 20, 2009 - Connection between regressive autism and Lyme disease -

►June 19, 2009 - Court permits autistic teenager to join in graduation - Rutland Herald

►June 19, 2009 - Scientists discover key element causing asthma - Indian Express

* ►June 19, 2009 - Death Toll Linked to Swine Flu Rises to 30 - City Room Blog via The New York Times

►June 19, 2009 - Utah prisoners under quarantine for H1N1 test - The Salt Lake Tribune

►June 19, 2009 - Ohio doctor blamed for meningitis death - United Press International

* ►June 19, 2009 - Vaccines: growth boosters (pdf) - BNP Paribas via Bionest Partners

►June 19, 2009 - A fatal puzzle: Escondido woman's death from swine flu baffles experts - San Diego Union-Tribune

►June 19, 2009 - Notice: Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (U19) - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►June 19, 2009 - Autoimmune disease: When the body attacks itself - The Spectrum

►June 19, 2009 - Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Infectious? - Nature Cell Biology via

►June 19, 2009 - Fears About Pregnancy and cats Should not stop Those who want to Adopt a cat - Veterinary neurologist allays fears about cat toxoplasmosis infections for those considering cat adoption during June, which is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Pregnancy and cats need not be mutually exclusive with easy solution to eliminate possibility of infection. - PRWeb via Veterinary Neuro Services

* ►June 18, 2009 - Wisconsin joins suit against drug maker - - "Under the Protonix Performance Agreement, hospitals that placed both products on their formularies and attained certain market share requirements were entitled to up to a 94% discount off the list price of Protonix Oral and up to 80% off the list price of Protonix IV. Although Wyeth was required under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to determine the effective prices of the bundled drugs paid by hospitals under this arrangement, and to pass along the benefit of the lower prices to the state Medicaid programs, Wyeth allegedly failed to do so and therefore avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicaid in quarterly rebates."

* ►June 18, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine will be costly to administer - The Journal Star - "The Peoria City/County Health Department expects a $5.5 million cost for administration of swine flu vaccine this fall to about 186,000 people."

* ►June 18, 2009 - Pharmaceutical Company Manager Sentenced for Off-Label Marketing - The United States Attorney's Office District of Massachusettes - "Bextra was a Cox-II inhibitor and had been approved in by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001 for the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, adult rheumatoid arthritis, at 10 mgs and primary dysmennorhea at 20 mgs, twice a day as needed. In 2001, the FDA specifically denied the request of the pharmaceutical company to approve it for acute pain, including the pain of surgery. The FDA told the pharmaceutical company that it could not approve it for these other indications because the safety in these other uses had not been established. Specifically, the FDA was concerned about the results of a study in which there was an excess of cardiovascular events in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery and used Bextra. Holloway was aware of the FDA’s safety concerns, but that she nonetheless had her sales staff of approximately 100 employees sell Bextra for precisely the uses that the FDA refused to approve."
* ►June 18, 2009 - More trial info would boost physician referrals, says CenterWatch - Physicians say a lack of information about candidate drugs often prevents them referring patients for clinical trials, according to a new survey by sector analysts CenterWatch. -

►June 18, 2009 - Work Injury Risk Among Young People With Learning Disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Canada - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

►June 18, 2009 - Drugs Against Winter Vomiting Disease One Step Closer - The virus that causes winter vomiting disease invades cells by attaching to particular sugar molecules on the surface of the cells. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This result may be an important step in the development of a drug against the regular hospital-based epidemics caused by the virus. - University of Gothenburg via ScienceDaily

* ►June 18, 2009 - Antibiotics Take Toll On Beneficial Microbes In Gut - It’s common knowledge that a protective navy of bacteria normally floats in our intestinal tracts. Antibiotics at least temporarily disturb the normal balance. But it’s unclear which antibiotics are the most disruptive, and if the full array of “good bacteria” return promptly or remain altered for some time. - University of Michigan Health System via ScienceDaily

* ►June 18, 2009 - Grand Jury Indicts Medical-Device Companies for Defying FDA Safeguards - The Legal Intelligencer via - "A Pennsylvania medical-device company, its Swiss parent corporation and four of its executives were indicted Tuesday on charges of defying Food and Drug Administration safeguards by conducting unauthorized tests of a bone cement used in spinal surgery on about 200 patients, three of whom died on the operating table."

* ►June 18, 2009 - Feds deny field hospital to flu-struck reserve: chiefs - Canwest News Service via National Post

►June 18, 2009 - Canadian swine flu death toll rises to 12 - Agence France-Presse via National Post

►June 18, 2009 - Miami's Opko Health buys vaccine technology - Miami-based Opko Health is expanding into biotech and vaccine platforms. - Miami Herald

►June 18, 2009 - Genetic Immunity, InPlay: Company to Present at Phacilitate's 8th Annual European Vaccine Forum - press release -

►June 18, 2009 - Farmers asked to vaccinate animals - Ghana News Agency

►June 18, 2009 - UW Stem Cell Startup is Born, Global Health's "Davos" Arrives, MDRNA Unloads Debt, & More Seattle-Area Life Sciences News - Xconomy via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►June 18, 2009 - Cancer vaccine is given to Year 8 girls - This is Tamworth, UK

►June 18, 2009 - Hats Off to the Einstein Grads - On The Go - - "Save Lives: The Give Kids A Shot - National Meningitis Association Gala ... Also honored was Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor at NBC News, who helped propel meningitis into national awareness on a '20/20' report a decade ago, and Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Snyderman touted Offit: 'He has protected the lives of millions of children.' Offit responded: 'We are not motivated by statistics — 300 deaths a year — when we think about people. There is no price we can put on human suffering and human life.'"

►June 18, 2009 - Common Treatment Ineffective for Autism - Brain Blogger - "A new study published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry reports that, not only are SSRIs ineffective, they may actually cause unintended side effects."

►June 17, 2009 - When PSAs Work: Autism Speaks - Suzanne and Bob Wright on How Their Organization Has Benefited - Advertising Age

* ►June 17, 2009 - Autism Course Added to HealthForumOnline's Continuing Education (CE) Website for Mental Health Professionals & Nurses - PRWeb via Yahoo!

* ►June 17, 2009 - Developmental Experiences May Explain 'Unexplained' Medical Symptoms? - A new theory on the role of developmental experiences is presented in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psycosomatics. - Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics via AlphaGalileo via ScienceDaily

* ►June 16, 2009 - GAVI’s AMC hopes to stimulate vaccine dev - The GAVI Alliance has launched an advance market commitment (AMC), which is using a $1.5bn (€1.1bn) fund to ensure the supply of pneumococcal vaccine to developing countries at affordable prices. -

* ►June 16, 2009 - State company will test swine flu vaccine in July - AP via The Hour - "A Connecticut company says it is producing tens of thousands of doses of a swine flu vaccine."

* ►June 16, 2009 - Protein Regulates Movement of Mitochondria in Brain Cells - University of Rochester Medical Center via Biocompare

* ►June 16, 2009 - Disorder Hard to Stomach: With 12 pills daily, Josh Bigham can finally indulge teen appetite - The Independent - "For 15 years, Josh, a Canal Fulton resident, lived without the typical teenage luxuries – pizza, burgers and the like – because his body could not properly process proteins found in meats, dairy products, aspartame and some vegetables. Not any more. Through Akron Children’s Hospital two years ago, Josh, now 17, enrolled in a clinical study for Kuvan, a drug developed by BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc. that helps him properly digest the proteins he eats. “Now,” Josh said with a broad grin, “I can eat anything I want.” “The medication,” Josh’s mother Marsha Bigham added, “has transformed his life.” As an infant, Josh was diagnosed with PKU – phenylketonuria – a metabolic disorder."

►June 16, 2009 - Swine flu jab contract to benefit Glaxo staff - Teesdale Mercury - "Glaxo employees who were due to be made redundant from the firm’s Barnard Castle factory have been kept on to work on a new vaccine for swine flu."

►June 16, 2009 - Parent says teacher slapped autistic son - The Journal Times

►June 16, 2009 - Grade-schooler with autism makes gains - Whittier Daily News

* ►June 15, 2009 - Notice: Notice of Availability of an Evaluation of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 Status of Hungary - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA via

►June 15, 2009 - Obama Addresses Physicians at AMA Meeting (includes video, audio, and transcript) -

►June 13/17, 2009 - 2009 Annual Meeting -

►June 13, 2009 - Baxter to release flu vaccine in July - United Press International

►June 12, 2009 - AMA reporting needs a second opinion - Media Matters for America

►June 12, 2009 - Antibody Drugs Customized by Genotype - A company wants to improve monoclonal-antibody therapies by tailoring them to patients' genotypes. - MIT Technology Review

►June 12, 2009 - Editorial: Autism health care coverage is a misbegotten mandate - State lawmakers should not dictate health insurance coverage for autism - The Detroit News

►June 12, 2009 - Why It Matters if Jett Travolta Was Autistic - The Human Condition via Newsweek

* ►June 12, 2009 - Bell's palsy preceding Parkinson's disease: A case-control study - journal article (Movement Disorders)

►June 12, 2009 - Scripps Research Team Creates Simple Chemical System That Mimics DNA - Findings offer possible clues about primordial world, and could eventually lead to exotic new materials - Scripps Research Institute via Biocompare

►June 11, 2009 - With high functioning autism, it seems the easier it gets the harder it gets -

►June 11, 2009 - Skyline celebrates accomplishments of autism program - Group highlights importance of challenging students -

►June 11, 2009 - 6.9% of New Yorkers have flu-like illness in May: survey - Xinhua via China View

►June 10, 2009 - ‘Dr. E’ elated to serve community - Eldridge has been doctor for 40 years - Andalusia Star-News - "The illnesses treated by pediatricians also have changed. 'We see less of the classical measles, chicken pox, tuberculosis and diphtheria than we saw when I started,' he said. 'Most of those you don’t see anymore. I have a young associate who’s never seen a case of the red measles because they’re never around to see.'  But there are plenty of immune system dysfunctions to treat, like allergies, asthma and chronic ear disease. 'Some of those are caused by the environment,' said the man fondly known in Andalusia as 'Dr. E'. 'We also see more auto-immune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which you hardly ever saw back then.'"

* ►June 10, 2009 - Gene links in criminal chain - The idea that a person's genes or hormones can lead to criminal behaviour has long been out of favour and provokes hostility among most criminologists. Yet startling discoveries in genetics and neurology that have prompted a biological turn in other social sciences also have led to the emergence of a subfield incriminology. The Australian

►June 10, 2009 - VDPV case worries Bihar Health officials - PTI via The Hindu

►June 10, 2009 - Opening remarks by SFH on vaccination programme - Following are the opening remarks made by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr York Chow, at a press conference on the vaccination programme for human swine influenza, pneumococcal and seasonal influenza today (June 9) -

►June 9, 2009 - Autism Help Lacking, Study Says (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Public services for Virginians with autism suffer from poor organization and limited resources and fail to offer help early enough. Many school systems also are unable to meet the needs of their autistic students, according to a report released yesterday by the General Assembly's lead audit review agency. ... The report found that, in many cases, early intervention could save the state money. Some states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, have saved $187,000 to $207,000 per child per year in education and other costs because early intervention reduced the need for intensive services when the children got older."

►June 9, 2009 - British hacker too ill for U.S. trial: lawyer - Reuters - "A British computer expert wanted by the United States for 'the biggest military hack of all time' begins a final attempt on Tuesday to avoid extradition. Lawyers for Gary McKinnon, 43, will argue in London's High Court that he is too ill to be sent to the United States for trial because he has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism."

►June 9, 2009 - Local councils 'failing young people with autism' - Lack of support can lead to mental health problems, says report - The Guardian, UK

►June 9, 2009 - Autism legislation could help: Time for new approach - The Reporter

►June 8, 2009 - Sinovac Begins the Production of Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccine - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via PRNewswire-Asia

►June 8, 2009 - Alberta Farmer Whose Swine Farm Started Influenza A (H1N1) In Canada Culls Herd - All Headline News

►June 8, 2009 - How Bill Gates caught the global health bug - It was when he read about rotavirus, a cause of widespread death of children from diarrhea. A decade later, Gates Foundation's efforts have brought about WHO approval of a rotavirus vaccine. - Crosscut - "However, while the Gates Foundation recognizes the centrality of clean water, it couldn’t begin to fund Roman-scale waterworks, although arguably the greatest public health intervention of all time is simple, clean water. The foundation did begin funding research on water issues in 2006, but it won’t go down in history for aqueducts or mass-scale domestic plumbing."

* ►June 2, 2009 - Title: Nucleic acid vectors for immunization (patent) - Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics SRL (Siena, IT) via

* ►June 2, 2009 - Title: Immunization with bacterial ghost-based vaccines (patent) - Applied NanoSystems, B.V. (Groningen, NL) via

* ►June 2, 2009 - Title: Method and system for analyzing drug adverse effects (patent) - Gogolak; Victor (McLean, VA) via

►June 2, 2009 - Title: Mammalian cell culture processes for protein production (patent) - Antigen Express, Inc. (Worcester, MA) via

►June 2, 2009 - Title: Hybrid peptides modulate the immune response (patent) - Antigen Express, Inc. (Worcester, MA) via

►June 2, 2009 - Title: Recombinant antibodies and immunoconjugates targeted to CD-22 bearing cells and tumors (patent) - The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC) via

►June 1, 2009 - Management of food allergies in schools: A perspective for allergists. - journal article (The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►June 2009 - Intranasal Vaccination with 1918 Influenza Virus-Like Particles Protects Mice and Ferrets from Lethal 1918 and H5N1 Influenza Virus Challenge - journal article (Journal of Virology)

* ►June 2009 - An 11-month-old Girl with High Fever - Pediatric Annals via Pediatric Supersite

►June 2009 - Aripiprazole in pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified and Asperger's disorder: a 14-week, prospective, open-label study. - journal article (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology)

►June 2009 - Efficacy and safety of fluoxetine in preschool children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. - journal article (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology)

►June 2009 - Dopamine transporter genotype and stimulant side effect factors in youth diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. - journal article (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology)

►June 2009 - Characterization of DCTN1 genetic variability in neurodegeneration. - journal article (Neurology)

►June 2009 - Newborn screening for genetic disorders. - journal article (Pediatric Clinics of North America)

►June 2009 - Status epilepticus in Wilson’s disease - journal article (Epileptic Disorders)

►June 2009 - Using meditation for less stress and better wellbeing (pdf) - A seminar for GPs - journal article (Australian Family Physician)

* ►May 30, 2009 - An overview of cow’s milk allergy in children (pdf) - journal article (Swiss Medical Weekly)

►Volume 15 Number 7, 2009 - Synergistic Effect of Starch and Royal Jelly Against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli - journal article (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)

* Soon to be published by BioMed Central Molecular Autism - Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom Joseph D Buxbaum, Director, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, United States of America - - "Molecular Autism is accepting submissions; please use the online submission system to submit your manuscript. For all enquiries about the journal, please contact:"


Posted June 20, 2009


* ►July 15, 2009 - The Shifting Dynamics of Pneumococcal Invasive Disease after the Introduction of the Pneumococcal 7‐Valent Conjugated Vaccine: Toward the New Pneumococcal Conjugated Vaccines - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 15, 2009 - Immunogenicity and Reactogenicity of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide and Conjugate Vaccines in Alaska Native Adults 55–70 Years of Age - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 15, 2009 - A Quantitative Assessment of the Efficacy of Surgical and N95 Masks to Filter Influenza Virus in Patients with Acute Influenza Infection - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 15, 2009 - Invasive Pneumococcal Disease among Adults: Associations among Serotypes, Disease Characteristics, and Outcome (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 15, 2009 - Human Infection with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus: Review of Clinical Issues - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Serogroup‐Specific Risk Factors for Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli Infection in Australia (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Emergence of Extended‐Spectrum β‐Lactamase–Producing Escherichia coli in Community Hospitals throughout North Carolina: A Harbinger of a Wider Problem in the United States? (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Molecular Analysis of Escherichia coli from Retail Meats (2002–2004) from the United States National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Resistant Escherichia coli—We Are What We Eat (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Host‐Related Risk Factors and Clinical Features of Community‐Acquired Legionnaires Disease Due to the Paris and Lorraine Endemic Strains, 1998–2007, France - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Safety of High‐Dose Intravenous Daptomycin Treatment: Three‐Year Cumulative Experience in a Clinical Program - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Host‐Related Risk Factors and Clinical Features of Community‐Acquired Legionnaires Disease Due to the Paris and Lorraine Endemic Strains, 1998–2007, France - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 15, 2009 - Changing Epidemiology of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in Canada, 1998–2007: Update from the Calgary‐Area Streptococcus pneumoniae Research (CASPER) Study - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Malaria as a Cause of Morbidity and Mortality in Children with Homozygous Sickle Cell Disease on the Coast of Kenya - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Are Children with Homozygous Sickle Cell Disease Really at a Disadvantage in the Face of Malaria? The Malaria Hypothesis Revisited - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Legionella pneumophila Goes Clonal—Paris and Lorraine Strain‐Specific Risk Factors - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Hepatitis C Virus Infection and the Risk of Coronary Disease - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Association between Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms and Risk for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection and Acute Otitis Media - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Infection with Panresistant Klebsiella pneumoniae: A Report of 2 Cases and a Brief Review of the Literature - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►July 15, 2009 - Antiretroviral Resistance Patterns and HIV‐1 Subtype in Mother‐Infant Pairs after the Administration of Combination Short‐Course Zidovudine plus Single‐Dose Nevirapine for the Prevention of Mother‐to‐Child Transmission of HIV - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

* ►June 21, 2009 - Swine Flu victim improving - The New Nation Bangladesh's Independent News Source

* ►June 21, 2009 - Nestlé Recall Leaves A Mystery in Its Wake - Officials Probe E. Coli Link to Cookie Dough (requires registration) - Washington Post

►June 21, 2009 - A pandemic's dry run - editorial (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►June 21, 2009 - Intensive farming practices might be breeding more than pigs - Rosita Sweetman believes swine flu may be a wake-up call alerting us to the dangers of animal 'factories' - Irish Independent

* ►June 21, 2009 - Swine flu 'could infect up to half the population' - Health authorities told to set up testing and drug distribution centres in case of autumn outbreak - The Independent, UK

* ►June 21, 2009 - Another polio case confirmed in Sindh - - "The case is an eighteen-months-old child Dileep who had received three doses of anti-polio while four cases had been confirmed in Karachi, one in Kunbhar district earlier, taking the total number of confirmed polio cases to 6 in Sindh, sources said."

►June 21, 2009 - Nigeria records a fall in polio cases - Charged with ineffective campaign against polio only some years back, when residents of Kano State (mostly Muslims rejected immunization on the assumption that the campaigns were to make men impotent) now Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has declared that it is on the verge of wiping out the wild polio virus transmission among children. - Africa Science News Service

►June 21, 2009 - MMR and memories - letters - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►June 21, 2009 - Treat measles as a serious disease - Scotland on Sunday

* ►June 21, 2009 - Luke deserves so much more - Luke Modra spends 20 hours a day locked in a spartan room. He's alone. His guards pass his food through the door. - Herald Sun via - "Luke, 20, is considered one of Victoria's most severe autistic cases. So bad are his symptoms that his heartbroken parents have been unable to care for him at home for the past five years. Because of his violent tendencies, he now lives in a Department of Human Services residential property. He shuns human contact and even his carers are frightened to be in the same room with him."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Science vs. Mother's Emotion: Turn a Lion into a Vegetarian By Cynthia Cornoyer - Age of Autism

* ►June 20, 2009 - Rendell urges support of tax hike to preserve autism programs - Philadelphia Inquirer - "With the state's budget deadline rapidly approaching, Gov. Rendell Saturday warned that proposed Republican budget cuts would reverse years of progress in autism treatment, and he urged parents of autistic children to pressure lawmakers to vote for an income tax hike to preserve the programs."

* ►June 20, 2009 - A danger for doctors' bottom line - San Antonio Express-News - "An open letter to President Obama: I'm a pediatrician and writing to let you know, because not many people do seem to know, that small, private, primary care doctors' offices around the country, including mine — where the majority of people receive their immunizations — are being reimbursed chronically under cost for purchase and operating expenses when we administer vaccines. If we refuse to immunize at a loss, we put our patients at risk for disease and risk losing our insurance contracts (and therefore our ability to provide continuity of care) because not immunizing is bad medicine. The success of the national immunization program depends on the consistency with which immunizations are provided around the country, and it is in peril of becoming 'moth-eaten' and therefore ineffective in optimally preventing disease because practitioners increasingly have to choose between purchasing immunizations and having our offices survive."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Medtronic Paid the Surgeon Accused Of Falsifying Study Nearly $800,000 - Alliance for Human Research Protection

►June 20, 2009 - 48 more H1N1 cases confirmed - DOH cracks down on misleading drug ads - Philippine Daily Inquirer

►June 20, 2009 - Latin America reports 87 new cases of A/H1N1 flu - Xinhua via China View

►June 20, 2009 - GlaxoSmithKline, Roche say swine flu strain appears sensitive to Relenza, Tamiflu - AP via Washington Examiner

►June 20, 2009 - Swine flu spreading as new cases found - The Star, UK

* ►June 20, 2009 - Sanofi, GSK Make Novartis Look Scrooge-Like on Swine Flu Vaccine Donations - BNET Pharma

* ►June 20, 2009 - The pandemic is here - Those who dismiss H1N1 as a panic-fest are profoundly wrong – even the mild version in a country like Canada could kill thousands. And the nightmare scenario? That would be really scary - The Globe and Mail

►June 20, 2009 - Illness as Economic Metaphor - The first rule, as always, is do no harm. - The Wall Street

►June 20, 2009 - H1N1 spreads as precautions stepped up - TVNZ

►June 20, 2009 - Influenza A: Japan relaxes guidelines on dealing with epidemic - The Japanese government has formally revised and relaxed its guidelines for dealing with the new H1N1 influenza, basically allowing every medical institution in the country to see new flu patients and for people with mild symptoms to recuperate at home, Kyodo News reported. - New Straits Times, Malaysia

►June 20, 2009 - Rise of the Bugs - Newsweek Magazine

* ►June 20, 2009 - CHOP Reports Many Flu Deaths Actually Bacterial Infection Deaths - Age of Autism

* ►June 20, 2009 - Our View: H1N1 death brings flu back in focus - Wausau Daily Herald - "Emily had preexisting medical concerns that compromised her immune system, but a Milwaukee youth who died from swine flu this month appeared to be otherwise healthy."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Buffalo middle-schooler dies of swine flu - - "Buffalo school officials say a middle-schooler has died of swine flu, and a union leader says a second pupil is hospitalized in critical condition."

►June 20, 2009 - Russian flu might provide immunity to swine flu -

►June 20, 2009 - Older People May Be Immune to Swine Flu - MyFox Spokane

* ►June 20, 2009 - Three-month-old given Dettol instead of polio drops - IANS via Sindh Today - "Officials Saturday confirmed the incident but said the child’s father, and not the hospital, had made the mistake."

* ►June 20, 2009 - Brazil starts annual polio vaccination program - AFP via Yahoo! - "Brazil stamped out polio in the 1980s after repeated vaccination campaigns. 'Now, the importance of the vaccine is to keep the country free of the virus that causes this illness. The shots don't have side-effects,' the coordinator for the ministry's national immunization program, Maria Arindelita Arruda, said."

* ►June 19, 2009 - AACAP Applauds AMA's Support For Universal Vaccinations - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry via Medical News Today - "Leadership at the AMA has agreed to continue its ongoing efforts to assist physicians and other health care professionals to effectively communicate to patients, parents, and policy makers that vaccines do not cause autism and that the decreasing immunization rates have resulted in a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases and deaths."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Vical Progresses RapidResponse DNA Vaccine Platform - Designed to allow rapid and large-scale production of DNA vaccines with low capital requirements - Pharmacuetical Business-Review

* ►June 19, 2009 - The Who's Fabricated Pandemic - The World Health Organization is hoping the swine flu outbreak will offer it a chance to salvage its reputation - National Post

* ►June 19, 2009 - Swine Flu Economics - American Institute for Economic Research

►June 19, 2009 - Knowing the Score: Doing Our Part to Keep Hope Alive - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►June 19, 2009 - Novartis Scores Big Hit on Small Market With Gene-Based Medicine - The Wall Street Journal

* ►June 19, 2009 - Ticked Off (requires registration) - Movie Review - The New York Times - “Under Our Skin” makes no bones about its advocacy for these patients and for the doctors willing to treat them. Although the Infectious Diseases Society’s position is crisply stated by Dr. Gary Wormser, the chief writer of its treatment guidelines, the movie portrays him as the mouthpiece for an organization riddled with conflicts of interest."

►June 19, 2009 - Immunology: Interleukin-21 Keeps Defense Cells In Good Trim - Interleukin-21 plays a crucial role in fighting off chronic viral infections, three research teams – including one at ETH Zurich – recently concluded. The topic inspired Science to publish three parallel papers in the Science Express. After all, the discovery offers hope for specific treatments against HIV, hepatitis C and B, and tumors. - ETH Zurich via ScienceDaily

►June 19, 2009 - Anthroposophic therapy for children with chronic disease: a two-year prospective cohort study in routine outpatient settings (pdf) - (BMC Pediatrics)

►June 19, 2009 - PAHO donates flu vaccines to ministry - Stabroek News

* ►June 19, 2009 - Novel H1N1 Flu Situation Update - CDC

►June 19, 2009 - Teachers sounded mercury alarm 2 years before spill - Science educators warned of storage woes at Agua Fria - The Arizona Republic

►June 19, 2009 - Whooping cough strikes 115 in Mackay - Mackay Daily Mercury, Australia

►June 19, 2009 - Meningitis threat following measles outbreak in Wales - Flintshire Chronicle, UK

* ►June 19, 2009 - Mumps outbreak 'shameful' - Irish Medical News - "The Director of the Health Pro­tection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has described the current outbreak of mumps as a 'shameful thing to happen' given the presence of the MMR vaccine. Speaking at the second Annual Scientific Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland, Dr Darina O’Flanagan stressed the need to boost uptake of vaccines to protect against preventable illnesses such as the mumps and measles."

* ►June 18, 2009 - More fuzzed up numbers being published by the CDC -

* ►June 18, 2009 - Prita's Pain Continues In Court - The Jakarta Globe - "Prosecutors at the Tangerang District Court in Banten on Thursday maintained that Prita Mulyasari should be found guilty of defamation and of having violated the Electronic Information and Transaction Law. The 32-year-old mother of two is facing a criminal charge for allegedly defaming Omni International Hospital. Prita sent an e-mail message to friends saying she had received unprofessional treatment at the hospital last August, which the prosecution said violated the criminal code and the Electronic Information and Transaction Law (ITE). ... The case triggered massive public outrage after she was fined Rp 312 million ($31,000) in a civil trial and then jailed for three weeks ahead of her criminal trial that started this month."

* ►June 18, 2009 - Influenza-Like Symptoms Being Reported in Large Numbers in Affected Areas (requires registration) -MMWR via  Medscape

* ►June 18, 2009 - The Public Health Care Experiment in the 1950s - Daily Kos - "It became important because Franklin Delano Roosevelt made it his cause celebre. The March of Dimes was founded and school children around the nation gave their dimes to fight Polio. Dr. Jonas Salk created a vaccine in his laboratory with those dimes and the government sponsored a nation-wide inoculataion program. School children lined up in their schools and were administered the vaccine."

* ►June 18, 2009 - Health Care Workers Muffed H1N1 Flu Precautions - Small Study Suggests Doctors, Nurses May Not Be Following H1N1 Safety Measures - ABC News - "A snapshot of the health care workers who came down with the H1N1 flu in the first few weeks of the outbreak suggests that proper infection-control practices weren't uniformly followed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today."

►June 18, 2009 - Proceedings of NIAID workshop on immunity to malaria published - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via EurekAlert!

►June 18, 2009 - In America, Health Care Rationing is Already Here - Daily Kos

►June 18, 2009 - New biological therapy Ilaris® approved in US to treat children and adults with CAPS, a serious life-long auto-inflammatory disease - Novartis

►June 18, 2009 - Healthcare costs for U.S. companies seen rising 9 percent: survey - Reuters

►June 18, 2009 - Nationwide telemedicine networks are essential for successful health care reform - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News via EurekAlert!

►June 18, 2009 - Cardinal Health Foundation awards $1 million to fund patient safety initiatives - Cardinal Health

* ►June 18, 2009 - Transparency and Medtronic’s $800,000 Doctor - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►June 17, 2009 - $788,000 Paid to Doctor Accused of Faking Study (requires registration) - The New York Times

►June 17, 2009 - Analysis: Is it time for a compulsory vaccination strategy? - As measles cases soar, some leading figures are urging that children should not be admitted to nursery or school unless they have had the MMR jab. Melanie Defries investigates. (requires registration) - Nursery World

►June 17, 2009 - No compulsory MMR jabs for schoolkids - Daily Post via Wrexham Chronicle

►June 17, 2009 - Return of separate MMR vaccines -

* ►June 17, 2009 - Clearing Pneumococcal Bacteria From The Upper Airways - The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae can be found in the upper airways (the nose, mouth, and throat) of most children. When living in the upper airways, S. pneumoniae is harmless. However, if the bacteria are carried to other sites, they cause disease, for example ear infections and life-threatening pneumonia. - Journal of Clinical Investigation, via EurekAlert!

►June 17, 2009 - One Reason I support Universal Health Care - Daily Kos

►June 17, 2009 - U.S. doctors' group waffles on 'public option' - Reuters

►June 17, 2009 - Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child's OCD - University of Florida
via EurekAlert!

►June 16, 2009 - Give it a shot - Two new vaccinations are being required for the coming school year -

►June 15, 2009 - Why it’s important that children receive the MMR vaccination - Western Mail via WalesOnline

►June 13, 2009 - Call to parents over MMR vaccination - Rochdale Observer, UK

* ►June 13, 2009 - ON Question Time last week the rest of the panel - - "On Question Time last week the rest of the panel unanimously endorsed the MMR vaccination. I did not. I have interviewed too many families with autistic children who are convinced their kids changed after the injection."

* ►June 11, 2009 - Italian healthcare workers' views on mandatory vaccination (pdf) - journal article (BMC Health Services Research)

►June 11, 2009 - Measles continues to spread in Wales - Western Mail via WalesOnline

►June 1, 2009 - A Bigger, Bolder Agency - Pharmaceutical Executive

* ►May 1, 2009 - Swine Flu Ancestor Born on U.S. Factory Farms - Wired Science


Posted June 19, 2009


►June 28, 2009 - Study Shows Pentacel® Combination Vaccine Provides Safety and Antibody Responses Comparable to Individually Administered US-licensed Vaccines - NewsRx - "The results of this study are important for health-care providers and parents, as the use of combination vaccines has been shown to improve coverage rates and timeliness of vaccination."

►June 20, 2009 - A Costly And Wasteful FDA - But there are ways for the agency to improve efficiency without compromising service. - commentary - Forbes

►June 20, 2009 - Three-day anti-polio drive begins on Monday - 92,700 children will be immunised in campaign in Islamabad and 0.655 million in Rawalpindi - Daily Times, Pakistan

►June 20, 2009 - Amazing Grace: Parents cradle baby for last time after life support is switched off... but then she came back to life - Daily Mail, UK

►June 20, 2009 - The pandemic is here - The Globe and Mail

►June 20, 2009 - New swine flu case reported - Arab News - "Bahrain has registered so far 14 swine flu cases. Most of the cases were among a 13-member Bahraini student group that returned last week from US after a 10-month educational exchange program."

* ►June 20, 2009 - First Death From H1N1 Influenza Virus in SD County: Escondido Woman, 20, Dies at Palomar Medical Center - East County Magazine - "scondido resident Adela Chevalier, 20, has died of H1N1 influenza (previously known as swine flu) at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. Previously young and healthy, her death leaves some health experts concerned over whether the disease could have mutated into a more virulent form, though County Health authorities urge people not to panic."

►June 20, 2009 - Rubella Vaccine strikes again - Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka - "Four students from Mahamaya Girls’ School had to be admitted to the Matara General Hospital, yesterday (19th), after being vaccinated in the morning by the office of the Medical Officer of Health of the Matara region."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Rubella vaccination sends Sri Lankan school girls to hospital again - Colombo Page, Sri Lanka - "Hospital sources said that several students in Mahamaya Girls School in Matara have been admitted to the hospital experiencing severe headaches and other symptoms after the vaccination. However, they are not in a life threatening condition, the hospital confirmed. In mid March a 12-year-old school girl, Peshala Hansanai of the Matara St. Thomas Girls School died and 26 more students fell ill following administration of Rubella vaccine."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Autism, Cancer and AIDS By Jake Crosby - Age of Autism

* ►June 19, 2009 - What is the definition of a pandemic? By Cynthia A. Janak - Renew America

* ►June 19, 2009 - Next question in swine flu - who gets vaccinated? - Reuters

* ►June 19, 2009 - Clinicians criticised for ignoring flu jab - Irish Medical News - "Speaking at the second Annual Scientific Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland, Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) Dr Darina O’Flanagan criticised doctors for not discussing the vaccine with patients and for having low levels of uptake themselves, putting patients at risk. 'People who are meeting patients need to talk to them about why they should get the flu vaccination. And you guys aren’t doing it. Hospital clinicians aren’t talking to patients about the flu vaccination.'"

* ►June 19, 2009 - US swine flu cases now exceed 21,000; 87 deaths - AP via Yahoo!

* ►June 19, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - update 51 - Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) - World Health Organization

* ►June 19, 2009 - More than quarter of new swine flu deaths are in NYS - Newsday - "Swine flu deaths almost doubled nationwide in the past week, with more than a quarter of the new deaths in New York, including seven in the city, officials announced Friday. The city Health Department reported the city's death toll rose to 30."

* ►June 19, 2009 - CMAJ: WHO to develop swine flu vaccine - Sun Media via London Free Press - "Canada should make available 10% of its supply of any vaccine it develops against the H1N1 swine flu for use in developing countries, says an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Variables exist in swine flu vaccine production: Adimmune - China Post

* ►June 19, 2009 - Influenza A vaccine to reach markets by September - Taiwan Journal - "The Adimmune Corp., which is gearing up to manufacture influenza A (H1N1) vaccines, opened its new production facility June 18. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chan Chi-shean said that his company would work day and night to manufacture the vaccines. It expects to have 10 million vaccines ready by the end of September. If the vaccines do not meet international standards, they will not be released onto the market, and the company will absorb all the costs, Chan said."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Local woman's death from swine flu baffles experts - San Diego Union-Tribune

►June 19, 2009 - Fourth swine flu death reported in NJ - AP via Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►June 19, 2009 - Union County man, 36, with swine flu has died, officials say -

* ►June 19, 2009 - US swine flu death toll nearly doubles from last week - Phoenix Business Journal - "The U.S. death toll from the H1N1 swine flu now stands at 87, up from 45 a week ago; and the number of cases in Arizona is up to 645, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported Friday. The CDC said there are more than 21,400 cases nationwide, up from 17,855 a week ago. There were 597 cases of H1N1 in Arizona a week ago."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Pitt scientists use novel biomedical technology to ramp up the production of swine flu vaccines -

* ►June 19, 2009 - Sanofi CEO Bets Outside U.S., Gears Up for Flu Pandemic, and Seeks To Learn From Biotech - Xconomy

* ►June 19, 2009 - Dutch goverment buys 34 mln H1N1 vaccines - Reuters via Forbes - "The Dutch government has decided to buy 34 million pandemic vaccines against the H1N1 flu virus, sufficient for two doses per person, and entered into contracts with vaccine producers this week."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Protect Us From Compulsory Vaccination, Drugging - Demand Protection from Mandatory Vaccination, Drugging or Sanctions, Including Internment and Support for the Right to Self-Quarantine In the Event of a Pandemic. - Natural Solutions Foundation

* ►June 19, 2009 - New swine flu cases bring Manitoba total to 295 - CBC

* ►June 19, 2009 - CDC sees "something different" with new flu - Reuters

►June 19, 2009 - No Flu Panic - While H1N1 continues to spread, extraordinary measures on campus not considered likely - Boston University BU Today

►June 19, 2009 -  Colo. Health Officials Test Traveling Youth Choir for H1N1 Virus - Christian Post

►June 19, 2009 - Update. Influenza A (H1N1) Regional Report - Pan American Health Organization

►June 19, 2009 - Maryland Swine Flu Count Grows to 334 Cases (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post

►June 19, 2009 - Scout, adult leader at Colo. camp have swine flu - AP via Houston Chronicle

►June 19, 2009 - A Message on H1N1 Flu from Morristown Memorial Hospital - Atlantic Health Public Relations via The Star-Ledger via

►June 19, 2009 - Old People May Be Immune to Swine Flu - Wired Science

►June 19, 2009 - Experts See Bad, But Not Disastrous, Flu Season (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►June 19, 2009 - Students Return from China Quarantine - MyFox Atlanta

►June 19, 2009 - New Zealand confirms 216 A/H1N1 flu cases, one woman critical ill - Xinhua via China View

►June 19, 2009 - Gov't reclassified H1N1 flu as severe flu - Radio Taiwan International - "Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has downgraded the H1N1 flu from a contagious disease to severe influenza. The CDC said that cases with flu-like symptoms no longer have to be reported within 24 hours. The CDC also said that patients with light symptoms will not have to be quarantined."

►June 19, 2009 - Influenza A/H1N1 continues to spread in Asia - Xinhua via China View

►June 19, 2009 - RTA Bus Operator Confirmed Having H1N1 Virus -

►June 19, 2009 - Swine flu expected to cost N.C. more than $3 million -

►June 19, 2009 - Blues settle lawsuit over autism therapy - Detroit Free Press

* ►June 19, 2009 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Forced to Pay for Autism Care In Landmark Case - press release - Mantese and Rossman, P.C. via PRNewswire - "The family of an autistic child filed a motion in federal court today to confirm settlement of a class action against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The family alleged in the suit that the insurer wrongfully refused to cover behavioral therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), on the baseless ground that the care was 'experimental.'"

* ►June 19, 2009 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan settles class-action autism lawsuit - Crain's Detroit Business - "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has settled a class-action lawsuit and will pay about 100 families whose children either were denied coverage for autism treatment under Blue Cross policies or paid for their care out pocket."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Autism bill in New Jersey gets unanimous Senate approval - - "New Jersey is one step closer to becoming the 14th state in the nation to require health insurance companies to cover treatments for autism and other developmental disabilities."

* ►June 19, 2009 - A Genetic Link Between Anorexia and Autism? - TIME Magazine

* ►June 19, 2009 - How vinyl flooring is linked to autism -

* ►June 19, 2009 - MSU lands $2.1 million grant to take part in national autism study - MSU Today

* ►June 19, 2009 - Standard IQ Test May Undervalue People With Autism - Study shows they could solve problems faster than non-autistics on a different test - HealthDay via Forbes

* ►June 19, 2009 - Matrixx Expects Wave of New Zicam Lawsuits By Evelyn Pringle - Lawyers and Settlements

* ►June 19, 2009 - FDA warning stuns Scottsdale company Matrixx - Report said Zicam swabs, gels can cause loss of smell - Arizona Republic

* ►June 19, 2009 - Nestle Cookie Dough Tied to 66 Illnesses From E. Coli - Bloomberg

* ►June 19, 2009 - Legislation Sought To Increase FDA Oversight - redOrbit - "In order to provide patients with better protection from safety risks, experts say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process for medical devices needs a major overhaul. Pallone, the Democrat who chairs a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said, 'There is evidence of an approval system that is broken -- that its standards, its procedures and its rules don't meet modern needs of getting medical devices to those in need with confidence in their safety.'"

►June 19, 2009 - DHS nominee: science for security - Federal News Radio 1500 AM

►June 19, 2009 - Prevention Better Than Cure - New campaign advocates vaccinating pre-teens against the virus that causes cervical cancer - Bangkok Post

* ►June 19, 2009 - Crucell has lodged Quinvaxem vaccine tender * Did not tender for separate Indian contract for Quinvaxem * Would help make pandemic flu vaccine if called upon * Targeting independent growth, has acquisition targets - Reuters via The Guardian, UK - "Crucell posted its first-ever full-year profit last year based on continued growth in sales of its paediatric vaccine Quinvaxem, which prevents five childhood illnesses."

* ►June 19, 2009 - The Hidden Cost of Giving Away Vaccines - Financial Times via National Center for Policy Analysis

* ►June 19, 2009 - Measures boosted for scarlet fever, measles prevention - Viet Nam News - "The Ministry of Health is urging local governments to boost preventive measures against scarlet fever and measles due to a 40 per cent increase in the number of cases of scarlet fever compared to last year, according to Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan."

►June 19, 2009 - My cousin's death saved me from meningitis - - "Emma (18) has told told her story in The Book of Experience, launched online by the Meningitis Research Foundation. It presents a picture of the way that meningitis and septicaemia affects individuals, families and communities."

►June 19, 2009 - Help sponsor Cardiff dad who's raising money for meningitis research - South Wales Echo via WalesOnline - "All the money raised will go to Meningitis UK’s Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign. It aims to raise £7m to fund research into developing a vaccine against Meningitis B."

►June 19, 2009 - New smart fabric Babyglow jumpsuit warns of meningitis - The Tech Herald

►June 19, 2009 - Capt. Russell Hart, 102, made state healthier - obituary - Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "Capt. Hart, a civil engineer from Cincinnati, moved to his wife’s hometown of Albany during the Depression where he played baseball, peddled Singer sewing machines and ran crews for the Works Progress Administration. While with the WPA, he confronted a public-health disaster: malaria."

►June 19, 2009 - Newly Developed Antimicrobial Peptide May Protect Mice From Lethal Bacterial Infections Including MRSA - In a new study researchers from Japan suggest that a synthetic antimicrobial peptide identified as L5 may prevent death in mice suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections, such as MRSA, by activating the host immune response. - American Society for Microbiology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►June 19, 2009 - Smallpox -- The Death of a Disease - Dr. D. A. Henderson shares the inside story of 'the greatest scientific and humanitarian achievement of the past century' - Prometheus Books via EurekAlert!

►June 19, 2009 - Mystery cough? 8 possible culprits - CNN

* ►June 19, 2009 - HIV Antibody Tests Unreliable for Early Infections in Teens - press release - Johns Hopkins Children's Center via AScribe Newswire

►June 19, 2009 - Hunt on for kids who kissed rabid bat -

►June 19, 2009 - Some antibiotics alter gut differently - United Press International

►June 19, 2009 - Human Genome Sciences Announces Completion of Enrollment in Phase 2b Monthly-Dosing Trial of Albuferon(R) - Trial conducted by Novartis evaluating safety and efficacy of Albuferon administered every four weeks in combination with ribavirin in patients with genotypes 2 and 3 hepatitis C - press release - Human Genome Sciences, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►June 19, 2009 - Jeremy Piven - Piven: 'I Haven't Touched Fish Since Mercury Poisoning' - Contactmusic

* ►June 19, 2009 - Minister proposes ban on chemicals used in kids' plastic products - CBC - "The federal government is proposing a ban on six types of phthalates used in common children's products because of concern they may affect reproductive development and have other adverse health effects."

* ►June 19, 2009 - Food expert warns of hormones in food - Some Australian produce contains dangerous levels of hormones and pesticides, an international food safety expert says. -

* ►June 19, 2009 - Digital Britain: Closing Down The Open Internet - The One Click Group

* ►June 18, 2009 - FDA Threatens to Seize All Natural Products that Dare to Mention H1N1 Swine Flu -

* ►June 18, 2009 - New Vaccination Strategy May Protect Against Both Lethal 1918 And H5N1 Influenza Viruses - A new study suggests that vaccination with 1918 H1N1 influenza virus-like particles not only protected mice and ferrets against the lethal 1918 influenza virus, but also displayed cross-reactive immunity against the potentially pandemic H5N1 influenza virus. - American Society for Microbiology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►June 18, 2009 - Swine flu patients in ICU tough to manage, 'just really, really sick': doctors - Canadian Press via Brandon Sun

►June 18, 2009 - Rovi To Build Spain's First Flu Vaccine Factory >ROVI.MC (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►June 18, 2009 - NZ prisoners quarantined over swine flu - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►June 18, 2009 - So It's a Pandemic - Now What? - Website exclusive - WHO names Swine Flu a Level 6 pandemic. Has anything changed? - The River Journal

►June 18, 2009 - Packard Health block party combines free screenings, immunizations with a dose of fun - The Ann Arbor News via

►June 18, 2009 - Parents urged to vaccinate kids - Salford Advertiser, UK

* ►June 18, 2009 - Written Welsh Assembly Government Statement On Measles And MMR, Wales - Welsh Assembly Government via Medical News Today

* ►June 18, 2009 - Do you really want to improve healthcare? You do it as a doctor by not settling for anything but the best outcome - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►June 18, 2009 - Rationing is Not a 4-Letter Word - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►June 18, 2009 - Laboratory Says Security Is Tighter, but Earlier Count Missed Dangerous Vials/ Wash Post - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►June 18, 2009 - Subsidized immunizations in Dallas may be cut (includes video) - - "A move to cut money from the Dallas city budget is expected to have a major impact for thousands of families. The amount of money we're talking about is $1 million."

►June 17, 2009 - Local kids receive free chickenpox vaccines -

* ►June 17, 2009 - Hepatitis B vaccine prices increase - Hernando Today - "The county pays the bill whenever its field and maintenance workers opt to take a hepatitis B shot. The school district wants to pay for everyone's vaccinations, even after the price increases three-fold next year. ... Last year, the district budgeted $5,000 for the shots. For the upcoming year, it will be $15,000, or $65 per shot. 'That's not a large sum of money,' said [board member Pat] Fagan."

* ►June 17, 2009 - Half of VA Health Centers Fail Surprise Inspections Before House Hearing - - "U.S. lawmakers railed against problems with the veteran health system after surprise inspections revealed that only 43% of Veterans Affairs facilities had adequate health safety procedures for endoscopic procedures. The inspections came following a discovery that thousands of veterans were exposed to unsanitary equipment, hepatitis and HIV due to unsafe medical procedures at VA health centers."

* ►June 17, 2009 - The hidden cost of giving away vaccines - Financial Times

* ►June 16, 2009 - School Kids To Get Swine Flu Shots First? - Louise Kuo Habakus via LifeHealth Choices

* ►June 16, 2009 - Anti-influenza vaccination of pregnant women: is the fetus effected? - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue

* ►June 15, 2009 - Health Freedom Advocates Condemn WHO "Swine Flu Pandemic Level 6" Vaccine Panic, Call for Laws to Protect the Right to Self-Quarantine (Self-Shield) - The Natural Solutions Foundation believes that the WHO has seriously erred in Declaring a Level 6 Pandemic for H1N1 Swine Flu since the disease causes no serious illness. The declaration of a Level 6 Pandemic means that countries are being stampeded into mandatory vaccination programs with potentially dangerous, untested and uninsurable vaccines. In the US, State and Federal laws mandate involuntary quarantine of indefinite length for those who refuse vaccination. The Natural Solutions Foundation advocates, instead, the right to self-quarantine. - press release - Natural Solutions Foundation via PRWeb via eMediaWire

* ►June 12, 2009 - PLos Biology: The Liza Gross diatribe against vaccinations-autism heresy - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue - "Los Biology recently published a Liza Gross essay entitled, 'A broken trust: lessons from the vaccine--autism wars' (1). Her essay - in a supposedly scientific journal - is a rant against individuals who dare suggest vaccinations may induce autism in some individuals. Her essay contains pejorative rhetoric and stands as diatribe, not science, because scientific reviews cite both sides of an issue yet undecided. Instead, Liza's presentation is judgmental, omits evidence contrary to her worldview, and relies on epidemiological studies whose design overlooks important subgroups (eg, fourteen studies critiqued in 2).  Overall, the Liza Gross essay is a monument to an Ideology of Vaccinationism. Within that ideology, a central tenet - declared true via a priori reasoning - is the safety of vaccinations. A mandated corollary is a priori acceptance that vaccinations can not and do not cause autism."

►June 11, 2009 - Gardasil Fainting Warning Upgraded -

* ►June 7, 2009 - Gluten-free and casein-free diets for subgroups of autistic children - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue

* ►June 3, 2009 - Reportlinker Adds Vaccines 2009: World Market Analysis, Key Players, and Critical Trends in a Fast-Changing Industry - press release - Reportlinker via Business Wire - "The global market for human vaccines has experienced strong growth through 2008 and this is expected to continue through the forecast period. Growth will be fueled by new product introductions and rising usage in all regions."

* ►June 1, 2009 - Portland scientsts pursue West Nile virus vaccine - - "OHSU, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and Najit Technologies, Inc., a Portland biotech firm, are readying a candidate vaccine for clinical trials within three years. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded the grant. Najit Technologies' approach uses a less damaging chemical to kill the viruses used to make vaccines. The goal is to leave viral proteins more intact so that the immune system can correctly recognize and mount a protective response to the live virus."

* Swine Flu Hype Center (includes videos and audio) -

* IDEA Position on Genetically Modified Foods - Irish Doctors Environmental Association - "The Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association is opposed to the growing of genetically engineered plants and the use of substances derived from genetically engineered plants in food. IDEA calls for a complete moratorium on the growing and use of such foods. All such foods currently on the market should be withdrawn as they have been insufficiently tested."

* The Autism Clock - website


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