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All the News posted January 18-23, 2004

Posted January 23, 2004:

►January 24, 2004 - Researchers accuse WHO and Global Fund of malpractice - journal article (BMJ) - "An international group of 13 malaria researchers has accused WHO and the Global Fund of medical malpractice for supporting the use of ineffective malaria treatments. This practice, says the group, at the very least 'wastes international aid money, and at most, kills patients who have malaria.'"

►January 20, 2004 - Nerves, Heal Thyselves - Weizmann Institute via Life Science News

►January 20, 2004 - To Support Its Synthetic Vaccine Program For Alzheimer's Disease Neurochem Forms Strategic Alliance With The National Research Council Of Canada And Announces Licensing Agreement With Praecis Pharmaceuticals Incorporated - Neurochem Inc. via Life Science News

►January 22, 2004 - Montreal children's hospital will test 2,614 patients for HIV - AP via USA Today

►January 23, 2004 - Shot clinic aims to keep kids in school - AP via

►January 23, 2004 - Grant allows free chicken pox shots - The effort is aimed at reducing absences caused by the illness. - Statesman Journal

►January 23, 2004 - New emergency health team unveiled - Canadian Press via Toronto Star

►January 23, 2004 - Experts Available to Discuss Decline of Flu Cases - Business Wire

►January 23, 2004 - Fogarty International Center Announces First Awards for Collaborative Research Program for Brain Disorders in the Developing World - NIH

►January 23, 2004 - Colombia receives 1.5 million doses of vaccine to face yellow fever outbreak - PAHO (Pan American Health Organization)

►January 23, 2004 - NIH defends consulting deals - At Senate hearing, top officials deny wrongdoing; Zerhouni appoints review panel cochairs (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Senior officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) yesterday denied committing any improprieties when they accepted lucrative consulting contracts from pharmaceutical and biotech companies that had dealings with the agency. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, one institute director called the allegations, reported by the Los Angeles Times, “'misleading, grossly inaccurate, and filled with false innuendo.'”

►January 23, 2004 - NHS to get 'dirty bomb' detectors - NHS hospitals and ambulance crews are to get radiation equipment to enable them to detect dirty bombs. - BBC

►January 23, 2004 - Antibiotics in food production investigated - A new article raises concern that the banning of antibiotics in food animals may harm both human and animal health. The report, published this month in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, argues there is little to no scientific evidence to suggest that the use of antibiotics in food animals negatively impacts human health. - NOVIS  via

►January 23, 2004 - Hair dye may raise cancer risk, U.S. study shows - Reuters

►October 1, 2003 - Global Vaccine Coalition Backs Un Immunization Strategy For Measles - An international coalition for immunization has endorsed a plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to reduce child deaths from measles by increasing the opportunities for vaccination early in childhood. -

►January 22, 2004 - Angel of mercy - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

►January 22, 2004 - Award-winning research affirms use of hypnosis in eliminating pain - Virginia Tech via

►January 22, 2004 - New Members Appointed To NAGMS Council -

►January 23, 2004 - Emory ranks 10th in research thanks to licenses and patents -

►January 22, 2004 - Rare Rabies Death Prompts U.S. Bat Warning - Reuters Health

►January 22, 2004 - CDC investigating CJD cluster in N.J. - UPI via

►January 22, 2004 - U.S. Urges WHO to Go Softly on Travel Alerts - Reuters Health

►July/August 2003 - Three reasons to return to traditional diets - In the 1930s US dentist Weston Price travelled the world to study the diets of 'primitive' peoples. He found a startling lack of disease and proof that a system of environmentally-friendly local food production is the best way to ensure human health -

►January 22, 2004 - Agency to honor disabled founder of recycling business - The Capital

►January 2004 - IDSA issues new treatment guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia (requires registration) - The recommendations include specific guidance on choosing antimicrobial therapy. -

►January 2004 - Agreement needed on plan to treat malaria (requires registration) - There is no official document that outlines how treatment should be handled and funded throughout the world. -

►January 2004 - Labs are now top spot to contract SARS-CoV (requires registration) - WHO expert panel issues biosafety guidelines after a lab worker contracted SARS. -

►January 2004 - HIV diagnoses increased in more than half of the United States (requires registration) - New statistics show that more effort in prevention strategies is needed. -

Comment:  But what if, as many believe, HIV has nothing to do with AIDS?  Then what do these diagnoses mean, other than an spelling an opportunity to create fear and sell toxic drugs?

►January 2004 - MRSA shown to have inducible resistance to clindamycin (requires registration) -

►January 2004 - WHO lays out the cards for achieving ‘3 by 5’ (requires registration) - WHO and UNAIDS want to get 3 million people on antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2005. -

►January 2004 - Reducing medical errors requires computerized information systems (requires registration) - Data standards are crucial to improving patient safety, according to a new report. -

►January 2004 - First mad cow case reported in the United States (requires registration) - The Darwin Chronicles is a new column featuring news about infections in animals, plants and marine life. Because these organisms sometimes jump species – think BSE and avian flu – we think these stories may be of interest to the ID physician. We hope you enjoy this new monthly feature. -

►January 2004 - Defining dengue helps doctors make an early diagnosis (requires registration) - The WHO case definition provides guidance in diagnosing dengue to the practicing clinician who sees many febrile patients. -

►January 2004 - Reflecting on 2003 (requires registration) - And the year’s top 10 stories. -

►January 2004 - Reviewing drug hypersensitivity and cross-reactivity in ID treatment (requires registration) - Penicillin allergies often require more investigation. -

►January 2004 - Salmonella osteomyelitis in an immunocompetent patient (requires registration) - Salmonella infections encompass a wide spectrum of disease. -

►January 16, 2004 - Hospital survey: Flu shots in Colo. ineffective so far - The Denver Post

►January 21, 2004 - Colo. last in giving kids shots - Data: Whooping-cough rate triple U.S. average - The Denver Post

Comment:  Colorado is not in last place according to NVIC's Colorado State Contact, Cindy Loveland.  To read her letter to the governor on this issue, click here.

►Winter 2003 - An Interview with Dr. Reginald Finger, ACIP member -   The ITAT Sharpshooter - "Q ...Do you intend to stay involved here in Colorado? A Dr. Finger: Yes, I especially enjoy being part of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition. If Colorado is going to climb out the cellar with its immunization rates, some insights from the national level may be helpful along the way. There are at least three other national leaders in immunization here in Colorado too, not counting Tom Vernon from Merck who has strong ties here. If we all work as a team, maybe some really good things will happen!"

Comment:  Isn't this a teeny, tiny conflict of interest? 

►January 24, 2004 - Thailand, Cambodia confirm bird flu - - "Once birds or humans develop antibodies against a particular incarnation of H5N1, 'the virus has to change to escape that immunity ... that's what it does,' he said...'It's constantly changing,' Webster said in Hong Kong, where he is conducting research at a local university.

Comment:  What does this say about the viability of vaccination?  Doesn't this suggest that vaccines solve nothing, and instead may inherently create the need for more vaccines?  This may not be a problem for the vaccine manufacturers.  But is it good for the rest of us?

►January 24, 2004 - Autism seems to be increasing worldwide, if not in London -  letter - F. Edward Yazbak, paediatrician - journal article (BMJ) - "Taylor's raw data have remained inaccessible since 1999, when he first denied any connection between autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination, in a study that neither had a population based cohort design nor sufficient statistical power to detect an association."

►January 2002 - Was the Baby Shaken? - letter - by Alan Clementson, MD (Professor Emeritus, Tulane University Medical School) - Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients - "Child abuse laws have given rise to many accusations of "Shaken Baby Syndrome," which has become a popular diagnosis to explain infant deaths, and even for living infants who are brought to an emergency room following a fall. Much is made of the finding of pinpoint petechial hemorrhages in the retina at the back of the eye, but the existence and the extent of such hemorrhages are dependent on the capillary strength or fragility, the strength or weakness of the smallest blood vessels, which can be affected by many different conditions. In fact, an infant can die with extensive retinal hemorrhages, a blood clot under the capsule of the brain, extensive bruises, broken bones and sores that will not heal, due to Barlow's disease, without having been subjected to anything but the tenderest of loving care."

►January 23, 2004 - HIV experts suggest halt to Thailand vaccine trial -

►January 23, 2004 - The Vaccine That Missed - Sales of Pricey FluMist Disappoint Wyeth, MedImmune - The Washington Post - "Wyeth yesterday gave its first official reckoning of just how badly FluMist failed to meet the expectations of the New Jersey drug company."

►January 21, 2004 - ’Flu shot compliance varies in region - Fort Frances Times

►January 22, 2004 - Pseudoscience and Globesity - - "When the Bush administration announced last week it will demand significant changes to the World Health Organization's initiative against global obesity, it sparked a flurry of international protest from special interest groups accusing him and the food industry of putting corporate interests ahead of the obesity crisis. The WHO report, Obesity - Preventing and Managing the Global Epidemic, was produced with the International Obesity Task Force, whose stated mission is 'to convince world leaders that something can be done to address the problem [of globesity].' The Administration stated the plan was based on faulty scientific evidence and succeeded in blocking its approval. Tuesday, WHO decided to table it until the end of February to allow for changes to the text."

►January 22, 2004 - US allows health agency to boost global campaign on healthy eating - AFP via Yahoo!

►January 22, 2004 - Specialty Disease Management Services Inc. to Provide Nurses for Montana Medicaid Program - PRNewswire via

►January 22, 2004 - Physicists Study Mad Cow-type Diseases -

►January 22, 2004 - Pfizer Inc 2003 Performance Report - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►January 22, 2004 - Maxim Pharma Discovers Potential Therapeutic For SARS Coronavirus -

►January 22, 2004 - Report urges update to biological protection efforts - Scripps Howard News Service via

►January 22, 2004 - SEQUENOM Collaborates With HPA to Apply MassARRAY Technology -

►January 22, 2004 - Small-molecule inhibitors of anthrax lethal factor identified - Findings hold promise for developing new anthrax therapies - The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases via

►January 21, 2004 - U.S. expands tissue bank registry requirements - Reuters via

►January 22, 2004 - Body Talk: Candida: The Hidden Weight Loss Culprit! - Not only is it hard to lose weight with candida, poor digestion and mal-absorption can set the stage for serious nutritional deficiencies, further diminishing the body's immune defenses. -

►January 21, 2004 - Bacterium that causes food poisoning may lead to better anti-viral vaccines - American Chemical Society via - "A new vaccine formulation that utilizes an unusual protein derived from a bacterium that causes food poisoning — Listeria — could paradoxically be used to improve the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for a variety of viral diseases. These could include HIV, smallpox and influenza, according to researchers at the University of Michigan...Conventional vaccine formulations typically use live or weakened viruses to boost the immune response. The Listeria formulation uses viral protein components along with the bacterial protein, reducing the possibility of accidental viral infection. In preliminary animal studies, the new vaccine also appeared to boost the immune response better than a conventional vaccine, according to the researchers."

►January 22, 2004 - Astronauts Can Be Grounded by Shingles - Reuters Health - "Even astronauts with the right stuff and at the peak of health may be laid low by shingles, brought on by stress, it seems...Shingles is a sometimes painful rash caused by the reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. The virus remains dormant in nerve cells after the chickenpox clears up, but it may be reactivated decades later by physical trauma, although it is relatively rare in healthy young adults...However, a study has found that the mental stress of space travel reactivates the culprit virus, varicella zoster, in a substantial proportion of astronauts."

►January 22, 2004 - Bighorn sheep dying in Nevada - AP via Las Vegas Sun

►January 22, 2004 - Local study pinpoints how viruses invade cells - The Boston Globe

►January 23, 2004 - Biodefense Agency Urged for Safety of U.S. Troops - Lack of New Vaccines Points to Need, Report Says - The Washington Post - "The Pentagon has not developed a single new vaccine against biological agents since the 1991 Gulf War and should create a new biodefense agency to respond to the growing threat of biological attacks on U.S. forces, according to a congressionally mandated report released yesterday."

►January 22, 2004 - Dr. Jill Miehe: Laughter and Wellness - - "In the ‘80s a man by the name Norman Cousins was diagnosed with a life threatening illness. He refused to give up hope, although his doctor told him there was little if any. He researched on his condition and devised a plan. He was going to fight this with knowledge and a positive attitude. His plan included nutrition, humor, and visualization. He watched funny movies for many hours of the day, using humor as therapy to help him beat this. He detailed his experience in the books Anatomy of an Illness and Head First written in 1989 and 1990."

►January 22, 2004 - Scientists Get First Good Look At AIDS Virus' Surface - Florida State University via ScienceDaily

►January 23, 2004 - Rethinking Regulation of Engineered Crops (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The proposed changes, announced on Thursday, would toughen regulation in some cases and relax it in others."

►January 23, 2004 - The Sweet and Lowdown on Sugar (requires registration or subscription) - op-ed - The New York Times - "The United States Department of Health and Human Services should have applauded, but instead it produced a 28-page, line-by-line critique centered on, of all things, what it called the report's lack of transparency in the scientific and peer-review process. Although the department framed the critique as a principled defense of scientific integrity, much evidence argues for another interpretation — blatant pandering to American food companies that produce much of the world's high-calorie, high-profit sodas and snacks, especially the makers of sugars, the main ingredients in many of these products."

►January 23, 2004 - Cancer cases in children rise by 20% - The Herald, UK - "Medical experts are baffled by the increasing number of young people struck by the disease."

Comment:  Apparently the "experts" consider it far better to allow the increase to continue unabated than to consider that the sacred cow of vaccination might play some role in this.  For one perspective on the role just one vaccine contaminant, SV40, may play in cancer, go to Scandals: The Institute of Medicine Review Of SV40 Contamination of Polio Vaccine and Cancer

►January 23, 2004 - Medical Research Dealings Explored by a Senate Panel (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Senators sharply questioned health officials on Thursday about a possible need for stricter limits and disclosure requirements for government medical researchers who enter into lucrative consulting deals with drug and biotechnology companies."

Posted January 22, 2004:

►January 22, 2004 - Demand for flu vaccine decreasing, local officials say - The Garden City Telegram - "The Finney County Health Department didn't apply for any of the FluMist nasal influenza vaccine announced last week as being available through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, but health department Immunization Coordinator Donna Marley said demand for immunizations has slowed...'It kind of calmed down when we ran out, darn it,' she said."

Comment:  "Darn it?"  She's disappointed that demand didn't exceed supply?  What's that about?

►January 21, 2004 - Two proteins may help prevent Alzheimer's brain plaques -  University of Washington School of Medicine via

►January 22, 2004 - Controversy Threatens Polio Eradication - Daily Champion (Lagos) via

►January 22, 2004 - Researcher Ho Retracts Claim About AIDS Development - - "A clue to the most enduring mystery of the AIDS epidemic - why some people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus never develop the disease - has just crumbled...In a rare published retraction in the journal Science, researcher David Ho, the AIDS world's nearest thing to a rock star, said he erred in a September 2002 announcement that he had found the mysterious protection factor - an immune booster secreted by special white-blood cells called CD8 cells."

►January 21, 2004 - Influenza A/H3N2 activity increases in many countries in central and eastern Europe - update 8 - WHO

►January 20, 2004 - Search for bird flu vaccine may be surprisingly short - The Straits Times

►January 20, 2004 - Chinese test SARS vaccine - UPI via The Washington Times

►January 21, 2004 - Singapore to Ask for Umbilical Cord Blood - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►January 21, 2004 - Study: Sleep Essential for Creativity - AP via The Herald-Sun

►January 21, 2004 - FluMist to Be Donated to Health Agencies - AP via The Herald-Sun

►January 21, 2004 - Atomic Force Microscopy Used To Discover Effects Of Experimental Drugs On Alzheimer's Plaques - Carnegie Mellon University

►January 20, 2004 - Fat cells fight disease, Purdue University researchers find - Purdue University

►January 20, 2004 - Mechanism Suggests How HIV Protein Disrupts Immune Cell Migration - Public Library of Science

►January 20, 2004 - Protein Essential for Malarial Parasite to Reach and Infect Liver Cells - Public Library of Science

►January 20, 2004 - RNAi Therapeutics: How Likely, How Soon? - Public Library of Science 

►January 21, 2004 - Mount Sinai School of Medicine conducting clinical trials with gene therapy for colorectal cancer - Mount Sinai School of Medicine via

January 21, 2004 - University of Pittsburgh imaging agent study suggests breakthrough in Alzheimer's researchUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine via - Pittsburgh Compound B gives unique view of amyloid plaques in the living human brain

►January 21, 2004 - Alzheimer's Researchers Begin Unique Study Of How Epilepsy Drug May Block Tangles - University Hospitals of Cleveland via

►January 21, 2004 - Some savings cited by Gov. Riley - AP via The Tuscaloosa News - Save $955,474 by reducing nursing staff in immunizations and child health programs, reducing school lunchroom inspections, and reducing health education programs in schools.

►January 21, 2004 - Hold the bun: Fast-food chains are jumping on the low-carb bandwagon - Restaurants rewriting menus to reflect trend - The Sacramento Bee

►January 22, 2004 - Child's Death Might Be Flu-Related - The Tampa Tribune

►January 22, 2004 - Stalled '04 budget taking a toll - Projects jeopardized by impasse in Congress - AP via Tallahassee Democrat

►January 21, 2004 - HK vigilant against possible SARS as holiday approaches - The next two weeks will remain a high-risk period for a possible resurgence of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Tung Chee Hwa said on Tuesday. - People's Daily, China

►January 21, 2004 - Resources for parents of autistic children -

►January 21, 2004 - Ontario mother calls on government to keep promise to fund autism treatment - Canadian Press via - "An Ontario mother is asking the province to keep its promise to fund treatment for autistic children beyond the age of six, pointing to submissions by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that say the policy is 'discriminatory.'...Refusing to pay for therapy for older children 'is discriminatory to children with autism over the age of six,' said the commission's pleadings in the case that it has referred to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Comment:  If it turns out to be true that vaccines are a cause of autism, the life-time cost of caring for the one out of 250 or so (maybe even more) autistic children needs to be factored into any costs associated with vaccination (particularly when compared to the costs associated with the disease(s) the vaccines are designed to "prevent").

2003 - Early Recognition And Differentiation Of Pediatric Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder - Adolescent Psychiatry via Mental Help Net

►January 21, 2004 - Autism reaching 'epidemic' levels - - "It's one of the worst nightmares a parent can imagine - without warning, a child is abducted from his bed in the middle of the night, never to return...Now, imagine that instead of taking the whole child, only his mind is stolen and his body - the hollow shell of his being - is left behind."

►January 23, 2004 - Prevalence of serum antibodies to caudate nucleus in autistic children - the latest by Vijendra K. Singh - journal article (Neuroscience Letters) via

►January 22, 2004 - Anthrax vaccine moves forward - Oakland Tribune - "VaxGen Inc., which is developing treatments in case of bioterrorism, said U.S. regulators designated its experimental anthrax vaccine as a 'fast-track' product, which may speed its review."

►January 22, 2004 - Blueprint on Way for Vaccine Factory to Combat Terror Strikes - The Scotsman -"Plans for a Government-owned factory to produce large amounts of vaccine in the event of a terrorist strike could be finalised within weeks, it emerged today...The rapid response facility would produce vaccine for people contaminated by a chemical or biological attack."

►January 23, 2004 - Vaccine close to release - International pharmaceutical company Chiron Corporation is speeding up the manufacture of the new vaccine designed to combat the deadly meningoccocal B epidemic hitting New Zealand. -

►January 22, 2004 - Is AIDS Vaccine Trial In Thailand A Waste Of Money? - - "The problem, as critics see it, is that neither shot seems to work very well on its own. The first shot has not looked promising in preliminary tests. The second shot has already failed a previous large-scale trial. Cornell University AIDS researcher John Moore says putting the two together doesn't add up...'There is this argument that naught plus naught might equal one. Personally, I don't buy into it. The evidence that the two vaccine components work better together than apart is really very poor.'"

►January 22, 2004 - Making Way for Designer Insects - Risks and Benefits of Gene-Altered Bugs Merit Thorough Study, Report Says - The Washington Post - "The insect world could shortly undergo a genetic makeover in the laboratory. Scientists are at work developing silkworms that produce pharmaceuticals instead of silk, honeybees resilient enough to resist pesticides and even mosquitoes capable of delivering vaccines, instead of disease, with every bite...Researchers are tinkering with insect genes to develop more than a dozen new varieties, offering potentially broad social benefits while posing complicated new health and environmental risks."

Comment:  If this isn't scary, I don't know what is.

►January 21, 2004 - FluMist Offered Free to Public Health Agencies - The Washington Post

Comment:  I see.  The taxpayer gets to pay for what may be a worthless vaccine.  Nice for the vaccine manufacturers, eh?  The PERFECT BUSINESS PLAN,  i.e., a) pay for and conduct the studies justifying use of your products b) get the vaccines to be universally mandated for school entry c) get your liability covered and d) NOW get the taxpayer to pay for your product even if it is worthless (and may be harmful) JUST GOT EVEN BETTER!  For more on this, go to Hyping Vaccines: An Investigation - Chickenpox, Lyme, Rotavirus, And A Highly Revealing Analysis Of Flu Statistics - by RFD Columnist, Dr. F. Edward Yazbak in the Online Vaccines Conference at and How The Mass Media In The U.S. Created Flu Hysteria And Helped Drive The Vaccine Markets For The Makers Of FluMist And Fluzone. - by RFD columnist Sherri Tenpenny, DO in the Online Vaccines Conference at

►January 21, 2004 - WHO develops vaccine against H5N1 infection in humans -

►January 21, 2004 - Lawsuit Forces School To Readmit Student Who Was Expelled For Refusing The Hepatitis B Vaccination - Liberty Counsel

►January 22, 2004 - Malaria on the Rise (requires registration or subscription) - editorial/op-ed - The New York Times

►January 22, 2004 - WHO rushing vaccine amid Asian bird flu epidemic -

►January 22, 2004 - VAXGEN’S Anthrax Vaccine Candidate Receives Fast Track Designation -

►January 20, 2004 - The site of origin of the 1918 influenza pandemic and its public health implications - journal article (Journal of Translational Medicine)

►January 19, 2004 - Convictions in 250 'cot death' cases to be reviewed - The Independent, UK - "The Attorney General today announced a review of more than 250 cases in which parents have been convicted of killing children under the age of two...Lord Goldsmith announced the review after the Court of Appeal called for a halt to the prosecution of parents for murdering their babies when expert evidence points to the possibility of 'cot death'."

►January 22, 2004 - Cot deaths and the adversarial justice system - letter - The Herald, UK

►January 21, 2004 - Local company testing anthrax vaccine - - "Bioterrorism is a constant threat, and now the government wants a new vaccine to protect us from anthrax...Now the race is on to find a safer vaccine. That's where federal researchers and those at GFI, a research company, come in...'What they've actually developed now is not only a vaccine that's been on the market for years, we're actually involved in a trial on a new vaccine to potentially protect the public,' said Dr. Randall Stoltz, Medical Director of GFI."

Comment:  Gee, why would we need to race to produce a "safer" vaccine?  And here I thought the one they were using was already plenty safe.

►January 21, 2004 - 'Supervaccines' Developed To Combine Childhood Shots - Required Vaccines Cover 10 Diseases With Multiple Shots - - "For a lot of parents, keeping track of their children's immunizations can be a full-time job. The mandatory number of vaccinations covers 10 diseases with multiple shots, and according to health experts, that number may double over the next decade."

Comment:  The number of mandatory vaccinations "may double over the next decade"? When is enough going to be enough?  When are parents going to "just say no" to vaccines?

Comment:  Whether or not vaccines can be safely combined has not been adequately tested, either in the long or short-term.  But there are clearly reasons to be concerned.  For instance, in a 1986 Science article, when combined in the bodies of mice, two harmless herpes viruses recombined and killed 62% of the mice. 

►January 21, 2004 - US Senate likely to pass budget - Outlook for NIH in FY 2005: 'another really tough year,' say advocates - The Scientist

►January 21, 2004 - China in SARS vaccine trial - 30 volunteers to receive inactivated virus in Phase I equivalent  - The Scientist

►January 15, 2004 - Science losing its appeal - A trend away from science among students leaves French academics worried  - The Scientist

►January 21, 2004 - Corporate AIDS Vaccine Experts Turn to Charity - Reuters via Yahoo! - "A prominent vaccine specialist who set up his own company to try to stop AIDS (news - web sites) says he has opted for a non-profit approach to fighting the disease after concluding that was the best way to find a vaccine...Dr. Donald Francis, who announced he was leaving Brisbane, California-based VaxGen on Tuesday along with two other top officers, is the second prominent corporate AIDS researcher to leave the private sector for the non-profit world this month."

►January 21, 2004 - Vietnam last on flu vaccine list - The New Scientist - "Drug company contracts and intellectual property rights are impeding efforts to ensure an outbreak of bird flu in Vietnam does not result in a deadly human pandemic...All the victims so far got the disease from poultry, but the big fear is that the virus could turn into a form capable of spreading from person to person. A flu vaccine that might help prevent this will soon become available, but instead of going to Vietnam it will be sent to rich countries to fulfil existing contracts."

Comment:  Might this constitute evidence that the purpose of vaccines is solely financial and has little to do with hoping to prevent the spread of disease?

►January 21, 2004 - New vaccine for herpes in final trial phase - Mount Sinai School of Medicine is seeking healthy women volunteers 18-30 to participate in Multi-Center, national trial - Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine via

►January 14, 2004 - Doctors lash out at cancer society over HRT - The Globe and Mail - "Obstetricians and gynecologists are lashing out at the Canadian Cancer Society, questioning its scientific expertise and commitment to women's health...The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is up in arms because the cancer society urged women last week not to take hormone-replacement therapy for menopause symptoms, except in rare instances, because the health risks outweigh the benefits."

Comment:  Remind me, whose interests are the obstetricians and gynecologists representing?  Ah, perhaps the answer can be found below....

►January 15, 2004 - Why Doctors Lashed Out At Cancer Society Over Hormone Replacement Therapy - By RFD Columnist, Lise Cloutier-Steele -

►January 4, 2004 - AIDS: A Death Cult - by John Lauritsen - - "This article has been hard to write. I've taken a break from "AIDS" for several years, and returning to the topic now, I've been in shock over what has been done to us. My opinions have not changed: I still regard "AIDS" as the greatest blunder and the greatest hoax in medical history -- an epidemic of incompetence and an epidemic of lies...As long as there has been "AIDS" there have been critics of the orthodox AIDS model: "AIDS dissidents". For the most part our voices were silenced. As AIDS became a religion, a death cult -- with sacred commodities, dogmas, rituals, and sacrifices - any expression of skepticism was tantamount to blasphemy."

►Winter 2003/published January 21, 2004 at - Autism in the United States: a Perspective - by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP via Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons - "Once rare, autism has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.  The increase cannot be attributed to changes in diagnostic criteria, which have actually become more restrictive."

►January 22, 2004 - Compo warning over vaccines - The West Australian - "The Federal Government could face huge compensation claims if children get sick because their parents could not afford to pay for vaccinations, a consumer group has warned."

►January 21, 2004 - Venezuela donates half million yellow fever vaccinations to Colombia (requires subscription) -

►January 10, 2003 - Bacteria fears spur preemie infant formula recall - Reuters Health via Cedars-Sinai

►January 21, 2004 - BIOLOGICAL WAR-FEAR: FDA fails to halt anthrax anxiety - After judge stopped controversial vaccine feds declared it safe - by Timothy W. Maier - Insight magazine, via  - "'Only after the issuance of an injunction, up pops a federal rule,' Sullivan declared with acid sarcasm to Justice Department attorney Shannen Coffin, who is representing the Pentagon in the lawsuit filed by the six John Does. 'And you're telling me it's coincidental?'...'I'd stand on a stack of Bibles and tell you it's coincidental,' Coffin replied to Sullivan...'That's an amazing coincidence,' Sullivan shot back."

►January 20, 2004 (broadcast date) - Shot in the arm: the chiropractic dispute over childhood vaccinations - CBC News - "Who hasn't heard the media message to get a flu shot?  After SARS, a lot of us are pretty scared of getting sick.  But not everyone.  Some people are more concerned about the risk of severe side effects from getting vaccinated...They're arguing that children should not be vaccinated for anything - not measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, not even polio."

►January 21, 2004 - From Mad Cow to mercury, agencies watch for our welfare - The Record-Courier

►January 20, 2004 - Paying Attention To Parents Of ADHD Kids - New Study Reinforces Importance of Testing Parents of Kids Who Are Diagnosed With Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Washington Post

►January 21, 2004 - Big ideas for job training, health face deficit hurdle (requires registration) - The Chicago Tribune

►January 21, 2004 - When Meds Don't Mix - Healthology Press via ABC News

►January 20, 2004 - Governments Back WHO's Anti-Obesity Plan - Governments Back U.N. Health Agency's Anti-Obesity Plan to Promote Healthier Lifestyles - AP via ABC News

►January 2004 - Antenatal steroids and protein metabolism in the preterm infants - journal article (Journal of Pediatrics) 

►January 2004 - Mitochondrial DNA and neurodevelopmental disorders - journal article (Journal of Pediatrics)

►January 20, 2004 - Respiratory syncytial virus: pervasive yet evasive - journal article (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

►February 2004 - Blood plasmacytoid dendritic cell responses to CpG oligodeoxynucleotides are impaired in human newborns - journal article (Blood) 

►November 2003 - Age-Related Changes in Intracellular Th1/Th2 Cytokine Production, Immunoproliferative T Lymphocyte Response and Natural Killer Cell Activity in Newborns, Children and Adults - journal article (Biology of the Neonate)

►November 2003 - LPS-Induced Changes in Myocardial Markers in Neonatal Rats - journal article (Biology of the Neonate)

►November 2003 - Childhood Pustular Psoriasis Elicited by the Streptococcal Antigen: A Case Report and Review of the Literature - journal article (Pediatric Dermatology)

►December 2003 - Scabies in Thai orphanages - journal article (Pediatrics International)

►February 2004 - SARS and Pregnancy: A Case Report - journal article (Emerging Infectious Diseases) via CDC

►January 2004 - Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children: A Review of Conceptual, Methodological, and Regulatory Issues - journal article (Value in Health)

►January 21, 2004 - Bird Flu Alert for China; Falcon Found Dead With Virus (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

Posted January 21, 2004:

►January 21, 2004 - WHO Seeks New Vaccine for Bird Flu - AP via The Herald-Sun 

►January 21, 2004 - Health insurers' excess cash targeted - State Insurance Department tells health oriented Blues to justify, shed voluminous reserves - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

►January 21, 2004 - Some pharmacies will refuse to stock 'morning after' contraceptive pill - FDA will decide next month if drug will be sold over the counter - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►January 20, 2004 - To avoid detection, HIV disrupts immune cell migration - Public Library of Science via

►January 19, 2004 - Bird flu continues to claim lives -

►January 20, 2004 - More Experts Join WHO in Bird Flu Hunt - AP via The Herald-Sun

►January 20, 2004 - In light of new studies, Vitamin D intake gets a fresh review -

►January 20, 2004 - Using vitamin E and C supplements together may reduce risk of Alzheimer disease - JAMA and Archives Journals Website via

►January 19, 2004 - One dose of 'designer' gene therapy may target specific body area - American Heart Association via

►January 20, 2004 - Drug prevents diabetes recurrence after islet cell transplantation - University of Virginia Health System via

►January 15, 2004 - Questions & Answers: The 2003-2004 Flu Season - CDC

►January 15, 2004 - Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Studies - CDC

►January 19, 2004 - China OKs Human Trials of SARS Vaccine - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 16, 2004 - Thailand Rejects AIDS Vaccine Criticism - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 18, 2004 - Is farmed salmon a risk, or will it keep you in the pink? - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►January 15, 2004 - Scientists Assail WHO on Malaria Drugs - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 16, 2004 - New Mad Cow Rules Worry Meat Processors - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 19, 2004 - Vitamin E May Be Key To Listeria-Free Turkeys - USDA Agricultural Research Service

►January 19, 2004 - Ebola Outbreaks Tied to Animals - Washington Post

►January 19, 2004 - WHO Confirms Fifth Death from Bird Flu in Vietnam - Reuters

►January 19, 2004 - Thailand denies existence of Avian 'flu -

►January 19, 2004 - Vietnam reports more flu type A suspects - Xinhua News Agency

►January 18, 2004 - China Toughens Checks on SARS, Bird Flu - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 19, 2004 - Fifth Bird Flu Death Confirmed in Vietnam - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 19, 2004 - Bird Flu Deaths Prompt Asia Health Alert - AP via The The Herald-Sun

►January 16, 2004 - Flu vaccine futile? - Nature - "A preliminary study suggests that this season's flu vaccine is virtually ineffective against the strain that struck hard this winter. But experts are urging caution over the study, saying that the results will need to be checked."

►January 2004 - More varicella vaccine, less invasive streptococcal disease - journal article (Journal of Pediatrics)

►December 2003 - A review of research into pretend play in autism - journal article (Autism) 

►January 19, 2004 - Asthma Not Worsened by Continued Trigger Exposure - Reuters via Yahoo!

►January 19, 2004 - Rutgers Scientists Discover Protein In Brain Affects Learning And Memory - Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey via ScienceDaily

►January 19, 2004 - When kids take the risks - Children enrolled in clinical trials usually do not directly benefit and may suffer health consequences. (requires registration) The Los Angeles Times - "Some physicians and medical ethicists are warning that a new push to include kids in drug trials could endanger the health of the children who sign up for them."

►January 20, 2004 - When Your Child's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - via Yahoo!

►January 19, 2004 - Bird Flu Deaths Prompt Asia Health Alert - Asia Goes on Health Alert Vs. Bird Flu As Fifth Person in Vietnam Dies From Chicken-Borne Virus - AP via ABC News

►January 21, 2004 - 'Bird Flu' Kills 5 in Vietnam and Fears Rise Over Its Spread - New York Times via (abstract)

►January 21, 2004 - Biggest-Ever AIDS Vaccine Trial Draws Stinging Criticism - USA Today via (abstract)

►January 21, 2004 - Colorado Whooping Cough Rate Soars - AP via (abstract)

►January 21, 2004 - FluMist Offered Free to Public Health Agencies - Washington Post via (abstract)

►January 20, 2004 - EQiTX to Invest A$3.5 Million in New Vaccine Technology - AAP via (abstract)

►January 20, 2004 - Late Vaccines Are Better Than None - Wall Street Journal via (abstract)

►January 20, 2004 - OK Given to Human Trial of SARS Vaccine - Montreal Gazette via (abstract)

►January 20, 2004 - WHO Moves to Calm Polio Fears - BBC News via (abstract)

►January 17, 2004 - B.C.-Made SARS Vaccine Ready to Fight Next Outbreak - Victoria Times Colonist via (abstract)

►January 17, 2004 - Bangladesh to Vaccinate Millions of Children Against Polio - AP via (abstract)

►January 21, 2004 - Colorado whooping cough rate soars; poor vaccination rate blamed - AP via

►January 21, 2004 - Letter from Safe Minds to IOM re: postponing February meeting on thimerosal and autism -

►January 21, 2004 - Weldon Tries to Whistle-Blow CDC's Alleged Puppeting of IOM on Mercury Letter calls on CDC Director Gerberding for a time-out to let research smoke to clear. - Schafer Autism Report

►January 21, 2004 - Farm Scene: Virginia Tech researchers cloning cattle to be 'mad cow-free' - AP via The Charleston Gazette

Comment:  In spite of publicity and claims to the contrary, it has not been established that prions cause mad cow disease.  (For more on this, go to the Online Mad Cow Disease Conference at .)  So isn't cloning for for mad cow free cattle a bit premature?  And if prions have positive aspects (see Proteins 'may help memories form'), might not this effort also be misguided?

►January 21, 2004 - Vaccine changes confuse parents - The West Australian - "WA parents wanting to have their children immunised are confused and out of pocket because of recent changes to government-funded vaccines, say experts...They have warned this could lead to lower coverage rates and a resurgence in dangerous diseases."

►January 19, 2004 - Medical teams sent to holy sites -

►January 21, 2004 - Sars vaccine volunteers are healthy adults, says China - AP, Reuters, AFP via The Straits Times, Asia

►January 20, 2004 - Biggest-ever AIDS vaccine trial draws stinging criticism - USA Today - "When the world of AIDS vaccine research erupts into controversy, as it did again last week, the source is often pent-up frustration over the snail's pace of progress and the best use of research money...More than 20 years into the epidemic, only one vaccine has completed two large-scale clinical trials. It failed both. The latest flap centers on yet another test of that vaccine as part of a two-shot combination with another experimental vaccine."

►January 20, 2004 - MALAWI: The Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Infection in Twin Pairs Born to Infected Mothers in Africa - Journal of Infectious Diseases via

►January 20, 2004 - Good Health: GEDE’s message of hope for PLWA - Vanguard

►January 21, 2004 - Did the government lay an egg? - Food sector lashes out about inaction on avian flu - The Japan Times - "The recent outbreak of avian flu in Yamaguchi Prefecture has not only shocked restaurants and the fast-food industry, but has highlighted the government's inability to prevent such deadly diseases from emerging in Japan...Many were shocked by the outbreak of avian influenza -- the first in Japan since 1925 -- that occurred at the Win Win chicken farm in the town of Ato, especially as it came after the government banned the import of U.S. beef in December following the discovery of the first case of mad cow disease there."

►January 20, 2004 - Project Phidisa Launched - US Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa via - "Today Project Phidisa was officially launched at 1 Military Hospital. The project is a collaborative effort between the South African Department of Defence, (SANDF), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a clinical research project aimed at exploring treatment options for SANDF members living with AIDS. This will help in answering research questions of relevance to South Africa both on anti-retroviral and non-anti-retroviral therapies. The project aims to develop the infrastructure in SANDF to conduct state-of-the-art clinical research."

►January 20, 2004 - Singapore to open S$15m public cord blood bank - via Yahoo!

►January 20, 2004 - Doctors try to trace disease that killed Cal basketball player - Contra Costa Times via - "The disease that killed University of California Berkeley basketball player Alisa Lewis on Monday probably is not a risk to those who had contact with her, but university health officials who don't know where or how she was exposed, aren't taking any chances...About five percent of the general population carries the bacterium without showing symptoms and will never get sick, said infectious diseases expert Dr. Arthur Reingold, chairman of epidemiology at University of California Berkeley's School of Public Health. But the carriers can spread it to others, usually by sneezing, coughing, kissing, or sharing cups and eating utensils...Both doctors said the public has little to fear. "This bacterium can't last outside the body longer than two minutes," Reingold said. "It doesn't get spread by casual contact...'Only a tiny fraction of those who are exposed ever get sick," he said. "Most of us are have antibodies that protect us. But if you're that rare individual who doesn't have those antibodies, as this young lady apparently didn't, you're definitely at risk.'"

►January 21, 2004 - CDC to ask for probe into HIV positive party goers - The China Post - "The Center for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday announced that 28 of the 92 homosexuals nabbed by the police at a drug party last week are HIV positive...According to the CDC, only one party goer admitted to the police that he is HIV positive. The police later identified 27 more reported AIDS cases after checking with the health authorities...They were all caught while attending the infamous drug and sex party, known as the "Home Party" in the gay community."

Comment:  What's THAT about?

►January 20, 2004 - Family and Consumer Cues: January is Autism Awareness Month - The Madison Press

Comment:  You may have to search the site for this article.  (It should be in the "lifestyles" section.)

►January 20, 2004 - Tracking the missing - Project Lifesaver helps to avoid deaths like that of Willie Schoellhorn of Arlington. - The Daily Herald

►January 21, 2004 - Groups to fight bill to limit class-action - The Hill - "A coalition of groups opposed to a Senate bill aimed at limiting class-action suits has stepped up its efforts to derail the legislation...The initiative comes despite an agreement reached late last year tha won more than 60 Senate sponsors on behalf of the legislation."

►January 21, 2004 - No Foolproof Way Is Seen to Contain Altered Genes (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "A new report commissioned by the government suggests that it will be difficult to completely prevent genetically engineered plants and animals from having unintended environmental and public health effects."

Comment:  What, if anything, are the implications re: vaccines?  And, if after thoroughly studying the question, adverse vaccine effects are discovered, they should be factored into any risk/benefit analysis of vaccination.

►January 21, 2004 - Drug Team May Stem Alzheimer's Effects (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►January 20, 2004 - Who Seeks New Vaccine for Bird Flu - AP via - "The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was trying to develop a vaccine to protect against the bird flu, which has killed five people in Vietnam...The development came as international scientists launched an effort to trace how the ailment has jumped from poultry to people, and as China stepped up vigilance at its border with Vietnam to keep out the disease."

►January 19, 2004 - Mental health advocates fight for funds - Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) via

►January 19, 2004 - School Immunization Requirements - The vaccines your child needs before starting school. - Healthy Kids via

January 20, 2004 - Flu may have peaked early, emergency doctors say - But they’re wary of 2nd surge in cases - Green Bay Press-Gazette

►January 20, 2004 - China approves testing of experimental SARS vaccine on humans - Canadian Press

►January 20, 2004 - Brain-wasting diseases date to 18th century - Ailments like mad cow disease are believed to be caused by rogue proteins that have been defying medical sleuths. - The Miami Herald

►January 19, 2004 - No spread is found in CWD among deer - The Albuquerque Tribune

►January 20, 2004 - Cobra Invents Tablet Vaccine To Cut Costs -

►January 20, 2004 - Life expectancy of Beijingers close to 80 years old - China View via Xinhua News Agency

►January 19, 2004 - HIV/Aids Figures May Increase, Says Osotimehin - This Day (Lagos) via

►January 21, 2004 - Seoul set to intensify fight against animal diseases - The Korea Herald

►January 19, 2004 - Deaths remain a mystery - Crawford County Avalanche

►January 20, 2004 - Epimmune Completes Patient Enrollment in HIV Vaccine Trial - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►January 20, 2004 - Cancer Drug Gets An Arterial Trial Run - Test finds efficacy in slow-release role - Newsday

►January 20, 2004 - Viruses that kill cancer - The Boston Globe - "The first clue that viruses could fight cancer came around the turn of the last century, when a woman with cervical cancer was bitten by a dog. She was injected with live, crippled rabies virus; her cancer shrank."

►January 19, 2004 - Century of research confirms impact of psychosocial factors on health - Question is how to apply that knowledge to healthcare systems - American Psychological Association via

►January 20, 2004 - Wallaby eggs grown in

►January 20, 2004 - 'Homeopathy can cure SARS' - "As SARS cases reappear and reseachers work overtime to contain the virus, Indians doctors say the cure could lie in ancient 'nosode therapy' and homeopathy...According to a paper published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Physiology (IJCP), SARS can be effectively cured by using an ancient 'Nosode Therapy' which uses the patient's own pooled serum. It is a type of isotherapy which involves the preparation of medicine from the patient's own blood, after diluting it...Nosode therapy is an established therapy for treatment of most of the diseases in animals."

►January 19, 2004 - HIV Treatment Procedures - Business Day (Johannesburg) via

►January 19, 2004 - Understanding Urinary Tract Infections: Scientists Film Bacteria Changing, Collaborating to Defeat Bladder Cell Defenses -

►January 19, 2004 - Singapore ink stem cell deal with US -

►January 20, 2004 - A World Apart From Autism - Asperger syndrome challenges experts to distinguish its symptoms and treatments - Newsday - "When Eric Schissel was a boy, ZIP codes fascinated him. And he had magnificent obsessions with mathematics, dictionaries, penguins and foreign languages. He was master of an amazing party trick: Pick any date in history, and he could tell you what day it landed on. But Eric Schissel wasn't invited to any parties."

►January 19, 2004 - Whooping cough reported at McCann -North Adams Transcript

►January 20, 2004 - Study: Vitamins C, E cut Alzheimer's risk - High daily doses of vitamins E and C taken together reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease among elderly people, a new study suggests. - Reuters via CNN

►January 19, 2004 - Skin cancer treatments debated -  A non-surgical treatment for basal cell skin cancer results in better cosmetic results but might be less effective than surgery at preventing the disease from returning, a study found. - AP via CNN

►January 19, 2004 - Simple sugar eases Huntington's disease in mice - Discovery provides taste of a possible route for human drug development. - nature science update

Posted January 20, 2004:

►January 26, 2004 - Web sites can give patients info they need for decisions - Credible Internet resources were found to be helpful for patients needing to make informed choices on cancer screening. -

►January 20, 2004 - U.S. parents increasingly question vaccine wisdom - Reuters via - "For instance, measles makes as many as 40 million people around the world sick every year and kills 745,000, according to the World Health Organization..'If vaccinations were stopped, each year about 2.7 million measles deaths worldwide could be expected,' the CDC says."

Comment:  And yet, when measles was routine in the United States, prior to vaccination, there were annually only around 500 deaths (see note) among the approximately 5,000,000 cases each year.  Why do the authorities continue to try and create hysteria in developed nations by using statistics derived from poor, malnourished, developing ones?  Could it be to sell vaccines?  For more on the misuse of measles statistics, go to Scandals: “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.” - Andrew Lang - More confusing disease stats.

►January 20, 2004 - Critics ask why flu shot doesn't match strain - Mercury in vaccine found to be 250 times higher than recommended - by Kelly Patricia O'Meara - Insight Magazine via - "Nevertheless, the CDC website says, 'the benefits of influenza vaccine with reduced or standard thimerosal content outweighs the theoretical risk, if any, of thimerosal,' which is of course the source of the mercury...The CDC website also states: 'Based on guidelines established by the FDA, the EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, no child will receive excessive mercury from childhood vaccines regardless of whether or not their flu shot contains thimerosal as a preservative.'...Is there a disconnect in communications between federal agencies? Certainly the EPA and the FDA don't think the risk from exposure of children to high levels of mercury is 'theoretical'."

Comment:  As always, Kelly Patricia O'Meara has written a clear, "insightful", important article.

►January 19, 2004 - Pharmexa announces positive data from a clinical trial with the HER-2 Protein AutoVac(TM) breast cancer vaccine - PrimeZone Media Network via

►January 18, 2004 - Close to the madding crowd? Take special precautions - San Francisco Chronicle

►January 19, 2004 - Death In The Air - CBS/AP via - "A 19-year-old British woman died Monday on board a Virgin Atlantic flight from Miami to London's Heathrow Airport, the airline said...A day earlier, two passengers on a British Airways flight from Miami to Heathrow died, including one from suspected viral meningitis."

►January 19, 2004 - County at risk of CWD surge - Experts worry new deer disease hot spot will surface in area - Stevens Point Journal via

►January 18, 2004 - Unknowns about meat linger in study of mad cow, related diseases - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via

►January 19, 2004 - Ontario Government Promotes Basrur to Top Public-Health Post - Bloomberg

►January 19, 2004 - WHO Confirms Fifth Death from Bird Flu in Vietnam - Reuters via Yahoo!

►January 18, 2004 - Proper therapy can do so much for children with autism - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via - "One unique thing about children with autism is that with early intensive intervention, they can make astonishing strides to the point where they are far less affected by the disorder.  This is not typical for most developmental disorders, and it saves taxpayers tens of millions of dollars per child over the child's life span.  These types of gains are never seen in autistic children who do not receive early intensive behavioral intervention."

►January 18, 2004 - More than just a job: Real-world work program puts autistic student on path to independence - King County Journal

►January 19, 2004 - Douglas County school to reopen after mercury spill - - "More than 800 students at a Douglas County school will return to classes Tuesday, two weeks after the school was shut down because of a mercury spill."

Comment:  The authorities will close a school for two weeks because of external exposure to mercury.  But we are supposed to believe them when they say injecting mercury is safe.

►January 20, 2004 - Food safety call as study says salmon is safer than other fish - The Herald, UK - "Environmental  groups have called for a new food safety investigation after it emerged that there are six fish types with greater concentration of toxic chemicals than salmon."

►January 20, 2004 - Organ scandal families sue NHS - The Herald, UK - "More than 2000 families are taking the NHS to the high court for removing organs of dead patients without consent."

►January 19, 2004 - Anti-vaccine advice worries health officials - - "Jason Busse, a licensed chiropractor who is going for his doctorate in epidemiology, wonders why chiropractors are giving advice on vaccinations...'We're not taught to administer it or manage it in any clinical or managerial way. I don't understand why chiropractors feel they should be offering advice on this.'"

►January 20, 2004 - Bird flu: The hunt for a vaccine may be surprisingly short - - "Scientists in Britain and the United States, working under the aegis of the World Health Organisation (WHO), last year readied a potential vaccine against H5N1, the codename for the bird flu virus, just two months after the disease hit Hong Kong...'If we are lucky, in the best-case scenario, the viruses will be found by the end of this week to be very similar, which means we will already have a prototype vaccine,' Klaus Stoehr, head of the WHO's global influenza programme, said from Geneva."

►January 19, 2004 - China Approves Trial for Experimental SARS Vaccine -

►January 20, 2004 - China to test human SARS vaccine - CNN

►January 16, 2004 - Polio Should Be a Relic, Declare Health Ministers - CDC via

Your Baby's Developing Immune System - How baby's immunities mature -- and illnesses to watch for. - "Most babies average between 8 and 12 colds a year. That's because children are born with an immature immune system that isn't very effective at fighting illness. To work, baby's system needs to be exposed to different kinds of sicknesses so it can store knowledge about them and use that knowledge to battle those invaders in the future."

Comment:  Do never vaccinated, breastfed babies have 8-12 colds a year?  And, if to work "baby's system needs to be exposed to different kinds of sicknesses so it can store knowledge about them and use that knowledge to battle those invaders in the future", is it safe to assume exposure to vaccine antigens has the same effect on baby's immune system as the actual diseases?

Is it safe to be vaccinated during pregnancy? - American Academy of Pediatrics via American Baby Magazine

►January 20, 2004 - Drug Companies Get Too Close for Med School's Comfort (requires registration or subscription) - commentary - The New York Times - "Our psychiatry department at the University of Arizona is divided over these interactions. On one hand, a number of professors and a few residents have grown concerned that the department is allowing the pharmaceutical industry to teach our residents to embrace newer, more expensive drugs. On the other, many residents have argued against restrictions, suggesting that they should learn to respond to the marketing now and that prohibiting contact would leave them unprepared for the future. A minority have argued that academic freedom gives the faculty and residents the right to speak with whomever they choose."

►January 20, 2004 - Japan Deems Beef Standards Lax in Canada and U.S. (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►January 20, 2004 - Spread of Bird Flu in Asia Worries Officials (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►January 20, 2004 - The Whole Cow and Nothing but the Whole Cow (requires registration or subscription) - editorial observer - The New York Times - "In fact, the list is nearly endless. Vaccines are often prepared in media that may contain byproducts from slaughtered cattle. Until recently, heparin, a widely prescribed anticoagulant, was made from bovine mucosa and lung, and steroids come from adrenal glands. Chemicals derived from bovine tissue appear in plastics, paper coatings, rubber and asphalt. Glycerin appears in countless products. Collagen is a bovine byproduct...Some of these products — vaccines, for instance — are strictly regulated, and many of the industrial uses of cattle parts derive from cow parts that are not associated with mad cow disease."

Comment:  Forgive me if I don't believe that vaccines are regulated in a way that prevents animal diseases, including bovine ones, from getting into vaccine cell cultures.  For more on this go to Scandals: On "mad cows" and sick monkeys: From the people who brought you SV40 in vaccines....

►January 19, 2004 - Blue Tongue: Storace, Stop Mandatory Vaccinations - Today in Italy (Special service by AGI on behalf of the Italian Prime Minister's office - "Lazio regional president Francesco Storace is calling for the consideration of immediate suspension of the mandatory vaccination of sheep and goats against 'blue tongue' in a letter sent to Health Minister Girolamo Sirchia asking for an 'urgent, authoritative and resolute action'. The Lazio president is asking Sirchia 'to avoid both the dangerous institutional counter-position and the concrete risk of farmer's concerns and backlash'. They - wrote Storace - are exasperated by the harm already done by previous vaccinations and have no reassurance for the future'."

Posted January 19, 2004:

►January 17, 2004 - Anti-Counterfeit Steps By Drugmakers Sought - Legislators' Goal Is to Halt Illegal Sales - Washington Post - "Congressional lawmakers asked five of the nation's largest drugmakers yesterday to explain what they are doing to stop counterfeit drugs from entering the marketplace. The letters are part of a widening effort in Congress and among federal agencies to crack down on the illegal distribution of prescription drugs."

►January 19, 2004 - Coffee lowers diabetes risk - China Daily - "People who gulp several cups of coffee a day can greatly lower their risk of developing diabetes later in life, even if they are overweight, according to a US Study published on Tuesday...The study of 125,000 people suggests that caffeinated coffee - not caffeine-free - may affect the body's metabolism in positive ways, the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health said."

►January 19, 2004 - Proteins 'may help memories form' - Proteins which behave like those linked to vCJD and BSE may play a role in forming memories, scientists claim. - BBC - "Prions, abnormal proteins which change normal proteins into copies of themselves, are thought to cause neurodegenerative diseases...But researchers at New York's Columbia University say a protein which behaves in the same way may help make memories...Writing in Nature magazine, they say prions may perform other beneficial roles in the body."

Comment:  How much do we really know about these prions?  Might we be barking up the wrong tree and in an effort to neutralize the alleged negative effect of prions end up doing some damage instead?

►January 17, 2004 - Single-jab clinic sees 60 infants - This Is Local London - "Parents fearful of the effects of the controversial MMR vaccine got a chance to give their children separate jabs...The children will have the same vaccines injected into them as the triple MMR but by nine separate injections over a longer period of time instead of the single MMR administered in one go."

►January 17, 2004 - Health Ministers Vow to Eradicate Polio This Year - 

►January 17, 2004 - China's two suspect cases confirmed to have SARS but WHO cautious -

►January 18, 2004 - COA kills chickens to prevent spread of bird flu disease - Taipei Times

►January 18, 2004 - Poultry workers to get flu jabs -

►November/December 2003 - Annual Review Of Immunology - book review - Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo via

►December 2003 - Underrecognition of Preexisting Cognitive Impairment by Physicians in Older ICU Patients* -  Chest via

►December 2003 - High Expression of p40^sup tax^ and Proinflammatory Cytokines and Chemokines in the Lungs of Human T-Lymphotropic Virus Type 1- Related Bronchopulmonary Disorders* - Chest via

►December 2003 - Pulmonary Cryptococcosis in Nonimmunocompromised Patients* - Chest via

►January 17, 2004 - Fate of autistic boy's mom uncertain after 2nd meeting - The Modesto Bee - "Immigration officials didn't tell Felipa Gutierrez to bring a suitcase to a second meeting regarding her possible deportation back to Mexico...Gutierrez's attorney, Solange Altman, took that as a promising sign that the 34-year-old mother of three may get to stay in the United States."

►January 17, 2004 - Autistic children left hanging - Wind Lake mom, others scramble to replace therapy service after state switch - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - "Hundreds of families across the state, many in southeastern Wisconsin, are scrambling to maintain treatment for their autistic children after a providersuddenly dropped out of the Medicaid-funded program in December...It is the latest setback for parents of these often severely impaired children, at a time when some are exploring a class-action lawsuit to restore treatment levels cut as part of a state budget compromise reached last year."

►January 18, 2004 - China has two more SARS patients -

►January 18, 2004 - Muslim fears pose barrier to fighting polio - The Boston Globe via

►January 18, 2004 - Boy, 10, explains autism and camp -

►January 18, 2004 - Camp lets kids with autism be themselves - Program designed to help youths with the disorder feel accepted and safe, founder says. -

►January 18, 2004 - Evolving empathy: Through a workshop, South Butler students gain a better understanding of a life with disabilities - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►January 14, 2004 - Coping With Autism Many Moms Left Straining For Services - Daily News via YellowBrix - "For parents, there is little relief in sight...'The increase in autism is causing an increase in demand in services,' said Steve Graff, director of the Tri-County Regional Center in Simi Valley, which offers referrals to parents. 'And there are only so many people out there that can do that kind of service.'"

►January 15, 2004 - Study Finds Huge Variability in Vitamin E Absorption - Oregon State University - "The research may explain, Traber said, why many past research studies done with vitamin E have varied findings. It's quite possible, she said, that the manner in which people took vitamin E supplements and the variation in its bioavailability from person to person have yielded widely inconsistent results about the value of this nutrient in heart disease and other degenerative diseases."

►January 18, 2004 - Probe Sought Into NIH Officials' Outside Work  Three House Democrats ask the investigative arm of Congress to look into 'potential conflicts of interest' stemming from drug-firm payments. (requires registration) - The Los Angeles Times - "Citing details from a Los Angeles Times article published last month, the House members called for an "investigation into potential conflicts of interest" at the federal government's center for medical research on humans...In an interview, Waxman said, 'It is evident that there is a real problem at NIH, when researchers can make hundreds of thousands of dollars consulting, at the same time they're doing research paid for by the public.'"

►January 18, 2004 - Colombian gunmen prevent Indians receiving vaccine - Reuters via - "Marxist guerrillas and far-right paramilitaries are preventing health workers entering Colombian's Sierra Nevada to vaccinate native Indians against an epidemic of yellow fever, the government said on Sunday...Palacio did not say why the armed groups were preventing the teams from entering the area."

►January 19, 2004 - Bird flu vaccine may come too late - Daily Yomiuri Online - "Concerns are rising among researchers that if the bird flu that is spreading on chicken farms throughout Asia mutates into a human influenza virus, the international medical community will be hard-pressed to come up with enough doses of an effective vaccine in time...The difficulty stems partly from the fact that most of the relevant patent rights deemed necessary for the development and production of an effective vaccine are held separately by various venture businesses around the world, according to a researcher."

►January 19, 2004 - Scientists say singing boosts immune system -

Posted January 18, 2004:

►January 18, 2004 - Nigerian state upholds ban on polio vaccinations - AP via The Times of India - "Officials of a heavily Islamic northern Nigerian state said Saturday they wouldn't lift a ban on polio immunizations, after local tests failed to assuage fundamentalists' fears that the doses contain ingredients to render Muslims infertile."

►January 18, 2004 - Does It Pay to Manage Your Own Care? - (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►January 17, 2004 - Sleepless Nights? Could Be Sinus Trouble - HealthDayNews via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►January 18, 2004 - The Lab Animal - (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "I had heard about these mice, heard them called ''mighty mice,'' but I was still shocked at the sight of them. There they were in several small cages, grouped with normal mice, all of them nibbling on mouse chow pellets. The mighty mice looked like a different animal. They were built like cattle, with thick necks and big haunches. They belonged in some kind of mouse rodeo."

►January 17, 2004 - The Mad Cows Finally Come Home - Family Farm Defenders via

►January 17, 2004 - A Shot of Hope: A New Cancer Vaccine Goes to Trial - (requires registration or subscription) - Kansas City Star

►January 17, 2004 - Scripps Florida lead chemist named - Palm Beach Post

►January 17, 2004 - Unknowns abound at UF autism talks - Gainesville Sun

►January 18, 2004 - Children with disability at risk of victimisation - Sunday Herald, UK - "Children who suffer from conditions such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could be wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system as a result of the Scottish Executive’s Anti-social Behaviour Bill...According to the proposed law, anti-social behaviour is anything that is likely to result in the alarm or distress of a third party, but the campaigners warn that certain repetitive or unusual behaviour by children with autism or ADHD could be misinterpreted to mean exactly this."

►January 18, 2004 - Millions in quest for 'miracle cures' - The Japan Times

►January 17, 2004 - 'This could be way worse than SARS' - A deadly avian flu in Vietnam raises fears that it will be transformed into an infectious human killer. - The Globe And Mail - "When a handful of people in Vietnam recently began dying of a flu spread by birds, it set off alarm bells in the offices of infectious-disease specialists around the world...Could this be the start of a global flu pandemic, just like the one that swept the planet after the First World War, killing between 20 million and 40 million people?"

►January 17, 2004 - Meningitis deaths unrelated, officials say - AP via - "A high school student who died Jan. 9 was thought to have meningitis, but tests came back negative. Officials think the tests may have been affected by antibiotics given before a spinal tap was done."

Comment:  How often do things like this happen?

►January 17, 2004 - Women of World War II knew how to persevere - Contra Costa Times - "Children's health problems were always close to the surface. When our oldest started school in first grade, she brought home measles, whooping cough and mumps. The shortage of doctors was acute, since most had been drafted into the service."

►January 17, 2004 - Vaccine aims at flu, but shots miss target: Albany -- Inoculations give little protection, but worst of season seems to be over -

►January 18, 2004 - Autism rise may be a myth (requires subscription) - The Sunday Times, UK - "A leading medical team claims to have solved the mystery of Britain’s fourfold rise in cases of childhood autism — and it has nothing to do with the MMR ..."


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