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All the News Posted November 1-2, 2004

Posted November 2, 2004

* ►November 8, 2004 - West Nile here to stay; treatments sought - The neurological complications from the virus have prompted a flurry of research to identify vaccines. -

* ►November 8, 2004 - Genetic testing issues land in primary care practices - With more patients asking about such tests, experts say primary care doctors will lead the genomic medicine revolution. - - "In his talk at the AAFP meeting, Dr. Collins cited several studies that found differing effects of the asthma drug albuterol, the blood thinner coumadin and several psychotropic drugs based on the patient's genetic makeup. He expects such information to work its way into practice soon."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Long-term-care panel formed - A system designed for acute care must adapt to an aging population living with chronic illness. - - "At a press conference held last month announcing the creation of the panel, Kerrey and Dr. Kizer hinted at the increased role primary care physicians will play by noting that the current health care system was designed for dealing with acute illness, but more than 60 million Americans have chronic illnesses -- a number that will increase as the population ages."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Law protects physicians with patient safety plans - The legislation will help Washington state doctors internalize a culture of safety. -

* ►November 8, 2004 - Minnesota insurer won't pay hospitals for "never events" - Doctors and hospitals aren't sure the plan's refusal to reimburse for serious reportable events is the most effective way to reduce medical mistakes. -

* ►November 8, 2004 - Court rules a patient list is a protected trade secret - - "Drs. Shawe and Badawy opened their own practice called Skinsmart and used the patient list to call patients they were scheduled to see at Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology and rebook the appointments at Skinsmart. The doctors also called and sent out a letter to patients and referring physicians to tell them about the new practice, court records show. The patient list resulted in about $700,000 in profit to Skinsmart, according to the court documents."

* ►November 8, 2004 - Blues plan sues physicians who won't join network - Antitrust attorneys are watching the Montana case closely to see if the dispute breaks new legal ground in managed care negotiations and physician-hospital contracting. -

* ►November 8, 2004 - Health plans subpoenaed in fraud probe - Questions over insurance brokers' fees and deals lead to investigations by state regulators. -

►November 8, 2004 - Pennsylvania House extends liability fund relief - Doctors hope the Senate will OK the measure, which they see as a way to keep physicians in the state. -

►November 8, 2004 - No draft for doctors, Pentagon says - The AMA has been reassured that there is no need for any call-up of additional medical personnel. -

►November 8, 2004 - Illinois hospital, staff go to court in fight over liability coverage - The case is one of several in the country asking courts to decide how much weight medical staff bylaws carry. -

►November 8, 2004 - Turning theory into practice: When cutting-edge doesn't always cut it - A Boston-area group adapted just about every service and technological innovation available. But it's finding out that revolutionizing the patient-doctor experience isn't easy. -

►November 8, 2004 - Medicaid budget woes expected to persist - The program's growth continues to squeeze states, leading to new cuts to physician payments and patient eligibility. -

►November 8, 2004 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - EMR goal should go beyond practice aid to extensive tool for patient care - Make VA electronic medical record systems available to all physicians - Doctors should respect the demands put on nurses' time and attention -

►November 8, 2004 - Medicare claims appeals could slow down - The plan to move all of the process to HHS is too vague and raises serious concerns, the GAO says. -

►November 8, 2004 - MICRAscope: RAND's methodical inspection of California's tort reform law - A recent study that looks at MICRA's noneconomic damages cap is garnering a lot of attention. -

►November 8, 2004 - Women leading climb in med school applications - Total applications rise during a slow economy. -

►November 8, 2004 - Changes in tax laws could affect 2004 filing -

►November 8, 2004 - Doctors a force in battle of the bulge (opinion) - The obesity crisis is worsening. But with physicians' help, Americans can reverse the trend. -

►November 8, 2004 - Summit looks at doctors' roles in battling obesity epidemic - Solutions are elusive, but experts say physicians should get better at diagnosing the problem and also spread clear, simple lifestyle messages in their communities. -

►November 8, 2004 - Surgeon general targets bone health - Fractures after age 45 that come from moderate trauma should serve as red flags that a patient is at risk for additional breaks. -

►November 8, 2004 - Services pop up to help doctors pick EMR system - Medical societies and others are trying to help physicians select electronic medical records systems that suit their practices. -

* ►November 4, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage not an accident - - "There hasn't been a single case of smallpox in the whole world for more than 20 years. But the Bush administration attempted a huge smallpox vaccination program as part of its propaganda campaign for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. At least three people died from the side effects of that vaccine."

►November 2, 2004 - When a cough and sneeze make a killer disease - The Federal Government is stockpiling anti-viral drugs. But would they be any use against a mutant variation of bird flu? Nick O'Malley reports. (requires registration) -

►November 2, 2004 - No Vaccines? You Can Still Fight the Flu (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►November 2, 2004 - The town divided by a deadly disease - Low take-up of the MMR jab could soon cause outbreaks of measles in Britain. Jeremy Laurance visits Freiburg in Germany, where a middle-class boycott of vaccinations is causing rates of infection to soar - with tragic results - Independent, UK

►November 2, 2004 - Mumps hit universities - Telegraph, UK

►November 2, 2004 - Mumps vs MMR - opinion - Telegraph, UK

* ►November 1, 2004 - Study links autism to intestinal virus (requires registration or subscription) - Cox News Service via - "The research, to appear in the Journal of Clinical Immunology due out today, opens the door to testing treatments for some autistic children, including a diet that forbids dairy products and certain grains. Dr. Andy Wakefield, whose earlier work caused a furor by suggesting an association between a common childhood vaccine and autism, said he considers the latest research ground-breaking."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Mercury-free flu shot supply running short (requires registration or subscription) - Dearth of Vaccines For Infants As Experts Urge Use For 1st Time - The Mercury News - ``The problem is, there isn't enough thimerosal-free influenza vaccine to go around,'' said Dr. Julia McMillan, a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious diseases"

* ►November 1, 2004 - U.S. ill-prepared to handle bioterror attack, experts warn - Flu vaccine crisis called symptom of far wider problem - San Francisco Chronicle - "Most of the answers proposed for BioShield II involve added industry incentives, including tax reforms designed to make investment in vaccine development more attractive, increasing federal support for research and development and reforming the FDA approval process....At the same time, there are proposals to develop a new class of broad- spectrum vaccines that could protect against a wide variety of microbial threats -- known and unknown -- instead of the current, slow bug-by-bug approach. That technology would make it easier to maintain a 'warm' biodefense arsenal, because specific vaccines degrade over time."

►November 1, 2004 - Glaxo offer on vaccine - Bloomberg News via International Herald Tribune - "We are in discussions to see if there are more flexible ways to show efficacy," Monteyne said. "Another way is to look at the data generated in countries where the vaccine is used. There's no reason to believe the American population is different from other areas in the world."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Drugs giant moves trials abroad - Glaxo lured by security and low costs of trials overseas - The Guardian, UK - "In the UK, a healthy volunteer would be paid about £100 a night for a typical study. In India, the cost of conducting clinical trials can be as little as a tenth of the costs in the west, a pharmaceutical industry source said."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Vaccines: Petunia Power - Newsweek via MSNBC - "We could potentially immunize large groups without injections," says INB's Orn Adalsteinsson. "Plants are very compatible with humans." Scientists inject a genetically modified virus into a plant, which causes the plant to make new proteins. When that plant is eaten, the body reacts to the new proteins as if infected, and makes new antibodies."

* ►November 1, 2004 - US officials debate how to ration flu - " ‘No pharmaceutical company worth its salt will pursue a market unless it is worth at least $1 billion in sales,’ said Ben Andrew, health-care industry analyst at Chicago investment bank William Blair & Co. ‘Flu vaccines are just too small of a market,’ Andrew said. ‘It’s practically charity work.’"

* ►November 1, 2004 - Group responds to rising autism rate - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - "It is the third most common child disability today. It trails mental retardation and cerebral palsy. It is four times more common in boys than girls," Howard Carpenter said. "For every 149 normal babies born, one will have autism. The rate today is 15 times higher than a decade ago."

* ►November 1, 2004 - Schools can cut lead for less, expert says - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "In the 99th percentile scenario, Maas said, drinking three-quarters of a liter daily of water containing 80 micrograms of lead per liter would increase a child's blood level by 10 micrograms per deciliter, translating into an IQ drop of 7.4 points. He pointed to research linking lead exposure to learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and aggressive behavior. A study of 9-year-olds with blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter found that they had higher dropout rates and more behavioral problems and criminal behavior at age 19 than 9-year-olds with blood lead levels below 5 micrograms per deciliter."

►November 1, 2004 - West Nile's no-show mystifies scientists - Intensive surveillance hasn't found virus in Washington this year - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 1, 2004 - Sosei Announces the Launch of its US Company Targeting the Development of CNS Compounds - PRNewswire - "Sosei has exclusively licensed SON-216 from MPC to develop, manufacture and commercialize for ADHD, under the related patents, with an option to use for other indications."

►November 1, 2004 - Gender And Sex Hormones Affect The Brain's Pain Response And More, According To New Studies - Society For Neuroscience via ScienceDaily

►November 1, 2004 - Flame retardants may cause brain damage - rats evince when exposed to bromide flame retardants, such as those found in computers, textiles, and other materials in our surroundings, during the period when the brain develops  - Medical Research News via

►November 1, 2004 - Time to get the lead out - Sun Media via - "The concern with children is that they ingest more toxic chemicals in what they breathe and eat per kilogram of body weight than an adult does," Winterton says. "And because they're growing rapidly, these chemicals have a stronger opportunity to affect their growth."

►November 1, 2004 - Teen with Asperger's Syndrome Creates Own Website for Everyone on the Autistic Spectrum - "Spectrum Haven" aims to be inclusive of everyone on the spectrum, including kids and teens who want to make friends and have fun. The site is for those with autism, asperger's syndrome, Fragile X, hyperlexia, ADD, ADHD, PDD-NOS and dyspraxia. - PRWeb via

* ►November 1, 2004 - SafeMinds Demonstrates Urgency of Autism Epidemic in New Study - Calls for Public Health Officials to Declare Autism a National Emergency - press release - SafeMinds via PRNewswire - "In a new and compelling review of four decades of autism surveys from around the world, Mark Blaxill, a Director of SafeMinds and the parent of a child diagnosed with autism, provides conclusive proof that the reported increase in autism rates in the United States and the United Kingdom is very real.  Publishing in the newest issue of the respected, peer-reviewed journal, Public Health Reports, Blaxill persuasively contradicts the repeated (and unfounded) speculations of a small group of influential autism experts.  These experts have promoted the erroneous view that the dramatic reported rise in the rates of autism in these two countries is a result of changing diagnostic standards and better reporting of cases.

* ►November 1, 2004 - The Health Files / Tim Christie: Woman's son suffers the burden of her vaccine skepticism -  The Register-Guard

►November 1, 2004 - Safety and Immunogenicity Results Available for New Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Booster Vaccine (Tdap) Candidate for Adolescents - Data Presented for First Time at the 44th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire-FirstCall via PharmaLive

►November 1, 2004 - NIAID Launches Program to Improve Medical Tools Against Emerging Infectious Diseases - PharmaLive - "'Elucidating the basic mechanisms of immune function is a major focus of our biodefense research agenda,' says Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of NIAID. 'The information generated by this program will deepen our understanding of how components of the immune system defend against certain infectious agents, enabling researchers to design new and improved medical countermeasures.'"

►November 1, 2004 - Glaxo eyes high-end pharma products - Sify Finance - "GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals, the largest multinational drug maker in India, is planning to switch its manufacturing focus to high-end drugs and pharmaceutical products that cannot be easily copied. The Rs 1,250 crore company may, set up a new plant for this but the jury is still out on that. GSK Pharmaceuticals has around Rs 400 crore in unused cash."

►November 1, 2004 - Imperial to lead the way in developing vaccines against bio-weapons - Medical News Today

►November 1, 2004 - Got the Flu? Blame the Free Market (requires registration) - Washington Post

►November 1, 2004 - Deadly Global Flu Pandemic 'Closer Than Ever' - PA News via The Scotsman

►November 1, 2004 - Global flu crisis strategy sought - AP via London Free Press via

►November 1, 2004 - 1,500 line up for flu vaccine - The Missoulian

►November 1, 2004 - Get a flu shot via bus, plane, or boat - The Seattle Times

►November 1, 2004 - Saginaw lines up to get flu vaccines - Packed Country Sampler offers shots - WJRT

►November 1, 2004 - R.I. health agency gets flu vaccine doses - Providence Business News

►November 1, 2004 - Tánaiste welcomes the beginning of the 2004/2005 Influenza Vaccination Campaign -

►November 1, 2004 - Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Activity in Asia - Role of Domestic Duck - Travel Health Advisory - Public Health Agency of Canada

►November 1, 2004 - Thailand alerted of bird flu revival in cool season - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 1, 2004 - A global game of chicken on bird flu (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►November 1, 2004 - Only 200 vaccines available for flu immunization clinic set for ►November 3 - Kalona News

►November 1, 2004 - IT Confidential: Spim, Spam, Spyware, And The Flu Vaccine - Information Week - "Spammers and phishers are taking advantage of the shortage of flu vaccine in the United States to dupe consumers into divulging credit-card numbers or buying bogus doses online, a security firm warned last week. Bogus offers for the flu vaccine are 'rampant,' according to Vircom, a Montreal E-mail security vendor, and unlicensed vaccines are being sold by unregulated online pharmacies and offshore suppliers. 'The vaccine shortage has caused some people to become desperate, creating new opportunities for scammers to defraud E-mail users,' said Marc Chouinard, head of Vircom's anti-spam team, in a statement."

►November 1, 2004 - Quebecers urged to get flu vaccines - Montreal Gazette via

►November 1, 2004 - New Data Show Tamiflu May Reduce Risk of Pneumonia in Flu Patients - press release - Roche via PRNewswire

►November 1, 2004 - Roche's Tamiflu Works Against Bird Flu Strain-Study - Reuters

►November 1, 2004 - Sentinel physicians prepare for tracking flu virus (requires registration) - KRT via Philadelphia Inquirer via Kansas City Star

►November 1, 2004 - Where's outrage for country's flu-shot fiasco? - Event shows absurdity of local, national public policies - opinion - Statesman Journal

►November 1, 2004 - Lottery to determine who gets flu shots in state - Arizona Republic via

►November 1, 2004 - Flu shots still available for high-risk children (includes video) -

►November 1, 2004 - Flush with flu vaccine, Allina shared - The Business Journal via MSNBC

►November 1, 2004 - Wake Co. has 12,000 doses of the flu vaccine in stock - News 14 Carolina

►November 1, 2004 - Senior communities in area without needed flu vaccines - Gary Post-Tribune

►November 1, 2004 - Medimmune Completes Enrollment in Phase 3 Study Comparing Next-Generation, Intranasal Influenza Vaccine to Injectable inFluenza Vaccine - Company Also Announced Initiation of a Phase 1 Trial of FluMist(R) in HIV-Infected Children - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 1, 2004 - Gazette opinion: US needs new policy for prevention of the flu - opinion - Billings Gazette

►November 1, 2004 - Flu vaccine a luxury item - Many hoping for shot may be stuck - USA Today via Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

►November 1, 2004 - Feds Lack Incentive To Make Vaccines - Albuquerque Journal

►November 1, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage one symptom of systemic ills - When senior citizens collapse after waiting in line for hours in the hopes of getting a flu shot, something is terribly wrong. - The Saratogian

►November 1, 2004 - Vaccine vs. drugs - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

►November 1, 2004 - West Nile's no-show mystifies scientists - Intensive surveillance hasn't found virus in Washington this year - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►November 1, 2004 - Stars to Shine for Autism Charity - Community Newswire via

►November 1, 2004 - Measles vaccine blitz in Hout Bay -

►November 1, 2004 - Doc warns parents after mumps outbreak - A top doctor is warning parents to have their children immunised after a one-year-old became the latest victim of a mumps outbreak. - Evening Times, UK

►November 1, 2004 - Chi-Chi's Chain Broke One Year After Hepatitis Outbreak - AP via

►November 1, 2004 - Meningitis vaccines doled out - Technician Online

►November 1, 2004 - Body & Soul: Meningitis special - Rash parents are dreading at this time of the year - Belfast Telegraph

►November 1, 2004 - Namibian town reports 19 cases of meningitis - SABC News

►November 1, 2004 - Pamela J. Bjorkman, Ph.D. and Ronald Levy, M.D. to Headline IBC's Antibody Engineering Event - press release - IBC Life Sciences via PRNewswire

►November 1, 2004 - A key to pregnancy-associated malaria - Journal of Experimental Medicine via

►November 1, 2004 - Frost & Sullivan Confers SomaLogic, Inc. with Technology Innovation Award in Biomarkers - Frost & Sullivan via Business Wire

►November 1, 2004 - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive Results from First-in-Human Study for VX-950, an Investigational Oral Protease Inhibitor for the Treatment of Hepatitis C - press release - Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 1, 2004 - Enzo Biochem Presents Five Papers Covering Pre-Clinical Research Results at Liver Disease Conference - press release - Enzo Biochem, Inc. via Business Wire

►November 1, 2004 - Studies Demonstrate Positive Data in Treatment of Hepatitis C - press release - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via PRNewswire

►November 1, 2004 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and China Foundation for Hepatitis Prevention and Control Collaborate to Fight One of China's Most Pressing Health Problems - Grassroots Program Triples Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates in Targeted Regions of Rural China - Bristol-Myers Squibb Company via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►November 1, 2004 - Idenix Presents Positive Hepatitis B Results at AASLD and ICAAC Conferences - New Telbivudine and Valtorcitabine data illustrate the importance of rapid and profound suppression of hepatitis B virus - press release - Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►November 1, 2004 - Boehringer Ingelheim Announces 24-Week Interim Results from Tipranavir RESIST-1 Phase 3 Study - press release - Boehringer Ingelheim via PRNewswire

►November 1, 2004-  SciClone's ZADAXIN Shows Promise in Triple Therapy Trial for Hepatitis C Non-Responder Patients; Endpoint Data Presented at World's Largest Meeting of Liver Specialists - press release - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Business Wire

►November 1, 2004 - Anadys Pharma says hep B drug trial 'encouraging' - Anadys Pharmaceuticals via CBS Marketwatch

►November 1, 2004 - New Drug Blocks Anthrax Toxin in Animals - Reuters

►November 1, 2004 - Genetically modified plants used to produce anthrax vaccines as bioterrorism defense - commentary - News Target Network

►November 1, 2004 - Uganda: US gives US $100 million to combat HIV/AIDS - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►November 1, 2004 - Marijuana use does not accelerate HIV infection - Pak Tribune

►November 1, 2004 - Growing Number of Infants at High Risk of Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Jazz Vocalist Maysa Leak Urges Parents to Play it Safe to Protect Against Respiratory Illnesses - press release - PreemieCare via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►November 1, 2004 - Promising results in trial tests for vaccine against cervical cancer - AFP via Yahoo!

►November 1, 2004 - Baylor forms for-profit company to develop melanoma vaccine - Dallas Business Journal - "

►November 1, 2004 - Skin cancer vaccine developed in N. Texas - Baylor announces creation of new firm for development and distribution (includes video) (requires registration) -

►November 1, 2004 - Everyone Wants to be a Pioneer - Newswatch - "For a long time health practitioners have forgotten that health is linked to so many things - education, water, clean environment. But people seem to focus mainly on specific fields. We don't look at health in its totality. If we don't see the human being as a whole, we will not make any meaningful changes."

►November 1, 2004 - China's first liver cell transplant successful - Xinhuanet via China View

►November 1, 2004 - New Childhood Vaccine Helps Older Adults, Doctors Say - Boston Globe via (abstract)

►November 1, 2004 - Super Bugs, Bird Flu Worry Experts - Wall Street Journal via (abstract)

►November 1, 2004 - U.S. Ill-Prepared to Handle Bioterror Attack, Experts Warn - San Francisco Chronicle via (abstract)

►November 1, 2004 - Vaccine Shortage Points to Global Risk, Experts Say - USA Today via (abstract)

►November 1, 2004 - WHO Calls Summit of Flu Vaccine Makers - Los Angeles Times via (abstract)

►November 2004 - The health of young people in a global context - journal article (Journal of Adolescent Health)

►November 2004 - The incidence and mortality for meningococcal disease associated with area deprivation: an ecological study of hospital episode statistics - journal article (BMJ - Archives of Diseases in Childhood) 

►November 2004 - Infant hearing screening: route to informed choice - (BMJ - Archives of Diseases in Childhood)

►November 2004 - Early Language Acquisition: Cracking The Speech Code - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience )

►November 2004 - Diagnostic Controversies in Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

►November 2004 - Research and Development of New Vaccines Against Infectious Diseases - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

* ►October 31, 2004 - Companies weary to take on creation of vaccines to combat bioweapons - AP via The Nashua Telegraph - "Project BioShield was supposed to jump-start a national security renaissance in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries by guaranteeing contracts to make drugs for combatting potential bioweapons. But all the law has done so far is to generate indifference or frustration among biodefense contractors, industry executives and experts say. Most are snubbing the program because of liability and intellectual property issues and confusion over what the government wants."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Vaccinations hinge on judgment - The Times via - "Doctors acknowledge telling patients who meet the CDC guidelines that they don't have vaccine when they may, in fact, have a limited supply. What is unspoken, they say, is that they don't have vaccine "for them."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Influenza outbreak of 1918 was from common strain - The Seattle Times via The Holland Sentinel - "The 1918-19 pandemic featured a flu strain more deadly than ever recorded, and many of its victims were in their 20s and 30s. Yet it is estimated only half the world's population was infected, only 25 percent exhibited flu symptoms, and just 1 to 5 percent died, the highest percentage in countries such as India. In Seattle and Washington, the death toll was closer to a quarter of 1 percent."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Ethics become crucial - Officials consider possibility that the scarce vaccine should be reserved for certain high-risk groups - Newsday

* ►October 31, 2004 - Gloucester County Sues For Flu - - "They have the serum. They are offering to give it to people and governments that don't have the serum. It's just not acceptable for them to decide, we're only going to give you half, because people we don't have contracts with, we're going to give the other half to."

* ►October 31, 2004 - US says location of biolab is safe - Group criticizes South End site - The Boston Globe - "Controversy has swirled around the lab proposal in the past year because of the deeply infectious nature of some of the agents that researchers will work on. There are four other such labs, called level four labs, in the country that are allowed to work with such agents, and BU and a new Texas lab would bring the number to six. In particular, some groups have said it was unfair to put the lab in the South End, which has a high minority-group population and numerous industrial and other businesses."

►October 31, 2004 - GlaxoSmithKline Perspective on Data Involving Combivir Presented at ICAAC - PRNewswire via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "GSK recommends caution when evaluating these results, for several reasons. First, durable suppression of HIV replication has not been demonstrated with the combination of TDF and FTC. Second, the non-blinded nature of this study allows outcomes to be influenced by patient and investigator biases, which is why double-blind methodology is a more robust method. Third, premature public release of data may render uninterpretable study results at a later time point in this open-label trial."

►October 31, 2004 - Canadian experts form lab to study mad-cow disease - AP via The Seattle Times

►October 31, 2004 - Parenting: Aggressive 3-year-old should be evaluated by a neurologist - The Sacramento Bee

►October 31, 2004 - All out for special education - As all children in Japan must attend school, Karen Chapman looks at how the Japanese system accommodates those with special needs. - - "This means students are enrolled and usually taught in regular classes but at certain times during the school day they go to the resource room (within the school) to receive comprehensive special support services such as one-to-one teaching from the resource teacher according to their individual needs,” he adds. As a result of these developments, there are 992 special schools nationwide with an enrolment of 90,000 children."

►October 31, 2004 - Lyme Disease - Dear Doctor Column Take Precautions Against Lyme Disease -

►October 31, 2004 - Cod Liver Oil Reduces Diabetes Risk - Taking cod liver oil early in life appears to reduce the chances that children will develop insulin-dependent ("type 1") diabetes, researchers report. The protection may possibly come from the anti-inflammatory effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil. "In Norway, cod liver oil is an important source of dietary vitamin D and the long-chain n-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)," according to Dr. Lars C. Stene, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, in Oslo, and colleagues. - Pak Tribune, India

►October 31, 2004 - Global eradication of polio is in sight - Large vaccination push is under way (requires registration) - Knight Ridder Newspapers via Kansas City Star

►October 31, 2004 - Strep Screen/Throat Culture - KidsHealth via Yahoo!

►October 31, 2004 - OCHD has limited amount of vaccines for youth - The Okmulgee Daily Times

►October 31, 2004 - GlaxoSmithKline Perspective on Data Involving Combivir Presented at ICAAC - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 31, 2004 - New Vaccine Shows Promise Against Diarrheal Disease That Kills Millions - AP via (abstract)

►October 31, 2004 - Whooping Cough Poses New Threat - Los Angeles Times via (abstract)

* ►October 30, 2004 - Getting noticed in genetics -AP via South Florida Sun Sentinel - "Already, about 20 experimental drugs using Medarex antibodies are in various stages of testing -- about one-third by the 17-year-old Princeton-based company and the rest by its collaborators and licensing partners. Those 50 partners include Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Co., Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Schering-Plough Corp., along with biotech companies Celltech Group, Genmab A/S, Human Genome Sciences Inc., Immunex and MedImmune."

►October 30, 2004 - Former Love Canal activist rallies conference - Tallahassee Democrat - "Now the Bush administration is allowing mercury pollution to continue, harming the unborn children of mothers who eat mercury-tainted fish, even though technology is available to reduce it by 90 percent, Gibbs said. The Bush administration has proposed eventual mercury reductions of 70 percent, and electric utilities say that 90 percent reductions are not achievable."

►October 30, 2004 - CU Nobel laureate critically ill - Eric Cornell hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria - The Daily Camera - "Cornell is a senior scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, a NIST-University of Colorado laboratory. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize for physics with CU Professor Carl Wieman for the discovery of Bose-Einstein condensate, a new form of matter."

►October 30, 2004 - Enzyme that aids HIV replication revealed -

►October 30, 2004 - One Hundred Males With Asperger Syndrome (full study) - Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology via

►October 30, 2004 - Increases in HDL Cholesterol Observed in Patients Taking LEXIVA, According to New Data Presented at ICAAC (requires registration or subscription) - At a Glance According to 48-week data presented at ICAAC: -- Levels of HDL-C, were increased in patients taking LEXIVA who had low HDL-C at baseline. -- There were minimal changes in TC/HDL-C ratios. -- There were minimal changes in TC/HDL-C ratios. Additional results seen at 120 weeks were presented last week at the International Workshop on Adverse Drug Reactions and Lipodystrophy in HIV. LEXIVA is the first PI with flexible dosing and no food or fluid restrictions, which may help simplify ART regimens for some patients. - PRNewswire via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

►October 30, 2004 - Hollywood nanny tapes tossed in case alleging baby abuse - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

►October 30, 2004 - Dip in iodine level a worry - The Australian

►October 30, 2004 - Pylons 'double child cancer risk' - Children living under high-voltage power lines could run double the risk of getting cancer, new research reportedly suggests. - BBC

* ►October 30, 2004 - Gloucester County making a legal case for more flu vaccine - Officials plan to seek a court order to force Aventis Pasteur to deliver on the contractually promised 10,000 shots. (requires registration) - Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►October 30, 2004 - What's All the Flu Fuss? - - "The recent flu vaccine shortage and ensuing brouhaha has drawn much press as well as user fury. However, if Americans knew what these vaccination brews are made of, they might reconsider taking these shots."

* ►October 29, 2004 - EU Commission pushes exports of generic drugs to poor countries - AFP via Yahoo! - "With 14 million people dying every year from infectious diseases, it is essential that developing countries feel confident about supplying cheaper generic medicines to their citizens in the face of hostility from the giant drug companies and the United States government," Oxfam official Michael Bailey said in a statement."

* ►October 29, 2004 - Kids Get More Psychiatric Meds Despite Slim Data (audio) - - "The number of children taking psychiatric drugs has tripled since the 1980s. But doctors still have very little scientific information about whether these products are safe or effective for young patients."

* ►October 29, 2004 - FDA Wants More Safety Data on Merck Drug - AP via The Stamford Advocate - "Last week, Merck released positive study results for the Arcoxia which found that there was no statistical difference in adverse cardiovascular events between it and diclofenac, an older pain reliever. However, the average length of time a patient was in the trial was nine months and Vioxx's dangers didn't manifest themselves until 18 months into the trial."

* ►October 29, 2004 - U.S. diverts flu vaccine to civilians - The Washington Post via South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "Injectable vaccine intended for 200,000 military personnel will be replaced with the nasal spray vaccine FluMist, which offers similar protection but is recommended only for healthy people ages 5 to 49, officials said."

►October 29, 2004 - Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Dengue Tetravalent Vaccine Containing a Common 30 Nucleotide Deletion in The 3'-UTR of Dengue Types 1,2,3, And 4 - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, DHHS via

►October 29, 2004 - Some Places Get Full Order of Flu Shots - - "The reason corporations like 3M have plenty of shots, and the county health department doesn't is not special treatment. It has to do with which vaccine manufacturer filled the orders for the shots."

►October 29, 2004 - Woman, 90, Declines Flu Shot ; Tells Garfield Nurse Others Need It - "The attitude of the woman, who would be considered high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is not uncommon. During the flu-shot shortage, communities have been coming together as officials struggle to find solutions."

►October 29, 2004 - AARP Establishes a New Toll-Free Number to Report Flu Shot Price Gouging and Offers Local Vaccine Information - AARP via PRNewswire

►October 29, 2004 - Approved Active Moieties to Which FDA has Granted Pediatric Exclusivity for Pediatric Studies under Section 505A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - FDA/CDER

►October 29, 2004 - Baby brain monitor goes global - - "The new monitors pick up problems in the brains of tiny infants, such as seizures, and will soon be in the world's leading neo-natal units."

►October 29, 2004 - Senior Editor at PLoS Medicine Announces his Return to an Editorial Development Role at The Lancet - PRNewswire via

►October 29, 2004 - Rift Valley fever virus poses new mosquito-borne threat - Agriculture News via

►October 29, 2004 - Use of Investigational Agent Entecavir Demonstrated Statistically Significant Improvement in Liver Histology and Viral Suppression Compared to Lamivudine in Chronically Infected Hepatitis B E-Antigen (HBeAg) Positive Patients - PRNewswire via

►October 29, 2004 - Schering-Plough Reports Comparative Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics Data for PEG-INTRON(R) and PEGASYS(R) in Hepatitis C Virus Infection (requires registration or subscription) - Results of Compare Study to Be Reported at 'Hot Topics in Clinical Hepatology' Session At American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

►October 29, 2004 - Red wine ingredient shows potential effects against COPD, asthma, arthritis -

►October 29, 2004 - Ducks Pose Further Bird Flu Risk for Humans--WHO - Reuters via (abstract)

►October 29, 2004 - Confusion surrounds bullying: Study - It's difficult to define - University of Toronto via

►October 29, 2004 - New Analysis Links Breastfeeding To Reduced Risk Of Childhood Leukemia - University Of California Berkeley via ScienceDaily

* ►October 28, 2004 - NIH Funds New General Clinical Research Center In Sacramento - - "The new center will join the national network of 80 other GCRCs that provide optimal settings for medical investigators to conduct safe, controlled, state-of-the-art, in-patient and out-patient studies of both children and adults. Proposed clinical trials for the new GCRC include the study of mucosal immunity, one of the key issues in HIV vaccine development; research into a newly identified neurodegenerative disorder that strikes males over 50 who possess the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene; and a test of the effectiveness of isoflavone-rich soy extract in protecting the bones of postmenopausal women."

* ►October 28, 2004 - National Toxicology Program; The National Toxicology Program (NTP) Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR), Announces Availability of Draft Expert Panel Reports on Amphetamines and Methylphenidate and Expert Panel Meeting; Requests Public Comments on the Draft Reports - DHHS via - "The CERHR selected amphetamines and methylphenidate for expert panel evaluation because of
widespread usage in children, availability of developmental studies in children and experimental animals, and public concern about the effects of these stimulants on child development."

* ►October 28, 2004 - Field Investigators: Adverse Drug Effects (ADE) Detectives (2000) - FDA/CDER - "The audio-visual self-learning modules developed in 2000 and available on this web site offer a comprehensive review of these FDA regulations.  The content of this course continues to be correct.  However, organizational changes have occurred and are reflected in the note below."

►October 28, 2004 - Stellar Biotechnologies Receives Patent Allowance for Non-Lethal Hemocyanin Extraction Method - Business Wire via - "The method embodied in this patent is critical to the large-scale production of KLH for commercial vaccines, and we are continuing to pursue additional patent protection for this technology overseas," said Frank Oakes, inventor of the extraction method and Chairman of the company."

►October 28, 2004 - Enzyme linked to mania and schizophrenia impairs higher brain functions - Yale University via

►October 24, 2004 - Recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara expressing antigen 85A boosts BCG-primed and naturally acquired antimycobacterial immunity in humans - journal article (Nature Medicine)

* ►October 12, 2004 - Oral or intranasal vaccines using hydrophobic complexes having proteosomes and lipopolysaccharides - U.S. Army Medical Research Materiel Command (Fort Detrick, MD) via

* ►October 12, 2004 - Method of delivering antigens for vaccination with a live vector - Vanderbilt University via

►October 12, 2004 - Model for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases - The Regents of the University of California via

►October 12, 2004 - Method and composition for treating viral outbreaks -

►October 2004 - Kinetics of Protective Antibodies Are Determined By the Viral Surface Antigen - Journal of Clinical Investigation via

Posted November 1, 2004

►December 2004 - Stevens-Johnson Syndrome with Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Enterovirus (pdf) - journal article (International Pediatrics)

* ►November 1, 2004 - Significant link found between schizophrenia and taking painkillers during pregnancy - press release - Royal College of Psychiatrists via

* ►November 1, 2004 - From eggs to cultured cells - U.S. News & World Report - "Modern technology has put men on the moon and deciphered the human genome. But when it comes to brewing up flu to make vaccines, science still turns to the incredible edible egg."

►November 1, 2004 - Doctors Use Nanotechnology to Improve Health Care (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►November 1, 2004 - Entrusted with research funds -

►November 1, 2004 - Teens snub vaccines for deadly disease - The Advertiser via - "Last summer, the Health Department devised a program of offering meningococcal C vaccinations at the beach. That was thought to be one way of reaching teenagers who could not be contacted through schools...While the program was popular and some people even went to the beach to be immunised, most teenagers not at school remain unprotected."

►November 1, 2004 - Flu vaccine/An easy cure for next year - editorial (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star Tribune

* ►October 31, 2004 - Tainted flu vaccine could have been a health nightmare - Bacteria used in 1950 germ-warfare test in Bay Area can be deadly -- and target groups for shots would be most susceptible - San Francisco Chronicle - "Americans may never know how close a Bay Area company came to distributing a bacteria-tainted flu vaccine, or how much of that vaccine was contaminated...What is known is that the bacteria that ruined the stockpile of vaccine produced by Chiron Corp. was used in a secret germ-warfare experiment in the Bay Area conducted by the Army and was tied to three deaths in Contra Costa County in 2001....The bacteria -- which tainted about half of the nation's flu vaccine supply -- was once considered a harmless microbe. But a 1950 experiment, in which a ship off the San Francisco coast let loose clouds of Serratia marcescens to test whether an enemy could launch a biological warfare attack from a distance, is now suspected of causing a cluster of hard-to-treat infections."

* ►October 31, 2004 - WHO sets flu vaccine summit meeting to deal with pandemic threat - AP via San Diego Union-Tribune via - The World Health Organization has called an unprecedented summit meeting of flu vaccine makers and nations to ramp up plans for dealing with the growing threat of a flu pandemic...Sixteen vaccine companies and health officials from the United States and other large countries already have agreed to attend the summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 11, said Klaus Stohr, influenza chief of the United Nations' health agency."

* ►October 31, 2004 - World Unprepared for Avian Flu, Experts Warn - Reuters - "Dr. Klaus Stohr, influenza coordinator for the World Health Organization, believes the world is overdue for a pandemic that could kill millions, and he believes the H5N1 virus now killing off tens of millions of birds in Asia is the most likely source...Flu pandemics -- global epidemics of new strains of disease that kill an unusually high number of people -- come on average every 27 years. The last one was in 1968....'We are 36 years out. We believe that we are closer to the next pandemic than we ever were,' Stohr told a news conference....'There is this new subtype in Asia circulating in poultry. It appears it is only a question of time until this subtype moves into humans.'"

* ►October 31, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage triggers flurry of legislation - AP via Newsday - "Now, two senators plan to introduce legislation to avert future shortages by encouraging New Jersey drug companies to produce flu vaccine...The proposal by Sens. Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, and Robert Singer, R-Ocean, would shield vaccine manufacturers from liability lawsuits and create a ready-made market for companies by requiring local boards of health to buy flu vaccine produced in the Garden State."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Bush, Kerry on Issue of Flu Vaccine (requires registration) - AP via Miami Herald

* ►October 31, 2004 - Vaccine uproar may have raised demand, poll says - Alabamians also don't like the idea of politicians getting access to flu shots regardless of need - Mobile Register via - "'Sometimes this is a matter of you want what you can't have,' said Keith Nicholls, director of the USA Polling Group, which conducted the telephone survey....At the Area Agency on Aging in Mobile, Director Julie McGee agreed....In the past, she said, 'you had a lot of people who felt that it gave you the flu,' which is not the case. McGee no long er hears such objections. Instead, some distraught seniors complain that the vaccine shortage is part of a plot to winnow the ranks of the elderly."

►October 31, 2004 - New Evidence Shows Green Tea Effective Against Flu Virus -

►October 31, 2004 - If we want more, we have to pay more - News & Observer

►October 31, 2004 - Barriers keep drug makers out of the market - News & Observer

* ►October 31, 2004 - It's a business where profits trump altruism - News & Observer

►October 31, 2004 - Federal vaccine director looks to '05 supply (requires registration) - Contra Costa Times

►October 31, 2004 - Why can't we count on it? - News Observer

►October 31, 2004 - Why all the fuss about flu shots? - The News Leader

►October 31, 2004 - Word of Flu Shots Draws Crowd - The Pilot Newspaper

►October 31, 2004 - Lotteries offer flu shots as prize - As vaccine shortage continues, health officials resort to advice on cleanliness. - USA Today via Indianapolis Star

►October 31, 2004 - Flu shots become part of the trip - AP via Tallahassee Democrat

►October 31, 2004 - Americans spill into special clinic for flu shot, officials say Canadian supply safe - CP via

►October 31, 2004 - Few companies giving up flu vaccines - - "The Chicago Public Health Department says just one company has responded to its request for donated flu vaccines."

►October 31, 2004 - FluMist viable alternative to flu shot - 2 million extra spray doses ordered - The News Journal via

►October 31, 2004 - Web site allows providers to report flu vaccine needs - Tribune Star

►October 31, 2004 - 1,400 get flu shots at SMS - "We need them very badly" - Springfield News-Leader

►October 31, 2004 - Flu vaccine scarce in nearby counties - Shortage resulting in agonizing predicaments for health providers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►October 31, 2004 - Flu threat shifts focus to prevention - Until more vaccine arrives, wash hands and cover coughs, officials say - Courier & Press

►October 31, 2004 - Mad dash for flu shots at local doctor's office -

►October 31, 2004 - New Data Proves Oseltamivir Effective Against Human H5N1 and Avian H5N1 Influenza Virus - Study confirms need to stockpile oseltamivir as a management strategy for the next pandemic - press release - Retroscreen Virology Ltd via PRNewswire

* ►October 31, 2004 - Flu vaccine may be stab in the dark - letter - Herald Tribune - "All the hype and hysteria over the flu vaccine or the lack thereof is out of control. Do people really know what the vaccine is, the risks associated with it and what it does and does not protect us against?"

►October 31, 2004 - Stop blaming the big pharmaceuticals - University of Chicago Maroon

►October 31, 2004 - Don't blame Bush for the flu vaccine shortage - commentary - The Roanoke Times

►October 31, 2004 - Times-Mail: Bayh takes high road in flu vaccine snafu - opinion - Times-Mail

►October 31, 2004 - DOD health official says flu vaccine shortage is 'manageable' - Stars & Stripes

►October 31, 2004 - State Gets Additional Flu Vaccine -

* ►October 31, 2004 - Some voters can get a 'bonus' - Immunizations will be available at 2 polling sites in S.L., Ogden - Deseret Morning News - "The program is called Vaccinate and Vote, and the sites were selected based on statewide population and health data, said committee chairwoman Rebecca Ward. Coalition members sought polling places in areas where many adults could benefit from getting vaccinations."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Diarrheal disease vaccine shows promise - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "The previous vaccine, RotaShield, was withdrawn by its maker, Wyeth, in 1999 after 20 out of 1 million infants in the United States developed the potentially fatal twisted bowel condition within a month of getting the vaccine...Critics argued that Rotashield should still be sold in poor countries because it saved far more lives than those claimed by the bowel problem. But the risks were considered unacceptably high in the United States, where good medical care makes rotavirus less often fatal."

►October 31, 2004 - New Childhood Vaccine Helps Elderly, Too - Experts - Reuters

►October 31, 2004 - Pertussis rising; booster proposed - Whooping cough vaccine seeks OK - Journal Gazette

►October 31, 2004 - Entecavir Better Than Lamivudine In Chronically Infected Hepatitis B Patients - Medical News Today

►October 31, 2004 - Health handouts bear warning of hepatitis A - Boston Globe

►October 31, 2004 - Hepatitis C diagnoses rise; health cost concerns spread - More in Metro Detroit are learning they have virus that causes severe liver damage - The Detroit News

►October 31, 2004 - Harbor-UCLA unit will test anthrax vaccine - VaxGen hopes for contract with nation's bioterrorism protection program. - Daily Breeze

►October 31, 2004 - Vaccine crises top bioterror: docs - New York Daily News

* ►October 31, 2004 - Mothers-to-be warned to stay off painkillers - The Telegraph, UK

►October 31, 2004 - Obesity epidemic 'out of control' - The global epidemic of obesity is completely out of control, according to leading specialists at the first international obesity meeting in Africa. - BBC

►October 31, 2004 - West Nile--It's Only Just Begun -

►October 31, 2004 - Schools to study plague - Rapid City Journal

►October 31, 2004 - UNC student with meningitis still in serious condition - The Herald-Sun

►October 31, 2004 - OSU Student Battles Bacterial Meningitis - WBNS

►October 31, 2004 - Inclusion is key for kids with autism - Quad-City Times

►October 31, 2004 - Saddling Up For Autism - Group hopes to offer riding therapy to kids - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

►October 31, 2004 - Wistar study demonstrates heritability of non-genomic information - The Wistar Institute via

►October 31, 2004 - Clinical Study Results Build Case for Expanded Use of FUZEON(R) - Data, Together with New HIV Treatment Guidelines, Support Use in Broad Range of Treatment-Experienced Patients - press release - Roche and Trimeris, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 31, 2004 - New Information About TRIZIVIR Presented at ICAAC - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 31, 2004 - New law aims to reduce number of HIV babies - The News Gazette

►October 31, 2004 - EU strengthens efforts against HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis -

►October 31, 2004 - Disaster report warns of 'social calamity' - - "Within the next 10 years, some southern African countries will lose half their working population, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Last year alone, it is estimated, HIV/Aids killed more than three million people worldwide - 2,2-million of them in sub-Saharan Africa."

►October 31, 2004 - Collaboration on Novel Cancer Targets by Oxford Biomedica and Arius Research - Medical News Today

►October 31, 2004 - The child killer virus of Saharanpur - Hindustan Times - "'It may be Nipa  virus, Japanese encephalitis or Reya Syndrome (food poisoning caused by aflatoxin B found in fungus infested bread or groundnuts),' says Dr DC Saxena, CMO, Saharanpur. Of the 45 samples sent to Lucknow only two tested positive for Japanese encephalitis."

* ►October 31, 2004 - Health officials warn parents of 'imminent' measles epidemic - The Independent, UK - "Public health officials will this week launch a major campaign to persuade parents to immunise their children with the MMR jab to counter the imminent threat of a severe measles epidemic."

* ►October 30, 2004 - Parents of D.C. Students Without Shots Sent to Court (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►October 30, 2004 - Parents cited over students' shots - The Washington Times - "Thirty-four of the parents were arraigned yesterday in D.C. Superior Court, where they were charged with misdemeanor truancy. They face a $100 fine and five days in jail for every two days of school their children were absent."

* ►October 30, 2004 - Proposal Could Settle Cancer Vaccine Suit (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The New York Times - "A North Chicago medical school and about 50 breast cancer patients have agreed to settle a lawsuit over a canceled experimental vaccine program that some patients said they needed to keep them alive...The lawsuit, filed in July, accused the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science of violating medical ethics and breaching contracts by terminating the program. School officials ended the program earlier this year, calling it ineffective."

* ►October 30, 2004 - Prospects Brighten for Maker of Nasal Flu Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The company now projects that its spray vaccines will not truly begin to pay off until the introduction of a new version being tested in clinical trials. MedImmune hopes this version will receive federal approval in time for the 2006-7 flu season."

►October 30, 2004 - Standing in a flu line? For starters, blame the lawyers - commentary - The Roanoke Times

►October 30, 2004 - Vaccines and public policy - Free-market forces bring wonderful new medicines to the public. But government has a role to play in protecting public health. - editorial - The Roanoke Times

►October 30, 2004 - Elderly possibly victimized in flu shot scam - AP via The Post-Standard via Newsday - "Six elderly people may have been victimized in an identity theft scam involving a phony flu shot clinic outside Syracuse, authorities said."

►October 30, 2004 - Americans flock to Quebec for flu shots - CBC

►October 30, 2004 - Mild state flu season eases fears of vaccine shortages - Detroit Free Press

►October 30, 2004 - Flu-Shot Ferry to Run Fewer People to Canada (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►October 30, 2004 - Canada Offers Flu Shot Clinic Just For Americans -

►October 30, 2004 - US Group Heads to Canada for Flu Shots (includes audio) - Weekend Edition via NPR

►October 30, 2004 - In S. Korea, flu shots on schedule despite shortage - Stars & Stripes

►October 30, 2004 - Rural areas at risk for flu (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 30, 2004 - Frantic flu-shot seekers fry county's phone system -

►October 30, 2004 - Salem State to give city flu vaccine - The Salem News

►October 30, 2004 - Flu shot priorities stitched together (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 30, 2004 - Flu vaccine in short supply - Private clinics have run out of vaccine - Saskatoon StarPhoenix via

►October 30, 2004 - County free flu clinic runs out - Public health officer says he's been told more will come but not when -

►October 30, 2004 - Michigan gets more flu vaccines than expected - Booth Newspapers via

►October 30, 2004 - Child with West Nile virus now seriously ill - Five-year-old develops encephalitis in hospital - San Diego Union-Tribune - "The child was hospitalized this month for cancer treatment and developed encephalitis, a swelling of the brain, which could have been caused either by the child's medical treatment or the West Nile virus, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, deputy county public health officer."

►October 30, 2004 - China warned of renewed SARS infections - Press Trust of India via Hindustan Times

►October 30, 2004 - Polio Almost Eradicated in C/River - NPI Manager - ThisDay News

* ►October 30, 2004 - Despite Vaccines, Whooping Cough Creeps Back - Reuters

►October 30, 2004 - Emergency vaccine delivery system falls short of adequate - editorial - Portland Press-Herald

►October 30, 2004 - Teen with disabilities finds his competitive edge (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

►October 30, 2004 - Dynavax's Hepatitis B Vaccine Beats Glaxo's Shot in Study - Bloomberg

* ►October 30, 2004 - TB drug linked to spread of hepatitis - Taipei Times - "Patients who receive treatment for tuberculosis should be concerned about contracting drug-induced hepatitis, medical experts said yesterday."

►October 30, 2004 - College Students To Get Antibiotics After Meningitis Outbreak - Student Was In Serious Condition -

►October 30, 2004 - Local teen contracts meningitis - Foster's Online

* ►October 30, 2004 - Scituate man, 19, dies of meningitis - James Robert Gould is remembered by a former teacher at Scituate High School as "one of our stars." (requires registration) - Providence Journal - "Kristin O'Connor, spokesperson for the health commission, said that Gould, who had been vaccinated for the disease, went to the school's health center on Wednesday and, after being evaluated, was immediately sent to the hospital."

►October 30, 2004 - Benefit helps man with meningitis - St. Cloud Times

►October 30, 2004 - Researcher refutes claim of community spread of virulent C. difficile strain - CP via Montreal Gazette via - "A Montreal scientist has refuted reports her research has found a new and virulent strain of Clostridium difficile that is no longer restricted to hospitals and is spreading in the community."
►October 30, 2004 - Summary: Food safety improved after hepatitis outbreak - AP via Times-Leader

►October 30, 2004 - Mark Henderson: Junk medicine: Anti-vaccine activists - Opponents of MMR believe in homoeopathy, the Force, ESP and all sorts of other rubbish - Times Online, UK

►October 30, 2004 - PEPFAR pays more than twice as much for anti-HIV drugs - The Advocate

►October 30, 2004 - Problems with register affect vaccine figures - More Counties Manukau Maori children under five might have received their first dose of meningococcal B vaccine in the past three months than first thought. - Manukau Courier via

►October 30, 2004 - Children at risk - Statistics on children's well-being in Houston are not all bad, but some numbers sound alarms. - Houston Chronicle

►October 30, 2004 - Evidence That HIV Protease Inhibitor, LEXIVA Plus Ritonavir (RTV) May Replace AGENERASE + RTV Without Pharmacokinetic Impact Presented at ICAAC - PRNewswire via RedNova

►October 30,  2004 - Author speaks hope to those living with autism - The Daily News

►October 30, 2004 - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth avoids long lines for flu vaccines (requires registration) -

►October 30, 2004 - Child vaccination fees will increase in Fulton - Peoria Journal-Star

►October 29, 2004 - Hundreds line up for flu vaccination - Senior citizens wait as long as three hours for shots (requires registration) - Akron Beacon Journal

►October 29, 2004 - Meningitis Confirmed At UTEP Campus -

►October 29, 2004 - E-mail and Patient Care - BMJ via Ivanhoe

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

►October 29, 2004 - Illness Cancels Halloween in One Eastern Iowa Community - - "An outbreak of whooping cough is canceling the fun that many kids look forward too all year."

►October 29, 2004 - Incidence of Whooping Cough in adolescents increasing - Kids get their last shot to protect against Whooping Cough at age 5 or 6, but the vaccine then wears off within 5 years. (includes video) - - "Doctor Shapiro is hopeful for patients like Greg that a new vaccine will soon be approved by the Federal Drug Administration, which would allow anyone over 11 to get immunized again, to protect them later in life."

* ►October 29, 2004 - Prozac use 'risky for children' - Using the anti-depressant Prozac at an early age could lead to emotional problems later in life, US scientists have told the journal Science. - BBC

* ►October 28, 2004 - Medical journal to post research online - A new online medical journal will make its research articles available to the public free of charge and accessible through the Internet. - AP via CNN

* ►October 28, 2004 - Yellow fever vaccine-associated death - Spain - - "The Sanitation Ministry reported today [26 Oct 2004] that they are retaining a batch of yellow fever vaccine as a 'preventive measure,' after a 26-year-old woman from Onuba died from yellow fever stemming from a post-vaccination reaction. The woman was admitted last Thursday [21 Oct 2004] to Juan Ramon Jimenez Hospital in Huelva because of fever and multi-organ failure, having had, in addition to fever, malaise, vomiting, and diarrhea during the previous days."

►October 28, 2004 - Clean bill of health for flu vaccines - The Times of Malta

►October 28, 2004 - Saving souls from the flu - Churches try to keep bug at bay - New York Daily News

►October 28, 2004 - Bay State narrows eligibility for flu vaccine shots - Boston Globe

►October 28, 2004 - Snoring May Affect Kids' Mental Abilities - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 28, 2004 - Americans Getting Taller, Much Heavier - AP via Yahoo!

►October 28, 2004 - Weaned on Video Games (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 28, 2004 - Consumers Save Less Amid High Health Costs - AP via Yahoo!

►October 28, 2004 - Whooping cough making a comeback - The Star-Ledger via

►October 27, 2004 - All at high risk may not get shots (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 27, 2004 - Cognitive behavioral therapy combined with antidepressant effective in treating adolescent OCD - Breakthrough data suggests cognitive behavioral therapy alone is effective when provided by expert therapists - University of Pennsylvania Medical Center via

* ►October 27, 2004 - Waxman Is Told FDA Is Guarding Vaccine Data (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) said Tuesday that he had been informed by an insider at the Food and Drug Administration that the agency was withholding documents sought by Congress that address whether the FDA could have prevented the flu vaccine shortage."

►October 27, 2004 - Military hazards are greater for Native Americans, according to sociological research - American Sociological Association via

►October 2004 - Ethnic and Regional Differences in Primary Care Visits for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - journal article (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)
►October 2004 - Can Neurobehavioral Examination Predict the Presence of Cerebral Injury in the Very Low Birth Weight Infant? - journal article (Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)

* ►September/October 2004 - In The Wake of Vaccines - Mothering Magazine


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