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All the News Posted April 28-30, 2009

Posted April 30, 2009


* ►May 1, 2009 - Update: Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus --- United States and Other Countries - MMWR/CDC - "In the United States, as of April 29, a total of 91 confirmed cases had been reported, including one death (in Texas). ... Outside of the United States, as of April 29, a total of 57 confirmed cases had been reported, including seven deaths (in Mexico)."

* ►May 1, 2009 - Update: Drug Susceptibility of Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses, April 2009 - MMWR/CDC - "On April 28, this report was posted as an MMWR Dispatch on the MMWR website"

* ►May 1, 2009 - Update: Infections With a Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus --- United States and Other Countries, April 28, 2009 - MMWR/CDC - "On April 28, this report was posted as an MMWR Dispatch on the MMWR website"

* ►May 1, 2009 - Update: Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Infections --- California and Texas, April 2009 - MMWR/CDC - "On April 24, this report was posted as an MMWR Dispatch on the MMWR website"

* ►May 1, 2009 - Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2009 - National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV) - early release - MMWR/CDC

* ►May 1, 2009 - Outbreak of Shiga Toxin--Producing Escherichia coli O157 Infection Associated with a Day Camp Petting Zoo --- Pinellas County, Florida, May--June 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - QuickStats From the National Center for Health Statistics - Rate* of Triplet and Higher Order Births, by Age Group of Mother --- United States, 1980--2006 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - Prevalence and Most Common Causes of Disability Among Adults --- United States, 2005 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes --- United States, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - Notice to Readers: Arthritis Awareness Month --- May 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - Notice to Readers: National Drinking Water Week --- May 3--9, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►May 1, 2009 - Studies find no link between vaccine, autism - Miramichi Leader

* ►May 1, 2009 - Vaccination - The Right to Choose - New Age Retro Mum

* ►May 1, 2009 - Swine Flu Breaks Out in 11 Countries, Shutting Schools, Offices - Bloomberg - "Production of shots against seasonal flu will be completed before swine flu vaccine production begins, if that decision is made, Richard Besser, acting head of the CDC said yesterday."

* ►May 1, 2009 - Deadlier Strain Would Overwhelm Health Systems - Wall Street Journal

►May 1, 2009 - Plan says to stockpile but officials say don't panic - Sydney Morning Herald

►May 2009 - The role of surfactant treatment in preterm infants and term newborns with acute respiratory distress syndrome - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►May 2009 - Probiotic and prebiotic supplementation for the prevention of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►May 2009 - GERD or not GERD: the fussy infant - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►May 2009 - A systematic, large-scale resequencing screen of X-chromosome coding exons in mental retardation - journal article (Nature Genetics)

* ►April 30, 2009 - 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus Information about Newly Emerging 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus and Blood Safety - FDA/CBER

* ►April 30, 2009 - 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus H1N1 Flu Virus Information - FDA/CBER

* ►April 30, 2009 - Novartis says adjuvant promising in flu vaccine - Reuters - "A study showed that when MF59 was added to Aflunov it can provide a broadly-cross reactive immune response covering all known H5N1 antigenic variants, even when that booster dose is administered six years after the initial dose."

* ►April 30, 2009 - White House Aide Has Suspected Case Of Swine Flu - AP via The Huffington Post - "A member of the U.S. delegation that helped prepare Energy Secretary Steven Chu's trip to Mexico City has demonstrated flu-like symptoms and his family members have tested probable for swine flu."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Texas Doctor Claims Swine Flu Cases Far Worse Than Reported, Level 6 Pandemic In Effect - Prison Planet via Old-Thinker News

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections in a School --- New York City, April 2009 - MMWR Dispatch/CDC

* ►April 30, 2009 - WHO changes swine flu name to influenza A (H1N1) -

* ►April 30, 2009 - Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild - Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "'There are certain characteristics, molecular signatures, which this virus lacks,' said Peter Palese, a microbiologist and influenza expert at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. In particular, the swine flu lacks an amino acid that appears to increase the number of virus particles in the lungs and make the disease more deadly. ... 'You don't ever find anything that you don't look for,' he said. 'Now that diagnostic laboratories and physicians and other healthcare workers know to look for it, perhaps it's not surprising that you're going to see additional cases identified.'"

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine flu: 'All of humanity under threat', WHO warns - The World Health Organisation has warned that 'all of humanity is under threat' from a potential swine flu pandemic and called for 'global solidarity' to combat the virus. (includes video) - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 30, 2009 - Influenza A(H1N1) - update 6 - World Health Organization - "30 April 2009 -- The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 17:00 GMT, 30 April 2009, 11 countries have officially reported 257 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection. The United States Government has reported 109 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Mexico has reported 97 confirmed human cases of infection, including seven deaths."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Pandemic or Factory Farm Fiasco? - OpEdNews - "Sometimes when you want to get a better idea of what you're dealing with, it's good to go to the people who know- in this case, the local people, the people from Mexico and the area of La Gloria. ... To wit- Allegations that: Beginning in December 2008, La Gloria's population of 3000 had seen 400-500 cases of serious respiratory illness.  Sometime in December a vaccination program began which included only children and the elderly. By February, at least 2 if not 3 children under the age of 8 had died from it- 2 of those children are to be exhumed and tested. Locals had been complaining for quite some time about the dangers of the nearby American-owned massive pig farm and it's health affects on the residents. ... Why would the La Gloria people (after having been vaccinated in December) have been re-vaccinated this spring before the outbreak was claimed, and why would their homes and patios have been fumigated?  What were they vaccinated against, and what were they fumigated with/for?  Everyone knows you do not vaccinate people who are already ill, and you certainly don't expose them to chemicals like fumigations when they're ill.  Could this be the real reason so many of them are dying when the death rate elsewhere is almost nil?"

* ►April 30, 2009 - Did factory farming cause the swine flu outbreak? - The way we’re raising animals, says one epidemiologist, is “like rolling the dice” -

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine flu alert clears old stock of Tamiflu - What Doctors Don't Tell you WDDTY - "The World Health Organization has, at the time of writing, increased its threat level to five, which means governments can activate their pandemic plans – and start handing out Tamiflu drugs. This is extremely convenient for governments that would have very soon have to dispose of billions of dollars of Tamiflu stock, which they bought to counter avian flu, or H5N1.  The US government ordered 20 million doses, costing $2bn, in October, 2005, and around that time the UK government ordered 14.6 million doses.  Tamiflu’s manufacturer, Roche, has confirmed that the shelf life of its anti-viral is three years."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Health Department Bouquets and brickbats - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "Second brickbat:  Apparently, all medical personnel who have had anything to do with anyone suspected of having swine flu, are now on prophylactic Tamiflu! Okay, lets think about this based on the warnings that early use of Tamiflu could drive the development of new resistant strains."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine Flu, Part 2 – Media’s Vaccine Injury Dichotomy By Nancy Hokkanen - Age of Autism - "As the world watches and waits for this potential pandemic to unfold, we – the consumers, voters, taxpayers – should carefully observe and document our governments’ responses and ask key questions. Are public health agencies placing enough emphasis on promoting sanitation, proper diet and nutritional supplements? Who stands to profit from antivirals? If vaccines become mandatory, will the people inevitably injured receive any form of compensation for their health damages?"

* ►April 30, 2009 - US wants ingredient in swine flu vaccine by May - The government is buying 13 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs to replenish the U.S. strategic stockpile and help fight the swine flu outbreak. - Seattle Times

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine flu: small drug developer Lipoxen jumps on vaccine results - Lipoxen, a small British biopharmaceutical company, saw its shares more than double after the company announced positive results for tests on a flu vaccine that it claims may work on swine flu. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 30, 2009 - Mexicans rush markets prior to 5-day quarantine - USA Today - "President Felipe Calderón has ordered all 'non-essential' businesses and government agencies to close starting today through Tuesday to avoid spreading the virus. He urged all 103 million Mexicans to stay at home."

* ►April 30, 2009 - U.S. government staffer gave flu to family after Obama trip - Reuters

* ►April 30, 2009 - Biden Advises Against Travel in ‘Confined Spaces' - Bloomberg

* ►April 30, 2009 - White House apologizes for undue alarm over Biden comments - CNN Political Ticker

* ►April 30, 2009 - Feeding the Swine-Flu Frenzy (includes video) (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Vice President Biden may not have received the 'caution but don't panic the public' memo."

►April 30, 2009 - Biden: Revising and Extending His Remarks - USA Today - "Appearing on NBC's Today show, Biden said this when asked about commercial air travel and Mexico: 'I wouldn't go anywhere in confined places now. ... (If) you're in a confined aircraft, when one person sneezes it goes all the way through the aircraft.' He also warned against subways."

►April 30, 2009 - Pandemic panic attack - column (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "I confess that the outbreak of deadly swine flu coverage has been boring me to bits. When there are more stories than sick people, you've got to ask what happens if things get worse. Do we really need moment-to-moment updates on the health status of those four students in Nova Scotia? (They're all fine now.)"

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine Influenza Cases Confirmed by UN Health Agency (Table) - World Health Organization via Bloomberg

* ►April 30, 2009 - SF officials confirm first swine flu case - San Francisco Chronicle - "San Francisco has its first confirmed case of swine flu, a child who recently traveled to Mexico, the city's public health director announced today. ... Public health authorities in San Francisco repeatedly reminded people during a morning press conference that the swine flu so far has been very mild in the United States - more mild than the seasonal flu Americans see every year."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Travelers screened at Mexico-U.S. border for flu - * Border crossings unusually quiet * White-gloved travelers, taco vendors - Reuters

* ►April 30, 2009 - New York City Mayor: Many Sick People Have Not Been Tested - Bloomberg Says Actual Infections May Be Much Higher Than Confirmed Numbers (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►April 30, 2009 - Doctor Saw 22 Patients Before Falling Ill (includes video) - KIRO Seattle

* ►April 30, 2009 - Mexican Flu projections: second USA detailed report -

* ►April 30, 2009 - Mexico begins shutting down as flu fears spread - Reuters - "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the United States will spend $251 million to buy 13 million more courses of flu medicine and send 400,000 doses of treatment to Mexico. 'The 13 million additional treatment courses that we will purchase will allow us to replenish our national stockpile and further ensure we are prepared to provide the American people with the treatments they may need to stay healthy,' Sebelius said in a statement."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Op-Ed Contributor - Don't Blame Mexico (requires registration) - The New York Times

►April 30, 2009 - State Has Sixth Probable Swine Flu Case (includes video) - NBC Connecticut

►April 30, 2009 - 'Probable' Swine flu cases in North Carolina - North Carolina health officials said Thursday that there are two 'probable' cases of Swine Flu in the state. (includes video) - WTVD ABC 11

►April 30, 2009 - More schools close as swine flu cases rise - Dallas Business Journal

* ►April 30, 2009 - US hog prices still drop as WHO dumps "swine flu" - * Influenza A replaces "swine flu" * Hog industry says change made too late * U.S. Hog market down again - The Guardian, UK

►April 30, 2009 - How To Survive The Swine Flu Pandemic - The Business Insider

►April 30, 2009 - H1N1 "Swine Flu": Information For Donors - Canadian Blood Services via Medical News Today - "If you have recently visited Mexico and have a cold, or are otherwise feeling unwell, please wait two weeks before coming to a clinic to donate."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Adversomics: The Emerging Field of Vaccine Adverse Event Immunogenetics - Adventures in Autism - "We are emerging from the dark frozen winter of the vaccine extremists. This warm sunbeam on our faces brought to you by the wise and reasonable folks at the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal: 'We believe that adversomics (the immunogenetics and immunogenomics of vaccine adverse events at the individual and population level, respectively) is critical to understanding and preventing serious adverse vaccine-related events, developing the next generation of vaccines, and to improving public confidence in vaccine safety.'"

* ►April 30, 2009 - Gardasil Linked to Nerve Disorder - Cervical Cancer Vaccine May Raise Risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome - WebMD - "Overall, the vaccine does not raise the odds of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a disorder of the peripheral nervous system, says Nizar Souayah, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. 'But there is clear evidence from our database of an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome in the first six weeks, especially the first two weeks, after vaccination,' he tells WebMD."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Gardasil Linked to Increased Risk of Rare Nervous System Disorder, Research Finds - Attorney At Law - "So, while the research found that women who receive Gardasil are up to six times more likely to contract GBS than people in the general population within six weeks of the treatment, the overall risk remains very low. It also remains unclear exactly why Gardasil vaccine appears to increase the odds of developing GBS, researchers said. The research findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Board Members Get Hot In HPV Debate - - "The Guilford County Board of Education has green-lighted a program to provide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations after hours and on weekends at middle schools across the county."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Merck published fake journal (requires registration) - The Scientist - "The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine, which was published by Exerpta Medica, a division of scientific publishing juggernaut Elsevier, is not indexed in the MEDLINE database, and has no website (not even a defunct one). The Scientist obtained two issues of the journal: Volume 2, Issues 1 and 2, both dated 2003. The issues contained little in the way of advertisements apart from ads for Fosamax, a Merck drug for osteoporosis, and Vioxx. (Click here and here to view PDFs of the two issues.)"

* ►April 30, 2009 - Biden: Stay Off Subways During Swine Flu Panic - World Health body raises alert to level 5, one notch short of full pandemic - NBC New York

* ►April 30, 2009 - Area firms taking flu precautions - The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Prudential Fox Roach Inc. senior vice president Steve Storti told its 5,000 real estate agents and staff in the Philadelphia region "to follow government recommendations . . . and other precautions common with a more typical flu virus." Merck & Co. Inc. spokeswoman Amy Rose said the company frequently saw demand rise for Pneumovax 23, its vaccine against pneumococcal disease, during flu season and epidemics. The company, with vaccine operations in West Point, Montgomery County, said it was assessing manufacturing options to meet potentially higher demand. Merck also is giving 80,000 doses of Pneumovax 23 to the Mexican government to immunize health-care professionals responding to the swine-flu outbreak."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Spam, scams proliferating - The Columbus Dispatch - "As soon as swine flu hit the headlines, enterprising scammers began setting up Web sites hoping to make a buck from frightened consumers. The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about the proliferation of flu-related sites. One,, promises information on the "20 things you need to have in your home now to prevent the swine flu from infecting your family," all for $19.95 plus shipping and handling."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Swine Flu Case in Spain May Point to Global Pandemic, WHO Says - Bloomberg

* ►April 30, 2009 - How swine flu compares to history - The Gloucester County Times via

* ►April 30, 2009 - A Break for Pharma? Grassley May Leave Finance Panel - The Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "In what may be the biggest break that the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry have gotten in years, GOP Sen. Charles Grassley is apparently on the verge of stepping out of his leading role on the Senate Finance Committee to take the top Republican spot on the Judiciary Committee."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Wyeth Loss Before Supreme Court Breaks Drug Litigation Logjam - Bloomberg - "The March 4 decision in a case on Wyeth’s nausea treatment Phenergan broke a logjam of cases in state and federal courts. Federal regulatory approval of a medicine and information about side effects doesn’t shield drugmakers from claims that patients and doctors weren’t adequately warned, the high court ruled. The decision already affected more than 250 lawsuits involving at least 10 companies that were in limbo before the ruling."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Grassley calls on FDA to explain letting device maker off the hook -

►April 30, 2009 - Commentary: Flu and your health on a plane - CNN Health

* ►April 30, 2009 - What Promise Do Pigs of the Future Hold? - Norway - Pigs are known carriers of the bacterium Yersinia enterocolitica, and they can infect both other pigs and people. Human infection occurs through eating improperly-cooked pork. Professor Truls Nesbakken of the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science is trying to rid pigs of the bacterium.

►April 30, 2009 - Upper Darby S.D. officials try to calm fears about pertussis outbreak - The Delaware County Daily Times

►April 30, 2009 - Local firm's software can track disease - Arizona Daily  Star

* ►April 30, 2009 - Rare diseases deserve special attention - Canada is one of the only countries without a plan to support people with 'orphan' disorders - The Globe and Mail

* ►April 30, 2009 - C. diff found in ready-made salad - Spores of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) were found in supermarket salads by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University. - BBC

►April 30, 2009 - Lilly & Amylin team up to create diabetes pen - Eli Lilly and Amylin Pharmaceuticals are jointly developing an exenatide once weekly pen device, which should provide a more convenient way for diabetics to treat themselves. -

* ►April 30, 2009 - Botox must carry strong warning on risks-U.S. FDA - Reuters

►April 30, 2009 - Physician Continuity from Outpatient to Inpatient Care Is Declining - The surge in hospitalist care is among several factors responsible. - journal article (Journal Watch General Medicine)

►April 30, 2009 - Ingredient in Probiotic Sweetener Boosts Immune System - Heartland Sweeteners via PRNewswire

* ►April 30, 2009 - The Last Day of Andrew Wakefield’s Defence at the General Medical Council By John Stone - Age of Autism

►April 30, 2009 - CT Rally for Autism Insurance Reform RALLY 5/1/2009 - Age of Autism - "WHAT: Rally in support of the Senate Bill 301 Autism Insurance Reform Bill  WHEN: Friday, May 1st at 10:00 am WHERE: North Steps of the State Capitol Building, Hartford, CT"

* ►April 29, 2009 - Drug companies abuse power by quashing evidence linking vaccines to autism - The Advocate - "The CDC tells us one in six children has a neurological disability, but provides no explanation as to why. Shots for minor childhood diseases such as chicken pox and rotovirus (diarrhea) may be the breaking point for a generation of children with disabilities. Babies receive immunizations for as many as nine diseases in a day, but the CDC has never conducted safety studies for the administration of multiple vaccines; they're only studied one at a time. Other factors Why is the incidence of neurological disorders so much higher for boys than for girls? It's hypothesized that males are more susceptible to neurotoxicity of vaccine ingredients due to hormonal differences; estrogen is protective against toxins while testosterone increases their effects. Several studies have proven this hypothesis, but the CDC and AAP do not acknowledge them nor do they offer an explanation for the far greater prevalence of these disorders among boys than girls. For the medical industry, there appears to be no turning back from a position of total defense of vaccines. Professional reputations and billions of dollars in vaccine revenue are at stake."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Too soon to stop making seasonal flu vaccines- WHO - Reuters - "At this point in time we do not see any evidence to say that we (should) stop the manufacturing of seasonal flu vaccine now," Chan told a news conference."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu could affect fall immunizations - Nashville Business Journal - "The swine flu fall flu could mean an enhanced vaccine or maybe even a second flu shot come autumn. “The question that is now being addressed is whether we ought to create a special serum flu vaccine that should be used this fall,” says Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Deja Vu--and SNAFU - MotherJones

* ►April 29, 2009 - CDC Vaccine Program Receives $300 Million Boost - AAFP - "More underinsured children will have access to immunizations as a result of $300 million in funds for vaccines and grants that is being distributed through the CDC's Section 317 program. This Just In ...On April 9, Vice President Joe Biden announced the funding, which was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Obama says structure there for flu effort - UPI - "U.S. President Obama Wednesday praised the Bush administration for creating the infrastructure that will allow the country to respond to the swine flu outbreak."

►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu: To fear is to fail - ComputerWorld

* ►April 29, 2009 - Antigenics brain cancer vaccine gets orphan drug status - CNBC

* ►April 29, 2009 - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program - FDA

* ►April 29, 2009 - Enzi: We Must Respond Aggressively to Prevent Flu Pandemic - Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX via Technology Marketing Corporation

►April 29, 2009 - Swine Influenza Update - New information on antiviral susceptibilities and on the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations for two antiviral medications, a diagnostic test, and N95 respirators - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

►April 29, 2009 - Visualizing the virus - Cosmic Log MSNBC

►April 29, 2009 - Elan's Tysabri may reverse MS damage, shares up - Reuters via

►April 29, 2009 - Only 4 in 10 girls get anti-cancer jab - Bradford Telegraph and Argus

►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu death confirmed in Texas as vax experts plan response - FierceBiotech

* ►April 29, 2009 - Egypt order to cull all pigs "a mistake": U.N. agency - Reuters

* ►April 29, 2009 - All Fort Worth schools closed amid flu concerns -

* ►April 29, 2009 - Why travel bans won't prevent a flu pandemic - New Scientist - "'There is no real sense in applying strict travel restrictions especially at this stage. It's not going to help,' says Alessandro Vespignani, a computer scientist at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, whose team is also trying to predict the spread of the current outbreak."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Martial Law Bill Clears Massachusetts Senate (includes video) -

* ►April 28, 2009 - Mass. Senate approves pandemic flu prep bill - AP via Boston Herald - "The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a pandemic flu preparation bill that has languished in the Legislature before the recent swine flu outbreak. ... The new Senate version would allow the public health commissioner — in a public health emergency — to close or evacuate buildings, enter private property for investigations, and quarantine individuals."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu: unfounded panic? - Are we in danger of exaggerating the threat and of spreading unnecessary panic? Do high-publicity alarms about potential pandemics deflect attention from more pressing issues of public health? - video - France 24

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu: 'Scaremongering' public health adverts from 1976 outbreak - Experts are urging people to remain calm as swine flu spreads around the world, but worried patients were given a very different message during the last swine flu scare. (includes video) - The Telegraph, UK - "These public health commercials from 1976, when doctors feared that an outbreak of the virus in the US could become a pandemic, attempted to heighten fears of the disease to increase the take-up of vaccinations."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu: is intensive pig farming to blame? - Finger pointing towards intensive farming is spreading like the H1N1 virus itself; it's time for an urgent inquiry to find out the facts - The Guardian, UK - "Since news of the epidemic broke, reports in Mexico City daily La Jornada and Veracruz-based paper La Marcha have detailed how a number of community residents in the affected areas have expressed concerns over the operations of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork packer and hog producer. ... Smithfield has released a statement denying any link between the outbreak and Granjas Carrol's operations in Mexico. It said the company routinely administers influenza virus vaccinations to its herds and conducts monthly tests for the presence of swine influenza. It said it had found no clinical signs or symptoms of swine influenza on its farms."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Fulton County 'Ready to Vaccinate a Million People In 48 Hours' -

* ►April 28, 2009 - DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines - CBS News

* ►April 28, 2009 - Media Drumbeat Amplifies Coverage of Flu Outbreak (requires registration) - The New York Times - "In recent days patients have been walking into St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, clutching newspapers bearing foreboding headlines about swine flu."

►April 28, 2009 - New border security measures due to swine flu fears - transcript - Australian Broadcasting Corporation Lateline

* ►April 28, 2009 - Channel 7 - One-Sided Reporting - in your own words - Australian Vaccination Network - "On Sunday, April 26th, Channel 7 presented a very one-sided and emotionally-charged program on vaccinations. You can view the entire show on their web site"

* ►April 28, 2009 - FDA and CBP Announce Computer System Changes Related to the Prior Notice Final Rule and Compliance Policy Guide for Imported Food Shipments - Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition FDA

►April 27, 2009 - Bipolar disorder. The management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and adolescents, in primary and secondary care. - Royal College of Psychiatrists via

►April 14, 2009 - Get The Picture: Child Immunizations - video - CDCStreamingHealth via YouTube

* ►April 2009 - Swine Flu Tracker - - "Tracking the spread of swine flu in real time. Use Icons on the top left corner to move around the map or zoom in or out. Alternatively click and hold the left mouse button and drag map. Click on the markers for more information."

* ►March 26, 2009 - Testimony in Support of H.108 and S.18 "Act Act Relative to Pandemic and Disaster Preparation and Response in the Commonwealth" - Before the Committee on Health Care Financing - Massachusetts Medical Society

* ►December 30, 2008 - US, Japanese Researchers Mix Samples of 1918 Flu Pandemic to Recreate Deadly Code --Compiled by Lori Price - Citizens for Legitimate Government

* ►November 28, 2008 - Swine flu: not common, but there - ScienceBlogs - "On December 7, 2005, a previously healthy 17-year-old boy with no history of recent travel became ill; symptoms were headache, rhinorrhea, low back pain, and cough without fever. He had received inactivated influenza vaccine administered intramuscularly on November 11, 2005. During an outpatient clinic visit on December 8, 2005, a nasal wash specimen was obtained and tested positive for influenza A by rapid influenza diagnostic test (BinaxNow A&B, Binax, Inc., Scarborough, ME, USA)."...This is a case that would almost certainly have gone unreported without systematic surveillance and new diagnostic tools. Whether his relatively mild experience is related to his having just been vaccinated we don't know...Complete genomic sequencing of the virus at CDC identified it as a swine influenza A (H1N1) triple reassortant virus, A/Wisconsin/87/2005 H1N1. (CDC, Newman et al., Emerging Infectious Diseases), CDC)."

* ►March 2008 - Dear Shareholders and Investors - Annual Report (pdf) - Chugai Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. - "The biggest factor for the decline in revenues was the fall in sales of the anti-influenza agent Tamiflu (down ¥30.3 billion, a decrease of 78.3%). ... FY 2009 Outlook - Increased Sales and Income Expected in FY 2009 Due to Higher Sales of Growth Drivers In FY2009, we expect revenues of ¥400 billion, up 22.4% year-on-year, driven by further growth of our major products. We project a 7.6% increase in product sales excluding Tamiflu to ¥337.3 billion. For the year, we forecast sales of Tamiflu to reach ¥53.0 billion, up 531.0%, due to expected resumption of government stockpiling in FY2009..."


Posted April 29, 2009


* ►May 2009 - Adversomics: The Emerging Field of Vaccine Adverse Event Immunogenetics - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal) - "Immune, inflammatory, idiosyncratic, and other responses to a vaccine are determined by a host of known and unknown factors, including individual characteristics (age, gender, race, medical condition, etc.), the quality and quantity of vaccine antigen (s), the number of doses administered, route of immunization, and host genetics. Although tremendous work has gone into understanding genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases,2 attention now needs to turn toward understanding genetic susceptibility to vaccine-related AEs. Indeed in the case of live vaccines, one might simplistically envision administration of such vaccines as an 'infection' and conceptually study the susceptibility to such reactions in the same manner. To further develop this construct, we have hypothesized that adverse reactions and events may not be random, but may in fact be, in part, genetically predetermined. For example, early studies demonstrated that certain populations are unusually susceptible to measles vaccine reactions with post-vaccine febrile reactions among 11 different Amerind populations 0.4°C higher than in Caucasian populations."

* ►May 2009 - Efficacy and Safety of 1 and 2 Doses of Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine in Vaccine-Naive Children - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2009 - Maternally Derived Antibodies Against Bordetella Pertussis Antigens Pertussis Toxin and Filamentous Hemagglutinin in Preterm and Full Term Newborns - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Lack of Association of Kawasaki Disease After Immunization in A Cohort of Infants Followed for Multiple Autoimmune Diagnoses in A Large, Phase-4 Observational Database Safety Study of 7-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine: Lack of Association Between Kawasaki Disease and Seven-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Immunogenicity and Tolerability in Infants of a New Zealand Epidemic Strain Meningococcal B Outer Membrane Vesicle Vaccine - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - The Effect of Universal Toddlers-Only Hepatitis A Virus Vaccination Program on Seropositivity Rate in Unvaccinated Toddlers: Evidence for Reduced Virus Circulation in the Community - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2009 - Clinical Presentation of Influenza in Unselected Children Treated as Outpatients - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Prediction of Lyme Meningitis Based on a Logistic Regression Model Using Clinical and Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis: A European Study - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Clinical Features, Adenovirus Types, and Local Production of Inflammatory Mediators in Adenovirus Infections - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2009 - A Population-Based Study of Tuberculosis in Children and Adolescents in Ontario - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Current Recommended Dosing of Vancomycin for Children With Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections Is Inadequate - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Daptomycin Therapy Failure in An Adolescent With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Kaposi's Sarcoma in the Pediatric Population: The Critical Need for a Tissue Diagnosis - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Combination Therapy With Albendazole and Praziquantel Versus Albendazole Alone in Children With Seizures and Single Lesion Neurocysticercosis: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Double Blind Trial - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Candida Albicans and Non-Albicans Bloodstream Infections in Adult and Pediatric Patients: Comparison of Mortality and Costs - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►May 2009 - Systemic Cytokine Response Profiles Associated With Respiratory Virus-Induced Acute Otitis Media - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Pyuria Associated With Acute Kawasaki Disease and Fever From Other Causes - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2009 - Epidemiologic and Microbiologic Characteristics of Culture-Positive Spontaneous Otorrhea in Children With Acute Otitis Media - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* ►April 30, 2009 - Fear is far worse than true flu for business: analysts - The travel industry is being blasted by the swine flu alert and the bacon business is being grilled but for most other sectors fear is the greatest threat, analysts say. - Herald Sun, AU

* ►April 30, 2009 - Autism genome-wide copy number variation reveals ubiquitin and neuronal genes - journal article (Nature)

* ►April 30, 2009 - Common genetic variants on 5p14.1 associate with autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Nature)

* ►April 30, 2009 - Bmi1 regulates mitochondrial function and the DNA damage response pathway - journal article (Nature)

►April 30, 2009 - Orally delivered siRNA targeting macrophage Map4k4 suppresses systemic inflammation - journal article (Nature)

►April 30, 2009 - Rationing Antiretroviral Therapy in Africa — Treating Too Few, Too Late (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - Effect of Early versus Deferred Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV on Survival (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy — Ready When You Are? (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - Management of Incidental Hepatitis C Virus Infection (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - A Step Forward in Therapy for Hepatitis C - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 30, 2009 - Vitamin D Deficiency in Critically Ill Patients - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - Asthma in Pregnancy - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - Toxin B is essential for virulence of Clostridium difficile - journal article (Nature)

* ►April 30, 2009 - Ounces of Prevention — The Public Policy Case for Taxes on Sugared Beverages - journal article (NEJM)

►April 30, 2009 - Scientists fear flu could mutate - The Dominion Post via

►April 30, 2009 - The global politics of swine flu - Asia Times

* ►April 30, 2009 - Officials Face Dilemma Over Whether to Order New Vaccine - Wall Street Journal - "One possibility health officials are discussing is combining a swine-flu vaccine with the seasonal flu shot. A rush to produce a swine-flu vaccine could entail other trade-offs, such as limiting vaccine tests to quick, small-scale trials in humans. 'The more severe the infection and the higher the disease burden, you'd make the compromise and say, 'Let's not wait another six months,' ' said Andrin Oswald, head of vaccine and diagnostics at Novartis AG."

* ►April 30, 2009 - Compulsory vaccination wouldn't hurt - The outbreak of measles and mumps this year reminded me of some basic medical principles, says Charles Waddicor. - Local Government Chronicle

* ►April 30, 2009 - Melbourne lab in race for vaccine - The Age - "The director of the World Health Organisation Influenza Centre in North Melbourne, Anne Kelso, said she and her colleagues were already growing the virus from samples taken from New Zealand students this week. She said the centre — one of four such research units in the world — would cultivate the virus in fertilised hens' eggs, conduct a series of tests on it and then send it off to companies that manufacture vaccines. ... Dr Rachel David, a spokeswoman for CSL Biotherapies, which manufactures and markets vaccines, said the company expected to receive three samples of swine flu from Mexico and the US by the end of the week. She said the company would grow the virus from the samples and also attempt a new method of building the virus from genetic information without any samples."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Special Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction? By Dr. Mercola -

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu: At Level 5—and in Need of More Rapid Diagnosis By Bernadine Healy, M.D. - Heart to Heart Blog via U.S. News & World Report

* ►April 29, 2009 - Lawmakers press for tougher border measures to curb virus spread - CIDRAP News - "Top US officials responsible for managing the nation's response to the swine influenza outbreak today faced increasing pressure to implement more aggressive measures at the Mexico border and reveal more details about the status of a vaccine."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine influenza - Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan - World Health Organization - "Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine influenza - update 5 - World Health Organization

* ►April 29, 2009 - Influenza A (H1N1) "Swine Flu": Worldwide (06) - ProMED-Mail - "The original source of the assertion that the A/H1N1 virus is a reassortment of avian, human, and swine viruses is Dr Anne Schuchat from the [US] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who told reporters that very specifically during the [23 Apr 2009] briefing."

* ►April 29, 2009 - 6 'Probable' Swine Flu Cases Reported in Md., Governor Says (requires registration) - Affected Individuals Live in Anne Arundel, Baltimore Counties - The Washington Post - "We were in Mexico a month ago on spring break," said Kelly McGraw, 20, of West Chester, Pa. as she approached a doorway flanked by two state troopers wearing surgical masks and rubber gloves. "I have a little bit of a cold. I just wanted to be sure."

* ►April 29, 2009 - U.S. has first death from swine flu - Reuters - "A 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the new H1N1 swine flu, becoming the first U.S. death from the virus, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Wednesday."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Editorial: Swine flu hysteria - Beware of bureaucratic cures for supposed epidemics - The Washington Times

* ►April 29, 2009 - WHO Calls Emergency Meeting, Eyes Pandemic Level - The World Health Organization is calling a third emergency meeting of its flu experts in response to a spike in swine flu cases. - FOX News

* ►April 29, 2009 - WHO raises pandemic alert level - It is no longer possible to contain the deadly swine flu virus first found in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. As a potential pandemic edges closer, governments around the world have been stepping up precautions against its spread. - BBC

* ►April 29, 2009 - Pandemic Influenza - Pandemic influenza (flu) is a significant global public health threat. Preparedness has been recognized as a critical local, national and worldwide priority. CBER plays a critical role in fostering the development and increasing the availability of and access to safe and effective biological products to preserve public health by controlling this and other emerging infectious disease threats to public health. - FDA/CBER

* ►April 29, 2009 - The quest for a swine flu vaccine - Vials containing samples of the swine flu virus are making their way from the US to a government laboratory north of London. The race for a vaccine is on. - BBC

* ►April 29, 2009 - New HHS head takes on swine flu - The Scientist

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu: The predictable pandemic? - NewScientist

►April 29, 2009 - Hospitals 'ready to deal with swine flu' - Northampton General Hospital has assured the Government it is ready to deal with cases of swine influenza following a false alarm in Northamptonshire. - Northampton Chronicle

* ►April 29, 2009 - Residents cautioned about swine flu and measles symptoms - Nevada Daily Mail & Herald Tribune

* ►April 29, 2009 - WHO raises pandemic alert level - Mexico City has banned restaurants and cafes from serving all food except takeaways in a bid to help prevent the spread of the deadly swine flu virus. - BBC

* ►April 29, 2009 - World Health Organization Raises Swine Flu Alert Level (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The World Health Organization raised the alert level of the fast-spreading swine flu virus on Wednesday afternoon, indicating that a 'pandemic is imminent,' on the day that a Mexican toddler who had been hospitalized in Houston became the first person to die from the disease on United States soil. Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the organization, said that the 'phase 5' alert out of a possible 6 levels signified that at least two countries have spread the virus by human to human contact, and that the highest phase 6 was probably imminent."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Texas Declares Flu Emergency, Suspends School Meets - Bloomberg - "Four Texas school districts and at least four more individual schools closed in response to reported cases of the disease, affecting 53,000 students. Sixteen swine flu cases in Texas were confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the 22-month-old boy from Mexico who died after being taken to Houston for care. ... The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the April 27 death at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The child, who had 'several underlying health problems,' had traveled with his family from Mexico City to visit relatives, and initially was treated at a hospital in Brownsville, Texas, the agency said."

* ►April 29, 2009 - 11/4/79 60 Minutes Episode Exposed Swine Flu Vaccine Injuries, Lack of Safety By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism - "Read this transcript from a 1979 episode of 60 Minutes where Mike Wallace talks to President Ford, Judy Roberts (injured by the 1976 swine flu vaccine, paralyzed similar to Gardasil injury) Dr. David Sencer and others about the Swine Flu vaccine of 1976. Note the admitted lack of safety and informed consent to the public, even as TV ads frightened American citizens into getting a shot. Think anything has changed today?"
* ►April 29, 2009 - 1976 Ft. Dix swine flu outbreak offers guidance - Philadelphia Inquirer - "David J. Sencer hopes his searing experience 'could help guide decisions.' Sencer, a Harvard-educated public health expert, was fired as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control after the 1976 outbreak failed to turn into a pandemic - and the vaccine program turned into disaster. The shot was linked to 500 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, including at least 25 related deaths, while the swine flu killed only one of the 230 soldiers it sickened."

* ►April 29, 2009 - US officials to take Web questions from worried - AP via Google - "On Thursday, the nation's top officials dealing with the flu emergency will host a Webcast taking questions directly from the public. To participate, e-mail questions to "," and then log on at 1 p.m. EDT to or Ready to answer will be Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Sebelius is thrust into swine flu crisis - Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation as Health and Human Services secretary. Within hours after winning Senate confirmation as Health and Human Services secretary, the former Kansas governor gets to work leading the response to the global health emergency. (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times - "Sebelius received a briefing from Obama's Homeland Security advisor, John Brennan, and other officials dealing with the first domestic test of the administration, which turns 100 days old today."

* ►April 29, 2009 - After Swearing In, Sebelius Talks Swine Flu in Situation Room - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►April 29, 2009 - US vaccine supply could be limited in flu pandemic - Reuters - "Most influenza vaccines for Americans are manufactured in other countries -- a scenario that could limit U.S. supplies should a swine flu vaccine be needed in the coming months. U.S. government officials have taken steps in recent years to promote more production on U.S. soil by a diverse group of companies, but those efforts are far from complete."

* ►April 29, 2009 - St. Jude Researchers Working to Create Swine Flu Vaccine - Eyewitness News Memphis

* ►April 29, 2009 - Baxter Talking To WHO About Possible Swine-Flu Vaccine - Dow Jones via CNNMoney - "Baxter used 'vero cell technology' to produce vaccines in a method that doesn't require growing modified viruses in chicken eggs, a traditional method that can slow the process."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Pandemic Declared Imminent as World Alert Raised - Bloomberg - "'A strain has been identified,' U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a news conference in Washington. 'Manufacturers are on the alert. Once the testing protocol is done and the dosage protocol is done, they are ready to begin production, should that be necessary.' Baxter will receive a sample of the swine flu virus 'in the next couple days,' said Chris Bona, a spokesman for the Deerfield, Illinois, company, in a telephone interview today. 'We are in constant discussions with the government about how and if we should go ahead,' Donna Cary, a spokeswoman for Sanofi’s Sanofi-Pasteur unit in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, said today in an interview. London-based Glaxo and Novartis AG of Basel, Switzerland, also are talking with health regulators, said spokesmen for the companies."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Vaccine makers await critical swine flu samples; swine flu won't be in seasonal flu vaccines - 60 Second Science via Scientific American - "Novavax claims to have developed a virus-like (particle (VLP) technology that allows the company to manufacture a vaccine to match a particular virus strain in about three months."

* ►April 29, 2009 - State groups offer specifics for spending swine flu funds - CongressDaily via - "Several health organizations Tuesday suggested ways in which the federal government could help them deal with the swine flu outbreak, at a cost of about $1 billion."

* ►April 29, 2009 - CDC Addresses Swine Flu Pandemic Threat and Need to Manufacture New Vaccine; President Obama Stresses Importance of Scientific Community - New Vaccine Technologies Needed for Pandemic; Researchers Studying Antigen-Free Pandemic Flu Prophylaxis - Expert Commentary Available - press release - NanoBio via Business Wire

* ►April 29, 2009 - WHO's Chan: 3.5 Million Tamiflu Doses In WHO Stock; Talking To Roche - NASDAQ

* ►April 29, 2009 - Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported at California Marine Base - Kansas City infoZine - "The Marine Corps commandant today confirmed a suspected case of what the U.S. Homeland Security Council now is calling H1N1 flu, but has been known as "swine flu," at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Obama: Swine Flu May Shut Down Schools - AP via The Huffington Post

* ►April 29, 2009 - 13 swine flu cases confirmed in Canada - CanWest via

►April 29, 2009 - One case of swine flu confirmed in Michigan; state agency says CDC erred in reporting two cases - The Grand Rapids Press via - "That case involves a 34-year-old woman in Livingston County who is recovering from the H1N1 virus, said a news release from Michigan's Joint Information Center."

►April 29, 2009 - Indiana health officials reassure residents about Swine flu - WAVE 3 Louisville

►April 29, 2009 - Seattle health officials say rise in alert level doesn't change preparations - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu puts 179 people in isolation in New Zealand - Xinhua via China View

►April 29, 2009 -  IAC Express Issue number 793 - Immunization Action Coalition

►April 29, 2009 - Unravelling the history behind a mystery deadly virus - Brisbane Times

* ►April 29, 2009 - The mother of all flu pandemics - The flu virus is a survivor. It must continually evolve in order to evade its biggest threat - the immune system. - BBC - "In 1918, an influenza pandemic started that became a global disaster - eventually killing more people than the Great War.  Estimates of the death toll from the 1918 outbreak of Spanish flu range from 20 million to 40 million. Some historians argue it could have been as high as 100 million. 'There was a mild wave in the spring, but the very serious, lethal wave was in the autumn to the winter,' says Professor Markel. 'Then a third wave in January to April 1919, and a fourth wave in the winter of 1920.'  This tendency for 'waves' of infection and re-infection makes the virus yet more unpredictable. At the time the medical consensus was that the disease was caused not by a virus, but by a bacterium called Haemophilus influenzae. So some countries, including the US and UK, distributed vaccinations against the wrong disease-causing agent. 'Another problem was that the authorities stuck their heads in the sand,' says Mr Honigsbaum."

►April 29, 2009 - The Swine Who Cried Wolf: How Mass Media and a Decade of Emergencies Has Desensitized a Nation - Flirting with Faith via Beliefnet

►April 29, 2009 - Soldier's letters give first-hand look at Spanish flu pandemic - CNN

►April 29, 2009 - Leaders Vow to Throw Money at Swine Flu Menace - Gawker

►April 29, 2009 - Pig-headed network news playing with public's emotions - Kansas State Collegian

►April 29, 2009 - Health Experts Warn Swine Flu Will Continue To Spread - Voice of America

►April 29, 2009 - Nevada health officials say they have swine flu under control - Nevada Appeal

* ►April 29, 2009 - 1976 Public Service Ad for Swine Flu Vaccine - video - Age of Autism

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu puts border on alert: Juárez closes schools, clubs - El Paso Times - "Four suspected cases of swine flu in Juárez were ruled out Monday, but authorities suspended classes in all schools as a precaution."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Schools Closed Around the Country to Fight Swine Flu - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

►April 29, 2009 - Ben Sherwood: Swine Flu Crib Sheet: The Five Things You Need to Know - The Huffington Post

►April 29, 2009 - Traveling safe amid swine flu fears - WWLP 22News - "Nurse practitioner Mary Jo Safford, told 22News, that people heading to Mexico should get a Hepatitis A shot and a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in ten years."

►April 29, 2009 - Indiana gets CDC shipment of antiviral drugs - AP via Evening News and Tribune

►April 29, 2009 - State awaits results of CDC swine flu test - Pioneer Press - "State health officials on Wednesday reported Minnesota's first "probable" case of the swine flu — a variant of seasonal influenza that doctors have never seen before — in a person at Rocori Middle School."

►April 29, 2009 - Lowell children test positive for swine flu (requires registration) - White Coat Notes via Boston Globe

►April 29, 2009 - City Brights: Doc Gurley:  Swine Flu Doctor Danger? - San Francisco Chronicle

* ►April 29, 2009 - Nasal Flu Vaccine in Kids: One Dose Is Good, but Two Are Better - Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins via Newswise - "For infants and children under age three, one dose of nasal influenza vaccine reduces the risk of getting sick with the flu, but two doses offer better protection, reports a study in the May issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Institute of Medicine Calls for Doctors to Stop Taking Gifts From Drug Makers - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►April 29, 2009 - Georgia settles with drug company for $6M - Other states seek more with lawsuits over potential side effects of Zyprexa - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "In January, Lilly pleaded guilty to illegally marketing Zyprexa. It agreed to pay $1.42 billion to resolve lawsuits and end the criminal investigation."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Autism File Campaign Presents: The New Jersey Moms - Age of Autism - "The Mothers of New Jersey: We are powerful.  Women.  Mothers.  Activists.  Professionals.  Citizens.  Patriots.  We demand transparency of legitimate choices.  We fight on behalf of those who were injured by their vaccines and will settle for nothing less than dramatic reform of a system that is broken.  We defy anyone who dares to define the boundaries of this battle in pro- or anti-vaccine terms or within the diagnostic realm of a behavioral disorder.  You crossed the line when you failed to protect our children.  The stakes could not be higher.  Or more personal."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Autism research: Scientists find genetic variations linked to autism - Reports show problems with brain cell communication may be related to condition (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "Scientists believe larger studies will find yet more genetic variations, but even then those factors will never completely explain autism."

►April 29, 2009 - Disabled Fla. boy steals car, flies to California - Father wants to know how 13-year-old without ID got past airport security - MSNBC

* ►April 29, 2009 - MedImmune Cited for FluMist Reminder Ad - FDA News

* ►April 29, 2009 - Vermont upholds commercial data ban - Medical Marketing & Media - "The ban, which prohibits companies from “selling or using PI data for marketing or promoting prescription drugs unless the prescriber consents [by opting-in],” is scheduled to become effective in Vermont on July 1, 2009."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Too Early For Swine-Flu Vaccine, Expert Says - Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

* ►April 29, 2009 - Proper Name: Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine, Inactivated, Adsorbed IXIARO Intercell Biomedical, License # 1790 - FDA/CBER

* ►April 29, 2009 - Wyeth profit tops forecast but revenue disappoints - Reuters - "Global revenue from Prevnar, a vaccine to protect children from infections with pneumococcal bacteria, rose 7 percent to $755 million."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Flu meds will cover 25% of Kansas - The Topeka Capital-Journal

* ►April 29, 2009 - First Neuroimaging Study Examining Motor Execution In Children With Autism Reveals Brain Activation Differences - Kennedy Krieger Institute Medical News Today

* ►April 29, 2009 - Noted Scientist Says EPA Tests for Endocrine Disruption Outdated - Environmental Health News via Beyond Pesticides

* ►April 29, 2009 - New resource for children with autism - Burlington Union via Wicked Local

►April 29, 2009 - Immunization Conference Outlines Upcoming Changes To Immunization Program (includes video) - KPVI News 6

►April 29, 2009 - Immunization vital for families - Nanaimo News Bulletin

►April 29, 2009 - Researchers design unique method to induce immunity to certain STDs - UCLA Newsroom

►April 29, 2009 - Antigenics shares rise on FDA designation - AP via Forbes

* ►April 28, 2009 - CDC: U.S. flu deaths likely as outbreak spreads - Confirmed cases reach 68; hundreds of kids may have flu, N.Y. official says - MSNBC - "Scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a vaccine ready in early May, but it still will take a few months before any shots are available for the first required safety testing. Using samples of the flu taken from people who fell ill in Mexico and the U.S., scientists are engineering a strain that could trigger the immune system without causing illness. 'We're about a third of the way' to that goal, said Dr. Ruben Donis of the CDC."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Ben Sherwood: Thinking the Unthinkable: Six (Uncomfortable) Questions about the Swine Flu Outbreak - The Huffington Post

* ►April 28, 2009 - Vials of swine flu virus explode on train - Vials of innocuous swine flu virus have exploded on an intercity train, prompting police to stop passengers before they arrived in Lausanne. - swissinfo - "'This virus is not dangerous to humans,' said Laurent Kaiser, head of the Geneva lab. 'It is the same stock as the H1N1 virus but it has nothing in common with the strain spreading around the world.' The technician and one passenger suffered slight wounds, the only injuries, but some travellers were angry that they had not been informed of the incident sooner. 'Why did they leave us enclosed in a contaminated car for an hour?' asked one passenger. 'There was a pregnant woman who panicked. They only informed us sparingly. And why didn't they stop the train in Fribourg?'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine May Be Ready By September - All Things Considered via NPR

►April 28, 2009 - Is There a Proven Proven Complementary Medical Approach Against H1N1 Swine Flu? - Complementary Medical Association via Response Source

* ►April 28, 2009 - PharmAthene Presents Data for SparVax(TM), a Novel Vaccine for the Prevention and Treatment of Anthrax Infection, at the 12th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research - PRNewswire via COMTEX via Trading Markets

* ►April 28, 2009 - Institute of Medicine Calls for Doctors to Stop Taking Gifts From Drug Makers (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 28, 2009 - Question Answered - The phony link between autism and vaccines - Daily Cardinal - "Vaccinations are unbelievably safe. It’s a scientific certainty that they don’t cause autism, and failing to keep your kids immunized causes children to die. Campaigning against vaccines is campaigning for disease and death."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu: How serious a threat? - With the UK confirming two cases of swine flu and the World Health Organization raising its alert level from three to four, how serious a threat does the disease pose to us all? - BBC

* ►April 28, 2009 - European Drug Companies Ramp Up Production to Tackle Swine Flu - BusinessWeek - "Switzerland’s Roche and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline are ready to ramp up production if needed of their antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu, respectively. The WHO reports that the viruses obtained from the recent human cases with swine influenza in the United States were sensitive to both drugs."

* ►April 28, 2009 - IVW: Pandemic Vaccines May be Too Little, Too Late - MedPage Today

* ►April 28, 2009 - Newberry Academy will be closed all week, CDC testing 'probable' cases - WIS News 10, South Carolina

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu deals new blow to economy - Travel, leisure industries hit - The Washington Times

* ►April 28, 2009 - Pandemic Flu: Opportunities and Opportunism - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►April 28, 2009 - Institute of Medicine says new rules are needed to curb drug company influence over doctors - AP via Star Tribune

* ►April 28, 2009 - Survival extended by Dendreon cancer vaccine-study - The Guardian, UK

* ►April 28, 2009 - PRUDEN: A pandemic of panic -- are we dead yet? (opinion/analysis) - Washington Times

* ►April 28, 2009 - A look at autism - The Helping House teaches autistic children who have a wide variety of needs - The Daily Sentinel

* ►April 28, 2009 - New from GRAIN - A food system that kills - Swine flu is meat industry's latest plague -

* ►April 28, 2009 - FDA Requires Additional Labeling for Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers to Help Consumers Use Products Safely - FDA

* ►April 28, 2009 - Are Increased Foreign Inspections of Plants the Answer to Better Risk Management? - Eye on FDA

►April 28, 2009 - FDA Orders Stronger Safety Warnings for Tylenol, Motrin, and Advil - Attorney at Law

►April 28, 2009 - Rare FDA Meeting to Discuss Unsafe Medical Devices - InjuryBoard Florence / Myrtle Beach

* ►April 27, 2009 - Ron Paul, MD, on the Swine Flu Scare - video - Blog

* ►April 27, 2009 - Last big swine flu outbreak: On Fort Dix in 1976 - AP via

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu: 14 Things You Need to Know to Keep Yourself Safe - Frequent questions and their answers. The best defense right now? Stay on top of the news - U.S. News & World Report

* ►April 27, 2009 - Mexico Grapples With Deadly Swine Flu Outbreak - All Things Considered via NPR

►April 27, 2009 - Why Does Swine Flu Kill Healthy People? - News Blaze

►April 27, 2009 - Mexican Health Secretary Avowal – Monday April 27 - Secretariat of Health via

* ►April 27, 2009 - VaxInnate's Seasonal Flu Vaccine Candidate Shown Safe and Immunogenic in Phase I Study - Novel Technology Could Transform Flu Vaccine Production - press release - VaxInnate via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "Unlike egg- or cell-based vaccine production, VaxInnate's technology is based upon the expression in recombinant bacteria of relevant influenza virus protein antigens - in this case, HA -- fused to the bacterial protein flagellin."

* ►April 27, 2009 - Pneumonia: Rwanda Receives Vaccine to Shield Babies Against Bacterial Infections (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has been sold under the Prevnar brand name in the United States since 2000, and Rwanda will get 2.5 million doses — enough for all its children under age 1 — donated by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. In the next couple of years, Rwanda hopes to get a more powerful form and donor money to help pay for it."

* ►April 27, 2009 - Autism Linked to Being Firstborn, Breech or Moms 35 and Older Giving Birth - University of Utah Health Sciences via Newswise

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine flu outbreak sweeps the globe - Genetic code of new influenza strain could contribute to its rapid spread. - news (Nature)

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine flu jumps continents - Influenza virus spreads around the world. - news (Nature)

* ►April 27, 2009 - FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Influenza Medicines, Diagnostic Test in Response to Swine Flu Outbreak in Humans - FDA

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu: A Cause for Panic? (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►April 27, 2009 - Tracking Swine Flu Cases Worldwide (requires registration) - Health officials continue to report mild cases of swine flu throughout the United States and worldwide. The number of deaths in Mexico that officials suspect to have been caused by the flu is 159. The death of a child in Texas, reported on Wednesday, was the first one attributed to the flu outside of Mexico. - The New York Times

* ►April 27, 2009 - Local Whooping Cough Cases Up to 97 -

* ►April 27, 2009 - Grassley, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Protect Against Contaminated Imported Drugs - Toledo Law Blog

►April 27, 2009 - Legislative Quick Hits: Health Care Reform Overshadows All - There are a number of health care agenda items on the legislative docket. But a health care reform bill takes priority over everything else. - The RPM Report

►April 27, 2009 - Obama promises spending boost for science - Ambitious target for economically tough times. - news (Nature)

* ►April 27, 2009 - Cutting Against the Bias - Drugwonks - “Two recent incidents, one in which a prominent scientist was excluded from an FDA advisory committee because of statements he had made about a product, and another in which a patient representative voted to recommend against approval of a product that she thought had contributed to her son’s death, have led the agency to say it will reassess the way it screens for and responds to intellectual bias among panel members.”

►April 27, 2009 - Merck: It's Not All Crystal Clear - The green shoots of recovery strike again, but the German drug company is not out of the woods. - Forbes

* ►April 27, 2009 - Follow-on Biologics: Is it 1984 All Over Again? - The Waxman-Hatch compromise 25 years ago created the modern generic drug industry. It was born of a compromise between two unlikely legislative partners, California Democrat Henry Waxman and Utah Republican Orrin Hatch. Will history repeat itself for FOBs in 2009? - The RPM Report

* ►April 27, 2009 - Novartis accused of exploiting loophole in drug scheme - The Lancet via SciDev Net

►April 27, 2009 - Meeting of the Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee - FDA/CBER

►April 27, 2009 - Merck to Speed Development of New Sun Block Filters - The Korea Times

* ►April 26, 2009 - Flu Headlines Challenge New FDA Heads - Peggy Hamburg and Josh Sharfstein were chosen because of their public health backgrounds. The flu outbreak in Mexico is an early test that should play right to their skills, but it may also change how they view their initial mandate. - The RPM Report

►April 26, 2009 - Science must trump politics in US response to swine flu outbreak -

►April 23, 2009 - Travel advisory warns of severe respiratory illness in Mexico - 20 die from severe respiratory illness in Mexico - CBC

►April 23, 2009 - The evolving Swine Flu story - Effect Measure via ScienceBlogs

►April 23, 2009 - B.C. health experts investigating links to severe flu-like illness in Mexico - Vancouver Sun

* ►2005 - WHO global influenza preparedness plan - The role of WHO and recommendations for national measures before and during pandemics - WHO


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* ►April 29, 2009 - Researchers find common genetic variations in people with autism
-  Findings show that many autistic people have a deviation in a portion of their DNA that affects the way brain cells connect with one another. The discovery may lead to treatments. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►April 29, 2009 - Doctors feted by Merck over Vioxx - Sales representatives from the international pharmaceutical giant that produced anti-arthritis drug Vioxx wined and dined scores of doctors at some of the country's most expensive restaurants, including Melbourne's Flowerdrum, Circa the Prince and Jacques Reymond. - The Australian

►April 29, 2009 - 'More vulnerable' nursery children at Solihull school not vaccinated - Birmingham Post - "A spokesman for the HPA said all staff and pupils at the school were being offered vaccination as a precautionary measure. But the parent of a child in the nursery at St Alphege Infants said their youngsters were not being offered immunisation against hepatitis A."

* ►April 29, 2009 - WHO disputes '150 swine flu deaths' in Mexico - A member of the World Health Organisation has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world. - AAP via The Australian - "But Vivienne Allan, from WHO's patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths - all in Mexico - and 79 confirmed cases of the disease. 'Unfortunately that (150-plus deaths) is incorrect information and it does happen, but that's not information that's come from the World Health Organisation,' Ms Allan said. 'That figure is not a figure that's come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico.'"

* ►April 29, 2009 - Australia decrees powers to quarantine swine flu victims - DPA via Monsters and Critics - "Australians suspected of having swine flu could be forcibly detained under a new quarantine measure decreed by the government. 'It would also increase the powers of the chief health officer, who would have the ability to detain an infected person if they are putting others at risk,' New South Wales Health Minister John Della Bosca said in a statement Wednesday explaining the new powers."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Scientists in global race to turn swine flu virus into a vaccine - Pharmaceutical companies prepare for WHO call to start producing prevention treatment for swine flu - The Guardian, UK - "British scientists at the Health Protection Agency's high containment laboratories in Potters Bar, north London, are due to receive samples of the fresh virus today. They will spend the next three to four weeks making it safe but it will take a further three to five months before it will be ready as a vaccine. It is likely that the WHO would raise the threat level of the flu outbreak to phase five before ordering a vaccine to be made."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Researchers Race to Develop Swine Flu Vaccine - Voice of America

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine Flu Extends Reach, Sickens Hundreds in New York - Bloomberg

* ►April 29, 2009 - A Webinar Special Event: Swine Flu Epidemic? Vitamin D, Probiotics, and Chicken Soup to the Rescue - Mayer Eisenstein, MD & Sherri Tenpenny, DO -

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swinish thoughts on autopilot brains - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swinish thoughts on Medical Insanity - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

►April 29, 2009 - Diseases Travel Fast, but So Do Tools to Fight Them (requires registration) - Washington Post

►April 29, 2009 - Pharmacists rebuild Tamiflu, Relenza supplies - Pharmacists say there should be only short delays until they rebuild stocks of face masks and other items in high demand around the country in response to the threat of swine flu. - AAP via The Australian

►April 29, 2009 - Hog industry feels pinch of swine influenza scare - The hog industry has been hit by the swine influenza scare as prices of pork have dropped by P10 per kilogram due to low demand, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Salvador S. Salacup said in a briefing at the Department of Agriculture yesterday. - BusinessWorld Online - "This despite assurances from the international health experts that the lethal flu strain cannot be transmitted from eating pork as it is transmitted from human to human."

* ►April 29, 2009 - Swine flu outbreaks 'may be different strains' - A leading West Australian virologist says it is possible the Mexican outbreak of swine flu could be a different strain to the virus detected in the United States. -

* ►April 28, 2009 - DHS Sets Guidelines For Possible Swine Flu Quarantines - CBS News - "Federal quarantine authority is limited to diseases listed in presidential executive orders; President Bush added 'novel' forms of influenza with the potential to create pandemics in Executive Order 13375. Anyone violating a quarantine order can be punished by a $250,000 fine and a one-year prison term. ... A Defense Department planning document summarizing the military's contingency plan says the Pentagon is prepared to assist in 'quarantining groups of people in order to minimize the spread of disease during an influenza pandemic' and aiding in 'efforts to restore and maintain order.'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - Quarantine decision will be left to the locals - Involuntary isolation an option if swine flu explodes into major epidemic - MSNBC

* ►April 28, 2009 - Container of swine virus explodes on Swiss train - Reuters

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Container Explodes on Train - When a container holding swine flu exploded on a Swiss train on Monday, it could have led to a nightmare scenario. Luckily the virus was not the mutated swine flu that has killed around 150 people in Mexico and that has already spread to parts of Europe. - Spiegel Online - "According to the police, a lab technician with the Swiss National Center for Influenza in Geneva had travelled to Zurich to collect eight ampoules, five of which were filled with the H1N1 swine flu virus. The samples were to be used to develop a test for swine flu infections. The containers were hermetically sealed and cooled with dry ice. However, it seems the dry ice was not packed correctly and it melted during the journey. The gas coming from the containers then built up too much pressure and the ampoules exploded, as the train was pulling into a station."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Meriden Company Says It Could Produce Swine Flu Vaccine - The Hartford Courant - "A Meriden company awaiting federal approval for its first seasonal flu vaccine says it could be ready to manufacture a swine flu vaccine within six weeks, but hasn't decided whether to proceed. Over the weekend Protein Sciences Corp. obtained the genetic code of the swine flu that has put public health officials on high alert worldwide, the company's chief executive, Dan Adams, said Monday. The company could develop a human swine flu vaccine within weeks and start making tens of thousands of doses in about six, he said."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine Could Be Ready in 6 Weeks - NBC Connecticut via MSNBC - "Scientists at Protein Sciences in Meriden is looking at cells that could be the key to a swine flu vaccine The work has been going on for only a few days, but the company has been involved in pandemic viruses for years, CEO Dan Adams said ... When the word of the swine flu started to spread, Protein Sciences was already working with a top researcher in Mexico, where 149 Mexicans have died from the swine flu and hundreds of others have become ill. 'She's been able to provide us with a lot of information that may be even better than what we're getting from our sources in the United States,' Adams said. Unlike other drug manufacturers, Protein Sciences doesn't need the live swine flu virus to create the vaccine. Instead, it uses the virus' genetic code to create a highly purified protein that is mixed with salt water to make the vaccine. 'We have the genetic code and, if we had nothing else, we could develop the vaccine from that. But the CDC is providing us with additional information that will make it easier for us, and a little less risky, in the sense that we want to make the right product,' Adams said."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine Could Take Months, Experts Say (requires registration) - The New York Times - "But Robin Robinson, who runs the emergency preparation research program for the federal Department of Health and Human Services, said most manufacturers would have finished producing the bulk of seasonal vaccine by June. If production of the swine flu vaccine were to start right after that, the first 50 million to 80 million doses would be available by September, Dr. Robinson said. A full 600 million doses, enough to provide the required two shots for each American, could be finished by January. If immune stimulants called adjuvants were added to the vaccine, that could reduce the dosage needed by each person, allowing enough doses to be ready by late November, he said."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Pandemic Nonsense: Flying Pig Flu By Patrick Wood and Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD - The August Review - "So, you may ask, "What about all the people dying in Mexico?" Overcrowding, poor nutrition and overall poor immunity, all of which are indigenous to Mexico, are a certain prescription for death from almost any infection. [Note that despite 46 cases of this very same flu in the United States there have been no deaths. This is because Americans, comparatively, have better nutrition and medical care.] Like SARS and bird flu before it, this swine flu scare is a lot of nonsense."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Update: Infections With a Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus --- United States and Other Countries, April 28, 2009 - MMWR Dispatch/CDC

* ►April 28, 2009 - Update: Drug Susceptibility of Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses, April 2009 - MMWR Dispatch/CDC - "Since April 21, 2009, CDC has reported cases of respiratory infection with a swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV) that is being spread via human-to-human transmission (1). As of April 28, the total number of confirmed S-OIV cases in the United States was 64; these cases occurred in California (10 cases), Kansas (two), New York (45), Ohio (one), and Texas (six). The viruses contain a unique combination of gene segments that had not been reported previously among swine or human influenza viruses in the United States or elsewhere (1)."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Sebelius Confirmed as Health Chief, Completes Cabinet - Bloomberg

* ►April 28, 2009 - Obama seeks $1.5 billion for swine flu as cases jump - Reuters - "Obama, in a letter to Congress, said the additional $1.5 billion would give the government 'maximum flexibility' as it fights the disease, supplementing antiviral stockpiles, adding medical equipment and starting preparations for a vaccine."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Triggers Outbreak of Finger-Pointing on Capitol Hill Over Stimulus Funds - Democrats and liberal bloggers are complaining that Republican lawmakers stripped out funding in the $787 billion package for pandemic flu preparedness. - FOX News

* ►April 28, 2009 - Time Magazine Preps Americans For Mandatory Vaccinations - Prison Planet via - "In an article entitled How to Deal with Swine Flu: Heeding the Mistakes of 1976, the piece discusses how dozens died and hundreds were injured from vaccines as a result of the 1976 swine flu fiasco, when the Ford administration attempted to use the infection of soldiers at Fort Dix as a pretext for a mass vaccination of the entire country. Despite acknowledging that the 1976 farce was an example of 'how not to handle a flu outbreak,' the article still introduces the notion that officials 'may soon have to consider whether to institute draconian measures to combat the disease.'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - ‘Many hundreds’ of kids may have swine flu - 82 of 380 students at one school for autistic kids are sick, N.Y. mayor says (includes video) - MSNBC - "CDC is moving forward aggressively with plans to produce a vaccine to protect against the new strain of swine flu, said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, during a Tuesday press conference. Scientists have started growing the 'seed stock' of virus that forms the basis of a vaccine. 'Moving forward, vaccine is something we are looking at very intently,' he said."

* ►April 28, 2009 - WHO Revises Pandemic Alert Scale: Swine Flu Now Qualifies for Phase 5 -

* ►April 28, 2009 - CDC says new virus spreading beyond travelers - CIDRAP News - "On vaccine issues, Besser called the possibility of adding a swine flu antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine 'an attractive approach' in that one vaccine could protect against seasonal and swine flu infections. 'We do know that seasonal flu vaccine production is moving forward, and we don't want to delay that, but that is under consideration,' he added. The other possibility is to make a monovalent vaccine, containing just the swine flu strain, he noted. The CDC previously said it was developing a seed strain of swine flu virus for companies to use in making a vaccine. Besser said the seed strain has not yet been sent to the manufacturers."

* ►April 28, 2009 - FDA allows uncleared uses of flu drugs, tests - Reuters Health - "The FDA will now have the authority to allow public health and medical personnel to prescribe Relenza, GlaxoSmithKline's inhaled flu drug also known as zanamivir, and Roche AG's Tamiflu, a pill also known as oseltamivir, for unapproved uses. Tamiflu, approved for treating and preventing the flu in people over a year old, can now be used in children under 1 year. Doctors can also change the recommended dosage for children older than 1 year under the emergency use authorization."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine influenza - update 4 - World Health Organization - "The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the United Kingdom (2), Israel (2) and Spain (2)."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Expands to More New York Schools - Schools in Queens and Manhattan Struck by Virus; Hundreds Taken Ill (includes video) - Washington Post

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine-Flu Cases in US Jump to 64, Led by New York - Bloomberg - "At least five states have confirmed outbreaks, including New York with 45, California with 10, Texas 6, Kansas 2, and Ohio 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on its Web site today."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Mexico imposes swine flu measures - Mexico City has banned restaurants and cafes from serving all food except takeaways in a bid to help prevent the spread of the deadly swine flu virus. - BBC

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu: Groom passes on virus to best man - Iain and Dawn Askham, the couple who became the first British victims of swine flu while on honeymoon in Mexico, may have passed on the virus to members of their family, an entire six-a-side football team and even his best man. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►April 28, 2009 - Pork Industry Fights Concerns Over Swine Flu (requires registration) - The New York Times - "'It’s fair to say that at some point the virus passed through a pig,' said Dr. Paul A. Offit, an infectious disease expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It could have been months; it could have been years ago.'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - Debate rages on name change for swine flu virus; WHO says no (Extra) - DPA via Monsters and Critics - "Swine flu has genetic elements that come from three species - pigs, birds and humans. 'What do we call this? By calling it swine flu, it implies transmission from pork products and that's not helpful to those who produce pork and those who eat pork,' said Richard Besser, acting director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.  We're discussing if there's a better way to describe this virus, which would not lead to inappropriate actions. Swine flu is the origin of one of the components of the strain and not how this disease is spread,' Besser told reporters."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Flu forecasts come true - Cosmic Log via MSNBC - "Keeping track of the outbreak is all in a day's work for Veratect, a company based in Kirkland, Wash., that monitors health threats as well as terrorist attacks and natural disasters. ... Veratect started watching the reports from Mexico on March 30, and by mid-April the upswing in flu cases was serious enough to trigger two waves of e-mail alerts, sent out from Veratect to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public-health agencies. Nevada's state epidemiologist, Ihsan Azzam, said in a Veratect statement that those were 'the very first alerts I received regarding this swine-flu epidemic.'"

* ►April  28, 2009 - Top US Researcher says Some Swine Flu Deaths may be due to Overactive Immune System. - Voice of America - "Dr. David Moskowitz is the CEO of GenoMed in St. Louis, Missouri. He describes GenoMed as a disease management company that prefers using readily available generic drugs. He says, 'We've been interested in the idea that viruses kill more because people overdo their immune response, rather than having too weak an immune response.' He says if that's the case, people's immune response can be reduced a few notches by using common blood pressure medication: 'They gently immunosuppress you, much more gently than, say, prednisone or steroids. So we've been using them for any viral disease we can get our hands on. We've been using it on West Nile (virus) in people and horses and birds since 2003 with good results – about a 70% treatment efficacy rate.'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - Don't Panic: 7 FACTS About 'Swine Flu' - Health Sciences Institute via True Health Is True Wealth!

* ►April 28, 2009 - Flu name hurts pork industry, U.S. wants change - Reuters

* ►April 28, 2009 - Southern Border Just As Open Despite Flu - Washington Times via American Chronicle

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu: Live Blogging CDC's Tuesday Call - Wall Street Journal Health Blog - "The CDC this morning updated the number of U.S. cases to 64, driven largely by more confirmed cases from that New York City school outbreak. Richard Besser (pictured), the CDC’s acting director, is giving today’s daily media update on swine flu. Here’s what he’s saying."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Governor, L.A. County declare state of emergency for swine flu - L.A. Now Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►April 28, 2009 - CDC Offers Theories on Disparities in Swine Flu Severity (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

* ►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu's ground zero? Townspeople are convinced - AP via Google

►April 28, 2009 - The Naming of Swine Flu, a Curious Matter (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The Mexican ambassador to Beijing, Jorge Guajardo, has been outspoken this week in suggesting that the disease did not originate in Mexico. He said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the disease was brought to his country by an infected person from somewhere in 'Eurasia,' the land mass of Europe and Asia."

►April 28, 2009 - Stockpiles of swine flu medicine adequate, NJ drug company Roche says - The Star-Ledger via

►April 28, 2009 - Pandemic Flu Vaccine 6-Month Time Lag Warns Scientist - University of Leicester via Medical News Today

►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu: Current Status and Worst Case Scenario - Seeking Alpha

►April 28, 2009 - Stratford man likely victim of swine flu - Connecticut Post

►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu Concerns Close East Haddam Schools - NBC Connecticut

►April 28, 2009 - A Swine Flu Primer - Talk Radio News Service

►April 28, 2009 - Pig plague 2.0: Can't spell 'pandemic' without 'panic' - If you can read this you're not dead, yet - The Register, UK

►April 28, 2009 - Companies start initial work on pandemic vaccine - Reuters

►April 28, 2009 - Scoop Audio: Swine Flu Press Conference, Day Four - Scoop Audio, New Zealand

►April 28, 2009 - A vaccine needed for bad statistics: Eric Auchard - Reuters via The Guardian, UK

* ►April 28, 2009 - Prepare for swine flu pandemic, WHO warns - Health chiefs say plans to fight swine flu pandemic needed now, especially in developing world (includes video and audio) - The Guardian, UK

* ►April 28, 2009 - Flu Jabs Won't Fend Off Swine Flu, But May Limit Its Effects - - "The National Influenza Strategy Group (NISG) which oversees the seasonal flu 'jabs' confirmed today that there is no vaccine yet available for the swine flu spreading from Mexico. 'The seasonal vaccine is unlikely to protect against it,' said says NISG spokeswoman Dr Nikki Turner. ... But Dr Turner said the jabs were still a worthwhile precaution."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Local officials remember 1976 swine flu scare, President Ford's decision to order nationwide vaccinations (includes video) - The Grand Rapids Press via

* ►April 28, 2009 - Deadly strain of swine flu gets under radar of the immune system - The Times, UK

* ►April 28, 2009 - U.S. lawmakers to examine swine flu response (requires registration) - Reuters via Washington Post

* ►April 28, 2009 - Texas teen recovering from swine flu - AP via Houston Chronicle

* ►April 28, 2009 - CDC: 'Fully expect we will see deaths' - AP via Yahoo!

* ►April 28, 2009 - Important for Swine Flu Epidemic: Homeopathy Successfully Treated Flu Epidemic of 1918 - - "What homeopathic remedies were used to successfully treat the Spanish flu in 1918? Gelsemium and Bryonia According the Dr. Frank Wieland, MD, in Chicago, '(With) 8,000 workers we had only one death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used no aspirin and no vaccines.' ... How do they know that a virus caused the flu epidemic of 1918, when the first virus was not isolated until 1933? They don`t. In fact, many believe that the epidemic was actually a vaccine reaction. When Army vaccinations became compulsory in 1911, the death rate from typhoid vaccination rose to the highest point in the history of the US Army. US Secretary of War Henry L Stimson reported that seven men dropped dead after being vaccinated. He also reported 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of yellow fever vaccination during only six months of WW1. According to a report in the Irish Examiner, 'The report of the Surgeon-General of the US Army shows that during 1917 there were admitted into the army hospitals 19,608 men suffering from anti-typhoid inoculation and vaccinia. When army doctors tried to suppress the symptoms of typhoid with a stronger vaccine, it caused a worse form of typhoid paratyphoid. But when they concocted an even stronger vaccine to suppress that one, they created an even worse disease Spanish flu."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Florida Hospital Caught in Swine Flu Cover-Up? - - "A case of swine flu was diagnosed today in at Florida Hospital and disclosed in an email authored by its chief medical officer, but the infection was immediately denied by Florida Hospital and Orange County health officials, who claimed in a press conference, 'There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida.'"

* ►April 28, 2009 - Among the swine flu mysteries: Why only deaths in Mexico? (includes video) - CNN

►April 28, 2009 - Canadian travellers greeted by mask-wearing customs officers - Sun Media via Belleville Intelligencer - "Torontonians coming home from Cancun, Mexico, yesterday were greeted by mask-wearing customs officers and warnings to watch out for symptoms of the swine flu."

►April 28, 2009 - Swine Flu hysteria: Are parents and schools overreacting? - The Star-Ledger via

►April 28, 2009 - 'No need to panic': Local health agencies plan for swine flu - Bloomington Pantagraph

►April 28, 2009 - CDC: Tests Show Tamiflu, Relenza Can Work Against Swine Flu - Dow Jones via

►April 28, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine would take months to develop - CTV

►April 28, 2009 - Counsel, Caveats From an Expert (requires registration) - Washington Post - "We posed a number of your questions about swine flu to Peter Palese, a microbiologist and infectious-diseases expert at Mount Sinai Medical Center."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Governor Perdue Signs House Bill 217 - - "Governor Sonny Perdue today signed House Bill 217, the 'Access to Flu Vaccines Act,' which permits pharmacists and nurses to order and dispense flu shots pursuant to a protocol agreement with a physician. The bill also grants the Governor broader emergency powers if a pandemic influenza is declared by the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control."

* ►April 28, 2009 - Latest Autism Gene Studies Find….Not Very Much By Mark Blaxill - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2009 - Martin J. Walker From the UK's GMC By Martin J. Walker - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2009 - Wakefield goes to PCC over Sunday Times MMR story - Press Gazette

* ►April 28, 2009 - Unlock Your Health with OSR, The Powerful Antioxidant From CTI Science By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►April 28, 2009 - What the Autism Gene Finding Means for Parents - It's too soon to benefit babies, but maybe new therapies are somewhere down the road - U.S. News & World Report

* ►April 28, 2009 - Autism linked to being first born, or moms above 35: Study - Times of India

* ►April 28, 2009 - Research shows wide age gap between possible and actual autism diagnosis (includes video) press release - Washington University in St. Louis

* ►April 28, 2009 - House Democrats walk out after 'Nick's law' defeat - The setback is the latest in on- going efforts to get insurance coverage for autism. - Tulsa World

* ►April 28, 2009 - Parents urge Kansas lawmakers to mandate insurance coverage for autism therapies - Kansas City Star

►April 28, 2009 - Neighbors, parents spar over autistic boy - United Press International

* ►April 28, 2009 - DeeJay Hellrung: Bill would impair life-saving vaccinations - letter - The Gainesville Sun

►April 28, 2009 - Watch out! Measles About! - Wigan Today

►April 28, 2009 - Why it's never too late to have your MMR jab - Daily Mail, UK

►April 28, 2009 - Clearfield County Child Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis (includes video) -

►April 28, 2009 - Vaccines Are For Adults, Too: Are Your Shots Up To Date? - Baylor Health Care System via Medical News Today

* ►April 28, 2009 - Survival extended by Dendreon cancer vaccine: study - Reuters - "Patients in the 512-subject study who received Dendreon's Provenge lived an average 4.1 months longer than those who received a placebo with no major adverse side effects in the late-stage clinical trial, researchers said. Patients lived 25.8 months after receiving the vaccine compared with 21.7 months for those taking placebos, according to data from the closely watched study unveiled on Tuesday."

►April 28, 2009 - What The Provenge Data Mean - A leading researcher calls the prostate cancer drug an incremental advance for patients but a leap forward for science. - Forbes

►April 28, 2009 - What's wrong with you? It depends where you live - Jeremy Laurance looks at how different countries treat the same symptoms - The Independent, UK

* ►April 27, 2009 - Killer Resurrected - U.S. military researcher uncovers clues about 1918 pandemic flu virus - Scientific American

* ►April 27, 2009 - How to Deal with Swine Flu: Heeding the Mistakes of 1976 - TIME - "Howard Markel, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan and a historical consultant to the CDC on flu pandemics, says the most vexing decision facing health officials is when to institute mass vaccination programs. ... Markel says the political climate in the U.S. is much less combustible today than in the post-Watergate era, when Ford faced a skeptical public. Even so, he says, citizens still need to trust that the government is working for the greater good. He says, 'The good news is that our surveillance, methodology and public health professionals have never been better. But we are human and mistakes may be made — as happened with the 1976 swine flu affair — and we may jump the gun in the hope of preserving life. The current outbreak is a situation in flux. The American public has to be forgiving and patient and do [their] part too.'"

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Outbreak - TIME

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine flu outbreak. The truth is ugly. - Alternative-Doctor Blog - "The fact is, that if Baxter has such dirty cross-contamination techniques, they are not fit to produce pig food, never mind vaccines for inoculation into human beings. Yet they are now snooping around the back door and asking for samples of the virus—so they can make up more vaccine and get more profits. What?"

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine flu outbreak causes global concern (includes video) - The Takeaway

►April 27, 2009 - A history of virus: Swine flu outbreak is no plague yet - National Post

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine influenza - Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan - World Health Organization - "On the advice of the Committee, the WHO Director-General decided on the following. The Director-General has raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4."

* ►April 27, 2009 - Obama has no flu symptoms after Mexico visit - The president met with a museum director in Mexico City who died a week later of pneumonia. - (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times - "Obama met in Mexico City with the director of the National Museum of Anthropology, who died a week later. According to Mexico health officials, the museum official had a preexisting condition and died of pneumonia, not swine flu."

* ►April 27, 2009 - Questions abound about Mexico's response to the crisis - Did officials move slowly to contain the swine flu outbreak? The government denies it did, saying it acted as soon as the virus was identified -- in a Canadian lab because Mexico lacks the facilities. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu Spreads to New York, Canada, Ohio as U.S. Travel Remains Unrestricted -

* ►April 27, 2009 - As Swine Flu Spreads, Conspiracy Theories of Laboratory Origins Abound - - "Perhaps due to the genetic makeup of the fast-spreading H1N1 strain of influenza -- which includes genetic elements from bird flu, swine flu and human flu spanning three continents -- there is considerable speculation that the origins of this virus are man-made."

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu Lessons from SARS, Mad Cow & Bird Flu of Past - 24/7 Wall St.

►April 27, 2009 - Ohio opens swine flu info line - - "Ohio health officials confirmed a single case of swine flu Sunday, in a 9-year-old boy in Lorain County. The boy is recovering at home, and health officials confirmed the boy was sickened by the same strain found in Mexico. Officials said the third-grader traveled all over Mexico with family and visited a farm while he was there. The family’s travels ended in Mexico City."

►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine Could be Weeks Away - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

►April 27, 2009 - Sick West Vancouver woman fears worst after Mexico trip - The Province

* ►April 27, 2009 - Swine Flu Advanced Preparedness LIVE Teleconference Announced for Thursday, April 30th -

* ►April 27, 2009 - Pharmacists warn against Tamiflu overuse - AAP via Brisbane Times

►April 27, 2009 - FED: New Pig Flu 'More Worrying' Than Bird Flu, Says Aust Expert - AAP via American Chronicle

►April 27, 2009 - Special diets may help children control autism symptoms - SmartBrief

►April 27, 2009 - Florida Weighs Limits On Mercury, Relaxed Vaccine Schedules - Disability Scoop

►April 27, 2009 - Meningitis cases at record low, announces Health Secretary - OnMedica

►April 27, 2009 - Page County Chickenpox Outbreak -

►April 27, 2009 - MP pushes for national pesticide ban (requires registration) - Toronto Star

►April 27, 2009 - Obama has no flu symptoms after Mexico visit - The president met with a museum director in Mexico City who died a week later of pneumonia. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►April 26, 2009 - Who Will Profit from the Deadly Flu This Time? - Rumsfeld made the most profit from swine flu in 1976 and bird flu in 2005. Potential profiteers of swine flu are Kleiner Perkins or Baxter. -

* ►April 26, 2009 - Swine flu diverting resources and resources—Who's benefitting from this artificial plague? -

►April 25, 2009 - Launch of National Immunization Awareness Week today - A reminder to stay up-to-date on vaccinations - News1130

►April 23, 2009 - Fallout of the vaccine-autism scare: Measles in the US - Left Brain/Right Brain

►April 22, 2009 - Allergic reactions to Gardasil uncommon: Study - Reuters via

* ►April 1, 2005 - Executive Order 13375 of April 1, 2005 - Amendment to Executive Order 13295 Relating to Certain Influenza Viruses and Quarantinable Communicable Diseases (pdf) - Federal Register - "Section 1. Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Surgeon General, and for the purpose set forth in section 1 of Executive Order 13295 of April 4, 2003, section 1 of such order is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: ‘(c) Influenza caused by novel or reemergent influenza viruses that are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic.’."

* ►January 14, 2004 - CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study - CIDRAP News

* "Swine Flu" Lies? -

§ 271. Penalties for violation of quarantine laws - Cornell University Law School


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