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Starting in July 2018, Vaccination News will no longer be manually updating the news because I can no longer afford to do it and I get almost no financial help.  I have tried numerous solutions, including charging $10/yr but even that was too much for but a few people.

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All the News Posted October 20-23, 2004

Posted October 23, 2004

►November 2004 - Effect of ingesting sour milk fermented using Lactobacillus helveticus bacteria producing tripeptides on blood pressure in subjects with mild hypertension - journal article (Nature)

* ►October 23, 2004 - Infected vaccine put a generation 'at risk' (requires registration) - - "A federal government agency knowingly released polio vaccine contaminated with a monkey virus in the 1960s that has since been linked to cancers, including mesothelioma...An investigation by The Age found that at least four batches of vaccine - almost 3 million doses - were contaminated with the virus between 1956 and 1962."

* ►October 23, 2004 - Deadly shots: the polio vaccine saga - Millions of Australians were given a polio vaccine infected with remnants of a cancer-causing virus. Scientists knew the dangers but released the vaccine anyway, writes Gary Hughes. (requires registration) -

►October 23, 2004 - Govt to probe tainted polio jabs report -

►October 23, 2004 - Call for better immunization to reduce infectious disease risks in Europe - Medical News Today - "During the last three years, significant measles outbreaks have occurred in Turkey (44 176 cases), Italy (29 533), Ukraine (24 968), France (13 645) and Germany (11 460)."

►October 23, 2004 - UK Government 'not happy' over autism provision - Medical News Today

►October 23, 2004 - Lupus can affect dogs as well as people - Arizona Republic via

►October 23, 2004 - Childhood predictors of self reported chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis in adults: national birth cohort study - journal article (BMJ)

►October 23, 2004 - Katie O'brien: Flu meets American capitalism (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

►October 23, 2004 - NY awaits word on its share of flu vaccine - Newsday

►October 23, 2004 - SARS came from S. China civet cats -- study - Xinhua via China Daily

►October 23, 2004 - Flu Wars - editorial (requires registration) - Washington Post

►October 23, 2004 - Nine Show Symptoms of the Flu At a Manhattan Nursing Home (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►October 22, 2004 - Warning: Vaccine Sacred Cows May Endanger Your Health - By RFD Columnist, Sandy Gottstein Mintz -

* ►October 22, 2004 - Has Dan Rather Once Again Failed To Responsibly Investigate An Important Issue? - by Sandy Gottstein Mintz -

* ►October 22, 2004 - Bacterial infection spreads (requires registration or subscription) - South Dakota among states with more cases of potentially deadly illness - Aberdeen American News via

* ►October 22, 2004 - Q & A (requires registration or subscription) - The flu-vaccine shortage continues to play havoc in the United States. Public health reporter ANDRÉ PICARD tackles readers' questions about the implications on this side of the border - Why are some Canadian pharmacies and clinics offering flu shots to Americans? Is it legal? - The Globe And Mail

* ►October 22, 2004 - Chiron's flu blues bite morale - San Mateo County Times - "In 1995, for example, it approved a deal that gives the company a $500,000 or more property tax rebate each year for 30 years in exchange for the investments in city infrastructure as it expands to an eventual 2.2 million-square-foot campus."

►October 22, 2004 - Frist defends flu shots for Capitol colleagues - AP via The Seattle Times

►October 22, 2004 - Local officials say they lack federal guidance on shortage of flu shots - The New York Times via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "Osterholm complained that federal officials kept insisting that people should calm down and contact their local health departments for information. "But we've got no information to give them. Zero. Zip," Osterholm said."

►October 22, 2004 - Pediatricians need more training on environmental - "Experts recommend that medical and nursing schools add environmental health topics to training programs."

►October 22, 2004 - For Families of Autistic, the Fight for Ordinary (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 22, 2004 - Plea for tolerance - - "A Mother and her autistic son were asked to leave a supermarket when the little boy had a temper tantrum. She says she was attempting to calm down eight-year-old Philip when a member of staff told him to 'stop it' and asked her to leave."

►October 22, 2004 - Treating autism at home: a labor of love - New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►October 22, 2004 - Healthbeat: Autism Virtual Clipboard -

►October 22, 2004 - For USF campus, grant is a milestone - USF St. Petersburg reels in the largest grant in campus history with $892,000 in federal funds to study child behavior. - St. Petersburg Times - "V. Mark Durand, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, received an $892,000 grant for research from the U.S. Department of Education. He and others will work 80 families - 40 in the Tampa Bay area and 40 in Albany, N.Y. - to investigate the best way to help parents address head banging, hand biting and other severe behavior problems in children."

* ►October 22, 2004 - Pentagon silent on investigation - Delaware delegation calls response to their letter 'unacceptable' - The News Journal via - "The Department of Defense Thursday rehashed previous statements in its official response to calls by Delaware's congressional delegation for an investigation into whether troops at Dover Air Force Base received experimental anthrax vaccine in 1999...In the written response, Assistant Secretary of Defense William Winkenwerder said the vaccine is safe and that no troops were subjected to medical experiments."

►October 22, 2004 - DOD launching anti-flu health campaign - American Forces Press Service via Air Force Link - "Department of Defense officials are launching a vigorous public health campaign aimed at preventing the flu in those who will not qualify to get their shots this season."

►October 22, 2004 - Deployed Troops, High-Risk Groups to Get Flu Shots on Time - American Forces Press Service via

►October 22, 2004 - Anthrax case confidentiality may disappear - UPI via Washington Times

* ►October 22, 2004 - More than 3 Million Influenza Vaccine Doses Shipped This Week to Health Providers Serving High-Priority Groups - press release - CDC

* ►October 22, 2004 - Private Doctors in Frantic Quest for Flu Vaccine - New York Times via Spartanburg Herald-Tribune via - "Dr. Rodney Sherman, an oncologist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan who has 350 chronically ill patients in need of protection against the flu, is giving up on the United States government...After weeks of trying to get answers as to whether he is in line to get vaccine - and calm his patients' fears - he has decided to take matters into his own hands...This morning, he is flying to Canada, hoping to buy vaccine, even though he does not know if any will be available."

* ►October 22, 2004 - Federal government won't take control remaining flu vaccine (requires registration) - KRT via Kansas City Star

►October 22, 2004 - MedImmune to Produce Additional Flu Vaccine - HHS Says U.S. Supply Could Hit 61 Million Doses (requires registration) - Washington Post - "The company had previously announced it would make 1 million more doses from components left over from this season's original production run of 1.1 million. With the additional amount announced yesterday, MedImmune's total offering this season will be about 3 million doses."

►October 22, 2004 - 'We Are Clearly Not Prepared' - The flu vaccine shortage will leave millions of Americans vulnerable to influenza this season. Historian John M. Barry hopes it will serve as a wake-up call for government officials - Newsweek via MSNBC

►October 22, 2004 - Tracing Flu Vaccine Shortage from Liverpool to U.S. (includes audio) - All Things Considered via NPR

►October 22, 2004 - Flu vaccine suspended as officials await shipments from feds - AP via Newsday

►October 22, 2004 - Congress Gives Flu Vaccine Doses to DC - Congress to Give 3,000 Doses of Flu Vaccine to Washington's Municipal Health Department, Hospitals - AP via ABC News

►October 22, 2004 - Flu just one of necessary immunizations (requires registration) -

►October 22, 2004 - State to monitor flu outbreaks - Houston Chronicle

►October 22, 2004 - Americans Flock Across Borders for Flu Shots - Reuters - "Cruise operator Victoria Clipper in Seattle is offering a one-day round-trip boat ride to Victoria, 75 miles northeast of Seattle on Canada's Vancouver Island, that for $105 includes the cost of the trip and a dose of flu vaccine."

►October 22, 2004 - Flu vaccinations start next week - AP via

►October 22, 2004 - Calif. AG subpoenas flu shot distributors amid gouging reports - Arizona Republic via

* ►October 22, 2004 - Expert: World unprepared for flu pandemic - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "A lack of adequate funding remains one of the biggest obstacles for developing affordable vaccines. Billions of dollars of donations are yet 'a drop in the bucket in coverage of vaccinating children in developing nations,' Clemens said."

* ►October 22, 2004 - Poll: Flu Shot Shortage Worries Americans (requires registration) - AP via Miami Herald - "While a substantial number of Americans say they're worried about it, a majority say it's not much of a concern...'I don't see why people are getting upset about it,' said Pat Johns, a 69-year-old retiree from Clarkston, Mich., who is healthy and doesn't plan to get a vaccine this season. 'There are too many other things to worry about. I think part of the reason that they do is that they watch too much TV.'"

►October 22, 2004 - Randolph County still holds out hope for flu vaccines - The Moberly Monitor-Index

►October 22, 2004 - Vaccine Hogs, Part 2 - You knew Tom DeLay had to be one, right? - Slate via MSNBC

►October 22, 2004 - Richardson raps flu vaccine handling, CDC - UPI via Washington Times

►October 22, 2004 - Arkansas lawmakers: Two did, four didn't take flu vaccination - Hope Star

►October 22, 2004 - Flu hits Manhattan nursing home - Newsday

►October 22, 2004 - Kids at risk for flu complications - Advice helps parents know when to worry, what to do. - News-Leader

►October 22, 2004 - Texas Border City Has No More Flu Shots - AP via Yahoo!

►October 22, 2004 - Surgeon General Visits Jacksonville, Calms Flu Fears -

►October 22, 2004 - Folks feel hot over flu shots (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 22, 2004 - Due to National Shortage, No Flu Shots This Year - Flu Shots Unavailable at Health Services This Year; Students Upset by Greater Chance for Sickness - Columbia Spectator

►October 22, 2004 - Health Department Announces Number Of Available Flu Vaccines - State Received One-Tenth Of What It Needs -

* ►October 22, 2004 - Some Chicago Bears players received flu vaccinations despite shortage - AP via San Francisco Chronicle - "The shots were offered to everyone on the team, but Bears officials said fewer than half of the roughly 60 members received vaccinations, mainly those with 'asthma-type conditions.' Remaining doses were returned to the distributor."

►October 22, 2004 - Burns: Vaccine shortage serves as a wake-up call - opinion - The Cape Codder via

►October 22, 2004 - State Issues Flu Vaccine Proclamation - - "The proclamation says that the State Department of Health will continue to monitor influenza vaccine supply and demand in Indiana to ensure vaccine is administered to those individuals at highest risk for serious complications from influenza."

►October 22, 2004 - Kaiser gets more influenza vaccine - The Columbian

►October 22, 2004 - They flu to Canada - New York Daily News

►October 22, 2004 - U.S. Works to Deliver Flu Shots, Some Don't Wait - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 22, 2004 - The Web Browser: Flu-Related Strangeness (includes audio) - Day to Day via NPR

►October 22, 2004 - Heading North to Canada for a Flu Shot (includes audio) - Day to Day via NPR

►October 22, 2004 - Extra flu vaccine redirected by feds arrives in state early - 271,740 more doses will be distributed to counties starting on Monday - San Francisco Chronicle

►October 22, 2004 - State wants data from feds to better combat flu vaccine shortage - Detroit Free Press

►October 22, 2004 - Counties decide how to distribute flu vaccines - News 14 Carolina

►October 22, 2004 - Flu shot shortage feeding hysteria - Frustrated docs lack information - Arizona Republic via

►October 22, 2004 - States go after vaccine price gouging - UPI via Washington Times

►October 22, 2004 - Editorials on the flu vaccine shortage - The News-Sentinel via KRT via

►October 22, 2004 - A Shot In the Arm -

►October 22, 2004 - Citing insurance, Md. doctor refuses HIV/AIDS patients - Washington Blade

►October 22, 2004 - India: Patent Amendments Threaten Access to HIV/AIDS Medicines - Human Rights Watch

►October 22, 2004 - US Centre for Disease Control helps HIV patients - Viet Nam News Agency

►October 22, 2004 - Antivirals Don't Completely Suppress Herpes - Reuters

►October 22, 2004 - Schering-Plough Initiates Two Major Hepatitis C Studies With PegIntron(R) Plus Rebetol(R) Combination Therapy - press release - Schering-Plough via PRNewswire via

►October 22, 2004 - Voluntary blood contribution accounts for 85% of China's blood collection - People's Daily

* ►October 22, 2004 - Blood transfusion can transmit new primate virus - CBC News

* ►October 22, 2004 - 3 more tigers died of bird flu in Thailand - Xinhuanet via China View - "By far, a total of 63 tiger at Sri Racha Tiger Zoo have succumbed to bird flu, including 30 put down Wednesday to prevent the spread of the disease...The remaining 378 tigers had been infected with Tamiful, developed by Swiss Hoffmann-La Roche company and Gilead Sciences of America, to fight the virus. Among them, 25 suspected to be infected have been put under surveillance."

►October 22, 2004 - Thai Tiger Zoo Keepers Declared Safe from Bird Flu - Reuters

►October 22, 2004 - Avian influenza threat causes government to take precautionary measures - The Triangle

►October 22, 2004 - Bacterial meningitis ruled out as cause in death of Carver boy - The Enterprise via - "'I've been in touch with Children's Hospital and the cultures show no signs of meningococcal meningitis. They haven't made an exact identification as to what happened, but there is no need for panic,' said Dr. Fergus Moylan, who was Dillon Geary's pediatrician....Geary, 9, died Tuesday night after being admitted Sunday to Children's Hospital in Boston with a 104.5-degree fever and symptoms of meningitis. He had previously been absent from school for two weeks with a broken arm."

►October 22, 2004 - Health Alert: Whooping cough makes comeback -

►October 22, 2004 - Whooping cough closes North Tama schools - The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier

►October 22, 2004 - Seven-fold rise in mumps cases - Manchester Evening News

►October 22, 2004 - Newly discovered protein suggests novel tumorigenic pathway - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology via

►October 21, 2004 - Clues to improving TB treatment - Cell Press via

►October 21, 2004 - Researchers monitor progression of Parkinson's disease by studying molecular changes in brain - Society of Nuclear Medicine via

►October 21, 2004 - Molecular mechanism sheds light on neurodegenerative diseases - Northwestern University via

►October 21, 2004 - New DNA repair enzyme makes mistakes to save lives of cells - Its two-step handiwork described in The EMBO Journal as most efficient of any enzyme - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via

►October 21, 2004 - Strong-flavored onions show promise for fighting cancer - American Chemical Society via

►October 21, 2004 - NIP Data Sharing: Meeting Two: Agenda - Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - The National Academies, Institute of Medicine - Committee on Review of NIP's Research Procedures and Data Sharing Program -

►October 21, 2004 - Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use Summary of Opinion for Fendrix - Common name: Hepatitis B (rDNA) vaccine (adjuvanted, adsorbed) - PharmaLive via

►October 21, 2004 - Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use Summary of Opinion for Quintanrix - Common name: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whole cell), hepatitis B (rDNA) and Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (absorbed) - PharmaLive via

* ►October 21, 2004 - New law will help stop litigation abuse against vaccines - U.S. Senator Larry Craig announced that legislation will be signed into law in a few days by President Bush which will help avert future flu vaccine shortages. -

* ►October 21, 2004 - President signs suicide-prevention bill - AP via - "It emphasizes screening programs that identify mental illness in children as young as sixth-graders, and provides referrals for community-based treatment and training for child care professionals."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Failing the Public Health — Rofecoxib, Merck, and the FDA - journal article (NEJM)

* ►October 21, 2004 - Big lobbying effort from Chiron could boost defense - USA Today - "It poured $660,000 into currying favor with Congress and the Health and Human Services Department in this year's first half, public documents show. That is nearly five times what it spent all last year."

* ►October 21, 2004 - California's Pay for Performance Program for Doctors Announces First Year Results: Estimated $50 Million Bonus Payout - IHA Program's First Year and Test Year Comparison Shows Increased Cancer Screening and Immunizations; Performance Results Available to Consumers Online - Business Wire via CBS MarketWatch

* ►October 21, 2004 - MedImmune Expands Production Plans For FluMist(R) - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "We are also committed to developing our next-generation, refrigerator-stable FluMist formulation, known as CAIV-T, to demonstrate that it is the product of choice, particularly for children. Toward this goal, we have already completed 42 clinical trials involving more than 64,000 subjects for both FluMist and CAIV-T. We also have eight more clinical trials currently underway involving an additional 70,000 subjects for these vaccines."

* ►October 21, 2004 - PACE Announces Early Intervention Program With Third Annual Gala - PRNewswire via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "1 out of every 150 infants will be diagnosed with autism in California! This is alarming especially in light of just thirty years ago, when the statistics were 1 in 10,000 diagnosed with the disorder," says David Tollner, Executive Director of PACE. "It is by far the fastest growing developmental disorder in America as well as in California. If not diagnosed and treated early, these 1 out of every 150 infants will cost the state and school districts an extra $400,000 to $500,000 just to get the child through 8th grade and over $1,000,000 to get the child through to the age of 22 when the obligation of the state to pay for an education finally ends. And that is if the child is living at home. If the child lives in a group home, which is very common for persons with ASD, add another $1,000,000 to the cost to care for the child just through age 25. At PACE, our philosophy is: the earlier the diagnosis and treatment, the better for the child, and the better for the child, the better for our entire community."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Pollution triggers bizarre behaviour in - "Hyperactive fish, stupid frogs, fearless mice and seagulls that fall over. It sounds like a weird animal circus, but this is no freak show. Animals around the world are increasingly behaving in bizarre ways, and the cause is environmental pollution."

►October 21, 2004 - Researcher reveals link between chronic fatigue and polio - Canada NewsWire via COMTEX via Healthy News - "Marcia Falconer, a researcher and virologist from Nepean, Ontario, has researched the link between these conditions and has advocated worldwide for greater understanding of the connection between polio, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue."

►October 21, 2004 - Action urged to avoid flu jab delays - Doctors call for early warning of shortages - The Belfast Telegraph

►October 21, 2004 - Flavivirus Encephalitis - journal article (NEJM)

►October 21, 2004 - Tuberculous Meningitis - journal article (NEJM)

►October 21, 2004 - Dexamethasone for the Treatment of Tuberculous Meningitis in Adolescents and Adults - journal article (NEJM)

►October 21, 2004 - Role of Prostanoid DP Receptor Variants in Susceptibility to Asthma - journal article (NEJM)

►October 21, 2004 - Embryonic Stem-Cell Research — The Case for Federal Funding - journal article (NEJM)

►October 21, 2004 - Funding Targets Health Literacy, a Major Influence on Health Outcomes - Announcement Comes During National Health Literacy Awareness Month - PRNewswire via - "A ground-breaking report released last April by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) noted that 90 million U.S. adults may lack the necessary skills to interact with our health system. The IOM study also revealed troubling trends indicating that low health literacy is associated with higher rates of hospitalization and emergency use, increased adverse drug reactions and lower use of preventive services, resulting in higher health care costs."

►October 21, 2004 - Charges likely after child's lead poisoning - Detroit Free Press - "It was 3 a.m. when she awoke on the floor, where she and her sons, Tyler and 16-year-old Dorian Hill, had fallen asleep watching a movie. Tyler was in convulsions. Several days later, a lead test showed why: It registered 38.5 micrograms per deciliter -- almost four times above the level at which poisoning is certain, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

►October 21, 2004 - Researchers Identify A Protein That Could Banish Allergies - The suffering of millions of people with allergies could one day be eased thanks to new research from UK investigators. Findings from the University College London branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR), published in this week’s Nature, detail how inactivating a key signalling molecule called p110delta reduced the effect of allergies on mice. - University College London via ScienceDaily

►October 21, 2004 - Otago Seeks Vaccinations Manager -

►October 21, 2004 - Korea Compares to Poorest Nations in Vaccination Subsidies - The Chosun Ilbo

►October 21, 2004 - Survey: Few flu shot shortages in Europe (requires registration or subscription) - AP via - "Ireland - like the United States - is struggling to find enough flu vaccine following the shutdown of a British factory, but other European countries mostly have no shortages, an Associated Press survey found Thursday."

►October 21, 2004 - Pediatricians treating more children with behavioral health disorders, study shows - - "But many pediatricians felt they were not prepared in medical school and their residency training programs to treat these children, leading to a scramble to find continuing medical education courses to fill that gap. They often felt unprepared to treat depression and anxiety and to choose appropriate drugs for these diagnoses."

►October 21, 2004 - Untreated mental illnesses cause widespread problems (requires registration or subscription) - The Courier Press - "An estimated one in five adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time."

►October 21, 2004 - Datamonitor: ADHD Children Not Coming to Attention of Parents and via - “Manufacturers need to promote the benefits of once-daily formulations which provide increased compliance, smoother drug profile and reduced social stigma; features that will significantly improve patient quality of life.”

►October 21, 2004 - Study backs link between father's age, schizophrenia - Reuters

►October 21, 2004 - Anesthesiologists Discover Ways to Improve Patient Safety - PRNewswire via

►October 21, 2004 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via

►October 21, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage may cost $20 billion - Productivity lost totals 1 to 1.5 days for average worker - AP via Houston Chronicle

►October 21, 2004 - Hospitals: State should permit flu shots for health workers - AP via Duluth Superior

* ►October 20, 2004 - Hospital destroys flu vaccine - Shipment mix-up at West Allis Memorial spoils 2,250 doses - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - "Because the vital package was confused with a delivery of computer parts, a hospital spokesman said the shipment wasn't refrigerated right away. Irwin said the single-box shipment contained 225 vials of vaccine made by French drug-maker Aventis SA. Each vial contains enough vaccine for 10 to 11 individual shots."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Why some parents call childhood vaccines unsafe -

* ►October 20, 2004 - Flu Mist Reportedly Tastes Like Gum - AP via

* ►October 20, 2004 - Wyeth Reports Earnings Results for the 2004 Third Quarter and First Nine Months - PRNewswire - "Our business showed strong performance on many fronts during the course of this past quarter.  Our growth was driven by Effexor(R) XR, Enbrel(R), Prevnar(R), Zosyn(R) and Rapamune(R), which grew over 39% for the quarter.  We have made  enhancements in Prevnar manufacturing this year resulting in increased production, increased sales and a return to a full, four-dose vaccination series recommendation by the key global regulatory authorities," said Robert Essner, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wyeth."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Cedars-Sinai October 2004 medical tipsheet - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via - "Women who are expecting a baby should be considered high priority during this season when the Flu vaccine is in short supply, and should seek an influenza vaccine as soon as possible. Influenza vaccines do not have adverse effects on fetuses, and they have been shown to dramatically decrease health risks for mothers and their newborns, says Neil S. Silverman, M.D., a high-risk obstetrician who specializes in infectious diseases during pregnancy. Dr. Silverman is available for interviews."

►October 20, 2004 - Chiron committed to supplying vaccine next year (requires registration or subscription) - Contra Costa Times

►October 20, 2004 - Chiron vaccine in doubt for 2005 - USA Today

►October 20, 2004 - Chiron 3Q Profit Rises to $23.5 Million - AP via Forbes

►October 20, 2004 - Digital pen and paper technology collect data at Innovation - "Similar information was collected last year and went unused because the data wasn’t compiled into a digital format. Talario™ designed a form for this year’s vaccinations on digital paper and supplied the technology that will automatically capture the information in a database that can be queried."

►October 20, 2004 - Parents needed for study of attention disorder - - "The study will examine the parenting experience in families with an ADHD child, and how it differs from those families without an ADHD child."

►October 20, 2004 - Early life stress can inhibit development of brain-cell communication zones - UC News Wire

►October 20, 2004 - Tories Demand Action on Child Health - "PA" News via The Scotsman - "Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said that asthma, diabetes, alcohol and drugs misuse and poor sexual health were among “many indicators of children’s health that are not necessarily moving in the right direction”. The framework says there should be early diagnosis and treatment of children with disorders such as autism and diabetes."

►October 20, 2004 - A Young Onset Parkinson's Patient: A Case Study (full study) - Journal of Neuroscience Nursing via

►October 20, 2004 - U.S. politics delaying mad-cow resolution: Cellucci - Canadian Press

►October 20, 2004 - Gene chip speeds pathogen detection - The Mercury News via Ledger-Enquirer - "An Affymetrix food chip was developed to determine the presence of meat in different types of food, allowing regulatory authorities to discover chicken that has been bulked up with beef or pork byproducts or beef that has been added to cattle feed."

►October 20, 2004 - The Changing Role of America's Pharmacists - HealthDayNews via

►October 20, 2004 - Universal health care plan proposed (requires registration or subscription) - Columbia: Premium of $2,000 per person covers all - CBS MarketWatch

►October 20. 2004 - Upon Further Review: Experts Determine That Medical Literature Supports Benefits of Grain-Based Foods in Healthy, Balanced Diet - Market Wire

►October 20, 2004 - Woes of the - "Research on children with learning disorders, including autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also shows that many suffer from damaged intestinal lining, though only a small percentage tested positive for Celiac disease. Several studies showed positive outcomes when autistic children were put on a strictly gluten and casein-free diet."

►October 20, 2004 - Genetically modified parasite lets researchers probe immune system's memory - Washington University School of Medicine via

►October 20, 2004 - Neurosurgeons identify growth of new adult brain cells, possible treatment for epilepsy - Research team from cleveland makes presentation on findings at Congress of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting - Congress of Neurological Surgeons via

►October 19, 2004 - Research confirms medicinal promise of Kenyan plants -

* ►October 19, 2004 - FDA Letter Raises Questions about VeriChip Safety, Data Security - CASPIAN via - "Although the FDA approved the VeriChip implant last week, their approval does not mean the device is completely safe, according to an FDA letter CASPIAN has obtained. Among the potential problems the FDA identifies are: "adverse tissue reaction,"  "migration of the implanted transponder," "failure of implanted transponder," "electrical hazards" and "magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] incompatibilty." Not to mention the nasty needle stick from the "inserter" used to inject it. (The FDA lists "failure of inserter" -- a bloody possiblity we'd rather not contemplate -- among the risks.)"

►October 19, 2004 - Toothpaste Ingredient Guards Against Skin Cancer - Antibacterial also found in mouthwash helps kill off damaged cells - HealthDayNews via

* ►October 18, 2004 - How to think about prescription drugs. (A Critic At Large High Prices) - The New Yorker - "The big drug companies justify the high prices they charge—and the extraordinary profits they enjoy—by arguing that the search for innovative, life-saving medicines is risky and expensive. But Nexium is little more than a repackaged version of an old medicine. And the hundred and twenty dollars a month that AstraZeneca charges isn’t to recoup the costs of risky research and development; the costs were for a series of clinical trials that told us nothing we needed to know, and a half-billion-dollar marketing campaign selling the solution to a problem we’d already solved."

►October 18, 2004 - UT Southwestern to benefit from $46 million contract - "The money will be used to create two bioinformatics centers designed to help scientists combat infectious diseases and immune disorders. The contracts were awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the NIH, with $8.7 million designated for UT Southwestern."

►October 13, 2004 - Low Birth Weight Intelligence Effects Carry Into Teen Years (requires registration or subscription) - Reuters Health via

►October 11, 2004 - Air, Not Oxygen, Should Be Used First for Neonatal Resuscitation (requires registration or subscription) - CME via - "However, 100% oxygen exacerbates reperfusion injury in animals and reduces cerebral perfusion in newborn babies."

►October 2004 - Emerging infectious disease issues in international adoptions: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza and measles - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

Posted October 22, 2004

►November 2004 - Risk factors for food allergy. - journal article (Curr Allergy Asthma Rep.)

►November 2004 - Childhood infections and risk of multiple sclerosis - journal article (Brain) 

►November 2004 - Increased Poliovirus-Specific Intestinal Antibody Response Coincides with Promotion of Bifidobacterium longum-infantis and Bifidobacterium breve in Infants: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial - journal article (Pediatric Research) 

* ►October 22-28, 2004 - Breeding the Plague - Wendy Orent's investigation of the Soviet bioweapons program does not make for bedtime reading. - book review - CONTEXT - Moscow Times Arts & Ideas

* ►October 22, 2004 - Three Parties Question Health Minister on Vaccine - press release - Jon Eisen via Scoop Media

►October 22, 2004 - Teenagers hospitalised with meningitis after sharing drink - Over 20 people have been treated with preventative antibiotics after two Levin teenagers were admitted to Palmerston North Hospital with meningococcal disease this week. -

►October 22, 2004 - Name your poison - Food is the stuff of life, but, for those with allergies, it can cause pain, upset and even death, writes Paula Goodyer. (requires registration) -

►October 22, 2004 - In war on polio, mission not yet accomplished - Though polio has largely been eradicated from its position as a scourge of mankind, traces of its deadly effects still remain and must be fought - The Cavalier Daily

►October 22, 2004 - Anthrax Figure Wins a Round on News Sources (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 22, 2004 - Canada hangs on to its flu shots (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

* ►October 22, 2004 - Flu Shot Lottery a Hot Ticket (requires registration) - Washington Post - "'We only have 800 shots,' said school nurse Julie Olson into her phone. 'The lucky winners will get it'...The odds of winning -- in a county of about 900,000 people -- have become slight enough that some local media dubbed Montgomery County's solution the Flu Vaccine Powerball."
* ►October 22, 2004 - IDSA Offers Policy Rx for Influenza Vaccine Shortage - Infectious Diseases Society of America via Medical News Today

* ►October 21, 2004 - Louisville Guardsman Says Anthrax Shot Made Him Ill - Alabama Congressman Trying To Help Man -

* ►October 21, 2004 - Easing bio-security on reconstituted killer virus raises concerns - CP via - "The decision by a team of U.S. researchers to ease bio-security precautions for a reconstituted version of the 1918 pandemic flu virus - the most lethal killing machine in viral history - is sparking debate within the international scientific community."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Chiron Vaccine in Doubt for 2005 - USA Today via (abstract)

* ►October 21, 2004 - Congress, Agencies Rethink Flu Shots - Washington Post via (abstract)

►October 21, 2004 - B.C. to Give Low-Mercury Flu Shot - Vancouver Sun via (abstract)

►October 21, 2004 - U.S. Health Officials Urge Elderly to Get Pneumonia Vaccine - New York Times via (abstract)

►October 21, 2004 - At least 9 Texans in Congress got flu shots - Lawmakers say inoculations were justified despite vaccine shortage - Houston Chronicle

►October 21, 2004 - Some Missouri lawmakers get flu shots, others pass - AP via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

►October 21, 2004 - Flu shot clinic for Americans to open Oct. 30 in Vancouver - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►October 21, 2004 - Vaccine Hogs - Not every member of Congress needs a flu shot. - Chatterbox via

* ►October 21, 2004 - Congress protects flu vaccine makers - UPI via Washington Times - "Makers of flu vaccines will be partially shielded from lawsuits under a provision in the corporate tax cut law recently approved by Congress."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Flu panic: Seniors told to be patient - Michigan may not get more shots till ►November - Detroit Free Press - "Other frenzy spread to the Internet. Ebay auctioned 10 vials of vaccine Sunday from a Canadian source, at $49.99."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Flu fiasco puts Floridians in limbo - Canadian-made vaccine prompts officials to cancel clinics in key election battleground (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "Douglas Barlow, vice-chairman of pediatrics at Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida, said he has been inundated with calls from parents desperate to get the vaccine for their small children....He disagrees with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and does not believe that healthy children need the vaccine. He would rather keep his limited supply for children with sickle-cell anemia, severe asthma and other chronic ailments....'Normal, healthy people will not die of flu,' he said....Dr. Barlow said he wouldn't mind seeing the Canadian-made vaccine imported into the United States, but he is not crazy about the idea that the only legally available supply comes from Aventis...'I'm a little miffed I have to buy it from the French.'"

* ►October 21, 2004 - Texas sues distributors of flu vaccine over prices - AP via Houston Chronicle - "Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today filed a lawsuit against two flu shot distributors, accusing them of selling vials of vaccine to hospitals in Houston, Dallas and Sherman at inflated prices...The attorney general sued ASAP Meds Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dubin Medical Inc. of San Diego, Calif., for 'unconscionable pricing of the critical vaccine and for perpetrating fraud in the face of a health care challenge in Texas,' Abbott's office said...The lawsuit was filed in Harris County District Court...Abbott contends the companies offered 10-dose vials, which would typically cost between $65 and $80 each, for as much as $950 and demanded cash on delivery."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Vaccine shortage is only part of flu equation (requires registration) - Knight Ridder Newspapers via San Jose Mercury News via Kansas City Star - "Experts have a message for flu-panicked Americans: How the season turns out depends on much more than how many people get vaccinated."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Shortage in Flu Vaccine Teaches Lessons (requires registration) - AP via Kansas City Star - "Universal vaccination is an idea championed by a University of Maryland School of Medicine researcher...'That will, then, force the hand of third-party payers to pay for the vaccine,' said James King, a pediatrics professor who tests vaccines. 'Unless we make it somewhat cost-effective for the companies to make vaccine, it would be insane for them to make it.'"

►October 21, 2004 - 'Outsourcing' Vaccines Common in Drug Industry (includes audio) - Day to Day via NPR

►October 21, 2004 - Heightened Flu Fears May Not Be Warranted (includes audio) - Morning Edition via NPR

►October 21, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage — Once again, profits win out over the public’s health - Timberjay News

►October 21, 2004 - Flu Shot Shortage Could Cost Businesses (requires registration) - AP via Miami Herald

►October 21, 2004 - Hundreds register _ without waiting _ for Bloomfield flu lottery - AP via Newsday

* ►October 21, 2004 - Americans seek flu shots in Mexico, but they're hard to find there, too (requires registration) - AP via The Mercury News - "Flu shots are a relatively new idea in Mexico, where many people can't afford the $20 shot. Mexican drug producers don't generally make the vaccine, but the government decided this year for the first time to have a government-run lab produce 8.5 million doses to give out at government clinics."

►October 21, 2004 - Vaccine Shortage Highlights Need for Government Involvement in Public Health - press release - Swarthmore College via Newswise

►October 21, 2004 - Flu vaccine should be saved for neediest - This year's shortage of vaccine starkly highlights the need for new, faster ways to produce vaccines and for incentives that will encourage more production. - editorial - Denver Post

►October 21, 2004 - Flu vaccine stolen from Baltimore homeless clinic - Capital News Service via KRT via Duluth Superior

►October 21, 2004 - Early birds get the flu shots - Newsday

* ►October 21, 2004 - Doctors look to antivirals - The drugs provide temporary relief only while taken and may help prevent the virus from spreading - Newsday - "But as important as antiviral medications have become, they are not free of side effects...Leviton said one of the drugs, amantadine, has been known to cause nightmares in some elderly people....The CDC, which has listed additional side effects on its Web site, notes that in healthy adults and children, rimantadine and amantadine are known to cause nervousness, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and lightheadedness, as well as nausea and loss of appetite. People with other long-term illnesses who have taken amantadine have experienced delirium, hallucinations, agitation and seizures...The newer generation of drugs, which includes Tamiflu, also can have side effects, including nausea and vomiting."

►October 21, 2004 - Flu Vaccines On Way To Vermont Via Canada - - "The plan still needs to get federal approval."

►October 21, 2004 - Clinic follows flu high-risk rule, to sell doses - San Diego Union-Tribune

►October 21, 2004 - More Nasal Mist Flu Vaccine Coming (requires registration) - AP via Miami Herald

►October 21, 2004 - Q & A on the flu: What you need to know (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 21, 2004 - South Carolina Flu Shot Clinic a Success -

►October 21, 2004 - Flu troubles a symptom of what ails U.S. (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail

►October 21, 2004 - SMS to offer flu vaccine clinic for high-risk individuals - News-Leader

►October 21, 2004 - Docs flouting flu rule will face a fine mess - New York Daily News

►October 21, 2004 - Pneumonia shot as vital as flu vaccine - Newsday

►October 21, 2004 - Most Hoosiers passing on flu shots in Capitol - Some in state's delegation say they want vaccine to go to those most in need. - Indianapolis Star

►October 21, 2004 - N.C. Officials: Childhood Flu Immunizations Coming -

►October 21, 2004 - Unavailable flu shots creating panic here - Wickenburg Sun

►October 21, 2004 - Producing Flu Vaccines Is Not Simple, Expert Says - press release - University of the Sciences in Philadelphia via Ascribe Newswire

►October 21, 2004 - At a feverish pitch - commentary - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►October 21, 2004 - Coloradan Gets Bubonic Plague In Wyoming - Case Is Only 5th In State Since Late 1970s -

* ►October 21, 2004 - Dengue fever kills 87, infects nearly 60,000 in Vietnam  - AFP via Hindustan Times

►October 21, 2004 - Trick-or-treaters urged to use repellent -

►October 21, 2004 - Deadly danger in one whiff of perfume - - "Teenager Kirsty Heywood risks her life every time she leaves home."

►October 21, 2004 - Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer: Simian Foamy Virus (SFV) - Public Health Agency of Canada

►October 21, 2004 - Freezing breast milk could harm babies, says new study - The Scotsman

►October 21, 2004 - Africa: Coordination Urged As Aids Vaccine Funding Sidestepped - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►October 21, 2004 - Namibia: AIDS, drought, floods, anthrax and now, locusts - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

►October 21, 2004 - Asia-Pacific moving 'too late' against HIV/AIDS, says U.N. - AFP via

►October 21, 2004 - MSF opens first public healthcare and HIV/AIDS programme in Kibera, Kenya - Reuters AlertNet

►October 21, 2004 - New antibody to prevent respiratory syncytial virus in premature babies - Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are studying the effectiveness of introducing a new antibody in premature infants to manage the most common form of lower respiratory tract infections in children worldwide. -

►October 21, 2004 - BioSource International, Inc. Presents at the Joint Meeting of the International Cytokine Society and International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research - press release - BioSource International, Inc. via Business Wire

►October 21, 2004 - Schering-Plough reports modest profit - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►October 21, 2004 - Update 3: Merck Profit Falls 29 Percent on Vioxx - AP via Forbes

►October 21, 2004 - Researcher reveals link between chronic fatigue and polio - press release - Polio Canada via CNW Telbec

►October 21, 2004 - Emergency situation introduced in Pskov over hepatitis - Itar-Tass

►October 21, 2004 - Meningitis hits two pupils at one school - Daily Post via

►October 21, 2004 - Deadly virus stalks kids in Benguet - Inquirer News Service via

►October 21, 2004 - Uganda suspends visits to anthrax infected areas - Xinhuanet via China View

►October 21, 2004 - Wet summer causes fewer cases of West Nile virus - AP via Times Argus

►October 21, 2004 - Eating lots of fish tied to high mercury levels - San Francisco Chronicle

►October 21, 2004 - Pawtucket fire chief slams gas company for not reporting mercury storage (requires registration) - Providence Journal

►October 21, 2004 - Study finds high mercury levels in women - The Plain Dealer via

►October 21, 2004 - Oaklanders' hair registers high mercury - Greenpeace tests find toxin levels linked to fish consumption - Oakland Tribune

►October 21, 2004 - Tests show mercury danger - Hair exams reveal higher levels of contaminant in frequent fish eaters - Asheville Citizen-Times

►October 21, 2004 - Excess Mercury Levels Increasing - Survey Shows Fifth of Women of Childbearing Age Are Affected (requires registration) - Washington Post

►October 21, 2004 - Greenpeace releases results of mercury testing in Masontown - The results of tests conducted on more than 150 Masontown residents this summer showed that only three people had no detectable levels of mercury, and most with detectable levels had only small amounts, according to information released Wednesday. - The Herald Standard

►October 21, 2004 - Merck Announces Third-Quarter 2004 Earnings Per Share -EPS- of 60 Cents - press release - Merck & Co., Inc. via Business Wire

►October 21, 2004 - Museum joins fight to end polio - The Winchester Star via

►October 21, 2004 - Child Immunisation for ►November - The Monitor (Kampala) via

►October 21, 2004 - Lack of Government Support Threatens Child Vaccinations - The Korea Times

►October 21, 2004 - Health Canada Approves New MedMira Rapid HIV Test - Achieves Second North American Regulatory Success - press release - MedMira Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 21, 2004 - The Medical Minute: Celiac disease often is difficult to diagnose - Penn State Live

►October 21, 2004 - Three Churchill County youths contract meningitis -
►October 21, 2004 - Another Meningitis Case Reported (requires registration) - Springfield News-Sun

►October 21, 2004 - Third-Grader Dies Of Suspected Case Of Meningitis - Disease Is Rare -

►October 21, 2004 - Fighting Hepatitis C - Why some overcome the disease without treatment - U.S. News & World Report

►October 21, 2004 - Hepatitis B and C co-infection management a postcode lottery in UK - Aidsmap

►October 21, 2004 - PACE Announces Early Intervention Program With Third Annual Gala - press release - Pacific Autism Center for
Education via PRNewswire

►October 21, 2004 - Counseling boosts immunity, improves health habits -

* ►October 21, 2004 - Pentagon says 200,000 who started anthrax-shot regimen must continue - Stars and Stripes via - "Troops who received some of their anthrax inoculations before the Pentagon halted it 3 years ago have until Dec. 31 to resume their six-shot regimen, no matter where they might be stationed, officials said."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Canberra doctors trial herpes vaccine - - "Researchers are inviting more than 100 Canberra girls to take part in a world-first trial of a new herpes vaccine...Professor Bowden says the project is seeking young Canberra girls to trial the vaccine...'One hundred and four young women between the ages of 10 and 17,' he said...'They can't take part in the study if they've ever had a cold sore or if they've ever had the hepatitis A vaccine."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Flu Vaccine Maker Won't Assure U.S. Sales in '05 (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Executives at the Chiron Corporation hedged yesterday about whether the company would be able to return to selling flu vaccine in the United States next year."

* ►October 21, 2004 - Congress, Agencies Rethink Flu Shots - Bush Urges Capitol to Follow CDC Guidelines; Federal Offices Revise Plans (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►October 21, 2004 - U.S. Officials Urge Elderly to Get Pneumonia Vaccine (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Merck & Company is the only company in the United States that makes the vaccine, called Pneumovax 23. Merck executives said that they had enough on hand to meet present demand and that they intended to triple production immediately to fill an expected surge in orders...But they say that any glitch at their plant could result in a shortage of that vaccine, and that that makes them very nervous....'It tells you how fragile the entire vaccines industry is,' said Dr. Adel Mahmoud, president of Merck Vaccines, a unit of Merck."

►October 21, 2004 - Supplying flu vaccine - opinion - The New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►October 21, 2004 - Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations in the USA - CDC via Medical News Today

►October 21, 2004 - Flu a bigger threat than bioterror - commentary - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►October 21, 2004 - Vietnam faces new outbreaks of bird flu - Xinhuanet via China View

►October 21, 2004 - No U.S.-style shortage of flu shots in Europe - International Herald Tribune

►October 21, 2004 - Uganda opens groundbreaking HIV/AIDS treatment centre - BBC via

►October 21, 2004 - Rise in HIV cases linked to increase in testing - The Scotsman

►October 21, 2004 - HIV screening may have to wait - Lobby group for people with rare disorders says proposals for universal HIV screening may need to wait -

* ►October 20, 2004 - Saying 'No' To Immunization (includes video) - 60 Minutes via CBS News - "The most prominent organization claiming vaccines are unsafe is the National Vaccine Information Center, or the NVIC. Barbara Loe Fisher, who referred 60 Minutes to the parents mentioned in this story, heads the group...'The mass use of multiple vaccines in early childhood to prevent all infections is the biggest medical experiment that has ever been conducted on the human race. And I think the jury is still out as to whether or not it will be medical science’s greatest achievement, or its most tragic failure,' says Fisher."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Congressmen received flu shots after vaccine shortage revealed - New York Daily News via The Times Leader - "Senators, although it was not clear exactly how many, got poked in a clinic on Oct. 7 held in the office of Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., sources said. "Some got the shot and some didn't," said a congressional source. Frist, who is a heart surgeon, was among those who got one of the scarce flu vaccinations, his office said."

* ►October 20, 2004 - New Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to Enhance Treatment of Patients and Training of Health Professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa - Unique Partnership to Benefit up to 300 Patients Daily and Train 250 HIV/Aids Specialists Annually Treatment, Training, Research, Laboratory and Diagnostic Services Now Fully Operational Under One Roof 'By The Time I Left The IDI, I Could Call Myself an Expert in Managing HIV/AIDS Patients' - Ugandan Physician  - PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "Pfizer Inc and the Pfizer Foundation have contributed more than $15 million to support construction of the building, equipping and staffing programs at the new facility where, training, operational research and patient care will be delivered under the same roof."

►October 20, 2004 - Soroka traces preemie deaths to faulty hygiene - - "An epidemiological investigation this week concluded there had been a rare outbreak of a dangerous infection from a fungus located on the woolen caps put on the babies heads for warmth."

►October 20, 2004 - Some people upset over flu vaccines for inmates (requires registration or subscription) - AP via

►October 20, 2004 - Scientists vow to vote out Bush - Still, despite press coverage of vocal opponents, there are Bush supporters among scientists - The Scientist via

►October 20, 2004 - Stem cell patent dispute - Greenpeace in Germany challenges a stem cell patent granted to a leading researcher - The Scientist via

►October 20, 2004 - Cox gives $3 million to Translational Genomics Research Institute - The Translational Genomics Research Institute received the largest corporate cash gift in its two-year history Monday. - East Valley Tribune - "The Arizona operations of Cox Communications presented a check for $3 million to the Tempe lab, which is attempting to find cures for genetically related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and autism."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Why some parents call childhood vaccines unsafe - - "Debi Tyree Haney's five-year-old daughter, Allie, seems younger than her years. Allie is autistic but doing better than most children like her, thanks to therapy and a mother who won't give up...Debi says that a hepatitis B vaccine that Allie received as a baby changed her overnight. 'She spent most of the time laying flat on her back, her feet and hands in the air.'"

* ►October 20, 2004 - Pulling an all-nighter - Flu shot frenzy has people spending night in Kroger store - Knoxville News Sentinel

* ►October 20, 2004 - Gov. considers flu vaccines from other countries (includes video) - ABC7 Chicago - "Governor Blagojevich is looking to remedy this season's flu vaccine shortage in Illinois with options that may include help beyond our borders."

►October 20, 2004 - Georgia senators got early flu shots (requires registration) - AP via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 20, 2004 - Flu Vaccine Policy Becomes Issue for Bush (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 20, 2004 - Summary: Flu Schools Tips (requires registration) - The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools via AP via Miami Herald

►October 20, 2004 - No Flu Vaccine Shortage at U.S. Capitol - Reuters

►October 20, 2004 - Vancouver sets up flu-shot clinic for Americans - CTV

►October 20, 2004 - State considering ways to distribute flu shots - AP via Newsday

►October 20, 2004 - Alabama gets about one-fourth of flu vaccine that was ordered - AP via

►October 20, 2004 - Company says it can make 2.6 million flu vaccines by January (requires registration) - KRT via Contra Costa Times via Kansas City Star

►October 20, 2004 - Health Department Forms Influenza Task Force - Task Force Charged With Improving Prevention Strategies -

►October 20, 2004 - Republicans charge that flu shot group was trying to use vaccine to get Democrats to polls - AP via

►October 20, 2004 - Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Urges Federal Government to Move Quickly On Influenza Vaccine Redistribution Plan - press release - Pennsylvania Office of the Governor via PRNewswire

►October 20, 2004 - Experts Urge Simple Steps to Prevent Colds, Flu - HealthDay via Forbes

►October 20, 2004 - Flu vaccine should be available for New Jerseyans at risk - AP via Newsday

* ►October 20, 2004 - Critics See Drug Industry Behind Mental Health Plan - Inter Press Service via

►October 20, 2004 - Avian flu infected 1,000 people in 2003, Dutch report says - CIDRAP News

►October 20, 2004 - Make A Difference Day event for autism awareness - The Mooresville/Decatur Times

►October 20, 2004 - No. 38 crew wins, gives money to charities - - "Sadler's crew is donating its $20,000 first-place earnings from Charlotte to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and to the Autism Society of America. Each charity will receive $10,000."

►October 20, 2004 - Most ER patients insured, study finds - Researchers also discovered an overwhelming number have a health provider - Reuters via Houston Chronicle

►October 20, 2004 - Hundreds lining up to get their flu shots - Elderly, others wait hours at sites offering vaccine - Houston Chronicle

►October 20, 2004 - Activists Demand Permanent Price Freeze on AIDS and Hepatitis C Medications - press release - AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) via PRWeb via

* ►October 20, 2004 - Health Dept. Employee Earns Immunization Coalition Award - Times-Union - "The Indiana Immunization Coalition presented Amber Gelbaugh, Kosciusko County Health Department, with the Merck Immunization Registry Award this month in Indianapolis...The Merck Immunization Registry Award is given to an individual or organization that has assisted in promoting and supporting the Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program. CHIRP is a statewide computer-based system designed to keep track of immunization records. It is Internet based, providing real-time access."

►October 20, 2004 - Reducing Mercury Exposure from Seafood - Media Advisory - Three Simple Ways to Protect the Public from Toxic Mercury - press release - Sea Turtle Restoration Project

►October 20, 2004 - Bacteria-Killing vs. Bacteria-Inhibiting Drugs in Treating Infections - Science Blog

►October 20, 2004 - Vaccination Outrage - letter - Parry Sound North Star

* ►October 20, 2004 - Vaccine risk - Hepatitis B vaccine linked to multiple sclerosis - U.S. News & World Report

►October 20, 2004 - Norton: Congress should give excess flu vaccine to city - The Washington Times

* ►October 20, 2004 - High demand quickly evaporates county's flu vaccine - Lincoln Courier - "Dean Rock of Lincoln arrived at the Logan County Health Department for his flu shot Tuesday, doctor's order by letter in hand...Rock, 67, has asthma and is prone to pneumonia. Despite having been vaccinated for pneumonia, he said he's had it three times in the last five years."

* ►October 20, 2004 - All top-priority troops to get flu shots - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "The Pentagon has received less than one-third of the vaccine it needs, but officials say they are working on a deal for more doses and pledge that all U.S. troops abroad, plus those preparing to go overseas, will get flu shots this fall."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Anxiously Awaiting: Crowds Gather For Limited Flu Shot Vaccines - The Southern Illinoisan - "The rush to get flu vaccinations for those at a high risk for catching the virus was so much that it almost caused a riot in Carmi on Tuesday...'It was just a big crowd that wouldn't let us get our station set up,' said Sara Jo Healy, who does intake and referral for corporate services for the Visiting Nurses Association."

►October 20, 2004 - Extra Flu Shots May Come Late - AP via CBS News

►October 20, 2004 - Antiviral Flu Drugs an Option to Vaccine (includes audio) - Morning Edition via NPR

►October 20, 2004 - Flu Vaccine Run-Around: Who You Gonna Call? (includes audio) - Day to Day via NPR

►October 20, 2004 - Some Prison Inmates Will Get Flu Shots - RedNova

►October 20, 2004 - Carlos Guerra: Fixing nation's vaccine problems might also help Alamo City (requires registration) - San Antonio Express-News

►October 20, 2004 - British Vaccine Breakthrough Could Save Millions of Lives - London Telegraph via (abstract)

►October 20, 2004 - FDA Stops Unauthorized Flu Vaccine From Being Distributed - AP via (abstract)

►October 20, 2004 - MedImmune Initiates Phase III Clinical Trial Comparing Intranasal Influenza Vaccine With Injectable Flu Vaccine - Dow Jones Newswires via (abstract)

►October 20, 2004 - New National Campaign Offers Americans Three Easy Steps to Prevent Infections - U.S. Newswire via (abstract)

►October 20, 2004 - Summary: Flu Schools Tips - AP via Yahoo!

►October 20, 2004 - Steroid Cuts Death Rate From TB Complication - HealthDay via Forbes

►October 20, 2004 - Caesarean Birth May Raise Allergy Risk in Babies - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 20, 2004 - Delay in Cutting Umbilical Cord May Help Preemies - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 20, 2004 - Antipsychotic drugs linked to insulin resistance in children - Metabolic monitoring may be indicated for patients - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via

►October 20, 2004 - p110 delta: A key player in the allergic response - Potential new target for drug development - Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research via

►October 20, 2004 - Honey could be healthy alternative to high-fructose corn syrup in Halloween candy - American Chemical Society via

►October 20, 2004
- Scientists hail dengue breakthrough - ABC News Online

►October 20, 2004 - Scientists fear threat of second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection - Medical News Today

►October 20, 2004 - Neurosurgeons looking at stem cells from skin to fight brain tumors - Research team from Italy makes presentation on project at Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting - Congress of Neurological Surgeons via

►October 20, 2004 - Study reports genetic susceptibility to alcoholism in NMDA receptor - Yale University via

►October 20, 2004 - Stem cell patent dispute - Greenpeace in Germany challenges a stem cell patent granted to a leading researcher - The Scientist

►October 20, 2004 - New vaccine system may save millions - Guardian Unlimited

*►October 20, 2004 - GSK Bio licenses preservative-free filling process - Belgium-based GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals has licensed a new production technology for its vaccines business that should do away with the need to use preservatives in the manufacturing process - InPharma

►October 19, 2004 - HHS Says Supply of Flu Vaccines, Medicines Will Help Keep People Safe During Coming Flu Season - Department Stockpiles Medicine, Coordinates Flu Response, Invests in New Technology - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

►October 19, 2004 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Ad Council Launch National HIV Detection Campaign - Campaign Urges Young African-American Men to "Know Your Status" - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

►October 19, 2004 - Celera Diagnostics Identifies Gene Variants Associated with Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease; Findings May Have Pharmacogenomic Implications for Therapies - Business Wire

►October 19, 2004 - Large Portion of Late-Stage Breast Cancers Associated With Absence of Screening - NIH

►October 19, 2004 - Two novel agents work synergistically to treat lung cancer in animal experiment - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via

►October 19, 2004 - 'Knowledge discovery' could speed creation of new products - Purdue University

►October 19, 2004 - Human testicular tissue grown in mice - New Scientist

* ►October 19, 2004 - Drugmakers Shift More Production Outside USA - USA Today via (abstract)

* ►October 19, 2004 - Seven European Countries Demand Push on AIDS Vaccine - AFP via (abstract)

►October 19, 2004 - Flu May Be Mild This Year - USA Today via (abstract)

►October 19, 2004 - Officials Attack Polio With Mandatory Vaccinations - Detroit Free Press via (abstract)

►October 19, 2004 - Report: 1.7 Million Veterans Lack Health Insurance - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2004 - Whooping cough makes a national comeback - CDC reported highest number of cases in nearly forty years - Cohn & Wolfe via - "'Adding a pertussis component to the current tetanus-diphtheria booster vaccine routinely administered to 11 and 12 year olds could help control community outbreaks and protect older children and teens from this serious and highly contagious disease. Such a vaccine is currently being reviewed by the FDA, and may be available in 2005,' Middleman said...Data was collected online between June 11, 2004 - June 17, 2004, with a nationally representative sample of 1,622 parents (both mothers and fathers) of adolescents. The survey was funded by GlaxoSmithKline."

►October 19, 2004 - Complaints Build Across Nation on Flu Vaccine Supplies (requires registration) - The New York Times

►October 19, 2004 - Bangladesh sets target to cut population growth rate to 1% by 2010 - Xinhuanet via China View

►October 19, 2004 - Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in American Adolescents - journal article (Circulation) 

►October 19, 2004 - Errors in medicine: The patient's perspective - Indiana University via Medical News Today

►October 19, 2004 - Tumour diary: Awkward questions - BBC News Online science and technology writer Ivan Noble was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in August 2002. - Since then he has been sharing his experiences in an online diary. - BBC

* ►October 19, 2004 - Officials attack polio with mandatory vaccinations - Knight Ridder Newspapers via Detroit Free Press - "Repeated visits by vaccinators every six to eight weeks gnaw at some parents' patience. Some children have swallowed the vaccine 20 times; at most, six or seven doses are needed to immunize a child. International health officials insist that overuse of the vaccine isn't harmful."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Med-Instill Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals Announce Long Term Deal on Intact - Med-Instill's innovation eliminates preservatives - a key step in addressing flu vaccine shortage. - PRNewswire via - "The closed and sterile Intact vial is the only insulator necessary. The chemicals currently added to destroy potential germs, are replaced by a pure physical barrier that prevents contamination. This means higher patient safety levels, and compliance that has been engineered through a relatively simple process."

* ►October 19, 2004 - US health chief defends Chiron flu shot production - Reuters - "'Those are things that happen in pharmaceutical production, whether it be with vaccines or pills. We've just got to recognize it,' he said."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Senate leader calls NH Healthy Kids a national model - The Union Leader - "NHHK President and CEO Tricia Brooks said she invited Frist to address the group after he told a National Press Club audience this summer that he would like to see the country make immunizations and vaccinations available for all children."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Study link between lead, low scores - Denver Post - "The New Orleans study said other factors thought to cause learning problems may just be evidence of lead poisoning."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Maybe It WAS Something You Ate! - PRNewswire via - "According to the NIH, Celiac disease affects 3 million people or about 1% of the U.S. population -- 10 times higher than originally estimated," says Fenster. "This makes it far more common than other, more well-known conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or Crohn's disease -- combined," she concludes."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Wolf Popper Files Securities Fraud Class Action Against Chiron Corporation -- CHIR - Primezone

* ►October 19, 2004 - Plight of patients who are denied their rights - The Mental Health Act is failing to protect many people who are detained in hospital — and the Government is failing to provide a remedy -

►October 19, 2004 - Watchdogs deny flu vaccine rift - Daily Post, UK via

►October 19, 2004 - Ottawa prepares to help U.S. on flu shots (requires registration or subscription) - Dosanjh willing to send off millions of doses, as long as Canada has enough - André Picard, AP and Reuters via The Globe And Mail

►October 19, 2004 - Don't forget about vaccine for pneumonia germ - AP via Daily Southtown - "But many of the same people most vulnerable to flu also are at high risk from this dangerous bacterial infection. They need the pneumococcal vaccine anyway — and this fall marks a good time to go ahead and get it, especially if they can't find a flu shot."

►October 19, 2004 - Gulf war veterans lead field in health problems (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe And Mail

►October 19, 2004 - Destiny's deadly lead craving - "Following the diagnosis, Ms Ingles started researching on the internet to find out what she could about lead ingestion and Pica. She found it could cause irritability, restlessness and aggression, Pica pallor, poor learning ability, speech, slow brain development, which tallied with the symptoms displayed by her daughter.  Now the family is moving house and they hope to put the nightmare behind them."

►October 19, 2004 - Aerosols 'harm mother and baby' - Air fresheners and aerosols can damage the health of babies and their mothers, UK research suggests. - BBC

►October 19, 2004 - Diabetes: a story of medical - "20 000 children in the UK alone to a regime of injections and rigidly controlled diets."

►October 19, 2004 - Biogen eyeing Irish partner? - Mass. Shares of Elan Corp. jump on news of possible friendly takeover.- The Nashua Telegraph - "Together, Elan and Biogen Idec are developing Antegren, a drug they hope can eventually be used to combat multiple sclerosis."

►October 19, 2004 - U.S. tells seniors: Don't wait in line - AP via The Seattle Times

►October 19, 2004 - County flu shot clinic moved to heated Heinz Field tent after hundreds wait in cold - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►October 19, 2004 - Flu vaccine distribution determined - Logan Co. vaccinates 400 people -

►October 19, 2004 - State requires pre-approval for new attention deficit disorder drug (requires registration or subscription) - AP via - "A state panel of doctors, pharmacists and others decided to require prior authorization for the drug - starting Nov. 1 - because it was being prescribed to treat conditions other than attention deficit disorder or the related attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, state health department spokesman T.J. Bucholz said Tuesday."

►October 19, 2004 - Casino Criticized For Giving Flu Shots To Employees -

►October 19, 2004 - 'Open Access' Medical Journal Provides New Model for Publishing Original, Peer-Reviewed Research; PLoS Medicine Launched on Internet This Week (requires registration or subscription) - Business Wire - "Unlike most medical journals which are available only through costly subscriptions, PLoS Medicine is available free of charge and accessible to everyone through the Internet, at PLoS Medicine is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a coalition of researchers and physicians founded in 2000 by Nobel Prize winner and former National Institutes of Health Director Harold Varmus, M.D."

►October 19, 2004 - USF St. Pete Campus Awarded Research Grant - - "The research will be done at the USF Center for Autism and at the State University of New York at Albany's Center for Autism."

►October 19, 2004 - MedImmune Promotes Edward Connor, M.D., to Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer and Appoints New Senior Executives - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►October 19, 2004 - United States: Under the Radar, HIV Worsens - Los Angeles Times via - "Critics said CDC's change in strategy two years ago - from a general educational campaign to one to teach people with HIV/AIDS how to avoid spreading it - has lessened awareness of HIV/AIDS outside the most affected groups."

►October 19, 2004 - New Anti-AIDS Programme launched - Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé) via

►October 19, 2004 - New Pathogen Identification Microarray to Offer Most Comprehensive Single Test for Biodefense - Affymetrix Developing DNA Microarray That Can Rapidly Identify Hundreds of Biological Threats - PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 19, 2004 - Pharmaceuticals to Present at Rodman & Renshaw Techvest 6th Annual Healthcare Conference - PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Through its Ibis Therapeutics(R) program, Isis is developing a biosensor to identify infectious organisms, and discovering small molecule drugs that bind to RNA. As an innovator in RNA-based drug discovery and development, Isis is the owner or exclusive licensee of more than 1,400 issued patents worldwide."

►October 19, 2004 - European Regulatory Application Submitted for PROCLEIX ULTRIO Assay on Fully Automated TIGRIS System - "Chiron is committed to meeting our customers' needs to protect health," said Jack Goldstein, president, Chiron Blood Testing. "We have been pleased with the acceptance of the PROCLEIX ULTRIO Assay in the European Union since the assay received its CE Mark at the beginning of the year, and we believe that the PROCLEIX TIGRIS System would provide blood centers in the European Union with additional convenience and throughput that comes with automation."

►October 19, 2004 - One Million Registered Users for The Lancet Online - PRNewswire

►October 19, 2004 - Under-Tongue Immunotherapy Cuts Asthma in Kids - Reuters Health

►October 19, 2004 - Prophetic Dreams Come 20 Times a Month - October 14 is the beginning of a new lunar month; it also means beginning of a new cycle when the moon waxes and wanes again. During this period people can dream about their future. Diseases can be seen in dreams -

►October 19, 2004 - Health Highlights: - Officials Urge Seniors to Relax Over Flu Shot Shortage - Schwarzenegger Backs Stem Cell Research - Canadians Say Drug Exports Will Lead to Shortages - 'Sister Study' to Examine Causes of Breast Cancer - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via

►October 19, 2004 - Flu vaccine providers took a random shot - USA Today

►October 19, 2004 - Blame Game over Flu Vaccine Seen as Off Target (includes audio) - Morning Edition via NPR

►October 19, 2004 - Vaccines, lottery-style in New Jersey - AP via Capital News 9

►October 19, 2004 - Flu shot fissures and fears - commentary - UPI via Washington Times

►October 19, 2004 - Experts have been predicting flu shortage for years - USA Today

►October 19, 2004 - Bush tries not to get stuck as flu vaccine runs short - Houston Chronicle

►October 19, 2004 - Flu vaccine shortage - Healthy students won't be getting shots this year - The Easterner Online

►October 19, 2004 - Into the Breach: Companies can help through donating flu vaccines (requires registration) - Dallas Morning News

►October 19, 2004 - Immunization for all - Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life - Christian Science Monitor

►October 19, 2004 - The difficulties of vaccine storage - The need to refrigerate vaccinations causes no end of difficulties in the developing world. - BBC

* ►October 18, 2004 - Meningococcal Report Raises Further Questions - Ron Law via - "There have been 88 adverse reaction reports to CARM regarding MeNZB vaccine in less than 2 months, and the Ministry deems that to be evidence of safety warranting no further action -- this is nothing more than spin-doctored Pseudo-science. Did the report consider the fact that one school [at least] had a reported c300 children absent following vaccination (all at once)?"

* ►October 18, 2004 - Military Gets No Special Vaccine Treatment - Deploying Troops Only Ones On Priority List - AP via

* ►October 18, 2004 - Seven U.S. States Report Influenza Cases, CDC Says (Correct) - (Corrects timing of plant closing in fourth paragraph.) - Bloomberg - "California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, which have large numbers of seniors with a high risk of flu complications, reported scattered cases, according to the CDC Web site. Michigan and Utah also said they had virus activity."

* ►October 18, 2004 - Chiron hires Washington lawyer to help in federal probes - San Francisco Business Times

►October 18, 2004 - Internet medical advice risky - UPI via COMTEX via

►October 18, 2004 - Universities vie for DFG center - Twenty-two universities want to host a new center in regenerative or cognitive research - The Scientist via

►October 18, 2004 - Preparing for terrorist attacks - The Journal News

►October 18, 2004 - Japan To Have Double Standard On BSE Testing - Dow Jones Newswires via - "In a step already under fire from restaurant operators, Japan is now expected to allow shipments of U.S. beef not tested for mad cow disease even while helping domestic localities continue blanket testing, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Saturday morning edition."

►October 18, 2004 - Army research division to work with GTC Biotherapeutics on Ebola treatment - - "Although there have been reports of recent successes with candidate vaccines and post-exposure therapeutics, there are currently no approved treatment strategies for these viruses."
►October 18, 2004 - Hypnion, Inc. Relocates Corporate Headquarters and Research Operations to Lexington, Massachusetts (requires registration or subscription) - Facility expands as biotech firm continues growth - PRNewswire via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "Hypnion is a neuroscience drug discovery company whose objective is to become the worldwide leader in sleep-wake neurobiology and pharmaceutical development. The company was founded by prominent and highly regarded scientists in the field of sleep disorder research to enable the discovery and development of novel therapies."

►October 18, 2004 - Peakadilly nv biopharmaceutical firm created - VIB, Flanders Interuniversity Institute of Biotechnology - - "The bio-markers will also enable doctors to detect diseases sooner and, because many medicines work effectively only with a limited group of patients, doctors will also be able to verify whether a particular medicine will work for certain patients. Peakadilly will be led by Koen Kas, who has been closely involved in the development of the technology platform."

►October 18, 2004 - Oats not safe for all patients with celiac disease - Public Library of Science via

►October 18, 2004 - H. pylori tips off host - Pathogenic bug is shown to trigger inflammation by injecting peptidoglycan. But why? - The Scientist via

►October 18, 2004 - Therapy treats eye problems in children that cause some to be misdiagnosed with learning disabilities (requires registration or subscription) - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 18, 2004 - Young Las Vegas Girl Living With Misdiagnosed Disease - - "A Las Vegas girl has a rare condition, so rare she was misdiagnosed most of her life, which is why her family has agreed to share her story with us."

►October 18, 2004 - Disabilities advocates want voices heard - Candidates' forum draws range of concerned voters - Concord Monitor

►October 18, 2004 - Get the wider picture on autism - The Belfast Telegraph

►October 18, 2004 - Diegel develops program for autistic granddaughter - The Times-Bulletin

►October 18, 2004 - Learning is a low priority (requires registration or subscription) - Concern Over Absenteeism Violence, Teacher Shortage Keep Inmates Out Of Class - The Mercury News

►October 18, 2004 - Flu shots put seniors, sick on the hunt - Chicago Sun-Times

►October 18, 2004 - The Flu and You - ABC News

►October 18, 2004 - Flu-Shot Anxiety - How to prepare for a winter season of vaccine shortages (requires subscription for full article) - TIME Magazine

►October 18, 2004 - Swampscott flu immunization draws hundreds - The Daily Item of Lynn - "Except for a few squabbles that developed over places in line, Stevens said there were relatively few problems beyond basic crowd control."

►October 18, 2004 - The Politics of the Flu Vaccine Shortage (includes audio) - Morning Edition via NPR

►October 18, 2004 - Cheney Blames Flu Crisis on Lawsuit Worries (requires registration) - AP via The Mercury News

►October 18, 2004 - MPs to be given a chance to grill Mbeki -

►October 18, 2004 - Africa needs regional vaccination campaigns for its children: Wade - AFP via Yahoo!

►October 18, 2004 - 'Respiratory etiquette' - With Flu Vaccines In Short Supply, Experts Urge Common-Sense Prevention - The Mercury News

►October 18, 2004 - Juvenile Crohn's disease 'more common in affluent areas' - Patient Health International

►October 18, 2004 - UK Develops Cheap Child Vaccine for World's Poor - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 18, 2004 - Flu Shot Shortage Prompts U.S. Political Debate - Reuters via Yahoo!

►October 18, 2004 - Hospital has vaccines for employees - The News-Courier

►October 18, 2004 - In Our View: Greedy opportunists - opinion - Texarkana Gazette

►October 18, 2004 - Meningitis Vaccine -

►October 17, 2004 - Pulse Polio drops administered - The Sangai Express via

* ►October 17, 2004 - Lead Toxicity, Free Radicals and AIDS: Is There a Connection? -

►October 16, 2004 - Evidence Nuggets: Promoting Evidence-Based Practice - Community Practitioner via

►October 15, 2004
- Depression May Alter Genes that Protect Neurons - Genome News Network

►October 14, 2004 - Drug Protects Monkeys from AIDS in Experiment - Reuters

►October 14, 2004 - Primary Staph Aureus Bacteremia Indication Problematic For Most Cmte. Members - FDA Advisory Committee

►October 14, 2004 - Giant virus qualifies as 'living organism' - Huge genome allows mimivirus to make its own proteins. - journal article (Nature)

* ►October 6, 2004 - Journalists warn of helping drug giants 'market disease' - Science and Development Network - "Science journalists have accused drug companies of issuing misleading information to inflate perceptions of disease threats and maximise profits from drug sales, and have called for greater journalistic scrutiny of the companies' activities."

►October 2004 - Genetic Susceptibility to Sepsis: A Possible Role for Mannose-binding Lectin - journal article (Current Infectious Disease Reports)

►October 2004 - Advances in pharmacogenomics and individualized drug therapy: exciting challenges that lie ahead - journal article (European Journal of Pharmacology)

►October 2004 - Pharmacogenetics of irinotecan toxicity - journal article (Pharmacogenomics)

►October 2004 - Pharmacogenetics of methotrexate - journal article (Pharmacogenomics)

►October 2004 - Harnessing the potential of cancer genetics in healthcare - journal article (Lancet Oncology)

►October 2004 - Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Its Role as a Human Pathogen - journal article (Clinical Microbiology Reviews)

►October 2004 - Gastroesophageal reflux disease beyond infancy - journal article (Pediatrics International)

►October 2004 - Effects of bifidobacterium breve supplementation on intestinal flora of low birth weight infants - journal article (Pediatrics International) 

►October 2004 - Early Forms of Relatedness in Autism: A Longitudinal Clinical and Quantitative Single-Case Study - journal article (Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry)

►October 2004 - 18-year follow-up study of a prospective randomized trial of hepatitis B vaccinations without booster doses in children - journal article (Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

►September 2004 - Neonatal mortality in second twin according to cause of death, gestational age, and mode of delivery - journal article (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) 

►September 2004 - Childhood malignancies in French Polynesia during the 1985–1995 period - journal article (Tropical Medicine and International Health)

►September 2004 - Psychiatric illness after mild traumatic brain injury in children - journal article (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

►August 2004 - Parent views on school based immunisation A survey of parents of year 1 and 6 in three diverse Auckland schools (pdf) - journal article (New Zealand Family Physician)

►August 2004 - Lower prevalence of reported asthma in adolescents with symptoms of rhinitis that received neonatal BCG - journal article (Allergy)

►July 2004 - Approaches to treating malarial anaemia - journal article (Vox Sanguinis)

Influenza Advisory for Asthmatics - The AANMA Offers a Warning About FluMist - - "While it is important to receive the flu shot as soon as possible, AANMA warns that FluMist should not be used as a substitute for the traditional flu shot in asthmatics. Flu shots contain inactive or killed flu virus whereas FluMist is a live vaccine, which can cause children and adults with asthma to experience serious respiratory symptoms...'Under no circumstances should asthmatics receive a product with LAIV in place of the flu shot,' warns Gregory A Poland, M.D., Director, Mayo Vaccine Research Group, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN. Currently, FluMist is only approved for use in healthy persons between the ages of 5 and 49."

Nothing posted October 21, 2004

Posted October 20, 2004

* ►October 20, 2004 - Kerry Discovers Flu Vaccine Shortage in Battle Against Bush - Bloomberg - "Under Bush's presidency, spending on flu-related programs increased from $39 million to $215 million, Pierce said....'We have been doing a great deal to broaden, diversify and expand' the supply of flu vaccines, Pierce said. In the corporate tax bill Congress enacted Oct. 11, the government will indemnify flu-vaccine makers against claims of injury from shots, he said."

* ►October 20, 2004 - CDC: Flu season off to slower than normal start - Only 5 cases reported nationwide - The number of flu cases in the nation is lower than usual at this time of year, a top U.S. health official said on Wednesday. - CNN

►October 20, 2004 - Bush, Kerry trade blows over flu vaccine shortage - BBC via

* ►October 20, 2004 - B.C. to give low-mercury flu shot - Special dosage for kids, pregnant women was developed because of fears based on faulty study - Vancouver Sun via - "Experts say there is not enough mercury preservative in either that vaccine or other stocks to be harmful, but the province's top health officer says he knows public perception can kill even a good health campaign...'There was a sense that some parents might refuse a beneficial vaccine out of concern about mercury exposure,' provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall said Tuesday....'And while this is not backed by science, we'd rather people got vaccinated, and maybe more people will now,' he said."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Report: Chiron had vaccine quality doubts - UPI via Washington Times - "Vaccine-maker Chiron Corp. had doubts about quality control eight days before the British government closed its plant, the Wall Street Journal reports...A draft news release dated Sept. 27 and reviewed by the newspaper said 'internal quality-assurance confirmatory testing' of its Fluvirin vaccine had "failed to provide results necessary to permit release of the vaccine to the market'...However, the next day, the company instead issued a release stating its intention to ship some 48 million flu vaccines to the United States on time."

►October 20, 2004 - The truths, myths of flu vaccine - The Vancouver Province via - "Province staff reporter Lora Grindlay spoke with B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall about the truths and myths behind the vaccine."

►October 20, 2004 - Tackling the flu shot frenzy at Heinz Field - Observer-Reporter - "The elderly eager for flu vaccinations stood in line for shots Tuesday in a tent, a makeshift Allegheny County Health Department clinic beside a football stadium...The health office was temporarily moved to Heinz Field after droves waited outside in chilly weather for the shots Monday at the department's Oakland site."

►October 20, 2004 - Ga. officials say more flu vaccine on the way - Some counties report they're running low on supplies (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* ►October 20, 2004 - US fears over vaccine shortage - Daily Post via - "Director of the American Society of Pharmacists, Kasey Thompson said: 'We are very concerned that the current environment of extremely short supply coupled with high demand will increase the potential for counterfeit vaccine to appear in the nation's drug supply chain.'"

►October 20, 2004 - Flu shot ordeal may be worse than the virus (requires registration) - The Mercury News

►October 20, 2004 - Drive-through flu shot clinic goes smoothly - No Lack of Vaccine For Small Crowd At San Mateo County Expo Center (requires registration) - The Mercury News

►October 20, 2004 - Local health department has few vaccines to offer - Daily Republican Register

* ►October 20, 2004 - Flu-vaccine process gets a shot in the arm - Denver Post - "Aventis Pasteur, the world's largest producer of egg-based flu vaccine, began work this year on a vaccine derived from embryonic stem cells. The cell line belongs to Dutch biotech company Crucell...Growing flu vaccine in human cells is safer than working with monkey or other mammalian cells because there is no risk of animal viruses slipping undetected into the shots, said Michel DeWilde, an Aventis research and development executive....'It's not worth the risk,' said DeWilde"

* ►October 20, 2004 - Mix-up halts free flu shots for many in Central Florida - Vaccines to have been doled out today in Central Florida lack FDA approval. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "Get Healthy Florida bought its vaccines from Taylor's Pharmacy in Winter Park. Store owner Allen Deaver said he ordered the doses through a major wholesaler, McKesson Corp. When Deaver opened the shipment, he said, he was surprised to see they were not Aventis vaccines. Nonetheless, Deaver sent them to physicians' offices and Get Healthy Florida. He could not say how many doctors had received the vials or whether they had been given to patients...'We still thought it was OK,' Deaver said. 'I honestly didn't know. All I know is that we have patients out there who need vaccines'...For now, the vaccines are not licensed for use in the United States, although U.S. officials are negotiating with ID Biomedical to potentially secure a "small amount" of doses."

* ►October 20, 2004 - FDA stops unauthorized flu vaccine from being distributed (requires registration) - AP via Orlando Sentinel via Miami Herald - "Food and Drug Administration officials had no details about the mix-up Tuesday. They were investigating how the unlicensed vaccines ended up being shipped."

►October 20, 2004 - Hunt is on for flu shots - Vaccine shortage vexes seniors (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 20, 2004 - Dozen Ore. counties face 'severe' shortage of flu vaccine (requires registration) -

►October 20, 2004 - More Flu Vaccines May Be On The Way - - "Currently 12 South Dakota counties are without any vaccine at all. People who live in those places are being asked to be patient while the resources are pooled. Those 12 counties are at the top of the list to receive vaccine once it becomes available."

►October 20, 2004 - Federal Officials: There Will be Enough Flu Vaccines for Kentuckiana At-Risk Residents - Fox 41 News - "Doctors from two federal agencies: Medicare Services and the Health Services Administration say people should not panic. They suggest standing in a line long line where you can get other peoples' germs may do more harm than good."

►October 20, 2004 - Specialist Suggests Pregnant Women Request Influenza Vaccine - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via Newswise

►October 20, 2004 - MedImmune Initiates Phase 3 Clinical Trial Comparing Intranasal Influenza Vaccine With Injectable Flu Vaccine - Company Also Completes Patient Enrollment in Bridging Study Comparing Refrigerator-Stable Formulation With Currently Marketed Frozen FluMist(R) - New Studies are Pivotal Part of Broad Plan for Intranasal Influenza Vaccine Technology - press release - MedImmune, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 20, 2004 - Limited Supply of Flu Vaccine to be Distributed - Grundy County Health Department will receive a limited supply of influenza vaccine. All available doses will be given to individuals in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) designated priority risk groups. - The Grundy County Herald via

* ►October 20, 2004 - U.S. not ready for health crisis, experts say - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - "'If we use up the entire vaccine supply every year, that should be sufficient incentive to draw companies back into the marketplace,' said Dr. Robert Belshe, who directs the Center for Vaccine Development at Saint Louis University, financed by the National Institutes of Health."

►October 20, 2004 - Hospital emergency physicians bracing for influenza outbreak - Tribune-Review via The Valley Independent via

►October 20, 2004 - Canada's reaction mixed to sharing its flu vaccine - Washington Post via The Seattle Times

►October 20, 2004 - Doctors: Don’t panic over flu - The Virginia Gazette

►October 20, 2004 - County, Grand View cancel flu vaccination program - Both Bucks County and Grand View Hospital have cancelled this year's flu vaccination program after being unable to get vaccine. - News-Herald via

►October 20, 2004 - How to Prevent Another Flu-Shot Crisis - This season's shortage is a wake-up call. Uncle Sam needs to change his ways to ensure the safety of all Americans - commentary - BusinessWeek

* ►October 20, 2004 - Half-dose flu shots for the healthy? - Newsday - "Given the current vaccine shortage in the United States, federal authorities say it makes sense to assess possible use of half-strength doses of some available vaccine to serve more people."

►October 20, 2004 - Influenza risks for the at-risk - Denver Post

►October 20, 2004 - Hospitals ask for patience - Quad-City Times

►October 20, 2004 - State health commissioner 'almost confident' vaccine will reach at risk patients - AP via Newsday

►October 20, 2004 - No more vaccine shortages - With the risk of illness and death from the flu, the U.S. must assure enough vaccine every year. - editorial - Des Moines Register

►October 20, 2004 - PC Nursing Service receives Caring for Colorado grant - Lamar Daily News - "The grant will support the Nursing Service's Immunization Program that will build a coordinated system with all childhood immunization providers in Prowers County to increase childhood immunization rates."

* ►October 20, 2004 - Govt's polio programme suffers setback - - "Sixty-nine polio cases have been reported from around the country this year and 48 from Uttar Pradesh alone....But what is perhaps more alarming is that many of the young patients had been administered the polio drops....However, WHO experts, who have been inspecting the area frequently, say this isn't unusual in a tropical country...Since the polio virus is active here, the usual three doses of the vaccine is not enough to immunise children. It takes at least six continuous doses for the body to develop antibodies."

►October 20, 2004 - Post-polio brings new challenges - March of Dimes' former director facing old foe again. - South Bend Tribune

* ►October 20, 2004 - Campaign to defeat polio - Children were pioneers, some reluctant, of medical history - South Bend Tribune

►October 20, 2004 - Medical Community Concerned Over the Rise in Whooping Cough - Arutz Sheva via

►October 20, 2004 - Youth Cases Of Whooping Cough 4 Times Higher This Year - Disease Can Make Babies Stop Breathing -

►October 20, 2004 - Thailand Orders Cull of Tigers with Bird Flu - Reuters

►October 20, 2004 - VaxGen Begins Clinical Development of its Attenuated Smallpox Vaccine Candidate - press release - VaxGen, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►October 20, 2004 - Dynavax to Present Data on Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Hepatitis B Vaccine at ICAAC - press release - Dynavax Technologies via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 20, 2004  - SA Govt warns travellers of measles risk -

►October 20, 2004 - Health Tip: A Shingles Source of Chickenpox - HealthDay via Yahoo!

►October 20, 2004 - OraSure Announces Launch of OraQuick ADVANCE Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test; Initial Shipments Expected in Early ►November 2004 - press release - OraSure Technologies, Inc. via Business Wire

►October 20, 2004 - HIV figures reach record number - The number of people in Scotland diagnosed with HIV has risen to the highest quarterly total on record. - BBC

►October 20, 2004 - Potential threat eyed as Philippines enjoys low HIV/AIDS prevalence - Xinhuanet via China View

►October 20, 2004 - Soldier sentenced in HIV cases (requires registration) - The Post & Courier via

►October 20, 2004 - Dirty, illegal blood stations shut down - China Daily

►October 20, 2004 - Unexpected Neurological Damage Spreads with West Nile Virus; Heightens Concern in Healthcare Community - Hemispherix Biopharma Actively Enrolling Patients in the Only Existing National Clinical Trial of a New Therapeutic Agent - press release - Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. via Business Wire

►October 20, 2004 - Autism Expert from Australia, Speaker at “Autism/Aspergers 2004” Conference in Buffalo, NY - World autism expert, Dr. Attwood, speaking at one day conference in Buffalo, NY, on Aspergers Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - press release - Disability News & Views via PRWeb via

►October 20, 2004 - Five people treated in Namibia anthrax outbreak - Reuters AlertNet

►October 20, 2004 - e-FoodSafety's Anthrax Sporocidal Testing Results Expected Ahead of Schedule - press release - via Business Wire

►October 20,2004 - Gene chip speeds pathogen detection (requires registration) - Mercury News via Miami Herald

►October 20, 2004 - Pharms Take Root in South Africa - Wired News - "Most people probably wouldn't associate the leafy green tobacco plant with saving lives. But to Dr. Blessed Okole, the maligned cash crop is a potential gold mine of affordable medicine and vaccines for the overlooked diseases afflicting the developing world."

►October 20, 2004 - Mercury study to be released - Asheville Citizen-Times

►October 20, 2004 - Paying a little more would cut mercury a lot, group says - Chicago Sun-Times

►November 2004 - Predictive genetic testing in young people: When is it appropriate? - journal article (Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health)

* ►October 20, 2004 - Health Minister says meningococcal vaccine safe - The Health Ministry is confident in the safety of its meningococcal vaccination despite its rejection by Norway, Health Minister Annette King said yesterday. - NZPA via

* ►October 20, 2004 - British vaccine breakthrough could save millions of lives - The Telegraph, UK - "Scientists have copied a preservation method - used by plants in extreme environments - to protect vaccines from degenerating at air temperature. This will allow for cheaper and safer public health programmes, even in remote areas."

►October 20, 2004 - Minnesota asks health care workers to skip flu shots (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►October 20, 2004 - Polio Eradication Goal Still Elusive (requires subscription for full article) - journal article (JAMA)

►October 20, 2004 - Emerging Infectious Diseases - A Clear and Present Danger to Humanity (requires subscription for full article) - journal article (JAMA) 

►October 20, 2004 - Expert attacks HIV baby-risk 'whitewash' - Up to five children a year will be infected with HIV at birth if universal testing of pregnant women is delayed, an infectious diseases specialist says. - The Dominion Post via

►October 20, 2004 - Thailand confirms 23 tigers die of bird flu - Xinhuanet via China View

* ►October 20, 2004 - Flu-shot worries spur debate over federal role - Some see reliance on just two companies as flawed, but other experts say talk of a crisis should be softened. - The Christian Science Monitor - "Amid media coverage and public concern, some experts say perspective is needed. The term 'flu vaccine shortage' isn't quite correct, says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. 'We'll actually be vaccinating more people this year than we vaccinated in 1999. Part of what's happened is a major escalation in the number of people vaccinated because there's been such an active promotion of flu vaccine'...The US gives flu vaccine to the highest percentage of its population of any country in the world, Dr. Osterholm says, adding that even this year the percentage will be among the highest in the world."

* ►October 20, 2004 - No Flu Vaccine Shortage At Capitol - Hill's Doctor Urges Members to Get Shots (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.), a heart surgeon, sent letters urging his 99 colleagues to get the shots because they mingle and shake hands with so many people, his spokeswoman, Amy Call, said. She said she did not know how many senators have taken his advice."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Vaccine survey shows trouble at DAFB - Review of data shows those who got anthrax shot at Dover were more likely to fall ill - The News Journal via - "Walter Schumm, a professor at Kansas State University and a retired colonel in the Army Reserve, analyzed a 4-year-old survey by former Air Force Capt. Jean Tanner. In 2000, Tanner surveyed the troops in her unit in Dover and found that 32 percent who received the anthrax vaccine had such symptoms as severe joint pain, memory loss and arthritis."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Doctors warn of flu shot 'disaster' - Organization urges Bush to call summit - San Francisco Chronicle

►October 19, 2004 - Doctors call flu season `potential catastrophe' (requires registration) - The Mercury News

►October 19, 2004 - Bush Reassures Elders on Flu Vaccination - President Bush Reassures Older Americans That Those Most Vulnerable Will Get Flu Vaccine - AP via ABC News

►October 19, 2004 - CDC urges patience as more flu shots are shipped out - AP via

►October 19, 2004 -The Claim: Flu vaccination can bring about influenza - New York Times News Service via The Arizona Republic via

* ►October 19, 2004 - Bush Blames Defect for Flu Shot Shortage - President Bush Blames 'Manufacturing Defect' for Flu Vaccine Shortage During Fla. Campaign Stop - AP via ABC News

* ►October 19, 2004 - Bush Hits Kerry on Flu Vaccine Crisis, Draft - Reuters via Yahoo! - "'I know there are some here who are worried about the flu season," Bush said...'I want to assure them that our government is doing everything possible to help older Americans and children to get their shots,' he said, adding that millions of vaccine doses were on hand for those who need them the most and more was being rushed in...Bush's comments came a day after Kerry had warned participants at a Florida rally that under Bush's plan, 'you don't have a prayer of getting a flu shot.'"

* ►October 19, 2004 - Kerry says government should buy flu vaccine - As part of his plan to repair the nation's ailing flu vaccine program, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday that the government should buy any unused doses at the end of the flu season in order to encourage companies to produce more vaccine. - CBS Marketwatch - "According to a release from the Kerry-Edwards campaign on Tuesday, a Kerry presidency would also seek to strengthen the government's Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in order to ease the liability burden on vaccine makers."

►October 19, 2004 - Campaigns Battle Over Vaccine as U.S. Seeks More Doses (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►October 19, 2004 - Kerry Campaign Launches Radio Ad in Florida on Bush Flu Failures - press release - Kerry-Edwards 2004 via U.S. Newswire

* ►October 19, 2004 - Project becomes political fodder after mixing voting, flu shots (requires registration) - AP via The Mercury News - "Carolina Medical Review, a Columbia-based group that gets federal money to promote immunizations, sent bulk mail to six of South Carolina's poorest counties earlier this month promoting its 'Vaccinate & Vote' program."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Canada says it can share some flu vaccine with U.S. - Licensing in time for use this year in serious doubt - AP via South Florida Sun-Sentinel - "Canada might have more than 2 million doses of surplus flu vaccine to help the United States battle a serious shortage, health officials said yesterday, although U.S. officials have cautioned that imports were unlikely to be licensed in time for this flu season."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Canadian flu vaccine may be let into States as 'experimental drug': FDA - CP via - "Surplus influenza vaccine from Canada may be imported to the United States as an experimental drug, U.S. authorities suggested Tuesday."

* ►October 19, 2004 - FDA searches worldwide for more flu vaccine - AP via San Diego Union-Tribune - "Federal health officials said Tuesday that 2.6 million additional doses of flu vaccine will be available in January, far fewer than the 48 million lost to contamination at a British manufacturing plant."

* ►October 19, 2004 - HHS Says Supply of Flu Vaccines, Medicines Will Help Keep People Safe During Coming Flu Season - Department Stockpiles Medicine, Coordinates Flu Response, Invests in New Technology - press release - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►October 19, 2004 - Sanofi-Aventis Will Supply 2.6 Million More Flu Shots (Update1) - Bloomberg - "The extra shipments from Paris-based Sanofi-Aventis will raise the amount of U.S. flu vaccine to 60 million, including 2 million doses of MedImmune Inc.'s FluMist nasal spray, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson on a telephone call with reporters."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Americans head north for flu shots - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►October 19, 2004 - Lawmakers Got Flu Shots on Medical Advice (requires registration) - AP via Miami Herald - "Some members of Congress got flu shots before they headed home to campaign this month, despite the vaccine shortage. They were following the advice of the Capitol physician....It was unclear how many lawmakers were vaccinated, but Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart-lung transplant surgeon, was among them, Frist spokesman Bob Stevenson said. Frist got his shot before the new guidelines were issued, Stevenson said."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Legislators to hold hearing on flu vaccine shortage - AP via Newsday - "Dr. Matthew Cartter, the state epidemiologist, said last week that the state does not know how much vaccine is in Connecticut because Aventis Pasteur won't reveal how much it has sent or is sending to its customers. The company considers that proprietary information."

* ►October 19, 2004 - U.S. negotiating flu vaccine deal with Canada - CTV - "Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday it was 'possible' ID Biomedical's vaccine could be available to Americans before the end of the flu season...However, people might be required to sign consent forms to use it, he told NBC's Today show."

* ►October 19, 2004 - Studies of flu vaccines are launched - Newsday - "Several rounds of studies are quickly getting under way to address a flurry of questions about flu vaccines, as federal experts consider the possibility of recommending flu shots to all age groups as early as next year."

►October 19, 2004 - Leftover flu vaccine may not help U.S., official says 2.2 million shots `a small contribution' — and still uncertain Americans looking for 48 million doses to cover flu season - The Toronto Star - "Ontario bought 5.5 million shots for this year's flu season, and offers immunizations free to all residents. Last year, 43 per cent used the program."

►October 19, 2004 - Flu vaccine Q&A (requires registration) - The Globe and Mail - "As flu season approaches, the U.S. has a severe shortage of influenza vaccine, generating great concern in public-health and political circles. It has also prompted many questions from readers worried about the security of Canada's supply. Public-health reporter ANDRÉ PICARD answers some of your questions."

►October 19, 2004 - Need flu vaccine? Give Red Cross a shot (requires registration) - The Kansas City Star - "No long lines. No impatient grumblers. Just plenty of flu vaccine and not many takers...That was the scene Monday at the central branch of the Kansas City Public Library, where the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross was giving out flu shots."

►October 19, 2004 - Health officials accused of failing to distribute flu vaccine supply appropriately - New York Times/AP via International Herald Tribune

►October 19, 2004 - U.S. to get more flu vaccine in January - AP via USA Today

►October 19, 2004 - Carrington's Nasal Technology for Flu Vaccines to Complete Human Safety Trials Early Next Year - Interview in The Wall Street Transcript Details Moves to Transform Solid Base Into Faster Growing, Higher Margin Business - press release - Carrington Laboratories, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo! - "Unlike the currently marketed nasal mist flu vaccine which is not cleared for those under 6 or over 50 years of age, Carrington's technology would overcome this negative, eliminate cold chain distribution problems and can be self administered. The platform can deliver the normal form of killed flu virus which is the basis of current injectable flu shots."

►October 19, 2004 - Flu immunizations test Chesco on bioterrorism - and phones (requires registration) - Philadelphia Inquirer

►October 19, 2004 - Timeline: Flu vaccine development - CTV

►October 19, 2004 - HHS Cites Tamiflu in New Antiviral Guidelines for Preventing, Treating Influenza - Antivirals to Play Greater Role with Vaccine Shortage - Roche via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2004 - County receives fewer than 200 doses of vaccine - Washington Evening Journal via

►October 19, 2004 - Ideology and Flu Vaccine - editorial (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►October 19, 2004 - Pneumonia vaccine may be next best thing to flu shot -

►October 19, 2004 - More Flu Vaccines Headed To Massachusetts - High-Risk Residents Urged To Get Shot (includes video) -

►October 19, 2004 - Get Healthy Florida Delays Free Flu Shots -

►October 19, 2004 - EB donates 800 doses of flu vaccine to R.I. (requires registration) - The Providence Journal

►October 19, 2004 - Mass vaccination exercise provides flu shots to 7,855 - Lamar Daily News

►October 19, 2004 - Mike Nixes Flu 'Fines' - New York Post

►October 19, 2004 - First case of flu in Minnesota; health officials deal with vaccine shortage (requires registration) - AP via Duluth News Tribune

►October 19, 2004 - Wellington Dufferin Guelph Health Unit offers flu clinics - The Orangeville Banner - "For the fifth consecutive year, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be offering free flu vaccine to all residents of Ontario over the age of six months."

►October 19, 2004 - Turning to another flu fighter - The Intelligencer via

►October 19, 2004 - Gainesville health office swamped with flu calls - - "The North Health District Office in Gainesville is being swarmped with calls about flu vaccine and officials have put out a request for those calls to stop."

►October 19, 2004 - Flu shot frenzy - Scores wait in line for scarce vaccine - The Courier

►October 19, 2004 - Health Department overwhelmed with number seeking flu vaccines - The Leaf-Chronicle

* ►October 19, 2004 - Shooting down some flu worries - Newsday - "Most fascinating is that the immunizations protect against only a few strains, with scientists guessing months in advance which strains are most likely to infect us. But there are more than three or four strains, and these also infect people...The rising death toll may be partly due to mutations. That means the flu bug morphs into something more lethal, outsmarting our vaccines."

►October 19, 2004 - Employee Health Education May Be the 'Best Medicine' - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Offers Tips to Help Employers Weather the Flu Season - press release - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. via PRNewswire

►October 19, 2004 - County gives out last flu shot - The Daily Herald via

►October 19, 2004 - The Good Virus - Reovirus' New Role as Cancer Fighter - press release - Oncolytics Biotech via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2004 - Study will examine if diet can ease autism symptoms - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►October 19, 2004 - 'It's getting worse for vulnerable parents' - Two months ago, health.telegraph explored the problem of children being taken into care after their parents had been falsely accused of ill-treatment. Since then, reports Cassandra Jardine, more than 40 couples have defied the rules of secrecy to tell of their own experiences - The Telegraph, UK

* ►October 19, 2004 - Forget the fridge, wait for vaccine in sugarbox - Indo-British venture announces breakthrough, human trials next year - The Indian Express - "Indian and British biotech scientists who started work in 2001 on a vaccine that can be stored without refrigeration, announced on Tuesday that their breakthrough will cut the cost of vaccinating a single child from $30 to roughly $10."

►October 19, 2004 - Uncooled vaccines could revolutionise public health - AFP via Hindustan Times

►October 19, 2004 - Vaccine Policies Need a Booster - Tech Central Station

►October 19, 2004 - Whooping Cough Makes a National Comeback, Hitting Adolescents Extremely Hard in the U.S., and Putting Infants at Risk - CDC Reported Highest Number of Cases in Nearly Forty Years; Almost Forty Percent of Those in Adolescents - press release - Society for Adolescent Medicine via PRNewswire - "The survey was funded by GlaxoSmithKline."

►October 19, 2004 - Whooping cough strikes county - Officials: Nearly 4 times as many cases reported this year - Iowa City Press-Citizen

►October 19, 2004 - Air France Joins American Red Cross in Fight Against Measles; Donating Tickets for Madagascar & Togo Vaccination Trips This Fall - press release - Air France and the American Red Cross via U.S. Newswire - "Air France and the American Red Cross are one year into a three-year agreement launched in September 2003 to work together in the Measles Initiative, a program designed to vaccinate 200 million at-risk children against measles in Africa and ultimately eliminate measles deaths from the African continent."

►October 19, 2004 - County health workers setting up to fight possible plague on city's westside - The Gazette

►October 19, 2004 - Army sergeant sentenced for infecting others with HIV - AP via The State

►October 19, 2004 - Africa: Future Tied to Keeping HIV-Positive Alive - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via

►October 19, 2004 - Health Secretary Announces $1 Million Grant for HIV Prevention - Philadelphia HIV/AIDS Rates 3 Times Higher Than State Average - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Health via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2004 - Hepatitis C Ups Risk of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - HealthDay via Forbes

►October 19, 2004 - The Other Virus - - "Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the country, killing up to 10,000 people a year. So why aren't public health officials doing more?"

►October 19, 2004 - Don't worry, autoimmune hepatitis isn't contagious - The Daily News

►October 19, 2004 - Meningitis case ends with girl's recovery - The Express Times via

►October 19, 2004 - Five new cases of West Nile reported in New Mexico - AP via

►October 19, 2004 - We're all Einsteins now - Why have our IQ levels rocketed in recent years? The answer may lie in nutrition, Roger Dobson discovers - The Independent, UK

►October 19, 2004 - Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Reports Strong Cash Flow From Operations for the Third Quarter of 2004 - Supports Advancement of Research and Development Pipeline - press release - Nabi Biopharmaceuticals via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►October 19, 2004 - BioVeris Expands Business Model to Target the Fields of Immunogenicity, Vaccines and Vaccination Services - BioVeris Signs Option Agreement with Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland - press release - BioVeris Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Yahoo!

►October 19, 2004 - Seattle Genetics Announces Senior Research & Development Appointments - press release - Seattle Genetics, Inc. via Business Wire

►October 19, 2004 - Ugandan official confirms anthrax outbreak killing 200 hippos - Xinhuanet via China View

►October 19, 2004 - Indonesian village blames tumors on U.S. firm - The Washington Post via The Seattle Times - "The villagers blame Denver-based Newmont Mining, the world's largest gold-mining company, for poisoning their idyllic tropical bay with arsenic and mercury."

►October 19, 2004 - Little cost to cut 90 percent of mercury emissions, says environmental group - Booth Newspapers via

►October 19, 2004 - High mercury level reported in grocery tuna (requires registration) - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►October 19, 2004 - Danger From Depleted Uranium Is Found Low in Pentagon Study (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►October 18, 2004 - Some federal, state prison inmates will get flu shots (requires registration) - AP via Kansas City Star

►October 18, 2004 - Pneumococcal vaccinations help protect patients with rheumatoid arthritis against serious pneumococcal infections of the lungs, brain, blood, and ears - Pneumococcal vaccinations help to protect patients with rheumatoid arthritis against serious pneumococcal infections of the lungs, brain, blood, and ears , according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. -

►October 18, 2004
- FDA clears RFID chip for humans - The US Food and Drug Administration this week approved the first implantable radiofrequency identification microchip for human use, elevating RFID from a tool for supply chain management into an enabling technology for improving healthcare delivery to patients - InPharma

►October 18, 2004 - Biomedical engineers at case develop first sliver-sized sensor to monitor glucose levels - Case Western Reserve University via

►October 18, 2004 - Insulin pumps effective for children with diabetes - Indiana University via

►October 18, 2004 - Discovery might improve design, effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

►October 18, 2004 - UIC Tests Two Drugs for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder - University of Illinois at Chicago

►October 18, 2004 - Zebrafish may offer researchers powerful new tool for studying innate immunity - University of South Florida Health Sciences Center via

►October 18, 2004 - UCSD Medical Researchers Use Brain Cell Transplants To Correct Muscle Spasms After Aneurysm Surgery - University of California, San Diego

►October 18, 2004 - Excess dietary fat accelerates breast cancer by altering the activity of a group of genes - A new genetic mechanism has been identified linking diet to breast cancer - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona via

►October 18, 2004 - Manipulation of epigenome turns off as many genes as it turns on - Comprehensive study raises questions about 'demethylation' agents - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via

►October 18, 2004 - Men with prostate permalignant lesions have increased likelyhood of invasive prostate cancer - American Association for Cancer Research via

►October 18, 2004 - UCLA scientists discover new way to fix defective gene - Method may help halt A-T, cancer, other genetic diseases - University of California - Los Angeles via

►October 18, 2004 - Combination hormone therapy doubles breast density and quadruples risk of abnormal mammograms - American Association for Cancer Research via

►October 18, 2004 - New version of tumor-suppressor linked to progression of childhood cancer - Cell Press via

►October 17, 2004 - Mayo Clinic finds effective treatment with minimal side effects for non-renal lupus - Mayo Clinic via

►October 17, 2004 - Novel drug-antidote strategy provides greater control of drug action - Duke University Medical Center via

* ►October 17, 2004 - Choosing career or health - Service members who refuse shots often demoted or discharged; Wilmington man in Uzbekistan may face prison; others have left military - The News Journal via - "Pvt. Leal Williams, a Wilmington native on an 18-month tour with the Maryland National Guard in Uzbekistan, could face prison for refusing the series of anthrax vaccinations his superiors ordered him to take...'The shot may protect me from anthrax, but there is nothing to protect me from the shot,' he said."

* ►October 17, 2004 - Killer Flu Gets No Respect - One of the largest mass murderers of the 20th century gets no respect. That, say experts, is why the temporary shutdown of just one production plant in England has created a drastic shortage of influenza vaccine in the United States as winter flu season approaches. - Inter Press Service News Agency

►October 2004 - New Drugs for Neglected Diseases: From Pipeline to Patients - Public Library of Science

►October 2004 - The sudden infant death syndrome gene: does it exist? - journal article (Pediatrics)

►2004 - Human Genetics and Responses to Influenza Vaccination: Clinical Implications - journal article (American Journal of PharmacoGenomics)


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