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All the News Posted July 3-5, 2009

Posted July 5, 2009


* ►July 16, 2009 - Investigation of serum bactericidal activity in childhood and adolescence 3–6 years after vaccination with a single dose of serogroup C meningococcal conjugate vaccine - journal article (Vaccine) - "The results indicate that serum bactericidal antibody titers significantly correlate with age of vaccination; most children do not have protective antibody titers few years after immunization in infancy and childhood whereas most adolescents maintain sustained protection."

* ►July 16, 2009 - Effectiveness of inactivated influenza vaccine in children less than 5 years of age over multiple influenza seasons: A case–control study - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 16, 2009 - Eleven years of Inflexal® V—a virosomal adjuvanted influenza vaccine - journal article (Vaccine) - "By mimicking natural infection, the vaccine is highly efficacious. Inflexal® V is the only adjuvanted influenza vaccine licensed for all age groups and shows a good immunogenicity in both healthy and immunocompromised elderly, adults and children. This review presents and discusses the experience with Inflexal® V during the past decade."

* ►July 16, 2009 - Cost-effectiveness of infant vaccination with RIX4414 (Rotarix™) in the UK - journal article (Vaccine) - "In sensitivity analysis, the most important parameters were hospitalisation cost and number of GP consultations. Addition of Rotarix™ to the paediatric vaccination schedule would be a cost-effective policy option in the UK at the threshold range (£20,000–30,000/QALY) currently adopted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence."

* ►July 16, 2009 - ISCOMs and ISCOMATRIX™ - journal article (Vaccine) - "ISCOMs and ISCOMATRIX™ vaccines have now been shown to induce strong antigen-specific cellular or humoral immune responses to a broad range of antigens of viral, bacterial, parasite origin or tumor in a number of animal species including non-human primates and humans. These vaccines produced by well controlled and reproducible processes have also been evaluated in human clinical trials. In this review, we summarize the recent progress of ISCOMs and ISCOMATRIX™, including preparation technology as well as their application in humans and veterinary vaccine designs with particular emphasis on the current understanding of the properties and features of ISCOMs and ISCOMATRIX™ vaccines to induce immune responses."

►July 16, 2009 - Group B streptococcal conjugate vaccines elicit functional antibodies independent of strain O-acetylation - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Safety and immunogenicity of concomitant vaccination with the cell-culture based Japanese Encephalitis vaccine IC51 and the hepatitis A vaccine HAVRIX®1440 in healthy subjects: A single-blind, randomized, controlled Phase 3 study - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Recombinant Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) effectively boosts DNA-primed HIV-specific immune responses in humans despite pre-existing vaccinia immunity - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Harnessing the unique local immunostimulatory properties of modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) virus to generate superior tumor-specific immune responses and antitumor activity in a diversified prime and boost vaccine regimen - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - MPT-51/CpG DNA vaccine protects mice against Mycobacterium tuberculosis - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Improved immunization practices reduce childhood hepatitis B infection in Tonga - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Parallel analysis of mucosally derived B- and T-cell responses to an oral typhoid vaccine using simplified methods - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Comparability of ELISA and toxin neutralization to measure immunogenicity of Protective Antigen in mice, as part of a potency test for anthrax vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►July 16, 2009 - Production of catalytically inactive BoNT/A1 holoprotein and comparison with BoNT/A1 subunit vaccines against toxin subtypes A1, A2, and A3 - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►July 6, 2009 - Whose side are health advocacy groups on? - The names might sound impressive -- but when parsing their message, you'll want to know who they serve. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►July 5, 2009 - Ministry looks into vaccine effects - The Government has intensified investigations into reports of prolonged side effects among children who were recently immunised against the major child killer diseases. - The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe - "Early this month the Government authorised a vaccination programme under which over two million children were immunised against measles, tetanus, typhoid, polio, tuberculosis and diphtheria. The programme targeted children between zero and six years of age. Health experts countrywide commended the programme as a success as the response was good with mothers coming in their thousands to have their children immunised. However, the usual expected side effects became prolonged among some of the children, leaving parents in a state of panic. A medical practitioner from Harare Central Hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity last week confirmed that they have been treating children who have been experiencing these prolonged side effects."

* ►July 5, 2009 - The Return of Measles - It's Not Where You Think - Medical officials used to worry about the outbreak of long-preventable diseases in poor, remote countries. Now they're fretting over Brooklyn. - New York Post - "David Kirby, a Brooklyn author of 'Evidence of Harm,' said most parents are 'not anti-vaccine,' but worry about giving their one-year-olds three vaccines at once -- for measles, mumps, and rubella. Merck & Co., which manufactures the MMR vaccine, plans to reintroduce separate doses that can be spread out. But in the meantime, by foregoing vaccines, parents are taking a bigger gamble with health of their children."

* ►July 5, 2009 - Dangerous TB Vaccinations Allowed to "Protect the Herd" - Age of Autism

* ►July 5, 2009 - "Is He High Functioning?" By Jennifer Larson - Age of Autism - "Cade is 8 years old (almost 9).  He was diagnosed at 19 months following a severe and very distinct regression at his 15 month vaccinations.  He received the MMR, Chicken pox and Flu.  Little did I know that it wasn’t a very good idea to do all those at one time.  Following his shots, he slept 14 hours and awoke a different kid."

* ►July 5, 2009 - Crippled for life, she lends helping hand - Times of India - "'I was born a healthy child in Ahmedabad and even started walking when I was one-and-a-half-year-old. But I developed a fever and the doctor administered me an injection infected with polio. I was completely paralysed and was able to gain mobility only after several physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation. But my lower limbs never recovered,' said Jyoti."

* ►July 5, 2009 - America to remove HIV visa ban after Briton's protest - Campaigner persuades Washington to alter laws that forced travellers to lie on entry forms - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

►July 5, 2009 - Georgia poorly prepared for public health emergencies - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►July 5, 2009 - Boaters warned of killer virus - State: To protect fish, disinfect ships' hulls - Detroit Free Press

►July 5, 2009 - Commissioner Decries Effect of Polio - ThisDay

►July 5, 2009 - Whooping cough cases spread far and wide - The Sydney Morning Herald

►July 5, 2009 - Health care reform that won't kill the patient - Boulder Daily Camera

►July 5, 2009 - Healthy examples - Plenty of countries get healthcare right. - The Boston Globe

►July 5, 2009 - Disease warning as 'superbug' sidelines footballers - Junior and senior footballers were placed on high alert yesterday by infectious disease experts following the outbreak of a "superbug". - The Courier-Mail, AU

►July 5, 2009 - Hepatitis E Infection More Widespread in the U.S. than Previously Suspected - PR-USA.Net

* ►July 5, 2009 - Measles spreads in Christchurch outbreak - TVNZ

►July 5, 2009 - Manchester United assured Michael Owen will not present long-term medical problems - The Mirror, UK - "In the off-season of 2008 Michael contracted a virus which gave him severe symptoms of mumps. The mumps virus attacked his muscular system."

►July 5, 2009 - Liam Donaldson: The nation's own flu fighter - The chief medical officer is steering the country through the increasing epidemic. Meanwhile, not one to take notice of the libertarians, he wants to go even further with the smoking ban. And he's got Kate Moss in his sights - The Observer via The Guardian, UK

* ►July 5, 2009 - Swine flu second wave fears - Queensland has recorded a surge in swine flu cases as concern grows internationally over a second wave of the disease. - - "The World Health Organisation says more than 77,000 cases of swine flu have so far been confirmed across the globe. There have been nearly 350 deaths, 10 of them in Australia where the total number of cases reached 5254 yesterday."

* ►July 5, 2009 - New swine flu risk as Harry Potter star falls victim - The Times, UK - "The World Health Organisation is investigating whether a form of swine flu resistant to antiviral drugs being stock-piled in Britain is spreading from person to person."

►July 5, 2009 - Influenza A (H1N1) fells Harry Potter star - Swine flu infected one of the main stars in the latest Harry Potter movie, a publicist said Saturday, as new deaths and fears of a carve-up on vaccine access underlined the gravity of the pandemic. - New Straits Times

►July 5, 2009 - Man on Tamiflu tests negative for H1N1, discharged from hospital - Times of India

►July 5, 2009 - Australia's Aborigines at Risk as Swine Flu Outbreak Escalates - Voice of America

* ►July 5, 2009 - Swine flu scare in China leaves Pfeiffer professor, others stuck in quarantine - Salisbury Post - "Someone on the plane had a fever and tested positive for H1N1 or swine flu. On Wednesday, a team dressed in HazMat attire came to the hotel with police officers and rounded up those sitting closest to the infected man. 'We were secreted out of the hotel via the freight elevators and driven by ambulance to a quarantine hotel complete with security gate and armed guards,' [Dr. Jewell] Mayberry wrote in an e-mail to the Post.  All tested negative for the virus, but officials said they have to stay in quarantine for seven days."

* ►July 5, 2009 - H1N1 antibody test to be conducted on Ibaraki school - Japan Times - "By detecting swine flu cases that went unnoticed due to a lack of symptoms, the test will allow health officials to measure the epidemic's real magnitude and devise more effective countermeasures ahead of an anticipated second wave later this year, the officials said."

* ►July 5, 2009 - Labour questions cost of swine flu jab - - "The Labour Party has expressed concern over the cost of vaccinating the entire country against swine flu."

* ►July 4, 2009 - While Americans are told to get flu shots, military vaccines are crippling and killing soldiers -

* ►July 4, 2009 - PhageVax Inc Creates (Proposed) Effective Single-dose Vaccine for Novel H1N1 Virus - Commonly Known as the Swine Flu & Now Reported in more than 70 Countries Worldwide - A US based company has developed a new vaccine production method to combat infectious diseases now seen on a global scale - including the novel H1N1 virus and no-less deadly H5N1 avian flu - in a fraction of the time used by conventional methods. - press release - PhageVax Inc via 24-7 Press Release

* ►July 4, 2009 - London teenager becomes Britain's fourth swine flu death - The Times, UK

* ►July 4, 2009 - Tamiflu resistant H1N1 from Hong Kong more worrying than earlier findings - Canadian Press via Yahoo!

* ►July 4, 2009 - Argentina Denies Manipulating Flu-Virus Figures - Latin American Herald Tribune - "Argentina’s new health minister, Juan Manzur, denied Saturday that officials concealed information about the number of people infected with the AH1N1 flu virus in the lead-up to recent legislative elections."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Swine flu jab for all after virus toll alert - Irish Independent - "The Department of Health has so-called 'sleeping contracts' with pharmaceutical giants SmithGlaxoKline and Baxter Pharmaceuticals for the vaccine. They will manufacture 7.7 million doses of the vaccine for Ireland. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the flu to be a Level 6 pandemic last month."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Influenza: 55 deaths in Argentina - Buenos Aires Herald

* ►July 4, 2009 - Swine flu has arrived in Westminster too - but who'll be claiming for the Tamiflu - Daily Mail, UK

* ►July 4, 2009 - Warning: Swine Flu Vaccine Coming Soon -

►July 4, 2009 - Factbox-Worldwide spread of H1N1 flu - Reuters

►July 4, 2009 - Australian Swine Flu Cases Rise; New Zealand Reports 3 Deaths - Bloomberg

►July 4, 2009 - Pregnant women are at greater risk from influenza complications -

►July 4, 2009 - Swine Flu Confirmed in Syria - Voice of America

►July 4, 2009 - Macedonia confirms first two cases of H1N1 flu virus - Reuters

►July 4, 2009 - Osotimehin Tasks Media on Influenza - ThisDay

* ►July 4, 2009 - Jungle challenge - - "But what’s different about 'I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!' is the exposure of famous personalities to the limits of physical endurance and various challenges in a harsh environment to earn money for a chosen charity. ... How did you prepare for the show? Janice Dickinson (JD): The producers did not plan it properly. I got all these inoculations. I became very sick after the immunization I got in Costa Rica. By the time the vaccine kicked in, we were going to be in another jungle already. Sanjaya Malakar (SM): I think my biggest fear is how to stay healthy. It’s always hard and scary to get into a jungle setting. I got immunization that I’ve never had in my life. My body is kind of reacting right now."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Jackson's Former Doc -- Reprimanded Over Rx - - "Dr. Metzger told us in the late 90s, he wrote prescriptions for Janet Jackson using the name of her private chef, Ricardo Macchi. Dr. Metzger told us the prescriptions were for diuretics. He also wrote a prescription for a hepatitis B injection -- he says he wrote it because Janet was going on tour and wanted to guard against the disease. Again, the name on the prescription was Ricardo Macchi, even though it was for Janet."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Michael Jackson investigation focuses on doctors - L.A. Now via Los Angeles Times - "Investigators are focusing on at least five doctors who prescribed drugs to Michael Jackson as they try to unravel the circumstances surrounding the pop star’s death, according to law enforcement sources."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Autism documentary-'A return to autism': The experts weigh in (includes video) -

* ►July 4, 2009 - Autism and ADHD on the rise in children -

►July 4, 2009 - Private schools, developer Bob Jones under scrutiny - Education » Accreditors will visit in fall to verify finanaces, licenses. - Salt Lake Tribune - "A Web site promoting the School for Austistic Healing claims affiliation with Woodland Hills and encourages people to make tax deductible donations. If parents with autistic children give $50 a month and find three other people to make the same commitment, they could qualify to have their child's $14,000 annual tuition 'paid for by the fundraiser,' the site advertises."

►July 4, 2009 - Calls for MMR jab uptake - This is Grimsby, UK

* ►July 4, 2009 - Experiment seeks to head off Type 1 diabetes - AP via USA Today - "The doctor had barely pulled away the needle when a blister appeared on Tracey Berg-Fulton's abdomen: An experimental shot was revving up the 24-year-old's immune system — part of a bold quest to create a vaccine-like therapy for diabetes. 'If we're right, that is what's going to stop Type 1 diabetes,' said Dr. David Finegold as he watched the blisters appear — one to match each of four shots — with intense satisfaction."

►July 4, 2009 - Swine flu - is Tamiflu the answer? -

►July 4, 2009 - Which Harry Potter actor has contracted the H1N1 flu? - AP via

►July 4. 2009 - Two more flu A/H1N1 deaths reported in Aisa-Pacific region - Xinhua

►July 4, 2009 - With school out, flu cases drop -

►July 4, 2009 - Health agency urges flu caution at holiday events - H1N1: Steps should be taken to prevent spread of disease at barbecues, other festivities - The Olympian

►July 4, 2009 - Flu boosts sale, hikes prices of fruits - Philippine Daily Inquirer

►July 4, 2009 - A letter to ...My daughter's immune system - The Guardian, UK

►July 4, 2009 - Auburn University professors, students design pharmacy that performs functions once limited to hospitals - Auburn University via The Birmingham News

►July 4, 2009 - Healthcare debate shouldn’t ignore chronic conditions - Suffolk News-Herald

* ►July 3, 2009 - Maine CDC Autism Conference: Genes and Environment, Developmental and Chronic: An Inclusive Approach to Autism Science by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD - video - Adventures in Autism - "Maine CDC Autism Conference 2009 - Genes and Environment, Developmental and Chronic: An Inclusive Approach to Autism Science, followed by Q&A Martha Herbert, MD, PhD Pediatric Neurologist Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School"

* ►July 3, 2009 - Maine CDC Autism Conference: Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Co-Morbidities in Autism by Tim Buie, MD Maine CDC Autism Conference 2009 - video - Adventures in Autism - "Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Co-Morbidities in Autism, followed by Q&A Tim Buie, MD Pediatric Gastroenterologist LADDERS Program, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Harvard Medical School"

* ►July 3, 2009 - Maine CDC Autism Conference: Kim Block of WGME Presents News Piece on Autism
Maine CDC Autism Conference 2009
- video - Adventures in Autism - "Kim Block, reporter for WGME, presents a news piece on autism treatment"

* ►July 3, 2009 - Maine CDC Autism Conference: Autism 101 Maine CDC Autism Conference 2009 - video - Adventures in Autism - "Autism 101, First signs and symptoms, Maine’s new screening tool, how and when to refer for specialized diagnostics, how a diagnosis is made, AAP Autism Toolkit, diagnostic and therapeutic services in Maine.
Introduction of Speakers by Dora Mills, MD, MPH"

* ►July 3, 2009 - H1N1 vaccines with novel adjuvants being developed for potential mass use - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "A novel feature of the two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and Glaxo-Smith Kline is the addition of squalene-containing adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities. Each company has its own proprietary adjuvant, acquired in each case at high cost and intended for the high-stakes business of rapidly producing vaccines for novel pandemics or biological warfare threats. Novartis' adjuvant is named MF-59, and Glaxo's is ASO3. We know they work beautifully to strengthen vaccine efficacy. But how safe are they?"

* ►July 3, 2009 - Doctors say 'flu parties' not a good idea (includes video) - CTV - "[Dr. Michael] Gardam added there is no reason to believe that everybody needs to develop immunity to this virus. 'Even in a pandemic, the majority of the population isn't going to get sick,' he noted."

* ►July 3, 2009 - Swine flu bark worse than bite? - Berrien County medical director says H1N1 virus not threat once imagined - St. Joseph Herald Palladium - "But despite the extraordinary reach of the new virus, Berrien County Medical Director Rick Johansen said, this flu appears quite ordinary in its intensity. ...  This strain, though it has been called the "swine flu," is actually a combination of swine, human and avian strains, Johansen said. Fears of a deadly, 1918-style flu pandemic arose briefly in April when the national media fixed its attention on the H1N1 outbreak. Initial reports overestimated its deadliness, Johansen said. In warning of the potential danger, 'a few people went above and beyond' what should have been said, Johansen said. When Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, was quoted as saying, 'All of humanity is under threat,' Johansen said, 'That was pretty annoying. It didn't help anything.'"

* ►July 3, 2009 - How afraid are you? H1N1 @ Day 72 (w/Poll) - Daily Kos

►July 3, 2009 - World health officials tackle swine flu challenges - AP via Daily Record

►July 3, 2009 - Flu vaccine can help reduce complications in H1N1 cases - The Fond du Lac Reporter - "Anyone age 2 and older who is at high risk for complications from influenza should be vaccinated to prevent pneumococcal disease, according to the Fond du Lac County Health Department."

►July 3, 2009 - Swine flu is this year's dominant influenza - Swine flu has become Australia's dominant influenza strain, with experts predicting that as many as four out of five flu suffers will have the H1N1 virus. - The Australian

* ►July 3, 2009 - Autism outbreak may not be about immunizations and mercury - - "Could that "something" be the slurry of hormone-altering chemicals we're exposed to every day? Are EDCs the reason autism-type disorders are 4-9 times more common in boys? (Vaccine side effects never show such lopsided impact on boys versus girls...a glaring fact that is totally ignored by those promoting the vaccine theory of autism.) The "extreme male theory" has been supported by two interesting bits of evidence: 1) fetuses with slightly elevated levels of testosterone grow up acting extra-male (more interested in things than people, slow language development, etc.); 2) children with autism -- boys and girls -- show extra-male characteristics (e.g. poor social ability, language delay)."

* ►July 3, 2009 - VN expects to introduce swine flu vaccine in 6 months - The Vaccine and Bio-technological Products Company No.1 (Vabiotech) expects to launch its first batch of A/H1N1 flu vaccine in the next six months if things go smoothly, the company’s director said Thursday. -

* ►July 3, 2009 - Mumps cases soar in students - Cases of mumps have soared with the number of people struck down so far this year exceeding the total for the whole of last year and the previous year. - The Telegraph, UK - "Cases of mumps have been high since 2004 and peaked in 2005 when over 43,000 cases were reported to the Agency. Dr Mary Ramsay, an immunisation expert at the Health Protection Agency, said: "Mumps is on the increase but not because of the recent decline in MMR uptake. 'The high numbers are mainly among older teenagers and young adults in their early twenties, and mostly among those in further or higher education establishments. 'Some in this age group were too old to be routinely vaccinated with MMR when it was first introduced in 1988 and some others may only have received one dose of MMR."

►July 3, 2009 - 5,700 may be at risk for hepatitis C in Colorado due to medical tech - A former technician may have exposed patients at Rose Medical Center and a Springs surgery facility. - The Denver Post

►July 3, 2009 - After Brooklyn outbreak, health officials urge measles vaccinations for kids - Staten Island Advance via

►July 3, 2009 - Meningitis claims 257 lives since 2008 in Meghalaya - Times of India

* ►July 3, 2009 - Dental surgeon loses health suit - Court: No proof dust in hospital office caused doctor’s illness - The Chronicle Herald - "A Sydney dental surgeon has lost his lawsuit against the Cape Breton district health authority over an illness he alleges was caused by heavy metal poisoning through exposure to dust during a hospital renovation in 2001-02."

* ►July 3, 2009 - GM rice makes allergies easy to stomach - New Scientist - "None of the macaques fed the altered rice for six weeks suffered side effects, reports Takaiwa's team. So the stage is now set for clinical trials."

►July 3, 2009 - The Initial Step in The "Atopic March" - letter - NewsBlaze

►July 2, 2009 - Aborigines at 'higher risk' of swine flu - CNN

►July 2, 2009 - Second death of A/H1N1 flu reported in North Carolina - Xinhua via China View

* ►July 2, 2009 - 2 more Boston residents’ deaths linked to swine flu - Virus hitting city especially hard (requires registration) - Boston Globe

* ►July 2, 2009 - National Academy of Science forms committee to review the science of FBI's anthrax investigation - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►July 2, 2009 - Tuberculosis: TB Vaccine Too Dangerous for Babies With AIDS Virus, Study Says (requires registration) - The New York Times - "In poor countries, babies are often not brought back at 6 weeks for a test and 10 weeks for a shot. So the dangerous practice of vaccinating every baby may continue, because it protects the uninfected ones.

* ►July 2, 2009 - Antipsychotic drug use spiralling in kids, research says - CBC - "Medical research out of the University of British Columbia suggests the number of children taking medications known as atypical antipsychotics has increased tenfold over the past decade, CBC News has learned. The drugs — a class of medicines used to treat psychosis and other mental and emotional conditions — can have potentially serious side-effects, and are linked to increases in stroke and sudden death in adults. Health Canada has not approved atypical antipsychotics for children."

* ►July 2, 2009 - New vaccine keeps E. coli inside cows - San Francisco Chronicle - "Epitopix LLC, a Minnesota veterinary pharmaceutical company, has received a conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Escherichia coli Bacterial Extract, and the firm plans to release the vaccine to begin inoculating beef cattle in the fall. The vaccine can reduce the prevalence of cattle shedding 0157:H7 - the strain of E. coli responsible for food-borne illnesses - by as much as 85 percent, said scientists who have been testing the product."

►July 2, 2009 - Former Maine South swimmer claims chlorine caused illnesses - Norridge and Harwood Heights News via

►July 2, 2009 - County planners praised for response to flu - Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

►July 2, 2009 - £4m mental health genetics centre - A centre using genetics to research mental disorders has been launched. - BBC - "The £4m Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, based at Cardiff University, will tackle illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It will also study degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and developmental disorders like dyslexia and childhood depression."

►July 2, 2009 - Proposed Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens--Removal of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection From Definition of Communicable Disease of Public Health Significance; Proposed Rule - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - via

* ►July 1, 2009 - Notice: Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via

* ►July 1, 2009 - FDA: Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban - FDA

* ►July 1, 2009 - Physicians and nurses use and recommend dietary supplements: report of a survey (pdf) - journal article (Nutrition Journal)

►July 1, 2009 - Research network wins approximately £5.7 million to target human and animal diseases in Africa - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via EurekAlert!

* ►July 1, 2009 - Buenos Aires Declares a Swine Flu Emergency - Wall Street Journal - "The emergency declaration gives Buenos Aires city health authorities expanded power to cut through red tape to buy medical supplies or to take other measures they deem necessary."

* ►July 1, 2009 - Argentines Question Vote During Outbreak (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►July 1, 2009 - Invest in vaccines to avert pandemic - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►July 1, 2009 - Tom Feilden: The true scale of swine flu - BBC

►July 1, 2009 - Swine flu virus outbreak plagues campus - Campers quarantined to contain H1N1 virus - Duke Chronicle

* ►July 2009 - Diabetes and Vaccination (full text) - journal article (Middle East Journal of Family Medicine)

►July 2009 - High prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus - journal article (The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease)

* ►July 2009 - The Lack of Vitamin D Toxicity with Megadose of Daily Ergocalciferol (D2) Therapy: A Case Report and Literature Review - journal article (Southern Medical Journal)

* ►July 2009 - Short Bowel Syndrome - journal article (NeoReviews) - "Short bowel syndrome (SBS) is a relatively common, often lethal, and highly costly medical problem in North America. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the leading cause of SBS in the United States."

* ►June 30, 2009 - Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines - Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have discovered that an ingredient in human breast milk protects and repairs the delicate intestines of newborn babies. - Queen Mary, University of London, via EurekAlert!

►June 30, 2009 - Finding the Perfect Pharma Match - Pharmaceutical Executive

►June 30, 2009 - Relationship between ALS and the degree of cognitive impairment, markers of neurodegeneration and predictors for poor outcome. A prospective study - journal article (European Journal of Neurology)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Swine flu pandemic 'caused by accidental leak from laboratory' - Daily Mail, UK

►June 29, 2009 - Analysis of the genome of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 2006 spinach-associated outbreak isolate indicates candidate genes that may enhance virulence - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►June 26, 2009 - Is a 'public plan' the fix for health insurance? - A government-sponsored rival to private insurers dominates the debate - MSNBC

►June 26, 2009 - Notice: Amended Authorization of Emergency Use of Doxycycline Hyclate Tablet Emergency Kits for Eligible United States Postal Service Participants in the Cities Readiness Initiative and Their Household Members; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via

►June 26, 2009 - Like Burrs On Your Clothes, Molecule-Size Capsules Can Deliver Drugs By Sticking To Targeted Cells - Cornell University via Biocompare

►June 25, 2009 - Gardasil Side Effect Reports Included 28 Deaths, Group Says -

* ►June 16, 2009 - Title: Surface receptor antigen vaccines (patent) - University of Washington (Seattle, WA) via

►June 16, 2009 - Title: Peptide-based fluorescence polarization assay for detection of antibodies to Mycobacterium bovis (patent) Diachemix LLC (Milwaukee, WI), Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Ottawa (Nepean), Ontario, CA)  via

* ►June 10, 2009 - Venezuela bans Coke Zero, cites "danger to health" - * Minister orders Coke Zero withdrawn from market * Socialist government increasing scrutiny of business - Reuters AlertNet


Posted July 4, 2009


* ►August 1, 2009 - “Prepandemic” Immunization for Novel Influenza Viruses, “Swine Flu” Vaccine, Guillain‐Barré Syndrome, and the Detection of Rare Severe Adverse Events - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►August 1, 2009 - Sequence Diversity of the Factor H Binding Protein Vaccine Candidate in Epidemiologically Relevant Strains of Serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►August 1, 2009 - A Dose‐Escalation Safety and Immunogenicity Study of Live Attenuated Oral Rotavirus Vaccine 116E in Infants: A Randomized, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled Trial - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►August 1, 2009 - A Malaria Vaccine for Control: More Progress - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►August 1, 2009 - Long‐Term Safety and Efficacy of the RTS,S/AS02A Malaria Vaccine in Mozambican Children (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►August 1, 2009 - Randomized, Double‐Blind, Phase 2a Trial of Falciparum Malaria Vaccines RTS,S/AS01B and RTS,S/AS02A in Malaria‐Naive Adults: Safety, Efficacy, and Immunologic Associates of Protection (free full text) - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases) - "Potential conflicts of interest: J.C., W.R.B., M.‐C.D., O.O.‐A., M.L., and P.M. are or have been employees of and own stock in GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, the manufacturer of the vaccines described in this article. J.C., M.‐C.D., V.A.S., and D.G.H. have applied for a patent describing the use of the RTS,S/AS01B vaccine. All other authors: no conflicts."

►August 1, 2009 - Inactivation of the Haemophilus ducreyi luxS Gene Affects the Virulence of This Pathogen in Human Subjects - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►August 1, 2009 - Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Targeting Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) G Protein Mediates Viral Clearance and Reduces the Pathogenesis of RSV Infection in BALB/c Mice - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►August 1, 2009 - Interleukin‐10 Promoter Polymorphisms Influence HIV‐1 Susceptibility and Primary HIV‐1 Pathogenesis - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►August 1, 2009 - Kaposi Sarcoma–Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) Seroprevalence in Population‐Based Samples of African Children: Evidence for At Least 2 Patterns of KSHV Transmission - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►August 1, 2009 - Ciprofloxacin Dosage and Emergence of Resistance in Human Commensal Bacteria - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►July 6, 2009 - Therapeutic cancer vaccines show promise - They wouldn't prevent the disease, but might help people who are already fighting it. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►July 4, 2009 - Cost-Effectiveness Of HPV Vaccination In The Netherlands - Journal of the National Cancer Institute via Medical News Today

* ►July 4, 2009 - Autism: Stop The Deceit And Start The Treatment Petition - The One Click Group

* ►July 4, 2009 - ME Assisted Suicide Case - The British Double Legal Standards Atrocity - The One Click Group

* ►July 4, 2009 - China quarantine inspires teen to appreciate country, teachers - Palm Beach Post

* ►July 4, 2009 - Government to provide free swine flu jab - - "The HSE plans to acquire over 7,500,000 doses of the vaccine, at a cost of almost €90 million."

* ►July 4, 2009 - Mexico Wins Praise For Swine Flu Response - Mexico's Gets Praise, Argentina And Britain Criticism For Swine Flu Response As Caseload Grows - AP via CBS News

* ►July 3, 2009 - Interview: Novartis: Pandemic Raises Awareness Of Vaccines (requires registration) - Dow Jones via The Wall Street Journal - " Novartis has been losing money on its flu vaccine production every year since it acquired the business in 2006. Now, the company wants to make sure that the surge in demand won't simply peter out, leaving it with excess manufacturing capacity. If governments want to make sure that capacity and the know-how for flu vaccine production are in place in the case of a pandemic, they need to help maintain it by placing firm orders or contribute to the buildup of capacity as part of their plans to prepare for a pandemic, Oswald said. Novartis' vaccines portfolio is biased towards basic vaccines - flu, polio and a single injection to prevent diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus - for which there is a high medical need, but which are cheap compared with newer products sold by some of its rivals. U.S. approval of a new-generation meningitis vaccine, Menveo, has been delayed after the Food and Drug Administration asked for more data earlier this week."

* ►July 3, 2009 - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 57 - Laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) - World Health Organization

* ►July 3, 2009 - H1N1 Patient’s Accidental Death Sparks Protest - China Journal Blog via Wall Street Journal - "In a sad irony, the woman, who had been admitted to Hangzhou’s No. 1 People’s Hospital for treatment on June 23, was found dead in the bathroom of her hospital ward on Wednesday. Officials denied that H1N1 was the cause of her death (which would have made her the first such flu fatality in China), and today Hangzhou authorities attributed the cause to accidental electrocution."

* ►July 3, 2009 - WHO says flu is unstoppable - Big News Network

* ►July 3, 2009 - Big Pharma and Governments hiding behind the SBS label. - American Chronicle

* ►July 3, 2009 - Vietnam’s research team in forefront of H1N1 fight - A seven-member team has been working around the clock at the Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Diseases Hospital ever since the influenza A (H1N1) virus was discovered, looking for ways to fight it. - Thanh Nien Daily

►July 3, 2009 - Vision therapy draws fans, skeptics - Wisconsin State Journal

►July 3, 2009 - Wyeth in milk promotion campaign - S-26, in partnership with the National Food Institute, kicked off the Hygienic Kitchen: Food - Safe Schools programme with support from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the Ministries of Education and Public Health, to promote hygiene and nutrition for students. - The Nation

* ►July 3, 2009 - Maine CDC Autism Conference: How Do We Know What Autism IS NOT if We Do Not Know What Autism IS? by Jon Poling, MD, PhD - Adventures in Autism - Maine CDC Autism Conference 2009 - Looking Forward Beyond Vaccines: How Do We Know What Autism IS NOT if We Do Not Know What Autism IS? Followed by Q&A with other conference speakers. Jon Poling, MD, PhD Neurologist, Clinical Assistant Professor Medical College of Georgia Father of child with autism"

* ►July 3, 2009 - Autism Vaccine Complaint Movie: "Selective Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC" By Mark Hawking (includes link to video) - Age of Autism

* ►July 3, 2009 - Margaret Haywood Case - Meeting Invitation, UK House Of Commons, 7 July - The One Click Group - "One Click Note: Margaret Haywood has been struck off for revealing neglect in the NHS. She secretly filmed for BBC Panorama to reveal neglect of elderly patients. She was a nurse for more than 20 years, but was struck off for misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. They agreed that patients were being neglected, but decided that this should have been kept confidential."

* ►July 3, 2009 - Defend Freedom At Oct. 2-4 2009 Vaccine Conference - NVIC via The One Click Group

* ►July 3, 2009 - Barbara Loe Fisher on Swine Flu Vaccines - Age of Autism

►July 2, 2009 - Shelley Hendrix Reynolds: Kathryn the Great - The Huffington Post

* ►July 2, 2009 - Spain to build its first vaccine plant - The Spanish Ministry of Health is leading a €60m ($84.9m) programme that will build the country’s first vaccine production facility and use Novavax’s recombinant virus-like-particle (VLP) technology. -

* ►July 2, 2009 - Swine flu: Government says we could have 100,000 cases per day by August - The Northern Echo, UK

* ►July 2, 2009 - Big Pharma's War on Science and Government Involvement - Daily Kos - "Big Pharma always favors hype over science. The best example of how Big Pharma undermines science is found in the history of HRT, or Hormone Replacement Therapy, a tale which catalogues every trick in Big Pharma's book.  HRT is one of the worst drugs ever released into the U.S. market, and Wyeth is still making about a billion a year from its continuing use."

* ►July 2, 2009 - Novartis to hold BioCamp for pharma students in Hyderabad -

* ►July 2, 2009 - Celiac Disease Becoming More Common (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►July 2, 2009 - Where PCBs come from and their dangers - Detroit Free Press

►July 2, 2009 - The unexplained disease of Multiple Sclerosis - Dan Abshear has been a medic with the Navy and Marine Corps, a physician assistant, a sales and marketing rep for large pharmaceutical corporations, and is presently involved in efforts to improve regulatory compliance in the medical industry. He maintains a weblog at

* ►July 2, 2009 - Possibility Of Vaccine For Ear Infections - Otitis media, more commonly known as an ear infection, is the most frequently diagnosed illness in children less than 15 years of age in the United States and is the primary cause for emergency room visits. More than 80 percent of children will experience at least one ear infection before their third birthday. Much research has been dedicated to preventing this common childhood disease at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. - Nationwide Children's Hospital, via Newswise via ScienceDaily

* ►July 2, 2009 - Doctors See Multiple Measles Cases In Brooklyn (includes video) - NY1

* ►July 2, 2009 - Study: New flu inefficient in attacking people - With swine flu continuing to spread around the world, researchers say they have found the reason it is - so far - more a series of local blazes than a wide-raging wildfire. The new virus, H1N1, has a protein on its surface that is not very efficient at binding with receptors in people's respiratory tracts, researchers at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology report in Friday's edition of the journal Science. - Seattle Times

* ►July 1, 2009 - Swine Flu: Pathology of a Pandemic - Unlike SARS, avian flu or ebola, swine flu has gone truly global. Confronted by the 21st century’s first pandemic, how scared should we be? - Allianz Knowledge Partnersite

* ►July 1, 2009 - Better ethics, cheaper drugs - The Boston Globe

►July 1, 2009 - Poll: Obama health plan has slim majority support - CNN

►July 1, 2009 - Common Variable Immunodeficiency: Etiological and Treatment Issues - journal article (International Archives of Allergy and Immunology)

►July 1, 2009 - A TLR2 Ligand Suppresses Allergic Inflammatory Reactions by Acting Directly on Mast Cells - journal article (International Archives of Allergy and Immunology)

* ►July 2009 - WHO and UNICEF estimates of national infant immunization coverage: methods and processes (full text) - WHO Bulletin

* ►July 2009 - Piggy?banking - Huge profits may be unlikely, but Big Pharma may benefit from swine flu in other ways, says Trevor Huggins - CNBC European Business - "For the moment, there is no reliable prediction as to how deadly the virus will become in the months ahead or how much of a shield can be provided by vaccination. For a single flu virus, a typical jab contains 15 micrograms of antigen, the active ingredient which stimulates the body’s immune system. But Dr Albert Garcia, an epidemiologist with the world’s largest flu vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur warns that such a dosage may not be suitable for swine flu: “Only clinical trials will show if 15mg is the minimum needed to protect a human being or... as little as 7.5mg, 3.8mg – or as much as 30mg. There’s that much uncertainty over the final dose. Also, will it take a single dose, or two?”

►July 2009 - Mumps Virus Matrix, Fusion, and Nucleocapsid Proteins Cooperate for Efficient Production of Virus-Like Particles - journal article (Journal of Virology)

* ►July 2009 - Prenatal risk factors for autism: comprehensive meta-analysis - journal article (The British Journal of Psychiatry)

* ►July 2009 - Do individuals with autism spectrum disorders infer traits from behavior? - journal article (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines)

* ►July 2009 - Prevalence of Autoimmune Thyroiditis in Children with Celiac Disease and Effect of Gluten Withdrawal - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy 48 Hours after Infection with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Potently Suppresses Acute-Phase Viremia and Blocks the Massive Loss of Memory CD4+ T Cells but Fails To Prevent Disease - journal article (Journal of Virology)

* ►July 2009 - A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of Lactobacillus GG in Infantile Diarrhea - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Cardiovascular Effects of Longer-Term, High-Dose OROS Methylphenidate in Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►July 2009 - Evidence base for pre-employment medical screening (full text) - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Armenians struggle for health care and medicines (full text) - Private financing constitutes about half of total health expenditures in Armenia and most of that comes directly out of the consumer’s pocket. In the current economic downturn, fewer and fewer people can afford it. Monika Mkhitaryan and Onnik Krikorian report. - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Divisive drug-resistance (full text) - A new battle line in tuberculosis control has been drawn where antibiotic misuse and mismanagement have their origins – in weak and dysfunctional health-care systems. Jane Parry looks at how countries in Asia are rising to the challenge. - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Global strategies to reduce the price of antiretroviral medicines: evidence from transactional databases (full text) - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Preventing HIV transmission with antiretrovirals (full text) - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Disseminated bacille Calmette–Guérin disease in HIV-infected South African infants (full text) - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Improving international research contracting (full text) - WHO Bulletin

►July 2009 - Chagas: one hundred years later (full text) - This April marked the 100th anniversary of Carlos Chagas’s discovery of a new disease. Yet most people in need still lack access to diagnosis and treatment. Claudia Jurberg reports. - WHO Bulletin

* ►June 30, 2009 - Novavax Rises on Pact to License Vaccine in Spain - Bloomberg

* ►June 30, 2009 - Can We “Hedge” against the Development of Antiviral Resistance among Pandemic Influenza Viruses? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Risk of tuberculosis from arthritis medication examined - Research news from Arthritis & Rheumatism - Wiley-Blackwell via EurekAlert!

* ►June 30, 2009 - New Flu Strain Causing Worry Among Pet Owners (includes video) - WDAF FOX Kansas City

►June 30, 2009 - Pralidoxime in Acute Organophosphorus Insecticide Poisoning—A Randomised Controlled Trial - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►June 30, 2009 - Hormones May Affect Neurological Disease Risk - Women are more vulnerable during certain stages of life, study finds - BMC Neuroscience via HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report

* ►June 30, 2009 - FDA investigators confirm E. coli at Nestle - pediatric supersite

►June 30, 2009 - 'Sleep Walking' And Talking That Can Occur With Popular Sleep-aid Ambien Explained - Some people who take the fast-sleep-aid zolpidem (Ambien) have been observed walking, eating, talking on the phone and even driving while not fully awake. Many often don't remember doing any of these activities the next morning. Similarly, this drug has been shown to awaken the minimally conscious into a conscious state. A new study by Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researchers may help explain why these "awakenings" occur. -  Georgetown University Medical Center via ScienceDaily

* ►June 30, 2009 - No Social Media Please, We're Pharma - Drugwonks

►June 30, 2009 - Clean Water Should Be Recognized as a Human Right - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 30, 2009 - U.S. urged to compare Alzheimer, ADD, other therapies - Reuters
►June 30, 2009 - 100 areas to yield most bang for health-care buck - AP via USA Today

* ►June 29, 2009 - ACIP adjusts recommendations on MMRV vaccine - pediatric supersite - "Karen Broder, MD of the Immunization Safety Office at the CDC presented the vaccine safety working group’s risk assessment analysis. She explained that risk for febrile seizure was about two-fold greater among children aged 12 to 23 months during the one to two weeks following vaccination with the first dose of MMRV compared with children who received MMR vaccine plus varicella vaccine — a risk which equates to one additional febrile seizure per 2,300 to 2,600 children vaccinated."

* ►June 26, 2009 - Six-Month Persistence of Sleep Problems in Young Children With Autism, Developmental Delay, and Typical Development - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ►June 26, 2009 - Obsessive–compulsive traits in children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome - journal article (European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

►June 26, 2009 - Are ADHD Symptoms Associated With Delay Aversion or Choice Impulsivity? A General Population Study - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ►June 23, 2009 - What Is the Optimal Therapy for Patients with H5N1 Influenza? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

* ►June 22, 2009 - The emerging role of synaptic cell-adhesion pathways in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders - journal article (Trends in Neurosciences)

►June 22, 2009 - Immune therapy for age-related diseases - journal article (Trends in Immunology)

►June 22, 2009 - An evolutionary perspective on the mechanisms of immunosenescence - journal article (Trends in Immunology)

* ►June 19, 2009 - Vaccination in the elderly: an immunological perspective - journal article (Trends in Immunology) - "Building on the theme of aging and immunosenescence, we review mechanisms of human immunosenescence and the immune response to currently licensed vaccines. We discuss the difficulties in identifying the risk factors that, in addition to aging, cause immunosenescence and address the relative paucity of vaccine studies in the elderly."

►June 19, 2009 - B cells and aging: molecules and mechanisms - journal article (Trends in Immunology)

►June 18, 2009 - Autism Medication Found to be Ineffectual in Treatment of Autistic Children - video (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►June 16, 2009 - Will the Public's Health Fall Victim to the Home Foreclosure Epidemic? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 15, 2009 - FDA Urges Caution in Interpreting Study Linking Stimulants to Increased Risk for Sudden Death in Children (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

* ►June 9, 2009 - In Global Health Research, Is It Legitimate To Stop Clinical Trials Early on Account of Their Opportunity Costs? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 2, 2009 - “Antibiotics Are Not Automatic Anymore”—The French National Campaign To Cut Antibiotic Overuse - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►June 1, 2009 - Rotavirus: epidemiology and disease burden - pediatric supersite

►June 2009 - Dengue virus antibodies in blood donors from an endemic area - journal article (Transfusion Medicine)

* ►January 2008 - Continuing Increases in Autism Reported to California's Developmental Services System - journal article (Archives of General Psychiatry)


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