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All the News Posted September 1, 2009


►September 1, 2009 - Report New Cases of Guillain-Barré After H1N1 Flu Vaccine (requires registration) - Medscape - "In a statement issued by the AAN, experts said that although they do not expect the 2009 H1N1 vaccine to increase the risk for the autoimmune disease, this is a concern with any pandemic vaccine. "The active participation of neurologists is going to be critical for monitoring for any possible increase in Guillain-Barré following 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination," AAN spokesperson Orly Avitzur, MD, said in a news release."

* ►September 1, 2009 - Colorado kids in flu trial - About 100 children will be among the first to test a swine-flu vaccine. - The Denver Post - "About 100 Colorado children ages 3 to 8 are expected to participate in a clinical trial led by Denver immunologist Dr. Isaac Melamed of IMMUNOe 1st International Research Centers in Thornton. Melamed said he thinks he will find enough children for the study within a few days, given that many parents are eager to have their children protected from the virus. Because the vaccine was developed in the same way as the seasonal flu shot, medical experts foresee no problems."

►September 1, 2009 - Sanofi to close Kansas plant impacting 370 employees - Sanofi-aventis is initiating the phased closing its manufacturing facility in Kansas, US, with complete shutdown expected to occur in 2012 and impact on 370 employees. - in-PharmaTechnologist.com

* ►September 1, 2009 - No Wheat, No Rye, No Barley -- No Problem! - The Washington Post - "Biopsy of the intestine's lining via endoscopy remains the most definitive way to diagnose the disease. Blood tests can reveal whether a person's body has developed antibodies to gluten proteins, a sign that celiac disease may be present. Genetic analyses, including a new saliva test developed by Prometheus Laboratories, can determine whether one has the genetic makeup associated with celiac; this at-home test has the advantage of being able to rule out celiac altogether. As with all autoimmune diseases, it's believed that celiac occurs when a person who has a genetic predisposition encounters some environmental trigger that moves the faulty immune response into action. But celiac is the only autoimmune disease for which that environmental trigger -- in this case, gluten -- has been identified, according to Alessio Fasano, director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research."

* ►September 1, 2009 - Teflon-coated cells that could beat diabetes - University of California San Diego and the Burnham Institute for Medical Research via Daily Mail, UK

* ►September 1, 2009 - Merck, Abbott cholesterol-combo pills lack evidence - Daily Herald

►September 1, 2009 - Cobra wins Adenovirus contract in buoyant EU biotech sector - Cobra Biomanufacturing’s new Adenovirus manufacturing and process services contract is further evidence of the health of EU biologicals market, according to business development manager Philip Ridley-Smith. - Outsourcing-Pharma.com

* ►September 1, 2009 - MMR is safe, insists GP, as mum pushes for just-mumps jab - Derby Evening Telegraph

►September 1, 2009 - Chris Mooney: Q. and A. with author of 'Unscientific America' - Chicago Tribune

►September 1, 2009 - Parents: get children vaccinated now! - With children heading back to school this week, parents in Barking and Dagenham are being reminded of the importance of immunising their children against diseases like polio and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). - About My Area, UK

►September 1, 2009 - Pediatrician corrects Body & Mind article - letter - The Patriot-News via PennLive.com

►September 1, 2009 - Tobacco Giants Challenge Law - Wall Street Journal

* ►September 1, 2009 - Police arrest 6 in India for supplying blood tainted with Hepatitis - GulfNews

►September 1, 2009 - Health official to update lawmakers on swine flu vaccine - First shipment expected in October - Evansville Courier & Press

* ►September 1, 2009 - Canadian Doctors' Association Criticizes Ottawa's Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccination Plan - All Headline News - "'Vaccines must pass a regulatory process for licensing, and Health Canada, the licensing authority, has decided to treat this virus like a new subtype rather than a variant H1N1 strain, requiring a more extensive review and a slower rollout.' The doctors said Ottawa could either review and license the vaccine and adjuvant at the same time or they could speed the vaccine review and make a slower review for the vaccine and adjuvant. Minus the adjuvant, the H1N1 vaccine could be fast tracked for high-risk groups, but there may not be sufficient shots for the general public. By having the adjuvant go through a slower review, it would take a longer time to vaccinate the general population, but more Canadians would be immunized."

* ►September 1, 2009 - Swine flu vaccine trial seeks volunteers - San Francisco Chronicle - "It's not clear how adjuvants help boost the immune response to a vaccine. Scientists think adjuvants may stimulate different parts of the immune system and make them more responsive to the antigen in a vaccine. The Stanford clinical trial, which is sponsored by the National Institutes for Health, is the first to test the swine flu vaccine in the Bay Area. Stanford will be recruiting participants for the trial during the next two weeks."

* ►September 1, 2009 - School Swine Flu Vaccines Planned to Avert Outbreak - Martha's Vineyard Gazette - "The vaccinations will be voluntary, despite some erroneous reports circulating that anyone who refuses to be vaccinated will be quarantined. Micaelah Morrill, budget and communications director for Cape and Islands Sen. Robert O’Leary, said the reports are untrue and could lead to needless confusion and discord over the vaccination issue. 'There are no mandatory vaccinations; they are entirely voluntary,' she said, adding: 'There is a provision allowing the commissioner [of the Department of Public Health] to impose a quarantine under extreme circumstances, like the outbreak of a highly infectious or deadly disease . . . but that would not apply to someone who refused a vaccination.'"

* ►September 1, 2009 - Second Chinese company wins experts' approval for A/H1N1 flu vaccine - Xinhua via China View - "The vaccine for the A/H1N1 influenza produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Hualan Biological Engineering Inc. on Tuesday passed an expert evaluation organized by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA)."

* ►September 1, 2009 - Mills: Swine flu numbers withheld at request of county - TCU Daily Skiff - "Don Mills, vice chancellor of student affairs, said that because the university is not testing everybody for H1N1, it would be misleading to release numbers."

►September 1, 2009 - No sign of Tamiflu-resistant virus here - Times of India

►September 1, 2009 - Quality Associates Introduces H1N1 Flu Vaccine Forms Processing Service for States, Municipalities and Healthcare Providers - Business Wire via Reuters

►September 1, 2009 - S.Korea Boryung shares up on Sinovac vaccine deal -  * Boryung shares up as much as 15 pct * Says final size of deal undecided * Says Sinovac can supply 10 mln doses * Sinovac says talk is "premature," denies volume - Reuters

►September 1, 2009 - How the flu pandemic looks to us at this point - Effect Measure via ScienceBlogs

►September 1, 2009 - How I see it: Prepare now for the swine flu pandemic - Culpeper Star-Exponent

►September 1, 2009 - Vaccination not required, but strongly urged - Washington Examiner

►September 2009 - Cell-specific protein phenotypes for the autoimmune locus IL2RA using a genotype-selectable human bioresource - journal article (Nature Genetics)

►September 2009 - Lowering industry firewalls: pre-competitive informatics initiatives in drug discovery - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

* ►August 31, 2009 - A Statement from Dr. Andrew Wakefield (pdf) - Thoughtful House Center for Children - "After watching NBC-TV’s Dateline special 'A Dose of Controversy,' Dr. Andrew Wakefield took issue with several critical points in the report. Although the program was the first of its kind to actively engage the mainstream on the question of vaccine safety, there were many failures in the information presented and important information was edited out. Below is a list of these items from Dr. Wakefield. Our goal is to make certain as many people as possible understand and receive the full story regarding MMR, vaccine safety, Dr. Wakefield, and Thoughtful House, and NBC failed to provide this to an audience of millions."

* ►August 31, 2009 - A Statement from Thoughtful House on the NBC Broadcast (pdf) - Thoughtful House Center for Children

* ►August 30, 2009 - AUTISM link with VACCINES - Dr. Andrew Wakefield 8-30-2009 - video - YouTube

* ►August 31, 2009 - How Thoughtful House and Drs. Wakefield, Krigsman and Jepson Helped My Son By Katie Wright - Age of Autism - "My son Christian would still be living in horrible pain if not for the wonderful doctors at Thoughtful House. After enduring 2 years of nightmarish, non-stop diarrhea and traveling all over the country meeting doctor after doctor who pronounced Christian “autistic but fine” or “he’s autistic, what do you expect?” or “he definitely isn’t autistic but we don’t know what’s wrong” Christian finally got the medical help he needed at Thoughtful House. Dr. Wakefield, Dr. Krigsman and Dr. Jepson were the ONLY physicians with the courage to address the autism/ GI disease and help kids like mine."

►August 31, 2009 - Dateline Takes on Autism and Vaccines Controversy - Living the Science

►August 31, 2009 - Autism on Dateline - Puzzle Pieces via Arizona Daily Star

* ►August 31, 2009 - From SafeMinds: How to Help Stop Two Sources of Mercury Poisoning By Scott Laster - Age of Autism

►August 31, 2009 - Patience and play are the keys to raising autistic sons - Roseville Press-Tribune

►August 31, 2009 - Nevada governors raise money for Autism treatment - KVBC.com

* ►August 31, 2009 - GPs 'exposed' over swine flu vax - A leading immunisation advisor has warned that a rushed swine flu vaccination program could damage public confidence in other vaccination programs and leave GPs open to litigation. - 6minutes.com.au

* ►August 31, 2009 - Up to Four Flu Shots May Be Needed This Year - Pandemic Flu Online

* ►August 31, 2009 - Attention Iowa! – CDC document shows Iowa Forced Quarantine Plans - Pandemic Flu Online

* ►August 31, 2009 - Don't Inject Me! Swine Flu Vaccine Song Takes Internet By Storm - video - The One Click Group

* ►August 31, 2009 - French Government Plans Mass Swine Flu Vaccination Program - Shocking internal document outlines plan to bypass medical establishments and GP’s during military-style swine flu inoculation program - PrisonPlanet.com

* ►August 31, 2009 - Flaws in Canada's swine flu vaccination plan: CMAJ - Ottawa Citizen - "A spokesperson for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq referred questions to the Public Health Agency of Canada, which e-mailed a statement to Canwest News Service dismissing the criticism from the editorial. 'Canada has a highly flexible regulatory plan on pandemic vaccine approval that can be swiftly adjusted to meet public health needs,' said the e-mail. 'Thanks to the advance regulatory planning that has been central to our plan, Health Canada will be in a position to speedily approve an adjuvanted or a non-adjuvanted pandemic vaccine as soon as one becomes available and a public health decision has been made to use one, the other, or both.' The agency also said in the e-mail that it would not take longer to approve an adjuvanted vaccine."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Stanford study hopes to reduce number of swine flu shots - San Jose Mercury News - "Stanford researchers are beginning clinical trials to determine whether vaccines for the swine flu virus, also known as H1N1, could be stretched by lowering the dosage and coupling it with a booster."

* ►August 31, 2009 - School of Public Health testing H1N1 flu vaccine - Bloomberg School of Public Health via Johns Hopkins Gazette - "The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been selected by CSL Biotherapies of Australia as the lead site to conduct tests for a vaccine against the new H1N1 influenza. The trial will vaccinate 1,300 adults from sites across the United States and is one of the largest H1N1 vaccine trials currently under way."

* ►August 31, 2009 - University of Iowa studies H1N1 vaccine on children - Quad City Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - Marshfield Clinic to require shots - WQOW.com - "Employees who cannot receive the vaccination due to allergies will be forced to wear a surgical mask while at work. The vaccines will be provided to employees free of charge."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Sinovac's H1N1 Vaccine Passes Experts Evaluation Organized by SFDA - press release - Sinovac Biotech Ltd. via PRNewswire-Asia - "Sinovac submitted the H1N1 split influenza vaccine without adjuvant for registration approval, which is applicable to all people from 3 to 60 years old. The dosage is 15ug/0.5ml/dose. Only one shot is needed for inoculation."

* ►August 31, 2009 - China's Sinovac to offer cheaper H1N1 flu shot - AFP via Channel News Asia - "Chinese drugmaker Sinovac will sell its H1N1 flu vaccine, which works after just one dose, for 30 per cent less than those developed by Western firms, its chief said in an interview published Monday. 'Our vaccine will be less expensive than those made by Western multinationals. Their price will be around 30 US dollars and we can sell ours for 30 per cent less,' Sinovac chief Weidong Yin told business daily elEconomista."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Generex Synthetic Vaccine Platform Represented At Swine Flu Conference - Trading Markets

* ►August 31, 2009 - Ohio school nurse shortage raising H1N1 concerns (includes video) - AP via WTOL.com - "Kathy Inderbitzin, an executive board member for the Ohio Association of School Nurses, says nurses can handle a mass immunization effort if it is mandated."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Lessons from Mexico for next wave of swine flu - Public awareness, rapid treatment and lots of hand-washing key in fight - AP via MSNBC

* ►August 31, 2009 - No high fives, no hugging! Swine flu-fearing Long Island schools urge kids to cut out touching - New York Daily News

* ►August 31, 2009 - IDPH Issues Statement On Internet Quarantine Rumor - KCCI Des Moines - "Department official said 'IDPH wants to make it clear that Iowa has not issued any isolation and quarantine orders for novel influenza A (H1N1), and has no plans to issue any this fall.' Officials said it is common for document templates to be prepared in case they are needed, but they said isolation and quarantine orders are 'only rarely used in very specific situations.'"

►August 31, 2009 - Iowa Flu Quarantine Rumor Untrue - KCRG.com

►August 31, 2009 - Iowa officials say no quarantine for swine flu - AP via Chicago Tribune

►August 31, 2009 - Swine flu fix: Answers to important vaccine questions - The novel H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, circling the globe has prompted the U.S. government to order 195 million doses of vaccine and prepare for a widespread vaccination campaign that would be carried out along with the already scheduled - The News Star

►August 31, 2009 - HA update on Designated Flu Clinic and admitted human swine influenza patients - Regarding the services of the eight Designated Flu Clinics (DFCs) and the confirmed human swine influenza patients admitted to public hospitals, the Hospital Authority (HA) spokesman provided the following updates today (August 30) - press release - MediaNewswire.com

►August 31, 2009 - Bangladesh reports first H1N1 flu death - Reuters

►August 31, 2009 - University of Kansas students isolated by the flu - CNN

►August 31, 2009 - Officials Urge Flu Vaccination For New School Year - WCCO.com

►August 31, 2009 - Clubs moved on as Montague Hall used as Tamiflu pick up point - Richmond and Twickenham Times, UK

►August 31, 2009 - Supplies of Tamiflu Out of Date - Almost half of Sweden's supplies of the anti-viral drug tamiflu will pass their sell- by - date in February next year. However, according to Anders Tegnell of Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare, it's still safe for doctors to prescribe them after February. - Sveriges Radio International

►August 31, 2009 - H1N1 vaccine to reach Oman in October - Zawya

* ►August 31 ,2009 - APIC Urges Healthcare Workers to Get Vaccinated Against Influenza - Infection Control Today - "APIC further recommends that healthcare facilities obtain informed statements acknowledging the risk to patients from employees who decline the vaccine for reasons other than medical. 'Employees who are not vaccinated can transmit both seasonal flu and H1N1 virus to vulnerable patients in healthcare institutions,' said Nutty. 'Current rates of healthcare worker immunizations are appallingly low and must not be tolerated. It’s time for hospitals to require flu shots – and hold employees accountable for declining the vaccine.'"

* ►August 31, 2009 - AAN collaborates with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on H1N1 vaccine safety monitoring - American Academy of Neurology via EurekAlert! - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) are requesting neurologists to report any possible new cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) following 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination using the CDC and U. S. Food and Drug Administration Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Test shows swine flu did not kill local teen - Vicksburg Post - "Wesley Husband, 35 Round Alley, died Thursday at the Street Clinic on McAuley Drive. Immediate tests ruled out bacterial meningitis, which had killed a 6-year-old Dana Road Elementary first-grader five days earlier. ... Wesley’s aunt, Mary Wyatt, said the teen was treated for a sinus drainage and given a prescription for Zyrtec, an antihistamine. He stayed home from school again Wednesday, complaining of chest pain, and Wyatt took him to The Street Clinic Thursday."

►August 31, 2009 - Doctor Offers H1N1 Prevention Tips For Pregnant Women - Expectant Women Should Get Vaccinated, Ochsner Doctor Says - WDSU.com

►August 31, 2009 - Swine flu overshadowing meningitis vaccine recommendations - Examiner.com

►August 31, 2009 - CVS, Walgreens to offer free flu shots to unemployed - Bloomberg via Newsday

►August 31, 2009 - Scottsboro Mayor Comments About Influenza Death - WHNT.com - "Dr. Berry said the school district is waiting for confirmation on the cause of death. which could take several days. 'If results come back confirming the child died from H1N1, the schools will follow instructions from health authorities including the the Centers for Disease Control,' she said."

►August 31, 2009 - Preparing for the Swine Flu - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - Europe Braces for Swine Flu's Potential - editorial (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The British and French governments received their first vaccinations last week and are awaiting regulatory approval, which could come as early as the end of September, before proceeding with inoculations. French officials was finalizing which parts of the population should receive priority vaccination."

►August 31, 2009 - Volunteers sought for vaccination clinics - Green Bay Press Gazette

* ►August 31, 2009 - Doctors Targeting New High-Risk Group For H1N1 Vaccine - KRGV.com - "Health experts know it may be tough to get healthy young adults to line up for H1N1 shots. 'It's going to be difficult, because it's not mandatory,' says Fidel Calvillo of the Cameron County Public Health Response Program."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Swine Flu Tests No Longer Mandatory - KTUL.com - "Now that swine flu is so common, the cases are only assumed to be swine because doctors are no longer specifically testing for the virus."

* ►August 31, 2009 - H1N1 (Swine) Flu Jumps to Turkeys - Janet's Veterinary Medicine Blog via About.com

* ►August 31, 2009 - Finding a Scapegoat When Epidemics Strike (requires registration) - Whose fault was the Black Death? - The New York Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - Grassley: Campaign contributions hold no sway - The Des Moines Register

* ►August 31, 2009 - New approach to the flu - Star Bulletin - "Careful not to repeat April's overblown alarm about the catastrophe possible from the spread of swine flu, federal and state officials are taking more care in assessing the future spread. More deaths are likely to occur, they say, but not much greater in number than those caused by seasonal flu."

►August 31, 2009 - H1N1 State of Confusion - Millions of kids, young adults and teachers are returning to classrooms and dorm rooms this week – prime real estate for the spread of H1N1 – and there’s still little agreement on how best to protect against the bug. - FOX News

* ►August 31, 2009 - Merck's New Singulair Warning: What a Long, Strange Trip This Might Be - BNET

* ►August 31, 2009 - H1N1, seasonal flu promise one-two punch for physicians' vaccination strategies - As doctors start preparing for the season, officials predict influenza A(H1N1) could infect half of the U.S. population. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Half of large practices net bonuses from Medicare P4P demo - Participants say they are pleased with the results, despite the payout rate. Small practices start seeing their own performance dollars. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Accountable care organizations: A new idea for managing Medicare - The goal of ACOs is to encourage physicians and hospitals to integrate care by holding them jointly responsible for Medicare quality and costs. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►August 31, 2009 - HHS to dole out $1.2 billion for health IT grants - Money would go toward setting up key infrastructure to help physicians choose and use the right EHR. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Organized medicine aims to strengthen liability provisions in reform bill - An approved amendment would encourage states to explore certain liability alternatives, but lawmakers rebuffed attempts at damage caps and other physician-backed proposals. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►August 31, 2009 - 75% of discharge summaries don't mention pending test results - Primary care physicians often are left in the dark about what tests to follow up on. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Quality-of-care concerns add to doctors' stress - Well-designed improvement initiatives may help physicians feel less isolated or dissatisfied, a Massachusetts study says. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - What editorial writers are saying about end-of-life discussions - The counseling provision in the House's health reform bill sparked controversy, particularly after 2008 GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin said it could create "death panels." - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Sliding economy leaves physicians wary about collections - An MGMA survey finds the biggest challenges for practices are covering expenses and getting paid by patients. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►August 31, 2009 - Once-influential health technology alliance set to disband - After seven years, the organization says it has accomplished what it set out to do. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Tax refund deadline looming for money-losing practices - Practices that lost money in 2008 after having previously been profitable can lessen their tax burdens through this one-time offer. - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - Tap into proper expertise and support before joining EHR "gold rush" - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - How to determine an EHR's "usability" - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Community health center funding gets boost - Most Americans still want health system reform - HHS rules require patient notification of privacy breaches - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - News in brief: Professional Issues - California liability cap withstands legal threat - 45% of U.S. hospitals ban smoking - Life expectancy continues upward trend - www.ama-assn.org

►August 31, 2009 - News in brief: Business - Congressional panels ask insurers for more information on executive pay - Dossia welcomes prominent new member - Insurance commissioners examining rescissions - HIMSS launches online clinical decision support tool - www.ama-assn.org

* ►August 31, 2009 - The management of encephalitis: clinical practice guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. - Infectious Diseases Society of America via www.guideline.gov

* ►August 31, 2009 - Feverish illness in children: assessment and initial management in children younger than 5 years. - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) via www.guideline.gov

►August 31, 2009 - Protect yourself against the swine flu with good nutrition - examiner.com

►August 31, 2009 - Guidance for Industry - Recommendations for Management of Donors at Increased Risk for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) Group O Infection - FDA

►August 31, 2009  - JFK Ailments May Have Been Linked to Rare Autoimmune Disease  - Bloomberg

* ►August 31, 2009 - Autoimmune Diseases Affect Millions - Finding Dulcinea

►August 31, 2009 - Study reveals how a common virus eludes the immune system - Cytomegalovirus shuts down antiviral defenses by destroying MHC I protein - Rockefeller University Press via EurekAlert!

►August 31, 2009 - PsychoGenics and AstraZeneca Enter Agreement to Identify New Treatments for Central Nervous System Disorders - PsychoGenics via Earth Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - Wyeth dismisses article critics (requires registration) - Financial Times

►August 31, 2009 - Novartis challenges IPAB's Glivec patent rejection in the Supreme Court - Pharmabiz.com

►August 31, 2009 - There is no single answer in Twitter - World of DTC Marketing - "This month while talking to several physicians about social media another concern was voiced. "I don't want anyone coming between me and my patient when it comes to healthcare decisions". Never mind that patients are using the Internet more for healthcare than asking physicians, when it comes to the relationship of patient-physician doctors want drug companies to "butt out".

►August 31, 2009 - Top innovations of 2009? (requires registration) - Did you work on or use a new technology that could transform the field? If so, enter it in our annual contest - The Scientist

* ►August 31, 2009 - Chickenpox killed our son: How a little boy died just three weeks after the first spots appeared - An itchy rash. A bit of a temperature. For most children, chickenpox is easy to shrug off. But this tragic story will terrify any parent. - Daily Mail, UK - "Dr Gareth Tudor-Williams, reader in paediatric infectious diseases at Imperial College, London, says: 'It is easy to be wise after the event, but if a five-year-old child with chickenpox, a history of severe eczema and a heart rate of 164 presented to hospital, I would say unequivocally that he should be admitted and given acyclovir (an anti-viral treatment for chickenpox) intravenously."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Not everyone happy work has started on new HQ at Ft. Detrick - AP via Maryland Daily Record

* ►August 31, 2009 - CDC notes importance of vaccines for all ages - OneNewsNow - "Dr. Larry Pickering says that the latest immunization survey shows that 76 percent of children in the U.S. are receiving their recommended vaccines. He adds that percentage falls short of their goal of 80 percent, but he believes 76 percent is still a good number."

►August 31, 2009 - More take up MMR vaccine - South Wales Argus

►August 31, 2009 - Health chiefs urge parents to have children vaccinated - Northwich Guardian, UK

►August 31, 2009 - Human and computer viruses are both security risks - Computerworld

►August 31, 2009 - Back to School Vaccines Available - MyFox Houston

►August 31, 2009 - Check kids' immunizations before sending them back to school. - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►August 31, 2009 - Prognosis: A New Tool Now for Healthcare Reform and the Influenza Epidemic; ‘Cell Membranes’ Tell the Story; PrognostiCheck® Detects the Severity of Any Disease - IPGDx, LLC; a Michigan medical technology development company, is now offering patients, families and physicians a ‘Biometric Scoring System’ for prognosis based upon a noninvasive diagnostic test that objectively, accurately and immediately illustrates how serious a disease condition is and if treatment is working (so it can be improved if possible). “The system is based upon the discovery that the health of cell membranes reflects the overall health of the patient and detects any disease condition before lab studies; imaging techniques and physical examination can see them”, said Michaeal Singer, President of the Company. “The information can be used to measure the benefits of treatment and determine recovery. The test electrically illustrates the cell membrane looking ‘up-stream’ in the process of physiology to a level that occurs earlier than usual tests. By providing better information sooner the results can be used by patients, families and physicians to make superior healthcare decisions in any disease condition including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disorders, hepatitis and more.” - press release - IPGDx, LLC via PRWeb

* ►August 31, 2009 - Hepatitis E more widespread in U.S. than previously suspected - Bloomberg School of Public Health via Johns Hopkins Gazette

►August 31, 2009 - Rotavirus vaccine can save millions - Daily Nation

* ►August 31, 2009 - HPV ALERT - Government Encourages Teenager Sexual Activity With HPV Vaccine - Vitals Spotlight

* ►August 31, 2009 - Killer Vaccines and Deadly Viruses on the Rampage!!! - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Blog

►August 31, 2009 - Cholera, flu outbreaks in Papua New Guinea - CBC

►August 31, 2009 - Maine investigating hepatitis A outbreak on island - AP via WGME.com

►August 31, 2009 - 28 Bangladeshis infected with anthrax - AFP via AsiaOne

►August 31, 2009 - Really? The Claim: Chamomile Can Soothe a Colicky Baby. (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - Tracking System Benefits Pakistani Infants, Doctors - A collaborative program developed to determine the effectiveness of pneumonia vaccines is helping doctors track the health of their patients by scanning NFC-based RFID tags on infants' bracelets. - RFID Journal - "RFID-enabled cell phones and ID bracelets can help doctors provide infants with better and more efficient care through the sharing of data among several dozen doctors and facilities, according to a study currently underway in Karachi, Pakistan. Thousands of infants in that city have been participating in a study of the effectiveness of pneumonia vaccinations, while their health record is being tracked by health-care workers using phones to scan passive 13.56 MHz RFID tags embedded in ID bracelets. The system, which follows children from age six weeks to 18 months, will help researchers compare the incidence of pneumonia in kids vaccinated against the disease against those who were not, in order to better understand the effectiveness of those vaccines as they are used in Pakistan."

* ►August 31, 2009 - Water Pollution: Pharma's Next Big Headache? - Reuters

* ►August 31, 2009 - Drug Industry Newsletter Assesses Senator Dodd on Health Care (requires registration) - Prescriptions Blog via The New York Times

* ►August 31, 2009 - R.J. Reynolds sues FDA over First Amendment rights - MarketWatch - "R.J. Reynolds said a new law passed by Congress contains provisions that 'severely restrict the few remaining channels we have to communicate with adult tobacco consumers.'"

* ►August 31, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 820 - Immunization Action Coalition

* ►August 31, 2009 - The World's Greatest Drug - video - Adventures in Autism

* ►August 31, 2009 - Parasites negatively affect vaccination - Vetsweb - "Scientists have found that a concurrent parasite infection significantly compromises the effectiveness of a commonly administered vaccine in pigs."

* ►August 31, 2009 - China Lead Cases Defy Rules - Lead poisoning cases in China have raised concerns about the government's ability to protect the public, advocates say. - Radio Free Asia

►August 31, 2009 - Hospira Receives FDA Approval for Six New Presentations of Heparin - Heparin Product Offering Now Among Broadest Available - press release - Hospira, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►August 31, 2009 - Europe's Ban on Old-Style Light Bulbs Begins (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Consumer advocates in Europe have cautiously welcomed the measures but they also have pointed to drawbacks for consumers — especially those who have a special sensitivity to certain kinds of light or need old-style bulbs for health reasons. 'The blanket ban could spell misery for thousands of epilepsy and anxiety sufferers who are adversely affected by energy-saving bulbs,' said Martin Callanan, a European Parliament member."

►August 31, 2009 - Lenexa poultry vaccine operation to expand - Kansas City Star

►August 31, 2009 - 12 Deadly Diseases Cured in the 20th Century - Ethiopian Review

* ►August 30, 2009 - Flu season: How many shots? - Doctors still unsure if one dose or two of vaccine will guard against H1N1 - AP via MSNBC

* ►August 30, 2009 - Wyeth responds to criticism - Financial Times - "Wyeth said objections to the group’s role in preparing academic articles on its drugs, Premarin and Prempro, were “a continuing effort to recycle arguments that have been rejected by judges and juries alike”.

* ►August 30, 2009 - Sixty percent of adults can't digest milk - USA Today

►August 30, 2009 - Forced Vaccination: A Simple Question - Blogcritics Politics

►August 30, 2009 - Area health workers urged to get vaccine - Huntington Herald-Dispatch

►August 30, 2009 - Hartsfield clinic to add kiosks for flu shots - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - "The medical clinic at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to open seven kiosks offering seasonal flu shots starting Sept. 15."

►August 30, 2009 - CDC Considering Mandatory Circumcision for Baby Boys to Stop Spread of HIV - InjuryBoard.com

►August 29, 2009 - Swine flu hits area schools - Officials give advice on limiting contact - The Rem

* ►August 28, 2009 - Vaccine Creators Refuse to Take H1N1 Vaccine - video - Russia Today via Atomic News Review

►August 28, 2009 - 2009 H1N1 Flu: International Situation Update - CDC

►August 28, 2009 - Topic Areas For CDC H1N1 Public Health Emergency Response Projects - CDC

►August 27, 2009 - Mercury in fish - Hold the sushi - A pollution trail from the streams to the ocean - The Economist

* ►August 27, 2009 - Vaccine Creators Refuse to Take H1N1 Vaccine (video) - Journalist Wayne Madsen tells Russia today scientists involved in creating previous vaccinations are telling family and friends not to take the H1N1 vaccine. Madsen also warns that the government may make the vaccination mandatory. - Atomic News Review

* ►August 23, 2009 - Lyme cases spike 77% from 2006 to 2008 - Under Our Skin Blog

►August 22, 2009 - Cats and dogs and the risk of atopy in childhood and adulthood. - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►August 21, 2009 - Serological and clinical characteristics of children with peanut sensitization in an Asian community. - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

* ►August 21, 2009 - Management of cow's milk protein allergy in infants and young children: An expert panel perspective. - journal article (Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health)

►August 21, 2009 - "School Bus Express" Immunization Program Begins - City of Newark

►August 21, 2009 - Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines - journal article (Toxicology)

* ►August 20, 2009 - Acetaminophen Use and the Risk of Asthma in Children and Adults: A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis. - journal article (Chest) - "There was an increase in the risk of asthma and wheezing with prenatal use of acetaminophen by mothers (1.28 [95% CI, 1.16-41], 1.50 [95% CI, 1.10-2.05] respectively). Conclusions The results of our review are consistent with an increase in the risk of asthma and wheezing in both children and adults exposed to acetaminophen. Future studies are needed to confirm these results."

►August 19, 2009 -  The Gambia Introduces Vaccine Against World’s Leading Vaccine-Preventable Child Killer - Introduction of Vaccine Against Pneumococcal Disease Promises to Help Significantly Reduce Child Mortality in the Gambia - press release - GMMB and Wyeth via Business Wire

►August 18, 2009 - Popular herbicide more deadly to liver cells than its active chemical alone. - Environmental Health News

►August 2009 - Death, delimited (requires registration) - How to protect animals in the wild from naturally occurring anthrax outbreaks? - The Scientist

►August 2009 - Epigenetic suicide note (requires registration) - Epigenetic patterns in this brain could reveal suicidal tendencies. - The Scientist


►2009 - Anti-IgE therapy in persistent allergic asthma - journal article (Przeglad Lekarski)


* HHS 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Development Activities - Medicalcountermeasures.gov - "Orders for Bulk Supply of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Antigen and Adjuvant: May 22, 2009"

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