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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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I welcome the opportunity to continue as before by receiving the necessary funding, so am giving everyone enough of heads up to possibly come up with it.  Costs, including legal and technical fees, are about $20,000/year, most of which I have been covering for many years.

All the best,

Sandy Gottstein

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All the News November 11-20, 2003

Posted November 20, 2003:


November 18, 2003 - Smallpox selected for genetic mutation that today confers resistance to HIV - UC Berkeley News


November 18, 2003 - WHO denies it missed chances to contain SARS - Toronoto Star

November 18, 2003 - Sweeping flu strain not targeted by annual shot - The Globe and Mail

November 19, 2003 - Bacteria linked to colon cancer - The Scientist


November 20, 2003 - SARS Death Rate Doubles In Polluted Cities -


November 20, 2003 - Officials monitor flu outbreaks to study possible genetic shift - Amarillo-Globe News


November 20, 2003 - Test May Predict Adverse Reaction to Smallpox Vaccinations -


November 19, 2003 - Ebola Vaccine Addresses Terrorism Threat -

November 20, 2003 - Ebola 'suspect list' drawn up as outbreak hits - The New Scientist

November 22, 2003 - Uganda to launch door to door anonymous testing for HIV -  journal article (BMJ)


November 22, 2003 - Manager at baby food company is under investigation for manslaughter -  journal article (BMJ)


November 22, 2003 - Malaria researchers say global fund is buying "useless drug" -  journal article (BMJ)


November 22, 2003 - Celecoxib, rofecoxib, and acute temporary visual impairment -  journal article (BMJ)


November 22, 2003 - Joining the DoTS: new approach to classifying adverse drug reactions -  journal article (BMJ)


November 22, 2003 - Effect of breast feeding in infancy on blood pressure in later life: systematic review and meta-analysis -  journal article (BMJ)


November 19, 2003 - South Africa OKs Plan for AIDS Drugs - AP via Yahoo!


November 20, 2003 - Temporal Lobe, Autism, and Macrocephaly  - journal article


November 20, 2003 - Childhood Obesity: Do Parents Recognize This Health Risk?  - journal article

November 20, 2003 - A cost of disease resistance: paradigm or peculiarity? - BioMedNet (requires registration)

October 29, 2003 - Diet and exercise show immediate changes in biomarkers for cancer risk - BioMedNet (requires registration)

November 19, 2003 - Cure Autism Now Announces Partnership With National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at Autism Summit Conference - CAN Press Release via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

November 19, 2003 - Autism center in Denver closes for lack of funds - Families hard-pressed to find low-cost therapy replacement

November 20, 2003 - Public, private effort will study autism - AP via

November 19, 2003 - Slow FluMist sales give chills to maker - MedImmune reduces outlook for quarter, year -

November 19, 2003 - Bill could require drug firms to test for children's dosages - AP via Houston Chronicle

November 19, 2003 - Clean Kids=Asthma? - WLNS Newscenter 6 - "It's been said "cleanliness is next to godliness," but it could also be giving kids asthma. There's a popular theory that eating a pound of dirt can strengthen a child's immune system. Now, some researchers say the hygiene hypothesis may be a clue to the recent rise in asthma."

November 19, 2003 - New strain of flu arrives - early - Portsmouth Herald - "'It’s not a pandemic, but the early information we’re getting from Europe and this country suggests there’s a need to be concerned,' Gerberding said in a press release."

November 19, 2003 - Not yet too late for flu vaccine - The Modesto Bee

November 19, 2003 - Remarks of U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. Before the National Summit on Autism - Press Release -

November 20, 2003 - Hopes fade for Aids vaccine - The Guardian, UK

November 19, 2003 - Tests Link Pa. Hepatitis Outbreak - AP via

November 19, 2003 - Flu vaccinations may not protect against new strain - The Michigan Daily

November 19, 2003 - 530 hepatitis cases linked to Pennsylvania Chi-Chi's - AP via

November 19, 2003 - Medic's death may have been caused by vaccinations, Pentagon says - AP via

November 20, 2003 - More Ontario hospitals report lapses in disinfecting instruments - Globe and Mail

November 20, 2003 - Schafer Autism Report

November 18, 2003 - USP releases fourth annual report on medication errors in U.S. hospitals - More than one-third of hospital medication errors that reach the patient involve seniors -

November 19, 2003 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in children: epidemiology, presentation and management - journal article

November 19, 2003 - Effect of Expanded Newborn Screening for Biochemical Genetic Disorders on Child Outcomes and Parental Stress - journal article (JAMA)

November 19, 2003 - High Incidence of Haemophilus influenzae Type b Infection in Children in Pacific Island Countries - journal article

November 19, 2003 - Families Raise Concern Over Mercury In Vaccines - Debate Continues Over Past Use Of Thimerosal - Emmy nominated (regional) investigative report - WRAL - TV (aired 2002)

November 20, 2003 - Valley taking the lead in autism research - The Arizona Republic

Fighting Autism - website

November 19, 2003 - Witnesses claim IBM feared chemical scare would cause 'mass hysteria' among workers - EE Times - "To prevent problems at the plant, each testified that they were directed by IBM managers to "contain" worker complaints of ailments that could have been related to overexposure to chemicals."

November 17, 2003 - FDA advisory committee member on silicone gel breast implants may have major conflict of interest  - Public Citizen

Influenza Vaccine - by Kris Gaublomme, MD - VRAN - "The most intriguing deception of the public, however, is the suggestion that the patient who gets an influenza-vaccination will not get the flu."

November 19, 2003 - CDC Director Denies Existence of U.S. Smallpox Immunization Program - Global Security Newswire - "In a sharp departure from previous public comments by senior U.S. officials, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the United States never launched a smallpox vaccination program this year, but instead worked toward an overall preparedness campaign (see GSN, Oct. 28)."

Comment: No comment....

November 19, 2003 - US government teams with advocates against autism - Reuters - "The researchers also hinted that the new research may counter what they consider to be misleading ideas about autism, including fears that vaccines could cause the disorder."

November 19, 2003 - Natural Health Newsletter - Question of the Day - "Dr. Neustaedter: Might I respectfully suggest that you rewrite your article on whooping cough to encourage parents who choose not to vaccinate their children at least TELL others that fact - so that others can make informed judgments as to whether they want to expose their children to the increased risk of playing with unvaccinated children."

November 19, 2003 - Science Gives Hope To Families Facing Autism - Santa Monica Mirror

November 19, 2003 - Elimination of Acute Hepatitis B Among Adolescents After One Decade of an Immunization Program Targeting Grade 6 Students - journal article - "Conclusions: Acute HB has been eliminated in the immunized adolescent cohort. A higher carrier rate in urban regions most likely explains the apparent difference in program effectiveness between urban and rural regions."

For a different take on the alleged need for hepatitis B vaccination among adolescents and adults, go to Scandals: The CDC and “The New Math”, where 1 + 1  does not equal 2

November 19, 2003 - Soldier's Death Tied to Vaccines / Experimental Ebola vaccine attracts no volunteers - AHRP

Vaccine - List of Issues

November 19, 2003 - The role of pharmacists in the delivery of influenza vaccinations - journal article (Vaccine)

November 19, 2003 - Immunologic studies of specific mucosal and systemic immune responses in Mexican school children after booster aerosol or subcutaneous immunization with measles vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

U.S. Autism Clock - Fighting Autism

November 18, 2003 - Merck Launches Network to Improve Immunization Programs in Africa -

November 18, 2003 - Gates Foundation Gives $10 Million to UN Fight Against Deadly Maternal Tetanus - UN News Centre via Global Health Council

November 18, 2003 - Chickenpox Vaccine Okay for Nursing Mothers - Reuters Health via Medline - "The virus that is used in the chickenpox vaccine doesn't seem to enter a mother's breast milk or pass to feeding infants, new research shows. This means that nursing mothers who are susceptible to chickenpox do not need to wait to get the vaccine...Although chickenpox is often thought of as a childhood illness, adults can get it too and usually it is much more serious than in kids."

Comment:  But doesn't the vaccine make people more likely to get chickenpox as adults?

For other perspectives on the chickenpox vaccine go to: Rise in Shingles Cases Linked To Universal Chickenpox Vaccine Program by Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D. via Online Vaccines Conference at and Scandals: When is an oops not really an oops?  When you get to solve the problems you cause, and make money doing both!

November 14, 2003 - CDC Releases First State of CDC Report - CDC

November 18, 2003 - EAC launched new foundation to fight pneumonia -

November 18, 2003 - State opens first botulism lab - Anchorage Daily News via The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

November 18, 2003 - Early flu outbreaks have CDC worried - Abilene Reporter News - "But doctors are worried this year’s flu season could be brutal. Not only were the outbreaks early in Texas and Colorado, they involved a strain of influenza not targeted by the vaccine...Gerberding said the vaccine should still protect most people, because the strains are very similar. The changing flu strain is called a 'drift.'...'In the past, this has happened. It’s a very common thing,' she said. 'Whatever the drift is, the vaccine will still provide some cross-protection, so we’re optimistic that will be the case this year, but of course we’ll be watching it very carefully.'"

November 19, 2003 - MedImmune Says FluMist Sales Are Far Short of Target - Md. Firm Cites High Cost, Safety Concerns - The Washington Post

November 18, 2003 - Instant Screening of Newborns Urged - AP via The Washington Post

November 18, 2003 - Walgreen to Settle Prescription Lawsuit - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

November 18, 2003 - Med students work on bedside manner - Star Telegram

November 18, 2003 - Univ. of Ill. Settles Transplant Claims - Univ. of Ill. at Chicago Pays More Than $2.3 Million to Settle Live Transplant Fraud Claims - AP via ABC News

November 18, 2003 - Flu season is off to a nasty start - The Washington Post via The Seattle Times

November 19, 2003 - Cases of West Nile Virus in Horses Drop - AP via - "Cases of West Nile virus in horses have dropped off sharply across the country, and experts say a campaign of vaccinations is one reason why."

Comment:  Until and unless properly designed studies comparing vaccinated to never vaccinated horses are conducted, it will be impossible to know for sure what, if anything, is responsible for this apparent decline in West Nile Virus incidence.

November 19, 2003 - Brain Cancer Research Moves Forward - Ivanhoe - "For 18 years, Keith Black, M.D., from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has been searching for an effective treatment for brain cancer. While his research moves forward, he’s helping patients live longer along the way...His latest research involves an effective brain tumor vaccine."

November 18, 2003 - Poliomyelitis: Childhood Killer Disease On the Prowl Again - This Day via

November 19, 2003 - Hospital blasted for mishandling of biopsy tool - The Ottawa Citizen; With files from National Post via

November 18, 2003 - Polio: North Won't Succumb to EU/WHO's Pressure, Says Shekarau - This Day via

November 18, 2003 - Anonymous donor gives $30 million to San Diego's Salk Institute - AP via

November 17, 2003 - First Human Tests of Hepatitis C Vaccine Begin - Researchers optimistic, but know there are many - HealthDay Reporter via USA Today

November 18, 2003 - Medical Laboratory Tests Find Polio Vaccines Safe - IRIN via


November 19, 2003 - Penn. hepatitis outbreak linked by tests to cases where onions are suspect - Canadian Press via

November 19, 2003 - Schafer Autism Report

November 18, 2003 - U.S. Soldier's Death Is Tied To Vaccines - The Washington Post

November 19, 2003 - Message To Those Attending The Conference On Autism - from Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.

November 19, 2003 - Nasal Spray Mishaps - The New York Times- "It sounds like a marketer's dream - a flu vaccine that is given through a spray in the nose rather than an often painful shot in the arm. But attempts to sell such a vaccine this flu season have turned into a nightmare."

November 19, 2003 - Test of an Experimental Ebola Vaccine Begins - The New York Times


Posted November 19, 2003:


November 19, 2003 - Mainstream Medicine Is Getting Very Weird.  The Latest "Polypill" Episode Is Way Over The Top - Simply Wacko - Editorial by Nicholas Regush,


November 19, 2003 - Soldier's death tied to vaccines - But panels' conclusion not factored into probe of pneumonia cases -

November 19, 2003 - Soldier's Death May Be Related to Vaccines - The New York Times - "A 22-year-old Army reservist who died in April may have succumbed to a combination of vaccinations, including those for smallpox and anthrax, the Pentagon said yesterday...But an Army medical expert, calling the death "a rare and tragic case," said the military's vaccination policies would not be changed."


Comment:  In The Scientist's November 17, 2003 editorial "Vaccination Undermined", Vaccination News is unfairly and inaccurately listed as a "virulently anti-vaccination" website.  Click here to read the recently posted "mission statement" of this website, parts of which were adapted from my February 2002 speech.


Posted November 18, 2003:

November 17, 2003 - Human tests for hepatitis vaccine - A vaccine to prevent infection by the virus that causes the liver disease hepatitis C is to be tested on humans. - BBC

November 18, 2003 - Ky. Sees Drop in West Nile Virus Cases - AP via The Herald-Sun

November 17, 2003 - Study: Skin cancer linked to other cancers - AP via CNN - "Women with common, usually nonfatal forms of skin cancer face double the risk of having unrelated cancers, according to a large study, suggesting that the initial diagnosis may be more worrisome than previously thought."

November 18, 2003 - Vaccine different than flu strain - AP via Knox News

November 18, 2003 - Nigerian vaccine tests refute contamination claim - The New Scientist

November 17, 2003 - MedImmune Provides Update on FluMist(TM) Launch and Revises Guidance for 2003 Fourth Quarter and Full Year - Medimmune, Inc. - "MedImmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDI) announced today that due to lower than expected product demand for FluMist (Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal) in the product's inaugural season, the company has reduced its 2003 fourth quarter and full- year revenue and earnings expectations. Other than FluMist, the components of MedImmune's business remain strong and on track."

November 19, 2003 - Government Develops Strategy to Fight Autism - The New York Times - "Propelled by the skyrocketing number of diagnoses of the perplexing brain disorder autism in children, federal officials have for the first time mapped out a long-term, interagency plan to deal with the problem...Nobody knows the cause of the surge, although epidemiologists suspect it is largely a result of refined diagnosis and public awareness."

November 14, 2003 - Juvenile diabetes cured in lab mice -

November 17, 2003 - Mom's Infections Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk in Child - Reuters via Yahoo! - "Among girls at increased risk of type1 diabetes, those whose mothers had colds or certain other infections during pregnancy might be less likely to develop diabetes, new study findings suggest."

November 18, 2003 - Study finds increase in medication errors at U.S. hospitals - Hospitals continue to make a large number of medication errors despite efforts to cut down on those mistakes, according to a study of several hundred hospitals. - Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

November 17, 2003 - Technology used in autism study - UCF center tries to reduce amount of job supervision people with disabilities need - Tallahassee Democrat

November 18, 2003 - Early flu outbreaks have CDC worried - AP via Abilene Reporter-News

November 18, 2003 - Large Breast Cancer Tumors Rise in '90s - Study Finds Unexpected Increase of Large Tumors in Women With Breast Cancer During '90s - AP via ABC News via - "Was Hormone Replacement Therapy A Factor?"

November 17, 2003 - Polio could be wiped out in a year if governments marshalled political will - UN -

November 17, 2003 - Drug Abuse And HIV/AIDs: Any Link? - It has been emphasised several times that a nexus exists between drug abuse and high risk behaviour that predisposes people to HIV/AIDS. This formed the theme of a three-day gathering of media practitioners and drug control experts in Lagos recently. Godwin Haruna was there - This Day -

November 17, 2003 - Nigerian Tests Show Polio Vaccines Do Not Contain Harmful Hormones - AP via Yahoo!

November 15, 2003 - Consumers Advised That Recent Hepatitis A Outbreaks Have Been Associated With Green Onions - FDA Talk Paper

November 16, 2003 - Hepatitis probe following pattern - Less serious outbreaks in Knoxville and Atlanta show the way for Beaver County investigators - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 17, 2003 - Rotaract promotes Polio awareness - Yale Daily News

November 18, 2003 - Ontario orders investigation into unsterile hospital equipment - Globe and Mail

November 18, 2003 - Not all instruments sterilized, MD says - Medicine's highest level of disinfection primarily used for surgical devices - Globe and Mail


November 18, 2003 - U.S. Starts Trial of Ebola Vaccine - Reuters via ABC News


December 24, 2001 - Court's decision brings attention to shaken-baby syndrome - North County Times


November 18, 2003 - Hepatitis B DNA vaccine induces protective antibody responses in human non-responders to conventional vaccination. - journal article

September/October - The Eyes and Mental Illness - Psychology Today - "According to a popular, if cliched, adage, the eyes are the window to the soul. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe the eyes may also help diagnose mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and autism."


Veterinary Topics: Consequence of an injection - Serum hepatitis is a possible sequel to the administration of tetanus antitoxin - Thoroughbred Times Today


November 18, 2003 - Produce Items Are Vulnerable to Biological Contamination - The New York Times


November 17, 2003 - Hepatitis Inquiry Moves Deliberately From Farm to Plate - The New York Times


November 18, 2003 - Your Doctor's Drug Problem - Editorial, The New York Times - "The rising costs of pre scription drugs are driving the current debate about Medicare reform. Yet Republicans and Democrats alike may be unaware of a primary reason for this inflation: doctors are taught about drugs by agents of the pharmaceutical industry, which works hard to persuade them to select the newest and most expensive medications — even in the absence of scientific evidence that they are any better than older, less costly ones."


November 17, 2003 - Catholic school program here a model for special education nationwide - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


November 18, 2003 - Schafer Autism Report


November 18, 2003 - Flu Vaccine Faces Unexpected Strain - The New York Times - "he influenza vaccine now being given was not developed to protect against a strain of the virus that has surfaced in this country this fall, but the government is optimistic that this year's vaccine will stave off outbreaks, a top federal health official said yesterday."


November 17, 2003 - Vaccine Concerns - The seizures began shortly after getting a vaccine when he was only four months old. Now an 8-year-old Bristol boy is undergoing treatment with some promising results. - WTNH Channel 8 News


Treating the Biology of Autism: an approach to interventions for spectrum disorders (pdf) - presented by the Autism Society of America, Oakland County Chapter - conference alert - April 3-4, 2004 - Pontiac, Michigan


November 18, 2003 - The Autism Summit Conference: Developing a National Agenda (pdf) - NIH - November 19-20, 2003 - AGENDA


November 17, 2003 - Keep Your Brain From Going to Pot  - Wired - "The active chemical in marijuana can do more for your head than give you a high -- it could protect your brain in emergency situations."

November 17, 2003 - Arsenic taints many private Maine wells that go untested -

November 18, 2003 - Special Report: Part Five Of “The History Of Herbal Medicine In North America”  -

November 17, 2003 - South Asian grandmothers' influence on breast feeding in Bristol - journal article

November 17, 2003 - Levels of Excess Infant Deaths Attributable to Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy in the United States - journal article (requires subscription)

November 15, 2003 - Angola Next on Africa's AIDS Hitlist? - Reuters via Yahoo!

November 17, 2003 - Cytokines as Mediators for or Effectors against Rotavirus Disease in Children - journal article


November 17, 2003 - Media Advisory - Autism on the Rise-Agencies Convene to Attest to this Disturbing Trend - 

November 17, 2003 - CDC Says Flu Season Is Going Strong in Parts of U.S., Vaccine Doesn't Match Strain Doctors See - AP via ABC News


A Canadian National Survey of Attitudes and Knowledge Regarding Preventive Vaccines - journal article


November 17, 2003 - West Nile rife in Mexico - Horse sense hints some South American virus did not cross US border. - Nature

November 15, 2003 - Second Strain of Flu Detected in Past Week - The Irish Times (requires subscription)

November 16, 2003 - Study uses mobile technology to try to connect with autistic - The Ledger


November 17, 2003 - From boomer to blooming in old age -


November 16, 2003 - Flu shots: Taking sting out of myths - Los Angeles Times via The Seattle Times


November 18, 2003 - West Nile numbers drop among horses - AP via Lincoln Journal Star


November 17, 2003 - New Investigational Vaccine To Prevent Hepatitis C Tested For First Time In Humans -


November 16, 2003 - Take care when disposing of needles  - Ventura County Star


May 1, 2003 - Shaken baby syndrome is shown to be a myth - The Scotsman


November 16, 2003 - Pennsylvania authorities expect more hepatitis A - AP via

November 18, 2003 - Original source of hepatitis A carrier tough to pin down - AP via


November 17, 2003 - SARS still keeping health workers off the job - One year later, stress is taking its toll - 'These people aren't coming back' - Toronto Star


November 16, 2003 - Doctors fear devastating diabetes epidemic - The Tennessean


November 17, 2003 - Drug firm accused of cheating state - Said to scam millions; Medco denies charges - The Boston Globe - "State prosecutors are investigating whistle-blowers' allegations that the company that managed prescription drug benefits for nearly 200,000 state employees and dependents cheated the state out of millions of dollars and put patients' health at risk."


November 16, 2003 - New infection emerges from immunization - New York's list of communicable diseases continues to grow, as new infections find ways to thwart human immune systems and public health experts hone their methods of identifying and tracking dangerous illnesses. - Troy Record


Posted November 17, 2003:

November 17, 2003 - Proposed state plan would hit parents hard - Gloucester County Times via

November 17, 2003 - Service dog helps 4-year-old autistic child - The Herald Standard

November 17, 2003 - The Impact of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Pneumococcal Diseases: Keeping the Emerging Picture in Focus - A supplement to ePediatric News

November 17, 2003 - Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Headlines - A supplement to ePediatric News

November 17, 2003 - Schafer Autism Report

November 17, 2003 - CDC: Flu Season Is Going Strong in U.S. - AP via The New York Times

November 17, 2003 - Community Is Reeling From Hepatitis Outbreak - The New York Times

November 12, 2003 - Glossy brochures, sales reps bombard heart meeting - Forbes

November 17, 2003 - The History of Herbal Medicine in North America (Part 4) -

October 1996 - The Clinical Impact of Adverse Event Reporting - MedWatch: The FDA Medical Products Reporting Program - "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s monitoring of the continued safety of marketed medical products depends greatly upon reporting of adverse events by health professionals. An understanding of how FDA uses this information, and of the limitations/strengths of the national postmarketing surveillance system, underscores the importance of this professional responsibility to the public health."

September-October 2000 - Make No Mistake: Medical Errors Can Be Deadly Serious - FDA Consumer Magazine

Autism NetVerse - A CALL FOR POETS & ARTISTS - “A Literary Journey for the Autistic Mind” – presented by John Hopkins University & Vandna Jerath in collaboration with Autism Arts

October 17, 2002 - M.I.N.D. Institute Study Confirms Autism Increase - Press Release

October 17, 2002 - Epidemiology Report of Autism in California - M.I.N.D. Institute - complete report


November 17, 2003 - Polio vaccine may spawn disease - Study highlights need for polio eradication exit plan. - Nature


November 17, 2003 - Pet Threat - Getting an annual rabies shot for our pet is something most of us don't give a second thought. Patrick Fraser investigates whether something that is supposed to help our dogs and cats is really a Pet Threat. -WSVN-TV Miami


Autism Summit Conference - NIH - November 19-20, 2003 - live webcast alert - at


Posted November 16, 2003:


November 17, 2003 - British health care dips in global ranking - A new study ranks it 18th among 19 developed countries, down from 10th in an earlier WHO report - The Straits Times


November 15, 2003 - U.S. Advises Hepatitis A Precautions Amid Probe - Reuters - "Consumers should fully cook green onions as a precaution against hepatitis A, U.S. health officials said on Saturday as they probed the cause of an outbreak that has struck more than 500 people in Pennsylvania."

November 15, 2003 - A new whooping cough vaccine is coming for adults - Abilene Reporter-News


November 14, 2003 - CDC director: Child vaccinations needed - UPI via


November 16, 2003 - Some S. Florida pediatricians stop flu vaccinations despite CDC's advice - - "Exactly opposite of a national trend, some pediatricians in South Florida have stopped giving flu shots to children, partly because they say insurers don't pay enough."

November 15, 2003 - Most Hepatitis B patients do not monitor disease - NUH survey  -

November 15, 2003 - Whooping cough makes a comeback in Oregon - AP via Seattle PI


November 13, 2003 - Epstein-Barr virus contributes to Burkitt's lymphoma - Finding points way to targeted treatment with fewer side effects - - "There are two ways to prevent tumor viruses from doing damage, according to Bill Sugden, PhD, professor of oncology at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. One is to develop a vaccine that triggers immune responses that neutralize the virus; the other is to cripple viral gene products that maintain cells as tumors."

November 15, 2003 - I'm not the hero, says Aids vaccine priest -

November 15, 2003 - Pa. outbreak raises privacy issue - Ohio officials say they would have ID’d suspected source -

November 16, 2003 - Researchers develop synthetic vaccine against pneumonia, meningitis - AFP via

November 15, 2003 - Fear, rumors follow outbreak of hepatitis in Pennsylvania - Chicago Sun-Times

November 16, 2003 - The Scientist's Junk Science On Vaccines - The journal’s editor, Richard Gallagher, undermines scientific discussion by writing a silly, belching editorial that might as well be an ad for the vaccine industry. - by Nicholas Regush,

November 16, 2003 - Open letter to Mr. Gallagher of The Scientist - Editor/webmaster


Comment: And what about the ultimate "logical fallacy": that although something (i.e., a vaccine-associated reaction) is temporally related to one or more vaccines, it must be just a coincidence....?


Fluzone® Package Insert-  2003-2004 Formula (pdf) -


M.I.N.D. Institute Vaccine-Autism RFP - U.C. Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute - "This award supports studies that examine potential relationships between vaccines and vaccine products and the etiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and address the core issue of whether childhood vaccinations may cause autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders...The M.I.N.D. Institute Research Program is avidly investigating potential links between vaccines and autism."


November 16, 2003 - Feds to launch $10 million investigation of cell phones, wireless technologies -


November 16, 2003 - 500 Sickened in Outbreak of Hepatitis Tied to Food - The New York Times - "Three people infected with the virus have died, and thousands have lined up for inoculations since the outbreak was reported in early November among people who ate at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant."


Comment: According to the textbook Vaccines, Hepatitis A usually results in complete recovery.  What has happened to make the disease so deadly in this outbreak?


November 17, 2003 - Vaccination Undermined - Editorial, The Scientist


November 17, 2003 - Frontlines | Smallpox Vaccination Plan Is 'Kaput'--Or Is It? - The Scientist


November 16, 2003 - How doctors turned Julie into a twitching, bloated wreck - Telegraph, UK - "Julie Eldred used to have a good job, a long-term boyfriend and her own home. That was 17 years ago. Since then she has been reduced to a twitching, bloated, semi-catatonic wreck by prescription drugs, which numerous experts now say she should never have been given...What Julie, now 43, actually has is Asperger's syndrome, a relatively mild form of autism that in her case was so slight that she was able to live the first 26 years of her life with few problems."


Posted November 15, 2003:

November 13, 2003 - Rural HIV-AIDS Discrimination Examined - AP via The Herald-Sun

November 15, 2003 - Chinese Worry About Another SARS Outbreak - AP via The Herald-Sun

November 15, 2003 - SARS expert warns of outbreak next year - The Globe and Mail

November 14, 2003 - Officials Confirm Ebola Outbreak in Congo - AP via Newsday

November 14, 2003 - Ebola treatments in sight - Science Magazine via

November 13, 2003 - Raccoon Rabies Claims First Life in U.S. - Experts can only speculate as to how a 25-year-old Virginia man became infected; his death is the first documented in the country, health officials say. - HealthDay via

November 14, 2003 - HHS Launches New Campaign To Curb Growing Diabetes Epidemic In Hispanics - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via

November 14, 2003 - Japan To Ban T-Bone Steaks, Bouillon Cubes For Fear Of Mad Cow - AP via

November 15, 2003 - MMR Research Doctor Gives Talk In Home City - The Bath Chronicle - "The Government and the World Health Organisation have rubbished his claims but Dr Wakefield is continuing to garner support from around the world for his research...Working on behalf of the charity, Visceral, in Fountain Buildings, he has pledged to continue his work until he uncovers the truth."

November 16, 2003 - Researchers develop synthetic vaccine against pneumonia, meningitis -

November 14, 2003 - Diabetes cases could double in next 30 years: WHO - TheStraitsTimes

November 14, 2003 - Autism Summit Conference - NIH - conference alert - "A national conference focusing on the Federal government's role in biomedical autism research, early screening and diagnosis, and improving access to autism services will be held November 19-20, 2003, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The summit will provide a public forum to disseminate, evaluate, and integrate the latest science-based autism information among Federal, academic, and community participants."

November 13, 2003 - Plague of HBV Discrimination -

November 14, 2003 - Investigation broadens in nation's largest hepatitis A outbreak - AP via

November 15, 2003 - Thoroughly wash all produce, say health officials - The Herald-Leader via

November 15, 2003 - Pill seeker - The Guardian, UK - "Selling amphetamines to children is a career that normally ends in jail. But not for Matthew Emmens, the chief executive of Shire Pharmaceuticals, the UK's third largest drug company."

November 14, 2003 - CCCUA requests proof of students' inoculations - Texarkana Gazette

November 14, 2003 - Virus synthesised in a fortnight - NewScientist - "Genome maverick Craig Venter has taken a significant step towards his ambitious goal of building a living organism from scratch...But the method equally makes it much simpler to manufacture a deadly virus for use as a bioweapon. The simple precursors needed would be impossible for governments to keep out of the hands of would-be biowarriors."

September 9, 2003 - Anti-smoking vaccine? A new anti-addiction vaccine could be the answer for smokers who lack the willpower to quit, according to scientists. -

November 13, 2003 - Nigerian Panel To Rule On Polio Vaccine Safety Next Week - AFP via key surf

November 13, 2003 - Polio drive relaunch in Nigeria - The World Health Organisation says it will re-launch a campaign to eradicate polio from Nigeria early next year. - BBC

November 15, 2003 - Family, Contacts Of Meningitis Victim Get Treatment - The Tampa Tribune

November 15, 2003 - Three dead, 500 sick in hepatitis A scare - Outbreak at restaurant is worst in U.S. history - Tallahassee Democrat

November 15, 2003 - Calgary hospitals hit by potent flu strain - Health officials say several factors could combine to make this one of the worst Canadian flu seasons in recent memory

November 15, 2003 - Low take-up threatens winter flu jabs push - This Is Bournemouth

Immunization and Infectious Diseases - Healthy People 2010 - Lead agency, the CDC

November 15, 2003 - Increase in whooping cough dismays health officials - As cases double in Oregon this year, parents are urged to vaccinate babies at 2 months - The Oregonian

November 15, 2003 - Deadly Pa. Hepatitis Outbreak Spurs Panic - Nation's Biggest Known Outbreak of Hepatitis Kills 3, Causes Panic in Greater Pittsburgh Area - AP via ABC News - "The nation's biggest known outbreak of hepatitis A is causing such a panic that people are lining up by the thousands for antibody shots and no longer eating out." - According to the textbook Vaccines, Hepatitis A usually results in complete recovery.  What has happened to make the disease so deadly in this outbreak?

November 15, 2003 - More than you need to know? - These days, we are screened for a whole raft of diseases, from cervical and prostate cancers to heart defects. We're told such tests save lives. But just how effective are they? Jerome Burne investigates - The Guardian, UK

November 14, 2003 - Environment Plays Role in Bowel Problems - Reuters Health - "Changing environmental factors seem to play a role in the development of two serious bowel problems--ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, new research suggests."

November 15, 2003 - Retrospective analysis of evidence base for tests used in diagnosis and monitoring of disease in respiratory medicine - BMJ - "Few, if any, diagnostic tests give unambiguous results. To deal with this we are advised to combine clinical impressions of pretest probability with test results to derive a post-test probability of disease.10 This requires that the test be assigned a weighting, expressed formally as a likelihood ratio—that is, calculated from the results of scientific studies of the test's performance. Standards for research of diagnostic tests have been published,7 and when these standards are not met studies have been shown to overestimate the value of tests.11 Many of the trials of diagnostic tests that are available fall short of these standards. "


November 14, 2003 - Failure of AidsVax not affect current trial: Thai health official -


November 15, 2003 - Is the FDA Really Protecting Us? Nope...Opinion by IAHF President John Hammell - Millions of Health Freedom Fighters Newsletter


December 4, 2002 - Investigators Find Repeated Deception in Ads for Drugs - The New York Times (requires fee)


November 27, 2002 - Mark Shields: The business lobby's campaign against McCain - CNN - "After pharmaceutical companies had put more than $30 million into congressional campaigns to elect their friends, the drug chiefs want and expect a friendly Republican-run Congress to kill any profit-threatening price controls on prescription drugs or any liberal scheme to allow citizens to buy cheaper, generic versions of expensive brand-name medicines...The Republican House promptly showed its gratitude by secretly inserting provisions in the anti-terrorism Homeland Security Bill to allow Eli Lilly to escape liability for any childhood autism linked to its smallpox vaccine and to allow American companies that move their legal address offshore just to avoid paying U.S. taxes to win federal contracts paid for by American taxpayers." - To go to Senator John McCain's Straight Talk America, click here.


May 8, 2003 - Summary of “The Science of Vaccines: Leading the Way in Disease Prevention and Biodefense - This program for journalists was sponsored by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) and Research!America. Biogen, Inc. and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center provided additional support. -


November 9, 2003 - Chipping away at your privacy - RFID chips could make your daily life easier, but they also could let anyone with a scanning device know what kind of underwear you have on and how much money is in your wallet - The Chicago Sun-Times


November 15, 2003 - Hepatitis Outbreak Leaves Three Dead - AP via The New York Times -  "At least 490 people have fallen ill in the outbreak..." - According to the textbook Vaccines, Hepatitis A usually results in complete recovery.  What has happened to make the disease so deadly in this outbreak?


Posted November 14, 2003:

November 14, 2003 - dangerous prescription - More than a dozen dangerous drugs have been pulled off the market since 1997.  Why were they approved in the first place?  An investigation of America's drug safety system. - Frontline/PBS - includes: The FDA - Hazardous to Your Health? AND Politics, Profits and Pharma   

September 15, 2003 - Debate Over Meningitis Vaccine Tainted by Aggressive Lobbying - AAPS Pharmaceutica - "One factor driving some of the new legislation is aggressive lobbying by Aventis, which makes a vaccine that is effective for most strains of meningococcal disease. The pharmaceutical company has hired firms in various states to make legislators aware of the life-threatening disease and promote its vaccine. The laws Aventis advocates go far beyond the recommendation of the CDC..."

October 1, 2003 - Drug Makers Pressed to Upgrade Plants - AAPS Pharmaceutica - "No longer a secret is the shocking revelation that the drug industry has, for a very long time, ignored the upgrading of its manufacturing facilities. The industry’s production techniques lag far behind those of potato-chip and laundry-soap makers [The Wall Street Journal Online, 3 September 2003]."

Toxic Exposures: the Main Cause of Childhood Neurological Conditions Affecting Millions -

November 14, 2003 - Revived Girl Baffles Medical Experts - The Guardian, UK - "Her case has baffled hospital and emergency workers. They had struggled to revive her with CPR, breathing tubes, a heated blanket. How could they have missed the fact that the toddler was alive?"

November 14, 2003 - Treated Wood Poses Cancer Risk to Kids - EPA Releases Early Findings on Exposure to Lumber Processed With Arsenic - The Washington Post

November 15, 2003 - WHO launches initiative to encourage eating fruit and vegetables - BMJ

November 14, 2003 - Predominance of rhinovirus in the nose of symptomatic and asymptomatic infants - journal article - "In conclusion, rhinovirus infection is the most prevalent respiratory viral infection in infants. It may therefore affect the maturation of the immune system and the development of allergic disease considerably."

November 14, 2003 - Absence of auditory ‘global interference’ in autism - journal article

November 15, 2003 - Measuring the health of nations: analysis of mortality amenable to health care - BMJ

November 14, 2003 - The value of perinatal immune responses in predicting allergic disease at 6 years of age - journal article

November 13, 2003 - Dentist pained by state cutting his right to talk - The Connecticut Post - "When Mark Breiner, an area dentist, wrote an opinion piece for the Connecticut Post, urging legislation banning mercury-based filings, he never thought the state Department of Public Health would take action against him."

November 14, 2003 - Breast-feeding high beats cocaine - BioMedNet (requires registration)

November 14, 2003 - Omic omen for environmental health research - BioMedNet (requires registration) - "The genocentric view that bad genes cause disease is no more...The environment plays a bigger role in disease development than previously thought, says Kenneth Olden, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Genetics loads the gun, but it's the environment that pulls the trigger,' said Olden."

November 14, 2003 - Therapeutic vaccines against infectious diseases - BioMedNet (requires registration) - "Challenges faced in developing therapeutic vaccines include the following...third, defining what biological and immunological read-outs should be used to infer vaccine efficacy."

November 14, 2003 - Heinz baby food maker in trouble again - The Natural Health Newsletter

November 13, 2003 - Medical Board Will Probe Bad Death Call - Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2003 - Is Obesity A Disease? Insurance, Drug Access May Hinge on Answer - The Washington Post

November 14, 2003 - Concerns raised over declining antiinfectives R&D - drug (requires registration)

November 13, 2003 - Limits on care question - University Hospital's practices a concern, legislator says - Denver Post - "University Hospital shouldn't accept state-controlled money if it continues to refuse service to some uninsured and indigent patients, a Colorado lawmaker said Wednesday."

November 14, 2003 - Flu virus claims sixth child victim - The Scotsman

November 13, 2003 - State announces additional West Nile virus death - The Casper Star-Tribune

November 14, 2003 - Investigation Broadens In Nation's Largest Hepatitis A Outbreak -

November 14, 2003 - 410 Now Sickened in Hepatitis a Outbreak  - AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution

November 10, 2003 - New Vaccine Tested In Animals May Hold Hope For Alzheimer's Patients -

November 13, 2003 - VaxGen AIDS vaccine trials fail - The World Today via

November 14, 2003 - Pensioner's fears as winter vaccine supplies run out - The Scotsman

November 13, 2003 - SA Begins Second Trial to Test HIV Vaccine - BuaNews via

November 13, 2003 - Immunisation Drive Against Meningitis Launched -  UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) via

November 13, 2003 - Keys to health Following basic rules of hygiene will keep children well - The Press of Atlantic City

November 14, 2003 - Hong Kong confident SARS won't lead to devastation second time round -

November 13, 2003 - Zimbabwe Cannot Pay for Vaccine - Business Day via

November 14, 2003 - Crucell Presents Encouraging Results of its Malaria Vaccine Program - PrimeZone Media Network

November 14, 2003 - Schafer Autism Report

November 13, 2003 - Parents opting out of vaccines for kids - UPI - "A growing number of parents across the United States are opting out of mandatory vaccination requirements for their children and health experts are concerned this could lead to outbreaks of deadly diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough...In all, nearly 38,000 children have been exempted from receiving the usual bout of childhood immunizations, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Also, the numbers appear to be increasing dramatically in several states, including Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Michigan."

November 13, 2003 - Opting out of vaccines could get easier - UPI - "More states next year probably will follow the example of Texas and Arkansas and pass legislation making it easier for parents to exempt their children from mandatory vaccine requirements, health experts told United Press International...This trend concerns those experts because the more kids that go unvaccinated the more likely it is for an outbreak to occur. There already are indications more parents are applying for exemptions in Texas and Arkansas as a result of the new laws."

November 14, 2003 - Target Corp. voluntarily recalls multi-colored chalk - Duluth News Tribune via

November 7, 2003 - FluMist(TM) Recognized By Popular Science As 'Best Of What's New' For 2003 - Life Science News - For another perspective on the new FluMist™ vaccine, go to Risks of FluMist Vaccine - An Investigation By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a featured article at the Online Vaccines Conference at

November 14, 2003 - An assessment of the impact of thimerosal on childhood neurodevelopment disorders.  - journal article by the Geiers via MoMA (Mom's On A Mission For Autism)

July 1, 2003 - Neurontin Sales Soared on Dubious and Misleading Promotion - AAPS Pharmaceutica - "The Parke-Davis division of Warner-Lambert, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2000, was able to greatly expand sales of its anticonvulsant Neurontin (gabapentin) by manipulating study results as part of a campaign to promote the medication for unapproved uses."

November 15, 2003 - Medical errors - Website of the week - BMJ - "It wasn't that long ago that many people regarded doctors' opinions and actions as near miracles. Nowadays, however, the doctor-patient interaction is more of a deal, where terms must be respected. If a provider does not offer the best quality products, the clients know full well how to safeguard their rights. Hammurabi's rules are back, and if doctors make mistakes in treating their patients they must pay—and the price might be their liberty, as an editorial in this week's BMJ discusses (p 1118). "

November 15, 2003 - UK and Italy have low MMR uptake - BMJ - "WHO vaccine experts attribute low UK levels to an "unfounded" scare that the measles mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism (8 November, p 1069), which has dented public confidence both in Britain and across Europe. But the experts say that coverage is substandard across Europe owing to a surprising lack of political will to implement an effective disease prevention programme, given the region's stated goal to eliminate measles by 2007. "

November 15, 2003 - The criminialisation of fatal medical mistakes - A social intolerance of medical mistakes has caused them to be criminalised - BMJ


November 15, 2003 - BMJ Table of Contents, November 15, 2003


November 13, 2003 - Welcome to AWEtism Shoppe! -Life on the BRIGHT SIDE of the Spectrum. - new website


November 14, 2003 - Part Two of "The History of Herbal Medicine in North America" -


November 12, 2003 - Germany probes Israel baby food - German prosecutors have begun an investigation into a company that produces a brand of soy-based baby feed destined for the Israeli market. - BBC


October 27, 2003 - Enigma of sun and bone - U.S. News - "Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D for humans. A mere five to 15 minutes in the summer sunlight two or three times a week can provide all the vitamin D the body needs." - And what role might sunscreen play in the development of rickets, particularly in northern climates?


November 13, 2003 - Anti-inflammatory drugs speed brain recovery in Stanford animal study -


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November 3, 2003 - Newborn Screening Cost-Effective in Detecting Rare but Treatable Genetic Disease -

September 18, 2003 -WHO Warns Countries Losing Battle Against Child Deaths - NEWS @ ASEAN DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

September 12, 2003 - Increasing Infant Mortality Among Very Low Birthweight Infants - CDC

September 12, 2003 - Global Progress Toward Universal Childhood Hepatitis B Vaccination - CDC

November 13, 2003 - Aspirin May Not Be Strong Enough To Prevent Clots In Some Heart Patients - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via ScienceDaily

November 13, 2003 - Beaver County hepatitis probe changes focus - Contaminated food may be cause of outbreak - "Health officials now believe that contaminated food delivered to a Beaver County restaurant is a more likely cause of the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak than poor worker hygiene as originally suspected."

November 13, 2003 - Study: About 4.5 Million Indians Have HIV - The Herald-Sun

November 13, 2003 - U.S. Has First Human Raccoon Rabies Death - The Herald-Sun

Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation - Institute of Medicine - "The transcript of this meeting will be posted here as soon as it is available."

November 13, 2003 - With Flu Season Coming, Don't Forget...Exercise? - American Physiological Society via

November 11, 2003 - Global rise in fake drugs - The worldwide use of fake drugs has increased because they are so easy to make and sell cheaply, says the World Health Organization - BBC

November 12, 2003 - German Company Admits Defect in Infant Food - The New York Times

November 13, 2003 - Presenting features of inflammatory bowel disease in Great Britain and Ireland - journal article

November 13, 2003 - Variations in initial assessment and management of inflammatory bowel disease across Great Britain and Ireland - journal article

November 13, 2003 - Federal Agency Responsible for Mental Health Research Gives Short Shrift to Serious Mental Illnesses - U.S. Newswire - Notice of Public Citizen Press Conference

November 13, 2003 - Detection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their resistance genes in wastewater, surface water, and drinking water biofilms - BioMedNet

November 12, 2003 - Uninsured Often Get a Break from Docs - Reuters via Yahoo!

November 12, 2003 - Nurses' workload tied to errors - Denver Post - "Improving the work environment for nurses and limiting their hours would help to better protect patients from health care errors, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine. "

November 13, 2003 - Medical Board Will Probe Bad Death Call - Los Angeles Times - "The Medical Board of California said Wednesday that it is investigating whether physician mistakes occurred in the case of a 20-month-old Fullerton girl whom doctors mistakenly declared dead last week."

November 11, 2003 - Family's justified faith in a son flowers in support for others - AP via Star-Tribune - "Annette Levine's question was one that no parent wants to ask: "What's wrong with our baby?"...Now the Levines have become big boosters of Fraser, the Twin Cities nonprofit organization that operates a school, intensive social services and housing for more than 2,200 children and adults with autism-related and other developmental disabilities."

March 17, 2003 - The vaccine conundrum - Should parents be concerned about the number of childhood inoculations? - U.S. News

November 12, 2003 - Redman Football: Whooping cough forces cancellation of Tewksbury game - Wilmington Advocate

November 13, 2003 - New test method helps reduce blood safety fears - China View

November 12, 2003 - China, France bid for SARS vaccine - The China Daily

November 13, 2003 - At least 340 linked to hepatitis A outbreak - The Sacramento Bee

November 12, 2003 - An Aetna InteliHealth/Harvard Medical School Look At The News -- The Dangers Of Hepatitis A -


November 12, 2003 - Polio: Pharmacist Cautions Against Campaign of Calumny - This Day via


November 12, 2003 - Nigerian Experts to Determine Safety of Polio Vaccine - Vanguard via - "Nigerian experts are expected to complete today the safety test of a of a polio vaccine which Islamic scholars claim is part of a plot to sterilise African mothers, health officials said yesterday."


November 13, 2003 - Flu Vaxxine Offered to Jurors in Keane Murder Trial - Limerick Post, Ireland

November 13, 2003 - Vaccinated boy contracts meningococcal disease B strain - ABC New Online, Australia - "A boy from Mount Gambier, in South Australia's south-east, who is recovering from meningococcal disease had received the meningococcal C vaccination but contracted the B strain which cannot be vaccinated against."

November 12, 2003 - U.K. Measles Threat Menaces U.S. - Key to Protection: Keeping U.S. MMR Vaccination Rate High - WebMD


November 12, 2003 - Finland to set up national vaccination register - Helsingan Sanomat - "The new register will allow individuals to easily check on what vaccinations they have received at what time. Currently the information is dispersed at child care clinics, municipal health clinics, and in the records of Finland's defence forces...Such a register would help public health officials monitor the safety and coverage of vaccinations in Finland in real time."


November 12, 2003 - Sierra Leone launches first nationwide vaccine campaign since war - AFP via Yahoo!


November 13, 2003 - Flu, infant virus arrive early - Timing of outbreaks doesn't necessarily mean cases will be more severe. - Akron Beacon Journal - "'I guess this is just showing us: don't get complacent,' said Akron Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Margeurite Erme, who tracks influenza's annual encroachment into Summit Country. 'We can't say, "Oh, it always comes in January or February, so we can wait to get vaccinated."'...Everyone -- except people allergic to eggs, in which the vaccine is grown -- is encouraged to get a flu shot, Payton said, but it's especially beneficial for those over 65 and those with chronic health conditions."


November 11, 2003 - A Chance at Independence - D.C.'s Developmentally Disabled Could Be Eligible for More Services - The Washington Post - "Eight-year-old Deion Hawkins can fasten a button, but he needs help with a zipper. He is proficient with the computer, but he cannot ride a bicycle. He knows how to warm food in the microwave, but not how to tie his shoes. He can vacuum the floor, but he can't bathe himself...Michelle A. Hawkins worries what will happen when her son, found to have autism at age 3, grows up and leaves the District's public school system, where he receives one-on-one classroom instruction. 'I intend for my son to be independent and as close to normal as possible,' she said. 'I believe he can achieve that, but he must have support.'"


November 12, 2003 - Ethics of Placebo Use in Pediatric Clinical Trials - The Case of Antihypertensive Drug Studies - journal article


November 12, 2003 - Educating Hunter, a Child of Autism - The New York Times - "What can Hunter become? It would be so much easier for Hunter's parents, Cynde Greene and Peter Fellman, if the answer were a little clearer. Hunter's older brother, Nigel, a junior at Medfield High, has become a member of the honor society and plays three sports, but Hunter, their 13-year-old eighth grader, has autism, which is a wild card."


November 10, 2003 - A common cause - Common autoimmune diseases have a common basis - The Scientist


November 13, 2003 - Chemokine regulation of inflammation during acute viral infection. - journal article - "With regard to immunomodulation, use of weak or attenuated viruses to skew the local cytokine network to a configuration able to inhibit a pathogen is a new and interesting concept, but is fraught with important safety issues." - What are the safety issues?  Does this safety concern re: "use of weak or attenuated viruses" have any relevance to vaccines?  And/or to recent news re: SIDS and cytokines?

November 12, 2003 - Giant Hairball Found Inside Child's Stomach - KIRO7 TV - "Cherie Trahan went public to warn other parents about a developmental disorder that causes children to munch on their hair.  Her daughter, Alyssa Halcrow, has pervasive developmental disorder (PPD), a mild for of autism. - As if parents of autistic children didn't already have enough to worry about and deal with.


January 8, 2003 - A00112 - An act to amend the social services law, in relation to prohibiting persons from receiving public assistance who cannot document that their children have been properly immunized. - New York State Assembly - legislation alert - For more immunization legislation, click here.


November 11, 2003 - Clinical Trial Patients Don't Care About Study Sponsors Or Physician Conflicts Of Interest - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Life Science News -  "Many patients will volunteer for a clinical trial if asked, even if the physician who inquires is a stockholder in the sponsoring company or has other potential conflicts of interest, a Johns Hopkins study demonstrates...'Many people don't trust pharmaceutical companies because they feel they are being overcharged for medications,' Braunstein adds. 'But given a chance to get involved in the testing of a new drug that may provide them some health benefit, they want to do this.'" - This is just plain hard to believe.  And, if true, equally hard to interpret.


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November 11, 2003 - Doctors Challenge Standard Heart Risk Assessment - Reuters via FindLaw


Vaccine Ingredients - CDC (pdf)


October 27, 2003 -  Daily Aspirin Use Linked with Pancreatic Cancer - Retuers via Yahoo!


November 11, 2003 -  A conflict of interest? - An audit suggests that a flaw in state law keeps the state from efficiently funding services for those with developmental disabilities. - The Wichita Eagle via - "Taking care of disabled youngsters and adults at home -- or as close to home as possible -- was the point of a 1995 state law that led to closing state hospitals in favor of community-based care...A recent audit, however, raises questions about whether the money is being spent effectively."


November 11, 2003 -  The child within autism - The cause remains unknown, but with more cases diagnosed, parents can only cope - The Star-Telegram - "St. Patrick's Cathedral was particularly quite and solemn just after the consecration at a recent Sunday morning Mass when Scott Gammage became aware that his 11-year-old son, Nicolas, was growing restless...'I decided it was time to go, and we were slipping out the back when Nicolas suddenly turned around, waved real big and shouted, very clearly, "Bye, God! See you tomorrow!"'"


November 10, 2003 -  Scientists find brain areas activated in true versus false memories - Make advances in understanding why false memories are formed - - "The significance of this study and others using visual stimuli, according to Beversdorf and his group, is that it shows that false memories can develop during nonverbal tasks. Such findings may have implications for those with autism. High functioning autistic individuals can actually perform better than others on verbal false memory tasks. However, because atypical language processing is a defining feature of autism, it remains to be seen whether this unusually good performance for false memories can extend to nonverbal tasks."


November 9, 2003 -  Waiting for a cure - Toronto Sun - "In the cancer research community, scientists often say that cancer has been cured countless times. The trouble is that the patients are mice, not humans and as close as we may be to a cure for cancer it has not yet happened in animals of the two-legged kind. This is not meant to rain on the parade of the McGill University scientists who, this past week, have actually reversed breast cancer in lab mice."


November 10, 2003 -  Copper May Guard Against Alzheimer's - Element appears to block buildup of harmful brain proteins, new studies show - HealthDay via


November 11, 2003 -  Early spike in flu cases has California doctors fearing bad winter bug -


November 10, 2003 -  New Vaccine Tested in Animals May Hold Hope For Alzheimer's Patients - Scientists find that eating less can diminish symptoms -


November 11, 2003 -  Concerns over flu vaxxine charges - Limerick Post - "The Consumers Association has expressed concern over the affordability of the flu vaxxine among vulnerable income groups."

November 11, 2003 -  Researchers creating easy test for the flu - The Durango Herald

November 11, 2003 -  People to Watch: John Bonfiglio - - "As the new chief executive of Immune Response Corp., John Bonfiglio is leading an effort to revive the biotechnology company's troubled finances and restore confidence in its science...The company was co-founded by the late Dr. Jonas Salk with the purpose of using his experience and success with the polio vaccine to develop an immune-based therapeutic vaccine to treat HIV and AIDS."

November 11, 2003 -  Colorado's immunization woes - Health officials launch effort to get shots to more children - Rocky Mountain News

November 12, 2003 -  At least 300 sick in hepatitis outbreak - AP via CNN

November 9, 2003 -  Disease spread as blood test was delayed - The Kansas City Star via - "Guardians of the nation's blood supply gathered in 1981 at American Red Cross headquarters to consider a way to prevent hepatitis C from spreading through transfusions...The group concluded: 'Blood collection agencies in the U.S. should prepare to test ALT levels of all blood units'...But that didn't happen.  In fact, the blood industry would delay testing for another six years."

November 11, 2003 -  Measles Campaign Scores 104% - The Monitor via

November 11, 2003 -  N. Iraqi health minister discusses polio - Yale Daily News

November 4, 2003 -  Pediatric Epiglottitis Caused by Group G Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcus - journal article - "The widespread use of immunizations against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) has significantly decreased the incidence of meningitis and sepsis caused by this invasive organism.[1] A welcomed side effect of this immunization program has been a 10-fold decrease in the incidence of epiglottitis (supraglottitis).[2, 3] Hib was the dominant cause of epiglottitis in the early 1980s with other organisms accounting for ~1% of cases.[4] As Hib epiglottis has disappeared, other organisms including Streptococcus pneumoniae,[5]Haemophilus parainfluenzae,[6]Staphylococcus aureus,[7]Candida spp.,[8] viral pathogens[9, 10] and group A,[11] B[12] and C[13] streptococci have emerged as increasingly likely etiologies for this disease. Epiglottitis may present differently when these alternative microorganisms are the cause." - For more on this, go to Scandals: Changing Disease Epidemiology Via Vaccines - Are We "Robbing Peter To Pay Paul"?

November 12, 2003 -  Girl, 12, may be sixth child flu victim -

November 12, 2003 -  Study Finds Differences in 2 Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs - The New York Times - "The first study to compare two powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs head-to-head in coronary artery disease finds one clearly superior. Patients taking the highest available dose of pravastatin, or Pravachol, made by Bristol-Myers Squibb, had slowly progressing atherosclerosis over an 18-month period. But the disease was halted in those who took the highest dose of atorvastatin, or Lipitor, the drug made by Pfizer."

November 12, 2003 -  Schafer Autism Report

February 26, 2003 -  A05355 - AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring immunization of certain children against hepatitis A - New York State Assembly

November 12, 2003 -  Chairman Burton to Hold Hearing on Effectiveness of Today’s Polio Vaccine Safety Protocols - Congressional Committee on Government Reform

November 11, 2003 -  New vaccine may hold hope for AD (Alzheimer's Disease) patients -

Mystery Illness Causing Major U.S. Casualties in Iraq - The overwhelming majority of soldiers sent home for recovery from the current Persian Gulf War were not injured in combat but probably by a doctor’s needle. Were some “shot to death” by vaccinations?-

November 12, 2003 -  Hospitals Not Using Drugs Fast in Heart Patients - Reuters via Yahoo! - "Doctors are not using the latest heart drugs in nearly two out of three patients rushed to the emergency room, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday...Hospitals also underuse proven lifesaving surgical procedures such as angioplasty, the team at Duke University in North Carolina told a meeting of the American Heart Association (news - web sites)."

November 12, 2003 -  O.C. Girl's Revival Proves Doctors Dead Wrong - A girl was declared drowned, but she lived. The mistake was avoidable, experts say. - The Los Angeles Times

November 12, 2003 -  Vaccines: A Hidden Danger? - WXYZ-TV Investigative Team, Detroit NOW - series of articles

Life-saving immunizations planned for a million children in DRC - UNICEF

Mercury in Plasma-Derived Products - FDA - re: RhoGAM

November 11, 2003 -  HIV vaccine trial ends in failure - A major trial into a possible vaccine for HIV has ended in disappointment for researchers. - BBC - "Those given the vaccine were no less likely to contract HIV, and the jab did not slow the progress of the disease."

November 11, 2003 -  Immune protein clue to cot death - High levels of an immune system protein may increase the risk of cot death, say researchers.  - BBC - "They believe high levels of the chemical may make the nervous system less responsive to danger signs...However, critics of the research, published in Neurology, say it failed to compare children of the same age." - Question:  Do vaccines ever raise the level of cytokines in the brain?

November 11, 2003 -  SIDS Linked to Protein Build-up - Ivanhoe - "Researchers from Belgium have linked Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to abnormal amounts of a key protein in the brain...These proteins normally assist in fighting infections, but if levels are too high, they could throw brain functions, such as breathing, off track." - Question:  Do vaccines ever raise the level of cytokines in the brain?

November 10, 2003 -  Barberry may help boost immunity - Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2003 -  New Possible Link to SIDS Found - HealthDay via Yahoo! - "High levels of a particular cytokine in the brains of infants may be linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)" - Question:  Do vaccines ever raise the level of cytokines in the brain?

November 11, 2003 -  Effective Pain Reduction for Multiple Immunization Injections in Young Infants - journal article

November 11, 2003 -  Prevalence of Group A Streptococcal Carriers in Asymptomatic Children and Clonal Relatedness among Isolates in Malatya, Turkey - journal article

November 11, 2003 -  Do We Still Hurt Newborn Babies? - A Prospective Study of Procedural Pain and Analgesia in Neonates - journal article - journal article - "Conclusions  Clinicians estimated that most neonatal intensive care unit procedures are painful, but only a third of the neonates received appropriate analgesic therapy. Despite the accumulating evidence that neonatal procedural pain is harmful, analgesic treatment for painful procedures is limited. Systematic approaches are required to reduce the occurrence of pain and to improve the analgesic treatment of repetitive pain in neonates."

November 11, 2003 -  Influenza in children - journal article (CMAJ) - "Prevention: The key to controlling influenza infection is prevention. The importance of hand-washing cannot be overemphasized. Vaccination works to prevent cases;9 one of the biggest factors influencing whether a child is vaccinated is whether the family physician recommends it..."

November 10, 2003 -  Drugs of 4 Patients Subbed Without OK - The Boston Globe (requires subscription) - "The Disabled Persons Protection Commission uncovered numerous ethical violations at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center by Boston Medical Center physicians..."

November 11, 2003 -  Old TB vaccine can improve immune response to TB in HIV patients -

November 3, 2003 -  Vaccination and autoimmune disease: what is the evidence? - journal article - The Lancet (requires registration for abstract and fee for article) - "As many as one in 20 people in Europe and North America have some form of autoimmune disease."

November 8, 2003 -  The Lancet, Table of Contents - Volume 362, Number 9395

November 10, 2003 -  Strawberries may boost astronaut performance - Frozen fruit protects rats' brains from harmful rays. - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2003 via Nature

November 10, 2003 -  Exercise may speed spinal cord repair - Running boosts nerve talk in injured rats. - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2003 via Nature

November 10, 2003 -  Pilot study may give quadriplegics computer control - Human trial scheduled for brain sensors that turn thought into action. - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2003 via Nature

November 11, 2003 -  Bug makes bats bad for brains - Bacterial poison damages brains of Pacific islanders - and perhaps others. - Nature

November 11, 2003 -  Surgery risk from CJD prions - Prions in muscle flag transmission hazard and diagnostic lead. - Nature

November 11, 2003 -  Antibacterial eases phobia - TB drug plus virtual reality relieves fear of heights. - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2003 via Nature

November 12, 2003 -  Breast-feeding promotes wound healing - Rat study may fuel breast-versus-bottle debate.  - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2003 via Nature

November 12, 2003 -  Experimental AIDS Vaccine Didn't Stop HIV - AP via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "An experimental AIDS vaccine tested in Thailand on some 2,500 drug users failed to protect them from becoming infected with HIV, the vaccine's developer said Wednesday...The poor results were widely expected since VaxGen Inc. had said earlier that its vaccine did not work in a larger North American study."- But what if HIV has nothing to do with AIDS, as many believe?

November 11, 2003 -  Pertussis: Why diagnosis, testing are tough - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 12, 2003 -  Simple tests touted to determine heart risk in women - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 12, 2003 -  How hepatitis A was spread remains a mystery in Beaver County - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

November 12, 2003 -  Study of Testosterone and Elderly Urged - AP via The Herald-Sun  

November 12, 2003 -  Merck Stops Depression Drug Development - AP via The Herald-Sun

November 12, 2003 -  Pfizer Offering Free Eye Antibiotic - AP via The Herald-Sun - "In a major boost to a U.N. campaign to eradicate an eye infection that causes blindness, Pfizer announced that it will provide an antibiotic free to treat about 90 percent of the 150 million people afflicted."

November 11, 2003 -  Trio of genes helps explain common skin disease - AP via CNN


November 10, 2003 -  Study: Doctors often fail to give right heart care - AP via CNN


November 11, 2003 -  French and Chinese researchers work on SARS vaccine - Pacific Business News


November 11, 2003 -  Autism in a Needle?  The toxic tale of vaccinations and mercury poisoning - In These Times - NOW ONLINE!


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November 10, 2003 -  Immune memory from smallpox vaccination lasts more 50 years, according to Emory research -


November 11, 2003 -  Vaccines against fatal African cattle fever -


November 10, 2003 -  Ebola caused by wild boar meat -

November 10, 2003 -  Diet May Improve Cognition, Slow Aging, And Help Protect Against Cosmic Radiation - Society for Neuroscience via


November 11, 2003 -  Diet High In Vitamin C Decreases Stroke Risk, Especially Among Smokers - American Academy of Neurology via


November 10, 2003 -  N.J. Helping Scotland In Mad Cow Fight - AP via


November 11, 2003 -  Elements Of Green Tea Prevent HIV From Binding To Human T Cells - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology


November 11, 2003 -  FDA's McClellan, `Loved by Industry,' Seeks Fast Drug Reviews - Bloomberg - Hmmm, does this mean the FDA is dropping any pretense that its job is to protect the consumer?


November 11, 2003 -  Can't stop coughing? Whooping cough hits adults, too - - "A child visits a pediatrician, who fails to diagnose that the young patient has pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The child infects the doctor, who then passes the respiratory tract infection on to others...That's what happened in September in the Allentown-Lehigh area of the state. As a result, 20 cases of pertussis were confirmed and the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an advisory to doctors, alerting them to be on the lookout for the disease."


November 11, 2003 -  Recall of Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated (VAQTA) (Packaged in single-dose prefilled syringes) - Date Recall Initiated: December 10, 2001 - FDA


November 5, 2003 -  Benefit of cancer drug is disputed - Los Angeles Times via - "A federally funded study raises questions about the widespread use of Genentech Inc.'s cancer drug Rituxan in patients with a fast-spreading form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma."


November 11, 2003 -  Schafer Autism Report


November 11, 2003 -  Cancer drugs' side effects often identified late after FDA approval - Reuters Health - And what, pray tell, of other drug side effects?  For instance, what of drugs (i.e., vaccines) which are pushed on healthy children by the government and medical profession prior to proper study (i.e., long-term studies using never-vaccinated children as controls)?  What's the chance they are even particularly followed up on, given that there are 35,688 VAERS reports for which it is apparently "Unknown" whether or not the person RECOVERED.  (Note estimates of under-reporting that may or may not be applicable to VAERS.)


November 11, 2003 -  Emerging field of epigenetics hints at new culprits in disease - Dallas Morning News via - "After scientists decoded the human genetic blueprint, the mysteries of disease were supposed to be simpler to solve...But researchers are starting to warn that the genetic blueprint has extra text that's only beginning to emerge.  Solving some disease mysteries, they say, won't happen until this extra information is fully understood."


November 11, 2003 -  FDA shift could transform market for statins - The Wall Street Journal (requires subscription) via - "The FDA will soon have to decide if statins, the best-selling drugs widely used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks, are safe enough to be sold over-the-counter."


November 11, 2003 -  Drugmakers' paths of influence need to be less hidden - The Wall Street Journal (requires subscription) via - "Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Murray says that although drugmakers should be allowed to lobby for influence with the federal government, their tactics should be public knowledge."


November 9, 2003 -  School for Autistic Children Sought - Fairfax Officials Question Charter's Accountability, Standards - The Washington Post


November 11, 2003 -  Family Gets State Radio Tracker for Son, 6 - Reuters via Yahoo! - "A Norwegian family may use a state radio surveillance device to help track down their six-year-old son if he runs away, an Oslo appeals court ruled...The court ruling, obtained by Reuters on Monday, agreed with the family that the boy needed extra care because he suffered from autism and was prone to running off."


November 11, 2003 -  Experts clash over danger of vaccine - Cape Times via - "Confused? If not, you probably haven't been paying attention to the debate on the safety of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine...But then came the most dramatic development. There was now proof of the danger from the MMR, said Wakefield - and it had not been made public."


November 11, 2003 -  Fusion of old and new - The Star Online - "Dr Nor Shahidah said that before integrated medicine is endorsed, there should be adequate scientific evidence on the potential clinical benefits, safety and risks of TCM; this is still lacking in this country, she said."

November 11, 2003 -  Get that flu shot, and you may save yourself a heart attack - Houston Chronicle - "Influenza is thought to trigger heart attacks and strokes by destabilizing fatty deposits clinging to artery walls. Inflammation caused by the flu can help blood clots form around the fatty deposits, or the infection can cause one of the deposits to break apart, ultimately blocking a blood vessel and setting off a stroke or heart attack...A growing body of research has shown that flu shots reduce heart attack risk by 50 percent to 67 percent. Other studies show influenza vaccination may cut stroke risk in half. In comparison, statin drugs, which lower blood cholesterol, reduce cardiovascular disease deaths by 30 percent on average."

November 10, 2003 -  Focus On Drawing On Traditional Remedies to Fight HIV/Aids - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via - "This fusion of the traditional and modern is taking place in Tanga, a northeastern region on the Tanzanian coast, where the Tanga AIDS Working Group is combining modern voluntary counselling and testing methods with the knowledge of local healers in treating opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS."

November 10, 2003 -  Mousepox Research Poses Controversy - The Badger Herald Online - "A St. Louis University professor has sparked controversy and ethical debate concerning public access to potentially lethal agents by creating a deadly version of the mousepox virus...Maki said that if published, the recipe for the creation of the virus will be available to all, and this is not very responsible. Others do not think the publication of the research poses a serious threat, and would not like scientific information suppressed."

November 10, 2003 -  Few in Bay Area try nasal flu vaccine - The Oakland Tribune - "Despite a $25 million television and print ad campaign touting the benefits of the nasal mist, local customers so far are turning their noses up at FluMist...The main drawbacks are the higher cost and restrictions on who can get the vaccine."

November 11, 2003 -  Bone disorder in Sars survivors - - "Hong Kong hospital officials said Sunday that 49 Sars survivors are suffering from a degenerative bone disorder, possibly a side-effect of the steroids used to treat them...Many Hong Kong Sars patients who contracted the potentially fatal respiratory illness were treated with an antiviral drug and high dosages of steroids, and some experts had warned that the regimen may be harmful, the Associated Press reports." - Recognizing what appeared to many to be an emergency in this case, still, how often are the treatments devised to deal with illness the cause of long-term consequences attributed to the disease?  (See also Doctors Probe Whether Medication Hurt Hepatitis Victim)

November 11, 2003 -  Virus hits home - The Advertiser, Australia - "ADELAIDE is in the grip of a gastroenteritis epidemic that is straining hospital resources...The Women's and Children's Hospital emergency department has seen more than 100 cases since Saturday and Flinders Medical Centre also reports its paediatric wards are full of sufferers...The highly contagious illness, which is predominantly being caused by rotavirus, has forced hospital staff to create a makeshift isolation bay for each child admitted."

November 11, 2003 -  Flu jabs for rare illnesses - Taipei Times - "The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is offering people with rare disorders free flu vaccines this winter for the first time, according to the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Disorders."

November 10, 2003 -  Putting a Chill on Important Pills: Antibiotics Can't Cure Colds And Flus - And Overuse Puts All of US at Risk - New York Times Syndicate via MedlinePlus/NIH

November 11, 2003 -  240 cases of hepatitis listed in Beaver -

November 10, 2003 -  HIV fear for women in smear tests - The Scotsman - "Letters are to be sent out this week to about 100 women who are at risk of contracting HIV after they were given cervical smear tests with 'dirty' equipment at a West Lothian surgery."

November 11, 2003 -  Doctors Probe Whether Medication Hurt Hepatitis Victim - AP via NEPA News

November 10, 2003 -  Door to Door HIV Testing Due - New Vision via


November 9, 2003 -  Islamic Countries Mobilise for Polio Eradication - This Day via


November 11, 2003 -  Holding Babies Makes Getting Shots Easier - AP via


November 10, 2003 -  Campaign Launched to Vaccinate 3.5 Million Children - UN Integrated Regional Information Networks via


November 10, 2003 -  Measles Vaccination Achieved Over 100% - New Vision via


November 10, 2003 -  United States: Blood Banks Pass Up Test that Might Have Prevented Thousands of Infections - AP via - "US blood banks in the early 1980s failed to use a screening test for hepatitis C that could have prevented thousands of infections, the Kansas City Star reported. The Star used data from studies at the time and estimated that if screening that detected an enzyme indicating liver damage had been implemented, more than 300,000 HCV infections might have been prevented."


November 11, 2003 -  Federal government fails to warn public about Hepatitis C - AP via - "Despite repeated promises, the federal government has failed to warn Americans about the potential dangers of hepatitis C, a virus that infects millions and kills thousands every year...The Kansas City Star reported Sunday that nearly every public education campaign about the virus has sputtered, with the government often citing a lack of money as the reason...The government also did not follow through on a plan to notify tens of thousands of patients that they might have been infected by hepatitis C from blood transfusions before 1992."

November 11, 2003 -  Needle Found in New Shoe at Wal-Mart - AP via Newsday - "The mother of a 5-year-old boy who says he was pricked by a hypodermic needle left inside a shoe at Wal-Mart wants the world's largest discount retailer to pay for his HIV and hepatitis tests."

November 11, 2003 -  German Company Says Baby Formula Lacked Vital Ingredient - The New York Times - What about doing more to encourage breastfeeding?


November 11, 2003 -  Use of complimentary and alternative treatments for children with autistic spectrum disorders is increasing. - journal article


November 11, 2003 -  What Did We Learn From AIDS? - The New York Times - "AIDS exploded a scientific complacency that seems inconceivably naïve today. Few experts were ruminating about new plagues in the 1970's because it was widely assumed that vaccination, sanitation and antibiotics were making infections obsolete. The retroviruses, the family of viruses that includes the AIDS virus, H.I.V., were felt to be of academic interest only."

November 11, 2003 -  Should We Improve Our Genome? - The New York Times

November 11, 2003 -  Can Drugs Make Us Happier? Smarter? - The New York Times


November 11, 2003 -  Does Science Matter? - The New York Times


November 11, 2003 -  What Is the Next Plague? - The New York Times - "No one knows when or where the next plague will occur, or whether it will be from a natural or bioterrorist attack...But it is coming." - What, no mention of the role vaccines might be playing in causing mutations and more virulent diseases, and in general wreaking havoc with our immune systems? For more on this, go to: Scandals: Prescription For Disaster - Is Vaccine Policy A "House of Cards"?

November 11, 2003 -  CDC:  Critical Decisions Count - new website - Medical citations and articles on immunizations for concerned parents to discuss with their pediatricians and doctors.


State Mandates on Immunization and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases - Immunization Action Coalition

November 9, 2003 -  Vaccines breed controversies - The Star-Ledger via - "How do you know when your pussycat or pooch needs vaccinations? The decision used to be easy. It still is for puppies and kittens. They must have vaccines...But when pets mature that's when conflicting opinions emerge...Host of 'The Pet Stop' on News12NJ, Voynick says excessive vaccinations in adult dogs and cats 'may tip the immune system over the edge and thus make pets more prone to skin conditions, allergies, tumors in cats and some immune mediated diseases.'"



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