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November 27, 2003

November  27, 2003                   

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Incentive Tips - The National Immunization Program - CDC

Few willing to pay through the nose for FluMist - Akron Beacon Journal

Sugar And a Hug Calm Babies Getting Shots - Reuters Health

 

Cuba develops 'cheap' Hib vaccine - Cuban scientists have given details of a new vaccine against a bacterium which causes meningitis and pneumonia. - BBC

 

Improved Vaccination Procedures Garner New US Aid - IRIN via www.allafrica.com

Cheaper Meningitis Vaccine Reported - Chicago Tribune via www.immunizationinfo.org

Tanzania: Improved Vaccination Procedures Garner New U.S. Aid - Africa News Service via www.immunizationinfo.org

SARS vaccine search makes a key advance - www.boston.com - "Drugs to treat SARS and even a vaccine to block the lethal respiratory disease could be available in just a few years with the discovery of the molecular mechanism that allows the virus to invade human cells, an advance achieved with unprecedented speed."

Neighbor told to steer clear of autistic lad - Boston Herald - "The Quincy woman accused of mercilessly harassing an 11-year-old neighbor with autism claiming he brought down her property values was ordered yesterday by a judge to stay away from the child."

Parents look for help on fees - Apple Valley Sun Current -  "For a homeowner, the prospect of selling their house and moving to a new home is often a thrilling, exciting experience. Unless you are Krissa Leitz and her two children...Leitz, who recently closed on her house, is moving to a smaller home in Lakeville in order to continue to afford to send her children, Ryan and Abby, to therapy for their autism...Leitz’s story is not unique."

Cote d'Ivoire: Fears of Meningitis and Typhoid in Rebel-Held North - AAfrica News Service via www.immunizationinfo.org

Protest death sparks meningitis concern  - AP via CNN - "A volunteer medic who treated injured demonstrators at a free trade meeting last week died Wednesday of bacterial meningitis, sparking a health investigation to determine whether others were exposed."

Will Sars flare up again this winter? - The Guardian, UK

Thousands sickened in early, severe flu season - Especially virulent strain of virus is cropping up - CNN - "'One of the reported deaths from flu this year was of a child with symptoms that were not consistent with the flu,' said Dr. Ned Calonge, Colorado's chief medical officer...'The loss of this child is tragic, but parents need to know this is a very unusual case, and that there have not been any similar cases in Colorado or Texas, where flu activity has been the worst to date in the United States this year," he said in a statement on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Web site.'"

Flu zaps N.M. schools - Deadly in Colorado, strain strikes 40 percent of Pojoaque students - Albuquerque Tribune Online

Officials reject flu risk claims - Claims that the UK may be unprepared if this year's flu season turns into "the big one" have been dismissed by the Department of Health.  - BBC

The holiday's uninvited guest -- flu season - The Toledo Blade via Naples Daily News

Cleaning Today's Commercial Produce Imperative To Health - The Ponca City News

Moldova Risks Facing Hepatitis A Epidemic - BBC via www.immunizationinfo.org
 

Some Hepatitis B Virus Strains May Cause Increased Liver Damage in Haemodialysis Patients - www.docguide.com

Ignorance Hampers AIDS Fight in Asia - AP via www.heraldsun.com - "A doctor from Afghanistan stunned a conference on AIDS this month by revealing that he didn't know what the symptoms of the disease were."

Comment:  Maybe the reason this good doctor doesn't know what the symptoms are is because there is not a definitive thing called "AIDS".  Here's what Professor Peter Duesberg had to say about AIDS in his book Inventing the AIDS Virus: "This war has been fought in the name of the virus-AIDS hypothesis, which holds that HIV, the AIDS virus, is a new cause of thirty old diseases, including Kaposi's sarcoma, tuberculosis, dementia, pneumonia, weight loss, diarrhea, leukemia, and twenty-three others (see chapter 6).  If any of these previously known diseases now occurs in a patient who has antibodies against HIV (but rarely ever any HIV), then his or her disease is diagnosed as AIDS and blamed on HIV.  If the same disease occurs in a patient without HIV-antibodies, his or her diseases is diagnosed by its old name and blamed on conventional chemical or microbial causes."

UN: China has chance to contain spread of HIV/AIDS - China Daily

H.I.V. Infections Continue Rise, Study Says - The New York Times

 

Does Selenium Play A Role In AIDS? - Redflagsdaily.com

HIV, the disease of mass destruction - www.theage.com.au

Comment: And what if, as some believe, HIV has nothing to do with AIDS? 

Congress passes sweeping changes - Republican victories spur partisan animosity - AP via The Daily Camera - "With wide bipartisan support, Congress approved a five-year, $15 billion bill proposed by the president to combat AIDS in 14 African and Caribbean nations. Another $5.6 billion over 10 years was set aside to research and stockpile vaccines in response to the threat of bioterrorist attacks."

Europe to issue passports for pets - AP via Yahoo! - "Owners will be able to use a standardized blue booklet stamped with the European Union (news - web sites)'s circle of gold stars, listing vaccinations and certifying the pets are rabies-free."

Rabies threatens rare wolf with extinction - www.iol.co.za

Designing a dope test for research (requires registration) - BioMedNet - "Scientific misconduct is like doping in sports, says leading biochemist Peter Hans Hofschneider. The scientific community must remain alert to the problem, even small infractions of good working practice should not be tolerated."

Study: Nitric Oxide Helps Some Preemies - www.sunspot.net

Study: First Caesarean increases risk - www.boston.com - "Women who have their first baby by Caesarean section are at significantly higher risk of losing their next baby to an unexplained stillbirth before going into labor, according to a new study...An expert not associated with the study, published in The Lancet medical journal, said the research is important because it suggests hospitals that tend to do a lot of Caesareans might need to consider strategies to reduce them."

 

Drug Company Halts Trials of Procrit - The New York Times

Redflagsdaily.com - www.redflagsweekly.com

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