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Posted September 3, 2008

 

* ►September/October 2008 - Why Mercury Tuna Is Still Legal - Mother Jones

* ►September 4, 2008 - Chemical in Plastic Is Connected to Health Problems in Monkeys (requires registration) - Washington Post - "Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have linked a chemical found in everyday plastics to problems with brain function and mood disorders in monkeys -- the first time the chemical has been connected to health problems in primates."

* ►September 4, 2008 - Virologists working on DNA vaccines for H5N1 virus - CNA via China Post

* ►September 4, 2008 - Fatal Oseltamivir-Resistant Influenza Virus Infection (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 4, 2008 - Identifying and Addressing Safety Signals in Clinical Trials (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 4, 2008 - The FDA and Tobacco Regulation - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 4, 2008 - Drug Warnings That Can Cause Fits — Communicating Risks in a Data-Poor Environment - journal article (NEJM)

►September 4, 2008 - Management of Skin and Soft-Tissue Infection (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 4, 2008 - 'Nasty virus' stretching hospitals to limit - The Canberra Times

►September 4, 2008 - Whooping cough baby threat - It is by no means a silent killer but what many parents do not know about whooping cough is that the most common source of the disease in infants is the parents themselves. - The Mercury via www.news.com.au

►September 4, 2008 - GPs welcome NI HPV jab programme - GPs have welcomed the Northern Ireland CMO's announcement that the HPV vaccination should be offered to all 12 and 13-year-old girls. - Healthcare Republic

►September 4, 2008 - Well, Well, Well - Kava warning hypocritical - VUE Weekly - "And finally, still in the news daily, is Gardasil, perhaps most significantly with reservations expressed by the New England Journal of Medicine: 'Despite great expectations and promising results of clinical trials, we still lack sufficient evidence of an effective vaccine against cervical cancer ... the overall effect of the vaccines on cervical cancer remains unknown ... If HPV-16 and HPV-18 are effectively suppressed ... other strains may emerge as significant oncogenic serotypes.'"

►September 4, 2008 - Ailment sparks concern - The Journal - "After a Webster University resident reportedly contracted the mumps shortly after moving into Maria Hall, WU authorities took serious action to prevent an outbreak....He got his results five days later confirming that he did not have the mumps, the doctors still do not know what the swelling was caused by."

* ►September 4, 2008 - Parents may boycott cervical cancer jabs after MMR controversy - The Times, UK

* ►September 4, 2008 - Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study - journal article (PLoS ONE)

* ►September 3, 2008 - CDC Misses Target With Flawed MMR/Autism Study - NAA says:  Wrong Question Asked. Wrong Children Studied. Wrong Conclusions Reached. - press release - National Autism Association - "Public confidence in the safety of vaccines is at risk until safety studies are performed that are required by law, ethics, and science. NAA calls for a vaccinated vs. non-vaccinated study comparing all health outcomes including autism. The CDC is in charge of vaccine safety, owns patents to vaccines (according to a UPI Investigative Report from 2003) and is in charge of promoting vaccines. The public should demand that vaccine safety be taken away from an agency with such conflicts and support HR#1973, the Vaccine Safety and Public Confidence Assurance Act."

* ►September 3, 2008 - MMR Vaccine Not Linked to Autism (includes audio by Mady Hornig, M.D.) - PLoS ONE via MedPage Today - "'We are persuaded that there is no link,' according to Ian Lipkin, M.D., of the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Autism, Measles Vaccine: No Link - Study Shows MMR Vaccine Is Not the Cause of Autism or Autism-Linked Intestinal Woes - WebMD - "'On the plus side, this study has shown a link between gastrointestinal distress and regression in autism,' Bernard tells WebMD. 'A lot of people don't accept this and deny parents' perspective when they say their kids' with autism have GI trouble.' But Bernard says the Lipkin study does not close the book on the theory that MMR vaccine might trigger autism."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Study Finds Vaccine Not Linked to Autism - New Research Offers Strongest Evidence Yet on Controversy (includes video) - ABC News - "Dr. Marie McCormick of the Harvard School of Public Health said these results are definitive and significant. 'This is the nail in the coffin,' she said. 'The final bit of research we were looking for to finally discredit this link between the measles vaccine and autism' is proven....'This is exactly the type of study we've come to expect from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],' said NAA Research Committee co-chair Laura Bono. 'One where a sweeping conclusion is made that can't be supported by the study itself.'"

►September 3, 2008 - Study Shows ‘No Connection’ Between Measles Vaccine, Autism - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►September 3, 2008 - NAA ON MMR STUDY: Wrong Question Asked. Wrong Children Studied. Wrong Conclusions Reached. - CDC Misses Target With Flawed MMR/Autism Study - Age of Autism

►September 3, 2008 - As Seen On TV: MMR Vaccine and Autism - Links to Learn More About the MMR Vaccine - The results of a new study, reported in the Public Library of Science today, provided more evidence that the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, given to tens of millions of children each year, is not linked to autism. Researchers at Columbia University say this study provides strong evidence that the vaccine should not be linked to autism. - ABC News

►September 3, 2008 - Parents urged not to shun MMR vaccine - Cambridge Evening News

* ►September 3, 2008 - The vaccination choice - Is it better to vaccinate children for measles or not? - La Jolla Light

* ►September 3, 2008 - Brazil embarks on massive measles campaign - SABC News - "The Brazilian Health Ministry has embarked on a massive scale measles immunisation programme targeting young adults from ages 20 to 39. The Ministry plans to immunise more than 70-million people in its nationwide campaign."

►September 3, 2008 - Report: Mercury-Fish Hype Put Poor Children At Risk - The Center for Consumer Freedom - "Click here to download Tuna Meltdown: How Green Groups and the Federal Government Put America’s Poorest Children at Risk."

►September 3, 2008 - Tricare Provider Forced to Drop Patients - Age of Autism

* ►September 3, 2008 - Gardasil: Safety of Genetically Engineered HPV Vaccine Still in Question - Theresa's Biotech / Biomedical Blog - http://biotech.about.com

* ►September 3, 2008 - HPV Vaccine Required of Immigrants, but not Citizens - MyFox WGHP - "Ginky-Lee Torres, an immigration lawyer, questions the government's decision to impose requirements on immigrants that go above and beyond those on citizens. 'If the government is trying to take care of everyone, they should be doing it also with the citizens,' she said. 'However, they don't have the power to impose on you as a citizen what vaccination you have.'"

* ►September 3, 2008 - HPV vaccine shows possible side effects in girls - KGW.com - "Breanna Barnard, 12, is your normal teenager....In July, Barnard was given the much-hyped HPV vaccine, otherwise known as Gardasil. It’s a popular vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in young girls....'She started walking really strange. At first it was funny because she couldn’t walk.' Her mom said. It got worse.  'I couldn’t feel my arms, I couldn’t talk,' said the young girl. When it lasted three hours, her mother had enough.  She took Breanna to a Washington state hospital, where a doctor became concerned.  Barnard said an EEG showed slow brain movement on one side of her brain.  If that wasn’t enough to concern to this mother of four, just wait until you hear what the doctor told her. 'She told me they get a lot of girls in here, with the same side effects.' What was the link?  Barnard claims the doctor says it was the HPV vaccine."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Fears of Autism Not Affecting Immunization Rates - Despite Concerns About Thimerosal, Parents Still Vaccinating - AAFP News Now

* ►September 3, 2008 - Current vaccination schedule unsafe for kids - letter - The Enterprise

►September 3, 2008 - Grown-ups Not Getting Adult Vaccines - Up To 8 Vaccines Now Available For Adults - NBC San Diego

►September 3, 2008 - Area clinics recognized for immunization rates - Madison Daily Leader

►September 3, 2008 - Spearfish Regional Medical Clinic staff accepts award for immunization efforts - Lawrence County Journal

* ►September 3, 2008 - Phase III U.S. Pivotal Study Results on CSL Biotherapies’ Afluria® Published in Vaccine - Data Show Afluria® Influenza Vaccine Provides Safe and Effective Immune Response - press release - CSL Biotherapies via Business Wire - "Afluria is a purified, inactivated, trivalent influenza vaccine propagated in embryonated chicken eggs."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee - FDA/CBER

* ►September 3, 2008 - The Role of Lawsuits in Regulating the Drug Industry - New York Personal Injury Lawyers New, NYC

* ►September 3, 2008 - Post offices may soon sell medicines - The Economic Times

* ►September 3, 2008 - Gardasil - CBC News - "The catch with Gardasil, though, is that it has proved remarkably effective against two particular strains of HPV, which in themselves are said to be responsible for upwards of 70 per cent of cervical cancers. That means Gardasil will not prevent all cervical cancers and women are still advised to get Pap tests. But the important consideration here is that if young women have already been exposed to these two most popular strains, the vaccine has no effect. In fact, some early testing has suggested that women who take Gardasil who are already infected with HPV are more susceptible to developing the lesions that lead to cervical cancer. So the plan is to inoculate girls as young as possible, before they've had sex, hence the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to allow the drug on girls as young as nine, or when they are in Grade 4."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Oncologists Use Lung Cancer Vaccine to Personalize Care - University of Cincinnati via Media-Newswire

* ►September 3, 2008 - Yo, Daddio: Taking another look at vaccinations - The Lansing State Journal

►September 3, 2008 - Innova Memphis invests in vaccine developer Vaxent - Memphis Business Journal - "Vaxent’s lead product in development is a vaccine against group A streptococcus, which is the primary cause of pharyngitis or 'strep throat' in children."

►September 3, 2008 - Six state hospitals volunteer for infection pilot project - New Mexico Business Weekly

* ►September 3, 2008 - SIGA Technologies Awarded $55 Million by Federal Government to Develop Broader Applications for Its Lead Drug Candidate ST-246 - SIGA Technologies, Inc. via GlobeNewswire via Comtex via MarketWatch - "Commenting on the contract, SIGA's Chief Executive Officer Eric Rose stated, 'This new contract will broaden the use and utility of ST-246 as an orthopoxvirus (e.g., smallpox) countermeasure.'"

►September 3, 2008 - Glaxo offers program to boost employer antiviral stockpiling - CIDRAP News

* ►September 3, 2008 - Quercetin may help in Preventing the Flu - Best Syndication

* ►September 3, 2008 - FluMist Selling Point? "...does not contain Thimerosal" By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►September 3, 2008 - Protect against deadly flu - AsiaOne

►September 3, 2008 - Avian flu taskforce conducts regionwide activities to keep Eastern Visayas bird-flu free - Philippine Information Agency

* ►September 3, 2008 - Emergent BioSolutions wins $24.3M to fight anthrax - Washington Business Journal

►September 3, 2008 - SU food service worker found to have hepatitis A - Onondaga County health commissioner says public is not at risk of infection. - The Post-Standard

►September 3, 2008 - Vaccinating Parents Protects Newborns in the NICU Against Pertussis - American Academy of Pediatrics via Doctor's Guide

►September 3, 2008 - Whooping cough on the rise in WNC - Asheville Citizen-Times

►September 3, 2008 - Chicken Pox/Shingles/The Vaccines - Exploring Vaccines

►September 3, 2008 - Actor Jude Law and director Jeremy Gilley in Afghanistan to promote peace - UNICEF

►September 3, 2008 - Universal childhood virus is inherited in DNA - New Scientist

* ►September 3, 2008 - Senate Committee Conducts Hearing On Antimicrobial Resistance - U.S. Medicine - "Yet, Dr. Tenover added, 'even as the CDC surveillance system was recording this decline in pneumococcal infections, it also noted the rise of infections caused by a new multi-drug resistant strain of pneumococcus called serotype 19-A—a strain type not covered by [Prevnar].' Another example of taking one step forward, one step back, in terms of combating antimicrobial resistance, is the rates of MRSA infection in patients across the United States."

►September 3, 2008 - CDC: 1 in 20 Americans Depressed - Work, Home, and Social Life Suffers as a Result of Untreated Depression - WebMD

►September 3, 2008 - Antidepressants & Suicide Rates Debated… Again - Pharmalot

►September 3, 2008 - Media Makes Schering-Plough Stock ‘Radioactive’ - Pharmalot

* ►September 3, 2008 - NJ Lawmaker Wants Probe Into Antipsychotics - Pharmalot

►September 3, 2008 - ‘We owe it to Mason to try to stop E.coli’ - WalesOnline, UK

►September 3, 2008 - Releasing Vytorin Data Is A No-Win Proposition - Pharmalot

►September 3, 2008 - Brain cells may attack immune system - PLoS One via UPI

►September 3, 2008 - Link to cancer deaths may cut into Vytorin sales - Bloomberg via The Boston Globe

►September 3, 2008 - Were Vytorin Cancer Data Made Public Too Soon? - The Wall Street Journal

►September 3, 2008 - Vytorin may hold up long term despite recent woes - The Guardian, UK

* ►September 3, 2008 - Identifying and Addressing Safety Signals in Clinical Trials (full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 3, 2008 - Tobacco Could Hold the Key to Revolutionary Gene Therapy - Wired Science

►September 3, 2008 - New nano device detects immune system cell signaling - Vanderbilt University via EurekAlert

►September 3, 2008 - Arteries from Distinct Regions of the Body Have Unique Immune - Emory University School of Medicine via HealthNewsDigest

►September 3, 2008 - Missouri court decision 'encourages' forum shopping - Legal Newsline

►September 3, 2008 - Is This the Best of All Possible Markets? - The Motley Fool - "How often do you have the chance to buy Merck (NYSE: MRK) stock at a 40% discount from its highs? You could have gotten in cheap during the Vioxx troubles; those shares subsequently roared ahead to more than $61 each, launching the pharmaceutical back to the stratospheric premiums it typically carries. Today it's trading at a 30% discount to where it was a year ago."

►September 3, 2008 - Pfizer paying up to $725 million for Alzheimer drug rights - MarketWatch

* ►September 2, 2008 - Public Workshop Rapid Methods for Detecting Mycoplasma Contamination in the Manufacture of Vaccines, Including Pandemic Influenza Vaccines, and Other Biological Products - FDA/CBER

* ►September 2, 2008 - Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, PATH Announce New Partnership to Produce Rotavirus Vaccine Candidate for Clinical Trials - Ascribe News via COMTEX via Trading Charts

* ►September 2, 2008 - Bihar faces measles threat - The Times of India

* ►September 2, 2008 - Quantitative real-time PCR study on persistence of pDNA vaccine pVax-Hsp60 TM814 in beef muscles (pdf) - journal article (Genetic Vaccines and Therapy)

* ►September 2, 2008 - Study shows chickenpox vaccine really working - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today's Pediatrics via TampaBays10.com

* ►September 2, 2008 - Pesticide or Genocide? Human Experimentation on U.S. Citizens. - OpEdNews

►September 2, 2008 - A sharper look at malaria - In work that could lead to new ways of detecting and treating malaria, MIT researchers have used two advanced microscopy techniques to show in unprecedented detail how the malaria parasite attacks red blood cells. - Physorg

►September 2, 2008 - E. coli outbreak in Oklahoma kills 1, sickens 200 - AP via Nola.com

►September 2, 2008 - Nature inspires new highly specific drugs and organic products - New-Medical.Net

* ►September 2, 2008 - Was The FDA Given A Secret Vytorin Report? - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Lawmakers seek answers on Vytorin cancer report - Reuters

►September 2, 2008 - Neurogenesis In Adult Brain: Association With Stress And Depression - The brain is the key organ in the response to stress. It reacts in a complex, orchestrated manner that is related to the activation and inhibition of neural structures involved in sensory, motor, autonomic, cognitive and emotional processes. -  European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►September 2, 2008 - Pfizer resuming ads for Lipitor after controversy - AP via Nola.com

►September 2, 2008 - Institute made hub of research network - Institute made hub of research network via San Diego Union-Tribune

►September 2, 2008 - Satellite imaging used to predict outbreaks of infectious disease - News-Medical.Net

►September 2, 2008 - Life-saving jab for infants also protects adults - Irish Independent

►September 2, 2008 - Meningitis Trust urges parents to avail of new vaccine - The Irish Times

* ►September 1, 2008 - TRICARE Management Activity Desperately Needs A New Name! - Autism Salutes

►September 1, 2008 - Towns lauded for flu immunizations - AP via KOTA Territory News

* ►September 1, 2008 - Medicine's Next Big Thing: No More Needles? - Ivanhoe via HealthScout - "Preliminary human trials show microneedles can deliver drugs as well as traditional needles. Now researchers are testing microneedles for diabetics, patients with eye diseases and others who need regular injections. One day, this could be how you get your flu shot."

►September 1, 2008 - Watch out for drug names that look, sound alike - AP via The Washington Post

* ►September 2008 - Reduced cytosolic protein synthesis suppresses mitochondrial degeneration - journal article (Nature Cell Biology)

* ►September 2008 - Morphometric Spatial Patterns Differentiating Boys With Fragile X Syndrome, Typically Developing Boys, and Developmentally Delayed Boys Aged 1 to 3 Years - journal article (Archives of General Psychiatry)

►September 2008 - Seasonal Variation in Human Brain Serotonin Transporter Binding - journal article (Archives of General Psychiatry)

►August 31, 2008 - Study Shows More Genes Are Controlled By Biological Clocks - University of Georgia via Biocompare

►August 31, 2008 - Effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in patients with chronic heart failure (the GISSI-HF trial): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial - journal article (The Lancet)

►August 31, 2008 - NZ Catholic schools debating Gardasil - Semper Vita

►August 31, 2008 - Website launched to inform teens about cervical cancer vaccine - NZPA via 3 News NZ

►August 29, 2008 - Historic Nationwide Walk for Autism to Pass Through Missouri - press release - National Autism Association via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

►August 29, 2008 - Shots and autism - letter (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "Refusing vaccinations in fear of autism is ignorant. Vaccinations help cure disease. Thimerosal does nothing to cause autism. Let's cure the disease we know how to cure. Vaccinate!"

►August 28, 2008 - Thousands of sixth-graders lack full vaccination paperwork - The Virginian-Pilot

►August 28, 2008 - Memory Trick Shows Brain Organization - University of California - Davis via Biocompare

►August 27, 2008 - Guidance for Industry Integrated Summary of Effectiveness - FDA/CDER

►August 24, 2008 - Vaccination campaign for Karamoja - Wavah Broadcasting Company, Uganda

►July 1, 2008 - Flu Mist Contains Two H5N1 DNA Markets to create a pandemic! - video - YouTube

* ►Winter 2003 - Autism in the United States: a Perspective by F. Edward Yazbak, M.D.,F.A.A.P. (pdf) - Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons via www.vaproject.org

Always Question Authority Autism Conference - Where: Country Cupboard Route 15 North Lewisburg, Pa. 17837 When: Friday October 24, 2008 (pdf) - Bret's Adventure

The Vaccine Decision - Vaccine Lecture At Elephant Pharmacy - Randall Neustaedter OMD - September 11, 2008 - Los Altos, CA

 

Posted September 2, 2008

 

►September 15, 2008 - USDA renews funding for work on PRRS, avian influenza - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

* ►September 15, 2008 - Reserves of human-use rabies vaccine could alleviate supply worries - Vaccine supply is low while one supplier reports that demand is unexpectedly high - ournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association - "Supplies of rabies vaccine fell after Sanofi Pasteur started renovations in June 2007 in its IMOVAX rabies vaccine production facility in France, according to information from the CDC. The renovations are intended to maintain compliance with FDA and French regulations, and the facility is expected to be operational by late 2009. Sanofi Pasteur produced inventory of its vaccine on the basis of historical demand, according to the CDC. But Novartis fell short of projected production of RabAvert earlier this year, according to the CDC."

* ►September 3, 2008 - Industry Support of Medical Education - A Broken System - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 3, 2008 - Industry-Sponsored Clinical Research - A Broken System - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 3, 2008 - New Developments in Managing Physician-Industry Relationships - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 3, 2008 - Paid Family Leave for Parents of Chronically Ill Children - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 3, 2008 - Awareness and Use of California's Paid Family Leave Insurance Among Parents of Chronically Ill Children - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Suicide Trends Among Youths Aged 10 to 19 Years in the United States, 1996-2005 - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Academic Medical Centers Embark on Public Outreach Through the Internet - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Effect of Physical Activity on Cognitive Function in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Experts Provide Insights Into Emerging Field of Brain and Spine Repair - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Malaria Mechanism - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Physical Activity for Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►September 3, 2008 - Nutrition and Rheumatic Disease - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 3, 2008 - Will she find a cure? - With autism on the rise, one Melbourne woman has been given $2 million to beat this cruel condition. - The Age

* ►September 3, 2008 - Virus is passed from parent to child in the DNA - Reuters India - "A virus that causes a universal childhood infection is often passed from parent to child at birth, not in the blood but in the DNA, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. They found that most babies infected with the HHV-6 virus, which causes roseola, had the virus integrated into their chromosomes."

►September 3, 2008 - Cancer vaccine behind health spending boost - New research shows the introduction of the cervical cancer vaccine in 2007 was behind a boost in Government spending on public health. - www.abc.net.au

►September 3, 2008 - Allergic reactions to HPV vaccine rare - Ministry - NZPA via New Zealand Herald

►September 3, 2008 - Measles vaccination successful in Mara - Daily News Tanzania

* ►September 2, 2008 - The Unconvincing Thimerosal Epidemiological Studies: How and Why They Were Produced, Published and Protected by F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP - Vaccine Autoimmune Project for Research and Education (VAP)

* ►September 2, 2008 - Fitness to Practise Panels weeks commencing 8 September 2008 - General Medical Council Press Office - "Please note: The Wakefield, Walker-Smith and Murch hearing did not finish as scheduled on 29 August 2008.  The Hearing has now adjourned and will reconvene on 3-19 November 2008.  It is likely that further dates for 2009 will be announced at the November session."

* ►September 2, 2008 - Court order remains for anti-vaccine couple - A Sydney court has refused a request by the New South Wales Department of Community Services (DOCS) to give up parental responsibility for a baby born to a mother with hepatitis B. - www.abc.net.au

* ►September 2, 2008 - Outstanding Questions - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►September 2, 2008 - Feds announce $20,000 reward for SRS anthrax hoax in 2005 - Augusta Chronicle

►September 2, 2008 - Carrying On For The Cause (includes video) - KOMU.com - "Williams and Bobby Genese are on a six to eight month trek from San Francisco to Washington D.C. via Hwy. 50. They said their motivation is a young, autistic friend of the family who died during to a seizure at age seven."

* ►September 2, 2008 - Oxygen therapy breathes new life into autism treatment - Parents rave about hyperbaric oxygen therapy but many doctors and scientists are skeptical. - Orange County Register

* ►September 2, 2008 - Julie Deardorff Says It's OK to Ask Questions - Age of Autism

* ►September 2, 2008 - Palin's newborn puts Down syndrome in spotlight (requires registration) - Booster Shots via Los Angeles Times

* ►September 2, 2008 - Safe Vaccines Still Possible For Most Vaccine-Allergic Children - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via Medical News Today - "'We cannot reiterate enough that the vaccines used today are extremely safe, but in a handful of children certain vaccine ingredients can trigger serious allergic reactions,' says Robert Wood, M.D., lead author on the paper and chief of pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Hopkins Children's. ... Conflict of interest disclosure for Hopkins investigators: Halsey has received research support from vaccine manufacturer Wyeth and is a consultant for vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Merck."

* ►September 2, 2008 - Cervical cancer vaccine advertised on teen social networking sites - Teenage girls are being targeted through social networking websites with messages telling them to take up the new cervical cancer jab, it has emerged. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►September 2, 2008 - 5 Things to Consider Before Getting the HPV Vaccine - How to weigh the risks, benefits, and cost of the cancer-preventing shot - U.S. News & World Report

* ►September 2, 2008 - Revealed: The serious health concerns about the cervical cancer jab - Daily Mail, UK

►September 2, 2008 - Mother backs HPV vaccine - Wairarapa Times Age

* ►September 2, 2008 - IAC Express Issue number 750 - Immunzation Action Coalition - "1.  Take time to view Dr. Paul A. Offit's video about his new book, "Autism's False Prophets" - A YouTube video of Paul A. Offit, MD, talking about his soon-to-be released book has been posted on the website of Columbia University Press. The book, titled 'Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure,' is published by Columbia University Press. To view the 3-minute video, and to pre-order the book, click here."

* ►September 2, 2008 - Spot On - A CDC expert on the success of the chickenpox vaccine and why every child should get a booster shot to prevent new outbreaks of the potentially serious disease. - Newsweek

* ►September 2, 2008 - A pox on childhood's itchy red bumps - Skin disease that most of us got as young kids is fading away 13 years after vaccine's debut (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

* ►September 2, 2008 - Chickenpox vaccine: The immunity question - Julie's Health Club via Chicago Tribune

* ►September 2, 2008 - Response to Chicago Tribune on Measles By Louis Conte - Age of Autism

* ►September 2, 2008 - Vaccination dramatically cuts childhood disease - As B.C. fights mumps outbreak, research shows incidence of chickenpox in the U.S. dropped 90% in 10 years of universal shots (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "Though a register would help to track potential problem areas, there are no plans to introduce mandatory vaccinations. 'It's an important ethical question,' Dr. Gustafson said. 'In Canada, we maintain an individual's right to accept or not accept immunizations as the primary importance, though there are times when that changes. Unvaccinated children can be excluded [from] school if there is an outbreak of a preventable disease, so there are consequences to that choice,' she said. 'Whether or not that is a consequence with any impact will depend on the individual involved.'"

* ►September 2, 2008 - Unvaccinated children could be barred from class Sept. 17 - Columbus Local News via www.snponline.com

* ►September 2, 2008 - NJ children returning to school face mandatory meningitis shots - MyCentralJersey.com - "'As with all medical procedures there are risks involved, and parents should have the right to choose whether or not they want to take these risks,' said Cathy Millet, co-founder for the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination, an advocacy group."

►September 2, 2008 - School begins with barely a hitch - Daily Press - "According to Newport News Schools, 460 students showed up without the required immunizations but many of their families brought them in as the day progressed."

►September 2, 2008 - Student Immunization Clinic - BU Today

►September 2, 2008 - Don't brush off vaccines so quickly - letter (requires registration or subscription) - Chicago Tribune

►September 2, 2008 - Braking the Virus (requires registration) - The New York Times Blog - "As my first exhibit, I’ve chosen the genetic modification of a virus for the purpose of producing a safer vaccine."

►September 2, 2008 - Kids with vaccine allergies can be immunized safely, pediatricians say - Journal article proposes precautions, monitoring to ensure safe vaccination - CBC

►September 2, 2008 - Welch Receives Immunization Leadership Award - Wilkes University

►September 2, 2008 - New Study Raises More Questions Over Antidepressants, Teen Suicide (free preview) - The Wall Street Journal

►September 2, 2008 - Work Continues On Homeland Security Biodefense Lab - The Frederick News-Post via WTOP.com

►September 2, 2008 - Gilbert Hospital Prepares for Flu Season - press release - Gilbert Hospital via PRNewswire-USNewswire via Comtex via MarketWatch

►September 2, 2008 - Flu vaccine arriving at local health departments - New Bern Sun Journal

►September 2, 2008 - SD towns lauded for flu immunizations (requires registration) - AP via Jamestown Sun

►September 2, 2008 - 2008 flu shot called better bet - North Platte Telegraph

►September 2, 2008 - Physicians push measles vaccine - OneNewsNow

►September 2, 2008 - WHO urges action to kick polio out of Nigeria - Afrique en Ligne

►September 2, 2008 - Across The Nation | CDC Report on New HIV Infections in U.S. Did Not Include Data From Puerto Rico; Omission Has Widespread Consequences, Advocates Say - www.kaisernetwork.org

►September 2, 2008 - Old drug shows new use against hepatitis C - United Press International

►September 2, 2008 - Hepatitis may be linked to medical technician (requires registration) - Herald Sun

* ►September 2, 2008 - Tg6 Antibody Plays a Key Role in Celiac Disease-Related Neurological Disorders - Celiac.com

►September 2, 2008 - Bipolar Risk for Kids Born to Older Dads - Study Shows Age of Dad Is a Factor in Risk of Child Developing Bipolar Disorder - WebMD

►September 2, 2008 - Teen suicide rates remain elevated (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

* ►September 2, 2008 - MS Market is Estimated to Be Worth Almost US$8 Billion in 2008, with a Growth Rate of 10.6% Year-on-Year - Research and Markets via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►September 2, 2008 - New Debate Over Vytorin and Cancer - Data Are Reassuring, but Editor of Leading Medical Journal Says Drug Can't Be Cleared - WebMD

►September 2, 2008 - Bridge Laboratories' China Study Data Accepted by the FDA - Bridge Laboratories via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►September 2, 2008 - CDC Launches Online Video Resource - Occupational Health Safety

►September 2, 2008 - Rabies Vaccination Program Underway in Western Pennsylvania - press release - Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture via PRNewswire-USNewswire via The Earth Times

* ►September 2, 2008 - Clones' offspring may be in food supply: FDA - Reuters

►September 2, 2008 - Poultry Vaccines May also Improve Human Health - press release - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, United States Department of Agriculture

* ►September 2, 2008 - Incidence of pneumonia is not reduced by pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (pdf) (letters) - WHO

* ►September 2, 2008 - Gardasil Is Safe And Usage Will Rise? Keep Reading - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Singulair Causes Suicide? ALA Researchers Say No - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Do DTC Ads Help Sales? Not Really… - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Bioviolence (book review) - journal article (Journal of Homeland Security)

* ►September 2, 2008 - Shingles risk increases with age - www.azcentral.com

* ►September 2, 2008 - Psych Journal Discloses Editorial Board Conflicts - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Safety Monitoring Of New Kids Meds Is ‘Crucial’ - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - Glaxo Admits Breaches At Plant That Exploded - Pharmalot

* ►September 2, 2008 - The New Lipitor Ad: Look, Ma, No Celebrities! - Pharmaot

* ►September 2, 2008 - How friendly bacteria avoids immune attack to live happily in the gut - For a long time scientists have been puzzled by the fact that the immune system in the gut is capable of fighting toxic bacterial infection while staying, at the same time, tolerant to its resident “friendly” bacteria. - alphagalileo via Innovations Report

* ►September 2, 2008 - Court System Integral To Guaranteeing Drug Safety - InjuryBoard Charlottesville

* ►September 2, 2008 - Antipsychotics In Children And Adolescents: The Risks And Benefits - 21st Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology via Medical News Today

* ►September 2, 2008 - How a cruel disease is paralysing a little boy - and no one knows what it is or if it will kill him - Daily Mail, UK

* ►September 2, 2008 - Infant Behaviour Under The Spotlight At Conference, UK - The British Psychological Society via Medical News Today

* ►September 2, 2008 - Bipolar risk rises with father's age - Children of older fathers are more likely to have bipolar disorder - a discovery that could explain the increasing numbers of people diagnosed with the condition. - The Australian

►September 2, 2008 - Research and Markets: CNS Drug Discoveries Alzheimer's Disease Chapter Predicts the Considerable Changes in the AD Market That May Occur by 2014 - Research and Markets via MarketWatch

* ►September 2, 2008 - Research Shows Wide Array of Pesticide Exposures to Bees - Beyond Pesticides - Research and Markets via MarketWatch

►September 2, 2008 - Docs' caution hurts Merck, Schering-Plough shares - AP via CNN Money

►September 2, 2008 - Cardiologists Hate Vytorin - The Motley Fool

►September 2, 2008 - Vytorin's Cancer Question - Forbes

►September 2, 2008 - Analyses of Cancer Data from Three Ezetimibe Trials (full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 2, 2008 - Ezetimibe and Cancer — An Uncertain Association (full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 2, 2008 - Back to school - Best Defense - Herbal-Nutrition-Solutions.com

* ►September 1, 2008 - Incidence of pneumonia is not reduced by pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (pdf) (letters) - WHO - "The Cochrane database states that PCV does not reduce the incidence of clinical pneumonia, although it has been shown to reduce vaccine-serotype bacteraemic pneumonia and radiological pneumonia. The benefit of reducing bacteraemic pneumonia and radiological pneumonia is so minimal that it has no effect on “clinical pneumonia”. Poor nations will need to assess its cost utility carefully."

►September 1, 2008 - Mortality Reduction with Influenza Vaccine in Patients with Pneumonia Outside "Flu" Season - journal article (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine)

►September 1, 2008 - Jobs for old brain's new neurons (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►September 2008 - Vaccine anxieties: global science, child health and society (book review) - WHO - "The “story”, the “frame”, gives meaning to complex and challenging experiences. In the United Kingdom, for example, attitudes towards vaccination are embedded into a context of personalized perspectives concerning parenting, child development and health. Whereas epidemiology takes a population-based approach to risk, parents facing the decision to have their child vaccinated might view the situation from a different perspective – that of the specific health history of the family and the child and of personal experiences with institutions. Parents do not assess risk on a population level, but in relation to their child. Public health practitioners and many citizens often have views of government, society and of the body that are at odds with one another and to describe those opposing views using concepts such as ignorance of “sound science” seems highly inappropriate to the authors of this book."

* ►September 2008 - Clinical Manual for the Treatment of Autism - journal article (The American Journal of Psychiatry)

* ►September 2008 - Age at Regression in Children With Autism With and Without Down Syndrome - journal article (AAP Grand Rounds)

►September 2008 - Children and tuberculosis medicines: bridging the research gap - WHO

►September 2008 - Tuberculosis control in vulnerable groups - WHO

►September 2008 - Tuberculosis: in it for the long haul. An interview with Brigitte Gicquel. - WHO

►September 2008 - Estimating child mortality due to diarrhoea in developing countries - WHO

►September 2008 - Author reply to: Evaluation of the WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems - WHO

►September 2008 - Benign childhood focal epilepsies: assessment of established and newly recognized syndromes. - journal article (Brain)

►September 2008 - Communicable diseases in south-east Asia: call for papers - WHO

* ►August 31, 2008 - A shot of skepticism about vaccines won't hurt a bit (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune - "Vaccination, considered to be one of medicine's greatest achievements, is a personal decision that is often forced on people for the greater good. Parents who question vaccines are simply seeking information and advocating for their children. We have the right to question everything that goes into our children's bodies, whether it's food, herbs, over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. Vaccines, which like any medical procedure carry both benefits and risks, should not be an exception."

* ►August 30, 2008 - Rowdy mobs halt bilharzia vaccinations in Morogoro - DailyNewsOnline, Tanzania - "The parents and some residents of the area panicked following rumours that some pupils fainted after being vaccinated, whereupon they stormed into the two schools and started attacking teachers -- demanding immediate release of their children."

* ►August 30, 2008 - Parents still on run after order to vaccinate - Brisbane Times

►August 30, 2008 - Thousands of Children Fail to Get Polio Vaccination in Troubled Regions of Pakistan - MedIndia

►August 30, 2008 - CDC Says Few American Adults are Sufficiently Vaccinated - Occupational Health Safety

►August 29, 2008 - Merck starts midstage trial of Staphylococcus vaccine - SmartBrief

►August 29, 2008 - Research: Valsartan safe, effective for use in children - SmartBrief

* ►August 28, 2008 - HPV Vaccine - Cost-Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine - CDC

►August 28, 2008 - German Coalition Sues Bayer on Bee Die-Offs - Environment News Service via Beyond Pesticides

* ►August 27, 2008 - The Politics of Merck’s Gardasil - The HPV vaccine is slammed by the New York Times. Expect some of those themes to recur during the presidential campaign. - The RPM Report

►August 27, 2008 - Miscommunicating Risk (Part 2): The Byetta Disconnect Continues… - Amylin belated holds a conference call to add “context” to pancreatitis reports—and only seems to make investors more unhappy. Clearly FDA isn’t the only one with work to do when it comes to mastering risk communication in a “Safety First” climate. - The RPM Report

►August 27, 2008 - Kennedy's 2009 Mission: Universal Healthcare - The ailing Massachusetts Senator highlights health care in an emotional address to the Democratic National Convention. - The RPM Report

►August 27, 2008 - New evidence on addiction to medicines Diazepam has effect on nerve cells in the brain reward system - Academy of Finland via EurekAlert

►August 21, 2008 - Role of human milk in extremely low birth weight infants' risk of necrotizing enterocolitis or death. - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►August 21, 2008 - Devotees look to higher authority to heal - Lower Hudson Journal News

►August 18, 2008 - Why do you do what you do? - Medical Marketing & Media

►August 12, 2008 - Observational study of sublingual specific immunotherapy in persistent and intermittent allergic rhinitis: the EFESO trial. - journal article (Current Medical Research and Opinion)

►August 6, 2008 - Corticosteroids can help distinguish between Guillain-Barré syndrome and first attack of chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy: an illustrative case report. - journal article (Medical principles and practice : international journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre)

* ►August 5, 2008 -  Bird Flu Hoax Pt. 1 - The Bird Flu is surrounded by hype and misinformation, and it's hard to know exactly what to believe. With that in mind, Dr. Ott decided to get to the heart of the issue. The fruits of his research are presented in this two hour seminar. - YouTube

* ►August 5, 2008 - Bird Flu Hoax Pt. 2 - YouTube

* ►August 5, 2008 - Bird Flu Hoax Pt. 3 - YouTube

►August 2008 - Congenital CMV infection: Prevalence in newborns and the impact on hearing deficit. - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►August 2008 - The link between vitamin D deficiency and systemic lupus erythematosus. - journal article (Current Rheumatology Reports)

* Miss Smith and Her Junior Warlocks Stir the Brew. August 19th - August 29th - CryShame

* Brian Deer's Allegations against Dr Andrew Wakefield: A Rebuttal - CryShame

Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure - Paul A. Offit, M.D. (includes video) - Columbia University Press

 

Posted September 1, 2008

 

* ►September 8, 2008 - Time to get tough? States increasingly offer ways to opt out of vaccine mandates - Too many exemptions have been seen as a risk to public health. But a push to crack down might do more harm than good. - www.ama-assn.org

* ►September 8, 2008 - Shedding and immunogenicity of live attenuated influenza vaccine virus in subjects 5–49 years of age - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 8, 2008 - Aseptic meningitis after transmission of the Leningrad–Zagreb mumps vaccine from vaccinee to susceptible contact - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 8, 2008 - ELISA underestimates measles antibody seroprevalence in US military recruitsstar, open - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 8, 2008 - Impact of the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on rates of community acquired pneumonia in children and adults - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 8, 2008 - Prospects for use of interleukin-12 as a mucosal adjuvant for vaccination of humans to protect against respiratory pneumococcal infection - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 8, 2008 - Recombinant Bacillus anthracis spore proteins enhance protection of mice primed with suboptimal amounts of protective antigen - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 8, 2008 - Anti-EGFR activation, anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects of polyclonal antibodies induced by EGFR-based cancer vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 8, 2008 - Induction of opsonophagocytic killing activity with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in human immunodeficiency virus-infected Ugandan adults - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 8, 2008 - Epilepsy care goal shifting to no seizures, not just fewer ones - CDC data show this common disorder is undertreated, and many experts suspect its nature may interfere with access to care. -  www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Legal risk for prescribing painkillers is small, study says - Researchers say that relatively few doctors were charged between 1998 and 2006, but critics find that interpretation paints a misleading picture. -  www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Practices hit Medicare P4P quality targets, but bonuses still fall short - Only four of the 10 physician groups received performance pay, despite a near-perfect record on quality measures. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Texas liability reforms spur plunge in premiums and lawsuits - Doctors attribute reduced medical liability insurance rates and an influx of specialists to the caps enacted five years ago. A legal challenge threatens to undo the reforms. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - CMS calls for transition to ICD-10 codes in 3 years - Physicians would still be able to use CPT codes for billing but would adopt the greatly expanded ICD-10 codes for diagnoses. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Physician ties to medical device firms probed - A court case and a continuing federal investigation into illegal kickbacks focus on makers of orthopedic devices. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Attempt to remove bullet leads to lawsuit - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Parallel universe: Entering an online 3-D world - The medical community is trying to find real-life benefits from the virtual reality of Second Life. - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Paper perceived safer than e-records - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Before you buy, evaluate the vendor's responsiveness - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - Letters to the Editor - Medical Justice: Our mutual privacy agreement will stand up when the patient is federally insured - In-depth smoking history leads to proper selection of therapies - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - News in brief: Health & Science - Study finds bacterial pneumonia is key to deaths in influenza pandemics - FDA issues new precautions on diabetes drug Byetta - FDA approves first Huntington's drug - Elders say they experience verbal and financial mistreatment by relatives - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Arizona referendum would ban individual mandates - www.ama-assn.org

►September 8, 2008 - News in brief: Professional Issues - Patients value board certification but don't understand what it means - N.Y. freezes liability insurance rates - www.ama-assn.org

►September 2, 2008 - Evaluation of a measles vaccine campaign in Ethiopia using oral-fluid antibody surveys - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Influenza vaccine in Hajj pilgrims: Policy issues from field studies - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - A self-adjuvanting lipopeptide-based vaccine candidate for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Enhancement of the CD8+ T cell response to a subdominant epitope of respiratory syncytial virus by deletion of an immunodominant epitope - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of DNA vaccines encoding MAP0586c and MAP4308c of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis secretome - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Rationale and design of a community-based double-blind randomized clinical trial of an HPV 16 and 18 vaccine in Guanacaste, Costa Rica - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Comparative ability of various plasmid-based cytokines and chemokines to adjuvant the activity of HIV plasmid DNA vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Bird flu vaccine gives strong protection in mice - Reuters

►September 2, 2008 - A combination of Flt3 ligand cDNA and CpG ODN as nasal adjuvant elicits NALT dendritic cells for prolonged mucosal immunity - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 2, 2008 - Evaluation of widely consumed botanicals as immunological adjuvants - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 2, 2008 - Apache Cat in top shape after injection - Apache Cat, crowned last night as Champion Sprinter of the 2007-08 season, has taken no harm from his vaccination shot as he slowly builds towards his Hong Kong Sprint mission. - Melbourne Herald Sun

►September 2, 2008 - Hospitals to get special suits to fight flu outbreak - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►September 2, 2008 - Surgery cancelled as flu hits Royal - An outbreak of influenza in southern Tasmania has spread to the Royal Hobart Hospital. - www.abc.net.au

►September 2, 2008 - The virus that ate my brain - A massive cerebral lesion nearly killed him, but a long fight for survival gave Nigel Smith a fresh outlook on normal life - The Independent, UK

►September 2, 2008 - Strangles may have come from Cambridge - The South Island may have got a gift from the Harness Jewels in Cambridge it was not expecting, and did not want, with the current outbreak of strangles in all codes across the country. - Stuff.co.nz

►September 2, 2008 - Bluetongue vaccination warning as protection zone is extended - The Scotsman

►September 2, 2008 - Balfour teenager 'stable' after contracting meningitis - Otago-Southland medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore yesterday confirmed a case of meningococcal disease was reported to her office last week. - The Southland Times

►September 2, 2008 - Key allergy gene discovered by Munich researchers - The Virtual Medical Centre

►September 2, 2008 - Cervical cancer jabs available in south - Help is at hand for southern women in the fight against cervical cancer, with health officials hoping a new free vaccine will protect young women from developing the disease. - Southland Times via Stuff.co.nz

* ►September 2, 2008 - Gardasil lies, damned lies and more omissions - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity

* ►September 2, 2008 - Schools 'don't have enough nurses to give cervical jabs' - Daily Mail, UK

* ►September 1, 2008 - Anaphylaxis following quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccination (pdf) - (Canadian Medical Association Journal) - "We performed intradermal testing (0.02 mL per injection) with HPV vaccines and polysorbate 80 (dilutions 1:100 and 1:10). The vaccine adjuvant (proprietary Merck amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate) was not available for inclusion in the protocol. Following investigation, we classified cases using the Brighton case definition of anaphylaxis and the level of diagnostic certainty2 (Box 1, Box 2). The Brighton definition refers to the level of diagnostic certainty but not the degree of severity of the case (i.e., a level 1 classification is associated with the greatest diagnostic certainty of anaphylaxis). For the purpose of applying the definition, we considered a rash that occurred at any site not contiguous with the injection site to be “generalized.” ..."Because the onset of symptoms occurred within 30 minutes of vaccination and because there was no alternate explanation, we determined that these cases were certain or very likely to have been caused by the vaccine. We considered and rejected the possibility that these cases could have been vasovagal episodes or somatic conversion disorder misdiagnosed as anaphylaxis. Of the 8 cases, 6 had generalized urticaria, 1 had angioedema and 1 had no dermatological signs but had stridor and hypoxia."

* ►September 1, 2008 - The human papillomavirus vaccine and risk of anaphylaxis (pdf) - (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

* ►September 1, 2008 - Human papillomavirus vaccine risk and reality (pdf) - (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

* ►September 1, 2008 - Study finds more allergic reactions after HPV jab - Reuters - "Eight out of the 12 young women had confirmed anaphylactic reactions after getting the vaccine, for an estimated rate of reaction of 2.6 per 100,000 doses administered. That compared with a rate of 0.1 per 100,000 doses in a 2003 school-based meningitis vaccination program."

* ►September 1, 2008 - Cancer jabs now free - Girls between the age of 12 and 18 will be able to get free vaccinations against the virus that causes cervical cancer from today. - The MarlBorough Express

* ►September 1, 2008 - HPV shot causing high rate of allergic reaction - CP via Winnipeg Free Press - "Australian researchers have observed a higher-than-expected rate of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis in young women who have received the HPV or human papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil. Anaphylactic reactions are typically seen in about one case in one million vaccinations for many vaccines. But during the HPV vaccination program in New South Wales in 2007, anaphylaxis was reported at a rate of about 2.6 cases per 100,000 vaccinations, the researchers said Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal."

* ►September 1, 2008 - HPV vaccine 'remarkably safe' despite allergic reactions, new data shows - Canwest News Service via Canada.com - "The study of 114,000 girls aged 12 to 26 vaccinated in Australia last year found an estimated rate of anaphylaxis of 2.6 per 100,000 doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine - five- to 20-fold higher than rates reported for other vaccines. The rate of anaphylaxis in a 2003 school-based meningococcal vaccination program, by comparison, was 0.1 per 100,000 doses."

►September 1, 2008 - Higher anaphylaxis rates after HPV vaccination: CMAJ study - Despite higher rates, HPV vaccine safe for use - Canadian Medical Association Journal via EurekAlert!

►September 1, 2008 - Schoolgirls line up for first jabs of the cervical cancer vaccine - Daily Mail, UK

►September 1, 2008 - First jabs landed in Scotland's fight against cervical cancer - The Times, UK

►September 1, 2008 - Cervical cancer vaccine starts - audio - BBC

 * ►September 1, 2008 - Will you give your daughter the cervical cancer jab? - Daily Mail, UK

* ►September 1, 2008 - Burning Issue: Is vaccinating school girls for cervical cancer the best strategy? - The Scotsman

* ►September 1, 2008 - Cervical Cancer Vaccines Could Be Cost-Effective For Developing Countries, Researchers Say - Daily Women's Health Policy Report via Medical News Today

* ►September 1, 2008 - Row Over Cervical Cancer Vaccine - A programme to vaccinate schoolgirls against the virus which causes cervical cancer begins this week. - Sky News

►September 1, 2008 - Dundee leads way with cancer jab - Dundee schoolgirls became the first in the UK to be vaccinated against cervical cancer today when a new mass immunisation programme got under way (writes Graham Huband). - Evening Telegraph, UK

►September 1, 2008 - Schoolgirls to receive cervical cancer jabs - Reuters, UK

►September 1, 2008 - Young women first for free cervical cancer vaccine - Media release from the Immunisation Advisory Centre - New Zealand Doctor Online

* ►September 1, 2008 - Indian doctors part of immunization study by Bismarck company - Bismarck Tribune - "The 18-month India study offered vaccinations to children suffering from visceral leishmaniasis, or 'black fever,' a disease spread by sand flies, she said....The Institute for One World Health, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company, received $10 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, she said. Its mission is to provide medications for patients in developing countries, she said. Odyssey did not make a profit on the project, she said, only covering its costs."

* ►September 1, 2008 - The Mysteries of Autism - So many questions — so few answers - New Hampshire Magazine - "It can be difficult to dismiss the argument that vaccinations are somehow linked to autism when faced with heart-wrenching stories from parents, says Dr. Arthur C. Maerlender Jr., a neuropsychologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and assistant professor in Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. 'When you talk to parents whose child is clearly autistic, and they say [the autism symptoms] started within a month of having — or within days, they sometimes tell me — of their child having the shot, it’s kind of hard to say, ‘Well, you don’t know what you’re talking about.'"

* ►September 1, 2008 - How Will Sarah Palin Vaccinate Her Son Trig? By Mark Blaxill - Age of Autism

* ►September 1, 2008 - The first autism disease genes - Presented at the 21st Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2008, Barcelona, Spain - European College of Neuropsychopharmacology via EurekAlert!

* ►September 1, 2008 - Autism Parents Seek Clout in Federal Election - In the crosshairs: Health Minister Clement Activists target ridings with thin margins. - TheTyee.ca

* ►September 1, 2008 - NPR "Science Friday" Features a Debate on Autism and Vaccines - Where Do You Stand? - http://autism.about.com

►September 1, 2008 - The Transporters - a unique Government-backed DVD to help children with Autism recognise emotions to go on sale world-wide - DCMS via eGovMonitor

►September 1, 2008 - Students warned to get two doses of MMR vaccine - Irish Medical Times

►September 1, 2008 - Cash windfall to encourage measles jab uptake - Healthcare Equipment and Supplies

►September 1, 2008 - Parents urged to vaccinate toddlers - Belfast Telegraph

►September 1, 2008 - Meningitis - back to school warning - Nursing in Practice

►September 1, 2008 - New vaccine introduced for babies - Irish Times - "The new vaccine offers protection from two serious diseases - pneumococcal disease which can cause meningitis, blood poisoning and pneumonia and hepatitis B infection which affects the liver and can cause lifelong liver disease."

* ►September 1, 2008 - Doubts Grow Over Flu Vaccine in Elderly (requires registration) - The New York Times - "But the influenza vaccine was never put through more placebo-controlled trials, which are considered the gold standard in medical evidence. 'I think the evidence base we have leaned on is not valid,' said Lone Simonsen, an epidemiologist and visiting professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington who was not connected with the Lancet study."

►September 1, 2008 - Towns lauded for flu immunizations - AP via KXMC.com

►September 1, 2008 - Sharp and LU Find Bird Flu Deterrent - Gear Live

►September 1, 2008 - Blog: We need to plan for a flu pandemic - Gloomy economic forecasts aside, our primary care expert Lynn Young has her mind on a far more immediate concern for the nation's well-being - Nursing Times

►September 1, 2008 - Study ties child abuse to asthma (requires registration) - Boston Globe

►September 1, 2008 - Tragedy As Young City DJ Dies of Meningitis Barry, 27, Found Dead in City Flat After 'Earache'  - Evening Times via redOrbit

►September 1, 2008 - Mississippi Reports 12 New West Nile Virus Cases - Mississippi Department Of Health via eMaxHealth

►September 1, 2008 - Missouri's Reported First Cases Of Human West Nile Virus - Missouri Department Of Health And Senior Services via eMaxHealth

* ►September 1, 2008 - Circumcision problems impair HIV prevention: study - Reuters South Africa - "African health workers need more training and better tools to circumcise men and boys safely for HIV prevention, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study chronicling 'shocking' rates of complications."

►September 1, 2008 - Study links bipolar disorder with older fathers - Children born to older fathers face a greater chance of developing bipolar disorder, according to one of the largest studies linking mental illness with advanced paternal age. - AP via ABC7Chicago.com

►September 1, 2008 - Irradiation of lettuce and spinach doesn't make sense - San Francisco Chronicle

►September 1, 2008 - FDA Food Irradiation Decision Questioned - Many See Food Irradiation Measure As A Stopgap Decision - EOntario Now

►September 1, 2008 - More detail on Y-12's mercury stockpile - Knoxville News Sentinel

►September 1, 2008 - Idaho measures mercury problem - AP via KTRV Fox 12

►September 1, 2008 - Watch out for drug names that look, sound alike - The Associated Press via Google

►September 1, 2008 - CDC Launches Program to Train Veterinarians - Imperial Valley News

►September 1, 2008 - Vaccine may not make Britain immune from Bluetongue - Farming UK

►September 1, 2008 - Prompt Vaccination is the Only Bluetongue Virus Protection - Stackyard

* ►September 1, 2008 - 1.5 million medical professionals eyed for expanded flu vaccinations - The Japan Times - "Using the government's stockpile of prepandemic vaccines, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry started clinical trials last month targeted at around 6,400 people, including quarantine inspectors and workers at medical institutions for infectious diseases."

* ►September 1, 2008 - Families blame unexpected suicides on drugs - AP via Lexington Herald-Leader

►September 1, 2008 - Novartis 'supports Masters students' - Hays Pharma

►September 1, 2008 - Report ranks W.Va. No. 2 in kids with chronic illness - The Charleston Gazette

* ►September 1, 2008 - Drug Makers and Public Policy (requires registration) (opinion) - The New York Times - "The scientific evaluation of a new vaccine must be based on its merits and be limited to recommendations for use in the population. A recommendation for a school mandate should include the risk of contagion within the school-aged group rather than be based on the effectiveness of the vaccine in disease prevention. Those of us involved in state policy on immunizations have seen recent mandates initiated by pharmaceutical companies with limited scientific evidence for a school requirement. During this era of public questioning of vaccines, our public policy should be based on appropriate indications of threats to the public harm."

►September 1, 2008 - Merck's Singulair Not Linked to Depression, Suicide, Study Says - Bloomberg

* ►September 1, 2008 - Genetics, stress linked to childhood allergies, researchers say - DPA via The Earth Times

►September 1, 2008 - Research and Markets: CNS Drug Discoveries: Depression Chapter - Research and Markets via MarketWatch

►September 1, 2008 - New guidelines for Hendra virus - Owners of sick horses have been warned against touching their blood, saliva or urine in the first official guidelines to guard against the lethal Hendra virus. - The Australian

►September 1, 2008 - Birds of a feather - Daily Times, Pakistan - "Khalid Hussain, a member of the National Bird Society, told Daily Times that thousands of birds had been killed over the past year during the bird flu scare. He explained that bird flu was a disease that only affected poultry and some rare wild bird species, adding that birds kept at homes were not susceptible to it."

* ►September 2008 - Immunization: Parents Weigh the Odds - Vision Magazine - "Sybil Carlson is one such parent. Using research skills honed by a master’s degree, Carlson has looked thoroughly at the issue and weighed the odds. She believes that immunization puts her children at a greater risk than that of not immunizing at all. 'I looked at what the CDC said and talked to our doctor,' Carlson says. 'Then I started to read journal articles and found some of the actual studies [which] conflicted with what the medical community was saying about how often side effects happen, the effectiveness of vaccination, and the types of side effects.'"

* ►September 2008 - Detecting Disease in Less Than 60 Seconds (includes video) - Ivanhoe - "Airports already screen your bags. Now, University of Georgia scientists have developed a system that could one day screen you -- for disease. Researchers say the rapid response system can detect viruses from a nasal swab in one minute or less."

►August 31, 2008 - Women warned not to wear perfume during pregnancy - Scotland on Sunday

►August 31, 2008 - Journey to fight polio brings hand cyclist to Valley - Kentville Advertiser via Nova News Now

►August 31, 2008 - 'Deadly disease took my daughter' - Denise Burgin's daughter - "Shelley, an occupational therapist in Dundee, died from cervical cancer in 2007 at the age of 27, just nine months after being diagnosed. Mrs Burgin, from Dollar in Clackmannanshire, explains, in her own words, about the devastation the illness caused. - BBC - "I can understand parents being worried [about the vaccine]. We're of the generation that the children have had so many immunisations and vaccinations for a variety of illnesses, but what you have to realise is this is a deadly virus and it does kill. Please take the vaccine. It's a fantastic breakthrough and just do it. If we can help just one other person and prevent them having to go through what we went through then her death would not have been in vain."

* ►August 31, 2008 - Doctors top county salary list - Competition from private sector drives high pay, officials say - Redding Record

* ►August 31, 2008 - List of drugs with suicide concerns - AP

►August 31, 2008 - Neurogenesis In Adult Brain: Association With Stress And Depression - The brain is the key organ in the response to stress. It reacts in a complex, orchestrated manner that is related to the activation and inhibition of neural structures involved in sensory, motor, autonomic, cognitive and emotional processes. - European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►August 31, 2008 - Pumped up about medical research - BloodCenter does more than keep the supply flowing smoothly - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►August 31, 2008 - HIV's fight club - Research looks at monkeys that can fend off disease - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

►August 31, 2008 - FWC calls for help with CWD - Florida Today

* ►August 30, 2008 - Boys should also be given cervical cancer jab, say experts - A scheme to give a cervical cancer vaccine to schoolgirls from next week should be extended to teenage boys, experts say. - The Telegraph, UK - "Not vaccinating boys mean that girls could just become infected at a later date when the effects of the injections have worn off, Dr Paul Yeo, a virologist from Durham University, said. His alert came as cancer experts warned that the vaccine could also inadvertently increase the risk of some girls developing the cancer, by convincing them that they could skip vital smear tests."

►August 30, 2008 - Free immunizations for school childen - The Bridgeton News via NJ.com - "Community Health Care, Inc. will provide all families in need of new and required immunizations access to services and will reward them for keeping their kids on schedule with a $10 Wal-Mart gift card."

►August 30, 2008 - Our opinion: A shot in the arm - Parents ultimately responsible for children’s health - Times Record News

* ►August 30, 2008 - Dutch Reformed likely at heart of mumps outbreak - The ultra-conservative Christians oppose vaccinations - Vancouver Sun via Canada.com

* ►August 30, 2008 - Whooping cough outbreak reported by VA - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "An outbreak of whooping cough has been reported among 14 employees at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Oakland location. After two employees came down with the illness, the hospital began an investigation on Aug. 23 and found more cases....The statement said as of yesterday, no patients were found ill with pertussis."

* ►August 29, 2008 - Autopsy results inconclusive in baby's death - Quad City Times - "The 4-month-old boy died July 1, hours after receiving childhood vaccinations at a Genesis Health Group facility in the Illinois Quad-Cities. The hospital organization stopped its entire program for several days to investigate....Anderson said 'inconclusive' autopsy results occur sporadically. 'It’s unfortunate when we can’t pinpoint the cause,' she added. The infant, who was not identified, had received standard vaccines that protect children from eight diseases, including diphtheria, Haemophilus, influenza B, hepatitis B, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus and tetanus."

►August 29, 2008 - Pupils need shots before school starts - Inside Nova

* ►August 29, 2008 - Flu Shot Benefits for Elderly Questioned - American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine via MedPage Today

►August 29, 2008 - The Unprotected Among Us - Unvaccinated children pose risk - Scripps Howard News Service via Sarasota Herald Tribune

►August 29, 2008 - Vaccines save lives; there's no evidence that they cause autism - letter - Canton Repository

►August 29, 2008 - Bluetongue fears over new UK, Denmark cases - Irish Times

►August 29, 2008 - Concerns remain as salmonella outbreak comes to an end - The produce industry says the search for the source by the FDA, which shifted suspicion from tomatoes to jalapeno and serrano peppers, shattered consumer confidence and cost it millions. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►August 28, 2008 - Compulsory Vaccination - Australian Vaccination Network - "Having the freedom to make an informed choice about vaccination – indeed, about any medical procedure – should be considered a basic right for an individual living in a country that calls itself a democracy. No free society has the right to demand that one of its citizens place their life or the lives of its children at risk in order to protect others. Especially not when the means of protection – vaccination – is questioned by many, including a significant minority of health professionals."

* ►August 28, 2008 - Should Christian group linked to mumps outbreak identify itself? - Vancouver Sun blogs

* ►August 28, 2008 - US Measles Increase Due to Declining Vaccinations (requires registration) - MMWR via Medscape Medical News - "to deliberately give a child measles in this day and age is not only inappropriate, but it actually might be considered to be criminal, because it's preventable."

►August 28, 2008 - Has your child been vaccinated? - Asheville Citizen-Times

►August 28, 2008 - State recommends being current with measles shots - Poughkeepsie Journal - "With recent news that measles are making a resurgence across the country, state Health Commissioner Richard Daines on Thursday urged families to make sure children’s shots are up-to-date for the start of the school year."

►August 28, 2008 - Shots for Tots - KOHD.com - "In Deschutes County, only 61 percent of two year-olds have received all of their immunizations. The goal of the Deschutes County Health Department is to have every child immunized before they reach this age."

►August 28, 2008 - 'Flu virus' rampages through Tas school - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►August 28, 2008 - Rice laid low with pneumonia - Olympic swimming sensation Stephanie Rice has mild pneumonia and has been ordered to rest, forcing her to pull out of a promotional tour. - The Australian - "The Beijing gold medallist said she started to feel ill towards the end of the Olympics and her health has deteriorated since. 'I haven't been well since Beijing and it's gotten a lot worse since coming home,' she said."

►August 28, 2008 - Another hardship hits Henderson County - Ailments not confirmed as pneumonia. - The Hawk Eye

►August 28, 2008 - West Nile virus causes 2nd death in California (requires registration) - AP via Mercury News

►August 28, 2008 - Wyo health officials investigate case of plague - AP via Jackson Hole Star-Tribune

►August 28, 2008 - Scientists Use Virus To Reprogram Adult Cells In Mice - Slashdot

►August 27, 2008 - Olympic Gold Medalist Focuses on Raising Awareness of ADHD (requires registration) - Medscape Pediatrics

►August 27, 2008 - Elderly Still Being Treated With Antipsychotic Drugs - InjuryBoard.com

►August 27, 2008 - Whooping Cough Crosses Kansas (includes video) - KAKE.com

►August 26, 2008 - Whooping cough case in Poway - San Diego Union-Tribune

►August 26, 2008 - Aerial spraying for West Nile planned today - The Mercury

►August 25, 2008 - VA Pittsburgh confirms two whooping cough cases - Pittsburgh Business Times

* ►August 25, 2008 - Government confirms elevated cancer level in Pa. - AP via The Times Herald - "The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said Monday that it confirmed a cluster of polycythemia (pah-lee-sy-THEE'-mee-ah) vera, or PV, in a 15-mile stretch between Hazleton and Tamaqua."

* ►August 20, 2008 - US government lays patent claim on bird flu virus - Grain.org

►August 20, 2008 - ALK-Abello Allergy Vaccine Shows Positive Results - FDAnews

►August 6, 2008 - A Decade of Consumer Pressure Is Driving Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone off the Market - Monsanto Dairy Hormone Division For Sale Amid Consumer Concerns - Injury Board via Organic Consumers Association

►July 24, 2008 - Waiting Doom - How hospitals are killing E.R. patients. - Slate

►2008 - Vaccination 2008 - Building the Protocol...Implementing the Guidlines - NAVC Conference Proceedings

►2008 - Feline Vaccination in 2008: Progressive Practices for Progressive Practices - NAVC Conference Proceedings

* Child abuse or infantile scurvy/vaccine injury? - Dr. G Medical Examiner Message Boards via Discovery Health

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