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Posted September 12, 2008

 

* ►September 15, 2008 - Legal fight over drug liability law - A Supreme Court ruling may reinterpret a statute that now allows consumers to sue drug makers over serious side effects. (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►September 15, 2008 - Success, Better Technology Drive Pharma's Antibody Lust - BioWorld Today

►September 13, 2008 - Karachi doctors work on new national rabies survey - Daily Times, Pakistan - "The necessity to wash the bite frequently goes unheeded, yet 'washing with soap can reduce rabies incidence by 65%,' he noted. WHO guidelines on post-exposure prophylaxis, if correctly followed, are almost 100% effective....Vaccination alone is known to be insufficient."

* ►September 13, 2008 - Novel tuberculosis vaccine in Germany in clinical phase - The Hindu

►September 13, 2008 - Novartis opens new vaccine lab in Cambridge - Boston Herald

►September 13, 2008 - New study on rural HIV care has economic and health implications - The Hindu

►September 13, 2008 - Village head divorces wife over polio vaccination - Daily Sun

►September 13, 2008 - Yet Another Twist in the Strange Case of the Dead Anthrax Suspect (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►September 12, 2008 - Officials: Texas lab with dangerous pathogens secured - CNN - "The pathogens, which include the deadly ebola virus, were purposely destroyed before the staff left the facility in advance of the hurricane, said Gov. Rick Perry's spokesman, Andrew Barlow. The Web site for the University of Texas Medical Branch/Galveston National Labs was completed and opened just recently."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Health Alert: Child Autism And Vaccines (includes video) - CBS 3 - "'I think all of us who know vaccines well, know that vaccines are safe and know that they're effective.  And probably the best way that we show that is we vaccinate our own children,' said Dr. Paul Offit, with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who has researched vaccines for decades.  His new book is called 'Autism's False Prophets.'...CBS-3 is having an Autism Phone Bank on Tuesday, September 16th.  A panel of experts will be here to answer your questions about the disorder from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.  Then the Philadelphia Walk Now For Autism event is next Saturday, September 20th."

* ►September 12, 2008 - New Book Dispels Autism Vaccination Link - Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Doctor Says Kids Need Their Shots - NBC10.com - "'This is neither a scientific nor medical controversy,' Dr. Paul Offit said. 'Vaccines don't cause autism.' Offit is the chief of the infectious diseases section at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has heard enough 'bad science' connecting vaccines to autism, he said, and Offit believes his new book will set the record straight."

* ►September 12, 2008 - New book refutes vaccine-autism link - Despite dozens of studies saying vaccines don't cause autism, dozens of parents, and parent-groups disagree. Now a doctor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has written a book trying to convince parents and society that vaccines have nothing to do with the disorder. But the controversy is far from over. (includes video) - WPVI 6abc.com - "Jennifer and Tommy Venuto, of Voorhees, New Jersey say their 11-year-old son Gabriel has come a long way. Jennifer said he had a severe reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine, which was given to him when he was just one day old - and weighed less than 6 pounds."

* ►September 12, 2008 - The Best Year for our Kids By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

►September 12, 2008 - Real-Life "Rain Man" to Speak at Autism Society of Maine Annual Meeting - MaineBusiness.com - "Kim Peek, the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman's character in the 1988 Oscar-winning movie Rain Man, will be the guest speaker at the Autism Society of Maine Annual Meeting at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Saturday, September 20 from 12 noon to 3 pm."

►September 12, 2008 - Autism Amendment Dies in the House - Chicagoist

►September 12, 2008 - Web Exclusive: House kills Governor's autism coverage rewrites - Kankakee Daily Journal

►September 12, 2008 - Walk Now for Autism at UC Davis MIND Institute Sept. 28 - Rocklin and Roseville Today

►September 12, 2008 - Dallas forum will focus on autism, ADHD - Star-Telegram - "Public forum 'Science Driving Treatment: ADHD and Autism' 1-3 p.m. Sunday, T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building Auditorium, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 6001 Forest Park Road, Dallas"

►September 12, 2008 - Autism One Organizes Illinois Advocacy Program - Age of Autism

* ►September 12, 2008 - More Than 1,000 Students Still Without Shots - Deadline For Immunizations Is Monday (includes video) - WBAL Baltimore

* ►September 12, 2008 - NC students risk suspension if shots outdated - AP via Myrtle Beach Sun News

►September 12, 2008 - Deadline is Sept. 23 in many districts - StarNewsOnline.com

* ►September 12, 2008 - More parents exempting kids from immunizations - kjrh.com - "Father Bill Brazelton vaccinated his four sons, but started to notice something different about Nate. 'Before he got his vaccines he seemed like a normal child.  Afterwards he would hold his ears a lot.  His balance wasn't that great,' said Brazelton. Nate is now autistic.  His father believes the immunizations that were supposed to prevent disease are what changed his son's life.  He says you can see that by the increase of diagnosed autism cases."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Oklahoma's Immunization Ranking for Children Improves - Children ages 19 - 35 moves to 15th in nation - KUSH Radio - "Immunizations are an important focal point in nearly all health settings. Some Oklahoma providers believe so strongly in vaccination that they will not accept patients who do not agree to have their children vaccinated."

* ►September 12, 2008 - 19 Year Old Sues His Own Parents For Vaccine Damage Leading To His Autism - Safer Shots

* ►September 12, 2008 - FDA Approves Expanded Uses for Gardasil to Include Preventing Certain Vulvar and Vaginal Cancers - FDA via HealthNewsDigest.com

* ►September 12, 2008 - Gardasil Approved to Target More Cancers - FDA Expands HPV Vaccine Gardasil to Prevent Certain Cancers of the Vulva and Vagina - WebMD

* ►September 12, 2008 - Merck's Gardasil Approved for Vaginal, Vulvar Cancer - Bloomberg - "The added prescribing information for Gardasil includes reports of deaths, seizures, autoimmune disorders, and paralysis in patients given the vaccine. It doesn't say there was a link between those events and the vaccine. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in July that Gardasil was safe after reporting that 20 people had died following the injection. They said the deaths could be unrelated and no additional precautions were needed."

►September 12, 2008 - Parents learn about HPV vaccine - Hamilton Spectator

►September 12, 2008 - HPV vaccine might be met with resistance - Prince Albert Daily Herald

* ►September 12, 2008 - Emergent BioSolutions Notified by HHS That Its Proposal to Provide 25 Million Doses of Its Recombinant Anthrax Vaccine Is Technically Acceptable and Within the Competitive Range - press release - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►September 12, 2008 - Emergent closer to anthrax vaccine bid - Lansing State Journal - "Emergent BioSolutions Inc. said today it has a 'reasonable chance' to win a bid to sell 25 million doses of a potential new anthrax vaccine to the federal government. The recombinant protective antigen anthrax vaccine candidate, acquired from competitor VaxGen Inc. earlier this year, would be made in Lansing, Emergent has said."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Rep. Bartlett skeptical that Ivins sent anthrax - AP via Examiner.com 

►September 12, 2008 - Congressman and Physiologist: FBI Theory that Mail-Sorting Machines Crushed Anthrax to Fine Powder "Patently Ridiculous" - OpEdNews

►September 12, 2008 - Anthrax probe prompts feds to review lab security - The Associated Press via Google

►September 12, 2008 - Feds may make more germ lab workers buddy up - AP via Examiner.com

►September 12, 2008 - Anthrax confirmed in 5 patients in south Kazakhstan - RIA Novosti

* ►September 12, 2008 - SIDS Mystery May Be Underreported - InjuryBoard.com - "A second doctor says the first doctor missed a perfectly obvious case of SIDS, and it may be something called 'code-shifting,' that is blaming SIDS deaths on another cause. Code shifting may be partially responsible for the drop in the number of cases. That makes it difficult for researchers to get a good handle on whether the incidents are increasing or decreasing and whether the safe-sleep recommendations are working."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Child deaths fell slightly in 2007: UNICEF - CBC - "Undernutrition is a contributing cause of death of more than one-third of the child deaths worldwide, but since 1990, an estimated 148 million children in the developing world remain undernourished, the report said."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Stress "boosts vaccination benefits" - The British Psychology Society via Nursing in Practice - "Researchers from the University of Auckland monitored the stress levels of 70 medical students during exam time and also measured their immune response to a hepatitis B vaccination. Half of the students were given a 50-minute massage each week. Keith Petrie said: 'It may not be a surprise to hear that the medical students who received a weekly massage reported lower stress levels in the run up to their exams. However, we also discovered that these less stressed students had a less vigorous immune response to the hepatitis B vaccination than the other students.'"
 
* ►September 12, 2008 - Future vaccines might come from lettuce - Orlando Sentinel via Lexington Herald-Leader via Kentucky.com

* ►September 12, 2008 - Rockland IDA OKs $284G in tax breaks for new Wyeth plant - Lower Hudson Journal News - "McDermott said the 36,000-square-foot building, which will be built adjacent to an existing vaccine-production facility, would help ensure that the Pearl River plant, among Wyeth's largest, will continue to manufacture its Prevnar vaccine. Wyeth is set to introduce the next generation of the drug, known as Prevnar 13, in 2010."

►September 12, 2008 - Pressure BioSciences Inc signs research agreement with USAMRIID for improved therapies, vaccines and diagnostics - Trading Markets

* ►September 12, 2008 - Birmingham's Vaxin gets nearly $1 million to experiment with bird flu vaccine - Vaccine to be used on chickens - The Birmingham News via AL.com - "The human treatment under study is a non-invasive, or needle-free, single-dose administered through patients' noses using technology developed by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The poultry vaccine is put into the birds while still in their eggs, while most flu treatments are applied to already hatched chickens, Enright said. Vaxin's approach has big advantages, he believes."

►September 12, 2008 - CDC Recommends All Kids be Vaccinated Against Flu - School and day care settings are the most "efficient ways to spread flu in the community," say researchers at Duke Children's Hospital which may explain why the CDC is now recommending that all children -- ages six months to 18 years – obtain a flu vaccine this year. - PhysOrg.com

►September 12, 2008 - 10 Ways to Stay Flu-Free - Experts Explain How to Avoid Influenza - ABC News

►September 12, 2008 - Flu Shot Does Not Cut Death Risk in Elderly - Reuters via The Epoch Times

►September 12, 2008 - Study: Hong Kong gained little from flu-related school closure - CIDRAP News

* ►September 12, 2008 - Flu shot: some Ga. pharmacies require prescription - AP via Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

►September 12, 2008 - The Flu Season is Upon Us – Flu Shots Available at Clayton State - Fayette Front Page - "According to Latrice Barlow, UHS office manager, the issue of prescriptions and flu shots will not affect University Health Services’ ability to administer the shots, no matter what the outcome of the current debate over the newly-discovered law."

►September 12, 2008 - Health Clinics now offering flu shots - Porterville Recorder

►September 12, 2008 - Health facilities stocking up on vaccine - Republican & Herald

►September 12, 2008 - Beshear encourages getting flu shots - Louisville Courier-Journal - "Gov. Steve Beshear is urging Kentuckians — including children older than six months — to get immunized against flu."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Measles Outbreaks Continue at Record Pace - CDC Officials Warn of Increasing Levels of Viral Transmission - AAFP News Now - "Talk with parents about their concerns, Campos-Outcalt advised. 'You could say, 'I notice your child hasn't been vaccinated; can you talk about why that is?' FPs also can relate to parents by reassuring them that they've had their own children fully immunized, said Campos-Outcalt. And don't be afraid to ask them point-blank, 'Do you realize that your kids, if they haven't been vaccinated, are posing a danger to other kids?'"

►September 12, 2008 - Study finds MMR vaccine doesn't cause autism - The Record via Munster Times

►September 12, 2008 - Fungal infection has pneumonia-like symptoms, state officials say - The Capital Times via Madison.com

►September 12, 2008 - Ottawa hospital officials investigate influenza infections in ward - Canadian Press via Google - "Officials at Ottawa Hospital's general campus are investigating two deaths that may be linked to a para-influenza outbreak there. Dr. Virginia Ross, the director of infection control, says 15 patients in the haematology and bone marrow unit have been infected and two have died."

* ►September 12, 2008 - Diagnosis - The Strep Throat That Wasn’t (requires registration) - The New York Times

►September 12, 2008 - Man inflicted with bubonic plague treated at MidState - Record Journal

►September 12, 2008 - South Africa: Milestone Vaccine Rollout to Fight Infant Mortality - BuaNews (Tshwane) via AllAfrica.com

►September 12, 2008 - IRC calls for investment to end Uganda's hepatitis E epidemic - AFP via Google

►September 12, 2008 - Planned Parenthood Continues Violating FDA Guidelines on Abortion Drug - LifeNews.com

►September 12, 2008 - Firm: Cancer drug market could hit $90B by 2013 - AP via MSN Money

►September 12, 2008 - Mini antibodies: biotech's next big thing? - Reuters

►September 12, 2008 - Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics and the Food Industry Research and Development Institute of Taiwan Awarded US Patents (requires subscription) - Cell-Based Assay News

►September 12, 2008 - Morocco to start mass vaccination against goat plague: ministry - AFP via Google

* ►September 11, 2008 - Bill Would Block NIH Public Access Policy - ScienceNOW Daily News - "Some members of Congress would like to overturn a controversial new policy that requires scientists with grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to post their papers in a free online database. Today, an important House committee grilled NIH about the policy and floated a proposal that scientific publishers say is needed to protect their products."

* ►September 11, 2008 - HPV Vaccine Will Go to 12-Year-Olds in Scottish Catholic Schools with Church Approval - LifeSiteNews.com - "The group Not With My Child has issued a fact sheet to parents warning them of health risks associated with Cervarix. Even though the drug has not yet been approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration, the British vaccination program is going ahead. Cervarix was approved in September 2007 in the European Union."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Autism Treatment Network Receives $12 Million Grant from Health Resources and Services Administration - Grant will fund Clinical Research and the Development of Evidence-Based Medical Guidelines for Children with Autism - Autism Speaks

►September 11, 2008 - Autism Speaks Debuts Community Pages - State-Specific Pages Allow Individuals and Families to Connect with Local Resources, Events, Volunteer and Advocacy Opportunities and More - Autism Speaks

►September 11, 2008 - Skunks Becoming Nuisance At Health Dept. Immunization Clinic - KFOXtv.com

►September 11, 2008 - Science behind the anthrax case - Frederick News-Post

* ►September 11, 2008 - Press proves immune to FBI's anthrax corrective - Facts bounce off the conspiracy theories - The Register, UK

* ►September 11, 2008 - Center for Health and Homeland Security Hosts Forum to Discuss Anthrax Case (includes video) - University of Maryland, Baltimore - "To view a video of the hour-long program, click here. Real Player is required."

* ►September 10, 2008 - Vaccine Makers Shielded From Autism Liability Lawsuit - InjuryBoard.com

►September 9, 2008 - World's Top Anthrax Experts Say The Killer Anthrax was Weaponized - OpEdNews

►September 9, 2008 - How To Avoid Being Bankrupt By Autism - Day to Day via NPR

►September 9, 2008 - Finding Support For Autism - Day to Day via NPR

►September 5, 2008 - Vaccinating Younger Population Minimizes Life-Years Lost to Influenza (requires registration) - Reuters Health via Medscape

►September 4, 2008 - Cervical cancer mum backs teenage vaccine - Chorley Today

►September 4, 2008 - Every girl in Sefton to be offered cervical cancer vaccine - Crosby Herald

►September 4, 2008 - Cervical cancer immunisation plans may exclude Muslim girls - Muslim girls will be excluded from a national vaccination scheme against cervical cancer because it clashes with the holy month of Ramadan, religious leaders are warning. - Health Service Journal

►September 4, 2008 - Hospitals urged to vaccinate staff against flu - Reuters Health

►September 3, 2008 - Schoolgirls to get vaccinated against cervical cancer - The Times, UK

* ►September 2, 2008 - Health care providers close ranks on vaccination - letter - Vancouver Sun via Canada.com - "When my year-old son exhibited all three of the major symptoms of an adverse reaction to MMR, as outlined by the Centres for Disease Control (including internal bleeding) and did so within the specified time-frame for an adverse reaction, emergency room doctors insisted he was allergic to a new food or something else in his environment. Although I couldn't prove beyond doubt that MMR was the culprit, all the indicators were there....My trust in the system has been broken. All medical procedures come with risks, but if we don't keep an accurate accounting, how can we ever know what is really happening to our children and when the danger has become too great?"

Meeting Addresses Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease and Autism Commonalities - Medical Management of Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease: A Multidisciplinary Approach - Herndon, VA Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19, 2008 - Autism Speaks

Autism Conferences of America - We invite you to attend any of our conferences listed below: Glendale, AZ September 26-27, 2008 - New York City, NY October 11-12, 2008 - Boston, MA November 1-2, 2008 - Anaheim, CA February 7-8, 2009

A Teenage Sister's Struggle By Caryn Sullivan - Autism Speaks

* Safer Shots - blog

AHRDI Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative - Autismwebsite.com

 

Posted September 11, 2008

 

►October 2008 - Vaccination of fiber-modified adenovirus-transfected dendritic cells to express HER-2/neu stimulates efficient HER-2/neu-specific humoral and CTL responses and reduces breast carcinogenesis in transgenic mice - journal article (Cancer Gene Therapy)

►October 2008 - The diagnosis of food allergy in children. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►October 2008 - Hepatitis E and pregnancy: understanding the pathogenesis - journal article (Liver International)

►October 2008 - Laboratory evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►October 2008 - Life sustaining irritations? Relationship quality and mortality in the context of chronic illness - journal (Social Science & Medicine)

►October 2008 - Obstructions for quality care experienced by patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)—A case study - journal article (Patient Education Counseling)

►October 2008 - Inhibition of glial inflammatory activation and neurotoxicity by tricyclic antidepressants - journal article (Neuropharmacology)

►October 2008 - Pediatric anxiety disorders: management in primary care. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►October 2008 - Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: management priorities in primary care. - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics)

►October 2008 - Patient perspectives on the impact of fibromyalgia - journal article (Patient Education and Counseling)

►October 2008 - Effects of the Medicinal Mushroom Agaricus blazei Murill on Immunity, Infection and Cancer - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Immunology)

►September 26, 2008 - Boosting BCG vaccination with MVA85A down-regulates the immunoregulatory cytokine TGF-β1 - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 19, 2008 - Immunogenicity of novel consensus-based DNA vaccines against Chikungunya virus - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 19, 2008 - DNA fusion vaccines incorporating IL-23 or RANTES for use in immunization against influenza - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 15, 2008 - World wide experience with inactivated poliovirus vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Relationship between occurrence of Guillain-Barre syndrome and mass campaign of measles and rubella immunization in Iranian 5–14 years old children - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Chimeric alphavirus vaccine candidates for chikungunya - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Pathogenicity and immunogenicity of recombinant Tiantan Vaccinia Virus with deleted C12L and A53R genes - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Evaluation of recombinant Onchocerca volvulus activation associated protein-1 (ASP-1) as a potent Th1-biased adjuvant with a panel of protein or peptide-based antigens and commercial inactivated vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Toxoplasma gondii protease inhibitor-1 (TgPI-1) is a novel vaccine candidate against toxoplasmosis - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 15, 2008 - Macrophage Polarization in Bacterial Infections - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►September 12, 2008 - Overwhelming infection linked to many SIDS deaths - NEARLY a quarter of babies recorded as dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome may in fact have died from an overwhelming infection. - The Australian

►September 12, 2008 - Subpopulation Estimates from the HIV Incidence Surveillance System --- United States, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►September 12, 2008 - Communitywide Cryptosporidiosis Outbreak --- Utah, 2007 - MMWR/CDC

* ►September 12, 2008 - Cross-Contamination of Clinical Specimens with Bacillus anthracis During a Laboratory Proficiency Test --- Idaho, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►September 12, 2008 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►September 12, 2008 - Surveillance for Waterborne Disease and Outbreaks Associated with Recreational Water Use and Other Aquatic Facility-Associated Health Events --- United States, 2005--2006 - MMWR/CDC

►September 12, 2008 - Surveillance for Waterborne Disease and Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water and Water not Intended for Drinking --- United States, 2005--2006 - MMWR/CDC

* ►September 11, 2008 - Price of innoculation - Tatum Anderson writes that better monitoring is needed in order for the manufacture of third-world vaccines to be more effective - Guardian Weekly - "Rich governments including Canada, the UK, Italy, Russia and Norway agreed in 2005 to club together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pay for a vaccine to protect against pneumonia and meningitis....But as the Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) project nears its launch, with $1.5bn in funding, many who originally welcomed the principle now object to the way it may work in practice. One of its main opponents, Professor Donald Light of Princeton University, says that the British prime minister, 'Gordon Brown, and [the other donors] have donated taxpayers’ money and that money is going in profits and not to saving children’s lives'."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Nigerian chief dethroned for divorcing wife over polio vaccine - Africasia - "Bulama Ali, a respected local traditional leader, was removed from office by his superiors in the Maisandari district shortly after he ditched his wife in protest at her allowing health workers to administer oral polio drops to his two small children."

* ►September 11, 2008 - A high-profile (and cautious) switch on the MMR - Inside Autism via Orange County Register

* ►September 11, 2008 - Review: “Autism’s False Prophets,” Chapter 1 - Inside Autism via Orange County Register - "(I’ll be reviewing “Autism’s False Prophets” by Paul Offit as I go, and this is the first entry. If you think this is too much attention for Offit, rest assured I plan to do this with other significant releases, including Jenny McCarthy’s new book, out later this month.)

* ►September 11, 2008 - Physician/Author Dr. Mayer Eisenstein Reiterates Facts About Autism Not Existing Within Certain Groups - press release - "Don't Vaccinate Before You Educate" via ExpertClick

* ►September 11, 2008 - To Reduce Mercury Pollution, 'Dentists need a mandatory requirement,' According to US House Oversight Report; Mercury Group Concurs - press release - Mercury Policy Project via PRNewswire - "A US House Government Oversight subcommittee released a 33-page report yesterday indicating that 'Dentists need a mandatory requirement' to reduce mercury emissions....The Subcommittee report found that the best way to prevent mercury pollution is for dentists 'to implement a mandatory program or a voluntary program underpinned by the threat of a mandatory provision.'"

* ►September 11, 2008 - Everything Teachers Need to Know About Mercury - EPA Offers Resource About Toxic Metal for Schools - Daily Green

* ►September 11, 2008 - Katie Wright: Our Family Vacation was a Disaster By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►September 11, 2008 - American Medical Autism Board Launched - Age of Autism

►September 11, 2008 - Governor Corzine Signs Bill to Assist Autism Community - Age of Autism

►September 11, 2008 - Sept. 28 autism walk hopes to raise $1 million - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

►September 11, 2008 - They're moms and they're celebs, so pay attention - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►September 11, 2008 - Lab lapses sparked anthrax false alarm in Idaho - CIDRAP News

►September 11, 2008 - Perdue, lawmakers press Georgia's case for biolab - Examiner.com

* ►September 11, 2008 - FDA hires 1,300 new doctors and scientists - AP via The Kindred Times

* ►September 11, 2008 - Schools Review Ties to Drug Firms (free content) - Wall Street Journal - "Late Tuesday, Mr. Grassley (R., Iowa) fired the latest salvo, stating in a letter that a researcher for the University of Texas who worked on a National Institutes of Health study involving the GlaxoSmithKline PLC antidepressant Paxil did not disclose more than $150,000 in consulting and speaking fees paid to her by the company. Mr. Grassley has raised similar criticism of other universities, including Stanford, Harvard and University of Cincinnati."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Medical schools, journals fight industry influence - AP via Yahoo!

►September 11, 2008 - Effort Under Way to Minimize Industry Influence in Medicine - Newsinferno.com

►September 11, 2008 - Cell Genesys drug study gets FDA halt order - Cell Genesys ordered to halt prostate cancer vaccine trial following discontinued study - AP via CNNMoney.com

►September 11, 2008 - Free vaccines offered to students (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee

►September 11, 2008 - Take Care Health Systems Expands Vaccine Program - Take Care Health Systems via Business Wire vi aThe Earth Times

* ►September 11, 2008 - FDA: Melamine found in baby formula made in China - USA Today - "Chinese newspapers are reporting that infant formula has been linked to kidney problems and kidney stones in babies there because the formula contains melamine — the same industrial contaminant that poisoned and killed thousands of U.S. dogs and cats last year."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Avoid Chinese-made baby formula: FDA - Reuters - "Baby formula from China is illegal in the United States and should not be used, U.S. regulators warned on Thursday after Chinese officials blamed tainted formula for the death of an infant."

* ►September 11, 2008 - FDA To Face Public Upbraiding Over Ingredient In Plastic - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

►September 11, 2008 - The doctor, the lobbyist - From hospital to Hill, Thomas Metcalf puts his cause at forefront: children - Salt Lake Tribune

►September 11, 2008 - Drugs: Are you taking one of the ‘dirty 20’? - WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You

* ►September 11, 2008 - Catholic trustees narrowly reject move that would ban all vaccines - The Sault Star - "The board faced outside criticism when it voted not to allow at H-SCDSB schools a $117-million provincewide effort to prevent cervical cancer by inoculating Grade 8 girls to HPV. While some trustees argued strongly for the vaccine, a majority chose to uphold their decision in a second vote, citing conflicts with the board's Roman Catholic values. That decision by trustees continues to stand, said John Stadnyk, director of education. 'The vaccination is not being administered in our schools,' he said."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Catholic board takes another stab at vaccine issue - SooToday.com - "The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board needs a policy on vaccines, says trustee Grace Tridico. Tridio put a vaccine proposal on the table at a school board meeting last night. But other trustees disagreed and board chair Marchy Bruni broke a deadlock with the deciding vote to kill Tridico's proposal."

* ►September 11, 2008 - Health officials looking to boost number of HPV vaccinations - St. Catharines Standard - "Last year, 1,339 Grade 8 girls across the region -- roughly 54 per cent of the eligible number -- received the anti- cervical cancer vaccine. "We expect more this year just because there's been a lot more education," Seguin said Wednesday. "We hope that parents feel a little bit more informed and they're able to make a decision this year." Public health nurses began administering the vaccine in schools this week and expect to finish inoculations at every public, Catholic and private elementary school by mid-October, Sequin said."

►September 11, 2008 - Cancer jab for Swansea girls - News Wales

►September 11, 2008 - Immunization, screening highlights cervical cancers - Winnipeg Free Press

►September 11, 2008 - Cell Genesys: FDA places partial clinical hold on GVAX Phase 3 program - Forbes

* ►September 11, 2008 - Bacterial infections linked to cot deaths - Some cases of cot death may be due to a bacterial infection related to MRSA, researchers have said. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►September 11, 2008 - Defense: Mass. girl's death caused by pneumonia - AP via Worcester Telegram - "A state medical examiner found that Rebecca died of a combination of Clonidine, a blood pressure medication Rebecca had been prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; Depakote, an antiseizure and mood-stabilizing drug prescribed after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder; a cough suppressant; and an antihistamine. The amount of Clonidine alone in Rebecca's system was enough to be fatal, the medical examiner said. Prosecutors have said repeatedly they believe the Rileys intentionally gave their daughter excessive amounts of the drugs to keep her quiet."

►September 11, 2008 - Polio Is `in Retreat' in India's Uttar Pradesh, WHO's Chan Says - Bloomberg

►September 11, 2008 - Hepatitis kills 110, infects 7,100 in Uganda-agency - Reuters South Africa

* ►September 11, 2008 - Indonesian man dies of bird flu, brings toll to 112 - Reuters

►September 11, 2008 - Don't wait until winter to get your flu shot - Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Dallas Morning News

►September 11, 2008 - Flu shots encouraged for all school-aged children - San Antonio Express-News

►September 11, 2008 - TOGO: Officials to slaughter more poultry to fight bird flu spread - IRINnews.org

►September 11, 2008 - Drug-Resistant Plague -- A Bioterrorism Concern? - HealthNewsDigest.com

►September 11, 2008 - Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier - NewsChannel 9 WSYR

►September 11, 2008 - HIV Infection Rate for Young Black Men 'Alarming:' CDC (requires registration) - HealthDay via Washington Post

►September 11, 2008 - CDC Draws More Detailed Picture of US HIV Epidemic (includes audio) - MMWR via MedPage Today

* ►September 11, 2008 - Two Miami Physicians Plead Guilty and Admit Ordering $6.8 Million Worth of Unnecessary HIV Infusion Treatments - U.S. Department of Justice via PRNewswire-USNewswire via Comtex via MarketWatch

►September 11, 2008 - Experts Call on Governor Schwarzenegger to Sign AB 1894 to Prevent the Spread of HIV/AIDS - California Poised to Lead the Nation in Setting Medical Standard in HIV/AIDS Prevention - press release - AIDS Healthcare Foundation via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►September 11, 2008 - Health effects of 9/11 still evident seven years later - A report on the health of New Yorkers after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 has revealed that more than 400,000 people in New York City were significantly affected. - News-Medical.net

* ►September 11, 2008 - Top-Line Data from Opexa's Phase IIb Tovaxin(R) Study to be Presented at World Congress on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis - Novel T-Cell Vaccine Being Evaluated as Patient-Specific Treatment for MS - Opexa Therapeutics via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►September 11, 2008 - Rockland IDA OKs $284G in incentives for new Pearl River facility. - The Journal News - "Rockland economic-development officials signed off on a deal this morning to provide Wyeth Pharmaceuticals with $283,900 in tax abatements to aid in the construction of a new $16 million vaccine plant."

* ►September 11, 2008 - The Ethics of Interrogation — The U.S. Military's Ongoing Use of Psychiatrists (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 11, 2008 - Military Medical Ethics — Physician First, Last, Always (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►September 11, 2008 - Grassley And Texas Academics: Take Two - Pharmalot - "In a speech on the Senate floor, Grassley said: “During 2003-2005, Dr. Rush received an NIH grant to conduct a clinical training program. This program helped trainees understand how to conduct proper clinical trials and also dealt with medical ethics. However, just two years before getting this federal grant, Dr. Rush failed to report all of the money that Eli Lilly paid him. Dr. Rush disclosed $3,000 in payments from the company, but Eli Lilly tells me that they paid Dr. Rush $17,802 in 2001.”

* ►September 11, 2008 - Grassley Targets Another Academic Over Conflicts - Pharmalot

* ►September 11, 2008 - In New Zealand, Side Effects May Be Psychological - Pharmalot

►September 11, 2008 - Scheme to register patients with their GPs - Patients could be encouraged to register with the general practice they use most often, under reform proposals by a national GP organisation. - The Australian

►September 11, 2008 - Recurrent Rearrangements of Chromosome 1q21.1 and Variable Pediatric Phenotypes (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 11, 2008 - Speaking Truth to Power — The Need for, and Perils of, Health Policy Expertise in the White House (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 11, 2008 - Bird flu fear - Activation of surveillance committees ordered - The News, Pakistan

►September 11, 2008 - Ex-soldier counts himself a casualty - Gregory Wilk says his service at ground zero did permanent damage - Times Union

►September 11, 2008 - RNA interference screen for human genes associated with West Nile virus infection - journal article (Nature)

►September 11, 2008 - Pressure BioSciences signs Research deal with USAMRIID - update - Pressure BioSciences via RTTNews

►September 11, 2008 - Families sue Waukee schools over use of timeout rooms - The Des Moines Register

►September 11, 2008 - Novartis to open new labs tomorrow - The Boston Globe

* ►September 11, 2008 - New Study Building off Viral Genetics' Research Aims to Unlock the Mysteries behind Lyme Disease and Other Immune Based Diseases Including HIV/AIDS - Viral Genetics via PR-Inside

* ►September 11, 2008 - Purported Scientific Study of Vioxx was Actually a Merck Marketing Scheme - InjuryBoard.com

►September 11, 2008 - Vive les Vioxx Lawsuits - The Motley Fool

►September 11, 2008 - FDA and Drug Information Association Sponsoring September Workshop on FDA Critical Path Initiative - CFSAN/FDA

►September 11, 2008 - Exposure to Antipsychotics and Risk for Stroke - Use of antipsychotics, especially atypical drugs, raises risk for stroke, and this risk is higher in patients with dementia than in those without. - journal article (Journal Watch General Medicine)

►September 11, 2008 - Cord blood bank 'will save lives' - A scheme to store blood taken from the umbilical cords of newborns and use it to save lives has been launched. - BBC

►September 11, 2008 - Expert often needed for Lyme disease diagnosis - STLtoday.com

►September 11, 2008 - A farmer's perspective on chronic wasting disease - Tom and Deb Nevins operate Valley Elk Farms in Plainwell. They wrote this Viewpoint essay in response to news coverage of chronic wasting disease in deer. - Kalamazoo Gazette Extra via MLive.com

►September 11, 2008 - Rare chromosomal deletions and duplications increase risk of schizophrenia - journal article (Nature)

►September 11, 2008 - Researchers Find Cause Of Severe Metabolic Disorders - Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres via Medical News Today

►September 11, 2008 - FDA: West Virginia Livestock Owner Sentenced in Criminal and Civil Contempt Case - FDA

►September 11, 2008 - UNC-6/netrin and its receptor UNC-5 locally exclude presynaptic components from dendrites - journal article (Nature)

►September 11, 2008 - Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►September 11, 2008 - MEPs advocate a holistic approach to eradicating poverty - A holistic approach to eradicating poverty, which seeks to ensure adequate incomes, quality jobs and better access to social services and services of general interest, was advocated by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on Wednesday. - European Parliament

►September 11, 2008 - Supplement aids immune system, says clinical trial - Calgary Herald via  Canwest News Service via Canada.com

* ►September 10, 2008 - Sinovac Launches Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Anflu(R) for 2008-2009 Flu Season - Sinovac Biotech via Xinhua-PRNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►September 10, 2008 - Video: CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic Announce Commitment to Flu Prevention with Goal of Delivering One Million Vaccinations - PRNewswire-FirstCall via News Blaze

►September 10, 2008 - Influenza Virus Vaccine 2008-2009 Season - FDA/CBER

* ►September 10, 2008 - Examine the World Veterinary Vaccines Market - Reportlinker.com via Market Wire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

* ►September 10, 2008 - GLOBAL: Gates Foundation Looks for Unorthodox Projects - Seattle Times via www.aegis.org

►September 10, 2008 - Herpes Virus Changes Anti-Herpes Drug to Form that Hinders AIDS Virus - NIH News

►September 10, 2008 - NIH Awards $4.6 Million to Expand Global Health Network - NIH News

►September 10, 2008 - Kforce Clinical Research Wins Operational Award from Merck - PharmaLive

►September 10, 2008 - Fish Oil Part Of Study For Alzheimer's Patients - www.clinicaltrials.gov via kdka.com

►September 10, 2008 - Glaxo signs up to $1.5 billion drug deal with Cellzome - Reuters

►September 10, 2008 - New Hawaii State Epidemiologist Appointed - Hawaii Reporter - "Dr. Park previously worked as the deputy chief of the DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division for four years under former State Epidemiologist Paul Effler, M.D. Prior to that, she was an epidemic intelligence service officer assigned to the Respiratory Diseases Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

►September 10, 2008 - Asthma and hay fever drug tested - A new once-a-day drug to treat asthma and hay fever is to be tested in human trials for the first time. - BBC

►September 10, 2008 - A Little Hand Hygiene Goes a Long Way - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►September 10, 2008 - 2 new laws ease life for disabled - Wheelchair safety and autism awareness - Star-Ledger via NJ.com

►September 10, 2008 - Appeals court revives Merck class-action suit - Bloomberg via Star-Ledger via NJ.com

►September 10, 2008 - Betty Dong Redux (from Boots to GlaxoSmithKline) - Scientific Misconduct Blog

►September 10, 2008 - To find better vaccine, VU studies 1918 flu survivors - The Tennessean

►September 10, 2008 - Food Safety's Dirty Little Secret - Increasingly, the government is leaving the job in private hands - U.S. News & World Report

►September 10, 2008 - FDA Rescinds Monkeypox-based Trade Restrictions - PetProductNews.com

* ►September 9, 2008 - New Study Shows No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism – Should Parents STILL Delay and Split Up the MMR Shot? - AskDrSears - The Vaccine Book

* ►September 9, 2008 - This week’s poll - Inside Autism via Orange County Register - "Do you still believe the MMR vaccine is dangerous?"

►September 9, 2008 - Barack Obama: A pro-vaccine pharma shill who doesn't care about autistic children? - Respectful Insolence via Science Blogs

►September 9, 2008 - Why do people love to hate pharma? - FiercePharma

►September 9, 2008 - Celebrity 'Warrior Mom' Jenny McCarthy Aligns with Brand Sense Partners to Create a Lifestyle Brand - McCarthy and BSP develop the new TOO GOOD(TM) lifestyle brand to bring affordable, non-toxic and healthy products for children to market - press release - Brand Sense Partners, LLC via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►September 9, 2008 - Co-administration study in South African infants of a live-attenuated oral human rotavirus vaccine (RIX4414) and poliovirus vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

►September 9, 2008 - NIH Nominates Scientific Management Review Board Members - NIH News

►September 9, 2008 - Africa: Mobile Health Initiative Expands to Over 20 Countries - United Nations Foundation (Washington, DC) via www.allafrica.com

* ►September 8, 2008 - Many GP Surgeries Unprepared For A Flu Pandemic, Finds Risk Survey - Survey finds 38% of GP practices are currently underprepared for a flu pandemic, and one in ten do not have any emergency recovery plans in place. - managementinpractice.com via PharmiWeb

►September 8, 2008 - Electronic Health Records Improve Care for Texas Foster Children - Government Technology

►September 8, 2008 - Fluctuations in Serotonin Transport May Explain Winter Blues - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health via Biocompare

►September 8, 2008 - Antibiotics over-prescribed despite resistance fears - Pharmacy Management

►September 8, 2008 - WHO for cheaper, effective drugs - Times of India

* ►September 8, 2008 - NIH reaffirms BPA concerns - Chemistry World - "Meanwhile, research from the Yale School of Medicine suggests that continuous exposure to low levels of BPA can affect brain function in monkeys [1]. The researchers exposed monkeys to the maximum daily doses of BPA deemed safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and found that brain cell connections linked to mood, learning and memory were disrupted. It is the first time the chemical has been linked to health problems in primates, rather than rodents."

* ►September 4, 2008 - Outsourcing the Drug Industry - U.S. giants are rushing to partner with Indian and Chinese companies—tapping their brainpower and saving millions of dollars in the search for breakthrough treatments - BusinessWeek

►September 4, 2008 - Crohn’s Disease in India: A Multicenter Study from a Country Where Tuberculosis Is Endemic - journal article (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

►September 4, 2008 - “Junk DNA” key to human evolution? - Sci­ence via World Science

* ►September 3, 2008 - Fatal protein interactions may explain neurological diseases - University of California - San Diego via Biocompare

* ►September 1, 2008 - An Algorithm for Treatment of Patients With Hypersensitivity Reactions After Vaccines (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics) - "For most vaccines, the clinician must rely on testing to the intact vaccine, whereas in some instances, specific vaccine components are available for testing (Table 2). Skin testing or radioallergosorbent testing for thimerosal sensitivity has not proved useful. Patch testing has been reported to be more useful for thimerosal hypersensitivity, although the true value of this procedure is far from clear."..."Financial Disclosure: Dr Klein has received research support from Merck, Sanofi-Pasteur, GSK, MedImmune, Protein Science, and Novartis; Dr Baxter has received research support from Sanofi, Wyeth, GSK, Merck, MedImmune and Novartis; and Dr Halsey has served on data and safety monitoring boards for Merck and Novartis and has received research support from Wyeth and been a consultant for GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. The other authors have indicated they have no financial relationships relevant to this article to disclose."

►September 1, 2008 - Pervasive Behavior Problems at 6 Years of Age in a Total-Population Sample of Children Born at 25 Weeks of Gestation - journal article (Pediatrics)

►September/October 2008 - Vaccine Skeptics vs. Your Kids - Mother Jones Magazine

►September/October 2008 - Supplementation with oral probiotic bacteria protects human cutaneous immune homeostasis after UV exposure-double blind, randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial - journal article (European Journal of Dermatology)

►September 2008 - Surveillance for Neuraminidase Inhibitor Resistance among Human Influenza A and B Viruses Circulating Worldwide from 2004 to 2008 - journal article (Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy)

* ►September 2008 - Metal Allergens of Growing Significance: Epidemiology, Immunotoxicology, Strategies for Testing and Prevention - journal article (Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

►September 2008 - Proteomic Screening Points to the Potential Importance of Ara h 3 Basic Subunit in Allergenicity of Peanut - journal article (Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

►September 2008 - Therapeutic Benefits of Regulating Inflammation in Autoimmunity - journal article (Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

►September 2008 - Implications of thrombocytopenia and platelet course on pediatric intensive care unit outcomes. - journal article (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)

►September 2008 - When Products Fail: Injuries Related to Children’s Products and Activities - Pediatric Annals

►September 2008 - My Favorite Fraud (requires registration) - A paper I read more than 25 years ago taught me a lesson I'll never forget. - The Scientist

►September 2008 - The Scientist as Politician (requires registration) - So you want to change the world? It's easier than you think. - The Scientist

►September 2008 - Efficacy of Dry Mist of Hydrogen Peroxide (DMHP) against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and use of DMHP for Routine Decontamination of Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►September 2008 - Bartonella sp. Bacteremia in Patients with Neurological and Neurocognitive Dysfunction - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►September 2008 - Method To Detect Only Live Bacteria during PCR Amplification - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►September 2008 - Non-IgE Mediated Food Allergy - journal article (Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

►September 2008 - Effects of Sublingual Immunotherapy on Allergic Inflammation - journal article (Inflammation & Allergy - Drug Targets (Formerly Current Drug Targets - Inflammation & Allergy)

►September 2008 - Polymorphism of glutathione S-transferases as genetic risk factors for the development of complications in type 2 diabetes mellitus. - journal article (Journal of Critical Care)

►September 2008 - Adenosine receptors: therapeutic aspects for inflammatory and immune diseases - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

* ►September 2008 - Monoclonal Antibody Therapies and Neurologic Disorders - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►September 2008 - Development and evaluation of a 1-step duplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for differential diagnosis of chikungunya and dengue infection - journal article (Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

►September 2008 - Two German Kindreds With Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Due to TARDBP Mutations - journal article (Archives of Neurology)

►September 2008 - Invited Commentary: Physical Activity and Vitamin D - journal article (American Journal of Epidemiology)

►September 2008 - Correlates of Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Adults With Severe Mood Disorders - journal article (Psychiatric Service)

►August 26, 2008 - Big Lines For Student Immunizations Didn't Materialize - Las Vegas Now

►August 11, 2008 - Lead may lurk in backyard gardens - Contamination of soil common (requires registration) - Boston Globe

 

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►October 1, 2008 - Health Care–Associated Infection (HAI): A Critical Appraisal of the Emerging Threat—Proceedings of the HAI Summit - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases)

►October 2008 - New advances in Clostridium difficile infection: changing epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and control. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

* ►September 26, 2008 - Safety and immunogenicity of a DTaP-IPVVero (serum-free) combination vaccine in comparison to DTaP-IPVMkc when administered simultaneously with Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (PRP-T) in children at 2, 3.5, 5 and 16 months of age - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 26, 2008 - Estimating the impact of childhood influenza vaccination programmes in England and Wales - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 26, 2008 - Seroepidemiology as basis for design of a human papillomavirus vaccination program - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 19, 2008 - Potentiation of an anthrax DNA vaccine with electroporation - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 19, 2008 - Intranasal immunization of young mice with a multigene HIV-1 vaccine in combination with the N3 adjuvant induces mucosal and systemic immune responses - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 19, 2008 - The effects of IL-6 and TNF-α as molecular adjuvants on immune responses to FMDV and maturation of dendritic cells by DNA vaccination - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►September 17, 2008 - The Newborn with Seizures – A Follow-up Study (pdf) - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

►September 17, 2008 - A Profile of Bacteriologically Confirmed Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Children (pdf) - journal article (Indian Pediatrics)

* ►September 10, 2008 - Researchers from Novartis, Department of Immunology describe findings in vaccines - European Journal of Immunology via Newsrx - "Despite the fact that alum has been injected into billions of people, its mechanism of action is not fully understood."

* ►September 10, 2008 - At UCF, genetically modified plants show promise as vaccine - Orlando Sentinel - "What we're seeing here is that the oral vaccine can be very effective," said Daniell, a UCF professor of molecular biology. "It's also a very cheap way to create a vaccine: by altering plant cells and creating a pill. If you have to vaccinate millions of people in a bio-attack, it's much easier to hand them a pill than to give out shots." He is among only a few vaccine researchers worldwide using lettuce, though others are experimenting with potatoes and different food crops. Daniell said he is focusing on the plant because it is inexpensive and easy to grow. His lab uses an ordinary variety of lettuce similar to what you might find on your salad plate."

* ►September 10, 2008 - Novartis reports MenB vaccine first - HAYS Pharma - "It highlighted research which shows 95 per cent of babies aged six months and older who received the novel vaccine developed protective immune responses against a wide number of meningococcal B strains."

* ►September 10, 2008 - To find better vaccine, VU studies 1918 flu survivors - The Tennessean

* ►September 10, 2008 - Non-NHS work barred in extended hours - Exclusive - The DoH confirms that practices should only provide standard consultations. - Healthcare Republic News - "GPs may be breaching their contracts by offering flu jabs and travel vaccinations to patients in extended hours, GP can reveal."

* ►September 10, 2008 - Correction: Nabi Biopharma In Collaboration With NIAID To Advance PentaStaph Vaccine For S.aureus Infection - Update - Nabi Biopharmaceuticals via RTTNews

* ►September 10, 2008 - Antipsychotics & Kids: States Are Cracking Down - Over the past few years, atypical antipsychotics have been eating up a growing portion of state Medicaid budgets, from 4.5 percent in Arizona to 13.3 percent in Massachusetts. Several states, in fact, have sued one or more drugmakers for allegedly withholding side effect info or improperly promoting their meds, prompting Medicaid overpayments. However, the fastest growth is prescribing for children, sometimes for uses not approved by the FDA, such as ADHD. Jeffery Thompson, the chief medical officer of Washington state’s Medicaid program, is heading a consortion of 15 state Medical medical directors, who plan to issue a report early next year that examines prescribing trends, dosing, and demographics, among other things. We spoke about the issue… - Pharmalot

* ►September 10, 2008 - Securities lawsuit up against Merck's Vioxx - FiercePharma

* ►September 10, 2008 - On The Frontlines: Vaccine Education & Empowerment by Barbara Loe Fisher - Vaccine Awakening

* ►September 10, 2008 - NVIC Vaccine E-Newsletter
 
On The Frontlines: Vaccine Education & Empowerment by Barbara Loe Fisher
www.vaccineawakening.blogspot.com
www.NVIC.org
www.StandUpBeCounted.org

Parents and enlightened doctors are on the front lines educating both parents and politicians about vaccination. Knowledge is power and more parents are coming to the realization that they can best protect their children's health by becoming educated health care consumers.

On September 5, New Jersey vaccine choice advocate Louise Kuo Habakus held a parent demonstration on her front lawn as Presidential candidate Barak Obama and NJ Governor Jon Corzine drove to a Bon Jovi political fund raiser in her neighborhood (also see the beautiful video created by a Mom who attended the demonstration in support of vaccine choice). Louise is giving a vaccine lecture tonight Sept. 10 in East Windsor and on Oct. 1 in Highlands sponsored by the . (Registration is required for attendance by email at vaxRSVP@verizon.net) There will be a parent rally in Trenton, NJ in October sponsored by the Coalition in support of conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

Pediatrician Lawrence Palevsky, M.D. will be giving a series of lectures on vaccination in New York City on September 22, October 29, November 5 and December 3. President and co-founder of the Holistic Pediatric Association, Dr. Palevsky will discuss current vaccine science, how vaccines work, acute and chronic illness, vaccine requirements and many other vaccine issues. ( To register go to http://www.realbirth.com/rbc_events.php or call 212-367-9006 for more information)

"The public has many questions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, " said Dr. Palevsky. While more parents are showing increased concern about these issues and the growing number of vaccines to be administered to infants and children from day one of life, there is a growing interest on the part of vaccine manufacturers, state legislatures and medical societies to enforce vaccination on all children, through the passing of more and more state vaccine mandates, without first having a dialogue with the public, or the medical community."

On Saturday, October 18, the Fifth Annual Natural Living Conference sponsored by the Holistic Moms Network (HMN) at the Sheraton Crossroads Hotel in Mahwah, New Jersey will include my presentation on "Vaccines & Chronic Illness: Staying Well in the New Epidemic" and a presentation by author and environmentalist Annie B. Bond on "Easy Tips for a Green and Healthy Home." The one-day conference (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will include sessions with parenting experts discussing stress and health; homeschooling, Eco-Action plans and good parenting strategies. For more information and to register go to http://home.homewebs.com/hmnannualconference/
 
* ►September 10, 2008 - Successful Natural Treatment for Autism: A Progress Report - Striking, well documented, improvements in patients with autism are being observed in an ongoing clinical trial conducted by the Institute of Progressive Medicine. The trial employs a method for activating an alternative cellular energy (ACE) pathway that is deficient in many autistic patients - press release - W. John Martin, MD, PhD. Institute of Progressive Medicine via 24-7pressrelease.com

* ►September 10, 2008 - Special Needs Issues and the Presidency Hitting Mainstream Discussion - Adventures in Autism

* ►September 10, 2008 - Politics and Autism…The Stance of the Parties on This Issue - Living_With_Autism_in_Central_PA

* ►September 10, 2008 - I'm Not a One Issue Voter. Not Even For Autism. by Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►September 10, 2008 - Is Autism Speaks' Geri Dawson a Blithering Idiot? By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►September 10, 2008 - Autism at the Eye of the Storm - San Diego Reader - "Already in 1964, research psychologist Bernard Rimland had debunked the psychogenic theory of autism’s origins. He did it in a book called Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior. But some ideas die hard."

►September 10, 2008 - Disney motto helped dad, autistic son survive at sea - ‘To infinity ... and beyond’ is one of the few phrases 12-year-old responds to - Today Show via MSNBC

►September 10, 2008 - MMR and autism - Puzzle Pieces via Arizona Daily Star

►September 10, 2008 - EPA Region 7 to Distribute "Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit" to Schools in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska - press release - http://yosemite.epa.gov - "Short-term exposure to a high concentration of mercury or mercury vapors can lead to nausea, shortness of breath, bronchitis, migraine headaches, and fatigue. Long-term exposure to mercury can result in damage to the nervous system, kidneys and liver. Children, and women of childbearing age, are the most at risk for mercury poisoning. Although individual hard copies of 'Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit' will be mailed to schools throughout Region 7 later this month, anyone may preview and download its contents now online at http://www.epa.gov/region07/mercury/educator_toolkit.htm.

►September 10, 2008 - Anthrax Case Studied At Univ. Of Md. Law School - http://wjz.com

* ►September 10, 2008 - The Black Art of Weaponization - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►September 10, 2008 - Policy group calls US biodefense progress mediocre - CIDRAP News

►September 10, 2008 - Laos, Togo report new avian influenza outbreaks - CIDRAP News

►September 10, 2008 - Hepatitis patient sues health insurance company over referral - Las Vegas Review-Journal

►September 10, 2008 - Killing Bacteria Not Enough to Restore Full Immunity - MedPage Today

►September 10, 2008 - Skin irritation leads to quarantine at St. Luke’s Meridian - IdahoStatesman.com

►September 10, 2008 - Study Finds 70,000 Suffer 9/11 Stress Disorder (free content) - AP via Wall Street Journal

►September 10, 2008 - Learn hands-on medicine, new medical students advised - Stanford University

►September 10, 2008 - Bay State actually a leader in clinical trials - Life sciences firms still seek to host more studies - The Boston Globe

►September 10, 2008 - New nonprofit makes autistic kids the priority - The Tenessean

►September 10, 2008 - China reports 1,023 death of infectious diseases in August - Xinhua via China View

►September 10, 2008 - Study Demonstrates That AHCC(R) Provides Immune Enhancement Against The West Nile Virus - AHCC Research Association via Medical News Today

►September 10, 2008 - Doctor Declares War on Hospital Infections, Patents MRSA-Killing Machine - PRNewswire via StreetInsider.com

►September 10, 2008 - Participation in and Perceptions of Unprofessional Behaviors Among Incoming Internal Medicine Interns - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 10, 2008 - Student Body Racial and Ethnic Composition and Diversity-Related Outcomes in US Medical Schools (full text) - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Characteristics and Career Intentions of the Emerging MD/PhD Workforce - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Internet-Based Learning in the Health Professions - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Future Salary and US Residency Fill Rate Revisited - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Emotional Intelligence and Graduate Medical Education - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Factors Associated With Medical Students' Career Choices Regarding Internal Medicine - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Diversifying the Medical Classroom - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Improving Accountability for the Public Investment in Health Profession Education - It's Time to Try Health Workforce Planning - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - US Residency Training Before and After the 1997 Balanced Budget Act - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Association of Workload of On-Call Medical Interns With On-Call Sleep Duration, Shift Duration, and Participation in Educational Activities - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - MD/PhD Programs—A Call for an Accounting - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Building Physician Work Hour Regulations From First Principles and Best Evidence - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Medication Therapy Management and Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence - journal article (JAMA)

* ►September 10, 2008 - Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - A Short History of Medicine (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►September 10, 2008 - Abbott Labs Settles Texas Lawsuit Over Pricing - Pharmalot

►September 10, 2008 - Amgen Accused By University Of Violating Patents - Pharmalot

►September 10, 2008 - Tronics Microsystems Expands Offer to Medical Device Industry; Acquires MedTech Development - Tronics Microsystems via PCB007.com - "Previous examples of MedTech Development's design projects include external and implantable neural-stimulation devices that treat chronic diseases and acute pain management, and telemedicine solutions for management of chronic diseases, among others."

►September 10, 2008 - 80 Million Pound Partnership To Boost Biomedical Research Announced By Wellcome Trust And Indian Government - The Wellcome Trust via Medical News Today

►September 10, 2008 - Immune-modulating Effects of COLD-FX® Shown in Clinical Trial: - Preliminary Results Shed Light on How Leading Cold and Flu Remedy Works - CV Technologies Inc. via MarketWire

►September 10, 2008 - The Wonders of Coconut Oil - American Chronicle

* ►September 9, 2008 - Animal Models — Essential Elements to Address Efficacy Under the Animal Rule (pdf) - FDA/CDER - "Examples of potential interactions include drug/drug interactions and drug/vaccine interactions. For example, it should be known whether the use of an anthrax antitoxin monoclonal will have an effect on the activity of the antimicrobials used for the treatment of disseminated anthrax disease. This potential interaction should therefore be evaluated in the animal model. This information is especially important when the therapeutic intervention is expected to include more than one medical product."

* ►September 9, 2008 - High Court May Immunize Big Pharma - The FDA’s new “preemption” doctrine jeopardizes consumers’ right to sue for drug-caused injuries - In These Times - "As for the FDA, she says, “I know there are good hearts there and [if Wyeth wins] I want to ask them: ‘How do you feel about not having us little people out here to tell you when something goes wrong, and a court system to help you hold drug companies accountable?’ “

* ►September 9, 2008 - The Ties Between Pharma & Academic Med Centers - Pharmalot - "The data base will be a “one-stop resource to help users identify what academic institutions are doing or not doing to limit the influence of drug and device makers on medical practice and will offer users a toolkit on how to implement strong policies,” according to a statement. Take a look."

* ►September 9, 2008 - House panel knocks VA over destroyed specimens - San Diego Union-Tribune - "“From 1979 to 2006, we banked over 8,000 specimens from our studies on Legionnaires' disease and other infections,” Stout said. “The specimens included isolates of legionella and thousands of serum, respiratory and urine samples. They were all destroyed.”

* ►September 9, 2008 - Nation's top experts in psychoneuroimmunology to gather Sept 18-21 in Tampa, Fla. - Researchers finding mind-body connection a 2-way street - University of South Florida Health via FirstScience.com - "For more than 25 years researchers in the field of psychoneuroimmunology, or PNI, have been accumulating evidence showing that what you think and feel may alter your immune system. Relatively recently researchers have also begun documenting the flip side – that the immune system gone awry may profoundly impact the inner workings of your brain, leading to significant behavioral and health consequences."

* ►September 9, 2008 - SLU to test avian flu vaccines on volunteers - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

* ►September 9, 2008 - Board updates immunization policies - School policy: Get immunized or stay home - Great Bend Tribune

►September 9, 2008 - Web site raising vaccine awareness - "Life or death for a young child too often depends on whether he is born in a country where vaccines are available or not." - The San Bernardino Sun

►September 9, 2008 - Indonesia Confirms 112th Human Bird Flu Death - Kyodo via BBC via redOrbit

►September 9, 2008 - XOMA Awarded $65 Million Biodefense Contract by NIAID to Advance Drug Candidates Against Botulism Toxins Into Clinical Trials - XOMA via Lifescience

* ►September 9, 2008 - Merck Is Going To Tell Me What I Can & Can Not Do? (blog) - Jaden's Journal - "There are BILLIONS of Dollars in Vaccine Money every year given to Pharmaceutical Companies. We are the only Country in the WORLD that has the Rigorous Vaccine Schedule that we do."

* ►September 9, 2008 - Merck Wants It Both Ways With Study Author? - Pharmalot - "In response, Jonathan Edelman, executive director at Merck’s research labs, published an open letter in which he chastised the authors for failing to reach out to the drugmaker. “It is unfortunate that the authors and journal editors chose not to contact Merck before finalizing these publications. Had any of these individuals contacted Merck, factual errors could have been avoided,” he wrote. (Back story)."

* ►September 9, 2008 - Cymbalta Included on FDA New Adverse Event List - FDANews

* ►September 9, 2008 - Court reinstates Merck Vioxx shareholder lawsuit - AP via International Herald Tribune

►September 9, 2008 - Premature babies ‘four times more prone to behavioural disorders’ - ANI via TopNews Health

►September 9, 2008 - Reports of Bird Flu Outbreak in Idaho a Wake Up Call for California; Reminding Voters in the State About Dangers of PROP. 2 - PRNewswire via The Earth Times

►September 9, 2008 - Pfizer Yanks Marketing Applications For Antibiotic - Pharmalot

►September 9, 2008 - Memory Enhanced By Sports-cheat Drug - A drug used to increase blood production in both medical treatments and athletic doping scandals seems also to improve memory in those using it. New research shows that the memory enhancing effects of erythropoietin (EPO) are not related to its effects on blood production but due to direct influences on neurons in the brain. - BMC Biology, via AlphaGalileo via ScienceDaily

►September 9, 2008 - Amylin's Byetta Tops Merck's Januvia in Diabetes Test (Update1) - Bloomberg

►September 9, 2008 - Bayer shares gain on talk of Pfizer interest - Reuters

* ►September 9, 2008 - On Weaponization: Some Contributions from Others - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►September 9, 2008 - Kids Pricked for Profit: The Financial Ties of Vaccine Promoters to Big Pharma - NaturalNews.com

* ►September 9, 2008 - Vaccines are working, despite fears - Abbotsford Times via Canada.com

►September 9, 2008 - Vaccination and autism: the link is still missing - TheNational.ae

* ►September 8, 2008 - Kids truly are little germ factories, study proves - For first time, flu vaccine aimed at key spreaders — children. Previously, flu vaccine was recommended for youngsters under 5, who can become dangerously ill from influenza. This year, the government is recommending that children from age 6 months to 18 years be vaccinated — expanding inoculations to 30 million more school-age children. - MSNBC

* ►September 8, 2008 - Not Every Child in a C.C.I.S.D. has Been Immunized - KIII TV3 South Texas - "These vaccine are extremely safe," says doctor Jaime Fergie who is the director of pediatric infectious diseases department at Driscoll Children Hospital.    He says mis-information and scare tactics have driven many parents to denied their children the life saving protection immunizations provide. He points to the number of once prevalent diseases that have now been virtually wiped out. Though some, like whooping cough are slowly reemerging."

* ►September 8, 2008 - thanks for the warts Merck! (blog) - harbaugh boyz - "As noted in a release by the The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) one of the most troubling findings is 78 cases of outbreaks of warts following the vaccine in women already infected without knowing it."

►September 8, 2008 - Pharma career not hot with grads - World of DTC Marketing

►September 8, 2008 - Overseas prescription for Japan’s drugmakers (requires registration) - Financial Times

►September 8, 2008 - Elevated Blood Pressure in a Crying, Fussy Child CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►September 8, 2008 - NHS warned over cancer drugs cost - The Press Association

►September 8, 2008 - Cases in CAM: Red Yeast Rice -- What's in a Name? CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape Family Medicine

* ►September 7, 2008 - 135,000 school kids lack protection from disease, surveys say - Health officials fear outbreaks - Ventura County Star


►September 6, 2008 - Fetal Growth Influences Lymphocyte Subset Counts at Birth: The Generation R Study - journal article (Neonatology)

►September 6, 2008 - Causes and Circumstances of Neonatal Deaths in 108 Consecutive Cases over a 10-Year Period at the Children's Hospital of Lucerne, Switzerland - journal article (Neonatology)

►September 6, 2008 - Another Abnormal Trait in the Serotonin Metabolism Path in Intrauterine Growth-Restricted Infants - journal article (Neonatology)

►September 6, 2008 - The diagnosis of autoimmune inner ear disease: evidence and critical pitfalls - journal article (European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology)

►September 5, 2008 - Autoimmune disorders in patients affected by celiac sprue and inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (Annals of Medicine)

►September 5, 2008 - New 'Trick' Allows HIV to Overcome a Barrier to Infection - Cell Press via Biocompare

* ►September 5, 2008 - MyVaxChoice - We gathered in Middletown with Louise Kuo Habakus to share our story. I am the mother of 2 precious children. 1 is vaccine injured. - video - Photobucket

* ►September 2, 2008 - Virus Weaves Itself into the DNA Transferred from Parents to Babies - Effects of unique form of congenital infection unknown - University of Rochester Medical Center via Biocompare - "New research from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that some parents pass on the human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) to their children because it is integrated into their chromosomes. This is the first time a virus has been shown to become part of the human DNA and then get passed to subsequent generations. This unique mode of congenital infection may be occurring in as many as 1 of every 116 newborns, and the long-term consequences for a child's development and immune system are unknown."

* ►September 2008 - Absence of urinary opioid peptides in children with autism (full text) - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

* ►September 2008 - Measurement of the Humoral Immune Response following an Incident Human Papillomavirus Type 16 or 18 Infection in Young Women by a Pseudovirion-Based Neutralizing Antibody Assay - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

* ►September 2008 - Toxicity of Anthrax Toxin Is Influenced by Receptor Expression - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►September 2008 - Gender-Dependent HLA-DR-Restricted Epitopes Identified from Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Glycoprotein D - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

►September 2008 - Opa Protein Repertoires of Disease-Causing and Carried Meningococci - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►September 2008 - Asthma Symptoms and Bronchial Reactivity in School Children Sensitized to Food Allergens in Infancy - journal article (Journal of Asthma)

►September 2008 - Foundation-led Drug Discovery (requires registration) - Virtual biotechs target and develop translational research. - The Scientist

►September 2008 - TheScientist 2008 Life Science Salary Survey (requires registration) - Are you making too much money, or too little? Could you make more? Our US salary data in the life sciences can help. - The Scientist

►September 2008 - Human babesiosis. - journal article (Infectious Disease Clinics of North America) - "Human babesiosis is an emerging intraerythrocytic infection caused by protozoal parasites transmitted by ixodid ticks. Babesiosis is endemic in the northeastern and upper midwestern regions of the United States and is found sporadically in other parts of the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America."

►August 30, 2008 - Kristof Still Doesn't Get the Anthrax Story: The Justice Department, Bush Science & Our Sorry Media - OpEdNews

* ►August 25, 2008 - When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease by Bill Sardi - Lew Rockwell

►August 2008 - Alum adjuvanticity: Unraveling a century old mystery (full text) - journal article (European Journal of Immunology)

* ►August 2008 - Serotonin and dopamine transporter binding in children with autism determined by SPECT. - journal article (Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology)

►August 2008 - Update in infectious disease treatment. - journal article (Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine)

* ►Volume 20 Number 3, 2008 - An epidemiological analysis of the ‘autism as mercury poisoning’ hypothesis (pdf) - journal article (The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine) - "The existing scientific literature provides grounds for strong suspicion that mercury plays a causal role in the development of autism. Given this suspicion, and the severe nature, devastating lifelong impact and extremely high prevalence of autism, it would be negligent to continue to expose pregnant and nursing mothers and infant children to any amount of avoidable mercury. Health authorities worldwide should move without hesitation to ban and remove all mercury in all medical products at the earliest possible date."

Introduction to Vaccine Dangers classes - next classes September 10 & 11 - Sheri Nakken, Vaccination Information & Choice Network

Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD Appearances/Seminars - www.holisticchildhealth.com