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►March 2010 - Acute viral bronchiolitis in children- a very common condition with few therapeutic options - journal article (Paediatric Respiratory Reviews)

* ►February 4, 2010 - Researchers pinpoint swine flu death risk - AAP via - "Prof Grayson found those swine flu patients who become the sickest were likely to have a pre-existing deficiency of a specific blood protein (immunoglobulin G2 or IgG2) that is crucial to the proper functioning of the immune system. It was a chance discovery, he said, sparked by the treatment of a critically ill pregnant woman at the height of Australia's outbreak of swine flu last year. Doctors ordered a non-routine test on the woman's blood that returned an unsuspected result, and the same test was then conducted on all swine flu patients in the intensive care ward. 'We suddenly saw almost all of them were low, unexpectedly, in IgG2 ... this was the first time anyone had noted this,' Prof Grayson said. 'Almost all the patients in the ICU were all short of this protein, their levels were really, really low.' Prof Grayson said up to 20 per cent of the population was known to have low immunoglobulin levels, and those with IgG2 deficiencies appeared to be at heightened risk from swine flu."

* ►February 3, 2010 - More H1N1 Vaccines Recalled - The Hartford Courant - "More than 11,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine distributed in Connecticut have been recalled because of decreased potency, the third such recall in two months. Like the two previous recalls, the latest one is not safety related, according to the state Department of Public Health. Federal health authorities do not recommend that people who received the recalled vaccine be revaccinated."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Parents reassured their children are safe after jab blunder at Health Care Resource Centre - Runcorn World, UK - "An investigation has been launched after 59 children under the age of five were given adult swine vaccines by mistake at the Health Care Resource Centre in Caldwell Road, Widnes."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Vaccination process a pain in the arm - The StarPhoenix

* ►February 3, 2010 - Vaccines 'safe for pregnant women' - Bangkok Post - "Miscarriages among women who received H1N1 (type-A) flu injections were not caused by the vaccine, medical experts say. Suchitra Nimmannitya, who chairs a panel of medical experts overseeing vaccine use, said yesterday all members agreed that six cases of miscarriage and premature birth among women who received the flu shots were not connected to the Public Health Ministry's vaccination campaign."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Health Ministry brings back five-in-one vaccine - Daily Mirror, Sri Lanka - "The Pentavalent vaccination, introduced to Sri Lanka in 2008 was suspended after last year’s three Rubella-related deaths. ...  Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Deputy Director, Dr. Sudath Peiris warned that though the vaccination could prevent several diseases, patients could develop allergies when the second vaccination is given. 'No allergies will be developed when receiving the first Pentavalent vaccination. But the second dose could cause some allergies such as fever, itchiness, swelling and rashes. If one experiences these types of symptoms one must seek medical attention though they are not known to cause any serious harm,' he said and added that the benefits far outweigh the negative reactions."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Biotechs find progress in vaccine market - Mass High Tech - "When it comes to vaccines, everyone now wants to get in on the action. That’s according to Paul Bogorad, a senior manager at pharmaceutical and biotechnology consultancy Putnam Associates in Burlington. Bogorad and other analysts say that the frenzy over H1N1 has heightened the public’s awareness of the difficulty of making vaccines and has intensified companies’ hunger to do it better."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Cuban medical brigade, UNICEF start vaccinating children in Haiti -

* ►February 3, 2010 - Merck RotaTeq May Be Contraindicated for Infants with SCID - By Jennifer Corbett Dooren - Age of Autism

* ►February 3, 2010 - More than half of Americans use Internet for health - More than half of Americans looked up health information on the Internet last year, U.S. government researchers reported on Tuesday. - Reuters

►February 3, 2010 - Kids in tent cities getting vaccinated - Fearing epidemics, doctors have begun vaccinating children and others in Haitian tent cities. - Miami Herald

* ►February 3, 2010 - Bharat Bio Vaccine Doses Touch 1 Billion - Bharat Biotech is a global manufacturer of vaccines to protect against rabies, polio, hepatitis-B, typhoid, diphtheria, pertussius, tetanus, haemophilus influenza B and other diseases. - IndiaPRwire

* ►February 3, 2010 - Pentavalent Vaccine re-launched - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka

►February 3, 2010 - Health District Encouraging Vaccinations In Hispanic Community - Tyler Morning Telegraph

* ►February 3, 2010 - Brainstem Serotonergic Deficiency in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - journal article (JAMA) - "Compared with controls, SIDS was associated with lower 5-HT and TPH2 levels, consistent with a disorder of medullary 5-HT deficiency."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Office of Inspector General: CDC Lax in Policing Advisors’ Conflicts of Interest - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 3, 2010 - Bring back life-saving autism program - The loss of James Delorey, the seven-year-old who went missing in Nova Scotia in December and died after spending two nights in the bush, caused parents across Canada a collective shudder. - CanWest MediaWorks via

►February 3, 2010 - Autistic individuals are not disabled - SMARTER Brunei President Malai Hj Abdullah has been leading the way in raising awareness on autism around the country. - Borneo Bulletin

►February 3, 2010 - Animal behavioral studies can mimic human behavior - New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College via NewsRx

►February 3, 2010 - Chief public health officer in Czech Republic has caught H1N1 - National Post

►February 3, 2010 - Support True Health Claims Legislation - Historical And Scientific Evidence For Cancer And Other Disease Therapies Banned From Public By FTC, FDA And State Attorneys General - Citizens For Health

►February 3, 2010 - Evidence-Based Medicine Requires Appropriate Clinical Context - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Faith and Health: Religion, Science, and Public Policy (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Procalcitonin-Based Guidelines and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 3, 2010 - Safe Electronic Health Record Use Requires a Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Framework - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Electronic Health Records in the Age of Social Networks and Global Telecommunications - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Use of Earth-Observing Satellite Data Helps Predict, Prevent Disease Outbreaks - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Epilepsy Experts Focus on Treatment Gaps - journal article (JAMA)

►February 3, 2010 - Natural Chelation Alternative Offers New, Non-Invasive Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment - Maxam Nutraceutics via PR-USA.Net

►February 3, 2010 - J&J Sales Rep Denied Overtime Pay By Court - Pharmalot

►February 3, 2010 - EU regulators clear IMS Health sale to TPG - Private equity firm TPG [TPG.UL] and the Canada Pension Plan gained European Union regulatory approval on Wednesday for their $4 billion buyout of prescription drug sales data provider IMS Health Inc (RX.N). - Reuters

►February 3, 2010 - Young Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Could Benefit From New Research - Trinity College Dublin via Medical News Today

* ►February 3, 2010 - Novartis ex-CEO Vasella's bonus too high - study - 2009 bonus looks heavy based on performance-study Novartis should explain reasons for payout-Manifest - Reuters

►February 3, 2010 - China awaits Achillion’s anti-viral drug - Hartford Business

►February 3, 2010 - Medpedia Launches New Clinical Trial Platform - Pushing Relevant Clinical Trial Info Out to Web in Proper Context - PRWeb

►February 3, 2010 - CDC Disaster Funding Set at $1.5B - NTI: Global Security Newswire

►February 3, 2010 - Cambodia culls bird flu-affected ducks - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►February 3, 2010 - Roche profit climbs 4%; flu-meds sales rise - Roche Holding on Wednesday reported a 4% rise in second-half profit, buoyed by sales of flu medication Tamiflu and eye-disease drug Lucentis as sales growth slowed toward the end of the year. - MarketWatch

►February 3, 2010 - Roche CEO Sees Mixed Impact Of US Health Care Reform - Wall Street Journal

►February 3, 2010 - Thousands at-risk have not got H1N1 jab - Irish Health

►February 3, 2010 - Many Snohomish County kids haven't had second dose against swine flu - HeraldNet - "Statewide, less than one-quarter of vaccinated kids under age 5 have received the second dose, according to a survey of physicians by the state Department of Health."

►February 3, 2010 - Expert: Spring return of H1N1 flu is likely - Beaumont Enterprise - "Dr. Paul Glezen, a professor of molecular virology, microbiology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said another wave of influenza might be around the corner."

►February 3, 2010 - Galway Hospital Ward Under Quarantine As Virus Continues To Spread - Connacht Tribune - "St. Theresa's Ward was forced to close after a number of patients contracted the Norovirus - more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Vaccination News 2010 Launch! - Age of Autism

* ►February 3, 2010 - Is The Gardasil Vaccine Killing Your Daughters? (includes link to video) - TVNZ via The One Click Group

* ►February 3, 2010 - BBC Panorama - I Helped My Daughter To Die (includes link to video) - The One Click Group

►February 3, 2010 - The far side of darkness - Biopic of autism pioneer brought tears to star - Canwest News Service via Times Colonist - "Temple Grandin premieres Saturday at 9 on HBO Canada."

►February 3, 2010 - Government cash "fails to boost health of young children" - Management in Practice

* ►February 3, 2010 - Autism Rising in the New York Times - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

►February 3, 2010 - Temple Grandin on GFCF Diet (High Praise) and Regressive Autism (More than Genes) - Age of Autism

* ►February 3, 2010 - Autism Recovery is Not for the Faint of Heart By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►February 3, 2010 - The Lancet's Vaccine Retraction - A medical journal's role in the autism scare. - The Wall Street Journal - "Evidence of vaccine safety continued to build, but the Lancet stuck to its story through 2004, when it was revealed that Dr. Wakefield had been paid to conduct his study on children who were clients of a lawyer ginning up a lawsuit. Even then the journal offered only a partial retraction, saying it had been correct to "raise new ideas."

* ►February 3, 2010 - Local Mother Speaks out About Autism and the MMR Vaccine (includes video) - At least 1 in 110 children have autism, and while several factors could be to blame, one local mother is outraged about the ground-breaking article being retracted. -

►February 3, 2010 - Is this the end of vaccine-autism debate? - Picture of Health Blog via Baltimore Sun

* ►February 3, 2010 - Jay Gordon, MD: The Lancet Retracts Dr. Andrew Wakefield's Article On The Autism/Vaccine Connection - The Huffington Post

* ►February 3, 2010 - Doc: Blame Med Journal for Measles Deaths - After Lancet Retracts Study Linking Autism to MMR Vaccine, Big Vaccine Backer Says Lancet, Others Should Be Held Accountable - CBS News - "On 'The Early Show' Wednesday, [Dr. Paul] Offit says he hopes Lancet's reversal ends the debate, once-and-for-all. 'It's certainly a long time in coming,' he remarked to co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez. 'The (original) paper obviously was critically flawed. It should have never been published. Science done since then has clearly shown that MMR vaccine didn't cause autism.'"

* ►February 3, 2010 - MMR Vaccine: Who's to Blame? - Dr. Paul Offit, author of "Autism's False Prophets," spoke to Maggie Rodriguez about the retraction of the study linking the MMR vaccine to childhood autism and the science between the reversal. - video - CBS News

* ►February 3, 2010 - Vaccine Link to Autism Retracted - A respected British medical journal, The Lancet, retracted a study that the childhood vaccine MMR triggers autism. Richard Roth reports on the controversy debated for more than a decade. - video - CBS News

* ►February 3, 2010 - MMR autism scare research is withdrawn - - "Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University, said: 'This is not before time. I hope the country can now draw a line under this particular health scare and move onto new opportunities for vaccination.'"

* ►February 3, 2010 - Vaccine Study Retracted, and Causes of Autism Remain Elusive - On Parenting Blog via U.S. News & World Report

* ►February 3, 2010 - Medical journal retracts controversial autism article - Researcher had linked disorder to childhood vaccines - Baltimore Sun - "'This is welcome. It's overdue; this paper should never have been published,' said Dr. Neal Halsey, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who added that it is highly unusual for a prominent medical journal to retract an article."

►February 3, 2010 - With the facts against them Dr. Wakefield's supporters appeal to emotion - Left Brain/Right Brain

►February 2, 2010 - Who Is Andrew Wakefield? - Autism Blog via

►February 2, 2010 - Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism (requires subscription) - Newsday

►February 2, 2010 - Faith in bad science: Retraction of game-changing vaccine study unlikely to change behavior - editorial - Boulder Daily Camera

* ►February 2, 2010 - The Lancet Retraction - By Michelle Fay Cortez - Age of Autism

* ►February 2, 2010 - Kim Stagliano: The Censorship of Autism Treatment - The Huffington Post - "There is joy all over the Internet, back slapping and "Isn't it grand!" that Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues have been brought down so publicly. At the same time, autism is chewing through our country at breakneck speed. 1 in 250 became 1 in 166 which increased to 1 in 150 and is now 1 in 110 with no signs of abating. Schools and families are bearing the brunt of the battle today. Tomorrow, as the children become young adults and "age out" of school, you, the average Huffington Post reader, will be partially responsible for them via your taxes. The finger pointing in Connecticut, where I live, has already begun. A recent newspaper article began with, "Why is the district being punished for having too many white autistic kids?""

* ►February 2, 2010 - Kim Stagliano on The GMC Hearing: "The Censorship of Autism Treatment" By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►February 2, 2010 - Medical journal retracts flawed autism study - Controversial paper published in 1998 linked MMR shots to disorder (includes video) - AP via MSNBC

* ►February 2, 2010 - Medical journal retracts study linking autism to vaccine (includes video) - CNN

* ►February 2, 2010 - Autism-vaccine study retracted - CBC - "Meanwhile, fallout from the publication of the study continues. 'It was out there for a very long time. So it's good The Lancet has retracted it. It helps in a small way. But the truth of the matter is the damage has been done,' in terms of changes in belief and perception, said Dr. Allison McGeer, an infectious diseases expert at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital. The retraction is important, but the time it has taken to get to this point dulls its impact, said Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, a clinician scientist at Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto. 'There is room to study the link between the immune system and autism,' she added. 'Still, I don't think we have clarified that issue, and I would hope that the money goes towards that route and not again on the MMR hypothesis.'"

* ►February 2, 2010 - Medical journal retracts autism paper 12 years on - The Lancet medical journal formally retracted a paper on Tuesday that caused a 12-year international battle over links between the three-in-one childhood MMR vaccine and autism. - Reuters

* ►February 2, 2010 - Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism (includes video) - CTV Toronto

* ►February 2, 2010 - Report linking autism to vaccines is retracted by medical journal - The Lancet issues a retraction on the 12-year-old paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which had said the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causes autism. The report led to a sharp drop in vaccination rates. - Los Angeles Times

* ►February 2, 2010 - The False Prophets of Autism - Motherlode Blog via The New York Times

* ►February 2, 2010 - Study Linking Autism to Vaccine Retracted - British Medical Journal Bows to Pressure to Pull Flawed 1998 Paper from Record (includes video) - CBS News - "Paul Offit, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at the University of Pennsylvania who has long advocated for the value of vaccines, told CBS News' Amy Burkholder that the study 'should never have been published' and that the retraction is 'too little too late.'"

* ►February 2, 2010 - Journal Retracts 1998 Paper Linking Autism to Vaccines (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Jim Moody, a director of SafeMinds, a parents’ group that advances the notion the vaccines cause autism, said the retraction would strengthen Dr. Wakefield’s credibility with many parents. 'Attacking scientists and attacking doctors is dangerous,' he said. 'This is about suppressing research, and it will fuel the controversy by bringing it all up again.'"

* ►February 2, 2010 - David Kirby: The Lancet Retraction Changes Nothing - Age of Autism

* ►February 2, 2010 - The Lancet Retraction Changes Nothing - David Kirby - The Huffington Post - "So what might those factors include? Well, it turns out that the IACC has unanimously recommend research to determine if certain sub-populations are more susceptible to environmental exposures such as "immune challenges related to naturally occurring infections, vaccines or underlying immune problems." Nobody seriously thinks that the retraction of The Lancet article, and the international flogging of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, will do anything to make this debate go away. And they are right."

* ►February 2, 2010 - Shares of Vaccine Makers up on Lancet Retraction - FOXBusiness - "Shares of Merck, the largest producer of the MMR vaccine, hovered up 2% in morning trading. Vaccine producers as a whole were in the green Tuesday, with Sanofi Aventis (SNY: 37.56, 0.5, 1.35%), Novartis AG (NVS: 54.73, 0.7, 1.3%), Glaxo Smith-Kline PLC (GSK: 39.52, 0.63, 1.62%) and Abbott Labs (ABT: 54.45, 1.09, 2.04%) all in positive territory. A spokesman for Merck did not immediately return a call for comment."

* ►February 2, 2010 - The Lancet's Incomprehensible Autism Retraction - Forbes - "The Lancet's retraction needs to be clear enough to play a role in that kind of debate, so that anyone coming upon the retraction can understand the import of the paper and that the reasons for the retraction represent specific complaints about the validity and ethics of the 1998 paper. If parents are going to keep hearing negative things about vaccines, Pfizer, Merck, and GlaxoSmithKline are to keep developing new inoculations, then it is important that such statements be at least comprehensible to laypeople."

* ►February 2, 2010 - GMC Wakefield Verdict Reflections on investigating Wakefield - What will become of the man at the centre of the longest running case to be heard by a GMC fitness to practise panel? - Brian Deer -  journal article (BMJ)

►February 2, 2010 - Lancet retracts Wakefield’s MMR paper - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 2, 2010 - GMC Wakefield Verdict Why did the Lancet take so long? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 2, 2010 - MMR vaccine and autism - Health professionals must enter the public arena if future debacles are to be prevented - journal article (BMJ)

►February 2, 2010 - Medical journal retracts autism paper - The Lancet retracts 12-year-old paper linking vaccine and autism - Need to know via

►February 2, 2010 - Hoosiers React To Debunked Autism Vaccine Link (includes video) -

►February 2, 2010 - How to: get a head start in health and science journalism - - "The media coverage of the MMR vaccine story demonstrates how ignorance on the behalf of journalists can lead to serious consequences. The reported findings of research by Andrew Wakefield linking the MMR vaccine to autism made front page news."

►February 2, 2010 - Has Time Rewritten Every Line? - The American Spectator

* ►February 2, 2010 - Human placenta cells die after BPA exposure. - Environmental Health News

►February 2, 2010 - Merck gives grant to Saint Peter's in New Brunswick -

►February 2, 2010 - Concerns heard about Senate autism bill exclusions -

►February 2, 2010 - Search on for missing teen with autism -

* ►February 2, 2010 - Few Top Med Schools Have Ghostwriting Policy - Pharmalot - "The issue has gotten a lot of traction lately - the Senate Finance Committee asked med schools about their policies (see here and here) and Wyeth and Merck have gotten bad press over the practice."

►February 2, 2010 - The flu fighters -

* ►February 2, 2010 - Peer review trickery? (requires registration) - The Scientist - "Leading stem cell researchers are accusing some scientists of abusing the peer-review system, writing unreasonable or obstructive reviews and delaying the publication of high quality science."

►February 2, 2010 - Senators Debate Insurance Coverage Bill For Autistic Children (includes video) -

* ►February 2, 2010 - Investigating the Hormone Oxytocin as a Treatment for Autism - An interview with Dr. Eric Hollander - The Epoch Times

►February 2, 2010 - Former Wyeth CEO: Pharma Chiefs Face ‘More Punishing’ Environment - The Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►February 2, 2010 - Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment of the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 2, 2010 - Long-Chain {omega}-3 Fatty Acids for Indicated Prevention of Psychotic Disorders - journal article (Archives of General Psychiatry)

* ►February 2, 2010 - Loss Of Nicotinic Receptor Could Cause Developmental Delay - Baylor College of Medicine via redOrbit

* ►February 2, 2010 - Three Brain Diseases Linked by Toxic Form of Same Neural Protein, According to Penn Study - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine via

►February 2, 2010 - Botulism Antitoxin Bivalent (Equine) Types A and B - FDA

►February 2, 2010 - Who Follows Big Pharma On Twitter? - Better Health

►February 2, 2010 - PolyMedix to Present at the 12th Annual BIO CEO Conference - PolyMedix via Business Wire

* ►February 2, 2010 - Reduced potency prompts another H1N1 vaccine recall - CIDRAP News - " The current recall involves five lots of single-dose pediatric flu vaccine and one lot of single-dose vaccine for older children and adults. All the lots were shipped between November 2009 and January 2010, the CDC said. Len Lavenda, vice president of U.S. communications for Sanofi, told CIDRAP News that the vaccine lots totaled about 1.3 million doses, which were distributed nationwide. 'We don't how many remain unused,' he said."

* ►February 2, 2010 - Health ministry: deaths unrelated to H1N1 vaccination of mothers - Thai News Agency MCOT - "Thailand Ministry of Public Health has initially concluded that recent fetal deaths are not linked to the anti A(H1N1) flu vaccinations of their mothers, earlier considered a possibility."

►February 2, 2010 - No Seasonal Flu Shots? (includes video) - KIMA CBS 29

►February 2, 2010 - Gate H1N1: flu vaccine clinics open at airport (includes video) -

►February 2, 2010 - Residents urged to get flu jab - Shields Gazette

►February 2, 2010 - Health unit optimistic worst over for H1N1- Guelph Mercury

* ►February 2, 2010 - Holy moly, it's hard getting swine flu vaccine to people who might need it overseas/ NY Times - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 2, 2010 - Prominent Chelation Doctor Relinquishes License, Agrees to Fine for Insurance Fraud - The Science Business Blog via Forbes

►February 2, 2010 - Detect cervical cancer at early stage - More than 1,400,000 people dignosed with cancer -

►February 2, 2010 - Gardasil: Are we getting the full picture? (includes video) -

* ►February 2, 2010 - Acreage residents balance uncertainty, fear as leaders call for stepped-up cancer probe - The Palm Beach Post

►February 2, 2010 - Kindergartner’s rare illness makes for difficult choices - - "'Alli’s got a rare disease called ‘Moyamoya’ which is a condition which constricts blood flow through certain arteries that carry blood to the brain,” Marcotte said of her daughter Allison’s condition. "Because of this interrupted blood flow, she can suffer from strokes or transient ischemic attacks, which are like ‘mini-strokes’ — she has about two of those a week.'"

►February 2, 2010 - Emergency Operations Center Situation Report #18 Haiti Earthquake - Source: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) via ReliefWeb

►February 2, 2010 - Three Brain Diseases Linked by Toxic Form of Same Neural Protein, According to Penn Study - press release - Penn Medicine News

►February 2, 2010 - SIDS linked to low levels of serotonin - NIH-funded study finds abnormalities in brain region that regulates breathing, sleep - NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development via EurekAlert!

►February 2, 2010 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman applauding Gates Foundation $10 billion pledge for vaccines - UNICEF

►February 2, 2010 - CDC Vaccine Price List - Prices last reviewed/updated: February 2, 2010 - CDC

* ►February 2, 2010 - National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting Feb 3 & 4 - Age of Autism

* ►February 2, 2010 - How Drug Companies Use Marketing to Mislead Physicians and Consumers - The Faster Times

* ►February 1, 2010 - On the matter of the Lancet retraction - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "The Lancet has retracted the 1998 paper (1). Now, all the pillorying and slandering of Andrew Wakefield will start in earnest. The question is, "How does Richard Horton manage to go to sleep each night?". And here's why."

* ►February 1, 2010 - A reasonable request - Hilary's Desk via Beyond Conformity - "The original versions of three documents on this website, relating to Jasmine Renata, have been taken down, amended and replaced, after receipt of a letter signed by Mark Beech and Amy Scott of Sharp Tudhope solicitors, acting on behalf of Radius Medical Solutions."

* ►February 1, 2010 - What the newspapers say: February 1, 2010 - - "Romania libera reveals after a journalistic investigation that the Romanian made AH1N1 vaccine, Cantgrip, is tested on over 400 patients in West Romania in sketchy conditions. Children coming from poor families are exposed by doctors and parents alike to some unknown risks, for the sake of money. Their parents receive about 600 euro in return.   According to officials, the Romanian vaccine is in its final testing procedures on 400 children in West Romania. However, that remains uncertain, the newspaper reads, is that authorities did not publish the conditions and procedures for testing children: whether families receive money - with what right, whether they are aware of the possible adverse reactions to the vaccine."

►February 1, 2010 - FDA, Eli Lilly Announce Olanzapine Labeling Changes - New label warns of increased risk of weight gain and hyperlipidemia among adolescents - HealthDay via Modern Medicine

►February 1, 2010 - PharmAthene Submits White Paper to BARDA for Advanced Development Funding for SparVax(TM) - Novel Recombinant Protective Antigen Anthrax Vaccine - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►February 1, 2010 - Raw Milk Farmer Takes Stand Against FDA - Food Safety News

* ►February 1, 2010 - Island residents sue U.S., saying military made them sick - CNN

►February 1, 2010 - Medical van may serve Ka'u, South Kona residents - The Honolulu Advertiser

►February 1, 2010 - Immune Memory Formation Seen In Early Stages Of Viral Infection - Emory University via Biocompare

►February 1, 2010 - Secrets Of Immunologic Memory - New understanding of CD44 receptor's role in immune cell survival - Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute via Biocompare

►February 1, 2010 - UCLA Cancer Researchers Perform Complete Genomic Sequencing Of Brain Cancer Cell Line - Study may result in new and more effective therapies via Biocompare

* ►February 2010 - Sibling Transmission of Vaccine-Derived Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Associated With Rotavirus Gastroenteritis - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Effectiveness of the Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine in Preventing Gastroenteritis in the United States - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Effectiveness of Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine in a Large Urban Population in the United States - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Li S-TT and Tancredi DJ. Empyema Hospitalizations Increased in US Children Despite Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. Pediatrics. 2010;125(1):26–33 - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - The "Cough Trick:" A Brief Strategy to Manage Pediatric Pain From Immunization Injections - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Estimated Burden of Rotavirus-Associated Diarrhea in Ambulatory Settings in the United States - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Vaccine-preventable disease in women of reproductive age - journal article (Sexuality, Reproduction & Menopause)

►February 2010 - Varicella vaccination in pediatric kidney and liver transplantation. - journal article (Pediatric Transplantation)

►February 2010 - Burden of Influenza-Related Hospitalizations Among Children With Sickle Cell Disease - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Male Gender Is Associated With Intraventricular Hemorrhage - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Prevalence and Associated Clinical Characteristics of Behavior Problems in Constipated Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Use of a Homeopathic Preparation for "Infantile Colic" and an Apparent Life-Threatening Event - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Mixed-Handedness Is Linked to Mental Health Problems in Children and Adolescents - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Performance of 2004 American Heart Association Recommendations for Treatment of Kawasaki Disease - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Effect of Treatment of Subclinical Neonatal Seizures Detected With aEEG: Randomized, Controlled Trial - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Cerebral Magnetic Resonance Biomarkers in Neonatal Encephalopathy: A Meta-analysis - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Health and Home Environments of Caregivers of Children Investigated by Child Protective Services - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Teaching Parents Effective Discipline During a Health Supervision Visit - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Improved Detection of Developmental Delays Among Young Children in Foster Care - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - "My Child Doesn't Have a Brain Injury, He Only Has a Concussion" - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - A Brief Primary Care Intervention Helps Parents Develop Plans to Discipline - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Parenting Behaviors, Perceptions, and Psychosocial Risk: Impacts on Young Children's Development - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Defining Cerebrospinal Fluid White Blood Cell Count Reference Values in Neonates and Young Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Understanding Brain Injury and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities in the Preterm Infant: The Evolving Role of Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging - journal article (Seminars in Perinatology)

►February 2010 - Patient-to-Nurse Ratios and Outcomes of Moderately Preterm Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Autoantibodies to Insulin, Insulinoma-Associated Antigen-2, and Zinc Transporter 8 Improve the Prediction of Early Insulin Requirement in Adult-Onset Autoimmune Diabetes - journal article (Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism)

►February 2010 - Autoimmune pancreatitis: An underdiagnosed autoimmune disease with clinical, imaging and serological features - journal article (Autoimmunity Reviews)

►February 2010 - Bronchiolitis: Recent Evidence on Diagnosis and Management - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Adoption of Body Mass Index Guidelines for Screening and Counseling In Pediatric Practice - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Neurodevelopment and In Utero Antiretroviral Exposure of HIV-Exposed Uninfected Infants - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Implementing Developmental Screening and Referrals: Lessons Learned From a National Project - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Allergen Immunotherapy in Asthma: Current Status and Future Perspectives. - journal article (Allergology International)

►February 2010 - Projected Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Expanded Newborn Screening for MCADD - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborns (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Cranial Ultrasonography in Neonates: Role and Limitations - journal article (Seminars in Perinatology)

►February 2010 - Management of Acute Otitis Media After Publication of the 2004 AAP and AAFP Clinical Practice Guideline (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Acute Otitis Media Guidelines, Antibiotic Use, and Shared Medical Decision-Making - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Factors Associated With Pediatric Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Factors influencing polyautoimmunity in systemic lupus erythematosus - journal article (Autoimmunity Reviews)

►February 2010 - The relationship of asthma-specific quality of life during pregnancy to subsequent asthma and perinatal morbidity. - journal article (Journal of Asthma)

►February 2010 - Saliva and serum eosinophil cationic protein in asthmatic children and adolescents with and without allergic sensitization. - journal article (The Journal of Asthma)

►February 2010 - Vitamin B6 deficiency and anemia in pregnancy - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►February 2010 - Relationship of 25-hydroxyvitamin D with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in older community-dwelling adults - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►February 2010 - Are 2 Weeks of Daily Breastfeeding Support Insufficient to Overcome the Influences of Formula? - journal article (Academic Pediatrics)

►February 2010 - Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►February 2010 - Consumption of animal products, their nutrient components and postmenopausal circulating steroid hormone concentrations - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

* ►February 2010 - More Letters on Autism - Vitamin D Newsletter

►February 2010 - Temple Grandin, a life of chutes and ladders - Scene Newspaper

►January/February 2010 - Topiramate in Treatment of Tourette Syndrome - journal article (Clinical Neuropharmacology)

►January/February 2010 - Hepatotoxicity After High-Dose Methylprednisolone for Demyelinating Disease - journal article (Clinical Neuropharmacology)

* ►January 31, 2010 - Denver Public Schools Turned Into Vaccine Clinics - video -

►January 31, 2010 - FDA Aims at Doctors' Drug Pitches (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►January 29, 2010 - Non-Safety-Related Voluntary Recall of Unused Doses from Certain Lots of Sanofi Pasteur H1N1 Vaccine in Pre-Filled Syringes - CDC - "Summary: As part of its quality assurance program, Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., performs routine, ongoing testing of influenza vaccines after the vaccine has been distributed to health care providers to ensure that the vaccine continues to meet required specifications. In recent testing of its influenza A (H1N1) monovalent vaccine, Sanofi Pasteur found five distributed lots of single-dose, pre-filled syringe pediatric (0.25 mL) vaccine and one distributed lot of single-dose pre-filled syringe for older children and adults (0.5 mL) vaccine had potency below pre-specified limits.  The manufacturer is conducting a non-safety related voluntary recall of any unused doses of these affected lots of vaccine.  Information will be sent by Sanofi Pasteur to providers who received vaccine from the affected lots."

* ►January 29, 2010 - The 12-year controversy over a vaccine - The controversy over measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that began 12 years ago. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►January 28, 2010 - Stability of motor problems in young children with or at risk of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and or developmental coordination disorder - journal article (Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology)

►January 28, 2010 - Functional Constipation in Children: A Systematic Review on Prognosis and Predictive Factors - journal article (Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition)

* ►January 27, 2010 - Descriptive epidemiology of birth trauma in the United States in 2003 - journal article  (Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology)

►January 26, 2010 - Turning America Back: What Brown's Election Means -

►January 22, 2010 - Consumption of vegetables, fruit, and antioxidants during pregnancy and wheeze and eczema in infants. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

* ►January 21, 2010 - 'Two-thirds' of NHS London nurses without swine flu jab - Just one in three nurses in London has been vaccinated against swine flu, the NHS has admitted. - BBC - "Currently, 38% of London's GPs and 45% of other doctors, such as hospital consultants, have received the jab. Yet the take-up rates among NHS London staff appear to contradict the organisation's own advice. Speaking in December, NHS London's head of pandemic flu, Dr Chloe Sellwood, said: 'The vaccine is our best defence against the virus and that is why we are encouraging as many people as possible to take it.'"

►January 20, 2010 - Hypersensitivity pneumonitis. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►January 20, 2010 - Update on asthma and cleaners. - journal article (Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►January 14, 2010 - Breastfeeding and the prevalence of allergic diseases in schoolchildren: Does reverse causation matter? - journal article (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology)

►January 14, 2010 - Pinless frameless electromagnetic image-guided neuroendoscopy in children - journal article (Child's Nervous System)

* ►January 2010 - Sudden Death of a Patient with Pandemic Influenza (A/H1N1pdm) Virus Infection by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. - journal article (Japanese Journal of Infectious Disease)

►January 2010 - Frey's syndrome: a masquerader of food allergy - journal article (Post Graduate Medical journal via Child's Nervous System)

►January 2010 - Bullying and Ostracism Experiences in Children With Special Health Care Needs - journal article (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics)

* ►January 2010 - Another Autism Case Report - Vitamin D Newsletter

* ►Fall 2004 - An Investigation of the Association Between MMR Vaccination and Autism in Denmark (full text) (pdf) - journal article (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons) via

Comment from the author: “This paper shows a statistically significant increase in autism associated with the start of MMR vaccination in Denmark prior to the change in classification (from  ICD-8 to ICD-10) and prior to change in enrollments.

Other epidemiological studies that showed no association between MMR vaccination and autism have been found flawed both methodologically and statistically.  In fact, the Madsden et al. study, highly touted as the most comprehensive study in existence, when corrected for biases, actually showed a temporal association.”

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* Complaint regarding the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) judgment (28 January 2010) - The Petition Site - "Target: General Medical Council (GMC) in United Kingdom (UK) Sponsored by:  Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D. Dr. Andrew J. Wakefield's findings of gastrointestinal pathologies in a subgroup of children with autism are very important. His persecution by the GMC is akin to the persecution of Semmelweis."