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* ►March 1, 2010 - Prevention of Meningococcal Disease: Current Use of Polysaccharide and Conjugate Vaccines - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases) - "Efforts to prevent IMD remain challenging, because there is neither an immunogenic vaccine for infants nor a vaccine to prevent serogroup B disease that is currently licensed. Obstacles to achieving optimal vaccine coverage among adolescents persist, and strategies are needed to address these shortcomings."

* ►March 1, 2010 - Epidemiological Profile of Meningococcal Disease in the United States - journal article (Clinical Infectious Diseases) - "A comprehensive program to prevent invasive meningococcal disease in the United States will require vaccination of infants; several conjugate vaccines for infants may become available in the near future. Broadly protective vaccines for endemic serogroup B disease are also needed."

* ►February 11, 2010 - Unprincipled 'Science' Reporting Undermines OSR#1 Antioxidant By Dr. Stephen C. L'Hommedieu, DC -

►February 11, 2010 - Autism and diet: Many questions to digest - Washington Post

* ►February 10, 2010 - Govt halts rollout of 5-in-1 vaccines under immunisation drive - Business Standard - "India has put on hold its plans to introduce five-in-one or pentavalent vaccines under the national immunisation programme, after doubts were raised over the need for universal vaccination for some of the diseases covered by the vaccine. The move has dampened the hopes of at least five vaccine makers who were expecting bulk orders from the central government. The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) had already committed a grant of $165 million (about Rs 770 crore) to immunise over 18 million children with the pentavalent vaccine in 10 states of the country. Sanofi Aventis, Shantha Biotech, Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech and Panacea Biotech are among the major companies that had introduced pentavalent vaccines in the domestic market. The pentavalent vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae Type B (often known as Hib) which causes some severe forms of pneumonia and meningitis. The government has asked an expert committee headed by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) chief V M Katoch to analyse the prevalence of the diseases covered by the vaccine in the country, and the mortality rates, before a large-scale immunisation drive is launched."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Whooping cough vaccine may need to change, say researchers - AAP via - "'Our findings suggest that the use of the acellular vaccine may be one factor contributing to these genetic changes.' The research team analysed more than 200 samples of the bacterium collected over the past 40 years in Australia, and these were compared with samples from Japan, Canada, USA and Finland. They found while the vaccine now in use was effective against some of the strains circulating in Australia it may no longer protect against two strains, known as MT27 and MT70. Dr Lan said more research was needed to confirm the results but health authorities may need to modify the vaccine to broaden the protection it offered, 'or over time it could lose effectiveness as the organism evolves'."

►February 10, 2010 - Vaccines Boost Sanofi Net Profit (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►February 10, 2010 - Sanofi-aventis Delivers Double-Digit EPS(1) Growth in 2009 as the Transformation Program Progresses - press release - sanofi-aventis via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►February 10, 2010 - Sanofi Pasteur, maker of Gardasil, wins contract to supply cervical cancer vaccine in Ireland - Irish Medical Times

* ►February 10, 2010 - Sanofi says vaccines to help lift 2010 earnings - * Expects business EPS growth of 2-5 pct in 2010 * Q4 adj net income 1.8 bln euros vs Reuters poll 1.68 bln * Exercise of animal health option "highly probable" * Shares up 1.2 percent - Reuters - "Sales rose 3.8 percent to 7.36 billion against consensus for 7.37 billion, bolstered by swine flu vaccines -- a one-off benefit that should last until the end of this quarter."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Sanofi Hunts for Consumer Deals Up to $15 Billion - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

* ►February 10, 2010 - Review of Biomedical Defenses to Speed Drug Development - Homeland Security Today - "PharmAthene has been producing a second- and third-generation anthrax vaccine, known as SparVax, to protect the US population against an anthrax attack by terrorists. It involves fewer doses, provides greater safety, and costs about a third compared to the current vaccine, explained Eric Richman, PharmAthene senior vice president for business development. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is responsible for funding early development of medical countermeasures, funded the development of SparVax originally in 2001. The US government to date has invested about $120 million in the vaccine and now receives its funding as an advanced development program from BARDA. HHS could move faster to fund the remaining development and procurement of the vaccine, Richmand told"

* ►February 10, 2010 - Warning Posted For Childhood Diseases - Health alerts have been issued with the reappearance of childhood diseases, mumps and measles. - PR-inside

* ►February 10, 2010 - Market Study Published: Stakeholder Opinions: Vaccines in Emerging Markets (Asia) - Recently published research from Datamonitor, "Stakeholder Opinions: Vaccines in Emerging Markets (Asia) - Opportunities in China, India, South Korea and Taiwan", is now available at Fast Market Research - Datamonitor via - "China is a very challenging market for international vaccine companies. The country remains difficult to penetrate due to the high language and cultural barriers, opaque regulatory environment and strong government influence. Local expertise and connections are crucial, making partnerships with domestic players a key strategy for market access. With only one domestic vaccine player, Taiwan relies on imports. Looking to decrease the country's reliance on imports and to establish it as a hub for biotechnology, the Taiwanese government is encouraging international vaccine makers to build manufacturing and R&D facilities in the country, offering tax rebates and advance purchase agreements. ...Taiwanese government is encouraging international vaccine makers to build manufacturing and R&D facilities in the country, offering tax rebates and advance purchase agreements."

* ►February 10, 2010 - US patent for NexBio sialic acid targeting flu drug tech - US specialty pharma firm NexBio has received a patent for “pioneering” host cell-targeting influenza drugs that can cut the risk of viral mutation and the emergence of drug resistant strains. - in-PharmaTechnologist

►February 10, 2010 - XDR TB emerging despite good adherence, due to sub-optimal treatment and bad infection control -

►February 10, 2010 - Loyola University Chicago offers new research-intensive program for healthcare industry - Loyola University via News-Medical.Net

* ►February 10, 2010 - WHO responds to reports of hospitals charging for drugs in Haiti - The WHO has stopped sending free drugs to private hospitals and non-governmental organisations in Haiti after receiving reports that some institutions in the earthquake stricken country had begun to charge patients. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►February 10, 2010 - Parent Concerns Hinder National H1N1 Immunization Efforts - University of Michigan Health System via Medical News Today

* ►February 10, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Why did the Lancet take so long? - John Stone The unexplained puzzle of the GMC verdict (and reponses to Peter Flegg) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 10, 2010 - Conflicts of Interest Comes To A Talk Show Near You - Pharmalot - "As the controversy over industry influence over doctors and patient care heats up, Fox News journalist John Stossel plans to explore conflicts of interest on an upcoming show. So tomorrow, Feb. 11, he’s invited two outspoken physicians - Tom Stossel (see here) and Arnold Relman - to debate the issue (weather permitting, of course). And it appears that the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators is concerned the studio audience will not work in its favor."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Merck Agrees To Boost Drug-Safety Procedures - Pharmalot - "As part of a deal to settle shareholder lawsuits over Vioxx, the drugmaker will appoint a committee to address safety risks, another to monitor drug safey and appoint a new chief medical officer, Bloomberg News reports. Merck will also amend its code of conduct to promote scientific and academic integrity as well “honest communication” with doctors."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Dendreon revving up drug plants ahead of FDA decision - Dendreon will have three plants to make its Provenge prostate cancer drug by mid-2011, said Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Gold. - Bloomberg via The Seattle Times - "Provenge extended the lives of men with prostate cancer that had spread to other organs by four months, according to a study released by the company on April 28. The therapy involves extracting infection-fighting white blood cells from patients, mixing them with the vaccine and injecting that combination to attack tumors."

* ►February 10, 2010 - New Proposed Changes Posted for Leading Manual of Mental Disorders: Draft Diagnostic Criteria for DSM-5 - The American Psychiatric Association has released the proposed draft diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The draft criteria represent content changes under consideration for DSM, which is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health and other health professionals, and is used for diagnostic and research purposes. - American Psychiatric Association, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

►February 10, 2010 - Pet Talk: Pet vaccinations - College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

* ►February 10, 2010 - The FDA And Special Protocal Assessments - Pharmalot

* ►February 10, 2010 - Clinical Trial Registration and Publication of Randomized Controlled Trials - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Clinical Trial Registration and Publication of Randomized Controlled Trials Reply - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Risk Factors and Outcomes Associated With First-Trimester Fetal Growth Restriction - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - First-Trimester Determination of Complications of Late Pregnancy - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Replicating High-Quality Medical Care Organizations - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Hormone May Play Role in Triggering Panic Attacks - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 10, 2010 - New Item on Pediatric Menu: Food Allergy - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Safety Plan for Opioids Meets Resistance - Opioid-Linked Deaths Continue to Soar - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Enhancing the Effectiveness of Food Labeling in Restaurants - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►February 10, 2010 - Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 10, 2010 - Legislators hear testimony about treatment of Lyme disease - Green-shirted supporters of legislation concerning Lyme disease treatment appeared at the Capitol today (Monday, Feb. 8) to back a bill by Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, that protects from disciplinary action by the Board of Medical Practice doctors who prescribe or dispense long-term antibiotic treatment to treat chronic Lyme disease. (Photo by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol Reporter) -

►February 10, 2010 - Study shows lactobacillus is effective in improving H. pylori-infected diseases - World Journal of Gastroenterology via News-Medical.Net

►February 10, 2010 - Food allergy an immune system response - Reading Eagle Press

►February 10, 2010 - Zambian study finds longer breastfeeding best for HIV-infected mothers - Infectious Diseases Society of America via NewsRx

►February 10, 2010 - Why greener pastures aren’t always better - The Chronicle Herald, Canada

►February 10, 2010 - Complacency Blamed For H1N1 Surge - Bru Direct

* ►February 10, 2010 - H1N1 treatment, flu shots cost $148M - Edmonton Journal via Vancouver Sun - "The total cost of treating and vaccinating Albertans against the H1N1 flu was $148 million this fiscal year, according to a government report released Tuesday."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Two-thirds of swine flu vaccines remain unused in NI - The Department of Health in Northern Ireland still has half a million swine flu vaccines which remain unused. - BBC

* ►February 10, 2010 - Flu shot not behind woman's illness -

►February 10, 2010 - Swine Flu In Pregnancy - What To Look Out For - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists via Medical News Today

►February 10, 2010 - Rubella, not a benign disease if experienced during early pregnancy - Sciblogs, New Zealand

►February 10, 2010 - FDA Updates on Salmonella Outbreaks -

►February 10, 2010 - Will the Real Rick and Kay Please Stand - Human Events - "The lobbyist charges aimed at Mr. Perry center around the toll roads, and an episode involving a cervical cancer vaccine called Gardasil that would have been required for young girls under a gubernatorial executive order. Hutchison’s team accuses Mr. Perry of being influenced by Mike Toomey, a former Perry chief-of-staff who was lobbying for vaccine-maker Merck."

* ►February 10, 2010 - Autism Speaks: Ten most significant autism research achievements in 2009 - Leading autism advocacy organization documents progress to discover causes and treatments for autism spectrum disorders - Autism Speaks via News-Medical.Net

* ►February 10, 2010 - UT Houston involved in autism treatment clinical trial - Houston Business Journal - "The University of Texas in Houston is part of a Phase III clinical trial for CM-AT, an autism treatment being developed by Curemark LLC. Houston is one of 12 sites participating in the trial of the treatment, which is will be one of the first therapies to address the underlying physiology of autism, rather than just treat its symptoms, according to Rye, N.Y.-based Curemark, a biotechnology company. CM-AT is based on research that shows enzyme deficiencies in autistic children, resulting in an inability to digest protein. The inability to digest protein affects the production of amino acids, the building blocks of chemicals essential for brain function."

►February 10, 2010 - Relating animals to autism - Animal science expert Temple Grandin lectured on personal experience coping with autism - Oregon Daily Emerald

* ►February 10, 2010 - Psychiatry's bible: Autism, binge-eating updates proposed for 'DSM' - USA Today

* ►February 10, 2010 - Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 10, 2010 - J. B. Handley: Show Me The Monkeys! By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►February 10, 2010 - The End of Science History By Martin Walker - Age of Autism

►February 10, 2010 - Autism Retraction - "Ileal-Lymphoid-Nodular Hyperplasia, Non-specific Colitis, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder in Children" - Education Week

►February 10, 2010 - Debunking study linking vaccinations to autism should help save lives - Royal Oak Daily Tribune

* ►February 10, 2010 - Stolen: Beware the vaccine fearmongers - Summit Daily News

* ►February 10, 2010 - This Might Hurt: A Dose of Politics - The Texas Tribune - "But Wakefield will soon return to Texas, where he oversees a treatment facility for children on the autism spectrum. The Austin-based facility, called Thoughtful House, still states on its website that “research into a possible connection” between autism and the Measles-Mumps-Ruebella vaccine is “ongoing.” And the vocal minority fighting mandated vaccines for fear of their health implications continues its cries against the immunization culture in America — despite the opinions of medical professionals. Immunization advocates hope this will be their year: They'll try once again to expand the state’s vaccination database, and the HPV vaccine, which caused a political mess for Gov. Rick Perry in 2006, will soon come back up for debate. Just as hopeful, however, are the predominantly well-educated, middle-class parents who are pushing for a further examination of the long-term effects of vaccines. Scorned by most doctors, they are organized and driven, and their significant political clout may force lawmakers to takes sides in the tussle between personal freedom and public health."

►February 10, 2010 - Faulty research - Medical journal retracts article that prompted fears of a link between childhood vaccines and autism - The Free Lance-Star via

* ►February 10, 2010 - Autism and snake oil - Medical Ethics Blog via - "For me, one of the most interesting things about the retraction last week by the Lancet of its discredited 1998 study linking vaccines and autism was the consensus that those who have believed the study will continue to have faith in it, despite the retraction."

* ►February 9, 2010 - The dangers of false certainty - We all -- physicians and patients -- must face up to our unavoidable ignorance on medical issues, and still try to make wise decisions - Ottawa Citizen - "Despite the retraction, the damage caused by the article may not have been stemmed. It's been reported that Canadians in the anti-vaccination movement are not convinced by the evidence that there is no proof that vaccines are associated with autism, as the article had wrongly claimed there was. Rather, they want proof that vaccines are not associated with autism and they say there is no such evidence."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Additional Evidence Refutes Vaccine-Autism Link - Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal via Newswise - "Autism Risk Isn't Higher after Measles Vaccination, Polish Data Show - In the new study, a team led by Dorota Mrożek-Budzyn, Ph.D., of Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, in Krakow, Poland, compared 96 Polish children with autism to a carefully matched set of 192 children without autism. Statistical techniques were used to look for any relationship between measles vaccination and the development of autism."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Disorder Out of Chaos By Roy Richard Grinker - op-ed (requires registration) - The New York Times - "The American Psychiatric Association, with its release this week of proposed revisions to its authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is recommending that Asperger’s be dropped. If this revision is adopted, the condition will be folded into the category of 'autism spectrum disorder,' which will no longer contain any categories for distinct subtypes of autism like Asperger’s and 'pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified' (a category for children with some traits of autism but not enough to warrant a diagnosis)."

►February 9, 2010 - Celebrity Actors Stand "Shoulder To Shoulder" In Support Of Autism - Los Angeles Wave Newspapers

►February 9, 2010 - Health Buzz: Autism Risk Rises With Maternal Age - Study Finds Autism Risk Increases With Mom's Age - U.S. News & World Report

* ►February 9, 2010 - Predicting Effectiveness of Flu Vaccination Campaigns - A new study published in Vaccine describes a new method that assesses the impact and cost-effectiveness of a range of vaccination options. The model was applied to the 2009 Influenza H1N1 outbreak and predicted accurately in real-time when the epidemic would peak and who should be prioritized for vaccination. - Elsevier, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►February 9, 2010 - South Africa: Three Million Vaccinations By April - BuaNews (Tshwane) via

* ►February 9, 2010 - FDA: drug safety benefits of import inspection system easy to Predict - The US FDA says its new screening system will expedite the importation of genuine drugs and help inspectors focus their efforts on “high risk” products. - in-PharmaTechnologist

* ►February 9, 2010 - Killer pesticide? Layton girl dies, toddler sister hospitalized - The Salt Lake Tribune - "The 15-month-old sister of a Layton girl who died Saturday has been hospitalized in critical condition as investigators try to understand the role a pest-control chemical might have played in making the girls and their family sick."

* ►February 9, 2010 - Toxic America: Time for Reform - Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

* ►February 9, 2010 - New Cases Human Avian Flu In Egypt - Before It's News - "The first case is a 40-year-old female from Banha District in Daqahliya Governorate. She developed symptoms on 31 January and was hospitalized on 2 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She is in stable condition. The second case is a 29-year-old female from Elsadat District, Menofya Governorate. She developed symptoms on 27 January and was hospitalized on 3 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She is in a critical condition."

* ►February 9, 2010 - FDA Unveils Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging - Initiative to focus on 3 types of procedures with high radiation doses - FDA

* ►February 9, 2010 - Merck to Pay $12.2 Million to Settle Vioxx Suits - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►February 9, 2010 - How Much Should Cancer Drugs Cost? - The Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►February 9, 2010 - Childhood Asthma Study - - "Mercier says, "I was a borderline asthmatic, but my father has full blown asthma and his problems are a lot worse than mine. And, uh, you know, I just don't want, you know, my baby to have what I had or even worse." So Carrie signed up for a study to see if taking Vitamin 'D' supplements during pregnancy can keep her baby's lungs healthy."

►February 9, 2010 - Research could lead to way to halt deadly immune response - Scientists report further progress in study of complement reaction - Eastern Virginia Medical School via EurekAlert!

►February 9, 2010 - Undocumented, uninsured and the unknown - Providing care to undocumented immigrants leaves policymakers and doctors torn between financial hang-ups and a moral obligation to care for the sick. - University of Minnesota

►February 9, 2010 - An Early Warning System for Cancer - Autoantibodies could alert doctors to cancer development. - Technology Review

►February 9, 2010 - Pregnancy and Childbirth in Women with MS - Two studies add important information about the mutual influences of pregnancy and MS. - journal article (Journal Watch Neurology)

►February 9, 2010 - Path to health care summit uncertain - Republicans want Obama to start over - The Washington Times

* ►February 9, 2010 - Health Canada approves CERVARIX(TM), new GSK cervical cancer vaccine - Shown to provide the longest protection against cervical cancer - press release - GlaxoSmithKline via Newswire

►February 9, 2010 - IN mother realizes importance of HPV vaccine  (includes video) -

* ►February 9, 2010 - Dr. Oz Talks Vaccination, Cautiously, On The View - video - Age of Autism

* ►February 9, 2010 - Whooping cough vaccine may be losing its punch: study - - "A team of Australian scientists has shown for the first time that two of the most common strains of the Bordetella pertussis bacteria in Australia have undergone significant genetic changes since 1997, according to a report of the study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases."

►February 9, 2010 - Canada's best Olympians - Canwest News Service via - "7. Canada's underdog four-man team – Peter Kirby, Doug Anakin and Vic and John Emery – won the bobsled gold in 1964 in Cortina, Italy. With no track to train on in Canada, they'd done the bulk of their training in a gym. Making matters worse Vic Emery had to be hospitalized before the fourth and final run because of a reaction to a tetanus shot."

►February 9, 2010 - Amidst fighting, Somali children receive life-saving health services in Mogadishu - UNICEF - "The campaign immunized over 288,000 children against polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, and provided them with vitamin A supplements, de-worming tablets and nutritional screening. More than 296,000 women of child-bearing age were immunized against tetanus."

►February 9, 2010 - Disease from different perspectives -

►February 9, 2010 - Emergency vaccination campaign begins in Haiti - Xinhua via People's Daily Online

* ►February 9, 2010 - Health crisis in Haiti enters a deadly new phase - Second wave of misery brings diarrhea, infections and malnutrition - AP via MSNBC

►February 9, 2010 - F.D.A. to Increase Oversight of Medical Radiation (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 9, 2010 - Major review of biodefense measures to start soon - CIDRAP News

►February 9, 2010 - Namibia: FMD Vaccinations Near Mukwe - Namibian via

►February 9, 2010 - India halts release of GM aubergine - Environment minister imposes six-month moratorium on launch to allow for further research - AP via The Guardian, UK

* ►February 9, 2010 - No Cause Found for Cluster of Birth Defects (requires registration) - The New York Times - "State health officials said Tuesday that there was no evidence of a single cause for a series of birth defects in a central California farming town that is adjacent to the largest hazardous waste landfill in the West."

* ►February 9, 2010 - CDC paid Harvard School Public Health for Multiple Polls of swine flu uptake, though it already knew the answer/ CDC - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►February 9, 2010 - Parent Concerns Hinder National H1N1 Immunization Efforts - Medical News Today

* ►February 8, 2010 - Parent concerns hinder national H1N1 immunization efforts - C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds two-thirds of parents worry about H1N1 vaccine safety; one-half worry about H1N1 illness. Among parents worried more about the H1N1 vaccine, only 10% of their children have been vaccinated - University of Michigan Health System

* ►February 8, 2010 - Letter: Castlegar's medical health officer speaks to local Pertussis outbreak and immunizations - The Castlegar Source

►February 8, 2010 - Autism Speaks presents the top ten autism research findings of 2009 - R & D Magazine

►February 8, 2010 - IAC Express Issue number 850 - Immunization Action Coalition

►February 8, 2010 - Ore. school immunization records deadline Feb. 17 - AP via

►February 8, 2010 - Haiti volunteers could get break on immunizations - Chico Enterprise-Record

* ►February 8, 2010 - Bills would provide immunization exemptions - Assembly Health Committee also favors extending protections for senior citizens, health care workers - Legislative Gazette - "Two of the bills, which have advanced to their third reading, focus on strengthening a student's ability to opt out of mandatory immunizations upon school enrollment for diseases such as mumps, measles, Hib disease and hepatitis B. Both immunization exemption bills were sponsored by [Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard] Gottfried and Sen. Frank Padavan, R-Queens, and if passed into law, would be effective immediately."

►February 8, 2010 - 2010 Childhood Immunization Schedule - Pediatrics Blog via

►February 8, 2010 - Behavioral Health Factors Linked to HPV Vaccination - Survey suggests these factors influence vaccination and that more education is needed - HealthDay via Modern Medicine

* ►February 8, 2010 - Construction on GenPhar's SC headquarters halted - - "Time is of the essence for GenPhar's construction project as it competes for biodefense contracts to manufacture vaccines for such deadly biothreats as Ebola, Marburg and anthrax. The company stands to potentially lose a $300 million contract if the building is not back on track by March 1 and, Dong says, it has already lost out on $500 million in potential contracts."

►February 8, 2010 - Biomedical waste surrounds civil hospital - Times of India

* ►February 8, 2010 - Novavax nixes flu vaccine partnership with Rovi Pharmaceuticals - Washington Business Journal

* ►February 8, 2010 - Corgenix and Tulane Announce Award of Additional NIH Contract to Expand Lassa Fever Research Towards Development of Vaccines and Improved Therapeutic Agents - New study will focus on identification of novel B-cell epitopes on Lassa virus proteins that could result in novel agents to treat and prevent the disease - Corgenix via PRNewswire-FirstCall via

* ►February 8, 2010 - Randomized Trial: Maternal Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Childhood Asthma (VDAART) - Brigham and Women's Hospital

►February 8, 2010 - MENA emerging as trial destination says ClinTec CEO (audio) - Improving healthcare infrastructure across the region and a large treatment-naïve patient population makes the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) an increasingly attractive destination for drug trials says ClinTec CEO Rabinder Buttar. -

►February 8, 2010 - One-third of antimalarial medicines sampled in 3 African nations found to be substandard - Inadequacies may contribute to drug resistance - US Pharmacopeia via EurekAlert!

►February 8, 2010 - Overhaul’s Failure Will Ignite U.S. Health Mergers - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►February 7, 2010 - Psychology sheds light on long shelf life for autism fears - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via Bahavioral Health Central

►February 7, 2010 - 9/11 health lawsuits raise credibility concerns - AP investigation finds inconsistent claims about sickness from ground zero - AP via MSNBC

►February 7, 2010 - A glance at 9/11 workers suing over their health (requires registration) - Washington Post

►February 6, 2010 - Vaccine Selection for the 2010–2011 Influenza Season - CDC via

►February 6, 2010 - Method of delivery and pregnancy outcomes in Asia: the WHO global survey on maternal and perinatal health 2007—08 - journal article (The Lancet)

►February 6, 2010 - Pulmonary embolism in pregnancy - journal article (The Lancet)

* ►February 6, 2010 - Nurse to Stand Trial for Reporting Doctor (requires registration) - The New York Times - "It occurred to Anne Mitchell as she was writing the letter that she might lose her job, which is why she chose not to sign it. But it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine."

* ►February 6, 2010 - FDA Clears Drug Chief of Conflict - Wall Street Journal

* ►February 6, 2010 - Jury: Bayer must pay $1.5M to AK, MS rice farmers - AP via CNBC - "A federal court jury has ordered the German conglomerate Bayer CropScience to pay $1.5 million to farmers in Arkansas and Mississippi whose rice seed was contaminated with a genetically altered strain."

►February 5, 2010 - Border inspectors to check for risky food, drug imports - Border inspectors nationwide will soon start using a new computer system to identify risky food and medicine from abroad, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. - Reuters

►February 5, 2010 - UW-Madison Sends Out Campus E-Mail On Meningitis - Student Died Of Bacterial Meningitis On Tuesday - - "Officials won't say whether [Neha] Suri had gotten the vaccine, but they strongly recommend getting vaccinated, saying it 'greatly lowers' a student's risk."

►February 5, 2010 - Drug violence spurs music-warning bill in Mexico - When the Mexican Navy gunned down notorious Mexican drug cartel chief Arturo Beltran Leyva in December, tribute videos started popping up on YouTube almost immediately. They showed pictures of Beltran Leyva, aka "el Jefe de Jefes" (the Chief of Chiefs), with stacks of money, guns and bags of cocaine as the backdrop to catchy corridos (narrative ballads) exalting his life and times. - Reuters

►February 4, 2010 - Herbal cure not good for asthma patients - Times of India - "Angkana Roy, M.D., lead author, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, said: “Results indicate patients using herbal remedies are less likely to take their prescribed medications."

* ►February 4, 2010 - Denver boy, 9, died after state-benefits error denied him asthma medication - Denver Post

* ►February 3, 2010 - How a zealot’s word led us astray on autism - Opinion: Tiny, flawed vaccine study a case study in biased medicine By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. (includes video) - MSNBC

* ►February 3, 2010 - When independent spirit of middle classes goes awry - opinion - Irish Times - "Sometimes choice has to be sacrificed on the altar of the greater good. It won’t of course, so therefore we have to rely on moral pressure. I don’t know why Travellers don’t have their children vaccinated but I’m depressingly familiar with the reasons why a small but sufficient minority of middle-class parents spare their children the jab."

►February 3, 2010 - Labour spending has 'failed' to improve child health - Wave of spending and policies 'not delivering value for money', according to Audit Commission - The Guardian, UK - "The report also pointed out that while councils were aware of health issues facing young children, such as a decline in immunisation rates for mumps, measles and rubella, there had been a 10% drop in the number of health visitors employed in England."

►February 3, 2010 - Researchers uncover new clue in cause of SIDS (includes video) -

* ►February 2, 2010 - Why Has the FDA Allowed a Drug Marked 'Not Safe for Use in Humans' to Be Fed to Livestock Right Before Slaughter? - There's a good chance you may be eating a livestock drug banned in 160 nations. - AlterNet

►February 1, 2010 - The Matchmaking Market (requires registration) - Wanted: Small biotech, enjoys sequencing antibodies, manufacturing, and other temporary services. Call me. - The Scientist

►February 1, 2010 - Taurine deficiency damages photoreceptors and retinal ganglion cells in vigabatrin-treated neonatal rats. - journal article (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)

►January 27, 2010 - Managing risks: A closer look at the legislative proposals on pharmacovigilance - The Greens / European Free Alliance in the European Parliament

* ►January 26, 2010 - On Second Looking into the Case of Dr. Andrew J. Wakefield by William Long, MDiv, PhD, JD -

►January 20, 2010 - Providing Contraception for Women Taking Potentially Teratogenic Medications: A Survey of Internal Medicine Physicians' Knowledge, Attitudes and Barriers. - journal article (Journal of  General Internal Medicine)

►January 11, 2010 - Full-body scanners used on air passengers may damage human DNA -

►January 2010 - Immunization Works! January 2010 Issue - CDC

* ►November 29, 2009 - A Gut Feeling for Immune Dysregulation & Neuroinflammation in Autism by Aristo Vojdani, PhD, MSc, MT and Jama Lambert - The Autism File via AutismOne

►June 2008 - Neurogenesis and Epilepsy in the Developing Brain (full text) (pdf) - journal article (Epilepsia)

►September 18, 2007 - Documentation of Contraception and Pregnancy When Prescribing Potentially Teratogenic Medications for Reproductive-Age Women - journal article (Annals of Internal Medicine)

►February 4, 2007 - Upregulation of opioid receptor binding following spontaneous epileptic seizures - journal article (Brain)

►July 4, 2006 - Recovery of consciousness after epileptic seizures in children (full text) (pdf) - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)

►September 2002, Supplement 1 - Temporoporal metabolic abnormalities in temporal lobe epilepsies - journal article (Epileptic Disorders)

►November 1998 - Post-marketing surveillance for adverse events after vaccination: the national Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) (pdf) - FDA

►March 1998 - Acute Encephalopathy Followed By Permanent Brain Injury Or Death Associated With Further Attenuated Measles Vaccines: A Review of Claims Submitted to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

►October 1996 - The Clinical Impact of Adverse Event Reporting (pdf) - FDA

Medical Product Safety Educational Resources - Your FDA gateway for finding clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. - Reporting Adverse Events to FDA's MedWatch Program (FDA Patient Safety News, December 2009) (includes videos) - FDA