You are here

All the News Posted January 28, 2010

* ►January 28, 2010 - MMR scare doctor 'acted unethically', panel finds - The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism acted unethically, the official medical regulator has found. (includes video) - BBC News

* ►January 28, 2010 - BREAKING: MMR-row doctor failed in his duties - Yorkshire Evening Post, UK - "The doctor at the centre of the MMR controversy "failed in his duties as a responsible consultant" and went against the interests of children in his care, a disciplinary panel ruled today. Dr Andrew Wakefield also acted dishonestly and was misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research which was later published in The Lancet medical journal, the General Medical Council (GMC) said."

* ►January 28, 2010 - MMR row doctor 'abused position of trust' - The Independent, UK - "Panel chairman Dr Surendra Kumar was heckled by distraught parents who support Dr Wakefield as he delivered the verdicts. One woman shouted: "These doctors have not failed our children. You are outrageous." She called the panel of experts "b*******" and accused the GMC of being a "kangaroo court". Another shouted: "This is a set-up."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Andrew Wakefield - doctor who linked MMR to autism - is damned by General Medical Council - The Scotsman

* ►January 28, 2010 - Medical Council Says Wakefield "Failed in His Duties," Was Dishonest. - Age of Autism

* ►January 28, 2010 - Doctors Wakefield, Walker-Smith & Murch lose at GMC hearing - Autism Today Online - "Far too many reputations of powerful politicians and doctors were on the line regarding this decision and these fine researchers have been the scapegoats. While those in the mainstream news media and the medical community in England and abroad have continually told the public that the 1998 study released in the British medical journal, The Lancet, has been “discredited” this is not the case and further supports the supporters of the researchers that corruption is rampant throughout society regarding vaccines. Studies from Dr. Tim Buie, (Harvard), Dr. Krigsman (NY), Dr. Elizebeth Mumper, and Dr Michael Hart  have replicated successfully, the findings of what is known to many as “the Wakefield papers”. Just one day before the GMC ruling, a new research paper has been released that once again, clearly illustrates that this Lancet research was factual and pertinent to the gastrointestinal issues that many autistic children have faced directly after their MMR vaccination."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Wakefield's Science Proven Valid Again In New Study That Replicates Findings - Age of Autism - "Read the full study, Clinical presentation and Histologic Findings at Ileocolonoscopy in Children with Autistic spectrum Disorder and Chronic Gastrointestinal symptoms at Autism Insights . View a .pdf HERE."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Doctor at centre of MMR row faces being struck off after GMC rules autism research was 'misleading' - Daily Mail, UK - "Speaking to the Mail on Sunday at the weekend, Dr Wakefield said he feared the GMC's decision today would be politically-motivated. 'If there's any justice, we should be cleared,' he said. 'However, there's the political backlash to consider. I fear the GMC will want to make an example of us. 'The issue was not about me, but about how to crush dissent. I scare the establishment because I care and I am diligent. 'I think they're terrified because they've not done adequate safety studies. I've been treated in the standard way in which people who raise these kinds of questions are treated. 'It's extremely challenging, but if I fail to stand up to the bullies, the price to be paid is enormous.'"

* ►January 28, 2010 - False Testimony Denies Lancet Doctors a Fair Hearing - Age of Autism - "A First Amended Complaint on behalf of 21 US and UK autism and vaccine safety advocacy organizations against Drs. Horton, Salisbury, Zuckerman, Pegg, and Rutter alleging, inter alia, that they gave false statements and testimony as prosecution witnesses in the proceeding brought by the General Medical Council (GMC) has been filed today.  The false testimony on the two core issues (alleged conflicts of interest and unethical research) has irrevocably corrupted the proceeding against Drs. Wakefield, Walker-Smith, and Murch, and deprived them of a fair hearing."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Organizations File First Amended Complaint at UK General Medical Council - Age of Autism

* ►January 28, 2010 - Q&A: the Wakefield MMR scare - The Times, UK

* ►January 28, 2010 - MMR doctor 'failed to act in interests of children' - General Medical Council finds Dr Andrew Wakefield, who linked MMR with autism, failed in duties as responsible consultant - The Guardian, UK

* ►January 28, 2010 - From the Lancet to the GMC: how Dr Andrew Wakefield fell from grace - Sarah Boseley charts the downfall of the consultant whose report led to a drop in MMR uptake and divided medical opinion - The Guardian, UK - "Opinion is divided in the medical establishment on the wisdom of pursuing Wakefield – and particularly his colleagues who played a lesser role in the drama – at the GMC. Some say there was a clear case to answer and that the GMC had no other option but others believe that no good can come of it."

►January 28, 2010 - MMR scare doctor 'failed in his duties' -

* ►January 28, 2010 - Another Autistic Student Allegedly Abused in School. By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►January 28, 2010 - Vaccine-Acquired Rotavirus in Infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency - journal article (NEJM) - "Rotavirus was detected, by means of reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR) assay, in stool specimens obtained from all three infants, and gene-sequence analysis revealed the presence of vaccine rotavirus. These infections raise concerns regarding the safety of rotavirus vaccine in severely immunocompromised patients."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Responses to 2009 H1N1 Vaccine in Children 3 to 17 Years of Age (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Rotavirus Vaccine — A Powerful Tool to Combat Deaths from Diarrhea (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Effect of Human Rotavirus Vaccine on Severe Diarrhea in African Infants (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Effect of Rotavirus Vaccination on Death from Childhood Diarrhea in Mexico (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Case 3-2010 — A 5-Month-Old Boy with Developmental Delay and Irritability - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Dectin-1 Deficiency and Mucocutaneous Fungal Infections - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Global RFID market to be worth $884m in 2015 - The global market for RFID products and services in the pharma industry will be worth $884m (€631m) in 2015, according to a report, but apprehensions about initial costs and return-on-investment need to be overcome. -

*►January 28, 2010 - Do pharmaceutical companies ever allow access to their experimental drugs? - Question Compassionate use of experimental drugs: Who qualifies - Mayo Clinic

* ►January 28, 2010 - Records sought on White House health care talks - The Washington Times

►January 28, 2010 - Special issue explores how evolution can help doctors understand and treat diseases - National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) via Medical-News.Net

* ►January 28, 2010 - Obama Vows New Biodefense Initiative - But first year track record on existing efforts mixed - Homeland Security Today - "The White House strongly disagreed with the final report card of the WMD Commission, released Tuesday, which concluded that the administration and Congress had failed to do enough to defend the public against the threat of biological agents in the past year. The commission gave the federal government a grade of "F" on "enhancing the nation's capabilities for rapid response to prevent biological attacks from inflicting mass casualties"--one of 17 categories it graded."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Home-schoolers win asylum in U.S. - The Washington Times - "Home schooling in Germany is illegal in most cases, and violators can be fined, jailed and even lose custody of their children. Mr. Donnelly said the German government has decided home-schoolers are "trying to create a parallel society" that must be "stamped out."

* ►January 28, 2010 - The Rise Of Marketing-Based Medicine - Pharmalot -“While much excitement has been generated surrounding evidence-based medicine, internal documents from the pharmaceutical industry suggest that the publicly available evidence base may not accurately represent the underlying data regarding its products,” they write in Bioethical Inquiry (see here). “We propose that while evidence-based medicine is a noble ideal, marketing-based medicine is the current reality…Although many internal industry documents are legally available on the internet, there are as yet few publications in the biomedical literature based primarily on internal industry sources. These internal documents, as well as material drawn from other sources, provide insight into the intersection between marketing andscience within the pharmaceutical industry.”

* ►January 28, 2010 - Tobacco Control and Free Speech — An American Dilemma (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 28, 2010 - American Values and Health Care Reform (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Medicine's Ethical Responsibility for Health Care Reform — The Top Five List (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Even mild kidney disease deteriorates a child''s quality of life - Paediatrics via TopNews

►January 28, 2010 - Outcomes after Internal versus External Tocodynamometry for Monitoring Labor - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Alzheimer's Disease - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Increased Ambulatory Care Copayments and Hospitalizations among the Elderly (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 28, 2010 - Neglected Tropical Diseases Not Limited To Tropics: Diseases Found In The Indigenous Peoples Of The Arctic - Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases via Medical News Today

►January 28, 2010 - Blood test can predict rheumatoid arthritis before symptoms arise - Study confirms elevated cytokine levels are early indicator of disease - Wiley-Blackwell via EurekAlert!

►January 28, 2010 - Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Olympic sized plan to fight swine flu - - "The prospect of potential virus carriers converging on Vancouver, British Columbia, next month from all corners of the world has prompted Canadian and U.S. authorities to exercise abundant caution. The U.S. Olympic Committee is strongly urging all its athletes traveling to Vancouver to get the flu vaccination. But some athletes are ignoring the committee's recommendation, and officials can't make the vaccines mandatory."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Canada to donate H1N1 vaccine to the WHO - Canwest News Service via The Province - "The federal government will announce Thursday that Canada is donating five million doses of its excess H1N1 vaccine to the World Health Organization, Canwest News Service has learned. The announcement is set to come a day after the Public Health Agency of Canada declared the second wave of the pandemic over."

* ►January 28, 2010 - Klaus steps in to stop mandatory swine flu vaccinations for soldiers - Radio Prague

* ►January 28, 2010 - Anti H1N1 Flu Vaccine For Mexico's Poor Group - Prensa Latina via Brunei News

►January 28, 2010 - Put these flu rumors to rest - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via Tuscaloosa News

* ►January 28, 2010 - Vaccine facility mystery deepens by the day - Silence from Quebec ramps up rumour mill - Winnipeg Free Press - "Manitoba NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis said she is suspicious about the role the pharmaceutical industry may have played in this process. 'There are real questions about this government's ties to big pharma,' she said. Wasylycia-Leis noted the government's recent controversial decision to appoint a vice-president from Pfizer to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research governing council. Others have suggested that the Harper government's desire to win votes in Quebec and pharmaceutical companies' concern about losing profits from a potential AIDS vaccine may have pushed the government to pull the plug on the facility. A number of people called it 'CF-18 all over again', referring to Quebec winning a contract to service CF-18 fighter planes in 1986 despite a better and cheaper bid by a Manitoba company. One source even suggested Laval may be keeping quiet because it has been told it will get some sort of 'consolation prize.'"

►January 27, 2010 - Akron school aide placed on leave after allegations of assaulting autistic student (includes video) -

* ►January 27, 2010 - WILKERSON v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - MARY DARIN WILKERSON, as mother of her son, OTTO WILKERSON, Petitioner-Appellant, v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Respondent-Appellee. No. 2009-5090. United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit. Decided: January 27, 2010. - - "This appeal challenges the decision of the Court of Federal Claims that affirmed its Special Master's rejection of a petition for compensation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act ("Vaccine Act") as untimely. We affirm."

* ►January 27, 2010 - Drug firms 'drove swine flu pandemic warning to recoup £billions spent on research' - Daily Mail, UK

►January 27, 2010 - Clinical Presentation and Histologic Findings at Ileocolonoscopy in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Gastrointestinal Symptoms (pdf download available) - journal article (Autism Insights) - "Diarrhea was present in 78%, abdominal pain in 59% and constipation in 36%. Ileal and/or colonic lymphonodular hyperplasia (LNH), defined as the presence of an increased number of enlarged lymphoid follicles, often with hyperactive germinal centers, was present in 73.2%."

* ►January 27, 2010 - Re: Health stories of the decade: MMR vaccine - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 27, 2010 - FDA Warns Researcher For Promoting A Drug - Pharmalot - "The agency’s Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications sent a warning letter to Leslie Baumann for violating regs over comments she made about Ipsen Biopharm’s Dysport to two magazines and NBC’s Today show."

* ►January 27, 2010 - Why Does GSK Prefer New York Physicians & Will Governor Patterson Ruin It for Them? - Pharma Marketing Blog

►January 27, 2010 - Environmental sustainability should be built into GMP; MPA - Environmental certification of production facilities should be introduced to GMP legislation and sustainability risk assessments linked to marketing authorisations, according to a MPA report. -

* ►January 27, 2010 - Avoiding Side Effects in Implementing Health Insurance Reform (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

►January 27, 2010 - Biogen Idec Advances First Regenerative MS Medicine into Human Study - Xconomy  Boston - "One of the more intriguing experimental drugs for multiple sclerosis has just entered its first clinical trial. Cambridge, MA-based Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) has now started what it believes to be the first-ever clinical trial of a drug with the potential to regenerate the fatty protective coating around nerves that gets damaged in people with multiple sclerosis."

►January 27, 2010 - Barry Levinson To Direct Film Funded By Glaxo - Pharmalot

►January 27, 2010 - Antidepressants Tied To Lactation Problems - Pharmalot

* ►January 27, 2010 - Stretch Your Dollar: Freebies are plentiful, just look - The Desert Trail - "Free medical trials: If you have an illness and need help covering expenses, consider signing up for a clinical trial via As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, the site operated by the National Institutes of Health had a registry of 84,763 trials in 172 countries. The Web site lets you search for clinical trials by location, condition, sponsor and drug intervention. It also tells you their purpose, who may participate, whether new patients are being accepted and who to call phone numbers to sign up."

►January 27, 2010 - Will Obama's freeze chill science? (requires registration) - The Scientist

►January 27, 2010 - Nice, Novartis, Very Nice - The Motley Fool - "Chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella doesn't feel too bad about giving up his CEO spot and seeing shares move"

►January 27, 2010 - Pfizer pares, refocuses research after Wyeth buy - BusinessWeek

* ►January 26, 2010 - Generation of Fully Human Monoclonal Antibodies Neutralizing Influenza Virus - Use of SPYMEG as a novel human lymphocyte fusion partner - Generation of Fully Human Monoclonal Antibodies Neutralizing Influenza Virus - Use of SPYMEG as a novel human lymphocyte fusion partner - MBL International Corporation via PRNewswire via

* ►January 26, 2010 - Nigeria: Pfizer Compensates Trovan Victims With N26 Million Each - Daily Independent (Lagos) via

* ►January 26, 2010 - Novartis Pays $185M Fine For Off-Label Marketing - Pharmalot

►January 26, 2010 - Virginia Gov. McDonnell proposes more biotech funding - Washington Business Journal

* ►January 26, 2010 - Will There Be Justice? by C. Linderman Sr. - Autism Today Online - "On Thursday, January 28th 2010, The GMC,General Medical Council, will release their finding in the professional misconduct charges filed against Dr. Andrew Wakefield and Professors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch. While the verdict is days away, I don’t think anyone personally affected by the autism / vaccine connection is incredibly optimistic regarding this outcome. If you are, then you need to remove your rose-colored glasses and take a reality pill. ... On Thursday, at the release of the GMC findings, I will have Polly Tommey and other guests from England on my Autism One Radio show (Linderman Live!) discussing the verdict. Hopefully, this show will be a celebration of justice and a renewed belief that our government officials are not completely corrupt, industry owned puppets. Perhaps we will be able to relay congratulations to the three brave men who have been so unfairly treated across this planet through pressure from the vaccine manufacturers. Perhaps people will start to listen…perhaps."

* ►January 26, 2010 - "That Paper" by Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath - The Autism File via AutismOne

* ►January 26, 2010 - The Devil's in the Detail by Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath - The Autism File via AutismOne

* ►January 26, 2010 - Autism and encounters with police - City Brights Blog via San Francisco Chronicle

►January 26, 2010 - Residents get 28 restraining orders against autistic neighbor - Orange County Register

►January 21, 2010 - Three Studies Demonstrate the Safety and Efficacy of Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine - Results are in from studies in the U.S., China, and Hungary. - General Medicine Journal Watch

►January 13, 2009 - Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action - Child Health Safety - "[Later Updates in Green including January 2010]"