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All the News Posted January 12, 2010

* ►February 1, 2010 - Preferential Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Swine‐Origin 2009 A(H1N1) Influenza - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Gastroenteritis and Food‐Borne Disease in Elderly People Living in Long‐Term Care - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Mortality among HIV‐Exposed Infants: The First and Final Frontier (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Cryptococcal Disease: 2010 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Comparative Accuracy of 3 Monoclonal Stool Tests for Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection among Patients with Dyspepsia (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Combination Flucytosine and High‐Dose Fluconazole Compared with Fluconazole Monotherapy for the Treatment of Cryptococcal Meningitis: A Randomized Trial in Malawi (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Elevations in Mortality Associated with Weaning Persist into the Second Year of Life among Uninfected Children Born to HIV‐Infected Mothers (free full text) - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Pneumocystis Colonization Is Highly Prevalent in the Autopsied Lungs of the General Population - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

* ►February 1, 2010 - Infant Deaths Associated with Human Parechovirus Infection in Wisconsin - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Epidemiology of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in a US Cohort of HIV‐Infected Individuals during the Past 20 Years - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Pneumocystis Infection: Seeing beyond the Tip of the Iceberg - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - An Outbreak of Infection due to β‐Lactamase Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase 2–Producing K. pneumoniae in a Greek University Hospital: Molecular Characterization, Epidemiology, and Outcomes - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

►February 1, 2010 - Cost‐Effectiveness of Tenofovir as First‐Line Antiretroviral Therapy in India - journal article (Clinical Infectious Disease)

* ►January 13, 2010 - Ghostwriting Questions - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 13, 2010 - FDA Warning: CT Scans Exceeded Proper Doses - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 13, 2010 - Funding of US Biomedical Research, 2003-2008 (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 13, 2010 - Toxic Substances - journal article (JAMA)

* ►January 13, 2010 - Pervasive Deficiencies - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - Human, Animal, Ecosystem Health All Key to Curbing Emerging Infectious Diseases - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - The 2009 Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - Solutions for Improving Patient Safety - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - US Preterm Births: "D" Is for Dismal - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - Insights >From Trends in Biomedical Research Funding - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - Infectious Disease in the Aging: A Clinical Handbook (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - Clinical Emergency Medicine Casebook (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►January 13, 2010 - As polio plays havoc, dearth of information cripples drive - Indian Express

* ►January 13, 2010 - Did WHO experts fuel swine flu scare? - Times of India - "Even as questions are being raised about whether the swine flu scare was exaggerated to benefit pharma companies, evidence has surfaced that several members of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) vaccine board which pushed countries to buy the H1N1 vaccine have had significant ties with pharma companies. This fact, which is bound to raise issues of conflict of interest, was exposed by Danish daily ‘Information’ last month. TOI attempted to get WHO’s response, but several emails sent to the office of the WHO director-general on January 9 met with no response."

* ►January 13, 2010 - Mass vaccinations won’t tame flu - Times of India - "For a disease which has a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic and common cold-like at one end, to respiratory distress at the other remote end, with a lot of intermediate routine respiratory presentation and death in less than .75%, are we justified in prescribing the vaccines across the board? The vaccine is young, the virus is mutating and the complications of both are known. Truly, I don’t want to rob Peter to pay Paul or use an overkill method for taming this ‘flu’."

►January 13, 2010 - Fret not, swine flu vaccine safe - Times of India

* ►January 12, 2010 - Two CAMC workers fired after not getting mandatory flu vaccine - Charleston Gazette - "Two Charleston Area Medical Center employees were fired after refusing to get a seasonal flu vaccine by the hospital's Friday deadline. ... However, some employees are angry that the policy changed, and said the hospital 'coerced' them into getting the vaccine. 'CAMC does what it wants, when it wants. It has nothing to do with providing their employees with free vaccines. It is all about control,' one off-site employee, who has no patient contact, said. ... The off-site employee, who asked not to be identified, waited until Friday morning to get the vaccine after her manager said she would be terminated if she did not comply with employment standards. 'This morning I went to the Employee Health Nurse and received my seasonal flu vaccine in order to maintain my employment,' she wrote in an e-mail to the newspaper on Friday. The woman wrote on her vaccine agreement form that she was taking it against her own free will. 'I wanted it documented,' she said. 'Unfortunately, the poor job market in [West Virginia] doesn't afford me to walk away from employment ... As I told you, with [the West Virginia] job market, it's CAMC or Wal-Mart,' she said."

* ►January 12, 2010 - No Shot, No Job - Two CAMC Employees Out of Work - Two CAMC employees who did not get the influenza vaccination were told Tuesday they could no longer come to work. -

* ►January 12, 2010 - WHO, investigated for swine flu mismanagement, says it will investigate itself - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►January 12, 2010 - SciClone says adjuvant raises H1N1 vaccine response; shares up - SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc (SCLN.O) said its adjuvant, Zadaxin, in combination with Novartis' (NOVN.VX) H1N1 vaccine increased immune response, sending SciClone's shares up 14 percent. - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2010 - WHO to review its handling of H1N1 flu pandemic - - "WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing Tuesday that the United Nations health agency would conduct the review after the pandemic has subsided."

* ►January 12, 2010 - Man With Rare Disorder Not Bitter About H1N1 Shot - Gerald Kuckelman Afflicted With Guillain-Barre Syndrome - KMBC Kansas City - "Five weeks after suddenly losing all feeling in his legs, Gerald Kuckelman is walking again. Kuckelman has been diagnosed with the rare disorder of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, known as GBS, which robs the muscles of strength with symptoms similar to a stroke. His family believes the H1N1 vaccine he received sparked the GBS."

* ►January 12, 2010 - Governments cut H1N1 flu vaccines orders - Governments in rich countries are cutting orders for H1N1 swine flu vaccines because of limited uptake and the fact one dose is enough to protect adults against the virus, rather than two as originally anticipated. - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2010 - Serbia halts purchases of flu A/H1N1 vaccines - Serbian authorities decided on Tuesday to put on hold purchases of A/H1N1 flu vaccines from Switzerland's Novartis AG (NOVN.VX) due to a lack of popular response to the government's vaccination campaign, an official said. - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2010 - Swine flu 'distorted NHS thinking' - Health Secretary Andy Burnham has been forced to defend the Government's handling of the swine flu crisis after it emerged stockpiles of unused vaccine could be given away. - Press Association via Yahoo! News UK

* ►January 12, 2010 - Parents reluctant to give children swine flu vaccines - Lincolnshire Echo, UK

►January 12, 2010 - Health officials expect 'third wave' of H1N1 - Hundreds in Morris have received vaccine for novel influenza virus and health officials continue to urge more to not be complacent - Morris Sun Tribune - "'There's no reason to not get the (H1N1) vaccine,' [Marcia] Schroeder said. 'People don't go without tetanus shots. You shouldn't go without your flu shot.'"

►January 12, 2010 - Glaxo Reduces German H1N1 Vaccine Shipment by $193 Million - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

* ►January 12, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline update: Government orders for pandemic H1N1 vaccine - GlaxoSmithKline via PharmaLive - "Today, GSK confirmed that it has reached an agreement with the German Ministry of Health (MoH)  to amend its existing contract to receive approximately 70% of the ordered vaccine, equivalent to 34 million doses."

* ►January 12, 2010 - H1N1 Shots Widely Available, but Do People Want Them? - The White House Campaigns for More Flu Vaccinations as Supply Catches Up - ABC News

* ►January 12, 2010 - H1N1 four times as deadly for Natives - Rapid City Journal - "[Kathleen] Sebelius joined Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, director of Indian Health Services, and Dr. Ralph Bryan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a teleconference Tuesday to introduce HHS's new public service announcements. The announcements, starring Cherokee actor Wes Studi, focus on promoting H1N1 immunization in native populations."

* ►January 12, 2010 - Native Americans not getting H1N1 vaccine despite higher mortality rate for virus - Deseret News

►January 12, 2010 - 44,000 Young Healthy Northants Children Get Swine Flu Jab - AboutMyArea, UK

* ►January 12, 2010 - Kentuckians Urged to Get H1N1 Flu Vaccine - West Kentucky Star

* ►January 12, 2010 - Did drug companies influence H1N1 warnings? - World Health Organization to review handling of pandemic response - Reuters via MSNBC

* ►January 12, 2010 - We Saved Cleveland! Thank you! - Pandemic Flu Online

►January 12, 2010 - Still Time to Get H1N1 Flu Vaccine, Urges Whitley, Leader of Infectious Diseases Society - University of Alabama at Birmingham via Newswise

►January 12, 2010 - Health department to offer final H1N1 clinic - Greenwich Post

►January 12, 2010 - What baby boomers need to know and do this flu season - Daily Gate City

►January 12, 2010 - DIST. 63: One-shot deal for H1N1 vaccine - Niles Herald Spectator

►January 12, 2010 - Thais urged to get vaccinated against A/H1N1 influenza - Xinhua via China View

►January 12, 2010 - Doctor Offers Free H1N1 Shots (includes video) - WNEP-TV - "Dr. Whitney Pollock of Pottsville hopes those who haven't gotten swine flu protection will take her up on an offer. This Wednesday, between 7:30 a.m. and noon, Dr. Pollock will give out the nasal version of the swine flu vaccine at her office on West Market Street in Pottsville. 'This is an extremely dangerous version of the swine flu. We are concerned about people dying or getting very, very ill from this,' Dr. Pollock said."

►January 12, 2010 - H1N1 vaccines given at Clement - Redlands Daily Facts - "According to the county, people should not worry about getting vaccinated. 'These vaccinations are extremely safe,' [Jim] Lindley said. 'The incidence of adverse reaction is very low. Out of 15 million vaccines given in California, there have been less than a dozen reactions.'"

►January 12, 2010 - Officials warn of 'third wave' of swine flu - Boston Herald

►January 12, 2010 - Experts press for better H1N1 vaccine uptake in risk groups - CIDRAP News

* ►January 12, 2010 - NHS sets out massive programme of swine flu vaccination for children in Cambridgeshire - Cambs24, UK - "Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Public Health Consultant at NHS Cambridgeshire said: 'We would encourage all parents and carers of children over 6 months and under 5 years to get their children vaccinated against swine flu."

►January 12, 2010 - Most kids need 2 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine - Parents are urged to visit community clinics to get a second H1N1 flu shot for their children. - The Roanoke Times

►January 12, 2010 - Crist tells Floridians: Get flu shots - AP via

►January 12, 2010 - Biotech Flu Shot Goes To India - The Science Blog via Forbes

►January 12, 2010 - United States Surgeon General to Visit Detroit, Tour School-Based Vaccination Clinic - press release - HHS Press Office via Business Wire

►January 12, 2010 - Surgeon general to highlight vaccinations in Detroit - Detroit Free Press

►January 12, 2010 - Google Now Tracking The Flu, City By City. So Far, It's Been A Mild Winter. (requires registration) - via Washington Post

►January 12, 2010 - Your Google 'Flu' Searches Track Flu Zones - MyFox Dallas/Fort Worth

►January 12, 2010 - Mutated H1N1 strain rare, despite death - Enfield Weekly Press

►January 12, 2010 - Health officials make renewed push on swine flu vaccine - Picture of Health via Baltimore Sun

►January 12, 2010 - Mexico still waiting for most swine flu vaccines - AP via Houston Chronicle

►January 12, 2010 - India's swine flu toll goes up to 1,082 - Sify

►January 12, 2010 - Groups Push for Healthcare Workers to Get H1N1 Vaccination - HealthLeaders Media

►January 12, 2010 - Transmission of Fatal H1N1 D225G/N Accelerates Concerns - Recombinomics via Before It's News

►January 12, 2010 - Genetic Analyses of Influenza in Wild Birds Can Improve Avian Flu Surveillance Programs - Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. - United States Geological Survey via ScienceDaily

►January 12, 2010 - SciClone:Early Data Show Hepatitis Drug Enhances H1N1 Flu Shot (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc. (SCLN) said preliminary results show its hepatitis B treatment enhanced the immune response of Novartis AG's (NVS, NOVN.VX) H1N1 flu vaccine, opening up a possible treatment for people with weakened immune systems such as the elderly."

* ►January 12, 2010 - Pfizer sees big Prevnar 13 sales among adults - *Could generate peak sales of $1.5 billion annually - Reuters

* ►January 12, 2010 - Judge upholds murder charges against Rileys - Weymouth News - "Michael and Carolyn Riley will be tried for first-degree murder in connection with the death of their four-year-old daughter Rebecca on Dec. 13, 2006."

* ►January 12, 2010 - If Dr. Oz Spreads out the Vaccine Schedule for His Kids, Why Can't We? - Age of Autism

* ►January 12, 2010 - Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Pediatricians Do. By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►January 12, 2010 - Diagnosing Autism - E/The Environmental Magazine

►January 12, 2010 - School Says Autistic Boy Can't Bring Dog to Class - Sphere News

►January 12, 2010 - Confirming a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease - Consults Blog via The New York Times

►January 12, 2010 - Autism Ranked Top Kids' Health Concern in 2010 -

►January 12, 2010 - Delay in Response to Sound Could Signal Autism -

* ►January 12, 2010 - Seasonal influenza risk in hospital healthcare workers is more strongly associated with household than occupational exposures: results from a prospective cohort study in Berlin, Germany, 2006/07. (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

* ►January 12, 2010 - For Severely Ill Children, a Dearth of Doctors - The Wall Street Journal - "A growing shortage of pediatricians trained in specialties such as neurology, gastroenterology, and developmental and behavioral medicine is threatening timely access to care for children, according to pediatric medical groups."

* ►January 12, 2010 - Autism: it’s time to think differently - Thousands of adults with autism are missing out on vital services because of a disjointed approach to the condition, claims an MSP who wants to introduce a national autism strategy. - Herald Scotland

* ►January 12, 2010 - Sick Passenger on "Do Not Board" List Flies Out of Philly - via MSNBC

* ►January 12, 2010 - Limiting Stock For Docs On Boards Could Crimp Pharma - The IN VIVO Blog - "Earlier this month, the owner of two prominent teaching hospitals in Boston decided to impose new rules concerning outside compensation and other activities for its most senior officials, who may also sit on the boards of drug makers and biotechs. The initiative comes amid controversy over the extent to which the pharmaceutical industry may influence medical treatment and prescribing habits, an issue that has prompted congressional inquiries into conflicts of interest and has ensnared several drug makers."

►January 12, 2010 - GAO Finds ‘Extraordinary’ Drug Price Hikes - Pharmalot

►January 12, 2010 - Mayo Clinic Trial of Amygdala Retraining for CFS and FM Now Recruiting - On Jan 11, the Mayo Clinic Rochester (Minnesota) listed “A Pilot Study of Amygdala Retraining Program in Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia” with -  Mayo Clinic via ProHealth

►January 12, 2010 - AIDS Group Plans To Protest Merck Presentation - Pharmalot

►January 12, 2010 - FDA Unveils First Phase of Transparency Initiative - FDA Basics aims to help consumers gain better understanding of agency - FDA

►January 12, 2010 - Recent Rise In Certain Disorders Could Be Explained By Ongoing Human Evolution - Harvard University via Medical News Today

►January 12, 2010 - Merck cutting 500 jobs in N.J. - Could generate peak sales of $1.5 billion annually - AP via Pottstown Mercury

►January 12, 2010 - Merck stock: Could be good medicine for your portfolio - Q: What do you think about investing in drug maker Merck (MRK) right now? - USA Today

►January 12, 2010 - Method of delivery and pregnancy outcomes in Asia: the WHO global survey on maternal and perinatal health 2007—08 - journal article (The Lancet)

►January 12, 2010 - Obama plan funds nurse visits to new moms - Critics note cost, bigger 'nanny state' - The Washington Times

* ►January 12, 2010 - Laxatives for Chickenpox? Champagne for Morning Sickness? 9 Bizarre Medical Treatments From 1899 - Have you ever thought of taking laxatives to treat the chickenpox? Or how about drinking Champagne to ward off morning sickness? - FOX News

* ►January 12, 2010 - Meningitis kills Red Bluff boy - Other children complaining of symptoms - Corning Observer

►January 12, 2010 - Outbreak fear as measles kills Mthatha man - Weekend Post

►January 12, 2010 - National measles outbreak continues to escalate - Irish Medical News

►January 12, 2010 - Meningitis Trust issues warning over swine flu - Gloucester Citizen

* ►January 12, 2010 - Vaccination rules displace Tech students - Avalanche-Journal via - "New state health mandates prevented a handful of Texas Tech students from moving into their residence halls when doors opened Sunday. Between five and seven students will spend the next 10 days living out of a hotel room or another student's off-campus home because they failed to get a meningitis shot before arriving at their residence hall."

►January 12, 2010 - Childhood Vaccines Could Be Harder to Get - KPLU Public Broadcasting - "For 15 years Washington had one of the simplest child immunization systems in the nation. Nearly every pediatrician and family doctor offered the shots because the state took care of supplying the vaccines. Despite easy access, Washington has had one of the worst vaccination rates in the country."

►January 12, 2010 - BioFactura Awarded Army SBIR Enhancement Funds; Renews CRADA with USAMRIID to Develop Smallpox Biodefense Therapeutic -

►January 12, 2010 - Afghanistan Vs. Polio - UN Dispatch

►January 12, 2010 - HPV Vaccine Added to Adult Immunization Schedule - National Cancer Institute

►January 12, 2010 - M. D. Anderson News Release: Insight for Parents on HPV Vaccine Developments - The HPV Vaccine: What Have We Learned? - M. D. Anderson Experts Provide Insight to Parents on Vaccine Developments - PharmaLive

* ►January 12, 2010 - Xcellerex Initiates Phase I Clinical Trial of Novel Yellow Fever Vaccine - press release - Xcellerex, Inc. via Business Wire via The Earth Times

* ►January 12, 2010 - VaxInnate Licenses Recombinant H1N1 Pandemic Swine Flu Vaccine to Biological E.; Vaccine Could Become Available for Use in India This Year - press release - VaxInnate Corporation via Business Wire

* ►January 12, 2010 - Novavax Announces Positive Preclinical Results for its Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Candidate - Recombinant F protein particle vaccine candidate protects cotton rats against live RSV - No evidence of enhanced disease in lungs of vaccinated animals challenged with RSV - Manufacturing process successfully scaled to produce cGMP material for toxicology study - press release - Novavax, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►January 12, 2010 - SciClone and Sigma-Tau Announce Positive Preliminary Results in Clinical Study Examining ZADAXIN'S Ability to Enhance Response to H1N1 Vaccine - Study Shows Increase in Seroconversion From 56% to 88% 21 Days After Vaccination - press release - SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via Marketwire - "SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) and its partner Sigma-Tau S.p.A. have received initial topline results in a clinical study evaluating the potential of ZADAXIN® (thymalfasin) to enhance immune response to the MF59 adjuvanted H1N1 influenza monovalent vaccine, Focetria™ from Novartis."

►January 12, 2010 - Dynavax Expands Commercial and Clinical Leadership - Dynavax Technologies Corporation via Marketwire via CNNMoney - "The Company's lead product candidate is HEPLISAV, an investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine designed to provide more rapid and increased protection with fewer doses than current licensed vaccines."

►January 12, 2010 - Vaccinations in Brazil By Yann Meunier - Year: 1974 Setting: French consulate in Rio de Janeiro - Position: Medical student - Scope

►January 12, 2010 - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, smog and science - editorial - The Star-Ledger via

* ►January 12, 2010 - Rabies shots not mandatory for bat-in-bedroom meetings - CTV - "Over the last decade or so, thousands of people in North America have had to endure rabies shots after waking up to discover an uninvited roommate -- a bat. But a new Canadian policy aims at taking a more judicious approach to such events, based on an analysis that shows the risk of contracting the fatal disease is vanishingly low when there is no known contact between a bat and a sleeping person. In a nutshell, as many as 2.7 million people could need to be vaccinated in order to prevent a single person from developing rabies from a so-called bedroom exposure in Canada, a study led by researchers at the Quebec Institute of Public Health shows."

►January 12, 2010 - Man With TB Allowed to Fly Cross-Country - Tuberculosis Patient on "Do Not Board" List Made It Through Security for Philly-to-San Francisco Flight - CBS News

* ►January 12, 2010 - FDA Web Site Explains Agency Operations to Public - FDA rolls out explanatory Web site to educate public, improve accessibility - AP via ABC News

►January 12, 2010 - FDA Bares All - Pharmaceutical Technology Magazine

* ►January 12, 2010 - FDA Warns Bayer, Eli Lilly For Misleading Drug Ads - Dow Jones via CNNMoney

►January 12, 2010 - Monitoring of High-risk Medications Unchanged Despite FDA Warnings - Oregon State University via

►January 12, 2010 - Clinical Benefits of Circumcision Remain Unclear More research needed to establish whether or not procedure prevents infections and cancer - HealthDay via Modern Medicine

►January 12, 2010 - China to Investigate Cadmium Findings in Jewelry - China's product safety agency will look into findings that dangerous levels of cadmium are being used in exports of children's jewelry, a Chinese official said Tuesday following growing concern in the United States about the products. - AP via FOX News

►January 12, 2010 - Probe into baby jab blunders puts - matron on leave - The Standard, Hong Kong - "A senior nurse has been placed on leave as hospital chiefs investigate two medical blunders involving newborn babies in the space of two weeks. Prince of Wales Hospital bosses yesterday admitted the wrong administration of antibiotics was involved in both cases."

►January 12, 2010 - More accurate peanut allergy test could be on the way (includes video) - CTV

* ►January 11, 2010 - Fight overlooked hepatitis threat, report urges - Two liver-damaging diseases infect more Americans than AIDS - AP via MSNBC - "In the next 10 years, these two liver-damaging infections will kill about 150,000 people in the U.S. alone, says a new report Monday from the prestigious Institute of Medicine. ... Among the report's recommendations: * Wider use of a vaccine for hepatitis B. Three states — Alabama, Montana and South Dakota — don't require hepatitis B vaccination before entering day care or school. Also, about 1,000 babies born to infected mothers each year develop hepatitis B themselves. Vaccinating at-risk newborns in the delivery room, instead of within 12 hours of birth as is done today, might protect more of them. ... * Increase research into a vaccine for hepatitis C."

* ►January 11, 2010 - Open Letter to the American People about the H1N1 Flu Vaccine - CDC

* ►January 11, 2010 - Doubts cast on H1N1 scare - video - Al Jazeera - "The severity of the H1N1 outbreak was deliberately exaggerated by pharmaceutical companies that stood to make billions of dollars from a worldwide scare, a leading European health expert has claimed. Wolfgang Wodarg, head of health at the Council of Europe, has accused the makers of vaccines for the virus of influencing the World Health Organisation's (WHO) decision to declare a pandemic."

►January 11, 2010 - Norfolk under-5s to receive swine flu jabs - Norwich Evening News 24

►January 11, 2010 - Depression, pregnancy and flu -

►January 11, 2010 - 700 Pitt affiliates contracted H1N1 last year - University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News

►January 11, 2010 - An alternative for autism - Family shares new approach to child's world - The Durango Herald - "Under applied behavior analysis, the child is bombarded with 'Do this, don't do that' to modify behavior. Son-Rise instead uses motivation and acceptance, with the parents or caregiver going with the flow by joining the child in his or her activities."

►January 11, 2010 - Treating each case is specific -  The Durango Herald

►January 11, 2010 - Musician proves blindness, autism are no barriers to success - GateHouse News Service via The Enterprise

►January 11, 2010 - National Autism Center Publishes Autism Manuals for Educators - press release - National Autism Center via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►January 11, 2010 - Overmedication in the Nursing Home - The New Old Age Blog via The New York Times - "Within three months of admission, a team of University of South Florida researchers determined, 71 percent of Medicaid residents in Florida nursing homes were receiving a psychoactive medication — an antidepressant or anti-psychotic, say, or dementia drugs — even though most were not taking such drugs in the months before they moved in and didn’t have psychiatric diagnoses. Fifteen percent of residents were taking four or more such medications. But only 12 percent were getting nondrug treatments like behavioral therapy."

►January 11, 2010 - Investigators Say Price Hikes on Drugs Increasing - GAO says drug prices on select medications have ballooned as industry shrinks - AP via ABC News

* ►January 11, 2010 - Preteen Vaccination Week - Public Health via Santa Barbara Edhat

►January 11, 2010 - Influenza's call of the wild - The Toronto Star

►January 11, 2010 - Dendreon sees full Provenge capacity by mid-2011 - Dendreon Corp (DNDN.O) expects to reach full manufacturing capacity for experimental prostate cancer drug Provenge by mid-2011, and will immediately launch sales of the drug when it is approved by U.S. regulators, the company's chief executive said on Monday. - Reuters

►January 11, 2010 - Security System Against Harmful DNA Found - It protects cells from intruders - The University of Minnesota via Softpedia

* ►January 11, 2010 - Driveways could spread toxins into the home - Carcinogens in coal tar–sealed pavements cause worry. - news (Nature)

* ►January 10, 2010 - Few people at risk for H1N1 get vaccinated - The Plain Dealer - "Overall, according to state vaccination data, only one in five Ohioans considered the highest risk -- including health-care workers and children with medical problems -- were vaccinated through the end of 2009, despite an ambitious public health campaign carried out since the fall."

* ►January 9, 2010 - Consent is essential - letter - Rutland Herald - "Whether or not the school nurse intended to do any harm by vaccinating Jessica Stickney's child for H1N1 is not the most pressing issue. The proper phrase here is informed consent. The bottom line is that as a medical professional, the school nurse should not administer anything without written parental consent. Period."

►January 9, 2010 - President launches National Immunization Day bivalent polio vaccine to be administered for the first time - Press Information Bureau, Government of India

►January 9, 2010 - Bangladesh: PM Inaugurates 18th National Immunization Day 2010 - Brunei fm

►January 8, 2010 - Try cell phone education before a ban by Meryl Nass, MD - guest column - Bangor Daily News

* ►January 8, 2010 - Flu Watch – The U.S. Epidemic is Over - Michael Fumento via Pandemic Flu Online

►January 8, 2010 - Hawaii Biotech Completes Dosing of Phase 1 Trial for Dengue Virus Monovalent Vaccine -

►January 7, 2010 - Peru launches immunizations campaign against rabies in jungle communities - Peruvian Times

►January 7, 2010 - Mongolia Receives First Batch of Swine Flu Vaccines - Voice of America

►January 6, 2010 - Johns Hopkins researchers say vaccine appears to 'mop up' leukemia cells Gleevec leaves behind - Team cautions that results are very preliminary and they cannot yet rule out other reasons for success - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via EurekAlert!

►January 6, 2010 - Clinical Trials Update: Jan. 6, 2010 * Lower Back and Leg Pain (Sciatica) * Hepatitis B * Type 2 Diabetes - HealthDay via Business Week

►January 6, 2010 - When Is a Baby's Low-Back Finding Low Risk? - Spinal imaging might not be necessary for many infants with lumbosacral and gluteal skin findings. - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►January 5, 2010 - State Announces Flu Shot Tracking Web Page - KBMT ABC 12

* ►January 4, 2010 - ADHD: Advances in Knowledge in 2009 - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

* ►January 4, 2010 - How Does a Moron Make it Through Med School? by C. Linderman Sr - Autism Today Online

►January 2010 - Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter - Health Canada - "Black cohosh products and liver toxicity: update * Canada Vigilance Online Database * Case presentation: Denture adhesive creams and neuropathy * Summary of advisories"

* ►December 18, 2009 - Faked Pandemics - a threat for health - Motion for a recommendation presented by Mr Wodarg and others (pdf) - Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe - "In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies have influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards, to alarm governments worldwide. They have made them squander tight health care resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly exposed millions of healthy people to the risk of unknown side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines. The 'birds-flu'-campaign (2005/06) combined with the 'swine-flu'-campaign seem to have caused a great deal of damage not only to some vaccinated patients and to public health budgets, but also to the credibility and accountability of important international health agencies. The definition of an alarming pandemic must not be under the influence of drug-sellers. The member states of the Council of Europe should ask for immediate investigations on the consequences at national as well as European level."

►December 10, 2009 - Flavonoids, a prenatal prophylaxis via targeting JAK2/STAT3 signaling to oppose IL-6/MIA associated autism - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

►December 10, 2009 - Multiple pathways in prevention of immune-mediated brain disorders: Implications for the prevention of autism - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* We Have A Numbered Conscientious Belief Exemption Bill and a Hearing Date! - NH Coalition for Vaccination Choice - "The NH Coalition for Vaccination Choice is delighted to announce that we have a numbered bill (HB 1555) for a Conscientious Belief Exemption to compulsory vaccination that will be up for consideration in the 2010 NH Legislative session. HB 1555 will be open to a public hearing on Thursday, January 28th at 11am with the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee.  The hearing will be located in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) Room 205 (33 North State Street, Concord, NH). When passed, this bill will add an exemption from immunization for school entry because of conscientious beliefs."