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Posted July 28, 2007

 

July 22 - July 28, 2007


* ►August 10, 2007 - Do we fully understand the economic value of vaccines? - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►August 10, 2007 - Vaccine uptake: New tools for investigating changes in age distribution and predicting final values - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Susceptibility to varicella in childbearing age women, Central Italy: Is there a need for vaccinating this population group? - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - DNA–VLP prime–boost intra-nasal immunization induces cellular and humoral anti-HIV-1 systemic and mucosal immunity with cross-clade neutralizing activity - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Immune response to two different dosing schedules of the anthrax vaccine precipitated (AVP) vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Detection of anti-protective antigen salivary IgG antibodies in recipients of the US licensed anthrax vaccine - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Implementing the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine in rural Indonesia - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Cell culture (Vero) derived whole virus (H5N1) vaccine based on wild-type virus strain induces cross-protective immune responses - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Compatibility of plasmids encoding bovine viral diarrhea virus type 1 and type 2 E2 in a single DNA vaccine formulation - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Molecular adjuvant C3d3 improved the anti-hCGβ humoral immune response in vaginal inoculation with live recombinant Lactobacillus expressing hCGβ-C3d3 fusion protein - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 10, 2007 - Dynamics of antigenic and genetic changes in the hemagglutinins of influenza A/H3N2 viruses of three consecutive seasons (2002/2003 to 2004/2005) in Austria - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►August 1, 2007 - The development of standardized case definitions and guidelines for adverse events following immunization - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►August 1, 2007 - Hepatitis B vaccination and first central nervous system demyelinating events: Reanalysis of a case–control study using the self-controlled case series method - journal article (Vaccine) - "Our results throw further light on the methodological aspects of the case series method. We recommend that, when case–control studies of vaccination and adverse events are planned, case series analyses based on the cases are also undertaken when appropriate."

* ►August 1, 2007 - The role of peptide loops of the Bordetella pertussis protein P.69 pertactin in antibody recognition - journal article (Vaccine) - "We propose that the repeat regions have evolved to allow rapid antigenic variation to deflect the immune response from the functional domain of P.69 Prn. The results presented here provide a better understanding of the structure and function of variable loops and their role in the persistence of pathogens in immunologically primed populations."

►August 1, 2007 - The combination of GM-CSF and IL-2 as local adjuvant shows synergy in enhancing peptide vaccines and provides long term tumor protection - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 1, 2007 - Use of tetanus toxoid as a differentiating infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA) strategy for sero-surveillance of avian influenza virus vaccination in poultry - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 1, 2007 - Presence of HIV-1 Nef specific CD4 T cell response is associated with non-progression in HIV-1 infection - journal article (Vaccine)

►August 1, 2007 - Identification and Characterization of ErbB-3-Binding Protein-1 as a Target for Immunotherapy - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►August 2007 - Effective Strategies for HPV Vaccine Delivery: The Views of Pediatricians - journal article (Journal of Adolescent Health) - "Pediatricians will play a critical role in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine delivery. The objectives of this research were to examine pediatricians’ views about key issues related to HPV vaccine delivery and identify their strategies for effective vaccine delivery."

* ►August 2007 - Long-term T cell memory to human leucocyte antigen-A2 supertype epitopes in humans vaccinated against smallpox - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►August 2007 - Immunization Rates among Disabled Children in Ecuador: Unanticipated Findings - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►August 2007 - Regulatory T-cell immunotherapy for tolerance to self antigens and alloantigens in humans - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►August 2007 - Optimal assessment of the ability of children with recurrent respiratory tract infections to produce anti-polysaccharide antibodies - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►August 2007 - CD3-specific antibodies: a portal to the treatment of autoimmunity - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology)

►August 2007 - A functional role for EGFR signaling in myelination and remyelination - journal article (Nature Neuroscience)

►August 2007 - Further Psychometric Examination of the Tourette's Disorder Scales - journal article (Child Psychiatry and Human Development)

►August 2007 - Medication-related impulse control and repetitive behaviors in Parkinson's disease. - journal article (Current Opinion in Neurology)

►August 2007 - Large outbreak of norovirus: The baker who should have known better - journal article (Journal of Infection)

* ►August 2007 - Perception of risk of adverse drug reactions by medical students: influence of a 1 year pharmacological course - journal article (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►August 2007 - Pre-Exposure Rabies Vaccination Using Purified Chick Embryo Cell Rabies Vaccine Intradermally is Immunogenic and Safe - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►August 2007 - Coagulation, coma, and outcome in bacterial meningitis – An observational study of 38 adult cases - journal article (Journal of Infection)

►August 2007 - Circuit-breakers: optical technologies for probing neural signals and systems - journal article (Nature Reviews Neuroscience)

►August 2007 - Five-Year Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Neonatal Dehydration - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

* ►August 2007 - New adolescent vaccination recommendations and how to make them "stick". - journal article (Current Opinion in Pediatrics) - "Mandates, when initiated with care, are one of the most effective implementation strategies for adolescents."

* ►August 2007 - Primary Immunization of Premature Infants with Gestational Age <35 Weeks: Cardiorespiratory Complications and C-Reactive Protein Responses Associated with Administration of Single and Multiple Separate Vaccines Simultaneously - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

* ►August 2007 - Maximizing CD8+ T cell responses elicited by peptide vaccines containing CpG oligodeoxynucleotides - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

* ►August 2007 - Contact allergy in oral disease - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology) - "The positive and relevant allergic reactions to metals, fragrances, and preservatives indicated that contact allergy may affect oral disease."

►August 2007 - Correction of age-associated deficiency in germinal center response by immunization with immune complexes - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

►August 2007 - Diffusion Tensor Imaging Assessment of Brain White Matter Maturation During the First Postnatal Year - journal article (American Journal of Roentgenology)

►August 2007 - Electrocardiographic abnormalities in infants born from mothers with autoimmune diseases—a multicentre prospective study - journal article (Rheumatology)

►August 2007 - Placebo reactions in double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges in children - journal article (Allergy)

►August 2007 - Cultural variations in mothers' attributions: influence of child attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder - journal article (Child Psychiatry and Human Development)

►August 2007 - Hyper-CK-emia in Pediatric Celiac Disease: Prevalence and Clinical Importance. - journal article (Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology)

►August 2007 - Acute myocarditis associated with clozapine - journal article (Australasian Psychiatry)

* ►July/September 2007 - A Functional Approach for Ameliorating Social Skills Deficits in Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. - journal article (Infants & Young Children)

►July 31, 2007 - An acid test for better diagnosis - Well begun is half done. An accurate diagnosis on time often proves to be the lifeline for patients suffering from serious diseases. Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) makes all this possible, Sushmi Dey finds out. - Express Pharma

* ►July 30, 2007 - Macrophages In The Spleen Regulate The Immune Response And Immune Tolerance - Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis result from the body’s immune system attacking it’s own tissues or ‘self antigens’. Therefore, researchers have long desired to understand how a state of immune tolerance (the inability to mount an immune response against an antigen) may be forcibly induced as a therapeutic approach to treating autoimmune disease. - Journal of Clinical Investigation via ScienceDaily

►July 30, 2007 - Patient, heal thyself! - The Copenhagen Post

►July 30, 2007 - Is Merck's Medicine Working? - Spurred by the Vioxx fiasco, CEO Clark is trying to revamp the drug giant's culture - BusinessWeek

* ►July 28, 2007 - Trials start on new TB vaccine - The first new TB vaccine for 80 years is being tested in clinical trials in South Africa. - BBC

* ►July 28, 2007 - Is this the end of TB? - How British scientific breakthroughs could prevent this and other killer diseases. Victoria Lambert reports - The London Times - "If the new TB vaccine passes its trials, as it is expected to do, it could be available in your GP’s practice by 2015, when it would work as a booster for the childhood BCG injection (now given only to children in high-risk groups), conferring long-lasting immunity on all adults and thus preventing the spread of this disease."

* ►July 28, 2007 - FDA Tysabri Panel Violates New Conflict Rule - Pharmalot - "Terry Davis, a professor of medicine and pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, has stock holdings worth up to $75,000 in two companies that make products that compete with Tysabri. This appears to violate a newly proposed rule about participants on advisory panels: “If an individual has disqualifying financial interests whose combined value exceeds $50,000, after applying certain exemptions, the person would generally not be considered for participation in the meeting, regardless of the need for his or her expertise.”

* ►July 28, 2007 - Suspended Gene Therapy Test Had Drawn Early Questions (requires registration or subscription) - The Washington Post - "Reviewers questioned the justification for the study, given that animal studies had found only a "limited correlation" between the treatment and any improvements in subjects' condition. And they asked for more assurance that the engineered viruses were not going to spread around the body or cause untoward immune system reactions in patients. Some also expressed concern that the informed consent document the researchers planned to use to describe the risks and benefits to participating patients was not upfront enough about the fact that the study was unlikely to help them and was designed merely to test the new approach's safety. "Emphasizing this information might encourage potential subjects to think more critically about their participation," one reviewer said, according to the meeting minutes."

* ►July 28, 2007 - Why Was Suspended Fatal Gene Therapy Experiment Approved? (blog) - Alliance For Human Research Protection

►July 28, 2007 - Polio never far away in the jet age - Australia's first case of polio in 21 years underlines the importance of continued vaccination. On a sweltering February day in 1951, one-year-old Maura Outterside's tiny body was gripped by high fever and muscle pain. As she became non-responsive, her parents wrapped her in cold towels and took her to St George Hospital in Sydney. A lumbar puncture confirmed every parent's worst nightmare in those days -- poliomyelitis, the viral disease responsible for crippling hundreds of thousands of children during the 20th century. - The Australian

►July 28, 2007 - RPT-B'desh to get $16 mln loan to combat bird flu - Reuters AlertNet

►July 28, 2007 - Rabies menace causes village quarantine - Today's Zaman

►July 28, 2007 - State lawmaker goes radioactive in bid to kill cancer - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►July 28, 2007 - Positive thinking - Treatment for people with the AIDS virus is about to make its biggest leap in at least a decade. - The Australian

►July 28, 2007 - Wyeth Needs To Beef Up Security - Pharmalot

►July 28, 2007 - New Research May Predict Who is at Risk to Develop Lupus - Certain families produce higher levels of a specific molecule, called interferon-alpha, that primes the body’s immune system to turn on, and in some cases initiate an autoimmune attack on itself, according to new research from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. - Hospital for Special Surgery via Newswise

►July 28, 2007 - Not-So-Elementary Bee Mystery - Detectives sift clues in the case of the missing insects - Science News

►July 28, 2007 - A Gut Feeling about Coffee - Detectives sift clues in the case of the missing insects - Science News

►July 28, 2007 - From the July 24, 1937, issue - Science News

* ►July 28, 2007 - Pulse Polio Bungle - Untested Vaccine Surfaces in Polio Outbreak - A potent new vaccine introduced in Uttar Pradesh by the WHO has had no safety tests; the rash of new polio cases in the state may’ve been caused by the vaccine itself, reports Mihir Srivastava - Tehelka

NVIC E-news - "A two-year-old girl of this village, Saniya, suffers from Type I polio despite being administered more than seven doses of the new polio monovalent vaccine (MOPVI), which is made specially for the Type I poliovirus. The vaccine was introduced in mid-2005 and tom-tommed as the final step in the eradication of polio from India...... There are 15 cases of Type I polio spread across Uttar Pradesh (There are also 41 cases of Type II polio which takes the total count to 56). While there has been no reported Type I case in the endemic Moradabad, the new cases have been reported from eastern and central Uttar Pradesh; so instead of just a region, cases of wild polio are being reported from all over Uttar Pradesh now.

"Saniya's mother, Noorjahen, is furious. "She is having polio drops ever since she was four days old. She has had over a dozen doses of the polio drops. We came to know about her polio when she got a high fever. She could barely manage to stand, could not walk at all, after the fever. We took her to the local hospital where they did a stool test. We were later told that she has polio," she recounts. "There must be some thing wrong with the polio drops if even after so many doses my child has contracted polio. The government should test medicines before they are used. Pata nahin bachchoo ko kya pila rahin hain!" (Don't know what they are making my child drink), she adds.

"Head of the pediatrics department of Delhi- based St Stephen's Hospital, Jacob Puliyel, took up the matter with Lancet. In his strong-worded letter to Lancet's editor, he wrote: "We are shocked and dismayed that Lancet should have published the paper on the protective efficacy of monovalent oral Type I poliovirus...having overlooked the serious ethical issues involved." He went on to write, "What was introduced, according to this article, was a new vaccine that was five times more potent than previous vaccines, presumably also with the increased likelihood of adverse effects. No informed consent was taken, nor was the public told that the vaccine was experimental. Efforts were made to give the impression that the monovalent vaccine was not new." - Tehelka (New Delhi, India)

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: The wild-eyed vaccinologists are at it again. This time, World Health Organization doctors are hunting down children in India to pour a high potency live polio vaccine down their throats without telling parents it is an experimental vaccine. Using the unscientific rationale that "more is better" and with a callous disregard for human life and human rights, WHO officials replaced the tri-valent oral polio vaccine with an untested high potency monovalent Type 1 oral poliovirus vaccine without telling the public what it was doing.

Now there is more Type 1 (and Type 2) polio in India plus an unexplained higher incidence of non- polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis following widespread use of the experimental polio vaccine. Trotting out the shabby "coincidence" argument, the WHO's predictable response is "This is due to better reporting and surveillance. We know by our 50 years of experience that the polio vaccines are safe."

We have seen vaccinologists exercise unchecked power and experiment on children without the informed consent of their parents before and we will see it again. Exploitation is easy when people are carefully taught to trust and obey the orders of anyone wearing a white coat who comes to vaccinate.

The distraught mother of a little girl crippled by Type 1 polio after swallowing many doses of both the tri-valent and experimental mono-valent live polio vaccines was quoted by India's Tehelka (The People's Paper): "She is having polio drops ever since she was four days old. She has had over a dozen doses of the polio drops....There must be some thing wrong with the polio drops if even after so many doses my child has contracted polio. The government should test medicines before they are used. Pata nahin bachchoo ko kya pila rahin hain!" (Don't know what they are making my child drink), she adds."

One brave and clear thinking pediatrician in New Delhi, Jacob Puliyel, has written a letter to the editor of The Lancet, which published an article in April 2007 about the experimental high potency polio vaccine campaign in India. "We are shocked and dismayed that Lancet should have published the paper on the protective efficacy of monovalent oral Type 1 poliovirus....having overlooked the serious ethical issues involved...... What was introduced, according to this article, was a new vaccine that was five times more potent than previous vaccines, presumably also with the increased likelihood of adverse effects. No informed consent was taken, nor was the public told that the vaccine was experimental. " He protested experimentation on children by Indian health authorities, who licensed the experimental vaccine, and WHO authorities, who are running the mass vaccination program. "The oversight body that introduced this experimental vaccine should also have monitored adverse effects," he wrote to The Lancet. "Data from Uttar Pradesh show an increase in the incidence of non-polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis since the introduction of the monovalent vaccine."

Now that Dr. Puliyel, head of pediatrics at a New Delhi hospital, has spoken up about scientific and ethical lapses connected with the experimental polio vaccine program - will he be kicked out of his hospital and have his medical license revoked? Maybe not. But it is very likely that government health authorities and pediatrician colleagues will make his life miserable.

This kind of vaccine experimentation without informed consent does not happen only in India or Africa or South America among disadvantaged populations. This kind of exploitation also happens in America.

In what turned out to be a deadly experiment conducted during the mid-1980's using a high potency Edmonston Zagreb measles vaccine, vaccinologists first injected the experimental measles vaccine into four month old babies in Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and Haiti at 10 to 500 times the usual dose levels to try to overcome natural maternal antibodies and replace them with vaccine induced antibodies. Even though researchers in Africa knew half way through the experiment that a higher than expected number of girl babies were dying six months to three years following vaccination, the CDC moved the high potency measles vaccine trials to Los Angeles in 1990.

With the help of Kaiser Permanente, more than 1500 six month old primarily black and Hispanic babies in inner city LA were injected with the high potency EZ measles vaccine between June 1990 and October 1991. One child in the vaccine trial died from a bacterial infection that researchers insisted was unrelated to vaccination.

In June 1996, then CDC Director David Satcher admitted that an NIH investigation of the LA trial found that informed consent regulations had been violated: the LA parents were never told that their babies would be injected with an experimental vaccine that had never been licensed by the FDA for use in the U.S. Shortly after, researchers reported that infants with the highest antibody responses to high potency measles vaccine have the most profound immune suppression.

How high are the antibody responses of children in India who are repeatedly vaccinated for polio, especially after being given high potency polio vaccine? And how many are suffering immune suppression, which is followed by wild-type or vaccine strain polio or unexplained Acute Flaccid Paralysis?

The militaristic approach taken by vaccinologists employed by governments and the World Health Organization unfortunately includes conducting vaccine experiments without the informed consent of participants. Their assumption that proof of efficacy is all that matters because injuries and deaths following vaccination are always a "coincidence" is both unscientific and dangerous.

The human right to informed consent to all medical interventions which carry a risk of injury or death, including vaccination, should be made law in every country and there should be criminal and economic sanctions for all those who violate it during the course of clinical research or the practice of medicine.

* ►July 28, 2007 - Abusing volunteers - editorial - Haaretz - "A secret medical experiment that injected soldiers with the anti-anthrax vaccine, run over eight years beginning in 1998, raises alarming questions about the army authorities' conduct."

* ►July 27, 2007 - Testimony of Meryl Nass at House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee - http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com - "On July 26, 2007 I spoke to the Committee on Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee about the role of anthrax vaccine in Gulf War illnesses, and the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs in researching, diagnosing, treating and compensating ill veterans."

* ►July 27, 2007 - Meningococcal cases despite vaccine - Newstalk ZB - "Five children in Wellington and the Hutt Valley regions under the age of eight have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease despite two of them being vaccinated against it. Three of the cases are confirmed and the other two are probable. Two of the cases are in one family but the others appear not to be linked. Medical Officer of Health, Dr Margot McLean says two of the patients were fully immunised with the MeNZB vaccine and some of the others were partially immunised. Dr McLean says that all of the children had a rapid onset of illness and in most cases a rash. In all cases, the parents were alert to the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and sought medical attention early. The children are now recovering."

* ►July 27, 2007 - Author focuses on 'new autism' - Deseret News - "Dr. Bryan Jepson thought he knew about autism six years ago: that it was a rare, genetic, developmental, untreatable brain disorder. But that's the "old autism," he says." "The answer appears to have something to do with the increased toxicity of the environment, he says, from food additives to vaccines and antibiotics. Children who are born with a genetic susceptibility for autism have trouble detoxifying, he says. The increase in other chronic diseases such as asthma is evidence that autistic children may also be proof of what's to come, he says. "It's kind of like the canary in the coal mine."

* ►July 27, 2007 - Somerville holds a drill to test itself in case of pandemic, and gives out free tetanaus shots - GateHouse News Service via Somerville Journal - "The drill functioned like a well-oiled machine after more than three months of planning, and more than 100 members of the Somerville community took advantage of the free vaccinations at the event."

* ►July 27, 2007 - UN report highlights children’s vulnerability to pollution at different ages - UN News Centre - “Children are not just small adults,” WHO’s team leader for the Interregional Research Unit Terri Damstra said. “Children are especially vulnerable and respond differently from adults when exposed to environmental factors, and this response may differ according to the different periods of development they are going through."

* ►July 27, 2007 - 30 percent of diseases in children result from environment, says WHO - WHO via Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) -  "Air and water contaminants, pesticides in food, lead in soil, as well many other environmental threats which alter the delicate organism of a growing child may cause or worsen disease and induce developmental problems."

* ►July 27, 2007 - Notice: National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; National Children's Study 2007 Research Plan - National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health via www.pharmcast.com

* ►July 27, 2007 - Texas A&M failed to report safety problems in lab, documents show - At least one Texas A&M University lab employee exposed to a dangerous infectious agent last year didn't have federal approval to work with it, according to records reviewed by The Dallas Morning News. - Akron Beacon Journal

* ►July 27, 2007 - Judge Expects Vioxx Stroke Cases - AP via Yahoo!

* ►July 27, 2007 - Merck Gripes Vioxx Judge Was Out Of Line - AP via Yahoo!

►July 27, 2007 - How Would The Avian Influenza Virus Be Transmitted In Human Households? - Recent outbreaks of emerging diseases such as SARS and H5N1 avian influenza have underlined the fact that animal pathogens may acquire the ability to spread efficiently in humans -- but as yet have not. - PLoS Computational Biology via ScienceDaily

►July 27, 2007 - Lilly Violated Evista Consent Decree: Poll - Pharmalot

►July 27, 2007 - Shire's New ADHD Medication, Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) Now Available in U.S. Pharmacies Nationwide -  Clinical study demonstrated efficacy until 6pm; May be of interest to mothers of children with ADHD - Shire via PRNewswire-FirstCall via www.pharmalive.com

►July 27, 2007 - Lyme Disease - WSOC Charlotte

►July 27, 2007 - Arkansas Health Board to Review Policies After Escape of TB Patient - AP via www.aegis.org

►July 27, 2007 - Relapse After Treatment Withdrawal in Patients with Autoimmune Hepatitis - journal article (Journal Watch Gastroenterology)

►July 27, 2007 - RNAi Stirs Excitement In Big Pharma - Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo!

►July 27, 2007 - Support Grows for Healthy Bacteria - US News and World Report

►July 27, 2007 - Notice (A): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

* ►July 27, 2007 - Wyeth Team Recognized by White House With Prestigious National Medal of Technology for PREVNAR Vaccine - Medal Recognizes Technological Innovation and Global Health Impact of PREVNAR Against Leading Vaccine-Preventable Cause of Death in Children Younger Than Five - Wyeth via PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNN Money

►July 27, 2007 - AUDIO from Medialink and GlaxoSmithKline: Give Kids a Boost for Their Health - GlaxoSmithKline via PRNewswire

►July 27, 2007 - Infectious diseases major issue in area - The StarPhoenix via www.canada.com

►July 27, 2007 - Summer flu? It's because we're blue - Has the nation suddenly been gripped by collective hypochondria or has this miserable month spawned a whole list of wintry ills? Victoria Lambert investigates 'SWISS' - Telegraph, UK

►July 27, 2007 - CBS, Imus Agree To Buyout Settlement - New York Post via The Huffington Post

►July 27, 2007 - Diabetes drugs 'pose heart risk' - Two drugs commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes double the risk of heart failure, a study of data on more than 78,000 patients suggests. - BBC

►July 27, 2007 - The Return Of Zelnorm… Sort Of - Pharmalot - "The Novartis drug for irritable bowel syndrome, which was withdrawn in March due to a high risk of developing heart attacks, strokes and chest pain, will become available in the US again, but as part of a restricted access program. "

►July 27, 2007 - Call to cut magnetic field exposure in home - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - "The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) says this is part of wide-ranging advice designed to limit exposure to extremely low-frequency (ELF) fields."

* ►July 26, 2007 - An Open Letter to the World on Autism - Rescue Post - "I forgive you because I don’t believe you fully understood the effects of tripling the number of vaccines a child receives before the age of five.  I forgive you because I understand you in the medical community believed those in positions of authority when they claimed their vaccines were safe for all children. I forgive you because I understand you took an oath to “Do no harm” and that when the full implications of this epidemic have sunk in I believe you will feel a deep sense of betrayal in the leaders of your profession."

* ►July 26, 2007 - Bavarian Nordic and Acambis Settle all Legal Disputes on MVA - PRNewswire-FirstCall via BioSpace - "On 25 July 2007, Bavarian Nordic and Acambis reached a global settlement ending the legal disputes between the two companies on matters relating to smallpox vaccines based on the Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) virus."

* ►July 26, 2007 - Nigeria: FG Drags Pfizer Top Shots to Court Over Killer-Drugs - Vanguard (Lagos) via www.allafrica.com

* ►July 26, 2007 - Authors retract Science paper - Lead author found guilty of misconduct in embryonic cell lineage paper called into question over a year ago - The Scientist

* ►July 26, 2007 - Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) - Sponsors and Collaborators: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) via www.clinicaltrials.gov

* ►July 26, 2007 - Choosing Chelation? - How does the new oral chelation compare with intravenous (IV) chelation therapy? Could you also tell me what you think of removing metals from one's body as a means of curbing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)? - www.drweil.com

* ►July 26, 2007 - Rise in Cases of West Nile May Portend an Epidemic (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►July 26, 2007 - Pfizer Accused Of ‘Oppressive’ Behavior Against Shareholders In Its Pakistani Subsidiary - Pharmalot

* ►July 26, 2007 - Pharma Must Disclose Charitable, Educational Donations: Advocates Step Up Campaign - Pharmalot - "Their concern that donations result in off-label marketing by groups receiving funds; mask the agendas of public policy groups that debate policy issues, and allow researchers to circumvent normal dislcosure requirements."

* ►July 26, 2007 - Two Governors To Testify In Vioxx Cases - Pharmalot

* ►July 26, 2007 - Vioxx Caused Heart Attacks In 7.4 Months! - Pharmalot - "This is just the sort of study finding that can give Merck execs and big shareholders cardiac arrest."

* ►July 26, 2007 - State to levy record fine of $3 million against Kaiser - Los Angeles Times via Press Democrat

►July 26, 2007 - AstraZeneca To Double Job Cuts - 7,600 To Go! - Pharmalot - "AstraZeneca is buying MedImmune and Cambridge Antibody Technology Group to boost its thinning product pipeline. But in February, the drugmaker said it would fire just 3,000 workers, or about 4.6 percent of its workforce, by 2010."

►July 26, 2007 - AvandiaGate: FDA Has ‘Considerable Concern’ - Pharmalot

►July 26, 2007 - Development Discontinued for ANA975, an Early Stage Compound for Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection - Anadys Pharmaceuticals via PRNewswire-FirstCall via Interest!Alert

►July 26, 2007 - Report Backs Up Warnings About Drug Avandia (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►July 26, 2007 - A Friendly Foe -- Bacteria Residing In The Gut Boost Immune Response To Tumors - Journal of Clinical Investigation via Biocompare

►July 26, 2007 - The Myth About Boys - TIME Magazine

►July 26, 2007 - Golfer Endorses Pfizer’s Celebrex - For Free? - Pharmalot

►July 26, 2007 - Three teenagers arrested over syringe attack on ten-year-old - The Northern Echo, UK

* ►July 26, 2007 - FDA Statement on Gene Therapy Clinical Trial - FDA - "On July 24, 2007 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was informed by Targeted Genetics Corporation of Seattle about the death of a patient who received an investigational gene therapy product in a clinical trial for the treatment of active inflammatory arthritis."

* ►July 26, 2007 - Bird flu victim describes ordeal - A smallholder has spoken for the first time of the moment she and her partner realised they had caught bird flu. - BBC

* ►July 26, 2007 - Notice: Guidance; Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Products; Availability - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►July 26, 2007 - Infectious disease digital library planned - UPI via Monsters & Critics

►July 26, 2007 - Researchers Discover Novel Antitumor Candidates that Also Reverse Drug Resistance - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►July 26, 2007 - Notice: Office of Biotechnology Activities; Recombinant DNA Research: Proposed Actions Under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health via www.pharmcast.com

►July 26, 2007 - E. coli higher in summer due to food choice, cows - Newsday

* ►July 26, 2007 - Transgenic Plum Gets USDA Non-regulated Status Based on False Claims of Safety - Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho rebut USDA conclusion that transgenic DNA and RNA are non-toxic - USDA deregulates its own transgenic plum despite overwhelming public objection - Institute of Science in Society

* ►July 26, 2007 - Chinese parents take "bad vaccines" case to court - Reuters Health - "Three children who suffered severe brain damage after being vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis had their case heard in a Chinese court on Thursday, casting the spotlight once again on the safety of China's drugs and food. Ordinary citizens suing powerful state companies are rare in China and this case is especially sensitive as it calls into question the standards and safety of Chinese medicines.  'Our chances of winning are zero because our opponents are mighty, but we won't back down,' said Yu Tongan, father of one of the three."

►July 26, 2007 - Pollution-cholesterol link to heart disease seen - The combination activates genes that can cause clogged arteries, UCLA researchers say. (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times

►July 26, 2007 - Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 26, 2007 - Bioethics in Law (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►July 26, 2007 - Protective and therapeutic role for B-crystallin in autoimmune demyelination - journal article (Nature)

►July 26, 2007 - A recording of the full text of "Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Caused by Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus." - journal article (NEJM)

►July 26, 2007 - Genetic variants regulating ORMDL3 expression contribute to the risk of childhood asthma - journal article (Nature)

►July 26, 2007 - Unravelling the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (Nature)

* ►July 25, 2007 - Sinobiomed's Malaria Vaccine Granted European Patent - New Patent Provides Protection in up to 37 Countries in Europe - Sinobiomed via Market Wire via Yahoo!

* ►July 25, 2007 - CytoDyn Study of Bird Flu Vaccines Illustrates Subsidiary’s Unique Opportunity - Business Wire - "Several DNA vaccines have been developed that protect avian species and some mammals other than humans. The challenge has been to develop DNA vaccines that protect humans as effectively as they protect animals. A potential path for making progress in this regard is to reach beyond the traditional goal of creating antibodies to include the cell-mediated immune response as well."

* ►July 25, 2007 - Stepping up in emergency - The Sun Chronicle - "One of the main goals of the group is to be able to staff mass immunization clinics. The goal for every community is to be able to give inoculations to its entire population within a 48-hour period in the case of a pandemic."

* ►July 25, 2007 - Major study to probe kids, substances - The Japan Times - "The Environment Ministry will launch a research study spanning decades into how five substances — dioxin, mercury, lead, organofluoric compounds and bromine dioxin — affect human growth, officials said Tuesday."

* ►July 25, 2007 - Did Lilly Violate The Evista Consent Decree? - Pharmalot

* ►July 25, 2007 - Data Extraction Errors in Meta-analyses That Use Standardized Mean Differences - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 25, 2007 - DSM Biologics and Crucell Announce PER.C6(R) Licensing Deal With LFB Biotechnologies - DSM Biologics and Crucell via Market Wire via Comtex via MarketWatch - "Crucell's and DSM's PER.C6(R) technology platform has been developed for the large-scale manufacture of biopharmaceutical products including vaccines."

* ►July 25, 2007 - UCLA researcher found guilty of misconduct - Scientist sanctioned for faking data and stealing money intended for subjects - The Scientist

►July 25, 2007 - Rapid HIV Testing in Emergency Departments—Three U.S. Sites, January 2005–March 2006 - journal article (JAMA)

►July 25, 2007 - Dying Patients Fight the FDA - A lawsuit could make access to experimental medicines a constitutional right, and alter how drugs for life-threatening diseases are developed - BusinessWeek

►July 25, 2007 - Health fears shut school for next year - The-Record via www.northjersey.com

►July 25, 2007 - World pharma packaging set for solid growth - Worldwide demand for pharmaceutical packaging is set to grow steadily over the coming years growing to over $30bn (€21.7bn) by 2011, according to a new report published this week. - in-Pharma Technologist

►July 25, 2007 - Novartis Facing Big Problems - 1ArticleWorld.com via pr-gb.com

►July 25, 2007 - Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Alters Brain Activity In The Frontal-striatal Areas - Heavy prenatal alcohol exposure does not always lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS); sometimes it can lead to cognitive and behavioral deficits in the absence of craniofacial features needed to make an FAS diagnosis. A new study has found that children and adolescents prenatally exposed to alcohol have altered responses in frontal-striatal areas, brain regions that may inhibit behavior. - Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research via ScienceDaily

►July 25, 2007 - Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Rheumatology - journal article (JAMA)

►July 25, 2007 - Does This Child Have Appendicitis? - journal article (JAMA)

►July 25, 2007 - Acute Appendicitis in Children - journal article (JAMA)

►July 25, 2007 - Doctors Rated but Can't Get a Second Opinion (requires registration or subscription) - Inaccurate Data About Physicians' Performance Can Harm Reputations - The Washington Post

►July 25, 2007 - Are You Playing Pharmaceutical Roulette? - Deadly Dangers May Be Lurking In Your Nearest Pill Bottle - Crusador

►July 25, 2007 - Health experts warn of bacteria dangers - Danville Register & Bee

►July 25, 2007 - Chimp research ban may help studies into aging - The Asahi Shimbun

►July 25, 2007 - Antioxidant Supplements and Mortality - journal article (JAMA)

* ►July 25, 2007 - Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at the North Carolina General Assembly - AP via The Sun News via www.myrtlebeachonline.com - "H431, to require vaccines administered to children be free of a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal or have only trace amounts. Favorable report, House Appropriations. Next: To the full House."

* ►July 25, 2007 - EU faces pressure to ban mercury from dentistry - Reuters Health

►July 25, 2007 - Obesity can spread in social circles, researchers find - AP via International Herald Tribune

►July 25, 2007 - EU faces pressure to ban mercury from dentistry - Reuters Health

* ►July 25, 2007 - U.S. senators: FDA pulled reviewer off Glaxo drug - San Diego Union-Tribune - "A senior Food and Drug Administration scientist has told congressional investigators that the FDA removed him or her from work on GlaxoSmithKline Plc's drug Avandia after voicing concerns about the safety of the diabetes pill, two senators said Tuesday."

* ►July 25, 2007 - Vioxx’s risks may begin earlier than thought - Hike in heart ills starts in 14 days, not 18 months maker claims, study says - Reuters via MSNBC

►July 25, 2007 - China and India join WHO clinical trial registry platform - WHO

►July 25, 2007 - Pharmacy Organizations Create Guide to Prepare for Pandemics - American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

►July 25, 2007 - Beware of bugs carrying diseases - CDC via ScrippsNews - "Officials in various parts of the country report renewed activity of ailments ranging from West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes to Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever delivered by ticks."

►July 25, 2007 - Lyme Disease On The Rise In Pennsylvania - KDKA CBS 2

►July 25, 2007 - Approvable Letter Mania - Eye on FDA

►July 25, 2007 - FDA Nanotechnology Report Outlines Scientific, Regulatory Challenges - FDA

►July 25, 2007 - GPs Antibiotic Prescribing Practices are Still Contributing to Resistance - Oxford University Press via Biocompare

►July 25, 2007 - Botulism cases spur call for USDA funds - New-Haven Register

►July 25, 2007 - A Controlled Clinical Trial of Steroids for Bronchiolitis - One dose of oral dexamethasone was no different from placebo. - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►July 25, 2007 - 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Slipping Economic Conditions for Children, Focuses on the Critical Importance of Lifelong Family Connections for Youth in Foster Care (pdf) - www.aecf.org

* ►July 24, 2007 - Merck's Hilleman Underestimated Toxicity to Children - From U. of Kentucky biochemist and mercury toxicity expert Dr. Boyd Haley:  - Rescue Post

►July 24, 2007 - UC Irvine Scientists Unveil The 'Face' Of A New Memory - Breakthrough study also links learning to a specific chemical process in brain cells - University of California - Irvine

►July 24, 2007 - School Nurses are the First Responders for Bites in the Classroom - Newswise via Interest!Alert

* ►July 24, 2007 - Health department holds off on meningitis vaccine - The News-Gazette - "Laker said ordering the vaccine now could cause an undue overreaction. Without a public vaccination, the vaccine only is available in limited quantities and at a steep price. "We could get only 20 doses every 30 days," Laker said. "Scarcity creates an artificial demand. If we announce that we have the vaccine, that might inappropriately concern people."

* ►July 24, 2007 - China's drive to promote invention - For China's youngest citizens, it is an eye-popping morning. It is jab day at a clinic in Beijing. - BBC

* ►July 24, 2007 - Inovio Biomedical Establishes Agreements with National Cancer Institute and International Aids Vaccine Initiative to Conduct Research Using Inovio's DNA Delivery Technology - Inovio Biomedical via Business Wire

* ►July 24, 2007 - Tax Break Used by Drug Makers Failed to Add Jobs (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Drug makers were the biggest beneficiaries of the amnesty program, repatriating about $100 billion in foreign profits and paying only minimal taxes. But the companies did not create many jobs in return. Instead, since 2005 the American drug industry has laid off tens of thousands of workers in this country."

* ►July 24, 2007 - Pharma’s Tax Breaks Didn’t Add Jobs - Pharmalot - "The Brookings Institution estimates that multinational companies are using overseas tax shelters to lower their payments to the Treasury by about $50 billion a year."

* ►July 24, 2007 - Japanese family sue government agency over Tamiflu - The Guardian, UK

* ►July 24, 2007 - Study renews conflict-of-interest debate - AP via Houston Chronicle - "There is strong evidence that studies funded by industry or done by researchers with industry ties are more likely to have results favoring corporate interests. Disclosing those ties enables readers to better judge a study's credibility. While many journals have added or improved disclosure policies, standards vary widely. There's no consensus on what constitutes relevant financial interests."

* ►July 24, 2007 - George Abercrombie: The Tamiflu Sales Rep - Pharmalot - "And like any good salesman, he uses the hard sell tactic: The threat is real, others are buying it and there’s a difficult manufacturing process, so you better place your order today."

* ►July 24, 2007 - Summit, Evolva Biotech sign 3 yr infectious disease research project - Hemscott - "Swiss-based Evolva and Summit plan to develop clinical-stage compounds that show efficacy against viruses and bacteria relating specifically to bio-defence targets such as Anthrax, Ebola and other infectious diseases such as HIV and Influenza."

►July 24, 2007 - FDA studies outside US minimal, survey reveals - Despite the hype, countries in emerging markets are still very much trailing behind the US in the number of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved studies being conducted, particularly the Asia-pacific, a survey by Parexel reveals. - Outsourcing-Pharma

►July 24, 2007 - Summit focuses on pandemic preparedness - Daily American

►July 24, 2007 - Follow information in flu-preparation guide (opinion) - The Daily Advertiser

►July 24, 2007 - Few Parents are Concerned about their Preteen or Teen Getting Whooping Cough - CBS 3, Springfield

►July 24, 2007 - Abbott seeks approval for paediatric HIV combo in EU & US - Pharmabiz

►July 24, 2007 - Speech, Language and the Brain: Neurodevelopmental Experts Discuss Critical Links to Child Development - AG Bell via PRNewswire-USNewswire via Interest!Alert

►July 24, 2007 - Health Department Confirms Hantavirus Case - The Pennsylvania Department of Health

►July 24, 2007 - Clinical features and diagnosis of dura mater graft–associated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease - journal article (Neurology)

►July 24, 2007 - Childhood sun exposure influences risk of multiple sclerosis in monozygotic twins - journal article (Neurology) - "Each of the nine sun exposure–related activities during childhood seemed to convey a strong protection against MS within MZ twin pairs. Depending on the activity, the odds ratio (OR) ranged from 0.25 to 0.57. For example, the risk of subsequent MS was substantially lower (OR 0.40, 95% CI 0.19 to 0.83) for the twin who spent more time suntanning in comparison with the co-twin. For each unit increase in SI, the relative risk of MS decreased by 25%."

►July 24, 2007 - Sunshine May Prevent MS - Neurology via Ivanhoe

►July 24, 2007 - A long shadow is lifted on Asperger's in adults - Autism-spectrum diagnosis may have eluded generations - My Wire - "Are we starting to discover generations who escaped diagnosis? The condition officially wasn't recognized until 1994, which leads people such as Marshack to believe doctors are playing catch-up with adult diagnoses."

►July 24, 2007 - FDA Grants Neurochem Drug Special Status - AP via Forbes

►July 24, 2007 - Epilepsy Can Cause Isolated Transient Amnesia - journal article (Journal Watch)

►July 24, 2007 - NIH in space? - NASA-NIH discuss life science experiments on the International Space Station - The Scientist

►July 24, 2007 - Can't Understand Doc? More Likely To Die - Patients Who Don't Understand Die Sooner - KGTV San Diego

►July 24, 2007 - Health Highlights: - Discard Any Cans Linked to Botulism Outbreak: FDA - Latest Echinacea Study Finds It Fights Colds - Pottery Barn Recalls Crib Bumpers - Illinois Bans Public Smoking - Circumcision Can Slow AIDS Spread, Conferees Told - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay via www.healthfinder.gov

* ►July 24, 2007 - Notice (B): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via www.pharmcast.com - "Rational HIV Therapeutic Design, Viral Entry or Replication Inhibitors, Dual Expression DNA Influenza Vaccine, Peptide Mimotope Candidates for Otitis Media Vaccine"

►July 24, 2007 - Notice: Request for Notification From Industry Organizations Interested in Participating in Selection Process for Nonvoting Industry Representatives on Public Advisory Panels or Committees and Request for Nonvoting Industry Representatives on Public Advisory Panels or Committees - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►July 24, 2007 - Notice (A): Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing - National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►July 24, 2007 - Families with autistic children connect with researchers, health care professionals - FirstScience

►July 23, 2007 - PedMed: Where remedies fall short - UPI via www.earthtimes.org

NVIC E-news - "Outbreaks of mumps in the Midwest -- where more than 1,000 cases were reported by April 2006 among largely vaccinated teens and young adults -- fueled concerns about the long-term effectiveness of the immunization that was supposed to forestall such a scenario. "The only people who don't have to worry about the mumps in the Midwest outbreak, which is occurring primarily among college students who have two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine, are older Americans who recovered from mumps as children," Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the country's largest and oldest vaccine safety and consumer watchdog organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, wrote in her newsletter. "Vaccines provide temporary, qualitatively inferior immunity compared to the qualitatively superior immunity achieved by recovering from the disease, which in most cases is permanent for once routine childhood diseases such as mumps.

".... the addition of a vaccine against pneumococcal disease -- including sepsis, or blood poisoning, meningitis, pneumonia and otitis media, or inflammation of the middle ear -- to the childhood immunization schedule, with four doses recommended in the first 18 months of life, has put a dent in the rate of sickness and of cases that fail to respond to treatment. At the same time, however, researchers have observed a dramatic shift in the microbial varieties that most often cause recurrent ear infections, the most common bacterial illness in young U.S. children. Since the Prevnar shot, formally known as conjugated heptavalent pneumococcal vaccine, or PCV7, was licensed in 2000, the bacteria it targets, Streptococcus pneumoniae, have taken a backseat to another type, Haemophilus influenzae. This flu bug now has become the predominant culprit in persistent ear infections as well, researchers reported in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Prior to the routine use of the vaccine and high-dose antibiotics, S. pneumoniae was implicated in nearly half of the cases, but now it is H. influenzae that brings on the malady 57 percent of the time, scientists said. " - Lydia Wasowitz, Earthtimes

NVIC - Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary: Time and again, when man attempts to alter the natural order, the change which occurs is damaging to the environment and the biological integrity of humans over the long term. Mandatory, mass vaccination policies have done far more than suppress or "eradicate" infectious diseases. Like the indiscriminate widespread use of multiple antibiotics, which has led to more virulent, antibiotic resistant bacteria, the indiscriminate widespread use of vaccines is placing pressure on viruses and bacteria to evolve and evade vaccines.

CDC officials direct pediatricians to give all infants 4 doses of pneumococcal vaccine in the first two years of life. Wyeth is the sole source of that vaccine (Prevnar) and heavily promoted it as an ear infection vaccine prior to its licensure in 2000, even though clinical studies demonstrated only a 6 percent efficacy for preventing ear infections. The vaccine contains seven of the most antibiotic resistant pneumococcal strains (there are more than 80 strains of the organism) and now, predictably, other strains of bacteria are replacing those contained in Prevnar vaccine and causing disease.

Some are also predicting this "replacement" effect will occur with the newly licensed HPV vaccine (Merck's GARDASIL), which the CDC has recommended be used by all 11 year old girls. GARDASIL contains two of the 15 strains of human papillamovirus that are associated with cervical cancer. However, FDA officials warned prior to the vaccine's licensure and CDC officials published an article in JAMA after licensure that widepsread use of GARDASIL could cause the two high risk HPV strains in the vaccine to be eventually replaced by other high risk strains.

When government officials and drug company lobbyists persuade politicians to pass laws mandating use of new vaccines, they often do not stop to consider the potential negative effects. The "cure" may be worse than the disease when public health officials and vaccine makers urge the public to use more and more vaccines and politicians are quick to legislate vaccine use without all of the scientific information required to make an intelligent decision on behalf of the people.

The study of wellness and finding more natural ways to help the body enhance immune function to both resist and recover from infectious disease so good health can be maintained over the long term might be a better way to go in the future, rather than placing narrow-minded emphasis on suppression and "eradication" of infectious disease with the mass use of multiple vaccines. If there is one thing that Mother Nature has demonstrated over the last century, it is that she is not amused when doctors and drug companies think they know how to do it better.

* ►July 23, 2007 - 1 in 4 NYC adults has elevated blood mercury levels - A quarter of adult New Yorkers have elevated blood mercury levels, according to survey results released today by the Health Department, and the elevations are closely tied to fish consumption. Asian and higher-income New Yorkers eat more fish, and have higher average mercury levels, than others both locally and nationally. These mercury levels pose little if any health risk for most adults, but may increase the risk of cognitive delays for children whose mothers had very high mercury levels during pregnancy. - New York City Health Department via Physorg

* ►July 23, 2007 - CDC Researches West Nile Vaccine In Fort Collins - Good Question: Why Isn't There A Vaccine For The West Nile Virus? - CBS4 Fort Collins, Colorado - "CDC research microbiologist Dr. Jeff Chang is working on a DNA vaccine for West Nile in Fort Collins. Chang says the cheaper DNA vaccine is looking promising."

* ►July 23, 2007 - Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Might Extend Survival - In early trial, doses of the shot delayed recurrence - HealthDay News via Dental Plans

* ►July 23, 2007 - A running success - News Herald - "She tested positive for Hepatitis B because she received too many inoculations when she was younger. She tested positive for parvovirus and Lyme disease because she had them as a child."

* ►July 23, 2007 - Interview-Flu threat offers new business for Tamiflu maker - Reuters AlertNet

* ►July 23, 2007 - Novartis Whisteblower: The Departing E-mail - Pharmalot - "In his lawsuit, Olagunju claims his recently hired supervisor, Kannan Natarajan, threatened him with termination if he didn’t ‘keep quiet’ and ’stop complaining,’ and that he later received a December 2006 performance evaluation that contradicted an earlier, mid-year assessments as well as one from the previous year by a different supervisor."

* ►July 23, 2007 - Child depression drug use soars - The number of prescriptions handed out to children under 16 for depression and mental health disorders has quadrupled in a decade, official figures indicate. - BBC

►July 23, 2007 - New Registration Provisions Will Strengthen Chinese Oversight Of Pharma Industry - PharmAsia News

►July 23, 2007 - First HIV pill in a decade offers survival hope for millions - The London Times

►July 23, 2007 - Korean mummy may provide key to fighting hepatitis B - The Jerusalem Post

►July 23, 2007 - How Drugmakers Are Faring This Quarter - AP via Forbes

►July 23, 2007 - Health Canada to crack down on fake pills - Counterfeit drugs have emerged globally as a major problem in the last five years. - National Post via www.canada.com

►July 23, 2007 - Very Low Cholesterol May Bump Up Cancer Risk - Journal of the American College of Cardiology via HealthDay News via Yahoo!

►July 23, 2007 - New move towards Alzheimer's cure - A group of Fife scientists believe they have moved a step closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. - BBC

►July 23, 2007 - TYSABRI(R) Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis - Biogen and Elan Corporation via The Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network

►July 23, 2007 - Born to Be Smarter - journal article (Journal Watch Psychiatry)

►July 23, 2007 - Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Might Extend Survival - HealthDay via Forbes

►July 23, 2007 - Cervical cancer vaccine heads north - www.abc.net.au

►July 23, 2007 - Fast forward for slow learners - The Age, Australia

* ►July 23, 2007 - Low-Key Recall of AIDS Drug Hits World’s Poor (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The scope of Roche’s recall is extraordinary, if not unprecedented, in the battle against the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, global health officials say. Dr. Lembit Rago, an official at the World Health Organization, said tens of thousands of people take Viracept worldwide, many of them poor people with H.I.V. in developing countries. The recall has left those patients with the painful choice of discontinuing a lifesaving medicine, or using a drug that might contain a dangerous contaminant."

►July 23, 2007 - World 'losing fight against Aids' - US President George W Bush's top adviser on HIV/Aids has said the world is losing the battle against the virus. - BBC

►July 23, 2007 - Nigeria Adds Fraud Charge Against Pfizer in Civil Lawsuit - AP via Wall Street Journal

* ►July 23, 2007 - Merck Earnings Highlights - Pharmalot - "Worldwide sales were $6.1 billion for the quarter, up 6 percent, thanks to vaccines, particularly Gardasil, which generated $358 million in revenue."

* ►July 23, 2007 - Baxter says trial on new flu shot promising - Chicago Tribune - "The Deerfield-based medical product giant is trying to develop a flu vaccine produced with cell tissues, which is a method that would allow manufacturers to quickly brew vaccine by the vat and likely eliminate shortages like the one that rattle U.S. consumers and health-care providers from time to time."

* ►July 23, 2007 - Nventa Announces Publication of Final Results of a Phase 2 Study of HspE7 in Cervical Dysplasia - Nventa Biopharmaceuticals via PRNewswire via Earth Times - "HspE7 is a novel therapeutic vaccine candidate for the treatment of diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. HspE7 is derived from Nventa's proprietary CoVal(TM) fusion platform, which uses recombinant DNA technology to covalently fuse stress proteins to target antigens, thereby stimulating cellular immune system responses. Heat shock proteins (Hsps), also known as stress proteins, are naturally present in the human body and play important roles in the immune system, including transporting substances within cells and activating cells of the immune system. Nventa is pursuing clinical development of new HspE7 (HspE7 dosed with an adjuvant)."

* ►July 23, 2007 - VaxInnate Awarded NIH Funding for Collaborative Dengue Fever Vaccine Development - Award based on TLR technology platform’s application in developing vaccines for Flavivirus and other infectious diseases - VaxInnate via Business Wire

* ►July 23, 2007 - Wyeth’s Bob Ruffalo Sounds Off - Pharmalot - “You’ll hear me complain a great deal about regulators. They are in a terrible situation right now. They are in a no-win situation. Guess who pays the price. We do. And patients do,” he says, adding that the FDA is rejecting drugs by looking too zealously at safety, and not balancing benefits with risks. “They are more conservative now than in the past. Regulators deny they’re more conservative than in the past. But it’s getting worse after Avandia. I’m losing sleep on this.”

►July 23, 2007 - Managing autoimmune diseases (requires registration or subscription) - Contra Costa Times

►July 23, 2007 - Drugmakers Taken Off SEC Terrorism List - Pharmalot

►July 23, 2007 - Don Imus Is Coming Back - NewsMax

►July 23, 2007 - Roche Skewered Over AIDS Drug Recall - Pharmalot

►July 23, 2007 - Childhood sun exposure may lower risk of MS - American Academy of Neurology via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 23, 2007 - Study finds association between low cholesterol levels and cancer -
Benefits of statin therapy outweigh potential small risk - American College of Cardiology via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 23, 2007 - Study confirms that NSAIDs treatment can reduce colorectal cancer risk - Safer drugs needed before regular preventive therapy can be recommended - Massachusetts General Hospital via www.eurekalert.org

* ►July 23, 2007 - Pharma Branded Sites Score Low For Consumer Awareness - MediaPost Publications - "Consumers want to go online to get information and they're doing it now more than ever," Doyle says. "If you're a brand manager at a pharmaceutical company, you better do a pretty darn good job reaching out to consumers to pull them into your particular branded drug Web site or company Web site."

* ►July 22, 2007 - Gardasil follow-up report: Medical alert - Renew America - "I went back to www.medalerts.org site and clicked on the link to the "National Vaccine Information Center." This site provides the public with the resource to research different vaccines. This time I found 2207 reports of adverse reactions to Gardasil. This is an increase of 2125 new reports in 5 ½ months since my last article on February 6th, 2007, where I reported only 82 reports. Oh, my dear God!"

* ►July 22, 2007 - Drug Safety Critic Hurls Darts From the Inside (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►July 22, 2007 - Making sense of the senses - "Sensory processing disorder" should be a recognized diagnosis, says a therapist who works with kids - Denver Post

►July 22, 2007 - Researchers Find Way To Starve TB - Sleuthing through soil has led University of British Columbia researchers to a key discovery about the world’s most lethal infection -- tuberculosis (TB). - ScienceDaily

►July 22, 2007 - Rx for disaster - Unused medications are ending up in all the wrong places; a task force plan would help keep them out of local streams - The Mail Tribune

►July 22, 2007 - Immunisation for the elderly - www.thestar.com.my

►July 22, 2007 - Xenotransplantation from pigs getting closer - Experiments using pigs genetically engineered for compatibility with the human immune system have raised hopes that cross-species transplantation could soon become an option for patients with diabetes and other currently incurable diseases. - Transplantation via News-Medical Net

►July 22, 2007 - Biodesign Institute Leads Innovative Project To Prevent Cancer - Arizona State University via ScienceDaily

* ►July 22, 2007 - Children 'Used As Guinea Pigs For Vaccines' - Children are being used as guinea pigs in a risky and potentially deadly vaccine experiment, a new book claims. - Daily Express, UK - "Author Dr Richard Halvorsen said: 'The truth is the Government continually misleads us over vaccines. There are unfounded claims about their safety and effectiveness and I believe jabs may be doing potentially serious harm to hundreds if not thousands of children every year.' His controversial book, The Truth About Vaccines, to be published later this month, will embarrass the Government, which has promoted childhood jabs and consistently played down possible risks."

* ►July 22, 2007 - Drug-maker freebies an ethics issue - To some in the medical profession, there's no such thing as a free lunch . . . or a pen . . . or a clock. - Indianapolis Star

* ►July 22, 2007 - Family with autistic child goes to 'vaccine court' - AM NewYork - "As a baby, Daniel waved and played peek-a-boo. Developing normally, his mother said, he began to speak. Then his health declined, she said, after routine vaccinations when he was 18 months old. Daniel ran a high fever and became lethargic. He stopped responding to his name. When a specialist diagnosed autism a month later, Jones-Safian pointed to what she said was the most likely culprit -- a cocktail of vaccines that included the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination, as well as three injections called IPV, DPT and Prevnar, which protect against diseases including polio."

►July 22, 2007 - Family with autistic child goes to 'vaccine court' - Newsday

* ►July 22, 2007 - Drug Safety Critic Hurls Darts From the Inside (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "By digging deeply into companies’ own clinical trial data — information that used to be available only to federal drug regulators who did not always mine it as aggressively — Dr. Nissen is among a new cadre of activist scientists demanding greater vigilance on drug safety."

* ►July 22, 2007 - Are you and your children guinea pigs? - Omega-News

* ►July 22, 2007 - Amendment Keeps Taxpayers from Funding Mandatory HPV Vaccines - Free Republic

►July 22, 2007 - Merck & Co's Gardasil to be monitored by French drugs agency AFSSAPS - AFX International Focus via CNNMoney

* ►July 22, 2007 - Fluoride, autism and a potential gut connection? - American Chronicle

►July 22, 2007 - Making sense of the senses - "Sensory processing disorder" should be a recognized diagnosis, says a therapist who works with kids - Denver Post

* ►July 22, 2007 - Key to cinnamon anti-viral extract found in the Bible, says Israeli researcher  - Israel 21c - "Taking his hunch to the laboratory bench, Ovadia's initial experiments proved to be true - his savory cinnamon extract was able to quickly and effectively immunize chicken embryos from the Newcastle disease virus - one which costs the poultry industry in the US millions of dollars a year. Further studies on Avian Flu H9, Sendai virus, the HIV virus, and Herpes Simplex 1 also achieved positive results. Not only was the extract able to neutralize the viruses, it also showed for selected viruses that it has the potential to immunize against them as well."

►July 22, 2007 - Roche H1 net profit beats forecasts, up 29 pct - Reuters, UK

►July 22, 2007 - Egyptian woman tests positive for bird flu -WHO - Reuters South Africa

►July 22, 2007 - Polio Pandemic . . . Is Nigeria Winning the Fight? - ThisDay

* ►July 22, 2007 - Somali Religious Leaders Join The Fight Against Polio - Medical News Today

►July 22, 2007 - One more polio case reported in Ghaziabad - The Hindu

►July 22, 2007 - Novartis CEO Vasella may propose vaccines head Reinhard as successor - Thomson Financial via Euro2day

►July 22, 2007 - Are your children immunized? Shots urged by school's start - Bend Bulletin

►July 22, 2007 - County stages disaster drill in Temecula - North County Times

►July 22, 2007 - Battling the 'dirty' disease: AIDS - 25 years ago, scientists put a name on this killer - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

* ►July 22, 2007 - Duke scientists' find to help in HIV vaccine - Genetic study provides promising data - McClatchy Newspapers via The Sun News via www.myrtlebeachonline.com

* ►July 22, 2007 - Recall of HIV/AIDS drug has many in poor nations in distress - International Herald Tribune - "Last month, Roche Pharmaceuticals announced a global recall of its HIV/AIDS drug Viracept, after discovering that some batches had been contaminated with a carcinogen during a flawed manufacturing process at its Swiss plant."

* ►July 22, 2007 - HIV drugs distribution "shameful failure" - Leading HIV experts say it is a "shameful failure" that lives are still being lost to AIDS despite major scientific breakthroughs in the field of HIV treatment. - www.news.com.au

►July 22, 2007 - HIV-Drugs Tested on Virus-Free People for Prevention - Bloomberg

* ►July 22, 2007 - Spurious HIV testing kits used in India - Revelation by US-based doctor - The Tribune, India

►July 22, 2007 - HIV Vaccine Ready For Clinical Trials - Slashdot

►July 22, 2007 - Double Vaccine Against Human Immunodeficient Virus - Medical News Today

►July 22, 2007 - Solutions in sight to blood-type quandary - Labs are finding ways to make different types more compatible (requires registration or subscription) - Toronto Star - "Dr. Mark Scott, a pathologist at the University of British Columbia and senior scientist with Canadian Blood Services, is working with a substance called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, which attaches to red blood cells and camouflages the Rh-antigen in the same way a bush might shade the grass on your lawn. The PEG prevents antibodies from getting close to the cell, thus preventing an adverse reaction."

* ►July 22, 2007 - Doctor's studies links dairy to cancer risk - The Sun News via www.myrtlebeachonline.com - "From 1928 to 1948, milk was exposed to ultraviolet light to form vitamin D, Bibb said. During that time, no active hormones were present in milk. Then the industry started adding vitamin D powder, a cost-saving alternative, but soon after, breast and prostate cancer rates began a steep rise."

* ►July 22, 2007 - Family with autistic child goes to 'vaccine court' - Newsday - "As a baby, Daniel waved and played peek-a-boo. Developing normally, his mother said, he began to speak. Then his health declined, she said, after routine vaccinations when he was 18 months old. Daniel ran a high fever and became lethargic. He stopped responding to his name."

►July 21, 2007 - India's Biotechnology Industry Blooming - RNCOS E-Services Pvt Ltd. via PharmiWeb

►July 21, 2007 - Woman gives birth to her grandchildren - UPI via ScienceDaily - "The Chomskys said the family came forward about the births to promote a new vaccine, Gardasil, that prevents the virus causing cervical cancer."

* ►July 21, 2007 - Dr. Peter Breggin: Pregnant Mothers Should Not Take SSRI Antidepressants - The Huffington Post - "Louik made many statements to the press reassuring people, in effect, not to worry. She made no mention of other birth defects and neonatal problems associated with SSRI antidepressants. Her study had funding from two pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Paxil (Seward, 2007), one of the most implicated antidepressants in regard to birth defects. The company's money was well spent. Thanks in part to Louik's highly publicized comments, headlines throughout the country played down the risk."

* ►July 21, 2007 - Federal Judge Fines Drug Company $634M - President, General Counsel, and Chief Medical Officer Convicted and Must Pay $34M - http://cherryhill.injuryboard.com - "In a shocking scare to the entire pharmaceutical industry, a Federal Judge in Virginia fined a drug manufacturer and its officers and General Counsel 634 millon dollars for misleading the public about the addictive dangers of its drug. United States District Judge James Jones handed down the sentence yesterday."

* ►July 21, 2007 - OxyContin officials spared jail - Lawyers and Settlements - "Concluding what has been a long road for everyone involved, three high-level executives with Purdue Pharma were sentenced Friday to three years probation and 400 hours each of community service to be performed in drug treatment programs. Michael Friedman, Purdue Pharma president until quite recently; Howard R. Udell, the company's top lawyer; and Dr. Paul D. Goldenheim, Perdue's former medical director, all pled guilty to charges of misbranding in May and were fined a total of $34.5 million between them. The company was fined $600 million, and put on probation for five years."

►July 21, 2007 - Immunization Clinic help parents meet new requirements - www.walb.com - "It was a day of fear for many Dougherty school children. Nurses held tense little arms giving vaccines all afternoon to meet the new Georgia immunization requirements."

►July 21, 2007 - Cuba Alert Against Bird Flu - Periódico 26

►July 21, 2007 - Missouri: Legislators urged to expand state's autism resources - AP via Joplin Globe

►July 21, 2007 - West Nile virus upturn traced to dry climate 18 new human cases reported this week, mostly in Bakersfield - San Francisco Chronicle

►July 21, 2007 - Grant to provide prenatal environmental health counseling - The Transcript

►July 21, 2007 - Shortage of doctors affects rural U.S. - AP via Yahoo!

►July 21, 2007 - GW Pharma forced to hold back on cannabis treatment - Independent, UK

* ►July 20, 2007 - MedImmune wins $23.9M DoD contract - Washington Business Journal - "The Department of Defense has awarded MedImmune Inc.'s Kentucky facility a $23.9 million contract to provide flu vaccines."

* ►July 20, 2007 - Ritalin may change brain chemistry in young children: study - CBC News

►July 20, 2007 - Globalization Virtually Guarantees That an Avian Flu Pandemic Would Have Devastating Consequences on Economic Output, According to Latest Milken Institute Review - Earth Times

►July 20, 2007 - Cooperative Manufacturing Arrangements for Licensed Biologics - FDA/CBER

►July 20, 2007 - BioCryst Is for the Birds - The Motley Fool

►July 20, 2007 - Manic mood swings can destroy grey matter - Bipolar episodes decrease brain size, and possibly intelligence. - news (Nature)

* ►July 20, 2007 - Mystery of toddler illnesses deepens - transcript - PM via www.abc.net.au - "PAUL VAN BUYNDER: We've reassessed the pathology specimens that we have available to us at the moment and it now appears likely that the fourth child also had a viral infection an adenovirus which is different to the influenza virus, that may have been involved in the rapid course of the illness."

►July 20, 2007 - Angola: Huambo - Strategies for Polio Campaign Outlined - Angola Press Agency (Luanda) via http://allafrica.com

►July 20, 2007 - EU dangles better ties with Libya over HIV medics - Reuters South Africa

* ►July 20, 2007 - Nigeria files new lawsuit against Pfizer - AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►July 20, 2007 - Prescription Tampering - Pharm Aid Blog

►July 20, 2007 - FDA Mulls New Use for Lilly Drug - The Street - "The Food and Drug Administration has raised several questions about Eli Lilly's request to have the osteoporosis drug Evista approved to reduce the risk of certain types of breast cancer."

►July 19, 2007 - Bill with $1.2 million for health care, education in El Paso passes U.S. House - U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3043 allowing $1.2 million specifically for the El Paso region in addition to funding for Pell Grants and the CDBG program. - wwwc.house.gov/reyes

►July 19, 2007 - Boy dies after suffering from flu-like symptoms - The Health Department says preliminary tests on a two-year-old boy who died in Perth yesterday after suffering flu-like symptoms show he did not have the same flu virus that killed three children earlier this month. - www.abc.net.au

►July 19, 2007 - Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; FDA Survey of Physicians' Perceptions of the Impact of Early Risk Communication About Medical Products - Food and Drug Administration, HHS via www.pharmcast.com

►July 19, 2007 - UC Santa Barbara Scientists Clarify Molecular Basis Of Interferon Action - University of California - Santa Barbara via Biocompare

* ►July 19, 2007 - Do Medical Journals Provide Clear and Consistent Guidelines on Authorship? (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine - "Journals do not provide consistent guidance about authorship and many editors are therefore missing an important opportunity to educate potential contributors and to improve the accuracy, fairness, and transparency of author listing."

* ►July 19, 2007 - For drug reps, doctor is out - Times Union - "Five men, all in white button-down shirts and ties -- maybe five or 10 years out of college -- were at the table, along with a woman in a pink top. They were drug reps, too. Pappas paused to listen. Technical terms like moderate in cognition and high-level function drifted over the tabletops. They were strategizing about how best to get to a busy doctor, he explained. "The doctor is head of the emergency room," Pappas said. "If they can get to him, they can get to other doctors, and his prescription habits could rub off on other doctors."

►July 19, 2007 - Int'l Red Cross to Continue N.K. Aid on Containing Measles - Yonhap News via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

►July 19, 2007 - MIT IDs link between brain tumor proteins - Work could guide drugs for especially agressive cancer - Massachusetts Institute of Technology via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 19, 2007 - Protein protects anti-cancer gene from chemical shutdown - IKKa stops epigenetic silencing of cell cycle checkpoint gene - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 19, 2007 - Genomic analysis uncovers new targets for HIV vaccine - Duke University Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 19, 2007 - Molecular detectors may refine cancer treatment - UF chemists develop aptamers to detect subtle leukemia differences - University of Florida via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 18, 2007 - Four Communities to Pilot New Federal Environmental Health Partnership - CDC
 
►July 18, 2007 - Children and young people show elevated leukaemia rates near nuclear facilities - Review covers 136 countries in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Spain - Blackwell Publishing Ltd. via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 18, 2007 - Enzyme eliminated by cancer cells holds promise for cancer treatment - Medical College of Georgia via www.eurekalert.org
 
►July 18, 2007 - PET scan shows during treatment if radiation is shrinking lung tumor, U-M study shows - Finding suggests treatment could be changed early if tumor not responding - University of Michigan Health System via www.eurekalert.org

►July 18, 2007 - U.S. to Form Import Safety Panel (requires registration) - Reuters via Medscape

►July 18, 2007 - Electronic Medical Record System Quickly Returns Investment at Academic Center (requires registration) - Journal of the American College of Surgeons via Reuters Health via Medscape

* ►July 18, 2007 - Meningococcal, influenza virus, and hepatitis B virus vaccination coverage level among health care workers in Hajj (pdf) - journal article (BMC Infectious Diseases)

►July 18, 2007 - Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response - www.ama-assn.org

►July 18, 2007 - Cancer-proof mice live longer - An extra copy of a tumour-killing gene helps mice to stay young. - journal article (Nature)

* ►July 18, 2007 - Profit Knows No Borders, Selling Gardasil to the Rest of the World: Part Four of the Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer - The three previous articles in this series have examined the Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer [1] in the United States. This fourth and final installment will look at how Merck [2]'s so-called "cervical cancer vaccine," Gardasil [3], is being marketed in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. - The Center for Media and Democracy via  www.truthout.org

►July 18, 2007 - Measles Vaccinations Need to be Repeated to Protect HIV-Infected Children - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health via Biocompare

►July 17, 2007 - Purdue-IU researchers explore new method for early disease diagnosis - Purdue University

►July 17, 2007 - UCLA Researchers Show That Culture Influences Brain Cells - University of California - Los Angeles via Biocompare

►July 17, 2007 - Doctor at centre of MMR controversy accused of paying children at party for blood samples - GMC considers 40 charges linked to vaccine research - Three deny serious professional misconduct - The Guardian, UK

►July 17, 2007 - Abnormal WBC Does not Predict Concurrent Serious Bacterial Infection in Children Hospitalized With RSV (requires registration) - Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal via Medscape Pediatrics

* ►July 16, 2007 - Two Autism Studies Find Clues About the "Social Brain" and Early Diagnosis (requires registration) - Archives of General Psychiatry via Medscape Medical News

* ►July 16, 2007 - Merck Says Vaccines To Prevent Gastroenteritis, Cervical Cancer Accepted In Children's Immunization Projects - Update [MRK] - RTTNews

* ►July 16, 2007 - Catching Poliovirus in the Act - Howard Hughes Medical Institute via Biocompare

* ►July 16, 2007 - Clues to Future Evolution of HIV Come from African Green Monkeys - University of Arizona via Biocompare

* ►July 15, 2007 - Development of Vaccines for High-Risk Ductal Carcinoma In situ of the Breast - journal article (Cancer Research)

►July 12, 2007 - Upper Respiratory Disease Market Positioned to Reach $14.4 Billion - Market Drivers, Evolving Drug Classes Analyzed by Applied Data Research - Click Press

►July 12, 2007 - Report Details Gains, Reversals for U.S. Children - While teen birth rate hits record low, obesity is a growing worry - HealthDay News via ScoutNews

* ►July 12, 2007 - HIV blood disaster papers 'were pulped' - The Telegraph, UK - "Key government documents relating to the handling of a blood "disaster", which resulted in thousands of patients being exposed to HIV and hepatitis C, were destroyed to prevent the victims taking legal action, Lord Owen said yesterday."

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Humanised antibodies (patent) - Celltech R&D Limited (Slough, Berkshire, GB) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Human monoclonal antibody against hepatitis C virus E2 glycoprotein (patent) - DRK-Blutspendedienst Baden-Wurttemberg (Ulm, DE) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Compositions for alleviating inflammation and oxidative stress in a mammal (patent) - Lifeline Nutraceuticals Corporation (Englewood, CO) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Method for treating inflammatory bowel diseases (patent) - Meiji Dairies Corporation (Tokyo, JP), The Food Science Institute Foundation (Odawara-shi, JP) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Formulations for topical delivery of bioactive substances and methods for their use (patent) - Australian Importers Ltd. (Henderson, NV) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 10, 2007 - Title: Method and composition for treating periodontal disease (patent) - Regena Therapeutics, LC (Ames, IA) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 6, 2007 - From a Parkinson's disease expert: Rasagiline and the Future of Therapy (full text) - journal article (Molecular Neurodegeneration)

►July 4, 2007 - Methylphenidate Administration to Juvenile Rats Alters Brain Areas Involved in Cognition, Motivated Behaviors, Appetite, and Stress - journal article (The Journal of Neuroscience) - "Thousands of children receive methylphenidate (MPH; Ritalin) for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), yet the long-term neurochemical consequences of MPH treatment are unknown."

►July 3, 2007 - Title: Compounds and methods for immunotherapy and diagnosis of tuberculosis - Corixa Corporation (Seattle, WA) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 3, 2007 - Title: Methods for delivering DNA to muscle cells using recombinant adeno-associated virus vectors - Genzyme Corporation (Cambridge, MA) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 3, 2007 - Title: Black tea extract for prevention of disease - Rutgers, The State University (New Brunswick, NJ) via www.pharmcast.com

►July 1, 2007 - Association between IgE levels and asthma severity among African American, Mexican, and Puerto Rican patients with asthma - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

►July 1, 2007 - Pharmacologic management of chronic hepatitis B - journal article (Formulary Journal)

►July 1, 2007 - Neupro: Rotigotine transdermal system recently approved by FDA as new molecular entity - Nonergoline dopamine agonist approved for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of early-stage idiopathic Parkinson disease  - journal article (Formulary Journal)

* ►July 2007 - Effects of environmental air pollution on endogenous oxidative DNA damage in humans. - journal article (Mutation Research)

* ►July 2007 - A Very Late Viral Protein Triggers the Lytic Release of SV40 (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

* ►July 2007 - Changes in Neuroendocrine and Metabolic Hormones Induced by Atypical Antipsychotics in Normal-Weight Patients with Schizophrenia - journal article (Neuroendocrinology)

►July 2007 - A Challenge to the Ancient Origin of SIVagm Based on African Green Monkey Mitochondrial Genomes (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - A polymorphism in human TLR2 is associated with increased susceptibility to tuberculous meningitis - journal article (Genes & Immunity)

►July 2007 - Plasmodium Strain Determines Dendritic Cell Function Essential for Survival from Malaria (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - Microfluidic Modeling of Cell−Cell Interactions in Malaria Pathogenesis (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - Susceptibility to severe streptococcal sepsis: use of a large set of isogenic mouse lines to study genetic and environmental factors - journal article (Genes & Immunity)

►July 2007 - Oral Transmissibility of Prion Disease Is Enhanced by Binding to Soil Particles (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - Mycobacterium tuberculosis nuoG Is a Virulence Gene That Inhibits Apoptosis of Infected Host Cells (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - Cell-Specific IRF-3 Responses Protect against West Nile Virus Infection by Interferon-Dependent and -Independent Mechanisms (full text) - journal article (PLoS Pathogens)

►July 2007 - Association of PTGDR gene polymorphisms with asthma in two Caucasian populations - journal article (Genes & Immunity)

►July 2007 - The role of the Toll receptor pathway in susceptibility to inflammatory bowel diseases - journal article (Genes & Immunity)

►July 2007 - Glucocorticoid Resistance following Herpes Simplex-1 Infection: Role of Hippocampal Glucocorticoid Receptors - journal article (Neuroendocrinology)

►July 2007 - Increasing Prevalence and Severity of Clostridium difficile Colitis in Hospitalized Patients in the United States - journal article (Archives of Surgery)

►July 2007 - Dose adjustment practices among allergists for local reactions to immunotherapy - journal article (Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

►July 2007 - Impact of influenza vaccination disparities on elderly mortality in the United States - journal article (Preventive Medicine)

►July 2007 - A clinical prognostic scoring system for Guillain-Barré syndrome - journal article (The Lancet)

►July 2007 - Influenza pays its toll - The Scientist

►July 2007 - Delayed drug hypersensitivity reactions - new concepts - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Allergy) - "In some patients with drug hypersensitivity, such a response occurs within hours even upon the first exposure to the drug. The T cell reaction to the drug might thus not be due to a classical, primary response, but is due to peptide-specific T cells which happen to be stimulated by a drug."

►July 2007 - Thanks, Andrew Speaker - One man with TB shows the world why the quarantine system often doesn't work. - The Scientist

►July 2007 - Recorded infections and antibiotics in early life: associations with allergy in UK children and their parents - journal article (Thorax)

►July 2007 - Consumer attitudes and risks associated with packaged foods having advisory labeling regarding the presence of peanuts - journal article (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

* ►July 2007 - Secondary Hypertension due to Drugs and Toxins. - journal article (Southern Medical Journal)

►July 2007 - Autoimmune disease in families with multiple sclerosis: a population-based study - journal article (The Lancet)

►July 2007 - Evaluation of PCDD/F and dioxin-like PCB serum concentration data from the 2001–2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of the United States population - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

►July 2007 - Pediatric-Onset Gelastic Seizures: Clinical Data and Outcome - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►July 2007 - Candidate Locus for Chorea and Tic Disorders at 15q? - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►July 2007 - Pesticides and their Metabolites in the Homes and Urine of Farmworker Children Living in the Salinas Valley, CA - journal article (Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology)

* ►July 2007 - New combination could lead to malaria vaccine progress (requires registration) - Malaria immune responses substantially increased in rhesus macaque in prime–boost trial. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

* ►July 2007 - West Nile virus infection can have serious, long-term effects (requires registration) - Neuroinvasive disease can cause poliomyelitis, cognitive disorders and lingering clinical syndromes. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

* ►July 2007 - Health care workers should take note of pandemic influenza planning (requires registration) - Unanswered questions of transmission, personal protection and hospital policy abound in pandemic influenza predictions. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - New Bartonella species, B. rochalimae, recognized (requires registration) - Woman returns from Peru visit with previously unnamed Bartonella bacterium. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - XDR–TB, MDR–TB emerge as global threats (requires registration) - Clinicians, researchers, health organizations and industry tout urgent need for infection control, awareness and laboratory growth. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - Acute hepatitis disease rates reach lowest point in U.S. (requires registration) - Children are experiencing a great reduction in the rate of acute hepatitis A and B. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - Late HIV diagnoses a problem across the health care system (requires registration) - Better testing practices could increase awareness and reduce the risk for transmission. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - Health officials should be watchful of zoonotic diseases (requires registration) - Experts advise proactive public health monitoring for zoonotic diseases. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - Climate changes could increase the risk of infectious diseases (requires registration) - Disease models examined; experts urge continued surveillance. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - The APIC MRSA prevalence survey: Why? (requires registration) - The study provided no insights into the spread of MRSA and identified no new interventions to fight MRSA. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

►July 2007 - Pharmacotherapy of C. difficile-associated disease (requires registration) - Metronidazole and vancomycin are recommended for initial treatment of the disease. - www.infectiousdiseasenews.com

* ►July 2007 - Visible light pulses knock out viruses in blood - NewScientist - "The researchers applied pulses of purple-coloured light lasting just 100 femtoseconds (10-15 seconds) to viruses called M13 bacteriophages. It takes just a single pulse to destroy the viruses completely, say the researchers."

►July 2007 - Genetic Determinants of Human Health Span and Life Span: Progress and New Opportunities (full text) - journal article (PLoS Genetics)

►July 2007 - DNA Damage, Homology-Directed Repair, and DNA Methylation (full text) - journal article (PLoS Genetics)

June 29, 2007 - Autoantibodies against Glutamate Receptor 2-Subunit Detected in a Subgroup of Patients with Reversible Autoimmune Limbic Encephalitis - journal article (European Neurology)

June 26, 2007 - Evaluating movement disorders in pediatric patients receiving risperidone: a comparison of spontaneous reports and research criteria for TD (full text) - journal article (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health)

* June 2007 - Medication errors in community pharmacy: an investigation into the types and potential causes - journal article (Pharmaceutical Press)

June 2007 - Emergency Department Evaluation and Treatment for Children With Arthropod Envenomations: Immunologic and Toxicologic Considerations - journal article (Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

June 2007 - Lyme neuroborreliosis: infection, immunity, and inflammation - journal article (The Lancet)

Volume 69 Issue 3, 2007 - Kawasaki disease may be a hyperimmune reaction of genetically susceptible children to variants of normal environmental flora - journal article (Medical Hypotheses)

* Volume 69 Issue 3, 2007 - Fertility and childhood bipolar disorder - journal article (Medical Hypotheses) - "The observation that the diagnosis of bipolar illness is increasingly being made in the young is fascinating and potentially quite instructive. Several potential reasons have been put forward, which may all play a role. These include increased awareness, a cohort effect, changes in the diagnostic criteria, increased use of stimulants and antidepressants unmasking the illness, and others."

* April 2007 - Considerations for HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials in Adolescents (pdf) - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

* Guinea Pigs R US - A Study of EMR (Electro Magnetic Radiation and its Effects) - website


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