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All the News Posted February 21, 2010

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►April 2010 - A Boy Unable to Move His Arm - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

* ►April 2010 - Fever of Unknown Origin: A Diagnostic Approach to This Vexing Problem - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

►April 2010 - Implementing Family-Centered Rounds: Pediatric Residents’ Perceptions - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

* ►April 2010 - Effects of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) at Age 8 Years: Preliminary Data - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

* ►April 2010 - Reliability of Parent-Measured Axillary Temperatures - journal article (Clinical Pediatrics)

* ►March 1, 2010 - A Novel HLA (HLA-A*0201) Transgenic Rabbit Model for Preclinical Evaluation of Human CD8+ T Cell Epitope-Based Vaccines against Ocular Herpes - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Structural Basis for Lipid-Antigen Recognition in Avian Immunity - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►March 1, 2010 - A Physiological Function of Inflammation-Associated SerpinB2 Is Regulation of Adaptive Immunity - journal article (The Journal of Immunology) - "Regulation of Th1 responses thus appears to be a physiological function of inflammation-associated SerpinB2; an observation that may shed light on human inflammatory diseases like pre-eclampsia, lupus, asthma, scleroderma, and periodontitis, which are associated with SerpinB2 polymorphisms or dysregulated SerpinB2 expression."

►March 1, 2010 - Distinct Protease Requirements for Antigen Presentation In Vitro and In Vivo - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Functionally Significant Differences in Expression of Disease-Associated IL-7 Receptor {alpha} Haplotypes in CD4 T Cells and Dendritic Cells - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Different Bacterial Pathogens, Different Strategies, Yet the Aim Is the Same: Evasion of Intestinal Dendritic Cell Recognition - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Cutting Edge: Priming of CD8 T Cell Immunity to Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Requires Cognate TLR3 Expression In Vivo - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Therapeutic Glucocorticoid-Induced TNF Receptor-Mediated Amplification of CD4+ T Cell Responses Enhances Antiparasitic Immunity - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Regulatory T Cells Attenuate Th17 Cell-Mediated Nigrostriatal Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►March 1, 2010 - Pollen-Induced Oxidative Stress Influences Both Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses via Altering Dendritic Cell Functions - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

* ►March 2010 - Evaluation of recombinant Brachyspira pilosicoli oligopeptide-binding proteins as vaccine candidates in a mouse model of intestinal spirochaetosis - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

* ►March 2010 - Maternal and neonatal sepsis caused by Haemophilus influenzae type d - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

* ►March 2010 - Association Between Prenatal Stress and Infantile Spasms: A Case-Control Study in China - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

►March 2010 - Selective resistance to different glucocorticoids in severe autoimmune disorders - journal article (Pediatric Neurology)

►March 2010 - The most severe forms of type I autoimmune hepatitis are associated with genetically determined levels of TGF-β1 - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

►March 2010 - A comparative analysis of molecular markers for the detection and identification of Borrelia spirochaetes in Ixodes ricinus - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

* ►February/March 2010 - Role of Perinatal Adversities on Tic Severity and Symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents With a Tic Disorder - journal article (Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)

* ►February 27, 2010 - Your Health Dog First of a Series for Dog Owners Saturday, Feb 27th 9am to 12:30pm - At Good Dog Raining Center 30 Kraft Ave., Albany, NY - - "Vaccines are powerful medical treatments, and their inappropriate use can have life changing or even fatal consequences! We'll cover the basics of "vaccinology" - the why, what, and how of dog vaccinations, so you can make the best decisions for your dog."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Drug company 'knew of diabetes pill risk' - The Age - "Australian authorities are closely monitoring a common diabetes drug after allegations its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, knew of heart attack risks years before evidence of a link became public. ... The Senate report, which followed a two-year inquiry, said GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible heart attack risks tied to Avandia - also known generically as rosiglitazone in Australia - years before such evidence became public."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Shot nerves - Effects of the anti-vaccine movement - The doctor who launched the modern anti-vaccine movement acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly," Britain's General Medical Council has ruled. - Athens Banner-Herald - "But are we recovering? Anti-vaccination groups have popped up like toadstools after rain (there are more than 180 on the Web), while older ones such as the National Vaccine Information Center were reinvigorated. For the most part, these groups have had only a marginal effect on national vaccination rates, but they have encouraged localized boycotts of immunization. In one Washington county, 27 percent of children had vaccination exemptions in 2006-07. The result has been a resurgence of diseases gone so long that some doctors don't even recognize them. And children die because of it."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Coercive and Mandatory Immunisation: How Ethical Is This Policy? By Judy Wilyman PhD Candidate Murdoch University via The One Click Group

* ►February 21, 2010 - CDC on Vaccines and Autism Describes "Concerns" Not "Case Closed" - Age of Autism - "From the CDC website on Autism. It seems vaccines have not been ruled out, as the media and others continue to tell us."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Where Is Our Help, Mr. President? By Crystal Engler - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2010 - NYT's Gardiner Harris Wears White and Black Hats - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2010 - Proposed HHS budget has $16M more funding for autism research - Left Brain/Right Brain

►February 21, 2010 - Music has the power to shape a child's mind - Learning an instrument enhances the brain's sensitivity to all sounds, including speech, say researchers - The Independent, UK

►February 21, 2010 - One mother's 'm-a-g-i-c' moment - Spelling bee appearance was a triumph for her 13-year-old autistic daughter - Edmonton Journal

* ►February 21, 2010 - Dutch Demand Independent Inquiry Into Swine Flu Vaccination Hoax - Radio Netherlands Worldwide via The One Click Group

* ►February 21, 2010 - NasVax signs flu vaccine deal with Novartis - The deal comes eight months after NasVax signed with GlaxosmithKline. - - "NasVax's VaxiSome adjuvant technology for improved flu vaccines, including swine flu. NasVax also awarded Novartis a non-exclusive license for the adjuvant technology."

►February 21, 2010 - When disease can't be cured - Grants will help Medford hospitals treat the pain and suffering of long-term illnesses - Mail Tribune

►February 21, 2010 - With chronic lyme disease, debate over diagnosis, treatment - The Virginian-Pilot - "Dr. Geoffrey Gubb practices medicine in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore. He is one of the outlier physicians who believes that Lyme disease can linger for years and that long-term courses of antibiotics are the best treatment for the condition. The 72-year-old doctor said he treated his first case in 2005, and he has had the disease himself. He says he has treated some 800 people with the disease - from Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Alaska, Kentucky and Tennessee - and has been investigated twice by the Virginia Board of Medicine for going outside recommended guidelines for antibiotic prescriptions and pain medication."

►February 21, 2010 - TB: Deadly but curable - The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

►February 21, 2010 - 'One-third of Jordanian newborns carry potentially deadly bacteria' - The Jordan Times

►February 21, 2010 - Autism expert to run training sessions in C.B. - The Canadian Press via The Chronicle Herald

►February 21, 2010 - Desire for old-fashioned, peaceful labor at home gaining appeal - Lansing State Journal

►February 21, 2010 - Sanford-Burnham scientists identify natural compound that inhibits cancer cell migration - Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute via Web Newswire

* ►February 21, 2010 - No 'good' science backs up vaccine - letter - The Journal News via

* ►February 21, 2010 - British Girl Dies After Cervarix Vaccine - GlaxoSmithKline Probed - Edmonton Journal via The One Click Group

* ►February 21, 2010 - If Senator McCain Were Running Homeland Security USA.... - The One Click Group

►February 21, 2010 - Case one: "High HIV transmission risk" went untracked for years - Denver Post

* ►February 21, 2010 - Why doctors’ pay keeps on rising - It was Nye Bevan, Labour’s post-war Health Secretary, who said that doctors only signed up to the NHS after he “stuffed their mouths with gold”. - The Herald, Scotland - "Although practices receive nearly £500m a year in global sum and QOF payments, GPs also charge extra for giving jabs to children. Between 2007 and 2009, GP practices received around £3.6m for providing children with pre-school boosters. In the same period, the taxpayer handed over nearly £15m for GPs to deliver diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, HiB, MMR and Meningitis C immunisations. Late last year, officials in all four UK administrations failed to reach a deal with GPs about providing under-fives with the swine-flu jab."

* ►February 21, 2010 - New anti-dengue vaccine tested on Cebu City kids - Manila Bulletin

* ►February 21, 2010 - Pharming the Valley: Vaccine hotbed could take root in FM - Space is waiting on the third flood of the business incubator at North Dakota State University to house what’s called the Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production. - InForum - "By some estimates, the rapidly growing vaccine sector has become a $22 billion to $24 billion industry, with predictions it could almost double in five years, [Charles] Peterson said. Even capturing a small part of that would be significant, he added. 'Somebody’s going to benefit from that. Why not North Dakota?'"

* ►February 21, 2010 - PSU vaccine factories set to return from the dead - Business Standard, India - "Facing shortages of life-saving vaccines, the government is all set to revive three units shut down two years ago for not adhering to quality standards. These units produced bulk of the vaccine for childhood diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis. These state-owned units are the 103-year-old Central Research Institute at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh, the 100-year-old Pasteur Institute of India at Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, and the 60-year-old BCG Vaccine Laboratory in Chennai."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Human Genetic Vulnerabilities May Underlie Infectious Diseases, Scientist Argues - Rockefeller University's Jean Laurent Casanova spoke on the connection between genetics and infectious diseases at the 2010 annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Friday, February 19, focusing on current findings and putting them in context in this small but emerging field. - Rockefeller University, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►February 21, 2010 - Virus-hit hospital wards in Cornwall undergo deep clean - Staff at three hospitals across Cornwall are carrying out a deep clean operation to try and eliminate a winter vomiting virus. - BBC

►February 21, 2010 - ‘Crazy Bruce’ nailed for anthrax attacks - The Sunday Times

►February 21, 2010 - Agency says military base water tainted - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

* ►February 21, 2010 - New RI rabies regulations close to approval - Providence Journal - " The board had been approached by pet owners alerted by the Rabies Challenge Fund, an organization created by a Maine woman whose golden retriever developed a cancerous tumor on the site of a rabies vaccine injection in 2004. ... In the meantime, the seven-member Rabies Control Board will also discuss the regulations Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 370 at DEM."

►February 21, 2010 - Over 30,000 animals await rabies vaccination - AngolaPress

►February 21, 2010 - Drive to raise awareness of polio - The News International, Pakistan - "Rotary Club members in Pakistan and Coca-Cola joined hands to raise awareness of polio through a national immunisation campaign throughout the country from February 15 to 17, says a press release."

►February 21, 2010 - Rotary, Coca-Cola to work for polio eradication - Pakistan Observer

* ►February 20, 2010 - Menomune - One Mother's Harrowing Experience with the Meningitis Vaccine - Health Sentinel - "I knew the pro-vaccine bias all too well. At one time I felt all should be vaccinated myself. Telling our story to a doctor is never easy with that knowledge and knowing that doctors had really not cared to hear our story up to that point. As I relayed some of the events to her, however I was pleasantly surprised. She took a deep breath and said, "I can tell you this. I have seen a lot of sick kids just this weekend alone. They have symptoms similar to what you are seeing in Marie. They all have one thing in common...that Menomune shot."... A few nights later I went for a walk down the street to get the mail. I heard cries coming from the neighborʼs bathroom window. My neighbor stuck his head out of the window and called down to me asking me what I did when Marie was sick with her high fever. He was debating on what to do next as his wife was out for the evening with girlfriends and he was taking care of their toddler. I told him we went to the ER and what they did for her there. After bantering back and forth over fevers and symptoms he decided to sit tight. Her fever was not as high as Marieʼs and had started to come down with medication. He closed the bathroom window and I got the mail and went home. His little girl had spiked a high temperature at exactly 48 hours after the injection just as Marie had done, just as several children I knew had done, but there was nothing more I could do."

* ►February 20, 2010 - FDA: Conflict of Interest in Vaccine Approval Confirmed - The Epoch Times - "The vaccine was rushed into circulation even after the World Health Organization balked at the lack of confirmed safety data, saying, “With such a large amount of an experimental vaccine that contains mercury being distributed, keeping track of people that experience adverse effects will be difficult.” What's important to note is that the FDA is once more not doing its job of protecting the public to the standards of modern science. The FDA has seriously compromised its own approval process with dangerous medications. Think Vioxx."

* ►February 20, 2010 - Mark Hyman, MD: Mercury: How To Get This Lethal Poison Out Of Your Body - The Huffington Post

►February 20, 2010 - Dr. Mark Hyman on HuffPo "Mercury: How To Get This Lethal Poison Out Of Your Body" - Age of Autism

* ►February 20, 2010 - What May Be the Single Biggest Threat to Your Health? (includes video) -

* ►February 20, 2010 - Are mandatory vaccinations acts of violence against children? -

* ►February 20, 2010 - More doctors prefer the AK-Vaccine-47 rifle by Merck (comic) -

* ►February 20, 2010 - Avandia, a Case of Deja Vu all over again - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "Once again, the FDA is shown to be complicit in turning a blind eye when a drug manufacturer, in this case, GlaxoSmithKline, concealed documented risks of heart attacks linked to its adjunctive diabetes drug, Avandia (rosiglitazone), putting of patients in harm’s way."

* ►February 20, 2010 - Glaxo Knew Avandia Caused Heart Risk, Report Says - Bloomberg - "A report released today by Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley said Glaxo knew Avandia may cause heart damage several years before a study documented the risk and the company pressed doctors to retract warnings about side effects. Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Grassley, the committee’s ranking Republican, are pressing the FDA for answers."

* ►February 20, 2010 - Remove Diabetes Drug Avandia From Market: FDA Reports - Controversial medicine raises users' heart risk, leaked documents suggest - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report - "'The primary problem here is that studies that were needed early on about the health benefits of this drug were never done,' Psaty told HealthDay. 'As a result of the failure of the sponsor to do long-term clinical trials to show health benefits, as a result of the failure of the FDA to insist on it, we have data that are weak.'"

* ►February 20, 2010 - Senate Report: Avandia Maker Knew of Cardiac Risks (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times

* ►February 20, 2010 - Research Ties Diabetes Drug to Heart Woes (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 20, 2010 - U.S. reviewers urge Glaxo's Avandia come off market - Reuters

* ►February 20, 2010 - For Professor, Fury Just Beneath the Surface (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Several people with connections to the university’s biology department warned that Dr. Bishop, a neuroscientist with a Harvard Ph.D., might have booby-trapped the science building with some sort of 'herpes bomb,' police officials said, designed to spread the dangerous virus. Only people who had worked with Dr. Bishop would know that she had done work with the herpes virus as a post-doctoral student and had talked about how it could cause encephalitis. She had also written an unpublished novel in which a herpes-like virus spreads throughout the world, causing pregnant women to miscarry."

►February 20, 2010 - Officials stress vaccine for all - Suffolk News-Herald

►February 20, 2010 - Officials warn vs measles, other viruses - Manila Bulletin

►February 20, 2010 - UAE mulls vaccination programme for cervical cancer - AME Info

►February 20, 2010 - Generics Face Longer Approval Time – FDA Commissioner - Benzinga

►February 20, 2010 - Plano dairy reaps benefits of raw milk movement - The Dallas Morning News

* ►February 20, 2010 - FDA approves immunocontraceptive vaccine for deer - DVM 360 - "The immunocontraceptive vaccine, GonaCon™, can be used in white-tailed deer older than 1 year. The single-shot, multi-year vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies that bind to the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which signals the production of sex hormones, says FDA. The antibodies therefore reduce GnRH’s ability to stimulate the release of sex hormones, sexual activity is decreased, and animals remain in a non-reproductive state while the antibodies are present."

* ►February 20, 2010 - Meningitis death at Ohio U. is 7th case in a year - Dayton Daily News - "Andrea Robinson, 18, an Ohio freshman from Cleveland Heights, died Wednesday at a Columbus hospital where she was being treated for bacterial meningitis, according to university officials."

►February 20, 2010 - Measles scare hits North West - SABCNews - "Teaching and learning has also been disrupted at Reitshokile Combined School since last week when over one 100 learners were treated for suspected measles by the local clinic."

►February 20, 2010 - Blood tests urged for Mt Isa children - Brisbane Times, AU

►February 20, 2010 - Visitors to take on sickness sleuthing at exhibit - The Herald Bulletin

* ►February 20, 2010 - CSPC gives extension for third party testing requirements - Editor's note: In October 2009, Kyle Moroney reported on how the Children's Product Safety Improvement Act's third-party testing requirement will affect small manufacturers of children's products, mainly handmade. This is an update to that story. - The Grand Haven Tribune

►February 20, 2010 - Apolipoprotein-E forms dimers in human frontal cortex and hippocampus (pdf) - journal article (BMC Neuroscience)

* ►February 20, 2010 - Mercury levels in PI birds still a concern -The Daily News

* ►February 20, 2010 - Hepatitis C virus can survive in syringes for up to 63 days - Seventeenth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, San Francisco via Aidsmap

►February 20, 2010 - Navy agrees to study impact of Camp Lejeune's toxic water - McClatchy Newspapers via Stars and Strips

►February 20, 2010 - Scotland risks being UK's pollution 'haven' - The Scotsman

►February 20, 2010 - UN climate chief quits, leaves talks hanging - AP via Live 5 WCSC

* ►February 20, 2010 - Ear Candles: Risk of Serious Injuries - FDA - "FDA is notifying consumers and healthcare providers of its warning not to use ear candles - a hollow cone about 10 inches long made from a fabric tube soaked in beeswax, paraffin or a mixture of the two - because they can cause serious injuries, even when used according to the manufacturer’s directions. According to advertised claims, a burning ear candle draws ear wax and “impurities” or “toxins” out of the ear canal. Other claims for ear candles include relief from sinus and ear infections, headache and earache, as well as improved hearing, “blood purification,” improvements in brain function, and cure cancer. FDA has found no valid scientific evidence to support the safety or effectiveness of these devices for any medical claims or benefits. FDA has received reports of burns, perforated eardrums and blockage of the ear canal which required outpatient surgery from the use of ear candles."

►February 20, 2010 - We Can All Fight Cancer Better - The Huffington Post

►February 20, 2010 - Wigan widow wins landmark legal ruling on asbestos case - Manchester Evening News, UK

►February 20, 2010 - New technique shakes brain cancer cells to death - Daily News & Analysis, India

►February 20, 2010 - The urgency of health care reform - guest commentary - The Denver Post

* ►February 20, 2010 - Chemicals suspected in breast cancer, US experts want tests - US experts called Friday for toxicity tests on chemicals they suspect play a role in the development of breast cancer, a leading cause of death in American women - AFP via

►February 20, 2010 - From the Archive - On the Trail of the Anthrax Killers (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 20, 2010 - Media Called for an Independent Investigation; New FBI report fails to assuage their concerns - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 20, 2010 - Coughing through the whoops - The Independent Weekly, Australia - "'GPs need to be aware that (illnesses) could potentially be whooping cough, even if the child has been vaccinated. Parents, too,' he said. ... Mr Lan said the research, published in this month’s Emerging Infections Diseases Journal, had bigger implications, requiring more research into the effectiveness of the vaccine. 'I think the next thing we need to do is really do the study to get the definitive proof that the vaccine is ineffective,' he said. 'Then we will have to make changes.' Adelaide mother Shari Clerke, immunising six-month-old daughter Lily Stevens on Tuesday, said she was alarmed by the research. 'Of course it’s concerning. If you are having a vaccination for a reason, you would expect it to do what it’s supposed to do,' she said."

►February 20, 2010 - Parents urged to immunise children against polio - Ghanaian Chronicle via Modern Ghana

►February 20, 2010 - Scientists Report on Way to Derail Spread of AIDS - Researchers say aggressive, early anti-viral therapy might help derail the spread of AIDS - AP via ABC News

►February 20, 2010 - CROI: H1N1 Flu No Harder on HIV Patients - MedPage Today

►February 20, 2010 - CROI: Neurological Impairment Occurs Early in HIV - MedPage Today

►February 20, 2010 - CROI: Capsaicin Doesn't Burn Away HIV-Related Pain - MedPage Today

* ►February 20, 2010 - Tiger moms want autism covered by health insurance - Dayton Daily News - "Here’s a warning to the Ohio Senate, especially the Republicans who run the place and decide what gets passed and what gets ignored: The tiger moms are coming after you."

►February 20, 2010 - Cognitive and motor delays linked to 'flat head syndrome' in infants (includes video) - King 5 News

►February 20, 2010 - Bonding hormone may help autism, says French experiment - The Independent, UK

►February 20, 2010 - Research Finds Brain Link for Words, Music Ability - Research finds brain link for words, music ability; finding may lead to better stroke care - AP via ABC News

►February 20, 2010 - Laws Look to Ease Autism Treatment Costs for Parents - Technorati

►February 20, 2010 - Stress can overwhelm the parents of children with autism - Sacramento Bee via The Tennessean

►February 20, 2010 - New practice helps kids, families cope with autism - Poughkeepsie Journal

►February 19, 2010 - Much can be learned from the autistic - letter - Nisqually Valley News

►February 19, 2010 - Autism diagnosis not the end of the world - Nisqually Valley News

* ►February 19, 2010 - Educating Others on Vaccines: The Parable of the Sower By: Sherri Tenpenny, DO - Wisconsin Vaccine Information Center

►February 19, 2010 - Polk County Public Health: H1N1 crisis appears to be over...for now - Crookston Daily Times - "Prompted by one of the commissioners, [Sheri] Altepeter gave an account of her experiences with a concerned parent whose children attend Fertile-Beltrami School. The parent contacted her after finding out about planned immunization clinics in the county's seven school districts. 'He was very against the vaccine,' she said. 'He felt there was not enough information given to parents so they could make informed decisions, that not enough clinical trials were conducted, that it needed more study, and he questioned the safety of it.'"

►February 19, 2010 - H1N1 vaccination campaign under scrutiny - Radio Netherlands Worldwide

►February 19, 2010 - Health Ministry: H1N1 flu kills 122 in Romania - Romania Press

►February 19, 2010 - Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 88 - WHO

►February 19, 2010 - MSU team developing new way to fight influenza - MSU News Service

* ►February 19, 2010 - Mercer student died of pneumonia not Swine Flu - Macon Telegraph - "Quashie was an Alpha Phi Alpha pledge and a week after his death allegations of hazing surfaced against the fraternity that led to the suspension of the Mercer chapter. In a Jan. 8 news release Mercer President Bill Underwood urged people not to jump to conclusions about Quashie’s death after students reported sleep deprivation, paddling and dietary restrictions imposed on pledges."

* ►February 19, 2010 - H1N1 jabs to resume soon, says minister -

* ►February 19, 2010 - Ban Use of Mercury in Medicine – Membership Drive - CoMeD, Inc., via Schafer Autism Report - "CoMeD, Inc, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to stopping all use of mercury in medicine unless, with at least a 100-fold safety factor, the maximum amount of mercury, in any form, in a single dose of the medicine is proven to be toxicologically safe to those most susceptible to mercury poisoning."

►February 19, 2010 - Another study finds no link between mouse virus and chronic fatigue syndrome - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►February 19, 2010 - Ireland’s children hardest hit in new measles outbreak - Vaccine News Daily

►February 19, 2010 - Cameroon: Measles in the Chadian refugee camp at Langui DREF operation n° MDRCM008 - International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via ReliefWeb

►February 19, 2010 - Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against HIV - Early findings suggest it could work, but application remains years away - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

►February 19, 2010 - Future of AIDS gels may lie in drugs, experts say - The quest for a cream or gel to prevent AIDS infection has narrowed to using powerful HIV pills that are already on the market, scientists say. - Reuters

►February 19, 2010 - Inmate’s death may spur lawsuit - Man died of intentional overdose in Clark County jail; family filed tort claim - The Columbian

►February 19, 2010 - First AstraZeneca Seroquel Injury Trial To Start Monday (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►February 19, 2010 - 'Viruses changed human evolution' - Milan University and the Politecnico di Milano via Reuters via

* ►February 19, 2010 - Psychiatrist accused of dishonesty for prescribing drugs to a patient under a false name - journal article (BMJ)

►February 19, 2010 - A Patient’s Journey Acquired brain injury - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 19, 2010 - Children held in UK detention centres being failed by system, says report - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 19, 2010 - Dust from distant lands may affect climate and health in the Americas and Europe - University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science via EurekAlert!

* ►February 19, 2010 - State may shut down five coal-fired power plants - Wisconsin State Journal

►February 19, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency extremely common among HIV-positive patients in diverse regions - Seventeenth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, San Francisco via Aidsmap

►February 19, 2010 - HIV treatment may prevent at least nine out of ten transmissions - Seventeenth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, San Francisco via Aidsmap

►February 19, 2010 - Treatment drive in British Columbia produces modest declines in diagnoses and viral loads - Seventeenth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, San Francisco via Aidsmap

►February 19, 2010 - Navy agrees to fund toxic water study at NC base - The Washington Post

* ►February 19, 2010 - Reforms Recommended For EPA Chemicals Program - TSCA: More enforcement, limits on confidentiality claims needed, inspector general says - Chemical & Engineering News

* ►February 19, 2010 - Toxin Triggers Epilepsy In Sea Lions And Humans (includes audio) - National Public Radio (NPR)

►February 19, 2010 - Chemicals suspected in breast cancer, US experts want tests - AFP via Yahoo!

►February 19, 2010 - Scientists vacuum up the data on dust - American Association for the Advancement of Science via

* ►February 19, 2010 - Green activists are losing their fire - Today's environmental pressure groups tend to be pusillanimous, policy-wonking and petrified, says Geoffrey Lean. - Telegraph, UK

►February 19, 2010 - Traditional Chinese practitioner breaches Medicine Act - journal article (BMJ)

►February 19, 2010 - Onstream Media to Webcast Miami Children's Hospital's 45th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course - Onstream Media Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►February 19, 2010 - New head for European research (requires registration) - The European Research Council (ERC), today (February 19) elected social scientist Helga Nowotny as president of the agency. Nowotny, an emeritus social scientist at ETH Zurich, served as one of two vice ...  - The Scientist

►February 19, 2010 - Supernormal Stimuli (requires registration) - The author of a new book on behavioral evolution explains how primal urges overrun their original purpose - The Scientist

►February 19, 2010 - Study fails to show link previously found between virus and chronic fatigue syndrome - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 19, 2010 - Barbour Lobbies Fellow Governors to Oppose EPA Regulations (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 19, 2010 - Prevention has an important role in the treatment of migraines, researchers say - journal article (BMJ)

►February 19, 2010 - Linking up for better health care - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 19, 2010 - Current Vaccine Shortages & Delays - Last Updated February 19, 2010 - CDC

* ►February 19, 2010 - Parent says 'nobody took us seriously' regarding mold at school (includes video) - - "Staff at the school believed the student was using the cough as a way to get attention.  They claim she would stop coughing when she made it down to the nurse's station. 'Some students were expressing some concerns about upper respiratory type symptoms back early in the fall,' said Dr. Rick Holliday.  'This room (302) was tested and it came back negative. There were no problems.' Now, room 302, the same room with the kindergartner who couldn't stop coughing, has the highest levels of mold of all the classrooms at the school."

►February 19, 2010 - Switzerland: 13% of farmers do not want a bluetongue vaccination - Vetsweb

►February 19, 2010 - Bill calls for cell phone radiation disclosure - San Francisco Chronicle

►February 18, 2010 - Screens, Vaccine for HPV Less Beneficial in Older Women - Rate of new infections declined with age, study found - HealthDay via BusinessWire

* ►February 18, 2010 - Robyn O'Brien: Childhood Shouldn't Be A Pre-existing Condition - The Huffington Post

►February 18, 2010 - Every Child Deserves A Shot - Every Child Deserves A Shot - Fundraiser For The Measles Initiative - For a Measle-y $1 A Child Can Be Vaccinated Against Measles for Life - Holtville Tribune

►February 18, 2010 - Salina Teacher Treated for Meningitis -

* ►February 18, 2010 - Couple sues Cabell Huntington, Healthnet for hepatitis B infection - West Virginia Record - "Arrowood claims that despite efforts, he was and is not immune to HBV and that Cabell Huntington Hospital employees simply told not he did not respond to the vaccine."

* ►February 18, 2010 - Multiple Risk Factors Existed in 78 Percent of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Cases - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) continues to be the third leading cause of infant death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite a decline in SIDS that is associated with a rise in safe-sleep practices for newborns and infants. - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School via ScienceDaily

►February 18, 2010 - Encephalitogenic T-cells increase numbers of CNS T-cells regardless of antigen specificity by both increasing T-cell entry and preventing egress - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►February 18, 2010 - Severe hydrops in an infant of a Rhesus D-positive mother due to anti-c antibodies diagnosed antenatally: a case report (pdf) - journal article (Journal of Medical Case Reports)

►February 18, 2010 - Sen. Ron Wyden: Veterans exposed to hexavalent chromium deserve lifelong health care and Purple Hearts - The Oregonian

* ►February 18, 2010 - GE and Muzzled Radiologist End UK Libel Case -

►February 18, 2010 - Military Medicine Long road to recovery - journal article (BMJ)

►February 18, 2010 - Commentary Risk and equality - journal article (BMJ)

►February 18, 2010 - Emergency Medicine Doctors on the front line - journal article (BMJ)

►February 18, 2010 - Cellular toxicity following application of adeno-associated viral vector-mediated RNA interference in the nervous system (pdf) - journal article (BMC Neuroscience)

►February 18, 2010 - Cancer genetics gets personal (requires registration) - Researchers have developed a novel technique for identifying patient-specific biomarkers in tumor DNA which they say can reliably monitor the progression of individual patients' cancers. Their findings are presented this week at the American ...  - The Scientist

►February 18, 2010 - From carnivorous plants to the medicine cabinet? - New Tel Aviv University research investigates anti-fungal agents in the sticky 'pitchers' of carnivorous plants - American Friends of Tel Aviv University via EurekAlert!

►February 18, 2010 - System Unveiled for Regulating Anaesthesia Via Computer - A team of researchers from the Canary Islands has developed a technique for automatically controlling anaesthesia during surgical operations. The new system detects the hypnotic state of the patient at all times and supplies the most appropriate dose of anaesthetic. - Plataforma SINC via ScienceDaily

►February 18, 2010 - Millennium development goals "at risk" as donors fail to honour commitments - journal article (BMJ)

►February 18, 2010 - "Nasty party style" politics rears its head over funding of national care service - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 17, 2010 - Head of WHO’s vaccines advisory group defends its policy on competing interests - journal article (BMJ) - "In recent weeks WHO has been criticised by expert bodies, including the Council of Europe, over allegations that the threat of an H1N1 flu pandemic may have been hyped up as a result of undue influence by the drug industry. WHO has dismissed these claims."

* ►February 17, 2010 - Ethics Man When doctors deceive each other - journal article (BMJ)

►February 17, 2010 - Childhood predictors of recurrent abdominal pain in adolescence: A 13-year population-based prospective study - journal article (Journal of Psychosomatic Research) - "Our results support that maternal psychological distress and preadolescent children's depressive and somatic symptoms may play a role in the development of RAP."

* ►February 17, 2010 - UAB-Led Study Shows Simple Steps Could Reduce Stillbirths by up to 1 Million - NEJM via UAB Media Relations

* ►February 17, 2010 - Nearly 23 000 people in England aged under 18 have diabetes, survey shows - journal article (BMJ)

►February 17, 2010 - Endgames OnExamination Quiz Inflammatory bowel disease - journal article (BMJ)

►February 17, 2010 - Regulatory T cells in many flavors control asthma - journal article (Mucosal Immunology)

* ►February 17, 2010 - An ibuprofen a day could keep Parkinson's disease away - American Academy of Neurology via EurekAlert!

►February 17, 2010 - Drug for advanced kidney cancer shrinks tumors prior to surgery - Journal of Clinical Oncology via UNC Lineberger Cancer Center

* ►February 17, 2010 - Pinch Away The Pain - Scorpion venom could be an alternative to morphine, TAU research suggests null - American Friends of Tel Aviv University via Biocompare

* ►February 17, 2010 - Neuroscientists Reveal New Links That Regulate Brain Electrical Activity - Ion channels traditionally thought to work independently actually work in sync - University of Calgary via Biocompare

►February 17, 2010 - New Risk Factor For Second-Most-Common Form Of Early-Onset Dementia - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine via Biocompare

►February 17, 2010 - UC studies show marijuana has therapeutic value, reports to legislature - First results in United States in 20 years from clinical trials of smoked cannabis - University of California - San Diego via EurekAlert!

* ►February 17, 2010 - CFS/ME and Vaccinations - Vaccines as Possible Triggers or Causes - and as Potential Treatment -

►February 17, 2010 - Secret Health Risks They Aren’t Telling You About: Antibiotics and Vaccines -

* ►February 16, 2010 - 'Philosophical' Vaccine Exemption Considered - video - FoxBusiness Network via YouTube - "State legislator Marc Alessi, (D-NY), argues there should be philosophical and medical exemptions to getting vaccinated."

* ►February 16, 2010 - “Just because you need a third dose doesn’t mean the two dose schedule is having issues or anything” - Inside Vaccines

* ►February 16, 2010 - Fatal Hepatitis B Infection Despite Immunization in an HIV-infected Infant: A Possible Case of Vaccine Failure and Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome - journal article (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Big Pharma’s long tentacles - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Doctor could face financial ruin even if he wins libel case - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Improving the selection of medical students - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Action on anaphylaxis action plans - journal article (Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency New vitamin D preparations needed - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency What should we be doing? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency How can we treat it in the UK? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency Systems failure - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency Screen more widely? - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Vitamin D deficiency No clear evidence for universal supplementation - journal article (BMJ)

►February 16, 2010 - How posters promote public health behaviour - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 16, 2010 - OHSU Researchers Discover Cellular Mechanism That Protects Against Disease - Oregon Health & Science University via Biocompare

►February 16, 2010 - Interleukin-23 receptor genetic polymorphisms and Crohn’s disease susceptibility: a meta-analysis - journal article (Inflammation Research)

* ►February 16, 2010 - Authorities investigate possible misuse of medical aid supplies in Haiti - journal article (BMJ)

►February 16, 2010 - Marmot says government can’t afford to ignore health inequality - journal article (BMJ)

►February 16, 2010 - Visionary GPs are extending scope of general practice - journal article (BMJ)

►February 16, 2010 - AGA offers new recommendations for CRC surveillance for certain patients with IBD - New guideline identifies major risk factors in the development of colorectal cancer in children and adults with inflammatory bowel disease - American Gastroenterological Association via EurekAlert!

►February 16, 2010 - Allergy Tuesday: Food allergy or intolerance? (includes video) - via Yahoo!

* ►February 15, 2010 - New Strategy Produces Promising Advance in Cancer Vaccines - National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine

* ►February 15, 2010 - Are Patient-Held Vaccination Records Associated With Improved Vaccination Coverage Rates? (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 15, 2010 - Performance of a Rapid Influenza Test in Children During the H1N1 2009 Influenza A Outbreak (free full text) - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 15, 2010 - Sensitivity of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Testing for Swine-Origin 2009 A (H1N1) Influenza Virus in Children - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 15, 2010 - Concurrent Risks in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 15, 2010 - Importance of Colonization Site in the Current Epidemic of Staphylococcal Skin Abscesses - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 15, 2010 - Team Training in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program for Interns: Teamwork and Quality of Resuscitations - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 15, 2010 - Impact of Gluten-free Camp on Quality of Life of Children and Adolescents with Celiac Disease - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 15, 2010 - Worldwide Timing of Growth Faltering: Revisiting Implications for Interventions - journal article (Pediatrics)

►February 15, 2010 - Enhancing Diagnostic Accuracy Among Nonexperts Through Use of Video Cases - journal article (Pediatrics)

* ►February 15, 2010 - The impact of outcome reporting bias in randomised controlled trials on a cohort of systematic reviews - journal article (BMJ)

►February 15, 2010 - Type I IFN controls chikungunya virus via its action on nonhematopoietic cells - journal article (The Journal of Experimental Medicine)

►February 15, 2010 - Low-cost DNA test to pinpoint risk of inherited diseases - University of Edinburgh via EurekAlert!

►February 15, 2010 - JCI online early table of contents: - Journal of Clinical Investigation via EurekAlert!

* ►February 14, 2010 - Late complications of newborn circumcision: a common and avoidable problem - journal article (Pediatric Surgery International)

* ►February 12, 2010 - Rapamycin inhibits relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis by both effector and regulatory T cells modulation - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►February 12, 2010 - Long-term employment of adults with childhood-onset epilepsy: A prospective population-based study - journal article (Journal of Neuroimmunology)

* ►February 11, 2010 - Swine Flu vaccination: voluntary system works - Institute of Physics via EurekAlert!

►February 11, 2010 - Researchers Find How Brain Hears The Sound Of Silence - University of Oregon team discovers that separate brain pathways process the start and end of what we hear - University of Oregon via Biocompare

►February 11, 2010 - Grasping bacterial 'friending' paves the way to disrupt biofilm creation - Cornell University via EurekAlert!

* ►February 11, 2010 - Selective Brain Damage Modulates Human Spirituality - Cell Press via Biocompare

* ►February 11, 2010 - Vaccine Myths, Round Two - Inside Vaccines

►February 10, 2010 - Migraine may double risk of heart attack - Doctors urged to manage cardiovascular risk factors of migraine sufferers - Albert Einstein College of Medicine via EurekAlert!

►February 10, 2010 - Potential teratogenic effects of ultrasound on corticogenesis: Implications for autism - journal article (Medical Hypothesis)

►February 10, 2010 - Molecular genetics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: an overview. - journal article (European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

* ►February 9, 2010 - Researchers discover new way to kill pediatric brain tumors - Washington University in St. Louis

►February 9, 2010 - UH Case Medical Center researchers publish promising findings for advanced cervical cancer - Washington University in St. Louis

►February 9, 2010 - A Common Cholesterol Drug Fights Cataracts, Too - Broad new TAU study finds statins cut cataract risk in men almost in half - American Friends of TelAviv University

►February 8, 2010 - JCI online early table of contents: - Journal of Clinical Investigation via EurekAlert!

* ►February 6, 2010 - The Lancet's MMR-Autism Link Retraction: The Other Side - video - YouTube - "LISTEN to the entire interview with Vaccine Expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny at

* ►February 5, 2010 - Midazolam or Diazepam Administration During Electroencephalography Helps to Diagnose Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis (SSPE) - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►February 5, 2010 - Child Neurology Practice and Neurological Disorders in East Africa - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►February 5, 2010 - Reprogramming of the non-coding transcriptome during brain development (pdf) - journal article (Journal of Biology)

* ►February 5, 2010 - Carnegie Mellon Physicist the First To Measure Energy Released From a Virus During Infection - Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon

* ►February 4, 2010 - Exploring the Relation Between Prenatal and Neonatal Complications and Later Autistic-Like Features in a Representative Community Sample of Twins - journal article (Child Development)

►February 4, 2010 - Frontal Electroencephalogram Asymmetry, Salivary Cortisol, and Internalizing Behavior Problems in Young Adults Who Were Born at Extremely Low Birth Weight - journal article (Child Development)

* ►February 4, 2010 - Journal Retracts Autism Paper - video - YouTube

* ►February 3, 2010 - Ask the Vaccine Expert w/ Dr. Sherri Tenpenny - audio - Sean Croxton on Blog Talk Radio

* ►February 3, 2010 - UM School of Medicine scientists find new malaria vaccine is safe and promotes immune response in children - Global partnership enabled testing in Mali, West Africa, where malaria threat is high - University of Maryland Medical Center via EurekAlert!

►February 2, 2010 - Use of IL-18 inhibitors for treating head injuries (patent) - Ares Trading S.A. (CH) via

►February 1, 2010 - Neurodevelopmental Outcome of Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy - journal article (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Bacteremia caused by a highly-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 19A circulating in a daycare center - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►February 2010 - Tourette's syndrome - journal article (Paediatrics and Child Health)

►February 2010 - The B cell, arthritis, and the sympathetic nervous system - journal article (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity)

* ►February 2010 - HPV Vaccine: State Legislation and Statutes - National Conference of State Legislatures

►January 27, 2010 - Vitamin D supplements could fight Crohn's disease - Canadian research team publishes findings in Journal of Biological Chemistry - McGill University Health Centre via EurekAlert!

►January 29, 2010 - Genetic Influences on Asthma Susceptibility in Developing Lung - journal article (American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Language and Focal Brain Lesion in Childhood - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

* ►January 28, 2010 - Secrets of immunologic memory - New understanding of CD44 receptor's role in immune cell survival - Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute via EurekAlert!

►January 28, 2010 - Potential new target for drugs to treat iron deficiency and overload discovered - Medical College of Georgia via EurekAlert!

►January 27, 2010 - Factors associated with breastfeeding cessation in nursing mothers in a peer support programme in Eastern Lancashire (pdf) - journal article (Critical Care)

* ►January 26, 2010 - “Good” Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections, According to Penn Study - Medical College of Georgia via EurekAlert!

►January 26, 2010 - Treating depression by stimulating the pleasure center - Elsevier via EurekAlert!

►January 26, 2010 - New measurement technique will help in fight against cancer - National Physical Laboratory via EurekAlert!

* ►January 25, 2010 - Doctors Vaccinate for Profit By Christina England -

►January 22, 2010 - Don’t forget to eat your greens - Leafy greens can prevent the ill-effects of toxins in foods like peanut butter - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Public Affairs

►January 21, 2010 - Ask the non-experts - University of Miami psychologists use non-expert student observers in autism research - University of Miami via EurekAlert!

►January 21, 2010 - Common heart medications may also protect against Parkinson's disease, study finds - University of California - Los Angeles via EurekAlert!

►January 21, 2010 - Digital mammography delivers significantly less radiation than conventional mammography - American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society - Los Angeles via EurekAlert!

►January 20, 2010 - Reducing Salt Intake -- Even in Small Amounts -- Could Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Strokes and Deaths - Findings Published in New England Journal of Medicine via Columbia University Medical Center

* ►January 19, 2010 - Effects of a fish oil containing lipid emulsion on plasma phospholipid fatty acids, inflammatory markers, and clinical outcomes in septic patients: a randomized, controlled clinical trial (pdf) - journal article (BMC Pediatrics)

* ►December 7, 2009 - Modified sequential multiplex PCR for determining capsular serotypes of invasive pneumococci recovered from Seville - journal article (Clinical Microbiology and Infection) - "The heptavalent pneumococcal vaccine's introduction resulted in a decline in invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, but was accompanied by an increase in non-vaccine serotypes."

* ►February 15, 2002 - School Vaccination Requirements: Historical, Social, and Legal Perspective - A State of the Art Assessment of Law and Policy (pdf) - Center for Law and the Public’s Health at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health via

* Daniel's Story -  Stop calling it Autism! - website - "The purpose of this website is to share our son Daniel’s story and hopefully raise awareness that autism is a medical illness that can be successfully treated."

* Ban Use of Mercury in Medicine – Membership Drive (pdf) - CoMeD, Inc. via


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