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* ►Spring 2010 - Lessons from Use of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory: Where Do We Go from Here? - journal article (Pediatric Physical Therapy)

* ►March 2010 - Reducing empiricism in malaria vaccine design - journal article (The Lancet Infectious Diseases)

►March 1, 2010 - Neurocognitive deficits and neuroimaging abnormalities are prevalent in children with lupus: clinical and research experiences at a US pediatric institution - journal article (Lupus)

►March 2010 - Assessment of self-selection bias in a pediatric unilateral hearing loss study - journal article (Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)

* ►March 2010 - A 16-Year-Old Girl With Bilateral Visual Loss and Left Hemiparesis Following an Immunization Against Human Papilloma Virus (pdf) (full text) - Journal of Child Neurology via The One Click Group - "We report the course of a 16-year-old girl who presented with near complete visual loss associated with chiasmal neuritis and a biopsy proven tumefactive demyelinating lesion on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in association with a recent immunization against human papilloma virus."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Cervical Cancer Vaccine Blinds 16 Year-Old Girl - Journal of Child Neurology via The One Click Group

* ►February 27, 2010 - Making sure pills go down, and money flows - The Sydney Morning Herald - "While the PBS scheme is overseen by an independent gate keeper, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), strong lobbying by the huge GlaxoSmithKline and home-grown drug manufacturer CSL, particularly during the later years of the Howard Government, succeeded in securing listings on the PBS for drugs that had earlier been rejected. CSL's anti-cervical cancer drug Gardasil was one case in point. John Howard promised the drug would make it on to the PBS despite its application being rejected by PBAC some months earlier. GSK's version of the drug was also knocked back by PBAC but the Howard government eventually approved it for a nationwide vaccination program. ..."More than any other industry, drug companies take advantage of a revolving door between the industry and politicians and their staff. A search of where former political staffers go reveals a disproportionate number move to the lucrative health sector."

►February 27, 2010 - Allergy symptoms can mimic a cold - St. Petersburg Times via

►February 26, 2010 - Canada approves new HPV vaccine - Halifax gynecologist among doctors testing Cervarix for use against viruses that cause cervical cancer -

* ►February 26, 2010 - Canada's Norma Goldring Destroyed By Swine Flu Vaccine - CBC via The One Click Group

* ►February 26, 2010 - Doctor's Advice - It's The Swine Flu Vaccine - via The One Click Group

* ►February 26, 2010 - Judge Declines to Upset $22.5 Million Jury Award in Polio Case - New York Law Journal via - "A New York state judge has refused to throw out the $22.5 million verdict awarded by a Staten Island jury in a 28-year-old polio vaccine suit. Last year, the jury found Pfizer Inc., as successor to Lederle Laboratories, liable for negligent manufacture of the oral polio vaccine from which plaintiff Dominick Tenuto allegedly contracted polio while changing his infant daughter's diapers in 1979."

* ►February 26, 2010 - McCain bill threatens access to vitamins and supplements - - "Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has introduced a new bill called The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) of 2010 (S. 3002), that, if enacted, would severely curtail free access to dietary supplements. Cosponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the bill would essentially give the FDA full control over the supplement industry."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Oops! Brain cancer patients over-irradiated with miscalibrated radiotherapy machines -

* ►February 26, 2010 - Making public policies on vaccination with limited information - Paper explores making public policy with limited information - Northwestern University via - "'Let's say you're a public health official from the Centers for Disease Control, and you don't really know how much disease is going to be averted by vaccinating different fractions of the population,' said Manski, the Board of Trustees Professor in Economics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. 'Then how should you choose a policy? That's really what the paper tries to address.'"

* ►February 26, 2010 - National Vaccine Advisory Committee Meeting Friday 2/26 - Age of Autism

* ►February 26, 2010 - Old News About Age and Autism By Anne Dachel - Age of Autism

* ►February 26, 2010 - Grandin Is an Inspiration, but She's Not at All Typical - Age of Autism

* ►February 26, 2010 - Chronic Illness on the Rise in Children: LA TImes - Age of Autism

►February 26, 2010 - Great expectations? The Autism Act meets hopes, misconceptions and realities - The 2009 Autism Act promised much but putting it into action is a whole different ball game, even though some improvements can be delivered at very little cost, writes Dr Mitzi Waltz - Public Service, UK

* ►February 26, 2010 - Study: Association Between Fertility Treatments, Autism - Autism Data Provides Clue For Further Research (includes video) - WCVB  Boston - "Doctors at 15 autism treatment centers nationwide, including the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's LADDERS clinic, have collected data that show a surprisingly high association between the disease and children conceived with the help of science. ... Read Full Autism Study"
* ►February 26, 2010 - Hampton Roads mother of autistic child speaks out to delegates who voted against autism insurance bill - letter - - "'My son, Sean, just turned four and has autism. He was diagnosed 14 months ago. He has made great gains since his diagnoses, no thanks to our insurance company, to which we pay almost $2,000 in premiums every month, and no thanks to you all, on whom the families of Virginia depend to do right by our children.' 'Our children have no voices. When we as parents take time out of our incredibly busy and stressful schedules to beg for your help, the least you can do is pay attention, listen, and give us the respect of a vote. I was in that audience yesterday. Del. Ward walked in late, many of you were talking amongst yourselves and barely listening to Sen. Howell and the other proponents. Oh, but your ears perked up when the insurance company representative came to the podium.' 'You have no idea what it's like to know what can help make your son better and not be able to do it because insurance doesn't cover it. It's disgusting and it's wrong.'"

►February 26, 2010 - CDC reports autism prevalence on the rise - Chicago Daily Herald

►February 26, 2010 - Jenny McCarthy 'Fixed' Son's Autism -

►February 26, 2010 - Eye on autism: RiverKings members trade hockey sticks for paintbrushes - The Commercial Appeal

►February 26, 2010 - Temple Grandin to discuss autism, animals at OSV -

* ►February 26, 2010 - Drug Safety: New Network to Track Drugs and Vaccines in Pregnancy - Science Magazine

* ►February 26, 2010 - BU to study asthma drugs and flu vaccines in pregnant women - White Coat Notes via - "Researchers from Boston University are embarking on a national study of women who take medications or get vaccinated while they are pregnant, starting with flu and asthma treatments because they are widely taken and a common cause of concern."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Shot Talk - American Baby Magazine Editor Discusses Vaccines (includes video) - CBS News - "Vaccines are safe. There is a lot of controversy surrounding vaccines, but to the contrary, they are safe. Vaccines are studied extensively. The FDA reviews clinical trials and monitors vaccine production."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Rep. Rush Holt speaking for his 2/25 anthrax investigation amendment - video - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 26, 2010 - Bill for more investigation of '01 anthrax case passes House - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

►February 26, 2010 - Bill for more investigation of '01 anthrax case passes House - Baltimore Sun

►February 26, 2010 - BCM researcher part of flu vaccine study - Houston Business Journal - "Houston has a front-row seat for a new flu vaccine program being led by Dynavax Technologies Corp."

►February 26, 2010 - Flu Shots For All Says CDC Panel - Medical News Today

* ►February 26, 2010 - What H1N1 taught us - We learned from the swine flu that not all pandemics are particularly lethal. But we also found out that a safe, fast-track vaccine is possible. by Wendy Orent - Los Angeles Times - "On the other hand, we have learned more about the virulence of the anti-vaccine lobby, which persuaded far too many people not to get vaccinations or -- even worse -- not to vaccinate their children. Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, worries that the anti-vaccine fringe has gained the upper hand and is calling the shots on some important matters of public policy. For example, he notes, no one in America dared put adjuvants -- immune-stimulating chemicals -- into the vaccine, a move that would have stretched the limited supply."

* ►February 26, 2010 - FluMist Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal - MedImmune, LLC, License #1799 Changes to the Adverse Reaction reporting information in the Highlights section of the package insert for Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine, Live formulation, to accommodate the distribution of vaccine outside of United States by the WHO. For the active immunization of individuals 2-49 years of age against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. - FDA

* ►February 26, 2010 - Prevnar plants include Sanford - News Observer - "Pfizer acquired the plant, which employs about 1,000, when it bought Wyeth in October. The facility makes the current version of Prevnar and will be involved in two steps of producing Prevnar 13. Other steps will be handled at other Pfizer sites, spokesman Rick Chambers said."

* ►February 26, 2010 - GSK chief nets 76% pay rise after one year - The London Times - "Mr Witty’s first full year as chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline was marked by a 76 per cent pay rise to £3.128 million, plus £5 million worth of shares in GSK — a package that could revive the controversy surrounding the pay of JP Garnier, his predecessor. Mr Garnier was paid $5.9 million last year, despite leaving the company in May 2008, because of a share option plan dating from the time that Glaxo Wellcome merged with SmithKlineBeecham."

►February 26, 2010 - Expert warns of 'super bugs' threat - The Chronicle, AU

* ►February 26, 2010 - Sebelius Awards More Than $9 Million To North Carolina To Test Innovations In Children's Health Care - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services via Medical News Today - "North Carolina will use its grant money to focus on the needs of children with developmental, behavioral and/or mental health disorders."

* ►February 26, 2010 - 'Wind farm will harm my autistic sons' - Scunthopre Telegraph - "The Flixborough Grange wind farm inquiry has heard evidence from a dad who says turbines harm his autistic sons."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Researchers keep wary eye on emerging tick-borne diseases in Missouri - A domestic ecological mystery - Washington University in St. Louis via News-Medical.Net

* ►February 26, 2010 - Maternal Sensitivity May Influence Language Growth In Autistic Children - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders via

►February 26, 2010 - AST now offers programs and services to treat children with developmental disorders - Autism Spectrum Therapies via News-Medical.Net

►February 26, 2010 - Multiple sclerosis, Italian researchers discover a possible onset mechanism for the disease - Catholic University of Rome via EurekAlert!

* ►February 26, 2010 - 7th Circuit Finds Paxil Manufacturer Didn't Meet Burden to Pre-empt - The National Law Journal via

* ►February 26, 2010 - Senate report accuses Missouri agency of risking public health - Southeast Missourian - "Missouri senators proposed Thursday to strip the state's environmental agency of its power to conduct water-quality tests and accused it of risking public health by covering up high bacteria levels at the Lake of the Ozarks."

* ►February 26, 2010 - Durham Region responds to privacy orders after USB key with public health data lost - - "The Region is tightening up procedures and increasing staff training following the loss of a computer device that held personal information of more than 83,000 people immunized at H1N1 clinics."

►February 26, 2010 - AANMA Clarifies FDA Asthma Medication Warnings - Occupational Health & Safety

►February 26, 2010 - Exercise-induced asthma can be increased by cold weather sports - - "A U. S. allergist says that the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma can be increased by cold weather sports of the Winter Olympics but there's no need to skip sports."

►February 26, 2010 - Win Allergy Free Food and Try a New Gluten & Lactose Free Dessert - via

* ►February 26, 2010 - Pathologist's Vaccine Conquered Scourge of Cattle - Walter Plowright 1923-2010 - Wall Street Journal

* ►February 26, 2010 - Presumptive Abortive Human Rabies --- Texas, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Associated with Pet Turtle Exposure --- United States, 2008 - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - Announcement: Epi Info Training Courses --- May 2010 - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - Errata: Vol. 59, No. SS-1 - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - QuickStats: Percentage of Injuries* that Resulted in Time Lost from Work or School --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004--2007 - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - Notifiable Diseases and Mortality Tables - MMWR/CDC

►February 26, 2010 - New Novartis CEO targets vaccines, generics buys * No acquisition on same scale as Alcon deal planned * May also go for smaller buys in consumer health * Analysts say Novartis better positioned than rivals * Shares rise 0.8 pct - Reuters

* ►February 26, 2010 - iBio, Inc. Announces Agreement in Principle for Licensing Large-Scale Vaccine Production Facility Using Green Plant Technology - press release - iBio, Inc. via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►February 26, 2010 - Parents of students without immunization on notice - Kingston This Week

►February 26, 2010 - Fears over measles and mumps rise in Kent - The number of cases of measles and mumps in Kent has more than quadrupled over the past two years according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). - BBC

►February 26, 2010 - Mumps cases soar in Sussex - The Argus, UK

►February 26, 2010 - Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to travel to Chad to highlight polio - UNICEF

►February 26, 2010 - Cameroon launches anti-measles campaign - Afrique en Ligne

►February 26, 2010 - Norovirus Steers Cruise Ship Back to Port - Hundreds Ill with Intestinal Problems on Celebrity Cruise Bound for Caribbean - CBS News

* ►February 26, 2010 - Virus Unlikely to Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - HealthDay via Palm Beach Post - "A new study adds to evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome doesn't have anything to do with xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), but the researchers point out that there's a caveat regarding American patients. 'Although our patient group was relatively small and we cannot formally rule out a role of XMRV, our data cast doubt on the claim that this virus is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome in the majority of patients,' the researchers report in the Feb. 26 online edition of the BMJ."

►February 26, 2010 - 'Cure Gays' Psychiatrist Reported To General Medical Council - The One Click Group

* ►February 25, 2010 - Lack of Immunization Data for Home-Schooled Children (requires registration) - The Immunization Status of Home-Schooled Children in America - Journal of Pediatric Health Care via Medscape - "In view of the success of the school-entry immunization requirements, it is difficult to explain why no similar regulation is in place to monitor the immunization status of the ever-growing home-schooled population. To document the lack of standardization in what information is collected about home-schooled children and whether they are properly immunized, the authors explored the varying state regulations on childhood immunization. Specifics are provided about what some states do and do not require. What emerges is that no one really knows whether the nearly 2 million home-schooled children are adequately immunized. Every year more families participate in home schooling. Pediatric and family nurse practitioners in the primary care setting will need to play an aggressive role in trying to educate parents and protect the health of these children, as well as the public's health."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Pfizer's big payoff from Wyeth buy begins - FiercePharma - "This new version of the shot, Prevnar 13, adds six more varietals to the mix, covering 90 percent to 95 percent of the germs that cause pneumococcal meningitis, pneumonia and ear infections, Pfizer says. The current version of the shot posted 2008 sales of $2.7 billion, and this new version is expected to be even bigger."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Dynavax picks universal flu vaccine candidate - San Francisco Business Times - "Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc. has a worldwide supply and option agreement with Dynavax for the universal flu vaccine program. Novartis’ vaccine efforts are based in Cambridge, Mass., while the Swiss company’s diagnostics unit calls Emeryville home."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Can You Protect Your Daughter from Breast Cancer? - A provocative study suggests you may already be doing so - A service of NBC and iVillage - "It’s just possible that we could be giving girls a dose of protection against breast cancer without even knowing it. That’s the intriguing possibility raised by cutting-edge research on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil), currently available for girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26. HPV has been shown to cause cervical cancer."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Local hospitals returning expiring H1N1 vaccinations -

* ►February 25, 2010 - Cambridge clinic runs out of baby vaccine - Daily Dispatch Online, ZA - “My granddaughter is 14 months old and was having earaches, so we took her to the clinic because she had to get her immunisation and polio drops as well. After waiting in line for a while, we got to see the nurse only to be told that there were no vaccinations because they only get a certain number and they had run out. They also told her that they had no medicine for earache and told her to buy medicine at a chemist ,” said Lynette."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Texas Girl Recovers From Rabies Without Intensive Care - Natural defense against the disease could be more common than thought, experts say - MMWR via HealthDay News via BusinessWeek

►February 25, 2010 - Meningitis: Flu-like symptoms with deadly consequences - Medill Reports Chicago Northwestern University

* ►February 25, 2010 - FDA creates partnership to boost regulatory science - The agency will collaborate with the National Institutes of Health in an effort to more quickly rule on the safety and effectiveness of new products and procedures. - Los Angeles Times

* ►February 25, 2010 - Barry County Health Department updates its shot policy - The Monett Times - "Due to the cut in funding, children with insurance will be encouraged to receive immunizations from their physician, however no child will be refused a vaccination with state-funded vaccines, said Landstad. The reduction in funding will also require the health department to limit adult immunizations to adults who work in the healthcare industry. Vaccines will also be given to combat communicable disease outbreaks."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Washing Away Post-Deal Blues With A De-Sanofizer - The IN VIVO Blog - “We’ve got to be innovative, not just in the drugs we bring forward, we’ve got to be innovative in the early stages of drug discovery, and that means taking more risk." Of course, a perennial wild card for investors is gauging the FDA's next move, not only as a result of safety scandals - can you spell Vioxx or Avandia? - but with the hiring last year of FDA commish Margaret Hamburg, who continues to insist the agency will become more responsive to such problems. "The biggest issue with us for our in-licensing deals (for our portfolio companies) is misprojecting where FDA is going with regards to safety or efficacy," said Brian Atwood, managing director of Versant Ventures, explaining why his firm doesn't make investments in cardiovascular or metabolic opportunities."

* ►February 25, 2010 - ACIP recommends universal flu vaccine - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is urging everyone to get their influenza vaccine, and placing emphasis on the often-neglected population of adults aged 19 to 49 years. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►February 25, 2010 - Free inoculations for H1N1 Virus on target in GB - The Freeport News

* ►February 25, 2010 - Moran Speaks Before Key Environment Subcommittee - Guest appearance highlights problem of hormone disrupting chemicals in nation’s drinking water - - "These disorders include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, juvenile and adult diabetes, juvenile cancer, autoimmune diseases, obesity, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s dementia.  These disorders began to increase noticeably in the early 1970’s when the first generation exposed in the womb to post-World War II synthetic chemicals reached maturity.”

►February 25, 2010 - New University of Colorado paper shows novel way to study human inflammatory disease - University of Colorado at Boulder via EurekAlert!

►February 25, 2010 - Will the new European Research Council lead EU science to success or lose its way? - Aetiology Science Blogs

►February 25, 2010 - Novel Antitoxin Strategy Developed Using “Tagged Binding Agents” - Strategy proven for botulism; may lead to improved therapies for many toxins and some chronic diseases - Tufts University via

* ►February 25, 2010 - Lilly Chief Tests Drug Search to Offset Sales Loss - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►February 25, 2010 - Ranbaxy swings to profit despite FDA investigation - AP via Forbes

►February 25, 2010 - Kids’ food allergies often false alarms - St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Boston Herald - "Blood tests measure IgE antibodies, chemicals present during an allergic reaction. Skin tests involve measuring hives that result from pricking the skin with food extract. But experts agree blood and skin tests are not reliable. Several recent reports have focused on tests for peanut allergies, a common food allergy one study shows increased twofold among children from 1997 to 2002. Misdiagnoses appear to be one of many factors behind its increase. In a study published last month in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers from the University of Manchester performed food challenges with 79 children who had positive skin or blood tests for peanut allergy. A huge portion - 66 - were found not to be allergic."

►February 25, 2010 - United States: What About the Boys? Chlamydia Tests for Teens Often Miss Key Factor - Washington Times via

►February 25, 2010 - Advaxis' ADXS11-001 Clinical Trial Featured in Drug Development Newsletter, LeadDiscovery Daily - Advaxis via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►February 25, 2010 - New neurons rewire mouse brain (requires registration) - The Scientist

►February 25, 2010 - Women and men travelers tend to get different illnesses - World travel can make anyone sick but men and women tend to suffer different illnesses with women more prone to stomach problems and men at higher risk of fevers and sexually transmitted diseases, Swiss researchers found. - University of Zurich via Reuters

* ►February 25, 2010 - Philadelphia Freedom? Another Round in the Prempro Wars - 

* ►February 25, 2010 - Ways Vanderbilt researchers are using $87.2 millions in grants - Life-saving ER procedure; How long does cocaine stay in system are projects - The Tennessean

►February 25, 2010 - Norovirus caused 400 illnesses on cruise ship that left South Carolina headed to Caribbean - Norovirus hit cruise ship that left SC for islands - Business News via

►February 25, 2010 - You Can Reduce BPA Exposure -

►February 25, 2010 - Metformin and Vitamin B12 Deficiency - journal article (Journal Watch General Medicine)

►February 25, 2010 - FDA Update on the Investigation into the Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak - FDA

►February 25, 2010 - Oregano can be a beneficial ingredient in swine rations - Farm & Ranch Guide

►February 25, 2010 - Optimism Seems to Strengthen Immune System - A new study of stressed students finds a link between positive expectations and immunological health. - The Journal Psychological Science via Miller-McCune

* ►February 25, 2010 - Getting a flu vaccine from tobacco plants - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times - "You can watch a video of the kind of technology being used to make vaccines in plants at the website for the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology in Newark, Del."

* ►February 25, 2010 - The State of the Nation's Health - Dr. Jon LaPook Weighs In On The CDC's Latest Report (includes video) - CBS News

►February 25, 2010 - Local hospitals returning expiring H1N1 vaccinations (includes video) - WFIE14

►February 25, 2010 - UW study finds success with new drug to treat bird flu - Wisconsin State Journal

* ►February 25, 2010 - Paxil maker loses bid for immunity from suicidal behavior lawsuits - Seventh Circuit rejects preemption - Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman via ExpertClick

►February 25, 2010 - The Great Hot Dog Debate - Child Health 411 via WebMD

* ►February 25, 2010 - US House Seeks Further Review Of Anthrax Attacks/AP - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 25, 2010 - Polio sufferer overcomes struggles - Lebanon resident tells story in effort to shine light on Rotary's mission to end disease worldwide - Indianapolis Star

►February 25, 2010 - Rotary seeks to wipe out polio - The Daily Advance

* ►February 25, 2010 - Polio survivors tout local support groups - Deseret News - ""It's not a pity party, it's a way for us to interact and share stories on what has helped us, to get the word out and tell people to not give up,' Amundsen said. He's hoping to help others who are like him to feel hope for the future, instead of giving in to unnecessary surgeries and other unproven treatment methods, some involving drugs that have undesirable long-term side effects. 'We need to be looking at all forms of health and therapy,' he said. Over the years, as his pain grows more severe, [Steve] Amundsen has been frequenting massage therapists, chiropractors and has been taking vitamin supplements, which he says are imperative because of today's nutrition-deficient diets. 'It all helps.'"

►February 25, 2010 - AIDS vax may have only offered temporary protection; CDC to recommend that everyone gets a flu shot - FierceVaccines

►February 25, 2010 - H1N1 Persists -- If You Live in the Southern Hemisphere - AOL News

►February 25, 2010 - New research: no good scientific evidence flu shots are effective or safe for elders -

►February 25, 2010 - Virtually Everyone Should Get a Flu Shot: CDC - HealthDay via Palm Beach Post

►February 25, 2010 - H1N1 vaccine still available free through regional health district - It's not too late for people to get the H1N1 flu vaccine or the seasonal flu vaccine, but you might have trouble locating a clinic that still has the seasonal version, according to Paul Hutcheon, director of health for the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD). - Newington Town Crier

►February 25, 2010 - CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Flu Vaccination for All People Ages 6 Months and Older During 2010-2011 Flu Season -

►February 25, 2010 - Health Ministry to Send Vaccines to Chareidi Areas - Yeshiva World News

* ►February 25, 2010 - Jenny McCarthy In 'Time': I Fixed My Son's Autism - The Huffington Post

►February 25, 2010 - HuffPo Reports on Time's Jenny McCarthy Story - Age of Autism

►February 25, 2010 - Karl Taro Greenfeld in Time "The Autism Debate: Who's Afraid of Jenny McCarthy?" - Age of Autism

* ►February 25, 2010 - The Autism Debate: Who's Afraid of Jenny McCarthy? - TIME via Yahoo! News

►February 25, 2010 - NYT: Do Toxins Cause Autism? - Age of Autism

►February 25, 2010 - TED 2010: Temple Grandin On How an Autistic Mind Works (includes video) - Opposing Views

* ►February 25, 2010 - Friend: NY Mom Had Obsessed Over Dead Son's Autism (requires registration) - AP via The New York Times - "Gigi Jordan quit a high-powered job as a pharmaceutical company executive and abandoned her social life to devote all her time to her severely autistic son. For most of his tortured life, Jude Michael Mirra repeatedly banged his head on the floor, screaming and unable to speak, writhing in pain. His mother, trained as a nurse, went to exhaustive lengths to help the 8-year-old, desperate for a cure."

* ►February 25, 2010 - Research Builds on Genetic Link to Autism and Schizophrenia - A genetic link between schizophrenia and autism is enabling researchers to study the effectiveness of drugs used to treat both illnesses. - ScienceDaily - "Dr Clapcote is planning to build on these initial findings to provide further evidence for a genetic link to the conditions. He also aims to assess the impact on the mice of antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia and some symptoms of autism. 'The genetic studies so far are suggesting a common cause for both schizophrenia and autism, which is something our studies will help to establish,' said Dr Clapcote. 'However, these illnesses are complex, involving not only inheritance, but other factors such as environment and experience. It's possible the genetic mutation might create a predisposition, making people more likely to develop autism or schizophrenia.'"

* ►February 25, 2010 - A mother's sensitivity may help language growth in children with autism spectrum disorder - Researchers at the University of Miami show that maternal responsiveness can predict language growth among children in the early stages of autism - University of Miami via EurekAlert!

►February 25, 2010 - Changes in Coverage: Autism legislation passes Missouri House - Daily Dunklin Democrat

►February 25, 2010 - Autism strikes adults as well - Neosho Daily News

* ►February 25, 2010 - Austin autism center losing second key person - Salud Blog via Austin American-Statesman - "Dr. Arthur Krigsman, a gastroenterologist who treats intestinal disorders and performs colonoscopies on some children, is leaving in early spring to set up a separate office, Thoughtful House said in a statement today. Krigsman, who also has a practice in New York, and Dr. Bryan Jepson are not employees of the center but see patients there."

* ►February 25, 2010 - The real value in the Wakefield autism study - ZDNet Healthcare

►February 25, 2010 - ABC Radio interviews Brian Deer - Left Brain/Right Brain

* ►February 24, 2010 - The MMR vaccine scare - transcript and audio - Rear Vision via - "How did the Lancet, Britain's oldest and most respected medical journal, come to publish a fraudulent study linking the measles mumps rubella vaccination with autism?"

* ►February 24, 2010 - Do Toxins Cause Autism? (requires registration) - The New York Times - "An article in a forthcoming issue of a peer-reviewed medical journal, Current Opinion in Pediatrics, just posted online, makes this explicit.  The article cites 'historically important, proof-of-concept studies that specifically link autism to environmental exposures experienced prenatally.' It adds that the 'likelihood is high' that many chemicals 'have potential to cause injury to the developing brain and to produce neurodevelopmental disorders.' The author is not a granola-munching crank but Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and chairman of the school’s department of preventive medicine. While his article is full of cautionary language, Dr. Landrigan told me that he is increasingly confident that autism and other ailments are, in part, the result of the impact of environmental chemicals on the brain as it is being formed."

►February 24, 2010 - Court Orders Reinstatement of Vital, Cost-Saving Treatment for Children With Autism - press release - Public Counsel via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►February 24, 2010 - Hormone Could Treat Symptoms of Autism, Experts Say - Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

* ►February 24, 2010 - Monroe teen emerges from cocoon of autism - Times Herald-Record

►February 24, 2010 - Camelot plans school for autistic pupils in CL - Northwest Herald

►February 24, 2010 - Three Google executives convicted in Italy of violating privacy laws over bullying video - Daily Mail, UK - "The footage, posted on Google Video in September 2006, showed an autistic teenager cowering as he was attacked by four boys at a school in Turin, Italy."

►February 24, 2010 - Judge: Center must continue autism therapy - KABC 7 Los Angeles

►February 24, 2010 - Children and obese hard hit by swine flu: experts - People who were morbidly obese and school-aged children were much more likely to become seriously ill or to die from H1N1 swine flu, U.S. experts said on Wednesday. - Reuters

►February 24, 2010 - Rates of chronic health problems in children soar -

* ►February 24, 2010 - Pediatric disease burden and vaccination recommendations: understanding local differences - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

* ►February 24, 2010 - FDA approves Prevnar 13; ACIP issues recommendations for use - The FDA today approved Pfizer’s Prevnar 13, indicated for the active immunization of children to prevent invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. Just hours after the approval, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended changes to the immunization schedule to incorporate the newly approved vaccine. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►February 24, 2010 - New vaccine approved to prevent meningococcal disease - FDA officials have approved Novartis’ quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine to prevent invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y and W-135 in people 11 to 55 years of age. - Pediatric Supersite

* ►February 24, 2010 - FDA advisory committee recommends including pandemic H1N1 strain in next season’s influenza vaccine - The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has unanimously recommended replacing the current influenza vaccine’s A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like virus with the pandemic A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus strain for the 2010-2011 season. - Pediatric Supersite

►February 24, 2010 - State vet pushes for brucellosis vaccinations - Billings Gazette - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX via Trading Charts

►February 24, 2010 - Intestinal dysbiosis and reduced immunoglobulin-coated bacteria associated with coeliac disease in children (pdf) - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Children can have recurrent strokes - Study highlights importance of recognizing symptoms quickly - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via EurekAlert!

►February 24, 2010 - Intestinal dysbiosis and reduced immunoglobulin-coated bacteria associated with coeliac disease in children (pdf) - journal article (BMC Microbiology)

►February 24, 2010 - Risk for resistant HIV increased with extended nevirapine prophylaxis - Infants who received six-week extended nevirapine prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission had a higher frequency of resistant virus at 6 months of age, according to data presented at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco. - Pediatric Supersite

►February 24, 2010 - The recognition of {gamma}{delta} TCR to protein antigen does not depend on the hydrophobic I97 residue of CDR3 - journal article (International Immunology)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Prevnar 13: Pfizer's next Lipitor? - FierceVaccines

* ►February 24, 2010 - Nigeria: Giving Polio a Final Push - Daily Independent (Lagos) via

►February 24, 2010 - CDC, other agencies find social media an elixir for healthier public relations - CDC's social media efforts unexpectedly improved customer satisfaction - Federal Computer Week

* ►February 23, 2010 - House Denies Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Autistic Children - Bill would have required coverage for early intervention treatment that improves outcomes, saves state money - Office of Senator Janet Howell 32nd District Virginia via

* ►February 23, 2010 - Is Medicating Your Child a Cop-out? - Mohterlode Blog via The New York Times

* ►February 23, 2010 - Gene mutation is linked to autism-like symptoms in mice, UT Southwestern researchers find - UT Southwestern Medical Center via EurekAlert!

►February 23, 2010 - Ozark Center: Early intervention for autism - Neosho Daily News

►February 23, 2010 - Autism bill would pay for Iowa state employees’ children - Des Moines Register Blog

►February 23, 2010 - In-Brief: Bid to wipe out polio virus in Sudan - IRIN Global

►February 23, 2010 - Autism hero Grandin celebrates different methods of thinking - Ithaca Journal

►February 23, 2010 - Student Excluded From Field Trip Because Of Autism - The mother of a local student is speaking out after her son was told he could not go on a field trip. UPDATE: Wednesday update from mother. (includes video) -

►February 23, 2010 - Autism signs appear in babies' first year, but parents don't notice, study finds - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

►February 23, 2010 - Regulation and dysregulation of immunoglobulin E: a molecular and clinical perspective (pdf) - journal article (Clinical and Molecular Allergy)

►February 23, 2010 - Protein arginine methylation: a new handle on T lymphocytes? - journal article (Trends in Immunology)

►February 22, 2010 - Five-Year Outcome of Children With “Growing Pains”: Correlations With Pain Threshold - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

►February 22, 2010 - Antigen microarrays: descriptive chemistry or functional immunomics? - journal article (Trends in Immunology)

►February 22, 2010 - NIAID to Fund Pathogen, Toxin Dx - GenomeWeb

* ►February 20, 2010 - Behavioral and Cognitive Effects of Anti-epileptic Drugs - journal article (Discovery Medicine)

►February 19, 2010 - Medicare Participation Options for Physicians (pdf) - American Medical Association

* ►February 17, 2010 - Ketogenic diet slows down mitochondrial myopathy progression in mice. - journal article (Human Molecular Genetics)

►February 17, 2010 - Zinc supplements for preventing otitis media - journal article (Cochrane Reviews)

►February 17, 2010 - Chronic health conditions increasing in children, study finds - The rates are higher and the illnesses are different than in previous generations, researchers say, with youths suffering from attention deficit disorder, obesity and asthma. - Los Angeles Times

►February 4, 2010 - Expert available to discuss Lancet’s retraction of paper on autism study - University of New Hampshire via

* ►February 1, 2010 - Why I Love Vendors (requires registration) - Talks and posters are about where biology has been—but the booths with the sales pitches and freebies tell you where science is going. - The Scientist

* ►February 1, 2010 - Fork in the Road (requires registration) - Will the new European Research Council lead EU science to success or lose its way? - The Scientist

* ►February 2010 - Pediatric disease burden and vaccination recommendations: understanding local differences - journal article (International Journal of Infectious Diseases)

* ►February 2010 - 14 Common Vaccination Questions Answered - In the first two years of life, your baby will get shots to protect her against ten diseases. There's continuing controversy about these vaccines. Let us set your mind at ease! - American Baby via

►January 28, 2010 - Pediatricians' Management Practices for Chronic Pain - journal article (Journal of Palliative Medicine)

►January 25, 2010 - Involvement of CD91 and scavenger receptors in Hsp70-facilitated activation of human antigen-specific CD4+ memory T cells - journal article (European Journal of Immunology)

►2010 - Regulatory T cells (pdf) - journal article (Nature Reviews Immunology) - "Enhancement of TReg cell function either pharmacologically or by cell-based therapy may prove to be an adjunct to the treatment of autoimmunity, whereas deletion or inactivation of TReg cell function may facilitate the generation of tumour immunity or enhance responses to weak vaccines."

* ►September 1, 2009 - Human papilloma virus is associated with breast cancer - journal article (British Journal of Cancer)

Canine Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (CIT) - ID Patrol via

BIT Life Sciences’ 2nd World Congress of Vaccine - Theme: Next Generation Vaccines - March 24th-26th, 2010, Beijing International Convention Center, Beijing, China


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