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* ►March 1, 2010 - Hospitalization for Severe Bacterial Infections in Children after Exposure to NSAIDs: A Prospective Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Study - journal article (Clinical Drug Investigation) - "The frequency of severe bacterial infections after exposure to NSAIDs was elevated (one case per month) in the department studied. Further work is necessary to confirm these findings, given the potential for recruitment and protopathic biases in our study."

►March 2010 - Asthma, allergy, and IgE levels in NYC head start children - journal article (Respiratory Medicine)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Mother keeping up her campaign against Gardasil - - "Lisa Schryver Ericzon's daughter, Jessica F., died two years ago, and Ms. Ericzon says she believes the Gardasil vaccine was the cause. Ms. Ericzon, Omar, has spent the past two years researching the vaccine and connecting with other parents, in an effort to get her concerns about the vaccine heard."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Vaccine stance draws criticism - Chiropractor subject of medical doctor's complaint - Argus Leader - "A medical doctor in Sioux Falls has complained to a state board about a chiropractor's efforts to warn others that vaccines contain hazardous chemicals. Dr. James Olson, a cardiologist for Sanford Health, said the chiropractor, Dr. Ben Rall, is wrong to blame vaccines for autism and other health problems. Olson explained his concerns in a letter Feb. 9 to Marcia Walter, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Chiropractic Examiners."

* ►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 vaccine, once coveted, now ignored as public's fears fade - The CDC is urging doctors to continue vaccinating patients to prevent a third wave of flu, but physicians say few patients are interested. -

* ►February 22, 2010 - What editorial writers are saying about autism study retraction - The Lancet in February retracted a 1998 study that incorrectly linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism. -

* ►February 22, 2010 - Data security breaches often triggered by carelessness - For physicians, a lost smartphone or forgotten laptop can mean a long, arduous process of notifying patients -- and the risk of penalties under HIPAA. -

►February 22, 2010 - Health reform summit has Republicans skeptical - The Obama administration hopes the forum will get a reform overhaul across the finish line, but GOP lawmakers want Democrats to start from scratch. -

►February 22, 2010 - Calif. doctors sue to ensure nurse anesthetists are supervised - The case was prompted by the governor's decision to opt out of a Medicare provision requiring physician oversight of CRNAs in hospitals. -

►February 22, 2010 - Health plans profit despite recession - Many of the largest health insurers relied on Medicaid and Medicare to deliver earnings, offsetting losses of membership in commercial, employer-sponsored business. -

►February 22, 2010 - N.H. high court halts state raid on liability fund - The state's plan to use $110 million for health expansions violated the rights of physicians who paid into the insurance fund for coverage, justices said. -

►February 22, 2010 - Cost increases tied to market power's impact on payment: Mass. study - Some physician groups and hospitals in the state receive twice the rates of others who provide similar services, according to the state's attorney general. -

►February 22, 2010 - Doctors who aid in executions unlikely to face sanctions - Capital punishment opponents want medical boards to punish these physicians, but a new study finds that boards do not have the legal power to intervene. -

►February 22, 2010 - Unions for health care workers are growing - Experts say nurses are leading a trend toward more organized labor in the medical setting -- mostly in hospitals. -

►February 22, 2010 - iPad stoking doctor interest in tablet computers -

►February 22, 2010 - News in brief: Government & Medicine - Medicare pay for doctors exempt from new pay-go law - Mental health parity rules draw praise from psychiatrists - Michigan governor re-proposes physician tax - Massachusetts physicians lobby for liability reform legislation - Some Medicare pricing data now available online -

►February 22, 2010 - News in brief: Professional Issues - N.C. high court narrows liability rule - Physicians get tips on welcoming gay, lesbian patients - Text message initiative designed to curb premature births -

►February 22, 2010 - News in brief: Business - WellPoint board chair retiring; CEO Braly to succeed him - Aetna pays $750,000 fine for Healthy New York program violations - Payer portal project expands to New Jersey -

►February 22, 2010 - Outbreak of chickenpox in a refugee camp of northern Thailand (pdf) - journal article (Conflict and Health)

►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 components drive growth at West in Q4 - West Pharmaceutical Services reported strong fourth quarter results, underpinned by demand for H1N1 components, but still posted a dip in operating income for its 2009 financial year. -

* ►February 22, 2010 - Novartis Gets US FDA OK For Menveo,Priority Review For Gilenia (requires subscription) - Dow Jones via The Wall Street Journal - "Novartis said the Menveo vaccine, which is designed to prevent meningococcal disease in people aged 11 to 55, has the potential to be used in a broader age range. Hence, it will submit supplementary licensures for children aged 2 to 10 years in the first half of 2010 and expects to file data to support an infant indication in 2011, Novartis said. "The approval is an important milestone for adolescent immunization in the U.S." since around "16 million adolescents between 11 and 18 are at risk", said Andrin Oswald, head of Novartis' vaccines and diagnostics division."

* ►February 22, 2010 - CMA Sponsors Legislation Holding Insurers Accountable - California Medical Association via Medical News Today - "AB 2093, by Assemblyman Manuel Perez, D-Cathedral City. This bill would require health plans to fully reimburse physicians for the cost of immunizations, a measure considered crucial for maintaining the state's high vaccination rates and protecting public health. The bill would also bar health plans from charging patients out-of-pocket expenses for vaccines, a practice that can discourage participation."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Commercial Insight: Select herpes viruses and human papilloma virus - By Bharatbook - New report “Commercial Insight: Select herpes viruses and human papilloma virus” into its market report catalogue for reselling  - Bharatbook via PRMinds - "Despite high unmet need, the market for the small molecules used to manage conditions such as genital and oral herpes, genital warts, cytomegalovirus retinitis and pneumonia or shingles has been neglected compared with the successfully promoted immunizations for varicella in children, zoster in adults, or human papilloma virus in adolescents."

* ►February 22, 2010 - NIAID to Fund Pathogen, Toxin Dx - NIAID via GenomeWeb News - "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases plans to provide $20 million in fiscal 2011 to fund its Partnerships for Biodefense program, which supports development of candidate diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and adjuvants for pathogens and toxins that NIAID has labeled as Category A, B, or C priorities."

►February 22, 2010 - Africa: Early arrival of meningitis "alarming" - Spero News

►February 22, 2010 - China To Abolish Discrimination Against Hepatitis B Patients -

* ►February 22, 2010 - Emergent BioSolutions to Participate in March 2010 Investor Conferences - Emergent BioSolutions via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and therapeutics that assist the body's immune system to prevent or treat disease. Emergent's marketed product, BioThrax(R) (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection. Emergent's product pipeline targets infectious diseases and includes programs focused on anthrax, tuberculosis, typhoid, flu and chlamydia."

►February 22, 2010 - Adamas Pharmaceuticals Announces In Vitro Data Demonstrating TCAD Therapy is More Potent Than Double Combinations or Monotherapy Against Drug-Resistant Flu Strains - Adamas Pharmaceuticals via PRNewswire

* ►February 22, 2010 - Glaxo Consistently Shared Avandia Data, Except… - Pharmalot

* ►February 22, 2010 - Biologics PREA Reviews and Labeling Changes - PREA Labeling Changes, Medical, Statistical, and Clinical Pharmacology Reviews of Pediatric Studies Conducted under Section 505B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), as amended by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). - FDA

►February 22, 2010 - Alnylam Initiates Phase IIb Clinical Trial of ALN-RSV01 in Adult Lung Transplant Patients Infected with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals via Business Wire via MarketWatch

►February 22, 2010 - Japan to offer quake-hit Haiti 2 mln USD to curb diseases - Xinhua

►February 22, 2010 - The Enemy Within - Food Allergies - European Commission Joint Research Centre via Medical News Today

* ►February 22, 2010 - Vitamin D: Sound science or hype? - New York Times News Service via - "Manson is leading a major study over the next five years that should provide answers to these questions and more. The clinical trial is recruiting 20,000 older adults to study whether high doses of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids from fish-oil supplements will lower risk for heart disease and cancer. In addition, both vitamin D and fish oil are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect, but each works through a different pathway in the body, so there may be an added health benefit in combining them. People most at risk for vitamin D deficiency are older, have diabetes or kidney disease, stay indoors or have darker skin."

►February 22, 2010 - McKinnon gets a date for 'final' appeal - The Register, UK - "Many of the earlier appeals took place before McKinnon was diagnosed with a mild form of autism last November. McKinnon's campaign has taken off since then with the support of autism experts, politicians and celebrities. Campaigners have consistently argued that McKinnon ought to be tried in the UK, if anywhere."

►February 22, 2010 - Plans in hand for autism school - Monash Journal

►February 22, 2010 - Training gives officer tips on dealing with autism - The Vindicator

►February 22, 2010 - 'I need more help with autistic son' -

►February 22, 2010 - Autistic youth feel magic in Milford theater group - New Haven Register - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX via

►February 22, 2010 - ViiV Healthcare Presents New Data from HIV/AIDS Portfolio Demonstrating Research Advances and Commitment to Patient Care at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections - Presentations Include New Data for S/GSK1349572, an Integrase Inhibitor in Clinical Development, SELZENTRY(R), and EPZICOM(R) - The 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) via  PRNewswire

►February 22, 2010 - Fundraise to help fight emerging infectious diseases - Calgary Herald

►February 22, 2010 - Government to reintroduce health plan - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

►February 22, 2010 - Philippines To Soften Demands For Price Cuts - Pharmalot

►February 22, 2010 - Raw milk proponents take cause to capitols, courtrooms as public health officials warn of risk - AP via Hartford Courant

►February 22, 2010 - Boiling shrimps may reduce shellfish allergens: Study - The Institute of Food Technologists via ANI via Yahoo!

* ►February 22, 2010 - Ayurveda can be a hope for modern chronic diseases - Some of the life saving and revolutionary molecules are driven from the herbs documented in Ayurveda then why not the time tested concepts, procedures, life-style at least till the time we reach in a better position through researches. - Merinews

►February 22, 2010 - Recognize, treat bowel trouble in children - Herald Times Reporter

►February 22, 2010 - Training gives officer tips on dealing with autism - Youngstown Vindicator

►February 22, 2010 - Dogs guide autistic kids - Canadian Press via Hamilton Spectator

►February 22, 2010 - Parents of Children With Autism Worldwide Can Now Help Their Children Learn at Home - press release - Rethink Autism, Inc. via PRNewswire

* ►February 22, 2010 - Government scraps swine flu vaccination campaign for under fives - The Department of Health has revealed it is to scrap plans for healthy children under five to continue to be vaccinated against swine flu, just three months after urging GPs to vaccinate more than three million youngsters against the outbreak. (requires registration) - Pulse, UK

►February 22, 2010 - Major British Government U Turn - Child Swine Flu Vaccines Campaign Cancelled - The One Click Group

* ►February 22, 2010 - Pandemic Response Project Assists With Vaccine Waiver / Exemption Rights - The One Click Group

►February 22, 2010 - A South End Health-Care Pioneer - Anna Bissonnette teaches much more than how to inoculate - BU Today

►February 22, 2010 - Dr. Manoj Jain: H1N1 toll is great, and still many don't heed warnings - Memphis Commercial Appeal

►February 22, 2010 - Dr. Breland urges residents to get H1N1 vaccine -

►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 Flu Vaccine Now Available to Everyone in Korea - The Chosun Ilbo

* ►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 vaccinations still encouraged - Health official warns of 'third wave' of virus - Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 flu toll rises to 209 - Bangkok Post

* ►February 22, 2010 - City residents heed call on swine flu - San Francisco Examiner

►February 22, 2010 - H1N1 Flu Vaccine Supply Lingers As Demand Slows - Hartford Courant

►February 22, 2010 - Swine flu cases may be down, but people should still get vaccinated -

►February 22, 2010 - Bunzl boosted by swine flu but Glaxo hit by new Avandia concerns - The Guardian, UK

►February 22, 2010 - Bunzl beats FY forecasts after H1N1 virus boost - Reuters India

►February 22, 2010 - Today's letters: hydrofracking and Marcellus Shale, H1N1, Toyota - letters -

►February 22, 2010 - Measles cases rise to 669 - Manila Bulletin - "German measles cases in the country have increased to 669 after 99 more patients were admitted in various hospitals around the country."

►February 22, 2010 - DOH: One dead from measles, 6 more areas report cases (includes video) -

►February 22, 2010 - Reality bites: War against malaria rages on - Despite battles won, the war against malaria rages on — with many casualties - San Diego Union-Tribune

►February 22, 2010 - Novartis Gets US Approval for Meningitis Vaccine - Drugmaker Novartis says meningitis vaccine gets US approval for people between 11 and 55 - AP via ABC News

►February 22, 2010 - Singapore Pharmaceuticals: The Government Is Targeting US$17bn In Biosciences Manufacturing Output By 2015 - New report provides detailed analysis of the Healthcare and Medical market - OfficialWire

►February 22, 2010 - GenVec Inc signs development agreement with DHS for FMD vaccines development - Trading Markets

►February 22, 2010 - AltraVax acquires technology platform for vaccine development - Vaccine News Daily

* ►February 22, 2010 - CEL-SCI Study Shows CEL-2000 Vaccine Blocks Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Statistically Significant Findings Published in Prestigious Journal of International Immunopharmacology - press release - PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►February 22, 2010 - Aids 'could be under control worldwide in five years' - The Times, UK

►February 22, 2010 - Steve Connor: In absence of a vaccine, this is probably our best hope - In the past, someone with HIV would typically pass on the virus to one person a year - The Independent, UK

►February 22, 2010 - Doctor says mass screening and drugs would stop spread of HIV in five years - Irish Times

►February 22, 2010 - No such thing as 'just' a virus - The Daily Times

►February 22, 2010 - Alabama varsity's killer Prof triggered virus scare - Press Trust of India

►February 22, 2010 - Dog owners should be wary of fake rabies vaccine - AsiaOne

►February 22, 2010 - Chemicals In Toys, Furniture May Face Tighter Standards - Chemical Industry Now Open to Regulation; Bill Expected Soon - ABC News

* ►February 22, 2010 - Somers vs. O'Reilly: 'No Spin' Debate on the FDA and Vitamins and Supplements - interview, rush transcript - The O'Reilly Factor via FOX News

►February 22, 2010 - DOH calls for ban on mercury - Philippine Daily Inquirer

►February 22, 2010 - Napans tapped for health survey - Vallejo Times-Herald - "Some 7,000 residents in 15 counties nationwide are randomly selected annually for the chance to participate in this study. It is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Labour's £224m National Children's Database - Unstable, Inaccurate And Insecure - The Daily Telegraph via The One Click Group

* ►February 22, 2010 - Despair of the DNA 'Sisters': DNA Profiling Useless - Daily Mail via The One Click Group

►February 22, 2010 - DNA privacy - The Herald, Australia

►February 22, 2010 - Pregnant Briton Who Fled To Spain To Prevent Social Services Kidnapping Her Baby Gives Birth - Daily Mail via The One Click Group

►February 22, 2010 - FDA warning reminds us of labeling’s impact - Packaging World

►February 22, 2010 - Does FDA Need More Power? - The Science Business Blog via Forbes - "Is the controversy over Avandia further proof that the way we approve new drugs needs to change?"

* ►February 22, 2010 - Cure for deadly peanut allergy 'within three years', say doctors - Daily Mail, UK - "One child in 50 in Britain suffers from peanut allergy and the numbers are rising fast. Reactions can range from mild itching and rashes to dangerous swelling of the airways, breathing problems and severe asthma. ... Dr Andrew Clark, leading the research, said the peanut flour was 'retraining' the children's faulty immune systems."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Temple Grandin on Vaccines -- If There's a Risk, "Space Them Out." - Age of Autism

* ►February 22, 2010 - The You Docs Tip of the Day: Should you get your kids vaccinated? - By Michael Rozen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. - King Features Syndicate via Idaho Statesman - "As if there aren't enough debates about raising kids, to vaccinate or not is one of the thorniest. Back in 1998, a study in The Lancet suggested that the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) was linked to autism. It ignited an emotional debate that scared scores of parents right out of the doctor's office, refusing to let their kids get the vaccine."

►February 22, 2010 - Real life lessons - The Ottawa Citizen - "Yet it's often difficult for ordinary people to quantify these risks, and too often our judgments are based on emotions rather than calculations. The misplaced hysteria, thankfully now receding, over the health risks of vaccines was particularly destructive. ... Overreacting caused damage that could have been avoided, just as it did with the MMR vaccine hoax."

►February 22, 2010 - Andrew Wakefield's Autism Organization? - Left Brain/Right Brain

►February 22, 2010 - Andrew Wakefield: Destined for even more disrepute - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

* ►February 21, 2010 - Wakefield Moving into New Leadership Role in Autism Community, Leaving Thoughtful House. By Dan Olmsted - "Wakefield expressed optimism that by working with the support of a larger set of autism organizations he would be able to focus attention back on the exploding population of affected children and their families, 'which is where it belongs', he emphasized. 'I have always followed the principle that good medicine, and ultimately good science, begins and ends with the patient. We need to remember that the purpose of medical science is not to serve the medical industry but rather the interests of the patients the industry serves.'"

* ►February 21, 2010 - Counterfeit Law: And They Think They Have Got Away With It By Martin Walker - Age of Autism

* ►February 21, 2010 - Max Clifford manages his own PR as Wakefield spin campaign is derailed - Brian Deer reports on a story that was not to be -

►February 21, 2010 - Grandmother's Love Could Bring More Autism Awareness (includes video) -

►February 21, 2010 - School uses intensive therapy for kids with autism - AP via Lexington Herald-Leader

►February 21, 2010 - Living with autism - Neosho Daily News

►February 21, 2010 - Autism expert to run training sessions in C.B. - Chronicle Herald - "The move to better prepare first responders for handling cases involving people with autism stems from the tragic death of a seven-year-old boy in December."

►February 21, 2010 - Sunday Journal: Autistic sibling redefines normal - San Antonio Express-News

* ►February 21, 2010 - Steps toward a cure - column (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "Her mother’s murder trial has been over for a couple of weeks now, but I’m still haunted by little Rebecca Riley. Why did no one manage to rescue this 4-year-old child as her parents pumped her full of powerful psychotropic drugs, drugs that would kill her? And how could the doctor who blithely prescribed those drugs have escaped even the slightest penalty?"

►February 21, 2010 - Health Services Receive Dental, Immunization Grants - Zanesville Times Recorder - "The Ohio Department of Health recently awarded more than $136,000 in grants to public health departments and medical centers in southeast Ohio to help improve access to dental care for those in need and increase immunization levels for young children."

►February 21, 2010 - Free Swine Flu Shots Offered At Dulles - AP via

►February 21, 2010 - Region hit hard by H1N1 - Cornwall Standard Freeholder

* ►February 21, 2010 - H1N1 vaccines: Every batch has to pass all tests - Brunei Times via

* ►February 21, 2010 - Arizona State epidemiologist to explore dynamics of Mexico's H1N1 pandemic - Influenza surveillance mechanisms in Mexico were adequate during the fast-spreading H1N1 outbreak in 2009, yet Mexico did not have the infrastructure to quickly identify the emergence of this novel strain, according to an Arizona State University (ASU) epidemiologist. - Arizona State University via

►February 21, 2010 - Mandatory Policy Raises Vaccination Rates - ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals

►February 21, 2010 - Lessons learned from H1N1 virus - Rome News Tribune

►February 21, 2010 - Spain: Catalonia has highest incidence of H1N1 - H5N1 Blog

►February 21, 2010 - Paraguay braces for a new H1N1 wave in April - H5N1 Blog

* ►February 21, 2010 - When flu's the foe: a game shot - News & Observer - " NCSU freshman Siddharth Gandra got his shot before the game. 'My parents have been asking me to get one since October,' said Gandra, who was surprised to encounter the nurse offering mist or shots. He also was given a coupon for free food. 'I got a burger, and I got a shot, so I'm all right,' Gandra said."

►February 21, 2010 - Study: Health rules on flying with TB too strict (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post

►February 21, 2010 - Olympic-sized hypocrisy - Leprosy? This 'we-are- the-world' facade is what makes me sick - Winnipeg Free Press - "On Friday, health officials in B.C. revealed someone working on a cruise ship housing Olympic personnel had been diagnosed with leprosy. Although the ship in question served as a dorm for Olympic security personnel, the infected crew member worked below decks and didn't come into contact with the temporary lodgers, officials told The Canadian Press."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Blanket HIV testing 'could see Aids dying out in 40 years' - Health officials consider routine checks followed by lifetime course of drugs for everyone with the virus - The Guardian, UK

►February 21, 2010 - Ind. man accused of intentionally spreading AIDS to hundreds -

►February 21, 2010 - CROI: Mixed Results for Prolonged TB Prophylaxis in HIV - MedPage Today

►February 21, 2010 - Ex-Minnesota doctor charged with molesting boy - Scott Strickland, once an HIV specialist in Minnesota, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Portland, Ore. - Minneapolis Star Tribune

►February 21, 2010 - 'Alice in Wonderland': Johnny Depp on why the Mad Hatter is really mad - The Dish Rag via Zap2it

* ►February 21, 2010 - Novartis, Swisscom, UBS Shares May Move: Swiss Equity Preview - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek - "Novartis AG (NOVN VX): Israel’s NasVax Ltd. has reached agreement with the Swiss drugmaker’s Vaccines and Diagnostics unit for joint research on vaccine technology, and granting to Novartis the option to purchase exclusive rights to license certain vaccine technologies. Novartis shares advanced 90 centimes, or 1.5 percent, to 59.9 Swiss francs."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Transmission of AIDS's virus could stop within 5 years: Experts - African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis via

►February 21, 2010 - Study: Health Rules On Flying With TB Too Strict - AP via KRXI Reno

►February 21, 2010 - Wisconsin county health ranking system now applied to entire U.S. - Ozaukee reported to be best in state; Dane high in nation in two areas - The Badger Herald

►February 21, 2010 - Borrowed Freedom hopes to help special needs individuals (includes video) -

* ►February 20, 2010 - FDA Studying 27 Drugs, Drug Classes for Potential Safety Issues (requires registration) - Medscape Medical News

* ►February 20, 2010 - California lawmaker rips pharmacy board's role on flu shot bill - Sacramento Bee - "Legislation designed to make it easier to get flu shots at California pharmacies is sparking accusations that a state watchdog board is getting too cozy with those it regulates. Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi is pushing to crack down on the California Board of Pharmacy, which sponsored the measure to expand opportunities for pharmacists, particularly independent operators, to give flu shots to adults. Hayashi objects to the state watchdog board teaming up with the pharmacists trade association, whose lobbyists are pushing the flu-shot bill, in a drive that could financially benefit hundreds of people the board regulates."

►February 20, 2010 - Vancouver Olympics: Unexpectedly, blessedly an officially flu-free zone - Canadian Press via Cape Breton Post

►February 20, 2010 - Swine flu vaccination period stays open - Times of Malta

►February 20, 2010 - High immunization rate pays off - editorial - The Oklahoman via

►February 20, 2010 - Panel passes bill aimed at boosting vaccination rate - Twin Falls Times-News via - "A new state commission would look for ways for Idaho to deal with its low immunization rate, under a proposal in the Legislature."

►February 20, 2010 - Effingham health department to initiate reminder calls for childhood immunizations - Effingham County Health Department to initiate reminder calls for childhood immunizations - Savannah Morning News

►February 19, 2010 - Fight HIV with HIV: 'safe' virus proposed as vaccine - New Scientist

►February 19, 2010 - New Germ-Killing Spray Fights H1N1 (includes video) - MyFox Phoenix

* ►February 19, 2010 - Regulatory Science Update: FDA and International Serious Adverse Events Consortium Complete Third Data Release Data focus on genetic basis of drug-induced liver injury and serious skin reaction - FDA

* ►February 19, 2010 - U.S. Attorney New Release: Miami Prescription Drug Diverter Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison - FDA

* ►February 19, 2010 - Cardinal Health pays $1M fine for missing drugs - Business First of Columbus

►February 19, 2010 - Health rates: ‘It’s ugliness everywhere’ - Insurance costs rocketing via San Francisco Business Times

►February 19, 2010 - Finding the right combination - A combination of positive and negative regulation narrowly restricts a genome-shuffling enzyme’s activity - Laboratory for Mucosal Immunity, Research Center for Allergy and Immunology via Research Asia

►February 19, 2010 - BPA Not Linked to Ill Effects in 2 Studies - Findings Conflict With Earlier Studies Suggesting Plastics Chemical Is a Health Hazard - WebMD - "Both studies are published in Toxicological Sciences. One was funded by the plastics industry; the other, by a state university and the Environmental Protection Agency."

* ►February 19, 2010 - Official Recommended Intake for Vitamin D is Too Low - 2,000 IU/Day or More Needed for Optimal Health - Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

* ►February 18, 2010 - Autism symptoms appear around age one - UC Davis via - "'After six months,' the researchers found, 'the autism spectrum disorder group showed a rapid decline in eye contact, social smiling, and examiner-rated social responsiveness.' Group differences were significant by 12 months in eye contact and social smiling and all other measures by 18 months, the study found."

* ►February 17, 2010 - Canine Cancer Breakthrough: Could This Be First Effective Cancer Vaccination? - K9 Magazine via - "Merial, a major player in the animal health sector, has gained full-licensure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for ONCEPT(TM) Canine Melanoma Vaccine, DNA."

►February 17, 2010 - Summary Box: Merck Tests Could Expand Vaccine Use - Summary Box: Merck studies find Gardasil vaccine blocks HPV virus in women over 26, gay men - AP via ABC News

►February 10, 2010 - Outbreak of acute respiratory infection among infants in Lisbon, Portugal, caused by human adenovirus serotype 3 and a new 7/3 recombinant strain - journal article (Journal of Clinical Microbiology)

►February 5, 2010 - APOE {varepsilon}4: A Potential Modulation Factor in Rett Syndrome - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

►February 4, 2010 - Fetal Genotype for the Xenobiotic Metabolizing Enzyme NQO1 Influences Intrauterine Growth Among Infants Whose Mothers Smoked During Pregnancy - journal article (Child Development)

* ►February 1, 2010 - Health-Related Quality of Life Across Pediatric Chronic Conditions - journal article (The Journal of Pediatrics)

* ►February 2010 - Early dietary exposures and feeding practices: role in pathogenesis and prevention of allergic disease? - journal article (Post Graduate Medical Journal)

* ►January 6, 2010 - Influenza A - "They Organized the Psychosis" (PRESS-ECHO) - English translation of the L´Humanité-article from the Truthout French Language Editor Leslie Thatcher: Influenza A - Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg via

* Everyday Autism Miracles with Shannon Penrod (includes video) - Surviving and Thriving with Children on the Spectrum - The New Toginet Radio - "Life after an Autism Spectrum diagnosis doesn't have to be difficult; it can be joyful, happy and filled with hope. Join Shannon Penrod, author, speaker, coach and mom of a six year old recovering from Autism for this inspirational hour of hope.  Hear stories from real parents whose children have made miraculous strides.  Get the inside dish on therapies, treatments, supplements and how to get funding to help you afford them.  Miracles abound in the autism community.  Tune into Everyday Autism Miracles to listen, share, laugh and surround yourself with hope."

* Violated for having autism - Spectrum Publications via Autism Support Network

* Nailed:  Dr Andrew Wakefield and the MMR vaccine fraud - Summary of Brian Deer's investigation into a threat to children's health (includes video) -


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