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* ►February 25-26, 2010 - Workshop: The Exposome: A Powerful Approach for Evaluating Environmental Exposures and Their Influences on Human Disease - NAS Building, Auditorium 2100 C Street NW Washington, DC 20001 - Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions via

* ►February 25, 2010 - Doubts cloud closing of anthrax case - Asia Times

* ►February 25, 2010 - Lyme Disease: The Next Pandemic? - University of Central Florida College of Medicine via Ivanhoe - "What is the root of the underreporting? Some doctors say it lies in the blood test. "The CDC recognizes three strains right now," Michael Cichon, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, said. "But there might be 300 strains,"

* ►February 25, 2010 - Aussies to test golden staph vaccine - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

* ►February 24, 2010 - The Coalition for Vaccine Safety Calls for Congressional Hearings on Federal Agencies' Failure to Provide Adequate Safety Research - press release - Coalition for Vaccine Safety via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "The Coalition for Vaccine Safety urges Congress to view the claims of HHS and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that vaccines are safe with a jaundiced eye.  The existing evidence on vaccine safety is grossly insufficient and fails to meet the requirements of public confidence.  In fact, significant evidence points to suppression of science that could prove or disprove vaccine safety.  This suppression may be due to potential liability and financial conflicts of interest involving individuals and organizations responsible for scientific studies and vaccine safety policies.  Furthermore, 'HHS has blatantly disregarded laws passed by Congress requiring it to properly and thoroughly study vaccine safety,' reads the letter."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Is there a link between childhood vaccines and autism? - Vancouver Sun - "Earlier this month, the Sun published an editorial about gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the recent retraction of his 1998 study by the Lancet, a prestigious medical journal in the United Kingdom ( Journal's delayed autism mea culpa can't repair the damage it has caused, Feb. 5). ... I'd like to oppose the newspaper's view and suggest that Wakefield, instead of being a menace to public health, may in fact be on to something. My hope is merely to raise a few questions, lest this come across a zealot's anti-vaccine rant."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Rapid Responses to: Why did the Lancet take so long? - Trisha Greenhalgh: competing interests - John Stone - journal article (BMJ)

* ►February 24, 2010 - The Autism Speaks Baby Sibs Research Consortium, aka Everything that is Wrong with Autism Research By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►February 24, 2010 - Virginia Denies Insurance Coverage to Autistic Children - Age of Autism

* ►February 24, 2010 - CDC Advisor Says Autism Increasing in Denmark, Sweden and the United States - Facing Autism in New Brunswick

* ►February 24, 2010 - Vaccine Equity Bill Speeds toward Enactment - Home School Legal Defense Association - "Barring something totally unforeseen, Virginia will soon be the first state in the nation (to our knowledge) to require that homeschooled children be treated fairly when there is a public health emergency and vaccine is in limited supply. Some parents prefer to limit the vaccinations their children receive, or omit them altogether. These parents are protected under HB 270 because the bill does not diminish a parent’s right to turn down a vaccination for a child. But for the parents who believe that vaccination is desirable, HB 270 gives reason to hope that the disgraceful discrimination of the past will not be repeated."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Tragic Natalie Morton sister has cervical cancer vaccine - Coventry Telegraph, UK - "Natalie Morton’s older sister Abigail has given the HPV vaccine the ultimate vote of confidence – by having the jab herself. Natalie, aged 14, died just hours after being given the jab in September last year, though a post mortem later showed she was killed by chest cancer."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Can A Vaccine Prevent Cervical Cancer? - Cervical cancer is a major threat to India. But can vaccinations really prevent it? - Forbes India

* ►February 24, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia Drug Face-Off - Dr Steven Nissen - Alliance for Human Research Protection via The One Click Group

►February 24, 2010 - GSK to face FDA meeting over Avandia safety record - The Independent, UK

* ►February 24, 2010 -  FDA Approves Pneumococcal Disease Vaccine with Broader Protection - Successor to Prevnar is intended for infants, young children - U.S. Food and Drug Administration via PRNewswire-USNewswire - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Prevnar 13, a pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine for infants and young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years.  Prevnar 13 will be the successor to Prevnar, the pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine licensed by the FDA in 2000 to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and otitis media."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Vaccine Approved for Child Infections (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Prevnar 7 had worldwide sales approaching $3 billion, making it one of the Pfizer’s best-selling drugs, and Credit Suisse analysts predict Prevnar 13 will exceed $5 billion in sales by 2014."

* ►February 24, 2010 - A&M gets big grant to make tobacco-based vaccine - Houston Chronicle - "The so-called Texas Plant-Expressed Vaccine-Consortium today announced the manufacturing initiative, which will be headquartered in a 145,000-square-foot facility to be constructed on a 21-acre site on the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan. 'If this works, we will have a billion-dose-per-month vaccine facility in Texas, which would be by far the largest and most capable center in the world,' said Brett Giroir, vice chancellor for research for the A&M System and co-principal investigator for the project."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Teasing Vaccines From Tobacco - Swine Flu Epidemic Spurs Military to Join the Hunt for Plant-Based Alternatives - Wall Street Journal - "GreenVax hopes to produce the initial 10 million doses of H1N1 vaccine within 12 months. Large-scale human clinical trials are expected to begin in 2011, and could take up to 18 months to complete. The setup could be used to produce other vaccines as well."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Researchers' group slams decision to cancel HIV-vaccination facility - HIV Vaccine Trials Network via Winnipeg Free Press via Montreal Gazette

►February 24, 2010 - Child immunisation saves lives - Parents should ensure their children and those surrounding them are immunised to avert loss of life. - The Herald

►February 24, 2010 - Only 26% infants in state vaccinated: BJP - Times of India - "The senior BJP leader also claimed that several vaccines approved by the UN for diseases including Hepatitis A and B and pneumonia have not been covered under the programme. 'Only the very basic vaccines -- BCG, DPT, OPV, Measles, Pulse Polio and Vitamin A -- have been covered,' he said."

►February 24, 2010 - Rotary Commits Funds For Polio Eradication - Graphic Ghana

►February 24, 2010 - Capiceños warned vs measles outbreak - Philippine Information Agency

* ►February 24, 2010 - No reason to assume the anthrax powder was produced in the week before the letters were sent/ GSN - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 24, 2010 - FBI and Sandia were unable to produce an identical spore preparation: so how could they prove Ivins made the spores on Fort Detrick equipment?? - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 24, 2010 - Additional details emerge to challenge the FBI's anthrax letter scenario - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►February 24, 2010 - Haste Leaves Anthrax Case Unconcluded (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 24, 2010 - CDC selects Sentry for vaccine storage and distribution - Sentry BioPharma Services has been contracted by the US CDC to store and distribute influenza vaccines from its cGMP, FDA-registered facility in support of the national strategic reserve. -

►February 24, 2010 - Treating neonatal meningitis -- is nitric oxide a foe or a friend to bacteria? - American Journal of Pathology via EurekAlert!

►February 24, 2010 - Doc Martin launches meningitis campaign - The Voice of Plymouth The Herald

* ►February 24, 2010 - Lilly’s Puerto Rico API plant issued with FDA warning letter - The FDA has issued Eli Lilly with a warning letter detailing a significant deviation from cGMP at its API production facility in Puerto Rico, which makes ingredients used in Humalog (insulin lispro), a diabetes treatment. -

►February 24, 2010 - Agent Orange Effects - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Risks >From Antipsychotic Medications in Children and Adolescents - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Risks >From Antipsychotic Medications in Children and Adolescents—Reply - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Transgenomic Licenses IP From IntegraGen to Develop Genetic Test for Autism - Transgenomic via PRNewswire-FirstCall - "Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TBIO) announced today that it has licensed on an exclusive U.S. basis intellectual property from IntegraGen SA that will enable Transgenomic to develop and commercialize a genetic test designed to assess the risk of autism in children who have older siblings diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  Under the agreement Transgenomic will develop the test in the Company's CAP-accredited and CLIA-certified laboratory, and anticipates launching the new test in the second quarter of 2010.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Northern Illinois Medical Group offers natural alternatives to treat autism - TACA via The Rock River Times - "As a trained practitioner in the D.A.N.! protocol, Dr. Masukawa treats and counsels families who suffer from autism. Health practitioners who are trained in D.A.N.! protocol believe environmental factors—including unprecedented exposure to toxic substances and over-vaccination of infants and young children—are key factors, making autism a whole-body illness. With the CDC acknowledging environmental factors as a possibility in their press briefing on the Autism Surveillance Summary, the D.A.N.! approach may be the better alternative to psychotropic drugs (medication capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behavior). It is no secret that causation and treatment for autism has gained both controversy and skepticism in the media and the field of medicine. But when it comes to treatment, one must assess the risks versus the benefits when weighing his or her options."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Court Orders Reinstatement of Vital, Cost-Saving Treatment for Children With Autism - Public Counsel via PRNewswire-USNewswire via AlphaTrade Finance - "The Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday issued a preliminary injunction in the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of children with autism against the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) for unlawfully terminating the most effective treatment for their condition."

* ►February 24, 2010 - Incomplete Financial Disclosures in an Editorial, Clinical Crossroads, and Reply Letter Related to Herpes Zoster - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Incomplete Financial Disclosure in: A 70-Year-Old Woman With Shingles: Review of Herpes Zoster - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Incomplete Financial Disclosure in: Herpes Zoster in the Age of Focused Immunosuppressive Therapy - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - IOM: Improve Clinician CME System - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Bisphenol A Update - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Report: Too Little Surveillance, Treatment for US Patients With Hepatitis B and C - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Trends in the Work Hours of Physicians in the United States (free full text) - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Deep Brain Stimulation and the Neuroethics of Responsible Publishing - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Registering Clinical Trial Results - The Next Step - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Association Between Acute Care and Critical Illness Hospitalization and Cognitive Function in Older Adults - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Disassembling Goal-Directed Therapy for Sepsis - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Sepsis - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - JAMA Peer Reviewers in 2009 - journal article (JAMA)

* ►February 24, 2010 - Market Report -- In Play (PIP) - PharmAthene via MSN Money - "PharmAthene reports data show Valortim Anthrax Anti-Toxin may augment Immune System's ability to destroy Anthrax Bacteria"

* ►February 24, 2010 - USA - The antibiotics debate 10 years on - Meat Trade Daily, UK

►February 24, 2010 - U.S. Attorney News Release: Woman pleads guilty to poisoning salsa at Lenexa restaurant - FDA

►February 24, 2010 - Front-of-Package Food Labels - Public Health or Propaganda? - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Recession Helped Put Brakes on Growth in US Health Care Spending for 2008 - journal article (JAMA)

►February 24, 2010 - Lawsuit argues lives would be saved if bone marrow donors were paid - USA Today

►February 24, 2010 - Aging population affecting packaging cost and sustainability (includes video) -

►February 24, 2010 - Can You Help BBC TV Expose ESA Medicals UK? - The One Click Group

* ►February 24, 2010 - Poll Shows Huge Oppostion To Databases & Personal Data Retention - The One Click Group

►February 24, 2010 - The Food, Inc. Horror Movie - A film that exposes how the corporate food industry sickens and enslaves the nation, but leaves many stones unturned. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society

►February 24, 2010 - Combination of seasonal, swine flu vaccine called 'a great idea' by Health Dept. director - The Hour

►February 24, 2010 - Jersey swine flu £4m remains unspent - Millions of pounds set aside to deal with the consequences of an outbreak of swine flu in Jersey has not been spent. - BBC

►February 24, 2010 - WHO to assess whether H1N1 has peaked within weeks - * WHO committee to decide in a few weeks if H1N1 peaked * Concerns about southern hemisphere winter, West Africa - Reuters

* ►February 24, 2010 - H1N1 pandemic at less severe end of spectrum: WHO - The current H1N1 swine flu pandemic is relatively less severe than some other influenza outbreaks, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. - Reuters

* ►February 24, 2010 - £200M For Swine Flu Jabs We Will Never Need - Blundering bureaucrats have spent £200million earmarked for hospital buildings on doses of the swine flu jab that will never be used. -

* ►February 24, 2010 - UK Government Swine Flu Drug Dealers Forgot To Insert Cancel Clause In £200m Contract - Daily Express via The One Click Group

* ►February 23, 2010 - H1N1 shot blamed for Calgary woman's rare disorder (includes video) - CBC - "Norma Goldring said she felt compelled to get an H1N1 vaccine because she is diabetic and has had a heart attack, two factors that Alberta Health noted as putting people at higher risk for serious complications from swine flu. But soon after getting the shot last winter, Goldring felt ill. 'My body was aching and I was throwing up. Then I developed a spot on my leg,' she said. The rash spread quickly and Goldring ended up in hospital on Christmas Day. 'By the time I got to emergency, it spread pretty bad and turned to blisters.' Her kidneys were shutting down. Doctors eventually diagnosed it as vasculitis, an inflammation that destroys blood vessels. Her doctor, who asked not to be named, concluded it was probably connected to the H1N1 shot."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Dr. Gott: H1N1 vaccine may be cause of problems - Pasadena Star-News - "Dear Dr. Gott: My 15-year-old daughter had the H1N1 shot on a Tuesday morning. That afternoon, she passed out walking to one of her classes. Her pediatrician did not find anything wrong. On Wednesday, she broke out with a rash from her armpit to below her hip. Thursday, her heart was racing at 150 beats per minute. Her pediatrician then ordered an EKG for the following day. The EKG on Friday was normal, but my daughter said she was still having palpitations, so I took her to the emergency room. There, she had blood work done and another EKG. Everything was normal, so they sent her home with a 24-hour heart monitor. On the following Tuesday, she passed out again but for a longer period of time."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Baby born to swine flu victim dies - KOMO News

►February 23, 2010 - Quidel swine flu test gets emergency approval (requires registration) - AP via Washington Post

►February 23, 2010 - Free Bus Rides to Appleton H1N1 Vaccination Clinic -

►February 23, 2010 - H1N1 Low Reactors Raise Vaccine Selection Concerns - Recombinomics via Before It's News

* ►February 23, 2010 - H1N1: Pandemic was emotional as well as physical - CNN

►February 23, 2010 - Government makes swine flu vaccine available to broader public - Radio Prague

►February 23, 2010 - County praised as best in state on inoculating kids against flu - Gainesville Sun

►February 23, 2010 - EU's CHMP recommends fifth H1N1 vaccine and intravenous Relenza (requires subscription) - Scrip News

►February 23, 2010 - FDA Recommends H1N1 For Inclusion In Next Year's Flu Vaccine - Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report

►February 23, 2010 - Vaccination is the best defense - Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper

►February 23, 2010 - Va. panel kills autism treatment coverage mandate - AP via Business Week

* ►February 23, 2010 - Virginia House subcommittee stops autism treatment bill -

►February 23, 2010 - Vaccine-Autism Study Is Withdrawn - A look at some recent developments in vaccine research. (includes audio) - Voice of America

►February 23, 2010 - Autistic man who was jailed 13 months awaits housing - Toronto Sun

►February 23, 2010 - HPV vaccine approved for young males in Canada - CTV - "Merck announced Tuesday that Health Canada has approved its vaccine Gardasil for use in boys and men aged nine through 26."

►February 23, 2010 - HPV vaccine now available for boys - Toronto Sun - "Gardasil to girls across Canada, and provincial programs began popping up across Canada to deliver in-school vaccination clinics. The Public Health Agency of Canada said that it is now reviewing the data and will make a recommendation to the provinces based on their findings. This could result in the in-school vaccination programs being extended to boys, or it could not."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Gardasil approved for males - CBC News, Canada - "The federal government announced in its March 2007 budget that $300 million over three years will be available to the provinces and territories in support of a national HPV vaccination program for girls and women. It is up to provinces and territories to recommend vaccines for use within their jurisdiction. Doctors may also prescribe any approved vaccine."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Expert: H1N1 Vaccines Do Not Contain Mercury - WCCO CBS - "There are minute amounts of Thimerosal in the multi-dose vials of H1N1 vaccine. "And the fact of the matter is you would get more mercury exposure by eating your tuna fish sandwich today than you would in an influenza vaccine," Stinchfield said. Autism is a devastating condition but efforts to prevent autism by removing mercury from vaccines have been ineffective, even when mercury banned in the 1990s in a couple of European countries."

* ►February 23, 2010 - GlycoVaxyn's First Clinical Study With Bioconjugate Vaccine Initiated - GlycoVaxyn via Medical News Today - "GlycoVaxyn, a pioneer in the development of innovative bioconjugate vaccines, has commenced a Phase I clinical study with its vaccine candidate (GVXN SD133) against Shigella dysenteriae, a cause of serious intestinal infections. This is the first product from the company to enter clinical evaluation."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Sanaria Inc. Receives Multi-Year U.S. NIH Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant to Develop a Genetically Attenuated Whole Parasite Malaria Vaccine - Sanaria Inc. via WRIC Richmond - "The three-year award totaling approximately $3 million will support collaborative research by investigators at Sanaria and Columbia University. This new funding extends previous NIAID supported efforts at Sanaria and Columbia to develop genetically modified strains of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum that are unable to cause disease, yet stimulate protective immunity when administered as a live, whole parasite malaria vaccine."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Local Woman Pushes For Immunizations - Channel 9 - "Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio laws require colleges to provide education and programs to the students about the potential dangers of the certain infections and disease, but leave it up to the institutions to decide if vaccinations are required. Fenton decided to take action. "I contacted my senator, Senator Cates. I said to him, 'Look, this is a concern of mine,' so we met and had coffee. He said after that, that this sounds like something we need to look at." The Ohio Legislator had Senate Bill 69 was drafted about two years ago. If it becomes law, college-bound students would be required to be immunized against meningitis."

►February 23, 2010 - Group raises funds to vaccinate Indian kids - The State News

►February 23, 2010 - Public Ignorance May Undermine Anthrax Response - Harvard Medical School via MedPage Today

* ►February 23, 2010 - Officials: Tests Show Meningitis Cases Not Connected - Two People Died Of Bacterial Meningitis - WISC Madison Channel 3000

* ►February 23, 2010 - The Prempro Roller Coaster Continues for Wyeth - The AM Law Daily

►February 23, 2010 - H1N1 flu can attack the heart - Rady physicians publish findings - Rady Children’s Hospital via The San Diego Union-Tribune

* ►February 23, 2010 - Icon is facing compensation threat over tests on MRSA drug - - "It could be forced to make payments after J&J ended a partnership with Switzerland, Basel-based Basilea Pharmaceutica to develop an antibiotic to treat skin problems including MRSA. Infections such as MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, are becoming increasingly resistant to standard treatments such as penicillin, oxacillin and amoxicillin, prompting the development of more powerful antibiotics."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Drugmaker-Funded Food Accepted by Half of U.S. Doctor Programs - Archives of Internal Medicine via Bloomberg via BusinessWeek 

* ►February 23, 2010 - Is Congress the New FDA? - Eye on FDA - "In the case of Senator Max Baucus and Senator Chuck Grassley, that would be evaluating the safety of drugs, or at least for this week, one drug.  And their action set off a great deal of reaction. "

►February 23, 2010 - Securing Our Future Through Our Children's Health - The Huffington Post

►February 23, 2010 - FDA Public Health Notification: Newborn Blood Banking, Inc. - FDA

* ►February 23, 2010 - Order to Cease Manufacturing of HCT/Ps: Newborn Blood Banking, Inc. - FDA

►February 23, 2010 - Teaching autistic child at home - Herald Tribune

►February 23, 2010 - Distinct type of virus found in cancer tissue of HIV-positive patients with lymphoma - University of Florida

►February 23, 2010 - Q & A: Clinical Trials for Cancer (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 23, 2010 - Alternatives to BPA containers not easy for U.S. foodmakers to find - The Washington Post

►February 23, 2010 - Dermatology: Watching Immune Cell Movement to and from the Skin - Immune cells known as Tregs have an important role in preventing other immune cells from attacking the cells of our body and causing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. - Journal of Clinical Investigation, via EurekAlert! via ScienceDaily

* ►February 23, 2010 - Invirase (saquinavir): Ongoing safety review of clinical trial data - FDA

* ►February 23, 2010 - Lawmakers looking to expand immunization registry - Idaho Reporter - "Erik Makrush with the Idaho Freedom Foundation voiced concern with the change during the committee meeting. Makrush said the opt-in program is working well, and that IRIS was created as a voluntary system. 'We have concerns that this could become more of a government program,' he said. He argued the change could affect parents’ rights. is funded by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, but takes no position on any matter before the Legislature."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Idaho's dismal immunization rate targeted - The Spokesman Review - "With Idaho’s child immunization rate among the worst in the nation, lawmakers are revamping the state’s immunization reminder system to try to cover more people. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of SB 1335 - a measure sponsored by the committee’s chairwoman - to automatically enroll Idaho children in the reminder system unless their parents opt out. Currently, Idaho’s one of just five states where parents have to actively opt in to the reminder and tracking system."

►February 23, 2010 - HBA names Pfizer Vaccines' Swindell Hon. Mentor of the Year - Medical Marketing and Media - "The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association named Pfizer Vaccines President Mark Swindell its 2010 Honorable Mentor."

* ►February 23, 2010 - U.S. warns Lilly over insulin ingredient production - Health officials have warned Eli Lilly and Co about problems with the manufacturing of an insulin ingredient at a plant in Puerto Rico, a letter released on Tuesday said. - Reuters

* ►February 23, 2010 - Over 60,000 Haitians vaccinated as part of ongoing UN-backed campaign -

►February 23, 2010 - Group raises funds to vaccinate Indian kids - The State News

* ►February 23, 2010 - Japan commits $2 million to boost immunization in Haiti, bringing post-quake total for UNICEF to $8.5 million - UNICEF

►February 23, 2010 - Physician Focus: Guarding against Lyme disease - GateHouse News Service via Daily News Transcript

►February 23, 2010 - Shining a light on polio - Rotary International issues reminder that disease remains - Chicago Tribune

►February 23, 2010 - Wrigley Building delivers anti-polio message - Chicago Breaking News

►February 23, 2010 - Soldier caught life-threatening infection while serving in Haiti - - "U.S. Army Warrant Officer Chris Lust, 33, is in James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, with leptospirosis, a condition that has made him sick for three weeks with extreme fever, intense tremors, vomiting, migraine headaches and a blood clot in his left arm, his mother, Lorilee Lust, said."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Hepatitis infection induced and cleared in mice with human liver cells - Scientific American

►February 23, 2010 - Hepatitis B and C remain public health issue -- up to 5.3 million Americans infected - Institute of Medicine makes recommendations to prevent HBV and HCV infections - Wiley-Blackwell via EurekAlert!

►February 23, 2010 - FDA Warns of Heart Risk With HIV Drug Combination - FDA says HIV drugs from Roche and Abbott can be dangerous when used together - AP via ABC News

►February 23, 2010 - S. African HIV Plan: Universal Testing & Treatment Could End the Epidemic - 80beats Blog via Discover Magazine

►February 23, 2010 - US panel backs Salix antibiotic for liver disorder - * FDA advisory panel votes 14-4 to recommend approval - Reuters

►February 23, 2010 - FDA: Salmonella suspected in Health Valley Organic granola bars - Justice News Flash

►February 23, 2010 - State vet pushes for brucellosis vaccinations - Billings Gazette - "If mandatory vaccinations took effect, there would have to be penalties for not complying, [Marty] Zaluski said. Given the size of the state’s cattle herd, it would be impossible to move forward with the vaccinations without the support of cattle ranchers and those raising bison, which would also be subject to the law."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Will This Little Piggy Go to Market? - Genetically modified pork a step closer to Canadians’ dinner tables - The Epoch Times - "Lucy Sharratt, coordinator with the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, doubts that Canadians are ready to embrace genetically engineered pork. She also questions whether Health Canada 'has the tools to assess the safety of the Enviropig.'"

* ►February 23, 2010 - Startling new childhood asthma data - New findings show that while America spends 50 percent more on children with asthma, more than 1 million children with asthma remain uninsured and at risk for inadequate care - The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. via EurekAlert!

►February 23, 2010 - Prof. Randy Jirtle discusses epigenetics and health - video - Health & Environment

►February 23, 2010 - House Health Care and Wellness Committee - audio - Washington State - [Includes SB 6263]

►February 23, 2010 - Insurers Not Sole Cause Of Medical Expenses - letter - Cape May County Herald

* ►February 23, 2010 - Anthem Blue Cross broke law more than 700 times, official says - California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says the insurer failed to pay medical claims on time and misrepresented policies from 2006 to 2009. The firm faces up to $7 million in fines. - Los Angeles Times

* ►February 23, 2010 - Hospital uncovers 2nd mistaken mastectomy - CBC

* ►February 22, 2010 - NY legislators push Gardasil mandate as more deaths are reported -

* ►February 22, 2010 - A Face-Off on the Safety of a Drug for Diabetes (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►February 22, 2010 - Doctor Training Aided by Drug Industry Cash (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 22, 2010 - One HIV test, but two results - The realities of HIV depend on geography. We can't treat our way out of this epidemic - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

* ►February 22, 2010 - Obama proposes $950 billion health bill - President Barack Obama made a last-ditch bid to revive his stalled healthcare overhaul on Monday with a plan to make insurance more affordable and to bolster government authority to regulate premium hikes. - Reuters

* ►February 22, 2010 - Vaccine Myths 3.1: The Scourge of Childhood - Inside Vaccines - "From 1968 to 1974, just 6 years, mumps went from being a 'relatively mild childhood disease' to being one of the 'scourges of childhood.' What happened to make mumps so dangerous all of a sudden?"

►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 - press release - Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc. via PRNewswire

►February 22, 2010 - SoCal doctor gets prison for diluting AIDS meds - AP via San Jose Mercury News

►February 22, 2010 - New device destroys viruses and bacteria -

►February 22, 2010 - Loss of enzyme protects hepatitis C patients from treatment-related anaemia - Oneindia

►February 22, 2010 - Letters: A salute to the Rotary on its 105th anniversary - Philadelphia Inquirer

►February 22, 2010 - Liberia Joins Global Initiative Against Polio…Begins March 5 thru 9 Campaign - The Inquirer

* ►February 22, 2010 - Cross-species protection mediated by a Bordetella bronchiseptica strain lacking antigenic homologs present in the acellular pertussis vaccines - journal article (Infection and Immunity)

►February 22, 2010 - New rabies penalty approved by county - Great Bend Tribune

►February 22, 2010 - Searching for a Star -  Long Island Press - "The educational work that we do at SLCD has important implications for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders all over the world. Every child that succeeds at SLCD teaches us something about autism which can benefit children in other programs and countries. Also, every child that succeeds at SLCD has a future and a potential for independent living as an adult. ..."We would like to interview a prominent personality who loves children and wants to become directly involved with a diverse community of families from a broad spectrum of society. Our Star should be willing to roll up his or her sleeves to come into our classrooms to learn about our children, our teachers and our programs."

►February 22, 2010 - Crohn's Disease: A Search for the Cause - EmpowHER

* ►February 22, 2010 - Pine Cone Extract Shows Anti-Allergy, Immune-Enhancing Benefits: Mouse Study - BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine via NPI Center

* ►February 22, 2010 - Norwalk virus may thrive in icy lakes: Researchers - Norwalk affects millions annually - Montreal Gazette

* ►February 22, 2010 - The mouse with a human liver: A new model for the treatment of liver disease - Salk Institute via EurekAlert! - "'We found that, not only can we infect our humanized mouse with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, but we can then successfully treat this infection using typical drugs,' explains first author Karl-Dimiter Bissig, M.D. Ph.D, an internist and post-doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Genetics."

* ►February 21, 2010 - Nigeria: Polio - 1 Million Children Immunized in Anambra - Daily Champion via

* ►February 20, 2010 - $10,000 reward offered for scientific proof of H1N1 vaccine safety and effectiveness - Natural News via NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice

►February 20, 2010 - Public loses interest in flu vaccines - Beckley Register-Herald

►February 20, 2010 - Pro-Vaccine People Ignore Measles Facts - Kerboblog

►February 19, 2010 - 270,000,000 Unvaccinated Americans Survive Swine Flu II - Kerboblog

►February 19, 2010 - Brave Victoria fights back from meningitis tragedy -

►February 19, 2010 - Respiratory virus hits hundreds of Arizona kids - The Arizona Republic

* ►February 19, 2010 - Texas ordered to destroy five million blood samples illegally taken from babies without consent -

►February 19, 2010 - UCLA Study Reveals How Genes Interact With Their Environment To Cause Disease - Source: University of California - Los Angeles via Biocompare

►February 18, 2010 - Pedal power to Paris for autism - Luton Today

* ►February 18, 2010 - Stealth Bill to Privatize Vaccination Process Now Before Washington State Legislature - Guerilla Media - "This stealth bill is an attempt to privatize all vaccinations in Washington State. The weblinks to the text versions of this bill are blocked when clicked on to read them. This means that citizens will no longer have any say in the process at all. The Seattle-based Gates Foundation probably has something to do with this. Anyone in Washington State who wants to stop this, needs to contact their state representatives/ senators immediately."

►February 18, 2010 - Filed for Approval - Summary of opinion (initial authorisation) Humenza Active substance: Split influenza virus, inactivated, containing antigen: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)v like strain (X-179A) Common name: Pandemic Influenza vaccine (H1N1) (split virion, inactivated, adjuvanted) - PharmaLive - "On 18 February 2010 the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a conditional marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Humenza, 3.8 micrograms haemagglutinin per dose, suspension and emulsion for emulsinjection intended for prophylaxis of influenza in an officially declared pandemic situation. The applicant for this medicinal product is Sanofi Pasteur SA."

►February 18, 2010 - Brandon clinic's patients warned of hepatitis C outbreak - Brandon News via The Tampa Tribune

►February 18, 2010 - Couple sues Cabell Huntington, Healthnet for hepatitis B infection - West Virginia Record

►February 18, 2010 - What Can You Catch From Restrooms? - You don't have to be a germophobe to fear the restrooms at the baseball stadium, local McDonald's or shopping center. The common cold, E. coli and hepatitis A all flourish in public toilets and sinks just waiting to pounce and infect. - FOX News

►February 16, 2010 - H1N1 Changed My Behavior in Subtle Ways Permanently - video - CNN iReport

►February 16, 20010 - Blood Simple: Columbia University's Ten-Year Cover-Up of Patient Harm, Conflicts of Interest and Administrative Misconduct - truthout

* ►February 10, 2010 - Second Round of Funding by Public Health Law Research Program - New Call for Proposals Issued by Public Health Law Research Program - Public Health Law Research - "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Law Research (PHLR) program today released its second call for proposals (CFP) for studies that will examine the public health impacts of laws and legal practices, including innovative policy and legal approaches, and laws and regulations developed at the city or county level. The new call for proposals is available at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation . The deadline for submitting brief proposals is April 14, 2010. To apply, go to"

* ►February 9, 2010 - Distribution of HPV types associated with cervical cancers in Scotland and implications for the impact of HPV vaccines - journal article (British Journal of Cancer)

* ►February 4, 2010 - Disposing of Unused or Expired H1N1 Vaccine in Minnesota - Minnesota Department of Health - "Unused or expired H1N1 vaccines are considered hazardous if they contain mercury (such as thimerosal) or cresol-based preservatives. These are most commonly found in multi-dose vials and some pre-filled syringes. Any vial that is not empty* and contains vaccine with a mercury or cresol-based preservative must be managed as hazardous waste under Minnesota Hazardous Waste Rules. This includes all multi-dose vials of H1N1 vaccine and the Novartis H1N1 pre-filled syringes that contain a trace of mercury."

* ►February 2010 - Absolute Humidity and the Seasonal Onset of Influenza in the Continental United States - journal article (PLoS Biology)

* ►February 2010 - Ghostwriting at Elite Academic Medical Centers in the United States - journal article (PLoS Medicine) - "By combining the ten schools that explicitly ban ghostwriting with the three schools that have authorship policies banning it in practice, we find that 13 of the top-50 academic medical centers (26%) have policies in place prohibiting medical ghostwriting. Six of the top-ten schools ban ghostwriting in practice, and all top-ten academic medical centers have published authorship policies. Although most schools (n = 45, 90%) had some policy documents posted online, the majority of academic medical centers (n = 26, 52%) had no published policies at all on either ghostwriting or authorship. The Web sites of two schools stated that they did have such policies, but the policies were not currently available online."

►February 2010 - Packages of Care for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Guidance for Developers of Health Research Reporting Guidelines - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Automated Detection of Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Hospitals: A Retrospective Cohort Study - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Paleovirology—Modern Consequences of Ancient Viruses - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►February 2010 - Developing Global Maps of the Dominant Anopheles Vectors of Human Malaria - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Touch Neurons Have a Good Sense of Direction - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►February 2010 - Measuring hsCRP—An Important Part of a Comprehensive Risk Profile or a Clinically Redundant Practice? - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - A New Policy on Tobacco Papers - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Adolescent HIV—Cause for Concern in Southern Africa - journal article (PLoS Medicine)

►February 2010 - Why We Conform (book review) - journal article (PLoS Biology)

►January 29, 2010 - Resistant Response To FBI Criminal Charges Filed Against WA Sate Health Secretary/Organized Campaign in Legislatures to Push Vaccines - - "SB 6263 creates a new vaccine commission that will purchase childhood vaccines. It replaces the role that DoH used to play. -"

* ►January 15, 2010 - QuarterWatch: 2008 Quarter 2 (pdf) - Institute for Safe Medication Practices - "Reports of serious injury, disability, and death associated with drug therapy exceeded 20,000 cases for a second consecutive quarter in 2008. For the first half of 2008, the number of serious adverse drug events reported to the Food and Drug Administration was 40% higher than the average for the four quarters of 2007."

►January 11, 2010 - Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C - Institute of Medicine

WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DECLARATION OF HELSINKI - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (pdf) - - "Adopted by the 18th WMA General Assembly, Helsinki, Finland, June 1964, and amended by the: ...59th WMA General Assembly, Seoul, October 2008"

14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) - Miami March 9-12, 2010 Organized by the International Society for Infectious Diseases

* Coalition for Vaccine Safety - website


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