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All the News Posted February 23, 2010

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►March 2010 - Epidemiology of pediatric community-acquired bloodstream infections in a children hospital in Paris, France, 2001 to 2008 - journal article (Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease)

►March 2010 - Repeat instability as the basis for human diseases and as a potential target for therapy - journal article (Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology)

* ►February 23, 2010 - Vaccines linked to autism - The Border Mail, AU - "I recently read a compelling article published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences July 2009 titled: “What is regressive autism and why does it occur? Is it the consequence of multi-systemic dysfunction affecting the elimination of heavy metals and the ability to regulate neural temperature?” Part of the summary states: “There is a compelling argument that the occurrence of regressive autism is attributable to genetic and chromosomal abnormalities, arising from the overuse of vaccines, which subsequently affects the stability and function of the autonomic nervous system and physiological systems.” This article concludes that the condition can arise from overuse of vaccines."

* ►February 23, 2010 - TapImmune Provides Shareholder Letter - TapImmune via Globe Newswire via CNN Money - "TapImmune's unique approach is designed to increase the efficacy of vaccines by enhancing antigen presentation through the use of the Transporter of Antigen Processing ('TAP'). Replacement of this transporter provides a significant immune response with the potential to treat a variety of cancers which lack normal amounts of TAP."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Autism – Drug Pipeline Analysis and Market Forecasts to 2016 - Bharatbook added a new report on "Autism – Drug Pipeline Analysis and Market Forecasts to 2016" which identifies the key trends shaping and driving the global autism market. - Bharatbook via PR-inside - "The unmet need for autism therapeutics is estimated to be approximately $166m. Currently there is a significant market group that is likely to switch to new products with better efficacy and in particular, safety. As presented above, this unmet need is approximately 55% of the total market, which is valued at $331m. Therefore, the unmet need within the Autistic Disorder therapeutics market was estimated to be at least $182m in 2009. Based on our forecasts, this need is likely to grow to approximately $357m by 2016. There is unmet need in terms of safety, for which technologically innovative products will be required for value capture. The pipeline has limited emerging therapies that are likely to increase the growth of the present market."

* ►February 23, 2010 - IMA World Health Receives BD Donation of 1.2 Million Syringes for Democratic Republic of Congo - Marketwire via CNN Money - "The 1.2 million disposable, one-use syringes shipped from BD's European facilities to the Democratic Republic of Congo primarily are used for measles and DPT vaccines. DPT is a combination vaccine against three infectious diseases: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. The vaccines are prioritized for infants under age five months."

* ►February 23, 2010 - The Secret Glaxo Tape Recording By Steve Nissen - Pharmalot - "Nearly four years ago, just before his controversial metaanalysis of Avandia was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic’s Steve Nissen met with Glaxo execs and - fearing he would be pressured over his efforts, especially since Glaxo hadn’t cooperated with his requests for trial data - he secretly recorded the meeting, The New York Times reports. This was legal in Ohio, by the way."

* ►February 23, 2010 - A Forbes Guest Blogger And His Pharma Ties - Pharmalot - "Here’s an embarassing moment for Forbes. Over the past week, a physician contributed a few items to the magazine’s science blog, defending various drugs that have recently been criticized or scrutinized over safety issues. Among them were GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia diabetes pill; asthma meds, including Glaxo’s Advair and AstraZeneca’s Symbicort; and statins, such as AstraZeneca’s Crestor."

* ►February 23, 2010 - J&J, Risperdal & Dementia: A Smoking Gun? - Pharmalot - "Last month, the US government intervened, or joined, a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen unit over allegations the health care giant paid kickbacks - in the form of rebates and educational grants - to the Omnicare nursing home pharmacy so its Risperdal antipsychotic would be prescribed more often. The lawsuit also alleged J&J hid the payments from Medicaid to avoid reporting a ‘best price’ that would have triggered paying rebates to Medicaid (The US Department of Justice recently reached a settlement with Omnicare)."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Why autism is different for girls - We may think it only affects boys. But the female variant is often much harder to spot – and that means thousands of girls may be going undiagnosed. Jeremy Laurance reports - The Independent, UK

* ►February 23, 2010 - Most expensive medicine - world record set by Soliris - World Records Academy - "Soliris, a drug made by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which is given intravenously to treat a rare disorder in which the immune system destroys red blood cells at night, costs $409,500 a year -setting the world record for the Most expensive medicine."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Ala. woman wins $9.45 million in Wyeth-hormone suit - Philadelphia Inquirer

* ►February 23, 2010 - Lilly, Merck & Pfizer form non-profit cancer research group - Eli Lilly, Merck & Co and Pfizer are combining resources to form the Asian Cancer Research Group (ACRG), a non-profit company which aims to accelerate research into lung and gastric cancers in Asia. -

* ►February 23, 2010 - Polio still more than a memory - The Post and Courier

* ►February 23, 2010 - Pharmarama builds in US market - US Pharma firms can benefit from the sourcing, storage and distribution efficiencies offered by comparator drug sourcing and distribution specialist Pharmarama says managing director Rosemary Bensley. - - “The increasing demand for evidence-based medicine, particularly in today’s economic climate, is resulting in a greater focus on clinical studies comparing investigational drugs against an established standard of care."

►February 23, 2010 - Typhoid Fever Bacteria Collect on Gallstones to Perpetuate Disease - A new study suggests that the bacteria that cause typhoid fever collect in tiny but persistent communities on gallstones, making the infection particularly hard to fight in so-called "carriers" -- people who have the disease but show no symptoms. - Ohio State University via ScienceDaily

►February 23, 2010 - Mesothelioma Patient is Participant in Novartis Clinical Trial - Novartis via

* ►February 23, 2010 - Hormone Replacement and Breast Cancer: Wyeth Gets Whacked -

►February 23, 2010 - Galveston National Labs Employs IBM Software to Help Fight Infectious Disease -IBM via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►February 23, 2010 - Merck makes 4th quarter net profit of $78 million - Merck via AP via Yahoo!

►February 23, 2010 - Connectyx Sponsors Darryl Strawberry Foundation for Autism at NY Islanders Event at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Connectyx Technologies via PRNewswire via COMTEX via

►February 23, 2010 - New Health Affairs Study Shows Increase in Medicare Spending Linked to Rising Rates of Chronic Disease - Leading Health and Fiscal Policy Experts Discuss Implications for Medicare, Entitlement Reform - Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease via PRNewswire-USNewswire

►February 23, 2010 - N.C. lags in disclosing hospital infections -

►February 23, 2010 - Novartis looking to add 3 office buildings, 1 garage to East Hanover campus - Novartis via Daily Record

►February 23, 2010 - Findings from School of Public Health provide new insights into life sciences - Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability via NewsRx

►February 23, 2010 - Pfizer slashes 72 more jobs in Pearl River - Times Herald-Record

►February 23, 2010 - Dutch Infants' Deaths Not Related To Pfizer Vaccine -Authority (requires subscription) - Wall Street Journal

* ►February 23, 2010 - Dutch find no link between infant deaths and vaccine - Reuters - "The Dutch health authority RIVM said on Tuesday the deaths of three infants last year were not related to a vaccine produced by U.S. pharmaceutical company Wyeth, now part of Pfizer (PFE.N)."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Probe launched into post-jab symptoms - - "Experts are investigating cases of illness in two patients who received the human swine flu vaccination."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Swine flu jabs should be compulsory for health professionals - Healthcare Republic - "GPs should vaccinate themselves against swine flu to convince patients to have the jab, Welsh LMCs believe."

►February 23, 2010 - H1N1 claims two more; toll reaches 193 - Times of India

* ►February 23, 2010 - WHO H1N1 Vaccine Target Lacks D225G - Recombinomics via Before It's News

* ►February 23, 2010 - My mother expected us to be born as 'monsters' - Irish Times - "Rubella has particularly serious consequences for pregnant women. My mother contracted rubella from my three-year-old sister when my twin sister Margaret and I were both in the womb in 1952. She did understand the serious implications of this and expected us to be born as 'monsters'. We appeared to be normal for the first number of years, but by the time we went to nursery school when we were four I felt different and was obviously different in subtle ways."

►February 23, 2010 - ZIMBABWE: Measles in nearly half of country's districts - IRIN Africa

* ►February 23, 2010 - No measles fatality yet, DOH clarifies - GMANews.TV - "Dr. Eric Tayag of the DOH’s National Epidemiology Center (NEC) said the patient that was earlier reported to have died from the airborne disease was found out to be still alive."

►February 23, 2010 - Lanao villagers get anti-measles shots; outbreak of disease prevented - Mindanao Examiner

►February 23, 2010 - Sentry BioPharma Services Contracted to Store and Distribute Vaccines for The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Sentry to Store and Distribute Influenza Vaccine for CDC's National Strategic Reserve - press release - Sentry BioPharma Services via PRNewswire

►February 23, 2010 - Immunovaccine Appoints James Hall as New Board Member - Marketwire via MarketWatch - "'I look forward to working with the Board to support Immunovaccine's continued growth in developing its own proprietary DepoVax-based vaccines in-house and through global collaborations,' said James Hall."

►February 23, 2010 - Lung cancer vaccine trials begin at Marian - Santa Maria Times - "Lucanix, a new lung cancer vaccine, is in its final phase before approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), DiCarlo said during a press conference."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Shunning shots - The Town Talk - "Many young adults are not interested in getting the H1N1 flu vaccine despite the fact that it is free and could spare them from a potentially deadly virus, local health-care officials said Monday."

►February 23, 2010 - Overall week of immunization to be held in Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan's Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization will hold the immunization week in 2010 - News.AZ

* ►February 23, 2010 - Immunization: Ministry wants Rs 200 m - Sri Lanka Daily News - "The Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry has requested Rs.200 million from the Treasury to commence an advertising campaign to strengthen the National Immunization Program, a Ministry spokesman said. According to the spokesman, around 80 percent of the program has crashed due to the Opposition’s mud slinging campaign during the Presidential Election. 'Because of this, parents had lost trust on the National Immunization Program and do not bring their children for immunization,' the spokesman said. During the recent Presidential Election, the Opposition used the State health sector as one of its main targets and did everything possible to destroy public confidence in National Immunization Program. ... A crusade was carried out by the Opposition and certain media institutions against the State health sector fabricating stories based on certain incidents such as the deaths of two schoolgirls who received rubella vaccine, some dengue deaths and other issues."

►February 23, 2010 - Jackson County Health Department is reducing the cost of some vaccines - The Jackson Citizen Patriot -

►February 23, 2010 - Scientists 'improving society' - poll - AAP via

* ►February 23, 2010 - Haywood to remind parents to vaccinate - Asheville Citizen-Times - "Parents of children up to age 3 will begin receiving an automated message from the Haywood County Health Department reminding them to get their children vaccinated beginning March 1."

* ►February 23, 2010 - PharmAthene Awarded up to Additional $78.4 Million Under Existing Contract for Advanced Development of SparVax(TM) Anthrax Vaccine - press release - PharmAthene, Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►February 23, 2010 - Md. firm to get up to $78.4M for anthrax vaccine - AP via MSNBC

►February 23, 2010 - Inovio Biomedical to Present at DNA Vaccines 2010 Conference - Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►February 23, 2010 - FBI report fails to end questions about Ivins' guilt - The Frederick News-Post - "Jeffrey Adamovicz, former chief of bacteriology who supervised Ivins' work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, said he found little new information in the FBI's final report. 'The evidence is still very circumstantial and unconvincing as a whole,' Adamovicz wrote in an e-mail. 'I'm curious as to why they closed the case while the (National Academy of Science) review is still ongoing. Is it because the review is going unfavorable for the FBI?'"

►February 23, 2010 - Anthrax claims life of Fife drug addict - A Fife drug addict who fell ill after using heroin contaminated with anthrax has died, it was confirmed yesterday, writes Craig Smith. - The Courier, UK

* ►February 23, 2010 - Chimerix CEO George Painter, Ph.D., to Speak on Improving Biodefense Product Discovery and Development Strategies at Institute of Medicine Workshop - Special Panel to Focus on Enhancing Innovation Necessary for the Approval of New National Emergency Medicine Countermeasure Products - press release - Chimerix, Inc. via PRNewswire

* ►February 23, 2010 - GlaxoSmithKline deliberately hid evidence of Avandia harm, says Senate report - - "This investigative report also reveals that GSK engaged in the intimidation of physicians, saying: 'GSK executives attempted to intimidate independent physicians, focused on strategies to minimize or misrepresent findings that Avandia may increase cardiovascular risk and sought ways to downplay findings that a competing drug might reduce cardiovascular risk.'"

* ►February 23, 2010 - Win Signed Advance Reader Copy (Rare!) of David Kirby's Animal Factory (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►February 23, 2010 - Baby P Doctor Flees UK To Avoid General Medical Council Hearing - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Aerotoxic Association Calls For Sandra Webber Resignation, Chair Of The Aviation Health Working Group - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Parliamentary Reception On DNA Database Impact For Black Britons - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Dead Girl's Mother Continues Her Campaign Against Gardasil Vaccine - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Dosed Up On Donations And Addicted To Drug Money - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Patients' Voice Purposefully Excluded From Homeopathy Kangaroo Court - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Second Baby P Case Buried By Haringey Social Services - The One Click Group

►February 23, 2010 - Ensure immunisation is not diminished - The Swazi Observer

►February 23, 2010 - Polio can be eradicated - minister - The Swazi Observer

►February 23, 2010 - End is in sight for polio - The Greenville News

►February 23, 2010 - DoH to offer anti-measles vaccines following outbreak - Manila Bulletin

►February 23, 2010 - Boost Immunity with Four Natural Foods and Supplements -

* ►February 23, 2010 - Epigenetics: Chemicals Turn Genes On and Off at the Wrong Times -

►February 23, 2010 - City Closes Reservoir After Fish Test Positive for Mercury; Officials Say Drinking Water Still Safe - Fish in the City of Grand Junction's largest water source have tested positive for mercury, prompting officials to shut down fishing and other public activities that take place there. -

►February 23, 2010 - Paracetamol can prevent heart attack - Move over aspirin: Australian researchers may be about to pull off the next medicinal makeover, after finding "very promising" evidence that paracetamol can protect against heart disease. - The Australian

►February 23, 2010 - Celldex CEO Treks From NJ to Massachusetts in Pursuit of Antibody Drugs for Cancer - Xconomy

►February 23, 2010 - 40 percent of cancers are preventable: Vaccinations and lifestyle changes - University of Nebraska at Omaha Gateway

* ►February 23, 2010 - Homeopathy not for children: pharmacist - A prominent pharmacy consultant is calling for the Federal Government to ban the use of homeopathic treatments on children. -

* ►February 23, 2010 - Trisha Greenhalgh's Competing Interests in Wakefield Case By John Stone - Age of Autism - "Prof Trisha Greenhalgh, whose analysis of the controversial Wakefield Lancet paper, was published by Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer on his website (HERE) has received more than £1.4m in grants from the UK government’s Department of Health since 2003."

* ►February 23, 2010 - Turning peer review into modern-day holy scripture - The treatment of peer-reviewed science as an unquestionable form of authority is corrupting the peer-review system and damaging public debate. - Suddenly, the esoteric system of peer review has hit the headlines. - spiked

►February 22, 2010 - Wakefield's Inquisition, Pt. 2: Complaint to the GMC - Left Brain/Right Brain

►February 22, 2010 - Autism and Gastrointestinal Problems: Which Article D'You Read? - Does autism cause constipation, or vice-versa? - Child Myths Blog via Psychology Today - "As many readers may know, one of the ideas about autism promulgated by Andrew Wakefield and other anti-vaccine proponents is that autistic behavior is a response to gastrointestinal problems, and that those problems may be caused by the actions of vaccines in the digestive tract."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Start of autistic symptoms in infants parallels CDC's vaccination schedule for infants and toddlers - Teresa Binstock, Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy via Generation Rescue - "As considered herein, a growing body of peer-reviewed data suggests that the notion of coincidence in regard to vaccinations and autism as not as valid as proponents would prefer us to accept. Indeed, evidence of an etiologically significant relationship between vaccinations and autistic-regression is sufficient that large-N prospective studies of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children are in order. Such studies could be designed so as to demonstrate a likelihood of coincidence or so as to indicate a likelihood of causal relationship between vaccinations and autism."

►February 22, 2010 - The Carolina Center Presents Two Autism Spectrum Disorders Presentations on February 23rd and 24th - dBusiness News - "As part of his continuing health series, John C. Pittman, MD, of the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine (CCIM), will present two presentations focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD that are free and open to the public.  'Healing from Autism, ADHD, and other Autism Spectrum Disorders' will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7-8PM at 4505 Fair Meadow Lane, Suite 111 in Raleigh.  'ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Helping Your Child from the Inside Out with Targeted Nutrition and Integrative Medicine' will be presented from 6-8PM on Wednesday, February 24th at the Fuquay Varina Community Center located at 820 S. Main Street."

►February 22, 2010 - Should the Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Disappear? Make Your Opinion Known - Autism Blog via

►February 22, 2010 - Indiana University expert can comment on proposed changes to autism diagnosis - Indiana University

►February 22, 2010 - Parents explore diet and autism - Houston Chronicle via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►February 22, 2010 - Glaxo Birth Defect Litigation Reveals Paxil Promoters on Speed Dial By Evelyn Pringle - OpEdNews

* ►February 22, 2010 - National Public Radio Sells its Soul to Big Pharma by Gary Null, PhD and Richard Gale - OpEdNews - "You do not have to be expert in vaccine science to realize the intentional manipulation of science for ideological reasons in the NIAID's H1N1 clinical trials. How were the studies designed? First, any pregnant woman spiking a temperature over 100 degrees during the first 72 hours after receiving the vaccine were excluded from the study. Second, omen with diabetes, compromised immune systems, chronic illnesses, past histories of antidepressant, drug and alcohol use, cancer therapy, and over a dozen other indications were rejected from enrollment. Yet the NIAID press release following the study declared the H1N1 vaccine was safe for all pregnant women, and the media happily obliged to report this."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Rebecca Riley's Murderous Care Remembered - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* ►February 22, 2010 - New type of pneumococcal infection dominates in wake of vaccine - BCM News, Baylor College of Medicine - "'There is nothing to prevent another type of pneumococcal serotype from arising,' he [Dr. Sheldon Kaplan] said. 'So far, the other strains don't seem to have that potential to the same degree as 19A.' 'A goal is to develop a vaccine with proteins common to all 91 strains that would lead to an antibody that is protective against all the serotypes. No one anticipates that will happen soon.' ...  Funding in part for this work came from Pfizer/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Smiley & Smiley Files Lawsuit Alleging Tamiflu Caused Boy to Jump from Second Story Window - Smiley & Smiley, LLP, a prominent New York City personal injury law firm, has announced the filing this week of a lawsuit against Hoffman LaRoche, Inc, manufacturer of Tamiflu, a drug widely used to treat the flu. The lawsuit alleges that Tamiflu caused a 14-year-old boy to suffer from delusions leading him to jump from his second story bedroom window and sustain serious injuries. - PRWeb

►February 22, 2010 - FDA Reviewing Avandia Data;Patients Should Stay On Drug (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►February 22, 2010 - Novartis' Great Weekend - The Science Business Blog via Forbes

►February 22, 2010 - Roche envisions China as generics-maker - FiercePharma Manufacturing

►February 22, 2010 - Health department gets money to boost Ada County child immunization rates - Idaho Statesman

►February 22, 2010 - Zimbabwe: Govt in Talks With Leaders of Apostolic Sects - The Herald via - "In a recent interview, Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the talks were going on well. 'We are currently involved in talks with leaders from religious groups that do not vaccinate their children to find a solution following concerns raised in the health sector about children dying of diseases that can be prevented,' he said."

* ►February 22, 2010 - The Scope and Targeting of Influenza Vaccination Reminders Among US Adults: Evidence From a Nationally Representative Survey - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Is Gainesville the most flu-protected town in Florida? - The Gainesville Sun - "Why? Because public health advocates took the approach that the best way to contain the spread of flu in the community at large is to focus on school-based immunizations. As Dr. Parker Small, a local authority on immunology  puts it, “It makes sense because schools are virus exchange systems and children are super-spreaders.”

►February 22, 2010 - Dry winters linked to seasonal outbreaks of influenza - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert!

* ►February 22, 2010 - FDA grants Fast Track designation for Curemark's CM-AT autism treatment - Curemark via News-Medical.Net - "We are very excited about the FDA's Fast Track designation for CM-AT," said Dr. Joan Fallon, Curemark founder and CEO.  "We're making rapid progress with the CM-AT trials and being named as a Fast Track drug means that we potentially can get our autism treatment to market faster for the children and parents who will benefit from it." CM-AT is based on Dr. Fallon's breakthrough research that showed enzyme deficiencies in autistic children, resulting in an inability to digest protein.  The inability to digest protein affects the production of amino acids, the building blocks of chemicals essential for brain function.  CM-AT will be one of the first therapies to address the underlying physiology of autism, rather than just treat its symptoms. Curemark is conducting Phase III clinical trials for CM-AT at 12 sites across the country with a total 170 children.  Ten of the sites are now enrolling patients."

* ►February 22, 2010 - Virus hybridization could create pandemic bird flu - Genetic interactions between avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal influenza viruses have the potential to create hybrid strains combining the virulence of bird flu with the pandemic ability of H1N1, according to a new study. -  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via Physorg

* ►February 22, 2010 - Baucus, Grassley Release Finance Committee Report on Diabetes Drug Avandia, Express Concern About FDA’s Role in Protecting Patients in Ongoing Avandia Study - Written by Sen. Charles Grassley - River Cities Reader - “There’s a real problem when FDA’s office that reviews drugs that are on the market is an unequal player in drug safety efforts,” Grassley said.  “It doesn’t make any sense to have these experts, who study drugs after they have been on the market for several years, under the thumb of the officials who approved the drug in the first place and have a natural interest in defending that decision.  The Avandia case may be the most alarming example of the problem with this set-up.  Both the FDA and Congress need to take every step possible to establish independence for post-market surveillance. The Institute of Medicine has made recommendations.  It’s a matter of sound science and public safety.”

* ►February 22, 2010 - Mass. doctor pleads guilty to faking research - Physician’s studies suggesting post-surgery benefits from certain painkillers - AP via MSNBC - "Prosecutors alleged the former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield sought and received research grants from pharmaceutical companies but never performed the studies. They said he fabricated patient data and submitted information to anesthesiology journals that unwittingly published it."

►February 22, 2010 - Bacterial and Viral Coinfection in Children With Community-Acquired Pneumonia -- How Often Does This Happen? (requires registration) - Association of Human Metapneumovirus With Radiologically Diagnosed Community-Acquired Alveolar Pneumonia in Young Children - The Journal of Pediatrics via Medscape Pediatrics

►February 22, 2010 - Flu hit Molina Healthcare hard in fourth quarter - Press-Telegram

* ►February 22, 2010 - Study Shows How Strep Throat Germ Circumvents the Immune System - Infection Control Today

►February 22, 2010 - Clinical and Economic Outcomes Attributable to Health Care–Associated Sepsis and Pneumonia - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Hospital infections are deadly and expensive according to study - Archives of Internal Medicine via - "Hospital acquired sepsis and pneumonia killed 48,000 patients in 2006"

►February 22, 2010 - Reducing Preventable Harm - Comment on "Clinical and Economic Outcomes Attributable to Health Care–Associated Sepsis and Pneumonia" - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Getting to "No" - Strategies Primary Care Physicians Use to Deny Patient Requests - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Pharmaceutical Industry Support and Residency Education - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Improving Health Care Provider Notification in an Academic Setting: A Cascading System of Alerts - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Decreasing Hospital Costs While Maintaining Quality - Can It Be Done? - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Engineering Health in the Intensive Care Unit - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - The Effect of Exercise Training on Anxiety Symptoms Among Patients - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Hospital Cost of Care, Quality of Care, and Readmission Rates - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Comanagement of Hospitalized Surgical Patients by Medicine Physicians in the United States - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Time Spent on Clinical Documentation - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

►February 22, 2010 - Does Graduate Medical Education Also Follow Green? - journal article (Archives of Internal Medicine)

* ►February 22, 2010 - Legislator: Disabled kids are God's punishment (Audio added) - The News Leader

* ►February 22, 2010 - Measles outbreak reported in six regions in Philippines - Xinhua via People's Daily, China

* ►February 22, 2010 - Misdiagnosing Benjamin - Eureka Street - "The best advice we've received, from both professionals with no agenda and from our deeply partisan friends and family, is to just love our boy and let him grow in his own time. After a horde of pediatricians, speech therapists, child psychologists etc., we're no closer to knowing where if anywhere Benjamin fits on the scale of all things autistic. We don't know. We don't have to."

* ►February 22, 2010 - NJ drug company agrees to pay $3.5 settlement with federal authorities (requires registration) - AP via Los Angeles Times

►February 22, 2010 - Rotary Clubs Light Up the World to End Polio - Rotary International via

* ►February 22, 2010 - FDA advisory committee recommends including pandemic H1N1 in next season’s 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. - Infectious Disease News

►February 22, 2010 - NIH may allow stem-cell lines from younger embryos - news (Nature)

►February 22, 2010 - Gilead’s Inhaled Antibiotic for Lungs Wins Approval - Gilead via Bloomberg

►February 22, 2010 - Double Short: Pfizer And Merck - Patent expirations have helped to set the stage to short these two Big Pharma stocks. Here's how to do it with options. - Forbes

►February 22, 2010 - Transplants That Do Their Job, Then Fade Away (requires registration) - The New York Times

►February 22, 2010 - British guideline on the management of asthma. A national clinical guideline. - Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) via

►February 22, 2010 - Routine prenatal care. - Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) via

* ►February 22, 2010 - Pfizer Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Menopausal Drug Lawsuit (PFE) -

►February 22, 2010 - Does HFCS spell trouble? Some studies link high fructose corn syrup with heart disease, diabetes - Standard-Examiner

►February 22, 2010 - Novartis obtains FDA priority review status for multiple sclerosis drug - Datamonitor via COMTEX via Trading Markets

* ►February 22, 2010 - Novartis Updates Exjade Prescribing Information - Drug may cause renal and hepatic impairment and gastrointestinal hemorrhage - HealthDay News via Modern Medicine

►February 22, 2010 - Cyto Pulse, the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control Receive Phase I Clinical Trial App - Cyto Pulse Sciences via Business Wire via Trading Markets

►February 22, 2010 - The power of music therapy for children with autism -

►February 22, 2010 - Early disruption of schizophrenia gene causes problems later - Mouse study may help researchers understand how disease develops - ScienceNews

►February 22, 2010 - Packages of care for ADHD in low- and middle-income countries - And a new policy on tobacco papers - Public Library of Science via EurekAlert!

►February 22, 2010 - Medical marijuana may help fibromyalgia pain - CNN Health

►February 22, 2010 - Obama Health Plan: Impact On Drugmakers - Pharmalot

►February 22, 2010 - Childhood Obesity: What's Eating Our Kids? - Huffington Post

►February 22, 2010 - Health Highlights: - Seasonal Flu Vaccine to Protect Against Swine Flu - Singing Helps Stroke Patients Recover Speech -  White House Wants to Limit Health Insurance Rate Hikes - Most Test-Tube Children Healthy: Researchers - Claim That Brain-Injured Patient Communicated by Computer Was False - TB-Patient Flight Rules Questioned - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay via BusinessWeek

* ►February 22, 2010 - IAC Express Issue number 852 - Immunization Action Coalition

* ►February 22, 2010 - Novartis receives FDA approval of Menveo®, a vaccine to prevent meningococcal disease - FierceBiotech

* ►February 22, 2010 - Dr. Orin Levine: A Bad Outlook for a Bad Disease - The Huffington Post - "With support from the GAVI Alliance, Hib vaccines are used or being introduced in nearly every one of the world's poorest countries. By the end of the year, a new meningococcal vaccine made especially for the 'meningitis belt' of Africa will begin rolling out in highly affected African communities. And through the Advance Market Commitment, the world's poorest countries will soon gain access to the latest pneumococcal vaccines more than a decade ahead of historical precedent."

* ►February 22, 2010 - U.S. hospital infections killed 48,000: report - Reuters

* ►February 22, 2010 - No More Pandemic Hysterics - The U.S. can avoid national security threats by being better prepared. - commentary - Forbes - "To protect Americans, the government should also guarantee the annual purchase of a certain amount of seasonal flu vaccine. This would enable the industry to reliably forecast demand, spurring investment in new facilities that could also be used to produce vaccine in a pandemic. The annual procurement should favor vaccines produced in U.S. plants and with newer, cell-based methods."

* ►February 22, 2010 - After H1N1, Researchers Warn of a Potential New Superbug - TIME - "Another pandemic could arise at any time, and a new paper published in the Feb. 22 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates that it could even come from an existing flu virus that many of us have forgotten about: the H5N1 bird flu, which has infected 478 people in 15 countries since 2003, with 286 deaths — a fatality rate higher than 50%."

►February 22, 2010 - Deadly Hybrid Flu Possible - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►February 22, 2010 - Seroprevalence study shows 21% H1N1 infection rate - CIDRAP News

* ►February 22, 2010 - FDA selects pandemic H1N1 for 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine - CIDRAP News

►February 22, 2010 - Was H1N1 Info Communicated Well to the Public? - - "The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recently hosted a talk evaluating how well journalists and health officials communicated H1N1 information to the public. ... You can learn lots more from Dr. Viswanath in this video of the talk."

►February 22, 2010 - Protection Against 2009 H1N1 To Be Included in 2010-2011 Seasonal Flu Vaccine -

►February 22, 2010 - 2009 H1N1 flu strain will be in next season flu vaccine - Paging Dr. Gupta via CNN

►February 22, 2010 - Local pharmacy director urges residents to get H1N1 vaccine - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

►February 22, 2010 - Dutch health minister calls for investigation of H1N1 response - Flesh & Stone

►February 22, 2010 - Pros and Cons of Required Flu Shots - Advantages and Disadvantages of Compulsory Influenza Vaccination -

►February 22, 2010 - Public Health Provides 30,635 H1N1 Immunizations - Vaccine still available at Immunization Clinics. - - "According to Wisconsin Immunization Registry data, as of February 15, 109,808 people have been immunized for H1N1 in Dane County. This represents 23% of the Dane County population."

►February 22, 2010 - Hayashi Criticizes Board of Pharmacy for Backing Flu Vaccination Measure - California Healthline

►February 22, 2010 - Dry Winters Linked to Seasonal Outbreaks of Influenza - Public Library of Science, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►February 22, 2010 - Protect Your Children from the Flu – Receive Second Dose of Vaccine - Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and most importantly, your children from the flu. -

►February 22, 2010 - Pregnant Mom Recovering From H1N1 - A Colorado Springs mother finds herself four months pregnant and sick with the H1N1 Virus. -

►February 22, 2010 - UK Scraps Plans to Vax Children Under 5 for H1N1 - Age of Autism

* ►February 22, 2010 - 63 million infected with H1N1 - so far - The flu strain continues to circulate in the United States, but a third wave of infection remains uncertain. - Bloomberg via Minneapolis Star Tribune

►February 22, 2010 - Family mourns Toronto rapper killed by H1N1 - National Post

►February 22, 2010 - Purdue continues to offer H1N1 vaccine - Purdue University News Service via Lafayette Online

►February 22, 2010 - How many Americans have caught H1N1? "At least 63 million" - H5N1 Blog

►February 22, 2010 - Kuwait to vaccinate 320,000 children -

►February 22, 2010 - A shot a decade keeps medical bills away - Jakarta Post

►February 22, 2010 - Sudan Targets Six Million Children in Vaccination Campaign Against Polio - Voice of America

►February 22, 2010 - Africa: New HIV/AIDS Plan Would Test, Treat Everyone in High-Risk Regions -

►February 22, 2010 - Over 60? You may need to get shingles vaccine - Shingles: Vaccine pricey without insurance - Bakersfield Californian

►February 22, 2010 - New study shows sepsis and pneumonia caused by hospital-acquired infections kill 48,000 patients - Cost $8.1 billion to treat - Burness Communications via EurekAlert!

►February 22, 2010 - Sebelius Awards $100 Million to 10 States to Test Innovations in Children's Health Care - press release -

►February 22, 2010 - Feinstein, Obama Push for HHS Authority Over Insurance Rate Hikes - California Healthline

►February 22, 2010 - Misdiagnosis or Cursory Care: Would Being Proactive Prevent Injury or Death? -

►February 22, 2010 - Load up on fish, but beware mercury risk - The YOU doctors via Deseret News

►February 22, 2010 - Group Aims to Reduce Child Choking Deaths - Pediatric Physicians Group AAP Wants Government, Private Industry to Boost Efforts to Reduce Choking Incidents in Children - WebMD

►February 22, 2010 - Addict death as anthrax spreads - The total number of drug addicts who have died in Scotland after being infected with anthrax has reached 10. - BBC

►February 22, 2010 - Stop funding homeopathy, MPs urge - There is no evidence that it is effective, says science and technology committee - The Guardian, UK

►February 22, 2010 - Report Calls High Blood Pressure a 'Neglected Disease' - It recommends a broad response, including consuming less salt and getting more exercise - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►February 22, 2010 - Pet vaccinations are no longer one-size-fits-all - CNN - "'You can tailor a vaccine series for an individual animal based on age, where the animal lives, is it traveling a lot, whether they go outside,' Bowman said. 'Vaccines are no longer one-size-fits-all, Shelton said. 'People need to set up a schedule with their vets and keep an accurate record of their pet's vaccines. That way, they'll be able to know what their pet is vaccinated for should an outbreak or problem occur.'"

►February 21, 2010 - Yes Minister meets Alice in Wonderland - The Age

* ►February 21, 2010 - Going the extra mile to fight autism (includes video) - "A marathon of support and awareness" - - "New York Sports club, in West Hartford, hosted an indoor triathlon for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Athletes hit the pool, the stationary bikes and the treadmill to raise money for Jocelyn's Run which is a new charity geared towards fighting autism."

►February 21, 2010 - Junk DNA holds clues to heart disease - news (Nature)

* ►February 19, 2010 - An interprofessional approach to improving paediatric medication safety (pdf) - journal article (BMC Medical Education)

►February 19, 2010 - Vaginal microbicide gel had no protective effect against HIV transmission - Two formulations of the vaginal microbicide gel PRO2000 failed to demonstrate efficacy against transmission of HIV, according to study findings. - Infectious Disease News

►February 18, 2010 - Hairdressers open to help Autism - and the price is a snip - Lisburn Today, UK

►February 13, 2010 - H1N1 clinic - video - WPRI via YouTube

►February 8, 2010 - Obesity threatens national security - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►February 3, 2010 - Can Foods Contribute to Infertility? - Consults Blog via The New York Times

►February 8, 2010 - Acquired Microcephaly, Regression of Milestones, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Episodic Rigidity in a 46,XY Male With a De Novo MECP2 Gene Mutation - journal article (Journal of Child Neurology)

* ►February 2010 - Ever vigilant: maternal support of participation in daily life for boys with autism. - journal article (Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics)

►December 2009 - January 2010 - Development Meets Development: - How USAID Is Helping to Find an HIV Vaccine -

* ►November 2009 - Obstetric health care workers' attitudes and beliefs regarding influenza vaccination in pregnancy. - journal article (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

* ►November 2009 - Stability evaluation of vaccines: WHO approach - journal article (Biologicals) - "As part of its initiative to promote use of vaccines of assured quality, WHO emphasizes the role of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and National Control Laboratories (NCLs) in overall vaccine evaluation, including stability assessment. While recognizing that manufacturers are responsible for the quality of the vaccines they produce, compliance with vaccine quality specifications is part of regulatory oversight. This article provides basic information about WHO international standards as well as key definitions and principles for stability evaluation of vaccines that are elaborated in detail in the above mentioned guidance document."

* ►November 2009 - Goals of stability evaluation throughout the vaccine life cycle - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Stability testing of vaccines: Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers' Network (DCVMN) perspective - journal article (Biologicals) - "These guidelines enlist scientific basis and principles for stability testing at various stages like development, pre-clinical, clinical, licensing, lot release and post-licensure monitoring. DCVMN (Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers' Network) is an international body of developing countries vaccine manufacturers and has viewpoints on technical and administrative issues in stability testing of vaccines. We here highlight viewpoints, possible roles and global expectations of DCVMN in the area of stability testing of vaccines."

* ►November 2009 - Basic principles of stability - journal article (Biologicals) - "Design of stability studies should be carefully considered, with an eye to minimizing the variability of the stability parameter. In the case of measuring the degradation rate, testing at the beginning and the end of the study improves the precision of this estimate. Additional design considerations such as bracketing and matrixing improve the efficiency of stability evaluation of vaccines."

* ►November 2009 - Stability of vaccines – Bridging from stability data to continuous safety and efficacy throughout shelf life – An always reliable approach? - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Vaccine stability study design and analysis to support product licensure - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - WHO/KFDA workshop on stability evaluation of vaccines, Seoul, Korea, 23–25 April 2008 - journal article (Biologicals) - "Appropriate statistical evaluation of vaccine stability data promotes strategic stability study design, in order to reduce the uncertainty associated with the determination of the degradation rate, and the associated risk to the customer."

►November 2009 - Model format for a vaccine stability report and software solutions - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Maintenance of vaccine stability through annual stability and comparability studies - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Stability post-licensure: Compatibility container content – A practical case study - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Combined vaccines – Case study - journal article (Biologicals)

* ►November 2009 - Consideration on a few aspects of the stability studies post licensure - journal article (Biologicals)

►July 15, 2008 - Polysorbate 80 Causes Infertility - An Emulsifier That Can Damage Your Reproductive Health -

Depo-Provera® Contraceptive Injection medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension, USP (pdf) - - "Polysorbate 80 2.41 mg"

Tween 80 (Polysorbate 80) -- Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monooleate (polyoxyethylenesorbitan monooleat) -

Recommended viruses for influenza vaccines for use in the 2010-2011 northern hemisphere influenza season - WHO

TOPIC: The CHILD Birth Cohort Study: Overview and Description of the Environmental Exposure Assessment Activities - Thursday, February 25, 2010 4:10:00 PM - Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM - 155 College Street, Rm. 108, Health Sciences Building - Environment and Health Seminar - Centre for Environment, University of Toronto - "An example of possible environmental health effects is the increase over the last 20 years of allergic diseases, such as environmental allergies, food and pet allergies, eczema, allergic rhinitis, and asthma. CHILD is collecting information about Canadian children’s health and their surroundings to five years of age in order to identify causes that may be driving these conditions."


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