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All the News Posted January 15, 2010

* ►January 22, 2010 - Rates of autoimmune diseases in Kaiser Permanente for use in vaccine adverse event safety studies - journal article (Vaccine) - "Overall, the incidence of AID varied from 0.8/100,000 person-years (PY) for autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) to 54.1/100,000 PY for thyroiditis. Incidence rates in increasing order were AIHA, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, idiopathic thromobocytopenia purpura, transverse myelitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, uveitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes mellitus and thyroiditis; incidence rates also varied according to age and gender. These background incidence rates should prove useful for future observational vaccine safety studies and will help guide evaluation of potential vaccine AID events following introduction of new vaccines."

Comment:  These are not background rates.  They are the rates among vaccinated people.

* ►January 22, 2010 - Governments, off-patent vaccines, smallpox and universal childhood vaccination - journal article (Vaccine) - "Though efforts are accelerating global vaccine use, a plea is made to push the world's governments to commit to universal childhood vaccination via a proposed new programme. The latter should begin by exploiting a long list of ever more affordable off-patent vaccines, vaccines that can virtually eliminate the bulk of the world's current vaccine-preventable disease burden."

►January 22, 2010 - Vasculitis in a boy with ESRD following influenza vaccination - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - B cell responses to H5 influenza HA in human subjects vaccinated with a drifted variant - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Hepatitis B vaccination strategies tailored to different endemicity levels: Some considerations - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Patient and clinic factors associated with adolescent human papillomavirus vaccine utilization within a university-based health system - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Cost-effectiveness analysis of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in the Netherlands: Recent publication reinforces favorable cost-effectiveness despite misleading conclusion - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Parental attitude towards childhood HBV vaccination in The Netherlands - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - International epidemiology of human pre-existing adenovirus (Ad) type-5, type-6, type-26 and type-36 neutralizing antibodies: Correlates of high Ad5 titers and implications for potential HIV vaccine trials - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - A universal anti-HIV-1 Tat epitope vaccine that is fully synthetic and self-adjuvanting - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Serum levels of rubella-specific antibodies in Swedish women following three decades of vaccination programmes - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Serum anti-toxin B antibody correlates with protection from recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - A novel hypothesis for the etiology of pneumococcal co-infection in influenza - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Smell impairment after tick-borne encephalitis vaccination: Case report - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium mutants completely lacking the F0F1 ATPase are novel live attenuated vaccine strains - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Mucosal delivery of antigens using adsorption to bacterial spores - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Field avian Metapneumovirus evolution avoiding vaccine induced immunity - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Monocytes transduced with lentiviral vectors expressing hepatitis C virus non-structural proteins and differentiated into dendritic cells stimulate multi-antigenic CD8+ T cell responses - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase I Clinical Trial of the therapeutical antituberculous vaccine RUTI® - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Development and characterization of non-glycosylated E and NS1 mutant viruses as a potential candidate vaccine for West Nile virus - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Immunogenicity and tolerability of a virosome influenza vaccine compared to split influenza vaccine in patients with sickle cell anemia - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Non-clinical efficacy and safety of HyVac4:IC31 vaccine administered in a BCG prime–boost regimen - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Carbohydrate moieties as vaccine candidates: Meeting summary - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 22, 2010 - Difficulties in recruiting older people in clinical trials: An examination of barriers and solutions - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Declining invasive pneumococcal disease mortality in the United States, 1990–2005 - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Tick-borne encephalitis: >From childhood to golden age does increased mobility mean increased risk?: Conference report of the 11th meeting of the International Scientific Working Group on Tick-Borne Encephalitis (ISW-TBE) - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - A vectored equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) vaccine elicits protective immune responses against EHV-1 and H3N8 equine influenza virus - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Comparative performance of a licensed anthrax vaccine versus electroporation based delivery of a PA encoding DNA vaccine in rhesus macaques - journal article (Vaccine)

►January 22, 2010 - Evaluation of live-attenuated Salmonella vaccines expressing Campylobacter antigens for control of C. jejuni in poultry - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►January 15, 2010 - European Commission targets drug firms over illegal patent protection - journal article (BMJ)

►January 15, 2010 - Out of hours care scrutinised as inquest begins into deaths of two patients - journal article (BMJ)

►January 15, 2010 - Tories look to harness "social norms" to change behaviour and improve public health - journal article (BMJ)

►January 15, 2010 - Prompt access to expert care is among advice to reduce perinatal deaths in Netherlands - journal article (BMJ)

►January 15, 2010 - New partnership pumps £1m into stem cell research for multiple sclerosis - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 15, 2010 - Federal Register - - "The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is publishing an updated monetary amount of the average cost of a health insurance policy as it relates to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)."

* ►January 15, 2010 - Toddler dies of meningitis 24 hours after hospital sends her home with a bottle of paracetamol - Yorkshire Post

►January 15, 2010 - Meningitis alert after death of young boy - Irish Independent

* ►January 15, 2010 - Participate in IACC Full Committee Meeting On 1/19 - Age of Autism

* ►January 15, 2010 - Tune into IACC Monday: Are You and Your Spouse Cousins? By Katie Wright - Age of Autism

* ►January 15, 2010 - $1,000,000 For National Autism Association? Yes! If You Vote! - Age of Autism

* ►January 15, 2010 - Senate Protects Immunity, Special Treatment for Drug Companies - The Michigan News - "State Representative Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) and State Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) led fellow legislators today in blasting State Senate Republicans for their ongoing delay tactics designed to shield drug companies from accountability even when their products cause harm or death. Michigan is the only state in the country that grants full immunity for drug companies when their products harm or kill. The Senate has repeatedly refused to act on Brown’s legislation, which passed the House in March of last year. 'No industry should be let off scot-free when they make products that harm or kill,' Brown said. 'Thanks to the Senate, drug companies have gotten away with making harmful drugs like Vioxx, Rezulin and Fen-Phen. Michigan residents should not be treated like guinea pigs for the drug companies – we deserve the same rights as people in every other state that hold drug companies accountable when they market products they know are dangerous.'"

* ►January 15, 2010 - Novartis Considers Contracts With Govts On H1N1 Vaccine Binding (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►January 15, 2010 - Glaxo shipped $1.4 bln of H1N1 vaccine in Q4 - * 130 mln doses shipped Q4 vs reported 440 mln orders in Oct * "Too early to say" what final total will be * Shares down 2 percent - Reuters

* ►January 15, 2010 - No mass vaccination against swine flu virus: ICMR - Press Trust of India - "The government will not undertake any mass vaccination drive for swine flu in the country as people are gradually developing immunity against the killer virus, the ICMR today said. ... 'The H1N1 swine flu vaccines are not for the general masses. The vaccine doses procured by the government from Sanofi Pasteur will be given only to health workers as they belong to the high risk group being repeatedly exposed,' V M Katoch, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research said."

* ►January 15, 2010 - Pandemic flu still active in parts of world: WHO - The H1N1 flu virus is spreading most actively in North Africa, South Asia and parts of Europe, the World Health Organization said on Friday. - Reuters

►January 15, 2010 - H1N1 virus: Tunisia enforces vaccine for “Omra” pilgrims - Tunisia Online News

►January 15, 2010 - Travelers in airport can now get H1N1 vaccine - SDNN: San Diego News Network

►January 15, 2010 - Murray: H1N1 still a threat - Mount Vernon News

►January 15, 2010 - Swine flu jabs urgent for toddlers - News Wales

►January 15, 2010 - MMR Vaccine Mum Makes UK Legal History - Wigan Today via The One Click Group

* ►January 15, 2010 - US Researchers Dispute British Challenge To Virus ME/CFS Discovery - The One Click Group

* ►January 15, 2010 - Faked Pandemics - A Threat For Health - The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - Fury At UK Public Sector Workers Vaccine Scandal - Sunday Express via The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - European Parliament To Investigate WHO And 'Pandemic' Scandal - F. William Engdahl via The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - UK DNA Database Criminalises A Generation Of Young Black Men - The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - UK Social Worker Struck Off For Homophobic Child Abuse - The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - UK Child Protection Data Left On Train - Press Association via The One Click

* ►January 15, 2010 - Swine Fu Taskforce Links To Vaccine Manufacturers Exposed - The One Click Group - "One Click Note: Please see UK Government Vaccines Director Threatens Legal Action Against One Click. 'Vaccines Basil' (Professor David Salisbury) is Chairman of the World Health Organisation's SAGE. Salisbury is directly responsible for the lethal Swine Flu vaccine con worldwide."

►January 15, 2010 - Hong Kong Cardiologist - Don't Get Swine Flu Vaccinated - The One Click Group

►January 15, 2010 - Review of swine flu vaccine in schools -

* ►January 15, 2010 - Cancer vaccine programme to go ahead - - "The Government has announced that the cervical cancer vaccination is to be offered to 30,000 girls in first year of secondary school. The Government had announced in August 2008 that girls aged 13-15 would be given the injection but later had to roll-back on that decision because of Budget cuts. Today Minister for Health Mary Harney said the programme is now possible because vaccine companies have offered substantially better prices."

►January 15, 2010 - Harney announces cervical cancer vaccine U-turn - Ireland Online

* ►January 15, 2010 - Tylenol Recall: What’s That Smell? - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

* ►January 15, 2010 - US FDA: Johnson & Johnson Unit Too Slow With Tylenol Recall (free preview) - Wall Street Journal - "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit should have acted sooner to recall Tylenol and other products after receiving consumer complaints about moldy or mildew-like smells."

* ►January 15, 2010 - Johnson & Johnson Recalls More OTC Drugs Amid Odor Complaints (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►January 15, 2010 - FDA Acts Quickly With Baby Food Warning - Food Safety News

* ►January 15, 2010 - Study warns of drug-resistant HIV strains - San Francisco Chronicle

►January 15, 2010 - 9th Circuit Sympathetic to Privacy Act Suit Over Release of Pilot's HIV Status - The American Lawyer

►January 15, 2010 - Treatment for chronic hepatitis C: A phase II study - World Journal of Gastroenterology via EurekAlert!

►January 14, 2010 - Video of woman who claims to have spread AIDS stirs panic - The Detroit News

►January 14, 2010 - A novel and simple formula to predict treatment success in chronic hepatitis C - World Journal of Gastroenterology via EurekAlert!

►January 14, 2010 - Study: More cases of Vitamin D Deficiency - The 33 News

►January 14, 2010 - Judge Orders FDA to Stop Blocking Imports of E-Cigarettes From China (requires registration) - The New York Times
* ►January 14, 2010 - Families Sue Los Angeles Medical Center for Cutting Autism Treatments - The families of seven autistic children have sued a regional medical center for discontinuing a type of treatment that they say helped their children. - AP via FOX News

* ►January 14, 2010 - Vaccines: The debate continues - Medill Reports: Chicago - "While [Dr. Stanford] Shulman, professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, proclaims that vaccines are one of the most significant medical advances of the past 200 years, [Dr. Mayer] Eisenstein said doctors are simply being fed by the pharmaceutical industry, the driving force behind vaccinations. 'What doctor has time to sit there and study this? Eisenstein said. 'So you just do what you’re told, good soldiers. What we need are critical thinkers.'"

* ►January 14, 2010 - DEP Tests Show Prescription Drugs Leaching From Landfills - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it now has enough evidence to prove that unwanted prescription drugs being tossed into local landfills pose a threat to surface and groundwater supplies around the state. New test results of leachate at three Maine landfills show high concentrations of a wide range of pharmaceuticals. And the findings are likely to boost support for a bill to require drug companies to collect and dispose of unused medication. - MPBN News

* ►January 14, 2010 - Stanford says drive-through triage was effective - San Jose Mercury News - "An experiment at Stanford last summer showed that a car can effectively serve as an exam room, Stanford Hospital & Clinics announced Thursday. To determine whether a drive-through medical clinic could be a quick way to screen patients during a pandemic-like swine flu while preventing the spread of disease, Stanford recruited 38 American Red Cross volunteers on June 12 to act as patients with flu-like symptoms. They drove their cars through triage stations in a parking garage, where doctors took blood pressure readings, listened to breathing with stethoscopes and talked to patients about their symptoms through car windows."

►January 14, 2010 - Children's H1N1, HPV2 vaccination guidelines are revamped - The Birmingham News via

* ►January 14, 2010 - 2 clinic workers fired for refusing flu shots - AP via

►January 14, 2010 - Merck tries again for Gardasil expansion - FiercePharma

* ►January 14, 2010 - Is HPV Running Rampant? - Large Percentage of Young Adults in New Sexual Relationships Infected With HPV - WebMD

* ►January 14, 2010 - WHO Denies Hyping Dangers of Swine Flu - Voice of America - "The World Health Organization says it has not been subject to any undue influence from pharmaceutical companies.  Dr. Fukuda says the organization has worked hard to make sure there is no conflict of interest when seeking advice."

* ►January 14, 2010 - Swine flu was as elusive as WMD. The real threat is mad scientist syndrome - Remember the warnings of 65,000 dead? Health chiefs should admit they were wrong – yet again – about a global pandemic - Comment is free via The Guardian, UK

* ►January 14, 2010 - WHO Addresses Media Misconceptions About H1N1 Pandemic (requires registration) - Medscape - "The WHO will be conducting a self-review process regarding H1N1 influenza, which Dr. Fukuda said is something that any organization that cares about its performance would do. In addition, the Council of Europe has asked the WHO to participate in hearings about pandemic influenza. 'I want to emphasize the world is going through a real pandemic.' he said. 'WHO has been balanced and truthful in the information it has provided' and has taken great care to 'make sure that the advice received has not been unduly influenced by commercial or non–public health interests.'"

* ►January 14, 2010 - H1N1: now entering the recrimination phase (full text) - journal article (BMJ) - "The search for scapegoats has already begun. The chairman of the health subcommittee of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly has called for an investigation into the role of pharmaceutical companies in the current pandemic. His charge: "To protect their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies have influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards to alarm governments." Meanwhile, the revelation of undeclared competing interests of Professor Juhani Eskola, an adviser to WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), has come as a gift to conspiracy theorists. SAGE advises member states on vaccines; GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Pandemrix, is the main source of income of Professor Eskola’s employer."

* ►January 14, 2010 - Exposure to radiation and higher risk of circulatory disease - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 13, 2010 - Vaccine for swine flu pandemic was 'morally justified' - New Scientist - "'When you have a virus to which many people have no obvious immunity, and which is spreading globally, you don't know how it will evolve,' says David Heymann, who is a former assistant director of the WHO and helped develop its International Health Regulations, in force since 2007. These govern international disease events, including pandemics. 'In those circumstances, if you can make a vaccine, then morally speaking, you must.'"

* ►January 13, 2010 - A/H1N1 flu pandemic Life threatening infections labelled swine flu - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 13, 2010 - The truth about Tamiflu? Neuraminidase inhibitors in pandemic A/H1N1 flu - journal article (BMJ)

►January 13, 2010 - The truth about Tamiflu? Zanamivir should be inhaled, not nebulised - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 13, 2010 - The truth about Tamiflu? Data access is matter of trust - journal article (BMJ)

►January 13, 2010 - India moves to curb unethical drug promotional practices - journal article (BMJ)

►January 13, 2010 - Teams vie to find ways to improve care of patients - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 12, 2010 - Politician accuses drug companies of overplaying dangers of H1N1 (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 12, 2010 - WHO vaccine expert had conflict of interest, Danish newspaper claims (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 12, 2010 - Harvard tightens rules on industry payments to top professors - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 12, 2010 - Doctors told to declare all income or risk investigation and high penalties - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 12, 2010 - Patient level pooled analysis of 68 500 patients from seven major vitamin D fracture trials in US and Europe (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►January 12, 2010 - Diagnosis and pharmacological management of Parkinson’s disease: summary of SIGN guidelines - journal article (BMJ)

►January 12, 2010 - Reducing the risk of fractures with calcium and vitamin D (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 11, 2010 - Government is in talks with GSK to offload surplus swine flu vaccine (full text) - journal article (BMJ)

►January 11, 2010 - Private companies challenge policy that NHS organisations are "preferred providers" - journal article (BMJ)

* ►January 11, 2010 - Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency - journal article (BMJ)

►January 11, 2010 - US Democrats work to reconcile two health reform bills - journal article (BMJ)

►January 11, 2010 - Government plans to move back from local to central decision making in social care - journal article (BMJ)

►January 8, 2010 - Easily Missed? Long QT syndrome - journal article (BMJ) - "A 19 year old female student consulted her general practitioner about two recent episodes of syncope, both of which occurred while playing hockey."

►December 3, 2009 - Cervical cancer survivor urges young girls to get HPV shot - Vaccine protects against four strains of sexually transmitted virus - Edmonton Journal via


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