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All the News Posted January 13, 2010


* ►January 14, 2010 - Concerned mum sets up vaccine site - Timaru Herald via Stuff.co.nz - "Julie Smith wants the HPV vaccine halted and has set up the website www.offtheradar.co.nz to outline her concerns. A Timaru mother wants the HPV vaccine programme stopped as she believes it led to the death of a Lower Hutt teenager. Jasmine Renata died last September. Her mother believes it was caused by the vaccine Gardasil which is used to immunise girls against strains of the human papillomavirus which is linked to cervical cancer. Mrs Renata is still waiting for an autopsy to determine if the vaccine was linked her daughter's death."

* ►January 14, 2010 - Cough trick reduces vaccination pain - A simple 'cough trick' for children can help reduce the pain at the time of immunisation by almost half, US researcher say. - 6minutes.com.au

►January 14, 2010 - Swine flu briefings scrapped as case numbers plunge - Weekly government briefings about swine flu have been abandoned, a signal that the crisis is considered to be easing. - BBC

►January 14, 2010 - Japan scheme a plus - Fiji Times - "Major constraints faced by the Health Ministry in carrying out its immunisation program have been overcome with assistance from Japan's US$30million (F$55.8m) scheme under its Pacific Immunisation Program (J-PIPS)."

►January 14, 2010 - New FDA deputy to lead food-safety mandate (requires registration) - Washington Post

* ►January 14, 2010 - Study: Vitamin D could help fight hepatitis C - Ha'aretz

* ►January 13, 2010 - Swine flu vaccine is safe, they say: but I am seeing nasty coincidences - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D. - "Real data is important, and anecdotes are just anecdotal. Yet during the past 3 weeks I have been personally involved with 3 events that have me concerned. I am a doctor on an island of 13,000 people, where hundreds received swine flu vaccine."

* ►January 13, 2010 - Poland Stands Alone in Refusing Swine Flu Vaccines - Poland stands alone in rejecting swine flu vaccines out of safety fears - AP via ABC News - "Poles take pride in having a strong independent streak and many respect the government for defying the EU, the World Health Organization and other international groups that urged countries to implement vaccination programs — advice that smacked to some of meddling in internal affairs. The prime minister described Poland as a country with the rare 'courage' to refuse a vaccine that he believes has not undergone sufficient testing. 'We are making this decision only in the interest of the Polish patient and the taxpayer,' Tusk insisted in December. 'We will not take part because it's not honest and it's not safe for the patient.'"

* ►January 13, 2010 - Sir Liam’s Skeleton: the UK Department of Health Fabricates Flu Deaths to Boost Vaccination By John Stone - Age of Autism - "Annual flu deaths in the UK averaged no more than 33 over the last 4 years despite an earlier statement by the Department of Health that 12,000 people die in the country from flu every year. Recent disclosures by out-going Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson demonstrate that such figures are fabricated to boost vaccination uptake. Quizzed in on-line British Medical Journal by deputy editor Tony Delamothe, Sir Liam posted details late on Christmas Eve."

* ►January 13, 2010 - The UK GMC Panel: A Sinister and Tawdry Hearing By Martin J Walker - Age of Autism - "On or around January 29th 2010, the GMC Fitness to Practice Panel, sitting for the last two and a half years in the case of Dr Andrew Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor Walker Smith, will end the first part of the hearing by pronouncing its 'finding on fact'. This hearing, originally scheduled for three months, is undoubtedly one of the most sinister and tawdry quasi-judicial hearings in the history of British law or medical regulation."

* ►January 13, 2010 - Olmsted on Autism: I Know, Michael, Footnotes are No Fun. By Dan Olmsted - Age of Autism

* ►January 13, 2010 - The Chicago Tribune and Autism Treatment Community: Thrice Bitten, Twice Shy By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

►January 13, 2010 - Chantal Sicile-Kira on Temple Grandin: The HBO movie starring Claire Danes By Chantal Sicile-Kira - Age of Autism

►January 13, 2010 - Chase the Hope - Adventures in Autism

►January 13, 2010 - Genetic Testing for Celiac Disease - Consults Blog via The New York Times

►January 13, 2010 - Doctors Without Borders Clinics Damaged in Haiti - eMaxHealth

* ►January 13, 2010 - Poland refuses H1N1 vaccines - The Hindu

* ►January 13, 2010 - Two CAMC workers fired after refusing flu vaccine - Charleston Daily Mail - "Some employees were allowed exemptions from the policy because of allergies and other conditions, but Witte said he is unsure how many employees received exemptions. All exempted employees had to undergo evaluations to prove they had extenuating medical conditions, he has said. The two employees, whom Witte did not name, will be taken off work schedules immediately."

* ►January 13, 2010 - Hong Kong: CHP is investigating a case of limb weakness following HSI vaccination - Webnewswire.com - "The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 13) received a report involving a 91-year-old patient admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital who complained about lower limb weakness following human swine influenza (HSI) vaccination."

►January 13, 2010 - 2nd post-jab leg weakness case probed - News.gov.hk

►January 13, 2010 - Health: parents, nannies debate flu shot - Los Angeles Times via Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►January 13, 2010 - Colo. seeing more swine flu in Latinos, blacks - AP via KJCT8.com

►January 13, 2010 - Vaccination effort credited for decline in South Georgia seasonal, swine flu cases - Officials hope to prevent both seasonal and swine flu in schools, communities - Florida Times-Union via Jacksonville.com

►January 13, 2010 - H1N1: Vaccination of children to start - Times of Malta

►January 13, 2010 - Remember Y2K? Ten years later it’s Swine2K - Health Sciences Institute via http://hsibaltimore.com

►January 13, 2010 - H1N1 is no laughing matter, and yet some humor comes through - Health Sciences Institute via http://hsibaltimore.com

►January 13, 2010 - Selling vaccines for the government or for Merck – not much difference! - Health Sciences Institute via http://hsibaltimore.com

►January 13, 2010 - Doctors Worry About 3rd Wave Of H1N1 Flu - Flu Vaccine Available At County Health Departments (includes video) - KMBC Kansas City

►January 13, 2010 - As Obama declares national influenza vaccination week...the CDC warns of a Spring H1N1 wave - Examiner.com

►January 13, 2010 - H1N1 Vaccine Recommendations Expanded to All Residents - Ethiopian Review

►January 13, 2010 - GSK confirms cut in Germany swine flu vaccine order - PharmaTimes

* ►January 13, 2010 - From Bonnie's Files: U.S. Agencies Involved with Vaccination - New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice Blog

►January 13, 2010 - Woman Remembers The Ordeal Of Bacterial Meningitis - As a Pitt County student is treated for bacterial meningitis and authorities caution others to be on the lookout for symptoms, one person who has had the disease is remembering just what it was like. - WITN.com

►January 13, 2010 - Transparency In Gov't. Funding Options for Biodefense Is Key To Securing Private Equity Investment in Sector - FreeMind's Public/Private Sector Roundtable Discusses Funding, Project Prioritization and Collaborative Research - press release - FreeMind via PRNewswire

►January 13, 2010 - Toxic day-care center in Glouco razed - Philadelphia Inquirer - "The steel claws of a track excavator took less than three hours to rip apart the former Kiddie Kollege and pile the debris in the basement and on the edges of the Franklinville site."

►January 13, 2010 - Parents responsible to immunize children - letter - Nashua Telegraph

►January 13, 2010 - Antivaxxers are *all about* the open dialogue (includes video) - Bad Astronomy via Discover Magazine

* ►January 13, 2010 - Cultural Cognition Project Study Sheds Light on Reactions to HPV Vaccine - The Cultural Cognition Project via WebWire - "New research conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that people’s cultural values influence how risky they perceive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to be and thus, their views on whether or not the vaccine should be mandatory for elementary school girls."

* ►January 13, 2010 - Who's Afraid of the HPV Vaccine? - Study says people's values shape perceptions of HPV vaccine risk (includes webcast) - National Science Foundation

* ►January 13, 2010 - Scientists work on vaccine for mouth cancer - Dentistry.co.uk

►January 13, 2010 - New Report Just Published The Cancer Market Outlook To 2014: Competitive landscape, market size, pipeline analysis and growth opportunities - Live-PR.com

* ►January 13, 2010 - Merck submits Gardasil data for women 27 to 45 - Merck & Co on Wednesday said it had provided U.S. regulators with new information needed for approval to market its Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine to women between the ages of 27 to 45. - Reuters

* ►January 13, 2010 - Medical Mystery: A Girl Loses Her Mind - Doctors couldn't explain this 16-year-old's bizarre neurological and psychiatric symptoms. - Forbes

►January 13, 2010 - CEL-SCI Corporation Announces 2009 Financial Results - Company Ends Fiscal Year in Strongest Financial Condition Ever; Receives Clean and Unqualified Audit Opinion - PRNewswire-FirstCall via CNNMoney

* ►January 13, 2010 - Walgreen CEO sees sales promise from health care reform - Chicago Tribune - "Keys to Walgreen efforts will be its push to provide more and more outpatient services. While the company greatly expanded its ability to provide seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccines in the last year, it is looking to provide more immunizations. Kermit Crawford, Walgreen senior vice president for pharmacy, said the company has been aggressively lobbying in states across the country to allow company pharmacists the ability to provide immunizations in its stores. In some states, only doctors' offices are allowed to provide vaccines. Crawford said the lobbying initiative last year helped Walgreen prepare to provide a record of nearly 5.5 million seasonal flu shots, up from 1.2 million in the previous flu season. 'The immunization and vaccination industry is an approximately $30 billion to $40 billion industry,' Wasson said. 'We believe we can play a big role going forward."

* ►January 13, 2010 - FDA: JNJ Unit Failed To Test Tylenol For Contaminants (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

* ►January 13, 2010 - Coakley Choice of Big Pharma - Dakota Voice

* ►January 13, 2010 - FDA chastises drug companies for eyebrow-raising claims - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►January 13, 2010 - ANH eBlast: Proposed dose limits on vitamin supplements in Europe found to be scientifically flawed - New study reveals extensive scientific weaknesses in methods being proposed to limit supplement dosages across Europe - press release - Alliance for Natural Health

►January 13, 2010 - Lessons from Bt Cotton - ISIS Letter to Hilary Benn, UK Secretary of State for the Environment - Institute of Science in Society

►January 13, 2010 - Nestle revamps cookie dough amid E. coli concern - Nestle USA will begin using heat-treated flour in its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, months after the company temporarily pulled the product off of store shelves after the Food and Drug Administration found evidence of E. coli contamination. - Reuters

►January 13, 2010 - CDC: U.S. Adult, Children Obesity Rates Level Off After Years of Surging - Obesity rates in U.S. adults and children have leveled off after surging for many years, the government health agency says. That's a sliver of good news, but the problem remains a nationwide epidemic. - AP via FOX News

* ►January 13, 2010 - Chemical in Many Consumer Plastics Linked to Heart Disease - A second study links BPA measured in human urine to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease - Scientific American

* ►January 12, 2010 - Southsiders snub swine flu jab - Southern Star, Australia - "Health chiefs fear a severe flu outbreak in southside schools as parents shun the free human swine flu vaccine. Queensland Health calls for children to get jabs before class starts have fallen on deaf ears. Some medical centres aren’t even offering the H1N1 jab. Others report few to no takers of the vaccination, as latest figures reveal only one in 10 Queenslanders are vaccinated against the virus."

* ►January 12, 2010 - No allergies found in first Thai H1N1-vaccinated groups - Thai News Agency MCOT - "Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday that all 355 persons in high-risk groups who on Monday joined the first A(H1N1) flu vaccination programme at hospitals were not allergic to the vaccines. The first batch of those being vaccinated were pregnant women, persons with chronic diseases, those weighing over 100kg and medical workers, according to Dr Opas Karnkawinphong, Director General of the Bureau of Communicable Disease."

►January 12, 2010 - WHO to Study H1N1 Response Amid False Pandemic Debate - Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

►January 12, 2010 - Ind. health chief says outbreak like '58 pandemic - AP via Chicago Tribune

►January 12, 2010 - ODH orders additional H1N1 flu vaccine - Youngstown Vindicator

►January 12, 2010 - Don't Let The Flu Get To You - American Red Cross via Medical News Today

* ►January 12, 2010 - Recent Rise In Certain Disorders Could Be Explained By Ongoing Human Evolution - Medical News Today - "The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of - or perhaps because of - advancements in modern culture and medicine."

►January 12, 2010 - Now, diagnosing autism may be easier - IANS via Times of India

►January 12, 2010 - Boy gets artificial heart; may get transplant if he doesn't recover from virus (requires registration) - Washington Post

►January 12, 2010 - "Extraordinary" increases in drug prices: report - Prices for hundreds of brand-name drugs have soared since the beginning of the decade, especially those that treat depression, infections and heart disease, according to a U.S. government report on Monday. - Reuters

►January 12, 2010 - Phthalates may play a role in ADHD symptoms. - Environmental Health News

►January 12, 2010 - CDC Vaccine Price List - Prices last reviewed/updated: January 12, 2010 - CDC

►January 12, 2010 - Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz - CDC

* ►January 12, 2010 - Do Americans still have the liberty to choose? - Le Mars Daily Sentinel

* ►January 11, 2010 - Parents pay emotional tribute after tot's death - Edinburgh Evening News - "The circumstances of Siobhan's death mirrored an incident when she was nine weeks old, which left her paralysed, deaf, blind and epileptic. Mr and Mrs Boyle believe their daughter's disabilities were brought on by a whooping cough jag Siobhan was given two weeks before she nearly died as a baby, though they were told at the time it was not the cause. Mrs Boyle, 25, said: 'We had huge reservations because she had a bad cold but the doctors told us it would be fine. A couple of weeks later we found her cot covered in bile. We rushed her to the hospital but she passed away for five minutes and oxygen couldn't get to her brain. From then on, our once happy and smiley baby wasn't able to move, see or hear.' Mrs Boyle added: 'Just two weeks before Siobhan died we took her for a swine flu injection.'"

* ►January 11, 2010 - Are You Immunising Your Child? - FemaleFirst.co.uk - "New research, conducted on behalf of AstraZeneca, shows that 48% of mums worry about taking their child for routine immunisations, while a significant 43% believe immunisations affect the parents more than their child."

►January 11, 2010 - Do You Still Care About H1N1? Tell ABCNews.com - The White House is Urging More People to Get Vaccinated, Tell ABC What You Think - ABC News

* ►January 11, 2010 - H1N1 jab ready for health workers - The National - "Dr Moshera Atia, a medication safety pharmacist at Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi, said anyone at the hospital who refused to take the vaccine would have to give a reason why. 'We will talk to the ones who aren’t willing and try to convince them; otherwise, anyone who refuses the vaccine will be asked to fill out a form explaining the reason they declined it, so we can have on file who is and is not vaccinated,' she said."

►January 11, 2010 - H1N1 Vaccine Alert Vaccine Worker Speaks Out! - video - unfit blog

* ►January 11, 2010 - Nursing homes to get more H1N1 shots - Elderly at high risk to develop flu-like symptoms - WPRI.com - "'Since H1N1 vaccine is now widely available in the state, we encourage anyone 65 years-old and older to get vaccinated to protect themselves as we expect a third wave of the virus in the coming months,' said Dir. of Health Dr. David Gifford."

* ►January 11, 2010 - Epigenetics hits the mainstream - Enviroblog - "Back in February, 2009 EWG's Olga Naidenko wrote an excellent piece here on Enviroblog about epigenetics and environmental chemical exposures . She began the post with the heart of the matter:  Prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants may lead to chronic diseases later in life."

►January 11, 2010 - Vaccine: No Health Outside Ecology - Pacific Free Press

►January 11, 2010 - BioCryst and moksha8 Announce Approval for the Importation & Use of peramivir in Mexico - PRNewswire-FirstCall via Therapeutics Daily

►January 11, 2010 - KaloBios Partners with Sanofi Pasteur on Prevention, Treatment of Pseudomonas - PharmaLive via Therapeutics Daily

►January 11, 2010 - Achillion Announces Additional Positive Phase 1b Data With ACH-1625 to Treat Hepatitis C - Globe Newswire via Therapeutics Daily

* ►January 11, 2010 - Disconnect Between Brain Regions in ADHD - UC Davis

►January 8, 2010 - Why Most People May Not Wake Up - video - YouTube

►January 8, 2010 - Internists Remind Public To Get H1N1 Flu Shot - American College of Physicians via Medical News Today

►January 8, 2010 - The Moving Target of H1N1 Influenza: Results of a 2009 Season Practice Assessment (requires registration) - Medscape

►January 8, 2010 - Cancer Risks Debated for Type of X-Ray Scan (requires registration) - The New York Times

►January 6, 2010 - New Virus Is Not Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Suggests New Research - Imperial College London, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►January 6, 2010 - Alternative Swine Flu Vaccination Provided By Insect Cells - Medical News Today

* ►January 6, 2010 - Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny - TIME

* ►January 5, 2010 - Even as flu cases fall, no downside to vaccine, doctors say - Some countries remain on high alert but Canada is seeing less flu activity than normal for this time of year - The Globe and Mail - "And while there's talk of a third wave of the swine flu virus, Michael Gardam, director of infectious diseases prevention and control at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, is skeptical. With nearly half the Canadian population vaccinated and a number of others having been infected with the virus – and, as a result, now immune to it – 'I don't think there's enough kindling for it to really take off again,' he said."

* ►January 5, 2010 - Response To "The Worst Ideas of the Decade Vaccine scares" - Paul G. King, PhD via NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice

►January 5, 2010 - Window cleaning chemical injected into fast food hamburger meat - NaturalNews.com

►January 5, 2010 - Testing of cocaine vaccine shows it does not fully blunt cravings for the drug (requires registration) - Washington Post

►January 5, 2010 - Unvaccinated Children At Increased Risk Of Varicella Illness - Medical News Today

►January 4, 2010 - Flu Pandemics May Be Worsened By Short-Term School Closures, Pitt Study Finds - University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences via Medical News Today

►January 4, 2010 - Experts: No Proof Autism Diets Help/Don't Help - Gut Woes Increase Autism Problem Behaviors, but Jury Still Out on Gut-Autism Link - WebMD

►January 4, 2010 - Licorice Root: Trip to the Candy Store Might Help Ward Off Rare, but Deadly Infections - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

* ►January 3, 2010 - Response To "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines" - Paul G. King, PhD via NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice

►January 2, 2010 - Harvard Teaching Hospitals Cap Outside Pay (requires registration) -  The New York Times

* ►January 2010 - NZ Gardasil death - forum - MedKB.com

►December 14, 2009 - The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines - Ask the Pediatrician: Dr. Molly via The Detroit News

* ►September 3, 2009 - Feds engage media on pandemic vaccine communication - CIDRAP News - "In advance of the expected pandemic H1N1 vaccination campaign this fall, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday invited the media to join federal officials in a tabletop exercise to prepare for some possible communications challenges. About 40 members of the national press took part in the Washington, DC, event, which included some online flu blogs and news services, as well as state and local public health officials. Representatives from several federal agencies participated. Discussions during the three exercise modules were off the record so that federal officials could freely discuss their responses to potential communications problems."

How Not to Get Sick * Childhood 0-12 - TIME Magazine - "Get all of the recommended vaccinations. 'All of them,' says Dr. Joseph Hagan, a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine."

* Healing Our Autistic Children - Julie A. Buckley, MD - website

* Off The Radar - website - "This site was born out of the frustration of a parent who wished to make an "informed" decision about Gardasil for their daughter, and the difficulty they incurred at not being told the complete story about the vaccine by "The Ministry of Health and medical establishment".  To have a "one stop shop" of information for parents concerning what is being put into their children, whether by vaccine or food, this site endeavours to tell "what they didn't want you to hear".

Report H1N1 Vaccine Reactions and Injuries Here - Facebook

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