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All the News Posted November 18, 2009

* ►December 15, 2009 - Efficacy of Inactivated Split‐Virus Influenza Vaccine against Culture‐Confirmed Influenza in Healthy Adults: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo‐Controlled Trial - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - A Live Attenuated H1N1 M1 Mutant Provides Broad Cross‐Protection against Influenza A Viruses, Including Highly Pathogenic A/Vietnam/1203/2004, in Mice - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Pre‐ and Postexposure Use of Human Monoclonal Antibody against H5N1 and H1N1 Influenza Virus in Mice: Viable Alternative to Oseltamivir - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Distribution of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Varicella Zoster Virus in Ganglia of the Human Head and Neck - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Efficient Transmission of Swine‐Adapted but Not Wholly Avian Influenza Viruses among Pigs and from Pigs to Ferrets - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Dengue Virus Infections and Maternal Antibody Decay in a Prospective Birth Cohort Study of Vietnamese Infants - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Borrelia burgdorferi Stimulates Macrophages to Secrete Higher Levels of Cytokines and Chemokines than Borrelia afzelii or Borrelia garinii - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Age‐Related Increase in the Frequency of CD4+ T Cells That Produce Interferon‐γ in Response to Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during Childhood - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - Enhanced Expression of dltABCD Is Associated with the Development of Daptomycin Nonsusceptibility in a Clinical Endocarditis Isolate of Staphylococcus aureus - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 15, 2009 - A Listeria monocytogenes Strain Is Still Virulent despite Nonfunctional Major Virulence Genes - journal article (The Journal of Infectious Diseases)

►December 1, 2009 - Cost Effectiveness of Herpes Zoster Vaccine in Canada - journal article (PharmacoEconomics)

►December 2009 - Comparative evaluation of real-time PCR and conventional RT-PCR during a 2 year surveillance for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus among children with acute respiratory infections in Kolkata, India, reveals a distinct seasonality of infection - journal article (Journal of Medical Microbiology)

►December 2009 - A common variant in DRD3 gene is associated with risperidone-induced extrapyramidal symptoms - journal article (Cell Death & Differentiation)

►December 2009 - Hax1 lacks BH modules and is peripherally associated to heavy membranes: implications for Omi/HtrA2 and PARL activity in the regulation of mitochondrial stress and apoptosis - journal article (Cell Death & Differentiation)

►December 2009 - The role of genetic variation in the causation of mental illness: an evolution-informed framework - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►December 2009 - Detrimental effects of glucocorticoids on neuronal migration during brain development - journal article (Molecular Psychiatry)

►November 19, 2009 - Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Mutations Affecting the Interleukin-10 Receptor -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Inflammatory Bowel Disease -  journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 19, 2009 - Interleukin-10 in Inflammatory Bowel Disease -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Not "Socialized Medicine" — An Israeli View of Health Care Reform (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Medicaid and National Health Care Reform (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Massachusetts Health Care Reform — Near-Universal Coverage at What Cost? (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Compromises and Controversies — Moving Forward on Reform (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - The American Public and the Next Phase of the Health Care Reform Debate (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Frequency of gamma oscillations routes flow of information in the hippocampus - journal article (Nature)

►November 19, 2009 - Combined Immunodeficiency Associated with DOCK8 Mutations -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - Cost Expansion versus Cost Control — Lessons from the Canadian System (free full text) -  journal article (NEJM)

►November 19, 2009 - A Novel Protective Prion Protein Variant that Colocalizes with Kuru Exposure - journal article (NEJM)

* ►November 19, 2009 - Immigrants and the HPV vaccine: A flawed prescription - The U.S. finally saw the light and dropped its requirement that girls and women seeking a green card be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer. - editorial (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

►November 19, 2009 - Improving childhood immunisation completion rates - press release - The Health Committee via

* ►November 19, 2009 - Bivalent vaccine more effective against polio viruses - Times of India

►November 19, 2009 - Little big man with a mission - The Telegraph, India - "Calcutta-born Gautam Lewis was abandoned at three and then contracted polio. He was raised and sheltered at Mother House for four years before London-based Patricia Lewis adopted him."

►November 19, 2009 - New checks for bio-terror agent handlers - AAP via Sydney Morning Herald

►November 19, 2009 - Water holds the key to children's health - letter - The Guardian, UK

* ►November 19, 2009 - Babies, toddlers may get vaccine shots after trials - China Daily via People's Daily Online

* ►November 18, 2009 - Scientific Link to Autism Identified - The Center for Modeling Optimal Outcomes LLC via PRNewswire - "The Center had attempted to analyze. If it hadn't been for so many parents insisting that vaccines were responsible for the condition, we might never have found the fact that the stabilizer in MMR and a few other vaccines is hydrolyzed gelatin; a substance that is approximately 21% glycine. It appears that, based on readily verifiable science, the use of that form of glycine triggers an imbalance between the amino acid neurotransmitters responsible for the absorption rate of certain classes of cells throughout the body."

* ►November 18, 2009 - US panel backs Pfizer's newer Prevnar vaccine - * FDA panel: Pfizer's Prevnar 13 safe, effective * Pfizer shares up 1.3 pct - Reuters

* ►November 18, 2009 - Swine flu tragedy of tot Finlay - My boy's agonising death after virus vaccination - With trembling hands, the distraught mother stroked the yellow bear which belenged to Finlay – her beloved son. The little boy died two weeks ago at the age of 21 months after having a vaccination against swine flu. -

* ►November 18, 2009 - "Children are not soldiers!" - Alliance for Human Research Protection - "Yet, the Air Force is using its muscle to force parents to have their children vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine in contradiction to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA. Truthout reports (below) that about 25,000 children in on-base Air Force daycare centers will be forced to receive the H1N1 vaccine or face being barred from school. This is an unconscionable coercive policy, as military parents rely on the on-base child care available to them. Child care in the military is heavily subsidized on a sliding scale according to household income. Thus, parents who rely on the subsidized child care are forced to choose between transferring their children to child care they cannot afford or, at least from their standpoint, putting their children's health at risk."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Air Force Adds Kids to Pentagon's Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine Program - truthout - "About 25,000 children in on-base Air Force daycare centers will be forced to receive the H1N1 vaccine or face being barred from school, Truthout has learned following reports from concerned parents. When a number of Air Force parents opened the November Child Development Center newsletter, they were outraged to learn that their children must receive the H1N1 vaccine. The newsletter article indicates that the Air Force is considering the H1N1 vaccine as part of the required seasonal flu vaccination."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Mandatory H1N1 vaccine for 25,000 American children (includes video) -

* ►November 18, 2009 - UK Doctors Report Widespread Resistance To Swine Flu Vaccine - Despite Bribes - Exclusive: GPs fear they are almost certain to fall short of the Government’s target for swine flu vaccination, with practices across the country reporting widespread resistance from patients to taking up the vaccine. - Pulse via The One Click Group

►November 18, 2009 - GPs braced to miss swine flu target - Exclusive: GPs fear they are almost certain to fall short of the Government’s target for swine flu vaccination, with practices across the country reporting widespread resistance from patients to taking up the vaccine. - Pulse, UK

* ►November 18, 2009 - New Poll From DBJ - Adults Refuse Swine Flu Vaccine - Dayton Business Journal via The One Click Group

* ►November 18, 2009 - Swine Flu Vaccine - Adverse Reactions Roll In - As Canadian health officials assured the public that the pandemic H1N1 vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu shot, at least one province is reporting almost double the rate of severe allergic reactions. - The One Click Group

►November 18, 2009 - Doctors say most Britons reject swine flu vaccine - Reuters

►November 18, 2009 - Pregnant Women UK Say No To Swine Flu Vaccine - The Independent via The One Click Group

►November 18, 2009 - Doctors say most Britons reject swine flu vaccine/ Reuters - Anthrax Vaccine -- posts by Meryl Nass, M.D.

* ►November 18, 2009 - Pregnant women 'sceptical' about swine flu vaccination - The Independent, UK - "Dr Andy Rose, a GP in Kensington, west London, said his practice was encountering "considerable scepticism" from pregnant women. However, Dr Toby Davies, a GP in Tidworth, Wiltshire, said his practice had received its initial 500 doses last week, and was already running low. 'We're irritated that small practices received the same number of vials as large practices. We have had to delay our programme," he said."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Congress Searches for Answers on H1N1 Vaccine Shortage - Congressional Hearing Investigates H1N1 Preparedness, Vaccine Production and Distribution Process (includes video) - ABC News

* ►November 18, 2009 - Regulation, suspicion slow U.S. flu response: hearing - Reuters

* ►November 18, 2009 - Demand Outpacing Supply of H1N1, Seasonal Flu Vaccines - Majority of People Seeking Vaccination Against Novel Virus Unsuccessful - AAFP News Now - "According to the CDC, sanofi pasteur, the nation's largest supplier of seasonal flu vaccine, is experiencing delays in shipping. The agency said physicians seeking additional seasonal vaccine may be unable to purchase it and may have to obtain vaccine from a source other than their usual supplier.  The agency directed physicians seeking information about seasonal vaccine supply to the Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's Prevent Influenza Now! initiative, where information is available about wholesale distributors and manufacturers with vaccine in stock."

* ►November 18, 2009 - 1.5M Per Day Getting Swine Flu Vaccine in China - China health minister says 1.5M a day getting swine flu vaccine, defends foreigner quarantines - AP via ABC News

* ►November 18, 2009 - Green monkey rumor keeps some parents from vaccinating kids for H1N1 - 1590 KLIV Silicon Valley News

►November 18, 2009 - Susanna Speier: H1N1 Politiku - The Huffington Post

* ►November 18, 2009 - Insurers Take Steps to Encourage H1N1 Vaccinations - As the H1N1 virus continues its spread around Maine, the state's largest private insurance companies are trying to make it easier for people get the vaccine. And - if they still end up sick - to get them the medication to ease symptoms. (includes audio) - MPBN News

* ►November 18, 2009 - 7 Darn Good Reasons Why You Need NOT Fear the Swine Flu - Carolyn Dean MD ND

* ►November 18, 2009 - Catholic trustees OK with H1N1 vaccinations - The Sault Star - "[Grace] Tridico is 'still not a fan of vaccine clinics in the school system. I think the place for it is in a medical facility rather than schools.' The issue is not one of just liability but of patient privacy, she said. 'You've got an assembly line and everybody knows who got a vaccine and who didn't.' As for herself, she did not want to say whether she would get a shot for herself and her two preschool children. Rather, she said everybody needs to educate themselves on the benefits and risks of any particular vaccine."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Local Walmarts offering H1N1 shots for $15 - Dayton Daily News

►November 18, 2009 - Have Egg Allergy? You May Still Be Candidate for Flu Vaccines, Says Allergist - Infection Control Today

►November 18, 2009 - Butler-Jones rolls up sleeve at Ottawa clinic for H1N1 vaccine - Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press - "Canada's top doc finally got the swine-flu shot. Dr. David Butler-Jones says he rolled up his sleeve Wednesday at an Ottawa clinic."

►November 18, 2009 - Flu shot free-for-all - GTA residents can begin lining up for H1N1 vaccine today; Peel clinics open tomorrow - Toronto Sun

►November 18, 2009 - H1N1 vaccination outbreak prevention -

►November 18, 2009 - Iowa Statistics: H1N1 Hospitalizations -

►November 18, 2009 - Two More People Die From H1N1 In Pittsburgh Area -

►November 18, 2009 - Q&A: Talking H1N1 with Dr. Richard Stanwick - Saanich News via

►November 18, 2009 - H1N1 Overreaction - The Moderate Voice

* ►November 18, 2009 - RI health officials: Number of H1N1 cases decline - - "Health officials said more than 60 percent of pregnant women and new mothers in Rhode Island have been given the H1N1 flu vaccine."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Blatant unfairness or sweet revenge? We’ll let Joe decide - If they only knew… - Health Sciences Institute

* ►November 18, 2009 - National Patient Safety Foundation Supports Mandatory Flu Vaccinations for Healthcare Workers - press release - National Patient Safety Foundation via PRNewswire

* ►November 18, 2009 - Six die in N.J. from swine flu over 9-day period; Total up to 28 - New Jersey Real-Time News via - "Six adults already suffering from medical conditions died from the swine flu in a nine-day period, Deputy Health and Senior Services Commissioner Susan Walsh said today."

►November 18, 2009 - Two more El Pasoans die after contracting H1N1 flu virus - Las Cruces Sun-News

►November 18, 2009 - Two inmates die of swine flu in California prisons - AP via San Francisco Chronicle

►November 18, 2009 - H1N1 swine flu spread continues to slow in Utah - The Salt Lake Tribune

* ►November 18, 2009 - Flu shot more widely available in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta - Canwest News Service via - "On Wednesday a Winnipeg hospital came under scrutiny. Seven board members from the Misericordia Health Centre jumped the line for their shots. Only two had qualified as high-risk under Manitoba's guidelines. They were vaccinated at an internal hospital clinic which meant they did not have to stand in line for hours at one of Winnipeg's many H1N1 vaccination clinics."

►November 18, 2009 - Alberta's auditor general will review the province's H1N1 vaccination program - Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press

►November 18, 2009 - More bad flu news, this time in your pee - The Independent Weekly - "That Tamiflu you're taking to ward off H1N1? After it runs through you, it could wind up in lakes and rivers. reported that in Japan, concentrations of Tamiflu's "active form" are showing up in rivers downstream of wastewater treatment plants. The source: human urine."

►November 18, 2009 - Tamiflu: Questions and answers - Edmonton Journal

* ►November 18, 2009 - H1N1-infected cat dies in Oregon - DVM Newsmagazine

* ►November 18, 2009 - CDC Will No Longer Require HPV Vaccine for Immigrant Girls / Women - AP - Alliance for Human Research Protection via The One Click Group - "In August, 2009, the Alliance for Human Research Protection received a frantic plea for help from a 22-year old immigrant woman with an underlying neurological condition for which she is being treated. Her well-founded, informed concern that the vaccine's potential adverse effects could jeopardize her health and her safety, was justified. She emigrated from an industrialized country, was about to be married, and has regularly had PAP tests to screen for cervical cancer--and they were negative. However, she could not find a physician in the U.S. who would back-up her concerns in a letter to the Immigration authorities. AHRP turned to the physician / scientist whose expertise about the HPV vaccine is indisputable: matched by the ethical standard guiding her conscience and her practice of medicine. We are gratified to have been able to help facilitate a reconsideration by CDC officials of a medically unjustified policy."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Vaccine To Treat Nicotine Addiction Steps Closer To Market As Companies Agree Option Deal - Medical News Today - "An experimental vaccine called NicVAX, designed to treat nicotine addiction that works by stopping the drug from reaching the brain, moved a step closer to the market when the vaccine developer Nabi Biopharmaceuticals (Nabi), based in Rockville, Maryland, US agreed an option and licensing deal with GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA (GSK), based in Brussels, Belgium."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Doctors being paid by drug companies - NBC2 News - "Local urologist Meir Daller was about to present the findings of a clinical trial on enlarged prostates when we talked to him. 'I'm going to spend a significant amount of time discussing the trial,' he explained. Hours before his presentation, he gave us a preview at his office because the parking lot was as close as we could get to the presentation. Dr. Daller invited us to attend and said we could get video of him inside educating the nurses. But Glaxo Smith Klein, the company sponsoring the event, told us we weren’t allowed in."

* ►November 18, 2009 - State cutting immunizations for some children - The Chronicle

* ►November 18, 2009 - Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccines Composition and Lot Release - FDA

* ►November 18, 2009 - Part 2: Vaccine Facts and Fears - On Monday, in Part 1 of our special report, we told you how the H1N1 vaccine was produced and why doctors say it’s safe. However, that drug is not the only one people are concerned about. - WTVYnews4

►November 18, 2009 - Factbox: Latest measures taken to fight H1N1 flu in the Balkans -

* ►November 18, 2009 - Birth Defects Associated with Use of Antibiotics During Pregnancy - journal article (Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)

►November 18, 2009 - Researchers Try to Solve the Mystery of HIV Carriers Who Don't Contract AIDS - Are "elite controllers" the key to understanding HIV infection—and do their immune systems offer a new approach to developing an AIDS vaccine? - Scientific American

* ►November 18, 2009 - Pharma's money grab: Steep price hikes before reform kicks in - The Star-Ledger via

* ►November 18, 2009 - Grassley Presses Medical Schools On Ghostwriting - Pharmalot - "In explaining his actions, Grassley contends that ghostwriting hurts patients and raises costs for taxpayers because prestigious academic names are used to promote products that might be expensive or less effective than viable alternatives, the Times writes. “Any attempt to manipulate the scientific literature, which can in turn mislead doctors to prescribe treatments that may be ineffective and/or cause harm to their patients, is very troubling,” Grassley wrote the schools, according to the paper."

* ►November 18, 2009 - Whytorin? HHS Spends Millions On The Drug - Pharmalot - "Given the controversy over the Arbiter trial, which found Abbott Labs’ Niaspan appeared safer and more effective than Merck’s Zetia as a secondary cholesterol treatment, the Senate Finance Committee’s Chuck Grassley wants to know what the Department of Health and Human Services will do about spending on Vytorin (which is a combination of Zetia and simvastatin)."

►November 18, 2009 - Genzyme: Contents Under Pressure - The IN VIVO Blog

* ►November 18, 2009 - In Overhaul, Drug Industry Insider Sees 'Good, Bad And Ugly' - Dow Jones Newswires via CNN Money

►November 18, 2009 - Accurate diagnostic tests required to fight against major infectious disease - McGill University Health Centre via NewsMedicalNet

* ►November 18, 2009 - PA Governor Rendell: New Report Shows Demand for Autism Services will Continue to Rise - Pennsylvania Office of the Governor via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►November 18, 2009 - Dozens of Cases Awaiting Federal Circuit Decision in Wyeth (requires registration) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently heard oral arguments in the case of Wyeth v Kappos, which concerns how the U.S. PTO calculates the amount of time it extends patent terms when it is late processing the initial patent application. - LINEX Legal

►November 18, 2009 - Horizon seals eight figure deal with Novartis - Business Wire

►November 18, 2009 - UA Research Finds Ritalin's Benefits in Treating Children with Autism - UA researchers present evidence that the Ritalin is effective in treating preschoolers with Autism in a first-ever clinical trial to test the medication's efficacy with children with the disorder. - The University of Arizona

►November 18, 2009 - Autism Consortium symposium draws record number of researchers, advocates, parents for autism update - NewsRx

* ►November 18, 2009 - U.S. health plans have history of cost overruns - The Washington Post

►November 18, 2009 - Report Finds GM Crops Increase Pesticide Use and Resistant Weeds - Genetic Engineering via Beyond Pesticides

►November 18, 2009 - Pregnancy Outcomes Good for Women With MS - Reuters Health via ABC News

* ►November 18, 2009 - Bad news about their cholesterol drugs can't keep Merck reps down - St. Petersburg Times

* ►November 18, 2009 - Immune system activated in schizophrenia - Karolinska Institutet via PharmacyEurope

►November 18, 2009 - A Changing Role For The FDA’s Bob Temple - Pharmalot

►November 18, 2009 - Colorado joins trend to tax medical marijuana - Another step to mainstream - The Washington Times

►November 18, 2009 - Try Meditation to Lower Your Blood Pressure and Protect Your Heart - Cheap, low-tech stress relief may also protect against depression, insomnia, and anxiety - U.S. News & World Report

►November 18, 2009 - Answering The Vytorin Question - Merck scores a PR win at a cardiology conference, but that doesn't mean its cholesterol drugs are effective. - Forbes

►November 18, 2009 - Assays for Invasive Fungal Disease - Two new antigen-based tests show promise and could prove useful for immunocompromised patients. - journal article (Journal Watch Infectious Diseases)

►November 18, 2009 - Update: FDA Board Considers Prevnar Vaccine Safe, Effective (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►November 18, 2009 - Parents need to weigh options before vaccinations - Fatherhood Blog via Daytona Beach News-Journal

►November 18, 2009 - Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines Effective at Preventing Child Deaths, Study Suggests - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►November 18, 2009 - Vaccines on horizon for AIDS, Alzheimer's, herpes - AP via Yahoo!

►November 18, 2009 - IAC Express Issue number 836 - Immunization Action Coalition

►November 18, 2009 - FDA Panel Votes Against Approving Xolair In Children (free preview) - Wall Street Journal

►November 18, 2009 - Genentech, Biogen Get FDA Request on Rituxan - Genentech, Biogen Idec get FDA request on application for Rituxan's use in leukemia - AP via ABC News

* ►November 18, 2009 - Children’s Hospital of Boston: Is Autism Really On the Rise? By Katie Wright - Age of Autism - "Hmmm. I wonder? Children’s Hospital of Boston which has been the recipient of tens of millions of our hard won autism research dollars still cannot decide if 1 in 91 American children on the ASD spectrum is real? To use their words, these numbers do not represent a crisis, a national emergency or epidemic but merely a 'mystery.' It is all too 'unclear' and confusing to say if the increase is real."

* ►November 18, 2009 - A 10 Year Milestone for Autism - Autism affects one out of 150 children in the United States. Every time I look at this statistic, I’m amazed by the number of families dealing with this challenging issue. - FOX News

* ►November 18, 2009 - Doctors Discussing Risks and Benefits of Mammography By Kim Stagliano - Age of Autism

* ►November 18, 2009 - Rotary turns out for World Polio Day - Rotary International

►November 18, 2009 - Doctor from CDC calls fungal disease outbreak at Ohio State a "cluster" - OSU The Lantern - "A doctor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the outbreak of histoplasmosis at Ohio State is 'a cluster' that 'could be potentially concerning.'"

►November 18, 2009 - Australia - Generation RX Film On Children And Drugs Launched - The One Click Group

* ►November 17, 2009 - Novartis: Lower Dose of Flu Vaccine Sufficient - Drug maker Novartis says lower dose of swine flu vaccine sufficient to guarantee immunity - AP via ABC News - "Pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG said Tuesday a U.S. clinical study suggests that half a dose of its swine flu vaccine may be sufficient to protect people from the virus and could allow many more to be immunized with current supplies. Clinical trials of around 4,000 individuals have shown that half the current dose of its U.S.-approved vaccine Fluvirin gives immunity to adults, the Swiss drug maker said in a statement."

* ►November 17, 2009 - Hunting For Swine Flu Vaccine - NPR

►November 17, 2009 - Survey: Nearly half of adults don’t plan to get H1N1 vaccine - Dayton Business Journal - "Results of a Zogby International interactive survey report 46 percent of adults who are considered by the Centers for Disease Control to be members of high-priority groups plan to ignore the recommendation for vaccination.:

* ►November 17, 2009 - 46% of High Priority Adults Plan to Skip the H1N1 Vaccine - Zogby Interactive Survey Finds Concern Over Vaccine Safety Cited As Top Reason - Zogby International

* ►November 17, 2009 - Few show for H1N1 vaccine clinic in Chimacum; next walk-in immunization clinic is Wednesday, Nov. 18, in PT - - "Only eight people were vaccinated on Nov. 12 during the first public H1N1 clinic in Jefferson County, surprising health officials who were prepared to immunize as many as 100 children."

* ►November 17, 2009 - Medical Schools Quizzed on Ghostwriting (requires registration) - The New York Times - "Senator Charles E. Grassley wrote to 10 top medical schools Tuesday to ask what they are doing about professors who put their names on ghostwritten articles in medical journals — and why that practice was any different from plagiarism by students. ... Some journals, medical associations, writers’ and editors’ groups and pharmaceutical companies themselves have called for crackdowns on ghostwriting. But some universities that employ the professors who put their names on the articles have been slow to respond. Merck, Wyeth (now part of Pfizer), GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca are among the companies accused by lawyers and investigators of providing ghostwriters for research papers."

* ►November 17, 2009 - Phthalate warning: Medications contain chemicals that "feminize" unborn baby boys - - "In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates -- the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products -- tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics. The study has been published in the Journal of Andrology."

►November 17, 2009 - Vaccines market gives pharmaceutical industry a boost - AP via Star-Ledger via

* ►November 17, 2009 - Gardasil - Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant Gardasil Merck & Co., Inc, License #0002 - FDA

* ►November 17, 2009 - Ukraine paralysed by "superflu" - In Ukraine, the alarm phase red has been declared. According to the health authorities, the country has been hit by a new influenza virus that’s more dangerous than the swine (H1N1) flu. It seems to be a new variant that has mutated from the California flu and two seasonal flu viruses. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is still treating it as ‘normal’ swine flu. - Radio Netherlands Worldwide - "The WHO is trying to temper the alarming messages coming out of Ukraine. The first results of a WHO investigation into the 'superflu' did not point to an abnormal situation. Genetic analysis showed that the H1N1 virus was the main cause of the problems. Furthermore, the WHO says it has not mutated, and currently available pandemic vaccine offers sufficient protection."

* ►November 17, 2009 - Yellow Fever Vaccination Drive to Cover Almost 12 Million West Africans - UN - UN News via

* ►November 17, 2009 - "Study ethics, NIH!" (requires registration) - The government agency tasked with funding crucial life science research needs to focus more attention on ethical quandaries and nefarious business practices that often obscure the path from discovery to public benefit, says a strongly worded ... - The Scientist

►November 17, 2009 - Scancell Selects PharmaNet Development Group for SCIB1 Clinical Trial - Scancell Holding Plc via  PR Newswire via - "Scancell Holdings Plc, (PLUS:SCLP), the parent company of Scancell Limited ('Scancell'), the developer of innovative therapeutic cancer vaccines, is pleased to announce that it expects to commence its Phase I/II clinical trial with SCIB in the first half of 2010. PharmaNet Development Group (PharmaNet), a top-ten clinical research organisation, has been selected for the conduct and management of the study."

* ►November 17, 2009 - CDC airs flu guidelines for labor and delivery settings - CIDRAP News

* ►November 17, 2009 - Warning: More Drug Resistance in Zoonoses - Better surveillance needed to fight spread of antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic infections, particularly Salmonella and Campylobacter, according to a group of health agencies. - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) via The Pig Site

* ►November 17, 2009 - Drug Industry & The Media is it a business or socialized medicine ? - World of DTC Marketing

►November 17, 2009 - Anacor Initiates Phase I Clinical Development for AN3365 – A Novel Antibiotic for the Treatment of Gram-Negative Infections - Anacor Pharmaceuticals via Business Wire via Earth Times

* ►November 17, 2009 - America’s Health Rankings™ Finds Advances in Disease Treatment, but Not Disease Prevention; Preventable Chronic Diseases Threaten Access and Affordability of Medical Care - Diseases associated with smoking, poor eating habits and inactivity are costing Americans trillions - More than 1 in 4 Americans are now obese – an increase of 129 percent in 20 years - 20th Anniversary Edition of America’s Health Rankings via Business Wire

* ►November 17, 2009 - Duke researchers find explanation for rapid maturation of neurons at birth - Duke University Medical Center via EurekAlert!

* ►November 17, 2009 - Retired pharmaceutical exec Tom Wiggans in race for Kansas governor - Kansas City Star

►November 17, 2009 - Dr. Gargus Leads New Center For Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics - The Chattanoogan

►November 17, 2009 - In Amazon, a frustrated search for cancer cures - Reuters

* ►November 16, 2009 - La Jolla Institute finds previous seasonal flu infections may provide some level of H1N1 immunity - La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology via EurekAlert! - "We looked at the molecular markers for seasonal influenza viruses dating back 20 years and compared them with the molecular markers of the H1N1 influenza virus," said Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., lead author on the study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "We found that the immune system's T cells can recognize a significant percent of the markers in swine flu."

►November 16, 2009 - Experts to Answer H1N1 Questions During Live Facebook Chat - Infection Control Today

* ►November 16, 2009 - One deer tick bite can lead to multiple infections - Columbia study reveals scope, likelihood of tick-borne illnesses occurring - Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases via - "As many as 70 percent of deer ticks are capable of passing on conditions like Lyme disease and recurring fevers to the humans they bite, says a recent study conducted at the Columbia University Center for Infection and Immunity."

►November 16, 2009 - Fighting Diseases with eHealth: A WHO Perspective - From eLearning to mobile health to standardizing electronic health records, the UN agency is partnering with private companies and governments to deliver healthcare to underserved regions - WHO via Cisco News

►November 16, 2009 - Sequella and NIH Sign Exclusive Worldwide Licensing Agreement for SQ109 for New Infectious Disease Indications - Anti-Fungal, Additional Mycobacterial Indications Among Those Targeted - Sequella via PRNewswire via WRIC Richmond

* ►November 16, 2009 - Time to Pull Mercury Out of Fillings, Say Health and Green Groups to W.H.O. - press release - Mercury Policy Project via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* ►November 16, 2009 - Sanofi-Aventis swine flu vaccine cleared in France - AP via - "French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA said Monday it has received regulatory approval in France for Panenza, its vaccine against the swine flu virus. Panenza, made by the company's vaccine division Sanofi Pasteur, is a non-adjuvanted vaccine."

* ►November 16, 2009 - Swine flu booster shots? Good luck with that - Young kids need two doses, but vaccine shortage leaves parents scrambling - MSNBC - "In a frantic search for swine flu vaccine, Seattle mother Emily Newman called a dozen clinics and some 50 pharmacies before she finally found shots last month for her 2-year-old twins. ... 'We have found virtually no one to assure us that we will find a booster shot soon,' said Newman, who is especially worried about Rory, who has Type 1 diabetes and was hospitalized with a suspected H1N1 infection a week after her first vaccine. 'The system seems to be failing in multiple ways.'"

* ►November 15, 2009 - Dr. Roby Mitchell, MD - H1N1 Vaccine Does Not Work People Used As Human Guinea Pigs - video - YouTube

►November 13, 2009 - Health Canada Approves a Canadian Unadjuvanted H1N1 Flu Vaccine - news release - Health Canada

►November 13, 2009 - Fatigue and Quality of Life in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis - journal article (Multiple Sclerosis)

►November 12, 2009 - Food Safety - journal article (Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology)

* ►November 12, 2009 - Did H1N1 ‘Poster Boy’ really die of H1N1? - Canadians for Health Freedom - "If this story is true, and Evan Frustaglio died of meningitis, and not H1N1, as was widely reported, then it is an unconscionable lie by all health authorities who covered it up, especially those who might have convinced the family to cover it up, and those who furthered the story without any verification whatsoever. (And that is without calling into question the issue of what impact this misdiagnosis had, if any, on Evan’s treatment and chances of survival).  If this story is not true, then we want to see the proof that it is untrue. Show us the results of any lab test that was done, and by whom, showing that Evan did indeed die of H1N1. We are as happy to discard untruth as anyone, because it helps no-one to believe a lie. Given that many thousands of parents across this country, upon hearing about Evan Frustaglio’s death, made up their minds to have their own children vaccinated out of the fear generated by this story, and given that the vaccine carries numerous serious side effects which might otherwise have stopped those same parents from allowing their children to be vaccinated, it behoves us all to seek the whole truth in this regard. Canadians are entitled to be informed before their consent to any procedure is sought; we must be able to trust that our authorities will be accountable and transparent in their duties, which can have a profound effect on our lives and those of our loved ones."

►November 11, 2009 - Theratechnologies Presents Combined Phase 3 Clinical Results at European AIDS Conference - press release - Theratechnologies Inc. via Marketwire

►November 9, 2009 - Information for Pregnant Women Working in Education, Child Care, and Health Care Settings Concerning 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus -

* ►November 6, 2009 - Dutch Ban Prevnar After Infant Death -

* ►November 2009 - Dr. Jim's H1N1 Myth's Explained -

* ►November 2009 - Novel Influenza A(H1N1): Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►November 2009 - Impact of Rapid Streptococcal Test on Antibiotic Use in a Pediatric Emergency Department - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►November 2009 - Imported Dengue Fever: An Important Reemerging Disease - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►November 2009 - Coma in a 20-Month-Old Child From an Ingestion of a Toy Containing 1,4-Butanediol, A Precursor of [gamma]-Hydroxybutyrate - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►November 2009 - Poison Hemlock-Induced Respiratory Failure in a Toddler - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

►November 2009 - The Effect of Diagnosis-Specific Computerized Discharge Instructions on 72-Hour Return Visits to the Pediatric Emergency Department - journal article (Pediatric Emergency Care)

* ►October 6, 2009 - Dana Ullman: The Questionable Efficacy Of Flu Vaccines... And The Pandemic That Wasn't - The Huffington Post

►September 29, 2009 - Did HPV Vaccine Cause a British Girl's Death? - On Women Blog via U.S. News & World Report

* ►September 24, 2009 - Why the swine flu isn’t a major threat - - "For the last 15 years, physician and epidemiologist Tom Jefferson, MD, has made it his mission to conduct extensive reviews of all studies of seasonal influenza vaccines. With colleagues at the Cochrane Collaboration, Dr. Jefferson has co-authored over 10 Cochrane reviews to answer a wide range of questions such as: do these vaccines reduce the chance of getting influenza or reduce the risk of complications, hospitalizations and deaths in elderly people, children, healthy adults and asthmatics? Based in Rome, Italy, Dr. Jefferson has published extensively and is, arguably, the world’s leading authority on the quality of the evidence supporting seasonal influenza vaccines. As we head into winter, the U.S. media is reporting a new, more ominous viral threat that may well become a pandemic. It is, of course, the swine flu, now known as the H1N1 virus or the 2009 H1N1 virus. Dr. Jefferson is interviewed by Maryann Napoli."


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