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Picks of the Day May 10, 2010


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* May 10, 2010 - Killed by Polio shot or heart defect? - 8-month-old dies hours after polio vaccine injection; inquiry ordered - Mid-Day.com

* May 10, 2010 - Coalition for Vaccine Safety (CVS) Calls on FDA Commissioner to Immediately Suspend All Contaminated Rotavirus Vaccines - FDA Expert Advisory Panel Fails to Follow Safety First Agenda for Childhood Vaccines Containing DNA from Pig Viruses - press release - Coalition for Vaccine Safety via PRNewswire-USNewswire

* May 10, 2010 - Did The FDA Act Too Fast In Suspending Rotarix? - Pharmalot

* May 10, 2010 - FDA panel: Rotavirus vaccines worth any PCV risk - FiercePharma

* May 10, 2010 - Paul Offit’s 10,000 Vaccines and the Milgram Experiment By John Stone (includes video) - Age of Autism

* May 10, 2010 - Dr. Paul Offit's Vaccine Info Webinar "Communicating Good Science Under a Cloud of Doubt" - Age of Autism

* May 10, 2010 - FACTBOX-Free-speech, business cases await US court pick - Violent video games, protests at funerals for U.S. military members, a Swiss watch copyright dispute and vaccine-maker liability are among the cases that Solicitor General Elena Kagan would confront if approved for the U.S. Supreme Court. - Reuters - "LAWSUITS AGAINST VACCINE MANUFACTURERS * Whether a federal law protected vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits in state court seeking to hold them liable for damages. The case involved a lawsuit by the parents of a child who suffered seizures after her third dose of a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, or DTP, vaccine. They sued the manufacturer for alleged design defects in the vaccine. The ruling could affect about 5,000 federal claims alleging a link between childhood vaccines and neurological damage such as autism, and whether those claimants can also seek damages under state law."

* May 10, 2010 - Rally Alert: New Speaker. House Parties. More Satellites. Join Our Exhibitors and Sponsors! - From The American Rally on Personal Rights: Please welcome the latest platform speakers at: The American Rally for Personal Rights. - Age of Autism

* May 10, 2010 - Paediatric Hepatitis A, B Vaccine Provides Long-Term Protection: Presented at ESPID - Doctor's Guide - "Funding for this study was provided by GlaxoSmithKline. [Presentation title: Long-Term Immunogenicity After 2-Doses of the Adult Formulation Combined Hepatitis A and B Vaccination in Children Aged 1-11 Years. Abstract 630]"

* May 10, 2010 - A License to Kill? Part 1: How A Public-Private Partnership Made the Government Merck’s Gardasil Partner By Mark Blaxill - Age of Autism

* May 10, 2010 - Truths about Gardasil®, Cervarix® and Cervical Cancer Suppressed – Part I - TruthAboutGardasil.org  via SEO Press Releases

* May 10, 2010 - Shot or not - Some medical experts in India feel there is no cause for alarm over cervical cancer vaccination. Others have questions, says Hemchhaya De - The Telegraph, India

* May 10, 2010 - Health funds wasted on 'worried well' - Irish Health - "Dr Brennan said GPs should also consider the risks, reliability and consequences of blood testing for possible prostate cancer, breast screening, or why HPV cervical cancer vaccination is of uncertain benefit to children and what other factors a parent should consider. He said while the HPV vaccine might produce results 'we do not know its effects because there have been no double-blind trials done on the vaccine.'"

* May 10, 2010 - Vaccine Panel Looking at H1N1, National Plan Next Month - Vaccine financing and safety are also to be discussed at the June 2-3 public meeting in Washington, D.C., by the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee. - Occupational Health & Safety - "The recent debate about whether WHO improvidently declared H1N1 influenza a pandemic last year indicates vaccine safety and distribution remain hot-button issues. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Vaccine Advisory Committee will discuss those and other topics at a June 2-3 meeting in Washington, D.C., that is open to the public."

* May 10, 2010 - NHS trust cash problem after £1.1m swine flu bill - Kent News, UK

* May 10, 2010 - H1N1 drills expose gaps in hospital infection protection - The JHU Gazette

* May 10, 2010 - Indiana health officials declare end to flu season - AP via Indianapolis Star

* May 10, 2010 - A year later, a wary look at a killer - H1N1 outbreak taught lessons that left the area ready for future - Houston Chronicle

* May 10, 2010 - In Pune, H1N1 more severe than other 20th century pandemics - Indian Express

* May 10, 2010 - Influenza A (H1N1) not likely to become epidemic: Health Minister - eTaiwan News

* May 10, 2010 - FDA has accepted for review Novartis Vaccines' supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) which includes data to support use of Menveo (Meningococcal [Groups A, C, Y and W-135] Oligosaccharide Diphtheria CRM197 Conjugate Vaccine) in children 2-10 years of age. - Novartis via Pharmaceutical Business Review Regulatory Affairs

* May 10, 2010 - Gov't to negotiate settlement with hepatitis B patients infected through mass vaccinations - The Mainichi Daily News

* May 10, 2010 - The establishment of dendritic cell-tumor fusion vaccines for hormone refractory prostate cancer cell - Abstract - Department of Urology, Gachon University Gil Hospital, Incheon, Korea

* May 10, 2010 - First prostrate cancer vaccine, a major breakthrough: Renowned Oncologist - ANI via Yahoo!

* May 10, 2010 - Parents raise £1,000 for Meningitis Trust after son amazes doctors - Burnley Express

* May 10, 2010 - CureVac raises EUR 27.6 Million in Financing Round - EuroInvestor.co.uk - "CureVac GmbH, the mRNA vaccine company, today announced the closing of a EUR 27.6 million (US$ 35.25 million) financing round with its major shareholder, dievini Hopp BioTech holding GmbH & Co. KG. The proceeds will enable further clinical development of RNActive® therapeutic vaccines against solid tumours. The funds will also help to accelerate preclinical and clinical development of prophylactic vaccines against infectious diseases."

* May 10, 2010 - Specialty societies set new policy on drug company influence - The move follows enactment of health reform, which in 2013 will require physicians and teaching hospitals to disclose nearly all industry payments. - www.ama-assn.org

* May 10, 2010 - Smart pill sends message when medication is swallowed - Its creators hope it can make clinical trials cheaper and increase patient prescription compliance. - www.ama-assn.org

* May 10, 2010 - GP acted "irresponsibly" when treating 18 patients with painkillers - journal article (BMJ)

* May 10, 2010 - Intercell and Boehringer strike animal vaccine deal * Intercell to get upfront, option and milestone payments * Will also get royalties on product net sales * Boehringer to use certain antigens from Intercell's AIP - Reuters

* May 10, 2010 - EU’s Pro-Industry GMO Regulators Endanger Public Health Petition for Independent Science in GMO Risk Assessment - EU watchdog attempts to undermine already lax regulations to speed up commercial approval of risky GM products - Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - Institute of Science in Society

* May 10, 2010 - Sanctioning Barbarity: American Academy of Pediatrics and the New York Times - Big Government

* May 10, 2010 - Mental health group in Iowa trails in amount received from drug firms - DesMoines Register - "A prominent Iowa mental-health advocacy group accepts money from manufacturers of psychiatric drugs, but not as much as its counterparts nationally or in some other states, documents collected by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley show. The Iowa Republican has been asking questions for more than a year about the finances of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The group, better known as NAMI, often pushes for more government spending on mental-health services, including expensive psychiatric medications."

* May 10, 2010 - Right on trend with all health spending, cancer costs double - USA Today

* May 10, 2010 - Raw milk battle reveals FDA abandonment of basic human right to choose your food - NaturalNews.com

* May 10, 2010 - UTMB doctor winning battle against mosquito virus - Galveston County Daily News - "Now, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Purdue University and Bioqual Inc. have developed an experimental vaccine for chikungunya virus and successfully tested it in monkeys."

* May 9, 2010 - Two-Dose Varicella Vaccine Necessary for Complete Varicella Control: Presented at ESPID - Doctor's Guide - "Funding for this study was provided by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. [Presentation title: Efficacy of Two-Dose MMRV and One-Dose Varicella Vaccination in Children Aged 12-22 Months in 10 European Countries. Abstract 622]"

* May 9, 2010 - Infants Can Receive MMR Varicella Vaccination as Early as 9 Months Old: Presented at ESPID - Doctor's Guide - "This study received funding from Sanofi Pasteur msd, Lyon, France (a joint venture of sanofi aventis and Merck). [Presentation title: Immunogenicity and Safety of a 2-Dose Regimen of ProQuad Administered to Healthy Children From 9 Months of Age. Abstract 417]"

* May 9, 2010 - Certain vaccines have been known to cause epilepsy for years (includes video) - Vactruth.com

* May 9, 2010 - 4 times higher mercury level in hair of whaling town residents - Kyodo News, Japan

* May 9, 2010 - Counties want to incinerate old, unused medicines - Instead of flushing or trashing, disposal can reduce pollution, crime - Pioneer Press Twincities.com

* May 9, 2010 - Hunley: A world champion mom - Sunday was Mother's Day, but I'm not good with deadlines (you can ask my editor), so here's the tale of a local mom, a day late: - InsideNova.com - "That's because she's the primary caregiver for the couple's two sons, 3½-year-old Nicholas and 1½-year-old Anthony, who are autistic."

* May 9, 2010 - Lyme disease a 'living hell' for Westmount MD - Physician visited seven doctors but no one could help - Canada.com

* May 9, 2010 - Some Parents Skeptical Of HPV Vaccination For Boys - Medical News Today via MediLexicon

* May 9, 2010 - Flu Vaccine Made Son Seriously Ill - NT News Australia via The One Click Group

* May 9, 2010 - Cancer report energizes activists, not policy - A cancer report that concludes Americans are under constant assault from carcinogenic agents has heartened activists, who hope that finally government and policymakers will pay attention to their concerns. - Reuters

* May 9, 2010 - Study: Drugs may not be main reason for skyrocketing cancer costs - AP via Austin American-Statesman

* May 9, 2010 - The Agenda Behind Electronic Health Records (requires registration) - Bits Blog via The New York Times

* May 9, 2010 - After Long Scientific Search, Still No Cure for AIDS (includes video) (requires registration) - The New York Times

* May 9, 2010 - Doctors use town test in treatment of Lyme disease - Greenwich Time

* May 8, 2010 - New Alarm Bells Re: Chemicals & Cancer - Alliance for Human Research Protection

* May 7, 2010 - Doctors discover 'shadow diseases' linked to primary illness (includes video) - KING 5 News

* May 7, 2010 - Expanding the Therapeutic Spectrum for Vitamin D Deficiency - Narrowband UVB phototherapy improved vitamin D levels in women far north of the equator. - journal article (Journal Watch Dermatology)

* May 7, 2010 - Prescription Tattoos: Coming to a Pharmacy Near You - It might be time for a trip to the tattoo parlor. Medical tattoos could soon monitor key vitals, including glucose levels. - Discovery News

* May 7, 2010 - Is OJ as good a source of vitamin D as supplements? - A glass of orange juice may not only help the vitamin pill go down. A new study suggests that fortified varieties can also help the body's vitamin D levels go up - just as effectively as the supplement itself. - American Journal of Clinical Nutrition via Reuters Health

* May 7, 2010 - U.S. facing 'grievous harm' from chemicals in air, food, water, panel says - Washington Post

* May 7, 2010 - The Virus Hunters - transcript (includes video) - 60 Minutes via Ninemsn.com.au

* May 7, 2010 - NIH panel foolishly insists Alzheimer's can't be prevented (are they demented?) - NaturalNews.com

* May 3, 2010 - Inhibitory Effect of Breast Milk on Infectivity of Live Oral Rotavirus Vaccines - journal article (The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

* May 2010 - Highly Persistent and Effective Prime/Boost Regimens against Tuberculosis That Use a Multivalent Modified Vaccine Virus Ankara-Based Tuberculosis Vaccine with Interleukin-15 as a Molecular Adjuvant - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

* May 2010 - Efficacy of a Potential Trivalent Vaccine Based on Hc Fragments of Botulinum Toxins A, B, and E Produced in a Cell-Free Expression System - journal article (Clinical and Vaccine Immunology)

* April 28, 2010 - Communicating Good Science Under a Cloud of Doubt - Paul A. Offit, M.D. Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Director of the Vaccine Education Center The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - video - National Public Health Information Coalition - NPHIC.org