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All the News Posted April 27-30, 2005


Posted April 30, 2005

►June 2005 - 11,11'-Dideoxy-verticillin: a natural compound possessing growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase-inhibitory effect with anti-tumor activity. - journal article (Anti-Cancer Drugs) - "11,11'-Dideoxy-verticillin, a compound of the novel epidithiodioxopiprazine structural class, is isolated from the traditional Chinese medicinal herb Shiraia bambusicola."

* ►May 1, 2005 - Can We Capitalize on the Virtues of Vaccines? Insights from the Polio Eradication Initiative - journal article (American Journal of Public Health)

►May 2005 - Specific neurodevelopmental damage in mice offspring following maternal inflammation during pregnancy - journal article (Neuropharmacology)

►May 2005 - Oxygen for Newborns: How Much is Too Much? - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►May 2005 - Thrombopoietin Level Is Increased in the Serum of Asphyxiated Neonates: A Prospective Controlled Study - journal article (Journal of Perinatology)

►May 2005 - Sequential Pharmacotherapy for Children With Comorbid Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity and Anxiety Disorders. - journal article (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

►May 2005 - Diagnosis of allergy syndromes: do symptoms always mean allergy? - journal article (Allergy)

►May 2005 - Difference of opinion: AAP clinical report offers guidance to assist pediatricians faced with parents who are reluctant to have child immunized (requires subscription) - AAP News

* ►April 30, 2005 - Data for evaluating drugs is often poor, say experts - journal article (BMJ) - "Mark Gibson, deputy director of the Drug Effectiveness Review Project at the Oregon Health and Science University, said that within the US—perhaps due in part to a heavy campaign of advertising directly to consumers—educating doctors to prescribe first the most cost effective drug for a medical condition was sufficient to shift patterns of usage and market share by 30%. Administrative or formulary changes were necessary to achieve greater levels of change in clinical practice."

* ►April 30, 2005 - Laura Brod: Err on the side of caution: Get mercury out of vaccines - opinion (requires registration) - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

►April 30, 2005 - Doctors still waiting for vaccines - The Ashburton Guardian - "Patience is a virtue when seeking a flu vaccination ahead of this winter season in Mid Canterbury."

* ►April 29, 2005 - The Age of Autism: 'Absolutely different' - UPI via Washington Times

* ►April 29, 2005 - Expert: Some Pet Vaccines Unnecessary - Extra Shots Costly, Could Cause Health Problems - www.nbc17.com - "Not only do excess vaccinations waste money, Ford said they also could put pets at risk of other health problems...'In the case of the cat, giving a vaccine has been associated with a malignant cancer,' he said."

* ►April 29, 2005 - Influenza Vaccine Safe at Any Stage of Pregnancy - American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology via Reuters - "According to their report, 'no serious adverse events occurred within 42 days of vaccination, and there was no difference between the groups in the outcomes of pregnancy (including cesarean delivery and premature delivery) and infant medical conditions from birth to 6 months of age.'"

* ►April 29, 2005 - Childhood immunizations - Though there's been complacency and even the occasional backlash against immunizations, a vaccination needle is still your child's best shot at a healthy future - Times & Transcript via http://canadaeast.com

* ►April 29, 2005 - Crucell N.V.: Single-Shot Outbreak Vaccine Provides Full Protection Against Ebola According to Results of New Animal Studies - Primezone via http://interestalert.com

* ►April 29, 2005 - 'No major rise in meningitis cases in UAE' - www.gulf-news.com

* ►April 29, 2005 - Watch for those swollen glands - Shetland Today, UK - "However, it is worrying that during the last couple of years, uptake of MMR vaccine in Shetland has been not only the lowest across the country, but much lower than is required in order that our Shetland population is protected."

* ►April 29, 2005 - Vitamins E and C Confirmed Safe at High Doses (requires registration or subscription) - New Article Authored by Leading Experts Published in AJCN - PRNewswire via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch

►April 29, 2005 - Journal prints rejected paper - as ad - Incident raises questions of editors' and publishers' corporate connections - The Scientist via www.biomedcentral.com

►April 29, 2005 - Interview - Don't Let New Viruses Distract From Old Killers - UN - A new infectious disease comes along every year but in looking out for the next big global virus we risk overlooking less dramatic illnesses that cause millions of quiet deaths, a top UN health official said. - Reuters via www.planetark.com

►April 29, 2005 - Pfizer Recalls Epilepsy Drug - www.14wfie.com - "Pfizer is recalling about 40,000 bottles of its epilepsy drug Neurontin due to a manufacturing error that caused some bottles to be filled with empty or partially filled capsules, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said."

►April 29, 2005 - Postponement Sought for First Vioxx Trial (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►April 29, 2005 - City scientists seek cure for killer bowel infection - Evening News via The Scotsman - "B fragilis is found in large numbers in a normal healthy human intestine but if it escapes from the gut into areas of the body in which bacteria are not normally found, it can cause infections."

►April 29, 2005 - Researchers Find Viral Protein That Mimics Its Way Into Cells - Ohio State University

►April 29, 2005 - Yale researchers identify molecule for detecting parasitic infection in humans - Yale University via www.medicalnewstoday.com

►April 29, 2005 - Student Pricked By Needle At School Tests HIV Positive - Girl Used Mother's Diabetes Testing Unit To Stick Other Children - www.wftv.com

►April 29, 2005 - Canada geese can spread superbugs, study finds - Canadian Press via www.ctv.ca

* ►April 29, 2005 - Smallpox shots caused unexpected side effects in CDC study - CIDRAP News - "'As with recently described cardiac adverse events [following smallpox shots], our unexpected findings of increased proportions of subjects with joint pain, abdominal pain, backache, and difficulty breathing are suggestive of systemic involvement and warrant further study,' says the report, published in the Apr 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases."

* ►April 29, 2005 - Potential MS Vaccine Faces Clinical Testing - MS Neighborhood

* ►April 29, 2005 - Overview of Polio Epidemic in Yemen - New vaccine to be used for first time in outbreak response, as more cases are expected - WHO via www.rxpgnews.com

* ►April 29, 2005 - CHAD: Measles epidemic sweeps through south, killing at least 115 - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet - "More than 100 people have died from measles in the Chadian capital N'djamena and the surrounding southern provinces and up to 24,000 people could be infected with the virus, Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday."

►April 29, 2005 - Vaccine laboratory ready soon - Bangkok Post - "Yukol Limlamthong, director-general of the Livestock Development Department, said the laboratory is in Phitsanulok, where researchers are developing a vaccine prototype. They needed a completely hygienic lab to ensure accurate results."

►April 29, 2005 - CDC to advise meningitis vaccines for youth - New college students living in dormitories should be vaccinated against meningitis and related diseases, a new recommendation states. - Ames Tribune via www.zwire.com

►April 29, 2005 - Autism advocacy group to file lawsuit against school district following death of student - www.woodtv.com

►April 29, 2005 - Week focuses on importance of infant immunization - Crookston Daily Times

►April 29, 2005 - State officials campaign for infant immunization - www.kxma.com

►April 29, 2005 - Creating babies to cure sick siblings OK: British court - CBC News

* ►April 29, 2005 - Vaccination bill passes committee - Columbia Missourian - "While in the Senate, the bill was amended to require that all patients be informed when vaccines contain mercury and allowed to refuse a shot containing mercury for any reason. Currently, the only reason accepted for refusing a vaccination is stating that it goes against one’s religious beliefs...Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, asked the House committee to remove the amendment so the legislation would have a better chance of passing, and the committee complied. Opponents to the amendment had argued it would prohibit the Missouri Department of Health from using some vaccines even in cases of emergency epidemics...'The governor can’t support this bill with this amendment. It’s a matter of getting something done,' Champion said."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Vaccination bill awaits House debate - Panel drops amendment giving patient right to refuse vaccine - The Joplin Globe - "Ron Calzone, a director for Missouri First, a libertarian organization, said the age limit in the bill needed to be higher to ensure that all Missouri children are protected...'We are going to undermine the trust of parents if we say it's too dangerous for children under 3, but if you're 3 and one day, we're going to make you take that vaccine,' Calzone said."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Panic strikes Hodiedah as polio breaks out - Yemen Times - "The minister denied reports that the vaccine drops given to children recently might be behind the appearance of polio which had not been seen in Yemen since 1999. 'This is not true at all.We receive the vaccination drops from the UNICEF,' the minister said....All of the children had been vaccinated, Dr. Wahdan said, but it is apparently not enough. This might disclose allegations that corrupt officials at the ministry of health office in Hodiedah have a hand in the problem."

* ►April 28, 2005 - End of the Road for 'Majengo' Vaccine - African Woman and Child Feature Service (Nairobi) via http://allafrica.com - "It is now official. New efforts to salvage Kenya's Aids vaccine candidate, built around the Majengo slums' prostitutes, have also failed and the whole initiative will be discontinued...Although preliminary results publicised last year had indicated no gains, scientists in the project had in an effort to salvage the work decided to give volunteers higher doses of the vaccine- but this has also failed to produce the desired immune responses...The decision to discontinue the exercise, which has so far cost Sh1 billion, was finally reached after the Oxford University team led by Prof Andrew McMichael, were convinced the vaccine does not yield good results even with higher dosages."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Respiratory syncytial virus poses a significant threat to elderly - University of Rochester Medical Center via Medical News Today - "The study, published in the April 28 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, confirms the need for the development of an RSV vaccine for elderly and high-risk adults, says Falsey, an associate professor of medicine and the study's principal investigator...'This in no way diminishes the impact of RSV in children,' Falsey says. 'For the elderly, RSV can be serious, similar to the flu. Overall, RSV causes a substantial burden of disease in adults. Development of a vaccine would be worthwhile.'"

* ►April 28, 2005 - Death toll from Angola Marburg outbreak tops 250 - Reuters AlertNet - "The death toll in Angola's Marburg epidemic has topped 250, but medical experts said on Thursday they were confident the world's worst outbreak of the killer virus would soon be reined in."

►April 28, 2005 - Hospitals Enjoy Flu Spike - Hospital companies, kept busy by a spike in flu cases, continue to report their healthiest quarter in years. - www.thestreet.com

►April 28, 2005 - We need luck to avoid flu pandemic - opinion - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►April 28, 2005 - Quebec stocking up on antivirals - We must be ready for global epidemic: Couillard - Montreal Gazette via www.canada.com

►April 28, 2005 - N. Korea Bird Flu Under Control: UN Agency - Korea Times

►April 28, 2005 - Vietnam warned about bird flu resurgence - www.abc.net.au

►April 28, 2005 - Questions and Answers on Avian Influenza - press release - http://europa.eu.int

►April 28, 2005 - Vaccines thinly spread - New Zealand Herald

►April 28, 2005 - New delay for flu jabs: Vaccine seekers swamp Bay clinics - Bay of Plenty Times - "Hundreds of people seeking flu vaccinations are having to wait up to a fortnight as they swamp medical centres across the Bay."

►April 28, 2005 - Rotary fights polio - Fifty years ago, polio was one of the most feared childhood diseases, killing or disfiguring hundreds of thousands of children each year, worldwide. America was gripped by closed swimming pools and images of children in iron lungs. In 1985, there were almost 350,000 cases of polio in over 125 countries. - Bradford County Telegraph via www.zwire.com

►April 28, 2005 - Norman Roberts: The high costs of autism (requires registration) - The Dallas Morning News

►April 28, 2005 - Design of HIV Vaccines May Have Been Faulty - HealthDay via Forbes

* ►April 28, 2005 - Just say no to vaccines - letter - The Hook - "As the unnamed doctor implied, 20 years from now we will look back on 'Generation Hg,' or 'Generation A' and compare it to drilling holes in the head or bloodletting....Unfortunately, those responsible, such as pharmaceutical companies and the AMA, will shrug their shoulders and say, 'Sorry,' while never seeing a criminal or civil claim arise against them-- as politicians, influenced by lobbyists, will write laws protecting them."
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* ►April 28, 2005 - Anthrax vaccine tested on volunteers - London Evening Standard - "The new vaccine, produced by Avencia, is made from a pure protein found in the anthrax bacterium-Current vaccines are made from a filtered version of the bacteria, and experts believe this impurity causes the side effects."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Chiron Scales Back Its Flu-Vaccine Production Plan (requires registration or subscription) - Los Angeles Times - "Chiron said it would produce 25 million to 30 million doses of vaccine, about half the amount it had hoped to supply in 2004 before regulators temporarily closed the company's factory in Britain."

* ►April 28, 2005 - New insights into HIV immunity suggest alternative approach to vaccines - Duke University Medical Center via www.eurekalert.org

* ►April 28, 2005 - Polio Detectives - Atlanta Journal-Constitution via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract) - "Kew, chief of the CDC's molecular virology lab, and Pallansch, head of the agency's enterovirus team, lead a group of scientists and technicians tasked with tracking strains of the virus that appear in different regions of the world in order to help the WHO develop vaccine campaigns and other strategies aimed at ending polio transmission. Most recently, Kew and Pallansch received frozen samples of the polio virus that surfaced in four children in Yemen."

►April 28, 2005 - The Age of Autism: Sick children - UPI via Washington Times - "Part 1 of 2. Dr. Elizabeth Mumper is an unlikely contrarian. Mumper is a pediatrician in the southern Virginia city of Lynchburg, best known as the home of the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist University."

►April 28, 2005 - The Age of Autism: A new approach - UPI via Washington Times - "Part 2 of 2. Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, a pediatrician in Lynchburg, Va., is concerned that the increasing number of childhood vaccinations in the 1990s may have triggered a huge increase in autism and other developmental disorders. This article looks at treatment strategies she and others are trying based on that view."

►April 28, 2005 - Taking issues with vaccine safety (opinions letters to editor) - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - "After my son's four-month vaccinations, he developed a hard, red, swollen knot at the injection site. He cried inconsolable for several nights and started to display behavior changes. He appeared manic, disoriented, and unaware of his surroundings. At 1 a.m., 13 days after his vaccinations, I found him pale and blue with foam around his mouth, eyes wide open and staring, completely unresponsive. I did mouth to mouth on him as we waited for the ambulance. This was the first of many seizures --- over 150 have occurred since. Some last up to 40 minutes, and he is weak and unable to walk afterwards. He is presently 16 months old and on two anticonvulsants, which alter his mood, behavior, sleep,"

* ►April 28, 2005 - Public Access to NIH-Funded Research (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►April 28, 2005 - Former guardsmen want records cleared - UPI via http://interestalert.com - "Between 500 and 1,000 pilots and flight crew members have retired or transferred from the Air National Guard or reserves rather than take the vaccine, government statistics as of early 2004 show."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Parkinson's Disease risk increased by active duty military service - Active duty military service increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to researchers from California. Men who served in World War II and Vietnam were twice as likely to develop Parkinson's as those who were in the military at the same time but were not deployed overseas. [S27.005] Meanwhile, taking ibuprofen, but not other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduced the risk of Parkinson's by about 40 percent in both men and women, adding to the growing list of conditions for which NSAIDs appear to offer protection. - American Academy of Neurology via i-Newswire

* ►April 28, 2005 - Childhood skin cancer on the rise - AP via Concord Monitor - "There's an appropriate level of alarm here," Mancini said. "Clearly it's happening and it's deadly, and it's missed." Some pediatricians who see unusual moles in children "would ordinarily dismiss this as nothing because melanoma is not supposed to happen in this age group," Balch said. "We all should be aware that this can occur and biopsy suspicious or changing moles in children."

* ►April 28, 2005 - American Lung Association State of the Air: 2005 Report Calls on Congress to Stop Siding With Corporate Polluters - Despite Modest Air Quality Improvements, Report Shows Half the Nation Is Still Breathing Dirty Air - Market Wire via http://interestalert.com

►April 28, 2005 - Decline in Mortality with Varicella Vaccination - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Fatal deer disease turns up in N.Y. wild - Vermont Press Bureau via Rutland Herald - "In recent weeks, several captive deer in upstate New York were found with the fatal brain ailment, which is related to mad cow disease and scrapie in sheep. But controlling chronic wasting in a wild deer population is much more difficult than in captive herds, which can be quarantined or destroyed to stop its spread. It might even be impossible to eradicate the illness once it is in the wild."

►April 28, 2005 - Lieberman, Hatch, Brownback Call for Next Step in Bioterrorism Preparedness - Unveil bipartisan BioShield II legislation - http://lieberman.senate.gov

►April 28, 2005 - MicroFluidic Systems and the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement - PRNewswire via http://interestalert.com

►April 28, 2005 - Pediatric Illness Manifests in Adults With Respiratory Issues - Wall Street Journal via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract) - "Timothy Murphy of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Alabama-based Vaxin Inc. is currently working on an RSV vaccine, but it is not expected to reach the market for another few years."

►April 28, 2005 - Pinoy Kasi : Filipina Einstein? (opinion editorial) - Inquirer News Service via http://beta.inq7.net - "We need to rethink our gender biases, maybe even turning some of our perceptions upside down. For example, we could ask, "If men are supposed to be smarter, why is it that autism and learning disorders are so much more common in males?" Biologically, it may seem that males are actually disadvantaged."

►April 28, 2005 - Parents Confront Rising Tide of Autism - The New York Times News Service via www.intelihealth.com

►April 28, 2005 - Migenix receives approval to initiate MX-4509 Phase I/II study - PRNewswire-FirstCall - "The study is being conducted in Alzheimer's patients to assess the ability of MX-4509 to moderate oxidative stress."

►April 28, 2005 - Biological Product Deviation Reports - Annual Summary for Fiscal Year 2004 - FDA/CBER

►April 28, 2005 - RSV Infection — Not for Kids Only - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Elderly and High-Risk Adults - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - The Cost of Institutional Review Boards in Academic Medical Centers - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Failure to Adopt New Drugs Fuels Rise of Malaria - Reuters

►April 28, 2005 - AGA Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition Receives Landmark $5 Million Gift in Support of Gastroenterology Research - Grant Will Support Advancement of the Science and Practice of Gastroenterology - PRNewswire via http://interestalert.com

►April 28, 2005 - Infections of Leisure (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Latest Data Show That Use of Antibiotics To Treat Ear Infections Is Falling - www.ahrq.gov

►April 28, 2005 - Antibiotic Optimization: Concepts and Strategies In Clinical Practice (book review) - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Hemochromatosis and Iron-Overload Screening in a Racially Diverse Population - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Orchestration of Iron Homeostasis - journal article (NEJM)

►April 28, 2005 - Parasite infection disabling, study finds - UPI via www.nlm.nih.gov

►April 28, 2005 - New centre launched to investigate link between human sugars and disease - A multidisciplinary centre launched today will promote a far broader understanding of the role sugars play in human disease, scientists say. - Imperial College London via www.innovations-report.com

►April 28, 2005 - Lords back 'designer baby' choice - The creation of "designer babies" to treat sick siblings is lawful, the Law Lords have ruled, upholding an earlier court decision. - BBC

* ►April 27, 2005 - Malaria Trial Could Set a Model for Financing of Costly Vaccines -Wall Street Journal via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

* ►April 27, 2005 - Liberia Vaccinates 1.2 Million Kids Against Polio - PANA Wire Service via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

* ►April 27, 2005 - Ethiopia: Measles Vaccination Launched in West - BBC via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

►April 27, 2005 - Child abuse deaths plummet (requires registration or subscription) - But officials in county can do more to protect kids, a report says. - The Sacramento Bee

►April 27, 2005 - Thousands of Austin Students Need Immunizations - www.seton.net

►April 27, 2005 - GlaxoSmithKline and FDA Reach Agreement on Consent Decree Regarding Cidra, Puerto Rico, Manufacturing Site. (pdf) - GSK Expects To Return Paxil CR and Avandamet to Market in Mid-Year - GlaxoSmithKline

►April 27, 2005 - Protecting Biotech - The American Spectator - "Biopharmaceutical leaders are financial leaders. Pfizer ranks number 24 on the list of the Fortune 500. Johnson & Johnson comes in at 30, and Merck at 84. There are a half dozen more in the top 500 companies and another 11 in the next 500. Biotech concerns typically don't rate a Fortune 500 mention. Nevertheless, the nearly 1,500 firms are enormously important, offering the sort of diversity and entrepreneurial possibilities commonly associated with start-ups and small businesses."

►April 27, 2005 - Managed care organizations evaluate trends in epilepsy to provide better care - Blackwell Publishing via www.medicalnewstoday.com

►April 27, 2005 - Epilepsy sufferers reach 9 million in China - People's Daily, China

►April 27, 2005 - Evaluating the Risks of Drug Exposure in Human Pregnancies (pdf) - FDA/CBER

►April 27, 2005 - UNICEF Proposes to Establish Child Survival Program for Zimbabwe - Xinhua News Agency via www.immunizationinfo.org (abstract)

►April 27, 2005 - Supreme Court Allows Citizens to Seek Legal Redress for Harm Caused by Pesticides - U.S. Newswire via ArriveNet - "The Supreme Court's ruling also determined that thousands of people harmed by pesticides can hold pesticide companies accountable in state courts for making and distributing dangerous chemicals. Pesticide companies had claimed that federal law shields them from all such suits. The court ruled against the pesticide companies today."

►April 27, 2005 - Parkinson's Patients Suing Amgen Over Drug (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "In their lawsuit, filed yesterday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the plaintiffs say Amgen "treated the patients as mere guinea pigs, as material to be discarded," and had violated a legal and moral obligation to continue to supply the drug."

►April 27, 2005 - OHSU study finds ginkgo beneficial for MS symptoms - Many patients already take herbal supplement available over counter - Oregon Health & Science University via www.eurekalert.org

►April 27, 2005 - Some scientists say humans can read minds - Mirror neurons may generate ability to empathize - MSNBC

►April 27, 2005 - Too Little Sleep Could Cause Diabetes - HealthDay News via Forbes

►April 27, 2005 - Feeling down in the mouth? - THE full truth about your health could be on the tip of your tongue. Healthy Living reveals how... - Evening Post via www.leedstoday.net

►April 27, 2005 - Validation of a pediatric caregiver diary to measure symptoms of postacute respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis - journal article (Pediatric Pulmonology)

►April 27, 2005 - Probing for Affective Side Effects of Drugs Used in Geriatric Practice: Use of Daily Diaries to Test for Effects of Metoclopramide and Naproxen - journal article (Neuropsychopharmacology)

* ►April 27, 2005 - Metals in Your Mouth - The Christian Post

►April 27, 2005 - Vaccines probe report ready for Lowassa's action - Guardian via IPPMedia Inc. - "A Three-Man probe team assigned to investigate the illegal importation of two million doses of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) T1-44 vaccine from South Africa into Tanzania last December has completed its job."

►April 27, 2005 - Media Advisory: New York Times Contributor and Author of Controversial Book on Mercury in Vaccines, Live on AutismToday.Com - press release - Autism Today via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

* ►April 26, 2005 - Guest Opinion: Impact of the FDA Tome on the Global Pharma Industry - www.eyeforpharma.com - "The changes stand to significantly impact the way in which pharma companies complete drug safety collection and reporting. The most challenging aspects will come from three distinct areas: new language addressing suspected adverse drug reactions (SADR), a requirement that health care professionals be hired to conduct proactive data collection of adverse event reports, and additional reporting requirements."

►April 26, 2005 - She's given shots to three generations of Bladen County residents - Bladen Journal

►April 26, 2005 - Cognitive functioning in children and adolescents with multiple sclerosis - journal article (Neurology)

►April 26, 2005 - Ultrasound Spots Bowel Complication in Newborns - HealthDay News via Health Yahoo!

►April 26, 2005 - Managed care organizations evaluate trends in epilepsy to provide better care - Blackwell Publishing Ltd. via www.eurekalert.org

►April 26, 2005 - Moderate alcohol consumption enhances the formation of new nerve cells – may contribute to alcohol dependency - Karolinska Institute, Sweden

* ►April 25, 2005 - Research's Scarlet List (requires registration or subscription) - The Scientist - "The list, available at [http://silk.nih.gov/public/cbz1bje.@www.orilist.html], is known as the Public Health Service (PHS) Administrative Actions Listing, and it names all researchers found guilty of some type of misconduct by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which typically penalizes them by temporarily barring them from receiving federal funds."

* ►April 25, 2005 - The Best Place for Your Biotech is Here. No, Here! (requires registration or subscription) - There's an economic development council in every country, state and city, and they all want your business  - The Scientist

* ►April 25, 2005 - Overlap of pathology in paralytic rabies and axonal Guillain-Barré syndrome - journal article (Annals of Neurology)

* ►April 25, 2005 - Drugmakers go furthest to sway Congress - USA Today - "Drug companies and their officials contributed at least $17 million to federal candidates in last year's elections, including nearly $1 million to President Bush and more than $500,000 to his opponent, John Kerry. At least 18 members of Congress received more than $100,000 apiece."

►April 25, 2005 - Virus-delivered small RNA silencing sustains strength in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - journal article (Annals of Neurology)

►April 22, 2005 - Should Doctors, Patients, and Others Screen for Diseases? (includes video) (registration required) - Medscape

►April 18, 2005 - Structural and kinetic basis for heightened immunogenicity of T cell vaccines - journal article (The Journal of Experimental Medicine)

* ►April 18, 2005 - "Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies": Where Are We Now? (requires registration) - Medscape General Medicine

* ►April 15, 2005 - Vaccines (full text) (requires registration) - Medscape Infectious Diseases

►April 15, 2005 - Phase I Study of Immunization with Dendritic Cells Modified with Fowlpox Encoding Carcinoembryonic Antigen and Costimulatory Molecules - journal article (Clinical Cancer Research)

►April 15, 2005 - Rotavirus: Identification, Treatment, and Prevention CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape Family Medicine

►April 15, 2005 - CDC Releases Recommendations for State Newborn Screening Programs for Cystic Fibrosis - American Academy of Family Physicians

►April 4, 2005 - Pediatric Gastrointestinal Emergencies (full text) (requires registration) - Applied Radiology via Medscape Specialties

* ►April 1, 2005 - BCG vaccination at three different age groups: response and effectiveness (pdf) - journal article (Journal of Immune Based Therapies and Vaccines)

* ►April 2005 - Development of antibody-targeted vaccines. - journal article (Current Opinion in Molecular Therapeutics)

* ►April 2005 - A Sero-Epidemiological Survey of Gelatin Sensitization in Young Japanese Children During the 1979-1996 Period - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Immunology) - "Recently, an increasing number of adverse reactions in children inoculated with live attenuated virus vaccines containing gelatin have been reported."

* ►April 2005 - Complement Dependency of Splenic Localization of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide and Conjugate Vaccines - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Immunology)

►April 2005 - The Autoreactivity of Therapeutic Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Preparations Depends on the Fractionation Methods Used - journal article (Scandinavian Journal of Immunology)

►April 2005 - Adverse Drug Reactions Associated With The Use Of Ribavirin In The Treatment Of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (pdf) - journal article (Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

►April 2005 - Evaluation of patient-related factors associated with causality, preventability, predictability and severity of hepatotoxicity during antituberclosis treatment - journal article (Pharmacological Research)

►April 2005 - Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX) for the Prophylactic Treatment of Chronic Daily Headache: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. - journal article (Headache)

►March 2005 - The Placebo Responder Rate in Children and Adolescents (full text) (requires registration) - Headache via Medscape Specialties

* ►Volume 12 Number 2, 2005 - Vaccination Against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli, A Cause of Travelers' Diarrhea (full text) (requires registration) - Journal of Travel Medicine via Medscape Specialties

►Volume 31 Number 1, 2005 - Indoor Air Quality: Part II -- What It Does (full text) (requires registration) - Pediatric Nursing via Medscape Specialties

Posted April 29, 2005

►April 29, 2005 - Nigerian state to jail parents who resist polio vaccines - SAPA/AFP via Mail & Guardian Online - "Abdullahi Garba Faskari, the state's justice commissioner, said that the government would extend a law designed to enforce yellow fever jabs to cover the oral polio vaccine, which Nigerian and United Nations health workers are distributing...'The government will henceforth arrest and prosecute any parent who refuses to have his child immunised against polio. Such a parent will get between six months and one year in jail without an option of fine,' Faskari said....'In view of the baseless resistance by some parents ... and the molestation of vaccinators by parents in some areas, the government feels duty bound to take measures that will bring this madness to an end,' he said."

* ►April 29, 2005 - Polio outbreak spreads across Yemen - New vaccine to be used for the first time in outbreak response, as more cases expected - Joint news release - WHO/Rotary International/CDC/UNICEF - "Experts are now planning an outbreak response, using the recently-developed monovalent oral polio vaccine type 1(mOPV1). This new vaccine enables a precisely tailored immunological response to the type 1 poliovirus that is causing the outbreak. Compared to the commonly-used trivalent OPV, which offers protection against all three types of wild poliovirus, mOPV1 provides a greater immunity to type 1 wild poliovirus with fewer doses. Use of mOPV1 is expected during a nationwide immunization campaign in the second half of May. Yemen had already conducted a mass campaign on 11-14 April, as the country was considered to be at high-risk of polio re-infection from nearby Sudan where an outbreak of polio continues."

* ►April 29, 2005 - WHO says 18 new cases of polio in Yemen, sparking fear of epidemic - Canadian Press via www.canada.com - "A nationwide immunization campaign is planned for the second half of May, Heymann said. WHO conducted one such vaccination drive last month, after it declared Yemen a high-risk country for polio reintroduction...A third vaccination campaign might also be necessary in June, he added."

* ►April 29, 2005 - 'Major' Polio Epidemic Hits Yemen, 22 Infected - WHO - Reuters

►April 29, 2005 - UN: New Polio Vaccine To Fight Outbreak in Yemen - CAM/AKI via www.adnki.com

* ►April 29, 2005 - Lower vaccination rates put children at risk - University of Alberta via Medical News Today - "A study done in part by the University of Alberta shows that children treated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have lower vaccination rates than the general population, exposing them to added risk from preventable illnesses such as mumps and measles."

►April 29, 2005 - Specific behaviors seen in infants can predict autism, new research shows - McMaster University via Medical News Today - "The preliminary findings, published this month in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, were taken from an ongoing study of 200 Canadian infants, the largest study of its kind in the world. The infants, many of whom have been followed from birth to 24 months, are younger siblings of children who have been diagnosed with autism."
 
►April 29, 2005 - Antibiotic might fight HIV-induced neurological problems - JAMA via Medical News Today

►April 29, 2005 - Theatre: Catch this infectious play - The National Business Review - "The parental 'do we immunise our baby or not?' dilemma is a storyline you could expect to find in many a TV drama series. But in live performance, in the hands of this creative team, it becomes the catalyst for a piquant distillation of modern life that engages head, heart and soul."

►April 29, 2005 - Just a Man Until Polio Made Him a Leader (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "'Warm Springs,' an HBO movie being shown tomorrow about Franklin D. Roosevelt's early struggle with polio, vaults back to a time when the handicapped were feared, pitied and shunted from view."

* ►April 28, 2005 - 50-children fall sick after being vaccinated by polio drops in Jhang - Pak Tribune - "The vaccination campaign was launched by the health department Jhang on April 26, 28 with an objective to eradicate polio from the district. But due to poor quality vaccine 50 children of the Kashmir Colony have been affected by different diseases like Cholera, vomiting after polio teams vaccinated them...And when parents and school teachers went to the office of Zonal Supervisor Dr. Shahid Bukhari to make a complaint against the grave situation, he become furious and insulted the complainants."

* ►April 28, 2005 - Only Vaccinated Amish Children are Autistic! (requires subscription) - By Red Flags Columnist, Dr. Malcolm Kendrick - www.redflagsdaily.com

* ►April 28, 2005 - Did Bryant Arroyo Kill Baby Jordan Anthony Shenk, As Alleged by the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania? - by Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati PhD, DABT, DABVT - www.redflagsdaily.com

* ►April 28, 2005 - Specific behaviours in babies could signal autism, Canadian study shows - Canadian Press via www.canada.com

* ►April 28, 2005 - Autism: New Insights But Cure Still an Elusive Goal - HealthDay via Modern Mom - "'I believe the causes of autism are multiple,' McGinnis said. 'Autism is resulting from one or more environmental factors imposing upon one or more genetic predispositions.'"

►April 28, 2005 - Board 'will fund autism therapy' - An education and library board has agreed to pay for intensive home based specialist therapy for a six-year-old autistic child. - BBC

►April 28, 2005 - Ryman balances studies, family, promotes autism awareness - Nicholls Worth

* ►April 28, 2005 - Probe launched after toddler dies in hospital waiting room (includes video) - CBC News

►April 28, 2005 - Flu shot problem hurts Chiron's quarterly profit - Earnings miss forecasts; lower vaccine production expected this year - San Francisco Chronicle

►April 28, 2005 - Questions and Answers on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - European Commission - Medical News Today

►April 28, 2005 - Killer diseases in developing world - fact sheet - Reuters AlertNet

* ►April 28, 2005 - West Nile Vaccine Being Tested - www.ksdk.com

* ►April 28, 2005 - State officials campaign for infant immunization - AP via In-Forum - "Starting next month, the family of each North Dakota newborn will get a card from Gov. John Hoeven and first lady Mikey Hoeven to congratulate them, with a message...'Each card also includes a reminder of the importance of immunizations, as well as a North Dakota immunization schedule and a pocket-size immunization record so that parents can keep track of their child's vaccination,' Mikey Hoeven said Thursday in announcing the campaign."

►April 28, 2005 - Gift cards to be given for immunization week (requires subscription) - St. Joseph News-Press

►April 28, 2005 - Immunization van returns to help children - Amarillo Globe News

►April 28, 2005 - Generex Biotechnology Begins Testing New Vaccine for Breast Cancer Patients - Phase I Trial With Walter Reed Army Medical Center Will Measure Immune Responses as Well as Safety - press release - Generex Biotechnology Corporation via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 28, 2005 - ViRexx Announces Manufacturing and Supply Agreement with Protein Sciences Corporation for Hepavaxx B Vaccine - press release - ViRexx Medical Corp. via Business Wire

►April 28, 2005 - Acambis' smallpox vaccine progress - Cambridge Evening News

►April 28, 2005 - New Vaccination Could Prevent Cervical Cancer (includes video) - www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv

►April 28, 2005 - Senate panel questions US bioterrorism preparedness - www.govexec.com - "At an Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing focused on bioterrorism, Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H., said while progress has been made to improve national security, the country should not underestimate how far it needs to go to safeguard the country's food and vaccine supplies."

►April 28, 2005 - Pakistan: Country moves toward polio-free status before year's end - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet

* ►April 28, 2005 - CDC experts track polio's resurgence (requires registration) Atlanta Journal-Constitution

►April 28, 2005 - Health Ministry Exceeds Target During Immunization Against Polio - The NEWS (Monrovia) via http://allafrica.com

►April 28, 2005 - Commission strengthens its support to confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis outside the EU - Medical News Today

►April 28, 2005 - GSK Makes Excellent Start to 2005 with EPS of 21.1p, Up 19% - PharmaLive - "GSK’s portfolio of vaccines grew 3% to £248 million, led by a strong performance in Europe where sales grew 10%.  International sales declined 4% impacted by the phasing of tender orders which are expected to recur later in the year.  In the USA, Boostrix (a booster vaccine to prevent diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) and Fluarix (to prevent flu) are expected to be launched during the second half of 2005."

►April 28, 2005 - Seattle Genetics Announces Antibody-Drug Conjugate Collaboration with MedImmune - press release - Seattle Genetics, Inc. via Business Wire

►April 28, 2005 - Crisis jab clinic for students - Pre-exams mumps outbreak - Belfast Telegraph

►April 28, 2005 - Have You Had Your Tetanus Booster? (includes video) - www.13wham.com

►April 28, 2005 - Execs say ARMM 'state of health' worst in RP - Inquirer News Service via http://news.inq7.net

►April 27, 2005 - Experts: More child immunizations needed (includes video) (requires registration) - www.wfaa.com

* ►April 27, 2005 - Althea Selected by Lorantis for Recombinant Protein Manufacturing Project - press release - Althea Technologies, Inc. via Market Wire - "Althea Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of innovative technologies for pharmaceutical services and manufacturing, announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Lorantis Ltd. to manufacture the protein component of HepVax, a hepatitis B therapeutic vaccine."

►April 27, 2005 - Subsidised flu vaccine distribution on track - press release - PHARMAC via www.scoop.co.nz

* ►April 27, 2005 - 1933 WSN/33 H1N1 and 1957 A/Japan H2N2 Flu Escape Dangers - commentary - Recombinomics

►April 27, 2005 - Flu outbreak hits 286 in Guangdong, now under control - Xinhuanet via China View

►April 27, 2005 - Full text of "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in China" - People's Daily Online

►April 27, 2005 - Crucell to Present at Rodman & Renshaw 2nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference, May 4 - press release - Crucell N.V. via PrimeZone

►April 27, 2005 - Parish health unit extends hours for Immunization Awareness Week - The Ascension Citizen

►April 27, 2005 - Eczema ointments may carry cancer risk: Health Canada - CBC News

►April 26, 2005 - Many HIV-Positive Gay Men Unaware They're Infected - Reuters

►April 26, 2005 - Gilead HIV Pill Fails - www.thestreet.com

Posted April 28, 2005

►April 30, 2005 - Editorial: Do not let this plague get away - The cattle virus rinderpest is on the brink of eradication, but the programme is faltering and each passing day risks letting it off the hook (requires subscription) - New Scientist

* ►April 28, 2005 - Vaccines thinly spread - NZPA via New Zealand Herald - "Tempers flared at some Manawatu GP surgeries when people anxious to get vaccinations discovered they could not...Immunisation nurse co-ordinator Barbara Bradnock said surgeries had been promised deliveries of the full-strength vaccine by Tuesday but supplies were only trickling in...'There are some very irate patients.'"

►April 28, 2005 - At-risk woman misses out on flu vaccine - Gaye Parkin is vulnerable to the flu because of her age and heart problems. Yet she is having to wait in line to get her vaccine. - Dominion Post via www.stuff.co.nz

* ►April 28, 2005 - Flu Vaccine Supply May Be Tight, but Not Severe, Officials Say (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The Chiron Corporation said yesterday that it anticipates making only about half as many doses of flu vaccine this year as it had intended to provide last year, before its factory was shut down because of bacterial contamination...Still, authorities said, the expected production from Chiron should be enough to stave off a severe shortage of the vaccine this winter, though it is possible supply could still be somewhat tight."
 
* ►April 27, 2005 - Flu-vaccine prices rise while supply remains iffy - USA Today

* ►April 27, 2005 - EpiVax Is Awarded H. Pylori SBIR Grant by National Institutes of Health - Company Wins $600,000 Grant to Develop H. Pylori Vaccine - press release - EpiVax, Inc. via Market Wire

* ►April 27, 2005 - DHB disease documents 'riddled with errors' - Hawkes Bay Today - "The authors went on to criticise statements on the website made by the board's community paediatrician David Barry, who chaired an international committee set up to monitor the safety of the MeNZB vaccine...They said Dr Barry claimed he had been impressed with the vaccine's safety and effectiveness but there was no data on either...His impression was based on 'pseudo-science,' they said. They also disputed his claim that no serious side effects had been recorded during the vaccination campaign. Serious side effects included anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergy), Guillain-Barré Syndrome and possibly death, they said."

* ►April 27, 2005 - Campaign could not have saved baby Cole - The meningococcal disease that killed Manawatu baby Cole Harwood 10 days ago was caused by the Group C strain of the bacteria and could not have been prevented by an earlier start to the nationwide immunisation campaign. - Manawatu Standard via www.stuff.co.nz

* ►April 27, 2005 - Vaccination would not have saved baby, says mother - NZPA via New Zealand Herald

* ►April 27, 2005 - Irritation as vaccines trickle in - Manawatu Standard via www.stuff.co.nz - "Ms Bradnock said health workers were doing their best in a difficult situation...'Please don't growl at the receptionist,' she said. 'It is not their fault. The system has just not delivered for us on time.'"
 
* ►April 27, 2005 - Only one third of flu vaccine arrives - press release - New Zealand National Party via www.scoop.co.nz

►April 27, 2005 - Struggle to meet call for flu jabs - Family doctors are struggling to meet demand from sick and elderly patients lining up for the flu jab. - Dominion Post via www.stuff.co.nz

►April 27, 2005 - Remaining flu vaccine delivered - The remaining 25 per cent of full-strength influenza vaccine available in New Zealand was delivered to doctors' surgeries around the country today, the Government's drug-buying agency Pharmac said. - NZPA via www.stuff.co.nz

►April 27, 2005 - Swiss get ready for human flu pandemic - The Swiss government is preparing itself for an expected influenza epidemic by issuing new guidelines. - www.swissinfo.org

►April 27, 2005 - Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza Virus in Smuggled Thai Eagles, Belgium - Center for Disease Control, Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal via Community Dispatch

►April 27, 2005 - Childhood vaccines still miss a crucial number of youngsters - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

►April 27, 2005 - The Medical Minute: National Infant Immunization Week - Penn State Live

►April 27, 2005 - Vaccination: An Act of Love - Kansas City infoZine

* ►April 27, 2005 - Health department offering immunization incentive program - Marietta Times - "The Marietta City Health Department has an incentive program that gives gifts to parents at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, and 15 months when they bring their children in on time and keep their immunizations up to date. We will also have gift bags for children who will be getting kindergarten shots."

* ►April 27, 2005 - Value in that shot in the arm - South Bend Tribune

* ►April 27, 2005 - Educating Teachers on Autism - www.wzzm13.com - "Here in Michigan that increase is staggering. In 2003, there were more than 75-hundred kids with autism, that's up 6 times from a decade ago."

►April 27, 2005 - Parents have to wait up to two years for autism check - The Carlow Nationalist

►April 27, 2005 - Other Systems Should Have Shared Cost On Autism Suit - The Chattanoogan

* ►April 27, 2005 - Autism One 2005 Conference May 26 - 29 Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel - Autism One via Medical News Today

►April 27, 2005 - Early diagnosis key to treating autism - Delaware Coast Press via www.delmarvanow.com

►April 27, 2005 - Conference to raise autism awareness - Naples Sun Times via www.zwire.com

►April 27, 2005 - Autism Numbers On The Rise - Autism is in the news a lot right now. April autism awareness month, and the incidence of the condition is on the rise. - www.wfmynews2.com

►April 27, 2005 - Hagel Re-introduces Autism Resolution - Southwest Nebraska News

►April 27, 2005 - Awareness is key for parents - National campaign educates families about early warning signs of autism, other problems. - The Detroit News

* ►April 27, 2005 - Malaria drugs 'boost children's immunity for one year' - Science and Development Network

►April 27, 2005 - Malaria cases more than TB, Aids, measles and leprosy combined - Gambia Daily News (Banjul) via http://allafrica.com

►April 27, 2005 - Red Cross Red Crescent scales up malaria response - Reuters AlertNet

►April 27, 2005 - New southern Sudan health project to transform lives - World Vision International via Reuters AlertNet

►April 27, 2005 - Mumps outbreak at Galway University - Western People

►April 27, 2005 - Officials race to contain meningitis - San Gabriel Valley Tribune - " The disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early. However, the symptoms can mimic the flu, and misdiagnoses are not uncommon...In 1998, Bozof lost her son to the disease...'My son was told he had a virus,' she said of Evan, a junior at Georgia Southwestern University...By the time the correct diagnosis was made, the disease had progressed too far. Evan died 26 days later."

►April 27, 2005 - Whooping Cough Continues to Spread - The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

►April 27, 2005 - Polio remembered 50 years after anniversary of vaccine - La Crosse Tribune

►April 27, 2005 - 50 years later, area recalls fear of polio - The first vaccine against polio calmed a nation - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

►April 27, 2005 - Hepatitis C scare halts use of surgical adhesive - The Yomiuri Shimbun

►April 27, 2005 - Abnormal liver tests in a Mediterranean population - Medical News Today

►April 27, 2005 - Poultry Vaccines in Offing - New Vision (Kampala) via http://allafrica.com

►April 27, 2005 - Disease would kill 'six million animals' (requires registration) - Sydney Morning Herald - "Almost six million cattle, sheep and pigs would die and the economy set back almost $3 billion if foot and mouth disease broke out in Australia, a new report has found."

►April 27, 2005 - BioVex Begins Phase I/II Clinical Trial of ImmunoVEXtrimelan with the Dosing of Malignant Melanoma Patient - press release - BioVex Ltd via PRNewswire

►April 27, 2005 - Vical Advancing to Phase 2 Trial With Bivalent CMV Vaccine - press release - Vical Incorporated via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 27, 2005 - Denmark becomes first European country to support Aeras Foundation's TB vaccine development efforts - Denmark today became the first European country to support the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation's efforts to develop a safe, effective tuberculosis vaccine with announcements of new financial commitments and scientific partnerships. The agreements, announced today in Copenhagen at an update on TB vaccine development, strengthen Denmark's continuing role in the fight against TB. - www.news-medical.net

►April 27, 2005 - Research and Markets: For the Current Trends and Market Forecast on Therapeutic Vaccines for Cancer This is the Report to Read - press release - Research and Markets via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►April 27, 2005 - Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission - Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health via innovations report

►April 27, 2005 - International HIV Conference - press release - Ministry of Defence via Press Information Bureau, Government of India

* ►April 26, 2005 - Immunizations are important to protect infants - Baxter Bulletin - "Some parents are concerned about side effects of the vaccines. 'All shots are not the same,' Wilbur said. 'Most side effects are pain at the site of the injection, feeling bad, fever, fussiness, and local swelling at the injection site. Rarely, neurological side effects can be produced, but the occurrence of an adverse event after immunizations does not prove that the vaccine caused the symptoms or signs. Vaccines are administered for infants and children during a period in their lives when certain conditions most commonly become clinically apparent.'"

* ►April 26, 2005 - HealthCare Purchasing Partners International(TM) Adds GlaxoSmithKline to the 340B Prime Vendor Program, Providing Low-Income Americans With Access to Vaccines - press release - HealthCare Purchasing Partners International™ via Market Wire

* ►April 26, 2005 - GenoMed Launches Web-Based Clinical Trial Against Marburg Virus Epidemic in Angola - press release - GenoMed Inc. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

►April 26, 2005 - Countries in the Americas Observe Vaccination Week (includes audio) - Voice of America

►April 26, 2005 - Remaining vigilant - Beatrice Daily Sun

►April 26, 2005 - Task force sees need for single immunizations entity - Houston Chronicle - "Dr. Robert Vanzant, president of the Harris County Medical Society, said doctors could do a better job of immunizing their patients if insurers reimbursed them more fully for the vaccines and administrative costs...Many insurers, he said, base vaccine reimbursement rates on the prices paid by large agencies that buy in bulk. Doctors in private practice must pay more, Vanzant said."

►April 26, 2005 - Immunization Push in SF - http://cbs5.com

* ►April 26, 2005 - Kansas Parents Urged to Immunize Infants from Birth to Two - Birth Cards and 'Immunize & Win a Prize' Highlighted during National Infant Immunization Week - Kansas City infoZine - "The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is distributing the birth cards featuring a tear-out immunization schedule and reminding parents to make an appointment with their health care provider to begin immunizing their child. The birth card program began 10 years ago with Hallmark designing the cards, which are produced in Topeka. The cards are donated by Hallmark and shipped to 39 participating states at no cost...The effort ties in with KDHE's 2005 'Immunize and Win a Prize' campaign which offers incentives to Kansas children and their parents at participating Vaccines for Children health care providers across the state. Prizes are available each time the child receives immunizations from birth to age two, including children's Tylenol, a digital thermometer, a beanie bee, and stickers."

* ►April 26, 2005 - Medical attention for children and pregnant women a priority in Cuba - According to pediatrician Francisco Valdés, the 5.8 infant mortality rate attained by Cuba in 2004, the lowest in Latin America, is primarily due to mass and free vaccination campaign dating back to the triumph of the Revolution in 1959. - www.granma.cu - "The official from the national maternal-infant bureau pointed out that, since 1995, 95% of Cuban children aged over two years have been vaccinated against the following illnesses: diphtheria, typhoid fever, influenza, hepatitis B, meningitis, mumps, poliomyelitis, German measles, measles, tetanus, whooping cough and tuberculosis."

►April 26, 2005 - Blagojevich reminds parents to safeguard their children against disease - www.suntimesnews.com

►April 26, 2005 - Immunization a necessary ouch - Shreveport Times

►April 26, 2005 - Let's turn anti-polio fervor toward modern-day scourges - Cincinnati Enquirer

►April 26, 2005 - Source Of Hepatitis A Outbreak In Campbell County Still Unknown - Health department officials have not found the source of a hepatitis A outbreak in Campbell County even after interviewing nearly 100 people over the weekend. - AP via www.newschannel5.com

►April 26, 2005 - Hepatitis Scare At Stockton Schools - http://fox40.trb.com

►April 26, 2005 - Schools To Appeal Autism Case, But Also Work Toward Settlement - The Chattanoogan

►April 26, 2005 - Families face autism - KRT via Lexington Herald-Leader via The News-Sentinel via www.fortwayne.com

►April 26, 2005 - Infants can show early signs of autism - Study your baby's reactions for clues to a disorder that is on the rise. - Los Angeles Times via The Detroit News

►April 26, 2005 - Report outlines anthrax response - Stanford Daily

►April 26, 2005 - Balto. County Firm To Build Machines That Kill Anthrax in the Mail - AP via ABC 7 News

►April 26, 2005 - Thai learns how to battle SARS and bird flu from Hong Kong - TNA via www.mcot.org

►April 26, 2005 - Flu Prevention (requires registration or subscription) - Washington Post

►April 26, 2005 - Rise in adult allergies is nothing to sneeze at, and the confusion about them can be dizzying - Daily Southtown

* ►April 26, 2005 - The NON-Shaken Baby Syndrome: The rest of the cases - by Red Flags Columnist, Dr. F. Edward Yazbak - www.redflagsdaily.com

►April 25, 2005 - Breaking through: Early intervention is vital for children with autism - Salt Lake Tribune

* ►April 24, 2005 - Concerns about the Infant Mortality Rate in the United States - by Red Flags Columnist, Dr. F. Edward Yazbak - www.redflagsdaily.com

Posted April 27, 2005

►May 2, 2005 - Easing Depression Without Drugs Doctors are trying therapies, from implants to herbs, that can cut down on side effects - BusinessWeek - "Although studies in the U.S. have been mixed, St. John's Wort is gaining more acceptance as a depression remedy, several psychiatrists say. The response rate for the herb is slightly lower than it is for drugs like Prozac and Zoloft but with fewer side effects, says Dr. David Mischoulon, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School."

* ►May 2005 - Second-generation vaccines against leishmaniasis - journal article (Trends in Parasitology)

* ►May 1, 2005 - B Lymphocytes Participate in Cross-Presentation of Antigen following Gene Gun Vaccination - journal article (Journal of Immunology)

►May 1, 2005 - Blocking IL-15 Prevents the Induction of Allergen-Specific T Cells and Allergic Inflammation In Vivo - journal article (Journal of Immunology)

►May 2005 - The role of cytokine gene polymorphisms in determining disease susceptibility and phenotype in inflammatory bowel disease. - journal article (The American Journal of Gastroenterology)

* ►April 27, 2005 - Spend more, dare more, do more - International Herald Tribune - "Look at the pharmaceutical industry. In 1980, 80 percent of all new drugs were developed in Europe; today the United States supplies 80 percent of the world's new medicine. Unless Europe makes a determined effort to reverse this relative decline, by 2012 U.S. spending on pharmaceutical research and development will be twice the size of total European spending. One of the primary reasons pharmaceutical companies prefer to invest in the United States is that they are allowed to advertise their products to U.S. consumers."

* ►April 27, 2005 - Experimental Drug for GI Dysfunction in Autism - Ivanhoe - "The immunoglobulin drug is FDA approved for intravenous use in immunodeficiency disorders where patients have lower-than-normal levels of immunoglobulin (a protein produced by plasma cells and lymphocytes). It is also used in chronic lymphoid leukemia and chronic idiopathic purpura. It has only been FDA approved for clinical trials administering it orally to treat gastrointestinal dysfunction in autism."

►April 27, 2005 - Remaining flu vaccine delivered - The remaining 25 per cent of full-strength influenza vaccine available in New Zealand was delivered to doctors' surgeries around the country today, the Government's drug-buying agency Pharmac said. - www.stuff.co.nz

►April 27, 2005 - Elderly still waiting for flu vaccine - New Zealand Herald

* ►April 26, 2005 - Aluminium in vaccines raises risk of skin disease - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology via Nursing Times News

* ►April 26, 2005 - Vaccine-Related Bills Spark Ire and Optimism - Fox News - "There has been a concerted effort by some Republicans who seem to be more concerned about protecting big business than protecting children," said Lujene Clark, who with her husband Dr. Alan Clark, runs NoMercury, a Missouri-based grassroots organization committed to disseminating information about the mercury-containing vaccine preservative, thimerosal."

* ►April 26, 2005 - Studies explore possible connections between chemical agents in vaccines and the disorder that afflicts 1 in 166 children - Buffalo News

* ►April 26, 2005 - Officials: 4 cases are a coincidence - The Daily Tar Heel - "One in 10 people carries the bacteria that causes meningococcal meningitis, but the virus matriculates in only a small percentage of those carriers. Campus officials also have looked into the possibility of requiring incoming freshmen to get meningitis vaccines. But the vaccines don’t protect against all forms of the disease, and furthermore, campuses must look to legislators in Raleigh if they want to effect policy changes."

* ►April 26, 2005 - Anthrax testing: look to NASA? - Space agency validated spore detection procedure in 1970s, but needs testing for biothreat agents - The Scientist via www.biomedcentral.com

* ►April 26, 2005 - Experts: Smallpox could be sent in mail - UPI via http://interestalert.com

* ►April 26, 2005 - Ethics rules at NIH should be reviewed, health secretary says - San Diego Union-Tribune - "Regarding the NIH ethics rules, Leavitt said: "There are people who believe we set the magnetometer a notch too high, and we're in the process now of receiving feedback. I will be reviewing it as well as others, and in a relatively short time, we'll determine whether or not the magnetometer needs to be notched down a click."

* ►April 26, 2005 - Britain set for clash with Europe over ban on Prozac for under-18s - The Independent, UK - "Including Prozac in the ban clashes with the stance taken by Britain's drugs regulator 16 months ago. Prozac is the only antidepressant that doctors can prescribe to children in Britain, following a safety review in 2003."

►April 26, 2005 - TB is far from just a part of history - Evening News via The Scotsman

►April 26, 2005 - Merck Wants Wrongful Death Suit Dismissed (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►April 26, 2005 - Antibiotics may be hazardous to kidswww.sunstar.com.ph - "Children's immune response to infection is not yet fully developed, so their ability to combat drug-resistant forms of bacteria is less than the adults."

►April 26, 2005 - Testing: Consent Forms in Plain English (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Writing in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, researchers from the University of Michigan said many consent forms were written well beyond the eighth-grade reading level called for in federal guidelines. But even material at that level may pose a problem for the estimated 95 million Americans with poor reading skills."

►April 26, 2005 - Consumer Ads Boost Doctors' Scripts -Study - Reuters Health - "Because the safety of a new drug cannot be known with certainty until it has been on the market for several years, and since drug withdrawals occur more than two thirds of the time within 3 years of release," he recommends "the FDA should consider a moratorium on advertisement of drugs directly to consumers for 3 years after initial market release."

►April 26, 2005 - Chiron Fans Sweat It Outwww.thestreet.com - "Future sales and earnings growth will be largely dependent on Fluvirin," he adds, noting that the Food and Drug Administration hasn't cleared the company to resume manufacturing the vaccine."

►April 26, 2005 - American Academy of Neurology sums up scientific highlights from 57th annual meeting - American Academy of Neurology via www.eurekalert.org

►April 26, 2005 - Maryville firm, Oak Ridge company work to develop new tuberculosis test - The Daily Times

►April 26, 2005 - The Claim: Aluminum in Antiperspirants Causes Alzheimer's Disease (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►April 26, 2005 - The Greatest Century Ever, Despite Hindrances of the Unproductive - Human Events

►April 26, 2005 - Screening for Iron Disorder Urged - Study found workplace testing didn't create anxiety - HealthDay News via www.healthfinder.gov

►April 26, 2005 - Mix Math and Medicine and Create Confusion (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Patients may not know it, but there are two questions that make doctors cringe. The most common is, "If you were me, which treatment option would you pick?" The tougher one is, "What are the chances that this treatment will help me?"

►April 26, 2005 - Understand how viruses workwww.walb.com - "A virus is ten thousand times smaller than the head of a pin, and infects living cells. A remarkable animation, created by Purdue university researchers, was based on actual, never before seen, high-resolution images they captured of a virus called "T-4"."

►April 26, 2005 - Mutant Mice Tied to the Clock - Science via Ivanhoe - "Mice bred to carry a genetic mutation that disrupts their sleep/wake cycle -- known as the Clock gene -- are more prone to gain weight and develop many of the health problems known collectively in humans as the metabolic syndrome."

* ►April 26, 2005 - With polio cluster in formerly virus-free Yemen, UN warns of risks of spread - UN News Centre - "Yemen conducted a nationwide immunization campaign from 13-15 April, to immunize all the country’s 4.5 million children under the age of five years, and WHO is working with the Health Ministry to plan for further intensive house-to-house immunization in the immediate vicinity of the cases."

* ►April 26, 2005 - Yemen: First Polio Outbreak Since 1996 - AKI via www.adnki.com - "Yemen is suffering its first outbreak of polio since 1996. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday confirmed four cases in the Hodeida province, 250 kilometres to the west of the capital Sanaa, but health officials say the number infected has now risen to 36. Another 54 cases are under observation in the province."

►April 26, 2005 - Polio: How an Ancient Disease Met a Modern Prevention (includes audio) - Voice of America

►April 26, 2005 - Vaccines beat polio, but shots still matter - News Sentinel via www.fortwayne.com

* ►April 26, 2005 - Owens should OK immunization bill - SB 87 would not require Colorado kids to get their shots. It would just notify parents when they are due, and that would be a step forward. - editorial - Denver Post

►April 26, 2005 - County Board of Health marks National Infant Immunization Week - Asbury Park Press

* ►April 26, 2005 - Facing an unhealthy dose of skepticism - Doctors say parents are taking risks by not vaccinating children fully and in due time. (requires registration) - Orlando Sentinel

* ►April 26, 2005 - Different Disease Group, Different Vaccine - press release - Ministry of Health via www.scoop.co.nz - "Attribute to Dr Jane O'Hallahan, Meningococcal B immunisation programme director...In response to… Meningococcal Vaccination Risk In Under 5 Yr- Olds - Ron Law & Barbara Sumner Burstyn"

* ►April 26, 2005 - Evidence of Harm - book review - New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►April 26, 2005 - WHO hopeful about beating Angola's Marburg virus - Reuters AlertNet

►April 26, 2005 - Bird Flu Outbreak in North Korea Contained - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations via Medical News Today

►April 26, 2005 - Feature - Vietnam bird flu puzzle has many missing pieces - Reuters AlertNet

►April 26, 2005 - Elderly urged to get flu jabs - http://tvnz.co.nz

►April 26, 2005 - Long weekend delays flu vaccine - Newstalk ZB

►April 26, 2005 - Cure Autism Now Foundation Returns to Chicago May 22 to Raise Funds for Autism Research - Grammy Winner Chaka Khan and 'Desperate Housewives' Actor James Denton to Appear at Second-Annual WALK NOW Chicago Event - press release - The Cure Autism Now Foundation via PRNewswire via Yahoo!

►April 26, 2005 - New Autism Study - Findings debunk link to vaccine - Mayo Clinic via www.wowt.com

►April 26, 2005 - Attorneys, Experts Are Winners In Deal Autism Case - letter - The Chattanoogan

►April 26, 2005 - Taxpayers' Bill Keeps Rising In Deal Autism Case - letter - The Chattanoogan

►April 26, 2005 - Special Kids Video Modeling Therapy Programs Celebrates Distribution in a Record 30 Countries - Genetic Engineering News

►April 26, 2005 - Taking The Pulse: Five to 10 patients each year get hepatitis C from healthcare workers. But it's a price we must pay - The Independent, UK

►April 26, 2005 - Equine virus sees horses dropping like flies - Independent Online - "Authorities and horse owners have expressed concern that the vaccine for the disease does not offer effective protection against new strains of the virus. One form of the sickness, Strain 5, is unprotected by the vaccine, and has appeared in a number of cases across the country."

►April 26, 2005 - NZ aid money for Sudan - RNZ via http://tvnz.co.nz

►April 26, 2005 - Naturopath's qualifications unverifiable, inquest told - www.abc.net.au

►April 26, 2005 - Generex Biotechnology Receives Australian Patent for Novel Vaccine Technology - Method of using peptides to enhance immune response has potential role in fighting cancer and pandemic influenza - press release - Generex Biotechnology Corp. via PRNewswire-FirstCall

* ►April 26, 2005 - Cuba to conduct vaccine trials in Malaysia - AP via Malaysia Star - "Malaysia is allowing Cuba to conduct clinical trials on vaccines as part of efforts to promote co-operation in the pharmaceutical industry."

►April 26, 2005 - South Africa's broken HIV promises - A year after the ruling ANC party's third election victory, opposition politicians and HIV pressure groups say the South African government has failed to keep its pledges over HIV/Aids. - BBC

►April 26, 2005 - New Report Details How Integrated Treatment for HIV and Substance Abuse is Achievable and Why it is Good Medicine - press release - The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research via U.S. Newswire

►April 26, 2005 - BHIVA audit gives a good report on management of HIV/TB patients, but areas of concern highlighted - Aidsmap

►April 26, 2005 - Expert says HIV drugs give only 5-10 year window to come up with new ways to beat AIDS in Africa - Aidsmap

►April 26, 2005 - UQ develops West Nile virus treatment - Research Australia via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 26, 2005 - Natural glucose byproduct may prevent brain damage and cognitive impairment after diabetic coma - University of California - San Francisco via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 26, 2005 - 'Fickle' enzyme helps protect, but also can promote heart failure, animal study shows - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 26, 2005 - UT Southwestern lead site for study of a new multiple sclerosis drug - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 25, 2005 - Study sheds light on age-related changes of prion diseases - Case Western Reserve University via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 25, 2005 - Molecular models advance the fight against malaria - Dartmouth Medical School via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 25, 2005 - Researchers identify protein crucial for survival of Lyme-disease bacterium - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas via www.eurekalert.org

* ►April 25, 2005 - 36 nations join to urge vaccinations - UPI via Washington Times

* ►April 25, 2005 - Brown says Interest growing in malaria vaccine - Reuters, UK - "Chancellor Gordon Brown said on Monday there was increased government interest in advance purchases of a new malaria vaccine being tested by GlaxoSmithKline Plc to boost supply."

* ►April 25, 2005 - Vaccine Could Eliminate Rabies In The US - ABC7/KGO - "Bioengineers are working with scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a new vaccine for wild animals...Bernhard Dietzschold, DVM, prof. of microbiology & immunology: 'Our goal in the US is to eradicate rabies totally.'"
 
►April 25, 2005 - Healers may be spreading virus - Traditional ways thwarting doctors' Marburg battle - New York Times via San Francisco Chronicle

►April 25, 2005 - Researchers: Vaccine Might Keep Leukemia At Bay - www.theindychannel.com

►April 25, 2005 - Nico social robot helps diagnose autism - www.engadget.com

►April 25, 2005 - Health Tip: After Immunizing Your Child - HealthDay via Forbes

►April 25, 2005 - Don’t forget your baby’s shots, health department reminds parents - Yuma Sun

►April 25, 2005 - Gov. Blagojevich reminds parents to safeguard their children against disease - National Infant Immunization Week April 24-30 - press release - Office of the Governor, State of Illinois

►April 25, 2005 - A time to think of less fortunate moms and kids - With Mother’s Day coming soon, Dr. Judith Reichman urges attention to the plight of Third World women and their children - Today via MSNBC

►April 25, 2005 - "Silicon Hollow" Continues To Grow (includes video) - www.wkyt.com - "A Smallpox outbreak would be terrifying, but through homeland security there are new technologies coming out to fight terrorism."

►April 25, 2005 - Coxsackie virus: 55 kids hit - Daily Express, Malaysia

►April 25, 2005 - Anthrax Kills 50 Zebras - New Vision (Kampala) via http://allafrica.com

* ►April 25, 2005 - Anthrax vaccine treatment funding remains uncertain - Global Security Newswire via www.govexec.com - "Clearly, force protection in this time of war demands a good vaccination program. Equally clear, that program must include quality care for those who suffer adverse events in every service, not just the Army," he said."

* ►April 25, 2005 - Blood 'fast' to expel jab mercury - A mercury which has been used in vaccines stays in the blood for less time than mercury found in fish from pollution, a study says. - BBC

* ►April 25, 2005 - Calling the shots - State health leaders are reaching out to thousands of toddlers who haven't had the vaccines meant to keep them healthy. - Daily Press - "No vaccine is 100 percent safe, and all can cause serious side effects. Some parents have balked at immunizing their children even though doctors argue the risks are tiny compared to the benefits of protection. Other families simply can't afford to keep their kids on schedule."

* ►April 25, 2005 - Baxter, other drug firms hit with AIDS-related lawsuit - Chicago Sun-Times - "Baxter International Inc. and other drug companies sold blood-clotting medicine for hemophiliacs that carried a high risk of transmitting AIDS to markets in Europe more than a year after switching to newer, safer products in the United States, according to a lawsuit filed here Friday."

* ►April 25, 2005 - La Verne student contracts bacterial meningitis - www.sgvtribune.com - "The university is working with Los Angeles County Department of Health Services officials to identify students who may have been exposed, and some 50 students have opted for treatment with antibiotics, said University spokesman Charles Bentley. Vaccinations are available to students, but don't guarantee immunity from the disease, he said."

►April 25, 2005 - 36 nations join to urge vaccinations - UPI via http://interestalert.com

►April 25, 2005 - Health Tip: After Immunizing Your Child - HealthDay News via Health Yahoo!

►April 25, 2005 - Drug warnings outline danger - USA Today - "I don't think this will be a true test, frankly, of the benefits or lack thereof of increasing warning labels," says Levin, director of the New York-based Center for Medical Consumers. "It's hard for people to understand that something can be approved, can be advertised, can be prescribed for you by a doctor and still not be safe."

►April 25, 2005 - The Week Ahead: GSK seeks relief from Puerto Rican ailment - The Independent, UK

►April 25, 2005 - Gilead Sciences and Aspen Pharmacare Sign Letter of Intent to Establish Non-Exclusive Licensing and Distribution Agreement for Antiretrovirals Truvada and Viread in Developing World Countries (requires registration or subscription) - Business Wire via CBS MarketWatch

►April 25, 2005 - Baby gene test safety 'unchecked' - The long-term safety of screening embryos for genetic diseases is going unchecked, experts warn. - BBC

►April 25, 2005 - Study raises more questions on painkillers - AP via USA Today - "Risk was highest among ibuprofen users, who were nearly three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than non-NSAID users. Aspirin was the only NSAID that did not seem to raise the risk, but the numbers of aspirin users in the study were small."

►April 25, 2005 - Health Highlights: - Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay via Health Yahoo!

►April 25, 2005 - Update 1: Wal-Mart to Restrict Cold Medicine Sales - AP via Forbes

►April 24, 2005 - Evidence in Vioxx Suits Shows Intervention by Merck Officials (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

* ►April 24, 2005 - Kaiser halts doctors' freebies - Stronger policies for dealings with medical vendors in place - Inside Bay Area
 
►April 24, 2005 - Alzheimer's cognitive decline slowed - University of California - San Diego via www.eurekalert.org

►April 22, 2005 - Report suggests infectious connection to chronic diseases - American Society for Microbiology via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 22, 2005 - High levels of immunosuppressant may lead to tumor recurrence - John Wiley & Sons, Inc. via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 22, 2005 - In Rare Two-Part Surgery for Pancreas Pain, UAB Doctors Return Islet Cells After Removing Organ - University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
►April 21, 2005 - Yale scientists 'see' basis of antibiotic resistance - Yale University via www.eurekalert.org
 
►April 21, 2005 - UCLA Researchers Discover New Method  to Generate Human Bone - Protein Found by UCLA Shows Generation of New Bone in Patients Who Lack It, as Well as Faster, More Reliable Healing of Fractures - Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Scienc

►April 21, 2005 - Genes may affect heart failure drugs - www.heartcenteronline.com - "In general, they found that genetic variations cause people to break down the drugs at different rates. Some people break down beta blockers slowly, leading to potentially toxic levels of the medication in their bloodstream. Others, meanwhile, break them down rapidly, meaning the drug never reaches effective concentrations in the blood stream."

►April 21, 2005 - AACR: Calcium Supplements Keep on Working Even After They Are Stopped - American Association for Cancer Research via Doctor's Guide

►April 18, 2005 - ACP: Recent Advances in Pneumonia Treatment and Flu Prevention - Update in Infectious Diseases via Doctor's Guide

* ►April 2005 - Meningococcal vaccine: New product, new recommendations. - journal article (The Journal of Family Practice)

►April 2005 - Acute otitis media: Making sense of recent guidelines on antimicrobial treatment. - journal article (The Journal of Family Practice)

►April 2005 - General population based study of the impact of tricyclic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants on the risk of acute myocardial infarction - journal article (Heart)

►April 2005 - What's New in Antibiotics? - journal article (Dermatologic Clinics)

►January/March 2005 - The Law of Attrition (full text) - journal article (Journal of Medical Internet Research) - "In this issue of the Journal, several excellent papers deal with the methodology of conducting Internet-based trials."

* ►Issue 2, 2005 - Polysaccharide vaccines for preventing serogroup A meningococcal meningitis Cochrane Review - journal article (The Cochrane Library) - "While the vaccine was strongly protective among children aged three months to five years in developed countries the level of efficacy across age strata within this age group could not be determined."

* ►Issue 2, 2005 - Antibiotics for whooping cough (pertussis) Cochrane Review - journal article (The Cochrane Library) - "There is insufficient evidence to determine the benefit of prophylactic treatment of pertussis contacts."

►Issue 2, 2005 - Chinese herbal medicine for atopic eczema Cochrane Review - journal article (The Cochrane Library)

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