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Posted May 12, 2005

►June 2005 - Strategies for preventing allergic disease - journal article (Current Pediatrics)

* ►May/June 2005 - Why Are Pharmaceutical Companies Gradually Abandoning Vaccines? - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May/June 2005 - Could It Happen Here? Vaccine Risk Controversies And The Specter Of Derailment - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May/June 2005 - It Did Happen Here: Fear And Loathing On The Vaccine Trail - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May/June 2005 - Americans’ Responses To The 2004 Influenza Vaccine Shortage - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May/June 2005 - The History Of Vaccines And Immunization: Familiar Patterns, New Challenges - journal article (Health Affairs)

* ►May/June 2005 - Immunizations In The United States: Success, Structure, And Stress - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Implementation: Vaccine Promise And Pitfalls - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Why Certain Vaccines Have Been Delayed Or Not Developed At All - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Factors Affecting U.S. Manufacturers’ Decisions To Produce Vaccines - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - An HIV Vaccine: As We Build It, Will They Come? - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Financing Vaccines: In Search Of Solutions That Work - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - The Vaccine Enterprise: Time To Act - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - The Infrastructure For Vaccine Development - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Vaccine Financing And Economics - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Vaccine Advance-Purchase Agreements For Low-Income Countries: Practical Issues - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Why Sole-Supplier Vaccine Markets May Be Here To Stay - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Encouraging The Development Of New Vaccines - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Addressing The Vaccine Financing Conundrum - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Vaccine Supply: A Cross-National Perspective - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Development Of Priority Vaccines For Disease-Endemic Countries: Risk And Benefit - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Development Of Immunization Policy And Its Implementation In The United Kingdom - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Vaccine Policies Across The Pond: Looking At The U.K. And U.S. Systems - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Future Directions In Vaccines: The Payoffs Of Basic Research - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Coverage Of Vaccines In Private Health Plans: What Does The Public Prefer? - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Health Information, The HIPAA Privacy Rule, And Health Care: What Do Physicians Think? - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Effects Of The Malpractice Crisis On Access To And Incidence Of High-Risk Procedures: Evidence From Florida - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Medicaid Cost Containment And Access To Prescription Drugs - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May/June 2005 - Making Profits And Providing Care: Comparing Nonprofit, For-Profit, And Government Hospitals - journal article (Health Affairs)

►May 15, 2005 - Demethylation of the Same Promoter Sequence Increases CD70 Expression in Lupus T Cells and T Cells Treated with Lupus-Inducing Drugs - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 14, 2005 - Autism: Lots of clues, but still no answers - New Scientist

►May 14, 2005 - Early test for autism is on the way - While its causes are still unclear, we are closer than ever to a blood test that could detect the disease very early on - perhaps even at birth (requires subscription for full article) - New Scientist

►May 12, 2005 - Foot-and-mouth - a virus that could cripple a nation - New Zealand Herald

►May 12, 2005 - Classroom coughing a cause for concern - Health checklist for schools  - New York Teacher

►May 12, 2005 - New vaccine centre plans for flu pandemic -

►May 12, 2005 - Sino-US project to combat HIV/AIDS - Xinhuanet via China View

►May 12, 2005 - Yemen reports growing Polio cases - Xinhuanet via China View

►May 12, 2005 - Indonesia finds new polio cases - WHO - Reuters AlertNet

►May 12, 2005 - Meningitis claims 2 more - Times of India

►May 12, 2005 - Meningitis toll climbs to 18 in New Delhi - Xinhuanet via China View

►May 12, 2005 - State not ready to face meningitis -

►May 12, 2005 - First 700,000 doses Men-B Immunisation given - press release - Ministry of Health via

►May 12, 2005 - Cancer vaccine: what's next? - The Hindu

* ►May 12, 2005 - Trials start for a vaccine aimed at fighting obesity - Times Online, UK - "The vaccine consists of an antibody against ghrelin, a peptide (small protein) that regulates appetite. Injecting extra ghrelin into people makes them hungrier and encourages them to eat more. "

* ►May 11, 2005 - Give them the needle (requires subscription) - editorial - National Post via - "Although we are usually loath to endorse any added government involvement in individuals' private lives, the Ontario rubella outbreak represents an exception: Preventing the spread of serious communicable disease is one area where coercive measures are mandated. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine should be mandatory for all Canadians, except those for whom it would be medically inadvisable."

►May 11, 2005 - Rubella outbreak spreads - As confirmed cases rose to 134, officials said it likely started in the Netherlands. - London Free Press via

►May 11, 2005 - Rubella Outbreak Has Canadian Community On Alert - Pregnant Woman Are Most At Risk -

* ►May 11, 2005 - Mali jails 11 for refusing child polio vaccination - Reuters AlertNet - "Sidiki Sanogo, the Malian judge passing sentence, said the 11 men, sentenced to between 6 months and 3 years in prison, were members of a Muslim sect whose leader only recognised the authority of God...They were charged with 'resistance, disobedience and rebellion against public authorities' after refusing to allow vaccination during a public health campaign in early March, because they believed it would make their daughters sterile, Sanogo said."

►May 11, 2005 - Polio cases mount in previously infection-free nations - AP via USA Today

* ►May 11, 2005 - Government rejects BMA's call for hepatitis B vaccinations - The department of health has rejected the British Medical Association's (BMA's) demands for all British children to receive a hepatitis B vaccination. - NHS Health Development Agency

* ►May 11, 2005 - Registry tracks vaccinations - A seven-county database can ensure children get needed immunizations. (requires registration) - Sacramento Bee

* ►May 11, 2005 - Officials Track Down Pandemic Flu Samples - journal article (JAMA)

* ►May 11, 2005 - Plague and Fire: Battling Black Death and the 1900 Burning of Honolulu’s Chinatown (book review) - journal article (JAMA) - "The police powers wielded by public health authorities in times of crisis have often produced unforeseen and devastating consequences: individuals needlessly deprived of their liberty, families and communities disrupted, property destroyed. Faced with scientific uncertainty and political pressure, even cautious and well-intentioned health officials have implemented policies that have led to widespread and unnecessary suffering."

►May 11, 2005 - Progress in Reducing Measles Mortality—Worldwide, 1999-2003 - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Trends in Tuberculosis—United States, 2004 - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Early tests are encouraging for West Nile virus vaccine - AP via The Arizona Daily Star

►May 11, 2005 - RPT-Japan vaccine makers join national push to create bird flu vaccine -report - XFN-ASIA via Forbes

►May 11, 2005 - Bird flu strain signatures in Chennai poultry workers - Highly pathogenic strain detected, but no reason to panic - The Indian Press

►May 11, 2005 - Follow-up Testing Among Children With Elevated Screening Blood Lead Levels - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Too Little, Too Late - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Balancing the Upside and Downside of Antiretroviral Therapy in Children - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Drug Reimportation Talks - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Medical researchers bankroll innovative online database - The Guardian, UK

►May 11, 2005 - System needed to evaluate rising prescription drug spending: economist - Canadian Press

►May 11, 2005 - Stem Cell Debate - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - In Europe, as in US, Climate for Embryo Stem Cell Research Is One of Extremes - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Parkinson’s Disease - journal article (JAMA)

►May 11, 2005 - Research shows optimists are blessed with better health - The Seattle Times

►May 11, 2005 - Therapy Takes Wheeze Out of Cat Allergies - journal article (JAMA)

* ►May 11, 2005 - Bill barring vaccines with mercury for youngest goes to governor (requires registration) - AP via The Kansas City Star - "Legislation that would ban vaccines with mercury for pregnant women and children younger than 3 won final legislative approval Wednesday and moved to the governor's desk...Starting in April 2007, vaccines containing more than a trace amount of mercury could not be administered to those people. Insurance companies also would be required to cover mercury-free vaccines at the same rate as those that contain mercury."

►May 11, 2005 - CMDA: Fears Regarding Vaccines Unfounded - Agape Press - "The study found that the majority of parents who requested non-medical exemptions from regular vaccinations for their children said they did so because of safety concerns. Dr. David Stevens, executive director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, says there is nothing to fear."

►May 11, 2005 - Supply, demand uncertainties dominate flu vaccine meeting - AP via Newsday

* ►May 11, 2005 - Immunization Program for Children in Colombia - press release - Inter-American Development Bank via Harold Doan and Associates - "The Inter-American Development Bank today approved a $107 million loan to Colombia to strengthen the country’s immunization program for children up to five years of age, focusing on improving the system in low-income municipalities where coverage is below the national average."

* ►May 11, 2005 - Lauderdale flu vaccine wholesaler settles gouging complaints - AP via South Florida Sun-Sentinel

►May 11, 2005 - H5N1 Antibodies in Poultry Workers in India - commentary - Recombinomics

►May 11, 2005 - Mumps is on the rise - Waltham Forest Guardian

►May 11, 2005 - Rare Liver Disease Killed Call-Centre Trainer - PA News via The Scotsman - "It was not until after Miss Wilson’s death that test results confirmed she had contracted hepatitis E."

►May 11, 2005 - Salem Restaurant Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A - Health Department Says Restaurant Patrons Not At Risk -

►May 11, 2005 - NH seeing dramatic increase in Hepatitis cases - AP via Portsmouth Herald via

►May 11, 2005 - Therapeutic antibodies realise commercial potential - According to a new report the therapeutic antibody market is expected to treble in size by 2010 as significant leaps forward coupled with safer and more effective humanised and fully human antibodies are pouring onto the market fulfilling their long-awaited commercial promise. -

►May 11, 2005 - Prison inmate gets 30 years in anthrax hoax - AP via

* ►May 10, 2005 - Experts: Promoting Demand Key for Vaccines - AP via The Courier via - "The group is also recommending health care providers make immunization part of the culture of adult medicine, similar to children, who are routinely given a number of vaccines. "There is widespread agreement that building demand and stabilizing demand will result inexorably in building supply," Clymer said at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' 8th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Acambis Delivers Good Progress Towards Strategic Goals - PRNewswire-First Call - "We plan to undertake a $4-6m expansion programme to establish GMP-compliant fill/finish operations at a commercial scale suitable for many of the vaccines in our development pipeline, including our ACAM2000 and MVA3000 smallpox vaccines, ChimeriVax-JE, ChimeriVax-West Nile and our vaccine candidate against Clostridium difficile ("C. difficile")."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Chiron's Chief Scientific Officer Elected to National Academy of Sciences; Academy Recognizes Rino Rappuoli's Vaccines Work - Business Wire - "He co-founded the field of cellular microbiology, a discipline combining cell biology and microbiology, and pioneered the genomic approach to vaccine development known as reverse vaccinology. He led Chiron's development of adjuvanted influenza vaccines, MENJUGATE(R) conjugate vaccine against meningococcal C disease and the first recombinant bacterial vaccine against pertussis. Currently, Dr. Rappuoli is actively involved in the research and development of further vaccines against meningococcal disease and avian and pandemic influenza."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Chiron BioPharmaceuticals President Elected to California Healthcare Institute Board - Business Wire via - "CHI is a non-profit public policy research organization representing leading California academic institutions, biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical firms."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Gov't to set up vaccination panel - Kyodo News via Japan Today

* ►May 10, 2005 - Study Validates Higher Sensitivity of Quidel's QuickVue Influenza A+B Test among Rapid Flu Tests; University of Rochester Presents Research at Clinical Virology Symposium - Healthcare Products Information Services via Business Wire

* ►May 10, 2005 - Worrisome ailment in medicine: Misleading journal articles - The Wall Street Journal via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - "Some omit key findings of trials about a drug's safety and efficacy or inconvenient details about how a trial's design changed partway through. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year reviewed 122 medical-journal articles and found that 65 percent of findings on harmful effects weren't completely reported. It also found gaps in half the findings on how well treatments worked."

►May 10, 2005 - Bayer Raises Its 2005 Forecast for Unit (requires registration or subscription) - AP via The Baltimore Sun - "Bayer AG raised its 2005 forecast for the company's core health care unit on Tuesday after its performance was helped by strong sales of flu vaccines."

►May 10, 2005 - NIAID awards first $27 million using new bioshield authorities - Authorities also used to hire Associate Director for Biodefense Product Development - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via

►May 10, 2005 - Developing Technology to Detect Weapons of Mass Destruction Attention: Defense, Technology editors - AP via AScribe Newswire via MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base

►May 10, 2005 - Doctors Do Know Things Patients Don't Know (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "The vast, lumpy terrain of Lyme disease is a confusing place for doctor and patient alike. According to some, Lyme is able to cause any imaginable symptom, yet laboratory diagnosis remains famously elusive. This combination of plasticity and stealth makes it a convenient explanation for any ailment that otherwise makes no sense."

►May 10, 2005 - Many Americans suffering from physical pain, more than half the population - Stanford University Medical Center via

►May 10, 2005 - Alzheimer's might yield to immune system - UPI via The Washington Times

►May 10, 2005 - Immune system lab model overcomes ethical limits on human hematopoietic stem cells studies - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via

►May 10, 2005 - Ecstasy can block cancer growth - Ecstasy and anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac have the potential to stop cancer cell growth, research has found. - BBC

►May 10, 2005 - Scientists Inhibit Cancer Gene - Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah Health Sciences Center via Biocompare

►May 10, 2005 - Research and Markets: Recent Study Shows Over 10% of Approved In-Licensed Drugs have Achieved Blockbuster Status Whereas 'Only' Approximately 5% of Internal Drugs Do So - PRNewswire via

►May 10, 2005 - Indians win US State Dept's Diplomacy Award - Press Trust of India via

►May 10, 2005 - Homeopathy gaining in popularity across India - IANS via

►May 10, 2005 - Peptimmune Announces Two Additions to Management Team - PRNewswire via "Peptimmune, Inc. is a privately held clinical stage biotechnology company focused on utilizing both novel and proven technologies to improve the therapeutic management of chronic autoimmune and metabolic disorders."

►May 10, 2005 - Prometheus Announces FDA Approval for Additional Indication of Entocort(R) EC (budesonide) Capsules - PRNewswire via - "Entocort EC is the only pharmacological product indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate Crohn's disease involving the ileum and/or the ascending colon, which affects nearly 70% of Crohn's patients."

►May 10, 2005 - Researchers closing in on the genetic structure of autism - Washington University in St. Louis

►May 10, 2005 - Parents fight for services for special-needs children - AP via Newsday

►May 10, 2005 - Hepatitis B: the time is right for UK vaccination - A UK doctors' group has called for routine immunization of hepatitis B in children - Datamonitor Commentwire via Pharmaceutical Business Review

* ►May 10, 2005 - Ongoing Rubella Activity in the Netherlands - Travel Health Advisory - Public Health Agency of Canada

* ►May 9, 2005 - New Mexico: New Mexico Faces TB Challenge - AP via - "New Mexico and neighboring border states are facing significant challenges in preventing and treating TB. Mexico's rates of both TB and multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) are high, yet it does not offer effective MDR-TB treatment. As a result, Mexican patients infected with MDR-TB can choose to either die or cross the border into the United States for treatment."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Biosafety lab may not be as open as promised - UTMB still lacks policy on reporting infectious-disease accidents to public - Houston Chronicle

* ►May 9, 2005 - FDA warns Pfizer over Zoloft ad - The FDA has sent drug giant Pfizer a warning letter asking it to pull a magazine advert for its depression and anxiety treatment, Zoloft. - Datamonitor Newswire via

* ►May 9, 2005 - The Relationship Between Chemical Exposures and Incidence - Sponsored by Senators Lautenberg, Clinton, DeWine, Jeffords, Kennedy, Kerry & Snowe. Groups Call for a Fully Funded National Children’s Study and Chemical Regulation Policies That Better Protect Children - Environmental Media Services

* ►May 9, 2005 - Drug Companies Launch Public Relations Initiative (includes audio) -

►May 9, 2005 - Counterfeit, Substandard Medicines Pose Risks to Nation’s Health Security  - - "These reports are additional proof that opposing dangerous ideas like drug importation is the right thing to do.  The American people should heed these warnings rather than support unsafe legislation would allow for the importation of counterfeit drugs from abroad."

►May 9, 2005 - Drug Giveaways Become a Headache (requires registration or subscription) - Patient advocates cite tougher eligibility rules, but the industry says it is making it easier for the needy to find programs for which they qualify. - Los Angeles Times

►May 9, 2005 - Pharma should eye Latin America, says PwC - Latin America shows considerable and untapped business potential for the pharmaceutical industry, according to new research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. - Pharmaceutical Technology

►May 9, 2005 - Pfizer's Mirapex Faulted in Gambling Addiction Suits (Update1) - Bloomberg - "Pfizer Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. were accused of distributing a drug for treating Parkinson's disease that turned some people into gambling addicts, in a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court."

►May 9, 2005 - Distinct gene expression patterns of peripheral blood cells in hyper-IgE syndrome - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 9, 2005 - The interaction between staphylococcal superantigen-like proteins and human dendritic cells - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 9, 2005 - Serotonin's Effects Extend Far Beyond Brain - Neurochemical could play key role in embryonic development, study suggests - HealthDay News via

►May 9, 2005 - Parkinson Disease: The Ups and Downs of Developing Therapies - Applied Neurology via

►May 9, 2005 - Probiotic Lactobacillus-induced improvement in murine chronic inflammatory bowel disease is associated with the down-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines in lamina propria mononuclear cells - journal article (Clinical & Experimental Immunology)

►May 9, 2005 - Side Effects - American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science via Biocompare

►May 9, 2005 - Corgentech to Start Human Eczema Trial - AP via Forbes

►May 9, 2005 - Editorial | The Pope and Science (requires registration) - The Scientist  

►May 9, 2005 - Magnetic treatment clinic draws controversy - Arizona Daily Star - "What is the money if you can significantly improve nerve damage from diabetes, or disability from cerebral palsy or Parkinson's? Or if you can avoid a complication from surgery?" he asked. "Money is not a deterrent to a lot of people who have these problems."

►May 9, 2005 - Demand for organic foods soaring - AP via

►May 1, 2005 - Do No Harm: Avoidance of Herbal Medicines During Pregnancy - journal article (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

* ►May 2005 - Public Health and the Politics of School Immunization Requirements - journal article (American Journal of Public Health) - "The proposal may be useful in political environments that preclude the use of only medical exemptions. Our observations may assist states whose current nonmedical exemption provisions are constitutionally suspect as well as states lacking legally appropriate administrative controls on existing, broad non-medical exemptions."

►May 2005 - Ascorbic acid supplementation and regular consumption of fresh orange juice increase the ascorbic acid content of human milk: studies in European and African lactating women - journal article (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►May 2005 - Long-term use of acid suppression started inappropriately during hospitalization - journal article (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

* ►May 2005 - Meningococcal combo vaccine not successful in U.K. infants (requires registration) - Pnc9-MenC did not provide adequate immunity against serogroup C meningococcal disease. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - The adolescents are coming! (requires registration) - Visits for adolescent immunizations will provide opportunities for anticipatory guidance, similar to the well child visit. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - Bacterial superinfection may be tied to pneumonia hospitalizations in African children (requires registration) - Antibacterial vaccines prevent an unexpectedly high proportion of “viral” pneumonia. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - The road to eliminate rubella transmission in U.S. ends in success (requires registration) - Now, experts ask, what should be done to wipe out transmission globally? - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - Most labs have destroyed the H2N2 influenza that was shipped worldwide (requires registration) -  The risk for laboratory workers and the public is “low,” but CDC and WHO offices are continuing to monitor the situation.- Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - Maurice R. Hilleman remembered (requires registration) - Hilleman was a pioneer of more than 40 vaccines. - Infectious Diseases in Children

* ►May 2005 - The well-child checkup: Bright futures or dim economics? (requires registration) - Someone’s life may depend on your due vigilance. - Infectious Diseases in Children - "The well-child checkup is the bread and peanut butter and jelly of pediatric practice. Although both are often sticky and messy, without checkups general pediatricians would become like the proverbially advertised Maytag repairmen — twiddling their thumbs a lot."

* ►May 2005 - Pharmaceutical considerations for the well-baby visit (requires registration) - Conditions common in infancy that may require drug therapy include diarrhea, diaper dermatitis and poison prevention. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2005 - Oral health should start in the pediatric office, during well-baby visits (requires registration) - You can look for early signs of dental caries and advise parents on proper tooth care for their little ones. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2005 - Spot the rash (requires registration) - Infectious Diseases in Children introduces our newest feature: Spot the Rash, to test your dermatologic diagnostic skills. Our first case study is brought to you by Sheila Fallon Friedlander, clinical professor at UCSD. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►May 2005 - What's Your Diagnosis (requires registration) - A monthly case study featured in Infectious Diseases in Children, with treatment information and discussion to follow. - Infectious Diseases in Children

►April 29, 2005 - Psychostimulant and other effects of caffeine in 9- to 11-year-old children - journal article (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry)

►April 21, 2005 - Patient Consult: Tetanus - U.S. Pharmacist

►April 2005 - Anti-IL-5 and hypereosinophilic syndromes - journal article (Clinical Immunology)

Posted May 11, 2005

►May 11, 2005 - WHO: Polio Toll Swells to 63 in Yemen - AP via ABC News - "Health officials in Yemen have given contradictory reasons over the spread of the disease, with some saying the epidemic spread to the country from Nigeria, and others saying expired vaccines caused the outbreak....Rosenbauer said vaccinations can sometimes cause polio-like symptoms but would not be responsible for the exportation of the 'wild polio virus' which has been identified in Yemen."

* ►May 11, 2005 - Rotary Recognizes U.S. Government for Supporting Effort to Eradicate Polio Worldwide - press release - Rotary International via U.S. Newswire - "Rotary International will today honor Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for leading US government agencies vitally engaged in ending polio worldwide -- Rotary's top philanthropic goal."

►May 11, 2005 - Doctor says he failed to examine meningitis teacher - The Herald, UK - "It was my opinion she was having an allergic reaction to the medication she had been given for her ear infection."

►May 11, 2005 - The Investment Column: Fading prospects for smallpox vaccine leave Acambis with long wait for profit - Don't go shopping for N Brown shares - Sales outlook is blurry at camera retailer Jessops - The Independent, UK

* ►May 11, 2005 - NIAID awards first $27 million using new bioshield authorities - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via Medical News Today - "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded 10 grants and 2 contracts totaling approximately $27 million to fund development of new therapeutics and vaccines against some of the most deadly agents of bioterrorism including anthrax, botulinum toxin, Ebola virus, pneumonic plague, smallpox and tularemia."

►May 11, 2005 - Earlier treatment of perinatal HIV associated with decreased HIV progression, better outcomes - JAMA via Medical News Today

►May 11, 2005 - Vaccination for all is the only way to beat Hepatitis B - opinion - The Scotsman

* ►May 10, 2005 - The Age of Autism: Witness - UPI via Washington Times - "Frank Noonan is a family doctor in Lancaster County...'I have not seen autism with the Amish,' Noonan told me. 'And I say that having seen a ton of Amish patients. I may be able to think in all those years of maybe one case of (Amish) autism I've had.'...'I've checked with some of my colleagues,' he added, 'and they all tell me it's very, very sporadic that we'll see a case of autism among the Amish.'"

* ►May 10, 2005 - Anti-vaccination crowd needs a pill - column - Edmonton Sun via - "It is almost incomprehensible that in the West, where vaccination programs have long been routine, there are still a few morons who refuse to immunize their kids...The rubella outbreak in southwestern Ontario continues to spread, with more than 120 confirmed cases, including two pregnant women. Nine other expecting women may also have been exposed...We can't cane these foolish parents for placing their children and the larger community at risk - although I'd sure like to. We can't jail them either. While vaccination is almost universal in Canada, it isn't mandatory."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Experts: Promoting Demand Key for Vaccines - Experts Say Promoting Demand for Vaccines Is the Key to Ensuring an Adequate Supply - AP via ABC News - "Jerome Klein, of Boston University's School of Medicine, said six companies produce all routine vaccines in the United States, and one supplier is responsible for five common vaccines...Klein also said media reports have at times caused alarm about the safety of vaccines, disrupting the predictability of market demand."
* ►May 10, 2005 - Study: Americans willing to pay more for greater vaccine coverage - 80 percent of US adults would pay $3 to $6 more a month to have health plans cover newly recommended adult and child vaccines - University of Michigan Health System via

* ►May 10, 2005 - U.S. Vaccine Supply in Jeopardy, Researchers Say - The nation's supply of vaccines against infectious diseases is in jeopardy and may not recover without major shifts in the way the country pays for them, according to a series of reports released Tuesday. - Fox News - "The federal government buys nearly 60 percent of all childhood vaccines produced in the U.S. as a way to protect against unreliable supplies and keep prices under control. Manufacturers make up for the suppressed prices by charging inflated rates for vaccines delivered with financing from private insurers...Those prices continue to rise. This year, it cost an average of $782 to fully immunize a child according to CDC guidelines, say Orenstein and colleagues."

* ►May 10, 2005 - WHO lists approved Web Sites for vaccine safety - Reuters - "'We want to help Web readers and governments have access to reliable information. These sites have passed the criteria for good practices and will be reviewed every 18 months'" Philippe Duclos, WHO medical officer, told Reuters...Vaccines prevent more than two million deaths per year, mainly among children, but a host of Web Sites providing 'unbalanced, misleading and alarming vaccine safety information' have appeared in recent years, confusing both patients and health workers, according to the United Nations agency."

►May 10, 2005 - UN health agency recognizes 23 websites for providing reliable information on vaccine safety - UN News Centre

* ►May 10, 2005 - Websites providing information on vaccine safety recognized for complying with good information practices - World Health Organization - "Since the beginning of website evaluation in December 2003, twenty-three sites providing information on vaccine safety have been determined to meet the credibility and content criteria defined by the GACVS, and have thus been accepted to join the Vaccine Safety Net. These websites are listed at: and provide information to English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish-speaking audiences."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Vaccine Industry Needs Shot in the Arm - HealthDay via Forbes

►May 10, 2005 - US health official stresses global view in disease prevention - Salt Lake Tribune

* ►May 10, 2005 - Researchers test vaccine to prevent dangerous Staphylococcal infections - Vanderbilt University Medical Center infectious diseases researchers are launching a trial for a new vaccine against Staphylococcus aureus. The vaccine, if proven effective, could help curb the growing threat of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an emerging organism rapidly spreading through close personal contact. - - "The new vaccine, called StaphVAX , is a conjugate vaccine that was developed for patients who are at high risk of S. aureus infections. StaphVAX targets S. aureus types 5 and 8, the cause of approximately 85 percent of all S. aureus infections."

* ►May 10, 2005 - £1m donor in vaccine row given defence portfolio - Times Online, UK

* ►May 10, 2005 - Chiron's Chief Scientific Officer Elected to National Academy of Sciences; Academy Recognizes Rino Rappuoli's Vaccines Work - press release - Chiron Corporation via Business Wire

* ►May 10, 2005 - Woman contracts bubonic plague - Durango Herald

* ►May 10, 2005 - Yemen polio outbreak may cripple 100 children - WHO - Reuters AlertNet

* ►May 10, 2005 - Emergency polio vaccine shipped to Yemen, 6 million doses - The Global Polio Eradication Initiative via Medical News Today - "Six million doses of monovalent oral polio vaccine type 1 (mOPV1) have been shipped to Yemen, as part of emergency measures to stop the ongoing polio outbreak in the country."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Uganda: Second cycle of polio immunisation in the north - IRIN via Reuters AlertNet - "Officials said the polio immunisation drive reached 90 percent of under-fives in the target districts. The drive was the second phase of a campaign that began in February in the same 15 districts, which share a border with Sudan....Apart from receiving the polio vaccine, the children were immunised against tetanus and measles, and were also de-wormed and given Vitamin A tablets."

►May 10, 2005 - WHO: Polio Immunization Vital in Indonesia - AP via Newsday

►May 10, 2005 - A Blow to Anti-Polio Campaign - Virus's Return to Indonesia Makes Year-End Goal Unlikely (requires registration or subscription) - Washington Post

►May 10, 2005 - Ending Polio: Almost won, almost lost - commentary - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

►May 10, 2005 - Don't move suspected polio sufferers: Minister - Jakarta Post

►May 10, 2005 - Australia helps stop Polio spread in Indonesia - Australia has responded quickly and generously with a $1 million contribution to help prevent the spread of an outbreak of polio in the Indonesian Province of West Java, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Bruce Billson, announced recently. -

* ►May 10, 2005 - Rubella alert issued for club - London Free Press via

* ►May 10, 2005 - Ontario rubella cases likely stems from outbreak in Netherlands; Basrur - Canadian Press via

►May 10, 2005 - Incidence of measles hits 5-year record high: ministry - Xinhuanet via China View

►May 10, 2005 - Mumps fears after school outbreak - Health bosses in Somerset are writing to 30,000 young people asking them to be immunised against mumps. - BBC

* ►May 10, 2005 - Calls for hepatitis B immunisation - All children should be immunised against hepatitis B, according to the British Medical Association. - - "Parent support group JABS - which has campaigned against he multiple MMR jab - rejected the idea of a new immunisation...Founder and national co-ordinator Jackie Fletcher said that hepatitis B was predominantly an adult disease transmitted through blood, sexual intercourse and sharing needles....'"I'm greatly concerned at the suggestion of another vaccine for babies, particularly with hepatitis B, which is known to be an adult disease ... it's the reactionary blind sweep that I would take issue with.'...The BMA says the hepatitis B jab is 'extremely safe', but Ms Fletcher said all vaccines carried a risk of an adverse reaction. In addition, the effectiveness level of the vaccine was not known: 'If you are going to give it to a baby, is it going to protect them all through their life?'"

►May 10, 2005 - Kids need liver vaccine - doctors - British children should be vaccinated against a deadly liver virus, doctors said today. -

►May 10, 2005 - Vaccine plea - The Huddersfield Daily Examiner via
►May 10, 2005 - City gets ready for a global flu - Pandemic would kill up to 5,000 locally, health officials estimate (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "The report's projected numbers, which predict 910 to 5,000 deaths in Toronto, are based on numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, based on past epidemics."

►May 10, 2005 - Acambis Q1 loss widens, US contract news soon - Reuters, UK

* ►May 10, 2005 - Bavarian Nordic Prepared to Supply US With New Smallpox Vaccine - press release - Bavarian Nordic via U.S. Newswire - "The U.S. government confirmed last month that it would purchase a stockpile of a new smallpox vaccine based on the Modified Vaccinia Ankara virus (MVA). Smallpox, although officially considered eradicated worldwide by the World Health Organization in 1980, is nevertheless believed to be a potential bioterrorism weapon."

►May 10, 2005 - Bavarian Nordic A/S - Quarterly Report for the First Quarter of 2005 - press release - Bavarian Nordic A/S via PharmaLive

►May 10, 2005 - Hepatitis A scare raises false alarm in area - Rocky Mount Telegram

►May 10, 2005 - Two more Meningitis deaths reported (includes video) -

►May 10, 2005 - Close Delhi schools to combat meningitis: BJP - Press Trust of India via

►May 10, 2005 - No threat of a meningitis epidemic - health minister - AFP via Sify News

►May 10, 2005 - No vaccine shortage, no need for panic over meningitis -

►May 10, 2005 - West Nile Virus Remains Serious Threat For Unprotected Horses - 1,341 U.S. Cases Reported in 2004: Equine Health Experts Urge Vaccination - press release - Fort Dodge Animal Health via Yahoo!

* ►May 10, 2005 - Researchers observe predictors of natural immunity to ovarian cancer - Tumor-associated antigen may be candidate for cancer vaccines - American Association for Cancer Research via

* ►May 10, 2005 - Mercury bill riles crematory operator -  AP via Sun-Journal via - "Cowger´s bill calls for one of two measures: 'Require the removal of amalgam fillings before cremation or put emission-control equipment on the stacks,' he said...The latter 'would cost thousands of dollars," said Fuller, while looking into the mouths of about 2,000 bodies a year at her crematory would be time-consuming and costly...'We´d need special training,' she said. 'And a special place to do that. And special equipment _ full biohazard suits. Nobody is going to do this. I can´t think of a crematory owner who will comply. We won't,' Fuller said."

►May 10, 2005 - AIDS set to explode on reserves, study warns (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail

►May 10, 2005 - Vertex : positive data for hepatitis C - Reuters

►May 9, 2005 - Genes predict response to hepatitis C treatment - CTV News

►May 9, 2005 - China rules out bird flu after 178 geese die mysteriously - Forbes

►May 9, 2005 - Warning On Avian Flu Complacency - Science a Go Go

►May 9, 2005 - A look behind the disease: meningitis - VOA via China Daily

►May 9, 2005 - Oxford Biomedica PLC announces European Patent Granted - press release - Oxford BioMedica via Market Wire

►May 9, 2005 - Lawmakers Adjourn Session Two Days Early - - "Democrats, who won control of the House and Senate for the first time in 44 years, also managed to pass several bills they wanted this year, including measures setting up an immunization database, giving hate crime protections to gays and a bill allowing Colorado to join with other states to buy discounted drugs and sell them to low-income patients."
Posted May 10, 2005

►June 1, 2005 - Consulting on feeding and sleeping problems in child health care: what is at the bottom of advice to parents? - journal article (Journal of Child Health Care)

* ►June 2005 - Measles. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases) - "Vaccine failure is predominantly due to primary vaccine failure, which may, in part, be genetic in origin and related to HLA type. Measles-containing vaccines have been shown to be associated with febrile convulsions, but there is no strong evidence of a link with atopy. There is considerable evidence that there is no causal relationship with autistic disorders. In spite of this, many parents and some professionals have concerns about the safety of the vaccines, which may lead to their underuse."

* ►June 2005 - Chickenpox - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases) - "Our ability to prevent and treat varicella still outstrips our knowledge of pathogenetic and immune mechanisms. Further clinical advances are likely to arise from growing understanding of VZV biology."

►June 2005 - Hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infections in children. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►June 2005 - Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 infections. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►June 2005 - Cytomegalovirus. - journal article (Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases)

►June 2005 - Immune dysregulation in allergic respiratory disease: the role of T regulatory cells - journal article (Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

►June 2005 - How can we improve compliance in pediatric pneumology and allergology? - journal article (Allergy)

* ►May 16, 2005 - A lasting public health victory: Polio vaccine at 50 years (opinion) - The polio vaccine's anniversary is a reminder of both the enormous threat posed by disease and the power of a concerted response in confronting it. -

* ►May 16, 2005 - Letters to the Editor (opinion) - New Jersey wrong to blame physicians for health care disparities - Abusive behavior test: Would you say same thing to a subordinate if that person's spouse was present? - When judging physician bullying, consider what would have happened if the aggressor were a nurse - Absolute immunity for peer reviews should be abolished - Medicare cuts ironic from those who lay claim to pro-life, family values -

* ►May 16, 2005 - Maryland doctor fights board reprimand - At issue is patient confidentiality versus a medical board's right to investigate. -

►May 16, 2005 - Team diabetes: Internists say it takes a group to manage diabetes - The topic dominated the American College of Physicians annual meeting as physicians wrestle with ways to prevent, control and treat this increasingly occurring disease. -

►May 16, 2005 - Momentum building to end health care disparities - Doctors are talking with colleagues and reading journal articles for advice on how to ensure that all patients get equal care. -

►May 16, 2005 - Patients wonder: Is it OK to enjoy food again? - Some physicians worry that recent findings confuse anti-obesity messages and say excess weight remains a health risk. -

►May 16, 2005 - You've got ProMED-mail; system spreads outbreak news - A worldwide reporting plan takes advantage of e-mail and the Internet to speed information to doctors. -

►May 16, 2005 - States face "meltdown" over Medicaid - States are already struggling with budget shortfalls and proposed program reductions that could hit both physicians and patients. -

►May 16, 2005 - Many workers lack insurance, report shows - The uninsured don't have access to a regular source of care and are more likely to have unmet medical needs. -

►May 16, 2005 - MedPAC explores physician comparisons - The American Medical Association warns of the perils of using raw Medicare claims data to assess doctor efficiency. -

►May 16, 2005 - A year at warp speed in a profession to be proud of - A message to all physicians from AMA President John C. Nelson, MD, MPH. -

►May 16, 2005 - Subspecialties flourish as IM residents shun primary care - A new study documents how many internal medicine residents are choosing a subspecialty, where they are going and why. -

►May 16, 2005 - Psychologists in Louisiana and New Mexico are certified to prescribe - Bills that would expand who could prescribe medication were introduced in nine other state legislatures this year, and experts believe the push will continue. -

►May 16, 2005 - Man who got transplant after ads dies - His solicitation raised ethical questions, but some say it also raised organ donation awareness. -

►May 16, 2005 - Out of network, out of luck: The perils of breaking the tie - If you think dropping a health plan means the hassles are over, think again. Insurers are coming up with ways to make life difficult for you so you'll come back to them. -

►May 16, 2005New Jersey Blues plan offers e-prescribing freebies - The plan is spending $3 million to get doctors to switch to electronic prescribing. -

►May 16, 2005 - Keeping your finger on the pulse of your practice -

►May 16, 2005 - Polio's Back. Why Now? - The fear of vaccines helped the virus spread from Africa to Indonesia. Could it reach the U.S.? - TIME Magazine

►May 15, 2005 - Electroporation as a "Prime/Boost" Strategy for Naked DNA Vaccination against a Tumor Antigen - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 15, 2005 - Exchanging ESAT6 with TB10.4 in an Ag85B Fusion Molecule-Based Tuberculosis Subunit Vaccine: Efficient Protection and ESAT6-Based Sensitive Monitoring of Vaccine Efficacy - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 15, 2005 - Binding of the Complement Inhibitor C4bp to Serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 15, 2005 - A Critical Role for Sphingosine Kinase in Anaphylatoxin-Induced Neutropenia, Peritonitis, and Cytokine Production in Vivo - journal article (The Journal of Immunology)

►May 10, 2005 - Maritime Vaccination Deadline - As of Sunday, May 15, all horses racing under the jurisdiction of the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission must be vaccinated against the equine herpes virus. -
►May 10, 2005 - 13 new cases of meningitis, but city doctors optimistic - Times of India

►May 10, 2005 - Crisis talks as meningitis spreads - AFP via Brisbane Courier Mail

* ►May 10, 2005 - Is the Vaccine Industry Ailing? - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via Newswise - "The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which Congress authorized in 1986 to compensate families whose children were injured by vaccines, reduced some financial pressure on vaccine manufacturers. However, says Dr. Offit, flaws in this program limit its effectiveness. Families can choose to opt out of the program and proceed to a jury trial, the program does not cover all vaccines, and it does not cover effects on an unborn child when the mother is vaccinated. Fearful of litigation, no pharmaceutical company is willing to produce a vaccine known to protect newborns from a group B streptococcus infection, a disease that kills 100 U.S. newborns each year."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Fragile US vaccine system needs improvement despite dramatic gains in health over past century - Emory University Health Sciences Center via

* ►May 10, 2005 - Children 'should get Hep B jab' - All UK children should be immunised against the hepatitis B virus, which can lead to potentially fatal liver diseases, doctors' leaders have said. - BBC - "'Most of the western countries have done this already. Our country has not,' said Dr Everington...He suggested that some of it might be down to nervousness of introducing another jab for children after concerns about vaccine safety following the MMR debate."
* ►May 10, 2005 - Should all children receive the Hep B jab? - All UK children should be immunised against the hepatitis B virus says the British Medical Association. - Have Your Say - BBC - "Should Britain's children receive widespread immunisation against hepatitis B? Has your child had it already? Send us your comments and experiences."

►May 10, 2005 - Doctors call for hepatitis B jabs for children - Reuters - "The professional organisation first called for vaccination against hepatitis B in 1995. Most developed countries routinely immunise babies against the virus. The World Health Organisation has also recommended vaccination against hepatitis B...But Britain has no universal vaccination programme because rates of hepatitis B infection are very low and stable."

* ►May 10, 2005 - Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opinion Pieces on NIH-Funded AIDS Drug Trials Involving Foster Children - Medical News Today

* ►May 10, 2005 - 400 wanted for trials of anthrax vaccine - The Telegraph, UK - "Scientists want to recruit 400 healthy people aged 18 to 55 willing to be given four injections and to visit Guy's Hospital in London 12 times during the 19-month trial."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Congressman Thompson: Three and One-Half Years Is Too Long for America to Wait for Anthrax Vaccines - press release - House Committee on Homeland Security - Democratic Office via PRNewswire

* ►May 9, 2005 - Citizens group pushes for end to drug company immunity - AP via Detroit Free Press - "A new citizens group wants to overturn Michigan's law protecting prescription drug companies from liability lawsuits...The group, called Drug Industry Immunity Must End, held a news conference Monday to express its support for bills expected to be introduced in the state Legislature this week. The legislation would repeal the state's 1996 law that shields drug makers from liability if their product was approved by the Food and Drug Administration."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Immunization vital because hundreds of Indonesians could carry polio virus - AP via - "Four toddlers have been confirmed as suffering from the crippling disease in two West Java villages. But based on past data, only about one in 200 people infected ever gets sick. That means that with four cases, as many as 800 people could unknowingly carry the virus and spread it to others in Indonesia, said Oliver Rosenbauer, a spokesman for the World Health' Organization's polio eradication initiative in Geneva...More than 4,000 children in and around two villages where the polio cases emerged have been vaccinated since the first case was reported April 21, Rosenbauer said. Indonesia plans to inoculate 5.2 million children under age 5 by July."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Official optimistic on stopping polio by end of '05 - Speaking in Baltimore, WHO expert cites effectiveness of new vaccine (requires registration) - AP via Baltimore Sun - "The standard oral polio vaccine contains three strains of the weakened polio virus, which can interfere with each other, requiring several doses to be effective, said Dr. Stanley Plotkin, an NFID board member and adviser to vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur. The new vaccine contains only the strain that has been identified in the outbreaks, Plotkin said."

►May 9, 2005 - Polio cases rise to 40 in Yemen - Reuters AlertNet

►May 9, 2005 - Yemen: More than 60 Polio Cases Reported - AKI via

►May 9, 2005 - Indonesia taking measures to control polio - Xinhuanet via China View - "The Indonesian government has taken a series of measures to combat, and prevent, the spread of polio, which broke out recently in the country after 10 years of disappearance...Up to the present, five infants have been confirmed as having polio while some 13 others are listed as suspected of having the disease."

►May 9, 2005 - Indonesia says getting control of polio outbreak - Reuters AlertNet

►May 9, 2005 - Mass Immunisation for UPDF - New Vision (Kampala) via

►May 9, 2005 - 'Don't Panic Over Marburg Virus' - The Herald (Harare) via

►May 9, 2005 - Medical delegation to help in anti-polio drive - Yemen Times - "He said Yemen had been polio-free since disease surveillance began in 1996 - a genetic investigation continues to determine the origin of the outbreak."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Dynavax Flu Vaccine Shows Potential Against Pandemic Flu in Preclinical Model - Data Generated Under NIAID Grant to Develop Pandemic Flu Vaccine - PRNewswire-FirstCall via - "Dynavax's flu vaccine links ISS to nucleoprotein (NP), a key, highly- conserved flu antigen that varies little between viral strains or from year to year, and then adds the NP-ISS to conventional vaccine to augment its activity. Immunity to nucleoprotein alone may not prevent viral infection, but serves to ameliorate the severity of the disease by eliminating virus infected cells."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Marketing a Disease, and Also a Drug to Treat It (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times - "Avanir hopes that the drug, Neurodex, will win federal approval by the end of this year as a treatment for the uncontrollable laughing or crying that can be caused by various neurological diseases or injuries."

* ►May 9, 2005 - First Dr. Charles Merieux Award Presented to Kristin Nichol, MD, MPH, MBA, During Eighth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research - PRNewswire - "Among her accomplishments are extensive research in behavior and cost-effectiveness in adult vaccination against influenza and pneumococcal disease. Her work has contributed to the development of national and global programs aimed at improving vaccination rates."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Bills target flowers, cold medicine - AP via - "At least three Nature's Sunshine products -- a cough syrup, a remedy said to relieve side effects from vaccinations, and a "distress remedy" for pain and emotional upset resulting from minor physical trauma -- contain atropa belladonna, also known as nightshade, according to the company Web site. Another product, a cough syrup, contains another plant listed in Strain's bill: Hyoscyamus niger, or black henbane."

►May 9, 2005 - TB carrier 'infected 12 others' -

►May 9, 2005 - Rare bacterial meningitis infections continue to rise in Indian capital - AFP via Khaleej Times - "Media reports said alarmed parents had stopped sending their children to school and were seeking vaccinations in large numbers. Officials said all doctors and health workers treating the patients were being vaccinated as were the relatives of those infected."

►May 9, 2005 - Malaria And Measles - Largest Integrated Health Campaign Ever Saves Children From Africa's Two Leading Killers -

►May 9, 2005 - WHO Praises Indonesia's Handling of Polio Outbreak - AP via (abstract)

►May 9, 2005 - Decision to extend Meningococcal B campaign - Ministry of Health via

►May 9, 2005 - A country practice for vaccination team - Avoiding stray cows on backcountry roads is all in a day's work for the nursing teams administering MeNZB vaccines to Waikato schoolchildren. Abby Jackson went along for the ride. - Waikato Times via

►May 9, 2005 - National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Kicks off Eighth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (requires registration or subscription) - World Health Organization's David Heymann Addresses Dilemmas in Global Public Health - PRNewswire via COMTEX CBS MarketWatch

►May 9, 2005 - Alternative Advances: Brain Food for Autism - Ivanhoe - "Dr. Mehl-Madrona says, "Really the most frustrating thing about working with autism is, for the most part, we don't have a clue what to do. We just have to try different things."

►May 9, 2005 - Corgentech Presents Preclinical Data Demonstrating Reduction of Inflammation Using New Drug Candidate for Eczema - PRNewswire-FirstCall via

►May 9, 2005 - Special treatment situations: pediatric migraine. Standards of care for headache diagnosis and treatment. - National Headache Foundation via

►May 9, 2005 - Special treatment situations: alternative headache treatments. Standards of care for headache diagnosis and treatment. - National Headache Foundation via

►May 9, 2005 - The Lethal Science of Splenda, a Poisonous Chlorocarbon - James Bowen, M.D., A physician, biochemist, and survivor of aspartame poisoning warns about yet another synthetic sweetener, Splenda. -

►May 9, 2005 - Antibe Therapeutics' CEO Captures Major Research Prizes for Novel Drug Development (requires registration or subscription) - CCNMatthews via COMTEX via CBS MarketWatch - "The breadth of vaccine research covered at this meeting is truly extraordinary," noted Dr. Susan J. Rehm, NFID's Medical Director. "This year's agenda covered everything from vaccine supply to agricultural bioterrorism to development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines for diseases including malaria, Alzheimer's, hepatitis C, diabetes and human papilloma virus."

►May 9, 2005 - Alpha-1 Awareness Month: Awareness is Key for Underdiagnosed Genetic Disorder; ``Making a Clear Diagnosis. One Test, Once a Lifetime'' - Business Wire via

►May 9, 2005 - Cognis offers new plant extracts for functional foods and beverages - German health ingredients firm Cognis Nutrition & Health will introduce a new range of high quality plant extracts for foods and beverages at Vitafoods, the industry show opening in Geneva tomorrow. -

* ►May 9, 2005 - Study Refutes Link Between Childhood Vaccinations, Autism - - "The Mayo Clinic's research suggests that genetics may play a role in who gets autism."

►May 9, 2005 - Number of autism cases balloons in America (includes video) -

* ►May 9, 2005 - Ontario rubella outbreak includes vaccinated man - CBC News

►May 9, 2005 - Measles alert in Assam - The Telegraph, India

►May 9, 2005 - Guest commentary: Creating a barrier to those pesky pestilences - The Providence Journal via Naples Daily News

►May 9, 2005 - SDSU Junior Earns National Scholarship - AP via - "Halaweish credits his work at the NIH last summer with helping him land the $7,500 scholarship...He says he worked on developing a vaccine for the West Nile Virus using an existing vaccine for Hepatitis C. The two diseases are from the same family of viruses."

►May 9, 2005 - Immunizations aren't just for children - Lynchburg News & Advance

* ►May 9, 2005 - New Vaccine Trial Starts In Botswana - The Ministry of Health and Maiteko a Tshireletso Vaccine Initiative at the Botswana-Harvard Partnership (BHP) are currently enrolling participants for a new phase of HIV vaccine trial. - Mmegi, Botswana

* ►May 9, 2005 - New hope for Alzheimer's vaccine - A study stopped early on safety grounds may still hold the key to a vaccine for Alzheimer's disease, say researchers. - BBC

* ►May 9, 2005 - New results, trial for Alzheimer's vaccine - Training the body’s immune system to fight back against Alzheimer’s disease may still offer a promising option for slowing or even preventing the tragic brain disorder that affects 4.5 million Americans, according to new research results. A new clinical trial will test the theory further. - press release - - "That's the conclusion of two new papers published in the journal Neurology by an international team of researchers who vaccinated hundreds of Alzheimer's disease patients with beta amyloid, a protein that builds up in Alzheimer's-affected brains...The study was stopped early in 2002 after a few participants developed brain inflammation. But the researchers continued to monitor the patients for up to a year after their last injection. The new papers, including one led by the University of Michigan Health System neurologist who headed the study's safety committee, summarize the results of that effort."

►May 9, 2005 - Aborted Alzheimer's vaccine on right track: study - Reuters

* ►May 9, 2005 - Ultrasound device might remove needle from flu shot - KRT via St. Louis Post-Dispatch via - "There might be a way to get a flu shot without a shot. St. Louis University researchers are getting flu vaccine under the skin of volunteers without needles...The SonoPrep, an ultrasound device made by Sontra Medical Inc., opens skin pores so that vaccine can seep through. Nothing ever touches nervy muscles."

►May 9, 2005 - Human test of bird flu vaccine set for August - Viet Nam News

* ►May 9, 2005 - New bird flu warning - The threat of a global flu epidemic in Britain should be taken seriously, a doctor warned yesterday. - BMJ via - "Dr Nigel Higson from Hove, believes that Britain has become complacent to the threat, and refers to a recent report that avian flu (H5N1) has jumped from human to human for the first time."

►May 9, 2005 - Delhi - No meningitis deaths; 13 new cases today -

* ►May 9, 2005 - Meningitis hits New Delhi; 15 dead - UPI via Washington Times - "Health officials say that there was no need for a large-scale immunization drive, but preventive vaccines and medicines were being given to those in close contact with the patients."

►May 9, 2005 - WVU warning students of meningitis case - AP via Penn Live

►May 9, 2005 - Good news on Meningococcal B immunisation front - press release - New Zealand Plunket Society via

►May 9, 2005 - Whooping cough cases climb - The News Tribune - "To remind people to complete the series, the state health department will run television and radio ads in the coming months, especially right before school in August. The state has about $75,000 for the effort and is looking to media outlets to donate airtime."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Protecting Kids Against Disease - Local Pediatricians Praised by County and State Health Departments - Long Island Press - "Two local pediatricians were recently honored for their participation in the Nassau County and New York State Departments of Health Immunization Program Initiatives. The program strove to achieve total immunization of all children by two years of age."

* ►May 9, 2005 - Let's take a shot at a better plan - opinion (requires registration) - KRT via Star-Telegram via

►May 9, 2005 - Meningitis shots urged for college-bound - Nurse service sets up vaccination clinics for disease freshmen are 6 times more likely to get. - Indianapolis Star

►May 9, 2005 - 'Aim for the B' Targets Need to Increase Education and Awareness for Chronic Hepatitis B - Public Education Program to Take Place During 'National Hepatitis B Awareness Week' - press release - Bristol-Myers Squibb via PRNewswire

►May 9, 2005 - Court bid for blood transfusion Hepatitis inquiry - Scotland Today

►May 9, 2005 - Hepatitis: New treatment procedures needed -

►May 9, 2005 - Intercell announces first quarter 2005 results - strong financial position - new strategic alliance for IC31TM technology with US Navy research center - Presse Portal

►May 9, 2005 - May 11 set aside to honor parish's school nurses - Slidell Sentry-News - "From peanut allergies and immunizations to epileptic seizures, St. Tammany Parish school nurses handle each individual case with the caring and dedication dictated by their profession."

►May 9, 2005 - The challenge of autism - Fairfield Daily Republic

►May 9, 2005 - Mercury pollution still poses health risk on campus - The Daily Illini - "Mercury barometers, thermometers and other instruments are still being used or are in storage around the University, despite a July deadline the University set to remove the dangerous chemical on campus."

* ►May 9, 2005 - State Considers Ban On Use Of Mercury In Dental Fillings - Little Or No Health Risk Seen But Ban May Help Remove Element From Environment - The Day

►May 9, 2005 - Baldwin brings back bill curbing mercury - The Capital Times via - "The 14,000 thermostats discarded each year in Dane County contain enough mercury to pollute 140 lakes the size of Lake Mendota."

►May 9, 2005 - Mercury levels prompt fish warning - UPI via Washington Times

►May 9, 2005 - It's Vital for Children Living With HIV to Take ARVs - Kutin - The Post (Lusaka) via - "It is necessary for children living with HIV to be put on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, SOS Kinderdorf International president Helmut Kutin has said."

►May 9, 2005 - Antibodies fight back against HIV - But hope for a therapeutic vaccine against AIDS is limited. -

►May 9, 2005 - Ignorance About Aids Kills ... - The Namibian (Windhoek) via

►May 9, 2005 - Schools On Red Alert For Children With Allergies - press release - Allergy New Zealand via - "Inga Stünzner, spokesperson for Allergy New Zealand, says over the last 10 years there has been a huge increase in the prevalence of allergic disease in New Zealand, especially among children and young adults."

►May 9, 2005 - Man sues, claims Parkinson's drug made him gamble - Canadian Press via CTV News

* ►May 8, 2005 - Gulf nations accused of giving little to fight polio - New York Times via International Herald Tribune

►May 8, 2005 - Vaccine aimed at snake-bitten dogs (requires registration) - Express-News via

►May 8, 2005 - Other states' biotechs cast shadow over Scripps - Palm Beach Post

►May 8, 2005 - Breastfeeding benefits 'instant' - The benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby start from day one, say campaigners. - BBC

►May 8, 2005 - Of Two Minds (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►May 7, 2005 - Flu Pandemic Plan to Tap Nebraskans - Omaha World-Herald via (abstract)

►May 7, 2005 - Health Officials Say Gulf Nations Should Give More to Fight Polio (requires registration or subscription) - The New York Times

►May 7, 2005 - Ugandan Gov't Immunizes Children Against Polio in North Bordering Sudan - Xinhua News Agency via (abstract)

►May 7, 2005 - Legislation introduced to create a new drug safety office at the FDA - journal article (BMJ)

►May 7, 2005 - Prevalence of asthma - Is no longer increasing in some countries, but the reasons for this are unclear - journal article (BMJ)

►May 7, 2005 - Employing ecology to predict and manage emerging infectious diseases - Institute of Ecosystem Studies via

►May 7, 2005 - Biovail Gets FDA OK for Tramadol - AP via Forbes - "Biovail Corp. said Friday that it is in discussions with potential marketing partners following the Food and Drug Administration's approval a version of its Tramadol painkiller that dissolves in the mouth."

►May 7, 2005 - As boomers age, cancer epidemic forecast - Experts: More elderly cancer patients will test resources - Bradenton Herald

►May 7, 2005 - Brazilian Doctor Unveils Cancer Vaccine - A new therapeutic vaccine revolutionizes patients' fight with the illness - OhmyNews International

►May 6, 2005 - HHS Awards BioShield Contract for AVA Anthrax Vaccine - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
►May 6, 2005 - By creating molecular 'bridge,' scientists change function of a protein - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via
* ►May 6, 2005 - Pensioners Reject 'Needless' Flu Jabs - Wellington Dominion Post (NZ) via (abstract)

* ►May 6, 2005 - Test Kits Destroyed - New York Times via (abstract)

►May 6, 2005 - CDC warns of dangerous outbreak from small pets - AP via USA Today - "Furry "pocket pets" like hamsters, mice and rats have sickened up to 30 people in at least 10 states with dangerous multidrug-resistant bacteria, health officials are warning."

►May 6, 2005 - OXIS International, the Antioxidant Company, Gains Support for Its Efforts in Bringing Antioxidant Products to Market - Business Wire via

►May 6, 2005 - HHS Announces $95 Million to Improve the Health of Minorities - PRNewswire via

►May 5, 2005 - Researchers Discover Mechanism For Multiplying Adult Stem Cells - Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research via Biocompare

►May 5, 2005 - Bureaucracy stymies flu tactics - Delays in reporting cases jeopardize plans to prevent pandemic. - news (Nature)

►May 5, 2005 - Angry heart flutters prove most dangerous - Heightened emotion linked to premature cardiac contractions. - news (Nature)

►May 5, 2005 - Scientists reveal how disease bacterium survives inside immune system cell - NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via

* ►May 4, 2005 - The Research on Adverse Drug Events and Reports (RADAR) Project - journal article (JAMA)

* ►May 3, 2005 - Ultrasound device might remove needle from flu shot - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

* ►May 2005 - Role of Maternal Pertussis Antibodies in Infants. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal) - "The limited data on neonatal and maternal pertussis immunization are promising and call for further research to reduce the vulnerability of young infants to pertussis disease."

►May 2005 - Defining Pertussis Epidemiology: Clinical, Microbiologic and Serologic Perspectives. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Pertussis Sources of Infection and Routes of Transmission in the Vaccination Era. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Duration of Immunity Against Pertussis After Natural Infection or Vaccination. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Defining Pertussis Epidemiology: Clinical, Microbiologic and Serologic Perspectives. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Potential Strategies to Reduce the Burden of Pertussis - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Pertussis Immunization in the Global Pertussis Initiative North American Region: Recommended Strategies and Implementation Considerations. - journal article (Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal)

►May 2005 - Ischemic colitis associated with rofecoxib - journal article (Digestive and Liver Disease)

►May 2005 - Pediatric clinical research. - journal article (Current Opinion in Rheumatology)

* ►April 29, 2005 - CDC Joins National Campaign to Save 100,000 Lives Through Health Care Improvement - CDC

* ►April 22, 2005 - Assessing the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System -- Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance Project --- Six Sites, United States, January 1--June 15, 2004 - CDC/MMWR

►April 2005 - US physicians' perceptions of the effect of practice guidelines and ability to provide high-quality care - journal article (Journal of Health Services Research and Policy)

►2005 - Efficacy of sublingual allergen vaccination for respiratory allergy in children. Conclusions from one meta-analysis. - journal article (Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology)

►March 29, 1954 - Closing in on Polio (requires subscription) - TIME Magazine Archive Article


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