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* ►October 3, 2008 - Banned mercury-based pesticide used on Tokyo University research farm - Mainichi Daily News - "Staff on a research farm attached to the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences used banned mercury-based pesticides to treat crops for at least three years, it has been discovered, with the rice grown there sold on to local residents."

* ►October 3, 2008 - Vaccination smart move for looming Flu season - The Fort Gordon Signal - "Flu immunizations are mandatory for all active duty, National Guard and reserve personnel. The Department of Defense has established a goal of having 90 percent of these people vaccinated by Dec. 31. Vaccinations also are mandatory for civilian health-care personnel who provide direct patient care in DoD medical treatment facilities, and for emergency-essential DoD civilian personnel. The vaccine is available by injection or intranasal spray."

►October 3, 2008 - Flu confusion 'could cost lives' - People who underestimate the dangers of flu could be putting their lives at risk, says the man in charge of vaccinations in England. - BBC

►October 3, 2008 - SA reports 13th meningococcal case - A 22-month-old boy from rural South Australia is in hospital with invasive meningococcal disease. - www.abc.net.au

►October 3, 2008 - Yuguda tasks traditional rulers on polio - Vanguard

►October 3, 2008 - Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Self-Rated Health Status Among Adults With and Without Disabilities -- United States, 2004 -- 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - HIV Prevalence Estimates -- United States, 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq -- New Jersey, June 2008 - MMWR/CDC

* ►October 3, 2008 - Licensure of a Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine and Guidance for Use as a Booster Dose - MMWR/CDC - "This report summarizes the indications for Kinrix and provides guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for its use."

* ►October 3, 2008 - Licensure of a Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus, and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine and Guidance for Use in Infants and Children - MMWR/CDC - "This report summarizes the indications for Pentacel and provides guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for its use."

* ►October 3, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Get Smart About Antibiotics Week -- October 6 -- 10, 2008 - MMWR/CDC - "Adverse events related to antibiotics (usually allergies or drug intolerance) resulted in an estimated 142,500 emergency department visits annually in the United States during 2004 -- 2006 (1)"

►October 3, 2008 - QuickStats: Percentage of Persons Aged >12 Years with Depression,* by Race/Ethnicity and Poverty Status† -- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005 -- 2006 - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - Notice to Readers: Epidemiology in Action:Intermediate Analytic Methods Course, January 12 -- 15, 2009 - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - Surveillance for Lyme Disease --- United States, 1992--2006 - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information - MMWR/CDC

►October 3, 2008 - Vaccination choice - Students deserve the choice of whether or not to have the HPV vaccine - letters - The Times, UK

* ►October 2, 2008 - Capitol Hill Update: "Weaknesses and Limitations" of the CDC's Vaccine Safety Database By David Kirby - Age of Autism

* ►October 2, 2008 - USA Autism Survey - Vaccines Damned - press release - Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology via The One Click Group

* ►October 2, 2008 - Barbara Fischkin in Spectrum Magazine - Age of Autism

►October 2, 2008 - Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure - book review - Rocky Mountain News

* ►October 2, 2008 - AFP author--DAY 2 • Autism's False Prophets - The ScienceBlogs Book Club - "A couple of bloggers praised the book for its tone, that I never appeared to get angry at the false prophets described in the book. The reason for that is that I'm not the father of a child with autism. If I were, I would have been quite angry. Angry because I think that the anti-vaccine forces have taken the autism story hostage. And angry that because of their influence, the media almost never carries stories about the real cause or causes of autism. In the July 11, 2008 issue of SCIENCE, Jim Sutcliffe summarizes the functions of the 30 or so genes that have now been associated with autism. A pattern is clearly emerging."

* ►October 2, 2008 - FDA Takes End Run to Award Contract to PR Firm (requires registration) - Washington Post - "FDA leaders decided to hire a contractor for a public relations campaign that would 'create and foster a lasting positive public image of the agency for the American public,' according to agency documents. A competition, as prescribed by government policy, was not held to get the lowest bid for the $300,000 contract. Instead, FDA officials came up with a plan to ensure the work would go to a Washington public relations firm with ties to the FDA official arranging the deal, according to an examination by The Washington Post."

* ►October 2, 2008 - FDA Contract: Prescription for a Big Headache - Wall Street Journal Blogs - "It’s unusual for a regulator and the industry it regulates to share the same public relations firm. But that’s just what’s happened with the Food and Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying arm."

* ►October 2, 2008 - Vaccines Cause All Autoimmune Diseases, Cancer, Non-Traumatic Seizures - letter - NewsBlaze

* ►October 2, 2008 - Health Officials: Vaccine Didn’t Work - Students Exposed to Highly Contagious Disease - NBC San Diego - "Parents of students at an El Cajon elementary school are being warned that their children may have been exposed to whooping cough, County health officials said. A 9-year-old student at Fletcher Hills Elementary School got sick, despite being immunized against the disease. 'Though no vaccine is 100 percent effective, the benefits of immunization are still significant in preventing disease,' said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S. Ed., Deputy County Public Health Officer."

* ►October 2, 2008 - CDC to modernize VAERS - FierceVaccines

* ►October 2, 2008 - UNICEF and Pampers Announce Partnership Aimed at Eliminating Deadly Disease by 2012 - press release - UNICEF Geneva via CNW Group - "Titled Participate, Vaccinate, Eliminate: Together Against Maternal and Newborn Tetanus, the global review highlights that individual participation in the Pampers UNICEF 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign, which has to date raised over 50 million vaccines for UNICEF, will be instrumental in ensuring the elimination of maternal and newborn deaths due to tetanus."

* ►October 2, 2008 - DNA-based Vaccine Shows Promise Against Avian Flu - Though it has fallen from the headlines, a global pandemic caused by bird flu still has the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on high alert. Yet, to date, the only vaccines that have proven even semi-effective are produced in chicken eggs, take five to six months to prepare and act against a single variant of the H5N1 virus, which mutates incredibly quickly. - Rockefeller University via ScienceDaily

►October 2, 2008 - Adult vaccinations offer protection - Batesville Herald Tribune

* ►October 2, 2008 - Study: First flu wave in 1918 was vaccine for some - CIDRAP News - "The authors say their findings suggest that when novel flu viruses emerge and initially cause a mild wave of illness, public health authorities should think twice before taking aggressive steps to limit exposure, since people infected with the virus might benefit later on if the virus grows more virulent and triggers another wave of cases."

►October 2, 2008 - Flu-jab stockpiled for 'at-risk' - Flu vaccines have been stock-piled for those "at risk" this winter. - BBC

►October 2, 2008 - 'Get The Flu Jab' Stresses Ulster's Top Doc - 4ni.co.uk

►October 2, 2008 - GET The Flu Jab - Inverclyde Now

* ►October 2, 2008 - CDC Officials Unaware Recommendation On HPV Vaccination Would Lead To Immigration Mandate - Daily Women's Health Policy Report via Medical News Today

* ►October 2, 2008 - UK Doctors Push HPV Vaccine on Gay Men and Young Boys - NaturalNews.com - "What's even more intriguing is the information contained on an old CDC web page (that has since been removed), but luckily it was preserved using an archival mechanism by the WayBackMachine. The CDC states on a page giving advice about HPV to men, "There is no clear health benefit to knowing you have this virus -- since HPV is unlikely to affect your health and cannot be treated. For most men, there would be no need to treat HPV, even if treatment were available -- since it usually goes away on its own."

►October 2, 2008 - HPV freakout - The debate that relevance couldn't enter - editorial - Gauntlet

►October 2, 2008 - HPV vaccine rejected for Catholic schools - Cochrane Times

►October 2, 2008 - Vaccine launch success - Swindon Advertiser, UK
 
►October 2, 2008 - Say No the the HPV Vaccine! - Deaths Associated with HPV Vaccine Start Rolling In. Over 3500 Adverse Affects Reported - LifeSiteNews.com via Prince George Citizen

►October 2, 2008 - GSK, Kenya govt partner up against cervical cancer - In a move meant to help fight the cancer of the cervix, the Kenya government has partnered up with the GlaxoSmithklline, GSK and hope this will ensure women get subsidized prices for vaccination against the disease. - Africa Science News Service

►October 2, 2008 - New cervical cancer vaccine available in MT - Montana's News Station

►October 2, 2008 - 1.5 lakh DPT vaccines allotted - Express News Service via Express Buzz

* ►October 2, 2008 - Novel Anti-tumor Vaccine Developed - A novel anti-tumor vaccine for neuroblastoma and melanoma developed by scientists and clinicians at Children's National Medical Center in collaboration with investigators from the University of Iowa is showing significant impact on tumor growth in mice, according to new research published in the ►October edition of the research journal Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy. - Children's National Medical Center via ScienceDaily

►October 2, 2008 - FBI outlines scope of anthrax study - Frederick News-Post

►October 2, 2008 - The Forgotten Plague - TIME Magazine - "Over the past five months, TIME's James Nachtwey has documented the resurgence of TB in seven countries."

►October 2, 2008 - Foreclosures Worsen Spread of West Nile - Neglected Pools in Foreclosed Homes Breeding Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus - WebMD

* ►October 2, 2008 - Epstein-Barr Virus Protein Contributes To Cancer - Researchers at the University of Toronto have shown that the EBNA1 protein of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) disrupts structures in the nucleus of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells, thereby interfering with cellular processes that normally prevent cancer development. The study describes a novel mechanism by which viral proteins contribute to carcinogenesis. - Public Library of Science, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS via ScienceDaily

►October 2, 2008 - It’s Time to Get Smart about the Use of Antibiotics - CDC campaign aims to draw attention to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance - WSPA.com

►October 2, 2008 - Cold Meds for Kids Back in the Spotlight - FDA to discuss whether the medications should be prescription only - U.S. News & World Report

►October 2, 2008 - Group Of Pediatricians Say Child Meds Ineffective - WJZ.com

* ►October 2, 2008 - Celldex Receives $10 Million Milestone Payment - press release - Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. via Business Wire - "The payment was triggered by the market launch of Rotarix® in the United States. Rotarix® is marketed worldwide by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)."

►October 2, 2008 - Genentech: Raptiva patient develops brain disorder - Reuters

►October 2, 2008 - Merck Scratches Controverisal Obesity Drug - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►October 2, 2008 - Northfield seeks priority FDA review of blood substitute (requires registration) - Chicago Tribune

►October 2, 2008 - Health Center stays on alert in mumps hunt - Middlebury Campus

►October 2, 2008 - Tributes paid to ‘popular, helpful’ Jess, 12, killed by meningitis - South Wales Echo via WalesOnline - "The National Public Health Service for Wales confirmed a schoolgirl from Merthyr had 'died from meningitis, suspected to be due to pneumococcal infection'."

►October 2, 2008 - Woman with meningitis at Staten Island medical center in graver condition that initially thought - Staten Island Advance via SILive.com

►October 2, 2008 - Wards reopen after virus outbreak - Two wards in a Somerset hospital have been reopened after they were shut because of an outbreak of a virus which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. - BBC

►October 2, 2008 - C-NS athlete ill with hepatitis A - Case is the fifth reported this year to the Onondaga County Health Department. - The Post-Standard via Syracuse.com - "Varsity football players at Cicero-North Syracuse High School are being advised to get vaccinated against hepatitis A after one of their team members was diagnosed with the disease."

►October 2, 2008 - Genital Herpes Virus Infects 28% of Women by Age 49 - Bloomberg

►October 2, 2008 - Investigators identify virus as cause of hotel epidemic - Norwegian food safety authorities have identified the virus that to date has left around 200 guests and staff at an Oslo-area hotel violently ill. The source of the virus, however, remains a mystery. Eva Marie Hagen is among those who became suddenly and violently ill while attending a diabetes foundation gathering at the Clarion Hotel Gardermoen last weekend. Now she fears she's infected her husband Karsten. - Aftenposten

►October 2, 2008 - Making medical history: have a backyard adventure at exhibit on medicine in early Virginia days - Lynchburg News and Advance - "An 1887 account of the night’s events, from Moses Tyler’s 'American Statesman — Patrick Henry,' says Henry was suffering from an inflammation of the intestine. All the remedies tried by the surgeon — builder of Lynchburg’s Point of Honor where a fall festival is set to take place Oct. 11 — had failed. He gave Henry a vial of mercury liquid. 'I suppose, doctor, this is your last resort?' Henry asked Cabell."

►October 2, 2008 - Joint Effort Launched to Find AIDS Vaccine (includes audio) - Voice of America

►October 2, 2008 - Four city cops with HIV get disability pensions - Newsday

►October 2, 2008 - 1.1 million Americans infected with HIV: CDC - Reuters

* ►October 2, 2008 - NIAID Renews HIV Vaccine Contract with GenVec for $3.8M - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►October 2, 2008 - Only vaccination is effective in controlling bluetongue - Vaccination was the only effective way of controlling the spread of bluetongue and had succeeded in stemming the massive spread of the disease seen in Western Europe, German veterinary surgeon, Dr Johannes Winkelmann, told a North Regional NSA meeting in Hexham on Tuesday. - Farmers Guardian

►October 2, 2008 - Vaccination is key to control of bluetongue - The only way to prevent livestock contracting the bluetongue virus is by immunising them against the disease. - Hexham Courant

►October 1, 2008 - Solvay says it won't build vaccine plant in Athens - AP via The Columbian

* ►October 1, 2008 - CDC urges flu shots for children from 6 months to 18 years - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

* ►September 30, 2008 - FDA Reassures About Safety of Gardasil Once Again (requires registration) - Medscape - "The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Consumer Health Information leaflet about the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil, in which the agency reiterates that it continues to find the product both safe and effective, and that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh the risks."

►September 30, 2008 - Catholic school bans girls from having cervical cancer jabs - A Roman Catholic school has barred 12 and 13-year-old pupils from being immunized against cervical cancer on its premises. - The Telegraph, UK

* ►September 29, 2008 - Polio case reported in Khairpur - Regional Times - "Talking to the media men, the father of Allah Rakhiyo namely, Mukhtiar Hussain Bhanbhro said that he is surprised to listen about polio disease about his son because they regularly administered anti-polio drops to his son."

►September 26, 2008 - HPV Increases Men's Risk for Oral Cancer, Prompts Calls for Vaccine: Pathology Expert Dr. Shashi Pawar on HPV Health Concerns for Men - The human papillomavirus is one of the most insidious and dangerous sexually transmitted diseases for women, as it has been linked to a vast majority of cervical cancers. We are now seeing the effects of HPV infection in men, and the marked increase in oral cancer - coupled with the well-known increased risk for penile and anal cancers - suggests that both sexes face equally serious health consequences from this virus. - press release - Acupath Laboratories, Inc. via PRWeb

►September 26, 2008 - Liepert fires back over HPV decision - CTV Calgary

►September 26, 2008 - HPV vaccine nixed in local Catholic schools - CTV Calgary

►September 26, 2008 - High success rate in HPV campaign - Saipan Tribune

►September 25, 2008 - Catholic school bans girls from having cervical cancer jabs over fears it might 'promote sexual promiscuity' - Daily Mail, UK

►September 25, 2008 - Catholic students won't get cancer vaccine - Calgary Herald via Canada.com

►September 25, 2008 - Vaccination uptake rising, official data show - Uptake of BCG vaccination in England has increased by 26 per cent, according to figures released today by the NHS Information Centre. - Healthcare Republic

►September 18, 2008 - Chickenpox vaccine does a number on the number of cases - Alexandria Town Talk

* ►September 15, 2008 - Warning sounded on web's future - The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web. - BBC - "In a similar vein was the spread of rumours that the MMR vaccine given to children in Britain was harmful. Sir Tim told BBC News that there needed to be new systems that would give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources."

Florida Tech to Host October Autism Conference, Present Noted Speakers - Florida Institute of Technology - "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of children diagnosed with autism is rising, creating concern and greater interest in the disorder. Addressing this need for information, the Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology will host the second annual Autism Conference, 'The Many Faces of Autism,' on Oct. 3 and a series of workshops on Oct. 4."
 

mom.notcalm by Barbara Fischkin, Spectrum Publications - blog

 

Posted October 1, 2008

 

* ►October/November 2008 - Unanswered Questions - Spectrum Magazine - "In June, Spectrum submitted ten questions to each campaign. While there has been dialogue with the McCain campaign regarding the questions submitted, the Obama campaign has never responded."

* ►October/November 2008 - McCain Makes History - While Autism Is Acknowledged, Executive Order Requests Fall On Deaf Ears - Spectrum Magazine

* ►October 23, 2008 - Community perspectives on the ethical issues surrounding adolescent HIV vaccine trials in South Africa - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2008 - Protective activity and immunogenicity of two recombinant anthrax vaccines for veterinary use - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2008 - Genetic stability of the live attenuated Bordetella pertussis vaccine candidate BPZE1 - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2008 - Microcarrier-based MDCK cell culture system for the production of influenza H5N1 vaccines - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 23, 2008 - Epidemiology of poliomyelitis—Options and update - journal article (Vaccine)

►October 23, 2008 - Cytomegalovirus vaccines fail to induce epithelial entry neutralizing antibodies comparable to natural infection - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 16, 2008 - The ethics of mandatory vaccination against influenza for health care workers - journal article (Vaccine) - "The main justification stems from the duty of care givers not to harm one's patient when one knows there is a significant risk of harm and the intervention to reduce this chance has a favourable balance of benefit over burdens and risks."

* ►October 16, 2008 - The relationship between pertussis symptomatology, incidence and serology in adolescents - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 16, 2008 - Cost-effectiveness of human papillomavirus vaccine in reducing the risk of cervical cancer in Ireland due to HPV types 16 and 18 using a transmission dynamic model - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 3, 2008 - Mandatory immunization: The point of view of the French general population and practitioners - journal article (Vaccine)

* ►October 2, 2008 - Challenges in the development of an HIV-1 vaccine - journal article (Nature)

►October 2, 2008 - Still in the Game — Harnessing Employer Inventiveness in U.S. Health Care Reform (free full text) - journal article (NEJM)

* ►October 2, 2008 - Executive Physicals — Bad Medicine on Three Counts - journal article (NEJM)

* ►October 2, 2008 - More than 1,000 of county's students lack immunizations - School officials optimistic since number is less than half the amount from last year - Gazette.net

* ►October 2, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy - McCarthy Upset About McCain Snub - Contactmusic.com

►October 2, 2008 - Shortfall in five-year-olds who have had MMR - A quarter of all five-year-olds in England are not fully vaccinated against measles, the latest NHS immunisation figures reveal. (requires registration) - Nursery World, UK

* ►October 1, 2008 - Gardasil Lawsuit Filed by Mid-South Firm - Some Vaccine Recipients Claiming Long-Term Side Effects - MyFox Memphis - "Merck also says Allergic reactions may include difficulty breathing, wheezing (bronchospasm), hives, and rash have been reported. Some of these reactions have been severe. Mid-South attorney Mike McLaren, with the Black McLaren law firm, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of some women who fall into that category."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Proceed with caution - letter - Calgary Herald via Canada.com - "We should salute Bishop Henry and the Catholic trustees for their wisdom and courage in making the HPV vaccine program unavailable to Grade 5 students. They realized that, in addition to a moral problem, there is a more important medical issue. Gardasil will not be fully tested until 2009. There are serious concerns about its safety and efficacy. Yet for unclear reasons, some physicians push it as a routine, safe vaccine and berate those who oppose Gardasil programs. Their comments reflect personal opinion. Only a small group of vaccine specialists and epidemiologists hold expertise in this vaccine. These scientists remain cautious and divided on the issue. Most advise further evaluation and the collection of more clinical data, particularly in minors, before the introduction of massive vaccination programs. One becomes concerned when physicians support an issue more for the purposes of political militancy, than because of proven science."

* ►October 1, 2008 - U.S. Govt. Mandates Gardasil - Judicial Watch Blog - "Ignoring its own Centers for Disease Control immunization expert, the government is forcing girls seeking U.S. residency to get a controversial cervical cancer vaccine that has been linked to 21 deaths and nearly 10,000 adverse reactions."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Gardasil Immigration Rule Proving Controversial - Newsinferno.com

►October 1, 2008 - Jab that could save lives - Manchester Evening News

* ►October 1, 2008 - Deirdre Imus: FDA: Another Government Regulatory Disaster -- II of III - The Huffington Post

* ►October 1, 2008 - Olmsted In Spectrum Magazine: Demon Barbers of Mercury Street - Age of Autism

* ►October 1, 2008 - McCarthy claims autism 'cure' - Autism activist Jenny McCarthy is on a mission to change vaccines for children she says trigger autism. - video - CNN

* ►October 1, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy Talks Vaccines on CNN (includes video) - Age of Autism

* ►October 1, 2008 - Amanda Peet, How Much Are They Paying You? By J.B. Handley - Age of Autism

* ►October 1, 2008 - Vote For Jenny. Now. - Age of Autism

* ►October 1, 2008 - Caddy Day is Over at Age Of Autism (includes video) - Age of Autism

►October 1, 2008 - Strange Bedfellows - Age of Autism

►October 1, 2008 - McDonald’s ad on autism (includes video) - Albany Times Union - "Here’s the new ad from Senate candidate and Assemblyman Roy McDonald, who is running against Democrat Mike Russo to take over the seat recently vacated by former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno."

►October 1, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy slams Amanda Peet! - American actress Amanda Peet has earned herself the ire of American model Jenny McCarthy for her comments regarding parents who choose not to have their children vaccinated - Times of India

►October 1, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy Autism Cure Cruel or Credible? - The Post Chronicle

►October 1, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy strikes again (includes video) - Aetiology via ScienceBlogs

* ►October 1, 2008 - Autism's False Prophets: Finally, science pushes back against antivaccine lunacy - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ►October 1, 2008 - author's initial entry, AUTISM'S FALSE PROPHETS - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ►October 1, 2008 - Why this book is so important - The ScienceBlogs Book Club

* ►October 1, 2008 - Book review: Autism's False Prophets. - Adventures in Ethics and Science via ScienceBlogs

* ►October 1, 2008 - Pharyngula: Bookclub on Autism - ScienceBlogs - "This is a good subject to tackle, too: the anti-vaccination clowns are yet another outbreak of lunacy and innumeracy and anti-science nuttery, and Offit's book fights the good fight. Expect howls of outrage from the clowns."

►October 1, 2008 - And so it begins: Autism's False Prophets at The ScienceBlogs Book Club - Respectful Insolence via ScienceBlogs

►October 1, 2008 - Autism and vaccines, Chapter 10,000 - Booster Shots Blog via Los Angeles Times

* ►October 1, 2008 - Schools Adapt to Autism Increase - Flathead Beacon - "In Montana, statistics from the state’s Office of Public Instruction show the number of autistic students has swelled from 212 in the 2001-2002 school year to 442 last year – a 52 percent increase in just seven years. The number of autistic students jumped 9 percent between 2006 and 2007 alone."

* ►October 1, 2008 - PETA Campaign Angers Autism Groups - N.J. Billboard Ad Purports Link Between Milk and Autism Risk - ABC News

* ►October 1, 2008 - 7th graders without immunizations barred from DIS - Reno Gazette Journal - "Seventh-graders, who had not been immunized with the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine, required for the first time this year, were barred from attending school until they receive the vaccination or produce an appropriate waiver. Students not in compliance had to call their guardians to get a ride home or stay home."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Web site educates, funds vaccines - The Clarion Online - "GiveVaccines.org, a web site co-founded by Citrus College business professor Richard Ghidella, provides students with an easy way to help children in need. With his partner Dr. Sam Rubenowitz, chairman of the non-profit Free Vaccines Inc., Ghidella has developed a way for students to help fund vaccines for children across the globe while honing their vocabulary skills."

►October 1, 2008 - Few haven't complied with state's immunization rules - Mooresville Tribune

* ►October 1, 2008 - Food scandal touches new dairies and Hong Kong - AP via International Herald Tribune

* ►October 1, 2008 - C. difficile vaccination 'may be ready in three years' - A vaccination that could beat superbug C. difficile is to be tested on patients. - The Telegraph, UK - "Treating the poisons with formaldehyde ensures they no longer harm the body, while it also primes the body to produce antibodies capable of attacking and destroying the bug. The superbug thrives in filthy conditions and has been a contributing factor to around 18,000 deaths in the past decade, and is linked to 8,000 in the last year alone - more than MRSA."
 
* ►October 1, 2008 - Report blasts officials for shielding renegade pathologist (requires registration or subscription) - The Globe and Mail - "Top officials in the Ontario coroner's office spared no effort to shield a renegade pathologist – Dr. Charles Smith – as evidence began to grow that a litany of errors was causing a string of wrongful murder charges and convictions, the Goudge Commission reported Wednesday....Judge Goudge called for a review of scores of cases in which pathologists reached a conclusion that a pediatric death was caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Inquiry blasts pathologist Smith and his overseers - Ontario told to overhaul system of investigating child deaths - CBC - "Among the other recommendations, Goudge said Ontario should:...Review 142 cases of infant deaths originally thought to be from shaken-baby syndrome, including subsequent criminal convictions, in light of new medical research.... Find a way to 'expeditiously and appropriately' compensate wrongfully convicted parents and caregivers."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Vioxx Settlement Doesn’t Shield Merck from State Lawsuits - Wall Street Journal Health Blog

►October 1, 2008 - Spurring Medical Innovation, Help FDA Meet 21st Century Challenges And Advance Patient Access To Safer And More Effective Drugs And Medical Devices - Medical News Today - "Committee Members: ...Paul A. Offit, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine"

►October 1, 2008 - Mail carriers could save the world from anthrax too - Minneapolis City Pages

* ►October 1, 2008 - Mail Carriers Would Deliver Anthrax Drugs (requires registration) - Washington Post Investigations - "To gather volunteers to hand out the antibiotic doxycycline, the federal government offered to fully stock the homes of letter carriers with enough of the drug for their families in case of an outbreak. Studies have suggested that preparing for a full-scale anthrax attack requires stockpiling and distributing both antibiotics and an anthrax vaccine."

* ►October 1, 2008 - U.S. Government to Purchase Additional 14.5 Million Doses of BioThrax under New Contract Valued at up to $404 Million - press release - Emergent BioSolutions Inc. via Business Wire via Trading Markets

* ►October 1, 2008 - Emergent BioSolutions nets $364 million anthrax contract - Lansing State Journal

* ►October 1, 2008 - Legal troubles remain for reporter on anthrax case - The Associated Press via Google

►October 1, 2008 - HHS Announces New Steps in Anthrax Preparedness - press release - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

►October 1, 2008 - Getting your Green Card?: New vaccination requirements for refugees and immigrants - Mshale African Community Newspaper

►October 1, 2008 - Bad Science columnist's warning: 'Poor quality of British journalism is a serious public health issue' - Press Gazette, UK

►October 1, 2008 - Plague fear spreads as MMR jabs drop - Enfield & Haringey Independent

* ►October 1, 2008 - Polio survivor completes cross-Canada, hand-cycle journey - Canadian Press via St. John's Telegram - "Ferris contracted polio as an infant in India before he was adopted by an Anglican Bishop in the Yukon. He started hand-cycling across Canada to raise awareness and money to fight the disease on April 12, and 7,110 kilometres later, he completed it today. 'Polio is now back on the forefront for Canadians,' Ferris said. 'We need to continue to put it back on the forefront until the world is declared polio free.'"

* ►October 1, 2008 - A shot in time saves nine - editorial (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "The state has purchased 800,000 vaccine doses this year, with 500,000 earmarked for children. Private organizations will probably purchase up to an additional 2 million doses. Researchers have developed a nasal spray version of the vaccine, but it is more expensive than an injection and cannot be used with asthmatic children."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Children are focus of this flu season - Akron Beacon Journal via Ohio.com - "Two flu-shot brands — Fluzone and Fluvirin (approved only for children 4 or older) — are thimerosal-free, as is the nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist."

►October 1, 2008 - Flu jab call for 'at risk' groups - Over 65s, people with heart and lung conditions and NHS staff are being urged to get their free flu jab. - BBC

►October 1, 2008 - OAPs told not to feel immune from flu - The Scotsman

►October 1, 2008 - Scotland's doctors urge patients to get their flu vaccination - Management in Practice

►October 1, 2008 - Medical Edge: Flu shots safe for expectant mother - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

►October 1, 2008 - World Record Is Reminder To Get A Flu Shot - Central Florida News 13

►October 1, 2008 - FDA approves CDC's new rapid flu test - CIDRAP News

►October 1, 2008 - Flu pandemic would ‘overwhelm’ US health care system, report finds - Medill Reports

►October 1, 2008 - Flu Season Is Here - Launch of Annual Flu Shot Program - Maxim Health Systems Provides 37,000 Flu Shot Clinics Nationwide - Maxim Health Systems via PRNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch

►October 1, 2008 - October, November best months for getting flu shot - Cleveland Daily Banner

►October 1, 2008 - Some County Voters Will Cast Ballot, Get a Flu Shot - Cape May County Herald

►October 1, 2008 - Mass Immunization Exercise - www.whiznews.com - "As part of a mass immunization exercise free flu shots are going to be given to Muskingum County residents next Friday October 10th, in 2 locations."

►October 1, 2008 - Anti-flu projects get funds - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►October 1, 2008 - Flu vaccinations ready for season - Honolulu Star-Bulletin

►October 1, 2008 - CDC urges flu shots amid surplus of doses (includes video) - KOLD.com

►October 1, 2008 - Officials urge more adult vaccinations - It's that time of year to start rolling up your sleeves for a flu shot, but that's probably not the only shot you need. The CDC says only two percent of adults have the required immunizations to stave off disease. - KABC 7

►October 1, 2008 - Vaccination program may keep employees productive through flu season - CCH

►October 1, 2008 - Volunteers needed to train first responders - AP via Chicago Tribune

* ►October 1, 2008 - Half a Billion Have Genital Herpes Virus - World Health Organization Publishes First Global Estimates of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Infection - WebMD

►October 1, 2008 - Meningitis outbreak spreads in north Russia's Arkhangelsk Region - RIA Novosti

►October 1, 2008 - Protect your child against meningitis - Las Cruces Sun-News

* ►October 1, 2008 - Two deaths from rare, deadly plague in Tibet - Sapa/AFP via Independent Online

►October 1, 2008 - Feature-Hepatitis afflicts Ugandans returning after war - Reuters Africa

►October 1, 2008 - C-NS students exposed to hepatitis A - News 10 Now

►October 1, 2008 - County detects whooping cough - Immunization is the best way to avoid catching it - The Aspen Times

►October 1, 2008 - HIV/AIDS Emerged as Early as 1880s - The AIDS pandemic in humans originated at least three decades earlier than previously thought, and it may have been triggered by rapid urbanization in west-central Africa during the early 20th century, according to an international team of researchers. - National Geographic

►October 1, 2008 - African colonization helped spread HIV and AIDS more than a century ago, study says - Scientific American

►October 1, 2008 - California to Cover Cost of Screening for HIV (requires registration) - The New York Times

* ►October 1, 2008 - VGX Pharmaceuticals Awarded $23.5 Million NIH Contract to Develop DNA-Based Preventive HIV Vaccine Delivered Via Electroporation - U.S. Government Grant Supports Preclinical and Clinical Development, Manufacturing and Other Activities for VGX's HIV DNA Vaccine Candidate - VGX Pharmaceuticals via Business Wire via MarketWatch

* ►October 1, 2008 - Scientists worldwide teaming up for project - Scripps Institute launches center to work on AIDS vaccine - San Diego Union-Tribune

►October 1, 2008 - ILADS Announces Physician Training Program - The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society via The One Click Group

►October 1, 2008 - Examine the World Intranasal Drug Delivery Market - Reportlinker.com via Marketwire via Comtex via MarketWatch

►October 1, 2008 - Lentigen, Army expand partnership - Washington Business Journal - "The Gaithersburg-based gene therapy company will put more focus on protein expression and biodefense applications of lentiviral vectors, which deliver new gene sequences to the body’s cells and help them heal from various diseases."

►October 1, 2008 - FDA to upgrade IT with as much as $2.5 billion - SmartBrief

►October 1, 2008 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Selects Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide to Continue Two Multi-Year Campaigns - Social Marketing Initiatives to Increase Awareness for Colorectal and Gynecologic Cancers - Marketwire via International Business Times

►October 1, 2008 - Advice About Heart Tests Before ADHD Treatment - Harvard Health Publications via Medical News Today

* ►October 1, 2008 - FDA exploring safety of children's cough and cold medicines (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "'The FDA gave a clear message that they don't feel they can give carte blanche in reference to cough and cold medicines as safe and effective in the absence of data,' Shannon said in an interview this week. 'I interpret this as a strong and clear message from the FDA that these products need to be examined more closely than they were when they were first approved.'"

* ►October 1, 2008 - FDA Will Review Toxic Tattoo Chemicals (But Ignores Mercury Fillings) - NaturalNews.com

►October 1, 2008 - Common cold virus and wheezing predict childhood asthma: study - CBC

►October 1, 2008 - Mercury rising? Fluorescent bulbs deliver mixed benefits - CBC

* ►October 1, 2008 - China finds melamine in 31 milk powder products: govt - Agence France-Presse via ABS-CBN News - "The chemical has been blamed for the deaths of four children and for sickening of 53,000 in one of China's worst product safety scandals ever."

►October 1, 2008 - Tainted White Rabbit candy found in Kodiak - Kodiak Daily Mirror

►October 1, 2008 - China's food failures - Chinese disregard for product safety makes it crucial for shoppers to know where food comes from. - editorial (requires registration) - Los Angeles Times

* ►October 1, 2008 - Effects of a Reduced Dose Schedule and Intramuscular Administration of Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed on Immunogenicity and Safety at 7 Months - journal article (JAMA)

* ►October 1, 2008 - News Media Coverage of Medication Research - Reporting Pharmaceutical Company Funding and Use of Generic Medication Names - journal article (JAMA) - "Of the 306 news articles about medication research identified,130 (42%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 37%-48%) did not report that the research had received company funding. Of the 277 of these articles reporting on medications with both generic and brand names, 186 (67%; 95% CI, 61%-73%) referred to the study medications by their brand names in at least half of the medication references."

►October 1, 2008 - Influenza Virus Vaccine 2008-2009 Season - FDA/CBER

* ►October 1, 2008 - Emergency Departments See High Rates of Adverse Events From Antibiotic Use - journal article (JAMA)

* ►October 1, 2008 - HIV's time of origin confirmed (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►October 1, 2008 - Calif. law protects researchers (requires registration) - The Scientist

* ►October 1, 2008 - SC appoints new technical member for Glivec case - The Hindu Business Line

►October 1, 2008 - Update 1-Advanced Life, Wyeth unit in pact for pneumonia drug - Reuters

* ►October 1, 2008 - Virostatics' President and CEO, Dr. Franco Lori, to address the 2nd World Conference on Magic Bullets (Ehrlich II) in NA 1/4rnberg, Germany - ViroStatics via Business Wire via MarketWatch - "Dr. Lori will discuss how virostatic drugs represent a new family of antivirals designed not only to suppress viruses but also to preserve the immune system from chronic damage. In particular, he will present the Company's lead developmental product, VS411 - a fixed combination of virostatic drugs undergoing Phase II clinical development for the treatment of HIV."

* ►October 1, 2008 - Purepac Preemption Defense Denied - PharmExec.com - "The argument that Purepac made is that because generics companies are federally mandated to use the same label as the drug’s innovators, the court should not blame them for problems stemming from that labeling. The court disagreed, claiming that the generics maker had enough of an opportunity to change the label, and should be independently responsible."

►October 1, 2008 - The Present Pandemic of Plague. - JAMA 100 Years Ago - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - Therapeutic and prophylactic effect of intermittent preventive anti-malarial treatment in infants (IPTi) from Ghana and Gabon - Malaria Journal via 7th Space

* ►October 1, 2008 - Product Approval Information Tuberculin, Purified Protein Derivative Aplisol - JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC - FDA/CBER

* ►October 1, 2008 - Update on JAMA's Policy on Release of Information to the Public - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - FDA Approves New Flu Test - NBC10.com

►October 1, 2008 - Health care providers prepare for flu season - Recommendations call for children ages 6 months to 19 years to get inoculated - Bowie Star

►October 1, 2008 - Wyeth Obtains Rights to Advanced Life Sciences’ Late-Stage Antibiotic in Asia Pacific Region in Deal Valued at $100M - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

►October 1, 2008 - Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - journal article (JAMA)

* ►October 1, 2008 - Implementing an Electronic Medical Record System: Successes, Failures, Lessons (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - Essential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - Infectious Disease Surveillance (book review) - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - Risks and Benefits of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Remain Unclear - journal article (JAMA)

* ►October 1, 2008 - New rules offer security to food allergy sufferers - The Globe And Mail

►October 1, 2008 - Acupuncture was equal to venlafaxine at controlling hot flashes - Endocrine Today

►October 1, 2008 - Researchers Devise Innovative Method to Overcome Cancer-Related Drug Resistance - journal article (JAMA)

►October 1, 2008 - Vitamin C may blunt effect of chemotherapy: study - Reuters

►October 2008 - Balancing early market access to new drugs with the need for benefit/risk data: a mounting dilemma - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►October 2008 - Pharmacogenetics in drug discovery and development: a translational perspective - journal article (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery)

►October 2008 - Sodium intake in infancy and blood pressure at 7 years: findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children - journal article (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

►October 2008 - Cannabis and the Course of Schizophrenia - journal article (The American Journal Psychiatry)

►October 2008 - Bone up on new vitamin D recommendations: All infants, children, adolescents should get at least 400 IU a day (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Golden touch: After guiding Pediatrics for 34 years, Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., FAAP, set to step down (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Current influenza recommendation targets nearly all children (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Supply limited • Approval needed to obtain rabies vaccine (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Petting zoo perils: Animals in public settings and even nontraditional pets pose risks of infectious diseases. What pediatricians should know to help families avoid illness. (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Report on BPA raises ‘some concern’ (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Negative TB test should be repeated for kids adopted from overseas (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - ‘Near term’ infants face school challenges (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Pediatric luminary dies at age 70 • Dr. Feigin was renowned infectious diseases expert (requires subscription) - AAP News

►October 2008 - Discard your prescription drugs safely: Prescription drugs are in the water, and you could be the cause. (requires subscription) - AAP News

* ►September 30, 2008 - Media Doesn't Often Mention Pharma Funding on Research - This could skew views on the value of given medications, review says - HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report

* ►September 30, 2008 - The danger of vilifying vaccines - Calgary Herald via Canada.com

* ►September 30, 2008 - Province to offer vaccine at clinics for Catholics - HPV shots banned by school board on moral grounds - Calgary Herald via Canada.com

* ►September 30, 2008 - World Congress Alert: Hydro-Engineering Freedom from Infectious Diseases - press release - PR-USA.net - "Dr. Horowitz's topic, Hydro-Engineering Freedom from Infectious Diseases, will highlight how antibiotic toxicity and vaccination injuries contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality globally....Join us in Las Vegas, NV December 11-14, 2008 and be part of a new paradigm of aging at the 16th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Biomedical Technologies."

* ►September 30, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy Strikes Back At Amanda Peet On Child Vaccinations - It's ON! - Ecorazzi.com

* ►September 30, 2008 - Jenny McCarthy on Access Hollywood - Age of Autism

* ►September 30, 2008 - Measles Vaccine and Autism Link Disproved - http://biotech.about.com

►September 30, 2008 - How to Lower the Costs of Autism Therapy - http://autism.about.com

►September 30, 2008 - NHS Lothian Scores New Success on MMR - Allmediascotland

►September 30, 2008 - Vaccine shots begin tomorrow - Peterborough Examiner

►September 30, 2008 - Editorial: Risking lives for chastity's sake - McGill Tribune

►September 30, 2008 - Vaccination worries are vexing - Chicago Tribune via Orlando Sentinel

►September 30, 2008 - DOH Hosts Lecture on Vaccines for Health Care Providers - St. Thomas Source

* ►September 30, 2008 - Schools object to cervical cancer vaccine - Wairarapa Times-Age

* ►September 30, 2008 - CDC Survey Shows Most Children Are Getting Vaccinations - U.S. Medicine

* ►September 30, 2008 - Children to be focus of national flu drive - Contra Costa Times - ""I think there's a lot of concerns among parents and vaccines in general because parents are feeling overwhelmed," said Dr. Karen Lewis, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, who specializes in infection control. And misconceptions that the vaccine causes the flu persist, Lewis said."

►September 30, 2008 - Indiana County -- Preparing to Make a Difference This Flu Season - Blood Diagnostics, Inc. via Market Wire via Comtex via MarketWatch

►September 30, 2008 - Visiting Nurses cut price of flu shots - AP via KXMB.com

►September 30, 2008 - Plague fears spread as vax jabs drop - Enfield & Haringey Independent 

►September 30, 2008 - World Bank approves Additional Financing of US$140 million for the Nigerian Health Sector - Polio Eradication and Maternal and Infant Health Projects to get significant resources - World Bank Group

►September 30, 2008 - Polio Immunization Campaign Continues in Southern Sudan - BBC Monitoring Middle East via redOrbit

►September 30, 2008 - Gardasil funding - 32,000 girls across Fiji between the ages of 9 and 12 will received free innoculation with Gardasil for free. - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation LTD

* ►September 30, 2008 - Nigeria's Community Outreach Improves Polio Immunization Rates - Nigeria's polio cases have increased dramatically this year as officials struggle to fight an outbreak set off by the polio vaccine three years ago. Gilbert da Costa looks at a new community-based drive to eradicate the crippling disease in this background report from Kano. - Voice of America

* ►September 30, 2008 - Anthrax Case Reopens: Why Did the FBI Let Fort Detrick Scientists Investigate Themselves? - IndyBay.org

* ►September 30, 2008 - Fewer Doses, Intramuscular Injection Cut Anthrax Shot Side Effects - 3 vaccinations just as effective as current 6 in forming antibodies, study finds - HealthDay News

* ►September 30, 2008 - FDA Awards up to $2.5 Billion to Modernize Information Technology over Ten Years - Cornerstone of 21st century Bioinformatics Initiative - FDA

►September 30, 2008 - FDA Awards $5.2 Million in Grants to Further Food and Feed Safety - Enhances key elements of Agency’s Food Protection Plan: Prevention, Intervention, Response - FDA

►September 30, 2008 - A DNA-based vaccine shows promise against avian flu - PNAS via The Rockefeller University

* ►September 30, 2008 - Rotavirus Disease and Its Prevention CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►September 30, 2008 - Communicating Drug Risks to Patients CME/CE (requires registration) - Medscape

►September 30, 2008 - Biologist Fights Against Use of Popular Herbicide Atrazine - College Publisher Network

►September 30, 2008 - Doubt Cast on Initial Dopamine Agonists for Parkinson Disease - Initiating Parkinson disease treatment with the dopamine agonist bromocriptine conferred no long-term advantages over initial levodopa therapy. - journal article (Journal Watch Neurology)

* ►September 29, 2008 - MS Patients Have Higher Spinal Fluid Levels Of Suspicious Immune Molecule - Washington University School via Science Daily

* ►September 29, 2008 - Is There More to Prion Protein than Mad Cow Disease - BioMed Central via Biocompare

►September 29, 2008 - Boston Ends Program For Cheap Canadian Drugs - Pharmalot

►September 29, 2008 - State working to protect child care workers safe from flu - Crossville Chronicle

* ►September 29, 2008 - Children sought for virus vaccine study - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - "Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin are seeking healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years to participate in a clinical trial to test a vaccine for two viruses that cause respiratory infections, RSV and PIV3. The vaccine contains a live virus and will be delivered up the nose. The live viruses are known to stimulate an immune response in people. The vaccine has been tested in children and adults without any significant side effects."

* ►September 29, 2008 - Four Maharashtra officials suspended after infants' death - IANS via Mangalorean.com - "A hospital source had told IANS Saturday that the vaccine, kept in cold storage, could have got spoilt because of long hours of power outage or something might have gone wrong while mixing the vaccine, indicating that the problem could be localized, restricted to one vial."

* ►September 29, 2008 - Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy Feud Resolved? - video - http://omg.yahoo.com

* ►September 28, 2008 - Demon Barbers of Mercury Street - Eye on Autism by Dan Olmsted via http://spectrumpublications.com

►September 28, 2008 - Scientists Unmask Key HIV Protein, Open Door for More Powerful AIDS Drugs - University of Michigan Health System via Biocompare

* ►September 26, 2008 - Autism efforts go global at U.N. forum - CNN

* ►September 25, 2008 - Schools could star in battle vs. flu - Mass. looks for help with shots for kids (requires registration) - Boston Globe - "The campaign could encounter resistance from educators, who, according to the leader of a superintendents' association, already feel they're drowning in demands unrelated to teaching. Trials in several states have demonstrated that vaccination drives in school succeed in delivering flu vaccine to children, with about half of students being immunized, said Dr. Anthony Fiore, a flu specialist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

►September 25, 2008 - CDC: Plenty of vaccine for flu - A record-setting amount of influenza vaccine is available this fall for a record-setting number of people being advised to get it. - Washington Post via Seattle Times

►September 25, 2008 - This flu season, even healthy kids urged to get shots - Detroit Free Press

►September 25, 2008 - NSW flu cases plummet - The New South Wales Government says the rate of respiratory illnesses plummeted over winter because more people took the flu vaccine this year.

* ►September 25, 2008 - Shire Warning Letter Adderall XR - FDA - "While Adderall XR has been shown to improve total scores on the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Rating Scale-IV (ADHD-RS-IV), which measures ADHD symptoms such as fidgeting, not listening, and talking excessively, this scale does not measure the impact of treatment on the outcomes listed above (i.e., impulsive sexual behavior, poor academic performance, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, and motor vehicle accidents), and it does not necessarily follow that improvement in ADHD-RS-IV total scores is correlated with a positive effect on these outcomes."..."Failure to correct the violations discussed above may result in FDA regulatory action, including seizure or injunction, without further notice."

►September 25, 2008 - Eating Walnuts Slows Cancer Growth, Laboratory Study Finds - Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine via PR Newswire via Biocompare

►September 24, 2008 - FluMist vs. a Flu Shot - http://pediatrics.about.com

►September 24, 2008 - Health officials urge community to prepare for flu season - Moultrie Observer

* ►September 17, 2008 - Deirdre Imus: Warning: This Agency's Recommendations May be Hazardous to Your Health -- The First in a Three-Part Series - The Huffington Post

* ►September 14, 2008 - 9/11 March on Ottawa 2008: Dr. Moulden talks about vaccines - video - YouTube

►September 2008 - Making Sense of Non-Financial Competing Interests (full text) - (PLoS Medicine)

►September 2008 - Animal Models of Inflammatory Bowel Disease at the Dawn of the New Genetics Era (full text) - (PLoS Medicine)

►September 2008 - Publication of Clinical Trials Supporting Successful New Drug Applications: A Literature Analysis (full text) - (PLoS Medicine)

►September 2008 - Informed Consent in the Genomics Era (full text) - (PLoS Medicine)

►September 2008 - Are we giving biologics too late? The case for early versus late use. - journal article (World Journal of Gastroenterology)

►September 2008 - Birth Size and Breast Cancer Risk: Re-analysis of Individual Participant Data from 32 Studies (full text) - (PLoS Medicine)

FDA Approves Six Vaccines For The 2008-2009 Flu Season - Pharmaceutical Processing