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  • Vaccine Compound Is Harmless, Study Says, as Autism Debate Rages

    09/26/2007 11:59:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 124+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 27, 2007 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Yet another study has found that a controversial vaccine preservative appears to be harmless. But the study is unlikely to end the increasingly charged debate about vaccine safety. The study examined whether thimerosal — a mercury-containing vaccine preservative that was almost entirely eliminated from childhood vaccines by 2002 — is associated with neurological or certain psychological problems in children ages 7 to 10. Some parents’ groups and prominent legislators contend that thimerosal has caused an epidemic of childhood autism. Several studies have examined this question and found no evidence that thimerosal is associated with autism. The most recent study did...
  • Failure of Vaccine Test Is Setback in AIDS Fight

    09/21/2007 11:13:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 198+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 22, 2007 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN and ANDREW POLLACK
    A much-heralded H.I.V. vaccine has failed to work in a large clinical trial, dealing another serious setback to efforts to stop the AIDS epidemic. The vaccine’s developer, Merck, said yesterday that it had halted test vaccinations after the vaccine failed to prevent infection or reduce the severity of infection among volunteers who became infected during the trial. The trial was closely watched because experts considered the vaccine one of most promising to be tested on people so far. This was also the first of a new class of H.I.V. vaccine to get this far in clinical trials. The failure of...
  • Sheik Sadeq Abdallah bin Al-Majed Prohibits Vaccination of Children (Jewish/Freemason Plot)

    08/14/2007 5:45:07 PM PDT · by Alouette · 37 replies · 807+ views
    MEMRI TV ^ | Aug. 14, 2007
    Muslim Brotherhood Leader in Sudan Sheik Sadeq Abdallah bin Al-Majed Prohibits Vaccination of Children and Declares: Darfur Crisis Is a Conspiracy by Jews and Freemasons. Following are excerpts from an interview with Sheik Sadeq Abdallah bin Al-Majed, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on July 28, 2007: Interviewer: We are visiting you at a time when events in Darfur are casting a shadow on Sudan. I would like to ask you for your opinion about what is happening, and who is responsible for it. [...] Sheik Sadeq Abdallah bin Al-Majed: The West, and the...
  • Ontario Says HPV Vaccination Program to Wait on Medical Report

    07/25/2007 4:25:54 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 464+ views
    Ontario Says HPV Vaccination Program to Wait on Medical Report By Hilary White TORONTO, July 24, 2007 ( - The Ontario government has told the Toronto Board Of Health that plans to vaccinate all Ontario women and girls between the ages of 9 and 26 for HPV will have to wait on a report from medical experts later this year. In February this year, the federal government announced its plan to vaccinate women and girls across the country and has pledged $300 million for the project. The vaccination of children as young as nine was recommended by the National Advisory...
  • Why Heidi Standish Couldn't Find a Pediatrician: The Television Warranty Effect

    05/17/2007 8:10:48 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 8 replies · 600+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | May 17, 2007 | David Gumpert
    In a sense, the health insurance provider is like WalMart or Best Buy. When you buy your television (take a job), you get a warranty with it (health insurance option), maybe even an extended warranty for some additional fee. If something goes wrong with the TV during the warranty period, you are given a list of small retailers or service centers to take it to for repair. The manufacturer pays those small retailers and service centers a fee to repair your TV, but at a much lower rate than you would pay if you went direct, without a warranty. At...
  • More Docs "Fire" Dissenting Patients

    05/14/2007 8:46:27 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 125 replies · 2,683+ views ^ | May 14, 2007 | David Gumpert
    Pediatricians are encountering parents who refuse vaccinations for their children, prompting the doctors to show them the door. The problems seem to have heated up since a survey of 302 pediatricians published a year-and-a-half ago in Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, in which 28% "said that they would ask the family to seek care elsewhere" for "refusing specific vaccines," and 39% said they would do so for families refusing all vaccines. Increasingly it seems, the pediatricians are following through on their threats, despite the potential for serious revenue loss. Iron Mountain, MI, pediatrician Alexis Wolfe says she has booted...
  • First Vaccine Against Avian Flu Is Approved as Interim Measure

    04/18/2007 12:08:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 481+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2007 | ANDREW POLLACK
    The first vaccine against avian flu won government approval yesterday, even as federal officials conceded its usefulness in a flu pandemic might be limited. The vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, is directed against the H5N1 strain of influenza virus, which some public health experts say could possibly spark a deadly epidemic of flu in humans. The federal government has already stockpiled enough of the vaccine to treat 6.5 million people. But yesterday’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration means the vaccine is no longer considered experimental and therefore could be dispensed during a pandemic without requiring each recipient to...
  • Who Should Determine Kids' Health Care?

    03/09/2007 4:56:35 AM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 208+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Friday, March 09, 2007 | By: Kevin McArdle
    A week ago today, Texas became the first state to require school-age girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that has been shown to cause cervical cancer. Governor Rick Perry inked an executive order mandating that most girls, starting in September 2008, get the vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before entering sixth grade. The highly-publicized move spurred two New Jersey lawmakers to respond. Assemblymen Mike Doherty and Rick Merkt have introduced legislation that would preclude the government from dictating that children enrolled in schools receive vaccinations against the objections of their parents. In Texas young girls, some...
  • Millions In U.S. Infected With HPV (Study Finds Virus Strikes a Third of Women by Age 24)

    02/27/2007 9:13:01 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies · 882+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | David Brown
    More than one-third of American women are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which in rare cases can lead to cervical cancer, by the time they are 24 years old, according to a study being published today. The new estimates suggest that there are 7.5 million girls and women 14 to 24 years old infected with the microbe -- about two-thirds more than an earlier but less comprehensive study had found. Overall, about one-quarter of women under age 60 are infected at any given time, making HPV by far the most common sexually transmitted disease in the country. News of the...
  • Study: Federal Vaccination Plan Inadequate (Smallpox)

    11/29/2006 3:14:05 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 342+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-29-2006
    Study: Federal vaccination plan inadequate PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist is criticizing the effectiveness of a federal plan to vaccinate hospital healthcare workers against a threat of smallpox. Temple University researchers who conducted the first metric analysis of the prophylactic health program say it fell short on several levels and raises questions about future preparedness. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked each state to vaccinate at least 50 to 100 healthcare workers per hospital -- a number the government considered large enough to respond to a possible smallpox outbreak. "Some states requested thousands...
  • Those Flu Jabs Could Be A Waste Of Time, Says Expert

    10/26/2006 7:35:34 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-27-2006 | Celia Hall
    Those flu jabs could be a waste of time, says expert By Celia Hall, Medical Editor Last Updated: 2:33am BST 27/10/2006 An expert in infectious disease has called into question the usefulness of the multi-million pound annual flu vaccination campaign. The programme, which will provide 15.2 million doses to protect against flu this winter, may have little impact on hospital admissions, days off work, absence from school and deaths, he claims. This year the Government spent £1.5 million on the advertising campaign and the vaccination programme will cost £150 million in England. It offers flu vaccine to anyone over 65...
  • How a Vaccine Search Ended in Triumph

    08/28/2006 11:49:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 878+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 29, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Nuns and Jews, cow warts and rabbit horns. The common link: they were all crucial elements in the search for the world’s newest vaccine. There are fascinating stories behind every advance in medicine, be it hand washing or brain surgery. But the 70-year history behind the creation of a vaccine against human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer, is more fraught than most with blind alleys, delicate moments, humor and triumph. Although cervical cancer is being beaten in rich countries thanks to Pap smears, it is still a great killer of the world’s poor. Fulminating tumors that can hemorrhage the womb...
  • Polio, Autism, or Neither? - The autism/vaccine scandal dissipates

    07/24/2006 11:55:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,038+ views
    Reason ^ | July 24, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    The percentage of American children who receive childhood vaccinations is dropping. Experts say that vaccine-resisters are more likely to be highly educated and well off financially. What has spooked them? Their chief fear is that vaccinations may trigger autism, a neurological disorder that typically appears before a child reaches the age of three. Such children suffer language and communication deficits, withdraw from social contacts, and react intensely to changes in the immediate environment. Many parents of autistic children fervently believe that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) triple vaccine causes autism. Autistic symptoms make their appearance just about at the time that most...
  • To Banish a Cancer

    01/24/2006 11:23:15 AM PST · by doc30 · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Scientific American ^ | February 2006 | Editors of Scientific American
    Medicine usually progresses in incremental steps. One antidepressant or cholesterol-lowering drug follows another with only marginally improved therapeutic benefit. Vaccines are different. Disease prevention through immunization, whether for polio or mumps, has the potential to transform medical practice, sometimes eliminating illness altogether. Smallpox is now (we hope) confined to heavily protected freezers in Russia and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Vaccine developers appear to be on the verge of another remarkable achievement. Two vaccines that are nearing approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S.--one from Merck, the other from Glaxo­SmithKline--have demonstrated in...
  • Four Children Test Positive for the Polio Virus in Minnesota Amish Community

    10/13/2005 4:14:27 PM PDT · by conservatrice · 14 replies · 713+ views ^ | Oct. 13, 2005 | foxnews
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dr. Harry Hull, the state epidemiologist, said the cases do not pose a threat to the general public because most people have been vaccinated against polio (search) and are unlikely to have contact with Amish people. But he said he expects to find more infections within the Amish community because some of its members refuse immunizations on religious grounds. None of the children have shown any symptoms of the paralyzing disease. About one in 200 people who contract the polio virus suffer paralysis because of it; others typically rid themselves the virus after weeks or months....
  • Dangerous Witchdoctoring One mother and bad trends.

    09/29/2005 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Huntress · 7 replies · 554+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 9/29/05 | Catherine Seipp
    I love L.A., but every so often I come across something that makes me think maybe people here really are crazier than average. Take this horrifying Sept. 24 Los Angeles Times story about Christine Maggiore, an influential HIV-positive activist who believes that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, isn’t infectious, shouldn’t be treated with “toxic” anti-retroviral drugs like AZT and certainly needn’t prevent HIV-positive mothers like herself from breastfeeding. In May, Maggiore’s three-year-old daughter Eliza died of AIDS-related pneumonia. Her regular doctors were two pediatricians popular with the Hollywood crowd: Paul Fleiss, the anti-circumcision crusader and tax-evading father of Hollywood madam Heidi...
  • Vatican Condemns Vaccines Made with Tissue Obtained by Abortion

    07/18/2005 10:22:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies · 3,203+ views
    LifeSite ^ | July 18, 2005
    LARGO, FL, July 18, 2005 ( - The Pontifical Academy for Life under the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued an "approved" study regarding vaccines derived from aborted fetal cell lines. The study was undertaken in response to a US group called Children of God for Life, which has for years fought for the creation of ethical vaccines which are not 'tainted' by abortion.In the document published in Medicina e Morale by the Center for Bioethics of Catholic University in Rome and titled, Moral Reflections On Vaccines Prepared From Cells Derived From Aborted Human...
  • New Booster Vaccine Urged to Fight Whooping Cough

    07/01/2005 5:27:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 376+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    ATLANTA, June 30 - To reduce the rising number of whooping cough cases in this country, a panel advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursday that a new booster vaccine be routinely given to all 11- and 12-year-olds. During a two-day meeting here, the 15-member panel, known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, also strengthened recommendations on vaccines against hepatitis B and chickenpox. The booster vaccine for whooping cough, or pertussis, is needed because immunity to it wanes 5 to 10 years after the initial vaccination. But an additional shot will not be needed because the...
  • Writing a New Chapter Medical History With a Treatment for Rabies

    06/27/2005 9:41:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 805+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.
    When Jeanna Giese, 15, arrived at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin last October with rapidly worsening neurological symptoms, the fact that she had handled a bat a month earlier raised the possibility that she had rabies. Dr. Rodney E. Willoughby Jr., who examined Jeanna, did not think it was likely. But as a pediatric infectious disease specialist, he called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to seek the agency's help in performing rabies tests. Dr. Willoughby told the C.D.C. rabies expert that over a five-day period Jeanna had developed fatigue, tingling and numbness in her left hand, double vision, an...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • Vaccine Curbs Shingles Cases and Severity

    06/03/2005 12:22:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 843+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    An experimental vaccine can reduce both the incidence and the severity of shingles by more than half, doctors reported yesterday, in a development that could spare hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans from an extremely painful disease. The effectiveness of the vaccine was determined in an unusually large clinical trial involving more than 38,500 people over the age of 60, the group most prone to shingles, a skin and nerve infection. "I think the results are quite clinically significant," said Dr. Michael N. Oxman, the leader of the study, which is being published today in The New England Journal of...
  • Maurice Hilleman, Master in Creating Vaccines, Dies at 85

    04/12/2005 7:15:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 2,637+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a microbiologist who developed vaccines for mumps, measles, chickenpox, pneumonia, meningitis and other diseases, saving tens of millions of lives, died yesterday at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 85. The cause was cancer, said a son-in-law, Greg Slamowitz. Raised on a farm in Montana, Dr. Hilleman credited much of his success to his boyhood work with chickens, whose eggs form the foundation of so many vaccines. Much of modern preventive medicine is based on Dr. Hilleman's work, though he never received the public recognition of Salk, Sabin or Pasteur. He is credited with having developed...
  • Parents Balk at Idea of STD Vaccine for Kids (Against HPV, the cause of cervical cancer)

    04/10/2005 5:27:42 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 38 replies · 3,428+ views
    Newhouse News Service ^ | 4/8/05 | Ed Silverman
    At first blush, a vaccine that prevents a deadly form of cancer would seem like a no-brainer for parents. But as two major drug makers prepare to introduce such a product, sides are already being drawn in what promises to be an all-out culture clash. Within two years, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline hope to market a pair of groundbreaking vaccines to prevent a sexually transmitted disease. Known as the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the disease is a leading cause of cervical cancer. About 5,000 women in the United States die each year from cervical cancer. One drug maker, Merck & Co....
  • Calling the ShotsThe realities of the Anthrax Vaccination Immunization Program

    04/06/2005 4:13:40 PM PDT · by tacomonkey2002 · 1 replies · 333+ views ^ | 03/25/05 | By Kathryn Goodson
    Calling the Shots The realities of the Anthrax Vaccination Immunization Program By Kathryn Goodson 03/25/05 “Before I go into detail about my adverse reactions to the Anthrax vaccination, I’d like to point out that when I was vaccinated, I was not informed of any potential adverse side effects or of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). There were no hand outs, product inserts, literature, or health questionnaires to read or fill out. I just had to report to immunization, turn in my shot records, and receive the shot. When I voiced my concerns about receiving this vaccine, I was...
  • Enduring and Painful, Pertussis Leaps Back

    02/26/2005 7:00:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 59 replies · 2,467+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | KATE MURPHY
    For six months last year, Jill Wilson had a persistent cough. "It was so harsh and deep that I broke ribs," she said. Various medical specialists told Ms. Wilson, an otherwise fit 60-year-old, that she had bronchitis, asthma, allergies and perhaps even a serious lung disorder known as interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. "All wrong," said Ms. Wilson, a retired president of a real estate management company who lives in San Antonio. It wasn't until she saw an infectious disease expert that Ms. Wilson learned that she had pertussis, or whooping cough. Commonly thought of as a childhood illness controlled by routine...
  • Health Agency Splits Program Amid Vaccination Dispute

    02/25/2005 7:42:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 320+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 25, 2005 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR and GARDINER HARRIS
    Responding to growing concerns about its ability to monitor the side effects of vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided last week to separate its national immunization program, which advocates vaccination, from its vaccine safety branch, which monitors the potential risks of the vaccines. The action comes at a time of increasing public outcry over the government's handling of drug safety issues. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would create a board to advise it on drug complications and to warn patients about unsafe drugs. Critics of the disease-control agency have argued for...
  • More Questions for Producer of Flu Vaccine

    12/11/2004 9:35:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 330+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    The Chiron Corporation said yesterday that it had received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration demanding more information about the company's plans to fix widespread sanitary problems at its flu vaccine factory in Liverpool, England. The letter comes after an inspection of the plant by the F.D.A. in October, during which the agency found many problems, including bacterial contamination and lax quality-control procedures. Citing similar findings, British regulators suspended Chiron's manufacturing license for three months in early October, eliminating half of the United States' expected supply of flu shots for this winter. This week, the British regulators...
  • Doubts Are Raised on Push for Anthrax Vaccine

    12/10/2004 9:19:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 431+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2004 | ERIC LIPTON
    In ordering a new $877 million anthrax vaccine last month, the federal government said it was a major step toward creating a "bioshield" to protect Americans from germ warfare. But delivering that protection may be difficult: the vaccine is unproven in humans, the maker has legal and accounting troubles, and health officials are not prepared to distribute the vaccine quickly if it is needed. Bush administration officials, as well as the top executives at VaxGen, the manufacturer in California, say they are confident they can fulfill their promise. "This program needs to be a success for all of us -...
  • The Flu Kills, but Documents Rarely List It as the Killer

    11/03/2004 1:13:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 773+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 3, 2004 | MARC SANTORA
    The threat, not well understood outside the medical community, has been rendered with authoritative starkness since news broke of the flu vaccine shortage. Lives are at risk. Every year, we are told, influenza kills multitudes of vulnerable people, and the death toll is often repeated: 36,000 die annually in the United States alone. The lethal efficiency of the flu has come as a surprise to many, it turns out, because almost no one is ever officially classified as dying of influenza. There is no public national accounting of who had influenza listed on their death certificate. But of the roughly...
  • Panel Reviews New Vaccine That Could Be Controversial

    10/26/2004 11:48:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,104+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    A committee of experts meeting in Atlanta will debate today whether the government can afford to pay for a vaccine that could save the lives of nearly 3,000 people, many of them teenagers, from deaths caused over the next decade by a virulent bacterial meningitis. The price of the new vaccine will most likely be $80 a dose. Vaccinating all 40 million people from age 11 to 20, as some experts have suggested, would cost the government $3.5 billion next year. That is more than $1 million a life spared, far more than health officials are normally willing to spend....
  • How U.S. Got Down to Two Makers Of Flu Vaccine

    10/17/2004 12:24:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies · 3,303+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2004 | David Brown
    Wyeth Pharmaceuticals doesn't make flu shots anymore, and it doesn't miss them one bit. For two decades, Wyeth made injectable influenza vaccine at a plant in Marietta, Pa. For the winter of 2002-03, it made 21 million doses in a labor-intensive, time-crunched process and shipped them to clinics and doctors' offices early in the fall. But it turned out a lot fewer people wanted it. Flu vaccine can't be saved from year to year. So, sometime the next spring Wyeth threw away 7 million unsold doses, for a loss of $30 million. It then quit making flu shots. It eventually...
  • With Few Suppliers of Flu Shots, Shortage Was Long in Making

    10/17/2004 12:15:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies · 1,247+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 17, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    This article was reported by Denise Grady, Lizette Alvarez, Gardiner Harris and Andrew Pollack and was written by Ms. Grady. Scene by disheartening scene, the spectacle of a severe shortage of flu vaccine is unfolding around the country. Last week, elderly and chronically ill people waited in line for hours to get flu shots; some were turned away. One died, after hitting her head when she passed out or fell while waiting. Price gougers demanded $800 for $60 vials of vaccine. States threatened to fine or jail doctors and nurses who gave shots to anyone not in the high-risk groups....
  • Malaria Vaccine Proves Effective

    10/14/2004 7:56:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 418+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 15, 2004 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    For the first time, researchers say, a vaccine against malaria has shown that it can save children from infection or death. The vaccine, tested on thousands of children in Mozambique, was hardly perfect: It protected them from catching the disease only about 30 percent of the time and prevented it from becoming life-threatening only about 58 percent of the time. But because malaria kills more than a million people a year, 700,000 of them children, even partial protection would be a public health victory. The disease, caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes, is found in 90 countries, and drug-resistant...
  • U.S. Begins Investigation of Vaccine Supplier

    10/13/2004 1:03:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 722+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 13, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    The Justice Department has started an investigation of the Chiron Corporation, whose British factory where flu vaccine was being manufactured was shut down last week, depriving the United States of nearly half the flu shots it was expecting for this winter. Chiron, a California biotechnology company, said yesterday that it had received a grand jury subpoena from the United States attorney's office in Manhattan requesting documents related to its flu vaccine and to the suspension of manufacturing at its Liverpool factory by British regulators. The company, which said it would cooperate with the investigation, provided no further information and the...
  • Experts Confront Obstacles in Containing Virulent Bird Flu

    09/29/2004 10:53:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 376+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2004 | KEITH BRADSHER and LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    BANGKOK, Sept. 29 - With Thai and international experts confirming the first probable human-to-human transmission of a virulent strain of avian influenza in this country, public health officials around the world are facing major hurdles as they try to prepare for a possible pandemic. Scientists say they cannot predict how quickly, if at all, the strain may develop the ability to spread easily among people, and whether it will remain as lethal as it has proven so far. The strain, A(H5N1), has killed 30 of the 42 Southeast Asians it infected in the past year, and millions of chickens and...
  • British children to get jabs against drug addiction

    07/25/2004 4:42:00 PM PDT · by aculeus · 231 replies · 3,152+ views
    New Zealand Herald ^ | July 26, 2004 | By SOPHIE GOODCHILD and STEVE BLOOMFIELD
    A radical scheme to vaccinate children against future drug addiction is being considered by British ministers, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. Under the plans, doctors would immunise children at risk of becoming smokers or drug users with an injection. The scheme could operate in a similar way to the current nationwide measles, mumps and rubella vaccination programme. Childhood immunisation would provide adults with protection from the euphoria that is experienced by users, making drugs such as heroin and cocaine pointless to take. Such vaccinations are being developed by pharmaceutical companies and are due to hit the market within two...
  • H.I.V. Link to Polio Vaccine Is Discredited by New Study

    04/23/2004 8:09:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 275+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2004 | NA
    REUTERS New evidence rebuts a controversial theory that the AIDS pandemic was touched off by contaminated polio vaccines used in the 1950's in what was then the Belgian Congo, American scientists reported yesterday. The theory holds that the vaccines were tainted with chimpanzee tissue that contained an ancestor of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. But in a study published yesterday in the journal Nature, a team of researchers led by Dr. Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona said it had discovered a new strain of chimpanzee virus near Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is very...
  • Avoid Chickenpox. (Oatmeal Bath Is No Picnic.)

    04/01/2004 11:09:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 428+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2004 | JANE E. BRODY
    Medical texts describe chickenpox, or varicella, as a highly contagious but rather mild childhood disease that only rarely results in serious complications, a fact that has set off decades of controversy over whether the vaccine to prevent chickenpox is warranted. Had anyone asked me, I would have said absolutely. Although I had none of the characteristics associated with more severe cases, at age 8 I had what my pediatrician called the "worst case of chickenpox" he had ever seen — more than 1,000 intensely itchy blisters all over my body. Sick for three weeks, I spent hours each day in...
  • Researchers Retract a Study Linking Autism to Vaccination

    03/04/2004 5:03:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 176+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2004 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Ten of the 13 scientists who produced a 1998 study linking a childhood vaccine to several cases of autism retracted their conclusion yesterday. In a statement to be published in the March 6 issue of The Lancet, a British medical journal, the researchers conceded that they did not have enough evidence at the time to tie the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, known as MMR, to the autism cases. The study has been blamed for a sharp drop in the number of British children being vaccinated and for outbreaks of measles. "We wish to make it clear that in this...
  • Immune Memory From Smallpox Vaccination Last More 50 Years, According To Emory Research

    11/12/2003 10:00:42 AM PST · by blam · 50 replies · 493+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-12-2003 | Emory University
    Source: Emory University Health Sciences Center Date: 2003-11-12 Immune Memory From Smallpox Vaccination Lasts More 50 Years, According To Emory Research ATLANTA -- Immune memory after smallpox vaccination persists for at least 50 years in immunized individuals, according to research conducted by scientists at the Emory Vaccine Center and Emory University School of Medicine. This is good news, since the findings, published in the Nov. 15 issue of the Journal of Immunology, suggest that individuals vaccinated against smallpox prior to the end of the smallpox vaccination program in 1972 may still retain at least some protection against smallpox. Rafi Ahmed,...
  • U.K. measles outbreaks pose risk to U.S.

    11/03/2003 4:49:28 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 199+ views
    UPI ^ | 10/31/2003 | Steve Mitchell
    U.K. measles outbreaks pose risk to U.S. By Steve Mitchell Medical Correspondent Published 10/31/2003 5:35 PM WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- As the United Kingdom braces for an impending measles outbreak this winter due to low vaccination rates, U.S. health experts say this raises concerns the deadly disease could spread to the United States, particularly considering immunization rates in some states have fallen to dangerously low levels. The drop in measles vaccinations also heightens fears of outbreaks of two other diseases: rubella and mumps. This is because the measles vaccine generally is administered in conjunction with mumps and rubella inoculations...
  • Mystery blood clots kill U.S. troops

    10/06/2003 10:44:15 PM PDT · by Destro · 66 replies · 672+ views ^ | Monday, 06-Oct-2003 8:58PM | United Press International
    Mystery blood clots kill U.S. troops Monday 06-Oct-2003 8:58PM Story from United Press International Copyright 2003 by United Press International (via ClariNet) WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Several U.S. soldiers in the Iraqi war died from sudden illnesses and a United Press International probe shows those were triggered by unexplained blood clots. The Pentagon says blood clots caused two soldiers to collapse and die. At least eight other soldiers have also collapsed and died from what the military has described as non-combat-related causes. NBC reporter David Bloom also died of a blood clot in his lung after collapsing near Baghdad....
  • Mystery blood clots felling U.S. troops

    10/07/2003 8:57:15 AM PDT · by archy · 52 replies · 1,238+ views
    United Press International ^ | Tue, 7 Oct 2003 | Mark Benjamin, UniPresser
    Mystery blood clots felling U.S. troops By Mark Benjamin Investigations Editor Published 10/6/2003 12:41 PMView printer-friendly version WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Unexplained blood clots are among the reasons a number of U.S. soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom have died from sudden illnesses, an investigation by United Press International has found. In addition to NBC News Correspondent David Bloom, who died in April of a blood clot in his lung after collapsing south of Baghdad, the Pentagon has told families that blood clots caused two soldiers to collapse and die. At least eight other soldiers have also collapsed and died...
  • Mothers lose MMR appeal - forcing them to give their daughters the controversial MMR vaccination(UK)

    07/30/2003 12:01:47 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Mothers lose MMR appeal 10.55AM BST, 30 Jul 2003 Two mothers have lost their appeal against a court ruling forcing them to give their daughters the controversial MMR vaccination. The court maintained the ruling that the two girls should be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in accordance with the wishes of their fathers, who are not married to the mothers. The MMR jab has been clouded in controversy since a medical study published in 1998 raised fears about the safety of the triple vaccine and a link to autism or bowel disease. An independent review of medical...
  • Mothers Lose Vaccination Fight --- MOTHERS LOSE JAB APPEAL

    07/30/2003 6:39:42 AM PDT · by bedolido · 76 replies · 1,066+ views
    SkyNews ^ | 07/30/03 | Staff Writer
    Two mothers trying to stop their daughters being compulsorily vaccinated - including the controversial MMR jab - have lost their battle at the Court of Appeal. The fathers of the girls, who are not married to the mothers, launched the legal action after the mothers refused to allow the children to have the jabs. The women took the case to the Court of Appeal after Mr Justice Sumner ruled last month that the girls, aged five and 10, should have the medical treatment. Now three appeal judges have again ruled against the mothers, one of whom is considering taking the...
  • Overreaction to parents who reject vaccinations (change to Texas law)

    07/17/2003 8:04:40 AM PDT · by Buffalo Bob · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 16, 2003, 7:29PM | STATE REP. ARLENE WOHLGEMUTH
    Some Texas newspapers recently have reported critically and editorialized against a recent change in the state's vaccination law. Although the change originated in the Texas Senate and not in the House, I generally agreed with the shift in state policy reaffirming a parent's right to control and supervise the health care of their child. I'm disappointed that some have chosen to overreact with dire predications of horror, and I'd like to set the record straight. The controversy surrounds a parent's right to refuse to have their child immunized. This is not a new issue. Under current state law, a parent...
  • Bloomberg gets first smallpox vaccine

    02/20/2003 8:04:50 AM PST · by bonesmccoy · 18 replies · 272+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | 2-20-03
    NYC mayor receives smallpox vaccine Wednesday, February 19, 2003 Posted: 3:29 PM EST (2029 GMT) NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a smallpox vaccination at City Hall Wednesday to kick off the city's voluntary vaccine program for key workers. Five city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene workers also were vaccinated, the first of what the city hopes will be 5,000 to 10,000 public health, public safety and health care workers who will be vaccinated by the end of May. The program is part of a nationwide effort to inoculate people who would be the...
  • SMALLPOX SAFETY SUMMARY: DoD Smallpox Vaccination Program

    02/19/2003 1:46:43 AM PST · by Sabertooth · 10 replies · 368+ views
    US Department of Defense ^ | February 12th, 2003 | William Winkenwerder, Jr., MD, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
    SMALLPOX SAFETY SUMMARY    home DoD Smallpox Vaccination ProgramSafety Summary, as of February 12, 2003 Background: On December 13, 2002, the President directed smallpox vaccinations for about 500,000 selected military personnel. DoD vaccinations began immediately for emergency response personnel and hospital staff members. Comprehensive training programs in vaccination technique, infection-control safeguards, screening and education methods, adverse event monitoring, and product storage and handling, aggressively launched in October 2002, made immediate vaccinations possible. In early January 2003, DoD began smallpox vaccinations of selected US military forces, and emergency-essential civilians and contractors deployed or deploying in support of U.S. Central Command missions.Program...
  • Britain on smallpox alert

    12/02/2002 9:04:07 AM PST · by UKCajun · 65 replies · 418+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | 2 Dec 2002 | Charles Reiss, Political Editor
    Dramatic emergency plans to counter a biological warfare terrorist attack on Britain were announced by the Government today. Within the next eight weeks, 12 disaster centres will be set up in London and across the United Kingdom ready to meet an attempt to spread smallpox among the population. In addition, some 700 key medical and Ministry of Defence staff are to be vaccinated against the disease to act as the front line against any attack. The 12 "regional smallpox response groups" will hold supplies of vaccine under guard ready for rapid use. ...

    11/19/2002 11:03:26 AM PST · by krodriguesdc · 26 replies · 895+ views ^ | Barbara Loe Fisher
    THE VACCINE REACTION “When it happens to you or your child, the risks are 100%” Published by the National Vaccine Information Center Barbara Loe Fisher, Editor      Special Report                                                   Winter 2002                           SMALLPOX AND FORCED VACCINATION:   WHAT EVERY AMERICAN NEEDS TO KNOW  In this time of great sadness, fear and confusion,   Americans have a choice to make: either we defend the individual freedoms  our forefathers fought and died to give us,    or we sacrifice those freedoms and let the terrorists win.    What we choose to do will define who we are as a nation...