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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...