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United Press International

by Dan Olmsted

February 2, 2006

A Columbia University scientist plans to test whether gold salts improve the functioning of "autistic mice" -- a step toward finding whether they could help children with autism.

Dr. Mady Hornig of Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health will give the compound to mice that have been bred to be susceptible to thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in children's immunizations until recently. Some researchers and parents believe thimerosal is implicated in the explosion of autism diagnoses over the past decade, though federal health authorities say that theory has been discredited.

Pediatrics

February 1, 2006

We sought to evaluate the impact of intense influenza media coverage during the 2003â€"2004 influenza season on the influenza vaccination status of children 6 to 59 months of age.

Of 256 enrolled children, 98 (38%) parents reported that their child had received the 2003-2004 influenza vaccine, and 64 (65%) had confirmed influenza vaccination dates. Unlike the previous influenza season in which confirmed influenza vaccination dates from a similar study population were distributed more evenly from October through December, most children (75%) with confirmed vaccination dates received the vaccine after the media coverage in mid-November.

BBC News (UK)

January 31, 2006

A vaccine against the deadly toxin ricin is safe and effective, a US study has shown.

Ricin, extracted from castor oil beans, is one of the weapons which could be used in a bio-terror attack. US research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested the vaccine produced no significant side effects.

Oregon Live

by JOE ROJAS-BURKE and JOSEPH ROSE

January 26, 2006

Medical privacy advocates expressed horror over Providence Health System's revelation Wednesday that a car thief had walked away with the medical records of 365,000 patients across Oregon and Washington.

The thief who smashed the window of a Plymouth Voyager parked outside a Milwaukie home last month seized a trove of records containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and intimate health information from patients receiving home services from Providence. Records of Providence hospital or clinic patients were not stolen. The records, some dating to 1987, were stored on computer disks and digital tape that a Providence employee took home and left in his car overnight. Providence officials said certain employees routinely took home records to provide readily available backup.

The Boston Globe (AK)

by Karen Kaplan

January 22, 2006

FAIRBANKS -- Beneath a dim morning sky, Jonathan Runstadler trudged across the ice with a long fiberglass tube, gardening tools, and a smattering of plastic lab bottles.

"Ground zero is what's in birds," said the University of Alaska molecular biologist, who dropped hockey puck-shaped ice samples into a Ziploc bag. This snowy patch of the Alaskan wilderness sits at the edge of a bird flu outbreak that emerged in Hong Kong in 1997 and has recently spread as far as Kazakhstan, Croatia, and Siberia.

Telegraph News (UK)

by Celia Hall

January 22, 2006

As fears of avian flu grow, levels of normal winter flu are at an all-time low and the chances of a bad flu season this year are vanishing.

At the turn of the year levels of ordinary flu were running at under 10 per 100,000 consultations with GPs, about three times less than the "baseline" levels of flu activity seen in summer months. In the past, winter flu levels, described as "normal seasonal activity", have been expected to reach levels of 30 to 200 per 100,000 consultations.

Scotsman (UK)

January 22, 2006

HEALTH experts are considering plans to give all children under the age of two the flu jab, it emerged yesterday.

The plan would mean inoculating thousands of toddlers in order to protect the wider population from the annual seasonal flu, which affects between 5 and 10 per cent of the population every winter and killed more than 1,000 people in the UK last year.

The Trumpet (OK)

by Mark Jenkins

January 22, 2006

Antiviral drugs have been rendered obsolete by viruses that are becoming resistant in startlingly quick fashion. Not a reassuring development as the world sits on the cusp of a pandemic.

The first time I heard that the flu bug was becoming resistant to medications, I was in sixth grade. Our teacher tended to wander away from the usual topics a bit, and that particular digression struck me as especially frightening as she spelled out a doomsday scenario where no medication would or could protect my classmates and me from violent illnessâ€"perhaps even death. But there was no epidemic that year.

The Boston Globe (MA)

by Patricia Wen

January 20, 2006

The state Department of Social Services sought a legal order to withdraw life support from a brain-damaged girl, who is now showing some signs of improvement.

Agency officials, already under fire for missing signs that 11-year-old Haleigh Poutre was chronically abused, defended their decision to act so quickly, saying they followed doctors' diagnosis that her condition was hopeless. Though neurologists say that some patients with severe brain injuries show major improvement months later, DSS officials say they were told by doctors that Haleigh was "virtually brain dead."

NEPA News

January 18, 2006

A 5-year-old autistic boy died because the wrong medication was administered during a controversial treatment for the disorder, a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Abubakar Tariq Nadama, of Monroeville, died Aug. 23 in his doctor's office because he was given the wrong medication, not because of the therapy itself, Dr. Mary Jean Brown said Tuesday. Chelation therapy involves injecting a synthetic amino acid called EDTA into the body, which is supposed to clean out heavy metals from the bloodstream so they can be dispelled through urine.

      
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