Storm over cervical cancer jab

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Herald Sun
By Jane Metlikovec, Georgie Pilcher and Grant McArthur
May 23, 2007

AUSTRALIAN women will be the first to use a cervical vaccine for older women as a controversy erupted yesterday over anti-cancer jab Gardasil.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration this week approved the Cervarix vaccine in women aged from 10 up to 45.

Cervarix is the first of its kind for women over 26 and may be available in months, according to maker GlaxoSmithKline

Gardasil can only be used in younger women.

Cervarix's approval came as it was revealed dozens of schoolgirls fell ill after receiving their Gardasil shots on May 7.

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Herald Sun
By Karen Collier and Jane Metlikovec
May 22, 2007

FEDERAL Health Minister Tony Abbott and health authorities have urged parents not to panic over reports that dozens of teenage girls have been sickened by a new cervical cancer vaccine.

In one case being investigated, a girl was left temporarily paralysed and unable to talk after receiving the Australian-developed Gardasil vaccine.

Health authorities have denied the cases are directly related to the immunisation.

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott and doctors urged parents not to panic, saying the benefits outweighed the small risk of side effects.

Mr Abbott said risks were taken seriously but there was no evidence of a serious problem with the vaccine.

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NBC11.com
May 21, 2007

Lab Studies Show Lower Inflammation

Cells in the bladder are less likely to become inflamed when they're also exposed to components of green tea, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh say.

In a paper presented at an American Urological Association conference, Dr. Michael B. Chancellor said that lab tests show that catechins -- an anti-oxidant found in green tea -- prevented the cells from becoming irritated when exposed to hydrogren peroxide, which damages or kills cells.

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The New York Times
May 18, 2007
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

A 2-year-old boy spent seven weeks in the hospital and nearly died from a viral infection he got from the smallpox vaccination his father received before shipping out to Iraq, according to a government report and the doctors who treated him.

The boy, who lives in Indiana and has recovered, became ill in early March, two weeks after his father’s deployment was delayed and he was allowed to make a trip home. Over the next few weeks, the boy suffered kidney failure and lost most of his skin to the disease, eczema vaccinatum.

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PhysOrg.com
May 20, 2007

Herbal agents could be used to treat inflammatory bladder diseases, according to a preliminary study that looked at the ability of green tea to protect bladder cells from inflammation. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study, being presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Anaheim, Calif., found that components of green tea protected bladder cells from damage in culture. The study is Abstract 299 in the AUA proceedings.

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RNN.com
May 15th, 2007

MOSCOW. (Yury Zaitsev for RIA Novosti) - A group of Russian scientists from Tomsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow have developed a series of unique compact generators capable of producing high-energy pulses of hundreds and even thousands of megawatts.

This compares with the capacity of a major Soviet hydropower station on the Dnieper or an energy unit at a modern nuclear power plant. The new generators are sources of electromagnetic radiation rather than electricity. Their main feature is a capacity to produce enormous power in a matter of nanoseconds. The impulses can be generated with a very high frequency.

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RNN.com
May 16th, 2007
By MATTHEW HICKLEY

In an age of talking CCTV cameras, electronic tagging and satellites monitoring our car journeys, it is perhaps the inevitable next step towards a Big Brother state.

The Home Office is working on a fleet of pilotless spy drones which will fly above our towns and cities, quietly recording our every move while watching for terrorists and criminals.

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PhysOrg.com
May 16, 2007

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Domitila Lemus, left, and her granddaughter Ashley are shown in front of Sunnyside Union Elementary School on Thursday, May 10, 2007 in Strathmore, Calif. On Grandparent's Day in November 2006, Lemus accompanied her then 8-year-old granddaughter to school. As the girls lined up behind Sunnyside Elementary, Lemus started coughing. Foul clouds wafted onto the playground from the adjacent orange groves, and two children collapsed in spasm, vomiting on the blacktop. An Associated Press investigation has found that over the past decade, hundreds, possibly thousands, of schoolchildren in California and other agricultural states have been exposed to farm chemicals linked to sickness, brain damage and birth defects. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

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By Byron J. Richards, CCN
May 16, 2007
NewsWithViews.com

Senators were taken off guard by the public outrage over the passing of bill S.1082 with language that can be used to seriously harass dietary supplements by enabling the FDA to apply drug-related risk analysis to the safety of food and food ingredients (and thus dietary supplements). Senators are also struggling to defend the fact they enabled the creation of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, having been conned into believing this foundation was for the purpose of improved safety when in fact its mission is to assist the FDA to develop the next generation of drugs with drastically reduced safety or effectiveness testing. These issues are fully explained in Part 1 of this article, if you would like to know the details in greater depth.

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May 11, 2007
By Stephen Fox

Never before in Human History has food chemistry been so precarious and so critical to the health of billions. This results from multinational corporate biochemical mayhem going unchecked by regulatory bodies in every nation, the worst two being the United States Food and Drug Administration and Chinas total lack of standards. This crisis is worsening, demonstrated by the FDA failing to discern the imported melamine from China in the wheat and rice gluten additive to pet food that has already killed at least 4000 pets, and the failure to prevent imports of diethylene glycol, the fake glycerine from China added to medications as a sweetener, which has killed hundreds, especially children, from Panama to India to Bangladesh.

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