Residents get suspended sentences for refusing polio immunisation
18 June, 2004
Source: Republic of Botswana

FRANCISTOWN - Six residents of Semotswana, near Tonota on Monday received varying suspended sentences each for refusing their children to be immunised against polio.

The Tonota customary court ruled that the sentences would become effective if the six convicts, commonly known as Bazezuru, continue to be intransigent.

The court ordered that the children of those convicts were to be immunised that day.

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Researcher issues caution on live virus vaccines

Contact: Donna E. Moriarty
donna_moriarty@nymc.edu
914-594-4536
New York Medical College

Public release date: 18-Jun-2004
Source: Eurekalert.org

Vaccine flaviviruses can recombine, resulting in a new microbe with potentially undesirable properties

VALHALLA, N.Y., June 18, 2004--A New York Medical College microbiologist warns that live virus vaccines to prevent infectious diseases like West Nile virus and yellow fever could have dire consequences. Should one of the vaccine flaviviruses recombine with a wild-type virus, a new microbe with potentially undesirable properties could result, according to Stephen J. Seligman, M.D., research professor of microbiology and immunology.

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Study finds US paediatric medical errors kill 4500 children a year
BMJ  2004;328:1458 (19 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1458-b
Source: British Medical Journal

New Jersey Anne Harding

Medical errors in hospital are responsible for the deaths of nearly 4500 children in the United States every year, says a study examining the effect of lapses in patient safety on children in hospitals throughout the nation (Pediatrics 2004;113:1741-6).

"The bottom line is that none of these events should have happened," said Dr Marlene R Miller, the study’s lead author and director of quality and safety initiatives at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.

Children less than 1 year old and those covered by Medicaid, the government’s insurance programme for poor people, were most likely to experience medical errors, Dr Miller and Dr Chunliu Zhan report (Pediatrics 2004;113:1741-6).

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We come into contact with more than 500 chemicals and toxic substances every day
19 Jun 2004   
Source: Medical News Today

We are the first generation of people ever exposed to such an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis - there are now over 70,000 chemicals commercially produced in the U.S., and the number is increasing. Not only do we have “acceptable limits” of contaminants in our food, air and water, we are constantly "upping the ante." We come into contact with more than 500 chemicals and toxic substances every day, and the Sierra Club tells us that there are already approximately 200 chemicals in the average person’s body fat. It is not a question of if we are carrying a burden of toxic compounds, but how much.

No young person alive today has been born without some in utero exposure to synthetic chemicals that can disrupt development. Dr. Marion Moses in her book, “Designer Poisons,” says there is evidence to strongly suggest that chemicals can affect the health and sexual functioning of offspring if either parent has been exposed to toxic chemicals.

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Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness
Jeanne Lenzer
BMJ  2004;328:1458 (19 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1458
Source: British Medical Journal

New York

A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled by President George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative (http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom/toc-2004.html). While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.

Bush established the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 to conduct a "comprehensive study of the United States mental health service delivery system." The commission issued its recommendations in July 2003. Bush instructed more than 25 federal agencies to develop an implementation plan based on those recommendations.

The president's commission found that "despite their prevalence, mental disorders often go undiagnosed" and recommended comprehensive mental health screening for "consumers of all ages," including preschool children. According to the commission, "Each year, young children are expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviours and emotional disorders." Schools, wrote the commission, are in a "key position" to screen the 52 million students and 6 million adults who work at the schools.

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Exercise fails to slow atherosclerosis progression in men taking statins
Source: Life Extension

The well known benefits of exercise in retarding the progression of atherosclerosis failed to manifest in a six year study reported on in the June 15 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The DNASCO study, a six year randomized, controlled clinical trial, examined the effects of low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise on inflammation and atherosclerosis in 140 middle aged men. One group of participants was assigned to five weekly sessions of up to an hour of aerobic exercise, while the remaining participants remained at their usual activity levels. Ultrasound examinations monitored atherosclerosis progression by measuring carotid artery intima-media thickness at the second and sixth year of the trial, and blood samples provided C-reactive protein levels that reflected the amount of inflammation experienced by the subjects.

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Antioxidants during pregnancy may help prevent birth defects tied to alcohol
Public release date: 18-Jun-2004

Contacts:
Sulik - mouse@med.unc.edu
919-966-3208

Les Lang - llang@med.unc.edu
919-843-9687

Source: NPIcenter.com

CHAPEL HILL -- Pregnant women who abuse alcohol may reduce the risk of birth defects in their babies by taking antioxidants during pregnancy, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study indicates.

The new research found a 36 percent reduction in limb malformations in the offspring of pregnant mice exposed to ethanol and at the same time given a newly developed antioxidant compound called EUK-134.

The study appears on-line Friday (June 18) in FASEB-J, the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

"What makes this study unique is that it shows for the first time that giving antioxidants to a pregnant mother at the same time she's exposed to alcohol can diminish the incidence of major malformations," said Dr. Kathleen K. Sulik, professor of cell and developmental biology at UNC's School of Medicine.

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THEY NEED REAL FOOD TO SURVIVE, Not Mass Vaccinations, Not Water Fluoridation, Not GM Food, Not Drugs, JUST REAL AND HEALTHY FOOD! All The Rest Is Just Propaganda!

Better Nutrition Could Save Millions of Kids-Study
Thu Jun 17, 2004 08:02 AM ET
Souce: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malnutrition is to blame for more than half of all the deaths of children around the world -- including deaths caused by diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and measles, researchers said on Thursday.

Poor nourishment leaves children underweight and weakened and vulnerable to infections that do not have to be fatal, the team at the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.

They estimated that feeding all children worldwide an adequate diet would prevent about 1 million deaths a year from pneumonia, 800,000 from diarrhea, 500,000 from malaria, and 250,000 from measles.

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Study: Vaccines' mercury causes autism-like signs in mice
By TODD ACKERMAN
June 17, 2004, 1:38AM

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Medical Writer

The mercury preservative used in some childhood vaccines can cause autism-like symptoms in newborn mice, but only in those with a particular genetic susceptibility, according to a new study.

The study, published online by the journal Molecular Psychiatry, comes a month after the Institute of Medicine, an influential adviser of the government, issued a report concluding there is no causal link between vaccines and autism.

"This shows the IOM report was premature," said Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University researcher and co-author of the study. "Our research shows a biological plausibility to the argument that the interaction of genes and environment could be associated with autism. A large study that doesn't parse out the genetically susceptible would miss the association."

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They are in trouble, they have to protect vaccination every single day because of the raising concerns worldwide.

Childhood Shots Not Tied to Allergic Diseases
Wed Jun 16, 2004 03:36 PM ET
Source: Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Allergic diseases have risen over the past few decades in developed countries, and some people have blamed this on the increase in mass immunizations that has occurred. However, that notion seems to be unfounded.

UK researchers have shown that routine childhood vaccinations are not associated with an increased risk of asthma or eczema.

Dr. Tricia M. McKeever at the University of Nottingham and colleagues examined data on a birth cohort of 29238 children who had been followed for up to 11 years.

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