OSC Orders Congress to Investigate HHS, CDC and FDA Wrongdoing Regarding Mercury in Children's Vaccines, Says National Autism Association

Source: PR Newswire

WHISTLEBLOWER NEEDED FOR SEPARATE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
INVESTIGATION TO MOVE FORWARD

WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- National Autism Association announced
today that Scott Bloch, Office of Special Counsel (OSC), is calling for
further investigation into the link between neurological disorders and
Thimerosal, a mercury preservative found in childhood vaccines. In an OSC
press release, Bloch states that the allegations of wrongdoing towards Health
and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), " ... raise serious continuing concerns about the
administration of the nation's vaccine program ... "

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Vaccine Critics Attack Mercury Report
Wed Jun 2, 2004 06:40 PM ET
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
Source: Reuters.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several members of Congress who believe that vaccines can cause autism in children criticized an official report meant to lay such fears to rest, saying on Wednesday they do not believe the findings.

The Institute of Medicine report last month was the final in a series of investigations into vaccine safety. It was meant to answer concerns about whether vaccines or the mercury-based preservatives in them can cause autism.

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Two Studies, Two Results, and a Debate Over a Drug
By BARRY MEIER
Source:New York Times
Published: June 3, 2004

The two drug trials were known within SmithKline Beecham as Study 329 and Study 377.

Study 329 suggested that the company's popular drug Paxil might help depressed adolescents. Study 377, completed not long afterward, indicated that Paxil provided no more benefit than a sugar pill in treating depressed young people.

But only the favorable study was widely publicized by Paxil's maker. The company chose not to discuss publicly the trial with negative results, and those findings came to light only when an outside researcher on the study team decided to disclose them at a medical conference.

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Food Additives Associated With ADHD Symptoms
Laurie Barclay, MD

Source: Medscape Medical News 2004. © 2004 Medscape

May 27, 2004 ˜ Food additives are associated with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the results of a randomized trial published in the June issue of the Archives of Diseases in Childhood. The investigators suggest removing these from the diet of all children.

"There have been no population based studies examining the prevalence of hyperactivity related to intolerance to food additives following the initial claims of the detrimental effect of artificial additives on children's behaviour," write B. Bateman, from the University of Southampton in the U.K., and colleagues. "Subsequent studies, despite improved methodology, have failed to substantiate this claim or have only shown a small effect."

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Bad Air Causes Heart Disease, Heart Group Says
Tue Jun 1, 2004 10:47 PM ET
Source: Reuters.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air pollution causes heart disease, the American Heart Association said on Tuesday.

While pollution does not cause as many heart attacks as high blood pressure, for example, it is a serious risk factor, the group said in a statement.

"This is a serious public health problem due to the enormous number of people affected and because exposure to air pollution occurs over an entire lifetime," said Dr. Robert Brook of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who helped write the statement.

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Glaxo sued for 'drug claim fraud'
Source: BBC News
2 June, 2004

Glaxo is accused of withholding research information on Paxil

UK drugs group Glaxosmithkline (GSK) has been sued in the US for allegedly lying about the effectiveness and safety of its antidepressant Paxil.

New York state attorney general Eliot Spitzer filed the case at the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The lawsuit claims GSK has been involved in a concerted effort to withhold negative information on Paxil.

Mr Spitzer also says the company misrepresented study results to its sales force. GSK has denied the claims.

The case centres on the safety of the use of the drug for children and adolescents.

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US stance on condoms slammed
May 30 2004
By Caroline Hooper-Box
Source: Sunday Tribune

American President George Bush's administration has been accused of using "pseudoscience" to dispute the efficacy of condoms in preventing the spread of Aids.

And while the United States has pledged $15-billion (about R100-billion) to fight Aids in Africa, it has insisted that a third of the money be used for sexual abstinence and monogamy programmes.

The moves have been criticised as being the result of the US administration bowing to pressure from right-wing religious movements. A group of more than 60 top US scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, accused the Bush administration of manipulating and distorting science for political purposes. (Scientists Say Administration Distorts Facts, New York Times, Ndr)

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At issue: mouth mercury
By Anita Weier - May 31, 2004
Source: The Capital Times

Mercury in tooth fillings are adding to the problem of mercury in the environment.

Chances are that you are walking around with mercury in your teeth.

Mercury is a toxic substance that can damage the nervous system (How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine - Ndr). And though the stable form of mercury in fillings is not regarded as a health problem, the excess amalgam in waste from dental offices worries sewer district officials.

"The stuff that sloughs off your teeth does not accumulate in the body. It goes into the urine. It is not a danger to your health," said Jon Schellpfeffer, chief engineer and director of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. "Mercury leaves the teeth and ends up in the waste. It is in such small quantities, but we can detect it."

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Vaccine failure puzzles biologists
By The Associated Press - 5/31/04
Source: The Capital City's Newpapar Online

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists are puzzled why brucellosis exposure rates have spiked among some vaccinated elk.

Disease rates at the Greys River elk feedground have even exceeded the high rates of the 1970s, before the state began vaccinating elk against brucellosis, according to Brandon Scurlock, a biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

‘‘To be honest, I have no way of explaining this,'' Scurlock told a recent forum in Pinedale on elk feedgrounds.

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PARENTS' £340 BILL TO AVOID MMR WORRIES
12:00 - 31 May 2004
BY CHRIS MILLS
Source: this is exter

Parents have told of their worries over the triple MMR vaccination after forking out £340 for single jabs at a private health clinic in Exeter. All slots were booked at yesterday's clinic at the Natural Health Centre in Queen Street, run by Healthchoice UK.

The single jab session follows the continuing controversy over research linking the all-in-one measles, mumps and rubella vaccination to autism in young children.

Toddlers and their parents queued up for their first single measles jab costing £100.

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