WHO and the pandemic flu “conspiracies” – The BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism report that was covered up

Conflicts of Interest – A joint investigation by the BMJ and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that raises troubling questions about how WHO managed conflicts of interest among the scientists who advised its pandemic planning – The secrecy of the committee is also fuelling conspiracy theories, particularly around the activation of dormant…

Common plastics chemicals linked to ADHD symptoms – phthalate

Reposted at request: Public release date: 19-Nov-2009 – – They found a significant positive association between phthalate exposure and ADHD, meaning that the higher the concentration of phthalate metabolites in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms and/or test scores.   Are phthalates really safe for children? Philadelphia, PA, 19 November 2009 – Phthalates are…

Brief fever common in kids given influenza, pneumococcal vaccines together

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 6-Jan-2014 – Parents should be made aware that their child might develop a fever following simultaneous influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations – children who received simultaneous influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, about a third (37.6 percent) had a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher on the day of or day after vaccination,…

Whooping cough vaccine antigen disappearing from bacteria in US

Contact: Jim Sliwa jsliwa@asmusa.org 202-942-9297 American Society for Microbiology Vaccines for whooping cough contain three to five protective antigens, the presence of which are critical to the vaccine’s effectiveness. But one of the antigens, pertactin, which had been present in almost all isolates of Bordetella pertussis in the US as late as 2010, is now…

Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

Contact: Michael Bernstein m_bernstein@acs.org 202-872-6042 American Chemical Society Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than adult women in the U.S., researchers have reported. They published their findings on parabens, which have been linked to…

Threatwatch: Disease may run amok while the CDC sleeps

  22:41 10 October 2013 by Debora MacKenzie For similar stories, visit the Epidemics and Pandemics and US national issues Topic Guides Threatwatch is your early warning system for global dangers, from nuclear peril to deadly viral outbreaks. Debora MacKenzie highlights the threats to civilisation – and suggests solutions “We are less safe.” So Tom…

Novel Strain of Clostridium botulinum That Produces Type B and Type H Botulinum Toxins

  Jason R. Barash and Stephen S. Arnon + Author Affiliations Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health, Richmond, California Correspondence: Stephen S. Arnon, MD, Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health, 850 Marina Bay Pkwy, Rm E-361, Richmond, CA 94804 (stephen.arnon@cdph.ca.gov). Abstract Background. Clostridium botulinum strain IBCA10-7060,…

40 years of CDC nutrition research fatally flawed

Contact: Jeff Stensland stenslan@mailbox.sc.edu 803-777-3686 University of South Carolina 40 years of federal nutrition research fatally flawed University of South Carolina study shows flaws in NHANES data Four decades of nutrition research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be invalid because the method used to collect the data was seriously…