News & Perspective

Jan 06, 2011

Jan 06, 2011

Report says 1998 vaccine-autism study was fraud

(CIDRAP News) – A long investigative article in BMJ says that the retracted 1998 Lancet report linking autism with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine was an elaborate fraud designed to support a lawsuit against the vaccine's manufacturer.

Jan 06, 2011

Jan 06, 2011

Amid flu surge, UK taps H1N1 vaccine stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – In the face of localized shortages of seasonal influenza vaccine and rising cases and deaths, British health officials told doctors today that they can use stockpiled monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine to immunize high-risk patients, according to media reports.

Jan 07, 2011

Jan 07, 2011

CDC gives mixed report on US flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials today gave a mixed report on influenza activity for last week, saying overall activity decreased slightly but more states reported widespread flu than the week before.

In Europe, meanwhile, flu activity increased in several countries, and the United Kingdom and Denmark reported high flu circulation, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European Regional Office.

Jan 10, 2011

Jan 10, 2011

CDC praises Haiti's public health efforts amid disasters

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today praised the performance of Haiti's public health ministry in the wake of two catastrophic health events in 2010, the earthquake and the cholera epidemic.

Jan 11, 2011

Jan 11, 2011

European study says H1N1 vaccine offered good protection

(CIDRAP News) – In the largest study of its kind so far to assess how well 2009 H1N1 vaccines performed in the pandemic setting, new findings from seven European countries showed they provided good protection, a result that mirrors early clinical studies.

Jan 11, 2011

Jan 11, 2011

Expert says US should agree to destroy smallpox virus stocks

(CIDRAP News) – Given the potential for a bitter diplomatic battle at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May, an expert on smallpox-related policy is recommending that the United States agree to the destruction of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus—or at least be prepared to destroy all but a remnant of them.

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