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Docs Advised To Avoid Use of Vaccines with Mercury 10/9/2001 9:36:00 am


 

A government panel has concluded that while there is no proof that mercury-containing childhood vaccines cause autism or other developmental disorders, doctors should still avoid giving them just to be safe.

The Institute of Medicine panel said it is ``biologically plausible'' that some children's risk of one of these disorders could be increased by exposure to mercury from vaccines containing a preservative called thimerosal, which is made up of about 50 percent mercury.

The experts said existing evidence is insufficient either to accept or reject the idea that thimerosal-containing vaccines can cause these childhood disorders, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech or language delays.

Mike Chmura of Waltham, who is a plaintiff in a class action suit charging that mercury in the vaccines may have caused his son's autism, praised the report.

``I'm pleased there is a report saying there's a possibility that a biological connection exists between autism and mercury,'' he said. ``Others have dismissed it as the ravings of hysterical parents.''

While few vaccines currently being given to children contain the preservative, the panel said they should only be used where there is no alternative.

``Most children in the United States being immunized today and in the future are unlikely to receive a vaccine that contains thimerosal,'' said Marie McCormick, a professor of maternal and child health at the Harvard School of Public Health who headed the Institute of Medicine committee.

``In those few cases where only supplies containing the preservative are available, the vaccines should be administered rather than forgoing immunization,'' she added.

Chmura and his wife, Susan, and another couple, Jared and Margorie Hansen of Framingham, filed a class action suit in September charging their three children - and perhaps thousands of others - developed autism from mercury-containing vaccines.

Their attorney, Robert Bonsignore of Medford, said the IOM report will cause him to file 15 to 20 more class action suits in other states. ``We've got a dream team of the best trial lawyers in the country,'' he said. ``It's going to be like fighting tobacco.''

Michael Lasalandra Talk Back

2001 Boston Herald. All rights reserved.

Boston Herald

Books

Motherless Brooklyn
Jonathan Lethem

A mystery novel told in the first person by a young man who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome. The mystery plot itself is stretched a little thin, but this is a real tour de force by a writer to watch.
- Submitted by Sheila

 

Docs Advised To Avoid Use of Vaccines with Mercury 10/9/2001 9:36:00 am


 

A government panel has concluded that while there is no proof that mercury-containing childhood vaccines cause autism or other developmental disorders, doctors should still avoid giving them just to be safe.

The Institute of Medicine panel said it is ``biologically plausible'' that some children's risk of one of these disorders could be increased by exposure to mercury from vaccines containing a preservative called thimerosal, which is made up of about 50 percent mercury.

The experts said existing evidence is insufficient either to accept or reject the idea that thimerosal-containing vaccines can cause these childhood disorders, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech or language delays.

Mike Chmura of Waltham, who is a plaintiff in a class action suit charging that mercury in the vaccines may have caused his son's autism, praised the report.

``I'm pleased there is a report saying there's a possibility that a biological connection exists between autism and mercury,'' he said. ``Others have dismissed it as the ravings of hysterical parents.''

While few vaccines currently being given to children contain the preservative, the panel said they should only be used where there is no alternative.

``Most children in the United States being immunized today and in the future are unlikely to receive a vaccine that contains thimerosal,'' said Marie McCormick, a professor of maternal and child health at the Harvard School of Public Health who headed the Institute of Medicine committee.

``In those few cases where only supplies containing the preservative are available, the vaccines should be administered rather than forgoing immunization,'' she added.

Chmura and his wife, Susan, and another couple, Jared and Margorie Hansen of Framingham, filed a class action suit in September charging their three children - and perhaps thousands of others - developed autism from mercury-containing vaccines.

Their attorney, Robert Bonsignore of Medford, said the IOM report will cause him to file 15 to 20 more class action suits in other states. ``We've got a dream team of the best trial lawyers in the country,'' he said. ``It's going to be like fighting tobacco.''

Michael Lasalandra Talk Back

2001 Boston Herald. All rights reserved.

Boston Herald





Smokers Urged To Protect Kids' Lungs (10/17/2001 9:36:00 AM)


- The Environmental Protection Agency today called on parents to ban smoking inside their homes, as part of a nationwide campaign to eliminate juvenile asthma brought on by exposure to secondhand smoke.

Under the Smoke Free Homes Campaign, parents are being urged to sign a pledge that they will not permit smoking inside their homes, even if the parents themselves light up.

"Parents have to understand, we're not telling them to stop smoking -- we're just asking them to use a little common sense," said EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.

"And if you have to smoke and if you must smoke and you can't stop, take it outside -- don't do it around your children. That is the underlying message here," Whitman said.

The EPA has joined forces with American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Pediatric, the Consumer Federation of America and the National Association of Counties to promote the program.

16 Million Children Exposed

According to Whitman, 16 million children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes each day, including 40 percent of all children under the age of 5. The AAAAI estimates that nearly 5 million children have asthma -- resulting in an estimated 10 million missed school days

  death,"Children exposed to secondhand smoke   are also "more likely to suffer from ear infections and coughs, are more likely to be hospitalized for pneumonia and other serious and infectious diseases and are more likely to die of SIDS or crib  said the AAP's Dr. Dana Best, a pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Best also said children exposed to secondhand smoke suffered increased incidents of leukemia and lymphoma in adulthood, as well as more heart problems and decreased lung function.

"Children in general have a unique vulnerability," said Whitman. "They are not small adults. They metabolize differently, so they absorb greater concentrations of smoke than adults do and we need to use greater caution in protecting them from environmental threats around them."

 

Docs Advised To Avoid Use of Vaccines with Mercury 10/9/2001 9:36:00 am


 

A government panel has concluded that while there is no proof that mercury-containing childhood vaccines cause autism or other developmental disorders, doctors should still avoid giving them just to be safe.

The Institute of Medicine panel said it is ``biologically plausible'' that some children's risk of one of these disorders could be increased by exposure to mercury from vaccines containing a preservative called thimerosal, which is made up of about 50 percent mercury.

The experts said existing evidence is insufficient either to accept or reject the idea that thimerosal-containing vaccines can cause these childhood disorders, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech or language delays.

Mike Chmura of Waltham, who is a plaintiff in a class action suit charging that mercury in the vaccines may have caused his son's autism, praised the report.

``I'm pleased there is a report saying there's a possibility that a biological connection exists between autism and mercury,'' he said. ``Others have dismissed it as the ravings of hysterical parents.''

While few vaccines currently being given to children contain the preservative, the panel said they should only be used where there is no alternative.

``Most children in the United States being immunized today and in the future are unlikely to receive a vaccine that contains thimerosal,'' said Marie McCormick, a professor of maternal and child health at the Harvard School of Public Health who headed the Institute of Medicine committee.

``In those few cases where only supplies containing the preservative are available, the vaccines should be administered rather than forgoing immunization,'' she added.

Chmura and his wife, Susan, and another couple, Jared and Margorie Hansen of Framingham, filed a class action suit in September charging their three children - and perhaps thousands of others - developed autism from mercury-containing vaccines.

Their attorney, Robert Bonsignore of Medford, said the IOM report will cause him to file 15 to 20 more class action suits in other states. ``We've got a dream team of the best trial lawyers in the country,'' he said. ``It's going to be like fighting tobacco.''

Michael Lasalandra Talk Back

2001 Boston Herald. All rights reserved.

Boston Herald





6-19-2001 Sky News

Boy's Brain Op 'Successful'

Australian doctors have successfully removed a brain tumour from a nine-year-old British boy in a rare operation.

The tumour was causing epileptic seizures.


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Plum-shaped tumour



Sebastian Selo was born with a rare hypothalamic hamartoma (HH), a plum-shaped tissue ball in what should be an empty brain cavity. It is a condition that affects less than one in a million children.

"Sebastian's operation went really well. There were no hitches, no complications," said Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, who led the surgical team.

The operation lasted four hours at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.

He arrived in Australia 12 days ago to prepare for the delicate procedure, which involves a high frequency sound being used to cause vibrations that break down the tissue ball.

The tissue was then sucked out by a device lowered into the cavity from the top of the brain.


International reputation

Sebastian, of New Malden, Surrey, is unable to talk and walks with a limp because of his condition. It also affects his emotions, behaviour and appetite.

Doctors said they would have a good idea about Sebastian's prospects towards the end of next week or early next week.

They have been carrying out similar operations on children from around the world.



News Asia

malaysia

9/15/2001  9:24 am

 

Mental health: Change of strategies needed, NEW STRAITS TIMES-MANAGEMENT TIMES


 

 MENTAL-HEALTH  Emerging Markets Datafile

September 13, 2001

NEW STRAITS TIMES-MANAGEMENT TIMES

 

 

 

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KUALA LUMPUR, Wed.-Social strategies and perceptions about mental illness need to change if the nation is to have a mentally healthy society, a forum on mental health heard yesterday.

Kuala Lumpur Hospital senior consultant psychiatrist Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Abdullah said the days of taking the mentally ill and incarcerating them in institutions were a thing of the past.

''Now we are moving into community-based psychiatry. Instead of taking the patient away from society, we are letting society play a part in the patient's treatment,'' he told a forum on Mental Health in Malaysia.

Community psychiatry, he said, would provide the patient with the benefit of staying at home and getting support from loved ones while still getting treatment.

Several challenges faced the efforts to achieving mental health, Dr Abdul Aziz said, the main one being the social stigma of mental illness.

''Mental illness is not incurable or untreatable. With proper treatment and support from society, a patient can lead a normal life,'' he said.

Another challenge, he said, was human resource.

Though there are 33,281 occupied psychiatric beds, there are only 21 clinical psychiatrists nationwide-11 in the public service, three in the private sector and seven in universities.

The reason for this, Aziz conceded, could be that not many medical students went on to do postgraduate studies in clinical psychiatry, especially since a clinical psychiatrist's pay was equal to that of a counsellor.

The forum, jointly organised by the World Health Organisation and the Government in collaboration with the Asian Institute for Development Communication, also included a journalistic discussion on ``Asia's Ageing: Repercussions on Mental Health of the Region''.

As an extension to the mental health issue, Usiamas management consultant Syed Barkat Ali Syed Ali said the way to repel mental illness in old age was to repel the perception of being old.

He said the way for old people to stay mentally sound was for them to maintain an active lifestyle.

New Straits Times assistant news editor Muharyani Othman said she advocated community connectedness in the form of action-oriented community centres which encouraged the active-participation of young and old.

''I believe in community self-help. If you look at places like Section 17, Petaling Jaya, or Kampung Jenjarum, Banting, they have got community centres with activities that enable the young and old to mingle,'' she said.

Muharyani also believed that the media had a part to play towards educating the public on mental health issues.

Copyright 2001 NEW STRAITS TIMES-MANAGEMENT TIMES all rights reserved as distributed by WorldSources, Inc.

Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Associated Press



Adulterated edible oil causing health hazards (10/26/2001 8:00:00 AM)


 

ASIA WorldSources

JESSORE, Oct 24: Unabated production, marketing and sale of adulterated edible oil have been causing health hazards in the ten districts of the south-western region of the country in the recent times. It is alleged that despite wide coverage in the regional and national dailies including The Independent regarding it, no steps have so far been taken either by BSTI or by the district and the police administrations of this region to resist this malpractice.

It is learnt from competent sources that the total demand of edible oil seeds in the ten south-western districts is about 17 crore 18 lakh tons. But only 6 lakh 78 thousand of seeds of edible oil are being produced locally. The lion's share of edible oil is imported from abroad. As a result, quality control system has broken down.

The dishonest mill owners are producing pure (?) mustard oil with soybean, linseed oil and some drops of mustard essence. They are also producing soybean oil with nut oil, linseed oil and palm oil. The dishonest oil traders in the markets of the ten south-western districts are making these poisonous oils which are being sold to the consumers through the businessmen.

. It is gathered from different parts of the south-western districts that millions of barrels of adulterated edible oil including mustard and soybean oils are being produced, marketed and sold under the nose of the members of the law enforcing agencies.

Despite knowledge of production, marketing and sale of such harmful edible oils, the BSTI authorities reportedly take no notice or care to control quality of the edible oils for unknown reasons.

Growing

Thirteen Per Cent of American Turkeys Have Salmonella (11/21/2001 9:12:00 AM)

Home cooks preparing this week's Thanksgiving feast (22NOV01) should know that about 13 per cent of raw American turkeys carry salmonella. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said government data shows the 13 per cent rate of salmonella contamination in raw turkey is higher than for other raw meat. Samples collected by the American Agriculture Department found salmonella contamination rates of three per cent for ground beef and nine per cent for chicken, the group said. Salmonella is one of the most common American foodborne diseases, causing an estimated 1.3 million illnesses annually. (MCM/WNWR/BRC)

(c) 2001 World Entertainment News Network

World Entertainment News Network

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Honey's Secret Is Out

Chemicals that fight off heart disease and cancer have been found in honey, scientists report

Darker, the better

Antioxidant compounds were found in seven different varieties of honey by American researchers at the University of Illinois.

Antioxidants clean up dangerous free radical molecules that can damage cells and DNA.

Dark-coloured honey was found to be especially good at removing free radicals.

The researchers are now studying the effects of honey on cholesterol oxidation in the blood, which narrows the arteries.

6-24-01 Sky news

Growing

10/9/2001 9:36:00 am

Pediatric Group Endorses Ritalin To Treat Adhd

The decision by the American Academy of Pediatrics to endorse the use of Ritalin and other stimulants on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should allow the drugs to be used in a more informed way, experts said yesterday.

``It certainly will help to have the pediatricians weighing in and saying it's a good medication when used right,'' said Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of ``Driven to Distraction,'' a popular book on the illness.

Hallowell, a Harvard Medical School child psychiatrist, said he takes a ``middle of the road'' position on the use of Ritalin for ADHD.

``When used properly, it can help and when used improperly, it can be dangerous,'' he said.

The AAP yesterday endorsed the drugs so long as there are clear treatment goals and the kids are carefully monitored.

It was the first time the pediatricians group has weighed in with guidelines on how to treat ADHD.

Hallowell denied the endorsement will cause more children to go on the stimulant drugs.

``I think it will mean they are used in a more-informed way,'' he said.

He said he does not believe the drug is prescribed more often than necessary, ``although there's no doubt in certain places it is overprescribed.''

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 3 percent to 5 percent of U.S. children have ADHD, but fewer than 3 percent get medication. Use of ADHD drugs, however, is up 37 percent in the past five years.

In Massachusetts, a survey of 24 school districts in the 1999-2000 school year showed Ritalin is the most common drug prescribed for children on a daily basis.

The survey showed there were 27.9 Ritalin prescriptions per 1,000 students. Overall, in Massachusetts, there were 272,334 prescriptions for Ritalin written in 1999, compared to 264,614 in 1998 and 274,958 in 1997.

Dr. Mark Vonnegut, a pediatrician in Quincy who served on a National Institutes of Health panel on ADHD a few years ago, said the doctors' initiative is a good idea in theory.

But the policy won't help much if insurance companies don't agree to pay for the careful diagnosis and monitoring of kids suspected of having the disorder.

``It's a nice idea, but trying to get dollars to help kids with problems is a nightmare,'' he said.

But Dr. James Perrin, a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician who chaired the AAP panel, said AAP will start meeting with managed-care companies next month, trying to convince them that it makes economic sense.

Symptoms of the illness include the inability to sit still for reading, study or even to watch television.

``What happens today is the schools pick out the bad actors, they get diagnosed and go on medication, '' Vonnegut said.

2001 Boston Herald. All rights reserved.

Boston Herald

 

stress

Scientific studies on the impact of chronic stress suggest that many of the immune system's vital components can be shut down to some degree.

One study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University found that women who were caring for dementia patients took an average of nine days longer than those in a control group to heal a small biopsy wound. The researchers found that blood cells from the chronically stressed caregivers produced less of a chemical involved in immune defense that is important for wound healing.

Parenting May Affect Asthma (10/2/2001 8:36:00 am


 

- Good parenting may help protect a child from asthma, says a new study.

That's the latest conjecture as to the cause of the world's most prevalent childhood disease. Other factors such as the child's environment, hygiene, diet, infections, antibiotics, and the weather have been suspects at one time or another.

In an effort to identify factors during infancy that may lead to asthma, researchers from the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver studied a group of 150 children for eight years.

All of the mothers of the children were asthmatics, making the children genetically predisposed to the disease. Of the children, 40, or 28 percent, developed asthma between the ages of 6 and 8.

When the researchers looked at the factors that might have led to asthma, they found several correlations. Besides genetics and immune system development, two known factors that contribute to asthma, the researchers noted the possibility of a new risk factor -- the quality of parenting.

Emotions, Psychiatric Factors Evaluated

Parenting skills, as assessed at the child's third week, were based on such factors as the parents' psychiatric history, emotional availability for the child, behavior modification strategies and knowledge of and commitment to infant care.

A follow-up evaluation at age 6 showed significant agreement with the three-week assessment.

Lead study author Mary Klinnert, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, explains that parenting difficulties may lead to the development of asthma, as a poorly adjusted parent may expose the infant to greater emotional stress or may not recognize medical problems of the child.

"What we think we know from child development literature is that how the mother is doing emotionally can be related to their ability to provide responsive parenting," says Klinnert.

Genetics and a Balance

Still, while the importance of responsive and sensitive parenting during the critical time of the baby's first few weeks or months can not be overemphasized, experts caution parents from misunderstanding the findings.

"This study requires a balancing act," says Klinnert. "We don't want people to feel blame but it is important that we appreciate the role of parenting."

"This reinforces the notion that you want to do the best parenting job you can do, " says Dr. Robert Mellins, a professor of pediatrics at Columbia University. "But it's also true that genetics are important, and parents can do nothing about that."

"The importance of each of these [immune system, genetics, parenting] depends on the situation," says Mellins. "We know these three things are involved but the relative importance of each could vary from individual to individual and likely does."

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Something Is 'FISHY' About Depression  (11/19/2001 9:12:00 AM)


An Oxford University neuorscientist claims eating fish may help cure depression and dyslexia.

Alexandra Richardson says large amounts of the essential fat Omega-3 are found in some fish.

Lack of the fats can cause depression, autism, dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Stress, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine can decrease levels of fatty acids, she says.

Post Wire Services

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An Apple a Day.......

10/8/2001  11:36:00  am
 

Apples: Health Food With Flavor

Take an apple a day for your health.

Today, that ancient wisdom makes more sense than ever-and what tastier way is there to keep the doctor away than by eating plenty of apples?

Science is discovering more and more health benefits of apples. European researchers found that people who consumed two or three apples a day for extensive periods significantly lowered their blood cholesterol levels. A soluble fiber called pectin helps the process, but the researchers think apples contain some other ingredient that provides an extra boost.

Apples are also rich in heart-protecting antioxidants, especially one called quercetin. Studies in Finland and Holland have shown that those whose diets included lots of apples had less risk of cardiovascular disease than those who ate lesser amounts.

Apples offer a feast of flavors, and one state grows more varieties of apple than any other: Michigan. Each Michigan apple variety has its own unique taste.

A new variety, Honeycrisp, is firm and crunchy and delivers a sweetly mellow flavor. Other varieties on the sweet side are old favorites Red Delicious and Golden Delicious and newer favorites Ginger Gold, Gala and Fuji. Gala gives a suggestion of tartness to overlay its sweetness. Others combining contrasting flavors are Jonagold, a cross between the rather tart Jonathan and Golden Delicious; and Empire, whose parents are the aromatically nippy McIntosh and Red Delicious.

Each variety is a collection of subtle taste delights. Try each of them (and don't forget Ida Red, Rome and Northern Spy in your search for favorites). Michigan also grows apples for use in a variety of forms, from crunchy fresh to applesauce, apple juice, apple pie fillings and frozen pies.

Michigan's apple growers wish you good health!

Apple Berry Smoothie

(Fat Free, Cholesterol Free, Low Sodium)

1 can (21 oz.) Michigan Apple pie filling ,1 cup sliced fresh strawberries , 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries ,1 cup fat-free plain yogurt , 2 tablespoons sugar , 2 teaspoons vanilla ,1 cup ice cubes

Place 1/2 of first 6 ingredients in electric blender. Blend about 45 seconds or until smooth. Add 1/2 of ice and blend about 15 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Repeat method with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. Makes 5 servings.

Per serving (1 cup): 180 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 3 g protein.

Learn more about Michigan Apples at www.MichiganApples. com.

Michigan apples offer a variety of tasty ways to bite into good nutrition.

 


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