Archive | February, 2008

French Judges Probe Firms Over Vaccinations -source

PARIS, Jan 31 (Reuters) – French authorities have opened a formal investigation into two managers from drugs groups GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur over a vaccination campaign in the 1990s, a judicial source said late on Thursday.

Judge Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy also opened an investigation for manslaughter against Sanofi Pasteur MSD, a joint venture between Sanofi Aventis and Merck, the same source said.

The investigations follow allegations that the companies failed to fully disclose side effects from an anti-hepatitis B drug used in a vaccination campaign between 1994 and 1998.

There was no immediate comment from the companies or the two managers

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Food Additives Finally Recognized as Causing Hyperactivity

A study published in September 2007 issue of The Lancet “Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial,” conducted by Donna McCann and her team in the UK, has received further acknowledgment.   

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recognized that dietary intervention is a valid treatment for children with ADHD by stating in the February 2008 issue of their publication, AAP Grand Rounds.

“Despite increasing data supporting the efficacy of stimulants in preschoolers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parents and providers understandably seek safe and effective interventions

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NIH Underscores Nutrition for Autism

Last week, The National Institutes of Health announced "Thin Bones Seen in Boys with Autism and Autis m Spectrum Disorder." They reference a new study and suggest that dairy-free diets may put boys with Autism Spectum Disorder (ASD) at "higher than normal risk" for thinner bones, and say a possibleNig_3
explanation is the lack of calcium and vitamin D in their diets. The study found that boys with ASD had thinner bones than boys without autism, and that ASD boys on a casein-free diet had the thinnest of all.

The researchers believe that there are several contributing factors, including lack

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