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afflict vaccine sales
drop in sales, attributed to worries about side effects, led
the only manufacturer of Lyme vaccine
recently to cease production of the inoculation.
(CA) - Monday, April 29, 2002
Author: Staff Writer
health experts in California said the preventive tool was used
infrequently locally, the vaccine's demise may
also be a sign of escalating, but unwarranted concerns, over the health
effects of vaccines, said Dr. Henry Shinefield, the
co-director of Kaiser
Permanente's Vaccine Study Center in Oakland.
done with vaccines is so remarkable. There's nothing in
medicine that we've come up with that's been so
beneficial as a preventative (tool)," he said.
don't want to get into an 'analysis paralysis' where we're not
using vaccines that are very effective and very protective,"
individuals reported that they experienced joint aches and muscle
pain after getting the Lyme disease
and numerous lawsuits were filed against manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.
But large-scale studies found no untoward
health effects from the vaccine, Shinefield said.
got to be very careful about indicting vaccines erroneously when
they're very usable," he said. Currently in
Britain, he noted, fewer children are receiving their measles, mumps
and rubella shots since one investigator asserted that
he found in 12 patients a connection between the childhood vaccines and
autism. Yet the vaccine prevents "terrible" diseases ,
work of an Oakland photographer who tackled the sensitive job of
photographing breast cancer survivors after reconstructive
surgery appears in a new pictorial book called "Reconstructing
Terry Lorant said the idea for the book came from watching
a close friend, pictured in the book, contend
with the anguish of reconstructing her body after breast cancer
said there was nothing to look at that was helpful. She was
looking at medical mug shots and they're really scary
and horrible," Lorant said. "So she was the person who said 'this is
something you can do something about.'"
teamed up with her friend's reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Loren
Eskenazi, a plastic surgeon in Sausalito. Eskenazi,
who founded the Institute for Transformational Surgery, was an artist
before becoming a surgeon.
her sensibility is that of an artist," Lorant said. Eskenazi and
her associate, Dr. Katherine Young, performed the
reconstructive surgeries shown in the women photographed, most of whom
live in the Bay Area.
book retails for $19.95, although is currently only available on
Amazon.com. It will be available in bookstores
next year, Lorant said. For more information, visit
genes in my cooking oil
this month, Monsanto admitted to the federal government that
canola containing genetic material not approved
by the Food and Drug Administration may be growing in the United
the Environmental Protection Agency cleared the crop plant for
human consumption, the USDA hasn't yet approved
it for field planting.
assurances about the health safety of the altered crop doesn't
mollify Anuradha Mittal, the co-director of Food
First in Oakland. The nonprofit group, founded by Frances Moore Lappe,
the author of "Diet for a Small Planet," is calling
for a moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered crops until
more studies are conducted on the environmental and
health effects of the novel genes.
of the biggest problems is you have a breakdown regarding
regulation of GE foods, and not enough funds have been
set aside to study health concerns," she said.
Ryan, a spokesman for the EPA, responded the agency is "committed
to working with other federal agencies to ensure
that the products developed with biotechnology do not pose unreasonable
risks to human health and the environment."
Suzanne Bohan at the Oakland Tribune/ANG Newspapers, 410 13th
St., Oakland, 94612 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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