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October 29, 2007

Latest News Updates

Keep up-to-date on the latest health and politics news with our regular updates and analysis of the key stories from around the world.

Included in this edition: A double-blind, randomized clinical trial has shown that HIV-positive patients given supplemental nutrients can stop their decline into AIDS; a United Nations independent expert on health has stated that draft United Nations human rights guidelines for pharmaceutical companies do not suggest that drug companies are legally bound by international human rights law; the biggest study into organic food has found that it is more nutritious than ordinary produce and may help to lengthen people's lives; China's health minister calls for more respect to traditional Chinese medicine; and tens of thousands of anti-war activists have protested in 11 US Cities against the Iraq war.

Natural Health News

October 25, 2007

A double-blind, randomized clinical trial has shown that HIV-positive patients given supplemental nutrients can stop their decline into AIDS. Edith Namulemia, James Sparling and Harold Foster's findings were just published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
Read news release at orthomolecular.org
Comment: For further information on the natural control of AIDS, click here.

October 25, 2007

Omega-3 to cut colon cancer: meta-analysis
A pooled analysis of the small but ever-growing body of science of omega-3 and colorectal cancer indicates more fish oil does protect against the cancer.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 22, 2007

Zinc may reduce pneumonia risk in nursing home elderly
When elderly nursing home residents contract pneumonia, it is a blow to their already fragile health. Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and colleagues report that maintaining normal serum zinc concentration in the blood may help reduce the risk of pneumonia development in that population.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: The study participants with normal serum zinc concentrations in their blood reduced their risk of developing pneumonia by about 50 percent. Additionally, deaths from all causes were 39 percent lower in this group.

For more natural health news, click here.

Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 26, 2007

Schoolgirls to get 'cancer jab'
Schoolgirls in England will be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer from September 2008, ministers are set to announce. It will go further than recommended by experts, with all aged 12-13 eligible, and a catch-up campaign up to 18.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: One of the vaccines that have been developed, Gardasil, made by Merck, is already reported to have been responsible for 3,461 adverse reactions, including eleven deaths, in the United States alone. In Australia, meanwhile, reports suggest that dozens of teenage girls have been sickened by Gardasil. In one case being investigated, a girl was left temporarily paralysed and unable to talk.

October 25, 2007

Warning Is Sent to AIDS Vaccine Volunteers
S. Africans Among Recipients Who May Be at Higher Risk of Contracting Virus
South African AIDS researchers have begun warning hundreds of volunteers that a highly touted experimental vaccine they received in recent months might make them more, not less, likely to contract HIV in the midst of one of the world's most rampant epidemics. The move stems from the discovery last month that an AIDS vaccine developed by Merck & Co. might have led to more infections than it averted among study subjects in the United States and other countries.
Read article in The Washington Post (USA)

October 24, 2007

PM hosts first Business Council meeting
Gordon Brown has hosted his first Business Council meeting at 10 Downing Street after establishing the group earlier this year. The council's purpose is to provide advice on broad issues that affect enterprise, business and the long term productivity and competitiveness of the economy. Members of the group include Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Terry Leahy of Tesco and Sir Alan Sugar of Amstrad. Other attendees included Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone and Sir William Castell of the Wellcome Trust.
Read the UK government's press release on the 10 Downing Street website
Comment: Given that Jean-Pierre Garnier, CEO of Glaxo SmithKline, is also a member of the group, Mervyn Davies, Chair of Standard Chartered and of the Business Council, must surely have had the pharma cartel cracking open the champagne when he explained that: "The Council provides the opportunity to bring highly-experienced business minds into a new dialogue with government." Click here to read the full list of Gordon's new friends.

For more pharma "business with disease" news, click here.

U.N. - Related Issues

October 25, 2007

UN rights expert unveils draft guidelines for drug companies on vital medicine
Noting that nearly two billion people worldwide lack access to essential medicines, a United Nations independent expert on health today introduced into the General Assembly draft human rights guidelines for pharmaceutical companies to expand that reach. Paul Hunt, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, told the Assembly's third committee that the guidelines are designed to help both the companies and those monitoring their activities. Using non-binding language, the 48 guidelines - which are being circulated for comment until the end of the year - deal with specific issues regarding access to medicines, such as pricing, ethical marketing, clinical trials, corruption, and research and development for neglected diseases. Professor Hunt said he expected to finalize the guidelines for release next year. "I have tried to be practical and constructive," he said, stressing that the draft does not suggest that pharmaceutical companies are legally bound by international human rights law.
Read news report on the United Nations website
Comment: Yes, you did read that last sentence correctly. Significantly, therefore, during the committee's debate, the representative of Libya said that pharmaceutical companies nowadays had a great influence on everything, adding that their status was reminiscent of arms companies long ago who had great influence on politicians. In his response, Paul Hunt confirmed that the draft human rights guidelines would not be legally binding upon the drug industry, adding that they were "a tool to assist pharmaceutical companies."

For more news and comment about UN related public health issues, click here.

Other Health-related News

October 29, 2007

Massive rise in Europe GM crops
Figures to be published later on Monday show the area planted with genetically modified crops in Europe has grown by 77% since last year. This year over 1,000 sq km of GM maize was harvested.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

October 28, 2007

Official: organic really is better
THE biggest study into organic food has found that it is more nutritious than ordinary produce and may help to lengthen people's lives. The evidence from the £12m four-year project will end years of debate and is likely to overturn government advice that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice. The study found that organic fruit and vegetables contained as much as 40% more antioxidants, which scientists believe can cut the risk of cancer and heart disease, Britain's biggest killers. They also had higher levels of beneficial minerals such as iron and zinc.
Read article in the Sunday Times (UK)

October 17, 2007

China's health minister calls for more respect to traditional Chinese medicine
China's Health Minister Chen Zhu has called for respect to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the scientific value of which is doubted by some people. "A prudent scientist should not judge TCM in haste if he did not understand its meaning, advantage and core theories," Chen, a Paris-trained hematology scientist, said in Beijing on Monday at a health forum.
Read article in the People's Daily (China)
Comment: About 3,000 hospitals in China provide TCM treatments to nearly 234 million patients each year.

For more health-related news, click here.

Political News

October 28, 2007

Thousands Protest In 11 US Cities Against Iraq War
Peace activists demonstrated in at least 11 cities across the United States Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the vote by the U.S. Senate approving the Iraq war. As Amy Bickers reports from the northwestern city of Seattle, the message was the same everywhere - end the war and bring the troops home.
Tens of thousands of anti-war activists protested across America Saturday calling for a swift finish to the war in Iraq and demanding a cut-off of U.S. congressional funding. The anti-war demonstrations took place in several major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Read article on the Voice of America website (USA)

October 22, 2007

Bush's Request for Wars Increases to $196 Billion
President Bush asked Congress on Monday to approve $196 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security programs, setting the stage for a new confrontation with Democrats over the administration's handling of Iraq. Mr. Bush's request increased the amount of the proposed spending by $46 billion over the $150 billion already requested this year.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

October 20, 2007

Bush World War III rant shows he's really lost it now
George W. Bush put his foot in his mouth again when he warned of the possibility of World War III breaking out.
The irresponsible remarks of the president of a country armed with nuclear weapons shocked the world. "So I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," Bush told reporters at a White House press conference on Wednesday, exactly one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Tehran and expressed support for Iran's peaceful nuclear program. What are we to make of the use of such language? Either Bush has gone totally mad and now makes statements without consulting his advisors, or the neoconservatives are dreaming of a new world order and no longer feel compelled to hide their goal. How can Bush talk this way when Iran's nuclear activities are open to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency? The IAEA, the UN's only nuclear supervisory body, has announced it has found no evidence suggesting that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons program, and Iran and the agency have taken constructive steps to clear up the remaining ambiguities one by one.
Read article in the Tehran Times (Iran)

For more political news, visit the news pages on the website of the International Alliance for Health, Peace and Social Justice, and the news page on the European Referendum website.

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