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November 27, 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: Vitamin E boost for diabetics' heart health; Flavonoids linked to better breast cancer survival; U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends new label warnings about dangerous psychiatric side effects of influenza drugs Tamiflu and Relenza; Osteo-arthritis painkiller removed from sale because of links to liver damage; U.N. Agency Denies Inflating Cases of H.I.V. Deliberately; South African Health Director-General Defends Traditional Medicine; EU officials propose ban on genetically modified corn seeds; Challenges brew in federal courts and on Capitol Hill to a key legal strategy President Bush is using to protect a secret surveillance program that monitors phone calls and e-mails inside the United States; and Denmark plans to hold another referendum on whether to join the euro.

Natural Health News

November 26, 2007

Vitamin E boost for diabetics' heart health
Vitamin E supplements may halve the risk of cardiovascular events among diabetics, if they carry a particular version of a gene, says new research from Israel.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 22, 2007

Flavonoids linked to better breast cancer survival
An increased dietary intake of flavonoids may enhance breast cancer survival by over 30 per cent, suggests a new epidemiological study from the US. The study of 1,210 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer found that individuals with the highest intake of flavones and isoflavones prior to diagnosis had a 37 and 48 per cent lower risk of all-cause mortality.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

November 24, 2007

Additional warnings urged for 2 flu drugs
FDA finds Tamiflu, Relenza linked to bizarre behavior, deaths
WASHINGTON – Food and Drug Administration experts are recommending new label warnings about possible dangerous psychiatric side effects of influenza drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, according to FDA documents. The documents, posted Friday on the FDA Web site, were prepared for a meeting Tuesday of the FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee. Studies revealed 596 cases in which patients who took Tamiflu experienced "neuropsychiatric events" such as delirium, delusions or hallucinations. The episodes sometimes led to impulsive behavior and self-injury. Tamiflu is made by Roche Holdings.
Read article in the Houston Chronicle (USA)

November 21, 2007

Osteoarthritis painkiller is removed from sale
A painkiller taken by thousands of people for osteo-arthritis has been removed from sale because it may be linked to liver damage. The use of Prexige (lumiracoxib), which has been taken by 5,000 people in the last year, has been suspended by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. New data has found an increase in the number of cases of serious liver reactions which have occurred with the 100mg dose. In some cases the reactions have been in people taking the drug for less than one month.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

November 19, 2007

GlaxoSmithKline Spent $3.6M Lobbying
WASHINGTON – British pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline PLC spent more than $3.6 million in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a recent disclosure form. The company lobbied Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to patent reform legislation, pharmaceutical regulation and foreign investment in the U.S.
Read article in the Boston Globe (USA)

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U.N.-Related News

November 21, 2007

U.N. Agency Denies Inflating Cases of H.I.V. Deliberately
After releasing new figures showing that the global AIDS epidemic is smaller than it previously reported, the United Nations' AIDS-fighting agency denied yesterday that it had inflated estimates for years in an alarmist effort to raise funds.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: AIDS is now a billion-dollar industry and inflated AIDS statistics are being used to obtain financial support from governments for treatment programmes based upon the use of toxic anti-retroviral drugs. The sole beneficiary from this multi-billion dollar fraud is the pharmaceutical industry and its "Business with Disease".

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Other Health-related News

November 22, 2007

South Africa: Health Director-General Defends Traditional Medicine
Health department director-general Thami Mseleku yesterday defended the government's slow progress in regulating complementary and African traditional medicines, taking on critics who wanted these remedies to be controlled in the same manner as western pharmaceutical products. "There is a war on African traditional medicines in SA," he said. "You have people who are out to discredit these medicines despite the fact that Africans in their millions use them. We have to regulate rather than condemn." As in Europe and the US, South African consumers are increasingly seeking alternatives to western pharmaceuticals, including herbs and nutritional supplements such as vitamins.
Read article at allafrica.com
Comment: Millions of African people increasingly prefer natural alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry's toxic patented chemical drug medicines, recognizing that they are safer and more effective than putting their health into the hands of the multi-billion dollar "business with disease".

November 21, 2007

EU officials propose ban on genetically modified corn seeds
European Union environment officials have determined that two kinds of genetically modified corn could harm butterflies, modify food chains and disturb life in rivers and streams, and they have proposed a ban on the sale of the seeds, which are made by DuPont Pioneer, Dow Agrosciences and Syngenta. The preliminary decisions, seen by the International Herald Tribune, are circulating within the European Commission, the EU executive, which has the final say. Some officials there are skeptical about a ban that would upset the powerful biotechnology industry and could exacerbate tensions with important EU trading partners like the United States.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

November 20, 2007

Cancer studies 'wasted millions'
Millions of pounds of charity donations and taxpayers' money have been wasted on worthless cancer studies, the BBC has learned. File On 4 has discovered thousands of studies have been invalidated. It found some scientists have failed to carry out simple and inexpensive checks to ensure they are working with the right forms of human tumour cells.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: This story largely misses the point, in that, globally speaking, countless billions of pounds of charity donations and taxpayers' money have now been wasted on worthless cancer studies. As the two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling once put it: "Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud and that the major cancer research organisations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them." In sharp contrast to the fraudulent nature of the so-called "war on cancer", Dr. Rath and his team of researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have identified a specific combination of nutrients that work synergistically to stop the spread of cancer cells. To learn more, click here.

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Political News

November 26, 2007

Congress, Courts Examine 'State Secrets'
In federal courts and on Capitol Hill, challenges are brewing to a key legal strategy President Bush is using to protect a secret surveillance program that monitors phone calls and e-mails inside the United States. Under grilling from lawmakers and attack by lawsuits alleging Bush authorized the illegal wiretapping of Americans, the White House has invoked a legal defense known as the "state secrets" doctrine – a claim that the president has inherent and unchecked power to shield national security information from disclosure, either to plaintiffs in court or to congressional overseers.
Read Associated Press news report at ap.google.com

November 22, 2007

Danes vote again on the euro
Denmark said Thursday that it planned to hold a second referendum on whether to join the euro, which Danes rejected seven years ago, an action that could spur more countries to join the single currency. Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen promised a plebiscite within the next four years on whether to end Denmark's self-exclusion from the European currency and three other EU policies.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

November 19, 2007

Polish defense chief wants to rethink stance on missile defense
Poland's new defense minister said the country should take a new look at whether allowing the United States to base part of a missile defense system in the country would serve its interests, according to a newspaper interview published Monday. Bogdan Klich's remarks, published in the Dziennik daily, underlined the shift in thinking on the issue under Poland's new government, which took power Friday. The new prime minister, Donald Tusk, and his government have vowed to take a firmer stand in its relations with the United States. Under former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Warsaw began negotiations with Washington on its request to place 10 interceptor missiles in the country, frequently expressing strong support for the plan as a way to strengthen the trans-Atlantic alliance. But in the interview, Klich was quoted as saying that Poland must once again "weigh the benefits and costs of this project for Poland. And if that balance results unfavorably, we should draw a conclusion from those results."
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

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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