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December 4, 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: Multivitamins and minerals could reduce appetite in women on a weight reduction regime; Study links zinc supplements to boosting recovery in patients suffering from head and neck cancers; Diabetes drug Avandia may increase the risk of brittle bone disease; U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel wants extra warnings on the asthma drugs Advair and Serevent; Pfizer blocks the Nigerian Federal Government from prosecuting it on criminal charges; U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives reports of mood disorders and erratic behavior among patients taking the anti-smoking drug Chantix; U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that Novartis AG's organ rejection drug, Myfortic, increases risk of first-trimester miscarriage and birth defects; Chinese drug association official will stand trial in Beijing for allegedly taking bribes; Researchers say giving Alzheimer's drugs to people with early memory problems does not delay the onset of the disease; Research suggests more than 90,000 patients die and almost one million are harmed in the UK each year because of hospital blunders; Survey finds a quarter of all adults admitted to hospital and care homes in the UK are at risk of malnutrition; Vast archive of wartime German documents on the Nazi Holocaust is opened to the public; More American military veterans have been committing suicide than US soldiers have been dying in Iraq.

Natural Health News

November 29, 2007

Multivitamins and minerals benefits for weight and hunger
Multivitamins and minerals could reduce appetite in women on a weight reduction regime, while lower body weight and fat mass was more obvious in men, says new research from Canada. The study adds to the body of evidence supporting adequate vitamin and mineral consumption for health, and is published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

November 28, 2007

Zinc may boost cancer patients survival
A study has linked zinc supplements to boosting recovery in patients suffering from head and neck cancers. Writing in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics scientists noted a difference between two groups of cancer patient's recovery rates over three years.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 3, 2007

Diabetes drug link to weak bones
A commonly-prescribed drug for type 2 diabetics may increase the risk of brittle bone disease, say researchers. Tests on mice found that rosiglitazone (Avandia), which is used to boost the effects of insulin, could be interfering with new bone formation.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: An earlier study had already suggested that Avandia could lead to bone fractures in men as well as women. Other research, meanwhile, suggests that Avandia can increase the risk of heart attack by more than 40 percent and that one in every 50 patients taking it over a period of 26 months will have to be hospitalised for heart failure. In the United States, it has been estimated that Avandia's toxic effects on the heart caused as many as 205,000 heart attacks, strokes and death from 1999 to 2006.

November 29, 2007

FDA panel wants extra warnings on Glaxo asthma drugs Advair, Serevent
GlaxoSmithKline's best-selling drug Advair, manufactured in part at a plant in Zebulon, may get new warnings on its label highlighting the drug's risk for children. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said late Wednesday that the asthma treatment's label should contain more information about its potentially deadly side effects in children. The FDA panel also said the information should be placed on the label of Serevent, another GSK asthma drug with the same active ingredient as Advair.
Read article in the Triangle Business Journal (USA)
Comment: Serevent and Advair already carry warnings, added in 2006, that say the drugs could increase the risk of asthma-related deaths.

November 28, 2007

Nigeria: Pfizer Blocks Prosecution
Pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, yesterday blocked the Federal Government from prosecuting it on criminal charges by obtaining an injunction restraining police from arraigning its officials. The Federal Government is instituting criminal charges against Pfizer before an Abuja Federal High Court for allegedly making Nigerian children "guinea pigs" for testing its meningitis drug in Kano in 1996. The government said the injunction is preventing it from prosecuting the multi-national company.
Read article at allafrica.com

November 28, 2007

FDA probes reported behavior changes
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration recently said it has received reports of mood disorders and erratic behavior among patients taking the Pfizer Inc. drug Chantix. The drug won regulatory approval last year to aid adults trying to quit smoking and sales totaled $101 million. FDA said it is still gathering information about the drug, but advised doctors to closely monitor patients taking Chantix for behavior changes. The agency said the changes have often been reported within days or weeks of people first taking the drug.
Read article at timesleader.com (USA)
Comment: Some reports have linked Chantix to suicidal and violent behaviour. In the UK, meanwhile, the BBC is reporting that the UK's medicines watchdog, the MHRA, is to monitor the situation "closely" after 839 reports of adverse reactions to Champix. These reports include 50 cases of depression and 16 of suicidal thoughts.

November 27, 2007

Novartis' Myfortic poses fetal risks–FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that Novartis AG's organ rejection drug, Myfortic, increases risk of first-trimester miscarriage and birth defects. Novartis said in a letter to health-care providers that the drug will carry a new safety warning outlining the increased miscarriage risk and raised risk for malformations of the external ear and the face, such as cleft lip and palate. Other drug-related birth defect risks include anomalies of distal limbs, which include fingers and toes, and of the heart, esophagus and kidney.
Read article at reuters.com

November 26, 2007

Chinese drug association official stands trial for alleged bribe taking
A Chinese drug association official will stand trial in Beijing for allegedly taking bribes totaling 100,000 yuan (13,333 U.S. dollars), the Beijing Times reported on Monday. Last week, the public procurators office filed a document with the Xicheng District Court against Liu Yongjiu. It charged the former deputy secretary general of the China Pharmaceutical Association, a non-profit organization for pharmacists, had taken bribes from an advertising company and a pharmaceutical manufacturer, according to the newspaper.
Read article in the People's Daily (China)

November 26, 2007

Alzheimer drugs don't delay dementia onset-study
LONDON - Giving Alzheimer's drugs to people with early memory problems does not seem to delay the onset of the disease, researchers said on Tuesday.
Read article at reuters.com
Comment: Italian researchers found that in none of six clinical trials they examined did using Alzheimer's drugs significantly reduce the rate of progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia.

November 25, 2007

Dr. Drug Rep
Click here to read Daniel Carlat's revealing story, published in the New York Times magazine, about the year he earned $30,000 in supplemental income by giving "educational talks" to doctors on behalf of drug companies.

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Other Health-related News

November 29, 2007

Hospital blunders 'kill 90,000 patients'
More than 90,000 patients die and almost one million are harmed each year because of hospital blunders, research suggests. Errors during surgery, misdiagnosis, falls, infections and complications are all to blame for the problems that contribute to the death and injury tolls in England each year. Researchers found that between 8.7 per cent and 10 per cent of hospital stays involved such mistakes and up to a half were preventable. Prof Trevor Sheldon, the author of the study published in the British Medical Journal, said a stay in hospital was as "risky as bungee jumping".
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

November 27, 2007

Malnutrition 'a widespread risk'
A quarter of all adults admitted to hospital and care homes in the UK are at risk of malnutrition, a major survey has found. The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (Bapen) collected data on 11,665 new admissions to 372 institutions over three days. The association is calling for nutrition screening on admission as standard for all patients.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: We should not mislead ourselves into thinking that it is only adults admitted to hospital and care homes who are at risk of malnutrition. A recent report suggested that up to 6 per cent of the UK population could now be suffering from serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

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Political News

November 28, 2007

Vast Nazi archive opens to public
A vast archive of wartime German documents on the Nazi Holocaust has been opened to the public. The 47m documents, kept in Germany, contain detailed records on 17.5m forced labourers, concentration camp victims and political prisoners. Previously, the files were only used to trace missing persons, reunite families and provide information for compensation claims. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) manages the files. The whole archive takes up some 26km (16 miles) of shelving in the town of Bad Arolsen in western Germany.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: In reality, of course, the opening of this archive was prompted by the launching, in July 2007, of the Profit Over Life website. Made possible by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, the Profit Over Life website contains the authentic records from the 1947 Nuremberg war crimes trial against the IG Farben oil and drug cartel. As a result of the Foundation's efforts, there is no question now that the history about World War II will eventually have to be re-written to include the critical role of the oil and drug cartel and, moreover, that making this truth public is an important contribution to the preservation of world peace.

November 15, 2007

America suffers an epidemic of suicides among traumatised army veterans
More American military veterans have been committing suicide than US soldiers have been dying in Iraq, it was claimed yesterday. At least 6,256 US veterans took their lives in 2005, at an average of 17 a day, according to figures broadcast last night. Former servicemen are more than twice as likely than the rest of the population to commit suicide. Such statistics compare to the total of 3,863 American military deaths in Iraq since the invasion in 2003 - an average of 2.4 a day, according to the website ICasualties.org.
Read article in The Times (UK)

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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