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December 10, 2007

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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: Folate may reduce depression symptoms for men; Honey is better than children's cough syrups for a silent night; Supplements of the Indian herbal Coccinia indica may reduce blood sugar levels; Super fruits like blueberries, blackberries and papaya could be used to stop mouth cancer cells spreading through the rest of the body; Increased intake of vitamin K1 could protect against inflammation; U.S. federal advisory committee votes that Genentech's drug Avastin should not be approved as treatment for breast cancer; Bristol-Myers to Eliminate 4,800 Jobs; Nigeria quits talks with Pfizer over deadly drug trials; Study finds fitness level, not body fat, may be stronger predictor of longevity for older adults; Czech President Vaclav Klaus says that the new EU reform treaty is nothing but a renamed European constitution; Upcoming European Union president Slovenia wants to be among the first to ratify the new EU reform treaty; African states refuse to join EU trade deal.

Natural Health News

December 7, 2007

Folate may reduce depression symptoms for men, says study
Increased intake of folate may reduce the incidence of depression amongst men by 50 per cent, suggests a new study of over 500 Japanese subjects.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

December 4, 2007

Honey is better than children's cough syrups for a silent night
Natural honey is a more effective remedy for children's coughs than over-the-counter medicines, researchers say. A dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime easily outperformed a cough suppressant in a US study. Honey did a better job of reducing the severity and frequency of night-time coughs. It also improved sleep quality for children and their parents.
Read article in The Times (UK)

December 4, 2007

Indian herb's diabetes benefits gets study boost
Supplements of the Indian herbal Coccinia indica may reduce blood sugar levels by about 20 per cent, says a new study from India that adds to the Indian herb linked potential to aid diabetics. A one gram daily dose of C. indica extract led to an 18 per cent reduction in blood sugar levels after meals, according to a double blind, placebo control, randomised study published in the journal Diabetes Care.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

December 3, 2007

Scientists find super fruits key to mouth cancer
SUPER fruits like blueberries, blackberries and papaya could be used to stop mouth cancer cells spreading through the rest of the body. They could also reduce the risk of mouth cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Cancer Research. The study, carried out at the University of Hong Kong, found that as well as suppressing the spread of cancer, a substance called lupeol found in blueberries and other "super fruit" also reduced the size of the tumour three times faster than conventional drugs.
Read article at icwales.co.uk (UK)

December 3, 2007

Study gives vitamin K anti-inflammation boost
Increased intake of vitamin K1, and to a lesser extend vitamin D, could protect against inflammation, and positively effect chronic disease risk, suggests a new observational study. The study, published on-line in the American Journal of Epidemiology, adds to in vitro data supporting benefits for the vitamins against inflammation, brought about by an over-expression or lack of control of the normal protective mechanism. Chronic inflammation has been linked to range of conditions linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's, and type-2 diabetes.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

December 6, 2007

Advisory Panel Rejects New Use for Cancer Drug
A federal advisory committee voted yesterday that Genentech's drug Avastin should not be approved as a treatment for breast cancer. By a 5-4 vote, the committee decided that Avastin's ability to delay the worsening of cancer did not outweigh the drug's toxic side effects, especially since women getting Avastin did not live significantly longer in the end.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 6, 2007

Bristol-Myers to Eliminate 4,800 Jobs
Bristol-Myers Squibb said yesterday that it would cut approximately 10 percent of its work force of 43,000 employees, continuing a year of pharmaceutical industry layoffs as drug makers adapt to a more competitive environment. Besides layoffs, the company said it would sell or close half its 27 manufacturing plants worldwide, farm out some manufacturing and winnow its portfolio of more than 500 products by about 60 percent.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

December 5, 2007

Nigeria quits talks with Pfizer over deadly drug trials: official
KANO (AFP) - Nigeria's Kano state has quit out-of-court talks with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer over allegedly illegal drug trials that led to the deaths of 11 children in 2006, a senior justice official said Wednesday. "Kano state government is no longer inclined towards holding any direct discussions with Pfizer, its retained counsel or employees," said a letter from justice commissioner Aliyu Umar addressed to Pfizer lawyer Anthony Idigbe. Nigeria alleges that Pfizer used an untested meningitis drug, Trovan, without authorisation on 200 children during a triple epidemic of meningitis, measles and cholera in which over 12,000 people died. It says that the drug testing led to 11 deaths and more than 180 cases of deformity.
Read article at Yahoo News

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Other Health-related News

December 5, 2007

Study finds fitness level, not body fat, may be stronger predictor of longevity for older adults
Adults over age 60 who had higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness lived longer than unfit adults, independent of their levels of body fat, according to a study in the December 5 issue of JAMA.
Read article at physorg.com

December 4, 2007

Is cooked food dangerous?
Shock news from the world of dietary research: raw-food fanatics may not be so deranged after all. Research has emerged showing a direct link between a chemical called acrylamide and womb and ovarian cancer in women. Acrylamide is produced when we roast, fry or bake our food.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: Chips, crisps, fast foods and processed foods contain the highest levels of acrylamide. The researchers found that women who eat crisps or chips every day may double their chances of ovarian or womb cancer.

December 3, 2007

You are what your mother eats: study
A mother's likes and dislikes, particularly for fruit and vegetables, is passed on to her infant during breastfeeding, suggests new research from the US. A study of 45 infants, just under half of which were breastfed, showed that a baby's preference for a certain food is dependent on its mother's tastes, but only if the baby is breastfed, report researchers in this month's issue of Pediatrics.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

December 5, 2007

Klaus: EU reform treaty is EU constitution renamed
The new draft EU reform treaty is nothing but a renamed European constitution on which the EU member states had failed to agree, Czech President Vaclav Klaus said at a meeting with businesspeople Tuesday. Klaus, knowns as a Euro-sceptic said he had withdrawn from the debates on the reform treaty not to complicate the government's life. He said he did not even go to the EU summit in Lisbon in October at which the treaty was being negotiated. "You have a reform treaty, and now try all of you to live with it," Klaus said.
Read article at praguemonitor.com (Czech Republic)

December 4, 2007

Slovenia to be among the first to ratify EU treaty: minister
(LJUBLJANA) - Upcoming European Union president Slovenia wants to be among the first to ratify the new EU treaty after European leaders sign it in Lisbon next week, Foreign Minister Dmitrij Rupel said Monday. "Our government will send the EU treaty to parliament on December 20," the Slovenian minister told a conference here. "That way, Slovenia will be among the first EU members to ratify the new reform treaty. That is one of our main responsibilities" as the European Union's next president, Rupel said. Slovenia, which joined the EU in 2004, is scheduled to take over its rotating presidency in January -- becoming the first of the bloc's 12 new members to hold the office.
Read article at eubusiness.com

December 4, 2007

African states refuse to join EU trade deal
South Africa and Namibia said on Monday that they had refused to sign new trade deals with the European Union because it would compromise their sovereignty. The two states said they had refused to join the economic partnership agreements principally to avoid being bound into guaranteeing the EU equal terms to any bilateral trade deals negotiated with other parties in the future. Anil Sooklal, Pretoria's ambassador to the EU, told the Financial Times that a most-favoured nation clause "compromises our sovereignty".
Read article in the Financial 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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