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February 7, 2008

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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.

Natural Health News

February 1, 2008

Folic acid intake may also reduce premature births
The risk of having a premature baby may be halved if women take folic acid supplements for at least one year before conception, suggests new data. The results are based on a study of folate supplementation by 38,033 participants, researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston told attendees at the 28th Annual Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) meeting. According to the researchers, this study represents the first and largest U.S. study to look at the effects of folate supplementation prior to conception on early pre-term delivery.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 28, 2008

Vitamin D may help fight tuberculosis, study finds
African immigrants with low levels of vitamin D are much more likely to be infected with tuberculosis, a finding that suggests the vitamin may help prevent and treat TB, Australian researchers said on Monday. Their study of all 375 African immigrants treated at one Melbourne hospital showed that those who had low vitamin D levels were far more likely to have TB infections than those with adequate levels. They found moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency in 78 percent of patients with past or present tuberculosis.
Read article on the Scientific American website (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 4, 2008

Pfizer employees in court over 1996 drug trial
Three employees of US drug giant Pfizer appeared in court Monday facing criminal charges filed by the Kano state government over an allegedly illegal 1996 meningitis drug trial. The judge adjourned the case until March 4 when Pfizer's challenge to the court's legal jurisdiction will be heard. Pfizer employees Bashir Bello, Segun Dogunro and Lere Baale stood in the witness box for the first time since civil and criminal proceedings were launched against the drug firm and eight of its staff eight months ago. The accused face 65-charge counts of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous harm and culpable homicide.
Read AFP news report at google.com

February 3, 2008

FDA: New warning needed for Chantix
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday called for increased awareness of the health risks of the smoking cessation drug varenicline. The agency said it appears increasingly likely that there may be an association between the drug, marketed by Pfizer under the name Chantix, and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms including agitation, depression, suicidal thoughts and actual suicidal behavior.
Read article at physorg.com

February 3, 2008

Epilepsy drugs carry suicide risk: FDA
The US drug safety regulator Friday warned physicians that drugs used in treating epilepsy, migraine headaches and other conditions carry an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior.
Read article at physorg.com

February 1, 2008

GPs too busy to advise on exercise and diet – so hand out £47m in drugs
More than a million prescriptions for antiobesity drugs are now given out to patients each year, more than eight times the number dispensed nine years ago.
Read article in The Times (UK)

January 30, 2008

Lilly in Settlement Talks With U.S.
Eli Lilly and federal prosecutors are discussing a settlement of a civil and criminal investigation into the company's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa that could result in Lilly's paying more than $1 billion to federal and state governments. If a deal is reached, the fine would be the largest ever paid by a drug company for breaking the federal laws that govern how drug makers can promote their medicines.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

January 29, 2008

Nigeria: Parents of Pfizer Drug Victims Protest
Parents of victims of the alleged Kano Pfizer drug trial in 1996 staged another peaceful demonstration, carrying placards outside the premises of Kano High Court. They asked the Federal Government to ban Pfizer products in Nigeria until it pays compensation and apologizes to Nigeria for using innocent children as guinea pigs. The presiding judge at the civil case filed against Pfizer by Kano State government, Justice Sunusi Ciroma, listening to the arguments by the counsels of both parties, adjourned the case till 3rd of March, saying the court will deliberate on whether it has the jurisdiction to entertain the case or not on that date.
Read article at allafrica.com

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GMO News

February 1, 2008

UK and Irish Politicians Denounce Canadian Government Agent's Dirty Tricks over GMOs
Prominent politicians condemn Canadian government employee for fraudulent research, disinformation, intimidation of UK and Irish citizens and attempt to sabotage Irish Government policy.
UK's ex-environment minister, the Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the UK Parliament [1] (see Box), now signed by 27 MPs from different parties, the latest being Alex Samond, the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) and Scotland's First Minister. The EDM succinctly points the finger at the corporate corruption of science, most visible and ruthless when it comes to promoting GM crops, and every part of the corporate structure is complicit, the scientific establishment, the learned journals and big government held to ransom by the biotech industry.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

January 28, 2008

ASA warns GM ban retaliation
The American Soybean Association has warned there could be "massive retaliation" on Europe if the bloc does not speed up a system for approving GM crops. At the moment, industry has been loosing millions because producers who use GM crops are restricted in exporting them to the European Union, because of an EU moratorium on the use of GM crops. Following a complaint by the US in 2003, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that some European countries were breaking international trade rules by stopping the import of GM foods and crops. The EU has still not complied with this ruling and its moratorium has reduced US exports of bulk commodities such as corn and soybeans into Europe.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com
Comment: The "massive retaliation" that the American Soybean Association refers to here is essentially code for preparing to ask the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body for permission to impose trade sanctions on the EU.

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Other Health-related News

February 5, 2008

Folic acid 'dementia risk link'
Dementia is three times more common in people whose blood is low in folates, a form of vitamin B particularly found in green vegetables, a study suggests.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

January 31, 2008

Member states agree on minimum vitamin and mineral levels
A working party drawing up levels for supplements and fortified foods have reached a "general agreement" that the lowest levels should be 15 per cent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) - but questions remain on maximum levels. According to the trade group European Health Product Manufacturers, which attended the meeting, said: "There was general agreement that 15 per cent was the appropriate figure, not 30 per cent." The suggestion came from the Commission, which added that 15 per cent should be considered unless any evidence is submitted supporting another level.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: What this article doesn't say, and what the European working party won't admit, is that because of the existence of the Codex Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements – which were adopted at a meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission held in 2005 – it is now effectively mandatory for all countries to set their minimum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals in supplements at 15 per cent. As such, the European Union is misleading consumers by pretending that there is somehow a choice in this matter. More importantly, however, these same Codex Guidelines also stipulate that maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in supplements shall be set. The European Commission is currently expected to submit proposals for maximum amounts to be set in Europe by January 2009. Because Codex guidelines and standards carry binding authority in the WTO system, and act to restrict and structure the policy choices of states, other countries around the world can be expected to follow suit over the next few years. To learn more about Codex, and how it affects you and your health, click here.

January 31, 2008

E-numbers should be banned in food and drink, say MPs
All artificial colourings in food and soft drinks should be banned, a parliamentary committee urged yesterday in a report on the effect of diet on the brain. The associate parliamentary food and health forum - a grouping of parliamentarians and outside experts such as nutritionists, doctors and the food industry - says at the end of a year-long inquiry that the Food Standards Agency should be taking a tougher line on E-numbers and additives, which some studies suggest may over-stimulate children's brains and make them hyperactive.
Read article at in The Guardian (UK)

January 30, 2008

Researchers investigate links between prostate, cadmium, zinc
Cadmium exposure is a known risk factor for prostate cancer, and a new University of Rochester study suggests that zinc may offer protection against cadmium. In an article published in the February 2008 journal, The Prostate, epidemiologist Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., reports that PSA levels were 22 percent higher among American men who had zinc levels below the median (less than 12.67 mg/daily) and cadmium levels above the median. (PSA is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. The higher a man's PSA level, the more likely cancer is present.) In contrast, among men with a greater than median zinc intake, little evidence of an association between cadmium and PSA was found.
Read article at physorg.com

January 30, 2008

Cancer in EU at 'epidemic' levels
Cancer is at epidemic levels with a million people dying of the disease across the EU every year, according to British MEP John Bowis. The UK Tory deputy was speaking after parliament's environment committee voted in favour of a resolution on combating cancer. Bowis, EPP-ED spokesman on health, said, that "a million of our fellow citizens in the EU die each year from cancer. An average of only three per cent of health budgets are spent on cancer prevention. The links are clear. We have a major epidemic. We could save 330,000 lives a year. We need to get our act together and invest in cancer prevention."
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: Scientific and clinical evidence shows that the use of vitamins and other essential nutrients are of paramount importance in the battle against cancer and, moreover, that this disease could be largely unknown to future generations if these findings were implemented into public health policies. The biggest obstacles preventing the building of a world without cancer are the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical drug cartel and its "Investment 'Business With Disease'."

January 29, 2008

Sedentary lifestyles associated with accelerated aging process
Individuals who are physically active during their leisure time appear to be biologically younger than those with sedentary lifestyles, according to a report in the January 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Regular exercisers have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis, according to background information in the article. "A sedentary lifestyle increases the propensity to aging-related disease and premature death," the authors write. "Inactivity may diminish life expectancy not only by predisposing to aging-related diseases but also because it may influence the aging process itself."
Read article at physorg.com

January 17, 2008

Fluoride: Top 10 Scientific Developments of 2007
2007 was yet another important year in fluoride research, with studies not only questioning long-held views about fluoride's benefits, but raising new concerns about its impact on human health. To give an indication of this recent research, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has selected the "Top 10" scientific developments of the year.
Read summaries of these scientific developments on the Fluoride Action Network website (USA)

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Political News

February 4, 2008

Day trip to Auschwitz for pupils from every school
Two sixth-formers from every school in England are to visit Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust, under a government-funded initiative to help to ensure that the lessons of the Nazi genocide live on with a new generation. Jim Knight, the Schools Minister, wants the teenagers who take part to educate their classmates and communities in turn by giving them their own accounts of the death camp in Poland where more than one million Jews, Roma, Sinti, gay, disabled and black people were put to death.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: To visit the website that prompted the British government to turn this initiative into a permanently funded scheme, click here.

January 31, 2008

Nazi-era comparison prompts row
A British Euro MP has been threatened with expulsion from the EPP group of MEPs after likening new powers with those given to Hitler in 1933. The European Parliament's German president Hans-Gert Poettering has been given extra powers to curb disruptions after protests by Eurosceptic MEPs.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: The vote that gave Mr Poetting his extra powers has quite rightly been branded a 'dark day for democracy', as, from now on, he effectively has arbitrary powers to interpret EU parliamentary rules as he sees fit. Clearly, the EU is increasingly moving towards dictatorship, rather than democracy. If you live in Europe, we urge you to sign the petition demanding that all European citizens are immediately given the opportunity to vote in referendums on the Lisbon Treaty, by clicking here.

January 29, 2008

Phones tapped at the rate of 1,000 a day
Britain is in danger of becoming a "surveillance state" as authorities including councils launch bugging operations against 1,000 people a day. Councils, police and intelligence services are tapping and intercepting the phone calls, emails and letters of hundreds of thousands of people every year, an official report said.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: The report, by Sir Paul Kennedy - the UK's Interception of Communications Commissioner and a senior judge - shows that in the last nine months of 2006, there were 253,557 applications to intercept private communications under the UK' surveillance laws. It is understood that most were approved. Disturbingly, therefore, a total of 653 public bodies and quangos in the UK now have the power to monitor people's private communications and carry out surveillance. Worse still, the fact that the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain is included amongst them provides still further evidence that the "War on Terror" is not merely about fighting "terrorism" but is part of a deliberate long-term strategy by pharmaceutical investment groups to create a psychological "state of fear" and maintain global economic control.

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 Initiative website.

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