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February 13, 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 8, 2008

Maternal micronutrient supplements boost baby weights
Supplements of micronutrients during pregnancy may result in bigger and heavier babies, relative to babies born to mothers taking only iron and folic acid, suggests a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 6, 2008

Supplements 'reduce malaria toll'
Cheap dietary supplements could protect young children from malaria, research suggests. The study, published in Nutrition Journal, found giving children vitamin A and zinc cut incidence of illness by a third.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

February 6, 2008

Antioxidants and carotenoids linked to AMD improvements
Supplements of antioxidants and carotenoids may improve retinal health in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), suggesting a role beyond prevention, suggests a new study from Italy. A combination of vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin was found to improve the function of the central retina among 27 people with non-advanced AMD, scientists report in the journal Ophthalmology.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 10, 2008

Legal drug craze is new killer
Once it was cocaine, speed or heroin, but now the fashion is for legal pills, washed down by spirits. Last week's news that actor Heath Ledger, right, died from an overdose of prescription tablets shed light on a startling new trend - misuse of over-the-counter pills now kills more Americans than illegal drugs.
Read article by Elizabeth Day in The Observer (UK)
Comment: The most commonly abused prescription medications fall into three categories: opiate-based painkillers (OxyContin and Percocet); central nervous system depressants prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders (Valium and Xanax); and stimulants, used to treat attention deficit disorders (Ritalin and Adderall). Within these categories, the pharmaceutical industry has provided a full set of substitutes for just about every illegal narcotic available.

February 9, 2008

FDA Links Anti-Wrinkle Drugs to Deaths
The popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox and a competitor have been linked to dangerous botulism symptoms in some users, cases so bad that a few children given the drugs for muscle spasms have died, the government warned Friday. The Food and Drug Administration's warning includes both Botox, a wrinkle-specific version called Botox Cosmetic, and its competitor, Myobloc, drugs that all use botulinum toxin to block nerve impulses, causing them to relax. In rare cases, the toxin can spread beyond the injection site to other parts of the body, paralyzing or weakening the muscles used for breathing and swallowing, a potentially fatal side effect, the FDA said.
Read article at physorg.com

February 8, 2008

Britain 'is true Prozac Nation'
Britain is a "Prozac Nation" facing a crisis in mental health care, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will warn. In a speech later he will say the over-use of pills and poor mental health services are failing the public.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: More than 31 million prescriptions for drugs such as Prozac were issued in England in 2006 after an almost continuous rise over the last 10 years.

February 7, 2008

HIV drugs, Abacavir and Didanosine increase the risk of heart attack
A study to assess the adverse effects of anti-retroviral drugs shows that two widely-used HIV drugs are associated with an increased risk of heart attack/the formation of blood clots in the heart. With the use of Didanosine, the risk of developing a heart attack increases by 49%, with Abacavir; the increased risk is 90%.
Read article at physorg.com

February 6, 2008

Did GSK trial data mask Paxil suicide risk?
AN INAPPROPRIATE analysis of clinical trial data by researchers at GlaxoSmithKline obscured suicide risks associated with paroxetine, a profitable antidepressant, for 15 years, suggest court documents released last month. Not until 2006 did GSK alert people to raised suicide risks associated with the drug, marketed as Paxil and Seroxat.
Read article at newscientist.com

February 6, 2008

Prescription drugs overdose killed Heath Ledger
The actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, the New York city medical examiner ruled today. Ledger, 28, was found lying dead at the foot of his bed in his New York apartment on January 22. Sleeping pills and other medication were discovered near his body. A statement issued by the medical examiner's office said the Brokeback Mountain star had died after taking a combination of painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medicine. It said: "Mr Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine." The drugs are better known as OxyContin, Valium, Restoril, Xanax and Unisom. Hydrocodone is a widely used prescription painkiller.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: The tragic and untimely death of Heath Ledger is yet another sobering reminder of the dangers of synthetic chemical drug medicines. Highly addictive, the painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs that killed the actor are linked to at least 200 deaths a year in England alone.

February 5, 2008

Nigeria: Pfizer - Kano Applies for Arrest of 3 American Suspects
Kano State government has requested that three Americans, namely, Dr. Scott Hopkins, Dr. Deborah Williams, and Michel Dunne, be extradited and tried as they were suspected to be directly responsible as research field officers for the trial of the drug Trovan. This was revealed to the court yesterday by the Kano State director of public prosecution (DPP), Sulaiman Bala Na-Malam.
Read article at allafrica.com

February 5, 2008

Warning over popular fungal treatment Lamisil
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned of adverse side-effects from oral Lamisil, a pill formulation for ringworm and nail fungal problems. It is prescribed for people who do not respond to fungal creams but the TGA says it can cause liver failure. The TGA has received 722 adverse event reports on Lamisil, known generically as terbinafine, including 70 liver reactions, 61 implicating the tablet form as the sole suspected drug.
Read article at news.com.au (Australia)

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Other Health-related News

February 7, 2008

Manto still talking to traditional healers
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang today vowed to continue engaging traditional healers on health issues, saying they were important partners in the fight against HIV and Aids. "Some people might be resisting traditional healers but I believe we are on the right track," she said. Speaking during a meeting in Cape Town between the Health Department and traditional leaders on initiations and circumcision, Tshabalala-Msimang said no amount of pressure would discourage her from engaging with traditional leaders on crucial issues such as HIV and Aids. "We will not be pushed around for the sake of money and resources," she said.
Read article in The Times (South Africa)

February 5, 2008

Compulsory water fluoridation is dangerous and immoral, says Green Party health spokesperson
While we continue to feed refined sugar to our children in schools, efforts to reduce tooth decay will be in vain. Green Party health spokesperson Stuart Jeffery today slated controversial Government plans to fluoridate national water supplies, claiming that medicating people without permission breaches European Human Rights conventions.
Read press release on the website of the UK Green Party
Comment: British Health Secretary Alan Johnson has recommended that fluoride should be routinely added to UK water supplies. However, consumption of fluoridated water has been linked to a wide range of medical afflictions including severe skeletal problems, fluorosis (discoloration of the teeth), osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) in boys, and problems affecting the central nervous system.

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Political News

February 11, 2008

Dutch refuse to sign off on EU accounts
The Netherlands is to refuse to sign off on the European Union's accounts, in an attempt to force national governments to take more responsibility for the European money they spend. Wouter Bos, Dutch finance minister, is set to be heavily outvoted at a meeting of his peers tomorrow to pass the 2006 budget of €107bn (£80bn, $155bn), in spite of huge errors found by auditors last year in the four-fifths of money that is spent nationally.
Read article in the Financial Times (UK)
Comment: In November 2007, the EU's auditors refused to sign off the bloc's financial accounts - for the 13th year in a row. The report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) criticised nearly every major area of the EU's expenditure. The auditors said there are weaknesses across the board and complain of neglect and presumed attempts at fraud.

February 8, 2008

New poll shows deep pessimism about direction of U.S. and Europe
While Americans have been saying for more than four years that their country is headed in the wrong direction, a poll shows that people in five major European countries share that pessimism about their own countries. The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive for the International Herald Tribune and France 24, shows a broad range of discontent in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States, especially focused on the economy. "This poll reveals an overall deep crisis of confidence in Europe and the United States," Patrick van Bloeme, chief executive of Harris Interactive France, said.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

February 7, 2008

Slovakia's Vote on Lisbon Treaty Ratification Postponed Indefinitely
Slovakia's Parliamentary Chairman Pavol Paska on Thursday in Parliament again postponed the vote on the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon indefinitely. Opposition parties SDKU-DS, KDH and SMK, for the third time on the trot, nullified the vote by vacating the House.
Read article at sktoday.com (Slovakia)

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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