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February 26, 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 21, 2008

Co-Q10 may ease fatigue after exercise: study
Supplements of coenzyme Q10 may boost physical performance and reduce feelings of tiredness associated with exercise, Japanese researchers have reported. Both fatigue and recovery time were decreased as a result of 300 milligrams of CoQ10 for eight days, according to the double-blinded, placebo-controlled study with 17 healthy volunteers published in the journal Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 20, 2008

Meta-analysis supports zinc for childhood diarrhoea
Supplements of zinc may help children with acute and persistent diarrhoea, according to a meta-analysis of 22 studies involving about 17,000 children.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 20, 2008

Folate may cut male smokers' stroke risk
An increased intake of folate may reduce the risk of stroke by 20 per cent for male smokers, suggests a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 19, 2008

Calcium pills effective for boosting bone health in teenage girls
Supplements of calcium effectively increased the build up and bone mineral content in teenage girls, but the benefits are undone if the supplementation stops, suggests a new study. An 18-month randomised trial found that a daily 792 mg calcium supplement boosted bone mineral content in girls, report the researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 19, 2008

Lycopene's anti-cancer benefits extend to colon: study
The carotenoid lycopene from tomato may interfere with levels of a hormone associated with an increase in the risk of colorectal cancer, suggests a Dutch study. The randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blinded crossover study in 71 subjects showed that supplements of lycopene may increase levels of proteins that bind to insulin-like growth factor (IGF), linked with cancer risk. The study, published late last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, extends our understanding of the potential anti-cancer benefits of lycopene, most notably linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

February 18, 2008

Lipoic acid and carnitine combo show diabetes potential
A combination of lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine may boost the function of mitochondria - the cell's power stations - suggests research with implications for diabetes and obesity. Researchers, led by Jiankang Liu from the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia at the University of California (Irvine), report that the nutrients work together, or synergistically - a result not previously reported. "The strong synergistic effect of the combination of LA and ALC in [fat cells] adipocytes suggests that these two nutrients complement each other's function in mitochondrial biogenesis," wrote the authors in the journal Diabetologia.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: Clinical studies conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute focus on nutrient synergy as the most effective approach to optimizing cellular metabolism and restoring its balance, and have repeatedly shown that this approach is more effective than using individual nutrients, or their random combination.

February 15, 2008

Taking multivitamins will reduce cancer risk
Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement could reduce the risks of cancer and other aged-related illnesses, a scientist has claimed. Prof Bruce Ames, a biochemist and nutritional expert at the University of California, Berkeley, said excessive consumption of ready meals and fast food were to blame for increased rates of many cancers and degenerative diseases. Prof Ames suggested that faced with an inadequate supply of essential micronutrients the human body diverts them to key functions to ensure survival at the expense of long-term health.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: For information on Dr. Rath’s research breakthrough showing how specific combinations of micronutrients provide new, safe, therapeutic options in the control of cancer, click here.

February 15, 2008

Science stacks up for choline's health benefits
Increased dietary intake of choline and its metabolite betaine may lead to a reduction in markers of inflammation linked to a range of diseases, reports a new study from Greece . Subjects with the highest average intake of choline and betaine had levels of inflammatory markers at least 20 per cent lower than subjects with the lowest average intakes, report the researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 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

February 24, 2008

Prescription drugs: legal and lethal
Forget heroin and cocaine. The dangerous drugs claiming the lives and minds of the stars are prescription painkillers and a new class of happy pills that doctors are handing out by the million.
Read article in the Sunday Times (UK)

February 21, 2008

Drug Industry Group Spent More Than $22M Lobbying Gov't in '07, a 25 Percent Increase
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pharmaceutical industry's main trade group spent more than $22 million lobbying the federal government in 2007, a 25 percent boost from the year before that paid off on some key issues.
Read AP news report at yahoo.com

February 21, 2008

Drug Prices Surge Despite Criticism On Campaign Trail
The pharmaceutical industry has been a frequent target in the current presidential campaign, but that hasn't stopped it from continuing to aggressively raise the prices of prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies increased wholesale prices for the 50 top-selling branded drugs by an average of 7.82% in 2007, after increases of 6.73% and 6.22% in the previous two years, according to Delta Marketing Dynamics Inc., a health-care marketing research company. The most recent increase is almost double the overall U.S. economy's 4.1% annual inflation rate last year.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

February 17, 2008

One Thousand Lives A Month
Researcher Estimates 22,000 Lives Could Have Been Saved Had Trasylol Been Pulled Earlier
This is the story of a drug that was on the market for 14 years and may have contributed to the deaths of thousands of patients. Trasylol, made by Bayer, is given in the operating room to control bleeding. It was a big money maker.
Read article at CBS News (USA)

February 15, 2008

FDA Proposes Lack-of-Evidence-Based Medicine Policy
The Food and Drug Administration today proposed giving drug industry detailers the right to hand physicians reprints of journal articles touting the off-label use of prescription drugs. The proposed guidance was immediately blasted by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, who called it "terrible for the public health. It caters to the industry’s desire to market their products without adequate testing or review."
Read article at gooznews.com

February 15, 2008

Doctor says 22,000 died amid Bayer drug recall
The lives of 22,000 patients could have been saved if U.S. regulators had been quicker to remove a Bayer AG drug used to stem bleeding during open heart surgery, according to a medical researcher interviewed by CBS Television's 60 Minutes program. The drug Trasylol was withdrawn in November at the request of the FDA after an observational study linked the medicine to kidney failure requiring dialysis and increased death of those patients. It had been given to as many as a third of all heart bypass patients in the United States at the height of its use over a period of many years, according to the report.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

February 14, 2008

Dems ready for revenge on drug companies
Once Democrats seized the committee chairmanships on Capitol Hill, the big drug companies sharply aligned with Republicans knew a period of reckoning was coming. Now it has begun. The Democrats’ investigations range from the drug-approval process to television advertising to the bilking of Medicare. And their targets include the world’s largest drug makers — and the Food and Drug Administration itself.
Read article at politico.com (USA)

February 13, 2008

Pfizer drug linked to higher heart failure rate
Small study shows cancer patients taking Pfizer's Sutent suffered 15% rate of heart failure, higher than in clinical trials
A new study released at a conference on Tuesday shows that Pfizer's cancer drug Sutent may be linked to more instances of heart failure than previously thought. Some 15% of patients suffered heart failure when taking Sutent, according to results from a small study, announced at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.
Read article at cnn.com

February 12, 2008

Congress widens probe of Vytorin makers
A congressional committee has broadened its probe of the delay by drug makers Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. in releasing study data about their cholesterol drug Vytorin, saying Internet postings indicate they knew the results long before releasing them.
Read article at businessweek.com

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GMO News

February 19, 2008

EU fudges GM potato vote
Yesterday, EU farm ministers voted on whether to approve the use of new GM crops including a variety of potato developed by chemical giant BASF. According to Reuters, they failed to reach a consensus which is good in the sense that the proposed crops weren't approved, but bad because the decision will now be passed back to the European Commission. The EC is heavily pro-GM so it's likely that all five crops under consideration will be approved with a nod and a wink.
Read article on the Greenpeace UK website

February 16, 2008

GM crop trial locations may be hidden from public
Government plans clampdown on vandalism after lobbying from biotech firms
Genetically modified crops may be grown in hidden locations in Britain amid fears that anti-GM campaigners are winning the battle over the controversial technology, the Guardian has learned. Officials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed they are looking at a range of options to clamp down on vandalism to GM crop trials, after intense lobbying by big crop biotech companies. The firms have warned that trials of GM crops are becoming too expensive to conduct in Britain because of the additional costs of protecting fields from activists.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

February 8, 2008

Pest evolves resistance to GM crops
An insect pest that is supposed to be killed by a type of genetically modified cotton crop with an in-built toxin gene has developed resistance and is beginning to spread in parts of the United States, a scientific study has found. It is believed to be the first documented example in the wild of an insect pest becoming resistant to this particular type of GM crop, which was thought to be immune from the problems that have plagued conventional pesticides.
Read article in the Independent (UK)
Comment: The US scientists say that it may now only be a matter of time before other insects also adapt to this GM crop.

January 23, 2008

Poland to hamper GMO planting despite lifting ban
Poland will seek to make planting of genetically modified seeds nearly impossible for local farmers even though it plans to lift an official ban to comply with EU law, the agriculture minister told Reuters on Friday. European Union regulators launched legal action against Poland last month over plans that amounted to a national GMO ban by its biggest ex-communist member. Lawyers for the European Commission said it had no scientific justification. "We will delay the farming of genetically modified animal feed as much as possible because there is no social acceptance for it," Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki told Reuters during a Moscow visit with the Polish prime minister.
Read article at planetark.com

Other Health-related News

February 25, 2008

BBC removes complementary medicine web pages
The BBC last week removed all the complementary medicine pages from its BBCHealth website. The corporation has denied allegations that it was reacting to a co-ordinated letter-writing campaign from senior doctors and opponents of “unproven” CAM treatments. It says it removed the CAM section of its health site because it was “editorially unsatisfactory” and “disproportionately time-consuming”. The forty-page complementary health section of BBCHealth included coverage of all the major CAM therapies, their pros and cons, evidence for their effectiveness and how to find a qualified practitioner. In turn, it formed part of one of the most widely accessed websites in the world. Senior representatives of the CAM community are concerned that public access to such balanced and accessible coverage has suddenly been denied.
Read article at Natural Products online (UK)
Comment: If you wish to complain about the BBC’s decision to remove all the complementary medicine pages from its website, you can do so by clicking here.

February 23, 2008

Manto speaks out about traditional medicine
African traditional medicines should not become "bogged down in clinical trials" when being subjected to research and development, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Addressing members of the presidential task team on African traditional medicine, Tshabalala-Msimang said: "We cannot use western models of protocols for research and development. We should guard against being bogged down with clinical trials."
Read article on the Independent Online website (South Africa)

February 20, 2008

Study shows effects of vitamin D and skin's physiology
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that previtamin D3 production varies depending on several factors including skin type and weather conditions. The study will appear in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Vitamin D is produced in the body through the exposure of skin to sunlight. However, increased skin pigmentation, application of a sunscreen, aging and clothing can all dramatically reduce its production. Whilst the US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D is 400 IU, and that for the EU a mere 200 IU, most experts now agree that a minimum of 1000 IU per day is necessary.

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Political News

February 21, 2008

EU politicians accused of ‘massive’ fraud
The European Union’s anti-fraud agency is to investigate whether parliamentarians have been pocketing staff allowances after a damning internal audit. Olaf, the anti-fraud office, said on Wednesday it had asked for a copy of the confidential report, which exposes misuse of the €140m annual staff budget. “It is potentially of interest to us,” Olaf said. The report reveals cases of people claiming for staff they do not employ and routing payments through fake agencies. Shocked MEPs who read the report called in the financial watchdog. Its contents were “dynamite”, said Chris Davies, a British Liberal. “These allegations ... should lead to the imprisonment of a number of MEPs,” he said. “It is fraud and embezzlement on a massive scale.”
Read article in the Financial Times (UK)
Comment: In a sign of how paranoid the European Parliament is about this report getting out in advance of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, it is currently being held in a locked room and only members of the budgetary control committee such as Mr Davies can enter to read it. Even then however, they are not allowed to take notes and must sign a confidentiality agreement.

February 20, 2008

Stop Blair: ambition to lead Europe hits fierce opposition
EU track record and Iraq seen as obstacles to getting new post of president
Tony Blair's hopes of becoming Europe's first president are running into mounting opposition across the EU, with Germany determined to stymie the former prime minister. A "Stop Blair" website run by pro-Europeans has launched a petition against him; a transnational, cross-party caucus in the European parliament is forming to campaign against a Blair presidency; senior officials in Brussels are privately dismissive about the new post going to a Briton; and senior diplomats in European capitals also doubt that Blair is the right person for the post being created under Europe's new reform treaty.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

February 19, 2008

Iraq dossier 'based on spin doctors arguments'
The "dodgy dossier" on Iraq which the Government claimed gave the intelligence agencies' case for war bore a striking resemblance to a draft by a Government spin doctor, it emerged on Monday. The public was finally allowed to compare the two documents more than six years after they were drawn up after the release of a draft by John Williams, a former Foreign Office press officer. Opposition politicians said the report proved that the case for war had been based on the arguments and rhetoric of spin doctors rather than an impartial analysis by intelligence experts.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: During the buildup to the Iraq war, the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed in parliament that Iraq was capable of launching weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of the order being given. However, given that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, the entire world now knows that this was untrue. For details of what really lies behind the American and British-led military conflict in Iraq - and the related threats to Iran , North Korea and other Asian countries - click here.

February 14, 2008

Proposed shake up of EU security includes call for fingerprinting all visitors
A top EU official on Wednesday proposed fingerprinting and screening all visitors who cross the bloc's borders — and using a satellite system to keep out illegal immigrants — as part of a massive shake up of security at Europe's borders. The proposals, if approved by all 27 EU governments, would represent one of the largest security overhauls in the European Union and could cost billions of dollars. Critics said it would move Europe toward a "Big Brother" society, calling the proposed measures a violation of privacy rights.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune
Comment: Has the Mafia taken over in Brussels? Click here to decide for yourself.

February 13, 2008

Senate Votes for Expansion of Spy Powers
After more than a year of wrangling, the Senate handed the White House a major victory on Tuesday by voting to broaden the government’s spy powers and to give legal protection to phone companies that cooperated in President Bush’s program of eavesdropping without warrants. One by one, the Senate rejected amendments that would have imposed greater civil liberties checks on the government’s surveillance powers. Finally, the Senate voted 68 to 29 to approve legislation that the White House had been pushing for months. Mr. Bush hailed the vote and urged the House to move quickly in following the Senate’s lead.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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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