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March 12, 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

March 10, 2008

Magnesium associated with lower risk for some strokes in male smokers
Male smokers who consume more magnesium appear to have a lower risk for cerebral infarction, a type of stroke that occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked, according to a report in the March 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read article at physorg.com

March 6, 2008

Elderly muscles benefit from amino acid supplements
Supplementing the diet of elderly people with the full set of essential amino acids can boost their lean body mass, strength and physical function, according to a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 6, 2008

Chromium picolinate linked to brain activity boost
A daily supplement of chromium picolinate may increase brain activity in older people experiencing early memory decline, researchers have reported. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showed that a daily dose of 1,000 micrograms led to greater activation in various parts of the brain, researchers from the University of Cincinnati presented the study results at the 19th annual meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 5, 2008

Lutein, zeaxanthin good for healthy eyes, too
Supplementation with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin could boost retinal health in the eyes, and have benefits for people with seemingly healthy eyes, says a new study. The human macular pigments (MPs), lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z), most commonly linked to protection from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), were found to reduce the deleterious effects of glare on a test group of people with normal eyesight, report researchers in the journal Optometry and Vision Science.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 5, 2008

Vitamin K linked to stronger bones for adolescents
An adolescent's vitamin K status could have important long-term implications on bone health, and a better status may protect them from osteoporosis later in life, suggests a new study. An improved status of the vitamin was found to improve bone mineral content and bone mass in the whole body, according to the study with 307 healthy children with an average age of 11.2 published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 10, 2008

Study finds pharmaceutical drugs in tap water
A vast array of pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Read article in the Dallas Morning News (USA)
Comment: Far from being limited to the United States , contamination of the water supply with chemical drug medicines is now a worldwide problem. In the UK, for example, powerful cancer and psychiatric drugs have been found in tap water, leading doctors to express concern about exposing pregnant women to drugs that could harm an unborn child.

March 10, 2008

Big Pharma really makes me feel sick
FOR CLARITY'S sake, remind yourself that nobody at GlaxoSmithKline , Britain 's biggest pharmaceutical company (2006 revenues: $42.8 billion; income $10.135bn), is to face prosecution. The company insists that it did nothing wrong with regard to the anti-depressant drug Seroxat. The Medical and Healthcare Regulatory Agency believes, on the other hand, that the company withheld the full results of trials, particularly those suggesting that the medication could increase the chances of suicide among teenagers. The government is content, however, to "tighten" rules on information disclosure as they affect an industry that ranks, after oil, as Britain 's second biggest export earner.
Read article by Ian Bell in the Sunday Herald (UK)
Comment: Cynics might argue that the British government’s decision not to prosecute GlaxoSmithKline for withholding the full results of drug trials is a direct result of the fact that Jean-Pierre Garnier, GlaxoSmithKline ’s CEO, is a member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Business Council

March 6, 2008

State: No Alerts on Zyprexa Side Effects
Eli Lilly and Co. failed to adequately warn doctors and patients of dangerous side effects associated with its drug Zyprexa, an attorney for Alaska said Wednesday in opening arguments in the state's lawsuit against the drug maker. Lilly did not adequately disclose that using the drug, prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, could lead to severe obesity, elevated blood sugar and diabetes, lawyer Scott Allen said.
Read article at physorg.com

March 6, 2008

Forcing drug companies to publish negative trial results ‘is against law’
An election pledge to require drugs companies to publish full details of clinical trials for medicines cannot be fulfilled because it is illegal under EU law, the Government has admitted.
Read article in The Times (UK)

March 5, 2008

Pfizer executive gets bail in Nigeria trial over drug
A Nigerian court granted bail on Tuesday to a former executive of the local arm of pharmaceuticals firm Pfizer in a protracted legal battle over a 1996 drug test that Nigeria says killed 11 children. The government of northern Kano state has filed a lawsuit claiming $2 billion in damages and is pressing criminal charges against Pfizer over the testing of the antibiotic Trovan, which it says also left many children with permanent disabilities.
Read article on the Reuters Africa website

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GMO News

March 10, 2008

Genetic engineering, horizontal gene transfer, and the emergence of infectious diseases
Recent evidence confirms that transgenic DNA does jump species to bacteria and even plants and animals.
Read press release from the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) (UK)

Other Health-related News

March 10, 2008

Irish retailers win EC investigation on vitamin levels
A petition coordinated by Irish health food retailers, aimed at exposing the dangers of cutting vitamin and mineral supplements to RDA levels, has been ruled ‘admissible’ by the European Parliament. This means it will now have to be investigated by the European Commission. The petition, taken by Jill Bell on behalf of the Irish Association of Health Stores, is being hosted by Independent MEP for Ireland South, Kathy Sinnott.
Read article at Natural Products online (UK)

March 7, 2008

Typical North American diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids
New research from the Child & Family Research Institute shows the typical North American diet of eating lots of meat and not much fish is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this may pose a risk to infant neurological development.
Read article at physorg.com

March 6, 2008

Royal decree threatens Belgian botanicals
The Belgian government has drafted a law that threatens to reclassify as medicines up to 150 botanicals commonly used as food supplements. The draft Royal decree issued by the Belgian Medicines Agency (AFMPS) seeks to introduce the 2004 European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) into the Belgian legislature but its "medicinal tone" has raised fears among Belgian industry that an anti-supplements program may result.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: EU legislation such as the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, and the Food Supplements Directive is strongly anti-supplements and should be opposed by anybody who has an interest in natural health and freedom of choice. If you live in Europe and would like to help guarantee free access to scientifically based natural health remedies for all European Union citizens, click here.

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Political News

March 10, 2008

EU citizens can 'no longer fathom' EU project
More than 50 years after the creation of the EU, the ‘aims and meaning’ of the European project remain unanswered, according to bishops from around Europe . They say that ratification of the reform treaty will still not solve these “crucial” questions. That was the keynote message to emerge from the plenary assembly of the commission of the bishops’ conference of the European community (COMECE).
Read article at theparliament.com

March 5, 2008

MEP makes 'fraud' report public
Dutch MEP Paul van Buitenen has published a confidential internal report on abuse of staff allowances described by a colleague as "dynamite". The report highlights money paid for non-existent staff via a system of "service providers" or accountants.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: To read Paul van Buitenen’s press release and download the report, click here.

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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