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March 27, 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 13, 2008

Vitamin D pills may protect kids from type-1 diabetes
The overwhelming body of science supports vitamin D supplements for protection against the development of type-1 diabetes, indicates a new meta-analysis. According to data from five observational studies, infants who received vitamin D supplements were 29 per cent less likely to develop type-1 diabetes than non-supplemented infants, reports the review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 13, 2008

Chinese medicine 'eases eczema'
A traditional Chinese herbal medicine consisting of five herbs may ease eczema symptoms, a study suggests.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 14, 2008

Panel Seeks New Limits on Anemia Drugs
A federal advisory panel, in response to mounting safety concerns, called on Thursday for additional restrictions on the use of anemia drugs by cancer patients. The recommendation by a committee that advises the Food and Drug Administration could lead to an additional decline in sales for the drugs: Aranesp, made by Amgen, and Procrit by Johnson & Johnson.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

March 14, 2008

Sinus bug antibiotics 'no good'
Doctors should cut down on antibiotic prescriptions for a common infection because the drugs do not work, researchers say. Around 90% of people with sinusitis in the UK are prescribed antibiotics. But an analysis of nine trials published in The Lancet shows the drugs make no difference even if the patient has been ill for more than seven days.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

March 14, 2008

U.S. drug sales in 2007 grow at slowest rate since 1961
Sales of prescription drugs in the United States grew just 3.8% in 2007, marking the lowest growth rate since 1961, according to data compiled by IMS Health and released Wednesday. The 3.8% growth rate compares with 8% growth seen in 2006.
Read article in USA Today
Comment: With safety concerns cited as one of the reasons for this decline, this report is clearly bad news for the fraudulent ‘Business with Disease’. To read the IMS Health press release, click here.

March 13, 2008

Novartis sued in Calif. over kids' cough medicine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California mother has sued drug maker Novartis AG in what the company believes to be the first proposed class action involving its Triaminic children's cough and cold medicines since overdose fears prompted a recall of the drugs. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, said several studies have shown deaths and serious injuries linked to over-the-counter children's cold remedies. As a result, Novartis "either knew ... or reasonably should have known that their cough and cold products were ineffective and dangerous when used by children under the age of six," the lawsuit said.
Read article at reuters.com

March 11, 2008

Nigeria Vows To Summon Pfizer’s Bill Steere
The complex litigation over the controversial Trovan clinical trials in Nigeria is proceeding at a snail’s pace, but the federal government isn’t backing down from its promise to pursue criminal charges against several former and current Pfizer personnel. And topping the list is Bill Steere, the former ceo who still sits on the board who, any day now, may receive a summons to appear in Nigeria .
Read article at pharmalot.com

March 11, 2008

Connecticut sues Eli Lilly over Zyprexa marketing
NEW YORK, March 11 (Reuters) - The state of Connecticut sued Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday, accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing and concealing serious side effects of its top-selling schizophrenia medicine, Zyprexa. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who announced the suit, is seeking to recover "millions of taxpayer and consumer dollars improperly spent on Zyprexa as a result of its illegal marketing, and millions more spent for treatment of serious side effects from Zyprexa," according to a press statement from his office. Lilly is already in court against the state of Alaska in a trial that began earlier this month in which it is facing similar accusations involving marketing and side effects associated with the antipsychotic drug.
Read article at reuters.com

February 28, 2008

Chemo drugs may boost death risk
Drugs designed to treat a common side effect of chemotherapy may increase the risk of death, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet. The products - Aranesp, Procrit and Epogen - increased the risk of death by 10 percent, a study in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association indicates.
Read article at azcentral.com

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Other Health-related News

March 17, 2008

Poland panel considers borderline supplements
Poland has established a government-backed group briefed with developing criteria relating to the classification of a range of nutrients under either food or medicine law. The Panel on Dietary Supplements will spend 4-6 months drawing up an electronic database of all on-market supplements and passing opinion on how they should be regulated.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: In Europe , just as in many other areas of the world, the future availability of natural alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry’s toxic patented chemical drug medicines has never been under greater threat. If you live in Europe, click here to learn how you can help to guarantee free access to scientifically based natural health remedies for all European Union citizens, via the holding of a 'Referendum for Natural Remedies' in all 27 European Member States.

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Political News

March 18, 2008

Poland could face EU treaty vote
Polish PM Donald Tusk has said a referendum may be necessary on the Lisbon Treaty because of a dispute with the opposition and President Kaczynski. The president and his twin brother, Jaroslaw, helped negotiate the accord but are now threatening to torpedo it, saying it could harm Polish interests.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

March 12, 2008

German legal case 'could delay' EU treaty
German government plans to approve the controversial EU reform treaty could be delayed for months, it has emerged. A legal challenge to the document by the third largest political party in Germany could hold up ratification, sparking fears that the EU's biggest member state may not sign off the treaty in time for it to come into effect on 1 January 2009 as planned.
Read article at theparliament.com

March 12, 2008

Review into ‘widespread fiddles’ by MEPs
A review of expenses rules for MEPs was ordered yesterday after a secret report detailed widespread fiddles in the European Parliament. MEPs may lose the right to manage their annual €190,000 (£145,000) staff budget after a number of scams were discovered, including paying large sums to political parties or to arm’s-length companies with no employees. The review was announced by senior MEPs only days after they rejected the EU Ombudsman’s call to publish full details of staff and travel expenses, arguing that this would breach privacy considerations.
Read article in The Times (UK)

February 4, 2008

Rule by fear or rule by law?
Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs." Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States . The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees. According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists."
Read article in the San Francisco Chronicle (USA)
Comment: Previously dismissed by many people as an “internet conspiracy theory”, the San Francisco Chronicle’s publication of these plans would appear to suggest that the US government could indeed be making contingency plans to detain without recourse millions of its own citizens.

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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