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April 3, 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 31, 2008

ALA can benefit dry eye syndrome
Topically applying alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) can ease the symptoms of dry-eye syndrome, according to American researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 28, 2008

Apples may help ward off colon cancer
Apple pectin and polyphenol-rich apple juice have an anticarcinogenic effect on the colon, encouraging the production of suspected chemopreventative metabolite butyrate, say researchers.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 26, 2008

Vitamin K benefits hip fractures
New research has concluded vitamin K2 consumption can aid recovery from hip fractures as well as have potential osteoporosis benefits. Published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, Japanese researchers found a positive link between vitamin K2 and hip fractures and osteoporosis, and suggested a review of the, "dietary reference value of vitamin K from the perspective of osteoporosis would be useful."
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 26, 2008

Cod liver oil can help arthritis sufferers
Taking cod liver oil could allow arthritis sufferers to cut back on potentially dangerous drugs, according to a new study. The research could offer new hope to the about 500,000 people in Britain with rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists believe it could allow hundreds of thousands of sufferers to scale down their use of anti inflammatory drugs, the most common treatment for the disease. Although they ease pain, the drugs can cause side-effects such as high blood pressure and can increase the risk of a heart attack.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 20, 2008

Folate 'may keep sperm healthy'
A diet rich in the vitamin folate may protect men against producing abnormal sperm and children with genetic abnormalities, a study suggests. Researchers found high dietary folate was linked to lower levels of sperm with the wrong number of chromosomes.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 1, 2008

New Study Says AIDS Drug Nearly Doubles Heart Attack Risk
A popular anti-HIV drug, Abacavir, appears to dramatically increase the risk of heart attack, a new study says. The anti-retroviral drug is used in many anti-AIDS regimens worldwide but Danish researchers have found that it almost doubled patients' chances of heart problems.
Read article at allheadlinenews.com
Comment: The study additionally found that an AIDS drug made by Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Didanosine, also known as Videx) increased heart attack risk by about 50 percent. Abacavir, also known as Ziagen, is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

April 1, 2008

Drugs 'kill 23,000 Alzheimer's victims a year'
More than 23,000 elderly people with Alzheimer's could be dying prematurely in care homes each year after being given drugs to keep them quiet, a report claims today. Anti-psychotic drugs, which are not licensed to treat dementia but are prescribed to control agitation, sleep disturbance and aggression, are being given to 100,000 elderly people to keep them "quiet and manageable", says a report by Paul Burstow, the Liberal Democrat MP and a campaigner for the rights of elderly people. Despite studies that show the drugs can increase the risk of strokes and have other harmful side effects, the report claims the Government has failed to act to stem their use. The report comes as research by three universities says long-term use of anti-psychotics offers "no long-term benefit for most patients".
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

March 31, 2008

US wasted billions on ineffective cholesterol drugs
Spiralling health care costs are sure to be a big issue in the coming US presidential election. So here's a number for the candidates to debate: $1.5 billion. That is the unnecessary sum spent on cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals in the US in 2006 alone, thanks to the marketing of a drug that doesn't actually seem to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Read article in the New Scientist

March 28, 2008

Drugmakers Spend Lavishly On Docs Down Under
Australian drug companies forked out more than $30 million in six months hosting doctors at controversial "educational" events, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Medicines Australia, the industry trade group, has been forced to detail spending on doctor seminars of up to $2,500 a head, often hosted at expensive hotels and in exotic locations. A report prepared for Medicines Australia by international consulting firm Deloitte shows that 42 companies spent $31 million, including $16.4 million on direct hospitality costs like meals, flights and hotels, in the second half of last year.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Click here to see which drugmaker spent how much.

March 27, 2008

FDA Looking At Diabetic Foot Drug and HIV Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it's conducting a safety review of Regranex, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) gel approved to treat diabetic foot and leg ulcers after a study suggested the product might increase the risk of cancer-related deaths. The agency said it received information from a study that was conducted using a health insurance plan database of patients with diabetes who were at least 19 years of age and did not have a history of cancer. The study showed patients who were prescribed Regranex three or more times had an increase in the number of cancer-related deaths compared to those not receiving the product.
Read article at cnn.com (USA)

March 27, 2008

FDA probes suicide risk in Merck Singulair
U.S. health regulators are probing a possible connection between Merck & Co's Singulair asthma drug and suicidal behavior, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. The FDA said it is reviewing the issue after receiving reports of mood and behavior changes, suicidal thinking and suicide in patients who took the drug, which is used to treat stuffy nose, sneezing and other allergy symptoms as well as asthma.
Read news story at reuters.com

March 27, 2008

Six baby cough medicines pulled
Cough remedies aimed at very young children are to be removed from shelves amid fears of accidental overdose. The Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has ordered six products be permanently removed from sale for children aged under two.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

March 24, 2008

FDA issues alert about HIV drug Prezista
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert concerning reports of liver injury in patients taking Prezista. The FDA said Prezista (darunavir), an anti-retroviral drug used to treat for the human immunodeficiency virus HIV, is suspected of contributing to several hepatic events, including liver failure, destruction of liver tissue, cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: All anti-retroviral drugs are highly toxic. For further information on these dangerous synthetic chemicals, click here.

March 21, 2008

Call for drug reaction deaths probe
The Government is facing calls for an investigation after it was disclosed that the number of patients dying as a result of a reaction to the drugs they were being treated with had doubled over the past 10 years. Figures released by the Department of Health in a parliamentary answer showed that 1,031 patients died last year as a result of an adverse drugs reaction (ADR) compared to 447 in 1997, a 131% increase. Over the same period, the number of ADR cases requiring prolonged hospitalisation rose from 2,484 to 4,545 - an 87% increase - while the total number of reported ADRs was up 30% from 16,627 to 21,600.
Read UK Press Association news report at google.com
Comment: These UK statistics are almost certainly a severe underestimate, as medical experts warn that as few as one in 10 deaths and other serious complications are being reported.

March 20, 2008

Another Bad Break For Merck?
Researchers report that long-term use of its Fosamax osteoporosis drug is associated with unusual fractures of the thigh bone, HealthDay writes. The fractures were low-energy fractures, meaning that they all occurred from a fall from standing height or less, and the bone cracks were in an unusual horizontal pattern. About one-third of women with these types of fractures were on long-term therapy to prevent osteoporosis, and of these women, two-thirds were taking Fosamax for an average of more than seven years.
Read article at pharmalot.com

March 18, 2008

Adverse Drug Reactions Are A Big Killer: Study
More than 3 percent of all deaths seem to be caused by adverse reactions to medical drugs, according to new research, according to a report in Nature. If substantiated by further work, this would make fatal adverse drug reactions the 7th most common cause of death in Sweden, where the research was done. James Ritter, the editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, which published the research, calls the finding "striking." "It is a surprisingly high figure," Donald Singer, a pharmacology expert at the University of Warwick, tells Nature, while wondering if the results can easily be generalized to other areas.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: These Swedish statistics seem very likely to be representative of those in other areas of the industrialized world. In the United States, for example, serious and fatal adverse drug reactions have already been shown to be between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death, whilst doctors, hospitals and their treatments are known to be the third leading cause of death after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

March 11, 2008

Post-Op Chemo Fails to Boost Survival in Stomach Cancers
Chemotherapy following surgery does not improve survival in stomach cancer patients, says an Italian study.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

March 3, 2008

US VACCINE MAKER TARGET OF HOMOCIDE INVESTIGATION
In a criminal case guaranteed to send shockwaves throughout the international pharmaceutical industry, French authorities are targeting a US-based drug company and its executives in a homicide investigation. The multi-billion dollar corporation GlaxoSmithKline and one of its key executives are facing possible manslaughter charges stemming from allegations that the company failed to fully disclose side effects from an anti-Hepatitis "B" vaccine distributed between 1994 and 1998. Also being investigated is the French-based drug company Sanofi Pasteur, which also sold doses of the Hepatitis "B" vaccine, according to French news sources
Read article at newswithviews.com

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GMO News

March 28, 2008

Romania set to join bans on EU-backed modified crop
Romania intends to join six other European Union members in banning the only genetically modified crop approved for use in the bloc, its environment minister said yesterday, in a blow to the biotechnology industry. Attila Korodi called for a moratorium on planting MON810, a corn produced by Monsanto, the US company, and said his country's biosecurity committee would start examining the possibility of a ban on April 15. Romania, a leading agricultural producer, was a big grower of GM crops before it joined the EU last year.
Read article in the Financial Times (UK)

March 20, 2008

Grain Farmer Claims Moral Victory in Seed Battle Against Monsanto
Percy Schmeiser's decade-long legal odyssey has finally come to an end - and he's got a cheque for $660 to prove it. The 77-year-old Saskatchewan farmer and his wife, Louise, became international folk heroes for their legal struggle with agribusiness giant Monsanto Canada Inc., after the company sued them for violating its patent on genetically engineered canola seeds in 1997. Although the Schmeisers eventually wound up losing their court battle with the St. Louis-based company in a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in 2004, the couple have now earned a moral victory that they hope will encourage others to carry on their cause. Yesterday, Monsanto agreed to pay the Schmeisers $660 to settle a small-claims court case they brought against the company for costs associated with removing the patented Roundup Ready canola from their field in 2005.
Read article at commondreams.org

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Other Health-related News

March 28, 2008

Pesticide Parkinson's link strong
There is strong evidence that exposure to pesticides significantly increases the risk of Parkinson's disease, experts believe. It comes as another study, published in the BMC Neurology journal, has made the link to the neurological disease. The US researchers found those exposed to pesticides had a 1.6 times higher risk after studying 600 people.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Many pesticides are manufactured by some of the same pharmaceutical and chemical companies that would like to ban vitamin supplements and force GM foods onto our dinner plates. Surprised? If so, check out the March 14 story about food additives, below…

March 24, 2008

California Targeting Safe Supplements
Don't Let Them Succeed
California - ever known for its luscious beauty, endless energy, and general wackiness - is on the verge of stepping off the edge of the cliff yet again.  A trial balloon is being floated by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to limit the potency of vitamin-and-mineral supplements under California's Proposition 65 as cancer-causing agents.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

March 14, 2008

Campaigners outraged over EFSA's refusal to ban food additives
Food campaigners are up in arms following the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruling against Food Commission's calls for a complete ban on food additives. The call for a complete ban was made last week when the Food Commission identified Cadbury as having the most products that contain one or more of the seven food additives that contribute to increased hyperactivity in children. This includes products such as Cadbury Creme Egg, which is coloured with Sunset Yellow (E110), one of the additives that the Action on Additives says should be banned from children's food. The EFSA says that the UK study provides limited evidence that the additives "had a small and statistically significant effect on activity and attention in some children selected from the general population."
Read article in Marketing Week magazine (UK)
Comment: As is also the case with pesticides, many artificial additives are manufactured by some of the same pharmaceutical and chemical companies that would like to ban vitamin supplements and force GM foods onto our dinner plates. If you're now asking yourself whether these companies make any safe products at all, you're on the right track…

March 14, 2008

Ozone Rules Weakened at Bush's Behest
EPA Scrambles To Justify Action
The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone after an unusual last-minute intervention by President Bush, according to documents released by the EPA. EPA officials initially tried to set a lower seasonal limit on ozone to protect wildlife, parks and farmland, as required under the law. While their proposal was less restrictive than what the EPA's scientific advisers had proposed, Bush overruled EPA officials and on Tuesday ordered the agency to increase the limit, according to the documents.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

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Political News

April 2, 2008

Ahern to resign as Irish premier
Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has announced he is to resign in May. Mr Ahern, 56, has been taoiseach since June 1997 and has been a member of the Irish Parliament for 31 years. The announcement comes a day after Mr Ahern began a court challenge to limit the work of a public inquiry probing planning corruption in the 1990s.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Fears amongst pro-Lisbon Treaty campaigners in Ireland have been growing of late that a 'No' vote in the upcoming Irish referendum would be guaranteed unless Ahern stood down. Our money's on him getting a top job in Brussels as his reward…

March 24, 2008

US military death toll in Iraq hits 4,000
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The death toll of US soldiers in the five-year Iraq conflict has hit 4,000 in what the US military said Monday was a "tragic" loss of lives after four troops were killed in a Baghdad bombing. The four soldiers died when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol late Sunday in southern Baghdad, bringing the overall toll to 4,000, according to an AFP tally based on independent website www.icasualties.org. Another soldier was wounded in the attack, a military statement said. The chaotic and brutal conflict which is now in its sixth year has also wounded more than 29,000 American soldiers, according to icasualties.org.
Read AFP news report at google.com
Comment: At least 97 percent of these 4,000 deaths occurred after US President George W. Bush announced the end of "major combat" in Iraq on May 1, 2003

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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