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April 8, 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

April 7, 2008

Passion fruit peel may ease breathing for asthmatics: study
A flavonoid-rich extract from purple passion fruit may ease wheezing amongst asthmatics, suggest findings from a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial. Fewer than 20 per cent of the subjects receiving the passion fruit peel (PFP) extract still had wheeze as a clinical symptom of asthma, compared to about 80 per cent of subjects in the placebo group, according to findings published in the journal Nutrition Research. Moreover, coughing fell by 76 per cent in the extract group, compared to 47 per cent in the placebo group, said the researchers, led by Ronald Ross Watson from Southwest Scientific Editing and Consulting, and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health in Tucson, Arizona.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 4, 2008

Where The Jobs Aren't: The Latest Layoff Tally
C is for contraction. C is also for convulsion. Both describe what pharma is experiencing these days. And the number of jobs being cut makes it all too clear. The trend - whether one calls it layoffs, restructuring, downsizing or reorganization - was under way a few years ago, of course, when Merck began eliminating thousands of jobs. But since early last year, the bloodletting has been particularly severe, which is only reinforced by the latest cuts by Wyeth and Schering-Plough.
Read article at pharmalot.com

April 3, 2008

Adverse drug reactions cost NHS £2bn
The NHS is spending nearly £2bn a year treating patients who have had an adverse reaction to drugs prescribed for them by doctors, according to new figures from the centre-left thinktank Compass.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)
Comment: The figures show that 6.5% of hospital admissions in the UK are a result of an adverse reaction. Total admissions in 2006 were 16 million, which means that 1,040,000 patients were there as a result of the drugs they were prescribed. As such, when one factors in that the drugs bill to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) now stands at £11bn, there can be few better illustrations of why a new global healthcare system - based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health - is urgently needed.

April 3, 2008

Glaxo adds warnings of psychiatric problems to Relenza flu drug label
Under pressure from regulators, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has added warnings of reported psychiatric problems to the label for its flu drug Relenza. The new language lists seizures, hallucinations and delirium as among the problems seen in patients taking the drug. The Food and Drug Administration highlighted the changes Wednesday in a posting to its Web site.
Read article cnn.com

April 2, 2008

Schering-Plough Cutting Jobs, Plants To Save $1.5B
The drugmaker, which is reeling from the controversy over Vytorin and the ensuing drop in prescriptions, is closing plants and cutting 10 percent of its workforce of 55,000 in order to save up to $1.5 billion.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Schering-Plough CEO Fred Hassan openly admits that his whole company is built around cholesterol. As such, given that the cholesterol theory of heart disease has been exposed as a fraud, he's clearly now got a major problem on his hands - especially so following the announcement that credit rating agency Fitch Ratings has just placed the company on negative rating watch.

April 2, 2008

NHS bill for statins 'could soar'
Government plans to extend health screening could see an extra 4 million people taking cholesterol-lowering statins, the BBC has discovered. Everyone in England aged 40 to 74 will be offered checks for heart disease - with statins a treatment option. The drugs are already the biggest single item in the NHS drugs budget, costing around £500m a year. The new policy could cost billions of pounds in the long term - but critics say it may have little health impact. They say the vast majority of people taking statins will not derive any benefit, and that prevention takes resources away from the sick and may end up costing more.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Coronary heart disease occurs not through a lack of statins but for exactly for the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does - a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall. To learn more, click here.

April 2, 2008

EU follows U.S. with review of Glaxo AIDS drugs
The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday it was seeking further information about the safety of certain GlaxoSmithKline Plc AIDS drugs, after a study showed a higher heart-attack risk compared with other HIV medicines. The move follows a similar review announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week. The concern arises from a study of more than 33,000 patients that found those taking medicines containing the active ingredient abacavir had a greater chance of developing a heart attack.
Read article at reuters.com

April 1, 2008

Sanofi diet drug misses mark in heart study
Sanofi-Aventis SA's weight-loss drug rimonabant failed to slow heart disease by a key measure in obese patients with fat around the middle, and it significantly raised the risk of anxiety and depression, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. More than 40 percent of patients who took the drug, sold as Acomplia in Europe, developed psychiatric problems, and one committed suicide, the researchers told an American College of Cardiology meeting in Chicago.
Read article at reuters.com

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GMO News

April 2, 2008

GM seeds can 'last for 10 years'
Seeds of some genetically modified crops can endure in soil for at least 10 years, scientists have discovered. Researchers in Sweden examined a field planted with experimental oilseed rape a decade ago, and found transgenic specimens were still growing there. This was despite intensive efforts in the intervening years to remove seeds.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

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Other Health-related News

April 7, 2008

ANH Press Release: European Commission moves goalposts on health claims
It would appear that despite calls for the EC to abandon its 'black box' approach, they've done it again and moved the goalposts on health claims months after the closing date for applications.
European-based consumer and natural health industry group, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), claims today that the European Commission has moved the 'goalposts' on the procedure that aims to standardise allowed generic health claims on foods in the European Union by 2010. In addition, the ANH claims that the Commission has not met its obligations with regard to sound administration in providing adequate guidance to interested parties making applications for health claims, which are to be evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) over the next two years.
Read press release on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

April 4, 2008

Conventional wine "systematically contaminated with pesticides"
Many leading brand wines on sale in the European Union are "systematically contaminated with pesticide residues, concludes a new report published by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe. PAN Europe, together with NGOs from Austria, France and Germany, recently carried out an investigation of 40 different wines purchased inside the EU - including some premium wines from world famous vineyards. 100% of conventional wines in the analysis were found to contain pesticides, with one bottle containing 10 different pesticides. On average each wine sample contained over four pesticides. Of the 24 different pesticide contaminants found in the samples tested, five are classified as being carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic or endocrine disrupting by the European Union.
Read article on the Natural Products Online website (UK)

April 3, 2008

Micronutrients, education keys to end hunger: study
Governments could take a big step towards ending world hunger by spending just $1.2 billion a year in developing nations on dietary supplements and education about the food needs of babies, a study showed on Friday. Such targeted spending to help a billion of the poorest people in Africa and Asia could save millions of lives and bring annual economic benefits of more than $15 billion in lower health bills and longer and more productive lives, it said.
Read article at reuters.com

April 3, 2008

Review raises questions over aspartame and brain health
Excessive intake of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in the brain to function normally, suggests a new review that could fan the flames of controversy over the sweetener. The review, by scientists from the University of Pretoria and the University of Limpopo and published recently in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicated that high consumption of the sweetener may lead to neurodegeneration.
Read article at foodqualitynews.com

April 3, 2008

EU parliament urged to tackle chemicals' link to breast cancer
Campaigners have called on MEPs to tighten chemicals legislation in the wake of a new report warning that some substances could be linked to the rise in breast cancer. MEPs were told on Wednesday that the rise in new breast cancer cases across Europe cannot be attributed solely to factors such as genetic disposition or when in life women have children. According to Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, head of toxicology at the University of London, there is strong evidence that the rise in breast cancer is linked to environmental influences, such as exposure to hormone-disruptive chemicals - including synthetically produced hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs.
Read article at theparliament.com

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Political News

April 3, 2008

EU treaty referendum 'probably' on June 12
TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern yesterday finally confirmed Thursday, June 12 as the date for the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Speaking shortly after making his shock resignation announcement, Mr Ahern told a packed Dail chamber he believed such a timeframe would be the "most appropriate".
Read article in The Independent (Ireland)
Comment: Ireland is currently the only country that will be allowing its citizens a referendum on whether to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, the text of which is intended as the legal basis of Europe for generations to come. If you live in Europe, click here to sign the European Referendum Initiative's petition demanding that all European citizens are immediately given the opportunity to vote in referendums on this treaty.

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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