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April 29, 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 25, 2008

Vitamin D, calcium combo may cut exercise-related stress fractures
Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D, long linked to improving bone health, may also reduce the risk of stress fractures during exercise, scientists have reported. Female arm recruits receiving the daily supplements experienced 20 per cent fewer stress fractures than their un-supplemented counterparts, according to research published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 22, 2008

High Blood Levels Of Vitamin D Protect Women From Breast Cancer, Study Suggests
A connection between vitamin D level and the risk of developing breast cancer has been implicated for a long time, but its clinical relevance had not yet been proven. Sascha Abbas and colleagues from the working group headed by Dr. Jenny Chang-Claude at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), collaborating with researchers of the University Hospitals in Hamburg-Eppendorf, have now obtained clear results: While previous studies had concentrated chiefly on nutritional vitamin D, the researchers have now investigated the complete vitamin D status. To this end, they studied 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) as a marker for both endogenous vitamin D and vitamin D from food intake. The result of the study involving 1,394 breast cancer patients and an equal number of healthy women after menopause was surprisingly clear: Women with a very low blood level of 25(OH)D have a considerably increased breast cancer risk.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 27, 2008

MPs urge cut in dementia drug use
MPs have urged the government to stop the "dangerous over-prescribing" of antipsychotic drugs to people in care homes with dementia. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia said the drugs should only be used as a last resort. Research published earlier this month said the drugs had no benefits, and could even worsen patients' condition.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

April 25, 2008

Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Over Baycol Fraud
The suit was brought by Laurie Simpson, a former Bayer strategic research analyst who joined the drugmaker just after the controversial cholesterol pill was launched in 1998, and she accuses Bayer of violating the federal and state False Claims Act.
Read article at pharmalot.com

April 23, 2008

Researchers Develop Breath-Monitoring Device To Monitor Treatment Adherence Among HIV-Positive People
Researchers at the University of Florida and Xhale have developed a breath-monitoring device that can detect whether people living with HIV/AIDS adhere to their treatment regimens, ANI/Thaindian News reports.
Read article at kaisernetwork.org
Comment: A disturbing development. Not only is the device programmed to record the results of a breath test that measures whether patients have taken their antiretrovirals, it can also contact treatment coordinators to indicate when they have not done so. The pharma cartel will now no doubt be rubbing its hands with glee, as this device seemingly takes it one step nearer to its cherished dream of antiretroviral drugs being made compulsory for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

April 23, 2008

Glaxo hit by Avandia sales fall
GlaxoSmithKline said first quarter profits dropped 13% after results showed a sharp fall in sales for under-fire diabetes treatment Avandia. The group revealed Avandia sales dived by 56% to £191 million in the first three months of the year, after demand for the product suffered in the wake of claims made last year that the drug increased the risk of heart attack.
Read UK Press Association news report at google.com

April 22, 2008

'Brain damage risk' with chemotherapy drug
A chemotherapy drug used to treat thousands of cancer patients could cause serious brain damage with effects that are felt for years, research suggests today. The drug, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), which is one of the most commonly prescribed anti-cancer medicines, is used for tumours of the breast, ovary, colon, stomach, skin, pancreas and bladder. However, tests showed that it destroys brain cells and could be responsible for side effects known as "chemo brain", which include memory loss, poor concentration, and in more extreme cases, seizures, impaired vision and dementia.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

April 22, 2008

Fifty years on, thalidomide is back. Now they say it's a good thing
Thalidomide, the drug that blighted a generation of children half a century ago, is back on the market in Europe as a powerful cancer treatment.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: "Powerful" is certainly the right word to use when describing thalidomide. Originally marketed in the late 1950s as a treatment for morning sickness in pregnant women, the drug was eventually banned in 1962 after it was found to cause grievous birth defects. In all, it caused deformities in up to 12,000 infants. Of these, 5,000 survived beyond childhood. Clearly therefore, only in a system of medicine whose main purpose is making multi-billion dollar profits would a dangerous patented synthetic chemical drug proven to cause birth defects be put back on the market and given to cancer patients. As such, if anybody still needs proof that the European drug agency is acting in the interests of the pharmaceutical business with disease rather than in those of patients - this must surely be it.

April 21, 2008

New Jersey AG Is The Latest To Probe Vytorin
The line is growing ever longer. First, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Finance Committee opened investigations into the controversial Vytorin trial, known as Enhance. Then, the New York and Connecticut Attorneys General begin their own probes into the handling of study data and the marketing of the expensive cholesterol med. Earlier this month, New Jersey's Anne Milgram, issued her own subpoenas to Merck and Schering-Plough, according to the Merck earnings statement that was released this morning.
Read article at pharmalot.com

April 20, 2008

Wyeth ordered to post $58M bond
A Washoe District judge ordered pharmaceutical giant Wyeth to post a $58 million bond and pay $1.6 million in attorney fees in a landmark case against the drug company. According to court documents, Washoe District Judge Robert Perry ordered Wyeth to pay more than $1.6 million in fees to the lawyers who represented Arlene Rowatt, 67, of Incline Village; Pamela Forrester, 65, of Yerington, Nev.; and Jeraldine Scofield, 74, of Fallon, Nev., at trial last September. The judge said the company's refusal to accept the plaintiffs' offer of a $499,000 settlement each amounted to "bad faith."
Read article in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

April 18, 2008

Chicago to test water for drugs
Chicago water officials said they're testing Lake Michigan drinking water for the presence of pharmaceutical drugs and other unregulated chemicals. The announcement Thursday came on the heels of a Chicago Tribune report that found trace amounts of prescription drugs and other chemicals in local drinking water, the newspaper reported.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: Contamination of the water supply with pharmaceutical drugs is a growing worldwide problem. In Dallas, Texas, for example, a vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in drinking water supplies. Similarly, in the UK, 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.

April 18, 2008

Thalidomide compensation demanded
Dozens of people born with deformities due to the drug thalidomide have demanded compensation from the company that invented the drug 50 years ago. Campaigners gathered at London's German embassy to ask for £3bn from firm Grunenthal and the German government. Sadie Galvin, whose son Dominic was born brain damaged after she took the drug, said: "These people must be made to pay for their crime." Grunenthal said it acknowledged no basis for the campaigners' demands.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

April 17, 2008

Study links incontinence drugs with memory problems
Commonly used incontinence drugs may cause memory problems in some older people, a study has found.
Read article at physorg.com

April 16, 2008

Drug firm accused of death rate data failures
· Company gave selective trial results, papers show
· Reports in journals were written by employees
A multinational drug company that made a painkiller that had to be withdrawn from sale because it was found to cause heart attacks may have hidden the death rate from the authorities for several years, it was claimed yesterday. Internal company documents released during litigation in the US suggest that Merck, makers of Vioxx, gave the US Food and Drug Administration only selected data on deaths in its clinical trials, and failed to include people who had a fatal heart attack soon after coming off the drug. The documents also show that papers published in journals on the results of Vioxx trials were ghostwritten by employees or contracted medical writers, and that leading doctors were later invited to be named as authors. Financial links were sometimes but not always declared.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

April 16, 2008

Antipsychotic Drugs Increase Risk Of Developing Pneumonia In Elderly, Study Suggests
Elderly patients who use antipsychotic drugs have a 60 percent increased risk of developing pneumonia compared to non-users.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

April 14, 2008

FDA looks at link between medications, depression
Federal regulators warn that an array of drugs could play a role in spurring thoughts of suicide or other psychiatric symptoms
As symptoms of depression go, there is none much clearer than having thoughts of suicide. But a spate of recent announcements from federal health officials suggests a surprising new interpretation of suicidal fantasies and the depression they are thought to signal: Sometimes, sadness, anxiety and self-destructive thoughts are not symptoms but side effects - of medicine.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

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GMO News

April 24, 2008

Study Based on Farmers' Experience Exposes Risks of GM Crops
The first study of its kind in North America, possibly in the world, shows how the risks of GM technology outweigh the benefits especially in the longer term.
Read press release on the website of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) (UK)

April 20, 2008

Exposed: the great GM crops myth
Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent
Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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Other Health-related News

April 25, 2008

CAM criticism not justified, says ANH
A pan-European healthy food and supplements trade group has criticised the UK's "first professor of complementary medicine", Edzard Ernst, for taking an "unscientific" approach in a new book.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 24, 2008

Antioxidants and Cancer: Researcher admits she got it wrong
It was news when it was first revealed three years ago - and it was news again last week: antioxidant vitamins can speed up the development of cancer. But the researcher who first published the study has now admitted that she got it wrong.
Read article on the What Doctors Don't Tell You (WDDTY) website
Comment: In a week that has seen numerous headlines worldwide making the absurd claim that vitamins 'may shorten your life', it is notable that Big Media has thus far steadfastly refused to draw any attention to this story...

April 24, 2008

Is it time to give up the search for an Aids vaccine?
After 25 years and billions of pounds, leading scientists are now forced to ask this question
Most scientists involved in Aids research believe that a vaccine against HIV is further away than ever and some have admitted that effective immunisation against the virus may never be possible, according to an unprecedented poll conducted by The Independent.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Given that the prospects for an HIV vaccine are so low, and that drug treatments for AIDS are highly toxic, the need to take advantage of Cellular Health research in the fight against AIDS has never been higher.

April 23, 2008

Vitamin D Important In Brain Development And Function
In a definitive critical review, scientists at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland ask whether there is convincing biological or behavioral evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to brain dysfunction. Joyce C. McCann, Ph.D., assistant staff scientist and Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., senior scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) conclude that there is ample biological evidence to suggest an important role for vitamin D in brain development and function, and that supplementation for groups chronically low in vitamin D is warranted. Their conclusions will be published on April 22, 2008 in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

April 22, 2008

ARE WE BEING HOODWINKED BY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE - OR BY ONE OF ITS PROFESSORS?
A leading Harley Street physician, also President of the British Society for Ecological Medicine and Medical Director of the Alliance for Natural Health, claims that Professor Ernst, the UK's first professor of complementary medicine, is unscientific in his approach. Dr Damien Downing, responding to a flood of media last week in advance of a new book by Professor Ernst, which slams the vast majority of complementary medicine modalities, said, "Professor Ernst must know how bad, how unscientific, is much of the literature on which he relies. After all he wrote some of it. He should speak out against the deliberate bias in many studies - but that might not boost sales of his new book."
Read press release on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

April 18, 2008

GM-Free Organic Agriculture to Feed the World
International Panel of 400 Agricultural Scientists Call for Fundamental Change in Farming Practice.
Read article on the website of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) (UK)

April 18, 2008

Celebrities join industry experts in speaking out against alarmist vitamin story...
Some of Britain's most popular celebrities have spoken out against this week's alarmist and grossly misleading vitamin story, which wrongly questioned the safety of the antioxidant supplements that benefit millions of consumers in this country. Sir Cliff Richard, Gloria Hunniford, Jenny Seagrove and Carole Caplin have joined health industry experts in rejecting the widely publicised antioxidant review and reassuring consumers that concerns over these supplements are unfounded.
Read press release at responsesource.com

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Political News

April 27, 2008

Poll shows dramatic fall in support for Lisbon Treaty
Public opinion has moved sharply against the Lisbon Treaty, with the Yes side now enjoying only a slender lead, according to the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C monthly tracking poll.
Read article in the Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

April 23, 2008

Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations'
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes - from writing bad checks to using drugs - that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: The United States is currently holding 2.3 million behind bars, more than any other nation. This works out at 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 of the population. If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up. But it doesn't have to be this way and - especially in the case of violent and anti-social behaviour - there are alternatives.

April 23, 2008

MEPs reject publication of expenses enquiry
MEPs have controversially voted against publication of a report by parliament's internal auditor which is said to contain evidence of widespread abuse of funds intended to be used to pay their staff.
Read article at theparliament.com

April 21, 2008

EU fraud office steps up investigation of MEP expenses
The EU anti-fraud office Olaf has increased the number of investigators probing claims of an expenses scam by MEPs, it has emerged. There are now four officials working almost full time on the case due to the "quantity of information" Olaf has been given. The revelation comes after the Dutch MEP Paul van Buitenen last week gave Olaf the names of two MEPs he believes have been involved in expenses fraud.
Read article at theparliament.com

April 21, 2008

List of McCain Fund-Raisers Includes Prominent Lobbyists
Senator John McCain has staked his campaign for the presidency in large part on his reputation as a reformer intent on curbing the influence of money in politics. But an examination by The New York Times of a list of 106 elite fund-raisers who have brought in more than $100,000 each for Mr. McCain found that about a sixth of them were lobbyists.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

April 20, 2008

The Torture Sessions
Ever since Americans learned that American soldiers and intelligence agents were torturing prisoners, there has been a disturbing question: How high up did the decision go to ignore United States law, international treaties, the Geneva Conventions and basic morality? The answer, we have learned recently, is that - with President Bush's clear knowledge and support - some of the very highest officials in the land not only approved the abuse of prisoners, but participated in the detailed planning of harsh interrogations and helped to create a legal structure to shield from justice those who followed the orders.
Read editorial 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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