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May 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

May 19, 2008

Traditional herbal medicine kills pancreatic cancer cells, researchers report
An herb used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern countries may help in the fight against pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death.
Read article at physorg.com

May 19, 2008

Rosehip 'better than painkillers' for arthritis
Rosehip could be more effective than painkillers at easing the pain of arthritis sufferers, scientists claim.
The pain-relieving properties of rosehip, which has previously been linked to reduced inflammation in osteoarthritis, have been suggested for decades. Now scientists have found that powder made from a wild variety of rosehip, Rosa canina, is better at reducing pain in patients than paracetamol.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 23, 2008

Bayer & Glaxo Linked To Bribes In Italy
A drug licences-for-cash scandal has engulfed Italy's medicines regulatory agency with leading officials arrested along with people linked to major drugmakers, PharmaTimes writes. The most senior figure to have been held is Pasqualino Rossi, vp of Aifa, the Italian Agency for Pharmaceuticals, and one of Italy's most senior reps at the European Medicines Agency. Five lobbyists have also been arrested, and an eighth person is being sought. Arrest warrants were issued after an investigating judge saw a 400-word police report suggesting money had changed hands in return for falsifying clinical data required for drug licences, according to PharmaTimes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 22, 2008

FAA bans anti-smoking drug Chantix
The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday removed the smoking cessation drug Chantix from the list of medications considered safe for pilots and air-traffic controllers after a new study linked the medication to mental confusion and other problems that could put passengers at risk. FAA spokesman Les Dorr said the agency took that step after reviewing the study, which raises concerns about Chantix use by people operating vehicles.
Read article in USA Today

May 21, 2008

Smoked: Chantix May Cause Many Serious Problems
The smoking-cessation drug has generated headlines over links to suicide, but the Pfizer pill is now being tied to other serious adverse events reported to the FDA, according to a study published in Drug & Therapeutics Bulletin. And the authors urge the FDA and Pfizer to conduct epidemiological studies to assess further risks and to issue new warnings. Wall Street, meanwhile, is worried the study will cause Chantix sales to go up in smoke. Chantix is suspected of causing a "wide spectrum of injuries," including serious accidents and falls, potentially lethal cardiac rhythm disturbances, severe skin reactions, acute myocardial infarction, seizures, diabetess, psychosis, aggression and suicide, the authors write.
Read article at pharmalot.com

May 21, 2008

Strattera Adverse Events: Deaths Mount - Will EU Health Authorities Intervene?
Will European Health Authorities act on reports of serious side effects and deaths connected with the ADHD drug Strattera? Are 95 deaths, 965 reports of suicidal behavior and some 60,000 reported adverse events enough to take action, asks Swedish researcher Janne Larsson in a letter to the UK's Medicines Agency.
Read article on Sepp Hasslberger's Health Supreme website

May 20, 2008

Merck Pays $58M To States Settle Vioxx Fraud
The drugmaker reached the deal with attorneys general from 29 states and the Washington DC to "fully resolve" investigations under state consumer protection laws related to marketing the notorious Vioxx painkiller. The agreement also calls for Merck to adhere to unspecified compliance measures that are supposed to supplement exisiting practices.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

May 8, 2008

Parliament denies Canadians mandatory labelling of GE foods
Ottawa, Canada - A private member's bill giving consumers the right to know if the food sold in Canada contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients was defeated in the House of Commons today by a vote of 101 to 156. The defeat of Bill C-517 effectively protects the economic interests of GE companies like Monsanto over the rights of Canadians to know what they eat.
Read news story on the website of Greenpeace Canada

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Other Health-related News

May 23, 2008

Make additive removal usual for hyperactive kids, says professor
Cutting out colours and preservatives from the diets of hyperactive children should be standard part of dealing with the disorder, says a professor who takes a more stringent view than the FSA following the Southampton study publication. Certain artificial colours and the preservative sodium benzoate have been under the spotlight in the last year since a study conducted at Southampton University and funded by the UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) found an adverse link between certain cocktails of additives and behaviour in children drawn from the general population. In its initial advice following the study's publication in The Lancet, the FSA issued mildly worded advice to parents - that eliminating the suspect additives from the diet could have some benefits for hyperactive kids or those with ADHD.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 22, 2008

Firms assume increased longevity
Many UK companies are now assuming their male pensioners will live, on average, one year longer than they assumed in 2006. The figures were drawn from a survey of 270 company reports carried out by the accountants KPMG. The assumed life expectancy has steadily risen in recent years to 86. However KPMG warned this might not satisfy the Pensions Regulator which wants employers and pension schemes to assume that men will live to 89.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: According to KPMG, the assumed life expectancy of pensioners in these firms' pension schemes has now risen by one year in each of the past four years. It was 83 in 2004, 84 in 2005 and 85 in 2006.

May 21, 2008

Canadian industry continues supplements bill protests
The Canadian natural foods industry has embarked on a major lobbying campaign, calling for an overhaul to legislation that could place pharmaceutical controls on dietary supplements. The campaign is aimed at addressing amendments to the Food and Drugs Act (Bill C-51).
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

May 21, 2008

Supplements a solution for B6 deficiency, says study
Researchers at Tufts University have suggested deficient vitamin B6 levels across large sections of the US population which could be reduced via supplementation. The results contradict National Institutes of Health (NIH) findings that B6 deficiencies are rare in the US. It is one of the largest epidemiological studies to evaluate B6 levels. The study identified four groups as being particularly deficient in the nutrient: women of reproductive age especially current and former users of oral contraceptives; male smokers; non-Hispanic African-American men; and over-65s. "Across the study population, we noticed participants with inadequate vitamin B6 status even though they reported consuming more than the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B6, which is less than two milligrams per day," said Martha Savaria Morris, PhD, an epidemiologist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 19, 2008

DNA damage 'caused by pesticides'
New research in India suggests exposure to pesticides could have damaged the DNA of people in farming communities, leading to higher rates of cancer. Scientists at Patiala University, Punjab state, did the study, tracking a group of farmers for several months.
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.

May 19, 2008

ANH founder recognized for natural health campaign
Dr Robert Verkerk, founder and director of the Alliance for Natural Health, has been awarded for his work to protect natural healthcare across Europe. The award, presented at the 39th Anniversary of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights United Kingdom (CCHR), was awarded in recognition of Verkerk's "work to expose the multinational pharmaceutical interests and giant food companies to limit the public's access to herbs". In the presence of ambassadors and high commissioners representing their countries from around the world, as well as the mayor of East Grinstead, fraud expert Bill Trueman made the presentation to Verkerk at Saint Hill Castle in East Grinstead for "taking the lead in challenging fundamental rights to take vitamins and minerals, and for having brought a landmark legal challenge to the EU Food Supplements Directive".
Read article on the Natural Products online website (UK)

May 14, 2008

NAFDAC bans 30 agrochemical products
THE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has banned the sale and supply of 30 different agrochemical products in the country. NAFDAC Director-General, Professor Dora Akunyili, explained in Abuja that the ban became necessary when it was discovered that the pesticides were causing food poisoning that had resulted in the death of many after they consumed food crops preserved with the chemicals.
Read article in the Vanguard newspaper (Nigeria)

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Political News

May 26, 2008

Irish referendum "too close to call", says former EU parliament president
Pat Cox, a former president of parliament, says the upcoming Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty, is "too close to call." With opinion polls showing much of the Irish electorate undecided, the possibility that the treaty may be rejected has sent tremors of fear through the ranks of the EU.
Read story at theparliament.com

May 26, 2008

No-camp gains ground in Irish polls on Lisbon
The number of people inclined to reject the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland's June 12 referendum is rising faster than that for yes-voters, according to the latest opinion poll reported at the weekend.
Read story on the EUX.TV website

May 26, 2008

Ministers fear Republic may reject Lisbon treaty
An opinion poll has shown that the outcome of Ireland's forthcoming referendum on the EU's Lisbon treaty is in doubt, with no confidence in official circles that a yes vote will be delivered.
Read story in the Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland)

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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