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June 11, 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

June 9, 2008

Calcium pills beat fractures in new clinical trial
Daily supplements of calcium may reduce the risk of fractures in a healthy population by 72 per cent, according to results of a randomised placebo-controlled trial. Emphasising the importance of the supplements, researchers from University Hospital Zurich and Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire report that the benefits were no longer observed when supplementation was stopped. The results are published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 8, 2008

Researchers Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay
A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 but for years did not report much of this income to university officials, according to information given Congressional investigators.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

June 6, 2008

FDA To Add Suicide Warning For Epilepsy Drugs
The agency is finalizing plans to add suicidal behavior to the labels of 11 epilepsy drugs, reflecting concerns that the meds are also widely used for other maladies, such as chronic pain, The Wall Street Journal reports. "We are working on the labeling changes that we want to get to the companies," Russell Katz, director the FDA's neuropharmacological drug division, tells the paper, which adds that several drugmakers believe the FDA may even propose the changes before a July 10 advisory committee meeting. Katz defended the agency's decision earlier this year to alert doctors and patients to a potential link to suicidal behavior, despite concerns from some drugmakers about the small increase in risk drawn from the FDA's analysis and the potential impact on drug revenues, the paper writes. "Everything points in the direction of an increase in what we call suicidality," Katz tells the paper. He was referring to the FDA's combined analysis of 199 clinical trials that included 43,892 patients. The results showed a "trend across the board" in differences in behavior between patients who took a placebo and those who took one of the 11 medications, the Journal writes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 6, 2008

Paxil Babies: The Dangers of Antidepressants
Mothers suffering from depression are increasingly pushed into taking pills, at great potential risk to themselves and their infants.
Today in the United States, 11 percent of women take antidepressants, the use of antidepressants by pregnant women has dramatically increased, and postpartum depression -- rare in those cultures in which women receive high levels of social support following childbirth -- has become so staggeringly common among U.S. women that Congress is legislating increased medical treatment.
Read article at alternet.org
Comment: In 2006 the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine reported that 30 percent of infants who had prenatal exposure to antidepressants experience some withdrawal symptoms, with 13 percent of them experiencing severe ones, most notably tremors, respiratory distress, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disturbances, and high-pitched crying. Other withdrawal symptoms include rapid heart beat, irritability, feeding difficulties, and profuse sweating.

June 5, 2008

Is It A Study Or An Ad? Only Pharma Knows For Sure
Open a prestigious and reliable medical journal and you expect to find real studies, yes? Okay, there are also ads for all sorts of items - drugs, for instance. But it should be easy enough to distinguish between the two - unless someone is trying to pull a fast one. And that's what Geraint Lewish of New York University and Peter Hockey of Harvard Medical School allege in a letter to the BMJ, in which they complain that two ads were dressed up to look like studies. It was only upon closer inspection did they realize the papers didn't state funding sources, competing interests, ethical approval or peer-review status.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 5, 2008

Novartis Says MS Drug Linked to Death, Infection
Novartis SA, Switzerland's second- largest drugmaker, said a patient died and another developed a serious infection in tests of its experimental multiple sclerosis treatment FTY720.
Read article at bloomberg.com

June 4, 2008

Sanofi-Aventis Diet Pill Linked To Deaths
Acomplia, which was rejected last year by an FDA panel, was linked to five deaths by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency since the pill went on sale two years ago. There were 720 reports of adverse drug reactions, some of which involved more than one side effect, bringing the total to more than 2,100. Five cases were fatal, including one suicide. The data, covering reports from the June 2006 introduction to May 9, was released on the MHRA web site.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 4, 2008

Court Dismisses Vioxx Medical Monitoring Suit
The New Jersey Supreme Court has booted a lawsuit that sought to force Merck to pay for electrocardiograms and follow-up medical care, because the plaintiffs had not suffered any injury. The ruling, which is a big win for the drugmaker, reverses a decision by an appellate court, which found that a trial court dismissal in 2005 was premature.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 4, 2008

FDA: TNF Blockers May Cause Lymphoma In Kids
The agency is conducting a safety review of Enbrel, Humira, Cimzia and Remicade for a possible association with lymphoma and other cancers in children and young adults who have Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Crohn's disease. So far, the FDA has received 30 reports over the past 10 years, and about half of the cancers were lymphomas and included both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 3, 2008

Canadian media giant in court to demand DTC rights
CanWest Mediaworks, Canada's largest newspaper publisher and owner of more than 30 television stations, is suing the federal government for not permitting direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs because, it says, this breaches its freedom of expression under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Along with every country in the world apart from the USA and New Zealand, Canada does not permit DTCA of prescription drugs. However, CanWest is arguing in the Ontario Superior Court that this prohibition, which is enshrined in the Food and Drugs Act, places it at a competitive disadvantage to US newspaper and magazines which are sold on Canadian newsstands, because it prevents it from selling advertising space to pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Read article at pharmatimes.com

April 15, 2008

IMS Health Reports Global Prescription Sales Grew 6.4 Percent in 2007, to $712 Billion
IMS Health, the world's leading provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, today announced that the 2007 global prescription market grew 6.4 percent over the prior year. This takes the estimated total global prescription market to $712 billion based on sales, an increase of $178 billion over the past five years.
Read press release at imshealth.com
Comment: What this press release fails to mention is that year on year growth for the global prescription market is now down to 6.4%, from 7.1% in 2006. Moreover, having been 11.8% in 2001, it has been falling almost constantly ever since. Seen in this light, the aim of the latest attempt to discredit vitamin therapies could not be clearer: to avert the eventual collapse of the fraudulent pharmaceutical Investment "Business with Disease".

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GMO News

June 4, 2008

Ban GMOs Now
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho warns that further indulgence in GMOs will severely damage our chances of surviving the food crisis and global warming; organic agriculture and localised food systems are the way forward.
Read press release on the Institute of Science in Society website (ISIS) (UK)

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Other Health-related News

June 9, 2008

IAHS HEEDS D'ESTAING'S WORDS
The Irish Association of Health Stores has announced its opposition to the Lisbon Treaty. Heeding the words of one of the main architects of the Lisbon Treaty, Giscard d'Estaing, that 'If people understood it they would vote against it', the IAHS unanimously agreed to endorse a No vote in Thursday's referendum, following a meeting of its National Council today. "While not against the EU in principle, it is patently clear that Europe has not been good for the natural products industry, or for freedom of choice in healthcare," said Jill Bell, IAHS President. "The Lisbon Treaty seems set to further facilitate erosion of individual rights and choices," she added. "All EU regulations which have affected our industry over the past six years have originated with the Commission itself, rather than with our elected political representatives," said Ms. Bell. "Increasing EU efficiency may mean a more smoothly-run Europe, but at what price?" she asked. The introduction of harmonising measures, such as the Food Supplements Directive and the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive, is further evidence that, within the EU, trade regulations are drawn up to favour big business, at the expense of small enterprises. These regulations are so onerous, that for the natural products sector, which is made up almost exclusively of small enterprises, compliance presents an almost impossible task. Ms. Bell commented, "Efficiency and democracy are unhappy bedfellows." She continued, "The future viability of health stores is seriously under threat as a direct result of EU regulation which, we are told, is to facilitate the smooth workings of the internal market." Ms. Bell concluded, "The David and Goliath situation within the EU, where the commercial regulatory environment is biased in favour of large corporations, looks set to continue, and even worsen, under this Treaty."
Read press release on the website of the Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS)

June 9, 2008

Emergency Pesticide Ban for Saving the Honeybee
Prof. Joe Cummins' warning against neonicotinoid pesticides in the killing of honeybees was dramatically confirmed, resulting in swift action on the part of the German Government.
The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) suspended the registration of eight neonicotinoid pesticide seed treatment products used in oilseed rape and sweetcorn a few weeks after honeybee keepers in the southern state of Baden Württemberg reported a wave of honeybee deaths linked to one of the pesticides, clothianidin.
Read press release on the website of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) (UK)
Comment: Produced by the pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer, the incriminating evidence against clothianidin was so convincing that a press release from the Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI), the German federal agricultural research agency, stated: "It can unequivocally be concluded that a poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from the corn seeds."

June 6, 2008

Niacin's cholesterol-lowering mechanism proposed
The cholesterol-lowering effects of niacin may by located in the liver, suggests new research that fills in the gaps in our understanding of the heart healthy benefits of the B vitamin. The cell study indicates that niacin may reduce the removal of HDL 'good' cholesterol by about 35 per cent, according to findings published in the Journal of Lipid Research.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 5, 2008

Study links vitamin D, type 1 diabetes
Sun exposure and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to new findings by researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. This association comes on the heels of similar research findings by this same group regarding vitamin D levels and several major cancers. In this new study, the researchers found that populations living at or near the equator, where there is abundant sunshine (and ultraviolet B irradiance) have low incidence rates of type 1 diabetes. Conversely, populations at higher latitudes, where available sunlight is scarcer, have higher incidence rates. These findings add new support to the concept of a role of vitamin D in reducing risk of this disease.
Read article at physorg.com

June 4, 2008

Long-term pesticide exposure may increase risk of diabetes
Licensed pesticide applicators who used chlorinated pesticides on more than 100 days in their lifetime were at greater risk of diabetes, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The associations between specific pesticides and incident diabetes ranged from a 20 percent to a 200 percent increase in risk, said the scientists with the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Read article at physorg.com

June 4, 2008

Mercury teeth fillings may harm some: U.S. FDA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit. As part of the settlement with several consumer advocacy groups, the FDA agreed to alert consumers about the potential risks on its website and to issue a more specific rule next year for fillings that contain mercury, FDA spokeswoman Peper Long said. Millions of Americans have the fillings, or amalgams, to patch cavities in their teeth. "Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses," the FDA said in a notice on its Web site.
Read Reuters news story at yahoo.com
Comment: After decades of denials of the adverse health effects of dental amalgams containing mercury, this admittance by the U.S. FDA of their neurotoxic effects is clearly highly significant. Whilst it is expected that the FDA is not yet likely to outright ban the fillings but will instead call for restrictions upon their use, it would seem reasonable to presume that an eventual outright ban is no longer a matter of "if" but a matter of "when."

June 3, 2008

Supplement breast-fed babies with vitamin D: study
US researchers have found more than 12 per cent of 365 healthy infants and toddlers in the Boston area had vitamin D deficiency, some of which were breast-fed, and recommended supplementation to compensate. Forty per cent of the 8-24 month-old infants had "suboptimal" vitamin D levels - responsible for the onset of conditions like rickets.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 3, 2008

Farmers bringing message to the Food Crisis Summit in Rome expelled
"Stop corporate control over food!"
Farmer and civil society leaders carrying out a peaceful action today in Rome, Italy at the FAO Summit on the Food Crisis were forcefully removed from the premises. At around 1:30pm farmers and representatives of civil society organisations staged an action at the press room to deliver a message that millions of additional people are joining the ranks of the hungry as the corporations that control the global food system are making record profits.
Read article at grain.org

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Political News

June 8, 2008

Irish voters poised to kill off EU 'stealth constitution'
Ireland's no campaign has a five-point lead just days before the vital vote on the reform treaty; and Brussels has no plan C
UNDER a drizzly sky, the Eurocrats of Brussels smiled and handed out balloons at their annual open day yesterday. Behind closed doors, however, as one official admitted: "They're all s******* themselves." In four days Ireland will vote on the European reform treaty and polling suggests that the "no" camp will win. If it does, the European Union mandarins will once again have been thwarted in their efforts to impose a "stealth constitution" on the union's 500m population. French and Dutch voters killed off the original constitution three years ago; now the Irish may be poised to dispatch its replacement, the Lisbon treaty, on Thursday.
Read article in The Times (UK)

June 6, 2008

Adviser Says McCain Backs Bush Wiretaps
WASHINGTON – A top adviser to Senator John McCain says Mr. McCain believes that President Bush's program of wiretapping without warrants was lawful, a position that appears to bring him into closer alignment with the sweeping theories of executive authority pushed by the Bush administration legal team.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

June 6, 2008

Bush Overstated Evidence on Iraq, Senators Report
WASHINGTON – A long-delayed Senate committee report endorsed by Democrats and some Republicans concluded that President Bush and his aides built the public case for war against Iraq by exaggerating available intelligence and by ignoring disagreements among spy agencies about Iraq's weapons programs and Saddam Hussein's links to Al Qaeda.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

June 5, 2008

EU vision for Asia-Pacific
KEVIN RUDD has outlined an ambitious vision for Australia and the other nations of the Asia-Pacific to form a community modelled on the European Union by 2020. In a speech to the Asia Society in Sydney last night, the Prime Minister said the new body would share a "comprehensive sense of community" in security, trade, economics and politics.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Comment: Democracy in the European Union has now been almost completely subverted by corporate interests. As such, Rudd's proposal here should clearly be viewed with great suspicion.

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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