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June 18, 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 16, 2008

Diabetics shouldn't forget their antioxidants: study
Vitamins C and E supplements may reduce memory loss in type-2 diabetics, a population at risk of increased impaired memory, suggests a new study from Canada. Daily doses of 1000 mg of vitamin C and 800 IU of vitamin E improved mental function after carbohydrate-rich meals and may protect against memory loss, according to a small study with 16 diabetics published in the journal Nutrition Research.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

June 15, 2008

Folic acid cuts diabetic heart disease
Scientists suggest that taking dietary folic acid supplements helps reduce cardiac cell death in patients suffering from diabetes. According to a study published in Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, an 11-week course of supplements enhances the expression of cell-death-prevention genes and suppresses cell-death-inducing genes in heart muscles. The study showed that folic acid not only reduces the death rate in cardiac cells but also makes these cells more resistant to future injuries from diabetes.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

June 11, 2008

Get a Little Sun This Summer – It Could Help Save Your Life
As summer comes and people across America get ready to start slathering on the sunscreen, a note of caution is in order – a little sunshine is good for you. Studies increasingly are suggesting the value of vitamin D – often known as the sunshine vitamin, because that's one way you can obtain it – in everything from bone metabolism to maintaining muscle strength, immune function, reducing hypertension and possibly even playing a role in prevention of cancer and autoimmune disease.
Read article at physorg.com

June 11, 2008

Wonder medicine plant claims to cure cancer
Scientists have finally identified and named a wonder plant that has been creating waves here for some time now. The plant traditionally called Kam-sabut is claimed to be able to cure cancer cases which doctors have given up on. Researchers from Manipur University's life science department say the plant belongs to the Euphorbia ceae family but was of a new species and a new name Croton Caudatus Gieseler has been allotted by the Botanical Survey of India, Shillong following a submission of a research report submitted by a MU team. Extracts of Euphorbia ceae of at least 10 species are used by Columbian traditional healers to treat ulcers, cancers, tumours, warts and other diseases.
Read article in The Statesman (India)

June 10, 2008

Omega-3 linked to healthy eyes: meta-analysis
A high intake of omega-3 fatty acids and fish may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by up to 38 per cent, suggests a new meta-analysis. Pooling the data from nine studies, researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia report that the benefits were most pronounced against late (more advanced) AMD, while eating fish twice a week was associated with a reduced risk of both early and late AMD. The meta-analysis, which included 88,974 participants and 3,203 people with AMD, is published in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 9, 2008

Vitamin D may protect against heart attack -study
Men with low levels of vitamin D have an elevated risk for a heart attack, researchers said on Monday in the latest study to identify important possible health benefits from the "sunshine vitamin." In the study, men classified as deficient in vitamin D were about 2 1/2 times more likely to have a heart attack than those with higher levels of the vitamin. "Those with low vitamin D, on top of just being at higher risk for heart attack in general, were at particularly high risk to have a fatal heart attack," study author Dr. Edward Giovannucci of the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said in a telephone interview.
Read news report at reuters.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 16, 2008

Chronic muscle diseases associated with statin exposure
Statin use is twice as high in patients with chronic muscle diseases as in unaffected controls, according to a report in the May issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Some clinical reports have suggested that statins can trigger chronic muscle diseases, including dermatomyositis and polymyositis, the authors explain, but no previous study has investigated exposure to statins in patients who develop a chronic muscle disease.
Read article at medicalimagingmag.com

June 14, 2008

Legal Drugs Kill Far More Than Illegal, Florida Says
MIAMI - From "Scarface" to "Miami Vice," Florida's drug problem has been portrayed as the story of a single narcotic: cocaine. But for Floridians, prescription drugs are increasingly a far more lethal habit. An analysis of autopsies in 2007 released this week by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

June 12, 2008

FDA, Pfizer Told of Chantix Safety Concerns a Year Ago
Doctor Warned Medical Community of Drug's Adverse Effects Last Year
A physician and top smoking cessation researcher says U.S. regulators and a drugmaker brushed aside his concerns a year ago about possibly dangerous side effects from longer-term use of the stop-smoking drug Chantix. Now a new report from the nonprofit organization Institute for Safe Medicine Practices cites nearly 1,000 adverse event reports associated with Chantix. That report, released late last month, has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to ban the drug's use among commercial pilots.
Read article on the ABC News website (USA)

June 12, 2008

Grassley Probes Paxil Suicide Risks
The Republican Senator from Iowa wants the agency to "carefully scrutinize" info from Glaxo after reviewing a report about suicide risks among adults using the antidepressant. Chuck has also asked the FDA to review findings released earlier this year by UK regulators, which charged the drugmaker with knowing about suicide risks in children since 1998, but failed to pursue criminal charges.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 11, 2008

Reminder Bill Raises Privacy Concerns In California
Privacy concerns have been raised about a bill moving through the California Legislature that would let pharmacies partner with drugmakers to send reminder letters to patients to refill their scrips, The Sacramento Bee reports. The senate bill is sponsored by a medical information company facing an invasion of privacy class-action suit, which alleges some of the same practices the legislation would make legal.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 10, 2008

Glaxo Cuts 40 Percent Of Research At Some Sites
And so the Avandia fallout continues. Having already whacked a factory and thousands of employees, particularly sales reps, the drugmaker is slashing all sorts of science jobs at its US facilities - Research Triangle Park in North Carolina and Philadelphia. At least 350, or 2 percent of global R&D, not counting cuts in prior months.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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Other Health-related News

June 16, 2008

Irish health group welcomes 'no' to Lisbon treaty
Ireland's rejection of the European Union Lisbon Treaty has strengthened the resolve of the country's independent health store retailers as well as food supplement manufacturers and wholesalers in their campaign against EU regulations. The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS) has for many years been campaigning against what it perceives as "highly restrictive" laws that have been implemented - or are in the process of being implemented - across the 27-member state bloc in regard to food supplement and functional foods.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: If you live in Europe, click here to sign the European Referendum Initiative petition demanding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

June 15, 2008

Bastyr University's St. John's Wort Article in JAMA: CAM Research Breakthrough Or Big Pharma Sell Out?
The biggest health story in the United States media during the second week of June 2008 involved a major study published June 11, 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association - JAMA - one of the most prestigious mainstream medical journals in the world. The study was the subject of hundreds of print articles, television and radio broadcast reports, and Internet items. The title of the Washington Post's article published June 11, 2008 was typical: "St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD."
Read article by Peter Barry Chowka at google.com
Comment: It is notable that one of the co-authors of this study was Dr. Joseph Biederman, a Harvard child psychiatrist who reportedly earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from numerous drug companies from 2000 to 2007 but did not report much of this income to university officials. As Peter Barry Chowka's article describes, this laundry list of Big Pharma financial affiliations by a principal author of an herbal nutritional supplement study should raise major alarms by itself.

June 6, 2008

Teen Refused Chemo, Beat Cancer With 'Alternative' Therapies
Starchild Abraham Cherrix has plenty of reason to celebrate his 18th birthday Friday. His latest blood results show no indication of the Hodgkin's disease he's battled since 2005, and for the first time in two years he doesn't have to report those results to the Accomack County court. Cherrix won a court battle against state officials who tried to force him to undergo chemotherapy for his lymphatic cancer. He was allowed to treat the disease using alternative therapies, but his family was required to keep the court updated as to his progress.
Read article at foxnews.com (USA)

June 4, 2008

Personal Genomes May Lead To Personalized Vitamin Supplements
As the cost of sequencing a single human genome drops rapidly, with one company predicting a price of $100 per person in five years, soon the only reason not to look at your "personal genome" will be fear of what bad news lies in your genes. University of California, Berkeley, scientists, however, have found a welcome reason to delve into your genetic heritage: to find the slight genetic flaws that can be fixed with remedies as simple as vitamin or mineral supplements.
Read article on the Medical News Today website
Comment: The scientists found that there are many genetic differences that make people's enzymes less efficient than normal, and that simple supplementation with vitamins can often restore some of these deficient enzymes to full working order.

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Political News

June 17, 2008

The EU reveals its anti-democratic nature
David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said in the Commons yesterday that Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty last week "must be respected". He also said that the rules of the EU are "clear" - that a treaty falls if it does not command the unanimous support of all 27 member states. And he insisted there could be no "bulldozing" of the Irish into changing their position. Admirable sentiments, all. Mr Miliband then stood all three statements on their head by making it clear that Ireland's courageous vote is not going to be accepted by Europe's ruling elites, that the Government will press on regardless with ratification of the treaty, and that it is up the Irish to sort this mess out - in other words, change its mind.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

June 14, 2008

EU referendum: What the European papers say
Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon treaty in Thursday's referendum was front page news across Europe, prompting mixed reaction in the morning newspapers.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

June 14, 2008

Irish voters sign death warrant for EU's Lisbon treaty
Irish voters tore up the European Union's blueprint for the future yesterday in a dramatic and decisive rejection of the Lisbon treaty. The result leaves Brussels' plans to streamline EU power – creating a president and foreign minister and reducing the influence for smaller countries such as Ireland – in tatters. The 53.4 per cent "no" vote should in theory sign the death warrant of the treaty, which has been eight years in the making, since it requires ratification by all 27 members. Gordon Brown faced immediate calls to scrap British ratification.
Read article in The Times (UK)

June 13, 2008

House votes to send impeachment resolution to Judiciary Committee
The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to send articles of impeachment against President Bush to the Judiciary Committee for review. The impeachment resolution's sponsor, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, requested a recorded vote on the motion around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and 24 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats in voting to send the impeachment measure to the committee.
The motion passed 251-166.
Read article at globalresearch.ca
Comment: The Judiciary Committee already has before it articles of impeachment aimed at Vice President Dick Cheney, which it received in November 2007. Given that it has done nothing with these, it would appear extremely unlikely that the House will proceed with impeachment hearings before Bush leaves office.

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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