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June 25, 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 19, 2008

Cranberries, probiotics may fight ulcer-causing bacteria in children
Cranberry juice or probiotics clear the stomach of children of a bacterial strain known to cause ulcers and cancer, new research reports. Results from the multicentred, randomised, double-blind, controlled trial involving 271 children with Helicobacter pylori infection, published in the journal Nutrition, suggest that drinking cranberry juice or taking Lactobacillus johnsonii La1 (La1) may eradicate the bacteria.
Read news report at nutraingredients.com

June 18, 2008

Vitamin D helps colorectal cancer patients - study
Vitamin D may extend the lives of people with colon and rectal cancer, according to a study published on Wednesday suggesting another health benefit from the so-called sunshine vitamin.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. doctors group, voted this week to urge the Food and Drug Administration to re-examine recommendations for vitamin D intake in light of new scientific findings showing its benefits.

June 18, 2008

New study: Pine bark significantly reduces menstrual pain
A new study reveals dysmenorrhea, a condition that causes extremely painful menstrual periods affecting millions of women each year, can be reduced naturally by taking Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree.
Read article at physorg.com

June 18, 2008

Antioxidant-rich fruit, veg linked to less gullet cancer: study
An increased intake of antioxidant vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene may cut the risk of Barrett's oesophagus, a precursor to oesophageal cancer, suggests a new study from California.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

June 17, 2008

Flavonols may slash colorectal cancer risk: study
An increased intake of antioxidant flavonols from tea, onions, beans, and apples may slash the risk of colorectal cancer by a whopping 76 per cent, suggests a new US study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 23, 2008

The hand of Pharma - US citizens have your say!
Two drug companies - one big, one small - have revealed their hand. One wants to ban a natural vitamin because it interferes with its patents. The other wants to ban health claims for slimming products because it wants to eliminate competition against its anti-obesity drug. Both are subject to citizen's petitions in the US. Have your say if you care...
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) website (UK)

June 20, 2008

Pharmaceutical industry spent $3.6M lobbying in 1Q
WASHINGTON - The pharmaceutical industry's main trade group spent more than $3.6 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure form. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, whose members include Pfizer, Amgen Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co., lobbied on how prices are set for seniors' medications, rules governing drug imports and other issues.
Read article at forbes.com

June 20, 2008

Nigerian court says victims can be party in Pfizer case
ABUJA (AFP) - A Nigerian court on Friday granted the request of victims of an alleged 1996 Pfizer drug trial in the northern city of Kano, to be joined as party in the controversial lawsuit. "The applicant has sufficient interest in the suit to warrant this court to join them as additional respondent in the case," Abuja Anwuri Chikere, presiding judge of the federal high court, said. "The applicant's presence in the suit is important for effective and effectual determination of the case. The application for joinder is therefore granted," she added. Friday's ruling followed an application by the lawyer representing the victims of the alleged illegal drug trial which led allegedly to the deaths of about 11 children, while almost 200 others were reportedly left with some degree of disability or deformity.
Read AFP news report at yahoo.com

June 20, 2008

US Investigation Into Glaxo And Paxil Widens
A Justice Department investigation of Glaxo's handling of the marketing and safety research of its antidepressant, appears to be widening, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drugmaker confirmed that a previously disclosed Colorado-based Justice Department investigation of marketing practices also includes the US Attorney's office in Boston and is being coordinated by the agency in Washington.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 20, 2008

Doctor Advised Neurontin Warning But Was Ignored
A UK neurologist who analyzed effects of the controversial epilepsy drug told a court that he advised Warner-Lambert, which is now part of Pfizer, to include a warning on the label for potential side effects of depression and aggression, but his advice wasn't followed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 19, 2008

Review ordered for dementia drugs
The government today ordered an immediate review into the use of antipsychotic drugs to calm the behaviour of people with dementia. The drugs, also known as neuroleptics, have been labelled a "chemical cosh" by dementia charities and older people's campaigners, and some have severe side-effects, which include strokes and even death.
Read article in The Guardian (UK)

June 19, 2008

Sanofi Heart Drug Worsens Heart Failure
File this under tough sell. The drug more than doubled the risk of death in people with heart failure in a study that was terminated early in 2003 due to safety concerns, Dow Jones reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 17, 2008

Doctors 'ignoring drugs warning'
Doctors are regularly prescribing two powerful psychiatric drugs to elderly dementia patients despite a safety warning in 2004, the BBC has found.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

June 17, 2008

'Lab Rats At $30 A Month:' The VA And Chantix
The government is testing drugs with severe side effects like psychosis and suicidal behavior on hundreds of military veterans, using small cash payments to attract patients into medical experiments that often target distressed soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an investigation by The Washington Times and ABC News.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 17, 2008

Topanga Family Argues Motrin Blinded Their Child
Malibu -- A Topanga Canyon girl was left blind and scarred by a rare allergic reaction to Children's Motrin, and a Johnson & Johnson drug division "purposefully and callously" hid medical reports about the dangers of ibuprofen from federal regulators, an attorney told a Malibu jury Tuesday to open trial of a product-liability lawsuit.
Read article at myfoxla.com

June 16, 2008

FDA Warns Over Antipsychotics, Dementia & Death
The agency is requiring manufacturers of "conventional" antipsychotic drugs to change the labeling to warn about an increased risk of death associated with the off-label use to treat behavioral problems in older people with dementia. In 2005, the FDA announced similar labeling changes for "atypical" antipsychotic drugs. At that time, Black Box warnings were added, and will now be added to the older "conventional" antipsychotics. The warning for both classes of drugs will say that clinical studies indicate that antipsychotic drugs of both types are associated with an increased risk of death when used in elderly patients treated for dementia-related psychosis, according to an FDA statement.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 15, 2008

Britain's child victims of the chemical cosh
Powerful anti-psychotic drugs designed for adults are being used to treat children, including those with learning difficulties.
The number of powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to England's children has risen by more than half in four years, government figures have revealed. GPs in England are handing out prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs for children as young as seven at the rate of 250 a day, according to figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday.
Read article in The Independent on Sunday (UK)

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Other Health-related News

June 23, 2008

Study shows more benefits of sunshine vitamin
People with a vitamin D deficiency are as much as twice as likely to die compared to people whose blood contains higher amounts of the so-called sunshine vitamin, Austrian researchers said on Monday. Their study -- the latest to suggest a health benefit from the vitamin -- showed death rates from any cause as well as from heart-related problems varied greatly depending on vitamin D.
Read news report at reuters.com

June 18, 2008

Calls to copy as island stops fluoride plan
HAMPSHIRE campaigners have hailed a decision by the Isle of Man government to scrap plans to add fluoride to tap water - and called on the county's health chiefs to follow suit. Manx residents torpedoed the proposals after a poll of 1,000 residents found a majority were opposed. Activists say Southampton health chiefs should back down now before the launch of a £178,000 public consultation in August.
Read article in the Daily Echo (UK)

June 17, 2008

100s of UK herbals face ban as registration deadline looms
Hundreds of botanical products face removal from the UK market if their manufacturers do not submit applications to have them registered under the European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) directive. The British Herbal Medicines Association (BHMA) has urged companies to begin the registration process or allow products to face market extinction come the April 2011 deadline. At that point all herbal products not deemed foodstuffs such as 'spice rack' herbs like garlic or rosemary or, at the other end of spectrum, those that are deemed medicines, must be registered under the THMPD. In the UK, this process is being conducted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which has approved 14 applications since 2005 and has another 21 applications in lieu.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: The high financial cost of preparing the application dossiers required for the registration of herbal medicines under this European Union legislation is clearly now proving to be prohibitive for the vast majority of herbal manufacturers, just as we have always said it would be. Significantly, therefore, of the 14 approvals that have been granted in the UK, half of them have been being handed to a German pharma group-owned company. Unless something changes very soon, therefore, the vast majority of herbal alternatives to the pharmaceutical industry's toxic patented chemical drugs will be banned after April 2011 - not just in the UK, but right across Europe. To find out what you can do to help prevent this happening, click here.

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Political News

June 19, 2008

Kucinich threatens 60 impeachment articles if Judiciary doesn't act
Rep. Dennis Kucinich warned the House Judiciary Committee that it would be wise not to ignore the 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush last week. If the committee does not act within a month, he plans to introduce even more articles.
Read article at globalresearch.ca

June 19, 2008

Sweden adopts law allowing official eavesdropping
Sweden's Parliament narrowly approved a law Wednesday that gives authorities sweeping powers to eavesdrop on all e-mail and telephone traffic that crosses the Nordic nation's borders. Critics have slammed the law as an invasion of privacy and an infringement on civil liberties. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Parliament Wednesday, some handing out copies of George Orwell's novel "1984," about a fictional futuristic police state. The right-leaning government's slim majority helped secure 143-138 approval, despite strong opposition from left-leaning parties led by Social Democrats.
Read Associated Press news story at google.com

June 17, 2008

Italian PM defends trials freeze
Italy's prime minister has defended plans by his government to suspend certain long-running trials for a year. The move, which would freeze Silvio Berlusconi's corruption trial currently under way in Milan, sparked criticism from opposition parties.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: To learn more about Mr Berlusconi and his friends, click here.

June 17, 2008

EU treaty should be dropped, say British voters
British voters want Gordon Brown to scrap moves to ratify the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, a new poll has disclosed.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: According to the poll, which was carried out by YouGov after the Irish result was announced on Friday, 54 per cent of British voters believe their Government should drop the treaty, whilst only 14 per cent of those questioned agreed that it should carry on and ratify it.

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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