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July 3, 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 26, 2008

Broccoli and co may protect women from diabetes
An increased intake of green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of women developing type-2 diabetes, suggests a new study from New Orleans. For every additional serving of green leafy vegetables, the risk of developing diabetes may be reduced by almost 10 per cent, according to results of an epidemiological study published in the journal Diabetes Care. The study, led by Lydia Bazzano from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, adds to a growing body of science supporting the intake of vegetables for diabetes risk reduction.
Read news report at nutraingredients.com

June 25, 2008

Omega-3 boosts satiety during weight loss: study
Obese people receiving supplements of omega-3 fatty acids while following a weight loss programme experienced a feeling of fullness for longer, says a new study.
Read news report at nutraingredients.com

June 24, 2008

More vitamin D for fewer heart-related deaths: study
People with low blood levels of vitamin D are more than twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease as those with high levels, suggests a new study. Higher blood levels of the vitamin, measured as 25-hydroxyvitamin D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D), were associated with both lower overall death rates deaths from cardiovascular causes among 3,258 participants in the prospective cohort study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read news report at nutraingredients.com

June 24, 2008

Study backs dried plums for stronger bones
Polyphenol-rich dried plums may boost bone strength and density by up-regulating growth factors linked to bone formation, reports a new study from the US.
Read news report at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

June 27, 2008

Drug licences for cash scandal unfolds in Italy
The director of Italy's medicines regulatory agency has been suspended along with another top official, as the drug licences-for-cash scandal surrounding the organisation continues to unfold. Nello Martini, director of Aifa (the Italian Agency for Pharmaceuticals), has been suspended along with Caterina Gualano, head of medicines registration for the agency. The development follows a two-year investigation in which police found evidence that money had changed hands in return for the falsification of clinical data required for drug licences.
Read article at pharmatimes.com

June 27, 2008

Pharma's Reputation Sinks A Little More
The latest Harris Interactive poll that examines American attitudes toward corporate America offers a sobering view of and for the pharmaceutical industry. Only 26 percent of Americans view the industry favorably which, of course, means that 74 percent have a negative or neutral impression. And 52 percent are firmly negative, which places pharma slightly below big oil, and above tobacco.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: A moment's glance at the other pharma news items on this page should be enough to tell you that nobody should really be surprised by these findings. To view a table comparing the pharma industry's poll ratings with those of other industries, click here.

June 27, 2008

Antidepressants: Swedish FDA mobilized to save pharma
The news that antidepressants in actual fact don't work better than sugar pills and increase the risk of suicide has filled major media during the past year. Psychiatrists, Big pharma and medical agencies, responsible for distorting the facts for many years, are now working hard to save profits and careers, says Swedish independent investigator and reporter Janne Larsson.
Read article on Sepp Hasslberger's Health Supreme website

June 26, 2008

Failure To Warn: Glaxo, Paxil & Pregnancies
Much of the hoopla one reads about the controversial antidepressant concerns the risk of suicide and the extent to which the drugmaker disclosed - or did not disclose - meaningful clinical trial data. However, a pending lawsuit points up another issue - whether Glaxo adequately disclosed and investigated the risk of congenital abnormalities.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 25, 2008

Senate Targets Stanford Psychiatrist Over Conflicts
The US Senate Finance Committee charges that Stanford University failed to properly monitor alleged conflicts of interest involving Alan Schatzberg, who chairs the psychiatry department at Stanford University and who owns about $6 million in stock in Corcept Therapeutics, which that participates in a National Institutes of Health study he oversees.
Read article at pharmalot.com

June 24, 2008

Controversial diet drug approved
An obesity drug has been approved for NHS use, despite links to an increased risk of depression and suicide.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

June 24, 2008

Pharma Sets Spending Record Lobbying Congress
The $168 million thrown at lobbyists amounted to a 32 percent jump over 2006, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity, which was based on data obtained from the Senate Office of Public Records. In all, the group says that drugmakers have spent more than $1 billion lobbying the federal government over the past decade.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: To see a breakdown showing the actual money spent on lobbying by individual pharmaceutical companies and industry organizations, click here.

June 23, 2008

Drug for treating HIV may raise heart attack risk, manufacturer warns
TORONTO - A drug used in combination with other antiretrovirals to treat HIV infection has been linked with an increased risk of heart attack, the medication's manufacturer warned Monday. GlaxoSmithKline, in conjunction with Health Canada, is advising patients taking abacavir-containing products - sold under the brand names Ziagen, Kivexa and Trizivir - of concerns raised by a recent study in The Lancet about the possible elevated heart attack risk.
Read Canadian Press news story at google.com

April 17, 2008

Generation RX
Common Radius Films is a private documentary and media development company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. GENERATION RX marks the first film partnership between the company and international award-winning writer/producer/director Kevin P. Miller. This film explores how children have been caught in the middle of an unprecedented change in Western culture: that of drugging children with psychiatric medications earlier - and more often than ever before.
Watch trailer at generationrxfilm.com
Comment: GENERATION RX has already garnered the support of some of the most respected names in Hollywood, including writer/director Paul Haggis, who won back-to-back Academy Awards for "Million Dollar Baby," and "Crash." GENERATION RX, Mr. Haggis said, "is a powerful and often chilling eye-opener. Weeks after viewing, the stories continue to haunt me."

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GMO News

June 19, 2008

Gordon does 'a Tony': falls for GM hype
Fact: GM crops don't increase yields, do have negative health impacts
Against all the evidence and in direct opposition to the recommendations of his Chief Scientist, Gordon Brown, like his predecessor, is being bamboozled by PR from the Agrobiotech lobby that GM crops 'can feed the world'. Contrary to the claims of some government ministers that are 'there are no scientific arguments' against GM crops, there is a strong body of published evidence that shows GM crops do not increase yields and also indicating negative health impacts for livestock eating GM feed and potentially for humans consuming produce from those animals.
Read press release on the Soil Association website (UK)

June 2, 2008

Premier urges halt to GM food approvals
West Australian Premier Alan Carpenter has called for an immediate halt to the approval of all genetically-modified (GM) foods in Australia. Mr Carpenter also is asking for federal government support to enforce better labelling of foods containing GM ingredients. He wants Australia's national food regulator, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, to stop approving any more GM foods for human consumption until independent scientific trials prove their safety. "I find it unbelievable and unacceptable that the national food regulator relies principally on the say-so of the GM companies when assessing GM foods as safe to eat," Mr Carpenter said.
Read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

May 29, 2008

GM crops banned in Switzerland until 2012
The Swiss Federal Council (government) has voted to extend the country's moratorium on genetically modified (GM) plants for a further three years beyond the current expiry date of November 2010, Dow Jones reports. The extension is to allow time for a national research programme into the benefits and risks of GM crops to be completed and the results assessed. Questions over the biological safety of GM plants and the coexistence of GM, conventional and organic crops are being addressed.
Read article at allaboutfeed.net

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Other Health-related News

June 25, 2008

Canadian's beat Bill C-51 – but watch the back door!
Around a million Canadians made their feelings known about Bill C-51, an amendment introduced by the Harper government to the Canadian Food & Drugs Act. The mass opposition to this Bill forced the Canadian Parliament to call off the second reading last Friday. The Bill, having been successfully through first reading on 8 April 2008, is now dead.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) website (UK)

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Political News

June 26, 2008

EU Constitution author says referendums can be ignored
Future referendums will be ignored whether they are held in Ireland or elsewhere, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the architect of the European Union Constitution said. The former President of France drafted the old Constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters three years ago before being resurrected as the Lisbon EU Treaty, itself shunned by the Irish two weeks ago. Mr Giscard d'Estaing told the Irish Times that Ireland's referendum rejection would not kill the Treaty, despite a legal requirement of unanimity from all the EU's 27 member states. "We are evolving towards majority voting because if we stay with unanimity, we will do nothing," he said.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Giscard d'Estaing's comments here show that the EU remains intent upon ruling by dictatorship - despite the democratic rejection of these plans in referendums by French and Dutch voters on the EU Constitution, and now Irish voters in a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

June 23, 2008

Campaigners blast EU lobby register plans
Transparency campaigners have slammed as "fundamentally flawed" Brussels' plans to introduce a voluntary register for EU lobbyists. Speaking at a press conference on Monday ahead of the launch of the register by EU administrative affairs commissioner Siim Kallas, Jorgo Riis, member of the alliance for lobbying transparency, Alter EU, questioned whether the new lobby register had "any value at all". Riis, also Greenpeace European director, said, "The end product is proof that commercial lobbyists have effective influence in Brussels. Why has the Barroso commission not pushed further on transparency?"
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: According to Alter EU, individual lobbyists will not be named, meaning there will be no exposure of scandals, no trace of revolving doors (where former EU staff land lucrative jobs with lobbyists), no information on possible conflicts of interest and continued confusion over the number of lobbyists active in Brussels.

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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