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July 9, 2008

Latest News Updates

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

July 7, 2008

Newborn vitamin A reduces infant mortality
A single, oral dose of vitamin A, given to infants shortly after birth in the developing world can reduce their risk of death by 15 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study is published in the July 2008 edition of the journal Pediatrics.
Read article at physorg.com

July 2, 2008

Green tea helps prevent heart disease
Drinking green tea improves blood flow which helps keep the heart healthy, research has shown. Green tea is already known to have anti-cancer properties and now it has been shown to have an almost immediate effect on heart health too.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: This study adds still further weight to the research of Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki, who have long advocated the use of green tea extracts in the control of both heart disease and cancer.

July 2, 2008

Mediterranean diet 'cuts cancer'
Adopting just a couple of elements of the Mediterranean diet could cut the risk of cancer by 12%, say scientists. A study of 26,000 Greek people found just using more olive oil alone cut the risk by 9%. The diet, reports the British Journal of Cancer, also includes higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, cereals, and less red meat. A separate study found adding broccoli to meals might help men vulnerable to prostate cancer cut their risk.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

July 1, 2008

Broccoli reduces risk of prostate cancer
Eating broccoli once or twice a week can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, scientists have found.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

July 7, 2008

Cholesterol Meds For The Youngest Children?
The nation's pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol meds starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems, The New York Times reports, adding that new guidelines are expected to be issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: There is no evidence that giving anti-cholesterol drugs (statins) to a child will lower his or her risk for heart attack in middle age. Worse still, evidence shows that the use of statins is associated with the development of chronic muscle diseases, psychic disturbances, a higher risk of developing cancer and Parkinson's disease, and numerous other health problems. To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, click here.

July 6, 2008

Who's Minding The Children? In The UK, It's Glaxo?
A scandal is mushrooming because the Schools Secretary has appointed a Glaxo exec to the board of the government's official education watchdog agency, known as Ofsted. And the move occurred less than a month before the government awarded a reported $200 million contract to Glaxo for its HPV vaccine for school-age girls 12 years and older, which some parents fear will give a green light to teenage sex, The Daily Mail reports. The appointment also comes at a time when a growing number of families are filing lawsuits against Glaxo over its Paxil antidepressent, claiming the drug caused suicide or attempted suicides.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 2, 2008

Lilly Loses Appeal to Limit Damages in Canadian Suit
Eli Lilly & Co. lost an appeal to limit potential damages in a lawsuit filed by Canadian patients who claimed they developed diabetes after using its Zyprexa schizophrenia drug. An Ontario appeal court today affirmed a lower court's decision that plaintiffs in a class-action, or group, suit may try to recover money the Indianapolis-based company made from sales rather than get damages. The plaintiffs sought C$900 million in damages in their initial claim.
Read article at bloomberg.com

July 2, 2008

FDA Panel: Tighter Standards For Diabetes Drugs
An FDA advisory committee voted 14 to 2 that all new diabetes drugs should undergo longer studies to ensure cardiovascular risks aren't increased, a move that is expected to cost drugmakers untold millions of dollars to conduct additional clinical trials, the Associated Press reports.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 1, 2008

Doctors, Pfizer in 'Suspicious' Sponsorship Deal
The Korean Medical Association, the nation's largest group of doctors, is under fire for allegedly receiving sponsorship from a pharmaceutical company for its no-smoking campaign. The association is blamed for trying to take a free ride without mentioning the sponsor while the company is accused of trying to gain publicity for its product that may not be advertised. According to Yonhap News, multi-national drug maker Pfizer producing smoking treatment Champix has been financing online, television and print commercials for the KMA's "Quit Smoking" campaign. However, there is no sign of its name in the ads.
Read article in the Korean Times (South Korea)

June 30, 2008

B.C. court clears path for cancer survivors to sue over hormone replacement
VANCOUVER - An international maker of a hormone replacement drug has lost its bid to block a B.C. lawsuit, clearing the way for a possible class-action suit on behalf of breast cancer survivors. Hundreds of B.C. women who claim they got breast cancer after taking the drugs Premarin and Premplus have contacted the law firm involvined in the B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit. David Klein, the lawyer for the women, said it means if the company is found at fault, the international firm would be held accountable in a Canadian court.
Read Canadian Press news story at yahoo.com

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Other Health-related News

July 4, 2008

Mother's vitamin D status during pregnancy will affect her baby's dental health
Low maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy may affect primary tooth calcification, leading to enamel defects, which are a risk factor for early-childhood tooth decay.
Read article at physorg.com

July 1, 2008

ANH and Irish delegation urge European Commission to rethink its policy on natural health
JOINT ALLIANCE FOR NATURAL HEALTH / IRISH ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTH STORES PRESS RELEASE
A delegation from the Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS), the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) and Irish member of the European Parliament (MEP), Marian Harkin, met with senior European Commission officials yesterday to voice their concerns over the severity of likely imminent restrictions on natural health.
Read full press release on the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) website (UK)

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Political News

July 8, 2008

Paul: Congress supports bombing Iran
Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul says members of Congress have voiced support for a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Iran. "I hear members of Congress saying 'if we could only nuke them'," said the congressman Thursday. "If we do (attack) it is going to be a disaster," he told the Alex Jones Show. The 72-year-old veteran politician added that the atmosphere in Congress indicates that a military strike on Iran has already been condoned.
Read article on the Press TV website (Iran)

July 4, 2008

Judge orders Google to give YouTube user data to Viacom
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A US judge has ordered Google to expose to Viacom the video-viewing habits of everyone who has ever used YouTube in a decision condemned by the Internet giant and privacy advocates.
Read AFP news story at google.com
Comment: The ruling, which could have serious privacy implications for internet users worldwide, orders Google to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses.

July 2, 2008

US Admiral Warns Against Israeli Strike On Iran
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Wednesday warned against the possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, saying that it would plunge the already volatile area into deeper chaos and added that it would be very stressful on the United States. "My strong preference, here, is to handle all of this diplomatically with the other powers of governments, ours and many others, as opposed to any kind of strike occurring," Admiral Mullen told reporters at a Pentagon press conference on Wednesday. "This is a very unstable part of the world. And I don't need it to be more unstable," he added.
Read news report on the RTT News website (USA)

July 2, 2008

Are you being heard? Eavesdropping and wiretapping in Europe and the USA
The Swedes, through a narrow parliamentary majority, voted through last month one of the most severe invasions on privacy, the signal surveillance or wiretapping law. The Germans have been up in arms over data retention policies that came in on the back of a 2006 EU Directive. This also has a remit that is meant to protect Germans from crime and terrorism - but it also hands over data that can be used by the government for numerous other purposes! Meanwhile, the US government, and the Department of Homeland Security in particular, is doing its darndest to finalise a US-European pact to give it the right to access private data of European citizens.
Read article by the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) analyzing the latest attacks on personal privacy in Europe and the USA

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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