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August 8, 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

August 5, 2008

Broccoli may undo diabetes damage
Eating broccoli could reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels, research suggests. A University of Warwick team believe the key is a compound found in the vegetable, called sulforaphane. It encourages production of enzymes which protect the blood vessels, and a reduction in high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

August 5, 2008

VITAMIN C JAB TO BEAT CANCER
Vitamin C injections can destroy cancer, ground-breaking research has found. Pioneering trials have shown that the jabs can shrink tumours by half and kill cancer cells, while leaving healthy tissues unharmed.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)
Comment: Whilst the effectiveness of vitamin C in the control of cancer will obviously not be news to regular readers of these pages, we welcome the publication of this research as still further evidence that Dr. Rath has been right all along.

August 1, 2008

A DAILY DOSE OF GARLIC CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
A DAILY dose of garlic helps to lower blood pressure and can be as effective as drugs, according to new research. The discovery means that readily available over-the-counter supplements could be used to help save lives.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

July 31, 2008

AIDS: importance of nutrition confirmed
An 18-month study on more than 10,500 people with HIV/AIDS in Tamil Nadu found nutritional supplements improved their health. In what may be the biggest study ever conducted in India, the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) has found conclusive evidence that providing micro and macronutrients to people living with HIV/AIDS greatly improves their health and quality of life.
Read article in The Hindu (India)

July 30, 2008

New study shows calcium significantly improves children's bone health
A recent study published in the journal Bone found that higher intakes of calcium, such as those recommended by the USDA, may significantly improve bone health in children.
Read article at physorg.com

July 30, 2008

Frankincense provides relief to arthritis sufferers
An enriched extract of the 'Indian Frankincense' herb Boswellia serrata has been proven to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Research published today in BioMed Central's open access journal Arthritis Research & Therapy has shown that patients taking the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 4, 2008

Cold medicine can be life-threatening for babies
Another study raises questions about the dangers of giving cough and cold medications to babies. A "surprising" number of small children taken to the emergency room after they stop breathing or lose consciousness have over-the-counter cold medications in their systems, according to the authors of an article in today's Pediatrics.
Read article in USA Today

August 1, 2008

House Panel Seeks Vytorin Study Data
The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants the Food and Drug Administration to turn over the results of an analysis looking into the potential links between cancer and the cholesterol drug Vytorin.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

August 1, 2008

Grassley Intensifies Probe Into NIH & Stanford
The Senate Finance Committee is intensifying its investigation into research grants and conflicts of interest are managed by the National Institutes of Health and universities, whose academic researchers receive both NIH funding and have ties to drugmakers.
Read article at pharmalot.com

August 1, 2008

Britain's growing reliance on drugs from GPs
We are a nation of pill- poppers who are increasingly dependent on drugs to keep us plodding on, new figures show. In the past decade, prescribing by GPs has risen more than 50 per cent to 15.7 items per head – more than one item a month for every man, woman and child in the country – compared to 10.3 items in 1997. The findings show that 796 million prescription items were dispensed in 2007, at an average cost of £10.51.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

July 31, 2008

Biogen's Tysabri Causes Brain Infection In 2 Patients
Biogen and Elan have reported two confirmed cases of a deadly brain infection - progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy - in patients taking their Tysabri multiple sclerosis drug, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 31, 2008

Lilly Trained Sales Force to Ignore Drug's Risks
Eli Lilly & Co. trained its sales force to downplay risks for Zyprexa and encourage doctors to prescribe the drug beyond approved uses for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to court documents.
Read article at bloomberg.com

July 31, 2008

Compulsive Gambler Wins Lawsuit Over Mirapex
A federal jury yesterday awarded $8.2 million to a plaintiff who claims that the Parkinson's disease drug Mirapex caused him to gamble compulsively, according to Mealey's Emerging Drugs & Devices.
Read article at pharmalot.com

July 29, 2008

Merck faces Canadian class-action Vioxx case
US drug maker Merck faces another Canadian class-action case over painkiller Vioxx
A Canadian court has certified another class-action lawsuit against Merck & Co. over its former painkiller Vioxx, for which the U.S. drug maker is doling out billions of dollars to cover American settlements. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has certified a case involving Vioxx users outside the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan, where judges have already certified class-action personal injury cases.
Read article at cnn.com

July 21, 2008

Animal pharm: prozac for pets
Depressed dachshunds and anxious alsatians can now get their paws on a little pooch-me-up - thanks to the US drugs industry.
Back in the day - before Paris Hilton carried a pooch in her handbag, before professional dog-walking was a serious career, and before "doggy day-care" even existed - the most popular cure for an unhappy canine was, as the nursery rhyme goes, to give the dog a bone. How times have changed. A surge in the popularity of household animals, coupled with the licensing of several new veterinary drugs, is seeing thousands of American dog owners replace comforting marrow-bones with a chemically enhanced modern alternative: Pet Prozac. Lifestyle drugs to treat troubled canines for depression, anxiety, bad behaviour and even obesity are being launched by pharmaceutical firms anxious to cash-in on the nation's booming love affair with man's best friend.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

July 21, 2008

Gardasil Injection Followed by Stroke
Gardasil, the vaccine approved to target the human papillomavirus (HPV) is being criticized again for possible links to a 20-year-old woman who suffered a stroke after receiving a second Gardasil injection.
Read article at newsinferno.com

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Other Health-related News

August 1, 2008

NHS spends £750m on drugs to treat lifestyle diseases: official figures
The NHS is spending more than £750m on drugs to treat conditions brought on by unhealthy lifestyles, official figures show. Prescriptions for drugs to combat obesity, diabetes, alcoholism and smoking have all increased. For the first time ever, more money is being spent on treating diabetes than any other single disease. It is now one of the biggest health problems facing the UK as increasing obesity levels have caused an explosion in the type 2 form of the disease.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

July 23, 2008

Toxic chemicals found in common scented laundry products, air fresheners
A University of Washington study of top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found the products emitted dozens of different chemicals. All six products tested gave off at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, but none of those chemicals was listed on the product labels.
Read article at physorg.com

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Political News

August 3, 2008

Inquiry into television shows funded by ministers
Ministers are at the centre of a row over the use of taxpayers' money to fund television documentaries.
The Government has spent almost £2 million to fund programmes that are all but indistinguishable from regular shows, The Sunday Telegraph has established. But unlike normal documentaries, the programmes are commissioned by ministers with the purpose of showing their policies or activities in a sympathetic light. The media watchdog Ofcom has disclosed that it had opened an investigation into one of the programmes, Beat: Life on the Street - about the Government's controversial Police Community Support Officers, to see whether it breached its broadcasting code. Media freedom campaigners, broadcasters and opposition politicians expressed alarm over the Government-funded documentaries.
Read article in the Sunday Telegraph (UK)
Comment: To those of us who already know that journalists are sometimes put under pressure to back studies claiming that vitamin supplements may shorten life expectancy, and that shadowy intelligence agencies are pumping out black propaganda to manipulate public opinion - and that the media simply swallow it wholesale, the news that the British government has been funding television documentary series, and monitoring the content before it is broadcast, is anything but surprising.

August 1, 2008

Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border
No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies
Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed. Also, officials may share copies of the laptop's contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)
Comment: An increasing number of international travelers have reported that their laptops, cellphones and other digital devices had been taken -- for months, in at least one case -- and their contents examined after entering the United States. In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco upheld the government's power to conduct searches of an international traveler's laptop without suspicion of wrongdoing.

July 31, 2008

'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution
Scientists mimic essence of plants' energy storage system
In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine.
Read article on the MIT website (USA)
Comment: Liberation from the tyranny of the oil cartel continues to draw closer.

July 30, 2008

Second Lisbon poll would be foolish, warns O'Rourke
A SENIOR Fianna Fáil TD has warned the Government it would be "foolish" to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Speaking at a meeting of the cross-party committee on European affairs, former government minister Mary O'Rourke said a second referendum would also be defeated. "We will not be able to carry another Lisbon… it is foolish, foolish talk," said Ms O'Rourke, who is a member of the committee. The Fianna Fáil TD suggested the Government should instead seek another way to get Lisbon passed.
Read article in the Irish Examiner (Ireland)
Comment: O'Rourke's suggestion that the Irish Government should "seek another way to get Lisbon passed" sounds suspiciously like a recommendation to bypass the will of the people, just as has already been the case in other European Union countries. The Lisbon Treaty proposes significant changes to the functioning of the European Union, many of which favour the interests of big business at the expense of the democratic rights of citizens. Unless all citizens of voting age are immediately be given the opportunity to vote in referendums on this treaty, Europe will increasingly turn into an "Orwellian continent" where dictatorship, not democracy, is the sole order of the day. If you live in Europe, click here to sign the European Referendum Initiative's petition demanding referendums on the Treaty.

July 26, 2008

Ex-SLC mayor to Congress: Impeach Bush
WASHINGTON - Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson told Congress there's a "compelling case" for the impeachment of President Bush, but that short of that, it should appoint a special commission to investigate egregious abuses of power.
Read article in the Salt Lake Tribune (USA)

July 25, 2008

US Congressional Panel Hears Testimony on Case for Bush Impeachment
A congressional committee has heard testimony about the case for impeachment of President Bush. VOA's Dan Robinson reports, while majority Democrats have ruled out formal impeachment efforts, they approved the public hearing to examine limitations on presidential powers and arguments about what constitute impeachable offenses.
Read article on the Voice of America News website (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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