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August 22, 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

August 20, 2008

Grapes 'could cut risk of heart attacks'
The antioxidants and fibre contained in a pulp of red grape skins and seeds - a by-product of wine production - may reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease, scientists from the Complutense University of Madrid found. A group of 34 subjects who were given an extract made from the pulp for 16 weeks saw a nine per cent drop in their levels of both general and "bad" cholesterols, and a five per cent reduction in blood pressure. The 13 members of the group who had high cholesterol experienced an even greater improvement, their cholesterol falling 14.2pc and their "bad" cholesterol 11.6pc, according to the study, which is published in the journal Nutrition.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 18, 2008

Researchers: Merck Vioxx study was for marketing
A 1999 Merck & Co. study of its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, touted to participating doctors and patients as meant to show whether Vioxx caused fewer stomach problems than another drug, was primarily a stealth marketing strategy, researchers report. The true purpose was to get lots of doctors and patients in the habit of using Vioxx just in time for its launch, according to doctors who uncovered internal Merck memos discussing the strategy behind the study, called ADVANTAGE.
Read article at physorg.com

August 18, 2008

FDA reports new deaths with diabetes drug Byetta
Federal regulators are working on a stronger label for a widely used diabetes drug marketed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co. after deaths continue to be reported despite earlier government warnings. The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it has received six new reports of patients developing a dangerous form of pancreatitis while taking Byetta.
Read article at physorg.com

August 17, 2008

Antidepressants may impair driving ability, new research finds
People taking prescription antidepressants appear to drive worse than people who aren't taking such drugs, and depressed people on antidepressants have even more trouble concentrating and reacting behind the wheel. These were the conclusions of a study released Sunday at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
Read article at physorg.com

August 15, 2008

Corruption - Pharma $$, CMPI, MS&L, DrugWonks and the FDA
The pharmaceutical industry's stealth influence peddling, directed toward healthcare professionals and the media, is carried out through public relations front groups who are bankrolled by drug manufacturers. For example, Professional Risk Management Services was retained by Eli Lilly to assuage doctors' fears about prescribing Lilly's toxic antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, lest they be sued for the harm caused by the drug. PR firms contracted by drug companies retain medical professionals--academics and former public officials--to disseminate propaganda which is passed on to the public as infomercials that are misrepresented as impartial drug safety information. No matter how compelling the evidence of harm, patented drugs are described as "safe and effective."
Read article on the Alliance for Human Research Protection website at ahrp.blogspot.com

August 15, 2008

Top medical journal advises Supreme Court not to bar lawsuits over FDA-approved drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) Top doctors at the helm of one of the nation's most influential medical journals are giving the Supreme Court some unsolicited legal advice about a major case. The Food and Drug Administration "is in no position" to guarantee drug safety, the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine said in a friend-of-the-court brief. Lawsuits can serve as "a vital deterrent" and protect consumers if drug companies don't disclose risks. At issue is Wyeth v. Levine, a case expected to be heard this fall that could have far-reaching implications for litigation over allegedly harmful drugs, such as the painkiller Vioxx.
Read article in the Baltimore Sun (USA)

August 13, 2008

Ranbaxy Drugs Win Approval Amid U.S. Probe on Data
The Food and Drug Administration approved 18 generic drugs made by Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. even as the U.S. investigated whether the company fabricated data to get its medicines cleared. The FDA has been aware of the allegations for at least 18 months, the House Energy and Commerce Committee said in a document on its Web site.
Read article at bloomberg.com

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GMO News

August 14, 2008

Fleeing Famine, Bees Seek Asylum in Cities
BERLIN, Aug 14 (IPS) - For German bees, the countryside is no longer what it used to be. They are fleeing insecticides and genetically modified crops to take refuge in cities. On Jul. 15, six German apiarists moved their 30,000 bees into Munich city, some 500 km south of Berlin. They were trying to save their bees from genetically modified maize crops near their village Kaisheim, some 80 km from Munich. "If our bees were to come in touch with the genetically modified maize, and the honey was contaminated with it, we would not be allowed to sell it," Karl Heinz Bablock, one of the six apiarists who resettled their beehives, told IPS.
Read article at ipsnews.net

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Other Health-related News

August 20, 2008

Vitamin D deficiency increases hip fracture risk: researchers
US researchers have concluded lower blood concentrations of vitamin D increase the likelihood of hip fracture among menopausal women by up to 70 per cent.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

August 20, 2008

Drug body's bitter pill
IN late April 2003, days after the Therapeutic Goods Administration ordered the world's biggest recall of complementary medicines, consumers were busily throwing out their bottles of Pan Pharmaceuticals' vitamins and packets of pain relievers and pharmacists were clearing their shelves. Pan products could not be trusted, the TGA warned; test results had been manipulated and manufacturing processes were not up to scratch. But in New Zealand, Europe and the US, regulatory bodies were perplexed. The TGA had issued a red alert, informing its international counterparts of the risk of Pan products. Except that many of those countries did not think there was sufficient evidence to recall Pan's products and, as it turned out, not one European country or the US withdrew Pan's products from sale.
Read article in The Australian

August 15, 2008

Pan chief's $50m settlement
JIM SELIM, the founder of Pan Pharmaceuticals, who yesterday settled his court case against the Federal Government for $50 million, wants a public inquiry into the withdrawal of Pan's licence by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in April 2003. The complementary medicines manufacturer went into liquidation after the TGA's decision, four months after concerns that its anti-travel sickness drug Travacalm had caused hallucinations in some people. The case had alleged the TGA abused its power in withdrawing Pan's licence, and misled the company and the Government about its plans and the dangers to the public.
Read article in the Canberra Times (Australia)
Comment: Many commentators believe that the real reason why Jim Selim’s company had its license withdrawn was because it supplied around 75% of Australia’s complementary healthcare products such as nutritional supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals, omega oils, and herbal products. To learn the full story behind what was arguably the largest, quickest and most comprehensive recall of health care products in world history, read Eve Hillary’s in-depth article.

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Political News

August 19, 2008

Aland Islands could reject Lisbon Treaty
The parliament of Finland's autonomous Aland Islands is currently weighing up whether to vote for or against the EU's Reform Treaty, which has already been ratified by Helsinki. Rejection would put Finland in the awkward situation of not being able guarantee the implementation of the treaty throughout the whole of its territory.
Read article at euractiv.com
Comment: If you live in Europe, click here to sign the European Referendum Initiative's petition demanding referendums on the Lisbon Treaty.

August 15, 2008

Gorbachev blames Georgia for provoking war, West for backing it
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has blamed Georgia for provoking hostilities in its breakaway region of South Ossetia and criticized Western states for backing Tbilisi. Appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Thursday, Gorbachev said Russia had moved additional forces into South Ossetia in response to the "devastation" in the South Ossetia capital of Tskhinvali. "This was the use of sophisticated weapons against a small town, against a sleeping people. This was a barbaric assault," Gorbachev told CNN.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)
Comment: In an article published in the Washington Post newspaper on August 12, Gorbachev - the last president of the Soviet Union and who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1990 - stated that “[w]hat happened on the night of August 7 is beyond comprehension. The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas. Russia had to respond.” He added that “[t]he Georgian leadership could do this only with the perceived support and encouragement of a much more powerful force. Georgian armed forces were trained by hundreds of US instructors, and its sophisticated military equipment was bought in a number of countries. This, coupled with the promise of Nato membership, emboldened Georgian leaders.”

August 15, 2008

Russia: Poland risks attack because of US missiles
MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
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August 15, 2008

Venezuela blames US for Georgia-Russia conflict
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is accusing the United States of masterminding the current conflict between Georgia and Russia. A statement from Chavez's government alleges the conflict was "planned, prepared and ordered" by Washington in an "incitement of violence."
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August 15, 2008

US, Poland agree to anti-missile defense deal
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
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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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