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September 5, 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

September 2, 2008

World-first trial proves exercise helps memory
West Australian health experts are urging older people to get active after proving for the first time that just 20 minutes of activity each day can prevent memory deterioration. In a world-first, a team from the WA Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) based at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) has shown that regular physical activity can lead to a lasting improvement in memory function. The WA-based trial results will be published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association today.
Read article at physorg.com

September 1, 2008

Omega-3 may help survival rates for heart patients: study
A daily supplement of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may reduce mortality and admission to hospital for cardiovascular reasons in patients with heart failure, says a new study. Mortality rates were reduced by nine per cent, and hospital admission for cardiovascular reasons was cut by eight per cent on heart failure patients assigned to receive omega-3, compared to placebo.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

August 31, 2008

Astra's Crestor fails in new heart-failure study
AstraZeneca Plc's cholesterol drug Crestor has failed in a second clinical trial for heart failure, suggesting such statin medicines don't improve survival in patients with the chronic condition. Patients given Crestor proved just as likely to die early or be admitted to hospital with cardiovascular problems as those on standard therapy alone, researchers told the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting on Sunday.
Read news report at reuters.com

August 29, 2008

All types of antipsychotic drugs increase the risk of stroke
All drugs used to treat psychosis are linked to an increased risk of stroke, and dementia sufferers are at double the risk, according to a study published on bmj.com today.
Read article at physorg.com

August 28, 2008

Class of diabetes drugs carries significant cardiovascular risks
A class of oral drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may make heart failure worse, according to an editorial published online in Heart Wednesday by two Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty members. "We strongly recommend restrictions in the use of thiazolidinediones (the class of drugs) and question the rationale for leaving rosiglitazone on the market," write Sonal Singh, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine, and Curt D. Furberg, M.D., Ph.D., professor of public health sciences. Rosiglitazone and pioglitazone are the two major thiazolidinediones. In the editorial Singh and Furberg say, "At this time, justification for use of thiazolidinediones is very weak to non-existent."
Read article at physorg.com

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Other Health-related News

September 2, 2008

The FDA and Vitamin B-6
In recent issues, we have told you about Medicure Pharma's so-called Citizens Petition to the FDA to ban any dietary supplements containing the natural and active form of vitamin B-6 called pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (P5P). A reader has asked: what is the difference between pyridoxine, the most common form of B-6, and P5P? Most supplements contain synthetic pyridoxine. Synthetic pyridoxine won't be banned -- why worry? Good questions! The short answer: we can't live without the P5P form. P5P is the active as well as natural form of B-6. Our lives absolutely depend on it.
Read article on the American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) website
Comment: If you live in the USA, please write to the FDA and Congress to insist that the FDA says no to Medicure Pharma's outrageous demand to ban P5P, the natural and active form of vitamin B6.

September 1, 2008

Africa urged to protect traditional medicines
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has called for greater protection of the intellectual rights of Africa's traditional medicines. She was speaking at the 6th commemoration of The African Traditional Medicine Day in Cameroon's capital of Yaounde yesterday. Tshabalala-Msimang says the continent should benefit more from this ancient traditional knowledge. More than 80% of the African population make use of medicines like these.
Read article at sabcnews.com (South Africa)

August 29, 2008

UK group formed to defend ‘divine weed’ from THMPD
A group has been formed in the UK to pressure regulators into “lightening” the impact of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) which requires all herbal medicines within the European Union to attain THMPD registrations before 2011. The group, called Herba Sacra (Latin for ‘divine weed’), argues that while herbal products should be able to demonstrate their safety like any other product legally available for public purchase, the THMPD is “excessive and disproportionate” and should be amended. Herba Sacra, which is backed by a number of supplements manufacturers including G&G Vitamins, Viridian Nutrition, Pukka Herbs, the UK lobby group, Consumers for Health Choice, as well as the UK National Association of Health Stores, is calling for an extension of the 2011 registration deadline. It also seeks an easing of the pharmaceutical-style testing requirements it says are inappropriate for herbal products and financially prohibitive.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: In our opinion, this is a classic case of too little, too late. As such, whilst we obviously wish Herba Sacra the very best of luck in its endeavours, we find it a real shame that its members didn’t listen to those of us who were expressing these very same concerns way back in 2002 when the THMPD was first under consideration in the European Parliament. Had they listened, and engaged more fully in these issues instead of waiting until now, many more herbs might have been saved from being banned by the EU than is now likely to be the case.

August 28, 2008

Africa to commemorate African Traditional Medicines Day
Cameroon - Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is expected to attend the sixth commemoration of the African Traditional Medicine Day in Cameroon on Sunday. African Traditional Medicine Day is celebrated on 31 August every year to promote the use of traditional medicine in everyday health care.
Read article at BuaNews Online (South Africa)

August 27, 2008

Study Finds Postmenopausal Women Still at Risk for Calcium and Vitamin D Deficiency
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, contributing to muscle contraction, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and colon cell health, helping control blood sugar and blood pressure and even helping recovery from thyroid surgery. However, the most well-known role for calcium is for bone health, since 99% of all the calcium in the body resides in the skeleton. But despite these known health benefits of calcium, particularly for bone health, a new study has found that most postmenopausal women are still at risk for both calcium and vitamin D deficiency.
Read article on the Natural Health Research Institute website (USA)

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Political News

September 2, 2008

EU warned to respect Irish treaty no vote
Multi-millionaire Irish no campaigner Declan Ganley has called on the EU to respect the wishes of its citizens and shelve the stalled Lisbon treaty once and for all. Ganley, chairman of Libertas, the group spearheading the no campaign in the Irish referendum last June, was in parliament on Tuesday for a series of discussions on why he and other Irish voters rejected the treaty. The Galway businessman said that failure to abide by the outcome of the vote would sound the death knell for the EU.
Read article at theparliament.com

September 2, 2008

Cowen says Dail can pass parts of treaty without a referendum
Taoiseach Brian Cowen said last night the Lisbon Treaty cannot be passed in its entirety without a referendum. It is possible for the Dail to pass some parts of the treaty without a public vote, and it is understood that Mr Cowen sees this course of action as an option. It leaves the way open for a second controversial vote, but Mr Cowen refused to say if there would be one.
Read article in the Irish Independent
Comment: Brian Cown’s statement is worrying evidence that the Irish government may now be moving towards bypassing the will of the people on this treaty, just as has already been the case in every other European Union country. In a true democracy, of course, the result of the June 12th referendum in Ireland – a resounding “No” vote against the treaty – would be respected and the treaty abandoned. Unfortunately, however, so far as the European Union is concerned, democracy is now well on the way to becoming obsolete.

August 28, 2008

Putin Suggests U.S. Provocation in Georgia Clash
MOSCOW — As Russia struggled to rally international support for its military action in Georgia, Vladimir V. Putin, the country’s paramount leader, lashed out at the United States on Thursday, contending that the White House may have orchestrated the conflict to benefit one of the candidates in the American presidential election. Mr. Putin’s comments in a television interview, his most extensive to date on Russia’s decision to send troops into Georgia earlier this month, sought to present the military operation as a response to brazen, cold war-style provocations by the United States. In tones that seemed alternately angry and mischievous, he suggested that the Bush administration may have tried to create a crisis that would influence American voters in the choice of a successor to President Bush. “The suspicion would arise that someone in the United States created this conflict on purpose to stir up the situation and to create an advantage for one of the candidates in the competitive race for the presidency in the United States,” Mr. Putin said in an interview with CNN. He added, “They needed a small victorious war.” Mr. Putin did not specify which candidate he had in mind, but there was no doubt that he was referring to Senator John McCain, the Republican.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

August 27, 2008

Russian analyst points to link between Georgian attack and Iran
A senior Russian military analyst said on Wednesday that the U.S. and NATO by arming Tbilisi used the conflict in Georgia as a dress rehearsal for a future military operation in Iran. Col. Gen Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, told a news conference at RIA Novosti, "We are close to a serious conflict - U.S. and NATO preparations on a strategic scale are ongoing. In the operation the West conducted on Georgian soil against Russia - South Ossetians were the victims or hostages of it - we can see a rehearsal for an attack on Iran. There is a great deal of "new features" that today are being fine tuned in the theater of military operations." He said the likelihood of a war against Iran was growing with each passing day, "As a result, the situation in the region will become destabilized," and added "causing chaos and instability" was becoming Washington's official policy line.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

August 27, 2008

Cowen fails to rule out second Lisbon vote
Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said he has not ruled out the prospect of holding a second referendum on the Lisbon treaty.
Read article in the Irish Times (Ireland)

August 27, 2008

Russia to respond militarily to U.S. missile shield
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Russia will have to respond militarily to the deployment of elements of a U.S. missile shield in Central Europe. The deal to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland was reached in mid-August, and followed the signing of an agreement on July 8 by the U.S. and Czech foreign ministries to place a U.S. radar in the Czech Republic. "These missiles are close to our borders and constitute a threat to us," Medvedev said in an interview with Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday. "This will create additional tension and we will have to respond to it in some way, naturally using military means."
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

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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