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September 12, 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 9, 2008

Calcium during pregnancy reduces harmful blood lead levels
Pregnant women who take high levels of daily calcium supplements show a marked reduction in lead levels in their blood, suggesting calcium could play a critical role in reducing fetal and infant exposure. A new study at the University of Michigan shows that women who take 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily have up to a 31 percent reduction in lead levels.
Read article at physorg.com

September 8, 2008

Vitamin B12 may protect the brain in old age
Vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against brain volume loss in older people, according to a study published in the September 9, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87 underwent brain scans, memory testing and physical exams. Researchers also collected blood samples to check vitamin B12 levels. Brain scans and memory tests were also performed again five years later. The study found that people who had higher vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage compared with those who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood. None of the people in the study had vitamin B12 deficiency.
Read article at physorg.com

September 3, 2008

Folate may protect colon from DNA damage: study
Low levels of dietary folate may increase the risk of DNA damage in colon cells, and ultimately the risk of cancer, suggests a new Anglo-American study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

September 9, 2008

NHS warned over cancer drugs cost
The high cost of cancer drugs could lead the NHS into "meltdown", a leading expert has said. Professor Karol Sikora said the next generation of drugs would keep people alive for longer but they were so expensive they could swallow half of the current NHS budget within four years. He calculated they could cost the NHS £50 billion - around half the current budget, which tops £100 billion.
Read Press Association news story at google.com
Comment: This problem is by no means confined to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as the high cost of cancer drugs is slowly and simultaneously now bankrupting entire economies worldwide. Quite aside from the question as to whether the next generation of these drugs will keep people alive significantly longer – which, of course, it won’t - the fact is that these mind-bogglingly expensive and toxic substances are clearly not a sustainable form of healthcare and must urgently therefore be replaced with safe, natural, affordable alternatives, such as vitamins, for the control of cancer. To learn about Dr. Rath’s scientific discovery in cancer, click here.

September 9, 2008

Court Reinstates Securities Lawsuit Against Merck
Last year, Merck thought it had this class-action lawsuit in the bag. But a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the securities case, which was brought by investors who claimed the drugmaker failed to disclose info concerning the Vioxx painkiller (here is the decision). A federal district court judge dimissed the lawsuit after ruling the clock had run out on the statute of limitations.
Read article at pharmalot.com

September 4, 2008

FDA orders stronger warnings for 4 arthritis drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration ordered stronger warnings Thursday on four medications widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses, saying they can raise the risk of possibly fatal fungal infections.
Read Associated Press news story at google.com

September 4, 2008

Pfizer’s Osteoporosis Drug May Cause Deaths
The drugmaker’s once-a-day tablet, which is under development and called Fablyn, may increase the chances of death from cancer or stroke, according to an FDA review posted on the agency web site in advance of a September 8 advisory committee meeting.
Read article at pharmalot.com

September 3, 2008

Cholesterol lowering drug 'increases risk of cancer by 50 per cent'
A cholesterol-lowering drug may increase the risk of cancer by half, according to new findings. Researchers found there were 105 cases of cancer in people taking Inegy compared to 70 in those on a dummy drug over a four year period. The study also suggested that Inegy, which combines a statin called simvastatin and another drug called ezetimibe, has little effect in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

September 2, 2008

PsychRights Sues State of Alaska to Stop Its Massive, Harmful Psychiatric Drugging of Alaskan Children
Today the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) announced that due to the State of Alaska’s unwillingness, or inability, to enter into substantive talks, it has filed its lawsuit against the State of Alaska and officials responsible for the excessive, ineffective, and extremely harmful psychiatric drugging of Alaskan children and youth.
Read news release at hymes.wordpress.com

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GMO News

August 26, 2008

Bayer on defensive in bee deaths
German authorities look into allegation that RTP maker's pesticide harms environment
Bayer CropScience is facing scrutiny because of the effect one of its best-selling pesticides has had on honeybees. A German prosecutor is investigating Werner Wenning, Bayer's chairman, and Friedrich Berschauer, the head of Bayer CropScience, after critics alleged that they knowingly polluted the environment. The investigation was triggered by an Aug. 13 complaint filed by German beekeepers and consumer protection advocates, a Coalition against Bayer Dangers spokesman, Philipp Mimkes, said Monday.
Read article at newsobserver.com

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Other Health-related News

September 9, 2008

Prisoners given supplements in new trial
An Oxford University study being conducted in three UK prisons is investigating the link between nutrition and behaviour. It follows a 2002 UK trial that found consumption of food supplements could reduce anti-social behaviour in teenagers as well as 30 years inquiry into the subject by one of the lead researchers, professor Alexander Schauss, PhD, FACN, senior director of natural and medicinal products research at natural products consultancy, AIBMR Life Sciences. Schauss noted more than 20 controlled clinical trials carried out in state and county juvenile and adult institutions confirmed that diet could be used to reduce the incidence of antisocial behavior by up to 60 percent.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 8, 2008

Manto: children need vitamin A
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang called on parents and caregivers on Monday to take children to public health facilities for vitamin A drops. Children aged between one and five years were at risk of suffering from vitamin A deficiency, Tshabalala-Msimang said at the launch of a National Vitamin A campaign at the Dumane Clinic in Vosloorus. She said a 2005 National Food Consumption Survey revealed that vitamin and mineral deficiency still existed in the country.
Read article on the Independent Online website (South Africa)

September 3, 2008

MEP Sinnott calls on the Irish Government to amend EIA laws
Kathy Sinnott, MEP for Ireland South and Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, and Dr Vyvyan Howard recently met with the European Commission's Public Health and Consumer Protection directorate on the dangers to human health posed by water fluoridation in Ireland.
Read article in Waterford Today (Ireland)
Comment: Kathy, who is hosting MEP to two petitions on fluoridation and Vice President of the Petitions Committee, said: "Over the last 20 years the Chinese have done extensive research on the effects of fluoride on brain development in children. Those studies which are already accessible to us in English, should cause us to be very concerned that public water supplies in Ireland are deliberately fluoridated for the simple reason that this fluoridated water may be affecting expectant mothers here."

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Political News

September 8, 2008

Gorbachev says NATO growth aimed at isolating Russia
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said that calls from the U.S. and other Western powers to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO are purely aimed at isolating Russia. "Why does NATO need these countries? To fight against Iran? This is just ridiculous," Gorbachev told Spanish agency EFE.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

June 17, 2008

Law School to Plan Bush War Crimes Prosecution
A conference to plan the prosecution of President Bush and other high administration officials for war crimes will be held September 13-14 at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. "This is not intended to be a mere discussion of violations of law that have occurred," said convener Lawrence Velvel, dean and cofounder of the school. "It is, rather, intended to be a planning conference at which plans will be laid and necessary organizational structures set up, to pursue the guilty as long as necessary and, if need be, to the ends of the Earth."
Read Massachusetts School Of Law press release at informationclearinghouse.info

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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