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October 10, 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

October 6, 2008

Oral vitamin D may help prevent some skin infections
A study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that use of oral Vitamin D supplements bolsters production of a protective chemical normally found in the skin, and may help prevent skin infections that are a common result of atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.
Read article at physorg.com

October 6, 2008

Mediterranean diet linked to lower asthma risks
Getting children to consume a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce their risk of asthma by up to 40 per cent, suggests new research from Spain and Mexico. The cross-sectional survey of 1,476 children aged between six and seven in Mexico found that a higher adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet was also associated with significant reductions in wheezing, sneezing, and itchy-watery eyes.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 3, 2008

Flax and borage oil may boost skin health from within
Supplements containing flaxseed or borage oil may protect skin against reddening and improve skin health from within, suggests new research from Germany and France. The omega-3 and omega-6-rich oils from flax and borage respectively also led to a decrease in skin roughness and so-called skin scaling, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

October 2, 2008

Vitamin D Stops Cancer; Cuts Risk In Half
American Cancer Society Drags its Feet
A new study of 3,299 persons has shown that those with higher levels of vitamin D cut their risk of dying from cancer in half. Another recent study shows that ample intake of vitamin D, about 2,000 IU per day, can cut breast cancer incidence by half. Still more research found that inadequate Vitamin D is "associated with high incidence rates of colorectal cancer" and specifically urges that "prompt public health action is needed to increase intake of Vitamin D-3 to 1000 IU/day." Vitamin D's anticancer properties are so evident, and so important, that the Canadian Cancer Society now recommends supplementation with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D per day for all adults in winter, and year-round for persons at risk. The American Cancer Society, however, is dragging its feet, still maintaining that "More research is needed to define the best levels of intake and blood levels of vitamin D for cancer risk reduction." What is taking them so long?
Read press release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 6, 2008

University of Minnesota May Ban Pharma Gifts
A university medical school task force recommends prohibiting faculty, medical residents and students from receiving gifts from drug and device makers, according to an unreleased report obtained by The Minnesota Daily, the university’s newspaper. Docs would also be required to disclose all relationships with a drugmaker before writing a prescription and create a website to report conflicts.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 3, 2008

Rescue Bill Contains A Gift For Drugmakers
The House has just passed the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act” and you may want to flip to page 270 to read Section 301, which is called the Extension and Modification of Research Credit. This little chunk of legislative verbiage renews a federal tax credit for corporate R&D, which had expired last year. Now, though, the credit is revived, because it’s retroactive to this past January 1. Why does this matter? Well, had the credit been in place this year, corporate earnings would have benefited from lower tax rates. Of course, we are now in this year’s fourth quarter, so the retroactive credit can give drug and device makers a nice earnings boost. And they stand to get a lift next year as well, since the credit was extended through December 31, 2009.
Read article at pharmalot.com
Comment: Why should an industry whose total global sales in 2007 amounted to an astonishing $712bn be gifted a federal tax credit from a $700bn emergency bail-out fund earmarked to rescue the US financial sector? Clearly, given the pharmaceutical industry’s degree of influence on Capitol Hill, it’s no wonder that powerful forces who wanted the bill passed attempted to blackmail elected representatives by saying martial law will be instigated in America if the legislation fails.

October 3, 2008

Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay
One of the nation’s most influential psychiatrists earned more than $2.8 million in consulting arrangements with drug makers from 2000 to 2007, failed to report at least $1.2 million of that income to his university and violated federal research rules, according to documents provided to Congressional investigators. The psychiatrist, Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff of Emory University, is the most prominent figure to date in a series of disclosures that is shaking the world of academic medicine and seems likely to force broad changes in the relationships between doctors and drug makers.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

October 3, 2008

EU Plan Gives Pharma Direct Access To Patients
The proposal was endorsed by the European Union’s Pharmaceutical Forum as part of an effort to provide more reliable medical advice at a time when the Internet allows widespread dissemination of questionable info, even as companies that develop drugs are prevented from circulating data. However, the recommendation weakens current EU restrictions on contacts between drugmakers and patients, including a strict ban on US-style direct-to-consumer advertising, which critics say encourages the inappropriate use of medicines, The Financial Times writes.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 2, 2008

FDA urged to recall cold medicines for youngsters
With a new cold season coming, the government is trying once more to decide what to do about over-the-counter medicines for kids' coughs and sniffles. Doctors question the drugs' benefits and worry about their risks. Pediatricians are urging the Food and Drug Administration, which scheduled a public hearing Thursday on the issue, to demand a recall of the medicines for children younger than 6. "Parents should know that there is less evidence than ever to support the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for young children," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner.
Read article at physorg.com

October 1, 2008

Drug firms bankroll attacks on NHS
Special investigation: Charities' protests against Nice funded by pharmaceutical companies
The rising tide of protest over the refusal by the NHS to provide expensive drugs for cancer and other conditions is being funded by the pharmaceutical industry, an investigation by The Independent has revealed. Patient groups that have been among the most vocal in spearheading attacks on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) over decisions to restrict access to drugs on the NHS depend for up to half of their income on drug companies, but details are often undisclosed.
Read article in The Independent (UK)
Comment: Protests against the refusal of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to provide the drugs have been launched by charities including the National Kidney Federation, the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, Beating Bowel Cancer, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Alzheimer's Society. All of these charities received sums of up to six figures from drug companies in 2007.

September 30, 2008

News media often do not report potential sources of bias in medical research
An analysis of news media coverage of medical studies indicates that news articles often fail to report pharmaceutical company funding and frequently refer to medications by their brand names, both potential sources of bias, according to a study in the October 1 issue of JAMA.
Read article at physorg.com

September 14, 2008

1 in 3 SA girls have refused cervical cancer vaccine
ALMOST a third of girls are shunning the free cervical cancer vaccine being offered in South Australian schools. Health Department figures show about 50,000 girls in Years 8 to 12 were offered the Gardasil vaccine last year but about 16,000 - or 32 per cent - opted out. While 2008 data is not yet available, the vaccine will be offered to at least 8200 Year 8 girls this year. In New South Wales, it was recently reported that more than 40,000 of 173,607 schoolgirls offered the vaccine - or 23 per cent - chose not to have it.
Read article on the news.com.au website (Australia)
Comment: Gardasil is already reported to have been responsible for 3,461 adverse reactions, including eleven deaths, in the United States alone. In Australia, meanwhile, reports suggest that dozens of teenage girls have been sickened by Gardasil. In one case being investigated, a girl was left temporarily paralysed and unable to talk.

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GMO News

October 6, 2008

GM is Dangerous and Futile
We Need Organic Sustainable Food and Energy Systems Now
New genetics research invalidates the science underpinning the $73.5 billon global biotech industry and confirms why genetic modification is futile and dangerous; we must implement organic sustainable food and energy systems now.
Read lecture by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

October 1, 2008

France set to liberate herbal products
France has taken a step to liberalise its highly restrictive herbal regulations by issuing two national decrees that should allow for greater access to botanical supplements. One of the decrees will provide a distribution benefit by allowing a broad range of botanicals to be sold in non-pharmacy outlets such as supermarkets and health food stores for the first time. The other recognises that botanical products have a somewhat unique status and can be sold as both food supplements and medicines. Until now almost all botanical products except basic ‘spice rack’ herbs and a few others could only be sold in France as medicines in pharmacies.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

September 30, 2008

Most Cancer Patients Eating Wrong
Hot Dogs Promote Cancer; Vitamins Prevent Cancer
75% of all Americans do not even eat five servings a day of fruits or vegetables. That is bad enough. It is even worse with cancer patients. A study of over 9,000 survivors of six different types of cancer showed that only 15% to 19% were meeting the "5-A-Day" recommendation. That means that 81% to 85% were not. The researchers commented that these findings indicate that even a cancer diagnosis may fail to improve fruit and vegetable consumption. Better nutrition helps cancer patients live longer. This may seem too obvious to state, but its significance is still hidden from the people who most need to know it: the cancer patients themselves. Another study found that "The majority of new patients with cancer presenting to a medical oncologist are at risk of malnutrition or malnourished." Specifically, 66% of patients were either at risk for malnutrition or malnourished. In other words, two out of three new cancer patients are eating wrong. Perhaps very wrong. The best solution is prevention, and prevention has to start long before cancer.
Read press release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

October 7, 2008

In Blow to Bush, Judge Orders 17 Guantánamo Detainees Freed
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Bush administration to release 17 detainees at Guantánamo Bay by the end of the week, the first such ruling in nearly seven years of legal disputes over the administration’s detention policies. The judge, Ricardo M. Urbina of Federal District Court, ordered that the 17 men be brought to his courtroom on Friday from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where they have been held since 2002. He indicated that he would release the men, members of the restive Uighur Muslim minority in western China, into the care of supporters in the United States, initially in the Washington area. “I think the moment has arrived for the court to shine the light of constitutionality on the reasons for detention,” Judge Urbina said.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

October 3, 2008

Democratic Congressman: Representatives Were Threatened With Martial Law In America Over Bailout Bill
Warns that a panic atmosphere is intentionally being nurtured to get bill passed
A Democratic Congressman has warned that a panic atmosphere is being intentionally created in order to get the financial bailout billed passed, further stating that several members of Congress were told before Monday’s vote that martial law will be instigated in America if the legislation fails. Congressman Brad Sherman of California’s 27th congressional district told the House in a speech yesterday evening that he personally knew of several Congressional representatives who have said they were threatened with the prospect of all out martial law should they vote in opposition to the $700 billion bailout. Sherman essentially intimated that powerful forces who want the bill passed have attempted to blackmail elected representatives. "The only way they can pass this bill is by creating and sustaining a panic atmosphere. That atmosphere is not justified." Sherman stated.
Read article at infowars.com

September 24, 2008

China banks told to halt lending to US banks
BEIJING, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday. The Hong Kong newspaper cited unidentified industry sources as saying the instruction from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) applied to interbank lending of all currencies to U.S. banks but not to banks from other countries.
Read news report at reuters.com

September 15, 2008

Fears over privacy as police expand surveillance project
Database to hold details of millions of journeys for five years
The police are to expand a car surveillance operation that will allow them to record and store details of millions of daily journeys for up to five years, the Guardian has learned. A national network of roadside cameras will be able to "read" 50m licence plates a day, enabling officers to reconstruct the journeys of motorists. Police have been encouraged to "fully and strategically exploit" the database, which is already recording the whereabouts of 10 million drivers a day, during investigations ranging from counter-terrorism to low-level crime. But it has raised concerns from civil rights campaigners, who question whether the details should be kept for so long, and want clearer guidance on who might have access to the material.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: The UK, already one of the most watched nations on earth and believed to have 20 per cent of the world’s CCTV cameras, is moving ever closer towards a ‘Big Brother’ style surveillance society. If you live in Europe, and would like to know what you can do to help protect the right to health; the right to life; the right to natural food; the right to a healthy environment; respect for human dignity and the protection of social values, click here.

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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