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October 20, 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

October 10, 2008

Flavonoids’ heart health benefits in the blood vessels: Study
Oral supplements of flavonoids commonly found in onions and tea may enhance the function of the lining of blood vessels, according to new research from Australia. A daily dose of quercetin or (-)-epicatechin led to improvements in endothelial function, a key marker of cardiovascular health, according to results of a small randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 9, 2008

Vitamin D a key player in overall health of several body organs, says UC Riverside biochemist
Essential for life in higher animals, vitamin D, once linked to only bone diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis, is now recognized as a major player in contributing to overall human health, emphasizes UC Riverside's Anthony Norman, an international expert on vitamin D. In a paper published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Norman identifies vitamin D's potential for contributions to good health in the adaptive and innate immune systems, the secretion and regulation of insulin by the pancreas, the heart and blood pressure regulation, muscle strength and brain activity. In addition, access to adequate amounts of vitamin D is believed to be beneficial towards reducing the risk of cancer. Norman also lists 36 organ tissues in the body whose cells respond biologically to vitamin D.
Read article at physorg.com

October 8, 2008

St. John's wort relieves symptoms of major depression
New research provides support for the use of St. John's wort extracts in treating major depression.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 14, 2008

Study: Vioxx risk lingered after use of painkiller
A doubled risk of heart attack, stroke and death persisted at least a year after people stopped taking withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, according to an analysis of long-term data from the study that led drugmaker Merck & Co. to stop selling the drug.
Read Associated Press news report at google.com

October 10, 2008

J&J Paid $68 Million to Settle Birth-Control Cases
Johnson & Johnson has spent at least $68.7 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by women who suffered blood clots, heart attacks or strokes after using the company's Ortho Evra birth-control patch, court records show. J&J, the world's largest maker of health-care products, avoided trials through the confidential settlements and hasn't released the financial details to investors. Of 562 complaints reviewed by Bloomberg News, the vast majority of users alleged the patch caused deep-vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the legs, and pulmonary embolisms, or blood clots in the lungs. Some blamed it for heart attacks or strokes. The complaints blamed Ortho Evra for the deaths of 20 women.
Read article at bloomberg.com

October 8, 2008

Experts Conclude Pfizer Manipulated Studies
The drug maker Pfizer earlier this decade manipulated the publication of scientific studies to bolster the use of its epilepsy drug Neurontin for other disorders, while suppressing research that did not support those uses, according to experts who reviewed thousands of company documents for plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the company. Pfizer’s tactics included delaying the publication of studies that had found no evidence the drug worked for some other disorders, “spinning” negative data to place it in a more positive light, and bundling negative findings with positive studies to neutralize the results, according to written reports by the experts, who analyzed the documents at the request of the plaintiffs’ lawyers.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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GMO News

October 5, 2008

Charles targets GM crop giants in fiercest attack yet
In a provocative address to an Indian audience, the Prince echoes Gandhi with a stinging attack on 'commerce without morality'.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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Other Health-related News

October 15, 2008

Blocking vitamin K can harm kids' bone health: Study
Blocking vitamin K activity in the body via the use of anticoagulants can have a detrimental effect on bone health in children, according to researchers. They found children who took anticoagulants long-term for thromboembolic events could inhibit vitamin K recycling, disturbing the equilibrium between bone formation and resorption.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 14, 2008

Pediatricians group doubles recommended vitamin D dose for children
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for 400 international units a day, beginning in the first few days of life, for lasting health benefits.
CHICAGO -- The American Academy of Pediatrics has doubled its recommendation for children's daily dose of vitamin D in the hopes of preventing rickets and reaping other health benefits, the group said Monday. "We are doubling the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day because evidence has shown this could have lifelong health benefits," said Dr. Frank Greer of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released the new recommendations at a meeting in Boston. The new guidelines from the nation's leading group of pediatricians call for children to receive 400 international units of vitamin D per day, beginning in the first few days of life.
Read article in the Los Angeles Times (USA)

October 13, 2008

Lack Of Vitamin D Linked To Parkinson's Disease
A majority of Parkinson's disease patients had insufficient levels of vitamin D in a new study from Emory University School of Medicine. The fraction of Parkinson's patients with vitamin D insufficiency, 55 percent, was significantly more than patients with Alzheimer's disease (41 percent) or healthy elderly people (36 percent). The finding adds to evidence that low vitamin D is associated with Parkinson's, says first author Marian Evatt, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Emory.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

October 10, 2008

Freedom of Choice in Health Care and Truman Tuck files an updated lawsuit against Stephen Harper, Tony Clement and others
Stephen Harper, Tony Clement and others are named Defendants in a civil action filed in the Superior Court of Ontario as Court File No. CV-08-0296-00. The Plaintiffs are Freedom of Choice in Health Care Inc and Trueman Tuck and the Statement of Claim was filed in Belleville on Friday October 10th 2008. The lawsuit is a continuation of the massive grassroots' uprising that occurred as a direct result of Harper's and Clement's introduction of Bills C-51 and C-52 in April 2008 and the Conservative Party of Canada's ongoing broken promises made to the Health Freedom Movement with regards to the Liberal's July 1st 1997 and January 1st 2004 ongoing initiatives. The Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the Natural Health Products Regulations, SOR/2003-196 are invalid as they have not been approved by the Joint Parliament and Senate Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure pursuant to the Statutory Instruments Act, R.S. 1985 c. s-22, and cannot be because of the jurisdictional and authority issues raised since 1997 by the Plaintiffs.
Read news story at canadianbusiness.com (Canada)

October 9, 2008

FDA Claims "Food Supplement" Deaths; Hides Details from the Public
"Dietary supplements cause 600 'adverse events'", reported USA Today on 22 Sept, 2008. In an article that looks much like an official US Food and Drug Administration press release, it said that "Serious side effects from the use of food supplements resulted in 604 "adverse-event" reports - a list that includes at least five deaths - through the first six months that such accounts have been required by law." Good grief! Looks like all those supplement-popping health nuts really are nuts after all. Food supplements simply must be dangerous! Or are they? Later on in the article, far from the headline, USA Today conceded that "An adverse event can be anything from a concern that a supplement isn't working to a serious illness that follows consumption." And, FDA spokesman Michael Herndon admitted that of the five deaths and 85 hospitalizations reported, "Some of these deaths were likely due to underlying medical conditions." FDA's method of gaining data is suspect at best and biased at worst.
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

October 7, 2008

Chemotherapy Doesn't Work, So Blame Vitamin C
When Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announces that vitamin C may interfere with chemotherapy, the news media trumpet it far and wide. But before cancer patients throw away their vitamin C supplements, they need to know rest of the story. Most of the media dutifully reported the researchers' claim that the equivalent of 2,000 mg of vitamin C "blunted the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drugs." But only some of the media included a study author's incredible statement that "If you take an oral dose even as low as 100 milligrams a day" even "that could be harmful" during chemotherapy. 100 mg "could be harmful"? That's the amount of vitamin C in a few glasses of orange juice.
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

October 14, 2008

European Consumer Organizations and Political Parties demand that EU Heads of State Summit accepts outcome of Irish referendum
An alliance of seven non-governmental organizations and political parties, collectively representing citizens from all 27 European Union (EU) countries, is demanding that tomorrow’s EU Heads of State Summit accepts the outcome of the recent Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Expressing their deep concern over reports that the EU is planning to ignore the Irish “no” vote and press ahead with massive spending increases to implement the treaty’s provisions, they argue that “no” should mean “no.” Unless the treaty is abandoned and the interests of the European Union’s citizens come before those of multinational corporations, they say that public trust in the European Union and its institutions will be irreparably undermined.
Read press release at eu-referendum.org

October 9, 2008

'Sovereignty threat' after European parliament adopts flag and anthem
The European parliament has officially adopted an anthem and flag which were left out of the Lisbon treaty for fears they appeared federalist. Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the final movement of his choral ninth symphony, will be used to open the parliament after each election and for formal sittings where heads of state are present. The blue flag with 12 gold stars will be flown on all parliament buildings and displayed in parliament meeting rooms and official events. While the symbols were agreed on in 1985 by EU heads of state, they have not been formally enshrined lest the union appear too like a sovereign state.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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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