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October 27, 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 15, 2008

Vitamin C may protect against osteoporosis in older men
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition has suggested that an increased intake of dietary vitamin C could help combat bone loss in older men.
Read article on the Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL) website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 20, 2008

Beta-blockers linked to heart attacks after surgery
Patients who were taking drugs to lower their blood pressure before, during, and after operations unrelated to their hearts had higher rates of heart attacks and death than similar patients who were not taking the drugs, a study shows.
Read article in The Boston Globe (USA)

October 20, 2008

Strattera adverse effects: UK Medicines Agency refuses to act
Janne Larsson, an investigator and reporter in Sweden, has obtained information about adverse event reports on Eli Lilly's ADHD drug Strattera, using the Swedish freedom of information laws. The data, coming from both the FDA's adverse reaction database and from reports to the UK's Medicines agency, shows numerous adverse effects and scores of deaths by suicide. Yet the agency, even after repeated prodding by Larsson to initiate action, has refused to budge or even acknowledge that there is a problem. MHRA apparently accepts the drug's producer Eli Lilly's data rather than its own and the FDA's adverse event reports.
Read article on Sepp Hasslberger's Health Supreme website

October 18, 2008

Wisconsin Medical Society Bans Pharma Gifts
The doctors’ group, which boasts 12,000 members, has joined a growing number of academic medical centers, professional societies and legislators that have decided gifts from the pharmaceutical industry are questionable, if not unacceptable forms of influence. The Wisconsin Medical Society adopted a policy on October 11 that says: “Physicians shall accept no gifts from any provider of products that they prescribe to their patients such as personal items, office supplies, food, travel and time costs, or payment for participation in online continuing medical education. A complete ban eases the burdens of compliance, biased decision making, and patient distrust.”
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 17, 2008

Pfizer: $900M To Settle Bextra & Celebrex Suits
The drugmaker reached agreements in principle to resolve “substantially all” of the personal injury cases, consumer fraud cases and state attorneys general claims involving its two Cox-2 inhibitor painkillers. Bextra, you may recall, was withdrawn three years ago, while Celebrex remains available. Here’s the breakdown: $745 million applicable to personal injury claims, $60 million for state attorneys general settlements and $89 million to resolve consumer fraud class action claims. Total: $894 million. Pfizer maintains the deals will tackle more than 90 percent of the known personal injury claims alleging the painkillers caused a heart attack, stroke or other injury. The settlement also covers third-party payor class action consumer fraud cases in which plaintiffs alleged economic loss related to the promotion of the meds.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 17, 2008

Diabetes sufferers warned aspirin increases bleeding risk
Giving aspirin to many diabetes sufferers could be putting them needlessly at risk of internal bleeding, according to a new study. Many diabetics take the drug to thin the blood and reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, the main cause of death from the disease. But a new study suggests that taking the medication could be doing more harm than good.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 15, 2008

Bush Rule Changes Could Block Product-Safety Suits
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials, in their last weeks in office, are pushing to rewrite a wide array of federal rules with changes or additions that could block product-safety lawsuits by consumers and states. The administration has written language aimed at pre-empting product-liability litigation into 50 rules governing everything from motorcycle brakes to pain medicine.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)
Comment: Bush’s parting gift to the guys that got him the job, in other words…

October 14, 2008

Pharmacists oppose EU pharmaceutical plans
A draft EU law which aims to improve information on prescription-only medicines have been described as "controversial and provocative" by one of Europe’s top pharmacists. A European parliament conference on Tuesday heard that possible European commission plans to change existing laws on information for patients should not end up being a "proxy form" of promotion for the pharmaceutical industry. John Chave, secretary general of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), told the parliament’s ageing intergroup event on ‘healthy ageing’, he was "not convinced" of the need to change current legislation.
Read article at theparliament.com
Comment: Significantly, Chave also told the conference that patients need and deserve high quality information about alternative treatment options and healthy lifestyles.

October 13, 2008

Antibiotics Put 142,000 Into Emergency Rooms Each Year
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Waits 60 Years to Study the Problem
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has just released "the first report ever done on adverse reactions to antibiotics in the United States" on 13 Aug, 2008. (1) This is "the first report ever"? How is that possible? Antibiotics have been widely used since the 1940s. It is astounding that it has taken CDC so long to seriously study the side effects of these drugs. It is now apparent that there have been decades of an undeserved presumption of safety.
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Other Health-related News

October 22, 2008

THE ELECTION – WHAT’S NATURAL HEALTH GOT TO DO WITH IT?
A real discussion about healthcare reform isn’t going to take place until natural health is included as part of the discussion. And natural health has got to be a major part of the discussion at that, rather than referred to as a marginalized “alternative.” All the information we see today about natural health – wellness & lifestyle practices, dietary supplements and autonomous healing methods - is just the beginning.
Read article on the Citizens for Health website (USA)

October 16, 2008

Bipolar Kids Need Nutrition, Not Junk Food and More Drugs
The NY Times Magazine's cover story, "The Bipolar Kid" (September 14, 2008), is a very bleak article. While emphasizing the miseries of living with such a child, Jennifer Egan's article offers little hope except for ever-increasing doses of lithium. Long on discussions of definitions and diagnoses, it is remarkably short on treatment alternatives. Not a word about diet. Not a word about vitamins. Indeed, in this 9,500 word feature, describing the daily life of an out-of-control, beyond-ADHD boy, the word "nutrition" is not mentioned at all.
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

October 21, 2008

EU opens the door to Iceland
Iceland could "quickly" join the EU if it decided to apply for membership, the bloc's Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said yesterday (20 October 2008), as the country reconsiders its opposition to accession in view of the financial crisis, which has brought the island to the brink of bankruptcy.
Read article at euractiv.com

October 20, 2008

SA witnesses genesis of new political rival to ANC
HUNDREDS of disgruntled ANC supporters tore up their membership cards and threw them into a bin yesterday in protest at party president Jacob Zuma’s leadership. The demonstration, reminiscent of the 1960 anti-passbook protests, in which people burnt their apartheid identity documents, was in Phillipi, Cape Town, where former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa was telling his supporters of the preparations for the formation of a breakaway party. The meeting was one of a series convened by the yet-to-be-formed breakaway party — and by the ANC — across the country as the two battle for the hearts and minds of voters ahead of next year’s general election. Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota who, along with Shilowa, is at the forefront of the plans to form the new party, told supporters in Bloemfontein that it would be launched on December 16.
Read article in The Times (South Africa)

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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