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October 31, 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 20, 2008

Omega-3 Fats Hold Promise for Mental Health
The incidence of Alzheimer Disease (AD) has doubled since 1980, currently affecting just under 5 million Americans, and expected to affect 16 million by 2050. The condition currently costs our healthcare system over $100 billion each year. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help maintain mental health, including eating apples, drinking green tea, taking vitamin E and grape extract. A 2006 study on fish oil’s ability to maintain mental health found that fish oil increases brain chemicals and “might thus be useful and offer therapeutic benefit in treating [AD]”. Another 2006 study found that omega-3 fats have “positive effects…in a small group of patients with very mild AD”. Now a new study has found more evidence that fish oil may help maintain mental health.
Read article on the Natural Health Research Institute website (USA)

October 17, 2008

Omega-3 Fats May Improve Health in the Elderly
Known to be “essential in human nutrition”, omega-3 fatty acids (O3FA) first gained attention from the medical community when they observed the low frequency of coronary heart disease among Eskimos exposed to a diet rich in fish. Now a new study has found that at least one in four elderly can benefit from O3FA supplementation and help with survival.
Read article on the Natural Health Research Institute website (USA)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

October 28, 2008

HRT 'can increase the risk of needing a joint replacement'
Taking hormone replacement therapy can significantly increase the risk of needing a joint replacement, a new study suggests. Women who took HRT were one and a half times as likely to need a knee replacement because of arthritis than those who had never taken the drug. The treatment also significantly increased the chances of requiring a hip replacement.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 23, 2008

Anti-obesity drug use suspended
The European drugs watchdog is recommending doctors do not prescribe the anti-obesity drug rimonabant, also known as Acomplia. The European Medicines Agency has said the risk of serious psychiatric problems and even suicide are too high.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

October 22, 2008

Wyeth Loses Diet Pill Lawsuit Over Lung Ailment
Will fen-phen never end? It is now 11 years since Wyeth withdrew its famous fat pills - Pondmin, which was one half of the weight-loss combination, and Redux, its chemical cousin - and the litigation is still dragging on. Today, a jury in a state court in Hackensack, New Jersey, awarded $3 million to Gloria Ann Stribling, who alleged one of the diet pills caused her to develop primary pulmonary hypertension, a potentially fatal lung ailment. The pills were yanked in 1997 due to links to PPH and heart attacks.
Read article at pharmalot.com

October 22, 2008

Chantix Tops New Report On Serious Side Effects
The number of serious problems and deaths linked to medications reported to the FDA set a record in the first three months of this year, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reports. The FDA received nearly 21,000 reports of serious drug reactions, including over 4,800 deaths, according to ISMP’s an analysis of federal data dating to 2004. Yearly totals went back to the 1990s. Two drugs accounted for a disproportionately large share of the latest reports. One was heparin, the tainted blood thinner from China that caused an international safety scandal. The other was Chantix, a new kind of anti-smoking drug from Pfizer, which refuted the findings. The drug accounted for more reported serious injuries than any other prescription drug for a second quarter, a total of 1001 new cases, including 50 additional deaths. Earlier this year, the FDA warned that Chantix may be linked to psychiatric problems, including suicidal behavior and vivid dreams, and the government banned it for pilots.
Read article at pharmalot.com

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GMO News

October 26, 2008

Europe's secret plan to boost GM crop production
Gordon Brown and other EU leaders in campaign to promote modified foods
Gordon Brown and other European leaders are secretly preparing an unprecedented campaign to spread GM crops and foods in Britain and throughout the continent, confidential documents obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal. The documents – minutes of a series of private meetings of representatives of 27 governments – disclose plans to "speed up" the introduction of the modified crops and foods and to "deal with" public resistance to them. And they show that the leaders want "agricultural representatives" and "industry" – presumably including giant biotech firms such as Monsanto – to be more vocal to counteract the "vested interests" of environmentalists.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

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U.N. – Related Issues

October 27, 2008

WHO: Heart, infectious diseases, cancer kill most
Heart ailments, infectious diseases and cancer remain the world's top three killers, the U.N. health agency said Monday. Heart attacks and related problems are the top killer, claiming 29 percent of people who die each year, the World Health Organization said in a report on the global burden of disease. In second place, infectious diseases lead to 16.2 percent of worldwide deaths. Cancer, in third, claims 12.6 percent of global deaths, said the 146-page report, which is based on death registration data from 112 countries and estimates where reporting is incomplete.
Read article at physorg.com

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Other Health-related News

October 28, 2008

Raw broccoli best for anti-cancer potential: study
Consuming cooked or processed broccoli may result in less of the potential anti-cancer compounds being available for absorption, suggests a new study from TNO Quality of Life. Consumption of the cooked vegetable led to lower levels of a compound called sulforaphane being measured in the blood and urine, compared to consuming raw broccoli, according to findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The bioavailability of sulforaphane was calculated to be 37 per cent from the raw vegetable, and only 3.4 per cent from cooked broccoli, reported Martijn Vermeulen and co-workers from TNO Quality of Life.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 28, 2008

Omega-3 needs of pre-term infants higher than thought: study
The requirements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA may be higher for pre-terms infants than previously thought, according to a new study from Australia. The optimal dose of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to ensure correct visual development and clarity was one gram – over double that commonly used currently - according to results of a double-blind randomised controlled trial. Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Lisa Smithers and co-workers from the University of Adelaide report that it is known that the visual outcomes of preterm infants are improved when fed a formula containing between 0.2 and 0.4 per cent (DHA) compared with no supplementation with DHA
Read article at nutraingredients.com

October 22, 2008

The Full Monty on Food
The paradigm of food security has shifted back to self-sufficiency and local food production; celebrated organic gardener Monty Don says we must grow our own food to save us from the global economic and food crisis that no governments can fix.
Read article on the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

October 22, 2008

Organic farming 'could feed Africa'
Traditional practices increase yield by 128 per cent in east Africa, says UN
Organic farming offers Africa the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition it has been locked in for decades, according to a major study from the United Nations to be presented today. New evidence suggests that organic practices – derided by some as a Western lifestyle fad – are delivering sharp increases in yields, improvements in the soil and a boost in the income of Africa's small farmers who remain among the poorest people on earth. The head of the UN's Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, said the report "indicates that the potential contribution of organic farming to feeding the world maybe far higher than many had supposed".
Read article in The Independent (UK)

October 19, 2008

Think tank: Toothless policy on fluoride
MEP says additive in our water is a menace
Every day, Irish sanitary authorities add hexafluorosilicic acid to public water supplies under the terms of the 1960 Fluoridation Act. Unlike the naturally occurring, poorly absorbed and therefore safer calcium fluoride found in toothpaste and mouthwash, hexafluorosilicic acid is an industrial waste by-product which is an active and highly absorbed molecule when swallowed. Over a lifetime of drinking small quantities of this fluoride, substantial amounts accumulate in the body, especially in hard tissue such as teeth and bone.
Read article by Kathy Sinnott, MEP, in The Times (UK)

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Political News

October 25, 2008

Nicolas Sarkozy under attack after EU president proposal
Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of making a power grab to install himself as president of the European Union, a post that no longer exists after the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June. The French president, who holds the EU's rotating six month presidency until the end of December, has dominated the international stage following the Russian invasion of Georgia in August and the global financial crisis in recent weeks. But he has dismayed Brussels diplomats and angered the Czech Republic, which takes over the EU presidency in January, by suggesting that countries belonging to the euro, with an invitation extended to Britain, should form an emergency "economic government" with President Sarkozy at its head.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

October 22, 2008

Russia says media reports on possible Arctic conflict 'alarmist'
Russia's Foreign Ministry believes media speculation about the possibility of a war over the Arctic are ungrounded and "alarmist," an ambassador at large said Wednesday. "Media assessments of possible aggression in the Arctic, even a third world war, are seen as extremely alarmist and provocative. In my opinion, there are no grounds for such alarmism," Anton Vasilyev, who is also a high-ranking official on the Arctic Council, said. "We are following the situation in the region, this also includes the military activity of other countries, but we hope cooperation will be the main feature," he said.
Read article on the RIA Novosti website (Russia)

October 18, 2008

EU plans to force second Lisbon vote
French politicians hatch plan to isolate Ireland and force second treaty poll
PLANS to isolate Ireland and force the country to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon treaty by next March were discussed at a European Union meeting 10 days ago. Minutes of the event, and of a separate dinner with the French minister for European affairs, record how key French politicians and other MEPs said that Ireland should be put in an “untenable position” by pressing Poland and the Czech Republic to ratify the treaty by December.
Read article in the Sunday Times (UK)
Comment: This meeting apparently included discussions of how to “cuddle and pamper” the Irish electorate ahead of a new vote while at the same time “making pressures on them”. Of course, what these politicians really fear is that the European elections next June could become a proxy referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. As such, it is particularly significant that the minutes show French politicians want the Irish people to be told how the other 495m Europeans are watching them and “will be really angry” if the answer is ‘No’ again. In reality, of course, should Ireland vote ‘No’ again, the vast majority of the other 495m Europeans – who have not themselves been given a vote on the treaty – will actually be celebrating. No wonder then that the meeting also discussed the option of ensuring the next referendum in Ireland should involve a question to which the Irish people could not say ‘No’.

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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