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February 6, 2009

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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

February 3, 2009

Omega-3 improves menopausal side effects: Studies
Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may reduce the symptoms of depression and the occurrence of hot flushes, according to two new studies from Canada. According to the results of randomized clinical trials, supplements of ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid (E-EPA) led to improvements in both depressive symptoms and reduced the frequency of hot flushes in menopausal women.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 30, 2009

High purity chondroitin ‘can prevent joint degradation’: Study
Long term administration of high purity and concentrated chondroitin sulphate may prevent degradation in the joint structure of people suffering from osteoarthritis, says a new study.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

January 28, 2009

Omega-3s ease depressive symptoms related to menopause
Omega-3s ease psychological distress and depressive symptoms often suffered by menopausal and perimenopausal women, according to researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine. Their study, published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, presents the first evidence that omega-3 supplements are effective for treating common menopause-related mental health problems.
Read article at physorg.com

January 28, 2009

Short fast sprints 'cut' diabetes
Short bursts of intense exercise every few days could dramatically cut the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to an expert. Rather than slaving away for hours in the gym, people should focus their attention on quick "sprints" with each workout lasting just a few minutes.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

January 28, 2009

Bitter Pill
Created to treat schizophrenia, Zyprexa wound up being used on misbehaving kids. How the pharmaceutical industry turned a flawed and dangerous drug into a $16 billion bonanza.
Read article in Rolling Stone magazine

January 25, 2009

World's highest drug levels entering India stream
PATANCHERU, India: When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000. And it wasn't just ciprofloxacin being detected. The supposedly cleaned water was a floating medicine cabinet — a soup of 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients, used in generics for treatment of hypertension, heart disease, chronic liver ailments, depression, gonorrhea, ulcers and other ailments. Half of the drugs measured at the highest levels of pharmaceuticals ever detected in the environment, researchers say.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune
Comment: Pharmaceutical contamination of the water supply is an emerging concern worldwide. Studies have shown that concentrations of pharmaceuticals are almost ubiquitous in rivers, lakes and streams. Last year, for example, the Associated Press reported that trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals had been found in drinking water provided to at least 46 million Americans. However, the wastewater downstream from the Indian plants contained 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S.

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Other Health-related News

February 3, 2009

Institute of Medicine Has Announced the Next Vit D Food and Nutrition Board. Guess Who is Left Out?
A quiet announcement by the government’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently announced the members of the next Vitamin D Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). This committee will set recommendations for both adequate intake and upper limits for the next decade. According to the founder of the Vitamin D Council, John J. Cannell, MD, “Unfortunately, the scientists who have led the vitamin D revolution for the last ten years are all excluded.”
Read article on the website of the American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) (USA)

February 3, 2009

Vitamin D tied to muscle power in adolescent girls
Vitamin D is significantly associated with muscle power and force in adolescent girls, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Read article at physorg.com

February 3, 2009

ANH Open Letter to the European Food Safety Authority
RE TRANSPARENT SCIENTIFIC DISCUSSION ABOUT EFSA’S OPINION ON THE USE OF SODIUM MONOFLUOROPHOSPHATE IN FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
We are writing this as an open letter to help ensure that interested parties and stakeholders are kept informed over EFSA’s crucial work on risk assessment. We were stimulated to write to you in response to your organisation’s reaction, as published by Nutraingredients.com on 29 January, to our critique of EFSA’s risk assessment methodologies on the use of sodium monofluorophosphate in food supplements. Two days earlier, we had issued a press release publicising our own critique, and another by Professor Vyvyan Howard. Your organisation’s response, given by an unnamed spokesperson, was dismissive and failed to deal with any of the substantive scientific or legal issues raised.
Read open letter to Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA's Executive Director, on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

February 2, 2009

Time to update vitamin D and calcium DRIs: CRN
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has submitted comments to an ongoing review of calcium and vitamin D being conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Canadian and US government-sponsored review is seeking to find out if daily recommended intakes (DRIs) established in 1997 require updating, and now CRN has put its knowledge and opinion on the table with the IOM’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). In regard to vitamin D the Washington DC-based dietary supplements trade group’s vice predident of regulatory and scientific affairs, Andrew Shao, PhD, was forthright in stating: “It is now widely recognized in both the US and Canada, that the last iteration of recommendations for vitamin D published back in 1997, the first in a series of publications on nutrient DRIs, are woefully outdated.”
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

January 29, 2009

Chemicals 'may reduce fertility'
Chemicals commonly found in food packaging, upholstery and carpets may be damaging women's fertility, say US scientists. A study published in the journal Human Reproduction measured levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the blood of 1,240 women. Those with higher levels were more likely to take longer to become pregnant.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

January 28, 2009

'Vitamin wars' debate rages in Ireland
Joint Press Release by: The Alliance for Natural Health and the Irish Association of Health Stores
Irish government hosts ‘vitamin wars’ debate and is criticised for equating RDAs with optimum intake levels.
Read press release on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

January 25, 2009

Child shock therapy
CHILDREN younger than four who are considered mentally disturbed are being treated with controversial electric shock treatment.
Read article in the Herald Sun (Australia)
Comment: A report confirms that altogether more than 18,000 of these brutal treatments were conducted in a single Australian state, Victoria, in 2007-2008.

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Political News

February 4, 2009

Zuma defiant as court sets graft trial date
ANC leader Jacob Zuma said Wednesday he would not step aside ahead of presidential elections despite corruption charges overshadowing his bid for South Africa's presidency.
Read article at africasia.com
Comment: The court’s decision to set an August 25 date for Zuma’s corruption trial means he will not be tried before the presidential election expected in April.

February 4, 2009

Zuma in court threatens SA’s moral fibre
If ANC leader Jacob Zuma is in court facing corruption charges while president, it would threaten South African society’s moral fibre, an analyst said today. "It is going to suck the moral content out of society," said Prince Mashele, a political analyst from the Institute for Security Studies. Mashele said the president of a nation was "the embodiment of national values". If Zuma, as state president, goes to court then "the nation will be on trial when he is in court", he said.
Read article in The Times (South Africa)

January 29, 2009

S.Africa's Zuma may seek immunity from prosecution
South Africa's ruling party leader Jacob Zuma may seek immunity from prosecution if his legal team fail to convince prosecutors to drop graft charges, his lawyer said on Thursday. These charges have dogged Zuma for years and muddied his presidential ambitions ahead of general elections in 2009. Zuma's African National Congress party faces its first serious challenge since apartheid ended in 1994 from the Congress of the People (COPE), formed by influential ANC defectors.
Read news report at reuters.com

January 29, 2009

Rules of the Game
President George W. Bush, and his aides, could hardly wait to get rid of all those tiresome arms-control treaties when they took office. They tore up the 1972 antiballistic missile treaty to make way for a still largely pie-in-the-sky missile defense system. They opposed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and never made a serious effort to win a ban on the production of fissile material (the core of a nuclear weapon). Mr. Bush grudgingly signed his one and only arms-reduction treaty with the Russians in 2002. That means that today — 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall — the United States and Russia still have more than 20,000 nuclear weapons, with thousands ready to launch within minutes.
Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

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