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February 20, 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 13, 2009

Omega-3 may prevent obesity-related complications: Study
Increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against obesity-related damage of the liver, which may lead to diabetes, says a new study from Spain.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 13, 2009

People who exercise lower their risk of colon cancer
An ambitious new study has added considerable weight to the claim that exercise can lower the risk for colon cancer. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University combined and analyzed several decades worth of data from past studies on how exercise affects colon cancer risk. They found that people who exercised the most were 24 percent less likely to develop the disease than those who exercised the least.
Read article at physorg.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 17, 2009

Patients deserve facts about drug
Pharmaceutical companies spend millions each year to market drugs to doctors and potential patients. That makes it all the more outrageous that AstraZeneca is asking an Orlando court to keep information about the performance of its lucrative antipsychotic drug Seroquel secret. The company is claiming public safety, saying it shouldn't be required to release information about the drug that could cause a panic among "a vulnerable patient population" that might stop taking the drug without a doctor's oversight. But the real public safety issue is one of public health and whether the company hid findings that Seroquel causes weight gain and diabetes. The legal system must put public health — and a patient's right to know — above a company's interest in secrecy.
Read editorial in the St. Petersburg Times (Florida/USA)

February 12, 2009

Attorney Continues Long Battle With Pfizer Over Nigerian Drug Experiments
A new chapter begins in the battle over 'a diabolical scheme' that is the subject of the book and movie, 'The Constant Gardener'
West Haven, Conn., attorney Richard Altschuler has reams of paper and endless boxes of notes that tell the story. Medical experiments on children. Claims that a large American pharmaceutical company exploited a third world country. Sounds like the plot of a novel? It was. The book is called "The Constant Gardener." A movie of the same name followed in 2005. But the thing is, both were based on reality, on a case that Altschuler has been fighting for eight years against Pfizer Inc. He claims that the pharmaceutical giant secretly tested a new drug during a 1996 meningitis outbreak in Nigeria with devastating results.
Read article at law.com

February 4, 2009

Drug company freebies undermine patient trust in doctors
All 'gifts' should be banned, says a report from the Royal College of Physicians
Drug company handouts to doctors, in the shape of flights to conferences, hotel stays, meals and gifts, must end to re-establish patients' trust in prescribers, a high-level inquiry urged today. A report from a working group of the Royal College of Physicians, with members from the pharmaceutical industry as well as patient representation, found that there were widespread suspicions about the relationship between the drug companies and doctors. A picture of "relentless pressure on doctors exerted by pharmaceutical marketing, masquerading as education, is common," says the report.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

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GMO News

February 15, 2009

Georgia bans GMOs
Georgia will be declared to be a GM-free country, Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili has recently announced on local television. Mikhail Saakashvili has participated in the live broadcast "The Georgian president talks to the people", in which the people of Georgia were able to ask the President some questions, reports RIA Novosti. "Georgia does not have a major agricultural production. We hope that our production is ecologically pure and healthy. I will instruct the Government to ensure that genetically modified products are prohibited in Georgia as in some countries in Eastern Europe and within the CIS, "Mr. Saakashvili has said.
Read article at organic-market.info

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Other Health-related News

February 16, 2009

Arab-American women need supplement to boost dangerously low vitamin D levels
Arab-American women living in southeast Detroit whose conservative dress limits their exposure to sun should be taking a vitamin D supplement to boost their dangerously low serum levels, according to a study published by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. Researchers found that all 87 women involved in a small study showed vitamin D levels averaging 8.5 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter) for those who wore western dress to 4 ng/mL for those who wore the hijab, modest dress with a headscarf. A healthy vitamin D level is 30 ng/mL or higher.
Read article at physorg.com
Comment: There is good evidence that not only dress code but also many other factors such as age, sex, contraceptive use, race, geographical location, regular blood donation, medicinal drug use, genetic mutations and biochemical individuality can affect a person's nutrient needs and/or status, sometimes dramatically so.

February 14, 2009

Ignorance over diet cancer risk
Four out of 10 people are unaware eating a poor diet increases the risk of cancer, a new study suggests. The poll of almost 2,000 people found 41% were unaware of the link between their diet and the disease. And only one in three people knew processed meat increased cancer risks, while 44% did not know being overweight was another risk factor.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: The survey also found less than half of those surveyed - 44% - knew that exercise and an active lifestyle also cut the risk of cancer.

February 11, 2009

Give omega-3 to the poor, says UK researcher
A paper published in a British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) journal has called for omega-3 supplements to be made available to lower socio-economic groups because low income earners have the most to gain from using them. The paper also called for greater education about the role of omega-3 in the diet of a nation that is blatantly “not an ‘oily fish-loving’” country. “Making high-quality supplements more available to those subgroups of the population who may not normally be able to afford them, and may be likely to benefit most from them, could help individuals to achieve optimal health,” wrote Igennus nutrition scientist, Dr Nina Bailey.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Political News

February 17, 2009

We’re creating a police state, says ex-spy chief
Former British spy chief Dame Stella Rimington yesterday accused the Government of playing into terrorists’ hands by trying to force through laws which were in danger of creating a police state. In a stinging attack, she warned it was using the spectre of terrorism to frighten Britons into accepting greater state powers.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

February 11, 2009

EU commissioners told to 'stay out' of parliament elections
Commission president José Manuel Barroso and his fellow commissioners have been warned to ‘stay out’ of the European elections. The stark warning was issued on Wednesday by senior Danish MEP Poul Nyrup Rasmussen at the launch of the Socialist campaign for the June election. Speaking at a news conference, the former Danish prime minister said, “In the remaining months of the commission’s mandate we will be watching Barroso and the other members of the commission to ensure that they stay out of the campaign.”
Read article at theparliament.com

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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