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February 27, 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 24, 2009

Vitamin D may protect against common cold
Vitamin D may protect people -- especially those with asthma and other chronic lung conditions -- from colds and other respiratory tract infections, according to the largest study to date to look at the link.
Read article at cnn.com
Comment: Recent findings suggest that people with higher levels of vitamin D have a survival advantage and may be less likely to die in a given time period than people their same age with lower levels of the vitamin.

February 24, 2009

Calcium Associated With Lower Risk Of Cancer In Women
Women with higher intake of calcium appear to have a lower risk of cancer overall, and both men and women with high calcium intakes have lower risks of colorectal cancer and other cancers of the digestive system, according to a report in the February 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

February 23, 2009

Vitamin B and folic acid may reduce risk of age-related vision loss
Taking a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid appears to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration in women, according to a report in the February 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read article at physorg.com

February 20, 2009

Cinnamon may improve blood sugar levels: Study
Consumption of three grams of cinnamon a day may improve people’s control of blood glucose levels, Scandinavian scientists have reported.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 19, 2009

More zinc may mean less diabetes in women: Study
Increased intakes of zinc may decrease the risk of type-2 diabetes by 28 per cent, according to a new study from Harvard.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

February 19, 2009

Psoriasis Drug Raptiva Tied to Brain Infection
The FDA today issued a public health advisory about reports of a rare brain infection in people using the psoriasis drug Raptiva. According to the FDA, there have been three confirmed and one possible case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in people taking Raptiva; three of those people died.
Read article at webmd.com

February 2, 2009

Split 2nd Circuit Revives Nigerian Families' Claims Against Pfizer Over Drug Tests
Majority calls dissent's approach to 'customary' international law 'unselfconsciously reactionary and static'
African families' damage claims for billions of dollars against Pfizer for allegedly secretly testing a new drug in a Nigerian hospital during a 1996 meningitis outbreak were revived Friday by a divided federal appeals court. The ruling allows 88 Nigerian families to pursue claims under a law adopted in 1789 that gives foreigners the right to raise tort claims in federal court to vindicate violations of "the laws of nations." In 89 pages containing numerous barbed comments, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals majority and dissent differed over whether the families' claims that their children had been subjected to medical experimentation without their consent fell within the 18th-century law.
Read article at law.com

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GMO News

February 19, 2009

Charity guide criticised for not declaring GM interests
Sense About Science pamphlet failed to list contributors' links with industry. Zoë Corbyn reports
A charity has come under fire for failing to declare all industry affiliations of the experts it enlisted to compile a booklet explaining genetic modification to the public. The pamphlet was produced by Sense About Science (SAS), a charity that claims to promote scientific reasoning in public discussions. According to anti-genetic modification campaigners and academics, it failed to mention links between some of the experts who wrote the booklet and GM firms. For example, the guide's biography of Vivian Moses, emeritus professor of microbiology at Queen Mary, University of London, and visiting professor of biotechnology at King's College London, does not mention that he is also chairman of CropGen, a GM lobby group that receives funding from the biotechnology industry.
Read article in The Times (UK)
Comment: In addition to its links with the GM industry, Sense About Science also has links with the pharmaceutical industry. In the past year, it has received financial contributions from AstraZeneca plc, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and a number of large medical charities who themselves have received financial contributions from drug companies.

February 18, 2009

Transgenes are escaping into the wild
Now it's official: genes from genetically modified corn have escaped into wild varieties in rural Mexico. A new study resolves a long-running controversy over the spread of GM genes and suggests that detecting such escapes may be tougher than previously thought.
Read article on the New Scientist magazine website

February 18, 2009

Leading scientists publicly denounce unethical use of children in GM experiments
A formal letter of protest relating to a severe breach of medical ethics has been sent by 22 senior scientists from around the world to the Tufts University School of Medicine, together with a call for these GM feeding experiments to be terminated immediately.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

February 18, 2009

Percy Schmeiser: “GMOs affects our freedom and our foods’ biodiversity”
In an exclusive interview for GreenPlanet, Percy Schmeiser - the Canadian farmer who was contaminated by Monsanto’s GMO seeds and accused of illegally planting that without paying for the privilege - stresses the fact that the introduction of GMOs means the loss of freedom for farmers, as well as the downfall of foods’ variety and biodiversity developed in thousands of years and that make the richness of a Country. On the eve of the tour to Italy with his wife Louise, GreenPlanet has talked to Mr. Schmeiser to understand what he has learnt from his experience against Monsanto multinational, and what urges him to travel all around the world testifying what happened to him.
Read interview at greenplanet.net

February 18, 2009

EU court attacks GM crop secrecy
Europe's top court has ruled that EU governments have no right to conceal the location of field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops. The European Court of Justice was responding to a case brought by Pierre Azelvandre in Alsace, eastern France. He wanted to know where GM field trials had taken place in his local area.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)
Comment: The court’s ruling means that the UK’s plans to grow genetically modified crops in top secret military locations are now effectively illegal.

February 18, 2009

Germany May Ban Monsanto Corn, Minister Tells Berliner Zeitung
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government may revoke a license for the cultivation of Monsanto Co.’s genetically modified corn because neither consumers nor farmers want it, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aignertold the Berliner Zeitung. Genetic engineering “has so far not yielded tangible benefits for the people,” the newspaper quoted Aigner as saying.
Read article at bloomberg.com

February 16, 2009

EU foiled in bid to force France, Greece to allow GM crop
The European Commission was foiled Monday in its bid to force France and Greece to allow genetically modified maize from US biotech giant Monsanto to be grown in their fields. Food chain experts from the EU member states, meeting in Brussels, could not reach agreement on whether to back or oppose the French and Greek refusal to allow the maize, which has been given the green light to be grown in Europe. The standing committee on food chain and animal health "failed to reach a qualified majority in favour or against," the commission said in a statement.
Read AFP news report at google.com

February 5, 2009

The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds. Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them? Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back and court and they settle because they have no choice. And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds.
Read article by Linn Cohen-Cole on the Surviving the Middle Class Crash website

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Other Health-related News

February 22, 2009

Food Supplements Directive - Head of Irish Nutrition Institute warns of Health Harm
In accordance with the requirements of a European directive, the European Commission is about to pass restrictions on formulating food supplements that contain vitamins and minerals integrating daily nutrient intake. Richard Burton, the head of the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health has written to members of the European Parliament that approved a directive mandating such restrictions, to warn that the directive, if implemented as planned, will harm the health of Europe's citizens.
Read letter from Richard Burton on the La Leva website (Italy)

February 20, 2009

Global organic supply grows to match demand
The amount of land dedicated to organic produce is growing due to government backing and market forces, opening up opportunities particularly in developing countries, according to a new report. The latest statistics show that worldwide, 32.2m hectares were certified according to organic standards in 2007, which was 1.5m hectares more than the previous year, said the report from the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). The study called: “The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2009” showed that by geographical region, growth was strongest in Latin America and Africa.
Read article at foodnavigator.com

February 19, 2009

Vitamin Deficiency Underlies Tooth Decay
Malnutrition Causes Much More than Dental Disease
Cavities and gum diseases are not often regarded as serious diseases, yet they are epidemic throughout our society, from the youngest of children to the oldest of senior citizens. Research more than suggests that the same good nutrition that prevents cavities and gum diseases may also prevent other illnesses.
Read news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service at orthomolecular.org

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Political News

February 22, 2009

Secret report reveals how MEPs make millions
A leaked internal report has revealed systematic abuses by Euro MPs of parliamentary allowances that enable them to pocket more than £1m in profits from a single five-year term, writes Jonathan Oliver. The auditor’s confidential report, suppressed by the Brussels parliament, discloses the extraordinary frauds used by MEPs to siphon off staff allowances funded by taxpayers. It shows that some claimed for paying assistants of whom no record exists, awarded them bonuses of up to 1½ times annual salary and diverted public money into front companies. An investigation into the abuses of staff allowances worth up to £182,000 a year — many of which are paid by MEPs to members of their family — was delivered in January last year but was not published.
Read article in The Sunday Times (UK)

February 19, 2009

Klaus provokes walk-out in the Parliament
Czech president says Lisbon treaty would worsen the EU's 'democratic deficit'.
Czech President Václav Klaus said today that strengthening the powers of the European Parliament as foreseen by the Lisbon treaty would worsen the democratic deficit in the EU. Klaus's comments, made in a formal address to the European Parliament in Brussels, prompted a walkout by a large number of MEPs, although he was also cheered by right-wing and Eurosceptic deputies. Klaus accused the EU of moving away from an open free-market economy and towards a “suppressed market” and a “permanently strengthening centrally controlled economy”. The Czech president attacked “politically correct thinking” which branded critics of the current institutional arrangements of the EU as “enemies of European integration”.
Read article at europeanvoice.com
Comment: The Czech president’s attack on the authenticity of the EU parliament was apparently “blistering.” Shamefully, however, many MEPs booed or walked out as he appealed for a real debate over the meaning of Europe and the European Union. To read the full text of Klaus’ speech, click here.

February 18, 2009

Is the writing on the wall for the EU?
It is going to be a sombre gathering when Europe's leaders gather in Brussels for an emergency summit over lunch on Sunday Mar 1. The European Union faces its first economic crash, a disaster that is shaping up to be a once in a century event. There is the spectre of intra-EU tensions around the Justus Lipsius luncheon table as leaders from big countries - that President Nicolas Sarkozy - tear up the rules. Hurtling towards them is the prospect that bailing out the banks has merely transferred the "toxic" contagion to nations. The coming crisis is a crisis of states not financial institutions. It will be a crisis of politics.
Read blog entry by Bruno Waterfield on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)

February 18, 2009

Blair’s reward for having the ‘right’ foreign policy
So, Tony Blair has been awarded a $1m prize for "his exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict". Some will argue that Blair should be on trial for war crimes, not receiving prizes. Others will say that the award, made by the Dan David Foundation of Tel Aviv, is a huge own goal for Israel because it sinks the country's international standing even lower after its actions in Gaza. But they are missing the point. The award - along with many of the other riches which have come Blair's way since he left Downing Street - is the payback for doing 'the right thing' by way of the US and Israel while he was in office.
Read article by Neil Clark on the First Post magazine website (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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