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March 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

March 4, 2009

Vitamins may help coeliac disease management: Study
Daily supplements of B vitamins may improve the overall health of people with coeliac disease by reducing levels of an amino acid linked to heart disease, says a new Dutch study. A study with 51 adults with coeliac disease and 50 healthy controls found that people taking daily supplements of vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12 had significantly lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine, according to findings published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 2, 2009

Lutein may protect eyes against long-term computer use: Study
Supplements of lutein, long-reported to have benefits for eye health, may also protect against the detrimental effects of long-term computer display light exposure, says a new study from China.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 2, 2009

Broccoli may help protect against respiratory conditions like asthma
Here's another reason to eat your broccoli: UCLA researchers report that a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may help protect against respiratory inflammation that causes conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Published in the March edition of the journal Clinical Immunology, the research shows that sulforaphane, a chemical in broccoli, triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the onslaught of free radicals that we breathe in every day in polluted air, pollen, diesel exhaust and tobacco smoke.
Read article at physorg.com

February 26, 2009

Vitamin E, selenium may alter genes in prostate cancer: Study
Selenium and vitamin E may offer protection against prostate cancer by changing the expression of certain genes in prostates linked to tumours, says a new study from Texas.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

February 25, 2009

Calcium may slash colorectal cancer risk: Study
Increased intakes of calcium from the diet and supplements may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 23 per cent in women, says a new study from the US. Men also benefit from increased intakes of the mineral, with high intakes linked to a 16 per cent reduction in colorectal cancer risk, according to findings from the National Cancer Institute published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 2, 2009

Pfizer Worker Photographed Protesters at Harvard
Harvard Medical School’s rules say that students on campus are supposed to be off-limits to drug company representatives. That is why David Tian, a first-year Harvard medical student, said he found it “strange and off-putting” last fall when a man who identified himself as a Pfizer employee took a cellphone photo of students as they demonstrated against pharmaceutical industry influence on campus. “We could only assume he intended to share this with his company,” Mr. Tian said.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

February 25, 2009

HRT 'doubles risk of deadly skin cancer'
Women who take hormone replacement therapy to cope with the menopause could be doubling their risk of deadly skin cancer, according to new research. It found those taking HRT for more than six months at a time are twice as likely to get a malignant melanoma. The same study shows taking the pill can also increase the dangers, although to a lesser extent. Women on oral contraceptives for more than six months were 28 per cent more likely to develop a cancerous mole.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 25, 2009

Boy, 14, dies after taking acne drug
A healthy 14-year-old rugby player died 12 hours after taking prescribed medication to treat his acne, an inquest has heard.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 23, 2009

Vaccine Makers Enjoy Immunity
One of the little-noticed reasons that Wyeth was attractive enough to command a $68 billion price for rival Pfizer Inc.'s planned takeover sits in a building catty-corner from the White House across Pennsylvania Avenue. That is where a special "vaccines court" hears cases brought by parents who claim their children have been harmed by routine vaccinations. The court -- and the law that established it more than two decades ago -- buffers Wyeth and other makers of childhood-disease vaccines from much of the litigation risk that dogs traditional pill manufacturers and is an important reason why the vaccine business has been transformed from a risky, low-profit venture in the 1970s to one of the pharmaceutical industry's most attractive product lines today.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

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GMO News

March 2, 2009

EU commission urged to drop 'GM agenda'
Green MEP Caroline Lucas has accused commission president José Manuel Barroso of "foisting his pro-GM agenda" on the whole of the EU. Lucas was speaking after EU environment ministers upheld a sovereign ban on the growing of genetically modified maize in Austria and Hungary. It was the third and second time for Austria and Hungary respectively that the commission had attempted to get the ban on Monsanto's MON810 lifted.
Read article at theparliament.com

March 2, 2009

EU upholds Austria, Hungary right to ban GM crops
EU environment ministers gave a stinging rebuff to the European Commission on Monday and upheld the sovereign right of Austria and Hungary to ban growing of genetically modified (GM) maize, the EU presidency said.
Read news report at reuters.com
Comment: The European Commission's proposal was rejected by 22 countries, with the UK, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden the only states to support overturning the ban.

February 25, 2009

EU rejects plans for new GM crops
Bid to allow two new GM crops into the EU is blocked; just one form of GM crop is allowed in the EU.
A committee of experts from EU nations has rejected a proposal to allow two new types of genetically modified (GM) maize to be grown in European fields. The proposals, which related to GM maize Bt-11 developed by biotech company Syngenta, and maize 1507 developed by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer, will now be submitted to the Council of Ministers for further scrutiny. “The Committee was unable to find a qualified majority either for or against the proposal”, the European Commission said on 25 February, shortly after the meeting of experts.
Read article at europeanvoice.com

February 24, 2009

Tighter Wales GM rules unveiled
Plans to tighten up rules on the planting of genetically modified crops in Wales have been announced by Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones. She told AMs that "co-existence" regulations between GM, conventional and organic crops should be tougher in keeping with a "precautionary approach." The assembly government cannot ban the planting of approved GM crops but can make regulations to stop contamination. Conservatives welcomed the statement and said they would study the plans. Welsh ministers have consistently sought the most restrictive policy possible on GM crops, within EU and UK legislation.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

February 19, 2009

Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research
Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists. “No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions,” the scientists wrote in a statement submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. is seeking public comments for scientific meetings it will hold next week on biotech crops. The statement will probably give support to critics of biotech crops, like environmental groups, who have long complained that the crops have not been studied thoroughly enough and could have unintended health and environmental consequences.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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Other Health-related News

March 2, 2009

Low levels of vitamin B12 may increase risk for neural tube defects
Children born to women who have low blood levels of vitamin B12 shortly before and after conception may have an increased risk of a neural tube defect, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Trinity College Dublin, and the Health Research Board of Ireland. Women with the lowest B12 levels had 5 times the risk of having a child with a neural tube defect compared to women with the highest B12 levels.
Read article at physorg.com

March 2, 2009

Three-in-one: three positive studies in one scientific journal!
It’s not often you pick up a single edition of a mainstream scientific journal—the places where scientists so often validate drugs while canning nutrients—that you find three positive studies concerning nutrients. Well, Volume 169 (no. 4) of the Archives of Internal Medicine, issued on 23 February, is one such journal. The big message coming out of all three studies is that the dose of the nutrient is all-important. The part that lots of zealous regulators, doctors and Pharma reps won't want to hear is: high doses deliver results, low doses don't.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

March 1, 2009

Many middle-aged and older Americans not getting adequate nutrition
Micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C play essential roles in maintaining health. As older adults tend to reduce their food intake as they age, there is concern that deficits in these micronutrients lead to medical problems. In a study published in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers examined how well different ethnic groups met the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) through food intake and supplement consumption. The study determined that many middle-aged and older Americans are not getting adequate nutrition.
Read article at physorg.com

March 1, 2009

The 'consultation' with only one answer
Why ask people what they think if you then do the opposite, wonders Philip Johnston.
When a public body says it is to carry out a consultation exercise, what does that suggest to you? Naively, I once believed that it involved asking people what they thought about a particular policy, setting out all the facts in an objective fashion, and if those likely to be affected did not like what they saw to drop or modify the original plan. It turns out, however, to mean nothing of the sort. Ask the people of Southampton and its environs in south-west Hampshire. They have just been the subject of a "consultation" on whether to add fluoride to their water supply. There were 10,000 responses, 78 per cent of which were opposed. The local health authority carried out a telephone poll, which also showed a majority against. But it is going ahead anyway.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

February 24, 2009

Get your State Senators to sponsor a bill to ban aspartame
Hawaii & New Mexico are leading the way
NHF member, Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Impossible International, and Stephen Fox, Editor of the New Mexico Sun News, are currently working with people in the States of New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Illinois to accomplish just this. The bill is now written and Dr. Martini and Stephen Fox have written the resolution. Stephen Fox wrote the important legislation to ban aspartame for both the Hawaii and New Mexico Senate.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

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Political News

February 26, 2009

Senior MEP calls for more transparency on EU parliament expenses
British MEP Chris Davies has called for disclosure rules on MEP expenses to be tightened before this June's European elections. The demand comes in the wake of a report this week by the UK-based Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA) which said MEPs' expenses and pensions are so lavish that they can earn as much as €1.13m on top of their salaries over their five-year term in parliament.
Read article at theparliament.com

February 23, 2009

Anti-fraud European MP stands down
Dutch member of the European parliament Paul van Buitenen will stand down at the next European elections in June because of the EU body's reluctance to seriously tackle fraud. He told tv programme Reporter on Sunday that he was 'very disappointed' that no action had been taken on the cases of fraud he had brought to light. Van Buitenen was an EU civil servant when in 1999 he blew the whistle on fraud and irregularities within the EU commission. The commission subsequently resigned en masse.
Read article at dutchnews.nl (Netherlands)

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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