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March 18, 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 12, 2009

Calcium and vitamin D may protect against diabetes: Study
Increased intakes of calcium and vitamin D may improve insulin levels, and offer protection against diabetes, independent of dairy intake, suggests a new study. Writing in the Journal of Nutrition, Tianying Wu, Walter C. Willett, and Edward Giovannucci from Harvard School of Public Health report that women with high intakes of calcium had 20 per cent lower levels of C-peptide, a marker of insulin levels, while men with high vitamin D levels had similarly lower levels of the marker. “The results suggest that calcium intake or systemic vitamin D status, after adjustment for intake of dairy products, is associated with decreased insulin secretion,” they wrote.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

March 10, 2009

Vitamin C may slash gout risk in men: Study
Higher intakes of vitamin C may reduce a man’s risk of gout, the most prevalent inflammatory arthritis in adult males, by up to 45 per cent, says a new study. According to findings published in the new issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, for every 500 milligrams increase in vitamin C intake, a man’s risk of gout was cut by 17 per cent. And for men with vitamin C intakes of at least 1,500 milligrams per day, the risk of gout was cut by 45 per cent, said the findings of a prospective study with 46,994 men conducted by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

March 9, 2009

Green tea may protect gums against disease
Consuming green tea may offer protection against gum disease, a condition that may affect over 30 per cent of the population, suggests a new study from Japan.
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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

March 11, 2009

Doctor accused of faking studies
A widely known Massachusetts anesthesiologist whose research has influenced how doctors treat surgery patients for pain has been accused of fabricating results in at least 21 published studies and, in some cases, even inventing patients. Physicians and journal editors said the allegations, if proven, could constitute one of the largest and longest-running cases ever of medical research fraud.
Read article in The Boston Globe (USA)
Comment: In some instances, the studies in question involved data about drugs made by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., including Celebrex, Lyrica, and Neurontin. Significantly therefore, it turns out that the anesthesiologist in question, Dr. Scott S. Reuben, was given five research grants by Pfizer between 2002 and 2007, and was also a member of Pfizer's speakers bureau, in which physicians give talks about Pfizer drugs to colleagues.

March 10, 2009

Concerns over drug companies’ political donations
Consumer Watchdog (CS) has revealed that politicians in Washington have received multimillion dollar donations from drug and health insurance companies. According to CS, a nonpartisan and non-profit organization, the health industry contributed more than $5 million to the top 10 recipients in Congress during the last two election campaigns. The organization’s breakdown shows that those recipients received $2.2 million from health insurers and $3.3 million from drug manufacturers. Altogether, health insurers and drug manufacturers have contributed more than $24 million to the current members of the Senate and House of Representatives since 2005.
Read article at personalliberty.com (USA)

March 10, 2009

Cervarix vaccine causing severe reactions
MORE than 1300 schoolgirls have experienced adverse reactions to the controversial cervical cancer jab. Doctors have reported girls aged just 12 and 13 have suffered paralysis, convulsions and sight problems after being given the vaccine. Dozens were described as having pain "in extremity" while others suffered from nausea, muscle weakness, fever, dizziness and numbness.
Read article in the Melbourne Herald Sun (Australia)

March 4, 2009

No Legal Shield in Drug Labeling, Justices Rule
In a major setback for business groups that had hoped to build a barrier against injury lawsuits seeking billions of dollars, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said state juries may award damages for harm from unsafe drugs even though their manufacturers had satisfied federal regulators.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Comment: The court upheld a jury verdict of $6.7 million in favor of Diana Levine, a musician from Vermont, whose arm had to be amputated after she was injected with Phenergan, an antinausea drug. Wyeth, the drug’s manufacturer, had argued that its compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s labeling requirements should immunize it from lawsuits.

March 3, 2009

GPs are medicalising healthy elderly people, professor warns
Elderly people are being turned into patients by GPs blindly following guidelines to hand out pills for high blood pressure and cholesterol, a professor has said. The ‘paternalistic society’ and medicine by ‘tick box’ has overtaken personal advice, Michael Oliver, emeritus professor of cardiology at Edinburgh University wrote in the British Medical Journal online. He said many of the drugs including those for high blood pressure and statins for raised cholesterol have side effects which many elderly people find debilitating.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

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GMO News

March 4, 2009

ARGENTINA: Countryside No Longer Synonymous with Healthy Living
Once a serene refuge from urban pollution and chaos, the Argentine countryside has now become a place fraught with risks for many local residents. The massive use of pesticides on fields of soy, the country’s top export, is creating a "health catastrophe" in the rural sector, environmentalists warn. A report by the Rural Reflection Group (GRR), a local environmental organisation, points to an increase in health problems in the countryside, such as cases of cancer at early ages, birth defects, lupus, kidney problems, respiratory ailments and dermatitis, based on the accounts of rural doctors, experts and the residents of dozens of farming towns. The GRR has been carrying out a campaign since 2006 to identify towns affected by the spraying of glyphosate, the herbicide tolerated by the genetically modified (GM) soybeans planted in Argentina, which kills all plants other than the crop itself.
Read article on the Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency website

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Other Health-related News

March 11, 2009

One in seven US teens is vitamin D deficient
One in seven American adolescents is vitamin D deficient, according to a new study by researchers in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. The findings are published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics and were presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting in May 2008.
Read article at physorg.com

March 11, 2009

Low vitamin D levels associated with several risk factors in teenagers
Low levels of vitamin D were associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and metabolic syndrome in teenagers, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
Read article at physorg.com

March 9, 2009

Four times current vitamin D doses needed for winter levels: Study
Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D during winter months requires a daily dose of 20 micrograms, four times the current recommended dose, says a new study. The study, led by Susan Sullivan from the University of Maine, has important implications for ongoing consultations on vitamin D recommendations, with the current level of five micrograms (200 International Units) seen by many as insufficient.
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March 9, 2009

ANH online petition on unfair EU restrictions on vitamins and minerals
The ANH has launched the first of its Online Petitions via the ANH homepage. The first petition aims to positively influence the approach the European Commission is taking in its efforts to limit the maximum available dosages of vitamin and mineral food supplements across the 27 Member States of Europe.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

March 6, 2009

One million patients at risk in NHS, official figures find
One million patients a year are put at risk by hospital blunders and near misses, official figures have revealed. However experts warned many more are being swept under the carpet as healthcare staff and managers fail to report incidents. Data on the number of incidents relating to patient safety, the type and the level of harm occurring in each NHS organisation in England and Wales has been published for the first time.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: In a truly Orwellian use of spin, Martin Fletcher, chief executive of the UK’s National Patient Safety Agency, claims that “a high number of incidents should be regarded as a good thing because it shows [the NHS] is taking safety seriously and is identifying and reporting cases.”

March 6, 2009

Middle age 'key for exercising'
Increasing activity levels in middle age can prolong life as much as giving up smoking, a study suggests. Swedish researchers from Uppsala University monitored more than 2,200 men from the age of 50. They found those who increased activity levels from 50 to 60 ended up living as long as those who were already exercising regularly by middle age.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

March 4, 2009

More evidence of B12 requirement for women
Dr Mary Flynn from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the key authority on nutrition for the Irish government, has repeatedly upheld that the maximum level of supplements required by the Irish people is the Recommended Daily Allowance. Three papers emerged last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine that disproved this. A rash of papers on vitamin D over the last 5 years have disproven this. And now a study from Ireland’s own Trinity College has disproven this.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

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Political News

March 9, 2009

NK Threatens War Over Satellite Shootdown
North Korea Monday threatened to retaliate if anyone tries to shoot down a satellite it plans to launch, saying interfering with the country's peaceful space activity would mean war. The statement comes as South Korea and the United States began their annual war drill Monday, in what could be an indication that North Korea may try to launch the supposed satellite during the joint exercise that will continue through March 20, Yonhap News Agency reported. "We will retaliate any act of intercepting our satellite for peaceful purposes with prompt counter strikes by the most powerful military means," a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army was quoted as saying, specifically naming South Korea, the U.S. and Japan. "Shooting our satellite for peaceful purposes will precisely mean a war," the spokesman said in a statement carried in English by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Read article in the Korea Times (South Korea)

March 10, 2009

Waiting to Helm South Africa: President or Convict? Or Both?
JOHANNESBURG — If all goes as expected, South Africa will soon be led by a president who is also the defendant in a criminal case, a man accused of fraud and racketeering, legally empowered to select officials who could either drop his prosecution or push it forward.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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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