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April 14, 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

April 7, 2009

Omega-3, vit C, and zinc may ease childhood asthma
A combination supplement containing omega-3, vitamin C and zinc may improve symptoms of asthma, a condition on the rise, suggests a new study from Egypt. The trio of nutrients were associated with improvements in asthma measures, lung function, and markers of inflammation in the lungs, according to findings of a randomised, double blind, placebo-self-controlled crossover trial published in Acta Pædiatrica. “Children with moderately persistent bronchial asthma may get benefit from their diet supplementation with omega- 3 fatty acids, Zn and vitamin C,” wrote the researchers, led by Mohammed Al Biltagi from Tanta University in Egypt.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 3, 2009

Folic acid before conception may boost birth weight: Study
Supplements of folic acid before conception may increase the birth weight of the baby by over 60 grams, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Starting folic acid supplementation before falling pregnant was also associated with a 57 per cent reduction in the risk of low birth weight, and a 60 per cent reduction in the risk of a baby that was small for gestational age (SGA), according to findings published online ahead of print in the British Journal of Nutrition. The results add weight to recommendations of a daily dose of 400 micrograms for women of childbearing age, starting before conception.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

April 1, 2009

CoQ10 may cut pre-eclampsia in high-risk women
Supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may reduce the risk of developing pre-eclampsia in women at risk for the condition, suggests a new study from Ecuador. Women receiving 200 mg of CoQ10 a day had a 10 per cent lower risk of developing pre-eclampsia than women on placebo, according to results of the randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

April 7, 2009

'Sedation link' to birth defects
Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found. Radio 4's Today found 10 ex-residents of a children's home run by the Church of England in Gravesend, Kent, have had children with a birth defect. They were given massive doses of tranquilisers and other drugs while being restrained as teenagers.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

April 3, 2009

FDA Warns World's Largest Drug Firms Over Internet Ads
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned 14 of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies about misleading Internet ads that appear when people do online queries for their medical products through search engines such as Google. The FDA said in strongly worded letters to the companies that the ads are misleading because they omit risk information associated with the products. Companies that received the letters include Biogen Idec Inc. (BIIB), Sanofi-Aventis (SNY), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Some of the letters include complaints about multiple drugs. For instance, a letter to Pfizer Inc. (PFE) mentions six drugs, including its anti-smoking drug Chantix and the arthritis medicine Celebrex.
Read article at cnn.com

April 1, 2009

Doctors Urge Limits on Drug Firm Money
A group of leading doctors and researchers called on medical associations to sharply limit the funding they receive from the drug and device companies, the latest sign of the growing push to limit industry's influence on how medicine is practiced.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

March 25, 2009

Study: Range of pharmaceuticals in fish across US
Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday. Findings from this first nationwide study of human drugs in fish tissue have prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to significantly expand similar ongoing research to more than 150 different locations.
Read Associated Press news report at yahoo.com
Comment: In 2008, the Associated Press reported that trace concentrations of pharmaceuticals have been detected in drinking water provided to at least 46 million Americans. Laboratory studies have shown that human cells failed to grow or took unusual shapes when exposed to combinations of some pharmaceuticals found in drinking water.

March 25, 2009

Psychiatric Group Ends Industry-Sponsored Seminars
Amid increasing Congressional scrutiny of ties between doctors and drug makers, the American Psychiatric Association announced on Wednesday that it would end industry-financed medical seminars at its annual meeting. The association, the field’s premier organization, said it would also phase out meals at the meeting paid for with industry money.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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GMO News

April 6, 2009

Who Owns Life, Not Monsanto?
Percy Schmeiser is a real life hero who played David to Monsanto’s Goliath, and like David, he won.
Read article on the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS) website (UK)

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Other Health-related News

April 6, 2009

Vitamin D Deficiency Related to Increased Inflammation in Healthy Women
According to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 75 percent of Americans do not get enough Vitamin D. Researchers have found that the deficiency may negatively impact immune function and cardiovascular health and increase cancer risk. Now, a University of Missouri nutritional sciences researcher has found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with inflammation, a negative response of the immune system, in healthy women.
Read article at physorg.com

April 3, 2009

ECJ blurs news-PR line in landmark case
Those that write about food supplements that in some countries are classified as pharmaceuticals risk having their missives interpreted as illegal marketing materials, according to a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling yesterday. The ECJ found any information that promotes unauthorised medicinal claims can be construed as product marketing, after a Danish journalist, Frede Damgaard, was found to have illegally disseminated information about a banned rosehip powder-based, multi-benefit product called Hyben Total. The ruling could apply to independent articles written by journalists as well as content provided on online social networks and product review sites by the likes of consumers, bloggers and twitterers, said defence counsel in the case, Susie S. Ekstrand, of the Danish law firm, Lett.
Read article at nutraingredients.com
Comment: The ‘Brussels EU’ is desperate to control freedom of speech in order to eliminate the threat that non-patentable natural therapies pose to the multi-trillion dollar pharmaceutical investment business. To help stop the ‘Brussels EU’, please support the Petition for a Europe for the People – by the People and reject the Lisbon Treaty.

April 1, 2009

New vitamin E form extracted from kiwifruit: Scientists
Italian scientists have identified a new member of the vitamin E family, extracted from kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa 'Hayward'), according to results of a new study. Writing in the journal Food Chemistry, researchers from the two Neapolitan universities report the identification and characterisation of a compound called delta-tocomonoenol, which is an analogue of tocopherol.
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April 1, 2009

European Commission to investigate hazardous fluoride chemical in Irish drinking water
The EU Commission has reacted to appeals by VOICE of Irish Concern for the Environment to investigate the hazardous chemical fluorosilicic acid added to most Irish drinking water. The Commission has now issued a ‘working mandate’ calling for information to be submitted on ‘the hazard profile, health effects and human exposure to fluoride and health risks associated with the most common fluoridation agents like fluorosilicic acid’. VOICE campaigner Robert Pocock said: “ We welcome this call because it reflects the concerns we brought last year to senior officials of DG SANCO in a series of meetings involving international experts in toxicology."
Read press release on the Voice Of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) website (Ireland)

March 29, 2009

Agricultural chemical industry shudders at organic White House garden
Here's an interesting twist in what appeared to be a piece of all-around good news: when officials at the Mid America Croplife Association discovered that the new White House kitchen garden was to be managed organically, they sent a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama asking her to consider managing the garden "conventionally."
Read article on the NY Gardening Examiner website (USA)
Comment: Perhaps not surprisingly, the authors of the letter to Michelle Obama make and distribute agricultural chemicals (it's a requirement for Mid America Croplife Association membership) and include representatives from giants of the pesticide, herbicide, and genetically modified food industries such as Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Syngenta, BASF Corporation, and Bayer CropScience.

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Political News

April 8, 2009

U.S. lawmakers meet with Fidel Castro
HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Fidel Castro, the longtime Communist leader of Cuba, met with visiting members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, a day after his brother, Raul, who succeeded him as president, did the same, according to a U.S. official in Havana. The meeting with Fidel Castro, 82, comes amid speculation that the United States is considering a shift in relations with the Communist nation that sits just 90 miles from the Florida Keys. Upon returning to the United States, members of the caucus said it's time to consider an end to the trade embargo and other diplomatic restrictions placed on Cuba for the past five decades.
Read article at cnn.com

April 6, 2009

Net firms start storing user data
Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive. The plans were drawn up in the wake of the London bombings in 2005. ISPs and telecoms firms have resisted the proposals while some countries in the EU are contesting the directive.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

April 5, 2009

Blair steps up fight to be crowned first 'President of EU'
Tony Blair has emerged as the leading candidate to become the first permanent president of the European Union after Gordon Brown gave his grudging blessing to the plan. The former prime minister has stepped up his campaign for the job, which he wants to use to build a bridge between Europe and the new Obama administration. His return to the global stage would be a shock to his critics over the Iraq war and dismay many in Europe
Read article in the Independent on Sunday (UK)
Comment: The European Union’s presidency job is dependant on four remaining countries - Ireland, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany - ratifying the Lisbon Treaty, which creates the position. However, unlike the election of President Barack Obama in the United States, the president of the European Union would not be elected by ordinary citizens voting democratically in an election. Instead, he or she would be chosen by the European political elite. Moreover, under the Lisbon Treaty, not only would European Union citizens have no democratic means of choosing their president, they would also have no means of removing him. To sign the European-wide petition rejecting the Lisbon Treaty, click here. To read the proposed "Europe for the People, by the People" constitution, proposed by survivors of the WWII Auschwitz concentration camp, which calls for the right to health; the right to life; the right to natural food; the right to a healthy environment; respect for human dignity and the protection of social values for all European citizens, click here. To add your name in support of this important constitution, click here.

April 4, 2009

Obama to Loosen Restrictions on Policy With Cuba
President Obama plans to abandon longstanding restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba, an administration official said Saturday, fulfilling a campaign promise in a pivotal swing state and signaling a possible warming of relations with the Castro government. The White House is expected to announce the action before Mr. Obama travels to Trinidad and Tobago for a meeting on April 17 of Latin American and Caribbean leaders. The House and Senate are considering legislation that would go even further than the administration and allow all Americans unlimited travel to Cuba.
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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