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May 25, 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

May 19, 2009

Magnesium may benefit blood pressure in hypertensives
Supplemental magnesium may reduce blood pressure people with high blood pressure, but seemingly normal magnesium levels, says a new study from Korea.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 12, 2009

Kava reduces anxiety and improves mood
A clinical trial found a water-soluble extract of Kava was effective in treating anxiety and improving mood, researchers in Australia said. Lead researcher Jerome Sarris, a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland, said the placebo-controlled study found Kava to be an effective and safe treatment option for people with chronic anxiety and varying levels of depression.
Read news report on the United Press International (UPI) website

May 12, 2009

Preconceptional folic acid supplements are associated with reduced risk of premature birth
Taking folic acid supplements for at least a year before conception is associated with reduction in the risk of premature birth, according to a study by Radek Bukowski (from the University of Texas Medical Branch, United States of America) and colleagues, published in this week's PLoS Medicine.
Read article at physorg.com

May 6, 2009

Selenium linked to lower skin cancer risks
Higher blood levels of selenium may reduce the incidence of skin cancer by about 60 per cent, according to a new study from Dutch and Australian researchers. Writing in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the researchers report that the mineral was associated with reduced risks of both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 6, 2009

Vitamins and minerals reduce asthma symptoms
A rash of studies show vital role of vitamins A, C, D, folates, zinc and omega 3
A rash of new studies and a review of 40 older studies spanning 30 years and from all over the world, show the crucial role of basic nutrients in reducing the incidence and severity of asthma.
Read article on the website of the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) (UK)

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Pharma "Business with Disease" News

May 19, 2009

Nurses paid to scout for Vioxx drug firm
Australian marketing staff from pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co paid specialist nurses half-a-million dollars to "hunt" through patient records for potential candidates for their blockbuster anti-arthritis drug Vioxx. The Federal Court was told the company aimed to identify 100 patients of each targeted general practitioner who were not taking Vioxx and could be recommended to take up the drug for their condition. Known as the "bone and joint care program", the marketing initiative employed "bone care" nurses -- via an independent third party -- to go through patients' records with permission of their general practitioner.
Read article in The Australian (Australia)

May 19, 2009

Drug for urination difficulties linked with complications after cataract surgery
Use of the medication tamsulosin to treat male urination difficulties within two weeks of cataract surgery is associated with an increased risk of serious postoperative ophthalmic adverse events such as retinal detachment or lost lens, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA.
Read article at physorg.com

May 16, 2009

Parents ordered to take US teenager to cancer doctor
A US couple who refused chemotherapy for their 13-year-old son on religious grounds have been ordered to have the boy re-evaluated to see if he would still benefit from the cancer treatment. A judge in Minnesota found that Daniel Hauser had been "medically neglected" by his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, who belong to a religious group that believes in using only natural healing methods practised by some American Indians.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)
Comment: Daniel Hauser, like Dominik Feld before him, is fighting an antiquated medical system. To read the facts on the toxic drugs used in chemotherapy, click here. The existence of safe and effective natural methods for the control of cancer threatens the financial interests of the pharma cartel, who, as a result, are becoming increasingly desperate to protect their “business with disease”.

May 14, 2009

Number of foster children in Florida on mood-altering drugs underreported, state study finds
FORT LAUDERDALE - The number of foster children in Florida prescribed mood-altering drugs has been significantly underreported, according to the early results of a statewide study sparked by a 7-year-old boy's suicide in Margate. The revelation came Thursday at the end of an intense, day-long hearing by a panel appointed to scrutinize Gabriel Myers' tumultuous journey through the child welfare system that ended with him hanging himself at his foster home on April 16. Gabriel had been prescribed two psychotropic drugs. Since then, the state Department of Children & Families has been reviewing case files on the more than 20,000 foster children in Florida. Before Gabriel's death, just under 10 percent -- 1,954 -- were listed as being on mood-altering drugs, said John Cooper, the department's acting assistant secretary for operations. That number will rise markedly when DCF releases the findings of its current study next week, Cooper said.
Read article on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel website (USA)

May 14, 2009

Tamiflu Developer: Swine Flu Could Have Come From Bio-Experiment Lab
World Health Organization Investigates Claims by Australian Scientist Adrian Gibbs
An Australian researcher claims the swine flu, which has killed at least 64 people so far, might not be a mutation that occurred naturally but a man-made product of genetic experiments accidently leaked from a laboratory -- a theory the World Health Organization is taking very seriously. Adrian Gibbs, a scientist on the team that was behind the development of Tamiflu, says in a report he is submitting today that swine flu might have been created using eggs to grow viruses and make new vaccines, and could have been accidently leaked to the general public.
Read article on the ABC News website (USA)

May 12, 2009

Pharma freebies sway med students
Even trivial handouts influence the brand of drugs favoured by students, says new research paper
It starts simply enough: Drug companies provide clipboards and notepads emblazoned with their logos to medical students. But even these trivial handouts have a subliminal impact - they influence the brand of drugs favoured by the students, according to a new research paper. "We know that even trivial gifts operate on an unconscious level and influence us in ways we don't appreciate ourselves," said David Grande, whose study was published yesterday in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Read article on the website of the Globe and Mail (Canada)

May 11, 2009

Almost 30 percent of cancer studies report conflict of interest
A new analysis finds that a considerable number of clinical cancer studies published in respected medical journals have financial connections to pharmaceutical companies.
Read article at physorg.com

May 9, 2009

A UT System researcher's ties to drug firms is questioned
An influential U.S. senator has told a federal investigator that a University of Texas System researcher may not have properly disclosed her financial relationship with a drug company. The inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could launch an inquiry into the scientist, UT child pharmacology researcher Karen Wagner. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to the University of Texas System in September raising concerns that Wagner had not properly disclosed her financial connections with drug companies.
Read article in the Dallas Morning News (USA)

May 8, 2009

Cancer Drug Tarceva Linked to Deadly and Severe Injuries, FDA Warns
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and healthcare professionals about the risks of severe and in some cases fatal injuries in patients being treated for two types of lung and pancreatic cancer. Tarceva, made by a partnership of Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceutical Inc., is approved for treating locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer that has not responded to at least one prior chemotherapy treatment. It also is approved for use, along with gemcitabine, to treat locally advanced pancreatic cancer, the FDA said. Patients taking Tarceva have developed fatal gastrointestinal perforations, blistering and exfoliative skin conditions that are suggestive of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (also called toxic epidermal necrolysis). Some patients also have reported suffering severe eye injuries, including corneal perforations and ulceration, according to the FDA.
Read article at attorneyatlaw.com (USA)

May 8, 2009

Elsevier published six ‘fake’ Australian medical journals on behalf of pharma companies
Academic publisher Elsevier has admitted its Australian office produced six fake journals between 2000 and 2005. US magazine The Scientist revealed last week that pharma giant Merck paid Elsevier to produce a journal called the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine which contained reprints or summaries of previously published articles, many with only one or two citations. Copies of the journal seen by The Scientist and republished on its website show that it only contained ads for Merck’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax and arthritis drug Vioxx.
Read article on the Australian Life Scientist website (Australia)

February 27, 2009

Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus
The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses. And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.
Read article in the Toronto Sun (Canada)

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GMO News

May 20, 2009

GMO Ban Bill Passed
Tasmania’s ban on the release of genetically modified organisms to the environment will continue for at least another five years under a Bill passed by Parliament today. The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Llewellyn, said today that the State’s GMO-free status is a key factor in the Tasmanian Brand. “Tasmania’s GMO-free status is a vital factor for our primary producers, helping them realise their full potential in international and interstate markets,” Mr Llewellyn said.
Read media release on the Tasmanian State Government website (Australia)
Comment: The commercial release of genetically modified food crops is now banned in Tasmania until November 2014.

May 19, 2009

Doctors call for immediate moratorium on Genetically Modified foods
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) today released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that “GM foods pose a serious health risk” and calling for a moratorium on GM foods. Citing several animal studies, the AAEM concludes “there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects” and that “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.”
Read article on the LA Environmental Health Examiner website (USA)

May 7, 2009

GM crops won't solve hunger crisis, says new German study
While one of the arguments from the food industry has been that genetically modified crops could help relieve hunger in developing nations, a recent study compiled for the German parliament comes to a different conclusion.
Read article at dw-world.de (Germany)

May 5, 2009

German court rejects Monsanto plea to end GMO maize ban
A German court on Tuesday rejected an urgent application from U.S. biotech company Monsanto to end Germany's ban on cultivation of Monsanto maize containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Read news report at reuters.com

April 27, 2009

Scottish government refuses to 'take risks over GMs'
The Scottish government's anti-GM stance has been unequivocally re-affirmed by the country's new environment minister, Roseanna Cunningham. Ms Cunningham told an international conference in Switzerland that Scotland would "stand shoulder-to-shoulder" with other nations opposed to the technology and fight for what she believed the people wanted.
Read article on the Farmers Weekly Interactive website (UK)

April 19, 2009

Law to punish makers of harmful GMOs sought
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The country should pass a special law to define the liability of those responsible for injuries arising from the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), an environmental advocacy group recently said. The Third World Network (TWN) said the government's current rules allowing victims to seek redress for harm caused by GMOs have been purely administrative remedies (with no civil and criminal liabilities) and could not provide sufficient relief for victims.
Read article on the website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines)

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Other Health-related News

May 20, 2009

European Parliament considers supplements petition
The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) has had a petition questioning scientific methods being used by European Union authorities to establish maximum permitted levels for nutrients in food supplements accepted by the European Parliament.
Read article at nutraingredients.com

May 16, 2009

Elderly need more 'sun vitamin'
Spending more time in the sun could help older people cut their risk of heart disease and diabetes say experts. Sun exposure helps the skin make vitamin D - a vitamin older people are generally deficient in due to their lifestyles and ageing processes.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

May 15, 2009

Chiropractic critic loses first round in libel fight
If you have ever been tempted to call alternative medicine "bogus", choose your words with care. You could be sued for defamation. That's the message from a ruling in the High Court in London that censured science writer Simon Singh for claiming that the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) promoted "bogus" treatments.
Read article at newscientist.com

May 15, 2009

Bacterial Vaginosis Early in Pregnancy Linked to Low Vitamin D
Low vitamin D levels may increase risk of bacterial vaginosis in the first trimester of pregnancy, researchers found. Prevalence of the vaginal infection was linked to serum vitamin D concentration, Lisa M. Bodnar, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues reported in the June Journal of Nutrition. In the cohort study, women with vitamin D deficiency before the fourth month of pregnancy were 26% to 65% more likely to have bacterial vaginosis than those with sufficient vitamin D.
Read article at medpagetoday.com (USA)

May 10, 2009

Researchers see link between vitamin D, flu immunity
If the current strain of H1N1 swine flu is like flu strains of years past, it likely will mysteriously subside in the coming weeks. For whatever reason, in temperate areas such as North America, flu largely is a fall and winter phenomenon. A couple of theories have tried to explain that seasonality, but in recent years an intriguing new idea has emerged: Levels of flu-fighting vitamin D reach their lowest point in the winter when ultraviolet light disappears.
Read article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online (USA)

May 7, 2009

Codex committee continues work on GM labeling
The 37th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) just today finished its work considering various food-labeling issues, including the most contentious one – the Labeling of Foods and Food Ingredients Obtained through Certain Techniques of Genetic Modification / Genetic Engineering. Once again, the food-exporting countries of Canada, the United States, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia comprised the “consumer is too stupid to understand” camp that wishes to see the GM-food labeling disappear into a black hole.
Read press release on the website of the National Health Federation (NHF) (USA)

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Political News

May 19, 2009

In Britain, Scandal Flows From Modest Request
LONDON — It began modestly enough back in 2005, when an American freelance writer and journalism teacher living in London, Heather Brooke, entered a request under Britain’s newly promulgated freedom of information act for details of the expense claims of British members of Parliament. Ms. Brooke’s initiative to expose the politicians’ greed, now led by one of the country’s principal newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, has led to the biggest scandal to hit the House of Commons in decades. On Tuesday, the affair claimed its biggest victim yet when the speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, became the first man to be ousted from that job in more than 300 years.
Read article in the International Herald Tribune

May 19, 2009

Silvio Berlusconi bribed British lawyer, say Italian judges
Silvio Berlusconi was tonight under withering fire from opposition leaders in Italy after a court declared that he had bribed his lawyer, David Mills, so that he could avoid conviction on corruption charges and hang on to "huge profits made from the conclusion of illicit corporate and financial operations". The judges were giving the reasoning behind their decision in February to sentence Mills, husband of the British Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, to four and half years in jail for taking a bribe. Mills was found guilty of accepting a $600,000 (£387,000) bribe in a case in which he had been indicted alongside his former client, who was alleged to have paid the cash. But since Berlusconi furnished himself with immunity from prosecution after returning to power last year, the court was unable to reach any conclusion with respect to him.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)
Comment: Berlusconi is alleged to have joined P2, an illegal right-wing Masonic lodge, in 1978. Some sources, including the New Zealand Herald and the UK's Observer newspaper, allege links between P2 and state terrorism. Others meanwhile, such as the BBC, state that P2 had connections with both the Mafia and right-wing terrorist groups. Over the years, Berlusconi has found himself involved in more than a dozen different criminal trials, appeals and other investigations and been accused of fraud, false accounting, embezzlement, bribery and Mafia connections.

May 19, 2009

Majority of Europeans not interested in European Parliament elections
While a majority of Europeans say they like the European Union, more than half have declared no interest in the June European elections, a fresh study has shown. When asked about the 4-7 June poll, 18 percent of the respondents said they were "not at all interested" in it, while 35 percent said they were "rather not interested," a TNS Opinion study for the French Political Innovation Foundation released on Monday (18 May) showed.Just as many (35%) said they were "rather interested," but just 11 percent said they were "very interested."
Read article at euobserver.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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